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Join us this August bank holiday as we host a brand new music festival for Liverpool - Folk Festival on the Dock - showcasing the very best in folk, acoustic and roots music.

Folk Festival on the Dock will bring together the city’s rich music and maritime heritage in an exuberant celebration of live acoustic folk, sea shanty and folk rock over the August bank holiday weekend.

Click HERE to download the event programme or visit the ‘What’s on and When’ page for artist performance times.

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday

18:45 - 23:00

Henry Priestman and Sam Winston

Tate Liverpool

Priestman, once a member of hit band The Christian’s, has enjoyed a successful career as a singer/songwriter. With 38 years in the music business, Priestman has re-invented himself releasing his first solo album in 2014.

A self-taught musician, Winston is a singer-songwriter with ‘Green’ ethics and has gone to extreme lengths to ensure his handmade acoustic guitar is environmentally friendly. His passion for folk-pop and acoustic instruments has resulted in the 2016 release of his debut album “The Fire & The Icicle”.

Tickets are £12 per person and must be booked in advance.

Locally sourced food will be served until 21.30 – menu includes vegetarian and gluten-free options – with drinks available throughout the night.

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11.00 -

Trim Rig And a Doxy

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Derek & Julia Batters met at the start of the millennium. Both brought a love of folk tradition to the relationship and now perform together as a shanty duo. Julia (melodeon) originated from a musical family in London. She used to sleep in her carrycot on top of the family piano! Derek is an accomplished singer from Lancashire. He first found his voice in his teens singing lead parts in school operatic productions before becoming involved with folk music. But don’t let their history put you off, the growing interest in this type of music has produced many new performers, but few of the quality of this pair.

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11:45 -

Winter Wilson

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Winter Wilson’s current tour showcases their latest album “Ashes and Dust”, the follow up to “Cutting Free” which made the Daily Telegraph’s ten recommended folk albums for Summer 2014.

Having honed their craft during many years as semi-professional musicians, the duo went full time in 2012 and haven’t looked back since. They have a fine repertoire of self-penned songs, telling stories of everyday life which often reflect the bigger picture of this life we lead. (“Songs for local heroes,” as one punter said.)

Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) is one of the finest singers on the circuit, expressing power and emotion in equal measure “from melting to belting”.

Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar and banjo) is amongst the top tier of British song writers, with his songs covered by some of folk’s “greats”.

But it’s in live performance that Winter Wilson really excel, bringing a sense of intimacy to every stage, welcoming audiences into their world, mixing songs with stories of life on the road. “This isn’t a performance – it’s a domestic!”

Tight harmonies, killer songs and a lot of fun – that’s Winter Wilson.

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12:30 -

Sam Lyon

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Sam Lyon is a 21 year old singer-songwriter from Winsford, Cheshire. Gigging since the age of 13, Sam has played a variety of festivals and music venues all over the UK. She set out on her first ever UK tour in August 2015, with Swedish artist, Hildur Höglind, racking up CD sales all over the country, from London to Leeds.

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13:00 and 15:30 -

Gilmore and Roberts

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008.

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13:45 -

Benji Kirkpatrick

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Benji Kirkpatrick was born to folk luminaries John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris in the summer of 1976 whilst they were on a rare break from touring. This could have set the pattern for his future life - as a much sought after, busy musician Benji is constantly touring!

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14:45 -

Merry Hell

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Merry Hell is a band founded on the ever evolving Folk tradition – music made by the people and shared by the people. Though our hearts and souls are tuned to the songs which came before us, we bring you new words and music forged from our own experiences, from the lows and the loves of our lives. Our art is energy and our hope is unity. Our pleasure is to please: let the audience be the acid test and let the music speak for itself...

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16:15 -

Eleanor Nelly

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Eleanor Nelly is an acoustic singer/songwriter from Liverpool. Eleanor has been gigging all around the northwest since 2013 and will be set to release her debut EP in November. Eleanor has also recently got together a backing band.

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17:00 -

The Lost Brothers

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Over seven years The Lost Brothers have proven themselves to be one of the finest and hardest working bands around.
With four highly acclaimed albums under their belt they have worked alongside and been championed by the likes of Richard Hawley, Brendan Benson, Lee Mavers and Glen Hansard to name but a few.

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11:00 - 16:00

Stan Ambrose Stage at Anchor Courtyard

Confirmed acts listed below, with more confirming daily.

