a festival of music and nature
21st-23rd May 2021 Braziers Park, Oxfordshire
After the ‘indefinite hiatus’ in 2013 of popular UK alt-country outfit ahab, songwriter Steven Llewellyn went on to form his own band with the help of ahab originator Dave Burn and former bassist Graham Knight. Danny & The Champions of The World drummer Steve Brookes, having already toured heavily with ahab, quickly became a permanent member of Orphan Colours, along with Fred Abbott, lead guitarist with Noah & the Whale. The band have some impressive credentials and have just released their fantastic debut album ‘All on Red’ on At The Helm Records.
'Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin play like no-one else you've ever heard. Their music is
breath-taking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music. But don't let me give you the impression they're a lightweight comedy act: they finish the set with a haunting piece of oboe and accordion magic which has the audience spellbound.'
BBC Radio 2 Mike Harding Show
All Our Exes Live in Texas is a fantasy draft of Australia's finest singer-songwriters - Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney – here combining in four-part indie-folk harmony heaven. On mandolin, ukulele, accordion and guitar, the Exes are a powerhouse of charm and songwriting prowess. Brace yourself to experience intricate musicality, heartbreaking honesty and melodies that soar from four voices that captivate on their own and come together like magic. Add to this, whip-cracking banter and an on-stage synergy that is as effortless as it is alluring, and there's no chance you can the call of the Exes sirens.
ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS
Darren Eedens is a Canadian picker who now calls Cardiff home as he tours Europe more and more. Darren Eedens bends truths, and creates upbeat rhythmic tracks with hauntingly morbid lyrics. With his many influences ranging from the honky tonkin’, folk and bluegrass pickers of the past, he uses his unique and powerful voice to captivate anyone within earshot. With an unmatched live energy, he shares his views on life and more often death, shedding a beautiful light on the tragic tale.
WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR
Cornwall trio William the Conqueror have been picking up praise from far flung corners ever since Ruarri Joseph took the step to go public with his erstwhile secret alter-ego. Debut album, Proud Disturber of the Peace, was released in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim, and their shows have been steadily winning over fans up and down the country. The indie-rock three piece sees Ruarri joined by bassist Naomi Holmes and drummer Harry Harding, channelling classic blues and roots through a grunge/indie filter,
with diverse influences including The Doors,
Ryan Adams and The Lemonheads.
Nick’s family performances are legendary, not least at Wood Festival, where he has played every year to ever-expanding audiences. He has a fanatical army of little and not-so–little fans from all over the world.
This year, Nick will be performing a special evening slot on the main stage with extra musicans.
"Nick Cope is the indie-surrealist kids' entertainer Robyn Hitchcock and Syd Barrett, foolishly distracted by cult status, never were.” Stewart Lee, 2016
NICK COPE & FRIENDS
O & O
We’ve known and loved Hull’s technicolour pop auteurs Fonda 500 for many years and can’t believe we haven’t asked them to play Wood before, what with many of their songs about bees and other animals. Their first album was hailed as ‘the brightest new dawn in ages’, and was followed up with a succession of albums and EPs which skirted the boundaries of multiple genres and influences. They release their seventh (yes, 7th!) album this year, “I (heart) Stereo”, and we will excuse them for calling 2018 the year of the bear (which is their own signature animal).
Julie Murphy is a singer songwriter and member of Welsh folk innovators fernhill, whose art school background laid the foundation for her continuing musical explorations. Her remarkable voice, spectrally beautiful one moment and darkly rich the next, has led to collaborations with John Cale and Robert Plant. Her fourth solo album ‘Every Bird That Flies’ made the MOJO Top ten folk albums of 2016 list; her new EP 'Lips No Longer Wet with Wine', was recorded at Cyprus Well, home of the poet Charles Causley in Launceston, Cornwall. Julie has "one of the most beautiful voices in British folk music", according to Rachel Unthank.
Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire, now an important part of the Oxfordshire music world. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs, and pure, haunting singing style has established her at the forefront of the new English folk revival.
Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, she has performed extensively at festivals and venues across the country and beyond, in a solo capacity and with her band. A founder member of Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, Jackie is now a permanent member of the folk super-group The Imagined Village as well as touring in her own right.
Marcus Corbett is a singer, acoustic guitarist and composer based between the UK and India. He has been studying Indian classical music and working with musicians in India for over 10 years, and has released a string of albums the acclaimed ‘Strung Deep’ and ‘Every Little Spirit’. His works are a generous spirited cultural collaboration that allows his original compositions to come to life while paying homage to the North Indian classical tradition he loves. He has created lasting relationships in India with Tabla players, Nitin Gaikwad & Sharanappa Guttaragi from Pune, Maharashtra and Gadag in North Karnataka respectively, and these are the foundation of the project and performance.
& NITIN GAIKWAD
Midnight Skyracer have been tearing up the UK bluegrass and folk scene since their inception less than two years ago. Their all star lineup and exciting live performances have sent them racing skywards at an astounding pace right from the start, with Leanne Thorose’s powerhouse vocals and driving mandolin; Tabitha Agnew’s sweet voice and virtuosic banjo playing; Eleanor Wilkie’s rock solid bass grooves; Laura Carrivick’s flair, being equally adept on both fiddle and dobro; and twin sister Charlotte’s agility on the guitar, with both sisters filling in the vocal harmonies.
Since forming in 2003 and over the course of five albums, Tunng are a group that have explored the boundaries between acoustic and electronic music, becoming synonymous with the folktronica genre before moving into territory that managed to both evade that label and continue to redefine it. They are a group that have been ever-fluid, reacting and responding to line-up changes and shifts in musical directions with a seamless grace. Tunng released their sixth album “Songs You Make at Night” in August 2018 to critical acclaim.
O&O are comprised of Colorado-native, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Obadiah Jones, and Israeli vocalist, Orian Peled. With the release of their first two singles, they have garnered the attention of Chris Country Radio, Richer Unsigned, UK Country Radio and notable Country music blogs and radio stations in the UK, Ireland and across the pond.
Their live show features the duo's distinctive, close-harmony sound with an Americana flare - Fleetwood Mac meets The Civil Wars.
ALSO APPERARING AT WOOD 2019:
NICK COPE, Jali Fily Cisskho’s COUTÉ DIOMBOULOU band, GWENIFER RAYMOND, MORGANWAY, AK PATTERSON, FRANKIE LEE, TREVOR MOSS & HANNAH-LOU, THE KATIES, PETE GOW & THE SIREN STRINGS, THE HANGING STARS, ARCHIE FAULKS, LIEUTENANT LEEK, SORCERESS OF THE SKY, HANNAH ROSE PLATT, THE RIVERS, BAND OF HOPE, TONI MONSERRAT INC, BRICKWORK LIZARDS, MARCUS CORBETT & NITIN GAIKWAL, REASON TO LIVE, THE PRAIRIE CLAMS, MALIBU PEOPLE, and OXFORD UKULELES.
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ was released in February 2017, it was produced by Martin & Daniel Kimbro and recorded in Nashville. It follows the critically acclaimed ‘Live At Southern Ground. A ‘Spellbinding 50 minutes’ as The Observer put it.
It is Martin’s 7th album to date and the 2nd to feature Daniel Kimbro as well as 14 time
Grammy winner Jerry Douglas (Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton),
Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton, Sam Lewis) and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes).
Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. She has toured with Emmy the Great and Billy Bragg, supported comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, and collaborated with some of the most respected names in folk including Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey and Peggy Seeger. She is also a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s the Now Show, has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts and has performed in Glastonbury’s Festival’s Leftfield several times. Her self-released album ‘Heart First Aid Kit’ received a top 10 album of 2017 placing from Mojo magazine.