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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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!