Folk Music Weekender to take over Derby

This year Derby Folk Festival is taking a break from its normal format, with a smaller Weekender event – although there will still be plenty of great artists performing in the city.

Kicking off the weekend on Friday, October 4, at 8pm are Rachael McShane and The Cartographers – a stunning trio of musicians who will be lighting up Derby Cathedral in a concert. Later the Urban Folk Quartet will play at The Old Bell Hotel at 10.30pm. 

Saturday, October 5 begins in Derby Cathedral with an all-embracing Scandinavian folk music experience from Kongero. This is followed by two of the finest singers to come out of the UK folk scene in the past 15 years, Sam Kelly and Nottingham’s Ruth Notman. 

In the evening festival-favourite Bob Fox, will be entertaining, supported by Katie Spencer. 

Closing the festivities at the cathedral will be the Canadian wonders De Temps Antan. Éric Beaudry, David Boulanger and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have been exploring and performing time-honoured melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past. 

The Old Bell Hotel will host four gigs on Saturday. Talented trio Moirai will be first to the stage, followed by Kitty Macfarlane. In the evening Barry Coope will be joined by Kongero. The evening will end with the perennial-favourite Winter Wilson in Late Night with Kip & Dave.

There will be three events at the hotel to close the event on Sunday, October 6, beginning with music from Steve Turner, a pioneer of English concertina song accompaniments in a concert which also features folk singer Nick Hart. 

One of the great Irish singers, Andy Irvine, will be next up supported by BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award-nominated Luke Jackson. 

The final gig of the weekend will be The Willows, with support from Winter Wilson.

The full line up is available at