A four piece jazz band from Bristol lead by Sax player Simon Greening.
|The Bayou Tapestry
Arguably the finest Cajun band in the whole of Bishopston. Old stuff plus fun new songs. Danceable!
Judge & Johnny
Cathy is a sculptor from Somerset whose other passion in life is her music.She will be performing a mix of her own cleverly crafted songs and favourite covers. Cathy has a rich velvety voice and not only sings sensitive ballads with an emotion seldom experienced but can bellow out the blues with equal expertise. She will be accompanied by long time musical partner Johnny Francis on second guitar.
Crazy Rhythm Club
A musical time travel from the Hot club of Paris, inspired by the maestros Django and Grapelli.…A rendezvous of crazy nomadic musicians whose paths cross in a vibrant exchange of wild violins, stomping guitars and fiery rhythms. Some call it Gypsy Jazz.
The swing is infectious, the music is both irreverent and virtuosic.
Formed in '82 when Duran Duran hit the scene, Doreen Doreen are everything Duran are not.
Dance away with some of the best (and funniest) cover versions you will hear including Abba, Queen, Ian Dury, Britney Spears and Tom Jones.
Deservedly voted the third best band in Bristol (by the people) after Massive Attack and Portishead.
Doreen Doreen previously visited Priston Festival in 2016.
"The Wall of Sound has been repointed"
You may remember this amazing duo from the 2013 or 2016 Festivals, or the gig they played in the village hall in 2014. The reviews say it all. We're delighted they're back!
"their arrangements are at times bordering on breathtaking and are delivered with the enthusiasm, energy and undying self belief that belies their youth"
- Jon Earl - Songs From The Shed
"absolutely blown away by their energy"
- Will Lang - Halsway Manor Centre for Folk Arts
Lewis & friends
Georgia Lewis, winner of 'The Future of Young Folk Award' (Bromyard Folk Festival 2015).is a "young, exuberant & musically adept" (R2 Magazine) folk singer and multiinstrumentalist with "the stage assurance of a veteran ... she is fast becoming one of the most in demand artists on the club and festival circuit.” (Eastbourne Folk Club). She's joined onstage by guitarist Felix Miller, fiddler Rowan Piggott, double-bassist Tom Sweeney, and percussionist Evan Carson. This new line-up brings fresh arrangements and a bigger sound. They have been garnering attention on the English folk scene with their "alluring and engaging stage presence" (Saltcellar Folk Club) singing "both contemporary and traditional songs with a character and raunch that makes the hairs on your arms stand up and take note." (Lou Rhodes)
Greatness of The Magnificence Fantasy Orchestra
The Fantasy Orchestra is a 20+ piece Bristol and Paris-based orchestra. It is led by Jesse D Vernon (also of Morning Star) .
Their eclectic repertoire, gleaned from 50s and 60s film soundtracks by Morricone, Rota, Barry, Mancini and Bollywood is bolstered by rock and pop favourites from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zep, The Beatles, Queen and David Bowie. Expect the exotic; psychedelic loveliness; rousing choral noise; some choice costumes – and a musical saw.
The orchestra perform in full regalia!
Hello Hopeville is a band based in and around Frome, Somerset. It consists of five individuals with a passion for a melodic and mesmerizing sound, with handpicked songs that lend themselves to harmony and instrumentals. Unable to sit within one genre of music as covers range from Fleetwood Mac to Michelle shocked, Alison Krauss and Neil Young. We have also started writing and arranging our own material, all delivered with a sprinkle of magic, which is what gives Hello Hopeville its very unique sound.
Hello Hopeville last played Priston Music Festival in 2018.
& David Emeny
Issy has a natural gift for composing but, having come to traditional music relatively late in life, initially started making up tunes “so that no-one could tell me I was doing it wrong!” Today, her reputation as a gifted composer is well established - songs with beautiful melodies, captivating stories and a distinctly traditional influence are her trademarks.
