St Neots 37th Folk Festival 2019

7th - 8th - 9th June - all tickets available on the door!

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



Or FULL LEAFLET WITH programme and ticket application form HERE (to be completed)

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

Main info: Friday Showcase evening; Saturday: Day of Dance and Martin simpson in Concert,

and Trials of Cato;

Sunday concert with Les Barker and Glymjack.

Granta Blue

Ramrugge Clog


The Trials Of Cato, a band that arrived fully formed and functioning from Beirut in the winter of 2016, have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene. Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, whilst living in Lebanon they spent a year boiling down the roots of their sound into a hybrid of traditional influences that intrigued Lebanese audiences in the country’s biggest venues.

They moved back to the UK and have since been performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Their musical development in the run up to their debut album proper has been swift and sure, winning much praise for Hide and Hair and receiving repeated national airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music.

Praised for the diversity of their material and influences, The Trials of Cato live show “invariably stuns audience wherever they play.” Whether plying their trade busking, performing in front of thousands at festivals across Europe, or frequently selling out their own club shows, The Trials of Cato have the wind behind them.

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

SUNDAY EVENING CONCERT - Tickets: Full £12.00 U18 £6.00


in action!



A short biography from the age of three until nearly teatime.

Les Barker writes strange poems and comes from originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He's written 85 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two.

Les began his career as assistant to Mrs Ackroyd, a small hairy mongrel who lay around in folk clubs, bit people and became famous. Mrs Ackroyd was the only dog ever to own her own record label. Since her sad demise, Les is mainly a solo performer, though he has taken to working with humans from time to time. The Mrs Ackroyd Band gradually evolved from an ever-changing who's who of the folk scene into a tightly knit, well-rehearsed group. The band are now playing as a trio, without Mr Barker, and will be far more tightly knit and well-rehearsed. Mr Barker's Welsh songs are occasionally performed by a trio of Welsh musicians who have had the good sense to keep him out of the band.

Les has several solo albums to his credit: 'Dogologues', An Infinite Number of Occasional Tables', 'A Cardi and Bloke', 'Up the creek without a poodle', 'Arovertherapy', 'The War on Terrier' and 'Daydream Retriever'. He has travelled the length, breadth and height of Great Britain, as well as Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and - both solo and with the band - the United States and Canada, and has more recently won prizes for his Welsh poetry, including 5 small chairs, a big one and a stool, and has now completed a DVD of his Welsh poetry with photos and musical accompaniment.


Glymjack is an English folk act led by acclaimed singer-songwriter Greg McDonald..

The term “Glymjack” is Victorian criminal underworld slang for a street child who led strangers through the streets of London at night with a lantern.

Throughout 2018, Glymjack toured as an acoustic trio with Greg. Here they will be Greg on guitar, fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner, melodeon master - and bassist Dickon Collinson, delivering a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting originals, English folk songs and fiddle tunes.

Greg’s award-winning songs have previously been called “genius” (Rolling Stone), “captivating” (Q magazine), and “enough to remind you why you got into music in the first place” (Tom Robinson, BBC 6music), while Gemma’s virtuosic skill has seen her celebrated as a “powerhouse instrumentalist” (fRoots) and “a force to be reckoned with” (Maverick).

'Light the Evening Fire’s' acoustic-roots sound belies the album’s unflinching vision of Brexit Britain, as it takes aim at social issues from immigration to homelessness. Set against that darkening landscape, closing epic Bright Sparks draw inspiration from fourteenth century revolutionary John Ball and suffragette Emily Davison, folk heroes who, for McDonald, personify “an alternative, progressive, radical English tradition”.s inspiration from fourteenth century revolutionary John Ball and suffragette Emily Davison, folk heroes who, for McDonald, personify “an alternative, progressive, radical English tradition”.

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


There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.

There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and "One Day".

His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Hawley, Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan, Dom Flemons and many more.

