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Luke Daniels is a BBC award winning folk musician and singer who has performed with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Cara Dillon and De Dannan. Currently folk musician in residence of the National Museum of Rural Life, a tutor on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s traditional music course and a soloist on The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit soundtracks. His latest album features new original songs and instrumental music composed for Polyphon machine. Having written pieces for an original Victorian machine, for which many popular folk tunes were arranged in the late 19th century, he combines digital audio with the machine’s acoustic clockwork mechanism and live performance creating music spanning the earliest form of recorded music with the very latest technology.




Kezia is a folk-roots singer songwriter originally from Cornwall. Her songs take aspects from traditional folk ballads and sea shanties and combine them with Randy Newman-esque storytelling and pure, haunting vocal melodies. Folk legend Ralph McTell says of her: “I think she is exceptional – one of the most original and exciting artists to come out of Cornwall.” 



FolkLaw - Exhilarating songs and music that guarantee to get your feet tapping, your face smiling, mind thinking, and festival-feet jumping! Acrobatic fiddling and earthy vocals are interwoven with distinctive vocal harmonies, mandola and guitars, delivering a subtle reflective social commentary within a patchwork of inspirational songs and melodies. FolkLaw are well known for their crowd-surfing fiddle antics, engaging on-stage banter, and an energised stage performance.



Alice's music is an ageless blend of folky acoustic roots with a tinge of Americana. The passionate energy of a young singer songwriter shines throughout her haunting vocals and heartfelt lyrics. Alice performs with her acoustic guitar and as well as her original music , she performs a wide range of covers in her own unique style.




“See Anna Phoebe as she prowls the stage and you can’t take your eyes off her” - Simon Broughton, Evening Standard.

Papillon is the new project by Anna Phoebe and Nicolas Rizzi. It combines raw Eastern inspired violin and guitar melodies set within cinematic soundscapes. Anna Phoebe has performed throughout the world as a featured soloist for various artists and is now carving a career with her own projects. 


Together with Nicolas Rizzi and her band, Anna released her EP 'Embrace' in 2013 followed by the album 'Between the Shadow and the Soul' in 2014. As ‘Papillon,’ Anna and Nicolas will perform their new material in a series of live concerts in 2017, to be followed by the release of their debut album .

Previous live performances include main support for Bob Dylan at the Rock Legends Festival in Poland, the Songlines Encounters Festival at Kings Place in London, and a tour of UK cathedrals including Winchester Cathedral and Liverpool Anglican. 

Violinist and composer Anna Phoebe has been thrilling audiences all over the world with her stunning live performances. Dazzling and charismatic, she’s played major arenas all over the United States, London venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, and festivals across the UK and across the world such as Glastonbury, Fuji Rock and Sonar Festival.  Anna has toured with artists and bands including Jon Lord, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music, Oi Va Voi, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra, as well as a solo artist with her own band.

Anna also composes for film.  She was a finalist in the Best Composer Category in the 2013 Underwire Film Festival for her original score for 'Harriet & The Matches', directed by Miranda Howard-Williams. Her film composing work ranges from avant garde contemporary classical pieces to electronic soundscapes weaving vocals and strings.  Anna has played violin and viola on several BBC sountracks for various composers including 'Peaky Blinders' (Series 1 for Martin Phipps) and 'Peaky Blinders'(Series 2 for Flood and PJ Harvey), and most recently the BBC series 'War and Peace' (Martin Phipps).




Enjoy an evening of musical celebration with Fairport Convention at this golden anniversary concert.

Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967’s summer of love. Throughout the intervening five decades (and numerous changes of line-up) the band’s passion for live performance has
never wavered.

To mark its fiftieth year, Fairport has released a brand new CD titled 50:50@50. The band will play a selection of tracks from the album as well as long-established favourites from their extensive repertoire.

Tonight’s concert will also feature an opening performance by Sally Barker, one of England’s most talented singer-songwriters. Sally came to prominence in the all-girl folk group The Poozies but is best known for her appearances on
the BBC TV talent show The Voice where she sang on Sir Tom Jones’ team.Fairport Convention has attracted critical acclaim throughout its long career. The band won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time', and their story and music has often featured on radio and television. Fairport Convention’s line-up is Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.


