16th FISHGUARD FOLK FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 22nd - MONDAY 25th MAY 2015
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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FRIDAY 22nd - MONDAY 25th MAY
For all festival enquiries mail judy.whitehouse@gmail.com

Appearing (so far)

Calan

Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.
Urban Folk Quartet

Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh make up the quartet. Four highly accomplished musicians, a dozen instruments and four voices come together to craft a knockout show of globally–influenced, electrifying acoustic music that has been taking the international folk scene by storm. 
Kevin Dempsey
& Rosie Carson


Rosie and Kevin have played on various  tours in Europe where they also headlined their own shows. They played two shows in Austria before recording  their second album, 'Between the Distance'.
Rosie has accompanied and sung with many legendary UK folk names on stage
such as Richard & Teddy Thompson

Elbow Jane

Now established asone of the finest live acoustic acts in the UK, Elbow Jane tour clubs and festivals with their latest CD from Fellside Records'The Boldest Blood'. National press have described their music as “utterly infectious” and confirmed them as “one of the top acoustic acts in the country”.

Jon Loomes

A consummate performer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist ...(Hurdy gurdy, guitar, vocals)... and ethno-musicologist, Jon is renowned for his work with traditional English folk music. His debut solo album was released by Fellside Records to considerable acclaim and he has subsequently appeared as a guest musician on numerous CDs.

The Hut People

The Hut People are constantly gaining
a reputation as one of the most entertaining acts to appear on the folk scene. In their surprisingly engaging and often hilarious show, they perform a truly unique high-octane blend of folk music from around the world - perfectly formed & embellished with a foot-stomping accordion and mind-boggling array of exotic percussion.
Ninebarrow


Jon Whitley and James LaBouchardiere are an award-winning, Dorsetshire folk duo who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.
...'I've had lots of requests for this duo... Beautiful, lovely feel to this.
I love it...
Mike Harding

Les Barker

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

Pat Smith & Ned Clamp

Born in the rolling foothills of the Welsh Alps; raised in the wind-brushed cornfields of the lower Rhondda; distilled in the murky waters of the mighty E-ly-e River; blended in the rich man’s playground of Splott; and dumped on an unsuspecting public in the cunning guise of an energetic mixture of Welsh and American songs and tunes, skilfully played on concertina, guitar, spoons
and harmonicas
   

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. 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 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. Three days of great entertainment. 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,
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

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
All the best,
Jon

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

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