Accordion, cello and beatbox join the violin, guitar and darabouka of erstwhile Priddy performers ‘Tatterdemalion’ to create a unique and explosive act. Ushti, or ’Wake Up!’ in Roma, sums up this Bristol band’s infectious spirit and vitality which has been getting crowds up and dancing at festivals and venues across the UK.
Songs inspired by Celtic, Gypsy, Balkan and European folk traditions forge stories told with stirring melodies and harmonies, driving strings, exotic rhythms and stomping contemporary beats. Ushti Baba will take you on a musical journey across continents which will leave you energised and uplifted.
Firepit Collective are a trio playing traditional and contemporary folk music from the British Isles and further afield. With a background in the travelling life, their music grew from sessions with friends around firepits on site. The music’s subject is often that of protest – against capitalism, fascism, the state, the monarchy and environmental harm. It is music of the grass-roots, the working class, the ‘feral underclass’. Jay Terrestrial and Chezney met living on the road and met David at sessions. All have a long history of gigging in bands such as Inner Terrestrials, Tofu Love Frogs, Choonz, Suicide Bid, 7 Kevins, and numerous collaborations, solo gigs and guest appearances with Pronghorn, Blood Or Whiskey, Liberty, Six Eight, Radio Gee, Fil Planet, and more… After years of firepit jams and sessions on site they decided to put together a set of acoustic material and start gigging it in venues and festivals. Sometimes joined on stage by friends and family from the travelling community and sometimes just solo, Firepit play protest songs, traditional songs and fierce tunes. This is raw and heartfelt music from the grass roots!
Jay Terrestrial – Vox, Guitar, Whistles. Chezney – Irish Bouzouki, Banjo, Vox. David Garner – Fiddle
The Tom Mcconville Band is surely the most entertaining exciting four piece operating on the festival circuit today. Fronted by the incendiary fiddle playing of BBC Musician of the Year Tom Mcconville ( who Seth Lakeman regards as his biggest influence ) . This band also features Shona Kipling, one of the finest accordion players in the country,David Newey who is an incredible and unique guitar player and Phil Murray who Mike Harding called the best acoustic Bass player in Britain.
Whilst the band has a backbone in traditional music, you’ll hear country, blues, jazz and rock and roll. Tom’s fantastic voice is brought to the fore with big choruses and a great choice of songs and tunes. One minute tearing through heart stopping Irish and Scottish reels and the next you’ll be transported to a world of travellers and tradesmen, tricksters and true lovers. They’ve played every major festival ,arts centre and theatre in the UK and take regular forays to Europe , and the crowds throng wherever they go.Entertainment, virtuoso playing and sheer enjoyment, THE TOM MCCONVILLE BAND !
“He was my biggest influence. He showed me all the tricks – bowing, decoration, playing drones… Things you have to see and can’t just learn from books.” Seth Lakeman
“Magnificent playing and singing. The crowd were ecstatic” Warwick Festival
“This band is quite simply the top of the tree” Mike Harding
Afro Ceilidh Allstars is an exciting collaboration between 5th generation master drummer Musa Mboob from The Gambia and English musician Tom Fairbairn (Whapweasel, Pigeon English, MoonDance etc) and top jazz saxophonist/composer Joe Browne. Musa is best known for his percussive mastery with groups such as Damon Albarn’s ‘Africa Express’ and jazz great Alan Skidmore’s band ‘Ubizo’ - the lineup also features some of the UK’s best respected African fusion musicians and are delighted to be working with festival favourite caller Cate Bannister to bring Priddy a night of infectious grooves, devastating basslines and non stop dancing
Flats & Sharps
“Flats and Sharps may be one of newest names on the British Bluegrass/Folk scene… Oh but what a band!” We started to make a name for ourselves while buskin’ in Penzance in Cornwall. Gigs swiftly followed, we went to Sore Fingers Week getting a standing ovation in the Student concert, a first! That got us festival gigs at Orwell, Didmarton, Gower and the Cornish Bluegrass Festival. Not a bad result for a two song performance! 18 Months on and with over 175 gigs under our belt, we have supported many prestigious names in the British Music Scene including “Fisherman’s Friends” and “The Beat”, opened Ralph Lauren’s First European Store in Covent Garden, London and have progressed extremely well in a nationwide competition, as a result we have played at The Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Youth Proms. All in all, it creates an amazing amount of excitement between us, the audience too, and it’s great to be doing what you love with your best >mates. It’s obvious we play bluegrass for the love of it and we don’t perform a gig without thrilling audiences with our harmonies and the way we engage with our instruments.
