Soothed through the beauty of sound
Colourfest Welcomes for 2018
We are currently in conversation with some amazing artists, medicine singers and bands from all over and will add them as confirmations come in.
Skedaddle is made up of professional musicians with many years of performing experience behind them. We draw inspiration from a rich history of amazingly talented musicians who wrote great tunes that have stood the test of time.
A lot of our material is based on New Orleans jazz from the early 1900s. Legends such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Fats Waller, Bessie Smith and Louis Prima all wrote and performed incredible tunes, and we have the good fortune to share this joyful music with audiences today.
We also draw inspiration from gypsy jazz greats such as Django Reinhardt, and an eclectic mix of klezmer and Balkan gypsy songs and dances.
Caitlin Barrett & Paul O’Neill
Caitlin and Paul joined forces in 2007 and started successful Celtic folk rock band, Roving Crows. Since then they have played all over the UK and France with the band, launched 4 albums and won national and international awards including:
Nominated for Best Album – FolkWords Album Awards 2018.
International Artist of the Year – Australian Celtic Music Awards 2017
Band of the Year – FATEA Music Awards 2014
Best Live Act – Spiral Earth Music Awards 2014
Top Fiddle Player – Irish Music Awards 2012
As well as continuing with the Crows, the pair have gone back to their roots this year as a dynamic duo; fiddle, guitar and vocals, playing country folk. Their lyrics give insight into their social conscience and their tunes will lift you up.
‘Drop into the story of the human heart and meet me there.’
James Southwick is a self-taught pianist & composer based in the UK who since childhood has sought to express musically what moves deep within us all and find connection with others in that emotional space.
Oftentimes reflective, sometimes melancholic, James’s playing always offers a musical adventure into the soul. Audiences have made comparisons with Ludovico Einaudi, Ólafur Arnalds, Nitin Sawhney amongst others.
In 2016 he released his debut album “Running Around A Hill.”
From the first touch of the keys he invites you to take a moment, listen, drop into yourself and come home.
“He brings pure magic…he is nothing short of amazing.” – Tom Fortes Mayer, Freemind Project
“Exceptional piano skills.” – www.divideandconquermusic.com
Rob Forest is a contemporary folk singer-songwriter based in Devon, England.
Writing with a deep love for the natural world and sharing a voice that is filled with gratitude and grief, Rob draws you right into the heart of his songs, feeling both the urgency and simplicity of their message; that all life is an awesome and exquisite experience of relationship.
ArHai The word ‘Arhai’ (pronounced with H) has a Greek root, and can be interpreted as ‘beginning’, ‘an- cient’ or ‘principle’. It sums up in one word all that the band’s music is: rethinking tradition through technology and the eyes of a modern world
Rooted deep in traditional song, originally probably sung raw and rough by village women at work, Arhai’s skill is to bring this music to a contemporary audience, slipped in unawares. If the term Balkan Folktronica doesn’t capture the breadth of their sound, which absorbs in- uences from as far as India and Turkey, Se- phardic Ladino, Renaissance and Irish music, it’s probably one that’ll stick. But far from be- ing a ‘copy n’ paste’ a air, Arhai make organic, carefully crafted real music, where selective sampling and electronic e ects drawn from the toolbox of skills that Jovana has built up in the course of her studies in sonic arts, nd a natural place alongside the traditions they draw from. Unlike the minimal eld-recording-meets-stu- dio-engineer approach, in Arhai there is always Adrian’s achingly beautiful tambura and the haunting voice-that-is-a-real-person of Jovana to ground them as a real band – proved in their live performances as a duo with laptopped tracking and real-time manipulation, complimented by visuals created by Italian VJ Massimo Macchu- it for a multimedia, all-enveloping experience.
…. ‘the band should be on the way to conquer the European world music market …..it really is a Balkan Mantra!’
‘Jovana Backovic’s vocals are superb, and both her and Adrian Lever’s musicianship are outstanding’. “ethereal, almost otherworldly attraction….simply irresistible.”
“Wow, I am very impressed” – Fred Fellowes, Founder of Secret Garden Party Festival
English singer songwriter Elise Yuill Cohen’s repertoire of story-telling conscious folk songs are enriched with a fascination of mysticism, philosophy and environmentalism. Her powerfully emotive voice guides listeners on a thought-provoking voyage, laden with tender, heartfelt tales of dreams, people, love, and life.
Her debut EP ‘A Thousand Angels’ Tears’ (2014) was produced by acclaimed artist Howard Jones, who Elise supported on his solo tour in 2016. Alongside the 14 UK tour dates, Elise launched a Crowd Funding Campaign to support the recording and independent release of her first full-length album; a project she is currently working on with producer Peter Miles and friends, at Middle Farm Studios in her home county of Devon. The release of the album is expected early in 2017.
With a background in dance, performing arts and yoga, Elise began writing songs in her early twenties. Since her first performance of these early compositions (2013), Elise has played numerous concerts and festivals across the UK and Europe, including her first appearance at Glastonbury Festival (2015).
More recent concerts have begun to incorporate collections of devotional songs and sacred mantras gathered from around the globe, spanning multi-faith traditions. These simple, uplifting and heart opening mantras guide the entire audience in spontaneous song. This marrying of musical themes continues to be the way forward for most of Elise’s upcoming appearances; a conscious diversion through which she strives to bring the beauty, magic and humility of devotion from her personal practice into her public performances; unifying all who are present into one magnificent, harmonic entity.
