Acoustic Routes



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Just some of the many wonderful performers who have played for us.
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DECAMERON
Decameron began when Johnny Coppin and Dave Bell met at Cheltenham Art College in 1968. By 1969 they had been joined by guitarist Al Fenn and cellist Geoff March and, with Jasper Carrott as their agent, the four of them started building up a solid following around the folk clubs.

They soon developed their trademark sound - vocal harmonies reminiscent of Crosby, Stills and Nash, multi-instrumental virtuosity, with Dave's poetic lyrics set to Johnny’s melodic tunes.

By 1973 Decameron’s first album "Say Hello to the Band" had been released, they were appearing at bigger UK venues, touring in Holland, Germany and Belgium, playing bigger venues in the UK including the Cambridge Folk Festival, and Dik Cadbury had joined on bass, guitar and violin.

1974 saw the release of "Mammoth Special", regarded by many as their finest hour, and a promotional gig at the Commonwealth Institute in London with an orchestra. A year later “Third Light” came out and the band were playing to houses of up to 1,500 people a night. They had become one of the best live bands on the scene.

In 1976, the band’s fourth album "Tomorrow’s Pantomine" emerged, with Dik Cadbury’s influence taking Decameron in a more rocky direction. However this highlighted the differing objectives among band members and within months Decameron decided to call it a day. Although they were earning a living, the costs of touring a six-piece band in bigger venues were prohibitive.

The various members got involved in other musical projects and Johnny Coppin launched a successful solo career as a singer/songwriter which continues to this day.

"In a class of their own" - Sounds, "The thinking man's Lindisfarne" - New Musical Express web site




GORDON GILTRAP
Over the past forty years, Gordon Giltrap has graced the music business with his dedication to his craft and his affection for his audience. As one of the UK's most respected guitarists, he has consistently proved the adage that respect cannot be bought. It must be earned.

Gordon's self-titled debut album was released in 1968 and in the late 1970s, Gordon enjoyed a brief spell as a pop star, with a hit album (Perilous Journey) and two hit singles ('Heartsong' and 'Fear of the Dark'). 'Heartsong' was nominated for an Ivor Novello award, and is fondly remembered as the theme tune to the BBC's Holiday programme. 'Fear of the Dark' was the first 12-inch colour picture disc to be released in the UK, and featured a heavily-made-up and unflattering image of what was then being marketed as The Gordon Giltrap Band. All the musical trends at the time were moving away from acoustic music, and Gordon retreated gracefully from the pop spotlight.

Over the years, Gordon has worked with an amazingly broad range of artists, from rock musicians such as Brian May, Rick Wakeman and Midge Ure to the jazz virtuoso Martin Taylor, the classical guitarist Raymond Burley and the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1996, Gordon realised a dream of playing guitar alongside Cliff Richard, on stage in Cliff's West End musical Heathcliff. As well as performing in the role of The Troubadour, Gordon arranged the overture and wrote two pieces of music.

Gordon's music continues to evade categorisation, influenced as it is by the rock guitar of Hank Marvin and Pete Townshend, the folk guitar of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, and the classical guitar of Julian Bream and John Williams. He has released 25 original studio albums, plus numerous live albums and compilations. There is currently no sign of Gordon hanging up his guitars, and he still performs dozens of concerts a year around the country, earning the respect of fans and fellow musicians alike.
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ANDY IRVINE
Andy
Irvine has been hailed as "a tradition in himself." Musician, singer and songwriter, Andy has maintained both personal integrity and highly individual performing skills throughout his 40-year career. From Sweeney's Men in the mid sixties and the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s, to Irish super group, Patrick Street, since the 80s, and his current “dream band,” Mozaik, Andy has been a world music pioneer and icon for traditional music and musicians.

Few others can equal his repertoire, Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes, and a compelling canon of his own material that defies description.

It was in 1971 Irvine united with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam O'Flynn to form Planxty, fanning the flames of Irish Traditional Music well into the next generation. In 1976 he worked and recorded with Paul Brady, making the classic album  “Andy Irvine & Paul Brady”.  Andy later formed Patrick Street, featuring Kevin Burke (Bothy Band), Jackie Daly (De Danaan) and guitar maestro Arty McGlynn, establishing themselves as one of the finest Irish bands of our time

Andy Irvine continues along the road he set for himself so long ago - a vibrant career as a solo artist in the old style, a teller of stories and maker of music.
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Andy Irvine  
  RICHARD DIGANCE
Richard Digance is known as one of the great folk entertainers of the 70s and 80s. His evergreen career has been acknowledged through numerous awards within both the music and entertainment industries, from a BAFTA Nomination as a TV entertainer to a Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He has supported Steve Martin in the USA, Robin Williams at The London Palladium and is included in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters for his important contribution to British comedy songwriting. He is one of Britain's top comedy and music attractions, a rare performer in that he's respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished acoustic guitarist. His loyal following confirms his wide appeal, from the younger generation attracted by both his guitar playing and the fact he has inspired many modern-day performers, to the super-loyal who have followed Richard since the time he had his own ITV series and even further back when he started out in folk clubs.

He has worked with a multitude of world-class artists including Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, Elton John, Steeleye Span, David Essex, Supertramp, Elkie Brooks and Tom Jones. His TV specials for ITV ran for a record 11 years and on these shows he played guitar with Brian May, Status Quo, The Moody Blues, Buffy St Marie, Juan Martin, Marc Cohn who wrote Walking in Memphis and Chris de Burgh on his way to being a major artist in his own right. In the last two years he has broadened his appeal by returning to his musical roots through major festival appearances.
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KRISTA DETOR
With her highly acclaimed album, Mudshow, Krista Detor was established as a gifted player on the world stage. Together with partner and producer, David Weber, she’s since released the follow-up album, Cover Their Eyes (“One of the best albums of the year..” - Revolver) continuing to push the edges of genre while remaining close throughout to the lyrical thread that defines her work.

She’s reached #1 on the Euro-Americana chart and her music’s been featured at the Cannes Film Festival, on NPR, PBS, the BBC, as well as countless U.S. and European National, Regional & Local radio shows. She’s appeared on both U.S. and European television and collaborated on the Emmy nominated PBS Special Wilderness Plots.

She was honoured to be chosen to be a part of the Darwin Songhouse with 7 other songwriters in Shrewsbury writing for 7 days and completing a live CD to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in his hometown. The event and subsequent concert were covered extensively by the BBC.

Krista’s 4th solo album, Chocolate Paper Suites, is a series of 3-song Suites each connected by theme and/or imagery, and inspired by the works of Lorca, Dylan Thomas & Darwin, among other thinkers, artists and experiences. R2 magazine wrote of her 5th album, Flat Earth Diary - "As close to a perfect album.. as I have heard in a very long time.." 5 Stars!

Krista will be performing as a trio with a guitarist and bass player.

“..A small miracle… wonderful, intensive music.. she would be good on every stage in the world..” - Rolling Stone
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THE GERRY COLVIN BAND
ColvinQuarmby front man Gerry Colvin's new band features more of his brilliantly eccentric,  hilarious and absurd observations, and witty and catchy singalong songs. The new line up features double bass, guitar, accordion, and drums/cahon.

In the early 1980's he co-founded and fronted the legendary skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit ’Terry & Gerry'. This seminal band toured Europe and the USA and appeared on countless Radio and TV shows including "The Tube" and "The Old Grey Whistle Test".   Terry and Gerry recently re-formed and this led to an invitation to tour opening for Status Quo at huge venues next April.

In 1993 Gerry formed the folk-pop band 'The Atlantics’: they toured extensively including a slot at Glastonbury Festival where Gerry was compere, and appeared on BBC’s ‘Pebble Mill at One’. Colvin’s other major project at this time was film music as vocalist with ‘The National Screen Orchestra’; he also performed as a comedy double act with Hollywood superstar Mackenzie Crook.

In 1995 Gerry co-founded the five piece folk band ColvinQuarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. In 2010 they won the Hancock Award for ‘Best Live Folk Act’.

In 2013 Gerry released a self-penned solo album ‘Jazz Tales of Country Folk’ and is now working on his next CD ‘Six of One half a Dozen of the Other’.
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CHRISTINE COLLISTER
Throughout her 20 year career Christine has mesmerized and astounded with her unique blend of soul, blues, pop, jazz, country and folk, and today she remains as powerful, subtle and effortless as ever. Her live performances have always been wonderfully magical experiences and her solo albums have seen her convincingly interpret Smoky Robinson, Nick Drake, Robert Wyatt, Tom Waits, Paul Simon, U2 and Lal Waterson, amongst many others - whilst with every year her own self penned or co-written compositions have developed a distinctive quality - one which connects on a very personal level.

She first came to national attention singing the 1987 theme for the BBC Television series The Life and Loves Of A She Devil. Following a fruitful association with The Richard Thompson Band, Christine enjoyed a period of critical and commercial success in a seven year partnership with Clive Gregson. She also toured and recorded with the female super group Daphne's Flight.

Over the course of her career Christine has become a familiar name on the UK 'live' scene and at all major festivals from Glastonbury to Winnipeg to Cambridge. With a gravity defying voice, assured and impressive live performances and great personal charm she is a phenomenal live act.

'".boundary breaking is routine for Collister and makes her one of the finest grown-up vocalists on the planet..." - Q Magazine
'Christine Collister has a killer voice. As full as Dusty Springfield or as blue as Alison Moyet' - Froots
" … a voice personally delivered by God." - The Times
"Christine Collister can sing the birds down off the trees and send them back with a tiny flick of her vocal chords." - Mojo
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CHRIS DIFFORD
We are delighted to present this special concert featuring Chris Difford who was one half of the legendary songwriting partnership behind all of the great Squeeze hits such as Cool for Cats, Up the Junction, Black Coffee in Bed, Tempted, Take Me I'm Yours, Another Nail In My Heart and Pulling Mussels From A Shell. Difford's lyrics combined with Glenn Tilbrook's melodies to create classic songs that still receive regular airplay around the world. Last year's compilation "The Big Squeeze" went straight in to the charts at number 8 proving the timeless quality of their music.

During his time away from Squeeze Chris has written with Elton John, Marti Pellow, Lamont Dozier and many others. He also wrote songs with Tilbrook for fellow Squeeze band member Jools Holland and two years ago his lyrics for the film "Still Crazy" won an Ivor Novello Award.

After 25 years, 13 albums, numerous American and UK tours, and trips around the globe Chris left Squeeze in 1999. He released his first solo album, "I Didn't Get Where I Am" in 2003.
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PETER KNIGHT'S GIGSPANNER
Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as "another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool", although to classify these three virtuoso performers purely as folk musicians is to undersell them by a long chalk…

A bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s erstwhile legendary fiddle player. But, Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences on a “blistering pace of a musical world tour” (Folkcast), prompting Sir Terry Pratchett to write “Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow”.

Peter has accrued a lifetimes worth of accolades across a career spanning two folk revivals. Martin Carthy, named Peter as one of his 'great teachers' during his acceptance speech (Lifetime Achievement Award) at the recent BBC Folk Awards. Within Gigspanner, Peter’s musicianship is further enhanced by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on Guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on Congas and Djembe.

“The Trio co-create a depth of multi-textured melody that belies the pared-down instrumental line-up. Exceptional stuff, and not to be missed”  - Acoustic Magazine
“Peter Knight has put together a tight trio with which to let his playing fly…Gigspanner produce music of intelligently crafted brilliance”- Songlines Magazine
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PRELUDE
Prelude were originally formed by Brian Hume and fellow guitarist/vocalist Ian Vardy in 1970 in their native Gateshead. Irene Hume joined them in 1971 and they released their debut album 'How Long Is Forever' in 1973. It was heavily influenced on both a musical and lyrical level by American harmony-based soft rock acts like Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell and, most of all, Crosby Stills Nash and Young. However the stand out track of the album was an inspired adaptation of ‘After The Goldrush’, on which Irene’s lead vocal emphasised the latent hymnal qualities of Neil Young’s back-to-the-land lament. The track quickly became a worldwide success, reaching the top 20 in the UK, No 12 in the USA and No1 in both Canada and Australia.

The second Prelude album ‘Dutch Courage’ was issued in December 1974, the same month Ralph McTell’s ‘Streets Of London’ on which the group guested as backing vocalists, entered the charts. The third album 'Owlcreek Incident' featured the classic Prelude sound - delicate harmonies, electric/acoustic rhythms and sympathetic string arrangements.

In 1980 Prelude again graced the singles chart, Brian’s ‘Platinum Blonde’ giving the band a UK No. 45 placing. A re-released version of ‘After The Goldrush’ then hit No. 21 and was followed by a top 75 hit with their unique interpretation of the old Roy Orbison classic ‘Only The Lonely’ in the summer of 1982. They continued to tour and delight audiences throughout the 80’s, touring with Don McClean and Joan Armatrading. In 1999 they released the acclaimed ‘Good For You’ album which was awarded the Best Album by the North America Country Music Association International.
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BENNY GALLAGHER
For sheer quality and distinction you need look no further than the career of Benny Gallagher. One half of hit makers and songwriters Gallagher & Lyle, he began his career as a staff writer with the Beatles music publishing company, Apple writing songs for Apple Records' biggest artist Mary Hopkin under the constant encouragement of Paul McCartney.

In 1970 his and Graham Lyle’s astute composing ability propelled the band McGuinness-Flint to the top of the charts with hit songs "When I’m Dead and Gone" and "Malt and Barley Blues". Then came the duo’s own string of successes – the richly romantic "Heart on my Sleeve" and "I Wanna Stay With You". Their Breakaway album was a huge success – even more so when the title track was covered by Art Garfunkel. Garfunkel also later recorded the duo's "A Heart In New York" and performed it at Simon & Garfunkel's famous concert in central park, New York, to an audience of 500,000.

On record he has worked with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend, Ronnie Lane, Ronnie Wood, Gary Brooker, Georgie Fame, Mary Hopkin, Elkie Brooks, Ralph McTell, Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention. Between song-writing visits to Nashville, and composing soundtracks for film and television he has toured Australia, the Middle and Far East, Europe and the U.K. as bassist and vocalist with The Manfreds and Dennis Locorriere – "The Voice of Dr. Hook".

Artists who have recorded Benny Gallagher songs include Art Garfunkel, Bryan Ferry, Colin Blunstone, Don Williams, Elkie Brooks, Fairport Convention, Garth Brooks, Judith Durham, Mary Hopkin, Phil Everly, Ringo Starr, Ricky Nelson, Rita Coolidge, Simon and Garfunkel, Status Quo and Jim Capaldi.
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RACHEL HARRINGTON & THE KNOCK OUTS
Imagine Loretta Lynn playing Otis Redding songs in a garage in Seattle – in 1963. That gets you somewhere near the new territory being scouted out by country soul sensation Rachel Lyn Harrington as she heads for the hills with her 4th album, a collection of all-new, all-original, old-school country ballads and western honkytonk swing with early rock n’ roll. She's wrangled up three other gals for her first full-band European tour. Based in Seattle, The Knock Outs are comprised of bass, drums, fiddle, and guitar. In addition to songs from the brand new record, the live show will include a set of the girls' favourite country and rockabilly covers to boot.

Rachel Lyn has played major festivals throughout Europe and the US, made three live appearances on BBC’s legendary Bob Harris Show, and reached millions of listeners through airplay at Starbucks. A 2011 winner in Merlefest's esteemed songwriting contest (previous winners include Gillian Welch and Tift Merritt), this is Harrington's 6th annual European tour but her very first with The Knock Outs. 

"Like tuning into some obscure backwoods American radio station from sepia-tinted days of yore." Top Ten Albums of the Year. -The Irish Times
“Ancient-sounding country noir”- Q Magazine
“Songs that conjure the ghosts of old America.” - Mojo
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MARTYN JOSEPH
Martyn's 20 year career has embraced some notable achievements including 5 Top 50 UK chart positions, with such songs as 'Dolphins Make Me Cry', 'Working Mother' and 'Let's Talk About It In The Morning', and appearances and tours with, amongst others, Suzanne Vega, Marc Cohn, Joan Armatrading, Clannad, Chris De Burgh, Jools Holland, Art Garfunkel, and even, Celine Dion.

His touring work and appearances over the years, on both sides of the Atlantic, have helped to establish this gifted and gracious Welshman as one of the foremost singer/songwriters of his generation. Across a 10 year cycle of albums from the Sony days of 'Being There' to his recent two volume live compilation 'Don't Talk About Love', Martyn's song catalogue is an awesomely impressive archive of our times, our tribulations, our wonder and our wounds.
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WOODY MANN
Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master. While the blues are his touchstone, he seems to draw inspiration from every direction, blending a myriad influences with ease and grace.

Woody Mann received his first musical schooling in the living room of Rev. Gary Davis, the now legendary blues, gospel, and ragtime guitarist. Mann soon went on to perform with modern day blues musicians John Fahey, British great Jo-Ann Kelly, as well as early masters of the genre, such as Bukka White and Son House.

He has pursued a rich and diverse career, which ranges from playing with jazz great Attila Zoller, accompanying songwriter Dory Previn, and teaching guitar to Paul Simon. Mann has recorded extensively and performed everywhere from the orchestra pits of Broadway to festivals, clubs and concert stages worldwide. Mann’s reach as a teacher, producer, and writer has been just as sweeping; he has been a faculty member at the New School in New York City, conducted master workshops throughout the world, founded International Guitar Seminars and schooled countless guitarists through his acclaimed books and DVDs.

The remarkable ease and grace with which he blends a wide pallet of influences was summed up in a recent Acoustic Guitar Magazine review: "Mann has absorbed so many guitar styles that he can change moods on a dime, weaving lyrical single string lines and chord harmonies that can take his tunes across the musical divides between genres."

"Don’t miss the chance to see him; you are unlikely to hear anything – or anyone – better in the fields that Mann has chosen to master." - The Times
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PETE ATKIN
Pete Atkin is a singer-songwriter and radio producer notable for his 1970s musical collaborations with Clive James. He was born in Cambridge in 1945 and in 1966 he joined Cambridge Footlights, for whom he became the musical director of the revues and he was there that he met Clive and trhey began writing together. Pete Atkin and Clive James recorded six albums in the 1970s, as well as writing an album for Julie Covington, best known for her number one hit Don't Cry For Me Argentina in 1976.

The songwriting partnership of Atkin and James was held in high esteem by the British music press, yet commercial success proved much more elusive. Their unique attempt to fuse the discipline and craftsmanship of Tin Pan Alley with the self-expression of rock, while refusing to accept any limitation on what constituted appropriate subject matter for lyrics, inevitably set them on a collision course with their record companies' marketing departments. In the early 1980s Atkin became a radio producer while James went on to become a well-known television personality.

In 2001, 2003 and 2005 Atkin and James undertook national tours of the UK talking about, reading and singing their songs, poetry and prose. In 2003 the duo also toured Australia and a cd of new songs was released. Atkin has performed occasional concerts in folk clubs in recent years but this is a rare chance to see him live.
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HENRY PRIESTMAN
After over 35 years in the music business – and with a credit list longer than both your arms – in 2009 Henry Priestman  reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter, and released his debut solo CD “The Chronicles of  Modern Life” to critical acclaim. The eagerly awaited follow-up entitled “The Last Mad Surge of Youth” was released in February 2014.

Both albums are the sound of a man who’s seen the music world explode from punk (his band Yachts supported the Sex Pistols in ’77, and The Who on a European Tour in ‘79) via pop (three million albums with The Christians; a top five single for Mark Owen) through to the digital age (soundtracks for James Bond/Xbox, BBC’s Wildlife on One, Natural World), writing/production duties with the likes of singer/songwriters Amy Wadge, Lotte Mullan and 10cc’s Graham Gouldman (3 co-writes with Graham on his latest “Love and Work” album) and still has something worth singing about.

Henry wrote all songs for The Christians 1987 triple-platinum debut, shared a mic and a number one single with Paul McCartney, and composed the title song for London West End musical “Dreamboats and Petticoats”. 

