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Line-UP 2020

Confirmed acts for 2020 are below - we're working on the line-up and expect over 50 acts to be booked by April or May

Show 0f Hands

(Saturday)

On the road with Miranda Sykes again and now Cormac Byrne on percussion.  You know you'll get a night to remember as SOH return to Southwell since last playing in 2016. >more

Anxo Lorenzo Band 

(Friday)

Anxo Lorenzo is a virtuoso award-winning Galician piper who is renowned for his incandescent live performances, and uses his extraordinary talents to meld different musical styles into fresh and powerful melodies. His band combines an absolute mastery of their instruments and provides a show full of power, passion and aural delight >more

The Celtic Social Club

(Sunday)

Celtic Social Club is a group of Bretons and Scots musicians, inspired by their elders of the Buena Vista Social Club and the New Orleans Social Club.  Expect a rousing show!  >more

Ian Siegal

(Thursday/Friday)

Undeniably one of the UK's best blues performers - multi-award-winning and with a string of acclaimed albums since 2004. One-time Nottingham local now based out of Amsterdam. >more

The Breath

(Sunday)

The Breath is guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer Ríoghnach Connolly. Nominated as best duo/group at the  BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019, with Rioghnach WINNING Folk Singer of the Year. >more

Imar

(Saturday)

“Awesome, lush, stunning, jaw-dropping… all the adjectives have been heaped on Glasgow-based band Ímar since they arrived, seemingly fully formed, on the roots scene in 2016, their instrumental punch and pizzazz leaving listeners reeling. >more

Madison Violet

(Sunday)

Canadian roots duo Madison Violet  have racked up an impressive array of credits over the last decade and beyond, including Canadian Folk Awards, Independent Music Awards, and becoming the only Canadian act to win the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. >more

Talisk

(Sunday)

In their five years, Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2018’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation & 2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. >more

AJ Lee & Blue Summit

(Sunday)

A fantastic return to GTSF for this Californian band who stormed the Thursday stage last year. Exceptional, entertaining and soulful contemporary bluegrass & Americana. >more

Maroon Town

(Saturday)

An explosive musical cocktail of authentic Jamaican ska mixed with rap, reggae, Latin & funk that has hooked fans & audiences from all over the world for over 30 years. >more

Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres

(Friday)

This Canadian duo is a tour de force of versatility, fine musicianship and technical dexterity. Together they represent two diverse and successful music careers laden with awards. >more

Chris Wood

(Sunday)

A longtime champion of English music, songwriter, composer, raconteur, thinker, musician, and outstanding singer Chris Wood was rather aptly described by The Irish Times as "the renaissance man of English folk.">more

FielD & Dyke

(day tbc)

Danny Pedler & BBC Folk Award winner Greg Russell bring you the Field & Dyke project; a project combining traditional music with the sounds of industry.  >more

Track Dogs

(Friday)

From Madrid, and comprised of 2 Irishmen, 1 Englishman and 1 American, Track Dogs came together in 2011 to make their unique brand of acoustic music; a veritable 4×4 of voices and instruments identified for their dynamic fusion of styles including folk, latin, Americana & even some bluegrass. >more

Blair Dunlop

(Saturday)

“Dunlop is a storyteller and can build a whole world in a matter of a few minutes” MAVERICK 2016

 

The singer-songwriter returns to GTSF for the third time - we really like him! >more

The Henry Girls

(Friday/Saturday/Sunday)

The Henry Girls return to GTSF! Last here in 2016 we are excited to have them back in 2020. Intricate 3-part harmonies and a mix of Irish folk, Americana and more - coupled with their tremendous musicianship on harp, banjo, fiddle, ukulele and accordion will make them a must-see act again this year. >more

The Nell & Jim Band

(Saturday/Sunday)

From California, The Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band joins five genre-busting artists together, bringing their audiences joyful music infused with folk, bluegrass, Americana, roots, swing, and jazz. 

