A 1 day folk festival in the beautiful village of
South Petherton in Somerset.
Saturday the 17th of June 2017, see you there.
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Headlining the 2014 Petherton FolkFest will be The Green Angels. Breton Dance tunes are their speciality. For those who want to learn some of the dances before the main gig there will be a workshop session earlier in the day. Most of the dances are easy to learn.
This is music to dance to and its difficult not to. If you have seen Dragonsfly, you will have seen some of the Breton dances being performed by members of the audience already, often by people who are fans of Green Angels.
Band members are: Stevie P- Bouzouki/Guitar, Samantha Sastry- English Border Pipes/Clarinet, Gem Quinn- Drum set, George Arnold- Bass. These four musicians with diverse talents and musical backgrounds breathe new life into folk tunes that have been played and danced to for centuries.
The result is a warm, joyous sound that captivates and entrances you, with an almost trancey quality which envelops you in the dance and pulse of a living tradition. The music is playful, emotive and full of surprises. There is so much going on in Green Angels music that it’s hard to describe, so the title of their debut CD “What it is” is apt... it is what it is, a unique and irresistible sound that speaks for itself.
See them on U-Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT-bxoA02mw#t=20
Treacle Eater Clog was formed in 1983. Our dances have their roots in the industrial north-west of England, where dancers wearing brightly coloured costumes and, often, decorated clogs, were (and still are) a feature of carnivals and similar processions.
Our name comes from the folly in Barwick Park, just South of Yeovil, called Jack the Treacle Eater. Jack is reputed to have been a messenger employed at the house, who ran errands, even as far as London, sustained on black treacle.
Our team is based in Yeovil and during our practise season (September to April) we dance on Monday nights and always welcome new members. If you are interested or would like some more information please visit our website here.
Somerset Morris with the Seavington, South Petherton and Lopen stave head inset.
Somerset Morris will be performing for us as part of their 40th Anniversary Tour. Somerset Morris is one of very few teams who perform stave dances. They will be performing a set of these dances which are local to this area. The dances originate from village Friendly Societies, which were village-based, self-help societies. These societies were active throughout most of the nineteenth century and were the forerunners of modern insurance companies. The original dances were performed on Village Feast days. Somerset Morris have based their dances on descriptions found in Friendly Society minute books and have also written others in a similar style.
Each dancer carries a 6 ft stave crowned with a distinctive brass emblem and decorated with ribbons. Each society had its own design of stave head and Somerset Morris’s collection of staves carry an original stave heads from a number of Somerset Friendly Society, including that of the Seavington, South Petherton and Lopen Friendly Society. To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Somerset Morris is performing in several villages with the staves from these villages. For more information visit our website here.
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.
Dr Turberville’s Morris have been dancing in Somerset and many other counties around the country for over 30 years.
A mixed side performing many styles of dance with two main principles, the quality of the performance and having fun! They meet for practice in the nearby Ash village hall and will welcome any one, dancers and musicians of any age and ability (No experience necessary) to join them. For more information visit the website here.
A foot stomping fiddlesome collection of well known acoustic, folk, country, shanty and original numbers. Samantha Jane on demon driven fiddle and vocals, Glenn 'Skipper' on guitar and vocals, songwriter extraordinaire, hail from BearCat Collective. Captain Dave on vocals, pounding 12 string and bass guitar along with Zandra playing gutsy blues harmonica and high spirited bouzouki hail from Four Wheeled Horse. Newly joined by the Lady Dorothy on bodhran drum, the gal's got rhythm!
Hailed ‘a rising star’ by the Telegraph, Louise’s award winning debut album has been described as ‘a masterclass in songwriting’. Now touring with her second album Florilegium, Louise plays original works, musical settings of literature as well as her own unique arrangements of traditional material. Accompanying herself on piano and guitar Louise’s songs cross musical divides; influenced by acoustic, classical and folk Louise’s music appeals to all.