His single “Grey’s The New Blond” from “Chronicles” was playlisted at Radio 2 and featured on BBC Breakfast TV. Further singles “Don’t You Love Me no More” and “He Ain’t Good Enough for You” also picked up extensive Radio 2 and independent radio airplay.

On the new album “The Last Mad Surge of Youth” Henry is joined by guests Katriona Gilmore, Graham Gouldman, Lotte Mullan and Probyn Gregory (The Beach Boys). Having discovered a new found love of live work (mixing ramshackle chaos & tear-jerking poignancy in equal measures!) he now tours all over the UK.
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PHIL BEER
Phil Beer is best known for his multi-instrumental virtuosity in Show of Hands who are widely acknowledged as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. Knightley, who writes most of their inspired material and Beer, a dazzling multi instrumentalist, have built up a huge following which has seen them twice sell out the Albert Hall, headlining at major festivals from Glastonbury to WOMAD and playing all over the world, from Europe to America, Australia and India. Voted Best Live Act by the public at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the jury is still out on just what kind of music they play. A genre defying mix of rock, roots, blues, country, trad, and often influenced by the music of other countries, it is played out on an array of instruments from slide guitar to fiddle, mandolin to South American cuatro.

Phil's passion for acoustic music was especially stirred by the Davey Graham album 'Folk Blues and Beyond'. He played his first gig when he was fourteen and by the time he was sixteen he was performing regularly. Phil worked with Paul Downes as a duo and also in Arizona Smoke Revue. He joined the Albion Band in 1984 and stayed with them until 1991, touring extensively at home and abroad, and recorded many albums. Show of Hands became a full-time partnership from 1991.

The Phil Beer Band are one of the most entertaining groups on the scene and are a big draw everywhere they play. His other musical involvements are no less prestigious and include playing with Mike Oldfield and The Rolling Stones.
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CLIVE GREGSON
Clive is an accomplished singer, musician and record producer who started in the music business in the 1970s as the leader of Any Trouble, a band that made five albums and performed hundreds of gigs but which broke up at the end of 1984. Clive then released his first solo record, "Strange Persuasions", described by Hot Press as "a truly exceptional piece of work." The record featured the voice of Christine Collister, and between 1985 and 1992, Gregson & Collister formed a partnership that Rolling Stone called "the state of the art in British folk-rock". Their first four albums all achieved chart success and numerous tours of the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan further established Clive's world-wide reputation as an innovative leader in the world of British folk-rock.

Throughout this period Clive was also a member of the Richard Thompson Band and by October 1992 was performing as a solo artist again. He developed a fruitful songwriting partnership with Boo Hewerdine and they toured the UK in the spring of 1993 as a fascinating trio completed by Eddi Reader.

Over the years Clive has continued to tour the world and release outstanding albums. In 2005 His participation in the recording sessions for Nanci Griffiths' Hearts In Mind album led to Nanci asking him to join her touring band, The Blue Moon Orchestra. Nanci's version of Clive's song I Love This Town, (performed as a duet with Jimmy Buffet) was released as a single and became a radio hit in both the USA and the UK.
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HARVEY ANDREWS
Harvey Andrews has been writing and performing his own songs, monologues and stories for over 45 years. In that time he has travelled the world, been on "The Old Grey Whistle Test", done sessions for John Peel, appeared in a solo concert at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, been voted Canada's International Artist Of The Year 1996, produced 14 albums, and had his songs recorded by over 50 artists ranging from Christy Moore to Max Boyce, The Houghton Weavers to Mary Hopkin. He wrote and sang the Theme tune to the Hit TV series "Golden Pennies" and the twelve songs for the musical play "Go And Play Up Your Own End" which sold out 13,000 seats in a week's run at the Birmingham Hippodrome in 1999.

A night with Harvey Andrews is a night to put you in touch with yourselves, with your past and your present, with parenthood and childhood, with work and play. With humour and insight Harvey examines our lives and reminds us what it's all about. He's as fine a raconteur as he is a singer and a writer, so turn up and prepare to be seriously entertained by someone who can genuinely claim to have done it all successfully since becoming a full-time professional in 1966.
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CLIVE CARROLL
Clive Carroll has established himself as a world class acoustic guitarist. Acoustic Guitar magazine called him "Probably the best and most original young guitar player in Britain" and John Renbourn described his first album as "a milestone on the journey of the steel-string guitar".

He gained a 1st Class Honours degree in Composition & Guitar from Trinity College, London and throughout the college years was awarded many prizes and recorded Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez' with the Trinity orchestra.

In 1998 he recorded his first solo album, "Sixth Sense", and over the next two years toured with John Renbourn all over Europe and America. SInce then he has toured as a solo performer and has also played alongside many great artists in the traditional Irish, acoustic, and pop/rock worlds. His long awaited second solo album, "The Red Guitar" was released in 2004 and featured eleven original pieces as well as works by Gilbert Biberian and Wayne Shorter. 2008 saw the release of his third solo album "Life In Colour".

"Clive Carroll looks marked for greatness" - Guitarist Magazine

"Compositionally assured, with a breathtaking mastery of techniques and antecedents from Benjamin Britten to Nick Drake (both specifically acknowledged with Michael Hedges) and from Renbourn himself through Gordon Giltrap to Pat Metheny, this is stunning and eminently listenable stuff." - Mojo

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a richly talented player and composer who should be applauded for his eclecticism as much as his virtuosity" - Get Rhythm
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JOHNNY DICKINSON
Johnny Dickinson has a reputation as the most potent slide player in the UK as well as being a truly talented singer and songwriter. He went down a storm at the 2005 Cambridge Folk Festival and was nominated in the 'Best Musician' category in the 2006 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

He has developed a unique individual style of playing which crosses Celtic flavours with American Blues and is reminiscent sometimes of Kelly Joe Phelps and sometimes of Martin Simpson.

In 2003 he was nominated for a prestigious Radio Two Horizon Award. He was also nominated as ‘Best Musician’ in the 2006 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

"I'd go a long way to listen to Johnny Dickinson. You hear a lot of good influences in his music but the result is something special. For me his playing really hits the spot." - John Renbourn

"Johnny is a soulful player, singer, and a damn good writer! Dońt miss him!" - Tommy Emmanuel
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STEVE TILSTON
Ask anyone on the English folk scene who is their favourite guitarist, singer, songwriter and entertainer and nine times out of ten the same name will crop up in the top three of every department. Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated song-smiths; widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music: the words, arrangements and subtle but quite superb guitar playing could be no one else.

A celebrated artist in Britain and abroad, winning accolades in Europe, Australia and the USA, his songs have been recorded by Fairport Convention, Dolores Keane, and The House Band. Here’s to Tom Paine is the adopted theme song for the Tom Paine Society of America and it’s been rumoured, has featured in Bruce Springsteen’s live shows. His music has also featured on radio and TV. He is also the writer of the classic songs The Slipjigs and Reels, The Naked Highwayman and Here’s to Tom Paine.

Steve has toured with John Renbourn’s Ship of Fools, in a stunning musical partnership with traditional singer Maggie Boyle; as guitarist with Ballet Rambert with Maartin Allcock and Pete Zorn in WAZ! and with Brooks Williams in A Transatlantic Song-Swap.
"that very rare combination of singer, songwriter and guitarist who actually excels in all departments" - FRoots
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MAIREARAD GREEN & ANNA MASSIE
Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are a truly captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence.

Now based in Glasgow, Mairearad and Anna both grew up in the Scottish Highlands amidst very similar musical backgrounds (most notably, mandolin playing Dads!), and so share an innate understanding of Scottish culture and music. As a duo they have enjoyed many successes, including five stars in The Scotsman and high praise from KT Tunstall, becoming a much-loved live act.

Their two albums – 2009’s eponymous debut, and Doubling in 2013 – have both met wide critical acclaim, Mairearad and Anna was recorded live, just the two musicians – the live double act – whilst Doubling features many layered tracks, building a more complex sound, though still just from the two musicians. At the heart of Doubling remains the live duo sets, intricately arranged and executed with symbiotic sympathy, enhancing their “must-see” reputation.

Both award-winners, Mairearad and Anna can also, individually, be seen performing with a number of well-known bands and artists; The Poozies, Blazin’ Fiddles, Bella Hardy, and Box Club, and together they join Scotland’s one and only Celtic Big Band, The Unusual Suspects.

“…the camaraderie and sheer fun of musical collaboration is plainly evident and infectious.”  - Songlines
“You guys were killing it…amazing playing!” - KT Tunstall
“full of energy and verve….first class”  -R2 Magazine
“An exuberant, beautifully recorded album…crisp, clean and crystalline.” - fRoots

“The young Scottish duo of accordionist Mairearad Green and Anna Massie, on guitar and banjo…in sparkling style, performed largely original material with frequent playfulness of delivery… belying their formidable technical prowess, in music that seemed much more than the sum of just two parts” ***** (FIVE STARS)  - The Scotsman
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Green & Massie
  JEANA LESLIE & SIOBHAN MILLER
Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller are two talented young singers and musicians recognised as shining stars on the Scottish folk scene. They are both blessed with lovely, natural voices that blend beautifully, and their performances focus strongly on communicating through traditional, contemporary and self-penned song.

They came to prominence as winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2008, which was followed by both the Hancock Horizon Award and Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2009. Adding to these accolades, most recently Siobhan was named Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2011.

Since coming together as a duo in 2008 and experiencing a whirlwind rise to prominence, they have performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe, including many major festivals. Critics and audiences alike have responded warmly to the duo’s fresh approach to vocal arrangements, to their friendly and open, communicative personalities onstage, and to their two acclaimed albums – In a Bleeze (2008), and Shadows Tall (2010).

Jeana (fiddle, Hardanger fiddle, piano, vocal) was a semi-finalist in the Scottish Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award in 2004 and 2005. Siobhan (vocal, dance) first appeared at the Traditional Song and Music Association of Scotland’s Auchtermuchty Festival when only 13 years old, and won both the children’s and women’s singing competitions. Jeana and Siobhan really know how to bring a song to life!

Old Blind Dogs band member Aaron Jones will accompany them on guitar and bouzouki.

“Saying that Leslie and Miller are wonderful singers with an amazing talent for arranging and harmonies, is a complete understatement. They seem to have an uncanny sense of what will sound beautiful …”  - The Living Tradition
“….In a Bleeze is a mighty achievement…” - Rock n Reel
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KIM RICHEY
American singer/songwriter Kim Richey has been a Grammy nominee for writing hit songs for others, and has refined her own distinctive version of Americana to draw together strands of rock, country and folk. With a versatile and stylish voice and songs that draw the listener into tales of loss, heartbreak and redemption, she has drawn comparisons with k.d. lang, Lucinda Williams, Shawn Colvin and Joni Mitchell.

She has been plying her brand of insightful song craft since arriving in Nashville in the early '90s and is known as a tunesmith with a wide stylistic range. She has written or co-written songs for Mary Chapin Carpenter and UK pop sensation James Morrison, and wrote huge country hits for Trisha Yearwood ("Believe Me Baby (I Lied)") and Radney Foster ("Nobody Wins"). She's also made five acclaimed solo albums and had her music featured in films and television shows such as For The Love Of The Game, Angel, Alias and Grey's Anatomy.
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MEGSON
The combined talents of northerners Stu Hanna and Debbie Palmer make the award winning duo 'Megson'. With three albums under their belts they are fast making waves amongst the British folk / roots scene with captivating songs, beautiful harmonies, northern humour and impeccable musicianship. They were nominated for best duo at the BBC Radio Folk Awards.

Megson’s 2007 album "Smoke Of Home" received critical acclaim across the board with a host of strong reviews. It also gained radio play from DJs such as BBC Radio 2’s Mike Harding and Bob Harris, the latter inviting them to perform an exclusive live session at the BBC.

The biggest strength of Megson, however, is their stunning live performances. The duo have played at numerous folk festivals including Shrewsbury, Sidmouth, Gosport and Fareham, Wimborne and Cambridge, which led to a review in County Music People describing them as ‘enthralling’. They toured with Seth Lakeman on his ‘post Mercury nomination” tour and also with award wining roots duo Show Of Hands both in the UK and also throughout Germany.

“This is first rate - if you don’t like this music you have a problem! Megson are a couple of potential stars, peaches and cream harmonies, melodic roots consciousness and a huge sense of individuality. ” - fRoots
"How gorgeous is that? Absolutely beautiful.... An excellent new duo!" - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2.
“Fresh, melodic and bushy-tailed.” - Mojo
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MAWKIN
Since their formation in 2002 Mawkin have grown into one of brit-folks brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, world, jazz, prog and rock, they are no strangers to the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene while still reigning all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe.

Fresh off the back of the three-times-BBC-Folk -Award nominated collaboration Mawkin:Causley, they are now forging a bold new sound that strengthens their instrumental roots and embraces a new, exuberant exploration into the traditional folk canon.

Expect the mesmerisng guitar playing of David Delarre, the beats of long-time producer and percussionist Lee Richardson, underpinning richly textured bass lines from Danny Crump. Add a host of wild and emotive melodies from the frenetic fiddling fingers of James Delarre inter-playing with the virtuosic bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon and you have Mawkin.
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LILY NEILL
Audiences around the world are captivated by Lily Neill’s infectious passion for the Irish harp, and the dynamism and breadth of her live performances. Lily’s first steps into the world of music were taken as a child. By age ten she had given her first professional performance, which was followed by numerous awards at music competitions, including the All-Ireland harp competition and the U.S. National Scottish Harp Championship.

As a teenager Lily performed for former U.S. President Bill Clinton (she would later perform for former Irish President Mary McAleese) and alongside Irish super-group “The Chieftains” with the late Derek Bell in his final two performances in Washington, D.C. Lily has brought her harp playing to audiences through performances on television and film soundtracks as well as in concert halls, arts centres and major music festivals.

“Without Words”, Lily’s debut solo album was praised by Irish Music Magazine upon its release as “…part of the new Harp revolution extolling aspects of harp music never previously heard”. Her follow-up album, “The Habit of a Foreign Sky”, further illuminated Lily’s versatility and captured attention with its dramatic musical range and interpretations of such “…staggering beauty that it melts your hard heart” (The Irish American News).

Lily’s performances reflect her passion for music, from the eerily beautiful to the exuberantly playful. This passion draws listeners into a vivid, efflorescent soundscape. This is harp like you’ve never experienced it! “…musical and artistic freedom which is boundless in its possibility and contagious in its energy and passion." - Irish Music Magazine
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Lily Neill

THE JIGANTICS
The Jigantics are a five piece band from the West of England who the British press described as one of Roots music's "super groups".

Their debut album, "Daisy Roots", has been critically acclaimed by music journalists around the world and featured on radio playlists in well over thirty six countries. Like many bands they served a tough musical apprenticeship before breaking into the folk festival and club scene, where their upbeat musical style was found to be refreshing and joyous, crossing musical boundaries at will and taking audiences by surprise and delight.

The band continue to explore all the options open to their multi instrumental, multi-talented personnel. Marion Fleetwood couples exquisite vocals with soaring fiddle while every member, including drummer/percussionist Martin Fitzgibbon, contributes harmonies and occasionally lead vocals to the mix. The instruments get passed around with Mark Cole swopping squeeze boxes for mandolin and Lyndon Webb stand up base for acoustic guitar. Whilst another gem is the virtuoso slide guitar playing of Rick Edwards.

The whole effect is one of wondering what may come next and then being surprised when the unexpected happens. Never afraid to mix musical styles but always with a touch of class The Jigantics foot-tapping feel good and totally convincing tearjerkers makes for a remarkable and spellbinding evenings’ entertainment.

"Fantastic music... The Jigantics were a highlight act" - The Daily Telegraph
"A fabulous fusion of blues, rock, folk and Americana that blew the socks off our audience. Absolute class." - Steve Sheldon www.folkicons.co.uk

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INDIA ELECTRIC CO.
Unpretentious, absorbing and far from the madding crowd, India Electric Company’s carefully blended sound vortexes around a supple joining of voice and instruments. Concocted in the Devonshire countryside and Parisian cafes, Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe produce intricately woven textures which belies the fact that there are only two of them.

Like wandering minstrels roving along the fringes of the 21st century, they have spent much of the last 18 months touring Plymouth to Paris, Sidmouth to Skye and every independent coffee shop that lies between.

From playing jazz on West Holts Stage at Glastonbury Festival to performing Mendellsohn’s Violin Concerto for Terry Pratchett, Joseph’s virtuosity on violin, accordion, guitar and piano has made him one of the most sought after multi-instrumentalists in the UK while Cole was described by Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) as "an impassioned and ambitious singer-songwriter".

After releasing their first album, "On Hire", in 2012 under their own names and receiving airplay from the likes of BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music, and ABC Radio (Australia) they spent a year in Paris learning as many intricities of Gypsy Jazz as they could.

They returned to their native Devon to form India Electric Company and record their album "The Girl I Left Behind Me" which is receiving airplay on BBC 6 Music and Radio 2. The album has been named by The Telegraph as one of their folk albums of 2015 and they are currently on an extensive tour accompanying and supporting Midge Ure.

**** "Bursting with invention and full of surprises."  - The Telegraph
"So fresh! A big sound for a duo." - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
"One of the best albums from young songwriters this year." - Steve Knightley
"Their reeling, spinning sound corroborates the content of their songs which appear to be describing a life alive with motion. They are altogether a good thing, busy as rush hour but full of light" - Independent On Sunday

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  RITA HOSKING (USA)
Californian Rita Hosking sings original mountain roots music - soulful ballads and old time drive - with a voice that evokes awe towards the power of people and place. It is that voice that really grabs your attention –– a cross between the haunting delivery of Gillian Welch and the richness of Iris Dement. Rita's songs have been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience.

Her third and most recent album, “Come Sunrise”, has launched Rita onto the national Americana scene. It entered the US Folk chart top 20 in May and was still there 4 months later, having received the kind of reviews normally reserved for folk music’s top echelon.
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  SARAH MACDOUGALL TRIO (Canada)
Sarah MacDougall is a rising star on the Canadian Folk Music scene with her dynamite songs, blistering guitar chops and astounding voice. She has been earning rave reviews and topping major music writers top ten album of the year lists as a songwriter with her  debut album Across the Atlantic (2009). Born in Sweden, 24 hrs Vancouver called her "one of the most promising exports out of Sweden since Abba" and Across the Atlantic got four-star reviews in such notable publications as Q magazine, the Irish Times, No Depression, and many more.

Her new full-length release, The Greatest Ones Alive features ten melodic, beautifully written, epic, and touching songs that showcase the growth in Sarah’s songwriting and performance skills.

She will be joined by Tim Tweedale on lap steel and multiple Juno-winning musician, Bob Hamilton on bass, mandolin and vocals.

"She could make stone weep. Classic North American folk." - Q Magazine
"Sarah MacDougall was mesmerising and gave a truly blinding performance" - Maverick
"Heartbreakingly beautiful" - Americana UK
"I love your album!"- Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
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Sarah MacDougall  

THE WAGON TALES
For the last couple of years, The Wagon Tales have been steadily establishing themselves as London's most exciting alternative bluegrass band. Deeply respectful of tradition but never afraid to step beyond it, the band delivers classic bluegrass and intriguing original material with a virtuosity and passion usually only seen in stateside outfits. As at home tearing into an incendiary instrumental at breakneck speed as they are delivering delicate three and four part vocal harmonies, The Wagon Tales captivate their audience and let them in to share the sheer joy with which they make their music.

BEN SOMERS - Multi-instrumentalist Ben plays bass and sings with The Wagon Tales by night and by day plays saxophone for the likes of Dizzee Rascal, The Gareth Lockrane Big Band, Seal, The Fire-Eaters, Dr John and many more.

JOE AUCKLAND - The banjoist for the Wagon Tales can also be seen playing trumpet with Madness and treading the Ronnie Scott's stage with many of London’s top jazz musicians. Joe is also a member of the hit comedy show ‘The Horne Section’.

KATE ROBINSON - Fiddles with The Wagon Tales, The English Chamber Orchestra, Tori Amos, Nitin Sawney and can be seen peddling her wares with most of the leading orchestras around the UK.

