Derby all set for Folk Festival

Derby’s Cathedral Quarter is all set to host the 11th Derby Folk Festival –  now a highlight on the folk and acoustic music calendar.

This year’s line-up is already a who’s who from the broad spectrum of folk music, with many exciting artists confirmed for a variety of venues in the city from October 6-8.

The multi-award-winning Friday headline act, Oysterband, will be appearing as part of their 40th Celebration Special and will perform in the City Marquee, on the Market Place at 9.30pm, following The Hut People and Martin Simpson.

Show of Hands return, three years after their last amazing appearance, to headline Saturday evening.

Folk rock group, False Lights will perform their vibrant headline set on Sunday evening from 6pm-8.30pm, closing the festival with folk music which will definitely get you up and dancing.

Derbyshire’s own Barry Coope and Lester Simpson will be on stage with Jim Boyes as Coope Boyes and Simpson (pictured) in the City Marquee from 2.45pm-4.15pm, on Saturday for their Last Ever Performance in a show that is sure to invoke both tears and laughter from the audience.

Also appearing in the marquee on Sunday from 11.30am are multi-instrumentalists Narthen (Barry Coope, Lester Simpson, Jo Freya and Fi Fraser) who will be playing and singing in four-part harmony, a capella and accompanied.

Introduced by festival patron, John Tams, popular solo folk artist Bob Fox will be performing songs from War Horse from 2pm-4.15pm.

This will be followed by Leveret, featuring three of England’s finest folk musicians in an exciting new collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.

Derby-born folk singer and songwriter Dave Sudbury, will also be performing during this year’s festival. Dave is possibly best known for his song The King of Rome (a true story about a racing pigeon, bred in the West End of Derby) which was brought to the attention of an international audience by folk singer June Tabor and her own recording of the song.

Dave will be joining the Village Folk Clubrooms  line-up, which already includes award-winning folk and roots musicians, Oka Vanga, and is curated by the team who organise Village Folk concerts in the Lawns Hotel, Chellaston.

Other special events include the launch of Martin Simpson’s latest CD, the songs of the late great Jake Thackray with John Watterson.

Adverse Camber from Cromford will be staging one of their storytelling productions at the Guildhall Theatre on the Friday night at 7.30pm.

Dreaming the Night Field: A Legend of Wales, weaves live music with Welsh and English to create a thrilling, funny, powerful and poetic show.

The festival also includes free fringe events, dance acts, workshop sessions, as well as an Arts and Craft Fair and food stalls on the Market Place. For more details go to