Jan 17

Fundraiser 27th January at Bedworth Rugby Club

Our next fundraiser for 40th Bedworth Folk Festival is on 27th January at Bedworth Rugby Club.

Already booked in as guest is DAVE FRY and

Floor spots from

Brian Phillips

Dave Webb

Max Wright

Kevin Dempsey

all floor singers welcome, format for evening is floor spots first half and featured artist (Dave Fry) 2nd Half – see you there.

Raffle prizes welcome, admission FREE!

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Dec 18

Our 2nd Fundraiser for the 40th Bedworth Folk Festival!

Coming up on Wednesday at Bedworth Rugby Club is our second fundraiser evening for Bedworth Folk Festival 2016.
We already have a really full evening with performers including:

Malc Gurnham & Gill Gilsenan
Dave Webb
Brian Phillips
Kevin Dempsey
John Morris
Claire Latham
The Thrupp’ny Bits
Terry & Jan Wisdom
Max Wright
Maria Barham
KC Jones
Dave Fry
John Kearney
Katherine Fear
Geoff Veasey

For a “Traditional Come All Ye!”

Free admission and free raffle, mince pies and other festive goodies!

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Nov 30

We had a great time at Bedworth Folk Festival 2015!

Check out our Facebook page for loads of pictures and “Banter!”

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Nov 26

A message from John Richards ..

I am sincerely sorry and very sad and disappointed but I won’t be able to sing at the festival this year I’ve been struggling with the worst cough and cold virus I can remember; I’ve felt very rough since a week last Sunday but I always thought/ hoped I’d be over it in time.
This morning I felt worse again and managed to get an evening appointment with our doctors who confirmed its now an upper chest infection so I’m on antibiotics for the next week.
If I just felt rough I’d be there but sadly the voice would just not make it at all. I’m so so sorry BUT I wish you all a brilliant festival, I thank Malc for his understanding (very sorry to add to his pressure) and I hope to see all again soon.
I hope some of you will be singing Shine On at some point of the weekend and at least I’ll be with you in spirit. Once again So Sorry!!

John Richards

Nov 23

More on the countdown …

Here are some backgrounds on the rest of this years guests:

BILL BATES returns to us again this year by popular request. He is not only a popular solo artist singing both contemporary folk songs and self penned songs, but is also a great MC, and a member of the Coventry Singer Songwriters Circle. His infamous ditty about a Mars bar Party is performed with great fun and sensitivity as is the more serious song ‘Nancy’. Always up for a laugh, Bill is one of the top artists on the programme this year and a top supporter of both the Folk Club and the Festival.

BRIAN PHILLIPS It’s great to see Brian here this year with what has to be a fantastic ‘Act’. From playing instrumentals such as ‘Angie’ or singing a ballad, Brian has a unique aptitude for knowing what the audience wants (even if the audience doesn’t realise what they want!!) He can have you in awe one minute and in tears of laughter the next with his quirky comments and introductions. Oh yes, he reads poetry too and has a great new ‘frying pan’ (go along and see him and all will be explained)!!!

CHRIS TOBIN has always said and maintains that ‘he doesn’t know any folk songs’. How true but he does have a wide repertoire of songs from the‘ Swing’ era together with some self penned ditties. Chris has been known as the local ‘Folk Hypochondriac’ and is a favourite at many local clubs playing either solo, in a duo or as part of a band. Starting off like so many other folk musicians did, in the pop groups of the 1960’s playing covers to gain experience in the art of performing. Chris has certainly learnt his ‘trade’ well and is now promoting himself as a Solo Artist who gives a very professional performance of great songs intermixed with a bit of humour too.

CLOSE QUARTERS Steve & Sandra Harrison, you may recognise as part of Quartz the 4 piece acapella group from Lancashire who have sung together for over 30 years. Since Steve and Sandra’s move north to live in the splendid surroundings of the Lake District they are now singing mostly as a duo. Their repertoire is very broad with traditional folk, gospel, music hall and more recent material included. Steve has added some self penned songs too which have been well received. What they enjoy most of all is to be in a room full of enthusiastic singers to help swell the choruses. Come and exercise your vocal chords – you know you want to!!

COVENTRY SINGER SONGWRITER’S 
are based in and around the Coventry area. The group began in February 2010 when some like-minded musicians got together to give each other the inspiration and motivation to write new songs.. The group meet one night a month, and perform their songs based upon a set theme each month. Not everyone in the group attends the meetings, some song writers email their songs through as an MP3 to the web site so you don’t even have to live locally – they do have the occasional members based throughout the world. For more info about the group please check out their Facebook page.

