Archive for the ‘Warwick Folk Festival 2009’ Category

Warwick Folk Festival & Dick Dixon 2.

May 6, 2009

A couple of months ago I posted a note saying that I had great admiration for the work that Dick Dixon had done as the director of the Warwick Folk Festival.  I’m very pleased to read in this year’s official press pack  a report which says that the town of Warwick has officially acknowledged the work he has done over the last thirty years.

Festival Director, Dick Dixon has been involved since the first gathering in 1979 and has now been admitted as Honorary Freeman of the Town in recognition of his work as organiser and fundraiser for the event. This is the first time that the Town has honored anyone in this way since the Council was formed in 1974.

The Mayor of Warwick, Councillor Anne Mellor made the award during a recent Civic Evening. At the ceremony, she said, ‘Dick Dixon will be remembered for his gift to Warwick, the Folk Festival which has now grown into a national event attracting visitors and artists from all over the world.’

Says Dick ‘The award is a wonderful honour but the Festival’s success is down to the work of a large team of dedicated people and the fantastic support that we’ve received from the people of Warwick itself over the years.’

I, no matter what the recipient  may say to the contrary, think that this honour was bestowed on the right man.

Warwick Folk Festival & Dick Dixon

March 12, 2009

I have to say that I’m always in awe of people who devote all the time and  energy they have to spare to some project or other from which they reap no discernable reward beyond the knowledge that they have made a contribution to the promotion of a cause or project they believe in.

 

 One such person is Dick Dixon, who for the last thirty years has played a singular role in guiding Warwick Folk Festival from its humble beginnings to the success that it is today. Such selfless dedication is to be admired and should be celebrated at every opportunity.

Dick Dixon

Dick Dixon

 

 

 

Here is a column from the Leamington Spa paper The Courier that at least makes some attempt to acknowledge Dick’s contribution.

Warwick folk festival celebrates 30 years

 

Published Date: 29 January 2009

By Holly Whitmill

 

Big-name artists Kate Rusby and Jim Moray are signed up to play at this year’s Warwick Folk Festival.

 

The festival has been running for 30 years and attracts some of the top names in British and international folk music.

Young singers Kate Rusby and Jim Moray will take the stage along with songwriting legend Eric Bogle and the Australian Spooky Men’s Chorale.

Moray, 27, whose album Low Culture was the Mojo Folk Album of 2008, is the event’s new patron, taking over from Warwick-born folk singer June Tabor.

Festival director Dick Dixon has been involved with the event since the beginning when there was just one concert and a ceilidih.

He said: “Thirty years is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved and it’s a genuine pleasure to see people come back year after year to enjoy our wide-ranging programme of music and dance.

“Warwick attracts audiences and artists of all ages and many of our regulars are people who have grown up with the festival and now bring their own families.

“Some of our best supporters – and indeed our new patron Jim Moray – weren’t even born when the festival started!”

Kate Rusby is a Barnsley singer-songwriter and young ambassador for folk music who reached number six in the UK charts with her duet All Over Again.

Scottish-born Eric Bogle wrote the classic folk anthems The Band Played Waltzin’ Matilda and The Green Fields of France, one version of which was a number one hit for The Fureys.

The main events during the weekend of July 24 and 26 take place in the grounds of Warwick School and the Bridge House Theatre.

But the whole town is involved in the festivities with back-room music sessions, free open air concerts, music and dance workshops, meet-the-artist sessions, ‘singarounds’ and children’s entertainment.

Tickets prices and booking information will be announced shortly. Call 024 7667 8738 or visit www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk

 

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Warwick Folk Festival 24-26 July 2009

March 11, 2009

This is a severely edited version of the latest bulletin I have had from my good friends at Warwick Folk Festival.

Tickets On Sale Now:
Join The Party!

This is your personal invitation to join us in Warwick this July and be part of the folk event of 2009 – the Warwick Folk Festival 30th Anniversary party!

Our annual celebration of the best in folk music, song and dance has been held in the historic county town of Warwick since 1980. We’ve come a long way in that time – last year’s event was the biggest ever, bringing around 20,000 visitors and residents of Warwick out to enjoy the music and sunshine.

We want to make the 30th Warwick Folk Festival something really special but we can’t do it without you. Visit our website for secure online booking, download,  complete and post the booking form here or phone the Box Office, but – whatever you do – don’t leave it too late as demand is already high. Book early, and take advantage of some great discounts on ticket prices too.

See you in July!

Warwick Folk Festival 2009

January 30, 2009

I have just been thinking that it’s about time I had a check on what’s lined up for Warwick Folk Festival 2009

Artists for 2009 – Latest confirmed list

 

Artists for 2009 – Latest confirmed list

As in previous years we’re putting together a great programme with something for everyone. See below for the artists confirmed so far – and check here regularly to see the latest news as there are more to come!

Scroll down or click a link to see artist information, then click the images or links below to go to the artist’s website. All artists are subject to contract.

KATE RUSBY         ERIC BOGLE         SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE
JIM MORAY         KERR, FAGAN, HARBRON         ROSS AINSLIE & JARLATH HENDERSON
DAMIEN O’KANE & SHONA KIPLING         THE OLD DANCE SCHOOL         WHEELER STREET
ROSIE DOONAN AND THE SNAP DRAGONS         MABON         THE NAVVY’S WIFE
ELBOW JANE         THE WILSONS         TOM LEWIS         MARTIN PEARSON
TOM McCONVILLE BAND         BLACK RAT         KEITH DONNELLY         BRIAN PETERS
THE TINDALLS         JIM MAGEEAN         KRISTY GALLACHER
MICK RYAN & PAUL DOWNES         PENNYROYAL         HISSYFIT         KIMBERS MEN
THE QP         MEGAN & JOE HEYWOOD         ISAMBARDE         PEEPING TOM
STEAMCHICKEN         HEKETY         DR SUNSHINE         SAMBASSADORS OF GROOVE
SPEAKE & LOWE         JAN’S VAN and PANIC CIRCUS

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Kate Rusby

Kate Rusby

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Eric Bogle

Eric Bogle

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