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30th Anniversary Festival 2019

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10, 11 & 12 May

 

Some of the artists you can see at the 2019 festival!
Alaw

Video: Frank Hennessy

(Picture by Eric van Nieuwland)

ALAW are Jamie Smith on piano accordion, Oli Wilson-Dickson on violin and Dylan Fowler on guitar. With massive understatement, their website says: “Whether unearthing rare gems or re-imagining a well loved melody they treat their music with a deftness and sensitivity that is thoroughly absorbing.” The truth is stratospherically higher than that. Anyone who saw their festival fundraiser concert at Newport back in October will still be buzzing at a level of virtuosity rarely seen anywhere on the planet.


Oli, Jamie and Dylan have a long history of working together, sharing projects such as The Devil’s Violin, Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra. Oli and Jamie are well known throughout the folk world as the frontline of Jamie Smith’s Mabon. Dylan has developed an international career as an instrumentalist that has seen him collaborate with musical greats such as Danny Thompson and Richard Thompson.

Belshazzars Feast

Video: Frank Hennessy

Belshazzar’s Feast is a duo like no other. The Independent on Sunday called them “one of folk’s great odd couples” while the Guardian acknowledged “their sense of humour as well as their impressive musicianship.” Belshazzar’s Feast start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off wry humour for a unique live experience.


Together for over 10 years, Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) have stunned audiences around Europe and the States with their spine-tingling musicianship. Paul Sartin was also a member until recently of the multi-BBC Radio 2 Award-winning big band Bellowhead and still retains his role as a member of Faustus. Paul Hutchinson is the founder member of the innovative and progressive folk band, The Playford Liberation Front. His highly successful folk trio Hoover the Dog has recently morphed into the quartet Pagoda. He is the resident accordion tutor at Cecil Sharp House and is a seasoned tutor at Folkworks and Halsway Manor and leads ensemble workshops far and wide.


As Mike Harding, the Godfather Of British folk music says: “Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin play like no-one else you’ve ever heard. Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’

 

Bob Fox

Video: Bob Fox

One of the greatest names in British folk music and the voice of WarHorse. Bob Fox has been a giant on the world’s folk scene for more than 40 years.


He plays concerts and festivals from his native north-east to America and Australia. Since 2011 he has found a huge new audience as Songman in the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of WarHorse. This is a huge opportunity to see one of the greats...don’t miss it.

Brooks Williams

Video: Frank Hennessy

One of the greatest acoustic country blues players on the planet. American-born Brooks Williams has a spellbinding guitar technique, a soaring voice and a stage presence that leaves audiences in awe. Brooks performs hundreds of solo and band shows throughout Europe, North America and the UK each year and regularly collaborates with an impressive list of fellow musicians, including Hans Theessink, Guy Davis, Sally Barker, Boo Hewerdine, Paul Jones, and Rab Noakes. Marquee seats will fill up quickly for this gig, so get there early and prepare to be amazed.

CALAN

Video: Frank Hennessy

Calan are the new Welsh supergroup, an amalgam of five of the most brilliant and original talents breathing new life into traditional folk music. The band began by busking in Cardiff to pay for university fees. By 2015 they were performing alongside Bryn Terfel and Sting at the Royal Albert Hall. They blast their way through uplifting reels, jigs and hornpipes before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs you’ll ever have heard.

Frank Hennessy

Video: Frank Hennessy

The Godfather of Welsh folk music and a force of nature on stage. As presenter of BBC Radio Wales’ acclaimed weekly Celtic Heartbeat show, Frank Hennessy has nurtured and championed some of the greatest names in modern British folk music. But it’s in front of a live audience, where it all started for him, that multi-award winning Frank shines as fresh as ever - one of the best, most distinctive singer-songwriters this country has produced. An increasingly rare chance to catch him live. This is going to be a treat.

Jez Lowe

Video: Frank Hennessy

A living legend on the folk scene, Jez Lowe remains one of the busiest live performers in the country. His songs are among the most widely sung by other stellar performers, such as Fairport Convention, Bob Fox, The Unthanks and The Young Uns.


