British Blues legend - Wizz Jones headlining the Festival as well as being made Honorary Troubadour Patron of our Festival.
"There are few artists with more claim to being a 'musician's musician' than Wizz Jones. Inspired by Big Bill Broonzy, Rambling Jack Elliot, Alexis Korner and Ewan MacColl, and learning his guitar licks from the likes of Davy Graham and Long John Baldry while playing in the coffee bars of London's Soho during the late nineteen fifties.
Then busking throughout Europe from the streets of Paris to the markets of Marrakech during the early sixties and later to be cited by John Renbourn and Eric Clapton as an important early influence. With his unique acoustic guitar style, an eclectic repertoire and a 'right hand worthy of Broonzy'
Wizz Jones has been made an Honorary Patron to the Cornwall Folk Festival due to his long associations with Cornwall.
Events Featuring Wizz Jones | Artist's Website
Pete Grassby is a hard, working Internationally acclaimed solo performer, singer /melodian player who was a former Sidmouth Festival Competition Winner and who apart from performing at the Festival now runs our busy Craft Fair as well as demonstrating ,selling or repairing melodeons. Pete can be seen at manyof the other Festivals and is the founder of Aardvaark Ceilidh Band and we claim that he's just about the " Best Dance Caller around ! "
Events Featuring Pete Grassby | Artist's Website
|Rosie Upton and Pete MacGregor|
This duo regularly appeared at clubs and festivals in Cornwall some 25 years ago but ceased performing professionally due to work and family commitments. Rosie has developed an individual style based on English, Scots and Irish traditional songs and ballads and her rich voice is particularly well suited to the occasional blues. She also runs regular song workshops within the trade union movement and at festivals on a variety of subjects including Songs of Dissent. Pete is a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose distinctive voice is accompanied by sensitive guitar arrangements. His own lyrical compositions, which include hard-hitting songs of social and political comment, are written in a traditional style and combine strong melodies with memorable choruses, These are matched by original reworking of traditional songs and ballads. Together they combine passion and integrity with an entertaining presentation.
Events Featuring Rosie Upton and Pete MacGregor
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For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.
He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.
Events Featuring Martin Carthy | Artist's Website
|Jez Lowe and Steve Tiltson|
Two of England''s very finest singer songwriters performing together as a duo a real treat
Events Featuring Jez Lowe and Steve Tiltson
|Tyn Daga |
Tyn Daga are a brilliant trio based in West Cornwall who perform a wide ranging repertoire of acoustic music from lively dance tunes to haunting melodies encompassing a broad mixture of English, Celtic and Irish tunes as well as music from the Balkans ,Spain and the Middle East. The band comprises of Alan Burton ( Uilleann Irish bagpipes and whistles) , Greg Dyer ( percussion and guitar ), and Gavin Nicol ( guitar ).
Events Featuring Tyn Daga | Artist's Website
|Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman|
The Roberts-Lakeman name has become synonymous with "quality" during their
musical careers which started when they were signed to a major label as teenagers.
Now after nearly two decades in music, Kathryn's sublime vocals merge seemlesly
with Seans deft and inventive live guitar work on stage - and his award-winning
sonic skills in the studio. In addition to his chart-topping hit records for brother Seth
Lakeman, Sean has this year alone produced albums or tracks with The Levellers,
Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Imelda May and Bellowhead... as well as a string of other folk/acoustic acts.
Events Featuring Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman | Artist's Website
|Jim Causley |
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Westcountry. He became involved with traditional music from a young age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home village of Whimple, East Devon. After studying Jazz & Popular Music at Exeter College he went on to study Traditional Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. During this time he became involved in the wider folk scene and gained interest as a solo performer in folk clubs and festivals throughout the country.
Events Featuring Jim Causley | Artist's Website
Tori's music goes from finger picking folk, through to jazz influenced beats, a dusting of country and vocals that could be soul. It's music that will touch hearts, tap toes and leave you wanting more.
Events Featuring Tori Reed | Artist's Website
|Steve Dan Mills|
American singer songwriter Steve Dan Mills was the cofounder
of Speed Limit 35, one of the first folk rock bands in
the American South. His music has been described as the
real thing, sensitive, moving, cathartic and healing. He
couples his very powerful vocals with acoustic guitar and
harmonica. Steve elicits tears and laughter and instills
hope in his audience.
Events Featuring Steve Dan Mills | Artist's Website
TREGALLION are an acoustic duo featuring Vince and Nickie Jerrison who have recently moved from Yorkshire to live in the Bude area. We perform traditional and contemporary songs and tunes with a Celtic influence. Our material ranges from reflective and haunting ballads to up-tempo tunes and chorus songs, with accompaniment on guitar, Irish bouzouki, mandolin and whistles.
Events Featuring Tregallion
Having all grown up in the quiet fishing town of Padstow, Calum Toby Kevin and Tom have spent many years playing music together, whether it be during the towns annual May Day celebrations or during a wintery Sunday afternoon, all huddled round the fire in one of the local pubs.
The 4 lads are very proud of their Cornish heritage, and mixed in with the traditional Irish and English folk music, the strong Cornish influence can be heard. As is the case with many Cornish villages, their other main musical influence is the sea. This is also compounded by the fact that both Calum and Tom are merchant seamen, so the group do enjoy any opportunity to rip out a shanty or song of the sea that will be sure to get your foot tapping!
With a full-bodied combination of accordion, stomp box, guitars, mandolins and more varieties of banjo than you knew existed; The Stowes can fill up any venue, small or large, with toe-tapping music to get the crowds going.
Events Featuring The Stowes | Artist's Website
Another one of the greats who along with his contemporaries such as Nic Jones and Martin Carthy, Dave is one of the seminal influences of the Folk Revival and an inspiration to following generations of Folk artists. Dave has recorded with the likes of Richard Thompson, Kate Rusby, Dick Gaughan, Nic Jones, Bob Pegg, Albion Band and hosts of others. Catch up with him here!
