Iris Bishop

Iris is widely recognised for her skill and originality on that uniquely English invention – the Duet Concertina. Associated mostly with her subtle and expressive approach to song accompaniment (on concertina and accordion), her solo repertoire includes styles not usually associated with those instruments.

At this Festival she is working alongside Martyn Wyndham-Read, with whom she has toured and recorded extensively, and performed in theatre productions including the ‘Maypoles to Mistletoe’ show and ‘Down the Lawson Track’.

She is teaching and inspiring a new generation of players at regular concertina workshops, while continuing to perform with a variety of singers, including Marilyn Bennett, Carolyn Robson, ‘Elsie’s Band’ – and ‘The Bacon Butty Band’ with Ian Holder, just for fun!

Crook Morris hail from the town of Kendal, Cumbria. Crook dance traditional English Morris in the styles of Cotswold, Welsh border and Rapper sword dancing as well as occasionally performing Mummer’s plays. Crook can easily be recognised by their flowery hats, maroon and green odd socks and noisy bells. Crook loves to dance well, while having fun and hope to also be entertaining to the audience! It was Crook’s 40th Anniversary last year and  they were looking forward to dancing at Whitby Folk Week as part of their celebratory year, so Crook are now most delighted that they can attend in their 40 plus 1 year instead.

Moirai

These are three women who manage to create an orchestra and a choir of sounds and yet there are still only three of them. Throw away your preconceptions about what constitutes folk music and open your minds to a colourful pallet of sounds and song. They will take you on a roller-coaster ride through beautiful traditional tunes, haunting and buoyant compositions and songs that will pluck at your heartstrings as well as have you holding your sides to prevent bursting with laughter.

“These women are committed consummate musicians. Great songs, great harmonies and leads. What more could you ask for” Linda Thompson

Twostep

Jean Smith and Ian Craigs started their clog dancing with the Newcastle Cloggies. They have been members of both Instep Research Team and the dance group Instep.

Since 2007, they have focused on developing their own repertoire of duets and solo dances using traditional steps as well as creating their own contemporary pieces.

They are experienced teachers as well as performers and have regularly run workshops for absolute beginners through to advanced stepping.

Their black and white costume features the traditional Northumbrian tartan or shepherds plaid.

Heather Hazell will be providing the music.

Jack Lynch

Dubliner Jack Lynch has appeared regularly at Whitby with his performing partner Len Graham. A founder member of Storytellers of Ireland/Aos Scéal Éireann, he has told at folk and storytelling festivals throughout Ireland, Britain, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and North America.

Tyburn Road – Ian Giles & Dave Townsend

Ian and Dave have been singing and playing together for more years than either will readily admit to. They are two of the most recognizable (and hairy) faces on the Oxfordshire folk scene, who bring to the stage a wealth of experience performing, touring and researching traditional songs & music. With voices, concertina and melodeon, they offer a delightful repertoire of unusual songs and tunes. Their comfortable and relaxed style of presentation makes the perfect setting for their commitment to the material and their consummate musicianship. Their first album Rogues & Rovers appeared in 2018.

Richard Moss

Richard Moss lives in Blackburn and delights in sharing the traditional music of Northwest England as well as a love of American roots music. He delivers amazingly intricate guitar work with a richly accented, warm singing voice. Percussive and rhythmic dexterity combines with sparkling fingerstyle delivery to create spellbinding results.

His solo album, Back To The Yellow Hills explores tradition from the Northwest of England and journeys through 19th century Blackburn poetry, with highly accomplished arrangements and self-penned instrumental tunes.

Richard is blessed with a strong musical personality, both as singer and guitarist, and he presents his material with directness and honesty, which is abundantly stimulating and very refreshing and is in high demand as a sensative and driving accompanist for singers and melody players.

Hadrian Clog

Hadrian Clog is based in Northumberland, and perform a wide variety of clog and hard shoe dances from the North East of England and beyond. They take traditional steps, give them their own ‘Hadrian’ twist, and pair them with their favourite folk tunes and songs.

While their dances are based on traditional steps they also enjoy creating and choreographing their own unique dances.

