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Bedworth Folk Festival (Midlands UK) End November Folk Festivals
Although over the years the Festival has grown into quite a large event it has still retained its unique “intimate” atmosphere: You can enjoy a whole week-end of music, song and dance for little more than the price of just a concert! - It’s a Festival to ”get involved in” - where the audience is (at least!) as important as the guests! - It's where the folk scene meets for its Christmas Party - for a good sing, dance and play, a good story, a good drink, some good company, and a really good time! - It’s the place to be at the end of the Festival season!

..... and it is the UK's biggest annual winter folk event!

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention (California-September) Folk Festivals
4 days of old-time music in Berkeley, California, held in mid-September. Concerts, square dance, string band contest, jamming, workshops, open mic -- Please visit our website!

Bromsgrove Folk Club (UK - July) Folk Festivals
A small friendly folk festival in beautiful Worcestershire Countryside. We bring top artists to the midlands but the underlying aim is to get to know everybody at the Festival by their first name.

Camp New Harmony (Northern California - late December) Folk Festivals
The annual camp of the San Francisco Folk Music Club, a relaxing 6-day event held the week after Christmas - for singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.

Deep Roots Music Cooperative (Nova Scotia-September) Folk Festivals
The Deep Roots Music Cooperative is a non-profit organization in the Annapolis Valley dedicated to celebrating our musical and cultural heritage. The mandate of the organization is to develop year-round musical programs culminating in an annual festival, and to encourage meaningful connections between cultures, community groups, artists and audiences. Our vision for the organization is one that truly does consider and celebrate the heritage of this area. We intend to be inherently multi-cultural as a celebration of our unique history of settlement and our geography, which have combined to make a distinctive culture well worth celebrating. We will include history and geography in our programming in refreshing and interesting ways. Our concept for the Canadian Deep Roots Festival embraces the wide range of musical styles that fall under the general heading of roots music, and will present interesting themed workshops and programming projects that will feature performers playing together. The primary Website for the festival is - but that URL seems to crash browsers.

Durham Folk Party (UK-July) Folk Festivals
"A RIGHT OLD SONG AND DANCE" Durham Folk Party takes place on the last full weekend of July each year. It is a celebration of folk song, music and dance which began in 1990 after the demise of the excellent Durham City Folk Festival and has developed into an important part of the music year of the city. Camping is at the recently re-built Durham Amateur Rowing Club which is along Green Lane at the top of Old Elvet in Durham and which has showers and toilets. The rowing club and pubs such as the Dun Cow, and the Shakespeare are the venues for song and music while the Market Place is the setting for the famous massed dance displays. The Town Hall is the venue for the Saturday night ceilidh.

East of the Hebrides Entertainments: Scottish & Irish Music Festivals, Cruises Folk Festivals
East of the Hebrides Entertainments/Bill & Karen Reid, produces festivals, cruises, highland games, concerts. Folk Festivals
Comprehensive UK site with festival news, info, tickets, reviews and photos.

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival - July Folk Festivals
The Festival's mission is to provide highly qualified guest artists who offer multidisciplinary study and performance opportunities that increase both personal growth and arts appreciation to all participants. Our philosophy is to enrich the lives of all with whom we associate— through study and performances—by engaging their spirit, intellect and energy in an empowering way. The Festival gives people who are enthusiastic about the fine arts an outlet to release their passions. We offer classes and workshops at various ability levels, so beginners will find plenty to do. Given the multi-disciplinary nature of our course offerings, a participant with one main area of study has the opportunity to branch out and the explore other arts.

Fairport Cropredy Convention (UK - August) Folk Festivals
This section of Fairport's website provides information about Fairport's Cropredy Convention, their annual three-day festival of music and good cheer. It is updated regularly so please revisit frequently.

Florida Folk Festival Folk Festivals
Florida Folk Festival, a three-day celebration of the music, dance, stories, crafts and food that make Florida unique. From Irish fiddle tunes and kumquat pie, to the wide varieties of music brought by immigrants, the state's cultural heritage reflects the lives of generations of Florida families and communities. Throughout the Memorial Day weekend more than 300 performances give voice and meaning to Florida's heritage.

