Festival favourites Ock 'n' Dough and Tautas Roks join forces to create Ock 'n' 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.
Ock 'n' Dough have been together for 29 years during which time they have become well known in the East Midlands as Ock'n'Dough playing a mixture English,
Latvian and American roots music including songs from Northamptonshire.
Vera van Heeringen's debut album, Standing Tall, was released in 2012 and marked a change of direction after nearly five years of touring as part of the brilliantly
comedic New Rope String Band. With influences firmly rooted across the Atlantic, Vera writes soulful songs and tunes with lyrics and delivery speaking straight to - and from -
the heart. A highly skilled instrumentalist, she has long been recognised for her graceful yet gutsy guitar playing.
Granny's Attic - Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Vocals) - are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play traditional songs and tunes from the British Isles alongside self-penned material. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.
In 2015 Mawkin delivered their self-produced and critically acclaimed album 'The Ties That Bind'. Their 'unapologetically energetic' approach and DIY ethic surprised critics, fans and welcomed new audience members describing them as a 'modern day Fairport'. With a host of rebel rousing folk songs and instrumentals the band modernise traditional folk material with their own touch and have since excited audiences with their artillery of loud, boisterous, foot stomping live sets. Critics of the album suggested that Mawkin might fill the 'Bellowhead shaped hole' so it seemed only natural to support them on their farewell tour of 2016 amongst a flurry of key festivals and UK tour dates.
Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms,
with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.
After a thirteen year break, building up an internationally known stringed instrument business, he made a welcome return to performing in folk clubs and festivals in 2005.
Heavily influenced by British folk and American roots music, the Shrewsbury based singer songwriter and acoustic guitarist Chris Quinn has been receiving glowing reviews
in the UK music press for his latest release, his debut solo album "Across The Divide". Maverick, one of Britain's leading music magazines called him "A Master of the Acoustic
Guitar and a Quality Songwriter". Live, Chris' shows cover a huge range of acoustic roots music alongside his own songs. From authentic interpretations of traditional and
contemporary Celtic and British folk songs to high speed bluegrass flatpicking and from style delta blues and swinging jazz songs to instrumental solo guitar pieces.
Possessed of an extraordinary voice that’s 'full of character' (The Telegraph), over the last 5 years Greg Russell has established himself as one of the most significant
players on the U.K. folk scene. Playing guitar, bouzouki and singing, in 2013 he won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 won the Horizon Award from the same source
alongside Ciaran Algar.
False Lights are a six-piece electric folk group lead by multiple BBC Folk Award winners Sam Carter and Jim Moray. Based in the traditional music of Great Britain,
but not constrained by it's usual modes of performance, they have transcended their original aim to make 'folk rock for the 21st century' to become one of England's most startling and exciting acts.
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