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March 2 @ 1:00 pm - 11:30 pm

We LOVE Folk at The Gate and think the intimate, unique setting of our theatre is the perfect place to enjoy such beautiful music! With HUGE thanks to Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru | Arts Council of Wales, we are very excited to introduce: Roath Folk Festival!

The Gentle Good

The Gentle Good is the stage name of Cardiff based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gareth Bonello. Taking influence from the traditional music and folklore of Wales along with a myriad of sources from all over the world, Gareth creates timeless folk music in both English and Welsh. Gareth performed at the Gate in 2017 and we were blown away by his performance, we are so excited to have him as the headline act for Roath Folk Festival!

Nick Harper

A childhood growing up surrounded by the musical prowess of some of the 60’s most revered songwriters & musicians, along with 20 years of crafting songs & touring the land has spawned a truly one-off, original guitarist & songwriter who stands alone as a UK great, to be cherished & revered.

The Backroom Band

Most festivals might end the night with a great DJ and a dance, but we’re going to end Roath Folk Festival with a big old-fashioned Ceilidh! The Backroom Band is one of the most experienced and lively ceilidh bands in Wales. This musical powerhouse from Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, West Wales has been getting people dancing for over 25 years with music and dances drawn from the rich traditional folk repertoire of Wales, Ireland, England and Scotland.

Three Cane Whale

A multi-instrumental acoustic trio based in Bristol, Three Cane Whale are “part of that unnamed acoustic movement in which experimental, minimalist or systems styles are matched against echoes of traditional themes.” (Robin Denselow). Prepare yourself to be hypnotised by the mesmerizing acoustic sound of these virtuosic musicians.

Ivan Moult

Blessed with a voice that could soothe a set of angry ring wraiths into tranquillity, Ivan Moult inhabits a curious, gentle space set between the 1970s folk/blues tradition and modern, confessional lyricism.


VRï are a new and exciting string trio from Wales, who’s objective is to present their native traditional music in a chamber music aesthetic. Although their roots are in Wales and the backbone of their repertoire is Welsh, VRï make a point of blending other traditional musics from around Europe, and have been heavily influenced the ‘chamber-folk’ artists from both sides of the Atlantic. VRï’s vision has always been to maintain the integrity and individuality of their fiddle styles within the ideals of classical chamber ensemble, to deliver a product which harnesses both the raw energy of the fiddle and the finesse of the violin.

James Bower

Northern Irish singer songwriter currently making a name for himself in the South Wales music scene. His music marries Celtic and American traditions touching on love, sincerity and hope in a difficult world. Describing his sound as ‘folk music with hooks’, he draws his audience in with catchy melodies, memorable refrains and plenty of opportunities to sing along.

Colum Regan

Colum Regan is an Irish author, teacher, songwriter and performer who has been a part of the Cardiff Arts and Music scene for the last 10 years. His solo music projects and his band The Dandos were heavily influenced by folk and world music. His debut novel the Fly Guy was released in 2015 and since then he has had numerous short stories published. He’s collaborated with musicians, storytellers, artists, scriptwriters and film makers. He currently teaches at the University of South Wales and can be seen in many venues in the city centre, kicking up a musical storm with his band Goose.


March 2
1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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