Mon 1
Tue 2
Hackensaw Boys
plus Paul Curreri
£7adv £8door
With origins that effectively pre-date the Smithsonian Anthology of American Folk revolution spawned by 2000's aptly titled O Brother soundtrack, The Hackensaw Boys are surprisingly well steeped in the picked, howled traditions of the American south. Raw and punchy, their music is more about spirit than study, a spirit that has the palpability of an Appalachian mist. Capable of deconstructing and enlivening age-old traditions with new visions, somehow, the band infuses their grassy tornado with brazen punk attitude and catchy pop structure, while simultaneously remaining vehemently sincere. Think of the Ramones mixed with the Carter Family and you begin to get a clear picture. Somewhere, Bill Monroe is smiling.
Wed 3
Mike Ferrio (Tandy)
plus Mary Lee Cortes
Thu 4
Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express
plus Bob Frank & John Murry
Fri 5
The Men They Couldn’t Hang
plus Billy Franks
£10adv £12door
Coming together in London in the early 80s, TMTCH had early success with a fantastic cover of Eric Bogle's 'Green Fields Of France' (1984), which soon became a big hit on the Indie charts. The albums that followed - Night Of A Thousand Candles, How Green Is The Valley, Waiting For Bonaparte and Silvertown all met with critical acclaim and the band were a force to be reckoned in concert halls across Europe. Disbanding after 1990's brilliant Domino Club, TMTCH eventually reunited in 1996, and continue to sell out venues across the land with their firebrand mix of punk passion, rousing guitars and folk roots.
Sat 6

Redland Palomino Co.
plus Grayson Capps

Redland Palomino Co.
"The Redlands Palomino Co. shuffle exquisitely between Cowboy Junkies' folk twang, the Jayhawks' stage stomped jangle with equal measures of Gram Parsons' soulful country heart and Jon Longford's irreverent punk/country" - Amplifier Magazine. "Old fashioned country lashed with pedal steels, harmonicas, fiddles and banjo." - Word. "Fantastic" Mark Radcliffe - BBC Radio 2. "Alt-country heroes" - The Guardian. "Songs that dig at the heart” - Bucketful of Brains.” A fabulous mix of sassy country, raucous rock and weepy ballads" - Maverick. "By the time you hear this, they could indeed be truly huge this band is delightfully colourful and tight" Scottish Daily Express. "A perfect mix of Gram style country rock grit and soul with a pleasingly modern edge" - BBC Radio Ulster.

Grayson Capps

Grayson Capps plays a strange kind of country-blues. It delves into country & western, old modal blues, honky tonk, funky soul and rock & roll. His press kit has all kinds of stuff about J.J. Cale, Ry Cooder, and Townes Van Zandt, but don't believe it. You can hear Tony Joe White for sure and perhaps, a spirit similar to that of The North Mississippi Allstars, or some of the crazies on Fat Possum, or the desperation of recently departed Chris Whitley and Jeffrey Lee Pierce. But forget that Americana crap. Capps is not an observer, he's a participant. He's too gritty to really be American Gothic, but he has no idea what year it is, either.
Sun 7
Rob Tognoni Band
£8adv £10door
From Tasmania, Australia, Rob Tognoni was introduced to European audiences by blues master Dave Hole in 1994. His explosive guitar playing and unique songs are now being compared with the greats of his genre and have firmly established him on the European circuit. With over 30 years of playing behind him, Rob never delivers less than a powerfully charged experience with every performance. There is simply no compromise with Rob, which is strongly evident in his music.
Mon 8
Colin Hay (Men At Work)
Vicki Clayton
Tue 9
Eric Taylor
plus Patrick Briscoe
"If you miss an opportunity to hear Eric Taylor in concert you have missed a chance to hear a voice I consider the William Faulkner of songwriting, and you will miss the rare opportunity to watch the hands of one of America’s most unusual guitarists, with lyrics that will nail your heart to your ear and mind. For me to say that Eric Taylor is one of the finest writers of our time is an understatement." - Nanci Griffith.
Wed 10

