Art & Crafts at St. Albans Folk Festival - Saturday 30 June 2012

St Albans Folk Festival is delighted that Herts Visual Arts members will be joining them during their Day of Music in St Albans Old Town Hall on Saturday June 30. This day will be the highlight of St Albans Folk Festival, which runs from June 25 to July 6.

There will be a variety of songs and music with a programme of performances in the historic 1831 Court Room and informal singarounds in the guardroom adjoining the old cells. Upstairs in the Assembly Room, where some of the Herts Visual Arts stalls will be located, there will be informal sessions, starting with English and Irish traditional music and then an hour of Old Timey and Bluegrass music.  The day will end with a slide guitar workshop led by guest artist Phillip Henry. During the day time, admission will be free. Weather permitting, we will also venture outside to play in the market to publicise the events in the Town Hall.

In parallel with this, the colourful Day of Dance will start with a display of morris dancing by all the groups involved in the Civic Centre outside the Alban Arena at 10.30. After this, from 11.45, the dancers will tour the City Centre, including the Clock Tower, Christopher Place, The Maltings, and the west front of the Abbey, meeting up at Fighting Cocks at 4.15pm.

The Folk Festival concert at 8pm will feature a duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, who are rising names on the folk scene. Phillip and Hannah have played everywhere from Maida Vale Studios to Nashville, Tennessee and are regulars on the festival circuit. They combine influences as diverse as English folk music, Indian classical music and American blues.  The sound they create has been described as "textured, hypnotic and utterly captivating" Using slide guitars, fiddle, banjo, vocals, and even beatbox harmonica, their debut album, Singing The Bones, has garnered warm praise from reviewers such as Mike Harding (BBC Radio Two), Fiona Talkington (BBC Radio Three), and fRoots Magazine. 

Support will be provided by New Roots 2012 finalists, The Beldons, from a family which has always sung together and have been regulars in local folk clubs in Newcastle for a while. As their parents didn’t quite meet the age criteria for New Roots, Áine, Samuel and Patrick decided to enter New Roots as a trio. 

June 30 is also the last day of St Albans Festival and a number of street performers and children’s entertainers will be at large in the City Centre, while the Trestle Arts Base story bus, with hourly performances by story teller, Kathryn Holt, will be parked in front of the Town Hall.

Further information about St Albans Folk festival can be found at

Tickets for the Festival concert cost £12, £10 student concessions and are available from St Albans Tourist Information Centre, 01727 864511 or online at as well as on the door.






A selection of Herts Visual Arts Members will have stalls at The Old Town Hall on Saturday 30th June including:

Tessa Barnes (Hand-painted Silk Scarves, Pictures & Bags) Claudia Brown (Etched Perspex Jewellery & Sculptural Forms) Stephanie Edwards (Hand-woven Tapestries) Miriam Fraser (Watercolour paintings and Felt items) Ken Futers (Handmade Books, Blank Journals, Boxes & Cards) Linda Gifford (Contempory textiles for the home) Helen Halliday (Paintings Prints & Ceramics) Pratima Kramer (Vibrant 2D work in Mixed Media) Ruth Lewis (Sterling Silver Jewellery) Ioanna Misdrakou (Textile & Mixed Media Jewellery) Hillary Taylor (Photography) Janet Tranter (Paintings, Sculptures & Vases).


Claudia Brown





Hillary Taylor







Ioanna Misdrakou





Janet Tranter







Ken Futers





Stephanie Edwards







Tessa Barnes





Ruth Lewis






Miriam Fraser

Pratima Kramer

Linda Gifford

Helen Halliday