The Benny Gallagher Trio
For sheer quality and distinction you need look
no further than the career of Benny Gallagher. One half of hit
makers and blue chip songwriters Gallagher & Lyle; he began
his career as a staff writer with the Beatles Music Publishing
Co. Apple writing songs for Apple Records biggest artist Mary
Hopkin. Benny has always considered his "formative"
days at Apple, and, especially, the constant encouragement of
Paul McCartney, as one of the most important factors in his
development as a songwriter. In 1970 it was his and Graham
Lyle's astute composing abilities that propelled the band
McGuinness Flint to the top of the charts with their hit songs
"When I'm Dead and Gone" and "Malt and Barley
Blues". Then came the duo's own string of successes – the
richly romantic " Heart on my Sleeve " and " I
Wanna Stay With You ". Their Breakaway album was a huge
success – with even more accolades to follow when the ttitle
track was recorded by Art Garfunkel for his biggest selling solo
On record he has worked with: Paul McCartney -
Eric Clapton - Pete Townsend - Ronnie Lane - Ronnie Wood - Gary
Brooker - Georgie Fame - Mary Hopkin - Elkie Brooks - Ralph
McTell - Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention, as well as Blues
legends Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (who wrote "
That's Alright Mama " for Elvis Presley), and Champion Jack
Over the last few years, in between song-writing
visits to Nashville, and composing soundtracks for film and
television he has toured Australia, the Middle and Far East,
Europe, and the U.K. as bassist and vocalist with The Manfreds,
and more recently performed at The Belfast Nashville Songwriters
Festival with Don Schlitz, Nanci Griffiths, and Pat Alger,
played an “In the Round Concert” with Beth Nielsen-Chapman,
Ricky Ross and Charlie Dore to celebrate the opening of the new
BBC Scotland Headquarters in Glasgow, performed at SXSW in
Austin, Byron Bay Blues Festival Australia , Canterbury Folk
Festival N. Z. - as well as a couple of special guest
appearances with Dougie MacLean at his Perthshire Amber Festival
and at Jazz Guitar Legend Martin Taylor's string of sell-out
shows during the London Jazz Festival.
Bob Wood hails from the west coast of Scotland
but has long been based in London. An engaging solo singer and
performer with an easy going sense of humour, he’s known also
as an accomplished finger-style guitarist. Exploring a range of
open tunings, his playing and song interpretations have been
described as displaying rare sensitivity, lightness of touch and
Colin Macfarlane, based in Edinburgh, is much in demand as a
session musician for his astounding skill with guitars
(including Dobro) and bass, and his experience across a huge
range of musical genres.
Benny, Bob and Colin headline our final Parish
Hall concert on Saturday evening.
Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies
Jez Lowe's band, The Bad Pennies, have been one
of the high points of the international folk scene for over a
decade, frequently touring to the USA, Canada, Australia and
beyond! Jez Lowe was recently described as 'one of our best
songwriters' by BBC Radio 2 and his songwriting work for the BBC
'Radio Ballads' series was honoured by a SONY Radio Academy Award.
In December 2007 he was nominated for the BBC Radio Folk Awards as
‘Folksinger of the Year’. His lively, toe-tapping melodies and
bittersweet lyrics are complimented by the excellent band line-up
of Kate Bramley (fiddle/ duet vocals), Tyneside champion
Northumbrian piper Andy May (pipes, whistles, piano) and fretless
bass supremo David de la Haye (bass/ vocals).
FJez and the Pennies headline our Friday evening concert in the Parish Hall.
Kieran Goss was born and raised in 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 the music of Johnny
Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra and The
Rolling Stones. These varied influences fermented into the brew
that gives Kieran his own unique sound. Kieran supported himself
while a law student in Belfast by playing club gigs and the
University Students Union, earning himself support slots for
Elvis Costello, Christy Moore and Joe Jackson along the
After qualifying as a lawyer in the mid-eighties, Kieran left
home for France and Germany in order to avoid being drafted into
the legal profession! He came back home to Ireland in 1989 to
record his first album, Brand New Star. It contained the songs
Brand New Star and Just Around The Corner, which came to the
attention of Mary Black. She recorded both songs for her album,
Babes In The Wood. In 1994 Kieran followed up Brand New Star
with the album New Day, which contained his chart-topping
version of The Four Tops’ Reach Out (I’ll Be There). In 1998
he released the album Worse Than Pride, which contained the Top
10 single Out Of My Head. It was the second most played song on
Irish radio that year. Worse Than Pride achieved double platinum
status nine months after it was released. Red-Letter Day
followed this in 2000, and contained the classic Reasons To
In the winter of 2002, Kieran released the compilation, Out Of
My Head... The Best Of Kieran Goss, which was intended to act as
a resumé of his work up to that point and to give him a
breather while he holed up to write. His sixth studio album,
Blue Sky Sunrise, was recorded in Tennessee and produced by
Rodney Crowell and Peter Coleman. It was released in September
2005, and the first single from it; Clear Day, was an instant
hit which was picked up by the Progressive Building Society for
use in their television advertising campaign. Kieran Goss Trio
Live,Kieran’s first ever live album, was released in June 2008
to great critical acclaim. His latest studio album, I’ll Be
Seeing You, was released in February 2009.
