Whitby Folk Week 2020 POSTPONED
to 21st to 27th August 2021

It is with a heavy heart that, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone Whitby Folk Week 2020 to 21st to 27th August 2021. As you can imagine, this has not been an easy decision, but we felt that the health and safety of everyone involved, ticket holders, volunteer stewards, artists across music, song, dance, and storytelling, and of course our lovely Whitby venues, had to take priority.

We are currently in the process of contacting everyone involved, and all season ticket holders, so please bear with us as this may take some time.

We love Whitby Folk Week and hope that, with your support, we’ll be back bigger and better next year. With that in mind, we are asking season ticket holders, if at all possible, to roll their tickets over to 2021. If you haven’t as yet bought a ticket, and want to help keep the festival alive, the 2021 ticket form is now online, and we are holding the 2020 early bird price in place until 30th April 2021.

We look forward to seeing everyone in a brighter future, but until then, please take care and stay safe.

With our very best wishes,
Barry E, Sue, Melanie, Andy & Barry M


Special Events

This years special events include:

Framed: The Alice Wheeldon Story featuring Moirai; and

Here at the Fair featuring Mick Ryan

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Concert Artists

Alice Jones - Benammi Swift & Owen Spafford - Melrose Quartet - Grannies Attic - Damien Barber - Blyde Lasses - Cream Tees - Dan Quinn - Enda Kenny - Jess & Richard Arrowsmith - Kirsty Hannah - Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson - Roisin Ban - Maclaine Colston & Saul Rose - Martin Carthy & John Kirkpatrick - Matt Quinn - Moirai - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Pete Morton - Sandra Kerr - Robin Huw Bowen - Sara Grey, Kieron Means & Ben Paley - Rosie Davis - Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies - Red Hippo .......

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Ceilidhs, Dances & Callers

Oxford Nags - Banter - Vertical Expression - Strays Chords - Mollie Koenigsberger & Ali Messer - The Four Idiots - Relentless - Out Of Hand - Token Women - Peeping Tom - Purcell's Polyphonic Party - 422

Barry Goodman - Colin Hume - Lynne Render - Dave Turner - Martyn Harvey - Rhodri Davies - Phil Bassindale - Jerry O'Reilly - Cate Haynes - Patrick Rose - Bob & Jen Morgan

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Dance Teams

Thrales Rapper - Hadrian Clog - Gog Magog Molly Dancers - Oakenyoof - Twostep - Silkstone Greens North West Morris - Bourne Borderers - Goathland Plough Stots - Windsor Morris - Betty Lupton's Ladle Laikers - Makeney Morris - Five Rivers Morris



Try your hand at anything from Melodeon to Medieval Dance, Banjo to Border, or join the Festival Orchestra. We endeavour to cater for all skill levels and abilities.

Perform your new found skills at the Workshop Showcase in our main venue, the Spa Pavilion.


Children’s Events

The young’uns are the future of our festival. Drop them off at the ‘Kids club’ while you go and see a concert or two.

Or see your kids transform a folk tale into a piece of drama at our ‘Children in Performance’ club.

We have something amazing for the young’uns almost all day, every day.


Youth Events

Whitby Folk Week is great fun for youths and teenagers.



Taffy Thomas - Jack Lynch - Cath Edwards


Music Sessions

During the week, Whitby’s pubs and clubs are jam packed with music sessions and singarounds of all genres.

Whether you’re a beginner Irish fiddle player or a seasoned sea shanty singer, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect session for you.