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 April

Carlow County Fleadh - 27th Apr 2018 - Borris, County Carlow

Another event that we often struggle to get full details about, it now has a facebook page, so click here to open that in a new window Carlow County Fleadh

Location: Borris
Date: Friday 27th April 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 0862290018
Website: www.facebook.com/events/818197915055241/
County: County Carlow
Country: Ireland


Great Alne Long Weekend - 27th Apr 2018 - Great Alne, nr Alcester, Warwickshire

Participation in Dance, song & music.

Dutch, French, American Contra, Breton sets, Morris, Longsword, Cajun, Scottish dancing.

Dutch group dancing in costume (to join-in); Maypole, Handbells, Evenings of Social Dancing.

Folk song sessions/ part song groups/ walks.
The extended weekend explores varied traditional folk activities & dance from around the world.

Location: Great Alne, nr Alcester
Date: Friday 27th April 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info:
Website: www.greatalnefolk.org.uk/
County: Warwickshire
Country: England


Taking place in May

Raunds Music Festival - 3rd May 2018 - Raunds, Northamptonshire

One of the Top 10 Festivals in the Midlands (Travelmag)

Dancing; Song and Tune sessions; Hot Food & Real Ale; local musicians & comedy

Friday evening Ceilidh
Concerts, Sessions, Dancing, Workshops, Ceilidh and much more.

Bringing live roots music to East Northhants. Includes workshops and dancers. Local and national talent from the folk world

Several award winning artists have recently been booked.

Location: Raunds
Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £45
Contact for info: 07756 015615
Website: www.raundsfestival.com
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England


Shetland Folk Festival - 3rd May 2018 - Lerwick, Shetland, Shetlands

The UK's most northerly folk festival. 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.
Nine locations on the island are holding events.

The site has blocked itself from opening in our pop-up window - they obviously don't like the free publicity we give them - so copy and paste the link into your browser.

Location: Lerwick, Shetland
Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@shetlandfolkfestival.com
Website: www.shetlandfolkfestival.com
County: Shetlands
Country: Scotland


The Fleadh by the Feale - 3rd May 2018 - Abbeyfeale, County Limerick

Now in 2018, we are planning our 24th consecutive festival with six members from 1993 still active on the committee today. It has been a wonderful journey. We have had the best traditional musicians, dancers, singers and storytellers from all across Ireland & further afield. We’ve had the best bands in Ireland at our Celebrity Concert each year during the Fleadh

Location: Abbeyfeale
Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018 for day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: fleadhbythefeale@gmail.com
Website: fleadhbythefeale.com
County: County Limerick
Country: Ireland


Crossover - Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival - 4th May 2018 - Congleton, CW12 2LR, Cheshire

A newish festival, featuring American Oldtime and Bluegrass festival.
So while not a pure folk festival, it has some America-style folk music. Worth a visit, as it is not exactly expensive especially if you just go for one day.

And when it's big and famous, you can tell your kids you were there at the very first event.

Location: Congleton, CW12 2LR
Date: Friday 4th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £65
Contact for info: info@crossoverfest.com
Website: crossoverfest.com/
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Cup of Tae - 4th May 2018 - Ardara, County Donegal

This quaint and unique Festival in honour of a famous Donegal Fiddler call John ‘The Tae’ Gallagher is in its thirteenth year and is going from strength to strength.

This year the Festival will honour the great Frank Kelly & Rita Gallagher . A Special Concert takes place on the Friday night in their honour. This is a Concert not to be missed and space is limited – so book early to avoid disappointment. Musicians from all over the world come to the “Cup of Tae” Festival and all indications are that this year will be the biggest Festival to date.

Location: Ardara
Date: Friday 4th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: glenardfish@eircom.net
Website: www.cupoftaefestival.com
County: County Donegal
Country: Ireland


Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival - 4th May 2018 - Eastbourne, Sussex

The first folk dance festival of the year, usually.

Many workshop sessions.

This is a festival for dancers rather than listeners!

