Folk On The Lawn

"innovative folk for innovative folk"

Featured Song: “Rolling Thunder” by Penny

Jul 06

Our next featured song is “Rolling Thunder” by Penny, who plays the Mill Stage at 4pm on Saturday, and the Bar Stage at 1pm on Sunday.

Less than a week to go… new featured song and more!

Jul 05

Amazingly we have less than one week to go before Folk on the Lawn 2015… and the long range forecast is looking good so it’s promising to be a bright and beautiful weekend!


For those who can’t wait until next weekend, there are a number of ways you can whet your appetite in the coming week.

Firstly, we’ll be posting a new featured song every day or two, starting with “Dacw Nghariad” by Three Legg’d Mare:


A number of FOTL artists are also on the road this week ahead of the festival.

Astrakan Project have the following gigs either side of FOTL:

05/07/2015, 8pm, The Gladstone, unplugged gig, Borough, London, UK
08/07/2015, 8pm, Jamboree, Limehouse, London, UK
10/07/2015, Ipswich, UK
13/07/2015, The Ivy House, Nunhead, London, UK

Meanwhile, for those who want to make a long weekend of it, Fásta play at our monthly Open Hearth Acoustic night in Sebastopol this Thursday. See here for more info.

Any other FOTL artists who are playing this week, let us know via Facebook and we’ll include your details here on the site!

Featured song: “My beloved has died” by Astrakan Project

Jun 25

Our next featured song comes from Astrakan Project who take to the River Stage 9.10 Saturday night and 2.45 Sunday afternoon.

Featured song: “The Drunken Landlady” by Fásta

Jun 23

As FotL 2015 draws closer we will be showcasing some of the bands we will have performing over the weekend. Here is “The Drunken Landlady” performed by Fásta, who play the River Stage at 1.45 on Saturday 11th.

Running order announced!

Jun 16

We’ve updated the line up page with the running order for this year’s FOTL. There are just one or two artists to be confirmed which we’re VERY excited about so please watch this space!

Calan Mai

Apr 12

Another free folk festival on our doorstep that FOTL fans might be interested in…

Calan Mai poster

FotL poster

Mar 14


Please share widely!

FotL 2015 poster

First artists announced for FotL 2015!

Mar 05

Click here to see the first artists confirmed for 2015 – more to follow.

Folk on the Lawn 2015

Sep 04

FotL 2015 is scheduled for 10th – 12th July

Over for another year…

Jul 14

What a Folk on the Lawn, eh?  While ‘the fringe’ may be continuing, still, in the Rose and Crown, the main festival has concluded for another year. What looked, on paper, a great line up turned out to be even better. Some wonderful performances (music, dance and the spoken word), good weather, new friends made and, in general and as always, an atmosphere of camaraderie and conviviality, whilst retaining challenges in terms of comfort zones. Innovative folk for innovative folk.


Thanks to:

- All who performed

- All who attended

- The children’s area: Sam and Rachel: they not only got married on the Saturday morning (to each other) but were there on Friday setting up their equipment and stayed until the festival’s end. MANY CONGRATULATIONS both!!

- The sound people: Mike, Big John and Rhys on the River Stage in the day; Andy (who recorded the whole event also) and Sean on the River Stage in the evenings; Jon M and Sean on the Mill Stage; the superb Anthony Challenger on the Bar Stage

- The people who did all the work organising and facilitating in terms of raffles, merchanise, etc: Val, Joan, Sue, Carroll, Jan, Trish and Dave (and Jac and Emily on the Saturday)

- The best comperes we’ve had: Peter Gowen on the River Stage; Nick Smith on the Bar Stage

- The Raffle Kids: (Big) Harry, Zosia and Merlin (and young Harry on the Saturday)

- Face painting: Róisín

Finally (though I’m certain we’ve forgotten a number of people), a HUGE thank you to Shelley and Chris and the big, brilliant team at Abbey Mill for investing massive amounts of energy and time – and many physical resources – in FotL, for allowing us to use The Lawn and for making everyone feel massively at home during preparation and event.

We discovered, this year, that at least three songs have been written about FotL (Wicker Bones actually performed one of them this year) and a further song written especially for the festival. Anyone else who has written a song, a poem, a story, etc about FotL, get in touch! We’d also be interested in links to any photos and videos that have been uploaded to any site – we can link to them.

Right, we’re all going to lie down in a darkened room for a few months. Again, thank you all.