Intricate melodies that weave over brooding basslines, Ailsa Tully is creating an ethereal world that is rooted in folk with darker undertones. Inspired by choral music, folk and indie her sound is haunting, tender and powerful. Her lyrics are both honest and poetic, often exploring feminism and her experiences of being female in her writing.
Ailsa has been featured on BBC Radio Wales many times, toured Italy, performed at festivals and venues throughout the country, including Greenman, Nozstock, The Big Cwtch and the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.
‘I can’t tell you how excited I got when I heard this… inexplicable transcendental excellence’ – Adam Walton, BBC Introducing Wales
As a cellist Ailsa has a unique approach to song writing and arranging; originally she performed using the cello to accompany her voice but has now incorporated an electric bass into her shows to explore a different tone. Fronting an an all-female band which bring her song writing to life, expect modal harmonies and driving rhythms to tender emotive melody lines.
Support comes from GILLIE. Her music centres around an experimental pop sound, with an undercurrent of folk influenced narrative.
Son Of John (Jacob Johnson) are back performing with renowned double bassist John Parker, of the band Nizlopi.
Last year the duo released their debut E.P “Live at Fieldgate Studio”. The duo takes Jacob’s own material as well as traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic, to create intimate yet vibrant gigs.
With the mix of Jacob’s “husky drawl...and.. effortless picking” mixed with John’s ability “teasing the most amazing sounds, bowing, plucking, sawing and downright thrashing to remarkable effect” – FATEA Magazine - out of his instrument, the duo wander from old timey foot stompers to slower more ambient songwriter ballads.
“..a series of intricately and sometimes delicately orchestrated, vignettes and ballads that switch in a heartbeat from reference points as diverse as Appalachian Bluegrass to the arid string patterns of the Maghreb.” – Slap Magazine
“The pairing worked well, with Jacob’s husky vocals, and acoustic guitar, being poked and cajoled by the warm bass line stirred by JP.” – Rhythm & Booze
“As with his debut album, the playing is faultless, the original songs outstanding and, if anything, the intervening 2 years have rendered Jacob's voice even more distinctive.” – Paul Jackson, FATEA Magazine
There is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. He is widely considered one of the most original and interesting artists in the UK. Described at BBC Radio 2 as ‘quirky’ and an artist who ‘makes you think afresh’, and by one eminent reviewer as ‘approaching national treasure status’, Mark is a totally original songwriter, a stunning guitarist, and a master storyteller. He takes elements of roots music, including folk, blues and gospel, to create something new that is very much his own genre.
‘He's kind of reinvented the blues in this country. What a glorious sound he makes’ - Frank Hennessey, BBC Radio 2
His highly individual, all-original music goes down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it has taken him to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes. Recent appearances on BBC Radio 2, as a guest with Cerys Matthews and Anneka Rice, have further added to his growing reputation.
A thrilling, rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style. Mark tours extensively. He has appeared at top festivals such as Celtic Connections, Bearded Theory, The Great British Folk Festival, Lakefest and Jazz FM Love Supreme and at prestigious venues all over the UK. He has released six albums which have been unanimously acclaimed across a wide range of areas of the music world, receiving a very great deal of airplay and highly enthusiastic reviews in the UK, Europe and the US.
‘Mark Harrison keeps getting better‘ - Classic Rock Magazine
'singular lyrics …an original take on song writing' - Blues in Britain
'There is an inquiring intelligence as well as an emotional sensibility at work here…she plays and sings beautifully *****'. - Songlines
‘folk album of the year thus far’ - The Guardian
Maz O'Connor spent her teenage years singing in folk clubs, and in 2014 was the recipient of a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship (Adele was a previous recipient) which paired her as an emerging artist in residence with The English Folk Dance and Song Society. During this year she wrote, recorded and released her album ‘This Willowed Light’, which earned her a nomination for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award and appearances at high profile festivals such as Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and WOMAD. Maz began to explore her own songwriting further, addressing themes of millennial angst in her second album ‘The Longing Kind’. She toured the U.K. and Europe, including opening for such artists as David Gray, Thomas Dybdahl and Rosanne Cash.
Her background in folk continues to inform her storytelling and feminist themes are a constant in her work: from the song ‘Derby Day’, which she was commissioned to write about Emily Wilding Davison and the feminist re-telling of the creation myth ‘Mississippi Woman’ (both on her first album ‘This Willowed Light’), to the songs giving voice to women in portraits who have been silenced as muses (on her second album ‘The Longing Kind’).
