EXTRA FOR 2024: FREE ENTRY TO MAGNIFICENT TREDEGAR HOUSE AND GARDENS (WORTH UP TO £11PP) IS INCLUDED WITH EVERY FESTIVAL TICKET YCHWANEGOL AR GYFER 2024: MYNEDIAD AM DDIM I DŶ TREDEGAR A’I GERDDI GODIDOG (WERTH HYD AT £11bp) GYDA PHOB TOCYN I’R ŴYL
ALL FREE EVENTS ARE IN GREEN
ALL PAID-FOR, TICKETED EVENTS ARE IN RED
Our festival of music and dance takes place in the parkland that surrounds Tredegar Park House, a National Trust gem just two minutes off Junction 28 of the M4 at Newport in South Wales. In 2024, thanks to the generosity of our wonderful hosts the National Trust, every festival ticket holder (and that means anyone who’s bought a ticket for any or all of our paid-for concerts or ceilidh or Cajun and Zydeco night) can have free access to Tredegar House itself and its glorious gardens. Full details are on the TREDEGAR HOUSE page of this website.
We have huge ticketed music concerts on each day of the festival - Friday, Saturday and Sunday - plus a ticketed Cajun and Zydeco workshop and dance on Friday and a ticketed ceilidh on Saturday. There are also dozens of FREE dance displays, open mics, workshops and music sessions plus TWO FREE music concerts, one on Friday afternoon and the other on Saturday afternoon (plus a FREE Irish session on the Sunday). All this, plus a farmers’ market, fun for children and loads of parking, makes the festival a wonderful family weekend.
PLAN YOUR WEEKEND: WHO’S ON WHEN
This far out from the festival, exact details and timings of our workshops and singarounds are still being worked out. We’ve included as many details as we have - and the paid-for concert details are firmly set, so you can buy tickets with confidence. But the workshops, singarounds etc might well be subject to change, so keep checking back. Times for our individual dance displays will be in our printed programme available on-site. You’ll see some timings overlap, but if you have a full weekend ticket you get access to everything so you can hop in and out of stuff. Otherwise, individual event tickets are only valid for that particular event. Of course, free events are open to all (space permitting).
One important bit of housekeeping…
IF YOU’RE CAMPING OVER THE WEEKEND, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU VACATE THE SITE BY MONDAY, 11am AT THE VERY LATEST
Online ticket sales close at MIDDAY ON THE DAY OF THAT SHOW. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the festival. Physical sales on site will be CASH ONLY not card.
THURSDAY, MAY 9 .
8pm-11pm: Pre-festival open mic at Newport Folk Club .
For all those who like to come early, start the weekend here. Full details at newportfolkclub.co.uk. (NB: this event is separate from the festival and is the only event NOT included in the weekend ticket.)
FRIDAY, MAY 10 .
2pm-5.30pm: FREE CONCERT .
In the Marcus Music Marquee. This is a concert designed so people feel comfortable about dipping in and out. The seating plan is specially for people who might normally be overwhelmed by crowds or a festival experience. It is, of course, open to all but please be accepting of those who might need understanding to make the most of the day. It will feature The Cwmbran Deaf Choir, the brilliant duo of Wynford Jones and Geoff Cripps, the stunning Manx pairing of Elizabeth Davidson-Blythe and Daniel Quayle, and, finally, sensational Welsh harpist and singer Bethan Nia who will be playing with one of Wales’s greatest young fiddle virtuosos, Meg Cox.
5.30pm-6.30pm(ish): FREE EXTRA FESTIVAL OPENER CONCERT .
In the Dawnsio Marquee with masterful Welsh band Calennig. If you’re coming early for our ticketed concert at 7pm in the main music marquee, this is an extra treat not to be missed. The concert may well end with a Welsh tunes and songs workshop, but we know from experience never to try second-guessing Calennig when they’re in full flow.
7pm-11.15pm(ish) GRAND OPENING CONCERT .
In our Main Concert Marquee with (in order of appearance): The Luke Jackson Trio, VRï, O’Hooley and Tidow, then Rusty Shackle
8pm-11pm(ish) GRAND CAJUN & ZYDECO WORKSHOP & DANCE .
In the Marcus Music Marquee with The Whiskey River Boys. This promises to be a riot of sound and laughter as you dance the night away to the music of Louisiana. Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before - we have an expert Cajun and Zydeco caller who’ll take you through every step (until you invent some of your own).
8pm-11.30pm(ish) THE OLD FRIENDS SESSION .
In the Morgan Room. Bring your voices, instruments and souls to an evening of music in the round celebrating the memory of Marcus Butler, founder member of this festival and creator of Marcus Music.
SATURDAY, MAY 11 .
10am-4pm. FARMERS’ MARKET .
In the main festival parkland. Run by Cotelydon, experts in local farmers’ markets, with loads of yummy food stalls.
TIME & VENUE TBA: PIPE & DRUMS WORKSHOP .