Meanwhile, his involvement in the award-winning BBC series The Radio Ballads continues, with his glorious song The Wrong Bus singled out for inclusion on Radio 4’s Pick of the Year.

The Hut People

Video: The Hut People

It’s amazing what you can do with an accordion, a pair of clogs, more percussion than you can shake a drumstick at...and more audience participation than you get at a Christmas panto! The Hut People are Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond who have firmly established themselves as one of the most entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today. This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and lots of laughter.

PATTY GURDY

Video: Patty Gurdy

Hurdy-Gurdy genius Patty Gurdy will blow you away with her explosive playing, soaring vocals and driving beat. Patty, whose real name is Patricia Büchler, is a YouTube sensation whose videos total well over 10 million views. She plays solo, with an acoustic guitarist (as she will at Tredegar House) or with her band Storm Seeker.


She is flying in from Düsseldorf specially for her first UK festival appearance. Mark our words, she is going to be a global superstar. Catch her now while you can...up close and personal.

Will Pound and Eddy Jay

Video: Will Pound and Eddy Jay

The greatest harmonica player of his generation meets the nation’s No.1 accordion player...so hang on to your hats for the ride of your life. Will Pound and Eddy Jay are at the pinnacle of their talents. Will Pound’s innovative style pushes the boundaries of harmonica playing. Eddy turns the accordion into an orchestra at his fingertips. But don’t just take our word for it. BBC Radio’s Tom Robinson says: “One Of the best live acts I’ve ever witnessed. The wild man of the accordion EJ and harmonica whizzkid WP creating sounds you just wouldn’t credit coming out of those instruments.”

THE ECLECTIC SHED EXPERIENCE

Delivering heartfelt vocals with unique arrangements in time-honoured Celtic tradition, The Eclectic Shed Experience (ESE) weave understated and carefully-crafted original songs.


ESE are Ron Savory on guitars and vocals, and Liz Crippin, also on guitars and vocals. Liz’s soaring voice and Ron’s close harmonies and mesmerising guitar work make for a genius combination. They utilise African, Americana blues, British and Eastern European influences to spread a special brand of warmth everywhere they perform.


Ron, a composer, lyricist and poet, has long been a hugely in-demand guitar teacher. Liz little realised that four years after starting guitar lessons she’d be playing her own songs New York’s Bitter End Club where stars from Dylan to Lady Gaga cut their teeth. Variously described as containing "beautiful phrasing” and “surprising chord patterns", ESE’s music is already gaining huge plaudits from peers and public alike. Catch them up close while you still can.

 The Rob Lear Band

The Rob Lear Band’s all-star instrumentalists include Van Morrison bassist Pete Hurley, African-rhythm expert Liz Mullins, country guitar genius Brett Green and Back Of Beyond’s drummer Tim Robinson. Then, of course, there’s Rob Lear himself, a songwriter and guitarist whose stunning music has seen him tour the UK and Europe, including a residency at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, performances at Wembley Arena and festival gigs alongside the likes of Seth Lakeman, Show of Hands and Martin Simpson.

The Paul Lloyd Nicholas Band

The Paul Lloyd Nicholas band are guitarist and songwriter Paul Lloyd Nicholas (centre), violin virtuoso Sel Edwards (left) and keyboards genius Aled Rhys Evans (right).  All successful solo, session and ensemble players in their own right, they come together to play Paul’s songs which are available on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes and on the albums Ariel and Hold The Line. Tredegar House Festival favourite and concert star Charlie Dore says: “This is a beautiful  band”. And Fairport Convention’s Dave Pegg adds: “These are wonderful songs”. A rare opportunity to catch these three musicians playing together. 

Dewdropper

Dewdropper are the sublime soaring voice of Elaine Morgan on vocals and whistles, Dave Dearnaley on guitar, John Turner on percussion, hurdy gurdy and backing vocals, Gordon Keir on keyboards and octave mandola, and Derek Morgan on bass guitar and backing vocals. Close friends for many years, they rework traditional folk themes coupled with wonderful original songs. Their album, One, is a stunning masterclass in ensemble multi-instrumental playing and high-quality vocals. Don’t miss them.

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