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. 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.
Folk at the Maltings
Friday March 1, 8.00pm Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne Cohen is a singer whose style and approach is rooted in the traditions of the British Isles and an experienced player of the melodeon and anglo concertina plus Jenny McNaught and Andy McClennon from Redbourn Folk Club and New Roots 2018 finalist Jem Kid from Kimpton now living in Berlin.
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 Kirstie 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.
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
Tel 01727 852111