Folk on the pier music festival success

Cromer’s 16th folk festival saw some of the biggest names from the world of folk on the stage at the pavilion theatre and at free fringe events at hotels and pubs around the town.

Head-liners on the pier included Home Service, English folk-rock’s brass driven heavyweights and international Italian ‘squeeze-box’ maestro Ricardo Tesi, Canadian songstress Eilleen McGann and the Guichen brothers from Brittany.

Welsh band Jamie Smith’s Mabon supplied the high octane Celtic dance tunes while Brass Monkey, Tickled Pink and Ashley Hutching’s ‘Morris On’ offered various arrangements of the English dance tradition.

Outside of the instrumental acts, the art of the singer-songwriter was amply represented by the likes of long-standing names Jez Lowe, Richard Digance, Michael Chapman, Harvey Andrews and Roger Davies while younger talent was showcased by Fabian Holland, the Willows and the Young ‘uns.

As a special attraction, this year saw the welcomed return of, Paul Wegg on guitar and vocals and Robbie Nash on melodeon – both former members of the popular Cromer Smugglers.

Performers stood on the Cromer lifeboat at the boat house and several former Smugglers were present to join in.

The Smugglers long included members of the lifeboat crew, the group was always a major fund-raising group in the town who raised thousands for charity in the past. Other musicians included Tom Leary on the fiddle and Gareth Turner on melodeon.

Step-dancers Chris Gill and Fiona Davies kept tradition alive – following in the footsteps of her father, the late Richard Davies, former coxswain of the Cromer lifeboat.

Elvis Fontenot and the Sugar Bees had the theatre audience on their feet with a high energy performance complimented by fine musicianship.

Other fringe events included Kiss the Mistress with their captivating Balkan and gipsy tunes and kora player Safo Kanuteh, accompanied on guitar by Adam of Nobodaddy.

Founder and Festival producer, Scott Buttler, was delighted with the outcome and is already looking forward to next year.

There was so much vareity it was impossible to cover every single act, however, for a complete list please visit folkonthepier.co.uk

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