If you've driven along the A12 near Glemham recently, you may have spotted a rather unusual addition to the landscape...
Every July, the transformation of a huge 65ft blasted oak tree signals the countdown to the family-friendly folk festival FolkEast.
The festival, which takes place at Glemham Hall from the 21st to 23rd August 2015, offers an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional music where instrument, song, dance, poetry, art & heritage craft skills and knowledge are shared and collaborations born. Headlining the 2015 festival will be BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Group 2015, The Young'uns,
along with The Unthanks, Chris Wood and Andy Cutting, Oompah Brass, Mortal Tides and many more.
This year the mighty oak has been wrapped in 120 meters of vivid purple material with the quirky addition of four ‘re-cycled’ bicycles wrapped in the bright yellow material used for the 2013 tree dressing - to celebrate the festival’s recently acquired Silver Carbon Charter status!
John Marshall-Potter, from FolkEast said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to FMS Site Services for sponsoring the tree dressing this year by supplying the cherry picker needed and to Clothworks of Halesworth for providing all the material.
He continues: “We want to encourage folk to come and take a peek at the festival this year as there is so much to enjoy. We are delighted that many of those that came last year for a day are returning with friends and family.”
Becky Marshall-Potter, Co-founder, added, “In 2014, FolkEast was voted one of the Ultimate 50 things to do in Suffolk in a public poll run by BBC radio Suffolk and the East Anglian Daily Times. We have an eclectic mix of music and activities and even manage to fit in a bit of world record beer mat flipping and the Eastfolk pub quiz. As organisers, we are passionate about providing a family friendly, intimate and good value festival for all to enjoy that is inherently Suffolk. A festival we would want to go to.”
For more information on FolkEast and for tickets, go to www.folkeast.co.uk/2015-line-up