Fantastic line up of Artists for 2017
Dougie MacleanWadebridge Town Hall, Saturday 26th August 7.30pm
Songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer Dougie MacLean is a star of concert halls and festivals all over the world, including New York’s Carnegie, London’s Festival Theatre and the Sydney Opera House.
His songs have been covered by artists including fellow Scots Paolo Nutini and Amy MacDonald, Irish greats Ronan Keating, Mary and Frances Black, Dolores Keane, Deanta and Cara Dillon, and Grammy award winning US country singer Kathy Mattea. Caledonia topped the Scottish charts and become a Scottish contemporary anthem. His music has been used by Hollywood and he has been the subject of three BBC TV Specials.
He has an OBE, two prestigious Tartan Cleff Awards, been inducted into the Scottish Music Hall of Fame and given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the BBC.
“Strong yet subtle, hauntingly evocative yet contemporary in feel, this music demands listening to over and over again.” (The Performing Songwriter)
“A musical hero.” (Wall Street Journal)
Supported by Dalla
Cara DillonWadebridge Town Hall, Sunday 27th August 7.30pm
Infused with the rich heritage of her native County Derry, Cara Dillon has become one of the finest exponents of Irish song. Her unique voice has been lauded since winning the All Ireland singing trophy aged 14. With husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman, she entwines traditional and contemporary elements, earning both commercial success and astonishing critical acclaim.
Recently she’s revisited her Irish roots with fresh interpretations of traditional standards; the results are stunning. Her reach is truly global with fans all over the world – it even seduced Disney who asked for songs for their animation “Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue”.
Awards include BBC Radio 2 Folk Album Of The Year, Meteor Music Award for “Best Irish Female”, and Tatler’s “Woman Of The Year in Music”. She has appeared in prestigious concert halls and at festivals the world over. Always looking to introduce herself to new listeners, Cara’s topped the charts with dance remixes, guest appearances and full orchestral arrangements.
Whether traditional songs of lost love and emigration or original compositions, you won’t find a more emotive and captivating performer. Cara Dillon is at the very top of her field and she'll remain there for a very long time.
“…one of Ireland's truly great singers." The Guardian
Supported by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin
DoscaWadebridge Town Hall, Friday 25th August 7.30pm
Since triumphantly bursting onto the scene at Celtic Connections 2015, Dosca, the energetic five-piece ensemble of bagpipes, flute, guitar, bass and drums, are quickly making a name for themselves among some of Scotland's finest folk acts.
With influences from Scottish and Irish folk, as well as a hint of jazz, the band’s self-titled debut EP was launched early in 2015, leading them on to several prominent appearances throughout Scotland and further afield, including the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, Piping Live! in Glasgow, and a return to Celtic Connections in 2016.
They have also made successful ventures to mainland Europe, none less so than when rapturously received at the Schots Weekend in Belgium. Collectively the band’s members also bring a wealth of touring experience, having travelling in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Brazil.
“Dosca … were on positively bangin’ form. “Celtic Connections
"Unmistakable musical talent" TRADtv
"Fine up and coming talent, " Daily Record
"Just Incredible" STV Glasgow
With 3 Daft Monkeys
Cocos LoversWadebridge Town Hall, Monday 28th August 7.30pm
Operating well beyond the remit of alt-folk, Cocos Lovers (pronounced Co-Coss) are a distinctive musical force, seamlessly channelling influences from Africa, the US Deep South and several other real and imagined corners of the globe, while staying ever faithful to their Kentish roots.
Hailing from the small but musically rich town of Deal, they are a close-knit seven-piece band of family, friends and former au pairs. Their music swells with powerful choir-like harmonies and glorious widescreen melodies, and they’ve earned a reputation for fantastic live performances with an ever-changing instrumental line-up of mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars, violin, musical saw, flute and a unique blend of drums and percussion.
The latest incarnation of their sound sees a healthy step into more electric and psychedelic realms.
Phillip Henry and Hannah MartinWadebridge Town Hall, Sunday 27th August 7.30pm
BBC Radio Two Best Folk Duo 2014, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin have come a long way since they met in 2009.
While busking from Gastonbury Festival to Sidmouth Folk Week, they invited by Steve Knightley to join Show Of Hands on a tour ending at the Royal Albert Hall.
