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 March

Melodeons and More - 25th Mar 2017 - Mendlesham, East Anglia

Workshops on the melodeon, and more. A lovely lively busy buzzy day of learning and playing and generally celebrating all things squeezeboxy.

Including concert.

It started in 2000, and is more popular each year.

Location: Mendlesham
Date: Saturday 25th March 2017 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@eatmt.fsnet.co.uk
Website: www.eatmt.org.uk/m&m.htm
County: East Anglia
Country: England


Ballydehob Irish Traditional Music Festival - 31st Mar 2017 - Ballydehob, County Cork

A feast of traditional Irish music and dance is promised, featuring famous musicians from far and wide as well as local musicians, with wide-ranging events including an all star concert, session trails, music, song and dance workshops, a singing session, a céilí, sean-nós dancing workshops, street seisiún competitions and recitals.

Location: Ballydehob
Date: Friday 31st March 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free, some 10 and 20 euros events
Contact for info: info@ballydehobtradfestival.com
Website: www.ballydehobtradfestival.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Taking place in April

Sovereign Seas Folk Festival - 1st Apr 2017 - Newhaven, East Sussex

he location of the Festival this year is Newhaven where we will have two full days of events at Newhaven Lifeboat House as well as at The Ship and The Ark Public Houses.

ALL PROFITS TO RNLI NEWHAVEN

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Location: Newhaven
Date: Saturday 1st April 2017 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: rnlinewhaven.society@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.sovereignseasfestival.co.uk/
County: East Sussex
Country: England


Banbury Song and Ale Weekend - 7th Apr 2017 - Banbury, Oxfordshire

This popular event is a fundraiser for the main Festival in October and is held in one venue, Banbury Cricket Club, which is also our Song Venue and Campsite at the Festival.

It's the tenth birthday event too.

Site not fully developed yet.

Location: Banbury
Date: Friday 7th April 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01295 709881
Website: www.banburyfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Bowness Bay Blues - 7th Apr 2017 - Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

A stunning line-up of brilliant blues musicians in the heart of the Lake District, on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere.
PLUS a free fringe event!

'a flagship for the very best of British blues' www.bluesinthenorthwest.com

'a thoroughly great weekend' North West Evening Mail

Raises money for charity.

Location: Bowness-on-Windermere
Date: Friday 7th April 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Also available Day tickets £20, £35, £25
Contact for info: info@bownessbayblues.co.uk
Website: www.bownessbayblues.co.uk/
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Carlow County Fleadh - 7th Apr 2017 - Borris, County Carlow

Another Irish event that we have difficulty in getting full information about.

Location: Borris
Date: Friday 7th April 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 0862290018
Website: comhaltas.ie/events/detail/carlow_county_fleadh_2017/
County: County Carlow
Country: Ireland


Glenfarg Folk Festival - 7th Apr 2017 - Kinross, KY13 8AS, Perthshire

Scottish (of course), Irish and contemporary music, children's entertainment and the World Puff-A-Box Championship (at which my brother has very consistently failed to win or even get placed.) A warm welcome is ensured.

Location: Kinross, KY13 8AS
Date: Friday 7th April 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: tickets@glenfargfolkclub.com
Website: glenfargfolkclub.com/folkfeast.html
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Shennaghys Jiu - 7th Apr 2017 - Ramsay, Isle of Man

20th anniversary
Aims to give young, up and coming traditional Musicians and Dancers the chance to perform in a non-competitive environment.

The Festival lasts for four days and nights, consisting of Gigs, Concerts, Sessions, Ceildhs, Workshops and much, much more.

(Listed in Ireland as well as Scotland, as it has a Celtic music bias.)

Location: Ramsay
Date: Friday 7th April 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01624819068 or 07624452653
Website: Shennaghysjiu.com
County: Isle of Man
Country: Scotland


Shennaghys Jiu - 7th Apr 2017 - Ramsay, Isle of Man

Aims to give young, up and coming traditional Musicians and Dancers the chance to perform in a non-competitive environment.