There's a full programme of English and American social dance as well as the International Israeli/Balkan/ European dance

Location: Eastbourne
Date: Friday 4th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £108
Also available Day tickets £40
Contact for info: 01823 401271 / eastbournefest@gmail.com
Website: www.eiff.org.uk
County: Sussex
Country: England


Filey Folk Festival - 4th May 2018 - Filey, Yorkshire

Filey Folk Festival is one of the mainstays of this North Yorkshire seaside town's musical year. Expect a broad range in styles of folk, blues, country and acoustic performers and bands, and a very warm welcome and a famously friendly atmosphere

Pub gigs run all weekend and admission is free for everyone.

Location: Filey
Date: Friday 4th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE!
Contact for info:
Website: fileyfolkfestival.bravesites.com/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Girvan Folk Festival - 4th May 2018 - Girvan, Ayrshire

Music, verse and story telling
Concerts - Sessions - Open Stage - Competitions - Workshops - Children's Events- Secure Campsite.

Popular Scottish event, promises to be even bigger than last year.

Over 40 years of existance and still going strong.

Location: Girvan
Date: Friday 4th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@girvanfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: girvanfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Hastings Jack in the Green - 4th May 2018 - Hastings, East Sussex

The Jack in the Green Festival is an annual event that takes place in various parts of the gorgeous seaside resort that is Hastings. It's a four day event and attracts thousands every year. This is a true British May Day celebration not to be missed. The four day event has been described as 'thee celebration of Morris dancing and traditional merriment, centering on the symbolic figure of Jack in the Green and culminating in a wild costumed parade - one of the most bizarre in Britain.' The long weekend event includes music of all genres from some of the best local and surrounding areas bands, sun, historic and social events, and is filled with family fun.

Location: Hastings
Date: Friday 4th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Multiple events, many are free.
Contact for info: secretary@hastingsjack.co.uk
Website: www.hastingsjack.co.uk/
County: East Sussex
Country: England


Highlands & Islands Music and Dance Festival - 4th May 2018 - Oban, Argyll and Bute

35th Time!
The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival has developed into one of Scotland's major arts festivals, and takes place annually in Oban, Scotland.

It includes new special events and competitions, and now offers over 1100 participants 125 competition classes in twelve disciplines including piping, accordion, fiddle, clarsach, piano, recorder, woodwind & brass, singing, Scottish country dancing, highland dancing and choreography.

Location: Oban
Date: Friday 4th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@obanfestival.org
Website: www.obanfestival.org/
County: Argyll and Bute
Country: Scotland


Kilkenny Roots Festival - 4th May 2018 - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

By now a national institution and an international buzz-phrase among the Americana / Roots movement...Ireland's most compact and hospitable music festival, where virtually everything is low-key but high grade.

Mixture of genres. All forms of music under the Americana/Roots banner are well represented over the four days.

Over 80 shows, including 50 free events on the pub gig trail!

Location: Kilkenny
Date: Friday 4th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets, many FREE gigs
Contact for info: info@kilkennyroots.com
Website: www.kilkennyroots.com
County: County Kilkenny
Country: Ireland


Scandimoot - 4th May 2018 - Clapham & Settle, Yorkshire

We do like to find you something different every now and then..

Scandimoot offers one of the best opportunities you will find in the UK to learn tunes and dances from Scandinavian teachers. Each year we pick exceptional music and dance teachers from Norway and Sweden to come to this small, intimate event in Yorkshire. With such intensive work the standard of both your music and your dancing rapidly improves.

Location: Clapham & Settle
Date: Friday 4th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: bookings@scandimoot.org.uk
Website: scandimoot.org.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Upton-upon-Severn Folk Festival - 4th May 2018 - Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire

The largest Morris based folk festival in the Midlands with Concerts, Ceilidhs, storytelling, plenty of pub sessions for music & song and a huge dance procession on Sunday. Happens every year, first Bank Holiday in May.

Location: Upton-upon-Severn
Date: Friday 4th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Also available Junior and Concessionary tickets
Contact for info: boxoffice@uptonfolk.org
Website: www.uptonfolk.org/
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Food and Folk Festival - 5th May 2018 - Singleton, Chichester, PO18 0EU, Sussex

Not quite your standard folk festival, but if you are local to the area, why not go?

