Music Lineup

Performers booked for the 2021 Festival so far…

Jon Boden

Jon Boden is best known is the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead who sold 250,000 albums, had seven singles playlisted on Radio 2 and sold out hundreds venues including The Royal Albert Hall.  Since Bellowhead split up in 2016, Jon has continued his development as one of the foremost names in English folk music. Solo Jon performs the self-penned songs of Painted Lady, material from Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden, Songs From The Floodplain, and his A Folk Song A Day project in which he recorded 365 folk songs in one year, material from his latest album Rose In June (Nov ’19, Hudson Records)and more.

Visit Jon Boden’s website

Evening Marquee Concert
Friday 10 September, 7.30pm-11pm
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 Churchfitters

Why “Churchfitters”? Nobody knows! They’re not fitters and have absolutely nothing to do with churches. The name’s origin is lost in the mists of time but there is one aspect that suits them perfectly – its quirkiness. When your array of instruments includes a motorcycle petrol tank, a musical saw and a Mercedes Benzouki made from hubcaps there’s little point worrying if the name makes sense! Saucepan dulcimer, glass harp, Bing-Bong machine and magic boots all join some more conventional instruments (fiddle, banjo, sax and whistle to name a few) to back Rosie Short’s sublime voice.
These three flamboyant characters present their uplifting and entertaining show with a unique dynamism and describe their music as ‘Folk Unlimited’. Mike Harding calls it ‘Brilliant and beautiful’ while Dave Pegg says: “They are the most musically inventive group I’ve seen in decades.”

Visit The Churchfitters’ website

 Evening Marquee Concert
Sunday 12 September, 7.30pm – 11pm
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Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

Best known for work with BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominees Granny’s Attic, Cohen is a singer and instrumentalist with a love of English music. Cohen plays melodeons and anglo concertina as well as being a well-respected singer; in 2014 he won the Bromyard Folk Festival future of young folk award for singing. Expect traditional English folk songs and tunes along with a few original numbers. A spine-tingling traditional folk performer, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Granny’s Attic) is a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. His rich voice soars through a range of historical ballads, industrial songs and shanties, with a particular penchant for material from the West Midlands, where he’s lived for much of his life.

Visit Cohen’s Website

Conservative Club Concert
Sunday 12 September 1pm – 3.30pm Book tickets here


Keith Donnelly

Ruthless Surrealist Guitar-Slinging Abstract Songer Sing-Weaving, Teller of Short Tall Tales and Long Short Stories’. Available to play Concerts, Festivals and Clubs (and most anything else you can throw at him!) all around this crazy world. Keith’s serious songwriting [for years in the shadow of his comedy] now has a new leaf of life since he’s started working [when their solo commitments allow!] with the fantastic French vocalist Flossie Malavialle as ‘Folk Superduo’ – Dark Horses.

Visit Keith’s Website

Evening Marquee Concert
Friday 10 September – 7.30pm-11pm
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Afternoon Marquee Concert
Saturday 11 September 12pm – 5pm Free Admission


Folk Orc

We are here to create an antidote. Folk music is about community, sharing experiences and telling stories. We want to bring folk music back to being about everyday people playing music together and creating a community free from the confines of any social hierarchy. There is a place for you in The Folk Orc no matter what you play or what level you play at. To this end, we provide digital lessons that will teach you songs on guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele and fiddle, including chords, notation, tablature and full video tutorials.

Visit Folk Orc’s website

Marquee Workshops
Saturday 11 September -10.30am & Sunday12 September -10.30am
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Granny’s Attic

Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.

Visit Granny’s Attic’s Website

Evening Marquee Concert
Sunday 12 September 7.30pm-11pm
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Lynn Goulbourn & Steve Hicks

Having first met in 2007, Hicks and Goulbourn are now an established act on the folk and acoustic music scene in the UK.  If you’ve been to one of their gigs you will have been struck by their easy manner on stage, an amazing array of genres, Lynn’s pure vocals and of course Steve’s breathtaking guitar playing, but how did they arrive at this point? Steve and Lynn are only a couple of months apart age-wise, but their musical interests couldn’t be further apart  …  it’s a wonder they actually found common ground …Steve is drawn to instrumental music and, as he calls, it ‘strangely beautiful, weird and difficult stuff’.  In a recent interview somebody asked him who his favourite or most influential artists were and the list included Moondog, Dusan Bogdanovic, Eric Dolphy, Kronos Quartet, Harry Partch and Alan Hovhaness. In contrast, Lynn was drawn at an early age to the smooth harmonies of Crosby Stills and Nash and The Beach Boys and the melodic tones of James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, the sound of Motown, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross.   Later influences included Steeleye Span, June Tabor, Annie Lennox and Indigo Girls.

