With around 35 regional and national performers, plus a bar, some great food options and guaranteed good weather (well, guaranteed Cornish weather, anyway), the Cornwall Folk Festival FAR Stage is the place to hang out during the day.
Actually, no need to worry about the weather — this year we've invested in some cover, in case of rain or too much sunshine (as happened last year).
You'll find it in the car park at the back of Wadebridge Wines, on Eddystone Road, just around the corner from the town's medieval bridge and Shanty St.
We run the FAR Stage on Friday late afternoon starting at 3.30pm, and then Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11.30, with events finishing around 7pm, in time for you to get to any evening concerts in the town hall, or any of the sessions around town.
Each acts gets 30 minutes, and the next act will be on within 10 minutes of the last, so it's back-to-back artists from across Cornwall, the South West and some from further afield. You'll even find some of our headline acts playing a slot.
£2 entry on Friday; £3 per day Saturday to Monday. Families are £5 per day. Entry is included for weekend and day ticket holders. You are welcome to come and go as you please.
On Sunday morning there will be a 'folk mass' for people of all faiths and no faith, giving us the blessing for our final two day's roster of fabulous musicians.
Young Musician Showcase
FAR Stage, Friday 24th August 3.30pm
A chance to hear some young musicians at the Cornwall Folk Festival fringe tent.
Some great talent awaits. These are the stars of tomorrow! And some of those musicians who have appeared on this slot in the past are now billed in their own right at CFF 2018 (Woodcarts [pictured], Joe Chown).
FAR Stage, Friday 24th August, 4.20pm
Martha and Rosa are two sisters making acoustic music together in Cornwall.
They play mainly their own material, and already their songwriting shows sophistication and maturity.
They sing in tight, close harmony, with guitar and violin to back. They wowed audiences at our 2018 fundraisers, at Lostwithiel's Lostfest and other events across the South West; come and see two real stars in the making.Artist's Website
FAR Stage, Friday 24th August, 5pm
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
FAR Stage, Friday 24th August, 6.20pm
Alongside running Bodmin Folk Club and being a key player in the Cornwall Folk Festival team, Steve Hunt is a fine singer and guitarist.
Often playing with Dalla's Neil Neil Davey, Steve performs honest-to-goodness folk music from all over the place on a variety of stringed instruments. He draws on a broad repertoire encompassing Celtic styles, English folk song and early Americana with flair, finesse and fun.Artist's Website
Thorn and Roses
FAR Stage, Friday 24th, 7pm
Hosting Singaround Session in The Ship, Friday 24th, 8-11pm and Sunday 26th 3-6pm
Running Cornwall Festival Harmony Choir workshops Saturday 25th Town Hall and Sunday 26th Goods Shed Large Room, both 10.30am-noon, plus opening slot at Roberts and Lakeman gig Sunday 26th 7pm
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.
Last year Sylvia and Rowena, who have harmonised together since they were teenagers, celebrated 50 years as performers. They sound as fresh as ever — congratulations, you stars!Artist's Website
FAR Stage, Saturday 25th August, 11:30am
Winter Mountain is the stage name of multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Joseph 'Joe' Francis, based in Cornwall. Through his Indie folk/rock he is becoming known for his songwriting abilities, high energy live performances and soulful voice.
Initially a duo with Irish songwriter Marty Smyth, Winter Mountain toured the UK and Ireland extensively, being recognised for their close vocal harmonies and distinctive songwriting. They attracted the attention of many major record companies before signing to indie label 'Charcoal Records' in 2011. In 2015, after releasing one album together, Smyth left Winter Mountain and Francis opted to keep the name for his solo work.
In summer of 2016 Francis performed solo as Winter Mountain, opening for Seal, The Feeling and the lead singer of Elbow, Guy Garvey.
Winter Mountain released the self-produced 'I Swear I Flew' on his 'Astral Fox Records' label in 2016, and received radio play across the UK and Europe including BBC Radio 2. Extensive grass roots touring followed the release, including support for occasional Winter Mountain collaborator Seth Lakeman on his March '17 UK tour.
