Tickets £7 advance / £9 OTD
Jo Carley and The Old Dry Skulls play a unique hybrid of early 20th Century music infused with dark imagery. Intense and compelling, they combine 1930’s voodoo sounds with a steamy broth of vaudeville, blues, skiffle, early ska, old-timey country and folk. Singer Jo Carley is smack in the middle of the mix, with a snarl and a twinkle as she uses her sweet melodies to tell of terrible things. This is made even more bewitching as she switches from fiddle to mandolin to washboard. The driving force is Tim Carley’s one-man-band set-up with guitar, kick-drum and foot tambourine (the rattlin’ shoe)! They are joined by multi-instrumentalist James Le Huray on double bass and banjo.
"Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls were a joy to behold. Rooted firmly in a bygone era when Voodoo and Black Magic were rife, the audience were all spellbound by the performance and its originality" - Adrian Blacklee - Blues Matters Magazine (UK)
"... a wonderfully enchanting show where magical songs were scattered." - thenextgig.nl (Netherlands)
"... a creepy-mischievous touch. Sarcasm is no stranger to her. It seems as if she predicts hell in such a way that you have to laugh about it" - Cultuurpakt.be (Belgium)
“...a steaming broth of cabaret, blues, ska, Vaudeville, voodoo and skiffle. Horror stories are the main course, with a side orders of sex, trouble, and all-night parties” - Hans Werksman - Here Comes The Flood (Netherlands)
“...riffs and rhythms, stomp and tap, crazy woman on vocals you find yourself waiting for her to cast a spell on you” - Alan Pearce - Blues Matters Magazine (UK)
Jo Carley and The Old Dry Skulls (UK) combine the voodoo rhythms of 1930's ska and the blues with old timey vaudeville cabaret.
Tickets £6 adv. / £8 OTD
Eira/Snow; is a union between Caractacus Downes and Lyndon Owen, two multi-instrumentalists who combine influences as diverse as the music of the Celts to that of the Middle East, Spain to the lands of eastern Europe; a true fusion from two players who have a long standing and close understanding.
This enthralling and eclectic musical sound is conveyed by both the use of conventional instruments, saxophone and double bass, and less familiar instruments such as Armenian Douduk, Turkish Mey and Zurnah, Hungarian Tarogato, electronic tanpura, Gaita Gallega, Futujara and range of percussion.
Past performances have been received enthusiastically and left audiences enraptured. They are pushing new boundaries musically and the opportunity to experience the enthusiasm and mastery of these two talented and skilled musicians is not to be missed. Their empathy for each other and their instruments is palpable; their skill and their creative horizons infinite.
“ … there’s a sense of being taken on a musical ‘world tour’ at every Eira/Snow gig … but for all this Eira/Snow’s pieces are primarily folk tunes with infectious melodies and strong grooves and an essential simplicity that ensures that they remain accessible no matter how far the band may push them.” Ian Mann, www.thejazzmann.com
Tickets £8 adv. / £10 OTD
A dynamic and inspiring collective of musicians who infuse an array of genres culminating in a melting pot of sax, strings, drums & keys. Mischa & His Merry Men deliver an energetic and compelling performance with their uplifting, socially charged originals taking you on an exciting voyage laced with messages of peace, love & unity… the revolution starts here!
Mischa & His Merry Men keep the audience on their toes, with their diverse nature, endless instrument combinations and songs spanning many genres, from folk to blues, from rock to reggae, from funk to ska!
“Their infectious positivity is always welcome at any music venue or festival” - Rock Regeneration
Tickets £6 adv. / £8 OTD
"really excellent … he takes very real things, normal things that happen in life, and he writes about them in a way that makes you think afresh about them" - Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2
There is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. He is widely considered one of the most original and interesting artists currently operating in the UK. His highly individual, all-original music goes down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it has taken him and his band (consisting of some of the UK’s top roots musicians) to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes. Recent appearances on BBC Radio 2, as guest on Cerys Matthews’s show and on Anneka Rice’s Pick Of The Week show, have further added to his growing reputation.