12:00 - Sol Music
12:30 - Gary Maginnis and The Like
13:00 - Jimmy Rae and The Moonshine Girls
13:30 - The Room Upstairs
14:00 - Mick Shepherd
14:30 - Earth Rustlers
15:00 - Sam Westhead
15:30 - Limerance
16:00 - Bryony Elizabeth & Jonathan Darnell

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13:00 - 17:00

Liverpool Acoustic - Folk by the Minute

Ziferblat

Enjoy fantastic performances from a host of folk artists whilst utilising the 8p per minute services at Ziferblat. Booking in advance is recommended*

13:00 - Jimbob James
13:30 - Maddie Stenberg
14:00 - Caitlin Gilligan
14:30 - Sarah Beatrice
15:00 - Ade Jackson
15:30 - Alison Benson
16:00 - Chris Callandar
16:30 - Brad Duke Kavanah

*Whilst tickets are free of charge, you enjoy the services of Ziferblat at 8p per person per minute.

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11:00 - 16:45

Shanty Festival Performances

Frances Hayhurst Tug

Confirmed acts below :

11:00 - Alan Whitbread
11:45 - Marrowbones
12:30 - Ashore for a Loaf
13:15 - Trim Rig and a Doxy
14:00 - Button St Badger Band
14:45 - Liverpool Shanty Kings
15:30 - O'Ryan's Bounty
16:15 - Ashore for a Loaf

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11:00 - 16:45

Shanty Festival Performances

Maritime Museum Foyer

Confirmed acts list below:

11:00 - Button St Badger Band
11:45 - Liverpool Shanty Kings
12:30 - O'Ryan's Bounty
13:15 - Alan Whitbread
14:00 - Marrrowbones
14:45 - Ashore for a Loaf
15:30 - Trim Rig and a Doxy
16:15 - Marrowbones

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13:00 -

Shanty Festival Performances

Ziferblat

Talk by author and poet Jim Saville on the maritime poetry of C. Fox Smith

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19:30 - 22:00

Ziferblat Folk with Robert Vincent

Ziferblat

Liverpool Acoustic invite you to enjoy a fantastic evening of folk music from Robert Vincent with support act Liz Owen. Tickets cost £6 per person and advanced booking is essential.

Please click the link below to book your tickets or tickets can also be purchased at Ziferblat, Albert Dock.

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11:00 -

Trim Rig and A Doxy

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Derek & Julia Batters met at the start of the millennium. Both brought a love of folk tradition to the relationship and now perform together as a shanty duo. Julia (melodeon) originated from a musical family in London. She used to sleep in her carrycot on top of the family piano! Derek is an accomplished singer from Lancashire. He first found his voice in his teens singing lead parts in school operatic productions before becoming involved with folk music. But don’t let their history put you off, the growing interest in this type of music has produced many new performers, but few of the quality of this pair.

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11:30 -

Winter Wilson

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Winter Wilson’s current tour showcases their latest album “Ashes and Dust”, the follow up to “Cutting Free” which made the Daily Telegraph’s ten recommended folk albums for Summer 2014.

Having honed their craft during many years as semi-professional musicians, the duo went full time in 2012 and haven’t looked back since. They have a fine repertoire of self-penned songs, telling stories of everyday life which often reflect the bigger picture of this life we lead. (“Songs for local heroes,” as one punter said.)

Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) is one of the finest singers on the circuit, expressing power and emotion in equal measure “from melting to belting”.

Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar and banjo) is amongst the top tier of British song writers, with his songs covered by some of folk’s “greats”.

But it’s in live performance that Winter Wilson really excel, bringing a sense of intimacy to every stage, welcoming audiences into their world, mixing songs with stories of life on the road. “This isn’t a performance – it’s a domestic!”

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13:00 -

Sam Winston

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Sam Winston is an independent singer-songwriter and musician based in South East London. His debut solo album "The Fire & The Icicle" was written, arranged, produced and recorded entirely by him in his own home-built studio. Sam's vocals have been used both live and on recordings by a number of industry award-winners like TV composer Peter Diggens of The Aurophonic Workshop, and by Boy George, who Sam supported during a short tour of Amsterdam.

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13:30 and 15:30 -

Alasdair Roberts Trio

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Alasdair Roberts is a musician (primarily a guitarist and singer) who is based in Glasgow Scotland. He has worked with Drag City Records since 1997, firstly releasing three albums of self-written material under the name Appendix Out and then several albums under his own name, the most recent being A Wonder Working Stone by Alasdair Roberts & Friends (Drag City, 2013). He has also released music on labels such as Secretly Canadian, Galaxia and Stone Tape Recordings.

