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Whitby Folk Week - 17-23 August


More than 600 events, spanning seven days, Whitby Folk Week is a firm favourite in the festival calendar. Visitors can enjoy over 300 concerts over seven days spread across 50 venues; you can dance until you drop, with ceilidhs and dances for everybody led by some of England's best callers; you can try your hand at one of the many workshops in anything from melodeon to Medieval dance, banjo to Border, or join the Festival Orchestra. There is also a huge range of children's and youth events.

This year's special events include Jimmy's Fiddle - The story of Georgian/Victorian Tyneside through the eyes of James Hill, The Geordie 'Paganini'; The Road to Peterloo - Ballads and Broadsides; and Living by the Sea - a vocal voyage through communities afloat and ashore.

The festival brings in some of the best traditional dance teams, who will be performing around Whitby every afternoon. There’s also a chance to see all the teams perform in the Sunday Dance Extravaganza in the Spa Pavillion, and plenty of opportunities to learn from them through a series of workshops throughout the week. As well as all that, during the week, Whitby’s best pubs and clubs are jam packed with music sessions and singarounds of all genres.

Guests this year include The Mighty Doonans, The Poozies, Granny's Attic, The Melrose Quartet, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Bryony Griffith & Will Hampson, Colum Sands, The Wilsons, Sara Grey & Kieron Means, Pete Coe, Les Barker, Sandra Kerr, Nick Dow, Steve Turner, Martin & Shan Graebe and many many more.

For more info see: Whitby Folk Week website