Folk ‘rebels’ to appear at Suffolk festival expected to be ‘most colourful yet’

Terrafolk, who are playing at FolkEast. Picture: BOJAN STEPANCIC

Terrafolk, who are playing at FolkEast. Picture: BOJAN STEPANCIC - Credit: Archant

A cult folk band from Slovenia are among the latest “surprise” additions to Suffolk’s up and coming folk festival.

Terrafolk, not seen in the UK for a decade, will appear at the opening night of FolkEast at Glemham Hall in August.

Once described as “folk rebels with punk attitude” the quartet has performed at European festivals including Edinburgh Fringe and Glastonbury, drawing on Balkan, Gypsy, Russian and Jewish music.

The three-day festival will also feature only the third performance of She Moved Through the Fair: The Legend of Margaret Barry – after its debut at Celtic Connections earlier this year. Celebrating the centenary of the birth of the Irish street singer it tells Barry’s extraordinary story in music, words and theatre – from leaving home at 16 with nothing but a banjo and bicycle to her discovery by American song collector Alan Lomax.

The 2017 festival – FolkEast’s sixth outing – will see the return of Gardeners’ Cornered, FolkEast’s answer to Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time where people can bring their horticulture queries to a panel including ex-Bellow head member and keen allotment holder John Spiers. Spiers will also reprise the outstanding collaboration formed at FolkEast last year with legendary fiddler Peter Knight of Steeleye Span as well as performing a solo spot.

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Spiers’ former Bellowhead colleague, percussionist Pete Flood, will also be joining the Gardeners’ Cornered panel. And he will be swapping his drum sticks for binoculars as he leads festivalgoers on a nature ramble around the Glemham estate.

A new venture this year will be Eastfolk in Bloom, which invites stall holders to “take up the floral baton”.

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FolkEast’s Becky Marshall-Potter, who runs the festival with husband John said: “There will be an official judging of the best dressed stall and area on the Friday afternoon. We can’t wait to see what people will come up with – this could be the most colourful FolkEast yet.”

The line-up’s blend of folk and world music acts also includes BBC award-winning headliners Jon Boden and Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys and recently announced Sunday headliner, the Dhol Foundation as well as festival patrons The Young’uns.

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