Walton Folk Festival 2021

WALTON FOLK FESTIVAL returns for a third year with another astonishing lineup showcasing the very best of folk, roots and acoustic music.
Joining this amazing list of acts, we are thrilled to announce that BBC2 Radio2 Folk Award winners THE TRIALS OF CATO will be headlining the festival in the evening.

The remarkable rise of award winning trio The Trials of Cato on the UK folk-scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed "The Sex Pistols of folk,” (J Davis) they pay clear homage to the tradition whilst twisting old bones into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories.
Following a year of wall-to-wall touring across the UK, Europe, and North America in 2019, the band’s march was halted by the live silence of the global pandemic. Now, they emerge from their chrysalis transformed. As ever, ‘The Trials Continue’ - but this time the multi-talented instrumentalist and singer Polly Bolton joins their ranks.
The Trials of Cato’s hotly anticipated second album is scheduled for release later this year. Entitled 'Gog Magog', the album is named both after the mythical giant of Arthurian legend and the Cambridgeshire hilltop, where the new album was birthed over lockdown.

One of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
Fascinating stuff” – Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music 
Swaggering… glossy results” – The Guardian 
A band name on everyone’s lips” – fRoots

Look forward to performances from:
Riverhouse favourites Jacob and Drinkwater! Tobias Ben Jacob and Lukas Drinkwater performed a stunning sold-out show in 2019 and we just had to have them back for the festival this year.

“One of our best artists" BBC Devon Introducing
"Intense and spellbinding" Folk Radio UK
"Stand out new folk... superb.. excellent" Chris Hawkins. BBC Radio 6

Kim Lowings and the Greenwood, who continue to delight audiences at folk clubs, festivals and events nationally with their lively and engaging stage presence. Their most recent album Wild & Wicked Youth was incredibly well received with both national and international airplay including BBC Radio 2.

Gilmore & Roberts are also featured - a contemporary folk/acoustic duo with three nominations for the BBC2 Folk Award.

Jenn & Laura-Beth are two voices alongside a mandolin and a guitar which all blend together magnificently, and were brought together by the progressive Glasgow folk music community.

Continuing the commitment to showcase exciting young talent, the lineup is completed by Odette Michell, a British folk singer-songwriter, guitarist and bouzouki player with a bold new take on the acoustic tradition.

Other amazing acts to be confirmed nearer the date.
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12:15 - 13:15 Gilmore & Roberts
14:00 - 15:00 Odette Michell
15:45 - 16:45 Jenn & Laura-Beth
17:30 - 18:30 Kim Lowings Music
19:30 - 20:30 Jacob & Drinkwater
21:15 - 22:30 The Trials of Cato

Walton Folk Festival 2021 at Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre
Saturday 11 September

12 noon to 10.30pm
All Day Ticket:

Due to numbers being restricted, we're sorry, but children aged two and over will need have a ticket to gain entry to the event. 

You can read our updated Covid-19 policy here

Riverhouse Barn
Manor Road
KT12 2PF