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belshazzarsfeast-2013

Belshazzar’s Feast

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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

http://www.belshazzarsfeast.co.uk/

Laura Beth Salter & Jenn Butterworth

Laura Beth Salter and Jenn Butterworth

Laura Beth Salter & Jenn Butterworth

Uniting two powerful voices with guitar and mandolin, Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter are both key players in Glasgow’s world-renowned grassroots folk scene, with their new duo partnership channelling that tumultuous creative energy into a mix of Celtic and Americana material.

Jenn Butterworth is one of Scotland’s foremost female guitarists, and has toured extensively with the award winning Anna Massie Band. As an accompanist she is in high demand, her most recent collaborations have involved artists such as Phil Cunningham and Nuala Kennedy. Laura-Beth Salter takes influence from the Oldtime and Bluegrass music that her parents played whilst she was growing up in Lincolnshire. After spending time studying a Traditional Music Degree in Newcastle she became heavily involved in the folk scene. She is a founding member of The Shee and her most recent collaborations involve Shooglenifty and The MacLean Project led by the world renowned Perthshire singer Dougie MacLean.

http://www.jennandlb.com/

Dallahan

Dallahan

Dallahan

Since launching the band in December 2013, Dallahan have exploded onto the traditional music scene. Their unique arrangements of original music and traditional Irish tunes and songs have secured their presence at such prestigious international events as Milwaukee Irish Festival in the USA, Copenhagen Irish Festival and Celtic Connections. Dallahan met each other through local sessions in Edinburgh and they are established performers of various musical styles from classical and jazz to Balkan and Celtic.

The members of the band have toured extensively with groups as diverse as Kalman Balogh’s Gypsy Cimbalom Band, Larsa, Fianna, Samling, Tcha Limberger and they regularly appear at festivals and venues both in the UK and internationally. As individuals, they have received various awards; Paddy won the ‘BBC Young Traditional Musician Of The Year Award 2013’, Ciaran won the title of ‘All Britain Banjo Champion’ in 2006, Jani won 1st prize at the first ‘Hungarian Traditional Music Competition’ and Jack was recently a finalist in the ‘BBC Young Traditional Musician Of The Year Award 2014’.

As a band, they received an ‘Emerging Excellence Award’ from Help Musicians UK and were recently nominated for Best Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2014. Dallahan is a breath taking musical journey delivered by award winning musicians that is as much fun to listen to as it is to play.

http://www.dallahanmusic.com/

Fara

Fara

Fara

Fara brings together five emerging musicians at the forefront of today’s young Scottish folk scene, Jennifer Austin, Louise Bichan, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price’s four fiddles and a piano, to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney.

Having been friends since they were in nappies, the girls grew up under the musical guidance of Douglas Montgomery (The Chair, Saltfishforty) with the four East Mainlanders of the band in fiddle group Hadhirgaan at Kirkwall Grammar School, and Kristan, a West Mainlander, in Jenny Kelday’s Shoramere at Stromness Academy. The five girls then went on to study south, and hold degrees from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow School of Art, Strathclyde University, The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music. They have all since established themselves in the Scottish music scene winning prizes along the way which include the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, The BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, The Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition, and the Danny Kyle Award.

The idea for the band came after several appearances as “The Chairettes”, The Chair’s backing band. At one gig, the girls were put on stage to play a couple of sets on their own, and Bob Gibbon, The Chair’s Accordionist and Orkney Folk Festival director, suggested they form a new band. To the Chair’s disappointment they decided to loose the name, and Fara was born.

With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, Fara’s show is sure to be an exciting one. With a mixture of self-penned and traditional Orkney tunes as well as some songs, the girls’ combined musical experiences and friendships produce an exciting and individual sound, about to burst onto the traditional music scene.

http://faramusic.co.uk/

Mishaped Pearls

Mishaped Pearls

Mishaped Pearls

At the forefront of a very exciting new wave of UK folk, seven piece Mishaped Pearls’ most recent album Thamesis has received outstanding reviews in The Telegraph, The Financial Times, Songlines Magazine, fRoots Magazine,
4 **** in The Guardian, The Scotsman, Maverick Magazine and plenty more. The album has also garnered the highest praise from Tom Robinson (BBC6 Music), Mark Radcliffe and Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2), all highlights amongst universal acclaim from the press and media.

