Welcome to Hartlepool Folk Festival 2018

We’re delighted to be presenting the 4th Hartlepool Folk Festival in 2018! As always, we have some fantastic artists lined up, plus special events commissioned for our festival that you can’t see anywhere else.

New for 2018 – mainstage events at the Borough Hall – visit the Venues page to find out more!

borough hall


Special event: The Bishoprick Garland

Sir Cuthbert Sharp was an antiquarian and historian born in Hartlepool. In 1834 he published The Bishoprick Garland, a miscellany of songs, stories, historic ballads and legends drawn from all over Country Durham (which at the time included Hartlepool). From beasties like the Lambton Worm to ghosts and hobs, through to local characters like Elsie Marley and songs like the Keel Row, the Collier’s Rant and Sair Fail’d Hinney, Sharp painted a picture of the county’s unique character – he even collected a sword dance calling-on song 80 years before that other, more famous Mr Sharp began his research!

In this unique show commissioned for Hartlepool Folk Festival, we’ll explore the rich treasure trove of The Bishoprick Garland through stories, songs, music and dance. An all-star cast will be announced very soon, so check back for more details!