Bells ring out in St Albans for annual St Michael’s Folk Evening

PUBLISHED: 19:29 14 July 2016

St Michael's Folk Evening is held on the first Wednesday of July each year in St Albans, and includes Morris dancing

St Michael's Folk Evening is held on the first Wednesday of July each year in St Albans, and includes Morris dancing

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There was dancing, singing and plenty of laughter in a St Albans street last Wednesday (6), during a packed annual folk festival.

St Michael's Folk Evening attracted a large crowd at the churchSt Michael's Folk Evening attracted a large crowd at the church

Scores of people enjoyed the popular St Michael’s Folk Evening, with church bells ringing out to welcome visitors to the historic village.

St Michael’s Street was closed to traffic as it was turned into an outside venue - and a riot of colour - courtesy of Morris and other dancing groups.

One of the bands playing at the event was The Swanvesta Social Club, which hails from the “Latin Quarter of St Albans known as ‘El Campo’ or ‘The Camp’.”

Frontman Chris Paton said: “We play loads of gigs across the UK every year but this one is always our favourite.”

St Michael's Folk Evening is held on the first Wednesday of July each year in St Albans: Swanvesta Social Club  played at the eventSt Michael's Folk Evening is held on the first Wednesday of July each year in St Albans: Swanvesta Social Club played at the event

When asked about the large, and enthusiastic crowd at the event, Anna Frank, singer and flautist, said: “People call it ‘St Albans’ best kept secret’ but it wasn’t secret at all this year.”

The event has been going for about 30 years, with pubs along St Michael’s Street also getting into the party spirit.

Chris said it was the fourth year that St Michael’s church had been involved in the evening, which “has become bigger every year”.

St Michael's Folk Evening is held on the first Wednesday of July each year in St Albans, and includes Morris dancingSt Michael's Folk Evening is held on the first Wednesday of July each year in St Albans, and includes Morris dancing

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