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 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.
SUNDAY 31st JULY
SHOW OF HANDS
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.
MONDAY 1st AUGUST
THE SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE
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.
TUESDAY 2nd AUGUST
YVES LAMBERT TRIO
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!
WEDNESDAY 3rd AUGUST
SPIERS & BODEN
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 Ground’ and a UK comeback tour.
THURSDAY 4th AUGUST
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’.
FRIDAY 5th AUGUST
THE EAST POINTERS
JUNO Award winning Canadian trio The East Pointers play modern folk with Billboard-worthy pop hooks, deep acoustic groove, trance-like trad breakdowns and three-part harmonies, Tim Chaisson (vocals/fiddle/percussion), Koady Chaisson (banjo/tenor guitar/moog) and Jake Charron (guitar/keyboards), capture the furious energy of their live shows and push the boundaries of East Coast folk.