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Press and Media Release – 23 March 2022
‘Popular North Norfolk Festival ‘Thaws Out’ with a ‘Warm Up’ Concert’
Having been put ‘on ice’ for the last two years due to the Covid pandemic, Cromer’s popular ‘Folk on the Pier’ festival is now set fair for the second weekend of May. Since its last outing in 2019, festival producer Scott Butler has managed to keep the majority of both artists and bookings for the 2020 production intact through the 2020 and 2021 ‘no shows’, and is delighted to be back on track and full steam ahead with the final preparations for what in real terms is the 22nd event, since it started in 1999.
Apart from having to re-arrange two acts in the 2020 line-up, the real change concerns the fringe events whereby a new team will now be running this element of the festival. ‘Folk off the Pier’ is the new ‘not for profit’ organisation that since its inception has also been on hold for the last three years. Mr Butler explains ‘I am delighted that we have a new voluntary body running the fringe events. I have looked after both sides of the festival for the last twenty-one productions and during that time increasingly felt that being involved financially with the free fringe events was actually in many ways rather counter-productive, especially when there were more chances of attracting funding and sponsorship for a ‘not for profit’ organisation distinctly separate from the commercial end of things on the pier. Although I will still of course co-ordinate with the fringe festival, it will in future free up more of my time up to spend on producing the main theatre event each year.’
Renowned as ‘the Best Gig on the North Sea’, ‘Folk on the Pier ‘attracts a plethora of well-known and up-and-coming folk, folk-rock and acoustic artists from across the UK. The line-up is once again a ‘who’s who’ of award winners. Among the headliners are BAFTA Nominated TV Entertainer of the Year and The British Academy Gold Award of Composers recipient Richard Digance, and Wizz Jones who picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The ever-evolving folk-rock band TRADarrr will play music from their latest album ‘Strange News’ and as always festival Patron Ashley Hutchings MBE who has been the recipient of numerous awards will present one of his latest special projects ‘Dylancentric’ for the festival.
But it is not all about award winners – other acts include festival favourites the Gerry Colvin Band, Feast of Fiddles, the Spikedrivers, this time collaborating with Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke in a performance of their concept show ‘Saints and Sinners’, Kevin Dempsey, Alan Reid, and the Urban Folk Quartet; plus newcomers to the theatre - Linda Watkins, Martin Harley, and the Redhills. Also making their first appearance at the festival are local acts Christina Alden and Alex Patterson, the Shackleton Trio and Klezmerized! Closing the festival on Sunday evening is the band without whom there would probably not be a ‘Folk on The Pier’ - Fairport Convention. Little did they know when they invented British folk-rock that it would become the inspiration for what has become a very popular and enduring music festival.
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News - 4th November2021
I am delighted to announce the winners of the prize draw, with apologies for the delay in doing so! This was caused by an unfortunate problem with the video of Richard Digance drawing the winning ticket at the recent ‘Folk on the Strand’ weekend, the file of which unfortunately corrupted, and despite numerous attempts to salvage it, we have had to give up on it now!
Firstly congratulations go to Martin Carter from Cambridgeshire who was the lucky winner of the main prize (looking very pleased as you can see!)
The runners up for a pair of tickets for an individual concert at the 2022 event are the following:
Chrissie Pye – Gorleston – Friday Afternoon
Martin Bate – Bury St Edmunds – Friday Evening
Diane Cook – Gainsborough - Saturday Afternoon
Anthony Pattle – Cambridge – Saturday Evening
David Holmes – Saffron Walden – Sunday Afternoon
Fiona Dodman – Stowmarket – Sunday Evening
The winning tickets will be mailed out soon. (Please note as per the original T & C’s with the exception of the main prize, we are unable to exchange any individual prize tickets for alternative concerts or for any financial equivalent.)
It remains for me to thank everyone who contributed by way of purchasing draw tickets. The amount raised has helped maintain the costs of the website, as well as general administration of the festival during the last eighteen months or so. I would also of course like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to Poppyland Brewery and Cromer Holiday Cottages and of course Richard Digance for their generous help with this fund raising project.
Scott Butler – Festival Director
ANNOUNCEMENT - WEDNESDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 2021
Dear Festival Fans,
Having successfully held the original 2020 line-up in place over the last eighteen months, it was probably inevitable that at least one act would be unable to celebrate our return next year to the Pavilion Theatre, due to problems that have arisen because of the pandemic. Sadly this is the case concerning Demon Barbers ‘XL’ who were scheduled to headline our Friday night.
However, it is an ‘ill wind’ as they say and I am delighted to announce the return of TRADarrr, who have stepped up to the plate and will performing songs from their highly acclaimed new album ‘Strange News!’, as well as other favourites.
Thank you for your understanding concerning this change.
ANNOUNCEMENT- 22nd September 2021
Thanks to Richard Digance, Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton, Banter and their guests, the Spikedrivers and the Sunday night concert acts Rattlebox and the Bounty Hounds. Thank you also to the very fine local support artists Johnny Steinberg, Joe and Mary, Anto Morra and Hayley Moyses.
Of course a massive thank you to Howie Marsh of Gig Rig Hire for his usual calm and collected work on the technical.
I would also like to thank all those involved with the free events including Jenni Randall and Fiona Davies, the Rock the Lobster team, Bertie Anderson, Chris Holderness, Gemma Khawaja, the Browns and many others. Thanks also to Overstrand Sports Club, the Parish Council and Overstrand Conservative Club for the venues.
Talking of venues, a huge thank you must go to Keith and Lucy Hobday at the Belfry Centre for their incredible support over and above regarding this new project!!
Thanks also to Conkers Landscape and Design for sponsoring all of the print costs.
Finally, thank you to Andrea Tiplady, Libby Henshaw and Will and Jenny Affleck for crewing in various ways as well as Martin Dennis for the photos.