In 2017 Richard celebrates 50 years of performing by embarking on a special British Tour from February to June. 31 albums, 14 books, an audio book with Bill Bryson, 3 million YouTube hits, Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and a BAFTA Nomination along the way. He will be supported by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys, embarking on their first tour, just like Richard did all those years ago.The tour itself will tell a story as it begins with small clubs where it all began and travels through to theatres around the country during the five months of celebration.



Essentially Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock three piece much in the vain of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But in a similar way to how these bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille and the Bandits try to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.

The use of more bizarre instrumentation and eclectic influences in the song writing often pushes them more into a world music or progressive category. Having toured with artists such as Deep Purple through to the John Butler trio and played major festivals across Europe, the band seem to leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds with their energetic and soulful performances.

They have received great critical acclaim, being voted in the top ten must see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and reaching number 2 in the UK blues chart with their first single on downloads alone. Now touring their third independently released studio album Wille and the Bandits fan base, repertoire of sounds, styles and innovation seems to be growing at an exponential rate.

The band are praised in the press for their albums; bursting at the seams with textures, originality and soul. Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi have also praised the band’s musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues.

It’s rare to find a band as dynamic as Wille and the Bandits, one that is just as comfortable and as impressive at both ends of the sonic spectrum. In the modern age of disposable music it is refreshing to hear a band that still value the art of creating albums and who continue to bring new instruments and ideas into their songwriting rather than settling for a tried and tested formula. Ten seconds of Youtube will not scratch the surface of the band’s sound and message; this is a band that is very much about discovery and one best experienced LIVE!.




To reduce Galley Beggar‘s allure down to a simple matter of folk rock revivalism would be foolish. With a sound that incorporates all manner of unexpected elements while always celebrating the mischievous spirit of folk music across the centuries, these Kentish chameleons have been steadily earning a formidable reputation since forming back in 2009. Over the course of three acclaimed albums – Reformation House (2010), Galley Beggar (2012) and Silence & Tears (2014), the band’s first for Rise Above Records – Galley Beggar have pulled off the neat trick of simultaneously honouring and upgrading the psychedelic folk rock template, both revelling in the simple magic of acoustic instrumentation and joyfully harnessing the lysergic power of the electric too. And now they are poised to release their fourth and finest album, Heathen Hymns in April 2017. A dizzying blend of the traditional and the untried, it’s a record full of absorbing musical stories that showcase a newfound lust for experimentation.




"Performing on stage with passion and intellect, the Broadside Boys entertain with songs of country life in the East of England.

Eric and Mat were raised barely three miles apart in small villages near the coast in rural Suffolk. School friends, then team mates at the local football club, their bond has defined their musical partnership. The shared experience of growing up together and their long standing friendship is much evident onstage, and in their musical collaboration.

Currently on a 90 date UK tour with Richard Digance, the journey so far has taken the band from remote Alehouses to the biggest stages in the Folk World."




Legendary 70s folk-rock pioneers LINDISFARNE return to form with a classic six-piece line up of long-time members fronted by original founder-member Rod Clements on vocals, mandolin, fiddle and slide guitar. With a repertoire of unforgettable songs like Meet Me On The Corner, Fog On The Tyne, Lady Eleanor and Run For Home and a reputation for live performance second to none, LINDISFARNE’s power to galvanise festival and concert audiences remains undimmed and is guaranteed to get the crowd on its feet and singing along.

LINDISFARNE 2016 are:

ROD CLEMENTS (1969-present) Vocal, mandolin, fiddle, guitars

DAVE HULL-DENHOLM (1994-present) Vocal, guitars

STEVE DAGGETT (1986-present) Vocal, keyboards, guitars

CHARLIE HARCOURT (1973-present) Guitar, vocal

IAN THOMSON (1995-present) Bass, vocal

PAUL THOMPSON (ex-Roxy Music) Drums



19 year old Emi McDade's music has taken her travelling throughout the UK. The young Best of British nominee has performed on stages such as BBC Introducing, Ronnie Scott's, Guildhall, Sofar Sounds, Thekla, The Bedford and many others, headlining the Acoustic Stage of Dot to Dot Festival, as well as supporting artists such as JP Cooper, Mike Dignam, Laurence Fox, Fiona Bevan, Frank Hamilton, Billy Lockett, Kal Lavelle, Toyah Willcox, Tom Crouch, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, and performed alongside artists such as Jasmine Thompson. With her recent singles 'Faith' and 'Illusions', Emi has received extensive radio play throughout the UK, Australia and America (as well as regular play on BBC and BBC Introducing), performed in session on the Dermot O'Leary Show on BBC2, and became a featured artist on Noel Edmund's new radio 'Positively Talented'.

