Artists | Artistiaid

All times are PM unless stated otherwise.


Friday | Dydd Gwener

8.00-10.00: Evening Concert, featuring Gaudy Orde, Seren "The Heron" Thomas and Platform 1.


Saturday | Dydd Sadwrn


River Stage
Llwyfan Yr Afon
Mill Stage
Llwyfan Y Melin
Bar Stage
Llwyfan Y Bar
    10.00am-12.00: Harp accompanying breakfast – with Kay Davies
12.30: Allan Yn Y Fan    
  1.15: Rose Among Thorns 1.00: Dennis Remme
2.00: Stark   2.00: Stephen Light
  2.45: John Shaw &
Alan Kirkpatrick
3.00: Brenig
3.30: The Hittites   4.00: Gwas y Neidr
  4.15: Red Shoes  
5.00: David Gibb &
Elly Lucas
  5.00-7.00: Rumney FC & Newport FC
5.45: Mat Lingraad    
  6.30: Dragon's Breath  
    8.00-10.00:
Evening Concert:
Blushing Melons, The Hittites and The April Maze

10.00-late: Open session at the Rose & Crown.



Sunday | Dydd Sul


River Stage
Llwyfan Yr Afon
Mill Stage
Llwyfan Y Melin
Bar Stage
Llwyfan Y Bar
    10.00am-12.00: Harp accompanying breakfast – with Kay Davies
12.00: The Shelleys   12.15: Bookends
  12.45: The April Maze 1.00: Platform 1
1.30: Blushing Melons   1.30: Peter Gowen
  2.15: Fountainhead 2.15: Tinpots
3.00: Laurence Made Me Cry   3.15-5.15: Newport FC & Rumney FC
  3.45: Lee Jones  
4.30: Gramercy Riffs    

Profiles | Profilliau


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Allan Yn Y Fan is a multi-instrumental quintet as famed now for their 'beautiful vocals' as for their 'fiery instrumentals' – breathing new life into the traditional songs and music of Wales whilst also composing new tunes inspired by both their homeland and their international travels. Four albums have been recorded for Steam Pie Records, with tours following each, since the band's inception in 1996. A multi-instrumental quintet – including accordion, flutes, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, guitars, bass and bouzouki – the band also has, in Meriel Field, a lead vocalist of rare quality.

"The most sensitive and experienced of Welsh bands... The rate at which Allan Yn Y Fan has gone from being just another instrumental Celtic outfit to front-runners is nothing short of astonishing." - Simon Jones, fRoots

"Inspirational" - Max Boyce



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In November 2012, The April Maze leapt into the global spotlight, when they were featured in the Top 100 most popular new releases on the world’s biggest music streaming service, Spotify, alongside Mumford & Sons, Lana Del Ray & Birdy. The unsigned duo went on to feature in major headlines across Australia and appeared live on national TV. Off the back of this online success the indie duo have relocated to Sivan’s home country and bring their unique blend of 70s-inspired harmonies, cello, guitar, banjo and stomp box to stages across the UK this summer. Another ‘NOT=TO-BE-MISSED’ act at FotL 2013.

"Containing all of the vitality and beauty that good folk music has to offer, and an originality that is exciting and inspiring to experience live - with their rich, human vocals; between two people the live show has an amazingly full and deep sound" - AU Review 2013



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Blushing Melons write: "Folkrock with songwriters' attitudes – the Blushing Melons find themselves in an endless search for human landscapes, and as endless deserts and dusty plains are not exactly abundant in their homeland Austria: gardens and cities remain the only alternative, expressed by rumbling scarecrow songs, melody-drunken allegories and a contagious folky carnival. The Blushing Melons already played as support act to bands such as the Oysterband and Hugo Race (Dirt Music, Nick Cave)."

The Blushing Melons line-up for FotL 2013 will be:
Linja Meller (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, trumpet)
Valerie Meller (violin, vocals)
Claudia Neudecker (electric guitar)

We say: Blushing Melons are totally outstanding. The band has integrity and extravagance in massively equal measure. Wonderful musicians; creative people; verve-full in all respects.



