Line-up for SFF 2016

BELLES & BROOMSTICKS – MORRIS SIDE (GUERNSEY)

Various times, Saturday 2nd July, around the island.

The Belles  are a mixed Cotswold and Border Morris side based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. We dance the Morris because we enjoy it. It is enlivening and invigorating and satisfies our human love of dance – we are not primarily concerned with its history and possible meanings. We are part of a brand new ‘tradition’ and we hope to offer an entertaining and polished display of what we see as Morris Dancing, though it has moved a long way from its roots. We very much hope that our audiences can appreciate and  enjoy what we do.

Big Sheep (Sark)

11:15 – 12:00, Sunday 3rd July, Alligande Stage.

Sark’s own legendary folk band have played every single Sark Folk Festival since the beginning and are back once again for their seventh performance. Expect more of the riotous home-brewed same! Watch them on YouTube.

Photo by Tom Girard, BBC Introducing Guernsey

Blue Mountains (Guernsey)

16:30 – 17:15, Friday 1st July, Les Burons Stage. 

Blue Mountains are based on the Channel Island of Guernsey but take much of their musical inspiration from old time folk songs and murder ballads, particularly those of the North American Appalachian region.

As well as more contemporary pieces and original compositions, many of the songs in their repertoire date back as far as the 17th and 18th century, whilst some have their origins in old Irish and Scottish fiddle tunes and ballads.

These timeless and immortal songs rarely have a single definitive version and Blue Mountains will often combine elements from a variety of historical sources, along with original compositional elements, to produce their own personal take on the song. In doing so they join a long line of musicians who have helped preserve these ancient melodies and stories, not as historical relics but as living, breathing songs.

Photo by Andrew Le Poidevin

BRYN LE POIDEVIN (Guernsey)

21:30 – 22:30, Friday 1st July, Tintageu Stage.

Bryn has been DJing since the early 90’s, mainly playing clubs in the north of England. His set aims to get you to dance and combines a bit of a ‘mash up’ of big electronic beats, bass, bagpipes, sitar, folk, world amongst other things. Someone once called it “Techno Folk”. It might be but so long as you dance, does it really matter?

 

Buffalo Huddleston Band (Guernsey)

14:30 – 15:30, Sunday 3rd July, Alligande Stage. 

Winners of Best British Unsigned Band in 2015, Buffalo Huddleston use violin, acoustic guitar, didgeridoo, vocal harmonies, rap, double bass, and drums to craft a unique fusion of multiple genres they describe as ‘folk-hop’.

They have quickly built a diverse and growing fan base in the Channel Islands and continue to wow audiences with their energetic performances. Best of British Unsigned described them as “like Mumford & Sons and Mike Skinner had a baby”, and Skope Mag wrote “they are a unique beast in the musical kingdom.

http://www.buffalohuddleston.com/

Photo by Tom Girard, BBC Introducing Guernsey

Burg (Guernsey/ England)

20:30 – 21:15, Saturday 2nd July, Les Burons Stage. 

Burg performs Dirty Blues and stripped-back country bluegrass in a backwoods Folk style with a nod to Americana motel radio.

Armed with some beaten up 1970s guitars, his honesty and not much else besides, Burg, with accompaniment from A.J on Gob Irons and Olly on Bull Fiddle, transports you back to a time when railroads were dusty, music was free and there was a hellava lot more time on people’s hands. Listen to Burg.

CALUM STEWART TRIO (FRANCE)

16:45 – 17:30, Saturday 2nd July, Vermerette Stage. 

Bright, vibrant and captivating Celtic music; performed by three of today’s leading instrumentalists in full flight, the Calum Stewart trio blend old melodies together with new, in an inspiring, assertive and dynamic interplay.

A leading Uilleann Piper & Flautist, Calum Stewart’s powerful and lyrical playing style is rooted in the traditional music of his native northern Scotland. His distinct musical voice has been developed through his collaborations within the Scottish, Irish and Breton traditions.

Coming from a new generation of guitarists, Heikki Bourgault embraces the strong tradition of Breton musicians, whilst pushing the boundaries of the open tuned guitar. His knowledge of Fest Noz dance, both as dancer and musician, nourishes his composition in the Breton style, whilst giving him a solid base to explore new ground.

