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.

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Taking place in March

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

A one day event at a very reasonable price.

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

Website not fully updated on our last visit

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


Clennell Hall Spring Music Weekend - 29th Mar 2019 - Alwinton nr Rothbury, Northumberland

A Spring event, featuring singalongs, music sessions and fun.
FREE easy going, informal get together.
Singarounds, Music Sessions, Mixed Singaround & Music Sessions
In the Main Bar, Reception Area, Function Room or the unique Reivers Cellar.

This weekend is for you is you play, sing or like to listen.

Location: Alwinton nr Rothbury
Date: Friday 29th March 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Cost dependent on type of accommodation.
Contact for info: 07887 607008 or cneil727@yahoo.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ClennellHallEventsFestivals/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Sovereign Seas Folk Festival - 29th Mar 2019 - Newhaven, Sussex

At Free events there will be an opportunity to donate to the work of the R.N.L.I. Newhaven.

ALL PROFITS TO RNLI NEWHAVEN

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Location: Newhaven
Date: Friday 29th March 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £18
Also available Individual concerts tickets too. Some FREE events
Contact for info:
Website: www.sovereignseasfestival.co.uk/
County: Sussex
Country: England


Taking place in April

Edinburgh International Harp Festival - 5th Apr 2019 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

Courses, Concerts, workshops, harp exhibition, sessions, ceilidh.

One for the harp enthusiasts.

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 5th April 2019 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: office@harpfestival.co.uk
Website: www.harpfestival.co.uk
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


Glenfarg Folk Festival - 5th Apr 2019 - 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 5th April 2019 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 - 5th Apr 2019 - 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: Friday 5th April 2019 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01624819068 or 07624452653
Website: Shennaghysjiu.com
County: Isle of Man
Country: Ireland


Shennaghys Jiu - 5th Apr 2019 - 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: Friday 5th April 2019 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: 01624819068 or 07624452653
Website: Shennaghysjiu.com
County: Isle of Man
Country: Scotland


Clifden Trad Fest - 11th Apr 2019 - Clifden, County Galway

Plays host to a host of top quality musicians, signers and dancers. Highlights include pub music sessions, opening concert,outdoor gig rig on the Saturdy night, music and singing workshops, CD Launches, Street Entertainment, Youth sessions and lots lots more...
All Welcome!

Location: Clifden
Date: Thursday 11th April 2019 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: clifdentradfest@yahoo.ie
Website: www.clifdentradfest.com
County: County Galway
Country: Ireland


Ballydehob Irish Traditional Music Festival - 12th Apr 2019 - 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 a programme of 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 12th April 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free with concerts ticketed.
Contact for info: info@ballydehobtradfestival.com
Website: www.ballydehobtradfestival.com/
County: County Cork
Country: Ireland


Bowness Bay Blues - 12th Apr 2019 - 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 12th April 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £70
Also available Day tickets £20, £35, £25,
Contact for info: info@bownessbayblues.co.uk
Website: www.bownessbayblues.co.uk/
County: Cumbria
Country: England


Ceardlann Earraigh - 13th Apr 2019 - Celbridge, County Kildare

Workshops in music and song come no better than at 'Ceardlann Earraigh', Celbridge, Co. Kildare, in this its twenty first consecutive year. Established by the Kildare County Board of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann.

Location: Celbridge
Date: Saturday 13th April 2019 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Workshops 25 euro, concert 15euro
Contact for info:
Website: www.ceardlannearraigh.com
County: County Kildare
Country: Ireland


Wales International Harp Festival - 17th Apr 2019 - 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: Caernarfon
Date: Wednesday 17th April 2019 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: office@walesharpfestival.co.uk
Website: walesharpfestival.co.uk/
County: Gwynedd
Country: Wales


Sheffield Folk Sessions Festival - 19th Apr 2019 - 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.


Website not fully updated on our last visit

Location: Sheffield
Date: Friday 19th April 2019 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


Mull Music Festival - 25th Apr 2019 - Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Argyl and Bute

Multiple venues, appears to be free.
Variety of events and music styles to enjoy over four days of fun in the Inner Hebrides.

A weekend of Scottish music featuring folk-rock bands, fiddle, accordion, dance and ceilidh bands.

The events aren't ticketted, and most are very crowded!

Location: Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Date: Thursday 25th April 2019 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info:
Website: mull.co/mull-music-festival-2018
County: Argyl and Bute
Country: Scotland


Great Alne Long Weekend - 26th Apr 2019 - 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 26th April 2019 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info:
Website: www.greatalnefolk.org.uk/
County: Warwickshire
Country: England


Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering - 26th Apr 2019 - Morpeth, Northumberland

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 26th April 2019 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 - 26th Apr 2019 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

Similar to the Scandimot event.

Guests appearing from around the North Sea/Nordic regions along with guests from Scandinavia and Scotland.

Location: Edinburgh
Date: Friday 26th April 2019 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: northernstreams.org
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


The Rustic Folk, Acoustic and Roots Music Festival - 26th Apr 2019 - Bewdley, DY12 2QL, Worcestershire

The Rustic Folk, Acoustic and Roots Music Festival will be returning in 2019 for its second year. Held at The Rustic on Hopley's Family Campsite, Bewdley, Worcestershire, the Festival is hosting 27 great acts over two days, with continuous music alternating between two indoor stages.

Incredible music, great food, reasonably priced and all in a lovely setting. Come along for the day or the weekend.

The festival is family friendly and dogs are welcome.

Discounted camping prices available for festival goers.

Location: Bewdley, DY12 2QL
Date: Friday 26th April 2019 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Contact for info: info@hopleyscamping.co.uk
Website: www.therusticfolk.co.uk
County: Worcestershire
Country: England


Tradfest Edinburgh Dun Eideann - 26th Apr 2019 - Edinburgh, Midlothian

TradFest Edinburgh - Dun Eideann 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: Friday 26th April 2019 for 11 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA - Individual event tickets
Contact for info: reception@scottishstorytellingcentre.com
Website: edinburghtradfest.com
County: Midlothian
Country: Scotland


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