17th FISHGUARD FOLK FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 27th - MONDAY 30th MAY 2016
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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Fishguard’s 17th Folk Festival brings together its unique mix of local talent and well-known performers to provide four days of songs, tunes and dance. Most events are still free, and whether you want to play, sing, dance or just watch and listen, there is always a choice of things to do in throughout this fun-packed friendly festival. Add in the beauty of the location on the world famous Pembrokeshire coast and you have the perfect weekend.

Mae gŵyl werin 17eg Abergwaun yn dwyn ynghyd cymysgedd unigryw o dalent lleol a pherfformwyr adnabyddus i ddarparu pedwar diwrnod o ganeuon, alawon a dawnsio. Mae’r rhan fwyaf o’r digwyddiadau yn parhau i fod am ddim, ac os ydych eisiau chwarae, canu, dawnsio neu wylio a gwrando, mae llond llwyth o bethau i’w gwneud yn ystod yr ŵyl gyfeillgar llond hwyl hon. Ychwanegwch harddwch y lleoliad ar arfordir byd enwog Sir Benfro ac fe gewch benwythnos perffaith!

Concert tickets on sale below, £10 per concert,
or get all 4 for £35
All other concerts, ceilidh, guided walk and workshops, FREE.

Here we go/Yma rydym yn mynd....

Alaw

Alaw are Jamie Smith, (Mabon) Oli Wilson-Dickson (Mabon, Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra) and Dylan Fowler ( Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra)
‘Alaw’ is Welsh for melody, and it is a love of melody that is at the heart of this group. Drawing on a great wealth of musical experiences Alaw take their audiences on a musical journey – a tune brought back from a tour in Bulgaria or collaboration in India – but at the heart of their set is a passion for the old tunes of Wales. From the elegant to the virtuoso, Alaw play with an empathy that comes from many years of working together. Dylan and Oliver have performed in Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra ‘a bunch of top-drawer world musicians’ John Medd, Nott Eve Post. Oliver and Jamie are also well known throughout the folk world as the frontline of Jamie Smith’s Mabon; “A top band led by one hell of an accordion player” Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

Blackbeards Tea Party

Voted best band at 2014 Cropredy Convention, and named THE band to see at Glastonbury by the Huffington Post, 2014 also saw Blackbeard’s Tea Party make a huge impact at festivals as diverse as Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Costa Del Folk in Spain, and the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo. With this growing reputation, it’s hardly a surprise that they are one of the most in-demand bands on the folk circuit. Ffolk tunes are given a rock edge with playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms.
Les Barker
He's back!!!
Les Barker writes strange poems and comes originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He's written 85 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two.
The Hut People

Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People have over the last 4 years proved to be one of THE most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today. seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty. 
Back by public demand, if you missed them in 2015, take this chance!
 


Talisk

Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Talisk have already made a big impression on the folk music scene since their formation in August last year. The group also won a coveted Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections 2015 and have performed live in session on
BBC Radio 2. The trio’s engaging and energetic performances have already landed them slots at some of Britain’s biggest festivals, including Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections and Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival.

Wildgeese

With their roots firmly embedded in the traditional music of Scotland & Ireland, Wild Geese have developed an electrifying style of playing the music that they love.They sing songs that tell of Witches, Knights, Selkies and many other mythical creatures, they then blend these together with Reels, Jigs and Folk Rock. It is a subtle mixture of the old blended with the new, that creates a sound which is a unique musical experience. Tunes and songs are played on a wide variety of musical instruments and are fused together with the haunting sound of the bagpipes

The Vagrants Crew

First formed circa 1983 the Crew have undergone many changes in their "colourfull" and varied career. Originally formed as a Folk band they are now more popularily recognised as a Maritime band performing at venues and festivals, not only locally and countrywide but also in Europe and Ireland. With an average age, which is classified information, they are, what can only be described as an "ever so slightly mad, fun loving bunch" who thoroughly enjoy their music, playing and singing their own arrangements of traditional songs in their unique style ...which sometimes does not go down too well with the purists... and fully intending to do so for as long as possible.
Nick Scott

A former member of well known band Last Nights Fun and laterly Legacy, piper extraordinaire, Nick is a welcome return to Fishguard
Rob Lear

Rob Lear is an artist with undoubted quality, which shines throughout…he commands a great respect as an artist. This is backed up in the skilful ability to write likeable, catchy and bouncy tunes that make you sit up and smile and want to hum along' - Plugged in Magazine
Three Legg'd Mare
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Traditional music from England,
Wales and farther afield
Rapsquillion
Since 1999, Rapsquillion, the award-winning but grizzled veterans of the Shropshire and mid-Wales folk music scene, has, in its various incarnations, been producing its own brand of close harmony music, mostly a capella and usually based on traditional words and music.
James Findlay Trio
Murderous plays off amusing in James' new and characteristically ambitious set of tunes. A youthful blend of trad folk, exceptional musicianship and a light comic tone, James and his trio not only entrance with delightful music but entertain with unique parlance.  James comes from a family of folk singers and his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition. James is joined by accomplished double bassist and flautist Jon Dyer and the equally talented mandolin and guitarist Alfie Gidley.  The Foxglove Trio

The Foxglove Trio is a group of multi-instrumentalists who perform mostly traditional songs from around the British Isles in English and Welsh. These talented musicians are making a name for themselves on the UK folk scene for their beautiful harmonies, creative new arrangements and engaging live performances.
Skylark

Skylark gives a bluesy twist to traditional songs and music from America Sweden and British Isles
skyhook
Cath James, Martin Harwood and Eoin Teather play traditional tunes and songs from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, plus self-penned compositions by Cath, finalist in the 2008 and 2011 Niel Gow International Fiddle Composition Award. They shift seamlessly between exhilarating dance music, with unique interplay and harmonies from the fiddles, to spine-tingling songs which are sensitively arranged and beautifully sung. skyhook play with a joy and precision that's hard to match. Rheged
Rheged – An ancient Welsh kingdom which once stretched from North Wales to Southern Scotland

Peni Ediker, Stef Balesi,
Anne Marie Summers and Lynne Denman are an exciting new band playing a captivating blend of medieval and Celtic folk music with a repertoire that spans a thousand years. Hypnotic melodies, drones and compelling rhythms on instruments such as Crwth, Harp, Bagpipes, Cittern and Hurdy Gurdy, combine with Lynne Denman's powerful, crystal-clear vocals to explore the musical heart
that links us together across a diverse
and tribal nation..


Concert ticket sales, £10 per concert, get all 4 for £35
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Alaw
Les Barker
The Hut People
skyhook
Talisk
James Findlay
Blackbeard's Tea PartyParty / Rheged
All concert discount
Saturday
28th May
Ffwrn 3.30
Saturday 28th May
Theatr Gwaun 7.30
Sunday 29th May
Ffwrn 7.30
Monday 30th May
Theatr Gwaun 12.00
 

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