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17 years ago a group of local musicians thought that a music festival in Raunds sounded like a good idea and that the first weekend in May seemed a good time to hold it.  How right they were – every year since then, for a few days, all kinds of music ring out around different venues in Raunds.

The organisers are proud of their concerts, mostly in the Saxon Hall, that attract well known musicians, and as the festival is run entirely by volunteers, they keep our prices low.  They also run music and dance workshops at local schools, open singing and a great community Ceilidh.  Local musicians are featured and there are open sessions for anyone to turn up and sing or play.

This year, you can come along and listen to music from around the world – the Frank Burkitt band from New Zealand, and Becka Wolfe who sings in French and Arabic – and from around the corner with local choirs and the Raunds Ukelele Orchestra.  In true folk tradition, Morris dancers will welcome May, whilst Blair Dunlop’s music moves that tradition in to new territory.  Will Finn and Rosie Calvert sing unaccompanied and Balshazzar’s Feast play a huge array of instruments.  Comfortable seats and parking available.

Further details on individual concerts in What’s On, and if you can’t come along this year, mark it in your diary for 1st-3rd May 2020, and watch out for occasional events throughout the year.

 Raunds Music Festival

 Raunds Music Festival