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The Category Folk Festivals is a subset of Music Festivals. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Folk Festivals which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Festival's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Folk Festivals do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Bedworth Folk Festival

 

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VISITS (to the Website)1
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)6
* Acoustic Festival of Britain
VISITS (to the Website)498
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)353

Allen Valleys Promotions Ltd is 'a not-for-profit social enterprise organisation ... establshed in 2015. The company’s objective is to promote cultural and artistic activities which support communities and businesses in the Allen Valleys. Its prime responsibility is to organise The Allen Valleys Folk Festival in October each year, working in conjunction with the Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership ...'

* Allen Valleys Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)239
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)391

‘Once again Alnwick enjoyed eight days of creative musical talent reflecting the diverse cultural riches of the UK and wider world. We featured a cornucopia of talent representing the sounds, rhythms and traditions of Ireland, Eastern Europe, Africa, USA, Australia, Scotland, England and our very own Northumberland. This was served up via the genres of Folk, Jazz, Blues, Celtic, Balkan, Americana and World Fusion - and live poetry.’ Held Mid August.

 

* Alnwick International Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)231
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)222

'A lively three days of folk music in Arran's main town, Brodick. Split between day sessions and evening concerts, the festival draws live bands and the odd troubadour from across the UK to the isle. There'll be workshops, too, for those who want to brush up on their musical skills.' Held Early June.

* Arran Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)250
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)456

‘Started in 2000 as a one day event but has grown into a full weekend attracting major artists and folk enthusiasts from all over the country. Banbury, nestled on the eastern edge of the beautiful Cotswolds and close to the historic Civil War battle sites of Edgehill and Cropredy, is a great place to visit with its charming medieval shopping streets and alleyways. The pedestrianised town centre provides a fabulous place to shop and a great venue for the Dance Sides and Hobby Horses to perform.’ Held Mid October.

* Banbury Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)87
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)115
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Taking place in indoor venues in Okehampton, the Festival is Wren Music’s annual celebration. A weekend of music and song is what you will get, with concerts, workshops, the festival feast, music sessions, singing sessions, a folk orchestra, festival choir, youth events, morris dancing and ceilidhs. Most venues are halls and churches around the town, with a few local pubs being used for sessions. The Festival is inspired by the folk song collecting of Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924), one of the Victorian era's great social historical researchers, who undertook the first serious and sustained attempt to collect the traditional songs of the English peasantry and workers, predominantly in west Devon.’ Held Late October.

 

* Baring-Gould Folk Weekend
VISITS (to the Website)189
Also indexedWren Music | Sabine Baring-Gould
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)230
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of the key events in our Summer of festivals’ programme ... A free family festival celebrating the best in English and World folk music and dance plus poetry, street theatre, art and family fun!‘ Held Mid June.

* Barking Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)221
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)303

‘Founded in 2010 ... Bath Folk Festival is cited as one of the most exciting new folk festivals to emerge in the UK, drawing on a mix of internationally acclaimed acts and the wealth of local talent in the South West ... It is a grassroots festival run by and for musicians and dancers who are passionate about the rich cultures represented. This will be an opportunity to not only hear some fantastic music, but more importantly it will be an opportunity to learn music at our traditional music summer school and to play in one of our many lively sessions.’ Held Mid August at a variety of venues across Bath.

* Bath Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)239
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)230

'Although over the years the Festival has grown into quite a large event it has still retained its unique “intimate” atmosphere: You can enjoy a whole week-end of music, song and dance for little more than the price of just a concert! – It’s a Festival to ”get involved in” – where the audience is (at least!) as important as the guests! – It’s where the folk scene meets for its Christmas Party – for a good sing, dance and play, a good story, a good drink, some good company, and a really good time! – It’s the place to be at the end of the Festival season! ….. and it is the UK’s biggest annual winter folk event!' ALERT ‘It is with great regret we have to announce that despite our extreme efforts to put together a Mini-festival or similar event in Bedworth on the last Saturday in November, we have reluctantly had to admit defeat and confirm that there will be no further festivals.’