She considers new album ‘Chosen Daughter’ - a collection of darker, story songs - a bigger, more concentrated feminist statement. It is not protest music, but a very personal album which explores, and celebrates, the feminine.
Tinc y Tannau
Sianed Jones and Ailsa Mair Hughes sing and play the Bass Viola da Gamba at the same time. Together they conjure up rich four part harmonies and rhythms that are intoxicating on these ancient resonant instruments that can be bowed or strummed like a guitar. Tinc y Tannau perform playful improvisations, original songs, 16th century voice and viol pieces and unusual settings of ancient Welsh poetry. The ancient influencing the now whilst careering joyfully into the future. www.tincytannau.co.uk/
Jo Thomas is a composer of electronic music, based in London. Her music has been released by Holiday Records (Mermaids 2013) the left field label Entr’acte and the contemporary music label NMC, as well as studio productions she performs live and site- specific works. Jo Thomas’s work has been performed at Tate Modern, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Prix Ars, Linz, Salon de Messian, Radio France, Paris, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Jo Thomas has a post at the University of East London teaching sound design, composition and music technology. She lives in North London and has her own studio in Highbury. Www.soundcloud.com/jo-thomas
Larch are an experimental electronic duo from Cardiff. https://larchtracks.bandcamp.com/
Described as "the best songwriter you've never heard of" and "an ear-splitting, nerve- shredding experience," transgender vocal-terror from Townhill Truly Kaput started making music as part of the queercore and feminist DIY punk scenes of London in the early 00's. After playing with bands such as The Battys and Gender Fascist, Truly has since gone solo with their own brand of banjo-ukulele driven anti-folk. They are currently working on a new release titled Council House Classics.
- Doors open 7pm / Performances start 7:30pm
Tickets available - Cash only.
The Kilpecks sing fresh upbeat folk, with songs full of love and loss, revenge and revelry. They have performed at HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, Wessex Folk, Folk on the Quay, Beer on the Wye and their songs have aired on BBC Introducing.
“The Kilpecks are a fantastic modern folk band. Excellent musically and vocally. A brilliant mix of traditional and upbeat modern folk. Everything modern British folk should be and more. The audience absolutely loved them!” - Celtic Marches
Collectively, The Kilpecks are ready to explore the sound and stories of the folk and roots music that make up this beautiful land.
Support comes from singer-songwriter Emi McDade.
“It's not very often you can say that you've been swept off your feet or left swooning from the sheer power and raw emotion from an artist's songwriting or vocal presence" - The Flux Presents
"Beautiful voice" - Nina Nesbitt; Jamie Theakston (Heart FM)
Tickets are £5 advance - cash only, available from the box office.
Lanterns Across the Snow with The Village Quire
Snow always fell on Christmas Eve, fat and soft as goose feathers, to lie like a quilt upon the ground all winter. That is what Frances remembers, now that she is old, at another Christmas time. A happy childhood is like a magic circle. Lit from within it throws a beam forwards into the present.
“Last night, the snow fell. And I began to remember. I remembered all the things that I had forgotten. Or so it seemed. But not forgotten after all. They were all there, stored away like treasures.”
Susan Hill’s mesmerising novel adapted for performance and interlaced with lovely old carols, rousing West Gallery anthems and delicate seasonal harmonies to melt the heart on even the coldest December night.
“One of the most exciting prospects on the burgeoning country scene” - Paul Sexton: BBC Radio 2
“incredible vocals, slick guitar work, excellent rhythm and – most importantly - superb songs” with “raw talent seeping through each track” - Maverick Magazine
Katy Hurt has rapidly become a leading light on the UK Country-Americana scene. 2018 saw her receive a nomination for “Best Country/Folk Act” at the Unsigned Music Awards as well as performing festival slots at Country 2 Country, BlackDeer, Rhythmtree, Cornbury and many more. Katy Hurt is one of those rare talents that can write and perform with equal impact.
“Hurt’s voice combines Dolly Parton’s twang and Beth Ditto’s soul” - Roland Monger
Katy spent 2017 and 2018 performing at 100+ shows each year around the country since the launch of her EP “Pieces of Me” and highly praised singles from her recently released EP “Unfinished Business, with songs impressing fans by combining the honest lyrical content of country with riffs and haunting vocals.
Katy’s performance at The Pilton Party, highly praised by Michael Eavis, introduced crowds to her latest singles displaying great crossover potential into the rock, pop and blues genres.