Friday 6th September

The Festival opens with a superb evening concert. Buy your tickets just for the concert, or save money and get a ticket for the whole weekend.

7:30 - 11pm on the Main Stage

£28 or get a weekend ticket.
Concert featuring

Merry Hell

Multi-award winning Merry Hell offer joyful, uplifting folk-rock, with a message of hope for troubled times. Native to the North-West of England, the 8-piece musical charabanc emerged from the embers of the much-loved folk-punk band The Tansads, before developing a...

Granny’s Attic

With exceptional musicianship and boundless energy, Granny’s Attic are going from strength to strength. Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, anglo concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (violin, vocals) have honed their skills touring the...

Saturday 7th September

There are events all around town, some free, some in the conservative club (paid), and a great live concert to finish the evening PLUS craft fair, food stalls, beer tent and children's entertainment on Sandpit Field. Buy your tickets for individual concerts or save money and get a weekend ticket.

In the morning.

Around town

Free to enjoy

Dance displays

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Catholic Church Hall

£4 or get a weekend ticket.

Workshops

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Ukelele session

Come and brush up your Ukelele skills with Uke star Richard Walker. You canask questions, chat, learn and most importantly practice in this hands on workshop.

Ukelele for beginners

Learn Ukelele from the beginning with Uke star Richard Walker. This is your opportunity to learn, ask questions, chat and practice in this hands on workshop.

Sandpit Field

Free to enjoy

Craft Fair

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Children's entertainers

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In the afternoon.

Around town

Free to enjoy

Dance displays

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3pm Dance procession

Along Shore Road

Catholic Church Hall

£4 or get a weekend ticket.

Workshops

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English Folk Dancing workshop

Learn simple to more complex dances, so you can enjoy barn and ceilidh dancing. Mike Walshaw’s been involved in English Folk Dancing for over 50 years.

Bollywood workshop

Luciele Crisp of Lucy C Dance Fitness in Swanage is running the Bollywood workshop, come and join the fun of dancing Indian rhythm!

Poetry Reading

Bring your your favourite poems, you’ll have the opportunity to reading them out and discussing technique and what makes a successful poem.

Belly Dancing workshop

Learn traditional Egyptian Dance moves to music with Laura Bosworth, for everyone to learn and enjoy together. No previous experience necessary.

Sandpit Field

Free to enjoy

Craft Fair

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Festival bar

Great beer, great atmosphere.

1:00 - 3:30 pm
Con club

£15 or get a weekend ticket.
Concert featuring

 

Fred’s House

Fred’s House are Vix, Prue, Lachlan, Gafyn and Paul, a group of friends based in Cambridge who make up the award-winning band. Female fronted folk-pop boasting 4-part sunny harmonies, violin, guitar and a driving rhythm section. For 14 years, playing live is what the...

Keith Donnelly

Keith could make sheep laugh! (Jasper Carrott) Keith Donnelly - stand-up comic, fall-down comedian, surreal snigger-songwriter, guitar-hero, performance-artist, [tall] story-teller, philophoser, scriptwriter, [none can] compere, man-of-mystery, inner-childminder,...

12:30 onwards

Around town

Enjoy 'the fringe'
Free to enjoy
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Singaround with Geoff Payne

Join Geoff Payne for the Swanage Folk Festival's singaround, on Saturday and Sunday lunch times in the Red Lion pub. You'll love the singing, the music, the atomsphere and of course the beer!

Irish music session

Join in for great Irish music sessions on Saturday at the White Swan pub. You'll love the music, the atomsphere and of course the beer! Oh, by the way, you can enjoy it again on Sunday afternoon!

12:00 - 5pm
Main stage

Free to enjoy
Concert featuring

The Rigmarollers

The Rigmarollers pack out exhilarating shows with their unique take on the blues. A trio with a massive sound, they put vocals, harmonica, guitar and sousaphone over an irresistible backbeat. Harmonica virtuoso Ed Hopwood learnt his craft in acclaimed UK blues bands....

Arquebus Trio

Winners of Purbeck Rising 2023 Arquebus Trio are excited to be firmly establishing themselves on the UK folk scene. Combining traditional songs, arranged tune sets and contemporary self written songs, they will also be performing tracks from their debut album First...

Flossie Malavialle

Flossie Malavialle is a French born singer who was based in the North East of England for 20 years between 2000 and 2019, playing throughout the UK and beyond during that time. Her collection of 14 albums is a reminder of how much work and dedication she has put into...

Bere Essentials

The Bere Essentials were once described as Bluegrass and beyond. Bere Essentials play Bluegrass, Americana, Country, Western Swing and the odd pop tune with a smile.

In the evening.

7:30 - 10:30 pm
Swanage School

£15 or get a weekend ticket.

The Festival Ceilidh

Come along, dance, laugh and enjoy yourself

7:30 Around town

Enjoy 'the fringe'
Free
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Music session

Join this music session and enjoy an wonderfully eclectic mix of English music and songs in the Red Lion....along with a beer, or whatever your tipple is.

7:30 - 11pm
Main stage

£28 or get a weekend ticket.
Concert featuring

Cara

“They sound like a whole festival wrapped up in one band!" (BBC Radio Scotland) A multi-national, award-winning band with Scottish/Irish and German members, CARA tour worldwide with unique interpretations of Celtic music, firmly rooted in the Irish and Scottish...

