SUNDAY 2ND AUGUST
JEZ LOWE + Peter & Barbara Snape
Jez Lowe has long been one of the UK’s busiest folk performers, playing for audiences the world over, either solo, (with guitar, cittern and harmonica accompaniment), or with his band The Bad Pennies. His Men At Words tour of North America saw Jez joining forces with James Keelaghan and Archie Fisher for much-acclaimed concerts across Canada and the USA. And as part of The Pitmen Poets (with Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Billy Mitchell), Jez has helped to rekindle the fire in the tradition of mining songs and culture of his native region in a series of sell out theatre performances around the UK.
TUESDAY 4TH AUGUST
BRÌGHDE CHAIMBEUL + David Foley & Jack Smedley
Winner of the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, and 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s most exciting young musicians. 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 it’s launch at a sold out Celtic Connections show at the start of 2019. It was named as Folk Album Of The Month by The Guardian, given five star reviews in both fRoots and Songlines, lavished with praise by BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and listed as one of The Quietus’ Albums Of The Year So Far.
THURSDAY 6TH AUGUST
THE TRIALS OF CATO
The remarkable rise of BBC Radio 2 award winning trio The Trials of Cato on the UK folk-scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed “the Sex Pistols of folk,” (J Davis) they pay clear homage to the tradition whilst twisting old bones into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories.
Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, The Trials of Cato formed whilst living in Beirut, and spent a year boiling down the roots of their sound into a hybrid of traditional influences that intrigued Lebanese audiences in the country’s biggest venues. Returning home from Beirut in the winter of 2016, they have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene.
MONDAY 3RD AUGUST
THREEPENNY BIT + George Sansome
Hampshire-based Threepenny Bit are an example of how traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds can be blended into a fresh interpretation of folk music. This dynamic eight-piece band combines a group of diehard folkies with some of the finest young jazz and classical musicians of the south. They play bold arrangements of traditional and original tunes with infectious stage energy for concerts and ceilidh dancing.
‘Bursting with energy’ – Martin Chilton, The Telegraph
WEDNESDAY 5TH AUGUST
This magnificent dance and concert band distils the essence of traditional music from Central France – the Berry, Bourbonnais and Auvengne regions – and delivers it dynamically to modern audiences.
Led by the legendary Patrick Bouffard (La Chavannée) Centralbal blend traditional tunes and recent compositions in an irresistible dance machine!
The line-up includes: Patrick Bouffard – hurdy gurdy; Jonas Thin – French bagpipes and low whistle; Colin Delzant – cello and Fabien Guiloneau – guitar.
FRIDAY 7TH AUGUST
WORKSHOP SHOWCASE CONCERT
A chance to see the fruits of some of the week’s workshops.