This village’s dream of hosting its first folk festival will become a reality this month.

The first Charmouth Folk Festival will take place over the weekend of September 27 to 29 with a line-up of artists performing across 10 venues.

The idea for a folk festival in Charmouth started just over a year ago when former resident of Charmouth, Dave Samson - who lives in Birmingham and runs the Wurzelbush Folk Club - posted on social media that the village would be ideal for a folk festival.

Members of the Charmouth Events Committee looked into the idea, with chairman Phil Tritton meeting with Mr Samson and reporting back that it looked feasible. Maggie Wiscombe offered to take the lead in organising it and now it is happening.

Phil has praised Maggie, who sources all the artists, and said: “Maggie has worked tirelessly to achieve this.

“The committee said, ‘let’s keep it small to start with’, but Maggie has achieved a really good programme which includes several big names in the folk world, with Richard Digance being the best known locally.

“Some artists also offered to perform for less than their usual fees which has helped us keep ticket prices affordable.

“We are really excited about this and looking forward to enjoying such a wide range of music. There is even a ukulele band which looks as if it will be very popular.

“We hope that this will become a regular event in Charmouth.”

The six headline events, which include Richard Digance, John Watterson, Green Diesel, Grant Baynham, Folklaw and Keith Christmas, will take place in Charmouth Community Hall and St Andrew’s Church, with the other six venues hosting other acts, workshops for folk music and dance and big breakfasts on both Saturday and Sunday.

Other events include performances from ukulele group Spa Strummers, Gary and Vera Aspey, Nick Dow, Broomdasher, John Mosedale, Kelly Oliver and Anne Hinchliffe.

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