Full Weekend Ticket


Lichfield Festival of Folk – Full Weekend Ticket

Saturday 15th October 2022 – Sunday 16th October 2022

Lichfield Festival of Folk – Full Weekend Ticket

Saturday 15th October 2022

The Undoing of Polly Button: a Folk Opera

Following a number of successful performances after its debut at the Abbey Theatre in Nuneaton in February, producer David Barton brings the performance to the Lichfield Festival of Folk on the afternoon of Saturday 15th October.

The Undoing of Polly Button is based on the tragic but true events of a horrific murder in the town of Nuneaton almost 200 years ago. Polly Button was the nickname of ribbon weaver Mary Green, who was murdered in 1832 while heavily pregnant with an illegitimate child. John Danks, her married lover, was found guilty of the crime, but mystery surrounds the events of her death – was the right man convicted?

The story has been worked into a poignant musical retelling through more than a dozen wonderful songs by Katherine Fear. Hear and see a battle for women’s rights, a dark – perhaps unsolvable – mystery and a lesson of resilience and courage in the face of adversity. Watch and listen as the ghost of Polly teaches a young writer to ‘weave another world’.

Donnelly and South

Keith Donnelly and Lauren South teamed up in spring of this year and have been taking the folk scene by storm ever since.

Keith Donnelly describes himself as – among other things – a Geordie cultural attaché, a wit and halfwit, and a stand-up comic. But it is his superb songwriting and guitar-playing that come to the fore as he teams up with one of the scene’s most exciting new voices, Lauren South.

Lauren’s stunning vocals, violin, guitar and Shruti box playing blend effortlessly with Keith’s onstage madcappery to provide a set that is entertaining and engaging in equal measure.

Keith will also act as compere for the Sunday evening concert at the Guildhall.

The Lost Notes

The Birmingham-based five-piece band make a welcome return to Lichfield Festival of Folk 2022.

The quintet of Ben, Oli, Lucy, Silas and Max bring their foot-stomping, rootsy three-part harmonies and driving rhythms back to Lichfield. Their infectious and lively performances have wowed festival audiences and we can expect a fearless and energetic set from them on Saturday evening.

The Salts

The Salts are a co-operative of seasoned musicians and purveyors of twenty-first century folk songs of a nautical nature, delivered with swashbuckling energy and firecracker enthusiasm.

Live shows from The Salts are a riveting addition to the folk scene, and their sea shanties with attitude are guaranteed to get you dancing and singing along. Twenty-first century folk fires a respectful broadside at the traditional to provide a riveting performance to close Saturday evening at L2F.

Sunday 16th October 2022

The Paper Circus

We welcome The Paper Circus to Lichfield Festival of Folk for the first time. The Midlands-based folk band have been regulars on the folk club and festival circuits for over five years now. Jen on vocals, Suraj on guitar and Merlin on double bass will open the Sunday evening concert for us.


Daisybell have been making waves on the Midlands and national folk scene since they formed in 2016.

Daisybell ran a harmony workshop at Lichfield Festival of Folk in 2021 and they are back this year to perform for us. A performance of passion, wit and outstanding harmonies can be expected from Katherine, Anya and Charlie when they perform original and traditional material for L2F in the Guildhall on Sunday evening.

John Tams

John Tams, long-time Patron of Lichfield Festival of Folk

John Tams, described by Mojo as ‘one of the ultimate British songwriters’ has had a career spanning five decades in live performance, theatre and television. The five times winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards has made over 50 albums as singer, musician or producer and is a must-see at this year’s Festival as he closes Sunday evening at the Guildhall.