Live Music In West Kent -Tenterden Folk Festival 2014

Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th October

Members of two community folk orchestras, one from Essex and the other from West Sussex, and arguably the largest groups of their type in England, will come together to perform at Tenterden Folk Festival 2014 on Sunday 5th October. Thanks to the co-operation of Canon Lindsay Hammond, forty-five musicians will combine in Saint Mildred's Church to perform between 3.00 pm and 4.30 pm with a programme of British and international folk music.

The two orchestras have been in liaison since 2008 and last March they commissioned a joint orchestral workshop for fifty of their members, led by The Music Workshop Company from Hertfordshire. After the workshop, the two Music Directors, Malcolm Reid from the Yardarm Folk Orchestra and Eileen Sephton from Sussex Folk Orchestra picked up the idea of collaborating at a special performance at a Folk Festival – and that is what now brings them to Tenterden!

The Yardarm Folk Orchestra:
Since 2008 The Yardarm Folk Orchestra has entertained thousands of people and provided the opportunity for musicians to play folk music from around the world in a large group. Based at Benfleet, Essex, they aim to 'get the folk back into folk' by opening membership to all and taking the music to wider audiences. They've performed across Essex and London at community and charity events and worked with production company PinpointCreate in their productions ofBeowulf (2011) andPriory People (2013). In June 2014 they performed on stage at the Cliffs Pavilion Theatre in Southend at a charity concert for Southend Mencap. They are regular performers at the Leigh on Sea Folk Festival.

With over 60 members, the YFO involves audiences with the music where possible, believing that folk music should engage, and be enjoyed by, everyone.

In 2013 a documentary was made about the orchestra by Paul Carpenter Films. It was picked up by the BBC-sponsored Community Channel and televised twice in October that year. The documentary, plus filmed tracks of their music, is available from the orchestra on DVD.

For more information about the orchestra

The Sussex Folk Orchestra
The Sussex Folk Orchestra is a group of musicians who meet to play traditional and contemporary folk music from around the world. The instruments played include guitars, mandolins, fiddles, accordions, melodeons, concertinas, recorders, flutes, whistles, bodhrans, a harp and a cello! They welcome anyone whose instrument will blend with the orchestra.

SFO plays at many local events and this summer they have been involved in a couple of Victorian re-creations, local festivals, garden parties and special event days at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. In the past, they have also taken the orchestra 'on tour' to Brittany, Wales, The Grand Union Canal and the Isle of Wight.
Many of the tunes they play will be recognised by folk musicians, but are given a unique treatment, arranging them for a 20 strong orchestra. The resulting music can have quite a fluid quality depending on the mix of musicians and instruments at the time. It is always good fun, performances have always been well received, adding great atmosphere at the events they are invited to play at.
For more information about the orchestra

Details of these and many more events will be found in the free souvenir programme which in now available.
The all new Tenterden Folk Festival mobile App will be available in a few days on Android (it may be available by the time you read this!) and on Apple soon after.

Full weekend tickets and single event tickets are still available and details can be found on the website at Alternatively you can choose to pay on the door of the events you want to go to.


If you're looking to get your dance side, or book a stall for the street or craft fair, take out an advert in the programme you can contact the organisers through the website. There are plenty of opportunities for volunteers and the event always welcomes financial support through donations (the festival is a registered Charity).

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