Originally from England, Chris emigrated to Canada in 2002. His hometown is now Vancouver. Chris has toured regularly nationally and internationally.In live performance he draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician, to deliver a show that is both captivating and unique.  He is an award winning folk artist in Canada and he belongs to a long line of classic singer songwriters who have come from that part of North America


The Larks are acoustic duo Liz Miller and Chris Wilbraham. They are usually found playing the clubs in East Angliaand
recently played a fine set at FolkEast. They draw on a wide range of influences to include self-penned and songs by Gillian Welch and Joni Mitchell. With great harmonies and an engaging style, they are a joy tolisten to. Website:


Jack he won the New Folk song writing award at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Texas, and he is also the recipient of a
creative bursary award from the EFDSS. His 2012 album 'The Flame and the Pelican' was voted one of the best folk albums of that year. Website:

    Melanie Crew
Melanie is a London based singer and musician. She writes gentle acoustic music with soulful melodies.  Her EP
'Until the End' was released in August 2015. She has received radio play from BBC6 Music as well as numerous local stations.
This is Melanie's first visit to the club.

Sue Bousfield and Liz Moore have been playing music together as Scolds Bridle for more than 40 years. Their considerable talents combine to create entertainment at its highest level. Superb harmonies, dynamic presentation and refreshingly different.


Based in South London Aimee and Emmie are mainly a traditional folk duo who perform material on flute, bodhran and various string instruments. They have played many clubs and festivals around the country. They are excellent singers and musicians. Aimee was brought up in Orkney, she was a member of the successful celtic folk band Anam. She is also a singing/vocal coach and choir leader. Emmie grew up steeped in the folk tradition, she won the 2014 trad2mad singing competition.This will be this brilliant duo's first visit to Loughton. Leonard and Emmie Ward 'These two are brilliant' (The Goose is Out)


Alice Baillie and David Jenkinson are based in Sheffield. They were finalists in the 2016 New Roots Competition. They perform a variety of traditional and original songs and tunes with verve and originality, and are currently working on the release of their first album. Alice sings and plays the flute, Davis sings and plays guitar and mando-cello. They are one of the most exciting young folk duo's on the folk circuit. 

             MELODY CAUSTON

Melody is a contemporary folk artist based in Cambridge. She performs mainly her own songs. She has twice won the Cambridge NMG awards for 'Best Female solo artist' and has appeared on BBC local radio. She has released one EP and is working on another. Melody got into folk music whilst her parents performed, sleeping in guitar cases at the side of the stage. She is now pursuing the tea drinking storytelling life of a folk songstress. A superb performer who is delighting audiences wherever she performs.

                        PETE COE

A legend on the folk scene, Pete was a key performer in the folk revival of the 1970's, performing with his then wife Chris. Over four decades Pete has performed with the dance outfit The New Victory Band, supergroup Bandoggs, Red Shift and recently in a duo with Alice Jones. But it is as a solo performer that he is probably best known. A fine singer of traditional and original songs, Pete plays melodeon, banjo, dulcimer and bouzouki and has released many fine albums. Pete is embarking on a tour to celebrate his seventieth year, and we are honoured that Loughton Folk Club will be part of it.So come along and witness some great songs, great music with great humour performed by a great bloke. 'He is one of the most committed, most versatile, most important folk artists in Britain' (Colin Irwin)


Sally and Rachel are a local duo who perform songs and tunes on guitar,  mandolin and fiddle.  Expect folk, country, bluegrass and original songs from this versatile duo. They released  their wonderful latest album 'Take a Chance' in February. Sally and Rachel have appeared at Loughton in various guises over the years, but have not played a guest night since 2011. So its time we had them back.



Bernard is a Cambridge based acoustic roots singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has released 11 albums and has opened for such folk luminaries as Martin Carthy, June Tabor and Bert Jansch. His latest album ' My Finest Hour' was released in 2016. Bernard brings to mind the classic singer/songwriters of the 1970's , though the subject matter of his songs is firmly set in the present. His delivery is relaxed and classy with a fine voice and distinctive guitar. Bernard played an excellent support at the club back in November 2025.


An international trio of Dublin based Eoghan O'Shaughnessy and Consuela Nerea Breschi and Boston USA based Lindsay Straw. They blend the songs and tunes of the Irish music tradition with folk, blues and Jazz. They have a fresh and invigorating approach to traditional music and make the old songs and tunes sound new and beautiful again Consuela plays fiddle, bodhran and sings, Eoghan is a fiddler and guitarist and Lindsay is a singer, guitarist and bouzouki player. She is also a fine solo performer, releasing the critically acclaimed album ' My Mind From Love Being Free' in 2015. The Morning Tree released their eponymous debut album in 2014 to rave reviews. This will be the trio's first UK gig and we are honoured to host them. This simply cannot be missed. 'Three musicians with drive talent and passion, and with those ingredients magic can happen' (TradConnect) 'The Morning Tree have love and respect for the music'  (John Renbourn)



Loughton based Samantha is a fairly fresh face on the scene. Sam's love for writing original material and style of song, landed her firmly in the lap of folk. She has played around Essex and East London performing her own enchanting songs. Sam plans to have her debut EP out in the late Autumn.


Accordionist and singer Sophie performs a blend of traditional and original music mainly from the English tradition. She is an exciting performer who produces an instant rapport with her audience. Sophie spent a year playing the Song Woman in the West End production of War Horse. She performs and writes for the touring theatre company Troupe. Sophie will release her first EP during the summer of 2016. Sophie and Jimmy performed sparkling sets at this years New Roots Finals and this will be a special evening, and bring your voices as both play great chorus songs.


Georgia Lewis is a singer, accordionist and whistle player from Wiltshire. Classically trained she went to India to study singing at the Arambol Music Academy. Georgia was the winner of The Future of Young Folk Award (Bromyard 2016). Georgia is accompanied by fiddle player Rowan Piggott and guitarist Felix Miller.  Rowan grew up in Galway soaking up the music of Paddy Fahey and his father Charlie Piggott of De Dannan fame. Rowan is also a fine performer of Swedish fiddle tunes. Felix grew up in Andorra but now resides in Stratford-upon Avon. Felix provides the rhythm which lies at the core of the groups sound.

One of the best bands on the folk scene, Georgia's fantastic voice and the trio's superb musicianship on both traditional and contemporary songs and tunes is wowing audiences up and down the country. The trio have released a very well received EP and are in demand at Festivals and folk clubs.  This will be a night to remember.

'Young, exuberant and musically adept' (R2 Magazine)     Website


Jimmy is a singer and banjo player hailing from Herefordshire and is now based in London. He has a fine powerful voice and performs mainly traditional material which he arranges himself. He also plays in the duo The Lion's Share and with his band, The Medlars. He founded the UCLU Folk and World Music Society in 2013 and helped set up Pear O' Legs records.

One of the best young performers on the folk circuit we are delighted that Jimmy will be performing at Loughton.  Website


Beth Gifford (Viola, Voice) and Matthew Brookes (Accordion) are an exciting young duo who formed in November 2015. They met at the Sidmouth Folk Festival; and quickly developed an understanding between Viola and Accordion, also adding singing and composition to their bow.

With diverse influences from traditional folk to jazz, they combine traditional music with original songs and tunes to create a fresh and individual sound.


A trio who hail from Bedfordshire, comprising Marisa Straccia, Jack Sharp and Davy Willis. They perform mainly English traditional music , much of it sourced from their home county. They are also hosts of The Mill Race Folk Club in Bromham, Bedfordshire.

Jack Sharp is also a member of the hugely popular psychedelic rock/folk band, Wolf People


Steve and Hannah are a father and daughter duo who come from nearby Hornchurch. Steve (guitar, vocals) and Hannah(vocals) interpret British Traditional music with verve and originality. They recently played a superb floor spot at the club.


Lisa and Sue Chapin-Wickwar are a Cumbrian singer-songwriting duo. Expect songs that feature life in the ways its found, in its rawness.... a host of melodic narratives, delivered in the duo's own, unique, intricately crafted style. With harmonies to die for and intricate guitar interplay, they will carry you along on an irresistible, evocative journey.

Their debut album 'IF' was awarded runner up in the 'Best Album by a duo category' in the 2015 Folkwords Album Awards.

We are thrilled that Lisa and Sue are travelling so far south to play a rare gig in Essex/London. This will be a special night.

'A duo who will enchant and entertain you'   Radio Teeside     Website


A Hertfordshire based singer-songwriter and budding folky. Steve regularly plays the folk clubs in his area and beyond. Steve's songs are well crafted and melodic, on subjects as diverse as The Glencoe Massacre and car production in Luton. He has just released his first EP. This will be Steve's first visit to the club. 


Kelly is a young folk singer from Hertfordshire. Her self-penned songs are based on traditional music themes. She is also a fine interpreter of traditional song. Her debut album 'This Land' won Folkwords  Best Album By a Female Artist 2014 and featured legendary fiddle player Dave Swarbrick.  Her second album 'Bedlam' is released in March. Kelly has received numerous airplay on BBC and local radio shows. As well as being a fine guitarist Kelly is also an excellent harmonica player.

Kelly Oliver is a young musician on the rise who will soon be filling the large concert halls, so come and enjoy her at an intimate setting while you can.

