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Performer

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.

Keith Donnelly

Keith Donnelly

Keith can make you laugh, cry or do anything you may or may not want to do. He is an accomplished singer guitarist and writer of national fame. An incomparable funny man, as Jasper Carrot once said ‘Keith could make sheep laugh’.

There really is no-one else like Keith Donnelly.
He tells the most fantastic stories!
Some of them happen to have tunes and guitar accompaniment [songs!]
Most of them are true [at least that’s what he says!]
Some of them he makes up [at least that’s what he says!]
Most of them are very funny [at least…]
Some are very short [jokes!]
Some are a bit longer [anecdotes/routines!]
Some of them are mainly for youngsters [from 2 to 102!]
Some for older audiences [3 and a half to 103 (and a half!)

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.

Rosie Hood and Lucy Huzzard

Rosie Hood & Lucy Huzzard

Rosie Hood (vocals/tenor guitar) is known for her strong, pure voice and captivating performances as well as her poetic writing and honest interpretations of traditional songs. A former BBC Performing Arts Fellow and Horizon Folk Award nominee, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer and her first solo album The Beautiful & The Actual, a collection of old and new folk songs was described by The Guardian as “poetic class” ****.
Lucy Huzzard (melodeon/vocals) is a graduate of the Newcastle Folk Degree and the Eric Sahlström Institutet, with influences ranging from English morris dance tunes to Swedish Slängpolskas. Bringing outstanding musicianship and a deep understanding of tradition, Lucy’s sensitive playing combines perfectly with Rosie’s voice, skilfully lifting each song. Together Rosie Hood & Lucy Huzzard perform re-workings of traditional English songs as well as original material, touching on politics, struggle, women’s voices and unheard stories.

The Finn Collinson Band

The Finn Collinson Band

The Finn Collinson Band create dynamic English folk music for the 21st Century. Fronted by Finn’s distinctive tune-writing and trademark recorder style, the band has been gaining a strong reputation on the folk and acoustic circuit since the release of Finn’s acclaimed debut album ‘Call To Mind’ in 2019. Their sound was described by Spiral Earth as “exceptionally well executed folk rock”.

Finn’s touring band features the groove-infused guitar of Tom Leader, powerhouse percussion of Jonno Gaze, and Emma Beach’s unique and outstanding oboe. Their music introduces subtle effects and intricate layered sounds while maintaining a strong focus on acoustic instrumentation, creating a powerful sound from a small ensemble.

The band’s repertoire ranges from contemporary tunes and songs taking inspiration from Finn’s native East Anglia, to reimaginations of traditional and early material, presenting centuries-old dance tunes as they’ve never been heard before. As The Living Tradition observe, “the kinship between music and place is strongly present throughout much of Finn’s music”.

Finn Collinson has steadily been cementing a position as one of the foremost exponents of the recorder on the English folk scene since starting to perform solo gigs in 2017. He was shortlisted for the BBC Young Folk Award in 2018 and has appeared at many major UK festivals including The Sidmouth Folk Festival and FolkEast. Finn also performs with award-winning recorder quartet Aurai and London-based ceilidh band Stroma.

Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson is an indie/folk singer/songwriter from South-East England, writing lyrically-driven songs that feature his intricate guitar playing and powerful vocals. He has been touring extensively for the last four years, performing all over the country to great response. Most recently, Zach released his single, New Blockbuster, which has gained extensive radio play and critical acclaim: BBC Introducing described the track as ‘Brilliant’. He was voted the 2019 Thame Town Songwriting Competition winner, as well as ‘Best Newcomer’ at the ‘Graham Steel Music Awards 2017’. Zach has supported artists such as Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar (BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners) Luke Jackson (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee) and The Black Feathers at sold out shows. Zach has performed at a large number of festivals, including Trinity Folk Festival, The Big Feastival and Walton Folk Festival, after which, he was praised in a Folk Radio article.

Zach released his second EP, ‘While We’re Still Here’, in March 2019, including the singles ‘New Blockbuster’, ‘Small Town’ and ‘Heartstring’. Most recently, he released a collaboration EP with Claudia Stark, celebrating the release with a sold out Guildford launch show.

Guitar and a voice, you’re going to love it

BBC Introducing 2019

The performance that stood out for me in the courtyard was Zach

Folk Radio 2018

Zach is an exciting new talent who writes great songs and has an engaging stage presence.

GSMC 2017

Beautiful Music

Oxjam Bracknell 2016
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 musicians, fine singers and play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.