Baring-Gould Folk Weekend and Song School

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Folk weekend - Fri 21st - Sun 23rd October 2016

Song School - Mon 24th - Fri 28th October 2016

This intimate and family-friendly folk festival, hosted by Okehampton-based music organisation Wren Music, brings great local and national music and dance,and blends them with locally-sourced food and drink and an electric atmosphere to create an unforgettable weekend out for the whole family.

The Weekend is followed by the Song School, a get-away-from-it-all singing fest where communal support and encouragement combine to create an ideal environment for honing vocal and performance skills

Please click Here to book tickets.

Artists are yet to be fully confirmed for 2016, but please see below for last year's line-up for an idea of what to expect!

2015 Folk Weekend Artists:


Lady Maisery

Nominated for the 'Horizon' BBC Folk Award 2012 and for

'Best Debut' at the Spiral Awards 2012. Forged from the

voices of Hannah James(Kerfuffle, duo with Sam Sweeney),

Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters, The Artisans)

and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola),

Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect,

through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads.




Geoff Lakeman

Geoff Lakeman

Geoff lives on Dartmoor,and is an internationally-recognised leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet Concertina. He performs self-penned songs. English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers, Randy Newman, Richard Thompson and 1920/30s jazz standards.

He's the father of a virtual folk dynasty - Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, all internationally aclaimed British folk musicians as well as many a folk musician's inspiration.


Janet Russel

 Janet Russell

From Buckhaven in Fife, Scotland, Janet Russell is one of the

finest voices in contemporary Scottish folk.

Steeped in traditional song but also fond of songwriting,

Janet stresses the unity of old and new songs.



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Chris Foster

Chris is a master of his trade recently described as “one of the finest singers and most thoughtful inventive guitar accompanists of English folk songs.”  In an article in fROOTS magazine (August 2008) Colin Irwin wrote “Chris Foster merits legend status, one of the very best in the second wave of the Brit folk revival, as important as Martin Carthy, Dick Gaughan and Nic Jones in the way he modernised and invested traditional songs with inventive guitar arrangements and potent vocal delivery.”


Latvian dance group Dandari


Apologies, and their space in the programmewill be filled by other acts.

Please see Programme page for up-to-date details


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Martin Scragg

This fabulous interpreter of traditional song makes a rare appearance at this year's Folk Weekend. Don't miss him!

David Faulkner


David Faulkner - with Steve Turner

Virtuoso master of the English Border Pipes, David is also a

Wren Music Senior Community Musician. Accompanied by

Steve Turner at selected gigs...




Paul and Marilyn

Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson

Singing songs from across the spectrum of the English tradition, accompanied on accordion and guitar, Wren co-founders Marilyn and Paul star as performers this weekend.

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Wreckers Morris

We're letting them out of Cornwall just for a weekend!!

Wreckers Morris will be on hand to entertain



Tinners Morris

Morris Side based in and around South Zeal.

"every time we go dancing, we tend to get free beer." - Michael Jecks, team member


The Folk Weekend is always family friendly, and this year provides something for everyone, with reduced price family tickets and a special family day on Sunday.

There will be song and music sessions for children and parents (and grandparents), a family ceilidh and even the annual conker competition!

The festival takes place entirely within the town of Okehampton, nestled on the eastern slopes of Dartmoor, giving easy access to the moor and all its wonderful views, amenities, walks and much more.

All the venues and events are within reasonable walking distance of each other and range from dances at the town’s Charter Hall, through acoustic concerts in the lovely Fairplace Church to snug sessions by the fire in the town’s pubs.

For more information, or to book tickets, please visit the Contact/Tickets page!


Concert Pub session
 all festival images copyright Dave Green 2013  

Our Festival Sponsors

We are proud to welcome wonderful local businesses to sponsor the festival! Please see below for a list of sponsors.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for next year's event, please contact us.

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