Pre-Festival Friday Warm-Up in Weymouth Harbour Pubs 

Wessex Folk Festival

Weymouth Harbour  last weekend  May

Acts from previous Wessex Folk Festivals

Acoustic Rooster
They are back. All the way from Bridport  - Chris Deacon; Lead Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Alan Twelftree; Button Accordian, Banjo, Mando and vocals, Maurice Blogg; Bass and vocals Rob Malpas; Banjo and Mandolin, the Rooster are back with us again

Aidan and the Wildfires 


Aidan and the Wildfires are a Folk-Rock / Americana band from the UK. They are becoming widely recognised for their unique sound and energetic shows!


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Alan Kirkpatrick and John Shaw


Alan and John have been playing together for 15 years,and have created a unique sound. John plays Appalachian dulcimers,whilst Alan specialises in open tuned guitars, and mandola.

Alan also writes songs which the duo perform. Their 3rd. CD, "I wrote this for you " was released last year

The duo thrive on songs with accessible choruses, which audiences can participate in, and include rousing traditional songs, American country material and some blues for good measure.


Alex Roberts

To say that Alex has many strings to his bow would be a metaphor forgiven for the fact that it helps to conjure his presence as a musical magician, in which any number of guitars seamlessly pop into set, beautifully played and adored. Almost totemic, each wood and strings take their part, whether it’s the finger-style acoustic guitar, lap-steel playing, or the Bouzouki, Alex plays with a sincerity borne of years of graft, craft, and a man who seems to straddle multiple time boundaries.

His lyrics offer a fusion of cultural and intercultural pertinence, generated by an acute appreciation for our earth and its ancestry, and a raw gift for storytelling. His musical oeuvre is enriched by his travels and immersive living experiences both in the UK and beyond, from backpacking around India and Europe, to playing at Surf festivals in Barbados, to tepee dwelling in the English rural countryside. The result is an oasis of mini ‘odysseys’ in which each song feels like it has been specially harvested for our appreciation. Through years of musical study together with an inimitable, intuitive flair for rhythm and the written word, Alex not only turns life into music, but enables us to see that music provides life with its heartbeat. He urges us to listen.

Amy and The Raven
A duo made up of Amy Hopwood (vocals and baritone ukulele) and Tobias Raven (bass ukulele and guitar), Amy and The Raven play a mix of traditional and original folk. Expect plenty of songs about the sea, feisty women and dastardly murders, with some politics and humour thrown in! http://www.amyhopwood.co.uk/

Andy Grant Trio

After fleeing a job in a South African gold mine, Andy made ends meet playing original blues music on street corners from Melbourne to Copenhagen. Now residing in Dorset, he has earned a wide and loyal fan base, winning over audiences time and again with his mix of Soul, Roots and Blues. This award winning guitarist blends first class fretwork and bluesy vocals over original songs that are by turns instant and memorable.

Bassist Simon Rushbrook , and drummer Jack Revy complete the Trio lineup, drawing comparisons with artists such as J.J. Cale, Led Zep and John Martyn. Their clean acoustic sound provides a solid foundation for musical genre hopping. A heavy rock riff may morph into a bluegrass tune, or a jazz funk groove all spun into a seamless musical landscape. By clocking upwards of 150 shows a year, Andy Grant Trio are becoming masters of their art: Good time blues music with great feel and no boundaries..

Annie Dressner

Since moving from her hometown of New York City to the UK seven years ago, singer-songwriter Annie Dressner has received considerable recognition from her live shows, as well as both her debut album, "Strangers Who Knew Each Other's Names" (2011), her EP "East Twenties" (April 2013). Dressner's second in-studio album with producer Nigel Stonier (Thea Gilmore) was released 26 October 2018.  It has been receiving rave revues, such as Shire Folk calling it "one of the freshest and most enjoyable releases of the year."

Her songs have been played on Radio 2 and 6 music, among other local BBC radio stations and has been frequently played on the Caffe Nero playlist.

Dressner's songs are delivered with a such conversational ease, it often seems as if she is reading from an intimate letter or a book, set to music. Her straightforward lyrical style, sharp ear for wordplay and crisp, lilting vocals offer listeners a front row seat to her stories, as they take shape above the understated music. She has been compared to an up-tempo Mazzy Star 'Fade Into You,' or Jenny Lewis.

While in New York, Annie played a variety of clubs and bars since 2009, including Rockwood Music Hall, The Living Room, The Bitter End and Brooklyn's Jalopy. Since arriving in the UK, Annie has played at Festivals & venues throughout England, such as the Green Man Festival, Secret Garden Party, Cambridge Folk Festival, Cluny2, O2 Academy Islington, Norwich Arts Centre, Night & Day, and has opened for Emily Barker, Simone Felice, Kirsty McGee, Juan Zelada, Lucy Wainwright Roche & Fossil Collective.

She is also one half of The Pollyanna Band (the other half is Polly Paulusma). 

