8th - 10th June 2018
Our exciting guests appearing at the 2018 Gower Folk Festival are:
A fabulous dance band playing a selection of French and Breton dance tunes. Rich, propulsive dance music with many self-penned tunes. Kantref are: Annette Davies (Piano Accordion) Geoff Liles (Fiddle, Guitar) Pete Damsell (Mandolin, mandola) Ken Humphreys ( Double Bass) and Gwilym Hardy ( Fiddle). They are also experienced dance workshop leaders.
Music is in the very DNA of this delightful Mother and daughter duo from Wales. Delyth and Angharad Jenkins are known separately for their work with bands such as Aberjaber and Calan. There is a timeless beauty to these intimate conversations between harp and fiddle.
The Trials of Cato
Formed in Beirut in the summer of 2015, the band’s live set includes both original and traditional material, featuring fretted instruments alone to achieve a musical presence not often heard on the modern folk scene. With tight instrumentation and rousing harmonies the music is firmly rooted in the folk traditions of Wales, Ireland and Britain, yet the source material is decidedly contemporary.
Vrï are a brand new trio to represent Wales in the fast evolving world of ‘chamber-folk’. Bringing together the experience of Jordan Price Williams (cello) Patrick Rimes (violin, viola) and Aneirin Jones (violin) they play tunes and songs from the Celtic nations and beyond, attempting to combine the energy of a rowdy pub session with the style and finesse of the Viennese string quartet.
Pat Smith & Ned Clamp
Experienced workshop leaders from Llantrisant, Pat & Ned have spent many years honing their skills both on stage and as tutors for all ages. They are particularly adept at passing on the traditions of South Wales, with the aid of the Llantrisant Mari Llwyd.
Karen Pierce & Ken Humphreys
Karen & Ken have been developing their teaching skills for dance over the last few years, and are experienced and enthusiastic workshop leaders. We are delighted they can repeat their efforts in 2018.
Granny’s Attic are a teenage folk trio from Worcester who play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions. They were nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2014.
Evolved out of the thriving session scene of London Irish , combining bothy ballads, focsle shanties, folk tunes and Irish poetry. Their unique blend of voices and instruments draws links between the many sounds of the Celtic and British Isles. Featuring close harmony, fiddle, uillean pipes, guitar, low whistle and accordion and influenced by the great folk musicians who’ve come before Teyr (3 in the Cornish language) have honed their craft and thrive on weaving their diverse threads together.
The Demon Barbers
Bringing together solid traditional instruments and songs with the added oomph of a superbly tight rhythm section they create a unique and captivating sound. Winners of the Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
The Wilson Family
The Wilson Family, regarded as the foremost accapella group on the British Folk scene, sing traditionally orientated songs in unaccompanied harmony. In September 2017 the Wilson Family were awarded the Gold Badge of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. It is the highest honour that the Society can bestow.
Tom Kitching (fiddle), Edwin Beasant (Melodeon, guitar) Jon Loomes(Guitar, Cittern, Hurdy-Gurdy, Concertina) and Jude Rees (Oboe, bagpipes, woodwind, vocals ) Pilgrims’ Way has grown to incorporate a dazzling array of instrumentation and millinery. Headed by one of the best fiddlers on the scene the band are at the height of their considerable powers.
Maire Ni Chathasaigh
ENGLAND / IRELAND
Well known on the British Folk scene for their extraordinary virtuosity and versatility they display an eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is thrilling. Music of fire and brilliance from the high wire act in traditional music. Brilliant, innovative harping and guitar-playing of the highest standard. They are in a class of their own.
Christine Adams ( Nyckelharpa/Keyed fiddle) and Christine Dyer ( fiddle, accordion, nyckelharpa) These two lovely ladies are regulars on the dance club circuit playing for Scandinavian dancing and offering dance tuition and instrument workshops on the Swedish Nyckelharpa.
Becky Price & Friends
A positive cornucopeia of talent bringing together the skills of a dream team of musicians including Jon Swayne (Blowzabella) on pipes, Kate Moran (Boldwood) on viola , Miranda Rutter (Methera Quartet) on violin and , of course , Becky Price (Boldwood) on piano accordion. The dancers will have a ball !
& Mick Ryan
Paul’s sensitive and yet fun approach to his live performances puts him amongst the most respected artists on the British acoustic scene today. Mick Ryan is well known on the folk scene as a fine singer of traditional and original songs. He was described as ‘one of the most able and talented, yet understated artists on the scene today’ Together they are magical.
Flossie Malavialle is a French born singer who has been based in the North East of England since 2002. Flossie’s powerful yet sensitive rendition of songs from many different genres including Piaf, Brel , the Beatles and many more, combined with her
Swansea born singer songwriter. Homespun songs and traditional tunes. Andy is Wales’s best kept secret, singing passionate songs about his tough upbringing and Swansea’s industrial past delivered with a fire and passion that is mesmerising live.
Si Barron is an exquisite guitarist and a fine interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs. He plays and sings with great integrity and skill and his guitar arrangements are a sparkling accompaniment to his crystal clear voice.
& Luc McNally
Hannah Rarity’s spellbinding voice and warm, genuine stage manner have seen her become one of Scotland’s foremost young singers, performing with a number of varied and prestigious acts, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Blazin’ Fiddles and others. Appearing with her duo partner Luc McNally on guitar.
Jon Swayne & Becky Price
Groundbreaking composer and piper Jon Swayne again teams up with Becky Price on piano accordion, exploring the harmonic possibilities of the two instruments through a repertoire of European dances, original tunes and old English music. An absolute master-class in musical interpretation for Saturday of the festival.