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An image of a busy street with music and dance at Derby Folk Festival
An image of a music session at Derby Folk Festival

We’ll have a fantastic range of fringe events, with music and dancing available alongside the main ticketed festival. There will be a limited number of affordable (just £5 per day) day tickets available for both Saturday and Sunday. These will give access to the events in the Old Bell Hotel, and also the alfresco area within Derby Market Place – access to each space will be subject to capacity for individual events.

You can buy Fringe tickets from the Derby LIVE site.


Our friends at Derby Museums have a great event lined up for Friday in the Museum of Making, as they’re presenting a “Folk Fun Palace”. You’ll find music, dance and workshops (including some great activity from FOLK3D. Have a look at their website for more details.

In the Old Bell Hotel Ballroom, we’ll have performances featuring music, spoken word and more.


12pm : Kelsey Shaw

1pm : Arbrevyn – vocal harmony trio with songs from Cornwall, Derbyshire and more!

2pm : Ellie Gowers – fabulous vocals and guitar from a fast-developing star of the scene

3pm : Rob Stamper – spoken word show “Chips, The Universe & Everything”.

6.30pm : John Birmingham Cup Song Competition – new songwriting, with guest judges.

9pm : The Sunflower Thieves – amazing duo with ethereal vocal harmonies and honest lyrics.


1pm : Mel Biggs – instrumental music from the super talented Mel

2pm : Baggaley & Varnam – a new pairing of very talented and experienced acoustic music players

3.15pm : Spoken Word Extravaganza – with Daron Carey and friends

5.30pm : Narthen – Barry Coope, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya and Jim Causley… simply, superb!

9.30pm : Old Sea Legs – Ian Bermingham (ex The Eskies) with his brilliant solo show

The front (Tavern) Bar will be open for drinks throughout, as will the snug and sumptuous Tudor Bar, which will also be home to music sessions throughout the weekend. If there isn’t one running, bring an instrument and start one!

Friends and Supporters

We’re very lucky to have the support, and input, from a number of Derby organisations…

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Cathedral Quarter Derby

We have great support from the whole team at Cathedral Quarter Derby. They help us every year through sponsorship, social media, event assistance, ranger assistance, and encouragement

Visit their website: Cathedral Quarter Derby

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Folk 3D

Dance curators, ceilidh organisers, flyer-flower makers – and so much more… they’re wonderful people all round. They get involved with many aspects of the festival, and in events such as Derby’s St George’s Celebrations.

This year, they are looking after the amazing Flyer Flowers again, and also running a slightly different version of the John Birmingham Cup!

You can find more details about how to get involved with this on the JB Cup page

Visit their website: Folk 3D

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Furthest From The Sea

Our great friends, and supporters of many artistic adventures in the city, are once again going to be looking after many of the fringe music activities. Look out for lots of things that they get involved in, throughout the year, and show them some love!

Visit their website:

Village Folk

A fantastic group of people who have become great friends and supporters of the festival. They’re a non-profit making live music organisation specialising in the very best of Folk and Acoustic Roots music – and their gigs are always top notch!

Visit their website: