3rd Bury Folk Festival - Saturday 1st July 2017

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Bury Folk Collective

We promote the very best of grass roots folk music through a range of folk-related events in and around Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk

Bury Folk Collective is run by a group of experienced local folk performers and enthusiasts. Our events grew out of the Unplugged and Local Artists Nights run by The Milkmaid Folk Club in Bury St Edmunds and we are now an independent folk performance organisation.

Our home venue is Oakes Barn – the real ale pub and meeting place. We also hold events at The Hunter Club. Both venues are in St Andrews St South, Bury St Edmunds.

In the upstairs room at Oakes Barn we hold:

Traditional unaccompanied folk singers - First Monday of the month
Contemporary folk - First Wednesday of the month
Folk from the tradition - Third Wednesday of the month

In the green room at The Hunter Club we hold:

Wired folk - Second Thursday of the month

Upcoming Events

Our events at a glance

Traditional unaccompanied folk singers

Traditional unaccompanied folk singers nights run upstairs at Oakes Barn, on the first Monday of every month. Singing starts at 8.00 pm and continues till 10.30 pm with a mid-evening break

On traditional unaccompanied folk singers nights, we welcome anyone who wishes to sing traditional folk songs or songs in a traditional style, solo or with other people, but without instrumentation.

These evenings are sing arounds, with singers taking turns around the room to give a song. The number of songs you might be called upon to sing will depend on how many other singers turn up, but there is usually time to go round the room at least twice.

Contemporary folk

Contemporary folk nights run upstairs at Oakes Barn, on the first Wednesday of the month. The music start at 8.00 pm and continues till 10.30 pm with a mid-evening break

On these evenings, we provide an MC but no PA – performances are unplugged. We usually ask artists to perform a total of three or four songs, tunes or items. There may be some flexibility at the discretion of the MC, but we will usually ask you to give two of your pieces in each half of the evening.

There may be opportunities for performers from the floor to provide a song or two – and we may invite booked-in performers to play more pieces if there is time, so have an extra tune or two ready.

Folk from the tradition

Folk from the tradition nights run upstairs at Oakes Barn, on the third Wednesday of the month. The music start at 8.00 pm and continues till 10.30 pm with a mid-evening break

Folk from the tradition nights have a traditional focus. We welcome singers and musicians who work within the forms that are found in the traditions of these islands or who draw on those forms for their inspiration.

On these evenings, we provide an MC but no PA – performances are unplugged. We usually ask artists to perform a total of three or four songs, tunes or items. There may be some flexibility at the discretion of the MC, but we will usually ask you to give two of your pieces in each half of the evening.

There may be opportunities for performers from the floor to provide a song or two – and we may invite booked-in performers to play more pieces if there is time, so have an extra tune or two ready.

Wired folk

Running on the 2nd Thursday of the month the Wired folk nights give performers a chance to experience playing to a live audience on a stage with lights and a P.A. complete with a compère and experienced sound engineer.

The evenings start at 7:30 and finish at 10:30 at the Hunter Club in the Green Room. There is a small entrance fee of £3 for those who are not playing, this is to cover the hire costs but performers don’t pay.


Please Note : From April 2017 Wired nights will be moving to the 2nd Thursday of the month at The Hunter Club