The picture top right shows Mike Jurkiewicz, Anita Foley and Izzy Tuffley performing at the Falcon Hotel, Bude.
Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Bude and Stratton Folk Festival is a friendly mix of folk events held
annually on the late May Bank Holiday weekend in this beautiful area of
North Cornwall. It features music, song, dance, and storytelling,
and there is a small programme of children’s events. Festival
information is at www.budefolkfest.com. The programme is published in
What’s it all about?
The Festival welcomes numerous talented guest performers, many
internationally known, who give concerts and appear in other events
during the festival. Local dance sides perform, and we are delighted to
welcome children from local schools, who give a dance display on
Saturday morning. Festival-goers can join in workshops, open mic
stages, music sessions, sing arounds and a barn dance.
The Falcon Hotel hosts several concerts including the ‘Cream of
Cornwall and Devon’ showcase of local talent, the barn dance and
workshops. The Falcon and other local venues welcome participants in
impromptu music sessions.
The Rugby Club is the home for singers. There are sing-arounds, a Folk
Club evening, short concerts, late night sings, workshops and informal
Children's events start with instruction in school leading to
demonstration dances on Bark House Green. They are provided at no cost
to schools or parents.
This friendly Festival has always had a “joining-in” ethos. We are
grateful to the core of professional artists who do just that outside
of their formal events. But we encourage everyone’s participation.
There are workshops for musicians and singers of all abilities and a
special concert on Monday showcases some of these. In other local
venues free Fringe Events feature selected quality performers.
St Michael’s Church has wonderful acoustics and hosts daily open-mic
sessions. This is a great place to listen, for free, to the great
talent the festival attracts and have a coffee and home-made cake or a
light-bite lunch in support of church funds. There is a
non-denominational folk service on Sunday.
How can you take part?
The Festival offers weekend tickets and individual event tickets at
very fair prices. Book on the website http://www.budefolkfest.com or
call 07736 374003. Camping is available at the Rugby Club for weekend
season ticket holders. Local campsites and accommodation can be found
through Bude TIC.
We are most grateful to our Festival Patron Jim Causley and all our
guest performers, for the continuing support of Bude’s Town and County
Councillors and Festival Friends. Thanks are also due to the Committee
and staff of Bude Rugby Club and to the new owners of the Falcon Hotel
for their commitment and encouragement.