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Festivals 2008
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CLICK FESTIVAL NAMES FOR WEBSITE LINKS.

Some festival information is still outstanding and this listing will be periodically updated. If your festival isn't covered here, email us at folk@bbc.co.uk.

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JAN      FEB      MAR      APR      MAY      JUN     
JUL      AUG      SEP      OCT      NOV      DEC

JANUARY

January 11-13
WHITTLESEA STRAW BEAR FESTIVAL
Tel 01733 351294. Email.

January 16 - February 3
CELTIC CONNECTIONS, Glasgow
Tel 0141 353 8000. Fax 0141 353 8006

January 25-27
GLOUCESTER CAJUN AND ZYDECO FESTIVAL
Tel 01452 503050

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FEBRUARY

February 8-10
GAINSBOROUGH OLD TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tel 01278 450780.

February 17-24
FOUR-FOUR TIME: BUXTON OPERA HOUSE FESTIVAL OF LIVE MUSIC
Tel 0845 127 2190.

February 29 - March 1
PIPING HOT BAGPIPE WEEKEND, Okehampton, Devon
Tel 01837 53754. Email.

February 29 - March 2
INTER-VARSITY FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL, Sheffield
Tel 07017 448333. Email.

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MARCH

March 7-9
DONCASTER FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 01302 367302. Email.

March 7-9
LOUGHBOROUGH FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 01509 231914. Email.

March 20-24
GOSPORT & FAREHAM EASTER FESTIVAL
Tel 01329 231942. Email.

March 21-24
GLASSON MARITIME WEEKEND, Lancaster
Tel 01524 582872. Email.

March 23-29
CEOL SA GHLEANN, Glencolmcille, Co Donegal, Ireland
Tel 087 2873576. Email.

March 27-30
BUNCRANA TRADITIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, Donegal
Tel +353 (0)86 8829019. Email.

March 28-30
MORPETH NORTHUMBRIAN GATHERING
Tel 01670 500700. Fax 01670 500710.

March 28 - April 2
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL
Tel 0131 478 8446. Email.

March 29
KENT GATHERING OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC, Frittenden
Tel 01622 832871. Email.

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APRIL

April 11-13
OXFORD FOLK FESTIVAL
Email.

April 18-20
CREDITON FOLK WEEKEND, Devon
Tel 01363 775695. Email.

April 25-27
2ND ANNUAL UK HURDY GURDY FESTIVAL, Lancaster
Email.

April 25-27
ENGLISH ORIGINALS FOLK FESTIVAL, Birmingham
Tel 0121 644 6028. Email.

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MAY

May 1-4
SHETLAND FOLK FESTIVAL, Lerwick
Tel 01595 694757. Email.

May 2-4
MOOR & COAST FESTIVAL, Whitby, N Yorks
Email.

May 2-4
WATH-UPON-DEARNE FESTIVAL, Sth Yorkshire
Tel 07982 658467. Email.

May 2-5
HASTINGS TRADITIONAL JACK-IN-THE-GREEN
Tel 01424 716516. Email.

May 2-5
ROCHESTER SWEEPS FESTIVAL (no website)
Tel 01622 726633. Email.

May 2-5
UPTON UPON SEVERN RIVERSIDE FOLK FESTIVAL
Email.

May 2-17
NORFOLK & NORWICH FESTIVAL
Tel 01603 877750. Email.

May 3-5
CLUN GREEN MAN FESTIVAL, Shropshire
Tel 01588 640305. Email.

May 8-11
RAUNDS MUSIC FESTIVAL, Northants
Tel 07756 015615. Email.

May 3-4
STORTFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL, Bishops Stortford, Herts
Tel 07980 313287. Email.

May 9-11
CLENNELL HALL FOLK FESTIVAL, Northumberland
Tel 01669 650377. Email.

May 9-11
FOLK ON THE PIER, Cromer, Norfolk
Email.

May 9-11
HOLMFIRTH FESTIVAL OF FOLK , W Yorks
Tel 07841 646308.

May 9-11
MONIAIVE FOLK FESTIVAL, Dumfries & Galloway
Tel 01848 200474. Email.

May 9-11
ST. NEOTS FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 01234 376278. Email.

May 15-18
WINCHESTER MAYFEST, Hants
Tel 01962 840440. Email.

May 16-18
SHEPLEY SPRING FESTIVAL, nr Huddersfield, W Yorks
Tel 01484 604704. Email.

May 16-18
WHEATON ASTON FESTIVAL, Staffs
Tel 01785 840010. Email.

May 22-25
KNOCKENGORROCH WORLD CEILIDH
Email.

May 22-25
ORKNEY FOLK FESTIVAL, Orkney Isles, Scotland
Tel 01856 851638. Email.