 For press coverage, please visit: www.anniedressner.com/press


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

Antoine and Owena

Traditional. Modern. Inspirational.  Inspired by traditional and contemporary folk music, Antoine & Owena create their own original blend of folk music that provides a feast for the ears, the heart and the feet.  Combining original material with their own take on some traditional tunes, this Wiltshire-based duo of multi-instrumentalists delivers an eclectic mix of songs and instrumentals.  With Owena on the fiddle, and Antoine on guitar, bouzouki, and tenor guitar, together with the use of vocal harmonies, they captivate their audiences with their variety, showmanship, and good humour. 


As a duo, Antoine and Owena recently won the Purbeck Rising competition at Purbeck Folk Festival 2017.  In February 2018 they supported established folk acts Reg Meuross, and Eliza Carthy & Martin Carthy.  They are performing the festival circuit this year, with slots at several folk festivals including Wimborne, Bridport, Wessex, Poole, and Purbeck. In February 2018 they released their self-titled debut EP and will be recording their debut album at Real World Studios at the end of May.

Barney Newman


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!

Barney Newman

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Barney Newman and Tom Leary  are an exciting duo from Oxfordshire.They play toe tapping banjo and fiddle , Country Blues with a groove!They have been performing together for nine years and have developed a sound that is there own.Tom regularly plays with "Feast Of Fiddles","Richard Digance" and "Kevin Dempsey"whilst Barney performs solo around the UK
There styles compliment each other perfectly.Like fine wine these guys get better with age!

The BeauBowBelles  are a Swing Folk band from London. Sitting somewhere between The Staves, Katzenjammer and Molotov Jukebox, The BeauBowBelles' close-part harmonies, driving rhythms and soulful melodies have attracted a dedicated fan-base across the UK and beyond. Their live shows are described as virtuosic, energetic and thoroughly entertaining. Taking their audiences on a spell binding journey with enthralling story telling, bewitching vocals and foot stomping jigs. Their clever, often humorous lyrics and joyous stage banter makes for an uplifting and spellbinding show. 
They have two records out, their debut EP “To The Moon” and their 2015 album “A Thing of Reality”. In 2019 they will be releasing a series of singles starting with Weightless in April.
The core members of the band are Bertie Anderson (vocals and viola) Emma Price (vocals, accordion and flute) Marcus Daborn (guitar and kick drum) Mitch McGugan (Vocals, violin & percussion). They are often joined on stage by David Holmes on bass who is also the producer of all their recordings.

Black Water County 

Black Water County formed in Bournemouth, UK during late 2012, with a Celtic-Punk mindset hooked on the likes of Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys. During the two years that followed, audiences have witnessed the band’s energetic gigs across the south of England, as well as two E.P. releases: Welcome To The Black Water County (2013) and The Fellowship Of The Craic (2014).

Demonstrating their love for all things Folk, Black Water County have forged a strong live set of bar-storming original tracks, and reworked Traditional tunes, guaranteeing the audience will have a great time.

Bob Carter


Some years ago he swapped his Stratocaster for an acoustic and these days is regularly seen on the Dorset folk club scene and open mic circuit. His set might include a traditional folk tune, a blues or even a disco number!

Performing instrumental fingerstyle in a variety of styles (and tunings), Bob's been playing guitar since a time when he's sure he remembers having more hair and was a founder member of Scottish folk-funk-ska-reggae-jazz band the Tartan Amoebas in the early 90s.

Bow Legged Skeeter

The band plays authentic American Bluegrass and Old Time songs and tunes. The Instrumentation is classic Bluegrass line­up of Double Bass, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle with Harmony Vocals.

The Dambuskers

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!!

https://www.dambuskers.com/



Damian Clarke continues his mission to present the wonderfully exotic Hammer Dulcimer and Hurdy Gurdy. He is currently the only touring performer of these instruments who also sings. An international entertainer; his concerts are a multi-faceted show, with stories and sing-alongs, fun, history and romance. His instruments provide a refreshing change of sound, haunting, evocative and stirring.

Damian interacts with his audiences, inviting them to sing along, ask questions, and even to have a go on the dulcimer. He has a wealth of entertaining stories from over 30 years of travelling internationally with his music. He performs wherever he can, from clubs to castles, house-concerts to markets. A true modern Minstrel!

Darren Hodge
Darren Hodge is a young man who is regarded by his peers as one of the top young guitarists in the country. After picking up his first guitar only six years ago he has been astounding audiences up and down the country with his instrumental style of playing. He is completely self taught and from very early on it was clear to those around him that he had a unique gift. After five years of hard work and dedication he is still perfecting his talent but what you will hear will leave you astounded for such a young man just starting out.

Doc Clarke's Remedy
The Weymouth Band has attracted quite a following over the last 4 years with their eclectic repertoire and was recently described as one obviously “very knowledgeable” audience member as the new Fairport Convention (Younger readers will have to Google them!) - that is a handsome accolade. Doc Clarke’s Remedy mainly perform to help charities and have raised money for the RNLI in LifeBoat week and most recently for the Old Town Hall where a packed audience enjoyed Music from around the World. The Band consists of Lynn Target Guitar and vocals, Pam Dentith Guitar Percussion and vocals, Clive Nichols Banjo, Dave ’The Bass’ Bradford on Bass, Guitar, Mandolin and vocals, Martin Bliss Guitar and vocals and Doc Clarke on Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo and vocals, and to coincide with their appearance at the Wessex Folk Festival they have a new CD out called ‘Repeat Prescription’.


