The line up of Artists in 2014
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 and we are delighted to announce that Wizz will be Headlining our Saturday Night’s Main Concert in the Town Hall and will be joined on Stage with his two, great guitarist friends : John Renbourn ( Pentangle ) and Clive Carroll for what should be a stunning evening of great, guitar music and songs!
Events Featuring Wizz Jones | Artist's Website
Flossie Malavialle is a sultry, enticing French singer and guitarist from Nimes who now resides in the UK. Flossie has released 10 albums to date and her wide range of styles can be found on the 2012 Album “ Flossie Malavialle X” ( 2002 -2012 ) . She is very, comfortable singing the songs of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Sinatra, Carole King, Bonnie Raitt’ Beth Nielsen Chapman, Kate McGarrigle or Martin Joseph - to name just a few and she has toured extensively with many top acts including Show of Hands. Flossie also did an Australian tour with Fairport Convention back in 2010 promoting her “ Dark Horses “ Album and more recently made a popular return visit there along with guitarist Keith Donnelley to accompany her. Flossie makes her first visit to our Festival on a high recommendation from our Festival Patron Wizz Jones and we are all really delighted, excited and cannot wait to see her at our 42nd Cornwall Folk Festival!
Events Featuring Flossie Malavialle | Artist's Website
One of the favourites at Cornwall Folk Festival, Jez returns with a collection of his own songs from the North East of England delivered in his own , memorable style – deep from the heart , along with other songs from traditional sources, both humorous and poignant. He was born and raised in County Durham in a coal mining family with Irish roots and his songs reflect his passion drawn from that Region. A great, all round singer, entertainer and guitarist not to be missed!
Events Featuring Jez Lowe | Artist's Website
Geoff Lakeman, a stalwart of the West Country folk scene and father of a virtual Folk Dynasty, is concentrating more on solo gigs in 2014. Music is in the Lakeman blood. Youngest son Seth has sold hundreds of thousands of CD’s, been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, had gold and silver records and even a Top Ten album in the UK. Eldest son Sean and his wife Kathryn Roberts, were voted “Best Duo” in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and middle son Sam is married to Irish singing sensation Cara Dillon. All three boys began their careers playing in a family band with Geoff and their violin-playing mother Joy Geoff and Joy will be enjoying the whole weekend with us at the Festival and we are delighted to have them here
Events Featuring Geoff Lakeman
|Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin|
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin are one of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years. Phillip is one of the UK’s top slide guitarists and harmonica players and his Dobro playing has been described by Dick Gaughan as “ stunningly good “ and quoted by Show of Hands Steve Knightley as being “utterly captivating”. Phillip’s harmonica playing also conjures up all those haunting country blues moods of the American deep South. Hannah is a brilliant singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist, writing all her well, crafted songs on either fiddle, viola or banjo and she has received rave reviews and been commended by Mike Harding “ for her really fantastic singing!” This fantastic duo is not to be missed at any costs.
Events Featuring Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
|Andy Clarke and Steve Tyler|
Andy is a traditional English folk singer who helps run Totnes Folk Club.As well as being a performer, he is a member of the Mooncoin Ceilidh Band and plays guitar, bouzouki and performs in festivals and folk clubs throughout the country. In addition he works with Steve Tyler, one of the country’s finest hurdy gurdy/ cittern players and an expert on Early Music. Steve is also a member of Angles, Daughters of Elvin and of Misericordia. Together, Andy and Steve will perform a whole range of traditional English songs and tunes.
Events Featuring Andy Clarke and Steve Tyler
|The Roving Crows|
Award Winning – Folk Fusion. The Crows foot-stomping live performance blends folk, ska, reggae and klezmer with strong thought provoking lyrics and a vibrant Celtic edge.
A uniquely unusual, eclectic and exciting musical mix.
