Fantastic line up of Artists for 2017

Whether on our main stage, at the Fringe tent, in Shanty Street or at a session, we have a great line-up of talent for 2017!

Dougie Maclean

Dougie Maclean

Wadebridge Town Hall, Saturday 26th August 7.30pm

Songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer Dougie MacLean is a star of concert halls and festivals all over the world, including New York’s Carnegie, London’s Festival Theatre and the Sydney Opera House.

His songs have been covered by artists including fellow Scots Paolo Nutini and Amy MacDonald, Irish greats Ronan Keating, Mary and Frances Black, Dolores Keane, Deanta and Cara Dillon, and Grammy award winning US country singer Kathy Mattea. Caledonia topped the Scottish charts and become a Scottish contemporary anthem. His music has been used by Hollywood and he has been the subject of three BBC TV Specials.

He has an OBE, two prestigious Tartan Cleff Awards, been inducted into the Scottish Music Hall of Fame and given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the BBC.

“Strong yet subtle, hauntingly evocative yet contemporary in feel, this music demands listening to over and over again.” (The Performing Songwriter)

“A musical hero.” (Wall Street Journal)

Supported by Dalla

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Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon

Wadebridge Town Hall, Sunday 27th August 7.30pm

Infused with the rich heritage of her native County Derry, Cara Dillon has become one of the finest exponents of Irish song. Her unique voice has been lauded since winning the All Ireland singing trophy aged 14. With husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman, she entwines traditional and contemporary elements, earning both commercial success and astonishing critical acclaim.

Recently she’s revisited her Irish roots with fresh interpretations of traditional standards; the results are stunning. Her reach is truly global with fans all over the world – it even seduced Disney who asked for songs for their animation “Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue”.

Awards include BBC Radio 2 Folk Album Of The Year, Meteor Music Award for “Best Irish Female”, and Tatler’s “Woman Of The Year in Music”. She has appeared in prestigious concert halls and at festivals the world over. Always looking to introduce herself to new listeners, Cara’s topped the charts with dance remixes, guest appearances and full orchestral arrangements.

Whether traditional songs of lost love and emigration or original compositions, you won’t find a more emotive and captivating performer. Cara Dillon is at the very top of her field and she'll remain there for a very long time.

“…one of Ireland's truly great singers." The Guardian

Supported by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

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Dosca

Dosca

Wadebridge Town Hall, Friday 25th August 7.30pm

Since triumphantly bursting onto the scene at Celtic Connections 2015, Dosca, the energetic five-piece ensemble of bagpipes, flute, guitar, bass and drums, are quickly making a name for themselves among some of Scotland's finest folk acts.

With influences from Scottish and Irish folk, as well as a hint of jazz, the band’s self-titled debut EP was launched early in 2015, leading them on to several prominent appearances throughout Scotland and further afield, including the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, Piping Live! in Glasgow, and a return to Celtic Connections in 2016.

They have also made successful ventures to mainland Europe, none less so than when rapturously received at the Schots Weekend in Belgium. Collectively the band’s members also bring a wealth of touring experience, having travelling in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Brazil.

“Dosca … were on positively bangin’ form. “Celtic Connections

"Unmistakable musical talent" TRADtv

"Fine up and coming talent, " Daily Record

"Just Incredible" STV Glasgow

With 3 Daft Monkeys

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Black Friday

Black Friday

Wadebridge Town Hall, Monday 28th August 7.30pm

BLACK FRIDAY is a high energy folk and Celtic punk rock band from St Germans, Cornwall.

The music is a lively mix of original songs, traditional Irish jigs, reels and ballads, as well as cover versions. They have played all over the UK and Europe at many venues and festivals.

The band formed in 2006 when the singer and acoustic guitarist met the mandolin player and the bass player. They later added tin whistle, drums, electric guitar and fiddle to complete the line-up.

In 2016 they played over 150 gigs all over England and Europe at a variety of venues and festivals.

After playing at Gaz's Rockin' Blues Club in London, they were spotted by BBC Radio 2 DJ, Marc Lamarr, who invited them to record at the famous Maida Vale studio in London for his show. While they were there, they met their hero, Pogues singer Shane MacGowan, who enjoyed the band's rendition of Dirty Old Town.

The band is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for performing the most gigs in one day - 30 gigs in 12 hours!

With Marvailh

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Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

Wadebridge Town Hall, Sunday 27th August 7.30pm

BBC Radio Two Best Folk Duo 2014, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin have come a long way since they met in 2009.
While busking from Gastonbury Festival to Sidmouth Folk Week, they invited by Steve Knightley to join Show Of Hands on a tour ending at the Royal Albert Hall.

Singing The Bones was released in 2011 to warm praise, and kicked off more touring. They won South West Music’s “Best Folk Act” and “Best Duo” at the Spiral Awards. Second album Mynd made “Best Of 2013” lists in the Guardian, Telegraph, fRoots, Songlines and on Mark Radcliffe's Radio Two Top Ten.

The last 18 months have been their busiest, with a live album, tour with Seth Lakeman, and 130+ UK dates and gigs across Europe, South Africa, Japan and the US.

Watershed, their keenly anticipated third release, is their most emotionally charged work. The alchemy of Martin's evocative song writing, fiddle and banjo melds with Henry’s skilful dobro, harmonica and lap steel into a distinctive soundscape of lament and hope.

“Subtle, atmospheric, bravely original” Robin Denselow, The Guardian

“Stars of the future” Dai Jeffries, R2

“This duo’s intensity and charisma merits much bigger stages” John L. Walters, The Guardian

With Cara Dillon

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Dalla

Dalla

Wadebridge Town Hall, Saturday 26th August 7.30pm

Dalla is the first supergroup in Cornish Celtic music. Comprising four of the foremost proponents of traditional Cornish music today, they mix an unparalleled grounding in the traditions of Cornwall with fearless innovation, compelling dance rhythms, and some of the best tunes and songs.

It’s a joyful, heartrending, life affirming show that invites you to share in the mischievous delight they take in playing with their tradition, and in their fascination with the world that lies behind the pieces.

Songs rooted in the Cornish worlds of mining, fishing and farming, of heartbreak, loving, laughing and dying, for dancing, singing for joy, singing for sheer pleasure.

This is some of the finest Celtic bouzouki/mandolin playing you're likely to hear, with stomping bass clarinet grooves, gutsy shuffles and hypnotic grooves on the fiddle and viola. Their dazzling live performances convey the sheer joy they take in Cornwall’s indigenous music.

With Dougie Maclean

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3 Daft Monkeys

3 Daft Monkeys

Wadebridge Town Hall, Friday 25th August 7.30pm

3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world-influenced folk music and infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated.

