2019 - A LOOK BACK
A sample of the 2019 lineup
Brief information about each performer. For more, click a picture to go to the performer's website or Facebook page or whatever they've got. If they've got one...
ALAW is three leading musicians who bring a wealth of experience to a shared passion – the traditional music of Wales. Whether unearthing rare gems or reimagining a well loved melody they treat their music with a deftness and sensitivity that is thoroughly absorbing.
Andy is a warm and emotive perfomer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. There are few melodeon players who put so much feeling into their playing, whether it be a set of dance tunes, or accompaniment to a slow English ballad.
A local trio who perform everything from traditional unaccompanied songs to their own material. They were the originators of 'Abereiddy', the hit of the 2019 festival. They stepped in at the last moment as headliners to replace a band who didn't make it.
Fishguard Folk Singers
Once a shanty group, now so much more, they are the Executive Branch of the festival committee. 'Nuff said.
Supporting artists such as The Shires, Seth Lakeman, Mad Dog McCrae and more, Folklaw have toured across Europe, at festivals, concerts and gigs, winning friends and fans as they go. Their last appearance at Fishguard quickly passed into legend - 'stylish, passionate folk-rock' (R2 Magazine).
Hannah is a veteran of the folk festival and club circuit. With Kerfuffle she released five albums and was a finalist in the BBC Young Folk Awards. After nine years of touring, Kerfuffle split, but Hannah continues to perform with fiddle player, Sam Sweeney, as a duo.
In recent years Jim has collaborated with such folk music luminaries as Andy Cutting, Patsy Reid, Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr on the hugely successful Cecil Sharp Project and similarly acclaimed Elizabethan Project. He’s also been making a name for himself as a producer, as well as mixing the latest record by Jamie Smith’s Mabon. Jim's focus is always on putting the best of the modern at the service of the traditional.
A Scottish songwriter whose intensity and intimacy in performance have attracted glowing reviews: “An inspired empathy” * * * * * Fringe Review “Imaginatively and beautifully crafted songs” Maverick. With three critically acclaimed solo albums under her belt, Kim has been described as “probably one of the best songwriters in Britain today.” * * * * * Spiral Earth
In concert, Melrose Quartet perform a diverse repertoire – carousing chorus songs, lively dance tunes, ancient stories and modern pieces written in celebration of everything from weddings & birthdays to issues that affect all of our 21st century lives. This is music for everybody.