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For folk's sake ...

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

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CORNWALL Folk Festival has revealed the first names for the 2014 event on August 22 to 25.

British blues legend Wizz Jones, who was made an honorary patron of the festival last year (due to his long associations with Cornwall) is bringing with him the wonderful French singer and guitarist Flossie Malavialle.

Also, organisers mark the return of the hugely popular Jez Lowe to this year's event along with The Roving Crows and the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk awards winners Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin who were voted best duo.

Wadebridge is also hosting some of the finest young acts in the UK performing alongside brilliant local musicians in the Fringe Tent.

Among those playing is Geoff Lakeman, patriarch of the famous folk dynasty, and bands such as Jonah's Lift, pictured.

Over the years the event has acquired an international reputation as being one of the finest folk festivals in the UK and attracts musicians and folk fans from all over the world.

Run entirely by volunteers as a community-funded event, Hobgoblin Music stepped in to financially support the festival eight years ago and has maintained and continued its full support ever since.

Now in its 42nd year, it was started in 1972 by a small, dedicated group of local Wadebridge and Padstow musicians.

Such is the appeal, the very first two Early Bird Season Tickets were sold to a couple from Arizona in the USA.

Each year organisers endeavour to bring over an international star. In 2012 it was djembe drumming star from Senegal, Amadou Diagne. In 2013 Silvia Nicolatto from Minas Gevais, a region in Brazil to which 3,000 Cornish miners and their families emigrated between 1850 and 1950, was the guest.

With the help of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture and Cornwall Council, the fusion of our joint cultures was one of the great highlights of last year's festival.

See www.cornwallfolkfestival.com

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