Lisbee Stainton is a 28 year-old singer-songwriter who has been writing music for 20 years. She recorded her first album, Firefly, in 2006 before going on to study Popular Music at Goldsmiths College. Since graduating, she has recorded a further 3 critically acclaimed albums; Girl on an Unmade Bed, Go and Word Games. She has toured with such notable artists as Joan Armatrading, Paul Brady, Gretchen Peters, Paul Carrack and Seth Lakeman. In April 2017, Lisbee released her fifth studio album ‘Then Up’; the first album of hers to be entirely self-produced and created over a two year period at Monnow Valley Studios in Rockfield.
As a writer and performer Megan belongs to a tradition, though perhaps not solely to the one many expected after she and her brother, Joe, won BBC Radio 2's Young Folk Award in 2009. Instead, the lineage that Henwood can claim is the same one that Bob Dylan tapped in to when he upset folk purists, first by writing his own songs, then by going electric; she is closer in spirit to idiosyncratic singer-songwriters such as her key influences - Elliott Smith, Bill Withers, Anaïs Mitchell - or to those writers who similarly dig down deep into music's roots to find new ways to innovate: Terry Callier, Tom Waits, PJ Harvey.
The Leylines was started by a group of West Country musicians driving home from a session at the legendary Sawmills studios. Levelling The Land by The Levellers was on the car stereo. Something about the sound of the record, the rolling Cornish landscapes and the smell of summer connected in vocalist Steve’s head. Steve put his observations on the state of the nation into music and started writing. Along with band mates Matt (guitar), Pete (bass), Dave (drums) and Hannah (violin), The Leylines have created a style that combines the acerbic social commentary of Paul Weller with a folk-rock vibe.
Ferocious folk foursome 4Square is winning fans from all four corners of Europe and beyond. The powerful young quartet has already stormed festivals and venues all across the UK, Canada, Norway, Sweden, The Czech Republic, Greece, and Denmark with their fiery, inventive and virtuosic brand of alternative folk. 4Square’s trademark show features the spectacle of Nicola Lyons’s simultaneous fiddle playing and clog dancing and virtuosic mandolin from Michael Giverin, galvanised by the driving sounds of Jim Molyneux’s piano and Dan Day’s percussion. The result is an infusion of folk, jazz, latin and more.
Rosie Hood is a young folk singer from Wiltshire, known for her strong, pure voice and engaging solo performance. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer. Having started learning folk songs at an early age from her family, Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs.
Kitty Macfarlane is a Somerset-based singer and songwriter. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries, driven by her own fingerpicked guitar. As well as the release of her debut EP Tide & Time - featuring Sam Kelly (co-producer), Jamie Francis, Lukas Drinkwater, Maya McCourt and Ciaran Algar, and gaining her first national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 folk show with Mark Radcliffe, and Tom Robinson's show on BBC 6Music.
Tom has opened shows for Gaz Brookfield, Dave McPherson (InME) and Robbie McIntosh (Tom Jones, Paul McCartney). He has also appeared on BBC Wiltshire’s Live Lounge, and opened the Fire Stage at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival. Tom has released 2 EPs-'Harsh Words and Sharp Elbows' and 'Live At the David Hall' as well as 2 solo albums. His latest, 'Roots, Morals and Other Life Choices' is his most successful. Tom recorded his albums and both have received positive reviews.
Firstly we'd like to thank all the artists and the audience for making the 6th North Dorset Folk Festival such an amazing and memorable day. Thanks and gratitude also to all those who helped with setting up and running the festival - it simply would not happen without you!
Now for the sad part... As announced at the festival, the 6th will be last, at least for the time being. Due to the varied demands and timings of my day job I simply cannot dedicate any particular date to running the festival next year. I will, given the opportunity, always look to set up something in the future if at all possible and will certainly let those on the mailing list know.
North Dorset Folk Festival has given a lot of pleasure to many people over the years - it has been a privilege to witness wonderful musicians along with the appreciation and admiration of the audiences. Hopefully we'll see you around somewhere...
All the Best,