A Weekend of Folk Music, Song and Dance
8 – 10 July 2022


Tim Edey is  now a name on the world stage in his own right after seventeen years of hard work. He is rated by many to be one of the world’s finest ever Melodeon and Guitar players in the folk & contemporary scene today!

Hannah Rarity is a Scottish traditional singer from Dechmont, West Lothian. In 2018, she was the winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician award. Her debut album Neath the Gloaming Star was nominated for Album of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2019.

Bryony Griffith and Alice Jones
A powerful new duo has emerged from the chaos of the last 2 years – and the folk world has been waiting! As established solo artists, Bryony Griffith & Alice Jones are no strangers to the folk scene. Uniting tradition with their own contemporary style, they combine fiddle, harmonium and tenor guitar with intricate and distinctive Yorkshire vocals. 

Janice Burns & Jon Doran are an Anglo-Scottish duo who formed in 2017, after discovering a shared love of traditional music. Their dynamic performances are a celebration of their own musical and geographic backgrounds, embracing the differences that connect them.

The Canny Band. A collaboration born from a love of traditional music and fuelled by student poverty; The Canny Band are an eclectic trad trio based in Glasgow.  Michael Biggins – piano – with Sam Mabbett – accordion – and Callum Convoy – bodhran.

Mike Willoughby’s Raving Rock are so named because they rave about rock; proper solid rhyolite you can grip and pull up on!

Raving Rock celebrate in song all that is wild and joyous, edgy and compulsive in the sport of rock climbing.

Raving Rock are a power trio who play roots-rock, ska and reggae grooves.

Raving Rock features: Mike Willoughby on lead vocals and electric guitar; Rick Middleton on bass guitar and harmony vocals; and Iain Hunter on drums.

Appropriately, they will be performing at Ulverston’s climbing wall: The Wall in Quebec Street Ulverston on the opening night of the festival

Dance Sides

The ladies morris dance team, Betty Lupton’s Ladle Laikers, was formed in 1977 – the year of the Queen’s silver jubilee. The kit of the dancers reflects the national colours; red tights, white smocks and blue dresses with black shoes and bell pads. They perform a wide range of English dances inspired by various morris traditions. Some of their dances come from the north west of England, the Cheshire and the Lancashire Plain.

Crook Morris are based in Kendal. They are proud of the unique traditional Morris dance heritage to be found in England and dance Cotswold Morris Dances, Border Morris Dances, Rapper Dances and perform Mumming Plays. They also have their own dances, including ‘Knickers in The Hedgerow’, that several other sides have taken up.

The key aim of the side is “to dance as well as we can, then we love to entertain our audience and last but not least we aim to have as much fun ourselves as possible.”

Flag and Bone Gang. A Morris Dancing team based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. They dance traditional and new dances from Yorkshire to local tunes at folk festivals, pubs and anything in between. They have danced in Europe and North America.

Hadrian Clog. Based in the Tyne Valley, we are a dance group performing traditional clog and hard shoe dances from the North East of England and beyond.

Pecsaetan Morris

A group of friends drunkenly decide to start a women’s Cotswold morris team and surprised themselves by actually doing so in the cold light of day. They (not so drunkenly) decide to call themselves Pecsætan, a name which no-one understands and few can pronounce.

They finally emerged as a fledgling side in summer 2002, since when they have set about the arduous task of having a fantastic time and dancing a lot, at pubs and events in their local Sheffield, at festivals around the country and abroad.

Perree Bane is a Manx traditional dance, music and song group based in Ballasalla, in the South of the Isle of Man. The name “Perree Bane” is Manx Gaelic for “White Jacket”, which the men wear along with their Loaghtan Wool trousers.

The aim of the group is to keep alive and to some extent, extend the repertoire of traditional Manx dances.

Founded in Richmond, North Yorkshire in 1998 (but now based near Darlington), Richmond Castle Clog is a step-dance team specializing in traditional clog routines and styles of dance from northern England. Their current dance repertoire includes north-east hornpipe steps, waltzes, Lancashire heel-toe routines and the occasional jig.

Wakeman Mummers. In 1986, Ripon celebrated 1100 years of existence as a City, based on the claim of the granting of a Charter in the form of a night watchman’s horn by King Alfred the Great. The office-bearer’s responsibility was to set the nightly curfew or “watch” by blowing the horn. He was called the “Wakeman” because he stayed awake all night to guard the City and keep the peace.
So in that year, Wakeman Mummers came into being to create a “new tradition”, with a short play in the Mumming style. The idea of the play is to tell, simply and with humour, the story of the granting of Ripon’s Charter in 886AD coupled with the name of the City’s Patron, St Wilfrid.