Their adventurous song combination of the ancient and the new finds an echo in their musical make up – banjo, saz baglama, bodhran, violin and mandolin mix with acoustic guitar, keyboards, electric bass and drums, all led by the mezzo-soprano voice of Manuela Schuette. Their music’s roots in tradition expands into progressive folk and rock, eastern modal music and shows elements of contemporary classical influence.

http://www.mishapedpearls.org/

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The Drystones

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The Drystones are our very own home grown band who have gone on to great things. Their first ever performance was here at Priddy. They are a young (just started University) lively folk duo from Priddy playing violin, guitar and whistle, who have made a big splash since they formed in July 11. In 2015 they played the Glastonbury extravaganza supporting Ray Davis and The Shires, they won the Larmer Tree Break Through Music Award 2015, and have played festivals all over the West Country (including Sidmouth, Village Pump  and Purbeck). At their 2013 Glastonbury Festival performance they were highlighted by Steve Lamacq on Radio 2 as his “recommendation of the day”. They have just completed their second album. which had a great review from FATEA Magazine and The Living Tradition said “To describe their instrumental style as spirited and animated would be akin to asserting that Bellowhead can be quite an energetic band”

For just two people they make a lot of sound, you will not be bored!

http://www.thedrystones.co.uk/

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDrystones

https://www.facebook.com/TheDrystones

 

ant noel & the peabody drakes

Ant Noel and the Peabody Drakes

ant noel & the peabody drakes

Songwriter Ant Noel lives just down the hill from Priddy, in the city of Wells. Having been born and raised on the small Channel Island of Jersey, Ant moved to ‘big bad Bristol’ in 2003, staying for a music degree and ten years of plying his trade as a musician (piano, fiddle, guitar, mandolin & harmonica) and teacher before relocating to the haven of Somerset. Ant spent the past decade releasing three original albums and performing in venues across the South West in a variety of roles, some rather kitsch (‘cocktail pianist’ for P&O ferries), others more suited to traditional tastes (session fiddle player, folk festival performer).

In 2011, Ant formed backing band The Peabody Drakes in order to flesh out the bare bones of his music. The band’s current line-up includes James Stallwood (clarinet), Anneka Johnson (percussion), Alex Pearson (double bass), Peter Wilk (accordion) and Paul Dix (fiddle). Ant Noel & The Peabody Drakes perform Ant’s original music which enlists a melting-pot of styles, be it celtic, klezmer, americana or cajun. Often described as lively and upbeat, these are songs of travel, ale and coffee drinking, french love stories and west country rambles!

In 2014, Ant released his most recent album ‘The Water’s Line’ to critical acclaim from the likes of BBC Introducing, Somer Valley FM and the Musicians Union who picked the cd as their ‘stand out’ release of the winter that year: “Ant Noel is proving a rising star on stages across the south west and beyond thanks to a winning way with a tune and an intriguing lyric.His third album is packed with melodic twists and he steps out from his folk roots to capture a wider audience with his endearing songs.” (The Musician Magazine)

Following on the heels of regular performances at the likes of Bristol Harbourside, Burnham Folkfest, the famous Old Duke and even Wookey Hole and the Fringe Tent of Priddy itself, Ant and the band can’t wait to make their debut on the Eastwater Stage at Priddy Folkfest 2016.

When he’s not performing on stage, you will find Ant teaching much younger talent at St. Cuthbert’s School in Wells; running a regular folk session every Monday night with Paul Dix at the George Inn in Croscombe; or leading amateur folk musicians in Bristol as director of the Raggedy Folk Players.

http://antnoel.com/?page_id=367

Hut People

The Hut People

Hut People

The Hut People are constantly gaining more of reputation as one of the most entertaining acts to appear on the folk scene in a long while.

In their surprisingly engaging and often hilarious show, they perform a truly unique high-octane blend of folk music from around the world – perfectly formed & embellished with a foot stomping accordion and mind-boggling array of exotic percussion (with some Quebecois foot percussion & dancing thrown in for good measure too!).

