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 2020
St Albans Folk Festival ran from September 25-27 and was mainly online. If you missed the day of free music, you can still hear a great range of musicians and singers in our online showcase performances on our YouTube channel   Further details including names of performers are here. Donations would be welcome via


Write a new song for St Albans Unfortunately we received very few entries for our second song writing competition is ‘St Albans Scoundrels’. This is not surprising as we hoped writers would access local libraries and museums for inspiration, but these have re-opened only relatively recently after being closed since lockdown in March. We invited two of the song writers, Julie Wigley and Nigel Moorcroft to contribute a set with their entry and other songs to an online concert on Saturday September 26 at 8pm on our YouTube channel where you can still hear it. The full line-up was Steve and Julie Wigley, The Moorcrofters, Paul McNamara of NaMara and Lizzy Hardingham.

St Albans Folk Festival 2021

This will take place from June 25-27 2021. We can’t predict what form it will take, but there will definitely be a festival.

New Roots an event for young musicians who are under 25 and play or sing folk, roots or traditional music.

Entries for New Roots 2020 closed on February 9. The final has been postponed to Sunday November 1 2020 from 11am to 5pm and will be online. Anyone who wants to listen should contact For further details, click here.

New Roots 2021 will take place in the autumn of 2021. The closing date will be announced nearer the time.

New Roots 21st anniversary celebration, Sunday June 28

The first New Roots took place in 2000 and it was planned to hold a 21st anniversary event on Sunday June 28, with performances by some of the amazing singers and musicians who have taken part over the years. This was an online event, with videos newly recorded by over 30 past New Roots finalists. If you missed it, you can still hear it on YouTube by following this link and make a donation at  The proceeds will be shared between the performers. The programme, which includes featured spots by Iona Fyfe, Hazel Askew on behalf of the Askew Sisters, the Foxglove Trio and Katrina Gilmore and Jamie Roberts is here.


St Michael's Street folk evening
From 1988 to 2019, we held a popular event in St Michael’s Street on the first Wednesday evening in July, with dancing in the street and music everywhere. The 2020 event was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. We are keen to reinstate this event as soon as it is safe to do so, but it may be several years before this is possible. If it possible to hold it as soon as 2021, it will be on Wednesday July 7 so please put this date in your diary.


Folk at the Maltings

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

The Maltings Arts Theatre has now opened for theatre but there will be no music before the New Year. The concerts below will either take place online or a later date. Please note the dates in your diaries and watch this space for details and changes.

Alden, Patterson and Dashwood and The Shackleton Trio Two of Norwich’s finest folk exports on tour together. This has now been postponed to 2021. A set from each act, along with a rare collaborative set bringing together Alden Patterson and Dashwood and The Shackleton Trio.

Friday November 6, 8.00pm James Findlay plus New Roots finalist and BBC Young Folk Award 2019 winner Mandie MorrisJames comes from a family of folk singers and his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition, He first came into the public eye after winning the 2010 BBC Young Folk award. In recent years, he has worked mainly in touring theatre, so this is a rare chance to hear him sing. Mandie Morris is a folk musician who uses traditional and contemporary folk song to create discussion and social commentary on big issues.

Friday December 4, 8.00pm The Devines plus Elie Rees and New Roots finalist Nancy Potts.

John, Joe and Caz Devine are three members of the same musical family, with an inspired blend of instruments that include uilleann pipes, banjo and saxophone. They perform a mix of original compositions and their own unique arrangements of traditional folk songs and dance music. Elie Rees is a singer songwriter. A singer and a fiddler, Nancy Potts specialises in playing for dancing and sings a variety of songs both for performance and social settings.


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

To book:
Online at
By phone 0333 666 3366, in person at St Albans Central Library or pay on the door


Sessions Mainly traditional Irish, English, Scottish and other traditional music. All welcome to listen or to play. Mainly tunes, but singers welcome.   The sessions have been suspended until further notice.   


Weekly sessions at 8.30pm on Wednesdays are at the Robin Hood, 126 Victoria Street, St Albans AL1 3TG. These have now been replaced by sessions on Zoom. For details, email


Monthly sessions are at the Great Northern, London Road at 6.00pm on Sundays, usually on the fourth Sunday of the month.

Links to other regular events in St Albans

Contact Alison Macfarlane            Tel 01727 852111