2013 BBC Radio Folk Awards ‘Best Duo’ – Nomination
2012 UK Songwriting Contest, Acoustic/Folk category – WINNER (‘Doctor James’)
2012 Fatea Awards ‘Song of The Year’ – WINNER (‘Doctor James’)
2012 fRoots Critics Poll, Album of the Year – Runner Up
BBC Radio 2 ‘Best Duo’ 2013 nominees Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts combine astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies with considerable songwriting talent to make a truly distinctive sound.
Since releasing their début album Shadows & Half Light in 2008 (proclaimed ‘one of the finest contemporary folk albums in recent memory’ by FishRecords), Gilmore and Roberts have been wowing audiences across the country with their unassumingly confident displays of instrumental technique.
2010 saw the duo release their hotly-anticipated second album, Up From The Deep, which scored them a Hancock Award for ‘Best Original Song’ (Fleetwood Fair). In 2011 Katriona and Jamie spent five weeks touring with folk-rock legends Fairport Convention, completed a 30-date nationwide tour in their own right and performed at two of Britain’s largest acoustic music festivals – Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention.
In September 2012 Gilmore & Roberts released their finest album to date The Innocent Left. Recorded in London with Guillemots and Albert Lee producer Julian Simmons this record demonstrates a huge leap forward and showcases the duo’s remarkable scope – folk, bluegrass, country, pop and rock – while maintaining their own distinctive roots in the storytelling tradition. The CD features Tom Chapman and Ben Nicholls on drums and bass plus a guest appearance from Rebecca and Megan Lovell of American hip country band Larkin Poe.
Aside from their work together, both Katriona and Jamie are in high demand as session musicians and have played on several acclaimed albums. Katriona has previously toured as part of Tiny Tin Lady and with Rosie Doonan’s Snapdragons and recently joined the newly reformed Albion Band, while Jamie has played with young English traditionalists Kerfuffle since 2007.
Quotes & Reviews
“Katriona and Jamie are at the heart of everything with increasingly impressive singing and playing.” R2 5* Review
“It’s turning out to be a good year for Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, vocals) and Jamie Roberts (guitar, vocals). A nomination for the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award will have enhanced their growing reputation, and this second full-length album will surely cement it.” R2
“Dramatic variation – from ‘All I’ve Known’s’ depressing account of modern mores, to Gilmore’s take on the supernatural ballad Fleetwood Fair – makes them refreshingly different.” Mojo 4* Review
“Having finally emerged ‘up from the deep’, out of the shadows of other bands, Katriona and Jamie should now be able to keep out of the half-light and move into the dazzle of full limelight.” fRoots
“Gilmore and Roberts just keep getting better, with their second album they have proved every good omen from their debut ‘Shadows and Half Light’ true. Neil Pearson of Fish Records and Shrewsbury Folk Festival proclaimed that debut ‘one of the finest contemporary folk albums in recent memory’, and he was right, this one is even better.” Spiral Earth
“Once again this duo refuse to rest on their laurels, never go for the easy option and always strive for something challenging, smart or at least different. They have once again produced a mature album of startling quality.” Maverick 5* Review
Crioch Quartet are: Niopha Keegan (The Unthanks), Will Lang (Park Bench Social Club, Mabon), Colin Nicholson (The Tea pad Orchestra) and Andy Watt (Alistair Anderson and Chris Newman Trio).
Combining Vocals, Fiddle, Bodhran, Guitars and Accordion – Crioch Quartet draw inspiration from the traditions of Ireland, Scotland and England. Having gained invaluable experience as individuals, these four award-winning musicians come together to create a sound that is larger than the sum of its parts. They reignite the flames of old traditions, creating innovative and fresh music; not constrained by their traditions but still firmly rooted in them.
Paul and David Garner
Paul and David Garner
“Brilliant” (Michael McGoldrick)
“A fantastic raw and wild sound” (Mike Wilson)
“Amazing. What energy and kick! The best band I’ve heard” (Phamie Gow)
“Don’t know why I bother listening to Rock music” (A new fan after a gig at Sidmouth)
Brothers David (fiddle) and Paul (whistles) are originally from Co. Durham, a noted hotbed of traditional music. From a very musical family, they grew up playing Irish, Scottish and Northumbrian music, amongst other things.
