Foyle Folk Festival 2013 announces move to Other Voices venue

The Whole Tribe Sings top the bill at the Foyle Folk Fest this weekend.
The Whole Tribe Sings top the bill at the Foyle Folk Fest this weekend.
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This weekend’s Foyle Folk festival has had a last minute change of venue.

The festival now in its 6th year will stage over 30 musical acts this Saturday and Sunday (3rd & 4th Aug 2013) in The Glassworks, Great James St., in a change to the advertised location.

Philip Wallace, Festival Coordinator said the Glassworks, will be a superb location for the two day Folk Festival. “Due to circumstances beyond our control we found ourselves in the position where we had to find a new venue for the festival. For us securing the Glassworks building at this late stage was more than a stroke of luck as cancelling the event was not an option. We are delighted that this historic building which hosted the prestigious Other Voices event will now be new location for Foyle Folk this year.

With funding from the City of Culture and Derry City Council allowing the event to take place over two days we have the opportunity to combine old and new as some of our young rising stars will get the chance to share the stage with some of the city’s most acclaimed musicians.”

Making their stage debut at the festival will be the young musicians who have been taking part in a series of workshops as part of the Music Promise in coordination with the Foyle Folk Festival Workshops which have provided classes in song writing, production and performance under the guidance of established musicians over the last eight weeks. The young performers will perform their original music when they take centre stage as part of the bill of this weekend’s festival.

“As organisers of this event our focus is and always will be on the music, providing a platform for musicians and a relaxed atmosphere and affordable ticket price to our audience. This is the heart of what we do. “

This year’s line-up boasts an eclectic mix of folk, acoustic, traditional, roots and contemporary acts from across the island of Ireland including The Lost Brothers, The Henry Girls, The Bonneville’s, In Their Thousands, Breag, Malojin, Noel Lenaghan, Roy Arbuckle, Ard Ri Band to name a few.

Topping the bill this year is renowned local music legends The Whole Tribe Sings who will reform for one night only to perform their catalogue of hits including, Missing You, Model Family Man and the anthemic Happy.

The band came to prominence locally in the late 90’s headlining the Millennium celebrations at The Guildhall Square and then went on to sign an American record deal and move to the States to tour in 2000.

This is the first time since 2001 they have shared a stage together, which is an exhilarating prospect for local music lovers.

Tickets are priced at £25 for a weekend pass or £15 for a day ticket and can be purchased online at www.wegotickets.com and at Cool Discs, Foyle St. Derry.

For more information and details on the full line go to www.foylefolkfesitval.co.uk. Tickets are also available for purchase from Cool Discs, Foyle St and Glasgowbury Office, Draperstown.

For more information on the full programme of cultural events go to www.cityofculture2013.com