St Neots 38th Folk Festival 2021


This year's NEW dates! 24th - 25th - 26th September 2021

The Priory Centre, St Neots, Cambs. PE19 2BH

Friday Showcase evening with The Worthys, Tom Bryans,

Callum MacKellar (New Roots finalist) and Jon Betmead & Tom Ling



Or FULL LEAFLET WITH programme and ticket application form HERE

CAMPING -There is no festival campsite but there are good facilities nearby in Eynesbury

run by The Camping & Caravanning Club of Gt. Britain. Tel.01480 474404

Saturday: Day of Dance(tbc) and Richard Digance in Concert, supported by Camus.

Sunday afternoon Open Mic session at Art & Soul cafe

plus Evening concert with Ninebarrow and Tom McConville.

Granta Blue

Ramrugge Clog


Camus play an exciting mix of traditional folk music, with particular influences from England, Shetland, Northumbria and Ireland. They also write their own songs and tunes. The current three-piece line-up is quite recent: they’ve gone through several line-ups dating back to the early 1980’s, during which time they played folk clubs and other venues across East Anglia, and recorded the CD, Then and Now, and the new EP Time and Again. They also operated as a ceilidh band under the name of The Great Eastern Ceilidh Company, which has played every conceivable ceilidh venue, and recorded the CD, Cold Fen.

Camus was founded by Greg in the early 1980s. and named after a small village in County Galway, Ireland. They have played together for 40 years, with the current three-piece line-up the latest of several. They are noted for beautiful harmonies, inventive arrangements, moving songs and unusual compositions, and have entertained audiences in clubs, concerts, ceilidhs and festivals. They like to think we’re an established feature of the Cambridge folk scene and its history.

Richard Digance

Richard Digance is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a recipient of The Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He has also won a Sony Award and is one of only three British folk singers mentioned in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters for his contribution to comedy songwriting.

He has released 31 albums, written 14 books and has nearly 5 million visits on YouTube. He also composed the songs and music for Bill Bryson's best-selling Audio CD book 'The Road To Little Dribbling.' He has worked in America with movie star Steve Martin and recalls two of his greatest moments as playing The London Palladium with Robin Williams and a guitar duet on TV with Queen guitarist Brian May.

Off-stage he composes soundtracks and incidental music for TV and movies plus audio CD books.

Richard Digance is a rare performer in that he's respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer/guitarist. His loyal following confirms his wide appeal, from the younger generation attracted by both his guitar playing and the fact he has inspired many modern-day performers, to the super-loyal who have followed Richard since the time he had his own ITV series and even further when he started out in folk clubs.
Richard Digance is also a world-acclaimed poet, an author and an artist. His poetry is published around the world, from The University of British Columbia, Canadian syllabus for English; Fearndon Teaching Aids, Illionois, USA, The Oxford University Anthology of Poetry, The West Indies Schools syllabus and more recently in Australia and in Cape Town South Africa as part of English First Additional Language Grade 8 Reader

He is both an accomplished musician, rated by many as one of Britain's greatest acoustic guitarists, inspired by his good friend Ralph McTell, and an entertainer who many younger comedians, including Ross Noble, claim as one of their major influences. On his own ITV Saturday-night show Richard has played guitar with Queen's Brian May, The Moody Blues, Status Quo, Chris deBurgh, Juan Martin, Marc Cohn and Elkie Brooks.

DANCE VENUES from approx. 10.45am- 4.00pm
1 – Market Square. 2 – The Coachhouse 3 – Pig N Falcon. 4 – The Chequers. 5 - Rowley Arts Centre(Cinema plaza)

6 - St Neots Museum (opposite 3 - Pig N Falcon)

Pictures of some of the sides who have appeared previously below

SATURDAY 25th Sept

MORNING and AFTERNOON - Day of Dance Around the Town

This will be dependent upon sides able to dance following the Gov restrictions

Dancing starts at approx. 10.45am. venues:

Market Square; Pig N Falcon; The Coach House; Rowley Arts Centre (cinema plaza)

St Neots Museum, Chequers pub, Eynesbury after 12.00noon

Any side wishing to apply please email: or







Sutton Masque

Ely & Littleport Riot

Rockingham Rapper





Bows & Belles






Slack ma Girdle

Fenstanton Morris

Haughley Hoofers



Concert with




Tickets: Full £18.00 U18 £12.00 unreserved seating.

Tickets available from May and on the door

Concert begins at 8.00pm.- doors open 7.30pm



Sunday afternoon:

Free Open Mic session - donations accepted

At the Art & Soul Cafe (oppositethe Pig N Falcon)

2.00 pm-5.00 pm

Sunday evening - doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.

On Sunday evening there will be cakes on sale as usual!

CONCERT - Tickets: Full £12.00 U18 £6.00

Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding ‘like two halves of one voice’ and by Mercury Music Prize nominee Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way.

