Welcome: The Spirit of Folk, Festival 2013

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This weekend sees the very much anticipated return of The Spirit of folk Festival 2013. Culch.ie has been and gone there since it began way back in 2011 and this it’s 3rd year is one I simply cannot wait for. I’ll grant you #SOF13 is probably not the type of gig where you’d spot that many fake tan pushers, complete with Gucci aftersahve flavoured Beckham Wellies, because I’m worth it ? More this gig really is about The Spirit of Folk. For me, for us, it is the place where myself and Brian Greene were made to feel part of The Family in 2011 as they aired on The Sodshow. And we had tea there. It is were Anthony McGuinness  and I first met The Hot Sprockets. It is were Darren and Ellie went shamanic drumming and Brian interviewed a viking. It is bring your own Germania beer, a hug … There’s more

Spirit of Folk Festival 2012

As we come to the cold end of a very hectic year, a few of us are looking back over the highlight of our Summer season – anyone who has read culch regularly will know how much we loved Spirit of Folk. It’s a small festival with a big heart and, this year they managed to keep the same atmosphere and sense of community amongst the festival goers. Anto, Peter and Brian, who were there last year, were joined by Blots, Darren, Elly, Phillip and Sarah so this post will contain contributions from a few of us. A SOFF megapost if you will. Anto: I’d been in two minds about attending SOF last year. I didn’t know a lot about it and I wasn’t really up for a weekend of camping. In hindsight, I’m so glad I went and I’d been looking forward to the second year for months. This … There’s more

My Time At A Festival: Spirit of Folk 2012

I’m gonna have to start my look back on Spirit of Folk 2012 with this piece of audio that was a #soff12 Sodshow special. Textually, it really does save about 4 gizillion paragraphs of what if’s and Aimsir Modh Coinníollach‘s that we who were there in year one wondered about….. pre us getting there. Scroll to 5 mins 52 seconds: listen to ‘A Spirit of Folk Festival 2012 Special ’ on Audioboo Of the gig, the festival, my time there it’s tough to pick highlights. There were gigs and bands and people I heard talk; things I saw and people I met and by the time I realised that I should have recorded that in audio or in picture, that moment was gone and passed. It was that good and so very easy to simply get lost in time. Class example: Bunoscionn doing Trad Side of the Moon – yup, … There’s more

Festival: We’re almost ready for Spirit of Folk 2012

We’ve been gearing up for this for months and it’s only a few days to go now. Spirit of Folk, shortlisted in 2011 for ‘Best New Festival’ in the European Festival awards, returns this weekend (September 21st-23rd). Festival Organisers are eager to stress that the event is much more than your average music festival with an eccentric array of activities on offer all weekend to delight and entertain audiences. With Traditional Storytelling from Ireland’s best Seanachaí, Eddie Lenihan and Pat Speight, interactive Viking re-enactments, Falconry displays, Archery lessons, Battle Re-enactments and Wildlife Walks ran by the Wildlife Trust, Spirit of Folk promises to deliver to those seeking an alternative family weekend. Culch.ie’s own Peter Donegan will be giving a gardening talk on Saturday at 1.45pm so make sure to get along to that. Folk music enthusiasts will not be disappointed either, with Irish folk legends John Spillane, Tír na nÓg … There’s more

Spirit of Folk Festival 2012 Returns

The Spirit of Folk festival is without question the lovliest festival I have ever been to in my life. Just about to hit 2 years of age, I was there last year, loved every second of it and proud to say it, I’m headed back for year 2. To describe it, is tough. Q the brains behind the scenes, Natasha and Caroline and a little of Lisa O’Neill from 2011. listen to ‘ Natasha and Caroline @ The Spirit of Folk Festival 2012 Launch’ on Audioboo Spirit of Folk runs from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd September. Weekend camping tickets start at €85. Day tickets cost €45, and children under 14 can go free. More information on the festival, including the full line-up and range of activities can be found at www.spiritoffolk.com Back to the wonderful fairytale that is the grounds of Dunderry Park, Co. Meath #SoF12 returns from September … There’s more

Music: Spirit of Fund – A Spirit of Folk Fundraiser

UPDATE: Tickets are now on sale for 24 hours at €50 for a weekend ticket. Get ‘em here. We raved about the Spirit of Folk festival last year so we’re giving you a heads up on this one. The 2012 festival takes place from 21st-23rd September and they’re hosting a fundraiser in Whelans on Thursday 29th March @ 7.30pm (tickets: €10). Weekend tickets for the festival will be available for €50 (24 hours only) and the folktastic lineup for the Whelans gig includes: The Hot Sprockets The Young Folk Bunoscionn and TRAZ There’ll also be a raffle with prizes from camping tickets to dinners for two in some fancy schmancy restaurants. You can read about 2011 festival here: Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3 and there’s tons more content here: Photos: Anto’s Flickr and Peter’s pix.ie account Audio: Peter’s audioboo account Video: Culch.ie’s Youtube and Peter’s Vimeo. I’ll update … There’s more

