Oysterband

Meeting in Canterbury, Kent in the late 70s when pubs were alive with folk clubs and music sessions, they became The Oyster Ceilidh Band, a band on a mission to […]

Le Vent du Nord

Combining a great stage presence with an energetic, dynamic flair, Le Vent du Nord are one of the leading names in Québécois folk music performing original songs inspired by their […]

Daphne’s Flight

Daphne’s Flight was a collaboration between five female vocalists, instrumentalists, and songwriters in the British folk and root music scene: Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris […]

Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening

Based in the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall yet reaching out to the wider world, Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening explore the connecting threads of music, landscape and people over a […]

Jim Moray

Should you care to look back over the past two decades of British folk music, one musician in particular stands out for having a singular, idiosyncratic vision that has rarely […]

Harmonia

  Harmonia evolved out of the 2020 lockdown, when Jo Freya and Annie Whitehead, both experts in their fields of music, received a bursary from the EDFFS to reimagine and […]

Tim Edey

Tim Edey was voted BBC Radio Two’s Musician of the year 2012 (BBC R2 FOLK AWARDS) and “Best duo” with Brendan Power. Tim is a multi-instrumentalist and singer and has […]

Morganway

Striking six-part harmonies, energetic rhythms, catchy songs, and a fiercely formidable live act, Morganway have made quite the impression on the UK’s burgeoning Americana and Country scene. With traces of […]

Ghosts, Werewolves and Countryfolk

Sabine Baring-Gould’s Centenary Six-time BBC Folk Award nominee Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes of the award-winning Show of Hands and Daphne’s Flight celebrate the centenary of the first serious collector […]

Richard Digance

Born in West Ham, London, Richard Digance is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a recipient of The Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. Along with award-winning […]

Monster Ceilidh Band

Festival favourites Monster Ceilidh Band have created a sound full of head-banging, glowstick-waving energy – and it’s epic! Their experimentation with electronic beats, rock and funk has its roots in […]

Banter

Banter are Nina Zella, Simon Care, Tim Walker and Mark Jolley. Four fine musicians whose roots are firmly in the traditional English genre, but who enjoy stretching the limits – […]

Bob Fox, Jez Lowe, Julie Matthews

The New Radio Ballads  “In The Footsteps Of Ewan Maccoll.” Three of the most loved and respected performers on the folk/acoustic/roots music scene come together in a concert of songs […]

Zulu Tradition

From Kwa-Zulu Natal to the world’s stage, rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage, through song, dance, drama and drums. Imagine a youthful, mixed gender, Ladysmith Black Mambazo with […]

Christina Alden & Alex Patterson

Christina Alden & Alex Patterson are multi-instrumentalists and songwriters from East Anglia. Their music is rich with intertwining harmony, sensitive accomplished musicianship and a creative song-writing style that is both […]

Teilhard Frost

Teilhard Frost Teilhard Frost is a multi-instrumentalist and banjo maker, specialising in traditional fiddle tunes, with a particular interest in the Appalachian Mountains. He has spent the last 20 years […]

Bird in the Belly

Bird in the Belly is a Brighton-based group consisting of folk-duo Hickory Signals (Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti), alt-folk singer-songwriter Ben Webb (Jinnwoo, Green Ribbons), and multi-instrumentalist and producer Tom […]

Tarren

Tarren is an ambassador for high quality, English Folk music. Through the incorporation of minimalist musical forms into traditional-inspired material, Tarren is producing music that draws the listener in, weaving […]

Anthony John Clarke

All Anthony John Clarke ever wanted to be was a writer of songs. From the minute he heard Barry Maguire singing the song “Eve of Destruction” and held the single […]

Huw Williams & Ben Tunnicliffe

Huw Williams began his professional career as a singer songwriter. He toured and recorded as part of the duo Huw and Tony Williams, whose songs were covered by many other […]

Jim Causley

Jim Causley is a folk-singer, award winning songwriter, musician, proud Devonian and all-round entertainer. He grew up in a wassailing village not far from Sidmouth Folk Festival and sang with Wren Music before […]

