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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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The Longest Johns

Friday 4 May – Bristol Folk House

The Longest Johns are a Bristol-based a capella folk music band, born out of a mutual love of traditional folk songs and shanties.

Renowned for stirring live performances The Longest Johns have also gathered a huge online following. Expect a rollicking opening to the Bristol Folk House stage.

The Longest Johns open the festival on Friday night.

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Jimmy and Sid

Saturday 4 May – St Stephen’s Church

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their combination of outstanding vocal work, sensitive instrumentation, and a powerful social conscience has brought them widespread critical acclaim.

“To be a great folk singer, you have to be a great storyteller. The duo are both fine singers and multi-instrumentalists.” The Guardian

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith headline Saturday afternoon at St Stephen’s Church.

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Kris Drever

Sunday 5 May – St George’s Bristol

Kris Drever’s voice and guitar form the backbone of today’s contemporary folk scene. Hugely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, and member of folk superstars Lau, Kris is both phenomenal and prolific.

Drever has played alongside Tinariwen, Joan As Police Woman, Shawn Colvin, Rosanne Cash, Roddy Woomble, Eddi Reader, Kate Rusby, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart and many more. In 2017 Kris was named BBC Folk Singer of the Year.

Kris Drever headlines Bristol Folk Festival on Sunday 5 May, playing with Cara Dillon for the final concert of the May Day weekend in the beautiful surrounds of St George’s Bristol.