Tarnside Farm, Tarns, Nr Aspatria, Cumbria, CA7 4NQ
24, 25, 26th August 2013
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Line up 2015

  • Drystone Stage

    • The Unthanks

      The Unthanks

      You might find them singing in a Tyneside folk club one night, and playing to 2000 Londoners the next, having performed to a primary school in the afternoon. You might find them collaborating with Adrian Utley (Portishead) one moment, and writing the score to an archive film about shipyards the next. Or visiting Africa with Damon Albarn, Flea and Joan As Policewoman and then presenting a TV programme for BBC4 about traditional dance. Rubbing shoulders with Robert Plant, Adele, Elbow and Radiohead at the Mercurys, or in a bunkhouse on the coastline of Northumberland cooking for 50 fans on one of their residential singing weekends. Running singing sessions in the back of a pub on a Monday before heading off to tour America or Australia on the Tuesday. Signing licensing deals with EMI while continuing to record vocals in broom cupboards under the stairs. Spending 9-5 managing their own careers without agents or labels, and heading down the studio in the evening to write scores for a project with a symphony orchestra. Collaborating with Orbital while championing songs from the folk club floor singers of the North East and re-presenting them to anyone who wants to listen. You'll find them played by the folk show on BBC Radio 2, but equally by cutting edge BBC6 Music, Radio 3 and Radio 1 DJs. You might find them on the cover of a folk magazine like fRoots or in the pages of NME. Definable only by their restless eccentricity, there are no easy one-liners to capture who or what The Unthanks are, or much point in guessing what they'll do next.

    • Kathryn Tickell & The Side

      Kathryn Tickell & The Side

      Kathryn Tickell is the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, a composer, performer and successful recording artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria.

      Kathryn is currently recording and touring with her new folk-classical ensemble The Side, comprising Louisa Tuck (cello), Ruth Wall (harp) and Amy Thatcher (accordion, clog dancing). With support from the PRS for Music Foundation, she is writing and commisioning new work. The Side first toured the UK in autumn 2013. The quartet's debut album is released in September followed by UK touring. Early 2015 sees further UK touring and concert hall dates at the Berliner Philharmoniker and Luxembourg Philharmonie.

    • The Baghdaddies

      The Baghdaddies

      Touring the world for over 15 years, the Baghdaddies’ music is world music with strong Balkan tendencies alongside Caribbean grooves, Middle Eastern rhythms and even some Geordie [native Newcastle] touches, all awash with influences such as ska, jazz, punk and metal, delivered with theatre and exuberance. Uplifting and infectiously danceable, full of blistering brass, rousing 5 part vocal harmonies and a rhythm section that you can’t keep still to. Songs to listen to and party!

    • Backyard Rhythm Orchestra

      Backyard Rhythm Orchestra

      High Energy party band taking influence from world music traditions such as Klezmer, Cumbia, Reggae, Afrobeat and Hiphop. Featuring conscious lyrics inspired by the sub-conscious to stimulate the collective conscience.

    • Peatbog Faeries

      Peatbog Faeries

      Welcome to the weird but undoubtedly wonderful world of The Peatbog Faeries, Skye's finest, where you should always expect the unexpected.

      Gloriously unpredictable, a band to treasure." fRoots

      Spring 2015 sees the launch of a great new CD for this now legendary band. To tie in with this they will be undertaking a special promotional tour Hailing from the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries are the figurehead trailblazers of the Celtic Dance Music renaissance.

      Drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more, they take traditional Scottish music and bring it fresh-faced and breathless into the 21st century. They are Peter Morrison (pipes and whistles), Ross Couper (fiddle), Tom Salter (guitar), Innes Hutton (bass, percussion) Graeme Stafford (keyboards) and Stuart Haikney (drums).

      They have toured the world taking their inventive and unique brand of music and light show to audiences far and wide, never failing to fill the floor and delight the crowd. This is high octane Celtic dance music as you’ve never heard it before.

      Be prepared to dance.

    • Pikey Beatz

      Pikey Beatz

      The very welcome return to the Drystone Stage  of fantastic 7 piece Ska/Reggae band from Northumberland. Pikey Beatz are a fun and energetic band that can get a crowd moving with a smile on their face at the same time.

    • Holy Moly and The Crackers

      Holy Moly and The Crackers

      "THey call it circus folk..." Holy Moly and The Crackers are influenced by a wide range of styles and artists; the honest grit and gravel of Woody Guthrie, the gypsy bone-cage burlesque of Gogol Bordello, the spectral clarity of Laura Marling. As such they play a lively, moonshine mix of Romani, Americana and contemporary British ‘folk’n’roll’.

