Swanage Folk Festival 2019

Music Lineup

Here is a complete A-Z list of all the performers over the 2019 festival weekend.


Banter

Banter are rooted in English traditional music but incorporate influences of pop, jazz, soul and big band sounds. Although just three people, they create a huge sound and have been described as the world’s smallest big band. They brings songs that are barking social comment with pop beats, irony and ridiculously danceable tunes!

Visit Banter’s website

Afternoon Marquee Concert
Saturday – 12.00pm-5.00pm
Free Admission

Ceilidh at Swanage School
Saturday – 7.30pm-10.30pm
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Bob & Gill Berry


Bob & Gill are a duo that sing and play traditional and contemporary folk music and songs from the English tradition. They are particularly interested in their adopted county of Wiltshire and the surrounding counties for their music sources.

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Conservative Club Concert
Sunday 1.00pm-3.30pm
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Calan

Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.

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Evening Marquee Concert
Friday – 7.30pm-11.00pm
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Fara

With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, Fara’s show is an exciting one. With a mixture of self-penned and traditional Orkney tunes as well as haunting songs, the girls’ combined musical experiences and friendships produce an exciting and individual sound.

Visit Fara’s website

Evening Marquee Concert
Sunday – 7.30pm-11.00pm
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Glenn Ross & The Creeks

Glenn Ross is a Purbeck based singer -songwriter who has been writing songs for over 30 yrs several being played on BBC Introducing and various radio stations around the world. His latest recording project is an album called ” Purbeck “.

Here at Swanage Folk Festival, he is accompanied by Joe Limburn on double bass and Lee Goodall on Flute and Tenor Sax. Glenn runs Purbeck Folk Club in Langton Matravers, just outside Swanage.


Glymjack

Glymjack is an English folk act Acoustic calls “as good as contemporary folk comes”. Led by singer-songwriter Greg McDonald, Glymjack generally play live as an acoustic trio with Greg joined by fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner and bassist Dickon Collinson, delivering a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting originals, English folk songs and fiddle tunes.

Visit Glymjack’s website

Afternoon Marquee Concert
Sunday – 12.00pm-5.00pm
Free Admission


Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar joined forces in 2011. Combining Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style with Algar’s All-Ireland winning fiddle playing, the duo have become one of the most sought after acts on the British folk scene.

Visit Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar’s website

Conservative Club Concert
Saturday – 1.00pm-3.30pm
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John Kirkpatrick

John is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso (melodeon, Anglo concertina and button accordion), as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music.

Visit John’s website

Conservative Club Concert – Saturday – 1.00pm-3.30pm
Evening Marquee Concert – Saturday – 7.30pm-11.00pm
Conservative Club Concert – Sunday- 1.00pm-3.30pm
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Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente

Josie’s voice, crystal clear with its slight island twang, is equally at home in any of these domains. Accompanied by Pablo’s dynamic, sensitive guitar playing, they illuminate the lyrics.
Their music at times sparse and haunting, at others driving and all consuming, leaves audiences stunned. 

Visit Josie & Pablo’s website

Evening Marquee Concert
Friday – 7.30pm-11.00pm
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Midnight Skyracer

Midnight Skyracer have been tearing up the UK bluegrass and folk scene since their inception less than two years ago. Their all star lineup and exciting live performances have sent them racing skywards at an astounding pace right from the start.

Visit Midnight Skyracer’s website

Evening Marquee Concert
Saturday – 7.30pm-11.00pm
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Patch and the Giant

Patch & The Giant is a fabulous band to see live. This London six piece will melt your heart with their flowing ballads & have a rare degree of maturity in their work. Fresh-sounding indie folk songwriting, the band’s sound – patchwork yet refined.

Visit Patch and the Giant’s website

Afternoon Marquee Concert
Sunday – 12.00pm-5.00pm
Free Admission


Pete Christie

Pete Christie is a nationally touring solo British singer-songwriter / acoustic fingerstyle guitarist who plays from the heart and sings from the soul – a must see for anyone who loves acoustic music.

Visit Pete Christie’s website

Evening Marquee Concert
Friday – 7.30pm-11.00pm
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Reg Meuross

Reg is an extraordinary singer songwriter at the top of his game, accompanying himself on guitar and, as The Times says, bringing ‘Intelligent and thought-provoking songs, beautifully made and skilfully delivered’.

