The London Folk and Roots Festival


The London Folk and Roots Festival is nearly upon us!

Now in its second year, the Festival will bring together an intriguing and eclectic array of established Folk, Roots and Americana artists from all over the world. Spread across many recognised London venues, churches, pubs and clubs, the festival is set to dominate the live music calendar this autumn, with the diverse lineup catering for all tastes.

The festival runs from 29th October through 17th November, and follows a pilot last year, which was a huge success, with all shows seeing great attendances, including many sold out shows.

The lineups and venues include:

Over The Rhine – St Giles in the Fields, 29 October
False Lights – Sebright Arms, 30 October
CC Smugglers – The Lexington, 1 November
Ian Siegal Unplugged – Dingwalls, 2 November
Eddi Reader – Union Chapel, 3 November
Ward Thomas + Callaghan – Lexington, 3 November
Fish & Bird + Amelia Curran – The Old Queens Head – 5 November
The Grahams + Ruarri Joseph – The Borderline, 4 November
Aoife O’Donovan – Bush Hall, 4 November
Emerging Talent Night with Fred’s House/Ben Smith/Marina Florence/Kaity Rae – The Islington, 4 November
Andy McKee – Union Chapel, 5 November
Canadian Showcase with Fish & Bird + Amelia Curran – The Old Queens Head, 5 November
The Young’uns – Slaughtered Lamb, 6 November
Dean Owens – The Slaughtered Lamb, 7 November
JD & The Straight Shot – The Islington, 8 November
Sam Kelly Trio – The Green Note – 10 November
The Wainwright Sisters – St Stephen’s Church, 10 November
Marc O’Reilly – Sebright Arms, 11 November
Emerging Talent Night with Kelly Oliver/Minnie Birch/Daria Kulesh/Zoe Wren – The Islington, 11 November
Colm Mac Con Iomaire – St Pancras Old Church, 11 November
Cara Dillon – Union Chapel, 12 November
Sam Lee & Friends – Oslo London, 12 November
Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends + Maz O’Connor + Vashti Anna – Union Chapel, 14 Nov
Mandolin Orange – The Borderline, 17 November

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