Folk favourite makes a return

Having been put “on ice” for the last two years due to the covid-19 pandemic, Cromer’s popular Folk on the Pier festival is now set fair for the second weekend of May.

Since its last outing in 2019, festival producer Scott Butler has managed to keep the majority of artists and bookings on the programme and is delighted to be back with the final preparations for its 22nd show.

A new team will be running the Fringe events – Folk off the Pier – as a not for profit organisation, which will make sure both arms of the festival get the best attention.

Renowned as “the Best Gig on the North Sea”, Folk on the Pier attracts a mix of well-known and up-and-coming folk, folk-rock and acoustic artists from across the UK.

This year’s line-up is once again a who’s who of award winners including BAFTA Nominated TV Entertainer of the Year Richard Digance and Wizz Jones, who picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

The ever-evolving folk-rock band TRADarrr will play music from their latest album, Strange News, and festival patron Ashley Hutchings will present one of his latest special projects – Dylancentric.

Other acts include the Gerry Colvin Band, Feast of Fiddles, the Spikedrivers – collaborating with Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke in a performance of their concept show Saints and Sinners – Kevin Dempsey, Alan Reid, and the Urban Folk Quartet.

Newcomers Linda Watkins, Martin Harley, and the Redhills will be joined by local acts Christina Alden and Alex Patterson, the Shackleton Trio and Klezmerized.

Closing the festival on the Sunday evening is the band without whom there would probably not be a Folk on The Pier – Fairport Convention.

Fairport Convention who will be playing at Folk on the Pier.

Little did they know when they invented British folk-rock that it would become the inspiration for what has become a very popular and enduring music festival.

There will be a Folk on the Pier warm up event at the Belfry Centre, in Overstrand, on Friday, April 22, featuring festival favourite, singer-songwriter Anthony John Clarke with local act Anto Morra in support.

Visit www.folkonthepier.co.uk for more information on this and the festival itself.

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