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2020
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Flats and Sharps
Flats and Sharps are not just accidentals!  Flats and sharps are a  top line four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance. They deliver energetic, enthusiastic and spirited bluegrass to audiences all around the world. Exciting, lively, punchy and FUN, they are Josh Warner - vocals, acoustic guitar, Mikey Ponsford - vocals, mandolin, Liam Fitzharris - vocals, double bass and Danny Hart - vocals, fiddle. Enjoy their foot-stomping bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Their music perfectly blends strong harmonies and stonking solos, their incredible stage presence and energy create an evening that’ll have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time.

Pete Morton
Pete Morton is a folk singer-songwriter with a wealth of great songs and a remarkable singing voice. A compelling and energetic performer whose songs have been described as an unruly mix of humour, politics, love and social comment wrapping their way around the folk tradition. Songs like ‘Another Train’ and ‘When we sing together’ have become folk club standards and his performances are a joy. “NOT ONLY IMPRESSIVE..BUT A REVELATION” – The Guardian

Reg Meuross
Reg Meuross is the top of the tree when is comes to contemporary folk song writing. Calling him a singer-songwriter doesn’t do him justice. ‘Meuross doesn’t write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you’ll ever hear.’ (Pennyblack Music) Reg is known for the intimacy of his live solo performances and ‘Intelligent and thought-provoking songs, beautifully made and skilfully delivered.’ (The Times)

Geoff Lakeman and Rob Murch
The “  Titan of Twang “ and the “ Concertina Crooner”  team up in a dynamic new duo. Geoff, patriarch of a folk dynasty – as dad of Seth,Sean and Sam and father-in-law of Cara Dillon and Kathryn Roberts – teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his  vintage duet concertina. Rob brings the “ wow factor” to the banjo, with his unique, punchy fingerstyle  playing. Expect self-written  and West Country songs, rattling folk tunes  and foot-stomping ragtime and cakewalk  riffs. The duo’s relaxed yet sparkling stage presence together  is bubbling with the “feel -good” factor. This newly formed duo make a dynamic new unique sound which we are very much looking forward to hearing.

Vicky Swan & Jonny Dyer
Vicki Swan & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary sounds. Their performances showcase new interpretations of old songs alongside original self penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are entirely at home in the tradition.  Strong believers in letting the music tradition live and breathe through sensitive interpretation, Vicki and Jonny allow the melody to sing without any constraints. Their evenings are packed with toe tapping tunes and songs of love, death, trains and dressing up (not always at the same time) all presented with sparkling gentle humour, lots of smiles and skillful musicianship. 

Ned Clamp & Patti Smith
Ned and Patti are a Welsh folk institution, delivering an energetic mixture of Welsh and American songs and tunes. Pat is a virtuoso on the spoons and the concertina. Ned plays guitar, harmonica and sings, Together, they perform fascinating songs and tunes, old and new, from wherever they can steal them, blending gentle harmonies with top-drawer musicianship.

Jim Causley
Jim Causely is a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, musician, proud Devonian and first class ambassador for the traditional music and poetry of the South West. His rich voice and easy humour disguise great musicianship and instrumental skill. Jim is well-known to this Festival and we are delighted that he is our patron and one of this year’s guests.

Road Not Taken
Road Not Taken are a Bristol based four piece starting to make waves on the UK folk scene. They are noted for their inventive and atmospheric arrangements of traditional folk songs and tunes and for their original material. Anita Dobson’s clear and striking vocal soars over hypnotically beautiful melodies from Claire Hamlen on violin and viola, underpinned by Ant Miles’ understated finger style guitar and  Joe Hamlen's creative use of harmonium, banjo and bass guitar. You will love them.

Hammah Cumming and Jon Dyer
Hannah and Jon are a delightful duo. Hannah is a lovely singer and fiddle player. Jon is a master of the flute, whistle, guitar and even the double bass. Together they bring a fresh sound, delightful new sets, and innovative arrangements,

Rowan Piggot and Rosie Hodgson
Rosie Hodgson is a folk singer and songwriter from Midhurst in West Sussex. Her debut album Rise Aurora garnered critical acclaim, described as ‘authentic and thoughtful, and…embraces the old and the new…’ (The Living Tradition.) Fiddle-singer Rowan Piggott grew up in the foothills of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland, surrounded by traditional music. The author of two successful tune books, he has also led fiddle workshops at festivals all over the UK. Together they are a delightful and sensitive musical team of the highest quality.

Mike O'Connor and Barbara Griggs
Mike O’Connor and Barbara Griggs make music of breathtaking beauty on a variety of musical instruments, principally the harp, violins, and viol.  Mike is well-known for his song writing and his scholarship. His evocative songs, such as ‘Carrying Nelson Home’ have a wide following. Mike is the reason the folk music in 'Poldark' was so good! Barbara is a skillful harper and viol player, whose accompaniments are a complete delight. Their music has been described as 'balm for the soul.'