LEWIS COHEN - An established solo artist in his own right, Lewis brings a vocal style steeped in the blues and his distinctive rootsy guitar playing to the Wagon Tales.

JOE HYMAS - Essex's worst kept secret. A burning mandolin player and altogether fantastic musician. Joe can be seen with many of the UK's leading bluegrass groups.
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MUNDY-TURNER
Catherine Mundy and Jay Turner are an internationally-touring acoustic, original songwriting duo based in Brisbane, Australia. Both performers are impressive vocalists, able to inject melodies with affecting depth and pathos. Their instrumental work is equally expressive. Jay is a versatile acoustic guitarist, alternately driving and delicate and Cath plays lyrical violin and piano in a cross between classical, folk and rock styles. Together their live performances are characterised by strong original material, intricate harmonies, humorous story-telling, and powerful arrangements. They are influenced by a melting pot of musical styles - folk, blues, rock, country, classical, gospel, acappella, pop.... "Mundy-Turner are something special" - NetRhythms. \
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BRIAN HOUSTON
Brian Houston is from Belfast and is one of the UK's finest singer/ songwriters. As heard live on Radio 2's Bob Harris show his brand of lively and passionate folk rock demonstrates his finely tuned melodic sense and clever, astutely commercial writer’s ear. Houston is a natural communicator, an extremely unpretentious artist, and a definitive crowd-pleaser. He ensures that there is heartfelt lyrical substance behind every song, a glimpse of his easy humorous rapport with an audience, ensures that they always leave with a copy of his CD and a smile.

He has opened for people such as Elvis Costello, Dr John and Van Morrison and in 2004 released the acclaimed album Thirteen Days which was declared Alt Country album of the year by BBC Radio Ulster. Again garnering airplay on Radio 2, this album also lead to a glowing review in Paste Magazine in America. His new CD Sugar Queen is already his biggest seller.

"Sugar Queen is bristling with hope joy love and fabulous songs" - Mojo
"A writer of considerable warmth and wit" - Uncut
"An Irish treasure waiting to happen" - Maverick
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CARA LUFT
Canadian Cara Luft was a founder member of The Wailin' Jennys and is turning heads with her blend of roots, folk, rock and country music. With her unique Alt-Roots sound, Luft has a richly deserved reputation for her powerfully elegant guitar work, imaginative songwriting and a distinctive voice that penetrates to the core.

Cara's playing style combines rhythmic grooves, fleet fingers and a commanding resonant sound on the guitar, branching out into mandolin and clawhammer banjo. Her writing is a blend of social commentary, imagination and musical intensity. In performance she balances pathos with joy, telling hilarious stories between songs.

In 2002, Cara joined forces with two other female artists to form The Wailin’ Jennys. Along with a third of the songwriting duties, she was the instrumental anchor and a major contributor to their renowned vocal harmony arrangements. Two Jennys’ albums resulted - the second of which, "40 Days", was awarded a Juno Award for Best Roots Album (Group) in 2005.

She returned to solo performing in 2004 and her album "The Light Fantastic" was  nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award - Outstanding Roots Recording of the Year.

“a rich roots travelogue whose traditional heart beats with a wholly contemporary pulse. It spans the distance between the mists of English folk balladry and Middle East mysticism, through to the Mississippi Delta and the rustic wonders of the Appalachian Hills, with a certain fearless reverence and no small amount of soul." - Ottawa XpressGilmore
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  MIRANDA SYKES & REX PRESTON
Miranda has been described as a ‘musical chameleon’ reflecting the way that she so easily slips between musical genres as diverse as folk, jazz and rock / pop. She continues to build a solo repertoire of contemporary and narrative songs that are showcased to critical acclaim on her recent album "Bliss".

Miranda’s rich, spine tingling vocals and strident yet sensitive double bass playing are much in demand and she enjoys working alongside some of the finest musicians in the world such as Show of Hands, Pressgang, Robb Johnson, Firebrand, Steafan Hannigan, Leon Rosselson, Bill Jones, Roger Wilson, Alan Burke, Kirsty McGee, Jenny Crook, Reg Meuross and Little Johnny England; and has toured throughout the United Kingdom, North America, Canada and Europe.

She is joined by Rex Preston; the most virtuosic mandolin player in the UK today. His style and fluidity augments Miranda´s songs beautifully.
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PETE SMITH
Thirty five years playing experience has made Pete Smith an extremely versatile and accomplished musician. Jazz, Blues, Folk, Ragtime, Calypso, Baroque and Bluegrass all get treated to his blistering fingerstyle technique and become playgrounds for his lightening improvisational skills.

Rated as one of the UK's finest guitarists he has gained a national reputation not only as a phenomenal player but also as a teacher and story teller. Regularly receiving standing ovations at top international Jazz, Blues and Folk Festivals, few musicians appeal to such a wide audience which is testament not only to his outstanding musicianship but also for being genuinely entertaining

Having rediscovered his love of the acoustic guitar in 1999, he has since gained international recognition for his unique arrangements and dazzling playing and in 2005 was hand picked by Bob Taylor to represent Taylor Guitars in the UK.

In 2008 Pete became UK Clinician for Larrivee Guitars (USA) and regularly performs throughout the UK, Europe and USA.
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  EMILY PORTMAN TRIO
Emily Portman is a singer, writer and concertina player based in the North East of England. With a BBC Folk Award nomination for her work with harmony trio The Devil’s Interval, Emily is already an established musician on the UK folk scene, commended by Shirley Collins and annually touring with Waterson:Carthy. Emily has recently appeared at The Southbank Centre as part of their ‘Folk Roots, New Routes’ series and debuted her new songs at The Sage Gateshead. She is also fast making waves beyond the folk scene, being featured as a soloist on the BBC's adaptation of 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' as well as appearing on alt-folk songwriter Alasdair Roberts’ forthcoming album.

Inspired by folktales and ballads, Emily weaves harmony-rich narratives relaying female experience, accompanied by viola player and singer Lucy Farrell (fresh from touring with The Unthanks) and harpist-singer Rachel Newton of BBC folk Award Nominees The Shee. These visceral visions of a darker Albion conjure landscapes where mythical sirens collide in urban backstreets. Emily’s 2010 debut album "The Glamoury" has been received with overwhelming critical acclaim, with The Observer hailing it "A remarkable and original debut."

"One of the new British folk scene's most beguiling presences" - Uncut
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  ANTHONY JOHN CLARKE
Belfast born Anthony John Clarke is a singer/songwriter who has been involved in music for many years now, having recorded twelve CD albums, three CD singles and published two songbooks. He has played in hundreds of clubs and festivals in the UK, Europe, Australasia plus seven tours of the USA. All this has made him an established folk name. His shows are funny, challenging and extremely popular. He has the ability to capture an audience and mesmerise them with a combination of intelligence, humour and musicianship.
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RACHAEL SAGE (USA)
Independent Music Award Winner Rachael Sage writes what The Village Voice calls "lovely and literate folk-pop-rock". An innovative, improvisational keyboardist, she performs over 150 dates a year throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. A Grand Prize-Winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Sage has earned a loyal following for her infectious melodies and poetic lyrics, and has shared stages with such artists as Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Judy Collins and Ani DiFranco. She has one of her tracks included in the soundtrack of the remake of the film Fame.

"Genuine talent...Sage has a knack for writing melodies that will break your heart without makingyou feel manipulated in the process... Where there's poignancy there's also subtlety, unforced passion and knowing observation" - RollingStone

"...rich vocals, sparkling piano and yearning poetry" - Time Out New York

"Pop music isn’t crafted as expertly as this anymore and Sage is the stitch between the great rock and pop traditions of the past and what those traditions have wrought – albeit almost invisibly – in the hypermodern world of the present." - Billboard
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DANSMALL
Consisting of Dan Plews and Guy Fletcher, Dansmall is Dansaul's (Saul Rose/Mark Woolley) diminutive brother. Since 1994 Dan & Guy have appeared throughout Europe and the UK performing Dan's award-winning songs at festivals and music clubs, including appearances this year in the USA and at Cambridge Festival Folk Festival.

Individually their touring and recording CVs include names like Jon Boden, Eliza Carthy, Tickled Pink and Ashley Hutchings, but it's as Dansmall that they have appeared most often. Their years together may have sharpened their ear for a good tune, but their playing and communication remain intuitive and spontaneous, often resulting in onstage excitement which is immediate and contagious.

Multi-talented Dan Plews possesses one of the most beguiling voices of any singer/songwriter on the UK scene. Since cutting his professional teeth touring with the Kings of Calicutt and Mercury Prize nominee Eliza Carthy, on whose first album he played guitar, Dan has made numerous appearances on national radio and TV, and regularly tours solo in the UK, Benelux, Germany & Scandinavia . His guitar and bouzouki accompaniments are often singled out for praise - space for ideas to breathe, or driving rhythm and runs-as well as tunes. Peppered with anecdotes, his live concerts are typified by his incisive lyrics and stunning versions of trad songs and well-chosen covers, and feature some of the best 'acapella-singing-while-changing-a-string' you'll ever hear!

Over recent years Dan has formed a musical alliance with fiddler and drummer Guy Fletcher who also plays with Little Johnny England. Guy is a great straight ahead tunes player, but really comes into his own in songs where he can give his imagination full reign, building up a wall of sound through his use of effects.





DOUG MACLEOD
Doug was born in New York City and was in his teens when his family moved to St. Louis where he first heard the blues. In the mid-60s he began to play acoustic country blues in coffee houses and following a return to these roots in 1977 he began to make his reputation as a superb guitar player performing with such blues giants as Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulson, Big Mama Thornton, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, and Big Joe Turner.

Over the years Doug has appeared at many top blues festivals and continues to tour and play countless clubs throughout the world. He has shared the stage or toured with many current artists including David Honeyboy Edwards, John Hammond, Homesick James, Dave Alvin, Charlie Musselwhite, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, Gatemouth Brown, and Shemekia Copeland.

The high calibre of Doug's compositions (now numbering nearly 350) is evident on his ten albums and the works of other artists. His songs have been recorded by Albert King, Albert Collins, Son Seals, Joe Louis Walker, Papa John Creach, Dave Alvin, Eva Cassidy, Coco Montoya, Tabby Thomas, Chris Thomas King, Sun Records veteran Billy Lee Riley and James Armstrong. His material continues to be found on the TV screen in numerous shows and made-for-television films. Several of his songs continue to be featured in the long-running hit series In The Heat of the Night.

"Doug MacLeod, now there's a man who can really play the blues"- David 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Delta Blues Legend.
"Cross an extraordinary acoustic blues guitarist with a savvy singer/songwriter, and you've got Doug MacLeod."- Living Blues
"MacLeod is not a mere imitator of a style, but one of the vibrant voices that will keep this sound alive into the next century." - Blues Revue
"Compositions that substantially expand the blues repertoire and at times push it out of its traditional confines." - Acoustic Guitar
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JOHNNY COPPIN
Johnny Coppin is a singer/songwriter, composer and poetry anthologist. Formerly with the folk-rock band Decameron, his many solo albums include "Forest & Vale & High Blue Hill" (Songs of Gloucestershire), "Edge of Day" - a collaboration with world-famous writer Laurie Lee, "Force of the River", "A Country Christmas" "The Shakespeare Songs" and his most recent albums "Keep the Flame" and "The Winding Stair". His clear voice together with his ability to write fine songs make his music essentially English in character while having universal appeal.

Johnny has supported Gerry Rafferty, Jasper Carrott and The Albion Band on tour and has appeared at Festivals in Britain, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Holland and Belgium - including the prestigious Cambridge, Edinburgh, Lisdoonvarna and Nyon Festivals. He has played on the European folk scene for many years, and makes a long overdue return to Scotland this May before beginning a UK tour of "Edge of Day" - his tribute to Laurie Lee, the writer of "Cider with Rosie".

TV appearances include his own programme "Song of Gloucestershire" for the BBC, "Stars in a Dark Night" for Channel 4, and the recent "Music Writers on TV" for HTV, while his radio work includes "Kaleidoscope" for Radio 4, "West Country Christmas", the Arts Programme and "Folk on Two" for Radio 2, as well as many appearances on British local radio shows.

His music for theatre includes "Songs on Lonely Roads" (the story of composer/poet Ivor Gurney) with David Goodland, The Shrewsbury Theatre Guild's production of "Arthur's Plough", as well as writing and directing the music for the Festival Players Theatre Company and their touring productions of Shakespeare which culminate in the Three Choirs Festival. He has edited two poetry anthologies - "Forest & Vale & High Blue Hill" and "Between the Severn and the Wye" - poems from the border counties of England & Wales. His 3rd book was"A Country Christmas" - a collections of prose, poetry, carols, songs and folklore.

"Strong, clear vocals, and songs of substance" - Daily Telegraph
"One of the finest voices in its field" - Q Magazine
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MIKE SILVER
Now based in Launceston, Cornwall, Mike Silver has been writing and playing music for more than 30 years, enjoying a quiet success story throughout the UK and in various territories around the world. Signed to Elton John’s Rocket Records in 1973, Silver was based in the States for a while and toured the USA with the likes of Dory Previn and Ashford & Simpson. His ability to write and perform songs, which transcend many guitar and musical styles, has been recognised by the likes of The Moody Blues’, Ray Thomas and Justin Hayward who recorded Mike’s song, “Maybe It’s Just Love?" on his solo album Night Flight.

Mike is a consummate guitarist and always catches his audiences by surprise with that little extra bit of dexterity, just when they least expect it. His voice is full and crystal clear and his skill with an audience is outstanding. His songs are of longing, love and loss, perceptive and thoughtful, with haunting melodies and heart stopping lyrics.

Mike has recorded several sessions for BBC National Radio (including two, Radio 1 “In Concert" programmes and has also made numerous appearances either in interview or playing live for many BBC and independent local radio stations. Mike was also delighted to represent the United Kingdom at the European Broadcasting Union festival in Kiel, Northern Germany.

Variously reminiscent of James Taylor, Phil Collins, even Sting, Silver matches the talent of his better-known peers; his beautifully restrained delivery is especially noteworthy. Silver produces the goods - something that will come as no surprise to his loyal fans. For anyone else, if songwriters who can really sing and play are your thing, discover Silver with haste.
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HARPETH RISING
Harpeth Rising’s music is the convergence of a classical education and a passion for folk music, Americana, blues, bluegrass and all things acoustic. They create original songs that layer rich instrumental arrangements with three part harmonies and lyrics that depict wanderlust, eternal curiosity, class struggle and extraordinary love. The result is a sound that defies category.

Their live performances are high-energy, kinetic events in which both their ability and their love of music are obvious. After only a few months as a band, they embarked on a self-booked tour of England, which included a performance with The Bath Philharmonia. They were invited to perform at The Cambridge Folk Festival the following summer, and have since played folk festivals across England and the United States. Building their fan base in the tradition of all wandering minstrels, passionately and by word-of-mouth, they now perform to sold-out audiences internationally. Their line up is Jordana Greenberg (violin), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo) and Maria Di Meglio (cello).

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ROD CLEMENTS
Rod Clements co-founded Lindisfarne at the age of 21, playing bass, slide guitar and fiddle. He went on to write some of the band's best-loved and enduring songs, including their Top Five hit "Meet Me On the Corner", "The Road to Kingdom Come" and "Train in G Major."

After the death of Alan Hull in 1995, Rod took on the mantle of frontman and main songwriter for the band, and Lindisfarne forged on, strengthened by Rod's assured contribution. In 1998, Lindisfarne released their classic comeback album "Here Comes the Neighbourhood". Produced by Sid Griffin, Rod contributed most of the material. Apart from his significant achievements in Lindisfarne, Rod's career reads like a who's who of contemporary British folk roots. In 1974 he played bass on Ralph McTell's Number One hit "Streets of London" and in the 1980s, Rod toured Europe and the USA with the legendary Pentangle. Collaborations with Bert Jansch, Kathryn Tickell and Thea Gilmore, along with his recent emergence as a superb instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, have more than earned Rod a reputation as "a fascinating mosaic which makes more than a satisfying whole" (Folk Roots).

Rod's first solo album "Stamping Ground" was released in 2000 and is a collection of contemporary and finely-crafted songs which owe much to Rod's blues roots, his love for the folk tradition, and the history of his native Northumberland in North East England.

"John Sebastian meets Ry Cooder meets Richard Thompson." Sing Out (USA)
"Superb...very rootsy...a great feel." - Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
"A tremendous performer, Rod plays acoustic guitar and resonator guitar with real power and passion and has the songs and the voice to go with them.....a master of his trade at the peak of his powers." - Llangors Music Festival
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  KATY MOFFATT (USA)
Katy Moffatt is a highly acclaimed, almost legendary Texas-born singer, songwriter, storyteller and Americana darling whose passionate and unapologetic blend of country, folk, rock, pop, and blues has earned her a substantial and devoted following over the years among roots-music fans in the know. And, it should be noted, bewildering radio programmers and other folks trying to pigeon-hole her for just as long.

Katy's worked with everyone from the Allman Brothers, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett to Poco, John Prine, Tanya Tucker, Lynn Anderson and Tom Russell, as well as with her brother, Nashville songwriter Hugh Moffatt. She's released so many albums she herself says she's lost count.

"If ever there was the perfect singer/songwriter, it is Katy Moffatt. Her voice is perhaps the most searingly beautiful thing you'll ever hear." - Nick Dalton, Daily Express
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CHARLIE DORE
Charlie Dore has looked at the songwriter's art from both sides now. Initially a highly original, much vaunted solo artist (her self-written single Pilot Of The Airwaves reached number 13 on the Billboard chart back in 1980), she went on to ply her gifts for inspired melodies, big harmonies, and clever, quietly subversive lyrics in the wider commercial marketplace, and with great success: Tina Turner, Celine Dion, George Harrison, Lisa Stansfield, Jimmy Nail, Sheena Easton and Hayley Westenra are just a handful of the diverse artists to have had major hits with her compositions, or to have included them on platinum or multi-platinum-selling albums.

Originally trained as an actress, Charlie has worked in TV, Theatre, Radio and Film, starring opposite Jonathan Pryce In the award-winning "The Ploughman's Lunch", with Eric Idle in "Behind the Crease", and even improvising alongside Robin Williams at the Hurricane Comedy Club, which she co-founded and performed at regularly for seven years. After the 1979 debut album "Where to Now?", made in Nashville and London and it's successor two years later, "Listen", there was a thirteen year gap before the third album- "Things Change".

With Julian Littman she composed music for two series of "Two Thousand Acres of Sky" for BBC1, plus two films, "Roman Road" and "Under". A screenplay, two productions with The People Show, a short film, "Low Noise" and countless bespoke songwriting assignments later, Charlie found her own voice again, and in 2005 "Sleep All Day And Other Stories" was released. With this album Charlie hit a new vein of creativity, drawing freely on her acoustic folk/country roots. Written simply and organically with Julian Littman, the album drew unequivocal media praise and many new fans. Charlie says, "Sleep All Day'" opened up several avenues in terms of finally allowing myself to rinse out all commercial considerations (the complete opposite of what's required when I write for other artists) and dare to write more personal stuff."

Charlie will be joined by Graham Henderson on dobro and mandolin, and Dudley Philips on double bass.

"A clever songwriter with a dream of a voice that glides from folk and country to jazzy cabaret" - The Telegraph
"The surety of Dore's singing helps highlight the elegance and candour of her songs" - The Observer
"a genre that is original and entirely her own - Charlie Dore takes artistry to a whole new level" - Maverick
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  PHILLIP HENRY & HANNAH MARTIN
When it comes to a distinctive sound, exceptional duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin have shown they are in a league of their own.

Widely regarded as one of the best slide guitarists in the UK, Lancashire-born multi instrumentalist Phillip Henry has been described as "one of the most extraordinary musicians around". Henry, who studied in Calcutta with India's premier slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, is also a virtuoso on the harmonica and brilliant on beatbox harmonica whilst Brixham-born singer-songwriter Hannah, is a skilled fiddler, viola and banjo player with a real lightness of touch, a distinctive voice and a gift for tapping traditional music veins to create contemporary songs.

