Folk on the Pier weekend festival returning to Cromer

Oysterband who will finish this year's Folk on the Pier festival in Cromer. Picture: SUBMITTED

Oysterband who will finish this year's Folk on the Pier festival in Cromer. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Music fans will flock to Cromer for the popular Folk on the Pier weekend festival this spring.

Lindisfarne who are playing at the Folk on the Pier 2015 festival for the first time this year. Pict

Lindisfarne who are playing at the Folk on the Pier 2015 festival for the first time this year. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

The annual event is in its 17th year, which attracts hundreds of people, starts on Friday May 8 and finishes on Sunday May 10.

It will offer everything from solo singer songwriters, imaginative trios and powerful bands.

The festival will include separate afternoon and evening concerts as well as fringe events in venues throughout the town.

Organiser Scott Butler said: 'I am really delighted with this year's mix of artists. Each year gets harder to make a choice because the folk world always has such a variety to choose from. But this year, I feel, the balance of established popular acts and newcomers is just right. There really is something for everybody.'

Clive Gregson, who has played in the Richard Thompson Band, will kick off the festival in the 2pm afternoon concert. It will be followed by Little Johnny England

Festival favourite Vin Garbutt closes the afternoon with his quirky mix of comedy and song.

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Singer songwriter Pete Morton and Maartin Allcock's imaginative new trio will play on Friday at 7.30pm.

The evening will also feature Lindisfarne, who will be performing in Cromer for the first time.

Festival favourite Richard Digance will be playing on Saturday afternoon.

That afternoon will also introduce traditional group Trad Arrr to Folk on the Pier.

Singer songwriter Patsy Matheson – formerly of Waking The Witch - will perform on Saturday evening, as will festival patron Ashley Hutchings.

The Sunday afternoon show includes the toe-tapping American country rock of Hayley Moyses' Britgrass Three and the traditional music and comedy sketches of the New Rope String Band.

Popular act Oysterband will close the festival on Sunday night.

Full weekend tickets cost £95, tickets for individual afternoon and evening concerts visit £17.50 and £19.50 respectively. Call 01263 512495 to book. Visit www.folkonthepier.co.uk

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