The Mighty Doonans
The new band has developed from the redoubtable
Doonan Family Band who have been part of the English folk scene
for many years.
DFB have a deserved reputation for their
imaginative and innovative interpretations of traditional songs
and ability to introduce other genres of music and dance into
their thoroughly entertaining performances. The Mighty Doonans
philosophy remains the same and the inclusion of the new family
members has revitalised the band and created a massive musical
powerhouse with incredible vocal performances.
The Mighty Doonans will be headlining our Friday
evening concert in the Parish Hall.
The Wildcats of Kilkenny
The Wildcats of Kilkenny were formed in 1991 - a
response to Mike being called a '******* Geordie" by long
time hero and style guru Shane MacGowan.
Meeting for the first time on a cold November day, the lads went
onto perform to a packed village hall in Egglescliffe, Teesside.
Within months their reputation spread and over the years their
irreverent, manic and highly charged performances have been
enjoyed by thousands over the world. From Billingham to Beijing,
Dormanstown to Donegal and Eaglescliffe to Edinburgh, The
Wildcats have brought a stomping, smiling crowd to their feet.
500 weddings, 2 funerals and 8 practices in, the boys passing
their 20th year with a glint in their eye, a spring in their
step and a fanbase like none other. Made in Teesside. For the
The Wildcats of Kilkenny will be headlining our
Saturday evening concert in the Parish Hall.
Edwina was born in Dublin and grew up in
Preston, Lancashire before moving to the East coast of Yorkshire
as a teenager, where she has been based ever since.
Dividing her time between the UK and America,
Edwina's second home is Nashville where she is much loved as a
songwriter and artist.
In 2005 Warner Brothers released Edwina's debut album 'Out On My
Own' produced by Clive Gregson and John Wood, and her song 'I
Want Your Love' from the album was included on the No.1
bestselling CD 'Acoustic Love'.
In 2007 Edwina teamed up with Amy Wadge and Cathy Burton to form
the trio Hummingbird. Hummingbird toured the UK twice playing
Glastonbury, Cropredy and Greenbelt festivals among others and
made an album called Tougher Than Love.
In 2008 Edwina released her well received second album 'Pour Me
A Drink' on her own label Twirly Music. Nanci Griffith covered
the title track from this album on her June 2009 album 'The
Loving Kind' and from the same album, Edwina's version of the
songs Feels Like Home was played in full in the major motion
picture 'My Sister's Keeper' starring Cameron Diaz and Alec
Baldwin. Edwina was invited to perform the song at The Royal
Albert Hall in December 2010 at the annual 'Carols With The
Stars' charity concert.
Edwina’s third album Good Things Happen Over Coffee was
released in February 2011.
Edwina will be performing in our Saturday
afternoon concert in the Parish Hall.
Flossie Malavialle is a French singer who started
getting involved in the British folk scene in 2000-2001 while she was
on a teacher exchange in the North East of England.
After 12 years of teaching English full time in secondary schools in
the South of France, she decided to apply for a job as a French
teacher in England, as she felt it would boost her English to live
abroad for a year. She got one in Stockton-on-Tees and was living in
Darlington at the time (great part of the world to improve on your
English, like). She had also been singing for years in France before
that and that’s why she found it quite natural to turn up at the
Darlington folk club one night to meet the locals and sing a song...
She didn’t realise then that this was going to be the beginning of a
new life in England for her.
After her exchange was over, she went back to France for a year
but she missed the life she had had in England so decided to come
back! She is now based in Darlington, does some supply teaching in
the area when needed but is mainly focused on her singing.
She has released 10 albums since 2002, The latest addition to the
collection is called "X" (as in "10" and not
the letter "x") and celebrates the 10 years that Flossie
has spent in the UK so far... incidentally it's also her 10th
album so the title wasn't too hard to find ;-) The album was
recorded in August 2012 with Paul Donnelly at the Cluny Studios in
Newcastle and features songs by Martyn Joseph, Kate McGarrigle,
Carole King, Eva Cassidy, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Randy Newman
It was released at the end of October 2012.
Flossie will be performing
in our Friday evening concert in the Parish Hall.
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. Eight CD’s of original songs, all recorded
in his own studio, are available at gigs, with many now being
sung by legends of the folk world - Vin Garbutt to name but one.
Joan Edmundson on keyboards and vocals along with 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
The band will be first on the Parish
Hall stage on
Friday evening to start the festival.
The Young 'Uns
With bags of charm, talent, and an abiding
enthusiasm for traditional song, The Young’uns are making a big impact
on the UK folk scene. Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes bring
freshness and dynamism to their arrangements of close harmony songs, both
with and without accompaniment. Everything from traditional sea and
working songs to more recent compositions is present in their repertoire,
and is delivered with originality and flair.
See them on Saturday's evening concert or join their
popular harmony workshop in the afternoon.