Yann Le Bozec is one of Brittany’s finest double bass players. In demand as both recording and touring artist, his upbringing in traditional music and dance is central to his playing.

www.calum-stewart.com

 

Chloe Le Page (Guernsey)

12:00 – 12:45, Saturday 2nd July, The Island Hall.

12:30 – 13:15, Sunday 3rd July, Les Burons Stage.

Chloe is an up and coming singer/songwriter based in Guildford and Guernsey. Chloe has been featured across the media including Spiral Earth, Island FM, Guernsey Press and on BBC Introducing Guernsey and Devon. Chloe plays at multiple festivals including Sark Folk Festival in previous years, Chaos Guernsey and Vale Earth Fair with her engaging set of originals. ‘Oblivion’ has recently been released and is her first EP available for download. Listen to Chloe.

Photo by Tom Girard, BBC Introducing Guernsey

Claire Rakich (Guernsey)

14:30 – 15:15, Friday 1st July, Les Burons Stage.

13:15 – 14:00, Saturday 2nd July, Le Petite Poule Cafe. 

Brighton-based Guernsey singer and SFF committee member Claire Rakich has performed traditional and self-penned songs at SFF since it began. She released her debut album ‘Salt on Your Door’ in March 2014 with the invaluable help of a fair few of the Sark Folk Festival lot, songs from which have been played on national radio.

Claire sings songs inspired by old stories and the sea. She’s not averse to a drinking song or two either.

www.clairerakich.com

Photo by Tom Girard, BBC Introducing Guernsey

CLAMEUR DE HARO (GUERNSEY)

13:45 – 14:30, Saturday 2nd July, Vermerette Stage.

Clameur de Haro return to Sark Folk Festival to celebrate their second birthday, having performed live together for the second time ever at SFF2014. With plenty of new material, both originals and rock classics, up their sleeves this year, all in their infectious bluegrass style, the Clams are bound to kick off a spectacular session you won’t want to miss. Find out more about Clameur de Haro.

 

Crowman and the Fiddling Pixie (Guernsey)

17:30 – 18:15, Saturday 2nd July, Tintageu Stage.

Utilising a moveable feast of acoustic instruments – uke, banjos both five and six-stringed, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and diddley-bo as well as harmonica and tea-chest bass/kick drum, Crowman evokes another place and another time that is part 60s Britain, part dustbowl America. Spontaneity, energy and a rattlebag of raw but beautifully forged tunes that draw on genres as diverse as country, blues and pastoral pop to garage, rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly, Crowman and the Fiddling Pixie carve out an arresting and unique form of field music. Watch Crowman.

Photo by Tom Girard, BBC Introducing Guernsey

DALLAHAN (SCOTLAND)

20:00 – 21:00, Friday 1st July, Alligande Stage.

Since launching the band in December 2013, Dallahan have exploded onto the traditional music scene. Their unique arrangements of original music and traditional Irish tunes and songs have secured their presence Milwaukee Irish Festival (USA), Copenhagen Irish Festival and Celtic Connections.

Dallahan met through local sessions in Edinburgh and are established performers of a variety of music styles, from classical and jazz to Balkan and Celtic. The band members have toured with groups as diverse as Kalman Balogh’s Gypsy Cimbalom Band, Larsa, Fianna, Samling, Tcha Limberger and they regularly appear at international festivals and venues.

As individuals, they have received various awards; Ciaran Ryan won the title of ‘All Britain Banjo Champion’ in 2006, Jani Lang won first prize at the first ‘Hungarian Traditional Music Competition’ and Jack Badcock was recently a finalist in the ‘BBC Young Traditional Musician Of The Year Award 2014’.

As a band, they received an ‘Emerging Excellence Award’ from Help Musicians UK and were nominated for Best Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2014.

http://www.dallahanmusic.com/

Elliot Falla (Guernsey)

13:30 – 14:30, Saturday 2nd July, Stocks Hotel.

10:45 – 11:30, Sunday 3rd July, Les Burons Stage. 

Elliot is a solo performer currently doing small gigs in Guernsey. His acoustic guitar style ranges from slow acoustic folky stuff to more upbeat rocky/blues stuff. Mainly playing his own original song, he plays restaurant gigs in places such as Les Douvres and Roc Salt and is a regular at The Vault open mic. In the past year, Elliott has supported a UK rock cover band at a gig in Herm.

