Folk by the Water 2011 - Order of Performance

Saturday 9 July 2011

2.00 Thingumajig
See for yourself why ThingumaJig has become one of the most popular Ceilidh Bands in the South East! Foot tapping music, dances and songs from Scotland, England, Ireland and America, played on a fascinating variety of instruments.

2.40 Rude Mechanicals with Guest ‘Gurdy Max Sweatman
Barry Ruffell and Ray Chandler, core members of the popular Shoreham-based Rude Mechanicals, are joined for this special festival set by hurdy-gurdy ace Max Sweatman - a collaboration producing a distinctively foot-tapping programme of French, Swedish and English traditional music.

3.20 Martin Allen
Martin Allen mixes songs from his album "Rational Anthem" with a few old favourites. Defying labels - a touch folk with a hint of rock, and a dash of Dylan and Cohen.

4.00 Ewan Rodgers
Although specialising in acoustic fingerstyle guitar in the British folk-blues tradition, Yorkshire-born Ewan D. Rodgers reveals musical influences from as far away as the Appalachian Mountains, the sheep-stations of New South Wales and the Shtetls of old Eastern Europe. From Ewan's live performances you can expect traditional folk songs, country blues and the odd disgruntled sounding rag.

4.40 Maureen Ross + the Warner Bros Trio
Maureen Ross sings music halls songs, shanties and plays a range of tunes on the melodeon helped out by Rob on bodhran.  She will be accompanied by the Warner Bros, who will also be performing in their own right.  The Warner Bros are in fact Father, Son and old friend playing an eclectic mix of folk music on accordion, flute, whistle and bodhrun.

5.20 Willow Harmony
Elke, Anne, Audrey and Amy sing acapella three- and four-part harmony arrangements of folk and gospel songs.  They have performed at various folk evenings and concerts, locally.  In 2010, Willow Harmony made their first CD "Out of the Shade" .  They plan to make a Christmas CD this year.

6.00 Last Orders
Last Orders was formed in the 90s and started on the Brighton Folk scene. Now the band gigs all over Sussex in various line-ups depending on who is available. Claim to fame - Mike and Leam played in Phil Lynott's (Thin Lizzy) mother's pub in Achill Island in County Mayo in the Irish Republic and did two encores! A session is run by Last orders at The Red Lion Shoreham. For the festival they will be Mike (accordion, bodhran, vocals), Leam (guitar, vocals), Bruce (mandolin) and Becky (fiddle).

6.30 Interval

7.00 The Valentinos
Fresh from last month's world tour of Windlesham Gardens, Peter, Mervyn, Paul and Tom are the Valentinos line up this year, with an eclectic mix of country, folk and good time music.  "Too old to be dangerous" (Shoreham Herald)

7.40 Graham Curran
Having completed an apprenticeship playing blues guitar in the pubs of Newcastle, Graham more recently featured in the line-ups of a number of local folk and ceilidh bands.  For tonight’s performance, Graham plays a range of songs accompanying himself on melodeon and guitar.  

8.20 Chloe Overton and the ‘Makeshift String Band’
Chloe on mandolin and vocals, will have the privilege of playing with the "makeshift string band" which comprises young musicians from Brighton's vibrant bluegrass scene, all of whom perform in various other projects. They are: Dan Edwards on guitar and vocals, Ben McGuire on banjo and Max Crawford on double bass.  They will be performing a selection of bluegrass/old time songs and tunes.

9.00 Magellan
This versatile folk band consists of Bob Howlett, John Lucking, Dick Warner and Paul Spedding playing piano accordion, guitar/mandolin, whistles and bass. The band plays tunes, performs songs and is equally at home at pub sessions, performances, barn dances or ceilidhs. Magellan is the house band at the Shoreham Sessions (Bridge Inn third Monday of each month) and the Golden Slipper performers club (Ferry Inn, first Thursday of each month).

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Sunday 10 July 2011

2.00 Pete English and Magda Taylor
Peter plays in Big Yellow Taxi and is also part of Pied Merlin. Magda has added an extra dimension by introducing the saxophone into folk, which has been an interesting learning curve.  This duo plays an eclectic mix of contemporary and folk music, with guitar, mandolin, harmonica, saxophone plus some lovely harmonies.

2.40 Stuart Reed
Stuart is a founder member of popular Sussex folk band The Taverners as well as pursuing a solo career, during which time he has recorded eight albums and performed in clubs, concerts and cabaret – from Bermuda to Berlin. He has appeared as a guest singer with Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends at the Royal Albert Hall and continues to tour extensively at home and abroad as well as being a stalwart of the local folk club and session scene.

3.30 Ben Paley and Tab Hunter
Ben and Tab are local musicians with an international reputation. They've been in magazines and on the telly and everything! Ben plays fiddle and Tab plays guitar, mostly American and Irish tunes, and some Swedish and klezmer. They're very good, you'll probably like them more than you think you will.

4.30 Bad Dog! No Biscuits!
Bad Dog! No Biscuits! is a Duo playing Country/Folk Music. Paul's played in '60s Cover Bands in Australia and UK and writes storytelling songs.  Barry Medhurst is Singer/Songwriter and been playing in Sussex and runs Open Mike Nights around the traps.

5.00 Tournafulla
Tournafulla' has been playing together for three years a mixture of blisteringly fast traditional and original jigs and reels, slow, thoughtful aires and waltzes, and the occasional song. Annie Messerschmidt leads on fiddle, John Lucking accompanies on guitar, and Freddie Adams keeps us in order on drums and bodhran.

5.40 Laura Ward and the Risen Road
The Risen Road perform original tunes rooted in folk, bluegrass and Western Swing, and exciting interpretations of traditional songs. Based in Shoreham and led by Laura Ward, expect lush harmonies and diverse musical textures.

6.20 Barber, Taylor and Reed
Kevin Barber, Mark Taylor & Amy Reed perform an eclectic range of roots music energised by driving bluegrass rhythms tinged with elements of English, Celtic and American themes and styles. Using a range of instruments, including guitar, mandolin, banjo and fiddle the trio have established a reputation for dynamic live performance.

7.00 Amy Harrison and the Second Hand String Band
Popular Brighton Bluegrass band performing music by artists such as Bill Monroe, The Country Gentlemen, Hank Williams and more. This 4-piece has carved out a loyal following with their uplifting harmonies and infectious toe-tapping rhythm. Expect fast bluegrass standards and sentimental ballads wrapped up in a high lonesome sound.  

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