Trinity Laban staff and alumni feature in the 2nd Annual Folk Festival at Blackheath Halls (15-17 May 2015), which offers a taster of just some of the range of folk music played today.
On Sunday 17 May the theme is The Big Jig, with music and activities designed for all the family. Joe Townsend, Trinity Laban’s CoLab Creative Producer (pictured), demonstrates gypsy fiddle, and there is also toddler music, storytelling from Live Canon, and a family Barn Dance led by Alice Cade with music from Trading with Craig.
That evening, Joe joins Trinity Laban’s Head of Composition Dominic Murcott for a folk session inspired by Scandinavian and Romanian folk traditions with a contemporary electronic twist. The Guardian says: “Townsend's music is an authoritative compendium of European folk music played with thrilling virtuosity.”
Rounding off the festival is Ulster group the Knockmore Trio, featuring celebrated Enniskillen percussionist and current Trinity Laban student Kieran Leonard, pumping out world class, high energy jigs, reels and hornpipes.