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BBC Radio 3 takes up residence at Hull Truck Theatre for a three-day festival celebrating the city’s rich folk heritage and our international links.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Uproot will feature a series of live concerts from one of the most recognisable faces in modern British folk music, Eliza Carthy joined by some very special invited guests, alongside international artists Warsaw Village Band and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, representing Hull’s links with its twin towns in Sierra Leone and Poland.

In addition, there will be a chance to be part of the Radio 3 family as some of the station’s best known programmes come to the city.


Thursday 6 April

Eliza Carthy with Arms Wide Orchestra

Hull Truck Theatre (£17.50)

Introduced by Kathryn Tickell, Eliza Carthy leads the Arms Wide Orchestra in contemporary alternative folk music inspired by the legacy of Hull’s Waterson family, featuring some of the finest young singers on the English folk scene, plus percussion and electronics.

The group will be supported by folk singer Olivia Chaney.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 7th April 2300 – 0100

Book 3 shows and get the cheapest one free. Offer is not bookable online – please contact the Hull Truck Box Office on 01482 323638 or visit Hull Truck Theatre.

Friday 7 April

The first family of English Folk (SOLD OUT)

Hull Truck Theatre (£17.50)

The Watersons were leading figures in the English folk revival in the 1960s and 70s, acclaimed for their unique song repertoire and distinctive vocal harmonies. In this special concert for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, they return to their home town, with a first half that celebrates the traditions of the Waterson Family’s vocal harmonies, and a second half with The Gift Band, fronted by Norma Waterson, the only remaining member of the original 1960s line-up, with her daughter Eliza Carthy and husband Martin Carthy.

In the interval, there will be features profiles of refugee musicians in Hull.

Saturday 8 April

Polish Connections

Hull Truck Theatre (£15.00)

Kathryn Tickell introduces a concert reflecting Hull’s Polish community and its twin-town links with Poland. The Warsaw Village Band mix folk, roots, punk, ethno and trance; contemporary music inspired by Poland’s rural traditions. Support comes from Yorkshire folk artist Fay Hield.

Saturday 8 April

Freetown Connections

Hull Truck Theatre (£17.50)

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars formed in a refugee camp during the country’s civil strife, inspiring audiences across the world with songs of joy, faith and hope.

The performance will celebrate Hull’s twin-town links with Freetown, which recognises Hull as the birthplace of politician and slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce with a special guest performance from Scunthorpe-born folk legend Martin Simpson.


Hull Truck Theatre
50 Ferensway
01482 323638


If you have purchased a ticket for an event/activity at this venue through hull2017.co.uk, please do not contact the venue direct with enquiries for that purchase as they will be unable to help.

Venue Access

  • Accessible Toilets
  • Baby Changing
  • Blue-Badge Parking
  • Hearing Loop
  • Level Access
  • Wheelchair Access

Opening times

Monday 10am - 5.30pm (or 30 mins prior to show time)
Tuesday 10am - 5.30pm (or 30 mins prior to show time)
Wednesday 10am - 5.30pm (or 30 mins prior to show time)
Thursday 10am - 5.30pm (or 30 mins prior to show time)
Friday 10am - 5.30pm (or 30 mins prior to show time)
Saturday 10am - 5.30pm (or 30 mins prior to show time)
Sunday Closed (or from 1 hour prior to show time)

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