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Anthony John Clarke

Not only has he written four of the most of the most popular songs on the folk scene -'The Only Life Gloria Knows', 'The Broken Years', 'Walking on Sunday' and the immortal 'Tuesday Night is Always Karaoke' but he remains, in essence, the reason why folk clubs and festivals continue to thrive.
He is hilarious, serious, compassionate, irreverent, brave, challenging and a proper guitarist with an instantly recognisable voice.
A world travelled troubadour, the man is a lyrical feast with just a dash of Viking.


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Venue:  Conservative Club
Day:    Saturday & Sunday
Time:  Afternoon









Belshazzar's Feast

In 1995 Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) shared a musical passion borne out of the desire to earn sufficient money to support their extravagant lifestyles. Their amazing musicianship coupled with wry humour stunned audiences around Europe and the States.
"Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music" (Mike Harding)


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Venue:  St Mary's Church
Day:    Sunday
Time:  7.30pm










Bob and Gill Berry

Bob and Gill Berry are performers, festival and folk club organisers and all round folk enthusiasts.
They have sung together since 1983 with 3 albums so far. They also sing with Bob's mum and dad, Len and Barbara Berry, as the Berry family and also with their current band, Tinkers Bag.
Their passion for the music is obvious when you hear them sing and that passion becomes infectious when you are with them. Bob will be doing MC duties at this festival but there will be opportunities to catch them singing together.

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Bounty Hounds

The Bounty Hounds are East Anglia's folk/rock band  and an established festival act for over 8 years. Last year saw a new melodeon player and drummer come on board.
For those who don't know the Hounds, the band are Mart on drums, Kev on bass, Chris on electric guitar, Robbie on melodeon and John on acoustic guitar, bouzouki, mandolin and lead vocals.
They perform an uptempo mix of traditional and original material, with a few favourites thrown in for good measure.

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Venue:  Sandpit Field
Day:    Saturday & Sunday
Time:  Afternoons










Bram Taylor

Popular fellside recording artist, Bram Taylor has a wealth of experience behind him, having established a fine reputation both in the UK and abroad, performing at Folk Festivals, Folk Clubs, Arts Centres and other concert venues in the UK, USA and Europe.
He enthralls audiences with fine rich voice and entertaining sense of humour performing an excellent selection of both traditional and contemporary material on guitar, Duet Concertina, Baritone Ukelele. His powerful vocal quality also lends itself perfectly to acapella singing.

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Venue:  Various
Day:  Saturday & Sunday
Time:  Various











Flats and Sharps

Hailing from Cornwall, Flats and Sharps blur the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, and Country and Pop, gaining recognition for performing their own highly original songs as well as their renditions of Bluegrass classics. These five incredible young musicians honed their skills in 350 live performances over 5 years, charming and wowing audiences along the way.

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Venue: Sandpit Field
Day:    Friday
Time:  Evening














Hambledon Hopstep

Hambledon Hopstep formed as a ceilidh band in 1985 and have been providing a fun time for all sorts of events throughout Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset and Hampshire. Angela Laycock, the caller, always makes the dancers feel relaxed and  having a good time with clear guidance and humour. The lineup is Tim Laycock-melodeon, concertina, singer; Nick Crump-recorder and player of wonderful, invented instruments; Martine Hardy-fiddle; Paul Sampson-guitar, singer and Pete Burnley-bass. The music is rythmically strong and danceable with a mix of traditional folk plus contemporary pieces by Nick giving a freshness and an edge to their overall sound.

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Venue:  Swanage School
Day:    Saturday
Time:  7.30pm















Hattie Briggs

Hattie is a Gloucestershire based singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist who was first noticed as a  BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee back in 2014. Since then, her music has been played on TV, BBC Radio 1,2 and 6 Music as well as many  regional BBC radio stations.
Inspired by the likes of Eva Cassidy, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, Hattie recorded her debut album "Red & Gold" in 2015 at Monnow Valley Studios followed by her second "Young Runaway" in 2016. Both were produced by Peter Waterman. With over 300 gigs under her belt in the UK, Europe and USA, and multiple festival appearances, Hattie's global fanbase is increasing very quickly. This year has seen her launch
her "Twelve Months of Madness"-a new CD every month.

"Hattie Briggs is a triple threat; top of the pile singer, songwriter and musician"...Simon Redley, Maverick.

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Venue:  Sandpit Field
Day:    Friday
Time:   Evening










Jamie Smith's Mabon

Jamie Smith's Mabon is a band beyond borders. Their members range across the British Isles and their InterCeltic music is rooted in the traditions of all the Celtic countries. Mabon is a band that draws on the vast range of its members' influences but does not attempt to make fusion; instead it is a constant pursuit of  integrity in seeking to explore the music that gives them and their listeners - joy.
Four firm friends help to bring Jamie's compositions alive in virtuosic style: Oli, a Welsh fiddler with Balkan flair; Paul, a guitarist from Wales who is more Manx than plenty of people born in the Isle of Man; Matt, a bluegrass-loving bass player from Camarthen; and Iolo, a drummer from the Welsh woods with a passion for world music and Jazz.


