Folk On The Lawn

"innovative folk for innovative folk"


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The AfroWelsh Connection

The AfroWelsh Connection come to Folk on the Lawn for a second time. The band conjoin the original, 1970s folk-flavoured songs of Liz Mullins (cf. KoKo and Sedai Sedai) with West African rhythms and, in doing so, produce a sound with equal lilt and backbone, air and earth – both beautifully languid and solidly grounded! They throw in, also, some well-known reggae covers, effusing these with same inimitable style.

Consisting of Liz singing and playing guitar or accordion, Cheryl Kellard, Audrey Blow and Gill Elliot playing the African drums and Nigel Hodge playing saxophone and bass, a wonderfully intriguing set is guaranteed!


Allegra Ladies Choir

A late entry last year, this wonderful group acted as the musical espresso on Sunday morning: lifting, energising and enchanting. The spring in their collective step and the verve in the heart of each singer transferred to all present: our feet sprang and our hearts were filled to bursting!

The choir, formed in autumn 2011 it has flourished into a thriving, talented group of over 50 singers under the musical directorship of Emma Dawson. Look them up, as we did, on YouTube and you, too, will be impressed.

We were so pleased that they agreed to appear this year also. Make sure that you are on-site around mid-morning to be joyfully carried in the last day of FotL 2018.


Anna Kissell

Anna Kissell is a singer-songwriter whose music marries a tender openness with a fierce soul.

Hushed and dark, her folk-lullabies unfold slowly with melodies that linger long after the song’s end.

She made a brief, ‘stripped-back’, and much vaunted appearance last year at FotL: a single set on the Bar Stage on the Friday evening (To a packed house, we might add). We anticipate something very special (again) this year, with a full band.

Anna has just released a six-track EP, Wake the Ancient, with a cast of musicians from her home town of Bristol. Recorded live to tape in the Bare Bones Collective studio space that she co-founded, the album embraces the creak and the crunch of people playing together in one room. We would encourage you to listen: a unique set of recordings.

In her live performances, Anna’s voice rides naturally over spare, finger-picked guitar, drawing listeners into otherworldly dreamscapes, inviting them to lie down, stretch out and forget time.

You will be entranced.


Anna My Charlotte

Anna my Charlotte will, we’re certain, beguile you as she beguiled us over two FotLs already.

She is, ostensibly, a folk harpist and singer-songwriter. She writes enchanting songs with uplifting melodies about quirky relatives and the comical aspects of everyday life. Inspired by her musician friends, Anna also ‘makes music as a way of documenting her family tree’. You may not have come across such a song-writing raison d’etre – and it ties in with the general enigma (I mean, why ‘Anna my Charlotte’?) – but, believe us, it’s both fascinating and entertaining.

Anna’s style is very difficult to categorise. She has talked of influences such as Anne Briggs, Joanna Newsom, Bjork, Kate Bush…and hymns. Possibly her music has aspects of all of these but is also a whole lot more. An intriguing musician, songwriter…and personality!

We’ll be there again, listening intently. We suggest you join us.




Bookends made an appearance at FotL a good number of years ago. We were so impressed by their commitment to song, their unequivocal enthusiasm and what we would describe as their ‘authenticity’, so were absolutely delighted that they agreed to travel down from Scotland to play at this year’s event.

Probably best to let them speak for themselves. They write, ‘We have been singing together for a number of years at festivals (Stepping Stones, Driffield Folk Festival, Tayport Festival, Moniaive Music Festival ,Live and Local at Innerleithen, The Lake District Folk Weekend amongst them) and folk clubs throughout the UK and love hearing new powerful songs that we can add to our growing collection.

We sing a range of songs from around Britain – songs both old, new and self-penned. What makes Bookends unique is that we sing un-accompanied and in unison. We like our songs to speak for themselves without hindrance or embellishments.

Our main criteria is that the songs we sings much touch our hearts and we hope touch yours. We regard our songs as friends, each with a story to tell, inspirational, joyous and more often than not, poignant.’

We would suggest you experience them and their unique and very moving sound.


The Boxwood Chessmen

The Boxwood Chessmen are a semi-acoustic, four-piece band from East Anglia and Middlesex, raiding a fabulous musical pantry stocked with the finest roots ingredients – Folk, Americana, Angliana, hokum and a light dusting of swing all delivered with panache and…fun.

They describe how ‘pretty much anything goes into the pot. We call it Gloriana’.