Keith Donnelly & Lauren South

Keith Donnelly, one of the most popular, and, yes slightly crazy, figures in the folk world, teams up with the scene’s most exciting new voice – Lauren South. Keith’s superb […]

Tin Giants

Tin Giants take a refreshing “in with the old, in with the new” approach to interpreting, writing, arranging and performing traditional, contemporary and original music inspired by European acoustic and […]

Ewan Wardrop

Sweet Thames: The London Folk Club Story Written and performed by Ewan Wardrop Set in a London folk club in the early 1960s, this show draws on 26 oral history […]

Windjammer

Windjammer are a trio who cast timeless stories in a context of their own making. They blend self-penned songs and instrumentals with original, genre-bending arrangements of music drawn from the […]

Amy Hollinrake

Amy Hollinrake’s work draws on women’s stories within folklore and mythology and fuses them with a contemporary sound placing her at the forefront of the new era of feminist neo-folk, […]

Sally in the Woods

Sally in the Woods is a coming together of Sophie Bostock (vocals, mandola, banjo), Jess Collins (percussive dance, fiddle, harmonium) and Rhona Dalling (fiddle, vocals) to radically retell the stories […]

Urban Folk Theory

You’ve already experienced Cate Haynes calling here at Broadstairs many times and you have also seen Nick’s work via the Urban Folk Theory’s Evolution Ceilidh with Cate here. Did you […]

Juniper

Genre-bending, energising, mesmerising, boundary-crossing… Juniper are a group of close friends who combine their collective musical influences on the stage to create a show full of bold, intriguing traditional and […]

Bonfire Radicals

The electrifying sound of Birmingham’s fiery, (un)traditional folk band Bonfire Radicals is both intensely creative and irresistibly fun. Their live set is a frenzy of energy – “dynamic and high […]

Brown Boots Boogie Band

Brown Boots is Will Allen on melodeon and Martin Clarke on fiddle. Their musical background is rooted in playing music for dancing, as well as gaining inspiration from playing with […]

Paul Hutchinson and Karen Wimhurst

Paul Hutchinson is regarded as one of the top accordionists in the country because of his unique, refreshing, and at times classical approach to playing. His residencies include, the English […]

Hilltop Ceilidh Band

The Hilltop Ceilidh Band have been calling the steps long enough to earn a substantial following. They are a young, energetic collective of professional musicians bringing folk music and traditional […]

Bearded Dragons

Born in flames, masters of the skies, Bearded Dragons are on the wing… Accomplished contradance musicians, Vic Smith (keys, synths, modular) and Benjamin Rowe (fiddle) seamlessly blend contra music with […]

Ben Paley

At 6 years old, Ben began playing the fiddle. When he was 9, his family  moved from England to North Carolina, where he learned about harmony, improvisation, and playing nicely […]

The Tonic

THE TONIC is Julie Atkin (piano & vocals), Ollie Woods (percussion and vocals), Gavin Atkin (fiddle, duet concertina, melodeon and vocals) and Malcolm Woods (melodeon and vocals). Together, they produce […]

Bob Fox

Durham-based Bob Fox is among the best-loved and hardest working singer / guitarists in Britain. His fine voice and his repertoire of traditional songs and contemporary material appeal to all […]

Jez Lowe

Jez Lowe has long been one of the UK’s busiest folk performers, playing for audiences the world over, either solo, (with guitar, cittern and harmonica accompaniment), or with his band […]

The Folk Detectives

The Folk Detectives are Paul Hutchinson (Belshazzar’s Feast) and Matthew Crampton (The Transports, Have a Banana!), together they ‘uphold the lore–the Folklore.’ Matthew and Paul make their case with deadpan […]

Bob Kenward

An established chronicler of Kent in song, well-known for the warmth and variety of his set. Bob hosts the daily Woodshed at the Wrotham Arms which are held daily between […]

John and Di Cullen

This duo have built up a great reputation for Di’s voice, John’s delicate guitar playing, their vocal harmony and a selection of traditional and contemporary songs – thought provoking, quirky […]

