St Albans Folk Music

St Albans Folk Music organises pub music sessions, a monthly concert series, ‘Folk at the Maltings’, and an annual 'New roots' competition for young musicians. It is a part of the 'Folk at the Festival' Committee which organises the St Albans Folk Festival.


Folk at the Maltings

The series of online concerts has now finished for the time being. Folk at the Maltings will return in the autumn, either live or online.


St Albans Folk Festival June 25-27, 2021


A mixture of live and online events.



Friday June 25, 8pm Opening concert with Lizzy Hardingham, Said the Maiden, Kelvin Davies and Eleanor Dunsdon

Saturday June 26, 8pm Festival concert with Lucy Farrell plus Arbrevyn.

Bookings online at or by phone 0333 666 3366.

Sunday June 27  5-6pm Online ceilidh with Lisa Heywood and Gifford:Brookes. Bookings online at or


Live music showcase performances, sessions and singarounds in pub gardens and other venues. These are being arranged with venues in the light of ever-changing government regulations. As a result, the final programme will be published here much closer to the time. Keep watching this space.


Wednesday July 7

From 1988 to 2019, we held a popular event St Michael's Street folk evening on the first Wednesday evening in July, with dancing in the street and music everywhere. This could not happen in 2020 or 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic but it will be back as soon as possible. Meanwhile, this year, we have a really exciting open air concert instead:


Wednesday July 7 2021 at 7.30pm Amazing duo Belshazzar’s Feast plus New Roots 2020 finalist Rakoczy in concert at the Roman Theatre, Verulamium as part of the Roman Theatre Open Air Festival season. Booking and further information is here.



St Albans Folk Festival 2020
St Albans Folk Festival ran from September 25-27 and was mainly online. If you missed the day of free music, you can still hear a great range of musicians and singers in our online showcase performances on St Albans Folk Music’s YouTube channel   Further details including names of performers are here.


New Roots an event for young musicians who are under 25 and play or sing folk, roots or traditional music.

New Roots 2021 The closing date will be August 31 2021 and the final will be on October 24 at Trestle Arts Base, St Albans or if not possible online. The judges will be Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Ffion Mair, Valmai Goodyear and Andy Stafford. For further details and information about to enter, click here.

New Roots 2020 The final of New Roots 2020 was postponed to Sunday November 1 2020 from 11am to 5pm and was online. The music can be heard on New Roots YouTube channel. For further details, click here.

New Roots 21st anniversary celebration, Sunday June 28 2020

The first New Roots took place in 2000 and a 21st anniversary event was held on Sunday June 28 2020, with performances by some of the amazing singers and musicians who have taken part over the years. This was an online event, with videos newly recorded by over 30 past New Roots finalists. If you missed it, you can still hear it on New Roots YouTube channel by following this link and make a donation at  The proceeds will be shared between the performers. The programme, which includes featured spots by Iona Fyfe, Hazel Askew on behalf of the Askew Sisters, the Foxglove Trio and Katrina Gilmore and Jamie Roberts is here.


Sessions Mainly traditional Irish, English, Scottish and other traditional music. All welcome to listen or to play. Mainly tunes, but singers welcome.   The sessions have been suspended until further notice. The Robin Hood sessions are currently being replaced by sessions on Zoom. For details, email


Weekly sessions at 8.30pm on Wednesdays are at the Robin Hood, 126 Victoria Street, St Albans AL1 3TG.

Monthly sessions are at the Great Northern, London Road at 6.00pm on Sundays, usually on the fourth Sunday of the month.


Links to other regular events in St Albans

Contact Alison Macfarlane            Tel 01727 852111