The Ipswich Riverside Folk Weekend started with a folk session at the Steamboat Tavern. The session’s been going for a few years now, and in June 2004, landlady Val Bint decided to try something a bit more ambitious and host a whole weekend of folk music and dancing.
The Steamboat Folk Weekend 2004 was a huge success and people enjoyed it so much they decided to do it again! But the event became bigger than the pub; they wanted to tie it in more closely with the pub’s dockside location but they also wanted to put it on the map as an Ipswich event, not just the Steamboat’s – hence the change of name in 2005 to Ipswich Riverside Folk and Maritime Festival.
After three very successful years as IRFMF, however, financial constraints started to creep in, and the organisers also discovered some disadvantages to advertising a “folk festival” at such a small venue – so they split the difference and reverted to Ipswich Riverside Folk Weekend, a laidback weekend of music and beer, in which form we hope it will continue for many years to come!
Website: Ipswich Riverside Folk Weekend