After experiencing the band’s notoriously energetic live performance at Glastonbury Festival last summer, Mark Radcliffe declared them as one of his “Highlights of the Festival” on BBC TV coverage, and subsequently invited them to play a session on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. The band have also performed a live session with Whispering Bob Harris on Radio 2, after he caught them at Cropredy Festival.

With their quirky and original approach to music, and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life, 3 Daft Monkeys have gained themselves a large and loyal cult following, which is still growing rapidly due to their intense touring schedule. Their music is hard to pigeon-hole, mixing and crossing many musical genres from Celtic, Klezmer, Gypsy and Balkan to Latin, Ska, Dub Reggae, Indie and Rock.
With a brand new line-up, the band weave enchanting melodies with catchy choruses, virtuoso vibrant fiddle, rhythmic 12-string guitar, 6-string bass, bespoke hand-percussion and four-part vocal harmonies. Their music leads you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions, and the desire to dance is irresistible.

With Dosca

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Marvailh

Marvailh

Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 3.30pm
Shanty St, Monday 28th August 12.30pm (C)
Wadebridge Town Hall, Monday 28th August 7.30pm



“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 Black Friday

Geoff Lakeman

Geoff Lakeman

Various, including Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 5.30pm

A Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor for 40 years, Geoff has been described as "a stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty."

He's the dad of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, who are all internationally renowned folk musicians.They began playing as children in a family band with Geoff and violinist mum, Joy.

Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs self-written and West Country songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers,the Louvin Brothers, Richard Thompson and Randy Newman. He's also one of the few to play 1920's/ 30's jazz on an authentic 1920's instrument.

His smooth tenor vocals and unique concertina accompaniment have won him plaudits and fans over the years but it has only been since retiring from a long career as a Fleet Street Journalist that Geoff has truly spread his wings musically.

2017 sees the release of Geoff's debut album 'After All These Years'. With a stellar line up of musical family and friends it showcases his talents perfectly and illustrates the high regard and affection in which he is held. Artist's Website
Jim Causley

Jim Causley

Causley Celebration, Wadebridge Town Hall, Thursday 24th August, 5pm-10pm

Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Westcountry. He became involved with traditional music from a young age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home village of Whimple, East Devon. After studying Jazz & Popular Music at Exeter College he went on to study Traditional Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. During this time he became involved in the wider folk scene and gained interest as a solo performer in folk clubs and festivals throughout the country.

Jim will be launching his new album at this concert!Artist's Website
Thorn and Roses

Thorn and Roses

Causley Celebration, Wadebridge Town Hall, Thursday 24th August, 5pm-10pm
Hosting Session at The Ship, Friday 25th August 8-11pm
Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 11.30pm

Thorn and Roses are a three-part mixed voice unaccompanied close harmony folk group performing traditional and contemporary material.

Slick delivery, joyful harmonies, great professionalism, plus a good injection of fun, they are Rowena Metters, Sylvia Fletcher, and Jinks Jenkin, who joined voices a number of years ago inspired by their mutual love of unaccompanied close harmony singing.

They are all accomplished singers in their own right, but since forming Thorn and Roses they have developed a style and presentation that has gained them quite a following in this country, with much interest from the Cornish communities of North America.

This year Sylvia and Rowena, who have harmonised together since they were teenagers, celebrate 50 years as performers. Congratulations, you stars!Artist's Website
Mike O'Connor and Barbara Griggs

Mike O'Connor and Barbara Griggs

Causley Celebration, Wadebridge Town Hall, Thursday 24th August, 5pm-10pm

Mike and Barbara are two of the finest exponents of Cornish and Early Music. They play entrancing duets on various instruments -- principally violin and harp. Their instrumental skills are backed up by outstanding scholarship and Mike is also a skilled and very, funny storyteller as well -- so be prepared for a yarn or two?

Mike's music has recently been heard in the TV series Poldark.Artist's Website
Cahal Dallat

Cahal Dallat

Causley Celebration, Wadebridge Town Hall, Thursday 24th August, 5pm-10pm

Cahal Dallat is an Irish-born, London-based poet, criti and musician, and is currently the 'Causley 100' musician and poet-in-residence at Charles Causley’s house in Launceston.

He plays bandoneon, musette-accordion, flute, mando-fiddle, piano, clarinet, soprano-sax, and has been the resident musician at "Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour" for the past twenty years.

He writes on Irish fiction and drama for literary journals including Times Literary Supplement and Guardian, and has been a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s weekly arts magazine, Saturday Review.

His poetry awards include Keats-Shelley Prize, 2017 (see ‘Giant’, right) and Strokestown International Prize, and he teaches a creative-writing masterclasses and poetry seminars, lectures on literature/music/history, joint talk/music/poetry events with poet and wife Anne-Marie Fyfe.Artist's Website
Carillyon

Carillyon

Causley Celebration, Wadebridge Town Hall, Thursday 24th August, 5pm-10pm

Carillyon comprises Ali Rowe on vocals and John Forward on vocals and guitar, specialising in close harmony singing and performing a mix of traditional, contemporary and self-penned folk songs.

They played their first professional gig together in 1986, and have been at it ever since, apart from a little time out required to bring up two children and run a small farm.

They live in a remote corner of Devon, UK, and perform at folk clubs in the South-west when asked, and the beer is good.
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Morwenna Gee

Morwenna Gee

Causley Celebration, Wadebridge Town Hall, Thursday 24th August, 5pm-10pm

Morwenna grew up in Wadebridge, and completed BAHons in Dance with Drama and Threatre Studies, followed by a vocal course at the Central School for Speech and Dramatic Art.

She worked as a community dance artist with Surrey County Arts, then as an arts administrator for various dance festivals and with the Cholomondeleys.

During this time she set up a dance company and performed as part of Resolution! at The Place, and sang on the South West London acoustic music scene, working as backing singer and recording with songwriters and an accapella gospel choir.

She retuned to Cornwall to start a family, and to establish a practice as a vocal coach and local performer, and in 2010 founded Starmakers Youth Theatre for children from 7 to 16 years.

She is a member of several local musical groups, including The Sound Outfit, Songsmiths and Melange. Artist's Website
Harbottle and Jonas

Harbottle and Jonas

Fringe Tent, Friday 25th August 4.40pm

Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island.

‘Phenomenal’ – BBC Introducing
‘Two Amazing Musicians‘ - Seasalt Clothing
‘A Really Unique Sound‘ - Seth Lakeman
‘Thoroughly Enjoyable‘ - Jon Boden (Bellowhead)
‘Fabulous‘ - Declan Sinnott (Christy Moore)

Interesting Facts: Had a beer named after debut album 'Anna is a Dancer'. Appeared on Italian and Irish Television. Busked across Europe. Music streamed 1M+ times in 25 different countries.Artist's Website
Fly Yeti Fly

Fly Yeti Fly

Fringe Tent, Friday 25th August 6pm

Fly Yeti Fly are acoustic duo Lorna Somerville and Darren Fisher.

