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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.…

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Barbara Dickson

Barbara Dickson

BARBARA DICKSON with Nick Holland In this special acoustic performance Barbara Dickson and her pianist Nick Holland explore her catalogue of songs…

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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…

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The Adventures of Andy Kershaw

The Adventures of Andy Kershaw

Andy’s one-man show, The Adventures of Andy Kershaw, has become a hugely successful highlight of many literary festivals - including a sold-out…

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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…

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PIAF The Songs

PIAF The Songs

Thursday Night Eve Loiseau sings the songs of Edith Piaf with Fiona Barrow, violin + Murray Grainger, accordion completely enamoured … you…

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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…

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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…

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Elephant Sessions

Elephant Sessions

Winners of scots trad awards ‘up and coming act of the year 2014’, the elephant sessions create a progressive blend of intricate tunes, engulfing…

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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…

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Tilston Lowe

Tilston Lowe

Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe, two of the UK Acoustic/Folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces for a series of concerts filled with songs and…

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Will Pound and Eddy Jay

Will Pound & Eddy Jay

The dynamic and exhilarating duo of Will Pound and Eddy Jay leave audiences breathless. Will Pound is one of the finest harmonica players of his…

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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…

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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…

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Leif

Leif

The group's repertoire is drawn from a host of influences ranging from Celtic to Appalachian and modern folk. They specialize in intimate acoustic…

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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),…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Jez Lowe

Jez Lowe

A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Aelfen

Aelfen

Exhilarating folky band; a combination of racing tunes, powerful songs with Celtic backgrounds and modern rock. We play everything from our own…

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Amy Kakoura & Andrew Sharpe

Amy Kakoura & Andrew Sharpe

Amy and Andrew are best known on the folk scene as the singer and pianist with the band Steamchicken .  Both have been writing and arranging with…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Bob Phillips and Frank Richards

Bob Phillips & Frank Richards

Music with a sharp bluesy edge that’s the hallmark of this talented local duo who are always a popular feature here at the Warwick Folk…

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Dr Bennett

Dr Bennett

When you combine a Sarah Bennett with a Dan Gascoigne the result is the divine duo of Dr. Bennett. Sarah Bennett Sarah Bennett is a musician…

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Jim Mageean

Jim Mageean

Known as "Shanty Jim" for many years, his knowledge of sea songs, infectious enthusiasm, and powerful singing made him the obvious choice to set up a…

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Graham Knights

Graham Knights

Graeme’s involvement with folk music goes back over 20 years. He was director of the Doncaster Folk Festival for several years and has been…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Urban Folk Theory

Urban Folk Theory

Urban Folk Theory have been emerging into the folk world since 2011 with a new approach to Folk and ceilidh; where excellent folk musicianship meets…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Tautus Roks

Tautus Roks

Tautas Roks are a young and energetic band playing music from a range of genres. They play a variety of gigs ranging from village fetes and weddings…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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Tom Kitching

Tom Kitching

In a successful ten year career, Tom has worked with numerous singers and bands, including Pilgrims' Way, Gavin Davenport, Jon Loomes, Gren Bartley,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Immanuel's Quire

Immanuel’s Ground

Immanuel's Ground is a Quire based in Warwick, was formed in the Autumn of 2001, and draws members from the "Heart of England", which, generally…

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The Men From Off

The Men From Off

We are 14 blokes who discovered that singing is a great relief valve from the stresses of daily life. In what has become our typical approach we met…

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Tilt

Tilt

Formed in 2012, Tilt are a Leamington based five piece acoustic band, with no less than four lead singers,playing guitar, bass, flute, cello and…

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Glamba Theatrical Percussion Group

Glamba Theatrical Percussion Group

A unique fusion of Brazilian, African and Western beats - played on everything from drum kits to dustbins, through to congas and traditional World…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Rupam Barthakur

Rupam Barthakur

Rupam Barthakur will be creating paintings of aspects of the festival, particularly capturing live performances and immortalising the musicians doing…

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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…

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Quigley’s Favourites

Quigley's Favourites are based in Quigley's Bar, Rugby where they can be heard every Saturday night. Their performance is a lively mix of Irish,…

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One More Night

One More Night

One More Night, a four piece acoustic outfit (congas, violin, acoustic guitar and Zoe on vocals) playing classic songs of all genres from the…

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Sly Old Dogs

Sly Old Dogs

The pack is back for the craic, playing their lively repertoire of popular Irish and Scottish songs, rousing choruses and a great sense of fun. Armed…

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Spa Strummers

Spa Strummers Ukulele Group

An eclectic collection of ukaholics, talented musos (with previous lives) and groupies who have discovered the drink, the crack and ukuleles. Nothing…

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The Original Members

The Original Members

The Original Members, Matt, Benson, and Sean, perform a blend of folk and rock mixed with something a little different that is sure to entertain.…

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The Original Steamchicken Jazz Band

