Saturday – Sessions tent 3pm

Singing workshop with Issy Emeney

Well known on the English Folk Music scene for the uniquely lyrical beauty of her melodeon playing and song writing, Issy is also an experienced arranger and workshop leader of English Traditional song. Come and sing your socks off at her workshop which will be taught by ear.  Expect fabulous songs in harmony, taught with patience, skill and enthusiasm, and possibly the odd surprise guest.


In the Fringe tent – open to all

Saturday – 10am

Dave Green

Curiosity and an inability to perfectly tune a guitar inspired David Green to go on an adventure into music that took him all over the world, back in time and deep into the heart of music.

Where does music come from? What is it for? Why does it move us so? What do the laws of Harmony tell us about the structure of the world?

Drawing on extensive research that underpins his novel ‘The Musician’, David reframes the narrative history of music in a way that asks us to re-examine our beliefs and rekindle our sense of wonder, not just with music, but with everything. The talk will include a live performance with tracks from the new album ‘Unsteady On Our Feet’.



Saturday 11am – Called to be Saints – West Gallery singing

In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries a lively and vigorous repertoire of choral music developed in English village churches. Choirs were normally supported by small bands of wind and fiddle-family instruments. As they often sang and played from the west gallery of the church, we generally refer to this style of music today as West Gallery music.

At the festival the choir will run a workshop to give a taste of this glorious music, led by John Shaw (who also performs with the Hotwells Howlers and the Bristol Shantymen.) We hope you will come along, bringing your voices(!), to give it a try. Sheet music will be available, but the ability to read music, whilst helpful, is not essential. The “Saints” will be also be giving a showcase of some of their music later in the church.


Sunday – 10am Nick Mitchell – Bodrhan

Nick first tried the bodrhan at a Priddy festival a few years ago. He watched Flook in action and was impressed by John Joe Kelly’s playing…and later spent some time drinking pints in the fest bar with John Joe…and so a love of bodrhans was started.

Nick has been to many bodrhan workshop weeks in Ireland, has made his own bodrhan and is now ready to share what he has learned. Bring your own bodrhan, (there will be a few to borrow) and be ready to enjoy a new perspective on bodrhan playing.


Sunday 11am The Old Somerset Russetts

Join the Somerset Russets to play English village band music arranged in parts.  This year’s workshop draws on the eighteenth century collections of wonderful dance music published by John Johnson, under the sign of the Harp and Crown on Cheapside.  Suitable for all melody instruments.  Sight-reading an advantage but ear-players welcome.  Guitar chords will be provided.


Planned Sessions

In the Queen Vic pub

English music sessions and sing a rounds – times in the programme – all welcome