Ian K Brown

Ian is a Northumberland based singer/songwriter guitarist who has sung, played guitar and performed from his teenage years. He has three albums of songs, ‘Dancing with Shadows’ – produced by Rick Kemp […]

Good Habits

One of the most exciting new folk duos to come out of the UK, Good Habits’ award winning, genre-fusing sound has received international critical acclaim in the short 3 years […]

Krista & the Wood Urchins

Krista Bubble & The Wood Urchins (formally The Ceilidh Shapes) came about initially in early 2022 just to carry on the Ceilidh nights at Hilderstone’s Language School, after the Pandemic […]

Madeleine Smith

Madeleine learned her art from some outstanding teachers, including Pat Shaw and Ethel Anderson for English country dancing and Sam Sherry and Pat Tracey for Lancashire clog. She is always […]

Alison Rowley

Alison is  passionate about calling for ceilidhs, and it is an important part of her career as a professional folk musician. She aims for clear, calm, efficient walkthroughs (with a […]

Mike Nicholson

Mike Nicholson is one of those remarkable singers who manages to create an immediate and loyal following everywhere he goes. This is due in large part to his unrestrained passion […]

Shake Me Up Sally

Shake Me Up Sally is a collaboration of Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter and Capella (Tony & Lesley Petty).  Two highly respected duos, coming together to produce rich vocal harmonies […]

Wychbury

Wychbury are a contemporary folk duo, who perform mesmerizing traditional and self-penned folk songs, steeped in epic, tragic and passionate storytelling. With intricate finger-picking guitar by Che Bradley and delicate vocals […]

Maggie Harris

Maggie Harris likes nothing  better than getting together with other poets and is looking forward to hosting and welcoming poets to BFW’s  Poets Breakfast at their new venue Smoke. Maggie […]

Giddy Yup

Raring to go and set the musical pace as the Hobby Horse Band and keep the Hooden Horses dancing! See them daily at the Bandstand. Pip Ives (melodeon) Jo Ives […]

Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter

Sally and Brian are well known in the clubs and festivals of the south-east. “A good song needs a killer line. They know how to write a killer line. Personal […]

Lauren South

Appearing with Keith Donnelly, Lauren’s silky-smooth, brandy-butter vocals are earning her lots of fans.

Kendrick-Needham

These versatile and popular performers at Folk Week have a very wide-ranging repertoire, strong voices and an uncannily compatible and complimentary styles of delivery, affording an exciting enhancement in duo […]

Sarah Westcott

Sarah believes that the pleasure of singing is everyone’s birthright and she loves giving people a chance to have a go. Sarah has run community choirs for 15 years; she […]

Inspirations Inclusive Theatre

Based in St. Peter’s, Zoe and Peter run regular workshops in art, dance, drama and a Sing and Sign choir. Their aim is to make creative arts accessible to everyone […]

Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner

Between them they play guitar, recorder, English concertina and a variety of whistles, but their voices are their most important instruments. Their style is a unique blend of stunning song […]

The Ashen Keys

The Ashen Keys are a multi instrumental, multi voiced celebration of heartfelt storytelling from Kent. The group brings together three musicians – Hannah Ellerby (vocals, violin, oboe and ukulele), Rachel […]

Erin Mansfield

Erin Mansfield (whistles/vocals) encompasses all the vigour and exuberance of young Folk. Erin’s captivating stage presence, evocative vocals, and fiery fingers make her a bright new light, stamping her passion […]

Keith Donnelly

Keith Donnelly – stand-up comic, fall-down comedian, surreal snigger-songwriter, guitar-hero, performance-artist,[tall] story-teller, scriptwriter, [none can] compere, man-of-mystery, inner-childminder, actor, stuntman, metaphysical-poet, human ping-pong ball, life and soul of the [kids] […]

Jennie Higgins

Jennie Higgins is a traditional folk singer and historian known for her a cappella traditional arrangements of folk songs that tell women’s stories. She has released her debut album Where […]

Emily Slade

Emily Slade is an outstanding acoustic guitarist, singer-songwriter from North Hertfordshire. The partnership between her enchanting voice and intricate guitar playing are rarely found in one person, making Emily a […]

Matt Sullivan

Matt Sullivan has spent much time in Andalucia studying flamenco techniques which he uses alongside his jazz performances. He has been playing professionally since 2001 with bands such as Manos […]

The Twagger Band

Mostly Traditional Music with Derrick Hughes, Sue Evans, Ian Chisholm, Joy Lewis, Keith Phillips and Tom Evans.  Based in Sussex we play concertinas, dulcimers, harp, bagpipes, fiddle, whistles, accordion, recorders, […]

Paul Lucas

A long-time favourite at the festival, Paul hosts the lunchtime Celtic sessions.  Join Paul and his guests daily from 12.30pm at the George.

Four Gone Confusion

John & Di Cullen with Pete & Brenda Storer sing a sparkling mixture of new & traditional songs, funny, serious & beautiful, with superb guitars, psaltery, flute, kalimba & bouzouki, […]

Jed Grimes

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Jed’s musical discoveries on Tyneside, helped reveal his own family roots along the way, via the Irish songs, jigs and reels reverberating from the family home of […]

James Kerry and Danny Tonks

From Kent, and an established member of the modern English folk scene, James Kerry is well known for his passionate, rhythmic melodeon playing, rooted in folk dance tradition. Having begun […]

Gavin and Julie Atkin

Julie enjoys singing old-fashioned popular songs, while Gavin plays the rarely seen Jeffries duet concertina. He also plays English fiddle, has a large repertoire of traditional songs and plays guitar […]

Morag Butler

MORAG BUTLER runs Rosslyn Court, our nearest Folk venue in Margate and is known for singing humorous -and risqué- songs as well as the traditional and contemporary.   She was described […]

Red, Green and Blue

Red, Green and Blue are a Kent-based songwriting partnership who bring their wonderful songs to life with a timeless arrangement of male and female voices. With the classical background and […]

Tony and Lesley Petty

Tony and Lesley Petty’s two-part a cappella harmonies have been enchanting audiences at clubs and festivals since 1996.With song subjects ranging from ghostly lovers and social injustice to internet dating […]

Ramskyte

John Bartlett, John Thornton & Pete Luscombe, a three-part vocal harmony group from Hampshire singing mainly English traditional songs & some self-penned, mainly by John Bartlett. They have a strong, […]

Royal Liberty Morris

Royal Liberty Morris are a mixed Morris Dance side (or team) from Havering, based in Cranham, Essex, UK. Unlike many Morris Sides, who dance only one style or Tradition, we dance […]

Vijyata Pandit – VJ

VJ is a Physiotherapist by profession and Dancer by heart . She has been dancing since she can remember and when she was 4 years old, did her first dance […]

Vanessa Culliford

Vanessa discovered Belly Dance 24 years ago at Folk Week, which became her passion and career. She teaches regularly in Thanet. This workshop mixes traditional belly dance moves with jiggling […]

Sir-Reel Clarks

An extraordinary family band from Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Aaron Clark inherited his grandfather’s melodeon, and despite the challenges of Autism, ADHD, Dyspraxia, and Tourette’s, has created a sonic tapestry of sound […]

Gaddzukes

A highly popular and in-demand group, Gaddzukes guarantee a ukulele party like no other, with tunes from the Great British pop song book and a few idiosyncratic songs thrown in […]

Joli Blon

Joli Blon is a London based trio of women playing authentic Cajun music:  toe-tapping two steps, lovely waltzes and Cajun harmonies, joined by Pete Towler on drums.

Boxwood Chessmen

The Boxwood Chessmen are a four piece from East Anglia and Middlesex, raiding a fabulous musical pantry stocked with the finest roots ingredients – folk, americana, angliana, hokum and a […]

The Fabulous Fezheads

The Fabulous Fezheads are England’s Premier Sand Dance Illusionists carrying on in the tradition of Old ‘Blind Ned’ Cleggett with his famous stage act of the 1920’s and 30’s. Under […]