Both are award-winning musicians, and touring Europe for the best part of a decade has seen them share stages with the likes of Lunasa, Cara Dillon, Jethro Tull and Newton Faulkner.
Their characteristic style is unfettered by over-arrangement; improvisation coming more naturally, and inspiration coming from as far afield as bluegrass, Breton trad and prog rock.
Back playing gigs together after a couple of years doing other things, they are joined at Priddy by Jon Hicks, one of the most formidable guitarists in Irish music.
Ross Coupar & Tom Oaks
Shetland fiddle firebrand Ross Couper (Peatbog Faeries, Bodega) and power-house Devonian guitarist and flautist Tom Oakes (Auvo Quartet, Zor) come to Priddy! following 2011′s critically acclaimed show. With a 1500 sellout at this years Celtic Connections, crowds of over 5000 at Denmarks Tonder Folk Festival and an ongoing schedule of hectic global touring; Expect rocket powered reels, heart breaking airs and awe-inspiring technique with enough humour and energy to have you grinning until this time next year!
Will Lang is a modern British Folk musician, composer and producer,>who is a core tutor on Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional Music degree. Will is a well-respected music educator and in the South West has worked on folk education projects with Halsway Manor, Folk South West, Sidmouth Folk Week and Priddy Folk Festival to name a few. Although rooted in Folk music, Will is well known for his collaborations, bringing a folk influence to many prolific performers including Mercury Music Award-winning Nitin Sawhney and has just been commissioned to write a series of folk inspired choral pieces for The National Youth Choir of Great Britain to be premiered in the four corners of the country from 2012-2015. Most recently has started working with Durham Choral Society and Durham Cathedral to create a choral and orchestral work to be premiered in May 2014. It is his work in Folk and wider-reaching genres that enables Will to inspire young musicians who are yet to discover Folk music and encourage them to explore the roots of their traditional music.
In a career embracing Cajun, Folk and the Blues, Z.Z.Birmingham has enjoyed top billing at some of the nation’s major festivals, and has appeared on national T.V. and radio. His R.Cajun & the Zydeco Brothers introduced this popular musical form to the nation, while his credentials as support for such as Muddy Waters, Larry Johnson and Honeyboy Edwards are second to none. His music, presented with humour and warmth, overflows with enthusiasm and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Blues.
ZZBirmingham Roots Band are:
ZZBirmingham, vocals, guitar, harmonica
Elmos Grandez, bass
Dan Goodfellow, percussion
Tyde first came to public attention when their remarkable musicianship captivated the audience at the 2009 final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards. Hailing from the North of England and Scottish Borders, the three musicians took the name Tyde as a nod to their origins – Seth lives below the River Tyne, Andrew above the River Tweed and Heather in-between.
The furious, frantic tunes for which Tyde has become known are more frequently intercepted by songs, fiddler Heather Gessey still taking lead vocals but joined in harmony with her accordion and guitar playing comrades, Andrew Waite and Seth Tinsley. And though the trio remains at the core of the band, Tyde this year at Priddy will be a 5 piece band with the addition of percussionist, Will Lang and Pete Thomas (Megan Henwood).
Tyde have just launched their second album, The Hidden Spoon.
“Slick musicianship coupled with a warm and lively stage show confirms their place as rising starts in the folk firmament” – Songlines
Emerging from the vibrant melting-pot of Glasgow’s 21st-century folk scene, Treacherous Orchestra take Scottish dance music into a thrilling new dimension. Comprising ten of Scotland’s, and two of Ireland’s, finest young instrumentalists (or should that just be mentalists?), this truly turbocharged collective have incited merry mayhem at every one of their previous appearances, from remote Hebridean islands to Rudolstadt’s World Music Festival in Germany, from sell-out shows at Celtic Connections to the world-renowned Cambridge Folk Festival. Now they enter a new chapter with the long-awaited release of their debut album, launched in February 2012 on Navigator records.
The band’s members hail from the length and breadth of Scotland –plus two from Ireland – and together represent the leading edge of the country’s ongoing folk revival. Having grown up under the influence of such pioneering fusion acts as Shooglenifty, Martyn Bennett and Wolfstone, they draw simultaneously on deep traditional roots and the full gamut of contemporary influences, interweaving these strands organically in a repertoire consisting almost entirely of original tunes. Along with boundless youthful energy, they bring to bear a vast range of experience from other innovative Scottish outfits, featuring past or current members of Croft No. Five, Salsa Celtica, the Peatbog Faeries, Session A9, Old Blind Dogs, Box Club and Back of the Moon, among others.