    • Emma and The Professor

      Emma and The Professor

      Emma and The Professor, like Bards of old Albion, call you forth to barrows and circles with their rousing performance of stirring, passionate songs. You can’t resist the charm of this duo as they weave a journey through tales of lusty battles, love lost and found and legends so deeply rich in our heritage. Their closeness as musicians and people can’t help but catch you up in the buzzing atmosphere they create. “Emma Heath is a real voice to listen out for in Folk, merging the haunting sensitivity of Sandy Denny with the commanding battle cries of Robert Plant.” Mark Davies (The Professor) quoted as, “Jimi Hendrix on the Bodhran” and “powerful and lively, never too dominant and always the right ornamentation at the right time. A sovereign, but sensitive player who has the talent to express his musical feeling to his instrument and to the music.” A bouncy, heartfelt, vivid duo with bags of energy and colour!

    • Ginger Snap and The Style Pile

      Ginger Snap and The Style Pile

      A tight funk outfit from the NE, featuring the distinctive soul voice of Joanne Robson and a band of startlingly good up-and-coming 'faces' from the NE jazz / funk scene.

    • The Coast Road

      The Coast Road

      Beautifully simple and stylish acoustic jazz-folk arrangements of an eclectic range of songs from the head and heart of Dave Camlin, given light and space by a versatile and accomplished band of fine musicians. The astonishing fretwork of Paul (Baghdaddies) Susans on bass, and Brendan Murphy’s arsenal of unusual percussion - including the remarkable sauvignon-blanc-o-phone – underpin Rachel Cross’ dextrous fiddle, and their close harmonies make for soaring, elegiac music of simple beauty.

    • Moss Troopers

      Tim Elvin’s folk ‘army’ of musicians from west Cumbria and beyond return to the Drystone with their own quirky mix of Tim’s cleverly constructed folk tunes. Lots of the best local musicians playing tunes written specially for Solfest - now in their 9th year!

    • Bridie Jackson and The Arbour

      Bridie Jackson and The Arbour

      Bridie has a unique voice "that despite its strength and power has a whisper like quality that draws you in with its gentle intimacy and bewitching melancholy" (The Crack Magazine). Her voice and “inventive guitar playing that instantly intrigues" (Head Scaffold), are complemented by 'The Arbour', a talented group of musicians who provide rich layers of vocal harmonies alongside combinations of cello, violin, mandolin and bell plates. The range of instruments are used sparingly; "working up magic from seemingly simple elements" (Narc magazine), in a set which varies from entirely a capella to riotous, stomping bluegrass-tinged new folk.

    • Sam Kelly Trio

      Sam Kelly is a twenty-two year old singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from the depths of Norfolk. Sam's only link to folk music as a young child lay in the gaelic folk songs that his Irish grandfather would teach him to sing. Although many individual songs and tunes have been lost in the blur of childhood memory, Sam has never lost the love and child-like awe for the beautiful sounds of traditional music, and this passion pours out of him in every note he sings.
      "Sam has such a beautiful voice and sings with so much soul. I've seen him perform live a few times and he's amazing...he's so talented" Cara Dillon
      "I think this guy is absolutely brilliant...I love the stuff he does" Mike Harding
      "A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music. Seriously...Check him out!" Sean Lakeman

    • The Lancashire Hotpots

      The Lancashire Hotpots

      Back to Solfest by popular demand, The Lancashire Hotpots (Members: Bernard Thresher (vocals, guitar, hard drive defragging) Dickie Ticker (melodica, hand percussion, wireless networking) Bob Wriggles (bass, TCP/IP and IPX Routing) Kenny Body (Drums, matters of health and safety) Billy McCartney (Keyboards, 'Merseyside correspondent') make a very welcome return in 2015 with their unique blend of comedy folk.

  • Bar Stage

    • Annemarie Quinn

      Annemarie Quinn

      Annemarie Quinn is a singer songwriter hailing from the unique Lake District town of Keswick. Taking up the guitar and violin from an early age, she has developed her song writing techniques, becoming a prolific composer of beautiful music that reflects the lakes and mountains that she loves. Annemarie conbines her passion for the rural landscape with the broad music influences ranging from the folk stylings of Kate Rusby and Mumford and Sons to the memorable melodies of Bob Marley and Paul Simon. In doing so, she has homed a style that is uplifting, sun-shining and heart-warming, which continues to attract a large and growing following, locally and further afield. Annemarie has played at venues and festivals all over the country including The 02 Academy London, The Wickerman Festival Scotland and The Cavern Club Liverpool.

