Confirmed Artists for 2013
British Blues legend - Wizz Jones headlining the Festival as well as being made Honorary Troubadour Patron of our Festival.
"There are few artists with more claim to being a 'musician's musician' than Wizz Jones. Inspired by Big Bill Broonzy, Rambling Jack Elliot, Alexis Korner and Ewan MacColl, and learning his guitar licks from the likes of Davy Graham and Long John Baldry while playing in the coffee bars of London's Soho during the late nineteen fifties.
Then busking throughout Europe from the streets of Paris to the markets of Marrakech during the early sixties and later to be cited by John Renbourn and Eric Clapton as an important early influence. With his unique acoustic guitar style, an eclectic repertoire and a 'right hand worthy of Broonzy'
Wizz Jones has been made an Honorary Patron to the Cornwall Folk Festival due to his long associations with Cornwall and we are delighted to announce that Wizz will be Headlining our Saturday Night’s Main Concert in the Town Hall and will be joined on Stage with his two, great guitarist friends : John Renbourn ( Pentangle ) and Clive Carroll for what should be a stunning evening of great, guitar music and songs!
Events Featuring Wizz Jones | Artist's Website
|Silvia Nicolatto and her Anglo-Cornish Friends|
Cornwall Folk Festival and Feast are proud to present the fusion of Brazilian/ Cornish Music by “Silvia Nicolatto and her Anglo – Cornish Friends”. Silvia’s from Minas Gerais where for generations countless Cornish miners and their families went to live and work . Pete Turner recruited other fine Cornish musicians into the project to record how our two cultures touch one another!
An ongoing musical exploration of Cornwall's connections with Brazil. With Silvia Nicolatto, Neil Davey, Pete Kubryk Townsend and Pete Turner.
Mostly original material mixing English, Cornish and jazz influences with the music of Brazil.
Events Featuring Silvia Nicolatto and her Anglo-Cornish Friends | Artist's Website
|John Renbourn |
A legendary guitarist whose work ( amongst others ) with the late Bert Jansch and the folk/rock supergroup Pentangle need no further explanations and John still continues to tour as a solo artist as well as along with other friends such as Wizz. Check out John’s official website: www.john-renbourn.com
Events Featuring John Renbourn | Artist's Website
|Clive Carroll |
Clive Carroll has worked and toured since 2000 with John Renbourn after the release of Clive’s first solo album “ Sixth Sense “ . Clive’s next solo album “ Red Guitar “ in 2004 led Clive to touring with guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel. The collaborations with John Renbourn continued afterwards and in 2005 saw them working together on the Sony picture “ Driving Lessons” which starred Julie Walters and Harry Potter star Rupert Grint. Clive has also worked on other projects with film director Guy Ritchie and was also booked by Madonna to perform at one of her private parties , such is his esteem!.
Events Featuring Clive Carroll | Artist's Website
|Tyn Daga |
Tyn Daga are a brilliant trio based in West Cornwall who perform a wide ranging repertoire of acoustic music from lively dance tunes to haunting melodies encompassing a broad mixture of English, Celtic and Irish tunes as well as music from the Balkans ,Spain and the Middle East. The band comprises of Alan Burton ( Uilleann Irish bagpipes and whistles) , Greg Dyer ( percussion and guitar ), and Gavin Nicol ( guitar ).
Events Featuring Tyn Daga | Artist's Website
|Steve Hunt & Neil Davey|
Steve Hunt ( Corncrow ) and Neil Davey ( Dalla ) join forces to give you a foot stomping set of Celtic songs/tunes, Americana and other good music to suit all tastes. Don’t miss these two great talents!