The very best of the South East's produce and folk traditions will be showcased at our charming spring event. Enjoy free cookery classes and short talks, traditional folk music and dancing, vendors selling local produce and crafts, plus much more. There will be lots of tasty samples to try before you buy!

Enjoy songs and music, and watch dancers perform on the folk music stage and around the Museum site.

Location: Singleton, Chichester, PO18 0EU
Date: Saturday 5th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: office@wealddown.co.uk
Website: www.wealddown.co.uk/events/food-and-folk/
County: Sussex
Country: England


Rochester Sweeps Festival - 5th May 2018 - Rochester, Kent

The Rochester Sweeps Festival is a colourful mix of music, dancing and entertainment with more than 60 Morris sides and entertainers celebrating throughout the three-day festival.

This year they have added a evening festival concert as well.

There's also some info here - https://www.visitmedway.org/sweeps-festival

Location: Rochester
Date: Saturday 5th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Various events, individually priced
Contact for info:
Website: www.medway.gov.uk/sweepsfestival
County: Kent
Country: England


Wath Festival - 5th May 2018 - Wath upon Dearne, Yorkshire

Since 1972 Wath Festival has been all about great music, community spirit and having a good time.
Some of the biggest names in roots music have played at Wath.
Host of events, with the weekend being the highlight.
Winner "Best Village Festival 2013"
Feata Magazine

Runner up "Festival of the Year 2010" Feata Magazine

Location: Wath upon Dearne
Date: Saturday 5th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Also available Day and evening tickets too
Contact for info: 07982 658467
Website: www.wathfestival.org.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Clun Green Man Festival - 6th May 2018 - Clun, Shropshire

The Clun Green Man Festival is a traditional springtime festival, held on the first May bank holiday weekend of the year

The Festival takes place in the picturesque town of Clun in South Shropshire.

The programme is full of live music, drama, colour and medieval malarkey and is fun for all the family.

Location: Clun
Date: Sunday 6th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Usually free, some ticketed events
Contact for info: info@clungreenman.org.uk
Website: www.clungreenman.org.uk/
County: Shropshire
Country: England


Walton Folk Festival - 6th May 2018 - Walton on Thames, KT12 2PF, Surrey

This is the first ever Walton Folk Festival.
Held in the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, it's a one day event.

Location: Walton on Thames, KT12 2PF
Date: Sunday 6th May 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Also available Afternoon £15 and evening £18 tickets
Contact for info:
Website: thelittleboxoffice.com/riverhouse/event/view/74314
County: Surrey
Country: England


Baltimore Fiddle Festival - 10th May 2018 - Baltimore, County Cork

Four days and nights of the best music you'll hear anywhere, in one of the most beautiful settings on the planet, The Baltimore Fiddle Fair truly is the jewel in the crown of Irish festivals.

Full line-up will be announced on 1st January.

The Fiddle Fair has firmly established itself as one of the premier opportunities to help encourage and develop the talents of budding fiddle players from Ireland and abroad.

Location: Baltimore
Date: Thursday 10th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: declan@fiddlefair.com
Website: www.fiddlefair.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Moniaive Folk Festival - 10th May 2018 - Moniaive, Dumfries and Gallowa

Described by The Times as One of the coolest villages in Britain.
Moniaive probably has more musical events and festivals (per head of population) than anywhere else in the country. And with a sizeable group of traditional musicians living in the village and surrounding countryside, our pub sessions are amongst the finest.
Sessions, piping competitions, workshops, and more.

Location: Moniaive
Date: Thursday 10th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Day, weekend and concert tickets from £7.50 - £25
Contact for info: info@moniaivefolkfestival.com
Website: www.moniaivefolkfestival.com
County: Dumfries and Gallowa
Country: Scotland


Doncaster Folk Festival - 11th May 2018 - Doncaster, Yorkshire

Concerts, Ceilidh, Dance Displays, Sessions and Singarounds.

At four venues around the town.

Excellent campsite, with free camping for weekend ticket holders.

