Wessex Folk Festival

Weymouth Harbour  31st May, 1st June, 2nd June 2019

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

(subject to change)

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 Vange

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 & The Peabody Drakes
Somerset-based songwriter Ant Noel and his backing band The Peabody Drakes perform a foot-tapping blend of Celtic, Klezmer and American folk music, all wrapped up in Ant's original songs. Raucous, uplifting and joyful, led by the riveting combination of clarinet and fiddle, alongside guitar, double bass and sumptuous vocal harmonies. A regular on festival stages and at venues across Somerset and Bristol, Ant comes to the Wessex Folk Festival hot on the heels of his latest album release, 2018's Ferryman's Wake. 

"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)

For more info on Ant's music visit his webpage at www.antnoel.com

Sharon Lazibyrd is a talented, original and award winning folk singer- songwriter who writes striking, ethereal and melodic songs. Her songs are influenced by musicals, music hall and everything from Julian Cope to English folk. She has performed across the UK and in Ireland including Glastonbury Festival. She has recorded a session for Bob Harris, been included in the FATEA showcase sessions and invited to take part in a BBC Introducing folk residential. Her music has been played by BBC Radio 6 Music on Tom Robinsons show and on the BBC Introducing Mixtape, numerous BBC shows as well as on over 50 folk and indie shows worldwide. Two of the songs from her debut solo album Half Shame and Half Glory have been voted Fresh Faves by Tom Robinson and his team. She was BBC Introducing Artist of the Week in Jan 2018 on BBC Georgey Tonight and BBC Introducing in the West’s main event in September 2018. She performs at festivals and folk clubs across the country and has headlined acoustic stages.