And as we wrote last year: ‘Amazing playing with an authentic presentation: they love what they do for its own sake. There is no parading of egos, but warmth and commitment aplenty’. It remains the case – and more. A terrifically talented band (Each member having an auspicious ‘folk music history’) who can carry an evening: hence their very special elongated set on the bar stage on Saturday night. Catch it!



Codi are mountain people playing mountain music. They hail from Bannau Brycheiniog, Gwynedd and Oklahoma.

Inspired by a love of the joint musical tradition which bridges the gap between the Celtic and Appalachian communities.

Celebrating the defiant spirit of places like Coal Creek and Blaen y Cymoedd, and revelling in the joy of a hard earned opportunity to sink a dram and stamp a clog.

We’re privileged to have this very new and exciting project giving us what is, in essence, a private view on the Bar Stage on the Friday night.



Dark Valley Revival

Dark Valley Revival are a six-piece bluegrass band, who, they claim, ‘hail from the darkest depths of the south Wales valleys’. Well, some of them may so hail, but at least two, we know, actually reside in our urban and urbane capital…known, of course, in bluegrass circles, as the Taff Delta.

After a stunning FotL debut last year, we were keen for them to return…and, after saddling horses, readying kayaks and troubling wayside cottagers for a bed for the night, they will wind their way down south for such a re-appearance.

An uber, eclectic line-up includes members of: indie punk band, Helen Love; psychedelic folk band, Soft-Hearted Scientists; a superbly talented ex-member of bluegrass band, Gwair (The exotic banjo-playing of heartthrob, Dom, features strongly in their sound); the drummer from the hardcore punk band, Breakdown Face.

With sounds ranging from Doc Watson and The Carter Family through to Gene Clark and Emmy-Lou Harris, Dark Valley Revival combines old-time bluegrass with ’60s country rock.

A lively, fun-filled, toe-tapping and educative time is guaranteed. Don’t miss them!


Darren James

Darren has been playing in and performing with rock bands as a lead /rhythm guitarist for over 30 years.

His influences are probably not those you associate with Folk on the Lawn performers. They include Gary Moore, Eric Clapton, Mark Knophler, Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Dave Gilmore, Joe Satriani, Vito Bratta, Nuno Bettencourt and Brian May. Here at Folk on the Lawn, we like to confound!

Darren began song-writing and singing in bands about 15 years ago and has spent more recent times with greater concentration on singer-songwriter-based material. His song-writing influences may be more…comfortable for some of you to handle. These include Paul Simon, Cat Steven’s, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Chris Difford /Squeeze.

We heard some of the demos of these tracks. A combination of musical ease and lyrical narrative. We were impressed!

Currently recording a solo album which is a combination of both the band-based material and acoustic, singer-songwriter, story-based songs, Darren plans to release the album later this year and promote it with further live dates. We are pleased and honoured to be at the very start of that process.



Their group title addendum: ‘drumming to support your mental well-being, like diazepam but without the side effects’!!

We were delighted that this collective made contact and have striven to give them a place that they very much deserve at FotL 2018.

They formed in 2014, initially to help people with ‘mental issues’, after one of the founding members realised that the African drumming helped her to focus thoughts and relieved anxiety. The original drummers found being part of the group and playing the drums improved their ‘mental health’, their sense of well-being – they gained confidence and self-esteem, and were learning new skills.

It was agreed, later, to open the group to all. Presently, they have 12 members who meet regularly and have performed in many festivals, introducing – especially – young people within the festival’s vicinity to African drumming.

They also welcome anyone wishing to join them: Tuesday nights at the Goytre Scout Hut, Penperllenni – 7:00pm until 9:00 pm. You don’t even need to bring your own drum: contact Larrie on 07770 961165 to book one!

They may well make both scheduled and impromptu appearances at this year’s event. Listen, watch…and join in!


Ellie Ford

Ellie played for the first time at Folk on the Lawn last year following a tip-off from FotL attendee, Rick Dennis.

She played a single, stunning set…lauded by all.

Since then: a raft of emails and a cacophony of verbal requests directed to us, all asking, ‘Is she coming back?’

She is indeed. For the whole weekend.

Sculptured songs. Lyrics of insight and experiential range. Music that both draws on and defies categories. Evocative. Authentic. Experimental. Amazing on harp and guitar.

Deservedly in receipt of interest and airplay from across the world. Sold-out shows, etc. That she has agreed to play for us again is a wonderful thing!