Photo by Tom Girard, BBC Introducing Guernsey

GREG RUSSELL & CIARAN ALGAR (SCOTLAND/ ENGLAND)

16:45 – 17:30, Friday 1st July, Vermerette Stage.

Two time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar are one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene. They have performed at venues and festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention as well as appearing live on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.

Performing as a duo since 2011, Ciaran became All Ireland and All Britain Fiddle Champion on numerous occasions before the age of 16 and Greg had begun a career as a solo musician, supporting acts such as Karine Polwart and Lau amongst others.

In January 2013, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award and received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their second album, T he Call received 5 Stars in fRoots, 4 Stars in both R2 Magazine and The Telegraph and a host of other brilliant reviews.

http://russellalgar.co.uk/

Gregory Harrison (Guernsey)

19:30 – 20:15, Saturday 2nd July, Tintageu Stage.

Gregory is a singer-songwriter guitarist performing solo as an acoustic act. Influences include The Frames, Ray LaMontagne, Tom Waits and many more. His debut EP ‘Gregory Harrison’ was released at the beginning of 2016. Watch Gregory.

GREN BARTLEY BAND (ENGLAND)

16:00 – 16:45, Saturday 2nd July, Alligande Stage.

Now performing with a string section, three part harmonies and driving percussion, Gren Bartley is creating something truly original in the underground folk scene.

Described as “enthralling, persuasive and masterly” (fRoots magazine), if you think you’ve heard something like Gren Bartley before, then think again.

Gren has released three albums in the last three years, each one revealing him as an increasingly prolific and exceptional writer and musician. He is truly the future of folk songwriting, using his influences from folk and world music traditions to bring something unique to his modern day troubadour’s tales.

His recent album, “Magnificent Creatures” ‐ 2015, was recorded by Birmingham producer Gavin Monaghan (Robert Plant, Ryan Adams, Nizlopi, Paolo Nutini, etc.) & has been described as “A superb piece of work” (FATEA Magazine).

http://www.grenbartley.com/home.html

GU10 (Guernsey)

13:00 – 13:45, Saturday 2nd July, Alligande Stage.

15:30 – 16:15, Saturday 2nd July, The Island Hall. 

GU10 is an all-male sea shanty and folk music group from Guernsey who have been performing for 10 years at a wide variety of events including regular performances at Le Viaer Marche, the Sea Front Sunday events and Castle Nights at Castle Cornet. For several years they have performed regularly to groups of visiting tourists at the OGH Hotel and have performed at every Sark Folk Festival.

http://gu-10.weebly.com/about.html

HAT FITZ & CARA ROBINSON (AUSTRALIA)

22:30 – 23:30, Saturday 2nd July, Alligande Stage

Sark Folk Festival is delighted to welcome back crowd favourites Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson for their third performance at the festival.

Hat Fitz is a “veteran” wild man of the blues scene in Australia. He has a record 18 straight appearances at Byron’s East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, a record that is not likely to ever be broken, and one which bears testimony to his amazing live performances and popularity with festival goers.

Cara draws on her soul background (she’s toured Europe and the United States with singers such as Jamiroquai and the hugely popular Corrine Bailey‐Rae), and although blessed with a sensational voice she was not content to be labelled as ‘just a singer’. She has taken to drumming duties as well as washboards, flute and tin whistle, sometimes all at once.

http://www.hatfitzandcara.com/

Helier Men Morris Side (Jersey)

Various times, Saturday 2nd July, around the island.

Helier Morris Men are Britain’s most southerly Morris dancing side.  The team has performed dances from the Cotswold tradition, Morris from the Welsh borders, the odd longsword dance and an occasional Mummers Play – as well as spontaneous music and song wherever and whenever!

IN THE BELLOWS – THEATRE UNDERTOW – PUPPET SHOW (ENGLAND)

A hidden world can be found in the bellows, cries and song of our accordion.

Choose your tale, and let your eyes and ears be enthralled by forgotten stories and songs as old as the hills. With live music and beautifully-wrought puppetry, this is theatre for those who like stories, and storytelling for those who like theatre.

In The Bellows is a performance for small numbers at a time. Come as a family, with friends, with a lover or as a brave individual- there is a story for you, waiting to be sung.

Showing on the Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July.

James Dumbelton & Andy Clarke (Guernsey/ England)

19:30 – 20:15, Friday 1st July, Tintageu Stage. 

