The Broadstairs Folk Week Winter Festival will be held over the last weekend in January (25th-27th) and comprises of 2 full days of concerts at the Sarah Thorne Theatre.  Tickets for the concerts can be booked below.


There is also a Ceilidh on the Friday night at the Pavilion on the Sands.  Tickets for the ceilidh must be booked directly with the Pavilion at 01843 609999.




The Orchestra that Fell to Earth

Musicians of the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Annie Whitehead,  Ally McDougall, Geoffrey Richardson, Steve Fletcher, Jennifer Maidman


The Penguin Café Orchestra (PCO) first appeared in 1976 and subsequently toured and recorded extensively throughout the eighties and nineties; pieces such as ‘Music for a Found Harmonium’ and ‘Telephone and Rubber Band’ became  well-known through  frequent use in film soundtracks and advertisements. Sadly, Simon Jeffes, the founder died in 1997. For ten years they played only privately, but  came back in 2007 for three  concerts at the Union Chapel in London. The Orchestra That Fell To Earth, formed from a core group of the original PCO, came together after those concerts. They were for a short time  known as 'The Anteaters', named after a joke Simon had made about the Penguins having to change their name. But that's another story....


Thomas Abrahams' Band

"Tom Abrahams is an outstanding guitarist. Imagine yourself sitting in a 1930s Paris bar listening to Django Reinhardt? Expect original Jazz and Gypsy Jazz classics, as well as some brilliantly crafted contemporary pop covers done in a Gypsy Jazz style."


Anthony John Clarke

For 35 years or more this gentleman of the world folk scene has seamlessly made the transition from pubs & social clubs to folk clubs, theatres & folk festivals. Now the established MC at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention Anthony John takes it all in his stride. “I just love the music, writing it, listening to it, trying to learn it, and luxuriating in it”.


Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter

“Teasing, thought-provoking, foot-tapping, belly-laughing, ale swigging, murdering, schizophrenic, tear-inducing wordsmith” (pennyblackmusic)



Dynamic and lively, mix of original, contemporary & traditional songs & tunes from across the broad folk spectrum.


Happy Trails

Happy Trails have grown into a five piece band lead by virtuoso harmonica player Al Clark.  They play country music sprinkled with Cajun, swing and blues.  Expect some good old American numbers and some self penned songs as featured on their latest CD "A White Goods Crisis"


The Dartford Folk Massif

A mix of classically trained and self taught players.  The foursome play a mix of tunes and songs from around the world, sometimes connected by a story.




Tim Edey


Our festival patron and Broadstairs born Tim is always a crowd favourite.


“Tim Edey is brilliant – in every which way. As a guitarist he has few peers. As a box player he’s a magician. As a character he’s off the scale – Colin Irwin, fRoots


“Utterly fantastic. Sheer, wonderful ebullient music” – Mike Harding


“Tim Edey plays a host of different instruments to a standard us mere mortals can only dream of. Listen and weep”- Jim Byrne, The Living Tradition


Jez Hellard and the Djukella Orchestra

Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, fine guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and ballads to tango, rhumba and even reggae.


Sean Wholihan and Liam Sherry

The lads both come from musical families.  The musical duo recently attended The Michael Dwyer Festival in Allihies, West Cork performing "musically magical nourishment" to a delighted audience at an intimate concert where they shared both their wonderful music and the stories of their own musical journeys.



Crisis play a good-time mix of Americana, Cajun, bluegrass and blues – music to make you smile. With Chris Sadler on vocals, Steve Moreham on fiddle, Julian Whitfield on double bass and Chris Taylor on a multitude of instruments.



The brothers Handley formed the trio way back in 1982, and unlike so many bands formed in the 80s they are still playing together!  With Ted on piano accordian, Charlie on trumpet and Dave on bass their three voices combine to give real depth to songs old and new.



They describe themselves as Three part Bubble. (Krista Bubble, Mark Norton and Scott Kirk) One part Missouri. (Lee Wellbrook) One part Banjo. (Dick Smith ). Fresh, funky & original from a shed on the Isle of Thanet bringing exciting new arrangements of some old favourites, and with a selection of cracking new songs from the pen of the talented Mr Wellbrook




We will have a licensed bar and hot food (and CAKE!) available to buy, with many donations from local businesses.  So, please come hungry and thirsty to help raise funds for our wonderful festival.

Local businesses already committed to donating food and drink for sale or raffle include:


The Four Candles, St Peters, Broadstairs

The Thirty Nine Steps Alehouse, Broadstairs

The Pub, Micropub, Broadstairs

The Bottleneck, Broadstairs

Ripple Stream Brewery, Kent

Core Cider Company, Canterbury

Biddenden Vineyards


Tescos, Westwood Cross

The Broadstairs Babes

Hoggman Butchers, St Peters

Beaches Cafe, Broadstairs

Kafeine Coffee Shop, Broadstairs

Sian Kitchen, Broadstairs

Broadstairs Tandoori





  Full Weekend Concerts              £45

                                     All Saturday afternoon & evening, and

                                     Sunday afternoon & evening concerts

   Saturday Afternoon                     £6

   1PM-5:10PM             Anthony John Clarke, Sally Ironmonger,

                                     Happy Trails, The Dartford Folk Massif

  Saturday Evening                        £18

   6PM-10:30PM           The Orchestra that Fell to Earth,

                                     Thomas Abrahams Band, Larkspur

                                     MC: Anthony John Clarke

   Sunday Afternoon                       £6

   1PM-5:10PM             Triality, Crisis, Shedness


   Sunday Evening                          £18

   6PM-10:00PM           Tim Edey, Jez Hellard & the Djukella Orchestra,

                                     Sean Wholihan & Liam Sherry






    Order tickets online here and PayPal will send you a receipt.

    No tickets will be posted out, but your wristbands will be available on the door.

Winterfest Ticket Options:




   Print off an order form here and post it back to us with a cheque, you will receive a confirmation from us via email.

   No tickets will be posted out, but your wristbands will be available on the door.




In conjunction with our Winter Festival on Saturday/Sunday the 26th/27th of January we are having a Burns Night Ceilidh on the Friday night (25th January) at the Pavilion on the Sands in Broadstairs.


Tickets for this are sold separately and directly from the Pavilion.  Call 01843 609999.


Tickets are £15 with food included or £10 without food.


The band is 'Up Yer Kilt' with caller Doug Hudson.


All profits go to Broadstairs Folk Week.




If you are coming into Broadstairs for the weekend for the Winter Festival and need somewhere to stay, here are some options:


Shorley Wall    01843 600443

Broadstairs Apartments    01843 601483

Viking Guest House    01843 862375

The Bay Tree    01843 862502

Beaches Holiday Lets    01843 869709

The Victoria B&B    01843 871010

The Yarrow Hotel    01843 460100


more details can be found at



Our main festival website is here


Contact the fundraising committee by email