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 first festival performance was at Chippenham May 2018 and they went down a storm! people danced, listened happily, and talked to us about Folk Camps, as you can see from the video above.
The festival public 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, as well as having fun, have a first rate educational experience which helps to develop the skills needed to make great potential folk camp musicians for the future.
The specially arranged repertoire is 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 original 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, received a positive response from festival organisers leading to confirmed bookings from two major folk festivals so far with more in the pipeline.
Chippenham Folk Festival 2018
The Party Band performed for the Lunchtime Ceilidh on Sunday 27th May. The ceilidh was open to the public so this was a marvellous opportunity to show off what Folk Camps is about to a wide audience. More details of the festival here.
Towcester Midsummer Music 2018
The Party Band will be performing for the Friday Night Ceilidh in Towcester Town Hall as part of the Midsummer Music festival on Friday 22nd June.
Folk Camps 50th Birthday Celebration
The Party Band will be playing at the Folk Camps August bank holiday camp at Fowlmere, where we will celebrate 50 years of Folk Camps. Have you booked it yet?
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 includes a wide range of young (and not so young) Folk Campers producing a balanced band of around seventeen players (up to five of which will be professional musicians). The response from potential band participants has been overwhelmingly.
What’s happening now?
The band have been busy rehearsing, they played at Chippenham festival, and loved the reaction and support from the crowd that danced and listened to them.
Interest in the Band at the phenomenally successful Chippenham gig is being followed up – watch this space for the results!