Events Featuring Steve Hunt & Neil Davey
In the late sixties Tony Hazzard wrote six top twenty hits for bands like Manfred Mann, The Hollies, and The Tremeloes. In addition his songs were recorded by Hall & Oates, The Yardbirds, Nana Mouskouri, Gene Pitney, Andy Williams, and many more. He also sidelined as a session singer and guitarist for artistes like Long John Baldry and Elton John, featuring on three of the latter’s albums: ‘Elton John’, ‘Tumbleweed Connection’, and ‘Honky Chateau’. As a solo performer he made five albums, the last of which, ‘Songs From The Lynher’, was recorded at his home on Cornwall and released in 2011. His song ‘Fox On The Run’ became a bluegrass standard in the USA, recorded by such legends as Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Ricky Scaggs, The Country Gentlemen, Doc Watson, Bare Naked Ladies, George Jones, and The Zac Brown Band. The various recordings have had 1.4 million views on Youtube, in which case you’d think he’d be rich, but he isn’t.
Summing him up - ": "You're such an amazing songwriter!!" - Beth Nielsen Chapman."
Events Featuring Tony Hazzard | Artist's Website
|Mike O’ Connor and Barbara Griggs|
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?
They will be performing Mike O'Connor's new compositional work " Return to Lyonese"
Events Featuring Mike O’ Connor and Barbara Griggs | Artist's Website
|Rum and Shrub|
Rum and Shrub Shantymen are a group of traditional singers from Cornwall, UK with a worldwide reputation for lively singing of shanties, sea songs and folk songs. They have been singing together as a group since 1991 and known each other for a lot longer than that! Equally at home on a concert stage, on a boat or quay, or in a bar - Listen out for them, join in and enjoy their enthusiasm.
The group have performed at many festivals in Wales, Brittany and Germany notably Fishguard, Swansea, Brest, Douarnenez, Lorient, Morbihan, Paimpol and Vegesack. Threy have also sung at major English festivals such as Bristol, Portsmouth and Salcombe as well as appearing at all the significant festivals and shows in Cornwall. Recent ventures have included a tour of the Eastern seaboard of the USA with performance venues ranging from Mystic Seaport to New York City.
Events Featuring Rum and Shrub | Artist's Website
|Thorn and Roses|
Thorn and Roses – a hugely popular local acappella trio, of Rowena Metters, Sylvia Fletcher and Jinks Jenkins who will enthral audiences with their varied repertoire of traditional and contempory great songs.
Events Featuring Thorn and Roses | Artist's Website
|Stompin' Dave Allen|
"Stompin’ Dave is a formidable musician and a true original...an utter delight." Daily Telegraph 2011
Stompin' Dave Allen performs American roots music on guitar, five-string banjo, fiddle, piano, harmonica, vocals & tap dancing. Dave specializes in American roots music: old-time, bluegrass, blues, country blues, folk, vintage country & hillbilly. Traditional songs & tunes, originals & covers.
Events Featuring Stompin' Dave Allen | Artist's Website
Known as: "the gutarist's guitarist", Pete's long career includes high-profile performing and recording stints alongside Ralph McTell, John James, Wizz Jones, Al Stewart and Michael Chapman, yet it is his own work that truely inspires the devotion of his fans.
His music doesn't seek attention for his formidable technique, but uses it to navigate past genre-cliches and explore the emotional core of any song he plays, creating an open hearted, deeply rewardng experience for any discerning audience.
Events Featuring Pete Berryman | Artist's Website
Dalla are the internationally acclaimed leading lights of Cornish traditional music. This year they are releasing their 5th album and their recordings have gathered rave reviews from around the world. These, along with their moving and dazzling live performances, convey the sheer joy they take in Cornwall’s indigenous music and song.
The members of Dalla are five of the foremost proponents of traditional Cornish music today. They have been on a journey from the earliest sparks of the revival in Cornish Traditional Music to the exuberantly expanding universe of the scene today and have an unparalleled grounding in the traditions of Cornwall.
Dalla feature multi-instrumental music from Neil Davey on fiddle, bouzouki, and mandolin, Kyt Le Nen Davey on accordian, whistles and mandola, Jen Dyer on viola, Hilary Coleman on clarinets and bass clarinet and Bec Applebee on percussion and scoots (Cornish clogs). They also sing in both Cornish and English.
'uplifting, committed and energetic.. intensely satisfying' (fRoots)
‘first class musicians ...breathtaking ... unbelievable ... Cornwall, another Celtic world to discover, and Dalla are probably the finest guides you can find.
