2020 PERFORMERS & DANCE SIDES

Performers confirmed so far...  More to be added.

Bob Fox

For more than 40 years BOB FOX has been regarded as one of “the iconic voices” of British folk song. Deeply influenced by the working class culture and industrial folk song prevalent in his native County Durham he has become a first rate exponent of storytelling through song.

Don’t miss a chance to experience his warm, rich voice, virtuoso guitar style and newly acquired melodeon playing skill. Expect to hear songs of love, joy, work and humour as he performs material from WarHorse, newly written songs from the New Radio Ballad series and old favourites from his many recordings.

Les Barker

Les Barker writes strange poems and comes originally 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.

Hannah Saunders & Ben Savage

Huddled round a single vintage microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar,  Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are an acoustic duo that sound classically timeless, yet their music is unique.  They have toured the UK, North America and mainland Europe, enrapturing audiences at shows and on festival stages

 with the sparkling beauty of their acoustic style.  Their unique unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and 

atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs’ emotion and narrative.  

Hannah Rarity

Hannah Rarity’s sublime voice imbues the music she performs with a depth of emotion that is inimitable. It’s this ability that has seen her become one of Scotland’s foremost young singers. Winner of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018, her status as a rising talent has been further consolidated by her Scots Singer of the Year nomination at the 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards and feature as ‘One to Watch in 2018’ in The Scotsman.

The Time Bandits

The Time Bandits are a Chester-based folk band who came together for the first time in 2001. We are equally at home playing for both concerts and ceilidhs. Our repertoire mixes Renaissance and early dance music, particularly tunes from the John Playford collection, with traditional folk tunes and songs and an increasing proportion of music written by ourselves.

Central to the band’s philosophy is that early music is not for the museum. Whether first played 500 hundred years ago, or perhaps a mere hundred years ago, this is living music that should be played and enjoyed with a passion. We hope you agree.

Scolds Bridle

Scolds Bridle have been entertaining audiences throughout the UK and abroad since they were barely out of their teens.

They epitomise the art of Folk entertainment and continue to enthral audiences with their unique style and humour.

Chris Ronald

Chris Ronald’s “keenly luxuriant voice and immaculate songcraft” have won him many accolades including a nomination for “Songwriter of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Ronald emigrated from England to Canada in 2002, and his music has been described as being “on the folk side of Americana.” 2017 saw Ronald’s latest album, Fragments, released on esteemed Canadian folk label Borealis Records.

In addition to his Friday concert slot see Chris in the songwriting workshop and the  'Songwriters Circle' where, along with other songwriters, he will discuss the inspiration for his songs (& sing them!)

Caffrey, McGurk & Madge

Caffrey McGurk Madge is a trio performing Contempory and Traditional songs and music. They bring years of experience both as a trio and solo work to make up a strong pleasing sound and audience embracing performance. CMM are considered amongst the best performers around.

"True English Folk singing, in my humble opinion, doesn't come much better than this." Keith Kendrick

Muldoon's Picnic

Muldoon's Picnic are a five-part vocal harmony group based in Glasgow.  They sing unaccompanied songs from the sublime to the ridiculous, taking in folk-songs, world music, shanties and spirituals, and more besides.  Their speciality is original arrangements of traditional song from around the world, from authentic to experimental, presented with a sense of fun that has won hearts throughout the UK.  “Interesting harmonies sung with honest skill” … “compelling listening” … “if you haven't come across this wonderful group before, prepare to be amazed!”
 

Jacqui McDonald

The 50th year and final night of Jacqui and Bridie's folk club was celebrated at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool on 23 January 2011. Who knows? In another world, veteran performer Jacqueline McDonald, a Geordie raised in Yorkshire, might have been playing on the stage with the Philharmonic Orchestra, as she had wanted to learn to play the oboe. However she discovered that oboes were around £70 whereas she could buy a cheap guitar for £4!

 

With her guitar and singing partner, Bridie, Jacqui travelled far and wide enjoying a successful and rewarding career in folk music, spanning over 60 years to date.

 

Still charming her audiences with songs, stories, dancing dolls and reminiscences, don't miss her on Saturday afternoon in the Village Hall. 

Close Quarters

Close Quarters are Sandra Harrison and husband Steve with friends, Jen Wilson and Judith Gleave.

 

Steve, Sandra and Judith have been singing together for over 30 years, formerly as Quartz, which included Pete Gleave, Judith's late husband. As Quartz they made four recordings, which were well received. 

 

Their repertoire, delivered a capella, includes traditional and contemporary songs, gospel, music hall and some self-penned songs from Steve. A couple of his songs are sung quite widely and recorded by others on the folk circuit. They sing in close harmony and give their audiences lots of choruses to join in with.

All@Sea

All@Sea are Steve & Sandra Harrison, Jen Wilson and John & Maggie Stockdale. They sing shanties and songs of the sea with close harmonies -  some even have actions!!

 

They have sung individually and together at many venues around the country. Great songs, great singing, audience participation encouraged!

Martyn Harvey

Martyn is a caller who works with many different bands. From local birthday parties with a small duo to late night hoolies nights at top festivals and family ceilidhs at Sidmouth and Whitby folk festivals he loves putting a smile on dancers' faces and making sure that events go with a real swing.  

Mark Dowding

Since discovering the Folk Club Network Mark has either been a resident at a club or run his own club wherever he has been on his travels. Whilst Mark has an interest in the songs of his native Lancashire, any song with a good story makes his repertoire. 

Taffy Thomas & John Crouch

Well known storyteller Taffy Thomas MBE and chef John Crouch present "Three Golden Apples" a collection of the tales and tastes of Cumbria. The 2008 youth heritage project, where Staveley Youth Club members were participants, produced this recipe and storybook. Tales set in locations such as Kendal, Kentmere and Grasmere are accompanied by tastings of local recipes. The recipes will be prepared by John as Taffy tells the tales of sausages and star apples in the Rum Nicky. Mrs Wobble the Waitress may make an appearance too....

Taffy and Chrissy Thomas will also host the Friday Folk Club where songs, tunes and stories will be welcome from the audience.

Malc Gibbons

Malc is a singer, guitarist and songwriter. Lancashire born and bred, he has been involved with folk music for many years, from a band in the 60's with the dodgy title of The Oldest Profession, half of the duo Bacchus, in the early 1970's, to 38 glorious years with Strawhead, extensively touring the UK and odd bits of Belgium.

Strawhead found themselves living many miles from each other so decided to call it a day in 2012.

Inspired by his traditional roots, he began making his songs in 2007. Expect songs of soldiers and sailors; Whitby fishermen, Sheffield spirits, Cornish magic, ghosts and streams, Ice cream days and true-love ways, childhood fancies and Lancashire dreams.

Now living in South Yorkshire, he has obtained the necessary visa and will be involved in the song-writing workshop / songwriters circle.

Paddy Morton

Paddy is one of the hardworking folk weekend team. He plays a mean guitar often with a bluesy, ragtime feel. A modest, charming and very talented singer.

Mather Robinson

Original folk music to stir the soul, quicken the heartbeat and tug at the heartstrings. Join them as they perform and host the open mic on Saturday afternoon and then later in the Beer Hall Saturday evening.

Crook Morris

A mixed Morris side from Kendal formed in 1981, with a repertoire of 30 dances including Border, Cotswold and rapper. Want to try the dances or join the musicians? On Monday evenings in October each year free taster sessions are available. Email info@crookmorris.org.uk

Legs Levens

The team performs traditional music and dance from the Appalachian mountains of America, sometimes referred to as American Old Time music and dance.
 

Pen & Stu

Pen and Stu are a Folk / Americana duo from York. They are husband and wife Penny and Stuart McFarlane-Bedford – they ‘double barrelled’ when they got married – he’s the Scottish born one and she’s from the North East. They met in York and started playing music together in 2014. Pen writes and Stu arranges the songs.