Dom Prag  is a young Southampton based singer-songwriter whose spellbinding voice, magical guitar energy and songs of passion, loss, comical social disasters and everyday fears combine folk with blues and classical influences into gripping musical narratives. In 2015, whilst living in Brighton, he released an EP, ‘Talitha and Other Songs’ which has been played on numerous local radio stations up and down the country. He has played at folk clubs from Teesside to South Devon and appeared at many Festivals including Nozstock, Wickham, Purbeck and Wimborne. Among other headline acts, he has supported Ninebarrow, John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick and John Doyle; While and Matthews; Jez Lowe and Jackie Oates. Just before Christmas 2018, his debut album, ‘Young Man on a Ferry’, came out. It was awarded album of the month for January by the Richard Harris Folk & Blues show on Blues & Roots Radio.

‘We were lucky enough to have Dom open up a show for Chris and me, and we were both really impressed with him. Great playing, singing and writing and a lovely stage presence. Watch out for Dom, his star is definitely on the rise’ Julie Matthews (While and Matthews)

The Dorset Wrecks

Formed in 2013 DORSET WRECKS had their first gig when 5 of the initial 6 members sang on MV Freedom to support their charity at the Weymouth Barrel Rolling event in the September. The 12 members now average well over 50 gigs each year and we rehearse weekly at the Old Town Hall, Weymouth. We have sung at weddings, social events, funerals, Trafalgar nights as well as at Camp Bestival and many other festivals including two inaugural festivals in 2017, the Lymington Sea Food Festival and the Bridport Folk Festival. In 2016 we recorded our first CD of sea shanties and songs of the sea, entitled Bright Eyed ‘N’ Stiff, alluding to how to determine their freshness when buying fish. In 2018 we sang on both days of the inaugural Teign Shanty Festival in Teignmouth and we went down a storm at Bestival when the audience were blown away, literally, before any group could sing a note on that Sunday, perhaps this year. We also had a preliminary audition for Britain’s Got Talent before Christmas and we are due to sing on HMS Warrior in Portsmouth in March and a second CD is planned for later in the year.

Ed Bleach


A regular on the open mic scene, Edd Bleach is a Weymouth based, male-fronted singer/songwriter. His stories about everyday life and unfortunate incidents are something that many people can relate to and are nicely packaged in his sing-along style melodies.

Emmay

Hailing from Liphook, Hampshire, EMMAY are a sibling trio consisting of Aimée Mackenzie on electro-acoustic guitars, keyboards and lead vocals, Freya Mackenzie on acoustic violin, electro-acoustic ukulele and backing vocals and Ross Mackenzie on Cajon.

Who have EMMAY supported?

The trio have supported Nizlopi, Show of Hands, Sean Lakeman/Kathryn Roberts, Blair Dunlop, Luke Jackson, Miranda Sykes/Rex Preston, Sheelanagig, Phillip Henry/Hannah Martin and Josienne Clarke/Ben Walker.

Where have EMMAY performed?

Notable venues that EMMAY have performed at include Isle Of Wight Festival, Show of Hands Summer Festival (Abbotsbury), Cornbury Festival, Victorious Festival, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Wychwood Festival, Weyfest, The Bedford (Balham), The Troubadour (Earls Court), Water Rats (Camden), Wedgewood Rooms (Portsmouth)

What do the media have to say about EMMAY?

An outstanding BBC Introducing panel review of “Lesson Learned”, one of EMMAY’s self-penned songs, resulted in an invitation to record a session for the BBC which was broadcast live right across the South of England.

Folklaw

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. 

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“One of the most exciting acts to grace the stage” – Banbury Folk Festival

“Whirling jigs and lyrics that bite!” - fRoots


The Foxglove Trio 

The Foxglove Trio is a group of multi-instrumentalists who perform mostly traditional songs from around the British Isles in English and Welsh. Gathering material from sessions, published song collections and contemporary artists, these talented musicians are making a name for themselves on the UK folk scene for their beautiful harmonies, creative new arrangements and engaging live performances.

Gadarene  blend obscure traditional English tunes, virtuoso acoustic musicians, funky beats and loads of energy. The five-piece play drums, mandolin, double bass, fiddle and flute, their musicianship and effects units transforming obscure English 18th and 19th-century tunes into numbers from intricate acoustic trance to alternative modern dance hits. Drawing on styles from pop and rock to electronic and dub, the band's pioneering attitude to folk brings glorious old tunes to life. The set features Lancashire clog and Dartmoor step dance, and gets audiences up dancing too! 