They perform more than 20 different dances, mainly from the North of England, but also from as far afield as Ottowa and Cape Breton, as well as Scotland and Ireland.

Thay are delighted to be back at Whitby and look forward to sharing their dancing with you.

Maclaine Colston & Saul Rose

Mac and Saul isn’t the name of a new pasta dish, it is in fact a glorious combination of melodeon and hammered dulcimer. They met while in the ground breaking Kings of Calicutt with Eliza Carthy, who had the dubious honour of being one of the bands responsible for the term Brit Folk! entering the folk lexicon in the late 90s.

This short lived but intense episode led onto a duo and eventually their acclaimed first album Sand and Soil in parentheses, released in 2009. The album was nominated for a few minor awards and a track ended up on the 2010 Folk Awards album due to Saul’s nomination for Musician of the Year.

Patrick Rose

Patrick Rose is a Sheffield based caller, guitarist and singer. He has been calling for over 10 years for all levels of dance ability, be that private events or ceilidh series. He is well known on the Sheffield scene for an enthusiastic yet relaxed style of calling, focusing on bringing the sheer joy of the dance to the audience with his irreverent approach. Currently, his main ceilidh project is guitarist and vocalist for the ceilidh band Bellamira, taking klzemer, appalachian, morris and eurobal influences and forging them together with punk, EDM, ska and fusion.

Mat Green & Andy Turner

Mat and Andy both play with Oxfordshire band Magpie Lane.

A Bampton Morris dancer for almost 50 years, Mat has played for country dancing for very nearly as long, principally with the Woodpecker Band. His instantly recognisable fiddle style is utterly danceable, and quintessentially English.

Andy is also an experienced dance musician, playing anglo-concertina with bands such as Polkabilly, Geckoes and Oxford NAGS. He has a punchy, rhythmic concertina style, but can also play in a slower, smoother style to accompany his own fine singing.

Together, they play mainly traditional English dance tunes, specialising in little-known tunes from eighteenth and nineteenth century village musicians’ tunebooks.

The tunes are interspersed with songs – again, mostly from English traditional sources.

 

 

Out of Hand

Out of Hand are fast becoming one of the most energetic, danceable bands on the UK ceilidh circuit. We put modern twists on traditional tunes as well as a load of our own tunes to give a thumping, danceable rhythm that will keep you on the dance floor all through the night.

Featuring Penny Kempson – Fiddle, Stuart Duncan – Whistle, Will Sartin – Mandolin, Richard Portlock – Bass Guitar and Chris Campbell – Drums

Fiddler’s Elbow

Fiddler’s Elbow are a four piece ceilidh band consisting of Robin Dunn (Caller & fiddle), Rachael Hales (fiddle), Phil Tyler (fiddle) & Sue Morgan (piano), based in the North East of England. They play a wide variety of music from England, Scotland, Canada & New England as well as featuring Northumbrian tunes & Robin’s own compositions. They have over 100 years of Ceilidh Band experience between them (despite the youngest member being only 31!), and are known for their amazingly lively sound (despite their oldest member being 117!).

Oxford NAGS

Oxford NAGS is a four piece ceilidh band based around Oxfordshire and a bit of Hampshire.
They play stonking English tunes for stonking English dance.

Nina Hansell (PolkaWorks, The Bismarcks) has been playing the fiddle and English traditional music for more than 30 years and is deeply committed to traditional dance, through morris, clog and providing music for other dancers. She delights audiences with her passion for playing bouncy English tunes – not only do the audience feel the need to dance, she does too; in fact she can’t not.

Sandy Shallis is a melodeon player from Adderbury. She plays for folk and local ceilidh bands including Tinker’s Ditch, and her local ladies morris side. She recently teamed up with Tim Howes and won Best Folk Duo at the Chipping Norton Music Festival. John Kirkpatrick described their performance as outstanding. Sandy keeps her melodeon-arm muscles in shape by pulling pints in The Bell, Adderbury, which she manages with courtesy and aplomb.

