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The world of folk music is known for being an incredibly welcoming and friendly place, and we'd certainly attest to that! Jay and I have spent the last 7 years meeting the most wonderful people and making some fantastic friendships. And we're delighted to say that we've invited some of these 'folky friends' on the holiday!

 

As well as all being rather lovely people, they also just happen to be some of the most talented artists on the UK folk roots scene! Each day, we'll be hosting a unique concert to delight your ears, while you put your feet up and unwind with a glass of your favourite tipple from the bar. 

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  • Concerts will be hosted in Kingston Country Courtyard's private bar area

  • The bar will be staffed throughout the concerts

  • Some musicians will also be joining us for each day's walk, schedule allowing

  • All concerts are private and for holiday guests only

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Have a wee listen to who's coming in 2025!

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Tuesday

Your first concert in the Courtyard’s barn will be ‘The Ninebarrow Trio’ – as we team up with one of the loveliest and most talented session musicians in the country: John Parker. His double bass playing is rightly renowned and we’re never happier than when we’re on stage with this fine gentleman.

After the concert, there'll be time to relax and freshen-up before we'll all enjoy another superb three-course meal cooked by the Courtyard's Head Chef.
 
And after dinner? We’ll cap off day 1 with a concert from one of the folk scene’s most well-loved and well-respected songwriters:
Jez Lowe. A Sony academy award-winner and double BBC Radio 2 Folk award nominee – expect a concert filled with witty, insightful songs, delivered with Jez’s trade-mark charisma. 

Wednesday

And as the sun begins to set, we'll adjourn to the barn for our second evening of music! Kicking off the concert we’ll be transported to the Appalachian Mountains by ‘Old Spot’. We discovered the duo of Rowan Piggot and Joe Danks when we heard them on the Radio 2 Folk Show – and were delighted to find out that they were playing at none other than the Square and Compass pub the same week. Given that we invited them to be a part of the 2025 line-up immediately after the show…you’ll not be surprised to learn that we were pretty impressed! Old-Time Appalachian music made with modern audiences in mind – foot-stomping fiddle tunes and lazy banjo backbeats giving way to close harmony singing. Old Spot sees two musicians from strong traditional backgrounds exploring a shared musical love, creating new music that is bursting with joy and imagination.

And in the second half you'll experience a real treat: Janice Burns And Jon Doran. We first met this award-winning Anglo-Scottish duo at Lyme Folk Weekend and were just blown-away. They came together after discovering a shared love of traditional music and, like our own music, their songs tell vivid stories about the nature of life and our place in the world.
 

Thursday

We’ll kick-off our final concert with one of our very favourite instrumental guitarists and Ninebarrow Musical Walking Holiday regular, Will McNicol. Having picked up a guitar at the age of 6, he's barely put it down since. Multi-award-winning, incredibly talented and absolutely charming - by the end of his set, we know you'll love him too!

 

​And to round the holiday off in style, you'll be treated to BBC Folk Award Winners, Edgelarks. Phil Henry and Hannah Martin are, quite simply, mind-blowing. They were on the line-up for our very first holidays in 2021 – and they’re by far and away the act we get most requests to have back. It’s taken us a while, but we’ve finally managed it - and this promises to be the perfect way to finish the perfect holiday!

 

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May 19-23 2025:

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June 2-6 2025:

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June 16-20 2025:

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Sep 8-12 2025:

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