Shanty Street

Busking slots at the 2016 Folk Fest in Shanty Street, AKA Molesworth St
Busking slots at the 2016 Folk Fest in Shanty Street, AKA Molesworth St. Top L-R: The Zips; Millie; Cataclews; Hop'op'ops
Bottom: The Shipwrecks; Helen and Rachel; street dancer. All photos: Bob Griggs

Saturday and Sunday Afternoon, and Monday during the Food Fair, 12-4pm (approx.)

"Shanty Street" is our scratch name for a project to fill Molesworth St with music and dance throughout Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Organised more like a battle than a concert, we pull in talent from Wadebridge, Cornwall and the South West, from various folk clubs and open mic sessions, from random encounters and friendships.

The musical mix will be eclectic — yes, there will be some out-right folk, maybe some bluegrass, but also some jazz, songs from shows, pop and rock. There might even be a shanty or two.

Shanty Street is a musical and dance pathway, not a straightjacket, not a pigeon-hole box. It will probably be chaotic. It will certainly be fun and lively!

Many of the performers listed elsewhere are also playing in Shanty Street. This page is still a work-in-progress, which we hope to flesh out with details about more acts as well as days and times.

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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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

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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.

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!
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.
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

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.
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
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
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.
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. 
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

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.

Sponsors of Cornwall Folk Festival 2017 included:

We also help artists and communities to develop their ideas. Charles Causley Trust

Brittany Ferries: Cross Channel Ferries to Spain and France Cornwall's award-winning garden centre and restuarant Sproull Solicitors: Established in Cornwall for over 100 years, with main offices in Bodmin, Camelford and Wadebridge, we offer a full range of legal services. Business, property, motor: Reg Hambly Insurance Brokers Wadebridge Town Council

Cooperative Group website design and services in Cornwall Haywood Farm Cider Wadebridge Bookshop is an independent friendly bookshop supporting the Cornwall Folk Festival Wadebridge Chamber of Commerce

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