The Festival lasts for four days and nights, consisting of Gigs, Concerts, Sessions, Ceildhs, Workshops and much, much more.

(Listed in Ireland as well as Scotland, as it has a Celtic music bias. Besides, we don't have an Isle of Man section.)

Location: Ramsay
Date: Friday 7th April 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01624819068 or 07624452653
Website: Shennaghysjiu.com
County: Isle of Man
Country: Ireland


Ceardlann Earraigh - 8th Apr 2017 - Celbridge, County Kildare

Workshops in music, song and dance come no better than at ‘Ceardlann Earraigh’, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, in this its sixteenth consecutive year. Established by the Kildare County Board of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

Location: Celbridge
Date: Saturday 8th April 2017 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Workshops 25 euro, concert 15 euro
Contact for info:
Website: www.ceardlannearraigh.com
County: County Kildare
Country: Ireland


Harefest - 14th Apr 2017 - Harefield Hall, Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire

There will be 3 days of top quality concerts plus endless opportunities for sessions and singarounds in this wonderful old pub which of course boasts log fires and a huge choice of real ales. The concert room is still an intimate size but large enough to provide our usual seating space plus some standing room for those who prefer that.

Not to be confused with the tribute band festival with the same name.

Location: Harefield Hall, Pateley Bridge
Date: Friday 14th April 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: http://www.pennineskyfolkandroots.co.uk/news/exciting-plans-2017/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Sheffield Folk Sessions Festival - 15th Apr 2017 - Sheffield, Yorkshire

Sheffield has been described (apparently) as the ‘Capital of UK Folk Music’ and, whilst many might disagree, we would still like to point out that the city does have a staggering number of folk music playing, singing and dancing opportunities.

Site not fully updated yet. Events in seven local locations.

Location: Sheffield
Date: Saturday 15th April 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free, but but some ticketed events
Contact for info: contact@sheffieldseshfest.org.uk
Website: www.sheffieldseshfest.org.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí - 21st Apr 2017 - Kinsale, 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 2017.

Location: Kinsale
Date: Friday 21st April 2017 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 Weekend Oxford - 21st Apr 2017 - Oxford, Oxfordshire

Music, singing, dancing too, in the Old Fire Station, mainly, plus a few other local venues for when they need more space - especially for the dancing bits.

Location: Oxford
Date: Friday 21st April 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £60
Contact for info: info@folkweekendoxford.co.uk
Website: www.folkweekendoxford.co.uk/
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England


Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering - 21st Apr 2017 - Morpeth, Northumberland

50th Anniversary !!!
The festival includes a vast array of competitions including crafts, performance and writing. Events of local interest nave been added to the programme of concerts, singarounds, barn dance, storytelling. theatre and street performance which includes a young people's pageant as part of the Border Cavalcade.

The emphasis of the Gathering is firmly upon the native traditions of Northumberland and. whilst there is plenty of scope for traditional music from all over the British Isles within the festival, the wealth of local culture is well to the fore.

Location: Morpeth
Date: Friday 21st April 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: enquiries@northumbriana.org.uk
Website: www.northumbriana.org.uk/gathering/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Northern Streams - 21st Apr 2017 - Edinburgh, Lothian

This truly unique festival combines one off concerts with dynamic and exciting workshops for both adults and children. In 2016 we celebrate the best talent from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Scotland.
For the past 13 years the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (Edinburgh & Lothians Branch), have been bringing the finest in Nordic and Scottish music, song and dance to enthusiastic audiences in Edinburgh. And we are once again taking place in the Grassmarket Centre, Edinburgh – check out the venue page for details – please join us!

