Malmesbury’s folk festival nets thousands. The festival, pulled together in a few weeks, has made more than £5,000 for the town mayor’s chosen charities.

The event, held in September, marked the inaugural European Folk Day. A small team including Malmesbury resident Catherine Burke, with the support of Malmesbury Town Council, put the festival together.

Catherine runs the annual Purbeck Valley Folk Festival. So she used her experience and extensive contacts to book a great line-up of acts, and the 500 capacity event was a sellout.

Malmesbury mayor Cllr Gavin Grant said, to make profits of more than £5,200 was a fantastic achievement. The funds will get split between his three chosen charities:

  • HEALS of Malmesbury
  • Malmesbury Animal Sanctuary
  • Malmesbury River Valleys Trust.

‘This is an amazing amount, particularly given that the event happened in record time. A big thank you to everyone on the team who helped make this marvellous event such a success. It shows how much Malmesbury appreciates the music and how much people in the town and beyond want to support small festivals like this one. We hope this will now become an annual event.’

Malmesbury’s folk festival nets thousands
Malmesbury’s First Folk Festival – Festival-goers at Malmesbury Folk & Roots (pics by Richard Harris, RJH Studios)

Location, Location, Location

The Malmesbury Folk & Roots Festival took place in the beautiful Cloister Gardens of Malmesbury Abbey. Festival-goers enjoyed a wide variety of music, side shows and entertainment.

Catherine added: ‘I’m delighted that the event was so successful. It was so nice to show off our lovely town to so many folk fans who had not been to Malmesbury before. I’m looking forward to starting work on planning more of the same for next year!’

Stephen Kearney, who helped to organise the festival, described European Folk Day as a stunning success. There were 226 events in thirty-two countries and 104 new tracks released with twenty-six Radio broadcasts. He said: “Malmesbury Folk &Roots was a jewel in the crown of this international event. The way the mayor took such a proactive lead in this successful project shows the potential of collaboration and cooperation with our international neighbours.’

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