Folk College (Pennsylvania - May) Folk Festivals
Folk College is a fun and friendly weekend of playing and listening to folk music — a fantastic three days of workshops, jam sessions, concerts, and group playing. The camp is designed for musicians with eclectic tastes. Within one weekend, you’ll have a choice of workshops ranging from oldtime to Celtic to blues to international, and you’ll get to sing, dance, play, and listen.

FOTMC - Florida Old TimeMusic Championship Folk Festivals
The FLORIDA OLD TIME MUSIC CHAMPIONSHIP has been conducted since 1982. Originally held at the Pioneer Florida Museum, the FLORIDA OLD TIME MUSIC CHAMPIONSHIP was begun to help preserve and promote traditional old time music in Florida.

Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival (Illinois - September) Folk Festivals
Geneva, Illinois; Sponsored by the Fox Valley Folklore Society (which is nearing its 30th anniversary). The fest is held over Labor Day weekend featuring two days worth of music and storytelling on eight stages in a beautiful park setting giving you over 100 hours of entertainment and education. Over 25 years running!

FSGW Getaway (Maryland-October) Folk Festivals
The annual gathering of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Since 1999, FSGW has extended an invitations to Mudcatters everywhere to attend this wonderful camp. Now held at the West River Conference Center, West River, MD

FSSGB (Boston) Fall Getaway Weekend (Massachusetts - October) Folk Festivals
A relaxing weekend of folk music at a camp in the Berkshires, hosted by the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston. Everyone is welcome!

Fyvie Folk Festival (Scotland - August) Folk Festivals
Fyvie Folk club hold their folk festival in late Summer. Singers and musicians are welcome to perform. Fyvie is in the beautiful North East of Scotland. Visit our web site or email for more details.

Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival (Illinois - June) Folk Festivals
A festival held on the 2nd weekend of June each year in Morris, IL, USA. Features Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Harp, Autoharp, etc. Workshops, Concerts, Old Time Dance, Jamming, Instrument Vendors, etc.

Girvan Folk Festival (Scotland - May) Folk Festivals
the friendly family festival in the south west of scotland...always on the mayday weekend every campsite...concerts, ceilidhs, pub sessions, workshops...... friday evening through sunday night..... for details of next year's festival see website phone (44) 01560 321102 for info phone (44) 01465 712128 for accommodation or tourist board

Greater New Bedford Summerfest (Massachusetts - July) Folk Festivals
" of the most smartly programmed acoustic fetes in the country." Boston Globe " of the best traditionally oriented folk festivals in North America." Dirty Linen

Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering (Pennsylvania - September) Folk Festivals
Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering is a fun and friendly weekend of playing and listening to folk music - a fantastic three days of workshops, concerts, jams, dancing and friendship. Activities are held at Greenwood Furnace State Park in central PA, about 30 miles south of State College. This is a gorgeous location with beautiful mountain views, miles of hiking trails, and a six acre lake for swimming and fishing. Musicians of all instruments and levels are welcome, and there are also options for singers, dancers, and non-musicians. There's a choice of about 45 workshops on topics ranging from old time tunes to musical games to harmony singing to arranging music. Jam sessions will take place throughout the weekend. You'll have a chance to perform at open stage and also as part of a group performance Saturday evening. There will be a staff concert each evening, followed by staff-led jams, singing around the bonfire, and a contradance with open band.

Holmfirth Festival of Folk (UK - May) Folk Festivals
Takes place on the second weekend in May (the one after the Bank Holiday weekend) in the Yorkshire Pennine town of Holmfirth. Small and friendly with lots of participation. Don't expect big stars but do expect lots to be going on in all the pubs and hotels of the town over the weekend and the streets to be thronged with Morris Dancers.

Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar (Ireland - March) Folk Festivals
Held on the Inishowen Peninsula in northern Co. Donegal each March, the Seminar brings folk singers from around the world together with singers from one of Ireland's richest traditions. Concerts and scholarly talks are interspersed with intimate pub singing sessions. Millennium Seminar guests include Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson.

Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts (Washington State - May) Folk Festivals
The 4-day Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts (JFFA) festival, celebrated every Memorial Day weekend, features over 125 performances of music, dance and theater from around the world, including musical workshops, a street fair, public art, and special activities for children.

Keith Festival (Scotland - June) Folk Festivals
TMSA festival held in the town of Keith in north east Scotland from the second Friday in June every year.

Kihaus Folk Music Festival in Rääkkylä (Finland - July) Folk Festivals
Karelian and Finno-Ugric music meet music from other parts of the world at Kihaus in early July.

Middlewich Boat and Folk Festival (UK - June) Folk Festivals
Folk festival held in Middlewich, Cheshire, UK, usually in June yearly.

Montreal Celtic Festival (defunct?) Folk Festivals
A truly amazing show. Check out their site and do attend.(no activity on Website since 2005 - is this festival still running?)

Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival (Scotland - July) Folk Festivals
This festival has run annually in Newcastleton, Scotland, since its foundation in 1970. Based on competitions it is the place to either test your skills before recognized judges or to spot the stars of tomorrow. Sessions etc for the non-competitive.

Ormstown Branches & Roots Music Festival (Canada - July) Folk Festivals
Check out web site of this great little Canadian festival.

Oxford Folk Weekend Folk Festivals
A friendly town based festival held in March/April each year (dates vary).

Philadelphia Folk Festival (Pennsylvania - August) Folk Festivals
The Philadelphia Folk Festival is a three-day extravaganza of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts, camping, and children’s activities, held in August on the Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville, PA, attracting some 20,000 to hear music that includes some of the best known names in the folk genre along with up and coming performers. The Philadelphia Folksong Society, parent organization of the Philadelphia Folk Festival has unveiled a new website providing complete information about the program, camping and campgrounds, family activities, directions, lodging, and Festival history, along with the ability to purchase tickets and merchandise on line.

Roger's Rant (UK - July) Folk Festivals
Sing, Dance and Play at Roger's Rant. The mini festival with the big welcome, where all can be stars, at Milborne St Andrew in Dorset in the UK

Saddleworth Folk Weekend (UK, July) Folk Festivals
A small, friendly Festival in a picturesque setting on the edge of the Pennines. Emphasis is on participation with lots of excellent singarounds, workshops and sessions - also concerts, ceilidh, dance displays, craft fair, campsite (with Moor and Coast providing a late-night food / song tent), parade, and young people's entertainment which includes Young Musicians workshops and Young Poet of the Year competition. Ring Ali on 01457-870391 or check out our award winning website on

San Francisco Free Folk Festival (California - June) Folk Festivals
The San Francisco Folk Music Club opens its treasury of talent to the general public every June - for free!

Sea Music Festival - Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco Folk Festivals
A traditional music extravaganza spotlighting singers and instrumentalists specializing in the unique and varied tradition of music of the sea. Local artists, and performers from across the country and Europe, will bring the rich 19th century seafaring heritage alive at several stages on Hyde Street Pier, and aboard the 1886 square-rigger Balclutha. Come experience maritime history by hearing the songs, trying a hand at shipboard work (like raising a sail to the sea chantey beat) or by creating traditional arts and crafts of the sea. Held every year in September or October. At San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. On Hyde Street Pier at Fisherman’s Wharf. (URL is for the park - check the events calendar. No date posted for the 2009 festival as of May)

Sedgefield Folk Festival Folk Festivals
Annual festival in Sedgefield, Co. Durham running in early September. 2010 concert artists included Johnny Silvo, Jez Lowe, Doonan Family Band. Also workshops and the World Spoons Championship!

Sisters Folk Festival (Oregon - September) Folk Festivals
Set in beautiful Central Oregon, Sisters Folk Festival is held every September. Go to for performers, ticket info....

