New Roots

An event for young musicians

Are you under 25?

Do you sing or play traditionally based music?

This annual event is for young performers of all styles of traditional or contemporary folk, roots or world music, whether you play traditional material or write your own. Categories are under 18 and 18-24.

There is no one Ďwinnerí, but itís a great day, a chance to get your music heard and loads of great opportunities are awarded to the most appropriate acts. These have included performance opportunities at Upton-on-Severn, Broadstairs, St Albans, Kimpton, Sidmouth, Bromyardand Warwick Folk Festivals and at folk clubs, including Redbourn, Chesham, Stockton, Norwich and Lewes.

We are now approaching them and others for both live and online opportunities in 2023 for our 2023 finalists. To offer a performance opportunity for New Roots 2023, please complete and return this form.

To enter New Roots 2023, email your completed entry form in Word to Please note that we are unable to receive entry forms in googledocs. In reply, you will receive an email telling you how to upload up to 15 minutes of your music.

Closing date January 31 2023


The final of New Roots 2023 will be in April 2023 at Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ or online. Performers short-listed by the judges, who will be leading figures on the folk scene, will be invited to take part. There is no charge for admission. The judges, will give feedback on performances. Further information will be posted on this web site as it becomes available. For enquiries, email or ring 01727 852111.