'A great gig, beautiful songs. You really must see Winter Mountain live'
Janice Long, Radio 2
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 Bodmin's Alstock Music Festival on the Main Stage. Their music is regularly aired on local radio stations, including playing a live set on BBC Introducing. Artist's Website
FAR Stage, Saturday 25th August, 12:50pm
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 homeland in Cornwall, surfing, gigging and hanging out in the studio. He has played live professionally for five years now. Debut album 'Lifes Golden Era' was a year in the making, lovingly recorded in Cornwall's VIP Lounge and featuring some incredible musicians Nick calls friends.
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, he learnt 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 1950s.
He then busked from the streets of Paris to the markets of Marrakech during the early 60s, and later was cited by John Renbourn and Eric Clapton as an important early influence, thanks to his unique acoustic guitar style, an eclectic repertoire and a 'right hand worthy of Broonzy'.
Wizz Jones has been made an Honorary Patron of the Cornwall Folk Festival due to his long associations with Cornwall.Artist's Website
FAR Stage, Saturday 25th August, 2:50pm
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, recently touring with Show of Hands.
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. His song 'Tie Em Up' from that album has already seen many covers, including one by Sam Kelly. Artist's Website
Egloshayle Church, Friday 24th August 7.30pm
FAR Stage, Saturday 25th August, 3:30pm
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, drums and rub-board.
From a core all-women trio, to a full band of five with lap steel and drums, they 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!
The band has experience of a broad range of venues and festivals from Towersey Folk Festival to the Croissant Neuf Field at Glastonbury, as well as dates in the Netherlands, Ireland, and Louisiana.
They aim for audience participation, and are always happy to demonstrate some southern moves.
'Laissez les bon temps roulez' — as they say downtown N'Orleans ... and Stoke-on-Trent.
Jim Wearne is a singer of Cornish songs ... from the Mid-West, USA. In fact, he specializes in Cornish-themed music, concentrating on songs he has written about his relationship with Cornwall, and the Cornish in America.
His music is a mix of traditional and other songs that celebrate aspects of Cornwall from a contemporary viewpoint. For example, he wrote and performed the song "This Isn't England" which celebrates Cornwall being a separate country, and has songs of his played on Cornish radio.
He was made a bard of the Cornish Gorseth in 2002 in a service at Pendennis Castle.
"Sings Cornish songs (and his own) with conviction and quiet passion" (Kernow Sound)
"Jim Wearne is one of the best performers of Cornish songs you're likely to hear." (Steve Winick, Dirty Linen)
Cataclews Ceilidh Band
Shanty St Outside Molesworth Arms, Saturday 25th, 12:15pm and Monday 27th, 3:15pm
FAR Stage, Saturday 25th August, 4:50pm
Cataclews are a four-piece ceilidh band — fiddle, guitar, melodeon, bodhran and vocals — based in Trevone near Padstow, Cornwall.
The band plays and sings Cornish, English and Irish music, mostly traditional dance tunes as well as some of their own compositions. They love to get people up and dancing at ceilidhs and barn dances, and always find it a privilege and a pleasure to play at special family events like weddings, birthday celebrations and anniversaries.
Their CD "Badger's Moon" has proved very popular.
They are proud to be considered the celebrity gardener Toby Buckland's "house band", playing at his very successful Garden Festivals at Powderham Castle, Bowood House and Forde Abbey!
FAR Stage, Saturday 25th August, 5:30pm
Guitar Workshop, Goods Shed Large Room, Monday 27th 10.30-noon
With 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 creeping into 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
FAR Stage, Saturday 25th 6.10pm
Shanty St Foundry Court, Sunday 26th 11:30am
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 is a classically-trained violinist and has taken up folk fiddle, picking up his violin after a gap of nearly 40 years. Meeting as members of the Golowan Band in 2014, Marc and Andrew found a mutual spark and passion in playing folk music together and formed Cragg's Law. Now an established duo in the Penzance folk scene, they play 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
Kew Jumpers Jug Band
FAR Stage, Saturday 25th August, 6:50pm
The Kew Jumpers Jug Band are a group of local 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.
FAR Stage, Sunday 26th August, 10.30am
Multi-faith service, all welcome!