Ember are a Bristol-based acoustic group made up of Mike (guitar and vocals), Hajnalka (piano) and Meg (violin). They formed in 2016 when Mike and Hajnalka met and began arranging original songs.

Mike had been writing and performing for 20 years, firstly, in his Welsh homeland, then in London and, for the last eleven years, in Bristol. Hajnalka was a skilful classically trained pianist who could also turn her hand to violin, cello and flute. Born and raised in Hungary, she first came to teach in the UK in 2008.

The missing ingredient to the group came in April 2017 when Meg joined and the trio made plans to record their debut EP, Paintings. The record showcased their song-writing style: strong story telling coupled with engaging musicianship.

Their name reflects the shared British and Hungarian roots at the heart of the group

They are, they write, “Thrilled and excited to be playing at Folk on the Lawn and can’t wait to share their music in such a beautiful setting.” And we, it must be said, are also thrilled and excited to have them!


John Sambrook

John trained, long ago in the 1960s, as a fitter/turner. Leaving the industry, he hitch-hiked through Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, ending up working in various jobs in Rotterdam, living on a canal boat with an American, Italian and Indian Sikh. He returned home to Wales and lived in Cardiff, trying out factory jobs, which he didn’t like, and, in desperation took a job road sweeping, which gave him time to do what he needed to do without supervision!

After completing a Theatre Arts course at The Theatre Royal in Norwich and meeting other DJs working in hospital radio, John found an outlet for his long-standing, educated and discerning interest in music. From this followed a sequence of radio work, as ‘Fishfry’ at Radio Ceredigion and Radio Hafren – and, recently and presently, on Radio Celtica.

John has an easy manner – he can talk (and talk!) – and, especially, possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge and a more than equal enthusiasm for a wide range of music.

He is a huge supporter of and ambassador for, in particular, music that comes out of Wales. Ask him ANYTHING about any Welsh band or performer and he will have both information and an erudite opinion!

We were honoured that, once again, he has agreed to share the Master of Ceremonies duties at FotL 2018.


The Lost Tuesday Society

The Lost Tuesday Society describe themselves as ‘a collective who come from a variety of differing musical backgrounds, and therefore bring with them a range of influences’.

They were brought to our notice highly recommended and so we were delighted that they agreed to play at the (spectacular!) opening at Folk on the Lawn 2018.

The collective, with its current six members, has played, already, with Paolo Nutini, Pete Doherty, Sister Sledge, Alabama 3, Moulettes, Gabby Young and Other Animals, Labi Siffre, Big Sir, The Real Thing and Mica Paris. While acknowledging a likeness to the folk and rock bands of the 1970s, they stress that such a comparison has come about without design: possibly as a result of strong interests in both the nuance of musical construction together with the need for strong melodies.

The ‘band as collective’ notion is more – for the Lost Tuesday Society – than a convenient motif: ‘The song is king; no one has that ego: “this song should go there and do this; it’s like a big pot and everyone puts in their share.”’ Such a modus operandi reveals itself, clearly, in the music, with flavourings offered by this or that instrument, this or that voice, delicately infused within an intricate and often complex tapestry of sound.

Their album, ‘Constant State Of…’, has artwork donated by the well-respected London-based artist, Dan Hillier, who designed the iconic art on Royal Blood’s debut (and number one) album. The single taken from the record – and from which it derived its title– was produced by the legendary Joe Gibb (David Bowie, The Kinks, Catatonia, Leftfield, Moulettes).

It’s worth checking out, online, the band’s finely-honed videos and – for us most beguiling of all – the more impromptu recordings of live shows.


Mark Purnell

Mark Purnell is a singer-songwriter and guitarist with a country/Americana vibe originally from Newport, South Wales.

He started playing the guitar at 11 years old and grew up listening to mainly country music, being influenced by the many artists that his dad used to play on vinyl and cassette. Many of these artists (Charley Pride, Don Williams, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Randy Travis and Garth Brooks) came to influence the style of his song-writing and performance today.

Mark appeared on the Made In Cardiff series ‘Busking’ a couple of years ago, where he was filmed performing on Queen Street in Cardiff! Live radio work followed, together with tracks from his first record, Stillwater.

Most recently, a second album, Memories, was released. This had an altogether different feel, with friends joining him to add their talents giving it a full band vibe. The album has received excellent reviews (Check it out on the usual download sites).


