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We couldn’t of thought of a better weekend to start. Sunday brings us a (hopefully sunny) bank holiday so we have a host of things lined up for you… Colston Hall will see in the summer with a special May Fayre on 4th May, throwing open its doors for a day of folk based fun for families with a variety of performances, workshops, dancing and singing events, a maypole and some of the best folk artists from around the country.
May Fayre is part of The Full English, a programme run by the English Folk Dance and Song Society and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This FREE event welcomes children of all ages to have a go at maypole dancing to live music in the foyer of Colston Hall.
Award winning folktronica duo Solarference will perform for free in The Lantern. A genre-defying mix of electronics and traditional folk song, Nick Janaway and Sarah Owen’s sound is warm yet spiky, with an intense live energy – powerful resonant songs come to life in epic and intimate sonic worlds. The pair are also leading a creative music workshops for adults and children, with help from Bristol Plays Music’s Get Inspired team.
In traditional May Fayre style the Bristol Morris Men will also be performing in and around the venue.
The event will also feature an Evening with Dave Swarbrick, a talk and performance by world renowned ‘Swarb’ “The most influential British fiddle player bar none”. Tickets are available from here.
The Full English has also programmed a pre Dave Swarbrick concert talk from Malcolm Taylor OBE, the director of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. Malcolm will highlight The Full English project, including a demonstration of the digital archive at work as well as information about the collections and processes involved in bringing together the archive partners and manuscripts for this flagship project. The programme has created a huge digital archive of early 20th century English Folk Arts, and developed a national programme of workshops, lectures and creative projects aimed at connecting English Folk with new audiences.
Visitors will be invited to join in a family barn dance to the soundtrack of a friendly ceilidh band, where people of all ages can learn the steps and have you skipping and stephopping in no time.
Families can settle in for the storytelling of mysterious and magical tales from English folklore, or watch the spectacular Gurt Lush Choir and young singers from around Bristol perform songs from the local area which have been unearthed and preserved by The Full English Digital Archive.
Over the May Bank Holiday weekend and in conjunction with the Bristol Folk Festival, events are taking place across the city. In partnership with Colston Hall, both St George’s and The Folkhouse will also come alive with the sound of folk!