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For the purpose of this website, the term folk music loosely encompasses all styles of folk music and dance, Americana, world music, acoustic blues, bluegrass, other acoustic music, roots music and dance, singer/songwriters and other genres and styles of that ilk.

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Derby Folk Festival is back for October 2020

Lucy Ward

This year's festival, produced by Derby LIVE, runs from Friday 2 October to Sunday 4 October with Derby Cathedral, The Old Bell Hotel and QUAD playing host to artists including Lucy Ward, John Tams and Barry Coope, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, and Kitty Macfarlane.

Steve Hewitt Reveals 'Light Gone Out' Lyric Video


The rising star of the British acoustic music scene announces the release of his 'Light Gone Out' lyric video single. Resonating with melodic alt-folk & country overtones,

Judy Collins for Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Judy Collins

Shrewsbury Folk Festival has revealed a second wave of artists on its 2020 line up topped by American folk legend, Judy Collins.


Stevington Guitar Concerts


Stevington Guitar Concerts Two multi award winning musicians in North Beds on the same night! Friday 8th and Saturday 9th May 2020 Stevington Village Hall. Tickets on sale now.

Wilson Family are coming to Tenterden

tenterden folk festival

The formidable five Wilson Brothers, Tom, Chris, Steve, Ken & Mike are booked for Tenterden Folk Festival 2020

Sarah McQuaid Spring Tour

Sarah McQuaid

Singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid is heading out on the road again for a 48-show tour beginning in the Netherlands on 27 February and finishing at the Acoustic Festival of Britain the last weekend in May

Bill Bailey set for Towersey 2020

Multi-award-winning British comedian, songwriter, musician, actor and presenter Bill Bailey, is confirmed to headline the 56th Towersey Festival

Free Youth Folk Sampler Day in Ashford

Youth Folk Sampler Day

A free Youth Folk Sampler Day is to be held in Ashford by the English Folk Dance and Song Society in partnership with Tenterden Folk Festival and Kent Music.

True Strays : New single & UK tour

TS Band

True Strays release new single 'Campesina ' on March 20th followed by extensive UK Tour.

Maverick Festival 2020

maverick festival-logo

The UK's first and finest Americana festival is pleased to announce further names for its lucky THIRTEENTH outing!
July 3, 4 & 5 - Easton Farm Park, Suffolk

'Nemo' new album from Kadialy Kouyate

Kadialy Kouyate

'Nemo' is the brand new album from West African Kora playing Kadialy Kouyate. The title NEMO, meaning blessings, is the human values that bring prosperity to any country or place.

Pavey Ark


Pavey Ark are a fast-rising alternative folk band from Hull, fronted by singer and songwriter Neil Thomas. Their debut album "Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing" comes out on March 20th, 2020

Le Vent Du Nord - Dates

le vent du nord

The award winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is back for some early 2020 dates

Folk East 2020

Folk East

FOLKEAST, England's most easterly folk festival, organisers have announced the awesome Afro Celt Sound System will headline Saturday night.

The Learning Zone

Folk Roots Learning Zone
A collection of useful articles for musicians, promoters and event organisers.

Gig Guide

Events calendar for folk, roots, Americana and acoustic music gigs.