Delivered with great rhythm, innovative instrumentation and good humour, Gadarene’s infectious sound is sophisticated enough for seated audiences and wild enough to get everyone dancing.

a splendidly vibrant unit who take chances and pull more than rabbits out of the hat.(fRoots magazine)

Clever and intricate arrangements(Acoustic Magazine)

the tightness and skill of this quintet gives a sound that carries across the varying styles, setting them apart as a unique unit who are definitely worth discovering.” (Fatea)

musicians sparking off each other in no small order.” (fRoots magazine)

a hugely bold sound… It’s a sound that refocuses the genre, a new relevance that’s beyond tradition. (Dave Henderson, MOJO)

These amazing old tunes are all miniature masterpieces and deserve the exposure. Some of the tunes have not been played for 300 years and it’s brilliant to see audiences enjoying them so much.

HYPERLINK "http://www.gadarenemusic.com/" www.gadarenemusic.com

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.

Galley Beggar’s music sets out to imagine the next phase of English Folk Rock. Their live performances bring the intensity of a rock band to electric folk from music found within the collections of Cecil Sharp and Francis Child through to electrified psychedelic freakouts.

Glymjack

“As good as contemporary folk comes” – Acoustic

“Folk-roots with attitude” – Froots

“Life-affirming” - Folk Radio

“Terrific, stylish, energetic musicianship” – Jo Tuffs, Director, Broadstairs Folk Week

“Wonderful!” – Ruth Bramley, Cambridge Folk Festival

“An excellent band, Glymjack leave the audience wanting more”- Bob Ford, Musical Director, Wessex Folk Festival


Glymjack is the folk-roots project of songwriter Greg McDonald, described as “enough to remind you why you got into music in the first place” by BBC DJ Tom Robinson.

Featuring Show of HandsPhil Beer and Steve Knightley, debut album Light the Evening Fire has enjoyed airplay across BBC Radio, with critics declaring it “album of the month” (Totally Radio), “one of the albums of the year” (Quiet Revolution) and “life-affirming” (Folk Radio).

Glymjack’s Festival Band delivers a high-energy indie-folk punch which has seen them described as “Show of Hands meets the E Street Band”.

The band sees Greg joined by a stellar line-up comprising fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner, bass ace Dickon Collinson, Fred’s House drummer Paul Richards, top melodeon player Saul Bailey and dazzling pianist Art Toper.

Away from Glymjack, Greg plays in The Phil Beer Band and has written music for films including Alan Partridge.

The word “Glymjack” is Victorian criminal underworld slang for a street child who led strangers through the streets of London at night with a lantern.

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www.glymjack.com

Hatful of Rain

are a Bluegrass/Old time influenced British folk/roots band based in East Sussex. They strive to combine powerful song writing with instrumental artistry - retaining a strong traditional feel.  Using the “single microphone” approach when performing creates an engaging audience experience - capturing the warmth and communal style of the music played. Founded in 2010 they have had recent success with airplay on Bob Harris & Mike Harding’s BBC radio2 shows, after signing to local label: Union Music. Second album ‘The Morning Key’ was released in May 2014 a highly anticipated follow up to their successful debut ‘Way up on the hill’.  2016 sees the release of their EP ‘Climb the air’ – 5 tracks of traditional material, chosen to reflect the influence of trans Atlantic folk music on the band’s musicianship and song-writing.

Members are: Chloe Overton: lead vocals, guitar, mandolin and clawhammer banjo

Phil Jones: backing vocals, double bass and clawhammer banjo.

Fred Gregory: backing vocals, guitar & mandolin   James Shenton: fiddle.

Hiproute

Three piece roots band from the Soth West. Part of the UK Roots movement – using the old working ethic of playing live as much as possible – Feel. Write. Play. Play dsome more. We are just trying to do the same as everyone else – play as much as possible to as many people that will listen


Island Voices
is a community based Portland choir singing original songs about Portland and the Sea.

James Hickman and Dan Cassidy 

A transatlantic duo inspired by the traditions of America and Britain.
Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling.
Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres.
The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.

John Meriton

John is a singer/ songwriter from Hampshire: His songs are about life as he sees it; real people, places, emotions and experiences. With a powerful, warm and witty delivery, John plays solo, as well as with an acoustic band of great musicians, in folk and acoustic clubs and festivals across the south of England. His first CD The Line in 2010 brought together his old and new songs to celebrate his passion for songwriting and acoustic music.
A 2012 CD The Ballad of Colin Loader featured songs about his home town Emsworth. The Wind Up Heart Chronicles was released in 2016. The John Meriton Band features Jon Hardcastle on guitar and vocals, Ian Maclaughlin on bass, Sophie Butler on vocals and flute and Alan Blackmore on percussion. 
Find out more about John’s music at www.johnmeriton.co.uk

The Jigantics are creating quite a stir on the UK festival and club scene thanks to their acclaimed debut album Daisy Roots which is currently being played on radio stations around the world. Between them the band members play, and on occasions swop, a whole range of musical instruments, fiddle, mandolin, slide and acoustic guitars and together with stunning five part harmonies .


Kadia


Kadia performs a mixture of traditional folk music, Irish session tunes, original material and contemporary covers along with the occasional joke, multiple stories and general chatter during their shows. Kadia has made a name for themselves locally for their creative arrangements of traditional music also gaining plaudits for their unique takes on more modern contemporary music. 