Kieran will feature in our
Saturday evening concert in the Parish Hall.
Prelude are an English
based vocal folk group, who in their most famous line-up
consisted of Brian Hume (vocals, guitar), his wife Irene Hume
(vocals) and Ian Vardy (guitars, vocals). They formed in their
native Gateshead in 1970. They began to write their own material
and built a following on the folk circuit and in 1973 they
recorded their first album, How Long Is Forever? From it came
their best known recording, an a cappella version of the Neil
Young song "After the Gold Rush", which entered the
Top 50 on 26 January 1974, had a nine-week stay, peaking at
Number 21 and in 1980 scored their second UK hit with
Their appeal has continued
ever since and they are to be seen performing regularly,
particularly on the folk circuit.
Prelude will be performing in our Saturday
evening concert in the Parish Hall.
Charlie Dore and Julian Littman
best known as one of the UK's most respected singer-songwriters,
Charlie enjoys a multi-faceted career that includes acting in
film, TV & radio, comedy-improvisation, writing for radio and
composition for film and TV.
Her enduring radio classic, 'Pilot of the
Airwaves' was the first of many successful songs that lead the way
for a diverse list of artists to record her material, including
Tina Turner, George Harrison and Jimmy Nail, for whom she wrote
"Ain't No Doubt", a UK No 1. Charlie's songs have won
her two Ascap awards and an Ivor Novello nomination.
She has made six albums of her own songs, the last two of which,
'Sleep All Day' and 'Cuckoo Hill', saw a return to her acoustic
folk-country roots and won her excellent reviews as well as the
International Acoustic Music Awards Grand Prize for her song
"Looking For My Own Lone Ranger".
Julian Littman.Playing guitar with Gerry Rafferty,
mandolin with Dexy's Midnight Runners; Writing the number four
stateside hit "Strut." for Sheena Easton and songs for
the likes of Sister Sledge and Phillip Bailey; Playing Madonna's
brother in the movie of Evita and a stint in the Queen
musical," We Will Rock You."; Currently lead guitarist
with folk rock pioneers, "Steeleye Span." - These are
just some of the myriad facets to Julian Littman's achievements.
Charlie and Julian will
feature 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.
Join them on Saturday for their morning workshops, and/or
see them headline our Saturday afternoon concert.
has been on the fringes of the folk scene for many years, never pushing
for bookings but always responsive when local clubs asked him to perform.
His repertoire includes a wide variety of traditional, contemporary and
humorous material and he is an excellent guitarist. He mainly performs
round the Teesside area and a long standing resident of the Guisborough
Rugby Club Folk Club.
The Seasonal Singers
'Seasonal Singers' are a 20 strong singing group which started four years
ago. Their wide repertoire includes songs from the War years,
50's and 60's Rock and Pop, West End Musicals and Contemporary Folk
Music. They donate virtually all of their income to nominated local
charities, and have raised thousands of pounds since they started singing
together. They do around thirty concerts each year for Care homes, W.I.
groups, 'Ladies Wot Lunch' groups ... and anyone who likes tuneful melodic
music!! ... The Seasonals are delighted to appear at the Sedgefield Folk
festival, and promise a 'mixed bag' of songs, fun and entertainment!
The Izzy Burns Band
Izzy is one of the talented young people emerging from
Newcastle University's folk degree course. Accompanied by some friends she
will be performing for us on the Parish Hall Saturday afternoon concert.
Kyle James Frazer
An accomplished exponent of the ukelele, Kyle is another
graduate of Newcastle's folk degree course. He will be performing in the
Friday evening concert at the Parish Hall.
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 continues to be in charge for the three main concerts.
Although Marie is well known for her love of folk music
and transatlantic country music, her humour, recitations and Gracie Fields
impressions will play a prominent part in her performance when this
"Lancashire Lass" heads up the Thursday evening Music Hall
Bert came to Sedgefield last year and walked away with the
World Spoons Championship (for the umpteenth time!). Can he hold onto it
in 2014 ?
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!
Bert will also act as MC for the Thursday evening Old Time
Music Hall 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.
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!
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!