Friday, Saturday & Sunday
8, 9 & 10 May 2020
Some of the artists
who performed at the
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(Picture by Eric van
are Jamie Smith on piano accordion, Oli Wilson-Dickson on violin and Dylan
Fowler on guitar. With massive understatement, their
“Whether unearthing rare gems or re-imagining a well loved melody they
treat their music with a deftness and sensitivity that is thoroughly
absorbing.” The truth is stratospherically higher than that. Anyone who
saw their festival fundraiser concert at Newport back in October will
still be buzzing at a level of virtuosity rarely seen anywhere on the
Oli, Jamie and Dylan have a long history of working together, sharing
projects such as The Devil’s Violin, Szapora and The Ian McMillan
Orchestra. Oli and Jamie are well known throughout the folk world as the
frontline of Jamie Smith’s Mabon. Dylan has developed an international
career as an instrumentalist that has seen him collaborate with musical
greats such as Danny Thompson and Richard Thompson.
Belshazzar’s Feast is a duo like no other. The Independent on Sunday
called them “one of folk’s great odd couples” while the Guardian
acknowledged “their sense of humour as well as their impressive
musicianship.” Belshazzar’s Feast start with traditional folk music, add a
touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top
it off wry humour for a unique live experience.
Together for over 10 years, Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin
(oboe, violin and vocals) have stunned audiences around Europe and the
States with their spine-tingling musicianship. Paul Sartin was also a
member until recently of the multi-BBC Radio 2 Award-winning big band
Bellowhead and still retains his role as a member of Faustus. Paul
Hutchinson is the founder member of the innovative and progressive folk
band, The Playford Liberation Front. His highly successful folk trio
Hoover the Dog has recently morphed into the quartet Pagoda. He is the
resident accordion tutor at Cecil Sharp House and is a seasoned tutor at
Folkworks and Halsway Manor and leads ensemble workshops far and wide.
As Mike Harding, the Godfather Of British folk music says: “Paul
Hutchinson and Paul Sartin play like no-one else you’ve ever heard. Their
music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes
interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’
One of the greatest names in
British folk music and the voice of WarHorse.
Bob Fox has been a giant on the
world’s folk scene for more than 40 years.
He plays concerts and festivals from his native north-east to America and
Australia. Since 2011 he has found a huge new audience as Songman in the
National Theatre’s acclaimed production of WarHorse. This is a huge
opportunity to see one of the greats...don’t miss it.
the greatest acoustic country blues players on the planet. American-born
Brooks Williams has a
spellbinding guitar technique, a soaring voice and a stage presence that
leaves audiences in awe. Brooks performs hundreds of solo and band shows
throughout Europe, North America and the UK each year and regularly
collaborates with an impressive list of fellow musicians, including Hans
Theessink, Guy Davis, Sally Barker, Boo Hewerdine, Paul Jones, and Rab
Noakes. Marquee seats will fill up quickly for this gig, so get there
early and prepare to be amazed.
the new Welsh supergroup, an amalgam of five of the most brilliant and
original talents breathing new life into traditional folk music. The band
began by busking in Cardiff to pay for university fees. By 2015 they were
performing alongside Bryn Terfel and Sting at the Royal Albert Hall. They
blast their way through uplifting reels, jigs and hornpipes before melting
into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs you’ll ever have heard.
Godfather of Welsh folk music and a force of nature on stage. As presenter
of BBC Radio Wales’ acclaimed weekly Celtic Heartbeat show,
has nurtured and championed some of the greatest names
in modern British folk music. But it’s in front of a live audience, where
it all started for him, that multi-award winning Frank shines as fresh as
ever - one of the best, most distinctive singer-songwriters this country
has produced. An increasingly rare chance to catch him live. This is going
to be a treat.
living legend on the folk scene,
remains one of the busiest live performers in the country. His songs are
among the most widely sung by other stellar performers, such as Fairport
Convention, Bob Fox, The Unthanks and The Young Uns.
Meanwhile, his involvement in the award-winning BBC series The Radio
Ballads continues, with his glorious song The Wrong Bus singled out for
inclusion on Radio 4’s Pick of the Year.
The Hut People
amazing what you can do with an accordion, a pair of clogs, more
percussion than you can shake a drumstick at...and more audience
participation than you get at a Christmas panto!
The Hut People are Sam Pirt
and Gary Hammond who have firmly established themselves as one of the most
entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today. This is a
show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing
tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion
(whilst playing the accordion!) and lots of laughter.
Patty Gurdy will blow you
away with her explosive playing, soaring vocals and driving beat. Patty,
whose real name is Patricia Büchler, is a YouTube sensation whose videos
total well over 10 million views. She plays solo, with an acoustic
guitarist (as she will at Tredegar House) or with her band Storm Seeker.