"an emerging voice in British Folk Music" Bob Harris BBC Radio 2. Website 


Rosie is a young traditional singer from Wiltshire. She is well known for her strong pure voice and engaging solo performances. Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those from her native Wiltshire. She was a New Roots finalist in 2011 and  has won the Fred Jordan Memorial Award (for traditional singing). In 2014 Rosie was awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship to work with the EFDSS.

Rosie is also  currently a member of the extremely successful The Dovetail Trio.

This will be a rare solo gig for Rosie and we are absolutely delighted she will be performing at Loughton. This simply cannot be missed.

Rosie has been nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Website


A singer/songwriter from Rutland where he lives with his wife and daughters. The passing world is the inspiration for Paul's characters and story-songs.

Paul had made three solo albums and a duo album with The Hi and Lo. His latest album "Songs for Anyone", released in early February 2016 has received great reviews in the Folk and Acoustic press. He has shared a stage with many of the leading lights of the UK Americana scene. His live shows are full of finely crafted songs laced with wit and humour.

Paul played a sparkling support gig at Loughton last year and is back by popular request.Website


Singer/guitarist/songwriter Richard is a giant on the folk scene. He is a dynamic performer who writes unforgettable wonderful songs. His songs have been covered widely by artists on the folk scene and beyond it. Born in Middlesbrough, Richard started playing in the North East folk clubs and joined the Teeside Fettlers in 1981. He released his fist solo record on Fellside in 1984. He has made numerous albums since, including duo records with Dick Miles and Chris Parkinson.  His latest CD 'Hard Road to Prospect Hill', released in October 2015 is a classic. His song 'Scarborough Fishermen' is widely regarded as one of the greatest English folk songs ever written. Richard is one of the finest performers on the folk circuit. A night to remember.


Morrigan are a four piece acappella folk group from South London. Their close harmony singing creates a stunning sound that has won much praise. They are  also talented instrumentalists. Comprising Chris Harrison, Rosaline Hone, Chris Evans and Sarah Pavey all who have vast experience and knowledge of the folk scene. Morrigan were formed in 2010 and since then have been carving out a name for themselves on the folk circuit.

They played a cracking support at Loughton in January  2015 and we are delighted to have them back.


Matt Kelly and Gary Woolley are an excellent acoustic duo who hail from Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. They sing songs and play tunes in a variety of styles, including folk, country, bluegrass and Cajun.

Matt is a multi-instrumentalist who also performs with the popular group 'Thursdays Band', Gary plays guitar and sings and has performed regularly in folk clubs. They have produced the well received CD 'Papers in my Shoe'.




Darren is a musician and writer who has gained a reputation for his thoughtful and poetic lyrics., often born of an awareness to what is happening around him. Welsh born but now based in Hampshire, he is a singer, guitarist and fiddle player who has played extensively in folk clubs, arts centres and other venues and played the main stage at major folk festivals, supporting artists including Buffy St Marie and Martin Simpson.

His 2015 album 'Lord Abergavenny's Mines ' has received rave reviews from the folk and related press. It is a concept album based around stories and tales from the South Wales mining industry, where Darren was born.

This is Darren Blacks first visit to Loughton and his performance is eagerly awaited. 'Thoughtful and masterful' FRoots.


Zoe is a young acoustic singer songwriter from Camden. Combining traditional and modern folk styles with a rock and pop influence to create a sound based on storytelling and catchy melodies. Zoe won the best newcomer award at the Folkstocks 'Love Folk Live' awards.

Zoe has a beautiful voice that is clear and sends shivers down the spine. She has released one EP  'Pandoras Box' and recently performed at the London Folk and Roots Festival. Zoe is definitely one to watch out for in the future , and we are delighted that she is performing at Loughton.


Si is a wonderful interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk song. Known through his work with duo Barren/Brady, he is an exquisite guitarist who creates amazing accompaniments to traditional and fine original songs. Si also plays harmonium, which features on his latest album 'Sweet Billy Pilgrim'  which has received race reviews and is one of the best folk albums released in recent times.  He has a rich voice and a relaxed  style, and tells intriguing stories with good humour.  He has received universal praise from his folk club appearances. This is one not to miss.

We knew he would be good, but we were left looking at each other in disbelief, just wonderful. ( Nova Scotia Folk Club0. Website 



A London based singer songwriter born and raised in the rural midlands. His album 'Broken Man ' has just been released. His music recalls the blues of the Mississippi delta while capturing the spirit of the Beat Poets. Website



A singer songwriter from Hertfordshire, who creates mend your heart songs. Minnie is rapidly making a name for herself on the folk and acoustic scene. She recently performed at the Rising Stars of Folk concert in central London, and is due to tour Iceland in February. Minnie has released the excellent CD 'Floundering' and some digital releases. She lists one her interests as 'staying up past my bedtime' She is a delightful performer who in her own words 'makes sad and dreary music that will leave you feeling happy'. 


Finalist at the 2015 New Roots competition, London based Piers has been playing guitar since he was eleven. He is a fine interpreter of traditional English folk songs and tunes, often finding obscure versions of ballads and broadsides to perform. He also composes his own instrumentals. Piers also performs in a duo with Penny Kempson . He first got into folk music when he heard Fairport Convention's 'Liege and Lief' album. Piers is starting to make a name on the scene and is well worth checking out.


PerKelt has performed it's unique, progressive Celtic music since 2008. All it's members are highly-qualified, accomplished and award-winning musicians. They unleash the passion and energy of strong melodic Celtic sounds, having invented their original powerful "speed folk" style, which instantly grabs the attention of audiences everywhere.

So far PerKelt have released three highly acclaimed albums and they have performed over 400 gigs across the world. They regularly perform at various Celtic festivals, World music, folk music and Irish music venues, as well as pubs, churches, castles and Arts Centres.

They are extremely proud to bring refreshing, innovative and evocative Celtic music in a way that has never been heard before. They simply cannot be missed!

Go to their Facebook page
or see their website for more info.

Peter Levics

An instrumental duo combining classical and folk elements with an alternative/indie approach. They get their specific mood through compositionally minimalistic expositions with overflowing catchy violin lines. 

Dave Ellis & Boo Howard

Their songs are intelligently constructed, elegantly articulated and never less than

entertaining.The mix is eclectic (from folk to jazz to blues to bluegrass) but the songs are at the heart of it all, served by imaginative and stylish arrangements and by the singing and playing of two seasoned, wholly in tune musicians. Their live act has now been honed to perfection in the folk clubs where they have developed a large faithful following in the south of England. Website They have just released their new album Facebook Friend.

Tim's Band    2015 New Roots Finalists.

Tim'Band formed as the result of causal post-dinner jam sessions between friends brought together by a love of folk music, and also the desire to experiment with different musical styles and combine a diverse range of influences from the classical and traditional worlds. We regularly sesssion together and have played played for various ceilidh bands, including Oxford University Ceilidh Band, Cunning Plan and Blyth Company. Since parcipitating in New Roots we have been invited to play at folk clubs across London.


Southwest Music Awards 'Best Folk Act' finalists 2013 Devonbird have bought an exciting new sound to the Devon folk scene (and beyond) in recent months. Devonbird - Kath Bird (Singer Songwriter), supported by Sophia Colkin (aka Squeak) on violin and Rob Wheaton on guitar, show their wide and versatile range and their passion for folk music, both original and traditional. The trio combine foot stomping jigs and reels with haunting ballads and songs, often having their origins in old Devonshire folklore and dialect. The band has been described as having a clarity and purity of sound, vocally and instrumentally, which is both profoundly soul touching and magical.  Website

The Victory Arm1940's celebration

Picture the scene. It’s the East end of London, 1940. Last night’s bombing has everyone’s favourite local “The Victory Arms” a little bruised, but relatively unscathed. 

Joaney, the landlady is getting ready to call last orders whilst the general dogs body and pot man Albert is collecting glasses and chatting to the regulars. To cheer things up before everybody has to head off into the blackout, somebody calls for a song.

Join Joaney and Albert in a right old East End ding dong as they lead their regulars (that’s you!) through the music and stories of the times.

Armed only with a Guitar and a Ukulele they pay tribute to the wartime spirit of the people of the United Kingdom and their allies. Without whom, none of this would have been possible.

Nick John Wilson

"Born with left side Microtia, Nick picked up the guitar from his folk playing parents when he was seven years old. His uncle played drums with Suzi Quatro in the seventies, so music has alway run in the family. Nick started to sing and produce his own songs at eighteen having honed his blues, rag finger style and soulful rocky tones. He ran a studio for three years and in 2013, now with time to focus on himself as an artist, released his debut EP followed by his debut album in late 2014. 2015 will see Nick out and about more than he ever has been. So watch this space, Facebook & Twitter."

