Folk On The Lawn

"innovative folk for innovative folk"


2019 running order: Click Here (NB this is a printable programme – Sunday appears first)

The Adventures of Bert and Henry

A band dangerous to box. Each musical phrase is an infectious hook. Impossibly hyperactive live, whether as a duo or with collaborators: huge, dynamically rich and sonically diverse performances of each and every song. ‘Full on’. Hugely creative, with ideas seeming to stream from every vein.

‘A pair of galloping troubadours from the ragged Welsh coast…Their music exudes a sense of enjoyment and fun, and they’ve found a sweet spot, where fine musicianship can coexist in perfect harmony with some fun, off-kilter quirkiness’ ( – review of the ‘Jet Packs’ video).

‘This is a charming debut full of wit, humour and some classy pop folk songs’ ( Sound Wales album review).

Truly unmissable.


Anna My Charlotte

There are very few artists indeed (our researchers suggest one band, alone, actually) who have played more than three FotLs in succession. Performing again in 2019, Anna will do just this.

Ostensibly, a folk harpist and singer-songwriter, she writes enchanting and enduring songs with both uplifting and haunting 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’.

One of the reasons that we laid unspoken conventions to one side and joyously accepted Anna at another FotL was due to her performances last year. One, in the bar on the Sunday, was simply outstanding in range – from the ‘family tree’ collection, to inspiring, moving versions of some Welsh (language) traditional songs – and delivery (always totally honest; utterly modest).

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!


Autumn Dawn Leader

Autumn Dawn Leader is a classically trained, American born, trans-genre singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has called the East Midlands of England home since 2004. Her style encompasses many influences of folk, past and present, as well as strong elements of progressive rock…and even a bit of alt country, blues and classical.

Autumn’s contralto voice is highly distinctive. She writes and performs songs that are intimate and emotively intense. She plays the piano, the medieval 10 string lyre (yes, the lyre!) and the acoustic guitar. In addition to being a solo artist, she is also one half of the prog-folk duo The Secret Magpies (who are also performing at FotL this year). When not out gigging, Autumn lives in Loughborough with her husband, two youngest children, and a cat called Rincewind.


Avital Raz

A hugely gifted and inspiring performer who was much missed by her absence last year.

Keith Bruce, from the Scots Herald, writes: ‘There are probably few folk who have felt that what was missing from their musical firmament was a female equivalent of Aidan Moffat.

But those imaginative souls have their prayers answered in the third track on the fifth album by Jerusalem-born Avital Raz, which is entitled The Edinburgh Surprise, in which she narrates a tale – one possibly more true than anything that Moffat has penned – of a drunken sexual encounter in the Scottish capital in the most explicit of terms, with a twist in the tail (sic). It is likely to be one of the most compelling things you hear all year.

There is much more to The Believer than that, however.

Raz, who has also imbibed the vocals of Ofra Haza in her homeland, learned Indian singing in the subcontinent and lived in Berlin before coming to rest currently in north-west England…It is a wonderful musical journey that will appeal musically to fans of female experimentalists from Bjork to Ela Orleans and lyrically to those who admire Emmy the Great or the former Arab Strap chap.’

Nick Burbridge, from R2 applauds Avital’s album, The Believer, adding: ‘I must reserve a passage for ‘The Edinburgh Surprise’ – her video should be checked out by every female singer-songwriter as an example of how to explore uncomfortable parameters of gender, politics and spirituality with the voice of a real pioneer , not another formulaic mouthpiece…Avital Raz may not fit a mould or scale any pyramids (who knows?) – and yet…she takes the breath away. In my book, it’s all that counts.’



Blánid is a wonderfully evocative singer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Northern Ireland…and Devon – the duality of locational identity is one you’ll have to ask her about! With a voice that has been described as ‘spellbinding’, ‘haunting’ and just plain ‘beautiful’, Blánid sees her love for folk music as originating from a mesmeric fascination with the stories the songs tell. With, therefore, an ability to connect emotionally to these tales, she breathes new life into traditional folk and embraces contemporary folk with passion.

Blánid has performed at folk festivals and clubs throughout the UK: Sidmouth, Oxford and Kimpton amongst them; she has supported British folk duo, Ninebarrow, and BBC2 Folk award winning band, The Furrow Collective, and has performed on stage with British rock folk band The Levellers; she won Gaelic Voices 2015 and was a finalist in the Molloy Award 2017, a winner of the New Roots competition (2017) and has – as you would imagine – enjoyed wide radio play.


