Derby Folk Weekender 2019

The Willows

Plus Guests

The Old Bell Hotel

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Sun 6 Oct

Please note seating is on a first come first served basis
Running Time: 2 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

Bringing together some of the most exciting musicians on the UK folk & roots scene, The Willows blur the boundaries between contemporary song and folk traditions on either side of the Atlantic.

The band was formed in Cambridge by husband & wife (Cliff Ward & Jade Rhiannon) and Ben Savage via a chance meeting on Gumtree! Since then the band’s line-up and sound has grown considerably with Evan Carson (Sam Kelly, Changing Room) on drums, John Parker (Nizlopi) on double-bass and Katriona Gilmore (Gilmore & Roberts, Albion Band) on fiddle. The sound is expansive, varied and rich in power - a band equally at home with pin-drop intimacy as they are invigorating foot-stompers.The band shot to prominence in 2013 when debut album “Beneath Our Humble Soil” co-produced by Stu Hanna (Megson, Show of Hands) was championed by the likes of Mike Harding and Bob Harris, and subsequently nominated for Best Debut by Spiral Earth. The band followed up with “Amidst Fiery Skies” co-produced by Sean Lakeman which was equally well received…"***** - Amidst Fiery Skies is outstanding!" - The Telegraph"

Already selected for the ‘next big thing’ from the burgeoning herds of young English folkies , their 2nd album is beautifully rendered" - Acoustic MagazineAlongside their achievements in the studio, a hectic touring schedule has helped the band build a reputation as a compelling live act, appearing at just about every major folk festival going in recent years….Catch them while you can.

Jade Rhiannon – Vocals, Shruti Box

Cliff Ward – Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Vocals

Ben Savage – Guitar, Dobro, Vocals

Katriona Gilmore – Violin, Mandolin, Vocals

Evan Carson – Bodhran, Percussion

John Parker - Double Bass

Prices & Offers


Concessions: £10

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.


Take advantage of one of the following great offers for this event.

Derby Folk Weekender 2019 - Save £2 per ticket

Buy tickets for Nick Hart + Steve Turner, Andy Irvine + Luke Jackson and The Willows to receive a multi-buy discount of £2 per ticket.

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