John Spiers has made a name for himself as one of the leading melodeon players of his generation. A key part of the multi award winning Bellowhead and also a member of Eliza Carthy’s band for five years.
Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs gained her several BBC Folk Awards.
WHY? An evening of enthralling music and humorous banter
The British folk and roots inspired duo combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with powerful guitar riffs, foot stomping rhythms and catchy melodies.
Between them, Jon Hart and Lucy Sampson play guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, banjo and percussion. They have played various UK folk festivals and toured Germany.
WHY? The amalgamation of both their unique musical styles makes for a dynamic and ever-changing live performance
Multi-award winning folk singers and musicians Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis share a common interest in roots music.
Multi-award winning folk singers and musicians Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis share a common interest in roots music. They are two of the most well respected and innovative musicians on the UK folk scene. The duo are also the main writing partnership behind the hit folk band Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys.
WHY? Expect inventive interpretations of songs and tunes in between humorous anecdotes and stories of their misadventures
You’ll be in safe hands with the expert calling and playing from our band Nedron’s Jig.
The band formed specially for Norden Farm's Ceilidhs and between them play Squeezebox, Fiddle, Mandola and Bass. The four musicians consist of two from the folk super-group Feast of Fiddles and two from the band Phungus.
Caller Brian Jones will be on hand to guide you through all the dances. Brian has been involved in Folk Dance for many years, he calls not only the traditional favourites, but also his own original routines. His dances are used by dance callers right across the British Isles!
Dances include the likes of Nottingham Swing, Cumberland Square 8, Virginia Reel, Bridge at Athlone, Gay Gorden’s, Dashing White Sgt and The Willow Tree. Expect familiar tunes including Atholl Highlanders, Rogue’s March and Dashing White Sergeant.
WHY? A social evening of dance in our atmospheric 18th century Long Barn - no experience necessary!
£15 (£13 conc)
BBC award-winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are now Edgelarks.
They are firmly established on the roots and acoustic scene. The duo blend British traditional and original songs with Indian classical slide guitar, stomping beatbox, harmonica and fiddle to blistering effect. Their new album takes the idea that thresholds, despite often being places of marginalisation, are also places of change – and therefore places of hope.
WHY? ‘Bravely original’ The Guardian
Vocal trio Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice.
They have a unique approach to harmony singing with intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions.
The trio are also one of the foremost English proponents of mouth music, or ‘diddling’ – singing without words.
WHY? ‘Create some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene’ ★★★★ The Guardian
£14 (Supporters £12)
An exciting blend of Americana, folk and self-penned material.
Georgia Shackleton accompanies herself on fiddle. She teams 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 and Broadstairs Folk Week.
WHY? ‘Sparky, charismatic and intensely assured’ fRoots
£14 (£12 conc)
Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are two extraordinary craftsmen with one unique sound.
Show of Hands weave story and melody to create a spellbinding display of consummate musicianship. They are multi-award winning, with five sell-out Royal Albert Hall shows under their belts. Steve and Phil’s special guest is compelling musician Geoff Lakeman, chieftain of the brilliant Lakeman tribe.
WHY? An unmissable celebration of the duo’s enduring impact on roots, acoustic and folk music