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The Unthanks

Sunday Afternoon


There’s not much that hasn’t been said about these internationally renowned sisters who hail from not very far away at all! They’ve headlined all over the place and are regularly featured on TV and Radio winning accolades and awards, they’ve collaborated with some of the world’s finest musicians and now they’re here, for one day only!

Hedgehog’s Skin

Friday Evening


This Hexham based ceilidh band are no strangers to Allendale, having played for the New Year’s Eve Ceilidh in the Village Hall for many years. So we know you’re in for a high-energy evening at their first visit to the Allen Valleys Folk Festival.


George Welch and Christine Jeans

Sunday Afternoon


Missing from last year’s festival due to illness, George has been repaired and teams up again with Christine to bring you songs, tunes and banter of a legendary standard.


Kate and Raphael

Saturday Afternoon


Fresh and poetical, this unusual combination of French accordion and Scottish fiddle produce the most delightful folk influenced and original music.



Saturday Afternoon


Although they came together in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, they’re well known in Allendale and we’re really happy to welcome them back with their sublime takes on traditional and contemporary music.


The Rheingans Sisters 

Saturday Evening


Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for best original track, these innovative musicians are firmly rooted but not bound by folk traditions. Multi- instrumentalists, wonderful vocals and described by fRoots as, “Quite simply extraordinary.” What more could you want?

Me and My Friends

Saturday Evening


Pushing at the edges of the genre, this band will have you up in the aisles dancing to a fascinating array of instruments and entrancing rhythms. This is brilliant, don’t miss this one whatever you do!



Saturday Evening


Emerging from the European music traditions, this duo experiment and tantalise through superb musicianship and clever electronics. They’re really busy with gigs all over the continent so we’re very lucky to have them here.


The Magpies

Saturday Afternoon


This exciting four piece band with a great instrumental mix and both Celtic and Bluegrass influences is, as Cambridge Folk Festival said, “A sure crowd pleaser!” Overflowing with accolades and awards, you’ve got to see them! 



Morag Brown & Lewis Powell-Reid

Saturday Afternoon


Morag and Lewis play a rich repertoire of music from a wide variety of traditions. On fiddle and cittern or accordion, they are at home performing traditional Scottish, English and Irish music, as well as music from across Europe, the Balkans and Greece. They take inspiration from traditional archive sources, from the musicians they meet and the places they travel to. When playing together, their shared intuition and love of spontaneity allows them to freely move between melody, harmony and improvisation. Morag and Lewis appear regularly as a duo, and also perform with Balkan band Horovod, ceilidh band Jiginaboot, the Babylon Arabic Band, and in the band of Border piper and composer Matt Seattle. Morag also plays in Awry.


Rowan McCabe 

Saturday Afternoon


Rowan McCabe is a poet and performer from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Aware that poetry isn’t a proper job, he decided to create his own and is now the world’s first Door-to-Door Poet. Knocking on strangers’ doors, he asks what is important to them. He then goes away and writes a poem about this, free of charge, before bringing it back and performing it on their doorstep. Rowan also performs on stages and has appeared at Glastonbury Festival and the Royal Albert Hall. He is a Great Northern Slam winner, was nominated for a Saboteur Award and his work has been featured in the Guardian, on BBC Breakfast and was commissioned by Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’.