Fantastic line up of Artists for 2018

These are the artists currently booked for the Main Stage in the Town Hall.

There will be plenty more musicians on our FAR Stage (previously known as the Fringe Stage), and in the streets and town sessions. Last year we had over 35 acts on the Fringe, and back-to-back slots in five locations in the streets. And that's not to mention the many sessions!

And we've added TWO bonus events. First, we are so excited to have Nashville star Gretchen Peters and her husband and keyboard player Barry Walsh on Friday 24th August.

Flats and Sharps will support Gretchen, before heading over to Egloshayle Church to perform again, with Joli Blon.

And we've added another on Thursday 23rd in Egloshayle Church, with "the English Emmylou..." Naomi Bedford, with the heavenly voiced Jennian King.

Gretchen Peters

Gretchen Peters


Wadebridge Town Hall, Friday 24th August

We are so excited to announce we have an additional gig at Cornwall Folk Festival this year: Nashville's Gretchen Peters!

Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014, she was named by the Telegraph as one of the best female singer-songwriters of all time.

Her 2016 album Blackbirds went in straight at Number One in the UK Country Charts. Her songs have been recorded by Etta James, Shania Twain and Bonnie Raitt, amongst many others, and she's co-written and recorded with Bryan Adams.

"If Peters never delivers another tune as achingly beautiful as 'On A Bus To St. Cloud,'" People Magazine wrote, "she has already earned herself a spot among country's upper echelon of contemporary composers."

Gretchen Peters is a songwriter and an artist. Both sides are essential to her identity, and one listen to this collection makes it clear that her extraordinary body of work is indeed essential listening for the rest of us.

She appears with husband and pianist Barry Walsh in this remarkable coup for the South West.

This concert is NOT included in the weekend ticket. However, weekend ticket holders can swap the advertised Friday night concert (Flats and Sharps with Joli Blon) for Gretchen Peters for an additional £15 (£7.50 under 16s) -- and still see Flats and Sharps, who will be the support for Gretchen, and then headline at the other night's concert!

With Flats and SharpsArtist's Website
Eddi Reader

Eddi Reader

Wadebridge Town Hall, Saturday 25th August

Eddi Reader grew up in Glasgow and Irvine, Scotland and it was in those towns that she learned to use music as a vehicle for communicating with others through busking and performing at the local folk clubs.

In the early 1980s, Eddi travelled around Europe with circus and performance artists before moving to London where she quickly became a sought after session vocalist. She famously harmonized with Annie Lennox touring with the Eurythmics, after her time with successful punk outfit Gang of Four.

It was the short-lived but warmly remembered Fairground Attraction that really brought her into the limelight and to the attention of a much wider audience. The single 'Perfect' and parent album First of a Million Kisses both topped the British charts.

However, it was her subsequent albums which signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. Her unerring instinct for fine material, whether self penned, collaborative or a carefully chosen cover version resulted in Mirmama (1992), Eddi Reader (1994), Candyfloss & Medicine (1996), Angels & Electricity (1998), Simple Soul (2001)

Through these years Eddi based herself in London, but in 2001 she decided to move home to Glasgow where she recorded the classic 'Songs Of Robert Burns' album released to international acclaim in 2003. Awarded the MBE in 2006 for services to singing, she took her Burns songs on tour all over the world and found connections to the bard everywhere from Kolkata, India to Sydney, Australia. In 2006 she released 'Peacetime' on Rough Trade Records featuring the finest traditional players in the United Kingdom and produced by Folk Musician of The Year, John McCusker. Constant touring with her band has created a magical organic chemistry between Eddi and her players and the results of this relationship can be found on her most recent release.

'Love Is The Way', Eddi Reader's seventh solo album, was released in March 2009 on Rough Trade Records.

Produced by Eddi herself, it is her best work so far. Recorded in a matter of days with her band in Glasgow, the record has captured the award winning songstress in her finest form. Songs written with her long time writing partner Boo Hewerdine, songs written with her life partner John Douglas (The Trashcan Sinatras) and a song from the magical Irish singer/songwriter Declan O'Rourke as well as a rare Brian Wilson composition, an Eddi/Fleetwood Mac 'mash up', and a wonderful song from Dublin songwriter Jack Maher.

2010 saw Eddi play sold out shows promoting 'Love Is The Way' all over the world. It also brought Eddi's Hollywood movie debut as she featured in Richard Linklaters, 'Me And Orson Welles' with Zak Efron and Clare Danes. Eddi plays a chanteuse in the movie and is featured singing 'Lets Pretend That There's A Moon' with the Jools Holland Orchestra. The original soundtrack features another two performances from Eddi.