His work mainly consists of two parallel strands: self-written song material (which can be heard on albums such as Farewell Sorrow, The Amber Gatherers, Spoils and A Wonder Working Stone) and interpretations of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond (which can be heard on albums such as The Crook of My Arm, No Earthly Man and Too Long In This Condition).

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14:00 -

Benji Kirkpatrick

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Benji Kirkpatrick was born to folk luminaries John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris in the summer of 1976 whilst they were on a rare break from touring. This could have set the pattern for his future life - as a much sought after, busy musician Benji is constantly touring!

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14:45 -

Tom Kitching and Jon Loomes

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Tom Kitching and Jon Loomes are 50% of Pilgrims’ Way, at least in terms of culpability, and perhaps as much as 70% in pure biomass. Fiddle and guitar, songs and tunes, bitter and mild. Engaging, entertaining, sometimes surreal, always compelling. Bring your duck call.

Jon Loomes released his much acclaimed solo album ‘Fearful Symmetry’ in 2005, has made 2 albums with ‘Heretique’, and is a member of folk award nominees ‘Pilgrims’ Way’. He was once described as ‘A genius’ by Zoe Ball.

Tom Kitching has racked up over 1250 performances in 11 years as a professional, playing fiddle with Gren Bartley, Gavin Davenport, Pilgrims’ Way, Albireo, and many others, most of it out of the same battered T reg Ibiza with vinyl flames. He released his solo album ‘Interloper’ in 2015, winning numerous accolades, including a top ten album of the year in the Sunday Express.

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16:15 -

Peter Riley

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

A singer/songwriter born and raised in Liverpool, England. Pete Riley has been playing music ever since he can remember, He played his first gig in Liverpool doing Beatle covers at the age of 12, he then went on to play in numerous bands touring the British Isles, throughout the late 80s and early 90s.

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17:00 -

Laura J Martin

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

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12:30 -

Voices on the Water

Albert Dock Colonnades

Voices on the Water - the premier of a new folk song commissioned by Albert Dock.

Choirs will sing across the colonnades to celebrate the role Liverpool has played in exporting and importing music around the world via its seas and waterways.

The choirs will be singing on the Stan Ambrose stage in Anchor Courtyard immediately after the event.

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13:00 - 17:00

Liverpool Acoustic - Folk by the Minute

Ziferblat

Enjoy fantastic performances from a host of folk artists whilst utilising the 8p per minute services at Ziferblat. Booking in advance is recommended*

13:00 - Jamie Clague
13:30 - Marlie Centawer
14:00 - Mary McCombs
14:30 - John Jenkins
15:00 - Sarah Jones
15:30 - Pete King
16:00 - Esme Bridie
16:30 - David Neville King

*Whilst tickets are free of charge, you enjoy the services of Ziferblat at 8p per person per minute.

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11:00 - 16:45

Shanty Festival Performances

Frances Hayhurt Tug

Confirmed acts listed below:

11:00 - Monkeys Fist
11:45 - Alan Whitbread
14:00 - Geoff Higginbottom
14:45 - Ashore for a Loaf
15:30 - Liverpool Shanty Kings
16:15 - Trim Rig and a Doxy

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11:00 - 16:45

Shanty Festival Performances

Maritime Museum Foyer

Confirmed acts listed below:

11:00 - Geoff Higginbottom
11:45 - Ashore for a Loaf
12:30 - Liverpool Shanty Kings
13:15 - Trim Rig and a Doxy
14:00 - Monkeys Fist
14:45 - Alan Whitbread
15:30 - Geoff Higginbottom
16:15 - Monkey's Fist

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13:00 -

Shanty Festival Performances

Ziferblat

Talk by author and poet Jim Saville on the maritime poetry of C. Fox Smith

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11:00 - 16:00

Stan Ambrose Stage at Anchor Courtyard

Enjoy a host of choir performances from choirs all over Merseyside

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19:30 - 22:00

Liverpool Acoustic

Ziferblat Folk with the Southbound Attic Band

Liverpool Acoustic invite you to enjoy a fantastic evening of folk music from The Southbound Attic Band and support act ME & Deboe. Tickets cost £6 per person and advanced booking is essential.

Please click the link below to book your tickets or you can purchase your tickets at Ziferblat, Albert Dock.

