OXFORD FIDDLE GROUP perform songs and tunes from mainly England and Scotland, but also include material from Ireland and the USA. They are keen to promote their own local musical heritage, such as the title track of their latest album 'Beyond the Spires'.
The tunes can be foot-
LINES & SQUARES POETS have become a popular feature in the NFFF programme. They are a band of poets from across the region brought together by writer and broadcaster Paul Canon Harris. The band reflect a range of spoken word styles and share a love of poetry and the folk scene. Between them they have an impressive record of published work and competitive titles won.
They performing on the main stage during changeovers plus there will also be a Poetry Workshop at “The Fringe”
RICHARD DIGANCE -
2017 marks 50 years of performing. With 4,000 live shows, 62 British tours, 14 books, 3 stage plays, 32 albums and nearly 4 million YouTube visits it really does says it all. He composed the audio book music for Bill Bryson’s best-
'Richard Digance is a National Treasure' -
HANNAH ROBINSON -
2015 saw the release of ‘Water, Carry Me’, a four track EP of original material, following her 2012 debut album ‘Oil and Turpentine’. In this, Hannah is working alongside musicians including Scott McKeon (Lana Del Ray, Tom Jones), Paul Beavis (Robert Fripp, Robbie McIntosh), Rob Mullarkey (Laura Mvula, Jamie Cullum) and Steve Smith
(Sandi Thom, Robbie McIntosh), developing her sound.
Hannah’s songs blend her nonchalant, percussive guitar style with soulful melodies and lyrics full of personal experience and rich imagery owed to her art education.
BROADSIDE BOYS are fast establishing a name on the national Folk scene, with performances at Folk clubs and Festivals across the country, and appearances on Television and Radio. With a catalogue of songs inspired by their experience of country life in the East of England, and the characters and events that have shaped them, the Broadside Boys are a dynamic and entertaining celebration of our rural heritage.
Performing on stage with passion and intellect, they tell stories of tragedy and heroism, of plane crashes and ship wrecks, sailors and steam trains, of merchant seaman on the Arctic convoys, of hedge preaching wheel wrights and of game keepers and one-
Eric and Mat were raised barely three miles apart in small villages near the coast in rural Suffolk. School friends, then team mates at the local football club, their bond has defined their musical partnership. The shared experience of growing up together and their long standing friendship is much evident onstage, and in their musical collaboration.
Formed In 2011, the journey so far has taken the band from Suffolk Alehouses to the biggest stages in the Folk World, With performances at Folk East, Cambridge Folk Festival, Ely Folk festival, appearances on Radio and TV, and at venues, clubs, pubs and festivals across the UK.
JACQUI McSHEE’S PENTANGLE -
Although Pentangle experienced numerous personnel changes, McShee and Jansch continued to perform under the band's name. In 1995, McShee formed a trio with drummer Gerry Conway and keyboardist Spencer Cozens. The trio's first album, About Thyme, released in August 1994, featured such guests as Ralph McTell, Albert Lee, Mike Mainieri, and John Martyn. The album reached the top of the British folk charts compiled by Folk Roots in November 1995. Expanding to a five-
“Glorious stuff, deeply atmospheric and immaculately sung and played. The current line-
Gerry Conway -
Spencer Cozens -
Alan Thomson -
Gary Foote -
JOE BROUGHTON’S CONSERVATOIRE FOLK ENSEMBLE This wild bunch of young musicians led by folk legend Joe Broughton never fail to disappoint with their enthusiasm, passion and raw talent for raising a storm. Up to 50 musicians on one small stage!
Formed in 1997 by fiddle player and arranger Joe Broughton (The Urban Folk Quartet, The Albion Band, Joss Stone), their energetic live sets are a sight to behold, featuring a 15-
Though rooted in traditional folk tunes, each member brings a variety of personal influences to the set-
“The band are mainly playing with traditional British Isles folk tunes, but they’re not afraid to bring in other influences – last year we had Bulgarian and Japanese tunes too,” says leader Joe Broughton.
The musicians play, sing and leap about, performing together and also in various duos, trios and smaller break-
In the past couple of years, the ensemble have performed three consecutive sell-
The highly skilled group pulls its membership from Birmingham City University’s internationally renowned Conservatoire. An established hotbed for emerging talent, previous Conservatoire Folk Ensemble members include BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Jim Moray, Erica Nockalls (The Wonder Stuff, The Proclaimers), Charlie Heys (of tipped duo McNeill and Hayes), and The Old Dance School.
Artist information for Friday
KEN NICOL is an exceptional musician. As a guitarist, he is one of the most skilled and exciting players anywhere today; as a singer he is capable of evoking wide range of emotions in his audience; and as a songwriter he demonstrates these abilities in his clever and well-
His music covers the spectrum from blues to rock, effortlessly taking in folk, jazz, ragtime, ballads and more along the way.
In 1997 Ken joined The Albion Band as lead guitarist and singer, writing much of the band’s material himself and co-
“I first met Ken when we collaborated on an Ashley Hutchings song on his last album. I was amazed at Ken’s beautiful ragtime guitar style.
He has such a great way of delivering a story and gently laying down the punch line.
Humour, great guitar skill and the right drop of humility, and a passion for right, proper, good music.”
“Ken Nicol is a consummate musician. A guitarist of broad scope, a sensitive singer and an intelligent writer of songs with stirring melodies. A musical paragon.”
“It’s difficult for me to imagine a more talented all rounder than Ken; both as singer and guitarist.”
Album Reviews for Initial Variations
Acoustic Magazine: The musicianship is staggering, seldom are the compositions less than inspired.
Living Tradition: I would urge even listeners who wouldn’t normally subject themselves to an entire album of instrumentals to give this one a bash. . . KN at his best – roller coasters of musical virtuosity that spellbind . . .
Record Collector: Guitar players will appreciate his masterclass style, while more general listeners will be aware that his gift for melody carries the album higher than the rest.
THE JIGANTICS -
A musical roots stew combining the world's finest ingredients and to quote their influences "The whole wide world of music, thrown in a blender, throw in some seasoning and add a dance beat."