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The Jellyman's Daughter

(Sunday)

Scottish quartet The Jellyman's Daughter lands squarely in the middle of an intriguing crossroads between bluegrass, post-rock, folk and soul - with intriguing arrangements, and unique vocal harmonies.  >more

BeauBowBelles

(days tbc)

GTSF favourites: English folk meets Gypsy swing, all sung in beautiful three-part harmony and underpinned by their classical music background.  >more

Wizz Jones

(Thurday)

Legendary acoustic guitarist, singer-songwriter and bluesman – the man who taught Keith Richards how to play “Cocaine”, and winner of 2019 BBC Folk Awards lifetime achievement award.  
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The Daniel Smith Blues BAnd

(Thursday)

"Dazzlingly accomplished boogie-woogie and blues piano" THE GUARDIAN. Daniel Smith is commonly recognized as an outstanding keyboards talent and a boogie-woogie pianist without parallel. The band is joined by Alan Glen on harmonica! - >more

Simawé

(Friday/Saturday/Sunday tbc)

Hailing from Angers in NW France, Simawé play lively and engaging folk-tinged reggae. We are looking forward to having them in Southwell after spotting them on holiday in France in 2019.   >more

Ceólta

(days tbc)

Based in the North of Ireland and formed in October 2018, Ceólta is an exciting group, whose members have many years of experience on the traditional scene. They produce a vibrant sound, playing an array of instruments on self -penned and traditional arrangements.    >more

Stone Jets

(days tbc)

Cape Town’s Stone Jets — made up of Manfred Klose on guitars and Given Nkanyane on vocals and bass — creates toe-tapping music, wrapped in soul.
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Rodney Branigan

(Saturday)

Ever seen someone play 2 guitars at once? Rodney Branigan can play two better than most can play one! US born Rodney Branigan relocated to the UK after learning his craft across the pond and has since been stunning audiences around the world with his jaw-dropping guitar skills and delightful songwriting ability.   >more

reg Meuross

(Saturday)

"Unquestionably one of the finest singer-songwriters that this country has spawned during the past four decades. If there was any justice left in this benighted world Reg Meuross...would be required listening for roots music enthusiasts everywhere" Morning Star. >more

Veronica Sbergia & Max De Barnardi

(Friday and Saturday)

Over the years and after hundreds shows, Italians Max & Veronica love entertaining the audience and keeping their brand of  blues, ragtime, folk and country blues alive, faithfully reproducing its original sound whilst playing it with a modern twist.. >more

The Wilderness Yet

(days tbc)

This new trio combines the acclaimed talents of folksinger Rosie Hodgson, traditional fiddler Rowan Piggott, and guitarist-flautist Philippe Barnes. Together, they weave a tapestry of traditional & self-penned songs with a charm and familiarity that is usually only found in seasoned line-ups.​ >more

The Wilson FAmily

(day tbc)

Nothing beats the glorious, powerful, vocal harmony of The Wilson Family. The five brothers from Teeside sing traditional and traditionally-orientated songs, with deep understanding, joy and good humour. >more

Keith Donnelly

(across the weekend)

You'll find him all over the place! Compere, singer-songwriter, comedian, quiz-master. >more

The Last Inklings

(Thursday)

The Last Inklings create music that inspires wonder and intrigue through songwriting, stories and soundscapes. - >more

Iona Lane band

(Saturday, and solo Sunday)

Iona is a young, upcoming folk singer and musician who is currently studying for a Folk degree at Leeds College of Music under the tuition of Jim Moray, Nancy Kerr and Bryony Griffith.

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Banjo Jen

(Saturday,Sunday)

 

Based in Sheffield, British singer-songwriter Banjo Jen is the “all-singin’, all-dancin’, badass banjo-pickin’ girl”.- >more

The Rye Sisters

(days tbc)

 

The Rye Sisters (Ishani and Sue) are a duo from Lincolnshire who perform Americana and folk-country songs in close harmony to guitar, mandolin and fiddle - >more

Thorpe & Morrison

(days tbc)

An enthusiastic, energetic traditional folk duo formed out of Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble - >more

Rum Ram Ruff

(day tbc)

Rum Ram Ruff formed in 2014. All members bring previous ceilidh band experience to the new project.  - >more

Frog on a Bike

(day tbc)

Cambridgeshire’s Frog on a Bike have over a century’s worth of playing between them! Featuring lively melodeon, recorder and strings, with a solid back line of bass and drums, their big sound is guaranteed to get you up and dancing- >more

Nottingham Youth Orchestra

(Sunday morning)

Nottingham Youth Orchestra is one of the country's top orchestras for young people with over 200 talented youngsters in three orchestras and three jazz orchestras.  A good few of them will be performing in the Folk Stage on Sunday morning so grab your bacon butties and join them! 

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