19 - 12th January 2014
The Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival, Whittlesea, Peterborough
Concerts, Free Events, Straw Bear Procession, Cajun Dance, Barn Dance, Story Telling and more.
16th January - 2nd February 2014
Celtic Connections, Glasgow
"Celtic Connections features artists from around the globe alongside the very best Scottish talent."
February 14th – 16th 2013
7th - 9th March 2014
The Swanage Blues Festival, Swanage, Dorset
* Free Admission to 40 gigs in 15 indoor venues
* Open Mic daily, Electric Jam Sessions, Buskers, Gospel Service
14th - 16th March 2014
Yorkshire Cajun & Zydeco Festival, Malton, North Yorkshire
Barnsley Acoustic Roots Day, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
30th March 2014
Appearing are: Melrose Quartet, Blackbeard's Tea Party, Peter Mulvey (usa), Dave Burland, Dovetail Trio, Rita Payne.
All day singaround/session, craft fair, real ale bar.
Exeter Canalside Folk Festival, Exeter, Devon
After the success of last year’s festival, plans are well underway for the second year of Exefest – Exeter Canalside Folk Festival.
Headliner Melrose Quartet, nominated for Best Group at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, is the coming-together of multi-award winning duo Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, and legendary Sheffield duo Richard and Jess Arrowsmith. Also featured are Luke Jackson, nominated for both the Young Folk Award and the Horizon Award at the 2013 Folk Awards, and newcomers The Dovetail Trio and The Black Hares.
Barnsley Acoustic Roots Day, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
11th - 13th April 2014
Bowness Bay Blues weekend, Bowness, Cumbria
"a brand new music festival in a stunning setting – on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District. Some of Britain’s best blues musicians will soon be raising the roof in this beautiful little town!"
18th - 19th April 2014
Maritime Music Festival at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere, Cheshire
25th - 27th April 2014
2nd - 3rd May 2014
The Malton & Norton Folk Festival, Malton/Norton, North Yorkshire
1st - 4th May 2014
Raunds Community Music Festival, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Confirmed artists include 3 Daft Monkeys, The Gavin Davenport Band, The Teacups, Fabian Holland and more
Shetland Folk Festival, Shetlands
Girvan Traditional Folk , Girvan, Ayrshire
Concerts - Sessions - Open Stage - Competitions - Workshops - Children's Events
2nd - 4th May 2014
Wath Festival, South Yorkshire
With confirmed artists including The Demon Barbers, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Megson, The Grand Slambovians and more
2nd - 5th May 2014
Upton Folk Festival, Worcestershire
Confirmed artists include: 40 + Morris Sides - Ceilidh's, Concerts, workshops, singarounds, morris parade (Sun), meet the artist, musical meander, duck race, shanty session, church service etc.
3rd May 2014
Trinity Folk Festival at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, Surrey
An all day event featuring Harpeth Rising, Luke Jackson, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar and more
3rd - 5th May 2014
Clun Green Man Festival, Clun, South Shropshire
"Celebrate a Traditional Springtime Festival with Live Music, Drama, Colour & Medieval Merriment
9th - 11th May 2014
Crediton Folk Weekend, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devon
Morris - Mummers - Concerts - Music Sessions - Singarounds - Displays
9th - 11th May 2014
Tredegar House Folk Festival, Tredegar House & Country Park, Newport, Gwent, NP10 8YW, South Wales
A weekend of international dance, music and song with:
Music from Flook, Alaw, The Foxglove Trio and more
16th - 18th May 2014
Shepley Spring Festival, Shepley, West Yorkshire
Confirmed artists include: Kate Rusby, Coope Boyes and Simpson 'In Flanders Fields', Demon Barbers XL, Brian Peters with Lucy Ward, James Findlay and Bella Hardy 'The Liberty to Choose' songs from the New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.
17th May 2014
Wolverton Folk & Blues Festival, Shorwell, Isle of Wight
A one-day festival of folk & blues set in the stunning grounds of Wolverton Manor, Shorwell, Isle of Wight.
2 stages, Beer Tent, Free children's activities, Locally sourced food.
23rd - 24th May 2014
Ireby Festival, Ireby Wigton, Cumbria
Confirmed artists include Blackbeards Tea Party, Will Pound Band, The Willows, Eliza Gilkyson, The Bills, Eddi Reader and more..
23rd - 26th May 2014
6th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival, North Cornwall
"Bude by the sea and Stratton full of history. These two towns, now virtually merged, offer a natural location for a folk festival. The ancient market town of Stratton with its narrow streets and historic connection with the Battle of Stamford Hill (1643) has great character ideally suited to folk festivities.