The band is growing in stature and are now beginning to build a following outside of Dorset with the goal now being to increase footprint across the UK.

Kadia’s debut album, East of Alexandria has made it on to the Telegraph’s 2015 Folk Album of the Year list with tracks heard on various local BBC radio stations and the band have been invited to attend many private events and nationally recognised festivals.

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.

The Kilpecks


‘Timeless themes of love and loss, revenge and revelry for our modern age’


The Kilpecks were formed from the splintered shins of folk-funk favourites the Lonesome Stampede. Although, The Kilpecks are rawer, they are keen to allow the stories to take the listener past the shadows of this world. Their debut single; Haunted Man, does just that. It’s a song of betrayal and revenge, but these seemingly timeless themes hide the fact that it was penned in the wake of #MeToo Movement, for there still many modern stories to tell. Some of The Kilpecks members, the main vocalist and songwriter, dwell not far from our namesake, the incredible Kilpeck Church, full of Norman Romanesque carvings that have to be seen to be believed. Our other members, guitarist and violinist, live within in the warm embrace of the Celtic World of Wales and Cornwall. (Song involves guest bassist & drummer). We are excited to add our sound and stories to the folk and roots music of this varied and beautiful land. Please help spread the word. 


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Lewis Clark & The Essentials became a fully-fledged band in September 2015. Based around the core trio of Lewis Clark (guitar & vocals), Rob Grist (drums & piano) and Max Mees (double/electric bass), the group combines their diverse and shared interests in blues, folk and soul to create a dynamic and distinctive live sound. Their musical style draws on their love of rhythm and blues and explores an eclectic range of influences including traditional British folk, American roots music and wider European traditions.

The Lonesome Stampede is an original upbeat folk-funk band based in Hay-on-Wye and Builth. They are about to (March 2017) release their first album recorded and produced at KJM Studios in Hereford. They have toured already this year, playing John Sebastian Bristol, Three Horseshoes in Bradford-on-Avon, London's famous Hope&Anchor and The King Arthur in Glastonbury. They are busy adding to their 2017 summer festivals which include appearances at Lymm Festival, Wessex Folk Festival, Outcider and Deer Stock. They have been played numerous times on BBC radio and appeared on a BBC Introducing session, they are signed to Jelli Records. 

Louise Jordan
I am a folk singer and songwriter from the New Forest in Hampshire. Whilst I continue to perform songs from my four recordings I also have a project 'No Petticoats Here' which shared the stories of remarkable women who lived during the First World War through song. I previewed the first set of songs at Salisbury Arts Centre on 30th September 2015 and I will continue to develop the project until I tour with the show in 2016. Further information about the project, including a trailer featuring clips of songs from the preview performance, is available on my website: louisejordan.co.uk

Mad Magdalen
Whether on the main stage, around a camp fire, or plugged into a sun, wind or pedal powered amp or two, Mad Magdalen (pronounced "Mad Mawdlin") offer traditional English music with attitude. We sing songs and play tunes about sex, death, dancing and magic with a sprinkling of the history you were never taught at school. Born around a kitchen table, with good food (probably curry) and wine combined with the English tradition of getting together with friends and playing old songs, Mad Magdalen have gone on to play at festivals and gatherings all across the South of England.
Mad Magdalen features artists with a solid background in the English Folk Tradition. Ali and Graeme played folk clubs and festivals as  "Devil's Elbow" - known for their sensitive and creative arrangements of traditional songs and tunes, Claire sings with the Paul Sartin's Andover Museum Loft Singers, and Paul is known for his satire. At any event they're just as happy to be starting an impromptu folk club, maybe teaching a few kids (young and old) to juggle, even offering a singing workshop (or tai-chi session!) as well as performing their own particular brand of energy packed rocking folk guaranteed to get people dancing, and even crowd surfing.....

Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison has established a reputation for making a unique kind of original music, based on the style of the early folk/blues artists but with a modern twist and wide appeal to audiences of all kinds. He has been attracting considerable attention recently, with extensive gigging, a lot of airplay, and great reviews. The general view is that he has something genuinely new and different to offer. Mark's songs are highly individual, with memorable tunes, striking lyrics and strong rhythms, and they are about a wide range of unusual topics. Many of them have a story behind them and audiences often remark on how much they enjoy the introductions explaining what the songs are about and on how interesting the lyrics are.                     

