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New Forest Folk Festival: Steeleye Span, Ward Thomas, Feast of Fiddles, Coco And The Butterfields, Tradarr, Julie Felix, Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts, Dean Friedman, Hunter Muskett, Oxford Fiddle Group & more
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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Hampshire and Country music may not be obvious bed fellows but twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas (who have been singing harmonies together since childhood) have had Country music in their blood ever since they were introduced to the sounds of Carrie Underwood, Dixie Chicks and Alison Krauss by a Canadian cousin in their early teens. One listen to the vocal cadences and close harmonies on their debut album ‘From Where We Stand’ and Nashville and Hampshire suddenly don’t seem all that far apart.
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The celebrated 11-piece collective combines the colossal talents of some of Britain's top fiddlers in a flourish of fretwork – Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie, Steeleye Span's brilliant bowman Peter Knight, Bully Wee Band's Ian Cutler and ex Battlefield Band's Brian McNeill joining forces with Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) and Tom Leary (John B Spencer Trio/Albion Morris). The sizzling "backing band" is led by band founder Hugh Crabtree on accordion and iconic folk-rock drummer Dave Mattacks, who has played with Fairport, Steeleye and Richard Thompson as well as the likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John and Chris Rea. Now living in the USA, the master drummer has played on a staggering number of diverse recordings. Also in the engine room are John Underwood and Martin Vincent on acoustic and electric guitars and Dave Harding on bass – virtuosos all.
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Colourful, energetic & crowd-stamping, CoCo and the Butterfields express the intimate vibrance of a village folk fair with powerful vocal melodies and an undercurrent of driving beatbox to deliver catchy songs resonating in a stadium-filling urban pop vibe.
Coco And The Butterfields tour dates
An international folk artist of great distinction, whom many will remember for her TV appearances with David Frost in the mid-'60s. She was a part of the great folk movement with Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton and remained in the public eye throughout the '70s; and her rich, distinctive voice and powerful songwriting have ensured her continuing success through to the present day.
Julie Felix tour dates
Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies, creating a powerful wall of sound.
Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts tour dates
Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Friedman has achieved legendary, pop icon status for chart topping hits, Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, Woman of Mine and more.
Invite family and friends for an evening of powerful, poignant and hilarious songs about the ordinary and extraordinary lives we share!
'Entirely Unique and Utterly Brilliant!' - ThreeWeeks.
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Hunter Muskett formed in 1969 and flourished in the folk rock scene for a few years and a couple of albums. 30-something years after they split up, Terry Hiscock, Chris George, Doug Morter and Rog Trevitt reunited in 2010.
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OFG perform songs and tunes from mainly England and Scotland, but also include material from Ireland and the USA. Thery are keen to promote their own local musical heritage, such as the title track of their latest album 'Beyond the Spires'. Tunes can be foot-tapping jigs and reels, or catchy hornpipes and marches, or beautiful slow airs and laments. Performances are ‘tight’ and fun, yet always played with passion.
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Fraser is a Scottish singer, songwriter and actor who combines traditional songs with his own material in an organic melange of Celtic musicality.
Tours of Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, The Middle East, Canada, and The Canary Islands, appearances at many festivals, - including Cambridge and Edinburgh and being invited to be Fairport Convention's special guest on their mammoth 30th anniversary tour of Britain have contributed to Fraser's reputation as being one of Scotland's furthest travelled and best loved musical ambassadors.
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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.
“…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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Edwina Hayes is a singer/songwriter who has been a regular performer on London's acoustic scene. Originally from Lancashire, Edwina's beautifully crafted songs and mesmerising stage presence quickly led her to some of London's finest acoustic stages including The Borderline, The 12 Bar Club and Ronnie Scott's.
Possessing unbelievably natural and soulful delivery, her extraordinarily beautiful voice accompanied by gentle finger picking on guitar leaves audiences mesmerised and wanting more. An unforgettable, original and worldwide talent not to missed. Nanci Griffith has described Edwina as 'the sweetest voice in England'. and her version of 'Feels Like Home' was featured in 'My Sister's Keeper' and has received over three million hits on youtube.
Edwina has toured with Jools Holland, Van Morrison, Nancy Griffith, Louden Wainwright, Daniel Bedingfield and frequently performs in Nashville.
Edwina Hayes tour dates
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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