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Gerry Colvin


Formerly ColvinQuarmby, the new line up is under a new name. Still the same hand waving Gerry in charge, bringing us his amazing songs that defy pigeon-holing.  A big band bringing a big finish to the Saturday night concert.

Saturday evening concert

Main Marquee Stage

Blackbeard's Tea Party


Funky folk tunes, storming songs and an infectious stage energy, Blackbeard's Tea Party mix fiddles & squeezeboxes, guitar noise & synth bass, and a feast of international hand percussion to bring you an unforgettable folk-rock extravaganza.

Get a double dose of them with a concert spot and our ceilidh band for the weekend.

Friday evening concert   Main Marquee Stage

Saturday night Ceilidh at New School

O'Hooley & Tidow


Since the 2012 release of their second album 'The Fragile', Yorkshire duo Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow have become a must-see act for their ‘stunning and delightfully unconventional’ (Guardian), emotionally charged performances. This earned them a nomination for ‘Best Duo’ in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, with The Guardian hailing them as ‘The Best Act of Cambridge Folk Festival’. See them in the stunning setting of St Mary's Church.

Sunday evening concert at St Mary's Church
Lucy Ward Band


After winning the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lucy’s career has gone from strength to strength,  pulling a full capacity audience for her Cambridge Folk Festival debut.
In 2013  she was nominated for the acclaimed “Folk Singer of the Year” at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, making Lucy one of the youngest people ever to be nominated for this most prestigious award. At Swanage she is appearing with her band.

Friday evening concert   Main Marquee Stage
Urban Folk Quartet


Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh are The Urban Folk Quartet. Four highly accomplished musicians, a dozen instruments and four voices coming together to craft a knockout show of globally–influenced, electrifying acoustic music that has been taking the international folk scene by storm.

Saturday evening concert Main Marquee Stage
Gilmore & Roberts


Twice-nominated at BBC Folk Awards, contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies, creating a powerful wall of sound.

Saturday afternoon concert R.C.Church Hall

Saturday evening concert Main Marquee Stage

Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver


The combination of Johnny's piano and Mike's guitar gets right to the heart of the
listener. This is music from the soul, delivered with powerful conviction by a duo in the truest
sense of that word. The delight they take in playing the music is plain to see and their live shows encapsulate a blend of skill and powerful emotion.

Friday evening concert   Main Marquee Stage
Cardboard Fox/ Carrivick Sisters


The Carrivick Sisters are one of the UK's top young bluegrass and folk acts. Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and clawhammer banjo. The Carrivick Sisters were finalists in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2010 and were named Band/Duo of the Year in the 2011 FATEA Awards.

Cardboard Fox is the extended band version, with added John Breese (Coal Porters) and Joe Tozer, twice winner of EFDSS Young Musician of the Year. They have their roots in Bluegrass but their repertoire is much more extensive.

Cardboard Fox

Saturday afternoon concert R.C. Church Hall


Carrivick Sisters

Sunday afternoon concert R.C. Church Hall

Winter Wilson


 Winter Wilson are known for beautiful songs, beautifully sung. Stunning harmonies, thought-provoking and often challenging lyrics, all held together with a weird, off-the-wall humour all of their own.

 Saturday afternoon          Main Marquee free concert

Sunday lunchtime Folk Club R.C. Church Hall

Mike O'Connor & Barbara Griggs


Mike O’Connor and Barbara Griggs make music of breathtaking beauty on a variety of musical instruments, principally the harp, violin, octave violin, and viol.

Mike is the leading researcher of music in Cornwall, and Barbara is a respected early music specialist. Together they perform a unique repertoire.

Saturday evening concert R.C. Church Hall

Sunday afternoon concert R.C. Church Hall

Keith Donnelly


In no particular order Keith has been described as -
"a superbly original Stand-Up"
"a great singer-songwriter"
"a fine guitarist"
"a kids entertainer par excellence"
"a stunning storyteller"
"the cleanest comic I’ve ever seen"

Saturday evening concert Main Marquee Stage

Saturday morning     Children's Concert       Main Marquee

MC Sunday afternoon    Main Marquee free concert

Loxley Trio


Loxley are a harmonic, contemporary, progressive folk trio who have a collection of songs and music that is beguiling, intriguing.  The material sweeps and sways - most gently - from traditional influence to contemporary folk, from the 16th century to 21st century. They've been together for 10 years and have had the privilege  of singing to 7,500 people when chosen to perform at the Queen's visit to Hereford.
Their CD About Time is now available for purchase.


Saturday evening concert - RC Church Hall
Jess Morgan


Songs that tell stories, claw-hammer-like guitar playing and a truly unique voice that binds the package tightly together, Jess is a talented singer-songwriter from Norwich. Expect simple, evocative songs that tell stories, peppered with influence from British Folk as well as country, blues and world music.

Friday evening concert - Main Marquee Stage

Sunday afternoon concert - RC Church Hall

Wareham Whalers


The Wareham Whalers have been rocking the boat with their powerful shanties since 2004. Over that time they have seen many changes, but the Commodore, Dave Wheatley remains at the helm.