* Bedworth Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)161
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)281

'Whilst British folk music, both traditional and new, remains at the heart of the Festival, we also feature Americana, world music, Blues, some classic rock, punk, a variety of acoustic performances, Morris sides and much more - if the music is good, we will embrace it.' Held Mid JuneALERT ’A long-running folk festival has been called off this year after the firm that runs it went bust. Beverley Folk Festival, a non-profit-making organisation run by volunteers, said it had lost its "primary source of funding". Organisers said they were unable to refund advance tickets. Weekend tickets cost £110.’ [BBC 23 April 2018]

* Beverley Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)151
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)428

‘Founded in 2013 by four, young Birmingham based third generation traditional musicians with the aim to reinvigorate the scene and host Trad bands in Birmingham again. The festival has since developed since its inauguration and now engages and connects with many people right across the UK, Ireland also many parts of Europe each year. The festival is held in the Irish Quarter of the city (Digbeth) each year and exhibits a colourful celebration of Irish culture, accumulating together a combination of gigs, concerts, sessions, workshops and a competition for musicians aged 25 and under. The festival is to appeal to a variety of different audiences from the city's Irish community youth, right through to the older generations, whilst embracing a diverse range of different cultural backgrounds.’ Held Late November.

 

* Birmingham TradFest
VISITS (to the Website)75
Also indexedThe Trip to Birmingham TradFest
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)106
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Created in 1991 ... With concerts, dances, workshops, sessions and street entertainment on offer, there should be something for everybody.’ Held Late September.

* Black Sheep Otley Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)180
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)187
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Devised by The Highland Council in partnership with Fèisean nan Gàidheal and the Promoters Arts Network ... The BLAS Festival aims to play a role in celebrating the culture of traditional music and Gaelic in the Highlands of Scotland. BLAS will do this in part by creating the opportunities for young musicians to play and learn with leading artists in traditional music and Gaelic. BLAS will also widen the opportunities for communities to experience and enjoy live music and Gaelic performances which support their culture.’ Held Mid September at a wide range of venues across Highland.

* BLAS Festival
VISITS (to the Website)101
Also indexedFèisean nan Gàidheal
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)151

‘Everyone has a different Folk Week – ask 50 people what is their favourite part of the festival and they will each tell you something completely different! Whether you are family looking for child-friendly events, younger generation wanting to burn off some dance energy or singers and musicians seeking out a session – Folk Week has something for you. The festival takes place all over the town and there’s hardly a venue that isn’t bursting with song, music and dance. All venues are within walking distance – although we admit that getting down the hill to the sea is easier than getting back up!' Held Mid August.

* Broadstairs Folk Week
VISITS (to the Website)192
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)251

'The best folk festival/cultural event in the Welsh Border area, featuring over 170 hours of entertainment in just one weekend of traditional music, song and dance.' Held Mid September.

* Bromyard Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)131
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)314
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’The Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the premier music events in Europe and one of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world.‘ Held Late July.

 

* Cambridge Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)118
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)196

‘We are a group of folk enthusiasts whose aim is to promote folk music events in the Chester area. Our main activity is organising the Chester Folk Festival which takes place annually over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend in the village of Kelsall, about 8 miles from Chester (UK).’

 

* Chester Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)200
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)253

'A unique and distinctive event of national importance. It features the very best in English traditional music and dance with an emphasis on participation and education. Run entirely by volunteers, it has minimal and very local sponsorship; it is fiercely independent and entirely in control of its artistic programme ... It is a "200+ events, make up your own festival in a variety of venues in a small, welcoming, market town" festival. Just like English traditional music and dance it is modest, unassuming, inclusive, fun and ultimately rewarding.' Held Spring Bank Holiday Weekend.

