Welcome to Hartlepool Folk Festival 2017

More artists still to be announced – keep checking the site!

Once again, we are privileged to have as our festival site the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, home to the 18th century-themed Historic Quay and HMS Trincomalee, the UK’s oldest floating warship. We have venues around the Historic Quay for concerts, workshops, talks, dance displays and sessions, including spaces on the Trincomalee herself. Mainstage concerts take place at the nearby Town Hall Theatre.

Special Events for 2017

The Barrack Room Ballads

It’s 125 years since Rudyard Kipling published the Barrack Room Ballads, and 40 years since Peter Bellamy’s celebrated album of the songs was released. It’s also the 70th anniversary of Indian & Pakistani independence. In a special show for Hartlepool Folk Festival, Jon Boden, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, the Wilsons and Damien Barber – artists all closely associated with Bellamy – give fresh interpretations of these well-loved songs. Newly-arranged music based on the concept of traditional Indian wedding bands, combined with readings from Kipling’s work by actor and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli, create a setting that acknowledges – and questions – their colonial legacy.