18 year old London-based guitarist-singer Piers Haslam has been going to folk festivals since he was small. His songs reflect a love of both traditional folk and popular music of the last century. A Leigh Folk Festival regular, and a talent we have lent a hand in nurturing, Piers’s big influences include greats such as Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, Alasdair Roberts and Nick Harper, as well as lesser-known folk artists such as Jon Raven and Frank Purslow. In addition to playing the guitar, Piers tries his hand at mandolin, piano and melodeon. He also helps out at ‘the headquarters of folk’, Cecil Sharp House, and enjoys spending all day in the library there, digging out obscure songs and tunes from the past.
He also performs more ‘experimental’ guitar music under the name of his alter-ego, Long Pike Hollow.