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Upton Folk Festival 2016 will feature the usual range of great performers - regulars, old favourites and new guests. There will be sessions in the pubs, dancing in the streets and good company and fellowship throughout the town.

As May Day falls on the Festival Sunday, we are looking for ways to celebrate it in addition to the trip to the top of a hill at dawn - any ideas would be welcomed.

Upton Folk Festival is proud to host five thriving competitions: the Andy Scarf Memorial trophy for Morris Announcements, the southern heat of The John Birmingham Cup for Songwriters (link to page), the Upton In Bloom Duck Race, the Decorated Duck Race and the Demon Barbers Clog Competition. If you would like to register an interest in any or all of these competitions please email your details to Chairman@UptonFolk.ORG and we will provide more details as they become available.

Tickets will be on sale during February 2016 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 2015 were:

Andy Maliphant Memorial Trophy for Morris Announcements
The winners were: Joint 1st - Black Sheep and Wytchwood

John Birmingham Cup for song writing
CONGRATULATIONS!! The winner of the Upton Heat of the John Birmingham Cup for songwriting 2015 was Dave Collins. The song was called Queen of the Midlands and traces significant geographical and historical points on the River Trent in its journey from Biddulf in Staffs to Gainsborough in Lincolnshire. He can be seen again in the final during Whitby Folk Week in August - and, of course, at Upton 2016.

Dave with judges, Liz Davenport and Graeme Knights

Demon Barbers' Clog Competition
MORE CONGRATULATIONS!! The winners of the Demon Barbers Clog Competition 2015 at Upton were Stony Steppers. The competition this year, compered by Damien Barber, was looking not only for excellence but also innovation. The judges, Alistair Anderson and Tiny Taylor commended them for their sense of fun and their engagement with the audience and for the inclusiveness of the routine which allowed the less experienced dancers to complement the stepping of the more advanced members. Alistair also commended them on the use of the different weights of the steppers - or of the stepping - to create variation in the sound - an impressive innovation!! The wonderful prizes have been made by Phil Howard. Next year we hope to have some entries for the junior competition as well.

Presentation

The Decorated Duck competition
- Senior, Brenda Thomas
- Junior, Hector Gittins, age 4

The Upton in Bloom Duck Race
1st - Duck 17 - Pawel
2nd - Duck 150 – Acorns Shop
3rd - Duck 80 – Don from The Pudding Shop (who donated his winnings to UiB).

During the festival the customers and public raised over £750 to support the efforts of one of our traders, Bijendra Tamrakar, whose family is bringing relief to the people of Nepal in a direct way. One of the Folk Festival’s contribution was to raffle a model of the Festival’s Mascot Coenwulf (a cat with a wooden leg and only one eye). A picture of the presentation of the money to Bijendra by The Festival Chairman (Richard Hannah) and Jo Bowmer who made the model. Further information on the Tamrakar Team.

The winner of the raffle for the miniature Folk Festival Mascot was B. Harries of West Heath, Birmingham

Live images from the riverside Festival site and river

Next year the guest list includes:

Keith Donnelly

Richard Hannah – Chairman

Information
Upton Folk Festival,
Tudor House,
9 Kinnersley,
Severn Stoke,
Worcester.
WR8 9JR

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

Chairman
Box Office
Secretary
Morris Squire
Artists Liaison
Stewards

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