A hugely entertaining duo getting unbelievable feedback from audiences, festival organizers and music press alike.

http://www.thehutpeople.co.uk/

Priddy Rising

Priddy Rising

Priddy Rising

In 2012 Priddy Folk Festival wanted to do something special to mark its 21st birthday. The Festival decided to create a collaborative music education project called Priddy Rising, working with students from Wells Blue School – Priddy’s local secondary school.

Under the mentorship of British musician, composer and producer Will Lang. Each year the students have explored their traditions through a theme chosen by Will and Priddy Folk Festival.

This year’s theme is very close to the heart of the Festival and you will find these words on the back of the Swildons stage at Priddy: ‘Something attempted, something achieved’.

This is the motto of the Priddy Friendly Society, an organisation established in 1883 for the benefit of the community – many of whom were agricultural workers, and which has been at the heart of Priddy’s village community for over a century.

Saturday

Altan

Altan

Altan

With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard hitting reels and jigs, and with their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle. Throughout, there has been the unwavering commitment of the band to bringing the beauty of traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers, to contemporary audiences in a way that brings out all its qualities and destroys none. In fact, Altan have always believed that Irish traditional music is a modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proved them right.

http://altan.ie/

Lady Maisery

Lady Maisery

Lady Maisery

Nominated for the ‘Horizon’ BBC Folk Award 2012 and for ‘Best Debut’ at the Spiral Awards 2012. Forged from the voices of Hannah James (Kerfuffle, duo with Sam Sweeney), Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters, The Artisans) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola), Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads.

The trio burst onto the scene with the release of the debut album, ‘Weave and Spin’ in summer 2011, which received much critical acclaim and was declared an ‘Album of the Week’ by The Independent. Their live performances during the festival season created a real buzz and they were nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and for Best Debut at the 2012 Spiral Awards.
Lady Maisery break new ground as one of the first UK groups to explore the tradition of diddling or tune singing, which has nearly died out in England, but is still prevalent in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. Whether singing unaccompanied, or with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp and fiddle, be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes.

http://www.ladymaisery.com/

Calan

Calan

Calan

Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.
They blast their way through some of the old favourite reels, jigs and hornpipes with fast paced and uplifting arrangements before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs.

Following the release of their debut album, ‘Bling’ in 2008, which attracted four star responses from the critics, the five-piece have been playing to big audiences and rave reviews at concerts and festivals around Britain and Europe, including the coveted Cambridge Festival; Celtic Connections, Glasgow; Shrewsbury Folk Festival; Moseley Folk Festival; Derby Folk Festival; Bromyard Folk Festival, Whitby Folk Festival a concert tour of Italy, Austria and Belgium along with a number of performances at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Brittany, where they’ve received the award for the best group.

The group, who’ve raised some eyebrows with a deliberate policy of eye-catching clothes and presentation, despite the ancient roots of their music, see themselves as a new generation of ambassadors, striving to take their new sound to new audiences, while raising the profile of Welsh traditional music on an international level.
With their unique instrumental blend of accordion, fiddle, guitar, Welsh pipes, Welsh harp and the percussive sound of the Welsh clogs, Calan have certainly found their musical niche and their plan is to continue to delight audiences far and wide!

http://www.calan-band.com/

belshazzarsfeast-2013

Belshazzar’s Feast

belshazzarsfeast-2013

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

http://www.belshazzarsfeast.co.uk/

Mec Lir

Mec Lir

Mec Lir

What do you get when you mix together three of the Isle of Man’s most well respected trad musicians with one of Scotland’s fresh up and coming talents? Mec Lir – bringing foot stomping beats to some of your favourite trad tunes.

Formed in 2014, Mec Lir have had audiences up on their feet from the Isle of Man and Glasgow, to places like Cape Breton and Brittany with their infectious brand of ‘trad pop‘. The perfect blend of celtic tunes and modern backing, with the melody still playing the key role.

The band consists of virtuosic Manx fiddle player Tomas Callister (Barrule, Ímar), along with Adam Rhodes on bouzouki (Barrule, Ímar, King Chiaullee), David Kilgallon on keyboard (Chronicles, King Chiaullee) and Greg Barry on drums (The Elephant Sessions).