Already well acquainted through Glasgow’s dynamic session circuit, the nucleus of the band was formed at the inaugural Sound of Rum festival in 2005, staged on a tiny island just south of Skye. The instant high-octane synergy and sheer visceral excitement of that performance has continued to evolve over their subsequent rendezvous. Recent gigs have included two back to back sell-out shows at Celtic Connections 2010 & 2011, finishing off the mainstage at Cambridge Folk festival, Rudolstadt World Music Festival in Germany as well as numerous other festival appearances including Wickham Festival and the Hebridean Celtic Festival in Lewis.
In addition to their dazzling instrumental skills, many in the Treacherous Orchestra’s ranks are superbly gifted tune composers, providing for a musical mix that plays fully to the line-up’s copious strengths. Featuring bagpipes, whistles, flutes, fiddles, accordion, banjo, guitars, bass, drums, bodhrán and percussion, their tightly crafted arrangements far transcend mere force of numbers, aligning richly layered, radiantly colourful melodies with muscular yet sophisticated rhythmic interplay, forging an irresistibly danceable sound that equally delights the ears.
The Treacherous Orchestra are:-
Pipes/Whistles – Ross Ainslie
Pipes/Whistles – Ali Hutton
Accordion – John Somerville
Fiddle – Innes Watson
Fiddle – Adam Sutherland
Flute – Kevin O’Neill
Banjo – Éamonn Coyne
Acoustic Guitar – Steve Byrnes Haberlin
Electric guitar – Barry Reid
Double Bass – Duncan Lyall
Bodhrán – Martin O’Neill
Drums – Fraser Stone
Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson with Mattheu Watson
Possibly one of the most enigmatic trio’s to emerge from Scotland, these young musicians are not only vastly talented but have created a sound that is bursting with energy.
Dubbed the new stars of Celtic music Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson first started playing together back in 2003 at the William Kennedy Piping Festival, and have since joined forces to create a pipe sound that pushes the boundaries of what both instruments can achieve together. Their much anticipated debut album ‘Partners in Crime’ featured fellow ‘inmates’ such as Paul Meehan, Caomhin Vallely, Ali Hutton & Rick Standley, it is a vibrant mix of new compositions along with traditional tunes as never heard before.
Jarlath is a three time All-Ireland Champion’ Uilleann Piper and is still only 21 years of age. In December 2003 he became the first Irish musician to win the prestigious BBC ‘Young Folk Musician Of The Year’, a major national award.
Ross hails from Perth and is a former member of the Grade 1 Vale of Atholl pipe band. He has since toured with his tutor the late Gordon Duncan and was involved in Ivan Drever’s band ‘Clueless’ before recently playing with Flook!, Dougie Maclean, Salsa Celtica, Treacherous Orchestra & India Alba. Ross also featured in the film “Driving Lessons” with the band Salsa Celtica.
John Hymas (violin)
John divides his time between writing, performing and teaching music. His string playing and writing can be heard on recordings by bands as diverse as The Psychedelic Furs, The London Community Gospel Choir, The Orquestro do Porto and his own folk crossover band, Hoover the Dog. He is also a member of roots band, Little Rumba. Recent projects have included scores for Diversions Dance Co., Theatr Powys, Presteigne Festival and numerous community projects. His music has also been used on a number of occasions by BBC television.
Beth Porter (cello)
Beth graduated from Bath Spa University in 2003 with a degree in Dance & Music, where she studied cello with Ruth Zagni. Since then she has integrated into the South West music scene and toured nationally and internationally with many different groups and projects ranging from classical to drum and bass. She is currently playing with Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, The Heavy, The Bookshop Band and Nuala Honan (amongst others) and has also played with artists such as Bellowhead (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners), Peter Gabriel, Newton Faulkner, and has recorded with many artists including The Proclaimers, Petula Clark, Jackie Oates, Get The Blessing (BBC Jazz Award Winners), and John Parish. Bethany has also created music for many short films/animations, including Bafta award winning The Eagleman Stag. She is working with story-teller Richard Selby (also at Priddy) to create stories with music. She plays and arranges music for The Stringbeans Quartet and is currently working on her own material, writing and recording a mixture of songs and instrumentals. Her band is Beth Porter and The Availables.