Maud the Moth

As a little preface: We were SO pleased to have this amazing band/project agree to appear at Folk on the Lawn. From the moment we heard the first phrase of the first song listened to, it was clear that this was something very special…and utterly in keeping with the FotL mantra: ‘innovative folk for innovative folk’. Miss her/them at your peril!

And now, the description:

Maud the Moth was founded in 2010 as the solo project of Amaya López-Carromero. Hailing from Madrid, Maud the Moth has always been a fluid entity, cycling through various line-ups and formations, without losing sight of its fundamental sense of purpose.

Beginning with a minimal set up of voice and piano, with the occasional use of a looper, the project has also dressed up as a trio and duo in the past. Drawing on a wide-ranging musical background, which includes jazz, classical, avant garde, soul and even some elements of metal, Maud the Moth carefully combines these disparate elements into a final product that is always musical, coherent and heartfelt.

With the release of Home Futile Home in 2011, Maud the Moth caught the attention of the Spanish specialized music press and the record was showered with praise by the likes of Mondosonoro, H magazine and the Spanish edition of Rolling Stone to name but a few. On the back of this, a series of live performances took place across Spain, Portugal, France and the UK.

The summer of 2014, saw Maud the Moth enter CrispinSound (Little Dragon, House of Trees) in Gothenburg to record her second full-length album The Inner Wastelands – a work remarkable for both its intricacy and it’s depth of feeling, the album further establishes project’s status as a class act, as well as one that eschews easy classification.

Amaya currently lives in Edinburgh and has recently recruited Paúl González on drums and Szymon Podborączyński on violin for most live performances, taking Maud the moth to a new level of textural and musical complexity.


Melanie Page

Melanie Page’s Bandcamp site has a solitary explanatory line: ‘Melanie Page writes intricate songs on classical guitar’. This is an understatement par excellence! Melanie writes of the wide sphere of human experience in songs deftly and beguilingly arranged. Her guitar work moves from the fairly traditional to flamenco-tinged virtuosity and can lead to finger pickings and tunings reminiscent of Nick Drake’s.

In the last few years, Melanie has released three albums and an EP (Buy one! – we did…the LOT in fact). This diverse collection demonstrates the variety of her writing whilst maintaining a central musical and lyrical theme: complexity conveyed with simplicity of expression and incredibly subtly. Her releases have, recently, appeared on a number of media playlists, with tracks from the most recent record, ‘The Wild Grey Blue’, receiving BBC Radio 6 airplay, with DJ Tom Robinson noting Melanie’s ‘great vocals, virtuoso Spanish guitar, poised intelligent song writing’.

We have been hunting down Melanie to play at Folk on the Lawn over a number of years. We are overjoyed that she’s agreed to play for us in 2018.


Melody Causton

We have been privileged to hear, at FotL – year upon year – the development of Melody’s song-writing and sound. A unique voice; ever more adventurous; song-stories telling of a unique perspective; a modesty that belies her growing musical maturity.

Melody’s past: Side of stage, sleeping in guitar cases whilst her parents performed. She landed here, in the festival world…

Melody has also now won ‘Best female solo artist’ at Cambridge’s NMG awards three times in the last four years. Last year, a new set of recordings – ‘Days like These’ – alerted many to her abilities, including BBC Introducing.

Winning the plaudits last year, we are overjoyed that she agreed to make Folk on the Lawn 2018.




Morningblind is a collaboration between Catalan singer-songwriter Sandra Bossy Retti and British writer Richard Hayden, based in Catalunya, which is (still – at least as we type) in north eastern Spain.

The result is a fusion of influences: folk, jazz, poetry, pop, rock and classical…which come together to form something else entirely.

They write, ‘This project started life as a demo of some of our earlier songs, which we planned to use to find gigs here and elsewhere.

We thought it might be fun to release the songs as an EP, in the hope that we could generate interest, gigs and maybe a bit of cash that we could plough back into an LP of the rest of our songs’.

Almost immediately after the duo got in touch, we bought their record and booked them. Some beautiful, weighty music; little nuances of tune and/or enunciation that leave back of the head hairs risen. Have a listen to this, for instance.

A review (Modern Folk) of their most recent work, ‘The Spring’, sums-up things nicely: ‘There is always a special spark when an artist dedicated to words teams up with one dedicated to music. The history of pop is full of these pairings: Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, to name a few. Morningblind has been able to get a bit of that kind of alchemy between words and music out of their creative relationship. The result is their album ‘the spring’. I recommend it’.


