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Meet Dorset’s Acclaimed Folk Trio

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East of Alexandria Out Now!

Kadia are an acoustic trio from Bournemouth in Dorset performing a mix of traditional and contemporary folk songs, strongly rooted in the British folk tradition. They combine cello, fingerstyle guitar, 8-string ukulele and mandolin with three part harmony to create rich and uplifting music, interspersed with history and storytelling.

The band are currently working on an EP of five traditional songs, to be released in April 2017. 

Kadia’s debut album ‘East of Alexandria’ made The Telegraph list of top folk albums of 2015, where it was positively received as a record ‘full of unexpected surprises’. It was also nominated for the Fatea Magazine Debut Album of 2015 award, alongside Stick in the Wheel and The Changing Room. The album has received positive reviews from publications including Shire Folk and Fatea Magazine, who wrote that this was ‘an album of promises fulfilled’. Click the artwork above to buy online.

In 2016, Kadia performed on Main Stage 2 at Cambridge Folk Festival alongside La Vent du Nord, Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys, and Wildwood Kin. This adds to an ever increasing list of respected festivals at which they have played, including Priddy Folk Festival, Stogumber Festival, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Wimborne Minster Folk Festival, Cornwall Folk Festival, Bath Folk Festival, Swanage Folk Festival, Wessex Folk Festival, and Wickham Festival.

Kadia have had the opportunity to support Jim Moray, Gilmore and Roberts, The Willows, Moulettes, Nizlopi, Jackie Oates, Chris Leslie, Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston, Jess Vincent, and Ninebarrow among others. They are also seeing increasing radio play on BBC regional radio, local radio and internet radio shows.

Meet The Band

Lee Cuff - Kadia

Lee Cuff – Kadia

Chris Bailey - Kadia

Chris Bailey – Kadia

David Hoyland - Kadia

David Hoyland – Kadia

Lee (singing cellist and arranger) is our historian as he loves graphic novels, archaeological excavation (specialising in snails), anthropology, reads a book a day and he has nearly two degrees. He can be found reciting the Bach cello suites as a warm up and says he can’t drive because he cannot see the colour red, which amuses the others no end. Lee’s musical influence is Baroque, he is a diploma qualified Cellist, teaches music in a primary school, drinks earl grey and is the vocal coach of the group. Lee is very much the sensible one of the group.

Chris (singing guitarist and producer) gained a Latin and finger-style influence to his musical education from living and playing in Brazil and taught himself to play the guitar aged 15. Chris is the original founding member of the band, learned Pro Tools and recording techniques and now engineers the band’s recordings and contributes regularly to the melodies of the original content. He has a finance degree, plays golf and poker, likes Guinness, surfs and owns a small guitarlele which has now been signed by Tommy Emmanuel and other legends.

David (singing multi instrumentalist) is a highly talented musician who contributes regularly to lyrics for our original content. He began with an eight string ukulele and upgraded to a mandolin, before recently taking on more singing duties. (Maybe also going to progress to violin soon too). He has a degree in oceanography and loves swimming during winter. He works with laser beams, enjoys racing and go-karting, loves a good Chinese but prefers pizza and has a background of heavy metal drumming, he even owns a pair of red flares.

What They Say

Folk-orientated but original directions. Superb song writing, accomplished instrumentation and tight-as-you-like close harmony singing.


Kadia are a band to watch out for, maturing rapidly as songwriters, as instrumentalists, as singers, as arrangers. They are the full package, destined to reach an ever widening audience.


These guys are just fantastic, so I invited them to perform in my session on Stage 2 at Cambridge Folk Festival 2016.

Brian O’Neill