Returning to Colourfest for the 2nd time, Elise will be accompanied by musicians who appear on her forthcoming debut album: Miriam Wakeling, Matthew Bailey and Violeta Barrena will bring a vibrant array of cello, violin, percussion, hang drum and more to the mix this year.
Wendy Jane formerly of the ‘The Morrows’ folk duo has gone solo and has taken the archaic sound of the folk world and combined it with modern and world influences. She has been collaborating with world musicians to find new ways to express the issues close to her heart such as the refugee crisis, climate and women’s rights. She uses harp, flutes, guitar, shruti box, percussion and piano to accompany her ‘haunting’ (folkroots) vocals and to bring something of the gentle feminine to the audience. Lie back, be soothed, be moved…
Ethereal songstress Ruth Blake carries her audiences on powerful wings across lyrical skies, through ever-changing landscapes that prise open our hearts, connecting us to our most intimate pains and joys. In one moment simple, hypnotic guitar riffs and crystalline vocal melodies lead us open-eyed into the darkness of the void; at another her wild spirit calls our human community to unite with rousing lyrics for this time in history – inspiring us to return to the truth of the heart.
Having tentatively begun performing solo in the Autumn of 2014 with just 3 of her own songs; Ruth then wrote, crowd-funded, and recorded her debut album, ‘Lullabies for Grown-Ups’ in a flurry of inspiration, releasing it just 14 months later on the Winter Solstice of 2015.
Ruth has engaged with various indigenous and contemporary healing traditions over the years to explore the deepest nature of her human experience and our interconnectedness with the great web of life. Her music has been born out of her own healing journey and has become her most cherished medicine. As well as her own music, she occasionally also performs sacred songs and mantras from around the world.
She has been compared to Joni Mitchell, Nessi Gomes and Ayla Nereo; sharing their direction towards spiritual freedom and sacred connection through music… with her newer material adding flavours of Florence and the Machine and Portishead.
Through blazing fire and icy waters, flirting with the clouds in their mischief, or plunging deep into the beating heart of the earth… wherever she takes us, we can trust that she will always lead us home.
Making waves on the local scene, Kez Hinton is a New Forest based singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, passionate about live music and connecting with his audience. Creating an enchanting blend of uplifting and heartfelt acoustic folk, Kez weaves original compositions into a musical tapestry including his own unique interpretations of modern classics and bringing fresh life to Celtic and English traditional songs.
Kez hosts his monthly Ringwood Unplugged live music showcase, has an EP – Reflections available on CD and is active on the live music scene, playing regularly at local venues and small festivals.
Omer is a Master Percussionist, experienced performer, singer, songs writer from Martinique in the Caribbean Island with a vibrant multicultural music scene. Omer is grow up in a musical family. Introduced to music by is father from a young age An accomplished with an extensive knolegde of African, Latin and Caribbean style Omer fuse these styles in his own composition ” In my music, one can hear the influence from the beautiful Island of my origine with is complex history”
Magdalena Atkinson & Andrew Hurst
Magdalena Atkinson, a Dorset based singer-songwriter and a teacher of Shakti Dance, will join the Colourfest with a genius guitarist Andrew Hurst (Kevin Avebury). They will share vocalised melodies improvised over a tapestry of sound woven from guitar, lute, dulcimer, piano, or sitar threads – an eclectic mix with charismatic appeal, drawing from roots of Celtic, flamenco, Persian, Latin american and Europe of modern and mediaeval times; these are complemented by original composed songs of Magdalena.
Magdalena Atkinson published her album “Beauty & Power” in 2015, and she is currently working on the 2nd album “Love & Light” ready to be shared in the autumn 2017. Her music is soulful, uplifting & inspiring, taking a listener on a journey to the dreamy and loving landscapes, encouraging trust, joy and following the dreams.
Andrew Hurst is a very gifted, eclectic multi-instrumentalist, rooted in Classical music, yet successfully experimenting with many genres, composing, improvising and arranging music with a unique genius and soulful touch. He plays the variety of the guitars, the lute, the sitar, always surprising the listener with the fresh sound.
Victor has been with us from the beginning and his intimate sets around the fire have been some of the most memorable. We’re very glad he keeps coming back. Very honored to welcome him back this year.
‘My inspiration comes from life and to me one of the most magical and amazing gifts is love, (sometimes good, sometimes not so good) So, I guess most of my songs are of a romantic nature. They are all felt as well as sung. A song can capture special moments in life which help us remember them when we hear the song later on. It would be nice to think that I could make a song that would fit a memory and that could bring some kind of pleasure to the world (what a nice thought), something that could remain even if I’ve passed on. This is what inspires me. There are some things that can never be captured by words, but feelings are the key.’
Find more of his work here
Glenn & The Creeks
Glenn Ross has been writing and performing songs for over 20 years at folk clubs and festivals both here and abroad. Several of his songs have been played on local and national radio stations via BBC Introducing and via internet stations.
In 2013 he was joined by violinist Stefan Defilet and cellist Nick Squires, both ex students of the Royal London School of music and current members of the Alani String Quartet.
They provide the perfect accompaniment to his songs fusing Folk with Classical to give a unique and memorable sound
They have played the main stage at both Purbeck Folk Festival and Wimborne Folk Festival and are becoming well known on the folk circuit.
Songs from their first album Strings on Wood can be heard at,