A 1 day free folk festival in the beautiful village of South Petherton in Somerset.
Saturday the 16th of June 2018, see you there.
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Here is the information on the performers that we have booked. There is a huge range of talent for you to enjoy. Many of the acts have given their time for free so please come along and support them.
are an indie-folk band from Devon, UK. They combine rich vocals, acoustic guitar, bass riffs, keys and violin, to give an original take on a traditional genre. Drawing upon personal stories, melancholy tales and rugged landscapes, they create a serene, and haunting sound that is difficult to forget.
With a performance at Celtic Connections already under their belt, the band are set for an exciting year ahead. Founding band members Lara Snowdon (vocals and guitar), and Kathryn Tremlett (violin and piano), are joined by Roger Styles on guitar and Barry Muir on double bass, and they returned to the studio to record a second EP in April 2017
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Owl in the Sun play a home-grown blend of self-penned Americana and gypsy-jazz influenced songs. From the heart-warming to the dark and edgy, the gentle toe-tapping to the downright dance your socks off. Expect infectious melodies and luscious harmonies over a line-up of upright bass, acoustic guitars, accordion, fiddle and flute."
Owl In The Sun
ENIGMA BORDER MORRIS
Enigma is a Border Morris side based here in South Petherton formed in the Autumn of 2014.
If you fancy giving Border Morris dancing a go then you are welcome to join in and learn. Practice sessions are at 8:00 pm during the Autumn (usually practice starts in September) at the Rusty Axe.
We are performing at 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm in the square and a children's workshop in the Blake Hall at 4:30 pm.
The BearCat Tent is back! Bringing an eclectic mix of Face Painting, SwapShop, ToySwap plus Natural & Recycled Crafts - Swap, Fix, Exchange, Share, Mend, ReCycle, ReUse. Find us in the Church Grounds - entrance is from the Market Square. We are delighted that this will be our seventh year at PethFest! BearCat Collective is a not-for-profit group of skilled professionals and trained volunteers bringing accessible, hands-on family education and entertainment to local community events across Wessex."
Angel Heart Theatre - who we are
Puppet theatre company who offer engaging and entertaining shows for all the family, young and old.
Eastern Promise - Belly Dancers - 4:15pm in the Main Square.
The Blackrock School of Irish Dance
Traditional Irish dance group based in Yeovil. Dancers range from 3-18 both boys and girls. Dance classes are on a Saturday morning 10-12 for beginners 10-1.30 for seniors.
Contact details: Ellie Parcell - 07786862386
See them in the Church Grounds at 2:30 pm
Isabella is a singer songwriter creating a uniquely enhanced folk-pop sound.
Her collection of songs will take you on a lyrical journey, exploring many different emotions, some which awaken you with a tingle in your spine or leave you with a tear in your eye. Listen intently to the beautiful melodies she creates and the skilful harmonies with which she adorns them.
A self-taught musician, Isabella enjoys performing a variety of styles, from her trademark acoustic guitar led pieces to contemporary blues and jazz inspired numbers.
Jack is a multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter from the South West. His distinct style combines his deeply articulate lyrics with memorable melodic hooks and intricate, fingerstyle guitar arrangements, influenced by roots music from both sides of the Atlantic. He has shared the stage with the likes of Ralph McTell, Franz Nicolay (Against Me!/The Hold Steady), Cory Branan and Austin Lucas, and in early 2016 he was announced as one of the final four nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.
The Wessex Morris Men
Wessex Morris Men were founded in 1957 and are a truly international team, having performed in many places including Poland, Germany, France, Austria and the Channel Islands.
Dancing out from April to September, we give energetic and entertaining displays in the towns and villages of Dorset and Somerset and at major shows and events. And we make at least one overseas trip each year.
We enjoy our dancing and Wessex are a friendly, sociable, energetic team. Morris provides us with exercise, fun and a great social life. We always welcome men who want to learn morris dancing. For more information visit our website here.
The Stanchester Quire
The Stanchester Quire is a community choir set up by Folk South West about 20 years ago. In common with other community choirs, there is no audition for people wishing to join and there is no requirement to be able to read music. The only condition is that you enjoy singing with other people – which we do ... Wholeheartedly!
What makes us more unusual is our commitment to songs from our area – not just English songs but songs from the South West of England. Our repertoire is based on songs from the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. We have a summer programme and a Christmas programme and new members are warmly welcomed. We meet on Tuesday evenings in All Saints School, Montacute, starting at 8.00 pm. If you are interested send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on 01935 873889, or just turn up at one of our rehearsal nights.
A small, friendly group playing mainly West African rhythms on djembes and dunduns – and sometimes exploring other areas of percussion and rhythm - we love to share with audiences the joy of African hand drumming, and regularly appear at events across Somerset, ranging from village fêtes to weddings, festivals & visits to community groups. Why not join us at one of our regular meetings: on Wednesday mornings from 10.00 am till 1.00 pm at Croscombe Village Hall, Fayreway, Croscombe, Somerset BA5 3QJ (just off the A371 Shepton Mallet – Wells road) or on Monday evenings from 6.30 till 8.30 pm at St Mary’s Hall, Innox Hill, Frome BA11 2AN.
The South Somerset Community Choir was formed in September 2016 and has grown to over 50 singers. They rehearse on Monday evenings in Crewkerne and the choir is open to singers of all abilities and there are no auditions. The choir sings a wide range of music from popular songs to show tunes, folk music, jazz standards and classical pieces. Musical Director, Jonathan Delbridge, has a busy career as a teacher of piano and organ, freelance soloist and accompanist and choir director. The choir are accompanied by Ross Isbell.
Anglo-Irish alt-folk duo The Portraits are husband and wife songwriters Lorraine and Jeremy Millington from Galway and Bristol respectively. 2016 saw The Portraits play at Glastonbury Festival, and complete work on their seventh studio album Global Heartbeat, released on 21st April 2017. The album is a call to the world to unite against hatred and heal its divisions. The first single, Nobody Can Ever Murder Love, was the duo's instant reaction to the horror of Jo Cox's murder in June 2016 and led to an invitation to play and chat about the song live on Clare Balding's BBC Radio 2 show Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2 in April 2017