• UFT and twelve hours of Ceilidh.

    UFT and twelve hours of Ceilidh.

    We have had another fantastic year of great festivals, fabulous music, catching up with friends and hope you have too. We finished off our performances by helping with Twelve (actually thirteen) hours of Ceilidh at Towersey Festival. What a day! Fantastic work by all the other bands and One Big Star’s sound crew that made […]

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    Chippenham Folk Festival 2019…

    We are massively pleased to announce that we are performing at Chippenham Folk Festival this year on the friday night…we can’t wait to get the festival season started.

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    Gate to Southwell Festival…

    We had a great time at Gate to Southwell Festival…First time ever to the festival on the new site and we really enjoyed it. Looking for ward to going back with our concert set.

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    Folk on the Pier, 2018.

    We had an amazing time at Cromer this year. We have performed a number of times in the Fringe Festival before and were delighted to be asked by Scotty to play on the Main stage on the Saturday night after our Ely Festival ceilidh with E2 and Fleetwood Cave…there are more pictures in the Gallery […]

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    Folk on the Pier 2018

    What a weekend of fine music and song! We had an amazing weekend on and off  the stage as well as a fabulous evening concert performing alongside the super slick Fleetwood Cave and E2. A brilliant evening for us and the first of many full band Urban Folk Theory concerts….   Thank you to Scott […]


Cambridge we love you!!

A quick introduction to our band.

In 2011 Cate and I met and she had an awesome idea about creating a new feel for Ceilidh music as she felt as a caller, other areas of Folk and Roots were getting their fair share of contemporary reworks but ceilidh and the chance to dance were being left behind.

She played me a set of electronic clips of a tune that she had but could not find anyone to build what she saw and it was instantly clear to me what she wanted to create.

With that idea in mind we decided we should start from scratc with no other musicians and if it turned out to be good enough then it would attract the right people who would also see what we were striving to achieve. That ethos seems to have paid off as when we started creating tunes there was just us in a bedroom with a pc, a blank canvas and an idea.

And now? We have a band full of amazing people who love what they do…have a look at our photos!!  Our first performance was given to us by Kim Hedley (to whom we are very, very grateful) at Broadstairs Folk Week and featured just the three of us (Nick, Cate and Phil) and the laptop. The sound engineer (Eryk) who was there and loved what we do, doing both our first Ceilidh at Broadstairs and biggest at Cambridge on stage two…with the entire marquee dancing their heart out (that was a lot of people!)…what a night!

Since our start in 2011 we have been emerging into the folk world creating Ceilidhs and Concerts where fantastic folk musicianship meets technology, sweeping you into the next generation of full tilt late night concerts, Ceilidh dance extravaganzas including our Silent and Silent Live Ceilidhs which are Epic!

We are aimed at attracting the younger audience back into the world of Folk and Ceilidh with our contemporary dance beats, bass lines, pads and sounds that are mixed with a “Ministry of Sound” club feel, with a fusion of the grooviest folk tunes and songs we can find…perfect to get the party started!

If you have a longer slot (2-3hr plus) for a ceilidh we also have our Evolution Ceilidh, offering “Folk for All”. The Ceilidh begins with a trio (Box, Fiddle and Guitar) and evolves throughout the night, via Cajon, Drums and a good dose of folk rock until you end up with the full Urban Folk Theory electric line up. This is further enhanced by the pads, loops and sounds we have crafted for each track plus guests from earlier in the night…From Trad to Techno! This has been very popular and hugely successful wherever we have taken it with fabulous comments from the audience and artists alike.

We have played at many festivals with all the incarnations of ceilidh, workshops and concert including Towersey, Cambridge Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folk Week, Folkeast, Ely Folk Festival, Poole’s Folk on the Quay, Bromyard, Broadstairs Folk Week, Chippenham Folk Festival and Cromer’s Folk on the Pier.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Urban Folk Theory.

“I’m always interested in people trying to do something a little different with the music without annihilating it and you seem to have got the balance perfectly right.”  Colin Irwin, Mojo, The Guardian,

“I booked UFT to get something special and different, what I got was more than that, something very special. It sounds trite but they are a band not to be missed!” Andy Stafford, Chippenham Folk Festival