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Baring-Gould Folk Festival

Taking place in indoor venues in Okehampton, Devon, the festival is organised by the folk arts development charity Wren Music. A weekend of music and song is what you will get, with concerts, workshops, the festival feast, music sessions, singing sessions, a folk orchestra, festival choir, youth events, morris dancing and ceilidhs. Most venues are halls and churches around the town, with a few local pubs being used for sessions. All this and a conker championship too!!! The Festival is inspired by the folk song collecting of Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) - one of the Victorian era's great social historical researchers, who undertook the first serious and sustained attempt to collect the traditional songs of the English peasantry and workers, predominantly in west Devon. The festival is accompanied by a week long Folk Song School, where there is an extensive range of classes from developing techniques such as pitching, ornamentation and harmonies, to developing repertoire and performance skills.

Website: Baring-Gould Folk Festival