WATH Festival, over the bank holiday weekend was a tremendous success with all three evening concerts selling out.
Founded in 1972 by Wath Morris Team and the local music community, it has expanded over the last decade until today it features concerts, workshops, competitions, singarounds/sessions and community events throughout the town, as well as top class shows.
One of the highlights was the Young Performer’s Award competition, hosted by local musician Charlie Barker.
Three finalists, handpicked from submissions received throughout the year, performed to a judging panel consisting of broadcaster Dave Eyre, RootBeat Records director Tom Sweeney and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Horizon Award Winner Lucy Ward.
Those taking part had to be aged between 16 and 24 and had the chance to perform on the main stage, get a booking at the 2013 festival, receive a cash prize, a trophy and a photoshoot from Charlie Barker Photography.
Lincolnshire-based vocalist and guitarist Sunjay Brayne, 18, took away first prize and performed to a full house at the Montgomery Hall on Sunday. He was presented with a trophy by festival patron John Tams.
Anna Rice from Brighton and local musician, Andrew Frost from Sheffield were runners.
A PAIRING of two great folk guitarists takes place tonight when Wizz Jones travels to Sheffield, where he will be supported by local boy Dave Deighton.
The men constantly rubbed shoulders in the early days of the folk boom and between them helped shape the development of British guitar playing.
Wizz went on to become an internationally acclaimed solo player while Dave fronted his family band, which also enjoyed immense international acclaim.
Wizz Jones, with Dave Deighton supporting, will be at the Greystones, Sheffield tonight.
CHRISTINE Collister, who has possibly the most distinctive voice on the acoustic scene at the moment, visits South Yorkshire tomorrow for a show at the Rock Folk Club, which meets at the Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby. Two great local talents take to the stage at the club next week when Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts perform.
GUEST tomorrow at Chesterfield Folk Club will be former Tanglefoot front man Al Parrish, with support from Maureen Levers and young singing guitar player Abbie Rechert.
IRISH traditional musicians Lusana are at Barnsley Civic Hall on Saturday.
CLIVE Gregson will be at the Greystones, Sheffield, on Saturday. An amazing producer, singer, guitarist and songwiter, he toured extensively with Jools Holland last year.
THE Good Lovelies bring their funny and upbeat show with three-part harmonies, constant instrument swapping and witty banter to the Greystones on Wednesday.