Events Featuring Dave Burland | Artist's Website
Sarah McQuaids voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and -honey poured into wine (Minor 7th). Her new album Walking Into White (2015) is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.
Born in Spain, raised in Chicago and now living in rural England, Sarah refuses to be pigeonholed, segueing easily from one of her emotive originals into a 1930s Cuban jazz number, a 16th century lute piece or an unexpected contemporary cover.
Events Featuring Sarah McQuaid | Artist's Website
An absolutely superb guitarist reminiscent to John Martyn (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2)
Sean is a wonderfully talented troubadour whose sincere songs pull you in, I have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with him. He swings. Check him out! ( Eric Bibb )
Events Featuring Sean Taylor | Artist's Website
|Blackbeards Tea Party|
A really, funky 6 piece , high energy Festival band based in York who will get you out of your seats up on your feet, thats for sure!
Events Featuring Blackbeards Tea Party | Artist's Website
One of the English folk scenes great all rounders of International renown who is a compelling singer, first-rate squeezebox player and skilled guitarist as well.
Events Featuring Brian Peters | Artist's Website
Appaloosas are a three piece band from Dartmoor, Devon, UK, who perform music from the Appalachian region of the eastern United States of America. Music rooted in traditional folk ballads and tunes brought over by immigrants from the British Isles which in turn influenced the popular Old-time music and recordings of the 1920's and 30's made famous by the likes of The Carter Family, Buell Kazee and Clarence Ashley to name a few.
The band is built around the outstanding Appalachian and Old-time inspired vocals from Eliza Acty, clawhammer banjo and guitar from Peter Acty, and decorated by the intricate melodies from virtuoso fiddle player Stephen Potter.
Events Featuring Appaloosas | Artist's Website
|Bradders blues Singer|
Wadebridge's own acoustic bluesman will appear in person!
Events Featuring Bradders blues Singer | Artist's Website
Due to a previous incarnation as a salty sea dog, Liz Crow naturally inclines towards the maritime; she loves a good shanty session! A regular singer at Bodmin Folk Club, she is one eighth of the Devon based group Shake a Leg, also performing in various duets including with Hilary Bix as The Fans.
Events Featuring Liz Crow
Described as a cross between Leonard Cohen and Pam Ayres, Malc writes all his own songs –primarily because he finds other people’s far too difficult to play. His output is prolific – working on the theory that if he writes enough he will eventually come up with something decent. To date he has performed over 230 of his songs at Bodmin folk club - at least 4 of which he has been asked to perform again -preferably somewhere else.
“Kicks the folk tradition in to touch”- Vic Legg.
Events Featuring Malcolm Pinch | Artist's Website
Riverstone (Steve Pickett and Fiona Hamilton) are based in North Cornwall. Steve lives 7 miles up-river from Wadebridge, and Fiona lives 7 miles up-river from Steve. They have been singing together for about three years, mostly performing at local sessions and community events. Their repertoire reflects the influence of American singer/songwriters such as Guy Clarke, interspersed with an eclectic collection of songs, including some of Steve’s own compositions.
Events Featuring Riverstone
Wadebridge based dance group formed in 1993. They wear the Cornish colours of black and gold, black skirts with saffroncoloured waistcoats and straw hats decorated with flowers. aTheir dances come from the north west morris tradition with some garland dances.
Events Featuring Saffrons Maids
Skylark explores the melodic boundaries of folk and jazz. Beautifully matched soprano and alto Lynette Rentoul and Lorraine Rooke mingle with an occasional splash of Adrian Jones’ tenor, who also adds string bass, keyboards, guitar and mandolin. Enjoy delicious takes on Joni Mitchell and Led Zeppelin and contemporary songwriters.
Events Featuring Skylark
A wide-ranging repertoire, covering folk, blues, ragtime and more, all from both traditional and contemporary stables, and even a self-penned song or two may creep in to his wide and varied act. Brian is simply a man for all occasions.
A perfect combination for a good solo singer musician is talented musicianship, fine singing and presentation and a subtle touch of humour well in Brian you get the set.
Events Featuring Brian Phillips | Artist's Website
Tin Taxi have played in many folk clubs, and open mics up and down the country, playing Americana, plus contemporary and traditional folk. Linda sang with the Allan Valley singers and currently sings with Kescana. She also performs with Bagas Crowd. Dave used to sing and play harmonica, guitar and banjo in a blues duo called Highway 61.
Events Featuring Tin Taxi
Terry Gosden is a versatile singer - songwriter from Cornwall who performs a wide range of traditional, contemporary and self-penned songs, accompanying them on his acoustic guitar.
Events Featuring Terry Gosden
The Shipwrecks are a harmony group from Wadebridge in Cornwall. Their vibrant warm delivery of traditional folk songs and British shanty music to their close knit ballad harmony shows a devoted versatility and pure love of music and their homeland, Cornwall, in a wide ranging repertoire.
Events Featuring Shipwrecks
Ros Keltek ( Cornish for " Celtic Circle ) are a highly, professional dance troupe from Cornwall who display, dance and teach our Cornish traditions and they can be seen on the streets of Wadebridge performing their skilled dance routines - don't miss them!
Events Featuring Ros Keltek
|Cat's Eyes Morris|
Cat's Eyes Morris are a dance troupe from South East Cornwall who formed in 2005 to dace border morris in their own style. Their kit is somewhat unusual, including differently coloured shirts and long , black split waistcoats.
They are guaranteed to bring a smile to all onlookers faces - you have been warned!
Events Featuring Cat's Eyes Morris
Events Featuring Steve Hunt