SUNSHINE was in abundance as the Tredegar House Folk Festival returned after a two-year absence this weekend, May 6-8.
It was the 31st edition of this popular event which saw crowds flock to the grounds of the impressive 17th century mansion to enjoy a plethora of folk music, traditional dancing and plenty of food and drink.
After a two-year absence due to covid, the organizers of this year’s festival were keen to put on a great show, with the event also being a special celebration of one of its founders and legendary Newport musical figure, Marcus Butler, died last November. .
“It’s a privilege to be back,” said festival president Sue Oates.
“We have been away for two difficult years during which we have all mourned dear friends, changed lives and ways, found solace in small mercies and been in awe of the heroic work of the NHS.
“This is by far the most ambitious festival we have ever presented. For that, we have a lot to thank: our generous sponsors, our musicians and dancers, our tireless volunteers, the brilliant teams at the National Trust and the Arts Council of Wales and my hard-working festival committee.
“We will forever cherish the memory of Marcus Butler, founding member of the festival and creator of Marcus Music, whose studio overlooks our festival site. We will remember him for his music, his dancing and, above all, with love.
On Friday night, the crowds were treated to brilliant musical performances from the multi-award winning band Calan, as well as the Trials of Cato, who won Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
On Saturday night, Welsh Folk Award winner Alaw took to the stage with Caldicot indie folk band Rusty Shackle flying the flag of Gwent.
But there was plenty of fun throughout the day, with a packed dance schedule on Saturday and Sunday that included routines from around the world.
On Sunday afternoon, festival-goers were treated to a traditional Welsh dance performed by Dawnswyr Gwerin Pen-y-Fai, from Bridgend, who performed a dance from Abergavenny.
Welsh folk dancers from Gwent also showed off their dancing skills on Saturday afternoon.