LFP ARCHIVES: A Photographic History of the Home County Music and Arts Festival

The Home County Music and Art Festival returns to central London this weekend – a cultural rite of summer since 1974.

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The Home County Music and Art Festival returns to central London this weekend – a cultural rite of summer since 1974. London Free Press photojournalists have been covering performances for decades and here is a collection of images from the Home County Festivals LFP Archives:



Gary Fjellgaard of Vancouver Island, British Columbia performs Sunday July 17, 2005. (London Free Press file photo)
Gary Fjellgaard of Vancouver Island, British Columbia performs Sunday July 17, 2005. (London Free Press file photo)


Guitarist Michael Trudgen performs as part of the London Calling workshop on July 20, 2019. (Photo by the London Free Press file)
Guitarist Michael Trudgen performs as part of the London Calling workshop on July 20, 2019. (Photo by the London Free Press file) Photo by Max Martin /London’s free press


Valdy performing at the Home County Folk Festival in 1975. (London Free Press files)
Valdy performing at the Home County Folk Festival in 1975. (London Free Press files)


Lisa Marie, left, and Amy Lou of duo Mama's Broke open the 45th annual Home County Music and Arts Festival on July 20, 2018. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)
Lisa Marie, left, and Amy Lou of duo Mama’s Broke open the 45th annual Home County Music and Arts Festival on July 20, 2018. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)


One-man group Washboard Hank asked the children in the audience to join him in a parade, he's unlikely to expect them to be such critics.  We don't know if seven-year-old Matthew Brown (front) and others plugged their ears because of the quality of the music or its volume, but we're sure they all had a blast at the festival in 2001. (London Free Press archive photo)
One-man group Washboard Hank asked the children in the audience to join him in a parade, he’s unlikely to expect them to be such critics. We don’t know if seven-year-old Matthew Brown (front) and others plugged their ears because of the quality of the music or its volume, but we’re sure they all had a blast at the festival in 2001. (London Free Press archive photo)


Toronto's Brian Kobayakawa, who plays with the Creeking Tree String Quartet, carries a double bass on his back as he heads to a stage in Victoria Park for a workshop during the festival in 2007. (London Free Press file photo )
Toronto’s Brian Kobayakawa, who plays with the Creeking Tree String Quartet, carries a double bass on his back as he heads to a stage in Victoria Park for a workshop during the festival in 2007. (London Free Press file photo )


Londoner Jennie Bice plays the violin as part of the opening act of the festival on Friday July 20, 2012 at the bandstand in Victoria Park.  (MIKE HENSEN/The London Free Press)
Londoner Jennie Bice plays the violin as part of the opening act of the festival on Friday July 20, 2012 at the bandstand in Victoria Park. (MIKE HENSEN/The London Free Press)


Jackie Washington, 87, wows the crowd on the main stage at the festival in 2007. (London Free Press file photo)
Jackie Washington, 87, wows the crowd on the main stage at the festival in 2007. (London Free Press file photo)


Trent Severn singer and guitarist Dayna Manning performs with her bandmates on the main stage on Friday July 18, 2014. (London Free Press file photo)
Trent Severn singer and guitarist Dayna Manning performs with her bandmates on the main stage on Friday July 18, 2014. (London Free Press file photo)


Bry Webb performs on Sunday July 20, 2014. (DEREK RUTTAN/ The London Free Press)
Bry Webb performs on Sunday July 20, 2014. (DEREK RUTTAN/ The London Free Press)


Sylvia Tyson drew a large crowd on Sunday July 19, 2015. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)
Sylvia Tyson drew a large crowd on Sunday July 19, 2015. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)


Taylor Holden speaks on Friday July 15, 2016. (London Free Press file photo)
Taylor Holden speaks on Friday July 15, 2016. (London Free Press file photo)


Jenie Thai performs on Sunday July 16, 2017. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)
Jenie Thai performs on Sunday July 16, 2017. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)


Home County Folk Festival founder Walter Grasser was all smiles in 1977. (London Free Press file photo)
Home County Folk Festival founder Walter Grasser was all smiles in 1977. (London Free Press file photo)

Michael E. Marquez