Alex Hedley is the ex frontman/lead guitarist of Swanage band Saturday Sun.
Whilst the music of Saturday Sun was undoubtedly beautiful, (“when Saturday Sun come springing into our lives, we tend to think of something pastoral, something beautifully translucent.” – Clash), it was Alex’s voice that illuminated everything the band created. Whilst comparisons to the late Jeff Buckley often prove hyperbolic, in Alex’s case, it's a sheer, inarguable fact. Alex’s voice is a rare thing, emotion drenched, often starting as a wavering, fragile falsetto and soaring into something massive and otherworldly, before settling into a velvety growl which brings-to-mind Mark Lanegan’s guttural tones.
Crow Puppets are a Devon based female duo who perform homespun folk. They sing close harmonies and blend a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics.
Since forming in the winter of 2012, they have performed extensively throughout the Westcountry and have had airtime on UK, European and American radio.
Their self released album ‘Whispering Hills, Tangled Hair’ was recorded in a cabin in Cornwall over two days by Nick Marshall (guitarist with Martha Tilston), and has been described by Folk Radio UK as an “assured and confident debut album focused on an evocative, contemporary folk sound that clearly inspires. One to watch, definitely.”
Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast of song writing, which cultivates memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain.
They have been currently working on recordings for their second album with Jay Darlington (Kula Shaker and keyboardist for Oasis) and Tim Powell Jones (Tim Powell Jones and the Dark Lanterns).
Tinkers Cuss have been playing in the Bridport area for over 10 years, A 7-piece band with 3 vocalists. We have an eclectic mix of songs and tunes from which we select the set list to suit the audience. A set list can include traditional songs and shanties, songs about the South West, favourites from the 60’s and 70’s, songs from modern American greats such as Springsteen and the Decemberists. We naturally encourage the audience to sing a long and base our choice of songs on those with a story to tell and interesting tunes.
Rob Malpas – Banjo and Mandolin
John Tinker – Rhythym Guitar and Vocals
Maurice Blogg – Bass and backing vocals
John Dobinson – 12 string guitar , ukele, harmonica and vocals
Dom Faulkner- Violin
Dave Lee – Percussion
Barry Bates – guitar , mandolin and vocals .
Shayler & Brooke
‘Lovely music … properly steeped in those good folk traditions’ - BBC Radio Solent, September 2017
Combining heartfelt and intelligent storytelling with close harmonies and finger-picked guitar, Shayler & Brooke make contemporary folk music that draws on traditions from both sides of the Atlantic.
Shayler & Brooke comprise of Londoner Kate Shayler (vocals and banjo) and Dorset-born Chris Brooke (vocals, guitar, violin). The couple began writing songs together after performing at a family party in 2014, and launched their debut EP, Colouring Outside the Lines, at London’s Green Note in September 2017.
HiDDeN got together in 2016 and is named after us; Hazel - vocals & guitar, Drummer Dave - vocals & percussion, Nick - vocals & bass. We have a shared love of music and fun bringing a wide range of styles into the mix to suit all occasions, indoors and out.
We perform acoustic to electric covers of popular rock, folk, blues and anything in-between. This is fun stuff to get you smiling, singing and dancing, Watch out for us at music festivals, fetes and pubs in and around Bridport.
Antoine & Owena
Traditional. Modern. Inspirational. Inspired by traditional folk songs, as well as the work of famed folk acts such as Megson, Show of Hands, and Fairport Convention, Antoine & Owena create their own original blend of folk music that provides a feast for the ears, the heart and the feet. Combining original material with their own take on some traditional tunes, this Wiltshire-based duo of multi-instrumentalists delivers an eclectic mix of songs and instrumentals using a variety of instruments, live looping, and good humour to ensure the audience is always left wanting more.
As a duo, Antoine and Owena recently won the Purbeck Rising competition at Purbeck Folk Festival 2017. In February 2018 they supported established folk acts Reg Meuross, and Eliza Carthy. They have also been confirmed for several established folk festivals in 2018, including Purbeck Valley, Folk on The Quay, Wessex, Wimborne, and Bridport Folk Festivals.
American roots music: blues, old-time, swing, ragtime, who-knows-what at other times. The songs are traditional (mostly) while the driving string band music rocks. One of our favourite comments: "Great Set List!"
Become a part of the festival