Karen Wimhurst (clarinets) Karen Wimhurst is a freelance composer and clarinettist. She has been commissioned by festivals, ensembles and theatre companies throughout the UK with performances by the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Welsh National Opera, the Allegri Quartet, Grimethorpe Brass Band, the Scottish flute trio, Electric Voice Theatre, Solid Strings, Onyx Brass, Sarum Orchestra, Ten Tors Orchestra, among others. She currently performs with the jazz ensemble Misbehavin’ and free jazz outfit Zaum. On the folk circuit she performs with PLF, Pagoda and tours her own show ‘Fruit of Paradise’.
Paul Hutchinson (accordion)
Paul is well known from his work with Belshazzar’s Feast, Hoover the Dog, Karen Tweed and the Playford Liberation Front. He is a superlative accordion player with a unique style inspired by church organ music, violins & concertinas! Paul is an experienced workshop leader tutoring at Cecil Sharp House on a regular basis, Hands On weekends, Folkworks Summer Schools and Halsway Manor.
28-year-old guitarist/singer/songwriter and Bristol based Nuala Honan, is a soulful woman with a nack for writing compelling and relevant songs. She calls her style country, but if we were in America, she’d probably call it folk. So lets just say it lies somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean safe from folk and country purists!
Originally from rural Australia, Nuala moved to England aged 19- following her family’s musical heritage and an adventurous music scene. Since then she has consistently claimed due attention from audiences with her charming stage presence in the UK and Internationally.
Nuala is currently in The Woodshed studios in Bristol, recording her first solo album due to be released in May 2013, and she will be showcasing music from this album with a band at Priddy Folk Festival this year.
“beautiful, soaring vocals which can induce even the hardiest audience member with goosebumps.” -The Post, Bristol
“this woman has bags of stage presence and a voice that can do anything from soft and tender balladry to spine-tingling soul.” – Rina Vergano, Venue Magazine
“Beautifully written songs, beautifully sung in a voice free from pretension. Nuala is a fresh breeze of talent and raw integrity in the musty, tired world of singer-songwriters.” – Dizraeli
“Bringing a fresh and captivating intimacy with the warming breath of a bubbling country heart and some traditional fireside honesty.” – Pete Hogg, Wandering Word
More Like Trees are a 3-piece acoustic act, drawing on a range of musical influences to create ‘Strum & Bass’ acoustic music combining traditional techniques to create fresh twists on modern genres. Incorporating elements of Drum n’ Bass, Classical, Hip Hop, Rock, Dance, Flamenco and Folk: they refuse to play by the rules, consistently surprising and delighting fans of all genres.
More Like Trees have recently released an acoustic DnB album with Tali (World Champion DnB MC) and are working on acoustic Dubstep with Reeps One (UK Beatbox Champ). Their love of unusual collaborations is reflected in their regular sessions as part of The Local Posse, an improvised set with an ever-changing line up of underground international talent. Members of the Local Posse & regular collaborators include Beat box & Loop Pedal extraordinaire, Joe Driscoll, BBC Slam Poetry Champion, Dizraeli, World No1 Female Beatboxer, Bellatrix, E4 Traffic Warden viral star, Klumzy Tung & Jazz Hip Hop impressario, Lazy Habits.
The n-Tet (pronounced ‘entet’) is a four-piece traditional bluegrass band. Formed initially to fill a last-minute gap in the program that had appeared at a festival (where all four members were in attendance with other bands). So much fun was had, on and in front of the stage, the band quickly became a going concern.
In March 2012 the original architect of the bluegrass banjo style, Earl Scruggs died. This led to the members of the band getting together to record their debut CD: Farewell Blues (Remembering Earl Scruggs). This album was officially launched at this year’s prestigious Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow.
Leon Hunt – 5-string banjo Ben Somers – Bass and vocals Jason Titley – Guitar and vocals (Handsome) Joe Hymas – Mandolin and vocals
Kris Drever, world renowned for his work with LAU, Drever McCusker Woomble, and through his own critically acclaimed solo recordings, can now be seen performing in an exciting new collaboration with Éamonn Coyne.
Kris Drever is an Orcadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and interpreter of traditional songs. He has travelled the world with the highly acclaimed trio Lau and played with countless greats of the folk music world including Grammy award winner Tim O’Brien, John McCusker (Mark Knopfler band), Kate Rusby, Roseanne Cash and with popular music stars such as Eddi Reader and Roddy Woomble.