Winners of Best Folk Act in the 2012 South West Music Awards and Best Duo in the 2013 Spiral Awards, this class act played the biggest venue of their career when they supported Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall and have played Glastonbury, Cambridge and Broadstairs festivals. They won Best Duo in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards and were nominated again in 2016.


"Subtle,atmospheric, bravely original" - The Guardian
"This duo has a combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma that merits a slot on much bigger stages" - The Guardian

"An imaginative and innovative album - songs that linger in the memory held together by the fine musicianship of Henry and Martin. Strong and original - an unusual treat" - Daily Telegraph
"A thoughtful and moving album with great arrangements" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 "Eloquent performers - a musical success story"- Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3
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BRIANA HARDYMAN
American singer/songwriter Briana Hardyman has been compared to a diverse range of artists such as Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, and Lucinda Williams. She delivers emotionally injected, rootsy songs and performances with hints of blues, soul, folk, and country. A natural entertainer, Hardyman was formerly trained as an actor before dedicating herself to the craft of songwriting. A calm, charismatic performer, Briana touches a breadth of listeners in a personal-yet universal, sensitive-yet powerful, and gentle-yet stirring manner.

Raised on a farm in rural Wisconsin, Hardyman lived in New York City before moving to Nashville, where she has been actively performing and writing since 2006. Following many performances throughout the Southern USA in 2007/2008, Hardyman spent the latter part of 2008 touring the UK. Hardyman is currently performing with a variety of artists in the United States and England, and has just completed her second solo album “People Like Me”. 




MARK ELLIOTT (USA)
Mark is a highly respected singer-songwriter with twenty-five years of performing,writing and recording experience. After several years under the wing of the legendary Tom Paxton, Mark moved to Nashville and became a staff writer to several major publishing companies.

Mark's songs have been recorded by independent and major artists, receiving airplay on radio and TV in the United States and abroad. His songs have hit the Billboard Top Forty charts, highlighted by the hit single by Neal McCoy, "Every Man for Himself." Billboard Magazine called it "a song with rare lyrical and musical edge and the best cut on the album".

Buoyed by wins in singer-songwriter contests at major festivals across the country, Mark began to build a reputation for standout live performances. However, it was winning the Kerrville New Folk Award in 1993 that really put Mark on the map and on the road. Mark has just released his 7th CD entitled “Good Life”. It includes the song  “Wake-Up”, written for the Obama campaign and used in rallies and fundraisers in the last months of the campaign.

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  DREW NELSON
Every generation has its poets; the writers, musicians, and lyricists who capture the spirit and longings of their time. They tell our stories, giving us the words we need to celebrate or let go. That is the soil in which singer/songwriter Drew Nelson has been toiling.

Drew grew up in Michigan, but escaped the narrow confines of his small-town, Midwestern upbringing by joining the Navy and traveling the world. He was able to see first-hand what was really happening in the world, and come home with fresh eyes to appreciate the realities of life in America. These experiences provided insight and understanding that have found an outlet in songs filled with discovery, revelation, and hope.

Drew’s latest album, Dusty Road to Beulah Land, proves he is not only a great songwriter but also a great storyteller.
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BENJI KIRKPATRICK
Described by Time Out as a 'fretboard wizard', Benji Kirkpatrick is a gifted guitar player and an engaging and experienced performer. Over the decade or so that he has been working on the folk scene, he has honed a distinctive style which has rare energy.

As well as being a soloist, Benji has also collaborated with peers and veterans of the scene on various ventures. He is one third of Faustus and has also worked with Nationwide Mercury Prize nominee Seth Lakeman. The two of them have played duo gigs together and featured on each other's albums. (Benji appears on Seth's Mercury Prize nominated; 'Kitty Jay' as well as top selling 'Freedom Fields'). Oysterband invited Benji to join them on their Big Session tours of 2001 and 2003, alongside Cara Dillon, Eliza Carthy and Jim Moray. He was a founder member of folk/funk/jazz/soul big band, Bellowhead, who are now established as one of scene's most popular live acts.
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BELLA HARDY
Acclaimed singer Bella Hardy, twice nominated in the BBC Folk Awards 2008, has a voice marked as '...mesmerising' and '...faultless'. Having spent ten years playing some of folk's biggest stages with festival regulars The Pack and Ola, she launched her debut solo album "Night Visiting" in Autumn 2007 to overwhelming critical support. Bella has now established herself as one of the finest young folk acts around, singing unaccompanied ballads, or entwining her hypnotic voice with her own fiddle accompaniment to breathtaking effect.

In 2004 she entered the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards as a solo artist. She got through the semis as an unaccompanied singer and went into the finals as a fiddle singer. In 2008 she performed at the BBC Folk Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Her 2009 album "In The Shadows of Mountains" won plaudits for its original settings of familiar folk songs and her increasingly accomplished and eclectic own material. Bella’s latest album "Songs Lost & Stolen" showcases twelve original songs that range in subject matter from fairytales to English working class history, via childhood nostalgia, myths, murder and the human condition.

"...Bella Hardy is more than a new generation folk revivalist... Her potential is massive. Meanwhile this is an exciting, accomplished debut." - fRoots
“one of Britain’s most expressive young singers.” - Mojo
“a fine traditional singer… an impressive set…” - The Guardian
“Her uncompromising, June Taboresque alto and imaginative, original material — from ye olde narrative ballads to modern love songs — are enduringly seductive.” - The Telegraph
“Bella’s third album confirms the arrival of a major new British talent. Highly recommended.” - Daily Express
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MARTHA TILSTON
Martha Tilston is an enigmatic singer songwriter whose pure voice has been described by critics as "sending shivers down the spine". Having grown up in an acclaimed musical family, she's emerged from the underground festival music scene over the last couple of years to forge her own distinctive style and career in the world of folk music.

Soon after leaving Drama school she was out on the London gig circuit. She formed acoustic duo Mouse with guitarist Nick Marshall and they enjoyed a couple of years touring all over the UK and Europe. This cult duo gained huge respect and a dedicated following both in the underground festival scene and also the contemporary acoustic culture. They released 'mouse-tales' the album which is still gathering rave reviews around the world.

At the end of 2002 Martha supported Damien Rice on tour round Ireland and this was really the start of her solo career. Since then she has headlined many gigs around the UK and enjoyed successful festival appearances at Glastonbury, Cambridge, Guilfest, the Big Green Gathering, Towersey, Broadstairs, among others as well as numerous radio shows.

'A sparkling repertoire of self-penned songs' -Time Out

'As political as often as she is romantic, her voice weaves magic... ...sounding redolent of wet leaves and spider-webbed hollows... ...The Tilston name seems fair set to dominate the English folk scene for another generation. ' - Netrhythms

'Martha Tilston is on her way to being considered one of Britains finest young singer-songwriters' - Orpheus magazine/Virgin
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LANDERMASON
Northumbrian based song-writing duo Landermason are Fiona Lander (vocals, piano, saxophone, whistles, clarinet and recorder) and Paul Mason (vocals and guitars). Together they have developed a unique sound which combines both traditional and contemporary folk with jazz and other styles. They have recorded and produced 4 CDs to date. Their most recent albums "The Reason" and "Angel of the North" have both gained national airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3 and their own striking version of "When the Boat Comes In" was included in the MOJO top 10 Playlist.

"Great album!" - Lucy Duran BBC Radio 3
"Strongly melodic, thoughtfully crafted, skillfully managed and admirably classy" - Froots
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  JACQUELYN HYNES & J. EION
Jacquelyn Hynes (“Outstanding flute-playing” FolkandRoots, “Transfixing playing” Guardian “Gifted and innovative” Irish In Britain) and Irish folk singer J.Eoin (“Steeped in Irish history and mythology” Guardian “Totally modern and enchanting songs” Irish Post “A truly gifted songwriter” Musician Magazine) have joined forces. Fresh from a stunning performances at Folk Rising EFDSS, TwickFolk, support sets for both Eleanor MacEvoy and Donal Lunny plus a storming performance in Vollen, Norway, they will bring you an evening of inspiring original and traditional tune and song.

Jacquelyn Hynes plays silver and wooden flutes, sax, piano and Uilleann pipes and also composes. She has supported Ireland's leading musicians including Martin Hayes, Michael McGoldrick, Mary Coughlan and Lunasa, performed with Donal Lunny and for President Mary Macaleese.
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ADAM LEVY
Adam Levy is best known for his tenure as the featured guitarist in Norah Jones' Handsome Band. He played on her breakout 2002 disk Come Away with Me, her '04 follow-up Feels Like Home, and her latest CD Not Too Late. In his downtime between steady gigs with Jones, Levy has been onstage and/or in the studio with Rosanne Cash, Amos Lee, M. Ward, and up-and-coming Aussie artist Eran James.

In addition to Levy's skills as a player, he is a gifted songwriter. He penned "In the Morning" for Jones' Feels Like Home, and other artists have recorded his songs as well. There's no doubt, though, that the best way to hear Levy's folk/pop/blues gems is straight from the source.
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ANTJE DUVEKOT
Antje Duvekot is one of the fastest rising stars of the American folk scene and we are very lucky to have her play for us as part of a short trip that includes being Bob Harris’s studio guest on his BBC Radio 2 show.

She was born in Germany but America became her home at the age of 14 when her family moved there. After deciding to make music her career the big break came when the famous Irish group Solas decided to record an album of contemporary songs and included one of her hers. This led to Seamus Egan from the group producing her first studio CD, "Big Dream Boulevard" which The Boston Globe hailed as “the most convincing debut by any local songwriter since Dar Williams". The review went on to say that her “provocative, dark-eyed ballads are becoming the talk of the folk world.” Antje has won the New Folk Award at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, just as Nanci Griffith and Steve Earle did and is now getting rave reviews everywhere she plays.

“Antje Duvekot could well emerge as the major find of 2006" - Maverick Magazine (UK)
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JENNIFER CROOK BAND
A finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award in 1993, Jennifer has appeared on national tv and radio, and worked in a variety of acclaimed acts. Her collaborations have ranged from the virtuosic hammered dulcimer and harp duo Cythara (who performed the soundtrack for BBC series ‘The Private Life of Plants’) to the festival mayhem of world-dance fusion band Elephant Talk, taking time to form the lively pop-folk outfit Madigan, and a top class duo with multi-instrumentalist Henry Sears along the way.

However, in a brave new departure, ‘A Few Small Things’ is Jennifer’s first completely solo project and the first to contain entirely original material. Her beautifully evocative songs are enhanced by her rather unconventional ensemble: Robert Harbron on english concertina, Bethany Porter on cello and Maclaine Colston on hammered dulcimer.

"A special talent" - Maverick
"Spellbinding"- Acoustic Magazine
"An enchanting album...repeatedly delights and captivates..." - fRoots
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LOUISE JORDAN
Touring with her second, critically acclaimed album Florilegium, Louise plays original works, musical settings of literature as well as her own unique arrangements of traditional material. For her autumn 2013 tour, Louise will also perform brand new, previously unreleased material. Self-accompanied on either piano or guitar Louise’s music combines classical sensibility with award winning acoustic song writing to create timeless and honest pieces delivered with energy and passion.
"A stirring lilting grace" - The Telegraph
"Haunting and Unforgetable" - Sunday Express
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REBECCA WORTHLEY
Rebecca is a young singer/songwriter who is causing heads to turn wherever she performs. Her career took off when Bob Harris invited her to play a live session on his Radio 2 show last year after hearing her first album. It was a homemade recording that displayed the poetry of Joni Mitchell, the pathos of Damien Rice and the vocal depth of Kate Bush

Her new album, "Morning Comes to Those Who Wait", features Rebecca on banjo, music box, singing bowl, classical and acoustic guitars and has songs that are rich with emotion, quirky melodies and passionate lyrics.

"I am quite entranced"  - Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2
"It's a lovely CD, I'll be playing more..." - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
"If Dido and Enya had a love child, and Tori Amos became the godmother in a ceremony on her English countryside estate surrounded by wood nymphs and fairies, chances are this amazing new being would be British singer-songwriter Rebecca Worthley" - Liza Monroy, Indie Music
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  PATSY MATHESON
Patsy was the founder member and one quarter of the award winning female acoustic group, Waking the Witch. They released three groundbreaking albums and a live DVD. They completed numerous tours of the UK, played at many of the major UK festivals, including Cambridge, Trowbridge and Glastonbury and made countless radio appearances, including live sessions on BBC Radio 2 for both Janice Long and Bob Harris.

Following the farewell tour of Waking the Witch in spring 2008, and armed with a bunch of brand new songs, Patsy set about recording a solo album, ‘Little Piece of England’. The new live show features Patsy on guitar and vocals, accompanied by Clive Gregson on acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin and accordion.
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SHEENA GROBB
Sheena Grobb made an unforgettable impact on the Canadian music scene in 2007 when the virtually unknown artist was nominated for Outstanding Pop Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards for her debut EP Safe Guarded Space. That same year, Sheena was recognized by the Los Angeles Music Awards with a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, and she was a semi-finalist at the 4th annual Williamsburg Live Songwriters Competition in New York.

Inspired by the likes of Sarah Slean, Damien Rice, David Gray, and other literary performers, Sheena’s songs are underscored by vocals that rip and soothe simultaneously. She has honed her emotionally stirring performance style with an impressive repertoire of original songs. Her fan base has now exploded from her Manitoba roots and has forged throughout Canada and internationally into the USA, UK, and Australia.
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STEVE LOCKWOOD & CHRIS NEWMAN
Steve met Chris about six years ago when he turned up for a studio session for an album Chris was putting together. They found much in common and the magic was there. Their music is an eclectic mix of both original and cover songs from the last 80 years, although you may not remember the first time they were released they have timeless appeal.
The range of styles are beautifully packaged in a seamless roller coaster ride through traditional music. These international musicians have recorded and toured extensively over the last 20 years.

Chris Newman is an outstanding blues guitarist who started performing in the mid 70s and has an impressive musical CV. He has been a member of the John Slaughter Blues Band, toured as support for the Climax Blues Band and been a member of the Soul Survivors with Vinnie Jones. In 2003 he played at the Cambridge Folk Festival with guitarist Eric Roche and harmonica player Steve Lockwood. He has recorded an acoustic tribute album to Rory Gallagher which got rave reviews and is now working on material for his own acoustic album. web site

Steve Lockwood’s achievements over the last 20 years include 50 albums as a performer and session musician. He has played with acts from Larry Adler to Screaming Lord Sutch and has recorded with both the Royal Philharmonic and the City of Prague Orchestra. Steve achieved a music degree from APU, Cambridge, specialising in harmonica and has gone on to compose and play music for film, television and radio. His dynamic and versatile playing incorporates both traditional and avant-Garde techniques to an amazing level. web site



POLLY PAULUSMA
Polly Paulusma released her first album "Scissors In My Pocket" in 2004 to international critical acclaim. Nic Harcourt from LA’s prestigious KCRW radio show The Morning Becomes Eclectic called it “the best album from the UK this year”. Veteran DJ Howard Mandshein in Canada dubbed her “the best British female singer-songwriter in a decade”.

Bjork’s label One Little Indian and Sony/ATV in the USA signed her. Uncut Magazine gave ‘Scissors In My Pocket’ **** and The Independent heralded Paulusma “the most literate songwriter of her generation”. As a result she toured the UK, the US and Europe continuously through 2004-5 supporting Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Jamie Cullum, Marianne Faithfull, The Divine Comedy and Joseph Arthur, playing Glastonbury, Glasgow’s Tea in the Park and Cambridge Folk festivals, amongst many others. Her third album "Leaves from the Family Tree" was released in 2012.

"complete, pure and personal" **** - Mojo
"outstanding...and passionate" - Daily Telegraph
"An enchanting debut of understated, intelligent folk pop" - Rolling Stone Magazine (USA)
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ABBIE LATHE
Abbie Lathe is a versatile and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and inspiring voice workshop leader. Having completed four national tours and two highly successful albums as one third of 'Maddy Prior and the Girls', Abbie is enjoying a flourishing solo career. She recently released her fourth album, "Low Summer", which she is showcasing at gigs around the country. Taking in folk, pop and highly original material, Abbie's distinctive vocal and guitar style hints at elements of Kirsty MacColl and Joni Mitchell, but Abbie transcends easy categorisation.

The musicians accompanying her on her new album and upcoming gigs are Jane Griffiths on violin, Colin Fletcher on bass and guitar and Claudia Gibson on vocals.

"A major new talent on the block ... we'll see a lot more of Abbie in 2004" - BBC Radio 2. "Abbie Lathe has delivered a charming, accessible debut, stacked with melancholy, charm and beauty as well as intelligence, melodically and lyrically" - Folk Roots.
"Looks like English folk just found itself another rising star" - NetRhythms
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Lathe mixes her own lively songs with assured interpretations of traditional classics. Highly promising." - Mojo
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THOMAS LEEB
One of the world's finest exponents of fingerstyle acoustic guitar Thomas Leeb was born in Austria in 1977 and has played more than six hundred concerts in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, England, Ireland, Brazil and the USA since his first stage appearance at the age of fifteen.

He has also recorded four solo CDs and taught workshops and masterclasses internationally during these years. Although originally self-taught, he earned a BFA in Music from the California Institute of the Arts in 2003 where he studied guitar with Miroslav Tadic and Larry Koonse and Ghanaian dance/drumming with the Ladzekpo family.

Thomas' natural sense of rhythm and melody, combined with a tasteful use of gravity-defying extended techniques takes listeners on a National-Geographic-style musical rollercoaster.

He is still not entirely sure what kind of music he actually plays and has recently resorted to calling himself 'the bastard child of acoustic Fingerstyle'. Thomas is currently located in California.

"Thomas' technique and compositions have certainly put him into the 'world's greatest unknown guitarists' category ... He has to be seen to be believed. - Guitar Techniques Magazine
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JOHN LESTER
John Lester is an artist on the rise in Europe. Since relocating from San Francisco in 2003, he has gained the recognition and appreciation of audiences and critics in the UK, The Netherlands, France, and Germany. A gifted singer, bassist, and guitarist, he uses jazz, folk, blues, reggae, and world music to paint soundscapes for his well-crafted lyrics. His mastery of the upright and electric basses has also enabled him to create a unique performance style, whether it be with his band or as a solo act.

He has created a strong and loyal following and has shared the stage with such talented and diverse acts as Grammy-nominated songwriter Gretchen Peters, funky jazz songstress Erin McKeown, punk rock’s poet laureate Patty Smith, bass virtuosos Michael Manring and Steve Lawson, and French pop singer Jacques Higelin.

"His bass/vocal approach is intriguing and innovative but never gets in the way of the song itself. Genre-defying music." - Gretchen Peters
"John Lester's voice is strong and well accompanied with his solo bass. More important than just having a great voice, he is a voice. Great songs that really communicate." - Russ Jennings KPFA Radio, Berkeley California.
“An extraordinary collection of beautifully crafted and perfectly executed songs.” - Bass Guitar Magazine
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JULIE ELLISON
The positive response to Julie Ellison’s debut solo CD, “At Last”, has cemented her position as one of Britain’s most exciting acoustic musicians. She has an impressive range of guitar styles; ragtime, country blues, jazz, classical, folk and rock, all on solo acoustic guitar. Combine this instrumental ability with a vocal style which has been compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell, then add her exceptional original songs and you begin to understand what sets Julie Ellison apart.

Julie started playing guitar at the age of 9 and gave her first public solo performance at the age of 11. Since then she has found an outlet for her talents in a number of folk, jazz, rock, country and indie bands as well in small theatre companies. However it is as a solo artist that she really shines. Her blend of original songs and guitar instrumentals, including innovative arrangements of guitar classics such as a ragtime version of the traditional Spanish classical piece “Romance”, have earned her a reputation as an outstanding contemporary acoustic artist.