Events Featuring Dalla | Artist's Website
The Nightingales are Eileen Ann Moore (founder of Acorn Folk Club in Minehead) and Jim Parham (co-organiser). They sing both solo and in harmony with guitar accompaniments and are regular singers at clubs and festivals throughout the South West.
Events Featuring The Nightingales | Artist's Website
Café Frug – a platform for Cornish Talent
Events Featuring Café Frug
Emerging in the 1970's, Mike was one of the first signings to Elton John's Rocket Records. Since moving on from Rocket, he has played festivals, clubs and arts centres all over Europe and
released a good number of albums in the process. In July 2003, Mike's song, “Not a Matter of Pride”, from his album Solid Silver was added to the play lists of no less than 36 local radio
stations up and down the UK and was given extensive rotation on BBC Radio 2 on Terry Wogan's early morning programme.
Events Featuring Mike Silver | Artist's Website
|Alistair Brown and Peter Wray|
Two long established musicians pool their talents for a performance that combines the best of both.
Scottish born Alistair Brown has performed all over the world, having appeared at clubs and festivals in Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, as well as in the UK. He has four solo recordings and is a featured performer on sixteen others. He has been guest soloist with four symphony orchestras, has lectured on folk music at University, has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows and has organised several residential folk music summer programmes in the USA
Peter Wray is from the North East of England. He is a long established singer and musician, performing at many clubs and festivals throughout the UK, whether singing a capella or with multi-instrumental bands, as well as pursuing a well-respected solo practice. Peter enjoys a reputation as a fine interpreter of both traditional and contemporary song and as a performer who truly sings from the heart, whether unaccompanied or with sympathetic and sensitive accompaniment.
Together, their two powerful voices blend with strong harmonies and dazzling musicianship, featuring concertina, button accordion, guitar and cittern, and easy-going good humour. As a duo, they bring all the individual talents that have made them successful solo artists, and add a sparkling chemistry that is guaranteed to charm and entertain.
Events Featuring Alistair Brown and Peter Wray
|Mitchell & Vincent|
David Mitchell and Graham Vincent are a duo based in Somerset who play acoustic, folk and traditional music with Fiddle, Guitar and Voice.
Much of their repertoire is instrumental and based on the folk music of the British Isles and Ireland but this is mixed in with traditional and more modern songs as well as some original material.
They also enjoy playing for the occasional ceilidh by adding a Caller to the line-up.
Events Featuring Mitchell & Vincent
Pete Grassby is a hard, working Internationally acclaimed solo performer, singer /melodian player who was a former Sidmouth Festival Competition Winner and who apart from performing at the Festival now runs our busy Craft Fair as well as demonstrating ,selling or repairing melodeons. Pete can be seen at manyof the other Festivals and is the founder of Aardvaark Ceilidh Band and we claim that he's just about the " Best Dance Caller around ! "
Events Featuring Pete Grassby | Artist's Website
The Grenaways are a folk / alternative band from North Cornwall.
Storytelling through the gift of song, captured in a harmony, inspired by life and love by the ocean.
Taking their name from one of North Cornwall’s hidden treasures, The Grenaways, formed just over two years ago in Polzeath, North Cornwall.
They released their first original EP, self-titled, ‘THE GRENAWAYS’ [available on iTunes], in the summer of 2012 and started gigging regularly around North Cornwall and the South West.
Probably the most exciting development to date for The Grenaways, is the news that they have signed to Sheffield based label, Sound Bytes Media, to record their first album in June. The Grenaways will be recording their album live at Saint James Parish Church in St.Kew, the same venue used by Port Isaac’s, Fishermen’s Friends, and the label is hoping to release the album Nationally in August. Hopefully in time for the Folk Festival and other summer shows!
Events Featuring The Grenaways | Artist's Website
Malc writes all his own songs –primarily because he finds other people’s too difficult to play. He is not steeped in the folk tradition and believe me you would not want to hear him try a traditional song. At the last count he had performed about 180 of his songs at Bodmin folk club, at least 4 of which he has been asked to perform again –preferably somewhere else.
Bodmin's answer to Billy Bragg. “Kicks the folk tradition in to touch”- Vic Legg.