Louise Jordan’s songs ask questions. They are bold in their honesty and striking in their intensity. They are haunting in their simplicity and yet they traverse a broad emotional arc. Louise’s musical arrangements are instinctive, embracing you like a familiar friend, providing comfort as they encourage you to reflect on and explore life’s uncertainties.
“A stirring, lilting grace” The Telegraph
“Haunting and unforgettable”
The Sunday Express
“Absolutely, totally and completely, brilliant.”
Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
BEETLECRUSHERS is a clog and step dance group. We have been established for over 25 years performing at folk festivals in the UK and abroad. You will also find us with other dance sides outside pubs, on a village green or in a village hall all over the country.
We perform clog routines from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, with stepping or step dances from the Isle of Man, Quebec and Cape Breton.
Our regular members particularly value the easy and sociable atmosphere that is present when we meet, at practice or at dance outs.
We are always happy to welcome new members and have regular 'beginners sessions'. We practice weekly, on Wednesday evenings, at Binegar Village Hall, about three miles North of Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
Demonstrations and workshops can be arranged as well as performances at festivals, weddings, parties etc.
For more information please visit www.beetlecrushers.org.uk
Willowen are a quirky indie folk trio from Bournemouth with a harmony-fuelled, surf vibe and a folky twist, drawing comparisons with the exciting sounds of Noah and The Whale and Seth Lakeman, with the soft touch of Jack Johnson. They have shared the stage with the likes of KT Tunstall, Paul Heaton (The Beautiful South/Housemartins), Moulettes, Serafina Steer and The People The Poet.
The key to Willowen's sounds is simple. One minute, they'll whisk you away to chill on a beach at sunset; the next, you'll dance to them like there's no tomorrow. The fusion of folk, acoustic and surf elements gives this band an unusual and highly original versatility that is appealing to a wide audience.
They managed to headline Mr Kyps, Officially Dorset's 'Best Music Venue' as well as London's Nambucca. They also opened the main stage at Purbeck Folk Festival before acts like Rory McLeod, Moulettes and KT Tunstall.
Coming over from Ireland to play Glastonbury. They play a rocking irish trad with a hint of psychedelic blue.
They include; Niamh Brett literally fresh from a world tour with Riverdance on accordion, one of the best ever trad box players. Neil Fitzgibbon on anything with strings, Micheal Burns, who studied accountancy and is a wonder on the fiddle and Paddy Morgan on traditional Irish and Flamenco guitar. Don’t miss them! 4:00 pm in the Market Square.
His first album is still work in progress. There is a sample track on his web site. Anthony was discovered by the FolkFest scout at the David Hall Performers Night and booked on the spot. He says he's not folk, and probably isn't, but its the sort of well crafted acoustic pop that most folkies will enjoy.
Formed a band with his wife called The Mule Affair
Quite an elusive chap for a musician trying to make it as a pro but you can hear him in the David Hall at 2 o'clock.
Visit www.anthonylane.co.uk to find out more about Anthony
Wyvern Jubilee Morris are an all male morris dancing side based in Yeovil, Somerset, England.
The team was formed in 1977 by employees of Westland Helicopters Ltd, for a one-off performance as part of the Queen's silver jubilee celebrations. Initially the team was called Westlands Jubilee Morris.
Following the success of this inaugural performance it was decided to keep the team going and, as more people were drafted in from outside the company, the association with Westlands was dropped and the name changed to Wyvern Jubilee. Our 30th anniversary in 2007 was marked by a number of special events including a birthday weekend dancing with many Morris sides from around the country and a foreign tour.To learn more about us visit www.wjm.org.uk
Declan's musical career started early with a performance at the Glastonbury Assembly Rooms at the age of 13. Two years ago, as a more mature 15 year old, he released his first album. Welcome To The Earth contains 13 self penned tracks based on new-age and ecological themes in a folk / acoustic style.
Declan is a skilled multi-instrumentalists who can hold a tune as well as any older pro.