 

* Chippenham Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)138
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)322

'Founded 1987 ... Come along and join in the fun! ... Cleckheaton is situated in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, right in the middle of the West Yorks Conurbation, with Leeds, Bradford and Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury all approx the same short distance away. Affectionately known by the locals (and regular visitors) as just plain Clecky.' Festival held Early July.

* Cleckheaton Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)160
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)364

'Brings folk's best to Cornwall, and showcases Cornwall to the world. Our main stage gigs feature legends, rising stars and established artists. Hang out during the day at our Fringe Tent for back-to-back pulsing talent from across the south west. Wadebridge's streets and pubs are invaded with artists in abundance at one of Britain's finest small festivals, the perfect Celtic last blast of summer.' Held Late August.

* Cornwall Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)239
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)281
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’Cottingham is located midway between the city of Hull (UK City of Culture 2017) and the historic market town of Beverley, and is reputed to be the largest village in England. The ancient settlement hosts several events during the year, such as Cottingham Springboard Festival, Cottingham Day, and now ... Cottingham Folk Festival.’ Held August Bank Holiday weekend.

* Cottingham Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)166
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)190
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘It was back in 1978 that local musician Bob Cann had the idea that he would like to start his own folk festival to help revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor, and in particular, the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area. The first three festivals were held in the grounds of Wood Country House near South Tawton, until 1981 when it moved to its present location in the picturesque village of South Zeal, on the edge of Dartmoor. Over the years the festival has grown making it possible to invite a high standard of folk artist from near and far, whilst maintaining its reputation for being a friendly, traditional festival.‘ Held Mid August.

 

* Dartmoor Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)321
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)221

'The Festival is co-produced by Derby LIVE and PR Promotions and used to take place throughout every bit of space that the Assembly Rooms had to offer. With that venue out of action, we had to move outside, putting the main concerts into The City Marquee on the Market Place. Other concerts will be happening in Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre, The Old Bell Hotel on Sadler Gate and Derby Cathedral. Added into that will be Folk Club events, a full fringe music programme (with free concerts for everyone including non-ticket holders), sessions, dance displays, workshops, craft stalls and a great atmosphere throughout the weekend.' Held Early October.

* Derby Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)200
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)304
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Folk, Roots and Acoustic music and dance.' Held Mid May.

* Doncaster Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)180
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)306

'Bijou weekend folk and roots music festival that takes place in the wonderful cathedral city of Ely. The festival provides an opportunity to listen to some of the best folk acts around in an intimate and friendly environment.' Held Mid July.

* Ely Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)225
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)272

'The Festival has three main aims: •To create an enjoyable event for all involved; •To raise money for the RNLI; •To preserve and promote the maritime heritage of Falmouth and Cornwall.' Held Mid June.

* Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival
VISITS (to the Website)361
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)400

'It began as a one day event, progressed to a weekend one and now extends to eight days and seven nights of music, culture and craic. With up to 200 events the festival caters for music fanatics, families who wish to enjoy a safe, child focused festival, and those who come just to soak up the scenery, the friendliness and the free outdoor music.' Held in Rostrevor Late July.

 

* Fiddler's Green Festival
VISITS (to the Website)365
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)389

'We are located on an ancient farm between the foothills of the magnificent Cambrian Mountains and the beautiful coast of Cardigan bay, at the end of the Mountain Road from Aberystwyth to Rhayader ... We followed the classic trajectory in forming and becoming a festival - the unwitting group of friends who put on a party only to see it grow and grow. Way back in 2009 a group of friends who played and shared a love of Folk, Old Time and Bluegrass music began to visit the farm, brought together there by a certain Fiddle Player who used to live on the farm ... ' Held Early June.

