The Llyn Guitar Festival 2018 v

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. The man is THE LEGEND of Folk Music.


Sally Barker is well known for her work with The Poozies and Fotheringay.  She was Tom Jones' finalist on  BBC’s TV programme The Voice in 2014, reducing Sir Tom, and millions of viewers alike, to tears with her flawless performances. She has toured with Sir Tom , opening his shows as well as her own extensive touring schedule.

Billy is an award winning 16 year old Anglo-Brazilian classical / flamenco / fingerstyle guitarist. His show presents a genre defying fresh new approach to guitar, spanning Classical, Jazz and Pop, through to Electronic Trance and Classic Rock. In 2016 he reached the final of Sky Arts TV show “Guitar Star” –  David Bowie’s long time producer Tony Visconti  described him as a ‘Little Boy Genius’.

Dave and Sally are from the legendary IONA band. Dave is one of the best multi instrumentalists in the UK and is a current member of The STRAWBS. They have recently got together as a duo and you will be amazed at the musicianship and quality of their live performance.

Paul Brett is one of the World’s best 12 string guitarists. The list of artistes and bands he has played and toured with lists so many famous people that is unbelievable. He has his own successful range of acoustic guitars via Vintage that are selling well Globally.

Rory Evans returns to the Festival after his spell in Australia. He is a popular face with festival goers and is undoubtedly one of the best young guitarists in the UK with a great stage prescence.

Richard Meyrick is one of Wales’s most successful Luthiers. He is bringing a selection of his hand crafted instruments to the Llyn and will be presenting a Luthier Masterclass . He also made Paul Brett’s unique Thumbuster guitar which will also be on display.