We are putting together an exciting and varied line-up for your enjoyment at this year's festival.
They will be on various stages and venues around town at both ticketed and free events.
Do keep checking back to see who else will be appearing... there are still more to come!
Here are our Spotlight Performers followed by A - Z of the rest of the line-up.
Award winning Somerset folk songwriter and singer.
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring patnerships
The Outside Track
Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music.
Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
In 2011 multi-instrumentalist Ciaran met and joined forces with Chester-born Greg to form a duo which since became two time BBC Folk Award winners
Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente
2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente have been described as 'a vocal/guitar duo like no other'.
Ray 'Chopper' Cooper
Ray is a former member of Oysterband and singer songwriter. The guy that sings with a cello, as well as mandolin, guitar and piano...
Gerry Colvin Band
Folk-pop legend Gerry Colvin must be one of the most endearing and energetic musicians on the planet.
Polly Morris Band
If you could imagine the love child of Bill Bailey and Victoria Wood that would be Polly Morris
This acapella foursome have been creating a storm across the UK festival circuit in the past few years.
Tom is retired submariner, now living on dry land. His songs cover a wide range of nautical topics, from life on H.M. ships to traditional shanties.
A Half of Murphy's
A Half of Murphy's consists of Noeleen and Alex who are literally half of Bournemouth based ceilidh band Murphy's Lore
Alison and Jack
Originally from Somerset and Hampshire, Alison & Jack have worked their way up through the clubs over the last ten years recording two acclaimed CD’s.
Award winning folk artist with a flair for story songs.
Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician's musician: a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune.
Antoine & Owena
Antoine & Owena create their own original blend of folk music that provides a feast for the ears, the heart and the feet.
Barley Rye Choir
Barley Rye is a community choir from Somerset, singing local folk songs, songs with a "Summer" theme and songs they sang as children
Black Sheep are Dorset's most popular Barn Dance Band / Ceilidh Band. They have been performing in Dorset and beyond for more than 30 years.
'Broken Biscuits' are an acoustic duo who describe their music as, 'eclectic folk' and they draw inspiration from diverse musical styles and artists.
CamillaB is a 14 year old aspiring artist. She performs accompanied by her guitar or backing track.
Award winning songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Chris Cleverley is renowned for his ability to mesmerise audiences with his haunting tales.
Cider House Rounders
We play traditional American Old Time music from the rugged Appalachian mountain region.
Court Rogue is a lively four piece contemporary folk band from Winchester who write their own songs and tunes.
His concerts are played on the beautiful hammer dulcimer and hurdy gurdy, along with unaccompanied songs that he encourages audiences to sing along.
With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, Daria Kulesh is making a name for herself as a unique and exciting singer/songwriter.
Dom's music knits together British and European folk tradition with classical guitar.
Dorset Wrecks were formed in 2013 and our first gig happened when 5 of the initial 6 members sang on MV Freedom.
Emily Mae Winters
Hailed as having a voice that will stop you in your tracks, Emily Mae Winters’ songs are quickly permeating the folk and song writing scene
The Folk Orc provides folk music workshops, sessions and tuition for people of all ages and abilities
Ford Collier (The Drystones)
Ford Collier finds it easiest to describe himself as a multi-instrumentalist, although it would be tempting to just say he is indecisive.
Coming from a musical household, he was exposed to Folk Songs from an early age, teaching himself to play acoustic guitar in his teens.
Hailing from Faversham in Kent, they first emerged in 2009 and take their inspiration from the depths of English folk lore.
Gugge (pronounced "googie", as in boogie!) 2000 are returning to the festival to play their Guggenmusik through the streets of Wimborne
Ian W Brown - not the lead singer of The Stone Roses one, the guitarist and songwriter from The New Forest one.
Jasmine Beth writes and sings folk tales about sailors, devils, ancient Greek legends, Shakespearean characters and pre-nuptial agreements.
John Meriton is a versatile singer / songwriter with an emotional mix of words, melodies and rhythms to excite the soul.
John Ward Trio
The John Ward Trio’s brand of folk music has been born from John’s experience of life in a tough and gritty East Anglian fishing port.
Jonny Phillips Music
Fusing indie music with folk and rock and then throwing in a hint of roots, Jonny Phillips plays and creates the music he loves.
Kadia made a name for themselves locally for creative arrangements of traditional music also gaining plaudits for their unique takes on modern music
Kitty Macfarlane is a Somerset-based singer and songwriter. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with bigger questions...
Lucy’s vocal tone has hints of the late Sandy Denny in it – a rare and precious thing indeed, but her sound is all her own.
Murphy's Lore is a Dorset based 'Celtic' band, performing a mix of traditional Irish, English and Scots music plus a few tunes of their own.
We are a mixed Acapella quartet based in East Dorset.
No Strings Attached
No Strings Attached play the best of English Dance Music plus tunes from Ireland and Scotland.
North Drive is a Band from Winchester (Hampshire) playing Bluegrass - influenced by Roots and Folk Music
Oka Vanga Trio
They are an award winning Folk & Roots trio. Whether singing, playing guitar, ukulele or mandolin, their performances both interesting and memorable
One Word is an exciting & energetic 4 piece band, performing stylish modern original songs.
is a singer/songwriter from Dorset.
"A talented wordsmith who draws from personal experience and current events to craft songs rangin
You may recognise Paul for being half of local folk duo Men In Black, and is often seen at The Oddfellows for I Can't Believe It's Not a Folk Club
Pete Christie is a nationally touring solo British singer-songwriter/acoustic fingerstyle guitarist who plays from the heart and sings from the soul.
Pigs Might Fly
Pigs Might Fly, are a Ceilidh band based in Exeter. They play a mixture of traditional and contemporary folk music with their own unique twist.
Plumhall are a feisty Yorkshire based trio who deliver guitar and harmony driven textures of folk, Americana and pop.
Raymond is a 28 year old, Dorset based, singer-songwriter.
Rod Jenkins Band
Rod has put together a great band of musicians for his latest musical output.
Roswell is an Americana/ Folk duo made up of singer-songwriters Jasmine Watkiss and Zoë Wren. The band formed in December 2017.
Rowan began playing the fiddle at the age of seven and has been playing for dancers at Irish dance festivals across Ireland since 2006.
A women's four-piece acoustic band playing an eclectic set of folk-tinged Americana with guitar, banjo, uke and drums.
Haunting songs that cross the divide between gypsy, folk, jazz and art song, speaking of love, longing, and leaving.
An acoustic duo featuring guitar and vocals. They aim to play feel good tracks in their own
style. Live and Louder Winners 2018
The Courtiers are a Portsmouth based four piece acoustic folk band, featuring former members of Blue Horses, Amalthea and Mist on the Bog.
from the South of Dorset and Portugal, provide a beautiful fusion of Celtic and Mediterranean music.
Imagine if Paul Weller had formed a band with Labi Siffre...they'd probably have sounded like The Darwins!
The Drystones are a young lively folk duo from Priddy in Somerset playing violin, guitar and whistle.
The Hut People
English instrumental duo The Hut People have firmly established themselves as one of THE most unique and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene.
The Straw Horses
The Straw Horses deal in darkly delicious original songs of mystery and magic from the less-travelled paths of British folk history.
The Trials Of Cato
Hailing from North Wales and Yorkshire, The Trials of Cato returned to the UK from Beirut, Lebanon in the winter of 2016
The Vixens are a four piece rock 'n' roll band from Bournemouth.
The songs are traditional (mostly) while the driving string band music rocks.
Tinderbox are an award winning acoustic duo with 'honey-like' vocal and intricate finger style guitar technique
Sandy's roots are Folky with an interest in Jazz whilst Andy is an established Blues performer also with a side line in Jazz.
The Wareham Whalers have been rocking the boat with powerful shanties since 2004
has been performing since 8 years of age, & writes all his own songs. Music genres
include folk, rock, Pop; and Indie.
Presenting a quintet of Dorset bred musicians and vocalists, a collective of singers, actors and musicians.
Wood, Wire & Words
The musical influences on the three of us are diverse, (from Cajun to Rock), but the common thread which defines of our music is bluegrass.