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.
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, but entries for New Roots 2019 closed on January 31. The final will be at Trestle Arts Base, St Albans on Sunday April 7 from 11am to 5pm. For further details, click here.
St Albans Folk Festival
St Albans Folk Festival 2019 will be on June 28-30, with the main events being on Saturday June 29, 2019. These will consist of a day of dance in the City Centre, a day of music with free showcase performances in local pubs and other venues, sessions and singarounds and a festival concert featuring iconic band Flook at the Roman Theatre at Verulamium. Tickets are now on sale for the festival concert and booking details are here.
Write a new Roman song for St Albans Our festival will take place during the St Albans Roman Festival being held to celebrate the opening of the new Welcome Centre for St Albans Cathedral. As we don’t know what Roman songs sounded like, you are invited to write one to be performed during the St Albans Folk Festival. Open to people of all ages but entries from young people will be particularly welcome. Further details are here and the application form is here.
Folk at the Maltings
Friday March 29, 8.00pm Gren Bartley Well respected as an acoustic musician and lyricist, Gren Bartley is a talented singer songwriter who blends both British and American folk influences, plus well known local duo na-mara launching their new album ‘Sisters and brothers’ and New Roots 2018 finalist Kirsty McLachlan.
Friday May 3, 8.00pm Will Finn and Rosie Calvert A folk- and traditionally-inspired musical duo from the North East of England. They are half of The Teacups and their debut album, ‘Beneath This Place’, was released in 2018 plus Odette Michell from Rickmansworth, currently touring with Phil Beer, and New Roots 2018 finalist Clarke Camilleri.
Friday June 7, 8.00pm Alden, Patterson and Dashwood Norwich based folk trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies, influenced by folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic, plus Martin Olyett from Watford and New Roots 2018 finalist Lizzy Hardingham.
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.
Friday November 1 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.
Tickets: £12, Students and
concessions £11. Under 18 £7.50
Online at http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ovo
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.
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.
Michael's Street folk evening
St Michael's Street folk evening will be on Wednesday July 3 2019 as the problem with the street closure has now been resolved. Dancing in St Michael's Street and music everywhere. This year, it will be the opening event of the St Albans International Organ Festival and will include music from samba band Sambuks.
Links to other regular events in St Albans