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including Transglobal Underground featuring Natacha Atlas, John Otway & His Little Big Band, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican and more. offthetracks.co.uk


Settle Folk Gathering (31st


Aug – 2nd Sept) features Merry Hell, The Churchfitters, Reg Meuross, Charlie Dore, Geoff Lakeman, Moor Music Trio, Penny Davies & Roger Ilott, Drop the Floor, Duncan McFarlane and more. settlefolk.co.uk


Show Of Hands,


Ninebarrow and Merry Hell are all on the bill at Lyme Regis Folk Weekend (31st Aug – 2nd Sept). lymefolk.com


Fleetwood Folk & Blues


Weekend (31st Aug – 2nd Sept) features Bernard Wrigley, Virginia Kettle & The Dreamakers, Scolds Bridle, Steve Canavan, The Mighty Doonans, Anthony John Clarke, Robb Johnson, Henry Priestman & Les Glover, Treebeard, Phil Hare and more. fleetwoodfolkandblues.com


Sedgefield Folk Festival (31st Aug – 2nd Sept) features Marty Craggs & His Unexpected Visitors, Jez Lowe, Real Time, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Granny’s Attic, Los Capitanes, John Wrightson Band, Marske Fishermen’s Choir, The Old Age Travellers, Alterego and more. sedgefieldfolkfestival.co.uk


London Folk Festival (1st Sept) takes place at Cecil Sharp House in Camden, with Sam Kelly, Rachael McShane, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Hannah James, Jack Rutter, WOR, Ange Hardy, Alice Jones, Anna MacDonald, London Klezmer, Kitty Macfarlane, Trials Of Cato, Solasta and more. londonfolkfestival.co.uk


The Blas Festival (1st – 9th Sept) takes place in the Highlands with Donald Black Band & Mary Ann Kennedy, Robert Nairn Dance Band, James Graham, Skipinnish, Breabach, Fidil, Amy Henderson, Angus Nicolson Trio, Mary Catherine MacNeil, Freddie MacKenzie, Lauren MacColl’s The Seer, Gary Innes, Duncan Chisholm, Mischa Macpherson Trio, Alasdair Whyte & Ross Wilson, Mike Vass & Mairearad Green, Iain MacKay & Alex Murdo Macleod, Skerryvore, Sharon Shannon, Iain MacFarlane, Dermot Byrne & Ewan Robertson, Mairi MacInnes, Ness Melodeon Band, Manran, Hecla and more. blas-festival.com


The line-up at Bromyard Folk


Festival (6th – 9th Sept) features Oysterband, The Young’uns, RURA, Cosmotheka, Chris Wood, Fara, Moore Moss Rutter, The Rheingans Sisters, Granny’s Attic, Crows, The Hut People, Cardboard Fox, Will Pound’s Through The Seasons, Steamchicken, Jack Rutter, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Rosie Hood, Ben Robertson, Keith Donnelly, Molly Evans, Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman, Danny Pedler & Rosie Butler-


Blowzabella – Shrewsbury


Shrewsbury Folk Festival (24th – 27th August) has a line-up featuring Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Steeleye Span, Turin Brakes, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Show Of Hands,


Budiño, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, Usher’s Island, Gretchen Peters, Daoirí Farrell Trio, Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band, Shooglenifty with Dhun Dhora, The Mighty Doonans, Guo Yue & Joji Hirota with members of London Taiko Drummers, Skerryvore, Fisherman’s Friends, Rusty Shackle, Peter Knight & John Spiers, Johnny Coppin & Phil Beer, State Of The Union, Brooks Williams Band, O’Hooley & Tidow, Edgelarks, Megson, Blowzabella, The


Hall and more. bromyard-folk- festival.org.uk


Swanage Folk Festival (7th – 9th Sept) has a line-up including Bram Taylor, Damian Clarke, Flats and Sharps, Geoff Lakeman, Gilmore & Roberts, Gordon Potts, Louise Jordan, The Model Folk, Mother Ukers, Narthen, Ninebarrow, Oysterband, The Drystones, The Rheingans Sisters, The Trials of Cato, Threepeny Bit, The Young’uns and more. swanagefolkfestival.com