They released their CD ‘Not An EP‘ in 2015, and have since recorded two new singles, released early in 2016 – the epic reels set ‘Chase The Ace’ and pumping polkas ‘The Ram’.

2015 was a busy year for the band, including going viral on Facebook with a video reaching nearly 2 million views, playing at festivals such as the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany, Cape Breton’s Celtic Colours and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. Plans are now afoot to record their debut album in 2016. So keep your ears to the ground and your feet tapping – Mec Lir will make you move!

http://www.meclir.com/

Flats & Sharps

Flats and Sharps

Flats & Sharps

Hailing from Cornwall, in the South West of England, Flats and Sharps blur the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop, gaining recognition for performing their own highly original songs as well as their renditions of Bluegrass classics. These five incredible young musicians honed their skills in 350 live performances over nearly five years charming and wowing audiences along the way.

Their five track ‘Always There’ EP, released in June 2015, drew critical acclaim with R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel) Magazine saying that they were “destined for great things” and ‘Boat’ and ‘It’s OK My Love’ both picking up specialist and daytime UK radio play with the videos for these songs gaining traction on YouTube. The lads recorded a new album in summer 2015 which will be released in early 2016. Entitled ‘King of My Mind’ it breaks new ground instrumentally with added drums and even a Hammond B3 organ and guest performances from BJ Cole on Pedal Steel and a duet featuring emerging singer-songwriter emae. 3 cover songs are sandwiched between 12 original songs written by Kirk Bowman (Banjo) and Mikey Ponsford (Mandolin). Added to these two Josh Warner (Guitar), Liam Fitzharris (Double Bass) and 2015 addition Danny Hart on Fiddle. ‘King of My Mind’ was recorded in a week at Deep Litter studios, South Devon and was produced by David McEwan who has won awards for his production work on Plan B’s “The Defamation of Strickland Banks” and has a long relationship working with Nitin Sawhney.

Flats and Sharps have come a long way from their humble beginning busking in Penzance as 17 year-olds to performing on the Town Square stage at the Country 2 Country Festival at the O2 in London in March 2015 and at Proms in Hyde Park, London in September 2015, which was recorded for later broadcast on the Bob Harris Country show on BBC Radio 2. Along the way that have played for (and with) the Governor of Kentucky who jumped on stage to play with them, won fans at scores of festivals including Isle of Wight, Maverick and many Bluegrass and Folk Festivals and performed for events for Ralph Lauren and Jack Wills shops in London They were the headline act at the Ireland’s Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival in June 2015.
Flats and Sharps are ones to watch out for in 2016 and these five talented young men are clearly going to pick up many fans throughout the year.

http://www.flatsandsharps.co.uk/

Hot Vultures

Hot Vultures

Hot Vultures

Southern English duo Hot Vultures – Ian Anderson on guitar, slide guitar and vocals and Maggie Holland on bass guitar, banjo, guitar and vocals – were one of the hardest working and popular outfits on the UK and European folk and college circuits of the 1970s. They mixed up a naturally Anglicised selection of old American roots musics from the 1920s, ’30s and before – early blues, pre-country, old-time music – with UK traditional music, acoustic R&B and a few originals, all played with energy, taste, enthusiasm and a genuine love of the sources.

They worked everywhere from smoky Continental dives to the Copper Family’s monthly Sussex folk nights, from college rock gigs to early Cambridge Folk Festivals, and even had a bit of a following among people from the emerging mid-’70s punk scene as well as adventurous folk fans, possibly because they tended to play things rather fast and (acoustic) loud!

They made three albums in the UK, the first of which was also released by EMI Belgium and the third (Up The Line) in the USA, very unusual for UK folk names in that era. They collaborated on them with guest musicians like Martin Simpson (with whom they also toured as The Scrub Jay Orchestra), Pete & Chris Coe, Al Jones and many more. Eventually the duo expanded into the English Country Blues Band and later the ’80s electric ceilidh band Tiger Moth. Their albums were anthologised on the ‘best of’ CD compilation Vulturama.

