Baring-Gould Folk Festival - 26th-28th October

It's been 19 years since we started the Baring-Gould Folk Weekend and

this year is the 20th Baring-Gould Folk weekend, now firmly established

as part of the Okehampton cultural calendar. We started out in

the villages of Lewdown and Bratton Clovelly in 1999, and after five

years we outgrew these venues and moved into Okehampton.

The Folk Weekend is dedicated to Revd. Sabine Baring-Gould, 19th 

century folk song collector based here in West Devon, and so our

festival takes a special interest in song, and we evoke the spirit of

Harvest Festival. Okehampton is a delightful former market town on

the northern slopes of Dartmoor.  We make use of community and

church halls for the Festival Weekend, and the town offers a range of accommodation to suit most pockets - making the Baring-Gould

Folk Weekend a perfect autumn break.


This year’s artists include Phil Beer, Polly Bolton, Georgia Lewis, Hannah Cumming, Martin and Shan Graebe, Trev Munkenbeck, Bill Murray, Matt Quinn, Kevin Sessions and the festival ceilidh will be led by the eclectic Banter.


Baring-Gould Folk Song School - Monday 22nd - Friday 26th October 



We are sorry to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances Chris Coe

is unable to join us this year, and we are pleased to say that JAMES FINDLAY

will be joining us as guest tutor at this year’s Baring-Gould Song School

Dedicated to local folk song collector Revd Sabine Baring-Gould the annual Folk Song School gives you time out to concentrate on your own singing: your voice, your performance, your repertoire.

Held at Wren Music’s headquarters Ebenezer Hall, a converted chapel in the delightful moorland town of Okehampton. You can find accommodation to fit most pockets, with hotels and guest houses, and YHA, and there are spaces for camping/camper vans at the Youth Hostel.

The Wren team is led by co-founders Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker, who will have spent most of this summer taking English folk song to other parts of Europe as far apart as Iceland and Sardinia.

Each day, tuition is done in a range of settings from large group work, to one-to-one surgeries with the tutors, and many additional small group sessions are developed as the week goes on.

Topics include: finding your strong voice, pitching, building your repertoire, understanding traditional songs and singers, accompaniments, overcoming nerves and so on . . .


The week is suitable for first time singers through to professionals – and the emphasis is on learner led activities, one-to-one and/or small group working with individual tutors and peer support.



Price £300 - Book here ...

Plus an option on a £25 Baring-Gould Folk Weekend ticket (26th to 28th October)

For more details contact:

Marilyn Tucker, Artistic Director

Wren Music, Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton, Devon  EX20 1AR

Tel: 01837 53754

See reports on previous Song Schools in 2016 and 2017




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Banter: New electronica folk trio who are taking the folk scene by storm will host this year’s festival ceilidh and run a dance workshop.

Phil Beer: Festival Patron Phil is a regular visitor to the folk weekend adding his own brand of wit and wisdom to an eclectic mix of tunes and songs.

Polly Bolton: Polly is recognised as one of the leading exponents of decorative style of tradition British singing. She makes a welcome return as Festival Choir leader.

Hannah Cumming: Hannah began playing Folk Music at the age of 12, when she began the fiddle. She hen went on to start a band with her brother along with Jon Dyer and Penny Dyer, to form the Dyer:Cumming's, Watch out for Hannah as part of the Gothic Dartmoor concert.

Martin and Shan Graebe: Co-collaborators in the whole Baring-Gould project Shan and Martin met in 2000 and started to sing together in 2003. Their repertoire includes a number of songs from the Baring-Gould collection.

Matt Quinn: Renowned folk singer, melodeon and concertina player from Sussex. Watch out for the Sussex special featuring Matt and fellow Sussex man our own Paul Wilson.

Georgia Lewis: Georgia Lewis is folk singer and accordionist from Wiltshire. has been hailed as the best voice to emerge from the English folk scene in recent years.

Trev Munkenbeck and Kat Barlow: A new pairing of Wren stalwarts. Trev is a gaining a reputation locally as a fine singer, and he and Kat first sang as part of Wren’s Blackberries and Bandages concert. Kat is a frim member of theHer story project.

Kevin Sessions: Shantyman Kevin (one of The Old Gaffers) is on hand to manage the mayhem that is our regular stew and shanty session on Sunday.

WANTED: Volunteers

The Baring-Gould Folk Weekend relies on volunteers, and we need people to:

  • Help with the planning by joining the Steering Group (we meet about twice a year)
  • Become a Festival steward. This involves working on the front of house, selling and checking tickets, selling raffle tickets and CDs, helping set up rooms, looking after artists
  • Offer B&B hospitality to artists for the weekend in or around Okehampton

If you can offer help or want to find out more please contact or phone 01837 53754

See reports on previous Baring-Gould Folk Festivals in 2016 and 2017

The Wren Team:


Becki Driscoll: Back from maternity leave fiddler Becki is on hand to lead the Festival Orchestra and some youth events.


Jon Dyer: Watch out for Jon as part of Gothic Dartmoor as well as Dyer:Cumming


Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson: Duo Marilyn and Paul will be around all weekend, as part of Gothic Dartmoor and Paul will be leading Wren’s MenSing group.


David Faulkner: bagpiper David will be leading inclusive workshops and children’s events.



  • £40 for the whole weekend, and we offer ‘Buy Three, Get One Free’ on weekend tickets (so a group of four can come to the whole weekend for £120)
  • Under 18 weekend Ticket £20
  • Family Ticket (up to two adults and three children £80)
  • Individual event tickets will be available on the door

Visit Shop or send a cheque made payable to Wren Music to:

    Baring-Gould Folk Weekend, Wren Music, Ebenezer Hall, Okehampton, EX20 1AR


Bill Murray: Baring-Gold regular Bill specialises in the Devon songs he collected from the ‘old boys’ in North Tawton and around. As well as his own brand of folk song William the Conkerer takes charge of the conker competition on Sunday afternoon.Enter your text here

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Baring-Gould Festival Programme 2018