Acts booked for 2019 so far - Keep visiting this page to see the latest brilliant folk bands booked to play at the 2019 Wessex Folk Festival
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Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Mixing traditional songs with their own material, the husband and wife duo from Dartmoor have established their reputation over two decades and won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for the best duo in 2016 and 2013.
Kathryn Roberts is originally from Barnsley in South Yorkshire, where her musical parents introduced her to a wealth of music, including regular visits to folk festivals. She has been praised as one of the finest singers of her generation and her flute playing adds a distinctive touch to the duo’s sound.
Sean Lakeman is the eldest of the three Lakeman brothers and was brought up on Dartmoor, where he began playing the guitar at the age of six. He and his brothers Seth and Sam teamed up with Kate Rusby and Sean’s wife-to-be, Kathryn Roberts, to form the folk pop band Equation, who earned comparisons with folk rock greats such as Fairport Convention during their decade performing together.
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman recently released their fifth album, Personae. Its mix if self-penned songs and traditional ballads has drawn widespread acclaim.
Oka Vanga are Angela Meyer & William Cox, an award winning UK Folk & Roots duo. A hard to pigeon hold ac, with a unique cross genre sound,their line-up of vocals, guitars, ukulele and mandolin makes their sets both interesting and memorable.
Their recent album Dance of the Copper Trail has been hailed as their best work yet, described by Songlines as “profound, concise and meticulous” with Angela’s lyrics “ displaying a talent for conveying emotion and joy.” Songs are seamlessly woven together and showcase all the manner of musical influences. Described by fRoots as both upbeat and an album of “serious accomplishment and musicality”, it has secured Angie and Will a place in the hearts and minds of many fans with what RnR describe as its folk roots “Celtic-deep universality”.
Michelle & Vincent
"Ant Noel is a rising star on stages across the south west and beyond thanks to a winning way with a tune and an intriguing lyric. He steps out from his folk roots to capture a wider audience with his endearing songs. " (The Musician Magazine)