Steve Dan Mills

MC Steve O'Donoghue

American singer songwriter Steve Dan Mills was the co-founder of Speed Limit 35, one of the first folk rock bands in the American South. He has been enjoying a solo career since the mid 70's and has performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival, London Folk Festival, Belfast Nashville Songwriter's Festival and more. His music has been described as "the real thing, sensitive, moving, cathartic and healing." He couples his very powerful vocals with acoustic guitar and harmonica. Steve’s elicits tears and laughter and instills hope in his audience. His song "Dream On Texas Ladies" went to #18 on the Billboard Charts for Rex Allen Jr and sold over 4 million copies for John Michael Montgomery. His songs have also been recorded by major artists such as Neal Coty, Mel MacDaniel and Benita Hill. Guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel has been covering the title cut from his CD, "Inside Out Lookin' In" in his live concerts. Steve has recently moved to London and has begun performing in folk clubs and festivals throughout the UK  Website 

Ian Rowland

Ian Roland - Singer-songwriter from Brighton, UK. 12 string guitar, guitars and mandolin. Acoustic, Folk, Folk-Rock, Americana. Ian’s debut ‘Helicopter’ EP: “a delightful gem to be sought out and listened to” Keith Hargreaves, Americana UK (Apr 05, 2014); “Ian Roland’s songs have a way of sneaking into your head and heart after just one listen. I find myself singing them long after hearing them. His songwriting somehow has the magical ability to transport me back to the front porch of my youth. They manage to sound both modern and like something from times gone by. Excellent.” Baylen Leonard, Amazing Radio – The Front Porch (Jan 28, 2014): “Ian Roland is a gifted songwriter and performer with an individual and refreshingly different approach to his art, producing songs that really are well worth getting to know.” Phil Widdows, FolkCast (Jan 26, 2014)  Website

Said The Maiden

Since their first appearance at Redbourn Folk Club in 2011, Said the Maiden have been making waves on the folk scene, singing in clubs across the country, At numerous festivals and on the radio. In spring 2014 they supported Dave Swarbrick's nationwide tour, and have also supported Clannad, Martin Carthy, The Fisherman's Friends and Jim Moray. They released a five track EP in 2013, and their first full length album, entitled 'A Curious Tale' in June 2014. Their signature sound is their strong, acapella harmonies, enhanced occasionally with select folk instruments. Website


 Tred are a sophisticated contemporary folk trio playing a diverse range of meticulously arranged tunes and songs. The culmination of Elly Rees’ uncompromising flute, David Delarre’s melodious but driven guitar and Pete Thomas’ full and harmonic double bass sound. An energetic fresh approach to traditional material, the members of Tred bring together a vast musical experience that spans many genres. Hear here

Moorby Jones

"An electro-acoustic trio featuring melodic original songs, re-uniting old band mates and co-songwriters Steve Moorby (Guitar, vocals and melodies) and Dick Jones (Bass and lyrics). Recently joined by Steve's daughter Gemma, adding another guitar, harmony / lead vocals and her own songs, the trio is now performing an enhanced and expanding set of old and new original songs, full of thoughtful lyrics and strong melodies. See "Moorby Jones" page on Facebook, with links to the Soundcloud." Here

Emily Snee

London based singer-songwriter who creates
heartfelt, soulful folk with a youthful, modern kick. Intimate songs filled
with raw honesty, and rich vocals offset with punchy guitar playing are this
songster’s calling card. Website


Northumbrian-based duo Fiona Lander (vocals, piano, saxophones, clarinet and whistles and recorder) and Paul Mason (guitars, ukelele and vocals) have been writing, recording and performing together for 12 years and have created a unique sound which combines both traditional and contemporary folk with jazz , roots and other styles. They have self-produced 6 albums to date and have received national airplay on BBC Radio 2 (Bob Harris), Radio 3 (World Routes) and Radio 4 as well as on many BBC local radio stations and across the digital network. More recently their instrumental arrangement 'Dance to your Daddy' from 'The Reason' was used on BBC 1's Antiques Road Show and their track titled Somalia (from the same album) was used on a BBC Three documentary 'Escape from the World's Most Dangerous Place' narrated by Scarlett Johansson. The Landermason live sound is impressive, full of variety and with plenty of audience interaction. There is something for everyone to enjoy - harmony vocals, outstanding guitar work, a multitude of blowy instruments and more!Website


Although Rosewood is a new-ish name, the  members of this trio have have been performers on the folk scene for some years and have played at major UK folk festivals as well as the club circuit. Members of Rosewood have played or still play in  Bass Instincts, Bof!, Crownstreet, Harkeles, The Hosepipe Band and RSVP.

They're based in East Anglia and most of their recent and forthcoming bookings are in the south and east of the country. However, they are happy to travel anywhere in the country to play at clubs or festivals. They sing and play traditional and contemporary songs and tunes, some of which they have written themselves. Their unique features are the range of their source material and the array of  instruments they play.

Andy Smythe

Andy Smythe is a folk singer/songwriter, pianist and guitarist based in London. He performs a mixture of finely crafted piano ballads and more up-tempo guitar numbers where audience participation is encouraged! Andy’s soaring vocals and piano playing are truly unique and have drawn favorable comparisons to Johnny Coppin and Rufus Wainwright.

  Andy’s CD’s have been released by Cadiz Music and he has toured and played extensively as both a soloist and with his own band. He’s supported Martin Carthy, Peggy Seeger and many others on his folk wanderings! He’s been a regular at the Broadstairs Folk Festival and at the Red Lion Folk Club in Birmingham. He’s still a resident at Orpington Friday Folk Club. Website 

Andy Mathewson

 An acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, singer and songwriter. He plays pre-War blues and ragtime, songs by band singers of the 1940s, one or two 'standards', some early rock 'n' roll pieces and his own contemporary songs. The music magazine Maverick described the guitar playing on his CD Vintage Acoustic Music as 'exemplary' while Rock 'n' Reel magazine called it 'beguiling'. He has also had notable success recently as a songwriter. His composition "Since She's Been Gone" was picked up and covered by the noted Canadian guitarist Jim McLennan and his wife on their 2014 CD Dancing On Air. Andy is currently recording his own next CD – his first solo one! Website

Terry Hiscock

Singer/songwriter Terry Hiscock and bassist Rog Trevitt perform acoustic songs from the Hunter Muskett repertoire both old and new.


Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner sings traditional American and English folk songs. He has performed at festivals and schools throughout America and abroad, and has toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution. A Folklorist and Community Scholar for the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, he was named a 2007 State Arts Council Fellow. He has recorded for Flying Fish, Appleseed and WildGoose Records.Jeff Warner is among America’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountain tops of America connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives–and artistry–of 19th century Americans. “Providing more than just rich entertainment, Jeff will leave you with a deeper appreciation of the land you live in” (Caffé Lena, Saratoga, NY). His songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, bring us the latest news from the distant past.Website

Main'sl Haul singers & musicians based in Maldon, Essex. They sing Sea Shanties, Forebitters & Traditional & Contemporary songs of the sea.

David Kendall

 David C Kendall is an accomplished American singer/songwriter living in Paris, who has composed songs about social conditions and politics since the 1970s, when the influences were Woodstock, folk-rock, and the Vietnam War. He is a founding member of the San Diego folk group Jackstraws, and is currently producing a new Jackstraws project of maritime sea songs and chanteys from around the world. He has recently self-produced the CD single/EP ‘Free Society/Blue Melody’. 
David writes and performs political and topical songs as well as traditional folk songs, influenced by the songwriting of Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, and Phil Ochs. He accompanies his singing with acoustic guitar and harmonica.
See here

Lizzie Taylor

As a singer/songwriter Lizzie J. Taylor sticks to the old Nashville rule of three chords and the truth – admitting that much of what she writes is autobiographical. Folk Radio UK described her recently released album “Living in The Lowlands” as “an impressive debut”. Lizzie’s love of American folk is evident in her music, but she also borrows from British folk tradition. She sings with a bluegrass/americana band , and also in jazz band; traces of both are evident in her own songs. She accompanies herself on guitar.  Website 

Tim Mellor

A folk singer from Cambridge involved with folk music community and
runs regular singers nights and session nights at the Black Fen folk club and other local venues. He plays a number of instruments including the Guitar, Banjo ,Melodeon and Northumbrian pipes. Most of his songs and tunes are based on Traditional Folk songs from the British Isles but include a few of his own compositions reflecting contemporary issues and themes. His performances are informal and lighthearted with a few jokes and stories when there is time. 

David Cambridge

David's long-term love affair with traditional and contemporary folk music was kick-started in the late '60s, and over the last few years he has played at various venues across the region, including Cambridge Folk Club. His influences are many and varied, notably, Nic Jones and Richard Thompson. He adapts and plunders traditional and contemporary song collections. This is his first appearance at Loughton Folk Club.

Mary Humphreys and Anahata

Mary Humphreys and Anahata are singers and musicians who specialise in English traditional music and song. Mary sings and plays English concertina and banjo, and Anahata plays melodeons, Anglo concertina and cello. They live in Cambridgeshire and much of their material is based on Mary's research into unpublished locally collected versions of traditional songs, presented in simple but well-crafted musical arrangements.

Ruth Beale

Ruth is an artist with a bookish interest in forests, commons, and local Epping Forest folklore. As a host and quiz master with a tendency for a bit of sideways thinking, she has led singalongs, debates, bingo nights and tongue-in-cheek quizzes on a range of unlikely subjects. At Loughton Folk Club, she will host a short, themed (but general knowledge) quiz, featuring among other things, a spot of winter wassailing Website

Liz Simcock

Liz writes songs and performs them in folk and acoustic clubs in and around the Southeast. In 1999 she featured on the Playpen Album of New Acoustic Music alongside Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Eddi Reader and Kathryn Williams. Since then she has trodden an independent path, gaining growing reputation as a performer andsongwriter. Liz counts Richard Thompson, Clive Gregson, Boo Hewerdine and Joni Mitchell amongst her main songwriting role models. At most gigs Liz is joined on stage by guitarist Dave Ellis and acoustic bass player Boo Howard. Liz’s fourth album (Friday Night Train Home) was released in November 2013.