Andy Turner plays anglo-concertina with Oxfordshire dance band Geckoes, and with the concert band Magpie Lane. He is a very experienced dance musician, having been playing for ceilidhs, barn dances and morris for about 40 years. Andy gets tunes out of an Anglo concertina that aren’t there. He is a lot older than he looks.

Gareth Kiddier (many, many bands, including PolkaWorks, The Bismarcks, English Contra Dance Band and The Watch) sits in the corner and plays the piano, and generally does what he’s told.

Purcell’s Polyphonic Party

Purcell’s Polyphonic Party are a trio of musicians come together to combine their love of Purcell, Playford, Baroque and the Nordic Noir. Take one harpsichord, one viola d’amore , one nyckelharpa. Stir occasionally with bouzouki and accordion. Once mixed add one set of bagpipes, a light sprinkling of flageolet and allow to simmer gently together on stage for around 3 hours. Then enjoy some beautifully served up dance music.

With a wide range of experience from Playford and social dance to ceilidh and contra Purcell’s Polyphonic Party has a unique sound, combining the beauty and style of the baroque era with raw foot tapping dance energy. You can be assured that a dance evening has plenty of variety.

John Dipper • viola d’amore, concertina
John is a respected and established performer, composer, teacher and instrument maker, John grew up steeped in the traditions of Southern England. His unique playing style and compositions convey a deep understanding and passion for indigenous culture. John’s passion for vernacular music led to his degree dissertation focussing on the interpretation of field recordings, looking at intonation, tuning and expression.

Vicki Swan • nyckelharpa, bagpipes, flute, flageolet
Vicki studied at the Royal College of Music on the double bass. She also plays the various types of bagpipes, flute, recorder, piano and nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed-fiddle). On leaving music college Vicki started down the long path of folk music and was only seen on rare glimpses back in classical orchestras. You’ll find Vicki now inhabiting the troll-ridden forests playing her Swedish bagpipes, bagging tunes for new books. Vicki holds the Zorn Bronze Award for the traditional playing of Swedish bagpipes and runs workshops and teaches the nyckelharpa around the UK.

Jonny Dyer • harpsichord, accordion, bouzouki, guitar, piano
Jonny is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, writer and arranger. Classically trained as a pianist and trumpet player, he now specialises in traditional music from the British Isles and Scandinavia; primarily on spinet, accordion, guitar and cowhorn. By default, Jonny is probably England’s leading exponent of the Swedish Kohorn (cowhorn) and was just as surprised as you probably are to find out that forests have the most wonderful echoey acoustic to play the cowhorn in!

Colin Hume

Over the last twenty years, Colin has built up a reputation as a caller of American Squares, Playford-type dances and his own “Dances with a Difference”, many of which contain unusual combinations of figures to baffle and/or delight the dancers. He has published nine books of dances, including “Playford with a Difference” containing his own interpretations.

For nine years Colin helped run the “Beginners” sessions at Cecil Sharp House every Thursday. He has called at Folk Dance courses in Holland, Denmark and the U.S.A. He contributed a regular column to the EFDSS magazine “English Dance & Song”.

Martyn Harvey

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. 

Barry Goodman

Barry is well known as a singer, compere, caller, musician and dancer as well as being a writer of songs, dances and tunes. As a caller he has worked with many of the finest ceilidh bands in the country. He likes to make dancers feel relaxed and confident and his clear but relaxed style of teaching the dances has made him a popular choice at folk festivals and ceilidhs nationwide.
During 2020 and 2021, Barry called for a number of “virtual” ceilidhs, adapting and composing dances for solo dancers, couples and small groups to enjoy in their own homes!
Barry also presents illustrated talks on English customs, “Good Morning, Lords and Ladies” and “Traditional Treasures”, together with his wife, Gill.

Banter

Bursting onto the Festival scene in their first year, Banter are all about having a great night of traditional English dance tunes and songs, played with a cheeky twist…

Featuring Simon Care on squeezeboxes, Nina Zella on piano and vocals and Tim Walker on percussion and cornet. Banter are becoming one of the “must-see” bands on the English folk circuit.

With festivals including Glastonbury, Towersey, Bromyard, Southwell and Sidmouth already under their belt they promise a great show that is guaranteed to leave you smiling.