Fourteen musicians, seven countries, three continents, one band. Världens Band creates captivating world music that unites across borders. Världens Band performs folk and roots music from their native countries in a collision of cultures and a style they have self-branded as ‘Transglobal Roots Fusion’.
Solas is a popular, influential, and exciting Celtic band from the United States
Scotland-based singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo of Romanian heritage.
First on the Main Stage were Le Vent du Nord (The North Wind), a Canadian folk music group from Quebec. The band, formed in 2002, performs traditional Québécois music (which is heavily influenced by Celtic music from both Ireland and Brittany), as well as original numbers in this style, in French (profile from Wikipedia).
Cash Box Kings
The Cash Box Kings are from Chicago and play old school Chicago blues. The band is dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940’s and 50’s post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the Delta blues music of the 20’s and 30’s.
Daisy Bell is a young Singer/Songwriter from Cambridgeshire.
Songs of Separation
Songs of Separation comprises ten female folk musicians from Scotland and England reflecting on the issue of ‘separation’ in its many forms, through traditional song.
Applewood Road is a collaboration between three singer-songwriters – Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace
An excellent performance from KT Tunstall – great band, lovely person, entertaining, some new songs and some more familiar tunes given a new lease life.
Sound of the Sirens
My next stop was The Den where I very much enjoyed the entertaining folk/rock duo Sound of the Sirens from Exeter.
The Friday night headliners were something of a contrast after the relative tranquillity of The Den. Gogol Bordello is a Gypsy punk band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan known for theatrical stage shows and persistent touring.