Nigel Moorcroft and friends 

I am both a singer and Morris dancer. I started by joining in with singing in pubs and moved on to leading songs and the solo spots. Making myself heard in pubs probably explains the vocal power. I mostly sing unaccompanied songs, traditional and otherwise, songs from around the British isles and as far afield as the USA and Australasia. The songs may happy, they may be sad, sometimes serious sometimes fun. All sung with sincerity and enthusiasm, and mostly in the best possible taste! this time I have persuaded my friends Rick and Ellie (AKA Jus' S'posin' (Website) to play with me on Guitar and Fiddle. At least this means I know what key I will be singing in in advance!

Dorten Yonder

Formed in  2013 when Pete and Maggie Eiseman-Renyard joined forces with Spootiskerry (Richard Cryan, Jan Lawrence and Neil Rogers) to record a CD of Maggie's songs - which is now available. They've enjoyed the project so much that they're still together - broadening the repertoire to include traditional dance music and song,  and compositions by other band members.  They play guitars, bass guitar, mandolins, fiddle, whistles, flute, concertina, bouzouki, tenor and bass recorder, banjo and percussion.Website 


Morrigan comprises Chris Evans, Chris Harrison, Rosaline Hone and Sarah Pavey.  We sing four-part unaccompanied folk songs, mainly traditional but including other material.  We also perform some accompanied songs and tunes. Website

Trio Saozon (Saozon (saʊzɒn/sɔːzɒn) - a coming together of Gwendal Moële (vocals) Emma Hardy (violin) and Tom Hardy (guitar) to explore the traditional song and dance repertoire of Brittany and beyond.  Saozon is a Breton words for English the trio arose from a chance meeting at Wivenhoe Folk Club and an immediate desire to play together. They have a shared enthusiasm that draws on inspiration from such diverse artists as Alan Stivell, Denez Prigent, Martin Carthy and Fairport Convention. Audiences both familiar with and new to the repertoire will find melodies, harmonies and rhythms to enjoy. Website

Louis Gilman
Walthamstow based singer songwriter who got his guitar out and won the 2010 Towersey Folk Festival Song Slam. Original, bluesy arrangements of traditional staples and original compositions both serious and strange. Keeps being told he looks like John Martin.
Listen here
Thursday's Band

Thursday’s Band are Mark Gamon (voice and guitar), Nick Blishen (guitar), and Matt Kelly (fiddle, viola, mandolin and voice). Based in Cambridge, their repertoire is built around original songs steeped in the American and English folk tradition, with a bit of blues and cajun spice - and an occasional country cover - thrown in for good measure. Sometimes the songs are poignant and personal; sometimes they tell tales, tall and otherwise - but they’re always sensitively performed, and often designed for audience to sing. Website

Gemma Khawaja
A singer & guitarist from the Midlands, now based in Norfolk playing and singing traditional songs of the British Isles and creating her own songs inspired by rural poets. Gemma's arrangements of traditional songs emphasise the universal stories and themes found in folk traditions and sensitively draw out the richness and beauty of the old melodies. Website

Mike Norman

"Observational, witty, heartfelt, melodic, and acoustic songs. Mike’s eclectic (mainly self-penned) song collection and performance style combines contemporary British Isles folk with influences including The Beatles, The Jam/Paul Weller, Ray Davies, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, UK and US Indie with touches of jazz and blues. Enjoy!!!" Hear Here


Steve Tyler & Katy Marchant

Virtuoso international musicians Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant play an eclectic mix of music from medieval and traditional sources along with their own compositions. Combining ancient songs from as far back as the 12th century with newly composed dance tunes with the driving rhythms of hurdy gurdy and bagpipes. Also featuring shawm, gothic harp, cittern and other exotic early and traditional instruments. See for yourself Here

 “An exceptional concert; full of interest, surprises, and ravishing harmony.” Frank Lee

"Steve Tyler is blessed with virtuosic technique and imagination. He is amongst the best hurdy gurdy players on the European scene." Paul James, Blowzabella, CEO Halsway Manor

Hicks & Goulbourn 
The music that Steve and Lynn make as the duo ‘Hicks and Goulbourn’ is characterised by pure acoustic tones, reflective lyrics, well crafted arrangements and intricate, complex guitar work.  Whilst the genres in their typical sets are wide ranging there is no compromise in quality and their live performances are interspersed with engaging anecdotes and humour. Website
 Year 4 - Newcomers
  Kim Lowings and the Greenwood

Folk singer & songwriter Kim Lowings fronts a collective of musicians called The Greenwood. They are based in Stourbridge in the West Midlands and play a mix of contemporary, original and traditional folk song. The Greenwood have supported acts such as Martin Simpson, Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver, Faustus & Belshazzar's Feast.

"I really love her new album Deepest, Darkest Night, It's full of great songs" - Mike Harding
"Rising stars of the folk scene with captivating traditional and original songs." - Potbelly Folk & Roots Club
"Expect great things to come!" - Paul Sartin, Faustus, Belshazzar's Feast, Bellowhead



Saul Bailey - New Roots finalist 2014
Jim says "Saul's playing is phenomenal! Breathtaking"

Saul says "I play melodeon and English concertina to, as I always say, inflict much misery upon everyone. Having performed at Cambridge Folk Festival, different folk clubs and the odd village event, I enjoy experimenting with old and new folk tunes mainly from England, and tend to do a mix of dance stuff, fast stuff, furious stuff and frankly ridiculous stuff. When you don’t find me doing that, you may find me prancing around with bells on my legs…" 

Elsie's Band 
ELSIE`S BAND is one of the most prominent folk music bands to be found in the south east, well known for appearances at folk clubs, folk music festivals and folk concerts. The band consists Tony Deane, Iris Bishop, David Watts and John Hills and its beginnings go back to the nineteen seventies. The band gets its` name from the landlady of the pub where they have held Sing and Play nights for many years, The Queens Arms at Cowden, Kent. It is known familiarly as Elsie`s to one and all after the name of the landlady, Elsie Maynard, hence the name of the band and there are few performers in the folk music world who are not familiar with this venue. Website


Dominic John Sebastian
Dominic writes "Dominic plays his own songs - contemporary folk music with traditional influences, which is sometimes called fok-rock, folk-pop or indie folk. These are songs with true lyrics from the soul. Dominic himself is a singer-songwriter, recording artist and producer. Also a time-to-time vagabond and busker whose travels collect minds of inspiration".

Cindy and Mark Lemaire
While Mark's solo guitar pieces stand as complete statements, his harmonies with Cindy Lemaire add another dimension. When Mark and Cindy join in song, it’s like two people with one voice. California concert promoter Kiki Wow says: “I've seen a lot of acts, but the harmonies of these two are so aligned and balanced, I felt as though I got an audio 'tune up' inside me after listening to their songs."  This is music for adults, yet it appeals to the part of us that is ageless. Website
They say "We're storywheel, formed last year, playing ouds (Arab lutes) and singing our own songs mostly. We draw on world music influences from the Middle East and North and West Africa, as well as folk music of the British Isles and a little Delta blues" Website 
  Winter Wilson 
Winter Wilson are known for beautiful songs, beautifully sung. Stunning harmonies, thought-provoking and often challenging lyrics, all held together with a weird, off-the-wall humour all of their own. Website
  The Hannafords
Craig and Auriol Hannaford play original folk music with an Aussie twist. Described by Rhythms magazine as “Australian dirt music in its purest form” (July 13), the hannafords have a unique and distinctive flavour to their well-crafted original songs. A little bit country, a little bit bluegrass, with a strong folk edge, sometimes funny, sometimes serious, always enjoyable - their stories are delivered with honesty and skill – well worth a listen.  Website
  Maiden Jeans
Dianne and James are Maiden Jeans, they have been playing open mics and gigs around the Bishops Stortford area, for some time now. Formed from meeting at a ukelele group, they play a wide variety of folk and country, with  60's and 70's classics thrown in'
  Andy Mathewson
an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, singer and songwriter. He plays pre-War blues and ragtime, songs by band singers of the 1940s, one or two 'standards', some early rock 'n' roll pieces and his own contemporary songs. Website
  Fools Gold
Fool’s Gold is a multi instrumental acoustic duo from the North East of the UK. They play mostly original, strongly melodic and singable story songs about people and events that audiences can relate to and join in with. Their music can feel traditional, but with a progressive and contemporary twist that is as refreshing as it is enjoyable. Website

  Caz Forbes and Ste Moncrieff
(formerly Raven)
Caz Forbes and Ste Moncrieff perform English folk, weaving beautiful traditional songs with their own unique style. From beguiling ballads to stomping shanties they engage audiences with their own distinctive style firmly rooted in a love of the English tradition. “Caz’s solo singing embodies both serious beauty and understatement, while Ste makes both an ideally expressive foil for Caz and a keenly contrasted voice when taking the lead” “A very persuasive record indeed” David Kidman, fRoots, February 2014 Website
  Jimmy Lee

"The song
s of Jimmy Lee are truly confessional! There is a rough hewn honesty to them that only a self assured and unashamed performer could reveal. He moves effortlessly from ballads to instrumentals to folk rock". Website


Tom Blackburn

Tom Blackburn is a folk singer and guitarist currently based in Oxford. Known on the folk scene in London for his intricate and accomplished acoustic fingerstyle playing, he’s supporting Martin Carthy at the Ivy House, Nunhead on 30th January 2015.

