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.


In a ground-breaking chart first, The Shires recently became the first British country band to reach the Top 10 in the Official UK Album Chart with their debut ‘Brave’. The duo, made up of Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes, are the first UK signing to the re-launched Decca Nashville label. “We can build our own Nashville underneath these grey skies,” they sing on ‘Nashville Grey Skies’, the infectious radio hit that introduced them last summer and hoisted a flag for home-grown country music.

Oysterband make modern, folk-based British music, acoustic at heart, sometimes intense, sometimes rocking. Since 1978 they’ve toured in 35 countries – festivals, concerts, bars, rallies… jails! The band have won 5 BBC Folk Awards and made 12 studio albums. The latest, entitled ‘Diamonds on the Water’, was released last year – their first new collection of original songs in seven years.

Her fiddle soaring with visceral, intricate melody; her voice charged with deep soul and emotion; an eleven-piece band of living legends by her side: Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Tour has been a call to arms. She’s back. Eliza, daughter of English greats Martin Carthy & Norma Waterson, has battled back from career threatening vocal surgery. She is now stronger than ever, delivering a set of traditional material drawn from her stunning career and chart topping Best Of double album, Wayward Daughter. The Wayward band is bursting with some of the finest players in recent times, including members of Bellowhead, Mawkin, Blowzabella, Edward II, Emily Portman Trio, Peatbog Fairies, Dreams of Tall Buildings & Tyde.

Ward Thomas are a country/americana duo from Hampshire, comprised of 20-year old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas. Hampshire and Country music may not be obvious bed fellows but these girls, brought up on a rural live stock farm from a family line that included artists and authors, have had Country music in their blood ever since they were introduced to the music of Carrie Underwood, Johnny Cash, Dixie Chicks and Alison Krauss by a cousin in their early teens. One listen to the vocal cadences and close harmonies on their debut album ‘From Where We Stand’ and Nashville and Hampshire suddenly don’t seem all that far apart.

Cornish gypsy-folk band 3 Daft Monkeys’ 4-piece line-up features Athene on fiddle, Tim on 12-string guitar & vocals, Lukas on bass guitar and Richie on percussion, adding a fuller and richer sound. The band weave world music influences around classic folk melodies and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life mixed with their infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. The desire to dance at one of their live shows is irresistible!

It makes for an interesting trivia question and one that probably few could answer … “Name the UK artist who first hit the top 40 with her FOURTEENTH album…” The answer of course…Thea Gilmore. Still just 35, she has – over 17 years – carved out a home from the solid rock of the music business and has been throwing album shaped house parties at a startling rate. New record “Ghosts And Graffiti” – part new album, part retrospective revisits old material but does so in stellar company – the album features collaborations with Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, The Waterboys, Joan As Policewoman, John Cooper Clarke, King Creosote and I Am Kloot. Their contributions join forces with six all-new songs, and just for good measure Gilmore’s recent run of radio hits are included, alongside selected jewels from her back catalogue.

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emma Stevens is a regular on the British airwaves with Radio 2 playlisting tracks from both her debut album ‘Enchanted’ and 2014’s ‘Waves’. Championed by the station’s figureheads, Terry Wogan and Chris Evans, Emma headlined the BBC Introducing stage at ‘Festival in a Day’ in Hyde Park and played the main stage at CarFest. Dubbed “the best of 2013” by iTunes, Emma has also charmed tastemakers and blogs – Louder Than War described her music as “It’s pop, it’s folk, it’s indie, it’s kitsch, it’s wonderful”. She has toured with the likes of The Kooks and Feeder, worked with a variety of artists including Kate Nash, Passenger and Jenn Bostic, and recently put herself to the test with a grueling 12 hour fundraising buskathon for Children In Need.


Tickets for Cottingham Folk Festival go on sale today (Friday May 1st) exclusively through, priced at £97.50 for the weekend. Individual event tickets also available.