Sat Day

  • Stick in the Wheel at Bristol Folk Festival


Stick in the Wheel, Cup O’Joe, Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll

Doors 2 pm

Bluegrass, electronic folk, blazing fiddles and traditional melody spill out from St George’s for an afternoon of the finest folk today

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Rooted deep in the melodies of traditional English Folk via the modern electronic sounds of East London, Stick in the Wheel’s Nicola Kearey and Ian Carter use centuries-old work-songs that speak to present-day issues of class.

Their inventive live performances have seen them nominated five-times for BBC Folk Awards, whilst their ongoing ‘English Folk Field Recordings’ project has seen them work with everyone from Richard Dawson to Nancy Kerr, to create a snapshot of the current English scene.

Stick in the Wheel are innovators, a notch in the tree of folk, sometimes trance-like, sometimes gritty and unexpectedly sweet. ‘Follow Them True’, the band’s last studio album, was a MOJO and Guardian Album of the Year.

Stick in the Wheel conjure the past to point toward the future.

“Powerful and deeply relatable.” Pitchfork


Raised in the tradition of bluegrass, family trio Cup O’Joe have been playing together since their early teens. Blending intricate tones of bluegrass, folk and jazz, to create their own progressive sound, the trio bring their mix of original and traditional songs to life in an energetic live show.

Radio 2 Young Folk Award Finalists, Cup O’Joe were selected to take part in the Bluegrass Ramble at the International Bluegrass Association’s weeklong music festival in Raleigh, North Carolina – one of the first international bands to make the cut.

Energetic bass, banjo and guitar with majestic sibling harmonies

“They make a truly gorgeous sound and play with such intuition, as only a family can’ Cara Dillon


Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll first collaborated on a busking trip around Spain, and have since have worked with the leading lights of the English folk scene.

Becki’s melodic, emotive violin and viola blend with Nick’s driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals to create a rich, captivating sound.

Influenced by a wide range of cultures, they take a global approach to English Tradition. Their music journeys from the dark English ballad to uplifting dance tunes, from the soaring highs of the lark to the deep sadness of the weeping robin.

Two of the West Country’s finest fiddle-players join forces.

“Lovely inventive playing’ fRoots

Ticketing Information

Saturday Day Tickets

The Saturday Day session runs from 2 pm – 5 pm at St George’s.  Saturday Day tickets give you access to the three main stage artists listed above, in the St George’s Main Hall. Look out for live sessions and dance spots from lunchtime in the St George’s Bar & Foyer. Access to the smaller Glass Studio is on a first-come first-served basis. All individual seating is unreserved.