Location: Doncaster
Date: Friday 11th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available Tickets available for individual events
Contact for info: sueknowles999@gmail.com
Website: doncasterfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


FifeSing - 11th May 2018 - Falkland, Fife

Traditional singing showcased.
CDs of previous events available too.

Location: Falkland
Date: Friday 11th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 00 44 (0)1337 830773
Website: www.springthyme.co.uk/fifesing/
County: Fife
Country: Scotland


Fleadh Cheoil Chorcai - 11th May 2018 - Macroom, County Cork

The Fleadh Cheoil is a weekend festival comprised of ceili dancing, music sessions, street entertainment and competitions in music, singing, dancing and storytelling.

Traditional musicians of all ages are invited to gather for the Cork Fleadh Cheoil 2018.

Location: Macroom
Date: Friday 11th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: johnfinbarr.cce@gmail.com
Website: corkfleadh.ie/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Folk on the Pier - 11th May 2018 - Cromer, Norfolk

Folk on the Pier is held every year at the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier in Cromer, 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. Details of this year's line-up can be found on the Who's Playing page.

Location: Cromer
Date: Friday 11th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £97.5
Contact for info: info@deckchairproductions.co.uk
Website: www.folkonthepier.co.uk/
County: Norfolk
Country: England


Grand Northern Ukulele Festival - 11th May 2018 - Huddersfield, Yorkshire

The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival is a festival with a bit of a difference.
A team of dedicated ukulele-playing music enthusiasts who volunteer our time to produce a festival that is truly like no other. Every year we try to find new talent to showcase, we develop new activities to get people playing and sharing music with each other.

There's a range of workshops (including one where you build your own diddly bow), events for all ages and a chance to do something a bit unique.

Location: Huddersfield
Date: Friday 11th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £48
Contact for info: info@northernuke.com
Website: www.northernuke.com
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Holmfirth Festival of Folk - 11th May 2018 - Holmfirth, Yorkshire

Every year the town puts on an amazing line up of musicians. There are a variety of paying and free concerts across the weekend, in both large and intimiate venues. The line up will include old festival favourites and lots of new or local talent

Location: Holmfirth
Date: Friday 11th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free, but but some ticketed events
Contact for info: enquiries@holmfirthfestivaloffolk.co.uk
Website: www.holmfirthfestivaloffolk.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Lyme Folk Revisited - 11th May 2018 - Lyme Regis, Dorset

Once again we are inviting some of the finest talent from previous festivals to return for a one-off evening of fabulous music - plus a brilliant new band coming to Lyme Regis for the first time.

Location: Lyme Regis
Date: Friday 11th May 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info: 01297 442138 / admin@lymefolk.com
Website: www.lymefolk.com/home
County: Dorset
Country: England


Tredegar House Folk Festival - 11th May 2018 - Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW, Gwent

Set up originally as a showcase for traditional dance styles being learned and performed in South East Wales, the festival now celebrates national and international folk dance in all it's forms. Traditional music and song is also playing an increasingly important part in the festival.

The festival is in it's 29th year.

Location: Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW
Date: Friday 11th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: susieoates135@hotmail.com
Website: www.tredegarhousefestival.org.uk/
County: Gwent
Country: Wales


Hebden Folk Roots Festival - 12th May 2018 - Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AH, Yorkshire

Bringing you the best in local music together with friends from further afield.
Set in the Pennine town of Hebden Bridge full of cosy cafes, pretty pubs, vivacious venues, we bring you an intimate music festival full of great sounds, with great beer and even greater countryside.

A folk and roots festival covering a wide variety of roots music, from folk and blues to ska and americana. Ceilidh, workshops, sessions, street performers, spoken word. Lots of variety.

Location: Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AH
Date: Saturday 12th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £43
Contact for info: hebdenfolkroots@gmail.com
Website: www.hebdenfolkroots.org/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


The Big Acoustic Walk - 12th May 2018 - Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig, Conwy

A small group go walking and then make music. Not realy a festival but wil suit some people.

A fantastic walking weekend with a musical difference. Two days of guided walks, good food and excellent company plus an open mic acoustic music night. Bring along your Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele or if you're not a performer just your best listening ears and enjoy a relaxed weekend of walking and foot tapping entertainment. Places include 2 days guided walks, an acoustic music evening, accommodation and meals.
Takes place in May and in November (see their availability tab).

