The Carrivick Sisters

The Carrivick Sisters are one of the UK’s top young bluegrass and folk acts. Part of Midnight Skyracer, we’re really pleased that Laura and Charlotte have agreed to perform an extra duo set for us, in the Old Bell Hotel. Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully […]


Doug Eunson, Sarah Matthews and Oli Matthews come together with English and European dance tunes and English songs in three part harmony.  Playing melodeons, hurdy gurdy, saxophones, clarinet, fiddle and viola, these three highly talented musicians and singers weave intricate harmonies and blend beautiful melodies.


Solid rhythms from the back line of Andy Cooper’s bass and Ian WIlson’s mandola underpin the distinct and exciting music from three supreme melody musicians of Cupola.  The combination gives you DanceCupola.  They are just fabulous to dance to and the subtlety of the arrangements and harmonies make for a truly splendid listening experience as […]

Dan McKinnon

Dan McKinnon is a genuine troubadour – one man, one guitar, one voice – but oh, what a voice… Touring with a bucket full of intelligent story songs and a smile, Dan is a thoroughly engaging performer preferring a smooth, finger-style acoustic guitar accompaniment for his thoughtful compositions and lilting melodies. He covers much of […]

Dan Webber

Dan Webber has been performing poetry across the country for the last three years. He has supported Robb Johnson and Joe Solo, appeared at Indietracks, Y NOT Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival, Queer As Jokes, London and Incite at The Phoenix Artists Club, London alongside lgbt+ Poet Laureate Trudy Howson. In 2016, Dan was named BBC […]

Daoirí Farrell Trio

A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being 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

Dave and Chris

With Dave on twelve string guitar, and Chris on vocals, harmonica and occasional mandolin…we are two friends getting together to play and perform the songs we enjoy…some blues standards, a few obscure country songs, and a folk song or two, as well as some of our own compositions…hope you will enjoy them too!

Dwane Reads

Hailing in from Derby and performing in different guise since 1985 (Live art, Music, which has including vocals, drumming, and a mean turn on washboard). However, it is Poetry where his passion really lies. Dwane has always taken his Poetry out and about, around the UK and Eire. He would like to say thank you […]

Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band

If there is one musician who embodies the dynamism and vitality of the current English folk revival, it’s Eliza Carthy. Admired by traditionalists and modernists alike, Eliza’s trailblazing contribution for the past 25 years has influenced a whole generation of young musicians and earned her an MBE for services to music.

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 […]

Harp and a Monkey

Award-winning modern folk and storytelling trio Harp and a Monkey specialise in poignant, humorous and melodic short stories (both traditional and original) about life, love and remembrance. Their work has been described as “bold and brilliant” by the likes of The Observer, “fantastic” and “fascinating” by Mark Radcliffe of BBC Radio 2, “inventive” by Mojo, […]

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 […]

Gary Stewart’s Graceland

Led by the legendary Leeds-based troubadour Gary Stewart (Gary Stewart Band / Hope and Social) and backed his incredible 7-piece band, this spectacular group of musicians come together to recreate Paul Simon’s landmark Graceland album in all its glory.

Graham Cooke

AKA Cookie, Graham Cooke performs s acerbic folk from the East Midlands. Songs borne from a love, in equal measure, for the honesty and passion of punk rock and the power and beauty of English folk. Many of his songs are built around local characters and stories such as the bare knuckle fighter William ‘Bendigo’ […]

Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Two time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011. Soon after the joining of the pair, the duo were signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012 released their debut album, The Queen’s Lover. Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the […]

Harri Endersby

Growing up in County Durham and its thriving folk scene, Harri Endersby’s music has been heavily influenced by the region’s crowd of prestigious folk singers and musicians, her lyrics being firmly rooted in the pastoral and the world of story-telling. Her new album ‘Homes/Lives’ presents a transition in style, beginning with acoustic, stripped-back tracks whilst […]

Heartless Tarts

They say… “Three ladies of a certain age who do not take themselves too seriously, The Heartless Tarts sing unaccompanied harmony in an eclectic mix of styles…” We say… What a delight! We always love listening to them sing – beautiful harmonies, mixed with a great sense of humour.  Their opening for the final CBS […]

