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Sweeps Festival 2012 – programme 3rd-7th May


With the season fast approaching, the Rochester Sweeps Festival is the Edith May’s first engagement of the year.

The barge will be heading up to Chatham on Thursday 3rd, where she will lower down her mast and rigging in order to pass under Rochester Bridge around 1430hrs on Friday afternoon.

The barge will then be moored on Rochester Pier, by the Esplanade and in front of the Castle where she will be open to the public between 10-1700hrs, serving tea and cakes whilst musicians play on deck.

In the evening on Saturday, Rory Mcleod will be playing aboard and on Sunday we welcome Sally Ironmonger. Tickets are available through the Medway Box Office. Doors open 1930hrs.

The musicians playing during the day are as follows:

Saturday –
12.15-1pm: Louise Jordan (young signer/songwriter, very accomplished)
1.30-2.15pm: Border Crossing – duo who perform mostly Scottish traditional songs.
2.45-3.30pm: Hog Eye Men. Four piece shanty men.
4-5pm: The Jones Boys – Three piece Irish traditional

Sunday –
11-11.45am: The Beards Folk Band – V. young outfit playing traditional tunes.
12.15-1pm: Thanet Big Sing Community Choir. 40 man choir who will sing a mix of folk and popular songs.
1.30-2.30pm: The Hartley Singers. Morris side singing group.
4-5pm: Rosie Eade. Singer/songwriter from Devon.

Monday –
1.30-2.15pm: Stew Simpson. Singer who won the Folk competition for best Royal Wedding Song last year.
4-5pm: The Old Country Crows. Country folk band.

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