Les Barker

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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 Sanders & Ben Savage

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Since emerging in 2016, Hannah & Ben have been defying all conventions of style, genre and compartmentalisation. A touch of ‘Americana’, yet quintessentially English. Traditional, yet contemporary, with their individual writing style. Playful and instinctive, they make music with such panache and natural chemistry it makes perfect sense.

Scolds Bridle

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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.

Catch their " We Are The Women ( left on the shore ) Show" with  songs by Ron Baxter from Fleetwood.

Chris Ronald

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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.

Caffrey, McGurk & Madge

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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

Blue Woods String Band

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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 seven 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. A great addition to the cafe mini concerts and keep an eye out for their Old Time session in the programme.

Pete Dilley

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Pete is a singer/songwriter from the North-East, and former Kendal resident, before absconding to Todmorden, West Yorkshire. He plays guitar, lap steel, banjo, and bouzouki, and will have a bash at most others too! His latest album,  'Half-Truths and Hearsay', (2021) recorded in Kendal, features an array of lakeland talent (including half of Close Quarters). It has been praised by Steve Tilston and Martin Simpson. He has recently been collaborating with Alice Jones, Simon Robinson and Katy Ryder for an exhibition entitled ‘Living with Machines’ at Leeds Museum.

Crook Morris

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Crook Morris are a local side based in the town of Kendal and celebrated their 40th anniversary last year. Crook dance traditional English Morris in the styles of Cotswold, Welsh border and Rapper sword dancing as well as occasionally performing Mummer's plays. Crook can easily be recognised by their flowery hats, maroon and green odd socks and noisy bells. Crook loves to dance well while having fun and hopes to also be entertaining to the audience!  Email info@crookmorris.org.uk

Joe & Mo Nicholson

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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. 

Pelican Babies

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Lea Nixon and Mark Connelly are singer/songwriters and are called


The Pelican Babies are sort of a refreshing, tuneful, harmonious, Didgeridoo and harmonica playing, guitar picking song writing duo.

Just recently two of their songs have been included on a compilation album of Pop/Baroque music with Gerry Rafferty, Genesis,

Bert Jansch, Donovan, The Zombies and others. Their biggest songwriting success was one called 'Some Say' being included on the soundtrack of a Disney TV film ‘Zenon Z3’.

Moonshine Shakers

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Local(ish) Sedbergh based band The Moonshine Shakers are a high energy 6 Piece band using a range of genres, instruments and voices. Playing a mix of Rock'n'Roll, Folk, Americana and Re-Worked Pop Rock Classics

See them in Hawkshead Brewery Beer Hall on Friday night.


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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!

Lakeland Fiddlers

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The Lakeland Fiddlers is a community band, led by Carolyn Francis, which has delighted audiences with lively Lakeland polkas and jigs, mellow waltzes and airs, at Country Fairs, Parties and Cumbrian Merrie Neets for over 20 years. The line up currently numbers 18, including cello, double bass, mandola and guest accordion Leo (on the Squeezy Fiddle). They recently recorded a new album “The Happy Meeting”, of tunes mostly learnt during Zoom-Time! 

This time performing solo without Carolyn! 

Diana Denney

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Diana Denney, the Itinerant Songstress, a free spirit who sings her songs from the heart hoping to bring some musical magic into people's lives. With a love of various genres her repertoire is a mix of well known and forgotten ballads, folk songs and hits. Accompanied by her guitar, Mandolin and two Border Collies she is at home on stage, festivals, busking or at her favourite, sessions.



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UnTethered is a local 5-piece band from the Kendal area who take a new look at popular and traditional songs from across the decades.  With vocals, guitars, bass, harmonica and percussion they will happily play in a gentle acoustic setting or can turn up the volume (just a little) for a more lively venue.

Hadrian Clog

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Hadrian Clog are based in Northumberland and perform a range of clog and hard shoe dances, from the north east, Scotland, Lancashire and further afield. They are a lively clog team, enjoying performing traditional dances, as well as some of their own. Many of their dancers are musicians too, with fiddles, concertina, melodeon and bodhran accompanying their steps. With youngsters from 8 to adults, the team puts on a show for all ages.

The Bryce Street Strummers

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"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.) 

Legs Levens

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

South Lakes Acappella

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South Lakes Acappella will lead a fun acappella sing for all who are interested in sharing their voice.

In the first 25 mins of our set we will invite anyone who wants a sing to join us in an informal sing comprising of rounds and calling songs led by Jeff Borradaile then for the second part of our set SLA will perform their acappella set comprising of popular and contemporary arrangements to delight the ear.

Hannah Rarity

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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.

Bob Fox

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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.

The Time Bandits

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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.

Close Quarters

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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. 

After Steve and Sandra moved to the lake District Jen joined them to perform as a trio at some north west folk clubs, but for some festival appearances Judith can still be tempted to join them to add her distinctive harmonies.


