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6th - 8th of September 2024

The bands

Track Dogs

Track Dogs are four international “madrileños” (Garrett Wall, Dave Mooney, Howard Brown & Robbie K. Jones) 2 Irishmen, an Englishman and an American. Based in Spain, the band name comes from the dark subterranean world of New York’s subway system. ‍There is...

Gerry Colvin Band

"Gerry Colvin is a writer of great substance who is able to give us something that has been largely missing in English Music for a long time. His subjects and characters are clearly defined and his songs create strong images and stories which can make us both laugh...

The Ashen Keys

The Ashen Keys are a multi instrumental, multi voiced celebration of heartfelt storytelling from Kent. The group brings together three musicians - Hannah Ellerby (vocals, violin, oboe and ukulele), Rachel Lowrie (vocals, guitar, ukulele and clarinet), and Vicky Price...


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...

The 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....

The lineup includes:

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...

Arquebus Trio

Winners of Purbeck Rising 2023 Arquebus Trio are excited to be firmly establishing themselves on the UK folk scene. Combining traditional songs, arranged tune sets and contemporary self written songs, they will also be performing tracks from their debut album First...

Fred’s 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,...

These bands are playing in paid or free concerts.

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...

Join us on
6th - 8th of September 2024

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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