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11:00 -

Gerry Murphy

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Through playing in Scandinavia, the US, Spain and Italy during the period helped I developed a robust performing style which has stood me in good stead in the years on the road and stands as a tribute to Ray, in the back room of Ye Cracke who showed me how to perform. Since then I’ve played live on every big stage in my hometown and toured extensively particularly in Europe and America. I made friends and paid way. Music owes me nothing

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11:45 -

Elfin Bow

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

If music is a journey of discovery to be savoured and enjoyed, then Elfin Bow is carving out her own exciting and unique path and loving every moment. With imagery that blends her twin passions of music and art, her songs and stage presence and exude colour, charisma and a gentle charm. She loves to pen her own unique songs as well as collecting jewels from the musical history books to reinterpret in her own way, playing guitar, mandolin, violin and piano.

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12:30 -

Tom Kitching and Jon Loomes

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Tom Kitching and Jon Loomes are 50% of Pilgrims’ Way, at least in terms of culpability, and perhaps as much as 70% in pure biomass. Fiddle and guitar, songs and tunes, bitter and mild. Engaging, entertaining, sometimes surreal, always compelling.

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13:15 -

Smiling Riley

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Adam Taylor // guitar, vocal // A bit English, a bit Scottish. Likes to chill.
Rachel Thompson // guitar, vocal // Scouse seductress.
Gianluca Rizzuto // bass // French-Italian from Southport.

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13:45 -

Blair Dunlop

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Blair Dunlop, the award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist, will bring his keen-eyed narratives and captivating performance to Folk Festival on the Dock. Blair and his band will be performing songs from his acclaimed albums and previewing songs from his third album.

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14:30 -

Alex Hulme

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Folk and acoustic singer-songwriter from North West, UK.

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15:00 -

Off The Grid

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

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15:20 -

Alan Burke

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Alan Burke is widely regarded as one of the finest ballad singers of his generation

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16:00 -

Lowri Evans

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Since graduating from college in Newcastle Upon Tyne with a degree in Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music, Lowri has been constantly and steadily gathering a fan base, gigging across the country and recording an impressive back catalogue of CD’s.

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16:30 -

Reid Anderson

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Reid Anderson is a musician, based in Liverpool.

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17:00 -

James J Turner

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

Singer-songwriter James J Turner delivers a powerful performance of Folk-Rock receiving incredible critical acclaim.

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17:30 -

The Goat Roper Rodeo Band

Dock Stage at Hartley Quay

“A fresh, energetic three-piece acoustic band who combine great vocal harmonies with up-beat, self-penned songs to make a memorable live show.” (The Record Journal Live)

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11:00 - 16:00

Stan Ambrose Stage at Anchor Courtyard

Confirmed list of acts below with more confirmed daily:

12:00 - Mather and Robinson
12:30 - Karen Turley
13:00 - Mountainface
13:30 - Only Child
14:00 - Half Six
14:30 - John Jenkins
15:00 - The Mersey Rigger
15:30 - The Whiskey Situation
16:00 - Chris Woolf

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11:00 - 16:00

Shanty Festival Performances

Frances Hayhurst Tug

List of confirmed acts below:

11:00 - O'Ryan's Bounty
11:45 - Alan Whitbread
12:30 - Geoff Higginbottom
13:15 - Liverpool Shanty Kings
14:00 - Ashore for a Loaf
14:45 - Alan Whitbread
15:30 - Button St Badger Band

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11:00 - 16:00

Shanty Festival Performances

Maritime Museum Foyer

List of confirmed acts below:

11:00 - Liverpool Shanty Kings
11:45 - Ashore for a Loaf
12:30 - Button St Badger Band
13:15 - Trim Rig and a Doxy
14:00 - O'Ryan's Bounty
14:45 - Geoff Higginbottom
15:30 - Alan Whitbread

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19:15 - 22:00

The Christians

Tate Liverpool

Experience The Christians like never before. Enjoy a 90 minute acoustic performance set in the unique surroundings of Tate Liverpool. With infectious melodies and warm harmonies The Christians burst onto the music scene in the 80’s selling millions of albums worldwide over an impressive 30 year career.

On the evening, our café will be serving a delicious menu from 19:15 featuring vegetarian and gluten-free options, with last food orders at 21:30 – the bar will be open until 22:15.

The Christians is now a SOLD OUT event! However there are still tickets available for Henry Priestman with support Sam Winston playing at Tate on Saturday 27th August! Click below to book!

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