Tap routine for folkies

By Mark Elson in Local People

EIGHT acts have been confirmed for the Mitcheldean Fete and Folk Festival warm-up gig in the Brewery Tap on Saturday, June 3.

A new feature for this year’s three-day July 14 to 16 event has also been confirmed as a ‘Jolter’ competition, in honour of the traditional wacky Forest philosopher immortalised by Harry Bed-

dington, a Cinderford teacher who wrote and performed poems and sketches in a strong local dialect.

Entrants need to create a figure between four and six feet tall dressed up to reflect a Jolter story, to be put on display around the village.

The warm-up show at the Tap starts at 7pm, and features everything from ballads to comedy to traditional songs, and a lot of singer-songwriters performing their own material. Entry is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Those lined up include Tom Atkinson, Ann Teek, Karl Jennings, Lightly Twned, Jane Pearl, Lila J, Sid Harvey and The Six Foot Way.

The festival itself will launch on the Friday night with an evening music and singing session in the Bespoke Brewery’s beer festival marquee.

The Saturday will see Morris dancing tours, a free concert in the parish church, the village fete on the playing field, a poetry festival in the library, busking spots around the village, barn dancing, and a singing session in the White Horse.

Sunday will see a folk walk with singing at pubs starting from the White Horse at noon.

Several Morris sides are hoping to join in the fun, including Belle D’Vain (North West Clog); Bristol Rag (Cotswold and Border dances); Lassington Oak (Cotswold and Border dances); Pebworth (Cotswold); Red Stags (Cotswold and Border dances); and Tattered Court (a new Cheltenham side). There will also be

a scratch side, the Mitcheldean Festival Morris.

To book a stall at the fete or to enter the Jolter competition, there are forms at www.mitcheldeanfolkfestival.org.uk or at the library and parish council offices.

If you would like to help out as a volunteer, there are meetings on the first Tuesday of each month from 7.30pm in the White Horse.

Accommodation for the festival – bunkhouse, camping, camper and caravan space, all with shower and cooking facilities – is available via accommodation@mitcheldeanfolkfestival.org

The deadline for the Jolter competition is Wednesday, July 12. Entries should be delivered to Townsend House.

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