Festival Sessions

We have an almost constant line-up of various sessions, singarounds, and general chances to sing and play through the festival weekend.

This list is liable to change with some new sessions, so please check with the final version of this page come the festival itself, in our printed programme, or via updates at the festival office in the Town Hall.


Sessions Schedule

The Ship Inn

Gonvena Hill, Wadebridge, PL27 6DF
01208 813 845

Churchill Bars

Molesworth St, Wadebridge, PL27 7DP
01208 812174

Bridge On Wool

The Platt, Wadebridge, PL27 7AQ
01208 812750

Friday

8pm-11/Late Free Singaround Session
Hosted by Thorn and Roses
Festival Folk club
Hosted by
Bodmin Folk Club
MC: Malcolm Pinch
Free Session
Hosted By TBC

Saturday

Noon Noon-3pm
Free Singaround Session
Hosted By TBC
1pm 1-4pm
Free Music Session
Hosted By
Bude Folk Musicians
2pm 2-5pm
Free Music Session
Hosted by
Ramblin' Mike Walford
3pm 3-6pm
Free Session
For anyone who wants to sing or play
4pm
5pm
6pm
7pm
8pm 8-11pm
Free Singaround
Hosted By
Gideon Barrett
9pm
10pm

Sunday

Noon Noon-3pm
Free Singaround Session
Hosted By Gideon Barrett
12-4
Free Open Sessions
1pm 1-3pm in the Committee Room
Story Telling and Ballard Session
Hosted By
Moe Keast and Friends
2pm
3pm 3-6pm
Free Music and Song Session
4pm 4-7pm
Shanty and Song Session
Hosted by
The Kernow Bouys Gideon Barrett and Nigel Chapmann
5pm
6pm
7pm
8pm 8-11pm
Free Song Session
Hosted By
Mike Bosworth
8-Late
Free Open Sessions
9pm
10pm
11pm/Late

Monday

Noon 12-3pm
Free Surviviors Session
Hosted By
Wadebridge Folk Club
12 onwards
Come All Ye Open Session
1pm
2pm
3pm 3pm onwards
Free DIY Session
4pm
5pm
6pm
7pm
8pm/'Onwards'

Session Hosts

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!
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
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.
Ramblin Mike Walford

Ramblin Mike Walford

Churchill Bars, Saturday 26th August 2-5pm

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.

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