The Roving Crows released their new album ‘Deliberate Distractions’ on 4th Nov.2013 and the Crows’ line-up boasts fiery fiddle playing, trumpet, guitar, drums, bass and vocals, comprising of: Caitlin Barrett - Fiddle player, singer and co-founder of The Roving Crows, Paul O’Neill - Lead singer, guitarist, and front man of The Roving Crows, Paul is a founder member of the band, with a background in theatre and writing he scribes all lyrics for the band, Greg Wilson-Copp – Trumpet player and backing vocals, Tim Tolhurst – Drummer and backing vocals.Lawrence Shaw – The most recent addition to the band, Loz’s bass playing resembles that of Bakithi Kumalo ad Steve Digiorgio.
Events Featuring The Roving Crows | Artist's Website
A professional 6 piece band based in Falmouth, Cornwall. Energetic and engaging, they are known for their unusual arrangements, humour and ability to get any crowd young or old up and dancing! Jonah’s Lift play an ecletic mix of original material, traditional folk tunes and some covers that get the “Jonah treatment – a mix of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid with Benny Hill squished in the middle and you start to get the idea?” So come and join in their fun performance!
Events Featuring Jonah’s Lift
Emerging in the 1970's, Mike was one of the first signings to Elton John's Rocket Records. Since moving on from Rocket, he has played festivals, clubs and arts centres all over Europe and
released a good number of albums in the process. In July 2003, Mike's song, “Not a Matter of Pride”, from his album Solid Silver was added to the play lists of no less than 36 local radio
stations up and down the UK and was given extensive rotation on BBC Radio 2 on Terry Wogan's early morning programme.
Events Featuring Mike Silver | Artist's Website
|Steve Hunt & Neil Davey|
Steve Hunt ( Corncrow ) and Neil Davey ( Dalla ) join forces to give you a foot stomping set of Celtic songs/tunes, Americana and other good music to suit all tastes. Don’t miss these two great talents!
Events Featuring Steve Hunt & Neil Davey
|Thorn and Roses|
Thorn and Roses – a hugely popular local acappella trio, of Rowena Metters, Sylvia Fletcher and Jinks Jenkins who will enthral audiences with their varied repertoire of traditional and contempory great songs.
Events Featuring Thorn and Roses | Artist's Website
|The O'Frankel Family Band|
The good ship O'Frankel crashes its cargo of bluegrass, folk, straggler blues, and their own songs onto the Cornish coast. A four-piece family band - Papa Frankel's guitar and lead vocals at the helm, Lucy's fiddle, vocals and harmonies the sculling figurehead, Joe the main man on the quarterdeck with his driving banjo, and Lizzy-Jane keeping it all on course with her throbbing double bass rudder. All Aboard!
Events Featuring The O'Frankel Family Band
Jess Handley – a rising young talent, singer/songwriter Jess Handley has quietly built up an acclaimed reputation for her own, original, piano based songs and stunning voice .Described as beautiful, melodic folk and pop ballads, each enchanting song shows off a distinctive and quite haunting voice that merges classical training and pop. Jess has been recorded by BBC Radio Somerset as well as performing at the Village Pump Festival last year amongst other venues. Only 15 years of age – do catch her performing at the Festival – a star in the making!
Events Featuring Jess Handley
The Grenaways are a folk / alternative band from North Cornwall.
Storytelling through the gift of song, captured in a harmony, inspired by life and love by the ocean.
Taking their name from one of North Cornwall’s hidden treasures, The Grenaways, formed just over two years ago in Polzeath, North Cornwall.
They released their first original EP, self-titled, ‘THE GRENAWAYS’ [available on iTunes], in the summer of 2012 and started gigging regularly around North Cornwall and the South West.
Probably the most exciting development to date for The Grenaways, is the news that they have signed to Sheffield based label, Sound Bytes Media, to record their first album in June. The Grenaways will be recording their album live at Saint James Parish Church in St.Kew, the same venue used by Port Isaac’s, Fishermen’s Friends, and the label is hoping to release the album Nationally in August. Hopefully in time for the Folk Festival and other summer shows!
