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photo by: Jo Elkington Photography

photo by: Jo Elkington Photography

photo by: Jo Elkington Photography

With the festival season well and truly over for another year it is hard not to suffer from the customary post festival blues. But hopefully you will find some solace with this months featured artist who we filmed and interviewed whilst at Purbeck Folk festival. Despite the large crowds we managed to find a small space for our cameras to film Kadia a contemporary folk trio from Bournemouth. It was a tight squeeze which made filming a challenge, fortunately Jo Elkington (photographer) was happy to help making it possible for us to bring you this months video and photos. Please do check out her facebook page:


Kadia Performed two official sets during the festival across two stages. Their first performance in the High Barn which was one of the larger stage’s the festival had to offer. Their second performance was in the ‘Duck Shed’, this stage had a more chilled atmosphere. Kadia explained how they tried to deliver two different performances which would compliment each unique stage.


In the High Barn we tried to steer away from doing covers, focusing on our original material, we felt that that's what people would want to hear. But we let our hair down in the Duck Shed, we performed a few toe taping covers including our folked-up version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. There are three main parts to our performances; folk versions of modern pop songs, traditional folk songs, and our original songs which we try to keep upbeat and high-energy. Having these three elements means we can tailor each performance to suit each venue.


Performing at a festival is often considered to be the greatest honour by many musicians. So for every musician reading this wanting to perform at festivals, we asked: How did you get yourself a slot at Purbeck Folk Festival?


Purbeck Folk Festival run a competition each year called Purbeck Rising. Last year we entered and although we didn’t win, we performed well-enough to get noticed by Paul Burke and Karen Laird. Both are involved with Purbeck Folk Festival and both run their own folk clubs in Bournemouth. Paul runs Bournemouth Folk Club and Karen runs Brunny Folk Club (previously known as Fiveways Folk Club). We owe great thanks to these two clubs because performing at them has propelled us into the folk music circuit which has led to more paid gigs. Performing at these clubs has also affected our repertoire, we now tend to focus on more traditional folk. But it is important for us to find a way to embody the traditional songs so that they feel like our own, there's no point just doing them because we think we should. But going back to your original question, Purbeck Rising thrust us into the local folk scene, and inturn our presence on the local folk scene brought us back to Purbeck Folk Festival.


Kadia describe themselves as an acoustic contemporary folk trio. Which is an accurate description, but this could just as easily describe any other trio performing contemporary folk. So what distinctive qualities do Kadia have that make them different from their peers.


For just three people we have a lot we can utilize to make a big sound. Chris is a highly qualified guitarist, he can play amazing fingerstyle, he is not just your typical strum along guitarist. We have David a percussionist who can play a myriad of instruments including 8-string ukulele. Finally we have Lee a singing cellist who is a classically trained musician. On top of that we can all sing which means we can do three part harmony.


As we spoke it seemed that these three men not only have a huge amount of respect for each other as musicians, but also enjoy each others company. I asked if they were all friends outside of music or if their companionship was purely musical.


I suppose we met in a professional capacity. We started making music together and eventually found ourselves doing things outside of music together. These guys are so awesome that we are now good friends.


With such a strong friendship between the three gentlemen I wondered if they would be tempted to introduce another member to the band. Or are they happy as a trio for the foreseeable future.


We shall be recording an album very soon, so may use a session musician to add a few more layers to our sound. Maybe a bit of fiddle playing would be fun. But I think we will always be a trio.

photo by: Jo Elkington Photography