sam lee's nest collective presents unamplifire

UnampliFire brings together some the finest musicians around, with no amplification, no soundchecks, no waiting around – just pure, unadulterated sounds; surely the only way to really hear music. 

Join us for a celebration of everything The Nest Collective is about – amazing music from across the globe in beautiful, characterful settings. The Nest Collective is very excited to be bringing UnampliFire to Grinagog.

On Saturday 8th April we will be curating live music across three performance spaces in the stunning and highly atmospheric Torre Abbey; The Crypt, The Ballroom and The Chapel.

For 10 years the NC has been London's way to experiencing folk, world & new music, creating a community that seeks unique sonorous experiences in unusual spaces.  

Formed in 2006 by Mercury nominated singer Sam Lee, it hosts a multitude of show types hosting emerging and established artists alike. Our concerts navigate our diverse listenership towards music that both pushes boundaries alongside music that has resisted change staying true to an ancient way.

The Nest prides itself on bringing together these ‘from the source’ inspired artists, as well as radically minded British and worldwide creatives, to meet audiences thirsting for the rare and rooted, and a music industry keen to see what’s next to come or simply ‘hasn’t disappeared’.



Son Of Dave

Returning to his roots in R&B, Son of Dave has racked up 1400 shows over 5 continents and released 7 albums. A maverick Bluesman. A one-man harmonica and beat-box experience.

Supported Supergrass, Iggy & The Stooges, UB40, Yardbirds, Heavy Trash and many more. He's appeared on Later With Jools Holland, BBC UK, Taratata, France 1. Son of Dave's music has been used in Breaking Bad, Preacher, a Robin Williams film, and much more.

Cool fact: Grace Jones once asked him for his phone number. He took hers instead. Has jammed with Spinal Tap and Neil Young, Cindi Lauper, Jon Spencer, and many more.
-Was a member in Crash

Big Buzzard Boogaloo: Gospel, Blues and Jazz Revue

Imagine a dream... you plunge into a sea of delicious spicy creole gumbo; you kick towards the surface, then suddenly you’re walking along the colourful Bourbon St, New Orleans, hand in hand with these wonderful singers, Becky Brine and Vince Lee, who lead you towards a stage where they jump up and join the band, already grooving away with a solid bass and the soaring sounds of Hammond organ and sensuous saxophone. Peacock plumes adorn your hair, bottle tops get sewn to the bottoms of your britches and you’re helpless but to swing your hips to the throbbing rhythm! This is the vibe that these fabulous musicians will be creating inside the medieval walls of this beautiful building. Perhaps its famous spectre, the Spanish Lady will join us for an afternoon of reckless hedonism and funky jive. These cats can really sing, and play, and would love you to join them.


Devon born Samuel Wulf, is a dynamic singer/songwriter known for his soulful melodies with an acoustic hip-hop twist. Starting out as Junk Star Kids, Samuel has decided to drop that alias to focus on his own musical endeavour and has since gained support from the likes of BBC introducing & HTF Magazine. Keep your eyes open, Samuel Wulf is a name to remember.


What started as an event has turned into a collective of musicians from different genres that stretches across the spectrum. FRiGHDAYS serves as a unique platform for DJs, acoustic artists, and creatives to perform at events around the South West.

This homegrown collective will be performing in different areas around the festival with members and friends of the FRiGHDAYS crew. Here's who you can expect for their daytime acoustic set.

Line Up:

Samuel Wulf, Owen Penrice, Cydney Brown, Lee Johnson, Sam Tanner, Jorel Williams, Jamie Yost, Matthew Gordon Price & Olly Parker.

Drift Records

Nominated "Indie Champions" at the 2015 AIM Awards and 'Best Independent Retailer' at the 2012, '13, '14 and '15 and 2016 Music Week awards, Drift is Totnes' award-winning independent Record Shop and they take it pretty seriously. Thier in house 'Deluxe' magazine is distributed in indie stores around the world and in 2016 they turned their hands to festival curating with stages at the Port Eliot Festival and their own Totnes based Sea Change Festival. If nothing else, they've got a pretty good handle on what sounds good. Drift will be bringing an intimate acoustic showcase to Grinagog at the Torre Abbey Chapel on the Sunday afternoon.

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Bill Murray

Bill Murray is passionate about Dartmoor and was awarded The Dartmoor Society Award 2011 for Nurturing the Craft of Dartmoor Song. A founder of shanty group Mariners Away, Bill also sings at the Northmore Arms, Wonson and at Widecombe Fair. His CD, ‘Down ‘pon Old Dartymoor’ is available from Wren Music.

(He also played Peter Venkman in 1984 film Ghostbusters*.)
*This may have been a different Bill Murray 


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The Carrivick Sisters

The Carrivick Sisters are one of the UK's top young bluegrass and folk acts. Having grown up in South Devon, an area rich in folk lore and legends, much of their original material is inspired by their local surroundings and history. The sisters first started performing as a duo in 2006, originally as buskers before starting to play more and more proper gigs, turning professional when they left school in 2007.

In 2007 they won the South West Buskers and Street Entertainers Competition, gaining themselves their first spot at Glastonbury Festival. In 2008 Laura achieved 2nd place at the RockyGrass Fiddle Contest in America. The Carrivick Sisters were finalists in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2010 and were named Band/Duo of the Year in the 2011 FATEA Awards. Most recently Charlotte won first place in both Old-time banjo and fiddle at FOAOTMAD's festival in Gainsborough 2012.




Cynefin (‘kuh-neh-vin’ - a Welsh noun with no direct equivalent in English) is somewhat of a linguistic enigma. Originally a farming term used to describe the habitual tracks and trails worn by sheep in hillsides – the word has morphed and deepened over the centuries to conjure a very personal sense of place, belonging and familiarity. The artist Kyffin Williams describes it as ‘that relationship: the place of your birth and of your upbringing, the environment in which you live and to which you are naturally acclimatised.’