Martin has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens". 2012's nominations for Martin include, Best Album for 'Purpose & Grace", Best Traditional Track for "The Lakes Of Ponchartrain" and Best Musician. In 2014 his album, 'Vagrant Stanzas' was nominated for Album Of The Year, but it was a member of The Full English that he collectively took home awards that year, for Best Group and Album Of The Year. 2015 saw him working in a new trio with the wonderful Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr and they also released an album together, 'Murmurs', to wide, critical acclaim. He is currently working on new material for his next solo album.

Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.

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)

Pictures of some of the sides appearing below



MORNING and AFTERNOON - Day of Dance Around the Town - displays by a variety of sides:

Dancing starts at approx. 10.45am. venues:

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

Chequers pub, Eynesbury after 12.00noon

Sides confirmed:

Black Annis, Cross Key Clog, Ely & Littleport, Gog Magog, Granta Blue, Haughley Hoofers, Ouse Washes, Pedant's Revolt, Pig Dyke Molly, Pretty Grim, Ramrugge, Red Cuthbert, Riseley Roughshod, Rockingham Rapper, Slack MaGirdle, Stoney Steppers, Sutton Masque, Westrefelda, Young Miscellany







Sutton Masque

Young Miscellany

Rockingham Rapper





Cross Key Clog






Slack ma Girdle



Haughley Hoofers



Concert with


award winner!


The Trials of Cato


Tickets: Full £18.00 U18 £12.00 unreserved seating.

Tickets available from March and on the door

Concert begins at 8.00pm.- doors open 7.30pm































Cherrington Ward - Pam and Paul are well known at St Neots Club as fine musicians. Between them they have written superb songs winning awards as they go!

Jack in a Barrel are a 7-piece acapella group based in Turvey, Bedfordshire. Formed in early 2018, JiaB came together as an offshoot of their larger, multi-instrument incarnation, Twangling Jack. The motivation may have had something to do with the appeal of rocking up to gigs with only a concertina to get notes from (compared with TJ’s van-load of kit), but whatever the reason they’re all agreed that this was a Good Thing.

From the outset, something clicked about the sound. Having seven voices has so much scope. The Wall of Sound is pretty much expected, but still impresses when it hits you. Less expected is the detail in the harmonies. Arranging for seven voices allows close harmony with a squishiness you can’t get with a smaller group, and JiaB make the most of this. JiaB sing a range of traditional and “sounds traditional” songs, from standards like John Ball to more reflective numbers like John Tams’ Devonshire Carol, taking in the odd shanty and music hall number along the way. There are always plenty of opportunities to join in, so come ready to sing.






Finn Collinson is a recorder player and folk musician from East Anglia. Barely in his twenties, Finn is already gaining a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the recorder on the English folk scene.
Finn’s diverse performance credits range from a solo performance with the London International Orchestra at Cadogan Hall to national tours with various folk outfits. Perhaps best known for his previous work with the contemporary folk duo Shorelark, Finn has also appeared on stage with singer-songwriter Tilly Moses, and has guested with Emily Askew’s Ceilidh Factor and the recorder band Zero Gravity. He is a student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studies with Ian Wilson and Robert Ehrlich, and works with the recorder quartet Aurai.

As well as recorder, Finn plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and whistle, and is an experienced folk music educator having previously been a tutor with the London Youth Folk Ensemble and taught at the London Folk Festival.

2018 has seen Finn launch a solo repertoire – which he has already performed at major festivals including Sidmouth Folk Week and FolkEast. In January he was the first solo recorder player to reach the semi-final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and is also a two-time New Roots finalist. He is currently working on a solo album due for release in 2019.

WarnerTaylorFolk - Steve Warner and Roly Taylor: expect beautiful harmonies and intricate guitar parts. Steve says:"I like to write songs that make people think and sing songs that will make people listen."

Friday 7th June: 8.00pm - 10.45pm

A Showcase Evening with: Cherrington Ward, Jack in a Barrel, Warner Taylor Folk,

plus - finalist of the New Roots competition Finn Collinson






























Tickets :Full £8.00 U 18 £4.00 available from the Club, on the door or ticket application form from March 2019



See ticket application form.