WinterFest coming soon!

After the huge success of the first WinterFest last year that raised thousands of pounds for Broadstairs Folk Week, the second festival is on the horizon in 2020 to cheer up the doldrums of January.

The event is run 100% by volunteers and all profits go to Broadstairs Folk Week. Local businesses are supporting the event by donations of prizes and a range of food and drink.

The festival takes place once again at the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs over the weekend of Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January and there are a variety of tickets on offer – see Editor’s notes.

Tickets are available online from

Friday night will be a chance to let your hair down and dance. Saturday and Sunday showcase the best of talented musicians in concert, including the legendary Chris Difford of Squeeze.

The Sarah Thorne Theatre will have a licensed bar, hot food, teas and coffee and cake available to buy.

It’s a great chance to meet up with friends and banish the winter blues.


Editors Notes

This is the full line-up of WinterFest:-

Friday 17 January Evening

The Lowly Strung

Hobo and the Hippies


Saturday 18 January Afternoon


Sam Brothers

Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter


Saturday 18 January Evening

The Little Unsaid


Thomas Abrahams

Richie Triangle

Sunday 19 Afternoon


Phil Henry

Missouri Gutts

No Second Spring

Sunday 19 January Evening

Chris Difford


Lunch Special

Dave Ellis and Boo Howard

Ticket Information

There are 7 types of Tickets:

£58 – Full WinterFest (entrance for Friday evening, Saturday afternoon & evening concerts, and Sunday afternoon & evening concerts).

£11 – Friday evening only – this is a dance evening with fewer chairs available.

£50 – Saturday and Sunday tickets – entrance for all concerts on Saturday afternoon & evening, and Sunday afternoon & evening.

£9 – Saturday afternoon concerts only.

£19 – Saturday evening concerts only.

£9 – Sunday afternoon concerts only.

£19 – Sunday evening concerts only.


The Lowly Strung  

An exhilarating five-piece Americana/bluegrass band, have been building a sizeable and passionate following across Kent for their vibrant and exciting blend of country and bluegrass music

Hobo & the Hippies

Hugely popular alt/indie band from Kent with plenty of gypsy jazz folk to get you dancing.


Three ex-Bubble Band members, a Missouri Gutt and a highly inventive banjo player play an eclectic mix of dancing music.

Glymjack is an English folk act Acoustic calls “as good as contemporary folk comes”. Led by singer-songwriter Greg McDonald, Glymjack generally play live as an acoustic trio with Greg joined by fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner and bassist Dickon Collinson, delivering a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting originals, English folk songs and fiddle tunes.

Sam Brothers   Sam is a massive talent – a remarkable guitarist and unique song-writer, blessed with an astonishing voice that recalls the gentle sensitivity of Nick Drake, but underscored by the screaming power and swooping range of Jeff Buckley.

Capella  Tony & Lesley Petty, well known on the folk circuit for a wide range of songs, traditional and contemporary, with beautiful harmonies,

The Little Unsaid began life in a tiny West Yorkshire town when a teenaged John Elliott rescued an old PC and microphone from the trash and began making records with them. Since then, with long-time collaborators Tim Heymerdinger (drums), Alison D’Souza (strings and FX), Mariya Brachkova (Moog bass and backing vocals) and Sonny Johns (bass and electric guitar).

Edgelarks  “This duo has a combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma that merits a slot on much bigger stages” John L. Walters, The Guardian

Thomas Abrahams Band

Tom Abrahams is an outstanding guitarist. Imagine yourself sitting in a 1930s Paris bar listening to Django Reinhardt? Expect original Jazz and Gypsy Jazz classics, as well as some brilliantly crafted contemporary pop covers done in a Gypsy Jazz style.

Richie Triangle    Guitarist Richie plays a mix of popular covers and Irish folk.

Mazaika  – Classical showpieces, Neapolitan songs and opera arias, Russian folk songs and breathtaking Gypsy fiddle music, Argentinian and Russian Tangos, Hot Club Swing and evocative original compositions.

Missouri Gutts

A three piece acoustic Americana folk rock band playing a mix of original songs and music by the likes of Bob Dylan, the Old Crow Medicine Show and Steve Earle.

No Second Spring  – Charismatic  frontman of one of Kent’s most popular bands – the Chimney Boys.

Dave Ellis & Boo Howard are a London based acoustic duo with a musical partnership that began in 1979.

Lunch Special is a London-based bluegrass and Americana band. Members Neala Hickey, Vivian Li, and Luca Serino have roots spreading across three continents.

Arcelia   Soulful folk from the valleys of Kent. With a sound likened to Crosby Stills & Nash, America, Paul Simon, coupled with their stunning songs of everyday life & loves, they’re in demand as support for the likes of Scott Matthews, Oysterband, Jon Gomm, Michele Stodart, Maddy Prior & regularly join Chris Difford of Squeeze on his solo UK dates.

Chris Difford is a Grammy nominated and double Ivor Novello Award winning lyricist who has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life, and has successfully turned the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite, for over 40 years.With his collaborator, Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook, Chris has written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time such as ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Cool For Cats’ and ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Tempted’ and many others. Squeeze returned with new album ‘The Knowledge’ in October 2017, followed by extensive world-wide touring into 2018.

General Information

Door Opening Times:

  • Friday Evening: 6pm
  • Saturday Afternoon: 1pm
  • Saturday Evening: 5:30pm
  • Sunday Afternoon: 1pm
  • Sunday Evening: 5:30pm

The music ends at 10:30pm on Friday & Saturday, and 10pm on Sunday.

If you have an afternoon and evening ticket you will not be asked to leave the hall between sessions.

The seating is unreserved.  For the Saturday/Sunday concerts we will ensure there will be enough seats for all.  There is limited seating on the Friday evening. The car park at the theatre will be reserved for artists and disabled drivers only, but free parking is available on most of the adjacent streets.  There is also a car park behind the station off St Peters Park Road.

NB – There is another fund-raiser for Folk Week – the following weekend. The Burns Night Ceilidh on Friday 25 January at Broadstairs Pavilion features the Up Yer Kilt Band with caller Mr Douglas Hudson. Tickets for this dance are available separately from the events at the Sarah Thorne Theatre but all profits from all events will go to Broadstairs Folk Week.

Pavilion on the Sands    Friday 25 January

Burns Night Ceilidh with the Up Yer Kilt Band

8pm – 11pm – Tickets Available from 01843 600999

Dance Tickets only £10   – £16.50 with Traditional Burns Night Supper if booked in advance. emihidden1 \

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