DAISYBELL consists of Katherine Fear, Ginny White and Sally-Ann Veasey. Three ladies all harmonising together to the songs of Katherine Fear as well as the intermittent traditional number. Accompanied by guitar, ukulele and mandolin played by Katherine and guitar and accordion played by Sally-Ann (not at the same time, may I add!) Ginny gives body to the trio with her lovely vocals. This is the end of the trio’s first year together, making their debut on the scene October time 2014.

DRAGONHEAD are a husband and wife duo, offering an eclectic mix of traditional & modern folk with a Cajun slant. Ann and John’s repertoire offers audiences the chance to join in and have fun. They will certainly have your feet tapping right from the start. Having supported the North Warwickshire Folk Clubs, Bedworth, Nuneaton and Atherstone, they have successfully organised ‘Folk Nights’ at various Church Halls and Community Centres to promote folk artists both ‘old and new’ alike. Well worth a listen to in my book.

GEOFF HIGGINBOTTOM is a familiar face all over the UK and needs no introduction to regular Festival goers. His formidable style of playing both six and twelve string guitars, bodhran and Appalachian dulcimer to accompany his well-chosen songs is second to none as well as singing unaccompanied. Geoff is confident playing to all types of audiences be they very young or the more mature of audiences and his repartee with hecklers is amazing. Geoff’s repertoire includes traditional and contemporary songs on a wide range of subjects and from a variety of sources all performed in a very professional manner. Geoff is also a powerful singer of shanties as well as being a versatile entertainer. In my opinion he is one of the Folk Scene’s must underrated good eggs so expect a good sprinkling of traditional songs and some cracking chorus opportunities.

GRAEME KNIGHTS Yes folks, he is back again but Bedworth Festival would not be Bedworth Festival without Graeme around. He’ll be doing his usual spot of singing in the Voices Concert as well as performing elsewhere over the weekend and generally causing mayhem. For those of you who haven’t come across Graeme before, he is mainly a shanty man who also finds pleasure in singing traditional and contemporary songs. He also loves fund raising, especially for the Lifeboats at Whitby which he does every year as well as doing the odd parachute jump too, also for charity. We’re really looking forward to singing along with you as well as listening to your not so widely known ‘gentle ballads’. His many CD’s may also be available over the weekend.

GREN MORRIS & SAM STEPHENS are folk musicians of good standing, being based in the East Midlands. One of the best reviews I’ve seen is from Keith Kendrick who says of the duo ‘Gren Morris’s stunning and sensitive vocals and Sam Stephens’ highly innovative harmonies and guitar arrangements make them an unbeatable duo. Their impeccable taste in material is inspired and authoritative, leaving the listener in no doubt of their individual and united stature. One listen to these two and they’ll be on your club wish list. The best thing to happen on the Midlands folk scene for years’. I couldn’t think of anything nicer or more complimentary to say than that except that there is always some glorious and eccentric surprise for audiences before these two leave the stage. Both Gren and Sam are also established recording artists having both worked within other line-ups over the years. A definite act to catch over this weekend. (Sadly both Sam and Gren have been quite poorly recently and are unable to attend this years festival – we wish them both speedy recoveries)

JOHN MORRIS really needs no introduction to the audiences at Bedworth festival or any of the other Festivals he has appeared at during the years and there are quite a few to list these days. John has been a great supporter and sponsor of the Festival for many years, being known not only for his powerful voice and good humour, but also his ‘Hugs’ of many a festival-goer too. John can be found hosting the ‘Voices’ concert as well as at various other venues over this weekend. His reputation for chorus songs along with the occasional ballad and contemporary number is second to none.

KEITH DONNELLY a superb entertainer of all age groups, Keith is back to bring fun, laughter and tears of joy to Venues all over Bedworth. He needs no other introduction just suffice it to say, Keith has supported the Bedworth Festival and Folk Club through both good and bad times and will continue to be a really valued close friend.

