Thursday (and every day) starts at 10am with a singaround hosted by our good friend Dan Walton who has been a a regular Fringe entertainer and also well known for the NFFF Cropedy Blog.
Then we have a full day and evening of entertainment finishing with another singaround.
Here are profiles on all the artists below.
LILY MEUROSS -
Lily: “I’ve been playing guitar for almost three years, but writing songs for as long as I remember, and singing the same, I’ve been singing and writing songs since I was a very little girl, all my family are musicians, so I think it was in my blood!”
IAN W BROWN -
Performing and writing songs is Ian’s hobby as he is too old for football and has no aptitude for golf. He has never released any material under his own name, but that is about to change in his fiftieth year when he releases his debut single , ‘Me Too’. ( More info on his day job can be found at www.mightyvillage.com)
Ian’s set includes some of his songs that have graced the charts and O so many more that haven’t: Such as ‘She Can’t Recycle Michael & His Folding Bicycle’, ‘There’s A Light At The End Of the Tunnel (& It’s The Front Of The Train)’ and ‘Grey Is The New Blonde’ and 'The Five Foot Two Inch Giant'. These little known musical gems are interspersed with tall tales from the music business, life, love, pig farming and the universe that is visible from his shed in the New Forest.
CHASING DEER -
Following the release of their first EP 'Rewriting History' in 2015 to fantastic reviews, they toured the UK to great acclaim:
"Any description of the bands style should definitely include the word ‘slick’... Step Into The Light is just a brilliant little tune. It’s as simple as that."
MARYJANE FOLK -
Their music is a very individualistic & varied combination of self-
Mary Jane’s energetic stage shows have become an increasingly
MATT BLACK -
This sort of event is when Matt's at his best -
This is music and comedy at it’s best and Matt has become a real favourite at our festival.
If you want a seat inside then make sure you arrive early!!!
CUCKOO PINT -
Their repertoire includes a wide range of songs and tunes, often about soldiers, sailors and the sea but there are a lot more besides. The current line-
PLAITFORD COMMON are a group of local musicians named after the large common area across the main road that forms the northern most part of the New Forest. Expect tunes that you know played in their very own style and after doing such a great job on the main stage last year we just had to have them back. Steve Paige heads up the band and spends a lot of time in the run up to the festival helping us with setting up.
Steve and the band will also running the Fringe stage so a big thankyou to them all.
SHIRLEY KNOT -
They have sung on tall ships, in shopping centres as well as in pubs and clubs. They sing lots of traditional chorus songs and shanties.
They’ve spent a few nights on the Lord Nelson tall ship at the International Festival of the Sea, singing all around the dockyard, enjoying the atmosphere of the festival and singing live on Radio Solent from the deck of the Nelson. They certainly do enjoy singing – anywhere and anytime!
DAMIAN CLARKE -
The album entitled: “Something to say” features autographical self-
Damian plays concerts featuring two rarely played instruments; the beautiful, romantic Hammer Dulcimer and the stirring Hurdy Gurdy. He often includes some songs on the guitar too. He plays many folk songs from the Celtic tradition, as well as from Brittany, and Northern Europe. He performs wherever he can. A true modern Minstrel!
“Something to say” CD reviews include: “These songs are well served by their delivery -
There is something supremely listenable about ‘Something To Say’ Damian’s third solo album ... tenderly contemplative personal narratives, finely cast observations, softly sensitive voice.. FOLKWORDS
Previous CD reviews include: “Sparkling programme of refreshing' wandering-
Damian is also known for his performances with the rock-
WILDWOOD JACK -
'Wildwood Jack' is their name for the independent spirit of music that knows no boundaries. Their wide repertoire draws from an eclectic songbook as well as instrumentals and heart warming original songs.
Wildwood Jack are Adam Piggott and Jayne Freeman, husband and wife duo brought together by a love of music when they first met in 1991 at Hull University and they've been travelling on musical journeys ever since. Settling in Hastings in East Sussex in 2002 they played in various musical projects including samba bands, ukulele sextets and a cabaret trio all the while gathering and writing songs. Music took them further and further afield and as they began to experience travels and adventures they longed to hit the road fulltime. In June 2013 they took the big step and sold up to begin an inspirational journey that's taken them all over Europe, the UK and New Zealand. Playing at acoustic clubs, folk clubs, cafes, bars, house concerts, festivals and even busking they've brought people from all over the world to their timeless style of acoustic folk music.
They released their first album 'Anytime Now' in 2011 under their own names. R2 Magazine described it as "Quality songwriting, engaging, uplifting and filled with memorable melodies"as well as "a perfect summer soundtrack".
Their second album "The Firefly and the Half Diamond" followed a year later, FATEA Showcase said "This is an album of great songs", SHIRE FOLK said "Melodic and sophisticated"NETRYTHMS described it as "genuinely uplifting" with "intensely adept acoustic guitar stylings".
Jayne and Adam will also be doing a workshop with no doubt plenty of interesting stories to tell along the way.