May 23-24
IREBY FESTIVAL, Cumbria
Tel 01697 371645. Email.

May 23-25
OFF THE TRACKS SPRING FESTIVAL, Isley Walton, Derbys
Tel 07899 826955. Email.

May 23-26
BLACK HORSE MUSIC FESTIVAL, Battle, Sussex
Tel 01424 429840. Email.

May 23-26
CHESTER FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 07005 977045. Email.

May 23-26
CHIPPENHAM FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 01249 657190. Email.

May 23-26
CLEETHORPES FOLK FESTIVAL - CANCELLED
Tel 01472 322094. Email.

May 23-26
FISHGUARD FOLK FESTIVAL, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire
Tel 01348 875183. Email.

May 23-26
INTERNATIONAL SWORD SPECTACULAR, York
Tel 01609 780536. Email.

May 24-26
ACOUSTIC/UNPLUGGED FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN, Walton-on-Trent
Tel 01269 597118. Email.

May 24 - June 7
SWALEDALE FESTIVAL
Tel 01748 880018. Email.

May 29 - June 1
SUNRISE CELEBRATION, Nr Yeovil
Tel 0845 009 6347. Email.

May 30 - June 1
SUFFOLK FOLK FESTIVAL, Woodbridge
Tel 01473 785180. Email.

May 30 - June 1
WYCHWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire
Tel 01993 772580. Email.

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JUNE

June 2008
NORTH DEVON FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 01271 324242. Email.

June 4-8
ALISON ARMS FREE FOLK FESTIVAL, Coppull, nr Chorley
Tel 01942 418030. Email.

June 6-7
WALLINGFORD BLUES AND BEER FESTIVAL, Oxon
Tel 01491 834665. Email.

June 6-8
COASTLINE BLUEGRASS MUSIC EVENT, Conwy, N. Wales
Email.

June 6-8
THE GATE TO SOUTHWELL FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 01636 816678. Email.

June 6-8
WESSEX FOLK FESTIVAL (formerly WEYMOUTH), Weymouth
Email.

June 6-8
WIRRAL FOLK ON THE COAST FESTIVAL
Tel 0151 691 8342. Email.

June 13-15
GOWER FOLK FESTIVAL, S Wales
Tel 01792 850803. Email.

June 13-15
MIDDLEWICH FOLK & BOAT FESTIVAL, Cheshire
Tel 0709 239 0501.

June 13-15
THE BIG SESSION FESTIVAL, Leicester
Tel 0116 233 3111.

June 13-15
WIMBORNE FOLK FESTIVAL, Dorset
Tel 01202 623740. Email.

June 19-22
BLUES ON THE FARM, Chichester, W Sussex
Tel 01243 773828/539072. Email.

June 20-22
ALCESTER FOLK FESTIVAL, nr Stratford on Avon
Tel 07788 536605. Email.

June 20-22
BEVERLEY & EAST RIDING FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 01377 217569. Email.

June 20-22
ENGLISH COUNTRY MUSIC WEEKEND, Whimple, E Devon
Tel 01404 831765. Email.

June 20-22
TEIGNMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL, South Devon
Tel 01626 866395. Email.

June 21
TUTBURY REVELS DAY OF FOLK
Tel 01773 836122/07973 737110. Email.

June 21 - July 6
SEVENOAKS SUMMER FESTIVAL, Kent
Tel 07785 348108. Email.

June 23-27
CRAICEANN INTERNATIONAL BODHRAN SUMMER SCHOOL, Inis Oirr, Aran Islands, Co. Galway, Eire

June 25 - July 5
GARFORTH ARTS FESTIVAL, nr Leeds
Tel 07982 215613. Email.

June 26-29
LEIGH FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 01702 715111. Email.

June 26-29
LICHFIELD JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
Tel 01543 262223. Email.

June 27-29
CRAWLEY FOLK FESTIVAL, West Sussex
Tel 01293 553636.

June 27-29
DENT FOLK FESTIVAL, Cumbria
Tel 01524 582803. Email.

June 27-29
DURHAM TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tel 01388 811299.

June 27-29
HANDLEY VILLAGE FESTIVAL, nr Chesterfield
Tel 01246 246330.

June 27-29
ST ALBANS FOLK AT THE FESTIVAL
Tel 01727 852111. Email.

June 27-29
THE TRADITIONS FESTIVAL, nr Preston, Lancs
Tel 01257 263678. Email.

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JULY

July 4-6
CLECKHEATON FOLK FESTIVAL, W Yorks
Tel/Fax 01924 404346. Email.

July 4-6
GUILFEST, Surrey
Tel 01483 454159. Email.

July 4-6
NATIONAL FOREST FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 01676 540219. Email.

