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The Ham – Afternoon Concerts

An All-In-One gives you access to all events and workshops for the whole festival.

You can also get to the two Pre-Festival concerts at seriously reduced prices.

Week, Weekend and Day season tickets give access to all events except the Ham Evening concerts for the period of your ticket. Season tickets give considerable discounts for Ham Evening concerts. 

SATURDAY 30 JULY (3.15PM)

JACKIE OATES & JOHN SPIERS + ALISTAIR ANDERSON  

A duo bringing together two serious forces in the contemporary folk scene. Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs has gained her several BBC Folk Awards.

John Spiers has made a name for himself as one of the leading melodeon players of his generation. A key player in the multi award winning Bellowhead and also well known for his recent work back with Jon Boden.

Alistair Anderson is internationally recognised as the master of the English Concertina and a fine performer on the Northumbrian Pipes.

He delights audiences with traditional music from Northumberland and beyond, as well as his own music, which has grown out of his love of these traditions.

SUNDAY 31 JULY (3.15PM)

BLOWZABELLA                                   + BEN PALEY

A genuinely unique band that makes an inimitable, driving, drone-based wall-of-sound – played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. Blowzabella compose their own music, influenced by English and European traditional folk music and song. Many of their tunes are “standards” in the modern British/European folk repertoire and are played by people all over the world. There is no one else quite like them.

Ben Paley was surrounded by traditional music from the outset, his father being Tom Paley, one of the great figures of the American Folk Revival. He has performed and recorded with many luminaries including Bonnie Dobson, The Levellers, The Saw Doctors, Fay Hield and Jeff Warner. Currently he works solo, performing fiddle music from various traditions as well as singing songs, mostly from his father’s repertoire.

MONDAY 1 AUGUST (3.15 PM)

MELROSE QUARTET + WILL POUND & JENN BUTTERWORTH 

Melrose Quartet are truly an all-round folk act, with both tight a capella harmony and energy-packed instrumentals. They comprise leading English musicians Nancy Kerr, James Fagan, Jess & Richard Arrowsmith with twin fiddles, guitar and bouzouki, melodeon and four strong voices.

A new duo featuring two virtuoso instrumentalists… Will Pound is one of the finest harmonica and melodeon players of his generation, pushing the boundaries of instrumental playing, and collaborating in a huge number of diverse projects. Jenn Butterworth is one of the most notable folk guitarists in the UK acoustic music scene, and in-demand collaborator. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, she is a lynchpin of the vibrant and thriving Scottish folk scene.

TUESDAY 2 AUGUST (3.15PM)

A TRUE-HEARTED GIRL – A TRIBUTE TO NORMA WATERSON

We lost a mighty oak of the English Tradition with Norma Waterson’s sad death, aged 82, earlier this year.

With Norma’s glorious voice still ringing in our ears, we celebrate her life with a concert led by husband Martin Carthy and her daughter Eliza Carthy and a good many friends, including Martin Simpson, John Kirkpatrick, Sandra Kerr, Jim Causley, Jo Freya, Fi Fraser, Saul Rose and David Delarre. A concert which will be immersed in song, in remembrance of this much loved musical icon.

This event is covered by All in One Tickets and Week and Day Season Tickets. Event tickets will be available on the door, subject to availability.

WEDNESDAY 3 AUGUST (3.15PM)

MARTIN SIMPSON + ROSIE HOOD BAND

The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.

Rosie Hood is well known for her strong, pure voice and captivating performances as well as her poetic writing and interpretations of traditional songs. Alongside Nicola Beazley (fiddle/cello/vocals), Robyn Wallace (melodeon) and Rosie Butler-Hall (fiddle/vocals), the Rosie Hood Band perform re-workings of traditional English songs as well as original material, touching on politics, struggle, women’s voices and unheard stories.

THURSDAY 4 AUGUST (3.15 PM)

DAOIRI FARRELL + JACKIE DALY & MATT CRANITCH 

Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell has been described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Daoirí cut his teeth as a singer in Dublin’s famous Góilin Singers Club, then stepping into the limelight in his own right, and has been in demand ever since. His latest critically acclaimed abum A Lifetime of Happiness was released in 2019.

Jackie Daly (accordion) and Matt Cranitch (fiddle) both have long and distinguished careers in Irish music, leaving a lasting imprint on the tradition. As a duo, they play vibrant, collaborative music; the foremost interpreters of the rich Sliabh Luachra tradition of instrumental music. The unique cultural area on the borders of northwest Cork and east Kerry provides a special repertoire of tunes as well as a very distinctive style of playing. and has long been a source of inspiration for both Jackie and Matt.

FRIDAY 5 AUGUST (3.15 PM)

CHRIS WOOD + THE SHACKLETON TRIO

In a world of soundbites and distractions Chris Wood is a truth seeker. His writing is permeated with love and wry intelligence, uplifting and challenging as he celebrates  the sheer one-thing-after-anotherness of life. Winner of 6 BBC Folk Awards, he’s played with The Royal Shakespeare Company and was a key member of The Imagined Village along with Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy.  A wise and soulful craftsman, his concerts are a cliche free zone.

The Shackleton Trio are Georgia Shackleton (fiddle, vocals), Aaren Bennett (guitar) and Nic Zuppardi (mandolin, banjo). Natural talents of the folk tradition, their self-penned material blends seamlessly with their imaginative yet authentic re-workings of traditional folk standards, influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from the group’s native East Anglia

An All-In-One gives you access to all events and workshops for the whole festival. You can also get to the two Pre-Festival concerts at seriously reduced prices.

Week, Weekend and Day season tickets give access to all events except the Ham Evening concerts for the period of your ticket. Season tickets give considerable discounts for Ham Evening concerts.