Events Featuring The Grenaways | Artist's Website
|The Somerset Nightingales |
The Somerset Nightingales are Eileen Ann Moore (founder of Acorn Folk Club in Minehead) and Jim Parham (co-organiser). They sing both solo and in harmony with guitar accompaniments and are regular singers at clubs and festivals throughout the South West.
Events Featuring The Somerset Nightingales | Artist's Website
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
Devonbird are an exciting new folk trio from Devon. Recent finalists in the 2013 South West Music Awards, the trio are Kath Bird ( singer/songwriter ), supported by Sophia Colkin ( aka Squeak ) on violin with Rob Wheaton on guitar. Their music shows a wide range of folk music, both original and traditional that combine both foot stomping jigs and reels with haunting ballads and songs - often having their origins in old Devonshire folklore and dialect. Their first studio recorded album “ Hangman’s Daughter” will be readily available and on sale at the Festival.
Events Featuring Devonbird
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
|Bradders blues Singer|
Wadebridge's own acoustic bluesman will appear in person!
Events Featuring Bradders blues Singer | Artist's Website
|Brian and Marie Phillips|
Marie and Brian Phillips are a husband and wife duo who have been favourites at Midlands folk clubs and festivals for many years; featuring Marie on guitar and vocals and Brian on guitar and mandolin. They perform a wide mix of material including traditional, blues, and contemporary music guaranteed to entertain all tastes and making full use of Marie’s great voice and Brian’s stunning guitar style.
Events Featuring Brian and Marie Phillips
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 – three lovely ladies from Looe and St Tudy, in Cornwall’s fishing ports and moors, Kate Ward, Steph Althaus and Lorraine Rooke formed a little over a year ago, through a mutual friendship and a love for the wonderful songs of the sea and the land. Their voices seemed to melt together in such an inspirational way that they soon were being called upon to sing in Folk clubs around the area.
Their powerful arrangements of Spirituals as well as the poignant songs of the sea are a delight and show off their individual talents as well as their combined harmonies.... be prepared for humour as well as great singing!!
Events Featuring The Doxies
Mark Holland is a singer/songwriter hailing from Yateley in Hampshire, UK. Based in London, he and his four-piece band are busy on the London scene playing many reputable venues including The Troubadour, The Bedford, Bull & Gate and The Half Moon.
Prior to embarking on his own project Mark cut his teeth performing, writing and recording with a host of unsigned artists in the city. As a result of this and music from his childhood, Mark's music draws on many influences including Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Dave Matthews, James Morrison, Jason Mraz and Seth Lakeman.
Events Featuring Mark Holland | Artist's Website
Malc writes all his own songs –primarily because he finds other people’s too difficult to play. He is not steeped in the folk tradition and believe me you would not want to hear him try a traditional song. At the last count he had performed about 180 of his songs at Bodmin folk club, at least 4 of which he has been asked to perform again –preferably somewhere else.
Bodmin's answer to Billy Bragg. “Kicks the folk tradition in to touch”- Vic Legg.
Events Featuring Malcolm Pinch | Artist's Website
A singer-songwriter, performer and promoter living in Falmouth, Cornwall. As well as playing my gigs on my own and with Lantern Quartet, I also run the popular weekly Folk on Thursday night at the Grapes, Falmouth, which showcases the best of local contemporary and traditional folk and acoustic music. I released my 13-track debut album, 'Come on Over', in January 2013.
Events Featuring Andrew Bellamy | Artist's Website
North Cornwall based acoustic duo Steve Pickett and Fiona Hamilton, who have been singing together for about 2 years. Influences include Guy Clarke, Gram Parsons, Jimmy Webb, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle and Townes van Zandt. Repertoire includes 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
No guarantee can be given that any events will take place, or any artists will perform at a particular time, or at all. We will, however, make every effort to carry out the programme as advertised.
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