39th St Neots Folk Festival 2022

10th 11th 12th June 2022

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


Friday Showcase evening - Jack Sharp, Anna Hester, Lottie Greenhow

and New Roots finalists The East Corner Trio


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 and Spiers & Boden in Concert, supported by Gaelforce.

Sunday afternoon Open Stage session at Art & Soul cafe

plus Evening concert with Granny's Attic and Jack in a Barrel

Granta Blue

Ramrugge Clog


Free entry acoustic Open Stage at Art & Soul Café

2.00pm - 4.00pm - spots bookable via email or Club (preferred) or just turn up.

Retiring collection.

Venue opposite The Pig N Falcon pub in New Street.

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

Pictures of some of the sides who have appeared previously below

SATURDAY 11th June

MORNING and AFTERNOON - Day of Dance Around the Town

Confirmed sides: Black Annis, Chiltern Hundreds, Cross Key Clog, Ely & Littleport Riot,

Fenstanton Morris, Golden Star, Hemlock, Manor Mill Clog, Ouse Washes Molly, Sutton Masque,

Rockingham Rapper, Slack ma Girdle, Wicket Brood.

Dancing starts at approx. 10.30am. venues:

Market Square; Pig N Falcon; The Coach House; Cinema Plaza(Rowley Arts Centre)

Market Square spot will be in conjunction with the Market Marvels entertainments in the morning. Afternoon spots will be from 2.00pm on the Piazza area.
Applications now closed. Any side wishing to apply for next year please email:
stneotsdance@yahoo.com or stneotsfolkclub@aol.com

Sutton Masque

Ely & Littleport Riot

Rockingham Rapper

Bows & Belles

Slack ma Girdle

Fenstanton Morris

Haughley Hoofers


Concert with

Spiers & Boden



Tickets: £25.00 unreserved seating.

Concert begins at 8.00pm.- doors open 7.30pm



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


Relaxing & with instruments!

With exceptional musicianship and boundless energy, Granny’s Attic are going from strength to strength. Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, anglo concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (violin, vocals) have honed their skills touring the UK and Europe since 2009. They are much loved by audiences up and down the country, with bookings everywhere from Cambridge Folk Festival to Cecil Sharp House.

The trio have been heralded for their lively performances and skilled delivery of traditional material, playing with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. Though grounded in tradition, they are keen to push new boundaries by exploring fresh approaches and writing their own compositions. In October 2021, they released their latest album, The Brickfields, an instrumental collection that sees them reach new heights both as performers and composers. Described by Folk Radio as “one of the most exciting and accomplished English folk acts on the scene right now”, this outstanding trio can hold audiences in the palm of their hand.


Jack in a Barrel are a seven-piece acapella group from Turvey, Bedfordshire.
We 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.

We make the most of the seven voices in our arrangements, whether it’s to create a Wall of Sound or to produce close, squishy harmonies.
There are always plenty of opportunities to join in, so come ready to sing. And watch out for our Spotty Dick.
We rehearse every week with the aid of a child’s Casio keyboard and gin.

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. And watch out for our Spotty Dick.

The Barrellers all bring something different to the band. Some are time-served folkies with 40+ years on the scene, some have a background in music for the theatre, some are writers, some are composers and arrangers. Some are smart-arses who do several of the above. They’ve all worked together in lots of combinations in the past, which all adds to the mix.


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

CONCERT - Tickets: £12.00

Spiers & Boden

**STOP PRESS**: there will be a singing harmony workshop run by Jon Boden for 30 minutes before the doors open for the Concert. Free entry for the workshop but booking essential for numbers. No need for a Festival ticket to attend the workshop. Book up! Email stneotsfolkclub@aol.com or ring 01234 376278

Spiers & Boden first rocketed onto the folk scene in 2001, quickly winning a clutch of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and going on to form and front the extraordinarily successful folk big band Bellowhead.
The duo reformed in 2021 after a seven-year hiatus, arriving with a brand new album ‘Fallow Ground’ which reached number 3 in September ‘21’s Official Folk Albums Chart and was a Mojo top 10 folk album of 2021. Following on from October ‘21’s comeback tour, with its numerous sell out dates, Spiers & Boden hit the road again for their only UK tour this year.

and in action

Celtic Folk Rock band. 4 piece with fiddle, electric guitars, bass, electronic drum kit & vocals. Rocked up jigs n reels, original & trad folk songs Chris Dyson - fiddle, voc. Sammy Dowgill- bass. Geoff Taylor - electric guitars, Jim Brierley-drums.