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Bookends are Peter from Alexandria & Maureen from Greenock in Scotland. They write: "We have been singing together for 2 years at folk festivals and folk clubs in Scotland and the North of England. We really enjoy taking part in sessions and love hearing new powerful songs that we can add to our growing collection. We sing a range of songs both Scottish and English – old and new. In the past few years we have been taking part in Open Stages, Competitions and putting ourselves forward for festival support - most recently we took part in the new Tayport Folk Festival in April performing in the Harbour Café."

Finally, their statement - "The only criterion we have is that the songs we sing touch our souls" – meant that we just HAD to book them!



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There are three members of Brenig: Daniel (vocals/guitar), Mandy (vocals/guitar/mandolin) and Mary (Violin).

From different musical backgrounds, they came together in 2011, having met at Gwerin Aber Folk in Aberystwyth. They perform their own songs, written by Daniel and arranged by the band, about local history, Celtic myths and the beautiful mid Wales countryside in which Daniel was born and raised. Blending the traditional and contemporary, they have developed a sound of their own – plainly delivered narrative, punctuated and sometimes swollen with dramatic, emotive musical colouration.

Their song The Blue Stone and Me perhaps best characterises what the band is about. Commenting on the song, Daniel says: "We have a small parcel of land outside Tregaron where we grew up. It is a beautiful spot and I go back there ever so often to think about things and to work. Everyone has places to go or memories that make us feel better when we are a little lost."



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David Gibb & Elly Lucas are an exciting young duo playing a mixture of original and re‐worked traditional folk material. Their music has been described as "oozing charm, exploring a welcome darker side" (Uncut Magazine). The pair were chosen as BBC Young Folk Awards finalists in 2011 and, on the road, have supported such acts as Cara Dillon, Chris Wood, Coope, Boyes and Simpson, Jez Lowe and Megson. We were mesmerised by their youthful energy, pure enthusiasm and rampant good humour. While we know that you have to eat and perform other basic human functions, David and Elly come into the not-to-be-missed category also.



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Dennis Remme formed in the early eighties when folk-loving Jon was joined by schoolmates Jem (drums) and Andy Ponsford (bass) who both leant more towards rock. Jon's self penned tunes soon became strong enough to take centre stage covering a wide musical range. Various guest musicians appeared along the way before the line up settled down as a five piece with the introduction of Sally Thompson (vocals, guitar, organ) and Caroline Mason (clarinet and vocals) with Sally lending her jazz-influenced folk compositions.

Gigs followed around south Wales but, while reviews were always very favourable, Dennis Remme didn't seem to fit into the musical pigeon holes available then. One reviewer used the term "enigmatic" to describe their eclectic mix of folk, rock and pop, their odd name, the fact that they hadn't 'made it' and the diverse bunch of characters making up the band.

The members finally went their separate ways. Then, more than 25 years later, a number of circumstances led them to reconvene in a west Wales cottage. The fruits of their re-joining – a mixture, we're told, of the old and the new - can be heard at FotL 2013.



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Dragon's Breath are a traditional folk dance and ceilidh band, based in Cardiff but with a line-up traversing the UK and North America. Musical influences are mainly Celtic, with a good smattering of swing, jazz and (they claim, though we are yet to hear it!) rock. This year, we had a 'rule' whereby those who had played the festival more than twice before would be 'banned'. Due to the magnanimity, in agreeing to do whatever is asked of them and getting even the weary/drunken folksters and hipsters of Saturday evening in Tintern on their feet and dancing about, we just couldn't resist asking for a return. (The picture that they have of FotL organiser, Tim, in a compromising position, plus their idea of placing it on the internet, may also have played a part!).



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Fountainhead was formed as a songwriting collective in Leeds in 2003 by singer Bethany Dowsett and guitarist Tom Stupple. In 2004 they made their first EP - Somewhere Between. Between 2004 and 2007 they performed at local gigs and folk clubs in the west Yorkshire area.

