Pre-Festival Friday Warm-Up in Weymouth Harbour Pubs 

Wessex Folk Festival

Weymouth Harbour  last weekend  May

Acts booked for 2020

This is the exciting line-up for this year's festival, SO FAR! 

Yet again, we look forward to another happening weekend, with some new faces and some old favourites. 

We usually have around 30 acts over the weekend, playing non-stop on our 2 stages, all day Saturday and all day Sunday. This year will be no exception. And all this for FREE!!!!!

Put this page in your favourites and  keep checking inn to see who else we have booked. 

(as with all live events, it's subject to change)

Alden Patterson & Dashwood

A Norwich based folk / Americana trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood weave

rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.

‘It’s lovely stuff’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show 2016

★★★★★ fRoots – Editors Choice Album Of The Year 2016

★★★★ Songlines – ‘Something of enormous promise’

★★★★ R2 – ‘Talented and poetic triumvirate’

Corrie Shelley

Corrie Shelley is a singer-songwriter from Lancashire, UK

Corrie is making up for lost time having only recently rediscovered the joy of songwriting after a 30 year break, and in the space of three years has released 3 albums.

 As a folk singer/songwriter, her songs take us on a journey of random thoughts, fuelled by copious cups of sweet 'builders' tea, which transport us to 17th century scenes of Lords and Peasant girls, 18th century pirate ships ‘The Whydah' which sank 300 yrs ago, into the 19th century covering wars, mining tragedies and affairs of the heart.  

Third Stuio Album - available now. 


t:  @corrie_shelley


Gaz Brookfield

Gaz Brookfield is a solo acoustic musician based in Bristol.

Since winning Acoustic magazine's 2010 Singer Songwriter of the year, he has spent his time on the road, touring the UK and Europe. In this time he has shared the stage with the likes of Levellers, Frank Turner, New Model Army, Nick Harper, Newton Faulkner, Miles Hunt, and many more, racking up over 1000 gigs to date.

He remains the only unsigned solo act to sell out The Fleece, Bristol, a feat he has achieved 4 times. The last two times selling it out 6 months in advance.

He continues to relentlessly tour the UK and beyond, often playing as many as 200 gigs a year, proving that the "journey-man" title is more than just a simple metaphor.

Harbottle & Jonas
Fast emerging and dynamic Devon duo Harbottle & Jonas bring their fourth album The Sea Is My Brother to Wessex Folk Festival. There is a real maritime flavour to this superb album; every song tells a story and the storytelling continues between songs. A great live act, their songs cover the political and historical as well as the more personal. Partners in life as well as music, Dave and Freya combine a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting. Over 6 years of writing and performing together they have evolved a compelling live signature sound, blending their distinctive solo voices with concertina, harmonium, banjo, stomp box, acoustic guitar and dobro with their powerful close vocal harmonies. 
They have received plaudits from folk icons including Seth & Geoff Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Lankum, Declan Sinnott, BBC Radio 6 and the Radio 2 Folk Show. Harbottle & Jonas have managed to establish themselves as one of the most exciting prospects on the folk circuit. 
Definitely one of the best folk acts I’ve heard in a long while‘ – Music News  
‘I would stake money on a bright future for Harbottle & Jonas’ – Folkwords
‘Stunning songwriting and heart-rending arrangements 9/10’ – Americana UK

Jo Carley and The Old Dry Skulls

Jo Carley and The Old Dry Skulls throw Old Time Roots music, Ska and Punk into a backwoods still to make musical moonshine!
Fronted by Jo Carley and backed by her song writing partner and husband Tim Carley, they are joined by an assortment of double bass players and other weirdos they meet on the road. The driving force is Tim’s One-man-band set-up with Kick-drum, hi-hat and guitar while Jo’s vocal delivery sounds like the leader of Satan's own gospel choir. This is made even more bewitching as she switches from fiddle to mandolin to washboard. Possessing an energy that elevates the audience, this duo sound more like a stompin 5 piece band. 
A spooky slab of backwoods punk, mixed with medicine show huckster and old timey roots music. JCODS make deliciously devilish sounds. Something wicked coming this way. Highly recommended" - Folkcast
"Folk Instruments deployed with maximum attitude... A fresh take on Voodoo Folk Punk... 9/10" Vive Le Rock Magazine
"That nailed it, good stuff. Left of field stomper. A wonderful fusion of trad, old timey, New Orleans Voodoo Queen and morris dancing, I think???" - Mike Harding / Mike Harding Folk Show
"The pulsating core of ‘Them Old Bones’, the debut album from Jo Carley and The Old Dry Skulls, takes pretty much all the preconceptions you might have and throws them out... There are dark warnings, powerful accusations, gritty observations and singular attitude... this is a musical heist that robs you of ordinary and replaces it with exceptional" - Folkwords

Reg Meuross

Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross returns to Wessex Folk Festival. Reg represents contemporary folk writing at its best, with that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. 

This gig is part of the Reg Meuross Two Albums Tour, encompassing two album releases: Faraway People and Songs About A Train, and of course he will be singing his old favourites too. Reg is a true modern troubadour, as comfortable gigging in village halls and folk clubs as he is playing the Royal Albert Hall and huge festival stages. He consistently entrances his audiences with songs of life, love and injustice, soulfully delivered with melodic tenor vocals and exemplary guitar playing. 

“Time and again, Reg proves himself one of the key songwriters of our age” David Kidman

Mick Tems Folk Wales ”...every song from the gentle, enchanting genius is worth its weight in gold.”

“There’s something special about the way he writes and delivers a song” Townes Van Zandt.

Said the Maiden (thanks to Elly Lucas for the picture)

Said The Maiden are Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton, three friends who discovered a mutual love of folk music when they reunited several years after spending their school years together in St. Albans, Hertfordshire.  From tentatively performing a few songs at their local Redbourn Folk club in 2012 the group soon secured support and headline slots at folk clubs and festivals around the country which in turn have led to opportunities to support many fantastic artists including The Fisherman'sFriends, Jim Moray, Megson, Martin Carthy, Sam Carter, Hannah James and Sam Sweeney, and Clannad.  They were also honoured to join legendary fiddler Dave Swarbrick in 2014, and released their debut album 'A Curious Tale' in June of the same year. Said The Maiden was awarded Bristol Folk Festival’s prestigious Isambard Folk Award in 2015, and as a result opened for folk super-group The Full English at the 2015 Bristol Folk Festival.   Said The Maiden are self-releasing the EP which was officially launched on 10 January 2016.

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Wight Hot Pipes is a 6 piece Celtic rock band playing original set pieces alongside unique covers from all genres, with vocals and bagpipes.  

Diverse and eclectic Wight Hot Pipes deliver a mix of musical genres which fuse in their melodic melting pot to create an exhilarating cocktail of flavours, spanning the entire spectrum from Celtic, all the way through to contemporary dance and gritty rock. All with a twist of bagpipes.

With a prime slot on the Glastonbury Croissant Neuf stage in 2019 and their new album ‘Any Time it Rains’ released in June 19, Wight Hot Pipes are making their mark. Hailing from the shores of the Isle of Wight, Wight Hot Pipes are internationally acclaimed commanding a standing ovation at the BBKing Club in Broadway Manhattan, New York in 2017.

Once seen and heard the charisma and the band is never forgotten!