Fast-rising Irish stars The Mary Wallopers have been announced as a surprise addition to this year’s Moseley Folk and Arts Festival (Friday to Sunday 3 September 2023, Birmingham).

One of the most exciting live bands to emerge from Ireland in recent years, The Mary Wallopers (Saturday) were formed by brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy, and their friend Sean McKenna. Their raucous performances have seem them compared to The Pogues, Dead Kennedys, and The Dubliners at their most visceral.

The seven-piece will play at the festival on the same day as those other Irish heroes, the previously announced The Saw Doctors.

Also added to the festival bill are Jim, the Balearic/ folk/ rock project from Crazy P’s Jim Baron (Saturday); Birmingham-based Zimbabwean mbira player Millicent Chapanda (Sunday), who makes a welcomed return to the festival; Glastonbury Emerging Talent Winner 2022 Lewis McLaughlin (Sunday); hoe down favourites Cut A Shine (Sunday); and Pop-Up Puppet Cinema (Friday and Saturday), who’ll be presenting their own unique takes on blockbuster movies Jaws and Back To The Future.

Meanwhile, Skinny Lister, who recently released their fifth album, A Matter Of Life And Love, will play Official After Party at Irish bar, Norton’s Digbeth, on Saturday night.

These join the previously announced headliners Squeeze, Graham Nash, Gwenno and Blindboy (Friday); The Saw Doctors, comedian Lou Sanders, Rozi Plain, broadcaster Mark Radcliffe (Saturday); and WilcoThe Proclaimers, Stornoway, Old Time Sailors and comic Josh Pugh (Sunday).

John Fell, Moseley Folk and Arts Festival’s Festival Manager, said: “We’re very excited to welcome The Mary Wallopers to Saturday night – and to have them on the same day as the legendary Saw Doctors means it’s a rare chance to see two of the very best live bands from Ireland side-by-side.”

• Moseley Folk and Arts Festival takes place in Moseley Park, Birmingham, from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September 2023. Tickets are £145 (adult, weekend), £57 (adult, day), £65 (U18, weekend), £32 (U18, day) and £320 (family) – plus booking fees. For more information, see:


Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September 2023
Moseley Folk and Arts Festival
Moseley Park and Pool, 93b Alcester Road, Birmingham B13 8DD
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– Friday 1 September 2023 –
Graham Nash
Elanor Moss – Adults – Louie Miles – Madalitso Band – My Darling Clementine – Simeon Hammond Dallas – Tapir!- Pop-Up Puppet Cinema

– Saturday 2 September 2023 –
The Saw Doctors
The Mary Wallopers
Lou Sanders
Rozi Plain
Scott Matthews
Mark Radcliffe
Michele Stodart
Wild Rivers – Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band – Chloe Foy – The Armagh Players – Vinny Peculiar – Nogood Boyo – Fine Lines – Verve Festival: Sam J Grudgings, Toria Garbutt, Repeat Beat Poet, Prerana Kumar – Michell, Pfeiffer and Kulesh – Jim – Kitty May – Keila – Pop-Up Puppet Cinema

Official After Party: Skinny Lister – Norton’s Digbeth, Birmingham

– Sunday 3 September 2023 –
The Proclaimers
Old Time Sailors
Angeline Morrison and The Sorrow Songs
Millicent Chapanda
Cut A Shine
Lewis McLaughlin – Robin Ince – Birmingham Comedy Festival: Josh Pugh & Hannah Weetman – Granny’s Attic – Crewdson & Cevanne – Circus Raj – The Lost Notes – Burd Ellen – Verve Festival: Bohdan Piasecki, Jasmine Gardosi, Muneera Pilgrim, Jemima Hughes – Lauren Housley Trio – Kirsten Adamson – Jon Wilks

For more details, see festival website.

Tickets (Final Tier): Adult Day Tickets – £57; Adult Weekend (3 days) – £145.
Under 18 Day Tickets – £32; U18 Weekend £65 (3 days).
Family Weekend – £320.
Plus booking fee.
Instalment plan available.
Volunteer tickets also now available.
See festival website for all ticket options.

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