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Against the Grain
Against the Grain are guitarist Matt Sullivan and percussionist Jo May, a virtuoso duo delivering powerful and uplifting music.
Stirring the styles of West Africa, South America and Spain, Jo and Matt create an original blend of musical flavours to whet your appetite - from jazz tunes with spoons to original masterpieces on balafon, cajon and flamenco guitar. A unique sound with an infectious groove.
You will be dazzled by their stunning musical skills and exciting performances.

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Capella are Tony and Lesley Petty. As the name implies they specialise in unaccompanied traditional song and, of course, two part harmony. Their repertoire is mainly from the British Isles as well as some material from America, France and further afield. Capella have travelled England and Wales, playing at clubs and festivals, and have also appeared in France, Holland and the USA. Their arrangements are sensitive, delivery beautiful and they are great friends of Bude Festival.

Didjan are a brilliant Cornish duo comprising Bec Applebee and Richard Trethewey. Bec has a haunting voice, is a demon percussionist, and exudes artistic flair and creativity. Richard is a great fiddler and singer known for his innovative yet respectful approach to traditional Cornish material. Together they make great music.

Gadarene is a five-piece band - Bude regulars will recognise their names: Nick Wyke, Matt Norman, Jod Dyer, Laurel Swift, Si Paull.
Gadarene blend obscure traditional English tunes, virtuoso acoustic musicians, funky beats and loads of energy. 
They create a sophisticated and exciting performance, drawing on many diverse musical influences, yet making a sound that is all their own. The band's mission is to take little known dance tunes of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and get audiences dancing to them again.  These amazing tunes tie together arrangements drawing on Pop, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Electronica and Club Trance. This leads to a sound which is sophisticated enough for seated audiences and wild enough for audiences who want to dance.

Georgia Lewis Trio
Georgia Lewis is a folk singer and accordionist from Wiltshire.
She sings and plays whistles, accordion, piano, and guitar. Rowan Piggott grew up in the foothills of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland. He has made a successful career playing traditional music all over the world.  Felix "Flex" Miller grew up in Andorra. His spell-binding playing guitar style brings his bassy Martin guitar to life,  picking out countermelodies or adding lush chords. Felix has a natural ear for folk.  In 2015 Georgia Lewis and the trio released her self-titled EP and Georgia won ‘The Future of Young Folk Award’ at Bromyard Folk Festival.

Hannah Cumming
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.

Jackie Oates + Tristan Seume
Jackie, singer and fiddle player, and Tristan, guitar and bouzouki have won multiple awards and accolades over the last fifteen years. Jackie's unique treatments of English ballads and her pure, haunting singing style have plaved her at the forefront of the new folk revival. Tristan is one of the UK's leading acoustic guitarists. Together they are top-line billing and we are delighted to welcome them to Bude.

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
Jimmy & Sid are one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their outstanding vocal work, sensitive instrumentation, and a powerful social conscience has brought them widespread critical acclaim. The songs themselves are always given centre stage but they are brought to life with stunning musical arrangements and vocals. There is an integrity that shines through their performances and a common thread of political struggle, resistance, and justice. They are two of the most exciting musicians and social commentators on the scene.

Kitty Macfarlane
Kitty is a Somerset-based singer and songwriter.   Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries, driven by her own fingerpicked guitar. Her debut EP Tide & Time - features Sam Kelly (co-producer), Jamie Francis, Lukas Drinkwater, Maya McCourt and Ciaran Algar. Kitty's been on the BBC Radio 2 folk show with Mark Radcliffe, and Tom Robinson's show on BBC 6Music. In 2016 she completed an extensive national support tour with award-winning duo Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman. Kitty has also recently been awarded a creative bursary from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) for a songwriting project of her own devising.

Martyn Babb
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.

Reg Meuross
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.

Steve & Carmen Hunt
Steve is one of the land's great folk gurus, writing regularly for national folk publications, and he is a very stylish guitarist and singer with a repertoire that spans the centuries in a unique and knowledgable way. Carmen is one of the leading exponents and teachers of Cornish traditional dance. Both contribute hugeley to the Bude folk scene and we are delighted to welcome them to the festival.

Thorn and 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!


Craggs Law
Marc Cragg on Melodeon and Guitar, Andrew Law on Fiddle playing an eclectic mix of Cornish, Irish, English, Scotish tunes and Marc's own compositions.

Foxwillow are a singer/songwriter duo who have been playing together since 2000. They are Martin Dearmun, guitar and vocals and Celia Sainsbury, vocals, flute, clarinet and guitar.

Mother's Ruin
Mother's Ruin play folk Rock, traditional and modern featuring Julian Nietrzebka (accordion/lead vocals), Lis Durham (violin/keys/vocals), Rob Lamboll (mandolin/guitar), Chris Code (bass uke/vocals) and Martyn Hillstead (drums/bodram/vocals). They play upbeat renditions of traditional and modern folk. Original treatment of a strong song is the foundation of their repertoire.

Sue Franklin & Tim Brine
Sue Franklin and Tim Brine are superb multi-talented musicians and singers, they are one of the very top folk/contemporary duos here in the South West and have been in great demand to perform at festivals, clubs and other big events. Their first album  Distances with songs like “Put on the White Dress” and their own “Long white Cloud” song once played is very difficult to keep out of the CD player.