She has appeared at Folk and Acoustic Music Festivals across the UK, including Cromer’s Folk on the Pier Festival, Holmfirth Folk Festival, the Arundel Fringe Festival and Gainsborough Folk Festival. She frequently holds guitar master classes and workshops as a precursor to a live performance. She has made live radio broadcasts since her teens, appearing for Radio Sheffield, Radio York, Radio Medway and BCB Radio Bradford as well as a TV appearance on Yorkshire TV’s Calendar magazine programme as part of BBC Music Live.

She has been asked to perform support to a number of leading performers including Ralph McTell, Steve Tilston, the late Isaac Guillory and her personal guitar hero, New York-based Woody Mann. For those new to Julie Ellison’s music, she can be justifiably described as a “real find”. A beautiful voice, compelling original songs and a mastery of the acoustic guitar which lifts her performances to another level.
"One of Britain’s most talented and versatile guitarists.” - Arundel Festival
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  CHRIS WOODS
Chris Woods is one the UK's most exciting new instrumental guitarists. Coining the term slap groove to depict his incredible style, he is already a regular at the world's biggest and most prestigious guitar shows. Play Music Magazine described him as “changing the perceived boundaries of the acoustic guitar”, and Acoustic magazine said he is a ” tour de force of original technique." He is sweeping the nation with his lively and charismatic performances, delivering ear bending compositions, with endearing and emotive stories.
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PAUL CURRERI
This twenty-eight year old guitarist and songwriter from Virginia, USA, first came to attention when singer/guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps took him on tour as his opening act and produced his album "Songs for Devon Sproule". Phelps said of him: "Paul's songs were incredible, the guitar playing was amazing". Capturing the spontaneity and power of Curreri's incredible live performances the resulting album is a freewheeling collection of stories, spirited wordplay and stunningly expressive finger-style guitar work. "Paul Curreri gives us what few other songwriters can - real stories to follow, real words to listen to, all bound tight in invigorating guitar" - The New Yorker.
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ADRIAN BYRON BURNS
His music is a subtle blend of Blues, R&B, Jazz and Rock and throughout Europe he is considered to be one of the most exciting performers around today. In 1969, while living in his native America, he opened shows for Neil Young and Ritchie Havens on the East Coast which led to a European tour in 1971. Since then he has shared the stage with many great blues and folk musicians and recently worked with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings. He continues to gain fame as a solo artist, both for his fabulous voice and for his incredible acoustic work and was twice voted "Acoustic Artist of the Year" by the British Blues Connection and Blueprint Magazine. "On this form, Adrian Byron Burns could well be mentioned in the same breath as Keb 'Mo, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Eric Bibb"- Paul Jones. R&B Show BBC Radio 2.
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BOB CHEEVERS
Bob has earned a place in the landscape now called Americana Music having charted Top 20 in that genre with his last two CDs. Bob grew up in Memphis and got a soul full of music not only from the icons of his youth such as Elvis, Jerry Lee and Johnny Cash but also from his Mother, who was a radio star during the Great Depression performing with the Big Bands of that era. From an early age, Bob’s creative feet were firmly planted in Mississippi Delta mud, and his songs began to feature characters whose lives reflected the life style along the rivers of the South over the past hundred years. As a producer, publisher, singer, songwriter and seasoned performer, Bob has found his own voice spinning rootsy, blues-flavoured tales of the Delta in a conversational language of the heart.
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ANGIE PALMER
In recent years Angie's potent mix of country, blues, and folk, served up with equal measures of aggression and tenderness, has led her to be called the British Lucinda Williams. Her music is now being championed by Bob Harris who recently chose her as one of only two female singer-songwriters on his recent Best of British show, calling her "one of the greatest British songwriters."

After spending her early years busking and travelling around Europe she met Paul Mason in Paris and struck up a songwriting partnership and together they wrote her album "romantica obscura". Her next CD "Road" was released in 2003 and featured songs that have strong European influenced narratives - philosophy, literature, cinema. From Mojo to Maverick the music press received Road with 4 and 5 star reviews and she has been compared by many with Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell thanks to lyrics described by reviewers as intelligent and literate.

Her new CD "Tales of Light and Darkness", which like "Road" made the long-cut for the Mercury Music Prize, is a more musically diverse record, with longer storytelling songs rubbing shoulders with shorter simpler songs about love, loss, and redemption, again drawing heavily on literature.

"a writer of considerable distinction...one to be played at regular intervals." - Mojo
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A lyrically sharp album with gritty vocals and powerful music that makes you sit up and listen! A wonderful diverse collection that should get her even more critical acclaim." - Maverick Magazine
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EDWINA HAYES
Edwina’s beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. Edwina numbers Michael Parkinson and Mike Harding among her fans and the title track of her album "Pour Me A Drink" was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her "the sweetest voice in England".

Her cover of the Randy Newman song "Feels Like Home" was featured in the Cameron Diaz film "My Sister's Keeper" and has since had over six million plays on You Tube.

As well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury to The Royal Albert Hall, Edwina is often invited to guest on studio albums and support major artists on tour. As well as touring extensively with Jools, Van and Nanci Griffith, Edwina has also toured with artists ranging from Loudon Wainwright and Roger McGuinn to KT Tunstall and Gretchen Peters. Edwina toured as support with Fairport Convention on their UK Wintour 2014 and her Abbey Road Live Here Now album will be her next release.

"Edwina is a haunting honeyed solo songwriter" -
The Guardian
"A very talented young lady" - Michael Parkinson
"Sweet-voiced songwriter who has a fine line in gentle, country-tinged material" -
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MCNEILL & HEYS
Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys’ well-known idiosyncratic approach to folk music and song writing has earned them an enviable reputation as two of the most exciting, heartfelt and challenging musicians around. Writing songs that seem to grow out of the ground and tunes that tell stories in their own right, Jack and Charlie’s original music strings together the past, present and what might yet be of folk music. Their first three albums on Fellside Recordings, Light Up all the Beacons, The Northern Road and Two Fine Days followed them as finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards, and were met with critical acclaim; their fresh and compelling sound inspiring audiences up and down the country.

Jack and Charlie returned with their new album "Any Other Morning" in 2014, a collection of songs and music forged from fresh sounds, stories and exciting new instrumental textures.

“real folk – not nu-folk, folktronica, or some other apologetically named subgenre – and it doesn’t seem to need reinventing.” - The Sunday Times
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CROOKED TREE
Crooked Tree is a new trio but the individual members have been regular performers at CB2 gigs. Bronwyn Ormsby is best known as the lead singer with London group Rambling Valentines, Rhys Wilson (vocals, guitar, keyboards) has played in numerous local bands over the years and Bernard Hoskin (vocals, guitar, bass) has released 8 cds of mostly original songs. In this new line up they perform songs by some of the great singer/songwriters such as Paul Simon, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell.
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AMRIT SOND
Grammy Award winner and Solid Air Records (USA) recording artist, Amrit Sond has graced the same billing with the world's most renowned guitarists. He is an extraordinary fingerstyle guitarist who draws on elements of Jazz, Classical, Folk, Rock and New Acoustic techniques to create his unique melodically driven compositions. Whether tapping the neck with both hands, slapping the body to create percussion or using the unusual e-bow, his playing has to be seen to be believed. "Pink Guitar", the music of Henry Mancini CD that featured Amrit's version of the Mancini classic "Two for the Road", was awarded a Grammy in the Best Pop Instrumental category. "A virtuoso, New Age, acoustic guitarist." - Time Out.
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ROLAND CHADWICK
A composer and player of the Classical Guitar, Steel String Acoustic Guitar, Dobro Slide Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar and Synthesiser Guitar. Born in 1957, in Wollongong, Australia, Roland made his Sydney Opera House debut in 1988 and has since built a reputation as one of Australia’s master Guitarist/Composers. Since moving to the UK in 1997 he has presented Concerto, World Music and Chamber concerts with the Royal Liverpool Phiharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as performing with the bles band Native Tongue.

"Tuneful, eclectic and energetic, the styles switch between English folk melody, South American syncopation and soft rock" - Classic FM Magazine, "fantastic compositions" - Tommy Emmanuel.
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DERRIN NAUENDORF & DAVE DOWNING
Derrin and David are from Australia and have now firmly established their unique soundscape of roots, folk, blues and country styles. Derrin writes and sings superbly melodic songs, plays astonishing acoustic guitar, while Dave supplies subtle, complimentary percussion. The result is a compelling and once seen, never forgotten act, which stuns audiences with the intensity and diversity of their music and charismatic stage presence. "excitement, brilliant guitar, dramatic drumming” - Live Wire, "sound that breaks the rules” - Blueprint
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ARIEL THIERMANN
Vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Ariel Thiermann from the USA is a dynamic performer with a unique gift at blending fresh poetic imagery with evocative melody. On her latest CD, "Behold", she mixes pop, jazz, folk, and rock to create an authentic sound all her own.

She began performing at the age of five on stage alongside her mother, children's recording artist Linda Arnold and by the time Ariel was eight years old she was recording and touring nationally. At the age of twelve she performed on the Disney Channel and recorded for Walt Disney Records and at fifteen began branching out into her own musical pursuits in the a-cappella trio Mayim who performed their intricate harmonies all over the Bay Area.

She is now a seasoned performer who along with her solo performances has hosted and performed with symphonic orchestras around the Bay Areas and is the leader of four choirs. "songs of depth and passion married to nuanced musical arrangements" - Santa Cruz Sentinel.
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KENON CHEN
A rising star from San Francisco, Kenon mixes powerful emotion and intricate guitar work in his superbly crafted songs. Fascinating to watch, Kenon is a fresh and exhilarating force on stage with the voice of an angel, superb musicianship and composition skills and maturity beyond his years. He is from a culturally rich heritage having African-American and American Indian parents and this makes his music a magical melting pot of endless possibilities.
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DAVE ELLIS AND BOO HOWARD
Dave Ellis first made a name for himself as a guitarist when he released a solo album in 1973 which gave him national exposure including appearances on The Old Grey Whistle Test and In Concert. His partnership with Boo Howard began in 1979 when they formed the pop group Reactors. Dave & Boo's present acoustic style evolved in 1998 via the folk clubs, with Dave's intricate guitar work and Boo's mellow vocal combining to create something new and all their own. Dave has become known around the clubs for his unique guitar style and banjo picking, while Boo completes the D&B sound with her exceptional bass playing and virtuoso cajon playing.
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THE PORTRAITS
Launched in 2005 by Irish singer Lorraine Reilly and pianist Jeremy Millington, The Portraits’ warm upbeat sound mixes folk with jazz and classical styles and has secured the band a big following in the UK and France. As well as being crowned Best International Artist 2011 by US station Radio Crystal Blue, The Portraits released a song, Liberty, for Burma’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, which was presented to her in person.

From their roots playing as an acoustic duo (piano, guitar, 2 voices) the Portraits have exploded into an energetic, sparkling full band, adding violin, cello, bodhran, upright bass and third vocalist into the mix, and their live performances leave audiences moved to laughter and tears in equal measure.
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The Portraits  
  ELLIE LAWSON
Ellie Lawson is a folk/pop artist whose compelling voice and rich sonic landscape reflect a life journey of personal determination and self-discovery. Her lyrics have substance with unique story telling, conversational style and feisty- compassionate attitude. Born in South London, the vocalist/lyricist/musician/ composer has invented a unique musical world that is both beat-driven and organic, lyrical and edgy, thoughtful and entrancing.

She was previously signed with Atlantic records in the USA and was championed by chat show host Ellen De Generes who predicted live on air that Ellie would become "the hugest, hugest star." Ellie sold 25,000 records on her own label with the US book retailer Barnes and Noble. Her many live performances include Abbey Road studios as part of the Brit awards and the Sundance film festival. She will joined by Dave Harewood on guitar, ukulele and djembe.
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REBECCA HOLLWEG
Rebecca Hollweg is a London based singer and songwriter whose debut album of melodic pop songs "June Babies" was released to critical acclaim in 2001 and went on to get played on Jeremy Vine's BBC Radio 2 show. The same year she did her own headline tour of the UK as well as appearing on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour with Jenni Murray, and doing sessions for Janice Long on BBC Radio 2 and Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6Music. Later in the year she supported Roger McGuinn of The Byrds on his UK tour, playing major theatres and concert halls.

In 2003 she supported Paul Carrack (formerly of Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics) on his UK tour, again playing major venues and 2008 saw the completion of a new album, 'Orange Roses' - 9 tracks of mellow, melodic songs with a country tinge.

"exquisite vocals..." - The Guardian
"A gifted tunesmith" - Q Magazine
"there is something of Mitchell in her soaring vocal lines and Vega in her confessional ones" - Sunday Times
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TONI CATLIN
One of the most exciting new female artists to emerge from the Nashville scene in years. With a passionate, powerful and distinctively rich voice, Toni possesses a sound and style that is uniquely her own and has opened shows for Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Steve Earle. Toni recently released her debut album, "Heartache on the Run", featuring some of Nashville's most innovative session players.
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ORRIN STARR
One of America's finest exponents of flat-picking guitar, banjo and mandolin. Based in Brooklyn, NY, his repertoire spans old-time, western swing, celtic and original songwriting in addition to more mainstream bluegrass and folk material. "Orrin Starr is one of the finest flatpicking guitarists in captivity" - Boston Globe, "Some of the sweetest rural southern music being made in America today ... a consummate showmen" - Boston Herald.
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JAMES HURLEY
A singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles who plays a smooth and sophisticated blend of jazz, blues, and pop influences that has been described as "Sting meets The Beatles". With a smooth, passionate voice, an unpretentious jazz-like virtuosity on acoustic guitar, eloquent lyrics, he leads the listener through tales of whimsy and romance, stories of life lived, and of love lost. All with a dash of wry humor and disarming honesty.
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MYSHKIN'S RUBY WARBLERS
A 3-piece line up of vocals, guitar, bass and drums created in 2001 in New Orleans, they are inventing gypsy-torch-punk, pulling on jazz, latin, klezmer, mountain, delta, and rock and roll and are out to prove it's all one music. "fiercely talented, elegantly skewed" - Time Out, "One of the best songwriters around...oh, and she sings like a dream too!" - Froots, "a marriage of punk's irreverence with the refinement and emotion of the jazz torch singers of old...an exhilarating musical ride" - New Orleans Times, "album of the year! Myshkin is a giant among songwriters. well observed, unflinching, tender, bitterly funny songs." - City Life Magazine, Manchester
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DAVID NEWEY & SHONA KIPLING
David Newey is an extraordinary political songwriter, guitarist and singer; equally at home in each department. He has released three albums of material which takes in the political and the personal, landscapes of future worlds, and cutting commentary of our own. His guitar playing is utterly unique, taking in the influences of his teachers Chris Newman, Martin Simpson and John Renbourn but channelling Ry Cooder, Nels Cline and Richard Thompson. His singing is forthright and he delivers his songs directly to an audience, challenging and inspiring them. Shona Kipling is one of the most revered accordion players in the UK. An all Ireland champion in her teens, she has since won a BBC Fame Academy bursary and been nominated for a BBC Folk Award for her work with Damien O’Kane. Her playing is uniquely Irish but completely original, truly, Shona plays like no one else. When matched what her startlingly clear voice, she provides a perfect backdrop for songs, and plays tunes like no one else.  Together they form a huge, powerful sound that is rootsy, gutsy, and completely theirs.

"outstanding musicianship" – Daily Telegraph
"Brave and imaginative" - Froots
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MIRANDA SYKES AND JENNY CROOK
Miranda Sykes is rapidly emerging as a major talent on the folk scene both as a bass player to some of its leading names and more recently fronting her own band. She is classically trained and played bass guitar in rock and country outfits until her roots in folk music lured her back and she toured Europe and America with folk-rock band Pressgang.

She continues to build up a solo repertoire of refreshingly unusual songs of her native Lincolnshire as well as traditional and modern material and is increasingly in demand both as a double bassist and singer. She has worked with Robb Johnson, Firebrand, Steafan Hannigan, Leon Rosselson, Bill Jones, Roger Wilson, Alan Burke, Reg Meuross and Kirsty McGee. She has tours lined up with Show of Hands in the autumn, the Miranda Sykes Band - featuring Maartin Allcock and Gareth Turner - in the spring of 2005, the Phil Beer Band in March, and has just joined Little Johnny England and will also be touring with them in 2005.

Jenny Crook is best known for playing harp in a popular duo with Henry Sears but she is also a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist. Wherever she there's always something of a buzz around her like the proverbial bees on a honeypot. Out of this hubub, come exclamations like 'I've never heard the harp played like that before!'. In itself, such a statement might not explain much, but the animated enthusiam of the onlookers usually says far more. Still, if we're to deal with words, then 'sparkling', 'multi-faceted', 'vital', 'refreshing', 'sexy', 'funky' and 'groovy', are a few that are often used to describe her playing. She also has a singing voice to die for, used to great effect on her own and traditional material - John O'Regan of Folk Roots magazine described her recently as 'a vocalist of sublime power...luring the listener into a web of disarming surrender'.
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KILL HENRY SUGAR
When not backing Joan Baez and Natalie Merchant, New York duo Kill Henry Sugar - guitarist-songwriter Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow - create a quietly bizarre and tuneful mix of lo-fi urban folk as the drum/dobro duo Kill Henry Sugar. The two met playing around town and discovered a shared obsession with the city’s corrupt beginnings and the frenzied ambition of its inhabitants. Kill Henry Sugar became the minimalist, streamlined vehicle for this ongoing discourse; think “Gangs Of New York” (book, not movie) meets “Metropolis” (movie, not book).

An early copy of their most recent CD made it to folk icon Joan Baez. She described the recordings as “exquisite compositions, stunningly performed without a net,” and was inspired to add two of the songs to her distinguished repertoire. Soon after, Ms. Baez saw the duo perform, and Kill Henry Sugar was asked to be the backing band for her 2007 world tour.

“Effortlessly beguiling.” - TimeOut NY
“Masterful low-fi storytelling.” - Washington Post
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GUY TORTORA
His live set includes original songs and standards, a great mix of the old and new, ranging from blues to bluegrass. Like other American contemporaries, Guy refuses to be cooped up in any box, blue or otherwise.

Guy Tortora is a roots, americana and blues vocalist, songwriter and guitar player from Pasadena, California, but now living in London. He is a musical artist who may confound expectations; combining in his work elements of jazz, folk, blues and country music, both in his original compositions and in the songs he chooses to cover.

Guy plays both acoustic and electric guitars, with a fine line in bottleneck playing. His guitar work has been compared at one time or another to players from the well-known likes of Ry Cooder, to the more obscure such as Rainier. But, as one writer has said: "Comparisons are unnecessary: He is simply Guy Tortora"
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JANE TAYLOR
It was in 2002 when this Bristol based singer/songwriter decided to focus on her musical career full time. She recorded her first single, booked her first UK tour and together with local BBC radio interviews and live sessions began to build up her fanbase across the UK.

In 2003 she won the International competition 'Reach' and, supported by her band, toured Ireland with three other bands from the USA and Canada. She then went on to win both the UK and the International Song writing Competition, again with her single 'Blowing This Candle Out', in the singer/songwriter category which no less than 11,000 people entered.

Last year, she appeared on the arts program 'Earshot' for HTV and more recently her song 'Getting To Me' has been included on the soundtrack for the new Sony Television's DVD of the hit TV series 'Dawsons Creek'.

When her song "Fall on Me", from her debut album "Montpelier", was recently played on Johnnie Walker's Drive Time show on BBC Radio 2, he was inundated with e-mails asking him to play more. She did a live session for the Drive Time show in February.

"With a captivating voice and a twinkle in her eye she had us in the palm of her hand, as she played to a stunned silence from an audience completely enthralled ..."simply outstanding" - Get Rhythm
"Her bittersweet folk-pop odes take on a new dimension that demands to be universally adored." - Venue Magazine
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FLOSSIE MALAVIALLE
Flossie is a charming and popular French singer who started getting involved on the UK folk scene in 2001 while she was on a teachers' exchange in the North East of England. She loved it so much she ended up staying there. Flossie has great warmth and humour and totally engages an audience not just with her hilarious franglais/geordie observations and wit, but with the most astonishing voice, strong, soaring and emotive.

