Jez is one of the best respected and most
influential singer-songwriters to emerge from the Nort-East
folk scene. He has released a staggering 16 albums of original
songs, and he contributed over 20 to the BBC "Radio
Ballads" which won two Sony Radio Academy Awards.
For the last 25 years, Jez has toured the
world building a formidable reputation in the USA, Australia
and Europe, and gaining the respect of his peers and his
audience alike. Folk supremo Richard Thompson called him
"the best songwriter to emerge from the UK in a long
time", and his songs are among the most widely sung by
folk singers and bands around the country's clubs and
His album "Northern Echoes" won Album of the Year in
the USA as part of the Indie Acoustic Project Awards. The live
double disc set features 17 classic Jez Lowe songs recorded
"Live on the Tyne" with his full band, the Bad
Pennies, plus a "Song for Geordie" DVD that mixes
documentary and music footage from his 2007 tour of the same
name. Indeed in that year Jez was nominated for the BBC Radio
2 Folk Awards as "Folk singer of the Year".
Jez has more recently toured extensively as
one of the highly successful "Pitman Poets"
and has also branched out into a writing with his much
acclaimed novel "The Dillen Doll".
Jez headlines our Friday evening concert.
Bob Fox honed his trade over many years first in the
local folk club circuit, then on the national and international
scenes. Although Bob is a renowned solo performer he has also
collaborated with others on many occasions, notably with Stu Luckley
(see The Mighty Doonans) and more recently as one of "The
Pitman Poets" who have recently completed their second hugely
2011 saw Bob clinche the role of "Songman"
in the National Theatre production of War Horse in London's West
End. After its touring programme was completed, Bob returned to his
solo career and The Pitman Poets. In 2017 he was once again called
on to reprise his role in the new production of War Horse which he
has recently completed!
Catch Bob as he headlines our Saturday afternoon
first century folk fires a respectful broadside at the traditional. The Salts are a co-operative of seasoned musicians, creating what is
fast becoming one of the most exciting and energetic folk concepts of recent times.
The Salts have developed their own unique sound mixing well written original compositions alongside traditional tunes we all know and
love, their live shows are guaranteed to get you dancing and singing along. Their debut album ‘She Rises’ and now their second
album 'BRAVE' are receiving rave reviews across the board.
The Salts headline our final
concert on Saturday evening
The Shackleton Trio
Shackleton Trio (formerly The Georgia Shackleton Trio) features
fiddle player Georgia Shackleton alongside guitarist Aaren Bennett
and mandolinist Nic Zuppardi. Together they play an exciting blend
of folk, Americana, and self-penned material instrumentally
influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions,
with a regional twist from their native East Anglia. Following the
success of their debut album ‘The Dog Who Would Not Be Washed’,
they are excited to be heading back out on the road with a brand new
release ‘Fen, Farm, and Deadly Water’.
them in our Saturday afternoon concert.
Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both
camps have recognised his obvious flair. There have been a clutch
of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young
Performers Award. He also made the final selection for the BBC’s
Young Folk Award in 2012, had three nominations at the Exposure Music Awards
2014 and was also recognised by the 2014 British Blues Awards.
from a rich, musical and cultural background it is hardly surprising
that Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s
rising stars. His performances have been described as “mature
& confident”, while his guitar playing has been hailed as
“superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate & faultless”.
can see Sunjay on our Saturday afternoon concert.
Flossie Malavialle is a French singer
who started getting involved in the British folk scene in 2000-2001 while she
was on a teacher exchange in the North East of England.
After 12 years of teaching English full time in secondary schools in the South
of France, she decided to apply for a job as a French teacher in England, as she
felt it would boost her English to live abroad for a year.
She got one in Stockton-on-Tees and was living in Darlington at the time (great
part of the world to improve your English, like!)
She had also been singing for years in
France before that and that’s why she found it quite natural to turn up at the
Darlington folk club one night to meet the locals and
sing a song... She didn’t realise then that this was going to be the
beginning of a new life in England for her.
She has released 13 albums since
September 2002, including
two with Keith Donnelly as Dark Horses.
See Flossie in our Friday evening concert.
We Steal Flyers
We Steal Flyers - An International Touring duo of
Songwriters from the heart of Northumberland.
Derek and Shaggy met in 2008 while they were
supporting US Rocker, Adam Bomb, both were fronting different bands at
the time. They both have a real love of music and songwriting, and
decided to combine their uniqueness, talents and skills to bring the
best of what they had together to create the magic that is We Steal
We Steal Flyers released and toured with their debut
album Our World and sold over 1000 hard copies in the first year by
hand and touring through UK and Europe and playing an impressive 250
shows a year. With radio support across the world and with the success
of their online status they have followers and friends in many places.
