John Tams has been described by Mojo as ‘one of the ultimate British songwriters’ has had a career spanning four decades in every medium. A member of the Albion Band and Home Service he is perhaps best known for his work at the National Theatre and as Rifleman Daniel Hagman in the Sharpe television series. He also worked as a music consultant on War Horse at the National Theatre. War Horse received six nominations for the Olivier Awards, including one for the Best Sound, for Tams and fellow team members Chris Shutt and Adrian Sutton. He is a five times winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. He’s also our festival patron, and an inspiration to us all.
Barry Coope was (having had their final concert at the 2017 festival!) one part of the incredible vocal folk trio, Coope, Boyes and Simpson. He’s also a member of Narthen, along with Lester Simpson, Jo Freya and Fi Fraser, who appeared at the festival last year, the day after the final CBS concert – and has a long history in the folk music scene. He’s a fabulous keyboard player, and master of harmonious singing – and an all round delightful fella as it happens!
Together, their duo works beautifully, with the pair playing with, and off each other, adding to their individual strengths.