If you haven’t already experienced the warmth, humour and depth of Reg’s performances then you are in for a treat. “Reg doesn’t write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you’ll ever hear…” (PennyBlack Music).

Visit Reg Meuross’ website

Afternoon Marquee Concert
Saturday – 12.00pm-5.00pm
Free Admission


Ridgeway Singers

The Ridgeway Singers and Band were originally formed as part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The initial aim of the singers and band coming together was to revive West Gallery music. We now incorporate other old Dorset songs and music, plus new songs and tunes, written by Tim Laycock and other members of the group.

Visit Ridgeway Singer’s website

Afternoon Church Concert
Sunday 3.30pm-5.00pm 
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Roswell

Jasmine and Zoё are Folk/Americana duo Roswell,
and they perform a combination of intricate vocal harmonies and acoustic music. Since their first gig together in March 2018, they’ve won Purbeck Valley Folk Festival’s new artist competition Purbeck Rising 2018.

Visit Roswell’s website

Afternoon Marquee Concert
Sunday – 12.00pm-5.00pm
Free Admission


Tim Laycock

Tim has been playing and singing at folk clubs and festivals for over 25 years using mainly the concertina, melodeon or guitar to accompany himself. His repertoire is drawn from the great collections of traditional folk songs, sea shanties, ballads and music hall songs.

Visit Tim Laycock’s website

Afternoon Church Concert
Sunday 3.30pm-5.00pm
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Tinderbox

Award winning contemporary folk group Tinderbox were originally formed in 1997 by Dublin born singer-songwriter Monique Houraghan and guitarist/songwriter Dan Tucker.  Since 2007, talented multi-instrumentalist and session musician Bob Burke has completed the dynamic trio line-up.

Visit Tinderbox’s website

Afternoon Marquee Concert
Saturday – 12.00pm-5.00pm
Free Admission


The Model Folk

The Model Folk are a six-piece band, hailing from the deepest darkest reaches of North Somerset. Their sound is an eclectic cocktail of influences that could loosely fit in the folk canon. Live shows are full of self-deprecating humour, romance, pathos, audience engagement and interaction.

Visit The Model Folk’s website

Afternoon Marquee Concert
Saturday – 12.00pm-5.00pm
Free Admission


The Shackleton Trio

The Shackleton Trio are Georgia Shackleton (fiddle, vocals), Aaren Bennett (guitar) and Nic Zuppardi (mandolin). Natural talents of the folk tradition, their self-penned material blends seamlessly with their imaginative yet authentic re-workings of traditional folk standards, influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from the group’s native East Anglia.

​The unique, distinctive songwriting style of Georgia Shackleton, combined with the vibrant instrumental brilliance of Aaren Bennett, Nic Zuppardi and Georgia’s pure and original voice have developed and matured through two critically acclaimed albums: The Dog Who Would Not Be Washed and new release Fen, Farm and Deadly Water.

Visit The Shackleton Trio’s website

Afternoon Marquee Concert
Sunday – 12.00pm-5.00pm
Free Admission


The Trials Of Cato

The Trials Of Cato, a band that arrived fully formed and functioning from Beirut in the winter of 2016, have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene. Whether plying their trade busking, performing in front of thousands at festivals across Europe, or frequently selling out their own club shows, The Trials of Cato have the wind behind them.

Visit The Trials Of Cato’s website

Evening Marquee Concert
Sunday – 7.30pm-11.00pm
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The Tweed Project

The Tweed Project is a collaboration between some of Scotland and England’s most in-demand explorers of their respective country’s folk traditions. After a successful year of performances in 2015, the project has been reborn with a new line-up for 2019 and is made up of members of some of the UK’s most successful folk acts. Two time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Greg Russell (Vocals/Guitar/Bouzouki) and Ciaran Algar (Fiddle), and also Evan Carson (Percussion) are from England.

Scottish duo Josie Duncan (Vocals) and Pablo Lafuente (Guitar) won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2017. Ali Levack will be returning to the The Tweed Project for 2019. Ali is one of the most respected young pipe and whistle players in Scotland and won the Young Folk Award with the Mischa Macpherson Trio.

Visit The Tweed Project on Facebook

Evening Marquee Concert
Saturday – 7.30pm-11.00pm
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