Solana are a five-piece band performing original compositions encompassing folk idioms, modal jazz and experimental grooves. Their rich and inventive sonic tapestry is anchored by a deep respect for traditions rooted in all corners of Europe and beyond. With almost nine years of extensive touring behind them, they have established their reputation as formidable live performers and have become firm favourites across a range of arts centres and festival programmes.

Tim Edey, BBC Radio Two’s Musician of the Year 2012, multi- instrumentalist and singer, has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic and contemporary roots music. Tim is rated by many to be one of the world’s finest ever melodeon and guitar players in the folk and contemporary scene today. Originally from Broadstairs in Kent and of Irish descent, Tim honed his style learning from his father Richard, also a fine guitarist, and listening to Ed Boyd, Steve Cooney and Django Reinhardt. Tim’s live solo shows are a stunning mix of world music inspired instrumental virtuosity and passion with a strong Celtic theme.

The Long Hill Ramblers hail from deepest Sussex and perform fine traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic; clear, beautiful vocals, rich harmonies, virtuoso musicianship from genuinely talented people. At the time of writing currently a trio: Ben Paley, Laura Hockenhull and Dan Stewart, but they hope that the original fourth member Tab Hunter will be able to join them from his home in the Netherlands. Fiddle player Ben Paley will also be doing a solo set. Ben has been described by Neil Dalton as “fabulously gifted, naturally talented… His playing is warm, rich, sometimes dry, sometimes dusty, never intrusive, always inventive; he’s a Zen fly fisherman, only with a bow not a rod… with the ability to… ignite your emotions or break your heart slowly.”

Robb Johnson has been described as one of the finest political songwriters of his generation. Applauded by such luminaries as Tom Robinson, Leon Rosselson and Tony Benn he is never afraid to challenge the status quo, highly esteemed by the music press in the UK, Europe and USA, and by musicians from all genres.

Hobo and the Hippies are a six piece alt-folk, country band hailing from the west of Kent. Performing their own material with songs inspired by their experiences, local characters and places, their live shows are enthusiastically received by excited audiences.

Jez Hellard & the Djukella Orchestra play contemporary folk influenced by global travels and travails. Superb musicianship, beautifully crafted songs, all performed with passion. A rare treat to be savoured, with messages for our times.

Foot Down Alt-folk band featuring melodeon, whistles, guitar, drums, bass and vocals. Traditional folk music with the influence of modern grunge/rock.

Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter perform songs about life as they see it, with Brian’s guitar providing the perfect accompaniment to Sally’s voice. The songs are clever, honest, often funny, and although rooted in the folk tradition pay more than a passing tribute to jazz and blues.

Tamsin Elliott (duo) Folk musician, composer and film-maker, and co-leader of fusion project Solana, Tamsin will be performing music from her new album FREY. The largely instrumental work deals with themes of limbo, pain, acceptance and healing, reflecting her personal experience with chronic illness alongside wider themes of societal disconnection and environmental grief. The music is true to her English folk roots – lots of tunes – with modal and rhythmic echoes of time spent in Egypt, and moments of experimentalism using effects, drones and field recordings. At Pigs Ear Folk Ale Tamsin will interpret the work as a duo with her brother Rowan Elliott.

Shayler & Brooke are a contemporary folk, Americana duo based in Bristol. They released their debut album, ‘Come the Turn of the Season’ in April 2020. Combining heartfelt and intelligent storytelling with close harmonies, finger-picked guitar and clawhammer banjo, they make contemporary folk music that draws on traditions from both sides of the Atlantic.

Capella Tony and Lesley Petty’s two part a capella harmonies have been enchanting audiences at clubs and festivals since 1996. With song subjects ranging from ghostly lovers and social injustice to internet dating and dodgy accountants, be prepared to both laugh and cry. Their eclectic mix of songs, both traditional and contemporary, are delivered with warmth, affection and humour, with the emphasis on harmonies and participation.

Ian Petrie is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who needs no introduction to Kent audiences as he has been entertaining them for many years. Joining him at Pig’s Ear will be Charlie Handley on trumpet and Krista Bubble on fiddle – not your usual folkie instrumental line-up but nonetheless compelling.

Border Crossing , now back to the original line-up of Dean Tainio and John Matthews – describe themselves as “An Englishman and a Scotsman go into a pub and start singing ….” The gentle sound of fine malt whisky being poured into a cut-glass tumbler. Lovely stuff.

Ten Pence Moon are an acoustic act from Bristol. Formed in 2021, Dave Lyons and Leo Morshead have fused their own unique style based around blues, folk, country and swing on a variety of instruments including guitar, dobro, banjo and mandolin. Expect earthy roots based tones, progressive instrumental compositions, songs of comic bitterness, love, nostalgia and hope for the future with a foundation of rustic, bluesy acoustic goodness.

Bea Everett cites her influences as singer-songwriters such as KT Tunstall, Norah Jones and Joni Mitchell. With an arresting voice, and accompanying herself on guitar she is a theatrical singer/songwriter who tells her stories with honest poetic lyrics.

Kevin Henty is a familiar figure in the music scene in Kent, having played in well over a hundred different venues in Kent alone. He founded long-standing zydeco band, Jumbo Gumbo, in 2006, and has also played with Atlantic Currants, Triage and Ron Trueman-Border.

Bob Kenward is an established performer on the Kent folk scene with 30 years experience of writing and performing his own songs to audiences across the South-East of England. Bob takes local news stories and uses them to craft new songs and thus create a permanent record of the history of Kent in song.

Bellibone Rig is a new trio with fiddler Graham Knibbs, guitarist Peter Palmer and Ginny Thompson on percussion. Expect some traditional tunes with an interesting twist.

Emma Tubmen A singer-songwriter with a beautiful bluesy, soulful voice, Emma accompanies herself on guitar and is often joined by other musicians. She sings a mixture of traditional folk music, French and English ballads and her own bluesy numbers.

Triage – Kevin Henty, Malcolm Peet and Dean Tainio perform traditional and original tunes and songs from the UK and the USA. Between them they play guitar, dobro, mandolin, and recorder.

John & Di Cullen  have been described as “an inspirational music partnership”, performing contemporary and traditional material with harmony, humour, guitar and bowed psaltery.  

Tom Evans is immersed in the Sussex folk scene, currently a member of Sussex band Understory, and a one time Shooting Roots tutor. He plays accordian and enhances his playing with seriously good foot tapping.

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