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2019
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Geoff Lakeman
A Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor for 40 years, has been described as " A stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty."
 
He's the dad of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, who are all internationally renowned folk musicians.They began playing as children in a family band with Geoff and their violinist mum, Joy.
 
Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs self-written and West Country songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers,the Louvin Brothers, Richard Thompson  and Randy Newman. He's also one of the few to play 1920's/ 30's jazz on an authentic 1920's instrument.
 
His smooth tenor vocals and unique concertina accompaniment have won him plaudits and fans over the years but it has only been since retiring from a long career as a Fleet Street Journalist that Geoff has truly spread his wings musically.
           http://www.geofflakeman.co.uk

Georgia Lewis
Georgia Lewis is a "young, exuberant & musically adept" (R2 Magazine) folk singer and multi-instrumentalist with "the stage assurance of a veteran ... she is fast becoming one of the most in demand artists on the club and festival circuit.” (Eastbourne Folk Club).

In 2015 Georgia Lewis and her trio released her self-titled 5-track EP. Since then they have performed at festivals and folk clubs in the south of England and received air-play on national and internet radio stations including 'The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe' on BBC Radio 2 and ‘Mike Harding’s Folk Show’. In 2015 Georgia won ‘The Future of Young Folk Award’ at Bromyard Folk Festival and later won 'Ely Band Competition' at Ely Folk Festival.  In 2017 Georgia released her debut album 'The Bird Who Sings Freedom', recorded in her parent's kitchen, featuring five musicians and co-produced with Josh Clark (Kate Rusby). Although an artist in her own right she also performs with many known ceilidh bands and is an experienced session player. She plays whistles, accordion, piano, guitar, sings and has been seen tapping out various traditional dancing styles.
http://www.georgialewis.co.uk

Granny's Attic
Granny’s Attic are a fantastic folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.    Doug Bailey, Wildgoose Records         https://www.grannysattic.org.uk

Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner
Individually, and in combination with a variety of well-known singers and bands, Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner have both served long apprenticeships on the shop-floor of folk music. 

Between them they play guitar, recorder, English concertina and a variety of whistles (including swanee, policeman's and referee's), list a spoons workshop in their hall of fame, and are not in the least averse to dressing up or dancing when a song requires it.  They both agree, however, that their voices are their most important instruments. Their resulting style is a unique blend of stunning song and harmony, and a humour which takes their audience on a roller-coaster ride - "everything from high tragedy to ingenious smut in glorious vocal harmony!"

In addition to appearing at  folk clubs and festivals, Lynne and Pat also organise and perform themed shows and workshops,  music hall evenings (awash with sauce and innuendo), and a special show called 'A Birds' Eye View', which presents songs particularly from a woman's perspective (but which men are invited to attend as well — and learn from!) Audiences need to be robust as their humour has been known to cause side-splitting injuries. They both, however, include emergency first aid amongst their many qualifications.
https://www.lynneandpat.co.uk

Mick Ryan
Mick is a great singer and a very fine songwriter. We love him to bits. His folk operas have left a significant mark on the traditional landscape. However, his publicity machine and web presence are totally dank, and I'm working on putting together some more stuff.

Rob Murch & Michelle Holding
Rob Murch is a leading figure in the playing of English fingerstyle banjo, a style once popular at the turn of the 20th century and now rarely seen. He met Michelle Holding at a banjo workshop that he was leading and Michelle began learning classic fingerstyle banjo under Rob's guidance.
Unfortunately the distance between their houses is too far to pop in for a brew, so they started meeting at festivals and events whenever possible, to share a mixture of fingerstyle banjo duets, songs they like, and arrangements of American tunes.
Rob and Michelle are taking tunes old and new, breathing fresh life into them and would love to share them with you. They’re available for dances, concerts, festivals, kitchens, pubs, cafes (other events/venues by arrangement!).    http://www.michelleholding.com/robandmichelle.html


Si Barron
I think he’s a really, really fine guitarist and an even finer interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs. His new album is called ‘Sweet Billy Caution’.  I think it’s a lovely album, he’s got a crystal clear voice and a simple but powerful accompaniment on the album; great choice of songs too, end of story.  [The Sailor Cut Down, album song is:]  ...totally and utterly beautiful. (Mike Harding)       http://www.sibarron.eu

Vicky Swan & Jonny Dyer
Vicki Swan & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary sounds. Their performances showcase new interpretations of old songs alongside original self penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are entirely at home in the tradition.
Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh.  Strong believers in letting the music tradition live and breathe through sensitive interpretation, Vicki and Jonny allow the melody to sing without any constraints.
Be entranced by the haunting nyckelharpa, amazed at the cow horn and meet some of the bagpipes that didn’t come from Scotland.
Suitable for all ages, their evenings are packed with toe tapping tunes and songs of love, death, trains and dressing up (not always at the same time) all presented with sparkling gentle humour, lots of smiles and skillful musicianship.  http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk

Here at the Fair
RegMick Ryan's new folk-musical ‘HERE AT THE FAIR’, explores the lives of travelling show people and featrures twenty-one new songs and highly regarded performers on the folk scene Paul Downes, Pete Morton, Greg Russell, Ciaran Algar, Heather Bradford, Alice Jones and Mick himself.
'Here At The Fair' is set in 1850, a time of great social and political upheaval.   Partly inspired by characters in Dickens' 'Nicholas Nickleby' and Charlie Chaplin's 'Limelight', we meet  veteran actor Vincent Crummles and his dancer daughter Ninetta ('The Infant Phenomenon'), a clown, a quack doctor, a fortune teller, and a ballad seller and a flea circus presenter.   Behind the face each presents to the world is a back story which unfolds during the show to address the issue of the relevance of the lives they lead and the 'mere escapism' they offer the public.


Poster for Here at the Fair