Walter Pardon festival in North Walsham this weekend

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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A three-day festival to mark the centenary of the birth of a traditional north Norfolk folk singer will be happening this weekend.

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Walter Pardon, who lived from 1914 to 1996, of Knapton will be remembered at a series of events from Friday February 28 to Sunday March 2.

They will include a concert at North Walsham’s Atrium arts centre starring top English folk performers Martin Carthy and Tim Laycock, both of whom knew Walter.

Other events during the festival include folk sessions at pubs which Walter knew, an exhibition about Knapton during Walter’s lifetime and talks and screenings of rare film footage of the singer.

Walter’s own recordings of his songs can be heard on current CDs and many of the songs collected from him are now sung by folksingers around the world.

The main festival day will be Saturday March 1 with a full afternoon programme at The Atrium, followed by an evening concert.

As well as Norfolk singers and musicians entertaining, there will a special afternoon gathering of experts who knew Walter.

Rare film footage of Walter will be screened during the afternoon and the Atrium will also present the photo exhibition.

Martin Carthy, who sang at Walter’s funeral, will head the evening concert bill.

Supporting him will be Dorset singer Tim Laycock who befriended Walter while a student at the UEA, and Norfolk duo John and Sue Griffiths.

Tickets for Saturday events cost £14 (all day) or £12 (concert only). Pub sessions are free. Festival enquiries to brian.gaudet@btinternet.com.

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