She and her singer/guitarist husband David, have been playing together as a duo for over 15 years. They have 4 albums to their name, with 2 most recently recorded with cellist Kate Riaz on the acclaimed Wild Goose record label.
|James Patrick Gavin
James Patrick Gavin, hailing from North London, is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist composer with musical and family roots running from Northern Ireland to the Basque Country. Steeped in traditional Irish music, his modern approach to guitar and fiddle is described as “magnificent in its irreverence” by Folk Radio UK. Working at the forefront of London's folk music scene, James can be found amongst the ranks with TEYR, The Rad Orchestra and Jez Hellard.
“Jennifer is a rare talent, creating wonderful atmospheric, poetic songs with gorgeous accompaniment – superb instrumentalists and instruments – especially her own harp and of course featuring her beautiful voice. These songs are like short stories, photographs, movies… truly captivating and magical.” Stephen W Tayler (Kate Bush, Suzanne Vega, Stevie Nicks)
In a career that has led her from the BBC Young Tradition Award to playing the electric harp in Snow Patrol's touring band, Jennifer has performed with many artists. However, her first love has always been songwriting.
Aldridge and Sid
Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are a highly acclaimed folk duo who play traditional and original music of the British Isles.
Over the last four years they have built a reputation on the UK folk scene for arresting and moving performances. The songs themselves are always given centre stage but they are brought to life with sensitive musical arrangements and stunning vocals. There is an integrity that shines through their performances and a common thread of political struggle, resistance, and justice.
Exhilaratingly diverse and full of impeccably crafted and beautifully realised songs - Folk Radio
Inspired by the folk tradition, the Kim Lowings Duo perform their songs with a contemporary twist. Their live shows are an energetic blend of original compositions and traditional songs. They bring together their multi-instrumental skill and individual experience resulting in an innovative and sensitive approach to arrangements. The motivation is to keep the tradition alive and to share their own tales.
Kim Lowings has a busy touring schedule with bookings at Folk and Acoustic Clubs, festivals and live music venues across the country. She has been billed alongside folk greats such as Dougie MacLean, Jackie Oates and Martin Simpson.
|Mendip Folk Choir
Mendip Folk Choir is an acclaimed 30 strong community choir from Cheddar who sing the songs of our heritage. Traditional English folk songs arranged in harmony especially for the choir by their leader Issy Emeney, who is a well known composer and performer on the English folk music scene. “Wonderful tunes, irresistible choruses and words that are relevant to everyone, these great songs have stood the test of time and are perfect for singing together” say Issy.
In the folk tradition, we follow the seasons with our repertoire. At Christmas we sing a wonderful selection of popular carols, but also some less well known carols, such as Masters in This Hall, the Coventry Carol, and traditional folk versions of old favourites such as The Holly & The Ivy, The Yorkshire Wassail Song and The Mistletoe Bough.
"Mike Fenton has been in the forefront of the autoharp community performing, educating, researching and writing for nearly thirty years. His influence will be felt in the USA and Great Britain for years to come - he is today's Pied Piper of the Autoharp.
Proclamation" - Autoharp Hall of Fame
|The Model Folk
The Model Folk are a six piece band, hailing from the deepest darkest reaches of North Somerset. Our sound is an eclectic cocktail of influences that could loosely fit in the folk canon. Live shows are full of self-deprecating humour, romance, pathos, audience engagement and interaction; this creates an intimacy which feels more akin to a family get together than a gig; with tunes such as Nipples for Men and Naked in The Kitchen, our aim is to get everyone smiling and tapping their feet.
The music is created with clarinet wizardry, trumpets, trombones & accordion; topped off with epic harmonies; with influences from The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Curtis Eller, Frank Zappa, Robyn Hitchcock, Ani DiFranco, Cardiacs, Tom Waits, Beirut, Fiona Apple, Bob Marley, Glitzy Bag Hags, John Martyn and many others but sounding like none of them.
