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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.
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).
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Red Hot Chilli Pipers
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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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Cardiff's acclaimed singer songwriter is an incomparable performer with an uncanny knack of fusing fearless, full-bodied 'songs with a message' with fragile love songs. Voted 'Best Male Artist' in the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards, he has one of the most powerful voices on the acoustic circuit, a string of Top 50 hits to his name (including Dolphins Make Me Cry). 'One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today' - Tom Robinson, BBC 6
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The Pitmen Poets
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.
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The Shackleton Trio
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.
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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.
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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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Award winning folk-rock. From the anthemic to the intimate - a joyous explosion of passion & melody. Music made by the people and shared by the people. With hearts and souls tuned to the songs which came before them, Merry Hell bring you new words and music forged from their own experiences, from the lows and the loves of their lives.
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Eddi Reader was brought into the limelight with Fairground Attraction and their single 'Perfect' and parent album First of a Million Kisses which both topped the British charts. However, it has been her subsequent solo albums which signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings to life all forms of song and what sets Eddi apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance.
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Based on the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries have been nominated for Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and described as 'the future of Celtic dance music'. They incorporate many influences which take them from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hiphop, reggae and more. Their inventive and unique approach always brings to their audience a true flavour of traditional Scottish music whilst offering a high octane experience - so be prepared to get on the dancefloor! 'Nothing prepares you for the high octane music of the Peatbog Faeries' - The Scotsman.
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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).
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Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International. In 1977 their Top 5 debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall and the band's debut album Power In The Darkness which went gold in the UK and Japan. As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman. His 14th studio album Only The Now was released in 2015 featuring guests such as Billy Bragg, John Grant and Ian McKellen. Recent festival dates include Latitude, Green Man and headlining the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2016. As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, is a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship of LIPA to recognition his support for new music artists through BBC Introducing.
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The Pitman Poet
The Pitman Poet ( Tony Goodwin) born 1956, lives in Rawmarsh, near Rotherham. He is a former miner turned poet. His poems are about Love and Life in a former northern mining town. He hosts his own ‘Pitmen Poets Open Mic’ Night. Which is held at The Concertina Band Club, Dolcliffe Road, Mexborough, every third Thursday of the month.
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