- RIP Roy Harris
Roy Harris; folk singer and story teller (1933 to 2016), was born into a working class family on the Nottingham/Derby border and went to an elementary school until 15. After various jobs and National service in Royal Artillery he did regular service in
RAF. On demob he had various dead end jobs before he turned professional as a folksinger in 1964. Roy inspired, encouraged and mentored many of today's folk singers. He finally retired from full time touring 1999 but did do a short reprise tour in 2010 including
a return visit to Tenterden Folk Festival .Roy will be sadly missed.
- Tenterden Folk Festival
Tenterden Folk Festival is a four day long festival of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions. Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for
this friendly, family festival of folk. Tenterden features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs and restaurants and green verges. The festival includes many free events.
- A Day's Work
Saturday 26th November at Revelation St Marys, in Ashford.
Acclaimed on the folk scene and beyond when first performed in 1995, ‘A Day’s Work’ is now re-written for The Great War Centenary with newly-composed songs and a cast of multi-talented and highly respected performers.
- Monthly song and music session
We also run a monthly sing-a-round style folk song and music session at The William Caxton on the second Tuesday of every month. Click on picture to go to the "Tenterden Folk Club" page.
- Around Kent Folk magazine
Kent's free folk magazine published six times a year by Kathy and Bob Drage.
Feb/Mar, Apr/May, Jun/Jul, Aug/Sep, Oct/Nov, Dec/Jan.
- Tenterden Folk Festival bags
Tenterden Folk Festival bags £6.00 each plus P&P £1.50
Cheques payable to "Tenterden Folk Day Trust" please
Available from Kathy & Bob Drage, 80 Westgate Bay Avenue, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent CT8 8NY
Sponsored by: Tenterden Fish Bar, Old Dairy Brewery and Around Kent Folk
- Lift Share
If you need a lift to Tenterden Folk Festival or can offer a lift to someone else visit our Lift Share page
- Photos by Lewis Brockway
Check out the Facebook pages for Lewis Brockway, our official festival photographer.
- Donate now
You can now donate to Tenterden Folk Festival on line with BT MyDonate. See our Supporters and fundraising page for more details and direct link. Alternatively contact us for more details.
- On line shop
Have you visited the new TFF on line shop? We will add more items in due course.
- Visit Tenterden & Ashford
Check out the new Visit Ashford and Tenterden website
- My Tenterden Business Directory and Events Diary
The My Tenterden Business Directory and Events Diary (What's On)
for local business and the local community went live in June 2016. Free listings for community groups, clubs and societies. A fantastic new website for Tenterden, and a brand new Tenterden app. More entries being added every day.
- Tenterden Town
Find out more about Tenterden from The Tenterden & District Chamber of Commerce website. As anyone who has visited the town will tell you the picturesque 'Cinque Port' of Tenterden has every reason to declare itself 'The Jewel of the Weald'.
Its fine High Street must rank amongst the most attractive in the Country with historic houses, shops, restaurants and pubs separated from the carriageway by wide expanses of tree-lined grass verges.
- Honorary Patrons
Jacqui McShee, singer with Pentangle and Take3, and Sussex singer and song collector Shirley Collins are Honorary Patron of Tenterden Folk Festival.
- Festival procession
Do not miss the procession of Morris sides and other folk dance display teams on Saturday at Tenterden Folk Festival.
- Kent and East Sussex Railway
While you are in Tenterden, take a ride on the heritage steam railway.
- Concerts, sing-a-rounds, etc
Concerts, barn dance, sing-a-rounds, music sessions and workshops are a popular feature of the festival
- Young folk
We also aim to showcase younger folk musicians and local bands such as Green Diesel pictured above.
- Dance displays
Tanglefoot Appalachian are regular visitors to the festival where they join around 60 other dance display teams and Morris sides. There is a festival procession along the High street on Saturday.
- Crafts and stalls
A large marquee on the Recreation Ground is now home to the craft fair and other stalls as well as a showcase stage and dance stage.
Street stalls line the lower High Street.
- Past guests
Past guests at the festival are too numerous to list but have included many of the top names on the folk scene from Martin Carthy to Shirley Collins, John Kirkpatrick, Jez Lowe, Ashley Hutchings, Ian Campbell, Pete Coe, Roy Harris and many others. Our
policy is also to include many of the folk musicians who still tour the clubs, festivals and art centres.
- Other cultures
Fanfare Ciocarlia, a gypsy brass band from Romania are among the past overseas guests. We include groups from overseas where the music is relevant to our traditions or has a local connection. Guests have come from Romania, Slovakia, Germany, Holland,
Gambia, South Africa, Canada and the USA.
- Revelation St Mary's ~ Ashford's arts venue
Check out what is on at St Mary's Arts Centre, Ashford's arts and music venue, on their website
- The Wood & the Wire
The local folk programme on Radio Ashford every Wednesday at 9 pm. Listen on 107.1 FM or via www.radioashford.co.uk or the TuneIn app.