Visit Goulbourn & Hicks’ Website

Conservative Club Concert
Saturday 11 September 1pm – 3.30pm
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Harbottle & Jonas

Harbottle & Jonas are one of the most exciting prospects on the folk circuit today, combining a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting. Currently touring with their fourth album, The Sea Is My Brother, Dave Harbottle and Freya Jonas are joined at Swanage Folk Festival by fiddle player Annie Baylis who weaves a third close vocal harmony and her sensitive playing through the duo’s compelling live signature sound. Subject matter covers the political and historical as well as the more personal and their live shows are full of stories as well as songs.
“Awash with strong songs and excellent musicianship.” Folk Radio UK.
Visit Harbottle & Jonas’ Website
Listen

Afternoon Marquee Concert
Sunday 12 September 12pm – 5pm
Free Admission


Honey & the Bear

British folk and roots duo, Honey & the Bear, combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with emotive and evocative songwriting. With a diverse range of sounds and textures, and rhythms that flow from the fast and furious to gentle ballads, their live performances are spirited and dynamic. Conjuring stories in song, they tell tales of Suffolk folklore, courage, passion and heartbreak. The multi instrumentalist pair, comprised of songwriters Jon Hart (guitar, bass, bazouki) and Lucy Hart (guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo, mandolin & percussion), have been writing and performing together since early 2014, having met at a songwriting event two years previous. Since then, they have played at many revered venues and festivals, toured extensively across the UK as support for Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, and travelled across the channel for their first European tour. 2019 sees the release of their first full studio album ‘Made In The Aker’ with a UK tour to follow in October.

Visit Honey & the Bear’s Website

Afternoon Marquee Concert
Saturday 11 September 12pm – 5pm
Free Admission
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Hot Rats

The Hot Rats were formed by Doug Hudson (guitar & vocals) in 1992 to back him in a one man show. Since then they have become a band in their own right recording five albums and playing at festivals and other venues in the UK, France, Belgium, Spain and Australia. Before forming the band, Doug performed on the London Comedy Circuit and in the Gulf, Africa and the Far East. During the 70s and 80s he was half of the acclaimed folk duo, Tundra. He is also the PA announcer for Gillingham Football Club. Ian Cutler (fiddle) toured extensively in the 70s and 80s with the renowned Bully Wee Band and also appeared and played the music for the classic 1973 horror film The Wicker Man. As well as The Hot Rats, he now tours once a year with the re-formed Bully Wee Band, Feast of Fiddles and also works occasionally with Dave Cousins of The Strawbs. Scott Kirk (bass) started playing Blues guitar in Portugal in the early 90s. On returning to the UK he played lead guitar in the psychedelic rock band ‘Corydoras’ and Bass guitar in the punk trio ‘Three Fried Minds’. He then went on to perform with Davey Slater in ‘Sevenscore’, in Ska Rock band ‘Beggars Belief’ and the World Folk group ‘The Bubbleband’ at numerous venues and festivals.

Visit Hot Rats’ Website

Afternoon Marquee Concert
Sunday 12 September 12pm – 5pm
Free Admission
Evening Marquee Concert
Sunday 12 September 7.30pm-11pm
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Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

Sam Kelly is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Bristol-based singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. As a young child Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing folk songs, and play folk tunes on his melodeon. Having caught the bug, Sam has dedicated his life to rediscovering and renewing the sounds of his gaelic heritage, and creating exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music. Already known for touring as a trio with Jamie Francis (banjo) and Evan Carson (percussion), Sam now also has a six-piece band; The Lost Boys, to help his songs reach their full potential. Joining Sam, Jamie and Evan are Ciaran on fiddle and guitar, Graham on cello, and the exceptional Toby Shaer (John McCusker band, Heidi Talbot band) on flutes, whistles, and cittern.

