Moseley Folk Festival Line Up

Levellers (30th Anniversary)

From their early gigs in Brighton in the spring of 1988, Levellers were a ‘gang band’ that attracted an instant following. Then as now, just like their heroes The Clash, they represented a potent brew of activism and hedonism. Their music appealed to the… Read more

Teenage Fanclub

Almost thirty years on from the band’s debut album A Catholic Education, the much loved Teenage Fanclub continue to give their audiences joy, be it at their own headline dates or at festivals alike. The band’s signature indie rock repertoire was paid the ultimate sign… Read more

Nick Mulvey

For Nick Mulvey and his new album Wake Up Now, the answers are sought and found within. He surmises, “Naturally, this record reflects all that’s been happening in my life recently, as a man and as an artist, trying to answer a call to be a better person.… Read more

Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

Legendary rock icon and the original Cockney Rebel, Steve Harley will join the Moseley Folk Festival line-up as Special Guests on SEPTEMBER 2nd. Harley has written and recorded twelve albums in a career covering four decades, and continues to tour to sell-out audiences in many… Read more

Show Of Hands

The Show of Hands success story tells a vivid account of more than two decades of international touring, 25 album releases, two Honorary Doctorates, three BBC Folk Awards, and four Royal Albert Hall sell-outs. A sorcerous combination, Steve Knightley, Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes… Read more

King Creosote

The King Creosote idiom – equal parts geometry, self-deprecation, cosmic wonder and seafaring poetry – remains intact on his most recent release, Astronaut Meets Appleman, as does his knack for a killer couplet (see drive-pop calypso ‘Love Life’: “Her jealous accusations know no bounds /… Read more

Bridget St John

Raised in London and after graduating from Sheffield University in 1968, Bridget made her first demo, with John Martyn’s help, on a Revox owned by singer/songwriter, Al Stewart. Within weeks of leaving college, Bridget was recording her first BBC radio broadcast for John Peel’s eclectic… Read more

This Is The Kit

This Is The Kit – the musical project which holds exceptional Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stables close to its heart – have earned the adoration of peers including Guy Garvey, The National and Sharon van Etten. Their new album and Rough Trade debut, ‘Moonshine Freeze’, is undoubtedly their most compelling and accomplished to… Read more

Willy Mason

Willy Mason is a Singer Songwriter from the USA. First came to the world’s attention with his single Oxygen – regularly played on Radio 1 before the 18 year old had a record deal in the UK. He has since released 3 albums and… Read more


When Imarhan released their self-titled debut album in 2016, their tender, soulful, intense vision of a genre of music that was already flooded with talent and exposure still managed to float to the top and be heralded as a pivotal record of the “New… Read more

Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton

Wildflower Blues, the gorgeous new album by Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton, began with a phone call between two friends. The two hadn’t played together in years, but still shared a strong musical and personal connection. Each has exerted a strong musical influence on… Read more

Skinny Lister

Roaring drunk in Hamburg. Locked in a bunker in Berlin. Tearing up the road in New York and Tokyo. The world of folk punk heroes Skinny Lister is broadening by the record as they headline some of the world’s most famous venues from London… Read more

Martin Carthy

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only… Read more

Chris Wood

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact… Read more

Stick In The Wheel

East London folk band Stick In The Wheel are headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter. Their debut From Here(2015) was fRoots magazine ‘Album of the Year’ and a MOJO ‘Folk Album of the Year’, with four BBC Folk Award nominations since they began in 2013. “Britain’s most exciting new folk band” (UNCUT) have just… Read more

Seamus Fogarty

“You know when a song is good enough to let go,” muses Seamus Fogarty of his patient and meticulous approach to songcraft. Over time and tide it’s given rise to the London-based Irish alt-folk and electronica alchemist’s truly magnificent second album and Domino debut… Read more

Siobhan Miller

One of the foremost traditional singers in Scotland, Siobhan Miller is an exceptional talent. Her soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song has won her Scots Singer of the Year an unprecedented three times at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, whilst her two albums have also… Read more

Richard Dawson

Rising up from the bed of the River Tyne, a voice that crumbles and soars, that is steeped in age-old balladry and finely-chiselled observations of the mundane, Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing stumbles from music-hall… Read more