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. Mark’s live shows are well-known not only for the music but also for his introductions and explanations of the songs, and audiences frequently comment on how big a part these play in their enjoyment of the shows. Delivered in a manner often described as ‘wry’ and ‘dry’, these mark him out even more as a unique artist.
"fresh as morning sunshine and as sharp as a well-honed razor'" - Folkwords
Mark is a songster, and his songs cover all manner of non-standard subjects. With catchy tunes, lyrics than intrigue and engage, and striking rhythms, they make you smile, think and move. He takes elements of roots music, including folk, blues and gospel, to create something new that is very much his own genre. Each song is a snapshot of life or has a story to tell, like a 3-minute film or novel.
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
Tickets £8 adv. / £10 OTD
“The Minions seamlessly weave Balkan Beats with ska, dub and swing to create a bouncing set. It’s impossible not to get involved.” - The Independent
United by a love of tea, energetic dancing, cheeky riffs, silly hats, and cake, Mr Tea and the Minions unleash their colourful explosion of musical mayhem on unsuspecting audiences. Their highly anticipated new album ‘Mutiny’ is out now and is sure to catapult the band to new heights with it's mix of high energy, melodic and exciting original songs that the band are extremely excited about releasing to the world!
“Upbeat, playful and exciting.” - 365 Bristol
Their raucous Ska Folk blended with full-fat Balkan beats and a squeeze of tangy Dub has made them party-starting festival favourites – and has inspired frenzied dancing all over the UK (and on a number of forays into continental Europe), with almost 100 festival appearances including Glastonbury, Boomtown, WOMAD, Secret Garden Party, Shambala, Belladrum, Wilderness, Nozstock, and Goulash Disko, to name just a few.
“Mr Tea and the Minions played one of the best performances we have ever seen! Expect great things from these guys.” - Swingamajig Festival
Tickets £8 adv. / £10 OTD
2019 was the biggest year yet for Cable Street Collective. Building on the critical hype and radio play (on the likes of BBC Radio 6Music, Radio X and Amazing Radio, among others) generated by their second EP, Where Now From Here? they spent the summer touring extensively – playing at Glastonbury, Shambala Festival and a whole host of festivals and venues up and down the country.
“Spicy indie pop with a tropical feel.”– CLASH Magazine
The band initially broke through onto the festival circuit with the release of their first EP, The Best of Times, in 2014, and have since built up a stellar reputation as a live act with back-to-back summers tearing up the likes of Boomtown, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, The Isle of Wight Festival, and the Lake of Stars Festival (Malawi), as well as those mentioned above.
Their sound mixes African-influenced guitars and beats with soulful female vocals and western melodies, creating an idiosyncratic alt-pop sound that’s all their own. Live, the band are joined by a horn section, and their sets are guaranteed to get everyone to their feet.
“Their music grooves like a b*stard.”– Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music & BBC Introducing)
Tickets £8 adv. / £10 OTD
“Their music ranges boldly from klezmer melodies, tingling tango, exuberant Irish folk and swinging jazz to pumping reggae and lilting Latin […] thoroughly invigorating” — Songlines
With their poly-rhythmic fusion of world and folk styles, Solana have made quite a splash on the music and festival scene across the UK and in their adopted hometown of Bristol. Taking influence from such diverse greats as Tigran Hamasyan, Kíla, Vicente Amigo and Dhafer Youssef, Solana’s sound is rhythmically complex and harmonically rich.
“A fervent and fertile form of world fusion” — Shire Folk
“They make my spice shelf look boring… an accomplished and colourful album” — Folk Radio UK
Tickets £12 + BF
Catfish are an international touring blues rock powerhouse, making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe. In the last few years, they have played at almost every major UK blues festival and have established themselves as a real force in the British blues scene. They now tour regularly in Europe.
Their first album 'So Many Roads' reached no. 1 in the IBBA airplay charts, as did their second album, this one almost entirely original material - ‘Broken Man’ - which was also nominated for a UK Blues Award and was named album of the year by the IBBA. Their current album 'Burning Bridges' was released in May 2019 and has received excellent reviews from the UK and European music press. It was the third most played album by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association in 2019.