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK's biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention, and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work. 2015 saw the release of their fourth album, 'Conflict Tourism', which appeared on several end-of-year Best Album lists and received national airplay on both BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6music.

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 and later being asked to appear at one of the club's guest nights, 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's Friends, Jim Moray, Megson, Martin Carthy, Sam Carter, Hannah James and Sam Sweeney and Clannad. They were also honoured to join legendary fiddler Dave Swarbrick on a successful UK solo tour in the spring of 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.  They were also voted ‘Best Act’ by the public at the Great British Folk Festival’s Introducing Stage for the festival’s opening night, and are thrilled to have been invited back to the festival in December 2016 to perform on one of the main stages.

'Of Maids and Mariners' is the new EP by Said The Maiden. With two new studio tracks recorded and produced by Stu Hanna of Megson and two live tracks recorded at Redbourn Folk Club, the new release is a showcase of how Said The Maiden has developed and grown over the last year or so, displaying more than ever the distinctive sound that defines them - from soaring acapella harmonies and fresh new arrangements of traditional songs, to their own compositions inspired by sea songs and shanties. Said The Maiden are self-releasing the EP which was officially launched on 10 January 2016.

Dubbed “Mesmerising” by Mel B of the Spice Girls, “Visually and Artistically Beautiful” by Rush, and “Fresh New Talent” by Vintage TV, this is the story of two sisters who began singing together as toddlers at National Bluegrass Festivals alongside musical parents – their father performed with Dolly Parton while mother, Kathy wrote the song Kaleidoscopes – which became a song of much importance further down the line… Mary‐Anne’s own songs ‘Solitary Confinement’ and ‘Scenario’ were remixed by Dutch Producer; Marco V in 2009, reaching the top ten dance chart through Radio 1 air-play, while Laura performed worldwide onboard Luxury Cruise Ships, yachts, for hotels and was a guest vocalist at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz Festival. Combining early folk festival influences with the urban, contemporary styles of today, ‘Mia and the Moon’ officially launched in 2012 and have honed a distinctive, gospel sound, reaching out to people of all ages with timeless musical style. Through performances on XFactor, ITV, BBC Introducing, Radio 1, Ministry of Sound, National Retail Awards (alongside Myleene Klass), Caffe Nero and a National Acoustic Tour, Mia and the Moon are avid ambassadors for animal rights and have helped raise thousands of pounds for the charities including the ‘International Animal Rescue, RSPCA, PDSA, Jerry Green Dog Rescue, Wildlife Trust. The original prints from the ‘Fall Awake’ sleeve artwork were auctioned during the album launch party with all proceeds donated to Donkey Charity ‘Spana’ this year, and in publicizing these efforts, Laura and Mary-Anne hope to inspire their friends and fans to support animal charities and organisations. Mia and the Moon return from their residency in Europe on 17th October and then their new single 'Undefeated' comes out on 30th October.

Linda Em is an Irish singer songwriter using a lyrical narrative that brings back the early days of Woodstock and The Old Grey Whistle Test. No surprise when she quotes Joan Baez, Carole King and the husky laments of Melanie Safka as her song writing influences , not to mention Fleetwod Mac !

Linda’s clear, strong voice draws the listener to know how each ‘story’ ends. There's a bit of folk, a bit of rock, some Celtic, American blues and even a hint of Ska if you listen closely, with even a slight gypsy thread that drops in and out. The overall production of her songs get that 70s soul sound of a lead singer with a band that is so atmospheric, pulling you back to Woodstock.



Crumbling Ghost explore the sorrowful histories of long-deceased inhabitants of forgotten Britain, celebrating the more sinister side of British folk history and music.

Combining fuzz pedals with haunting vocals, Crumbling Ghost take you on an ethereal stroll through doomed relationships, drownings and confidence tricksters, with a mixture of traditional and original folk songs.
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