Mud On The Tyres

A large and loud band replete with skilled musicians, Mud on the Tyres combine an ostensibly typical country music-based musical fare with some extremely clever lyrics, veering between deft humour and – as the genre is well known for – deft sadness. Toe-tapping, fun but also intelligent and beguiling.

They write: ‘We have made it our goal to try to create an atmosphere of fun with our music and appeal to all sorts of music lovers of all generations. It’s clear to us that making people tap their feet and maybe laugh at some of the ideas and lyrics makes for a slight different night out than the norm. This doesn’t stop us writing more touching and melodic numbers though and we hope they add to the versatility of the band’.

The band formed when Warren (Vocals, guitar) and Akos (Lead guitar, vocals) got together as an acoustic duo writing original country-style music. They were joined by Marek (Piano, vocals), quickly followed by Lee (Fiddle, harmonica, vocals). It didn’t take long before the assemblage developed into the present, powerful, six-piece band when Eliot (Bass) Sam (Drums) completed the line-up.

Very moving – both the ‘funny’ and the ‘expressive’ – songs, extremely well arranged and performed. They’ve had a busy time in the last 12 months: appearing at a number of festivals, playing a host of gigs and winning a ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest.


Nick Smith

Nick Smith is a long-standing servant of Folk on the Lawn. You probably wouldn’t know about the event at all had it not been for Nick’s web design and graphical skills.

He has performed just a couple of times in the past. Listening to his recent output – live, especially, and on the demos for his new record – we were mightily impressed and decided to accept no refusal to our offer of a place at this year’s festival.

His time as a guitarist/singer/songwriter has been fairly plentiful in years if not prolific in output, with only a handful of recordings in over two decades and the aforementioned debut album still in the works. This lack of quantity, however, is compensated by the understated quality of Nick’s music – intricate tunes and emotional lyrics, very often about love both shared and unrequited.

He is the first to admit that his sound betrays his greatest influence, Elliott Smith, with additional hints of alt-country artists like Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell, especially in more recent years. Nick’s previous appearances at FotL have ranged from solo performances to a full band line-up, and this time we expect something of a middle-ground – accompanied but largely acoustic.

A very engaging personality, we promise you a fine forty minutes listening to any set he provides.


Pamela Wyn Shannon

Pamela Wyn Shannon hails from the New England countryside but became, we are pleased to say, a resident of Wales.

Her inventive and intricate guitar work has been described as ‘a tiny chamber orchestra working in unison at the end of her hands’ and her virtuosity has been compared to the legendary guitarist Bert Jansch of Pentangle.

A sensitive voice compliments the pastoral poetry-leaning in her work – songs which have an elliptical quality, creating their own timeframe, rules…and kingdoms. We know that she has a great love for what might be seen as the seminal period of the ‘new folk tradition’ – the late 1960s – and her music is often reminiscent of that magic found in UK ’60s psyche-folk artefacts.

Pamela has worked with the legends of British and Irish folk music, garnering respect and admiration wherever she goes.

She has – more recently – incorporated her visual art adventures in stop-motion animation with the amazing ‘Pipkin’ – see

For FotL 2018, she has promised both a musical set and some yet to be revealed puppetry work with a focus on children (or those of us who carry our inner child happily about within us!). Whatever, we can guarantee two special performances.


The Parcel of Rogues

The Parcel of Rogues are a folk rock band playing an eclectic mix of folk, roots and rock based music.

The repertoire is widely diverse, from driving foot stompers to slow atmospheric ballads, with a selection of traditional and Irish folk songs, plus a wide range in between…all performed with excellent musicianship, vocal harmonies and peppered with a great deal of fun.

Always well received by their audiences and you will be – we are certain – no exception.

The band likes to get the audience involved, singing & dancing, and are not a ‘finger in the ear’ type of band by any means!

The most frequently heard comments about the band: “What a breath of fresh air these guys are – definitely not the same old, same-old!”

So, folk rock on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Folk on the lawn. What could be better?


Peter Gowen

Peter has become a fixture at FotL. A poet, raconteur, comedian and, as many of you will know, a fine announcer of things.

We would describe Peter as a larger than life character. He describes himself as having an ego the size of Wales (Which is, actually, quite a small country…so, possibly, a self-deprecating remark!).