Gaelforce

Gaelforce are a Celtic Folk Rock based Yorkshire,UK playing rocked up traditional folk songs, self penned songs/tunes in the trad style & jigs n reels. They are Chris Dyson – fiddle, vocal – ex Mike Hardings Band, Roisin Ban. Geoff Taylor – electric guitars – ex...

The Hot Rats

The Hot Rats play Celtic, World and original music. They are the brilliant fiddle player Ian Cutler, singer and guitarist Doug Hudson and bass player Scott Kirk. Ian also plays with Feast of Fiddles and was the young fiddle player in The Wicker Man. Doug formed the...

Sunday 8th September

Enjoy breakfast on Sandpit Field, Sunday's are for fun not lying in bed. There's events around town, some free, some paid. On Sandpit field enjoy the concerts, craft fair, food stalls, beer tent and children's entertainment; then a stomping live concert to finish the weekend.

In the morning.

10:30 St Mary's Church

Festival Church service and dancing

Free to enjoy

10:30 onwards around town

Dance displays

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Catholic Church Hall

£4 or get a weekend ticket.

Workshops

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Ukelele session

Come and brush up your Ukelele skills with Uke star Richard Walker. You canask questions, chat, learn and most importantly practice in this hands on workshop.

Ukelele for beginners

Learn Ukelele from the beginning with Uke star Richard Walker. This is your opportunity to learn, ask questions, chat and practice in this hands on workshop.

Sandpit Field

Free to enjoy

Craft Fair

Click for more info.

Children's entertainers

Click for more info.

In the afternoon.

Around town

Free to enjoy

Dance displays

Click for more info.

3pm Dance procession

Along Shore Road

Catholic Church Hall

£4 or get a weekend ticket.

Workshops

Click for more info.

French Dance workshop

Learn French Dances incl. bourrees, schottisches & mazurkas with Steve Earwicker, accompanied by Gill on cello’and Alasdair on accordion. No experience needed.

Alexander Technique workshop

Kate shares the basic concepts and a practical demonstration of the Alexander Technique. Come along and find out how the Alexander Technique can help you.

Step dance workshop

Learn Step Dance with the Buffalo Gals, who were a hit on stage at last year’s festival, with their percussive Appalachian stepdance. Later watch their concert.

Singing workshop

Join this singing workshop with Lesley Whatley of Local Vocals. It’s your chance to join in, enjoy a hearty singsong and enjoy improving your technique.

Sandpit Field

Free to enjoy

Craft Fair

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Festival bar

Great beer, great atmosphere.

1:00 - 3:30 pm
Con club

£15 or get a weekend ticket.
Concert featuring

 

Gerry Colvin Band

"Gerry Colvin is a writer of great substance who is able to give us something that has been largely missing in English Music for a long time. His subjects and characters are clearly defined and his songs create strong images and stories which can make us both laugh...

The Hot Rats

The Hot Rats play Celtic, World and original music. They are the brilliant fiddle player Ian Cutler, singer and guitarist Doug Hudson and bass player Scott Kirk. Ian also plays with Feast of Fiddles and was the young fiddle player in The Wicker Man. Doug formed the...

12:30 onwards

Around town

Enjoy 'the fringe'
Free to enjoy
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Wareham Whalers

Come and listen to the ever popular Wareham Whalers busking. The Wareham Whalers have been performing shanties for over 15 years. Their style reflects that used on board the sailing ships to accompany the hard work carried out.

Irish music session

Join in for a great Irish music sessions on Sunday at the White Swan pub. You'll love the music, the atomsphere and of course the beer! If you're really into your Irish music, it's on Saturday afternoon as well.

12:00 - 5pm
Main stage

Free to enjoy
Concert featuring

Wight Hot Pipes

Diverse and eclectic Wight Hot Pipes deliver a mix of musical genres which fuse in their melodic melting pot to create an exhilarating cocktail of flavours, spanning the entire spectrum from Celtic, all the way through to contemporary dance and gritty rock including...

Mother Ukers

Mother Ukers are a three piece Ukulele band based in Bournemouth, England. The Band take on modern day classics  with their ukuleles and forge them into timeless wonders of a bygone era with the power of ‘Ukular Fusion’ Warping time and Space… The Mother Ukers are...

The Savage Underdogs

Savage Underdogs are a Dorset Folk Rock band delivering finely crafted original tales from land and sea. Swanage Kelp Shantymen singer and former Devils Rejects frontman ‘Matthew Williams’ formed Savage Underdogs in 2015. A loyal Levellers supporter and American...

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...

In the evening.

7:30 - 10:30pm
Main stage

£28 or get a weekend ticket.
Concert featuring

Track Dogs

Track Dogs are four international “madrileños” (Garrett Wall, Dave Mooney, Howard Brown & Robbie K. Jones) 2 Irishmen, an Englishman and an American. Based in Spain, the band name comes from the dark subterranean world of New York’s subway system. ‍There is...

The Luke Jackson trio

Luke tours solo in or as a trio with with bassist and drummer. “Blessed with one of those soulful, heaven-sent voices that soars with emotion or plunges into brooding intensity.” – The Musician Magazine “He is one of the most distinctive voices, both literally and...

Buffalo Gals

One of the UK’s leading American roots-inspired music acts, this vibrant Old-Time country string band features high-energy percussive Appalachian stepdance, humour, championship fiddling, laughter, flair and high- quality musicianship in an intoxicating show to...