Friday 3rd May
Folk Session at the Stag Inn from 8.00pm. Folk music and singing.

Saturday 4th
MayDancing on Winkle Island from 12.00noon, with local morris groups Mad Jack’s Morris and Hannah’s Cat joined by visiting troupes.

The five-piece acapella band Rattlebag will be busking in the streets of the Old Town from 11.00am, then playing a more formal session at the Stag Inn at 2.00pm.

At 8.00pm there’s a choice between: a ceilidh at St Mary’s in the Castle with music from Random and Owain Boorman as caller; and a concert at St Clement’s church in the High Street given by Magpie Lane, an acoustic folk group from Oxford.

Sunday 5th May
The annual church service for morris dancers at St Clements church starts at 10.00am. More dancing outside the church, then at the Stade. At 4.00pm the Copper Family perform songs and stories at the church. There’s also the customary drum-off between light and dark at the Chess Square in George Street: the Brazilian rhythms and custard-yellow colours of Sambalanco meet the black-clad and thundering Section Five.

Later there’s another ceilidh at St Mary in the Castle (Jigfoot with caller Will Hall) and an all-comers squeezebox session upstairs at the Cinque Ports pub.

Monday 6th May
Morris Dancers breakfast at St Mary Star of the Sea church hall on the Bourne from 7.30am.

Dancers, musicians, giants and bogies then prepare in the streets of Rock-a-Nore for Jack’s release from the Fishermen’s Museum at around 10.15am. He marches, with the procession behind him, up All Saints Street, across the Bourne, back down the High Street, then (after a halt) on up Croft Road to the top of West Hill by 12.30pm. A craft fair, food stalls and stage performances from many groups among Jack’s followers will entertain the crowds until around 3.30pm when, after a final cavorting with his bogies and Mad Jack’s Men, he will be ritually slain to unleash the spirit of summer. 

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