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.
Raunds Ukulele are a friendly group of people who meet once a fortnight to play the Uke and have some fun. Sessions are informal and last for an hour and a half. Ideally you should have some experience playing the instrument before attending. If you would like to learn, you can put your name on the waiting list for the next block of Saturday courses.
A Different Direction choir was first formed in June 2014 for the Sing for Cransley event which took place later that year in October. Six choirs were put together 'from scratch' - this meant that the members in each group had never sung together, some of the members had never sung before either, or at least not for many many years!
Finally the October contest date came and we took our place on the stage in front of a few hundred people. Having sung their very best, they were rewarded with a massive audience applause and comments from the judges who couldn't fault them. The other five choirs were strong competition, but in the end the judges unanimously decided that A Different Direction were their winners.
Since that date the choir has continued to meet in Raunds (East-Northamptonshire) and to its own testament is continuing to grow and attract new members. The choir opened the second Sing for Cransley event in October 2015 and demonstrated to an excited audience how far they had come since the original contest and what a great starting point it was.
Wellingborough Centre has a wide and exciting range of activities in all aspects of performing arts, including bands, choirs, keyboards, ukulele, string and jazz ensembles. The folk group will be entertaining the people of Raunds at this years festival.
CarterDolby are an acoustic contemporary folk duo based in Oundle, Northamptonshire who perform a variety of original and cover songs. Their enchanting vocal harmonies have captured the hearts of audiences they have played to.
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.
Raunds Choirs first performance was as a warm-up act prior to the main concert of the 2010 Raunds Music Festival. Their involvement with Raunds Music Festival has continued each year and they will hold an afternoon performance on the Sunday of the festival.
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.
The festival committee gives no warranty that the artists named in the programme will perform at any particular time, or at all. They reserve the right to present alternative performers and re-programme events when unforseen circumstances arise.