Les Barker

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The one and only genuine genius of comic rhyme


Les Barker writes strange poems and comes from originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He's written 79 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two.

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Vin Garbutt

In the Folk World he is "The Man"
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WINNER of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act" Award 2001

In his chock-full, exciting and controversial life, Vin has built a highly successful one-man folk industry, touring constantly around the world, fans queuing in droves to see and hear him and to buy his CDs from his own exclusive label. Born in industrial Teesside to Mayo parents, Vin’s thick Middlesbrough accent and Irish Catholic heritage create a unique mix; his brilliant comic patter has the packed audience rolling on the floor, and instantly he lands an absolute gut-puncher with amazing guitar and whistle mastery, impassioned singing and searing, totally honest songwriting that pinpoint relevant issues.

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Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts

Highly talented newcomers supporting stars of Fairport Convention's latest tour

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BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award nominees Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts combine astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies with considerable songwriting talent to make a truly distinctive sound. Since releasing their debut album 'Shadows & Half Light' in 2008 (proclaimed 'one of the finest contemporary folk albums in recent memory' by FishRecords.co.uk), Gilmore and Roberts have been wowing audiences across the country with their unassumingly confident displays of instrumental technique. 2010 saw the duo complete a nationwide tour in their own right, land the coveted opening slot on Fairport Convention's 2011 Winter Tour, and release their much-anticipated second album, 'Up From The Deep'.

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Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies

Legendary singer songwriter with his band providingjezlowebybensuttonshrewsburyfestival
acoustic simplicity coupled with electric vitality

Carl Corbett's favourites and they are the best. Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies have been playing their songs and music of Northern England for almost twenty years around the folk festivals, clubs and concert stages of the world.

"Acoustic simplicity coupled with electric vitality" was how they were described in their early days, and with half a dozen albums to their credit, along with solo albums by Jez and by other members of the group, their following has continued to increase.

Strong vocals, backed by outstanding instrumental back-up on guitar, cittern, fiddle, fretless bass, keyboards and Northumbrian Pipes, have made them one of Britain's top attractions on the folk/acoustic/celtic circuit.

They revisited some old favourites like High Part Of The Town and The Bonny Barque The Bergen but with new arrangements and a different sound and then treated us to some new songs such as Dark Trade and some brought out from the hidden depths of Jez's repertoire making a totally magical evening of superb folk music.

Allan Taylor

Internationally famous Singer Songwriter

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Allan writes many traveller's songs about his journey, real, fictitious or metaphorical and again and again the expression 'on the road' crops up. His songs and the voice are like the red wine that keeps getting mentioned and they are of astonishing maturity.

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