2018 Fishguard Folk Festival Performers & Programming
Gŵyl Werin Abergwaun 2018 Rhaglen a Pherfformwyr
Confirmed acts so far updated March 6th
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - The Trials of Cato - Jim Causley - Pilgrims Way - Granny’s Attic - Allan yn y Fan
The Rob Lear Trio - Tom Kitching and Jon Loomes - The Stoned Cherries - Rapsquillion
Louise Jordan - Quarto - Mike Greenwood - The Rumblestrutters - Winter Wilson - Scold's Bridle
Short Drag Roger - Wildwood Jack - Steve Turner - BouZaTina
The Vagrants Crew - RazorBill - Jimmy Crowley - Andrew McKay and Carole Etherton
Triskellion - Heb Enw Morris - Koko - Finbar Magee and Breige Quinn
Caper Ceilidh - Fishguard Folk Singers
and The Flying Toads, sponsored by The Rotary Club of Fishguard & Goodwick
Here's a few bios to be getting on with
|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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Concert tickets £12 full, 16 and under £6
Discount for all four FULL PRICE tickets £40
Tickets can be also obtained from Seaways bookshop in Fishguard and Theatr Gwaun
|Saturday 26th May|
|Saturday 26th May |
|Sunday 27th May |
|Monday 28th May|
|All 4 FULL PRICE|
Allan yn y Fan
|Nancy Kerr & James Fagan|
The Trials of Cato
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|Sunday 27th May 3.00. |
No Petticoats Here, a portrayal of women in the 1st World War
|Tickets can be collected from the festival office or at Theatr Gwaun before concert|
If you really really want them posted, please add £1 here
|All ticketed concerts are at the Theatr Gwaun|
There will be many, many more FREE concerts and dancing all around town,
keep an eye out for the programme!!!