Ciaran Lavery

The award-winning singer-songwriter from Aghagallon in County Antrim, Ireland may be decorated at home by the Northern Ireland Music Prize (for his 2016 album ‘Let Bad In’) and might have totted up over 80 million streams on Spotify during his five year solo career,… Read more

Jim Ghedi

Born in Sheffield before moving around various parts of the British Isles and then settling in Moss Valley – an abandoned and forgotten area on the edgelands of South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire – it makes perfect sense that 26 year old Jim… Read more

Tiny Ruins

Tiny Ruins are a band based in Auckland, New Zealand, conceived in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook to describe her solo output. Traversing early influences of folk and blues, Tiny Ruins’ sound draws on ethereal and grungy soundscapes alike. Sometimes likened to Nick Drake, Mazzy Star or… Read more

Jim White

Jim White gets around. When he’s not releasing his own critically acclaimed solo albums he splits time producing records for other songwriters, exhibiting his visual art in galleries and museums across the US and Europe and publishing award winning fiction. His sixth solo studio… Read more

Corn Potato String Band

The Corn Potato String Band earns high praise in traditional American music, keeping old time fiddle and banjo music from a one-way trip to the dustbins of history. Theirs is a story of struggle, hard knocks and triumph. Essentially unable to cope with modern… Read more


Following the rapturous standing ovation given to COSMOTHEKA at The 2017 Bromyard Folk Festival 50th Anniversary, Dave & Dan Sealey, together with their great mate, Adam Barry, have been catapulted back into the limelight, back into the rough and tumble working class world of… Read more

David Campbell

DAVID CAMPBELL is the only member of Birmingham’s most celebrated singing family still active on the folk scene.  His grandparents, Dave and Betty, were traditional singers from the ballad-rich north-east of Scotland; his father, Ian, was a prominent folksong revivalist and prolific songwriter. David’s… Read more

Emma Gatrill

Emma Gatrill is a multi-instrumentalist based in Brighton, UK. Her debut, 2012’s Chapter I, was a poignant collection of songs based around her then-latest acquisition – the harp. Subtly accompanied by various members of the Willkommen Collective, her intricate playing coupled with a unique vocal… Read more

Hannah Johnson and The Broken Hearts

On this record Ms Johnson delves deep into her influences of old country, the blues and honky tonk music. The choice of material is imperative to Hannah, who has spent a long time studying the vocal styles of country greats such as Faron Young,… Read more

High Horses

Brum boys and girls, from numerous known Birmingham bands come together to rock some stages with our eponymously named garage folk. Beginning as an acoustic trio, now a full 6-piece band consisting of Guitar, bass, mandolin, sax/flute, violin, drums and 3 vocals. Since we’ve… Read more

Honey Harper

Honey Harper is both an old and a new project. The songs were written in the past three years but they’ve been around for much longer. They resist temporality and eschew spatial specificity. Whether they were written on a lake in northern Ontario, a… Read more

Jack Blackman

Fast developing into one the most accomplished and exciting young performers on the roots scene today, Jack’s guitar playing has been described as ‘exceptional’ by Whispering Bob Harris, he has performed his songs all across the country and as far as the Mississippi Delta.… Read more

Katherine Priddy

Katherine Priddy is a dreamweaver, a hypnotic story teller and fragile performer who encapsulats the rich and often solemn side of artists gone by such as Nick Drake and John Martyn, whilst delivering each word with a genuine warmth and charm. Despite a tender… Read more


Keto: the hypnotic, lovelorn orchestration of Nottingham based songwriter Leah Sanderson, harks back to the earlier work of Drag City artists’ Will Oldham, Bill Callahan and Josephine Foster, whilst offering a fresh and quintessentially English take on millennial folk. A restless and shifting personality… Read more

Nina Violet

Nina Violet is a singer/songwriter/arranger/multi-instrumentalist from Massachusetts, where there are all four seasons.  She has toured extensively since she was quite young and continues to adventure, being the kind of person to travel with automotive tools,  gowns, guitars, boots, heels, a viola and probably… Read more

M G Boulter

M G Boulter is a singer and songwriter living on the coast of the Thames Estuary, England. A perceptive and emotive songwriter, his 2016 release ‘With Wolves the Lamb will Lie’ was picked as one of the top 20 folk albums of the year… Read more

