Today we announce our second wave of acts, joining an already impressive line-up which includes The Shires, Oysterband, Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, Thea Gilmore and Ward Thomas amongst others.

From punk princess to high priestess of TV, Toyah Willcox is a uniquely gifted performer. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved actress and music composer. In a career spanning thirty-five years Toyah has had thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twenty five albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays, made ten feature films and presented countless television programmes. This is a chance to hear Toyah perform a selection of songs acoustically, including her classic hits, and recount stories from her colourful career to date. With musical accompaniment from Chris Wong and Colin Hinds.

John Smith is the guitar man from Devon who has quietly become one of the most exciting voices on the new British folk scene. Touring relentlessl, he has opened for John Martyn, Iron and Wine, Seth Lakeman, David Gray, Cara Dillon and Jools Holland. John plays the steel-string acoustic guitar. Sometimes with a slide, sometimes on his lap, sometimes de-tuning the thing mid-song. He was named Young Acoustic Guitarist Of The Year in 2003 and hasn’t stopped to look back, unless it’s to pick up a banjo. His playing combined with his honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds to pin-drop silence and rapturous applause.

 Mark Morriss famously made his name fronting English indie outfit The Bluetones over a successful and fruitful 15 year period, scoring 14 top forty singles and 3 top ten albums. Mark has now turned his attentions to his solo career. After releasing ‘Memory Muscle ‘ in 2008, Mark has just released a new record, ‘A Flash of Darkness,’ a new body of work which continues to showcase Mark’s knack to pen the perfect three minute song.

Terrorvision frontman Tony Wright recently released his very first solo album, “Thoughts ‘n’ All”, to critical acclaim. Fresh from cycling the Coast to Coast with his partner in crime Milly in July, stopping on route to play several gigs, the boys are heading to Cottingham for a very intimate headline performance. Expect tracks from the solo record along with some very familiar and reimagined Terrorvision classics.

Self proclaimed “Acoustic Foot-Stompers” Rita Payne are one of the UK’s fastest rising acts. From supporting some of the country’s leading artists to appearing on BBC One’s The Voice UK, this unstoppable duo’s voyage to superstardom is unquestionable. Drawing from eclectic mix of musical tastes, from Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles to Paloma Faith and Beirut, Rita Payne use breathtaking vocal harmony, mesmerising guitar riffs and toe tapping beats to create their own unique brand of acoustic music that is enjoyed by the most traditional folkies, rockers and chart lovers alike.

Front woman Jessica Clemmons, the singer-songwriter from Houston, Texas with the big voice and the warm personality, bonded with the four Brits who make up the Bandits over their mutual love of the music. Now they’re turning that shared affection into some of the most accessible country-pop-rock of the year.

Maz O’Connor is a gifted singer of traditional and self-penned songs. In 2013 she was nominated for the BBC Folk Awards Horizon Award and selected for a creative fellowship with the English Folk Dance and Song Society at London’s Cecil Sharp House, funded by the BBC Performing Arts Fund. She sings both traditional folk songs and her own compositions, and accompanies her uniquely pure voice with guitar, shruti box (an idea she “nicked” off fellow folk artist Karine Polwart), piano and harmonium.


Cottingham Folk Festival is a brand new event for the region’s already blossoming music calendar, to be hosted in various venues in the picturesque East Yorkshire village of Cottingham across the first weekend of September. An exciting addition to a vibrant summer of events, this three-day extravaganza will see an incredible line-up of artists descend on what is thought to be the largest village in the UK.

Tickets are on sale now through, priced at £97.50 for the weekend. Individual event tickets are also available via SEE tickets and in person from KEMPS in Cottingham.