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4 days of UK and international roots and acoustic music in rural Nottinghamshire. This is the 14th GTSF and there’s lots new to shout about this year; a new setting on lovely lakeside parkland near the stunning market town of Southwell, on-site camping (by your car), multiple stages, glamping, street theatre, spoken word, artisan food, real ale, great traders, dogs welcome, and all the fun of a 4 day family festival. See the website for all that’s new.
The Young Uns
The Young 'uns have proved themselves a unique proposition - writing and performing a cappella or subtly accompanied songs that tell it how it is alongside traditional songs from their native North-East and further afield. Renowned for their pitch perfect harmonies and rapid fire humour, their live show undeniably has the human touch. A decade of performance around the country, national radio sessions, more than 40 festival appearances (Cambridge to Glastonbury) and increasingly acclaimed album releases has delivered a gregarious, sharply honed, pull no punches act that clinched the Best Group trophy at both the 2016 and 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Beguiling audiences around the world, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. This, combined with their passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary, has led to five star reviews, live sessions on BBC Radio 2 and 3 and documentaries on Radio 4 as well as countless sold out shows and festival appearances throughout the UK, Canada and Australia.
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Spiers & Boden
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.
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A young master of the Galician pipes, the 'gaita galega'.
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The Breath is Stuart McCallum (ex-guitarist of The Cinematic Orchestra), Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly and McCallum’s fellow Cinematic alumnus pianist John Ellis, along with drummer Elliot Bennett. Born out of Manchester’s fertile music scene they mix Irish folk influences with mesmerizing guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks.
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Already hailed as a supergroup, Irish/Manx quintet Ímar are Glasgow’s hottest new folk property. With a line-up featuring members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk and Barrule, and a heavyweight collective haul of top prizes – including the 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, a BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, nine All-Ireland and eight All-Britain titles – the group’s formation embodies a personal reconnection with its members’ formative years, dating back long before their recent camaraderie around Glasgow’s justly celebrated session scene. Adam Brown (bodhrán), Adam Rhodes (bouzouki), Mohsen Amini (concertina), Ryan Murphy (uilleann pipes) and Tomás Callister (fiddle) share a strong background in Irish music – although only Murphy actually hails from Ireland; Rhodes and Callister are from the Isle of Man, whilst Amini is a Glasgow native, and Brown originally from Suffolk – and it is these foundations which underpin many of Ímar’s distinctive qualities, in both instrumentation and material.
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Edgelarks (Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin)
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.
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Chris Wood's style of English folk appeals to a wide and varied audience. He has converted many an anti-folk fan with his blend of traditional and modern songwriting, and has been hailed by the Irish Times as 'the renaissance man of English folk'. Often compared to Richard Thompson, his music explores the history of the English-speaking world alongside tales of modern life. 'Wood is an intimate storyteller, applying such nuance and gravitas to every phrase you are imperceptibly lured into his world' (Mojo Magazine)
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The Wilderness Yet
The Wilderness Yet combines the acclaimed talents of folksinger Rosie Hodgson, traditional fiddler Rowan Piggott, and guitarist-flautist Philippe Barnes. Independently, they have earned audiences’ esteem as consummate musicians; together, they weave a tapestry of traditional & self-penned songs with a charm and familarity that is usually only found in seasoned line-ups.?
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In their five years, Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2018’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation & 2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Consisting of Mohsen Amini (the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018), Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong, the trio seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature that has effortlessly captivated audiences from the USA to Australia, and throughout the UK. Appearances at world-leading festivals has amassed them a die-hard following, whilst the world’s folk and world music media have also lauded high credits upon the trio. The release of their 2018 second album, 'Beyond', was met with a five-star ‘Top of the World’ review in Songlines, praising the band as “incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky.”
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Non-stop, top-ranking, skanking reggae, ska and dub from this multi-racial Brixton nine-piece, named after a remote Jamaican community (from whose earthy musical roots they've cultivated their sound), combining ska, dub, rap and breakbeats to create an explosive live fusion.
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Wizz Jones has been playing his own brand of folk-blues since the late 50's and still can be relied to put upon a fine show of old and new tunes mixed in with anecdotes and Wizz's unique sense of humour. Some of the best blues, contemporary and traditional acoustic guitar music around is attributable to this man who is at the roots of the English folk and blues scene. '... the most underrated guitarist ever...' (Burt Jansch).
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The Jellyman's Daughter
The Jellyman's Daughter are a unique new duo from Edinburgh, featuring guitarist Emily Kelly and cellist Graham Coe. Their vocal harmonies share a unique affinity that creates equal amounts of intimacy and excitement in their songs. In addition to this, Graham's percussive and improvisational style of cello playing sets The Jellyman's Daughter apart and introduces another dimension to the acoustic duo format.
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Track Dogs are a Madrid-based acoustic-folk band with members from Ireland, England and the USA. The band takes its name from the maintenance teams working the subway tracks in New York City.
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Knight & Spiers
On a summer's day in 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today's folk scene. Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance which left audiences in awe. With no space to be found in the marquee, people stood five deep in the pouring rain in order to witness the bringing together of two of the most genuinely gifted musicians in their respective fields. With a standing ovation and roars for more, and much to the delight of folk fans everywhere, Knight and Spiers decided not to leave things there. The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time.