Her profile has gone from strength to strength, playing at folk clubs and festivals all over the UK and beyond. Her repertoire extends from well established folk songs to jazz standards, blues numbers to Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel's classics. She loves high-energy songs with bags of "vavavoum", and will soon have an audience singing along. Chosen in recent years to support not only Show of Hands on their County Towns tour, but also Fairport Convention on their major Winter tour.

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  KIERAN HALPIN
Since 1979 Kieran Halpin has recorded 17 albums, one live DVD and published 2 songbooks with 50 songs in each book. He is a successful songwriter with many of his songs covered by other artists such as, Vin Garbutt, Dolores Keane, Tom McConville, Niamh Parsons, The Battlefield Band, and Flossie.

2009 started with the release of his 19th album – the deal we made with god – a remarkable achievement over a 36 year career – consistently prolific and artistically inventive. The new CD has 10 new songs and will feature a song Halpin wrote for his friend, the sadly missed John Wright – “So Long John”.

Whilst his albums are always something to look forward to it is live on stage where Halpin makes his mark. Powerful and passionate, intimate and intense, he is impossible to ignore. His voice has such an edge to it that he sounds like he is living every song. He has managed to marry his intelligent and thought provoking lyrics with great melodies and has developed over the years into a writer with a style all his own. All of this is underscored by an incisive wit in his introductions which helps an audience to understand where the song comes from and hint at where it might be going.
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VICKI SWAN AND JONNY DYER
Currently taking the world by storm, Vicki and Jonny are rightly establishing themselves as one of the best young duos around on the folk scene today. Although best-known for their instrumental skills with Scottish Smallpipes, accordion and even Swedish Nyckelharpa, the duo are well recognised for their song arrangements too. With their blend of traditional material and contemporary interpretations, they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh.

Vicki studied the double bass at the Royal College of Music, becoming the principal double bass and winning the solo double bass competition. Alongside this Vicki has performed solo concertos with many different orchestras. Jonny is a composer and competition-winning guitar player.
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HUNGRYTOWN
Hungrytown is the new band name and album from celebrated American musical duo Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson.

Rebecca is an award-winning songwriter whose two previous solo albums were released to much critical acclaim. She was dubbed a "new folk classicist" by the Boston Herald. She now performs with Ken on bass and harmony vocals and together they create beautiful, harmony-drenched ballads which sound like they have been passed down from generation to generation.

"Hungrytown’s music offers such an aura of authenticity –it could be easily mistaken for original trad transcripts," - Performing Songwriter Magazine
"Hungrytown is American folk music at its zenith." - Feminist Review
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LIZ SIMCOCK
Liz is one of this country's finest singer/songwriters. In 1999 she featured on the Playpen Album of New Acoustic Music alongside Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Eddi Reader and Kathryn Williams. Since then she has trodden an independent path, gaining growing reputation as a performer and songwriter. Liz counts Richard Thompson, Clive Gregson, Boo Hewerdine and Joni Mitchell amongst her main songwriting role models. Her fourth album Friday Night Train Home was released in 2013. As well as performing her own solo shows, she will be touring with Clive Gregson in November 2015, in a celebration of the Gregson & Collister back catalogue.

"Liz is a great songwriter and gorgeous singer with a relaxed and very endearing
stage presence. We have seen her grow from strength to strength as a performer, and now stand easily alongside any of the female singer/songwriters working on the acoustic/folk music scene." -
Hitchin Folk Club

"Liz Simcock is a class act. Her understated songwriting style & performances are always faultless, cliché free & moving" - AcoustiCity
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  FRANKA DE MILLE
Franka De Mille is a London singer, songwriter and composer. Her debut album ‘Bridge The Roads’ has already received critical acclaim and extensive airplay all over the world. Emotionally raw, original with sophisticated arrangements, Franka De Mille’s music has an elegant blend of Americana, chamber music and alternative folk. Franka’s focus on strong melodies underline the powerful emotional charge of her unique voice and deeply personal lyrics.

Her deliberate use of violin, cello, accordion, mandolin and flute as ‘second voices’ add an awesome depth to her compositions. Although she has been compared to Patti Smith, Tori Amos, Kate Bush and PJ Harvey, the only real comparison with them is a shared creative clarity in the expression of their music. Franka remains uncompromisingly herself, both musically and vocally.

Franka's band will be Ian Montague - guitar, Huw Davies - harmonica and Fra Rustumji - viola.

“Her rootsy, lyrical chamber-folk, devastating vocals and refined arrangements deserve full ordination on the Radio 2’s Ken Bruce playlist” **** MOJO

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PETE MORTON
Pete has been performing his unique and involving style of music to audiences worldwide for nearly two decades. He sings from the heart delivering songs telling compelling stories and speaking of current events and the human condition in a totally original style. His stage shows are intense and dynamic but also good humoured and now include traditional folk songs performed with all the power that these dramatic tales demand.

"not only impressive but a revelation......totally original." -The Guardian,
"this guy is amongst the best the British roots music scene has produced in living memory" - Froots Magazine.
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the mature work of an artist in total control of his faculties, able to express social commitment, love and humour alike in a voice that's rich, warm and full of honest persuasion. - Glasgow Herald
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DAVID HUGHES
David Hughes is an acoustic guitarist and songwriter with four solo albums to his credit including, "Active In The Parish", which in 1997 was named by Q magazine as one of their albums of the year. His acoustic pedigree is impeccable having toured the UK and Europe with Bert Jansch, Pentangle and Fairport Convention and his sharp, sardonic vocal delivery and rhythmically-percussive fingerstyle guitar have earned him regular slots on BBC Radio Four's Loose Ends with Ned Sherrin. His most recent album, This Other Eden, released in the October 1999, featured long-time collaborators, Gerry Conway and Jacqui McShee, augmented by Spencer Cozens, Eddi Reader, Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg and Danny Thompson. In 2001 he was the founder member of the St Agnes Fountain project which includes Chris Leslie, Chris While and Julie Matthews. He is also a writer and has published three books.
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EMILY MAGUIRE
Emily Maguire is an independent singer-songwriter originally from London, now based on a farm in the Australian bush where she recorded her critically acclaimed debut album 'Stranger Place' followed 2 years later by 'Keep Walking'.

In March 2008, 'Keep Walking' was released through Universal in the UK and Ireland. The title track was playlisted on Radio 2 in the UK and on ABC Radio across Australia. From touring clubs and pubs in 2007, Emily was asked to support Don McLean on his UK tour, performing at all the major concert halls in the country including the Royal Albert Hall in London. In 2008 she played the acoustic stage at Glastonbury Festival and toured with Roddy Frame, Eric Bibb, The Blue Nile and Glenn Tilbrook.

Best-known for her strong, thought-provoking lyrics and "the kind of vocals that will melt your stereo" (Scene Magazine), Emily’s songs have won her fans across the globe. Her forthcoming third album will be out in spring 2009. She will be joined by Christian Dunham on bass.
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THE CARRIVICK SISTERS
Identical twin sisters Charlotte and Laura Carrivick have grown up playing and writing music together. Their unique style shows their strong bluegrass influences without obscuring their English roots. With tight harmonies that only siblings can achieve, they perform their original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and clawhammer banjo. They have performed both in the UK and internationally. 

Starting 2010 as runners-up in the BBC Young Folk Awards, Laura and Charlotte went on to play at major venues throughout the country, headlining in their own right but also sharing bills with such names as The Quebe Sisters, Sara Watkins and Crooked Still. They also managed to fit in 26 festivals including amongst many other The London International Guitar Festival, Glastonbury, Llangollen Eistedffod. Other highlights included a live session on BBC’s Womans Hour and several regional TV and radio appearances.

Their 4th album "From the Fields"  was released in 2011 and has received huge acclaim. At the end of that year they were named Band/Duo of the Year in the 2011 FATEA Awards. Most recently Charlotte won first place in both Old-time banjo and fiddle at FOAOTMAD's festival in Gainsborough 2012.

The current year has marked the Carrivick Sisters journey from youthful pretenders to serious contenders, from teenage promise to the rich assurance of young adulthood - now securely positioned as the UK’s leading young folk duo.
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LOU BROWN
There can't be many singer-songwriters who can draw inspiration from their love of 'The Sound of Music', the legend of Robert Johnson, and a former career in social work, but Lou Brown does just that. These and many more influences are combined in an unique and personal blend of country, folk and pop that is gaining her fans across the globe.

Her debut album “What Are You Singing About?”' was described by one reviewer as an album for romantics; totally unpretentious, beautifully honest, and it is this honesty and simplicity that has seen it become a firm favourite for many. In 2009 Lou recorded 4 live tracks for Johnnie Walker at Glastonbury Festival, one of which was broadcast on BBC Radio 2's 'Wake Up to Wogan' show, the UK's most listened-to radio show, and has been followed by plays on several other BBC Radio 2 shows.

Lou’s skill as a live performer has led to her opening shows for a host of great artists: Albert Lee, Hazel O'Conner, Paul Young, Boo Hewerdine, Steve Tilston, Clive Gregson, Megson, Julie Fowlis, Po' Girl and Eilen Jewell.

2009 saw Lou gigging around the UK, including Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, Trowbridge, Priddy, and Greenbelt festivals, and finished the year recording her second album with Clive Gregson as producer.

"A wonderful artist." - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

"One of my Glastonbury highlights." - Johnnie Walker, BBC Radio 2
"Lou Brown is definitely an artist to watch out for." - Acoustic Magazine
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FOLKFOOT
Folkfoot is American acoustic duo Bill Kelly and Michael Parrish straddling somewhere between the Louvin Brothers and the Glimmer Twins. With roots in Bluegrass, Country, and Rock n Roll, this guitar/mandola duo blends classic styles with their own tunes.

Bill Kelly is an accomplished Americana singer/songwriter from just outside New York with a huge list of film soundtrack appearances behind him and critically adored recorded efforts including the just-released "Bread on the Waters".

His soundtrack credits include feature films like the massive award winner Supersize Me, Subway Dreams and Whore, as well as TV shows like Northern Exposure and Ed.

Bill’s beautifully written and composed new album has had the likes of Buddy Miller, John Leventhal, Larry Campbell and Robert K Oermann getting excited; the songs were previewed here last May when Bill opened a number of shows for Jake Stigers and the Velvet Roots, who he writes and performs with regularly in the USA.
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FRAN MCGILLIVRAY & MIKE BURKE
Fran and Mike perform a unique acoustic mix of folk-blues and hauntingly original self-penned songs featuring Fran’s soulful vocals accompanied by her bass and flute combined with Mike’s intuitive and inventive guitar and resonator playing. They started playing folk, roots and blues venues in the late 1970s and appeared at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1977. After years of playing in blues bands they returned to their roots in acoustic music in 2004 and are now getting rave reviews everywhere they play.

“Very impressive” - The Guardian

"The material is beautifully, grippingly balanced - heartbreakingly poignant one minute, rousingly upbeat the next - and the acoustic settings give it all an illuminating freshness" -fRoots

"Absolutely lovely and gorgeous” - Blues in Britain Magazine

Mike’s restrained resonator guitar and Fran’s earthy voice make an intriguing combination that puts a new twist on old music." - Blues Matters Magazine
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SARAH SHARP
After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston Sarah spent two years in London earning a living first as a blues singer and later performing jazz. After 2 years of building her chops and writing, she was ready to establish herself as a solo artist in Austin, Texas, starting out singing Jazz while she found players and gigs for her original music. She was voted one of the top 10 jazz musicians in the 2002 Austin Chronicle Music Awards. "one of the few truly talented and diverse vocalists on Austin's music scene" - Digital City Houston, "she's got all the right ingredients. This girl is smart" - Kevin Connor, Austin Morning Show
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LOTTE MULLAN
Lotte Mullan has had the Blues from a young age. Her rootsy songs are a captivating mix of soul, folk and country and tell stories of characters and experiences we know all too well. Weaving together the worlds of comedy and tragedy, Lotte hopes to raise a smile as well as pull on your heartstrings.




DAVID CELIA (Canada)
David Celia, from Toronto, Canada is a world class musician who has played for audiences all over the Europe, U.S.A. and Canada. His music has been described as "roots-rock with hints of folk wrapped up in a pop package". David has received plenty of radio play on CBC Radio in Canada as well as on the BBC in the UK, featured "live in studio" recently on Radio 2's highly regarded Bob Harris Show. He has opened for The Divine Comedy, Elvis Costello and Badly Drawn Boy

"Excellent musicianship..... elegant and melodic" - Neil Hannon, The Divine Comedy
"This is Superb" - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
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  LAUREN MCCORMICK TRIO
Lauren’s music weaves traditional and contemporary songs with spellbinding storytelling and fearless vocal accomplishment. She will joined by two members of Mawkin, James Delarre on fiddle and Dave Delarre on guitar. Together they create exciting and powerful arrangements.

Once a member of vocal harmony group The Devil's Interval (2007 BBC Folk Award nominees) along with Jim Causley and Emily Portman, Lauren has also toured with Waterson:Carthy as part of the annual Frost and Fire Christmas show and appeared at the South Bank Centre, London, as part of Shirley Collins’ Folk Roots New Routes series. Lauren has also performed at many festivals including Glastonbury, Towersey Village Festival, Brampton Live and Sidmouth International Festival. Watch out for the forthcoming debut album 'On Bluestockings' set for release summer 2012.
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  AMY OBENSKI  (USA)
Amy is a singer songwriter from Santa Cruz, California whose eclectic sound draws on her background in classical and jazz, with influences ranging from folk to funk. The haunting and ethereal style of Amy’s songs has drawn the attention of audiences and critics alike. Her track, "Carousel", from Amy’s second album, "Kite", was featured in the TV show, Grey’s Anatomy, and numerous other tracks have been used regularly for programs on MTV. Her music can also be heard regularly on KZSC radio in Santa Cruz as well as other stations around California and also in the documentary titled, I Do: A Marital Discord in America.
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DEVON SPROULE
Raised on Canadian folk music, dead teenager ballads from the 50s and the Beatles on a commune in rural Virginia, USA, the twenty-one year old Sproule began touring nationally at the age of sixteen both solo and with a rock band. She found a new direction with her third CD, "Upstate Songs", which features a collection of bright, sparsely arranged compositions and moves away from the grittier, electric sounds that gained her national recognition in the USA with the release of her previous two albums.

It is her live concerts that capture Sproule at her best - candid, poetic and with stage presence that is at once youthfully charming and self-possessed. Rolling Stone's "Critics Top Albums of 2003" called her latest album: "Perhaps the sweetest and most honest folk pop album recorded this year."
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GILLY DARBEY
Gilly has been singing in various guises for many years, thrilling audiences wherever she has appeared with the quality and range of her voice. She sings an eclectic mixture of music: contemporary and traditional folk, jazz, gospel, and original material written by Keith Donnelly especially for her. She has recently discovered a real talent for the blues which has resulted in some purely blues gigs. As part of the popular duo "Nothing By Chance" Gilly has supported many famous artists such as Van Morrison, Jasper Carrott, Phil Cool and Tori Amos to name but a few, and as such has appeared at almost every major venue throughout the UK and numerous times on TV and radio.
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DANNY SCHMIDT
Danny was born and raised in Austin, Texas and after dropping out of university spent years living in communes while he developed his love of music, working his way from heavy metal to blues and finally discovering the music of Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie which lead him to Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Waits and John Prine. Today he is a singer/songwriter whose poetic lyrics are winning him plaudits wherever he plays. We are delighted to have him play for us as part of his first UK tour. "one of life's treats" - Bill Bruedigam from Radio Sante Fe, "One of the country's best singer-songwriters has released yet another masterpiece." - Les Reynolds, Indie-Music.com.
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BERNARD HOSKIN
Bernard Hoskin is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Cambridge whose distinctive and original sound is based upon English songwriting and world music rhythms as well as the more common folk, country and blues styles. An experienced performer, he accompanies himself on 6 and 12 string guitars and mandolin playing a mixture of original and traditional songs and covers.

He has opened up for many of the big names of the folk scene including Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy, Harvey Andrews, John Renbourn and Jacqui McShee, Clive Gregson, Isaac Guillory, Phil Beer, Colvin Quarmby and Johnny Dickinson. He has produced eight CDs and a Rock and Reel magazine review wrote of “his fine tradition of crafting accessible, mellow acoustic folk with occasionally well-placed African pop flavours ...reminiscent of the work of Ralph McTell, Paul Heaton, Johnny Clegg and the later work of Paul Simon.”

"breezy folk-pop that is rich in melody, harmonies and is as catchy as possible" - Rock 'N' Reel, UK. "Lyrical attention to detail and unusually hypnotic musical interpretation make this a fine indie product with deep substance" - Independent Songwriter, USA
"exemplary singer-songwriter Bernard Hoskin brings thought provoking songs & flowing, often African-inspired, guitar work." - Acousticity
"a popular troubadour with an accomplished and individual guitar style, well constructed songs, good stage presence and ambition" - Mardles Magazine
"The lingering taste & perhaps the last thing to strike the listener is the sheer quality of the songs which, like the album as a whole, are memorable, highly accomplished & carefully crafted yet achieve an effortless feel." - NetRhythms, review of Notes in the Margin
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INLAY
Inlay are an engaging, collaborative four-piece group formed in 2010 whilst studying music in Norwich. These four musicians make use of traditional melodies from the British Isles, rooting them firmly within the folk-genre. In other respects, Inlay question categorisation; drawing upon elements of each individual’s diverse musical background, and incorporating original material into many of their intricate compositions. With the aid of violin, accordion, guitar, 5-string banjo, slide guitar, bodhrán, percussion, mandolin and captivating vocal harmonies, they produce rich and full-bodied compositions. This distinct blend of contemporary-folk mixed with bags of energy provides audiences with one of the best live performances on the circuit.

“Inlay is a very impressive debut album with a visionary take on what folk music can be and where it might go.” - R2

“Something for the traditionalist, something for the modernist - and something for you.” - Bright Young Folk
“Forward thinking four piece produce a full bodied sound for their energetic and enterprising own compositions that preserve traditional influences within a fluid, evolving musical landscape.” - FRoots
“Touching and rather beautiful modern folk.” - Timeout
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SIMON BARRON AND ROSALIND BRADY
Barron Brady combines the individual vocal and musical talents of Simon Barron and Rosalind Brady. The English song tradition is expressed strongly in their work, not only in their engaging arrangements of traditional songs with exemplary guitar, harmonium, melodeon, voices and harmonies, but also in the writing and arrangement of their self-penned songs. These two elements bring enormous variety to their performance.

Their upcoming Strange Harvest tour features songs from their new album. Previewed tracks which include contributions from Phil Beer and Pete Coe are already creating a stir with audiences and media alike. They bring to their performance musicianship, energy, humour and an assured stage presence garnered from 4 years of performing nationwide.

Their current songwriting emphasis is on the folklore of UK and Devon and on countryside and rural issues: the lives and stories of those in the working culture which have been written jointly with farmers, fisherman, sailors and older folk.

"Terrific... Good songs well sung... I kept hearing things- Incredible String Band, Nick Drake, John Martyn- lots of stuff and yet at the same time the music is very much their own... very very good - Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
"Really beautiful songs" - Karine Polwart, winner Radio 2 Folk Awards
"Really beautiful music" - Bob Harris Radio 2
"Dripping in mellow whimsy and genteel harmonies" - Mojo
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TESSA PERRY
Tessa Perry is a vocalist, guitarist, and writer whose sound is steeped in the country-blues and folk traditions. She's rapidly cultivating a loyal fan base on both sides of the Atlantic through her startlingly fresh songs with lyrics that are wistful and punch-in-the-gut candid. Whether playing to a sold-out 200-seat venue or an East Village dive bar, Tessa spins images and observations of the world around her into soulful, intimate communication with her audience.

