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The sun sets over the food stalls and beer tents at FolkEast Festival, 2022

FolkEast 2023 – the lineup announced

The finest folk festival in the East of England kicks off its second decade with a stellar lineup.

FolkEast Festival Logo
Tradfolk is delighted to be heading to FolkEast this year as official media partners. This article is part of a series of articles that we'll be producing in the run-up to, and during, the 2023 events.

The lineup for FolKEast 2023 has been announced, and it looks the business. From vintage performers to the best new acts on the block, there will be something for everyone. And here at Tradfolk we’re delighted to announce that we’ve been invited to take over and curate one of the stages on the Sunday, presenting some of the best established and up-and-coming traditional folk talent on the scene at the moment. We’ll be announcing more info soon, but we can confirm that we’ve lined up Angeline Morrison, Frankie Archer, Sam Baxter, Burd Ellen, Cynefin, and many more. We’ll also be working, once again, with videographer, Jon Nice, to produce more of the Squash Court Sessions that were so popular last year.

It’s going to be a great year and a must-visit event for regular Tradfolk readers. So many of the artists that appear on these pages will be putting in an appearance. Everyone’s favourite prog-morris side, Boss Morris, will be bringing their own brand of morris mayhem, Nick Hart will be onsite, Martin Simpson adds legendary status, and Tradfolk Rach is bound to be jigging up a storm as the sun goes down. Hack-Poets Guild, Ellie Gowers, Jackie Oates, Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne – they’re all present and correct, too.

A still from the Angeline Morrison of the Brown Girl, in which she sits in the grass alongside a Cornish road, wearing her hair in a bun on top of her head.
Angeline Morrison will appear as part of the Tradfolk takeover
Nick Hart
Boss Morris
Ellie Gowers

FolkEast has become one of the best-loved events on the UK festival calendar. It all started in 2012 and has been going strong ever since, celebrating its 10th-anniversary last year. The festival is held at the beautiful Glemham Hall estate near Woodbridge, where time seems to stand still.

There will be five stages to choose from – Sunset main stage, Moot Hall, the Stage on the Other Side of the Woods, Sanctuary Space, and the Dance stage. The festival’s three pubs will also be alive with singarounds and sessions.

The Young’Uns

The festival’s patrons, The Young ‘uns, will be there throughout the weekend to entertain you. On Saturday, Scottish band Capercaillie will be leading the way with their dazzling traditional Gaelic and contemporary English song repertoire. And on Friday, Ímar, the Glasgow-based band known for their instrumental punch and pizzazz, will be performing.

Legendary Seventies folk-rock pioneers Lindisfarne will hit the Sunset stage on Sunday, led by original founder-member Rod Clements. Kathryn Tickell with her band The Darkening will be performing on Saturday, and the unmatchable Spooky Men’s Chorale will also be heading over from Australia.

This year’s festival is going to be amazing. Don’t miss out on the fun. Head to the FolkEast site now to make sure you have your tickets.

Who is playing at FolKEast 2023?

The lineup so far includes…

  • Lindisfarne
  • Capercaillie
  • Ímar
  • Spooky Men’s Chorale
  • The Young’uns
  • Kathryn Tickell & the Darkening 
  • Martin Simpson 
  • Angeline Morrison 
  • Hack-Poets Guild 
  • John Smith & Katherine Priddy 
  • Lady Maisery 
  • Nick Hart 
  • Boss Morris 
  • Son of Dave 
  • Burd Ellen 
  • The Magpie Arc 
  • The Sam Sweeney Band 
  • Jackie Oates & Jon Wilks 
  • Joshua Burnell 
  • Ellie Gowers 
  • Bonfire Radicals 
  • Filkin’s Ensemble 
  • Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne 
  • Cynefin 
  • Ballet Folk 
  • Rory Mcleod 
  • Kitewing 
  • Sam Baxter 
  • Patakas 
  • Frankie Archer 
  • Naragonia 
  • Relentless 
  • EATMT Vaughan Williams Youth Moot Showcase 
  • Martyn Joseph 
  • Jez Lowe 
  • Jackie Oates & John Spiers 
  • The Sartin Singaround 

Tradfolk is the official media partner for the FolkEast festival.