An extra-special chance to hear master craftsman Martin Carthy perform and reminisce on his illustrious career in folk song to date, with musical interludes and conversation with his talented friend, musician and journalist, Jon Wilks.
Five leading lights of the British roots scene join forces to create a festive folk band like no other. Expect soaring harmonies and exquisite musicianship as the 5-piece blast through a repertoire of brand new, specially written songs, fresh arrangements of traditional carols both well-loved and little-known, with seasonal classics from both sides of the Atlantic.
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Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings MBE, The Albion Christmas Band take you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain.
Tim Edey, one of the world's finest guitarists and melodeon players, presents a Celtic Christmas show at Kings Place, celebrating the various Christmas folk traditions from these islands, alongside music from his extensive repertoire. Expect music madness, audience participation and festive celebration!
Acclaimed singer songwriter and Kings Place Artist in Residence Karine Polwart brings her elegant duo partnership with pianist Dave Milligan to London for the first time, with special guest poet Courtney Stoddart, as part of our Scotland Unwrapped opening weekend.
Writer and folk musician Karine Polwart brings to life this vivid story of leadership and resilience, diversity and collaboration, based upon her book collaboration with Kate Leiper, which was recently shortlisted for the V&A Illustration Award.
Sing in a spirit of solidarity and hospitality, togetherness and welcome, at this accessible, participative event. No musical or reading experience required. Everything will be taught by ear. Children of 10 years+ welcome with an accompanying adult.
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Scottish folk singer and musician Mairi Campbell will lead you through a selection of well-known Scottish songs to celebrate Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. Vocal warmups and easy song arrangements make this workshop fun and informative. No experience required and sheet music will be provided.
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Kings Place welcomes Hedera to the Future Folk series, a new Bristol-based quintet of instrumentalists brought together by a desire to lean into the slower and more delicate side of European folk traditions. Support comes from Tamsin Elliott, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and film-maker.
Part of our Burns Night celebrations, we welcome Band of Burns, a unique collaboration of folk artists conceived by Alastair Caplin and Dila Vardar, who come together to celebrate the life, works & philosophies of Scottish poet Robert Burns.
Drawing inspiration from the mountain wilderness on the Isle of Skye, Chisholm’s new album 'Black Cuillin' brings statuesque landscapes of sound together with pieces of exquisite and delicate beauty. The music of 'Black Cuillin' is richly evocative and is truly the music of the high mountains, the music of the skies and the stars.
Renowned Irish accordionist and ‘National Treasure’ Sharon Shannon returns to Kings Place for another stunning evening of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions, showcasing her innovative style and legendary status.
Join Douglas Montgomery and Brian Cromarty - aka Saltfishforty - ahead of their Saturday afternoon concert (and later appearances with both the Orkney Gathering, and The Chair!), for an introduction to some Orkney tunes for all instruments. Lynchpin figures in the currently flourishing revival of Orkney’s traditional music and folk scene, the duo’s focus on Orkney music takes in traditional, contemporary and original material.
Scottish folk singer songwriter Kris Drever has won multiple awards including an incredible 7 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, two shortlist nominations for Scottish Album of The Year (with his trio Lau) and much acclaim for his solo recordings and concerts. His voice and guitar form a part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene.
Synonymous with traditional Orcadian music, the accordion has experienced a resurgence in popularity over the last few decades - thanks in no small part to the work of the Orkney Traditional Music Project.
Saltfishforty are a fresh and dynamic duo hailing from the Orkney Islands. Douglas Montgomery (fiddle/viola) and Brian Cromarty (songs/guitar/mandola) combine the rich traditional music of Orkney with contemporary and original material, cross-fertilised with influences from Americana to East European folk, with a whiff of heavy metal. If ever a duo was more than the sum of its parts, this is it!
From Kirkwall, Eric Linklater is an Orcadian fiddle player and composer who debuted his New Voices suite at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in 2023 to wide acclaim. In this workshop, discover some well known Orkney tunes,