* Fire in the Mountain
VISITS (to the Website)244
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)284

‘3 days of community based quality live music - by the people for the people ... Fleetwood has always been a musical town with tales of the sea right through to still having many live bands performing regularly. For 42 years Fleetwood was the home of Fylde Folk Festival until Alan Bell retired in 2014. A wonderful and dedicated team continue the tradition with a difference, to encourage a younger audience, and nurture a cross-generational love and appreciation of all styles of Folk and Blues.‘ Held Late August.

* Fleetwood Folk & Blues Weekend
VISITS (to the Website)122
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)207
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A mix of music within a unique woodland setting.’ Held Early July.

* Folk in a Field Festival
VISITS (to the Website)271
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)131

Annual Folk Festival whose proceeds support the work caried out by Tyddyn Môn - founded by the parents of adults with learning difficulties who wanted a more constructive and rewarding occupation for their sons and daughters. Held Mid July.

* Folk on the Farm
VISITS (to the Website)160
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)366

'Held every year at the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier in Norfolk, on England's beautiful east coast. Described by Fairport Convention's Dave Pegg as "the best gig on the North Sea", Folk on the Pier is a highly regarded showcase for the finest folk, and folk-rock acts from the UK and beyond.'

* Folk on the Pier
VISITS (to the Website)206
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)208

Folk Weekend: Oxford has grown steadily every year since its inception in 2012, with increasing support and collaborations from local and national folk artists and performing groups. Known for the strong representation of Oxfordshire's folk groups, young performers, and emerging acoustic talent, this community festival is a hidden gem in the annual festival calendar, with unique opportunities to see top quality performers in intimate and beautiful settings around Oxford city centre.’

* Folk Weekend: Oxford
VISITS (to the Website)102
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)128

'A fresh approach to a timeless tradition ... FolkEast feels more like a very English village fete than a festival, with the good humour and unpretentiousness of its patrons, the “Young-uns”, the guiding vibe.' Held Mid August.

 

* FolkEast Festival
VISITS (to the Website)262
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)272

‘Originally formed in 1997/8 to put on a Festival. Furness Tradition is run entirely by volunteers who aim to promote awareness of, and participation in the folk music traditions of Cumbria, especially Furness ... As well as running workshops in schools and the community, and organising an annual Festival in Mid-July each year, a core part of our aims is to collect items from our cultural heritage, oral or written. New members and friends of Furness Tradition are always welcome to join.’

* Furness Tradition
VISITS (to the Website)133
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)264

‘Now established as one of the premier roots and acoustic music events in the Midlands Calendar rivaling other well established festivals and receiving many accolades. We are on the edge of the historic and beautiful market town of Southwell next to the racecourse, and approximately 13 miles from Nottingham and 8 miles from the A1 and Newark.’ Held Early June.

* Gate to Southwell Festival
VISITS (to the Website)164
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)159

‘This year's Great British Folk Festival is set to be unmissable. Book early to get the best choice of accommodation and avoid missing out on this renowned festival which is now a staple in the folk calendar ... Think of us like a boutique festival (but with comfy beds, hot showers and no mud or rain!). As there are so many acts to see on all of our Live Music Weekends, we host live performances simultaneously across multiple indoor venues.‘ Held Late November.

* Great British Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)95
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)131
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An annual festival for Hartlepool, featuring the very best folk and acoustic music from around the country - and closer to home! ... From the most contemporary folk and acoustic music through to a wealth of traditional singers and musicians, there really is something for everyone. Special concerts and events will celebrate the rich music, heritage and traditions of Teesside and the North East.’ Held Mid October.

* Hartlepool Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)172
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)353
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Mission is ‘to promote the town of Harwich and to celebrate England's rich cultural heritage of sea songs and its relationship with the sea as an island nation ... If you like singing, drinking, sailing, pirates, boats, history and having fun, join us!’. Held Early October.

* Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival
VISITS (to the Website)50
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)108
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Four day festival set against the unique backdrop of the the Hebrides. Organised by the HCF Trust, this first festival was held in 1996 and now regularly attracts attendances of 14,000 over its four day run. Wild, but not a bit woolly, this festival has built up a fabulously loyal audience locally and from across the world, many of whom have Hebridean ties, many of whom just love coming here and joining in the great party. The festival is a not for profit event run by the community for the community, supported by local and national funding agencies, the goodwill of local businesses and community, and the many volunteers who give of their free time to make it happen.’ Held Mid July.

 

* Hebridean Celtic Festival
VISITS (to the Website)112
Also indexedHebCelt
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)342

‘The Festival comprises an extensive programme of events including concerts, workshops, masterclasses, choral events, events for children, community events, session trail, band competition and much more. It features some of the world’s finest musicians from Ireland, Scotland, England, Scandinavia and Canada, with music from a wide range of genres represented, including Irish traditional, roots, world and folk ... The Irish tradition of spontaneous, unplugged traditional music sessions is one of our most exclusive cultural offerings, and it is the backbone of the festival, ensuring that even the most casual visitors will be immersed in a unique cultural tradition throughout the festival.‘ Held Late January - Early February. (Imbolc ‘is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring. Most commonly it is held on 1 February, or about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox’. [Wikipedia 17 January 2018])

 

* IMBOLC International Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)221
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)199

‘Annual weekend of acoustic music in small town in the Scottish Borders ... Beautifully situated amongst rolling hills by the River Tweed.’ Held Mid August.

* Innerleithen Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)194
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)336

'Our wee festival is probably the smallest and most intimate traditional music festival in Scotland, as the island Village Hall where we hold our headline events has a capacity of about 150. Many of our festival-goers are regulars: we know them by name, and they're always welcome to have a blether while booking their tickets ...' Held Late June.

* Isle of Gigha Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)140
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)343

‘Our purpose, as recorded in our constitution, is to organize and run a Music Festival on the Isle of Jura, provide opportunities for young people to learn/improve their music based skill and help them refine and develop those skills in the future. By bringing in top class musicians every year to perform and run workshops, the instruction and inspiration they provide is invaluable. Through our youth education programme we have been able to help through a small annual grant, a number of young people to fulfill their potential and follow their chosen path.’ Held Late September

* Jura Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)55
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)136
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Annual event, hosted by FolkOnMonday, featuring the best of the national and local folk scene alongside workshops, sing around and more ... The London Folk Festival takes place in Camden at Cecil Sharp House, the heart of English Folk Music, and home of the English Folk Dance & Song Society.’ Held Early September.

 

* London Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)84
Also indexedFolkOnMonday
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)94
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Celtic Festival, Newquay - Cornwall: ‘A spectacular festival, welcoming people from around the world to enjoy music, dance, arts and culture, representing Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man ... Lowender Peran is a registered Charity set up to encourage recognition of Cornwall`s heritage and Celtic links as a vibrant, living tradition that people of all ages and backgrounds can participate in and enjoy.’ Held Early November.

* Lowender Peran
VISITS (to the Website)249
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)96
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An urban folk festival that takes place every autumn ... Our festival is friendly, inclusive and mostly about enjoying great music. We put a spotlight on English folk. Our aim is to profile the incredible range of great music that is described as folk and bring you the best of the current scene. The whole festival takes places in one area of the city over one weekend. With indoor gigs (no mud!), creative workshops and a festival hub where you can catch your breath and catch up with friends, we want to create the feel of a greenfield festival in the vibrant heart of the city. There will be music, singing, dancing, and merry-making.’ Held Mid October.

