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Filkin's Drift

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Exquisite folk tunes and irresistible close harmony singing. Seth and Chris have been featured on BBC 1 and performed at Glastonbury...
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The Filkin’s Drift, combine the traditional and the contemporary, blending fiddle and guitar with their close vocal harmonies. Ornate interplay between two fretted instruments conjures up a Baroque sound world, while their foot-stomping fiddle and guitar tunes have been igniting audiences at festivals across the UK. ~ 'Hugely entertaining' | RnR Magazine Filkin's Drift are renowned in the scene, playing at festivals, venues, and weddings, and appearing on radio/television. --- Seth Bye is a violinist, composer and educator. He has performed in venues from the Royal Albert Hall to the Cecil Sharpe House and at festivals including Boomtown, Greenman and Shambala. Aside from Filkin’s Drift, Seth performs with long acclaimed Balkan band, The Destroyers, recently featured on BBC 1 opening the commonwealth games. He has toured with Giffords Circus, playing fiddle, banjo and accordion. When he is not on stage, Seth loves to climb trees and swim in rivers. --- Chris Roberts’ training in classical guitar means he soars effortlessly through jigs and reels with an unrivalled purity in his steel-string playing. His performances across the UK and Europe have been praised for their “beautifully varied timbres, real virtuosity” and for being “simply mesmerising” (The British and International Federation of Festivals). As well as playing with Filkin’s Drift, Chris tours with pop singer Tanita Tikaram, writes lullabies with new parents, and delivers workshops in SEND schools. When he’s not playing music, you can usually find Chris up a hill or by some water. But he’s probably still thinking about guitar.

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Filkin's Drift's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Christina P
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

Chris (guitar) and Ruth (violin) provided some wonderful, uplifting folk music at our college summer ball. They were brilliant - friendly, punctual, professional and very, very good musicians - everyone said that the music was a highlight of the evening and we would recommend them without reservation. Thank you so much! Christina Peacock, Events Rep, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

Victor V
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Absolutely Brilliant. Other than the clear musical talent Seth has, he was engaging and charismatic with the guests, we cannot wait to have him back for a future event.

Michael H
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Incredibly talented with humility and professionalism. We look forward to working with them again soon.

From other customers:

Mary Y
1 year ago, for a Concert in United Kingdom
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5 out of 5

Awesome music. Refreshing and engaging.

Mike R
1 year ago, for a Concert in United Kingdom
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5 out of 5

Filkin’s were superb and Tobias and Lukas were brilliant as ever. Great night of music. One of the best I’ve been to, I think.

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Filkin's Drift's Song list

Wild Mountain Thyme
Salley Gardens
Galway Girl
Alan Y More
Wild Rover
The Parting Glass
Arthur McBride
Black Velvet Band
....many more on request!
Irish Washerwoman
The Kesh
Out on the Ocean
Lannigan's Ball
All of Me
Minor Swing
Autumn Leaves
Wonderful World

Filkin's Drift's Prices

Last updated: 2024

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£575
Up to 2 hours£625
Up to 3 hours£700


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Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We can perform as a fiddle/guitar duo. For ceilidhs or a bigger sound, we provide a 4 piece band with fiddle, guitar, drums and bass.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

If timings change, that's no problem! Just let us know as early as possible :)

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?


How much time do you need to set up?

We only need 30 minutes to set up as a duo. For a ceilidh band, we'll need an hour.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Yes - we can play and sing acoustically, completely unplugged!

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?


Can you learn song requests before the event?

Of course, we are open to suggestions. Drop us a message and we'll chat this through!
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