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Sat 3rd May - Sun 4th May
Bristol Folk Festival 2014
@ Various Venues, Bristol
Featuring: Spiers & Boden, Jim Moray, Martha Tilston, Hannah James & Sam Sweeney, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, The Hut People, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, Beth Porter, The Bookshop Band, Fabian Holland, Folk Law, The Willows, Paper Aeroplanes, Matthew & Me, The Black Feathers, James Baxter Rhodes, Bad Cardigans
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Bristol Folk Festival 2014: Spiers & Boden + Jim Moray + Martha Tilston + Hannah James & Sam Sweeney + Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker + The Hut People + Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin + Beth Porter + The Bookshop Band + Fabian Holland + Folk Law + The Willows + Paper Aeroplanes + Matthew & Me + The Black Feathers + James Baxter Rhodes + Bad Cardigans
Confirming its place on the UK festival calendar, Bristol Folk Festival returns after a fallow year and will take place over two days during the May Day Bank Holiday weekend running on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May 2014 at two new venues – St Georges Bristol and Bristol Folk House.
Renowned as a guaranteed 'rain free' event expect folk acts, Morris dancers, mummers and maypoles, ceilidhs, workshops, posh loos, and singalong sessions.
Visit www.bristolfolkfestival.com/index.html for more information.
John Spiers and Jon Boden are an exciting young pair with tight fiddle and melodeon duos, and powerful singing. Their stature continues to grow as they redefine English Folk, taking you on a journey through raucous tunes, punky, upbeat, rabble-rousing chorus songs, intense ballads and sublime lilting tunes. This and more, delivered with charm, humour, dynamism and spot-on fiddle and melodeon playing. Fresh and fantastic, they are twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo and guarantee an energetic live set each and every time they take to the stage.
Spiers & Boden tour dates
Jim Moray is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in traditional folk music today. After four ground-breaking albums, and numerous awards, he now finds himself at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians while still only being in his 20s himself.
Jim Moray tour dates
Martha is a captivating performer, an enchanting young singer-songwriter blessed with a gloriously clear and seductive voice. Her songs are exquisitely melodic and rooted in environmental, human and social issues as well as celebrating love, inner peace and the natural world.
'A sparkling repertoire of self-penned songs' -Timeout.
'She has probably the purest voice I have heard and at times it sent shivers up and down my spine' - Lee Allen, BBC.
Martha Tilston tour dates
Hannah and Sam have been playing together since 2002 and are probably best known for their work in Kerfuffle and more recently as individual members of the Demon Barber Roadshow, Bellowhead, Fay Hield Trio and Jon Boden's Remnant Kings.
Forming officially as a duo in 2008, they released their first album 'Catches and Glee's' in 2009 and were nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2010 BBC Folk Awards.
Hannah James & Sam Sweeney tour dates
The much heralded London-based duo have a distinct musical empathy, fusing Josienne's captivating vocal and songwriting skills and Ben's stand-out guitar playing. Josienne and Ben are the winners of the 2012 Isambard Folk Award.
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker tour dates
One of the hottest acts to come out of the Yorkshire folk scene, they take the audience on a voyage across the globe with their material. They perform a unique blend of home-grown tunes mixed with British, Nordic and European folk music, perfectly formed and embellished with the driving accordion and a mind-boggling array of exotic percussion.
The Hut People tour dates
Phillip plays slide guitar, dobro, harmonica, beatbox harmonica & chatturangui. He is a figurehead for the next generation of English slide guitarists. His virtuoso playing encompasses 360 degrees of influence. He has studied the Delta blues bottleneck for many years and has developed a touch reminiscent of Ry Cooder, while his astounding harmonica technique is inspired by Sonny Terry.
Completing and complimenting this feast of music is Hannah, who is a fine fiddle and banjo player, as well as being a gifted vocalist and songwriter. Her interest in the traditional music scene around Devon (where she grew up) has led to a beautiful catalogue of songs that innovatively blend old traditions and new melodies.
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin tour dates
The Bookshop Band write songs inspired by books, and perform them at themed literary evenings held at Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, in Bath (Independent Bookshop of the Year 2008 / 2011). The collaboration was started as part of a plan to help Mr B’s rejuvenate its traditional ‘author evenings’.. The band would read the forthcoming author’s book in advance and write two songs based upon it, to be performed at the start of the evening. Their performances are inextricably linked to the books themselves, as the members of the band take it in turns to describe where the inspiration for each song came from. The band is made up of three British musician / songwriters, Ben Please, Poppy Pitt and Beth Porter.
The Bookshop Band tour dates
The Willows are a folk roots band from Cambridge, UK. Regularly compared to the likes of Alison Krauss & Union Station and Laura Marling, their musical style pulls influence from both Americana and UK Folk traditions. Fronted by the stunningly distinctive voice of Jade Ward (formerly Jade Rhiannon), supported by rich vocal harmonies and sensitive acoustic musicianship, The Willows have a distinctively refreshing sound that continues to captivate and inspire audiences everywhere they go.
The Willows tour dates
Matthew and Me are an innovative 5 piece band from Dartington. Their music touches the ethereal with haunting vocals and electric, acoustic rock. A group to watch out for!
Matthew & Me tour dates
A Contemporary Folk Duo based in Gloucestershire, The Black Feathers is the result of a combination of English folk influences, some Irish heritage, and large splash of Americana inspiration, all held together with close Bluegrass harmonies.
Having performed their debut show in May 2012, The Black Feathers have been touring the country, captivating audiences everywhere with songs of love, life, and death.
They have shared a stage with the likes of Ben Ottewell (Gomez), Luke Concannon (Nizlopi), Jazz Morley, and Isambard Folk Award winners Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker.
They are currently working on their debut 5 track EP, which will be released in early 2013.
The Black Feathers tour dates
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