      With an album and single already on iTunes, Annemarie is currently in the middle of brand new recordings to be released later this year. After three years of classical training, Annemarie has recently graduating with with a First Class BA Hons Music Degree from Manchester Metropolitan and is now a full time professional musician, taking on the music industry by storm!

    • Mylittlebrother




      mylittlebrother we formed when 8 friends, who loved music, decided to get together, fuelled by gin, haribo and Pet Sounds, to write and record some. Their debut album "If We Never Came Down" with released to critical acclaim in 2014, and got airplay on BBC 6 Music, and on Radio 1, amongst others. This was backed up with sold-out gigs across the north of England and Scotland, and a string of well received festival appearances across the UK

    • Young Rebel Set

      Young Rebel Set

      Forget what you think you know about Young Rebel Set. For a start they don’t smell of whiskey.


      This is quite surprise in itself. For a band who up till now have unwittingly looked like the sort of group who should (and quite often have) been shrouded in the aroma of Scotch; who’ve subtly poked fun at their Teeside roots with videos set in dimly-lit pubs and working men’s clubs, this is a change in look. One that comes alongside a new album, ‘Crocodile’ which has taken their soul-searching sound to another place. It is a record full of dilemmas; haunted by mistakes and apologies. It has a injured bravado but walks with its head held high. 

    • Samuel S Parkes

      Samuel S Parkes

      Samuel S. Parkes is a Mod. He wears his influences firmly on his paisley pattern sleeve. His brand of up-tempo, uplifting Northern Soul Stompers make him impossible to ignore on the live & festival scene.

      influenced by a love for soul 45's
      "Night Owl EP" was launched in march to a sold out crowd in Leeds & has gone on to sell out a limited 500 physical copies.

      Samuel's first year active has seen him earn support slots with the likes of Cast/Ocean Colour Scene/The Rifles/Dexters & Motown Legends Martha Reeves & The Vandellas.

      The BBC's Alan Raw names Samuel as best of 2014 & ones to watch in 2015.

    • Heartbreak Remedy

      Heartbreak Remedy

      Heartbreak Remedy are a groove led rock band, based in the Lake District, UK, who formed early 2013, on the back of a drunken night out discussing music and ideas, the motivation for Heartbreak Remedy was ignited.

      Bass/Vocalist Matty and Drummer Stephen have played together for 13 + years and were discussing starting a new band, writing and playing all original music. They enlisted the talent of Luke, who Stephen had known a while, having traveled a bit together and had spoken music, most of the time.

    • We Are Quasars

      We Are Quasars

      Carlisle based band WeAreQuasars formed in 2013 and play their own brand of melodic indie/rock about wings, sandstorms, bruises, floorboards, breakdowns, silence and fire...
      2014 saw the band release their debut EP 'In the Shadows of Mountains' which received great reviews locally as well as nationally, even receiving support from as far as America - their second EP 'The Cities Lost Beneath Us' is due for release this Summer.
      They have enjoyed huge support from BBC Introducing in Cumbria including recording a Live Session with them.

    • Popgun


      PopGun are a Cumbria based group with a gift to give of well crafted tunes delivered with love and care. PopGun make up all our own words and music and hope you agree that the sound that comes out when we press play is strong, tuneful and brings joy and happiness. PopGun have been working hard on new songs and so we hope you will enjoy these, along with a mix of our old and loved numbers too. You never know, PopGun might even drop in one carefully selected cover! PopGun are counting the days until we see you all back in the bar tent on a glorious sunny day in August....All together...1-2-3-4.

    • The Exiles

      The Exiles

      The Exiles are a punk rock band with members based in Scotland and the north of England:

      Phil – vocals and bass
      Simon – guitar and vocals
      Tef – drums


      The Exiles are on a mission to inject revolution back into rock’n’roll!

    • Afterglow


      Afterglow are a 4 piece band based in Norfolk.

      The band has an Indie Rock sound, mixed with some light funk influences.

      Influences include: Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Bombay Bicycle Club, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Keys and Bruno Mars.

      Afterglow met at the College of West Anglia in King's Lynn. This lead to the band playing covers for fun before they started work on writing their own material.

      In 2013 Afterglow released 'Home'. A 5 track E.P which generated interest in various Radio stations including BBC Norfolk Introducing.

