Artists Booked

The Changing Room delivers original, award-winning songs in English and Cornish language. Sam Kelly and Tanya Brittain will be joined on stage by Jamie Francis (Stark), Evan Carson (The Willows) and harpist Morrigan Palmer-Brown. Rootsy, Celtic-infused, original folk. Heavily influenced by the industrial heritage of Cornwall, the Looe-based band are ambassadors for collaboration and social singing. Their songs feature rousing choruses and catchy hooks that will keep you swaying and humming all week. Accordion, guitar, bodhran, harp and banjo plus award winning vocals deliver a winning combination, and unique sound. In the short time that they’ve been recording together The Changing Room have built up a significant catalogue of music, and clocked-up some impressive airtime on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3. 

Formed in 2014 by Tanya Brittain and Sam Kelly, R2 Magazine said at the time “It feels like a little musical magic happened”

The band is already multi-award winning having won Kan rag Kernow 2015 and the International Pan Celtic Song Contest 2015. Sam also won the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016.
“A brilliantly recognised slice of modern folk music.” Bright Young Folk

The Willows ‚Äčare a folk band from Cambridge, UK. Their first album Beneath Our Humble Soil was nominated for Best Debut in the Spiral Earth Awards 2014, and has been championed by the likes of Bob Harris and Mike Harding.

The much anticipated follow-up Amidst Fiery Skies, co-produced with Sean Lakeman was released to critical aclaim, with The Telegraph hailing it "a triumph" in a 5-star review and a place in their folk albums of 2014. Fronted by the breathtaking vocals of Jade Rhiannon, supported by rich vocal harmonies and dynamic acoustic musicianship the band take influence from folk traditions on both sides of the Atlantic.

The band were formed in 2010 by husband and wife, Cliff and Jade, sister, Prue, and chance meeting via Gumtree, Ben. Following numerous gigs in folk clubs all over the the UK supporting the likes of LAU, Seth Lakeman, & Peatbog Faeries and an eponymous EP, the band released debut album Beneath Our Humble Soil in 2013. Produced by Stu Hanna (Megson, Faustus, Show of Hands), the album caught the attention of BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris who invited the band in for a live session midway through their UK tour. Maverick Magazine gave the record 4½  stars, and it was subsequently nominated for Best Debut in the Spiral Earth Awards.

2017 brings the 2nd ever change to The Willows line-up with Jon Parker (formerly of Nizlopi) joining on double-bass. As the band work on their 3rd album they will be playing a handful of tour dates to previews the new material and line-up! 

Mike Silver songs are of longing, love and loss, perceptive and thoughtful, with haunting melodies and heart stopping lyrics.

This most accomplished acoustic artist sings and records a series of thoughts and feelings that are special and magical. Yet his music addresses every day issues without being trite, reaching out to a wide audience.

With a voice that is as warm and inviting as the fire in the fireplace on a cold winter’s night, Mike is an outstanding treasure amidst the crowd.

Recommended to all who thrive on the sensitivity of our existence; all in all he’s a wonderful musician.

This is Mikes 2nd appearance at the festival, a compliment all on its own with the many talented singer songwriter performers that are out there to choose from.

The Foxglove Trio

Since forming in 2010 these talented musicians have built a powerful signature sound based on Patrick Dean’s bold melodeon playing, Cathy Mason’s intricate cello lines and Ffion Mair’s clear, soaring vocals.

A review of their debut full album, These Gathered Branches, commented that “the interest never wanes” when listening to The Foxglove Trio (R2 magazine). The group keep their audiences entertained by not only singing in both English and Welsh but by adding tight vocal harmonies, guitar, whistle, bodhran and even a second cello to enrich the band's sound. 

The Foxglove Trio's intriguing repertoire and imaginative arrangements are presented with an infectious energy and an effortless charm. Their passionate performances will captivate you and take you on a journey from subtly political contemporary songs to jaunty Yorkshire tales and soulful Welsh laments.

Ruth & Ken Powell (your hosts) -  are musicians in there own right, with many years under their belts playing live to nationwide audiences at festivals, clubs and radio.  

With an eclectic mixture of folk and acoustic music, played by Ken on guitar and banjo and sung by Ruth's strong lead vocals, they have a knack of providing a great combination of songs from the 1930's, to the traditional folk song and English/American contemporary music, giving concerts that will appeal to almost every audience.

