Clifton Cathedral and St George's among host venues for Bristol Folk Festival 2022

Clifton Cathedral and St George's among host venues for Bristol Folk Festival 2022

Posted on: 20 Apr 2022

The three-day festival, which brings a diverse range of folk acts to some of the city’s most iconic venues, is back after a triumphant 2019 edition.


Next week, well-loved folk artists from all over the UK and beyond will descend onto a selection of renowned Bristol venues, including Clifton Cathedral, St George’s Bristol and Bristol Folk House, as part of Bristol Folk Festival 2022. 


Running between Friday 29 April and Sunday 1 May, the carefully curated lineup is sure to attract a slew of music lovers from across the city and beyond to enjoy live music, dance, Q&A sessions and more.


Weekend and individual tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from the festival's website.



Bristol Folk Festival kicks off on Friday 29 April with evening performances from Kate Rusby and O’Hooley & Tidow at Clifton Cathedral.


Rusby (pictured below), hailed as the ‘first lady of folk’, has wowed audiences for 20 years after and achieved a 1999 Mercury Prize nomination.


Well-loved Yorkshire two-piece O’Hooley & Tidow are known for their strong harmonies and beautiful, comedic tales of the everyday.


Having been praised by esteemed publications such as The Guardian and writing the theme for BBC/HBO series Gentleman Jack, they are a folk force to be reckoned with.


While individual Friday night tickets are already sold out, attendees can access the full festival programme through weekend tickets, available here.

Saturday daytime sees cult whisky-soaked Americana band Medicine Creek, lively folk-inspired three-piece Granny’s Attic and alt-folk duo Good Habits take to the St George’s Bristol stage.


The Saturday night programme (also taking place at St George’s) involves Jon Boden & The Remnant Strings (pictured below) and Amadou Diagne.


The former, frontman of folk mainstays Bellowhead, will wow audiences with his immense catalogue from his time with Bellowhead and beyond.


The latter is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer who channels the tradition of West African music. Emerging from a family of Senegalese musicians, Diagne has performed his unique brand of music all over the globe.


Saturday entry can be secured through day, evening, and weekend tickets.

Again at St George’s, the Saturday daytime lineup involves another original Bellowhead member Rachel McShane & The Cartographers, innovative folk outfit The Last Inklings and American-Scottish multi-instrumentalist Daisy Chute.


Moving into the evening programme, Kitty Macfarlane (pictured below) and Jack Rutter will be the acts closing the festival.


Macfarlane, a singer-songwriter from Somerset, boasts a talent for rich visual imagery, her masterful storytelling is at once thought-provoking and beautiful.


Rutter is a highly respected multi-instrumentalist from West Yorkshire, masterful at the guitar, bouzouki, duet concertina and harmonium.


Sunday entry can be secured through day, evening, and weekend tickets.

Bristol Folk House will also host Brewery Band Ceilidh on Friday night and Gadarene on Sunday night while late-night folk will take place on Friday and Saturday night at The Architect.


To find out more about the returning Bristol Folk Festival, or to secure one of few remaining tickets for individual days or the full weekend, head to the festival's website.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturday’s are spent watching his team both home and away.