In a few short years, the Dorset-based duo have carved themselves a distinctive niche on the folk roots scene for their outstanding harmonies, delicate instrumentation and engaging songs. In 2017, they were nominated at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ’Horizon’ category for ‘Best Emerging Artist’. One of the highest accolades in their genre, it was made even more exceptional because it was only a few months prior to this that Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere relinquished their jobs as a teacher and GP in favour of a full-time music career – an act of faith that has clearly paid dividends.

Since then, the duo have continued their upwards trajectory, graduating to more senior award categories, most recently picking up ‘Best Duo’ in the 2019 awards.

Named after Nine Barrow Down in Dorset’s Purbeck hills, the duo have released three critically acclaimed albums with their most recent, The Waters and The Wild’, receiving five-star reviews in the Morning Star and EDS Magazine. This latest album has also been described by folk luminary, Mike Harding, as ‘absolutely monumental’.

Tom was born on Tyneside and brought up in a pub on the famous Scotswood Road with clientele drawn from the Irish and Scottish communities. This is where he first experienced traditional singing and fiddle music; the Hornpipes of James Hill amongst his first influences. 50 years on Tom McConville is widely acknowledged as THE authority on the music of James Hill and produced the first CD devoted entirely to Hill’s compositions.

Tom’s musical journey started in the North East folk clubs in the early 70s. Newcastle’s thriving Irish scene provided the opportunity, with his first band, to support Sean McGuire, John Doonan, The Fureys, Boys of the Lough and even a lock-in with The Dubliners. Tom still credits the legendary Sean McGuire, the fiddle genius from Belfast, for teaching him his bowing techniques.

Turning professional in 1974 he joined Bob Fox in a duo then folk/rock band Magna Carta to play all over Europe. A memorable partnership with Kieron Halpin produced two award winning albums and top billing at The Cambridge Folk Festival.

His next group Dab Hand made several visits to the USA where Tom met with another of his hero fiddlers, Byron Berline. After a spell with Syncopace and a partnership with guitarist Chris Newman, Tom spent the next 11 years recording & touring with Northumbrian piper Pauline Cato.

Every new venture brought great success and immense respect from his peers and public alike. Throughout his many collaborations he has continued his solo show at venues large and small. “A sandpaper-dry wit, eye-watering skill on the fiddle, great vocals... you just can't help feeling that a performance by Tom is like visiting an old friend” is how one folk club organiser describes him.

2006 saw Tom working with Scots instrumentalist of the year, Aaron Jones & All-Ireland Champion flute, fiddle and whistle ace Claire Mann. Along with Kieran Boyle, Peter Tickell, Dave Wood & Kevin McGuire, Tom completed a stunning solo C.D. Tommy on the Bridge. Musically brilliant,it attracted great critical acclaim. Two more solo albums followed: Tommy on Song and Tommy on the Road. Tours with these albums played a major part in Tom being voted Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Recently Tom has travelled extensively as a duo with David Newey and with three & four piece line ups featuring David, Shona Kipling, Phil Murray and Andy Watt.

Renowned for his musical accompaniments, Tom has played on hundreds of albums. The list includes: Barbara Dickson, Richard Thompson, Allan Taylor and Lindisfarne. Whilst he has shared stages throughout the world with Stephan Grappelli, Sean McGuire, Mark O'Connor, Paul Brady and The Chieftains, Tom has never forgotten his roots and is as happy in the intimate atmosphere of a small folk club as he is at the largest festivals.

Tom McConville is a world class act!




































Pig Dyke Molly

Hoxon Hundred


Ouse Washes























Jon Betmead & Tom Ling

Jon and Tom are well known at the Club and have been playing regularly.

Their repertoire includes traditional songs, tunes and good rich

vocals from Jon along with Tom's fiddles tunes.

The Worthys





in action!

The Worthys Are: Nicky Floyd, Ian Hartwell and Bob Hines. They play acoustic music based around flute,whistle, guitar, bass and of course voices.

Bob writes good songs about all sorts of topics, Ian also writes 'interesting' songs and Nicky plays flute, recorder and whistle and sings beautifully!

New Roots Finalist - Callum MacKellar





Callum is a fine traditional accapella singer.

Callum grew up attending folk festivals and began making music when he was
around 15, when he joined a Morris side and began getting involved in singing in pub
sessions. Around the same time, he was also singing for musical theatre productions, and in a folk acapella group as part of Wren Music.

Tom Bryans





















Tom is a performer specialising in weddings, corporate functions and special occasions. He also entertains in care homes.

He is a classical guitarist, a published recording artist, composer and producer, performing timeless, well loved compositions from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin but also performing his own arrangements of modern classics from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and even up to a select few current hits

Friday 24th Sept: 8.00pm - 10.45pm

A Showcase Evening with: The Worthys, Tom Bryans &

plus - Callum MacKellar - finalist of the New Roots competition

































Tickets :Full £8.00 U 18 £4.00 available from the Club, on the door or ticket application form from 30th June




See ticket application form.