Folk Music in and around Lancaster, Lancashire and Cumbria

Lancashire and Cumbria are very active areas for folk music.

There are many local meetings throughout the area, browse these details and take your pick.


Weekly folk music groups


7:00pm - 9:00pm

More Music Folk Group

The Hothouse
13-17 Devonshire Road
LA3 1QT (click to open a location map)

£4 per night, a mix of instruments. Phone first as this class follows term dates. Led by Ben Farmer.

This group operates during term times only, please check before travelling.


Folk music sessions

Check BEFORE travelling in case there have been cancellations or other changes.


9:00pm onwards

Smuggler's Den

56 Poulton Road
LA4 5HB (click to open a location map)


Singaround session, various instruments. Good atmosphere and huge fire in the winter. Compact space for about 10 musicians and a few singers.

8:00pm onwards in the bar

Gregson Centre

Gregson Centre

33 Moor Gate

LA1 3PY (click to open a location map)


Irish session  


9:30pm onwards in the Olive room, upstairs

Gregson Centre

Gregson Centre

33 Moor Gate

LA1 3PY (click to open a location map)

Folk session

Large room, there can be a lot of musicians at this one. Great atmosphere.


First Monday of the month

Kendal U3A

Eagle and Child

Stavely, Cumbria

LA8 9LP (click to open a location map)

Folk singaround

Eagle and Child, Stavely, Cumbria



Although this meeting is organised by U3A it is open to non-members
First Saturday of the month

Eaves Green Community Centre


PR7 3QE (click to open a location map)


Slow and Steady session, ideal for getting used to playing with other musicians. Tunebooks can be downloaded here in advance or obtained when visiting.

No charge for first visit, normally £2. 2pm - 5pm

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Excellent session, often 25 or more musicians turn up. Tea, coffee and biscuits included.
Second Sunday of the month

The Silver Tally pub

Shevington Moor, Standish, Wign WN6 0SQ (click to open a location map)

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Run by the same organisers as the Slow and Steady session (above), a traditional pub session. No charge although the landlord would encourage you to buy a drink. Serves a range of real ales from Thwaites and craft beers from the locality and further afield.