They sing Shanties as they would have been sung for work on board ship and for the rare moments of recovery down below. They aim to capture the strength of this music and ensure that there is never a dull moment when the Whalers are about!

Sunday afternoon concert   Main Marquee Stage
State of Undress


' They give the impression that on stage they could cast all restraints aside....State of Undress is a band I'd go out of my way to hear at a festival and there's a feeling that the slightest nudge would be enough to tip them over into major success.' R2 Rock n Reel

'There is something distinctive in the way State Of Undress use both their vocal and fiddle attack that ensures they are rich in texture as well as pace. ...a vocal performance that moves from full Morrigan mode on the darker songs to fey romancer ... ' FATEA

Saturday afternoon concert   Main Marquee Stage
Goat Roper Rodeo Band


Acoustic country-blues at its very best. Foot tapping, stomping music it's hard to sit still to. They're young. They're very good. Enjoy their enthusiasm and musicality!

Saturday lunchtime Folk Club - RC Church Hall

Sunday afternoon concert Main Marquee Stage

Paper Trains


Formed in 2011, The Paper Trains are a Southampton-based, modern, three-piece string band, with a distinct repertoire of evocative and vocally-fuelled originals. Drawing influences from blues, roots, country and folk traditions, their debut album, due to arrive in 2014, is set to be a union of elegant back-porch ditties and high-energy gritty foot stompers, with their distinctive home-spun Anglo-Americana sound.

Saturday afternoon concert - Main Marquee Stage

Sunday lunchtime Folk Club - RC Church Hall

Two Coats Colder


Two Coats Colder are a quirky, progressive acoustic folk band performing a mix of self penned, traditional & contemporary songs.
Ray Taylor - Guitar & vocals
Anna Bass - Vocals & harmonium
Chris Bullen - bass guitar
David Baird - mandolin & vocals

Saturday afternoon concert - RC Church Hall


Exhilarating new-age folk music that will get your feet tapping and your mind thinking! Inspired by 10 years on the road in Europe and North America, FolkLaw's songs are a raw social commentary driven by the chaos of the lives we all lead. Inspirational songs and melodies cover subjects from politics and the environment, to relationships and love.

Saturday afternoon concert - Main Marquee Stage
Catherine Burke Band


Catherine plays guitar and various whistles, and writes light-hearted songs. Her lyrics are open and honest but generally written with a twist of humour thrown in. She is heavily influenced by
her love of Bluegrass and American music – although there are influences from all
around the world.

In live performance she is good fun, easy to understand and always delivers her songs
with a big smile and a wink.


Sunday afternoon concert Main Marquee Stage
Swinging the Lead


They play anything they like from Gershwin to Grappelli, Rock'n'roll to Rockin' Reels,  all the folk repertoire and generally have a good time doing it.

They aim to entertain and get toes tapping from the first note. They get folks up, singing and dancing, by playing catchy music and not simply turning the volume up!

Sunday afternoon concert Main Marquee Stage
Damian Clark


His concerts are played on the beautiful hammer dulcimer and hurdy gurdy, along with unaccompanied songs that he encourages audiences to sing along to, all passionately delivered. He often performs
at events where he introduces audiences to these rare and delightful instruments.
His musical mission is to perform traditional material, and to make it appeal to a wider
audience than the folk scene, especially for younger ears. He sometimes sings small nation language songs such as Irish, Plat Deutsch, and Breton, and is fascinated by cultures meeting and cross fertilising.

Sunday afternoon concert Main Marquee Stage
Cudby Calder


The members of Cudby-Calder come from a variety of musical backgrounds including Folk, Pop, Classical & Jazz, but have been playing together for several years as musicians for Suffolk based Mixed Border Morris side ‘Green Dragon’ before forming the trio in 2012. Cudby-Calder play a mixture of songs & tunes, mixing Folk Tunes from around the world with some of their own creations and the occasional unexpected twist!

Saturday afternoon concert - Main Marquee Stage
The Morrows


Patrick and Wendy Morrow are a married duo who have been writing and performing their own traditional influenced music for over a decade. After taking time out to have children, they are now back on the folk scene and have crafted a most poignant, poetic and uplifting collection of songs and tunes on their latest album 'King Wren'. They present haunting vocal harmonies, with guitar, harp , fiddle , flute, and  mandolin.

Saturday afternoon concert - RC Church Hall







A well earned rest 

The Bounty Hounds at Swanage


Members of the A Minor Fiddle Orchestra

Run - I hear banjos


The birdman of Swanage - just another basket case?

Something Nasty in the Woodshed - Piper Barry

Candle powered boats

Ready for the Friday evening concert

The heart of the festival

Martin Simpson at the Mowlem

Swanage beach from the Mowlem

Tom McConville at the Mowlem

All steamed up

Colvin Quarmby in the Marquee

Massed Border sides



Purbeck Village Quire

Festival site