Sarah Bennett & Dan Gascoigne
Dan and Sarah Bennett
Friday 2nd Oct 10.30pm The Oliver Plunkett 10.30pm-2am: New Rope String Band + Frankie Lane & Paul Kelly, Dan & Sarah Bennett
Saturday 3rd October Grand Parade: Food & Folk with BAYERISCH IRISH, Dan & Sarah Bennett
The Oliver Plunkett 4pm: MARTIN SIMPSON + Greeneshine, Dan & Sarah Bennett
Sunday 4th October
THE PAV 9pm: CHERISH THE LADIES +Mother Jones Band, Dan & Sarah Bennett
These two brilliant guitarists are from Coventry, they are guests of the Warwick Folk Festival.
Dan Gascoigne is a guitarist and songwriter from Coventry. He performs self-penned songs as well as covers arranged in his own style.
He began performing at the age of 18 at open mics nights, and soon began to gain feature spots at local folk clubs, supports slots for touring artists at local venues & more recently festivals around the country such as Farmer Phil’s and running a stage at Warwick Folk Festival.
Recording as a session musician on Kristy Gallachers 2012 album “Spinning Plates” on which he played banjo and guitar, he also played on the 2014 follow up album “The Game”.
2014 also saw Dan launch his first solo album “Station Street West” featuring songs he had written over his time on the open mic circuit which has also received air play on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire’s introducing show. He also calls it a tribute to his guitar teacher and mentor, Dave Bennett, a local Coventry folk legend.
Over his time playing Dan has performed in many styles, ranging from ragtime to blues, traditional songs, instrumentals, and heavier acoustic sounds. As well as varying instruments including Banjo, Harmonica and more recently Flute.
Recently his latest live performances have seen the use of effects pedals for his guitar and voice, an inspiration he took from Nick Harper, an artist he admires greatly and has supported live.
You can never really be sure what sound will come from Dan next, He rarely knows himself, but you can be sure that he puts his all into everything he creates.
The middle child of 2 folk musicians, Sarah grew up visiting folk clubs and festivals, with music and instruments around all the time. However, she didn’t pick any of them up seriously until she was 15 years old, after sitting in on a lesson her dad (ragtime guitarist, Dave Bennett) was giving someone else. He taught them and her by default, the bare essentials of fingerstyle guitar.
4 years later, she was a regular on the Coventry open mic circuit. Still far too shy to sing, she played self penned instrumental guitar tunes in all sorts of weird and wonderful alternate tunings.
A few years later still, and with many of the embarrassing social situations and drunken failures that come with a youth spent in pubs and bars under her belt, she finally built up enough courage to start singing… and started to write songs with words.