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Joe Topping is a folk singer and multi-instrumentalist from Liverpool. Steeped in traditional music, particularly the Irish and American songs performed in the folk club run by his father, he has expanded his repertoire to include blues, country songs and ballads as well as sensitive self-penned material and has been described as ‘a cross between Ry Cooder, Woody Guthrie and Paul Brady’. Joe has developed a unique bottleneck guitar style which he employs in many of his original songs and has a voice that can move from velvet soft to steely and powerful. His charismatic stage presence and engaging stories have entertained audiences all over the world, including live sessions on BBC Radio 2, ITV television and The National Film Awards. During the Covid pandemic, Joe was asked to enter ITV's ‘The Voice’. Seeing it as fun challenge while the rest of the music industry was shut down, he decided to give it a go and reached the semi-finals!

Not just a fine musician and singer … but a great entertainer’ (Woodman Folk Club)

‘Joe is a charismatic and accomplished singer songwriter effortlessly switching between his own thoughtful, melodic compositions and raucous standards!’ (Steve Knightley, Show of Hands)

Joe had our capacity audience in the palm of his hand before the end of the first number. Great songs, fab voice and a very engaging manner - a highlight of our festival.’ (John Watterson, Programme Director, Harmony Voyages/Costa Festivals)

  • 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm)

  • Entry: £12.00 (£10.00 members,  £6.00 under 18s and students)



Jon Doran and The Northern Assembly are a groundbreaking new collaboration that captures the excitement that lies within traditional song and shines new light on old stories from the British Isles. With striking vocals from Jon Doran (BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Finalist 2019) and the virtuosic playing of instrumentalists Heather Ferrier (accordion) and Jordan Aikin (whistle), the trio create dynamic songs that combine exhilarating contemporary arrangements with Jon’s much-loved traditional performance style.

‘Jon Doran is that rare kind of musician who is equally happy leading a song with his strong and tuneful voice or backing other musicians with   great sensitivity.’ (James Fagan)

  • 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm)

  • Entry: £12.00 (£10.00 members,  £6.00 under 18s and students)





A highly original and energetic musical force that combines captivating songwriting, fiery tunes and powerful three part harmonies. The Shackleton Trio are Georgia Shackleton (fiddle, vocals), Aaren Bennett (guitar) and Nic Zuppardi (mandolin). Natural talents of the folk tradition, their self-penned material blends seamlessly with their imaginative yet authentic re-workings of traditional folk standards, influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions but remaining firmly rooted in the local tradition of the band’s native East Anglia.

'Beguiling. A charismatic performance that holds your attention and isn’t afraid to make you think’ (Northern Sky Magazine)

'Excellent’ (R2 Magazine)

‘Sparky, charismatic and intensely assured’ (fRoots)

  • 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm)

  • Entry: £12.00 (£10.00 members,  £6.00 under 18s and students)

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