His presence always adds a boost to the event: he is an enthusiast, and to have such an amenable force on stage/off stage/mixing with the crowd and so on helps define our event.

BUT, if you haven’t yet caught his performances, do so this year! A mixture of wordplay, comedic irony and erudite observations on the world: poems and songs (often performed on one of his self-crafted cigar box guitars).



The Rarebits

The band with the oldest combined age, but – every year – the band that brings more people to their feet than any other.

Their confirmation email this year – sent in January from the band’s leader, the amazing Eric Taylor – read: ‘As of now, we are all still alive so a performance for 2018 looks a real possibility’!

The band’s nucleus has, at FotL, often been joined by a range of guest musicians, and this, itself, adds to the excitement.

Drawing on essentially Celtic material, but with a raft of tunes from America, England and ‘more exotic sources’, The Rarebits bring both an expertise and a uplifting sense of fun to FotL.

The FotL twmpath, which the band have hosted for the last three years, moved, in 2017, to the River Stage and will occupy that area this year also…so possibly HUNDREDS will be expected to participate!



The Rob Connolly Band

Rob Connolly started with Andy and Mike as a guitar duo two years ago, wanting to sing some original songs and put a little energy and fun into acoustic music. After a year they were joined by Naomi on vocals and Jill on cajon and have been gigging together for the last 12 months as a foursome.

They bring commitment and emotion to songs about life, divorce, ageing and loss which will have you moved, laughing and joining in…possibly all at the same time!

We are particularly pleased to have this fabulous quartet with us, as, with at least one of their members – Andy – we have managed to book the most local of artists ever (to date, of course) for FotL: Andy lives within walking distance of Abbey Mill! Andy is also the master of ceremonies on our new Filling Station stage, where the band will feature prominently. Make sure you catch them!


Sally Thompson

Sally is a singer and songwriter from Bristol. She has been writing, recording and performing with various musicians for the last few years, producing several recordings. Also known as a member of Folk band Dennis Remme (With whom she has appeared at FotL) where her distinct, ethereal voice has excited many plaudits.

Sally is Interested in storytelling, poetry and folk music of every ilk. The combining all three, both on record and live, provides spellbinding aural vistas and has elicited intense listening on the part of her audiences.

Sally is also a hugely talented (and much qualified) artist and illustrator. At FotL 2018 we will have special prints of her work together with a book where her drawings illustrate the lyrics of the ‘FotL Lord of Misrule’, Jon Airdrie. Look…and purchase!

Sally will, we know, produce an intimate, unique and memorable set at this year’s event. This year, we also more than anticipate some special guests sharing the stage will her.



Sedai Sedai

Sedai Sedai are an amazing African drumming community group that spills from a class taken by the ubiquitous talents of Liz Mullins (who you will come across in various guises at FotL 2018)

The class runs on a Tuesday morning at Treowen Community Centre (on the Blaenau Gwent/Caerffili border) and all the pieces emerge from these – intensive, but fun and spirit-lifting – creative rehearsal sessions, where rhythms emerging from, specifically, West Africa are learnt and perfected within the heart of the western Gwent valleys!

Liz, always the includer of all and instigator of musical ventures, writes, ‘We’re an open group and people are welcome to join the class. It’s a one and a half hour class from 11.15am until 12.45pm and it costs £6 for the lesson I also have drums people can borrow for the class’.


The Shackleton Trio

“Sparky, charismatic and intensely assured”– fRoots; “An excellent debut album” ★★★★ – RnR

The Shackleton Trio (formerly The Georgia Shackleton Trio) play an exciting blend of Americana, folk and self-penned material. Accompanying herself on the fiddle, Georgia writes and performs ‘wordy songs about other people’, instrumentally influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from her native East Anglia.

Georgia’s skills as a singer and instrumentalist have been put to the test in numerous different contexts, and this trio sees her teaming up with guitar powerhouse Aaren Bennett and mandolin ace Nic Zuppardi. Together they have toured the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, appeared at Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Towersey Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week, Folk East, and concert halls and folk clubs across the UK.


Sweeney & Harps

Sweeney & Harps are a pair of misanthropic nihilists from, they state, ‘the Cohen/Cave school of thought’, who like to wax lyrical about philosophical diversions and other ways to avoid the weight of the world.