Location: Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig
Date: Saturday 12th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £141
Contact for info: info@pyb.co.uk
Website: www.pyb.co.uk/courses-detail.php?coursecode=WEB60
County: Conwy
Country: Wales


Wolverton Folk and Blues Fair - 12th May 2018 - Shorewell, PO30 3JS, Isle of Wight

In aid of Leukaemia Research and Brighstone School.

The live music stage will provide a full programme, featuring the best of the Island's Folk & Blues musicians. .

A family friendly event including BBQ, Tea Tent, children's activities and Circus Skills. The Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair looks set to be a celebration of all that's good about our Island's local food & music talent.

Always at a bargain price!

Location: Shorewell, PO30 3JS
Date: Saturday 12th May 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@folkandblues.org.uk
Website: folkandblues.org.uk/
County: Isle of Wight
Country: England


Devauden Festival - 18th May 2018 - Devauden, Monmouthshire

A mixed festival, at previous events there was a strong bias for folk music on the Friday. so take a look closer to the date to see if this happens this year.

Workshops, Battle of the Bands, local brews, family entertainment.

Location: Devauden
Date: Friday 18th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: devaudenmusicfest@gmail.com
Website: www.devaudenfestival.com/
County: Monmouthshire
Country: Wales


Shepley Spring Minifest - 18th May 2018 - Shepley, Huddersfield HD8 8AP, Yorkshire

Concert marquee, Dance tent, Showground stage and more. On site camping, market and food stalls, crafts, children's festival and youth programme.

Family friendly festival based in Shepley, a small village on the Pennine fringe, in West Yorkshire between Huddersfield and Barnsley.

Mixture of music styles.

Location: Shepley, Huddersfield HD8 8AP
Date: Friday 18th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £32
Also available Day tickets £18
Contact for info: info@shepleyspringfestival.com
Website: www.shepleyspringfestival.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Skerries Traditional Music Weekend - 18th May 2018 - Skerries, County Dublin

Many of Ireland's leading traditional artistes will both teach and perform to keep Skerries firmly on the traditional venue map. Recitals, concerts and workshops will take place at several venues in the town. Workshops again this year and singing & banjo classes are now a permanent feature of the workshop choices.

Location: Skerries
Date: Friday 18th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: skerriestradmusic@gmail.com
Website: www.skerriestraditionalmusic.com
County: County Dublin
Country: Ireland


Strichen Festival - 18th May 2018 - Strichen, Aberdeenshire

one of the finest places to appreciate our rich tradition of music, song, verse, drama and story, and, at the same time, enjoy listening to, or using, the broad ‘Doric’ language which is still very much alive here in the North East, and enjoy a friendly family atmosphere where contestants have come from a’ the airt’s and pairt’s o’ Scotland and sometimes beyond.

A bit like the Irish festivals that are competitions.

Location: Strichen
Date: Friday 18th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@buchanheritagesociety.co.uk
Website: buchanheritagesociety.co.uk/strichen-festival/
County: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland


Trinity Folk Festival - 18th May 2018 - Guildford, Surrey

Held in the beautiful surroundings of Holy Trinity Church on Guildford High Street. With its excellent acoustics and prime location it has proved to be a very popular venue. The festival has two sessions, the daytime session runs from 1pm until 6pm, and the evening starts at 7.00pm.

TFF is a non-profit making event. Aims to feature the very best of folk, roots and acoustic music while raising money for local charities.

Site not fully updated on our last visit.

Location: Guildford
Date: Friday 18th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: Carolyn@trinityfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: www.trinityfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Surrey
Country: England


Fleadh Nua - 20th May 2018 - Ennis, County Clare

There are many Irish traditional festivals organised throughout the summer months but there are few people who will dispute that Fleadh Nua which started in Dublin in 1970, is the forerunner of them all.

Bringing together concerts, music, song and dancing workshops, street entertainment, pageants/parades and much more.

