Pre-Festival Warm-Up Night in Weymouth Harbour Pubs 29th May

Wessex Folk Festival

Weymouth Harbour  30th and 31st May 2020

Acts from previous Wessex Folk Festivals

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.

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.

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.

http://www.gazbrookfield.com/

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

www.olddryskulls.com

Glymjack is an English folk act led by acclaimed singer-songwriter Greg McDonald.

Phil Beer-produced debut album Light the Evening Fire features Phil’s Show of Hands band-mates Steve Knightley and Miranda Sykes, Sam Kelly percussionist Evan Carson, and Luke Tuscherer drummer Tom Peters.

In spring 2018, Glymjack tour as an acoustic trio with Greg joined by fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner and bassist Dickon Collinson, delivering a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting originals, English folk songs and fiddle tunes.

Greg’s award-winning songs have previously been called “genius” (Rolling Stone), “captivating” (Q magazine), and “enough to remind you why you got into music in the first place” (Tom Robinson, BBC 6music), while Gemma’s virtuosic skill has seen her celebrated as a “powerhouse instrumentalist” (fRoots) and “a force to be reckoned with” (Maverick) and Dickon’s “soaring” (Fresh on the Net) counter-tenor has winged his indie rock band Careless Sons all the way to Wembley Arena.

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.


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.


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!

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

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!

Alex Roberts

Here is an artist who represents all the best aspects of the songwriter’s craft. A casual observer of the world that surrounds him, he draws on its roots, it’s past and present. A story teller in the age-old tradition, a balladeer, poet and a writer of impressively prolific output, with four studio albums released. 'Alex plays bloody wonderfully!' - John Renbourn


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..

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/

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’

www.aldenpattersonanddashwood.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.

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.

Gadarene

Launching their new album, “Volume Two: Live in 2016”, Gadarene play a unique brand of ‘ultra modern ancient tunes’, which has been aired on Radio 2, 6 Music, and local stations in the lead up to the album release.

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.

www.gadarenemusic.com

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 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

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. 

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/

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

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.

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.

Kadia

Kadia are an unsigned acoustic contemporary folk trio from Bournemouth who have a created a refreshing brand of foot stomping modern folk combining inventive guitar patterns with three part harmonies, layered with the warm tones of the cello and eight string ukulele. 
The Kadia trio have also made a name for themselves with their creative arrangements of traditional folk songs and their infectious ‘folkified’ versions of modern pop songs.

State of Undress is a rocky rootsy 'fiddlesome' band from Dorset playing a distinctive and exuberant brand of original music.State of Undress are a difficult band to pigeon­hole. Their songs move from the poignant and provocative to the downright shamelessly foot­tapping!

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 .



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.



The Galleons

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.



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

The infamous "Wild Rover" Set

What can we say about this 'perennial' festival favourite, other than if you've never heard of it then you weren't warned, were you? Last act on the main stage on Sunday is the Wild Rover Set. They will bring to you a warm hour of popular ‘sing along’ songs from around the UK and beyond (Ireland) The band is

made up of performers from the local Sailors Return Acoustic

Session, few of whom regularly perform together outside of this circle. The Sailors Return Acoustic Session raises a significant amount of sponsorship for the festival each year through its weekly raffle.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Ninebarrow are 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 Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breathtaking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles.


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

Moonshine

Formed 7 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.


Alex Roberts

Songwriter, storyteller and poet, Alex Roberts will be blending traditional genres into his web of song

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!


 Dorset Wrecks

Joining us for the first time are local sea shanty revivalists the Dorset Wrecks so for those of you who like to dream of the sea breeze and a force 9 gale this one is for you.
Dorset Wrecks sing traditional sea shanties and songs of the sea and were formed in 2013. They have sung at many festivals in Poole and Weymouth, at openings of sea related shops, weddings, at Weymouth Pavilion and in local pubs. They have also supported many charitable events such as those for the Mayors of Weymouth & Portland, Poole, and Portland. Singing on tall ships such as Le Marite and the Pelican were highlights. There are currently 11 singers most of whom are well over 60.
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
Amy Hopwood

Amy sings traditional and modern folk songs and plays the baritone ukulele. You can expect tales of feisty women, stormy seas and dastardly murders, with a bit of humour thrown in... She'll be accompanied by Tobias Raven on guitar and Rick Potter on mandolin.