In 2005 they worked with producer Phil Snell to record their long player debut album, Footprints in the Sand with guest slots from esteemed musicians Karine Polwart and Eliza Carthy. A tour of Spain and Belgium followed in 2007.

Things changed in 2007 when they (very sensibly!) relocated to Wales on a new project – that of starting a family.

After a brief hiatus, Bethany and Tom were joined by Deri Morgan-Davies and Jon Griffiths joined the band in a plethora of festival appearances and other gigs across the UK.



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The music band Gaudy Orde reside in Old South Wales and play original toe-tapping quirky music that is fun and flippant. If you're looking for a genre then you might try 'skiffle' or 'vaudeville' although neither of those trousers are a perfect fit. However you decide to describe Gaudy Orde, one thing is certain, they are a thoroughly entertaining live act. We (FotL) would say: probably the best music comedy band in the world!

Glossopian 'Jeff Japers' fronts the band with a Ukulele, Kick Box, Sampler and Vocal Chords. Barry Manilow may claim to write the songs but in our case it's Jeff Japers.

'Barry Sidings' plays the Bazouki, Darbuka and other pieces of militray hardware including a percussion tree and his own vocal chords.

'Romany Bob' plays washboard, specially tuned thimbles, a rare vintage clarinet, vocal chords, mouth organ, shakey egg, wood blocks and a melodica.

'Helen Spoons' (who we found in a charity shop in Roath, Cardiff) plays spoons, djembe drum, claves and vocal chords.

The band is occasionally joined by dancing artiste Michael Klaxon, and The Chimpanzee In A Plastic Mac.



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Gramercy Riffs describe themselves as a rock band. They used to be more of a folk-rock band, but neither description does proper justice to the spread of their songs and the range of their sound. From waltz time numbers that tell, ostensibly, of the intended endurance of the singer's affections, but which have an undercurrent of passive desperation (Sweetheart), to the lengthy and massively varied styles within what was/sometimes may still be the epic finale of each performance – the superbly titled Throw Some Water on the Preacher - the Gramercy Riffs confound their own expectations. Live, they zip with controlled energy. Uplifting. The perfect band to conclude FotL; leaving all with a sense of thrill and wonderment.



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Gwas y Neidr are a band that specialise in Welsh music – mostly traditional material – but sometimes play arrangements of hymns. The band was founded in 2010 by lead singer and guitarist Nath Trevett and over the years have altered in members and instrumentation – now consisting of cellist Jimmy Ottley, and tin whistle and Bodhrán drum player Tim Orrell.

Gwas y Neidr have played at venues such as the Acapela studio (where their CD Ymlaen was launched), and in the National Eisteddfod in the Cytun and Maes G tents. They are very happy to be playing at FotL and hope that everyone will enjoy their music.


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Intelligent and witty, soulful and lively, The Hittites have been entertaining audiences in Aberystwyth and around Wales with both original and traditional songs, and fine musicianship since 2006.

Though their sound is primarily influenced by Americana, blues, and traditional music from Wales, England and Ireland, their collective musical interest includes music from all corners of the world, pop, jazz, classical and traditional.  Their current line-up includes guitar, vocals, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, whistles, concertina and bodhrán - ensuring a rich musical mix.

"Excellent songwriting... I love it!" – Frank Hennessy



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Whilst playing as a duo for the past ten years, John Shaw & Alan Kirkpatrick have enjoyed long and varied musical careers: John having an involvement in the Bristol folk scene since moving to the city from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the 1970s and Alan being part of rock/folk/theatre group Elecampane - with whom he recorded two albums - and is one of the leading English Appalachian dulcimer players.

Rather than the accumulation of years leading to tired resignation, John and Alan's conjoining of styles and influences led to the creation of a fresh and impassioned new sound, with re-takes on traditional songs and tunes intermingled with Alan's own compositions. The duo have recorded two albums, Snowlight and The Lake, and are currently working on a third. They have also featured at numerous festivals and club nights.