LYNNE HERAUD and PAT TURNER settled into their partnership in 2003 after making their first CD together, ‘Parallel’.Since then they have made more CD’s together whilst performing at Folk Clubs and Festivals all over the country. A very versatile duo, playing between them, Guitar. Recorder, English Concertina and a variety of whistles including the ‘Swanee’ and Policeman’s whistle too and they are not averse to dressing up if the song requires it either. Lynne and Pat maintain that their voices are the most important instrument they have and the resulting style is a unique blend of song and harmony and a humour which takes their audiences on a roller coaster ride ‘from high tragedy to hilarious and ingenious smut, performed in glorious vocal harmony’.Crown’ with Keith Kendrick.  She was, for many years, the

MALC GURNHAM & GILL GILSENAN are the ‘Festival Organisers’. Malc and Gill are accomplished artists with over 100 years of experience between them. Having played together now for 13 years they have an extensive repertoire ranging from traditional to contemporary folksongs together with the odd Blues and bit of Jazz, covering songwriters such as Dylan, Kate Wolf, Irvin Berlin to name but a few, plus their own takes on a vast library of traditional songs.

MARIA BARHAM & CAROLE PALMER, two well established singer/songwriters who perform not only together as a duo but also in other forms of bands too. They met at a festival some time ago now and decided to work together. Their popularity and confidence has grown amazingly as they find their music ‘gelling’ so well, with their repertoire of self-penned, thoughtfully chosen covers and traditional folk songs, all performed with beautiful close harmonies as well as accomplished guitar work by both of them. Two very talented and vibrant young ladies who make it a joy to watch their performances.Hopefully they will have a CD out at some time.

MOSES and the REF Steve and Christine are making a welcomed return to the Festival this year. They are good friends and supporters of both the Folk Club Fund Raisers and the Festival. Coming from the North London area they are regulars at the Herga Folk Club as well as being very popular at Festivals up and down the country, with their close harmonies. A good selection of material including songs from Les Sullivan and AJ Clark, Steve and Chris are an act that is well worth catching this weekend.

NOTTS ALLIANCE are Chris Orme, Stephen Bailey and Phil Hardcastle. Notts Alliance are an a cappella harmony trio singing a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs. They have been guests at a variety of clubs and festivals including Sidmouth, Whitby, Beverley, Fylde and Holmfirth to name but a few. Stephen is the quiet member of the trio, songwriter extraordinaire and a lovely tenor voice that taking the high notes in the arrangements are no problem at all. Phil is easily recognised by being the shortest member of the group, which leaves Chris who is the ‘front man and key giver’. Notts Alliance can be seen as part of the Voices Concert as well as other concert spots over the weekend and are well worth catching up with.

PETE GRASSBY can be seen at many Folk Festivals up and down the country tending to his stall of musical instruments and books. Another side of Pete is that of a fine musician and singer of traditional music. He’s a guy that has run folk clubs and events for over 30 years and what Pete doesn’t know really isn’t worth knowing regarding melodeons. Pete has been a valued member of the Festival Admin Team for some years being Craft Fair Manager in the past. This year you can see him both on Saturday at his stall in the Lounge Bar at the Civic as well as playing music, singing the odd song or three. Pete will be joining the Voices concert as well as having his own concert spots over the weekend.

SCARECROW are David, Rey and Gordon who are a Banbury-based acoustic band that plays folk music, but offers something a little different. David is the natural leader of the band and has been noted as ‘one of the best whistle players in the Banbury/Brackley area’. Rey plays bass guitar. flute and whistle, and occasionally a recorder and brings a classical influence to the band. Gordon is the guitarist, and brings jazz/blues to Scarecrow and can claim that any mistake he makes is actually an obscure jazz chord. The repertoire includes some tunes, traditional songs and occasionally a twist of jazz or blues; all produced to a high level of tight and unusual arrangements and always well crafted in a distinctive and individual style that is the trademark of Scarecrow.

SCOLDS BRIDLE are Sue Bousfield and Liz Moore. Two friends who have been playing music together now for over 40 years! Their individual talents combine to create entertainment at its highest level with close harmonies, dynamic presentation and loads of fun. Sue and Liz are a popular act in both Folk Clubs and Festivals alike and one can be certain of a first class act.

SHADES OF GREY are Bill Wilkes with his huge vocals and Karen Harris with her clear and sensitive voice. Put them together and the harmonious blend of sound created is that of the unique Shades of Grey. Their eclectic repertoire is drawn largely from traditional songs and embraces the full range of human emotions from heart wrenching songs of love and loss, through tales of struggle, alcohol abuse and animal cruelty to waggish fables of lust and triumphal anthems that compel even the most reticent to sing. Based at the Grand Union Folk Club in Leicestershire, Bill and Karen have been part of the folk scene for more years than either cares to (or in fact can) remember!