‘A strong natural singer and top notch guitarist. The folk revival has a new standard bearer’ – Q Magazine
In 2007, Kris and Éamonn Coyne recorded their duo CD Honk Toot Suite, a record now widely recognised as a cult classic.
The Wall Street Journal called them “…a can’t-miss combination”, while Songlines wrote “…mutually attuned musicianship of the first order…a breath of fresh air.”
Éamonn Coyne has performed and recorded with a vast array of people including Siobhán and Tommy Peoples, The Wrigley Sisters, Eileen Ivers of Riverdance, Sharon Shannon, Grammy winner’s Alison Brown and Béla Fleck, and Russell’s House. Éamonn specialises in traditional Irish music, but is enthusiastic about performing in a range of styles including American old-time. Éamonn currently plays with the Scottish international band Salsa Celtica with whom he has recorded three CD’s, and he also plays with new supergroup Treacherous Orchestra.
The Shackdusters, featuring Kevin Brown and Gary Rudd, are the perfect tool for Kevin to showcase not only his songwriting but also his lap steel playing and his deep love of the music of the Hawaiian islands, the vast Texas plains and more importantly the music made popular by both the Accrington canal diggers and the seaweed farmers of west Lancashire. Be amazed by the tales and sounds from this highly lovable duo. Kevin will be joined on bass and commentary by Gary Rudd, a native of the wastelands of Lincolnshire whose native cunning and wit has been sharpened by stints with the likes of Freddie and the Dreamers, Blind Lemon Meringue and the Astigmatic Bluesmen and no small amount of time with Kevin as an original Shackduster which has seen him turn away from tobacco, booze and women and into the protective fellowship of the Ribble delta clog fettlers.
With a life-long passion for real song-craft, a beautiful voice, and her considerable instrumental skills on lever harp and guitar, Jennifer’s live performances are gaining her a growing following across the UK and beyond.
The vivid storytelling, beautiful imagery, and infectious melodies on her latest album ‘Merry-Go-Round’ (produced by Boo Hewerdine and also featuring Darrell Scott and Eddi Reader) earned her national airplay and a live session with the legendary Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2.
She will be joined on stage by top cellist Beth Porter, and Mike Cosgrave on guitar and accordion.
“Amazing…the kind of thing that gives modern folk a good name” – Zeitgeist
“Utterly beguiling” - Properganda
“A class act” – R2
Hopping Mad has been working as a ceilidh band for over twenty years. Their repertoire ranges through Celtic tunes, American reels, Breton dance tunes and English Playford tunes. The band have appeared have also appeared at a wide range of festivals including Trowbridge Village Pump Festival, Sidmouth International Folk Festival and Bath International Music Festival. They are also the only band to have played ceilidhs in Bristol’s prestigious Colston Hall.
From Main Stage Glastonbury to TV presenter, from intimate concerts to her recent chart success with Billy Bragg, Helena Softley has moved audiences all over the world with her incredible voice, accomplished guitar, and energetic performances.
A singer songwriter with a voice both rich, powerful, deep and mellow, she is passionate and lively onstage and engages you with her bubbly personality. She sings every song as if it were just for you, and will entrance you with her fearless mix of hard-driving rhythms, beautiful ballads, and soulful melodies.
The Faustus triumvirate are three of the leading lights of English folk music of their generation: Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). Specialising in powerful delivery, faultless harmonies, inspired arrangements and a sprinkling of some of the bawdiest songs in the folk cannon, they are men on a mission to banish all that is pastoral and fey in the delivery of folk music. Their plethora of experience is brought together in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone.
Benji: Scion of a noted folk dynasty, Benji Kirkpatrick is a key member of folk big band and BBC Award winners Bellowhead. Benji featured with the Seth Lakeman Band who shot to fame when ‘Kitty Jay’, featuring Benji, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005. Benji has also performed with numerous other artists including Oysterband, John Jones and Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span), and has also found time to release three solo albums.
