GTSF 2022

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International Roots & Acoustic Music Festival

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29th June to 2nd July 2023

THANK YOU

Well, the 2022 festival is over; thank you for coming. See some great pictures here. We love putting on this festival, and seeing people enjoy the music and everything else on offer makes it all worthwhile. The festival is run by volunteer directors and committee, and we can all take a little breath now!

Biggest thanks go to all the volunteer stewards who worked so hard in the heat to keep everything running smoothly. Thanks too to the fantastic array of artists who performed, and the site team, contractors, traders, sound & light crews, media & photographers, first-aid and security who make it all possible. And of course, we're also really grateful to the land-owner who so generously and warm-heartedly lends us use of such a glorious setting. 

Our thoughts now turn to 2023, when we move to a new weekend (again!) 29th June to 2nd July. We hope to settle on the days that cover the first Saturday in July from now on. We'd love to see you then!

Have a great year in the meantime,

The GTSF Team

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Line-Up 2022

Here's the 2022 line-up. We'll take it down when we start to announce artists for 2023

 

Dervish

BBC lifetime achievement award winners with a line-up which includes some of Ireland's finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country's best-known singers, Cathy Jordan

Sunday

Peat & Diesel

A Stornoway 3-piece on an extraordinary trajectory, Peat & Diesel have been selling-out in hours everywhere they play. Tongue-in-cheek lyrics celebrate island characters, and live they are riotous and extremely good fun

Friday

Le Vent du Nord

Renowned the world over, the multi award winning and highly acclaimed group is a leading force in Québécois progressive francophone folk movement. creating intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition

Saturday

Ian Siegal

Mojo calls Ian Siegal "the cleverest writer and most magnetic performer of Blues in the UK". Multi award winning: British Blues Hall of Fame, nine-times British Blues Awards winner, three-times European Blues Awards winner, and twice MOJO blues album of the year.

Thursday & Friday

The Spooky Men's Chorale

Australia's Spooky Men can be uproariously funny. They can also move you to tears. Such is the power of these 17 sublime voices and stunning a cappella arrangements.

Sunday

Noble Jacks

With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners with their high-energy footstompin' rhythms, which have taken crowds by storm across the UK. "An Explosion of insurmountable energy and brilliantly catchy riffs"

Sunday

The Trials of Cato

"The Trials of Cato pay homage to the folk tradition, twisting it into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories"

Friday

Katherine Priddy

One of the most exciting names on the current British scene "sumptuous songs that define the impressive qualities of this most erudite of songwriters".

Friday

While & Matthews

With more than 25 years of unrivalled musical partnership, gathering numerous awards along the way, these much beloved singer-songwriters are one of the UK's most prolific female duos.

Saturday

John Smith

John Smith has built a reputation as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and songwriters. “You’re smiling even as tears catch in your throat.” -MOJO

Sunday

Merry Hell

Merry Hell is a band founded on the ever-evolving Folk tradition - music made by the people and shared by the people. They are one of the best live roots acts you'll see, and winners of many awards.

Saturday & Sunday

Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe

Two of the UK's finest songwriters. "These two well-travelled veterans of the folk music scene have still got a great deal to say and can still say it with style"

Sunday

Blackbeard's Tea Party

The go-to band for late-night folkin' shenanigans with a brand new line-up since they last played GTSF "Contemporary folk rock at its most infectious"

Saturday

India Electric Co.

"Masterful, innovative, highly accomplished and persuasively entertaining ... one of the truly pioneering acts in contemporary folk music" FRUK

Saturday

Truckstop Honeymoon

Hollering with all their hearts over a five string banjo and a doghouse bass, Truckstop Honeymoon live the life they sing about. They were so good in 2018, you called for their return in 2019 and we know you'll welcome them again this year.

Saturday/Sunday

Steve Tilston

One of our most celebrated songsmiths, widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music

Sunday

Fellow Pynins

Finely tuned harmonies and sympathetic musical arrangements flow easily from Dani Aubert and Ian Van Ornum, an Oregon duo over in the UK this summer. With guitar, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, bouzouki and banjo they express a softer, gentler side of neo-folk.

Friday & Saturday

Katie Spencer

"Katie's guitar playing has echoes of my dear friend the late great Bert Jansch. Like a musical weaver she threads her poetic lyrics through the guitar's strings and produces little tapestries of song" Ralph McTell

Friday/Saturday

Jez Lowe

Jez Lowe has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter and performer in the world of acoustic music, and as a recognized musical ambassador for his native North East England

Sunday

Black Water County

Punchy fiddle, guitar and hard hitting drums with underpinnings of banjo, mandolin and tin whistle - a beautiful cacophony of distilled folk-punk bliss!

Friday

Jacob & Drinkwater

South-west based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called "stand out new folk" by BBC6 Music with their live show described as "intense and spellbinding" by Folk Radio UK

Saturday

Honey & The Bear

Mellow folk-tinged melodies to fast pounding Americana, Honey & The Bear write clever songs about love, life and the planet! Appearing as a 4-piece this year.