  • Mark is regarded as having a highly distinctive finger-picking and slide guitar style and plays National guitars and a 12-string as well as singing. 
  • Mark has a top-class band of brilliant musicians, often featuring double bass and drums. Audiences regularly comment on the unique and exciting nature of the sound they make together and the high quality of the musicianship. He performs in all line-ups from solo to full band.                                                                                               
  • Mark's latest album, Turpentine, has received fantastic reviews in well-regarded print and online media in the UK, the US and Europe, and airplay on a very large number of radio shows in the UK (including BBC) and around the world, as was the case with his previous albums. 
  • Mark has headlined at very good venues all around the UK. Festival appearances include good slots at prestigious events such as Celtic Connections, [email protected], Jazz FM Love Supreme Festival, Bearded Theory, Lakefest, BAAfest, Bournemouth Jazz By The Sea Festival, Maryport Blues Festival, Ealing Blues Festival, the Acoustic Festival of Britain, Purbeck Folk Festival, Leigh Folk Festival, Gloucester Blues Festival, and Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival. 
  • A film of one of Mark's songs was recently made by a director who works for Ridley Scott's organisation - this film was showcased at the Cannes Film Festival, where it got a great reception. 
  • Mark has been featured with interviews and articles in a number of influential magazines, including R2 magazine, Blues in BritainSpiral Earth, Calibre and Blues Matters
  • Mark has been nominated in several categories in the British Blues Awards.  
  • Mark has done a number of live radio sessions for highly-regarded shows, including BBC Radio and Jazz FM.

All information, including music, videos and reviews, is on Mark's website:

http://www.markharrisonrootsmusic.com/

The Million Dollar Bash 

We are a band who celebrate the music of both Bob Dylan and The Band with a bit of Woody Guthrie.We play in a unique style and put our own twist to the songs we play from these great artists,adding a blend of enjoyment and artistry. 

Mitchell & Vincent

Mitchell and Vincent are a Westcountry duo who bring traditional and contemporary styles on fiddle and guitar to folk tunes and songs from around the British Isles, as well as original material drawing on the folk traditions, producing their own varied arrangements and great foot-tapping folk music. They have performed at various festivals and concerts around the UK (including Glastonbury, Broadstairs, Beverley, Oxford and Lyme Folk Weekend) as well as supporting great musicians such as Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones, Tim Edey Trio, Jackie Oates Duo, Damien O’Kane and Kate Rusby. Acoustic magazine described their second album ‘Circling the Square’ with, “At all times, the interplay between David Mitchell’s guitar and Graham Vincent’s fiddle is quite stunning.” FATEA Magazine commented that Graham had a “pleasantly rich voice" and "You will find music that is beautifully played, with a delicacy and lightness of touch that immediately brings to mind Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill”. Bright Young Folk perhaps describes them best with, “Their sound is much deeper and richer than you would expect from an acoustic duo. Intricate instrumentalism and pulsing rhythms abound ... providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of folk music across Britain. A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable experience.”

Moonshine


Formed 8 years ago with people who had been dancing for many years and the team have added two new members in 2014. We dance at Folk Festivals, Fetes and other events bringing high energy & high speed dances backed up by our band. Some highlights of 2013 were dancing at Tredegar Folk Festival and our 1st Appearance at Wessex Folk Festival.


Nick Parker and the False Alarms


Glastonbury (UK) based Nick Parker was 13 when he first picked up a guitar and tried to string together a few chords. By 14 he had put down the guitar and picked up the mandolin. Not least of all because he wanted to be in his brother, Ant’s band and they needed a mandolin player. ...........(read the rest on their website)

Nigel Waite

Nigel is a popular Poole-based singer-songwriter who has been a staunch supporter of the Wessex Folk Festival for many years.  His albums have received acclaim from across the folk spectrum including such worthies as Vin Garbutt, Colum Sands, and Martyn Wyndham-Read to name but three.  And reviewing Nigel’s debut album Once in a While Jools Holland wrote “I enjoyed it tremendously, the purity and the honesty of it shone through.”

Songs with strong choruses are a particular feature of Nigel’s repertoire and so his set at Mid-day on Sunday is a must for festival goers who like to sing along.  Nigel acts as an advocate for the charity SeeAbility (formerly the Royal School for the Blind) and the proceeds from the sale of his albums are donated to the charity.


Nina Garcia with The Tree Fellahs

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". 

Nina Garcia formed the popular Celtic Rock band Jigsaw in 1996. Following seven years touring the Far East, Nina embarked on a solo musical career in the UK, US and South Africa. Nina joined The Tree Fellahs as fiddle player and vocalist in 2008.

Ninebarrow

is a multi award winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding damn fine and by Kate Rusby as absolutely amazing Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way. Not only exceptional singers and musicians, Ninebarrow was recently nominee for Best Duo in the Fatea Magazine Awards 2016.

No Direction

A mixed acapella harmony quartet who sing a wide variety of styles. One moment they’ll be singing a Croatian folk song and the next a Buddy Holly classic!


No Mean Feet

Bringing 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.

Oka Vanga 

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”.

Paul Openshaw


Ever popular at Wessex Folk Festival, Paul Openshaw and friends will entertain you in their own inimitable way


http://paulopenshaw.com

Pete Christie

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 !!!”


Reel Dorset play a selection of jigs, reels, polkas and hornpipes typical in traditional folk music, although some modern 'cool' riffs and breaks are included to spice up the ears. Reel Dorset formed in 2014 and is led by folk musician Richard 'Titch' Roberts, band leader of Black Sheep. Reel Dorset have performed at St George's Ceilidh, Corfe Mullen, the Christmas Market in Bournemouth, the Mash Up Festival and the Lighthouse Theatre.