Saul: Saul Rose was a long time member of Waterson:Carthy, winning two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards with ‘Broken Ground’ and forming a duo with Eliza Carthy. The double album ‘Red Rice’, of which Saul was an integral part of the ‘Rice’ half, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 1998. More recently Saul has joined Whapweasel, played in Ruth Notman’s band, and re-launched his duo with hammered dulcimer player with Maclaine Colston. He has played on numerous albums as a guest, including Jackie Oates’ album ‘Hyperboreans’, Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy’s album ‘The Gift’ and the soundtrack for the film ‘Morris- A Life With Bells On’. He was nominated for the Musician of The Year award in the 2010 BBC Folk Awards and in 2011 took the part of Songman in the West End play War Horse.
Paul: Paul Sartin is also a member of Bellowhead, as well as BBC Folk Award-nominated duo Belshazzar’s Feast. He is Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers, consultant for the charity Live Music Now and is a composer of note with recent works including ‘The Hartlepool Monkey’ for Streetwise Opera, ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ for the Central School of Speech and Drama, and ‘Changing Landscapes’ for Broadstairs Folk Week.
Faustus came together in 2006 as an evolution of the award winning band Dr. Faustus. They made an eponymous debut album in 2008, produced by Stu Hanna and released by Navigator Records, which saw them nominated as the Best Group in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Subsequent touring saw them headlining at festivals, as well as playing sell-out concerts at arts centres and clubs. Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. In October 2012 they returned to touring after a two year break to enthusiastic reviews and were simultaneously putting the finishing touches to a brand new album, working once again with producer Stu Hanna. March 2013 will see the release of the album ‘Broken Down Gentlemen’ on Navigator Records followed by an album tour in April.
‘Frill-free folk music, superbly and tastefully performed . . . a folk essential’Sunday Times
‘exceptional class…’Daily Telegraph
‘Dynamically fascinating to watch, entertaining and intriguing. Their ability to switch from song to tune, from instrument to voice, from traditional tune to modern arrangements made seeing them again a necessity’ Folk and Roots ‘Superb playing; lovely arrangements; great material’ Living Tradition
De fuego is a sensational guitar duo, playing energetic instrumental flamenco and rumba-based music. From different backgrounds, Edina Balczo is a Hungarian self-taught guitarist, but became extremly popular on Youtube and Davide Lufrano Chaves is Italian/Costa Rican and studied classical guitar at the Conservatorio Puccini gaining his Masters Degree in Music. At the beginning of 2010 the musical paths of these two talented musicians crossed in London. They have come a long way since these humble beginnings when they were buskers in different markets across London. During the second summer since playing together De Fuego have performed at various UK festivals (Glastonbury festival, Secret Garden party, Cosmofestival, Small world festival etc) and in famous clubs, including Hootananny and Ronnie Scotts. They were also invited to Sziget in Hungary, one of the biggest music festivals in Europe. In their music you can clearly hear their passion and virtuosity and with their spectacular percussion guitar techniques only with two guitars they make the people dance. On the 13th of January, 2012 they published their very first album, “Bluebird”, which is now available to order from their website or to download through CD baby.
Steve Hunt and Kim Guy quickly identified each other as potential musical allies during a chance encounter in one of Cornwall’s numerous informal pub sessions, a few years back. Since then, they have performed at festivals throughout England, contributed tracks to several well-regarded compilations and recorded their mini-album CD, Sweet Nightingale. Their music is informed both by Cornwall’s enduring musical traditions and it’s prevailing folknik spirit, so expect to hear elements of Celtic, Old-Time and English folk, with guitars, bouzouki and harmonising voices. “Lovingly crafted songs… earthy yet ethereal, dreamy but direct, full of solitude yet offering much solace.” Leigh Folk Festival “I reckon they’re going to go places, because I really like their stuff!” Mike Harding. BBC Radio 2.
The Blue School Folk Group does exactly what it says on the tin! The group was formed after 2012′s Blue School workshop with professional musician Will Lang, which culminated in a live performance on Priddy festival’s main stage, and a placement on his Halsway Manor folk workshop awarded to the students who had progressed the furthest. After these students returned to humble Wells, having amassed new and exciting folk knowledge, an idea formed in the mind of teacher Brigitte Cox, who noted the unprecedented interest in traditional music now occurring at her school. Calling in her 6th Form musical students as guiding hands, themselves no strangers to folk (including local Somerset band The Drystones) she put together an independent, student run folk group comprised of Halsway Manor Alumni Alice Lintern, Arthur Cullen and Tim Salvidge, and other Blue School students with a passion for the diddly. They play lively folk music of a traditional bent, with a few tunes here or there you might recognise.
