18th FISHGUARD FOLK FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 26th - MONDAY 29th MAY 2017
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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“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.” 


Looking forward to seeing you at this year’s festival Elizabeth!

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Greg Russell
& Ciaran Algar.


Quarto

Moore, Moss, Rutter.

The Dovetail Trio
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Saturday 27th May 3.00
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Sunday 28th May
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Monday 29th May
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All concerts at Theatr Gwaun. Pob cyngerdd yn Theatr Gwaun
All other concerts & venues FREE! Bydd pob cyngerdd a lleoliad arall AM DDIM.


List of acts booked for 2017 so far:
Rhestr o berfformwyr am 2017 hyd yn hyn:

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners 2013
BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award Winners 2014
BBC Radio 2 Best Duo Nominees 2015

Two time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011. Soon after the joining of the pair, the duo were signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012 released their debut album, The Queen’s Lover. Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene.
'The press coverage and folk club reports have been glowing and rightly so' (R2 Magazine)
.
  Andreas Tophøj
and Rune Barslund

Leading Danish folk musicians of their generation, they perform with violin, accordion, viola and piano. This accomplished duo has its roots in Denmark’s peninsula Jutland. The duo sets out from traditional Danish music, but they have a contemporary take on it, being influenced by music from various countries and traditions. The duo draws on inspiration gained from residing in Ireland and the US and from encounters with Celtic and Nordic musicians and musical cultures.
  Jon Loomes and Tom Kitching
Tom Kitching and Jon Loomes are 50% of Pilgrims’ Way, at least in terms of culpability, and perhaps as much as 70% in pure biomass. Fiddle and guitar, songs and tunes, bitter and mild. Engaging, entertaining, sometimes surreal, always compelling.
Jon Loomes described as
‘A genius’ by Zoe Ball and
“Tom Kitching is one of the best English fiddlers ever” – Mike Harding
Moore, Moss, Rutter
Jack Rutter (Seth Lakeman Band), Tom Moore (False Lights) and Archie Churchill-Moss (Beyond the Marches). Widely regarded as three of the best players of traditional folk amongst a precociously gifted generation, their finely-crafted arrangements wield a rare potency. 2011 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners
Jimmy Aldridge
and Sid Goldsmith

Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are a highly acclaimed folk duo who play traditional and original music of the British Isles.Over the last three years they have built a reputation on the UK folk scene for arresting and moving performances.
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Elfen
Stacey Blythe: accordion & vocals; Helina Rees: fiddle; Jordan Williams: bass & vocals
“Soulful voice, beautiful fiddle, sweet harp and accordion, velvety bass –
an exciting new Welsh trio” 

Bernard Kilbride

The Dovetail Trio
Presenting England's traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, The Dovetail Trio explores familiar narratives and modern themes with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage. The new collaboration effortlessly combines the distinctive voices and acclaimed instrumental talents of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jamie Roberts, BBC Performing Arts Award winner Rosie Hood, and Newcastle Folk Degree alumnus Matt Quinn.
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Rob Lear
'Rob Lear is an artist with undoubted quality, which shines throughout… Rob Lear 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
One of the best singer song writers around'
- Greg Haver, producer
 (Manic Street Preachers), Cerys Matthews, Catatonia, Melanie C, KT Tunstall 

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Three Legg’d Mare.
Three Legg’d Mare are an Aberystwyth band who were brought together in 2014 by a common interest in the traditional songs and tunes of Wales, England and far beyond, and the social history and folklore that lies behind them. They sing old songs of madness, love, death, adventure and everyday life, intertwined with traditional tunes - and some original compositions.
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Finbar Magee and Breige Quinn
singer, songwriter, entertainer
A razor sharp Ulster wit... Songs with depth and vision...” Irish Music magazine 
“One of my favourite Northern writers...”
Mickey MacConnell 
“Bullet proof writing...”
Devon Sproule

Quarto
folk band based in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Quarto sing and play contemporary and traditional songs and tunes. Our repertoire includes everything from old favourites to our own material and from rousing singalongs to delicate ballads.

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Nick Dow
Nick Dow has been singing traditional Folk Songs for over Forty years. He has had a big influence on the Folk scene and most recently award winning English Folk Musician Jim Moray has quoted Nick as an influence singing two songs from his repertoire and including  one {Seven Long Years} on his latest album ‘Skulk’

Mike Chant
Festival favourite Pembrokeshire born singer songwriter Mike Chant has forged a reputation for himself as a passionate multi instrumentalist and powerful singer and lives by a small, simple but very important bit of advice given to him by the legendary Finbar Furey… “Always from the heart…”For over a decade Mike played with the band Nagus at festivals, concerts, pubs, clubs, funerals and infact wherever a bit of music was needed. 

HiJinx
A versatile folk group based in south Shropshire. They play traditional Celtic, Continental and American music for sit-down (if you can!) performance, or dance.
Pat Smith & Ned Clamp
Pat & Ned play an energetic mix of mostly Welsh tunes and songs - in English and Welsh, sometimes
both at the same time.
Hounds of the Sea
Leading Irish/Celtic Band The Hounds of the Sea, a superb Professional Four Piece from Pembroke, W Wales with a huge Irish set list
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Claret
Claret, no strangers to the festival, folk club and pub scene, offer a diverse mix of songs, instrumentals and folk- roots based repertoire and a jazz- tinge mix can be expected from this lively duo from the West Midlands 
Andrew McKay
and Carole Etherton

sing mainly traditional-style songs either with or without concertina accompaniment.  Also recently-composed songs which sound like they're traditional, some of which we write ourselves.  Also some Music Hall songs, and . . . well, anything we like, really.
Rapsquillion
Since 1999, Rapsquillion, the award-winning but grizzled veteran 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.
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Paul Hayes
Singer/songwriter living in the beautiful Preseli hills in Pembrokeshire. His music is a mix of traditional folk songs, with his own interpretation and self penned
songs written with a traditional feel
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Figurehead
an all female acapella group based in Cornwall. Sharing a mutual love of shanties, traditional songs and songs of the sea and shoreline.
Heb Enw Morris
 Border Morris from the border between England and Wales, with its rag jackets, blackened faces,
and wild stick clashing.
The Rumblestrutters
Swansea-based acoustic three-piece vividly evoke the blues, jazz and jug band music of the 1920s.
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Mice in a Matchbox
Colourful international sailors performing trad
and contemporary folk, often unplugged
Treskellion
Jess Ward and Holly Robinson
Mike Greenwood
BouZaTina
Bouzatina perform traditional Irish and modern folk songs and lively jigs and reels
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Cobblers Awl
A clog dance group who dance steps from both the English and Welsh traditions used to choreograph their own dances
Estron
Estron play mostly traditional Welsh music with the pipes taking the lead while the fiddle, uke and
harp add elements of rhythm, harmony and chordal accompaniment...

RazorBill
playing and singing traditional and modern folk and the occasional touch of country.  With a hint of Poguetry and other Celtic influences.

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Fishguard Folk Singers
Bringing you songs of the sea, folk songs & tunes, seasonal songs. 
English Dulcimer
Sue Harris and Lisa have played in the odd session together over the years, but last autumn at the World Dulcimer Congress, held in Malvern, they decided to explore further what their dulcimers would sound like with some arrangements that Sue came
up with for them.

 

More details about the acts soon....

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For all festival enquiries mail judy.whitehouse@gmail.com

Fishguard’s 18th 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 18eg 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!

 

Video by RT Bailey.



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