Rickmansworth Folk Festival

2023 - Saturday 15th July
1200 - 1800

Meet Our Folk Artists:

In Order of appearance:

12:00-12:30  • Warp & Weft
12:30-13:00  • Liz Lawley
13:00-13:30  • Mandy Hardingham
13:30-14:05  • Ady Shaw & Jill Waterson
14:05-14:40  • Dave Artus
14:40-15:15  • Callum Granger
15:15-16:00  • Julian Mount
16:00-17:00  • The Carrivick Sisters
17:00-18:00  • Jim Moray

Interludes by Chris Lawley

Meet Our Morris Sides:

In no particular order, Morris sides will take turns in dancing on the High Street and outside the Conservative Club on Bury Lane:

 • Phoenix Morris
 • Baldock Midnight Morris
 • Merrydowners
 • Whitehorn
 • Wicket Brood

The Folk Artists:



Over the past two decades of British folk music, Jim Moray has marked himself out as having a singular, idiosyncratic vision that has rarely wavered in style and substance. The cinematic vision of albums such as Skulk (2012), Upcetera (2016), and his game-changing debut Sweet England (2003) show just how far the old songs can be taken. As Moray embarks on his third decade as a professional musician, his arrangements of traditional songs are regarded as classics of the folk genre, while his treatment of the ballad Lord Douglas has become a must-learn for fingerstyle guitarists. And never satisfied with staying still, there’s a sense that he has only just begun

Dave Artus

Dave will play songs including from his Meeting Points CD. This local artist has a world wide perspective and presents cameos of many intriguing scenarios. A semi-retired IT person, originally from Bingley in Yorkshire, now living in Ruislip, West London. Always enjoyed the singer-songwriters such as Al Stewart and Michael Chapman, and now write some songs himself. His album Viewpoints was recorded with help from Dave Nachmanoff and Lukas Drinkwater.

The Carrivick Sisters

One thing that is always evident at a Carrivick Sisters performance is their joy in playing together, in singing in close harmony and in delighting an audience. Twin sisters Charlotte and Laura Carrivick have grown up playing music together, and at a live show the stage becomes an extension of their kitchen; welcoming you into a warm, musical embrace while cooking up delicious melodies and tasty instrumentals. The sisters draw inspiration from their passion for traditional American old time and bluegrass music, English folklore and the wide variety of instruments they play: guitars, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and dobro.

Callum Granger

Compelling and entertaining story telling in the style of contemporary folk meets Americana. Originals mostly with some well selected covers.

Mandy Hardingham

Mandy has a background in folk and choral music and has been singing and playing various styles of music for as long as she can remember.

Chris Lawley

Chris will be singing songs from the Coster Comedian, Gus Elen. A fascinating voyage into the days of the Costermongers of London, each one with their distinctive range of cries to sell their wares from their barrows, and The Music Hall Tradition. Chris will be singing in the interludes. More about Gus Elan can be found by following the link below.

Liz Lawley

Liz sings any song she happens to like, mostly unaccompanied, as many traditional singers would. Sometimes she plays a ukulele. Expect the unexpected.

Julian Mount

Julian Mount is a songwriter, singer & musician from St Albans. He lives alone with nearly 7 guitars. Julian will be singing original songs, vocals and acoustic guitar.

Alison Raymond & Sue Alexander as Warp & Weft

Original & Traditional songs and tunes on fiddle(s) and/or acoustic guitar.

Ady Shaw & Jill Waterson

A vocal duo with a mixed repertoire, including traditional, contemporary & Ady's original songs, which have been described as 'powerful and passionate'. Their songs are varied in terms of type, tempo and mood - ranging from heart-wrenching to funny - and feature original arrangements and strong vocal harmonies.


The Morris Sides:

Phoenix Morris

We are a side of morris dancing men and women based in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. Our dances are traditional Cotswold Morris Dances with some which we have developed on traditional Cotswold lines.

Baldock Midnight Morris

Baldock Midnight Morris is a mixed Morris Dancing side, founded in 1996 in Baldock, a small market town in North Hertfordshire, close to the borders of Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire in the UK. We dance traditional (and occasionally less traditional) Cotswold and Border dances, performing at local events including our annual Day of Dance as part of the Baldock Festival, and sometimes further afield at festivals and folk events.


Merrydowners Morris ........ Originated in June 1990 when a group of local volunteers and a few 'pressed men' were assembled together to provide entertainment for our local church fete at St Albans Church, North Harrow, (North West London) . It started out as a bit of fun and was supposed to be a 'one off performance but soon turned into a more serious past-time as various team members started to enjoy the experience as time went on.


Whitethorn Morris are a ladies North West Morris side from Harrow. The side was formed in 1977 and dances in a characteristic red, white and blue kit. The dances are predominantly from the North West of England, especially Lancashire and Cheshire, and are performed in the style of north west London in inimitable Whitethorn fashion

Wicket Brood

Formed in 1994 we are a Morris dancing team (or ‘side’) performing dances in the Border tradition. We practice in the village of Bricket Wood in Hertfordshire, England (near St. Albans, Watford and London). In our quest for an appropriate, original and witty name for the side, we deduced that a spoonerism of our home base might conjure up images of a mysterious assembly of dark shadowy characters keeping alive ancient rituals and traditions. Maybe that was wishful thinking but it’s a name and we like it!


Attending The Event:

If you can use public transport, cycle, walk to attend the event, that would be great!  However, if you are unable to do so, there are plenty of car parks around Rickmansworth Town Centre, however there will be a charge for staying.  The Bury Gardens are pedestrian access only.  You can find all you need on the map below.

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Want to attend?

This will be our second year of Folk On The Bury, last year the stage was an absolute delight in this situation.  The First Act is on at 12 noon and the event lasts until 6pm The Morris sides will be dancing on the High Street from 11am and then moving to outside the Conservative Club on Bury Lane. They need a flat surface to dance on which is why they cannot dance in The Bury Gardens.  There will be a Beer Tent and Street Food available, also toilets will be on site.

Want to get involved?

If you are a member of a Morris Side, and would like to take part in future events- please contact Michael Stimpson,  a member of the Town Team and also Squire of the Phoenix Morris – for more details.  If you are a Folk Singer,  and would like to perform at future events,  please contact Pete Roedling.  We are always looking for stewards to help out on the day – if you would like to volunteer – please contact the Town Team.  Hi Vis jackets will be provided!