The ever-popular Cellar Full of Folkadelia afternoon sessions – inspired by the eclectic content of much-missed fRoots magazine – opens the door on a new world of possibilities inspired by tradition. In 2020 guests include:
SATURDAY 1ST AUGUST
FOLK RADIO presents BIRD IN THE BELLY + SAIRIE
Bird in the Belly is a Brighton-based Folk group consisting of folk-duo Hickory Signals (Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti), alt-folk singer-songwriter Ben Webb (Jinnwoo, Green Ribbons), and multi-instrumentalist and producer Tom Pryor. Together they collect little known and forgotten lyrics, poems and stories from around the UK, and set them to their own “hypnotically original compositions” (fRoots).
MONDAY 3RD AUGUST
BRIGHDE CHAIMBEUL + QUINIE
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019’s Horizon Award Winner Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. A native Gaelic speaker, her style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland. Her debut album The Reeling has had an extraordinary response since its launch, named as Folk Album Of The Month by The Guardian, given five star reviews in both fRoots and Songlines, and voted one of the 20 Scottish Albums Of The Year by the SAY Awards.
WEDNESDAY 5TH AUGUST
Known for her “heart-stoppingly beautiful and emotive voice” (RnR Mazagine), Olcay Bayir was born in Gaziantep in the south of Turkey near the Syrian border. Her family was steeped in the music traditions of the Kurdish Alevis and her father was a local folk singer; around her she experienced the tapestry of different ethnic communities of the region.
“One of the finest, most intriguing singers on the British world music scene…exquisite and uplifting.” The Guardian
SUNDAY 2ND AUGUST
EUGENIA GEORGIEVA + BEN PALEY
Eugenia Georgieva is a stand-out Bulgarian-born folk singer, performer and choir director. She is a singer of a deep, abounding grace. Inspired by the traditional music of her homeland, she has delved deep into Bulgarian music, but also old songs from Macedonia, Russia and other Slavic countries.
TUESDAY 4TH AUGUST
TEILHARD FROST + WINDJAMMER
Outstanding Canadian multi-instrumentalist and instrument maker, Teilhard Frost (loved in Sidmouth as member of trio Sheesham & Lotus and ‘Son) specialises in traditional Appalachian old-time music, as found on his latest solo recording, As the Crow Flies.
The songs have strong ties to the British Isles while the fiddle tunes draw on ancient Scandinavian and northern Scottish modal settings and tunings, conjuring a feeling of mystery and drama.
THURSDAY 6TH AUGUST
CINDER WELL + JIM GHEDI
Cinder Well is a haunting folk project chartered by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Amelia Baker. Cinder Well is a vessel for Baker’s original songwriting and fluid collaboration. The act has performed to critical acclaim with luminaries such as Lankum, Landless, Gwenifer Raymond, and Johanna Warren. Cinder Well’s sound grows out of its anarcho-folk punk roots, and the traditional music of Ireland and Appalachia