Programme

Friday

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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Sinfonia Viva – Folk Reflections 1

5:45pm — 6:45pm

It is great to have Sinfonia Viva as part of the festival again, and this year they are bringing a wind quintet to the Cathedral! Festival wristband wearers get in to either concert FREE, so why not grab an hour of wonderful music during Friday evening.
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Friday Night Marquee

7pm — 10:45pm

We have a great evening concert to get the festival going this year, with some amazing music in quite different styles – we’re genuinely delighted that all three acts can be with us this year, and know you’ll have a great time watching and listening to them. 19:00 – 19:45    The Hut People 20:00 […]
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Sinfonia Viva – Folk Reflections 2

7:30pm — 8:30pm

It is great to have Sinfonia Viva as part of the festival again, and this year they are bringing a wind quintet to the Cathedral! Festival wristband wearers get in to either concert FREE, so why not grab an hour of wonderful music during Friday evening.
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Dreaming The Night Field

7:30pm — 9:10pm

Dreaming The Night Field: A Legend of Wales Honour, justice, magic and transformation collide in this spellbinding new storytelling and music performance which evokes the ancient Welsh legend of The Fourth Branch of The Mabinogion. Gwydion, nephew to the King, a magician and storyteller, provokes a war between North and South Wales and unleashes a […]
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Derby Ceilidhs – Festival Ceilidh with Outlandish Knights

7:30pm — 11pm

Derby Ceilidhs put on some great dances in the city, and last year, as we were lacking in space to put in a big dance event of our own, we asked them if they’d like to get involved and organise a special festival event. They brought in Hekety, and everyone had a fantastic night of dancing! […]
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Friday Night 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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Friday Night Late and Cajun

A great night of Cajun Americana and Celtic music from Swamp Trash – keeping the Old Bell buzzing until late!
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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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Sunday

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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Derby Cathedral Eucharist Service

10:45am — 12pm

We’re delighted that again, this year, Derby Cathedral have really got behind the festival with support, enthusiasm, and music… Derby Cathedral’s usual 10.45am Eucharist service is filled with centuries-old singing with sometimes delicate, sometimes thundering organ accompaniment. On Folk Festival Sunday, a special Harvest theme will run through the service. Why not pop by and […]
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Sunday Marquee Curtain Raiser

11:30am — 12:30pm

An extremely well known set of names, coming together in a new band… we know this will be a popular start to the Sunday – come and join them!
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Wake Up Ceilidh Bop

Start your Sunday off with a dance! Join us in the Old Bell Hotel for a great ceilidh – bop… a mix of called, and some free dancing.
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Sunday 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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Sunday Session

FREE ENTRY – even without a festival ticket. Music in the fabulous Tudor Bar… made by our friends (you!)
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Sunday Folk Clubrooms

12:30pm — 2pm

Join Kip and Dave in song, music and story – floor spots, guests, and a great atmosphere!
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Sunday 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 Ballroom, and also […]
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Guildhall Sunday Lunch

12:45pm — 1:45pm

A concert in the company of Kim, and the Greenwood… we know you’ll love this one.
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The John Birmingham Cup

2:30pm — 4pm

  Once again we’re delighted that Folk 3D are back in the Clubrooms, hosting a heat in the John Birmingham Cup – Folk song-writing competition. We’ll update this page with all of the full details, but for now, you’ll find last year’s application form, and the competition rules below…     John Birmingham Cup, Application […]
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Sunday Specials

2pm — 4:15pm

The first part of this great concert sees festival patron John Tams introducing the Songman himself, Bob Fox, as he brings songs from War Horse to the stage. Following on from that will be a trio who delighted us a couple of years ago, and Leveret continue to have that effect on everyone who sees […]
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Guildhall Teatime

4:15pm — 6pm

Both of this afternoon’s acts will have performed elsewhere in the day in other venues – here’s a chance to catch them in the same concert, in the wonderful Guildhall Theatre.
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Sunday Sing

4:30pm — 6pm

Having not been able to be with us last year, and after what will have been an emotional CBS concert on Saturday, we know this will be busy… Join Lester Simpson for a fun and productive workshop in harmony singing.
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Sunday Night Marquee

6pm — 8:30pm

The festival will close with a concert that will have you dancing in your seats or on your feet – and as our tradition has it, we’ll send you on our way with a “flyer-flower” in your hands and the words of “Rolling Home” in your head and on your lips! Timings are approximate, and […]
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