"Folk music is about storytelling and it often provides us with a poignant reflection of people's lives: their experiences, their hopes, their happiness and sadness... The UK has such a long and varied history of folk, and when you start to dig deep into it, it's interesting to see how some narratives have been better preserved, and are more prevalent than others. With this weekend's curation of artists, the aim is to spotlight some of those stories from the folk tradition that have tended to be overlooked, as well as showcasing some more familiar folk sounds. It's a celebration of the history and diversity of this island, whilst also a chance to think about what 'folk' means to us now, and for the future". Nabihah Iqbal
11am: Perspectives on Tradition (Talk)
Join Stick In The Wheel for a talk about their project Perspectives on Tradition, where contemporary musicians delve into the national folk arts archive at Cecil Sharp House to explore traditional music and its evolution through culture, song collecting, and cross-pollination. With appearances from DMC champion Jon1st, BBC6 Music DJ Nabihah Iqbal, and Metronomy's Olugbenga.
3pm: Laura Groves + Angeline Morrison
Laura Groves is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, known for her experimental sound which mixes traditional songwriting with electronic layering and a passion for home recording. Laura has released three EPs, and built a reputation as a sought-after collaborator.
Angeline Morrison is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who explores traditional music, infusing it with elements of soul, literature, and folklore. In 2022, she released her album The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs of Black British Experience, a re-telling of the hidden history of Black ancestors in the UK in traditional folk style
8pm: Eliza & Martin Carthy + The Copper Family
Eliza Carthy is a critically acclaimed performer, nominated twice for the Mercury Prize and winner of numerous other awards over her 20-year career. Her performances are known for their intelligence, charisma and ability to break boundaries, gaining attention from audiences beyond the folk genre. Her father, Martin Carthy, has been one of the most innovative figures in folk music for over 50 years, and continues to be a beloved figure in the scene, trailblazing in musical partnerships and championing folk clubs and music.