Folk On Foot Front Room Festivals
In Spring 2020 live music venues closed and many musicians faced a financial crisis as the coronavirus lockdown took effect. Folk on Foot responded by enlisting the help of over thirty of the UK’s finest folk performers to stage two memorable and emotional Front Room Festivals.
On Easter Bank Holiday Monday April 13th and Spring Bank Holiday May 25th the artists played a series of thirty minute sets from their front rooms, streamed via our YouTube channel and Facebook page and hosted from his own front room by Matthew Bannister. The response was overwhelming. Thousands of people rushed to donate to our fundraiser - with half the proceeds going to the charity Help Musicians and the other half divided equally between the Festival artists. The first event raised an astonishing £110,000 and the second more than £80,000. A wonderful contribution.
But the Festivals also created a potent sense of solidarity and community, showcasing the power of authentic and intimate folk music performance to soothe our souls and reflect our emotions at a time of great fear and uncertainty. Both streams are available to watch here, so why not re-live these unique musical events?
The Front Room Festivals raised money to support Help Musicians' coronavirus hardship fund. While our fundraising has finished, you can still donate directly to Help Musicians below:
Front Room Festival
Monday 13 April 2020
The Lineup: Bella Hardy, Beth Porter plus the Bookshop Band, Jon Boden, Julie Fowlis and Éamon Doorley, Karine Polwart, Kerry Andrew (You Are Wolf), Kris Drever, Lisa Knapp and Gerry Diver, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Peggy Seeger, Rachel Newton, Sam Lee, Seth Lakeman and Steve Knightley - all playing sets of up to 30 minutes each in their front rooms.
Front Room Festival 2
Monday 25 May 2020
The Lineup: Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman, Chris Wood, Duncan Chisholm, Eliza Carthy, Frank Turner and Jess Guise, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, John Smith, Johnny Flynn, Kate Rusby and Damien O’Kane, Kathryn Tickell, Kitty Macfarlane, O’Hooley and Tidow, Richard Thompson, Rioghnach Connolly and Ellis Davies - all playing sets of 30 minutes each in their front rooms. Plus: the online premiere of a behind the scenes film of The Unthanks shot during their recent “Unaccompanied” tour and featuring beautiful performances at London’s Union Chapel.