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Concerts, dance, music & dance workshops, children’s activities, sessions and ceilidh

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6th - 8th of September 2024


“They sound like a whole festival wrapped up in one band!" (BBC Radio Scotland) A multi-national, award-winning band with Scottish/Irish and German members, CARA tour worldwide with unique interpretations of Celtic music, firmly rooted in the Irish and Scottish...

The Luke Jackson trio

Luke tours solo in or as a trio with with bassist and drummer. “Blessed with one of those soulful, heaven-sent voices that soars with emotion or plunges into brooding intensity.” – The Musician Magazine “He is one of the most distinctive voices, both literally and...

Buffalo Gals

One of the UK’s leading American roots-inspired music acts, this vibrant Old-Time country string band features high-energy percussive Appalachian stepdance, humour, championship fiddling, laughter, flair and high- quality musicianship in an intoxicating show to...

Wight Hot Pipes

Diverse and eclectic Wight Hot Pipes deliver a mix of musical genres which fuse in their melodic melting pot to create an exhilarating cocktail of flavours, spanning the entire spectrum from Celtic, all the way through to contemporary dance and gritty rock including...

Hot Rats

The Hot Rats play Celtic, World and original music. They are the brilliant fiddle player Ian Cutler, singer and guitarist Doug Hudson and bass player Scott Kirk. Ian also plays with Feast of Fiddles and was the young fiddle player in The Wicker Man. Doug formed the...

The Rigmarollers

The Rigmarollers pack out exhilarating shows with their unique take on the blues. A trio with a massive sound, they put vocals, harmonica, guitar and sousaphone over an irresistible backbeat. Harmonica virtuoso Ed Hopwood learnt his craft in acclaimed UK blues bands....

Merry Hell

Multi-award winning Merry Hell offer joyful, uplifting folk-rock, with a message of hope for troubled times. Native to the North-West of England, the 8-piece musical charabanc emerged from the embers of the much-loved folk-punk band The Tansads, before developing a...

Freds House

Fred’s House are Vix, Prue, Lachlan, Gafyn and Paul, a group of friends based in Cambridge who make up the award-winning band. Female fronted folk-pop boasting 4-part sunny harmonies, violin, guitar and a driving rhythm section. For 14 years, playing live is what the...

Flossie Malavialle

Flossie Malavialle is a French born singer who was based in the North East of England for 20 years between 2000 and 2019, playing throughout the UK and beyond during that time. Her collection of 14 albums is a reminder of how much work and dedication she has put into...

Keith Donnelly

Keith could make sheep laugh! (Jasper Carrott) Keith Donnelly - stand-up comic, fall-down comedian, surreal snigger-songwriter, guitar-hero, performance-artist, [tall] story-teller, philophoser, scriptwriter, [none can] compere, man-of-mystery, inner-childminder,...

Granny’s Attic

With exceptional musicianship and boundless energy, Granny’s Attic are going from strength to strength. Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, anglo concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (violin, vocals) have honed their skills touring the...

6th - 8th of September 2024
see you there.

Watch the highlights of 2021’s festival.

See you on 6th - 8th of September 2024

Dance sides from across the UK.

All based around the sea front and town centre

Children’s activities, craft fair, family fun.

Childrens entertainers balloons

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