Calling all music lovers did you know Doncaster had a Folk Festival?

In it’s eighth year, is one of the most important cultural events in the town’s
calendar. It brings to our streets and music venues an excellent variety
and quality of performance. The festival delivers live concerts featuring
acclaimed artists as well as a fringe, offering open sing¬arounds in informal
pub settings. Last year saw the biggest exhibition of traditional dance ever
held in Doncaster. This year’s Festival is held over the weekend of 20th¬22nd
May and there are plans to expand into the week preceding it with additional
events taking place at Taste cafe in the Waterdale, where, on the Thursday
evening,19th May, the Festival will hi¬jack the popular Taste Session.

Other venues are invited to become involved and are encouraged to contact
the organizers for details of how they can participate. If you want to bring an
existing event during the week under  the Folk Festival umbrella, we can
include it in our program and other publicity material. Doncaster Folk Festival Friday and Saturday night concerts are hosted as usual by the Ukrainian Centre with  Friday given over to sets from two hugely popular and enduring figures on the UK folk scene, Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe.
Much Garlanded singer songwriter and inspiration for the movie Danny Collins,
which stars Al Pacino, Steve Tilston was born in Liverpool and now resides
in West Yorkshire. His career has seen him linked with such luminaries as
Bert Janch, Maggie Boyle and the Ballet Rambert. Steve has appeared on The
One Show, Later With Jools Holland and BBC Four’s The Songwriter’s Circle. A
scroll down the customer reviews on Amazon would appear to endorse the
impressive write ups in The Guardian and The Observer of his latest album,
Truth to Tell. Jez Lowe is one the of busiest live performers in the country
both as a solo artist and with his band, The Bad Pennies. His songs, which
often address the industrial decline in the North East, have been performed
by such heavyweights as Fairport Convention and The Dubliners and have
now been picked up by the new breed of folkies like The Unthanks and The
Young ‘uns. His best known tune Back in Durham Jail has been covered by
more than 20 artists. Following their separate sets Steve and Jez unite to
end the evening performing together, offering a rare opportunity as they
chat and play, promising some insights into their approach to the craft they
have both followed for more than 5 decades. Listen in as they rekindle
the spontaneity of their late¬night living¬room song swaps. Questions,
answers, anecdotes and anarchy.

The Saturday night of the Festival, also at the The Ukrainian Centre, is
headlined, unusually by a poet, Les Barker. Originally from Manchester and
trained as an accountant, fortunately for us, Les swapped numbers for words.
His often prosaic subject matter, for instance, the Shipping Forecast, can
take bizarre and unexpected changes of direction carrying you along with
his masterful delivery. His poems and parodies of serious songs are funny,
fluent and thought provoking. He has the habit of uttering words of wisdom
along the lines of “Never criticise your fellow man until you’ve walked a mile in
his shoes. And if he doesn’t like it, you’re a mile away and you’ve got his shoes”
Support acts for the evening are Flossie Malavialle and Holy Moly and the
Crackers. Flossie has been active on the British folk scene since 2000 when
she swapped her native France for the chill North East of England. True to
her French roots this amazing vocalist covers the songs of Jacque Brel and
Edith Piaf while adding to the mix some Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and
Frank Sinatra among others. Flossie has a dozen albums under her belt and
although she doesn’t write her own songs, she truly claims those that she
sings with her unique interpretations. The evening kicks of with high energy
gypsy folk outfit Holy Moly and the Crackers who made a great impression
on last year’s festival circuit.

The Ukrainian Centre can be found at 48 Beckett Road. Just 10 minutes walk from
the marketplace. Home cooked food is available as well as locally brewed
ales. For those seeking alternative entertainment during the festival the
regular Ceilidh takes place on the Friday night at the Doncaster Deaf Trust on
Leger Way. Where we also offer camping facilities. Sing¬arounds can be found at
the Doncaster Brewery Tap, The Masons Arms and The Salutation. For those
interested in dance, seek out the Morris around and about the town and Nigel
Gresley Square throughout Saturday.

Expect to see people like this dude…

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