British singer-songwriter Eliza Skelton is currently recording her first solo album The Serenade of Rough Music due for release in spring 2011. Actively a part of the UK folk scene she has worked alongside and played with The Bevis Frond, Anton Barbeau, Nick Pynn and Oddfellows Casino as well as receiving acclaim for live shows from her band The Desperate Ones.
Long Hill Ramblers
If you're looking for a gimmick, move along. All the Long Hill Ramblers have to offer is folk music: clear, beautiful vocals, rich harmonies, virtuoso musicianship, and a repertoire drawn from among the finest traditional songs on both sides of the Atlantic.
"One of the world’s greatest performers" Maverick Magazine "a master...a true original" The Daily Telegraph
Stompin' Dave performs on guitar, five-string banjo, fiddle, piano, harmonica, vocals & tap dancing. Dave specializes in American roots music including old-time, bluegrass, blues, country blues, folk, vintage country & hillbilly. Traditional songs & tunes, originals & covers.
Dizraeli and the Small Gods
Dizraeli and the Small Gods are a 7 piece band from England, playing a folked, melodic, unashamedly heartfelt reinvention of hiphop. Rapper, singer, poet, person: Dizraeli has won the BBC Radio 4 Poetry Slam and the Farrago UK Slam Championships and you couldn't imagine a more talented bundle of humans than the Small Gods: groundbreaking players from the two worlds of hiphop and folk. >> more
Boondock is a 5 piece folk band based in Brighton playing up-beat foot-stomping traditional Irish and English music with some bluegrass and eastern European sounds thrown in. They can perform acoustically or 'plugged-in' and play a mixture of instrumental jigs, waltzes and reels for dancing or relaxing.
A professional dance band working primarily in London and the South East, but also travelling further afield. Dancing Master usually perform as a trio of fiddle, piano and percussion - and work with one of the UK's top callers.
4 Girls + Harmonies + Folk = Wolfe
Wolfe are the distinctive folk harmony band hailing from the stony shores of Brighton. Natalie, Victoria , Laura and Charlotte formed after discovering their shared love and passion for music and creating intricate harmony. Together they began songwriting to develop their unique ‘goldfolkpop’ sound. With unparalleled epic choruses and sweeping melodies that are reminiscent of the great Kate Bush, their music is swiftly brought to life by a stomping Fleetwood Mac style instrumental. Lyrically, their songs will take you on an emotive and captivating journey where hints of artists such as Iron & Wine and Laura Marling can be heard.
London Klezmer Quartet
The London Klezmer Quartet are a dynamic group of performers much in demand on the UK world music scene, and their deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances.
The Bevvy Sisters
Powerhouse harmony trio. Radio-era chic, now retro cool. Three sassy lassies. Reinventing the genre and covering all the exits, mixing classy original songs, vibrant vintage folk and artful contemporary covers into the headiest of musical cocktails.
Eddi Reader - 'I feel it's my calling to be an understudy Bevvy Sister'
Moondance are one of the busiest Ceilidh / Barn Dance bands in the UK who regularly perform all over the country at festivals, public dances, weddings and private events.
"MoonDance are THE ceilidh band for the 21st century - top stuff!!" - Keith Kendrick (after seeing MoonDance at Broadstairs Festival)
"Gorgeous folk/alt-country pop - equal parts darkness and cheeky humour" Catchy melodies, thoughtful lyrics, and intuitive and tight instrumentation, it’s lovely, fun, heart warming folk-rock tunes stirred up with a smattering of alt. country.
Blazing Strings: ben paley & tab hunter
Red-hot traditional fiddle & guitar
Playing energetic and beautiful Swedish, Irish, Klezmer and American traditional music and more, Ben Paley, described as "just about the best folk-fiddler of his generation" by Folk Roots and Tab Hunter (guitar) have worked with Damon Albarn, Channel 4 and the Levellers, among others.
"…absolutely fantastic." Mark Lamarr BBC RADIO 2
The Curst Sons are inspired by a pre-Rock & Roll world of Blues, Gospel, and Old Time and their sound has been described as Hillbilly Blues, Country Punk, or even Thrash Skiffle. Call it what you like, it’s infectious good-time party music, leavened with the occasional dark ballad or wistful waltz.
Hailing from Brighton The Diablos play all original Country Rock. If you want to dance the night away - or just sit and listen to a full band really play, then let The Diablos do it for you. They will. They play all over the country at any events wanting that deep south American bar kinda feeling.
Sun of Cash are an authentic tribute to the legendary Johnny Cash and their line up of double bass, guitar, and electric guitar captures perfectly the unique sound that made Johnny Cash so popular in the 50's. Sun Of Cash appeal to a wide age range, and to far more than just country music fans...
The Baskets are a Brighton based Ceilidh collective of experienced musicians who can tailor make the perfect Ceilidih band for every occasion. With a pool of skilled instrumentalists (guitar, fiddle, concertina, banjo, flute, mandolin, double bass and drums) and charismatic dance callers, The Baskets can deliver Traditional Ceilidh (English, Irish, American) or their original Twisted Ceilidh.
Dr Brighton's Remedy
Dr Brighton's Remedy are a lively, vibrant four-piece band playing acoustic celtic music. Instruments are fiddle, mandolin, flute, whistles, accordion, guitar and bodhran. Called dances cater for all levels with an emphasis on fun. (Two left feet welcome!)
The Vagaband play roots music with elements of country, folk, rock, soul & swing. The mood is joyous, the songs are colourful and the dance floor is bouncing. Playing energetic originals and old time classics that deal with age old honkytonk issues - like love, death and choo-choo trains - they are perfect for the festival finale!
“The best I’ve seen in twenty years” Harvey Andrews
Sometimes an acoustic guitar and a voice is enough, if you've got things called songs. Roger Davies is one of the most exciting singer songwriters to emerge from the West Yorkshire folk scene in many years.