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Ode to Edale
written at the Edale Folk Festival 2013 writing workshop
Edale, where the arduous road begins
And even the youngest lambkin sings
Edale tucked into the valley rings
And pubs all echo to the sound of strings
Head to Cooper’s Caff, their breakfast’s great
Or the Penny Pot for yummy cake
Mountain bikers, hikers all turn out
Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, Kinder Scout
Gather round the fire at Rambler’s Inn
Or the Old Nag’s Head for tots of gin
And we are singing loudly in the rain
Dancing for hours in spite of any pain
Edale, where there’s music to be found
Edale, fit to burst with joyous sounds
Edale where there’s folkies by the score
And the late night crowd is yelling ‘We want more!’
Powerful and graceful songwriting
from Scotland's brightest young star.
Dazzling award winning multi-instrumentalist.
THE OLD DANCE SCHOOL
Duelling fiddles and cinematic crescendos
from Birmingham's forward thinking septet.
The young folk scene's favourite
fiddle singer comes home to Edale.
THE LONG NOTES
Foot stomping trad heavyweights
Authentic rhythms from Santiago de Cuba
Big brass from the superhero herd from Sheffield
Get dizzy at our big Saturday night ceilidh!
JACK MCNEILL & CHARLIE HEYS
Spell binding, spine tingling soundstories
Festival favourite bluegrass daredevils come to Edale
Prolific troubador of the road
Breathtaking firey young talent from Manchester
All aboard the famous folk line from Sheffield or Manchester
Writing workshop with River Wolton.
Take a walk around the spectacular scenery of Edale.
Enjoy great local ales from the beer tent.
Local Arts and Crafts
Explore something new from the local talent!
Music, writing, and performing arts
workshops for all the family.
A weekend of folk and fun in the Peak District
Once again national stars
and locally bred musicians
will be at the heart of a programme of music
, where you can camp in beautiful surroundings, take a walk on Kinder Scout, dance in the Ceilidh, play in the sessions, and be inspired and entertained.
We are delighted to welcome back our award winning folk singer/songwriter/musician Bella Hardy, who grew up in Edale to serve up some more local delights. There will also be more bands from Sheffield and surrounding areas, including the Old Dance School plus other favourites from the national and local folk scene. The village playing field will be the focus for concerts, with fringe sessions taking place in nearby pubs and cafes, and the Hope Valley folk train is also expected to put in an appearance.
As well as a jam packed programme of live music, there'll also be workshops for up and coming musicians and plenty of opportunity to try out your licks at the sessions and open mics.
Former Derbyshire Poet Laureate River Wolton will run a writing workshop and other workshops will be run by local craftspeople, with work on display for visitors to buy or just admire. It all takes place in the natural amphitheatre of Edale Valley, where anyone wanting a break from the music can climb the gentle slopes up to Kinder Scout, scene of the famous Mass Trespass in support of the right to roam.