Blind River Scare

Tim Manning (AKA Blind River Scare) is a south Wales based singer/songwriter playing Americana, folk, alt-country and roots influenced original songs and in-genre covers.

He writes heartfelt tales of love, loss and life coupled with proper song-craft that sounds both timeless and contemporary.

Promoting CD releases such as ‘Killing Time’, ‘The Straight and True’ and ‘The Point of No Return’ in the good old-fashioned way has seen Tim travel the length and breadth of the UK both headlining and supporting touring acts, in doing so creating a distinct niche for himself on the UK music scene.

Last year saw both a significant high and low for Tim. The low was a back problem that took him away from touring for a few months, including a planned appearance at FotL. The high, however, was the making of and response towards his latest album: ‘Pastures New’. This, for example, from RnR Magazine: ‘effective and big, authentic-sounding acoustic Americana and Alt. country sound, with Tim’s resonator guitar playing adding a pedal steel like sound at times (try ‘Restless Soul’ to hear it at its best). His voice is suitably world-weary and convincing, with the six songs all original. Pastures New memorable, often bluesy – take a listen to ‘Sideways Slide’ – and always rootsy; just pick any track at random’.

Delighted to have him back and playing at FotL 2019.


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, a light dusting of swing all delivered with panache and fun…Pretty much anything goes into the pot. They call it ‘Gloriana’.

Their self-disclosed line-up description:

‘Penni McLaren Walker – lead vocals, guitars, bouzouki, whistles, kazoo, accordion and percussion, not necessarily all at the same time.

Hector Ringtone, AKA Steve Collins – vocals, e-Melodeon, melodeon, ukulele, harmonica, guitar, kazoo and percussion. He misses Whicker Island.

John Campbell Armer – vocals, bass, guitars, percussion and other noises.

Bryan Causton – vocals, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki and percussion. Which is nice.’

Those who were present at the last two years’ late-night sessions in the bar stage will testify to the sheer brilliance of both their material and their musicianship. 2019 will see another Saturday night bonanza but also an outing on the river stage and its megawatt sound output which should suit the Boxwood Chessmen very well indeed.



Heather Innes, Jacynth Hamill & Pauline Vallance, the three members of Caim harmony trio, may be separated by the Irish Sea but they are not divided musically. Pauline’s roots in Scotland, Jacynth’s in Northern Ireland and Heather’s in Zimbabwe, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Australia all contribute to Caim’s strong and varied traditional repertoire, together with rich life and musical experiences of each woman.

Heather’s vibrant a cappella singing served her well in her early days on the folk-club circuit, while Jacynth has a solid choral background. Together, these two sang as an a cappella duo for 16 years, made 9 albums and toured in the UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Australia and Thailand.

In 2015 Pauline –from both a folk and classical background – joined the group: leading to Caim becoming a harmony trio with harp and flute, and drawing on Pauline’s songwriting abilities.

They write, ‘A Caim concert combines Scottish and Irish traditional and contemporary songs, story and dance. We share songs that are important to us and we invite our audiences to join us in singing and dancing. You’ll find music that goes straight to the heart, songs and stories to make you laugh, tunes to set your feet a-tapping and haunting harmonies that will uplift your spirit’.

To say, also, that we (the folk/rock/prog ‘selection committee’ of FotL) were both moved and utterly beguiled when listening to the (many) tracks they sent us. Massive variety. Huge talents.


Darren James

Darren played for the first time at Folk on the Lawn last year. We were more than impressed! From that time to this, we have both caught him live and listened to some rough mixes of an album which – legal niceties completed – should be with us imminently.

Darren began song-writing and singing in bands about 15 years ago and, most recently, has lent greater concentration on singer-songwriter-based material. His song-writing influences include Paul Simon, Cat Steven’s, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Chris Difford /Squeeze.

What stood out for us was the narrative quality in Darren’s material: songs telling a story…and sometimes taking a path we wouldn’t expect (teenage lovers, meeting years later, with the late adolescent hedonism of one – so beguiling at the time – now a sorry addiction).

Darren will play two sets at Folk on the Lawn, one with his band, consisting of Calum Delaney on bass and Iain Delaney on drums. We look forward immensely to these.


