Undoubtedly the oldest and most historical location of all the festival venues is St Clements and its majestic 80ft tower. With its peal of eight bells it stands like a caring guardian forever watchful over the vibrant ‘village like’ community of Leigh.
Poetry by Candle Light
Thursday 27th June, 8pm.
A Come all ye’ open Mic’ evening, participate or just listen, all are welcome. Free entry!
Hero Tales from the East
Friday 28th June, 8pm.
Dave Tongue ‘The Yarnsmith of Norwich’, brings his acclaimed tales to St Clements. Free entry!
The heroes of East Anglia have awoken from their ancient slumber and are on the move as the stories of three of the regions most famous Saxon son’s are told by storyteller and author, Dave Tonge in this adult storytelling set. Two of them, Saint Edmund and Hereward the Wake, real heroes whose tales have grown so much in the telling that they have passed into legend, while the third, Tom Hickathrift, is a lanky, long limbed lad of folktale and jest book, who also performed many a famous feat.
Saturday 29th June, 10:30am.
Come one and all and join storyteller & children’s author, Dave tongue as he tells silly tales of poor penniless pedlars, lazy long limbed lads and beasts with bellowing backsides. Free entry!
Open Mic Competition
Saturday 29th June, 12:15pm.
The Leigh Folk Festival Open Mic Competition will be taking place, as usual, this year it is being run by Chris Robson, with fourteen performers from a variety of musical backgrounds performing to try to make it through to the final four, and then one lucky performer will be crowned Leigh Folk Festival Open Mic Competition Winner 2019 !
Double Header Concert
Saturday 29th June, 12:15pm.
As our main Saturday evening event, we are delighted to be staging a unique double-header concert, featuring performances from two rather different but sympathetic groups of musicians, The Diamond Family Archive and Ex Easter Island Head in the historic surroundings of St Clement’s Church. Get tickets HERE.
Throughout Saturday a vast array of refreshments will be on sale in the church at very reasonable prices also, as in past years, if the weather is favourable St Clements tower with its breathtaking panoramic views will again be open on the Saturday.
From this most wonderful vantage point, on a clear day, Looking to the north, on its high horizon is the village of Canewdon and the Church of St Nicholas situated in what is locally known as witch country and steeped in the legend that while the church tower still stands, there will always be one Witch living in that village.
Eastwards can be seen the white propeller blades of the North sea wind farm dwarfing the once proud W.W. 2 sea forts. South across the Thames Estuary is Kent and the Isle of Grain at the mouth of the River Medway and to the west the capitals Canary Wharf and the Shard.
All at St Clements hope you enjoy your visit and wish you a most enjoyable Folk Festival.