Cromer celebrating popular Folk on the Pier festival

Reggae-influenced band Edward II who are on the line up for Folk on the Pier 2015. Picture: SUBMITTE

Reggae-influenced band Edward II who are on the line up for Folk on the Pier 2015. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Thousands of music fans will fill a seaside town this weekend for an eclectic music festival which celebrates everything to do with folk traditions.

American country rock group Hayley Moyses' Britgrass Three who are playing at the Folk on the Pier 2

American country rock group Hayley Moyses' Britgrass Three who are playing at the Folk on the Pier 2015 festival. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Folk on the Pier starts this Friday, May 8, and finishes on Sunday May 10.

From comedy-based acts and reggae-inspired bands to country rock music and the celebration of traditional dialects - the festival includes a broad mix of entertainment which draws in thousands of people each year.

Now in its 17th year, the event is a firm favourite for folk fans.

Main acts perform in the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier during the afternoon and evening from Friday - Sunday.


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The afternoon shows, for which tickets are still available, start at 2pm and the evening concerts, which have all but sold out, start at 7.30pm.

Headliners include Lindisfarne, who will make their Folk on the Pier debut this year to a sold out theatre, Oysterband, Gerry Colvin, Vin Garbutt, Little Johnny England and Richard Digance.

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Newcomers to the event include Blues Band stalwart Gary Fletcher, Tom Leary, the Hut People, Clive Gregson, Reg Meuross, Pete Morton and Patsy Matheson.

Festival patron Ashley Hutchings will perform with Ken Nicol and Becky Mills in a rarely seen trio combination.

Edward II will be playing material from their new album and the festival will play host to local act Hayley Moyses' Britgrass Three.

As well as the main acts the dozens of popular free fringe acts will entertain festival visitors at venues across Cromer. A full line-up of fringe events is listed in the panel to the right of this story.

Scott Butler, festival producer, said: 'The festival has a reputation which has built up over the years. There is a family feel to it.'

Afternoon concert tickets cost £17.50. For details and to book visit www.folkonthepier.co.uk or call 01263 512495.

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