Events Featuring Malcolm Pinch | Artist's Website
|Bradders blues Singer|
Wadebridge's own acoustic bluesman will appear in person!
Events Featuring Bradders blues Singer | Artist's Website
|Cosmic Ronnie and the Deep Fried Frogs|
A great acoustic band from West Cornwall with a bright future - we'll say no more - just check them out now before they get too famous for us!
Events Featuring Cosmic Ronnie and the Deep Fried Frogs | Artist's Website
|Pam Ward and Paul Cherrington|
Pamela Ward (vocals) and Paul Cherrington (acoustic guitar) present a mixture of music from traditional and contemporary folk to ragtime and blues. They started their musical careers in 1987 after winning the Brewhouse music prize in a U.K. folkfinder competition. This resulted in their first album "Hand of Fate". They have been featured session artists with recordings at Pebble Mill for late night shows on BBC Radio 2 and toured extensively throughout the U.K, playing in folk clubs and art centres. Since January 2000 Pam and Paul have given over 500 concerts on behalf of the charity "Music In Hospitals" playing in hospitals, hospice and care homes throughout the U.K.
Events Featuring Pam Ward and Paul Cherrington | Artist's Website
|The Exmoor Doo Dah Band |
A four piece “skiffle” line-up with guitars, banjo, washboard and tea chest bass who play many different types of music including, (obviously) skiffle, blues, Johnny Cash, ragtime, and Irish etc. (Anything, as long as it’s fast and furious.)
Events Featuring The Exmoor Doo Dah Band
A singer-songwriter, performer and promoter living in Falmouth, Cornwall. As well as playing my gigs on my own and with Lantern Quartet, I also run the popular weekly Folk on Thursday night at the Grapes, Falmouth, which showcases the best of local contemporary and traditional folk and acoustic music. I released my 13-track debut album, 'Come on Over', in January 2013.
Events Featuring Andrew Bellamy | Artist's Website
A singer-songwriter living in Falmouth Cornwall. I started life as a bass player gigging with a variety of bands all over the UK but eventually found myself playing the guitar and songwriting. I'm gigging regularly around the Southwest and have just finished recording and producing my new album 'Flow in Colour'.
Events Featuring John Gallagher | Artist's Website
|The O'Frankel Family Band|
The good ship O'Frankel crashes its cargo of bluegrass, folk, straggler blues, and their own songs onto the Cornish coast. A four-piece family band - Papa Frankel's guitar and lead vocals at the helm, Lucy's fiddle, vocals and harmonies the sculling figurehead, Joe the main man on the quarterdeck with his driving banjo, and Lizzy-Jane keeping it all on course with her throbbing double bass rudder. All Aboard!
Events Featuring The O'Frankel Family Band
|The All Star Festival Ceilidh Band|
Events Featuring The All Star Festival Ceilidh Band
Cruel Folk write, record and perform original music in the English tradition. Consisting of singer
and multi-instrumentalist Sean Holden, and virtuoso guitarist Paul Holden their songs tell stories
both of real events, such as the Battle of Towton Field, and of imagined events where good people
take on the evils of the world, but don't always prevail. Cruel Folk are devoted to the continuing
renewal of the English tradition, using instruments including mandocello, mandolin, guitar,
bouzouki and whistle, and in addition to their original material perform both modern and ancient
folk songs written by others.
Events Featuring Cruel Folk | Artist's Website
From the realms of South East Cornwall, Samba Kernow is a dynamic drumming band which is guaranteed to bring an exhilarating atmosphere to any event!
In only our first year we played over 30 exciting gigs, ranging from Menheniot Cherry Fayre to Falmouth Carnival.
Samba Kernow welcomes new members and meets every Wednesday at Hillfort Primary School, Liskeard from 18:30 until 21:00. All instruments and tuition are provided ... all that’s needed is a sense of rhythm!
