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Square Fayre - Daytime

The Square Fayre is an all day celebration with an amazing line up of Live Music, Food and Drink.


THE 2016 SQUARE FAYRE Daytime Session features:


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Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra play traditional and contemporary folk music, from rebel ballads, jigs and reels to tango, rhumba and reggae.

A singer of potent songs, stunning harmonica player and fine guitarist, Jez thrives on music of all stripes. Born in Cumbria, with a Scots/English background, Jez grew up in Northamptonshire. Since returning to the UK from Asia in 2005, he has played more than 800 gigs; from Vancouver to Istanbul, New York to Taipei sharing stages with the likes of Dick Gaughan and Rory Mcleod. From Glastonbury Festival to Canada's North Country Fair, Macedonia's Pivoland and Taiwan's Migration Music Festival, to theatres, pubs, folk-clubs, living-rooms, tunnels and street corners around the world.

The word Djukella is a common insult in the Balkans, meaning mongrel, and goes some way to describe the mixed provenance both of the music and the musicians themselves. Nye Parsons is a virtuoso double-bassist with a lyrical style which'll have you craning your neck for a better view. He's played with countless bands over a 30 year career and has worked with Jez since 2006.

Fiddlers James Patrick Gavin & Julie Rands-Allen from England, Alaistair Caplin from the Isle of Lewis, Zoe Moffat and Cam Neufeld from Canada provide the top end, sometimes one at a time, sometimes two, depending on logistics. Jordan Kostov is a renowned Macedonian accordionist and composer, from Kavadarci, who has worked with bands and orchestras across Europe.


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Alash ensemble is a trio of master throat singers (xöömeizhi) from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia. The ancient art of throat singing (xöömei) developed among the nomadic herdsmen of this region. Alash remains grounded in this tradition while expanding its musical vocabulary with new ideas from the West. The ensemble is named for the Alash River, which runs through the northwestern region of Tuva. The Alash River has also inspired a couple of Tuvan songs which carry its name.

All members of Alash were trained in traditional Tuvan music since childhood, first learning from their families, and later becoming students of master throat singers. In 1999, as students at Kyzyl Arts College, they formed a group called Changy-Xaya. They practiced in the damp college basement on Kochetovo Street, and soon became the resident traditional ensemble on campus. At the same time they learned about western music, practiced on hybrid Tuvan-European instruments, and listened to new trends coming out of America. Alash. Under the guidance of Kongar-ool Ondar (best known to western audiences for his role in the film Genghis Blues), they began to forge a new musical identity. They introduced the guitar and sometimes even the Russian bayan (accordion) into their arrangements, alongside their traditional Tuvan instruments. They experimented with new harmonies and song structures. The effect is an intriguing mixture of old and new.


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Pete Roe has worn many hats over the last few years: singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist, session player, producer, guitar tech and occasional soundman (of questionable ability and taste). Pete learnt his trade living above a one of the oldest music pubs in Bristol. After seven wonderful years of hanging around old jazz musicians, drunks, artists, tramps and madmen he packed up his troubles in his old kit bag and headed east. Three weeks later in London he found himself touring with Mercury music prize nominee Laura Marling, with whom he played for a number of years, both in the studio and on the road. As well as releasing his own records, he's been out and about with Willy Mason and Ben Howard.


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Devon based Singer-Songwriter Tobias ben Jacob has been recently lauded by BBC 6’s Tom Robinson and this Spring has seen airplay for new single Burning Low on national radio including BBC Radio 2, BBC6, Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing, BBC Bristol, Blues & Roots and FRUK as well as being described by R2: Rock n Reel Magazine as ‘inventive and thrilling’ and doing a session for legendary broadcaster Whispering Bob Harris’ ‘Under The Apple Tree Sessions’.

Tobias’ live show is a dynamic and emotionally charged affair, ranging from high-crystalline falsetto led tracks like ‘We Are The First Ones Now’ to more driving riff-driven earthy numbers like ‘I Breathe In Life.’ He also plays in a duo with upright bass player and singer Lukas Drinkwater. The pair released the double A -side ‘Burning Low/Autosong’ on Folkstock Records in March and have an EP due for release in the summer. The duo played their first gig together at Glastonbury 2014 and have been captivating audiences on the UK festival and acoustic scene since.

Some of Tobias’ career highlights to date have included performing live on air at BBC’s Maida Vale Studios for ‘Late Junction’ on Radio 3, recording music in Nashville, Tennessee and in Livingstone Studios, London, as well as touring many UK venues and festivals including Glastonbury, Green Man, Secret Garden Party, Somersault, Larmer Tree and Electric Picnic. Prior to going solo Tobias played in ‘The Roots Union’ alongside Folk Award winners Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin.



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