Focal Music presents
The Devils Interval

Shona Kipling & Damien O’Kane
£7adv £8door

"Focal Music presents two of the leading acts on todays folk scene. Both nominees at 2007 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the Devil's and Shona + Damien are highly regarded for their innovative and fresh approach to traditional music and song earning both acts much critical and public acclaim as well as repeated airplay on shows such as Mike Harding's BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3's Late Junction. Shona + Damien's repertoire is mainly influenced from the Irish tradition and were recently described by Irish Music Magazine as 'Live, this duo rocks' whilst the Devil's are '...utterly commited to singing the tradional songs from these islands and doing so while maintaining a great sense of adventure...' (Martin Carthy MBE and Norma Waterson). Between them the average age is 25 yet they have played more festivals, clubs and events than you can throw a stick at! Both released new albums last year - 'Box On' by Shona + Damien and 'Blood and Honey' by The Devil's - to rave reviews in mags such as fROOTS, The Living Tradition and Rock'n'Reel and it's no surprise they are in demand on today's thriving folk circuit. Representing the best in traditional and acoustic music and song, this show is sure to be exhilirating and not to be missed." (Also touring as the 'Double-Bill in March 2008)
Thu 11
Billy Mitchell & Bob Fox
plus Millpond Moon
Billy Mitchell spent eight years as front man of the legendary Lindisfarne.  In the seventies he was a founder member of the seminal 'Jack the Lad'.  He has performed worldwide and recently released his first solo album, 'The Devil's Ground'.    Bob Fox has twice been nominated as Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.  His masterful interpretation of traditional and contemporary songs is one of his greatest strengths and during his time performing with Stu Luckley, they won the Melody Maker - Folk Album of the Year Award.
Fri 12
plus Dirty Cocktail and Cage The Elephant
Sat 13
Ian Parker Band
Sun 14   19.00 - 21.00
Musicians Union Advice Clinic
Sun 14

21.00 onwards
Rab Noakes

plus support
Having released his first album in 1970, acclaimed Scotish folk artist Rab Noakes songs have been recorded by Archie Fisher, Barbara Dickson and Lindisfarne. With Gerry Rafferty, Rab was a founder member of Stealers Wheel. Rab has worked with Bob Johnston who introduced Bob Dylan to working in Nashville on Blonde On Blonde. Noakes himself recorded in Nashville with acclaimed producer Elliot Mazer. The resulting album Red Pump Special remains a collectors’ item and is cited as an influence by several young upstarts.

Mon 15
Tue 16
Cage The Elephant
plus Fall Of Jupiter and Outlander
Wed 17

Kent Duchaine
plus support

Thu 18
Krissy Matthews Band
plus Project Notion
Fri 19
The Jack Of Hearts Band
plus Ictus, Until Further Notice, The Great Tirade,
Nimisto and Jon Budding

Sat 20
Chris Farlowe
£12adv £15door
One-time amateur boxer Chris Farlowe’s musical career began with a skiffle group, before joining The Thunderbirds in the mid 1960s. He recorded five singles for Columbia before moving to Immediate where he recorded another eleven singles; five of them cover versions of Rolling Stones records. His most successful was 1966’s Out Of Time. His next four singles were also well received, Handbags And Gladrags, later being covered by Rod Stewart (and most recently The Stereophonics). As a British R’n’B star in the early 1960s, he released one single under the pseudonym, "Little Joe Cook", which helped perpetrate the myth that he was black. In the 1970s, he sang in the hard rock supergroup Atomic Rooster.
Sun 21

Dale Watson & The Lone Stars
plus Claude Diamond
£10adv £12door

Dale Watson
Steadfast in his ways, true to his meaning, and brilliantly honest, Dale Watson is what country music should be: authentic, legitimate and with bona fide heart. Dubbed “a honky tonk purist,” and a “leading country light, Watson is a Grand Ol’ Opry favorite and has a devoted following in the U.S. and Europe. “I’m one of Dale’s biggest fans,” - Willie Nelson. “The savior of traditional country music.” – Hank III.

