Line-up for Local Acts

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.

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

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

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.

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

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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/

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.

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.

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.