People’s Folk Day

THE PEOPLE’S FOLK DAY [Sunday 3rd September 2017]

  1. What are we hoping to achieve?

The proposal is to plan, organise and deliver a ‘Peoples’ Folk Day’ (PFD), in the form of a family folk day for the local community, on behalf of Newport Folk Club. This is the third year that such an event has been organised but the first time it is to be held at the home of Newport Folk Club (NFC), namely, the Newport Fugitives Athletic Club.

The event is planned to take place between noon and 11.00 pm on Sunday the 3rd September 2017 allowing most club members as well as their friends/ family to attend. As in previous years, other local folk clubs will be invited to attend and participate fully.

  1. Where is the ‘Folk Day’ to be held?

The festival will take place at the Newport Fugitives Athletic Club (NFAC), which is a Sports and Social Club based in High Cross near Newport. It comprises a clubhouse, large car park and cricket and rugby pitches.

  1. Format of the ‘Folk Day’:

The festival will run from 12.00 hours to 23.00 hours

Part I: 12.00 hours to 17.00 hours:

The Main Stage Area/ Function Room: To be used to showcase the work of NFC and selected partner clubs on a rota basis.

Part II: 17:00 hours to 18:30 hours

The Members’ Lounge: This session will be devoted to an acoustic ‘sing-around session’ to enable visitors to join in the fun by participating in communal singing sessions.

Part III:           19.00 to 23.30 hours:

The ‘Main Stage Area’ located in the Function Lounge will be used by the club to hold musical performances during this evening period. This will be a ‘ticket only’ area with a seating capacity limited to 85 attendees.

This part of the event will be managed and hosted by Newport Folk Club.


We are pleased to announce that the headline acts for ‘The People’s Folk Day’, scheduled to take place on Sunday the 3rd September 2017, have now been booked. They are: –

Charlie Dore:

Charlie Dore

is an English singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. Although best known as a singer-songwriter, Dore has a multi-faceted career that includes acting in film, TV and radio, comedy-improvisation and composition for film and TV.

Julian Littman, formerly of Steeleye Span, will be supporting Charlie Dore on the night.

The Rob Lear Band: 

Rob Lear Band

From their base in the Welsh valleys, Rob and his band first burst onto the music scene in 2013 with the release of a debut album titled ‘Let it go’, mixed and co-produced by Richard Thomson’s Grammy-nominated producer Simon Tassano.

The line-up is an eclectic gathering of instrumentalists including Van Morrison bassist Pete Hurley, African rhythm student Liz Mullins and country guitarist Brett Green. The success of their debut album has led to major festival appearances as well as tours in both the UK and Europe.

The Diffs: 

The Diffs

The Diffs are a Cardiff-based band whose music ranges from traditional folk to more contemporary music with a strong acoustic bias. They are a musically very talented band with some key individuals who are highly respected musicians in their own right on the local folk scene.

The Diffs have also gained a good reputation for their strong vocal performances and close harmony singing.

Further details are available on the event’s dedicated website, using the web address below: –

The People's Folk Club