FolkEast 2019: Richard Thompson, Cara Dillon, Karine Polwart, Sharon Shannon, John Smith, Calan, Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Trio
FolkEast Festival 2019 will be held in the ancient parkland of Glemham Hall near Woodbridge in Suffolk 16th, 17th and 18th August. Another fantastic line-up of music & entertainment for all to enjoy.
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Former member of Fairport Convention and one of England's most respected singer/songwriters whose live performances are enjoyed across the world, and whose new material is on a par with the classics he wrote decades ago. Being described as 'the English Bob Dylan' is a fair comparison, only Richard is a good few years younger!
Richard Thompson tour dates
Cara Dillon has one of those rare talents you only come across a handful times in your life. Her crystalline, angelic voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song with profound sweetness, poignancy and depth.
A former member of the folk group Equation, who also sang with De Danaan, this young Irish singer from Dungiven, County Derry, sings with clarity, beauty and style. Winner of 2010's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Album ('Hill of Thieves') and winner of 2010's Spiral Awards for Best Female Singer and Best Traditional Song ('Jimmy Mó Mhile Stór').
'Quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice...' (Q Magazine).
Cara Dillon tour dates
An outstanding vocal talent making a big impact on the Scottish music scene. 'Melodic and literate songs... her wealth of experience has given her writing a satisfying depth and rounded wisdom'- The Times. Karine Polwart won the Best Original Song & the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Artist at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2005 as well as being twice winner of Best Original Song at the BBC Folk Awards, she's collaborated with King Creosote, Chris Wood, Roddy Woomble, Tim O'Brien and even the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
'Exceptionally subtle and melodic' (Q Magazine).
Karine Polwart tour dates
Accordion-extraordinaire and part-time member of The Waterboys. Sharon's unique style reflects many musical influences including cajun, Scottish, reggae and of course traditional Irish folk.
Sharon Shannon tour dates
John Smith's mesmerising percussive guitar and storytelling has been winning fans everywhere. Whether it be playing the guitar lap-style like a drum, detuning the strings mid-chorus or just straight-forward rumbling fingerstyle, the Devon man's playing has prompted both hushed appreciation and riotous standing ovations.
'John Smith again demonstrates why he is the guitarists’ guitarist. His steel-strung acoustic playing adding a beguiling complexity to songs that possess a sharp communicative clarity and directness' (The Sunday Times)
'A man with one of those rattling hearts. It's a true heart. It's a hurt heart' (Daytrotter)
'Songs that impress with the beauty of John's guitar work and intertwined vocals. Staggeringly good' (Acoustic)
'Beyond beautiful' (Jo Whiley, Radio 2).
John Smith tour dates
Calan, dubbed "the new ambassadors of Welsh cool" have come a long way since busking the streets of Cardiff. They are now festival favourites, blasting their way through old reels, jugs and hornpipes and then seamlessly morphing into mellow and haunting songs. With their unique instrumental blend, not to mention the percussive sound of the Welsh clogs, Calan's line-up is Patrick Rimes (fiddle, bagpipes, whistle,); fiddler Angharad Sian Jenkins; Bethan Rhiannon - main vocal, accordion and step dancing, Alaw Jones on harp and Sam Humphries on guitar.
Calan tour dates