After a whole
year of preparation Wath Festival’s 40th anniversary event didn’t
disappoint and sold out all three of it’s evening concerts at the Montgomery
Hall over the May Bank holiday.
The festival was
founded in 1972, by the Wath Morris Team and local music community. It has
expanded it’s programme over the last decade to take the form it does today,
hosting concerts, workshops, competitions, singarounds/ sessions and community
events throughout the town.
From the moment
the concert doors opened on Friday 4th May it was clear that the
music community from Wath and further afield were keen to support the event and
subsequently all tickets sold out for the evening concerts, featuring
headliners Fairport Convention, the Billy Mitchell Band and Home Service.
also enjoyed sets from Chris & Kellie While, Dick Gaughan, Boo Hewerdine,
Lucy Ward, Reg Meuross & Bethany Porter, Jennifer Crook, Ray Hearne &
Ciaran Boyle, Tom Mitchell, Johnny & The Prison Didn’t Help Boys, Skyhook,
Charlie Barker & Harriet Bartlett, Monkey’s Fist, Brooks Williams,
Flaxenby, Holly Taymar, Jenna & Catherine Bindon.
taking place around the Town Centre were well attended with performances from
Wath Morris team, Orlyk Ukrainian Dancers, Flag Crackers, Francis Cassidy Irish
Dancers as well as performances from children at Wath Comprehensive, Wath
Central and Wath Church of England schools.
Local MP, John
Healey joined the community for the official festival opening in Montgomery
Square and got into the festival spirit himself by joining the Maltby Phoenix
Sword Dancers for a sword dance, much to the enjoyment of the assembled crowd.
Charlie Barker hosted the second Young Performer’s Award competition where three
finalists, handpicked from submissions received throughout the year from performers
of folk, roots and acoustic music, performed to a judging panel consisting of Sheffield Live radio broadcaster, Dave Eyre, RootBeat Records director, Tom Sweeney and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon Award Winner, Lucy Ward.
to be aged between 16 – 24 and could win the chance to perform on the festival’s
main stage, get a booking at the 2013 festival, receive a cash prize, a trophy
and a photoshoot from Charlie Barker Photography.
vocalist and guitarist Sunjay Brayne, 18, took away first prize and performed
to a full house at the Montgomery Hall on Sunday 6th May and was
presented with a trophy by festival patron, John Tams.
Anna Rice from
Brighton and local musician, Andrew Frost from Sheffield were selected as
runners up and also received a cash prize and photoshoot.
festival committee would like to thank all those who attended, both audience
and performers, the volunteers and venues. The event would not continue to grow
and develop without the hard work and support it has received over the years.
Festival works in association with the Park Inn Rotherham and The Partnership
thanks to the sponsors: Braisby
Construction, Next, NHS, Taylor Wimpey, Charlie Barker Photography, Bramall
Construction and The Co-Operative Group.
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