Festival concentrates on local talent

The Good The Bad and The Ginger

A new one day family friendly festival will take place in North London/ South Hertfordshire this Saturday, aiming to showcase local talent and for the benefit of charity. Artists such as local Irish sensations The Good, the Bad and The Ginger as well as award winning musicians such as  Lucy Ward, Kris Drever and Eamonn Coyne, Reg Meuross, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Luke Jackson and Said the Maiden, The Willows, Marina Florance and Gus MacGregor will take to the stage at Folkstock Family Fete and Festival to support Cancer Research UK and Folkstock Arts Foundation

Cherry de Lacy of The Good The Bad and The Ginger says: “This sounds like a wonderful idea and very much what Hertfordshire needs. Other musical events have been a huge success in Herts but we are lacking a festival what will showcase the talents of those within the community.

“I work for Sting now and see so many huge concerts on a weekly basis and often feel it would be great if there were more intimate events – especially locally. I run an Irish Music School in St Albans in the evening for children and I know this would be an amazing opportunity for them if they could perform at such an event as Folkstock. Often with musicians, they become disheartened when they are not able to showcase their talents to people other than their family and so I would most certainly put forward the small under 10′s ceilidh band that I have to perform at this event to give them something to work towards.”

The Good The Bad and The Ginger have played at Sean Parker’s lavish Californian wedding, St Patrick’s celebrations in Dubai as well as supporting Jools Holland but want to showcase their talent more locally: “We would love for people in Hertfordshire (where we all live) to hear our music but sadly, other than pubs, it’s quite hard to get on the circuit and to become a ‘name’. I believe Folkstock would allow bands such as mine to be heard and appreciated. We carry a huge culture and tradition with our music that so many people could enjoy.”

The Folkstock Family Fete and Festival takes place this Saturday September 21 at Aldenham Country Park, Elstree, Herts, beginning at 10.30am. For more information, go to: http://www.folkstockfestival.com/.

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