Blending sensitive vocal harmonies with intricate guitar arrangements, mandolin and harmonica, they have a natural and free-spirited sound, and a warm engaging personality to their music that draws others into their world, telling tales of love, loss and living off the land. With a musical style that has been described as ‘dream-folk’, their melodic songs echo influences from 1960s folk musicians, modern Americana and their home in the South-West of England.

Before they formed in 2013, they were on very different paths – Lorna was working in Cambodia, while Darren was on the west coast of America meeting a different breed of weird and wonderful creatures. Then, at a chance meeting one evening back in Devon, they stayed up all night, playing songs to the seagulls and swapping stories. A few months later they were living together in a caravan, on an island, in the middle of a canal, in Belgium. Thus began their mission to fill this place with music and homegrown food!

Since then, they’ve travelled far and wide together in their trusty steed, “Haggie” the camper, and have met many beautiful people along the way.

“Fly Yeti Fly layer their material with becalming webs that captivate the listener.”
www.emergingindiebands.com

“Beautiful harmonies ... lovely lyrics & lovely tunes. Lorna & Darren clearly make sweet music together.”
Calstock Arts

‘A really rather beautiful debut album of original material -- tasteful and sparing. Roots & Shoots Show, Phonic FM ExeterArtist's Website
The Stowes

The Stowes

Fringe Tent, Friday 25th August 6.40pm

Having all grown up in the quiet fishing town of Padstow, Calum Toby Kevin and Tom have spent many years playing music together, whether it be during the towns annual May Day celebrations or during a wintery Sunday afternoon, all huddled round the fire in one of the local pubs.

The four lads are very proud of their Cornish heritage, and mixed in with the traditional Irish and English folk music, the strong Cornish influence can be heard. As is the case with many Cornish villages, their other main musical influence is the sea. This is also compounded by the fact that both Calum and Tom are merchant seamen, so the group do enjoy any opportunity to rip out a shanty or song of the sea that will be sure to get your foot tapping!

With a full-bodied combination of accordion, stomp box, guitars, mandolins and more varieties of banjo than you knew existed; The Stowes can fill up any venue, small or large, with toe-tapping music to get the crowds going.Artist's Website
Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 11.30am

A wide-ranging repertoire, covering folk, blues, ragtime and more, all from both traditional and contemporary stables, and even a self-penned song or two may creep in to his wide and varied act. Brian is simply a man for all occasions.

A perfect combination for a good solo singer musician is talented musicianship, fine singing and presentation and a subtle touch of humour. With Brian, you get the set!Artist's Website
Alex Hedley

Alex Hedley

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 12:50pm

Alex Hedley came to music after leaving school and sleeping in the back of vans, hanging out in a caravan at an abandoned school.

A two month move to a remote island in Scotland, with countless hours of recording, helped Alex finally create his first EP Shadow Lake. The frozen Scottish winter contributed to the soundscape, mixing hopeful waves that will coincide with its spring landing. It's a collection of alternative folk rock, a wash of sound colours.

Alex cites Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and Pink Floyd as some of his musical favourites, all things you may hear seeping through the live shows with fast finger picking and orchestral wails.Artist's Website
Devonbird

Devonbird

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 13.30pm
Shanty St, Saturday 26th 2.45pm (C)

Devonbird are an exciting folk trio from Devon. Recent finalists in the 2013 South West Music Awards, the trio are Kath Bird (singer/songwriter), supported by Sophia Colkin (aka Squeak) on violin with Rob Wheaton on guitar. Their music shows a wide range of folk music, both original and traditional that combine both foot stomping jigs and reels with haunting ballads and songs – often having their origins in old Devonshire folklore and dialect. They came to our festival in 2014 when their first studio recorded album "Hangman's Daughter" had just been released.
Cragg's Law

Cragg's Law

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 2.10pm
Shanty St, Saturday 26th August noon (D)

Marc has been playing guitar since the age of 11 and has recently discovered a zest for playing melodeon and writing folk-inspired tunes. Andrew was a classically-trained violinist and has taken up folk fiddle, picking up his violin after a gap of nearly 40 years. Meeting after both joining the Golowan Band in 2014, Marc and Andrew found a mutual spark and passion in playing folk music together and are now Cragg's Law. Now an established duo in the Penzance folk scene and playing an eclectic mixture of tunes from Cornwall, England and Ireland as well as Marc's original tunes, Craggs Law will get your feet tapping and your heart singing.Artist's Website
Tin Taxi

Tin Taxi

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 2.50pm
Shanty St, Saturday 26th 11.45am (E), Sunday 27th 12.30pm (E) & 3.45pm (B), Monday 28th August 11am (E)

Linda and Dave have been singing and playing in many folk clubs, open mics and festivals up and down the country -- well, Linda lives in Cornwall, and Dave in Scotland!

They play Americana, plus contemporary and traditional folk, usually on guitar, mandolin and harmonica. But they occasionally bring out an 8 string ukelele, a banjo, a guitalele, or a Puerto Rican cuatro.

Dave used to sing and play harmonica, guitar and banjo in a blues duo called Highway 61. Linda currently sings with the popular Cornish acapella group Kescana, and they both play in Cornish band Bagas Crowd.
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Cecile

Cecile

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 3.30pm
Shanty St, Saturday 26th 2.15pm (A)

Cecile is a singer-songwriter based in Bristol, UK. For years she divided her time between native France and the British Isles, developing a distinct style of sound influenced by her engagement with both cultures. However it was on the streets of Bristol that she felt the surge of inspiration to create her new material.

Cécile sings in both French and English with a voice that silences rooms, accompanying herself with gentle nylon string guitar arrangements, resulting in a harmonious and emotive texture similar to the likes of Kate Rusby and Leonard Cohen.

Through simple and honest acoustic live performances Cecile touches and transports the audience emotionally, exploring smooth folk tunes with distinctive vocals. Her debut opus Ten Past Twelve was released in 2015 and is the fruit of collaboration with musician/producer Jack Cookson.

Artist's Website
Sam Patten

Sam Patten

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 4.10pm

Sam Patten is a bouzouki player and singer/songwriter of traditional and contemporary folk music, based in Bridgwater, Somerset.

His toe-tapping songs spin folk yarns reminiscent of the folk scene's finest artists and his talents were most recently recognised in being invited to play opening slots for five-time BBC Radio 2 nominee Jim Causley and multi award winning band Faustus. Artist's Website
Sea Change

Sea Change

Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 4.50pm

Concentrating on three female vocals Seachange began life in 2012. After trying various instrumental configurations they settled on one acoustic guitar, enabling the audience to hear the clear quality of the vocals. Singing songs from blues, folk, pop and rock, old and new, Seachange offer music with three part harmony arrangements giving new ways to enjoy great songs.

