Appearing in 2018

Beverley Folk Festival



Appearing in 2018

Every year, around 80+ acts appear on the festival weekend in our various on-site venues.
In 2017 we had more music and events than ever before so there was something for everyone…

Confirmed so far for 2018 are:



This international award winning band from Wales are back on the road with their infectious rhythms and high energy routines to celebrate the release of their latest album-Solomon They come with accordion, harp, guitar, fiddles and Welsh bagpipes along with a virtuoso performance from a champion step dancer. A fresh and vibrant sound with a pounding beat set against the backdrop of old traditions. Songs include the legend of Wales’ very own fairy realm with a tale of magic, myth and mischief along with some of the most beautiful and haunting melodies.

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Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Two time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011. Soon after the joining of the pair, the duo were signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012 released their debut album, The Queen’s Lover.

Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene. “The press coverage and folk club reports have been glowing and rightly so” (R2 Magazine).



Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.

The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars.

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Habadekuk (Denmark)

With a vibrant mix of folk, rock, salsa and big band jazz, the lively eight-man band catapults old folk melodies into the 21st century. Expect everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes and rough n’ ready sailor songs in an unforgettable live experience. Their debut album “Hopsadaddy” was awarded “Album of the Year” at Danish Music Awards 2011 (Danish Grammys). The band received the “Tradition Award” at the same occasion in 2013.

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The Lucy Ward Band

Lucy Ward is an impressive, original songwriter whose unique delivery and breath-taking voice has enchanted audiences the world over. Her music never fails to get to the heart of the human condition with her expressive, unflinching writing style and warm personality that radiates from the stage.

Having come up through the folk tradition, Ward’s music has a sense of rooted belonging. She is BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner and is the youngest person ever to be nominated for the prestigious BBC Folk Singer of the Year.

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Grace Petrie

A folk singer, songwriter and activist from Leicester, UK, she has been writing, recording and touring relentlessly ever since. She has racked up tour supports with Emmy the Great and Billy Bragg, and has also made her mark in the comedy scene supporting comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long. She’s appeared at Glastonbury four time at the invitation of Billy Bragg, as well as an eclectic genre-crossing mix of festivals Latitude, Musicport, Blissfields, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Greenbelt and more including of course Cambridge Folk Festival. She has collaborated with some of the most respected names in folk, including Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey and Peggy Seeger.
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Alterego Ceilidh Band

Alterego are a four piece ceilidh/concert band from the York area. They started out as a three piece family band and have been joined for the last couple of years by Steve Marshall who has enhanced their repertoire with his clever guitar work and vocals, which allows Steve Jackson to play bass. They will be playing the late night ceilidh on Saturday, ably supported by caller Graham Purnell, and hopefully a concert spot at some point over the weekend.
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The festival programme may be subject to any changes that the organisers see fit to make. We make every effort to present the advertised programme, but cannot guarantee that the artists will perform at any particular time, or at all. Whilst we make every effort to keep any changes to a minimum, we reserve the right to present alternative performers and re-programme events or concerts as necessary.


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