We are in the final throws of  putting together another line up of amazing artists but we thought we would give you a little taste of things to come …

Show of Hands are one of the leading forces in British folk. Singer songwriter Steve Knightley, inspired instrumentalist Phil Beer and  double bassist/vocalist Miranda Sykes  are one of the most in-demand bands on the circuit. We are delighted to welcome them for  the first time to FolkEast 2018.

Oysterband still play with that spirit of the punk ceilidh band that roared through people’s lives all those years ago but with a growing depth and sensitivity to their songwriting.  The multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, celebrate four decades of a unique and fiercely independent career.

True power inspires awe, and Irish Mythen packs a lot of it – lyrical, musical, and personal – into a relatively small frame. An Irish-born, contemporary Canadian folk artist who’s been amassing accolades and achievements across several continents over the years and has performed alongside the likes of Rod Stewart and Gordon Lightfoot. Here at FolkEast we came across the mighty Mythen when she  supported The Young’uns on tour back in 2016 .

Tim Edey ,  a BBC Musician of the year multi- instrumentalist and singer, has toured the world and recorded with all of the major names in Irish/Roots music . His live solo shows are a stunning mix of world music inspired instrumental virtuosity and passion with a strong Celtic theme, to audience – chorus lines and above all a highly entertaining night of musical genius.

With their unique musical style and irrepressible sense of fun, Willy, John, Mary and Aurora are back in support of their new vinyl album, ‘A Mange-Tout Far’. via a cafe in Paris and a hoolie in Dublin, to a night out in New Orleans with rip-roaring fiddle and banjo . Willy, best known for his partnership with John Otway, has had a long and varied career touring  with artists as diverse as Madness and Steeleye Span.

The Texan local who learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London. Music connections USA described him as “Impossibly talented” – BBC Cambridge call him a “Living Legend” – and Blues magazine France called him ‘… the revelation of the year or even decade’ . Vocally comparable to Jeff Buckley and Simon & Garfunkel – Music Maker. A First Class US Import!”

Lowering the tone with their deep, Georgian-inspired harmonies and serious silliness, those Magnificent Men of Ashton Keynes and their multi-hatted singing machine love taking to the stage to prove they can truly live up to the claim of perhaps being the best all bloke singing troupe ever to escape from the depths of North, North Wiltshire.


Periodically, a pairing of two acts with their own (very) unique identities produces an electrifying musical force that is even greater than the impressive sum of its parts. Here, Gigspanner, formed by legendary fiddle player Peter Knight unite with BBC Folk Award winners Philip Henry and Hannah Martin to take folk music down new and exciting paths.

The FolkEast Venues

Sunset – open air

Moot Hall – under cover ( 400 seated )

Broadroots – under cover (100 cabaret style plus standing)

Soapbox in the Wood – under cover  (150 standing )

Dance  Tent

Sanctuary Stage in the Church of St Andrew ( 94 seated )