From sensitive love songs to upbeat pop/rock you can choose to sit and listen or get up and dance. Either way you are guaranteed to enjoy Seachange any time you see them.
The Woods

The Woods

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 5.30pm
Shanty St, Saturday 26th August 1.30pm & 3.45pm (A)

The Woods are a young five-piece alternative folk rock band from Cornwall, with a sound that can best be compared to Mumford and Sons. “Energy, enthusiasm and talent ooze out of this band” said Alstock Music Festival organiser Luke Hodge. "This is real music beautifully crafted and performed”, thought Radio St Austell Bay presenter Sheila Vanloo. A LostFest audience member considered their show “The best live performance I have seen since seeing Bob Dylan 40 years ago”.

Over the past year, The Woods performed at Eden Project, World Pasty Championships, as well as opening up Alstock Music Festival on the Main Stage. Their music is regularly aired on local radio stations, including playing a live set on BBC Introducing. Last year, they released their debut single, “Time” now available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music. Artist's Website
The Portraits

The Portraits

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 6.10pm
Shanty St, Saturday 26th August 12.30pm (C) & 3pm (D)

Anglo-Irish alt-folk duo The Portraits, aka husband and wife songwriters Lorraine and Jeremy Millington from Galway and Bristol respectively, reached the iTunes chart in January 2015 with their charity single The Rest Of Time, championed by BBC Radio 2 and featuring the voices of 2,000 people recorded across the UK during 2014 all singing to save lives lost to blood cancers.

2016 saw The Portraits play at Glastonbury Festival, and complete work on their seventh studio album Global Heartbeat, released 21st April 2017 with a major album launch at The Drawingroom in Chesham, Bucks the following day. The album is a call to the world to unite against hatred, and its first single, Nobody Can Ever Murder Love, a reaction to the horror of MP Jo Cox's murder. The duo felt the UK needed to heal from the division caused by the vote to leave the European Union.

They also donate much of their proceeds to a school for disadvantaged children in Burma/Myanmar.Artist's Website
Moody Will & The Roll

Moody Will & The Roll

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 6.50pm

This Bristol-based country blues group have been busy building a strong reputation for fusing their authentic sound with stellar songwriting and breakneck live shows.

Lead singer William Hardiman and lead guitarist Simon Campbell started writing together as classmates and have been perfecting their craft ever since. Now working either as a dynamic duo or as leaders of a powerhouse hand they bring this unique sound to you with style, sincerity and Rock 'n' Roll exuberance!
Artist's Website
Kew Jumpers Jug Band

Kew Jumpers Jug Band

Fringe Tent, Monday 28th August 4.10am

The Kew Jumpers Jug Band are a local group of musicians who first got together in The Red Lion Inn, St Kew Highway to play blues, skiffle and other such music with an up tempo good time feel.

With a fluid membership of proficient musicians, their motto is 'Never the same line-up twice' but an entertaining set is always guaranteed. They are very popular on the local music scene and generate a great party atmosphere wherever they play.
Tim Brine and Sue Franklin

Tim Brine and Sue Franklin

Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 12.50pm
Shanty St, Saturday 26th 1.30pm (D), Sunday 27th August 2.15pm (D)

Tim and Sue have been singing as a duo for over 20years .Their enchanting style has endeared them to audiences at clubs and festivals and they never fail to please.

They draw their music from both traditional and contemporary sources as well as their own self penned songs of social comment which reflect their commitment to environmental and social causes.Artist's Website
Thursdays Band

Thursdays Band

Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 2.10pm
Shanty St, Sunday 27th August 12.30pm (C)

Thursdays Band is a Cambridge quartet sitting somewhere in the valley between the tranquil highlands of English folk and the high sierra of Americana. Musically, they come from every direction: folk and orchestral, blues and cajun, jazz and country, woodworking and wordsmithing.

The core unit is two locked down guitars, flowing viola and fiddle (or mandolin), and tight three-part harmony. Their repertoire combines great original songs, celtic and bluegrass tunes and a selection of carefully chosen covers.

It's a spellbinding combination, reflected in a fast growing fan base. Artist's Website
Rakes Adrift

Rakes Adrift

Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 2.50pm
Shanty St, Sunday 27th August 12.45 (D)

Featuring fiddle, melodeon, banjo, guitar, whistle and bodhran, Devon's Rakes Adrift combine traditional and contemporary music and song to create an exciting and varied sound.

From rousing jigs, reels and lively songs to quieter atmospheric numbers, the four-piece band of musicians are available for concerts, festivals, weddings, parties, functions and other events.

Colin: whistle, bodhran, percussion, vocals; Paul: fiddle, banjo, guitar, vocals; Garry: melodeon, percussion, vocals; Rhys: guitar, melodeon, vocals. Artist's Website
Figurehead

Figurehead

Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 12.10pm

Figurehead is a powerful all-female acapella group based in Cornwall who share a mutual love of shanties, songs of the sea and shorelines.

You may have caught them at many festivals and events, including the Eden Pasty Championships, Falmouth Shanty, Priddy and Port Elliot, and with Looe Music Festival. Or at the Cornwall Folk Festival Fundraiser in March.

They claim that "if it contains a reference to water, however slight, we consider it fair game!"Artist's Website
Spot The Dog

Spot The Dog

Fringe Tent, Monday 28th August 2.50pm

Spot the Dog, a collective of local musicians, are the darlings of the Wadebridge cafe scene with their eclectic mix of folk, blues, gems from the great British and American songbooks, and their own wry originals. Given their wickedly loose interpretation of what may comprise folk/acoustic/roots music, the only question is how FAR may they go?
The O'Frankel Family Band

The O'Frankel Family Band

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 4.50pm
Shanty St, Sunday 27th August, times tbc

A three-generation family band, the good ship O'Frankel crashes its cargo of bluegrass, folk, straggler blues and their own songs onto the Cornish coast. Six or so O'Frankels on board with guitars, banjo, fiddles, bass and luscious vocal harmonies.
Little Beach

Little Beach

Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 6.10pm
Shanty St, Saturday 26th 1.15pm (C), Sunday 27th 11.15am (D), Monday 28th August 11.15am & 12.45 (D) & 2.45 (C)

Little Beach is a modern Folk band based in SE London. The members are Alan Cummings, Stephen Brayne and Nick Bidgood. All three are experienced musicians with track records going back to the 60s, 70s and 80s in rock, folk, blues and indie bands. As Little Beach they deliver musical tales with folk, pop, swing, jazz and blues flavours, words that make you smile or cry and choruses that invite you to sing along. Since forming in 2015, they have been gigging regularly in SE London, Kent and beyond.