Wherever we hold this, you’ll certainly be able to hear it! This workshop makes a wonderful sound.
TIME & VENUE TBA: SONGWRITING WORKSHOP .
One of our most popular and thought-provoking workshops. An opportunity to share ideas and songwriting experiences and to hear from a songwriting professional.
TIME & VENUE TBA: WELSH DANCE WORKSHOP .
We have some of the country’s finest traditional dancers on site all weekend. This is your chance to learn from an acknowledged expert…and have a great deal of fun into the bargain.
11am-5.30pm. DANCE DISPLAYS .
In the Dawnsio Marquee and the Marcus Music Marquee. Detailed timings for each team are in our printed programme available on site. Besides these venues, expect to see extra dancing just about anywhere outside as weather permits.
12noon-2.30pm. HUGE FREE CONCERT .
In the main marquee with (in order of appearance) the brilliant Rob Lear Band, the stunning Australian singer Liz Stringer, and the astonishing Joshua Burnell Band. During this concert we’ll also introduce the festival’s songwriting competition winner who’ll sing the winning song before performing on our main stage tonight.
12.30pm. SATURDAY GRAND PARADE .
Held in the main festival field, this is the grand parade of all dance teams and bands in costume. One of the greatest sights of all British folk dancing festivals.
TIMES & VENUES TBA: DAN THE HAT .
We’ll have two performances today by brilliant Dan The Hat, Britain’s greatest family and children’s entertainer. We’ll get you times and venues as soon as possible.
3pm-6pm. FOLK CLUB .
In the Community Centre and run jointly by the Lyceum Folk Club of Newport and Llantrisant Folk Club.
7pm-11.30(ish). GRAND CONCERT .
In our Main Concert Marquee with (in order of appearance) our songwriting winner, then Avanc (featuring a special appearance by India Dance Wales), The James Clode Band, Jake Vaadeland and The Sturgeon River Boys, and finally The Young’uns.
8pm-11.30(ish). CEILIDH .
In the Marcus Music Marquee. Bring your dancing shoes for an amazing night in the company of ceilidh dance band Juice and caller extraordinaire Ned Clamp.
SUNDAY, MAY 12 .
10am-4pm: FARMERS’ MARKET .
In the main festival parkland, once again with loads of yummy food stalls.
TIME & VENUE TBA: SPOONS WORKSHOP .
Your chance to learn from Patty ‘Spoons’ Smith, one of this country’s great experts. Fear not, wherever we hold this workshop, spoons will be provided (though feel free to bring your own - as long as they’re not plastic!)
TIME & VENUE TBA: APPALACHIAN DANCE WORKSHOP .
Lots of fun and high energy. Blow away the cobwebs from Saturday night!
TIMES AND VENUES TBA: DAN THE HAT .
Crowds can’t get enough of this comic genius. Stuntman, juggler, comic…Dan The Hat does it all. If youve never seen him before, prepare to be astonished.
11.30am: SUNDAY GRAND PARADE .
Held in the main festival field, winding to our Main Music Marquee as a prelude to The Great Basque Folk Orchestra & Dancers’ free concert, This is the grand parade of all dance teams and bands in costume. One of the greatest sights of all British folk dancing festivals.
11.30am-2.30pm: FOLK CLUB .
In the Community Centre. Run by Newport Folk Club. Accompanied and unaccompanied songs and tunes equally welcome.
12noon-1pm: HUGE FREE CONCERT: The Great Basque Folk Orchestra and Dancers .
In our main Music Marquee. We’re privileged to present this amazng collective from north-east Spain. With 57 instrumentalists and dancers, it’s the most ambitious musical event the festival has ever staged. We anticipate a big crowd, so get in early.
1pm-5.30pm: DANCE DISPLAYS .
In the Dawnsio Marquee and the Marcus Music Marquee. Detailed timings for each team are in our printed programme available on site. Besides these venues, expect to see dancing just about anywhere on site as weather permits.
3pm-6pm(ish): FREE IRISH SESSION .
In the Community Centre. Run by experts Bernie Kilbride and Imogen Flute, this is an Irish-themed session starring….well, anyone who wants to join in.
TIME & VENUE TBA: BELLY DANCING WORKSHOP .
Run by experts in this wonderful art form. Go on, you know you want to!
3pm-8.15pm(ish). GRAND CONCERT .
In our Main Concert Marquee, this is the big one with (in order of appearance) Alaw, The Eclectic Shed Experience, The Often Herd, Huw Williams and, finally, Lindisfarne.
8.30pm(ish)-11.30pm. SINGAROUND .
Immediately following our grand concert in a venue to be announced. Perfect for those who want the music to carry on and especially for those of you who are camping and not planning to leave until Monday morning.
AND PLEASE DON’T FORGET…
IF YOU’RE CAMPING OVER THE WEEKEND, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU VACATE THE SITE BY MONDAY, 11am AT THE VERY, VERY LATEST