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Venue:  Sandpit Field
Day:    Saturday
Time:  Evening













Kadia

We are delighted, once again, to welcome back Kadia to Sandpit Field. They perform a mixture of traditional folk, Irish session tunes, original material and contemporary covers along with the occasional joke, multiple stories and general chatter during their shows.
Kadia are Chris Bailey (Guitar/Vocal);
Lee Cuff (Cello/Vocal);
David Hoyland (Percussion/Ukelele/Guitar).



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Venue:  Sandpit Filed
Day:    Saturday
Time:   Evening











Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow

are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic folk and roots music. Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from Sheelanagig, they draw on their many influences to create unique arrangements of traditional music, as well as their own compositions. Their live show is a musical journey through Europe, America and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.


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Venue: St Mary's Church
Day:    Sunday
Time:   Afternoon













Le Vent du Nord

Considered a driving force in progressive folk, Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Quebec with a breath of fresh cosmopolitan air. The band delivers catchy songs and tunes, some taken from the Quebec traditional folk repertoire whilst others are original compositions. The group has a rich and varied instrumentation, well polished musical arrangements, and wonderful vocals.
In addition to their traditional repertoire, the group exhibits great finesse and flexibility appearing regularly on Canadian, American, French and UK television and radio, and participating in a wide variety of musical projects.

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Venue:  Sandpit Field
Day:  Friday
Time:  Evening












Photo by James Fagan


Nancy Kerr
and the Sweet Visitor Band

Already a respected interpreter of traditonal music, Nancy's emergence as a writer of rare style has drawn comparisons to William Blake in her reawakening of a radical folk mythology as a backdrop for contemporary narratives.
With her Sweet Visitor Band now an established unit, Nancy is joined on stage by bandmates:
Rowan Rheingans(fiddle, banjo, voice).
Tim Yates(double bass, melodeon, voice).
Greg Russell(guitar, voice)
Tom Wright(drums, guitar, voice).

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Venue: Sandpit Field
Day:    Saturday
Time:  Evening










Quinns Quinney

In their own words: "We are a band, a big noisy band. We like to hit things that ought not to be hit. We like to blow on things that ought not to be blown. We like to play silly songs in a serious way and serious songs in a silly way."
Quinns  Quinney like to strum, sweat and sing. You can expect fast-pumping skiffle, watering cans, dancing and plenty of suitcases.

"Imagine putting a mandolin, a double bass and an acoustic guitar inside a washing machine. Throw in a tambourine, a kazoo, a pint of cider and put it on a 90 minute hot-wash cycle. Hang the lot out to dry  on a summer's evening in rural Dorset and you'll get a rough idea of how we sound."



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Venue: Sandpit Field
Day:    Sunday
Time:  Afternoon










Sarah Deere-Jones, Harp and Voice


Sarah Deere-Jones, one of the foremost harpists in the uk today will sing haunting songs and play dazzling instrumentals on traditional harp, from across Britain. Her sparkling and lyrical playing and knowledge of the instrument leads her to performing all around the world and her arrangements and original pieces break new ground and are included in exam lists for the harp. Her concerts are a revelation on the variety and music possible on traditional harp, at times both profoundly moving, surprising and exhilarating, and all liberally sprinkled with warmth and dry humour. She is accompanied  on guitar by her husband Phil Williams.


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Venue: Conservative Club
Day:    Saturday
Time:  Afternoon













Sheelanagig

Sheelanagig have become something of a West Country institution for the past decade. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys sure know how to get a party started.
Putting both groove and stomp into a selection of traditional and original European folk music dating from medieval times to present day, it's difficult-nay impossible- for your limbs to remain stationary when you are within earshot of them in full flight.
Expect fun, a lot of laughs and some great music!



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Venue: Sandpit Field
Day:    Sunday
Time:  Afternoon










Tinderbox

Award winning contemporary folk group, Tinderbox were originally formed in 1997 by Dublin born singer-songwriter Monique Houraghan and guitarist songwriter Dan Tucker. Since 2007, talented multi-instrumentalist and session musician, Bob Burke has completed the dynamic trio line-up.
Folkworks columnist Tim Carroll commended the "...highly accomplished musicianship; with a delicious pure voice and a lush embroidery of strings."

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Venue: Sandpit Field
Day:    Sunday
Time:  Afternoon










Wareham Whalers

The Wareham Whalers are Dorset’s premiere shanty crew and have been entertaining audiences for nearly 14 years. They run a popular monthly folk night and host a regular shanty gig in their namesake and historic town of Wareham. They sing at shindigs and festivals through-out the year. You are also likely to see and hear them busking the rural and coastal towns of the picturesque Isle of Purbeck and the beautiful Jurassic Coast.

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Venue: Prince Albert Gardens
Day:    Saturday
Time:  2.30pm










Wiff Waff

The band features multi-talented Sam Wyatt of Quinn's Quinney with his brother Murray Wyatt. They use delicately played acoustic guitars; combined with a mandolin ( Martyn Lee), double bass ( Rob Lee) and some trumpet played by Quinn's Quinney's frontman Rob Farrington. the sound is very different from what you might expect of these musicians but they will not fail to please you.

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Venue: Sandpit Field
Day:    Sunday
Time:  Afternoon