Line-Up

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Grant Gordy & Joe K. Walsh – USA
Midnight Skyracer
Flats & Sharps
Jaywalkers
The Rip Roaring Success
The Dan Walsh Trio
The Shackleton Trio
The Often Herd
Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band
The Lowly Strung
The Vanguards
The Ragged Out String Band

Grant Gordy & Joe K. Walsh (USA)

Grant Gordy & Joe K. Walsh

The music of Grant Gordy and Joe K. Walsh arises from and expands upon the great tradition of guitar and mandolin duets. Drawing heavily from bluegrass and string band music while folding in sounds from influences as varied as Jerry Garcia, Bill Frisell, David Grisman, and Django Reinhardt, their sound is an exciting romp through many acoustic styles, all tied together with their deep improvisatory communication.

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Midnight Skyracer

Midnight Skyracer

IBMA Momentum Award nominated bluegrass band, Midnight Skyracer have been tearing up the UK bluegrass and folk scene since their inception less than two years ago. Their all star lineup and exciting live performances have sent them racing skywards at an astounding pace right from the start, with Leanne Thorose’s powerhouse vocals and driving mandolin; Tabitha Agnew’s sweet voice and virtuosic banjo playing; Eleanor Wilkie’s rock solid bass grooves; Laura Carrivick’s flair, being equally adept on both fiddle and dobro; and twin sister Charlotte’s agility on the guitar, with both sisters filling in the vocal harmonies.

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Flats & Sharps

Flats & Sharps

Flats and Sharps have been playing hard driving finger pickin’ bluegrass for over 7 years, not bad for a raggle taggle bunch of young Cornishmen. They have played to audiences the world over and have won fans young and old with their blinding picking, sublime harmonies and high energy live performances. This year, Flats and Sharps have refined, distilled and recorded the experience they have gained over the years and will be touring their brand new album – “The Bluegrass Album” (subtlety hasn’t quite reached the South West yet).

Flats and Sharps are here to put a smile on your face and get your feet a movin’ with their own unique mixture of contemporary original music, Americana & Bluegrass. Peace, love & good vibrations! xx

Josh Warner – vocals, acoustic guitar.
Mikey Ponsford – vocals, mandolin.
Liam Fitzharris – vocals, double bass.
Danny Hart – vocals, fiddle, banjo.

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Jaywalkers

Jaywalkers

Jaywalkers have been delighting audiences for over 10 years; taking their exciting, inventive and virtuosic brand of Bluegrass & Americana up, down and around the UK and Europe and are returning to Didmarton this year with their new album – Time to Save the World. These three outstanding musicians have developed a tight bond, demonstrated through their well-crafted, tasteful arrangements and ability to bounce ideas around the stage. The combination of powerhouse bass, flame-fingered mandolin, blistering fiddle and three-part harmony pack a punch as fiery as Jay’s lead vocals and make a fuller sound than expected from an acoustic trio.

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The Rip Roaring Success

The Rip Roaring Sucess

The Rip Roaring Success are the hottest Western Swing Band East of El Paso featuring Wild Miss Lucille on double bass, Miss Jay tearing it up with some smokin’ hot fiddle and the token gent, the one and only Rusty on six strings of flamin’ geetar and hillbilly vox. Folk at venues and festivals up and down the country will testify that when you want the prairie set on fire with jumpin’ ho-down tunes then there ain’t no success like a rip roarin’ one.

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The Dan Walsh Trio

The Dan Walsh Trio

Nominated for best musician at the BBC Folk Awards, banjo maestro Dan Walsh combines ‘virtuoso playing and winning songwriting’ (MORNING STAR). This exciting new trio sees him team up with award winning fiddler Ciaran Algar and long time collaborator Nic Zuppardi on mandolin. At the heart of the trio’s sound is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is sure to be a truly memorable live show featuring three of the most in demand musicians on the folk scene today.

