||About our Guests|
Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater
Ange is a lovely singer and guitarist, also fluent on harp and
whistles. She was Nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and
described by The Telegraph as "one of Britain's top folk musicians"
Among a long list of other accolades Ange was awarded FATEA Magazine's
"Female Vocalist of the Year" in 2013, "Album of the Year" in 2014 and
"The Tradition Award" in 2015. Lukas is a very subtle and skilled
accompanist who brings a fresh angle and bolder sound to many of Ange's
songs. Together they are hugely impressive. Don’t miss them.
Wake up Bude, the Dambuskers have arrived! The Dambuskers are a
four-piece fiddle-fronted, high-energy, celtic rock band with a
reputation that has spread throughout the West Country and beyond. They
proclaim themselves as
‘Wild guys on bass, guitar, percussion, and one sexy fiddle diva!’ The
Dambuskers blend original material, traditional songs, lively
‘jigs’n’reels’ and some great covers. They invite you thus: ‘Dance yer
socks off and sing yer self hoarse, the Dambuskers are going to ‘Rock
Geoff has been described as " A stalwart of the West Country Folk
scene." A leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina, he
performs self-written and West Country songs, and a raft of material
from trad./folk through to Randy Newman. He's one of the few to
play 1920's/ 30's jazz and swing on an authentic 1920's instrument. You
can hear it on his highly acclaimed new CD, ‘After All These Years’.
Geoff is a lovely, warm personality and we are really pleased he is
joining us again.
Hamish Currie has won repeat bookings at this festival for he is a
talented and entertaining performer. He sings in a gentle Scots brogue
and his self-deprecating humour belies performances with deep emotion
and commitment. Hamish accompanies himself on guitar or ukulele.
Also his workshops in the Falcon Garden Room on Sunday are brilliant – just get along there!
Ukulele Song Session 1, Sunday 1315-1415, will be 'Easy songs' needing between 2 and 4 chords.
Ukulele Song Session 2, Sunday 1430-1530, will be 'Slightly more challenging songs' using a richer range of chords.
Jim is well-known in these parts! First recognised for his rich
singing voice and his warm stage presence, the subtlety of his
interpretation of material from Devon revealed great insight into the
folk music of his native land (Dumnonia that is). Jim is a nominee for
Folk Singer of the year at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Recently he has been recognised for his arrangements of the poetry of
Charles Causley and Jack Clemo, which you can experience at Bude on
Sunday. Jim is the patron of our festival and we are delighted to
Bill Murray has been singing Dartmoor songs for over fifty years. Songs
about country life, mostly humorous, learnt from older generations of
singers. Also he plays many of the old dance tunes on the concertina
and recites very funny dialect stories and anecdotes. In 2011 Bill
received the Dartmoor Society Award ‘for nurturing the Craft of
Dartmoor Song’. Also recently Bill has worked and appeared with Jim
Jim has a soulful voice and is a skilled guitarist with a celebrated
track-record of original artistry. He is not afraid to revisit
established themes and present them in new ways for new audiences and
he is not afraid to take new themes and present them in accessible ways
for all of us. Jim’s latest CD ‘Upcetera’ has many five star reviews
and is nominated for best album of the year 2017. His song ‘Sounds of
Earth is nominated for best original track – you just have to hear him!
Reg Meuross is the top of the tree when is comes to contemporary folk
song writing. Calling him a singer-songwriter doesn’t do him justice.
‘Meuross doesn’t write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then
sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you’ll ever hear.’
(Pennyblack Music) Reg is known for the intimacy of his live solo
performances and ‘Intelligent and thought-provoking songs, beautifully
made and skilfully delivered.’ (The Times)
Sam Kelly Trio
Sam Kelly is a beautiful singer. His debut EP was released in 2013, and
since then he has been winning plaudits across the folk scene. As front
man of the very successful Cornish Band The Changing Room, he has
gained a reputation for an incredibly high class and dynamic live show,
a favourite at numerous venues and festivals. Sam’s first album 'The
Lost Boys' came out in late 2015 and landed him the Horizon Award for
emerging artists at the 2016 Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Si Barron is a fine singer, beautiful guitarist and a respected
interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs. His guitar
accompaniments are a work of art and his own songs are skilfully
crafted. Added to all that, he is a really nice guy and his stage
presence is warm and engaging. Si is in every way a ‘class act’.
Moe Keast from Bodmin is a local celebrity. She always has a twinkle in
her eye and a laugh in a distinctive Cornish accent. Moe’s repertoire
embraces traditional Cornish material - some in the Cornish language,
authentic music hall and variety songs, and a wonderful selection of
dialect recitations and stories.
Thorn & Roses
Thorn and Roses are Rowena Metters, Sylvia Fletcher and Jinks Jenkin.
They sing stunning 3 part harmonies. You will not hear better anywhere
in the land. I recommend you get close and listen – not a note will be
out of place. They will be leading the festival 'Harmony Choir' again,
as last year's choir was so memorable. Regulars at our Festival, it's a
pleasure to hear them again!
Hannah is a lively and engaging fiddle player and singer. She has a
passion for folk music but also plays Klezmer, classical and anything
else that comes her way. Lovely playing, great vocals and clever
arrangements: Hannah impressed us greatly in the past, both solo and
with Dyer:Cummings, and we are delighted to welcome her once more.
Martyn is a genial musician with a wicked sense of humour and a fine
repertoire of West Country songs and tunes. He can enliven any event
without the use of amplification! We are pleased to consider Martyn a
good friend of the festival.
Lucy Emmett has grown up in the world of folk music and has charmed
Bude audiences with her performances for many years. We are delighted
to salute her progress and welcome her back to Bude. We know you’ll
love her music.