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February 2020

Warwick Folk Festival Choir

Warwick Folk Festival Choir

Would you like to perform at this year’s Warwick Folk Festival?

* NO auditions, NO Military Wives, NO Gareth Malone, NO revolving chairs, NO Simon Cowell !!!!
* No need to be able to read music – all songs taught by ear.
* Be part of an open-access 6-week choir, singing all manner of great songs from around the World
* Perform to your friends and a wonderfully supportive audience at the internationally-renowned Warwick Folk Festival
* Free entry to the Festival Site on the Sunday
* Receive mp3 (music files) of the harmony parts (so you can catch up if you have to miss a week)

Come and join over 50 enthusiastic singers on Monday evenings in Warwick
for a series of sessions leading to a couple of short, informal performances at the Festival on the Sunday in July. Over 6 weeks we will be singing a cracking selection of a cappella harmony folk songs from around the world. The sessions, run by popular local choir leader Bruce Knight, will be fun and lively and satisfy both the beginner and the seasoned a cappella singer.

The Canny Band

The Canny Band

A collaboration born from a love of traditional music and fuelled by student poverty, The Canny Band are an eclectic trad trio based in Glasgow. Sam Mabbett (button accordion) and Michael Biggins (piano) formed the band in 2016 and since then have been crowned finalists of the Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and supported bands such as Vasen. With the recent addition of Callum Convoy (bodhran), the trio have arranged some new and exciting music for your delights.

Boundless Brothers

Boundless Brothers

British Pop-Rock-Folk trio. Making music, touring venues across the UK – and keeping the magic alive!
A Cornish band making melodic sounds and bringing an interesting mixture of Pop Rock and Folk music with electric and acoustic sounds across the UK. They blend their voices together to create 3 part harmonies, which adds allot of depth and interest to their songs and have been described as “ones to watch”.

Renowned for their piercing lyrics, timeless melodies and hypnotic harmonies, there’s a magic in the air when Boundless Brothers play live. Ever since being showcased by the likes of The Guardian and BBC Introducing, Sam Wilson (lead vocals and guitar), Seb Wilson (bass guitar, keyboards) and Bo Payne (drums) have taken the music industry by storm. After playing over eighty gigs in 2019, having just returned from a successful UK tour, and with the release of their new EP ‘Cause & Effect’ a few months ago, Boundless Brothers are on a roll – and loving every minute of it!

Dom Prag

Dom Prag

Southampton based singer-songwriter bringing together folk, blues and intricate classical guitar.
Dom Prag has been described as “Brighton’s best-kept secret talent”.

Singing songs of passion, loss, comical social disasters and everyday fears, this is singer-songwriting at its finest. Dom Prag’s perfomances feature raw musical talent, savoury guitar skills and poetic original writing.

Dom Prag is emerging as a fresh new folk talent. Currently operating anywhere he gets an invitation, Prag performs as a solo artist these days but used to play with The Knight’s Project and with his own band, The Toast.

Steve Tilston and Hugh Bradley

Steve Tilston and Hugh Bradley

Steve is one of our most celebrated song smiths, widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music; the words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else.

Fatea Awards Male Vocalist of the Year 2015, proof if needed, that after more than 45 years in the business Steve can still deliver the goods; Truth to Tell one of The Telegraph’s best folk albums of 2015 too.

The writer of such classic songs as The Slipjigs and Reels and the award-winning The Reckoning. He’s toured with John Renbourn’s Ship of Fools, traditional singer Maggie Boyle (the classic recordings Of Moor and Mesa and All Under the Sun), as guitarist with Ballet Rambert, with Maartin Allcock & Pete Zorn in WAZ! with Brooks Williams and with his daughter Martha. Plus collaborations with alt-country band The Durbervilles and old Bristol pals Keith Warmington and Stuart Gordon as the Steve Tilston Trio.

Steve is joined by the extremely talented Hugh Bradley who will be playing the double bass.

Bedlam

Bedlam

Vibrant, pulsating and with a huge following nationally, Bedlam are without doubt, one of the most exciting and highly acclaimed dance bands on the Ceilidh scene today. Bedlam have been performing at festivals and on the ceilidh circuit across the UK since 1995.

With line up of Will Hampson melodeon and bass, Ross McKinlay percussion, Bryony Griffith fiddle and recorder, Drew McKinlay Guitar. This Foursome blend traditional British, French and self penned tunes with driving rhythms and powerful harmonies to create their unique and highly inspiring sound.

Bryony Griffith – Fiddles,recorder,crumhorn.

Drew McKinlay  – Guitars, Didgeridoo.

Will Hampson – Melodeon, Harmonica.

Ross McKinlay – Percussion.

From Huddersfield West Yorkshire, they have been playing

up and down the country since 1993. Festival appearances include, Sidmouth, Cambridge, Holmfirth, Whitby, Chester, Wimborne, Beverley, Towersey and Bromyard.

Bedlam play a fiery style of folk dance music, both original and traditional. Yet when the occasion demands they can be subtle and sensitive. They are as much at home playing for dancers as they are in entertaining a seated audience with an acoustic set.

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 band they always produce a cracking dance. Peeping Tom have performed at many Warwick Folk Festivals since the very beginning.

Formed in 1972 by Ben Woodward, Peeping Tom have spent the last 40 years perfecting the art of performing high-energy music for English ceilidhs. They travel extensively, playing all of the major festivals and specialist dance clubs. They are noted for their ability to pick the right tune for the right dance, which makes them exceptionally easy to dance to. As you can imagine, their back catalogue of dance tunes is simply immense. Much of their material is written by Ben Woodward and Ian Wilson – both as a collaborative pair and individual composers. They only perform for dancing, although there have been several forays into the theatre, providing the music for Larkrise, Candleford and the Coventry Mystery Plays. Very highly regarded, they are considered by many to be the United Kingdom’s favourite dance band.

Ben Woodward – melodeon;
Ian Wilson – keyboards and cittern;
Pete Smale -guitar;
John McIntosh – bass guitar and tambourine;
Barry Malin – drums and percussion.

George Sansome

George Sansome

George Sansome is a well-regarded singer of traditional songs, shanties, ballads and broadsides from the British Isles and beyond. George is most often seen out and about lending his voice and subtle guitar playing to the high-energy BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominees Granny’s Attic. His relaxed stage presence and love of traditional song make for a captivating and exciting performance.

Whapweasel

Whapweasel

Renowned folk dance band Whapweasel have been delighting and exhausting the folk dance enthusiasts for the last 20 years. This solid eight piece folk rock dance band have over that time notched up 6 albums of enthralling, turbo- charged dance music attracting rave reviews and packed dance floors and the accolade of Dance Band Of The Year at the Radio Two Folk Awards.

Daisybell

Daisybell

Out of the far corners of Warwickshire came Daisybell, a songwriter from the north, a harmony specialist from the south and a multi-instrumentalist from the east. They share a love of traditional folk music, home cooked food and Joe Browns fashion. Since their first rehearsal in February 2016, Daisybell have headlined at folk clubs in Nuneaton, Atherstone, Bedworth and Warwick as well as venturing to the wilds of Leicestershire and Oxfordshire. The original songs, traditional arrangements and occasional quirky covers are performed by Katherine Fear on stringy things, Ginny White on tappy stuff and Anya Fay on tooty tunes.