Chester’s annual February Folk Day is always a popular and well-attended event featuring the best in folk music, dance and song, both local and from around the country.
It takes place in the revitalised Hoole Community Centre in Westminster Road on Saturday, February 20 and is organised by the people who run the Chester Folk Festival each May.
Beginning at midday with a chance for everyone to have a go in the music and song session, proceedings continue with the main concert in the afternoon featuring the passion, humour and creativity of songwriter Pete Morton.
There will also be music in the traditional Irish style from one of folk music’s rising stars, Emma Sweeney, this time accompanied by Jack Rutter; the teenage folk trio of multi-instrumentalists from Worcester, Granny’s Attic; and the perennially popular local band Full House.
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A highlight this year comes at 12.30pm when Pete Morton launches his latest album, Game of Life. Recorded at Fellside Records, this is a compilation of Pete’s most requested songs and features musical accompaniment from Full House.
After a couple of more informal events over the tea time period, the evening will feature a ceilidh with Full House assisted by caller Rob Phillips and a folk club hosted by local family harmony group The Waite Collective.
Advance booking is advised through the Folk Festival website www.chesterfolk.org.uk/folkday.html.