The organisers of New Roots have decided to reschedule New Roots 2021 and combine it with New Roots 22. The new closing date is January 31, 2022 and the final will be on March 27 2022. Performers who have already entered do not need to take any action as their entry has been rolled over.

The organisers are renewing their call for young musicians under the age of 25 who sing or play traditionally based music to enter. Whether your style is traditional or contemporary folk, roots or world music, whether you perform traditional material or write your own, the organisers would like to hear from you.   There are two categories, under 18 and 18-24. New Roots has been running since 2000 and the standard rises every year.

The judges for 2021/22 are Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Ffion Mair from the Foxglove Trio, Andy Stafford and Valmai Goodyear. Between them, they represent a wide spectrum of insights into the folk scene. Their task will be firstly to listen to the entries sent in and select the performers who will take part in the final at Trestle Arts Base in St Albans. On the day they will give constructive feedback to performers. There is no overall winner and everyone who makes it to the final will win one or more performance opportunities. The aim is to match the performers to the opportunities at folk festivals, clubs and other events which are offered to New Roots finalists. At folk clubs, opportunities include support slots, featured spots on singers’ nights and full bookings. Some organisers are still in the process of changing the events they organise in the light of the impact of the pandemic and its aftermath. WE will be re-contacting them and others to see what opportunities they would like to offer.

Performers who want to enter are invited to complete the entry form on the New Roots web site and email it to In reply, they will get an email telling them how to upload up to 15 minutes of their music. For further and more up to date information on the web site This site also has a form for event organisers who wish to offer performance opportunities for young musicians.

Further details: email: or ring 01727 852111.