The day's events, venues and performers
Apart from the various events being continuously held throughout the day at the FolkFest there will be plenty of other things for all ages going on in the area. There will be lots of stalls, Food and Drink and of course our main attractions. Below are listed the Venues and the acts appearing there. The times we show here are a guide, they may vary on the day.
Please buy a program this year, it is only £1 and the funds we generate from this along with the advertising fees paid by our business supporters and sponsors all go to pay the costs of this event and help towards the next events finances.
The Event starts with the Procession Dance and the Ceremony of the Glove
The Ceremony of the Glove
This ancient folklore tradition was part of the original South Petherton Folk Festival and is now a regular feature of the South Petherton Folk Fest.
It says that as long as the glove remains airborne, no one can be arrested for drunkenness (perhaps not best relied upon in modern times!)
Pete Wheeler (The Fest’s Chair from inception until after last years event) will perform the opening ceremony, Pete is also well known as the David Hall’s Music event organiser/promoter.
Pete will introduce our MC for the day, Ian Baker, a volunteer at the Petherton Arts Trust.
At the end of the opening ceremony, Pete will throw the glove into the crowd. The glove must not touch the ground. After being caught, it will be kept on a pole attached to the Market Square stage until the end of the festival.
Provisional Programme (so far) for the rest of the day:
The Market Square Stage
Ben Morgan Brown
The David Hall stage
The Roving Crows
The Blake Hall
Angel Heart Theatre
St Peter and St Paul’s Church
Mitchell and Vincent
St Peter and St Paul’s Churchyard
Punch and Judy
Blackrock Irish Dancers
Bootstrap Border Morris
Dr Turbervilles Morris
Eastern Promise Belly Dancers
Enigma Border Morris
Sweet Coppin Step & Clog Dancers
The Knights of King Ina Jig Team