Tom arranges mostly English traditional songs, and also writes original songs and instrumentals. He has recorded a full-length album of guitar instruments, ‘Folk Tunes‘, and recently released his debut studio EP, ‘Tell-Tale‘. Tom has been described as sounding like Jim Moray, and ‘a young Martin Simpson’. He counts these artists among his influences, as well as Nic Jones, Martin Carthy, John Renbourn, John Doyle and Paul Brady. Tom also leads a ceilidh band, is lead guitarist in Beatles cover band The Oxford Beatles, and is one half of folk duo The Lion’s Share. He’s also a pianist, organist, and occasional fiddle player.


Tred are a sophisticated contemporary folk trio playing a diverse range of meticulously arranged tunes and songs. The culmination of Elly Rees’ uncompromising flute, David Delarre’s melodious but driven guitar and Pete Thomas’ full and harmonic double bass sound. An energetic fresh approach to traditional material, the members of Tred bring together a vast musical experience that spans many genres. Hear here

  John Breeze
A superb guitarist with a fine voice and a consummate entertainer. John is a local celebrity in St Albans due to his busking activities in the town centre, through which he raises thousands of pounds each year for the Leukaemia Busters children's charity.

  Edwina Hayes
 'Haunting honeyed solo songwriter.' The Guardian
'A very talented young lady.' Michael Parkinson 
'The sweetest voice in England.' Nanci Griffith

  Rick Christian
Rick's style sits somewhere between folk and country, with influences ranging from Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Paxton, John Prine, and so on. I played the Corbett Theatre Loughton, in 1974, as part of a resident duo (Gardener & Christian), and over the years have played many folk clubs that have now, sadly, long gone including The General Havelock in Ilford, Remember that ? Website

  Nick Dow
Nick Dow has been singing traditional Folk Songs for over Forty years. He is an acknowledged expert on West Country Folk Songs and together with his wife Mally,has collected over 300 songs in Dorset. From a rough childhood in South London, he has  lived on his wits since he left home at eighteen; travelling half way round the world, living on the road with the Travelling Folk and learning their songs, working as a TV and Film Extra, broadcaster, Narrowboat painter, writer, Folklorist, Guitar Teacher and General Dealer. Every song Nick sings has a story attached to it, and his gigs are as informative as they are entertaining. Listen here!

  Wheres Spot 
The world’s first 4 piece vocal trio! Covering the best of acoustic music, traditional folk, folk rock, country and pop, they appeal to a wide audience. Awesome close vocal harmonies, excellent musicianship and fun loving Website
  Bob Wood
Bob Wood, from the west of Scotland is a warm and engaging solo singer and performer with an easy going sense of humour. He is a highly accomplished finger-style guitarist.  Exploring a range of open tunings, his playing and song interpretations have been described as displaying a rare sensitivity, lightness of touch and great technique. Website
  Matthew Shepherd
Don't miss our first visit from this Loughton singer song writer who also enjoys traditional folk song. Matthew's clear voice and guitar accompaniment endear him to all. He has toured Italy, as part of a large group of musicians, and performed in a variety of prestigious indoor and outdoor arena's in several cities including Florence. Back home he has performed live on local radio, been selected to appear at the major 'lighting up Brentwood' Christmas light event in 2013, has played at venues across Essex and is a regular at 'Stand & Deliver' acoustic open mic club at Loughton's Royal British Legion club. Matthew has also recorded his first 5 track sampler album which nicely demonstrates his ability to perform established folk songs alongside his own acoustic versions of chart material, interspersed with his self penned songs, the depth of which belie his tender years. He has a steely determination to increase his repertoire and to make a career from doing the thing he loves most ..... performing his music.
  Tom McConville 
The Newcastle Fiddle Player. A virtuoso musician and fantastic singer, with a rich and warm voice. Expect a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes - through beautiful slow airs and of course, great singing - all presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style Website

Heartwave is the partnership of Devon based Katie Whitehouse and Essex man John Clarke, and is a unique meeting of musical minds. Details
Spangles Gang

An evening of Old Tyme Fun!

Prepare for Christmas in style with BOF!, a Suffolk based, four-piece group playing French traditional music on authentic instruments: hurdy-gurdy,  bagpipes, diatonic accordeon etc. Their repertoire includes songs and instrumental music, the line up includes Simon and Val from Crownstreet so expect high entertainment! Website

  Moose Rosser
Moose sings big chorus songs or long ballads about death, incest, miscarriages of justice, death, infanticide, death, fratricide - did I mention death? He says he's not funny and not very clever but he's alive and doesn't have a guitar!

  Daniel Nestlerode
Daniel Nestlerode is an American mandolinist who is rapidly building a reputation on the UK folk scene thanks to excellent vocal ability and history soaked original songs. Daniel has just finished recording an album produced by Brooks Williams which will be ready for release in November. Website

  Suburban Dirts
Suburban Dirts are a 6 piece folk / alt. country band from Hertfordshire, under the influence of The Band, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams and many more. New album "a tiny little island in the big bad sea" out on Monday 18th November. Website 
  Steve Turner
Traditional music lives! Steve shines as one of a handful of performers not merely continuing traditional music, but keeping it very much live. His deep, thoughtful interpretations really take you into the ballad. There is little as gripping as a traditional ballad well delivered, and Steve delivers better than UPS. Website

  The Mob
A reincarnation of 80's band "The Popular Wobblies" (aka Short Stories"), the MOB play acoustic blues with the Hatcher brothers Tim & Perry on National Steel guitar and harmonica and Tony Winn on acoustic guitar and banjo. Influences range from those early blues men through Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Some original stuff too!!

  deMerc Barbershop
They perform everythingfrom early madrigals, through the Glee tradition, to Tin Pan Alley from the 1920’s onwards, which has come to typify “Barbershop” music, with its unmistakable unaccompanied four-part close harmony. Barbershop has borrowed much from the Folk Tradition in spirit and repertory, whether sea shanties, the spirituals of the American plantations, rural folk songs from both sides of the Atlantic, not to mention the now rather dated songs of American Colleges, where the original Glee clubs still flourish. ebsite
HeadSpace is an exciting songwriting collaboration between Paula David: storyteller, poet, singer, author, and Nigel Mear: guitarist, singer-songwriter.  HeadSpace have developed their own distinctive style and will be performing a soulful collection of original guitar based songs. Website 
  John Ellis
Acoustic guitar based songs. John’s musical journey has taken him through punk, prog, rock, experimental, electronic and folk. His songs document that journey and reflect his observations of an ever-changing personal landscape. Website
  The Foxglove Trio
2 x Cellos plus Guitar, Concertina, Whistles and Bodhran. Songs from around the British Isles. Compelling vocals and powerful harmonies resonate across a foundation of vibrant instrumentals and sensitive accompaniment. Website
Abbie Rechert - New Roots finalist 2013
Abbie sings, very beautifully, a mix of modern and traditional songs

  Steve Ashley
Steve Ashley has long been regarded as one of British folk's finest singer-songwriters. His reputation for writing contemporary songs inspired by the English Tradition was established in 1974 with his innovative debut album, Stroll On. Since then his songs have been recorded by many leading folk artists including Fairport Convention, Anne Briggs, Dave Pegg and PJ Wright, The Arizona Smoke Review, Martin and Jessica Simpson, Grace Notes, Phil Beer, Maggie Boyle and The Bushwackers. He has also played a significant role in the development of British folk-rock, performing as a lead singer with the first Albion Country Band, then with his own Ragged Robin and various line-ups of The Steve Ashley Band. He has also performed occasionally with members of Fairport Convention. Website
  Stuart Masters
Stuart combines Western and Indian Classical, Folk, and Celtic influences to create a
unique, hybrid guitar-playing style, with pure, haunting vocals Website
 Year 3 - Newcomers
  Peter Collins
Peter's rich, deep mellifluous tones are a joy to the ear - a night to remember
  Cakes and Ale
Cakes and Ale weave broken rhythms, sleepy harmonies and tall tales into English folk music. Big band - Big Sound: Banjo, guitar, saw, violin, accordion, double bass and percussion! Website
  Stick in the Wheel
Enigmatic, elusive, authentic, brutally honest and grabbing. Absolutely brilliant! Website
  Hannah Sanders
Hannah Sanders, originally from Norfolk where she sung with her family a cappella for many years (The Dunns) is returned to British shores from a hiatus in America, and she brings a fresh twist to traditional songs of Britain using voice, guitar and dulcimer. Website
Husband and wife duo Will and Nicky Pound combine rich and exotic melodeon harmonies with the dark tone of the viola, they take well known tunes and twist them 180 degrees. From morris to bluegrass, traditional tunes to their own compositions, Haddo are guaranteed to raise the roof. Website
An offshoot of Crownstreet, Halfcrownstreet is a three-piece group playing songs and instrumentals in the folk idiom on a range of acoustic instruments. Simon Haines and Val Woollard are joined on this occasion by Phil Lyons, an accomplished singer-guitarist. Website (for Crownstreet)
  Hickman & Cassidy
Styled as Britain’s premiere transatlantic folk and roots duo. James Hickman provides emotive, soaring vocals and driving rhythm guitar while Dan Cassidy brings virtuosic fiddle playing to their unique interpretations of new and old folk music. Their show is presented with the quick-witted English homeliness of Hickman set against Cassidy’s dry humour and American drawl. It offers a dynamic musical journey from past to present that effortlessly celebrates the connection between the British and American musical traditions. Website

