Connor Walsh is a Devon born and bred Folk singer song writer based in Bristol.
Think energetic, foot stomping, jig inducing folk music that will bring a grin to your face.
Very upfront, confident and engaging folk music performance.
Maaike Siegerist is a Dutch jazz and ‘dark folk’ artist with airplay on BBC Radio 6. Her music is an unusual blend of classic jazz, Argentine folk and gothic influences; her voice has echoes of Joan Baez and the Portuguese fado singer Cristina Branco. Maaike self-released her debut album Born Before the Wind last year, and performs across the UK and the Netherlands. She is joined by indie singer-songwriter Jonni Slater on keys and vocals.
“A beautiful, haunting melody; a wonderful song” – Sam Bonham, BBC Music Introducing in the West
The extremely talented Bath Youth Folk Band join us again after a year off!
I wouldn’t love folk music if I hadn’t joined the Bath Youth Folk Band. In 2014, I spent a day at the Bath City Farm, where some folk musicians were playing, and fell in love with the music almost instantly. The next month, I was inspired to join the band and see what happened. I started in the junior band before moving to the main one, where I was flung into my first gig at the exact place that I had started loving folk music the year before.
Since then, my music has progressed immensely. My fiddle accompanies the array of flutes, whistles, guitars and cajons that make up our band. Possibly the biggest gig that we have played at is the Southdowns Folk Festival that took place in September last year. We all spent a fair part of the day that we performed on actually travelling the 100 odd miles to reach Bognor Regis, but afterwards, despite the occasional missing band member and snapped string, we managed to thoroughly enjoy playing to our late-afternoon audience.
Altogether, being part of the band has been such a positive experience and I can’t wait to see where it leads me. My confidence has increased, and I have started a small folk band at my school, as well as having taught and busked some tunes with my friends. Joni Brown
Bath Folk Youth Band is a top-class youth folk ensemble in Bath, drawing on the enthusiasm and talents of students from our annual Traditional Music Summer School. The ensemble was formally launched at Bath Folk Festival 2014 with a week of workshops and performances, including a collaboration with the amazing Ards CCE. The group meets once a month and promotes the traditional music of the British Isles, encouraging students to develop their own arrangements and style within the folk canon.
Most members of the senior band are Grade 5-8 standard. Our musicians have not all taken the traditional route of music exams but they can all learn tunes by ear. We are keen to welcome new members and run a training band for students from Grades 1-4, who progress to the senior band once they have developed the necessary skills. Both bands perform at a range of events and festivals throughout the year. Contact email@example.com for further details
Jiggidy is made up of John Sandford (keyboard and vocals) and Rachel Barrett (fiddle and various other instruments). The duo was formed as a result of working together, directing the junior section of Bath Youth Folk Band. Jiggidy’s repertoire includes original compositions. It also reflects the band’s love of folk songs and tunes from the British Isles, as well as arrangements of popular songs, all performed in a laid back and accessible style. Audience participation is actively encouraged.
Will played at our original folk Saturday three years ago: it is a delight to have him back with his latest album and setup.
Wonderful Americana BBC Music Introducing
Will’s piano-based songs and Weasel’s superb drumming on a stripped-down kit make a heady and hypnotic sound that’s both highly original and hugely accessible Grapevine for Music
Will Lawton & Weasel Howlett released their debut album ‘Fossils of the Mind’ in January 2018. They have recently been signed by Supermarine Music and spent the early part of the year touring and promoting their new music. Weasel brings a dynamic sonic energy to the piano based, soulful and honest songs written by Will. The live performances are free flowing and expressive as genres move through rock, Americana, drum and bass, folk and singer-songwriter. Listen to their music on Spotify or by visiting their website.
Folk | Sunday 1st July | from 10.30am | Temple Street Canteen |
Visit Temple Street Canteen for luxurious brunch with Champagne & live music. Start your Festival Sunday in style with delicious food, bubbly and live music from folk duo Helen James & Paul Barclay whose voices blend with classical guitar in crafted arrangements of traditional folk music; beautiful harmonies with songs ranging from sensitive and thoughtful through to lively and full of fun.
Helen and Paul are currently supporting the Forever Friends Appeal with their performances. £1 from each ticket sale will help towards the building of a new Cancer Care Centre at the RUH in Bath and collections will also be made on the day.
Singer-Songwriter Eleanor first entered the music scene under the name ‘Ellie Jacobs’ when she collaborated with Randy Bachman from Bachman-Turner Overdrive to produce her first album ‘Girl On The Moon’. Bringing the exciting sounds of Nashville home to the UK, Eleanor’s unique sound unites the classic ‘Country’ genre with the world of English pop/folk music. Bound to captivate you in a trance as you listen to her sounds, Eleanor is a perfect contribution to #KMF2018!
Saskia Griffiths-Moore is a contemporary folk singer, blending simple acoustic songs with modern moods, melodies and meanings, and has been performing full time on the folk and acoustic circuit for three years, singing at folk clubs, theatre’s and festivals alike.
Having left school with not much more than a GCSE in Astronomy, Saskia set up practice on Harley street as the world’s youngest craniosacral therapist, which she promptly left behind age 22 to follow her passion into music, learning her craft on the streets; busking, singing and touring her way through the country all the while living in her campervan without WiFi or electricity.
Saskia’s authentic sound has found her video’s featured three times on Sky Television (2017, 2018), and her newest single ‘All For You’ (distributed by UMG) is currently receiving regular BBC play across the country. The young, Baez-esque, singer-songwriter of the folk world returns year round to stage after stage to put on creative live performances nationally and internationally, and, for her sins, has been awarded Arts Council funding three times for her UK wide tours. See the video below.
She now lives in London, which fulfils her need for culture, but not nature …….