The popularity of folk music seems to go in cycles, and at the moment it has a high profile and is receiving its share of publicity.
This weekend brings the eighth Donny Folk Festival and over the past couple of years it has really raised its game and made a mark on the national folk calendar.
The festival features a series of concerts featuring national and international folk, Roots, acoustic and blues performers. The concerts are being held at The Ukrainian Centre on Beckett Road, ten minutes walk from the town centre. The Ukrainian is an intimate and welcoming concert hall that also serves home-cooked food and real ales.
This year’s highlight will no doubt be the appearance of The Young’uns, who were recently voted Best Band at the BBC Radio Folk Awards,
The festival has come to mean more than just concerts. Festival Saturday will see a host of events in the town centre, a musicians’ session in The Brewery Tap, a singaround in The Salutation, and the biggest festival of traditional dance ever held in Doncaster.
Doncaster was renowned for Morris dancing before the industrial revolution changed the face of the town, but we are claiming it back.
There will be over 100 dancers bringing the many and varied styles of sword dances, plough stots dances and the classic Cotswold Morris. Dancing starts at 10.30am on Saturday, May 16, Market Place, High Street, Priory Walk, Waterdale Arcade and with an ensemble finale at Sir Nigel Gresley Square around 3.30pm.
The second location is Doncaster Deaf Trust, The site offers high quality camping facilities for out of town visitors and will also host a Friday night musicians’ session with the ever popular ceilidh on Saturday night.
Sunday is wind-down day and given over to the ‘survivors’ session’ in the Masons’ Arms, a singaround that kicks off at midday and carries on as long as there are those with the energy to continue.
Organiser Mick Jenkinson said: “Our concert hall is tiny and our resources are limited, but we are happy to have established ourselves as a ‘boutique’ festival, gaining recognition on the national circuit; praised by artists, audience and media alike for the quality we can bring both on and off stage.”
Weekend tickets are £35.00, with a range of individual concert tickets available, and lots of free stuff too! Details of tickets together with artists and venues can be found at Doncaster Folk Festival
Folk Festival listings of events:
Friday May 15 - Evening Concert. Ukrainian Centre. Doors 6.30 for 7.30pm start
The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band | John Conolly & Rob Van Sante | Naomi Bedford.
Saturday May 16 - Afternoon Concert. Ukrainian Centre. Doors 12.00 for 1.00pm start
The Danny Landau Band | Alistair Pearson | Murder at the Seaside | Ginny Mule
Evening Concert. Ukrainian Centre. Doors 6.30 for 7.30pm start
The Young’uns | Hannah Sanders | Steve Turner
Ceilidh. Doncaster Communication Specialist College (Deaf College). Doors 7.00 for 7.30pm start. Featuring the Alterego Ceilidh Band
Day of Dance. Town Centre. 10.30am - 4.30pm
Join us in the Market Place, High Street, Priory Walk, Waterdale. Finale 3.30 pm in Sir Nigel Gresley Square.
Singaround Saturday. Salutation Inn, South Parade. From 3.00pm
All welcome. Singaround/Session led by our Ceilidh Band - Alterego.
Musicians’ Session. Doncaster Brewery Tap, Young Street. From 1.00pm
All welcome; Players and Singers. The Brewery’s Sessions have been gaining quite a
Sunday May 17 - Singaround / Survivors’ Session. Masons’ Arms, Market Place. From 1.00pm
A free and relaxed singers and musicians session with a few special guests dropping in.
Concert tickets: Phone Derek 01302 328756 or visit We Got Tickets Full Weekend £35.00; Friday Evening Concert s £15.00 (At Ukrainian centre); Saturday All-Day ticket £20.00 (At Ukrainian centre);Saturday Afternoon Concert s £10.00 (At Ukrainian centre); Saturday Evening Concerts £15.00 (At Ukrainian centre); Saturday Evening Ceilidh £6.00 (At the Deaf College); The Singarounds, Musicians’’ Sessions and Day of Dance are all FREE events.