This ‘Cynefin’ is a musical journey to discover the musical landscape and contours of Ceredigion and West Wales. From the grumbles of millers past, musings of balladeers and every day tales of ‘y werin’ (the common folk) – it seeks to uncover the untold stories of the people who lived and worked on the land and who’s voices have been lost over the centuries. Through delving through unseen archive material, forgotten books and sourcing songs from local ballad singers, Cynefin presents unheard material in a fresh new light.


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Jack is a multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter from the South West. His distinct style combines deeply articulate lyrics with memorable melodic hooks, accompanied by intricate fingerstyle guitar arrangements, influenced by roots music from both sides of the Atlantic.

He has shared the stage with the likes of Franz Nicolay (Against Me!/The Hold Steady), Cory Branan and Austin Lucas, and in early 2016 he was announced as one of the final four nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. 



Jim Causley

Since his recorded debut in 2005, Jim has been nominated no less than five times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Jim is passionate about traditional song, particularly that of his native West Country. He has become renowned for natural gift for song interpretation, his deep, rich voice which belies his years, and his relaxed and playful stage presence. In 2006, he released his first solo album; 'Fruits of the Earth' and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2006 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Causley received further acclaim for his work as part of a cappella trio The Devil’s Interval, whose album ‘Blood & Honey’ received another BBC Folk Award nomination in 2007. Jim has a long history of exciting collaborations, including Waterson:Carthy, Mawkin, Show Of Hands, Lukas Drinkwater, John McCusker and David Rotheray.


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Winners of 2014's BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo.
The alchemy of Martin's ever evocative songwriting, fiddle and banjo playing and the much extolled skills of Henry on dobro, harmonica and lap steel fuse into a wholly distinctive world sound.
Their latest studio album, Watershed has received critical acclaim and further places the duo in the higher echelons of the roots genre.


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Thom Ashworth

Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture is the debut EP by English folksinger and bassist Thom Ashworth. Thom hails from Hampshire, but calls East London home.

Thom’s is a stripped back approach to British traditional music, played on his ‘home’ instrument – bass. The unique sonic palette of this release brings instruments usually seen in supportive roles to the fore, along with restrained percussion, and Thom’s powerful tenor voice.

His previous work couldn't have been further from the folk world – Thom cut his teeth playing hardcore and emo, going on to play in Deep Elm Records post rock/prog act Our Lost Infantry and many headed chamber pop monster Revere – which belies a childhood spent at festivals and pub sessions, listening to Fairport Convention, Show Of Hands, and Martin Carthy.

Thom has a growing reputation as a live performer, and made his solo debut last year opening for Dublin folk miscreants Lankum (formerly Lynched).



Young Waters

Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical violin solos and finely mastered acoustic guitar. Their exhilarating rhythms and intricate, weaving melodies, coupled with a repertoire that combines startling original material with traditional folk songs, makes for a captivating stage presence. This young band are set to make a big impact in 2017.

They burst onto the London / Bristol folk scene in 2015 and have been making a name for themselves with their live album, ‘Live from The Fayre’ (recorded live at Rollright Fayre). Following a host of festival appearances in 2016 (including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Boomtown and Smugglers) they have built a strong following. They rounded off the summer by winning Bath Folk Festival’s New Shoots competition, earning themselves a recording session at Peter Gabriel’s legendary Real World Studios and a prestigious headline slot at the 2017 Bath Folk Festival. 



A one time only performance of crowd favourites performed in an acoustic setting

In 2015 Mawkin delivered their self-produced and critically acclaimed album ‘The Ties That Bind’. Their ‘unapologetically energetic’ approach and DIY ethic surprised critics, fans and welcomed new audience members describing them as a ‘modern day Fairport’. With a host of rebel rousing folk songs and instrumentals the band modernise traditional folk material with their own touch and have since excited audiences with their artillery of loud, boisterous, foot stomping live sets. Critics of the album suggested that Mawkin might fill the ‘Bellowhead shaped hole’ so it seemed only natural to support them on their farewell tour of 2016 amongst a flurry of key festivals and UK tour dates.

‘Masculine, Muscular Folk Quintet’ - The Independent

‘A Gutsy re-working of Traditional Songs’ - The Guardian

‘Unconditionally Mighty’ - MOJO



In the space of a few short years, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk & roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player create music that Folk Roots say is: “A musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant!”

Well known for the last 8 years as a central component of Show of Hands, Miranda has an exquisite and spine-tingling voice, whilst Rex, with his exuberant and flamboyant playing style, has built a reputation as one of the finest mandolin players in the UK. 2016 saw Miranda and Rex celebrate their 6th year together as a duo and the release of their 3rd studio album.


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Spark up your nargil, crack open the raki and settle in for session of intoxicating acoustic music from the fringes of old Europe. BTP play tunes and songs from the rembetika clubs of 1920s Athens, Jewish shetls of Bessabaria and Fado bars of Coimbra – melodies whose power to tug on heart strings, raise glasses and fill dance floors have remain as potent as ever. Deploying a mix of accordion, clarinet, fiddle, guitar and close harmonies, this nimble-fingered duo’s meze board of musical delights is sure to leave a smile on your face.

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Bert Miller And The Animal Folk

Bert Miller And The Animal Folk are one of the strangest bands i've ever seen. They're high energy and raucous and just at the moment you're sure it's all a complete shambles you realise you were wrong and they make a quick change that exposes their carefully crafted compositions....and Bert clearly enjoys it as much as the audience.

He can often be found missing from the stage and involved in some form of madness in the crowd like he's just walked into his 'best day'. They are currently working on a new album due for release later this year.