In February 2016, Little Beach released their first album The River and Other Tales. Tracks from the album have been played on BBC Radio Kent Folk and in February 2016 the album was featured during an hour long radio interview on HCA Radio with Alan Cummings.Artist's Website
Hell On Heels

Hell On Heels

Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 6.50pm

Home-grown rock and folk. Helen Whitthread's energy, vocals and guitar back the perfect voice of Morwenna Gee, with Paul McNulty keeping them under control on cajon. Expect acoustic takes on many familiar numbers, including a bit of Kylie Minogue and Alice Russell.
Farrell Family

Farrell Family

Fringe Tent, Monday 28th August 11.30am
Shanty St, Monday 28th August 3.30pm (C)

Farrell Family (father Eddie, son Frankie, daughter Catie) are a relatively new band (formed 2013) based in East Cornwall and Plymouth who sing and play material from the English, Scottish, Irish and more recently the Cornish radical traditions.

Their first CD The William Morris Songbook (2014) is their tribute to the life and work of the great nineteenth century designer and political radical William Morris, and is a collection of radical songs, some traditional, some modern, all of which deal with social and/or green issues, from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century.

They also write their own topical material dealing with contemporary red/green topics such as the spread of solar farms and wind turbines, and the crisis in the NHS.

Expect also a few Phil Ochs numbers!Artist's Website
Nick Mears

Nick Mears

Fringe Tent, Monday 28th August 12.10pm
Shanty St, Monday 28th August 2pm (E)

Nick is an acoustic singer/songwriter born in Cornwall, who originally trained as an artist but decided to leave behind conventional education to travel the world, during which the focus of his career completely flipped. He began learning his new craft on the acoustic guitar, and has found himself playing shows in all corners of the world.

In between the flights to foreign lands, Nick likes to spend his time around his homelands in Cornwall, surfing, gigging and hanging out in the studio are the usual. He has played live professionally for five years now, and has decided to compile his original material to make his debut album 'Lifes Golden Era'. It has been a year in the making, lovingly recorded in Cornwall's VIP Lounge and featuring some incredible musicians Nick calls friends.
Artist's Website
Skylark

Skylark

Fringe Tent, Monday 28th August 1.30pm
Shanty St, Saturday 26th Noon (A), Sunday 27th 3pm (A), Monday 28th August 3.45pm (A)

Skylark explores the melodic and rhythmic boundaries of folk and jazz.

Beautifully matched soprano and alto Lynette Rentoul and Lorraine Rooke mingle with an occasional splash of Adrian Jones’ tenor, who also adds double bass, keyboards, and sometimes guitar, mandolin and percussion.

their songs are arranged for either accapella voices, or two or three voices with keyboards or bass. This, combined with a very varied set that strolls from folk to jazz, classical and pop, results in a lively performance that keeps audiences listening!

So enjoy delicious takes on The Beatles, James Taylor, Led Zeppelin, Duke Ellington, Karine Polwart and Pete Morton, along with contemporary songwriters.Artist's Website
Willow

Willow

Fringe Tent, Monday 28th August 2.10pm

Willow are Heather, Anne, Cath, Lynda and Donna. We are mothers and grandmothers who love to sing in harmony from the heart and soul.

Our name comes from the willow tree which can bend without breaking and can be used as a creative medium. All of us over the years have been 'bent' by difficult circumstances without breaking -- and we've gone on to create harmonies and songs we love to sing together.

Sometimes there are only four of us, as one of us lives in Portugal!
Steve Dagleish

Steve Dagleish

Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 4.10pm
Shanty St, Sunday 27th August 12.45 (A)

Hull-born, London resident Steve Dagleish returned to public performance after a 30-year gap. With some songwriting workshops from Blood Brothers' author Willy Russell and the one and only Ray Davies, he took to composing and performing in large and equal measures. In 2013, he performed at the 'Folkstock' festival and then wrapped himself in his home studio to record the album 'Only Losers Write on Bridges'.

Steve loves live audiences. In 2015, he headlined Saltburn Folk Club's February concert and entertained over a hundred at a series of intimate 'House Concerts'. He began a collaboration with respected songwriter and performer Sara Dennis, supporting Cath and Phil Tyler at Eaglescliffe's The Waiting Room, Brigid's Mantle at Saltburn's Spa and Chris Wood at Whitby's La Rosa, and performed with the popular folk band Ranagri in London and at Saltburn's Earthbeat Centre.

A busy 2016 included summer performances at Lyme Folk Weekend, Moreton Music Day, Wood(bury)stock and several venues around the South-West, including, of course, the Cornwall Folk Festival. we welcome him back with open arms!Artist's Website
Just Jazz Guitars

Just Jazz Guitars

Fringe Tent, Monday 28th August 3.30pm
Shanty St, Sunday 27th 3.30pm (C), Monday 28th August 1.30pm (A)

A duo that plays an eclectic mixture of Jazz, Latin and Blues styles, incorporating a repertoire of new standards from popular recent songs. The duo play mainly in North Cornwall, having twice performed at the Port Isaac Music Festival, plus a host of other local events and fundraising for RNLI and Oxjam etc.

John McGinley is a professional musician from London, having played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra; Landscape; and performed in the Soho Jazz Festival, Rye Jazz Festival and also plays at many jazz venues around London with other high profile players.
Coastal Belles

Coastal Belles

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 12.10pm
Shanty St, Saturday 26th August 3.45pm (D)

In three part harmony, the Coastal Belles perform all over Cornwall singing a variety of a Capella songs from folk to modern; songs you all know and love with a 'Belles' twist and occasionally adding in a ukulele and percussion for fun.

The Coastal Belles enjoy a great musical connection between them while doing what they love the most, singing!
The Grenaways

The Grenaways

Fringe Tent Sunday 27th August, 1.30pm

The Grenaways could be said to be mining the rich veins of inspirational ore that course through their home turf, adding a sense of their own ties to the region and especially its Celtic heritage.
But, they are a band set for far wider horizons than just Cornwall with a massive and alternative sound billowing through their musical sails.Artist's Website
Young Musician Showcase

Young Musician Showcase

Fringe Tent, Friday 25th August 3.30pm

A chance to hear some young musicians at the Cornwall Folk Festival fringe tent.

3.30: Beth Kent; 3:45: Minnie Gregory; 4pm: Joe Chown; 4:15: The Woodcarts.

Some great talent awaits. These are the stars of tomorrow!
John the Boscastle Busker

John the Boscastle Busker

Fringe Tent, Friday 25th August 5.20pm

John Maughan, aka The Boscastle Busker, has sung in and around Boscastle for over forty years. With his mellow baritone voice and a huge repertoire of songs, he is the catalyst that galvanises a roomful of people to sing for sheer pleasure.