She is flying in from Düsseldorf specially for her first UK festival
appearance. Mark our words, she is going to be a global superstar. Catch
her now while you can...up close and personal.
Will Pound and Eddy Jay
greatest harmonica player of his generation meets the nation’s No.1
accordion player...so hang on to your hats for the ride of your life.
Will Pound and Eddy Jay are at
the pinnacle of their talents. Will Pound’s innovative style pushes the
boundaries of harmonica playing. Eddy turns the accordion into an
orchestra at his fingertips. But don’t just take our word for it. BBC
Radio’s Tom Robinson says: “One Of the best live acts I’ve ever witnessed.
The wild man of the accordion EJ and harmonica whizzkid WP creating sounds
you just wouldn’t credit coming out of those instruments.”
THE ECLECTIC SHED EXPERIENCE
Favouring Welsh, English and
East European acoustic influences, coupled with a love of Latin/African
rhythms, Ron Savory and Liz Crippin share a natural ability to enchant and
weave emotion into every performance.
Their songs are variously described as containing “inspirational glimpses
of universal truth” and “beautiful phrasing” alongside “surprising chord
Having previously supported stars such as Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, Labi
Siffre, and Nik Turner to name but a few, 2019 is turning into a big year
for The Eclectic Shed Experience
as they perform at festivals and events across Wales, Germany and beyond -
as well as featuring in a forthcoming ‘Americymru’ documentary. Don’t miss
this chance to catch what promises to be a brilliant set.
The Rob Lear Band
The Rob Lear Band’s all-star
instrumentalists include Van Morrison bassist Pete Hurley, African-rhythm
expert Liz Mullins, country guitar genius Brett Green and Back Of Beyond’s
drummer Tim Robinson. Then, of course, there’s
Rob Lear himself, a songwriter and
guitarist whose stunning music has seen him tour the UK and Europe,
including a residency at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, performances at Wembley
Arena and festival gigs alongside the likes of Seth Lakeman, Show of Hands
and Martin Simpson.
The Paul Lloyd Nicholas Band
The Paul Lloyd Nicholas band are
guitarist and songwriter Paul Lloyd Nicholas (centre), violin virtuoso Sel
Edwards (left) and keyboards genius Aled Rhys Evans (right). All
successful solo, session and ensemble players in their own right, they
come together to play Paul’s songs which are available on Spotify, Amazon,
iTunes and on the albums Ariel and Hold The Line. Tredegar House Festival
favourite and concert star Charlie Dore says: “This is a beautiful band”.
And Fairport Convention’s Dave Pegg adds: “These are wonderful songs”. A
rare opportunity to catch these three musicians playing together.
Dewdropper are the sublime
soaring voice of Elaine Morgan on vocals and whistles, Dave Dearnaley on
guitar, John Turner on percussion, hurdy gurdy and backing vocals, Gordon
Keir on keyboards and octave mandola, and Derek Morgan on bass guitar and
backing vocals. Close friends for many years, they rework traditional folk
themes coupled with wonderful original songs. Their album, One, is a
stunning masterclass in ensemble multi-instrumental playing and
high-quality vocals. Don’t miss them.
THE LEILA DEE Band
Dee Band make a hugely welcome return to the Tredegar House Folk Festival
after spreading their stunning mix of folk, Americana and blues across
Europe and Britain - including appearances at Glastonbury and the
prestigious Scarborough Blues Festival. The band are Leila Dee, whose
sensational vocals are the hallmark of the trio’s unique sound, acoustic
guitarist Glen Dee and multi-instrumentalist Sam Andrews. With a large and
loyal following throughout South Wales, this is nailed on to be a popular
performance, so make sure you get your marquee seats early.
Brian Pugsley has been
delivering his distinctive take on contemporary, folk and blues music
since the mid 70s. His rich voice and virtuoso guitar playing mark him out
as one of South Wales’s most admired and accomplished artists. A festival
regular, he has shared stages with a stunning array of artists...from
Stefan Grossman’s original and hugely admired Kicking Mule Blues Legends
tours to Tom McConville and Canadian songwriter Maria Dunn. Brian’s
elegant and relaxed performances reveal influences ranging from the
Dransfields to Darrell Scott - woven into a style that is unmistakably his
own. Festival visitors from further afield, in particular, shouldn’t miss
this chance to see what South Wales audiences have been raving about for
Exciting young musicians Meg
Eliza Cox, Ossian Gruffydd and Rhys Morris, members of Band Nantgarw, have
formed themselves into a high-energy traditional trio. Meg plays fiddle
and an array of other instruments, including bodhràn, banjo and mandolin,
Rhys anchors the trio with his guitar and fiddler Ossian is Welsh clog
dancing champion for his age.
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