Artist information for Saturday
STEELEYE SPAN -
Steeleye Span formed in 1969, with the vision of playing folk music in a contemporary, electric band format. Taking their name from the song Horkstow Grange, their debut album Hark! The Village Wait is a pioneering album that set out the blueprint for folk-
Our Fesytival in 2014 saw Steeleye Span emerging on another new exciting chapter. With the departure of fiddle player and long standing member Peter Knight we saw the arrival of Jessie May Smart to take his place. Jessie is a young, vibrant talent who trained with Richard Ireland at Trinity College of Music before going onto The University of Nottingham and who’s CV includes working on The X Factor and with Katie Melua.
With their fiftieth anniversary fast approaching and a work rate to put many younger artists to shame, the band’s eighth album in twelve years, "Dodgy Bastards" saw them return to the folk tales and characters that have always been at the heart of the Steeleye sound with a record that saw the folk rock pioneers continue to drawing stories of murder, religion, incest, skulls, honour killings and tormented spirits to once more create an inspired and dark take on the music of the British Isles.
Alongside Maddie Prior, Liam Genockey, Julian Littman, Jesse May Smart and Andrew"Spud" Sinclair, they have moved to a new seven piece line up, with Roger Carey joining on bass and ex Bellowhead member Benji Kirkpatrick whose father John enjoyed two successful stints in the band and played on many of their classic albums. Benji will be adding bouzouki, acoustic guitar and vocals.
With the future of this famous band in such capable hands, we will see them breathe life into a selection of famous songs, revisit hidden gems from their long career and perform tracks from the new album. When you come to a Steeleye Span show you can expect to hear many of the familiar classics next to gems both old and new, all delivered with a burning passion and unrivalled experience.
JULIE FELIX -
Here are some of the highlights taken from her website.
Julie is the first solo folk artist to be signed to a major British record company. She signs with Decca and producer Hugh Mendl enthuses she could be ‘the first big breakthrough on the British Folk Scene‘. First album ‘Julie Felix’ and single, ‘Someday Soon’ are released.
Julie appears on The Eammon Andrews TV show, and is asked back the following week by popular demand.
The same year she is invited to take part in the celebration of Westminster Abbey’s 900th Anniversary, thus becoming the first “popular” singer to perform in this Cathedral.
Flies to New York to guest on David Frost’s US TV Show.
In 2005 Julie brought her admiration of Bob Dylan’s writing to the fore by releasing her double album on Remarkable Records Starry Eyed and Laughing – Songs by Bob Dylan. Supporting musicians included John Paul Jones (playing mandolin) and Danny Thompson (on bass), and the album featured contributions by such luminaries as John Renbourn, Kiki Dee, Carmel Luggeri, and P.J. Wright. Martin Carthy plays on The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll. This track was engineered by Dave Swarbrick.
Her star continues to shine bright. In the words of Steve Harley:
“There are those among us who just have to play and sing; to whom there can be no question of quitting; to whom their work is not a job, but a calling. Julie Felix is one such musician.”
REG MEUROSS -
We are happy to welcome one of our favourites, Reg Meuross, back to NFFF. Reg Meuross is a true modern troubadour, representing contemporary English folk writing at its best. “There’s something special about the way he writes and delivers a song” Townes Van Zandt. In the mid-
Reg’s songs comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories from the ghosts of WW1 soldiers to the ravages of dementia, and some of the most beautifully disarming songs and lyrics ever written. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.
“Meuross, quite simply, is one of the best” Malcolm Carter, Pennyblack Music
“Powerful and moving songwriting” Martin Chilton, The Telegraph
“A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer” Martin Carthy
Reg will once again be doing his very popular songwriting workshop in the “Fringe”.
COCO AND THE BUTTERFIELDS -
The band consists of Canterbury buskers Tomas Twyman (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Dulcima Showan (vocals, violin), Jamie Smith (beatbox), Micah Hyson (double bass) and "Handsome" Rob Wicks (banjo).
In 2012, CoCo and the Butterfields were crowned the overall winners of UK Live and Unsigned from amongst 40,000 competitors.
Since their inception in 2012, CoCo and the Butterfields have spent much of their time on the road, touring the UK and Europe, selling out headline shows and featuring at many major festivals. Hitting upon a winning formula with their crowd pleasing live act, the band showcased music from their first four EPs, selling thousands of copies to audiences around the world.
After signing a publishing deal with peermusic in 2016, CoCo took a short break from performing and returned to their home studio in Canterbury, to work on a new EP. This break has resulted in a brand new bank of work, showing a rapid development into a more mature, radio ready act.
Having successfully road tested the new material (including a recent triumph at Bestival 2017) plans are now under way for the release of their brand new record, starting with their biggest London headline show to date: O2 Academy Islington.
HUNTER MUSKETT -
Regarded as a fine band of UK folk singer-
The group was formed at Avery Hill College in South London when Terry Hiscock and Chris George were joined by fellow student Doug Morter. The band’s name was taken from an anecdote about an eccentric Cornishman.
Hunter Muskett began by playing in London folk-
WINTER WILSON -
Now in their 6th year as full-
Kip (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) "simply has a voice to die for” (John Roffey, Maverick Magazine), whilst Dave (vocals, guitar and banjo) is now rightly recognized as being amongst the top tier of British songwriters, with his songs covered by some of folk's "greats".
Together, their voices are sublime. “In 30 years of listening to folk music, I have never heard two voices blend so perfectly” (David Aird, Chairman, Glenfarg Folk Club)
But it’s in live performance where these two really excel. Every show is different, but entertainment is key. That’s why so many clubs and festivals book them time and again.
You will laugh; you may cry. You will certainly want to see them again!
SOUTHAMPTON UKULELE JAM -
There are upwards of fifty players who get together regularly to play everything from folk to punk -
In previous years they put on a very popular workshop at “The Fringe” by the bar where everyone was invited to get up and have a go. Even those that had never played before learnt a chord or two. They will once again do the same in 2017
So Mark and PJ, using the name TRADarrr (originally TradArrgh!) to record an album of traditional cautionary tales, asked musicians from various bands to guest on their studio project. On completion, the core of the ensemble decided to try playing it live; some 2015 festival appearances were booked and TRADarrr -
The next CD, the painstakingly produced Further Tales of Love, Death and Treachery, took more than a year to complete (listen to its lush soundscapes to hear why!).
Now seven of them are back, live on a festival stage, to bring you the pick of those two albums:
Bassist Brendan O'Neill is the newest member, having joined earlier this year.
Singers Gregg Cave (a gatherer of cool guitars) and Marion Fleetwood (a one-
Gemma Shirley is a classically-
Standing next to Gemma is ex-
PJ Wright stands with guitars stage left and Mark Stevens sits at the back behind the drum kit, occasionally joining the front line to play the flügelhorn: ever since their first live show, Josh Law is at the sound desk mixing around thirty inputs (various instrument pickups and microphones, and seven vocal mics -