Claude Diamond
At a time when most folk are thinking of taking it easy, Claude Diamond made a 44 year dream a reality and released his debut CD “Diamond Dust” at the age of 65. Claude’s music is a spirited amalgamation of the rockabilly, blues and country music he grew up listening to as a youth in the ’50s in the juke joints and honky tonks of the Deep South. With a second album “Highway Of Life” to his name, Claude Diamond is proof that it’s never too late to follow a dream.
Mon 22
Tue 23
Andy White
plus Rachel Harrington
Andy White is a poet and powerbook-toting troubadour, who grew up in Belfast, surrounded by Irish beauty and terrorist violence. His father is a political writer and his grandmother was a piano player. Music and lyricism run in the family. "I grew up hearing folk music dividing people into one side or the other. I wanted to write a new folk music. Uniting our traditions with the rock music we loved and the new political future we hoped for. I started off writing poems and then picked up an acoustic guitar when I heard John Lennon sing 'Give Peace A Chance'. Put them both together, that's all."
Wed 24
Folkwit Records Night
Sam Kirk + Sam Carter + Audrey Ryan + If Wen
Thu 25
Rod Clements & The Ghosts of Electricity
plus Andy Griffiths
Having toured or recorded with Bert Jansch, Alan Hull, Ralph McTell, Michael Chapman, Rab Noakes, Peter Hammill, Wizz Jones, Kathryn Tickell and Thea Gilmore and of course most famously as a founder member of Lindisfarne, Rod Clements career reads like a who’s who of contemporary British folk roots. After three decades in the business, spanning over thirty albums and several chart hits, Rod is a man carving his own unique furrow in inimitable style, whose songs reveal a strength of commitment to his craft, an individual voice in an increasingly homogenised world and a readiness to meet the future on his own terms.
Fri 26
Wilko Johnson
plus The Rompers
Back in the early 70's Dr. Feelgood's gritty R&B was the order of the day and the band's trademark sound owed much to Wilko Johnson's double-fingered guitar style and songwriting talents. Many of his compositions, including 'Sneakin' Suspicion', 'Back in the Night' and 'She Does It Right', have since become standards. Booted out of Dr Feelgood in 1976, he formed The Solid Senders, before joining Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Following 1980's Laughter album, he jumped ship with fellow Blockhead, bassist, Norman Watt-Roy, who remains with him to this day. For the best manic blues and R&B this side of the (Canvey Island) Delta, look no further.
Sat 27
It’s time to get horny with Leicester’s top ranking ska band Kingsize who play foot-stompin’, house rocking Kingsized arrangements of the finest original Jamaican ska sounds. Their style draws heavily on the classic Studio One song catalogue and traditional big band sounds of ‘60s ska.
Sun 28
Carvin Jones
£8adv £10door
Carvin Jones' blues-rock trio puts the guitarist-vocalist squarely in the spotlight, and he's got the licks and stage moves to fill it up. Albert Collins called Jones "one of the brightest young stars on the blues scene today." If the blues scene includes Jimi Hendrix, then yes, Jones is right there. His stage act includes tunes by Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Eric Clapton, as well as a growing number of originals, but there's no questioning Jones' devotion to Hendrix. The way he wields his guitar, the way he peels off a tasty run down the fret board, his expressions as he plays, and the hats he wears will remind you of a certain guitar hero from Seattle. - Experience Hendrix Magazine.
Mon 29
Jesse Malin
plus support
For a guy who's still relatively under-the-radar, Jesse Malin has some big-name cohorts: Bruce Springsteen, Jakob Dylan and Ryan Adams, all of whom appear on Malin's third solo album. But those celeb cameos don't steal the spotlight from Glitter in the Gutter's brawny attack: ragged guitars meeting dabs of roots rock and big choruses, with Malin (mostly) trading his usual tales of down-and-out lowlifes for defiant, anthemic rockers. Forgettable songs are a problem: Cuts such as "Love Streams" are well hewn but not terribly interesting, and there's a lot of generic hard rock. But Glitter's best stuff is very good: There are memorable, megatuneful adrenaline shots like "Prisoners of Paradise," and two slow ones -- the Springsteen-assisted "Broken Radio" and the rather gorgeous "Aftermath" -- stand tall. Tracks like that are what iPod playlists are made for. - Rolling Stone
Tue 30
The Paperboys
plus support
The Paperboys are an astonishingly eclectic folk-rock quintet from Canada. “The Paperboys know how to grab melody hooks in pop friendly songs...while fast and flashy banjo and whistles pace the jigs and reels.” - Dirty Linen. “If you don't believe a jig can shred, listen to The Paperboys.” - Seattle Rocket. “The most exuberant band I've heard in ages...breathtaking.” - Folk Roots.
Wed 31
The Acoustic Collective presents…

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