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Dave Roberts Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival (2011) (72* d) Information on the new Middlewich Festival 15 Jun 11

This information is supplied in good faith. I have no connection with this new festival.

From the 'Middlewich Guardian':The full line-up for the Folk and Boat Festival's fringe venues has been unveiled.

Artists and bands will be flocking to Middlewich to fill nine of the town's pubs with music - and it's all free.

The venues taking part in the 'FAB Fringe' are the Big Lock, Boar's Head, Cheshire Cheese, Choklat Bar, Kinderton Hotel, Kings Lock, the Narrowboat, the Turnpike and the White Horse.

For the first year in the flagship festival's 21-year history, the town council is running the event.

As reported in the Guardian, the council came to the rescue when it was revealed that the charity that previously managed it was having financial difficulties.

Although there will no longer be a marquee, Middlewich chiefs argue that most people won't notice a difference.

The council has allocated 4,500 toward the Folk and Boat Festival in its budget and has been awarded a 1,000 grant from Cheshire East.

Dave Thompson, town centre events manager, said: "All thanks goes to the venues - they've really taken up the baton.

"We've had to do things differently and they've made the most of it.

"There's some excellent artists performing from all over the UK and many from our area.

"The thing we must stress is that all this entertainment is free."

The FAB Fringe comes to Middlewich for three days on June 17 to 19.

One of the acts Dave is most looking forward to is Irish fiddlers, the Kane Sisters and Edel Fox.

He added: "I'm keen for the festival to develop the strong Irish connection we have in Middlewich."

Big Lock, Webb's Lane

Friday 8pm
Twisted Knee Soul Club and Cheshire Folk presents Phil Maddocks and friends Saturday
2pm Live&Local presents Pilgrim's Way, Andrew Buckley, Salty Dog and the Tow Path Tipplers
6.30pm The Crazy Folk Band 9pm Sniggleheap Sunday 1pm Big Lock sunday singaround 5pm Acoustak 8pm David Gibb and the Pony Club

Boar's Head, Kinderton Street

Friday 8pm
Boaters welcome (upstairs), Morris Welcome (lounge), musicians' session (dining room) Saturday 1pm Meet Pete Morton followed by singaround (upstairs) Musicians' session (lounge and dining room) 8pm Musicians' session (lounge and dining room) Pete Morton's singaround (upstairs) Sunday 1pm Thom Kirkpatrick (lounge) Musicians' session (dining room) Pete Morton's Sunday sing (upstairs) 7pm FAB farewell session and singaround
Cheshire Cheese, Lewin Street
(musicians always welcome to play in the lounge bar)
Friday 8pm
Acoustak Saturday 1pm to 5pm Steamhead and the Weavils 5pm Acoustak 9pm Calico Jack Sunday 1pm Last Ones Out 3pm The Boat Band Sunday 8pm Wearside Jack
Choklat Bar, Wheelock Street

Friday 9pm
Maxine Adelle Saturday 8pm Karaoke with DJ Miss Paris Sunday 2pm Jazz on the terrace with Louisa James
Kinderton Hotel, Kinderton Street
Friday 8pm
The Kane Sisters and Edel Fox Saturday 1pm Musicians' session - all welcome 8pm Hayley Strangelove Sunday 2pm Sunday Blues with Dai Thomas and the Salty Dog Blues Band Kings Lock, Booth Lane
Friday 9pm
The Middlewich Paddies Saturday 2pm Last Ones Out 8pm With Bob On Our Side Sunday 2pm The Generation
Narrowboat, Lewin Street
Friday 9pm
No Dinosaurs Saturday 1pm Blackfingers 3.30pm Hayley Strangelove 6pm Providence Jug Band 9pm Acoustak Sunday 12pm Musicians' session - all welcome 2.30pm Calico Jack and friends 7.30pm Stan's Magic Foot Turnpike, Warmingham Lane
Friday 9pm
Friday Night Live Saturday 8pm Junction 18 Sunday 8pm Hayley Strangelove
White Horse, Lewin Street
Friday 8pm
Musicians' session - all welcome Saturday 1pm Musicians' session - all welcome 9pm The Middlewich Paddies and friends Sunday 1pm Musicians' session - all welcome 8pm Steven Doyle

- To buy a 1 guide to the festival, call Dave on 01606 833434

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