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August 22nd - 25th, 2008

Rare chance to see Swarb’s Lazarus

On Saturday, Wadebridge Folk Festival is the first festival to present Dave
Swarbrick’s new band, Lazarus, a trio featuring the legendary English
Fiddler Dave Swarbrick (ex-Fairport Convention, ex-Whippersnapper), ace
guitarist Kevin Dempsey (ex-Whippersnapper) and multi-instrumentalist
Maartin Allcock (ex-Fairport Convention, ex-Jethro Tull). Swarb’s Lazarus
play mostly traditional music of the British Isles, with all the charm and
showmanship you would expect from these legendary musicians. Don’t miss this
great band’s only 2008 festival gig!
Brilliant guitarist Pete Berryman and warm, humourous and engaging
Australian duo Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton are also on the bill for the
Saturday evening concert with Lazarus.

Wadebridge Folk Festival will be better than ever!

Following the great success of the last-minute Wadebridge Folk Weekend in
2007, The Wadebridge Folk Festival will take place over the August bank
holiday in 2008. The festival, which has been organised by Hobgoblin Music
will feature some of the South West’s best and most popular artists and
bands, with a few great acts from the rest of Britain stirred into the mix!

Four days of concerts, ceilidhs, sessions, workshops, dances and singarounds
will begin on Friday 22nd August with a concert by the ever popular Show of
Hands, followed by a Ceilidh led by Hobgoblin Music founders Pete and Mannie

On Saturday afternoon is a concert headlined by Louis Eliot (once of
ninetines Britpop Romatic band Rialto), “True pop genius” The Times,
“Eliot’s songwriting brings a Beatlesesque intimacy to the commonplace”
Sunday Express, “Louis sings with the understated soul of Scott Walker” The
Telegraph, “Louis Eliot’s sharp lyricism and easy songwriting serves him
well” NME

As well as concerts, workshops and ceilidhs at the Town Hall, there are many
other events taking place around Wadebridge during the festival. There will
be free gigs, sessions and singarounds at three other venues around the
town: The Bridge on Wool, The Ship Inn and the Molesworth Arms Hotel. There
will also be street entertainment in Wadebridge town centre throughout the
weekend, and a craft fair at the St John’s Ambulance Hall in Wadebridge. And
two extra events have just been added to the Sunday programme, a afternoon
blues concert and an evening ceilidh.

Tickets are on sale now for the festival. All events are individually
ticketed, and there are also day season tickets available in advance or at
the festival. However the best value comes with the full season ticket,
which at just 63 covers every concert, ceilidh and workshop at the
festival - that’s eleven concerts and dances and up to 6 non-clashing

Huge array of Cornish Artists!

On Saturday evening there’s a Noze Looan (Literally ‘Happy Night’) dance
night with Dalla who have ignited the traditional music of Cornwall with
their boundless imagination and irrepressible, infectious approach to the

The Sunday afternoon concert with Dalla will be followed later by an evening
concert headlined by 3 Daft Monkeys, a trio playing world influenced
acoustic music, with a hint of the bizarre!

On Monday afternoon, the local acts take over, with a Cornish music
afternoon featuring local artists Thorn & Roses, Leski, Mike O’Connor,
Caracana and Elowen, followed later by a ceilidh with the fun and talented
band Aardvark, with caller Pete Grassby.

Extra Info!

Artists playing at the festival: Show of Hands, Swarb’s Lazarus, 3 Daft
Monkeys, Dalla, Pete Berryman, Louis Eliot, Aardvark, Steve Turner, Elowen,
Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Blabbermouth, Thorn & Roses, The Claque, Pete
and Mannie & Friends, Just Plain Myrtle, Tom Addison & Barry Lister, Leski,
Caracana, Mike O’Connor, Kickin’ Chicken, Pete Laity, Bushes and Briars

Workshops: Concertina Part Playing, Bodhran, Hammered Dulcimer, Melodeon and
French Dance, DADGAD Guitar, Appalachian Dance, Slide Guitar, Couple
Dancing, Cornish Music and Storytelling. Workshops are included in the
season ticket, or 2.50 each to non ticket holders.

Dancers: Carnkie Cloggers, Wadebridge Youth, Tros an Treys, Trigg, Cat’s
Eye, Ros Keltek, plus Scottish Dancing and Morris Dancing.

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