Brian Peters has been a Whitby regular for many years. He’s one of the English folk scene’s great all-rounders: a compelling singer of traditional songs, a top squeezebox player (anglo concertina and melodeon), and a skilled guitarist. Brian’s interests run from Child ballads to Appalachian music – if you’re lucky he may bring his banjo – and you can be sure of a varied and entertaining set.
This brother and sister duo are resident singers at Grimsby Folk Club where they started performing in the 1960s when they were teenagers.
In the 1970s and ‘80s they were both members of two popular harmony folk groups, Galley and Force Four. Paul spent many years playing fiddle with the Broadside Ceilidh Band and now plays with The Little Band and also with Dick Appleton as the BellApple Boys.
Paul and Lynn perform a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs sung in harmony and accompany themselves on guitar, fiddle and whistle.
Whitby Folk Week patrons Melrose Quartet are Nancy Kerr, James Fagan, Jess & Richard Arrowsmith. Their rich repertoire combines traditional songs and tunes with more recent material that merges seamlessly into the folk canon. They deliver a capella and accompanied song in their strong and inimitable style, alongside dance-informed instrumental sets that both define and re-invigorate social dance rhythms from Britain and beyond. Bouzouki, box, two fiddles and four voices in sublime conjunction.
Pete Morton began his musical journey after he came across a Buffy St Marie record. It was from that moment on he decided to become a folk singer. Discovering the songs of the early sixties protest movement, it inspired him to write and take his songs to folk clubs and beyond.
For thirty years, Pete has been performing to audiences all over the world. Throughout that time he has been regarded as one of the best on the contemporary roots music scene. His latest album ‘A Golden Thread’ has received rave reviews with eight self penned songs, a Pete Seeger classic ‘Oh Had I A Golden Thread’, and versions of the traditional gems ‘Barbry Allen’ and ‘The Farmers Boy’.
Often referred to as an old time troubadour, he has a compelling stage presence and approachable style that delivers an unruly mix of humanism, politics, love, social commentary and humour, all wrapping their way around the folk tradition.
Martyn Harvey is an experienced and engaging caller who is known nationally as a ceilidh caller for festivals, ceilidh series, morris weekends and private events. A regular performer at Whitby Folk Week, he will be returning this year to call for the Themed Ceilidh alongside Jess & Richard of Melrose Quintet.
Carol and Steve are experienced teachers, workshop leaders and performers based in North Lincolnshire. They are both involved in running Folklincs, a folk heritage project in North Lincolnshire, and the North Lincolnshire Youth Folk Ensemble.
Carol has been directing the Whitby Folk Week Orchestra for about 10 years, Steve was always there to help but took over officially from Robin Garside when he stepped down from the orchestra a few years ago.
Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer recently changed jobs and moved into Cyber. They have worked tirelessly since the start of the pandemic performing all over the world giving concerts and dances. The car might only have had a couple of hundred miles put on the clock – but their internet mileage is massive. The only part of the house not being used for their virtual existence is the cupboard under the stairs where they huddle of an evening after the long walk back home from either Studio 1 or Studio 2.
Their prior years of experience on the Playford, Contra and Ceilidh scenes has stood them in good stead for their transition to virtually playing for Zoom dances in 2021. Jonny plays a range of instruments including cowhorn, harpsichord, carnyx and näverlur – none of which will be played at the Whitby ceilidh. He will however play his accordion. Vicki plays nyckelharpa – the magical keyed fiddle from Sweden, as far as Vicki is concerned, no other instruments matter (there is the outside chance of flute, but probably not bagpipes).