What's On

We run a full programme of musical artists on both the Wood Stage and in the Treebadour Tent, as well as some activities and performances in Kindling and Giant Redwood. Previous Wood Festival performers have included Tunng, The Magic Numbers, Grace Petrie, and Songhoy Blues.

2022 Music Line Up Featured:

Blue Rose Code

WEMA

Fofoulah

The Orange Circus Band

Lee Bains III

Nick Cope

William the Conqueror

Rachael Dadd

Danny George Wilson

Lady Nade

Thomas Truax

Native Harrow

Jackie Oates & Megan Henwood

Katy Rose Bennett & the Frankley Beeches

Lilith Ai

HOO

Jinda Biant

Band of Hope

Luke James Williams

Papa Nui

Big Reference

Jali Fily Cissokho

Robin Bennett

Pearl Diver

Max Blansjaar

Steady Habits

The Prairie Clams

Oxford Ukuleles

Jason McNiff

Hugh Blaza

DJ Badger & Friends

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Blue Rose Code

A nomad, both geographically and musically, songwriter Ross Wilson aka Blue Rose Code writes straight from – and to - the heart. His songs address universal themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future in a deeply personal way. They are variously painted with the vibrant colours of folk, Americana, jazz, country, soul, pop and, increasingly, celtic traditions; an eclecticism that has seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits amongst others.

"They’re surely one of the greatest live acts around right now so if you get a chance to see them in any of their many guises do yourself a favour and go." Americana UK

WEMA

For WEMA, collaboration is a state of mind. The five-piece collective – consisting of Tanzanian multi-instrumentalist Msafiri Zawose, producer Photay and Penya members Magnus P.I, Lilli Elina and Jimmy le Messurier – is an artistic pursuit founded on community; a space in which to harness the transformative power of connection. Translated from Swahili, ‘wema’ means kindness and benevolence – virtues that lie at the core of the project, and are reflected in the group’s world-embracing approach to music. “WEMA is a state of gratitude and belief, without sorrow or grief. It’s about giving your entire heart,” Msafiri declares.

There’s a palpable optimism running through WEMA; it’s raw, unfiltered music that is as danceable as it is soul-stirring.

Fofoulah

London based afro-dub ensemble Fofoulah blend slippery Gambian sabar beats, dystopian electronics and dub textures to create a soundworld that is both earthy and urban, futurist and rooted.

After the release of their self-titled first album, the band played extensively in the U.K. and Europe where - spontaneously - every concert would see Kaw Secka rise to the microphone with his tama (talking drum) and rap over the last song, cuing rhythmic patterns for the group to play in unison. It was decided to take this exploratory part of the shows forward into the next realm.

After touring with Robert Plant's Sensational Space Shifters, drummer Dave Smith returns for the band's second album, "Daega Rek", which is is brought into sharp focus by the rhythms and vocals of Kaw Secka and the vivid production of keyboardist/saxophonist Tom Challenger.

The Orange Circus Band

Whilst having a hand in roots, rock and gospel music, and updating traditional songs taken from The Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia - The Orange Circus Band produces original music that has a wholly unique, fresh sound. You can expect wild playing, beautiful harmonies and boundless energy guaranteed to raise the roof and warm the hearts.

Nick Cope

Nick Cope has been writing and recording his beautiful and totally unique songs for children and their families for over 10 years, he performs with his guitar and animations to sell-out crowds all over the country. He has an incredible fan base from all over the UK which has just grown immeasurably over the last year due to the phenomenal success of his CBeebies show Nick Cope’s Popcast.

Nick Cope’s live performances are legendary! He has a fanatical army of little and not-so–little fans from all over the world, if you haven’t heard his songs or seen his shows before come and find out what you’re missing.

“.. In the pantheon of British songwriters he’s become the Ray Davies for the pre-teen generation…If you’re going to trust your child’s musical education to anyone, make it Nick Cope.” Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 6 Music

"Nick Cope is the indie-surrealist kids' entertainer Robyn Hitchcock and Syd Barrett, foolishly distracted by cult status, never were.' Stewart Lee

Lee Bains III

Since releasing their first album There Is a Bomb in Gilead in 2012, Alabama's Lee Bains III (performing solo at Wood) and his band the Glory Fires have built a reputation as being what NPR calls “punks revved up by the hot - damn hallelujah of Southern rock” who carry on “the Friday - night custom of burning down the house.”