Born in England and raised on the west coast of Ireland, Tessa hit the road at age 18 andthus began a career that would lead her to performing across Europe with headliners like Ani DiFranco, Damien Rice, the Indigo Girls, the Corrs, the Hothouse Flowers, andmany more internationally successful artists.
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LIZ CLARK
Liz Clark is a New York City-based singer/songwriter with a crystalline tone and charismatic stage presence that shine through her poetic pop songs. Her second album, "Hand On The Stove", garnered wide acclaim, and the video for her first single, "Who's Your Angel," went to #3 on MTV's Logo Network. Liz has opened for well-known musicians such as Joe Walsh, Ritchie Havens, Linda Perry, Bob Schneider, and The Counting Crows.
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PAUL TIERNAN
Paul Tiernan from Ireland was once singer with "Flex and the Fastweather", a band who in their heyday had a string of hit singles in Ireland and a top ten hit in Sweden. He has for the past ten years embarked on a solo career starting with the release of his debut album titled "Who's fooling who?" in 1995 in Ireland. As well as performing solo, Paul has also toured internationally as a guitarist with the famous '60s legend Donovan, Welsh Breton songstress Katell Keineg, Kieran Halpin and platinum selling Irish singer Sinead Lohan whilst also guesting with the HotHouse Flowers, Mary Black, Christy Moore and Beth Orton.

Paul's third album 'god knows I love a happy ending' in 2002, was an enthralling, swirling mixture of strings and voices and is at the moment working on his fourth album. Recently he appeared on the Irish television series 'Other voices' featuring the best of Irish singer songwriters. One of Paul's songs 'Belle' has been included in the top ten Irish album of the same name.

"a compelling and delightfully off centre style of articulation and delivery. "Who's fooling who?" gets his wayward genius on CD" - Folk Roots
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PAMELA WYN SHANNON
Pamela is an American singer/songwriter and guitarist who has attracted international attention with her mesmerizing Celtic-influenced folk music. She has a vocal style that ranges from lilting sensitivity to urgent callings and her inventive modal guitar work has been described as "a tiny chamber orchestra working in unison at the end of her hands." She draws inspiration for her compositions from the magic found in British artifacts and psychedelic folk music.

Her debut CD, "Nature's Bride", received rave reviews with American magazine Dirty Linen describing it as "an inspiring blend of styles...the title tune is a dynamic, danceable tour de force...[Pamela's] inflections recall the power and emotional intensity of Buffy Ste. Marie...". Her new CD, "Courting Autumn", is a sonic almanac burnished with melancholy, its wistful vocals floating above slinky and delicate hand-spun guitar, windswept and weather-worn by plaintive string and recorder arrangments.

"a very special, seriously beautiful album" - Froots
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VANESSA PETERS
Voted as one of the top 10 folk artists in Austin, Vanessa Peters is already well known in her home state of Texas. In the last two years, she has criss-crossed America twice and toured all over Italy, Holland, Germany, and the Czech Republic, both as a solo artist and with her Italian band, Ice Cream on Mondays. But touring hasn’t stopped her putting pen to paper either; she released “Thin Thread” in 2005 to glowing reviews in the States and in Italy, and released her 4th and 5th albums (Blackout and Little Films) in 2006.

Little Films, released in September 2006, chronicles the redemptive and destructive powers that our own personal films have in our lives. Early buzz says this is Vanessa’s best album yet, showing off her 1-2-3 punch of startling lyrics, catchy melodies, and a voice that stays with you for days – likened by one reviewer to “a voice that you could obtain by mixing the earthiness of Lucinda Williams, the witty youthfulness of Beth Orton, and the problematic grace of Suzanne Vega.” The album is a blend of various genres, covering the Americana-rock of Wilco and the Jayhawks, the folk-tinged songs of Patty Griffin, and the pop-rock of Aimee Mann.
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HANNAH SANDERS
Hannah has been singing folk songs since she toured Europe in her teens with her family, The Dunns. A traveller at heart, she is now back on English shores after a decade in the US singing songs from both sides of the Atlantic with guitar and mountain dulcimer. Hannah's particular interest as a songwriter and a singer of the big ballads, is magic and taboo, drawing on her expertise as a cultural anthropologist.
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MELANIE DEKKER
Canadian born, of Dutch descent, Melanie Dekker's live shows are complete with wonder, giggling, teasing and sweating. She’s performed for President William J. Clinton, shared the stage with Diana Krall, Faith Hill & Bryan Adams, and she was nominated for humanitarian artist of the year and video of the year at the LA MUSIC AWARDS 2008. Songstress Melanie Dekker is now touring with her four albums in tow throughout Europe & North America. She delivers playful and often potent messages in her songs, which explore the ups and downs of love and energize her audiences world-wide.
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KREG VIESSELMAN
Heart wrenching, warm, poignant, yet laced with acrid wit, the rusty voice of Kreg, accompanied by his country blues-steeped guitar, echo the long-gone tradition of the rambling singer/songwriter. His wanderlust has taken him to every corner of America and the characters he has met have given him insights into the darkness, hope, and humour of the everyday person's life. "This guy is good...he is writing some great stuff" - Taj Mahal.
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AMBER RUBARTH
A young singer/songwriter from New York who has been taking her unique blend of folk, soul and acoustic pop across the USA and Europe over the last few years. Her songs have a refreshing mixture of vulnerability and courage, melancholia and optimism. "Washing Day" (co-written with Adam Levy of Norah Jones' Band) won first place of 15,000 entries in the International Songwriting Competition (Lyrics). The music video for the song was selected as one of 20 to be officially screened at the prestigious SXSW event.

Her highly anticipated debut album, 'Something New' pre-sold out of its first pressing before the CD was released. It's a mix of upbeat pop, soft acoustic ballads, a new orleans dixie style dirge, and everything in between.




PAVLOV'S CAT
Formed in 1999 this very English sounding group play melodic, rolling songs with the emphasis on dynamics and organic sounds. They are lyrically cynical, occasionally dark but not without a glimmer of optimism. James Hibbins' spartan acoustic guitar and rich vocals are now accompanied by Bernard Hoskin on acoustic bass, guitar and mandolin. Their second album "Motes of Dust" was described by Mike Harding on BBC Radio 2 as "an interesting mix of traditional & original songs...I really like it". "I get to hear a lot of bands on my travels: every so often, one really stands out. Pavlov's Cat stood out: they play well, sing well and write very good songs. Highly recommended!" - Clive Gregson.
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JENNI ALPERT
With her honest rich songwriting and soothing musical melodies, American songstress Jenni Alpert’s haunting, powerful, and sultry voice has gained the respect of fans and music tastemakers worldwide. Her emotionally driven songs blend modern day pop influences with favorites Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London, Patsy Cline, Bonnie Riatt, Carole King, Rickie Lee Jones, and Edie Brickell. Equally inspired by the vocal delivery and songs from male soul singers Bill Withers, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, and Soloman Burke, Jenni Alpert weaves a unique web of eclectic Soul-Americana Pop.

Alpert has independently performed in over 14 countries and her music has been featured on major Network Television shows. She has supported veteran touring artists such as Loudon Wainwright III, Luka Bloom, and Kaki King both in the US and in Europe.

It is the deep connection to the roots of historical recordings of memorial artists and timeless songs in Soul, Country, Amerciana, Jazz and Blues genres made at Motown, Stax, Muscle Shoals, Sun Studios, and Capitol Records that keeps Alpert writing, recording, and performing original music.
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JANN KLOSE
Singer/songwriter Jann Klose was born in Germany, raised in Africa and now lives in New York. His multicultural background is evident in his music which evokes a global pop sound that draws comparisons to Sting and Jacques Brel. His songs are characterised by intelligent lyrics and contagious rhythms sung with a gentle and soulful voice. Before he committed himself to his career as a singer/songwriter he found work in the cast of the Broadway national touring company of Jekyll & Hyde and thereafter in the cast of the European tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

"Ear-grabbing pop singer-songwriter with tints of soul gospel and Afropop rhythms."
- Philadelphia Daily News
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STEPHANIE LAMBRING (USA)
Stephanie Lambring is an award-winning singer/songwriter based in Nashville, whose music has reached ears around the world. Her songs and intimate performances reflect a world-weariness and awareness that reflect artists such as Patty Griffin and Jewel. After winning an ASCAP Writers’ Series Showcase in 2007 she chose a life as a singwriter and has completed three UK tours and received airplay on Bob Harris's BBC show.

"This is an astonishingly mature debut from a nascent star. Major labels should be queuing round the block." - Rock n Reel  
“Stephanie possesses one of the most distinctive, soulful and genuine country voices I’ve come across in recent years” - Maverick Magazine
“exceptional debut album” - Acoustic Magazine




TRISTAN SEUME
Tristan Seume is one of the UK's finest young fingerstyle guitarists. Delighting audiences
up and down the UK with his blend of folk, country, Celtic and neo-classical styles, and with his cheerful stage presence, he has been likened to players such as John Renbourn and Gordon Giltrap

His new CD, You Just Know is a beautiful collection of Celtic arrangements, pastoral melodies and country pickin' toons - a guitar music lover's delight.

A respected guitar tutor, he has taught at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) and each summer at the Bath International Guitar Festival. He is also the UK's demonstrator for Guild Guitars, and is the acoustic guitar techniques columnist for Guitarist Magazine

Tristan also plays guitar, bouzouki and mandolin for the award-winning folk singer, Jackie Oates.

"His compositions have a maturity that belies his youth - I believe he is one the finest of the new acoustic generation". - Gordon Giltrap.
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CHRIS NEWMAN
An outstanding blues guitarist who started performing in the mid 70s, Chris has an impressive musical CV. He has been a member of the John Slaughter Blues Band, toured as support for the Climax Blues Band and been a member of the Soul Survivors with Vinnie Jones. In 2003 he played at the Cambridge Folk Festival with guitarist Eric Roche and harmonica player Steve Lockwood. He has recorded an acoustic tribute album to Rory Gallagher which got rave reviews and is now working on material for his own acoustic album.
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MADDIE SOUTHORN
Maddie’s voice is special, it’s what sets her apart. By turns ethereal and powerful yet always expressive. Maddie’s music is equally impressive. She writes songs of longing, nostalgia and beauty; songs inspired by looking out of the window on long journeys at changing landscapes and glimpsed lives; twisted fairytales and characters as “poignantly real as any that the late Dennis Potter ever invented” (Living Tradition). And all tempered with a wry humour and a whimsy that never becomes predictable.  

Her third album, "The Pilgrim Soul", was described by Radio 2’s Mike Harding as “one of the best albums of 2005. A real gem.”  Maddie is “a creative force to be reckoned with” (Net Rhythms) and continues to create the kind of music that “could find itself resting proudly on a million coffee tables worldwide” (Decode).
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GARETH DAVIES-JONES
Combining Folk, Americana, Roots and Acoustic traditions the Irish-born singer-songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones demonstrates that the legacy of well-written, descriptive music laid down by the likes of Woody Guthrie still lives on here in the UK. Compelling you to listen to each word sung and every note strummed his powerful and strong lyrics bring affecting stories, social and political observations which wouldn’t sound out of place in a 1960s Greenwich Village coffee shop or in any contemporary folk acoustic platform.

His songs have been featured on BBC Radio 2, 3 & 4, BBC Local Radio across the UK, Radio Britfolk, The Acoustic Stage and FolkRadio UK. Gareth also uses his music to support various organisations fighting for social justice such as Traidcraft and Casa Alianza. Alongside solo tours, other collaborations include tours with Yvonne Lyon, Megson and Rob Halligan and support work for Karine Polwart, Phil Beer, Waterson Carthy, Paul Field and Coco Mbassi.

"Very beautiful music...can thoroughly recommend this album"
- Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
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intelligent songs which make a point gently and invoke sympathy...someone to be taken seriously" - fROOTS
"Rich and soulful vocals, a fine ear for melody & masterful acoustic guitar playing"
- Rockn’Reel Magazine
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  JOSIENNE CLARKE and BEN WALKER
Rising through the ranks of the London folk scene, Josienne Clarke is now one of the leading lights in the current folk revival movement. Having released her debut album, "One Light Is Gone," late 2010, reviewers are already praising her vocal and songwriting talents with comparisons to June Tabor and Sandy Denny. 

Josienne's songwriting and performing cohort, Ben Walker, is one of the most accomplished guitarists on the london folk scene - performing on both steel and nylon string acoustic guitar, and mandolin. Influenced by the likes of Martin Simpson, Bert Jansch, Pierre Bensusan and Richard Thompson, Ben's playing and arrangements add an additional dimension to Josienne's already sculpted sound.

They have been nominated for best duo in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for 2014.


“A remarkable debut album, alive and accomplished, one that draws on a musical heritage and adds a new chapter to the canon.” - FATEA Magazine
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THEA HOPKINS
Internationally touring Americana singer/songwriter Thea Hopkins calls her music American Short Story Folk: concise, striking narratives, they tell of American romance, tragedy and triumph in modern terms.
 
Thea first came to greater notice in 2004, with the recording of her song 'Jesus Is On The Wire' by Peter, Paul & Mary. It is recognized as one of their later signature songs. 'Jesus Is On The Wire' has been called a 'modern classic' (Roberta Schwartz - Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange) and 'chilling' and 'unforgettable' by the All Music Guide. 

A "standout songwriter" (Washington Post) Thea Hopkins' songs reflects the sturdy virtues that are native to American popular music.  Peter, Paul & Mary wrote: “Thea Hopkins is one of the most literate, poetic, emotionally moving of the new songwriters to arrive on the scene in the last few years." Her 2008 CD "Chickasaw" received a 4 star review from Britain's Maverick Magazine. "Thea Hopkins possesses a voice that stands up to her material," wrote Americana-UK. And Susan Werner wrote: "It's a voice with the mystery and power of the late, great Nick Drake.” 
 
Thea has opened for Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Richie Havens, Maura O'Connell, Peggy Seeger, Susan Werner, John Hammond, Ellis Paul, Brooks Williams and Katy Moffatt. She's performed at many venues including Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, Club Passim, Johnny D's, Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, Utah's Sundance Film Festival, The Coffee Gallery near L.A., and The Bitter End in N.Y.C.Denny.

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  ANNA ELIAS & THE FORLORN HOPE
Anna Elias and her partner Harvey write songs which incorporate elements of traditional and contemporary folk, weaving together themes of shadow and light but in all the music lingers a sense of hope and possibility. The songs are also strongly influenced by the surrounding landscapes of the rural heart of the English midlands and the changing seasons.

2010 saw collaborations with a number of folk’s leading lights including Karine Polwart (multiple winner of BBC folks awards), melodeon player Saul Rose (Waterson / Carthy, Faustus & BBC folk awards nominee for best musician) and remarkable harmonica player Will Pound (Pound and Walsh). Their album 'Valleys in the Flatlands' was released in September 2011 and has recievd rave reviews. They will be joined by Colin Dunkley on cello and Matt Wendells on guitars.
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DAVID GIBB & ELLY LUCAS
David Gibb and Elly Lucas are a young duo hailing from Derbyshire. They play a mixture of original and re-worked traditional material and have toured the UK extensively as part of David Gibb & The Pony Club. They were chosen as finalists in the prestigious BBC Young Folk Awards 2011 and on the road have supported such acts as Cara Dillon, Coope, Boyes and Simpson, Jez Lowe, and Megson.

In the Autumn of 2010 they recorded their first EP, entitled ‘Three Children Sliding On The Ice’ which was released early 2011. The EP was very well received, and was given airplay and praise from Mike Harding’s BBC Radio 2 show. Their debut album which will be entitled ‘Old Chairs To Mend’  is set to be released early next year.
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BOB COLLUM
Oklahoma-born and now Essex-based, singer/songwriter Bob Collum produces his own brand of Anglicised Americana and powerpop. It's a healthy dose of pedal-steel and of course Bob’s own Midwestern twang which makes the case for the West side of the pond, while his adroit and insightful lyricism, inspired by his heroes Lowe, Costello and Davies, makes the case for the East.

In the decade and more since Bob arrived in the UK, he’s come up with a series of memorable albums and has shared stages with an equally memorable cast list of the great and the good of American music, including Dave Alvin, Marshall Crenshaw, Greg Trooper, Alejandro Escovedo, Robert Earle Keen, Robbie Fulks and many more.

"Collum's Anglophile Americana reaps subtle yet sustaining dividends" - Daily Mirror
"quality American slanted music" - Maverick
"Collum .. like Nick Lowe is able to express a wry riposte and an aching heart within the same breath" - R2 Rock n Reel
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KATRIONA GILMORE & JAMIE ROBERTS
BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award nominees Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts combine astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies with considerable songwriting talent to make a truly distinctive sound.

Since releasing their début album Shadows & Half Light in 2008, Gilmore and Roberts have been wowing audiences across the country with their unassumingly confident displays of instrumental technique.

2010 saw the duo release their hotly-anticipated second album, Up From The Deep, which scored them a Hancock Award for ‘Best Original Song’ (Fleetwood Fair). In 2011 Katriona and Jamie spent five weeks touring with folk-rock legends Fairport Convention, completed a 30-date nationwide tour in their own right and performed at two of Britain’s largest acoustic music festivals - Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention.

Aside from their work together, both Katriona and Jamie are in high demand as session musicians and have played on several acclaimed albums. Katriona has previously toured as part of Tiny Tin Lady and with Rosie Doonan's Snapdragons and recently joined the newly reformed Albion Band, while Jamie has played with young English traditionalists Kerfuffle since 2007.
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HICKS & GOULBOURN
Fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Steve Hicks and singer songwriter Lynn Goulbourn met at a gig in 2007.  With a mutual love of folk, roots and acoustic genres, their musical partnership has flourished and taken them to all corners of the UK, to Germany and the USA. They thrive on the creative process of stretching established boundaries and perform mesmeric arrangements of traditional, contemporary and self – penned songs and music. Expect the unexpected ....
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JAMES CHADWICK
James Chadwick, finalist in BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award for 2006, is an astonishingly accomplished singer-songwriter. His dazzling bluesy guitar-playing and hauntingly beautiful songs make his live performances spellbinding. James is a songwriter who cites influences from Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Nic Jones, Radiohead, Steve Knightley and Robert Johnson to Rachmaninov.

This year James’s support slots have included opening for Jim Moray, for Chumbawamba, for Rachel Unthank and The Winterset and for Karine Polwart. James has also performed on several Folkwit Records tours.

"... a lad I admire greatly myself; he writes brilliant songs." Mike Harding

"Lovely fully formed songs, rich singing and really sharp guitar playing. A bit like Nick Drake meets Nic Jones... Great." Karine Polwart.
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  THE SCARLET JACKS
Formed in March 2011, the duo brings together singer/songwriter Greg McDonald's award-winning narrative songs and fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner's breathtaking musicianship. As a songwriter Greg has won awards from Rolling Stone and been called "inspired" by The Times. His debut album “Stranger at the Door” was Q magazine’s highest rated independent album of 2009, while 2011’s follow up “Tomorrow England” was called "one of the most complete albums in years" by fRoots. Gemma Gayner's virtuosic skill across genres from folk to jazz to classical has taken her from Deptford jazz cellars to major folk festival stages and seen her called a "powerhouse instrumentalist" by fRoots. Between them Greg and Gemma have worked with Show of Hands, and shared stages with everyone from Seth Lakeman to The Pogues.
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  THE WILLOWS
The Willows are a folk roots band from Cambridge. Regularly compared to the likes of Alison Krauss & Union Station and Laura Marling, their musical style pulls influence from both Americana and UK Folk traditions. Fronted by the stunningly distinctive voice of Jade Ward (formerly Jade Rhiannon), supported by rich vocal harmonies and sensitive acoustic musicianship, The Willows have a distinctively refreshing sound that continues to captivate and inspire audiences everywhere they go.