James Dumbelton was born in Cornwall and raised in Devon. A dynamic and entertaining performer, he is much in demand on the English folk scene as a vocalist & multi-instrumentalist, having recorded and performed with the likes of singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates and Devon folk singer Jim Causley.

Now based in Guernsey, James has developed an interest in Morris dancing and often plays with his local side. This curiosity in the origins of Morris tunes is reflected on his latest album Houmet Paradis. On this latest recording James also explores the sound of his mandolin in partnership with another instrument by the same maker, Andy Manson – in this instance a bouzouki in the hands of Andy Clarke. Together they have arranged traditional dance tunes and songs from as far afield as Sweden, Scotland and the West Country. Listen to James.

Jamie Larbalestier (Jersey)

12:00 – 12:45, Saturday 2nd July, Les Burons Stage.

Jamie Larbalestier is an acoustic folk artist from Jersey, now based in Reading. Former drummer of Alfresco Bandits, Jamie began his solo project in 2014, with an EP to be released in 2016. Current president of the Reading University Singer-Songwriters Society, Jamie has been playing shows solidly on a weekly basis, which has allowed him to hone his craft. Expect a mix of original songs and the odd folk standard played mainly in open tunings in a style similar to the likes of Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn and Ben Howard. Listen to Jamie.

JD and Folk (Guernsey)

16:00 – 16:45, Friday 1st July, Alligande Stage.

Since their formation in 2012, JD & Folk have appeared regularly at local music venues, private functions and festivals around the Channel Islands. With 35 years between their birth dates, John and Dave draw on a wide variety of musical influences which is reflected in their song-writing and covers of more popular songs. Dave’s Pedal Steel Guitar inevitably creates a ‘country’ vibe, but with band’s enthusiasm to include additional instruments and guest musicians at their live shows, they also enjoy an easy-style of acoustic rock and folk music too. Listen to JD & Folk.

Kevin Pallot (Jersey)

14:30 – 15:15, Saturday 2nd July, Alligande Stage.

Kevin Pallot is a Jersey-born singer songwriter and a firm favourite on the island for his natural storytelling lyrics and engaging music.

Kevin is an artist, a musician and a teacher. When performing he can often be seen with guitar in hand and kick drum on foot.

His latest single, The Soldier, tells the story of a veteran of World War Two and the experiences he encountered. He is now a Chelsea Pensioner and Kevin met him after painting his portrait for an exhibition to commemorate the end of WW1.You can buy the single on iTunes and Amazon, with half the profits split between the Chelsea Pensioners and the British Red Cross. Listen to Kevin.

Laird’s Chair (Guernsey)

15:15 – 16:00, Saturday 2nd July, Vermerette Stage. 

Pub-folk band the Laird’s Chair are four musicians doing what they love – playing up-beat roots and traditional music together, singing good songs and having good times. If you enjoy a great songs and a foot-stomping tune, The Laird’s Chair is for you!

LES DIESES (FRANCE)

21:15 – 22:15, Saturday 2nd July, Vermerette Stage. 

French band Les Dièses (‘The Sharps’) have been performing together since 1999. We’re delighted to welcome them back once again to the Sark Folk Festival.

Often to be found on the fringes of the mainstream music scene, Les Dièses are a nomadic band, travelling throughout Europe, the USA, Quebec and the Indian Ocean and have performed extensively throughout their native France.

Influenced by a rich variety of musical styles, Les Dièses have a special attachment to the Celtic world and to traditional French music. They write and compose on the road, taking inspiration from places and people they encounter. Their performances have to be seen to be believed; joyful, energetic, chaotic and unpredictable – you’ll never forget them!

http://www.lesdieses.com/

Lighthouse (Guernsey)

15:30 – 16:15, Saturday 2nd July, Tintageu Stage.

Lighthouse are an upbeat, folky fun music duo from Guernsey consisting of Lucy Cave, their teeny but big-voiced singer, and Matt ‘The Human Lighthouse’ Champion on acoustic guitar. They formed in July 2015 and started gigging a few months ago.

The musical pair focus on bubbly, happy music, and are just starting to write their own stuff which is proving rather entertaining. The majority of songs in their repertoire are folk tunes, with a dash of acoustic indie-pop. Listen to Lighthouse.

MAD DOG MCREA (ENGLAND)

21:15 – 22:15, Friday 1st July, Vermerette Stage.

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music ‐ from self‐penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies.