You may also see them along the road of music as the trip Risky Business. 

The reason Llanwddyn Folk and Acoustic festival exists is because of the dedication and hard work these two people have given us over the years, along with our super duper team on the committee and all the volunteers that come forward to help each year.

"Ruth and Ken Powell provided the perfect partnership, with Ruth's staggering vocal abilities enhanced by Ken's guitar playing, all making for a fine evening of folk"  - 'Cleckheaton Folk festival review'

 Trim Rig & A Doxy - Derek & Julia Batters met at the start of the millennium. Both brought a love of folk tradition to the relationship and now perform together as a shanty duo. 

Julia (melodeon) originated from a musical family in London. She used to sleep in her carrycot on top of the family piano! 

Derek is an accomplished singer from Lancashire. He first found his voice in his teens singing lead parts in school operatic productions before becoming involved with folk music.

The growing interest in this type of music has produced many new performers, but few of the quality of this pair. The saucy nature of many shanties is enhanced by the interplay between the couple giving a performance that is both warm and humorous as well as musical. For those who love traditional music delivered with strength, clarity and simplicity this couple will never fail to delight.

The couple are equally at home in a variety of venues from the main stage to the more intimate surroundings of a public house. Their enjoyment of the music is infectious and stands them in good stead whether performing in their own right, or hosting singarounds. 
Stanley Accrington  emerged from the dark days of the late 1970's and has been terrorising the cultural world ever since.

He has written hundreds of songs in a range of styles on a vast rake of subjects. There are old-style songs on current happenings and modern style songs on ancient events. There are poems, pastiches, parodies, and possibly anything.

Apart from the silly and very silly material, Stanley has always been writing serious songs to confuse the situation further.

Stanley has been performing all over UK and occasionally beyond at a wide variety of locations and events. The pigreon-hole to put this stuff in is "miscellaneous-ish"

Guilsfield Singers  - (Our Choir for 2017)  We have had a choir singing for us at the festival ever since we began - This year we present the Guilsfield singers.

What began as a concert party more than 30 years ago, putting on musical variety shows, evolved in the late 1980s into the Guilsfield Singers.

Initially under the guidance of Bethan Scotford, then Audrey Beeston and Suzanne Edwards, the choir appointed Gerry Howe as Musical Director in 2006. Gerry trained at the London College of Music and Trinity College. He is a voice coach, conductor and arranger and his expertise has helped cement the established reputation the Guilsfield Singers have gained for imaginative and exciting performances of a wide selection of choral music. 

Guilsfield Singers are a mixed choir, drawing on musical talent from the Welshpool and Oswestry areas, the Tanat valley and other towns and villages in rhe Borders They rehearse on Thursday evenings in Guilsfield.  The choir’s repertoire extends from the 16th to the 21st century:  a classical repertoire from Bach to Bruckner, traditional folk songs and spirituals to Bernstein show numbers.  Regular performances include a classical concert around Easter, a  light-hearted supper concert in July plus Christmas carol concerts.  Other dates for late 2017 include a performance at Montgomery for the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales in October, and the Service of Remembrance at St Oswald’s, Oswestry in November. 

Over the years the choir has raised many thousands of pounds for both local and national charities.  

Find out more about the choir via there own web site

Twmpathology are a welcome return to the festival after they danced the socks and shoes off our festival ticket holders last year. We didn't choose their return the ticket holders did.  Yes we had already thought about it but our feedback forms confirmed this to us.

A ceilidh band based in the North-West corner of Wales, around the historic town of Caernarfon. Having many years of experience playing gutsy, foot-stomping music for ceilidh dancing and also have a repertoire of beautifully crafted and performed songs and listening tunes.

They play music from all four corners of the British Isles and beyond with a good proportion of Welsh tunes, all played with drive and rhythm with a vibrant blend of fiddle frenzy, dynamic accordion and cracking guitar and bass.

The band appears with their regular caller, Martin, who also adds percussion, occasional melodeon and…. fun!! Yes, the emphasis with this band is a lot of fun!!!   They don’t mind if you go wrong, fall over or have two left feet – as long as you have fun, then they are happy that they have done their job!

"We had a great time last year at Llanwddyn Folk Weekend and are really pleased to be performing for you again this year" Well there's a first...its not often we get compliments from artists! or Facebook