The 23rd Leigh Folk Festival

The countdown to the 23rd Leigh Folk Festival, widely acknowledged as the largest free folk event in the UK, is now truly underway with the main announcement of the acts playing at LFF 2014, and also details of some new additions and developments to the event's programme.

Firstly, the some of the artists confirmed for the 2014 Leigh Folk Festival, which will be happening in venues across Leigh-on-sea, Essex from June 26th to 29th;

TREMBLING BELLS & MIKE HERON, CATH & PHIL TYLER, THE FURROW COLLECTIVE, DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD, YOUTH CLUB, SPROATLY SMITH, ALASDAIR ROBERTS, SHE'KOYOKH, SON YAMBU, STICK IN THE WHEEL, SAUL ROSE & JAMES DELARRE, THE FISHWIVES' CHOIR, THE OWL SERVICE, YOU ARE WOLF, C. JOYNES, NANCY WALLACE, ALISON O'DONNELL, STEVE ASHLEY, ROSHI FEAT. PARS RADIO, DAVE TONGE, THE LUCKY STRIKES, TREVOR MOSS & HANNAH LOU, REDLANDS PALOMINO CO, PHIL BURDETT, LONDON KLEZMER QUARTET, NEIL McSWEENEY, FAMOUS POTATOES, PLINTH, ROBIN SAVILLE, LOU GLANDFIELD, JASON STEEL, GREANVINE, THE DIAMOND FAMILY ARCHIVE, ADRIAN NATION, THE CHURCHFITTERS, GREGG RUSSELL & CIARAN ALGAR, NICK PYNN, SERGEANT BUZFUZ, OCELOT, MELODIE GROUP, GEMMA KHAWAJA, ROBERT SUNDAY, HAIKU SALUT, EAST CREEK UNION, THE MORRIS BOYS, TALLOWAH, PLANTMAN, LOST HARBOURS, THE CRYING LION

As always, the Festival will be a FREE and open event with the exception of a handful of ticketed special performances. And once again it will feature a huge panoply of dance sides, mummers, comedians, kids' events and much more. New developments this year include an expanded centrepiece procession, a storytelling spectacular entitled 'Luttrell Voices' featuring Dave Tonge, the Yarnsmith of Norwich, the launch of an intim

ate new music venue at Leigh Sailing Club, a second stage in the beautiful Fishermen's Chapel, and a Sunday morning Sacred Harp singing workshop.

While attracting both performers and punters from across the globe, Leigh Folk Festival remains a much loved, grass roots event embraced by the local community in the small Thames estuary fishing town. Remarkably, it is still run entirely by unpaid volunteers, which helps maintain its special atmosphere, and homespun, non-corporate feel. Its reputation continues to grow, with more and more visitors returning each year.

The Leigh Folk Festival is widely recognised as the largest free event of its type in the UK. Now in its 23rd year, it is famous for its wide-ranging approach to programming, which embraces music, dance, comedy, poetry, puppetry, film, theatre, storytelling, children's activities and much more. The Leigh Folk Festival grows year by year and relies upon the support of many individuals and organisations to continue. All outdoor events are free and many performers appear for no fee, and all festival staff are volunteers who work tirelessly all through the year.

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