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2017 Performers

Martyn Wyndham-Read
Martyn has been in demand for festivals across the world for decades due to his fine singing voice and sensitive guitar accompaniments. His repertoire is extensive, notably Australian songs.

Roy Clinging
Roy accompanies himself on guitar or concertina and is known as a particularly fine exponent of the latter and as an expert in north-western song, particularly that of Cheshire.

Jon Heslop
Jon is a prominent member of the distinguished Cornwall Songwriter’s Collective, singing with his guitar and eclectic range of self-penned songs, including some particularly fine ones on maritime themes.

Charlotte and Spong
Charlotte’s distinctive singing and concertina playing, combined with Richard’s sensitive accompaniments on fiddle and mandolin, have led them to become popular performers in International Maritime Festivals

Joy Lewis and Derrick Hughes
Guitar, harp, dulcimer, whistles, pipes, serpent – you name it, they play it! Long known and respected locally for their excellent musicianship and Joy’s lovely singing.

Steve and Diane Nevill
Fine singing and multi instrumental musicianship which have impressed audiences at local festivals

John Cave
Performs humorous songs with impeccable delivery. Don’t miss the quality of the guitar and harmonica amidst the mirth! John M.Cs on Saturday evening.

Malcolm Ward
Is a fine singer of shanties and songs about the sea, accompanying himself on the McCann Duet concertina.

John Morgan
John’s singing, guitar and melodeon playing have long made him a much-loved traditional performer in Kent and beyond.

Roger Resch and Liz Randall sing all manner of sea-songs to accordion, whistles, concertina and autoharp. They had had festival guest invitations from Harwich to the Fastnet Festival in the far southwest of Ireland. Roger M.Cs on Saturday afternoon.

Marilyn Bennett
A long-time favourite singer whose lovely voice has graced festivals and folk clubs both individually and with “The Other Band”. Marilyn is one of our “Chorus Convention” singers.

Jerry Jordan
Another long-time local favourite singer particularly respected for traditional and self-written songs in that idiom. Jerry is one of our “Chorus Convention” singers

Will Duke
Will is in regular demand from major festivals and instrumental conventions both for his fine traditional and music hall singing and for his virtuoso concertina playing. He is one of our “Chorus Convention” singers

Marlings Morris
The side dancers in the North-West Tradition with polish and authenticity.

A local duo, comprised of Mike Kerry and Roger Case, who perform stirring sea-songs and shanties as well as self-penned original arrangements. They perform on Saturday afternoon and M.C. the Sunday singarounds. Roger also M.Cs on Sunday afternoon.

Lizzie Bennett
Lizzie is "the Festival Youth Policy"!  Given Lizzie's lovely singing and dedicated approach, we can be confident that the tradition's future is in good hands.  

Derek Seed
Derek is one of the “Chorus Convention” singers and its M.C. He was the founder and leader of the former “Shellback Chorus” which made guest appearances in 100 festivals, including major ones in the UK, Holland, USA and New Zealand. Locally Derek has for 20 years been a resident of “The Lewes Saturday Folk Club” and is this Festival’s organiser.