St Albans Folk Music

St Albans Folk Music organises pub music sessions, a monthly concert series, ‘Folk at the Maltings’, and an annual 'New roots' competition for young musicians. It is a part of the 'Folk at the Festival' Committee which organises the St Albans Folk Festival.


St Albans Folk Festival

St Albans Folk Festival 2019 was on June 28-30, with the main events being on Saturday June 29, 2019. Thanks to everyone who took part in the day of dance in the City Centre, and the day of music with free showcase performances in local pubs and other venues, sessions and singarounds. The next festival will be on June 26-28 2020.


Write a new Roman song for St Albans The final will took place on Sunday June 30 and the winner, Nigel Moorcroft, will be singing his winning song again during the Folk at the Maltings concert series.

St Michael's Street folk evening
St Michael's Street folk evening will be on Wednesday July 1 2020. Dancing in St Michael's Street and music everywhere.

New Roots an event for young musicians. If you are under 25 and play folk, roots or traditional music, we would like to hear from you, and entries for New Roots 2020 close on January 31. The final will be at Trestle Arts Base, St Albans on Sunday April 26 2020 from 11am to 5pm. For further details, click here.

Folk at the Maltings

Maltings Arts Theatre, The Maltings, St Albans AL1 3HL

Friday October 4, 8.00pm Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer

                  Multi-instrumentalists Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary sounds. Their performances showcase new interpretations of old songs alongside original self-penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Support from Malcolm Hobbs and New Roots finalist Sarah Stock.


Friday November 1, 8.00pm Tom Moore and Archie Moss

                  Viola and melodeon duo, widely regarded as two of the best players, innovators and performers in traditional folk amongst a precociously gifted generation, their finely-crafted arrangements wield a rare potency. Support from New Roots finalist Finn Collinson and harpist Eleanor Dunsdon. This concert is now at the Abbey Theatre Studio, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL.


Friday December 6, 8.00pm Julie Felix

American born but still based in the UK and living in Hertfordshire, Julie came to fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s and still sings on.

Tickets: £12, Students and concessions £11. Under 18 £7.50

December 6 £14, students and concessions £13. Under 18 £10           
To book:
Online at
By phone 0333 666 3366, in person at St Albans Central Library or pay on the door.


For November 1, tickets are available from the Abbey Theatre.


Sessions Mainly traditional Irish, English, Scottish and other traditional music. All welcome to listen or to play. Mainly tunes, but singers welcome.     

Weekly sessions at 8.30pm on Wednesdays are now at the Robin Hood, 126 Victoria Street, St Albans AL1 3TG.

Monthly sessions are at the Great Northern, London Road at 6.00pm on Sundays, usually on the fourth Sunday of the month. The December session will be on December 29.

Links to other regular events in St Albans

Contact Alison Macfarlane            Tel 01727 852111