We're very excited to present an action packed weekend of music and arts in 2013. Find out more below, and be sure to check back here frequently as we add to the programme.
What's on when?
Friday7.00pm to 10.45pm
Saturday10.00am to 10.45pm
Highland troubadour Rachel Sermanni has been casting spells across the country with her beautifully crafted folk-noir. The Scottish singer has supported Mumford & Sons, Michael Kiwanuka and Elvis Costello winning over audiences with her range of captivating ballads.
Rachel mixes up fast flowing poetical verses, rousing choruses and and tender moments with ease, 'As close to a perfect folk record your likely to hear this year' Say's 'The Line of best Fit'.
Multi-instrumentalist, singer and double award winning musician, Tim was 2012 BBC Radio Two "Best Musician of the year" and "Best duo" (BBC Folk Awards 2012) with harmonica guru Brendan Power. Tim at just 33, has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic roots music including; The Chieftains, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, The Barra MacNeills, JP Cormier, Shaun Davey, Lunasa and more.
THE OLD DANCE SCHOOL
The Old Dance School's forward thinking sound combines flavours of folk, classical, electronica and jazz, one moment rip-roaring, the next beautifully delicate. Duelling fiddles, soaring brass crescendos, foot-stomping grooves and some of the most ambitious arrangements you're ever likely to hear, their new show draws on three widely applauded studio albums, and five years together that have taken the band from cowshed rehearsals, to remote lighthouses, to main stage appearances at international festivals.
Bella Hardy’s soaring and captivating voice inhabits her characters and spins her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. Winner of the BBC Radio 2 Best Original Song 2012 for The Herring Girl, her own songs range in subject matter from fairytales to English working class history, via childhood nostalgia, myth, murder and the human condition, touching on both the fantastical, story telling elements of Kate Bush, and the lovelorn songwriting craft of Carole King.
THE LONG NOTES
The Long Notes’ ensemble synergy magically surpasses the sum of its parts, with captivating arrangements of Irish, Scottish, French-Canadian, Galician, Quebecois and old-time tunes. In addition, The Long Notes have honed their writing skills producing some stunning original compositions.
All the way from Santiago de Cuba, Son Yambu's irresistible Afro-Cuban 'Son' is guaranteed to turn Sunday afternoon into a fiesta! Dynamic lead vocalist Yuri Moreno has been compared to a young Celia Cruz and the band members, who all have a lifetime’s experience playing Latin music, both as recording artists and in live performances around the world, and are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre.
Bison is a horns-front, hoof-stomping party beast from Sheffield. Their sound is diverse, centred on ska but taking in swing, soul, hip hop, electronica, and anything else that takes their fancy. The emphasis is firmly on songs, orangeness and knees.
Fetching out old songs from the silent archives of the traditional canon, and winching up new songs from her imagination, she then sets them both to work alongside each other. In this way, she can play with certain dynamic tensions that are perpetually at work in the world: the past and the present, the natural and the civilized, the extraordinary and the familiar, the symbolic and the real, the pillar and the post etc.
A smokin’ new band from Hackney, east London, mixing up bluegrass, old time, blues and folk. With soulful vocals and tight arrangements from a classic acoustic line up, Kidnap Alice bridge the gap between vintage R’n'B and Appalachian mountain music.
JACK MCNEILL & CHARLIE HEYS
Jack and Charlie’s idiosyncratic approach to folk music and song writing has earned them an enviable reputation as two of the most exciting, heartfelt and challenging musicians around. Writing songs that seem to grow out of the ground and tunes that tell stories in their own right, Jack and Charlie’s original music strings together the past, present and what might yet be of folk music.
Twin fiddles, guitar, voice, bouzouki, viola – beautifully arranged old and new tunes and songs rooted in the traditions of Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Skyhook are Cath James, finalist in the 1995 BBC Young Tradition Award and 2008 and 2011 Niel Gow International Fiddle Composition Award, Martin Harwood, ex-Caravanserai, and Eoin Teather, accompanist to some of the giants of Irish music, including master fiddle player Tommy Peoples.
