Moseley Folk Festival Line Up

Moseley Folk 2017 - Laura Marling


Still just 27, Laura Marling released her Mercury-nominated debut album almost ten years ago now. Released in 2008, Alas I Cannot Swim was described by Under the Radar as “an awe-inspiring debut by an old soul on a mission”. The Guardian called it “unnervingly… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Amy MacDonald


Famous since the age of 18, Amy MacDonald’s ten years in music have seen her have 4 top 5 albums in the UK. Asked whether he had helped shape MacDonald’s public profile, her manager and first producer Pete Wilkinson told HitQuarters “girl sits at… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Jose Gonzalez


Returning to Moseley Folk after a triumphant headline performance in 2008 followed by an equally successful slot with his band Junip, José González will be familiar to festival regulars and a major draw for those attending for the first time. Born in Sweden to… Read more

Moseley Folk Festival 2017 - Fairport Convention


BBC Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Fairport Convention celebrate the 50th anniversary of their formation this year. They played their first concert in a church hall in May 1967 and over the last half century have built a reputation as the country’s leading… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Kate Rusby


Returning to this year’s Moseley Folk Festival is the wondrous Kate Rusby. Rusby possesses one of the purest, sweetest voices in folk music and for many years she’s been charming audiences with her paradoxically joyous and melancholy songs. Uncut described her live shows as… Read more

Moseley Folk Festival 2017 - The Magic Numbers


The Magic Numbers hailed their arrival with a self-titled, Mercury-nominated debut in 2005. The album reached the top 10 and went double platinum, quickly making the band, who are formed of two brother-sister combos, a household name. On The Magic Numbers, Romeo Stodart took… Read more

Moseley Folk Festival 2017 - Seth Lakeman


Barely anything used to be or still is written about Seth Lakeman without reference being made to his appearance. Nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2005 and winner of Singer of the Year and Best Album at the BBC Folk Awards, this unusually good looking chap… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Shovels & Rope


Shovels and Rope are the wife-husband duo of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. Nashville native Hearst and Denver-born Trent now hail from Johns Island, South Carolina, where when not on the road performing they raise chickens at their home. As solo artists, they… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Roddy Woomble


“One of Britain’s most distinct and talented voices” (Kerrang), Roddy Woomble is best known as the front man of Idlewild, the Scottish band with whom he has toured the world and recorded seven albums, and who blessed our main stage Saturday headlining spot two… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Courtney Marie Andrews


Born in Arizona, and now settled in Washington State, Courtney Marie Andrews is still just 26 but’ having begun touring in her teens and barely stopped since’ she carries herself with more confidence than many of her age. Her most recent album Honest Life,… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - The Furrow Collective


“A quietly classy young folk band” (The Guardian) and winners of Best Group at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Furrow Collective are an English/Scottish quartet comprising the talents of Lucy Farrell (fiddle, viola, saw, voice), Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Josienne Clark & Ben Walker


“Most of the people complaining about us are sixtysomething men with beards called Brian” Josienne Clarke recently told the Guardian. With five excellent albums to their name and a number of awards including Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards, Clarke and Ben Walker… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Lankum


Described as “the most convincing band to come out of Ireland for years” by The Guardian and ‘anarchic, yet connected, rootsy and gutsy… I love their music, it is just so damn good!’ by Mike Harding, Lankum (Lynched) are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin,… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Michael Chapman


Although born in Yorkshire, Chapman spent much of the late-60s and his subsequent career on the London and Cornish music circuits. Now considered a cult guitar great, his ragged, rambling style, marked by flashes of acoustic brilliance first became known in Cornwall, where he… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - John Moreland


Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, John Moreland produces music that is very influenced by his geographical and personal roots. Born in Texas and raised in a conservative Southern Baptist family, he moved to Oklahoma at a young age, via Kentucky. Having performing his first gig… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Mike Heron & Trembling Bells


Few bands could be said to embody the spirit of the 1960s more comprehensively than the Incredible String Band. On albums such as ‘The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter’ or ‘Wee Tam and the Big Huge’- with their epic perspectives, pantheistic lyrics and visionary synthesis of… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Alasdair Roberts


Also playing at this year’s Moseley Folk as part of The Furrow Collective, Alasdair Roberts’ first releases came out under the name Appendix Out. They included four songs on Up Records 4×4 compilation in 1995 and the Ice Age 7’’ on the Drag City… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Nadia Reid


In 2015 Auckland-based singer-songwriter Nadia Reid’s debut album, Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs dissected a recently ended relationship. Finding layers of failure and hidden motives, Reid’s outlook on love appeared somewhat hopeless but her lyrics were couched in a warm delivery and… Read more



Known and loved by Moseley Folk regulars, The Destroyers are now celebrating the tenth year since their inception. Described by Steve Lamacq as “the sort of rogues who would take you out for a night, fill you with mead, strip you to your underwear… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Trembling Bells