Spirit of Folk 2012 – Call for band submissions

If you’re a regular reader of Culch then you’ll know what an amazing time myself (Anto), Peter Donegan and Brian Greene had at Spirit of Folk 2011 (Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3 posts). It was a brilliant weekend from start to finish and brought together some amazing acts and people. 2012 is set to be bigger and the guys have just put out a call for band submissions. As they say themselves: We’re looking for folk music in the broadest sense. We’re looking for American folk, Irish Trad., bluegrass, folk rock, country and anything that fits our festival. Last year we had bands as broad ranging as St. John the Gambler’s eastern influenced, stomping Alt. Folk to Lisa O’Neill’s tender folk ballads. There’s no reason why this year’s line up can’t be just as diverse. Folk in its most basic sense is the music of the people so … There’s more

Festival Review: Spirit of Folk 2011 – Day 3

Spirit of Folk – Day 1 Spirit of Folk – Day 2 Day 3 – What folkin’ time is it lads ? We woke to realise we had all missed the folkin’ rugby match. Brekkie in the belly complete, we still had one full festival day to go. And what you maybe are starting to realise by now is that there was a lot more to SoF 11 than meets the eye. Take for example the Fingal Living History. Really nice guys. And although the video and images maybe don’t do them justice – the audio interview I did with them was going to go here, but – their story told is so good we decided to save it for air on The SodShow. It is that good. How nice were the folks ? They were also in the late night revellers tent last night! And like an advert for … There’s more

Festival Review: Spirit of Folk 2011 – Day 2

Spirit of Folk – Day 1 Spirit of Folk – Day 3 Day 2 – The Adventure Begins Spirit of Folk Day 1 was an absolute belter I think it’s fair to say. And so the Three Stooges awoke to a full fry [who needs master chef when you have a gardener !] And somewhere around lunch time we made our way into the main arena to see what was in store. We were all well aware that having not arrived until after 4pm on Day 1, we may have missed a bit. First stop – first band on the main stage – Traz (a four piece Acoustic/Alternative/Folk band from Dublin): Post Traz, we took a wander through the woodland route and heard the familiar sound of uilleann pipes and a guitar bouncing through the trees. Two gentlemen, known as Lynched, were playing a set at the old well and … There’s more

Festival Review: Spirit of Folk 2011 – Day 1

Spirit of Folk – Day 2 Spirit of Folk – Day 3 If ever there was a festival where it’s title meant more to me after meeting it’s organisers, whilst I was there and in it’s entirety afterwards, this is it. Over three blog posts via recordings in word, audio, video and picture; the three who visited there, namely Peter Donegan, Brian Greene and Anthony McGuinness will paint a picture of just why all are already looking forward to SoF12 and why we already miss the experience that was SoF11. Spirit of Folk – Day 1 Enjoy your festival lads ! That was the greeting we got from the girl directing cars into the field. The field was clean. The grass was clumpy, but that makes for very comfy sleeping. The box office was in a caravan. The toilets were cleaned daily. All of the organisers were happy. The first … There’s more

The Culchie Guide To: The Spirit of Folk Festival

Useful Links: Buy a ticket – €95 for the 2 day camping pass Getting to the SoF actual site …. actually there! Best directions ever ! find Spirit of Folk of Facebook This is an UNofficial guide. Not a United Nations guide and not a Spirit of folk organisers’ guide. It’s year one and I’ve been to the site so these are my recommendations on what I have been suggesting people do and I got bored repeating myself so now they can have a link. It is my A-Z of sorts. In short: Friday 23rd – 25th September 2011 Gates open at 3pm on the Friday – I’ll be there and waiting as you see in the vid above its a 5 minute trek to anywhere maximum – from anywhere more info on spiritOF folk.com Wine-ing and Dining: Dunderry House is in the middle of nowhere. There isn’t a super … There’s more

Event: What The Folk ? Final and Launch Party

What: WTF ? Final and Spirit of Folk Launch When: Monday, September 12 Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm Where: The Workmans Club, dublin Cost: Free in [w00OOO0oop ! ] The grand finale of the What the Folk Competition is going to be EPIC!!! We’re going to rock the folk out of the Workmans and promise to bring you a night full of fun, frolics and more, oh and it’s our offical launch PAARTY!! We’ll have amazing cocktails offers (nom nom we’ve tested and they are delicious!!), some video promos for the festival and special guest appearance from the amazing Saint John the Gambler…. Free in, live music and plenty of craic… also selling tickets and generally getting up to no good for a Monday night What is What The Folk ? So overwhelmed with requests to play the first annual Spirit of Folk festival, they decided the only fair way to chose … There’s more

Events: Spirit of Folk Festival 23 – 25th September 2011

post update: the culch.ie guide to: the spirit of folk If I was ever to find an alternate to the early days of Electric Picnic, I think this is the closest I will get…. I say I think, coz it is Year 1 [of many, I hope] for the event. Before you might ask: yes, I shall be going to the ball. Never heard of it ? Here’s the low down….. Type: Boutique Festival Name: Spirit of Folk festival Dates: September 23 to 25 2011 Venue: The stunning grounds of Dunderry Park, Co. Meath More important bullet points: Tickets: €95 for w/e camping pass, €59 Saturday Only. Kids under 12 free. Buy them at: tickets.ie or direct from Dunderry Park – call 046 90 74455 NOTE: no alcohol will be sold on site – those who enjoy a tipple should bring their own [organisers official note]. They say: the friendliest … There’s more