Roswell

Since their first sell-out gig together in March 2018, Folk/Americana duo Roswell has gone on to win the Purbeck Rising 2018 competition, have their debut single 'Heaven Knows' selected for Fatea's Winter Showcase, and  record their debut EP at the Roundhouse. Jasmine and Zoë have been combining their love of intricate vocal harmonies and folk music since they met at an open mic in Ely and are planning an exciting 2019 - including working on their next release and appearing at festivals from Swanage to Switzerland.

The Rumblestrutters bring the Prohibition Era to the party! This trio vividly evoke the traditional jug band music and acoustic blues of the 1920's.

Equally adept at classic material or original compositions, their entertaining performances have to be seen to be believed. Luscious harmonies and virtuosity combine in songs of bootleg liquor and late-night parties. The Rumblestrutters are the authentic sound of the speakeasy. 

 “The Spoonful’s worst nightmare – a British Jug band.” – John Sebastian

"Great Stuff!" - Mike Harding Folk Show

"If you see them advertised - GO!" - Paul Jones (BBC Radio 2)

"Be sure not to miss them!" - Spencer Davis

"Like ‘em." - David Crosby


The Shackleton Trio

Press and reviews for "The Dog Who Would Not Be Washed"

“Sparky, charismatic and intensely assured. An exciting and innovative young trio. A hefty thumbs up”

– fRoots

"An excellent debut album"  ★★★★ – R2 Magazine

“A hugely talented lass” – Mike Harding

“The combined forces of the trio deliver a stylish mix of material and influences with a direct and equal-handed commitment and tremendous panache” – FATEA

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.

Sherborne Folk Band formed in 2017, meets for a monthly workshop to learn folk tunes, harmonies and chords by ear. The workshops are aimed at musicians of all abilities and all acoustic instruments. The workshops are led by Hannah Cumming, an inspirational local musician, singer and workshop leader. The Band also meets for informal sessions during the year to play through the growing repertoire of tunes, which are a mix of traditional and modern folk tunes from the British Isles and further afield. Previous tunes can be found on the Sherborne Folk Band website. This is a friendly group, welcoming new musicians – Everyone is welcome!

www.sherbornefolkband.org

[email protected]

Something About Mondays have been dubbed as a "Folk-Pop" band from the Isle of Wight. Comprising of 3-Part harmony vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, violin, bass and drums, with the occasional mandolin thrown in, think the Bangles meet the Levellers for their songwriting style. Likenesses have also been drawn with R.E.M., Oasis and even the Beatles and Who with their guitar riffs and sounds. 2015 sees the release of their Debut EP "Is It You?" and also the creation of new originals and a vast array of covers.

Through sales of the EP and the Launch Event, the band are donating proceeds to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, based on the Island. Performing at festivals and venues along the south coast and Isle of Wight, these guys hope that this year will kick-start many more things to come.

State of Undress

From Cornwall to Scotland, State of Undress have been taking stages by storm for the past 12 years with their exuberant and infectious fiddle-fuelled music. Performances include Glastonbury, Sidmouth FolkWeek, Looe Music Festival, Swanage Folk Festival, Saltburn Folk Festival and The Tall Ships Festival in Waterford, Ireland.  With original songs that embrace the thought-provoking, joyous and shamelessly foot-tapping, plus traditional songs played in their own idiosyncratic style, State of Undress promise you a rollercoaster of a gig!

State of Undress are:

Charlie Rose (lead vocals); Alan Rose (guitars, mandolin and vocals); Jerry Bird (fiddle, mandolin and guitar); Rob Boivin (bass); Rick Hambleton (drums)

Here’s what they’ve been saying about State of Undress:

‘State of Undress provide feisty, fun, dynamic and passionate music…a show you don’t want to miss’ Maverick Magazine

‘When I saw State of Undress play, it reminded me of why I fell in love with folk rock as a young man.’  Ken Hall, Compere, The Late Session, Saltburn Folk Festival, Summer 2015

‘State of Undress are an irrepressible super high octane band in the best tradition of bands like Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and Jethro Tull but for, and of, the 21st Century.’        Rainlore’s World of Music

‘A blend of roots-rock, country, Celtic flavourings and a full-bodied melodic musical assault’  R2 (Rock n Reel)

For further information please contact Alan Rose 07988 622398 Charlie Rose 07971 472768

E-Mail: [email protected] Website: www.stateofundress.com

www.facebook.com/State-of-Undress-99627945661/ www.twitter.com/stateofundress

Stealing Whiskey

Stealing Whiskey are a six-piece band from Dorset, playing a blend of originals an unexpected covers. A handcrafted and harmonic sound, drawing on inflences from a wide range of genres, producing a folky form of Americana country fusion. This upbeat set will be a treat for your ears and feet!

Steve Dan Mills


American singer songwriter Steve Dan Mills was the co-founder of Speed Limit 35, one of the first folk rock bands in the American South. He has been enjoying a solo career since the mid 70's and has performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival, London Folk Festival, Belfast Nashville Songwriter's Festival and more. His music has been described as "the real thing, sensitive, moving, cathartic and healing." He couples his very powerful vocals with acoustic guitar and harmonica. His masterful story telling, based on his rich and challenging life experiences, lays the groundwork for each song in a most engaging manner. He elicits tears and laughter and instills hope in his audience. He has recently moved to London and has begun performing in folk clubs throughout the UK. 