Their work has come to be known, too, for Bains’s lyrics and their literate, incisive social commentary on the band’s beloved homeplace, leading him to publish poetry in the New Yorker and speak at universities from Mississippi to Sweden. Bains and the Williamson brothers can also be found collaborating with artists like Lonnie Holley and Swamp Dogg, lending their bombast to truck - bed protests of Donald Trump and Roy Moore, playing benefit shows for striking Alabama coal miners and Southern Black LGBTQ liberation organizations, and presenting gospel - music live streams for Birmingham and Atlanta food banks.

Rachael Dadd

Living half her time as a traveling musician in Japan, witnessing how other people create things, connecting with other cultures and landscapes; all this is a furnace for innovative song writing.

Contemporary folk multi-instrumentalist Rachael Dadd is on a strong path with so much interest and support from DJs, tastemakers, her contemporaries and key people in the music industry. She has been gaining the reputation as a pioneering and thought provoking artist unafraid to push the boundaries of folk and pop.

Danny George Wilson

Danny George Wilson’s new solo album ‘Another Place’ has been acclaimed by press and fans alike. A departure for Wilson, the album presents a vibrant and diverse collection of startling, impressionistic songs created in collaboration with Sussex - based, studio wizard Hamish Benjamin. Wilson’s formidable credentials go back to seminal roots rock band Grand Drive, followed by six albums of consistently high calibre with Danny & The Champions of the World.

His album with Bennett Wilson Poole (featuring Wilson along with Robin Bennett and Tony
Poole) delighted Americana fans, adding further awards to those achieved with the Champs.

Lady Nade

Lady Nade started writing poems and songs as a form of healing from grief, performing in venues across her native city of Bristol, her work developed into a calling to connect with her fans on a deeper level and help lead them through life’s complicated tapestry with the healing power of music. She pours creativity into every song, often lavishing them with a recipe to match.

Americana Folk Singer-songwriter Lady Nade has learnt that loss and grief isn’t something one can recover from alone and with her music and recipes she creates a communal experience that everyone can enter into on their own terms.

Soaring into 2022 with her Official Americana and Folk Charting third album ‘Willing’ which features AMAUK nominated Best Song ‘Ain’t One Thing’. This Bristolian Songstress fills your heart with words and melodies that nourish the mind, body and soul

William the Conqueror

Indie rock trio William The Conqueror might well have just dropped one of 2021’s sleeper hits. It’s a record of cuts and bruises, wrapped within bittersweet leftfield rock n roll tunes. The band is fronted by Ruarri Joseph, a wry, patient storyteller, who has managed enough living to portray a world-weary wisdom in his words, but balances it all with enough optimism to suggest he hasn’t quite lived. ‘Maverick Thinker’ is a record of short, sharp shots to the arm. Fuzzy college rock with chops, one foot lingering menacingly over the distortion pedal.
Recorded in LA at the infamous Sound City Studios, Ruarri, Naomi Holmes (bass) and Harry Harding (drums) rattled through the album’s ten tunes at a breakneck speed. Which turns out to have been a good thing, because the sessions were cut short as the pandemic took grip. With the studio doors locked, the band spent a final, eerie day wandering a deserted Venice Beach before flying home early, but with the record already in the can. All that chaos brings a certain unpredictability to an album that nods to some of the US lo-fi greats and yet arrives at something innately British.
Praised for their grit and authenticity by The Guardian and NPR’s Ann Powers, their live performances have drawn wildly enthusiastic comparisons to Kings of Leon, Nirvana, Buffalo Tom and The Marshall Tucker Band.

