Celebrating the Sounds of the South West! Tonight’s special gig brings together three of the finest established and emerging folk performers from the Westcountry – Jim Causley, Kitty Macfarlane and the James Findlay Trio. Camping / B&B available. Come to the fete (12-5pm) and stay on for an evening of music; arrive early and bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds (perhaps with a glass of something from our bar); or just come for the evening. If the weather’s on our side, we’ll hold the gig in the gardens, if not there’s space in the cosy comfort of the Manor house!
“Spearheading the West Country folk revival with jaunty wit” The Guardian
Since the release of his debut album in 2005, Jim Causley’s unique voice and persona have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk music scene. A prolific collaborator, Jim is hugely admired for his work with iconic groups The Devil’s Interval and Mawkin:Causley as well as playing, touring and recording alongside Waterson:Carthy, John McCusker, Eddie Reader, Graham Coxson, Shirley Collins, Michael Morpurgo, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame and many more.
5 times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominee, Jim is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Westcountry. His self-penned 2016 release Forgotten Kingdom (one of two releases in 2016) is a celebration of Dumnonia, a Celtic kingdom that existed until the Saxon invasions of what is now Cornwall, Devon and western Somerset. Forgotten Kingdom is a broad collection of songs mixing ancient history with Jim’s own personal history and experience of the world, with themes ranging from the Saxon invasion of the area, the Celtic diaspora, to very personal explorations of love and geographical identity. www.jimcausley.co.uk
“The finest male folk singer of his generation” Mojo Magazine
“This young Somerset-based singer-songwriter’s blessed with a strong identity: a confident singing voice and a compelling writing style deriving inspiration from growing up in the south-west, allied to a talent for finding wider significance in everyday experiences… outstanding.” fRoots
During the last year, Kitty Macfarlane has rapidly risen to become a ‘must-see’ name on the UK folk scene. Her acclaimed EP ‘Tide and Time’ got everyone talking, with airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, while national tour support with Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, and with Blair Dunlop, have fuelled her ever growing fan-base. www.kittymacfarlane.com
“Kitty Macfarlane – watch out for her. She’s good” – Mike Harding
James Findlay Trio
“James Findlay, still in his early 20s, is one of the very best. Only the most cantankerous curmudgeons could be unimpressed by the maturity of his singing and playing, his boldness in tackling the big ballads, and his respect for provenance.” The Living Tradition
James Findlay first came into the public eye after winning the 2010 BBC Young Folk Award. He performs as both a solo artist, and also with Somerset duo Jon Dyer and Alfie Gidley as The James Findlay Trio. James comes from a family of folk singers & his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition. He is particularly passionate about songs from his home counties of Dorset, Somerset and Devon, with an extensive repertoire, knowledge and understanding of the material, plus a sparkling, warm charisma that draws an audience along with him. www.jamesfindlay.co.uk
“Bloody hell, what a voice!”Jon Boden