Folk & Roots


Sun 11th Mar - Sun 11th Mar

Sunday Sessions In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing legendary fiddle layer Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special ‘one off’ concert at that year’s festival. In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight, with no space to be found in the Marquee and people standing five deep in pouring rain. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn’t seem as though the audience was going to let them go. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say “I was there”. It was also clear that leaving matters there was not an option. This then is the debut tour of two of the finest musicians in their respective fields. Start Time: 8pm Tickets: £14 Full // £12 Concessions // £5 LIVE PASS Running Time: 2 hours (inc. interval)


Sun 29th Apr - Sun 29th Apr

Global Sound Sessions A dazzling all-star trio from an exceptionally rich musical country, Toko Telo features the stunning guitar work of D’Gary and soulful vocals from Monika Njava. Honoured at home and acclaimed abroad, these heroes of Madagascan music come together with Toko Telo (‘group of three’) to revisit their shared southern roots. Interpreting traditional musical styles like tsapiky, jihe and beko with sublime musicianship and artistry, Toko Telo provide the perfect introduction to some of the best music that Madagascar can offer. Please Note: The date has previously been printed incorrectly in the brochure, the date below is correct. Start Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £10 Full // £8 Concessions // £5 LIVE PASS Running Time: 2 hours (inc. interval) Season Discount: Book 3 or more Global Sound Sessions concerts at the same time and save 20% PLEASE NOTE: This performance takes place on Sunday 29 April NOT as was originally advertised in our Autumn/Winter 2017 brochure as Saturday 28 April.


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Join us for a very special evening with Holy Moly & The Crackers the seven-piece ‘Gypsy Folk Rock’ band from the UK. Holy Moly and the Crackers are one of hardest working bands on the circuit with a growing and loyal fan base, quickly building a reputation as a ferocious and visceral live act. Over the past two years they have toured the UK extensively, and made impressive debuts in France, Germany and Holland. Their festival appearances include Glastonbury, Cornbury, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair, Wilderness, Larmer Tree, Kendal Calling, Underneath the Stars, Belladrum, Just So, Wickham, Towersey and many more. Ramble Gamble, an alternative folk band from Lincolnshire, will be supporting Holy Moly & The Crackers. Not your typical folk band, the energetic and inventive Ramble Gamble borrow from a broad range of genres to give their strings, percussion and vocals a distinctive and original sound. Proceeds from this event will invested back into the local community supporting young people and their families living with autism. Start Time: 8pm (doors from 7.30pm, bar open from 7pm) Tickets: £10 Full // £7 Concessions (please note this is a standing gig)


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Global Sound Sessions Saz’iso are masters of Saze – a polyphonic music that hails from the stark landscapes of Southern Albania. With its ancient roots, Saze has the power to entrance any listener, even if they are strangers to this long-isolated country. Urban instruments such as clarinet and violin took their inspiration from the iso-polyphonic singing of the villages where vocalists follow the ancient patterns of ‘lead’ and ‘cutting’ voices to improvise swirls around the melody, with moods ranging from aching, blues-like ‘kaba’ to joyful dances. This hand-picked ensemble, brought together by legendary producer Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd, Toumani Diabaté, Nick Drake) and co-producers Andrea Goertler and Edit Pula, comprises some of the finest contemporary performers of this mesmerizing style originating in the cradles of Saze around the beautiful towns of Korça and Përmet, opening a window into Albania’s fascinating musical traditions. Produced by Making Tracks  Saz’iso were seen on Later… with Jools Holland on BBC 2 on 31 Oct 2017 Start Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £10 Full // £8 Concessions // £5 LIVE PASS (Student & Under 26s) Running Time: 2 hours (inc. interval)

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In November 2017 Jon Boden, former lead-singer of Bellowhead, will head out on his “Afterglow” Launch Tour, marking the release of his third solo album – his first new release since leaving Bellowhead in May 2016. It also marks the reformation of the amazing Remnant Kings – a band that hasn’t performed together since 2012. Featuring the talents of former Bellowhead band-mates Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin, plus Leveret’s Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls and Richard Warren (King of The Southseas) the band will be joined by a string and brass section to celebrate the launch of the new album “Afterglow” – a genuinely ground breaking album by an exceptional artist. Start Time: 8pm Tickets: £20 All Seats Running Time: 2 hours 10 mins (inc. interval)