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Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne


Saturday 4 May –  St Stephen’s Church

A spine-tingling traditional folk performer, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina. His rich voice soars through a range of historical ballads, industrial songs and shanties, with a penchant for material from the West Midlands, where he’s lived for much of his life.

Cohen was nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award with Granny’s Attic. Expect traditional English folk songs and tunes along with a few original numbers.

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Hannah James


Saturday, Folk House

Hannah is a mesmerising solo performer. Her solo shows incorporate all of her disciplines: song, dance and accordion playing, punctuated by her understated, dry wit and charming story telling. Her bassy accordion style, and characterful, clear voice are underpinned by powerful foot percussion. Close your eyes and you could be listening to a full band.

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Spiro


Friday 3 May –  St Stephen’s Church

Bristol’s own Spiro present an exhilarating take on the swirling, dark side of folk. Mixing traditional tunes charged with the ecstatic influence of the clubbing scene.

“Dazzling instrumental quartet Spiro’s gyroscopic sounds swirl guitar, mandolin, violin and accordion lines… inspired by minimalist classical music and punk as well as folk music.” – Time Out

Hugely popular and critically acclaimed, the band began life in 1993 at the instigation of violinist and composer Jane Harbour. An accomplished quartet of mandolinist Alex Vann, guitarist Jon Hunt, accordion savant Jason Sparkes, Spiro live are a must-see experience.