Saturday

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Oysterband

Oysterband

Saturday Night Concert. Hello, we’re Oysterband. We make a kind of modern, folk-based British music, acoustic at heart but not always quiet. We’ve been doing this for a long time, and we’re pretty good at it by now. Everything we’ve experienced makes us sympathetic to the left, the green…

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Alistair Anderson and Northlands

Alistair Anderson and Northlands

From the heart of Northumberland, Alistair Anderson’s exciting new line-up conjures the spirit of the landscape with music that is rooted in both the hills and the tradition. Alistair’s own tunes rub shoulders with those of the Northumbrian shepherds who inspired him, alongside old tunes passed…

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Louvat Bros

Louvat Bros

How can the American Bluegrass meet the oriental meditative music or the Funk of the 70’s? How do a 5-string banjo, a mandolin and a bass come into contact with the Irish folk and African rhythms…. flirt with the Rock or even the Baroque music? Three Belgian musicians propose a few answers.…

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Goitse

Goitse

Irish Music with a Twist *Goitse Forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick University’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the quintet have graduated with a musical maturity worthy of the greatest. They hade made a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands…

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Crows

Crows

Crows’ Revival Dave Bordewey, Mick Ryan, James Patterson and Paul Downes have reunited to reform the hugely popular 1980’s group ‘Crows’. ‘Crows’ will play a selection of songs from their much acclaimed, recently released CD, ’Time to Rise’, on the ‘Wildgoose’ label, and…

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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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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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The Hut People

The Hut People

Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of THE best loved, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today. Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from…

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Steve Tilston

Steve Tilson

Celebrating 40 years as a professional musician! Ask anyone on the English acoustic scene who their favourite guitarist, singer, songwriter and entertainer is and nine times out of ten the same name will crop up in the top three of every department. Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated…

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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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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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Helena

Helena

Helena's unique acoustic style combines meaningful lyrics with tantalizing melodies and harmonies. Her songs are sure to draw the listener in, packed with stories and raw emotion, they are often described as “thought-provoking” and…

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Inlay

Inlay

Offering something for all tastes in folk, Inlay are a forward thinking quartet based in Norwich. With the aid of fiddle, banjo, guitar and accordion, they blend traditional material with self-penned compositions. Inlay have been delighting audiences at venues across the UK as well as regular…

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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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Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

A musician since the age of 6, Cohen took to squeezeboxes in his teens and has since developed into a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. As an instrumentalist Cohen is experienced in playing for dancing, playing as part of groups, both as an accompanying and as a lead…

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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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The Julie July Band

The Julie July Band

Performing songs from the ‘Sandy Denny Songbook’ from Dreamy acoustic melodies to driving progressive folk rock.  Sandy Denny was one of the UK’s Singer/Songwriters of the British Folk Rock movement. Her brief career spanning just thirteen years - she left a legacy of beautiful, haunting…

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Stylusboy

Stylusboy

Stylusboy, Coventry singer-songwriter Steve Jones, creates indie-folk music influenced by cult contemporary songwriters like Damien Rice and Ryan Adams as well as classic performers such as Nick Drake and Neil Young. Stylusboy has performed all over the UK including sell out shows at Green Note…

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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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Monster Ceilidh Band

Monster Ceilidh Band

Monster Ceilidh Band seamlessly blend electronic dance music with traditional folk music and manage to encourage diverse audiences from all over the world to get up and party! Their pioneering mix of Drum'n'Bass with Traditional Folk has been endorsed by outstanding live performances. “The…

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Hekety

Hekety

The Hekety sound is a fusion of English tradition with a wide range of influences (rock, kletzmer, jazz, baroque… you name it), combining seamlessly to make an eminently danceable whole. Featuring strong melodies, rich harmonies and intricately woven improvisation from melodeon, fiddle and…

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Exmouth Shanty Men

Exmouth Shanty Men

The Exmouth Shanty Men do it with gusto! Devon's 'original buoy band' first burst on to the folk scene in 2007 and their continually growing reputation has been founded on the authenticity and integrity of their performance. Committed to keeping alive their home town and their nation's rich…

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Martyn Harvey

Martyn Harvey

Martyn is a very experienced engaging caller for fun ceilidhs from Kendal, Cumbria. He calls mostly in the North West but also travels all over the country and in France. As dancer all of his life, he knows how much fun ceilidhs are and that a good caller is of paramount importance for a…

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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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Ursula Holden Gill

Ursula Holden Gill

Ursula Holden Gill is a one woman tour de force; storyteller, comedienne, singer songwriter, curator and teacher. An award winning Actress and familiar face on screen, in recent years she has established herself as a unique and pertinent talent on the British Storytelling scene, working across the…

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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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Sambassadors of Groove

Sambassadors of Groove

The Sambassadors of Groove have become a regular feature at the folk festival. The music they play is commonly heard on the streets of Brazil at carnival time. They’re based in Leamington and welcome new members. So if you’d like to join them, have a word with a band…

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Sketchcrawl

Sketchcrawl

Bring along your pens, pencils or watercolours (and a folding stool if you have one) and capture the sights and scenes of the festival site in your sketchbooks. Daily sketchcrawls led by Trevor Hewett. All abilities and styles welcome. Let's draw the festival together! Afterwards, sketches up to A3…

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Pat Arrowsmith

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

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