Folk songs have told stories of love, loss and life throughout the ages and fans will already be familiar with the beautiful harmonies and virtuoso playing associated with the genre. This unique festival is a chance to see some of the biggest names in folk, roots and acoustic music performing their best-known hits to crowds of music lovers in a glorious leafy, historic setting.
It’s all the excitement and buzz of a 3 day festival in one sublime summer day, and as well as the top quality music acts, festival-goers are treated to a wide variety of stalls and stands, including everything from art, crafts and workshops to clothes and CDs and plenty of delicious food available too.
The festival is renowned for bringing together a world class line-up of popular and established artists alongside a number of up-and-coming acts who are yet to break into the mainstream. Past acts including the ever-popular Billy Bragg, barnstorming sets by the Levellers and Bellowhead and music from the country-folk singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, as well as big names such as Kate Rusby, Richard Thompson and Beth Orton.
Folk by the Oak is also one of the most laid-back festivals on the scene, and guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink with them and make themselves at home in the beautiful tree-lined setting at Hatfield House. This is where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood and it is said that under ‘the oak’ in this park is where she learned that she was to be Queen.
Join in with the activities, browse the stalls, dance along or simply kick back and enjoy a whole day of exceptional live folk, roots and acoustic music!