FRIDAY 27th - MONDAY 30th MAY 2016

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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!

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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.

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.

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. 
Les Barker

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!

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.

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.


(Owain’s daughter in Icelandic), Steingrimur, George and Helen perform Welsh and Icelandic songs and tunes. They will present a set of the music of mountain peoples, and the songs of lonely high windy places, sung in their original languages. Their Welsh music is well known in Fishguard, but its commonalities with Icelandic folk music are surprising and touching.  As international musicians, their music is also influenced by Klezmer, Classical Indian percussion and rock, all of which informs their presentation of this music.  

Fiddlebox are Helen Adam on fiddle and vocals and George Whitfield on accordion and vocals. They have a busy performing career, appearing all over the world as party musicians, concert givers, strolling minstrels and at formal occasions. They play Welsh dance music, Klezmer, (the traditional music of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe), as well as Bluegrass, Irish and Cajun tunes, and songs old and new from near and far. Both writers as well as performers, they aim to share their musical passions in rocking performances that will encourage you to dance as well as touch your heartstrings.
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

Traditional music from England,
Wales and farther afield
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.

Celtic roots music for twmpath, ceilidh or concert. Line-up includes Uilleann pipes, fiddle, harp, saxophone, keyboard, bass, drums, bouzouki, assorted woodwind
and vocals.

Mike Chant

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…”
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 gives a bluesy twist to traditional songs and music from America Sweden
and the British Isles

Bright Season

Bright Season formed in 2013 bringing together the talents of singer and guitarist Michael J Tinker, fiddle-player Ella Sprung and accordionist Simon Dumpleton. Together they perform traditional and self-penned songs and tunes, displaying their own individual gifts and combining to deliver stunning arrangements and harmonies.



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..

Quarto bring you voices, fiddles,mandolins
guitars and melodeon, performing songs and tunes of all sorts and sizes, some traditional,
some original, some standards, some you've
never heard of, some serious, some not.
They bring together four very different sets of tastes and interests, with a single aim: making good music

Kitty – fiddle/melodeon/concertina,
Moira - whistles/pipes, and Garry – guitar.
A versatile ceilidh band with a huge repertoire of traditional Celtic, Continental and American tunes. Join them for a pub session or catch them in concert, they are sure to inspire and delight.

The Meadows
The Meadows are a Carmarthenshire folk band who play original works, both instrumental and sung, along with fresh interpretations of folk music from various traditions, predominantly drawn from Celtic culture.  Their concerts are an etherial journey of sounds: a fusion of atmospheric, contemplative, emotional textures combined with high-energy, exhilarating folk music which gets people dancing. 


Andrea’s voice has been described as “haunting and almost mystical” and she also plays Guitar & Celtic harp and was also the inspiration behind many of their self penned songs. Buddy on the other hand is a multi-instrumentalist (Vocals, Guitars, Mandolins, Flutes & Woodwind, Bass and Percussion) co songwriter, who together with Andrea arranges their songs


Theatrix Arts

Puppet show
Foolishly John Lambton throws the strange googly eyed fish back into the river. What has he done! The Fish grew and grew and grew until… well find out... Paul Batten of Theatrix Arts performs this magical story based on the legend of the Lambton Worm through puppets, changing scenery, song, music and sound effects.  The show is based on the medieval folk legend of the Lambton Worm a story of a Dragon! The performance is followed by a workshop where the children design and make their very own dragon puppet!

Galeforce are singer songwriters from Welshpool Mid Wales who write songs that tell stories; songs of the working people, the mines, the sea etc, keeping up the folk tradition of songs of and about people. Their songs have been showcased on BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio Wales and Radio Maldwyn to name a few and have had really good reviews.

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Les Barker
The Hut People
Bright Season
James Findlay
Blackbeard's Tea Party / Rheged
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Full price tickets
Saturday 28th May
Theatr Gwaun 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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