An Orchestra ForCommunity Folk

We are the Yardarm Folk Orchestra. We're unique - almost!
Folk orchestras are rare but we have over 60 members and perform at community events across Essex, Sussex, Kent and London.

"Join us! Enjoy making music, making new friends and becoming a part of our fun and lively orchestra!"Malcolm Reid, Musical Director

The Future of FolkTradition Meets Contemporary

Traditional genres continually evolve as they reach new generations of people, gradually encompassing new musical ideas and interpretations.  Folk music is no exception.

We aim to embrace and preserve the essence of traditional folk music, and beyond that, appeal to contemporary audiences too, with a fun approach to folk revival and world music.

The Yardarm Folk Orchestra is admired for its lively, spirited performances appealing to musicians and audiences both young and old.


The Complete Folk OrchestraEclectic Sounds

The Yardarm Folk Orchestra plays British and international folk music throughout the region.  We have played at over 650 community, charity and fundraising events including festivals in Sussex, Essex, Kent and London, the Leigh Folk Festival and Tenterden Folk Festival.  We have also performed at well-known venues including the London Palladium and Cliffs Pavilion.

The full orchestra features a range of percussion, woodwind, brass and stringed instruments, creating a unique eclectic sound with influences from around the world.

Our Small Specialist GroupsDiverse Folk

World Music

The Russian Folk

Six members playing traditional Russian Folk music

The Yardarm Ceilidh Band

Seven members playing ceilidhs and barn dances


Four members playing Klezmer and eastern European folk and gipsy music