International Roots & Acoustic Music Festival
29th June to 2nd July 2023
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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Here's the 2022 line-up. We'll take it down when we start to announce artists for 2023
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
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
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
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.
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"
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.
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"
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.
One of our most celebrated songsmiths, widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music
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'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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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’
"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.
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 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
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
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.
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.
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.