Programme

Saturday

Fringe: Craft Fair (Market Place)

FREE ENTRY – even without a festival ticket. Throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be an Arts and Crafts Fair on the Market Place featuring a whole range of fantastic goods.  These events take place at various times through the year in Derby, and we’re really pleased that the organisers have come on board […]
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Saturday Dance Displays

FREE TO WATCH – even without a festival ticket. Dance displays throughout the Cathedral Quarter – curated by Folk 3D. A full schedule of dance sides and locations will be available closer to the festival.
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Saturday Marquee Curtain Raiser

12pm — 1pm

Join Rusty Shackle for a high energy way to start your festival day!
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Flashmob Ceilidh

11am — 12pm

If you’re reading this, you’ll be one of those in the know!  A Flashmob is a surprise – and to the shoppers on the streets, it will be – but for you, this is a chance to dance at, or play in, an open air ceilidh! Join us on the Market Place at the Waterfall […]
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Saturday Session

FREE ENTRY – even without a festival ticket. Bring an instrument or your voice, and join in… or if nobody is playing, start something! The sessions in the Tudor Bar last festival were terrific fun – and we know it will be the same this time round.
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A Call From On High

As well as bringing the superb Friday night wind quintet concerts to Derby Cathedral, Sinfonia Viva have been working on an exciting “site specific” project which will be showcased as part of the festival on Saturday. These will be free performances, out in the open , and will take place at 12pm, 3pm and 5pm […]
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Cathedral Saturday Lunchtime

12:30pm — 2:30pm

Everyone is welcome in Derby Cathedral, and we know lots of you will want to join us for the great concerts again this year,
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The Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackray

12:30pm — 1:30pm

John Watterson has performed the songs of Jake Thackray at festivals, concerts, clubs, after dinner venues and – most specially – to members of Jake’s family. Jake’s songs are exquisitely funny, satirical, incisive, irreverent, witty and gloriously un-PC – and sometimes all of these at the same time. Jake was a one off, his poetry […]
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Saturday Clubrooms Special

1pm — 2:20pm

Join us in the Clubrooms for an intimate concert with Robyn Johnson, and The Heartless Tarts
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Saturday Old Bell Fringe

Our great friends Furthest From The Sea are looking after the fringe events in the Old Bell Hotel once again. Evening concerts on Friday and Saturday are ticketed, but these events are FREE, whether you have a festival ticket or not – come along and enjoy some great music! This year, there is music in the […]
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CBS and Friends

2:45pm — 4:15pm

A special concert featuring the very special trio – Coope Boyes and Simpson – and some of their many friends, who come together to help celebrate what is billed as their last public performance. Expect wonderful music, and a few damp eyes…
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Guildhall Sat Afternoon

3:30pm — 4:30pm

A concert with a duo who have graced the Guildhall’s stage in the past (at an EFDSS Folk Rising concert) – this will be a beautifully sounding event…
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Cathedral Saturday Teatime

4:15pm — 6:15pm

Everyone is welcome in Derby Cathedral, and we know lots of you will want to join us for the great concerts again this year. This one features a performance from someone on their first visit to us, and one who was with us last year… we know they’ll both be fantastic! NB: Marc Block’s performance […]
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Village Folk Clubrooms

5:30pm — 7pm

Village Folk bring the ethos and enjoyment that sees some fabulous concerts at the Lawns Hotel in Chellaston, to the Clubrooms. This year, they are presenting Oka Vanga – a lovely folk and roots duo – and will be making sure you have a great time!
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Guildhall Sat Evening

6:15pm — 7:15pm

Another duo in the Guildhall, and again, we’re thrilled to have them with us… It’s not a superlative to say, this will be another fabulous event!
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Saturday Night Marquee

7pm — 10:45pm

The final concert of Saturday is (in our opinion, and we hope you’ll agree) an absolute cracker! Timings are as follows – three full sets, and a bit of time in between to refresh yourselves… 19:15 – 20:00   Winter Wilson 20:15 – 21:15   Nancy Kerr & James Fagan 21:30 – 22:45   Show of […]
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Saturday Late Night at The Bell

10:30pm — 11:45pm

We hope you’ve got plenty of stamina, as this will be a fantastic way to finish your day… They’ll have kicked things off at mid-day in the marquee, and we know Rusty Shackle will still be going strong at the end of the night!
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