GET YOUR FOLK ON: Sundown @ Leigh Folk Festival

Once again, Sundown Arts will be at the Clarendon Scout Hut, High St, Leigh on Sea old town, on Sun, 29th June from 4 – 7pm for this years 23rd Leigh Folk Festival with support using public funding from the National Lottery and Arts Council England.  I think it’s our 9th or 10th year at the folk festival and we love being involved in this quality FREE festival.  Everyone works so hard, voluntarily, to put this festival together each year alongside their other jobs.  You can smell the passion that goes into this and it smells like, um, a really good ale.  So who have we got in the hut this year?joan_plays_accordian

* Sundown PoetsJo Overfield, Cherry Scott, and a special set from Ray Morgan

* Simon Blackman – a witty, Milligan-esque poet from Billericay with hilarious deadpan delivery

*Nigel of Bermondsey – expect spoken word, folklore, history, unique live performance

*Haiku Salut – an instrumental trio from Derbyshire who descrive themselves as ‘Baroque-pop-folktronic-neo-classical-something or other’

*The Blazing Zoos – a country band from London featuring Gen Matthews, formerly of Jesus Jones, been described as ‘phenomenally marvellous’

*Ghost Music – featuring members of The Hilmisters and Plantman, Ghost Music are garage rock, psychadelic guitars, awesome basically

WE ARE SO EXCITED!  We’ve got an excellent line-up, we’ll be giving away FREE second hand books and FREE stickers.  We also hope to have lots of electrical fans in the hut so it’s not so much of a hot hut this year.  But where else will Sundown be at the festival over the weekend?  Here’s an outline of where we’ll be and what we’re up to:

FRI 27TH JUNE: The Daisy Bowlers @ Elsie’s Place cafe, Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, vintage sounds alongside afternoon tea, FREE, from 2.15pm

SAT 28TH JUNE: Public Record Live Estuary Performance @ St Clements Church, The Rectory, 80 Leigh Hill, Leigh on Sea, 11.30am – 12.30pm.  A live performance of music and spoken-word from the poetry cycle Public Record: Estuary, based on events off the Leigh shoreline in the late-19th century. Plus short individual sets by the participating artists.  Featuring Adrian Green, Justin Hopper, Lost Harbours, Syd Moore, Ray Morgan, and Jo Overfield. Sponsored by Sundown Arts. Piece originally commissioned by Metal Southend.

SAT 28TH JUNE: Jo Overfield from Sundown Arts will be judging the Open-Mic competition @ St Clements Church, from 12 – 4.30pm.

SAT 28TH JUNE: From 9pm in the Clarendon Scout Hut, Jo will be compering a special night of live music from unique folk that includes performances from Crying Lion, Rainbow Valley, Lost Harbours, Diamond Family Archive, Jason Steel.

SUN 29TH JUNE: Sundown’s gig in the Clarendon Scout Hut – see above!

And who do we recommend you check out this year?  Well, it’s all bloody brilliant but you’ve gotta make sure you at least see or attend: Squeezebox Folk on the Thurs (gorgeous little night run by lovely people), Cusack, The Owl Service, You Are Wolf, Matt Boulter, The Lucky Strikes, Country Parish Music, Greanvine, Micky Denny, Kate Denny, She’Koyokh, Stick in the Wheel, Crafting for Foes, Fishwives Choir, Wendy Soloman & Dave Woodcock, Public Record, Trembling Bells & Mike Heron, Diamond Family Archive, Jason Steel, Sundown (er, obviously), Neil McSweeney, Famous Potatoes (it’s tradition!), Alasdair Roberts, Nancy Wallace, Gemma Khawaja, Plantman, Delta Jacks, The Captain’s Daughter. 

Oh man, what a weekend, what a line-up.  Please support the festival by donating to a programme, buying one of the exclusive festival t-shirts or becoming a Friend of the Festival.  For more information, tickets for concerts, line-ups, information, addresses, go to 


*photo from Mad Men, broadcast on Sky AtlanticPrint