The Original Steamchicken Jazz Band

Ceilidh-swing swing veterans Steamchicken return to the concert circuit with a re-invented set, a new hard hitting sound and the fabulous Amy Kakoura…

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Thrup'nny Bits

Thrup’nny Bits

A three voice unaccompanied harmony group singing traditional and contemporary (covers) folk songs, some music hall material, with some Early Music…

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Sharp as Razors

Sharp as Razors

We are Clive Brooks, Des Patalong, Alan Whitbread and Vaughan Hully. Between us we have been singing to audiences at folk clubs and festivals both…

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The Willow & Tool Band

The Willow & Tool Band

Stalwarts of the Midlands folk circuit, Pete Willow and John ‘Tool’ McIntosh play tastefully up-tempo arrangements of original and traditional…

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Máire Ní Chéilleachair

Máire Ní Chéilleachair

Máire in an accomplished Sean Nós singer (singing in the old style). She has been teaching Sean Nós to young people in the Muskerry Gaeltacht…

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Pete Heywood

Pete Heywood

The Living Tradition editor & publisher, Pete Heywood is also a keen photographer. He is also associated with Girvan Folk Festival, and…

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Louisa Davies-Foley & Jason Sparkes

Louisa Davies-Foley & Jason Sparkes

Louisa Davies-Foley and Jason Sparkes are a duo exploring the interplay between voice and piano accordion, mainly performing English and Irish…

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Rowan Piggott

Rowan Piggott

Folk fiddler, singer, & tunesmith currently based in Midhurst, UK. Rowan grew up in the foothills of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland…

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Folly Brothers

Folly Brothers

The Folly Brothers is a Leamington-based bluegrass trio consisting of brothers Mark Roden (acoustic guitar) and Jonny Roden (banjo), and Wes Stanton…

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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…

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Ray Padgett

Ray Padgett

Life long collector and interest in traditional songs and social history surrounding their creation and performance. He continues to sing mainly…

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Alkevan

Alkevan

A new group playing acoustic/folk music. Alan Harvey: vocals and Bodhran, Anne Bowden: vocals, cello, whistle, flute, Kev Moffat; vocals, guitar,…

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Emma and the Professor

Emma and The Professor

Emma Heath (guitar and vocals) and Mark Davies (bodhran and cajon) are both a musical duo and a real life couple and that closeness and connection…

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Gareth Wilkins

Gareth Wilkins

Gareth is a travelling Harper, moving from place to place in search of new tunes and stories to share among friends. A novice to traditional music…

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annA rydeR

annA rydeR

annA rydeR is an original and inventive singer-songwriter with a musical style that, although based in folk, spans an array of genres. A…

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Bill Bates

Bill Bates

My name is Bill Bates and I am based in Warwickshire in the UK. I am a singer songwriter and I perform original songs in folk clubs and in folk…

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Dragonhead

Dragonhead

Dragonhead are a talented duo offering an eclectic mix of traditional & modern folk with a big slice of Cajun. We use the word 'eclectic'…

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Allan Richardson

Allan Richardson

Allan returns to Warwick with his unique brand of old fashioned contemporary songs. Reflecting our life and times in song, Allan’s music seeks to…

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Daisybell

Daisybell are a folk trio singing and playing original and traditional material with a strong emphasis on harmonies and fun! Formed in November…

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The Bianco Barbershop Quartet

The Bianco Barbershop Quartet

During the "Gay 90's" & the early part of the 1900's the barbershop in the USA became the place to "hang out" for the dapper young fellows, who…

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Coventry Comhaltas

Coventry Comhaltas

The Coventry Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann is an active and dedicated group of musicians, passing on our Irish music tradition. We hold…

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Cork Singers Club

Cork Folk Festival

This year Cork Folk Festival will once again be bringing a collective of musicians and singers for their annual visit to Warwick Folk…

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Cork Traditional Trio

Cork Traditional Trio

William Hammond, Garry Cronin & Padraig Buckley plus maybe one…

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Jabbet's Ash

Jabbet’s Ash

Jabbet's Ash perform an interesting mix of traditional English, Irish and Scottish tunes and songs, together with a few of their own compositions.…

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Dave Fry

Dave Fry

I started by playing a Chad Valley tin banjo when I was 10 years old, 'till I blistered my thumb and was hooked! Bought my first home-made guitar at…

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Ted Webb

Ted Webb

I have been MCing for a number of years at Warwick, Banbury, Alcester and Bedworth. Believe in being professional but like to keep the audience…

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Baby Bops & Toddle Bops

Baby Bops & Toddle Bops

Baby Bops and Toddle Bops is a fun music group for babies (0-12 months), toddlers and their carers. Come and let yourself go with the…

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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…

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Stargazing

Stargazing

Telescopes, laptops, cameras meet the moon, bright stars and planets. Depending on the weather - find out more and see the galaxy from the…

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Pat Arrowsmith

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

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Sallyport Sword

The Sallyport Sword Dancers are a sword dance team, founded in 1969, who perform the traditional rapper and longsword dances of the North-East of…

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