Ian Anderson had begun his career in the late ’60s blues boom before releasing three solo LPs as Ian A. Anderson on the now cult ‘psych folk’ label Village Thing; in more recent years – when his day job permits – he has been in the duo The False Beards with Ben Mandelson. Maggie Holland subsequently blossomed as a solo artist and songwriter, whose songs have also been recorded by June Tabor and Martin Carthy (her A Place Called England was a Song Of The Year winner in the BBC Folk Awards) and is also currently playing in The Broonzies with Jez Lowe and others.

In 2016 they’ll be re-uniting for one summer only, for the first time (apart from a few one-off command performances) since 1984. Their final final date ever will be in October at the 50th anniversary celebration of the legendary Bristol Troubadour Club, where they first got together way back when the world was young.

Beth Porter and the Availables pic

Beth Porter and the Availables

Beth Porter and the Availables pic

Beth Porter is an in-demand cellist, based in Bath. She has over 60 album credits on a wide spectrum of genres, from Eliza Carthy to Kula Shaker, and plays regularly with a number of artists, as well as teaching, session work and her own project, Beth Porter and the Availables.

Drawing from her classical background and extensive and varied live performance experience, Beth creates a unique and refreshingly modern texture to her repertoire, contrasting the cello and ukulele with a voice which will hold your attention.

Beth also plays with Bath based The Stringbeans and has toured with Reg Meuross and Jennifer Crook

www.bethporter.x10.mx

Sam Mabbett and Dylan Howarth

Sam Mabbet & Dylan Cairns Howarth

Sam Mabbett and Dylan Howarth

Sam Mabbett and Dylan Cairns-Howarth are a young traditional music duet playing a repertoire that ranges from Ireland to Africa.

Dylan grew up near Aberystwyth, in west Wales. He has played fiddle since he was 5; at 12, the Hurdy-Gurdy and; somewhere between 15 and 17, the guitar. He plays Irish tunes in pub sessions whenever he gets the chance, traditional Welsh tunes for the local parti dawns (Welsh dance group), French tunes for the local fez nos (French dance). He is current Junior Welsh Celtic Fiddle Champion (2 years running) and Musician of the Festival at Cwlwm Celtaidd, Porthcawl.

Sam is an ace diatonic accordionist from Darkest Morris Land (Didcot in Oxfordshire). Sam is one of those who’ll play anything you throw it him; his current project being the whistle (after succeeding with the bagpipes and bassoon). He is, impressively, juggling gigs as a member of Flute Street, Juice, and the Ship Band, despite constantly crawling with Rockhopper Morris.

The two met at Folkworks in Durham and met up again at Bromyard Folk Festival the same year. Together they decided to join NYFTE, the National Youth Folk Troupe of England, where they learned more about the English tradition of music and dance.

http://dpch10.wix.com/sam-dylan

Tim Dalling

Tim Dalling – ‘Aye Coyote”

Tim Dalling

The great Tim Dalling, formerly of The New Rope String Band, bring his solo auto-bio-mythical theatre show with songs mixing personal tales and trickster myths, songs and dances.

“Tim Dalling’s performance at Lau Land was breathtaking. Running the full gamut of human experience, exertion and emotion, he must surely be approaching the peak of his powers. You get a sense that he could do absolutely anything he wants.
The only person you can go and see doing Tim Dalling is Tim Dalling, unique exhilarating brilliance.”

Kris Drever (Lau)

Les Barker

Les Barker

Les Barker

Les Barker writes strange poems and comes from Manchester, but he’s now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He’s written 85 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don’t quite believe what they’ve just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two.

Les began his career as assistant to Mrs Ackroyd, a small hairy mongrel who lay around in folk clubs, bit people and became famous. Mrs Ackroyd was the only dog ever to own her own record label. Since her sad demise, Les is a solo performer. He has both and English and a Welsh band, but has skilfully avoided being a member of either.

What else can one say about Les Barker? He was Old York Victoria’s footballer of the year in the season when they finished top of the Altrincham League. He has run a marathon in two hours forty one minutes; but he was younger then. He’s difficult to describe.

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Three Cane Whale

3canewhale-2013

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)

www.threecanewhale.com

trowmen

The Roaring Trowmen

trowmen

The Roaring Trowmen are a group of four hearty men in Bristol (UK) who sing sea shanties and folk songs. And they drink beer.

