|Barry Lane & The Fridge
Barry Lane and The Fridge Mechanics showcase Barry's lyrical folk rock songs. Barry has been writing songs since he was 14.
The band live in and perform in Bristol and the South West, most recently supporting the late Ian McClaghan from the Small Faces at the Thunderbolt in Bristol. They have been part of the Party in the City for the Bristol International Music Festival for three years running and have also appeared at the Victoria Park Community Festival and the Bedminster Art on the Hill festival of music in the park for two years.
Appearing with Barry will be electric guitarist Mick Owen, from the Vibrators and the Rolling Clones, and the amazing punk-folk energy of James Anderson on acoustic bass.
The band last performed in Priston in 2016.
Cardboard Fox are hard to categorise. All four musicians have roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late 2013, the band have known each other for much longer but have been waiting for the right opportunity to make it work.
This is a group of musicians who are very, very excited about what this line up can create and that’s what makes this acoustic quartet so special. With a focus on original writing and re-imagined folk songs taken from a very different perspective, this band is not to be missed.
Cardboard Fox are: John Breese (double bass, Vocals), Charlotte Carrivick (guitar, vocals), Laura Carrivick (fiddle, vocals),
Joe Tozer (mandolin, vocals).
Judge & Johnny
Cathy is a sculptor from Somerset whose other passion in life is her music.She be performing a mix of her own cleverly crafted songs and favourite covers. Cathy has a rich velvety voice and not only sings sensitive ballads with an emotion seldom experienced but can bellow out the blues with equal expertise. She will be accompanied by long time musical partner Johnny Francis on second guitar.
|Crossing the Rockies
Crossing The Rockies is a group emerging from the traditional sessions in Frome, Somerset.
We are dynamic instrumentalists playing a mixture of traditional tunes mainly Irish/ Scottish and Old time American with Trevorr leading songs with a foot stomping Old time feel.
We are: Derek O'Rourke (bodhran/whistles/accordion), Keith Harrison-Broninski (English concertina), Natalie Pitman(violin), Steve Gurr (mandolin), Trevorr Mills (vocals/guitar), Zak Krzyzosiak (bass/banjo).
De Fuego is a sensational guitar duo, playing energetic instrumental flamenco and rumba-based music. The group has come a long way since coming together in 2010 and their humble beginnings as buskers in London’s markets. They previously performed in Priston in 2016.
"De Fuego are just something else. Totally humble and unassuming as individuals, but don’t let this deceive you! From the second the first pluck hits the airwaves you’re swept away with their passion" efestivals.co.uk
Formed in '82 when Duran Duran hit the scene, Doreen Doreen are everything Duran are not.
Dance away with some of the best (and funniest) cover versions you will hear including Abba, Queen, Ian Dury, Britney Spears and Tom Jones.
Deservedly voted the third best band in Bristol (by the people) after Massive Attack and Portishead.
Doreen Doreen previously visited Priston Festival in 2016.
"The Wall of Sound has been repointed"
This music will change your life. A gig with Dragonsfly is a fully immersive experience harnessing energies of European Celtic acoustic folk-trance and Eastern grooves and moods, brought to life by soaring melodies, lush harmonies and intelligent instrumentals. The infectious, compelling charisma of the band can urge you into wild and vibey and yet nourishing and expansive dimensions, getting right under your skin.
This legacy is brought to you by: Maya Love (vocals, bagpipes, recorders, guitar). Daygan Robinson (mandolin, bouzouki, vocals), Sunny Davidson (bass, drum Kit, guitar, vocals), Kit Morgan (acoustic and electric guitar, oud), Gem Quinn (drum kit, bass, vocals)
Feral Beryl are variously, occasionally, in part or in whole, more than (but never less than) the beating of the excitingly unique and musically feral hearts of Sue Clare, Gemma White and Lucy May. Privileged to be joined by good friends and great musicians as the songs and times conjure up new and special moments, the Beryls promise to emerge from their individual (and/or collective) musical undergrowths with performances wild with originality, joyfulness, poignancy and energy.
|Fly Yeti Fly
Fly Yeti Fly are the acoustic duo Lorna Somerville and Darren Fisher. Blending sensitive vocal harmonies with intricate guitar arrangements, mandolin and harmonica, the duo weave songs and stories from their travels together, with a sound that is reminiscent of the late-’60s folk scene. Their debut album ‘Shine a Light in the Dark’, released March 2017, has since received critical acclaim. Having appeared on BBC Introducing stages across the south west and keen artists on the festival circuit, this pair are often accompanied by the exceptional artists Jo Hooper (Mudskippers) on cello and Alex Pearson (The Model Folk) on double bass.
