Artists performing at Settle Folk Gathering 2016 included:
The Demon Barbers XL
Demon Barbers now bring some of the UK’s most exciting young Clog, Sword, Hip Hop & Break dancers onto the concert stage to create a live folk music & dance spectacular. Combining solid traditional acoustic instruments and songs with the added oomph of a superbly tight rhythm section they create a unique and captivating sound.
The Young ‘uns
The Young’uns have proved themselves a unique proposition – writing and performing a cappella or subtly accompanied songs that tell it how it is alongside traditional songs from their native North-East and further afield. Renowned for their pitch perfect harmonies and rapid fire humour, their live show is always engaging and heart-warming with an enviable audience rapport.
Duncan McFarlane Band
Solid, energetic English electric folk, full of pumping riffs and loads of energy. Well-executed and infectiously lively.Music based on the rhythms of English country dance with sharp-edged electric guitar leads, electric fiddle, and gutsy, gritty singing.
The Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican
Hailing from Barnsley in t’North The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are on a mission! Determined to follow in their father’s immortal footsteps and keep his legacy alive, they have a talent for Bar-Stewardizing other famous people’s songs with new comedy lyrics, on their acoustic geetars, ukuleles, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass and accordion.
Bill Lloyd is known as a live performer in Cumbria, the Borders and North West England, and in and around Cavan in Ireland, both as a soloist, with the Willy Ruby Band, The Wildwood Band, and with Billy & The Goats. His material is wide-ranging and includes old-time Appalachian dance music and songs, country rock, bluegrass, contemporary and traditional Irish ballads, traditional European dance music and his own songs.
Karin and Rosie
Karin is a singer/songwriter with some 30 years experience in the Jazz/Blues field. Several years ago she decided to try her hand at playing the guitar and writing Folk Songs. She so enjoyed the diversity of the Folk Music Scene that she has now teamed up with Rosie Clegg (Singer/Multi instrumentalist) to perform her own original material and classic Folk covers by various artistes.
Yan Tan Tether
Yan Tan Tether is a female close harmony folk trio from Otley, West Yorkshire consisting of Rosie Knighton, Tess Leslie and Lynne O’Malley. They play a host of instruments between them (piano, banjo, guitar, fiddle) but concentrate mostly on creating beautiful a capella arrangements of traditional and more modern folk songs. Their voices blend as if they were family who have been singing together for years, creating spine-tingling harmonies interspersed with some rollicking good chorus songs.
The William Small Small Orchestra
The William Small Small Orchestra was put together by Mike Harding to play a few tunes to warm up for the main acts appearing at the First Sunday Folk nights in Settle. From there the band has expanded from playing to welcome the audience in to playing for ceilidhs and concerts around the Yorkshire Dales. The line-up for the band includes banjo and mandolin, fiddles, octave mandolin, flute, accordion, guitars and bodhran.
Dave Burland and The Awkward Squad
Dave Burland, national treasure of the British folk scene for over four decades, presents an evening of classic acoustic songs. Dave is ably assisted by The Awkward Squad – Dave Fisher on lap-steel guitar, keyboards and vocals and Bryan Ledgard on percussion and vocals. The trio perform traditional and contemporary material from both sides of the Atlantic with dexterity and passion. Don¹t miss this rare appearance an evening with a true feelgood factor.
Folk and acoustic singer Bella Gaffney is from Bradford. She writes folk inspired songs which she performs along with her own original arrangements of traditional pieces. She started her acoustic music career several years ago at the Topic Folk Club.
New Yorker Will Kaufman – singer, multi-instrumentalist and Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Central Lancashire – is recognised as the world’s leading authority on Woody Guthrie. He is the author of the first political biography of the legendary American balladeer, Woody Guthrie, American Radical (Illinois Univ. Press), and has two more books forthcoming: Woody Guthrie’s Modern World Blues (Oklahoma) and Woody Guthrie: Down, Up or Anywhere (Reaktion). Most recently, it was Will who unearthed Guthrie’s previously unpublished lyrics condemning his Brooklyn landlord, Fred Trump – father of Donald – for his racist rental policies.
Woody Guthrie: Hard Times and Hard Travelin’ is a live documentary setting Guthrie’s songs in the context of the American 1930s – the Dust Bowl, the Depression, the New Deal and the state of popular music itself. Such hard-hitting songs as ‘Vigilante Man’, ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ and ‘I Ain’t Got No Home’ are brought into conversation with other relevant songs – from Joe Hill’s ‘The Preacher and the Slave’ to ‘Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?’. Altogether the show highlights the blending of music and radical politics that marks Guthrie’s most powerful work.
Mike Harding and The Moonbeams
Mike Harding and The Moonbeams will present a show of songs and poems inspired by the Yorkshire Dales called, The Singing Dales, celebrating the landscape and the peoples of the area. The Moonbeams are a well known and loved local band and singer songwriter Jon Avison has written many fine songs about the area. Mike Harding has lived in the Dales since 1971 and has published several books of poetry; many of his poems are about the land and the people he loves.
Eden Thomas brings a selection of Quaker songs “to make you think, to make you laugh, to make you sing”.
Morris Dance Sides
Morris Dance Sides will be performing in the square and will include Craven Flagcrackers, mixed Border Morris, Buttercross Belles, female Northwest style, Flash Company, mixed Border, Molly and Appalachian, Rainbow Morris, mixed Northwest style and Crook Morris, mixed Cotswold, Border and Rapper.