The 5th Sovereign Seas Folk Festival 2018

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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 make a welcome return after their impressive festival debut last year. Roger also M.C’s on Saturday afternoon.

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

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.

Knots of May

The Knots of May are a women’s Morris team based in Lewes. They perform stick and Garland dances from the North West of England. This repertoire has been augmented by other European dances from France, Flanders and Spain. In addition several dances have been created more recently and composed especially for the Knots of May.

John and Di Cullen

John and Di have been long-time organisers of folk clubs and sessions in the Tunbridge Wells area and are well known for their fine musicianship, arrangements and singing.

john an di cullen

Kevin Barber and Ron Turner

Kevin has been guesting for music events in Brighton and around for decades. He is respected for his fine singing and guitar playing. Ron is a pillar of Eastbourne’s Under Ground Theatre and one of best guitarists in our region.


Eclectrix guarantee a varied and entertaining skilled performance featuring acoustic and electric guitars, blues harmonica and various percussion. They have built up a large following in the Seaford and Eastbourne areas with their attractive harmonies and arrangements of well-known songs.


Lizzie Bennett

Lizzie is the festival youth policy! Given Lizzie’s lovely singing and dedicated approach, we can be confident that the traditions future is in good hands.

Jan Creaye

Jan is one of the most respected singers in the Sussex folk scene who can delight with items ranging from the spine-chilling supernatural to “I’m a Lady Policeman”!

Marilyn Bennett

A long-time favourite singer whose lovely voice has graced festivals and folk clubs both individually and with “The Other Band” and who is making a welcome reappearance.

John Morgan

John’s singing, guitar and melodeon playing have long made him a much-loved traditional performer in Kent and beyond. We are delighted to welcome him back.

Photo courtesy of Gavin Atkin

Steve and Diane Nevill

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

Twagger Quartet

Guitar, harp, dulcimer, whistles, pipes, serpent, concertina- you name it, they play it. Known and respected locally for their excellent musicianship and singing they guarantee a varied and entertaining programme.

Mike Nicholson

Mike’s fabulous voice accompanied on some items with skilful guitar playing combined with Mike’s rapport with audiences have made him much in demand by major festivals for decades.

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