Toes tapping for Chester Folk Day 2020


A packed day of folk music, dance and song awaits at Hoole Community Centre on Saturday 29th February 2020.

Organised by the same people who organise Chester Folk Festival each May, the annual Chester Folk Day brings together the best in local and national talent and is always a popular and well-attended event.


Proceedings begin at midday

Proceedings begin at midday with a chance for anyone who wishes to, to sing or play a tune in the music and song session.


Sherburn Bartley

This is followed in the afternoon by the main concert where the headline act is Sherburn Bartley Sanders.


Last Night’s Fun

Chris Sherburn (concertina) and Denny Bartley (vocals and guitar) have been favourites in Chester for some years both as a duo – and with their much-loved trio, Last Night’s Fun, delighting audiences with their soul-stirring songs, exhilarating tunes and quick-witted banter.

Joining forces with Emily Sanders (fiddle/viola and vocals) in 2016 has allowed them to blend vocal harmonies and strings to underpin Chris and Denny’s unique sound.


Virginia Kettle

Also appearing will be the wonderful Virginia Kettle who is familiar to many as joint lead singer with the very popular folk rock band, Merry Hell.

Virginia adds an essential dimension to the band, both vocally and creatively, having contributed some of their most distinctive and popular songs.

With two solo albums under her belt, Virginia is already a well-respected singer-songwriter in her own right so this is a welcome and rare chance to see Virginia performing some of her own solo material.


The Time Bandits

Chester-based folk band The Time Bandits, whose repertoire mixes Renaissance and early dance music with traditional folk tunes and songs, will also be making an appearance.


The Love Music Trust Young Folk Ensemble

The Love Music Trust Young Folk Ensemble, a group of talented young Cheshire musicians. led by folk musician extraordinaire Claire ‘Fluff’ Smith, complete the line-up.


And more…

There will be a couple of more informal opportunities to hear from the featured artists over the teatime period before the main evening events get under way, offering both a ceilidh and a folk club.

The Time Bandits will turn themselves into The Time Bandits Ceilidh Band to provide some energetic, toe-tapping tunes to dance to, while Martyn Harvey, one of the best callers around, will be on hand to guide the dancers, whether beginner or expert, through the proceedings.

For the less energetically inclined there will be the alternative of an evening folk club, hosted by Nick Mitchell, offering another chance to see some of the afternoon’s guest artists with the addition of a set by the award-winning singer and guitarist Greg Russell.

Advance booking is advised, via the Chester Folk Festival website.