They love singing a good rousing sea shanty and want to share their enjoyment with the world – or at least a bit of it.

http://roaringtrowmen.co.uk/

baraka

Baraka

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/

Priddy Rising

Priddy Rising

Priddy Rising

In 2012 Priddy Folk Festival wanted to do something special to mark its 21st birthday. The Festival decided to create a collaborative music education project called Priddy Rising, working with students from Wells Blue School – Priddy’s local secondary school.

Under the mentorship of British musician, composer and producer Will Lang. Each year the students have explored their traditions through a theme chosen by Will and Priddy Folk Festival.

This year’s theme is very close to the heart of the Festival and you will find these words on the back of the Swildons stage at Priddy: ‘Something attempted, something achieved’.

This is the motto of the Priddy Friendly Society, an organisation established in 1883 for the benefit of the community – many of whom were agricultural workers, and which has been at the heart of Priddy’s village community for over a century.

flatsnsharps

Flats & Sharps

flatsnsharps

“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.

www.flatsandsharps.co.u
www.youtube.com/flatsandsharpspzk

rorymcleod

Rory McLeod & the Familiar Strangers

rorymcleod

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 Rojas on Columbian Lowland harp and quattro.

This combination of Rory and The Familiar Strangers takes you to a world of far away places, familiar feelings and is simply entrancing and absorbing.

http://www.rorymcleod.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UprK6zjsrH4

Sunday

Breabach

Breabach

Breabach

Voted ‘Best Live Act 2013’ & ’Best Folk Band 2012‘ at the Scots Trad Music Awards and twice nominated ‘Best Band’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; Scottish five-piece Breabach deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk music that has earned them international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK’s most dynamic and exciting bands.

After a whirlwind five years traversing the globe, Breabach are delighted to present their fifth studio album, Astar (tr. distance/journey). Inspired by the people and places they have encountered, iconic venues and festivals performed at and the exciting, at times groundbreaking, collaborations they have been involved in. These experiences have brought new shape to their sound whilst simultaneously strengthening their identity. Astar is a multicultural celebration, embracing the music of four nations in partnership with their own. The band have invited friends from Norway, Quebec, Australia and New Zealand to be part of this recording, all of which has been brought to life under the guidance and production of Greg Lawson. Featuring extraordinary Aboriginal artist Yirrmal Marika (AUS), Maori tradition bearer Scott Morrison (NZ), Hardanger virtuoso Olav Luksengård Mjelva (NO), Quebecois violinist Olivier Demers (Quebec) and the wonderful Le Vent Du Nord (Quebec) with guest vocals.

Breabach unite the talent of Calum MacCrimmon (pipes/whistles/bouzouki/vocals), Ewan Robertson (guitar/ vocals), James Mackenzie (pipes/flute/whistles), Megan Henderson (fiddle/vocals/stepdance) and James Lindsay (double bass). Since launching their career as winners of the Open Stage Award at Celtic Connections in 2005 the band have steadily moved from strength to strength, picking up accolades and performing at esteemed events along the way.

http://breabach.com/

Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward & Band

Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward is an award winning singer-songwriter from Derby. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument.

After getting her first guitar at the age of 14, Lucy ventured into acoustic clubs, it was there that she first heard the traditional music that she now loves. Captured by the lyrics and stories of traditional song Lucy delved further into the world of folk music, visiting clubs and sessions up and down the country before getting booked to play gigs in her own right. In 2009 Lucy reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award and she hasn’t looked back since!

After winning the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lucy’s career has gone from strength to strength establishing her as one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene, pulling a full capacity audience for her Cambridge Folk Festival debut.
In 2013 it was announced that she had been nominated for the acclaimed “Folk Singer of the Year” at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, making Lucy one of the youngest people ever to be nominated for this most prestigious award.

