Concerts

2018

Friday 22 September, 8pm
NANCY KERR & JAMES FAGAN 
Traditional and Contemporary Folk Music from England and Australia
Twice winners “Best Duo” (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2003, 2011) also winners of the Horizon
Award (2000).
Nancy Kerr won the 2015 “Folk Singer of the Year” (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards)
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan are one of the best-known and most experienced folk duos on the
British circuit today. Outstanding musicianship, a lifelong grounding in traditional singing and
instrumental playing, acclaimed original compositions but most noticeably a visceral chemistry
between these two make Kerr and Fagan a perennial favourite at festivals, venues and clubs
across the country. They met in December 1995, and formed the duo and life partnership that has
become the backbone of their professional career in music ever since. They won the inaugural
Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2000, and were also the first ever recipients of
the “Best Duo” Award, which they won in 2003, and again in 2011.
Nancy Kerr a simply outstanding writer of songs, one of England’s best-known folk fiddle players
and in 2015 won “Folk Singer of the Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. She is in constant
demand as a songwriter, performer and teacher. As well as the duo with James, her recent work
has included the multi-award-winning “The Full English” band, “The Elizabethan Session”, Melrose
Quartet and the trio Simpson Cutting Kerr (with Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting). 2017 tours
include with Bellamy’s “The Transports” and “Shake the Chains”. She is co-director of the
Soundpost fiddle and singing workshop weekends in Sheffield. Her duo in the 1990s with Eliza
Carthy saw her shoot to international prominence on the folk scene in her teens and she hasn’t
looked back. Her recent solo albums “Sweet Visitor” and “Instar” have won Nancy a new legion of
fans.
James Fagan was born in Australia and raised in a folk-singing family The Fagans. He is a multiinstrumentalist
and singer, specialising in bouzouki, guitar and mandolin. As well as working side
by side with Nancy for nearly two decades, James is part of Melrose Quartet and The James
Brothers (his antipodean duo with Kiwi Jamie McClennan.) James is constantly in demand as a
session player and appears on albums by Cara Dillon, Martin Simpson, Brian Finnegan, Eliza
Carthy and Spiers & Boden. He was part of Bellowhead for their Hedonism tour in 2010 and has
been a regular member of the Cara Dillon Band, having played bouzouki on her three most recent
CDs. He is a core vocal tutor on the Newcastle University Folk Music Degree Course.
As a duo, Nancy and James have toured internationally, most notably in the British Isles, Canada,
Australia, New Zealand and Japan. They have thousands of fans and despite now having two
children continue to work and tour constantly from their home base in Sheffield. Starting a family
has reduced the amount of time they can spend on the road together, so their duo shows are now
special and sought-after events.
Selected Discography:
1997: Starry Gazy Pie – Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. Fellside Records.
1999: Steely Water – Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. Fellside Records.
2002: Between The Dark and Light – Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. Fellside Records.
2006: Strands of Gold – Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. Fellside Records.
2008: Station House (with Robert Harbron). Fellside Records.
2010: Twice Reflected Sun – Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. Navigator Records.
2014: Sweet Visitor (Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band) Little Dish Records.
2016: Instar (Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band) Little Dish Records
www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk   email Sub Rooms Doors 7.30 Phil King 8pm Nancy and James 9pm Curfew 11.30pm
Ticket prices £12+£1.50 booking fee adv £14+£1.50 (Booking Fee) 01453 760900

Phil King www.phil-king.net
As a singer-songwriter Phil King has the whole trinity: a beautiful, soulful singing voice; deft skills at playing the guitar and the capacity to write elegantly worded and powerful songs. His new album The Wreckage has already caught excellent media attention with Radio 2’s Bob Harris describing him as “Absolutely Brilliant” and a Song Weaver”.  Phil has been touring to promote his latest release, a live solo album, recorded at Bristol’s beautiful and intimate Wardrobe Theatre.
“Always lyrical, tuneful and emotional, lovers of the darker side of folk and roots-based music will find plenty to enjoy.”  R2 Rock’n’Reel Magazine
“Stunningly Beautiful, The Wreckage should expand his profile considerably.”> – Folk Radio UK
“Phil’s songs are couched in the simple language of truth.” – Fatea Magazine>.

