The Festival’s Saturday afternoon and evening in the Park – full of activity and entertainment including the Gala Concert and the Saturday Folk Festival at The Abbey Stage!
And this year a very special performance of Bridge Across the Flood – the community musical that commemorates the 1968 flood disaster that devastated parts of the Chew Valley – 50 years ago on the 9th July: The Sparrow Crane Hire Bandstand stage at 5pm -with a spectacular extra attraction!
This year all the action revolves around three areas: The Abbey Stage Marquee for a superb range of folk and acoustic music going on well into the night with the jigs and reels of FolkLaw: The Sparrow Crane Hire Bandstand Stage with Bridge Across the Flood at 5pm, the Saturday Community Stage on the higher level of The Park (the big striped marquee) and of course the Top Stage Marquee for the evening Gala concert with The Keynsham Orchestra at 7.30pm
Folk and Acoustic performers playing all afternoon and late into the evening on the Abbey Stage which will this year rely on your kind donations – look out for some big local names and quality music, and later on, dancing with FolkLaw.
There will also be some Morris dancing and fun around the site
Once again we are indebted to Bristol’s Jelli Records for managing the Abbey Stage folk performances.
Festival bar and hot food on site all day.
Acoustic | Saturday 30th June | from 12.30 pm | Grounded garden festival stage |
This year’s line up in Grounded’s garden will include, over the two days:
12.30 Larc – Fantastic singer / songwriter. of Keynsham origin, with a great voice
13.10 Steve Mercy – Keynsham’s own (via the Black Country!) master singer/songwriter.
13.40 Ella Lucie Arnold – Playing the definition of a home gig – between her Grounded shifts. When she’s finished, she may make you a coffee! Accompanied by Saltford’s Nick Pallet
14.15 Priita – All the way from Finland – get practising for the sing-along!
14.50 Saint Opia – Great chance to see this acoustic three-piece with great vocals intimately before they Folk Stage in the Park. read more…
15.25 Karl Toth – newly local guy with a great talent – also playing the Folk Stage read more…
16.00 Jodie Stadden – Great to see her back performing again after her baby break! A favourite
16.35 Bennie Hawkins – by popular Demand after his set at Longwell Records in April
These are all great performers and the Grounded Stage means that many less “Nos” we had to send to performers wanting to play. We are grateful to Grounded for this facility and for the great atmosphere these performances always have …..
Now go and see the fun in The Park by the Bandstand!
PONITA are members of the community choir People of Note (PON) who sing for fun. They perform at a wide variety of charity and social events in a range of venues across Bristol. Over the years they have also travelled further afield to London, Ireland, and Barcelona, including contact and exchanges with other international community choirs.
PONITA create an extra social dimension to People Of Note by arranging cabarets, boat trips, quizzes and tea parties. We are a friendly and supportive group who enjoy singing and being together.
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.
Billy No Mates and his friends will once again be providing traditional dance and goings on around the site all afternoon – always welcoming participation and loads of fun!
Karl is a singer songwriter based in the UK and living very locally. Writing music is something he has done for his whole life, taking inspiration from the likes of Frank Turner and Newton Faulker. His no nonsense approach to new music is a refreshing take on the ever booming singer songwriter genre.
Having performed the width and breadth of the country, Karl has received sterling reviews from the Great British public, such as:
Bev: Yeah, he’s not bad really.
Keith: Solid mate.
BBC’s Alan Raw: Actually quite good.
‘Returning to the festival for a second year, we welcome back the Westerly Winds. This East Bristol wind band promises to entertain you with a wide selection of well known tunes from pop music, film themes and musicals. See how many you can sing along to!
Acoustic rock | Saturday 30th June | from 2.00pm | Longwell Records, Temple Street |
Mike Peters of rock band The Alarm makes a personal appearance at Longwell Records in Temple Street, previewing and signing his solo album.
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
Once again we welcome talented young musicians learning their craft, from Louisa Baker’s music school to the Festival …..
Now of course, Louisa herself has been busy in Australia and Europe in recent months, so we’ll see how her students have fared in the hands of BakerLou’s dedicated staff. We’ll be seeing Louisa tomorrow!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further details
Singer & Songwriter | Saturday 30th June | 4.00pm | The Sparrows Crane Hire Saturday Bandstand Stage |
What could be more fitting to precede Bridge Across the Flood on the Saturday Bandstand Stage?
The title scene of Gavin’s highly successful 2017 Album Echo Bridge is just a few hundred yards away, and tracks on the album recall the floods, the Abbot’s Seat and Keynsham’s recent evolution.
A perfect and highly entertaining start to a special part of this year’s Festival.
And a special word about Gavin’s side-kick Johnny – a member of the original cast of Bridge Across the Flood!
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.
