Bram Taylor

Bram is an entertaining artist with a distinctive voice and relaxed stage presence. He enthralls audiences with his fine rich voice and entertaining sense of humour, performing an excellent selection of both traditional and contemporary material on guitar, duet concertina and baritone ukulele. His powerful vocal quality also lends itself perfectly to acappella singing.
He has a wealth of experience behind him, having established a fine reputation both in the UK and abroad, both in Europe and the USA.
As well as being MC at the Saturday evening concert, he will be performing on Sandpit Field on Sunday afternoon, and running a workshop in the Mowlem on Saturday afternoon.

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Damian Clarke

Damian clarke is an accomplished player of the hammer dulcimer and hurdy gurdyand also sings unaccompanied, encouraging audiences to join in.
He will be the MC at the Sunday Folk Concert in the Conservative Club.
He is also running a workshop on Sunday morning in the Mowlem.

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Dorset Wrecks
Dorset Wrecks were formed in 2013 and their first gig happened when 5 of the first 6 members sang on the MV Freedom to support their charity at the Weymouth Barrel Rolling event in December 2013. Since that time they have grown, doing 51 gigs in 2017 and totalling 12 members. They reherse weekly at the Old Town Hall in Weymouth. they have sung at both weddings and funerals as well as at Camp Bestival and many other festivals. In 2016 they recorded their first CD, called 'Bright Eyed 'n Stiff', alluding to how to determine the freshness of fish when buying it.
In 2018 they are contemplating a second CD.
They will be performing at the Bandstand on Saturday afternoon.

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Flats and Sharps
Flats and Sharps return to Swanage once again. These five incredible musicians from Cornwall blur the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country and Pop. They perform their own highly original songs as well as their renditions of Bluegrass classics.
"effortlessly entertaining....sublime 5 part harmonies....the pace of their performance is breathtaking  "  Mark Ellen  R2 Magazine.
Flats and Sharps are: Kirk Bowman, banjo and vocals; Liam Fitzharris, double bass and vocals; Josh Warner, guitar and vocals; Mikey Ponsford, mandolin and vocals; Danny Hart, fiddle and vocals.
They will be performing on Saturday evening on Sandpit Field.
They are also running a bluegrass workshop on Saturday afternoon.

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Folk Orc

Folk Orc wantsone thing, and that is to get more people playing music, in particular we want to get more people playing music together. So come along to our festival open session and workshop and 'have a go'. 
Whatever your age or your ability we strive to give you the chance to start playing music.

They will be performing on Saturday morning on Sandpit Field
And running a workshop on Sunday morning on Sandpit Field.

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Geoff Lakeman

Geoff is returning to Swanage Folk Festival this year.
A Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor for 40 years, he has been described as
" a stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and father of a virtual folk dynasty."
He's the dad of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman.
He's a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet Concertina. He perforns self-written, and West Country songs, English, Irish, aqnd Scottish folk as well as a range of other music.
His smooth tenor vocals and unique concdertina accompaniment have won him plaudits and fans over the years.
As well as performing at the festival folk club on both Saturday and Sunday,  Geoff will also MC the Sunday evening concert.

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Gilmore and Roberts
Contemporary folk acoustic duo, Gilmore and Roberts combine award winning songwriting with  astounding musicianship  and their trademak harmonies  to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC  Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (Guitar)  met whilst studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008.
Since then the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of  UK's biggest acoustic  festivals, topured with  folk rock legends, Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre spanning work.

They will be performing on Saturday afternoon in the Conservative Club.

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Gordon Potts

We are really pleased to have Gordon with us once again calling at our ceilidh.
Described by Folk Roots as "..king of the callers"
He was also one of the people instrumental in bringing a much needed
renewal to ceilidh dancing at Cecil Sharp House,
making ceilidhs more lively and interesting.
Along with Threepenny Bit, he is not to be missed by those wanting to
let off steam and have a good dance at our
Saturday Night Ceilidh at Swanage School.


Kelp are a shanty crew formed from members of the RNLI to raise funds for the RNLI. They performe and support many local events in and around Swanage.
This year they will be performing on Saturday afternoon at the bandstand along with two other shanty crews, Dorset Wrecks and Wareham Whalers.

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Louise Jordon
Pouring hone into your ears and radiating charm, Louise Jordon fascinates and entertains, mixing hope with heartbreak through her acute observations of the efveryday and extraordinary. Fuelled by an untamed spirit, Louise Jordan's music is authentic and timeless, underpinned by an unassuming natural elegance that places simple honesty alongside bold imagination.
Self-accompanied on piano and guitar, Louise Jordon is every ounce the quintessential independent artist. With five recordings, eleven UK and 3 European tours under her belt, Louise Jordon is just getting started.
She will be performing in St Mary's Church on Sunday afternoon.

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The Model Folk
The Model Folk are a 6 piece band hailing from the deepest, darkest reaches of North Somerset.Their sound is an eclecting cocktail of influences that could loosely fit into the folk canon. Live shows are full of self-deprecating humour, romance, pathos, audience engagement and interaction; this creates an intamacy that feels more akin to a family get together than a gig. The music is created with clarinet wizardry, trumpets, trombones and accordian and topped with epic harmonies.
They will be in the marquee on Sandpit Field on Sunday afternoon.

View their debut music video

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Mother Ukers
Playing songs from throughout the ages, the Mother Ukers are a 3 piece ukulele band based in Bournemouth. The band take on modern day classics and forge them into timeless wonders of a bygone era with the power of 'Ukular Fusion'.
Using ukuleles of all shapes and sizes, they take you on a musical journey through time and space. With songs and flavours of Modern Pop, Punk, Classic Rock, the Swinging 60s, Fabulous 50s blended together and marinaded with the sound and rythms of the
roaring 20s ans seasoned with a touch of the blues in a swamp grass melody.
Performing on Sandpit Field, Saturday afternoon.

