The Folk Forest: Roy Ayers, Lau, Alasdair Roberts, David Thomas Broughton, Honeyfeet, Yussef Dayes, Jack Cheshire
"2 days of music across 5 stages, Arts & Crafts Market, Heritage Craft Workshops, Concerteenies stage, Site Gallery Introducing Stage, Tree Fayre, Children's activities, Forest school, local food & drink and lots more!"
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The legend of jazz funk who gave us the classics Everybody Loves The Sunshine and Running Away. The Los Angeles funk, soul, and jazz composer and vibraphone player has enjoyed a long career since the 1970s, releasing on labels including Atlantic Records and Polydor. Along with live performances, Ayers can be heard as the host of the fictitious radio station 'Fusion FM' in Grand Theft Auto IV, and a documentary film is in the works about the many hip hop producers who have sampled his music and artists who have been influenced by him.
Roy Ayers tour dates
Widely regarded as this generation's most inventive folk band, Lau have been crowned Best Folk Group at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards three years on the trot.
Kris Drever (vocals/guitar) from the Orkney Islands, Martin Green
(accordion) from East Anglia and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) from Oban are a phenomenally talented trio of musicians and their cutting edge sound and charismatic flair have earned them an unrivalled reputation at national and international venues and festivals.
Lau is a formidable union of three of the finest and most innovative exponents of modern traditional music in Scotland today.
‘Lau has injected a freshness, vitality, vigour into the UK folk scene’ (BBC)
'Astonishing walls of sound, truly magnificent' (The Scotsman)
'Unconventional and intricate, Lau are far from traditional' (NME)
'Lau are so special' (The Guardian)
'One of the most exciting live acts in any genre, Lau are to be cherished' (The Arts DEsk)
'... a symbol of musical innovation – a blaze of white hot sparks' (MUSICOMH)
'Amazing, our most favourite band in the world' (Holy Moly).
Lau tour dates
One man, one guitar, and a quality selection of bittersweet folk songs. He has a recurrent interest in metaphysical themes and in folklore and history. Alasdair Roberts has had a remarkable career to date, starting his music-making in the mid-nineties (under the band name Appendix Out), collaborating widely with many musicians in the intervening 20 years as well as artists from other disciplines such as film makers, poets and puppeteers.
Alasdair Roberts tour dates
Walls of noise and layers of beauty interweave and delight at every turn. Many people use loops these days. Broughton includes the glitches, mistakes, resulting in a dose of comedy in his act. 'Remarkable, like a timeless classic'- angryape.com.
David Thomas Broughton tour dates
A tuneful, joyous band from Manchester playing ethio-trad, folk-hop & barrelhouse-pop, inspired by artists as diverse as Mulatu Atstake, Flook and Junior Wells.
Honeyfeet tour dates