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

Far from the MADding Crowd - 19th Feb 2020 - Kinnersley Castle, Herefordshire

A small intimate gathering at Kinnersley castle, where we will concentrate our efforts on a small selection of the simpler dances.
For dancers we will have workshops on improving the quality and style of the basic dances.
For musicians there will be workshops on getting the style right how to play music for dancing, instead of how to play dance music.

While we want to use this event to encourage newcomers to Euro-dance and music to come and develop their skills further, it is also an opportunity for more experienced visitors to revisit the basics, and/or share their experience and enthusiasm with others.

Location: Kinnersley Castle
Date: Wednesday 19th February 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £0
Also available TBA
Contact for info: patgoodacre@gmail.com
Website: www.emade.org.uk/winter.php
County: Herefordshire
Country: England


Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh - 19th Feb 2020 - Ballyferriter, County Kerry

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh is a 5 day Traditional Music School paying particular attention to the music, style and of the Corca Dhuibhne peninsula in Co. Kerry, Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Location: Ballyferriter
Date: Wednesday 19th February 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: eolas@scoilcheoil.com
Website: www.scoilcheoil.com
County: County Kerry
Country: Ireland


Gloucester Folk Trail - 21st Feb 2020 - Gloucester, Gloucestershire

We have 62 performances from 49 acts in 16 venues, as well as storytelling, arts & crafts, talks, morris dancing, open mics and folk music sessions!

Location: Gloucester
Date: Friday 21st February 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info:
Website: www.gloucesterfolktrail.com
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England


The Gathering Traditional Festival - 26th Feb 2020 - Killarney, County Kerry

Now in its 21st year, 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 26th February 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Variety of individual event and day tickets
Contact for info: info@thegathering.ie
Website: www.thegathering.ie
County: County Kerry
Country: Ireland


Inverness Music Festival - 27th Feb 2020 - Inverness, Invernessshire

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

Location: Inverness
Date: Thursday 27th February 2020 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: admin@invernessmusicfestival.org
Website: invernessmusicfestival.org
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Russell Festival Weekend - 27th Feb 2020 - Doolin, County Clare

26th Anniversary.

The Russell Memorial Weekend is a traditional festival held in Doolin on the the last full weekend in February each year. The festival began in 1995 as a remembrance ceremony to Micho Russell, the world-famous traditional musician, who died in 1994.
Concerts, workshops, sessions

Location: Doolin
Date: Thursday 27th February 2020 for 5 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@michorussellweekend.ie
Website: www.michorussellweekend.ie
County: County Clare
Country: Ireland


Chester February Folk Day - 29th Feb 2020 - Chester, CH2 3AU, Cheshire

One day event, by the same group that organise the larger Chester Festival

Concert, ceilidh, sessions, all the usual stuff.

Warming up the bands.

Location: Chester, CH2 3AU
Date: Saturday 29th February 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@chesterfolk.org.uk
Website: chesterfolk.org.uk/folkday.html
County: Cheshire
Country: England


The Big Burfest - 29th Feb 2020 - Bursledon, SO31 8BZ, Hampshire

All the performers at the Bursfest have kindley donated their perfomance free of charge in support of The Village Hall centinary fund . Half of the profits and donations on the day will go directly to this fund. This will help the Trustees to ensure the continued enjoyment and improvement of the hall into the next century. The other half of the profits will go to our nominated charity. Which this year is Shine.

Location: Bursledon, SO31 8BZ
Date: Saturday 29th February 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £12
Also available Family Ticket £20
Contact for info: may185@btinternet.com
Website: www.thebigbursfest.btck.co.uk/
County: Hampshire
Country: England


Taking place in March

Feile an Earraigh - 1st Mar 2020 - Belfast, County Antrim

Ireland's Biggest Community Festival.
Music, Comedy, Talks, Tours, Theatre, Debate, Family, Community and more.

Quite a variety of events, some of which will be popular with folk fans. You'll have to check the program to find them

Location: Belfast
Date: Sunday 1st March 2020 for 18 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: info@feilebelfast.com
Website: feilebelfast.com/
County: County Antrim
Country: Ireland


Celtic Festival of Wales - 6th Mar 2020 - Porthcawl, CF36 3YW, South Glamorgan

Their website has not been updated for 2020, other than to have a date and no other content at present.

A family festival of music, song & dance of the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany & Wales, with a packed programme of concerts, dances, workshops, street dance displays in the Town Centre and on the Esplanade on Saturday, our legendary sessions in the bar and Beach Ceilidh on Sunday!

Location: Porthcawl, CF36 3YW
Date: Friday 6th March 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: cwlwmceltaidd.org
County: South Glamorgan
Country: Wales


Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival - 6th Mar 2020 - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

The country's longest continually running folk festival. We warmly welcome folkies from around the globe and we really hope you'll be there too! The Festival is particularly aimed at students, but it is open to everyone. Whatever style you go for, you're bound to find like-minded people waiting to meet you. Over the years we've enjoyed a wide range of dances and ceilidhs including Scottish Country, Highland, Morris, Rapper Sword, Irish, and Playford and many, many, more.

Location: Nottingham
Date: Friday 6th March 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £50
Contact for info:
Website: ivfdf2020.org.uk/
County: Nottinghamshire
Country: England


Lochwinnoch Arts Festival - 6th Mar 2020 - 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.

Location: Lochwinnoch
Date: Friday 6th March 2020 for 24 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: 07868 752814
Website: lochwinnochartsfestival.co.uk/
County: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland


Inverness Fiddlers Rally - 7th Mar 2020 - 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.

Location: Inverness
Date: Saturday 7th March 2020 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.invernessfiddlers.org
County: Invernessshire
Country: Scotland


Manchester Irish Festival - 7th Mar 2020 - Manchester, Lancashire

Website not fully updated on our last visit...

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 17 days.

You have to right click on the web address and choose open in new tab to vivist this site. Don't know why they force this to be done.

Location: Manchester
Date: Saturday 7th March 2020 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


Kilkenny Tradfest - 12th Mar 2020 - 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: Thursday 12th March 2020 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


Clennell Hall Spring Music Weekend - 13th Mar 2020 - Alwinton nr Rothbury, Northumberland

Fantastic FREE weekend of acoustic singing and music in separate rooms. Dog and children friendly venue in a superb Country House Hotel amidst the stunning Northumbrian scenery. Heavily discounted camping. 10 per unit for the whole weekend (tents/caravans/motor homes/camper vans), if booked before March 1st, 25 if booked after March 1st, normally 15 per night. Water point, showers and toilet, but no electric hook up. En Suite Double or Family Room including Bed & Breakfast 85 per night if a minimum of two nights are booked. 200 for the whole weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Bunk room Bed & Breakfast 20 per night, Bunk room Bed only 15 per night

Location: Alwinton nr Rothbury
Date: Friday 13th March 2020 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: 07887 607008 or cneil727@yahoo.com
Website: www.facebook.com/groups/ClennellHallEventsFestivals/
County: Northumberland
Country: England


Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar - 20th Mar 2020 - Ballyliffin, County Donegal

For it's 31st year, 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 & 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 20th March 2020 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@inishowensinging.ie
Website: www.inishowensinging.ie
County: County Donegal
Country: Ireland


Poppy Folk Day - 22nd Mar 2020 - 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 22nd March 2020 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


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