The Ashen Keys

The Ashen Keys are a multi-instrumental, multi-voiced celebration of heartfelt storytelling.They’ve performed at folk festivals as Launchpad winners..

FREE to attend, although we welcome donations to cover our costs.

The Ashen Keys

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When to see The Ashen Keys

The main stage in Sunday afternoon’s concert. Scroll down to see the other bands playing in that session.

Don’t forget to arrive early for this free concert.

Festival locations

Events are located around the town centre, mainly Sandpit Field and Shore road. Click here for a map of the locations.


Some parts of the Festival are free and others need you to buy a ticket. Click here for more details about tickets.

The Ashen Keys

The Ashen Keys are a multi instrumental, multi voiced celebration of heartfelt storytelling from Kent. The group brings together three musicians – Hannah Ellerby (vocals, violin, oboe and ukulele), Rachel Lowrie (vocals, guitar, ukulele and clarinet), and Vicky Price (vocals, French horn, accordion) – and their sound tells of influences from folk, blues, pop, classical and even early music.

Expect to be taken on a journey through dark folk tales, bittersweet love stories and reveries on nature, all with exquisite vocal harmonies and unique instrumentation. Their first couple of years as a band has included performances at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Rochester Cathedral’s Ithamar Chapel, Black Deer Festival, and at Shrewsbury Folk Festival as one of the winners of the 2023 Launchpad competition.

The Ashen Keys have recently recorded their debut album, which will be available to purchase at the festival ahead of its official release.

As a relatively new band on the UK folk scene, The Ashen Keys appreciate their loyal fanbase and are very active on social media. You can follow them via or and they frequently upload music to their Youtube page:

Also playing in the same session as The Ashen Keys

Wight Hot Pipes

Wight Hot Pipes

Diverse and eclectic Wight Hot Pipes span the entire spectrum from Celtic, all the way through to contemporary dance and gritty rock.

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Mother Ukers

Mother Ukers

The Mother Ukers are ‘The Ukulele Band’. Using ukuleles of all shapes and sizes the Mother Ukers take you on a musical journey through time and space

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Each year Swanage is filled with a music and dance spectacle,
including FREE and ticketed events across the weekend.


On Sandpit field

Craft fair, children’s entertainment, afternoon concerts 

All around the town

Dance displays, the procession and the fringe

Tickets needed

Evening concerts on Sandpit field

Concerts in the Conservative Club

Ceilidh in Swanage School

Workshops - various locations