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Originally trained in the field of Fine Art, Kay Davies was a dancer for 30 years, teaching at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, the UWA and for various organisations across Powys where she resided for a decade. Following an accident, Kay returned to her music, continuing to play flute with the University of Wales Symphonic Wind Band, completing two tours of Ireland and various events. Kay completed her training in harp with the distinguished Eleri Turner in Aberystwyth. She now teaches privately and with schools, entertains at weddings, enjoys a bit of busking and runs a few workshops - inspiring others and enjoying the challenge that the complexity of this instrument brings. Recently, Kay took part in a small narrative and photography escapade, alongside the tales of Catrin Finch and Rhodri Davies, for a History of Welsh Harpists, by the esteemed photographer, Bruce Caldwell, which is due to be released by Seren Books in July.

Not bad with your breakfast, eh?!



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Laurence Made Me Cry is the persona of Cardiff based lo-fi folk/electronica songstress, artist and multi-instrumentalist Jo Whitby. Whitby's use of folk and rock roots combined with electronic instruments and organic sounds spawn a myriad of landscapes and pictures for listeners' imagination to delve into. Jo has supported the likes of Erin Lang and Rachel Sermanni as well as performing to a busy and attentive crowd at 2012’s Swn festival. Her debut album The Diary Of Me, a record made possible by a successful crowd-funding project, was released in March 2013.



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Lee Jones first came to our attention at a local open mic session. Struck by a unique guitar style ('soul funk folk', perhaps?), a passionate vocal delivery and some enigmatic lyrics, we followed him, listened to his wonderful demo recordings and then booked him for FotL two years ago. A swift musical spiral has followed with a management deal, an album, some videos (gaining thousands of YouTube hits) and, to complement Lee's existing versatility with many instruments, a band. Lee continues journeying, relating the stories of the ordinary, yet legendary, people he has met along his life's way.



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Playing music from the heart, tempered by thoughts on society, change and escape Mat Lingraad walks the tightrope between metaphor and reality.  Confrontationally playful imagery, rooted in the blues, expect no stone to be left unturned as Mat invites you to dance with robots at the bottom of the ocean as the sun slowly rises one thought after another.



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Newport Folk Club take over the bar stage from time to time (see the programme) at FotL. The Club is one of the oldest and most established in south Wales and has welcomed a wide range of performers, some of whom will be playing over the weekend. However, they do have some very strict rules:

  • When singing fingers may be stuck in ear but nowhere else
  • Whenever possible songs should be started and finished in the same quay
  • No song to have more than 25 verses
  • Bagpipes are banned from indoor use
  • Banjos by appointment
  • Practise in your armchair but don’t bring it with you
  • Prior warning must be given if songs have more than 10 fatalities
  • Titanic songs banned especially the one with names and addresses
  • We like a good chorus, starting and finishing together preferred
  • Bohdran players welcome providing they use beaters supplied by the club
    (Reg Patent 103457 to Razor sharp beaters Inc)
  • We like melodeons but they don’t give of much heat when set alight
  • Standard required = 3 chord trick with minor relative, or relative minor if you've no small siblings
  • Newport Folk Club has a constitution unless we could never do this
  • Morris dancers welcome, bring your own pavement
  • No stick dances allowed indoors
  • Tatty coats to be removed when near electrical appliances
  • PA always available with at least 1 deaf soundman occasionally 2
  • Artists once a month and none of them can paint
  • Crisps may be consumed in the club room providing they are soggy and silent
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Peter Gowen's First Final Farewell Tour: See history made as, for the first time in the known universe a purveyor of prosody is about to take centre stage.

Peter Gowen's versifying has developed over many years but has risen to prominence within the last two or three: gigs in Ireland, school tours and a plethora of festival appearances including the prestigious Tintern 'Folk on the Lawn festival' have left audiences in rapturous laughter and in need of medical help over aching ribs.

Peter is part poet, part comedian. His mother thinks he's "quite good", his wife says he's "ok" and his son declares, at every opportunity, he is an "embarrassment". Even the great, North Wales paper- The AberCwmSkwt Free Ads says: "Never heard of him".

But he's not just a pretty face - Peter won the Mid-Wales poetry slam in 2006 and even considered, thinking about going to Edinburgh in February.

