Pre-festival folk events in Kimpton

In addition to our wonderful, annual Kimpton Folk Festival, we also have some other delights for you to experience before next summer! Check out these wonderful concerts, buy tickets and tell the world!

 otway & barrett 3 nov 2018

Buy tickets to see Otway and Barrett


Buy tickets to Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Live Album Recording


“Had such a nice time playing @KimptonFolk One of my fave festivals.”
— Kelly Oliver
“We had a wonderful time @KimptonFolk This is a festival to watch out for - great place, great line up and super lovely staff.  Thanks for having us!”
— Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage

Otway & Barrett

Saturday 3 November 2018 / 7.30 pm / Kimpton Memorial Hall SG4 8RD /

Book very early to avoid despair!

Still going after more than 40 years and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Wild Willy Barrett and mad onstage antics of John Otway are hilarious to watch. 

If you don't believe us, then hit the play button on the video to the right. Go on. You know you want to...

The Time

Doors open at 7.30 pm

The Place

Kimpton Memorial Hall, Hall Lane,

Kimpton, Herts, SG4 8RD  [Find on Google Maps]

The Box Office

You can buy tickets now at Eventbrite


The Date

Saturday 3 November 2018

The Talent

John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship (he seems to play almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!) almost become an added extra.

Ever keen to add a new dimension to the show, Willy has gone back to their roots with a new addition to his array of instruments, which he calls the Les Dawson Thumb. The idea stems from the guitar made by Willy’s dad in 1965 from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank, which became affectionately known as the Les Dawson (a satirical reference to the much loved Gibson Les Paul) and was used on many of the early tracks, including Really Free.

For any Otway/Barrett virgins out there who don’t know what to expect, be prepared for everything from bare-chested theremin playing to wah-wah wheelie bin as the duo jump from one hit and 40 near misses to another: An amazing and irreverent performance by two master entertainers.

John Otway's Website

It's worth visiting John's website just for the experience. 

Wild Willy Barrett's Website

Find out more about this incredible, credible musician and view some of his creations. 





Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Live Album Recording

Saturday 24 November 2018 / Kimpton / Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul / 18:00 – 20:30 GMT

Come and be part of a very special event, as multiple award-winning folk duo Nancy Kerr and James Fagan record their new album LIVE in Kimpton’s ancient parish church.

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are a highly accomplished duo, known and respected around the world. Over their 23 year career they have won multiple awards including twice being crowned BEST DUO at the BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS. This very special concert, on Saturday November 24th 2018, will be recorded LIVE for their 6th duo album and you can be part of it!

Don’t miss your chance to see this brilliant musical partnership play a set which will include classic hits from their long career as well as some never-before-recorded songs. They have chosen St Peter and St Paul, the Parish Church in Kimpton, especially for its wonderful and famous acoustic.


Artists 2018

Wow. What a fantastic day it was. Good weather, amazing music, wonderful buskers, wonderful artists, great stalls, great food and England won. Who could ask for more? 

If you want to find out more about this year's artists - read on. Alternatively flick through a copy of our online Kimpton Folk Festival 2018 programme by clicking here


Since its formation in 2009, this multi-award-winning band has ignited global audiences with its brand of high-energy genre-defying music. Utilizing funk grooves, middle eastern melodies, acrobat, north Indian rhythms and more, their show has blazed a trail across the world at everything from secluded coves to 30,000 capacity festival fields.



This duo creates music that sounds classically timeless yet still feels refreshingly unique. A chance meeting at their local Black Fen Folk Club in Cambridge revealed shared musical interests and sympathies which over time have developed into a unique and intimate blend of American roots and English folk music that is as happy and joyful as it is intense.

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar

Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style and Algar’s All-Ireland winning fiddle playing have made this duo one of the most sought after acts on the British folk scene. They won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2013, the Horizon Award for best breakthrough act in 2014, and a nomination for Best Duo in 2015.


while, matthews & While

Comprising mother and daughter Chris & Kellie with long-term singing partner Julie Matthews, this appearance is a rare outing for a folk supergroup and a genuine coup for Kimpton. Julie and Chris have been nominated ten times for BBC Folk Awards ‘Best Live Act’. Kellie is a long-term collaborator with many of the giants of UK folk.

The London KleZmer Quartet

Klezmer at its beguiling and seductive best - the band combines the subtleties of the original tradition with a kick-over-the-chairs party vibe. Performing continuously since 2009, LKQ are popular throughout the UK and have had six sell-out tours to Australia. Known and loved throughout Europe, they have broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and 6.



James Fagan from Australia (bouzouki, guitar) and Jamie McLennan from New Zealand (fiddle, guitar) are musicians at the very top of their tree. Performing traditional and contemporary songs and tunes from their respective homelands, the pair’s blend of quirky humour and high octane musical pyrotechnics always leaves audiences on their feet roaring for more.




Multiple award-winning guitarist Will and    jaw-dropingly dexterous drummer Luke weave their own brand of musical enchantment with a combination of intricate, melodic finger style and explosive yet highly sensitive rhythms.  This is a union of two of the finest musicians in their field. 


With a bold, distinctive voice and a sweet, percussive guitar style, Luke is a captivating live performer. His debut album ‘More Than Boys’ released in 2012 to great reviews, was followed up by ‘Fumes and Faith’ in early 2014. His 2015 release ‘This Family Tree’, was described in a 5 star Maverick review as ‘Two words. Bloody brilliant.’ 

Jackie Oates and Mike CosgrAve

Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player with a pure, haunting style. Her distinctive treatment of English ballads and songs and velvety voice have justly gained her a reputation as ‘a celebrity in the new folk scene. Jackie is joined by long-term collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Mike Cosgrave.

Winner of the 2015 Gaelic Voices competition, Blathnaid, who was brought up in Northern Ireland and Devon, has performed with British Folk Punk band The Levellers and has appeared as a singer at clubs and events around the UK. She is known for her unique and individual interpretations of well known traditional material.


2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners Pablo and Josie are highly accomplished musicians who play an eclectic mix of traditional Scots and English folk. Josie’s crystal clear, pure voice and Pablo’s dynamic and sensitive guitar create a sound that is at once beautiful and haunting.


Since St Albans friends Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pinkinton reunited several years after leaving school, their discovery of a mutual love of folk music led to the formation of ‘The Maiden’. Now gaining increasing momentum on the folk circuit, they are about to release their second album.

Kelly Oliver

Kelly’s 2016 album ‘Bedlam’ was released to rave reviews and was rated among the best albums of the year by Folkwords. Since then her reputation has steadily grown and she was recently described by ‘whispering’ Bob Harris as being a ‘vital voice in the British folk scene’. We are delighted to welcome Kelly back for her second Kimpton appearance.


Taking their influences from folk, bluegrass, country and Western swing music, Mike Giverin, Lucy Williams and Jay Bradberry have created one of the most entertaining and widely regarded young bands on the British folk scene. The Jaywalkers sound is innovative, rooted deeply in tradition, and frankly - exhilarating!


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Kimpton, SG4, Hertfordshire, England


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