Once again we will start the festival concert schedule with an evening of old-time music in the beautiful Holy Trinity Church. We are delighted to present to you a double bill featuring grand masters of the tradition from the UK.
First up is the Long Hill Ramblers. Tab Hunter on guitar, Ben Paley on fiddle and Dan Edwards on banjo have each made international reputations for themselves as instrumentalists in all sorts of traditional music, in more bands than we can begin to list. The Ramblers features Laura Hockenhull's voice which must have been the best-kept secret in folk music over the last few years. If you're looking for a gimmick, move along. All the Long Hill Ramblers have to offer is folk music: clear, beautiful vocals, rich harmonies, virtuoso musicianship, and a repertoire drawn from among the finest traditional songs on both sides of the Atlantic. Ben’s fiddling is the cornerstone of their sound. ƒRoots magazine said he was "...just about the best folk fiddler of his generation". Altogether this fine band promises a night of fun and meaningful music.
The Buffalo Gals are at the forefront of the current wave of American roots-inspired music, representing a revival of the old string band tradition in its most vibrant form. Kate Lissauer is a leading light in the American traditional music scene in Britain, as a performer and teacher. Hailing from Western Maryland, USA, she is an award-winning Appalachian fiddle and banjo player, as well as a fine singer in the old-time country style, and a square dance caller. John Whelan is an accomplished old time banjo picker who has developed his own brand of two and three-finger picking. Sue plays ukelele and guitar with the band, and provides lead and harmony vocals. Sue Clare is a talented songwriter and a seasoned performer with a voice that ranges from angelic to raunchy. Sibylle Riesen describes herself as the "foot musician", using high-energy percussive dance to provide the ‘drum’ rhythm in the band. Featured on guitar is long time festival friend Ben Keogh (ex Rough Deal Stringband) who has played alongside Tim Rogers at every Sunday Old Time session the festival has ever had. Ben’s rock steady rhythm and sweet singing are adored by everyone with a working pair of ears. Jules Bushell of Somerset’s finest bluegrass band Thunderbridge Bluegrass band will be driving the band on double bass. The band revel in the traditional old songs and tunes of Appalachia, early Bluegrass, early Country music, blues and rags, ballads, spirituals, Cajun and gospel, all brought to life with a talent for fresh arrangement. The result is a show that brings praise and applause from aficionados and new-comers alike.