Sound Tradition

About Sound Tradition  (for a synopsis and pictures for publicity purposes, please click here.)


In 2006 - around an old pine kitchen table in a small terraced Suffolk house - Sound Tradition finally emerged as the best choice of name for an a cappella Traditional English folk group. Since then, three and now four voices have been creating a sound to go with the essence of that name.

… a subtle blend of innovation within a traditional sound-scape.

Mike O’Connor


Our mission? To indulge in harmonies - some lively, some reflective. To respect the heritage of the songs we choose. Not least, to whet our audiences’ curiosity and spread the joy of listening to and making music through song. We love people to join in!

Most of our material is performed unaccompanied, with occasional enhancements provided by Indian harmonium or the spoons.

The historical background to the songs remains an important part of their enduring attraction. Many of the folk songs we sing include the tradition of social commentary and, of course, others are simply about drinking beer or frolicking in the hay.   

A glorious sound.

Roger Pettit, Roots and Shoots, Felixstowe Radio


Sound Tradition have had the privilege of working with some fine folk artists over the years and have supported well-known acts such as Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, Chris Wood, Roy Bailey & Tony Benn, Ewan McLennan and The Crucible Trio. We are equally happy being the main act in our own right at clubs or festivals far and wide.

We have also run workshops and chorus sessions with a host of delightful participants - there is very little to match the pleasure of encouraging others to sing, often letting them find their voices for the first time.

Two of our homemade songs have won folk songwriting competitions: Morecambe Bay Cocklers at The Fastnet Maritime & Folk Festival, Bedale Acoustic Music Festival (BAMfest) and The John Birmingham Cup (Whitby), and Festival Song at The Milkmaid Folk Club (Bury St Edmunds).

Four fabulous voices from the East of England who are taking the Folk scene by storm.

Manifold Folk Gathering


We continue to grow as singers, arrangers and performers and are grateful to all our supporters, both listeners and folk event organisers.

CD album releases include Under the Moon (2012), Blackbird (2014 - Treewind) and Well Met, My Friend (2017). As part of that rare breed of Traditional English a cappella balladeers, we look forward to bringing our own brand of vocal folk music to a club or festival near you very soon.


Sound Tradition are, alphabetically:

Linda Baddeley, David Bartlett, Catherine Legg, Moose


We respectfully doff our caps to Peter Bellamy, Young Tradition, Annie Briggs, The Coppers, Steeleye Span, Johnny Collins, Mike Waterson, Walter Pardon, Harry Cox and Sam Larner – among others.

DB