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Picnic in the Park Archive

Previous years have seen some fantastic names playing at the Picnic in the Park. See past year's programme's below:

 2017

 

Simon Wood & the Mysterious Collective

Simon Wood, Holly Marland and Michael Cretu are the Mysterious Collective. Simon Wood is one of the UK’s premier players of the Handpan or “Hang Drum” as it is popularly known, a steel, hand-played pan that looks and sounds out of this world!

 

Playing uplifting, euphoric, electronica-esque melodic grooves, danceable rhythms and beautiful chilled-out acoustic magic. Their music is influenced by mix of African, Middle Eastern and South-East Asian flavours with infectious melodies and danceable grooves and hauntingly beautiful breaks and intros.

 

Come and hear original music like no one else is making, come and dance and sing with them – they promise to uplift your soul and take you to a very happy place!

 

Terrafolk unplugged

Founded in 1999 by progressive rock composer Daniel Cerne, former classical soloist Bojan Cvetreznik and multi-instrumentalist Boštjan Gombac. From the very beginning, the ensemble transcended national borders and with a number of European tours, obtained a wide circle of listeners. Thanks to their unique approach to presenting music, excellent stage appearances, fluid communication with audiences, and distinctive mix of various musical genres from ethnic, folk and world music to pop, classical and rock, the group built up a unique phenomenon that proved convincing to both demanding music critics and juries of international music prizes like the Spirit of the Fringe, Boomerang 2002, BBC Radio World Music Audience Award, Tap Water Awards,... The band has released seven albums and perform in 17 different countries.

 

It would be a brave person who thought that he had the measure of a Terrafolk show. There are the gypsy traditions, the conservatory-standard musicianship, liberal injections of lunacy, audience participation, fiery exchanges between violin and accordion and just when you're thinking, well, that's quite a lot to be going on with, they'll produce some expert Bach or a heavy-metal solo out of an innocent-looking acoustic guitar...

Rob Adams, The Herald

 

Terrafolk on Youtube 

 

 

Folklaw

FolkLaw are an energetic and entertaining 4-piece acoustic folk-rock band from the Cotswolds, described as "Stylish passionate folk rock" by R2 magazine, whose vibrant stage show and acrobatic fiddle playing has delighted audiences at festivals and venues across the UK and further.

 

Welcome to the world of FolkLaw! Exhilarating new-age folk music that will get your feet tapping and your mind thinking! Inspired by 10 years on the road inEurope and North America, FolkLaws songs are a raw social commentary driven by the chaos of the lives we all lead. Inspirational songs and melodies cover subjects from politics and the environment, to relationships and love. Edgy lyrics and vocals are accompanied by intricate Irish and American fiddle and interwoven with wonderfully distinctive vocal harmonies and the bodhran drum. In the words of one of the UKs top folk-clubs “Simply magical!”

 

We were happy to welcome Follaw back to Devizes after their fantastic performance at the Winter Ales Festival back in February! 

 

Folklaw on twitter

Folklaw on Facebook

Folklaw website

 

The Folly Brothers

The Folly Brothers is a Leamington-based bluegrass trio consisting of brothers Mark Roden (acoustic guitar) and Jonny Roden (banjo), and Wes Stanton (double bass). Going down a storm on festival circuit, and having appeared on the BBC Introducing success, the trio delves into a gritty and rootsy mélange full of sweeping licks, pumping bass lines and tasty harmonies. They successfully blend a modern country twang with rollicking bluegrass which has stirred up the UK roots circuit. Currently recording music to be released later in the year, keep your eye out for release info and details of upcoming shows.

 

The Folly Brothers Twitter

The Folly Brothers Facebook

 

2016

Jasper In the Company of Others

Labelled Euphoric Folk-Pop and hailing from the wilds of Derbyshire & Worcestershire, the collective forces of Jasper In The Company Of Others present an energetic fusion of indie pop at its very finest.

 

Their live performances have received critical acclaim and they are consistently lauded as being one of the very finest bands around, be it their headline shows or their magnificent festival appearances across the country.

 

www.youtube.com/c/JaperITCOO

twitter.com/JasperITCOO

 

By The Rivers

6 piece band writing songs with social comment, positive messages, as well as love songs and all things that affect the youth of today.

 

Band Members

Nile Barrow - Lead Vocals/Guitar
Jordan Birtles - Drums/Vocals
Sam Read - Keys/Guitar/Vocals
Brogan Finnigan - Bass
Will Todd - Tenor Sax
Theo Seaton - Trumpet

 

Jimmy Moore

26 year-old Jimmy Moore's growing reputation as a talented singer and guitarist is well-earned. A hard-working entertainer....

....he has been steadily carving out a niche as a solo act, performing his own songs on the live circuit.

“Jimmy is a perfect example of shimmering, dexterous picking that goes beyond the usual ‘guy with a guitar’ expectations” – Dave Franklin

 

Dan Owen

Find out more about Dan Owen here

Visit Dans facebook page here