Concert Series 2012
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Jamie Smiths Mabon & The Drystones
Sunday 28th October (3:30 for 4:00pm start).
Priddy Folk Festival, is proud to present in concert as part of their 'Windblown Tour Part 1'. Jamie Smiths Mabon and our own Drystones in concert, for one night in the Priddy Village Hall. There will also be a bar will be available.
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Jamie Smith's Mabon is led by Jamie Smith on accordion, Oli Wilson-Dickson on fiddle and Calum Stewart on wooden flute, Adam Rhodes on bouzouki, Matt Downer on bass guitar and upright bass, and Iolo Whelan on drums and percussion.
These six highly accomplished musicians, draw inspiration directly from the traditional folk music of the Celtic countries. This is not Welsh music, nor Scottish or Irish; this is Interceltic music, a true exploration of forms and styles found in Celtic music forged into something bold and new.
"A top band led by one hell of an accordion player and arranger" Mike Harding
Last year there was a sudden 'gap' in the programme for the Club tent so Dean (our Chair) asked his son Ford if he could play a short set….one quick phone call to fiddler friend Alex Garden and the Drystones were formed. The duo were very well received and seemed to have been together for years….(despite the fact they were both only 14 at the time…)
Encouraged by the warm reception at Priddy, and the success of some lucrative busking through the summer the lads decided to enter the Mid Somerset Battle of the Bands. They were by far the youngest contestants and the only purely acoustic band competing against techno, grunge, rap and heavy metal bands. But somehow they seemed to span the wildly different audiences and won over the judges and audience alike to win the contest!
Sunday 10th June
Ben Waters is one of world's leading Boogie Woogie/Rock N Roll Piano players. Although only 35 he has entertained in Festivals, Theatres, and clubs for over 20 years, with over 3000 gigs under his belt. Ben's energetic piano driven rock n roll shows have to be seen to be believed. Combining the music of his heroes (Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis Amos Milburn etc) with cutting edge original material. Ben Waters has shared the stage with some of the top names in the business, including Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jools Holland, Ray Davies, Dave Gilmore, Status Quo, The Beach Boys, The Pogues, Shirley Bassey - to name but a few. Ben is currently working with Charlie Watts!
Sunday 22nd January
Sheelanagig's unique blend of Balkan Folk mayhem has been a fixture on the festival circuit since they formed in 2005. Equally at home on festival stages, music venues and street corners the band have developed a devoted following with three album releases and a hectic touring schedule. Sheelanagig combine virtuosic musical performance with a dynamic and irreverent stage show containing elements of story-telling and street theatre which has won over audiences across the UK and Europe.
The Boat Band
Saturday 11th February
The Boat Band has been purveying serious goodtime music with a strong Cajun influence for twenty years. The current line-up is Kate Barfield (fiddle, trombone, percussion), Tony Weatherall (melodeon/button accordion, cajun accordion, percussion)and Greg Stephens (guitar, tenor banjo, percussion). Influences: Lonnie Donegan, Two Time Polka, Canray Fontenot, Amadee Ardoin, William Irwin, Gavin Bryars, Blind Willie Dunn's Gin-Bottle Four.
Alan Dyer - Accomplished concertina player
Finnegans Chin - Bristol based Irish band
Saturday 24th March
Vin Garbutt WINNER of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act" Award 2001
Powerful, hugely moving, warm, humane, inspired, funny and gut wrenchingly honest. These are just some of the superlatives used to describe Vin's performance. This international, award winning, singer songwriter is completing his 42nd year on the road. This year sees the release of the biopic film "Teesside Troubadour" documenting Vin's life and career. He is for ever in demand and his shows are continually sell outs, so get your tickets early!
Cathy Judge Band (7:30 Start)
Quinn & Kama Miller
Saturday 21st April
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Horizon Winner 2011
Scots Trad Awards nominee for best newcomer 2010.
His music combines folksong from around Britain and further afield, but with an inevitable concentration on the tradition of Scotland where he grew up. In addition to his voice, his "first class musicianship" is influenced by studying and performing classical guitar. "I was completely and utterly bowled over by Ewan's music. One of the most exciting new voices I've heard in years!" Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 "Only once in a while do you hear a new voice, a new sound that is really worth listening to, Ewan McLennan is one such!" Martin Simpson.
The Backroom Band
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Saturday 19th May
Kathryn and Sean Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat.
With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon ,Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, they have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk.