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.
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