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Kieran Goss

Kieran Goss was born and raised in Mayobridge, County Down, Northern Ireland. He was just nine years old when he got his first guitar. Growing up in a big family with diverse musical tastes meant that early on he was hearing his brothers’ Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson records, his mother’s Frank Sinatra records and his sisters’ Rolling Stones records. These varied influences gave Kieran his own unique sound.

 He recorded his first album, Brand New Star, in 1989. It contained the songs "Brand New Star" and "Just Around The Corner," which came to the attention of Mary Black and she recorded both songs. Many albums and international tours later Kieran arrived on our 2014 festival stage and wowed the audience with his music and celtic charm.

We are delighted to welcome him back to headline our Saturday evening concert.


Jez Lowe

 Jez is one of the best respected and most influential singer-songwriters to emerge from the Nort-East folk scene. He has released a staggering 15 albums of original songs, and he contributed over 20 to the BBC "Radio Ballads" which won two Sony Radio Academy Awards.

For the last 25 years, Jez has toured the world building a formidable reputation in the USA, Australia and Europe, and gaining the respect of his peers and his audience alike. Folk supremo Richard Thompson called him "the best songwriter to emerge from the UK in a long time", and his songs are among the most widely sung by folk singers and bands around the country's clubs and festivals.
His album "Northern Echoes" won Album of the Year in the USA as part of the Indie Acoustic Project Awards. The live double disc set features 17 classic Jez Lowe songs recorded "Live on the Tyne" with his full band, the Bad Pennies, plus a "Song for Geordie" DVD that mixes documentary and music footage from his 2007 tour of the same name. Indeed in that year Jez was nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards as "Folk singer of the Year".

Jez joins us for our Friday evening concert.


Other Roads

Other Roads are one of the finest contemporary folk bands to emerge in recent years. Based in the UK they also tour in Holland, Germany, Denmark, Spain and New Zealand and continue to gain popularity across the globe.

Pete Abbott, Gregor Borland and Dave Walmisley draw upon their diverse backgrounds in Scotland, England and Africa to create an exciting and original sound. These talented multi-instrumentalists incorporate fiddle, bouzouki, guitars, mandolin and harmonica with some fine harmony singing.
They perform an eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary and original compositions ranging from soft ballads to foot-stomping Celtic fiddle tunes and choruses.

We are delighted to welcome them to our Friday evening concert stage.



Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby

With a combined working history reading like a Who’s Who of household names in music… Righteous Brothers, Mary Hopkin, Chet Atkins, Strawbs and many more, now it’s their turn at the front of the stage, to sing and play their own well-crafted brand of acoustic guitar-based material.

Cathryn and Brian met in Michael Snow's recording studio in Nashville. Brian and he had written the song Hard Luck Café…Michael said he knew just the person to sing it! 
When Brian came to record the first album of his own songs, Black & White (which includes Hard Luck Café), he invited Cathryn to sing. Together they wrote The Fire, Alice's Song and Black & White. 
Apart from Love Belongs Right Here, a Mary Hopkin/Brian composition sung by Mary, Cathryn sang on the whole album and so the duo of Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby was born… 

“Long live traditional music, even when it's only just been written” (The Living Tradition)
 “…sublime guitar work and one of the finest voices around” (

Their “Alice’s Song” was an Aled Jones “Highlight of the Year” on BBC Radio 2. Cathryn was Simon Mayo's star guest on BBC Radio 2Day, live from Nashville. The Telegraph’s Martin Chilton named the duo as his “Folk Gig Pick” in 2015. ...... the accolades continue.

Cathryn and Brian headline our Saturday afternoon Parish Hall concert.





George Welch & Stewart Hardy

Describing this duo is a challenge. George Welch is a musician, singer, artist, and comedian all squeezed into a giant frame. His material can range from tunes and songs from his native Tyneside that raise the hairs on the back of your neck to outrageous stories that have the tears rolling down the cheeks. He will almost certainly mention his latest passion, the ukulele.

