15th FISHGUARD FOLK FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 23rd - MONDAY 26th MAY 2014
CONCERTS, CEILIDHS, WORKSHOPS, SINGAROUNDS, SESSIONS, 
FAMILY EVENTS
This is an amazing, mostly free festival, situated in one of Wales’ most scenic and historic spots. Established 1999

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Featuring

"From the first few notes you know that this is something special." - FOLKING.COM 
"A musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant." -
 fROOTS
Barrule fuses three distinct musical forces – Mabon frontman and accordion wizard Jamie Smith, gifted 20 year-old fiddle-player Tomás Callister  and versatile accompanist Adam Rhodes on bouzouki.
Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes bring freshness and dynamism to their arrangements of close harmony songs, both with and without accompaniment. Everything from traditional sea and working songs to more recent compositions is present in their repertoire, and is delivered with originality and flair.


Winner of Best Group in both the Live Ireland awards and the TIR awards, The Outside Track are one of the top Celtic acts in the world. A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, their marriage of Celtic music, song, dance has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on this as a foundation.

Winners of the 2014 Radio 2 Horizon award and 2013 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. In 2011 multi-instrumentalist Ciaran (Fiddle, Bouzouki, Guitar, Vocals) met and joined forces with Greg (Vocals, Guitar, Bouzouki, English Concertina) to form a brand new duo.  Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar are two of the most talented and up and coming folk musicians in the UK



Saturday 24th May at 7.30 Greg Russell Ciaran Algar and The Urban Folk Quartet at Theatr Gwaun
Sunday 25th May at 7.30 Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston and The Outside Track at Ffwrn
Monday 26th May at 12 noon The Young ‘Uns and Barrule at Ffwrn
Concert Tickets available
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All tickets £10


Also appearing

Jess and Richard Arrowsmith are traditional musicians and singers who specialise in English music and song using voices, melodeon and fiddle.

Songwriter, singer
and 'folk rapper' His shows are dynamic and intense, while remaining approachable and fun loving.
Winner of the Wath Festival Young Performers Award 2012 & BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee 2013
Pembrokeshire born singer songwriter Mike Chant has forged a reputation for himself as a passionate multi instrumentalist and powerful singer

Veterans of the Shropshire and mid-Wales folk music scene, producing its own brand of close harmony music, mostly a capella and usually based on traditional words and music.
Celtic roots music. Line-up includes Uilleann pipes, fiddle, harp, saxophone, keyboard, bass, drums, bouzouki, assorted woodwind and vocals.
Stunning harmonies, thought-provoking and often challenging lyrics, all held together with a weird, off-the-wall humour all of their own. 
Four highly accomplished musicians, a dozen instruments and four voices coming together to craft a knockout show of globally–influenced, electrifying acoustic music. 
Exhilarating songs and music that guarantees to get your feet tapping, your face smiling and your festival-feet jumping! Acrobatic fiddling and earthy vocals are interwoven with wonderfully distinctive vocal harmonies and the bodhran drum,

The Klezmic Rays are the von Trapps of Klezmer music! A family band led by fiddler Helen Adam playing the happy and sad Jewish traditional music that is heard at weddings, parties and other social occasions.

Quarto sing and play contemporary and traditional songs and tunes. Their repertoire includes everything from old favourites to their own material and from rousing singalongs to delicate ballads.

Traditional, Mediaeval & Renaissance Songs & Tunes voice, guitars, oud, gittern, cittern, lutes, dulcimer, mandolin.

Border morris
dancing at its best

Specialise in ‘Songs of Ale and Sail’, many of them sea shanties, all of them chorus songs, some accompanied on guitar and/or concertina and many unaccompanied.


Carwyn Tywyn
Mike Greenwood and friends
Brenig  sing a blend of traditional and contemporary folk songs
Stories of love, Welsh folklore, local history and the countryside.
The melodies blend Celtic rhythms, blues, country and  Cajun.
Local singer songwriter from Pembrokeshire
Celtic & Welsh triple harp
Traditional Welsh dancing and music

Dr Bobs Ceilidh Band
Popular local ceilidh band providing the enterainment for the dancing
Devon based trio performing original & traditional folk tunes & putting music to well known Devonshire poetry 
Plus others
In response to numerous enquiries, a Ceilidh is the Irish equivalent of the English Barn Dance or Welsh Twmpath

Some of the many comments...

I have just returned from my first visit to a Folk Festival. From the colourful opening ceremony in Fishguard's town square
to the fun of the finale, the Fishguard Folk Festival was a joyous and vibrant celebration of folk music
set against the backcloth of an historical and picturesque town.  Joining in when I could added to my enjoyment.
It's in my diary for next year. Make sure you put it in yours - it's well worth a visit.  Elizabeth Baines

Thank you Fishguard Folk Festival. What a wonderful, wonderful evening! X
Miranda Sykes


A big THANK YOU to the Fishguard folk festival revellers. It was a pleasure to talk to and feed you over the bank holiday weekend.
See you again next year! Y Pantri bakery Fishguard

Diolch yn fawr iawn, iawn am gadael i ni chwarae yng Nghwyl Gwerin Abergwaun!
We had a brilliant gig; the audience were lovely, the venue was lovely. Thank you so, so much! Angharad Jenkins (DnA)

A big thank you to you and your team – we all really enjoyed our first Fishguard Folk Festival experience! Geoff Cripps (Allan yn y Fan)

Many, many thanks for all the effort that you and your team put in to making it one of the friendliest festivals on the calendar. 
Trevor Hedges

Great weekend - much enjoyed our Estron gig and again performing as part of Heb Enw Morris.
Already looking forward to next years... Thanks to all involved in the organisation - you did a great job. John Tose

We would like to say a big thank you for a great festival, we had a great time saw some great artistes
and played in a few really good sessions.  Stan Zervas

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