Folk On The Pier

"The Best Gig On The North Sea" - Dave Pegg

Folk on the Pier 2014: 9th-11th May

Folk on the Pier is held every year at the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier in Cromer, Norfolk, on England's beautiful east coast. Described by Fairport Convention's Dave Pegg as "the best gig on the North Sea", Folk on the Pier is a highly regarded showcase for the finest folk, and folk-rock acts from the UK and beyond. Details of this year's line-up can be found on the Who's Playing page




We are delighted to announce that the one and only Ashley Hutchings has accepted an invitation to become patron of the festival!

Seal of approval from folk-rock’s ‘Guv’nor’

Cromer’s popular annual folk-rock music festival Folk On The Pier has been given the seal of approval from the man accredited with founding the genre. Ashley Hutchings has accepted the role of Patron to the festival and will make two special appearances at this year’s event.

The festival takes place in the Pier Pavilion Theatre on 9, 10 and 11 May and Ashley will take the stage with his latest ‘Morris On’ show on the Saturday evening.

The show takes its name from an album released in the early 70s which ‘rocked up’ the Morris tradition bringing its appeal to the forefront of modern popular culture. The line-up, then as now, included many of the most respected and talented musicians on the English folk scene. As well as stunning music virtuosity from the assembled musicians the vibrant show at the festival will feature a performance by energetic young Cotswold Morris side Fools Gambit with a solo performance by Stefan Care .

Ashley’s second appearance will be as the genial host at an informal lunchtime gathering in the Cliftonville Hotel to talk about his new book ‘Words Words Words’.

This will be part of the Festival Fringe events and will be free entry. The book is a collection of his poems, song lyrics and other writings that have appeared in the repertoires of many of the bands and productions he has been involved in during his fifty year career. The 75 minute ‘audience with the Guv’nor’ will feature readings from his book and opportunity to questions.

Festival organizer Scott Butler is delighted that Ashley accepted the invitation to become the event’s Patron. “Folk-rock was the music genre that inspired me to start Folk on the Pier and Ashley Hutchings has been the pivotal person in genre’s forty seven year history” he explained. “His acceptance is the stamp of approval”.

Ashley, who has received a number of awards for his contribution to English traditional music said “when I was asked by Scott Butler if I would be Patron of hisCromer Festival I said I would think about it…Actually I thought aboutit for 60 seconds… I was delighted!”


There are only around 40 to 50 tickets per concert left now with four weeks to go!

The full programme is available on the 'who's playing' page.

Full weekend tickets are £90.00 (subject to availability now that individual concerts are now on sale) Concert tickets are priced at £16.00 afternoon/£18.00 evening.

Box office 01263 51249501263 512495 

Please note due to variable pricing structures, tickets are not available to purchase online,  apologies for any inconvenience this may cause!  




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