UK Folk Festivals - Coming Soon

Folk Music Festivals Coming Soon

These are the festivals with a start date from today onwards for the next five weeks. So if you need a quick fix of your favourite musical genre, try one of these great music festivals. We're sure you'll enjoy the music. They are arranged in date order, with the soonest one first.

Remember, we can't check every ticket price, unfortunately, as some are not listed until closer to the event, so we advise you to check the prices yourself.

Click on a festival name and it expands to reveal the full details (like the first one).

Taking place in February

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh - 20th Feb 2019 - Ballyferriter, County Kerry

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh is a 5 day Traditional Music School paying particular attention to the music, style and of the Corca Dhuibhne peninsula in Co. Kerry, Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Location: Ballyferriter
Date: Wednesday 20th February 2019 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: eolas@scoilcheoil.com
Website: www.scoilcheoil.com
County: County Kerry
Country: Ireland


Russell Festival Weekend - 21st Feb 2019 - Doolin, County Clare

25th Anniversary.

The Russell Memorial Weekend is a traditional festival held in Doolin on the the last full weekend in February each year. The festival began in 1995 as a remembrance ceremony to Micho Russell, the world-famous traditional musician, who died in 1994.
Concerts, workshops, sessions

Location: Doolin
Date: Thursday 21st February 2019 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@michorussellweekend.ie
Website: www.michorussellweekend.ie
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Chester February Folk Day - 23rd Feb 2019 - Chester, CH2 3AU, Cheshire

One day event, by the same group that organise the larger Chester Festival

Concert, ceilidh, sessions, all the usual stuff.

Warming up the bands.

Location: Chester, CH2 3AU
Date: Saturday 23rd February 2019 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@chesterfolk.org.uk
Website: chesterfolk.org.uk/folkday.html
County: Cheshire
Country: England


The Big Burfest - 23rd Feb 2019 - Bursledon, SO31 8BZ, Hampshire

All the performers at the Bursfest have kindley donated their perfomance free of charge in support of The Village Hall centinary fund . Half of the profits and donations on the day will go directly to this fund. This will help the Trustees to ensure the continued enjoyment and improvement of the hall into the next century. The other half of the profits will go to our nominated charity. Which this year is Shine.

Location: Bursledon, SO31 8BZ
Date: Saturday 23rd February 2019 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Also available Family Ticket £18
Contact for info: may185@btinternet.com
Website: www.thebigbursfest.btck.co.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


The Gathering Traditional Festival - 27th Feb 2019 - Killarney, County Kerry

Now in its 20th year, The Gathering Traditional Festival is one of most loved festivals amongst traditional enthusiasts and is ideal for everyone from the hard core fans to the culturally curious. From fireside seisiúns to heart-pounding céilís,

The Gathering features concerts, céilís, sessions and storytelling as well as set dancing, singing and instrument masterclasses

Location: Killarney
Date: Wednesday 27th February 2019 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Variety of individual event and day tickets
Contact for info: info@thegathering.ie
Website: www.thegathering.ie
County: County Kerry
Country: Ireland


Inverness Music Festival - 28th Feb 2019 - Inverness, Invernessshire

Inverness Music Festival is a competitive music festival open to all ages and abilities. Performers are adjudicated on their performance.

Location: Inverness
Date: Thursday 28th February 2019 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: invernessmusicfestival.org
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Swanage Blues Festival - 28th Feb 2019 - Swanage, Dorset

15 Indoor Venues
30 Top Class Acts
60 Great Gigs, Open Mic and Jam Sessions

The Swanage Blues Festival brings together an amazing collection of Blues Musicians, Fans and Friends for a weekend of Jams, Open Mics and Headline Performances that will have you coming back time after time.
Swanage hosts several festivals.

Location: Swanage
Date: Thursday 28th February 2019 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info: info@swanage-blues.org
Website: www.swanage-blues.org/
County: Dorset
Country: England


Taking place in March

Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival - 1st Mar 2019 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

The country's longest continually running folk festival. We warmly welcome folkies from around the globe and we really hope you'll be there too! The Festival is particularly aimed at students, but it is open to everyone. Whatever style you go for, you're bound to find like-minded people waiting to meet you. Over the years we've enjoyed a wide range of dances and ceilidhs including Scottish Country, Highland, Morris, Rapper Sword, Irish, and Playford and many, many, more.