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 21st April 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.northernstreams.org/
County: Lothian
Country: Scotland


Fleadh by The Feale - 27th Apr 2017 - Abbeyfeale, County Limerick

Though the years may pass and things may change one thing has remained steadfast the finest Traditional Irish Music weekend. Abbeyfeale is a vibrant town, home to traditional music, oozing with talent.
Bringing together traditional Irish musicians from all over Ireland, Europe and America to Abbeyfeale town center in West Limerick. A long standing and popular event.

Location: Abbeyfeale
Date: Thursday 27th April 2017 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: fleadhbythefeale@gmail.com
Website: fleadhbythefeale.com
County: County Limerick
Country: Ireland


Raunds Music Festival - 27th Apr 2017 - 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 27th April 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Also available Concerts £5-18, under 16s £1
Contact for info: 07756 015615
Website: www.raundsfestival.com
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England


Shetland Folk Festival - 27th Apr 2017 - Lerwick, 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.

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Location: Lerwick
Date: Thursday 27th April 2017 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


Tradfest Edinburgh Dùn Èideann - 27th Apr 2017 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

TradFest Edinburgh · Dùn Èideann is a vibrant celebration of folk arts celebrating TradFest will include music, song, storytelling, dance, folk drama, arts and crafts, literature, architecture, film and multi-media in the capital city.

Edinburgh’s only multi-arts festival dedicated to traditional culture and folk arts.

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Location: Edinburgh
Date: Thursday 27th April 2017 for 11 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA - Individual event tickets
Contact for info: reception@scottishstorytellingcentre.com
Website: www.tracscotland.org/festivals/tradfest
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Cup of Tae - 28th Apr 2017 - 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 28th April 2017 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 - 28th Apr 2017 - 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 28th April 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £100
Contact for info: 01823 401271 / eastbournefest@gmail.com
Website: www.eiff.org.uk
County: Sussex
Country: England


Girvan Traditional Folk Festival - 28th Apr 2017 - 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 28th April 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available Variety of individual event and day tickets
Contact for info: info@girvanfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: girvanfolkfestival.co.uk
County: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland


Hastings Jack in the Green - 28th Apr 2017 - 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. The weekend is topped off by the main event on the May Bank Holiday Monday, with the Jack in the Green parade itself. The parade begins at 9.45am on the Bank holiday Monday setting off from the Fisherman's Huts in Rock-a-Nore Road in the Old Town, and finishes on the West Hill, where you will have an opportunity to see traditional folk dancers and music throughout the afternoon. The festival culminates with the slaying of Jack, to release the spirit of summer for this year. So come down, be merry and enjoy the true British festivities!

Location: Hastings
Date: Friday 28th April 2017 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 - 28th Apr 2017 - Oban, Argyll and Bute

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 28th April 2017 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 - 28th Apr 2017 - 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 28th April 2017 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 - 28th Apr 2017 - Claphan and 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: Claphan and Settle
Date: Friday 28th April 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@scandimoot.org.uk
Website: scandimoot.org.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


The Big Session - 28th Apr 2017 - Buxton, Derbyshire

Hosted by Oysterband, the cream of English folk gather in the handsome spa town of Buxton to welcome in the Summer. The festival features a series of concerts with a mini beer festival and Pavilion Gardens drinks Emporium providing the setting for the Big Session Ceilidh with the Oysterband and guests, and music sessions throughout the weekend led by Big Session concert artists and more.
This one is selling out fast!

Location: Buxton
Date: Friday 28th April 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets too
Contact for info:
Website: buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/the-big-session
County: Derbyshire
Country: England


Upton-upon-Severn Folk Festival - 28th Apr 2017 - Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire

The Folk Festival is promoted by the Upton upon Severn Folk Dance and Song Society and has a strong dance component, but with a fair bit of music thrown in too.

Location: Upton-upon-Severn
Date: Friday 28th April 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: boxoffice@uptonfolk.org
Website: www.uptonfolk.org/
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Wath Festival - 28th Apr 2017 - 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: Friday 28th April 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £75
Also available Variety of individual event and day tickets
Contact for info: 07982 658467
Website: www.wathfestival.org.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


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