Our Band Line Up

Saturday 2nd – Arena Stage

12:00 Mick Knight

Ragtime Blues

13:00 Cut The Mustard

Cut The Mustard are a three piece band that have grown out of a monthly residency at ‘Porters’ in Hastings old town.
After six years a tight and very interesting set of songs and tunes have emerged from country blues to reggae. ‘It’s mostly about the groove.’

14:00 Now & Then

Now & Then are a Hastings-based, four-part a cappella vocal harmony group renowned for their unique blend of voices. Louise Flack, Mark Dean, Mike Rosenberg and Peter Osborn draw on a wide range of sources from Georgian harmony singing, through traditional British folk and American gospel, to west coast rock for a song list that is varied and exciting. They perform at various clubs and events around East Sussex, and have headlined at Hastings Folk Week and at the town’s Stade Saturdays event.

15:00 The Moorish Trio

THE MOORISH TRIO is an offshoot of popular Hastings-based Balkan/klezmer rock band The Moors. The trio plays traditional instrumental music mainly from the Balkans, Greece, Spain and Eastern Europe.


Elaine Edwards – flute, soprano sax, accordion

Jenny Benwell – violin

Ken Edwards – guitar, percussion

The group is making its second appearance at the Bexhill Festival of the Sea.

16:00 Ballyregan Boys

Garry Blakeley & Edd Blakeley renowned to be exceptional musicians and entertainers, playing a wide range of music including many favourite Irish songs and tunes. Garry plays with the celebrated Feast of fiddles and as such is recognised as one of the best fiddle players in the country. Edd’s accompaniment skills are intricate and dynamic adding intense energy to their music. In this lineup they are joined by Bruce Hunter, a multi-instrumentalist playing banjo, whistles, mandolin, mandola, bodhran and spoons with Steve (Paddy) Payne adding extra percussion. All four members are strong vocalists and between them, they create a rich and wide-ranging array of musical textures.

Sunday 3rd – Arena Stage

12:00 The Sturdy Beggars

The Sturdy Beggars – resident duo at the Black Horse folk club near Battle for many years and playing in and around the South East for 40 years. Close harmony singers who perform country, blues, folk, comedy, Irish, ballads accompanied on guitar and mandolin. 

1:00 The Last Stand String Band

Jules and Jake from Wakin’ Snakes and Martin from Cut the Mustard and Local Heroes have joined forces to form this string-driven trio. In a desire to play music from both sides of the Atlantic, traditional and contemporary. They have combined their musical skills to create a wide-ranging repertoire, covering a variety of styles; from Traditional British and Old-Timey American songs and tunes to more recent material. At all times there will be a lot of strings twanging in harmony here, as these guys are masters at guitar, bouzouki, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, tenor and slide guitar.

14:00 Jiggery Pokery

Jiggery Pokery was formed in 2006, Aideen O’Hagan (fiddle/vocals) Stevie Stone (guitar/vocals) Stuart Alexander ( piano accordion)

The band’s name came about as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the many Irish jigs and reels included in the band’s early sets, though their repertoire is constantly expanding to reflect their diverse musical backgrounds, and incorporates elements of jazz, blues, folk, pop and country, as well as many of Stevie’s own compositions.
They have more than 120 years of musical experience between them, but insist they are doing their level best not to look, sound or feel quite that old yet…

15:00 Turpin Hubbard Duo

Both Louis Turpin and Roger Hubbard have fronted their own blues based bands and came together some 15 years ago to form the Turpin-Hubbard Band and also work as a duo. Roger’s slide guitar is legendary and he intersperses this with mandolin. Louis performs lead vocals and adds his own style of driving rhythm guitar to create their singular combination of blues with jazz and New Orleans influences.

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