Fringe Festival

Saturday July 13th

Hosts: Nicki Davey & Johnny Francis

2.00 – 2.25 Arthurs Point
2.30 – 2.55 School of Cool
3.00 – 3.25 Mary Bateman
3.30 – 3.55 Clayton Denwood
4.00 – 4.25 Model Folk
4.30 – 5.00 Cross The River


Arthur’s Point

Arthur’s Point are a multi-generational, six-piece folk band from Wookey
Hole and Wells. Formed 4 years ago, they play traditional and contemporary
tunes, by the likes of Jamie Smith’s Mabon and the Treacherous Orchestra,
plus songs by artists such as Karine Polwart, Lisa Hannigan, Aoife
O’Donovan and The Oh Hellos.

School of Cool

It will be anchored by Greg Carley – a young and gifted keyboard player who has recently moved into the area – and fronted by Milton Blues Man Paul Cannon on tenor sax with, possibly, a vocal or two. We may add a bass player or, maybe, congas.

Mary Bateman

Wells-based folk singer Mary Bateman has already gained recognition for her pure voice and her carefully-researched song writing, which is underpinned by her work as a historian. Her acclaimed debut EP, On the Lonely Water, was released in 2017, and she is currently working on an album of traditional and original songs about Somerset stories old and new. Stylistically, she is influenced by the Irish sean-nós tradition, and her sets feature traditional songs from across Britain and Ireland.


Clayton Denwood

“He flies the flag for UK Americana in fine style, there’s a Woodstock vibe going on which is unsurprising since he’s been there and done that (no, literally – he used to live there). There is sufficient diversity in the tunes to keep everybody happy…folksy, bluesy, funky, country stuff…”Paul Villiers – Americana UK”

Model Folk

Model Folk are a six piece band hailing from the deepest darkest reaches of North Somerset. The sound is an eclectic cocktail of influences that could loosely fit in the folk canon. Live shows are full of self-deprecating humour, romance, pathos, audience engagement and interaction; this creates an intimacy which feels more akin to a family get together than a gig; with tunes such as Nipples for Men and Naked in The Kitchen, their aim is to get everyone smiling and tapping their feet.


Cross The River (XTR)

’Cross The River’ (XTR) are an experienced 6 piece line-up revealing country/rock and blues influences. Claire Gaynor teams up with long time musical colleagues Paul Merrell Richard Price Mark Cullen Martin Cook and Paul Whittington to perform their set of all-original material. Revered for their harmonies stunning guitar solos and banjo pickin… guaranteed to get the crowd rockin!



Sunday July 14th

Hosts: Cathy Judge & Johnny Francis

1.30 – 1.55 Avalonian Free State Choir
2.00  – 2.25 Mark Abis
2.30 – 2.55 The Portraits
3.00 – 3.25 John Diment
3.30 – 4.00 Crossing The Rockies


The Avalonian Free State Choir


The Avalonian Free State choir have been singing a cappella songs from folk traditions around the world for some 25 years. They also sing regularly in Wells Cathedral and Glastonbury Abbey, as well as at other festivals such as Glastonbury and Sunrise. Their repertoire covers over 20 languages with an emphasis on some of the gorgeous harmonies of Eastern Europe.



Mark Abis

Mark Abis is a prolific and critically acclaimed songwriter whose work has been used in a variety of British and American television. He is probably best known for his song Summerbreeze, which was covered by Emiliana Torrini. His melodies are original, his vocals warm and distinctive, a real musical sensibility is obvious, with literary lyrics to boot.

The Portraits

Somerset Acoustic duo The Portraits have played five Glastonbury Festivals, performed live on BBC Radio 2, and been described by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson as “Irresistible and Irrepressible!”. Their storytelling song style, a worldly mix of Anglo-Irish harmonies and upbeat catchy tunes, provides the backdrop to a recurring theme of unity and peace.




John De Revelator

John has an exciting solo career as well as running his own band he has slots lined up supporting a range of artists, including Davy Malone, Gaz Brookfield and The Skimmity Hitchers, as well as continuing his role as Compere in the Martyrs Marquee at Tolpuddle Martyrs festival and running more “We Shall Overcome” events.


Crossing The Rockies

Crossing The Rockies is a group emerging from the traditional sessions in Frome, Somerset. We are all dynamic instrumentalists and play a mixture of Irish, Scottish, Appalachian and other traditional music with a foot stompin’ feel that leaves you feeling glad to be alive.