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20150627_0292-Edit-EditLast weekend was the Leigh on Sea Folk Festival, a local event of performances held around the town over the entire weekend and the preceding days. It’s on my doorstep so I always take a look, but this year I was there in a semi-official capacity as a volunteer photographer.

It was great fun and very hard work. On the Saturday most of the action is centred around two stages in the library gardens and I spent the day moving between them and the smaller “busker’s square”. I also popped into the church, which was holding the open mic contest. That one was a particular challenge due to the low lighting levels, but it also made a nice break from the sun!

On Sunday the action moves to the old town, with stages in car parks and the wharfs. Unfortunately it rained heavily for a while, and the worst of the rain coincided with the parade. That didn’t seem to affect the crowds though, and it was as busy as I can remember in the years I’ve been visiting.

I really enjoyed doing the photography, and doing it officially made a big difference – it gave me a real incentive to shoot more pictures than I normally would, and the confidence to get to the front. I even jumped up on stage at the end of Saturday to get the crowd shot…

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If you think you don’t like folk music, don’t let the name put you off. The artists are a real mix, from traditional folk through singer songwriters to rock – and even a couple of choirs! Check out the website to get an idea of the range of artists and events, and the a gallery of my pictures here.

I’m already looking forward to doing it all again next year!

 

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