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The Shackleton Trio

The Shackleton Trio

A highly original and energetic musical force just as likely to move you to tears as to move you to your feet. The Shackleton Trio are Georgia Shackleton (fiddle, vocals), Aaren Bennett (guitar) and Nic Zuppardi (mandolin). Natural talents of the folk tradition, their self-penned material blends seamlessly with their imaginative yet authentic re-workings of traditional folk standards, influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from the group’s native East Anglia. The unique, distinctive songwriting style of Georgia Shackleton, combined with the vibrant instrumental brilliance of Aaren Bennett, Nic Zuppardi and Georgia’s pure and original voice have developed and matured through two critically acclaimed albums: The Dog Who Would Not Be Washed and new release Fen, Farm and Deadly Water.

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The Often Herd

The Often Herd

The Often Herd reach beyond what is expected of a bluegrass band, marrying the wistful sunshine harmonies of Southern California with the striking industrial allure of their home in the North East of England. An engaging and dynamic live act, the band are able to pull off their intricately arranged material alongside moments of exciting, spontaneous improvisation. Rupert Hughes (guitar) and Evan Davies (mandolin) are responsible for penning the band’s vibrant and catchy original music. American fiddler Niles Krieger and jazz bassist Sam Quintana contribute deft and dynamic instrumental skills that lift the songs to new heights.

Fresh from a year of touring around the UK and Europe, releasing their debut EP and bringing home 1st Place in La Roche Bluegrass Festival 2018’s prestigious band competition, The Often Herd are bringing their sensational energy to audiences during 2019.

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Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band

Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band

Out and about bringing their own version of bluegrass to venues big and small across the UK and beyond, using one microphone, five instruments and voices which blend together to make a highly traditional yet thoroughly original sound. Honest all-acoustic music featuring fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and double bass. Some classics, some covers, and many self-penned, there is something for everyone. Come and see us, and say hello!

Nick Girone-Maddocks – mandolin/vocals
Matt Gryspeerdt – fiddle/vocals
John Breese – banjo/vocals
Paul Hill – guitar/vocals
Jules Bushell – double bass/vocals

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The Lowly Strung

The Lowly Strung

Maidstone-based Lowly Strung, an exhilarating five-piece Americana/bluegrass band, have been building a sizeable and passionate following across Kent for their vibrant and exciting blend of country and bluegrass music that has had younger music fans whooping and hollering with enthusiasm. The band, comprising Toby Starks (lead acoustic guitar, lead vocals), James Starks (mandolin, vocals), Jonny Starks (fiddle, vocals), Malcolm Peet (Dobro) and Jon Fuller (double bass), have recently released their acclaimed NO TOMFOOLERY debut album.

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The Vanguards

The Vanguards

The Vanguards are a five-piece traditional bluegrass band based in London, consisting of Jack Baker on mandolin, Alex Clarke on guitar, Chris Lord on banjo, Laura Nailor on fiddle and Pete Thomas on bass. They take their musical inspiration from the originators of bluegrass music. Instrumentally, they seek to create a sound which blends the mandolin style of Bill Monroe, the banjo style of Ralph Stanley and the old-time style of fiddling which typified early bluegrass recordings and which continues to influence the sound of traditional bluegrass bands into the present day.

When not playing their original material, their repertoire reflects these musical influences. Their choice of songs strongly favours those written or recorded by The Stanley Brothers and Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys, but they also feature several songs made popular by Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys and Flatt and Scruggs. Their particular passion is exploring and faithfully recreating bluegrass music’s many rarely-heard compositions, particularly those written by Bill Monroe and Dr. Ralph Stanley.

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The Ragged Out String Band

The Ragged Out String Band

The Ragged Out String Band are a London-based group playing an infectious and energetic take on Old-Time Appalachian Folk Music, Americana and Bluegrass. Expect fiery fiddle tunes and tight vocal harmonies backed up by a driving rhythm section of guitar and banjo. The band are Emily Smith (fiddle), Joe Auckland (banjo) and Andy Quelch (guitar). ‘The musicianship is top-notch and the playing and singing is tight.’ British Bluegrass News. ‘An honest, well-executed performance with brilliant playing.’ Old Time News.

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BBMA Open Stage

This is intended for new or inexperienced performers. The BBMA OPEN STAGE in the Clubhouse will run from 4.00pm-7.00pm on the Friday and Saturday. Just pop along to the merchandise tent or Clubhouse and sign-up if you’d like to perform. Your names will be transferred to a blackboard running order by the stage. This is also an Old Time Session area when there are no open stage performances.

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