The Sound of Black Deer 2020

Black Deer Festival 2020

Every one of the artists announced for Black Deer 2020 so far has something in common: they’re great live performers.
From legends like Wilco and The Waterboys, through Americana heroes such as The Milk Carton Kids, The Secret Sisters and The Felice Brothers, to emerging talent just like Courtney Marie Andrews, Amy Montgomery and Native Harrow – they have all impressed just as much on stage as on record.
Listen to our sensational Spotify playlist for proof of their prowess in the recording studio – but here’s where you can bare witness to the kind of live performances these authentic artisans are famous for…


“Jeff Tweedy’s troupe have become one of the US’s most reliable and cherished rock bands, a potent and award-winning combination of roadhouse swagger and arthouse introspection.”
– The Guardian



“Mike Scott’s ensemble are an utterly thrilling live band… one of the greatest ever.”
– The Telegraph



“The Dead South take string-band sounds into a new future.”
– No Depression


The Milk Carton Kids

“Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan prove it just takes two voices and two guitars to be a one-band folk revival.”
– npr Music


Courtney Marie Andrews

“A new country star from another age.”
– The Telegraph


The Felice Brothers

“They look like the kind of people who could cause mayhem and a fair amount of havoc for no better reason than the sheer hell of it.”
– Uncut


The Secret Sisters

“They dress like it’s 1954 and sing like it, too.”
– Rolling Stone


Jack Broadbent

“The new master of the slide guitar.”
– Montreux Jazz Festival


Irish Mythen

“Strident and confident, this powerhouse lady commands full attention.”
– Building Our Own Nashville


Madison Violet

“Musicians. Wanderers. Artists.”
– Green Note


The East Pointers

“Smart, stomping maritime folk.”
– The Guardian


Midnight Skyracer

“Midnight Skyracer features some of the best players from across the UK.”
– Folk Radio UK


Amy Montgomery

“A great sonic explorer in the tradition of John Martyn and Janis Joplin.”
– BBC Music


Native Harrow

“Laurel Canyon-style folk rock with shades of Joni Mitchell.”
– The Times