Spring Raffle

Building on the ongoing success of our ongoing fundraising campaign, we have launched a Spring Raffle.

A £5 donation, via our Go Fund Me Page, will buy you a ticket.

Prizes include ukuleles, travel amps, ukulele cases (courtesy of Excelsior Ukulele Music), and many other fabulous prizes.

Once you have purchased your ticket(s), simply e-mail mjsteer@aol.com with your contact details, so that your ticket(s) can be allocated to you.

The draw will take place at the Easter Ukulele Celebration on Thursday 22nd April at the Alexandra Theatre, Bognor Regis. Further details of this event will follow soon.

All proceeds raised will go towards the 2021 Southdowns Folk Festival.

Thank you for your ongoing support 🎶

Order Festival Tickets By Post

You are now able to purchase your 2021 Southdowns Folk Festival tickets by post.

The downloadable booking form is available here. Simply print it out and forward it, with the relevant payment, to the address listed on the form.

There are no booking fees on tickets ordered by post.

Printed ticket confirmation will be posted to you within 10 days of your order.
If the festival is not staged for any reason, your payment will be refunded in full.

Many thanks for your order!

McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle: Christmas at Home

McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle: Christmas at Home. Tuesday 15th December.

Jointly promoted by Southdowns Folk Festival, Wickham Festival and WemsFest, this unique online show will be streamed live on Tuesday 15th December with tickets priced at £12 each.

If you haven`t seem these guys, you’re in for a real treat.

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle have recorded a very special Christmas show to be streamed into the homes of people the length and breadth of the UK.

Linking with venues and festivals from the Highlands of Scotland across the sea to Belfast and on to the far south of England, the trio will bring Christmas cheer directly to audiences in their own homes.

The trio are delighted to present their inaugural Christmas concert featuring a diverse mix of classic Christmas melodies, traditional and contemporary songs and tunes. Whether performing material such as the medieval based song Curoo Curoo, John Shehan’s hauntingly beautiful melody Christchurch or the majestic O Holy Night, their decades of
renowned musical expertise creates a magical and lasting impression.

Best known for their work with Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler and BBC Transatlantic Sessions as well as artists including Solas, Capercaillie and Kate Rusby, the multi-award winning trio have recorded a 45 minute set full of Christmas tunes, as well as some firm favourites.

Each show is different and at the end, questions submitted from the audiences of each venue and festival make for some unique moments. All ticket buyers will be given the opportunity to submit a question for their own unique event.

Michael McGoldrick explained “We felt we wanted to connect with people at this time of year and had been looking for a way to do this. This November we were supposed to be performing in Switzerland and the Czech Republic. John Doyle had flown over from his home in the US to be part of the tour. The tour was cancelled at short notice and so we thought, this is our chance to use the time to record something special”

Ticket sales will be split between the artists and the individual venues/festivals, so you can be confident that your purchase will not only support McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle at Christmas, but also your local venues, promoters and festivals.

What happens now:
Go to https://myplayer.uk/christmasathome
and find the date below that you want to buy a ticket for. Once you have purchased your ticket you will receive an email with information about how to watch the show in the comfort of your own home.

All concerts will begin at 7.30pm or 8pm, depending on the venue, on the date you purchase your ticket for.

Each ticket will allow one more screening within a 7 day period. Tickets are valid for one device at a time and cannot be shared.

Ukulele Christmas Celebration

*Please note: this event is now postponed until early 2021*

On Wednesday 16th December, we very much hope to be holding a UKULELE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION in the Alexandra Theatre, Bognor Regis, from 2pm – 4pm.

Tickets will just be £5 and available from www.regiscentre.co.uk or from the box office on 01243 861010.

Tickets will be on sale from Saturday 31st October; an event to really look forward to.

Thanks and stay safe.

Ukulele For The People – An Online Jam

Join us for the South Downs Folk Festival Jam on Friday 18th September at 7.30pm

Live via Facebook at SouthDowns Folk Festival Online Ukulele Jam

Everyone is welcome, and the music is available here:
Ukulele For The People Online Jam

Look forward to seeing you there.

Donations towards this event are appreciated! 50% of all donations received will go towards next year’s festival (2021).

Crowdfunding Campaign

We’ve launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise £1000 to help make next year`s Festival a reality and turn it into a real cracker!

With the sad postponement of this year’s event, there were costs we had to lay out that we can’t get back.

If you can help us reach our target, we’d be hugely appreciative… and have many rewards to share with you in return for your kindness.

Rewards include festival merchandise and tshirts, meetings with the headline artists, restaurant meals and more.

Read on for more information: Southdowns Folk Festival Crowdfunding Campaign

Live At Langhams

Our good friends at Langham Brewery are showing a hosting a live from the brewery and streaming it live via their Facebook page on Saturday 22nd August.