“The Aire was a sanctuary for me,” Trembling Bells’ founder Alex Neilson recently told Folk Radio about the river that passes through his hometown of Leeds. “I grew up on a council estate in Bramley and the river was five minutes away. As a… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Kaia Kater


African-Canadian roots and old time soul artist Kaia Kater has been making waves in North America for some time now and it will be a pleasure to welcome her to this year’s Moseley Folk. Born in Montreal and now based in Toronto, life has… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Marry Waterson & David A Jaycock


Marry Waterson is a singer, song writer and visual artist who made her recording debut back in 1977 as a guest on her mother Lal and aunt Norma Waterson’s album A True Hearted Girl. In 1988 the three formed an occasional singing partnership with… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Throws


Tunng co-founders Mike Lindsay and Sam Genders had last collaborated on Tunng’s third album Good Arrows in 2007 when a trip by Genders to see Lindsay in Reykjavik, where he’d been living, reignited their creative partnership over man chats and drinks until dawn. The… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Nap Eyes


Nap Eyes’ 2014 debut Whine of the Mystic was described by Pitchfork as “a drinker’s album, for the kind of drinker who does so alone, publicly, poring over popular 11th-century tomes”. Their reviewer went on to say of songwriter, singer, and rhythm guitarist Nigel Chapman’s… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - John J Presley


John J Presley is a born raconteur who has been taking his tales on the road with the help of drummer Dan Maiden-Wood (ex-Anna Calvi). He’s caught the attention of DJs like Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens and has drawn plaudits aplenty in a… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Ren Harvieu


Ren Harvieu was signed to Universal Music at the age of 18 after being introduced to Grammy-winning record producer Jimmy Hogarth of Amy Winehouse and Duffy fame. He produced her first album Through the Night, which was released in 2012 when she was 21… Read more



Nifeco Costa is a Guinea-Bissau/Portuguese musician whose recording career began at the National Broadcasting Studio of Guinea-Bissau (RDN), after a performance with his band Mini Cobi caught the eye at the 1987 Festival no Pintcha held in Bissau. In 1993 Costa released his first… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Laucan


Lewes-raised 27-year-old Laurence Galpin is the voice behind Laucan (pronounced Lor-can). Explaining his initial decision to sing falsetto after the break-up of his old band, he says “I didn’t want anyone hearing my songs through the door of my room”. Thankfully now he’s ready… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Laura J Martin


“A musician of startling originality… Musically she comes from the school whose alumni include Tom Waits, Kate Bush & Joanna Newsom” (The Sunday Times). Mesmeric and psychedelic, Liverpudlian singer Laura J. Martin is a hip-hop flautist, mandolin player, and J-pop fan who has supported Misty’s Big… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - The Standing Waves


“Pounding…Haunting…Elegant” (RnR Magazine) – Will Odgers, Debbie Brown, Jolyon Holroyd, Andrew Claridge, Joe Mansfield, Jonny Cook, Miranda Sykes, Bruce Whiteley, and Damo Waters are the Standing Waves. With influences including Wilco, Big Star, Fleetwood Mac, Ron Sexsmith and Feist among others, their debut album… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Diabel Cissokho


Hailing from Senegal, Diabel Cissokho is from a long line of griots and with his family band has performed with such esteemed artists as Fela Kuti, Youssou N’Dour and Manu Dibango. In West Africa, a griot is a member of a class of travelling… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Scott Hirsch


Scott Hirsch is a multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer whose bass work and production helped create the unique sound of Hiss Golden Messenger, a band with whom he toured heavily before moving back to his California home to set up a recording studio. This has… Read more



  Written when she was just fifteen, Fenne Lily’s single Top to Toe has now been played eight million times on Spotify. Speaking to Bristol Live Magazine, she described people connecting to her music as being “the best kind of addictive” – and it’s… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Jess Morgan


“Unique vocals, keen observational skills, and top-notch songwriting. A true talent” is how Maverick described Norwich-born singer songwriter Jess Morgan. Her career began with a few home-recorded EPs and demos, and then accelerated after attention from Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson led to the… Read more


  Stereo Embers magazine has described Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates’ lyrics as “sophisticated, emotional, precise” and their music as “lush, spry, sweepingly concise arrangements that are unmistakeably, unerringly British in tongue and tone.” Yet, at the same time, the 4-6 piece group, based… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Culture Dub Orchestra


Condensed down from Culture Dub Orchestra, a large World Roots Dub band based in the Midlands, with influences from all parts of the globe, CDO (Quartet) looks at the genre through a new lens. With dub still firmly at its core, this smaller ensemble… Read more

Moseley Folk 2017 - Izzie Derry


Influenced by artists from Neil Young and James Taylor to Jake Bugg and Nick Drake, young singer-songwriter, Izzie Derry has steadily been making waves around Coventry and Leamington in recent years. Early this year she supported Olly Murs and released her first album Goodbye,… Read more