Harmonies rise and fall in a great organ of song. It is a magical experience! It is also inspiring to hear him busking for Cornwall Hospice Care, unamplified and unaccompanied in the beautiful setting of Boscastle harbour.

The busking began to honour a promise made to a friend, and so far he has raised £17,650 for the hospice in memory of Morgy and the good times we all had with our band, The Damnbuskers! Alastair Wreford wrote an article for The Cornish Guardian on John's early fund-raising, with the caption "The Boscastle Busker" and the name stuck.

This has opened many doors even leading to an invitation to sing to Palestinian refugees in the camps of The Gaza Strip in 2003, and, accompanied by harmonies from Cheryl, their singing has been appreciated from Glasgow to the most remote villages of Gambia, and many places in between!

He and Cheryl are the driving force behind Wednesday's singers' night at The Wellie in Boscastle, a session that welcomes singers and listeners. He has recorded two CDs with a variety of accompanied and unaccompanied voice and instruments, Ben Maughan (accordion), Mike Silver (guitar), Martin Frith (fiddle) and Cheryl and Julie (vocals).
Artist's Website
The McSmiths

The McSmiths

Fringe Tent, Monday 28th August 5.30pm

Annie: Vocals, Bodhran, Cajon, Triangle, Tambourine & metal thing
Paul: Mandolin, Slide Guitar, Vocals, Guitar, Accordion
Piers: Double Bass
Brigid: Whistle Damaris: Violin
Steve: Vocals, Various Guitars, Mandolin
We play original music written by Steve and arranged by the band. a mixture of folk and blues, happy and sad, up and down. that sort of thing. hopefully with a smile on our face.
Folk Mass

Folk Mass

Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 10.30am

Multi-faith service, all welcome!
Salt and Sky

Salt and Sky

Fringe Tent, Monday 28th August 12.50pm.

Cornish folk fiddle duo Salt & Sky (Emma Packer and Lizzie Pridmore) are building a strong reputation for their exuberant performances of traditional Cornish music, sprinkled with a good helping of their own new material. Rooted in the local folk tradition, alive with originality and creativity, each arrangement is crafted with warmth that captures their love for Cornwall.
Artist's Website
Ramblin Mike Walford

Ramblin Mike Walford

Hosting session at the Churchill Bars, Saturday 26th August 2-8pm
Hosting session at the Bridge On Wool, Sunday 27th August 12-4pm
Shanty St, Sunday 27th August 11.45am (E)

Ramblin Mike Walford is a singer/songwriter, member of the Guild of International Songwriters and a Performing Rights Society member. Author of the book on the New Forest Pollards, People & Ponies published by Short Publications in 1979. A former tug-boat man, security guard, deckhand and merchant seaman, Mike became a well travelled journeyman printer throughout the UK. A close friend of Cliff Aungier, Long John Baldry and many other artists of the British blues and jazz scene in the 1960s to 1990s -- Mike has been associated with other festivals along with various folk clubs and became Festival Co- Organiser of Cornwall Folk Festival back in 2009. Now currently its executive director he is also Kernow Kesskrifer (Cornish Regional journalist) for the quarterly Folk Life Magazine.
Foxwillow

Foxwillow

Shanty St, Saturday 26th August 11.15 (D), 2.45pm (E)

Foxwillow are singer/song-writers Celia Sainsbury and Martin Dearmun. Their original material encompass elements of folk, country and rock, enhanced by a strong use of vocal harmonies. This is underpinned by Martin's crisp rhythm guitar and Celia's melodic flute and clarinet. Foxwillow's songs reflect a strong connection to the natural world, and are sung and played with energy and passion.
The Pirates of St. Piran

The Pirates of St. Piran

Shanty St, Saturday 26th noon & 1.30pm (B) 3.30 (E), Sunday 27th August 1.15pm (E) & 3pm (B)

Cornwall's favourite pirate crew.

We are a thirty strong, non profit making, charity fund raising group working primarily to raise funds for the RNLI, Children’s Hospice Southwest and The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust. Since the group started we have raised nearly £50,000 for these charities.

We perform piratical and rumbustious versions of sea shanties, folk songs and our own original material ... all done in authentic 18th century pirate costume. We also stage plays, sword fighting, flintlock and cannon displays, given half a chance.

We perform most weekends at venues all over Cornwall and Devon and we regularly perform at festivals such as the Falmouth International Shanty Festival, Looe Music festival and The Little Orchard music and cider festival.

We have released 5 CDs, with the last one "Ship shape and Bristol Fashion" charting in the top thirty folk download charts.

This will be our first visit to the Wadebridge folk festival and we hope to meet new people and make new friends along the way. So please come and join us as we promise you singin', dancin' and carousin' and more fun than you could ever expect to have with your sea boots on. An them's as dies 'll be the lucky ones.

Visit our website at www.piratesofstpiran.co.uk
Or our facebook page facebook.com/piratesofstpiran

Artist's Website
Izzie

Izzie

Shanty St, Saturday 26th August 12.45 (D), Sunday 27th 2.45pm (C)

Izzie is a young singer-songwriter with a voice and soulful spirit beyond her years. Inspired by artists of the 60's and 70's, such as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Johnny Cash, Izzie writes her own beautifully crafted songs. In these songs she showcases her advanced guitar style and impressive vocal range.
The Press Gang

The Press Gang

Shanty St, Sunday 27th noon (A) & 2pm (C)

A group of 11 friends based around the St Austell Bay area. We have been going for five years and sing a mix of sea songs and the odd Cornish song thrown in. We've sung at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival for four years and have also performed at the Gloucester Shanty Festival, Harwich Shanty Festival and LostFest, as well as over 150 other gigs locally.
Taking The Piskies

Taking The Piskies

Fringe Tent, Monday 28th August 4.50pm
Shanty St, Saturday 26th 2pm (C), Sunday 27th 3.45pm (D), Monday 28th August 12.45 (A)

Steve plays mandolin and bazouki, Debbie the whistle, bodhran and shruti, Barbara the bass viol, harp and violin, and Vince guitar, mandolin and bouzouki.

We sing and play folk music with a twist, sometimes diving deep into our Celtic Heritage with ballads and sea shanties, sometimes singing more contemporary songs, and we have our own compositions too.

Folk music is a participant sport, we try to sing songs that you will want to join in with!Artist's Website
Lost-e-Ukes

Lost-e-Ukes

Shanty St, Monday 28th August 12.30 (E) & 2pm (C)

We are a ukulele band based in Lostwithiel. We have been together for three years, and enjoy performing for charity and non-profit events.

