The Performers

Sam Kelly
Sam Kelly is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Cornwall-based singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. As a young child Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing folk songs, and play folk tunes on his melodeon. Having caught the bug, Sam has dedicated his life to rediscovering and renewing the sounds of his Gaelic heritage, and creating exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music.

Al Scorch and Jess McIntosh (USA)
Grafting literate, character-driven songs and Mid-American roots onto a post-punk DIY sensibility, Chicago-based songwriter, performer and instrumentalist Al Scorch is at the forefront of a bold musical frontier. A songwriter, vocalist, claw-hammer banjoist and rambunctious force of nature, Scorch regales audiences across the U.S., the UK and Ireland.

The Company of Players
Inspired by the likes of The Full English, The Elizabethan Sessions and Songs for the Voiceless, The Company of Players is a new folk supergroup made up of some of the best emerging folk artists on the UK scene. Launched at Bristol Folk Festival and with a UK tour,  festival appearances and songwriting commissions to look forward to, this exciting new collective looks set to take the folk scene by storm.
“All the songs complemented each other wonderfully… there were moments of upbeat frivolity, contemplation and reflection, beautifully contrasted with dark drama keeping the audience on the edge of their seats” (Fatea Magazine). 

Said the Maiden
An award winning folk trio from Hertfordshire, Said the Maiden perform mainly a capella three part harmonies, with occasional use of violin, guitar, flute, whistles, mandolin, clarinet, percussion and accordion. Forming in 2011, Hannah, Kathy and Jess have enjoyed a whirlwind few years, with the acclaimed release of an EP (Come Hither) and an album (A Curious Tale), headline slots in folk clubs across the country, numerous festival appearances, including Folk By The Oak, Folkeast, Bristol Folk Festival, Gate To Southwell and Shepley, amongst others, and support slots for many well known folk artists including The Fisherman’s Friends, Jim Moray, Clannad, Martin Carthy, Megson, The Full English, and on a UK tour with Dave Swarbrick. 2014 saw the girls win the coveted Isambard Folk Award, and January 2016 welcomed the release of a new 4 track EP.

Kelly Oliver
An award winning singer/songwriter from Hertfordshire, Kelly Oliver plays guitar and harmonica. She is inspired by traditional Irish folk music, and adds an exciting, contemporary twist. Her debut album ‘This Land’ has enjoyed 4* reviews from The Telegraph, who named it one of the top folk albums of 2014 and R2 Magazine, and tracks have been played several times on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and Whispering Bob Harris’ show. The album also won her FolkWords’ Album of the Year by a Female Artist, and a FATEA magazine award nomination.  Festival appearances include Cambridge Folk Festival, Larmer Tree, Folkeast, and Purbeck, and support slots include Cara Dillon, Blair Dunlop, The Young’uns, and Dave Swarbrick among others. Kelly’s 2nd album Bedlam was released to glowing reviews in Spring 2016.

Kim Lowings
A singer/songwriter, pianist and Appalachian mountain dulcimer player and the face of Kim Lowings and the Greenwood. As a four piece, Kim Lowings and the Greenwood tour extensively around the UK, playing at folk clubs and festivals and sharing stages with the likes of Jackie Oates, Dave Swarbrick, Martin Simpson, Lucy Ward and more. Their highly anticipated 2nd album Historia has been met with incredible reviews and features Ange Hardy on backing vocals. Working with traditional folk song and her own original material, Kim weaves musical stories inspired by both fables and every day life, and delivers them with an enchantingly pure voice.

Daria Kulesh
With her striking voice and strong Russian heritage, “haunting and enigmatic” (The Times) Daria Kulesh is making a name for herself as a unique and exciting singer/songwriter. She performs across the country as a solo artist and as the lead vocalist in KARA. As a soloist, Daria has enjoyed great acclaim for her debut album Eternal Child, which was given 4 stars by R2 Magazine, hailed as “phenomenal” by FATEA, named Runner-Up in Best Album by a Female Artist and nominated for Album of the Year by FolkWords. KARA’s debut album Waters So Deep was also given 4 stars by R2 Magazine and The Telegraph named it one of the top folk albums of 2014. KARA’s brand new release Some Other Shore has been gathering rave reviews and Daria’s next solo record Long Lost Home in 2017 is eagerly anticipated. Telling stories of love, magic and tragedy and tales from her native Russia, Daria’s unique voice is making her stand out as a force to be reckoned with.
Lukas Drinkwater
One of the most in demand session musicians on the modern folk and acoustic scene, Lukas Drinkwater specialises in double bass, electric bass, vocals and guitar. He has worked with some of the biggest names in folk and jazz, including 3 Daft Monkeys and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominee Ange Hardy. Lukas  is currently touring as a solo performer, as part of a duo with Tobias Ben Jacob and also Ange Hardy, as well as with festival favourites Tankus the Henge and many more.

Chris Cleverley
A singer/songwriter and guitar player who sings songs about ghost women, lonesome clock towers, lovelorn Mariners and hospital beds. October 2015 saw the release of Chris’ eagerly awaited debut album ‘Apparitions’ which has solidified him as one of folk’s brightest rising stars. In 2014 Chris won the prestigious Isambard Folk Award, given out by Bristol Folk Festival to the best emerging folk act of the year. Over the last year, Chris has enjoyed successful gigs across the country and continues to wow people with his intricate guitar playing and beautiful vocals.