Wessex Folk Festival | 1st – 3rd June 2018


Weymouth’s upcoming Wessex Folk Festival isn’t just for the star musicians of the folk music scene. Hands-on workshops will give everyone a chance to join in. Whether you want to learn to play the spoons, discover some new guitar techniques or try your hand at the concertina, there’s a free workshop to help you discover your talents.1

Rick Potter, the festival’s workshop organiser said. “People really enjoy them. The aim is to get people involved and encourage them to start playing and get playing with other people.”

Beginners can try a range of instruments and play with the popular Folk Orc or get to grips with a concertina under the guidance of West Country performers Mike and Gwenda Selley. June Rowlands will also share the secrets of accompanying folk songs on the spoons. More experienced players can learn about playing slide guitar from John Forsdyke or pick up tips on guitar tuning and fingerpicking from Paul Openshaw and Terry Hellyar. Singers can find out how to make a song their own with the help of Pauline Anscombe.

There are more opportunities to take part in the festival at open sessions in The Chapelhay Tavern, The Sailor’s Return, The Boot and The King’s Arms throughout the weekend.

The Wessex Folk Festival takes place around Weymouth quayside from June 1 to 3 with music performances on two outdoor stages as well as dancing across the site. Full details can be found on the festival website at www.wessexfolkfestival.com.