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

This will resume in the autumn of 2022 and move to Sundays.


St Albans Folk Festival June 24-26, 2022

We are holding a full festival, including a Day of Dance in the City Centre, live performances in city centre pubs and a festival concert featuring Miranda Sykes plus New Roots finalist Alex Jenkins and Watford Folk Club Song Writing Competition winner Paul Fincken on Saturday June 25 at 7.30 pm at St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane AL1 4DF. Tickets available at by phone at 0333 666 3366 or on the door.

There will be an open ‘taster’ day at St Saviour’s Church and Hall for families and young people on Sunday afternoon June 26. Full details of the programme for the weekend are here along with the detailed programmes of the Day of Dance and the live music showcases


St Michael’s Street Folk evening

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 we are back in 2022. Please join us in St Michael’s Street on Wednesday July 6 2022.


New Roots an event for young musicians who are under 25 and play or sing folk, roots or traditional music. For further details, click here. The closing date for New Roots 2023 is January 31 2023

New Roots 2021/22 The rescheduled final took place on Sunday March 27 2022 at Trestle Arts Base, St Albans. The judges were Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Ffion Mair, Valmai Goodyear and Andy Stafford. Links to videos of the finalists are here. Look out for them over the summer at festivals and other events.

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.

Sessions Mainly traditional Irish, English, Scottish and other traditional music. All welcome to listen or to play. Mainly tunes, but singers welcome.  


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

Monthly sessions were held at the Great Northern, London Road at 6.00pm on Sundays, usually on the fourth Sunday of the month. These have been suspended until further notice.


Links to other regular events in St Albans

Contact Alison Macfarlane            Tel 01727 852111