SUE BROWN AND LORRAINE IRWING are an Oxford based duo who base their repertoire firmly in English traditional song, drawing from time to time on contemporary material and songs from other traditions. Their harmony singing has been described as ‘perfection in timing and expressive melody’ and ‘a blend of voices to melt the heart of an iceberg’. They are well a known and respected duo on not only their local folk scene but also nationally. CD’s of their songs will be available over the weekend no doubt.

THE OLD ‘UNS are a group of six friends who have been on the folk circuit in the West Midlands and various other places for more than a collective 200 years! Yes that is hard to believe but when you realise who they are it’s not so surprising. The group made their debut last year and consists of John and Elaine Meechan, Phil Benson (Atherstone Folk Club organiser), Dave Parr and Malc and Gill. Their repertoire covers a wide genre of music from traditional and contemporary folk songs through to pop performed in a folky way! Their name comes about as the exact opposite of the Young ‘Uns’ as the ‘Old ‘Uns’ are just that, old. Well let’s say they are all “comfortably” of retirement age. You can catch them on Friday Evening at the Rugby Club.

THRUP’NNY BITS are Des Patalong, Barbara and Gareth Wyatt who have been friends for a long time and have appeared at the Festival many times. Thrup’nny Bits are regular supporters of the ‘Fund Raiser’ events of Bedworth Folk Club as well as being guests at both the North Warwickshire Folk Clubs, Nuneaton and Atherstone. As well as supporting the local Folk Scene they have been performing at various Festivals too around the UK this year with a repertoire of chorus songs taken mostly from the traditional spectrum and have also included a couple of Music Hall songs have been included too along with a contemporary ditties or two. The emphasis for all their performances being on entertainment and fun. The trio have recently put together a collection of favourite songs which I’m sure you’ll hear over the weekend together with a new CD which I’m sure Des will be advertising.

THREE PEACE SWEET make a welcomed return to the festival in the form of Dave Webb, Gill Gilsenan and Malc Gurnham. The trio got together for the first time seven years ago to ‘sing songs to get the audience going’ so you can expect lots of chorus singing as well as lots of fun between three people who have no less than 180 years’ experience in the Folk World.

TOM PATTERSON & DAVE MORTON are a locally based duo, distinctive for their original award winning material, mainly accompanied by twin classical guitars.Tom’s traditionally based songs, many of which deal with subjects linked to his native north east, have secured numerous successes at festivals over the last 20 years. Some of these, such as “The Coaly Tyne” and “The Windrush”, are now being performed by other local singers. He is continuing to produce new work and, in the last eighteen months, has won the song writing competitions at Sedgefield and Darlington folk festivals and also finished runner up at the recent Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering. Multi-instrumentalist Dave, originally from near Stoke on Trent, is the lead musician in the duo, arranging the songs and playing lead guitar, concertina and banjo. He is a well-known figure on the Leicestershire folk scene, having for many years been a resident at the Pack Horse Folk Club in Loughborough.  Tom and Dave’s first CD is now available.

TOM PERRY & CLIVE BROOKS first met when singing with a shanty group. Tom, a Lancastrian, is well known in the folk clubs across the North West for his lovely, relaxed singing style, and is a member of Titanic Brewery’s shanty crew Nine Tenths Below. Clive, who comes from Worcestershire, is a regular solo performer at West Midland venues and also sings with The Laners and the shanty group Sharp As Razors. Tom and Clive’s repertoire consists of traditional songs and contemporary pieces written in the traditional vein, most of which have choruses where audiences are encouraged to join in.

TONY PORTLOCK makes a return visit to the Festival this year as a Solo Performer. Mainly singing blues and playing ragtime guitar (not at the same time, although that could be interesting!). Tony has collected many many songs over the years of which his arrangements will enthral you and keep your feet tapping from the very first chord.

Nov 22

More on the countdown …..

