A fiery and exciting 6 piece Irish-americana folk band treading the water between American bluegrass, Irish folk, alt-country and rock.
Formed in 2012 by the fireside of McGarrigles bar in Sligo, the band have been enthralling crowds throughout Ireland, Europe and Nashville and have supported Imelda May on tour.
WHY? They were invited to perform with John Carter Cash, son of Johnny Cash and as guests at the Grand Ole Opry
Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from energetic Balkan-folk act Sheelanagig.
Kit and Aaron draw on a shared love of traditional music from both sides of the Atlantic and throughout Europe, alongside their own original compositions. Their insightful musicianship is matched by their warm and witty repartee and they are sure to charm all who hear them. The tour supports their debut album, The Fox.
WHY? ‘Not just any old violin and acoustic guitar duo... THE violin and acoustic guitar duo’ The Bristol Post
A fabulous fusion of blues, modern folk and Americana from a stellar band of musicians from Colvin Quarmby and Sons of the Delta, playing guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass, squeezebox and harmonica, touring their new album ‘seconds out’.
WHY? ‘Fantastic music from The Jigantics. A high quality, highlight act who are clearly destined for great things’ The Telegraph
Veronica Sbergia and Max De Bernardi passionately play country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music from the 20s and 30s.
Between them they play ukulele, washboard, kazoo, National resophonic guitars, mandolin and acoustic guitar. The duo reinterpret great songs by artists such as Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, and Bo Carter.
WHY? Winners of the 2013 European Blues Challenge
Jimmy Lee (guitar, banjo, vocals) cut his teeth alongside folk legends Ralph McTell, Cliff Aungier and Alex Campbell among others. His music is packed with emotion and played with a rare simplicity.
Jimmy Lee (guitar, banjo, vocals) cut his teeth alongside folk legends Ralph McTell, Cliff Aungier and Alex Campbell among others. His melodious traditional and folk rock music is packed with emotion and played with a rare simplicity.
Jimmy is joined by Jon Wigg (fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, vocals), Clare Juliet (piano, accordion), Melanie Wells (cello) and Gary Holder (double bass).
WHY? A blend of traditional, contemporary, alternative and original material, performed with a wealth of experience and great sense of humour
£14 (£12 conc)
A taste of Nashville returns to Norden Farm following their sell out show in Autumn 2016.
An evening in the style of the Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café as Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic and Michael Logen come together.
Over her career Sarah Darling has released several albums with 1/2 a million downloads. She has appeared at the Grand Ole Opry over 80 times and recently supported Ward Thomas in the UK.
Jenn Bostic’s song Jealous of the Angels was playlisted on BBC Radio 2, and after a live performance on BBC Breakfast it went #1 in the UK.
Michael Logen is an established performer and songwriter with his songs having featured on the hit TV series Nashville.
WHY? An evening in the style of the Nashville's famous Bluebird Cafe
Paul Sartin (Bellowhead) on oboe, violin, vocals and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover the Dog) on accordion are Belshazzar’s Feast.
The duo start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off with wry humour for a unique live experience. They are breathtaking and wickedly inventive!
WHY? ‘A blend of serious musicianship and dedicated subversion - enjoy the danger’ Living Tradition
You’ll be in safe hands with the expert calling and playing from our band Nedron’s Jig.
They’ll guide you through dances such as Muffin Man’s Jig, Gay Gordons and Cumberland Square 8. 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
£15 (£13 conc)
Martin is known as a singer and guitarist of formidable talent, often named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.
Martin is equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions. His solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game.
WHY? Nominated an astonishing 31 times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Singer and guitarist Jim Moray has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music.
His multi-award winning debut album changed the sound of folk song and his latest album Upcetera has been nominated for Best Album at the 2017 BBC Folk Awards. Expect Jim’s unmistakable soulful and yearning voice, singing old songs in a new way. He will be supported by Jackie Oates.
WHY? ★★★★★ fRoots | ★★★★★ R2 | ★★★★★ Mojo | ★★★★ The Observer