Her debut album “Adelphi Has To Fly” was released in June 2011 by Navigator Records and was met with widespread critical acclaim. Lucy was named by MOJO as ‘Britfolk’s most vibrant and forthright new young talent’ and attracted four star reviews from The Guardian and Maverick Magazine among others.
Her brilliant second album ‘Single Flame’ (again for Navigator Records), was released on 19 August 2013 to rave reviews. Produced by Stu Hanna (of folk duo Megson), ‘Single Flame’ showcased a maturity from her debut and showed the development in Lucy’s music, singing and musicianship.
She now returns with her 3rd album “I Dreamt I Was A Bird”, released on Betty Beetroot Records on 2nd October 2015.

As well as her own music Lucy has written for both film, theatre and has been involved with many, varied projects.

http://www.lucywardsings.com/

Nuala Honan

Nuala Honan Trio

Nuala Honan

Nuala Honan, country singer-songwriter from rural South Australia has followed up the release of her debut album, The Tortoise, with a year full of touring all over the UK and abroad.
Nuala has followed her instinctual grass roots work ethic bringing the fireside honesty of country back to her music community. Her diary boasts summers full of big name festivals (Glastonbury, Womad, Larmer Tree), opening for The Magic Numbers, an extensive 21 date UK tour with Dave Gerard Autumn 2013, a tour of her homeland Australia at the beginning of this year and a final follow up solo tour this Autumn.
Recently, Nuala has mostly been travelling from house to house (and garden, and golf club!) playing in fan’s front rooms. This style of touring suits her solo shows, making the most out of the intimacy, and has been a memorable experience for auiences.

With a few distractions along the way in the shape of a couple of touring theatre shows and some interesting collaborative side projects, Honan’s plan is to hide away this winter and come out next spring with a new blooming set of fresh songs.
Nuala’s lyrical honesty and the fiercely independent environment that the album has emerged from combine to ensure that The Tortoise has an authenticity that commercial country so often lacks.
Nuala has that uncanny ability to write new songs that sound like they have been written before, somehow conjuring the sense that the lyrics have been worn smooth by the passage of time.

http://www.nualahonan.com/

Nathan Ball

Nathan Ball

Nathan Ball

Nathan’s music has taken on a number of different forms over the years… initially performing as a solo artist, before moving on to form the 4-piece band Nayfumble, later – a duo, The Ballinsky Project, with cellist Adrianne Wininsky, and most recently as a solo artist with guest musicians. He currently resides in a little cottage in Somerset where he hides himself away writing songs and building beautiful acoustic guitars…

Nathan’s long-awaited debut album “Stand Up” was released in October 2015 and is available to buy here.
In 2011, Nathan was shortlisted as one of 5 finalists in the MOJO Honours List New Voice competition. Frequently compared to folk legends such as Nick Drake, John Martyn and Cat Stevens, Nathan still manages to create his own unique sound – a blend of poetic lyrics matched with a powerful and distinctive voice and a rare and captivating guitar style.

http://nathanball.com/

Calan

Calan

Calan

Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.
They blast their way through some of the old favourite reels, jigs and hornpipes with fast paced and uplifting arrangements before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs.

Following the release of their debut album, ‘Bling’ in 2008, which attracted four star responses from the critics, the five-piece have been playing to big audiences and rave reviews at concerts and festivals around Britain and Europe, including the coveted Cambridge Festival; Celtic Connections, Glasgow; Shrewsbury Folk Festival; Moseley Folk Festival; Derby Folk Festival; Bromyard Folk Festival, Whitby Folk Festival a concert tour of Italy, Austria and Belgium along with a number of performances at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Brittany, where they’ve received the award for the best group.

The group, who’ve raised some eyebrows with a deliberate policy of eye-catching clothes and presentation, despite the ancient roots of their music, see themselves as a new generation of ambassadors, striving to take their new sound to new audiences, while raising the profile of Welsh traditional music on an international level.
With their unique instrumental blend of accordion, fiddle, guitar, Welsh pipes, Welsh harp and the percussive sound of the Welsh clogs, Calan have certainly found their musical niche and their plan is to continue to delight audiences far and wide!

http://www.calan-band.com/

trowmen

The Roaring Trowmen

trowmen

The Roaring Trowmen are a group of four hearty men in Bristol (UK) who sing sea shanties and folk songs. And they drink beer.

They love singing a good rousing sea shanty and want to share their enjoyment with the world – or at least a bit of it.

http://roaringtrowmen.co.uk/