FISHGUARD FOLK FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 25th - MONDAY 28th MAY 2018 
CONCERTS, CEILIDHS, WORKSHOPS, SINGAROUNDS, 
SESSIONS, FAMILY EVENTS & MORE. MAINLY FREE!!!!!

For ALL festival enquiries mail judy.whitehouse@gmail.com
Am holl ymholiadau ynglŷn â'r ŵyl e-bostiwch judy.whitehouse@gmail.com

Fishguard’s 19th Folk Festival brings together its unique mix of local talent and well-known performers to provide four days of songs, tunes and dance. Most events are still free, and whether you want to play, sing, dance or just watch and listen, there is always a choice of things to do in throughout this fun-packed friendly festival. Add in the beauty of the location on the world famous Pembrokeshire coast and you have the perfect weekend.

Mae gŵyl werin 19eg Abergwaun yn dwyn ynghyd cymysgedd unigryw o dalent lleol a pherfformwyr adnabyddus i ddarparu pedwar diwrnod o ganeuon, alawon a dawnsio. Mae’r rhan fwyaf o’r digwyddiadau yn parhau i fod am ddim, ac os ydych eisiau chwarae, canu, dawnsio neu wylio a gwrando, mae llond llwyth o bethau i’w gwneud yn ystod yr ŵyl gyfeillgar llond hwyl hon. Ychwanegwch harddwch y lleoliad ar arfordir byd enwog 
Sir Benfro ac fe gewch benwythnos perffaith! 

More Festival acts here,
Festival Concert tickets now on sale 
here
Tickets and programmes can be collected from the festival office, this year sited in 
Mannings, which is number 10  on the venue locations map, opening hours
Friday 25th May 3pm to 6pm, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May 12 noon till 6pm
Monday 28th May 10am to 11am, then at Theatr Gwaun, number 5, before final concert.

Programme here



A few bio's
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan
One of the best-known and most experienced folk duos on the British circuit today. Outstanding musicianship, a lifelong grounding in traditional singing and instrumental playing, acclaimed original compositions but most noticeably a visceral chemistry between these two make Kerr and Fagan a perennial favourite at festivals, venues and clubs across the country
The Trials of Cato
“One of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2“One of the tightest and most invigorating bands on the circuit today” – Artree“Highly recommended ” – Celtic Music Radio “Head and shoulders above the rest ” – NU.nl
Rob Lear
A voice to die for' - John David, producer (Echo and the Bunnymen, The Charlatans)'Great songs with such a sad voice' - Justin Hayward, Moody Blues.'Rob Lear, a criminally underrated singer-songwriter…there’s a rare depth and beauty to his songs that suggest if they were ever heard in a wider context, he’d be a household name' - Dave Owen, South Wales Echo, 2011.
Granny's Attic
These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.
Pilgrims Way
Off the wall, colourful, energetic. With influences starting in early music, passing through Playford and the Morris traditions, picking up prog, soul, and pop, it's impossible to categorise the sound they make as folk music is fed through their unique steam driven sound-mincing engine
Louise Jordan
Louise has received funding to develop
'No Petticoats Here' into a theatre concert. Recorded audio will weave around live music, transporting the audience into the worlds of the extraordinary women whose stories are shared within the performance. This new version of 'No Petticoats Here' will be shared on  Louise’s autumn tour. 
Allan yn y Fan
Celtic Music from Wales Since their formation in 1996 Allan Yn Y Fan has carved out a reputation as one of Wales' foremost traditional bands, with an impressive catalogue of concert, festival and recorded work, as well as a number of European tours to their credit. The multi-instrumental sextet, as famed now for their 'beautiful vocals' as for their “fiery instrumentals”, breathe new life into the traditional songs and music of Wales as well as writing their own tunes inspired by their homeland and travels.
Jim Causley
Jim is steeped in the folk traditions of his native East Devon (and he is related to Charles Causley to boot). He is cheeky and charming and his a cappella singing is as deep and rich as the best gravy, and fruity too, when the song demands it. Ballads, lyrical songs, broadsides, Causley could do them all last night, and if he affected a reluctance to play his accordion, it was all part of a relaxed air that affirmed the supreme confidence of this gifted young musician.
Ange Hardy
Alongside a staggering list of other accolades Ange was awarded FATEA Magazine’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” in 2013, “Album of the Year” in 2014 and “The Tradition Award” in 2015, and the LCM "Live Performer of the Year" in 2017. “She performs with a warmth that is both disarming and inspirational. Her songs of life and the countryside feel traditional, and she augments voice and guitar with very effective use of a loop pedal to add harmonies or extra instruments. It is a great feat of perfect timing.”  - R2 Magazine
Tom Kitching and Jon Loomes
Tom and Jon are 50% of Pilgrims’ Way, at least in terms of culpability, and perhaps as much as 70% in pure biomass. Fiddle and guitar, songs and tunes, bitter and mild. Engaging, entertaining,  sometimes surreal, always compelling. Bring your duck call.
Rapsquillion
Since 1999, Rapsquillion, the award-winning but grizzled veteran of the Shropshire and mid-Wales folk music scene, has, in its various incarnations, been producing its own brand of close harmony music, mostly a capella and usually based on traditional words and music.
The Stoned Cherries
The Stoned Cherries in their current form came together in summer 2014, based around the core members Roger Pugh and Dave Evans. With the addition of Matt and Aly, a band appeared that enjoys playing original and traditional songs and tunes that would make people dance, smile and think.
The Flying Toads
The Flying Toads are a multi-instrumental band playing inventive arrangements of Celtic music. Their extensive repertoire ranges from lively jigs and reels to high-energy songs and haunting ballads. With their range of instruments they can provide the music for a wide range of occasions.

BouZaTina
BouZaTina' combine their love of iconic ballads from the 70's and 80's with their passion for traditional Irish music. BouZaTina' are multi-instrumentalists Val Marciandi and Keith Whiddon. The name 'BouZaTina' is a combination of their main instruments:
Bouzouki and Concertina
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