Have a fling with folk music!

Here’s our guide to the folky goings on in Pembrokeshire.

The 26th July sees St. Davids folk festival open for its third year in the wonderful grounds of the medieval Bishops Palace, a stones throw from the Cathedral. With acts still being announced, we’ve got our tickets booked, our picnic blankets at the ready and to get us in the mood we’ve been getting folky all over Pembrokeshire!

St Davids Folk 1

Start the beginning of the week gently with a drink and a listen in the soft surroundings of The Royal Oak in Fishguard. Everyone’s welcome, anything can happen! From traditional folk to Welsh hymns, irish jigs to sea shanties whet your appetite every Tuesday evening from 8pm.

For those who appreciate poetry, storytelling and a little bit of chat with their folk, then the Rhosygilwen Folk Club every third Thursday of the month is well worth a visit. Run by the well-known Jan Steer, these meetings appeal to the established fan and the novice alike. Pop by anytime after 7:30.

Looking for something a bit different? Why not try the Bluegrass Sessions held at The Druidstone Hotel on the last Friday of the month? Set in beautiful surroundings, the Druidstone is a little known gem in itself, with the warmest welcome this side of the Preseli’s!

Lastly, every Saturday evening The Gwaun Valley Brewery plays host to a variety of performers and musicians in the brewery itself! If the music isn’t to your taste we’re sure you’ll find the ale is! Contact Sarah at the brewery for more information about what to expect that forthcoming weekend, from 7pm.

With a number of tremendous venues around the county attracting everyone from Eliza Carthy and Kate Rusby to Bellowhead and Faustus, it’s always worth a look to see what’s going on: The Queens Hall, Café Vista and Ffwrn are all venues to keep an eye on.

Fair warning! These music types move about a lot, so it’s always worth checking with the venue that the session is still going on before you show up with your tambourine!

 Just come back from a week’s break in St Davids - loved the area completely, and the local people are brilliant. Highly recommended is a boat trip to Ramsey Island.  
Adam, Somerset

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