Stewart Hardy is quite simply one of the UK’s best fiddlers. He spent many years playing with his own bands, teaching fiddle and touring with the John Wright Band. Now he is one of the resident tutors on the Folk Degree course at Newcastle Univerity teaching and encouraging some of folk music’s most talented young performers.

They seem an unlikely musical combination but for an audience it’s an experience not to be missed. Stewart will be running a fiddle workshop before they join us in the Saturday afternoon concert.  


Gilded Thieves

 Gilded Thieves bring you folk and country from Newcastle upon Tyne with Northumbrian roots, foot-stomping bluesy romps, quirky folky ballads & intricate male & female vocals, delicately arranged around upbeat and engaging fiddle, mandolin & guitar.

This band tell stories. Tales of outlaws and vandals, sinners and sirens are honestly told in lyrics full of soul, uniquely arranged and enchantingly sung in ethereal harmony. Together they create a rich, rhythmic, rootsy shade, complimenting many of the band's darkly romantic lyrics.

The band are currently performing up and down the UK, and recording material for their first official release at the end of this year. So far, they've spent the past two years performing in lighthouses, pirate ships, woodland huts, festival tents and rusty old barns - venues every bit as unique as these five musicians.

This weekend sees them in Sedgefield Parish Hall to start our Saturday evening concert.




Goat Roper Rodeo Band

 One of North Wales’ fastest rising bands, their cosmic country blues has been exciting audiences across Britain and were nominated for “Best UK Live Act” by Spiral Earth. 

Described as a “Fantastic blend of Rockabilly, Folk and Country Blues… One of the most original acts I’ve seen” (Cultured Vulture) the Goat Ropers have had a busy couple of years performing at numerous festivals across the UK including the Cambridge Folk Festival.

With just two old guitars, an upright bass and a bucket full of aching harmony, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band are out there preaching ‘country blues’, like you’ve never heard! Seamlessly blending rockabilly, heartfelt blues, folk and country music they may well be the best American band not to have come from the USA!

Jim, Tom and Sam will be on stage at the Parish Hall in our Saturday afternoon concert.




The Teacups

 Comprising the singing talents of Alex Cumming, Kate Locksley, Rosie Calvert and Will Finn, the a capella foursome have been creating a storm across the UK festival circuit in the last couple of years with critically acclaimed performances at Shepley Spring Festival, Beverley Folk Festival, Warwick Folk Festival and more.

The Teacups met in 2010 whilst studying on the BMus Folk & Traditional Music Degree at Newcastle University. Since then they have gone on to perform around the UK and Europe, performing at some of the top festivals and venues. The band released their first album 'One for the Pot' in 2013 which was received very well, and on July 13th 2015 they released their much anticipated second album 'Of Labour & Love'.

We eagerly  anticipate the welcome the return of The Teacups to our Festival concert stage on Saturday evening.



John Wrightson Band

John Wrightson has spent many years involved in music in his native North East. Initially working with bands on the club circuit he became interested in acoustic/folk music and since 1988 has been a prolific writer of excellent songs, dealing with thought provoking, contentious issues, ever since. Several CD’s of original songs, all recorded in his own studio, are available at gigs, with many now being sung by folk professionals such as Vin Garbutt and Flossie Malavialle.  
 Joan Edmundson's keyboards and vocals along with Kenny Jobson's guitar and vocals, and Frankie Porter on bass and vocals join John in the band. The John Wrightson Band, quite rightly, has a strong local following and are residents at the monthly Live Music Club held at Sedgefield Cricket Club. John, Joan and Bob Edmundson organise this popular local event where many of the Festival artists have recently appeared.

The band will be first on the Parish Hall stage on Friday evening to start the festival.




The band, Patricia and John Haswell and Peter Arkle, was formed in July 2008, although Peter and Pat had been and still are members of a local folk group for several years.
Pipe Dream originally got together to perform at charity events but very soon included ventures into the local folk and pop scene. Although having played guitar for many years, Peter and John are relatively new to “gigging” throughout the North East, while Pat has appeared at many venues all over Britain, both on her own and with various bands.
Pat’s Irish roots are responsible for a strong Irish traditional flavour in her music, as are singer songwriters Joan Baez and Christy Moore. John’s love of music is steeped in bands such as Lindisfarne, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, while Peter’s heroes include The Shadows, Buddy Holly and The Rolling Stones. All three members have been strongly influenced by the Beatles.