The Stomping Boondocks 

Paul Good (Caller, Vocals, Guitar), Jerry Bird (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals), Karl Hayman (Guitar, Vocals) Graham Gosnell (drums) and Adam Parker (Bass). Performing since the early stages of 2015, forged in the Southern County of Dorset, the Stomping Boondocks bring a measured mix of Celtic folk, pop and a hint of rock. They'll be sure to get you dancing along to their take on traditional jigs, reels, tunes and songs.  


Sue Stevens

Sue first got involved in the Folk Scene in the early 70's. Performing at local clubs in the West Midlands area and resident at The Severn Whistlers in Stourbridge. Over the coming years Sue started to perform guest spots and built up a reputation as some to listen to.
During the early 80's she retired from the Music Scene to raise a family. In the mid 90's she started to gig again around the local pubs performing covers. Christmas 2000 saw her welcome return to the Folk scene and in March 2001 she opened her own Club called the Lighthouse Folk Club and it's been going ever since. During her early career in the 70's Sue has supported the likes of Nic Jones, Martin Carthy, Roaring Jelly, Malcolm Stent & Therapy, to name but a few! Latterly she has guested at Alcester, Upton,  Folk on The Farm, The Miskin, and supported Dougie McLean at Tamworth Moot.
Her distinctive voice and accomplished guitar style, is used to good effect on a wide range of material from sensitive folk songs to foot stomping contemporary and self penned numbers.

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.

http://www.steamage.co.uk/wp1/?p=3293


Tin Angel
Tin Angel American roots music: blues, old-time, swing, ragtime, who-knows-what at other times. The songs are traditional (mostly) while the twin-fiddle-fuelled string band music rocks. One of our favourite comments: 'Great set list'! Facebook page: www.facebook.com/tinangelband/

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


Joining The Tree Fellas for the Saturday evening ceilidh is their caller Teresa. Teresa is considered by many to be one of the best callers in this part of the world and she will get you on your feet, dancing whether you are a festival regular or new to folk dancing. 

Two Peas

Two Peas are Pat Green and Pauline Clenshaw singing

songs with humour and heart, They will be running a folk club

in the ’Sailors Return’ Sunday afternoon. All are welcome,

see festival map for location.

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:

EMAIL: [email protected]

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/unpreparedjugband

WEBSITE: http://moleskin6.wix.com/unpreparedjugband (where you can find some tracks from our current CD)

Youtube: Enter ‘Unprepared Jug Band’

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary sounds. Their performances showcase new interpretations of old songs alongside original self penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. They have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh. Strong believers in letting the music tradition live and breathe through sensitive interpretation, Vicki and Jonny allow the melody to sing without any constraints. Winter 2016 saw Vicki & Jonny as the front cover of the Living Tradition Magazine with a centre spread interview. 

The Wareham Whalers are one of Dorset’s premier shanty crew and have been entertaining audiences since 2004. They run a popular monthly folk night and host a regular shanty gig in their namesake and historic town of Wareham. They sing at shindigs and festivals through-out the year. Workshops are held, informing the audience about the ways the crews sailed the tall ships. You are also likely to see and hear them busking the rural and coastal towns of the picturesque Isle of Purbeck and the beautiful Jurassic Coast. Since they started some 14 years ago, they have raised £1000s for Wareham and Purbeck Multiple Sclerosis Society, initially for a minibus, then for the annual maintenance of it. Why not come and listen to the Wareham Whalers? They have in their repertoire over 100 shanties and songs of the sea…and they remember the words to most of them! The shanties are sung as if the crew were on board a sailing ship. They also really enjoy what they do and that is evident to all that come and see them. So, look where the Whalers are in the programme, go and see and sing-along with them, and simply have a great time!


Wes Finch plays a mixture of blues, country, jazz and folk, and has been played on local radio. He has played at many venues around the country

Weymouth Ukeleans at the Wessex Folk Festival 2014 - Thanks to Stephen and Helen Jones for this photo

They were the surprise hit of the festival last year (not least because the Stage did not collapse with that number of people of it!) so we have brought them back. Sit back, enjoy the fun and count how many Ukeleans we can fit on the stage this year!


The Wild Rover Set 

is drawn from a group of friends who get together at various sessions around the area. We aim to bring you set of familiar chorus songs and tunes. Your chance to exercise your vocal chords and any recently acquired percussion skills. Participation is the game and we just need you to make it the grand finale on the harbour stage.

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.


Wild Willy Barrett's Roaring Touring

You won’t find another band like this! From a Parisian café via a Dublin hooley to a New Orleans party with rip-roaring fiddle and banjo. Multi-instrumentalist and erstwhile godfather of grunge folk, Wild Willie Barrett is the driver, as the versatile and heartrending vocals of French singer Aurora Colson take centre stage. Numbers include original compositions and arrangement on guitar, cello, harmonium, whistle, fiddle, banjo and Irish pipes.

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