Location: Ennis
Date: Sunday 20th May 2018 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: ceoltrad@eircom.net
Website: www.fleadhnua.com
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Bearded THeory's Spring Gathering - 24th May 2018 - Catton Hall, DE12 8LN, Derbyshire

A multi-award winning creative and performing arts festival set in the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall in the heart of the National Forest.
The Midlands largest performing and creative arts festival.

Includes some folk bands.

Winner of several festival awards over recent years.

Location: Catton Hall, DE12 8LN
Date: Thursday 24th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £120
Contact for info: info@beardedtheory.co.uk
Website: www.beardedtheory.co.uk
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Knockengorroch World Ceilidh - 24th May 2018 - nr Dalmellington, Dumfries and Galloway

The World Ceilidh melds together the most ancient roots music with the latest cutting edge sounds. This first truly backwoods upland music fest in Scotland hosts some of the best musicians and performers from across the world. All are invited to journey over hill and dale by rock and stream to our natural greenfield auditorium and to our upland stage to experience the biggest little festival this side of anywhere!

Location: nr Dalmellington
Date: Thursday 24th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £115
Also available Other options available
Contact for info: info@knockengorroch.org.uk
Website: www.knockengorroch.org.uk/
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Country: Scotland


Orkney Folk Festival - 24th May 2018 - Stromness, Orkney

Concerts, ceilidhs, dances, clubs and sessions.

The Orkney Folk Festival is widely regarded as one of the most prolific and special throughout Scotland, the UK and further afield.

The three venues that are used the most are the Stromness Town Hall, the Stromness Academy Lecture Theatre and the Stromness Hotel's function room. Other events take place in local community centres/village halls.

Location: Stromness
Date: Thursday 24th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individually priced events
Contact for info: info@orkneyfolkfestival.com
Website: www.orkneyfolkfestival.com/
County: Orkney
Country: Scotland


Scilly Folk Festival - 24th May 2018 - Scilly, Isles of Scilly

This May sees the return of the ever popular annual Folk Festival. A long weekend of music, song and dance featuring some of the best folk music from Scilly and the South West.

Spread over many days and several locations, featuring dances, sessions and several festival events.
Being a facebook page, it will not open in our pop-up, so click here to view it

Location: Scilly
Date: Thursday 24th May 2018 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 07521 257118. warrren@tornandfrayed.net
Website: www.facebook.com/scillyfolkfestival/
County: Isles of Scilly
Country: England


Skye Accordion and Fiddle Festival - 24th May 2018 - Portree, Hebrides

Scottish music on the Isle of Skye, accordions and fiddles galore!

Small event. so make sure you get your tickets in time.

Location: Portree
Date: Thursday 24th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@skyemusic.co.uk
Website: www.skyemusic.co.uk/festival.asp
County: Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Bude and Stratton Folk Festival - 25th May 2018 - Bude and Stratton, Cornwall

A small, friendly and very welcoming folk festival in the picturesque seaside town of Bude and nearby Stratton in North Cornwall, England, gaining a reputation on the folk circuit as a great little festival.

Music from Cornwall, and other countries, such as English and Celtic music. An entirely acoustic festival (apart from the ceilidhs), the festival offers a broad mix of singers, dancers and musicians.

There are concerts, sing-arounds, sessions, a folk club, a barn dance, open-mics, fringe events, storytelling, a folk service and workshops.

Students get reduced prices, children are free.

Location: Bude and Stratton
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £55
Also available Individual event tickets too
Contact for info: admin@budefolkfest.com
Website: www.budefolkfest.com/
County: Cornwall
Country: England


Chester Folk Festival - 25th May 2018 - Kelsall, Cheshire

Concerts, Ceilidhs, workshops, singarounds, sessions, displays, craft fair, family events, children's entertainment.

This is a very popular long running event.

Also has an event in February

Location: Kelsall
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@chesterfolk.org.uk
Website: www.chesterfolk.org.uk
County: Cheshire
Country: England


Chippenham Folk Festival - 25th May 2018 - Chippenham, Wiltshire

A festival which still retains its 'village' atmosphere, providing three and a half days packed with song, dance, workshops and dance displays.
Described as "one of the friendliest festivals" with "a superb town setting" and "a great line up", we think it really is the best way to start your summers folk activities.

