Cromer folk festival in full swing

TREVOR HEATON, EDP Whats On Editor Norfolk's biggest folk event - Folk on the Pier - is now in full swing until Sunday, May 14.With a packed concert programme (based in the Pavilion Theatre) and busy fringe programme, organisers have lined up top-name folk acts, music from other genres, fringe events, workshops and more.

TREVOR HEATON, EDP Whats On Editor

Norfolk's biggest folk event - Folk on the Pier - is now in full swing until Sunday, May 14.

With a packed concert programme (based in the Pavilion Theatre) and busy fringe programme, organisers have lined up top-name folk acts, music from other genres, fringe events, workshops and more.

There's a rare one-off appearance in the UK tomorrow by Argentinian/Spanish latin dance groovers Go Lem System, with final night headliners English folk's “First Family”, Waterson:Carthy - who include Martin Carthy, wife Norma Waterson, and daughter Eliza Carthy.

t www.folkonthepier.co.uk

The Pavilion Theatre line-up (with day ticket prices) is as follows:

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t Friday: 2-5.30pm - Lander Mason, Prego, John Tams and Barry Coope; 7.30pm - Rade Stamatov, Karma (Brittany), T and LaTouche (£16.50).

t Saturday: 2-5.30pm - Cave, Prince of Wales Rattlers, Tickled Pink; 7.30pm - PJ Wright (replacing John McCormick), Skilda (Brittany/Scotland), Go Lem System (£17.50).

t Sunday: 2-5.30pm - Dan Platton, Mrs Ackroyd Band, Demon Barber Roadshow; 7.30pm - the Cromer Smugglers, Hot Rats, Waterson:Carthy (£18.50).

Box office: P 01263 512495.

The fringe programme is under way, too, with a series of (mostly free) events at venues across the town.

Some of these venues are small, so don't leave it to the last minute to turn up.

The fringe events (subject to late changes) are as follows:

t Friday: 11am, bodhran and percussion with David Hopkins (Hotel de Paris); noon, Tom Napper and Tom Bliss concert (Anglia Court, £2); 12.30pm, session and singaround with Bernard Hoskin (the Cottage); 5pm, fiddle workshop with Reid and Bjornsdotter (Hotel de Paris); 7pm, session with Tom Leary and Friends (White Horse); 8pm, concert - Landermason meet Reid and Bjornsdotter (WI Hall, £2); 9pm, session with Tom Leary and Mawkin (the Cottage).

t Saturday: 10am and 3.30pm, electric slide guitar workshop with PJ Wright (Stamason's Music Shop); 11am and 2pm, Breton and French dance workshop with Karma (WI Hall); 11am, fiddle workshop with Tom Leary (Hotel de Paris); noon, Chris Newman and Maire Chathasaigh (Cromer Parish Church, £4); 12.30pm, No Fixed Abode (Cromer Social Club); 12.30pm, the Hot Rats (Giovanni's); 12.30pm, Tom Leary and Mawkin (the Dolphin); 1.30pm, Cromer Smugglers (Boat House, Cromer Pier); 2pm, session and singaround (Albion Inn); 3.30pm, the Skylarks (WI Hall); 4.30pm, Horses Brawl (WI Hall, £2 on door); 6pm, Tom Leary and the Folk on the Pier All-Stars (WI Hall); 7pm, Eel Pie (the Cottage); 8pm, Jeff Chapman's Roosters (Buffers); 9pm, session and singaround (the Cottage); 9pm, the Hot Rats (White Horse Inn); 9pm, the Celebrated Onion Band (Anglia Court Hotel).

t Sunday: 11am, dance workshop with Eel Pie (Parish Hall); noon, Low-Commotion (Cromer Social Club); noon, Jeff Chapman's Roosters (the Dolphin); 1pm, ceilidh with Eel Pie (Parish Hall); 1pm, the Hot Rats (Wellington Inn); 1.30pm, Sheringham Shantymen (Boat House, Cromer Pier); 2pm, No Fixed Abode (King's Head); 3pm, dance displays (Parish Hall); 3pm, Tom Leary and Mawkin (Anglia Court Hotel); 5pm, session and singaround (White Horse Inn); 5pm, Rory Ellis and the Skylarks (WI Hall, £2); 6pm, festival closing session with Tom Leary and friends (Hotel de Paris).

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