Artists performing at Settle Folk Gathering 2018 include:
Merry Hell Acoustic is a six-piece folk-rock group with a history and a pedigree founded in their native northwest England. They have risen to become festival favourites, their albums finding favour with critics, broadcasters and music fans alike. The band features guitar, mandolin and vocals together with fiddle and bass and they have a reputation as on-stage favourites, enjoying appearances at many prestigious festivals.
The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a saucepan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax. The four virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments – adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, scrap-metal bouzouki-bass, drums and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let’s not forget the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades. Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering.
Reg’s clever and imaginative lyrics have earned him the title of “Master Storyteller” (PennyBlack Music) and led Mike Harding to introduce him onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall as “one of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced”. Whether it’s a village hall or the Albert Hall, Reg brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.
Charlie is a multi-talented and well-respected singer and song writer. Her career has included acting, comedy-improvisation, writing for radio and composition for film and TV as well as performing live with her band. Her songs have been successful across diverse genres, covered by many well known artists including George Harrison, Tina Turner, UB40 and Status Quo. She has released 5 albums since 2005, on her own label Black Ink, which has seen her re-discover her own voice and return to her earlier folk-roots influences.
A Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor for 40 years, has been described as ” A stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty.” He’s the dad of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, who are all internationally renowned folk musicians. Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs self-written and West Country songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers,the Louvin Brothers, Richard Thompson and Randy Newman. He’s also one of the few to play 1920’s/ 30’s jazz on an authentic 1920’s instrument.
Moor Music Trio
Mark (Melodeon and Concertina) and Jason (Accordion) have been playing their instruments since childhood absorbing the unique Dartmoor style from their respective grandfathers Bob Cann and Jack Rice. Rob (5-String Banjo) also learnt to play finger-style banjo from a young age and has since become one of the finest exponents of this once popular but now rarely heard style. Their concert performances include traditional Dartmoor tunes as well as tunes from further afield, all played in their unique Dartmoor style. As well as music they’ll also throw in the odd song, banjo solos that have to be seen to be believed and also some Dartmoor Step Dancing
Penny Davies and Roger Ilott
Penny Davies and Roger Ilott, folk musicians from Australia, formed their duo in 1983. Their music is steeped in tradition yet influenced strongly by the folk rock music of their personal musical history. They are songwriters as well as interpreters of Australian folk. Penny Davies simply has one of the richest voices in Australian folk and country music, add in the integrity of Roger Ilott’s gentle delivery and compelling acoustic guitar and you have the best harmonies you’re likely to hear.
Drop the Floor
Drop the Floor are a four piece vocal and instrumental group based in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Firmly rooted in the traditional music and songs of Ireland but also taking influences from Scotland, Lancashire and America, the band features Steven Johnston on uilleann pipes, Martin Baptie on fiddle, Richard Moss on guitar and vocals and Daniel Burke on tenor banjo. Following the release of their debut album “Raise the Roof” in early 2014 and a number of barnstorming appearances including The BIG Whistle Festival, Fylde Folk Festival, Wirral Folk Festival and Cloudspotting Festival, the band continue to build a reputation for their mighty live performances.
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.
Mic and Susie Darling
Mic and Susie Darling bring songs and stories based on their experiences as part of the Traveller community.
Michelle and Bonz
Michelle Holding sings traditional and contemporary British and American songs, playing guitar, banjo and concertina. Blessed with a striking and distinctive voice, she performs with passion and sensitivity. Confesses publicly to being a Morris dancer and also calls dances for ceilidhs, something which she is gaining quite a following for, through her welcoming, gender free calling style. Michelle is starting to wade into the murky waters of classic English fingerstyle banjo. Her accompanist Bonz is a talented multi-instrumentalist, playing dobro, banjo and harmonica, and provides harmony vocals when with Michelle. Michelle has a great new CD release. Click HERE to get yours now.
Karin and Karl
Karin is a singer/songwriter with some 30 years experience in the Jazz/Blues field. Several years ago she became enthralled with Folk Music and its diversity and started to write and sing Folk Songs. Now teamed with Karl Robins (singer/songwriter/multi instrumentalist) she devotes her time solely to writing and performing within the Folk genre. Karl Robins has been playing for many years in the Acoustic Folk/ Folk Rock genre. A songwriter since his late teens, Karl likes to experiment with different rhythms and styles. He plays acoustic and electric guitars, Puerto Rican Cuatro and sings melodies and harmonies.
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 on both Saturday and Sunday. Confirmed sides appearing are Flagcrackers of Craven, New Forest Medlars, Crook Morris, Yon Lot, Fiddlin’ Feet, Buttercross Belles, Hornbeam Molly and Malkin.