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
Events Featuring Diana Johnstone | 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
|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
Doxies – 3 lovely ladies from Looe and Lostwithiel, formed 2 and a half years ago, through a mutual friendship and a love for the wonderful songs of the sea and the land.
Kate Ward and Steph Althaus were joined by the talented Jo Ballard just six months ago, extending the heartfelt approach they have to their songs, adding a creative and feminine touch to the delivery of the music they love.... and a quirky humorous edge to their performance, to boot!
Events Featuring The Doxies
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
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