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Update 2022:
The Festival will resume this year
 However the programme will be reduced with fewer concerts.
The audience capacity will also be restricted so tickets will sell out quickly.


Artists Appearing


Haley Sisters

Firm favourites at Sedgefield, sisters Becky and Jo-Ann support their award-winning vocals with powerful rhythm and fingerstyle guitar and rock- solid bass. Brian adds his dazzling flat picking and slide guitar to the mix to give performances that have audiences coming back for more time and time again. They play a range of music, including Americana, Country, Folk, Blues and good old Rock & Roll .... if it's a good solid song that can do justice to their magical harmonies and top-notch musicianship it's in their repertoire! 

The Haley Sisters have performed at many theatres, events and festivals across the UK and abroad and have appeared alongside artistes such as Freddy Fender, George Hamilton IV, Daniel O'Donnell and Nathan Carter. They headline our Saturday evening concert.




Chris Bannister

An evening with Chris Bannister is an evening of rare quality. Whether it is showcasing the exceptional talent of this singer-songwriter with his self-penned collection of songs, his covers of much-loved classics or undiscovered folk songs or his simply stunning tribute to the music of John Denver, it is easy to see how he has gained an international reputation which has delighted fans for over two decades.
In 2010 Chris began touring with his solo show ‘The Music of John Denver’ celebrating the life and work of the legendary singer/songwriter in his own unique way. Unlike “lookalike” tributes, Chris’s uncanny ability to recreate the sound of John Denver has brought him widespread acclaim. It is a testament to his talent that Chris now has an international reputation and no surprise to learn that he regularly performs in Aspen Colorado to sell out audiences. Chris has worked alongside Wrecking Crew saxophonist and flautist Jim Horn who was the longest serving musician in Denver’s band. Chris also worked with John Denver’s legendary lead guitar player Steve Weisberg, who played on hits like ‘Annie’s Song’ ‘Back Home Again’ and ‘Grandma’s Feather Bed’. Steve sadly passed away last year and, in recognition of Chris’s exceptional talent and for his work in honouring the music of John Denver, Steve bequeathed his 1937 Epiphone guitar to Chris in his will.
As well as continuing to write, record and perform his own music, Chris has recorded several John Denver radio specials for the BBC and toured the show extensively for the last six years. 

Catch Chris on our Saturday evening concert.




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 Flossie Malavialle.  
 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 were residents at the monthly Live Music Club formerly held at Sedgefield Cricket Club. 

The band will be performing on the Parish Hall stage on Saturday evening.






Bernard Wrigley

Bernard, sometimes known by the nickname "The Bolton Bullfrog" started performing in folk clubs in the late 1960s and has since released over sixteen albums of traditional and original songs, stories and monologues often accompanied by guitar and bass concertina. He began acting around the same time and has made many appearances on stage and in British TV programmes in a career spanning over five decades, including Phoenix Nights, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Dinnerladies.

You can see Bernard in concert on Saturday afternoon in Ceddesfeld Main Hall.




Pete Ivatts

Pete Ivatts is best known for his numerous appearances in British television series. His first appearance was in a 1972 episode of Coronation Street as Sid Bolton. Later appearances included All Creatures Great and Small, Heartbeat and Last of the Summer Wine.
Pete, an accomplished singer and guitarist, is to be seen regularly in the folk clubs and festivals around the Leeds area.

 He will be performing on Saturday afternoon in Ceddesfeld Main Hall.




John Weighell

A few years ago John popped into one of the Club nights at Sedgefield, liked what he saw and kept coming back. When he performed a floor spot the regulars liked what they saw and kept asking him back! Since then John has become a familiar sight at several local venues, has put his own stamp on an extensive repertoire of songs and developed the audience rapport that only comes with experience.

We are delighted to have John on main stage in our Saturday evening concert in the Parish Hall.




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.  

 This year Lol and Maxine will be hosting the Sedgefield Ukulele Smile Time in Ceddesfeld Main Hall on Friday evening.





Old Age Travellers

 The Old 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

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!