Listen to Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

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Evening Marquee Concert
Saturday 11 September 7.30pm-11pm
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The Longest Johns

The Longest Johns are a Bristol based, a capella folk music band, born out of a mutual love of traditional folk songs and shanties. They rock maritime songs alongside the more unusual and less traditional folk tunes. After becoming a five-man group in 2015, they’ve taken their harmonies to new heights, whilst always retaining just the right mix of quality and hilarity. Whether performing songs that are hundreds of year old, or their own original creations, the Johns bring a new feel to audiences wherever they go.

Visit The Longest Johns’ website

Afternoon Concert Methodist Church
Sunday 12 September 3.30-5pm

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Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow are a multi award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles.Nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Emerging Artist and most recently picking up Best Duo in the Folking.com awards 2019, their latest album, ‘The Waters and the Wild’ (released in April 2018) was awarded 5-stars in both The Morning Star and the English Folk Dance & Song Society’s EDS Magazine. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’

Visit Ninebarow’s website

Evening Marquee Concert
Saturday 11 September 7.30pm – 11pm
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Paul Openshaw

Paul has always been captivated by song writing. He says it is to do with self expression and creativity. It has little to do with commercial gain. Click on Soundcloud to find samplers from Bare Bones, Crop Circles and The Potting Shed. 

Visit Paul Openshaw’s website

Conservative Club Concert
Saturday 11 September 1pm – 3.30pm
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Bram Taylor

Popular Fellside Recording Artist Bram Taylor has a wealth of experience having established a fine reputation both in the UK and abroad, performing at Folk Festivals, Folk Clubs, Arts Centres and other concert venues in the UK, USA, Canada and Europe. He engages audiences with his fine rich voice and entertaining sense of humour, performing an excellent selection of both traditional and contemporary material.  Bram sings a cappella and also plays guitar, baritone ukulele and duet concertina.  With a constantly healthy gig sheet, regular tours of the USA including several appearances at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Canada (alongside Don McLean, Gordon Lightfoot, The Proclaimers and Buffy – Sainte Marie), Bram continues to be a constantly reliable and entertaining performer.

Visit Bram Taylor’s Website

Afternoon Marquee Concert Saturday 11 September 12pm – 5pm. Free Admission

Evening Marquee Concert
Saturday 11 September 7.30pm-11pm
Conservative Club Concert
Sunday 12 September 1pm – 3.30pm
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Threepenny Bit

Hampshire-based Threepenny Bit are an example of how traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds can be blended into a fresh interpretation of folk music. This dynamic eight-piece band combines a group of diehard folkies with some of the finest young jazz and classical musicians of the south. They play bold arrangements of traditional and original tunes with infectious stage energy for concerts and ceilidh dancing.

Visit Threepeny Bit’s website

Afternoon Marquee Concert
Saturday 11 September 12pm – 5pm Free Admission
Ceilidh at Swanage School Saturday 11 September 7.30pm
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Winter Mountain

Cornish singer / songwriter Joe Francis is Winter Mountain.With support slots for pop icon Seal, Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, Richard Thompson and The Feeling under his belt its safe to say its been an extraordinary 18 months for Winter Mountain.The Winter Mountain sound is a blend of melodic songs, an extraordinarily soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics, reminiscent of a time before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance and the essence of the songs.  It was the quality of the songs and the power of his performances that inspired folk star Cara Dillon and her husband/producer Sam Lakeman to sign Winter Mountain to their label Charcoal Records. Hugely passionate about music from a very young age, Winter Mountain got his first taste of song writing and performing in local bars with school friends before going professional in his late teens. An early success was recording an album at Abbey Road Studios with his then band ‘The Ammunition’. Next he travelled America and recorded a solo album of self penned folk songs at Sun Studios, Memphis. Thus continuing a long and esteemed tradition of storytelling musicians at this legendary studio.

Visit Winter Mountain’s Website

Evening Marquee Concert
Friday 10 September, 7.30pm-11pm
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