Dennis Remme

Mention “80s music revival” and two to one you’ll think slick licks from Eurythmics, noise with poise from the Pet Shop Boys, synth-din from Marilyn or rude shocks from Ultravox.

As true musos know, though, that was not the whole story, and a group of musicians who were hard at work, in that decade, defending the folk rock fortress are back together again at this year’s FotL: the reason being, it’s 40 years since they first played some – very rudimentary – instruments together in a south Wales sitting room.

The band emerged from a co-mingling of students at Newport Art College with some locals (‘A kind of town and gown thing down at Newport’, guitarist Jon Airdrie said).

The band’s sound is simple and folky, but with more than a little soul to it, with Sally Thompson and Jon Airdrie trading songs which were – and remain – both poetic and memorable. (Article: Julian Meek).


The Ed Lofstedt Assembly

“Fantastic” – BBC Radio Bristol; “A perfect voyage of discovery” – The Swindonian; “Awesome” – RGNewMusic

The Ed Lofstedt Assembly are a high-energy melodic folk pop four-piece from Bristol. Ed Lofstedt’s songs are touched with the melodrama of Tom Williams, Bright Eyes and First Aid Kit; big-hearted, melodic, and wry. Expect thrilling dynamic shifts and sweeping crescendos.

They formed in 2017; the core of the supergroup of Bristol musicians that Ed pulled together to create the critically-acclaimed EP ‘sweep me away’.

In 2018 they released ‘live at cellar tapes’, a digital-only live EP, and are currently recording their debut EP together.

Privileged, we are, to have this fine assemblage at FotL 2019!


The Face That Boils Itself

This is the band’s self-description. Those who witnessed some amazing performances at FotL a few years back have clamoured (petitioned, continuously, in fact) for their return. We were, therefore, more than a little pleased when they agreed to play again this year.

Something essentially undefinable in simple terms, but totally brilliant.



‘Songs for the spirit, folk-pop with a mystical Celtic edge’ ; ‘All My Swim’ – Album of the Year 2018: Folk Radio UK; Sam Bonham (BBC Introducing); Folk Radio UK

Faeland are a contemporary folk band from Bristol, UK. Fusing deep folk tradition with acoustic instrumentation, Faeland bring their innovative and subtly experimental approach to contemporary music. They have recently recorded and released their debut album ‘All My Swim’ which received support and acclaim from BBC 6 Music, Uncut Magazine, Shire Folk Magazine and a host of others. Their first two singles and album have been supported by Tom Robinson and Gideon Coe of BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing and BBC Scotland, to name a few. The band is packed with excellent musicians, with singer Rebecca Nelson and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Jacob Morrison at its songwriting and musical core.

Rebecca relates they are “fully committed to making music that changes lives for the better and adds something good to human existence”. Not an unambitious undertaking! Faeland’s self-reported musical influences include classic artists such as Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Nick Drake and Paul Simon, alongside more modern stars like First Aid Kit, Gillian Welch/ David Rawlings, Bon Iver, R.E.M., Nick Mulvey and Hem.

Why ‘Faeland’? Jacob explains: “We are named after Failand, a countryside village near us that connects us with the land around our home and our favourite woodland. The spelling change to “Fae” hints at the magical/mystical/other as well as the transcendental nature of the music.”

So…Rebecca Nelson – lead vocals and rhythm guitar, and Jacob Morrison, guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele. All My Swim line-up: Martin Solomon – harp, violin, accordion, Lizzie Tucker – double bass and vocals, Rowan Sterk (of Carrie Tree) – drums and percussion, Michael Stanton (Susie Ro, Avalon Roots) – keys and santoor, Matthew Heyse Moore – Clarinet, and Sarah Moody – cello. All My Swim was co-produced and mixed by John Hendicott (platinum award-winning producer, sound designer), who has recently worked with Jamie Woon and Nick Mulvey.

“Ethereal acoustic stylings” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music ; “Beautiful…modern folk songs underpinned with some classic writing” – Songwriting Magazine ; “A collection of original songs that sit equally comfortably on the seats of tradition and innovation” – C. Elland, FolkWords; “★★★★★★★Bright, optimistic melodies” – Uncut Magazine ; “Fans of well-executed modern folk will want to find this band soon, while it can still be seen up close” – Mike O’Cull ; “I keep promoting it [Faeland’s music] because it’s just so beautiful” – Pete Jones, Radio Reverb


Fiona Angwin

Fiona angwin is the yarn spinner, a storyteller and puppeteer based in south Wales. She works in schools, theatres, castles, forests, country parks and other venues across the country and is a member of the Society for Storytelling.