As one recent gig attendee said to us “you may go not knowing the songs, but you end up wondering why on earth you hadn’t known them all your life!”
|Nick Sorenson Trio
Nick is “a fine, lyrical saxophonist” (Jazzwise Magazine), a creative and eclectic musician with a mesmerizing tone. Equally at home playing jazz standards, free improvisation and contemporary compositions he describes his playing as being “somewhere between Lol Coxhill and Lee Konitz”. He regularly plays with virtuoso pianist John Law. Priston audiences will recall him playing as a member of Kusanganisa in the church at the 2017 Festival.
With an amazing voice, beautiful songs, and a charming stage presence, we are delighted Nuala is making a return appearance at this year's Priston Festival.
|The Original Barn Finds
Hailing from the heart of Rural Somerset, the Original Barn Finds were conceived in 2017 when cousins Chris and Rich Brown finally joined musical forces after years of procrastination, alongside life-long friends Trev Fox and Nick Pratt.
After a few open mic performances another old friend, Troy “the bass player” Wells, joined to complete the lineup that has become much beloved by discerning punters at small local festivals and vintage car shows in the Somerset area.
Our mission is to bring joy to the masses through the medium of classic covers in a Folk/Americana/Bluegrass style, plus the occasional smattering of interpretive dance from Nick if he’s had enough to drink.
“Banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass combine with powerhouse vocals to produce a sound that can only be described as enthusiastic noise”.
We look forward to welcoming Reg, our Patron Artist back to the Festival this year.
Somerset-based singer/songwriter, Reg is an exceptional teller of tales set to great melodies and delivered with a spell-binding voice. His songs include "And Jesus Wept" - the story of Private Harry Farr, a WW1 shell-shock victim shot for cowardice. Other songs interweave historical characters with eternal themes. His recent albums England Green & England Gray and December have both been greeted with critical acclaim.
Road Not Taken are a five-piece folk band made up of Anita Dobson (lead vocals, kalimba, bohdran), Ant Miles (guitar, backing vocals, harmonium, ukulele, mountain dulcimer, piano), Joe Brydon (slide guitar, bouzouki, harmonica), Joe Hamlen (bass, harmonium, mountain dulcimer) and Claire Hamlen (fiddle, backing vocals, harmonium, piano).
Road Not Taken play a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs, in their unique, melancholic style.
Senna is a guitarist & singer, 16 years old from Weston-Super-Mare. He's been playing guitar for 7 years & enjoy playing both with his band Better Than Expected & as a solo artist. He plays mainly Blues, Rock & Pop.
He is a Bare Knuckle Pickups Artist, endorsed by Blackstar Amplification amps, currently an Artist 15 & Artist 30, Fender, Gibson & Ernie Ball Guitars, Wampler effects & D'Addario strings.
As some of you already know Senna is a Type 1 Diabetic who runs on Insulin!, his motto has always been "don't let type 1 stop you"
(Mostly) female acapella choir.
Skylarks are uplifted by bringing you folk and world harmonies, with hearts connected in joy and song.
We’re an acoustic country/folk quartet from Bath. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and you shouldn't either. Music is about the fun and it works for us if we can bring a smile to your face. Simple, well-crafted songs are the best kind. Some you’ll know and some you won’t - but we hope you’ll like them all. Come smile with us - and join in if you feel like it!
Helen James of Keynsham and Paul Barclay from Priston have expanded their established duo to form The Summerhouse Band. Joined by Alice Barclay on violin, Priston’s cellist, Camilla Litchfield and Bristol-based classical pianist, Ken Dale, the group made their debut performance at Priston Festival in 2016.
Rooted in folk music their repertoire explores the potential of rich arrangements; beautiful vocal and instrumental harmonies with songs ranging from relaxing and gentle through to lively and full of fun.
A great band to dance to,The World Government is a fresh take on what music is and how a band should operate. Nothing is pre-conceived, written in advance, even verbally discussed or ever rehearsed. The idea is to get a group of exciting players together, add an audience and see what happens. This is free expression, not contrived or formulated. However the aim is not merely to jam but to 'spontaneouly write music together' and thus create musical journeys which usually develop and evolve. No two gigs are ever the same but there will usually be flavours of funk, jazz and music of the world.