Promise of the best Lewes Folk Festival

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THE third Lewes Folk Festival will be taking place between October 11 and 14 and promises to be the biggest and best so far.

The two Lewes folk clubs have combined their efforts to arrange the programme. Over the four days, the 30 events should cater for a wide range of tastes from those who wish to participate through to those who want to listen to the top artists that will be appearing or just enjoy the spectacle of the many morris and dance display sides that will enliven the Cliffe area of the town on the Saturday.

The programme includes concerts by many top names as well as opportunities to join in. Workshops have been arranged for a variety of instrument playing as well as others aimed at learning repertoire and style.

Organisers are delighted that the traditional singing workshop will be led by that iconic figure Shirley Collins, who is festival patron. She will also be combining with Martyn Wyndham-Read and other leading musicians to present a show, Down The Lawson Track, based on the songs and stories of the great Australian folk poet, Henry Lawson. The Saturday night dance will be to the leading band of young musicians The New Slide with caller Alec Cumming.

One night that is bound to be a big attraction celebrates how strong the folk singing tradition is in Sussex with The Young Coppers, the six grandchildren of the famed Bob Copper along with two old stalwarts, Noel Dumbrell and Bob Lewis.

Details can be found in a free 16-page booklet, generally available through the town as well as on-line at

Tickets are available from the website or from Union Music Store.