“Once upon a time, a little piece of acoustic magic formed down in Devon and called itself Fly Yeti Fly” (FolkWords).
“Stylish, quirky, self-penned Indie folk of the charmingly delicate-but-distinctive variety” (fRoots).
“This is a debut album of stunning quality, and I sincerely hope that it is the first of many for this duo” (FATEA).
Jo Sercombe runs The Big Sing workshop which is open to all, regardless of age, skill or experience. Jo brings an informal, passionate style to her teaching. Reaching out to participants, she not only gets them to connect with her, but also with each other in a quite unique way. Have no doubt that you will feel genuinely inspired, uplifted and buzzing after the session with Jo!
Kitty Macfarlane is a Somerset-based singer and songwriter. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries, driven by her own fingerpicked guitar. As well as the release of her debut EP Tide & Time - produced by Sam Kelly and featuring Jamie Francis, Lukas Drinkwater and Ciaran Algar, and gaining her first national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 folk show with Mark Radcliffe - this spring (2016) Kitty has just completed an extensive national support tour with award-winning duo Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman. Other highlights range from support sets for Seth Lakeman, Alasdair Roberts, Blair Dunlop, and Feast of Fiddles, to appearing as a theme tune on Radio 4, being a featured artist for a BBC Introducing documentary, and making the semi-final of the BBC Young Folk Award in 2015.
"This young Somerset-based singer-songwriter's blessed with a strong identity: a confident singing voice and a compelling writing style deriving inspiration from growing up in the southwest, allied to a talent for finding wider significance in everyday experiences. An outstanding debut"
– fRoots Magazine
|The Model Folk
The Model Folk are a six piece band, hailing from the deepest darkest reaches of North Somerset. Our sound is an eclectic cocktail of influences that could loosely fit in the folk canon. Live shows are full of self-deprecating humour, romance, pathos, audience engagement and interaction; this creates an intimacy which feels more akin to a family get together than a gig; with tunes such as Nipples for Men and Naked in The Kitchen, our aim is to get everyone smiling and tapping their feet.
The music is created with clarinet wizardry, trumpets, trombones & accordion; topped off with epic harmonies; with influences from The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Curtis Eller, Frank Zappa, Robyn Hitchcock, Ani DiFranco, Cardiacs, Tom Waits, Beirut, Fiona Apple, Bob Marley, Glitzy Bag Hags, John Martyn and many others but sounding like none of them.
As one recent gig attendee said to us “you may go not knowing the songs, but you end up wondering why on earth you hadn’t known them all your life!”
Rarely seen during the day, The Moonlit Poachers are a mysterious bunch. When they're not snatching a trout, snaring a hare or netting a rabbit, they're making some of the sweetest, most soulful, folk music this side of the Mendips.
The Portraits are husband and wife alternative folk duo Jeremy & Lorraine Millington who played the last Glastonbury Fest and have been spun on BBC Radio 2.
"Absolutely beautiful!" exclaimed Clare Balding, after The Portraits performed their Jo Cox song 'Nobody Can Ever Murder Love' live on her BBC Radio 2 show in April 2017.
"That is so beautiful. It is so powerful. And sitting here watching you do that together is a real privilege. And it's had a real impact. I just think it's the perfect tribute to Jo Cox and everything that she tried to achieve, and is still achieving because of what people do in her memory." - Clare Balding Radio 2
|The Quirkish Delights
The Quirkish Delights are a Bristol based folk jazz duo with their feet firmly roaming in the gypsy realm. They have previously performed in Priston as members of World Government.
”A small band with big ideas and a world of inspiration, combining the musical talents of Chris Powell (guitar/vocals) and Gina Griffin (violin/vocals) with a heap of stagecraft and unlimited imagination. Their music is a weird (and catchy) global pop music from just about everywhere.”
We look forward to welcoming Reg, our Patron Artist back to the Festival this year.