The summer of 2012 has seen
Jaywalkers – BBC Young Folk Award finalists 2009 – cement
their place as one of the most exciting, virtuosic and
entertaining young bands working on the British folk scene. June
4th saw the eagerly awaited release of their 2nd album – Early
for a Thursday – but their busy summer was already well under
way, with the band performing at over 24 festivals, from the
farthest reaches of the A9 in North Scotland to the Southern tip
of Swanage and an Eastern-most point of Broadstairs (and many
places in-between). There was just enough time to fit in a quick
trip to Europe, where the band were placed 3rd at the European
World of Bluegrass in Holland (making them the 3rd best Bluegrass
band in Europe…or, that’s how we say it anyway).
Amongst the deluge of
festival appearances, there were main stage performances at Priddy,
Fylde, Chester, Wirral Folk on the Coast, Purbeck and Didmarton
– to name a few – and an undoubted highlight of a CD
selling-out performance in front of 2000 people at Shrewsbury folk
festival in late August.
The band met at a weekly
bluegrass jam session in Helsby and played together in a variety
of scratch bands and informal gatherings for several years, before
Mike and Jay formed Jaywalkers in the summer of 2008; a few months
prior to their folk awards success. Following the self-release of
their highly successful debut album in March 2011 – ‘16
Miles’ - the duo became a trio in the form of bass player
extraordinaire, Lucy Williams, who was too good on the recording
not to be a permanent fixture.
For their second release -
‘Early for a Thursday’ - Jaywalkers have joined forces with
label ‘101 Records’ in a natural progression after touring
their independent, debut album for a year; this time, bringing a
bigger and better sound into the studio for a wider distribution
via Proper Music. The 12 track album features nine of mandolin
player, Michael Giverin’s original compositions that draw on his
experienced musicality and Northern heritage; taking inspiration
from Lancashire dialect poems and quirky stories.
Creating a unique sound
based on their collective and individual musical backgrounds, the
band takes influence from folk, bluegrass, country and western
swing music in the form of virtuosic instrumentals, three part
harmony and occasional slap bass. Add good humour, tasteful
arrangements and exceptional musicianship to the mix and they are
guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
The Jaywalkers will be
starting our Saturday evening concert in the Parish Hall.
The Teacups are a vibrant new folk vocal quartet based in
Newcastle, featuring Alex Cumming, Kate Locksley, Rosie Calvert and Will
Finn. They perform traditional and contemporary songs in a wide variety of
styles from all over the UK and beyond in new and exciting arrangements.
Since forming in 2010 the Teacups have performed at The Sage Gateshead, the
Newcastle-based Bridge Folk Club, The Kings Hall, Newcastle, and made their
festival debut at Whitby and Sidmouth over the summer of 2011, where they
were both delighted and terrified to see several Spooky Men singing along in
The Teacups will be performing in our Saturday afternoon
concert in the Parish Hall.
Andy & James MacLaughlin and Dan Hands
Andy is a well-known in the North-East as a renowned
musician and songwriter. For some years he has played with fiddler
Dan Hands in Steam Radio, and as a duo, but has recently added his flute
and whistle playing son James to the lineup.
In 2009 Andy 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 continues to be in charge for the three main concerts.
The trio will be performing on stage in the Saturday
afternoon concert in the Parish Hall.
Stockton to Darlington Ukelele Express
.......is 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.
Paula Ryan -
Singer/Songwriter & Gaelic “Funkstress”!
crafted & truly entertaining original songs accompanied on MARIMBA,
GUITAR, DJEMBE & BODHRAN performed
with warmth, wit and passion! GREAT
SONGS & GREAT CRAIC!
Paul Pearson - “The
Steel City Troubadour”. Sheffield-based
Paul is an exceptional performer whose pindrop delivery is quite simply
among the most absorbing you’re likely to encounter on the scene today.
Dean - Harp Noodler! Singer/songwriter/
composer from York creating magical soundscapes with the Celtic Harp.
Inspired by life, nature & the world, happy dogs & cloudwatching.
three musicians are a late addition to the programme. They will be
performing at the Golden Lion from 7.30pm on the Saturday evening.
Ceddesfolk is a 7 strong, Sedgefield
based folk collective with as many styles as it has members - and a
ceilidh band with a growing reputation for providing a fun night on the
dance floor. Between them they play fiddle, guitars, harp, ukuleles; 3
different types of squeeze box, flutes, whistles, recorders, bodhran,
djemba, spoons, piano and voices – not to mention the two who double as
And the music? Well, anything that
takes their fancy really, from around the North East, across the British
Isles and further afield – Ireland, France, Scandinavia, Argentina –
you name it. Happy
to cross the centuries too, the band is happy to rock a mediaeval air from
time to time, just for a change!
can see them in Ceddesfeld Hall on the Friday night.
Bert came to Sedgefield last year and walked away with the
World Spoons Championship (for the umpteenth time!). Can he hold onto it
in 2013 ?
He will be found in Ceddesfeld Hall for much of the
weekend. 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!
Ernie Gilchrist & Peter Brookes
Ernie Gilchrist on
Peter Brookes on guitar/vocals will play for the competitors in the world spoons
on Saturday afternoon.
will also be on hand on Sunday to host the final singaround in Ceddesfeld
The Old Age Travellers
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 7:45pm
until the care home drags them out!