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We are delighted that one the acts making a return to the Festival is MIRIAM (ERASMUS) BACKHOUSE – a special treat for us!
Born in Lewes, U.K., traditional folksinger Miriam Backhouse got her professional start on the British folk club circuit in the mid-’70s, and released a solo LP, the Saffron Summerfield-produced A Gypsy Without a Road, in 1977, and the album has become an underground British folk classic over the decades since. Backhouse moved to South Africa in 1979 with her husband, keyboardist John Erasmus, and made her home in the Valley of a Thousand Hills region there. She released a series of recordings in South Africa on her own imprint, Matriarch Music, as Miriam Erasmus, including 1995’s Over Africa and 1996’s African Rose (which earned her the lasting nickname of “the African Rose”), and branched out from folk into other musical areas, including appearing as Anna in Steven Stead’s production of The King and I. A clear, expressive singer, Backhouse also plays several instruments, including guitar, viola, autoharp, and recorder, and has written hundreds of children’s songs, but her forte remains the traditional British, American, and African material that forms the center of her live shows. Summerfield’s Mother Earth label reissued A Gypsy Without a Road on CD in 2006, adding two live tracks recorded in 1977 at the Robin Hood Folk Club in Brinsley. Backhouse tours Britain annually while continuing to make her home in South Africa.

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Another returning guest is the amazing DUNCAN McFARLANE who will have excellent fiddler ANNE BRIVONESE along with him. Duncan has been a sensation on his previous visits to the Festival and we are delighted to have him back again

Duncan McFarlane
‘Classy English Folk Guitar, eminently listenable vocals and great songs, both traditional and contemporary’ (Mike Raven)
‘Duncan’s a punchy guitarist in the ‘English folk’ style and offers a set about equally split between his own songs, other people’s and traditional’ (fRoots)
‘Duncan has an obvious feel for the tradition and a deep-rooted belief that it has a place in the current folk scene,
aspects which he puts across with lively showmanship. ‘His own songs show a canny grasp of, and response to, the tradition, while his intrinsic seriousness of intent and approach is often laced with a healthy irreverence that happens to be hugely entertaining’ (Living Tradition)

along with Dundee born and bred Anne Brivonese on acoustic & electric fiddle & vocals – lives & teaches in Leeds.

 

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A couple of last minute programme changes, sadly both Sam Stephens and Gren Morris have not been well and will be unable to perform, also Lynne Heraud and Pat Turners arrival will be delayed until Saturday due to a family bereavement – Lynne & Pats’ friday concert spot will be filled by talented locals KC Jones a husband a wife duo who sing a wide cross-section of songs, tradition, contemporary and a number of their own excellent self penned songs.

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Nov 20

… Continuing the countdown!

Amongst the concerts and other events, the abundance of sessions specially built for YOU to sing at, is a group of people who ensure it all runs smoothly for us, so let’s have a look at who is holding the whole week-end together for us, hosting sessions, workshops, singarounds or MCing – these “Backbone of any Festival” often get overlooked, not at Bedworth – We GREATLY value their contribution!

ALAN STOCKS
has been part of Bedworth Folk Festival for several years now as both a ‘host’ in singarounds and in his role as part of the Song Task Force.Alan can be found again this year hosting the early session in the downstairs Lounge Bar at the Civic Hall, together with Dave Webb who is a regular singer and supporter of the North Warwickshire Folk Clubs. 

ALHAMBRA
Organisers of many festivals rely on Pete, John and Andy to do what they do best and that is to entertain the audiences. John and Pete sing Old time Music Hall songs and other songs ranging from Victorian, Edwardian through to the variety period, including first and second world Wartime songs. The third member, Andy, recites monologues and joins in the choruses of songs (not necessarily of the song they are actually singing!). Within their repertoire you can sometimes catch a small pantomime which will require some audience participation. Don’t forget that they are also early risers and so will be taking charge of the Breakfast Sing at the Rugby Club on Sunday, along with Mitch & Roger and Jo, which is always a very popular event!

DAVE & JULIA TAYLOR
are a husband and wife act with a difference. Dave not only sings his own comedy songs (which may I say are absolutely brilliant) which are not only about everyday occurrences but also other musician’s material performed with much enthusiasm, some even requiring audience participation, he also harmonises with Julia on her songs to which he plays superb guitar arrangements and Julia’s repertoire of contemporary and traditional songs has grown considerably in the relative short time they have been performing as a duo. Dave and Julia have earnt themselves a great reputation around the local Folk Scene as well as getting onto the Performer’s Lists at most local Festivals this year. There is also a CD together entitled ‘On the Fence’ to add to the solo CD’s Dave has produced over the years. As well as achieving all this, the couple host a Song and Music session at Seagrave once a month.

