Music and Art Festival
Unlike its namesake, Glastonbury, there's no mud, no queues, no tailbacks! But we do have plenty of talent.
Saturday 23rd June 2018
Feltonbury is a Music and Arts Festival held in the beautiful Northumbrian village of Felton. Now in its third year, it's an eclectic mix of music, song and general creative mayhem. All are welcome and it's a great day out for the family.
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So, here is the final schedule for Saturday.
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Abi, aged 11, will plays a short selection of piano pieces.
All Blown Out
An ensemble of flutes, clarinets and saxophones plays well known tunes with a food and drink theme.
A classical guitarist who will be playing a few Spanish items from the great man's repertoire.
Andy is a local singer/songwriter and guitarist whose homespun tales of life on the Northumberland coast are reflected in beautiful songs and evocative instrumentals
Musician and saxophonist with over 42 years performing experience and who has performed at Royal Weddings, Royal Garden parties, on QE2 - is now at ‘Feltonbury2018’. Well - that’s been a good 42 years!!!!
A Northumberland based acoustic duo bringing you ‘unplugged’ versions of your favourite rock and pop classics with a folky twist”
Blyth Samba Band
Community percussion group sharing our love of the world of drumming; active in Northumberland since 1996 with events, workshops, gigs and outdoor events (e.g. annually at the Great North Run) and really looking forward to being at ‘Feltonbury2018’
Solo nyckelharpa performer, playing traditional Swedish music, mainly from the Uppland area.
A group of residents who got together to play folk and soft rock music that they like. Who are ‘The Clap-Tones’? Roy, Stuart, Simon, Dean, Don and Neal - but no Eric?!?!
The Ukelele ‘off-shoot’ group playing a selection of ‘interesting tunes’ – some of which you wouldn’t expect to hear!
Felton First School &
Felton Primary School Choir
First Fingers (Individual Pianists) and the choir, singing as individuals, two small ensembles before combining to sing ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ as a larger ensemble. ‘Bridge Singers’?? Watch out!! And as the tune says – ‘there ain’t no mountain etc.…..’
Blyth Valley Samba Members
It’s summer all year round with Afro/Caribbean and World-wide songs
Hot Tap Splutters
Will have you on your feet dancing and singing to music from Eddy Cochran, The Beatles, The Kinks, Queen, The Jam, The Stranglers, Stereophonics, Foo Fighters, George Ezra etc.
Isaac and Florence Mills & Rosie
A mix of modern and classical piano pieces played by three young and enthusiastic pianists!
KEVI Community Jazz Band
Plays a wide range of Big Band music from thirties swing to contemporary repertoire and whatever the style, they play with enthusiasm and energy, making toes tap whenever they perform. The Band consists of high school students and local community musicians who together complete sections of saxophones, trombones and trumpets as well as a full rhythm section of keyboard, guitar, bass and drums. Most of the musicians are students at The King Edward VI School in Morpeth, several of whom often feature as solo singers, giving an impressive display of local young talent.
Solo Singer/guitarist – and joined by Janet (Swap The Dog) and Huw (HEK) for the evening set.
MadriGals and Fingers Adrift
A Cappella choir of women's voices and an 8 part recorder consort present a short recital of mainly English music from the time of James 1. Madrigals, dances and fantasias.
Mad Hattie and the Eclectic Guitarist
A classy jazz duo with a repertoire covering standards from the 1920s to the 1970s in an authentic, jazzy, vintage style.
An energetic acoustic delivery of an eclectic mix of pop, blues and indie songs old and new.
Debut gig in the Gallery45 Courtyard venue of a new band playing ‘Blues and Rock’. An ideal accompaniment to ‘Stag Head Beer and Wines Tent’
Phil will be performing a solo folk and blues ballad set.
Qsax is a saxophone quartet who have been together for over six years who play a range of musical styles.
Phil has a huge repertoire of songs from many years of busking all around the world and all around Northumberland. He will perform his own unique solo acoustic versions of classic rock and pop songs from Jack Johnson to Guns & Roses.
Bagpipe trio playing European music in two/three part harmony.
The Sound of Music
For the third year running, a ‘sing-along’ version of the famous musical. Turn up, take a seat and a score and sing – all the great tunes. Hankies at the ready for “Eidelweiss”. Lederhosen and habits welcomed, but don't hang back just because you haven't got a dirndl. Let you ‘inner’ von Trapp loose!!!
Swap the Dog
Four-piece Folk Band based in Gateshead and Whitley Bay - singing/playing a range of traditional and contemporary folk songs and tunes, and also some country and bluegrass. Some of our songs can be heard on Soundcloud.com - search "Swap the Dog"
The Bridge Singers
Felton and Thirston's very own choir
Folk-singer, Composer and Guitarist. Tom is an American who divides his time between Rothbury and West Virginia, and his unique style of Americana and folk is enjoyed throughout Northumberland and beyond. http://www.folksinger.info
Not the ‘Calendar girls! who will be singing an updated version of their ‘Traffic’ song, plus a couple of new songs.
Two weeks to go and all is ready for what is ‘coming your way’ on Saturday 23rd June
10am to 6pm: Daytime free event across the village; music at several venues - Gallery45, The Old Bank, Felton Village Hall, Pant House, The Bridge and in St Michael’s Church
The Arts Trail is also spread across the village with artists opening their homes to visitors whilst workshops and Gallery45 invite you to come and see what is on display.
