Take a picnic along to enjoy Folk in the Park

Folk in the Park,Brackley.Penny Kempson
Folk in the Park,Brackley.Penny Kempson

Six hours of great folk music, children’s entertainment and craft stalls will fill historic Brackley Park on the High Street from 2-8pm on Sunday.

This will be the third bi annual Folk in the Park organised by Brackley Folk Club. The aim is to give local folk singers and groups the chance to perform in public and to give the public exposure to folk roots and promote folk heritage, and add to that heritage in the form of new songs and music.

The opportunity is there for a great family afternoon in the park, enjoying a home made picnic or buying from the many food stalls and nearby public house, The Greyhound Inn, where the club meets every Sunday evening.

Don Thompson from Brackley Folk Club will be the compere for the event, and the line up includes all age groups. Penny Kempson was one of the first members of Brackley Folk Club and at one time the youngest member. She has developed into a rising star on the folk circuit and has featured at a number of folk festivals throughout the country. She is now writing and performing her own material either unaccompanied or playing fiddle or guitar.

The current youngest member of the club is Holly-Alice, who will bring her harp, which is almost twice the size of her, yet so enchantingly played.

Other performers on the programme include Red Shoes, who are very Fairport orientated and are great friends of Brackley Folk Club; local band Scarecrow; duo Gawkey; Kevin O’Regan; and Mike Weston, who as well as performing will also help out with compering duties.

Other acts include Graham Meek, Moose Rosser who sings unaccompanied sea shanties, guitarist singer/song writer Pete Joshua and the Brackley Morris Men.

Mr Thompson says the programme is not set in stone as wiggle room is allowed for things like a bit of dancing if members of the audience feel so inclined. He says there is also the possiblity of a visit from a blues guitarist from a pop group of the 80s, but didn’t want to reveal any more in case it doesn’t come off.

The event is free to attend, although there will be a raffle and buckets will be shaken for donations towards the next Folk in the Park event in two years time.

Funding for the event is raised by the club members and committee, with support from Brackley Town Council.