Derby Folk Weekender

Derby Folk Weekender
Cathedral concert, credit Graham Whitmore
Guildhall theatre concert, credit Graham Whitmore
Derby Folk Weekender
Cathedral concert, credit Graham Whitmore
Guildhall theatre concert, credit Graham Whitmore

The Derby Folk Festival has found a home right in the centre of Derby for 12 years, and we’re really pleased with the way the festival has become embedded in the city's events calendar. We have a great location, right in the centre of the country, fabulous acts, and a super-friendly atmosphere. If you've not been before then we'd love you to come and join us.

Fri 4 Oct to Sun 6 Oct 2019

With 2019 presenting some challenges with venues and available space, we’ve had to look at a different offering this year. The Guildhall Theatre has been undergoing some work above the ceiling, and the full Market Place may not be available due to ongoing plans with the Assembly Rooms.

Whilst we can’t present the full festival that has grown over the years, we’ve put together what we think is a fantastic range of concerts; all as part of the Derby Folk Weekender. There are individual concerts in Derby Cathedral on Friday evening, and Saturday and concerts in The Old Bell Hotel on Friday evening, and through Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets for the concerts in these two venues will be available individually, as well as some multi-buy deals to allow you to make your own “mini-festival”! 

To receive the Multi-buy offer, events must be bought in one transaction and the discount cannot be applied retrospectively. Multi-buy offer applies once all events are included and you arrive at the basket screen.

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Alongside these concerts, we’ll be using the Guildhall Clubrooms for our usual, intimate “folk-club-rooms” concerts, and some great singing – and these will be open to anyone with any of the concert tickets (subject to available space).  We’ll have music sessions in The Old Bell’s Tudor Bar, and then fringe events on the Market Place with music, dancing, and the craft fair.

We really hope that you can join us, for either a full weekend of fabulous music, or even just a few concerts. This year’s format gives a range of opportunities to continue the fuller festival experience, or to pick and choose the individual concerts that you’d like to see. 

Derby Cathedral has a large capacity, with unreserved seating on the pews – and a fabulous atmosphere. They have made us incredibly welcome in recent years, and this year in particular, have thrown their doors ever wider, to allow us to fit in more concerts.As part of Derby Festé, the Cathedral is also hosting The Museum of The Moon from 16 Sep to 6 Oct, so there will be the incredibly beautiful installation of UK artist, Luke Jerram’s 7 metre moon, suspended overhead!

The Old Bell Hotel is Derby’s largest and last surviving coaching inn and has played a huge role in the history of Derby. The grade II listed building was constructed in 1650 and was considered one of the most prestigious coaching inns outside of London.  These days, it is run by a wonderful team who’ve been incredibly supportive of all that we’ve done over many years. We’re delighted to once again be filling the Ballroom with fabulous concerts, hearing sensational sessions in the Tudor Bar, and relaxing with the fringe events and a drink in the Tavern Bar!

Fringe events

We have some fantastic free fringe events and music throughout The Derby Folk Weekender!

Our friends at Furthest From The Sea will be running the outdoor fringe stage with free music throughout the weekend. Folk 3D will be putting together a programme of dance and running the amazing John Birmingham Cup song competition and more!

On Saturday, there is also the Village Folk Clubrooms concerts in the Guildhall Clubrooms, starting with The Kimberleys at 4pm until 5:30pm. Then later Village Folk Village Folk present Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith at 7:15pm. Concert ticket holders will have free entry, and non-ticket holders will be able to pay on the door - subject to capacity, at what will be very popular events.

Dance sides

Saturday Dance Schedule

Market Place

Waterfall

Sadlergate

Cornmarket

St Peter’s Cross

The Spot

10:30am-11am

WM & SMCC

11:15am-11:45am

WM & SMCC

11:15am-11:45am

RM & RGG

1:30pm-2pm

RM & SMCC

10:30am-11am

RM & RGG

 

12 noon-12:30pm

RM & RGG

1:30pm-2pm

WM & RGG

2:30pm-3pm

WM & RM

12 noon-12:30pm

WM & SMCC

 

2pm-2:30pm

SMCC & RGG

     

Ripley Morris (RM) Ripley Green Garters (RGG) Stone Monkey/ Celebration ClogSMCC (SMCC) Winster Morris (WM)

Sunday Dance Schedule

Market Place

Waterfall

Sadlergate

Cornmarket

12:30pm-1pm

MM, RR & RS

11:45am-12:15pm

MM, RR & RS

11am-11:30am

MM, RR & RS

 

2:15pm-2:45pm

MM, RR & RS

1:30pm-2pm

MM, RR & RS

Makeney Morris (MM) Ryknild Rabble (RR) Restless Soles (RS)

Timings are approximate

View the whole programme at the Derby Folk Festival website.

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