 

* Manchester Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)43
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)89
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Festival features some well known and talented main acts, plus local and national, up and coming artists.’ Held Mid AugustMoira Furnace ‘is a nineteenth-century iron-making blast furnace located in Moira, Leicestershire, on the banks of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal. Built by the Earl of Moira in 1804, the building has been preserved by North West Leicestershire District Council as a museum featuring lime kilns and craft workshops’. [Wikipedia 2 January 2018]

 

* Moira Furnace Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)97
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)173

Moonbeams Events is a series of lovely relaxed nights of lovely music - dedicated to bringing the best acoustic, folk and roots music to East Yorkshire ... The Moonbeams Festival is set in the grounds of the award winning Wold Top Brewery, perched on top of the Yorkshire Wolds (held Early July) ... And each year in March, Moonbeams takes over the Bell Hotel in Driffield, for the now "Wold Famous" Moonbeams March Weekend. A fabulous Winter Gathering at this gorgeous venue with a line up that will impress all!'

* Moonbeams Festival
VISITS (to the Website)251
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)182
* Mull Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)113
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)316

'An event for all the family which celebrates traditional and contemporary Scottish, Irish and Pan Celtic music. Based in Campbeltown, the event has a great mix of free outdoor events, concerts, ceilidh’s, music sessions, workshops, children’s entertainment, heritage trail walks, and parades in large venues to intimate halls. Past bands to appear at the MOK Fest are The Fratellis, The View, The Time Frequency (TTF), The Saw Doctors, Deacon Blue, Capercaillie, Idlewild, Ally Bain & Phil Cunningham, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and the Stranglers. If you fancy an adventure and good music in this is the event for you.' Held Mid August.

* Mull of Kintyre Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)191
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)297
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘There's a potent sense of voyage and discovery about the Musicport Festival, which sets sail from Whitby every October. Indeed, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Pavilion, with its tall windows and invigorating view of the North Sea, had unmoored itself from the West Pier in search of a world of diverse rhythms, melodies, food, dances and poems. In truth, the festival, complete with its six stages and impressive line-up of global performers, needn't go anywhere. Every autumn, the delightful northern seaside town of Whitby provides the only destination for which you'd need to steer to sample an exciting variety of world-class world acts.‘ Held Mid October.

* Musicport Festival
VISITS (to the Website)75
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)106
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The small festival with the big names. Located to the north of The New Forest National Park near Southampton it's an ideal venue for campers with its riverside campsite and unspoilt farm setting. The site opens Wednesday lunchtime to allow travel and a chance to relax for the afternoon before the music begins. Additional attractions include local trade and crafts folk, and of course real ale.‘ Held Early July.

* New Forest Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)357
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)221

'First held in 1970, and grew out of the local Accordion and Fiddle Club that met in the Commercial Hotel (now the Liddesdale Hotel). From that initial one day event has grown the friendliest, most welcoming and family friendly traditional music festival in Scotland!' Held Late June.

* Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)141
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)265

Held Early July. Broader aims and objectives of the Festival Association include: 'to organise, facilitate and deliver music education through a range of workshops, talks, training days and other educational events and opportunities ... to encourage, develop and support original music composition through annual music and song writing competitions ... to provide performance opportunities for musicians who reside, or have resided, in Dumfries and Galloway ... to organise, facilitate and deliver concerts and live music events throughout mid-Galloway'.

* Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)138
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)294

‘Established in 2004 to celebrate the life and music of Perthshire's fiddle legend.’ Held Mid March.

* Niel Gow Festival
VISITS (to the Website)193
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)305

'Orkney is a group of around 70 islands, situated just off the northern coast of Scotland. The festival is based in Stromness, in Orkney’s West Mainland, where around two thirds of all events take place. Other venues and locations vary year to year.' Held Late May.

* Orkney Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)450
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)314

‘A small, friendly, community based music festival set in the heart of Northumberland in Rothbury in the beautiful Coquet Valley Rothbury Festival has established a unique atmosphere that has drawn musicians and singers from throughout the country and beyond to spend a weekend sharing music and experiencing Northumbrian traditions.’ Held Mid July.

 

* Rothbury Traditional Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)158
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)311

‘One of Scotland's biggest traditional music festivals, promoting & sustaining traditional fiddle music since 1996 ... We always welcome new volunteers, particularly for the Festival weekend, but also throughout the year. Get in touch and you will be made to feel very welcome and will be joining a friendly bunch.’ Held Mid November.

