Between The Trees Festival

31st August – 2nd September 2018

Candleston Campsite, Bridgend, South Wales

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A unique festival of

music, art, nature, science & adventure

In the middle of the woods!

The Line Up So Far

Friday
Noble Jacks

Noble Jacks

With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK. Noble Jacks have been touring relentlessly, stompin’ their way round the UK music scene with sold out headline shows promoting their debut album ‘What the Hammer’ as well as shows at major festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, and Beautiful Days to name a few.

Friday
Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

It's easy to consign the idea of the itinerant blues singer to myth (Robert Johnson) or caricature (Seasick Steve) but in 2017, Joe Kelly is as close as you'll get to the real thing. Having spent the last couple of years calling a dilapidated camper van home and playing hundreds of shows armed with just a beaten-up guitar, a stomping foot and a harmonica, Joe decided that enough was enough, breaking free of the limitations of the one-man band and enlisting the services of a hand picked troupe of the finest local guns for hire, the ‘Royal Pharmacy’.

Friday
Ofelia

Ofelia

Ofelia are a five-piece indie-folk band from South Wales. Ofelia’s folk instrumentation of close three part harmonies, strong rhythmic guitars, complex mandolin and solid bass focuses the variety of influences in the song writing into exciting and honest modern folk songs. Ofelia's live performance is as intense as it is playful, and is amplified by the band’s youthful energy on stage.

Saturday
Bryony Sier

Bryony Sier

Bryony cuts a slight and delicate figure, practically dwarfed by her big ol’ dreadnought guitar, but her refreshing country/folk style, influenced by the likes of Emmylou Harries and Alison Krauss is wonderfully compelling and a little bit magical. She is someone who is capable of captivating audiences; it’s akin to some form of hypnotism; it’s not the sort of thing that can be faked or even learned, you either have it, or you don’t... and she has it.

Saturday
Rob Lear

Rob Lear

'Rob Lear is an artist with undoubted quality, which shines throughout… Rob Lear commands a great respect as an artist. This is backed up in the skilful ability to write likeable, catchy and bouncy tunes that make you sit up and smile and want to hum along' - Plugged in Magazine

Saturday
Little Red

Little Red

Little Rêd (Ellie James) successfully straddles the gap between polished electro-popper and folk singer-songwriter, plucking the most rewarding aspects from each genre and melding them together, whilst abandoning any resultant cliché to the cutting room floor. It’s fair to say her new single “Hell” is one hell of a debut, and we’re hopeful the wait for future material isn’t a long one!

Saturday
Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music.

The pair have worked with many artists including Seth Lakeman, Afro Celt Sound system, Yola Carter, Mad Dog Mcrea, Sheelanagig and Roni Size to name a few but what unites them is a passion for folk music. They draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional song and tunes, as well as their own compositions. The live show is a musical journey through Europe and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.

Saturday
Firewoodisland

Firewoodisland

In 2010, Norwegian singer, songwriter and producer Stian Vedøy moved to Cardiff, UK. He started a project called Firewoodisland (which is ‘Vedøy’ translated into English), while studying for a masters in music production. As impressive on-stage as on record, Firewoodisland have been busy sharpening their live shows, having headlined the Richer Unsigned showcase for Q Magazine, as well as playing venues such as London’s Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, The Garage and Servant Jazz Quarters, as well as The Fleece and The Louisiana in Bristol, Moles in Bath, the BBC Introducing Stage at Latitude Festival UK 2016 and latest supporting Bear’s Den at St. Giles Church, London on Record Store Day 17 via Richer Unsigned.

Saturday
Dan Bettridge

Dan Bettridge

At just 24, Dan Bettridge already stands up with the kind of growl and richness you’d expect from a blues and soul singer twice his age. The young artist not only knows his Stax from his Motown, but his penchant for fast muscle cars cuts him from the same cloth as some of the wildest musicians to come out of Nashville.

Saturday
Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. “Stunning, heartfelt music” Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

Saturday
Cattle and Cane

Cattle and Cane

Led by siblings Joe and Helen Hammill, Teesside's Cattle & Cane are capable of shifting even the hardest of hearts with their perfect soaring harmonies. After spending 2017 sharing stages with the likes of Tom Odell, Brian Wilson and The Head & The Heart, not to mention performing countless sold-out headline dates across the UK, C&C have rightly earned a reputation as one of the North East's most magical live acts.
“God, I love that!” – Elton John (Beats 1)
“Gorgeous, soaring, folk-pop anthems for passionate souls” – A Music Blog, Yea?