We like to play popular songs that everyone knows, and aim to have fun, rather than take ourselves too seriously.Artist's Website
Phil and Jerry

Phil and Jerry

Shanty St, Sunday 27th 1.15pm (C)

Phil and Jerry have been playing together in pubs and and folk clubs for over six years both as a duo and as the “front half” of the four piece band Steamrocket. Their repertoire stretches from acoustic folk, skiffle, country, gospel & blues through to "plugged in" versions of the classic pop and R&B songs of the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s
The Suitcase Singers

The Suitcase Singers

Shanty St, Sunday 27th August 11.15 & 1.30 (B), 2.45 (E)

The Suitcase Singers are a community choir that meet weekly in The Zedshed, Penryn. Beautiful accoustics and an amazing view over the water, we sing anything from jazz to folk to pop to world.... all music is taught by ear and there is no audition.
Snob Hill

Snob Hill

Shanty St, Saturday 26th 3.30 (C), Sunday 27th 3pm (D), Monday 28th August 1.30pm (D) & 3pm (A)

We are an acapella quartet and our repertoire includes a wide range of songs from the traditional to bordering on the modern!

The weekly cake is still a well established tradition!
Du Hag Owr

Du Hag Owr

Shanty St, Monday 28th August noon (D), 2.15 (A), 3.30 (E)

Formed over eight years ago, Du Hag Owr has grown in numbers and now has a rich vein of experience with performances across the country from Land's End to London. Venues ranging from the Minack Theatre at Porthcurno to The Golden Hind in Southwark, next to the Thames.

The original Seasalt Shantymen, the group has been at the opening of various stores from Exeter to London, including John Lewis's in Oxford Street and also at Kingston and Reading.

At the 2016 Falmouth International Shanty Festival we performed at five venues and look forward to another action packed weekend in 2017. We have supported various Shanty and Folk festivals over the years, including Wadebridge, Clovelly, Perranporth, and Portscatho plus Beer and Fish Festivals across the county and weddings and other local events.

Often singing for our supper, we raise money for the Children's Hospice South West, have produced a couple of CDs (with a new one out soon!) and provided backing for a film for local fishermen.
Samphire

Samphire

Shanty St, Monday 28th August 11.15am (A), 2.45pm (E)

A female barbershop quartet who sing in four part harmony - just for fun.
Wadebridge Street Band

Wadebridge Street Band

Shanty St, Saturday 26th August 12.30 (E), 3pm (B)

Wadebridge Street Band started in 2014 as a 'Wadebridge Creative Hub' project, involving most of the present group. We’ve moved towards a more traditional 'folk' presentation, with harp, flutes, guitars and drum.

Streetband works co-operatively, so the style of music is whatever members want to play, from Cornish folk tunes and dances through to current popular music. Grow-your-own talent has come forward, with Paul Renshall creating new songs for the group.

You can hear Streetband playing his ‘Blown on the Wind’ on Soundcloud (click website link) and the track was picked for BBC Radio Cornwall's 'Introducing In Cornwall' broadcast on 28th January this year. Artist's Website
Breezy

Breezy

Shanty St, Saturday 26th 11.15 (C), Sunday 27th 11.15 (C), Monday 28th August 11.15 (C)

Familiar to millions(!) as the legendary Leukemia-busting busker of Padstow and St Albans, 'Breezy' is a a fine singer, an accomplished guitarist and an experienced and well-loved performer.
Alan Steel

Alan Steel

Shanty St, Saturday 26th 2.15pm (D), Sunday 27th 11am (E)

Alan plays a variety of easy listening accordion music including Cornish, Irish, Scottish, French and pub sing song tunes. He's an entertainer at Old Folks Homes, British Legion, cafes, etc., and am often found busking in Wadebridge to raise funds for the Lions.

And a regular at the various Wadebridge folk sessions, and the 'Spot the Dog' sessions at Hewitt's bar in Molesworth St.
Steve Pickett

Steve Pickett

Shanty St, Saturday 26th 11am (E), Sunday 27th 1.30pm (D) & 3.30pm (E), Monday 28th August 2.15 (D)

Steve has appeared before at Cornwall Folk Festival, as half of the 'Riverstone' duo. During the last year Steve has been refocusing on his role as a singer-songwriter, which will be reflected in his solo performance at this year's festival. Thought provoking lyrics accompanied by finger-picking guitar style.

Doug and Eoin

Shanty St, Saturday 26th 2pm (E), Sunday 27th noon (D), Monday 28th August 1.15pm (E)

Doug and Eoin have been getting together for the last few years to explore Irish, Scottish and Scandinavian traditional and songs in house sessions on a variety of instruments.

Both are very actively engaged collaborations with other musicians, folk clubs, music for theatre, orchestras, only rarely making the odd sortie as a duo to perform in public on mandolin and guitar. The duo is a space for playing for the heck of it, it's all about finding the way to the heart of tunes and the enjoyment of playing them.
Hannah Bullock

Hannah Bullock

Shanty St, Sunday noon (B) and 2.00pm (E)

Earthy sounds and powerful lyrics blend stories of light and dark in Hannah's intimate songs. She sees her songwriting as a form of 'alchemy', taking emotions such as loss and fear, strength and joy, and turning them into something honest and beautiful to share with an audience. She has been described as 'a songwriting force to be reckoned with'.Artist's Website
Celtic Fever

Celtic Fever

Workshop, Town Hall, Sunday 10:30 to noon
Shanty St, Sunday 12:45pm & 2:15pm (B)

Celtic Fever are an exciting Irish dance performance Troupe based in Truro. The Troupe members are made up of medal and Trophy winning dancers who compete throughout the UK, Europe and Ireland.

The dancers perform at many events around Devon and Cornwall all year round and train together up to three times a week at The Flanagan's School of Irish Dance in Truro.

The Troupe coach and choreographer Annie Flanagan is a registered teacher of Irish Dance with The World Irish Dance Association and trains dancers from ages 4 yrs to adult at the school seven times a week.

Irish Dance is a fast paced, worldwide competitive sport for men and women. The highest title to achieve is a World title for solo or team dances. Behind the glitzy costumes and tiaras are dancers that train as athletes all year round.

Irish Dance builds strong bones, compares fitness levels to boxing and football, improves memory , muscle tone and overall fitness, boosts self esteem and confidence along with building lifelong friendships and fun memories. It is a perfect combination of high energy sport, Irish music with glitz and glam -- and they even teach the language!

Find out more on their website or Facebook @irishdancecornwall or @celticfevercornwall. Instagram flanagansschoolofirishdance; Twitter @flanagansschool.
Artist's Website
Davey Dodds

Davey Dodds

Shanty St, Saturday 26th 1.15pm (E), Monday 28th August 11.45am (E)

Davey Dodds, the former front man of Red Jasper, stopped playing music in 1994, when the Dutch record label, S.I. Music went under. He didn’t suffer from withdrawal symptoms; life was full and life was good. He worked as a fly-fishing guide and writer. Travelling to fabulous places such as the pristine wilderness of Northern Manitoba was good for the soul.

