Our line-up of folk and country acts for 2018 is looking full and strong! Make sure you get the opportunity to see at least one of these bands…
Carousel fuse Americana, country, folk, rock ‘n’ roll, blues and roots music into their own unique approach whilst taking full advantage of having for accomplished vocalists at their disposal! Influenced by a range of artists such as Bob Dylan, Jonny Cash, Brandi Carlile and The Lone Bellow, you won’t want to miss their sets at the Bandstand and Bayards Fort on Sunday.
British folk and roots inspired duo, Honey & The Bear, combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with powerful guitar riffs, foot stomping rhythms and catchy melodies. Songwriters Jon Hart and Lucy Sampson are multi-instrumentalists: guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, banjo and percussion. So their set at Bayards Fort on Sunday should have something for everyone!
Since his departure for folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner and in the process as firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. You’d be foolish to miss them at The Flavel on Saturday.
Q Magazine gave The Standing Waves a four-star review saying that the band exist in a modern mid-Atlantic musical milieu that increasingly intersects in the related worlds of alt-folk, alt-country and quite possibly, alt-alt. This is a band that touch a lot of bases but never stay on them for too long. They’ll be playing The Bandstand on Saturday.
Creamy. Dreamy. Upfront. Passionate. Heartfelt. Who cares? Double Denim are a family band armed with psych-fringed Indie Rock, radical Garage rock dynamics, and a nod to a dirty weekend spent with Fleetwood Mac and The Maccabees. With a description like that, you must go and see them at The Guildhall on Saturday.
Esme Bridie’s style combines flowing angelic vocals and clear finger picked guitar. With influences from classic singer-songwriters such as Carole King, Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen, Esme takes great pride in her lyrical content. See both her sets at Bayards Fort and The Guildhall on Saturday.
Dartmoor based Fallen Cedars were last at the Festival in 2016. A band created from a diverse range of musical backgrounds and creative wishes, they play music that is uplifting, languid, lilting and melodic, influenced by modern folk, indie, blues and jazz. They’ll be at The Guildhall on Saturday.
Far Suns Fall combine all the eclectic backgrounds and influences of all the band members, including blues, hard and alternative rock, folk and just good ‘ole rock into a big rock round with emotion-filled lyrics that are poignant as much as they are genuine. Make sure you check out their set on Friday at The Bandstand.
The Goat Roper Rodeo Band (apart from having a fantastic name!) play cosmic country blues described as being “like the Everlys fronted by Gram Parsons” and “taking a slightly psychedelic route to the finish line and include some serious footstompin’ rock ‘n’ roll along the way”. They’ll be playing in the Market Square on Sunday.