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Hundreds camp out at the family-run Forfey festival

Published: 13 Aug 2009 09:000 comments

A performing arts festival aimed at promoting grassroots bands, musicians, artists and poets has just brought more than 300 people to enjoy music and art at a farm located outside Lisnaskea last weekend.

The first Forfey Festival take place in August 2006 and now in its fourth year has got bigger and better. Very much a family affair, Matthew and his wife Dianne Minford, together with Matthew's parents Helen and Hugh Minford, organised the festival, bringing together artists and bands from as far as London to play over last weekend.

Three venues were used -- the Hayshed, The Lie-to and The Barn. An on-site camp sitehosts festival goers and this year there was also a quiet area for families to camp.

Musical performances from performers like Jamie Noon, Six Star Hotel, Adebisi Shank, The Lowly Knights (featuring Enniskillen's Stephen Caswell), Not Squares, Maguire and I, And So I Watch You From Afar, Mojo Fury and Panama Kings and Mel Wiggins brought incredible sounds to the fields of Fermanagh.

The programme is organised so acts were complementing each other. "Everybody had the opportunity to feel that they were valued," said Helen Minford. "We had a great weekend. It has got bigger every year and that is without advertising, largely through personal contacts.

"It was great fun. It is nice to be involved with the younger generation and be appreciated by them. It's a transgenerational event. We have very deliberately not got licensed so there is a lovely family atmosphere," Helen said. The espresso bar offered coffees of all varieties and there were plenty of tray bakes at the Forfey cafe.

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