“Lyrics that involuntarily swerve your gaze to the sky” (Music Week) and “really, really gorgeous songs” (BBC Radio 2). His music is steeped in timeless roots traditions, laced with lyrical twists that narrate modern life. Following on from his 3 EPs (The Balloon, The Bubble, The Box), in 2012 he released “a serene and nuanced debut album” (Guitarist), acoustic at heart and sensitively embellished with a creative band of musicians who add their distinctive sounds to Dan’s muse, including pedal steel legend BJ Cole.
Richard Grainger is steeped in the Northumbrian tradition and the English folk scene. He comes from a musical family and has been a professional performer since 1986. He is a prolific writer of music, poetry and plays, and his work as an interpreter of traditional songs has received critical acclaim. His repertoire ranges from ‘hard as iron’ to ‘romantic and ethereal’ featuring strong tunes and well-crafted lyrics.
STORYBAG THEATRE15 min Casablanca"
Local group Storybag Theatre are pleased to be bringing their own brand of madcap mayhem to the Edale Folk Festival this year. Two hours of a great classic movie condensed into fifteen minutes. Is it possible? Come along and find out. If you blink and miss it, try asking Sam to “play it again”.
BCAC is pleased to support Storybag Theatre at Edale Folk Festival. Bamford Community Arts & Crafts (BCAC) is a charity providing opportunities for local residents to participate in and benefit from arts activities, enabling us all to know each other better and to build a deeper sense of community within the village and surrounding area.
Gren is touring relentlessly either solo, as a duo or with the full band. The workshops he hosts in guitar playing and songwriting have been described as “brilliantly fresh”. Gren is truly the future of folk songwriting, using his influences from folk and blues traditions to bring something unique to this modern day troubadour. He is an artist not to be missed.
THE MACCAFERRI CLUB
The Maccaferri Club are a Folk Collective from London Music Colleges. They've been behind endless performances all over the city for the last two years whether it's the Jamboree in Limehouse, or busking on the Streets of Greenwich. With influences ranging from traditional folk music to a uniquely varied set of musical pedigrees, from intense classical study to jazz and experimental electronic music, the group possess a distinctly captivating and energetic sound.
After a year of performing her folk/americana-tinged songs as a solo artist at venues and festivals around the Midlands, Louise Petit attracted an experienced band of acoustic players from all over the UK. Louise and band are performing her melodic, hook-ridden song-stories and dynamic live shows at quality venues and festivals throughout 2013. They’ve also supported international folk and other artists including Scott Matthews, Hope & Social, The Musgraves, Louise Jordan, Sally Sweet and Old Man Luedecke.
"Blending tight Appalachian vocal harmonies with ukulele strums and delicate rhythms, this Sheffield collective are a loveable bunch with a penchant for blues, bluegrass and folk. (Their songs) of particular note....are ‘Brother Fox’ and ‘Benny Boy’, a lover’s farewell as her man goes to war." - Sam Walby, Now Then
THE BLACK HARES
Manny Grimsley and Benjamin Trott, although an English folk band they have continued to play whatever pleases them and do not rule out any musical style or genre. Whether from any part of Great Britain, Scandinavia or North America all music is considered fair game. The Black Hares have become well known in Sheffield and Derbyshire for their driven renditions of traditional music and variety.
Jonathan Day is a singer and songwriter from Shropshire. Fascinated by the curve of a bird’s wing as it cuts the wind and the stirring intuitions that shimmer and call in the buzzard’s mewl, the tension between songs of stillness and the endless road – from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the crowded rooftops of Hong Kong – led to new songs which he is bringing to Edale. He is accompanied by Simon Smith on string bass, (Stevie Nicks, Wilson Phillips, Idina Menzel) “Great, poetic, elemental **** –Q, "visionary" –fRoots
FOLK CHURCH SERVICE with MASON's APRON
There will be a service in the village church on Sunday morning for about an hour followed by refreshments. Local folk musicians will be playing for us. Start your Sunday with some prayerful singing and worship in good company.
Everyone welcome, including those who are not attending the festival - no tickets required.