Ange Hardy

Ange (as a duo with Lukas Drinkwater) was with us at the 2016 festival,  and was loved by the audience as much as us… we simply had to ask her to come back this year! She’s on her own this time, but will be playing so many instruments, and providing such wonderful loops that you’ll […]


Dancing Border Morris for over 25 years, Bakanalia are colourful, lively, and wonderful dancers from Leicestershire. According to the Oxford English dictionary, Bacchanalia is the Greek and Roman festival of Bacchus, celebrated with dancing, wine, general mischief and revelry— and Bakanalia Border Morris are usually found trying to give old Bacchus a run for his […]

Bob Fox

After spending 5 years as a floor singer around the many folk clubs in the North East of England as well as being a resident singer at the famous Davylamp Folk Club in Washington, Bob Fox met fellow North Easterner Tom McConville and his career as a professional folk singer/musician began. In the duo with […]

Coope Boyes and Simpson

Billed as their “Final Performance”, we’ll be packing plenty of tissues to wipe away the tears – though knowing Barry, Jim and Lester as we do, there will be plenty of those tears being caused by laughter! They will be joined by special guests, and this is sure to be a concert that will live […]

Dreaming the Night Field

Adverse Camber Productions present Dreaming the Night Field: a Legend of Wales. Performed by Michael Harvey – Storyteller Lynne Denman – Singer Stacey Blythe – Composer/Musician

False Lights

It was only a matter of time. A late night bar conversation between Sam Carter and Jim Moray (both BBC Folk Award winners in their own right) concluded in the forming of a gleefully raucous guitar band that plays traditional songs and tunes, without committing the sins of the past. False Lights are a folk […]

Folk 3D

Folk 3D create exciting and innovative Folk Arts programmes with schools and communities. They work with people of all ages and abilities across the UK to connect with local and national culture. Folk 3D is an artists’ collaborative with skills in dance, music, song, drama, visual arts and crafts, early years, community development, family learning, […]

Frumptarn Guggenband

Returning for another year, we know Frumptarn will be entertaining the good folks of Derby throughout the weekend. Together since 2003, Frumptarn are the leaders of Guggen music in The UK. The Barnsley based band have become popular in England and beyond, performing in numerous national and international venues. Inspired by the unique blending of […]

Furthest From The Sea

Furthest From The Sea is an Arts Business run by passionate and dedicated artists committed to a ‘hands on’ approach to creativity. Based in Derbyshire, but operating around the country, they believe in the power of art to rejuvenate towns and cities, to bring people together and to celebrate and take pride in the place that […]

Gaorsach Rapper

Hailing from Aberdeen, Gaorsach are a wonderful bunch of Rapper Sword dancers, who are guaranteed to entertain. Often seen wearing their distinctive red kilts, they become a blur of colour, great music, and fun…

Hadrian Clog

Hadrian Clog is a dance team with a passion for clog and hard shoe dancing. We are a team of friends who love to perform at festivals, weekends of dance, local events, village shows, fairs and fetes anywhere along the wall and beyond. Dancing traditional steps from Northumberland, Durham, Westmorland, Lancashire, Shetland Isles, Cape Breton, […]

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

A couple of years ago, Hannah and Ben played a delightful set in the Guildhall Theatre as part of the EFDSS Folk Rising series, and we were all captivated. It’s a treat to see them return to Derby to appear at the festival this year. Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just […]

The Heartless Tarts

Three ladies of a certain age (their words, not ours!) who do not take themselves too seriously, The Heartless Tarts sing unaccompanied harmony. Gwenna Carless, Alison Green and Annie McClimont began by singing folk music, but now their repertoire is an increasingly eclectic mix of songs. If they like it, they work with it and make it […]

The Hut People

It’s about time we invited this paid to the festival, as they really are terrific!  We thought they’d be perfect to kick things off on Friday evening in the City Marquee… Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established […]

The James Brothers

The James Brothers are not really outlaws, neither are they brothers and only one of them is called James. They come from the lands down under – Australia and New Zealand to be precise; lands in which the traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles have evolved their own unique characteristics, like musical marsupials. […]

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn and Sean stepped in a few years ago when one of our acts couldn’t make it, and then returned in a headline slot the following year.  We love having them with us so much, that we’ve asked them back – and we were over the moon when they said yes!   Kathryn Roberts and […]

Kim Lowings & The Greenwood

Although we’ve heard Kim and the band’s music, we’ve not managed to book her at the festival until now – even though her name appears regularly in audience feedback when we ask who to book!  That’s all changed this year, and we’re really pleased that they can join us – from what you’ve said, we’re […]

Kirsty Merryn

Kirsty Merryn is a London-based singer-songwriter whose music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition, with influence from contemporary folk artists like Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman and Kate Rusby, as well as genre-defying musicians like Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. Kirsty has become a regular on London’s folk scene, delighting the crowds with her delicately […]


Leveret features three of England’s finest folk musicians in an exciting new collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and are involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is firmly […]