Community Musical | Saturday 30th June | 5.00pm | The Sparrows Crane Hire Saturday Bandstand Stage |
The Sparrow Crane Hire Bandstand Stage presents:
A Commemoration of the storm and floods of July 1968 that devastated the Chew Valley
The two pictures below show The Park 50 years ago next week. The Festival commemorates the events of that July night and the aftermath with a revival of the music of the community musical Bridge Across the Flood, and finishing with a spectacular finale, indicating the level of the flood in The Park.
The music composed by Neil Beddow and Robin Grant was the result of a huge community project coordinated by Caroline Green of North East Somerset Arts (NESA) in the 1998. (Caroline was also the first organiser of Keynsham Music Festival)
The current revival for this event is no less a community project working from the existing scores. Keynsham Town Councillor Dave Biddleston and Steve Drew of Keynsham Orchestra, KLOGGs and the Phoenix Youth Theatre group, have put together a project to revive the music, with musical director Richard Jackson, that includes members of KLOGGs, Keynsham Voices choir, St John’s Church Choir and the Phoenix young people, individuals and musicians.
At least two of today’s performers appeared in the original performance – one of them as a child.
The performance today will also include local singer song writer Gavin Osborn with material from his Keynsham based Echo Bridge album.
Today’s performance will end with a dramatic display of the 1968 flood water level.
We understood that Bridge Across the Flood was first performed 10 years after the 1968 event, with the basic idea that although the Flood was a devastating event its aftermath did much to unite the perceive two sides of Keynsham – hence a positive outcome.
Below you can see a flyer for the very first production of the musical – said to be around ten years after the flood, so we assumed 1974 or 1985 – the only years when the 1st of December was a Sunday (see flyer). Pity there is no year date on it! Click on the image to enlarge it – and see the whole range of the community that was involved. We would dearly love to know more about the Keynsham Sound Effects Group and their history. Equally you will be interested to read some of the detail on the back of the flyer – putting the flood into its grim perspective – enlarge for easy reading.
Since we first published this information local research and social media discussions have verified that Bridge Across the Flood was in fact first performed in 1996 – thirty years after the the great flood flood water level in The Park – not ten years after.
As part of this year’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the flooding in 1968 the Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society have launched a campaign to have The “Abbot’s seat”, possibly a relic from Keynsham Abbey, restored and installed in The Park. The seat was until 1968 sited on Keynsham’s County Bridge which was destroyed by the flood. The seat was later recovered from the river and has been in storage ever since. It should be installed in The Park by the 9th of July. But money must be raised and proceeds from this afternoon’s donations will be shared with the Society towards the installation cost.
See more: www.keysalthist.org.uk/Flood
acoustic R’n’B, funk and blues band from Keynsham. Bringing vibrant, sunshine music to the festival.
Local contemporary singer songwriter, John Ross pulls in his Celtic background over beautiful
Once again The festival welcomes Keynsham Orchestra
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.
“Stylish Passionate Folk Rock” – R2, “Outstanding and Evocative” – FATEA, FolkLaw’s music will get your feet tapping and your mind thinking. Inspired by 10 years on the road in Europe and North America, FolkLaw’s songs are a commentary on life, with earthy lyrics and vocals accompanied by Celtic fiddle and distinctive vocal harmonies. Described as “Show of Hands with a new wave ethic” (fRoots) and winning friends and fans wherever they go, FolkLaw are a unique blend of energised entertaining UK folk-rock.
Featuring Nick Gibbs on fiddle a former Keynsham resident, FolkLaw are ….. “Stylish Passionate Folk Rock” – R2, “Outstanding and Evocative” – FATEA, “Whirling Jigs and Lyrics which bite!” – fRoots.
Last year Folklaw was one of the most accomplished acts appearing at the Festival, and will be again this year
FolkLaw’s music will get your feet tapping and your mind thinking. Inspired by 10 years on the road in Europe and North America, FolkLaw’s songs are a real commentary on life, with earthy lyrics and vocals accompanied by Celtic fiddle and distinctive vocal harmonies. Described as “Show of Hands with a new wave ethic” (fRoots) and an “acoustic New Model Army” (FolkWorld), FolkLaw have forged a unique blend of energised entertaining UK folk-rock.
Brand New album “Smokey Joe” is OUT NOW!!!
Described as “Outstanding and Evocative” by FATEA, “Stylish Passionate Folk Rock” by R2, and “a milestone of folk music” by FolkWords “Smokey Joe” is FolkLaw’s latest album. Mixed by Lyndon Webb, mastered by Daz Smith, and released on Fiddle of 8 Records, it’s been launched to critical acclaim, been played on radio from the BBC to Canada, Germany and Australia, and includes tracks which have appeared on the front cover of R2 magazine and reached the semi-finals of the UK songwriting contest.