Year on year, our visitors tell us that Warwick Folk Festival has one of the best festival sites around; we’re very proud of this reputation. Welcome to the 35th Warwick Folk Festival!
Singers and musicians, street entertainers and Morris dancers - it seems that anybody and everybody who enjoys folk music heads for Warwick, 11 miles south of Coventry, in July each year.
Since its humble beginnings in 1979, the annual Warwick Folk Festival has developed into one of the most highly regarded folk events on the national and international scene, attracting fans from all over Britain and beyond.
One of the attractions of the Festival is the live music and dance which is programmed around the town centre including hotels and public houses. Headliners this year include Richard Thompson, Breabach, Habadekuk and Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys.
This year will be the forth Street Festival which will include two free concerts, events, Family Ceilidhs, free workshops, storytelling, live music and dance events for the people of Warwick during the Folk Festival weekend.
Warwick Folk Festival are proud to be twinned with Cork Folk Festival in Ireland. We’re delighted to invite them to share in our 35th birthday celebrations, and to join in with theirs in October. A delegation of musicians and storytellers from Cork will once again bring a flavour of their festival to Warwick Folk Festival in July.
Cork Folk Festival, now in its 35th year as well, is an annual gathering of some of the finest folk and traditional musicians from Ireland and beyond. This four day festival is emerging as one of the most important folk and traditional music events in Ireland and has a growing reputation in Europe.
Performances take place in concert halls, music venues, in 30 bars and on the streets. It features concerts with international, cutting edge and established artists plus lectures, workshops, children's events, and traditional set dancing.
The event has a strong focus on local Cork City, Sliabh Luachra and Cúil Aodha music and song - so prepare for plenty of polkas, slides and harrier ballads!
Headlining the festival this year will be Mozaik. It’s the band’s first visit to the folk fest and is spearheaded by Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, who are no strangers to the city and have played at numerous Cork Folk Festivals. Mozaik is the ultimate global stringband; a truly international ensemble who can not only perform music from a wide array of cultures, but interweave their myriad influences into an entirely new sound. Also included in the band is American old-tyme fiddler/vocalist Bruce Molsky, Dutch guitarist Rens Van Der Zalm, and Hungarian multi-instrumentalist Nicola Parov.
Another new idea this year will be A Stór Mo Chroí, a concert with a line up that features some of the most influential folk and traditional groups in Ireland. A Stór Mo Chroí features Karan Casey, Éilís Kennedy, Pauline Scanlon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, John Spillane, Donogh Hennessy, Dónal O’Connor and John McSherry.
The line up continues with Ace accordionist Alan Kelly and band with Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist, John Douglas and Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and mesmerising songstress, Eddi Reader. We Banjo 3 featuring virtuosos Enda and Fergal Scahill with Martin and David Howley; Frankie Gavin and his new line up of De Dannan; New Road with Conor Byrne, Rick Epping, Leonard Barry, Andy Morrow and Seamie O'Dowd. Dick Gaughan from Scotland, Buille from Cork and Armagh; international singer songwriters Sturgill Simpson & Thea Gilmore from the UK; Greeneshine from West Cork; The Bard Jimmy Crowley from Cork, Bryan O’Leary from Sliabh Luchra, John Dwyer from Beara, Cara from Germany, Moxie from Sligo & Limerick; Barry Tierney from Kinsale, Rue De Canal from France; and many many more....
Photo Credits: (1) Warwick Folk Festival, (3) Will Pound, (4) Lucy Ward, (6) Cork Folk Festival, (8) We Banjo 3 (unknown/website); (2) Habadekuk (by Karsten Rube); (5) Richard Thompson (by Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2012); (7) Gudrun Walther (Cara), (9) Mozaik (by Walkin' Tom).