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April 18 2016.

RNLI Newhaven played host to the Sovereign Seas Folk Festival over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of April, successfully raising £946.17 in aid of Newhaven Lifeboat.

Derek Seed, a member of folk group Hard Pressed, said: "It is great to be back for our second festival year. The Lifeboat House is an excellent venue with acoustics to match. We look forward to returning and are already preparing for the festival next year.’

Various artists converged from all over the country, with The Ship and The Ark also being host venues over the festival weekend.

The taster sessions introduced traditional maritime folk songs and sea shanties to a wide and appreciative audience. Traditional dance was performed by Marlings Clog and Hunters Moon Border Morris (pictured) also provided an emotive display at the boathouse. A highlight of the weekend was a performance at the Lifeboat House by Internationally renowned Folk singer/songwriter John Conolly, who delighted the audience.

The next fundraising events being held are in celebration of the RNLI National 'Mayday' Fundraising. Brighton Welsh Male Voice Choir will be performing at St. Michael’s Church in Newhaven on Saturday the 30th of April from 7.00pm and the Country, Blues and More Mayday Music Night with Fish and Chips is on Saturday the 7th of May from 7.00pm at Newhaven Lifeboat House.

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