A very special concert curated and performed members of the Bath Youth Folk Band, bringing innovation to the table and keeping traditions very much alive.
Flies Fly Away (AKA Louis Campbell) first came to the attention of the Bath Folk Festival organisers when he turned up to our summer school aged 11 and wowed everyone with his incredible skill, imagination and maturity in his guitar playing and singing. Very quickly started performing in sessions and concerts and has been a driving force in leading the rhythm section of the Bath Youth Folk Band. He was also selected to join the National Youth Folk Ensemble. His roots are in folk music but also experimental post rock music. He brings this together and is joined by The Big Massive Orchestra who add strings and drums to an experimental mix of tunes and songs with strong usage of ambient textures. This is a great young and local act taking folk in new directions.
Bertie Wright has been playing in the sessions in around Bath pretty much all of his life and his dedication and focus to the Melodeon is nothing less than astonishing. As well as attending our summer school he has spent all of his adolescence seeking out all of the best teachers and even attended courses where he learned to design and build his own button accordions. He has composed numerous tunes and performs from various traditions but is chiefly rooted in English folk idioms with rich harmonic textures
The Rosie is a fresh, young duo comprised of Jack Cooper (17) and Gabe Donoghue (18) both born and raised in Somerset. Using a mix of folk, pop and rock music, these two gents who met in school have gigged at a whole range of venues with a wide variety of audiences and ensembles.
Jack and Gabe have both been playing guitar and singing for as long as they can remember, but both play a range of other instruments which they often include in their work.
This event is organised by St James Wine Vaults. St James Wine Vaults is a laid back pub with a friendly welcome, a great atmosphere, and a wide range of quality wines, ciders, lagers, beers, spirits and regular live music.