Pipedream will be with us for our Friday evening concert.




BROADBAND are Angie Archer, Martin Bradburn & Phil Summers. The band's name reflects the range of the music they play, from folk ballads to more modern contemporary songs. The band has an innate sense of fun which they try to inject into the music they play, along with huge repertoire to delight any audience. After a bout of serious illness, the band “regrets” to announce Phil has returned to the band & is back to “Normal” (Oh No!!!)  In Oct 2010 the band took over running of the Pot & Glass Folk & Acoustic Club, Egglescliffe Village near Yarm-on-Tees.

They will be hosting the Friday night singaround in The Social Club, Kirkgarth.




Lirica comprises a group of people who have grown up in Sedgefield and have been members of the various youth choirs that have been so successful in encouraging young people to sing. Formed in 2005 following a successful Sedgefield Lyrics Youth Choir reunion concert, the aim of the group was to sing together again but in a small group, following their hearts in their choice of music, taking decisions collectively, leading each other as an ensemble, combining it all with a hefty dollop of socialising. Now Lirica has rightfully achieved a place in the music traditions of Sedgefield with an ever increasing popularity. 

Lirica will start our Saturday afternoon concert.


Andy McLaughlin

Andy is a well-known in the North-East as a renowned musician and songwriter. 
In 2009 he stepped into the Sedgefield limelight as MC for the Parish Hall concerts. Having seen him make such a good job of it once we had no intention of losing him, so Andy has continued to be in charge for the three main concerts each year.



Bert Draycott

Bert came to Sedgefield last year and walked away with the World Spoons Championship (for the umpteenth time!). Can he hold onto it in 2016 ?

He will be found in Ceddesfeld Hall for much of the weekend and will be running a spoons workshop on Saturday morning. Almost music hall in style, songs and stories rooted in the culture of the North-East are interspersed with unashamed nostalgia. If this is your first encounter with Bert you are in for a big surprise - and you won't forget it in a hurry!




 Alterego is a York (Stamford Bridge)/Leeds based band specialising in foot tapping barn dance music, lively original tunes and traditional and original songs. Equally at home at a ceilidh, a folk club or a festival stage Alterego is guaranteed to get your feet tapping.

2016 sees Alterego performing at folk clubs and festival concerts
across the North and we are pleased to welcome them back to Sedgefield

They will be on stage in our Saturday evening concert.



The Old Age Travellers

 The Old Age Travellers are a 3-piece band with  a wide repertoire of songs that are well loved in the folk world with  a soft spot for the music of Ireland and Scotland in particular. Their appearances are all about audience participation and "having a good time". They will be leading the Saturday evening get together in Ceddesfeld Hall from 7:30pm until the care home drags them out!



Stockton to Darlington Ukelele Express a fun Ukulele club in the Stockton to Darlington area, almost at bursting point at the moment! They meet at the Foresters Arms, Darlington. They are also  available to hire for events and try to do a few charity performances throughout the year.

S2D Ukelele Express will be performing on Friday evening in Ceddesfeld Hall.


 Lol and Maxine Crallan  

Lol and Maxine have been playing music together for 30 years.  Lol plays the guitar and ukulele. Maxine plays clarinet, flute and recorder. The mixture of instruments gives them a wide range of sounds and they play many styles of music from folk, standards, rock and pop with a few surprises and twists.  

Lol has recently turned his hand to teaching and runs a ukulele workshop in Ceddesfeld Hall. Maxine is an experienced teacher of piano and woodwind and runs Beat Buddies a class for young children also in Ceddesfeld Hall.  

They will be in Ceddesfeld Hall on Friday evening. Enjoy the music and don’t be afraid to sing and dance along.




 Step This Way

Step This Way are an Appalachian clog dance team based in Durham. Their lively performances are accompanied by the Bones Creek Band. They will be performing around Sedgefield at various times throughout Saturday. Try to catch at least one of their performances!