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Derby Folk Festival 2015

Festival Tent, Market Place

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Fri 2 - Sun 4 Oct 2015

Tickets: £22 - £80 More price information

Running Time: 54 hours - approximate, including any interval(s).

Most tickets cost more when booked via telephone or in person at box office. See our Ts & Cs for details.

About the event

2014 saw the festival take over the city, selling out across all events…

For 2015, the festival will return with even more fabulous performances right in the heart of the city. Events will be held in the City Marquee on the Market Place, Guildhall Theatre, The Old Bell Hotel, and for the first time, Derby Cathedral.

Weekend tickets are now available, with day/evening tickets being released once the full line-up is announced. 

Currently confirmed artists, and the days they are appearing are;


The Liberty to Choose (ft Lucy Ward, Jackie Oates, James Findlay and Brian Peters)

A very special performance showcasing songs from the landmark collection, The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs. Under the direction of distinguished singer and musician Brian Peters, three of the best young performers on the current folk scene – Jackie Oates, James Findlay and Lucy Ward (one of the festival's patrons) – combine to perform a selection of traditional songs, including several familiar titles in intriguingly different versions.

Fire in the North Sky 

UK storyteller Nick Hennessey and three Finnish virtuoso musicians make these 2000 year old traditional stories come alive with a touch of offbeat fun, enchantment and music that moves between dancing flutes, funky rhythms and hauntingly beautiful sung melodies.

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Having stepped in at the last minute in 2014 to replace Finest Kind, who were sadly unable to be with us, we're delighted that Kathryn and Sean are able to retun this year with an "official" listing in the programme! Expect fabulous musicianship, vocals and a smiling audience!

The Derbyshire Volunteers

The volunteers will be running the ceilidh/bop in the Old Bell Hotel, as well as a music session throughout the evening... featuring a veritable who's-who from Derbyshire's folk musicians, old and young!



Moore Moss & Rutter

Moore Moss & Rutter have been playing as a trio, meticulously reworking English tunes and compositions into sets and songs which have been described as "intelligently crafted musical adventures". Often praised for musical “maturity and sophistication”, it is their aim to carefully create soundscapes of mellow and precisely engineered beauty - as well as wild builds of tension and tempestuous climaxes.

Steve Tilston

A celebrated artist in Britain and abroad, winning accolades in Europe, Australia and the USA, his songs have been recorded by Fairport Convention, Dolores Keane, The House Band, Peter Bellamy, North Cregg, Bob Fox and John Wright. 

Blair Dunlop

What really marks Blair out from his peers is his ability to craft meaningful songs that connect with everyone who claps ears on them on a deeply emotional level that belies his age (early 20s!). Few people in the music world who had been paying attention were surprised when he scooped the prestigious Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Winter Wilson

Derby Folk Festival wouldn't be the same without Kip and Dave - running the folk club events, and appearing on the main stages - a wonderful duo, loved by all.


Featuring three fabulous musicians, Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron, this relatively new band are winning new fans every time they play.

Lester Simpson

Lester will again be running his wonderful harmony workshops on Saturday and Sunday.


Reformed for a farewell tour, Artisan will be playing one of their last (ever?!) concerts at the festival... catch them while you can!

The Teacups

Alex Cumming, Kate Locksley, Rosie Calvert and Will Finn met whilst studying on the Folk Degree at the University of Newcastle and formed The Teacups in 2010. It’s an age-old format – a quartet of singers: two men, two women – performing an age-old collection of songs. But The Teacups are new, they’re young, and their debut album, One For The Pot, revels in the vibrancy of youth, and all that heartache, or confusion, or euphoria, that goes with it.



Seven Little Sisters

One of Nottingham's finest musical exports bring a guaranteed great night to the Old Bell Hotel, where you'll be dancing yourself awake all night!

Winter Wilson

John Tams & Barry Coope

John Tams, one of the country's leading songwriters (and festival patron!), with his colleague of many years, the widely respected singer and keyboard player Barry Coope return to the festival in a duo that takes the audience on a fantastic musical voyage.

Eddi Reader

It was the short-lived but warmly remembered Fairground Attraction that really brought her into the limelight and to the attention of a much wider audience. The single Perfect and parent album First of a Million Kisses both topped the British charts. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song



Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing. They blast their way through some of the old favourite reels, jigs and hornpipes with fast paced and uplifting arrangements before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs.

Lester Simpson

John Spiers

John Spiers, known better in folk circles as Squeezy, has made a name for himself as one of the leading squeezebox players of his generation. Well known for his long-standing duo partnership with Jon Boden in the formidable Spiers & Boden as well as his contribution to the massively popular Bellowhead, John has also played with Eliza Carthy’s Ratcatchers and a number of local folk-dance bands.

Bob Fox

Beginning his career early in the '70s, Bob has performed solo, and alongside many of the folk scenes great names over the years. He's currently found on stage as Songman, on tour in the incredible production of War Horse, and we're delighted that Bob can take time out of his busy schedule to be with us this year.


Melrose Quartet

Featuring two wonderful duos, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, and Richard & Jess Arrowsmith, Melrose Quartet bring together everything that is wonderful about folk music... wonderful playing, beautiful singing, and great friendship that is obvious in every note they play.


Nominated in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the Faustus triumvirate are three of the leading lights of their generation: Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them, brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. 


Concerts will take place in the City Marquee, Guildhall Theatre, The Old Bell Hotel and  Derby Cathedral. Dance displays will take over the city's streets throughout the weekend, and free "fringe" performances will be scheduled in various venues which will be open to all.

There will be an Arts and Craft Fair taking place as part of the festival on the Market Place all weekend.

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Pre-festival show

Buy tickets for Bendrix; Benji Kirkpatrick presents The Hendrix Project on Thu 1 Oct here

Derby Folk Festival website

Dates & Tickets

Derby Folk Festival Fri Eve

Fri 2 Oct 2015, 6pm


Derby Folk Festival - Weekend

Fri 2 Oct 2015, 6pm


Derby Folk Festival Sat Day/Eve

Sat 3 Oct 2015, 10am


Derby Folk Festival Sat Eve 2015

Sat 3 Oct 2015, 6pm


Derby Folk Festival Sun Day/Eve 2015

Sun 4 Oct 2015, 10am


Derby Folk Festival Sun Eve 2015

Sun 4 Oct 2015, 6pm


Prices & Offers

£22 - £80

Concessions: £10 - £48

Concessions are typically available to over 60s, under 16s, students, unemployed and disabled people. Click through to Buy Tickets for individual prices and availability. Please note that proof may be required on collection of tickets or on entry to the auditorium.