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8-12thJuly 2020
The Best @ Bedouin

The Best @ Bedouin

Posted on Mar 21, 2017

Our cozy Bedouin tent is back in its beautiful, bohemian manner, home to an eclectic mix of artists. An intimate venue on our Festival Site, the Bedouin hosts music from across the globe, from acoustic folk music to the traditional sounds of African villages. These artists will not disappoint and provide wonderful entertainment with their evening and late night shows.

The Bedouin commences on Wednesday at 7.30pm with a young singer/songwriter from High Wycombe named Lucina. Having won an open mic competition, Lucina began writing her songs in 2012 and is currently working on her second album. Later on at 10.30pm, the energetic young folk band from Wales will take to the stage. Accompanied by Fiddles, a guitar, an accordion, bagpipes, Calan will also combine their music with a whole load of step dancing.

On Thursday, Ed Goodale represents another singer/songwriter, fast establishing himself on the acoustic scene. With an extensive number of gigs under his belt, he plays his lively set alongside his brother Ollie on percussion and will be creating a lively vibe in the Bedouin at 7.30pm. At a slightly later time of 11.00pm, absorb the African rhythms from your fingertips to your toes, Kasai Masai will be bringing the traditional sound of remote equatorial African villages.

Berkshire born Cecil is another one of our singer/songwriters taking to the Bedouin stage at 7.30pm on Friday. Featuring on BBC Radio 2 she has also been championed by BBC introducing Berkshire, on top of radio play, Cecil has performed at Godiva Festival and Ronnie Scott's. At 10.30pm we take to Serbian-Roma music styles with a mixture of indian, romanian and turkish influenced classical music. Fronting this plethora of styles are Faith & Branko, who have successfully composed and produced their award winning album, Gypsy Lover.

The penultimate night in the Bedouin tent will begin with the BBC Folk award nominated singer/songwriter, Jack Pout. Playing shows across Europe and the U.K this year, Jack's music carries nuances of influences such as John Martyn and Bob Dylan but with an original twist. Ezza's three-piece dynamic, rebellion-fueled rhythms produce a contemporary sound, shifting from the usual musical pattern Tuareg bands follow. Modern rock and African pulse, Ezza will produces relentless groove keeping you on your feet from 10.30pm 'till the end of the night.

The final evening of musical entertainment draws to a close on Sunday night. For the final performance at 7.00pm the wonderful Emma Stevens, a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will take to the stage. Achieving four consecutive play-listed singles on BBC Radio 2 and extensive radio play in the U.K, Europe and Australia, Emma has also sold out headline shows. Dedicating her life to music, she sought to share messages of positivity, hope and love - one to not be missed! At 10.15pm, Tashkezar will be Bedouin's bang of a last performance. Tashkezar is a seven-piece super band from Europe, Asia and Africa. Warm and energetic, they combine Arabic melodies, Turkish and Greek rhythms and funk baselines - what a fiery mix!

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