 

* Scots Fiddle Festival
VISITS (to the Website)45
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)76
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'From its modest beginning within a single venue in September 2006, the festival has gradually expanded to cater for the tastes and interests of travelling folk music enthusiasts and local residents alike ... A monthly Folk Club operates at the Cricket Club outside of the cricket season. Also a number of Festival Fundraisers and charity events are organised throughout the year.'

* Sedgefield Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)124
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)353
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Festival was established in 1992 by a small group of volunteers that wanted to form a music festival in the town of Dolgellau. The aim was to create a free entry festival that took place on the streets of the town. The idea latched on to the general public and within a few years Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau had grown into one of Wales’ biggest festivals.' Held Mid July.

 

* Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau
VISITS (to the Website)132
Also indexedDolgellau Folk Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)271

‘Sheffield Sessions Festival takes place over the Easter Weekend and celebrates the diversity of folk music and song which takes place in the city of Sheffield.’

* Sheffield Folk Sessions Festival
VISITS (to the Website)18
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)29

'The UK's most northerly folk festival, it is regarded as a prestigious event for performers, locals and visitors alike. Organised by a voluntary committee (and run by an even bigger pool of volunteers) the Festival prides itself in reaching out to even the most far flung areas of Shetland. Concerts are organised throughout the Isles, consisting of some of the best International, British and Shetland music that the world has to offer. In fact, visiting artistes are regularly dumbfounded by the quantity and quality of local musicians that our remote isles have to offer.' Held Early May.

* Shetland Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)210
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)269

'One of the country's leading folk festivals - the most fun you can have during August Bank Holiday weekend! ... Four days packed with fantastic music, dance, and entertainment all on a centrally located site in the heart of Shrewsbury.'

* Shrewsbury Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)144
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)287
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An unmissable week-long seaside celebration of music, dance and song taking place in the beautiful East Devon regency coastal resort ... Awarded a Blue Plaque ... in recognition of its cultural contribution to the South West region, this week-long seaside celebration of music, dance and song has been a major player in the festival calendar since 1955. Held in the first week of August every year, the East Devon festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to over 700 diverse events with broad “something for everyone” appeal.’

 

* Sidmouth Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)71
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)133

‘Enjoy exciting and community focused town centre activities ... The seaside town of Bognor Regis (officially the sunniest place on the U.K. mainland) is a great place to visit with a compact Town Centre, offering a good variety of shopping, with some excellent places to eat and drink. Whilst you’re at the Festival, there’s a warm invitation to “give the Town a try”, have a leisurely walk along the seafront and discover what a friendly place Bognor Regis really is.‘ Held Mid September.

* Southdowns Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)233
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)344
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Our aim is to cater for all ages through a varied programme including: children’s entertainment, seated concerts and a range of stomps featuring some of the finest celtic and contemporary bands. We also take pride in offering "up and coming" artistes the opportunity to share the stage with some of the biggest names in the celtic music world.' Held Late July.

 

* Speyfest
VISITS (to the Website)299
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)507

‘A well-established, intimate and family friendly event in a beautiful rural setting, held in large marquees on a greenfield site in the picturesque hamlet of Stainsby, Derbyshire. It's a registered charity and a not-for-profit event run entirely by unpaid volunteers, not some faceless corporate. Stainsby is all about live music and performance: hearing, playing, writing, performing, learning. All proceeds go back into the event. Period.’ Held Mid July.

 

* Stainsby Festival
VISITS (to the Website)47
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)35

‘Music and Song sessions, morris dancing and more ... an event consisting mainly of pub sessions, singarounds of mainly traditional music and morris dancing in the streets. We do not hire performers. SFW is more about people getting together and making music, singing songs and dancing rather than on formal concerts. We do act as an umbrella for other activities taking place during our weekend that are organized by others ... Most events in the Stroud Folk Weekend are free – please give generously when you see the collecting buckets.‘ Usually held Late September.