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The Henry Girls
The Henry Girls, sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen from Co. Donegal are fast becoming one of the most talked about folk/roots acts to come out of Ireland in the last decade, and within a few years have developed a growing international profile from touring in Europe, North America and further afield. The trio of multi-instrumentalists (harp, guitar, fiddle, accordion, guitar, piano and ukulele) and fine close harmonies blend classic traditional Irish music with a hint of Americana and a nod to bluegrass. The internationally acclaimed band present a selection of darkly beautiful music from around the world, from bluegrass murder ballads to gypsy torch songs, dirty blues to soul salvation.
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Reg's imaginative and finely crafted songs have earned him the title of Master Storyteller (Pennyblack Music), and prompted Mike Harding to introduce him onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall as 'one of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced'. Reg is a true modern day troubadour – commenting on life as he sees it, with some of the most beautifully disarming songs and lyrics ever written. Reg Meuross www.regmeuross.com “…sounds like a forgotten, American 60s classic with echoes of Dylan, Tom Paxton & Leonard Cohen” Robin Denselow, The Guardian “There’s something special about the way he writes and delivers a song” Townes Van Zandt. In the mid-1980s Reg Meuross formed the Panic Brothers with Richard Morton, mixing Americana with humour and slick harmonies. Then came the Flamingos, Hank Wangford, and now 11 highly acclaimed solo albums have established his songs as ‘the hinges upon which swing the doors of perceptive English folk’ (Folkwords). Reg’s songs comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories from the ghosts of WW1 soldiers to the ravages of dementia, and some of the most beautifully disarming songs and lyrics ever written. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. “Meuross, quite simply, is one of the best” Malcolm Carter, Pennyblack Music “Powerful and moving songwriting” Martin Chilton, The Telegraph “A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer” Martin Carthy 'Magnificent, powerful & moving' (Pete Townshend). 'Intelligent and thought-provoking songs, beautifully made and skilfully delivered' (The Times).
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Harbottle & Jonas
Fast emerging and dynamic Devon duo Harbottle & Jonas are on tour with their fourth album The Sea Is My Brother. There is a real maritime flavour to this superb album, every song tells a story and the storytelling continues between songs. A great live act, their songs cover the political and historical as well as the more personal. Partners in life as well as music, Dave and Freya combine a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting. Over 6 years of writing and performing together they have evolved a compelling live signature sound, blending their distinctive solo voices with concertina, harmonium, banjo, stomp box, acoustic guitar and dobro with their powerful close vocal harmonies. They have received plaudits from folk icons including Seth & Geoff Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Lankum, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Their music had been streamed in excess of 1,000,000 times in 25 different countries and they have also played a gig with Martin Carthy. Well travelled across the UK and playing up to 200 gigs each year, Harbottle & Jonas have managed to establish themselves as one of the most exciting prospects on the folk circuit. Dave & Freya will be leading the folk course at The Internationally renowned Dartington Summer School for the second time this year.
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Artists are often described as having 'a unique talent'; few epitomise this more than multi instrumentalist Rodney Branigan. In fact, Texan-born Rodney’s talents as a musician are as plentiful as the many instruments he expertly plays side by side. The London based singer/songwriter masterfully plays two guitars at once or both guitar and piano simultaneously. However, it is his ability to mix this extraordinary skill with his own heartfelt lyrics and rich, soulful voice that have led to Rodney Branigan becoming one of the most followed global performers of the moment.
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Singer/songwriter Dave performing superb original songs coupled with natural, off the wall humour with Kip. Guaranteed top class entertainment whatever the venue. The duo's songs tell stories of everyday life which often reflect the bigger picture.
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The Maitree Express
8 piece Dub Fusion band from Bath/ Bristol area.
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The Last Inklings
Mystery has largely disappeared from the world; we can put the trolls back under the bridges and remind you not to step into a fairy ring under a full moon! The Last Inklings create music that inspires wonder and intrigue through songwriting, stories and soundscapes. The alt-folk duo is formed of multi-instrumentalists David Hoyland and Leonardo MacKenzie (Ninebarrow Band), former members of respected folk trio Kadia. Their experimental sound focusses on cello, mandolin and violin layered with vocal harmonies. Songs are inspired by folklore and the human element of mythology, drawing on narrative influences ranging from Norse myths to the writings of Neil Gaiman, Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung. Musically they have been inspired by artists including Moulettes, Punch Brothers, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Tobias Ben Jacob, Andrew Bird and Max Richter along with the traditional songs and tunes of the UK. Some of the stories may not be entirely true, but they tell a truth just the same.
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Iona Lane is a young, upcoming folk singer and musician, whose emotive and well-crafted songs are delivered with immense passion, and an understanding beyond her years for the stories she is telling. Having found herself fascinated by folklore and discovering untold folk stories from rural parts of the UK, where the natural environment, landscape, sustainability and community are so integral to people’s way of life, Iona has honed her songwriting to create something really special.
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Country and Folk singer.
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Rainy Day Woman
Devon based folk duo. Drawing from alt-country, bluegrass and the folk canon of an 'old, weird America', Rainy Day Woman play sparse, unhurried folk music.
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Gigspanner Big Band, Stone Jets, Jessie Reid, The Rye Sisters, Thorpe and Morrison