Location: Chippenham
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £104
Contact for info: tickets@chippfolk.co.uk
Website: www.chippfolk.co.uk
County: Wiltshire
Country: England


Cottingham Springboard Live Music Festival - 25th May 2018 - Cottingham, Yorkshire

An Annual Grassroots Music Festival in Cottingham.

Acoustic and electric music.

Multiple venues.

Check the lineup to see if it suits your tastes

Location: Cottingham
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Some free events.
Contact for info:
Website: www.springboardfestival.org
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


eMade Spring Festival - 25th May 2018 - Kinnersley Castle, Herefordshire

The Festival held at Kinnersley Castle offers participants nine days of workshops, concerts and bals.
The festival embraces traditional music and dance from European countries.

The details page has still to be fully developed at the time of our last visit.

Location: Kinnersley Castle
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: emade@emade.org.uk
Website: www.emade.org.uk/spring.php
County: Herefordshire
Country: England


Fishguard Folk Festival - 25th May 2018 - Fishguard, Pembrokeshire

Fishguard's 19th Folk Festival brings together its unique mix of local talent and well-known performers to provide four days of songs, tunes and dance. Most events are still free, and whether you want to play, sing, dance or just watch and listen, there is always a choice of things to do in throughout this fun-packed friendly festival. Add in the beauty of the location on the world famous Pembrokeshire coast and you have the perfect weekend.

Location: Fishguard
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's mostly FREE, 4 ticketed events.
Contact for info: judy.whitehouse@gmail.com
Website: www.fishguard-folk-music.co.uk/o.uk/Festival.htm
County: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales


Galway Early Music Festival - 25th May 2018 - Galway, County Galway

Galway Early Music celebrates its 23rd birthday with an exciting international programme, exploring women as composers, musicians, patrons, and inspiration in medieval, renaissance and baroque European Music.

Bringing Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music and Dance to Galway.


Yes, you're right, this is not your normal sort of festival.

Location: Galway
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@galwayearlymusic.com
Website: www.galwayearlymusic.com/
County: County Galway
Country: Ireland


HowtheLightgetsIn Festival - 25th May 2018 - Hay on Wye, HR3 5BG, Herefordshire

A unique festival of ideas and music. Speakers will include Noam Chomsky, Anna Soubry, David Nutt, Diane Abbott, Lawrence Krauss, Rowan Williams, and many more. Not to be missed!


Tier 2 tickets are on sale now, at £134.


This includes over 400 events, 150 debates and talks, 150 bands and 500 artists. We know you don't need another reason to go, but you'll get bonus access to our Thursday night Trailblazer party, too.

Location: Hay on Wye, HR3 5BG
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £134
Contact for info: (0)20 7837 3000
Website: hay.htlgi.iai.tv
County: Herefordshire
Country: England


HowtheLightgetsIn Festival - 25th May 2018 - Hay on Wye, HR3 5BG, Herefordshire

A unique festival of ideas and music. Speakers will include Noam Chomsky, Anna Soubry, David Nutt, Diane Abbott, Lawrence Krauss, Rowan Williams, and many more. Not to be missed!


Tier 2 tickets are on sale now, at £134.


This includes over 400 events, 150 debates and talks, 150 bands and 500 artists. We know you don't need another reason to go, but you'll get bonus access to our Thursday night Trailblazer party, too.

Location: Hay on Wye, HR3 5BG
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £134
Contact for info: (0)20 7837 3000
Website: hay.htlgi.iai.tv
County: Herefordshire
Country: Wales


Ireby Festival - 25th May 2018 - Ireby, Cumbria

Ireby festival is for those who have a wide range of musical tastes, we don't focus an any specific genre, if it sounds good we'll give it a try. We will also keep you on the move too with a choice of venues.

So one for those with a wide range of musical tastes. Acoustic, folk, roots.

The festival has developed a reputation for selling out early.

Tickets are selling fast!