From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song. Her taste in co-writers, writers, songs and players is impeccable and anything with her name on it is guaranteed musical treasure. Whilst the perfection of her technique is widely acknowledged, what sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. Her passion and instinct move people in a way reminiscent of those who have influenced her work. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music's most thrilling and affecting performers.

With NinebarrowArtist's Website
Roberts & Lakeman

Roberts & Lakeman

Wadebridge Town Hall, Sunday 26th August

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

Twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2016 & 2013, the couple's intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as 'Songwriters par excellence' (fRoots), whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale.

Building upward from their last two highly praised albums 'Tomorrow Will Follow Today' & 'Hidden People', fans of folk and acoustic music can only wonder where this leading couple will choose to turn next.

With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

'BEST DUO' BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016
'BEST DUO' Spiral Earth Awards 2015
'BEST DUO' BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013

"Kathryn Roberts is extraordinary, exuding more emotion in a single sigh than most divas can manage in an aria" (Sing Out magazine, USA)

"Sean Lakeman's clever acoustic guitar riffs mixed with Roberts' sultry singing combine to bring tuneful, intelligent and soulful music" (Acoustic Guitarist)

With Gilmore and RobertsArtist's Website
Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds

Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds

Egloshayle Church, Thursday 23rd August

Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds release new album 'Songs My Ruiner Gave Me' on October 26th 2017. Featuring contributions from Andy Summers, Justin Currie and Folk Award winner Ben Walker among many others, it is an eclectic, roots based look at love, madness and obsession and ranges from the jug band holler of 'Still Want You Blues' to a gothic folk adaptation of a little known Percy Shelley poem, 'Young Parson Richard', stopping off at many points in between.

Naomi and Paul came together over a mutual love of folk and country music styles. Paul was the mandolin player and songwriter with The Men They Couldn't Hang; Naomi was the singer and writer of Orbital hit 'Funny Break'. Together they were murder, particularly on 2011's 'Tales from the Weeping Willow', a look at Murder, Death and Sorrow. Of that album Andy Gill from the Independent said it was, 'Both brilliant and original in equal measure'. Nigel Williamson in Uncut praised Naomi's voice that 'soared, soothed and haunted in equal measures'. Duets with Paul Heaton and Alasdair Roberts were equally lauded.

The follow up album, 'A History of Insolence' saw further rave reviews and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nomination for Best Original Song, 'The Spider and the Wolf'. Naomi and Paul appeared at many festivals including Celtic Connections, Wickham, Glastonbury Left Field Stage with Billy Bragg and Cambridge Folk Festival.

Now comes the third part of the trilogy, 'Songs My Ruiner Gave Me'; a look at the good, bad and ugly side of love from the sugar coat to the bitter chill. Startling musical contributions from Ben Walker and Gerry Diver illuminate the folk blues feel while Andy Summers guitar is suitably unique. In a strange twist, Naomi was once Andy Summers' babysitter and the pair reconnected through an enquiry about an old Police jumpsuit Naomi found in the loft. Now that is what you might call synchronicity! At the heart of the album are Naomi and Paul. Partners in real, as well as musical, life; the album is their mission, their story and, appropriately, a true labour of love.

With The Paper CircusArtist's Website
Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys

Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys

Wadebridge Town Hall, Monday 27th August

"I think this guy is absolutely brilliant... His voice is beyond sublime." Mike Harding

"Amazing, thrilling music." Mark Radcliffe

"Sam Kelly — what a beautiful singer. He has that really rare male voice, that soft-edged tone, you know those beautiful tenor voices of the 30's and 40' really draws you in. Sam's absolutely great, he's going to go places." Kate Rusby (on the 'next big thing' in fRoots magazine)

"One of the best folk bands on the scene." Seth Lakeman

"Sam has such a beautiful voice and sings with so much soul. I've seen him perform live a few times and he's amazing" Cara Dillon

"A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music. Seriously...Check him out!" Sean Lakeman

"The Lost Boys is an outstanding debut album." Bright Young Folk

"This is the album that the folk world has been awaiting... The Lost Boys is going to be huge."

With MarvailhArtist's Website
Flats and Sharps

Flats and Sharps

Wadebridge Town Hall, Friday 24th August
Egloshayle Church, Friday 24th August

Flats and Sharps have come a long way from their humble beginning busking in Penzance as 17 year-olds to performing on the Town Square stage at the Country 2 Country Festival at the O2 in London in March 2015 and at Proms in Hyde Park, London in September 2015, which was recorded for later broadcast on the Bob Harris Country show on BBC Radio 2. Along the way that have played for (and with) the Governor of Kentucky who jumped on stage to play with them, won fans at scores of festivals including Isle of Wight, Maverick and many Bluegrass and Folk Festivals and performed for events for Ralph Lauren and Jack Wills shops in London They were the headline act at the Ireland's Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival in June 2015.