Experience We Steal Flyers in our Saturday evening
The Often Herd
The Often Herd reach beyond what is expected of a bluegrass band, marrying
the wistful sunshine harmonies of Southern California with the striking
industrial allure of their home in the North East of England. An
engaging and dynamic live act, the band are able to pull off their
intricately arranged material alongside moments of exciting, spontaneous
improvisation. Rupert Hughes (guitar) and Evan Davies (mandolin) are
responsible for penning the band’s vibrant and catchy original music.
American fiddler Niles Krieger and jazz bassist Sam Quintana contribute
deft and dynamic instrumental skills that lift the songs to new heights.
The Often Herd released their self-titled debut EP early in
2018 and hit the road soon thereafter. Flock to the herd;
you won’t be disappointed!
They perform in our Friday evening concert.
Marske Fishermen's Choir
Marske Fishermen's Choir are a group of people (currently all male
although there has been a female member in the past) who enjoy singing
and are willing to give their time freely to practise weekly and give
concerts during the spring and autumn seasons. They raise funds
principally for the RNLI and other worthwhile causes, and
entertain at care homes, village halls, churches and chapels, pubs &
clubs or even out in the open.
will start our Saturday afternoon concert in the Parish Hall.
John Wrightson Band
John Wrightson has spent many years
involved in music in his native North East. Initially working with bands
on the club circuit he became interested in acoustic/folk music and
since 1988 has been a prolific writer of excellent songs, dealing with
thought provoking, contentious issues, ever since. Several CD’s of
original songs, all recorded in his own studio, are available at gigs,
with many now being sung by folk professionals such as Vin Garbutt and
Joan Edmundson's keyboards and vocals along with Kenny Jobson's
guitar and vocals join John in the band. When available, Joan's
daughter Jane adds violin to the band. The John Wrightson Band, quite
rightly, has a strong local following and are residents at the monthly
Live Music Club held at Sedgefield Cricket Club. John, Joan and Bob
Edmundson organise this popular local event where many of the Festival
artists have recently appeared.
The band will be first on the Parish
Hall stage on Friday evening to start the festival.
Alterego is a
York (Stamford Bridge)/Leeds based band specialising in foot tapping
barn dance music, lively original tunes and traditional and original
songs. Equally at home at a ceilidh, a folk club or a festival stage
Alterego is guaranteed to get your feet tapping.
2016 sees Alterego performing at folk clubs and festival concerts across
the North and we are pleased to welcome them back to Sedgefield
They will be on stage to start our
Saturday evening concert.
Lol & Maxine Crallan
Lol and Maxine have
been playing music together for 30 years.
Lol plays the guitar and ukulele. Maxine plays clarinet, flute
and recorder. The mixture of instruments gives them a wide range of
sounds and they play many styles of music from folk, standards, rock and
pop with a few surprises and twists.
Lol has recently turned his hand to
teaching and runs a ukulele workshop in Ceddesfeld Hall. Maxine is an
experienced teacher of piano and woodwind and runs Beat Buddies a class
for young children also in Ceddesfeld Hall.
will be in Ceddesfeld Hall on Friday evening. Enjoy the music and
don’t be afraid to sing and dance along.
Whisky & Wine
arrangements and simple but effective harmonies
are the hallmarks of County Durham-based folk/country/Americana
duo Whisky & Wine. The combined voices of guitarist Rob Guest and
pianist Kristen Peacock come together in heartfelt, acoustic
interpretations of songs from artists such as the Civil Wars, Waylon
Jennings and Chris Stapleton, with the odd original thrown in for good
You can see
them in our Saturday evening concert in the Parish Hall.
Old Age Travellers
Age Travellers are a 3-piece band with a wide repertoire of songs
that are well loved in the folk world with a soft spot for the
music of Ireland and Scotland in particular. Their appearances are all
about audience participation and "having a good time". They
will be leading the Saturday evening get together in Ceddesfeld Hall
from 7:30pm until the care home drags them out!
Dave Wilson is a popular performer known to many around
the North East's Country Music clubs. As our previous concert MC Andy
McLaughlin was unable to be with us last year Dave stepped into the
breach and oversaw our three Parish Hall concerts with masterful effect.
Now part of the Sedgefield tradition Dave will once again be in charge
of the main stage concerts.
Step This Way
Step This Way are an Appalachian clog
dance team based in Durham. Their lively performances are accompanied by
the Bones Creek Band. They will be performing around
Sedgefield at various times throughout Saturday. Try to catch at least
one of their performances!