Who will be joining us at FolkEast 2018?

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, changing gear with almost every number, it is easy to see how audiences are captivated by this very talented quartet. From a riverside jazz cafe, via a hoolie in Dublin, to a night out in New Orleans with rip-roaring fiddle and banjo – this band does it all! Willy, best known for his partnership with John Otway, has had a long and varied career. The group’s singer, Ejay Williams, has just recently finished recording with Van Morrison for his latest album, and is a wonderful new addition to this quirky ensemble.

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.


Folk music’s legendary triumvirate of musical magpies Mike McGoldick, John Doyle and John McCusker bring you their own blend of top class folk songs, tunes and charming bonhomie. Described as the masters of flute, song and fiddle , they  have worked alongside the likes of Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler and Joan Baez but they still remain “ old friends, having a great time, making music together”.


Joshua Burnell has sparked the interest of the folk world with his ambitious Seasons Project which saw him release one of his folk-rock arrangements of a traditional song or tune every week . His band won the The Great British Folk Festival audience poll for favourite act by an overwhelming majority when they performed in 2017 and . will return to play on the main stage in 2018, via their first appearance at FolkEast.

The Young’uns Podcast

The Wilson Family

The John Langan Band

Winter Wilson

Luke Daniels & his amazing polyphon

Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne

Tom Lewis

Sound Tradition

Steve Turner

The John Ward Band

Wildwood Jack

Wildwood Kin

Stumpy Oak


Reg Meuross

Mary Ann Kennedy Duo

Will Pound – Through the Seasons

Martin Newell & the Hosepipe Band


Bob Jensen

The Excess

Les Woodley

Megan Wisdom

Milkmaid Folk Club

Hadleigh Folk Club

Capstan Full Strength


Soapbox Stage still to be announced

Rachael McShane & the Cartographers

Alden Patterson & Dashwood

The Dan Walsh Trio

Attila the Stockbroker

Attila The Stockbroker and Barnstormer 1649

King Drsicolls

Geoff Higginbottom

The Rambling Valentines

Urban Folk Theory

Kath Tait

Richard Byers

Dance Folkus

The Valiant Band

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar

Rowan Godel & Benji Kirkpatrick

The Urban Folk Theory


Megan Henwood

The Instant Choir

Charity Quinn

After Sunset Sing-around with Bernard Hoskin

The Bounty Hounds

Emerald Hill

Harbour Lights Trio

Harbour Lights Ceilidh


Sanctuary Stage in the Church to be announced

Get on the Soapbox Stage in the wood to be announced

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 )