Sark Folk Festival
Around 1500 people came to Sark at the beginning of the month for the hugely popular Sark Folk Festival. Bands from the Channel Islands, France and the UK performed on the four stages including Sark’s very own Peter Gabriel Byrne, the Recks, Karmaloji and the Big Sheep. There were workshops in various musical instruments, song writing and Morris dancing as well as open music sessions for anyone to join in. This year the event was on the west coast near the Coupée in the field that is normally home to Ronaldo the horse and his equine friends but for three days it was filled with a colourful array of marquees, stalls, flags and happy festival goers. The food for the event was mostly provided by local fishermen and producers and included fresh lobsters, scallops, Sark sausages and crepes with Sark honey as well as Mini’s delicious homemade cakes and snacks. The event also spilled out around the island with music and dancing in the Avenue and the whole weekend was blessed with wall to wall sunshine. Now in its third year, tickets and accommodation for the Festival sold out months ago and next year’s tickets will be on sale later this year.
Picture by Sue Daly L-R A Big Sheep, B Sark Folk Festival, C Peter Gabriel Byrne, D Morris dancing outside Gallery Stores, E Dom’s fresh lobsters, F Impromptu music, G One of the four stages, H Organiser Simon Harvey