New acts to watch out for

One of the joys of folk festivals generally and – we sincerely hope – Priddy Folk Festival in particular is discovering great talent that you have never heard of and going ‘wow!’

Sometimes the ‘wow’ thing can happen when you stumble upon young performers. And sometimes it’s someone who has, shall we say, been around the block a bit.

Leon Hunt is not exactly a new name to Priddy – he appeared with the Scoville Units in 2010 – but he will be I’m sure an unfamiliar name to many. If you are among them check him and his music out here!

Leon plays 5-string banjo but refuses to be tied to bluegrass – the genre most associated with the instrument. Instead he traverses traditional folk, jazz, country and even a bit of blues in his musical pallette. And what a player! One to watch for Priddy 2017.

Another great addition to this year’s festival who are certain to cause a stir at Priddy this year are PerKelt. This trio describe their music as Celtic-medieval speed folk.
And they are not joking – as this video confirms.

Somerset based singer-songwriter Kitty Macfarlane is another strong signing for 2017. With a beautiful voice and a bag ful of great songs Kitty has paid her dues with support slots for the likes of Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Seth Lakeman, Alasdair Roberts, Rachel Sermanni, Blair Dunlop, and Feast of Fiddles and isready to push for the spotlight for herself.