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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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/



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. 

Folklaw.co.uk

www.facebook.com/folklaw

www.twitter.com/folklawuk

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

“Whirling jigs and lyrics that bite!” - fRoots


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 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.

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.

Jo Carley and The Old Dry Skulls

Throwing Old Time, Ska, Alt Country and Punk into a backwoods still to make musical moonshine!!!

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

www.olddryskulls.com

https://www.facebook.com/jocarleyandtheolddryskulls

https://www.youtube.com/user/theolddryskulls

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.

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 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!

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 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.

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 !!!”


The Sherborne Folk Band
Ever wanted to discover the fun of playing folk music with other people? The Sherborne Folk Band was created just this year for this purpose. It enables anyone with an instrument to join and is for 'bedroom musicians', beginner musicians, starting-again musicians, young musicians, late bloomers, musicians that think they can only read the dots and musicians that worry that they can't read the dots. It enables people to learn tunes and chords, experiment with arrangements and enjoy an informal performance. 
The band was a spin off from the successful Laurel Swift's West London Folk Band concept. Laurel Swift is an inspirational and experienced workshop leader who helps budding and more experienced musicians to build confidence to learn and play new tunes by ear.

Remember these musicians only started playing folk music this year and the Wessex Folk Festival is pleased to be able to support this exciting new concept in folk music and to encourage you to give folk music a go.

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. 

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


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.

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’

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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.


The Wareham Whalers


The Wareham Whalers have been rocking the boat with our powerful shanties since 2004. 
We sing Shanties as they would have been sung for work on board ship and for the rare moments of recovery down below. We aim to capture the strength of this music and ensure that there is never a dull moment when the Whalers are about!  

We support our local RNLI, and collect charity money for the Wareham and Purbeck Multiple Sclerosis Society


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!


https://www.facebook.com/aidanandthewildfires/timeline



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.


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.
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

Blackwater County


Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, and with two EPs under their belt, BWC bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music. 

 
Bookings: Gav 07775 496 699

Website: www.blackwatercounty.co.uk

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/black-water-counFacebook: www.facebook.com/BlackWaterCounty/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BlackWaterCounty
Reverbnation: 
http://www.reverbnation.com/blackwatercounty
Twitter: www.twitter.com/WelcometotheBWC/


Bow Legged Skeeter


The band was formed in late 2009 as a result of a number of informal jam sessions playing American Old-Time and Bluegrass music. The Founder members were lifelong Bluegrass singer/guitarist Richard Thrift, Bluegrass Banjo player Charlie Cole, Mandolin player and singer Pete Minkey and his partner and Charlie's sister Lindsey Cole who sings and plays Double Bass. Not long after deciding to form a band to play the music they all loved, Weymouth based Bluegrass Fiddle player Nigel Canter was asked to join and duly accepted.

Doc Clarke's Remedy

We are local musicians who enjoy playing folk and country music. Lynn Targett, vocals, guitar and banjo. Dave Bradford, vocals guitar and bass. Pam Dentith, vocals and guitar.


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.

Island Voices 

Island Voices Community Choir have been singing together since 2005. We sing songs that we love, and some of them are from traditional sources – from here and abroad, some new and some quite ancient; but much of our material is original and is about Portland. Various choir members past and present have written lyrics and composed melodies inspired by the island’s peculiar character, its quarrying and fishing, the wildness, the ever-changing beauty of light on stone . . .
Contact us on Facebook for information about joining or booking

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.

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

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)

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. 

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.

Paul Openshaw


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


http://paulopenshaw.com

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. 

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.

Find out more at www.saidthemaiden.co.uk

The Rumblestrutters 


The Rumblestrutters bring you feel-good blues, jazz and ragtime of the Prohibition era. The band’s vivid evocations of the music of the 1920s and ‘30s has earned them a reputation as one of the most authentic and popular roots bands around, with highlights including stellar performances at Birmingham International Jazz Festival and Gloucester Blues Festival. Songs of bootleg liquor, all-night parties and bacchanalia abound, tapped from a rich musical source. The Rumblestrutters bring you the authentic sounds of 1920s and '30s America!

http://therumblestrutters.com
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