Bermondsey Folk Festival 2018, the best free folk festival in South London


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Bermondsey Folk Festival, let’s celebrate!

Bermondsey Folk Festival is staged in Market Place SE16 in the heart of South East London. The festival was conceived after a chat between a local musician and the fishmonger at his stall in local market. Since that chance conversation over a convivial carton of Jellied Eels, the idea has blossomed into a unique London calendar event, which attracts top folk performers and fans from far and wide.

The days merriments begin with a guided walk from celebrated comedian and local lad Arthur Smith followed by the hearty tones of Arfur Doo and The Toerags at the Blue Anchor Pub. Then in the Blue Market square you will discover award winning chanteuse Lisa Knapp, the indescribable Circulus and modern folk’s greatest innovator Martin Carthy, purveying their finest wares. Dance performances, Bermondsey voices, market stalls, food and craft beers complement the day’s joyous tone.

More performances unfurl at the rather sociable setting of Shortwave Café, a mere gentle saunter from the Blue Market, for an intimate folk experience featuring:  David Jaycock, The Russman, Ady Johnson and all nicely topped off by the enigmatic Cunning Folk.

What a day what a line up and it’s all FREE and just a hefty welly wang from Bermondsey Tube Station

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Bermondsey Folk Festival 2018 – A Walk With Arthur Smith

Join us for a walk with famous comedian Arthur Smith who will delight everyone taking part in this exploration of Bermondsey, ‘proper’ 🙂

The walk will last about an hour on our way to the main stage at Market Place. Remember, this walk could be funny so you’ve been warned!

Meet us at The Queen Victoria Pub in 148 Southwark Park Rd, London SE16 3RP. (Yes, you may go inside and relax in this lovely pub; the tour starts at midday)


From small beginnings we are starting to flourish as a calendar event in the London Folk Scene and we have the headline acts in the main stage to prove it: Martin Carthy, Lisa Knapp, Circulus.

The folk music starts at the Blue Anchor Pub with the excellent Arfur Doo & The Toerags, a traditional Irish folk band with a few twists. Guitar, bass, cajon, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, flute, penny whistle and recorder combine for fast-paced, energetic tunes and delicate ballads.



After the day’s events in the Blue Anchor Market, the Bermondsey Folk Festival continues at Shortwave Cafe with an evening of fantastic folk acts. Shortwave Cafe is fully licensed & has a great selection of beers

Ady Johnson is a Suffolk born, London based troubadour who is a Radio 6 regular; Tom Robinson says “He’s damn good live!”. 

David Jaycock is a virtuoso guitarist, comparable to John Fahey, who has performed with many folk luminaries including Marry Waterson. He will be performing songs from his new album “The Decline of the Mobile Library”.

Cunning Folk performs traditional British folk songs & songs inspired by British folklore. The Guardian describes him as “charming & mesmeric”

Russman is a local fishmonger & community organiser. His songs about life in Bermondsey are a celebration of the everyday urban folk of Bermondsey.

Getting there

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