  Rick Hayter - finger-style guitar, melodic, rootsy style. He writes and plays well crafted, literate songs
  Frank Lee – Frank’s rich voice and passionate singing cannot fail to impress.
  Bob Fox
Fresh from his role as SONGMAN in the stage musical War Horse we were "chuffed as little mint balls" to welcome Bob to Loughton! You won't find a warmer man or voice. "astonishing guitar technique coupled with one of England's finest voices." - Ralph McTell Website
  Kate Denny
Denny’s voice has been described as both ‘striking’ (fRoots) and ‘lullaby-like’ (Mojo) bringing depth and range of expression to her songs and tunes that are haunting, poignant and whimsical. After three years of gigging with The Kittiwakes, Kate is no stranger to performing live, captivating audiences with the stories she weaves and gorgeous fiddle based tunes. Website
  The Raven
A duo blending intricate finger picked guitar and voice from Stephen Moncrieff and voice and flute from Carolyn Forbes.  Beautiful traditional songs tell their stories and tunes get feet stomping. “Quite simply brilliant!! Fabulous musicians and wonderful songs” Folk at the Pump House, July 2011 Website 
  Fred's House
Fred's House are a folk-rock quartet whose songs boast beautiful three-part harmonies on a background of acoustic guitars reminiscent of the likes of CSNY, Fleetwood Mac and The Swell Season. They have received airplay on BBC 6Music, live sessions for BBC Introducing and are fresh from performing at this year’s Secret Garden Party, Cambridge Folk Festival and Bestival. “Fred's House rock the crowd!” Cambridge News.Website
  Thorn and Roses
Thorn & Roses are Rowena Metters, Sylvia Fletcher and Jinks Jenkin who joined forces a number of years ago inspired by their mutual love of unaccompanied close harmoney singing. The have been singing together ( Row & Sylv ) since the mid sixties, joining up with jinks 15 years ago. Jinks also has been in the folk scene since the sixties being the founder member of Jinks's Stack. They have a vast repertoire ranging from the true traditional to modern day hits.
  Jed Grimes
Mainly traditional songs with the occasional jig or reel, many from his native North East England, played with a contemporary, eclectic approach with strands from jazz, East European and Transatlantic inflections. Ready wit, always engaging the audience verbally and musically, with a restless, insouciant Geordie edge. “Versatile, exciting musicianship: roots music with flair and grace!” Rick Kemp, Steeleye Span. Website 
Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer
Vicki & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst equally creating original self penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh. Strong believers in letting the music tradition live and breathe through sensitive interpretation, Vicki and Jonny allow the melody to sing without any constraints. Website

Green Diesel
Exciting young multi-talented band - Listen to them on Myspace - Excellent!  Website

Sam Cope and Ollie King
a young, exciting dynamic duo, newly formed in 2012, playing English folk tunes and songs in a mature contemporary style. For such young musicians, their music is reassuringly traditional in its roots 
  Billy Hill & Dan Stewart
2012 New Roots Finalist Billy has been playing folk fiddle since he was seven, and learns with Pete Cooper.  (He loves the bluesy, syncopated Appalachian stuff best...)  He’s been doing festivals and folk clubs for the last three years, and has won several awards and competitions, including Best String Player of 2011 (Awards for Young Musicians); and Battle of the Buskers (People’s Choice). MySpace page

Dan is a a leading clawhammer banjo player and guitarist, Dan Stewart has been performing old time and Cajun music for the last 15 years.  He plays regularly in three bands: Rattle on the Stovepipe (with Dave Arthur and Pete Cooper); Long Hill Ramblers (with Laura Hockenhull, Ben Paley and Tab Hunter); and also in a duo with his sister, fiddler Sarah Stewart, performing Irish, Scottish, Greek and English folk music.

  Two Coats Colder
Are an acoustic folk band performing a mix of traditional and contemporary songs, mainly original, with just a few borrowed. Line-up includes, Guitars, Bass, Mandolin & Harmonium. Website
  Alison Frosdick & Jack Burnaby 
They perform mainly traditional British folk songs with Alison generally singing and Jack accompanying on melodeons/concertina. They have been known to throw in the occasional harmonious unaccompanied song too!Be  prepared to join in with gusty choruses! Website
  Playing Rapunzel
an energetic folk duo who share, in powerful harmony, songs of story and myth. Website
  Rick Hayter
Singer/songwriter Rick plays fingerstyle guitar and has a melodic, rootsy style. He writes and plays well crafted, literate songs.
  Magpie Lane
Magpie Lane perform traditional English music and song. They combine powerful vocals with vigorous dance tunes - inventive arrangements on acoustic instruments. Christmas starts here! with Andy Turner, Mat Green, Ian Giles, Sophie Thurman and Jon Fletcher. "The Oxfordshire-based quintet marry a deep love of their material with an unflashy musicality and a seriousness of purpose that is never solemn. This is traditional music with nothing taken out and just the right soupçon of seasoning." Jon Boden & Fay Hield, Royal Traditions, Dungworth Website
  Graham Harrison
Graham plays blues, folky stuff, celtic tunes and contemporary guitar - and he does it very well!

Stuart Forester
a singer/songwriter/guitarist and mountain dulcimer player from Cumbria, who is firmly based in the folk storytelling tradition. His songs recount tales of gypsy funerals, fox hunting, North Sea trawler fishing, dustmen and skinheads, 16th century prostitutes, fairground workers, emigration, piracy on the Irish Sea and the odd protest rant for good measure. Website

Year 2

  Steve Tyler and Andy Clarke
Stephen Tyler began playing the hurdy gurdy in 1993, adding this instrument to the sound of the recently formed medieval music ensemble Misericordia, which he founded with Anne Marie Summers. It's hard to imagine a more accomplished hurdy player!He also plays Gothic Harp, Cittern and Citole. Website

Andy Clarke has a repertoire of mainly traditional song from the British Isles including the South West of England. His reputation as a strong performer continues to grow with increasing appearances at folk festivals and folk clubs across England. Website
  Fake Thackray
John's Watterson's appreciation and love of Jake Thackray's music is obvious to his audience. His performance is a celebration of the man that was Jake Thackray - his work, his genius and his very essence. John is a talented guitarist and vocalist and has that engaging quality that makes you want to listen to his performance. Website

  Sunjay Brain
New Roots finalist 2012 and stunning guitarist. "seemingly effortless mastery of the acoustic guitar in a range of styles with developing vocals to compliment. Ian Munro
“Great playing and above all else it really swings...I'm going to have to connect jump leads to your fingers." – Steve Tilston
  Ewan McLennan
‘he sings beautifully, with great sincerity and great empathy, he's terrific!’. Mike Harding 
His guitar playing, described as 'stunning' , is influenced by the rigour and technique from his years of studying classical guitar, while retaining a unique and compelling sound in which his immersion in folk music is evident. Website

  Murray Shelmerdine
Murray takes serious topics and makes them both entertaining and accessible. He uses wit, satire, a poetic imagination and the language of the gutter, often in the same song
  Jack Harris
A rivetting mix of song-craft and story-telling, adorned by intricate fingerstyle guitar and smoky, soulful vocals. Drawing from the narrative traditions of folk and blues music, Jack brings both into the here and now; a “born poet”, whose songs are steeped in myth and mystery. Website
  Chris Flegg
Chris is an accomplished Jazz and Folk singer songwriter of the first order Website

  Peter Walters
Performing a mix of traditional folk, bawdy broadsides and art songs, Peter likes to bring good singing and good fun to his audience  
  Sam Sallon
Sam's music speaks for itself. A fine voiced, very professional performer writing polished and pertinent songs, not bound by genre. He has something to say - and says it beautifully. See for yourself here

  Dan Whitehouse
Dan writes music steeped in timeless roots traditions, laced with lyrical twists that narrate modern life. Website  
  Mark Wynn
York based country/blues songwriter doing sly self depracating songs about love, car boot sales and the other... Influenced by Townes Van  Zandt, John cooper Clarke, Big Bill Broonzy and Jake Thackary... Facebook Page 
  James Kirsch
Pop infused choruses with fingerstyle guitars and the melancholia of Cohen, all via the Seattle grunge sound. 