July 4-6
NORTH WALES BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Email.

July 4-6
SAUL CANAL FESTIVAL & FOLK ON THE WATER, Gloucestershire
Email.

July 4-6
TWO RIVERS FOLK FESTIVAL, Chepstow
Tel 07870 611979. Email.

July 4-6
WITTFEST, Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire

July 4-13
FROME FESTIVAL
Tel 01373 453889. Email.

July 5-12
DR DOUGLAS HYDE SUMMER SCHOOL OF TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC & DANCE, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, Eire
Tel +353 (0)86 827 2300/353 (0)94 9860170. Email.

July 5-20
GILLINGHAM FESTIVAL

July 10-13
STONEHAVEN FOLK FESTIVAL, Aberdeenshire
Tel 01569 766211. Email.

July 11-12
BEGGARS' FAIR, Romsey
Email.

July 11-13
BIRDSEDGE VILLAGE FESTIVAL, W Yorks
Tel 01484 606230. Email.

July 11-13
BROMSGROVE FESTIVAL, Worcestershire
Tel 01527 831577. Email.

July 11-13
CLOGFEST, Skipton
Tel 01282 868040. Email.

July 11-13
ELY FOLK WEEKEND
Tel 01353614164. Email.

July 11-13
PRIDDY FOLK FESTIVAL, Wells, Somerset
Tel 01749 674080. Email.

July 11-13
ROTHBURY TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tel 01669 620419. Email.

July 11-13
SPRATTON FOLK FESTIVAL, Northampton
Tel 07504 920758. Email.

July 11-13
WEST SOMERSET FOLK FESTIVAL, Nr Minehead
Email.

July 12-14
FURNESS TRADITION FESTIVAL, Ulverston
Email.

July 14-28
MEITHEAL SUMMER SCHOOL, Limerick, Ireland
Tel +353 (0)87 670 4465. Email.

July 15-19
HEBRIDEAN CELTIC FESTIVAL, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Tel 01851 621234. Email.

July 15-25
FÈIS NAN ÒRAN, Sleat, Isle of Skye
Email.

July 16-20
LARMER TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL, nr Salisbury, Wilts
Tel 01725 552300. Email.

July 18-19
SESIWN FAWR DOLGELLAU, Dolgellau, N Wales
Tel 08712 301314. Email.

July 18-20
BRAMPTON LIVE, Carlisle, Cumbria
Tel 01228 534781 ext 245. Email.

July 18-20
DULVERTON FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 07971 016547. Email.

July 18-20
FESTIVAL AT THE EDGE, Shropshire
Tel 01939 236626. Email.

July 18-20
SADDLEWORTH FOLK FESTIVAL, Uppermill, Lancs
Email.

July 18-20
STAINSBY FOLK FESTIVAL, nr Chesterfield
Tel 01246 559036. Email.

July 20-27
FIDDLER'S GREEN, Rostrevor, Co Down, N Ireland
Tel +44 (0)28 4173 9819. Email.

July 24-27
TROWBRIDGE VILLAGE PUMP FESTIVAL, Wilts
Tel 01225 769132. Email.

July 25-26
EVOLVE FESTIVAL, Weymouth
Email.

July 25-27
LOMOND FOLK FESTIVAL, Balloch, Loch Lomond
Tel 01389 757561. Email.

July 25-27
SPANFEST, Long Melford, Suffolk
Email.

July 25-27
WARWICK FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 01926 614932. Email.

July 25-27
WOMAD, Wiltshire
Email.

July 25 - Aug 9
INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL, Bath
Tel 0870 240 6783. Email.

July 26 - August 2
BILLINGHAM INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL, Teesside
Tel 01642 553 220. Email.

July 27
FOLK BY THE OAK, Hatfield
Tel 01926 883665. Email.

July 31 - August 3
CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 01223 457512. Email.

July 31 - August 3
SPEYFEST, Fochabers, Morayshire
Email.

July 31 - August 3
STOKES BAY (WICKHAM) FESTIVAL, Alverstoke, Gosport
Email.

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AUGUST

August 1-3
BIG CHILL FESTIVAL, Herefordshire
Tel 020 7685 0525. Email.

August 1-8
SIDMOUTH FOLK WEEK, E Devon
Tel 01395 578627. Email.

August 3-10
COMMON GROUND, Auchincruive, Ayr
Tel 01563 551408/01563 529902. Email.

August 2-3
EASTBOURNE LAMMAS FESTIVAL
Tel 01323 737809.

August 7-9
FAIRPORT'S CROPREDY CONVENTION, Banbury, Oxon
Email.

August 8-9
BELLADRUM TARTAN HEART FESTIVAL, Belladrum, By Beauly, Inverness-shire
Email.