Location: Ireby
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £65
Also available Day tickets £33 and£37.
Contact for info: irebyfestival@gmail.com
Website: www.irebyfestival.co.uk/
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Montrose Music Festival - 25th May 2018 - Montrose, Angus

The festival covers a variety of music genres at several local venues. It includes acoustic sets but is not a folk festival per se.Often has a major act as the headliner,so it can be a good event.
25 local venues present a variety of music.

Location: Montrose
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: enquiries@montrosemusicfestival.co.uk
Website: montrosemusicfestival.co.uk
County: Angus
Country: Scotland


Strathyre Music Festival - 25th May 2018 - Strathyre , Stirlingshire

Featuring Folk, Folk-Rock, Contempory and Blues music.

With many families enjoying the Festival's Carnival atmosphere, the Festival committee realise that its important to cater for all ages.

Location: Strathyre
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available £8 per day
Contact for info: festival@balvaig.co.uk
Website: www.balvaig.co.uk/
County: Stirlingshire
Country: Scotland


The Great North Folk Festival - 25th May 2018 - Botton Village, near Whitby, YO21 2NJ, Yorkshire

A small, friendly festival in a stunning rural location. Botton Village is a magical place in the heart of the North York Moors and boasts fantastic venues and facilities.

The Festival has an enviable reputation for always delivering a unique and exciting music programme - with more than a few surprises! Plus real ale bar and home cooking, song competition, camping, craft stalls, workshops, kids stuff, singarounds and sessions

Location: Botton Village, near Whitby, YO21 2NJ
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available Various day tickets too
Contact for info: moorfolk@googlemail.com
Website: www.festivalonthemoor.co.uk
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


The Islay Festival of Music and Malt - 25th May 2018 - Isle of Islay, Southern Hebrides

A diverse programme featuring traditional music, ceilidhs, Gaelic lessons, golf, bowling and whisky tasting.

For the last number of years all of the Islay distilleries have held open days throughout the week of the festival, adding to the mix!

Location: Isle of Islay
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 8 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets.
Contact for info: enquiries@islayfestival.com
Website: www.islayfestival.com/
County: Southern Hebrides
Country: Scotland


Swaledale Festival - 26th May 2018 - Swaledale, Yorkshire

An annual celebration of music and arts in the beautiful landscape of the three northernmost Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale.

A music festival which brings a heady mix of concerts to chapels and churches, village halls and pubs, castles and barns in the glorious northern Yorkshire Dales. And talks; and exhibitions; and guided walks...

A mixture of music styles, includes acoustic and folk.

Location: Swaledale
Date: Saturday 26th May 2018 for 15 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Multiple events, individually priced
Contact for info: enquiries@swalefest.org
Website: www.swaledale-festival.org.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Walthamstow Folk Festival - 26th May 2018 - Walthamstow, Greater London

It's back, after a successful first time event.

Unfortunely, as it is a facebook page rather than a web site, it will not open in our standard pop-up window. So click this link instead Walthamstow Folk Festival

Location: Walthamstow
Date: Saturday 26th May 2018 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@walthamstowfolk.co.uk
Website: www.facebook.com/WalthamstowFolkFestival/
County: Greater London
Country: England


Clancy Brothers Music and Arts Festival - 30th May 2018 - Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary

Festival with a variety of music styles.

Organised by the well-known Irish musicians.

Multiple events.

Note: If you have an old link to their old site ending in .org, don't go there, it now belongs to someone else, trying to capture your clicks.

Location: Carrick-on-Suir
Date: Wednesday 30th May 2018 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Many individually priced events
Contact for info: enquiries@clancymusicfestival.com
Website: clancybrothersfestival.com
County: County Tipperary
Country: Ireland


Pig's Ear Folk Ale - 31st May 2018 - Markbeech, Edenbridge, TN8 5NT, Kent

It's about people coming together to eat, drink and make music. It is not a traditional-music festival.

Lots of ales and concerts, open mike and sessions in the bar. Even some morris dancing. Small craft fair.

Location: Markbeech, Edenbridge, TN8 5NT
Date: Thursday 31st May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Also available Various day tickets
Contact for info:
Website: folkale.co.uk/
County: Kent
Country: England


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