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Fishguard Folk Festival is back ‘and happy to be home again’

AFTER two years absence the famous Fishguard Folk Festival is back and happy to be home again! From Friday 27 through to Sunday 29 May many different venues in the town will offer a wonderful variety of music, song and dance – as well as the popular and notorious “Fishguard Pirates and Smugglers walk” (Sunday AM).

Organisers say that this is one of the best small town traditional folk music festivals in the UK and nearly all the events are free! Look out for the festival’s colour programme which gives details of times and venues or see the Fishguard Folk Festival website for information on performers and artists. The official opening will be held in the town square on Saturday morning at 10.30 am.

The Herald understands that there will be sessions in several different locations with a variety of music including jigs, reels, sea shanties and much more. There is a twmpath/ceilidh (Friday evening) as well as dancing and workshops throughout the weekend.

Organisers said: “This year we welcome a wonderful variety of performers including Alaw, who have been described as a “Welsh supergroup”, the Shackleton Trio and the Jackie Oates Trio who have concerts in Theatre Gwaun.

“In addition look out for our own Pembrokeshire group Broadoak who have a new show “Birdsongs” for this festival. Andrew McKay and Carol Etherton are accomplished singers and instrumentalists from the Gower peninsular.

“Harriet Earis is a Celtic harpist specialising in Irish, Welsh and Scottish music. While the harpist Chloe Mathraru is from Scotland. We also welcome the Cherrystones from the borders, Nick Scott on Uilean pipes, John Tose a Preselli piper, Heb Enw Morris dancers and there is so much more!

“Do come and join us and we are sure you will have a wonderful weekend!”