The annual New Roots event for young folk and roots musicians and singers first took place in 2000. Since then, over 200 young musicians and singers from all over the country have taken part in New Roots finals in St Albans. They included performers whose style was traditional or contemporary folk, roots or world music and those who performed traditional material and those who wrote their own. On the day, they got feedback from judges with considerable experience of various aspects of the folk scene and won performance opportunities to enhance develop their experience. Some have gone on to make a career in music, in some cases becoming major names nationally, while others have carried on playing and singing while working in other jobs.
Originally, the organisers started to contact past New Roots finalists to organise a 21st anniversary live event on June 28 as part of the St Albans Folk Festival. The world changed as they did this and they have now organised an online New Roots 21st anniversary event on the original date, Sunday June 28, starting at 2pm. Past finalists will be contributing video recordings of the music they are performing now and coming online to talk about it. Names of performers will be published nearer the time.
So put Sunday June 28 in your diary and join the New Roots anniversary event online at https://www.facebook.com/events/2988781521167358/