Bideford Folk Festival's special guests

A line-up of international talent is guaranteed at this year s Bideford Folk Festival, which takes place from Monday, August 10 until Sunday, August 16. Two very special visitors headline the event. Spiers & Boden and Demon Barbers Roadshow take tradition

A line-up of international talent is guaranteed at this year's Bideford Folk Festival, which takes place from Monday, August 10 until Sunday, August 16.

Two very special visitors headline the event. Spiers & Boden and Demon Barbers Roadshow take traditional English folk music and turn it on its head to present exciting music that is not to be missed.

Gaining major recognition for their original and imagintive approach to traditional music and song over the last five years, The Demon Barbers Roadshow present an unique sound. Playing traditional ballads with a twist to make them darker, their unique blend of folk rock creates traditional music that pulses with electricity.

Demon Barbers Roadshow has the added delight of some of England's most exciting young traditional dancers joining forces with the raunchy musicians creating high energy music and a spectacular new take on English ritual dance.


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Andy Knight, programme director of Bideford Folk Festival, said: "This is a truly spectacular show that incorporates traditional folk with drum 'n' bass grooves and even the odd touch of ska! We are thrilled they are bringing their talent and enthusiasm to Bideford."

Winners of 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Live Act, Demon Barbers Roadshow do not disappoint audiences.

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Spiers & Boden have been wowing audiences up and down the country for the last five years with their unique blend of traditional English folk song with contemporary dance tunes.

Winners of Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in both 2004 and 2006, and a Critic's choice nomination at the BBC World Music Awards, Jon Boden (singer, fiddle, guitar, stomp-box) follows in the footsteps of many of the great folk-singers with his theatrical style.

John Spiers (melodeon, concertina) has taken the traditional squeezebox styles and blended them with dance music to create an infectious acoustic groove which sounds like folk music but has an amazing effect on the uninitiated.

Jerry Bix, project manager of the festival, said: "Spiers & Boden fill the stage with a storm of music; cool, edgy vocals, fiddle and melodeon taking traditional song and bringing them right up to date. It is impossible not to be impressed, whether you are a folk fan or new to folk music, this band should not be missed!"

The festival includes 193 events including concerts, sessions, sing-arounds and workshops as well as more than 20 free events providing plenty to suit everyone's musical tastes and budget. Other highlights include real country Bluegrass with the all-female line-up of the Maybelles from Brooklyn, USA. Special developments for 2009 include a greatly expanded social dance programme with workshops for callers and dance musicians as well as lunchtime, afternoon and evening dances and the new dormitory accommodation at Kingsley School supplementing the popular Festival campsite.

Demon Barbers Roadshow can be seen at 8pm on Saturday, August 15 at Kingsley School Theatre. Tickets �15 adults, �10 under 16s.

Spiers & Boden are at the Festival finale on Sunday, August 16 at 7pm, Kingsley School Theatre. Tickets �15 adults, �10 under 16's.

Bideford Folk Festival season tickets are on sale now by calling (01237) 470792.

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