Folk Fell is excited to present some of the Folk Worlds finest. Below you will find the incredible line up for the Fell Stage; the main stage here at Folk Fell. Announcements of our Home Grown acts, who will be appearing alongside our main line up will be announced in January 2022 via the Home Grown Page.
Headlining the Fell Stage, and closing the evening, will be the incredible Kate Rusby.
Of all the stars in Folk Music’s wondrous firmament few shine as brightly as Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby. A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate’s soulful vocals resonate with the wistful beauty of an earthbound angel. Inhabiting a lyric with unforced conviction – no matter how old or how modern – she has that rare ability to transport her audience, touching them emotionally and making each tune live vividly within their experience and imagination.
Audiences are sure to be thoroughly entertained by Kate’s choice of much-loved classics from her back catalogue stretching over a quarter of a century of music making together with a selection of fresh new songs from her most recent albums and new releases.
As ever, she will be joined on stage by the cream of British folk musicians who form her band. These virtuoso artists are sure to delight you with their exceptional talents.
Born in Dungiven in 1975, surrounded and infused with the rich cultural heritage of her native County Derry, Cara has risen to become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world. Possessing a rare and unique voice that has been lauded since winning the All Ireland singing trophy aged only 14, together with her husband and musical partner, Sam Lakeman, she has successfully steered an eclectic musical path defying the typical pigeonholes that hinder most artists in her genre. Celebrated for entwining traditional and contemporary elements, she has earned both commercial success and astonishing critical acclaim.
Recent years have seen her return wholeheartedly to her Irish roots creating fresh interpretations of traditional folk standards with stunning results. Her reach is truly global, with fans to be found all over the world. Her clear, Northern Irish voice has seduced giants such as Disney who, in 2010, asked her to sing the title song to the animated movie Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue. She’s won countless awards and accolades including Album Of The Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Meteor Music Award for Best Irish Female, and Tatler’s Woman Of The Year in Music, and has appeared in prestigious concert halls and at festivals the world over. Always looking to introduce her voice and music to new listeners, Cara has topped the charts with dance remixes, guest appearances and presented her songs with full orchestral backing, bringing her music to an entirely new audience.
Whether she's singing her native traditional songs of lost love and emigration, or original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer. Cara Dillon is at the very top of her field and one has the feeling she'll remain there for a very long time.
BBC Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy found her first home in folk music through a childhood love for ballad books. A self-taught ‘fiddle singer’, she began performing at Cambridge and Sidmouth festivals from the age of 13. Her debut album Night Visiting established her reputation as a talented songwriter when her first original composition Three Black Feathers earned a BBC Folk Award nomination. Since then, Bella has sung unaccompanied ballads at a sold-out Royal Albert Hall, taken a band of drums, brass and electronics to the National Concert Hall of Budapest, and learnt the songs of Chinese farmers during her time as British Council Musician in Residence in Yunnan Province. She’s sat on the moors of her beloved Peak District with only her fiddle for company. She spent a year in Tennessee as a ranch hand, looking after horses, fiddle-singing in the diners, and immersing herself in the music culture of Nashville. With her mesmerising voice and ability to conjure and twist stories that call straight to the heart, Bella has beguiled audiences from Canada to Japan, from Spanish bars, to Castles, to Concert Halls.
With unflinching courage, Bella has explored and blurred musical boundaries. From her mastery of traditional music and the stripped back strings and concertina of her debut album Night Visiting (2007), to the electric guitar and drums in the self-penned humanist hymns and feminist battle cries of Hey Sammy (2017), via the Derbyshire ballads of The Dark Peak & The White and ancient Chinese poetry of Eternal Spring, an album of songs and poetry recorded in China, her themes of displacement and home, lost and found love, heartache and joy, are delivered with her unique, disarming honesty, and, of course, the acclaimed crystalline voice that won her BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Singer of the Year.
In 2019, she released 'Postcards & Pocketbooks: The Best of Bella Hardy', a double CD celebrating her incredible first 9 albums of musical adventures, alongside 'The Complete Lyrics of...', a hardback book containing over 100 songs.
“Brit folk's finest” Mojo Magazine • “Enduringly seductive” The Telegraph • “A fine, no-nonsense interpreter of traditional music and an excellent songwriter” The Guardian • “An aura of sophisti-cation that will win over listeners who never set foot in a folk club” The Sunday Times • “…a shining star in the folk scene’s firmament” fRoots Magazine • “Hardy’s vocals are magnificent; clear and strong with a direct emotional resonance” R2 Magazine • “A triumph of folk art-pop” Songlines Magazine • “...unveiled, committed, uncontrived, persuasive, passionate, empowering, and utterly wonderful” fRoots Magazine • “…few are as adventurous and intriguing as Hardy” Songlines Magazine
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves
as one of the UK Folk Scenes most rewarding Partnerships. Duos come and duos go ... and some nurture and fine tune their Art and watch it grow into something totally original, captivating and award winning. Bonded by an unseen alchemy Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have entwined their
professional and personal relationship into and enviable class act of imaginative song writing and musicianship. The Dartmoor-based husband and wife have twice won the coveted 'best duo' title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (2016 & 2013), consistently delivering assured and distinctive performances whether live or recorded. Over two decades of performance they have never been trapped in a groove - always bold and innovative, mixing traditional song arrangements with their self-penned material which reels from the bitter to the sweet, the wry to the sad, the political to the passive. The Couple intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as 'songwriters par excellence' (FROOTS), whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends and a lonely whale. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, The Levellers, Fotheringay, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British Folk.
For their debut album, The Lost Boys, Sam enlisted the talents of Ciaran Algar (fiddle) and Graham Coe (cello) to help his songs reach their full potential. It seemed to work as the following year Sam was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award for emerging artists at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The guys released their first full length album, Pretty Peggy, on Navigator Records in November 2017, with the added talents of Toby Shaer on flutes and whistles and Archie Churchill-Moss on melodeon. With a mix of youthful exuberance and instrumental virtuosity, The Lost Boys breathe new life into traditional music, letting it rub shoulders with contemporary originals and even the occasional surprise rock cover, and have quickly become one of the most popular festival bands on the UK folk festival scene.
Flats and Sharps are a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance, Cornwall delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the World. Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on Music for over ten years.
Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through th their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Their Music perfectly blends string harmonies and stonking solos, their incredible stage presence and energy and energy create an show that'll have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time!