Graffiti By Mr Joe Johnson

Over the weekend around our festival site

imageMrJoe Johnson is a visual artist based in Hull, England. His background in graffiti and street art have helped him to create large scale psychedelic murals which are scattered around in street corners and bars around the city. Joe's work has a strong sense of humour but he isn't afraid to confront memories, fears, loves and pet hates, all in the hope of making something honest and relatable. At this year's folk festival, Joe intends to use his surroundings as influence, and create a piece that reflects the attitudes and movement around him.


Street Photography Workshop

Saturday 12.00pm – 6.00pm

imageWe are pleased to announce a unique opportunity to participate in a free Street Photography workshop.
As part of the Hull Folk Festival we have invited Darren Rogers (Ocular_Art) to run Street Photography Workshop for six participants during the festival on Saturday 22nd July.
The workshop will be hands on and designed for participants no matter their previous knowledge or experience. The single day will run from 12:00 lunch until around 6:00pm depending on light, however if individuals wish to participate for longer and do some night work including music photography then the session can be extended.
The workshop is aimed to be challenging and stretch your imagination, developing your skills and boost your confidence. You won’t get too bogged down with technicalities, although guidance will be given in the essentials such as camera settings, lighting and composition.


  • Develop your street photography ‘eye’ and learn how to spot, anticipate and develop a photo opportunity in an everyday street scene.
  • Develop the aesthetics and the ‘art’ of street photography.
  • Understand the importance of nurturing your own photographic style and how to conceive and develop street photography projects.
  • Understand the components of a great street image.
  • Conquer your fear of photographing strangers.
  • Become invisible and unobtrusively.
  • Maximise the potential of your camera.
  • Learn the optimum camera settings for street photography for fast and accurate shooting.
  • Learn zone focusing to make you more effective as a street photographer.

If you are interested in this opportunity contact Darren through his website here SIGN UP

You can also contact Darren through his Facebook  Here

Sea Shanty singing with BoomAlay!

Saturday, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, aboard the Room 58 barge

imageJoin BoomAlay's sea shanty workshop and you'll be singing maritime work songs in no time. BoomAlay met at the Trad Academy folk music school in London, and are led by Simon Harnden, who studied singing at Te Kōkī, New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. At the workshop you will learn vocal techniques and exercises to maximise your singing and projection, and you will leave the session with songs to serenade and teach your friends. Not a confident singer? No worries at all, come along anyway and give us what you've got!


Irish Dancing with Victoria Whincup

Sunday 10.00am – 11.30am, Syntan Stage

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The O’Connor Academy of Irish Dance are Hull born and bred, with dancers ranging from 3-15 competing in competitions both nationally and internationally in both solo and team dancing. We're incredibly honoured to have been asked to participate in the Hull Folk Festival for 2017 and hope everyone enjoys their morning of dancing. We will be showcasing some of our own routines, as well as getting everyone up for some ceilidh or group dancing.

Sometimes I think I could write a book…

Sunday, 1.00pm - 3.00pm, upstairs in Ye Olde White Harte

imageWell find out if you can with this talk on the basics of life writing followed by a workshop and questions and answer session with writer, journalist and tutor Dr Brian W Lavery, author of The Headscarf Revolutionaries (Barbican Press 2015) the story of safety campaigner Lillian Bilocca and the 1968 Triple Trawler Disaster. Brian’s latest book, The Luckiest Thirteen (Barbican Press 2017) the Arctic survival story of the 1966 Christmas Day explosion that ravaged the Hull ship St Finbarr.


If you are interested in this opportunity contact Brian through his website here SIGN UP

Songwriting with Rory McLeod and Alan McClure

Sunday, 1.00pm – 4.00pm, aboard the Room 58 barge

image Discover your inner songwriter with festival favourite Rory McLeod and Scottish indie songwriter Alan McClure. During the three hour workshop various techniques and approaches to songwriting will be shared, with the aim of helping participants to create performance-ready material on the spot. No experience necessary.


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