2021 Line Up
Love Music Trust Young Folk Ensemble (w/e)
Dance Bands & Callers:
Melrose Ceilidh Quintet (Sat); Kantref (Sun)
Albireo (Mon); The Time Bandits Ceilidh Band (Fri)
Dave Ball (Fri)
Chester City Morris Men (w/e); Bradshaw Mummers (w/e)
Special Events & Other Entertainment:
Children’s Entertainment all weekend with Panic Circus
Scroll down to see more about our artists:
False Lights are a folk rock group, formed in the spirit of the genre’s late-‘60s originators but informed by the music of the far more recent youth of the band’s originators, Sam Carter and Jim Moray (both BBC Folk Award winners in their own right). False Lights owe as much to Radiohead as they do to Fairport Convention. Since its first appearance in 2014, the band has expanded into a line-up that boasts not only Carter and Moray on vocals and guitars but also Nick Cooke on melodeon, Tom Moore on violin, Jon Thorne on bass, and Sam’s long serving drummer Sam Nadel. A dream list of musicians playing gleefully raucous music to create a joyful spectacle. Folk songs you can jump to.
From deep roots in their hometown’s vibrant music, song and dance scene, to smashing concert appearances in the UK and abroad, Sheffield-based Melrose Quartet have attracted a reputation for making music that truly connects with people. All four are internationally renowned singers, instrumentalists, writer/composers and teachers and in 2017 they were proud to be named the new patrons of Whitby Folk week.
The Trials Of Cato
Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, The Trials of Cato formed whilst living in Beirut, and spent a year boiling down the roots of their sound into a hybrid of traditional influences that intrigued Lebanese audiences in the country’s biggest venues. Returning home from Beirut in the winter of 2016, they have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene.
Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she is touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar.
Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne
Traditional and original songs and tunes from award winning singer and squeezebox player Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne. Best known for his work with BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominees Granny’s Attic, Cohen is a singer and instrumentalist with a love of English music. Cohen plays melodeons and anglo concertina as well as being a well-respected singer; in 2014 he won the Bromyard Folk Festival future of young folk award for singing. Expect traditional English folk songs and tunes along with a few original numbers.
Virginia Kettle and The Dreamkeepers
Virginia Kettle and The Dreamkeepers have already won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life. Showcasing Virginia's songs, they have performed at venues around the country, all the while recording new singles. Virginia, joined by John Kettle, Neil McCartney and Nick Davies, have earned the admiration and affection of countless fans.
Reg’s clever and imaginative lyrics have earned him the title of “Master Storyteller” (PennyBlack Music) and led Mike Harding (Mike Harding Folk Show) to introduce him onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall as “one of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced”. Whether it’s a village hall or the Albert Hall, Reg brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.
Alden, Patterson and Dashwood
Highly acclaimed folk trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, guitar and dobro around beautifully written original songs and melodies. Their music takes influence from English folk traditions with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.
Possessed of an ‘extraordinary voice’ that’s ‘full of character’ (The Telegraph), over the last 8 years Greg Russell has established himself as one of the most significant performers on the U.K. folk scene. Playing guitar, bouzouki, banjo and singing, in 2013 he won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 won the Horizon Award from the same source alongside Ciaran Algar.
In the ten years since winning Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Carter has earned a reputation for vivid, narrative-driven songwriting and captivating live performances. Renowned as “the finest English-style fingerpicking guitarist of his generation” (Jon Boden), Sam made a spell-binding appearance on Later… with Jools Holland in 2012 and has toured the world, sharing stages with some of the finest guitarists and songwriters, including Nic Jones, Martin Simpson, Richard Thompson, and Chris Wood.
Phoebe Rees is a musician and songwriter from Oswestry. Influenced by a diverse range of musical genres and cultures, she predominantly combines elements of Celtic, English and American Folk traditions into her music making. Drawing on inspiration from her early years in the Scottish Highlands, experiences as a classical viola player studying in Edinburgh and London, and subsequent travels throughout the rest of the British Isles, Europe, South America and India; she performs her own compositions along with interpretations of material by other artists close to her heart. Phoebe sings and accompanies herself mostly on the fiddle, viola and guitar.
Wet the Tea
A multi instrument act with Traditional Irish Music roots, with many other influences that creates something different from the norm.
Based in North Wales, Ben Robertson is a fingerstyle guitarist and singer who performs instrumentals and songs from across the folk tradition. Over recent years, he has developed a repertoire of Celtic and European fingerstyle guitar arrangements, and is currently working on new material whilst enjoying regular performances at festivals, folk clubs, and other venues. "Ben is a remarkable, remarkable guitar player, he really is" -Greg Russell, BBC Radio Sheffield "...prodigious young britfolk guitarist..." -fRoots Magazine.
'Alt. Folk played with the fire and intensity of Bluegrass'. FFO Punch Brothers, Nick Drake, Fleet Foxes
The Time Bandits
The Time Bandits are a Chester-based folk band who came together for the first time in 2001. They are equally at home playing for both concerts and ceilidhs. Their repertoire mixes Renaissance and early dance music, particularly tunes from the John Playford collection, with traditional folk tunes and songs and an increasing proportion of music written themselves.
The Waite Collective
Mal Waite and her two daughters Rebecca Holmes and Katrina Turner, each with an “exceptional” voice, sing with belief and commitment. With a repertoire that is varied, not to say eclectic, their voices seem to blend effortlessly as they take turns to sing the melody and harmony roles. Their obvious enjoyment in singing and performing together spills over to include the audience in the warm rapport they clearly have together.
Fiddlestone is an exciting 5-piece band whose current line-up has been together for over eight years. Their rich repertoire of songs and instrumental music features an enticing mix of Celtic and traditional. Ballads, airs, reels, and songs with stories created from a unique combination of instruments and vocals await you. The band has performed at folk festivals across the northwest, folk clubs far and near and some radio work. Their current CD ‘It’s About Time’ was launched at Chester Folk Festival in 2014 and contains a cross section of the music Fiddlestone love, and still love to perform.
Meaning "to sing, play or sound together in concert or harmoniously" in Anglo-Saxon, the band's name is both a promise to their audiences, and a reminder to themselves about what they're supposed to be doing.
In her compositions, Kate draws inspiration from nature and experience, often including metaphorical lines, as well as writing from the perspective of people she knows well. When choosing her set lists, she includes songs from a range of genres and performs them in her own style..
Mark Henderson Band
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One of the top ceilidh bands in the North West, Albireo play regularly for private events as well as dance clubs and festivals. The band’s repertoire draws on the English, Irish, Scottish and American traditions, along with self-penned tunes and others from further afield. Ceilidh dancing is a terrific way to spend an evening — it’s fun, sociable and can be as energetic as you want! With a combined total of over a hundred years’ experience of playing for events, Albireo can be relied on to deliver a great night’s dancing.
Martyn Harvey is a popular, experienced and engaging caller based in Kendal, Cumbria. Although he works mostly in the North West, he regularly travels all over the country to call at some of the most prestigious ceilidh and dance clubs as well as folk festivals near and far, working with the top bands. Martyn is also well known for giving some of the most interesting, energetic and fun dance workshops around. Why not get out your dancing shoes and get ready to have some fun?