St Albans Folk Festival

June 23rd 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
St Albans Folk Festival

There is always so much going on in and around St Albans that there is always plenty for folk to do. From 28th June until the 30th June 2019 the St Albans folk festival will be celebrating the wealth of folk groups and musicians in and around St Albans. 

St Albans Folk Festival starts on Friday 28th June and the Friday evening, with an open evening hosted by Friday Folk social dance group and a free evening at the Fighting Cocks promoted by Folk Fantastic.

Then on Saturday the 29th June come the main events of the festival. There include fifteen dance groups taking part in the Day of Dance in the City Centre starting at 10.00am outside the Alban Arena and finishing at 4pm outside the west end of St Albans Cathedral! There are many more free musical performances taking place in five St Albans city centre pubs, plus Waterstones bookshop and the St Albans Court Room at the Old Town Hall. There will be opportunities to join in singing at the Courtyard Café and in playing instrumental music in the Goat, plus a workshop for ukulele players in the Mermaid.

Perhaps the highlight of the day will be the festival concert at 8pm in the Roman Theatre at St Albans Verulamium. The guests will be the iconic band Flook, supported by Glenn Koppany, winner of Watford Folk Club’s 2018 song writing competition and New Roots 2019 finalist, singer and fiddle player, Nancy Potts.

Sunday 30th June will see the festival draw to a close with the Festival’s competition to write new songs about St Albans’ Roman heritage on the theme of ‘Roman Verulamium and St Albans today’ will be from 2-5pm  at the White Lion. Before the festival closes officially with the Americana band Bathtub Ginn playing in the Farmer’s Boy St Albans at 9pm.