The artist line-up for the West Country Traditional Music Day:
Bristol Ceilidh Quartet
Nonny Tabush, Sarah Moody, Matt Norman & Alison Rowley take great tunes and create exciting arrangements exploring the dynamic range of the string quartet. They have recently completed a project to create pieces based on the GlosTrad archive. (Best in the West Concert 7pm)
Paul comes from a family of Gloucestershire dance-
Singer and folk researcher living in South Gloucestershire, Richard has collected many songs in the area, and a broom dance.
Jeff Gillett is an experienced folk guitarist and singer. As well as performing solo, he worked for many years as an accompanist for nationally renowned folk singer Ron Taylor. Elaine has been a enthusiast of traditional folk song for many years and performs regularly in local folk clubs.Together their voices combine to create beautiful harmonies and sensitive interpretations of traditional and modern folk songs, enhanced by Jeff’s supremely tasteful, restrained yet inventive accompaniments. Their repertoire includes traditional music, new interpretations of familiar songs and William Blake’s poems sung to Jeff’s original tunes. (Ambassadors Concert 1pm)
Rob Harbron is a sought-after multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, and a uniquely skilled player of the English concertina. He has recently composed for, recorded and toured with Sam Sweeney’s acclaimed Made in the Great War project; he is also part of the new trio Leveret with Sam and Andy Cutting, and has performed with The Full English, Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party, Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, Kerr Fagan Harbron, and others. He was Musical Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2013 production of The Winter’s Tale, has recently been commissioned to write music for the British Silent Film Festival, the English Folk Dance and Song Society and the Royal Geographical Society, and has recently produced recordings by Fernhill, Three Cane Whale and Duotone. (Concertina Workshop 10.15, Best in the West Concert 7pm)
Gwilym and Carol Davies
Gwilym Davies is a Hampshire man who has been resident in Gloucestershire since the 1970s. He is an experienced singer of traditional songs and, when not singing unaccompanied, accompanies himself on melodeon, concertina, banjo or guitar. For more than 30 years, Gwilym has been tracking down and recording traditional singers, and more that half his repertoire is based on songs from those singers. He sings a large number of songs from the English traveller (gypsy) community which he has learnt first hand. Most of his English songs come from the south and south-west of England, and he also sings a number of songs from his collecting trips to the USA. (Gloucestershire Wassails & Carols Workshop 2pm, Gypsy Traditional Songs and Tunes 3.30pm)
Martin and Shan Graebe
Martin and Shan sing English traditional songs, and, particularly, songs from Devon and Cornwall. Martin has conducted research into Baring-Gould’s life and work, and made new discoveries about his work in folklore and traditional song. He has written a number of articles about his work on Baring-Gould and on the Victorian and Edwardian folk song collectors.
Gillian is the secretary of the The Taborers Society and a skilled exponent of this ancient instrument. She has been guest overseas player at traditional music festivals in Arbucies and Vilanova in Catalunya, Spain. Her repertoire includes mediaeval, Tudor, Georgian and Edwardian tunes, with a particular focus on the English collections of John Playford and John Gay. (Pipe and Tabor beginners workshop 11.20)
Charles has a long interest in local songs and tunes. Together with Paul Burgess he complied ‘The Coleford Jig’ collection and contributed to the GlosTrad archive. (Gloucestershire Tune Books 11.20am)
Matt Norman is a performer, teacher, composer, arranger, workshop leader and conductor. He predominantly works with traditional English music, steeped in the traditions of Devon and Dartmoor. A member of the Bristol Ceilidh Quartet. He is also blues and classical musician. (Traditional Song in Schools 11am, Local Songs for Community Choirs 4pm, Best in the West Concert 7pm).
Emily Portman is a singer, writer and concertina player hailed as ‘one of the new British folk scene’s most beguiling presences’ (Uncut). Emily won the 2013 BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Original Song; she conjures darkly surreal netherworlds where folklore and myth collide with urban landscapes.(Best in the West Concert 7pm)
Stephen has worked as a scientist and musician. He brings both interests together in his costumed exploration of Sir Charles Wheatstone, the Gloucester born inventor of the electric telegraph and concertina.
Miranda plays fiddle and viola. She is a member of the folk quartet Methera and has also played with Jabadaw and Fika.
Folk choir based in Winchcombe, near Cheltenham (Ambassadors Concert 1pm)
John Spiers, known better in folk circles as Squeezy, has made a name for himself as one of the leading squeezebox players of his generation. Well known for his long-standing duo partnership with Jon Boden in the formidable Spiers & Boden as well as his contribution to the massively popular Bellowhead, John has also played with Eliza Carthy’s Ratcatchers and a number of local folk-dance bands. (Melodeon Workshop 10.15, Best in the West Concert 7pm)
Sam Sweeney was voted Musician Of The Year at the BBC Folk Awards 2015, Sam has one of the most impressive CVs on the folk scene, and he is still in his twenties. He’s been playing violin since he was six and is now a highly respected multi-instrumentalist, most notably with multi award winning cultural sensation Bellowhead. Sam is one of the key players in the current resurgence of English instrumental music and has recently been appointed the inaugural Artistic Director of the National Youth Folk Ensemble. Sam has also recorded and toured with Leveret, The Full English, Eliza Carthy, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party as well his own critically acclaimed show Made In The Great War. (FiddleWorkshop 10.15, Best in the West Concert 7pm)
Martin & Emma Vogwell from Gloucestershire, who perform, write and arrange traditional British folk music. Described by fRoots as having “…strength, presence and character…” They are Gloucestershire Traditions Ambassadors for the GlosTrad archive. (Ambassadors Concert 1pm)
Dan Walton is at the forefront of a burgeoning music scene in Cheltenham England, April 2016 saw the release of his debut solo EP ‘Museum’, which has been described as his ‘strongest work to date’ by Wolf At The Door and is available now on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music. (Ambassadors Concert 1pm)