FAR Stage, Sunday 26th August, 11:30pm
Joe Chown is a singer/songwriter from Looe, Cornwall.
He wowed audiences at the Cornwall Folk Festival last year with his passionate and gutsy performance, and we're delighted to have him back!Artist's Website
Wadebridge Town Hall, Monday 27th August
Shanty St Foundry Court, Saturday 25th 12:15pm
Far Stage, Sunday 26th August, 12:10pm
Zoñj is a breton music trio formed in 2016. Wooden flautist Baptiste Barbier takes an authentic approach to breton traditional themes, while wilful guitarist Liam Roudil provides sharp and energetic rhythms. The trio is completed by fiddler Elouan Le Couls.
All three are from Cavan, a small town in western Brittany. They now work in Rennes as professional musicians, although not with each other to begin with. They all had other musical experiences, playing in different breton bands before setting up their trio. They've since played all famous breton festivals and "festou noz" stages — Yaouank, Kann al
Loar, Festival de Cornouaille, Festival Interceltique de Lorient and many others.
After two years of these rich musical and human experiences, they recorded their first album, with help from the well-known Breton record company Coop Breizh.
FAR Stage, Sunday 26th 12.50pm
Shanty St Foundry Court, Sunday 26th, 2.30pm
Farrell Family (father Eddie, son Frankie, daughter Catie) are based in East Cornwall and Plymouth, and 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 green issues, from the fourteenth to the twenty-first centuries.
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.
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.”
“Beautiful harmonies ... lovely lyrics and lovely tunes. Lorna
and Darren clearly make sweet music together.”
‘A really rather beautiful debut album of original material -- tasteful and sparing. Roots & Shoots Show, Phonic FM ExeterArtist's Website
Moody Will & The Roll
FAR Stage, Sunday 26th August, 2:10pm
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!
FAR Stage, Sunday 26th August, 2:50pm
Shanty St Outside Molesworth Arms, Monday 27th, 1pm
Little Beach is a modern Folk band based in south-east 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 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 the internet station HCA Radio with Alan Cummings.Artist's Website
Salt and Sky
FAR Stage, Sunday 26th August, 3:30pm
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. Using just fiddles and voices, their unique take on traditional music will entice the ear and get feet tapping.
And look out for their spirited version of "The Egloshayle Ringers", a song about five lads from our host town, and also about the bells in our other evening venue, Egloshayle Church.Artist's Website
FAR Stage, Sunday 26th August, 4:10pm
Foxwillow are singer/songwriters 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.
FAR Stage, Sunday 26th August, 4:50pm
Cornish folk/rock in four-part harmony, The Countrymen are six seasoned musicians with a token Cornishman. With a relaxed and light-hearted presentation style they take the audience on a journey through the history and culture of Cornwall, featuring their own arrangements of both traditional and contemporary as well some original material. Interspersed with the occasional pop cover to lighten the mood when required, there is no mistaking that to a man, these guys love their county with a passion.
The band was formed from an Open Mic Night at their local, The Countryman Inn near Launceston, which is where the band's name originates. They soon found a mutual love of singing in harmony and almost accidentally developed a strong reputation for an emphasis on Cornishness in the repertoire.Artist's Website
Tim Brine and Sue Franklin
FAR Stage, Sunday 26th August, 5:30pm
Tim and Sue have been singing as a duo for over 20 years. 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.
Their renditions of songs like Dougie Maclean's 'Caledonia' and Dave Swarbrick's 'The White Dress' will stop you in your tracks. Artist's Website
The Paper Circus
Egloshayle Church, Thursday 23rd August 7.30pm
FAR Stage, Sunday 26th August, 6:10pm
The 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 caught 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!
The McSmiths play original music written by Steve and arranged by the band. a mixture of folk and blues, happy and sad, up and down, with a smile on their faces.
Kris Lannen and Richard Tretheway
FAR Stage, Monday 27th August, 11:30am
The lead singer and guitarist from North Cornwall's alt-folk band The Grenaways bring their impressive songwriting and playing talent to the FAR stage.
