Who’s on: Friday

An overview of who’s on today. All information subject to change.

The festival programme with full details of locations and timings is now available to purchase from our online shop  It can also be purchased from various venues in Whitby including Holmans, Arch & Abbey, Station Inn, Flowergate Centre, Tourist Information and the Spa Pavilion.  There will also be an App, details of which will be posted here soon.

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Friday’s Special Events

Whitby Festival Heather Garland Building – Come and add a sprig or two of heather to the traditional Whitby Heather Garland

Handmade Music. Voices From The John Howson Collection – A book launch event by Megan Wisdom exploring the lives, stories and experiences of traditional singers and musicians from Suffolk.

Workshop Showcase – MC Sue Coe. An opportunity to see what’s been going on in the workshops all week.

Songs Of Struggle And Protest – featuring Graham Pirt; Ken Wilson; Lynda Hardcastle & Alan Rose; Vic Gammon; Di Henderson; Graham O’Callaghan


Alistair Anderson | Alistair Russell | Belinda Kempster & Fran Foote | Bob & Gill Berry | Brian Peters | Dan Quinn | Dougie MacKenzie & Brian Miller | Ellen Mitchell | Francy Devine | Gordon Tyrrall | Graham O’Callaghan | Holly & the Reivers | Jim Causley | Jim Murray & TGTHB | John Conolly | Magpie Lane | Matt Quinn | Mossy Christian & Megan Wisdom | Paul Bellamy & Lynn Haynes | Pete Shepheard | Rattle on the Stovepipe | Rebecca Hearne | Ruth & Sadie Price | Seb Stone | Stanley Accrington | Will & Pippa Noble

Ceilidhs & Dances

Family Ceilidh – Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer; Bob Morgan; Johnny Handle & Chris Hendry

Mostly American Dance – Rhodri Davies; Contrasaurus

Final Ceilidh – Ceilidh with an open ceilidh band led by The Hedgehog’s Skin & Joey Oliver – come and join in the playing! Followed by ceilidh with Frog on a Bike & Sue Coe, then the festival closing ceremony. Dance display by Black Swan Rapper and Duke’s Dandy Clog.


Running Set Dance Workshop – Annabel & Nigel Sharp; Morris Oxford

Festival Orchestra (6 of 6) – Carol Dawson & Steve Le Voguer

Beginners Whistle Workshop – May Cheadle

Irish Set Dance Workshop – Jerry O’Reilly

Tai Chi Quan – Melvin Samuel

North West Morris Workshop (2 of 2) – Chiltern Hundreds Clog Morris

Longsword Workshop (5 of 5) – Newcastle Kingsmen

Cotswold Workshop – Peterborough Morris

Shape Note Singing (5 of 5) – Phil Tyler

Anglo Concertina Workshop – What Are The Options? – Roger Digby

English Concertina Workshop (2 of 2) – Alex Wade

Beginners Clog Workshop – Newcastle Kingsmen Clog

Rapper Workshop (5 of 5) – Black Swan Rapper

American Dance Workshop – Rhodri Davies; Contrasaurus

Playford For All Workshop – Daisy Black; Contrary Faeries

Intermediate Whistle Workshop – May Cheadle

Playford Dance Workshop – Andrew Swaine; Stradivarious


Lunchtime Stories – Kay Cook; Rose Rylands

Talks, Chats & Interviews

Presentation – Sara Grey presents an interactive session to show how the old songs and ballads change from region to region in North America

Doc Rowe Show – The last of Doc’s presentations for 2024

Whitby Interviews – Martin Graebe talks to Brian Peters both about his music and research into song

Children & Young People

Playtime (For 3 To 6 Year Olds)

Playworks (For 7 To 11 Year Olds)

Junior Orchestra – For 8 Year Olds & Above

Longsword For Children (For 7 To 14 Year Olds) – with Sue Coe

Family Ceilidh – with Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer; Bob Morgan; Johnny Handle & Chris Hendry

Plus dance displays, sessions & singarounds, and Craft Fair & musical instrument stalls at the Leisure Centre