As a resort town, Bude offers plenty of accommodation, beautiful surfing beaches and the best view in the world from Compass Point to Lundy Island."
Chippenham Folk Festival, Chippenham, Wiltshire
Four days of the best in folk song, music, dance and traditions in the heart of Wiltshire
Fishguard Folk Festival, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire
Over the past ten years the seaport town of Fishguard has been host to this friendly small traditional music festival. Also featuring is the ever-popular guided 'Pirate and Smugglers' walk. The festival is mainly free, and embraces the talents of old and young alike and actively encourages visitors to join in the sessions with the 'stars' of the show.
Chester Folk Festival, Chester
Artists include: Lucy Ward, Jez Lowe, Jim Moray, Blackbeards Tea Party and more
Festival on the Moor, Botton Village, nr Danby, North Yorkshire
John Kirkpatrick, Sarah McQuaid, Richard Grainger, The Wrigleys and more
24th - 25th May 2014
Stamping Ground, Stonham Barns, Stowmarket, Suffolk
"A celebration of Americana, focussing on Bluegrass, Country, Cajun and Appalachian music, featuring an array of highly regarded artists from the American folk scene.
30th May - 1st June 2014
Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth, Dorset
BAMfest - Bedale Acoustic Music Festival, Bedale, North Yorkshire
Headline acts include: The Blues Band, The Men They Couldn't Hang, Martin Carthy, Babajack, The Young'uns and Jez Lowe
Northern Roots Festival, Inverness
Taking place around Inverness featuring the cream of British Folk acts including, Will Pound, Anna Massie, Rachel Sermanni, The Dirty Beggars, Bella Hardy and far more...
5th –8th June 2014
The Gate to Southwell Folk Festival, Nottinghamshire
Confirmed artists include: Martyn Joseph, The Henry Girls, The Bills, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar and more!!
Wirral Folk on the Coast Festival, Whitby Sports & Social Club, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 6QF
Confirmed artists include Seth Lakeman, Karine Polwart, Martyn Joseph, The Poozies and more.
Over 150 performers, Ceilidh dance, Craft Fair/Market Place, Instrument Workshops, Dance Displays, 'Chance to Meet' artists, Rolling Folk Club and music sessions, Real Ale tent, Story-telling, Extensive Camp Site, Family activities and Sumptuous Bar/Lounge.
6th –8th June 2014
Coastline Bluegrass Music Event, Llangollen, Denbighshire
13th - 15th June 2014
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival, Wimborne, Dorset
"A weekend of morris and Appalachian dancing in the streets of Wimborne Minster, concerts, workshops and childrens activities"
Gower Folk Festival, Parkmill, Gower Swansea
"Fabulous music in a stunning and intimate setting"
Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival, Middlewich, Cheshire
"A fabulous weekend of folk & roots music plus canalboats. FREE admission to all venues and the main site plus daily ticketed concerts!"
Hardraw Folk Gathering, Green Dragon Inn, Hardraw, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire DL8 3LZ
Camping & accommodation available on site.
4 concerts including: The Younguns, Bernard Wrigley, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar + sessions & singarounds
20th – 22nd June 2014
Boars Bridge Festival, near Tadley, Hampshire
"Boars Bridge Festival is a Charity music festival held on the same weekend each year in June. The 3 day event is held in the lovely grounds of Boars Bridge House, near Tadley Hampshire, and although it is a relatively small festival the atmosphere is always lively and fun."
Beverley Folk Festival, Beverley, East Yorkshire
Confirmed acts include: Billy Bragg, Home Service, Thea Gilmore, Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy, Mànran, Le Vent du Nord, Caladh Nua
3 nights and 2 days of breathtaking music, dance, comedy, film, spoken word, acoustic sessions, workshops for all ages, children & family events, craft stalls, Real Ale, camping & much more.
Teignmouth Folk Festival, Teignmouth, Devon
Solas Festival, Wiston, Lanarkshire
Solas Festival is Scotland's newest arts festival, based near Biggar, and host to a stunning line-up of musicians, artists and speakers.
