Georgia is a "young, exuberant & musically adept" (R2 Magazine) folk singer and multi-instrumentalist with "the stage assurance of a veteran ... she is fast becoming one of the most in demand artists on the club and festival circuit.” (Eastbourne Folk Club). Although an artist in her own right she also performs with many known ceilidh bands and is an experienced session player. She plays whistles, accordion, piano, guitar, sings and has been seen tapping out various traditional dancing styles. Rowan is a fiddle-singer, writer and tunesmith who grew up Ireland, surrounded by traditional music. The author of two successful tunebooks, he has also written articles for several magazines and led fiddle workshops at festivals all over the country.
James comes from a family of folk singers and his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition.He is particularly passionate about songs from his home counties of Dorset, Somerset and Devon. He couples this with an extensive repertoire and love for song that shows through his knowledge and understanding of the material. James has also completed two tours with the stage play 'Birdsong.'
He plays fiddle, guitar, melodeon or anything else that happens to be available.
ALICE & DAVID WYLDE
Alice was born and and raised in West Virginia before moving to England. She learned many songs from her family and from folks in the local area and sings in the same style as they have for generations. David supports Alice in vocals, rhythm guitar, and mandolin. Their repertoire includes traditional Appalachian Ballads, Old-time, Traditional Gospel, and Country Songs Of Old Appalachia.
Nicola is a poet, songwriter, artist and performer living in Gloucestershire. Her songs are about seeking, finding, falling and not falling in love, all delivered with tenderness, heartbreak, fun and humour.
Mike is a singer, songwriter who lives in Bath, and has been singing in folk clubs, arts centres and concerts for many years. He says of his own songs "... the best I can hope for is that my songs either amuse or disturb. You will not find many answers in them, but I hope they might pose a few pertinent questions, and I hope you like one or two."
JACQUI & BRIAN ROSS
Jacqui and Brian will be performing their show ‘Tyrants and Traitors’. The show uses the American Civil War as a backdrop that binds together the songs, personal stories, photographs and drawings of the era. ‘Tyrants and Traitors’ tells a tale that is in turn comic and tragic, yet always fascinating, entertaining and informative.
Denise will lead the lunchtime sings in the Bell. She has an easy style which
encourages even the most timid performer, whilst effortlessly building a
session to a rousing crescendo. Laughter & smiles abound in the Big Sings.
KITTY VERNON & DEREK BURGESS
Kitty & Derek are both fine singers and most genial hosts of our Friday night singaround. Their voices blend subtly and harmoniously together, as can
be heard at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and on their CD, "The Sound of Singing"
Bill has 30 years experience and enjoyment of traditional music, playing
5-string banjo, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin and melodeon (&
probably too many other instruments to mention!). Bill will host the
Friday night and Sunday lunchtime sessions.
SIVFF Very up market reception at Stanford in the Vale!
Spot the now legendary scaffold steps over the wall in the background! The whole area around the pub car park is now a housing estate.