Amongst other things, both have written competition-winning songs in Cornish.
Their mission? Inflict Cornish music on the world. Weapons: Voice, fiddles, guitars, mandola, triangle, weapons of brass destruction.Artist's Website
Shanty St Foundry Court, Saturday 25th 2.30pm and Sunday 26th 12.15pm
FAR Stage, Monday 27th August, 12:10pm
Skylark explores the melodic and rhythmic boundaries of folk and jazz.
Beautifully matched soprano Lynette Rentoul and alto Lorraine Rooke mingle with an occasional splash of Adrian Jones’ tenor, who also adds double bass, keyboards, and sometimes guitar.
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 and pop and back, results in a lively performance that keeps audiences listening!
So enjoy delicious takes on The Beatles, James Taylor and Led Zeppelin, Duke Ellington, along with contemporary songwriters such Karine Polwart, Pete Morton and Zoe Mulford.Artist's Website
Left Hand Drive
FAR Stage, Monday 27th August, 12:50pm
Left Hand Drive is a folky, rocky, bluesy, funky electro-acoustic quartet based in the Matlock area of Derbyshire. They play an eclectic repertoire that includes originals and covers in a variety of styles.
Chris Carr sings and plays acoustic guitar and is musically escorted on mandolin, harmonica and more acoustic guitar from Jim Gilmour, plus bass from Simon Ball.
Over the years they have played too many pub gigs to remember, many beer festivals and tours of pubs in the Lakes, Norfolk and Scotland.
Festival appearances have included Stainsby Festival, Off The Tracks, Wheaton Aston Festival, Lichfield Festival, Wirksworth Festival, Priddy Folk Festival, Solfest, Reedham Ferry Folk Festival, Gig In The Park, Togfest and Belper Music Festival. They've supported the likes of Hugh Cornwell, Eliza Carthy, Derrin Nauendorf, Prego, Tee and Latouche and Last Night's Fun. Artist's Website
FAR Stage, Monday 27th August, 1:30pm
Prez is a young, passionate, finger-style guitarist who plays covers and original material.
Polish born, he's only 22 now, lives in Devon, been playing for 8 years, and is currently studying music at Falmouth.
He's already produced on EP 'Deosil', and is working on a second 'Looking Back For Hope', which brings in more experimenting in different genres and a wider soundscape.
With a passion for learning more about music, instruments and himself, he's progressing towards a future as an independent performer, teacher and composer, bringing many different influences to add new flavour to his work. Artist's Website
Shanty St Outside Molesworth Arms, Monday 27th 12:15pm
FAR Stage, Monday 27th August, 2.10pm
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 the Glastonbury Festival, and complete work on their seventh studio album 'Global Heartbeat', released April 2017. The album is a call to the world to unite against hatred, and its first single, 'Nobody Can Ever Murder Love', is a reaction to the horror of MP Jo Cox's murder. The duo feel the UK needs 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
FAR Stage, Monday 27th August, 2:50pm
Porter was born and raised near Toronto, Canada before resettling in Alberta. Since teaching himself to play guitar and harmonica he has spent a great deal of time travelling the world.
Porter's folk/rock/alt-country sound is most often compared with Neil Young and Tom Petty.
Onstage, the modern day troubadour seems to comfortably shine. He keeps the crowds attention not only with great songs, but also between songs with his off-colour sense of humour and hilarious travelling stories.
Porter enjoys playing, writing and performing so much that he's giving it a full time effort. Things got serious when he gave up a good job and a cozy home to move to Nashville in January 2009. He spent the year improving his skills as a singer/songwriter and learning to navigate the music industry, later moving to San Francisco.
There he met producer Scott Mathews (who has worked with such iconic artists as Van Morrison, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Elvis Costello). The result was his debut studio album titled "Porter — Hit The Road", with an exceptional follow up "Wildfire" coming out in 2013.
He kept moving, first to Australia and New Zealand, then to Wales and most recently Cork in Ireland.
In an unstable and ever-changing music scene Porter has proven he can make the sacrifices needed to go after what he wants, 100%.
Keep your eyes on this troubadour! He's proven time and time again that he's got what it takes.