Jack Rutter

Still in his mid 20s, Jack Rutter (Moore Moss Rutter, Seth Lakeman band, Jackie Oates band) is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist making music within the British folk tradition. The recent release of his debut solo album, which is a collection of eleven traditional folk songs, produced by Joe Rusby and recorded completely solo […]

John Tams & Barry Coope

John Tams has been described by Mojo as ‘one of the ultimate British songwriters’ has had a career spanning four decades in every medium. A member of the Albion Band and Home Service he is perhaps best known for his work at the National Theatre and as Rifleman Daniel Hagman in the Sharpe television series. […]

Kai Swarvett

Hailing from Derbyshire, Kai Swarvett draws influence from the likes of Fleet Foxes and Bright eyes producing his own unique style of indie/ folk music. Kai is a prolific writer with a distinctive voice, weaving tales of melodrama and dark comedy to charm and enchant audiences around the UK.

Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham

Keith and Sylvia sing mainly English traditional and traditionally influenced contemporary songs and work extensively all over the UK, Europe and beyond with collectively over 80 years performing experience (and neither yet walks with a stick!). Both have a very wide ranging repertoire, strong voices and uncannily compatible and complimentary styles of delivery, affording an […]

Kim Lowings & The Greenwood

Last year, Kim and The Greenwood joined us (following lots of audience requests!) in the Guildhall Theatre – they were, quite simply, fantastic! We asked them back, and are delighted they’ve said yes, as we’re sure they’ll be a wonderful act to get your Sunday moving in the right direction in the City Marquee… Inspired […]

Lady Maisery

In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach
to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice.

Lester Simpson

Lester Simpson – who most people will know from the wonderful Coope, Boyes and Simpson (who had their farewell concert with us last year) joins us for another of his fabulous Sunday Sing sessions, as well as dropping in to entertain you in the Old Bell fringe. Lester runs 6 harmony choirs and workshops all […]

Louise Jordan

Having played as part of the festival fringe, as she was passing through Derby a couple of years ago, we know just how good Louise is! With an exquisite voice, and perfect self-accompaniment, we’re delighted to have her back with us – this time performing her show “No Petticoats Here”. Pouring honey into your ears […]

Lucy Ward Band

Lucy Ward is an impressive, original songwriter whose unique delivery and breath-taking voice has enchanted audiences the world over. Her music never fails to get to the heart of the human condition with her expressive, unflinching writing style and warm personality that radiates from the stage.  She’s also a wonderful person, and a fabulous patron […]

Marc Block

A familiar face at Derby Folk Festival, Nottingham-based Marc combines tradition and innovation with a Queer spiritual slant to his songwriting. He runs the open mic at the Gate to Southwell Festival, and is also known as accompanist to veteran singer Roy Bailey.

Melrose Quartet

Nancy Kerr – James Fagan – Jess & Richard Arrowsmith It’s been a huge three years for Melrose Quartet since their debut cd 50 verses had them nominated for Best Group at the BBC folk awards 2014. Growing a new and even richer repertoire of traditional songs and writing tracks of their own that merge […]

Midnight Skyracer

Midnight Skyracer is a new, all-female 5 piece bluegrass band playing hard driving traditional and modern classics, lesser known songs and a few originals. Featuring an all-star lineup of some of the UK’s top instrumentalists and singers, the band takes inspiration from the likes of other great female artists such as Rhonda Vincent and Alison […]


Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are […]

Oka Vanga

Oka Vanga are Angela Meyer & William Cox, an award winning UK Folk & Roots duo. Whether singing, playing guitar, ukulele or mandolin, this husband and wide duo have a strong set of original songs and well known tunes “guaranteed to win the hearts and minds of any audience.”

Paul Carbuncle

Paul has spent the last few years merrily gigging at pubs, festivals, and folk clubs on evenings which have been described enthusiastically as “Saturday” and “Wednesday” and sometimes “Friday”. The Midlands magazine Folk Monthly labelled him “bourgeoning”, back in the days before spell-check (2015). Since winning the Gate To Southwell Folk Festival open mic competition, […]

Rachel Croft

Musician and songwriter, originally from Nottingham and now based in York – Rachel’s complex and rich vocals play over rhythmic fingerpicked guitar. Her alternative folk songs are inspired by ethereal Celtic melodies and the thoughtful lyrics of storytelling songs, which narrate her experiences living and busking in the city. Having performed for a number of […]

