AFTER a three-year wait, the upbeat sound of folk music will return to Weymouth.
The Wessex Folk Festival is back after a Covid-induced break for the Jubilee weekend, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June.
The streets of the station will come alive with the sight of colorful morris dancing sides moving beyond the traditional quayside festival area to perform in the city.
Nine different sides will dance at two venues outside the White Hart in New Bond Street and on the Esplanade opposite the King’s Statue from 11am to 4.45pm. Then on Sunday, six teams will take turns dancing at the Sand Jetty near the harbor on Trinity Road.
The highlight of the free festival will be the Wight Hot Pipes, a six piece band from the Isle of Wight who will perform their thrilling mix of bagpipes of Celtic music, dance and rock to complete the program on stage in Hope Square on the le sunday.
The 2022 Festival will break away from its traditional format to tie in with other celebrations taking place over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. This means that Sunday will be all music day on stage.
Bournemouth-based Murphy’s Lore Trio will be among the performers.
Also on stage will be The LeftOvers, Amy and The Raven, David Gordon and the Weymouth Ukuleleans.
There’s a chance for everyone to join in the dancing at 5pm on Sundays when the Tree Fellahs perform a ceilidh in Hope Square.
Open music sessions and workshops will take place in the Belvedere and Sailors Return pubs throughout Saturday afternoon and evening. The Sailors Return also opens the festival with a session on Friday evening and closes the weekend with its popular “survivor session” on Sunday evening.
Roger Quigley of the festival’s organizing committee said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome everyone to the Wessex Folk Festival as it reappears after three years. We look forward to a great weekend, supported by our participants, musicians, dancers and sponsors.
The Wessex Folk Festival website at www.wessexfolkfestival.com has full details.