Fishguard comes alive to the sound of folk

Fishguard comes alive to the sound of folk

Vagrants Crew at last year's Fishguard Folk Festival

Heb Enw Morris - a Pembrokeshire border morris team at last year's festival

Traditional Welsh dancing

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Fishguard will come alive with the sound of music this bank holiday weekend as it hosts the annual folk festival.

The event, now in its 15th year, is firmly established in the music calendar, attracting people from across the UK.

This year there will be more than 50 events running from tomorrow, Friday, May 23 through to Monday, May 26. Many are free, and festival-goers can move freely between venues.

The hive of activity will be at the Royal Oak on the square, where local musicians and visitors join together in sessions, and at Ffwrn, which will host a series of concerts.

A number of other venues in Fishguard and Lower Town are offering visitors the opportunity to see performers in a more informal setting, as well as learn new skills at workshops.

A new event for 2014, scheduled for the Saturday morning, is a session specifically designed for small children, and the popular, family friendly Pirates and Smugglers walk will take place on the Sunday.

In the afternoon there will be a twmpath (barn dance) which attracts participants of all ages, as well as those who just come to enjoy the lively tunes.

On bank holiday Monday, the festival is joining with the library’s event to promote the Invasion Tapestry, and musicians will be providing music in the library itself, with traditional Welsh clog dancers entertaining visitors inside and outside the town hall.

A festival organiser said: “All folk festivals are different, but Fishguard’s is special because it is rooted in the sharing of music which takes place every Tuesday night in the Royal Oak.

“The festival is a natural extension of this musical companionship, a brilliant excuse to make and listen to music for four days, and to extend a warm welcome to everyone to come and experience a vibrant weekend of music.”

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