Singers, bands, callers

NOTE:  Before booking an act it is best to listen to them performing live to ensure they are what you expect. If this is not possible, ask about previous performances and contact the organiser.

Solo performers

Andy Roberts. Contemporary and traditional Folk Singer, Songwriter, musician based in Freshwater. For folk clubs, quieter pub venues and house concerts. Contact 01983 752050  email:

Brian Reeves  Mainly songs from South of England & Isle of Wight, also sea songs and shanties.  Contact :

Captain Nash  Professional pirate, children’s entertainer, shanty singer. 07943 048908. Facebook page.

Cap’n Paul  07709502573 or 811134  See Groups below for more information.

David Ballard  Singer, songwriter and poet, with guitar. mail

J.C. Grimshaw Song writer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher. Blues,Vintage Jazz, Gypsy, Country, Folk and Pop. Contact: Also contact for The Dance Preachers and Tizigane  and The Gramophone Party

Joe Caudwell  Didgeridoo and percussion. Facebook page

Paul Armfield  Highly respected singer-songwriter  Facebook page

The Gentleman Songster (Steve Parkes) Songs and comic monologues accompanied by guitar. 01983 754159

 The Singing Poet (Ruth Twyman Lockyer)  Primarily a poet, also sings unaccompanied folk, blues and just about anything else. Entertains groups.

Vickie Clarke  Songs with guitar.  Mail to

Annabelle Stevens  Modern folky songs and guitar. 07821002789


Abacus  Hazel and Pete play and sing American roots music from past and present.  07770 764974 email  YouTube  Abacus Banjo

Coppersmith  Glenn and Linda perform an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary folk songs, some self-penned. Also theatre with music and song. Contact 07799 040416 or mail

The Dollymopps Virgil and Justin, expert singing of Isle of Wight traditional songs in harmony. Contact: 0750 4403991 or 07429 829856

JC and Angelina  Popular professional duo who perform in a variety of musical styles.

Molly’s Chambers Traditional and modern Irish, guitar, violin and vocals. Contact Chris Quinton 0743739733

Puckaster  Harp, guitar and vocals. 07880 735114 mail:

Sun Morrow  Mytho-poetic folk duo, guitars, mandolin and vocals. Tel Nils 07772 433192. Facebook page.

Taffetty  John Hacker and Andy Roberts sing contemporary and traditional songs to guitar and mandolin. Contact via Andy, see above.

The Teetotalers  Irish music. Contact via Last Orders link below.


Brighstone Barnacles  Large group of singers ( up to ten ) perform mainly sea songs and shanties accompanied by guitar.  Tel.Dave 741061 Email:

Cajundaze   Cajun music on accordion, fiddle, guitar, zither & triangle, for dancing and listening. CAJUNDAZE ARE LOOKING FOR A GUITARIST.  Website:  Email:  Facebook page

The Crew/Cap’n Paul & Shipmates Sea songs and shanties with guitar, ukelele, accordion, recorder and percussion. 07709502573 or 811134

The Chain Ferry Gang  Songs accompanied by guitar, ukeleles, harmonica and tea-chest base. Email

Double Hitch Vince & Kerry Scriver and James and Tina Goode use their instrumental skills to give traditional songs pazazz. Facebook page

Feck!  Irish folk/Punk band.  Also Riverflow, a quieter version of Feck! Contact 07855380981. Facebook page.

Guith   Three piece harmonies and self penned songs with Isle of Wight theme. Contact John Bentley 07970 009642  Facebook page

Grizzled Skipper  Lively songs, mainly American and banjo. 07980 868851 or 07896 284086

The Hooleys 5-piece band playing Country and Irish music. Facebook page

Last Orders  Excellent Irish band. Contact:

Millicent’s Favourite  Play instrumentals with guitar, recorder, banjo, mandolin and shruti box. email  Facebook page

Petes Sake    Folk, country and Irish music with vocals, fiddle, accordion, banjo and guitar. To book, Tel 07969  735728 or 01983  523578. Website:

Second Time Around (2ndTA) Always popular, multi-instrumentalists and fine singers perform folk, jazz and blues. See 2ndTA Facebook page.

Red Sqwrl  Perform old – time country blues and occasional jazz. Facebook page

Slainte Va  Irish  and Scottish singalong specialists

The South Wight District Spasm Band play ragtime blues & jazz on stringed instruments.  07866 918746 or

Vectian  Play original compositions by Chris Hirst, folky classical, mandora, cello and accordion and vocals.

Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Bands

Alan  Young & Margaret available for ceilidhs with caller Ian Watterson. 01983 616240

Concord Ceilidh Band  Ceilidh band available for parties, weddings, fund-raisers, etc,  any age group or ability level. Caller included. Contact Mike Butler on

The Caulkheads Dance Band   Ceilidh and barn dance band with own caller for all occasions.  Contact via Caulkheads website

The Shindig Bands – see ‘bands’

Slainte Va – see ‘bands’

Ceilidh or Barn Dance Callers

Brian Reeves

Steve Taverner

Ian Watterson  Contact on 0781 2901741

For Good Causes

Rodney and his Merry Minstrels  A group of friends who run singalong sessions for seniors and dementia sufferers in care homes and clubs. Contact  Rodney on 07895074784

The Isle of Wight Scottish Fiddlers  Seasoned performers who put on a good show. bookings@scottish


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