Katy Rose Bennett & the Frankley Beeches

Katy Rose Bennett has been creating her earthy, intimate folk music for over 20 years, telling stories of love, despair, connection and community. She empowers audiences to be emotionally open by sharing the strength in vulnerability, through the vessel of song.
In September 2021, Katy released 7th album, Alone On A Hill: a beautiful, emotionally raw yet ultimately joyful collection of multi-layered, a cappella vocal songs. It was written and recorded during lockdown and inspired by living in rural isolation on a hill on the edge of Birmingham for the last year: songs of birds, trees, the wind; songs of surviving, growing peas and longing to sing with other people; Katy cites Brian Wilson, Bjork and Bobby McFerrin as particular influences.
In Autumn 2021, Katy formed a cappella vocal quartet The Frankley Beeches to recreate this unique album live and, together, they have been captivating audiences with their beautiful, intimate performances.

Jinda Biant

Jinda Biant is a singer songwriter unlike any other. With most of his early years spent lost in his father’s record collection, with music from the likes of Elvis Presley, to even more legendary artists like Lead Belly and Robert Johnson. Jinda’s influences run deep, deeper than most musicians I’ve seen for some time.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Even before all of this, his first step on his musical journey was into Indian Classical Music, from the Sitar playing of Ravi Shankar & the powerful vocals of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. By the age of ten, Jinda was performing Tabla (Indian Classical Drums) at many venues around Britain. And ever since, Jinda loves the journey that music takes him on.
Nowadays, you’re more likely to hear his passion for music, when his bottle neck slide’s howlin’ and his Mississippi stomp box stompin’. He picked up the guitar in his early teens, it was a path less trodden for someone of Jinda’s musical heritage, but it was one he stepped on with a willingness to learn and he followed the Greats that had come before.
So now he finds himself making his own footsteps on his own path, like the musicians he followed. From releasing his Debut album “Restless” last year and then being featured on BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephen’s Show. He now finds himself playing shows worldwide, promoting his music and collecting stories along the way.
So don’t miss your chance to see the electrifying powerful experience that is Jinda Biant.

Lilith Ai

Lilith Ai is a singer-songwriter guitarist, who writes and performs poignant tales of modern life exploring turbulent emotions in a humble and engaging way.
Hailing from nowhere special, Lilith began releasing lo-fi bedroom recordings in 2016. Her first EP RIOT is full of underground anthems popular with Riot grrrls worldwide. Her second EP Native Tongue chronicles her teen years, spent living on the streets of Queens New York. In 2019 came the release of 3rd EP Bare Radical.
2021 brought the DIY album release of ‘Folk You Hard’ featuring the singles ‘Black Cherry’ ‘Bloodlines’ and ‘IRL’
Bringing together elements of bedroom pop, anti-folk and indie rock, Lilith AI’s sound combines lo-fi soundscapes with deeply personal introspective lyrics. Having honed her craft over the years, Lilith Ai has proved she is an artist only going from strength to strength.

Luke James Williams

Luke James Williams is an indie/alt folk singer songwriter from Cambridgeshire. Releasing his debut EP ‘Drove’ in November 2018, Luke gained huge support from BBC6 Music DJ Tom Robinson who made ‘Still In Bed’ his 6 Music Recommends Track Of The Week in April 2019, later naming it his Track Of The Year So Far in July. The song was also played across the station by Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft. Elsewhere, Luke has received airplay from Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing and has been playlisted by Folk Radio UK.

Luke has received glowing reviews for his engaging and emotive live performances and has supported artists such as Megson, Mark Chadwick (Levellers) and The Little Unsaid. Drawing on a wide range of musical influences Luke has crafted a unique sound, painting pictures with words and singing them in his own distinctly English voice. His debut album will be released in 2022.

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Workshops

We will be offering a diverse selection of workshops over the weekend. A full description and
timetable of workshops will be available in the festival programme, but just to give you a sneak peak of what’s happening this year:

Hatha Nice Day- Sound Healing- Taijiquan and Qigong- Printing Nature- A capella Singing - Wood working - Meditation- Printmaking and many more!

The workshops at Wood Festival are run by volunteers; so a big thanks to all our wonderful workshop leaders.

Kids Tent

We will be running a full programme of activities in the kids’ tent, including: The Puppet Pedlar Presents, The Gingerbread Man- den-building, craft activities of all kinds, singing and storytelling.

Please note children participating in activities and workshops must be accompanied by an adult.