Thanks to three storming gigs at Glastonbury 2013, the release of their official video ‘Happy Bus’, regular radio play by esteemed folk such as Mike Harding, and in no small part the utter dedication of their huge fan base – momentum is definitely gathering pace.

In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two‐bit, jibe‐arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.

http://www.maddogmcrea.co.uk/

Mick Le Huray (Guernsey)

15:30 – 16:15, Friday 1st July, Tintageu Stage.

12:15 – 13:00, Saturday 2nd July, La Petite Poule Cafe.

Familiar as singer with former band The Barley Dogs and from local busking and pub sessions, Mick Le Huray is one of the lynchpins of the Bailiwick’s folk scene, his solo material covering a mix of traditional, contemporary and self penned songs. A careful, perceptive interpreter of folk song, Mick has influenced not only the repertoire of Guernsey’s younger folk musicians but their understanding and appreciation of traditional music.

Midnight Ramblers (Guernsey)

18:30 – 19:15, Friday 1st July, Les Burons Stage. 

12:00 – 13:45, Sunday 3rd July, La Petite Poule Cafe. 

Soulful folk and country music with a strong bluesy edge from songwriter Charlie Sherbourne, joined by Jo Corbin & Andy Mason.

MISCHA MACPHERSON TRIO (SCOTLAND)

12:00 – 12:45, Sunday 3rd July, Vermerette Stage. 

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner, 23 year old Scottish singer Mischa Macpherson is a new folk artist who looks set to achieve great things.

Growing up immersed in the distinctive culture, music, language and landscape of the Western Isles, she discovered an enjoyment in creating music at a very early age, and it is these influences that the young singer now presents with clarity and tenderness, and to multi award‐winning acclaim.

A singer, Gaelic native and clarsach player from Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, Mischa is joined by guitarist Innes Watson and piper Scott Wood. At 23 years old, she has performed to audiences across the globe, having toured in Australia, Canada, Germany and Romania, as well as leading UK folk festivals.

Alongside the national folk award, Mischa is also a holder of a prestigious Danny Kyle Award from Glasgow’s Celtic Connections and was awarded the title of ‘Gaelic Singer of the Year’ from the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Award 2014.

http://www.mischamacpherson.com/

MONSTER CEILIDH BAND (ENGLAND)

22:30 – 23:30, Friday 1st July, Alligande Stage

Monster Ceilidh Band are on a crusade to bring a powerfully modern and un‐patronising approach to ceilidh fusion music. Their experimentation with electronic beats has its roots in the traditional but has produced something innovative, contemporary and dynamic. They combine explosive and fiery folk with, funky riffs, glitchy Drum ‘n’ Bass beats and live drums. Monster Ceilidh Band’s music embraces the old dance traditions, while translating them into blood‐quickening crescendos for a twenty‐first century nightclub audience.

Since their debut studio album, Drum ‘n’ Bass producer ‘The Touch’ has joined the band on a permanent basis adding live drums to the show. This expands on the electronic beats and brings the music alive. This new line‐up has led to a slew of hugely successful festival appearances. Highlights included Bestival, Beat Herder, Knockengorroch, Glade and Kendal Calling along with traditional folk festivals such as Cambridge, Sidmouth, Shrewsbury and National Forest.

http://monsterceilidhband.co.uk/

Monty Taft (Jersey)

16:30 – 17:15, Saturday 2nd July, Les Burons Stage. 

17 year old Monty Taft is a young singer songwriter from Jersey who plays folk/pop/indie.  He released his first single in March 2015 to great critical acclaim, getting regular national airplay including BBC Introducing and featured artist on Huw Stephens show BBC Radio 1.

Monty has some 400+ gigs under his belt already and has played at numerous festivals in the UK and the Channel Islands. He has recently been asked to play a set on the Saturday on the acoustic stage at Glastonbury 2016. Watch Monty.

Nessi Gomes (Guernsey)

13:00 – 14:00, Saturday 2nd July, Tintageu Stage. 

12:00 – 13:00, Sunday 3rd July, Stocks Hotel.

Born in Guernsey, Portuguese-British singer/songwriter Nessi Gomes channels influences from both sides of her ethnicity, blending the essence of traditional Portuguese Fado folk music with modern British inspiration. Fuelled by a belief in the transformative quality of music, her songwriting is infused with her personal journey and characterised by a haunting beauty that transcends, nourishes and disarms.

www.nessigomesmusic.com

Nick Dove (Guernsey)

13:30 – 14:15, Sunday 3rd July, Tintageu Stage.