They’ll be hosting an intimate live stream of this summer’s ‘Live At Langhams event’, featuring 3 incredible musicians:
Serious Child
Molly McKenna

7.30pm – 9pm.
Donations to Trees For The Downs – a South Downs National Park project.

As a result of the current Covid-19 restrictions, they are sadly unable to offer a safe live experience for their regular summer music and beer festival at the brewery.

So together with Serious Child they came up with the idea of a live stream instead.

Don’t forget to order your favourite Langham beer via mail order, or via their Home Delivery or Drive Through services to enjoy while you to enjoy the live stream:
Langham Brewery

More about the artists:

Serious Child is indie folk singer/songwriter Alan Young, who lives in the oak woods of West Sussex.

Following years living in cities around the world, Alan returned to his roots to record “Time In The Trees”, a set of reflections on the modern world from within the forest, released earlier this year. In concert, he is joined by folk singer Carla March to provide a feast of harmony and lyrical observation.

“A jamboree of versatility and melody” – Folk Radio UK, Featured Album Of The Month
“Brimming with vigour and style” ⭑⭑⭑⭑ – RnR
“The year’s first home grown album of depth, vision and commitment” ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑ – Spiral Earth

Tobiah sings straight from the heart’ Gaby Roslin BBC London

Singer songwriter Tobiah is known for her poignant lyrics, for touching hearts with life-affirming stories of love and endurance, and for a voice described by the BBC’s Justine Greene as ‘silky, velvety, ethereal and heavenly.’

Born in Manchester, Tobiah started writing songs in earnest in her late 20s, after being given her first guitar at the age of 14. “My songs are very visual, about experiences in my life or a story that has caught my imagination. Lyrics are important – I could never write a song that didn’t move me.“ Her latest album Are We Angels has been described as “thoughtful, elegant and disarmingly moving” by Fatea and “the discovery of the year” by Tony Birch at Folking.com.

Molly is a young singer/songwriter and emerging talent from Ifold in West Sussex who has been making waves with her beautiful debut single “It’s Not Fair” released earlier this year. She brings a fresh and modern take to pop music with her ukulele and stunning voice. When we asked her to perform, Molly pointed out that this fitted perfectly with her upbringing, saying: “we kind of love trees in this family, “my Dad’s a carpenter, brother’s a tree surgeon and Mum’s an artist”.

Postponement of 2020 Southdowns Folk Festival

Whereas a few short weeks ago there was cautious optimism that this year’s Festival could go ahead, recent developments and growing uncertainty have meant that with enormous sadness, this popular event will be postponed until next year with the new dates being 16th to 19th September 2021.

Festival Chairman, Roger Nash said: “All the indications from Government are that social distancing will be in place for the foreseeable future in order to continue the struggle against Covid-19 and help protect the NHS. This makes it almost impossible to use our indoor Festival venues, both in terms of keeping audiences safe and the adverse financial impact this will have. Further, we cannot even be sure that these venues will be available by September plus Arun District and West Sussex County Councils are not allowing any road closures or events on their land at this moment in time. Therefore, in these unprecedented circumstances, we feel that postponement is the most responsible course of action we can take in order protect future festivals as well as fully protect our audiences, volunteers, performers, venues, suppliers and contractors.

We are `rolling-over` our entire Festival programme into 2021 and are currently talking with headline artists, other performers, stall holders, local authorities and our festival venues about appearing and hosting events between 16 and 19 September next year. We can confirm that we have had very positive responses from these discussions and we envisage that our Festival programme featuring Steve Harley, The Strawbs and Steve Knightly amongst others, plus the popular Ukulele Festival and the inaugural Americana Festival on the Pier will very much mirror what would have taken place this year with the possibly of one or two exciting additions. As before, there`ll be loads of free events, great Festival Markets, dance displays, Big Seaside Sing, Shanty Showdowns, sessions, free workshops plus more.

Festival outreach projects, in particular `Making Your Mark` free ukulele sessions and `Musical Minds` will continue over the next 18 months either online and at the right time, with a series of mini events and
concerts culminating at the 2021 event.

If you already have either a 4-Day Festival ticket, individual evening concert ticket or tickets for the Americana Festival, we ask you to be patient. You will be contacted by either the Festival organisers, the Regis Centre and WeGotTickets to ask if you would like to roll-over your tickets for 2021 which would be very helpful, or would like a refund. Festival ticket prices will remain exactly the same. If you have paid as a Festival Market stallholder, the market operators will be in contact, and once again, payments made can be rolled over to the 2021 event or refunds made.

Please be patient but any queries should be emailed to: southdownsfolkfestivalmarket@yahoo.co.uk. Rest assured, we will deal with your preferences as quickly as possible. In the meantime, stay safe and we look forward to coming back next year even bigger and better.