Ashley Wood Festival 2013

Patron: Ralph Fiennes Artistic director: Jim Driscoll

"This is what all festivals should be like" (Fyfe Dangerfield)

Folk music concert, 28th September 2013

Louise Jordan Louise Jordan

Touring with her second, critically acclaimed album Florilegium, Louise plays original works, musical settings of literature as well as her own unique arrangements of traditional material. For her autumn 2013 tour, Louise will also perform brand new, previously unreleased material. Self-accompanied on either piano or guitar Louise's music combines classical sensibility with award winning acoustic song writing to create timeless and honest pieces delivered with energy and passion.

'A stirring, lilting grace' The Telegraph

'Haunting and unforgettable' The Sunday Express

'Absolutely, totally and completely, brilliant.' Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

Kate Denny Kate Denny

The former composer, singer and fiddle player of The Kittiwakes launched her new solo album Closer to Home in 2012 focusing her writing closer to heart and home. Expect songs of tragedy and injustice, love and hope—and the odd talking bird thrown in for good measure! After five years of gigging at folk clubs and festivals , Kate is no stranger to performing live, captivating audiences with the stories she weaves and gorgeous fiddle-based tunes.

Kate will also be running the harmony singing workshop.

“Denny is the owner of a truly striking voice, clear as a mountain stream and perfect of diction, and her own accompaniment on viola and violin, alongside (Charlie) Skelton, who also plays guitar and Northumbrian smallpipes, really brings her songs to life...a very fine album.” R2 Magazine (**** Review)

'a gently poignant and increasingly haunting musical delight', fRoots Magazine

'Closer To Home is a showcase of beautiful lyrics and evocative storytelling. The highly personal content serves as a reminder that there is a folk song hiding in everyone’s past, and ...the whole album sparkles with a secret magic which is never fully released but is always just beneath the surface.' Bright Young Folk

'Future Classic' Shire Folk


Steve Gifford Band The Steve Gifford Band

With his laid-back style and poignant lyricism, acoustic singer-songwriter and guitar player Steve Gifford has seen a meteoric rise in his popularity. Drawing on influences as rich and varied as the classic British rock of the Beatles, the Americana/Country roots of the Eagles, through to current folk rock, Steve maintains his own contemporary and inimitable style. 

The Steve Gifford Band was formed shortly after the launch of Steve’s critically acclaimed album Boy on a Beach at The Stables Theatre, Milton Keynes. It was at the Stables that Steve had previewed a number of the songs as Shawn Colvin’s special guest during a UK tour a few months earlier. The success of the Boy on a Beach launch led to a full album tour, which spanned from March to September 2008.

Steve’s fourth and current studio album Ungodly Hour, was released on the Smokey Rooms Label in February 2010.

Collaborations with leading artists such as Carl Palmer, Ten Years After, Lindisfarne and Steve Harley at Weyfest have all played an important part in Steve’s journey to where he finds himself today.

“a songwriter of telling insight and compassion” Rock'n'Reel Magazine

'unique, raw, driven, edgy acoustic style' Maverick