NIALL KELLY
Derry / N Irish-man Niall Kelly has through immersion on the UK roots scene and the release of two highly regarded albums established a valued reputation in the industry. Enough to secure the support slot with Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott on their autumn tour in 2017 and secure the involvement of world class musicians such as lap-steel legend BJ Cole and brass section Matt Holland & Martin Winning (Van Morrison/Roger Daltrey/Ray Charles).
It is Folk to some, Celtic/Country/Americana/Blue s fusion to others, either way Niall Kelly’s cross-over appeal has brought about numerous festival appearances this year ranging from the Colne Great British R&B Festival to Cogges Farm Folk Festival.
“Fantastic album. A modern Van Morrison!” – Robert Elms BBC Radio London.
“Balm for the soul!” Mat Snow – Q magazine.
Saturday September 22 at the Ale House 8pm Admission Free.

Celtic Conspiracy Contact: James Milroy ; jamesmilroy57@outlook.com
www.facebook.com/pg/celticconspiracy/ 01453 883565
Celtic Conspiracy are a band based in Gloucestershire specialising in traditional celtic tunes fused with other musical genres such as jazz and reggae. The line- up includes flute, alto sax, accordion, bouzouki, guitar and bass.”
In the courtyard at Star Anise 11am -12.30 ( bottom of Gloucester St)

Rod Penlington & Robin Burton fakebook.com/robinisfromsomerset
Paul and Robin walked into a pub during the 2015 Gloucester Shanty Festival and met Rod. “Do you know where we can do some singing?” we asked. “I’m booked to sing outside in ten minutes, you can join me,” said Rod.
Afterwards, we all said “That was fun… we should do more of it”. So we have. Since that meeting, and with the addition of Deb Hannis to the band, the Gloucester Diamonds has evolved into much more than a shanty group. A Diamond performance features comedy, traditional folk, music hall, contemporary folk; and even the odd blues number.
The Gloucester Diamonds are: Rod Penlington, Deb Hannis, Paul Carter and Robin Burton
robin@robinburton.co.uk
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 1:30-2pm

Gwilym Davies   fakebook.com/gwilymd1
Despite his Welsh name and ancestry, 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 or banjo. For more than 40 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.Gwilym is experienced in folk clubs, concerts, festivals radio and recording.
Concert Sunday at the Imperial 2:30-3pm.

Ken Langsbury
Ken Langsbury grew up surrounded by the songs and stories of the ordinary (and sometimes extraordinary!) people of Gloucestershire. Though rejected by the school choir, his love of singing led him to entertain his comrades during national service in Malaya and to join the renowned Cheltenham-based group, The Songwainers. As well as singing, Ken enjoys telling stories, many of which are so familiar to his fans that they will join in with key phrases. Today he describes his life, his songs and his stories in a chat with Martin Graebe. He will be joined by his daughter, Kate Dean, a very fine singer in her own right.
Concert Sunday at the Imperial 3-3:30pm

Doug Watt (FB page)
Double graduate musician, local folky, border morris box player, retired cricketer, not retired businessman and sometime singer of silly songs.
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 3:30-4pm

Brad McEwen  citternbard.yolasite.com
third generation Canadian, descended from Irish and Scottish immigrants. Accompanying himself on cittern, his solo repertoire consists of Canadian variants of British ballads as well as songs from Canadian traditional historical sources. The rich tradition of Canada is often overlooked and Brad hopes to raise awareness of his country’s history and contributions to the world in songs and stories. Supported on Double Bass by well known local musician Kevin Bown.
Concert at the Imperial Sunday 4-4:30pm.

DISCOVERY fakebook.com/discoveryfolk/
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.
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 4-4:30pm

Blonds With Beards fakebook.com/BlondesWithBeards/
Ask Blondes With Beards to describe what they do and the first thing they’ll tell you is “We’re not a drag act.” They are, in fact, a four piece harmony group singing a mix of accompanied and a capella material. The lead vocals come mainly from the girls, Jan and Jo (The Blondes,) with additional vocals, guitar accompaniment from Richard and Jeff (the Beards).
Their differing musical backgrounds are reflected in a varied repertoire encompassing folk, light country and blues with acoustic arrangements of some classic pop numbers, a bit of humour and some self-penned material.
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 4:30pm 2.30 – 4.00pm

Tickets

Most events at Stroud Folk Weekend are free to attend.

Please give generously when you see the collection buckets.

There are some ticketed events in the programme.  Tickets for these can be obtained at the venue. Please see listings for details.

 

Programme/Info

2018 – still evolving But sessions, singarounds and concert pages are pretty up to date.

Weekend Festival Programme 2017

Saturday Dance Running Order 2017

(PDFs)

Tickets

  • Most events in the Stroud Folk Weekend are free – please give generously when you see the collection buckets.
  • There are some ticketed events at the Sub Rooms and Ruskin Mill College – details are given on the programme listings where appropriate.

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Camping

  • There are no camping facilities at the festival. However we have a number of sites in the surrounding Cotswold Hills.  Campsite List