Albert Dock Liverpool calling on the community for Folk Festival on the Dock

Albert Dock Liverpool is excited to announce details of a brand new music festival for Liverpool – Folk Festival on the Dock (August 26-29) – showcasing the very best in folk, acoustic and roots music – and is calling on local talent to get involved!

A new commission, part of the Albert Dock Liverpool 175 strategy, and supported by Liverpool City Council, Folk Festival on the Dock will bring together the city’s rich music and maritime heritage in an exuberant celebration of live acoustic folk, sea shanty and roots music over the August bank holiday weekend. Artists already lined up for 2016 include eclectic singer/songwriter, Henry Priestman, contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts, celebrated folk musician Tom Kitching, singer and multi-instrumentalist John Loomes, critically acclaimed folk duo Winter Wilson, ex-Bellowhead member Benji Kirkpatrick, and celebrated singer/songwriter Sam Winston. More artists will be announced over the coming weeks.

Albert Dock is now calling on artists and promoters that fall within the folk, acoustic and roots genre to get in touch and join the party – from buskers, choirs, and dancers to percussion bands and spoken word performers. Canal boat owners and artisan food and contemporary hand-craft merchants are also urged to get in touch, while volunteers to help with the operations are also called upon.

Explaining the idea behind Folk Festival on the Dock, Clare Rawlinson, marketing manager, Albert Dock Liverpool, said:

“Folk Festival on the Dock is about celebrating Liverpool’s musical and maritime heritage as well as nurturing the next generation of talented performers. Once the gateway to the world, Albert Dock and Liverpool’s waterfront was a unique intersection of both sea, river and canal routes which had a huge impact in exporting the music and songs of Liverpool around the world. At the same time the inward-bound ships brought back to the city a melting pot of musical styles, and Liverpool’s music scene was never the same again. This bustling interchange of music and song has led to Liverpool being designated a permanent UNESCO City of Music.

“From big, established names to unknown artists looking to build their careers, Folk Festival on the Dock is open to everyone to get involved and make this the summer party to remember.”

Assistant mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, councillor Wendy Simon, said:

“It’s fantastic to add another high-quality music event to the city’s calendar. We were awarded the prestigious UNESCO City of Music title because of how we as a city are committed to placing music at the heart of our contemporary culture.

“Folk Festival on the Dock will be a fantastic celebration of live music, with a stunning backdrop, and I’m sure it will prove to be very popular with performers and visitors alike.”

As Liverpool is the spiritual home of shanty music, the celebrated Liverpool Shanty Festival will now grow further under the umbrella of Folk Festival on the Dock and international shanty artists are welcome with open arms.

Folk Festival on the Dock will also include a unique choral event on Sunday, August 28, 2016, with up to 20 established choirs performing alongside a newly formed Albert Dock Community Choir, to sing a brand new song that has been specially commissioned to celebrate Liverpool’s heritage. Those interested in joining our choir will need to be available for rehearsals every Friday during August.

Canal & River Trust, which manages the waterspace, is also inviting boat owners to the Dock to join the event.

Folk Festival on the Dock is produced by Martin and Marina Blore of Fit the Bill, who have vast experience of delivering West End shows and large-scale productions for Thorpe Park, Warwick Castle, Southbank Centre and Buckingham Palace. Promoters and curators for the event already include Shanty UK, Liverpool Acoustic, Bido Lito! and Tate Liverpool.

Interested artists, promoters and merchants can email programming@fitthebill.com, while volunteers should contact volunteers@fitthebill.com.

For more information on this and all other upcoming events at Albert Dock, please visit www.albertdock.com. Join us on Twitter – @theAlbertDock #FolkDock16