Folk festivals are one of the best way of sampling a range of traditional music related events. Most festivals run over a weekend. The festival season used to run mainly during the spring and summer months when there is usually one or more folk festival taking place somewhere in the UK and Ireland. Increasingly now there are Festivals throughout the autumn and winter. Most will have a mixture of formal concerts, ceilidh dances, informal sessions and workshops. Advance booking of tickets is preferable but if this is not possible simply turn up in plenty of time.
Most folk festivals are organised by local music enthusiasts and will usually make considerable efforts to make visitors welcome.
See The Living Tradition Festival Listing for dates Living Tradition Festival Listing or read about some of the festivals who support the Living Tradition using the links below.