Events Featuring Samba Kernow | Artist's Website
"Laura Fletcher is an acoustic singer-songwriter based in Falmouth. After gigging solo for a year around Cornwall, she recorded her first EP 'Wolf Eyes', a soulful, melodic ode to the ups and downs of the everyday. Its title track has already enjoyed airplay on David White's BBC Introducing Cornwall show, and she has supported up and coming acts such as Dorset's 'Saturday Sun' and Brentwood's critically acclaimed Dave McPherson of InMe. Writing with wisdom beyond her years, Laura's music inspires and soothes all at once. Just as folk as Joan Baez, and as soul as Lianne La Havas, she effortlessly blends together new and old styles to create a sound that is uniquely her own
Events Featuring Laura Fletcher | Artist's Website
Kiera Osment, a young singer songwriter who writes powerful personal songs with heartfelt lyrics and delicate melodies. A recent review from the North Devon Journal quotes: "Her rich, expressive voice and haunting ballads have earned her a reputation as one to seek out in the music scene." Another review from the Llama Festival: "A big surprise was Kiera who as a twelve year old singer song writer could be a case for reincarnation as her depth of lyrics evoked that of a person who belied their age - an old soul in a young body and perhaps a name to watch in years to come.
Events Featuring Kiera Osment | Artist's Website
DECIBEL are a young and musically versatile band, playing forms of music from Bon Jovi and Lynyrd Skynyrd to Bob Dylan or Frank Turner. They provide funny, entertaining , light hearted and energetic shows, without fail. Decibel have the flexibility of playing loud rock sets or quitter, heavily country/folk influenced acoustic sets. Either way, things are bright and interactive with a very chatty and intimate performance style
Events Featuring Decibel | Artist's Website
|Brian and Marie Phillips|
Marie and Brian Phillips are a husband and wife duo who have been favourites at Midlands folk clubs and festivals for many years; featuring Marie on guitar and vocals and Brian on guitar and mandolin. They perform a wide mix of material including traditional, blues, and contemporary music guaranteed to entertain all tastes and making full use of Marie’s great voice and Brian’s stunning guitar style.
Events Featuring Brian and Marie Phillips
Due to a previous incarnation as a salty sea dog, Liz Crow naturally inclines towards the maritime; she loves a good shanty session! A regular singer at Bodmin Folk Club, she is one eighth of the Devon based group Shake a Leg, also performing in various duets including with Hilary Bix as The Fans.
Events Featuring Liz Crow
“Doxies – three lovely ladies from Looe and St Tudy, in Cornwall’s fishing ports and moors, Kate Ward, Steph Althaus and Lorraine Rooke formed a little over a year ago, through a mutual friendship and a love for the wonderful songs of the sea and the land. Their voices seemed to melt together in such an inspirational way that they soon were being called upon to sing in Folk clubs around the area.
Their powerful arrangements of Spirituals as well as the poignant songs of the sea are a delight and show off their individual talents as well as their combined harmonies.... be prepared for humour as well as great singing!!
Events Featuring The Doxies
Mark Holland is a singer/songwriter hailing from Yateley in Hampshire, UK. Based in London, he and his four-piece band are busy on the London scene playing many reputable venues including The Troubadour, The Bedford, Bull & Gate and The Half Moon.
Prior to embarking on his own project Mark cut his teeth performing, writing and recording with a host of unsigned artists in the city. As a result of this and music from his childhood, Mark's music draws on many influences including Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Dave Matthews, James Morrison, Jason Mraz and Seth Lakeman.
Events Featuring Mark Holland | Artist's Website
|JOHN RENBOURN - WIZZ JONES - CLIVE CARROLL |
British Blues legend - Wizz Jones headlining the Festival as well as being made Honorary Troubadour Patron of our Festival.
Clive Carroll has worked and toured since 2000 with John Renbourn after the release of Clive’s first solo album “ Sixth Sense “
A legendary guitarist whose work ( amongst others ) with the late Bert Jansch and the folk/rock supergroup Pentangle need no further explanations and John still continues to tour as a solo artist as well as along with other friends such as Wizz.
Events Featuring JOHN RENBOURN - WIZZ JONES - CLIVE CARROLL
No guarantee can be given that any events will take place, or any artists will perform at a particular time, or at all. We will, however, make every effort to carry out the programme as advertised.