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Sun-soaked Kimpton music festival is a big hit

Luke Jackson performing in the Memorial Hall at Kimpton Folk Festival. 
Picture: Melissa Page

Luke Jackson performing in the Memorial Hall at Kimpton Folk Festival. Picture: Melissa Page

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Youth and world-class music were the highlights of a magical, sun-soaked Kimpton Folk Festival.

Talented young artists rubbed shoulders with some of the country’s most highly regarded folk artists last Saturday.

Five ticketed concerts in the village hall and the 13th century church were studded with BBC Folk Awards winners and nominees.

Names included the Urban Folk Quartet, The James Brothers, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Will McNicol & Luke Selby, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Jackie Oates & Mike Cosgrave, Jaywalkers, Blathnaid Lynn, Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, The London Klezmer Quartet, Kelly Oliver, Luke Jackson, Said the Maiden, and While, Matthews & While.

A free stage on the village green, nestled among food and drink stalls, featured spots by some of the festival’s bigger names, as well as New Roots finalist Jem Bosatta and the children of Kimpton School, who opened the event at noon with a presentation of traditional song and dance.

Doug Jenner, chairman of Kimpton Folk Events, and Allie Smith, KFE Trustee.  Picture: Melissa PageDoug Jenner, chairman of Kimpton Folk Events, and Allie Smith, KFE Trustee. Picture: Melissa Page

Speaking on behalf of organising body Kimpton Folk Events, trustee June Rowlands said: “We work to grow participation in the folk arts in our community.

“We have been working with Kimpton School to run a folk arts education programme and it was so exciting to see the children performing so brilliantly on the big day.”

The youth theme continued all day, with talented local buskers Emma Risley, Lizzie Hennigan and Toby Wood among others, performing at dedicated ‘busk stops’ around the village.

And the education theme continued as well, with well-attended beginners’ workshops in spoons, poetry, harmony singing, ukulele and Indian dance.

Harmony Singing workshop with Said The Maiden.
 Picture: Melissa PageHarmony Singing workshop with Said The Maiden. Picture: Melissa Page

This was the third Kimpton Folk Festival, and according to chairman Doug Jenner, its most ambitious and successful yet.

He said: “This year we offered a truly stellar line-up of artists from around the UK, but just as important, we were able to grow the level of community involvement.

“The extraordinary work of our trustees, committee members and volunteers has developed a sense of shared ownership of this event – as is evidenced in the comments of so many of the artists.”

Stevenage singer-songwriter and guitarist Kelly Oliver tweeted: “Had such a nice time playing at @KimptonFolk! One of my fave festivals!

Harmony Singing workshop with Said The Maiden.
Picture: Melissa PageHarmony Singing workshop with Said The Maiden. Picture: Melissa Page

“Also really lovely to play a short set with my talented friends Said The Maiden. Thanks to everyone who came to watch and to the whole festival team for looking after us.”

Ciaran Algar & Greg Russell praised the event, saying: “Doing so much for community and arts promotion. We loved this festival, thanks.”

Duo Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage said: “What a friendly, seamlessly organised and well-curated programme, with such lovely staff.”

Kimpton Folk Events trustee Alison Smith added: “It’s so rewarding to see people smiling and chatting about the bands they’ve seen, the workshops they’ve done or just seeing families enjoying a great day out.”

Harmony Singing workshop with Said The Maiden. 
Picture: Melissa PageHarmony Singing workshop with Said The Maiden. Picture: Melissa Page

Traditional Indian Dance workshop with Sujatha Chenilath. 
Picture: Melissa PageTraditional Indian Dance workshop with Sujatha Chenilath. Picture: Melissa Page

Traditional Indian Dance workshop with Sujatha Chenilath. 
Picture: Melissa PageTraditional Indian Dance workshop with Sujatha Chenilath. Picture: Melissa Page

Traditional Indian Dance workshop with Sujatha Chenilath.
 Picture: Melissa PageTraditional Indian Dance workshop with Sujatha Chenilath. Picture: Melissa Page

June Rowlands, Kimpton Folk Events trustee, enjoying the ukulele workshop.
 Picture: Melissa PageJune Rowlands, Kimpton Folk Events trustee, enjoying the ukulele workshop. Picture: Melissa Page

Euan Tees' ukulele workshop. 
Picture: Melissa PageEuan Tees' ukulele workshop. Picture: Melissa Page

Euan Tees' ukulele workshop.
Picture: Melissa PageEuan Tees' ukulele workshop. Picture: Melissa Page

Euan Tees' ukulele workshop.  Picture: Melissa PageEuan Tees' ukulele workshop. Picture: Melissa Page

Kimpton Folk Festival 2018. 
Picture: Melissa PageKimpton Folk Festival 2018. Picture: Melissa Page

On The Green enjoying music at Kimpton Folk Festival 2018. 
Picture: Melissa PageOn The Green enjoying music at Kimpton Folk Festival 2018. Picture: Melissa Page

Kimpton Folk Festival 2018. 
Picture: Melissa PageKimpton Folk Festival 2018. Picture: Melissa Page

The London Klezmer Quartet performing.
Picture: Melissa PageThe London Klezmer Quartet performing. Picture: Melissa Page

Dancing to The London Klezmer Quartet. 
Picture: Melissa PageDancing to The London Klezmer Quartet. Picture: Melissa Page

The London Klezmer Quartet performing. 
Picture: Melissa PageThe London Klezmer Quartet performing. Picture: Melissa Page

Dancing to The London Klezmer Quartet. 
Picture: Melissa PageDancing to The London Klezmer Quartet. Picture: Melissa Page

Kimpton Folk Festival 2018. 
Picture: Melissa PageKimpton Folk Festival 2018. Picture: Melissa Page

Kimpton Folk Festival 2018. 
Picture: Melissa PageKimpton Folk Festival 2018. Picture: Melissa Page

Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente performing in the church.
 Picture: Melissa PageJosie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente performing in the church. Picture: Melissa Page

Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente performing in the church at Kimpton Folk Festival 2018. 
Picture: Melissa PageJosie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente performing in the church at Kimpton Folk Festival 2018. Picture: Melissa Page

Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente performing in the church. 
Picture: Melissa PageJosie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente performing in the church. Picture: Melissa Page

Left to righ: Thea, 10, Courtney, 11, volunteer Lisa Lang and Poppy, 11. 
Picture: Melissa PageLeft to righ: Thea, 10, Courtney, 11, volunteer Lisa Lang and Poppy, 11. Picture: Melissa Page

Thea, 10, Courtney, 11, and Poppy, 11, at Kimpton Folk Festival 2018. 
Picture: Melissa PageThea, 10, Courtney, 11, and Poppy, 11, at Kimpton Folk Festival 2018. Picture: Melissa Page

Luke Jackson performing in the Memorial Hall at Kimpton Folk Festival. 
Picture: Melissa PageLuke Jackson performing in the Memorial Hall at Kimpton Folk Festival. Picture: Melissa Page

Luke Jackson performing in the Memorial Hall.
 Picture: Melissa PageLuke Jackson performing in the Memorial Hall. Picture: Melissa Page

Luke Jackson performing in the Memorial Hall at Kimpton Folk Festival. 
Picture: Melissa PageLuke Jackson performing in the Memorial Hall at Kimpton Folk Festival. Picture: Melissa Page

Luke Jackson performing in the Memorial Hall. 
Picture: Melissa PageLuke Jackson performing in the Memorial Hall. Picture: Melissa Page

Luke Jackson performing in the Memorial Hall.
 Picture: Melissa PageLuke Jackson performing in the Memorial Hall. Picture: Melissa Page

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