      In March 2014 Afterglow will release a second E.P called 'Time'. The First track 'Pressure' was released on Christmas Day (2013) as a music video. The track has also had it's first play on BBC Norfolk Introducing.

    • The Borgias

      The Borgias

      An indie/alt/dance sound from Birmingham.
      KaYc Mundee on vocals, Jason Stretton on keyboard and Craig Black on guitars , giving a unique distorted sound. We love music so weve searched the depths and found fat dancey beats to wonder the universe . Helping sooth the seas .
      **WARNING** contains head nodding

    • No Thrills

      No Thrills

      Over the past sixteen years No Thrills have supported some of the biggest names in punk - Dead Kennedys, UK Subs, The Damned, Cockney Rejects, Control and Vice Squad, released three albums, 'Sally's Seven Deadly Hymns', 'Off The Rails' and 'Us Against 'em All', and have a loyal and dedicated bunch of fans who follow the band just about everywhere they play. In 2013 the band went from strength to strength and saw the release of a 23 track DIY album recorded in their rehearsal room called 'It's What’s Inside', comprising of six new songs and seventeen revamped crowd favourites from down the years. With appearances at Rebellion and Nice 'N' Sleazy festival already on the books for 2014, a European tour and a new studio album in the pipeline, No Thrills are on the top of their game, loving what they do, and that radiates out through the speakers or from the stage. They are; in their own words, quite literally, "punk rock till we die" 

    • Bombskare


      Edinburgh’s 9 man juggernaut, Bombskare, are firmly established as one of the most explosive and entertaining live acts in the country for their trademark high energy shows.

      They are masterful musicians and performers. An awesome live band, they steal any show with ease, using breakneck ska rhythms and lush, three-part harmonies with choppy guitar sounds and an explosive horn section to truly blow the audience away. An eclectic blending of musical styles with 100 mile an hour dance floor filling crowd pleasers cements Bombskare’s undisputed reputation as Scotland’s premier skank masters.

      The band were formed around the time of Charlemagne. That would make them over twelve hundred years old, which feels about right, but until they get round to carbon dating Papa Joe, their oldest member, it’s all just speculation. You might not realise this, but Ska music before the Middle Ages was quite different. It was slower for a start, with a lot less electricity.

      With their renowned hometown ‘Skalloween’ club night attracting a 1000 sellout crowd Bombskare have, in the past two years, steadily begun a sonic assault on England with acclaimed performances at Boomtown, Solfest and Nozstock, to name a few. Fast losing their tag of Scotland’s best kept secret, the rest of the UK are wisening up to their talents.

      All in all Bombskare are a band with their tongue firmly in their cheek. They don’t take themselves too seriously and they work hard and party harder. You are guaranteed the most energetic, fun gig you are likely to experience anywhere!

      GigApe - Live @ O2 Toots & The Maytals “ These guys rock and are truly the best in the business…true musicians and true performers…rare attributes these days 10/10.”

    • No Coward Soul

      No Coward Soul

      No Coward Soul is a Folk Americana band fronted by Alaskan singer-songwriter Brad Schmauss. Their lush three part harmonies and powerful, energetic rhythms support the dark poetry of Brad’s lyrics and make them an exciting, un-forgettable live act. They are an experienced group who have played at a variety of festivals and great venues, including: Harvest at Jimmy’s, The Dublin Castle, Bull & Gate and headline spots at The Half Moon, Folk of the Wood, and the Underbelly.

      The London based band has just released their ‘Scarecrow’ EP and is lining up a tour to support this. The line-up includes Mandolin, Accordion, Cajon, Guitar, Banjo and occasionally Ukelele and Melodica.

    • The Skints

      The Skints

      The Skints mix reggae, ska, dub, punk & hip-hop, dubbing their sound as 'East London Reggae'.

    • The Hoochie Coochie Moonshine Band

      The Hoochie Coochie Moonshine Band

      The HCMB formed when friends started jamming in the local pubs and parties, there's a common interest in good ale and a raucous beat that results in a unique and infectious interpretation of great Irish based folk tunes and a few surprises as well... Guaranteed to get you dancing!

    • Kev Kendal

      Kev Kendal

      Former front man of mod covers band “Sound” Kev hung up his parka in 2007. Five years later (on 12-12-12 ) he relaunched himself onto the music scene as a singer songwriter and has not looked back since. Recent billings include supporting britpop legends Dodgy and Bruce Foxton’s reincarnation From The Jam. His own brand of #acousticmod blends nicely with his own material about love, life and rice pudding!

    • The Talks

      The Talks

      The Talks - Dub/Ska rockers from Yorkshire, UK.

