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Video: Burnham-on-Sea Folkfest a vibrant celebration of music

By JaquiLethaby  |  Posted: September 04, 2012

  • Burnham-on-Sea Folkfest 2012

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Burnham-on-Sea was the stage for a vibrant community celebration in music and culture at the weekend as the town held its seventh annual Folkfest.

More than 70 bands, numerous entertainers and performance groups were involved, delighting enthusiastic audiences across the seven venues and promoting a jovial atmosphere throughout the town.

Folkfest chairman Dominic Wills said: "The festival has been a tremendous success for us.

"The feeling was that the town deserved it to be such a great event following what has been a difficult year with all the rain, the recent tragedy with the loss of little Dylan Cecil, which was keenly felt by the whole community."

He said that the organisers did question whether the festival should be held so soon after the tragedy, but said: "After the moving ceremony last weekend where flowers were laid out to sea for him and the family, they agreed that if the family were strong enough to move on, then they should be too."

The Folkfest is now a major event in the West. A volunteer and folk fan pulling pints at the Princess commented: "Folkfest is great fun for everybody and we get people turning up from all over the country - its got to be one of the biggest free music events in the South West by now, with dozens of acts and thousands of people turning up to enjoy the four day weekend.

"The volunteers worked flat out and we couldn't do it without the support of our sponsors, the pubs in town and those who generously supported us, whether by sticking a few pennies in the collection bucket, buying a burger at the Sunday show or a drink at the beer tent."

With such a variety of accomplished acts performing, every taste was catered for.

One member of the audience who had managed to get round to a large proportion of the performances named her favourites: "Dragonsfly were a huge hit in the Princess Hall, Rusty Shackles tore up the Rtz and Three Sheets T'Wind were a fitting finale in the park."

The below video shows performances by The Drystones followed by Davey Malone encouraging the crowd to air their tonsils.


Burnham-on-Sea Folkfest 2012 in pictures

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