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Music, dance and artistic merriment will take over the sleepy Northumberland town of Allendale, as Allen Valleys Folk Festival returns from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September.

It’s the fifth outing for the popular festival, which will see all manner of folk, world music, bluegrass and everything in between descend on a variety of venues.

Highlights of the programme include self-described ‘bloke-folk’ trio Faustus, whose members’ musical pedigree spans everything from Seth Lakeman Band and Joan As Police Woman to Eliza Carthy and Bellowhead; Bristolian twelve-piece Matuki bring a fusion of West African rhythms and urban funk; award-winning multi-instrumentalist Rachel Newton performs; and winners of 2017’s Youth Folk Award, The McGoldrick Sisters will be a particular highlight, as will Durham’s own folk songwriter Harri Endersby, who is fast gaining a reputation as one of the shining lights of the region’s folk scene – her stunning arrangements are sure to impress.

Also of note, Kathryn Tickell teams up with author David Almond and accordionist and clog dancer Amy Thatcher to present an afternoon of stories, songs and music, appropriately named Tales And Tunes on Sunday afternoon, and the programme will also feature a variety of workshops – from needle felting, dulcimer playing and creative writing – plus a dance programme in the village square featuring local performers.

As the festival is situated within the stunning North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, attendees can be assured of a beautiful setting as well as top-notch entertainment.


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