folk on the quay poole 2014

  • FREE!
    FREE! You are warmly welcome to Poole for the free folk festival on the Dorset coast.
  • Friendly pubs
    Friendly pubs With song sessions, tune sessions, good bands, acoustic acts and a folk club.
  • Bustling Poole Quay
    Bustling Poole Quay With colourful displays of dance and outdoor stages for concerts and ceilidh and lovely views across the stunning harbour.
  • Dancing in the street
    Dancing in the street A ceilidh each afternoon out in the street overlooking the waters of Poole Harbour.

Second Folk On The Quay!


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Shortlisted for Poole Tourism Award 2013! 
Folk On The Quay was shortlisted for the Pomotion prize at Poole Tourism Awards. Sadly we were in competition with ITV's brilliant 'Harbour Lives' series. Apparently it was a close call - hmm.

10,000 turn out for Folk On The Quay!
What an amazing festival at the end of June - on Poole Quay overlooking the harbour.  

 See what the Echo said in June 2013 - press report and video


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  • Headline Artists 2014
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Contact for stalls is Maria Bisp: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enquiries are welcome from Craft Stall traders.

No food or drink stall applications please!


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Dance Sides 2014

The following dance sides will be part of the programme for Folk On The Quay 2014

Bahara Belly Dancers
Oyster Girls                        
Knights of King Ina            
Bourne river Morris Men
Alton Morris
Morris Mynahs                  
Fleet Morris
Sidmouth Steppers
Dorset Buttons
Dorset Buttons Rapper
Heather and Gorse
Hobos Morris
Yetminster Irish
Deorfrith Morris
Quayside Cloggies
Dr. Turbervilles                
The Ring of Eight
Ridgeway Step Clog
Southern Lights
GJ Cabarets                   
Spank the Planks
Wyld Morris                         

More information here soon about the dance programme!


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                                          Headline Artists 

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Rory McLeod and the Familiar Strangers Sheelanagig 
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Urban Folk Quartet  The Churchfitters 
and for the ceilidhs ...
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 Random Ceilidh Band Threepenny Bit 



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Outdoor Stages


The main stage is located opposite the Thistle Hotel. The road will be closed off so that Folk On The Quay can enjoy outdoor standing concerts and ceilidh dances in the late afternoon. This is a large, very solid, high and wide mobile stage, very well-equipped for lighting and sound. Folk Sheelanagig, The Churchfitters, Urban Folk Quartet and Rory McLeod's Familiar Strangers will perfiorm on this stage in 2014. The ceilidh bands will also lead the dance from Thistle Stage.


The Middle Stage is along the walkway on The Quay, opposite the Poole Arms and The Portsmouth Hoy. Abov festival favourites Cheikh Diop and his drummers and dancers are picyured above.


SHAMBLES (The Fish Shambles stage is shown above on the right with crowds around it)
Outside The Lord Nelson and Jolly Sailor, the Shambles provides a covered stage.


and new for 2014 ..... with beautiful natural acoustics, Skinner Street United Reformed Church.

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As always on special occasions the Custom House has its stage on their patio.


Pubs with music 

Thanks to the landlords!

Pubs on Poole Quay whole-heartedly enter into the spirit of the festival!
Schedule of pub gigs for the 2014 Folk On The Quay will be published here shortly.

Food and beer - really good food (especially fish dishes) and real ale on tap.

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