Folk Camps has a new project!
On 9th October, Council was delighted to accept a proposal by Jenny Newman for a project leading to the formation of the Folk Camps Party Band and its running for the next two festival seasons. This exciting multi-ability multi-age band will fit right with our charitable mission and be both promotional and educational. The band will attend key folk festivals to promote the Folk Camps concept through performance and workshops.
The band will be drawn from all parts of the Folk Camps spectrum with an emphasis on youth players. It will play music specifically sourced and arranged to suit its composition and ability and will be professionally rehearsed. The first outing for the newly formed Folk Camps Party Band will be the 50th Anniversary Celebration in Buxton in June 2018.
Here is what Jenny has to say about it:
I am thrilled that Council have decided to promote Folk Camps in this proactive and dynamic way. My vision for the band is to convey the essence of Folk Camps to the wider festival going public. Musical excellence and accessibility for all!
The public will experience first-hand the fun that can be shared across generations and abilities in making distinctive music together that is both musically satisfying and good to dance to.
The participants will, as well as having fun, have a first rate educational experience which will help to develop the skills needed to make great potential folk camp musicians for the future.
The repertoire will be drawn from the English folk tradition as well as other traditions which have been absorbed into the English standard repertoire.
Although the project is huge and obviously challenging in many ways I am confident we have the depth of musicianship necessary to establish Folk Camps as a major contributor to the Folk scene in this country. I am grateful to council for the opportunity to make it happen.
See the dedicated page for the band which will be constantly updated with progress of the project and news about the band.