Non-Stop Music at Fringe Tent

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 Fringe Stage is the place to hang out during the day.

You'll find it in the car park at the back of Wadebridge Wines, on Eddystone Road, just around the corner from the bridge and Shanty St. In fact, everything for the folk festival is close together.

We run the Fringe on Friday late afternoon starting at around 4.30pm, 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.

You are welcome to come and go as you please.

On Sunday morning there will be a 'folk mass' before we return to our roster of fabulous musicians. In fact, the folk mass will probably be led by one of those stars.

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
Alex Hedley

Alex Hedley

Fringe Tent, Friday 25th August 17:20pm and Saturday 26th August 12:10pm

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
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
Coastal Belles

Coastal Belles

Fringe Tent, Friday 25th August 6pm

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 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, Friday 25th August 17:20pm and Saturday 26th August 12:10pm

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
Cataclews

Cataclews

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 12.50pm

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 their own compositions. Artist's Website
Devonbird

Devonbird

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 13.30pm

Details to follow.
Cragg's Law

Cragg's Law

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 2.10pm

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

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.
Artist's Website
Cecile

Cecile

Fringe Tent, Saturday 26th August 3.30pm

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, Saturday 26th 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

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

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, Sunday 27th August 11.30am

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.
Robbie Boyd

Robbie Boyd

Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 12.10pm

Robbie Boyd is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumental musician from London.

The singer/songwriter has performed live on ITV's This Morning twice; written a song with the legendary Ray Davies; caught the attention of Sir Tim Rice, and been regularly aired on Absolute Radio, Xfm and various BBC radio stations including Graham Norton's show on BBC Radio 2.

In 2011, Robbie and his band won the "Alternative" category of Live and Unsigned and were also named London's "Busker of the Year". In 2013 they reached the top 20 of MTV's Brand New for 2013 competition.

Boyd has released a number of singles and EPs, all of which have received positive reviews. In May 2014 he released his well-received debut Album So Called Man. He released his second album Break the Chain this year, and has spent the early part of 2017 promoting it in Europe and Australia.
Artist's Website
Tim Brine and Sue Franklin

Tim Brine and Sue Franklin

Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 12.50pm

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
Thorn and Roses

Thorn and Roses

Causley Celebration, Wadebridge Town Hall, Thursday 24th August, 5pm-11pm
Hosting Session at The Ship, Friday 25th August 8-11pm
Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 1.30pm

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
Thursdays Band

Thursdays Band

Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 2.10pm

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

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 3.30pm

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, Sunday 27th August 4.10pm

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, Sunday 27th August 4.50pm

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.
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
Little Beach

Little Beach

Fringe Tent, Sunday 27th August 6.10pm

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

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

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
The Amazing Devil

The Amazing Devil

Fringe Tent, Monday 28th August 12.50pm

The Amazing Devil, "the vanguard at the forefront of a folk revolution", await your company.

Following the release of their debut single King, and their astonishing debut album Love Run, this new London-based eight-piece band are rapidly gaining a cult following with their raucously broken, heart-on-ripped-and-ragged sleeve live gigs.

The line=up hints at the energy and potential: four singers, one who doubles on cello, another on guitar and piano, a fourth on flute. Throw in some electric guitar, drums​​​, bass and violin, and we're in for a powerful time.

Their debut album Love Run has won strong praise:

"A masterpiece of swirling, brooding, often epic drama...it grabs you and refuses to let go" Fatea | "The best thing I've heard this year's For Folk's Sake​. One of the year’s most exhilarating, exciting and visceral debuts, they deserve to be huge" FRUK | ​"A dazzling jewel..unexpected, and extraordinary" TribuneArtist's Website
Skylark

Skylark

Fringe Tent, Monday 28th August 1.30pm

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

Fringe Tent, Monday 28th August 2.10pm

Details to follow.
Steve Dagleish

Steve Dagleish

Fringe Tent, Monday 28th August 2.50pm

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

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.

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.

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