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 will be on June 26-28, with the main events being on Saturday June 27, 2020. Once again there will be a day of dance in the City Centre, and a day of music with free showcase performances in local pubs and other venues, sessions and singarounds. The festival concert will be in the Abbey Theatre and our guest will be Fay Hield, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron. This is our only ticketed event, but we welcome musicians and singers who want to take part in our showcase performances, sessions and singarounds.


Write a new Roman song for St Albans The final took place on Sunday June 30 and the winner, Nigel Moorcroft, will be singing his winning song ‘Bricks’ at the Folk at the Maltings New Year concert on Friday January 3. The possibility of another song writing concert in 2020 is still being discussed.

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 December 6, 8.00pm Julie Felix plus Burdock

Born in Santa Barbara, California, Julie Felix came to the UK in the 1960s and rose to fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This included a career in television, including becoming the resident singer on BBC TV’s ‘The Frost Report’.  Decades later, she remains based in the UK, living in Hertfordshire, and she still sings on. She will be supported by Bedfordshire-based trio Burdock, who were New Roots 2019 finalists.


Friday January 3, 8.00pm, New Year Concert with The Moorcrofters and Lizzy Hardingham

The Moorcrofters, made up of Nigel Moorcroft, Ellie Turton-Hill and Steve McClennon in a set of songs, some by Nigel Moorcroft, including his winning song, Bricks. Lizzy Hardingham is a local singer with a growing reputation and organised the competition.


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.


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. The session on December 18 will include traditional carols, words provided. There will be no session on Christmas Day and the session on New Year’s Day will be in the afternoon.


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