acts that appeared on the Stages in 2017
Barney Newman and Tom Leary are an exciting duo playing countryblues and roots music.Toms exceptional skills on Violin and mandolin coupled with Barney's authentic Guitar,Banjo and vocal style produce an infectious up tempo sound that has seen them getting booked to play The New Forrest Folk Festival 2017 along side "Show of Hands" "Pentangle" and "The Rick Sanders Trio".So catch them early at the Wessex Folk Festival this year!
Dance yer socks off and sing yerself hoarse, the Dambuskers are coming to "Rock You".
The Dambuskers are a four-piece fiddle-fronted, high-energy, celtic rock band.
Since forming in 2003 their reputation has spread throughout the West Country and beyond....
Wild guys on bass, guitar, percussion, and one sexy fiddle diva!
The Dambuskers blend original material, traditional song, jigs’n’reels and choice covers.
Dance yer socks off and sing yerself hoarse! Let's party!!
Formed over three years ago, Dorset Wrecks sea shanty group are becoming the area's preeminent singers of sea shanties and songs of the sea. Regular performers at all the Festivals throughout Dorset, as well as at weddings, birthday parties, store openings, gigs and charitable events; last year's season culminated with them being asked to perform on the Big Top Stage at Camp Bestival. At the same time they produced their first CD of 12 sea shanties entitled "Bright Eyed & Stiff". Apparently this is how you should buy your fish to ensure top quality and freshness and Dorset Wrecks and their CD certainly have those self same attributes.
Fresh from their debut European album launch tour, FolkLaw are an energetic and entertaining 4-piece acoustic folk-rock band from the Cotswolds, described as "Stylish passionate folk rock" by R2 magazine, whose vibrant stage show and acrobatic fiddle playing has delighted audiences at festivals and venues across the UK. FolkLaw’s latest album "Smokey Joe" has received radio play from the BBC to Australia, being described as “a milestone of folk music” by FolkWords magazine and reached the semi-finals of the UK Songwriting Contest. In recent years FolkLaw have played alongside Seth Lakeman, the Wurzels, Ade Edmondson, and The Shires, at festivals and venues in every reach of the UK, including main stage at The Great British Folk Festival in Skegness. Prior to forming FolkLaw, singer-songwriter Nick and percussionist Gaz toured the US and Europe with folk-rockers The Bleeding Hearts, supporting acts such as the Levellers, the Darkness and the Oysterband.
“One of the most exciting acts to grace the stage” – Banbury Folk Festival
“Whirling jigs and lyrics that bite!” - fRoots
The Galleons are a band from Brighton. Their music wanders a line between folk and indie stopping off to visit rock, blues and occasionally prog along the way. The songs are often simple and direct but the band also love creating huge musical soundscapes, whilst appreciating the often forgotten importance of a catchy hook . As at home playing in a candle-lit cellar as they are in a sunny festival field, their music takes the audience from foot stomping folk-rock, to mellow, mysterious lullabies and back. The band enjoy telling stories and rarely plough the usual lyrical furrows of sex n’ drugs n’ rock n’ roll; so expect songs about whales, Joan of Arc, censorship, post-apocalyptic adventures with Bruce Willis, terrifying foxes, farming in Latvia and magical suitcases.
In the past year they have played gigs and festivals across the UK, including a memorable set at a Techno festival in Yorkshire, performed with a 70 piece choir, the director of National Poetry Day and had their own beer made! They have played numerous live radio sessions at the BBC and beyond, recorded their second album, featured on 6 Music, BBC Introducing and Tom Robinson’s playlists and recorded in a dungeon!
Support slots at sold out shows with American Alt-Folk luminaries Dark Dark Dark, Strand of Oaks, This is the Kit, The Blockheads and cult indie band The Wave Pictures have highlighted their versatility and led to headline shows at some of the UK’s best venues. The band have been making good use of the internet and have sold CDs in 22 different countries including one to Gabon, although the Sub-Saharan tour is still in the early stages of planning!
Each listener seems to compare them to a different artist. This year so far they have had Low, Tunng, Fleetwood Mac, Fairport Convention, Belle & Sebastian, Trembling Bells, The Grateful Dead, Arcade Fire, Pentangle and Bonnie Prince Billy.
JCODS are a lively band and have taken this musical combination in surprising new directions by mixing up; Old Time, Alt Country, Bluegrass, Gypsy, Ska, Reggae and Blues – both traditional and modern. They play as a duo or a three piece band but make the noise of a stompin’ five piece band with Fiddle, Mandolin, Washboard, Guitar, Kick-drum and Foot Percussion.
In only a year and a half they have toured extensively up and down the country sharing their foot-stompin', raucous and infectious sound at some of UK’s most prestigious joints. These include: Fire in The Mountain Festival, Folk East Festival, Harlequin Fayre, Sandwich Folk & Ale, Stoneydown Folk, Outcider Festival, Alchemy Festival, Wonky Donk, Rickmansworth Canal Festival, Dark Holler Festival, Camden Underworld, What’s cookin’?, Spiritual Bar, The Monarch, Before The Gold Rush and many more. A new Album 'Them Old Bones' is due to be released in May 2017
Whether on the main stage, around a camp fire, or plugged into a sun, wind or pedal powered amp or two, Mad Magdalen offer earthy folk for earthy folk. Born around a kitchen table, where good food and good wine combined with the English tradition of getting together with friends and playing old songs…… Mad Magdalen features artists with a solid back ground in musical performance. Alison and Graeme are Devil’s Elbow – known for their traditional songs and tunes; Claire sings with the Andover Loft Singers, and Paul is known for his satire. At any event they’re just as likely to be “mucking in” or starting an impromptu folk club, maybe teaching a few kids (young and old) to juggle, even offering a singing workshop (or tai-chi session!). It’s what earthy folk do!