We are delighted to welcome Meta4 Dance, a Contemporary Dance Group, who will perform on the Bridge and in the village hall.
Relieve your stresses and strains by joining the yoga and massage sessions at ‘The Plot’ on Recreation Lane.
Having done so enjoy a drink at the ‘Stag Head Beer Tent’ or at the mobile Prosecco bar found in Gallery45 Courtyard. However, fill your pockets with loose change as we can’t ‘accept cards’ and can’t change large denomination notes.
6pm to 11.30 pm: A ticketed evening event (£10 ticket – includes a 'Hog Roast', a free ‘Stag Head’ drink and loads of entertainment that will have you dancing the night away to well-known tunes from the 60s to the noughties!!! Don’t miss out on one of the limited number of tickets – available from Gallery45, Hillrise Stores Post Office or Hair Naturelle.
The Music Venues and Arts Trail will be published soon.
The Music Schedule will finalised during the week and circulated to let you know who is dong what, where and when.
Get Your Tickets!
Feltonbury 2018 is raising funds for 'The Plot', our community allotment. A free daytime event - Music and Arts Festival will run throughout Felton on Saturday 23rd June.
Ticketed evening entertainment at Felton Village Hall from 6pm to midnight. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Gallery 45, Hair Naturelle or The Hill Rise Store (Post Office).
Current Event Schedule
It's filling up and taking shape! Click on the image below for a better view. You can also click here to download it to your computer.
Two Months To Go!
Tomorrow is two months to go before 'Feltonbury2018' and although the updates have been a little sparse in the last couple of weeks that's only because there have been significant changes to the schedule - which will be updated very soon. What are those changes? Subject to final confirmation we will be having additional performers at new venues in the village, a contemporary dance group and a rock band as the final act in the village hall. The rock band is local and the set-list will be arranged so that there's plenty of dancing! And now that the village hall has a licence we can sell alcohol - so there's no reason not to 'get up and boogie'! All of this has meant that the existing schedule (as well as what else will be going on in the village) is being updated and will be posted soon.
It's taking shape!
Feltonbury 2018 is already taking shape with the first booking schedule taking place. So, what’s different this year? In addition to the usual venues, The Plot, which is what Feltonbury is all about, will host a bell-tent where yoga, poetry readings and folk music will take place.
We are now being approached by people who want to perform at Feltonbury 2018 – so the event is growing with new acts and attractions (confirmed and provisional) joining the already established acts and performers who are also making a welcome return. So, who is coming? King Edward VI's Youth Jazz Band, a rock band and folk duos 'Big Sky' www.thisisbigsky.co.uk/ and ‘Swap the Dog’.
Feltonbury 2018 regulars will include the ‘Sing-A-Long-A-Sound-Of-Music’, Mad Hattie and the Eclectic Guitarist, Andy Craig, Qsax, All Blown Out, Tom O'Donnell www.folksinger.info/…..and more. And it is only March!!
The Art Trail will run side-by-side with the music and a trail map will provide good directions to the various venues. Put the date in your diary - Saturday 23rd June.
0% Mud, 0% Queues, 0% Tailbacks - 100% Talent!
Feltonbury 2018 is on! Saturday 23rd June 2018
It's confirmed, 'Glastonbury' has 'rolled over' – there is no competition this year!! The 'new kid' on ‘The Plot’ has beaten them off!! Perhaps Eric will consider joining his ‘The Clap-Tones’ colleagues rather than ‘wading through acres of Somerset mud’.
The date has been subject to negotiations, contracts, billing, headlining, catering and 'green rooms' and not forgetting the availability of the Bomb Disposal Squad and Emergency Services (who we co-opted into the programme last year following the discovery of a WW2 grenade directly adjacent to the 'Red Obelisk Stage!!!)
As in previous years there are several venues:
Northumberland Arms Car Park
Felton Village Hall
Gallery 45 (Indoors)
Gallery 45 Courtyard
The Old Bank
The Plot (the Community Allotment space) in a 'bell-tent venue'
Details of performers and artists will be posted in due course but we already know that established music favourites will return with new performers being 'lined up'. Side by side with the music venues is an Arts Trail which, together with the addition of an historic village walking-trail (which can operate a bit like a ‘walking bus’ with a timetable), will allow us to grow the event slightly. The hugely successful 'Stag Head' Beer Tent will be repeated including minor amendments which will ensure that musical performances get a ‘fair hearing’.
Feltonbury 2018 updates will be posted here on the Felton Music website as well as Facebook. Follow us and don't miss out:
Pavement-cracking weather has already been ordered and will be delivered on time on Saturday 23rd June 2018. Any performers or artists are more than welcome to join us (keeping our ‘strapline’ to the fore)
'No Mud, No Queues, No Tailbacks, No Talent (How wrong that is - especially the latter!)
Pencil in the date - Saturday 23rd June 2018
Pencil this date in your diary. Naturally this is subject to negotiations, contracts, billing, headlining, catering and 'green rooms'! Not forgetting the availability of the Bomb Disposal Squad! Remember - with no ‘Glastonbury’ in 2018 perhaps Eric will consider joining his ‘The Clap-Tones’ colleagues on ‘The Red Obelisk Stage’ rather than ‘wading through acres of Somerset mud’.
Move over Glasto!! – the new kid on ‘The Plot’ has definitely arrived!! Roll on Feltonbury 2018 !!!!!
Planning for next years event is already underway. Like us on Facebook and keep in touch.