27th - 29th June 2014
Dent Music And Beer Festival, Dent, Cumbria
A weekend of family fun set in a beautiful location on the the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, 16 miles east of Kendal in the south east corner of Cumbria. Free
28th - 29th June 2014
Folk On The Quay, Poole, Dorset
"A colourful free folk festival in the street looking across the harbour." Headliners include Rory McLeod, Sheelanagig and The Urban Folk Quartet
4th – 6th July 2014
Sark Folk Festival, Sark, Channel Islands
Maverick Festival, Easton Farm Park, Suffolk
"Preparing for its sixth year, the Maverick Festival continues to build on its reputation as the UK's foremost home to the best and brightest in American roots music. The event runs over three days at Easton Farm Park in Suffolk, offering an idyllic campsite and teepee village, commencing on Friday night in the main Barn, continues on Saturday with a full programme of musical performances, dance, film & workshops across four stages indoors and out, and finishes on Sunday with its traditional Gospel brunch.
Cleckheaton Folk Festival, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire
Artists include Kimbers Men, Union Jill, Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies, James Findlay, The Houghton Weavers, Lady Maisery
10th - 12th July 2014
Bromsgrove Folk Festival, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
"More folk music than you can shake a stick at. But why would you want to shake a stick? The folk festival is definitely in the "small and friendly" category....but don't let that fool you! In our 400 seater marquee you will, this year, be "up close and personal" with the artists. Add to this concerts in our MiniMarquee with artists that you will want to get to know better, sessions in and around the pub where the festival is based, dance displays, morning walks, and of course the World Dry Foam Flinging Championships. A great weekend where you will be on first name terms with everybody else by the end of the weekend.
This year's guests incude Dougie Maclean, Richard Digance, Blackbeard's Tea Party, Seize the Day, Anthony John Clarke, Mike Silver, Granny's Attic and a host of others. Camping, sessions, open mic, morning walk, dancing and The World Dry Foam Flinging Championship"
10th - 13th July 2014
Stonehaven Folk Festival, Aberdeenshire
"On the second weekend of July each year, Stonehaven comes alive with a Weekend of Music with Concerts in the Town Hall plus workshops, Ceilidh, sessions, Blues Night, free afternoon concerts, Family show, Aqua ceilidh, World paper and Comb Championships, Tradition Bearers Concert, Acoustic Youth Stage and more all around the Town."
11th - 12th July 2014
Moonbeams Wold Top Folk Festival, Driffield, East Yorkshire
11th - 13th July 2014
Priddy Folk Festival, Priddy, Somerset
"A family friendly folk festival on the Mendip Hills in Somerset. Great music, dance and entertainment"
Sandwich Folk & Ale Festival, Sandwich, Kent
Ely Folk Festival, Ely, Cambridgeshire
Each Ely Folk Festival is better than the last, with an impressive guest list and programme of workshops, concerts, displays, ceilidhs and children's entertainment. The musicians appearing at the Ely Folk Festival reflect the rich diversity of the modern music scene, with a mixture of established favourites and newer talent.
Confirmed artists include Steve Knightley, Breabach, Vin Garbutt, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, ColvinQuarmby, Something Nasty in the Woodshed and more
Furness Tradition Festival, Ulverston, Cumbria
11th - 14th July 2014
Folk On The Lawn, Abbey Mill, Tintern, South Wales
"This is a free event but everyone is encouraged to make a donation of their choice in exchange for a wristband. Once again, we have artists from across the UK, Europe and America."
16th - 19th July 2014
Hebridean Celtic Festival (HebCelt), Hebridean islands
Now an iconic feature of the national festival calendar, HebCelt is an exhilarating mix of music set amidst the stunning beauty of the Hebridean islands.
Tickets on sale in spring, early booking for accommodation strongly advised.
16th - 20th July 2014
Yn Chruinnaght Festival, Isle of Man
"Yn Chruinnaght (meaning 'the gathering') is a celebration of Manx culture and the relationship between the Isle of Man and the other five Celtic countries (Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany). It includes a number of events with music, dance, language, arts and crafts, lectures and much more.
17th - 20th July 2014
Music on the Marr, Cumbria
With confirmed artists including O'Hooley & Tidow, Skerryvore, Roy Bailey, John Kirkpatrick, The Young'Un and more
18th - 20th July 2014
Dalesfest, Silsden, West Yorkshire, BD20 9JH
"The UKs longest running bluegrass festival. Bands confirmed for this year are the Down County Boys, Heartstrings, Kentucky Cow Tippers and the Bensons.”
Rothbury Traditiona?l Music Festival, Rothbury, Northumberland
"Rothbury Traditional Music Festival is a small, friendly, community based music festival set in the heart of Northumberland in Rothbury in the beautiful Coquet Valley. Over the last three decades 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."