Nick Dove has been singing traditional unaccompanied folk music for the last 19 years. He loves the songs of industry and war, songs with a story and a sense of history. Most of all, he loves a good chorus and to get the audience joining in.

NICK WYKE & BECKI DRISCOLL (ENGLAND)

11:45 – 12:30, Sunday 3rd July, Tintageu Stage

Sark Folk Festival are delighted to welcome Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll back to Sark for their third performance with us.

Nick and Becki are highly respected fiddle‐players and composers firmly rooted in North Devon. Their unique sound is a joyful collision of English traditional music and contemporary bowed strings.

Their music blends melodic, emotive violin and viola with driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals and will take you on a journey from the dark side of English ballad to toe‐tapping tunes and songs.

http://www.englishfiddle.com/

O’HOOLEY & TIDOW (ENGLAND)

18:45 – 19:45, Saturday 2nd July, Vermerette Stage.

With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on BBC 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, culminating in one of MOJO’s Folk Albums of the Year award for groundbreaking album T he Hum, O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded as lionhearted trailblazers of contemporary music and songwriting.

Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and at times spine‐tingling performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hardest of heart. We’re delighted to have them back for what will be their third performance at the Sark Folk Festival.

http://ohooleyandtidow.com/

 

Peter Byrne & Guests (Sark)

11:30 – 12:15, Saturday 2nd July, Alligande Stage. 

13:30 – 14:30, Sunday 3rd July, Stocks Hotel. 

Irishman Peter Byrne has been a Sark resident for over ten years. Over the years, he has shared the stage in supporting roles for Roy Harper, Bert Jansch, Mike Herron, plus many others and can be found on Clyde Stubblefield’s (James Brown’s drummer) Funky Drummer album singing backing vocals. With three albums to his credit and performances at Ronnie Scott’s and tours of Europe, Peter’s music is all about life, the living the sorrow and the joy. Listen to Peter.

Phil Capper (Guernsey)

17:30 – 18:15, Friday 1st July, Tintageu Stage. 

12:00 – 13:00, Saturday 2nd July, Stocks Hotel.

The biggest voice in Guernsey and former organiser of Guernsey International Folk Festival, Phil gives the acoustic treatment to great songs from the folk world, together with self-penned songs and more modern music from the likes of Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, John Cougar Mellencamp, Tracy Chapman, Cat Stevens and many others, with more than a few surprises!

“The Mighty” Phil Capper guarantees a great mix of different styles and eras – an excellent performer and a Sark Folk Festival diamond. Listen to Phil.

Photo by Tom Girard, BBC Introducing Guernsey

Rectory Hill Skillet Lickers (Guernsey)

15:15 – 16:00, Friday 1st July, Vermerette Stage. 

15:15 – 16:00, Saturday 2nd July, La Petite Poule Cafe. 

Entertaining the bejaysus out of shoppers, cruise-shippers and tourists for two or three years, The Rectory Hill Skillet Lickers is a ‘pick up’ band busking in the streets of St Peter Port, Guernsey, mainly on Saturday noons.

With songs from the 1920s to the 1940s covering ragtime, blues, stomp and country, with influences such as Memphis Jug Band and Mississippi Sheiks right up to their modern equivalent Sluetown Strutters and Tuba Skinny, the Lickers are up for everything from manslaughter to pitch ‘n’ putt. Listen to the Skillet Lickers (or go to St Peter Port this Saturday!)

Robert J. Hunter Band (Alderney)

18:45 – 19:45, Friday 1st July, Vermerette Stage.

Alderney born Robert J. Hunter combines his gruff and powerful voice with the rustic, wild thud of overdriven guitars to create a truly unique sound.

His powerful debut album, ’Songs for the Weary’ received blues chart success and critical acclaim and the single from it, ‘Demons’ reached number one in the UK iTunes Blues Chart.

His new album, ‘Before the Dawn’ was released on 27th November 2015 and shows that Robert has matured as a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. The album combines Robert’s talents with those of his band and showcases the versatility of his playing and song writing, creating a sound greater than the sum of its parts.

