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 Artists who appeared 2018


Marty Craggs & his Unexpected Visitors

Former Happy Cats frontman, Marty Craggs is currently writing songs with Paul Alex Campbell (ex-Christians), and performs together with Flossie Malavialle on acoustic guitar and vocals, Steve Sekrit (ex-Punishment of Luxury) on drums, Rob Anderson on acoustic and bass guitar, and Pat Raferty on piano/Hammond Organ/accordion and also on vocals. Collectively they make up a fantastic six-piece band, playing some original songs and well-chosen covers.

Marty & his band headline our Friday evening concert.


Jez Lowe

  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 15 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 festivals.
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 headlines our Saturday afternoon concert.

Real Time

Many of you will remember Kenny Speirs from his days with regular Sedgefield visitors, The John Wright Band. In 2002 Kenny formed Real Time with his partner Judy Dinning of Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies fame and for the next eleven years they toured extensively all over Europe and also in the U.S.A. until Judy’s untimely death in October 2013.
Since losing Judy, Kenny decided to carry on with Real Time, and the band continues to enjoy huge success with Eilidh Grant taking on the main singing duties and Kenny's old mate Tommy Roseburgh on keyboards.

Real Time will headline our final concert on Saturday evening.




The Goat Roper Rodeo Band

One of North Wales’ fastest rising bands, their cosmic country blues has been exciting audiences across Britain and were nominated for “Best UK Live Act” by Spiral Earth. 

Described as a “Fantastic blend of Rockabilly, Folk and Country Blues… One of the most original acts I’ve seen” (Cultured Vulture) the Goat Ropers have had a busy couple of years performing at numerous festivals across the UK including the Cambridge Folk Festival.

With just two old guitars, an upright bass and a bucket full of aching harmony, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band are out there preaching ‘country blues’, like you’ve never heard! Seamlessly blending rockabilly, heartfelt blues, folk and country music they may well be the best American band not to have come from the USA!

Jim, Tom and Sam will be on stage at the Parish Hall in our Saturday evening concert.






Stony are firm favourites with Sedgefield audiences having appeared here several times in recent years. They are an acoustic-based singer-songwriting duo from Scarborough featuring Richard Adams on guitar and vocals and Mark Gordon on keyboards and vocals.

They will be appearing in our Final concert on Saturday evening.




Jack Burness

Jack's music has taken him all over the UK playing folk clubs, bars and festivals. His songs are often laced with dry humour and are usually of a semi autobiographical nature, and always passionate about his Stanley hometown. Jack plays acoustic guitar and harmonica and has a fine, strong, expressive voice. A founder member of The Cornerboys duo but now mostly playing solo gigs, Jack will be appearing in our Saturday afternoon concert.




Granny's Attic

Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions. 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.

See them on our Saturday afternoon concert.




Los Capitanes

 Los Capitanes are a Spanish-infused 3-piece acoustic band based in the North of England, covering songs from flarmenco to rock and pop. 

Band Members Michael Bedwell (Guitars/Vocals/Percussion), Richard Marshall (Guitars/Vocals) and David McKeague (Cajon/Percussion/Vocals) are from Barnard Castle but are starting to make themselves known to a wider area thanks to their superb musicianship and infectious material.

See them on our Friday 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 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.



Trish McLean

Well known and loved singer/songwriter around the north-east folk circuit, Trish is no stranger to Sedgefield audiences. After a 2017 festival spot as a duo with Judith Haswell, Trish returns this year to treat you to some beautiful songs and her own brand of Teesside humour!

Trish will be appearing on our Friday evening Parish Hall concert.




Ray Thom

 Ray has been a stalwart supporter of the Sedgefield folk scene for many years. He is also one of the regular team members in the musical dramatisation shows produced by John Wrightson and Robert Lowery, such as "She's Fired",  "Life in a Pit Village" and "Tin Soldier".

Ray will be performing in the Saturday evening Parish Hall concert.

He will also be in Cedesfeld Hall on Saturday afternoon for a "Tribute to Bert Draycott". 
Michael James Ward will perform his tribute to another of our past friends, Martin Nesbitt in the same event.



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.



Marske Fishermen's Choir

The 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.

They will start our Saturday afternoon concert in the Parish Hall.



The 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!




.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

Along with Ernie Gilchrist they will be hosting the Saturday afternoon singaround in Cedesfeld Hall.

Ernie Gilchrist 

Ernie Gilchrist on guitar/vocals/percussion will be hosting the Saturday afternoon singaround in Cedesfeld Hall along with Alterego.
He will also be in charge of the final singaround on Sunday afternoon.



 Lol and 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.  

They will be in Ceddesfeld Hall on Friday evening. Enjoy the music and don’t be afraid to sing and dance along.



 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!