20th July 2014
Clovelly Maritime Festival in aid of The N. D. Hospice at Clovelly Visitor Centre, nr Bideford, Devon EX39 5TA 10:00am onwards
It's a day full of fun and packed with a programme of maritime-themed activities and entertainment for all ages with lively music provided by Black Friday. A high energy, foot-stomping Celtic folk and rock band from St. Germans, Cornwall, with traditional Irish jigs, reels and ballads as well as cover versions by bands such as The Pogues, Flogging Molly and The Mahones traditional folk songs.
Hannah Cummings: a young up and coming folk vocalist and violinist with a unique sound
Crooked Tempo. A funky community samba band that has been delighting audiences around the South West with their repertoire of traditional Brazilian carnival percussion bringing an upbeat summer party atmosphere
There'll also be crafty creations and family activities throughout the day, including storytelling, Punch and Judy, underwater adventures and street theatre. On the quay there will be seafood kitchens and arts and crafts.
Free entry for under 16s if they come dressed as a pirate or mermaid.
Folk By The Oak, Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NQ
A festival of folk's finest acts gathered in beautiful leafy parkland for one uplifting summer day of music.
Booked artists: Richard Thompson, Beth Orton, Seth Lakeman, Kathryn Tickell & The Side, The Elizabethan Session, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Paper Aeroplanes, Keston Cobblers’ Club, Jaywalkers, Salt House, Maz O’Connor, London Youth Folk Ensemble
The 2014 Ashbourne Gathering, The Recreation Ground, Cokayne Avenue, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
As well as the wonderful pipe bands and the solo piper competitions, there will be a live folk music stage in a separate marquee.
18th - 20th July 2014
Folk On The Farm, Anglesey
Confirmed artists include Gregg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Poyzer, Fluff and Farrell, Michael Burns, Steve Blackstone Blues Band, Ange Hardy, Anthony John-Clarke, The Whiskey Dogs, Les Barker and more...
Stainsby Folk Festival, Stainsby, Derbyshire
20th - 27th July 2014
The Fiddler's Green Festival, Rostrevor, Co Down, Northern Ireland
24th - 27th July 2014
25th - 27th July 2014
Village Pump Folk Festival, White Horse Country Park, Trowbridge Road, Westbury, Wiltshire BA13 4OX
"Trowbridge Village Pump Folk Club presents the Village Pump Folk Festival. Sitting beneath the beautiful Westbury White Horse, the festival will celebrate the best in Folk, Roots and Acoustic music."
Confirmed acts include: Seth Lakeman,Martin Simpson, Vin Garbutt, Steve Knightley, Peter Knights Gigspanner, 3 Daft Monkeys, O'Hooley and Tidow, Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby, Miranda Sykes and Reg Preston
25th - 28th July 2014
The Hardraw Gathering Folk Festival, The Green Dragon Inn, Hardraw, Hawes, North Yorkshire DL8 3LZ
Confirmed artists include: The Hall Brothers, The Duncan McFarlane Band, The Gerry McNeice Band, The Jon Palmer Band, PlumHall, Anne Jackson, Mic & Susie Darling..
31st July - 3rd August 2014
50th Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge
1st - 8th August 2014
Sidmouth FolkWeek, Sidmouth, Devon
Sidmouth FolkWeek is a unique week-long festival in an idyllic seaside home. With over 800 events – from top class concerts (including two fantastic pre-festival specials), dances, ceilidhs, informal sessions, a Children’s Festival, storytelling, Shooting Roots youth events, dance displays, processions and a wealth of workshops – the festival can boast a ‘something for everyone’ promise for all ages in its breadth and depth of programming.
8th - 15th August 2014
The Broadstairs Folk Week, Broadstairs, Kent
9th - 17th August 2014
Bath Folk Festival and Traditional Music Summer School, Bath, Somerset
14th - 17th August 2014
Wickham Festival, Wickham, near Fareham, Hampshire
A 4-day, family-friendly Festival featuring top-name artists including Bellowhead, Oysterband, Afro Celt Sound System, Michael McGoldrick with John McCusker, Altan (Ireland), Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) with Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin and many more.
15th - 16th August 2014
Folk at The Hall, Flintshire
Confirmed artists include: Roddy Woomble and Friends, Duncan Chisholm, O’Hooley & Tidow, Martin Carthy, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, The Will Pound Band
15th - 17th August 2014
Folk East, Glemham Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk
This year’s line-up includes Bellowhead....
Moira Furnace Folk Festival, Derbyshire
With confirmed artists including Lucy Ward, Blackbeards Tea Party, Something Nasty in The Woodshed and more
Innerleithen Music Festival, Scottish Borders
Concerts, workshops, sessions, late night club, open stage and outdoor events featuring both national and local stars in lovely location amongst the Border hills.