Marc Block

Marc Block is a Nottingham-based folk singer and songwriter, who’s just released his new CD, Brisk & Breezy. His first album The Hawthorn Spring (2013) received great reviews and wide radio play including BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show, and it so impressed Mike Harding that he played three tracks from it in one programme. It […]

Martin Simpson

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. “What’s it like being the best guitar player in the world…?” Martin’s modesty […]


Having been wonderfully received in the Clubrooms, with Village Folk, last year, we’re delighted to have them back with us – Merrymaker are making music about what is happening right now. ​ They are influenced by songwriters who not only sang about things that affected them, they also sang about subjects that reflected culture and […]

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are one of the best-known and most experienced folk duos on the British circuit today. Outstanding musicianship, a lifelong grounding in traditional singing and instrumental playing, acclaimed original compositions but most noticeably a visceral chemistry between these two make Kerr and Fagan a perennial favourite at festivals, venues and clubs […]


Narthen are Barry Coope, Lester Simpson, Jo Freya and Fi Fraser. To be honest, we thought we could leave it at that, as those names alone will tell you that although the band may be new and unfamiliar, the members are all extremely talented as well as being known and loved by many people! Whilst […]

O’Hooley & Tidow

It’s been a while since we’ve had Heidi and Belinda with us, and since they were, they’ve continued to gain fans, fantastic reviews, and stack up the prestigious appearances. It’s great to have them back with us, and know that they’ll sound gorgeous in the Guildhall Theatre. With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to […]

Oka Vanga

Angela Meyer & William Cox are an award winning Folk & Roots duo.  Whether singing, playing guitar, ukulele or mandolin , their relaxed banter and gift for story telling  makes their music both interesting and memorable. Coupled with great musicianship, fans of both Folk & Roots music are sure to find something they will enjoy […]


Oysterband 40th Celebration Special… Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career. Oysterband, the multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their 40th year as vital and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern folk canon to […]

The Rheingans Sisters

Fiddle-singers Rowan and Anna grew up in the Peak District, surrounded by traditional music and encouraged to pick up the fiddle by their violin-maker father from an early age. Both professional musicians, Rowan is well known on the English folk music scene as part of hugely popular BBC Folk Award nominated trio Lady Maisery as […]

Robyn Johnson

Derby Folk Festival is never too shy in coming forward with new talent.  This year is no exception, and Robyn Wallis Johnson is certainly a talent for the future. Robyn will deliver a selection of self-penned songs in her own unique style, more often than not reflecting on the ups and downs of human existence. […]

Rusty Shackle

South Wales based indie folk roots band Rusty Shackle have been captivating audiences with their incredible live performances since early 2010. Their shows blend well crafted catchy tunes with stunning high-energy level performances which will make sure you’ll leave exhausted with their tunes swimming around your head for days afterwards. That pretty much sums up […]

Sinfonia Viva

We’re delighted that following two lovely concerts last year, Sinfonia Viva wanted to be involved with the festival again – bringing a different angle to the festival programme and making the links between the worlds of classical and folk music. As well as the two Folk Reflections concerts in Derby Cathedral, we’re really excited that […]


Having been described as Deep Fried Celtic, Cajun and Americana, we can’t wait to get dancing! It’s purely a joyous celebration of two musical cultures using Accordions, Harmonica, Mandolins, Mando-Cello, Bass and Drums. Think of it as the music you might hear in a Galway bar if the Cajuns were over on tour, the Jameson’s […]

Travelling People

Do you remember the Carlsberg slogan ‘probably the best lager in the world’? The Travelling People make a similar claim that they’re probably the longest running folk group… As a trio they have been together for over 45 years! They perform a wide variety of music from trad to contemporary with focus on entertaining their […]

Treacle City Dance Band

Treacle City Dance Band hail from the villages on the slightly Northern fringes of the Derby borders! They come together in the village of Milford (which is known as Treacle City – and if you want to know why, ask them, and be prepared for numerous answers!) The band comprises Alan Squires, John Adams, Michelle […]

Show of Hands

After 25 years together, Steve Knightley and Phil Beer need very little introduction – and having been with them for a dozen of those, the same could be said for Miranda Sykes ! Were delighted that the fantastic trio are returning to Derby, three years after their last amazing appearance in the festival marquee…we’ve waited […]

Village Folk

Village Folk are a non-profit making live music organisation specialising in the very best of Folk and Acoustic Roots music.  It was set up by a group of friends, Karen, Becks, Emma, Robin, Steve and Martin to promote and stage professional music performers whose music they love to listen to and most importantly, have experienced live in the […]

White Rose Morris Men

White Rose Morris Men are a Cotswold side, formed in Leeds in the autumn of 1953. In 1971 they moved to Huddersfield where they have remained to this day. Their kit is white shirts and trousers, with green baldrics and straw hats. They currently perform from the traditions of Fieldtown, Headington, and the recently discovered […]

Winter : Wilson

Derby Folk Festival wouldn’t be the same without Kip and Dave – running the folk club events, and appearing on the main stages – they’re a wonderful duo, loved by all, and we’re delighted they are able to join us again.