Title image

Author: Folk Festival 2020

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.

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

Since forming in 2016, Daisybell have been making waves on the local and national folk scene, delivering performances of passion, wit and raw emotion at clubs and festivals from Minehead to Gateshea, Worcester to Lincoln, releasing an EP and a video, fitting in a couple of live radio appearances and drawing acclaim for their “Sing Like A Daisybell” vocal harmony workshops.

The original songs, traditional arrangements and occasional quirky covers are performed by Katherine Fear, Anya Fay and Charlie Adams. Listen out this summer for some songs from Katherine’s new folk-opera, The Undoing of Polly Button, which Warwick Folk Festival will be the first English festival to showcase in 2022.

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.