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Spooky Men's Chorale

Spooky Men’s Chorale

Friday Night Concert : The Spooky Men's Chorale are the gift that keeps on giving… as thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagonload of Spike Milligans and as sonorous as a cloister of monks. The manchoir emerged blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of NSW fifteen years ago and armed…

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Birlinn Jiarg

Birlinn Jiarg

Birlinn Jiarg was brought together by multi-instrumentalist Beccy Hurst to perform the traditional Manx music she grew up with as well as her own compositions. Having performed with various Manx bands and dance teams over the years, Beccy moved to England to study on the Folk Degree at Newcastle…

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Northern Company

Northern Company

2016 Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award Winners Northern Company are a six-piece Folk group from the north of England. Combining Folk with Bluegrass, Classical and Jazz influences, they arrange contemporary and traditional tunes from the British Isles and beyond for melodeon, fiddles, guitar,…

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Tim Dalling

Friday Night Comedy Club

MC: Bill Bates with Keith Donnelly, Dan the Hat, Rob Barratt and Tim…

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Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis

“Widely acknowledged as North America's finest exponent of contemporary nautical songs” (it sez 'ere) (Canadian Society for Traditional Music), Tom Lewis brings to the stage wry humour, button accordion, ukulele, a great voice and his unique experience of more than 40 years bridging the…

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Gavin Davenport & Tom Kitching

Gavin Davenport & Tom Kitching

Gavin Davenport’s latest album ‘The Bone Orchard’ was a former Folk Radio UK album of the month, featured in fRoots magazine’s playlist and has received superb reviews throughout the UK music press, described already as “one of the best releases of 2013? (Bright Young Folk) it is a…

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Georgia Lewis

Georgia Lewis

In 2012 Georgia Lewis and her trio released her self-titled 5-track EP. Since then they have performed at various folk clubs and festivals in the south of England and received air-play on local and internet radio stations including the esteemed ‘Mike Harding’s Folk Show’. In 2015 Georgia won…

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Rob Halligan

Rob Halligan

Described by the BBC as “Bruce Springsteen having English tea with Billy Bragg” Rob Halligan is an award winning recording artist and songwriter. His first studio album, Dancing With Seagulls, was released in 2004 and since then Rob has travelled the world playing songs and telling stories…

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Georgia Lewis Band

Georgia Lewis Band

In 2012 Georgia Lewis and her trio released her self-titled 5-track EP. Since then they have performed at various folk clubs and festivals in the south of England and received air-play on local and internet radio stations including the esteemed ‘Mike Harding’s Folk Show’. In 2015 Georgia won…

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Keith Donnelly

Keith Donnelly

Keith Donnelly - stand-up comic, fall-down comedian, surreal snigger-songwriter, guitar-hero, performance-artist, [tall] story-teller, philophoser, scriptwriter, [none can] compere, man-of-mystery, inner-childminder, actor, stuntman, metaphysical-poet, human ping-pong ball, life and soul of the…

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Tim Dalling

Tim Dalling

I watched a documentary called 'The Secret Life of Waves' in which a scientist used the metaphor of a wave for human life. A wave doesn't really exist as an object, it's just energy moving through water particles. It's not an object, it's a process. So humans are just processes, forms of energy…

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Rob Barratt

Rob Barratt

Rob Barratt is a Dudley-born comic poet, humourist and singer from North Cornwall, appearing at folk, literature and arts festivals all over the UK and in Australia and Ireland. His act combines clever word-play with satire, verse, song and audience participation. He deal with such important…

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Brian Peters

Brian Peters

Brian is a true all-rounder, on the one hand a passionate singer able to tackle big songs, and on the other a multi-instrumentalist acknowledged as one of England’s leading exponents of the anglo concertina and melodeon (button accordion) and a skilled guitarist as well. Having begun his career…

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Jack Blackman

Jack Blackman

Jack Blackman is fast developing into one the most accomplished and exciting young performers on the acoustic roots scene today. His guitar playing has been described as 'exquisite' and his songs have been generating a great deal of attention from many in the music…

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Granny's Attic

Granny’s Attic

Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional…

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Shooting Roots

Shooting Roots

Shooting Roots is an organisation run by and for young people, offering creative and participatory folk workshops at festivals and other events. In a nutshell it’s all about generating opportunities for young people to perform, develop friendships and access the folk arts. We are run entirely…