Tickets £8 adv. / £10 OTD
Mishra are a global folk collective with strong roots in U.K folk, out of which they weave a tight web of intricate, Indian-influenced original music that defies definition and has already brought awards recognition since their formation in 2017. Originally a creative collaboration between Kate Griffin (The Unsung Roots) and Ford Collier (BBC R2 Folk Award nominated The Drystones), they have expanded into a collective with a continent-hopping instrumental palette that includes Indian tabla, double bass, Irish whistle, and African calabash. At the heart of their sound are Kate Griffin’s inimitable voice and clawhammer banjo, which soar above the driving rhythms produced by jazz-folk double bassist Joss Mann-Hazell and renowned tabla player John Ball (Rafiki Jazz, Indus), while multi-instrumentalist Ford Collier weaves an agile counterpoint on low whistle and adds yet more drive on percussion and guitar. They perform in line ups that range from duo to quintet, making each performance a unique experience. In 2018 Mishra won Cambridge Folk Festival’s first ever Christian Raphael prize, the prize money from which they used to record their debut album The Loft Tapes, which features live-in-the-room analogue recordings of their uniquely accessible Indo-folk and was featured in Songlines magazine, where it was described as an "airborne amalgam of cross-continental pollinations" (Tim Cummings) . In December 2019, Mishra celebrated the album release with a U.K-wide tour, in which different concerts featured different combinations of musicians from the collective. The album is distributed by Hudson Records.
"Fascinating stuff... I'm really enjoying Mishra's blend" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“An airborne amalgam of cross-continental pollinations … More servings please” -Tim Cummings, Songlines Magazine
"Brilliantly executed Americana and folk mixed with Indian music... Lovely sound, beautifully sung… Gosh that’s tasty!“ -Mike Brocken, BBC Radio Merseyside
“It is a powerful and heady cocktail, yet at times almost mystical as well, bringing together the flavours and ingredients of four different continents, and producing a sumptuous feast for the ears… The Loft Tapes has undeniably forced its way into my top ten albums of 2019.” -David Auckland, Folk Radio
Tickets £10 adv. / £12 OTD
“Genuinely the next big thing on the folk scene” - Andy O’Hare, BBC
Over ten years and evolving incarnations, award-winning Roving Crows have cultivated an arresting, singular sound that pushes the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre playing with passion, energy and soul. Vital and vibrant, they are a must-see live act who showcase a mix of fiery, celtic-inspired fiddle, conscious, intelligent lyrics, backed by solid, thumping rhythms and driving, innovative bass.
“Really individual Celtic folk rock group” - Mike Harding, BBC
“The next folk super group in waiting” - Nancy Dunham, folking.com
Tickets £8 Earlybird / £10 Advance / £12 OTD
Monster Ceilidh Band Present: their ‘Electrofolk’ spectacular with award winning talents of Accordionist Amy Thatcher and the gifted young Teeside Violinist Grace Smith. Their powerful and uncompromising approach has brought them to the attention of many of the major UK Festivals; from Cambridge to Bestival, along with Tanz und Folkfest, Germany and Colours of Ostrava in the Czech Republic and soon to audiences across the world.
The 'Monsters' have been guided by bands like Shooglenifty, Martyn Bennet, and the Peatbog Faeries, continuing in the electronic-fusion genre with their self styled ElectroFolk.
D’n’B producer the Touch works together with electronic experimentalist and bassist David de la Haye to augment the compositions of Amy, Grace and Octave Mandolin player, Kieran Szifris. The result is a crucible for smelting riffs, massive chord progressions, intense electronics, folk tunes and a wide variety of styles from simply some of the UK’s finest folk musicians.
This is not a ceilidh, it’s electrofolkmaggeddon!
“Monster Ceilidh Band have the skills to create that instant party, with an infectious blend that fuses UK folk, with drum & bass." - Mike Green, London King’s Place, Wilderness Festival & London Folk Guild
“Young and sassy, innovative and skilful the Monsters effortlessly fuse the traditional with the contemporary” - Liz Holmes, Director Knockengorroch World Ceilidh