Folkstock Acoustic Festival will be an affordable, family friendly festival with a fete feel, incorporating two main stages and two tented stages of acoustic, folk and roots music. It will have internationally respected performers alongside emerging local acts as well as old fashioned stalls, ceilidhs, morris dancing, arts and crafts in a friendly supportive environment. There are also areas dedicated to specialist interests such as local breweries and real ale, foodie treats and pop up street vendors who cook to order, champions of organic and sustainable living as well as activities for children and dancing, song writing and ukulele workshops and sessions in the bar for all. Folkstock clear press welhatAs you can see, there will be an array of gorgeous music, delicious food, crafty stalls, community interest groups, dancing, singing and drinking ! Childrens’ activities and entertainment means your charges needs will be able to be accommodated ( under your watchful eye) buying you goodwill to indulge your musical tastes. The two main stages will incorporate a range of acoustic, folk and roots music, with the Main Stage being for more traditional folk performers and the other being for Alternative Folk. Alt Folk means they are slightly more cross genre and often using folk related instruments, but incorporating rock, pop, electronic and contemporary influences which are very on trend at the moment and it is immediately accessible music with strong hooks, choruses and lyrics, delivered with professionalism and passion. “The Village Green” offers a wealth of more fete like activies with the local under 10 ceilidh group taking to the turf, as well as some spontaneous Morris Dancing ! Local interest groups will be able to have a pitch at no fee to help them raise funds for their activities, and be able to keep all their proceeds. The ‘Turn up the Sun Stage’, run by talented and award winning musician Marina Florance, will be providing a stimulating and jaw dropping selection of guitar, ukulele, fiddle and double bass weilding artists who are gathering momentum and respect across the country – catch them here while you can ! The ‘Folkstock Presents’ stage is going to be offering a range of quality acoustic musicians, who are engaging and committed performers, who all write and perform their own material, to an exceptionally high level. For some of them this is their first festival but they are all experienced performers and we can’t wait to see the day unfold. There will be a supportive, inclusive atmosphere and an area for seated appreciation of the music. This tented stage will benefit from tables and chairs for people who wish to get away from the madding crowd and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake ( which will be available nearby in the Tasty Treats Tea Tent ) before heading back out into the festival’s fray. The ’Lets Co Create’ child and family friendly zone will provide a range of simple but absorbing free activites for your children to try out, under your watchful eye. There will also be some more traditional activities which will charge a small fee, such as face painting, so we can create our own little angels / spidermen ( at least for the day !) We are very lucky that artists are also coming from all over the UK, Ireland, America and Denmark to perform at the event. Come and join us and have some good clean fun !
Noel releases his debut ep Hazy Summer Morning through iTunes this month. You can see and hear him perform it acoustically at this gig, and maybe bag yourself a pre-release copy on CD.
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Manager: Noel Cowley
Bio: Noel Cowley will be appearing at the Folkstock Acoustic Festival on 21st September 2013. Hazy Summer Morning, an EP of four songs of love, loss and hope, is Noel’s debut release and has been featured on BBC Introducing in Essex. It's available from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/noel-...See Full Bio
New single, "Emily", out on iTunes 13th October 2013
"Hazy Summer Morning EP is a piano based collection of songs that immediately strikes you as being very pleasant indeed. The opening track, 'It's Decided' has a certain Beatlesque quality to its arrangement while the other three tracks feel less immediate and slightly more candid for it. Whilst the subjects contained on the EP are well trodden themes of love and hope, there are some engaging rhymes and phrases that endear and add appeal to the songs. Born in England, Noel grew up in Ireland and you can hear elements of this in the production of the EP, which was mixed and mastered in Dublin. All songs were penned in collaboration with Noel's brother Ewan, who was also producer of the tracks. Cowley has a distinct leaning towards loveliness in his vocal approach and lyric writing. Reminiscent of Clifford T Ward on more than one occasion, these songs do have a collective easiness about them that is both charming and rare."