Fiona has worked as an actress and storyteller for over 20 years, and tells sets of stories, many of which involve unique puppets. Her work blends the oral tradition with the visual appeal of puppetry and is popular with adults and children alike.

Delighted to have her with us – for a second time – at FotL 2019. We know that she was been the single draw to the festival for both a good few children and adults. Her work encapsulates the ‘innovative folk for innovative folk’ FotL motif.


Freya and Matt

Freyja and Matt have been hosting ceilidhs with Jig of Slurs Ceilidh Band (also playing at Folk on the Lawn), and subsequently set up Tintern Folk Session (monthly at the Rose and Crown) to bring music back to the pubs and discover the many musicians hidden around the Wye Valley. They are, therefore, the most locally located artists at FotL 2019!

Matt started playing guitar at 15, Freyja violin at 12. Matt loves prog rock and writes electric guitar melodies in another band. They write, ‘We got together 5 years ago, and Freyja was already playing folk informally with friends, so at the suggestion of a ceilidh band they both got involved. As we love playing together (and needed to practice) our folk repertoire built from there. We both listen to a range of music, though at festivals we always seek out ska, balkan, reggae, folk bands, particularly electrofolk folk/fusion, e.g. Afro Celt Sound System…We hope to create more folk-fusion sets over the years, melding our favourite tunes and songs from across the world’.


Jelling Spillemandslaug

Folk on the Lawn has hosted bands from across the world. However, we’ve never had a band from Denmark. This year, we more than make up for that with the appearance of a HUGE assemblage from that country: Jelling Spillemandslaug (the Jelling Fiddler Guild – but we prefer the Danish).

Two representatives from what is essentially a village collective came to Tintern last year to check us out. Thankfully, they liked what they saw and heard and agreed to travel to Wales this summer to offer ‘solid sounding and swinging folk music’ (based on Google Translate).

Expect what may be termed a folk orchestra: beautifully arranged melodies, played by fine musicians, under the guidance of Ole Emig). A visual as well as an aural spectacle, with band members – young and old (the collective has over 35 years’ experience) – plotting a rich, expansive musical landscape.


Jig of Slurs

The traditional twmpath (Irish: ceilidh) at FotL has often been led by the oldest band in the FotL line-up. This year, we have almost certainly one of the youngest!

Jig of Slurs involves Matt and Freya (who are performing as a duo, also, at FotL 2019) and a host of their (very talented) friends from over the water (Bristol).

Matt comments that ‘Freyja loves to get everyone dancing so ceilidhs seemed the best way, and I love the stomping Irish and Scottish beats and violin riffs.’ And so the band was born.

At Folk on the Lawn, they will play – at the traditional Saturday, late afternoon ‘twmpath slot’ – a rousing collection of instrumental jigs, reels and sea shanties from the British Isles…and the Balkans.

Dancing is mandatory!


Jon Airdrie and the Enablers

During the first three months of this year, Jon and a band of talented musicians learnt a set of songs, taking a weekend in March to record them, essentially live. The finished album, ‘The Guest’ ( ), will be – more or less – performed at this year’s Folk on the Lawn.

‘I’ve just listened twice in a row. I absolutely love it. It made me feel full of love and happy to be alive. Your voice sounds amazing. The songs are all beautiful and very moving. The playing is very good’. That’s what Avital Raz said of the record!

Jon plays piano, with old collaborators, Jem and Andy Ponsford, playing, respectively, drums and bass, and featuring the outstanding electric guitar of Ju (aka ‘Sheena’ of Helen Love – amongst others – fame).


The Hicksters

Loosely, The Hicksters could probably be best described as Americana, although that does rather cover a multitude of sins. It also doesn’t entirely encompass their choice of material: ‘bits of country rock, Celtic traditions, classical repertoire and wherever else our attention turns on any given day’.

They are a big band! Clive Evans – lead vocal and tambourines; Adrian Hyde – vocal and 5 string banjo; Alphie Chism – vocal and guitars; Colin Armstrong – bass; Brendan Day – drums; Jasper Salmon – vocal and violin.

An ever-developing project since the summer of 2014, The Hicksters has undergone various line-up changes until the current – stable and hopefully long-lasting – one.

