It’s all systems go for Bermondsey Folk Festival 2019. It may seem like a while away, Sunday September 8th, but there is quite a lot to do. Headline acts need to be booked well in advance: typically we do this 11 to 12 months ahead of the event. Scheduling of the day will be sketched out in the next month or so so that we can promote the day well ahead of time. We are very excited about working with local food & beer businesses to provide festival food & drinks & are putting together a children’s programme to make the day very much a family affair. We always have Irish dancing & our friends, Thrales Rapper will provide some sword dance. With confirmed acts like Andy Irvine, Martin Simpson, Ben Walker& Stick In The Wheel & with a growing line-up of homegrown talent this is going to be a bumper Bermondsey Folk Festival 2019!
The Bermondsey Folk Festival 2018 was a great success and we look forward to SUNDAY 8th September 2019
This is an archive post with all the relevant information for the past festival.
The best free folk music festival in South London
And here they are…all the times for today’s fantastic day ahead.Continue reading
After the day’s events in the Blue Anchor Market, the
Bermondsey Folk Festival continues at Shortwave Cafe with an evening of
fantastic folk acts. Shortwave Cafe is fully licensed & has a great
selection of beers
Guitar, bass, cajon, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, flute, penny whistle and recorder combine for fast-paced, energetic tunes and delicate ballads.
Arfur Doo & the Toerags are a traditional Irish folk band with a few twists. Guitar, bass, cajon, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, flute, penny whistle and recorder combine for fast-paced, energetic tunes and delicate ballads.
From small beginnings the Bermondsey Folk Festival is starting to flourish as a calendar event in the London Folk Scene and we have the headline acts in the main stage to prove it: Lisa Knapp, Circulus and Martin Carthy
First on the stage from 2pm, you will discover award winning chanteuse Lisa Knapp; later on the indescribable Circulus will delight attendees with the unique psychedelic folk and closing the main stage performances will be modern folk’s greatest innovator Martin Carthy, purveying their finest wares.
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The Bermondsey Folk Festival 2018 continues and after the day’s events in The Blue Market, the Bermondsey Folk Festival music will play at Shortwave Cafe with an evening of fantastic folk acts. You’ll be pleased to know that Shortwave Cafe is fully licensed & has a great selection of beers and drinks.
Join us for a walk with famous comedian Arthur Smith who will delight everyone taking part in this exploration of Bermondsey, ‘proper’ 🙂
The walk will last about an hour on our way to the main stage at Market Place. Remember, this walk could be funny so you’ve been warned!
Meet us at the Queen Victoria Pub (Yes, you may go inside and relax in this lovely pub; the tour starts at midday)
Folk music fans and Bermondsey Folk Festival followers, behold, the our very first flyer for the BFF 2018 is out of the printer!
We are delighted to announce the main headline acts for this year’s edition of our popular Folk Festival in South London. Bermondsey which has a long music tradition is once more the home for top class musicians and bands to play on a day not to be forgotten!
With Martin Carthy, Lisa Knapp, Circulus and Arfur Doo and The Toerags plus many other acts to be announced. In the meantime, don’t forget to visit the Folk Music Singaround at Shortwave Cafe and organised by Cunning Folk. This monthly event is a platform for artists who wish to play at the Bermondsey Folk Festival as supporting acts. Remember to pencil in (or add electronically nowadays) these dates to your calendars:
8th September 2018 – Bermondsey Folk Festival returns to Market Place and nearby venues in The Blue, Bermondsey SE16
Woodburner team up with Totally Thames Festival to bring you two phenomenal bands in the otherworldly surrounds of the Brunel Museum Tunnel Shaft.
The result of a thousand drunken nights, countless dreamy days, and years of musical adventuring, Whiskey Moon Face take you on a voyage into a bohemian underworld which you never knew existed.
Born into a puddle of whiskey beneath a stark winter moon and raised by cold winds, schooled in the warming spirits and hungry for more, Whiskey Moon Face manage a natural, graceful sound built from many ports. The spellbinding voice that haunts Hackney’s back streets, the clarinet that floats through open windows with impossible lyricism, and the double bass that meanders beneath. Always innovating and improvising with stark originality, Louisa Jones’ troupe of underground musicians play with a virtuosity you could never expect. Songs which speak of the unspeakable, with understated humour, captivating storytelling and a transcendent spirituality.
Live electronica wizkid Ed Dowie uses his deep knowledge of sound design to create a unique, transportative, sonically rich experience for his audience. It’s a blend of live sounds, effect-laden vocals, and truly huge synth sounds that is completely immersive.
Ed started making music in the late 1990s with Brothers in Sound, releasing three EPs and an album on Regal Recordings and BMG. After several years composing music for theatre and short films, he embarked on a solo career in 2012, releasing two EPs which received praise from No Fear of Pop, 20 Jazz Funk Greats and The 405. His music has appeared on various short films and TV and has regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC6 Music and Resonance FM. He’s recently signed to Lost Map Records (home of Pictish Trail, Rozi Plain & Kid Canaveral), who released his debut album, The Uncle Sold, in January 2017.
TICKETS & Venue
For me, Woodburner is possibly the most important underground folk music event in London.
It began nearly a decade ago around a large woodburner in a squatted Hackney pub, The George and as far as I know it has always followed the same formula, an outrageously cheap door price and three outstandingly good musical acts.
Lovingly created and curated by the musician Theo Bard, Woodburner has been where, just about every musician in London has cut their teeth. This is where you would have heard Sam Lee and Nick Mulvey long before anyone mentioned a Mercury Prize.
Its Theo´s attention to detail which makes Woodburner so special. Every venue it moves to is carefully chosen for it ambiance and atmosphere, this combined with theo´s uncanny ability to select great acts makes for many magic evenings.
Excitingly, Woodburner has recently branched out from just their weekly event and are now involved is some spectacular collaborations. I am sure they will all carry the Woodburner quality with them.