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The 2016 Annual General Meeting of The Upton Upon Severn Folk Dance and Song Society will take place at 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 10th in the Oak Room, The Anchor, Upton. This will be followed by an informal discussion of the Society's activities and the 2017 festival in particular.

All with an interest in the Folk Festival are invited to attend but only members may take part in the formal meeting. Everyone is invited to contribute, by correspondence or speaking at the informal part of the meeting.

You do not have to be a member of the society to be on the festival committee and we are always looking for new blood.

Please come and support us, email your ideas and comments to or call me on 01905 371 268.

We would like to thank Grahame at the Anchor for the use of the room.

Richard Hannah - Chairman

Planning is well underway for 2017 - please see the Artists page for the acts which we have selected so far - the committee believe that the line-up for 2017 will appeal to our regular customers and will attract a vast new audience - full marks (again) to Helen and her team for setting up another cracking good guest list.

In addition to the concerts and ceilidhs, there will be all the expected highlights of Upton Folk Festival again and the committee is working hard to add to our successful formula - including our regular competitions: The Duck Race, The Andy Scarf Memorial Trophy for Morris Announcements, The JB Cup for writers of un-accompanied songs and the Clog Competition with Huw Williams as one of the judges.

A festival like Upton does not just happen; we are lucky to have a great town with unstinting support from the Council (both elected members and staff), traders, publicans and townspeople. It also takes a lot of effort from the dedicated committee, stewards, box office staff and many other volunteers. If you feel you could contribute to running the festival please either contact me (Chairman@UptonFolk.ORG) if you would be willing to serve on the committee or, if you fancy stewarding, contact the Stewards Organiser (Stewards@UptonFolk.ORG). For artists, stalls, ticket sales etc. please use one of the links listed below.

I announced at the last festival that I would be retiring after 2017, as I believe that the festival needs new blood to take it forward into its third decade - if anyone believes they can (or knows anyone who could) take an active role in steering the Folk Festival or organising the Morris dancing please contact me by email (Chairman@UptonFolk.ORG) or phone (01905 371 268) and I will be only too happy to discuss what is involved.

Tickets will be on sale during February 2017 either via this web site or by phone from the Upton Tourist Information office. If you would like further details please email BoxOffice@UptonFolk.ORG

The results of the competitions in 2016 were:

Andy Maliphant Memorial Trophy for Morris Announcements

John Birmingham Cup for song writing

And again, the Upton Heat provided a winning entry for the final of the John Birmingham Cup! Huge congratulations to Jane Rushton of the Bird Scares with her song 'It Ain't Easy' - joint winner with a cockling song from the Sheffield heat. You couldn't split them - both brilliant.

Demon Barbers' Clog Competition

The winners of the 12 and over competition were Two Of A Kind, second place Raise The Dust, third place Wimberry Clog. The under 12’s comp winners were James and Eleanor Crickmore, in a tie break between their two solo routines :) There were group dances, solo dances, old and new steps from Lakeland, Lancashire, USA, Wales, Westmorland and Haworth… Hoops, the splits and even camels featured making for a very innovative set of competition routines :) Looking forward to the next one!


The Upton in Bloom Duck Race 2017

Live images from the riverside Festival site and river

Richard Hannah – Chairman

Upton Folk Festival,
Tudor House,
9 Kinnersley,
Severn Stoke,

If you would like to contact us please use the links below:

Box Office
Morris Squire
Artists Liaison

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