Harbour Records To Sell Festival Tickets…

Just in time for Record Store Day 2018, Harbour Records in Emsworth will be selling Southdowns Folk Festival 4-day tickets, plus individual evening tickets, from Friday 20th April.

You can find Harbour Records here:
29 High Street, #Emsworth, PO10 7AG
Tel: 01243 371415
E-Mail: harbourrecordsemsworth@gmail.com
Web: www.harbourrecords.co.uk

Many thanks for your support Harbour!


Support from Sussex Community Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that the Sussex Community Foundation have awarded our 2018 festival a sum of £5000.

The funds will be used for the festival ‘Skills Project’, in partnership with ‘Making Theatre Gaining Skills’. Our Skills Project uses funding to train local unemployed people as stewards for the Southdowns Folk Festival.

We are so pleased to continue and build on the success of last year’s project. Many thanks to the foundation for all their support.

sussex community foundation

Ovation Music

We’re pleased to be supporting Ovation Music as part of this year’s Sussex Young Folk Competition. Ovation are a young people’s music charity in Chichester, West Sussex, providing a platform for children and young people to get involved in making music.

Sussex Young Folk Competition 2018 in association with Butlins, Bognor Regis, will take place on Sunday 23rd September at William Hardwicke.

To be part of the competition, simply contact Roger, our festival director, for details… rnash10@hotmail.com

ovation music

With many thanks to the Picturedrome Cinema, Bognor Regis

A huge ‘thank you’ to the Picturedrome Cinema, who will sponsor our 2018 festival.
Bognor’s near unique and lovely Edwardian cinema are to become headline sponsor for our ‘Southdowns Ukulele Festival’, and we sincerely thank them for this.
More news and details about the special ukelele events is to follow soon.

Picturedrome Cinema

Our 2018 event? It’s community focused (and more…)

Our 2018 festival will enjoy exciting and community focused town centre activities with ~

*a bigger and even more spectacular dance programme
*expanded street markets
*additional music workshops, sessions and sing-arounds
*extra children’s fun & games
*Sussex Young Folk Competition
*a bigger (and tastier?!) Real Ale Festival
*the introduction of the Southdowns Ukulele Festival
*also new for 2018 – the ‘Seaside Big Sing`

and much more…


Just some of the many images we've received from festival goers.
With many thanks to Alan Dearling for these fabulous photographs.

Please do email your images to us via the festival chairman - rnash10@hotmail.com

BROOMDASHER set sail with John Tams’ endorsement…

BROOMDASHER set sail with John Tams’ endorsement…

Broomdasher will have the wind in their sails this weekend after John Tams’ resounding endorsement of their newly arranged version of two of his songs especially chosen by him for their show with us!

They sang “How High the Price/All Clouds the Sky” when they supported John and Barry Coope (of #CoopeBoyesandSimpson) at the RamFolkClub.

“It’s lovely, I wouldn’t change a thing…. It’s your song now” said John, “I hope your audiences at SouthDowns Folk Festival really enjoy it”.

Barry added: “There’s a lovely balance of voices”, and he said he was looking forward to hearing Broomdasher again.

The 16-voice acapella group from London count John among their admirers and he suggests one of his songs which is in keeping with the venues where they’re singing, for them to arrange in their own traditional style.

“The songs are both about the perils of the sea and how badly deep sea fishermen used to be treated, and we think they’re poignant and moving,” say the group, whose website is www.broomdasher.com.

You can hear them at 2.15pm at The Regis Centre​ and 3.30pm at The William Hardwicke​ THIS Saturday.

Want to join in? They’re hosting a singing and harmony workshop for adults led by their renowned musical director Sally Davies in the Tent at Place St Maur next to The Regis Centre from 10.30 til 11.30am.