About Festival guest Dan McKinnon

Dan McKinnon grew up in a slightly extended family, his maternal grandmother becoming an important part of his home-life after the sudden and tragic death of her husband in 1960. She beguiled Dan and his siblings with countless tales of turn-of-the-century Halifax, of living through magical days and life-altering events. His parents brought their own personal glimpses of family, of life’s experiences and events, adding their mix to the stories of his youth. Those narratives of earlier days took on special significance when brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, nephews and nieces met and relaxed… then the stories took flight and raced along like an old steam engine on a section of straight track, throttle out, fast and furious.

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Tenterden Folk Festival 2019

Four days of folk song, music, dance, craft and traditions

Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th October 2019


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Music Glue

  • Would you like to join our team of volunteers?

    A large number of volunteers are needed to run the festival and this is one of the most important roles.   Primarily it will involve monitoring door entry and selling tickets for the events, collecting money at pub song and music sessions where necessary, in the town centre and on the Recreation ground, helping on the camp site with arrivals, manning the Ticket Office and generally helping out where necessary.
    To find out more click on "Would you like to join our team" above

  • Youth workshops

    Tenterden Folk Festival has been awarded a grant to run a series of workshops on folk song, music and dance in schools in and around Tenterden. The Overstone Fund and Kent Community Foundation are funding this project.  The aim is to get the children and youths actively involved in singing, playing music and taking part in Morris dancing.     

  • 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

    AKF is now published six times per year by Tenterden Folk Festival. Your FREE guide to folk events in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and beyond.  Feb/Mar, Apr/May, Jun/Jul, Aug/Sep, Oct/Nov, Dec/Jan.

  • 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.

  • Concerts, sing-a-rounds, etc

    Concerts, barn dance, sing-a-rounds, music sessions and workshops are a popular feature of the festival

  • Other cultures

    We include relevant groups from overseas and UK based groups performing music and dance from other cultures.  Pictured are 4 x 4 Bhangra Dancers from Kent.  Guests have come from Romania, Slovakia, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Gambia, South Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada and the USA.

  • Young folk

    We also aim to showcase younger folk singers, musicians and dancers. Pictured is a team of children performing traditional Slovakian folk dances.

  • 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

    Large marquees on the Recreation Ground are now home to the craft fair and other stalls as well as the free music stage and dance stage.  
    Street stalls also 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. 

  • 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.

  • Find us on social media

    Your can also find us on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Linked In
    Follow the links on our "Contacts us" page

                         Tenterden Folk Festival: promoting folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions: Charity No. 1038663                

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