Folksville at the Fringe

20:30, 08 - 22 Aug

Edinburgh’s favourite folk music night returns, packed with outstanding singer-songwriters, acoustic musicians and poets. Enjoy the authentic sound of the contemporary folk and americana scene, brought to you by hosts and house band, Paper Sparrows – with a fresh guest line-up each evening.

Folksville has become one of Scotland’s most endeared live music nights, creating a hub for both established and emerging talent. Previous acts have included Kris Drever, Katherine Priddy and Lindisfarne’s Rod Clements.

Find out about the acts for each date:


Paper Sparrows (8, 15 & 22 Aug)

Award winning roots-folk/Americana trio from Edinburgh and hosts of Folksville (8 years and counting!). Described as ‘highly recommended’ by Celtic Connections and with “a real emotional depth plus an undeniably rich songwriting craft” from Shindig! Magazine. File under: Bert Jansch; Dave Rawlings; the Milk Carton Kids.


Amy Hill (8 Aug)

A Folksville favourite, this heartbreak songstress will have you under her spell with her imagery and voice.


Big Russ Wilkins & Lightnin’ Holling (8 Aug)

This lot embody the spirit of Folksville – unplugging, stripping back and stepping out of their comfort zone to turn their raucous rock’n’roll fever in to chin stroking folk. King and queen of the Medway throw-back scene. 


Lisa Rigby (15 Aug)

Folk-leaning, soul-tinged songstress Lisa Rigby brings a wealth of experience and a beautiful voice to Folksville. An award-winning songwriter with ‘Burnsong’ and has also lent her incredible voice to 'Scotland Sings Nanci Griffiths' (Celtic Connections & Southern Fried Festival 2022). 


Scott-Curley-Allan (15 Aug)

A “group from Edinburgh playing Scottish folk tunes and writing songs”. Scott-Curley-Allan bring a finesse of instrumentation and perfect harmonies. File under: Iron & Wine; The Staves; The Punch Brothers.


Sarah Irvine (22 Aug)

Australian Edinburgh convert Sarah intertwines her sweet voice with a craft for story telling and melody. When she sings, she sings quietly, but you can hear a pin drop.


William Hershaw (22 Aug)

Renowned published author William pours his Scots language expertise into his songs, poetry and writing - another Folksville favourite. He’ll swing between historical heartfelt messages to having you bent over in laughter.

Part of our Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme