Thursday 30th September to Sunday 3rd October
With some very special events lined up for you to enjoy as well as a near normal mix of concerts, song and music sessions, workshops, sea songs and shanties session, meet the guest events, dance displays, procession, crafts and stalls, free music stage, etc! Big WOW and the Tenterden Folk Day Trust team are pleased to announce the return of the Tenterden Folk Festival !
Thursday 30th September 2021 – supported by Around Kent Folk magazine.
This years’s Thursday evening concert features Brian Peters, Scolds Bridle and Nick Dow
Venue: The Tenterden Club. (Stair lift normally available for use of disabled visitors)
Date and time: Thursday 30th September 2021 7.30 to 10.30 p.m. (Doors open at 7.00)
Tickets: All tickets are £12.00 (£10.00 before 30th April 2021)
Buy tickets: Tickets will be available by post or, online and, if still available ,on the door.
Friday 1st October 2021 – English Barn Dance.
This year’s barn dance band will be The Tonic. The Tonic are Julie & Gavin Atkin and Ollie & Malcolm Woods
Venue: The dance will again take place in the Moulton Hall and Evans Bar of the Tenterden Club in Church Road, just off the High Street,
Date and time: Friday evening from 7.30 p.m. Doors open at 7.00 p.m.
Buy tickets: Tickets will be on available by post, online and, if still available, on the door
This year the Tenterden Folk Festival has partnered with Old Dairy Brewery, who will provide a real ale and cider bar for festival events taking place in St. Mildred’s Church.
Saturday 2nd October 2021 – St. Mildred’s
Most Truly Yours Aunt Anne, presented by The Gillchrist Collective (Brian Peter, Peters & Barbara Snape & Sue Burgess). The first public performance! – 11.00 to 13.00
Cinque Ports Sea songs and shanties session with Festival guests– 17:00 to 20:00
Sunday 3rd October 2021 – St. Mildred’s
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady in Song, presented by Broomdasher – 11.30 to 13.30
Folk Orchestras at St Mildred’s with The Yardarm Folk Orchestra – 15.00 to 16.30
The Festival has also partnered with Romney Marsh Brewery and Nightingale Cider to provide a real ale and cider bar on The Recreation Ground on Saturday and Sunday and with Scoff and Sip who will provide hot food and drinks and ice cream.
SATURDAY 2nd October 2021 – The Recreation Ground
10.30 – 11.30 Portside and friends
11.45 – 12.45 Open Water
13.00 – 14.00 The Kukes ukulele band
14.15 – 15.15 Ashford Folk Band
15.15 – 15.45 Interval for procession
15.45 – 16.45 To be announced
17.00 – 18.00 Green Diesel
SUNDAY 3rd October 2021 – The Recreation Ground
10.30 – 11.30 Hook, Line & Sinker
11.45 – 12.45 Nunhead Folk Circle
13.00 – 14.00 Rattlebag
14.15 – 15.15 Alchemy Acoustic
15.30 – 16.30 New Frontier
What Else Is On ?
After the enforced Covid 19 break the Festival expects to attract Morris sides and dance display teams from far and wide, including most of the regular teams and some new ones. They will take to the streets of the town centre on Saturday and Sunday together with other street entertainers. Dancers include local Morris sides from Kent and Sussex as well as visiting teams from further afield. Dance styles will include Cotswold, Border, Molly, Clog and Garland, as well as Slovakian, Bulgarian, Appalachian and other international traditions and styles.
The popular procession also returns on Saturday, starting from near the War Memorial in the High Street at 2:30 p.m. The procession continues through the town centre to finish on the Recreation Ground by the marquees.
The Recreation Ground is the venue for the craft fair and stalls, free music stage, dance stage and other free events. There will also be more stalls in the High Street.
What Covid Secure Measures Will Be In Place?
The Tenterden Folk Festival will be going ahead with Covid safe measures in place, with a few changes but as near normal as possible. Using most of the regular venues but moving some events to the larger venues to allow audiences and performers more space, including The Tenterden Club, The Town Hall and especially St Mildred’s Church!