South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music Folk Festivals
Concerts, Music in Schools, and an annual festival in July or August. South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music P.O. Box 901, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-901

the Bronx Hoot Reunion Concert - May 21st 2010 Folk Festivals
After 50 years the Folk Music Club of Hunter College in the Bronx is at it again producing the Bronx Hoot Reunion Concert on Friday May 21st 2010. Many of the original performers are returning: Alan Chartok and The Berkshire Ramblers, David Bennet Cohen, Bob Gurland, Danny Hamburg, The Danny Kalb Trio, Bob Malenky, Anne Price, Bill Schneiderman, Gerry Segal, Gery Tenney, The Trevone Marching Jug and Skiffle Band, Gene Yellin and Many More To Come.... From 1961 to 1967 Hunter College in the Bronx( now Lehman College) staged the well known Hunter Hoots. The shows were well known as one of the first indoor venues for artists many of whom would make their mark in all areas of music, Blue, Bluegrass, Singer Songwriters, Choral Music, World Music, and Music Education.These include: Gil Turner, The New World Singers, Peter Wernick Danny Kalb, Eric Kaz, Artie and Happy Traum. David Grisman, Andy Statman, Norma Tamega, Bob Dylan, Jody Stecher, Winnie Winston and Bob Cohen The Friday evening performance at Lehman College's Lovinger Auditorium promises to be a grand reunion of the performers and the audience as well as good music for all who attend.

The Turtle Hill Folk Festival - New York, September Folk Festivals
The Turtle Hill Folk Festival has presented a weekend of folk music concerts, workshops, sing-arounds, and dancing on the second weekend of September for more than 30 years. Situated in the countryside near Rochester, NY, the festival has tenting and cabin accomodations available.

Tredegar House Folk Festival (Wales - May) Folk Festivals
Event InfoName: Tredegar House Folk Festival Tagline: Music, Dance, Beer and Cider Location: Tredegar House City/Town: Newport, United Kingdom Contact InfoPhone: 01633896347 Email: Best local beers and cider, accompanying international and local musicians and dance sides. Family friendly, in the grounds of Tredegar House just off M4 Junction 28

UK Folk Festivals Folk Festivals
Scotland\England\Ireland\Wales\This Month\The Big List in date order “We aim to list almost all the festivals in the UK. We have arranged the festivals by country and by date, as well as our famous Big List which covers all those festivals that we know about. Festivals starting within the next five weeks can be found on our This Month page."

Upton Riverside Folk Festival (UK - May) Folk Festivals
Friendly,fun and frolic at picturesque location on the banks of the River Severn within sight of the Malvern Hills. Takes place every year during the first May Bank Holiday. See website for details.

Walnut Valley Festival/Winfield (Kansas - September) Folk Festivals
A four day festival in the heartland of the United States. All types of acoustic music, contests, crafts, food, camping. Festival site proper is dry, campgrounds are not. Both tent and RV/caravan camping available. This festival has it all. 3rd Weekend in September, Thursday thru Sunday.

Whitby Moor and Coast Festival (UK - May Bank Holiday) Folk Festivals
Held every year on the May Bank Holiday.

Woodford Folk Festival (formerly Poynton Folk Festival) (defunct??) Folk Festivals
A Festival over Easter weekend, in Woodford, Cheshire. A mix of local and national/international names. "6 days and nights of magic"--The Woodford Folk Festival is an explosion of authentic folk culture, and is about expressing ourselves and our community--past, present and future--through music, dance, comedy, craft, concerts, through jam sessions, over a beer or over a cup of tea.

Woodstock Folk Festival - Illinois, July Folk Festivals
The Woodstock Folk Festival in Woodstock, Illinois, has been in existence since 1986, proudly bringing McHenry County some of the best in family musical and storytelling entertainment. It is always held on the third Sunday in July on the historic square in Woodstock.

Working Waterfront Festival, New Bedford, Massachusetts (late September) Folk Festivals

Youth Traditional Song Weekend (Massachusetts-January) Folk Festivals
Youth Traditional Song Weekend is a youth- focused (though not youth-exclusive) weekend for singers and session leaders interested in traditional songs. Last year, we gathered for a wonderful weekend of singing, learning, teaching, sharing, growing, and all-around good times…and the next year will be even better! Early January, at the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Camp in Becket, Massachusetts.

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