Wolverton Manor in Shorwell forms the stunning backdrop to the annual Folk and Blues Fair, featuring the Island's best folk and blues musicians and special guests, The Dave Kelly Band. This year, the fair takes place on Saturday 12 May 2018 between 11.30am to 8.00pm.
The eighth annual Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair will take place in the stunning grounds of Wolverton Manor, Shorwell, Isle of Wight on Saturday 12th May 2018. 11.30am to 8.00pm.
After a sell-out successful launch in 2011, the festival has been gaining momentum with fantastic bands/artists each year along with locally produced food, children's activities, tea tent and not forgetting the Real Ale tent!
Very pleased to announce we have two special guest artistes at Wolverton Folk & Blues this year... UK’s top blues band THE ERROL LINTON BAND and award winning Folk supergroup THE JIGANTICS.
With an IW real ale beer tent, BBQ, Tea Tent, children's activities, craft stalls, Circus Skills and Morris Dancing, The Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair looks set to be a great opportunity to enjoy top live music and great festival food, set against the backdrop of the beautiful West Wight scenery. The fair is in aid of Leukaemia Research and Brighstone School.
Admission: £7 in advance, £9 on the gate. Children under 12, Free! With limited numbers, it is advisable to buy tickets in advance.
2018 Line-up so far
Three times winner of Blues Harp Player of the year, Errol Linton and his band play eclectic British blues, but with a nod to his Caribbean heritage. Singer, songwriter, harp player and bandleader, Errol carries the legacy of Little Walter, Junior Wells and Sonny Boy Williamson into the twenty first century, moving the genre forward by combining 50's Chicago blues with gentle Jamaica rhythms. Accompanied by Adam Blake on guitar, Petar Zivkovic on piano, Lance Rose on Double Bass and Kenrick Rowe on drums, his blues is raw and bloody, an urban sound with rural roots. Moving effortlessly from Chicago Shuffle to Kingston Skank without missing a beat, they have gained an unrivalled live reputation on the regular London Blues circuit.
Currently touring his latest album 'Packing My Bags', we are very excited to have Errol Linton and his full band at Wolverton in 2018!
The Jigantics, a five piece band from the Gloucestershire area, specialising in Americana/Country but also referencing Folk, Cajun, Zydeco, and Blues as their major influences.
The line-up is Mark Cole on vocals, squeezeboxes, mandolin, harmonica, mandocello. Rick Edwards on guitars. Keith Thompson on guitars, harmonica, mandolin and vocals. Sarah Kelly on Ukulele, flute and vocals. Martin Fitzgibbon on drums, vocals and percussion. The band are multi-instrumentalists often swapping instruments on stage throughout their set and share lead vocals, as well as four-part harmonies.
Gigging extensively throughout the UK and Europe, this year they are appearing in Germany, Holland, France and Portugal as well as stopping off at Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair this May!
As well as the Main Stage, the popular 'Beer Tent Acoustic Stage' will make a welcome return this year providing a full and varied programme, featuring some of the best Folk & Blues musicians the Isle of Wight has to offer.
Other Bands/Artists also confirmed so far include: The MoonShiners, Blackfoot Daisy, Feck, Baggywrinkles Blues Band, Grizzly Rhys Morgan, All Washed Up, Danton, Vote Pedro, The Mojo Mamas, Claydon Connor and Bloodstone Border Morris.
With an IW real ale beer tent, BBQ, Tea Tent, children’s activities, craft stalls, Circus Skills and Morris Dancing, The Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair looks set to be a great opportunity to enjoy top live music and great festival food, set against the backdrop of the beautiful West Wight scenery.
In aid of Leukaemia Research and Brighstone School.
Ticket Information: £7.00, (£9.00 on day) Children under 12, Free!
Advance tickets available from:
Waterstones Bookshop, Newport.
The Village Shop, Brighstone.
Briddlesford Lodge Farm Shop, Wootton Bridge.
Getting to Wolverton Manor Folk & Blues Fair is easy from Southampton.
By car - Catch the hourly vehicle ferry service from Southampton to East Cowes, the journey will take 55-60 minutes. Upon arrival, head south on Dover Rd following the A3021 and A3054 to St George's Approach/B3341 in Newport. From there, follow B3341 to Carisbrooke Rd and continue along the B3323 to Corve Hill in Shorwell, turn right into Pound Lane and Wolverton Manor (your destination) is on the right. The 11.6 miles will take about 30 minutes.
On foot - catch the Red Jet to West Cowes from Terminal 2 in Southampton. On arrival in West Cowes, Southern Vectis operate frequent buses from West Cowes to Newport (service 1). Change at the bus station in Newport for service 6 to Chale. Taxis are also available outside the East & West Cowes terminals. For car hire, we recommend Enterprise - they will pick you-up from either terminal if you tell them your arrival time.