The Forge

The Forge

Maz O'Connor

BBC Folk Award-winner Maz O’Connor is a precise and considered lyricist, known for composing heart-tugging melodies that are reminiscent of the 1960s’ most revered American balladeers, whilst being undoubtedly English, youthful and now.

She will perform songs from her new album The Longing Kind exploring the tensions and conflicts of a young woman living in London.

Michael McDermott and Heather Horton

Also known as The Westies, this husband-and-wife team have been stirring up a storm in their native Chicago.

Stephen King said, “Michael McDermott is one of the greatest songwriters in the world”. Brilliant live, his latest album was described as "one of the best of the 21st century" by Americana Roots UK.

Heather will be performing tracks from her new album, Don't Mess With Mrs Murphy.

Exit 6 Film Festival

Exit 6 Film Festival is back for a second year, screening short films from around the world.

Open the door to a new kind of cinema experience, and celebrate exciting and original films from across the globe with this screening finale and awards ceremony. Featuring the Top 6 short films of the festival and the award for Best Film, presented by a special guest judge, grab a snapshot of the best of the independent short film scene.

Jack Lukeman

One of Ireland's most respected and best loved performers, Jack Lukeman has been described as “A mixture of all the great voices of the 20th Century ” (The Guardian).

A multi-platinum selling, award-winning singer and songwriter in his native country, Jack is also gaining recognition internationally after a spellbinding performance at New York's Lincoln Centre. Add to that gigs at Glastonbury and The Royal Albert Hall as a special guest of Jools Holland, and you have a true star in the making.

Tom Russell

Singer songwriter, painter and essayist Tom Russell has recorded 35 highly acclaimed records, and published five books.

The Way Down Wanderers

Voted Chicago’s Best Emerging Artist in 2014, this band is renowned for captivating audiences with a lively stage show that lifts the spirits.

Playing, performing and writing together for over three years, The Way Down Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following. The BBC’s Ricky Ross was one of the first to confirm himself a fan, while other UK reviewers have had a field day describing the band’s music:

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long since established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo (2016 and 2013) the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as "Songwriters par excellence" (fRoots), whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale.

Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi

Rediscover the genius of blues masters Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, as Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi bring you an evening inspired by these two musical greats. 

Trio Dhoore

A young band of monstrously musical brothers from Flanders, this folk trio is a force to be reckoned with. 
 
Championed by fRoots magazine, their music breathes life and energy into a repertoire of traditional Flemish tunes (and the occasional song) and their own original material.

Eugene Hideaway Bridges

Spend an evening with one of New Orleans' most notable musicians, and his toe-tapping, soul-drenched rhythm and blues.

If you've never danced the night away in a juke joint in the Deep South of the USA, then Eugene Hideaway Bridges will take you there. Seven times Blues Music Award nominee and standard-bearer for traditional blues, Eugene's heady mix of soul, gospel, and foot-stomping guitar will transport you to jazz bars of The Big Easy.

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