  Mike Cobb
Mike is a veteran of the original Loughton Folk Club (Mother Hubbard) and also of the Troubadour and Bermuda Folk Clubs. His music is both traditional and modern, Irish and American songs and encourages audience participation. Once described as feigning ineptitude, Mike’s renditions of some of the best known Irish songs have an individual interpretation.
  Damian Clarke
Damian sings and plays (beautifully) Hammer Dulcimer, Hurdy Gurdy and Guitar. He likes to challenge preconceptions in his art and music. "A sparkling programme of refreshing' wandering-minstrel' takes on trad songs (English, Breton, Plat Deutsch - all sung in the original language), interspersed with tunes. Folk Roots More here 

  Tim Graham 
With a guitar style compared to Bert Jansch and Martin Simpson, Tim is one of the new generation of musicians who are breathing new life into the folk songs of Britain. Website
  The Beldons New Roots 2012 finalists
A harmony group with the unfair advantage of being related, naturally blending voices to create a powerful sound. They sing mostly traditional songs, particularly from their home in the North East, though there are often surprises on the set list. They give lively performances and with irresistible choruses, the audience should be prepared to sing along. 
  The Jones Boys
Featuring award-winning accordion and melodeon player Sam Sloan plus Gordon Jackson on mandola and whistle this duo powerfully play traditional music and songs from Ireland, England, Shetland, Scotland and around Europe. Website 
Traditional and self-penned acapella songs which always tell a story and usually concern beer, religion, politics or things that go bump in the night—in no particular order website 
  John Clarke & Katie Woodhouse
John’s original compositions range from classical guitar pieces, to chorus songs, social comment, romantic and plain silly. Hear for yourself Website  
The Willows Band
With a sound that is both beautiful and contemporary, The Willows intricately weave traditional and modern roots music within their well-crafted songs. Website 
Laurie McNamee
London based singer, multi instrumentalist and composer whose music traverses numerous genres from folk noir to minimalist Americana; her compositions drawing on modern classical and free-jazz influences Website 
Acclaimed St Albans based folk duo - Paul McNamara (vocal & guitar) and Rob Garcia (mandolin, mandola, guitar & vocals). Their repertoire is varied and ranges across the Celtic world, and includes music from the British Isles, Brittany, Asturias and Galicia. Website
  Owen Woods
Owen is a solo melodeon player who plays music from Britain, Scandinavia and Quebec. Prepare for strange time signatures, fluctuating rhythms and lush harmonies.Website 
  Phil Drane
"Eclectic repertoire of songs, uniquely arranged; smooth vocals underpinned by subtle finger-style guitar work reminiscent of the very best in that genre - Nic Jones and Bob Fox."Dave Goulder, Rosedale Folk Club, Lairg, Scotland. Website 

  Rob Barratt
Comic pithy poetry and silly song from this Bodmin-based master. He spends a lot of time in a place he calls “Planet Barratt” but occasionally he comes down to Earth to entertain audiences. In his book "Men from Mars In Bumping Cars" Rob deals with such important topics as second homes, lizards invading Cornwall, Jordan's boob  jobs, being happily non-Celtic and why he doesn't want to swim with dolphins. Website
The mix of Rebecca Hall's voice and poignant songwriting, and multi-instrumentalist Ken Anderson's brilliantly simple arrangements is musical gold. “Proof positive that simplicity can be musically sublime a dozen times over” Maverick Magazine. Website
Jonny Stemp
Located in Hertfordshire/Essex, performing his original and cover songs, singing and playing Acoustic Guitar/Piano. Check him out on youtube: here  
The Big Pettoes 
“The Big Pettos sing anything!  From Traditional to Worksongs or from Gospel to doo wop songs banned by the BBC!! They have been singing together for about 20 years and sing entirely for the joy of it.” We all sang too!!! 
Fiona McBain
A great pleasure to have her to ourselves - Fiona has a rich voice which has been much requested!
Andy Roberts
Veteran 70s contemporary and folk songs in a variety of styles. Andy also puts all his own songs online and performs a weekly(ish) podcast from his website
Ollie King
Stunning Melodeon playing! Listen here   
Pete Morton
An outstanding performer with exceptional audience rapport. Pete Morton travels with a guitarcase full of great songs. Full of verve and conviction, he presents himself as a live performer who effortlessly handles, through his songs, every situation. His stories and songs speak from the heart. More info here.
Oka Vanga
Effortless, full of rhythm and punch, Oka Vanga are a high octane guitar duo that combine the influences of instrumental Folk music, percussive Brazilian rhythms, acoustic freestyle, and North African music to create music that is both rhythmically powerful and melodically rich. "Two people on two guitars, they were like greased lightening the way everything was going…absolutely fantastic!  A wonderful journey and truly stunning!"  Sue Marchant, BBC Radio, Cambridge Website 
  The Amazing Mr Smith
Monty Python's answer to John Williams? His combination of mad inventions and brilliant acoustic guitar playing make him one of the funniest and most original entertainers around. The cardboard tube double bass, the musical shoelaces, the nutcracker played on the tu-tu xylophone, the blue danube on the condom harp and his 3-minute rendition of riverdance have to be seen to be believed. Amazing website 
  Kush Qu'on Maz
Kush Qu'on Maz bring together the talents of singer/guitarist Ania Ojrzynska, percussionist Herbie Taylor and multi-instrumentalist and singer John Rolls.  They play moody, soulful original and traditional acoustic music with an international flavour.Website 
JINSKI play songs that tell stories of love, joy, loneliness and longing. Intricate, soulful, beautiful songs, foot stomping, sing-a-long, raucous songs; music for the head and the heart, full of passion and originality. Website 
  Pete Hunt & Micky Lyne
Pete Hunt - “The Boogaloo Dude” (Own songs, own hair) his original songs are intimate and varied quirky English urban contempory folk, with tale-telling lyrics.
Micky Lyne is Pete's long-standing friend and ace bass player. They were called Rockinghorse in the 70's and this is a rare reunion for the duo (but not as rare as Rockinghorse droppings!). Great songs with tight harmonies - gave our ears a treat.
  Ewan D Rogers
In addition to specialising in acoustic fingerstyle guitar in the British folk-blues  tradition, Ewan reveals musical influences from as far away as the Appalachian Mountains, the sheep-stations of New South Wales and the Shtetls of old Eastern Europe. You can expect traditional folk songs, country blues and the odd disgruntled sounding. 
  Josienne Clarke
Josienne Clarke is now one of the leading lights in the current folk revival movement. Her music is borne from sincere and succinct songwriting, distilled through traditional folk, executed with skill and dexterity.  Website
  Lizzie Shirley
Singer/songwriter - political and personal songs. Recent shows : Edinburgh Festival, plus numerous London venues. 3 WEEKS '.a blythe accoustic stance'.'.utterly lovely' TIME OUT
... equally talented in both arts'...' a rare and ringing voice.' South LONDON PRESS :
'...a born performer'. Website
  Phil Hewett
The intelligent part of Blue Harbour - Phil's distinctive voice and guitar, together with his sensitive arrangements of both his own and traditional songs promises a special evening. Not to be missed!
  Jim Radford
Although Jim is best known for his sea-songs and shanties (sung acapella) he also has an extensive repertoire of British and Irish folk songs as well as well-known favourites from the English-speaking world such as Joe Hill and The Band Played Waltzing Matilda. Website
  Rob Corcoran
"Dubliner Rob Corcoran is a young performer with an old soul, whose personal take on vintage Irish and American folk is matched by a self-penned, contemporary repertoire that offers a heartfelt nod to the past."
Fiddlefit are Judith, playing fiddle, and Bill on guitar using vocals and melody to conjure up a wide range of folk based music, ranging from tradional English to cajun and celtic via the Steppes of Russia! Website
  Ross Scrivener
Ross enjoys performing a mix of songs that ponder the fascinating lives we live including a number of self penned songs about his own Chiltern area, some humorous ones plus a number of well known chorus songs with audience participation a premium. He's old and he's smelly! Listen Here!
  Peter Beer & Jenny Newburn
Winners of the 2011 Hertford Heath summer fete's "Got Talent" contest. Close harmony unaccompanied singers, and soloists in their own right. Silly poems, and monologues with a bit of classical guitar thrown in - if you insist.                   
  Blue Rose Code
East London favourites Blue Rose Code genre-flip between folk, roots and Soul. Their Scottish heritage isn't only clear from the charming caledonian inflections, but also their passion for the authenticity and poetry of traditional Scottish folk songs. The vocals have been described as captivating, faultless and characterful, and their often rich but frequently pared-down arrangements display a raw but finely-tuned musical passion. Listen here
  Martyn Wyndham-Read
An exceptional evening with one of the finest folk singers around.
“Martyn is one of our best known and respected singers, with a laid-back, hypnotic style which never fails to relax and enthrall his audiences. He is a real craftsman, who sings from the heart.” Digital Tradition Website       
Lánre has a beautiful, soulful voice and sings from her heart. "My songs are about the emotions of missing home and missing families, about creating a new home and about identity" . Website
  Broadoak Bluegrass Band (Formerly Wet Paint)
A stonkingly good bluegrass band full of life and blazing musicianship - see more here
Neil, Jan & Richard play fiddle, mandolin, guitars, whistles & mandolinand have played together in various formations since 1985 pursuing their interest in playing for tradional dance, and harmony singing. Website
  Dave Beckett
Full time gardener playing guitar for fun turned full time guitarist gardening for fun. We don't see enough great acoustic blues players - Dave is the real thing! he makes great music. Listen for yourself Here
  Les Elvin Les plays guitar, harmonica and bouzouki, and his entertaining repertoire includes blues, ballads, ragtime and guitar instrumentals. Expect class! Both contemporary and traditional.
  Michael Shevelew
John plays guitar, violin, concertina and mandolin - Margaret plays autoharp, bowed
psaltery and hammered dulcimer.They write, sing and play funny and serious songs.