Tickets:£25.00 unreserved seating

Pig Dyke Molly

Hoxon Hundred

Ouse Washes

Jack Sharp - Jack Sharp is best known as frontman for those purveyors of pagan folk psyche Wolf People (once described by Stewart Lee as “Peat bog superfuzz sphagnum moss sludge”) but he has also made a number of solo recordings via Stick in the Wheel’s Mixtape ‘Against The Loathsome Beyond’ as well as on their “From Here: English Folk Field Recordings” on which he opened the album with a brilliant rendition of the Bedfordshire May Carol. The influence of the English countryside on his music never seems far from his heart.

Jack mpressed us at an Open Stage and Showcase night at St Neots Folk Club

Lottie Greenhow Harpist.

Born in Norway and raised in the UK, Lottie is a classically trained musician who began her musical journey at the age of four with violin lessons. She has two academic music degrees and makes most of her living as a classical soprano singer, pianist, violinist and teacher. Whilst at university she developed an interest in folk music, particularly that of Scandinavia. She took up the harp in 2014 for a bit of light relief. She has performed as a singer-harpist at the Wild Voice Festival, Scandimoot, St Neots Folk Club and as part of Bedford's most popular Irish band, Inis Eire. Lottie plays a Dusty Strings Ravenna 34 harp. She lives in Bedford with her husband, their young daughter and an enthusiastic Labrador called Mungo.

Anna Hester has a ‘powerful and confident voice’ and moves ‘effortlessly between genres, but always with an emotional core’. Originally from Milton Keynes, Anna lives in Cambridge. She has performed in Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, London, Milton Keynes, and Berlin, in a range of venues including The Stables (Milton Keynes), Cambridge Junction, and four times at Milton Keynes International Festival. In 2020 she played a livestream gig for The Stables and #SaveOurVenues, which has had over 3000 views. Anna has released two EPs: In the Meantime (2014) and Towards Today (2018). She was featured in the Fatea Showcase Sessions in 2019, and her music has been played on BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire and the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Folk Show.
Anna Hester’s debut album Postcard Songs was released in August 2021. Postcard Songs is the culmination of five years of creative work and collaboration, including a successful Crowdfunder campaign. The 10 songs all use postcards as a starting point, and together they tell a range of intertwining stories. The postcard project began in 2016 when Anna attended an Arvon songwriting retreat. She received guidance from tutors Kathryn Williams and Samantha Parton and guest speaker Boo Hewerdine. Inspired by the course, Anna set to work writing songs about postcards: about the images, the messages, and the people and places behind them. Postcard Songs was recorded and produced at Gladeside Recordings by Dan Wilde

New Roots Finalists - The East Corner Trio

The Trio has been playing together for years in the London Youth Folk Ensembleand National Youth Folk Ensemble. Through these bands they have performed at Cecil Sharp House, Folk by the Oak, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival. More recently they have been creating repertoire as a trio, busking in London farmers markets including in Walthamstow and Parliament Hill. They also reached the New Roots finals 2022. They aim to create a new sound through their eclectic musical influences and unusual combination of melodeon, banjolin, and flute and pipes

Friday 10th June: 8.00pm - 10.45pm

A Showcase Evening with: Jack Sharp, Anna Hester & Lottie Greenhow

plus The East Corner Trio - finalists of the New Roots competition

Tickets :£10.00 available from the Club, on the door or ticket application form

Tickets for all events are available online (with booking fee)


or from the Club or by ticket application form plus sae to:

The Festival Office, The Mill House, St Neots Road, Bolnhurst, Beds. MK44 2ER

Cheques payable to: 'St Neots Folk Festival'