The Hull Folk Collective formed in 2016 and are unique in the folk arena in that they combine a mix of traditional and self-composed songs with historical narrative culled from archive newspapers and eye witness accounts.

This allows for a relaxed, enjoyable and informative event. Often their shows are sold out to folk eager to learn more about the social history of their area.

The group consists of John & Rosie Butler (vocals), Kath Jordan (vocals) and Chris Jordan (MA in music, multi-instrumentalist and vocals). Stylistically the group can perform anything from Anglo-Saxon songs accompanied on the Anglo-Saxon Lyre through to Americana accompanied on folk guitar and acapella folk songs and sea shanties.

Collectively and individually they have played numerous festivals and folk clubs and in2019 released their debut album called ”Songs; Three Yards a Penny!”.

In 2020, largely because of the Coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, Chris & Kath recorded an album called Splendid Isolationisms and, in 2021 followed this up with a second album called The New Robin Hood.

All four members of the group are composers in their own right and Kath does most of the historical research. The group pride themselves on the ‘authenticity’ of their work.

As well as putting on historical shows and performances, the Collective are more than happy to perform more conventional gigs of songs. They also have vast experience in running traditional sing-around sessions in pubs and clubs.

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