The History of Yurtfest

Yurtfest evolved out of a small group of friends playing mainly traditional music together in front rooms around St Andrews and the East Neuk of Fife. As good things sometimes do, these evenings outgrew their humble beginnings and so after a long search we found a sympathetic and accommodating venue.

To keep the front room feel to this event alive, Vic and Phil kindly agreed to bring their Yurt up to Fife from their home in Lancashire. This has ensured that we have a space for musicians to play together and for dance and drumming workshops to take place.

The indoor main-stage gave those groups and musicians, who were willing, the opportunity to share their talents with a larger audience. So it was that in September 2005 Yurtfest was born. That first festival was headlined by Pip Dylan of the Fence Collective,  in 2006 the headliner was The Anthill Mob and last year The Awkward Squad topped the bill. Click here for the 2007 line-up.

As our motivations behind organising Yurtfest were essentially selfish - to create an event that we would enjoy attending - we decided that all money raised from the event should go to charity. Last year's festival raised £800 for CHAS (Children's Hospice Association Scotland). You can even buy a cd of Yurtfest 2006.

Our only reward for the time and effort we put into arranging this event is that when things are going well there's no better place to be for music and atmosphere in Fife than Yurtfest.

John Hargreaves

JH - Yurtfest's Michael Eavis!

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