He has previously supported acts including Wilko Johnson, The Animals, Eddie & the Hotrods and HeyMoonShaker, giving him experience in different genres, and with many talented artists. He deserves to be heard and his energetic live show is not to be missed.

http://robertjhunter.co.uk/

ROSS COUPER & TOM OAKES (SCOTLAND/ ENGLAND)

12:45 – 13:30, Sunday 3rd June, Alligande Stage.

Shetland native Ross Couper and Devon‐born Tom Oakes are a fiddle and guitar duo deeply rooted in the traditions of Scotland and Ireland with a vital modernity that chronicles their many musical journeys so far.

Ross’ explosive fiddle playing lies at the heart of the mighty Celtic fusion band The Peatbog Faeries. Tom Oakes is a multi‐award winning guitarist and flautist composer who was a founder member of the genre defying Auvo Quartet and now heads up his own ‘Tom Oakes Experiment’ highlighting Oakes as a flautist and composer.

Ross and Tom have over the last five years have played three sell out performances at Celtic Connections, toured Australia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the UK and have played in front of more than 5,000 people while collaborating with Danish popstar Lukas Graham at Tonder festival. They have appeared as the band on the BBC’s ‘Shetland’ drama twice, on multiple TV broadcasts for BBC Alba and provided music for the latest advert by clothing giant Anthropologie.

Expect their trademark, unrivalled energy and virtuosity interspersed with moments of spine tingling beauty and a warmth and humour that guarantees a smile on the face.

http://www.rossandtom.com/

 

Scots John (Guernsey)

14:15 – 15:00, Saturday 2nd July, La Petite Poule Cafe. 

10:30 – 11:15, Sunday 3rd July, Vermerette Stage. 

Scots John has performed at every folk festival in Guernsey for years. He’s been fortunate to play the last six festivals in Sark and for the last four years, he’s performed with Rob Gregson on bass. Rob has played in quite a few Guernsey bands, including Whose Shoes. John and Rob perform a selection of songs from contemporary and traditional folk, with a few self-penned songs thrown in.

SHARON SHANNON WITH ALAN CONNOR (IRELAND)

20:00 – 21:00, Saturday 2nd July, Alligande Stage.

World renowned accordionist Sharon Shannon (who will be appearing at Sark Folk Festival 2016 with Alan Connor) is Ireland’s biggest selling traditional music solo artiste, with domestic and international units of her CDs amounting to one million sales.

Renowned for her collaborations, not just in Irish traditional music, but through Hip‐Hop, Cajun, Country, Classical and Rap, Sharon has recorded and toured with a who’s who of the Irish and Global Music Industry including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan.

Sharon Shannon has had multi‐platinum album sales and several number one albums, singles and DVDs in Ireland. Her album ‘Galway Girl’ went four‐times platinum, with the title track winning her the Meteor award two years running for most downloaded song. She was also the youngest ever recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award. Her music has been featured in several Hollywood movies (including PS I Love You) and the award‐winning Bulmers TV commercial campaign.

She has entertained US Presidents Clinton and Obama, Irish Presidents Robinson and MacAleese. More recently she performed in Australia for The Sultan of Brunei.

http://sharonshannon.com/

 

Space Pirates of Rocquaine (Guernsey)

17:30 – 18:30, Saturday 2nd July, Alligande Stage. 

Born from an unplugged night in a storm-battered public bar on Guernsey’s west coast, the Space Pirates of Rocquaine have been a constant on the island’s live scene since 2008. Their songwriting draws heavily on Guernsey’s heritage and mostly finds influence in local lore and folktales. With a sound that blends their Folk and Roots stylings with a Rock/Pop undertone, this upbeat six-piece is best enjoyed with your dancing boots on. Listen to the Space Pirates.

STEVE DAN MILLS (U.S.A)

14:15 – 15:00, Saturday 2nd July, Island Hall.

18:30 – 19:15, Saturday 2nd July, Les Burons Stage.

American singer songwriter Steve Dan Mills was the co‐founder of Speed Limit 35, one of the first folk rock bands in the American South. Since the mid‐70s, he has performed as a solo artist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Cornwall Folk Festival, Belfast Nashville Songwriter’s Festival and more.

His song “Dream On Texas Ladies” went to #18 on the Billboard Charts for country music artist Rex Allen Jr and sold over 4 million copies for John Michael Montgomery. His songs have been recorded by major country music artists such as Neal Coty, Mel MacDaniel and Benita Hill. Most recently, virtuoso guitarist Tommy Emmanuel covered his song “Inside Out Lookin’ In”.

