Featured: Folk on the Lawn Weekend at the Abbey Mill

July 11, 2017

Folk on the Lawn Folk Festival – Abbey Mill, Tintern

13th – 16th July 2017

For an eleventh year, both the lawn and the building complex at the Abbey Mill Wye Valley Centre will reverberate to music, dance and the spoken word, as the Folk on the Lawn festival comes to this beautiful village on the edge of Wales.

Whilst ‘folk’ is in its title, the event adopts a very broad church outlook: everything from the traditional to the outlandishly strange. So, for example, within the space of just a few hours on just one of the four stages, there is a switch from a twmpath or ceilidh (traditional or ‘country’ dancing) to the esoteric sound – and appearance – of The Face That Boils Itself, where someone plays a saw and all sorts of unusual things take place. There is, in general, huge variety in the musical fare offered…as there is with food, drink and ‘shopping’: Folk on the Lawn coincides with Abbey Mill’s mini beer festival; the Mill also provides both meals and the more staple ‘festival food’; as well as the craft shops surrounding the site, there will be stalls selling ‘artsy and crafty’ items together with T shirts, CDs and the like.

There are over 25 acts performing over the weekend. Two outside stages working in tandem, continuous music on the bar stage, inside, and the event starting with a concert featuring both Keith Christmas and Bina Williamson on the restaurant stage on the Thursday evening. It should be noted that this Thursday event is priced at £10 by contacting thursday@folkon the lawn.com or £12 on the door. All other days are free.

On Friday, the music kicks off with the cross-border collaboration, The Autumn Set, at 5.30pm and, apart from some breaks for rest and recovery, carries on until the same time on the Sunday.

Folk on the Lawn is also unusual in that there are no entry charges. Those attending, however, are encouraged to make a donation in exchange for a wristband and also to enter the twice-daily raffle. It is through these means that those performing are remunerated. More information is available via the Folk on the Lawn website –   www.folkonthelawn.com


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