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Author: Folk Festival 2020

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.

Reg Meuross

Reg Meuross

Reg’s clever and imaginative lyrics have earned him the title of “Master Storyteller” (PennyBlack Music) and led Mike Harding (Mike Harding Folk Show) to introduce him onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall as “one of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced”. Whether it’s a village hall or the Albert Hall, Reg brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

Georgia Lewis and Ross Grant

Georgia Lewis and Ross Grant

Exploring folk tales old and new, Georgia Lewis blends ballads of nature, love, loss and longing with great depth and passion. Nominated for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award, winner of the Future of Young Folk Award, Ely Band Competition and Priddy’s, recently revived, Agility Mendip Stepping Competition, Georgia’s been “making a name for herself through really well received concerts” Julie Fowlis. Her debut album ‘The Bird Who Sings Freedom’ was described as “an impeccable British folk album” (Songlines) and received a glowing five-star review from Rock’n’Reel magazine. With her “delicately expressive voice” (fRoots), accordion and whistle she is described as having a “fine musicianship and authentic feel” (Living Trad) Georgia’s energy is hard to beat!

She will be joined by Ross Grant, the talented singer and violinist who performs with Inlay and Will Pound.

Inlay

Inlay

Offering something for all tastes in folk, INLAY are a forward thinking folk group. With the aid of fiddle, guitar, accordion, effects, loops and vocal harmonies, they blend traditional material with self-penned compositions.

Katie Spencer

Katie Spencer

Like the expressionistic brushstrokes of a landscape painter, Katie Spencer conjures vivid landscapes through the medium of song. Curating intimate studies using her unique finger picked acoustic guitar style and an assured warm voice, Spencer underlines the sense of space that surrounds her home by the sea in Hornsea, East Yorkshire.

The striking imagery that rings through her ethereal songs creates a universe of sound and storytelling. Her mesmeric live performances have seen her play world-renowned stages, at the likes of Cambridge Folk Festival and Celtic Connections as she assembles a dedicated fanbase from all corners of the country.

This year saw Spencer embarking on a UK tour in celebration of her brand-new album Weather Beaten, a flawless and flowing ten track journey that encapsulates her intimate live performance style. Produced by Spencer Cozens, long-time collaborator of John Martyn and Joan Armatrading, the sound of the album is clear and bright, bringing a precision and boldness reminiscent of the best ‘ECM’ modern jazz albums which naturally pairs with the warm and hazy folk sound that envelops Katie’s style.

At just 22 years old Spencer has built up an extremely respected profile within the national acoustic music scene, sharing the stage with musicians of outstanding calibre such as Danny Thompson and Ted McKenna, and continuing to receive glowing reviews of both her live performances and recorded works.

Les Barker

Les Barker

The unforgettable poet returns with his beautifully crafted wordsmithery that will leave your mouth hurting on the sides with laughter. Genius.

The Finn Collinson Band

The Finn Collinson Band

Heralded by The Recorder Magazine as a “folk recorder pioneer”, Finn Collinson is a folk musician and multi-instrumentalist from East Anglia. Still in his early 20s, he is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the recorder on the English folk scene, performing at major folk clubs and festivals including The Sidmouth Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and FolkEast, and being shortlisted for the BBC Young Folk Award in 2018.

Finn’s debut album, “Call To Mind”, was released in September 2019 to widespread critical acclaim. Captivating the listener from the first breath, the album showcases the recorder in new and exciting contexts, with beautifully reflective airs and vibrant tunes. Add to this the expressive tone of Finn’s vocals, his dynamic guitar, bouzouki and mandolin style and the energy of a full band, the album was described by EDS Magazine as “a deeply rewarding display of musical storytelling”.

To support the album release, Finn formed a new band, who completed their first national headline tour in autumn 2019. Featuring young musicians with diverse backgrounds in acoustic, jazz and classical music, The Finn Collinson Band champions unusual instrumentation and places energetic and evocative tunes alongside driving folk-rock songs. The band is looking forward to hitting the road again in 2020 and they are already experimenting with new ways of broadening and developing their sound.

Finn’s music pushes boundaries, challenging expectations in terms of instrumentation whilst remaining firmly grounded in the English tradition. With music that will make you both pause for reflection and dance in the aisles, a performance from Finn Collinson is sure to enthral audiences with its energy and diversity.