The members of the band have quite different musical backgrounds, in terms of previous bands they’ve been in and styles they’ve adopted. These different backgrounds influence both choice of material and the style of performance: songs including everything from the work of ‘musical legends’ to obscure bluegrass banjo and fiddle tunes.

Last year they released an album – ‘Under the Covers’ – which was self-recorded/produced in their native Ceredigion. They quip: ‘On the face of it, getting six guys together to make a record in a kitchen 1100 feet up a Ceredigion hillside does sound like a challenge, and it has definitely had challenging moments. Being snowed in in March was one.’

We look forward to hearing, live, the fruit of their endeavours. A top-tapping experience is guaranteed!


The Hittites

Still self-described as ‘a hillbilly pop band from Aberystwyth’. Always a great favourite at Folk on the Lawn. One of the two or three bands that we – with hope (they missed last year, though the band put together by frontman, Attila, seemed to have some familiar faces in it).

The Hittites play with energy, commitment and profligate musicianship; combining some ‘traditional’ tunes/songs/exerts of songs with the – both – comedic polemics and sympathetic observations of a great range of wonderful originals.

The Hittites sing (and even converse!) in both Welsh and English and draw on music from across the world. Both languages and much of their musical stretch (we’ve heard it: buy it) can be heard on a new record (we’ve heard it) they are selling at FotL 2019. The record – and recent performances – see the band move on to a heavier, denser sound.


Louis Rive

A Scottish singer-songwriter, based in Barcelona, Louis draws on all aspects of folk music from the traditional ballads of the bar room to the modern-day tale-tellers and poets.

Louis writes, ‘Folk music is storytelling. Storytelling is poetry. Poetry is songwriting when you can’t play the guitar. Collecting stories of people and places and putting them into song is what I do. I’ve met every type of person there is to meet, especially through my dead-end jobs over the last decade. These are their stories, the stories of the street.’

Citing the influences of The Pogues, Hamish Imlach, Matt McGinn and The Corries, to name but a few, Louis has set out to continue the grand tradition of the storytelling musician. We are delighted to host him for the first time at FotL.

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Melanie Pegge

“Great vocals, virtuoso Spanish guitar; poised intelligent song writing” – Tom Robinson (BBC 6 MUSIC 2017)

“The musical equivalent of a watercolour study, an instance of brightness and inspiration a hopeful grab at something transient yet eternal, less accurate than a photograph but more truthful.” – Louis Barabbas (FreshNet 2018)

Melanie Pegge is a dedicated songwriter and crafter of intricate melodies. With a gentle sensitivity and deftly executed guitar, she produces intriguing songs, often creating surprising connections between folk, flamenco and classical guitar technique. The exquisite rumblings of a well-loved nylon string guitar are overlaced by whispering vocals, telling stories of lost dreamlands, memories and imaginings. A regular performer in intimate venues across the English Midlands, with a back catalogue of albums and releases to explore online.

To be honest: simply outstanding and unmissable. (Do check out some startlingly amazing collections)


M G Boulter

M G Boulter is a singer songwriter based on the Thames coast in Essex. His observant and earnest songwriting style has been described as “Gorgeous, in a word” by Uncut and cited as “Highly Recommended’ by the Independent on Sunday. His second full length album, ‘With Wolves the Lamb Will Lie’, was picked as one of the ‘Best Folk Albums of 2016’ by the Daily Telegraph.

M G has been a pivotal member of Blue Rose Code and Emily Portman’s Coracle Band and was Simone Felice’s sideman for over five years, playing around the world as The Simone Felice Group and The Duke and the King. In late 2018 his ‘Blood Moon’ EP was released by Sheffield roots label, Hudson Records.

We are extremely delighted to have M G at FotL for the very first time and await his performance with huge anticipation.


Molly’s Kiss

‘Molly’s Kiss is a folk band, lost in the middle of France, composed of a guitar, an accordion, two voices and the will to give simple and catchy songs. Folk melodies, rock energy and generosity! Molly’s Kiss doesn’t like to beat around the bush and cuts to the chase – honest, genuine, human. Terribly human.’ – Americana UK

A folk band, based in Clermont-Ferrand, central France, Molly’s Kiss are sincere, natural and extremely accomplished.

These ‘tireless globetrotters’ have played a few hundred concerts in France, USA and across Europe.

Infectious melodies, on-stage vitality and communicative cheerfulness.