With such a promising start this is an act to watch
Lazibyrd is a collaboration between Sharon Martin and Tom Chapman, two talented and inventive musicians. They perform songs of love, politics, protest and loss, crafted with some exceptional melody and musicianship. Sharon possesses a phenomenal voice and plays the violin with great energy and feel. She also brings another dimension to the music with the tenor ukulele and the viola. Tom is an exceptionally creative guitarist who possesses amazing technical ability. He adds rich vocal harmonies and a fine voice to the mix. Together, as Lazibyrd , they are experienced performers who produce energetic and passionate music to make you feel and think. They produce music that is shaped, but not defined by, the English folk tradition. They have had a busy and exciting time since first gigging together in May 2011 and have performed across the South and West and in Ireland to rave reviews and receptive audiences. These include Wimborne folk festival, The Colston Hall, Frome folk festival, Sunrise, Exeter Acoustica, Dorchester Arts Centre and Galway Fringe festival. They also played at Occupy London which was featured on the BBC news and performed live sessions on numerous radio shows including BBC Somerset. Their music has also been played on over 45 radio stations including BBC Introducing and BBC6. The song Blood on Bone made the final three in the 2011 Wessex Folk Festival song writing competition and they headlined the Jelli Records Roots tent at Brisfest 2013. Their debut album Under the Sky can be found at www.lazibyrd.bandcamp.com. See them at 12:30 in the David Hall.
Uncommon Folk making uncommonly good music – five musicians performing original and traditional songs and tunes on a wide variety of instruments.
Formed in 2011 Stampita is a local band based in Taunton, Somerset. We perform a unique blend of original, traditional and contemporary material with a line up which includes bouzouki, mandolin, bass guitar, flute, rock steady percussion and a blend of vocals. Our wide ranging repertoire is centred upon the compositions of in-band singer-songwriter Will Cann. Our songs and instrumentals showcase our collective talent and the resulting sound is a vibrant, multi-layered blend of complex rhythms, haunting harmonies and soulful singing.
Our musical references span the centuries, from medieval melodies, through battle cries of Stuart Rebellion to contemporary folk songs of love, loss and hope restored.
This is all reflected in the meaning of our name – a Stampita is a rhythmic instrumental composition that accompanied a poem, dating back to the 14th Century.
Highlight of the 2014 season will be a live performances at the South Petherton Folk Festival.
K D Carpets
6 St. James Street
Tel: 01460 241161
Tom has a real passion for music that started when at the age of 13 he heard Dire Strait’s ‘Sultans of Swing’ and was inspired to learn the guitar. His first paid performance came three years later when he played a solo gig at Yeovil Pen Mill Social Club.
His first band ‘The Running Culprits’ was formed in 2002 where he enjoyed musical success in and around the North Dorset and South Wiltshire areas. The ‘Culprits’ morphed into Stereo 4 in 2005, a band who gigged predominantly in local pubs until their split in summer 2010.
Tom took a short sabbatical from public performances until April 2011 when he once more performed as a solo act. Demand for his solo gigs grew and in 2011, Tom made the decision to quit his day job to become a full-time musician. Since that time, he has been a quarter finalist in the Dorset Music Awards and a semi finalist in ‘Bournemouth Unplugged’. He was also runner up in the "Best Male Solo Act" category in the Salisbury music awards 2012.
As if all of this musical activity wasn’t enough, in August 2012, Tom opened his own recording studio 'Clementine Studio' where he has since recorded, produced and engineered a variety of both solo artists and bands.
The genre of Tom’s music is hard to define but could perhaps best be described as acoustic rock with hints of folk and country. He has been called a ‘loop master’ for his excellent use of a loop pedal and his guitar playing draws its influences from Mark Knopfler, Paul Weller and Lindsey Buckingham. And now in 2014 he is playing here at the Petherton FolkFest, around 2:45pm in the David Hall.
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