Line Up 2018

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The line up so far with new additions marked *new*:


Gretchen Peters

One of the most indelible voices in US country and roots music,, and a songwriting force to be reckoned with,  Gretchen Peters saw her profile in the UK reach a new peak with 2015’s ‘Blackbirds,’ which debuted at #1 on UK Official Country Artists Albums Chart. Uncut hailed her as “one of Nashville’s greatest talents of the past two decades, and she is headlining on Saturday. >more



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

Luke Jackson Trio

Returning to Southwell, with the Trio this time, is award winning Luke Jackson. One of the bright young things of English folk music, his voice has become richer and more powerful over the last few years, and he’s not bad on the guitar either!  >more

Truckstop Honeymoon

Originally programmed in 2015 when sadly they had to cancel.  Fusing bluegrass, punk rock and soul with music hall jazz and rock & roll, Katie and Mike West tour across three continents with four kids and a truck load of songs, telling stories about the strangeness of everyday life. >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

The Outside Track

Equipped with fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, a few step-dance routines and deliciously rich vocals, these five musicians dove-tail perfectly – their sound a marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song.   >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

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

Sunjay *new*

Standing in for Johnny Dickinson who has had to withdraw through illness, Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between folk and blues  >more


 Martin Harley *new*

Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, Martin is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. During year-round worldwide touring he’s absorbed a plethora of diverse influences, honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today. >more


James Keelaghan & Hugh McMillan

James Keelaghan is an internationally recognized singer songwriter, known for his finely crafted stories and his commanding performances. At home in Canada, he’s a Juno award winner (and three-time Juno nominee). He is joined by multi-instrumentalist Hugh McMillan. >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

Ranagri *new*

Ranagri went down really well here in 2015 and 2017.  They’re a modern Irish group with traditional influences, virtuoso playing and have great stories to tell. >more

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow *new*

Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from Sheelanagig who you may have seen here in 2017, Kit and Aaron draw on their many influences to create unique arrangements of traditional music, as well as their own compositions … >more

Luke Daniels *new*

Daniels is an award-winning English folk singer-songwriter with a texture to his voice that allies itself very easily to an effective, emotional delivery. Well known for playing with a host of big names, he is now building a strong solo career… >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

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno  *new*

Riley Calcagno, and Vivian Leva play old-time and country music with its heart in Appalachia.   >more

Dinamo *new*

Dinamo are a Mallorcan ska band, infusing their sound with a multicultural blend of reggae, tango and more.  >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

Winter Wilson

Winter Wilson are regulars at Southwell: Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) and Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar, banjo) built a reputation for fine songs, stunning harmonies and spontaneous, (occasionally outrageous!) off-the-wall humour. >more

Don Mescall *new*

Don Mescall is an internationally acclaimed Irish songwriter and producer who has penned songs for some huge names including The Backstreet Boys, Ronan Keating, Sharon Corr and many more…. >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

Ellie Ford *new*

Ellie Ford is an alternative folk musician based in Brighton drawing influence from the likes of Karen Dalton, Nick Drake and Joanna Newsom. >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


Josh Okeefe

In 2009, Derby native and folk-singer Josh Okeefe dropped out of college and travelled across the pond and arrived in Nashville, where his idols Hank Williams Sr and Johnny Cash had both once lived.   “He is an outlaw and he is commercial. He is topical and he is light. He is a poet, a musician, a writer, and maybe a prophet.” – Smithsonian Folkways. >more

The Life & Times of the Brothers Hogg *new*

The Life and Times of the Brothers Hogg are an acoustic/roots band from Grimsby/Cleethorpes who draw on traditional and modern folk, new country and Americana. They have two great albums under their belts which we recommend checking out. >more

Seas of Mirth *new*

Nautical party-prog from the East Midlands! Folk-based instruments cater for the rustic part of the sound, and playful songwriting and arrangements create something more wild. “An extremely refreshing and encouraging type of ridiculous” – Fatea Magazine. >more

Benjamin William Pike *new*

Benjamin William Pike, from Leeds, is an agile and seasoned guitarist, adept at playing steel string, lap slide and pedal steel, Benjamin explores folk, alt. country, blues and beyond. >more

The Rye Sisters

The Rye Sisters, a close harmony alt/country-pop duo made up of Sue Pomeroy (vocals, guitar and mandolin) and Ishani Siriwardena (vocals) who perform covers and original songs combining close harmony vocals and guitar to create a lively open sound. >more

Joshua Cook *new*

Adding a bit of raw Rock’n’Roll, electric blues and his gritty vocals to the festival, Joshua Cook is a US performer over here as part of a European tour.. >more

Johnny & the Raindrops *new*

Johnny and the Raindrops make a welcome return to the children’s marquee in 2018. ‘Infectious, joyous fun … packed with feel-good songs … perfect for a family audience’ – BBC Radio Nottingham >more


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