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I'm a Soul Man

Watchet Music Festival Live 2019

Behind the scenes at Watchet Music Festival

Meet Paul Duncan Volunteer

Paul has been involved as a volunteer with Watchet Festival since the festival moved from East Quay to its current place Parsonage Farm on the outskirts of Watchet.

Paul is assisted by his son Harry and they run and manage the 'Mind Body and Soul Marquee' for the festival weekend. What does all this involve I hear you ask ? This area is a quieter are on the festival site where people can take some time out an relax………………

The emphasis during the day is to provide activities relating to relaxation and well being for the mind body and soul . Yoga, Tia Chi, Buddhist meditation and chanting are all available to join in with along with music based around peace and tranquillity.

During the evening the marquee is the place to go for music and dance . On Friday and Saturday evening Paul and Harry play a variety of music from different genres. Sunday night is 'Soul Night', the 'four on the floor' beat and non stop dancing to a vinyl records (yes records) Colin Nunn also does a DJ set . Having spent a few hours in the marquee I can say its great fun and a great atmosphere where people of all ages enjoy the music.

Paul DJ's at other venues raising money for charity and is well known on the northern soul scene.

I spent some time with Paul talking to him about his volunteer work and love of music:

Q what do you most enjoy about the festival ?

A I really enjoy engaging with the people at the festival and seeing people having a good time

Q How do you see the festival impacting on the local community?

A The festival has a very positive impact on local business and shops brining in new people to the area. Local people really enjoy the festival being here in West Somerset , it really brings something to the area. People join together ad are very willing to freely give up their time to volunteer.

Q How did you discover Northern soul Music ?

A When I was 14 Years old I lived at Doniford with my family. I went to a friends one evening and they were playing Northern soul on a cassette. My friends sister was going to Wigan Casino the epicentre of soul . At that time in 1974, and living in the depths of the west country in was difficult to access music. I was 14 years old so I got myself a bus ticket with Bryant's buses and went of to Bristol. I found a small record shop that sold American imports and bought as many records as I could . I saved my money from my paper round and working every week to increase my record collection. I was a regular visitor to Bristol making the journey every two weeks to stock up.

Q What was the first record you bought ?

A Jimmy Ruffin 'What becomes of the broken hearted'.

Q Where do you see the future of music ?

A I need to step back in time a vinyl revival , a CD is progress to me !!

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Here's one for the kids...
Lets make some posters for the festival, these could be hand washing, picking litter up etc..
If these are done on a4 pieces of paper we can laminate them and use them on site.

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Can us adults join in to 😃

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1 week ago

Farmer Phil's Festival

turn your heads to the side and have a listen to these folk that will hopefully be joining us in August xx ...

How's everyone enjoying #selfisolationSaturday? We mentioned this earlier in the week and we're delighted now to bring you the official Farmer Phil's Festival 2020 Spotify playlist.

It's the next best thing to being in the field with us - your new favourite artist/band is waiting for you to discover them! Please share this far and wide, and let us know who you're enjoying the most in the comments!

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MY BABY, T'pau/Carol Decker, Mungo Jerry, Piston, The Kaizens, Mighty Vipers, Joe Dolman, Tin Pigeons, You Dirty Blue, Hunted By Elephants, Captain Stingray's Groove Machine, Beki Brindle Band, BIG JOE BONE, Drowning Days, The Adrenaline Rush, Johnny Kowalski and the Sexy Weirdos.


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Hey guys!
Brighten up our day and post your favourite pic or memory of farmer phil's over the years ☺️

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We love you Farmer Phil’s 💚🌍♻️

Can’t top this Dinosaur loving a muddy dance floor ⧊

And that one

me & my boys, Pint, Half pint & tot

This was at least 12 years ago. Possibly longer Clare Passey

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Thank you all for your supportive comments following our COVID-19 statement yesterday. We remain optimistic that this year’s Farmer Phil’s Festival will still go ahead. Please keep checking our website and social media channels for the latest updates.

In the meantime, Steve has been putting together a Spotify playlist for this year’s artists and we hope to be able to share this with you in the coming days.

Stay safe and look after each other x

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If it doesn't happen this year we'll have to make 21 one hell of a knees up eh

Jeanette Brookes let’s be hopeful for this one xxx

You too x

All the best to you folks! Just thinking outside the box a bit. Could we pre-pay for the beer tokens and save cash handling on site.

Really hope it is on but if not we will survive and just have to make next year the best ever. 🎉😎

Love the spotify lists thank you xx

Matt Williams

Really hope this year goes ahead. Still waiting for our fridge magnet from the advent 😂 x

Thank you for keeping us informed. Fingers crossed you can go ahead. I’m happy for you to roll over our ticket money until next year but please can we have the same line up. I was so looking forward to My Baby.

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