Latest guests announced for 2019
Festival guests confirmed so far include:

Mike Wilson and Damien Barber

Two of the finest exponents of Traditional Song in the United Kingdom; it is difficult to accept that these relatively young men, have a combined 40+ years experience of performing at folk venues.

Raised in Norfolk and heavily influenced by such earlier Norfolk singers as Walter Pardon and Peter Bellamy, Damien is a stylish and distinctive singer, either unaccompanied or using guitar or concertina. Though he has lived for a long time in West Yorkshire he retains a strong East Anglian identity.

Mike Wilson is the youngest member of the Wilson Family, the powerful Teesside singing siblings who have raised the rafters at many a festival or folk club event. His musical heritage is emphatically that of the North East – rural and industrial folk song both traditional and modern.

Damien and Mike have a rich shared repertoire of traditional songs plus the work of modern folk writers such as Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson.

Many more guests to be announced shortly so come back to this page soon

Tenterden Folk Festival 2019

Four days of folk song, music, dance, craft and traditions

Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th October 2019


Tenterden, the Jewel of the Weald
  • Would you like to join our team of volunteers?

    A new year brings new challenges but also new opportunities.  Following the very sad deaths of Bob and Kathy Drage in December 2017, Tenterden Folk Festival needs new volunteer committee members to help organise and run the annual four day festival which celebrated 25 years in 2017.  If you have good organisational skills or are good at fundraising or marketing you might enjoy volunteering for Tenterden Folk Festival during the year.  Alternatively you may like meeting new people and would prefer to be doing a more active role
    such as organising stewards or street collectors over the festival weekend.  Perhaps you have experience or skills associated with producing a souvenir programme or similar publication including selling advertising space to local businesses and organisations, proof reading or distribution.

    Following the retirement of our stalls organiser, we are also looking for one or two volunteer to take on this role.  You could be involved in the administration and taking bookings from stallholders.  Over the festival weekend it involves marking out stall pitches, meeting and greeting stallholders on arrival and dealing with their questions.  You would be there to make sure that the setup and breakdown all goes smoothly and that the site is left clean and tidy.  You would be liaising with festival stewards and the public. 

    All these volunteer roles involve working with other committee members, volunteers and charity Trustees.  The Committee meets approximately six times a year in Tenterden.  Between meetings we keep in touch by email and phone.

    If you are interested drop email to the Festival Director or complete the form on the "contact us" page.


  • Monthly song and music session

    We also run a monthly sing-a-round style folk song and music session  at The William Caxton on the second Tuesday of every month.  Click on picture to go to the "Tenterden Folk Club" page.

  • Around Kent Folk magazine

    AKF is now published six times per year by Tenterden Folk Festival. Your FREE guide to folk events in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and beyond.  Feb/Mar, Apr/May, Jun/Jul, Aug/Sep, Oct/Nov, Dec/Jan.

  • Honorary Patrons

    Jacqui McShee, singer with Pentangle and Take3, and Sussex singer and song collector Shirley Collins are Honorary Patron of Tenterden Folk Festival.

  • Festival procession

    Do not miss the procession of Morris sides and other folk dance display teams on Saturday at Tenterden Folk Festival.

  • Concerts, sing-a-rounds, etc

    Concerts, barn dance, sing-a-rounds, music sessions and workshops are a popular feature of the festival

  • Other cultures

    We include relevant groups from overseas and UK based groups performing music and dance from other cultures.  Pictured are 4 x 4 Bhangra Dancers from Kent.  Guests have come from Romania, Slovakia, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Gambia, South Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada and the USA.

  • Young folk

    We also aim to showcase younger folk musicians and local bands such as Green Diesel pictured above.

  • Dance displays

    Tanglefoot Appalachian are regular visitors to the festival where they join around 60 other dance display teams and Morris sides.  There is a festival procession along the High street on Saturday.

  • Crafts and stalls

    Large marquees on the Recreation Ground are now home to the craft fair and other stalls as well as the free music stage and dance stage.  
    Street stalls also line the lower High Street.

  • Past guests

    Past guests at the festival are too numerous to list but have included many of the top names on the folk scene from Martin Carthy to Shirley Collins, John Kirkpatrick, Jez Lowe, Ashley Hutchings, Ian Campbell, Pete Coe, Roy Harris and many others.  Our policy is also to include many of the folk musicians who still tour the clubs, festivals and art centres. 

  • Visit Tenterden & Ashford

    Check out the new Visit Ashford and Tenterden website

  • My Tenterden Business Directory and Events Diary

    The My Tenterden Business Directory and Events Diary (What's On) for local business and the local community went live in June 2016. Free listings for community groups, clubs and societies. A fantastic new website for Tenterden, and a brand new Tenterden app. More entries being added every day.

                         Tenterden Folk Festival: promoting folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions: Charity No. 1038663                

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