Line Up 2018

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The line up so far:



Legendary 70s folk-rock pioneers Lindisfarne return to form with a classic six-piece line up of long-time members fronted by original founder-member Rod Clements on vocals, mandolin, fiddle and slide guitar. With a huge repertoire and a reputation for live performance second to none, LINDISFARNE’s can still get a festival’s audience on its feet and singing along. >more

Cara Dillon and Special Guests

“With what may well be the worlds most beautiful female voice” Cara Dillon has return wholeheartedly to her Irish roots in recent years,  creating fresh interpretations of traditional standards with stunning results.  She’s won countless awards and accolades including “Album Of The Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards >more


The Young ‘uns

The Young’uns have proved themselves a unique proposition – writing and performing a cappella or subtly accompanied songs that tell it how it is alongside traditional songs from their native North-East and further afield – songs of conscience, songs of warmth and wit, songs to provoke, songs to inspire. >more


Nine Below Zero

Britain’s no.1 rhythm’n’blues band! Topping off Thursday night: 8 piece combo with seasoned front man Dennis Greaves and the magisterial harp player Mark Feltham – with a hot horn section, a fine accompanying vocalist, an intuitive keyboard player, a swinging rhythm section and a strong back catalogue of songs. >more



Powerful horns, toe-tapping fiddle and contagious rhythms characterise Habadekuk – one of Denmark’s leading folk bands, guaranteed to get you on the dance floor. With a vibrant mix of folk, salsa and big band jazz, the lively eight-man band catapults old folk melodies into the 21st century.  >more

Blue Rose Code

Blue Rose Code is Edinburgh-born songwriter Ross Wilson. At the edge of contemporary alt-folk, Wilson’s music evokes a meeting of Van Morrison and a young John Martyn, both shipwrecked with a bunch of Motown records.  >more


The Fitzgeralds

If you want to see a performance that is joyous, energetic and utterly engaging, look no further than the Canadian Ottawa-Valley stepdancing and fiddling siblings The Fitzgeralds. Featuring 3-time Canadian Fiddle and Stepdance Champions (Tom, Julie, and Kerry Fitzgerald). >more


Dallahan is one of the most thrilling forces in the international folk music scene; heavily rooted in traditional Irish music, but with hugely diverse backgrounds and influences. They call on their mixed Irish, Scottish and Hungarian heritage to create a unique and seamless musical montage. >more

Kris Drever

Orcadian Kris Drever is an acclaimed solo performer, original song-writer and member of avant-garde folk trio Lau. His style is a masterful blend of folk, jazz and country which he brings real personality to on-stage. He plays Sunday. >more

John Smith

Other than the name, there is nothing commonplace about John  Smith. He’s played to audiences all over the world and tours relentlessly with a guitar and a suitcase, sometimes with a small band, always looking to communicate through a song and to share something intangible with those willing to listen.  His fifth album, Headlong was released to wide acclaim in May 2017. >more

The Furrow Collective

A group of musicians already well known for their solo work and involvement in other projects, Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton got together to re-work traditional songs, and now two albums in, they show they have developed a compelling style and sound of their own. >more


The Destroyers

Megafolk from Birmingham, The Destroyers will surely get things going on Friday night with a tidal wave of horns, fiddles, guitars and more. Be ready to be engulfed by a wall of mesmerising virtuosity and a whirlwind of frenzied dancing! >more


Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band

The  “last of the original Louisiana bluesman” Lil’ Jimmy Reed will be with his band including Britain s finest blues and boogie pianist, Bob Hall who has influenced generations of piano players.  >more


 Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar are a British folk music duo. They won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award in 2013, and in 2014 won the Horizon award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They were nominated for the Best Duo award in 2015. >more


Vikki Clayton

Back in the UK and back at GTSF after playing our first festival in 2007, Vikki has an unforgettable voice and a history of collaboration with some of our folk-rocking greats. She has a new album “Messenger” released in June 2017. >more

Rory McLeod

Rory McLeod is a rousing harmonica player and guitarist, playing music that reflects influences from blues and folk, to latin, flamenco and calypso. Widely regarded as one of the UK’s most engaging live players and a wonderful story teller. >more


A fierce foursome of female, the quartet are eager to shake things up with their fearless focus on continuously developing new sounds. Determined not to be pigeonholed into one genre,  from Russian polkas and delicate folk melodies to aching ballads drawing on accents of pop and jazz music to create a succinctly unique sound. >more

The Shackleton Trio

The Georgia Shackleton Trio combine vocals, fiddle, guitar and mandolin to play a blend of folk, Americana, and self penned material. >more

The Boxcar Boys

Six-piece multi-instrumental band from Toronto are as happy jamming on the street as playing a full set on a festival stage.  The band’s repertoire is mainly inspired by 1930s New Orleans jazz music but with additional elements of Klezmer, gypsy music, and American folk. Uplifting, accomplished, celebratory and very danceable. >more

 Ol’ Savannah

Ol’ Savannah. One of Montréal’s top roots bands. Blues, country, bluegrass and old timey with their own unique twist. Described as a cross between
Tom Waits, Roscoe Holcomb, Muddy Waters and The Pogues. Wow! What a combination. >more

 Johnny Dickinson

A rare chance to catch the UK’s most potent slide guitar player, who plays less often than he did. He voice is now described as “even better than ever” and his playing remains sublime! >more

 The Rogue Embers

Local foot-stomping country/blues band are making a name for themselves having got together in early 2017. They will be playing across the weekend so try not to miss their infectious show. >more


 Jeff Warner

Jeff is one of the foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music in the US, a charismatic, enthusiastic and genuinely versatile performer.  His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountain tops of America connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives–and artistry–of 19th century Americans. >more

Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley

Sure, the famous Newcastle folk degree course was where Alex Cumming and Nicola Beazley met, six years ago, but it turns out they’ve both been playing music since the early age of six or seven: Somerset-born Alex the piano accordion and Rochdale-born Nicola the fiddle… >more

Harbottle & Jonas

Harbottle & Jonas’ music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from the likes of Seth Lakeman and Jon Boden. Playing up to 200 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across the UK. >more

Keith Donnelly

We are really pleased to have all round entertainer Keith Donnelly back to warm the cockles of both young and old, with his surreal humour and musical fun. Keith has been described as “a superbly original Stand-Up,” “a great singer-songwriter,” “a fine guitarist,” “a kids entertainer par excellence,” “a stunning storyteller,” and “the cleanest comic I’ve ever seen.” >more


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