Saturday & Sunday (tbc)

Daniel Smith Blues Band

'A serious challenger to Jools Holland as the UK's Number One boogie pianist.' Blues In Britain.
'Dazzlingly accomplished boogie woogie and blues piano.' The Guardian.

Thursday to Saturday

Pete Morton

Old time troubadour with a compelling stage presence and approachable style delivering an unruly mix of humanism, politics, love and social commentary: "not only original, but a revelation"

Friday & Saturday

Kyla Brox

One of the UK's greatest blues vocalists and a fine flautist, with Danny Blomeley on guitar.

Thursday

Winter Wilson

Kip Winter and Dave Wilson bring a sense of intimacy to every venue, blending superb, often hard-hitting original songs, stunning harmonies and musicianship with sometimes hilarious humour.

Thu/Sat/Sun

Filkin's Ensemble

Birmingham's new young supergroup, brings together 15 of the UK's finest young folk musicians in an adventurous collaboration producing contemporary arrangements of a traditional folk repertoire.

Friday to Sunday

Pedler // Russell

Danny Pedler and two-time BBC Radio2 Folk Award Winner Greg Russell bring you the Field & Dyke project, combining traditional music with the sounds of industry.

Saturday

Keith Donnelly

Keith Donnelly is a regular at GTSF, entertaining youngsters and oldsters alike! "The funniest thing to happen to folk music since the banjo!"

Saturday/Sunday

David Eagle

After many years on stage with The Young'uns, David Eagle's newish side-hustle is as a comedian and he'll be livening up the late night comedy slot on Saturday

Saturday

The Shackleton Trio

Captivating songwriting and fiery tunes that combine mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo with powerful three part harmonies

Saturday/Sunday

Big Red & the Grinners

Featuring banjo, accordion, double bass, acoustic guitars and percussion, Big Red & the
Grinners move seamlessly from the likes of Technotronic’s ‘Pump Up the Jam’ to Tony Rice’s
bluegrass classic ‘Freeborn Man’

Sunday

Fritillaries

"A genuine joy live...bright, light and effortlessly gorgeous. Hannah and Gabriel pull off something magical every time... A real joy to watch, without fail."

Friday to Sunday

The Rogue Embers

The Rogue Embers have a distinctive fast paced blend of Americana/folk-rock, fuelled by driving rhythm and powerful harmonies. They went down a storm on the Frontier Stage last year and it's great to see them back in 2022.

Sunday

The Rye Sisters

Lincolnshire duo performing Americana and folk-country songs in close harmony to guitar, mandolin and fiddle

Friday to Sunday

Thorpe & Morrison

Rising stars of the British folk scene, Harry Thorpe and Sean Morrison make new music inspired by their Scottish/English folk upbringings

Days TBC

Paul Carbuncle

A former winner of GTSF open-mic competition, Paul carbuncle returns armed with folk songs of Kent (via Nottingham), folk songs of Nottingham (via Kent) and “a formidable right hand”.

Thursday to Sunday

Helian

Helian are a young five-piece folk band which has sprung from the Leeds Conservertoire. Taking influence from the folk traditions of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Scandinavia they blur the line between modern ethereal sounds and classical instrumentation.

Friday to Sunday

Lauren South

Singer and multi-instrumentalist whose self-penned and traditional songs have gained her a reputation as one of Warwickshire’s finest up and coming folk musicians

Friday to Sunday

Andrew Bird

"Comedy gold...Bird's going
to be a big star, catch him
close-up now” - The Scotsman. “A great storyteller, funny,
likeable and effortless” -
Time Out

Saturday

Becky Syson

"Becky seems to radiate positivity and this comes through loud and clear in her music". She's also our brilliant Children's Festival Co-ordinator.

Thursday to Sunday

Rum Ram Ruff

Ceilidh band Rum Ram Ruff have played widely in Sheffield and Derbyshire since 2014. They play a wide range of tunes for a lively, danceable sound.

Friday

Huson-Whyte

Local duo and past winners of the open-mic, Sarah and Gordon perform original songs with wit and feeling.

Thursday & Saturday (tbc)

Louis Louis Louis

Piano, double bass, drums, sax & vocal harmony combo playing classic rhythm 'n' blues, doo-wop and ska

Friday

Chris Brain

Chris draws inspiration from the outdoors and song writers such as John Martyn, Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell, with distinctive fingerpicking patterns and alternate tunings in his sound.

Friday

James Taplin

South Yorkshire based folk and roots singer-songwriter preaching the blues with the heart of folk and the voice of soul.

Saturday/Sunday

Local Artist Showcase

A superb line-up of local and regional artists on the Frontier Stage currated in association with "Bramley Live"

Thursday

Eva Väljaots & Robbie Sherratt

Eva and Robbie write and perform music rooted in Estonian and English folklore. Their music combines kannel, fiddle, and vocals in a colourful, rich and enchanting way.

Saturday/Sunday

Mark Fraser

Storytelling with mark is always full of surprises. Entertaining stuff from GTSF regular.

Thursday to Sunday

James the Jester

Hilarious comedy, multi-skilled shows and walkabouts leave audiences of all ages laughing.

Saturday/Sunday

Save the Date for 2023

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