No Mean FeetBringing the wonderful music and percussive sounds created through dance originating from the Appalachian Mountains, via Yeovil (Somerset). Performing team routines, written by current and former team members, as well as individual freestyling to the music of our very own Shoestring Band.
Pete Christie is a nationally touring solo British singer-songwriter / acoustic fingerstyle guitarist who plays from the heart and sings from the soul – a must see for anyone who loves acoustic music.
“Intense, passionate vocals and a clear grasp of how to write a great song – mesmerising….”
Pete Christie has been compared to many acclaimed musicians from Martin Simpson to Paul Weller, and was recently described as being “a cross between Pete Townsend, Mark Knopfler and Richard Thompson, but with a great voice; though, until now, without the fame !!!”
Three Pressed Men
“A rare joy” – John Kirkpatrick
Firmly rooted in the English tradition, Three Pressed Men perform wonders with voices, hammer dulcimer, guitar, accordions, harmonica … and lots of concertinas! Our music embraces many moods and styles – striking a cappella harmonies, sensitive ballads, lively dance music and rousing choruses."
“Three of English folk music’s hidden talents! These chaps do great things with the tradition. They are singers and instrumentalists, composers and arrangers of rare talent. Variety is the spice of life, and their performances at folk clubs and festivals are always praised for the range of styles and sounds they present. Perhaps their most distinctive feature is their use of multiple concertinas.
The Tree Fellahs can perhaps best be described as a “loose arrangement” of traditional style musicians, with Mike McDaid (piano accordian) and Paul Openshaw (guitar) at the core. They combine their talents to play at ceilidhs, festivals, pubs and parties.
They have been described as "something more than just a ceilidh band" and their music is "guaranteed to give your spirits a lift, and to set your feet tapping".Picture: Jenny Cox
The Unprepared Jug Band has been playing extensively in venues, festivals and events in Dorset, Devon and Somerset for over 5 years. The band plays a varied selection of music and songs, mostly in the jug band and string band tradition, including original 1920s and 30s tunes, blues, hokum, 60s classics and later music and some self-penned songs – brought lovingly to the band’s listeners with commitment, expertise, energy and humour.
The band employ a variety of acoustic instruments including, as you’d expect, a jug, to explore a range of different musical styles and textures and guarantee a ‘jugging good time’. You are invited to follow the title of the band’s latest CD and ‘Stomp the Floor’. All the band are more than happy to inform and enthuse you about the history and performers of jugband music and their 1 – 2 hour multi-media presentation on the subject can be booked.
Bob Ford – Harmonicas, vocals
Simon Hewitt – Guitar, 4-string banjo , kazoo, percussion, vocals
Dave Milner – Jug, harmonicas, guitars, percussion, kazoo, vocals
Rob Phillips – Steel slide guitar, octave mandola, mandolin, kazoo, vocals
Our key contacts are:
WEBSITE: http://moleskin6.wix.com/unpreparedjugband (where you can find some tracks from our current CD)
Youtube: Enter ‘Unprepared Jug Band’l
Performing covers from the fifties to the noughties the group's mantra of "Strum for Fun" has captured the public's affections and with their mix of foot tapping, sing along, sunshine inducing, family entertainment the group can be seen sharing their special style of ukulele playing at many local festivals and events.
The Wild Rover Set
A band of friends who get together on a regular basis to play at sessions in the Sailors return and various other venues around Weymouth. The core of the band are Mr Bradford on double bass and guitar, Jo on accordion, Lynn on banjo and guitar, Doc on banjo and guitar, Roger on guitar and bouzoki and possibly Mr C on possibly the loudest whistle. The dulcet tones of Pam and Paddy add class to the vocals. The band is frequently augmented by guest musicians to bring a bit of class to the proceedings, watch this space! We bring to the festival the songs you won't hear in Folk Clubs but you will know the choruses! Audience participation is the name of the game and we seek to incite a frenzy of harmonies and merriment that will leave you feeling as though you've been to a Folk Festival.
Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection
You won’t find another band like Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection. From a Parisian café via a Dublin hooley to a New Orleans party with rip-roaring fiddle & banjo.
Imagine stumbling across a smoky back street bar, late night jam: Django Reinhardt and The Pogues; Robert Johnson accompanies Edith Piaf; Bob Marley’s jammin’ with Stéphane Grappelli; Tom Waits joins in. This is French Connection.
Multi-instrumentalist and erstwhile Godfather of grunge folk, Wild Willy Barrett, is the driver, as the versatile and heartrending vocals of French singer Aurora Colson take centre stage. Changing gear between almost every number, the quartet perform stunning original compositions and arrangements on guitar, cello, harmonium, whistle, fiddle, banjo and Irish pipes.