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8th – 10th September 2023

A weekend of concerts, dance displays, dance & music workshops, children’s activities, sessions and ceilidh

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KRELYS are a high energy Irish trad band from Cornwall. They have a repertoire comprising the best of the tradition – contemporary tunes from top Irish musicians, and those from the core of Irish music. Add in powerful songs with strong social commentary and you have...

Keith Slater

Keith Slater has been a professional musician since 1981 and has toured extensively around the British Isles. He has recorded with well known bands such as 60’s group Mike Sheridan and the Nightriders, the nationally acclaimed folk act The Fastest Bat and Lancashire...

The Salts

Seasoned musicians The Salts create are creating one of the most exciting and energetic folk concepts. Their sound is unique and mixes original compositions with classic traditional tunes, it's a guaranteed blast. “The Salts - they were just outstandingly brilliant”...

Den Miller

Strong melodies, catchy sing-along choruses and intelligent lyrics, are the trademark of songs composed and performed by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Den Miller. Den is an engaging and entertaining live performer, delivering his music and his message...

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

This popular, multi award-winning husband and wife duo exude timeless class with their exquisite brand of traditional and contemporary music. Duos come and duos go… and some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original and...

Honey & the Bear

Honey & the Bear were a tour de force on the UK Folk Festival circuit in 2022. The British folk and roots duo combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with emotive and evocative songwriting. With a diverse range of sounds and textures, and rhythms that flow...

The Carrivick Sisters

The Carrivick Sisters are one of British folk's best loved duos. They have a passion for old stories, American folk music and a good cup of tea (and who can disagree with that!). The joy they have in playing together is always evident at a Carrivick Sisters...

Janice Burns & Jon Doran

Anglo-Scottish duo Janice Burns & Jon Doran have a shared love of traditional music. Their songs tell vivid stories about the nature of life and our place in the world. This storytelling comes alive through vocal harmonies and sensitive interplay between mandolin,...

8th-10th September,


see you there.

Enjoy this video of 2021’s festival highlights.

See you on 8th -10th September, 2023.

Dance sides from across the UK.

Free and ticketed concerts

featuring top folk artists.

A weekend of fun, for everyone

All based around the sea front and town centre

Children’s activities, craft fair, family fun.

Children’s activities,

craft fair,

trade stalls.

We need your help.

Voluntary, not for profit, organisation. 

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Photos Taken During The Festival

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