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Peg Powler are a three piece folk, blues and roots band - with a touch of jazz - performing original material, traditional folk songs and blues & jazz standards.


Their original material embraces literary motifs, contemporary life and traditional influences. They take their inspiration from a variety of musical genres and individual influences including Mance Lipscome, Sandy Denny, Robert Johnson, Joe Pass, Natalie Merchant, Pearl Jam, Show of Hands, Nick Drake, Alison Krauss, Jeff Buckley, Fleet Foxes, Radiohead and many more.


They perform regularly at folk, literary and poetry festivals, clubs and events and the individual members have performed as solo artists, in duos and with various bands throughout their careers. They came together in 2015 and released their debut album, Northern Lines in July 2016.

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Band Members


Ian Bartholomew: Guitar/Vocals/Songwriting;


Sara Dennis: Vocals/Ukulele/Songwriting;


Mags Forward: Fiddle and Vocals.



'The best new folk band in the North.’

Andy Willoughby, Poet, Literary Director and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing.


'Beautifully dark and twisted folk music with a macabre streak a mile wide.’  

Bob Fischer, BBC Tees


Peg Powler are a North East band standing firmly in the present but with roots running deep into the past. Drawing upon wealth of folklore, myth and history their powerful original songs bring us face to face with a host of wyrd characters, dangerous situations and dark dramas that remind us of our own challenges and of how our own choices will shape our futures. This is beautiful, breath-taking and intelligent music.

Bob Beagrie, Poet, Literary Director and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing.


‘It’s common nowadays when trying to describe musicians to say they are a little bit of this or that, well if it helps, Peg Powler are like early Fairport mixed with the Strawbs, and dash of Pentangle. But more than all of this, their music sounds like home to me. Sara Dennis's lilting voice with an edge of jazz to it would be equally at home in a Greenwich Village jazz cellar, but the music is rooted on the banks of the Tees, singing about the water witch, the eponymous Peg Powler or the all-American Emily Dickinson. It’s all here.’

Peter Lagan, Lutenist

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