Putting Folk Camps firmly on the folk festival map, the Folk Camps Party Band is an exciting multi-ability multi-age ceilidh band drawn from all parts of the Folk Camps spectrum that attends several festivals a year to show off the essence of Folk Camps.
The festival 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 band 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 specially arranged repertoire will be drawn from the English folk tradition as well as other traditions which have been absorbed into the English standard repertoire.
The band is the brainchild of Jenny Newman who also leads the project.
Here is the Promotional Demo used to present the band to potential bookers of the band. It shows the breadth of the intended repertoire and includes video showing the Folk Camps atmosphere and sense of fun.
Confirmed Festival Bookings
The band concept, particularly its multi-generational character exemplified in the Promotional Demo, has received a positive response from festival organisers leading to confirmed bookings from two major folk festivals already.
Chippenham Folk Festival 2018
The Party Band will be performing for the Lunchtime Ceilidh on Sunday 27th May. The ceilidh is open to the public so this is a marvellous opportunity to show off what Folk Camps is about to a wide audience. More details of the festival here.
Folk Camps 50th Birthday Celebration
The Party Band will be officially launched at the Evening Ceilidh of our big Buxton birthday party on 23rd June, 2018. More details of the celebration here.
Towersey Festival 2019
Looking to its second season already, the Party Band has been booked for this major festival in August 2019. Details to follow nearer the time.
The band will include a wide range of young Folk Campers producing a balanced band of around seventeen players (up to five of which will be professionals). The response from potential band participants has been overwhelmingly. The selection process is well under way.
The rehearsal schedule is taking shape and potential band members will shortly be asked to commit to the dates. There will be at least 5 full days of rehearsal with the chance for a warm up gig at a local venue.
What’s happening now?
With a booking in May the pressure is now on to prepare the music for the band in time for its members to be ready for the upcoming rehearsals.