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Rachel Croft

Rachel Croft

York based musician, Rachel Croft is a songwriter and can be regularly seen busking on her guitar in the city centre. Rachel is also the singer in the Croft Mullen…

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Dan Gascoigne & Sarah Bennett

Dan Gascoigne & Sarah Bennett

Dan Gascoigne is a guitarist and songwriter from Coventry. He performs self-penned songs as well as covers arranged in his own style. He began performing at the age of 18 at open mics nights, and soon began to gain feature spots at local folk clubs, supports slots for touring artists at local…

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Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom

PEEPING TOM were described recently as a "veteran folk-rock band with all the riffs and reels, National Treasures all of them"! They have been performing continuously over the last forty-five years, playing all the major festivals and dance clubs. Considered by many to be the UK's favourite dance…

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Banter

Banter

Featuring Simon Care (melodeon), Nina Zella (piano/keyboards) and Tim Walker (brass, percussion & caller), Banter is a band to watch. Bursting on to the Festival scene in their first year, Banter are all about having a great night dancing to the best tunes, played with a cheeky twist. All…

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Phil Bassindale

Phil Bassindale

Phil Bassindale used to dance with a morris dancing team in London before getting in contact with the Bristol Morris Men when he moved to the city. Fresh faced, with plenty of enthusiasm – Philip promises to deliver a lively and energetic ceilidh whatever the weather. He can be found regularly…

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Hand to Mouth Theatre

Hand to Mouth Theatre

What You Need Is A Cult Puppet Show... Equally loved by adults and children, our puppet show Flights of Fancy is a 30 minute flying circus of steampunkesque bird punarama. Hand To Mouth Theatre is Martin Bridle and Su Eaton. Together, they have been creating and performing high quality,…

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Panic Circus 2016

Panic Circus

Panic Circus is the life work of Chris Panic and his family. Bringing his lifelong experience of work with children to a Circus outfit that brings the best workshops and performances to the festival scene. A full childrens festival in itself! Storytelling / Circus skills / puppet shows / bubble…

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MichCatt and Friends

MichCatt and Friends

MichCatt is a community artist working with her talented group of friends to provide family and kids crafting workshops and creative sessions following set themes. Using a variety of traditional crafts and recycled materials to encourage the creative flair in everyone. Workshops are: Wacky…

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Dan The Hat

Dan The Hat

Let Dan the Hat take you on a frenzied journey of amazing skills and top notch hilarity. His performances have taken him all over the world ,working in front of thousands of people at thousands of events. Dan the Hat provides Skill based Trickery & "On the Button" Improvisational Comedy , both…

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Wyld Thyngz Forest School

A safe but fun forest school group with only nature and your child's education on our minds. Make wooden charcoal, wooden spinners and wooden fish, and…

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Matthew Hernandez 2016

Matthew Hernandez

Matthews musical roots began with playing electric and acoustic finger style folk blues... Later spent several years exploring his family roots living in the mountain region of the Sierra Nevada near Granada, Andalucía in Spain learning Flamenco Guitar - Folk music of gypsies and Southern…

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Tuneworks

This year, Tuneworks will be running a series of workshops all weekend, based around widening your repertoire of traditional tunes and putting you together with lots of like-minded players. We have separate sessions for both beginners and improvers. Have a look on www.tuneworks.co.uk – you can…

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The Bromleys

The Bromleys

The Bromleys are John, Jenny and James (father, daughter and son), each gifted with a powerful voice. They sing a variety of folk songs in three part harmony. Together, they create a rich blend of voices that is unique to their kin. Singing runs through their…

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The Harvesters

The Harvesters

Americana, Old Time and Bluegrass songs, tunes and hard-shoe dancing. With that authentic atmosphere of the Appalachian Mountains and the sounds of the Southern States intimately intertwined with instrumental integrity, The Harvesters deliver a performance to savour. Blend the strong rhythms of…

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Wilson Wright

Wilson Wright

Warwickshire based Hilary Wilson and John Wright have been performing together since 2013 with a wide mix of music centred on Hilary's original material, but including carefully selected covers from traditional and contemporary folk through country, blues, americana and jazz influences.... pigeon…

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Pat Arrowsmith

Pat runs our ever popular children's morris dance workshops throughout the…

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