Friendly gathering of folk and dance fans

July 7-9

Priddy

Renowned nationally for its friendly atmosphere, with plenty to do for adults and children alike, it has a loyal following and people coming from all over the South West and further afield to soak up the ambiance.

The festival started as a local PTA fundraiser in the early 1990s, and is now in its 26th year. Although the quality of the acts has risen dramatically in that time, it retains its community feel. For example, one of the most popular food stalls is still the local PTA nosh tent selling home made breakfasts, dinners, cakes and lunches.

All the money raised from the festival goes to local good causes, including supporting young musicians to learn and hone their craft.

This year, the festival - running from July 7-9 - features an array of talent from all over Britain and beyond. Acts that will be performing at the festival include Irish folk stars Flook, Welsh band Jamie Smith’s Mabon, and from Scotland prodigious young award-winning trio Talisk and the all-women supergroup The Shee.

From England there is the fast-rising band Mawkin, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee Jim Causley and the all-star trio Faustus.

For those with more global tastes there’s the Balkan/gypsy mash-up of Briston-based Ushti Baba, the sounds of Brittany from Topette!! And the infectious Americana of Medicine Creek.

As ever there will be plenty of dance to enjoy, including appearances by the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England, a late-night ceilidh, a fringe featuring the best of local acts and a full programme of children’s events.

There’s also great food, a craft fair and a festival bar.

For more details and tickets, visit www.priddyfolk.org