Saturday
Natty Paynter

Natty Paynter

Saturday
Cara Cullen

Cara Cullen

Cara Cullen is a solo artist from Pontypridd who plays banjo and guitar. She has a strong, unique and beautiful voice. Her repertoire stretches from contemporary through to traditional folk. She is a bilingual performer and sings a variety of Caneuon Gwerin (Welsh folk songs).

Sunday
Al Lewis

Al Lewis

As a bilingual writer and performer, Al has so far released a total of 5 albums, his debut English language album ‘In the Wake’ was nominated for the inaugural Welsh Music Prize and his Welsh language album ‘Heulwen o Hiraeth’ was nominated for the 2015 Eisteddfod Welsh Album of the Year prize. Al has spent multiple weeks on the Welsh Language Charts and scooped the award for ‘Best Male Artist’ two years in a row at the BBC Radio Cymru Awards. Al has opened for the legendary Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra playing shows across the UK, culminating in a sold-out performance at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London.

Sunday

Gareth Clark

Sunday
Sera

Sera

Welsh singer-songwriter Sera’s recently released ‘Little Girl’ album has received a huge amount of critical acclaim from radio and reviewers, who have embraced her cross-genre collection of songs that range from Americana to folk to rock. From BBC 6 Music to Amazing Radio and Folk Radio UK, her music has a wide appeal due to the captivating nature of her voice and lyrics. “She also has one of those voices that makes you feel like you’re engaged in a liberating experience” (Fatea Magazine)

Sunday
Darren Eedens

Darren Eedens

Known in his travels as “The Dirty Little Picker” Darren Eedens has been relentlessly on the road and releasing steadily for 4 years. A Canadian Musician known for his abilities on his home soil that now calls Cardiff, Wales home as he tours Europe more and more.

Sunday
Matthew Frederick

Matthew Frederick

Hailing from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, singer, songwriter, composer and some-time television presenter MATTHEW FREDERICK blends a childhood love of the early works of Elton John and Billy Joel with more recent influences including Ben Folds, John Grant and Bon Iver to create a distinctive sound somewhere between Math-Folk and Cymrucana.

More to be announced soon!

Land Art

What is LAND ART? It is an ART movement which emerged in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s, in which landscape and the work of art are inextricably linked.

Creators use the resources that are found in the natural environment to build structures, balance stones or pebbles, weave flexible sticks, make patterns and trails in the sand. They may use shells or pine cones to design spirals and mandalas and construct delicate web- like kinetic sculptures from leaves, flowers and twigs.

At Between The Trees we will be creating ephemeral works from found and fallen resources. We will record this using photography and the process of building will be filmed (with permission)

Everyone, at whatever age or ability level, is encouraged to take part. It is an art form that is inclusive to all.

One of our best known British Land artists is Andy Goldsworthy: See a video of his work

Discover more of nature and the environment through science

We have talks by naturalists, films about our connection to nature and science activities delivered by academics and enthusiasts.

Investigate the microscopic world of pollen grains and pond life at the MICROGRAPHIA science tent.

Learn about the wonderful, rare and varied flora & fauna of this area.

Between The Trees is near Merthyr Mawr nature reserve, one of Wales’ Sites of Special Scientific Interest and a haven for wildlife. The combination of a comparatively warm sunny site, lots of nectar from wildflowers and easy-to-burrow-into sandy soils creates an ideal home for a wide range of moths, butterflies, reptiles and mammals. Due to these unique soil and climate conditions, the 840-acre reserve contains a huge variety of plant life within its diverse grassland, woodland and saltmarsh areas. For more information visit Alex McCarthy’s website

Showing in the Between The Trees film barn:

TAWAI – A VOICE FROM THE FOREST

Tawai is the word the nomadic hunter-gatherers of Borneo use to describe their inner feeling of connection to nature. In this dreamy, philosophical and sociological look at life, explorer Bruce Parry travels the world to learn from people living lives very differently to our own. From the jungles of Malaysia to the tributaries of the Amazon, Tawai is a quest for reconnection, providing a powerful voice from the heart of the forest itself.
(Cert U, 102 mins) Dir. Bruce Parry