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We are delighted to welcome Narthen to Swanage Folk Festival.
They are Barry Coope and Lester Simpson from Coope, Boyes and Simpson,
Jo Freya of Blowzabella and Moira, and Fi Fraser of Old Fashioned and Polka Works.
They perform songs that will touch your heart, engage your intellect and wow your ears.
They are known for four part harmony but they are also instrumentalists and augment some of their rertoire with accompaniment.
They will be performing on Saturday Evening in the marquee on Sandpit Field.

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We welcome the return of this fabulous duo on Friday night.
They are a multi-award winning duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovtive and captivating take on the folk tradition.
Described by Mike Harding as 'damn fine' and by Kate Rusby as 'absolutely amasing', Jon Whitely and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted inthe local landscape. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take  a wide range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own distinctive way.
They will be performing on Friday Evening in the marquee on Sandpit Field.

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Oysterband will once again ensure that our weekend gets off to a lively start.
Since 1978 they have toured in 35 countries, won 5 BBC Folk Awards and made 13 studio albums.
They make modern, folk-based British music, acoustic at heart, sometimes intense, sometimes rocking and always full of new ideas.
They are:  John Jones (vocal, melodeon); Alan Proseer (guitars, vocal); Ian Telfler (violin, keyboard, concertina, vocal); Dil Davies (drums)
Also: Al Scott( (bass, mandolin, vocals); Adrian Oxaal (cello, vocal)
They will be performing on Friday Evening in the marquee on Sandpit Field.

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Pete Christie

Pete Christie is a nationally, touring, solo, British singer-songwriter. Pete is based in the Isle of Purbeck, so he is not far from home. He joins us on Friday evening to MC the main concert.  With his own wit and sense of enjoyment, he will guide us through what will be a very entertaining evening.

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Rod Jenkins Band

Rod Jenkins, an elder statesman of the Dorset Folk scene both as a solo player as well as a member of a number of bands. He has put together this great band of musicians to bring inspired versions of songs which are a mix of americana and country, enjoying the benefit of Andy Stone's sophisticated arrangements.

They will be performing on Sandpit Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Drystones

The Drystonesw are Alex Garden and Ford Collier. Alex is a fiddle player with a unique sound born out of traditional Scottish and English styles. Growing up in Somerset, he was classically trained from childhood. Ford finds it easiest to describe himself as a multi-instrumentaslist, although it would be tempting to just say that he was indecisive. Playing with Alex got him hooked on guitar and low whistle.
Their latest album, 'we happy few' was described  by Songlines as " An album that is on a par with the best of the emerging generation in folk music".

They will be performing on Sandpit Field on Sunday afternoon.

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The Rheingans Sisters
Audiences across the world  have been captivated  by their performances, each one an authentic invitation to participate in an intuitive musical conversation between two musicians at the height of their powers.
Singers and multi-instrumentalists, Rowan and Anna Rheingans grew up in the Peak District surrounded by traditional music and encouraged to pick up the fiddle by their musician mother and violin-maker father from an early age.
Over the last few years, Rowan and Anna have toured extensively across the UK and internationally, including France, Sweden and Austria.
Performing Sunday evening on Sandpit Field.

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The Trials of Cato

Hailing from North Wales and Yorkshire, The Trials of Cato are "One of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times" (Mark Radcliffe-BBC Radio 2).
The band's live set includes both original and traditional material, delivered only on fretted instruments (and a few surpises) to achieve a musical presence not often heard on the modern folk scene.  Praised for the diversity of their material and influences, The Trials of Cato live show 'invariably stuns audiences wherever they play'.

Performing Saturday afternoon on Sandpit Field.

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Threepenny Bit
Hampshire based, Threepenny Bit are an example of how traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds can be blended into a fresh interpretation of folk music. This dynamic 8 piece band combines a group of diehard folkies with some of the finest jazz and classical musicians of the south. They play bold arrangements of traditional and original tunes with infvestious stage energy for concerts and ceilidh dancing.
Performing at the Saturday night ceilidh at Swanage School
and on Sunday afternoon.

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The Young'Uns

The Young'Uns from County Durham are Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes, who met as teenagers.
They won the BBC2 Follk Award for the 'Best Group' in 2015 and 2016 and the 'Best Album' award in 2018.
They specialise in singing unaccompanied, and they perform traditional shanties,
contemporary songs and original works.
Performing Sunday Evening.

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Singer-songwriter, Monique Houraghan, guitarist/songwriter, Dan Tucker and multi-instrumentalist Bob Burke are the award winning contemporary folk group, Tinderbox. In additionn to countless headline shows across Europe, Tinderbox has opened for high profile acts including Joan Armatrading, 10cc,, John Renbourn, Chris Difford, and Hazel O'Connor amongst many others.
Their music has also featured in numerous TV and Film projects including Aisling's Diary, Dr G, Medical Examiner,  Trinity, asnd the US feature film, The Bilbee Boys.
Performing Saturday afternoon on Sandpit Field.

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Wareham Whalers

Wareham Whalers were formed in 2004 and though their lineup has seen many changes over the years, their Commodore, Dave Wheatley has remazined in post. They sing with an energy that belies their collective age which adds up to 200 years before the Mary Rose was launched!
They sing shantiesw azs they would have been sung aboard ships to accompany the work being done or for those rare moments of recovery below. They aim to capture the strength of this music and ensure there is never a dull moment when they are about.

They will be performing at the Bandstand on Saturday afternoon.

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