The Pirates of St. Piran
Shanty St Outside Molesworth Arms, Sunday 26th 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3:15pm; Monday 27th 2.30pm
FAR Stage, Monday 27th August, 3:30pm
Cornwall's favourite pirate crew.
The Pirates are a thirty strong, fund-raising group working primarily to support the RNLI, Children’s Hospice Southwest and The Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust. Since the group started they have raised nearly £50,000 for these charities.
They perform piratical and rumbustious versions of sea shanties, folk songs and their own original material ... all done in authentic 18th century pirate costume. They also stage plays, sword fighting and flintlock and cannon displays, given half a chance.
They perform most weekends at venues all over Cornwall and Devon and regularly perform at festivals such as the Falmouth International Shanty Festival, Looe Music Festival and The Little Orchard Music and Cider Festival.
They have released five CDs, with the last one "Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion" charting in the top thirty folk download charts.
On this, their second visit to the Cornwall Folk Festival, they 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!Artist's Website
FAR Stage, Monday 27th August, 4:10pm
Exeter-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Ben Morgan-Brown writes intimate and reflective songs featuring open-tuned guitar, ethereal vocals and obliquely personal lyrics. There's a tip of the hat to Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Michael Chapman et al whilst keeping a unique musical style and identity.
His new EP 'Cold Rooms' features five songs written in the last 18 months, reflecting on recent turbulent years when both grandparents died, he got married and divorced, spend a month in hospital after catching salmonella in Morocco, and lost his father.
Released in December 2017, the EP has received radio play across the UK. 2018 sees Ben promoting the work with live performances across the South West and beyond including performances at Bridport Folk Festival, How The Light Gets In and support slots for John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) and John Smith, as well as Cornwall Folk Festival.
"sheer understated brilliance... this is class" - BBC Introducing
Roscommon-based traditional group Gatehouse have gone from strength to strength since the release of their critically acclaimed solo album, 'Tús Nua', in 2016. The album received a rare 5-star review from The Irish Times, and it was shortlisted by The Irish Times with three other albums for album of 2016.
Gatehouse have been very busy touring Ireland, The UK and Norway, along with playing prestigious festivals such as The Trip To Birmingham Festival, Return To Camden Town, Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann and The Copenhagen Irish Festival.
The Gatehouse line up is made up of highly regarded young singer Rachel Garvey, multi-instrumentalist Jacinta McEvoy on guitar and concertina, John McEvoy on fiddle and John Wynne on flutes and whistles.
'Tús Nua' was described by The Irish Times as "an unerring gem" and the CD is in "that elusive 'must have' category for years to come". Internationally famous fiddler Martin Hayes states that 'Tús nua' "is beautifully arranged and recorded. Everything happening here is authentic."
FAR Stage, Monday 27th August, 5.30pm
FAR Stage, Monday 27th August, 6.10pm
Rob Barratt is a Dudley-born and Cornwall-based comic poet, humourist and singer. His brain-tickling, word-mangling performance combines clever word play, verse and song with satire, parody and audience participation.
Rob deals with such important topics as squid, data-driven education, Neanderthal politics, the weather in Scotland, distressed furniture and tuk-tuks, but beneath the humour lurk serious issues. In recent years Rob has appeared at folk, literature and arts festivals all over the UK and in Ireland and Australia.
"This is not only clever but I think it's very funny" (Mike Harding)
"His head is well and truly located in 'Planet Barratt', clearly a place of wonderfully bizarre inspiration" (Coventry Telegraph)
"Mind-bending poetry" (Twickfolk, London)
"One of the funniest performers yet. His audience was with him from the moment he began" (Write Angle, Petersfield)
Rob is our resident poet for CFF 2018, so look out for him popping up on the main stage and at sessions as well.Artist's Website
Spot The Dog
FAR Stage, Monday 27th August, 6.50pm
Born out of the cafe society of Wadebridge, Spot the Dog offer the cure to all your ills, with their blend of folk, Americana, bluegrass and blues. Balancing self-penned and well chosen covers the songs will bring you from tears of despair to tears of joy through the duration of their set.
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.