Beth Porter & Richard Selby
This is a collaboration between two well established performers of folk song and folk story.
The centre piece is a performance of The Giant’s Daughter or The Battle Of The Birds, weaving music and song into this multi layered wonder tale from the Celtic tradition; it is a classic quest and trials story encompassing many themes. The music for the piece is self composed and arranged from traditional folk song by Bethany, the storytelling by Richard.
The performance premiered at last year’s Bath International Music Festival.
“Richard Selby and Bethany Porter’s recital “The Mouth of the Night” was a totally compelling mixture of story-telling, music played on cello and ukelele and enchanting songs. Richard Selby is a well-known story-teller and poet, and delves here into the world of Celtic “wonder stories” for the tale of The Prince of Tethertown and his wooing and marriage of the Giant’s daughter.
Porter is a classically trained cellist and singer. An accomplished songwriter, she performs with The Eliza Carthy Band and Jim Moray. Beth is one third of The Bookshop Band and fronts her own band: Beth Porter and The Availables.
Richard Selby is a compelling storyteller. He has appeared in the Bath Literature Festival several times solo and with Fire Springs, Storytellers of Bath. His third book will be published later this year; his first, The Fifth Quarter was published in 2008.
Belshazzar’s Feast Ceilidh BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2010 – Nominees for the Best Duo Award
In 1995 Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) shared a musical passion borne out of the desire to earn sufficient money to support their extravagant lifestyles. Their amazing musicianship coupled with wry humour stunned audiences around Europe and the States.
Paul Sartinis a member of BBC Radio 2 Award-winning big band Bellowhead and of Faustus. He combines his busy performing career with teaching and outreach work, at St Edward’s School inOxfordand for community organisations, most notably Live Music Now and SuperAct. He dabbles in academia, recently assisting on a number of publications of old tune manuscripts, and regularly deputises with the Choir of Winchester Cathedral, where he gets to wear a dress to work.
Paul Hutchinson is a member of the innovative and progressive folk trio,Hooverthe Dog as well as Okavango – the collaboration betweenHooverthe Dog and Fluxus (Belgium). Paul is also a seasoned accordion tutor for Folkworks, Hands On, British Council (inCzech RepublicandBelgium), Birmingham Conservatoire andUniversityofLimerick. His favourite colour is pink.
With Phil Bassindale Belshazzar’s Feast become a ceilidh band…
‘It is a bona fide English classic’ R2 (formerly Rock ‘n’ Reel)
‘One of folks great odd couples – The Feast’ The Independent On Sunday
‘Duo known for their sense of humour as well their impressive musicianship’ Guardian
Spellbinding multi-instrumental trio Three Cane Whale combine the influences of folk, minimalism, classical and film music to produce something “impressively original” (The Guardian) and uniquely moving. As intricate as a team of watchmakers yet as spare as a mountain stream, the music encompasses both a cinematic sweep and an intimate delicacy. This year, they return to Priddy Church with an even more eccentric array of unusual instruments, to promote new album “Holts and Hovers”, recorded in 20 different locations ranging from chapels to hilltops, and a greenwood barn to an allotment shed.
‘Perfect: a glorious adventure into new folk’ (Cerys Matthews, Top 5 Modern Folk Albums / Sunday Telegraph)
Dick Stephens began singing in the mid 1980s at Cheddar Folk Club and, with John ‘Jingles’ Williams formed a duo called the Belfry Boys. They performed scurrilous speleological parodies of existing folk songs at Priddy Folk Fayre and local folk clubs.
Mick Ryan heard the Belfry Boys at Cheddar Folk Festival in the early 1990s and as a result the four-part harmony group Cantoris were formed.
Dick now performs occasionally to folk clubs around the country where his rich, bass voice is much admired. Dick will also MC the great line up in Eastwater on Friday night.
Celtech is a psychedelic, world, dub phenomenon! In their quest for ultimate danceability Celtech will throw just about anything that inspires them into the pot. An irreverent and exuberant curiousity fuels their oddball experiments in sonic fusion. What happens if you mix up a Scottish reel with a heavy dub groove, then take it on a space rock tangent? This is the kind of question the members of Celtech frequently ask themselves. With this kind of approach what you end up with is a heady mélange of melodies from the Celtic nations and beyond, underpinned by all manner of eclectic rhythms, with a sprinkling of world flavours and a psychedelic twist. With their second album due out this year, Celtech are in the process of taking the underground by storm.