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. Their debut CD, CLOSE QUARTERS, is available now.

Jacqui McDonald

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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.

Martyn Harvey

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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.  

Taffy Thomas & John Crouch

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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.

Blast Furness

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Street music is world music.
It is in the streets that civilization flows. When in the exquisite moment we dance and play together, the politics of prejudice, hate and killing can be no more. It is in the music that diversity is celebrated. With Ska, Salsa, Samba, Calypso, Township, Gypsy and the whole world is a kaleidoscope of sound that draws together all races, ages and musicians.

The Jigantics

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Four piece UK eclectic folk rock band The Jigantics, are a  talented band of multi instrumentalists who play with a close  style and lots of verve and brio. Their frankly astonishing reimagining of well-known and not  so well-known songs, stand out with powerful reworking and  sheer class. With all four members contributing vocals, the harmonies are  spot on and a unique sound, and it’s not just their  musicianship that is world class either. They pack a mighty musical punch. Brimming with energy,  confidence, style and an ear for a melody and an eye for a  lyric,  The Jigantics are one of those bands who sound like  they should be playing to a festival crowd. See them in Hawkshead Brewery Beer Hall on Saturday night.

Mandy Woods

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A seasoned writer and performer on both sides of the Atlantic, singer-songwriter Mandy Woods, now based in Glastonbury, Somerset, has spent most of her adult life giving in to wanderlust and crafting songs wherever she has happened to find herself on her unconventional journey. Mandy grew up (mainly!) in Oxfordshire, but later spent a decade living, working and making music in Austin, Texas, and regularly visits Nashville. She performs throughout the UK at folk and acoustic clubs, and enjoys playing house concerts. (www.mandywoods.com)

See her in a village cafe venue over the weekend.

The Waite Collective

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There are two ways to enjoy The Waite Collective this weekend. On Saturday, Mum Mal (former solo singer of note as well as part of three-piece First Principles) and Rebecca will be singing a mix of solos and two-part harmony songs while Katrina is off being a Time Bandit. Then on Sunday the family is all together again for the three-part harmonies they’re known for. If you haven’t heard them before then expect three ‘exceptional’ voices, a wide-ranging, not to say eclectic, mix of songs, and intricate harmonies, sung with commitment and presented with humour.

Mark Dowding

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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. 

Nick Marshall

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Nick is a talented songwriter, guitarist and singer. In performance he has a calm stage presence and a delivery which displays a humorous  self-deprecating manner. This combined with a wit and knowledgeable grasp of a wide  range of subjects, makes Nick’s content informative as well as entertaining. He has produced 5 albums in recent years which have been well received and  demonstrate his multi-instrumental skills. The most recent two have shown a slight change of direction; one being instrumentals inspired by the Lake District and the other produced  during lock down reflecting on the pandemic. Nick also fronts his band, The Throwbacks, who present an excellent repertoire of popular  music from the 50s and 60s 

Please contact: throwbacknick@gmail.com or Nick Marshall music UK on facebook

Tan Yows

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Tan Yows (Cumbrian for two ewes) are based in Sedbergh and Staveley. Inspired by local fauna, flora and scenery, we enjoy singing close harmony versions of traditional and modern songs in English, French and even Scadinavian languages. Accompanied by Richard Selvedge on guitar and Ro Morton on cello, we hope to bring a variety of old and new to Staveley in August. 

Dave Boulton

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Dave taught himself to play guitar in the 1960s because he thought it would annoy his Mum and might make him popular with girls. One of these goals was achieved with great success.

He performed as half (more like two thirds by volume) of the popular duo His Worship and the Pig for twenty several years, until they retired in 2012.. Dave doesn’t like to talk about which of them was the pig because he gets disgGRUNTled.

He says he tried to stop writing songs, but they seem to seep out of him when he's not looking.

So now he is back singing solo. Bringing his quirky humour and a special blend of handmade songs, old and new, funny and poignant and enjoying every minute!

He hopes you will too.

If you want to know a bit more maybe try: -

Website: davidboulton.co.uk

Bandcamp: daveboulton.bandcamp.com

Mobile: 07889733159

Email: boultondavid60@gmail.com

Catch him in one of the village cafe venues.


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AdLib is an a cappella quartet comprising Christine Wood, Gill Smith, Jan Burgess and Joyce Tedcastle, who first got to know one another singing in a local choir in the South Lakes. They love harmony singing of traditional-style folk songs, mostly from the British Isles.

See them at one of our cafe venues

Paddy Morton

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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.

Folk in the Fells

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FolkintheFells is a community of folk who play music together in the Lake District; sometimes by the lake, in caves or wherever the wind takes us. Everyone is welcome to PlayAlong no matter your skill, style or approach- just dust off your instrument and play!'