Leigh Folk Festival presents: Front Room Folk Festival

On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May Leigh Folk Festival presents: Front Room Folk Festival


For nearly 30 years Leigh Folk Arts Association has been showcasing folk arts through its broad church approach to programming its events, and plans to continue its mission in 2020 in a new way.


Front Room Folk Festival will be a two-day digital fundraising broadcast and celebration of everything Leigh Folk Festival, including music, storytelling, spoken word, workshops, dance, poetry, video messages and interviews.


Funds raised during the broadcast will support the work of three charities; the Southend Emergency Fund, set up in response to Covid-19, is run by a consortium of local businesses and existing charities to support those desperately in need of financial aid in the borough of Southend; Help Musicians which has an emergency fund to support musicians nationwide with grants for those in financial hardship; and the Leigh Folk Arts Association to ensure its survival and continuation, and to further its work in the community in the future. Donate now to our Front Room Folk Festival fund.

Front Room Folk Festival merchandise now on sale


In addition to the broadcast, a limited range of merchandise is on sale for pre-order, with all profits going towards the charities involved, including special edition folk craft lino prints and a Front Room Folk Festival T-Shirt. Buy now.


Paul Collier, Artistic Director, Leigh Folk Arts Association said:


Since we cancelled this year’s Leigh Folk Festival, we’ve been working on ways that we can support both the local and wider arts communities. As a small organisation, we decided to create a digital manifestation and celebration of our annual festival that would have marked its 29th year in 2020. While replacing a physical event, recreating the smells, sights and atmosphere, isn’t completely possible, we are curating an incredible weekend of very special entertainment, and raising money for three charities in the process


Artists already billed to take part include Scottish folk musician Alaisdair Roberts, Rosalie Cunningham, Gemma Khawaja, Thom Ashworth, Johnny Butler from Brooklyn, Former Owl Service member Dom Cooper, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, storyteller Hannah Brailsford and BBC Radio 1 and TV presenter Ollie Winiberg.


In addition, local musicians Pick Yer Feet Up, SJ Denny, Fran Foote, Toby Shaer, Lunatraktors, Mabes, Brother Jonathan, Luke Jackson, Emily Frith, Dave Woodcock, in earnest, Roisin O’Hagan and Jordan Hemingway join the line up. More announcements are expected and frontroomfolk.com will be kept up-to-date with the latest announcements.


Claire Gevaux, Director of Programme, Help Musicians said:


We are incredibly grateful to Leigh Folk Festival for choosing to fundraise for our charity at such a critical time for the music community. Leigh Folk Festival plays such an important part of the UK music calendar and we’re delighted to see the array of talented musicians taking part in this special Front Room Folk Festival. We know that musicians are having to adapt in these uncertain times so we’re really pleased to be part of a digital festival that will bring folk music to an online audience.


To find out more or donate now go to www.frontroomfolk.com, and follow online using #FrontRoomFolk.


Front Room Folk Festival will be broadcast on Leigh Folk Festival’s new YouTube channel (subscribe now), Facebook and websites on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May.

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