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.

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. 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

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


Friday January 4, 8.00pm The Town Musicians of Bremen, trio of musicians performing                             mainly original music which is equally traditional and contemporary, Megan Wisdom, a Suffolk-based singer with a passion for the traditional songs of the British Isles and David Gunawardana, a singer of traditional sings and his own material.


Friday February 1, 8.00pm Alison Frosdick and Jack Burnaby Alison and Jack ‘… create the ambience of music halls, country fairs and horse-drawn caravans swaying down country lanes. They make contemporary songs sound traditional and traditional songs fresh and immediate.’

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.     

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, but the December session will be on December 30.

St Michael's Street folk evening
St Michael's Street folk evening will be on Wednesday July 3 2019,  subject to a satisfactory resolution to a problem with the street closure. Dancing in St Michael's Street and music everywhere.

Links to other regular events in St Albans

Contact Alison Macfarlane            Tel 01727 852111