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. 01983 746640 Facebook page.

Chris Quinton Singer, songwriter and entertainer, with guitar, also Clacks Band. Email Tel 07432 739733

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

Steve Love  Original songs about the Isle of Wight, with guitar. Contact via Facebook

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.

Tony Nicol  Talented singer, varied and interesting repertoire including comedy and own songwriting. Tel. 523121 or 07506 250028


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

The Coppersmith   Award winner Glenn performs an eclectic mix of folk song, mostly 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.


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.  Facebook page. Website:  Email:

The Crew Sea shanties and folk with guitar, ukelele, accordion, recorder and percussion. 07709502573

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

The Clacks Band  Original material written by band members, vocals with guitar, bass, harmonica, keyboard and percussion.

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

Eremue Folk  Songs with a variety of instruments and vocals. 07909526122

Feck!  Irish folk/Punk band, currently taking a break, but expect to regroup later. Contact 07855380981. Facebook page. See also The Kelpies.

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

The Festive Folkies  Second Time Around, Guith and ace fiddler Richard. A special band for Christmas. Contact via 2TA.

The Kelpies Mainly Scottish folk band with some Irish and punk folk. Facebook Group The Kelpies Band, contact 07855 380981.

Larboard Watch  Harmony trio, folk and shanties, accompanied and unaccompanied. Alan Garnett 07923647373. email:

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

Norfolk ‘n Goode Tony Nicol, Tina and James Goode. Songs with multi-instrumental backing. Contact via Tony on 523121 or 07506 250028 or 2TA below

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

Quatrapuntal    Original compositions based around classical folk and other influences. Vocals, mandora, Portuguese guitar, melodica, bass.

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

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

The Watch  Harmony quartet, folk, shanties, ballads, accompanied and unaccompanied 07923647373 or

Ceilidh/ Barn Dance Bands

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

The Shindig Band– see The Crew in ‘Groups’ above

Slainte Va – see ‘Groups’ above

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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