16th - 22nd August 2014
Whitby Folk Week, Whitby, North Yorkshire
"There are around 600 events packed into the week and the main emphasis of the festival is on the traditional music, dance, song and storytelling of the British Isles and Ireland."
21st - 24th August 2014
Purbeck Folk Festival, Langton Matravers, Dorset
"Located on a little sheep farm and in its fifth year, it's "how festivals used to be" - friendly, great for kids and adults alike, and small enough to be able to wander around and not lose your friends. Purbeck Folk Festival covers the broader definition of folk music and you can hear music from all around the world."
21st - 25th August 2014
Towersey Village Festival, Towersey, Oxfordshire
"Famed for being one of the most relaxed, family friendly festivals of its kind, Towersey Village Festival returns for the 48th edition with its eclectic mix of concerts, workshops, dances and dedicated youth and children’s programmes."
22nd - 25th August 2014
Cornwall Folk Festival, Wadebridge, Cornwall
Confirmed artists include Wizz Jones, Jez Lowe, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, The Roving Crows and many more!
Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Confirmed line up includes Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman, Lau, The Full English, Martin Simpson and more
Driffield Folk Festival, Driffield, East Yorkshire
"Concerts, sessions, open-mic sessions, street performances and workshops round the pubs etc. of the market town of Driffield in the Yorkshire Wolds."
29th - 31st 2014 August
The New Forest Folk Festival, Hampshire
"The New Forest Folk Festival is the small festival with the big names and a lineup that includes Steelye Span, Zulu Tradition, Feast of Fiddles, Jerry Donahue, Richard Digance, Sean Lakeman & Kathryn Roberts, Gary Fletcher Band, Vin Garutt, Jez Lowe's Bad Pennies and Lucy Ward. Located to the north of The New Forest near Southampton in Hampshire, it is an ideal venue for people that like folk music, camping and real ale."
29th - 31st 2014 August
Lyme Folk Weekend, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA
The second Lyme Folk Weekend, over the last weekend in August, brings some of country's finest folk acts to Marine Theatre, bang on the sea-front in Lyme Regis.
Wallingford Bunkfest, Wallingford, Oxfordshire...
"Concerts... dance displays... ceilidhs... beer festival... a huge Craft Fair... Fab Food... children's BunkFest... folk club... vintage displays... music on river boats... storytelling fringe... "
Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire
"Great line up of bluegrass and acoustic music, along with instrumental workshops, dancing, sessions, real ale and the famous late night bonfire - all in the middle of an airfield!"
Moseley folk festival, Moseley, Birmingham
42nd Fylde Folk Festival, Fleetwood, Lancashire
A three-day celebration of traditional and contemporary folk music, song and dance. Concerts, Workshops, Clog Dancing Contest, Young Performers Competition, Meet The Artists, Youth Events, Musicians sessions, Singarounds.
Trad on the Tyne, Haddington, East Lothian
4th - 7th September 2014
Stogumber Festival, Stogumber Festival, West Somerset
"Four days of top class music in this picturesque village. Artists include The Teacups, Ange Hardy, Kitty Macfarlane and Darren Hodge. Also buskers, jam sessions, Morris men, Clog dancers, workshops, children's events etc."
5th - 6th September 2014
The Llanwddyn Day of Folk and Acoustic Music, Llanwddyn Community Centre, Abertridwr, Llanwddyn, Powys
Craft stalls, Food , Bar available
Basic Camping available too.
12th - 14th September 2014
Bromyard Folk Festival, Bromyard, Herefordshire
"The best folk cultural event in the Welsh Border area - featuring over 170 hours of entertainment into just one weekend of traditional music, song and dance."
26th - 28th September 2014
The South Downs Folk Festival, Bognor Regis, West Sussex
Confirmed artists include Dave Swarbrick & Martin Carthy, Dervish, Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Jigantics, Colvin Quarmby, Megson, The Hut People, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar and more
3rd - 5th October 2014
Derby Folk Festival, Derby
Ingleton Folk Weekend, Ingleton, via Carnforth, North Yorkshire
Range of Free Folk Events throughout the weekend in local pubs.
24 – 26 October 2014
L2F – The Lichfield Festival of Folk Lichfield, Staffordshire
This year’s line-up includes Oysterband playing in the inspiring surroundings of Lichfield Cathedral (25 Oct), Home Service in the medieval Guildhall (26 Oct), Kimbers Men (24 Oct)as well as a full supporting programme including; Magpie Lane, Fake Thackray, Vicky Swanand Jonny Dyer, Folklaw, Hattie Briggs, Chase Mist, Wildfire Folk and many more.