Singing The Bones was released in 2011 to warm praise, and kicked off more touring. They won South West Music’s “Best Folk Act” and “Best Duo” at the Spiral Awards. Second album Mynd made “Best Of 2013” lists in the Guardian, Telegraph, fRoots, Songlines and on Mark Radcliffe's Radio Two Top Ten.
The last 18 months have been their busiest, with a live album, tour with Seth Lakeman, and 130+ UK dates and gigs across Europe, South Africa, Japan and the US.
Watershed, their keenly anticipated third release, is their most emotionally charged work. The alchemy of Martin's evocative song writing, fiddle and banjo melds with Henry’s skilful dobro, harmonica and lap steel into a distinctive soundscape of lament and hope.
“Subtle, atmospheric, bravely original” Robin Denselow, The Guardian
“Stars of the future” Dai Jeffries, R2
“This duo’s intensity and charisma merits much bigger stages” John L. Walters, The Guardian
With Cara Dillon
DallaWadebridge Town Hall, Saturday 26th August 7.30pm
Dalla is the first supergroup in Cornish Celtic music. Comprising four of the foremost proponents of traditional Cornish music today, they mix an unparalleled grounding in the traditions of Cornwall with fearless innovation, compelling dance rhythms, and some of the best tunes and songs.
It’s a joyful, heartrending, life affirming show that invites you to share in the mischievous delight they take in playing with their tradition, and in their fascination with the world that lies behind the pieces.
Songs rooted in the Cornish worlds of mining, fishing and farming, of heartbreak, loving, laughing and dying, for dancing, singing for joy, singing for sheer pleasure.
This is some of the finest Celtic bouzouki/mandolin playing you're likely to hear, with stomping bass clarinet grooves, gutsy shuffles and hypnotic grooves on the fiddle and viola. Their dazzling live performances convey the sheer joy they take in Cornwall’s indigenous music.
With Dougie Maclean
3 Daft MonkeysWadebridge Town Hall, Friday 25th August 7.30pm
3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world-influenced folk music and infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated.
After experiencing the band’s notoriously energetic live performance at Glastonbury Festival last summer, Mark Radcliffe declared them as one of his “Highlights of the Festival” on BBC TV coverage, and subsequently invited them to play a session on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. The band have also performed a live session with Whispering Bob Harris on Radio 2, after he caught them at Cropredy Festival.
With their quirky and original approach to music, and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life, 3 Daft Monkeys have gained themselves a large and loyal cult following, which is still growing rapidly due to their intense touring schedule. Their music is hard to pigeon-hole, mixing and crossing many musical genres from Celtic, Klezmer, Gypsy and Balkan to Latin, Ska, Dub Reggae, Indie and Rock.
With a brand new line-up, the band weave enchanting melodies with catchy choruses, virtuoso vibrant fiddle, rhythmic 12-string guitar, 6-string bass, bespoke hand-percussion and four-part vocal harmonies. Their music leads you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions, and the desire to dance is irresistible.
Hop’Op’OpsWadebridge Town Hall, Monday 28th August 7.30pm
They were so good last year, we had to ask them back!
Ho’Op’Ops are a gutsy quintet of young musicians from East Brittany. The name is a bit of French slang meaning ‘Hang On A Minute’, and they play traditional Breton music and compositions tainted with multiple influences, including a touch of jazz and Balkan.
They won the Concours Interlycees competition for Breton music in 2012, when they also played the famous Festival de Cornouailles in Quimper. In 2013, they were awarded at the Yaouank Festival in Rennes.
And of course the quintet of bass, guitar, drums, saxophone and melodeon had us all dancing at Folk Fest 2016!
With Cocos Lovers
Charles Causley CentenaryLocations and Times to be Confirmed, Thurs 24th August
Thurs 24th August 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Launceston-based poet Charles Causley. Ted Hughes recommended him for Poet Laureate, and he had the love and respect of Ted Hughes, Seamus Healey, Philip Larkin and many others.
We’re working with the Causley Trust to celebrate the mastery and reach of this Cornish jewel. This bonus day is a work-in-progress; we will update you soon with more details.
No guarantee can be given that any events will take place, or any artists will perform at a particular time, or at all. We will, however, make every effort to carry out the programme as advertised.
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