St Albans Folk Music

St Albans Folk Music organises pub music sessions, a monthly concert series, ĎFolk at the Maltingsí, 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.



Folk at the Maltings Online

The Maltings Theatre is currently closed and there are no plans for music at the moment anyway.

We are therefore organising a series of online concerts, in which young performers who took part in New Roots 2020 support more experienced performers. Tickets for March 12 are now on sale and others will be on sale shortly.

Friday March 12, 8.00pmVicki Swan and Jonny Dyer plus New Roots 2020 finalists Fru Rakoczy and duo Rowan Collinson and Elye Cuthbertson

Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer have developed a strong reputation for a delivering great performances time and time again. Once known mainly for their instrumental skills with Scottish smallpipes, accordion and Swedish nyckelharpa, they are now being accepted as impressive song arrangers and writers. Fru Rakoczy is a musician and caller who is now developing her skills as a solo singer. Fiddler Rowan Collinson and melodeon player Elye Cuthbertson are a duo got to know each other and their musical styles playing in larger ensembles.

Friday March 26, 8.00 pm Lizzy Hardingham plus New Roots finalists tbc


Friday April 9, 8.00pm Iona Fyfe plus New Roots finalists tbc


Friday April 23, 8.00pm Watford Folk Club New Roots night. Pete Nutkins introduces four New Roots finalists selected by his club.


Tickets: £12, individuals, £20 for two people using the same device, £25 for three or more people using the same device.
Bookings online at or
by phone 0333 666 3366.


St Albans Folk Festival 2021

This will take place from June 25-27 2021. We canít predict what form it will take, but there will definitely be a 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 St Albans Folk Musicís YouTube channel ††Further details including names of performers are here. Donations would be welcome via


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

The final of New Roots 2020 was postponed to Sunday November 1 2020 from 11am to 5pm and was online. The music can be heard on New Roots YouTube channel. For further details, click here.

New Roots 2021 The closing date will be August 31 2021 and the final will be on October 24. We hope it will be live at Trestle Arts Base. If not, it will be online.

New Roots 21st anniversary celebration, Sunday June 28 2020

The first New Roots took place in 2000 and a 21st anniversary event was held on Sunday June 28 2020, 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 New Roots YouTube channel by following this link and make a donation at 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 Michaelís 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.



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. The Robin Hood sessions are currently being replaced by sessions on Zoom. For details, email


Weekly sessions at 8.30pm on Wednesdays are 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.


Links to other regular events in St Albans

Contact Alison Macfarlane            Tel 01727 852111