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.
A genuinely unique band that makes an inimitable, driving, drone-based wall-of-sound – played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. Blowzabella compose their own music, influenced by English and European traditional folk music and song. Many of their tunes are “standards” in the modern British/European folk repertoire and are played by people all over the world. There is no one else quite like them.
The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.
WILL POUND & JENN BUTTERWORTH
A new duo featuring two virtuoso instrumentalists. Pound is one of the finest harmonica and melodeon players of his generation, pushing the boundaries of instrumental playing, and collaborating in a huge number of diverse projects. Butterworth is one of the most notable folk guitarists in the UK acoustic music scene, and in-demand collaborator. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, she is a lynchpin of the vibrant and thriving Scottish folk scene.
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.
HANNAH SANDERS & BEN SAVAGE
This popular duo’s unique unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs’ emotion and narrative.
The material is as joyful and fun as it is intense, but the common factor is the duo’s warmth and confidence in each other; their natural ease and connection is clearly evident on the recorded music, and a genuine pleasure to witness on stage.
Hannah & Ben release a new album Ink Of The Rosy Morning on Topic Records in early 2022.
Talented upstart Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne has a solo repertoire consisting mainly of traditional songs with accompaniment on Anglo concertina or melodeon. Cohen also performs traditional tunes and the occasional unaccompanied song with a refreshing verve and spirit. His performances include traditional ballads, historical songs, industrial songs, sea songs and shanties all firmly rooted in the English tradition, with a fair amount of material linked to the West Midlands where Cohen has lived for much of his life.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated Rosie Hood is a folk singer/songwriter from Wiltshire known for her strong, pure voice and captivating performances.
Immersed in traditional music most of her life Rosie’s debut album The Beautiful & The Actual received widespread critical acclaim.
Melrose Quartet are truly an all-round folk act, with both tight a capella harmony and energy-packed instrumentals. They comprise leading English musicians Nancy Kerr, James Fagan, Jess & Richard Arrowsmith with twin fiddles, guitar and bouzouki, melodeon and four strong voices.
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.
Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell has been described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Daoirí cut his teeth as a singer in Dublin’s famous Góilin Singers Club, then stepping into the limelight in his own right, and has been in demand ever since. His latest critically acclaimed abum A Lifetime of Happiness was released in 2019.
JACKIE OATES & JOHN SPIERS
A duo bringing together two serious forces in the contemporary folk scene. Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs has gained her several BBC Folk Awards.
John Spiers has made a name for himself as one of the leading melodeon players of his generation. A key player in the multi award winning Bellowhead and also well known for his recent work back with Jon Boden.
MATT CRANITCH & JACKIE DALY
Jackie Daly (accordion) and Matt Cranitch (fiddle) both have long and distinguished careers in Irish music, leaving a lasting imprint on the tradition. As a duo, they play vibrant, collaborative music; the foremost interpreters of the rich Sliabh Luachra tradition of instrumental music.
The unique cultural area on the borders of northwest Cork and east Kerry provides a special repertoire of tunes as well as a very distinctive style of playing. and has long been a source of inspiration for both Jackie and Matt.
A magnificent dance and concert band distilling the essence of traditional music from Central France – the Berry, Bourbonnais and Auvengne regions – 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! The line-up includes: Patrick Bouffard (hurdy gurdy), Jonas Thin (French bagpipes and low whistle), Colin Delzant (cello) and Fabien Guiloneau (guitar).
MIRANDA SYKES & HANNAH MARTIN
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.
WESTWARD THE LIGHT
Westward The Light is a vessel that brings together an expansive knowledge of Scottish folk music and culture, creating a new expression of an age-old sound. On fiddle, viola, vocals, piano, and guitar, Charlie Grey, Sally Simpson, Owen Sinclair and Joseph Peach’s music is reflective of upbringings immersed in the nature and landscapes of Scotland.
Their approach produces dynamic and powerful results, met with great acclaim from audiences across Scotland and beyond.
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.
CHRISTINA ALDEN & ALEX PATTERSON
Singers and multi-instrumentalists from Norwich, Alden and Patterson have been playing and singing together for the last seven years, winning hearts and minds with their fresh-faced song-writing and well-crafted performances. Their recent album Hunter was described by The Guardian as ‘a bright, lively collection of songs that plays so sweetly it evokes the sensation of a summer folk festival.’