He is, at present, on his "First Final Farewell Tour" and has been for the last thirty years - so catch him before it ends and he starts his second final farewell tour...

Mixing poetry, stand up and a touch of the bizarre, Peter brings a genuine human warmth and superb spontaneity resulting in an excellent evening's entertainment. Peter is the greatest unknown entertainer to ever grace the stages of this fine country of ours. So, if you want to laugh (and not just at his fashion sense), get in touch - no fee considered too big.


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Platform 1's Martha writes: "We have been playing our own music together for the past two years, since I was 12. I write the lyrics and the basic tune of the song and Josh does ​​the musical arrangements, adding melody and guitar to make improvements to what I have written. He also does all the recordings and sets up at gigs. We both play guitar; I play the acoustic and Josh plays the electric. The inspiration for my songs comes from different experiences and things that happen to me. I see it as a good way of expressing my feelings. Josh's musical influences are rock and heavy metal while I'm more in to music which is more folky and indie pop, but together, we would say our musical genre is melodic, heartfelt modern folk."



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Carolyn and Mark Evans, who go under the name Red Shoes, had their initial meeting with legendary bass player Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention/Jethro Tull in 2008, after he'd heard their songs on MySpace. This in turn led to his offer to both produce and play on their debut album. Enlisting the help of fellow Fairport member, Chris Leslie on fiddle and Dylan Project/Little Johnny England guitarist PJ Wright, Peggy set about recording what would turn out to be the duo's critically acclaimed debut album, Ring Around The Land, released on Cedarwood Records in the summer of 2009.

Red Shoes have now released their follow up album All The Good Friends with Mick Dolan (Stevie Winwood, Show of Hands, Ralph McTell, Fisherman's Friends) in the producer's chair. This second album sees their songwriting growing in stature and maturity, whilst also retaining their skill for memorable tunes and strong choruses, taking you on an emotional journey which you won't forget.

Red Shoes have performed live at many national festivals and venues including Banbury Folk Festival, Cropredy Fringe Festival, Moseley Folk Festival, Bromsgrove Folk Festival, Acorn Fayre, The Musician (Leicester) and Red Lion Folk Club (Birmingham). We look forward to the duo making their FotL debut!



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Rumney Folk Club meets once a month in St. Augustine's church hall on Whitehall Parade, Rumney, Cardiff. The Club is open to a diverse range of musicians and instruments, taking on folk/country/blues/acoustic music.

The Club takes over the bar stage on Sunday afternoon.

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The elusive Shelleys return to Folk on the Lawn with some faces that Lawnists (Well, you think of a better name!) will be familiar with. A collection of musicians from a range of musical backgrounds and with a host of influences, the band offers what has been described as 'an ear-bending blend of contrasts': primarily self-penned songs lurching from the early folk tradition to the rhythmic insistence of the 21st Century; from singer-songwriter material to Nick Cave with a hangover. The band's last album – Something's Cooking – with its pinching together of very natural and very treated sound - received universally excellent reviews.



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Brighton-based trio Stark play an exciting blend of blues and folk. They are fronted by singer/songwriter and guitarist Jamie Francis, along with bassist Josh "Rusty" Franklin and drummer Evan Carson. With a completely unique sound and energetic live show this new trio is gaining a strong following around the south of England and beyond. We were impressed by the maturity of their playing (for those so young!), the intricacy and variety of the arrangements (just a three piece man), with equal weighting given to both dense and more reserved sound.



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Tinpots are London-based but, as with (strangely) a number of artists performing at FotL 2013, have strong roots in and connections to south Wales. Geared to augment and compliment the considerable songwriting talents of Phil Davis, the band comprises of a varying number of musicians adept with a huge range of instruments.

Tinpots music has won many plaudits over almost two decades – poll-topping albums and tracks featured BBC radio and television. To crystallize what Tinpots’ music is about: their songs are often those that capture the moment and the raw and sometimes self-contradictory emotions associated with that moment; everything from the comedic (I have a need for a biscuit) to the profound and sublime (2 Silver Dollars)



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