* Stroud Folk Weekend
VISITS (to the Website)50
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)73
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We have been providing music and dance since September, 1992. Whoever you are, you will find Swanage Folk Festival a welcoming, happy and inspiring place to spend not only the festival weekend but if you have the time, a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.‘ Held Early September.

* Swanage Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)67
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)80
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Shanties were songs sung by such workers as sailors, miners and rail workers in rhythm with their work. They have become particularly popular over recent years due to the exposure of people like the "Fisherman's Friends". Teignmouth and Shaldon will play host to at least  26 shanty groups performing in 15 venues and providing over 120 hours of "free to attend" shanty singing ... There promises to be something for everyone, with multiple performances being given at the same time across a range of venues - mainly local hostelries - as well as outdoor ad hoc flash mob shanty singing and workshops where people can learn more about the origins of shanties. The event is also being supported by a number of South Devon breweries.’ Held Late September.

 

* Teignmouth Shanty Festival
VISITS (to the Website)3
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)15
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’A whole weekend of fabulous national and international Blues in the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal town of Tenby.’ Held Mid November.

* Tenby Blues Festival
VISITS (to the Website)51
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)102
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A four day long festival of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions. Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for this friendly, family festival of folk. Tenterden features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs and restaurants and green verges. The festival includes many free events.' Held Early October.

* Tenterden Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)142
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)270
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A folk festival based on the Isle of Islay. The weekend accommodates people of all ages, including concerts, trad sessions, workshops and of course, a whisky tour!‘ Held Late November.

* The Islay Sessions
VISITS (to the Website)86
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)146
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Annual Festival, started in 2015: 'Our festival is reliant on volunteers. If you can offer your time to help steward on the weekend of the festival or to help with set-up or distribution of flyers and programmes then please do get in touch on the email ...'. Held Early May.

* Todmorden Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)323
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)342

'Four days and nights of the best Acoustic, Folk, Blues, Jazz & Americana with first class stages, massive family appeal, wonderful camping, arts, crafts, theatre, hands-on workshops, film and a sprinkling of festival magic in the great outdoors.' Held Late August.

* Towersey Festival
VISITS (to the Website)310
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)299

'A weekend of international dance, music and song.' Held Mid May.

* Tredegar House Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)185
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)321
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Folk Festival is promoted by the Upton upon Severn Folk Dance and Song Society. Membership of the society is available on application and acceptance by the committee. Membership is open to all those who wish to promote Folk Dancing and Folk Music in the district of Upton upon Severn in South Worcestershire.' Held Early May.

* Upton-upon-Severn Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)208
Also indexedUpton upon Severn Folk Dance and Song Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)340

Warwick Folk Festival has been long established as one of the best family music festivals in the UK. With a variety of venues, including the large marquee and purpose built Theatre, safe and clean site full of craft stalls, eateries and entertainment, along with some of the world’s best music artists and a spectacular fringe festival located in the town centre, this festival continues to delight music fans of all ages and generations!’ Held Late July.

 

* Warwick Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)12
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)23

‘The Folk Festival takes place on the weekend following the second May Bank Holiday each year, on the harbourside at Weymouth, Dorset ... Wessex Folk Festival is effectively a free festival, with many acts on the open air stages and in the pubs around Weymouth's historical picturesque harbour.’

* Wessex Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)125
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)153
* Wimborne Minster Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)325
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)208

'All-on-one-site festival of folk & acoustic music, dance, comedy, poetry & crafts.' Held Late May.

* Wirral Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)112
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)210

'Finding a folk festival has now become easier. We aim to list almost all the festivals in the UK. If you know of one that's missing, do let us know, so we can update the lists ...'

~ UK Folk Festivals
VISITS (to the Website)377
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)244

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