Whilst being at the heart of various successful bands, big band folk trailblazers Bellowhead; power folk trio Faustus; the Seth Lakeman band, Benji Kirkpatrick was making plans and writing material for his own project, which now takes the form of The Excess. A trio: comprising of fellow Bellowhead band mate, Pete Flood on drums and Pete Thomas (Megan Henwood and Jackie Oates) on bass.
The band released their debut album GOLD HAS WORN AWAY on Westpark Music in December 2019 to critcal acclaim and are touring and playing festivals this year, check the live page for gig dates.
With Benji leading on bouzoukis – electric and acoustic – and guitar the band stoke up rhythm’s, riffs and uproarious, soaring melodies; sometimes cacophonous, sometimes stark and raw, sometimes sensitive, always powerful.
Opting for the classic power trio line up, Benji’s writing is brought to life with this fresh, vibrant sound and is propelled in an exciting new direction.
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!”
The band have played festival slots at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Folk on The Quay and Sidmouth Folk Festival where they played a guerrilla set in a butcher’s shop. They have also played impromptu sets on various trains on the Swanage Railway released an EP in 2013 called Travelling at The Speed of Cattle, An Album in 2015 Called The Great Pedants’ Revolt and Their latest album Houses For Little Horses in March 2018 on Diabetic Horse Records.
With just an upright bass, two old guitars and a bucketful of aching harmony, THE GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND are preaching ‘Country Blues’ like you never heard… It’s up, it’s down, it’s soft and loud, it’s dark and lonesome too, there’s hurt and shame and some mean old pain but there’s love in what they do! There’s a hint of Gram, a sniff of Dylan and a twist of Waylon’s blues … Simply put, it’s exactly what it says on the tin.
“Like the Everlys fronted by Gram Parsons” (Fatea)
“Amazing” (Bob Harris)
Ben Morgan-Brown is a singer songwriter and accomplished finger style guitarist who is quickly gaining recognition in the UK’s contemporary folk and acoustic scene.
Both his 2017 release Cold Rooms and his 2018 EP Nameless Gold received national airplay, with Nameless Gold being described as “as good as minimalist folk gets…” by Louder Than War and “beautifully sophisticated… with an incredible depth of emotional honesty” by FATEA.
The title track was shortlisted for FATEA’s ‘Song of the Year 2019’ and lead single Ten Years Passing was called “beautifully written, beautifully played… brilliant…” by Tom Robinson of BBC6 Music.
Highlights of 2019 included winning the Purbeck Rising competition at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, performing at Sark Folk Festival with The Tim Jones Band, and support slots for Reg Meuross and Boo Hewerdine.
Drawing from alt-country, bluegrass and the canon of an ‘old, weird America’, Rainy Day Woman play sparse, unhurried folk music. After releasing Gallows Green last year, the young duo have been playing their unique songs – complete with desire, betrayal, pub lore and feminist rage – to audiences up and down the country.
Like the expressionistic brushstrokes of a landscape painter, Katie Spencer conjures vivid landscapes through the medium of song. Curating intimate studies using her unique finger picked acoustic guitar style and an assured warm voice, Spencer underlines the sense of space that surrounds her home by the sea in Hornsea, East Yorkshire.
The striking imagery that rings through her ethereal songs creates a universe of sound and storytelling. Her mesmerising live performances have seen her play world-renowned stages, at the likes of Cambridge Folk Festival and Celtic Connections as she assembles a dedicated fanbase from all corners of the country.
Dorset based singer-songwriter Kitty Stewart, renowned for her quirky and upbeat originals and her favourite musical companion Talula the ukulele, blends a funky fusion of folk, blues and pop with her distinctive style and unique, soulful voice.
Her playful lyrics are charming and heart-warming, telling tales that take you on adventures across the globe and deep into your heart. Weaving messages of peace, equality and greener futures with her witty humour and honesty, Kitty has that special quality that captures her audience and leaves everyone feeling moved, joyful and inspired.
Mystery has largely disappeared from the world; we can put the trolls back under the bridges and remind you not to step into a fairy ring under a full moon! The Last Inklings create music that inspires wonder and intrigue through songwriting, stories and soundscapes.The alt-folk duo is formed of multi-instrumentalists David Hoyland and Leonardo MacKenzie, former members of respected folk trio Kadia. Their experimental sound focusses on cello, mandolin and violin layered with vocal harmonies. Songs are inspired by folklore and the human element of mythology, drawing on narrative influences ranging from Norse myths to the writings of Neil Gaiman, Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung.
Some of the stories may not be entirely true, but they tell a truth just the same.
Hampshire-based Threepenny Bit are an example of how traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds can be blended into a fresh interpretation of folk music. This dynamic eight-piece band combines a group of diehard folkies with some of the finest young jazz and classical musicians in the south. They play bold arrangements of traditional and original tunes with infectious stage energy for concerts and ceilidh dancing. The band’s diverse influences enable them to explore traditional music without restraint, and with their line-up of saxophone, clarinet, bass guitar and drums, alongside accordion, flute, violin and guitar, Threepenny Bit create an unparalleled wall of sound. Their approach has led to regular appearances across the length and breadth of the UK folk scene in recent years, always providing an “all out musical bombardment”! In the last few years the UK festival circuit has finally caught up with the outrageous energy and musicianship from this young band. Capitalising on a headline slot on The Den stage at Cambridge Folk Festival, a capacity crowd at Sidmouth Folk Week and performances at almost every other major UK folk festival, they have embarked on a number of UK tours; Fine testament to their growing popularity.
Inspired by traditional and contemporary folk music, Antoine & Owena create their own original blend of folk music that provides a feast for the ears, the heart and the feet. Combining original material with their own take on some traditional songs,this Wiltshire-based duo delivers an eclectic mix of songs and tunes which enthuse and entertain. With Owena on the fiddle, and Antoine on guitarand bouzouki, together with the use of vocal harmonies, they captivate their audiences with their variety, showmanship, and good humour
Winners of the the Purbeck Rising Competition at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival in 2017, Antoine & Owena have been going from strength to strength and have recently been nominated for the Graham Steel Music Award for best single and best duo of 2019.