Sally Barker & Brooks Williams

It’s obvious when there is a spark between two musicians and this collaboration between two classy and versatile singer songwriters is something special. They met when Brooks was making his latest album ‘My Turn Now’ on which Sally did some guest vocals, there was an instant connection. They have both had a long and varied […]

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

Having already recorded and produced over 10 acclaimed records, had multiple live sessions and airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and his music regularly featured on Sky Arts and Sky Sports, it’s hard to believe that 24-year-old Cornwall-based folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Kelly has only been performing live for 4 years – […]

Seas of Mirth

Seas of Mirth are a sizeable crew with a varying sound marinated in maritime, causing a ruckus throughout the UK and mainland Europe over this decade. Think folk instruments, worldly rhythms, prog rock-esque adventurousness and sea-based song concepts. Expect plenty of nautical stupidity and theatrics at this high-energy live show! As well as a hip […]

Sinfonia Viva

Back with the us for the third year, we’re delighted that 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.  This year, they’ve worked some very special magic, and are bringing around 20 […]

Steve and Julie Wigley

Steve and Julie Wigley are a Derby duo, who have been singing together for many years, performing mainly original songs written by Julie. They are regulars at local folk clubs and also enjoy travelling to clubs around the country. They have been finalists in BBC Song for Lincolnshire and the John Birmingham Cup and have […]

Steve Cresswell

Steve Cresswell plays original compositions with a contemporary folk feel and covers of his favourite acoustic rock/folk songs: the balance varies depending on the venue. He has performed on the Bar Stage at Moira Furnace Folk Festival and the Fringe Stage at Derby Folk Festival. He also plays pubs, folk clubs and open mics whenever he […]

Steve Tilston & Hugh Bradley

Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated songsmiths, widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music; the words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else. The story of Steve’s “lost” letter from John Lennon inspired the Hollywood movie Danny Collins starring Al Pacino in the title role, […]

Sue MacFarlane

Sue MacFarlane is, and always has been, a singer of songs. When asked how long she has been singing, she says that she can’t ever remember a time when she didn’t sing. She sang at home, at school, in Sunday School, in the church choir, and was singing in pubs and folk clubs by the […]

Sunflower Thieves

Originally from Derbyshire, Sunflower Thieves are a female-fronted pop folk band now based in Leeds. They will be bringing a rare stripped back duo set up to Derby Folk Festival, with delicate harmonies and poetic lyrics to match

Tom McConville Band

The Tom McConville band is surely the most entertaining, exciting four-piece operating on the festival circuit today. Fronted by the incendiary Fiddle playing of BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year Tom McConville (who Seth Lakeman regards as his biggest influence), this band also features Shona Kipling, herself a BBC Folk Award nominee, and one […]

Tony Stark

Anthony (Tony) Stark is a fingerstyle guitar player from Derbyshire who has built up a solid reputation for his intricate and passionately performed instrumental pieces. His influences include John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, Martin Simpson, Martin Carthy, John Martyn, Eric Roche, Tommy Emmanuel and many others. His performance might include a folk/blues or ragtime piece or […]


Umbilica is the songs and poetry of Josephine Lewis. Refining her songcraft over two decades, Umbilica draws from folk, rock, blues and literary influences to explore themes of relationships, gender politics and connectedness. The work has been described as haunting and vulnerable, “but with a particular grit and determination.” Based in the East Midlands, Lewis […]


UP combine 2 voices and 3 instruments (mostly ukuleles) to make one infectious and wonderfully uncomplicated sound. Expect imaginative arrangements straddling folk, blues, country and reggae.

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 […]

The Willows

Bringing together some of the most exciting musicians on the UK folk & roots scene, The Willows blur the boundaries between contemporary song and folk traditions on either side of the Atlantic. The band was formed in Cambridge by husband & wife (Cliff Ward & Jade Rhiannon) and Ben Savage via a chance meeting on […]

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.

Zulu Tradition

Imagine a youthful, mixed gender, Ladysmith Black Mambazo with high kicks. Zulu Tradition is a company of genuine young Zulu singers and dancers who deliver a heady mix of African harmonies (traditional songs as well as Afro-Gospel) and high-energy, athletic dance – all traditionally costumed and with drum-rhythms. Their stage shows are exciting, enthralling and […]