A wonderful duo – with regard to both musicianship and personality. We warmly welcome them to Wales and to a sunny Folk on the Lawn 2019!


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.

The band formed when Warren (Vocals, Guitar) and Akos (Lead Guitar, Vocals) got together as an acoustic duo writing original country-style music quickly followed by Lee (Fiddle, Harmonica, Vocals) and Eliot (Bass). There have been a few changes over the last few years but they are happy to welcome Gavin (Piano, Vocals)…not forgetting the superb Keith (Drums).

They write of their interests: ‘Music, playing music, talking about music, watching music videos, writing music, recording music, dancing to music, attending music events, sleeping and eating.’

Welcome back to Folk on the Lawn!


Nico Pucacco

Nico began his musical career as a drummer – hitting skins from the tender age of 14. Astonishingly – given his technical wizardry on the instrument – he only took to the guitar when in his 20s.

Inspired by his passion of flamenco, Nico has, over many years, arranged and adapted music to this genre from a massive spectrum: he describes his love of ‘world folk music’, but that term, for him, encompasses all that has been inspirational and central to peoples of all parts. So, for example, opera arias and the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt sit together in his sets.

Nico related of how tunes, for him, are like poetry in their power to mesmerise and captivate. He is lost for hours simply working on and through material – as you will hear, with no little power and ferment.

Mainly, these days, Nico is playing with the band he founded, Allegria. We are honoured that he has agreed to a single solo performance at this year’s FotL.


Ranni Shant Perry

‘My name is Ranni. I’ve been practicing Yoga for over four decades. In 1984 l met my Guru in India who introduced me to Akhand Yoga, an ancient Yoga I practice and teach. Yoga is a science that is within reach of everyone: young, old, heavy or light. If there is a will there is a way! Just when we start our practice we feel a joy, because, with Yoga, we search for the one two eternal entities in the universe: our “self and divinity”.

Yoga is not a race, we must practise according to our capacity.’

Ranni will teach two sessions at FotL 2019, early (9ish to 11ish) on the Saturday and Sunday mornings.

He writes, ‘All are welcomed – beginners and practitioners! Come on an empty stomach; bring a mat and/or blanket…Donations are very welcome’.


The Rob Connolly Band

Rob Connolly started with Andy and Mike as a guitar duo three 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 two years 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!

A wide range of genres…as with lyrical themes.

They are – together with Freya and Matt and Jig of Slurs – the most local of performers at FotL.

Andy (Langton) – guitar, bass and vocal – is also the master of ceremonies on The Filling Station stage and, we must say, lends the same wonderfully genial and accommodating manner to that setting as he does to the RCB!


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: you will be able to admire – and purchase, we suggest! – some of her work on the stalls.

Sally will, we know, once again produce a very special set at this year’s event.


The Secret Magpies

The Secret Magpies are Chris Chambers and Autumn Dawn Leader, from Leicestershire UK. They write and perform Original Progressive Folk(ish) music.

Both members of The Secret Magpies sing and, between the two of them, play piano, electric and acoustic guitars, lyre, mandolin, dobro, and lap steel. Both Chris and Autumn are full time musicians and experienced performers, who met – by chance – at the All At Seagrave festival in May 2016. After doing a totally unrehearsed set there, they realised that they had something quite musically special together; they’ve never looked back. Full of haunting vocals and stunning instrumentals, The Secret Magpies provide the listener with a unique, intense and immersive experience.

Don’t miss them!


Spencer Segelov

Spencer Segelov is a composer and musician who has released six albums under different names (Spencer McGarry Season, Instructions) and played drums with various artists (including Sweet Baboo and Soft Hearted Scientists). Preferring to work in different genres each time, his last album, ‘Loser Leaves Town’ (Country Mile 2018 – with a review here:, was a bitter sweet collection of piano ballads.

Spencer’s latest album, ‘Signs Wonders & Miracles’, was recorded this year, completely live with a folk band and was influenced by old time/mountain music, country and primitive blues.

We heard Spencer and were intrigued and then entranced. A much-anticipated debut at FotL.


Ste Halliwell (Odd fellow and I)

Under the name of Oddfellow and I, Ste performed a (wonderful) set at one of the early Folk on the Lawns. It is a joy to have him returning.

