Friday 7—10pm

Weekender Hub: Madeira Cove (above Marine Lake) 

Join us to celebrate the launch of the inaugural Promenade Weekender with art, music, performance, poetry and bar. 

  • Explore the site-specific artworks located along the promenade with our programme map. 
  • Local poets will read words from Weston’s waves.
  • Singer Phil Owen brings traditional local Somerset folk songs collected by Cecil Sharp.
  • Bristol’s Island Folk Choir will sing folk songs from the British Isles and the sea.
  • Milkweed will perform experimental folk music including from their Myths and Legends of Wales album. 

Phil Owen is a musician, producer, and workshop leader who grew up in and around Weston super Mare. For over twenty years, he has been studying traditional folk singing, with a particular interest in the songs collected in Somerset by Cecil Sharp – a renowned collector of folk songs, folk dances and instrumental music over a century ago. Phil has presented his work with this material through performance, writing, and recorded audio.

The Island Folk Choir are a community of singers who are drawn together by a love of folk songs and harmony singing. Led by Sorrell Wilde, together, the group sings songs from the British Isles and beyond at regular choir sessions and at events across the region.

Milkweed are a slacker-trad folk music project currently focussing on reworking a variety of esoteric texts. Their latest album The Mound People draws upon an archaeological text that details the contents of Danish Bronze Age burial mounds. Their previous album Myths and Legends of Wales drew inspiration from text and images sourced from the book of the same name by Tony Roberts, first published in 1984. They are presently in the process of responding to a new text which they will be performing at the Promenade launch event.