He moved back to the far west a couple of years ago and people, places and events conspired to get him writing, singing and playing again. Bands were recording his songs (The Unthanks: "Magpie", Mawkin and Blackbeard's Tea Party: "I Can Hew"). His wife, Jeannie, bought him a mandolin for his birthday. A friend, who had no idea he was once a musician, dragged him out to an open mic night at Pendogett. Derek Aunger, a fellow fly fisher invited him to record a couple of old songs at his Salty Dog Studio near Looe.

Things took off! A year later, Angel Air Records released Davey's stunning new album "Kernowcopia". He has teamed up with Martin Solomon who is a virtuoso musician on fiddle and Celtic harp. They are being booked to play great gigs and top festivals. The BBC sitcom, The Detectorists, is going to use Magpie for its third series.

Davey Dodds is back with a vengeance!

"Kernowcopia will be a grower but I like it already" Dai Jeffries, RnR.

"Magnificent Cornish storytelling songs of progrocker Davey Dodds! The best folk release of the last decade!" Keys and Chords
Keven Taylor

Keven Taylor

Shanty St, Saturday 26th 3pm (A), Sunday 27th 1.30pm (A), Monday 28th August noon (A)

Keven Taylor is a singer/songwriter from the Bude area. He plays 12 and 6 string guitar, mandolin, and a mean blues harmonica. He will also be part of the Keew Jumpers Jug Band.
Sundogs

Sundogs

Shanty St, Sunday 27th August 2.15 (A)

Rocky folk and not so folk from Helen Whitthread and Morwenna Gee, with Paul McNulty on percussion and a few other musicians floating through.
Time To Shine

Time To Shine

Shanty St, Saturday 26th August, 11.15 (A), 12.45 (A)

Time to Shine is a Wadebridge-based project to increase the confidence of young people through song and performance. Led by the bundle of musical life that is Helen Whitthread, they're guaranteed to make any shrinking violet from 5 to 12 years old a more outgoing person. Their local appearances at The Rock Oyster Festival and various stages through the Wadebridge year always make passers-by stop in their tracks. From their number are emerging the next generation of stars.

Dance Troupes

Shanty St, Various Dates and Times

Shanty Street will include several dance troupes from across Cornwall and the South-West. As they inevitably contain a lot of people, sorting out the organisation for them is quite complicated. We'll update the website with more accurate details before the festival starts.
Rif Evans

Rif Evans

Shanty St, Sunday 27th 11.15 (A), Monday 28th August 3.45 (D)

Melodic Acoustic Folk built around Blues roots with classical guitar hooks with a modern twist backed up with true working class lyrics that hit home every time.
Original songs written and performed with a laid back approach to the acoustic singer songwriter scene performed using an array of guitar styles and vocal ranges.
There is great presence generated when hearing this artist play live. You feel as if you drift away to another time and place the feeling of every lyric and note can be felt inside your soul.
Having a large online following all over the world this up and coming artist is not to be missed Rif Evans is a singer songwriter who has something different to offer in his music and who is moving acoustic based music forward in his own way and aims to keep reaching the wider world audience. Artist's Website
Cat's Eyes Morris

Cat's Eyes Morris

Shanty St, Saturday 26th August 11.15am, 12.45pm, 2.15pm & 3.45pm (B)

Cat's Eyes Morris are a dance troupe from South East Cornwall who formed in 2005 to dace border morris in their own style. Their kit is somewhat unusual, including differently coloured shirts and long , black split waistcoats.
They are guaranteed to bring a smile to all onlookers faces - you have been warned!
Artist's Website
Tykki Duw

Tykki Duw

Shanty St, Monday 28th August 3pm (D)
Tykki Duw (Cornish for "butterfly") are an off-shoot of The Grenaways. In their original and heart-rending songs they celebrate the musical heritage and beauty of Cornwall. 

Nelly Young and Toots Lamond

Shanty Street, Sunday 27th August 3.45pm (A)

When Lynyrd Skynyrd complained about Neil Young and his thoughts on the 'Southern Man' in Sweet Home Alabama, they hadn't considered the impact of 'South-Western (wo)man' in the shape of Nelly And Toots. Long-lost distant relatives of Mr Young, this duo dedicate every waking hour to spreading Youngian philosophy. Like a hurricane? Too right!
Duncan Argyle

Duncan Argyle

Shanty St, Monday 28th August 1.15pm (C)

A fabulous singer and guitarist, whose sets at the Cornish Arms in Pendoggett are always worth catching. With the use of a looper pedal to build momentum, Duncan brings great passion and intensity to his performances, in a style that leads on from John Martyn at his best.
Gideon Barrett

Gideon Barrett

The Ship Inn, Saturday 26th August 8-11pm and Sunday 27th, Noon-3pm

"Gids" has sung all his life, starting out as a regular at the Rashleigh Arms, then moving over to the Ship Inn at Wadebridge and for numerous other venues throughout the years and on certain occasions is accompanied by another great singer and friend Nigel Chapman (of Rum & Shrub fame), Gideon is always an entertaining host at our annual Cornwall Folk Festival and is a complete master of ad lib-improvisation, bringing real humour and atmosphere to any session- so don't miss this guy!
Mike Bosworth

Mike Bosworth

The Ship Inn, Sunday 27th August, 8-11pm

As a singer it goes without saying that I look for a song that tells a story. Be it of work, play, love, war, good or bad times, sexual encounter, the seasons of the year or just a topic of the day; be it the exploits of a great sea battle or whatever took a writer's thoughts to pen and paper.

Over the years the social process has given us songs to rejoice and times to remember, these are the songs of the people: Folk Songs. To me these songs, since an early age, have given me more pleasure than any thrown up by the Pop variety. In performance the folk singer can take their audience through times past on a journey that tells stories through song that the pop singer has not yet discovered.Artist's Website
Mo Keast

Mo Keast

Churchill Bars, Sunday 27th August 1-3pm

Mo Keast is a popular Cornish storyteller.
Malcolm Pinch

Malcolm Pinch

Churchill Bars, Friday 25th August 8-11pm

Just in case you're taking things too seriously, check out the oblique take on life found in Malcolm Pinch’s song writing. Mind you, he’s probably being quite serious when he claims to be ‘Watching Cat Videos on YouTube’ or advising that we should ‘Dump It In The Clay Area’. Cornwall’s answer to, well, I’m sorry -- what was the question again?Artist's Website
Lin and Ian Shevill

Lin and Ian Shevill

The Ship, Saturday 26th August Noon-3pm

Cornish girl Lin was a member of Bodmin Folk Club in her teens but was absent for many years due to work and family commitments. She returned to Bodmin Folk Club in 2012 with husband Ian in tow where they now both sing unaccompanied. Both are now staunch supporters of both the folk club and the festival.

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