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At the heart of English folk

Folk Rising

Folk Rising is the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s (EFDSS) national showcase platform for a new generation of folk music artists in England proving at a stage on which they can find their performance feet whilst exploring new ideas and styles.

Folk Rising began life at Cecil Sharp House in partnership with The Nest Collective (formerly known as The Magpie’s Nest) and it has now earned a reputation as being a hotbed of exciting talent. This has resulted in an expansion of the programme across England and more and more young artists looking to be included. Nearly 150 artists have been showcased since the programme began in 2010, and many have gone on to blossoming careers – Dan Walsh, Keston Cobblers Club, The Staves and Gilmore & Roberts, to name but a few.

Each Folk Rising programme is presented in partnership with a venue, festival or promoter. To ensure that emerging artists from across England are given an opportunity we encourage our partners to include local talented artists in their programming, and so reflect the full range of talented artists from around the country.

Seamus Cater & Viljam Nyback (3)
Seamus Cater & Viljam Nyback (2)
Seamus Cater & Viljam Nyback
Sarah Johns Music Party (2)
Sarah Johns Music Party
Nic Gareiss & Scott Hartley (3)
Nic Gareiss & Scott Hartley (2)
Nic Gareiss & Scott Hartley
Kelly Wade
Kate Doubleday (3)
Kate Doubleday (2)
Kate Doubleday
  • Seamus Cater & Viljam Nyback (3)
  • Seamus Cater & Viljam Nyback (2)
  • Seamus Cater & Viljam Nyback
  • Sarah Johns Music Party (2)
  • Sarah Johns Music Party
  • Nic Gareiss & Scott Hartley (3)
  • Nic Gareiss & Scott Hartley (2)
  • Nic Gareiss & Scott Hartley
  • Kelly Wade
  • Kate Doubleday (3)
  • Kate Doubleday (2)
  • Kate Doubleday


  • Find out about forthcoming Folk Rising events around the country 

    EFDSS have presented Folk Rising around the country with the following partners:
    Beverley Folk Festival 
    Derby LIVE  
    Folk by the Oak  
    Folkworks at Sage Gateshead  
    Fylde Folk Festival  
    Hairpin Records  
    Homegrown Festival at The Met, Bury
    Leeds College of Music
    The Nest Collective at Cecil Sharp House, London   
    Ramsbottom Festival  
    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 
    Sheffield Bright Pheobus
    Sidmouth Folk Festival 

    If you are interested in being a Folk Rising partner presenter and are in an area of England we have not yet reached do contact us

    We are grateful to the Musicians Benevolent Fund for supporting the 2013 expansion of Folk Rising.

    Watch singer and fiddler Scott Hartley perform at a Cecil Sharp House Folk Rising gig on YouTube  

     

    National Youth Folk Ensemble

    National Youth Folk Ensemble

     

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