Saint Alto

Saint Alto are a four piece alternative indie folk band. Only a few shows in, Saint Alto has gathered attention for ‘hauntingly beautiful’ songs paired with the drive of indie folk found in artists such a Ben Howard and Bon Iver. Like going to a church… Read more

Swampmeat Family Band

Swampmeat emerged from the Coldrice scene (Birmingham, UK) inhabited by the likes of Copter, Big Bang, Table Scraps and many other deplorable reprobates. Danny C and T-Bird recorded two long players in the coming years (Double Dutch & Moonshine and Camp Heartbreak) and graced… Read more

The Lost Notes

The Lost Notes write songs about things that matter. Like the perils of one night stands and plastic surgery, the plight of bankers, greaseballs, snakes, Greco-Roman health and safety failings, mules, mermaids and the downright miserable. The band formed in 2014, in the creatively… Read more

Didier Kisala – Celebrating Sanctuary

CELEBRATING SANCTUARY BIRMINGHAM Showcasing and Promoting Artists in Exile – Supporting Refugee Rights Celebrating Sanctuary works through the arts to raise awareness of the contributions that refugees make to the UK, and in particular to the city of Birmingham. With a regular series of… Read more

Millicent Chapanda – Celebrating Sanctuary

CELEBRATING SANCTUARY BIRMINGHAM Showcasing and Promoting Artists in Exile – Supporting Refugee Rights Celebrating Sanctuary works through the arts to raise awareness of the contributions that refugees make to the UK, and in particular to the city of Birmingham. With a regular series of… Read more

Edwina Hayes

Edwina’s beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages… Read more

Esther Turner

Esther Turner is a 22 year old unsigned singer/songwriter from the Midlands. Early in her Career Esther supported The Jacksons at their gig in the Isle of Man, and played The fire stone stage at the Genting Arena Birmingham supporting Ed Sheeran. 2017 has seen Esther independently… Read more

The Little Unsaid

The Little Unsaid released a new album for Reveal Records (home of Lau, Joan As Police Woman, Eddi Reader and more) in May 2018. Fronted by songwriter John Elliott, they are a band with an original sound and international outlook. The Little Unsaid have… Read more

R John Webb

R John Webb headlined the second stage of Moseley Folk Festival back in 2016 with his band Rhino and The Ranters. He has travelled the length and breadth of the nation and beyond playing solo or with the Ranters. He has shared the stage with the likes… Read more

Red Shoes

Soaring, passionate vocals, chiming acoustic guitars and a superb catalogue of original songs in the  Folk/Roots/Americana tradition by Carolyn and Mark Evans, lie at the heart of the Red Shoes success story. They are a live favourite on the Folk Club, Theatre and Festival circuit. … Read more

Steelin’ The Blues

Acoustic Blues and Americana with Blues guitarist/vocalist Steve Ajao, and Steel guitarist, Stewart Johnson (Hannah Johnson & The Broken / The Toy Hearts). Two highly-regarded local musicians combine forces to bring music of a “Southern Fried” style – the kind of music you might hear being played on… Read more

Steve Gibbons

Unique and timeless – the legend that’s Steve Gibbons has withstood the fads and fashions of the music business for over four decades. Analyze his music and superb self-penned songs and you’ll find the influences of blues, country and even psychedelia. With a huge… Read more

The Brave Sons Of Elijah Perry

The Brave Sons of Elijah Perry are a band of malingering reprobates – Doc DW, Queasy Joe, and one Tatum Perry – who bring the finest in roots Americana to the listening public, via diverting live performances and 50 Miles of Elbow Room, their… Read more

The Katies

The Katies are a genre-spanning folk(ish) duo comprising Katie Stevens (of The Bonfire Radicals) and Katy Rose Bennett. Both are skilled multi-instrumentalists and singers and present a veritable smorgasbord of musical delights: from Traditional Irish, Klezmer, Bulgarian and British folk music to American jazz… Read more

Women Folk

Women Folk are a group of friends (Becca, Ellie, Katie, Katy, Lizzie & Michelle) who love to sing together, chat and drink tea. What started out as a casual Sunday singalong, has morphed into a blend of tight-knit gorgeous harmonies, beautiful melodies and a whole host of different… Read more