Somerset-based singer/songwriter, Reg is an exceptional teller of tales set to great melodies and delivered with a spell-binding voice. His songs include "And Jesus Wept" - the story of Private Harry Farr, a WW1 shell-shock victim shot for cowardice. Other songs interweave historical characters with eternal themes. His recent albums England Green & England Gray and December have both been greeted with critical acclaim.
Remy has been writing and performing her own songs, and adding her own style to covers of artists who have influenced her, for about two years.
At 14 she shows a maturity of writing and performing beyond her years. Equally at home on guitar, ukulele, and keyboard, she has a range which can rock your socks with a Janis Joplin, or softly sway you with a sweet gentle ballad about lost love.
Rivers of England are a Bath-based alt folk-rock band fronted by Rob Spalding. Their new album, Astrophysics Saved My Life, is made up of strong melodies and engaging compositions on themes ranging from the inner self to the outer cosmos - the emotional to the scientific. Though still rooted in folk with beautiful string arrangements, the band has made further forays into jazz, blues and rock.
The band have received critical acclaim for their new album 'Astrophysics saved my life' and achieved national radio play while touring in Germany (Deutschland Radio Kultur) with sell-out gigs including the first of many planned performances in a Planetarium.
|Rosie Eade Band
Inspired by Kate Bush and The Who as much as Steeleye Span, Rosie sings life inspired stories written over many years gigging solo around the country, from a party in a field to Glastonbury’s Avalon Café, arranged around her love of folk, rock and thrashing her old guitar. This dual passion shines through in her new album "Battlestorm", telling of the many battles and conflicts, emotional and physical, faced in our modern and historical lives; heartfelt tales brought to life by Rosie and her band mates.
Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention grabbing appearance on Later… with Jools Holland and a dreams-really-do-come-true performance in a specially assembled band to back Richard Thompson at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.
Described as ‘the finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his generation’ by Bellowhead’s Jon Boden, Sam has toured the world, equally happy to perform intimate solo shows on acoustic guitar, on electric with a full band, or to collaborate with other artists.
Since their formation in Valencia in 2012, original fusion project Solana have been enchanting listeners with their rhythmically complex and harmonically rich sound inspired by folk traditions from around the world.
“Their music ranges boldly from klezmer melodies, tingling tango, exuberant Irish folk and swinging jazz to pumping reggae and lilting Latin […] thoroughly invigorating” — Songlines
“A fervent and fertile form of world fusion” — Shire Folk
“They make my spice shelf look boring… an accomplished and colourful album” — Folk Radio UK
When not playing music, the members of Solana can be found making chutney, cycling long distances, and correcting people who mispronounce “paella”.
The Somerset Russet Village Band is a group of local instrumentalists who get together to play mainly traditional music. Typically the group consists of a mixture of wind, string and free reed players.
In the past, many villages had a small band that played for local events – dances, parties, street parades and at the village fair. The same band may well have played for church services before the advent of organs. There are a few tales of inappropriate tunes mistakenly played after a long, sleep inducing sermon.....
Bring your instrument and have a go at playing some good old tunes danced to by your great, great grandparents, arranged in four parts. Music provided, but bring your own music stand if you have one. All welcome, but some experience of sight reading will definitely increase your enjoyment!
The workshop itself will be led by Seona Pritchard, a local performer, iolin/viola teacher and composer. She performs regularly with the Primavera String Quartet, Bristol klezmer band Fromage en Feu and freelances for a number of local orchestras and small ensembles.
Helen James of Keynsham and Paul Barclay from Priston have expanded their established duo to form The Summerhouse Band. Joined by Alice Barclay on violin, Priston’s cellist, Camilla Litchfield and Bristol-based classical pianist, Ken Dale, the group made their debut performance at Priston Festival in 2016.
Rooted in folk music their repertoire explores the potential of rich arrangements; beautiful vocal and instrumental harmonies with songs ranging from relaxing and gentle through to lively and full of fun.
‘Verdisa’ (formerly known as Sam Evans Band who last played Priston in 2015) have been working tirelessly in and around Bristol for over 6 years.
With an eclectic blend of rock, funk, reggae, blues and beyond, you will be taken on a musical journey from the highest mountains, to the deepest oceans, to the core of your inner being and the edge of the universe itself.