      In just a short space of time The Talks have built themselves a compelling live reputation across the UK and Europe for delivering sweaty, high octane, dance floor filling shows, treading the boards with the likes of Madness, The Specials, Rancid, The Beat and many more.

      2013 saw the band release their eagerly anticipated ‘Westsinister’ E.P. along with singles ‘Can Stand The Rain’ - featuring the legendary Neville Staple from The Specials – and the YouTube smash ‘Friday Night’. The E.P. and respective singles achieved much success with Ska Punk and commercial listeners across the UK and Europe and also achieved the playlists of certain American, Australian and Japanese Ska orientated radio stations. With main stage performances at globally renowned festivals such as ‘This Is Ska’ (DE), ‘Mighty Sounds’ (CZ) and ‘Rebellion’, tweets of appraisal and support from new wave big hitters ‘Less Than Jake’, glowing reviews and cover features from Big Cheese and Vive Le Rock Magazines - not to mention appearing in programmes on various UK TV networks - the bands reputation has surged from strength to strength.

      In April 2014 the band released ‘Don’t Look Behind You’, their first single from upcoming album ‘Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves’, which boosted the bands popularity seeing them dramatically increase their touring schedule and break through further into commercial and alternative media across Europe. Proceeding with a successful second single "Radio" in their back pocket, The Talks shortly followed with new album ‘Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves' and set out on an extensive European tour. Totalling up 40 gigs spanning two months across 9 different countries, and about 10,000 miles of tarmac, the band were able to explore a lot of new, wide reaching territories and deliver the mayhem to brand new audiences in places such as Italy, Austria, Poland and Croatia.

      The openly received 'Commoners, Peers, Drunks and Thieves' was released on 24th November 2014, as sales continue to rise and listenership grows evermore with air-play globally. And 2015 has got off to a blistering start with January’s release of live album 'Live at Kendal Calling', delivering The Talks seminal 2014 performance with all the punch and verve of a band in pole position.

      Be sure to not miss this band in 2015!

    • Stark


      With their unorthodox blend of old and new from both sides of the Atlantic, Stark defy categorisation. Their infectious melodies, poetic lyrics and unique arrangements have won Stark a dedicated and growing fan base. For the last three years, this Brighton-based trio have been honing their song writing and performance skills, recording, producing and releasing their own music - to huge critical acclaim. They have been featured by a host of different publications, including Classic Rock, Fame, R2, Sound on Sound, Artrocker and as Critic's Choice in Time Out. Their new single 'Tunnel Vision' has continued the development of their sound, and is receiving amazing responses from around the world. Watch this space!

      'Clearly modern, gritty but groovy' - Classic Rock

      'Their sound is dirty and so tight it's waterproof' - Fame

      'A sound so explosive you may just fall off your chair' - The Vinyl District, UK Artist of the Week

    • Wilf Stone

      Wilf Stone

      Hailing from the rolling green hills of rural Northumberland, based in the urban backdrop of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Wilf Stone has been performing soulful performances for seven years. Drawing from his own experiences and those of others his songs tend toward the meaningful and sometimes, political. Spreading a message of understanding, tolerance (most of the time) and love Wilf has left audiences all over Britain happy and eager to hear more. Wilf's debut album "Chameleon Tree" is available at wilfstone.bandcamp.com for £5

    • Degrees Of Up

      Degrees Of Up

      Degrees of Up is an upcoming alternative music band, that creates a fusion of different genres and playing styles coming together as one. It originally started as an in college Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute band, performing songs such as ‘Give it Away’ and ‘Under the Bridge’. Though later on they felt the band had a good connection and wanted to start creating its own Material.

      The band is put together with 5 South Cumbrian music students from Kendal college.

  • The Love Shack

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  • House of Joy

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  • Electric Village

    • Banco de Gaia

      Banco de Gaia

      Toby Marks was born in South London in 1964. He was drawn to music from an early age and formed his first band as a drummer, aged 14. He went on to sing and play guitar in a variety of styles, exploring rock, folk, jazz and world music, before discovering electronic dance music via the late ‘80s Acid House scene.

      In 1989 he formed Banco de Gaia, focussing on world music-infused dance and ambient/chill-out styles, and has released 17 albums (or 20 if you include some early cassette-only releases). His official debut album Maya received a Mercury Music Prize nomination and he achieved notoriety for his pro-Tibetan follow up Last Train to Lhasa.

      As Banco de Gaia he continues to play live and DJ worldwide and has previously performed with a variety of other musicians as a live band.

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