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 1st March 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info:
Website: ivfdf2019.org.uk/
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Manchester Irish Festival - 1st Mar 2019 - Manchester, Lancashire

Website not fully updated on our last visit...

Manchester will once again be staging Europe's biggest Irish Festival.

Over 100 venues! Claims to attract over 200,000 visitors - so it's popular.

Live Irish music, dance events, plus club and pub events. Europe's biggest Irish Festival over 17 days.

You have to right click on the web address and choose open in new tab to vivist this site. Don't know why they force this to be done.

Location: Manchester
Date: Friday 1st March 2019 for 17 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@manchesteririshfestival.co.uk
Website: www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk/
County: Lancashire
Country: England


Celtic Festival of Wales - 8th Mar 2019 - Porthcawl, CF36 3YW, South Glamorgan

A family festival of music, song & dance of the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany & Wales, with a packed programme of concerts, dances, workshops, street dance displays in the Town Centre and on the Esplanade on Saturday, our legendary sessions in the bar and Beach Ceilidh on Sunday!

Location: Porthcawl, CF36 3YW
Date: Friday 8th March 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Concert and day tickets, from £5 - £16
Contact for info:
Website: cwlwmceltaidd.org
County: South Glamorgan
Country: Wales


Lochwinnoch Arts Festival - 13th Mar 2019 - Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire

A long running Festival of Music, Drama, Literature, Creative & Visual Arts in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire.

Not a folk festival, it's a festival of Music, Drama, Literature, Creative and Visual Arts. But it includes Celtic instrument workshops and Scottish singers. So some of you may be interested.

Location: Lochwinnoch
Date: Wednesday 13th March 2019 for 11 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: 07868 752814
Website: lochwinnochartsfestival.co.uk/
County: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland


Folk at the Salmon Bothy - 15th Mar 2019 - Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

10th Birthday Party
It's a sort of festival, isn't it!

Location: Portsoy
Date: Friday 15th March 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE on first day, tickets on other days about £10
Contact for info:
Website: bothyfolk.org/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Kilkenny Tradfest - 15th Mar 2019 - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Folk and traditional music.

Site not fully updated on our last visit

Location: Kilkenny
Date: Friday 15th March 2019 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@kilkennytradfest.com
Website: kilkennytradfest.com/
County: County Kilkenny
Country: Ireland


Niel Gow Festival - 15th Mar 2019 - Dunkeld & Birnam, Perthshire

Annual Scottish fiddle festival.

A fun-filled weekend of fiddle music and good craic, this very informal festival kicks off on the Friday night, and celebrates the life of Perthshire's fiddle legend.

Location: Dunkeld & Birnam
Date: Friday 15th March 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: nielgow@thetaybank.com
Website: www.niel-gow.co.uk
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Hawick Reivers Festival - 22nd Mar 2019 - Hawick, Borders

Hawick steps back in time to the 16th century and through drama, song, poetry and re-enactments invites visitors and towns-people alike to experience life in this turbulent, often violent, but very colourful period in our history.

A full programme of activities is planned many of which are free and include demonstrations of falconry, archery and horsemanship, a look at craftsmen of the times and dramatic re-enactments. There are also concerts, guided walks, historical lectures and many other activities.

Location: Hawick
Date: Friday 22nd March 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly individual event tickets
Contact for info: Info@hawickreivers.com
Website: www.hawickreivers.com/
County: Borders
Country: Scotland


Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar - 22nd Mar 2019 - Ballyliffin, County Donegal

For it's 30th year, people have travelled from near and far to share company and songs and together we have made this Festival what it is - a celebration of song & friendship.This year we are staying close to home with guests and talks. You will hear from and about the singers of Cloontagh, Malin Head, Carndonagh, Isle of Doagh, Buncrana and Rashenny. And we have issued Mick Quinn with his honorary Inishowen passport once again.

Location: Ballyliffin
Date: Friday 22nd March 2019 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@inishowensinging.ie
Website: www.inishowensinging.ie
County: County Donegal
Country: Ireland


Poppy Folk Day - 24th Mar 2019 - West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire

A one day event at a very reasonable price.

Starts in the morning with a free singaround/session for anyone who fancies coming along. Then it has two separate afternoon concerts, followed by a session in the bar, then the evening concert.

Website not fully updated on our last visit

Location: West Bridgford
Date: Sunday 24th March 2019 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: phil@poppyfolkclub.co.uk
Website: www.poppyfolkclub.co.uk/Poppy-Folk-Day-2019.php
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England


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