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:


Gretchen Peters

For two decades, Gretchen Peters has been one of Nashville’s most beloved and re-spected artists. “If Peters never delivers another tune as achingly beautiful as ‘On A Bus To St. Cloud,’” People Magazine wrote, “she has already earned herself a spot among country’s upper echelon of contemporary composers.” Inducted into the Nashville Song-writers Hall of Fame in October 2014 by singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, who called her “both a songwriter and a poet (who) sings as beautifully as she writes,” and said her song “The Matador”, “moved me so greatly, I cried from the soles of my feet”, Peters has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill.

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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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Charlie Dore with Julian Littman

A night of eclectic, contemporary folk as multi-award winner Charlie Dore, one of the UK’s most respected songwriters teams up with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span to share her latest album, Dark Matter. Expect a fast moving show as the pair swap guitars, mandolin, harmonium, ukulele, piano and much banter. There’ll be original acoustic versions of hits Charlie has written for others, including George Harrison and Jimmy Nail and a chance to hear her own worldwide hit, Pilot of the Airwaves.

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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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Jess Morgan

Jess Morgan is a songwriter’s songwriter. A cerebral storyteller – she takes her cue from roots music and contemporary and upfront British voices like Billy Bragg and Jarvis Cocker. Her latest album is a tumbler of unfancied gutsy song, with heart, passion and great melodies. The album comes out with Drabant Music and Jess is currently the Norwegian label’s only British artist. As well as crafting songs, Jess has also made a name for herself for her hands-on approach to producing music – gaining momentum through limited edition releases, short runs and most recently her own DIY vinyl records. In a recent article The 405 called her “a true DIY artist in her element. Seriously, she does it all.”

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The Boxcar Boys (Canada)

The Boxcar Boys have been creating unique original music, weaving together their take on folk songs, klezmer, and traditional jazz, since 2010. They’ve released 3 albums, their debut “Don’t Be Blue”, Canadian Folk Music Award nominated “Rye Whiskey”, and acclaimed 3rd album “Cicada Ball”. Their diverse and innovative sound and celebratory performances have brought the band to a wide variety of venues and festivals including The WayHome Festival, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Deep Roots Festival, Blissfest, The Blue Skies Folk Festival and The Ashkenaz Klezmer Festival.

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Katie Spencer & Foss Paterson

Haunting, escapist and moving. Drawing on influences such as John Martyn, Roy Harper and Laura Marling, Spencer creates modern folk music which owes as much to the Yorkshire countryside as it does to the English folk revival.
Spencer will be joined by Foss Paterson providing atmospheric jazz-infused keys. Their work together has been championed by Iain Anderson (BBC Radio Scotland) and has been described as “late night [John] Martyn & [Danny] Thompson territory”. Paterson’s back catalogue consists of a whole host of folks including John Martyn, Fish and Jacqui McShee.
“Spencer’s dense, brooding and heartfelt songs have an attractive dreamlike quality that suggest a bright future” – RNR MAGAZINE

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The Cody Sisters (USA)

Hailing from Colorado, US, the award winning Cody Sisters Band creates a musical experience that combines incredible acoustic instrumentation alongside beautiful sister harmonies. Combining guitars, mandolins, banjos, and bass, the constant human theme in their original music leaves audiences exhilarated, inspired, and always wanting more. These young women and their bass player fuse many different influences, from folk, to roots, to bluegrass, to Gypsy Jazz and swing. They are fast and fun! Seeing the Cody Sisters Band is a true musical experience.

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Beggar’s Bridge

With a sound that straddles both the contemporary and traditional arms of folk music, Beggar’s Bridge have forged a fine reputation at folk clubs, venues and festivals across the north of England and beyond, earning themselves support slots with the likes of Oysterband and Eliza Carthy along the way. Taking slices of East Yorkshire folklore and turning them into compelling song-stories, their outstanding musicianship is complimented by some fascinating background tales, often interlaced with a good helping of Yorkshire humour. Be prepared to tap your feet, sing along and laugh out loud in roughly equal measures!

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Harbottle & Jonas

Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Creating a heady, eclectic mix of music, underpinned with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island.

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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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