Flats and Sharps are ones to watch out for and these five talented young men are clearly going to pick up many, many fans along the way.

Note: Appearing twice on Friday 24th: With Gretchen Peters and with Joli BlonArtist's Website
Gilmore & Roberts

Gilmore & Roberts

Wadebridge Town Hall, Sunday 26th August

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.

Katriona grew up in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, learned violin at school and started playing local folk clubs with her guitarist father at the age of 14. She joined folk pop sensations Tiny Tin Lady in 2006, and in 2011 was invited to be part of a new lineup of The Albion Band. Katriona has featured on many acclaimed albums as a session musician and has appeared onstage with such diverse acts as The Troggs, Kim Richey and Matt Berry.

Jamie was brought up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in a musical family (Kathryn Roberts, also on tonight's bill, is his sister). Jamie joined young English traditionalists Kerfuffle in 2007 and more recently formed The Dovetail Trio with Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn. Alongside his regular projects, he has performed with Nancy Kerr's Sweet Visitor Band and Blackbeard's Tea Party amongst others.

'Hot property' (fRoots)
'Gilmore & Roberts take English folk and scuff it up with indie rock drama' (Q Magazine)
'Enthralling... consistently compelling' (Pure M Magazine)
'Head and shoulders above their contemporaries' (Rockin' Magpie)

With Roberts and LakemanArtist's Website


Wadebridge Town Hall, Saturday 25th August

Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding 'damn fine', by Seth Lakeman as 'a fantastic duo' and by Kate Rusby as 'absolutely amazing'.

Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the 'Horizon' category for Best Emerging Artist.

Their latest album 'Releasing the Leaves' was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as 'Immaculate'. It was also listed in The Telegraph's Top Folk Albums of 2016.

'A rather lovely thing ... like two halves of one voice' Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

With Eddi ReaderArtist's Website
Paper Circus

Paper Circus

Egloshayle Church, Thursday 23rd August Paper Circus are a young group of three very talented musicians, featuring Suraj Nagar on guitar, Jennian King on vocals and Jim Park on cello.

Cornwall Folk Festival president Mike Walford was bowled when he cuaght them at the recent 2017 Bedworth Folk Festival with Jen's stunning vocals and Suraj's delicate and sensitive guitar weaving around the songs, so we had to book them.

We are delighted to have them here in Cornwall. They are a real class act who will reach great heights on the festival and club scene in 2018-19, so make sure you don't miss this hot trio!

With Naomi Bedford
Joli Blon

Joli Blon

Egloshayle Church, Friday 24th August

Joli Blon, who take their name from a much-loved Cajun waltz, play traditional dance music from Louisiana, USA - two steps and waltzes with a bit of blues - on fiddle, accordion, guitar and rub-board/triangle, lap steel guitar, and drums.

From our core all-women trio, to a full band of five with lap steel and drums, we play festivals, gigs, Mardi Gras' and swamp parties, getting audiences of all ages up and onto the dance floor — with or without a dance workshop!

Co-founders Lucy Vines and Fliss Premru, (The Rosinators), who back in the day spent time in Louisiana playing on the Cajun circuit to hone their authentic sound, are together again after a maternity break too long to mention. With the wonderful additions to the band of guitarist and rub-board player, Miriam Hogan (The Miri-Kools) and Jeff Mead (Pierre La Rue, Slim Cyderco), plus alternating drummers Owen If (Stereo MCs) Pete Towner (Hackney Ramblers) and Bob Barrett (The Great Cynics) Joli Blon has played a broad range of venues and festivals from Towersey Folk Festival to Glastonbury (Croissant Neuf) in the UK, as well as dates in the Netherlands, Ireland, and Louisiana.

Audience participation is what we aim for, and we are always happy to demonstrate some southern moves..

'Laissez les bon temps roulez' — as they say downtown N'Orleans... and Stoke-on-Trent.

With Flats and SharpsArtist's Website


Wadebridge Town Hall, Monday 27th August

“Marvailh”, in Breton, means “fantasy tale”. Five talented musicians from Rennes have come together to write their own story. Through their passion of Breton music, these five young men from different musical backgrounds (saxophone, accordion, guitar, double bass and drums) have let themselves be carried by the influences of jazz and pop in their everyday life. Deeply rooted in traditional music, always attentive to dancers, Marvailh uses all its energy to produce a velvety, enthralling and powerful sound which is reminiscent of a jazz quintet.

With Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys

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