Gaelforce are a Celtic Folk Rock based Yorkshire,UK playing rocked up traditional folk songs, self penned songs/tunes in the trad style & jigs n reels.
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Cost: £28 for the session, or get a weekend ticket.

When to see Gaelforce

The main marquee (Sandpit field) in Saturday evening’s concert. Click here to see the other bands playing in that session.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets early.

Festival locations

Events are located around the town centre, mainly Sandpit Field and Shore road. Click here for a map of the locations.

Tickets

You can get tickets for individual concerts, or for the whole weekend. Click here for more details.

Gaelforce

Gaelforce are a Celtic Folk Rock based Yorkshire,UK playing rocked up traditional folk songs, self penned songs/tunes in the trad style & jigs n reels.

They are

  • Chris Dyson – fiddle, vocal – ex Mike Hardings Band, Roisin Ban.
  • Geoff Taylor – electric guitars – ex Duncan McFarlane Band
  • Sammy Dowgill – bass, vocal
  • Jim Brierley – drums, vocal
  • Craig McIntosh – highland bagpipes – Pipe Major with the Los Angeles Pipe Band USA

The band have recorded & released the album `Equinox` which is available on most digital platforms including Spotify, Amazon Music & Apple Music. & at gigs.

In Jan 2023 Gaelforce won by public vote, the introducing stage played at the Great British Folk Festival at Butlins in Skegness. They played to a couple of thousand festival people & then invited to play on the centre stage on the Saturday again to a couple of thousand people.

In 2023 played at Gate of Southwell Folk festival in Nottinghamshire, Stainsby Folk fest, Otley Folk fest + more

Some comments from GBFF

Superb band creating interest where ever they play. Im sure you will be seeing more of them in future.

Just seen gaelforce at Butlin’s. Awesome. Zoe-Anne Wadey

great set today at Centre Stage Butlins. I am no really into folk but you converted me just a bit. Karen Woodcock

“CONGRATULATIONS to GAELFORCE, a very deserving winning act on the INTRODUCING STAGE at the GREAT BRITISH FOLK FESTIVAL 2023, going on to play main stage to a capacity, thoroughly entertained audience the following day” – Stephen, Solid Entertainments Festival Director.

Anna K. They were brilliant! Great musos and good audience presentation. Luved’em.

Pamela Windle – re gig at Ilkley Playhouse June 2023
What a great night, no wonder you sell out places. Can’t wait for the next one. Excellent band, what a find highly recommended
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Artiste Rebecca Hearne at Stainsby Folk festival 2023 Hi Chris!! You ROCKED STAINSBY XXX
Rachel Cmail at Otley Folk Fest 2023 You guys were amazing yesterday! Thank you so much!

https://www.facebook.com/GaelforceCelticRock/

FREE

Craft fair, children’s entertainment, afternoon concerts – On Sandpit field

Dance displays, a procession and music – all around the town

Tickets needed

Evening concerts – on Sandpit field

Comedy Club  and concerts and in the Conservative Club  –

Ceilidh in Swanage School

Workshops – various locations