Once again the Bath Folk Festival runs its summer school, open to all ages and abilities, teaching traditional music to a backdrop of concerts, sessions and story-telling events across the city. The festival, now in its eighth year, has really championed and encouraged up and coming artists as well as young musicians.
The organisers are very proud to announce that much of this year’s line-up is comprised of artists who have entered previous New Shoots competitions and also many players who have been tutored in our summer school and youth band.
“Our aim is to bring music to the community and really get people involved in music and dance, which is why we have such a focus on teaching music and running informal sessions for musicians to join in.”
In order to bring the music to as many people as possible many of the concerts are free or on low entrance fees. There is something for everybody no matter what your tastes are in the diverse world of folk music.
There are sessions hosted by leading players every night of the festival in many styles including Irish, English, klezmer, gypsy swing, bluegrass, blues and sing around where musicians and singers are welcome to come and join.
Once again there is a partnership with Art at the heart of the RUH where musicians from the festival will be playing for the patients, visitors and staff.
For a full list go to www.bathfolkfestival.org
Some of this year’s artists include
Sid Goldsmith & Jimmy Aldridge, Pons Aelius, The Drystones, An Dhá, Tell Tale Tusk, Georgia Lewis, Red Dirt,, Jez Hellard & the Djukella Orchestra, Ali George, Lawrie Duckworth, Mac Seka, Flies Fly Away and The Big Massive Orchestra, Don’t Feed the Peacocks, Diskan, Bertie Wright, Two Oak Sons, RSVP Bhangra and Hodmadoddery