Morris & Watson are based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and have created a unique sonic landscape that blends both traditional and original material. Split equally between fiddle tunes and songs, their sound is unique utilising spacial, octave and digital FX to transform their acoustic instruments and amplify them into exciting new territory. Despite there only being two musicians on stage they capture the entire frequency spectrum, driving their songs and tunes directly into the hearts of their audiences.
"They're fantastic" - Kate Rusby
"Fun, energetic and totally delightful" - Macstock Festival
"Dazzling traditional folk songs, Lizzie and Dan are a great combination" - Ferocious Blog
Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play nine countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right.
On top of releasing twenty one albums since 2004, Solo has written a series of children’s books for Unison on social justice and equality; ran a research project on the Hull Pals Battalions in the First World War; hosts a weekly Monday night radio show; had one of his poems used in an international campaign to educate on dementia awareness; co-runs ‘May Day Festival of Solidarity‘ an annual event bringing together voices from music, poetry and politics to celebrate International Worker’s Day; and has opened for the likes of Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Billy Bragg, TV Smith, Grace Petrie, Pete Wylie, and The Blockheads; whilst his songs have been played by John Peel on Radio One, Mike Harding on Radio Two and Tom Robinson on BBC6Music.
After 30 years of writing and gigging, Joe made his Glastonbury debut in June 2017, taking to the Leftfield stage a skip in his step and a tear in his eye. As he said later: “It only took 30 years! Imagine what I could do in another 30!”
Rachel Makena is an acoustic and backing track singer-songwriter performing original and cover songs. Her songs have been played on BBC Introducing Radio Humberside, Vixen 101, Beverley FM and others. Rachel Makena has performed at Trib Fest, Staxtonbury music festival, Filey Folk festival, Beverley fringe and many more.
Saturday 20th April, 8.00pm