Good music and beer as festival reaches 21
L ast year's Crawley Folk and Beer Festival attracted crowds from across the country, who came to soak up the atmosphere in The Hawth Grounds, peruse the stalls, watch the dance displays, listen to an array of music and indulge in a pint or two of some of the finest ales on offer in the UK.
Now in it's 21st year, the festival this weekend, from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1, welcomes Dogan Mehmet. He takes to the stage on Friday evening with an Anglo-Turkish, gypsy-punk style mix of traditions and strong acoustic grooves.
Joining Dogan are Mawkin, a blistering five-piece band fusing folk, world, jazz, prog and rock.
The Hobgoblin stage music continues on Saturday evening, June 30, with the award-winning Jim Moray who is regarded as one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in traditional folk music today.
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Also performing alongside Jim are Ruth Notman and Saul Rose. Ruth's pure and powerful voice conveys stories of love, loss, adventure and heartache while Saul is a melodeon playing ace.
Of course, this is a beer festival too and this year there will be more than 50 ales, ciders and perries available including those from local breweries – Partridge Green's Dark Star Summer Melt, Surrey Hills' Ranmore Ale, Shere Drop and Hammer Mild, and Horsham-based brewer Hepwoth's Iron Horse.
And while you sup your pint you can enjoy free music from local talent on the new Busking Stage inside the beer tent.
Plus, the Foyer Stage plays host to the compelling vocals of The Foxglove Trio, Alistair Russell's songs from his homeland and more.
Festival-goers can also look forward to Cajun Dawgs, Boon Dock Spare Parts Concertina Band, Jim Tippler, Chris Dunne, One For The Road, Chris Read and Valmai Goodyear on the alfresco Band Stage.
There will also be the usual goodies on offer including workshops, food stands, craft stalls and demonstrations in morris and traditional folk dance.
And if you really want to get into the festival spirit, on-site camping is available.