Line Up 2019

We are starting to confirm artists for 2019 with headliners and many more to come


Andrew Stevenson and Angus MacPhail  met while studying at the highly acclaimed R.S.A.M.D in Glasgow. They soon discovered they had a similar passion for authentic traditional Scottish music and by early 1999 ‘Skipinnish’ was established. With hit after hit of self penned songs and a strong mix of powerful bagpipe, fiddle and accordion led tune sets, they encompass the very best of contemporary Celtic Music. >more

Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys

The meteoric rise of Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys is quite astonishing. Playing their first ever show as a band in May 2016, in just two years they have risen from fringe stages and beer gardens to barnstorming headline sets at festivals all over the UK and Europe.

“Amazing, thrilling music.” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 & 4 >more

Blue Rose Code

Blue Rose Code is Edinburgh-born songwriter Ross Wilson. At the edge of contemporary alt-folk, Wilson’s music evokes a meeting of Van Morrison and a young John Martyn, both shipwrecked with a bunch of Motown records.  >more

The Tweed Project

The Tweed Project is a collaboration between some of England and Scotland’s finest explorers of traditional music. With a new line-up for 2019, expect great things >more

Otway & Barrett

Both John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett remain enigmas to the vast majority of the British public, but for those who know they are amongst the top ten of favourite artists to see live. The show is a wonderful eclectic mix of bizarre humour, superb visual effects, fine guitar playing and the best use of a Theremin anywhere. >more

Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar are a British folk music duo. They won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award in 2013, and in 2014 won the Horizon award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They were nominated for the Best Duo award in 2015. >more

Grace Petrie

Grace Petrie is a folk singer, songwriter, and activist from Leicester, UK. You may have seen here in 2017 when she played to packed crowds and she is now one of the most respected and prolific songwriters working in the UK today. >more

Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente

2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente hail from the Isle of Lewis and Glasgow/Spain. It’s no wonder their music doesn’t focus on one place or on one of the many strands of Scotland’s web of traditions. On guitar and vocals in Gaelic, Scots and English, their music is a round tour, where centuries-old ballads meet Gaelic Puirt A Beul, songs from the mines and cotton mills. >more


‘How often do you hear a sound that’s completely new, which has great energy and immediately makes you want to dance? I’ll be following Ranagri around, I hope they don’t mind…’ Katie Derham – BBC Radio 3.

Here again in 2019! >more

Blackbeard’s Teaparty

Traditional songs and folk tunes are given a heavy rock edge with playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is all mixed up in an engaging, high-octane stage show that frequently leaves audiences cheering for more. One of our great ceilidh bands for 2019. >more

Flossie Malavialle

Flossie Malavialle is a French born singer who has been based in the North East of England since 2002. Several years on, she has become an accomplished performer playing at folk clubs and festivals all over the UK (and beyond) and supporting acts such as Fairport Convention and Show of Hands. >more

Keith Donnelly

Keith is a very [very!] funny, globe-trotting, Geordie tall-tale-telling-singer-songwriter-guitarist. Keith could make sheep laugh (Jasper Carrott).

Back with us in 2019, doing his stuff across the festival stages. >more

Morrissey & Marshall

“People are drawn to their song-writing, the clever melodies and in particular the sound of their voices singing in unison – simply beautiful.” – Louder Than War

“It almost seems impossible that two voices can compliment one another in such a relaxed and seemingly accidental way, quite frankly, they’re built on sounding perfect.” – It Sounded Sweet >more

Bird in the Belly

Bird in the Belly is a collaborative folk music project which brings to life to previously unrecorded songs, poems and stories from all over the UK. >more



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