DAVE FRY
has been part of Bedworth Festival for many years working extremely hard in the roll of MC and playing hard as Guest Artist. He has appeared here both solo and with other line ups over the years. He came to the Midlands in 1969 and got involved in running the Corner House Folk Club, Bedworth for some years in the early seventies, as with most of us, Dave dropped out of the scene due to work and family before restarting again in 2000.He has been a great asset in being part of the residency at Warwick Folk Club, he regularly appears at Banbury, Warwick and Alcester Folk Festivals as well as all the local Clubs. Further information can be found on his website.

DAVE WEBB
is definitely Bedworth’s candidate for ‘The oldest Singer in Town’ having been both friend and supporter of Bedworth Folk Clubs and Festival for more years than I can say or that he can remember. A former miner (as well as other trades) Dave is a traditional guy with a repertoire of traditional songs many of which tell the story of miners and their families. He has also written a few songs about his own time down the local pit and has now introduced several monologues into his repertoire which invariably get audiences laughing. Dave is once again opening the Festival Song/Music Session in the downstairs Lounge Bar at the Civic Hall, together with Alan Stocks.

GEOFF VEASEY
started his ‘folklife’ out in the Local Folk Clubs as the lead singer of Black Parrot Seaside. Unfortunately the group disbanded last year and since then Geoff has made links with his niece Fiona under the name of Nunc (short for Uncle and Niece apparently!) and together they are the resident duo of the Nuneaton Folk Club, part of the thriving North Warwickshire Folk Scene. Geoff’s solo repertoire consists of all sorts of material ranging from Blues to self-penned comedy to traditional songs. He will be here at the Festival as MC this year but I’m sure he will be joining in the song sessions too.

GRAEME KNIGHTS
Yes folks, he is back again but Bedworth Festival would not be Bedworth Festival without Graeme around. He’ll be doing his usual spot of singing in the Voices Concert as well as performing elsewhere over the weekend and generally causing mayhem. For those of you who haven’t come across Graeme before, he is mainly a shanty man who also finds pleasure in singing traditional and contemporary songs. He also loves fund raising, especially for the Lifeboats at Whitby which he does every year as well as doing the odd parachute jump too, also for charity. We’re really looking forward to singing along with you as well as listening to your not so widely known ‘gentle ballads’. His many CD’s may also be available over the weekend.

HILARY WARD
joins us again this year armed not only with the traditional chocolate, but also a growing repertoire of songs for her role as host of the ever popular Mudcat Session. Not so much a ‘newcomer’ now to the world of performing, Hilary has a lilting voice which lends beautifully to the choice of songs in her repertoire. A familiar face at Bedworth Folk Festival as well as many other festivals up and down the country. You don’t have to be a ‘Mudcatter’ to join in the session, go along and see what it’s all about and don’t forget to take some chocolate!

JO AND MO NICHOLSON
are renown singaround hosts at a multitude of festivals the length and breadth of the country, they won a couple of tickets to the festival last year at Whitby and as they seemed to enjoy themselves, we just had to invite them back in an “official” capacity this year – great to have you on board!

JO AND ROGER QUIGLEY
are a husband and wife duo hailing from the Weymouth on the South Coast who made their debut at the Festival last year as hosts of one of our many Song Sessions. They have been involved in their local folk scene for a number of years and were part of the ‘Team’ who put together the Weymouth Folk Weekend. With Jo on accordion and Roger on acoustic guitar they have quite a varied repertoire too and you can look forward to joining in with Jo’s tunes as well as many of Roger’s chorus songs. Don’t forget they can be found in the downstairs Lounge Bar/Bistro of the Civic Hall and on Sunday in The Arts Centre this year.

JOHN KEARNEY
is not only a familiar face at Bedworth Festival, he is also great supporter of the local Folk Clubs. Not only does he sing accompanied by his acoustic guitar, he also does some MC work for us. When he has his ‘singers hat’ on, his songs range from traditional through to contemporary and even the odd pop song has been known to creep in occasionally. John also writes some songs of his own and his friends experiences all of which are performed in his unique manner. You may also see John running ‘wild’ as part of the Song Task Force, trying to keep our guests at the right place at the right time before actually keeping them to time on stage at one of the concerts!!! (Well we do like to keep him busy!!) 

JOHN “MITCH” MITCHELL
famously writer of “The Bedworth Song”, has been a regular at Bedworth for many, many years, a really likeable chap with always a story to tell, a poem to recite, a song to sing, and a wicked sense of humour, catch him in the stories and songs session and the singing breakfast Sunday morning! 