It’s just music, after all, but it can be good medicine for the weary soul. And so it is that it comes with a hearty melancholia beloved by the likes of the Decemberists and Tom Waits…and indeed you may hear some such covers within…Crooning harmonies and understatements are the order of the day, milking irony and solace from each song. It’s only music, but it makes us feel better.

We feel certain that your weary souls will be suitably medicated by this energetic, spirited and impassioned Cornish duo.

© Ebby Tremain Photography


Uriah the Hittite

The amazing Hittites were a mainstay of Folk on the Lawn for many years: a bilingual folk-punk/blues concoction that would morph into performing beautiful arrangements of traditional songs and tunes.

It is with more than a little pleasure, therefore, that we can welcome, at FotL 2018, the ingenious, multi-talented, founder of the band, Uriah the Hittite (Not his real name – the ‘Hittite’ was added, we understand, owing to an allegiance to Ancient Mesopotamia): not simply a fine songwriter and musician but a great raconteur and a teller of beguiling – and very funny – true stories about both life in his home on the west coast and his travels across Europe.

A new record due to be completed by this year’s event and accompanied by an eclectic, accomplished band, we wait in massive anticipation for his performance.


Vinna Bee

Here at Folk on the Lawn, we seek, primarily, innovation and variety. Vinna Bee, as an artist, in her hugely varied, nigh impossible to pin down in terms of musical taxonomy, recordings and live performances was someone whom we tried to fit into last year’s programme.

We were overjoyed, therefore, to have Vinna Bee agree to play at FotL 2018.

Swirling soundscapes, instruments which never sound quite like you’d expect to sound or how you’ve heard them sound before…but then a vocal – and a lyric – which may soar and flutter like a wind-blown leaf but which has a substance marking the tracks out as something very different to the usual ‘ambient’ fare. Hear – and watch – ‘Pear Shaped Vessel’, for instance:

A review of her recent Hypnogogia EP suggests that ‘while it might be considered lazy and trite to mention, say Kate Bush, it’s for good reason that we do, for there’s a creative impishness at work here that’s far removed from the usual pop trinket-dom that suggests a hitherto acute teeth cutting fondness for Ms Bush’s “never for ever”’ and ends ‘I’d go as far to say best filed somewhere near your Linda Perhacs and Vashti Bunyan treasures’ ( .


We Are Muffy

From somewhere wild and strange in Cornwall come the offbeat acoustic sounds of We Are Muffy, a combination of Nick Duffy (The Lilac Time, Bait) and Angeline Morrison (The Mighty Sceptres, The Ambassadors of Sorrow).

We are honoured to have them at FotL 2018 and massively excited about their prospective performances.

With influences including the Incredible String Band, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Sam Cooke, Max Romeo and Shirley & Dolly Collins weaving through their music, We Are Muffy spin poetic narratives of remembered and imagined pasts. They combine vocal harmonies with an expansive collection of instruments (including banjo, autoharp, lyre, shruti box…).

It all began when Nick asked Angeline to provide some guest vocals on his Simulacra Two album (2016), a collection of unorthodox covers. Whilst chatter ensued on the themes of folk song and cover versions, they discovered they shared a common homeland of Birmingham. Soon, songs about childhood and teenage memories began to pour out of them. These are soon to be released on vinyl as their new album, The Charcoal Pool (Tapete Records). You can find their pre-album EP, Songs from the Charcoal Pool, on BandCamp.

You may have already heard We Are Muffy on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Introducing or BBC Radio 2, and they can be found at various festivals during the summer months. Catch them if you can, they are quite shy…they tell us!


Whitehall Parade

Whitehall Parade is a MASSIVE – eight piece (Our sound people will have a busy evening!) – rootsy folk-rock band based in Cardiff, fronted by the ubiquitous James Clode.

Having performed over the last few years at a number of venues, events and festivals across the UK (Amongst them, the Watchet Music Festival, C2C Country-to-Country Festival and the Welsh Perry & Cider Festival at Caldicot Castle), we were keen to bring them close to home again and allow the FotL audience an opportunity to taste their fare of both up-beat, foot stomping tunes and softer, more folk-orientated melodies.

The band comprises of: James Clode (vocals); Xenia Porteous (violin); Ffion Dafis (sax); John Turner (drums); Derek Morgan (bass); Gordon Keir (keyboards); George Soriano (guitar); Elaine Morgan (vocals & percussion).

Tuneful, lively, with some fantastic musicianship. As with all at FotL 2018, delighted – and honoured – that they are present.