Their songs have powerful vocals, driving rhythm guitar and melodious bass lines. They play guitars, whistles, flute and percussion. They write songs inspired by events, by history, some are inspired by the sea. Neither Pen nor Stu are particularly enthusiastic about sea travel or being on the water, so, they have no idea why!

John Sayer

John, a vital member of the folk weekend team, plays a mixture of folk, blues and country music on a variety of guitars including a lap Dobro. 

Paul Cringle

Paul was born in Manchester in 1953 and started playing the guitar when he was fifteen years old. He was always interested in traditional folk music and soon became a regular around the North Manchester folk scene. In 1979 he moved to the Isle of Man where he has continually performed and supported the Islands folk scene. In 2013 Paul composed a tune called “Auldyn River” which has now become known world wide. Paul’s fingerstyle guitar playing is a melodic technique that compliments his strong vocals. Recently retired Paul is now enjoying the freedom to concentrate more on his music...

Joe & Mo Nicholson

Mo & Joe from Harrogate have been singing and hosting clubs and singarounds for many years and are frequently to be found welcoming performers at Whitby, Saltburn & Cleckheaton festivals. They were routinely at Fylde festival too for many years.  They have a wealth of songs to share but they love to encourage others to find their voice too. 

Mike & Ruth Bartram

Mike & Ruth Bartram's song & music session will get the weekend off to a flying start at the Eagle & Child on Friday from 2.30pm, playing recorder, concertina, guitar and mandolin. This couple are regulars at the Wooden Horse folk club at Rainford Junction and they lead a regular weekly music session in Billinge nearby. Also leading figures in the U3a folk music scene in St Helens they will welcome all singers and acoustic musicians.

 

Mike is also a fine singer and songwriter who will be taking part in a ‘songwriters circle’ during the weekend, with Malc Gibbons (Strawhead) and Chris Ronald, a talented musician now living in Canada.

The Jam Buddies

A bunch of friends who have played locally for years. Their infectious enthusiasm gets the crowd dancing to a mix of covers and original material. Expect a blend of Country, Folk and Americana sprinkled with a dash of Rock n Roll. See them on Friday evening in the Beer Hall to get the weekend off to a good start.

The Safe Kings

Mike Turnbull is a singer-songwriter from the Lake District whose main instruments are tenor guitar, octave mandola, mandolin and banjo. He will be playing alongside double bass player Suzanne Ambrose and Cajon player Dave Pennington.

UnTethered

A local band from the Kendal area, UnTethered has evolved over several years and is now a seven piece incorporating guitar, ukuleles, mandolin, trumpet, harmonica, bass and percussion.  They fuse these instruments with their voices to take new looks at popular and traditional songs from a range of genres.  They will happily play in a gentle acoustic setting or can turn up the volume (just a little) for a more lively venue.  

Blue Woods String Band

The Blue Woods String Band was formed in 2018 when Kendal based couple Janet and Steve Crame teamed up with their friend Bernard Dart from Buxton. The three met at an American Old Time Summer Camp in Northamptonshire five years ago and their mutual love for music and the great outdoors has cemented a close friendship. The trio (Janet Crame: fiddle and vocals; Steve Crame: double bass and vocals; Bernard Dart; guitar, banjo and vocals) play a variety of Old Time tunes, Country ballads and other Americana favourites. Their driving rhythms and high energy will get your feet tapping.

The Bryce Street Strummers

"The Fabulous Bryce Street Strummers Ukulele Showband (& Dog)" are part of a larger community uke group based in Burneside, Cumbria. The full group meets each Monday to have some plucking good fun, and "The Showband" section do extra practice  on Wednesdays.  They cover a full range of musical styles from folk to rock, with even a bit of George Formby now and again.

(The Dog, who used to play the lead,  has recently gone solo, having been tempted away by Bono.) 

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