Artists performing at Settle Folk Gathering 2017 include:
Holy Moly and The Crackers
Holy Moly & The Crackers is a seven-piece ‘Gypsy Folk Rock’ band with founders Conrad Bird, Ruth Patterson and ‘Squeezebox’ Rosie leading the band with compelling charismatic style. Influenced by an electric range of folk and popular music, Holy Moly & The Crackers play a moonshine mix of rock, pop, folk, blues, balkan, klezmer, ska, reggae etc.
The mighty Teesside a cappella merchants are a well-established and popular act at many folk festivals with a unique mob-handed presence that’s felt as well as heard! Each of the five Wilson brothers (Chris, Ken, Mike, Steve and Tom) is a fine and distinctive singer in his own right but what comes across above all is the sheer forthright ebullience, the joy of singing; of siblings together in close harmony, creating out of contrasted yet complementary individual voices something consciously controlled and arranged yet without a trace of preciousness; internally flexible and yet also immovable as granite.
Duncan McFarlane Acoustic Band
The Duncan McFarlane Acoustic Trio combine the full sound of Duncan’s own tremendous guitar playing together with the excellent, sympathetic yet punchy fiddle of Anne Brivonese and Steve Fairholme’s fine melodeon playing and vocal harmonies. A terrific band and a favourite at festivals everywhere.
Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith
Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are a highly acclaimed folk duo who play traditional and original music of the British Isles. Over the last three years they have built a reputation on the UK folk scene for arresting and moving performances. The songs themselves are always given centre stage but they are brought to life with sensitive musical arrangements and stunning vocals. There is an integrity that shines through their performances and a common thread of political struggle, resistance, and justice.
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.
Chris Sherburn and Denny Bartley
Chris Sherburn and Denny Bartley have been bringing their unique sound to audiences across Europe and America since the early 1990s, when a chance meeting at a music session created one of folk music’s most enduring partnerships. Known for their soul stirring songs, exhilarating tunes and a love of the craic, Chris (concertina) and Denny (guitar and vocals) ensure that no two concerts are ever the same.
Harp and a Monkey
Leftfield folk and storytelling trio Harp and a Monkey specialise in poignant, humorous and melodic short stories about northern life, love and remembrance. Such is the outfit’s reputation as a quality live act, they have twice been invited to appear at the annual international showcase (The English Folk Expo) that highlights the best English folk acts on the circuit.
Hicks and Goulbourn
Fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Steve Hicks and singer songwriter Lynn Goulbourn met at a gig in 2007. With a mutual love of folk, roots and acoustic genres, their musical partnership has flourished and taken them to all corners of the UK, to Germany and the USA. They thrive on the creative process of stretching established boundaries and perform mesmeric arrangements of traditional, contemporary and self – penned songs and music. Expect the unexpected …….
A set by American songwriter Zoe Mulford is like a small volume of short stories – evocative, beautifully crafted, and endlessly varied. Whether her starting-point is a polar expedition in 1845 or a Greyhound bus ride in 2007, her vivid storytelling and down-to-earth humor take listeners on an enjoyable journey accompanied with guitar or claw-hammer banjo.
Mic and Susie Darling
Mic and Susie Darling bring songs and stories based on their experiences as part of the Traveller community.
The Giggleswick Temperance Band
The Giggleswick Temperance Band, with caller Michelle Holding, will be playing for the Ceilidh on Friday night. The band members have all been involved in the music scene for many more years than they care to recall and the breadth of their experience is evident in the quality and variety of their music which ranges from the traditional through jazz standards to ragtime and everything in between.
Morris Dance Sides
Morris Dance Sides will be performing in the square.