Festival director Sandra Surtees said: “Every year we are astounded at the wealth of talent that we uncover for The Launchpad. Previous performers have gone on to release albums, secure an agent, get UK and international gigs and much more. In fact, in the first ever year of The Launchpad, The Trials of Cato played – fast forward to 2021 and not only have they won a BBC Folk Award but they performed on one of our main stages on Monday afternoon!”
2021 Launchpad artists
Angus, George & Forbes
Twin brothers Forbes and Angus Wilson and George Glyn-Jones are young musicians who play traditional and contemporary Scottish and Irish tunes and their own Celtic inspired compositions.
Their blend of whistles and wooden flute, melodeon and a plethora of stringed instruments are complemented by creative use of djembe and bodhran.
Jacob York & Friends
This 18-year-old acoustic singer-songwriter first picked up a guitar aged seven, inspired by the likes of Jake Bugg. As he progressed in an ever-changing world, he started drawing from his teenage experiences.
In his own words: “I don’t write songs, I tell stories of my life and what I’ve seen, like the many great songwriters before me”. Jacob is joined by bass player, Dan Priestley and drummer, Alex Caden.
Willow Station is a multi-instrumental close harmony duo, specialising in bluegrass, folk and post-modern music. They are emerging artists on the acoustic music circuit, described by Battlefield Bluegrass Festival as ‘Hot Newcomers’, drawing attention from the likes of fiddle player Dan Cassidy who describes them as “wonderfully authentic”.