Free Fringe Festival

Priddy has a very strong tradition of the free fringe festival, and this year is no exception. Taking place in our very own Fringe Tent, we host an eclectic collection of artists from near and far. Entry to the Fringe Tent is entirely free to all and is especially designed to give people a chance to listen to talented local bands and musicians from folk and beyond. No wristband required!

Details of our exciting 2022 line-up is set out below

Nature is Noisy

‘Nature is Noisy’ is a rockin’ grooves outfit from Glastonbury playing original music that is fun and danceable. Featuring bass, drums, guitar and vocals, this classic three-piece majors on revelry and inimitable ‘redneckriffery’.

Sam Evans

For over 7 years, Sam has been ‘on tour’ playing nearly 1000 gigs across the UK & Europe. He’s supported world-class musicians from chart-toppers Toploader to reggae music’s rising star Mike Love, performed at the UK’s top festivals and frequently secures headline shows in Bristol’s best music venues with his band Verdisa.

Tim Brine and Sue Franklin

Tim and Sue have been singing as a duo for over 20 years. Their enchanting style has endeared them to audiences at clubs and festivals and they never fail to please.
They draw their music from both traditional and contemporary sources as well as their own self-penned songs of social comment which reflect their commitment to environmental and social causes

Rob Barratt

Rob Barratt is a Dudley-born, brain-tickling, word-mangling comic poet and singer from North Cornwall who has appeared at venues and festivals all over the British Isles and in Australia. He combines clever word play, verse and song with satire, parody and audience participation. He deals with such important topics as squid, data-driven education and distressed furniture but underneath the humour lurk serious issues.

“This is not only clever but I think it’s very funny” (Mike Harding)

The Bayou Tapestry

The Bayou Tapestry started out as a Cajun dance band but have morphed over the years into playing Cajun-style songs about climate catastrophe. Happy-go-lucky tunes about the end of the world – what’s not to like?

The Avalonian Free State Choir

Hailing from Glastonbury, The Avalonian Free State Choir is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, with 3 original members, including conductor Sally Pullinger.

They sing a selection of world music harmonies from all continents, with an emphasis on Eastern Europe, all a cappella. They are delighted to be back at Priddy Festival after the enforced cancellations of the last 2 years.

Cathy Judge & Johnny Francis

A well-known local singer/songwriter with a rich velvety voice singing beautifully crafted ballads sung with emotion and passion. Cathy will be accompanied by long term musical partner Johnny Francis on the guitar.

James Froud

Americana-influenced songwriting, guitar and vocals, James is back performing at Priddy after a few years away from the scene. A rootsy, heartfelt singer/songwriter, James grew up listening to the likes of Steve Earl and Guy Clark from his dad’s record collection and learning to play bluegrass guitar.

The Decades

A group of lost souls who have nothing in common…apart from a love of music and alcohol. Ranging over many decades in age, attitude, and musical taste they play a truly eclectic feast of Americana, ballads, blues, gospel and a sprinkling of pop.

Old Baby Mackerel

Old Baby Mackerel play high-energy, foot-stomping Bluegrass featuring a fantastic line-up of renowned musicians from some of the UK’s best folk, Americana and festival bands. Their music uses the sounds of fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and double bass to get knees bouncing and elbows swinging to the virtuosic sound of blistering solos and sweet harmonies. Be prepared to be transported back in time to the early 20th century and across the Atlantic to North America where songs dramatized the small-town fascination with locomotion, the trials of murderous drunks and the veneration of whisky and bootleg liquor.

You, Me & Him

A four-piece band from Chilcompton producing up-beat popular covers in their own unique style. Appearing in pubs, clubs and local radio shows, they are a good time phenomenon.