September 6th to 8th 2019
Aylsham Festival of Dance Music and Song
Tickets are now on sale for A-Fest – the third Aylsham Festival of Dance, Music and Song – to be held from 6-8 September
As in previous years, the three-day folk event will include a mixture of free music and dance performances in the town centre and at Bure Valley Railway, as well as ticketed concerts and other events.
Recent additions to this year’s guest artists are up and coming Suffolk singer and harmonium player Megan Wisdom, pictured, north Norfolk guitar and vocal duo Partners in Time, and singer-guitarist Anto Morra also from Norfolk.
They join festival headliner Damien Barber (of The Demon Barbers), Gemma Khawaja, Tony Hall, Threescore, Rattlebox, Chanter’s Jigge (ex Norwich Waits), also pictured, Broadland Ukes and more who will all appear in the Town Hall.
As well as dance displays and workshop sessions by morris and other dancers there will be free music and song sessions in the Unicorn pub and cafes and tearooms around the town.
Acts confirmed for free “fringe” appearances at Biddy’s Tearoom are Partners in Time, and at The Conservatory, The Browns, Ervin Munir and Jeff Treadway.
Bure Valley Railway will once again host singers and musicians from the Rock the Lobster Roadshow and a craft market will be held in the station car park.
Special events on Saturday 7 will include a lunchtime film show in the Heritage Centre featuring traditional Norfolk singers Harry Cox, Sam Larner and Walter Pardon, and an adult ukulele workshop in Aylsham Library.
Tune and song sessions in the Unicorn will be in memory of traditional Aylsham singer and melodeon player Percy Brown.
All-day Saturday tickets, including the lunchtime film show, afternoon concert (Rattlebox, Partners in Time, Tony Hall and Threescore), all dance workshops and evening concert (Damien Barber, Gemma Khawaja and Chanter’s Jigge) are £16 – saving up to £8 on individual events. They are now on sale at Aylsham Town Hall or available from firstname.lastname@example.org
Festival updates will be posted on this website – and to join the festival mail-list contact the same address above.
On Wednesday 11 September, the Aylsham Library New Leaf talk will be “Norfolk Hero – the Songs of Lord Nelson, the Victory and Trafalgar”. Details from the library.