Steve has recently moved to London and begun performing throughout the UK. He couples powerful vocals with acoustic guitar and harmonica, his masterful storytelling, based on rich and challenging life experiences, laying the groundwork for each song.

http://www.stevedanmills.com/

 

STEVE TILSTON (ENGLAND)

20:30 – 21:15, Friday 1st July, Les Burons Stage.

After daughter Martha’s stunning performance at SFF15, we’re delighted to welcome Steve Tilston to the fold. Steve is one of the UK’s most celebrated songsmiths, widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music; the words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else.

Born in Liverpool and raised in the Midlands, Steve made his recording debut in 1971 with the classic A n Acoustic Confusion and has been turning out quality albums ever since. He joined an illustrious band of guitarists including Martin Simpson, Michael Messer and Wizz Jones, when he was invited to contribute to the Guitar Maestro series of DVDs.

His 2011 release T he Reckoning garnered 4‐star reviews in the Guardian, the Observer and the Scotsman, a guest appearance on Later with Jools Holland and the BBC Four Songwriters’ Circle series, plus a Folk Award win for: “Best Original Song”. In 2013, Steve was also commissioned to write for the Olympics Radio Ballads series and the Harbour of Songs project.

A celebrated artist in Britain and abroad, winning accolades in Europe, Australia and the USA, others have also recorded his songs. ‘Here’s to Tom Paine’ is the adopted theme song for the Tom Paine Society of America and, it’s rumoured, has featured in Bruce Springsteen’s live set.

www.stevetilston.com

 

THE TEACUPS (ENGLAND)

14:15 – 15:15, Saturday 2nd July, Les Burons Stage.

Comprising the singing talents of Alex Cumming, Kate Locksley, Rosie Calvert and Will Finn, this a capella foursome have been creating a storm across the UK festival circuit in the last couple of years with critically acclaimed performances at Shepley Spring Festival, Beverley Folk Festival, Warwick Folk Festival and more.

The Teacups met in 2010 whilst studying on the BMus Folk & Traditional Music Degree at Newcastle University. Since then they have gone on to perform around the UK and Europe, performing at some of the top festivals and venues.

http://www.theteacups.co.uk

 

UKULADEEZ (Guernsey)

15:00 – 16:00, Saturday 2nd July, Stocks Hotel.

13:30 – 14:30, Sunday 3rd July, La Petit Poule Cafe.

6 ladeez playing ukuleles and a variety of other instruments along with 3 ukuladee-boyz on bass, drums and fiddle.

Playing a collection of their own brand of ‘hipster folk’ including original songs with a mix of covers. They have lots of energy, personality and humour and have a committed local fan base and some creative merchandise.

 

Vraic Gatherers & Friends (Guernsey)

13:30 – 14:30, Sunday 3rd July, Vermerette Stage. 

The Vraic Gatherers are the official Sark Folk Festival Band. Made up of committee members and friends of the festival, over the past few years they have busked, run sessions and played gigs to fundraise for the festival. Come and feel the SFF love, gratitude and shout-outs to those who’ve helped us on our way.

Whose Shoes (Guernsey)

12:15 – 13:00, Saturday 2nd July, Vermerette Stage.

Whose Shoes are guitarist and singer Dave Etherington, Rob Gregson on bass and Sarah Van Vlyman on fiddle. The band blend a mix of folk, blues and country type sounds into something well worth listening to. These festival regulars perform covers of songs by artists such as Charlie Winston and Richard Thompson along with rousing originals.

Photo by Tom Girard, BBC Introducing Guernsey

Wondergeist (Guernsey)

17:30 – 18:30, Friday 1st July, Alligande Stage. 

Wondergeist were formed in December 2014 by Scottish-born musician Peter Gilliver and Guernseyman Steve Wickins.

What started as an acoustic jamming and song writing project for the duo grew into a comprehensive album recording session in September 2015 and with the help of a number of local musicians, including Stuart Ogier on djembe, Jo Lamb and Rathband on backing vocals and Greg Harrison on violin, they released their debut album in December 2015.

Their sound has varied influences, passing from alternative rock, through the indie shoegaze bands of the early 90’s to traditional folk and relies heavily on the dynamic harmonies of the lynchpin vocalists and guitarists Gilliver and Wickins. Find out more about Wondergeist.