At last! A folk festival for Wareham - something not seen for over 30 years!
- Saturday 25th September
It has been many years since there was a folk festival in Wareham, but this year things are set to change. On Saturday 25th September there will be a buzz around town as a variety of folk music, song, dance, and traditions return once again.
Everything started two years ago when a couple of friends had the thought of re-introducing the Wareham Folk Harvest, last seen over thirty years ago. Along with a few more friends, they started planning a weekend event for September 2020. However as we know, everything changed for us all last year and a festival was no longer possible. So here we are in 2021, keeping our fingers crossed, and ready to bring Folk back to town.
There will be four concerts featuring both nationally respected, and also top class local artists. Headlining our main concert will be the wonderful Reg Meuross who has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs.
Other concerts showcase songs from land and sea, and many performers who’s roots are well and truly in Dorset. One of these musicians will be our Patron, Tim Laycock. He is a folk musician, actor, and storyteller with a particular interest in the works of Thomas Hardy, William Barnes and all things Dorset.
Thomas Hardy was also the inspiration for a folk drama written by one of our committee members. ‘Words take Wing’ follows Thomas Hardy’s notebook entries as they are absorbed into his writing, variously uplifting, sadly nostalgic, comic – always quirky and observant. Join Wyvern as they recount stories from Wessex, enhanced by traditional melodies and songs.
Do keep your eyes open for Folk happenings around town as well. From workshops, a traditional craft fare, busking musicians, and of course colourful dancers too. Events are ticketed and free with full details at www.warehamfolkharvest.co.uk
If all goes well this year, we hope to be back again in 2022. However to achieve this we do need the support of both locals, visitors, young & old alike. So please come along and enjoy a day out as Wareham Folk Harvest returns to town.