August 8-10
DARTMOOR FOLK FESTIVAL, South Zeal, Devon
Tel 01837 840102. Email.

August 8-10
PICKERING FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 01751 473780.

August 8-10
SALTBURN FESTIVAL OF FOLK MUSIC, DANCE & SONG, Cleveland
Tel 01287 622623. Email.

August 8-15
BROADSTAIRS FOLK WEEK
Tel 01843 604080. Email.

August 9-16
MORLAND FOLK DANCE WEEK, Nr Penrith, Cumbria
Tel 01931 714338. Email.

August 11-17
BIDEFORD FOLK FESTIVAL, Devon
Tel 01237 473931. Email.

August 15-17
BEAUTIFUL DAYS, Ottery St Mary, Devon
Email.

August 15-17
BLADNOCH FOLK & BLUES FESTIVAL, Wigtownshire, SW Scotland
Email.

August 15-17
INNERLEITHEN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tel 01721 729949. Email.

August 15-17
PONTARDAWE FESTIVAL, S Wales
Tel 01792 830200.

August 15-17
SMALL WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, Louth, Lincolnshire
Tel 01507 343428/07789 891244. Email.

August 16-22
WHITBY FOLK WEEK
Tel/Fax 01757 608600. Email.

August 17-23
ETHNO ENGLAND, Whitby, N Yorks

August 21-25
TOWERSEY VILLAGE FESTIVAL, Oxon
Tel 01629 827016. Email.

August 22-24
SOLFEST, Cumbria
Email.

August 22-25
SHREWSBURY (was BRIDGNORTH) FOLK FESTIVAL, Shropshire
Tel 01746 768813. Email.

August 29-31
BURNHAM FOLKFEST, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset
Tel 01278 794414.

August 29-31
FYLDE FOLK FESTIVAL, Fleetwood, Lancs
Tel 01253 770547.

August 29-31
OFF THE TRACKS FESTIVAL, Isley Walton, Derbys
Tel 07899 8269 55. Email.

August 29-31
RHYTHM FESTIVAL, Clapham, Near Bedford
Email.

August 29-31
WALLINGFORD BUNKFEST
Tel 07743 330494. Email.

August 30
TRADITIONAL MUSIC DAY, Stowmarket
Tel 01449 771090. Email.

August 30-31
MOSELEY FOLK FESTIVAL, Birmingham
Tel 07789 440026. Email.

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SEPTEMBER

September 5-7
SWANAGE FOLK FESTIVAL, Dorset
Email.

September 11-14
CORK FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel +353 (0)87 27 59311. Email.

September 11-14
LINLITHGOW FOLK FESTIVAL, West Lothian
Tel 01506 844392. Email.

September 12-14
BROMYARD FOLK FESTIVAL, Herefordshire
Tel 0777 283 1860. Email.

September 12-14
END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL, Dorset
Tel 01342 892664. Email.

September 12-14
SWEET SUNNY SOUTH, Hastings
Tel 01424 423230. Email.

September 13-14
CHELTENHAM ACOUSTIC GUITAR SHOW
Tel 08700 424038.

September 15-13
BLAS FESTIVAL, Venues throughout the Highlands
Email.

September 18-21
OTLEY BLACK SHEEP FOLK FESTIVAL, W Yorks
Tel 01943 464858. Email.

September 19-20
LINCOLN FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 01526 352153.

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OCTOBER

October 3-5
INGLETON FOLK WEEKEND, N Yorks
Tel 015242 41049. Email.

October 3-5
TENTERDEN FOLK FESTIVAL, Kent
Email.

October 10-12
BANBURY CANALSIDE FOLK FESTIVAL
Tel 01295 709881.

October 17-19
MUSICPORT, Bridlington
Tel 0845 3732760. Email.

October 24-26
BARING-GOULD FOLK FESTIVAL, Okehampton
Tel 01837 53754. Email.

October 24-26
DERBY TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL
Tel 01773 853428. Email.

October 24 - November 2
PERTHSHIRE AMBER - THE DOUGIE MACLEAN FESTIVAL, Perthshire
Tel 01350 724281.

October 25-26
DANCE AROUND THE WORLD, London
Tel 020 8340 4683. Email.

October 25-26
SLIGO LIVE
Email.

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NOVEMBER

November 13-16
WILLIAM KENNEDY PIPING FESTIVAL, Armagh
Tel 028 37511248. Email.

November 28-30
BEDWORTH FOLK FESTIVAL, Warks
Email.

November 29
FESTIVAL OF VILLAGE CAROLS, Grenoside, S Yorks

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DECEMBER

December 6
HADDENHAM FESTIVAL, Bucks
Tel 01296 415333. Email.

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