Portpatrick Folk Festival 2015
Portpatrick was abuzz with music and laughter once again as one of many annual events took place the first weekend in September.
The 2015 Folk Festival unfortunately did not include a concert in the village hall on the final day, but locals and visitors alike were delighted by the talent on show around the whole village as the hotels and bars collaborated for the first time to make the festival a success. The Harbour House Hotel was at the centre of the festival, playing host to a number of musicians across the weekend.
Friday evening saw the return of festival favourites Nathon and Rhona Jones, who were warmly welcomed and performed a fantastic set that lasted into the wee hours. And on Saturday we hosted friends from across the Irish Sea who led a session that had everyone joining in.
This year’s festival was a resounding success, and with the audience growing year on year, 2016 promises to be even bigger and better. If you missed the folk festival this year, don’t fret, as even as we approach the close of a bustling 2015, events are already being planned for next year and here’s what you have to look forward to.
The year kicks off with Portpatrick’s songwriter festival Portfest. Now in its’ fourth year, organiser JJ Gilmore invites guests from all over to delight young and old alike. 2016’s festival will run the weekend of February 26th.
Just the month after Portpatrick will celebrate Irish culture, food and drink the weekend after St Patricks Day between March 18th & 20th. With such close ties to Northern Ireland, expect a high calibre of musicians for your entertainment.
June hosts the “Whisky No More” Scooter Rally the weekend of the 17th. And July 19th is the return of the Vintage Truck Rally.
The first week of August is the highly regarded Lifeboat Week. 2015 raised somewhere in the region of £30,000, a stellar effort by all involved, with the bonus of everyone having had a great time while doing it. 2016 promises the same if not better, with the weather hopefully clearing for two years’ worth of fireworks!
And if you’ve survived all that, then we come full circle with the annual Folk Festival again taking place the first weekend of September.
In addition there are plans to organise Portpatrick’s first Jazz & Blues festival, which have seen growing popularity across the country. How many more reasons do you need to come and visit?