JOHN MORRIS
really needs no introduction to the audiences at Bedworth festival or any of the other Festivals he has appeared at during the years and there are quite a few to list these days. John has been a great supporter and sponsor of the Festival for many years, being known not only for his powerful voice and good humour, but also his ‘Hugs’ of many a festival-goer too. John can be found hosting the ‘Voices’ concert as well as at various other venues over this weekend. His reputation for chorus songs along with the occasional ballad and contemporary number is second to none. 

JON HARRINGTON
is an integral part, and founder member, of the Coventry Singer Songwriter’s Circle who have very kindly made a monetary donation to Festival Funds again this year for which we owe a great deal of thanks. Jon is also a fine musician who is regularly sort after to play harmonica as a guest musician to other performers on the scene including Katherine Fear and Malc and Gill. Jon returns again this year as host to the Songwriters Workshop held in the Parish Church on Saturday. I’m sure you’ll be able to catch Jon in a couple of the Song Sessions too.

KITTY VERNON & DEREK BURGESS
are welcomed back this year to host some of the Song Sessions around the festival. Kitty and Derek are very well known for their friendly and well run sessions at many Festivals up and down the country as well as performing at many Folk Venues around the country too. As well as being well known as a duo, they are also both respected solo singers too and have performed on other musician’s CD’s. They have a varied repertoire of material ranging from traditional ballads to comedy songs of the Music Halls so you can be sure of a good chorus song to join in with too.

PETE GRASSBY
can be seen at many Folk Festivals up and down the country tending to his stall of musical instruments and books. Another side of Pete is that of a fine musician and singer of traditional music. He’s a guy that has run folk clubs and events for over 30 years and what Pete doesn’t know really isn’t worth knowing regarding melodeons. Pete has been a valued member of the Festival Admin Team for some years being Craft Fair Manager in the past. This year you can see him both on Saturday at his stall in the Lounge Bar at the Civic as well as playing music, singing the odd song or three. Pete will be joining the Voices concert as well as having his own concert spots over the weekend.

RHIANNON & MICK PEARCE
return to the Festival again this year, in fact they have supported and helped us out for many years. Rhiannon’s lovely voice is ably accompanied by Mick on Guitar, their material drawn from a wide range of genres. This year they can be found in both Concert spots over the weekend as well as hosting the Finale Singaround in the Arts Centre Coffee Bar on Sunday. Look out for this couple, they are well worth catching.

SUE SIMMONS
has been coming to the Festival almost since it first began 39 years ago, so I guess she can be given the accolade of ‘Stalwart’ and ‘Supporter Extraordinaire’. She always brings a smile to your face with her witty, amusing and thoughtful poems. Sue will be telling her tales throughout the weekend at various venues.

TED WEBB
has been a friend of not only this Festival but many others in the UK, for many years lending his expertise in keeping concerts to time. Whilst looking at his Facebook page last year, I found the secrets of a ‘dark horse’ – Ted not only a superb MC at Folk Events, he is also involved in amateur dramatics too. Perhaps we can encourage Ted to perform a short rendition from one of the productions he has been involved in for our 40th Anniversary next year.

TONY BARRETT
has told me that he will be here again this year so we’re looking forward to him welcoming our guest artistes on stage in his own inimitable style as well as being part of ‘The Flaky Tarts’! Tony will be at the helm, keeping time, telling jokes, and doing what can only be described as his ‘own uniqueness’ over this weekend!!

Nov 19

Pre-festival Sing at the Civic Hall in Bedworth

After last Saturdays excellent session, we will again be meeting at The Civic Hall in Bedworth, this Saturday (21st November) – we will be in the Upstairs Lounge from 11:30am – to about 1:30pm – it’s all free and Singers, Musicians and audience are very welcome.

Nov 19

The countdown begins!

As we start the countdown – here’s a bit of info about some of the guests to keep you going!

FIRST TIME AT BEDWORTH THIS YEAR
The fantastic Kim Lowings and the Greenwood – appearing Saturday
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Also FIRST APPEARANCE for Sound Tradition
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Another First – JOHN RICHARDS solo – We’ve seen him a couple of times with his band, but we just loved him solo when he visited the folk club recently so we had to have him at the festival on his own which gives his songs that extra bit of “personal” feel!
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And yet another first for us – THE FLAKY TARTS – bound to be loads of fun, catch up with info about them on their web site
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Nov 15

Festival Programme off to the printers!

The very seasonal looking programme is off to the printers tomorrow!

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