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The Ham – Evening Concerts

The Ham is our main concert marquee venue, programmed with three top drawer headline concerts each day at the festival. Tickets for all the evening Ham Concerts are available NOW.

FRIDAY 29th JULY

JEZ LOWE + GRANNY’S ATTIC

 

Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene is well established. Not only is Jez one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dublinersand Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks.

Exciting young talents, Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon/concertina/vocals), George Sansome (guitar/vocals) and Lewis Wood (fiddle/mandolin/vocals) – play from the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style.

These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions.

SATURDAY 30th JULY

EDDI READER + RYAN YOUNG & DAVID FOLEY

Eddi Reader is perhaps Scotland’s greatest living female voice. Celebrating her 40th year on stage in 2021, her performances just get better and better.

From her earliest years playing the folk clubs of western Scotland via huge international success and number one hits with Fairground Attraction to her successful solo career, Eddi has released consistently great works, including highly acclaimed albums such as ‘The Songs of Robert Burns’ and last year’s ‘Cavalier’. “Timeless and universal” The Scotsman.

Ryan Young brings new and exciting ideas to traditional Scottish music, receiving international praise for his spell-binding interpretations on the fiddle. Focusing on traditional Scottish music and accompanied by guitarist David Foley, Ryan brings new life to very old, often forgotten tunes by playing them in his own unique way.

SUNDAY 31st JULY

SHOW OF HANDS + HANNAH SANDERS & BEN SAVAGE

 

Music legends Phil Beer and Steve Knightley will return as Show of Hands to captivate audiences with live renditions of their award-winning hits and festival favourites.

The performance will feature a set of iconic signature tracks from the last 25 years, encapsulated on their new album ‘Singled Out‘, along with new material and classic Show of Hands tracks.

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are an acoustic duo that sounds classically timeless, yet their music is unique.

The duo have toured the UK, North America and mainland Europe, enrapturing audiences at shows and on festival stages with the sparkling beauty of their acoustic style

MONDAY 1st AUGUST

THE SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE + MIRANDA SYKES & HANNAH MARTIN

Always renowned for a combination of Visigothic bravado, absurdist humour and eye-moistening tenderness, The Spooky Men’s Chorale are back, with their judicious combination of Georgian table songs, pindrop beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers, and a swag of original songs which seek to both celebrate the “boof” and mock it. They will delicately garnish their much-loved black-catalogue with new incursions into beauty and stupidity.

In this exciting new collaboration from two of British folk’s finest voices, Miranda Sykes (Show of Hands) and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks, Gigspanner Big Band) join forces to present a set of songs that take them back to their shared roots. Miranda and Hannah have spent many years playing on the British folk scene, but neither has ever dedicated an entire set to traditional song. Centred around their deep knowledge of roots music, and a love of harmony singing, they bring together old songs with new ideas; ancient tales with bass, fiddle, and banjo; and two mesmerising storytellers joining voices to create a spine-tingling testimonial to our shared musical heritage

TUESDAY 2nd AUGUST

YVES LAMBERT TRIO + CENTRALBAL

Yves Lambert is a charismatic and dynamic musician, with serious pedigree in the world of Quebecois folk music.

As well as being a founder member of the influential La Bottine Souriante, Yves has been a driving force in widening the horizons of Quebecois traditional music beyond Canadian borders, and now continues to pursue this adventure with his Yves Lambert Trio. Expect musical fireworks!

Centralbal are a magnificent dance and concert band distilling the essence of traditional music from Central France and dynamically delivering it to modern audiences.

Led by the legendary Patrick Bouffard (La Chavannée), Centralbal blend traditional tunes and recent compositions in an irresistible dance machine!

WEDNESDAY 3rd AUGUST

SPIERS & BODEN + BRYONY GRIFFITH & ALICE JONES

By the time John Spiers and Jon Boden had hung up their highly regarded hats as the Spiers & Boden duo in 2014 they had earned a place in the hearts of the folk audience that few could rival. Described by The Guardian as ‘the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene’, Spiers & Boden first rocketed onto the music scene in 2001, quickly winning a clutch of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and went on to become one of the best loved duos on the English folk scene and beyond. John and Jon were also founding members of the pioneering big band Bellowhead, whose stellar career increasingly came to dominate their time. But now, after exploring solo projects, the duo is back with their album ‘Fallow Groundand a UK comeback tour.

As established solo artists, Bryony & Alice are no strangers to the folk scene. As a duo they combine their respect of traditional song, music and dance with their own contemporary style of performance to present a unique repertoire of harmony, history and Northern banter. They will be performing traditional Yorkshire songs from their debut duo album ‘A Year Too Late & a Month Too Soon’.

THURSDAY 4th AUGUST

KATE RUSBY + JACK RUTTER

 

Often hailed as the ‘first lady of folk’, Kate Rusby has forged an impressive 30-year career, which she celebrates in 2022. A remarkable, interpretive singer, Kate’s soulful vocals resonate with the wistful beauty of an earthbound angel. Inhabiting a lyric with unforced conviction, she has that rare ability to transport her audience, touching them emotionally and making each tune live vividly within their experience and imagination. Enjoy Kate’s choice of much-loved classics from her back catalogue stretching over the past 30 years of music making, together with a selection of fresh new songs from her most recent albums and new releases including her brand new album ‘30’.

Outstanding young folk singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from West Yorkshire, Jack Rutter has a well-earned reputation for his solo work, as well as being highly sought after as a musical collaborator (Seth Lakeman, Sam Sweeney, The Young ‘Uns, Jackie Oates). Jack continues to perform unearthed gems from the folk canon from his latest brilliant solo album Gold of Scar & Shale, his masterful playing and arrangements on guitar and bouzouki providing the perfect accompaniment for his soaring vocals.

FRIDAY 5th AUGUST

FARA + RACHEL HAIR & RON JAPPY

Fara brings together four musicians at the forefront of today’s young Scottish folk scene.

 

Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price’s three fiddles combine with Rory Matheson’s piano to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney.

 

With a mixture of self-penned and traditional Orkney tunes as well as stunning vocals, Fara produce an exciting and individual sound, with vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano.

 

Rachel Hair (clarsach) and Ron Jappy (guitar) are superb instrumentalists with a shared passion for traditional tunes. From crisp strathspeys and heartfelt airs, to virtuosic reels and driving jigs, the duo charms audiences wherever they go.

An All-In-One gives you access to all events and workshops for the whole festival. You can also get to the two Pre-Festival concerts at seriously reduced prices.

Week, Weekend and Day season tickets give access to all events except the Ham Evening concerts for the period of your ticket. Season tickets give considerable discounts for Ham Evening concerts.