This years Sessions, which is a must for all Wessex Festival goers and will be in the Pubs around Weymouth Harbour.

If you are not familiar with what a ‘Session’ is – it is a gathering together of musicians and public, normally at a pub or similar venue, performing in a sing/play around joining in or not and sometimes featuring a theme.

Here are a selection of Sessions from this year.

Derek Renshaw is a local musician covering a variety of styles for the last forty years. Locally he is best known for playing guitar and singing the blues at open mic events and sessions. If you are feeling blue this will be the place to be.

Malc and Gill will be well known to regulars at the festival. With many years of experience as both performers and festival organisers their sessions are always welcoming and friendly. Bring your party piece, traditional or contemporary, and join in

Nigel Waite, a well respected local singer songwriter whose songs have recieved acclaim from some of the peerage of the folk world. He has supported the festival for several years both as performer and session host.His sessions are always popular. Anything goes, bring your favourites to the party.

Roger & Jo two local musicians who have been involved with the festival since pretty much day one. Jo plays Accordion and Roger guitar and bouzouki. They have hosted the Survivors’ session every year of the festival. Your chance to have a last play before the weekend is over. Beatles to Bach, bring it along.

Lynn Targett can often seen in many of the local sessions and events, A singer/guitarist and occasional banjo player he has been a long time festival supporter. Lynn will be hosting the American sessions. Welcoming contributions across the broad spectrum of the music from West Virginia to the Grand Old Oprey and beyond..

 Pete Metcalf, Morris dancer/musician and singer of traditional songs.That should give an indication of what to bring to the party. It’s a joiney in event.

Martin and Vera are a singing folk duo, Martin plays Melodeon, Guitar and Bass and Vera Accordion  and Bass. They run a very inclusive session encouraging and supporting players and accompanying singers at all levels, ensuring the session is varied and enjoyable.