Folk and Blues festival sets itself cancer charity target

The 22nd annual Folk and Blues Festival takes place at Ruskin House on Saturday, July 7.

The Feuding Lloyds playing at last year’s Ruskin House Folk and Jazz festival

This year’s festival is raising money for the Royal Marsden Cancer hospital and organisers are hoping to raise £1,000 for the charity. All bands and musicians are giving their services free.

As part of the centenary celebrations for Ruskin House, the day aims to offer something for the whole family, opening at noon and running until 11pm in the walled garden at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road Croydon CR0 1BD. Admission is £3 on the door with accompanied children under 16 free.

There are licensed bars with real ales, a barbecue, tea and cakes, bouncy castle, face painting and side stalls including tombola, plants, bric-a-brac, books.

Centre stage will be the music. There will be live music throughout, including eight different bands. There will also be a performance by a Russian children’s choir in national costume and the Schiehallion Scottish Pipe band.

Bands performing at the event include Butt of Lewis, Alders 4 Six, Feuding Lloyds, Steel Riders, Los Amigos, Ron Trueman-Border & the Perfect Strangers, Libre Fuego and the Ruskin Band. Don Hurley, lead singer of the Ruskin Band, will also be playing a tribute to the late great Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees who died earlier this year.

Further information can be obtained from Garry Davis on 01737553493 or Ruskin House (after 7pm) 02086885339, or at www.folkandblues.org and www.ruskinhouse.org.uk

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