Philleigh Folk events from April to August

The River Blue Band with Trounce Guy – Sunday 21st April

Veryan Sports & Social Club
This April we have something rather special. As part of the Roseland Festival we will be playing host to two local superstars on the same evening, Sid River-Blue and his band, and raconteur par excellence Trounce Guy.

The River Blue Band are Sid, Paul, Ed and Tim – all local to the Roseland. They write and play their own songs in a folk pop style with acoustic instruments, drawing inspiration from some of the greatest lyricists.

Trounce tells stories from the Roseland that are the treasured memories he’s collected over the years and re-tells so vividly and with such a gentle wit that every listener will smile as they hear the characters come to life.

Tim Brine and Sue Franklin – Wednesday 15th May

Veryan Sports & Social Club
Tim and Sue have been singing as a duo for over 30 years. They both sing and play a variety of instruments with an intensity and variety that has endeared them to audiences at clubs and festivals.
They draw their music from both traditional and contemporary sources as well as their own self-penned songs of social comment which reflect their commitment to environmental and social causes.
Their renditions of songs like Dougie Maclean’s ‘Caledonia’ and Dave Swarbrick’s ‘The White Dress’ will stop you in your tracks, whilst self-penned numbers like ‘Where The Hell Are We Going To Live’ bring the urgency of current crises into the folk club circuit.

Rob Baratt – Thursday 13th June

Bohella Bar St Mawes
In June we are looking forward to opening our summer season at the Bohella Bar in St Mawes with a warm welcome back to Rob Barratt. Dudley-born Rob is a fine comic poet, humourist and singer now resident in North Cornwall. Rob describes his act as combining clever word-play with satire, verse, song and audience participation. Dealing with such important topics as second homes, squid, distressed furniture, data-driven education, Neanderthal politics and his relationship with potatoes but beneath the humour serious issues lurk. In recent years he’s appeared at folk, literature and arts festivals all over the British Isles and in Australia .

“This is not only clever but I think it’s very funny!” Mike Harding
“‘Comic Poet’ it says on the card. That’s not the half of it. The man is a velvet tongued assassin, using charm and humour as a subtle lever to highlight life’s absurdities. It’s all very light and sing-along jocular – but this man is dangerously subversive and his show should be witnessed at all costs at your earliest opportunity. Bloody Funny.” (Barrie Dimond of Festivals for All)

Elliot Osborne – Thursday 11th July

Bohella Bar St Mawes
Elliot, a former mayor of Wadebridge is an old friend of Philleigh Folk and his visits are always warmly received, He has been singing and playing guitar for well over 50 years, and has appeared at many venues across the UK, as well as in the Far East, Australia and America.

From being the singer in a rock’n’roll band in the early 60’s Eliot discovered Folk Music in 1965 when he regularly attended the Redditch Folk Club having moved there from his native Cornwall. His preferred type of songs were contemporary in style, and from there he also came to enjoy country music and its partner in crime Country folk. He also writes some of his own material.

Elliot returned to Cornwall in 1969, teaming up with the well-known Irish Folks Singer, Larry McLaughlin. They performed as the MacElliot duo for a couple of years, before Elliot moved to Swindon where he performed and a solo singer in pubs and clubs from Bristol to Oxford and London , and became involved with Charisma Records in 1976. He settled back in Cornwall once more in 1990, and enjoys playing at fundraising events, local clubs and pubs, and all points in between.

Bedlam Bess – Thursday 15th August

Bohella Bar St Mawes
Bedlam Bess are Sue White and Kate Thompson. From pure folk to Celtic rock to jazz ballads to classical both ladies love singing and playing together, and with them, it’s “folk, first and foremost”.

Kate sings and plays flute, whistles and keyboards. Sue sings and plays guitar. They are both classically trained singers (got good voices, basically!) – and their set together is Celtic folk. Scottish, Irish, Cornish. Both voices are as good as any top folk singers you will ever hear. Both are ridiculously talented as singers, musicians and as writers of incredibly beautiful songs.

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