Ste describes the act of making music as, for him, a ‘compulsion’. He writes, ‘I read an article about a Japanese composer the other day who apparently hates music. I think that is a bit strong, but I can empathise with the essence of it. It is certainly at odds with the status quo, perhaps like an author who doesn’t like books/reading books.’ Whatever the joy – or otherwise – he receives from the creative act, he needs to go through with it. Lucky for us!

Ste writes and performs on piano and guitar…and is both accomplished on each and draws from plucked strings and hammered keys hugely varied sounds: from what is basically electronica (‘My Father’s House’) to more traditional acoustic playing, with a vocal timbre and inflection reminiscent of Tim Buckley (‘Mother’s Hymn’) and then to bar room jazz (‘Pig Street’). Check out his Ste’s tracks placed on Soundcloud!


Town Musicians of Bremen

“The ‘Town Musicians of Bremen’ folk trio play with soul, humour and dexterity, producing sounds which are equally traditional and contemporary, and immensely enjoyable. Must-see live outfit” – Armandaleg Music

“One of the most folky and memorable instrumental sets of Hebden Folk & Roots Festival 2018” – Folk Phenomena

An awe-inspiring, foot/soul-tapping inducing trio. Uplifting stuff.

Leon Gormley – guitar, cittern, vocals

Andrew Lowings – bouzouki, vocals

Lewis Jones – Nyckelharpa, melodeon, vocals

Don’t (just) trust us. Listen/watch:

They will perform just once at FotL 2019…so be there!


The Warbirds

Dan Jordan, the writer of The Warbirds’ songs and the prime mover of the band, related (and we liked it so much, we’ll quote it almost in full), ‘I recently figured that it was as good a time as any to try and do something worthwhile with the material that I had penned and recorded through the years (Dan has released three studio albums: see below), so I have climbed back on the horse…I always have things I want to say and stories that I want to tell that don’t always translate whilst wearing another man’s suit – and I do mean that graciously!

‘Now a trio, me (acoustic guitar/vox), my good friend, Sam (electric guitar), and newest member, Patti (violin), make up The Warbirds. We have been re-working all the ‘classics’ from my old records ready for the road.

‘The songs on these records have always been very ‘of the time/moment’ (sometimes dated but always relevant) and I like to think that the crude recordings kinda reflect this; I mean the recordings themselves are mostly made up of first takes! They are recorded using scrounged instruments and recording spaces that I can ‘utilize’ when the opportunities arise. I like this way of recording and writing, in the way that songs come alive a lot more fluidly in the moment and not when they’re thought about too much or forced. That’s why I enjoy/not too bothered by the roughness of some of the tracks on the records. Anyway, this way of recording also allows the tunes to translate better when played live. Speaking of…the thing I love about live music – you don’t need to pick up the best instruments to get your point across. Any old instrument that’s in tune will do the trick; just sit down and tell a tale and hopefully, at least for me, the song will come through.

‘Anyway, get the drinks in and we look forward to meeting you all soon! In the meantime, check out the last album, available on iTunes and Spotify – search: “Dan Jordan, King After Midnight”.’

The Warbirds’ music is, like Dan’s exposition, full of playful verve and the joy of the exploration. Don’t miss them!


We Are Muffy

‘First of all, God save The Kinks. God save the village green. Then God save Cornwall. And, last of all, for Pete’s sake, God save We Are Muffy. Their Charcoal Pool is one of those highly melodic, wonderfully eccentric, and very British albums’ – Bill Golembeski, Soundblab; ‘At a point in time when most musicians overproduce everything, Nick and Angeline’s sparse and direct sound is like a refreshing blast of cold water. Impressive symbiotic vocal harmonies’ Ina Simone Mautz – Rolling Stone (Berlin); ‘This isn’t hipster cool. This is sincere’ – Ian Rushbury, Pop matters; ‘They summon the dust, stillness and daydreams of Saturday afternoons in 1973. Delightful unplugged Brummie hauntology – Stephen Troussé, Uncut.

We Are Muffy have polished up their ocarina and begun work on their second album, a sequel to ‘The Charcoal Pool,’ their homage to the oddities of growing up in Birmingham. Bringing fresh songs and old favourites, and laden down with more instruments than is suitable for a duo with no roadies, they are ready to provoke gentle bewilderment with their trove of tuneful stories.

A fine array of songs, arranged to the demisemihemidemisemiquaver. Delicate. Moving. The real thing. We are so excited to have We Are Muffy back for a second year at Folk on the Lawn!