Melton comes alive with the sound of music at first ever Folk Festival and Craft Fair

Rob Hines and Ann Duggan at The White Lion PHOTO: Tim Williams
Rob Hines and Ann Duggan at The White Lion PHOTO: Tim Williams

Catchy melodies and beats could be heard from afar as a variety of soloists and bands played at the first ever Melton Folk Festival and Craft Fair.

On Sunday the streets of Melton became a hub of activity as many inquisitive people took part in and listened to an abundance of music sessions, sing-arounds and workshops organised by the Melton Folk Club and sponsored by the Melton BID.

J2 play on the main Market Place stage PHOTO: Tim Williams

J2 play on the main Market Place stage PHOTO: Tim Williams

Centred around an open air stage in the Market Place from 12noon onwards, several pubs and cafes including The Crown, The Half Moon, The White Lion, Anne of Cleves, The Harboro Hotel, The Boat, Noel Arms, The Generous Briton, Nigel’s Cafe and Amici also hosted musicians, with the aim of trying to persuade people that the folk genre is a pleasing alternative to mainstream music.

Melton Folk Club member Duncan Garment said: “The day was great and for a first go we were pleased with how many people showed enthusiasm.

“Taking on board the feedback we received we’ll definitely look into running the festival again next year.

“There were about 50 or so artists who performed and 20 odd stalls selling basket weaving crafts, special soaps, clothing, jewellery and other natural ecological products.

Blues and Roots guitarist Chris Wortley PHOTO: Tim Williams

Blues and Roots guitarist Chris Wortley PHOTO: Tim Williams

“Thank you to everyone for their support and Melton BID for sponsoring the day.”

Melton Folk Club is held every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 10.30pm in the function room at The Crown. Hosted by Adrian Kerr all are welcome.

The Black Annis Women's Morris in Nottingham Street PHOTO: Tim Williams

The Black Annis Women's Morris in Nottingham Street PHOTO: Tim Williams

The Last Touch entertain The Crown's courtyard PHOTO: Tim Williams

The Last Touch entertain The Crown's courtyard PHOTO: Tim Williams

John McCrea in reflective mood PHOTO: Tim Williams

John McCrea in reflective mood PHOTO: Tim Williams

Sheila Mosley adds to the atmosphere in Market Place PHOTO: Tim Williams

Sheila Mosley adds to the atmosphere in Market Place PHOTO: Tim Williams

A chilled out scene outside the 54a King Street cafe PHOTO: Tim Williams

A chilled out scene outside the 54a King Street cafe PHOTO: Tim Williams