Moseley Folk & Arts Festival Announces Its 2019 Programme

Moseley Folk & Arts Festival is set to return to the beautiful Moseley Park in 2019 from 30th August to 1st September. Every year people from across Birmingham and beyond flock to the park to witness a healthy mix of traditional, contemporary and downright experimental Folk, World and Roots music.

This year will be the fourteenth edition of the festival, which showcases unsigned acts amongst well-established international artists, making for a truly exciting bill. In recognition of all the other non-musical entertainment featured across the weekend, organisers have changed the name of the festival to Moseley Folk & Arts.


For 2019 you can not only expect the usual high calibre of music, showcasing the best in Folk, World, Roots and Americana but also a rich programme of Arts & Crafts, Comedy & Cabaret, Poetry & Literature and Talks & Debate.

BBC 6 Music’s Stuart Maconie will be giving a talk about his Sunday Times Bestseller “A Long Walk From Jarrow: A Journey Through Britain Then and Now”. Dubbed by The Guardian as “a reaffirmation of the role of the personal within the political, and a rallying call for anyone stirred by the story of Jarrow”.

Stuart will also lead a Q&A with the undisputed queen of Folk and political song, Peggy Seeger. This intimate event will have Peggy answering questions about her journey into Folk music, becoming a singer-songwriter, feminist, icon and muse.

Steve Crossman, co-producer of The Hurricane Tapes will also be giving a talk at the festival. The Hurricane Tapes is an investigative podcast about American boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter and his wrongful incarceration for murder in 1966. Steve will shed light on his experiences during their investigations into this wrongful conviction and the events that led to it. A story every Dylan fan will be aware of.

The festival will also be proud to welcome Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, both leaders of the British suffragette movement. Her book, In Deeds Not Words, charts the changes in the lives of women over the last 100 years. She’ll be celebrating landmark successes and little-known victories.

Providing the laughs will be a comedy line-up curated by the famous Glee Club Birmingham. Critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe regular Rob Auton, Glee Club Comedy Carousel compere and favourite Andy Robinson, and firm favourite on the comedy circuit for the last decade Bethany Black, will all be taking to the stage. Tom Binns, best known for his characters hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury and spirit medium Ian D Montfort, also joins the comedy line-up at the festival. His unique and original comedy shows have been described as “comedy genius”.

The Black Country Living Museum will make a welcome debut. Staff and historical demonstrators will have an array of activities, promoting heritage skills of the Black Country, offering a range of exciting, hands-on learning experiences. Attendees can also take part in woodcraft, listen to stories from an array of storytellers, watch Morris dancing and join in with the annual big Ceilidh and Haydown.

Also appearing at the festival will be much-loved local Birmingham author Catherine O’Flynn and storyteller Bernadette Russell. The festival also welcomes Journey To Nutopia; this movement is a desire to move towards a better place, a conversation about positive future narratives and the anti-dystopia. From the movement, prolific public speaker and author John Higgs, theatre director and performer Daisy Campbell, and editor of online magic and feminism magazine, Mookychick, Magda Knight will all be in conversation.



Public Service Broadcasting, The Zutons, Edwyn Collins, Tunng, Charlotte Carpenter, Saint Alto, County Line Runner, You Tell Me, DOF, MUHA, Simply Dylan, Son of John, Emily Mae Winters, Faux Pas


Jake Bugg, Lucy Rose, E.B. The Younger, Israel Nash, Zooni, Gwenifer Raymond, Babe Rainbow, Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, Alex Rex, Hannah Read, Germa Adan, Death By Stampede, Nick Harper, Joshua Burnell, Rachel Croft, Wizz Jones, John Blek, Chloe Mogg.


Don McLean, Richard Thompson, Daoiri Farrell, Peggy Seeger, Charles Watson, Thom Ashworth, Boat To Row, Ceilidh Liberation Front, The Drystones, Bird In The Belly, Zirak Hamad Daholl Kurdish Band, Harare, Kathryn Williams, Whitherward, Charlie Parr, JD Wilkes, Philippa Zawe.

All information on the full line-up can be found here:

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