 Year 1 - 28th October 2010 to 20th October 2011

Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin and Concertina - we sang along with Mickanora! all in a good cause.  Website
  Paula Ryan
Paula's insightful songs are inspired by the musical passion of her Irish Gaelic roots & driven by the rhythmic influences and unusual instruments of music from other cultures. She charms and beguiles audiences with her sheer delight, unmistakeable joy, potent lyrics, Celtic wit and humour! Website
  Where's Spot?
They gave us an excellent set at our Folk Day in April with their close harmony singing and came back so that we could enjoy them properly. And we did!
  Reuben's Train
American country song and who knows what else with powerful drama, some humour and hardly any chat. These theatrical purveyors of weird and wonderful doom-laden Americana cheered us all up with tales of depression and despair plus excellent guitar and banjo accompaniment, powerful two-part harmony and some laughs from the darker side of life. (loosely from Islington Folk Club)
  Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner
Just when we thought we had covered all the extremes of folk performance Lynne and Pat came along to wow us with un unprecedented performance of floddling! They offer a wide range of musical material, traditional, Victorian, Edwardian, Contemporary, Rude, Silly and Self-penned, all delivered with their unique blend of harmony and humour. Website
  Jessica Cheetham & Tom Dalton
New Roots 2011 finalists, Jess & Tom are passionate about singing traditional British song in as simple a way as possible using just a guitar and two voice harmony  (They love listening to Bellowhead as well!). Website
  David Gibb and Elly Lucas
A young duo hailing from Derbyshire in the Midlands who play a mixture of original and traditional music and have toured the UK extensively with David Gibb & The Pony Club. Finalists in the prestigious BBC Young Folk Awards 2011 on the road they've supported Bob Fox, Mark Chadwick (of The Levellers) and 3 Daft Monkeys. Listen to them on Myspace Here                    
  Stuart McNair
Stuart showcases his unique original material as well as a vast catalog of songs to bring a smile (covered artists: Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Sr., Paul Simon, Dylan, Bob Marley). Stuart is a multi-instrumentalist, playing acoustic and electric guitars, accordion, trumpet, harmonicas, piano and organs, washboard, and more. Website
  Pete Hunt
“The Boogaloo Dude” (Own songs, own hair) his original songs are intimate and varied quirky English urban contempory folk, with tale-telling lyrics.
  The E11 Eco Poets
Transition Leytonstone’s Ecopoetry Performance Group.
Hell-bent on ushering in the new culture of sustainable living whilst hoping to raise the general level of people’s eco-consciousness and entertaining too!
  Hillbilly Express
Great 5 piece good time bluegrass band! 
  Grand Reunion
The cockle rockers certainly know how to rock our cockles!
  John "Daddio" Clarke
Local singer, song writer and guitarist John’s original compositions range from classical guitar pieces, to chorus songs, social comment, romantic and plain silly (perhaps that’s because an Archbishop of Canterbury has squeezed his left elbow – I’ll let him explain). John has rediscovered his love of performing, and is beginning to make a belated impression on the scene. Hear for yourself Website
A new 'old boy' band comprising of four fellas singing mainly a cappella four-part harmony from pop and easy rock to traditional folk music, from the serious to the whimsical, but all seriously good. Website
  Al Neville
I sing songs of humour (I'm told they're really funny) as well as songs of pathos (yes,I'm told they're really pathetic). I also dabble in the odd poem (you guessed it- I'm told they're really odd)Website
  Dave Beckett
Full time gardener playing guitar for fun turned full time guitarist gardening for fun. But take this man seriously, he makes great music. Listen for yourself
  Tony Winn
Tony mixes the touching with the hard-hitting, the poignant with a laugh. He sings about Humankind and it's world, reflecting his own oblique views on life as a member of the human race (which he is determined to win!) and includes a selection of traditional songs and tunes on frailing banjo. Listen
  Russ Chandler
Everything from traditional music from the UK and the US
through music hall and the folk revival to the work of some of the best
contemporary song writers out there. And the occasional surprise, too! All
accompanied by some sweet guitar and banjo playing. Russ Chandler is the
driving force behind Walthamstow Folk Club and a well known face on the London
and Essex folk scenes. He was listed as one of the top five performers in Waltham
Forest by the local press in 2010
These North Essex musicians have a wealth of experience in
the local and national folk scene. Crownstreet perform songs and tunes, old and
new, on 4 voices and 12 different instruments which they strum, strike, squeeze
and blow.Website
Hurdy Gurdy and Bagpipe music for the modernist world! Plus
Melodeon! Not to be missed! Drohne draws on influences rooted in a bygone age,
and uses instruments normally associated with European traditional music, but
they make music that is essentially contemporary English.Website
  League of Nations
Walthamstow's newest Folk/Acoustic band write brilliant songs and are superbly entertaining!They're coming again in September 2011 - don't miss them!
  Alan Francis 
Often compared to the late, great, Burl Ives, Alan brings a wealth of experience as an entertainer and a huge repertoire of songs, ballads and blues that appeals to a wide audience.
  Paul Bolding
Loughton's own singer songwriter.
  Steve O'Donaghue
Thoughtful, provocative and well crafted songs to make you sing, think and laugh!
Steve's Facebook Page
  Simon Oliver
Popular Romford singer and songwriter and lover of military history
  Kirsty Keogh
Kirsty Keogh is a dedicated performer who is known for her rhythmic feel and soulful yet 'folky' sound. “Her songs will captivate and move you and her sound will keep you wanting more.
  Christina Brodie
Christina surprises with unusual, instruments melodies and singing!
Blue Harbour
Well, they're men of a certain age - what can you do?
Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies
An intimate acoustic folk/reggae cabaret of joyful sing-a-long choruses and general participatory fun!
Norman Faulkner
More than just a cheeky chappie!
  Anna Shannon
Anna's award winning solo work is now earning growing acclaim. Her 12 string and harp like classical guitar styles and honest voice along with unusual instrumental pieces, makes refreshingly unique entertainment.
  Louise Jordan 
“Louise Jordan has a voice that seems as though it was created for story songs, clear, expressive, slightly ethereal, definitely other worldly at times, a real delight.” Neil King
  Rachel Eyres & Sally Vinson
The combination of Sally's rich voice and Rachel's sensitive fiddle playing was an evening not to be missed
Rachel's Facebook Page  Sally's Facebook Page
  Micky Brown & Richie Barratt
Old time voices, guitar and fiddle - good times!
  Steve O’Kane & Fiona McBain 
"Steve O'Kane is not quite "folk"... but then he is not what you would call "country" either... whatever, his words are always meaningful and poetic, and he writes wonderful songs". Fiona's voice is simply superb! 
  Chris Bennett
Concertina, Guitar and salty songs!
  Jeremy Blatherwick
Tall man, tall tales, big feet, big heart - big squeeze!
  Will O'Donaghue
Next generation singer songwriter Will's Facebook Page
  Sam Hopkins
Next generation singer songwriter Sam's Facebook Page
  Reachback Acoustic
Popular Loughton based band! Website
  George Gilman
Next generation singer songwriter - Georges's Facebook Page
  James O'Hara- Knight
Next generation singer songwriter - James's Facebook Page

  Bob Collum - I am working on a plan to take over the world... if the grant comes through.
Web Site
  Dennis Homes
I first started gigging in rock bands as a bass guitarist in 1964. I played professionally in the late 60s/early 70s and have had records released on commercial record labels in five different decades, (aren't I old!!!!!) In the 60s I recorded for Island and RCA. In the 70s it was RCA and Peg records. Nothing in the 80s, but in the 90s Elegy Records. In the noughties it was Sunbeam Records and Sanctury Records. And in the twenty tens, Sunbeam. And after all that I'm still broke! Further details of my musical exploits can be found in
  Stew Simpson
His influences range from Traditional Northeast folk song to modern day folk champions Show of hands. His music speaks through and to all ages with poetic lyrics and truthfull voice.
Stories that will hopefully speak .
  Nigel Moorcroft - has a rich voice and a wide repertoire of great chorus songs quaranteed to get you joining in and roaring with laughter!
  Tony Kendall 
I play for Chingford Morrismen & Good Easter Molly Gang, and have become known as "the Essex Man". This is a hard reputation to maintain, sans furry dice, Ford Capri and and definitely no white stilettos. Started in 1987 with my debut album "Rose of Essex" and there have been six more "Essex" albums-including a major research work on the Essex folk song collection of Dr Ralph Vaughan Williams, which has taken me to Cecil Sharp House, Leith Hill Vaughan Williams Festival and Radios 2 & 3. I have also played my work "Christmas Wassail" at the Royal Festival Hall foyer (on 3 occasions) and the Barbican foyer. My eighth album "Essex Ploughboys" is currently at the research stage. I have written and collected over 1,000 Essex songs and written over 50 fiddle tunes. I was delighted to be asked to perform at Loughton and be part of the Lopping Band under maestro Peter Boyce. I hope to be at the club whenever commitments permit.

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