Rory McLeod & the Familiar Strangers

Rory Mcleod – ex-circus clown and fire eater. A one man soulband, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments. The Familiar Strangers are Bob Morgan on clarinet and sax. Richard Sadler on double bass and Diego Laverde …

Colum Sands

Colum Sands has performed in over thirty countries around the world, confirming the universal appeal for the songs and stories with which he observes the minute and often humorous details of life. A member of the internationally renowned Sands Family from County Down, Colum established his reputation as a songwriter with the release of his first solo album, Unapproved Road …

Baraka

Ben Badoo, Simwinji Zeko, Royston Gage, Mark Bradley, Brendan Whitmore, Mamadou Cissoko are Baraka – a unique combination of musicians from Senegal, Ghana, Zambia, Dominica and Northern and Southern Ireland. Each musician contributes his individual sound and style – reggae featuring a Kora and Djembe, township with a Calypso bass line, Soca with Balafon and flute. http://www.barakamusic.co.uk/

The Young ‘Uns

Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes sing traditional a cappella music with astonishing verve and energy. They’ve worked with Eliza & Martin Carthy, Jon Boden, Jim Moray and been involved in projects with Aardmans Animation and The Sage Gateshead. They combine wonderful singing with irreverent patter, all that you’d want in a great live act. On Sunday morning we …

Brooks Williams

Brooks has gigged with Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Paul Jones, Billy Bragg, Little Feat, Maria Muldaur, Shawn Colvin, and Leo Kottke, to name but a few. He is also half of State Of The Union with singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine. Thousands of gigs over thousands of miles, Brooks Williams now tours from his home in Cambridge, England where he lives with …

Will Kaufman

Will Kaufman’s Woody Guthrie: Hard times and hard travellin’ is a captivating “live documentary” that sets the songs of Woody Guthrie in the context of the American 1930s – the Dust Bowl, the Depression, the New Deal and the state of popular music itself. The show highlights the blending of music and radical politics that marks Guthrie’s most powerful work. …

Walsh & Pound

Will Pound and Dan Walsh are two of the most exciting and unique young musicians on today’s music scene. Labelled respectively as ‘one of the most original harmonica players in Britain’ and ‘the UK’s top Clawhammer banjoist’, the two have joined forces to create a highly entertaining and astonishing live set. http://www.walshandpound.co.uk/

Florida Ceilidh band & Phil Bassindale

Florida is a band with a unique sound – ‘Good time jazz meets English country’. The fusion of swing, jazz, traditional folk, folk rock, and much else besides, has become a distinctive trademark. Nobody plays English dance like Florida. Florida’s sound is a unique brassy collision of traditional English country dance and good time jazz, underpinned by dance rhythms. The …

Kevin Brown

According to Martin Simpson Kevin Brown is ‘one of the most under –rated acoustic players in the country’. Kevin has been a highly respected professional recording artist, songwriter and performer for over 30 years standing and has been inspired from an early age by the blues and its related genres. He has ten solo albums to his credit and countless …