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Thread #104324   Message #2139374
Posted By: GUEST,Ralphie
03-Sep-07 - 12:13 AM
Thread Name: Faversham Hop Festival
Subject: RE: Faversham Hop Festival
Speaking as a resident of Faversham, I'd like to point out that the Hop Festival has never set itself out to be a Folk Festival. It's a Town Festival, and the folk input is merely one of the ingredients.
For myself, having driven down from the excellent English Country Music day in Stowmarket on Saturday, to help out with the Festival band overture in the market square on Sun morning, It was as delightful as always, Yes, a bit of a curates egg of an event, and suffered (in common with most towns in the UK) with the Chav problem,
But IMHO, an interesting mix of musical styles was on display.
To actually play the music that I love, to people who would otherwise have no knowledge of it, is surely part of being in the community?
Whilst playing in the Bear (unusually quiet at the time) I struck up a conversation with a lady of a certain age (!) reminiscing about times past, and concertina players that she had known. Pure gold to me.

No, Fav is not a Folk Fest, So, if you are only interested in singing (whatever), it's not the place for you.


As for me, it was bloody great, (and I got to see Trommelflot again!)

Cheers for now

Ralphie