It’s been said that the distance between folk and rock is the distance between the instrument and the amplifier. Here, ‘between the Rock and a Heart Place’ we don’t concern ourselves too much with labels, instead taking great pleasure in annually creating a six-day community of artists we love. Though their styles are diverse, they share a commonality, a festivility, lighting a path with their words, their ways or their music. Whether sitting among an audience of 20,000 in a cathedral constructed of tall trees and wide sky, or discovering your newest favourite artist in a tiny venue for 35, you’ll bounce between a plethora of acoustic, electric, political, topical, beautiful, solo, big band, award-winning or least renowned, new, tide-riding or returning artists who worship with you under the broader banner of folk – the broadest of churches. “All music” says Louis Armstrong “is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.”
Here is a selection of images from our archives.