Bermondsey free Folk


Festival (8th Sept) will include Martin Carthy, Lisa Knapp, Circulus, Cunning Folk, Arfur Doo & The Toerags and more bermondseyfolkfestival.co.uk


Sweet Sunny South Festival,


Ashington, West Sussex (7th – 9th Sept) has a line-up including Rachel Eddy, Rattle On The Stovepipe, A&E Old Time String Band, Nine Tree Stumblers, Crooked Moon Appalachian and more. sweetsunnysouth.org


St Ives September Festival Of Music & The Arts (8th – 22nd Sept) features Seth Lakeman, Son Yambu, Fisherman’s Friends, Sound Of The Sirens, The Hackney Colliery Band, Rusty Shackle, Daphne’s Flight, Steve Knightley, The Young‘uns,


Wilson Family, Mankala, Yola Carter Band, Midnight Skyracer, Edwina Hayes, Alden, Patterson & Dashwood, Banter, Rafiki Jazz, Na Leanai, The Rogues Shanty Crew, FOS Brothers, Inlay, Will Pound’s Through the Seasons and more. Shrewsbury’s Director Sandra Surtees says, “Budiño and his band deliver such a high-energy performance it’s going to be a brilliant way to end the festival with a bang! One of the best things is discovering new artists but on my must-see list are Steeleye Span, Turin Brakes and Gretchen Peters. I’m also looking forward to seeing Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band, who blew me away when I saw them at a recent gig.” fRoots tip: for your dancing shoes, Banter. shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk


Breabach and more. stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk


Priston Festival (14th – 16th Sept) has guests including Sam Carter, Kitty Macfarlane, The Model Folk, Reg Meuross, Solana, Cardboard Fox, Djanan Turan, Feral Beryl, Jez Hellard & Djukella Orchestra, Jo Sercombe and more. priston.org.uk/festival


Amongst the guests at The Good Life Experience, Hawarden Estate, Flintshire (14th – 16th Sept) are Stick In The Wheel, Darren Hayman & Band’s Thankful Villages and more. thegoodlifeexperience.co.uk


The East Anglian Traditional


Music Trust’s 17th Traditional Music Day will take place in Bungay, Suffolk on 15th Sept, but hadn’t announced its bill at press date. eatmt.org.uk


Home Gathering, Newcastle


upon Tyne (15th – 17th Sept) features Beth Orton, Daoiri Farrell, Julie Murphy, The Keelers, Lisa Knapp, Twelfth Day and hosts The Unthanks. homegathering.co.uk


Southdowns Folk Festival,


Bognor Regis, Sussex (20th – 23rd Sept) plays host to: Dervish, Steve Harley Acoustic Trio, Trad.Arr, O’Hooley & Tidow, Merry Hell and more. southdownsfolkfest.co.uk


Isle Of Jura Music Festival,


Craighouse (21st – 23rd Sept) features Talisk, Ho-Ro, Tide Lines, Heron Valley, Rock-o- Malt, The Fold and more. juramusicfestival.com


Playing at this year’s Stroud


Folk Weekend (21st – 23rd Sept): Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, Sarah McQuaid, Briga, Gwilym Davies, Jeff Gillett, Martin & Shan Graebe, Ken Langsbury & Kate Dean, The Portraits and more. stroudfolkfestival.co.uk


Playing at this year’s Darbar


Festival, London (22nd – 28th Sept): Debashish Bhattacharya, Praveen Sheolikar, Pandit Kushal Das and Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Purbayan Chatterjee, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Parveen Sultana, Meeta Pandit, Rupak Kulkarni, Soumik Datta, Malladi Brothers, Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar, Sanju Sahai, Omkar Dadarkar and Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Vijayalakshmi. darbar.org


Teign Shanty Festival,


Teignmouth (29th – 30th Sept) features shanty crews Anchors Aweigh, Barnacle Buoys, Exmouth Shantymen, The Last Watch, The Longest Johns, Mariners Away, The Press Gang, The Severn Whalers and more. teignshantyfestival.co.uk


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