Dave Starr

Dave has been leading bands for over 50 years mainly in the pop and rock genres. He likes to perform songs, keeping as near as possible to the original arrangements - particularly Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Beatles and many others from the fifties up to the end of the eighties.


Karen Swan

Personable and down right likeable Karen knows how to get the crowd going. Multi talented, Karen combines her abilty as a singersong writer, actor and entertainer.  https://soundcloud.com/karen-swan/sidhe

The Care Factory

The band is the combination of Lucian (rhythm and vocals) and Richard (lead). Originally they played guitar together as they thought it would make them more attractive to the ladies. It didn’t work. Lucian blamed Ricard so they took a break from the music for about 12 years. Whenever they met they always said “whatever happened to the band….man?” “Isn't time we reformed?” Now is that time. Lucian is heavily influenced by Bob Dylan, the Velvet Underground and Joy Division. Richard is a classically trained guitar player. His influences include traditional flamenco, Paul Simon, John Denver, Iron Maiden and Guns and Roses. Lucian is about the words, the poetry and the emotion. Richard is about the technique and the melody. This music is all about the dynamics. The rough uncompromising personality of Lucian and the delicate harmonies and brilliant musical talent which is Richard. They will be playing a mixture of covers and original material. There is also someone called Davis who bangs a drum

The Cormorants

Indie rockers, the  Cormorants, make a welcome return to Withyfestas they have become firm favourites among Withyfest regulars. Theirs is a well balanced blend of the musicality of the band and genuinely beguiling stage presence of Neil Ebdon, their front man. The dynamic performances are full of energy and drama.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhCOmWuS8kUhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoclyRbKokshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM-XKnVxKUA

The Dillyboys

The Dillyboys are a high octane folk collective from Exeter. The pioneers of “Shanty Chic” deliver a harmonious fusion of blues/cabaret/folk. They guarantee to reduce any audience to a state of hootenanny delirium.

Having only formed in July 2016, the Dilly Boys are causing quite a stir; 3 Daft Monkeys described them as The raunchiest folk band we’ve ever seen!

The Speedgums

Anything from a three piece to a five piece playing an eclectic mix of county,blues and jazz covers mainly from the 1920’s period with some self penned songs as well

Velvet & Stone’s brand of female-fronted, indie-folk combines haunting soundscapes with catchy pop hooks and great songs – giving an original take on a traditional genre. Crafting their live set on the festival circuit with performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections and Larmer Tree Festival, among many others, they take their audience on a journey from stunning soundscapes to foot-stomping folk-rock.

Led by Lara Snowdon’s vocals and songwriting; Kathryn Tremlett’s violin; and supported by their regular touring band of Kev Jackson (guitar), Paddy Blight (double bass), and Garry Kroll (drums), their music draws upon personal stories, melancholy tales and rugged landscapes – creating a sound that is difficult to forget. The band weave traditional threads and combine them with folk-revival and contemporary flavours, producing a sound that has been likened to a twenty-first century Fairport Convention, and comparisons drawn with Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling and Seth Lakeman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ptxY19TP1chttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oFq1__RWJg