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

The Gathering Traditional Festival - 28th Feb 2024 - Killarney, County Kerry

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 seisiuns to heart-pounding ceilis,

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

Location: Killarney
Date: Wednesday 28th February 2024 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Variety of individual event and day tickets
Contact for info: info@thegathering.ie
Website: www.inec.ie/festivals/the-gathering/
County: County Kerry
Country: Ireland


Taking place in March

Inverness Music Festival - 8th Mar 2024 - Inverness, Invernessshire

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

It takes place at Inverness Methodist Church March 8th-11th March and 15th -17th March - 26th February and 3rd- 6th March 2023.

Location: Inverness
Date: Friday 8th March 2024 for 10 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: admin@invernessmusicfestival.org
Website: invernessmusicfestival.org
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Manchester Irish Festival - 8th Mar 2024 - Manchester, Lancashire

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 11 days.

THis is a big event!

Location: Manchester
Date: Friday 8th March 2024 for 11 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


Bowness Bay Blues - 15th Mar 2024 - Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria


Kilkenny Tradfest - 15th Mar 2024 - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

Kilkenny Tradfest has been going from strength to strength over the last 8 years and 2020's festival promises to be an exciting and innovative festival, full to the brim with concerts, ceilis, sessions, Irish dance, pub gigs and much more!

The festival has grown to include six full days of concerts, gigs and sessions.

During the weekend some of Ireland's best musicians will also give masterclasses and workshops at the best city's historical locations such as Kilkenny Castle Tower and Rothe House.

They are even having a competiton, sponsored by McNeela Instruments, to win a Bodhran.

Location: Kilkenny
Date: Friday 15th March 2024 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Looks like individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@kilkennytradfest.com
Website: kilkennytradfest.com/
County: County Kilkenny
Country: Ireland


Killeshandra Tradfest - 15th Mar 2024 - Killeshandra, County Cavan

A small Irish event.

I do wish they had a proper website to collect more info about them.

Location: Killeshandra
Date: Friday 15th March 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.facebook.com/KilleshandraComhaltas/?locale=is_IS
County: County Cavan
Country: Ireland


Lochwinnoch Arts Festival - 15th Mar 2024 - 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.

Not a huge amount of info on line, so check with the organisers.

Location: Lochwinnoch
Date: Friday 15th March 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: 07868 752814
Website: www.lochwinnochartsfestival.co.uk/event/mini-arts-festival/
County: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland


Inverness Fiddlers Rally - 18th Mar 2024 - Inverness, Invernessshire

The clue's in the name - it features fidlers.

As always, the Inverness Fiddlers will be joined by special guests for the event.

Not sure if it is folky or just fidlers, but you can always contact them and ask.

Location: Inverness
Date: Monday 18th March 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.invernessfiddlers.org
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Hawick Reivers Festival - 22nd Mar 2024 - Hawick, Borders

21st Anniversary !

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 2024 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 Singing Festival - 22nd Mar 2024 - Ballyliffin, County Donegal

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 and 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 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@inishowensinging.ie
Website: www.inishowensinging.ie/events/
County: County Donegal
Country: Ireland


Niel Gow Festival - 22nd Mar 2024 - Dunkeld and Birnam, Perthshire

In collaboration with Tunes in the House

Annual Scottish fiddle festival.

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

The link is to their new website.

Location: Dunkeld and Birnam
Date: Friday 22nd March 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: nielgow@thetaybank.com
Website: www.nielgowfestival.co.uk
County: Perthshire
Country: Scotland


Medieval Music in the Dales - 23rd Mar 2024 - Bolton Castle and Redmire, Yorkshire

VIRTUAL EVENT

An annual medieval music festival wholly dedicated to medieval music-making. It's unique in the UK.

Our theme for this year is The Matter of Britain - Medieval Music and Story of the British Isles.

A major event in the early music calendar - a weekend dedicated solely to the music of the middle ages. It's all happening at Bolton Castle in beautiful Wensleydale in North Yorkshire

Location: Bolton Castle and Redmire
Date: Saturday 23rd March 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Day tickets
Contact for info: medievalmusicinthedales@gmail.com
Website: www.medievalmusicinthedales.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


Poppy Folk Day - 24th Mar 2024 - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

One day event at our regular venue The Poppy & Pint pub. Afternoon and evening concerts, a bar session in between, and a singaround to finish off the day. Individual concert and combination tickets are available.

Location: Nottingham
Date: Sunday 24th March 2024 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £25
Contact for info: PoppyFolkClub@virginmedia.com
Website: poppyfolkclub.co.uk/poppy-folk-day
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England


Wales Harp Festival - 26th Mar 2024 - Galeri Arts Centre, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

The Wales Harp Festival offers an excellent opportunity to learn, participate and enjoy Harp music in one of the most beautiful regions of the UK where nature and historic architecture provide the best experiences for any tourist. Why not combine this opportunity to visit the harp festival with exploring our region?

There will be concerts, competitions, master-classes, lectures, fun classes for absolute beginners, harp exhibitions and much more.

Not a folk festival in the traditional sense, but as usual we like to include something a bit different.

Location: Galeri Arts Centre, Caernarfon
Date: Tuesday 26th March 2024 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: office@walesharpfestival.co.uk
Website: walesharpfestival.co.uk/
County: Gwynedd
Country: Wales


Shennaghys Jiu - 28th Mar 2024 - Ramsey, 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: Ramsey
Date: Thursday 28th March 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01624819068 or 07624452653
Website: Shennaghysjiu.com www.facebook.com/shennaghys
County: Isle of Man
Country: Scotland


Shennaghys Jiu - 28th Mar 2024 - Ramsey, 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: Ramsey
Date: Thursday 28th March 2024 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01624819068 or 07624452653
Website: Shennaghysjiu.com www.facebook.com/shennaghys
County: Isle of Man
Country: Ireland


Sheffield Folk Sessions - 29th Mar 2024 - Sheffield, Yorkshire

Site not fully updated on our last visit.

Hopefully more details will be available soon.

Location: Sheffield
Date: Friday 29th March 2024 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Seems to be FREE!
Contact for info:
Website: www.sheffieldfolksessionsfestival.co.uk/
County: Yorkshire
Country: England


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