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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The 2014 festival featured

"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



Also appeared

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 many others

See what you missed, the 2014 festival programme here
Click here for a brief You tube video taster of the 2014 festival

Some of the many comments of the 2014 festival...
Dear Judy,
We have just arrived home after the best festival on our calendar. Many thanks for putting it all together and making so many people so happy.
Love from Gary and Helen


Dear Judy,
The reports in the press and in the emails have recognised what was evident at the time – that the Festival was a resounding success. It must be in the Premier League of Folk Festivals for its astonishing range of folk music together with workshops and opportunities to participate, all in a range of interesting venues.
The 'feel-good' factor abounded and was due to your welcoming presence as well as months of meticulous planning which ensures there is continuous entertainment on offer.
Elizabeth

Dear Judy,
Just a short note to say that we had a great time at the festival recently and attended two sessions – Sunday night and Monday lunchtime, both were fantastic
We travelled from Wiltshire especially for the event and weren't disappointed.
Many thanks for organising such a successful event.
Kind regards,
Richard

Hi Judy,
Thank you, and all the team, for another great Fishguard Folk Festival. It was full of wonderful music; played, sung and shared in a wonderful spirit. Particular highlights for me were Monday's concert – Barrule were superb and for The Young 'Uns to follow that accoustically was terrific – Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar on Saturday and – as usual – Rapsquillion's concert and workshop. Also, lovely singarounds in the Ship, thanks to Rapsquillion (again!), Nine Tenths Below and Stan Zervas. I also enjoyed the Medieval Music workshop with Ian Pittaway (which I probably wouldn't have got to if it wasn't for hearing him as a late fill-in for the Urban Folk Quartet on Saturday – it's an ill wind! But, having said all that, it was all great!
Thanks to everyone who organised anything, played, sung, danced, sold beer or just came and listened.
See you next year.
All the best,
Jon

Dear Judith,
May I take this opportunity to thank you for organising another superb Folk Festival in Fishguard.
My wife and I attended for the fourth year running, and I believe this year's was the finest I have ever attended.
We stayed three nights at the Manor Townhouse Hotel in order to enjoy the full programme, and what a programme it was!
Three days of great entertainment. I'm sure your sponsors/support/team have contributed in various ways, of which they can all be proud.
Please pass on my thanks to your whole team for a job well done.
We hope to return for next year's festival.
Regards,
Graham and Pat

Dear Judy,
I wanted to say how much we enjoyed the festival once more. You continue to innovate, which keeps thing fresh, yet the more familiar things –
places and faces – also bring a sense of continuity, and a feeling of belonging.
What I love most is the informality of the festival. There are always so many friendly people around, and there's a great sense of fun at every venue.
The town, despite the disappearance of a number of shops over the years, continues to provide for all my needs over the weekend,
and we both ate and drank well! FFF continues to prove over and over that you do not need big 'star names' to make a wonderful festival. It is more about the character and willingness of talented musicians to join in the spirit of the event. That has always been Fishguard's way, and long may it continue.
I'll be back next year!
Phil


Dear Judy,
We would just like to thank and congratulate you and your team for an excellent Festival. We have been attending now for four years and this was by far the best.
You seem to be managing to improve year on year – don't know how because every year we think it can't get any better.
The addition of Ffwrn as a venue has added a new dynamic and the quality of musical talent on display was superb
We look forward to next year and wish you great success.Well done Fishguard Folk Festival.
Colin and Sandy


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