First Kimpton folk festival brings huge crowds

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 July 2016

Kimpton Folk Festival pix

Kimpton Folk Festival pix

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An inaugural one-day folk festival drew over a thousand people to a diverse range of events across four venues.

The Kimpton Folk Festival last Saturday (9), included sell-out audiences for such popular artists as Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, The Jacquelyn Hynes Trio, and Wild Willy Barrett.

All-day entertainment culminating in a summer ceilidh was held on the village green and there was a continuous concert in the 13th century church featuring several BBC folk award nominees.

A series of instrumental workshops in the village’s historic Dacre Rooms was well-attended and storyteller Fiona Eadie’s teepee in the churchyard proved popular with children and adults alike.

The festival culminated in the evening concert with the final act, Nancy and James, receiving a roaring ovation from the audience.

Festival chairman, Doug Jenner, said: “We have had nothing but effusive praise about sheer professionalism of our new folk festival. I honestly don’t think it could have gone any better. Our committee left nothing to chance and the success of the event is down to them and our 60-strong army of volunteers.”

He added: “We’re already talking about the next festival, and we’re now expecting even bigger numbers at our sessions in The Boot pub, which we hold every second and fourth Thursday.”

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