Traditional English Folk Music

Welcome to Tethera Folk Music


Tethera plays traditional folk music of the British Isles, Canada, and other foreign lands.

Tethera is based in Cambridge, Ontario, performing regularly at folk festivals, private parties, pub nights, and other special gatherings in the Southwestern Ontario area.


According to author and folklorist, Roy Palmer:

"Shepherds in Lincolnshire, England until very recent times, still used ancient Celtic numerals for counting their sheep. For instance, yan is one, tan is two and tethera is three"



2014 Highlights

Some of our highlights this year include performances at Westfield Heritage Village, Rockton; Doone Heritage Village, Kitchener; FaeryFest, Guelph; Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music, Cambridge; Fort York, Toronto, on Canada Day (a great honour!) and Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London.

2013 Highlights

We're still reeling from our performances at Mariposa Festival this summer!  What an honour to play there!  Big thanks to the Mariposa Festival organisers and their wonderful volunteers.

2012 Highlights

Among our 2012 Highlights were a weekend of fun and frollicks for St George's Day in April, The Cambridge Mayor's Celebration of the Arts and the Queen's Plate, Toronto Race Track in June, Canterbury Festival in July, Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music and Westfield British Isles Day in August. 

2011 UK tour

Wow, just wow. What a thrill to play at Fylde Folk Festival and Bromyard Folk Festival. It was a busy week from Sept 3 through till the 11th. Not only did we play at both festivals, but through the week between the two festivals we play at several pubs and clubs!

Met up with old friends and some new ones as well. BIG thanks goes to Crucible and Cupola in particular.

Tiring, yes most definitely! Fun, no words could describe that!! What an experience. Would we do it again.... watch these pages ;)

Check out some of the pictures of the various events and venues on our photo section.

What we play

Our repertoire consists mainly of traditional English dance tunes and songs, but other music has been known to creep in from Ireland, France, Belgium and even Canada!

We have been playing together in pub sessions for many years and bring a relaxed style of the informal sessions to the festival stage.

Just close your eyes and imagine the ancient timbers of an old English pub and a pint of your favourite ale in front of you, surrounded by good friends and great toe tapping music.