Relocated Folk Festival now in Bude

Solid Entertainments is delighted to announce that Bude Folk Festival will be taking place at Penstowe Manor Resort on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 15th, 16th and 17th November 2019 

Traditionally held in Ilfracombe, this year we have relocated the festival just 17 miles down the road, crossing the border into North Cornwall to Penstowe Manor, a really tasteful intimate venue near Bude.  To celebrate our rich history of Folk Music, this year’s line-up comprises a mix of traditional sounds from across the UK and wider afield, offering something a little different for those that like a broader musical experience!  With The StrawbsCara Dillon and Steve Harley Acoustic trio headlining, plus some unforgettable names and fifteen other acts, this is certain to be a great festival and one live music event not to miss in the South West!

The full line-up over the three days is as follows:


The Strawbs – Wildwood Kin  Molly’s Kiss (Fra) – The Salts  Ålesund  Another Act to be announced

The Strawbs started life as the Strawberry Hill Boys before emerging into the mainstream from the exciting British Folk Movement of the mid 60s alongside other such luminaries as Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Al Stewart and Roy Harper.

The Acoustic Strawbs of the 21st century consists of the founder, constant guiding force, originator and lead vocalist Dave Cousins, described by Rolling Stone Magazine as the best Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of the UK.  Alongside him long-time band members lead guitarist Dave Lambert and the astonishingly versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front line of the classic 1970s Strawbs.  You can have a listen to the band playing “Hero and Heroine” Live in Pennsylvania earlier this year at


Cara Dillon (Ire) – Roger Davies And His Band – Katherine Priddy – The BeauBowBelles  The Shackleton Trio The Luck

If you don’t know the voice of Cara Dillon, you’re in for a treat and if you are already amongst her legions of admirers around the world, you know you have something special in store.  The extraordinary Irish singer makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers. She has won every folk award going but confesses to being no purist, making music that reaches beyond the constraints and limitations of tradition.  “Some folk musicians want to know every detail about a song, and I really empathise with that,” adds Cara. “But it’s not what’s important to me.  I just identify with a song, I’m looking for something that touches me deeply, and I feel like I’m the vessel for letting it live on.”  Have a look and listen to Cara singing

“The Tern and the Swallow” at


Steve Harley Acoustic trio – Julie Felix – Honey & the Bear – Said The Maiden – Crayon Angels – Daria Kulesh

Steve Harley, the original Cockney Rebel, tours frequently with his Acoustic Trio, playing an intimate, unique and atmospheric show. The performance promises subtle lyricism, mingled with great improvisation and rocky rhythms. Close-Up Culture: “An intimate night in the presence of a great musician.  An individual whose passion for live performance and perfection (it shows in his face) remains undiminished.” Harley received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Acoustic Music from the Acoustic Festival of Britain in June 2018. Steve will be accompanied by his Cockney Rebel band-mates of long-standing, Barry Wickens [violin & guitar] and James Lascelles [piano and percussion].  Have a look and listen to Steve playing “The Best Years of Our Lives” at

Steve Harley – Photo courtesy of Rob Hadley

Situated close to the Hartland Cornwall Heritage Coast and a stone’s throw from the historic village of Kilkhampton, Penstowe Manor Resort is ideally located for exploring the many delights of Cornwall.  Set in private grounds, with a wide range of self-catering accommodation, the facilities include: • Two bars, restaurant and take away • Indoor, heated swimming pool • On-site gymnasium • Coffee Shop • Amusement Room.  So no need to search for food and drinks on the day, there will be a range of alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, real ales available and a varied menu that should meet everyone’s taste!

With accommodation for the weekend being just a short distance away from the music festival-goers won’t need to worry about getting home or to a hotel at the end of each night.  There is ample free parking for the weekend, so no need to worry about where to leave vehicles.  So whether you’re local to North Cornwall, travelling from the other side of the country or overseas to be with us, you’ll only have to focus on the music and enjoying yourself. 

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