What’s On



Show of Hands Steve Knightley and Phil Beer will be popping in to the festival on Saturday lunch time for a short guest appearance around 12pm!

7.30pm (doors 7pm) Evening Concert with the Polly Morris Band and Plastic Jeezus

10.30am – 12.30pm (doors 10.15am) Morning Session and instrument try out with the Folk Orc & Leo MacKenzie (Kadia)
11am – 12.30pm Workshops
1pm – 4pm Afternoon Session & Singaround with Half of Murphy’s
5pm – late Open Mic
1.30pm – 5.30pm Afternoon Concerts in the Theatre and Mulberry Room (Fatea Future Star winners, Iona Lane, Ben Robertson, Zoe Wren, Will McNicol & Luke Selby, Lucy Ward)
6.30pm – 10.30pm Evening Concerts in the Theatre and Mulberry Room (Will Pound, Oka Vanga, Shackleton Trio, The Trials of Cato, Luke Jackson, Merry Hell, Kadia & Said the Maiden, Reg Meuross)


Live Music

We are delighted to have the Polly Morris Band and Plastic Jeezus playing our Friday evening concert in the characterful old theatre auditorium. Both bands are known for their entertaining and often comedic performances. Definitely music to make you smile. Doors open at 7pm. Visit the LINE UP page for more information on both bands.  Friday night tickets are only £12.00, Saturday tickets £40.00 and weekend tickets £50.00. Buy tickets.

We have a fantastic selection of acoustic artists playing over two stages all day Saturday in the Theatre and the Mulberry Room. From emerging artists like Ben Robertson and Iona Lane, through local favourites including Will McNicol & Luke Selby, to headliners Merry Hell, Reg Meuross and Lucy Ward. Plus a special collaboration between Kadia and Said the Maiden – expect some amazing vocal harmonies there. Live music starts from 1.30pm on Saturday. Saturday tickets are £40.00 and £50.00 for the weekend. Buy tickets.

Check the LINE UP page for all the details of who’s confirmed so far and sign up to the Fatea mailing list to be kept up to date with all the festival news.

And the winners are..!

Fatea has long been a champion of emerging talent. Earlier this year we ran a competition for emerging artists to win slots on the main stages at the festival. It was a close and fiercely fought competition, and the winners are: James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band, Trevor Babajack Steger and Robert Lane. Check out the Fatea Future Star page for info, videos and links for all the brilliant competition finalists.


Saturday Morning Session and instrument try out with The Folk Orc

‘The Folk Orc wants one thing, and that is to get more people playing music. In particular, we want to get more people playing music together.’ They have a well established presence in Dorset and Hampshire through their regular sessions and festival workshops. Lead by Folk Orc leader Chris Hopgood and Kadia’s Leo MacKenzie, come along and learn a couple of traditional folk tunes or songs in a warm and encouraging environment under the expert instruction of these two in demand local tutors. There will be the chance to get up on the Mulberry Stage to perform them to a live audience at the end of the session. Session starts at 10.30am




Saturday Afternoon Session with A Half of Murphy’s

‘A Half of Murphy’s’ is Noeleen and Alex who are literally half of the Bournemouth based Ceilidh band ‘Murphy’s Lore’. In the band, Noeleen and Alex are the rhythm section, providing a driving force behind the tune players and Noeleen’s smooth, clear vocals provide the core of the band’s songs.

They have been performing regularly as a duo for many years now. After a couple of appearances at some local folk clubs were well received, they decided to do some more and kept going. Noeleen plays guitar, whistle, and bodhran but is best known for her beautiful, clear and melodic vocal delivery, whilst Alex provides a ‘minimal, unfussy’ style on guitar, tenor guitar, some backing vocals, occasionally the mandolin and a stomp to lend some ‘oomph’ when needed. They are co-hosts of The Branksome Folk Session in Poole and guest tutor with The Folk Orc.

Alex and Noeleen will be running the Saturday afternoon session in the bar from 1pm – grab a pint or a cuppa, bring your instruments and finest singing voices for a relaxed and informal afternoon of songs,  tunes and fun times.


We’re really pleased to be able to offer two workshops on Saturday 3 November which will be particularly useful for musicians starting out or looking to develop their careers:
At 11am Neil King will be ‘Talking Media’, offering advice on how to approach radio stations, websites and magazines. Neil is founding editor of Fatea Magazine.
At 11.30am Luke English will be talking ‘Publishing and Royalties’. Luke is a senior solicitor specialising in Media and Technology at Lacey’s Solicitors.
A Q&A session will follow to allow you to ask all your pressing questions!

Open Mic

Fancy playing a few tunes to a listening audience? Or perhaps you are a budding stand-up comedian? Our open mic will be running in the Bar from late afternoon on Saturday 3 November. Opening will be Fatea Award winner Amy Goddard, and one of our Fatea Future Star finalists Odette Michel will also be playing. The remaining slots are available for you to sign up for on the day so bring your instruments and singing voices and get involved!

Craft Gin Showcase

We have hand picked the finest craft gins from the south and south west for your delectation! There will be cocktails, special offers on the featured gins and off sales available. Keep an eye on our social media for more information. Sponsored by Fevertree.

Trade stands

Would you like to trade at the festival? Get in touch.

Huge thanks to our key festival partner Atkins Bland.