The Great British Folk Festival: Steeleye Span, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Peter Donegan, Jasmine Rodgers, Bob Fox, Billy Mitchell, The Beabowbelles, The Pitmen Poets, The Shackleton Trio, The Salts
"A must for any folk fans, the Great British Folk Festival gives the genre a chance to live and breathe in a relaxed festival atmosphere.
You'll see live performances from original acts with real pedigree and history, along with new and upcoming performers, all in the company of like-minded fans. Plus our warm indoor venues and modern bars mean that you can enjoy live acoustic sets, all culminating in an immersive live Folk music experience."
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Formed in the summer of 1969, over the past four decades Steeleye Span have transported the everyday music of the people into the world of stadium gigs and gold discs. The voice of the band for 40 years, Maddy Prior, is back on vocals. She is supported by the legendary sound of the band. Peter Knight plays fiddle, Rick Kemp is on bass, and Liam Genockey plays drums.
'Don't miss them...’ (The Independent).
Steeleye Span tour dates
Winners of the Prime Time BBC One show 'When Will I Be Famous' with a blistering set Rock Bagpipes that astounded the viewers and critics! Putting a modern spin on incredible piping and astounding drumming with an emphasis on showing off and putting on a show guaranteed to amaze any audience; The Red Hot Chilli Pipers really are a genuinely unique experience.
Red Hot Chilli Pipers tour dates
The son of skiffle legend, Lonnie Donegan, now performing his father's songs and keeping alive the memory of one of the first stars of the hit parade.
Peter Donegan tour dates
Vocalist and co-songwriter for British Band Boa from the age of 16, Jasmine has recorded two albums with Boa, released in Japan and the US. Their song Duvet was used as the opening tune for Japanese anime Lain.
Jasmine has a strong passion for conservation and took time out to complete a degree in zoology, and since then has been working on her solo work.
Jasmine's influences range from Led Zeppeling to Jeff Buckley to Dead Can Dance and everything in between!
She is the daughter of Paul Rodgers from Free and Bad Company.
Jasmine Rodgers tour dates
Durham-based Bob Fox is among the best-loved and hardest working singer / guitarists in Britain. His fine voice and his repertoire of traditional songs and contemporary material appeal to all ages.
Bob has been featured on national radio and television, won several awards, and was nominated by the BBC as Folk Singer Of The Year 2004.
'The most complete male artist in English Folk' (The Daily Telegraph)
'One of the best voices in England' (Ralph McTell).
Bob Fox tour dates
Billy began playing guitar in the '60s when they were all made of wood and mostly the same colour. After a misspent youth in various bands including Jack the Lad, he formed Maxie & Mitch with Pete McIntyre and spent the last 20 years playing music in a funny way to anyone after a laugh. In 1996 Billy joined Newcastle's favourite sons; the critically acclaimed Lindisfarne. He only plays a handful of solo concerts every year, so catch him while you can.
Billy Mitchell tour dates
The Pitmen Poets features ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, renowned singer and instrumentalist Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and much-covered Durham songwriter Jez Lowe - individually and collectively celebrating the songs and culture of North East England’s Coal Mining tradition. They provide an evening of music, song and spoken word, illustrated by atmospheric archive photography.
The Pitmen Poets tour dates
The Shackleton Trio (formerly The Georgia Shackleton Trio) combine vocals, fiddle, guitar and mandolin to play a blend of old time, bluegrass and self penned material. After studying the highly acclaimed folk and traditional music degree in Newcastle, Georgia has performed in various line ups with an eclectic mix of fantastic musicians. This trio sees her playing alongside Aaren Bennett and Nic Zuppardi on the guitar and mandolin, both seasoned instrumentalists who have played across Europe.
The Shackleton Trio tour dates
The Salts are made up of seasoned musicians who play a mesmerising mix of full speed, foot-stomping traditional and original shanties. Doing for shanties what the Pogues did for folk, they create one of the most exciting and energetic folk concepts of recent times.
Fronted by twice BBC Young Folk Finalist Lee Collinson, they fire a mighty yet respectful broadside at the traditional, with banjo, mandolin, guitars, double bass and percussion to the fore.
The Salts album "She Rises" is available from Amazon and i-Tunes.
The Salts tour dates