Sat Day

  • Stick in the Wheel at Bristol Folk Festival


Stick in the Wheel, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll

Doors 2 pm

Saturday daytime final line-up is tbc for 2022. Further ticket sales are on hold until the schedule is announced.

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Rooted deep in the melodies of traditional English Folk via the modern electronic sounds of East London, Stick in the Wheel’s Nicola Kearey and Ian Carter use centuries-old work-songs that speak to present-day issues of class.

Their inventive live performances have seen them nominated five-times for BBC Folk Awards, whilst their ongoing ‘English Folk Field Recordings’ project has seen them work with everyone from Richard Dawson to Nancy Kerr, to create a snapshot of the current English scene.

Stick in the Wheel are innovators, a notch in the tree of folk, sometimes trance-like, sometimes gritty and unexpectedly sweet. ‘Follow Them True’, the band’s last studio album, was a MOJO and Guardian Album of the Year.

Stick in the Wheel conjure the past to point toward the future.

“Powerful and deeply relatable.” Pitchfork


Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar play Bristol Folk Festival

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar joined forces in 2011. Combining Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style with Algar’s All-Ireland winning fiddle playing, the duo have become one of the most sought after acts on the British folk scene. .

In 2013 the pair won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award before going on to win the Horizon Award for best breakthrough act from the same source in 2014. In 2015, they were nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo.

Fine tuned by five years of touring including successful European tours of Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar return to the St George’s stage on top form.

Perhaps you saw Ciaran become one of the nation’s lockdown heroes with his take on the BBC News Theme.

“Invigorating, infectious joy’ Songlines


Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll first collaborated on a busking trip around Spain, and have since have worked with the leading lights of the English folk scene.

Becki’s melodic, emotive violin and viola blend with Nick’s driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals to create a rich, captivating sound.

Influenced by a wide range of cultures, they take a global approach to English Tradition. Their music journeys from the dark English ballad to uplifting dance tunes, from the soaring highs of the lark to the deep sadness of the weeping robin.

Two of the West Country’s finest fiddle-players join forces.

“Lovely inventive playing’ fRoots

Ticketing Information

Saturday Day Tickets

The Saturday Day session runs from 2 pm – 5 pm at St George’s.  Saturday Day tickets give you access to the three main stage artists listed above, in the St George’s Main Hall. Look out for live sessions and dance spots from lunchtime in the St George’s Bar and Foyer. Access to the smaller Glass Studio is on a first-come first-served basis. All individual seating is unreserved.