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Sheelanagig for over a decade have brought their array of foot – stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well – stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint – jumping tunes, these boys from the South – West England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces.

They will have the Unitarian Church really jumping on Saturday night!

Kate & Raphael

Kate Young and Raphaël Decoster together form an exciting blend of original and folk-influenced music. The French accordion dialogs with the Scottish fiddle and Kate’s voice with an intimate spontaneity, which invites us to discover their hidden stories and landscapes. They create melodies and songs through their interest for visual arts as well as traditional music, and this combination is the base of their fresh and poetical music.

Kate will be in the Unitarian on Saturday night.

Shamus O’Blivion and the Megadeth Morris Men

Shamus O`Blivion and the Megadeath Morrismen have been punching above their weight and serving up their unique brand of irreverent humour, powerful folk rooted songs and super fast jigs at venues and music festivals since 1989.

Shamus and crew will be ready and waiting in the Golden Lion straight after the concert at the Unitarian Church.

Lucy Farrell

2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Lucy Farrell is at last embarking on the solo career so many have been hoping for, since first hearing her exquisite renditions of traditional ballads and quietly moving original songs.

As one fourth of The Furrow Collective, Lucy is the current recipient of the Best Group prize following the release of their widely acclaimed Wild Hog LP, earned during an immensely busy and creative time in which she contributed to the raved about return to form that was the Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band’s Big Machine album and tour, and also saw her final shows with the Emily Portman Trio with whom she’d sung, sawed and played viola for many years.

Lucy will be in the Central Methodist Church Concert on Saturday afternoon.

Cath & Phil Tyler

Cath & Phil Tyler play Anglo-American folk music using guitar, banjo, voice and fiddle. Coming together musically through a shared love of traditional narrative song, full voiced sacred harp singing and sparse mountain banjo, they have performed on stages as diverse as the Royal Opera House in London and a dank tower in the old city walls of Newcastle.

Cath & Phil were with us in 2016 and make a welcome return in 2019. They will also be leading a sacred harp workshop on Saturday morning.

Red Hippo

Red Hippo is Peadar Long, Daz Jones and Simon Chantler. They play saxophones, sousaphone, fiddle, whistles, bass clarinet, stompbox, flute, and even the highland bagpipes.

Red Hippo are a truly unique trio, who combine Jazz, Folk and World music to create compositions which are accessible yet challenging. Red Hippo take the listener on instrumental journeys influenced as much by Swedish traditional folk music as by New Orleans Second Line Jazz, Reggae and Dub. They respectfully nod towards The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Bellowhead, Filafolket and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and yet don’t sound like any of them.

Red Hippo finish our Saturday afternoon concert.

Nicola Beazley & Brass

Combing her love of research into traditional music, and her upbringing in the brass band world, Nicola’s latest project features her own newly written work, looking at dance tunes influenced by other traditional instrumental English music forms. Nicola will be performing alongside her brass trio. Expect newly written dance tunes, and some old favourites and some unexpected cross-overs as we examine the past of our folk and non-folk traditional music.

Nicola Beazley, best known for her work with award winning and internationally renowned duo Alex Cumming and Nicola Beazley (Towersey, Broadstairs, Bromyard Folk Festivals, folk clubs across the U.K, Canada and America) and the Rosie Hood Trio (Cambridge Folk Festival, Cecil Sharp House, The Greystones) has started on her first solo venture, with the support of EFDSS.

‘A sensitive accompanist and accomplished player, Nicola is an outstanding musician with a deep understanding of tradition,’ Rosie Hood
‘Displaying all the confidence of youth, the musicianship is masterful, accomplished and skilful.’ Living Tradition


The band Soma brings together four colourful musicians from very different backgrounds. Between them, they have experience in many traditions. East European song, jazz, English folk, Afro-Cuban rhythm, psychedelic rock, blues, shamanism, paganism, middle Eastern frame drumming… they have done it all.

They formed Soma in 2016 with a passion to explore and celebrate connection: between individuals… traditions… mind and body… people and earth. This is fusion at its best: the bringing together of disparate elements to create something fresh, magical, without preconceptions. Music which is more than the sum of its parts. Music to gladden the spirit.

Silsden Singers

Silsden Singers is a mixed community choir with around 40 members. We are open to all adults who want to have fun, singing in harmony with others. Most of their songs come from Folk Traditions around the world, including the British Isles. They also sing songs by singer songwriters, and some light-hearted popular songs from the last 50 or 60 years.

Orladh and Leo

Orladh and Leo are winners of our Young Musician Award in 2019 and their prize is to open our Saturday night concert at the Unitarian. They are both only 13 years old and give us great hope for the future of folk music!



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