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Meet Dorset’s Acclaimed Folk Trio

Kadia are a fast rising acoustic trio from Dorset. They perform a galvanizing mix of traditional and cutting edge original folk songs. Combining cello, fingerstyle guitar, and mandolin with stunning three part harmony, they create rich and uplifting music interspersed with history and storytelling. Their live performances have built them a fearsome reputation, and are often described as “sublime” and “unforgettable”.

The band have recently released an EP of five traditional songs titled “The Outlandish Collection” after an older variant of the Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight which features on this release. This EP may well be traditional, but the arrangements are incredibly refreshing and unmistakably delivered with the usual Kadia twist. These songs have a long, rich history and some have existed in different guises under various names.

Kadia’s debut album ‘East of Alexandria’ made The Telegraph list of top folk albums of the year, where it was positively received as a record ‘full of unexpected surprises’. It was also nominated for the Fatea Magazine Debut Album of the Year 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’.

Last year, they performed on Main Stage 2 at the 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 including Oxford, Priddy and Purbeck Valley Folk Festivals.

Kadia have also had the opportunity to support Nancy Kerr, Jackie Oates, Jim Moray, Chris Leslie, Gilmore and Roberts, The Willows, Moulettes, Nizlopi, Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston, and Ninebarrow among many others. They are also seeing ever 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 developing more vocal responsibilities. He has a degree in oceanography and loves swimming during winter. During the day he works with laser optics, and by night he likes to listen to a range of music ranging from classical to black metal.

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