From its modest beginning within a single venue in September 2006, the festival has gradually expanded to cater for the tastes and interests of travelling folk music enthusiasts and local residents alike.
The festival operates within the Ceddesfeld Community Association and a specific, dedicated committee work hard to organise a full programme of events that will bring visitors into this delightful medieval County Durham village.
One of our main objectives, being a small Festival, is to ensure that all visitors have an event to attend, be it concert, singaround, music session, workshop or dance display.
In recent years concerts have been headlined by such artists as Jez Lowe, the late Vin Garbutt, Billy Mitchell, Bernard Wrigley, the late John Wright, the Mighty Doonans, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan and the Acoustic Strawbs.
This medieval village has a good range of pubs, shops and eating establishments to cater for the weekend visitor. There is also a pleasant caravan & camping site on the edge of the village.
Sedgefield Folk Festival
Singer/songwriter Jez is an enchanting performer with an engaging North-Eastern wit. His songs are mainly written in a traditional style, accompanied on guitar, cittern and harmonica. Jez was nominated for 2008 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Singer of the Year. He has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter and performer in the world of acoustic sounds with more than a dozen albums and countless live performances around the world. See Jez Lowe tour dates
Durham-based Bob Fox is among the best-loved and hardest working singer / guitarists in Britain. His fine voice and his repertoire of traditional songs and contemporary material appeal to all ages.
Bob has been featured on national radio and television, won several awards, and was nominated by the BBC as Folk Singer Of The Year 2004.
'The most complete male artist in English Folk' (The Daily Telegraph)
'One of the best voices in England' (Ralph McTell). See 4 tour dates featuring Bob Fox
Sunjay's style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. There have been a clutch of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young Performers Award. He also made the final selection for the BBC's Young Folk Award in 2012, had three nominations at the Exposure Music Awards 2014 and was also recognised by the 2014 British Blues Awards. See 6 tour dates featuring Sunjay
The Salts are made up of seasoned musicians who play a mesmerising mix of full speed, foot-stomping traditional and original shanties. Doing for shanties what the Pogues did for folk, they create one of the most exciting and energetic folk concepts of recent times.
Fronted by twice BBC Young Folk Finalist Lee Collinson, they fire a mighty yet respectful broadside at the traditional, with banjo, mandolin, guitars, double bass and percussion to the fore.
The Salts album "She Rises" is available from Amazon and i-Tunes. See 10 tour dates featuring The Salts
The Often Herd
The Often Herd reach beyond what is expected of a bluegrass band, marrying the wistful sunshine harmonies of Southern California with the striking industrial allure of their home in the North East of England. An engaging and dynamic live act, the band are able to pull off their intricately arranged material alongside moments of exciting, spontaneous improvisation.
Rupert Hughes (guitar) and Evan Davies (mandolin) are responsible for penning the band’s vibrant and catchy original music. American fiddler Niles Krieger and jazz bassist Sam Quintana contribute deft and dynamic instrumental skills that lift the songs to new heights. See The Often Herd tour dates
The Shackleton Trio
The Shackleton Trio (formerly The Georgia Shackleton Trio) combine vocals, fiddle, guitar and mandolin to play a blend of old time, bluegrass and self penned material. After studying the highly acclaimed folk and traditional music degree in Newcastle, Georgia has performed in various line ups with an eclectic mix of fantastic musicians. This trio sees her playing alongside Aaren Bennett and Nic Zuppardi on the guitar and mandolin, both seasoned instrumentalists who have played across Europe. See 3 tour dates featuring The Shackleton Trio