Friday 28th April

Tautas Roks

Tautas Roks are a young and energetic band playing music from a range of genres. Whether you are looking for a chilled out evening or the opportunity to get up and dance, Tautas Roks can cater to your musical needs. Their music spans from revamped traditional folk tunes and songs, to reggae and ska all the way through to rock.

Website: www.tautasroks.co.uk







Saturday 29th April

Fred's House

Fred's House are an award winning band mixing elements of Folk/Pop, Country, 70's Classic Rock and West Coast. The five piece have racked up over 500 gigs in the past 6 years and are rapidly gaining a following and reputation for their outstanding live shows across the UK. Having released their debut album Bonnie & Clyde in 2014 to critical acclaim, grabbing 4 and 5 star reviews across the board, they also scooped two awards at the NMG Awards in 2013 for 'Best Folk/Roots Act' and 'Audience Choice'. With festival performances on the main stage at the Acoustic Festival of Britain and Cambridge Folk Festival under their belt, the band have also supported the likes of Eddi Reader, Ward Thomas and The Shires, received national airplay on BBC 6 Music and live sessions on BBC Introducing and championed by the likes of Radio 2 Bob Harris' when they were invited to perform on his 'Under the Apple Tree' sessions.

Website: www.fredshousemusic.co.uk

Jessica Afia

Jessica Afia is a 26 year old folk singer who started her music life performing in a reggae/dub band. She came back to her roots in folk music 5years ago and enjoys reinterpreting the ballads of old and passing on stories as has been done for centuries, bringing with it a range of instruments and her warm, dulcet tones.






Toby Noble

Toby Noble is a guitarist and composer based in the english city of Leeds. Toby's music evokes the folk sounds, crisp air and burnished tones of his rural upbringing, melded with the vibrancy and forward motion of his urban surroundings. Toby's delicate yet driving solo performances combine traditional tunes with modern compositions in a unique collection of instrumental music. The "masterfully measured picking style" of Toby's solo music was recorded and released on his debut EP "Rivers" in April 2015 to critical acclaim.

Website: http://tobynoble.co.uk/


Wellingborough Folk Band

NMPAT Wellingborough Folk Band perform dynamic folk band arrangements. The group meet every term-time Saturday at Wrenn Academy in Wellingborough to rehearse. The group consists of local musicians ranging from age 9 - Adult! The group have performed at a variety of local church concerts, The Turvey Apple Pressing Event and have been booked for private functions.




Doughboy Zydecajun

Doughboy Zydecajun have been playing together for 30 years together during which time they have become well known throughout the UK playing a mixture Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and American roots music. The famed Doughboy's big wall of sound takes the barrel-organ style of Janis Zakis' accordion, under-pinned by the rock steady guitar and percussion rhythm of Bob and Dace Fisher, add Robin Hillman's fiddle and Jo Zakis' sax lines topped off with vocals soaring above from Bob, Robin and Janis. With numerous albums under their belt, they released a new recording Coming Home in 2015. Specially for Raunds they'll be featuring new songs from the king of Cajun Swing, Harry Choates

Website: www.ockndough.co.uk

The Swing Commanders

The Swing Commanders is a stunningly vibrant and versatile group that performs an exciting mix of 1940s classics, boogie-woogie, western swing, 50's jump jazz and more! Every member of the Swing Commanders sings and plays at least one instrument, sometimes three, Yet what makes them stand out even above their incredible music ability and performing skills is their joie-de-vivre.



Website: www.swingcommanders.com





Sunday 30th April

Les Barker

Les Barker writes strange poems and comes from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He's written 85 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two. He has been described as a "professional idiot"!! Only you can decide.




Sweet F.A.

Peter Fairweather and Will Adams began to write together in 1997 when they discovered they shared an unhealthy obsession with puns. Every year since then they have written and appeared in a comedy play or pantomime for Denford Thespians in East Northamptonshire. Also great admirers of the Flanders and Swann-style comic song tradition, they formed Sweet F.A. a couple of years ago to write and perform their own songs and sketches, and as a result have become famous the length and breadth of Front Street, Denford.



I am John Clare

This is an original script laced with Clare's poetry and some of his autobiographical writings. A solo performance by Robin Hillman as Clare without interval and including a spattering of folk fiddle music (Clare played the violin) of the period. A Q & A session is offered afterwards with the Writer/Director Stephen Loveless and the Actor/Musician Robin Hillman. Taking questions on the life of Clare and the production of the drama, concluding with a short performance of fiddle music from the period by Robin.


Jessica Afia

Jessica Afia is a 26 year old folk singer who started her music life performing in a reggae/dub band. She came back to her roots in folk music 5years ago and enjoys reinterpreting the ballads of old and passing on stories as has been done for centuries, bringing with it a range of instruments and her warm, dulcet tones.




The Askew Sisters

Emily and Hazel Askew are fast becoming one of the most popular and respected duos on the English folk scene. From dark ballads to uplifting dance tunes, they play with driving energy and the unity of two people who have played together all their lives. The sisters use fiddle, melodeon and concertina to breathtaking effect, creating cinematic arrangements that get to the very heart of each song. These create a perfect setting for Hazel's striking voice, which won her Best Female Singer at the Spiral Earth Awards 2011. Emily and Hazel's latest album, In the Air or the Earth, was released by RootBeat Records, to widespread critical acclaim, including the Spiral Earth Award for Best Traditional Album 2015.

Website: www.askewsisters.co.uk

Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe

Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe, two of the UK acoustic/folk scene's finest songwriters join forces for a series of concerts filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Head to head, neck and neck (guitar necks, that is!) listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living-room song swaps. Questions, answers, anecdotes and anarchy... and a very special evening of music.
Steve Tilston "His work simply gets better as time goes on." MOJO
Jez Lowe "Unquestionably one of the nation's finest and most prolific contemporary songwriters." fRoots

Website: www.stevetilston.com/tilston-lowe