Formed in spring 2010, the band comprise of husband and wife, Cliff and Jade Ward, sister Prue Ward, uni housemate Stephen MacLachlan and an unexpected find in the free-ads, Ben Savage. The band have spent their formative years plying their trade in numerous folk and acoustic clubs all over the UK, supporting the likes of LAU, Uiscedwr, Rory McLeod, and Boo Hewerdine along the way. 2011 saw the band release their self-titled debut EP, receiving favourable reviews and airplay on Folk Radio UK, and BBC Regional Radio. Following a sold out EP launch party, and then standout performances at Cambridge Folk Festival and Ely Folk Festival that summer, the band set about recording their first full-length release later that year, issuing a sneak preview of the future record in the form of the video Absent Friends. The album Beneath Our Humble Soil has just been released and has received rave reviews.
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The CAN House Band
The CAN House Band features singer/songwriters Bernard Hoskin, John Meed, Dave Streatfield and Rhys Wilson covering songs by people such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, The Band, The Beatles, Elton John, Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce and more.
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PAULA WOLFE
Paula Wolfe may be slotted into the female singer songwriter category but she constantly pushes that boundary, not only through her solo performances, where her dynamic guitar playing, incredible voice and solid stage presence do indeed ‘command your attention’ (peoplesound.com) but also in her recorded work where she creates a sound that forms a beautiful backdrop to her songs which seem to have that rare quality of drawing you in to listen to the point of dropping everything else.

A stark realism emerges from the themes and characters in her songs. With a spotlight on characters living on the fringes, she tells urban tales about joyriders, bored kids on unfashionable street corners, faces hardened by struggling too much and drinking too much. But she also sings about love with an idealism that takes her narrators far above a somewhat harsh reality.
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SAID THE MAIDEN
Said The Maiden are Jess Distill (vocals, flute, whistles, ukulele), Hannah Elizabeth (vocals, violin, accordion, mandolin) and Kathy Pilkinton (vocals, guitar, clarinet).  They are an award winning folk trio based in Hertfordshire who sing traditional and contemporary English, Irish and American folk songs, creating their own arrangements often in acapella three-part harmony.

Since forming in 2011 they soon secured support and headline slots at folk clubs around the country which in turn led to opportunities to support many fantastic artists including The Fisherman's Friends, Jim Moray, Megson, Martin Carthy, Hannah James and Sam Sweeney, and Clannad. In 2013 they released their debut EP 'Come Hither' which was met with many positive reviews. Their debut album, “A Curious Tale” was released in 2014, receiving fantastic reviews from the likes of R2 magazine, Fatea, and Bright Young Folk. 2014 also saw them join Dave Swarbrick on a successful UK tour.

"Their harmonies are extraordinary!"  -Dave Swarbrick
"I think it's brilliant!" - Mike Harding
"A great act." - Clannad
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MICHAEL BERK
For the last 10 years Michael Berk has been stunning audiences around the UK, performing over 200 shows with little more than a guitar and the occasional percussionist.
London's famous 12 Bar Club calls him "one of the few truly gifted acoustic guitar players around… a true virtuoso". Michael has already been compared to the likes of Michael Hedges, Adrian Legg and Preston Reed, and the intricate compositions on his debut CD "Organized Chaos" certainly invite comparisons with these masters. The album displays technical mastery, a robust, commanding acoustic guitar tone and a passion for the sensitive side of guitar playing. His new album "Unashamedly Questionable" has taken his playing and composing to a new level.
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  POLLY BARRETT
Polly Barrett, the new jewel of Irish folk-pop, recently released her debut album 'Mr. Bookshop' to much critical acclaim in the UK and Ireland.  

Polly's mellow, folksy songs and clear, easy voice reflect her love of nature and matters of the heart. The album 'Mr. Bookshop' has drawn comparisons with songstresses such as Nanci Griffith, Mary Black, Kate Rusby and Norah Jones, while its collection of beautifully crafted songs draw influence from artists like Joni Mitchell and John Martyn.  

Polly's debut single and title track from the album, ‘Mr. Bookshop’, was chosen by international music industry bible, Music Week, for inclusion on their 'Sounds of Ireland' CD and the album has received excellent support from both national and regional radio in both the UK and Ireland. Over the past 6 months Polly has been lucky enough to open for artists such as Agnes Obel, Chris Wood, Julie Felix, and Roddy Woomble on their tour dates. She has also appeared at a number of UK festivals and looks set to be a regular on the UK Festival circuit in 2013.

"Polly's debut collection really triumphs!" - Irish World  
'Mr. Bookshop is a fine introduction to a real talent ' - Hot Press Magazine
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THE BLACK FEATHERS
Formed in 2012, The Black Feathers have been touring the country, captivating audiences with songs of love, life and death.To date they have supported many signed artists such as Luke Concannon (Nizlopi), Isambard Folk Award winners Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Ben Otterwell (Gomez), and CMA award winner Pete Kennedy. Support slots confirmed for the next few months include Blue Rose Code, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, and Ahab.They have played many festivals including Cambridge Folk festival and Maverick Festival.They have also embarked on a well received 8 date tour in and around Nashville, Tennessee, earning themselves a growing fan base in the US as well as the UK.
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ADRIAN NATION
Adrian is an exceptional singer, songwriter and guitarist with influences that include Richard Thompson, Mark Knopfler, Bruce Cockburn and Isaac Guillory. His love of nature, travel, mountains and the sea all shine through in his well-crafted songs accompanied by a guitar style that is infectious, rhythmic and uplifting.
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  KATIE BUCKHAVEN
In Spring 2004, unknown singer-songwriter Katie Buckhaven sent a demo of her music to Sir Michael Parkinson. Armed with nothing more than a beautiful voice and evocative songs, this was a long-shot but Katie became the first unsigned artist to be played on Parkinson’s Sunday morning Radio 2 show.

Shortly after this Katie released her debut album and received a 4 star review in The Guardian, and The Mail on Sunday described her voice as ‘outstanding’, regarding her as ‘a successor to Katie Melua, Eva Cassidy and Dido’. Katie has a unique and haunting voice, and her sound is a seductive blend of ethereal, melodic folk rock and heartbreaking ballads. Katie continues to enthral UK audiences, and has toured Europe, enchanting audiences in Paris, Berlin and Seville with her own songs and standards in French, Spanish and Italian.
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MY GIRL THE RIVER
Created by Kris Wilkinson Hughes, My Girl The River was born out of a song. 'The Last Song' was the first song written for this americana, alt country, folk and roots project. Kris, hailing from Louisiana (and having lived in Jackson, MS and Nashville, TN) and English bassist Joe Hughes, have created a gorgeous collection of songs. As one fan responded 'it's like a delicately passionate love letter to the American South, soulfully crafted into something really special. Kris  has a voice like sugared espresso, low and evocative with a sweet aftertaste and her eloquently confessional lyrics hit you right in the heart.'

It is mainly inspired by Kris' upbringing in the American Deep South, bringing to life anecdotes, half-truths, white lies and fables. Ranging from alt-country and folk to Americana and roots, it ticks every box.
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My Girl The River

ADRIANA
Adriana's music is what she would call Americana-Celtica - a curious slant on the Americana and singer/songwriter genres, going beyond the usual with her unique, soaring vocals and evocative lyrics. She has worked this style into a diverse range of songs, from the introspective to all-out rock and roll. Working entirely independently, Adriana has already taken her music into Europe and the US, as well as having performed extensively in her native Scotland.

"Adriana’s voice has that floaty, dreamy touch to it that makes it oh so appealing... the songs venture into deep, thought provoking notions which are beautifully written."
- Maverick Magazine
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RACHEL MARI KIMBER
Rachel has spent the last few years gigging in and around her home town of Cardiff and South Wales building a strong reputation for her unique voice, insightful lyrics and skilful guitar playing which have led to comparisons with Jewel and Alanis Morrisette. A highlight of her career to date was performing to 50,000 people at the Manic Street Preachers concert at the Millennium Stadium. "one of the holy trinity of the UK acoustic movement" - Uncut magazine.
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GARETH LEE & ANNIE BAYLIS
Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis are an up and coming acoustic folk duo from the South of Cornwall; they have been performing together for about 18 months and have been winning acclaim from both local and national sources including Folk Radio and Radio 2 Folk Award winners Lau.

They have also been busy playing non-stop supporting the likes of Emily & The Woods, Bellowhead, George Ezra and Leonard Cohen’s favourites The Webb Sisters. Over the summer they have racked up the miles with plenty of festival appearances including Leopallooza, Boardmasters, Purbeck Folk, Port Eliot, Galtres, Parklands, Looe, and Bicton Fest. They were also personally invited to play on the Emerging Talent Stage at LauLand at the Sage in Gateshead.

"It’s a real pleasure to champion such fine talent, these are a duo you really want to keep an eye on" - Alex Gallacher, Folk Radio UK
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Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis

KISS THE MISTRESS
Kiss The Mistress is a trio whose sound has been described as 'exciting', 'mysterious', and 'really different'. The unique combination of cello/voice (Ginny Davis) and chromatic button accordion (John Ramirez) underpinned by the driving rhythmical counterpoint of bodhran (Roy Jones) creates music that is both unique and engaging. Their tunes are tightly and intelligently arranged, delivered with the passion and fire associated with Gaelic music. Their influences come from Brittany, Scotland, the Balkans, Cape Breton and Ireland, and their rapidly growing repertoire of self penned material reflect these diverse musics.




JON GOMM
Armed with just a guitar Jon Gomm from Leeds creates the sound of a whole band by beating out driving drums, grooving basslines and sparkling melodies simultaneously. His original songs are influenced by everything from jazz-funk to blues-rock to drum 'n' bass while his cover versions transport old songs to totally new places. He has opened for some of the most-respected names on the acoustic circuit such as Tommy Emmanuel (Australia), Nick Harper and Woody Mann (USA).
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CATHY BURTON
After nearly a decade of writing songs and studying music Cathy's self-produced debut album was released last year and revealed a writer and performer of great promise with a strong commercial sound. She has supported Delirious? on tour, recorded with Elton John producer Gus Dudgeon and worked with Paul Stathan, writer of Dido's hit "Here With Me". She is now established as one this country's most gifted singer/songwriters.
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DOUG HODGE
Best known as one of this country's finest actors Doug only began performing his songs in the Oxford area over the last couple of years where he has built a strong reputation for lashing out his own particular brand of poignant satire. His songs range from the hilarious Woodie Guthrie-esque ‘ I think I’m living next door to a Terrorist’ to the full belt heartbroken ‘This Civil War’ - surveying the wreckage of a relationship. He is a singer songwriter with a clutch of new songs full of yearning, dripping with feeling and take no prisoner lyrics.
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LEONARDO
Singer/songwriter from Chicago who tours extensively throughout the U.S performing at folk clubs, festivals and coffeehouses. "..a modern version of the great masters like Tom Rush, Tom Paxton, and Fred Neil." - Rootstown Magazine, USA, "...A true treat of modern, adult, acoustic balladry" - Cincinnati City Beat.
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  ALEX BERGER
London’s very own trans-Atlantic songsmith, Alex Berger embraces an immeasurable talent for song-writing resulting in an astonishing rise to prominence that shows little sign of abating. The release of his debut LP “Snow Globe” drew acclaim from every conceivable angle. An iTunes favourite, on both sides of the Atlantic, Berger capitalised on this fledgling success the only way he knew how - taking to the road. As we enter 2011, Alex has played countless shows across the UK, Europe and New York City .
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MARK BROWNING (OX)
Ox is Mark Browning from Canada who springs from a folk background and has a sound cultivated in the fertile soils of the Canadian and American heartland, with the experience of miles of highway, years of greyhound bus touring, and a multitude of adventure, Woody Guthrie style to draw upon. What has emerged is a reflection of middle-America - where trash and beauty meet. An ‘ox’ show is an eclectic performance which will leave a distinct flavour of dust in your mouth. "With a voice broken, weary and elegant, Vancouver songman Ox plys a sensitive but scuffed, delicate but twisted variant on the cracked alt-country thing. ... he is a significant talent" - Time Out.
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JESS MORGAN
Singer-songwriter Jess Morgan makes roots music that is a half-way-house between British Folk music and Americana. She is a narrative songwriter and aims to pack as much power and intrigue into simple melodic stances as possible. Jess has a distinct voice and style and an approach to song-writing that is extremely evocative and much of her repertoire involves plots and characters anchored in real places and times. Jess has been championed by DJ Steve Lamacq and has toured with Ben Taylor and done support slots for Teddy Thompson, Megson, Lau and others.

"Every so often you come across a little gem like this!" - Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2
"Catchy and Melodic with a roots edge" - Acoustic Magazine
"Gorgeous country folk" – Guardian
"Vivid original imagery and a gently plaintive voice make this album a treat" – fROOTS
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CARA WINTER
Influenced by musicians such as Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos, 19-year old Cara’s song writing draws on her studies in English, Philosophy and Religious Ethics for inspiration. After finishing her A-levels in 2004 she began work on her first album "Butterfly". Featuring 10 songs written during the previous year, she is joined on the album by a number of friends on cello, percussion and voice. Cara’s music has been described as "atmospheric, emotional and evocative, a fairytale told with a mature and compelling voice".

She has performed regularly around the Bishops Stortford and Cambridge area as well as in London and has recently supported Amy Wadge and Rickie Ross (Deacon Blue) and headlined at the Stortford Music Festival. Cara is currently working on songs for a second album.
"a heartening and memorable debut that delivers much and promises even more" ­ Toby Allanson (Observer)
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PIEFINGER
One of London’s more absorbing acoustic acts, the countryfolk harmony band ‘Piefinger’, deliver their unique blend of poetic lyrics, intriguing melodies and three-part harmonies to a increasingly wider audience.

‘The band have been pulling large and excitable crowds to their London shows for the last couple of years,’ says Rich Barnard in his EP review for Acoustic Music website, the Virtually Acoustic Club (www.thevac.co.uk). With their mixture of ‘wry lyrics, infectious violin pizzicato and a trademark slow build-crescendo-aftershock arrangement, their vocal harmony and counterpoint often scrapes the genius of the Indigo Girls’ inspired interplays.

The band formed initially as a duo in Vienna when acoustic singer-songwriter Glynne Steele met vocalist Jana Carpenter whilst working at the English Theatre. In the subsequent three years, the band has steadily evolved into a dynamic and original fourpiece with the addition of classical violinist Rachel Steadman and singer-songwriter David Sherwood on bass. More recently, the band have also added percussion to the mix.

Piefinger have released two EPs under their own label – ‘Here inside the night’ (2004) and ‘Time alone’ (2005). Their first album, 'Where You Might Go' is due for release in July 2006. ‘What’s most impressive is that Piefinger refuse to take refuge in the lush array of sounds they are able to make,’ continues Barnard. ‘There are no duff lyrics swept under gorgeous vocal scrunches or flashy string runs, although both of the latter are on offer in the right places.
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DAVID BERKELEY
This young singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY is often compared to Nick Drake, Tim Buckley and Donovan due to his emotive, airy vocals and generally pensive qualities. He crafts his songs like watercolor paintings - intimate and introspective, his gentle yet colourful melodies are graceful and resonate long after the last note fades.

Rolling Stone magazine described his voice as "sweeter than incense and peppermints." Billboard magazine said "Berkeley may have what it takes to win wide appeal... his melodies are fresh and sweet...his lyrics, often captivating."

"Berkeley sings in a lustrous melancholy voice...as his melodies ascend to become benedictions and consolations, the music shimmers and peals." - The New York Times
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ABI MOORE
Singer/songwriter Abi has played intimate venues from her home town to festivals and stadiums of 15,000 people: including the London Palladium in 2002, BBC 6 Radio Summer Sundae Weekender in 2004 and The Huddersfield Galpharm Stadium in 2005. She sings, plays guitar, piano, violin and mandolin and released her critically acclaimed debut album of original material "The Aftermath of '96" in 2006, along with a CGI video to the single "The Prophecy (Part I)." Her heartrending lyrics are wrapped up neatly inside a nostalgic melody, delivering a package that leaves her audiences breathless. She has opened for the likes of Midge Ure, Jim Moray, Lau, Jonatha Brooke, Edwina Hayes and the Coal Porters. She is supporting 10CC on their current tour.
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  TOM GAMBLE
Tom is a young guitarist from London whose live performances have been praised for his displays of virtuosity and musicianship. Ranging from jazz to folk to world music via classical, he has performed and recorded at some of the most renowned venues. Currently a student at Trinity College of Music he is building up a reputation on the acoustic and guitar music scene. 
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  LUKE JACKSON
Luke is a young Roots Singer/Songwriter from Canterbury who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category.  With a bold, distinctive voice and a sweet, percussive guitar style, Luke is a confident and captivating live performer. He was also winner of Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year 2014”.

Over the past few years he has steadily been developing a reputation for himself in the Folk & Roots circuits either through his solo shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Show of  Hands, Steve Knightley, Martyn Joseph, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, Paul Brady, Glen Tilbrook, Sarah Jarosz and Lucy Ward

He has also completed two short tours of Scotland, which this year included playing at both the highly regarded Belladrum and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
He has recenty undertaken his first tour of Europe taking in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.  This was followed by a prestigious support slot on the Marillion tour to end 2014 and he has started 2015 with a series of joint headline shows with Amy Wadge.

His debut album ‘More Than Boys’ produced by the acclaimed Welsh Singer-Songwriter Martyn Joseph was released in 2012 to great reviews, as was the follow up ‘Fumes and Faith’ in early 2014.  This record was co-produced by Luke with Cardiff based American producer Mason Neely and further reflects his development as both a writer and performer.

"Reminds me of Jeff Buckley, which can only be a good thing" - Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2
“an outstanding heir to the likes of Richard Thompson and Martin Simpson” 
- Acoustic magazine

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THE CHAPLINS
The Chaplins are a rootsy/Americana band based in Glasgow, Scotland. They were 2014 winners of The Danny Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections.

The brainchild of Jill and Lisa, they formed in 2012 as a project that brought together their musical influences to create something unique. Shortly after forming they were asked to join the much-loved Runrig on their Re-Wired tour which saw them playing to audiences in sold out concert halls and arenas across the UK and Europe. The Chaplins won the hearts of many thousands and were Runrig's most successful support act to date, selling out of their debut EP 'Introducing The Chaplins'. Since then they have been touring extensively around the UK and developing a fast growing fan base. Their fan base extends far beyond the UK thanks to support from both local and BBC Radio.

Jill has produced perfectly crafted, meaningful songs with unforgettable melodies and poignant lyrics. With influences ranging from Emmylou Harris to Stevie Wonder, Alison Krauss to Ray LaMontagne, The Chaplins are strong believers that a good song is a good song no matter what the genre.
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The Chaplins

JASON HAKIN (Canada)
Hakin's talent as a multi-instrumentalist has resulted in a sound that is highly melodic and instrumentally diverse, gaining comparisons to artists like Ron Sexsmith, Radiohead and Paul McCartney. Jason's songs are as memorable, lovely and wistfully melancholy as anything this side of Ron Sexsmith.

Released in the fall of 2007 under Saturnine Records, "Writing Home" is the first major full-length release for this Ontario born songwriter. The songs "Warm", "Listless" and "Stars" were released as singles in early 2006 and generated considerable interest in the album's impending release. Subsequent shows in Canada, England and France fostered a trans Atlantic fan base and an enthusiastic reception to the full length album.

"Startlingly compelling pop" - Scene Magazine.
"There is multi-level, smart, dreamy pop in these four love songs. I've been listening to Jason's single Warm over and over. - The London Free Press.




LIZ RYDER
Born in Bellflower, Los Angeles in 1981 to Greek-American and Anglo-Welsh parents, Liz has lived for most of her life in the English Midlands and is a truly versatile folk/contemporary artist. Much of her music and lyrics is her own original work though traditional songs often feature in her performances. Her multi-instrumental skills add atmosphere and texture to her solo work, and her distinctive, bell-like vocals easily encompass the demands of her varied material. Her latest album "On the Neon Highway" fulfills the promise of her earlier recordings amd marks this young singer/songwriter as a name to watch out for. "This clearly talented multi-instrumentalist/singer is the latest in the Kate Rusby/Bill Jones continuum" - Froots magazine




ALL THINGS CONSIDERED
'Folk Fusion' is probably the closest you will get in trying to define the sound of Berkshire 5 piece All Things Considered. Led by vocalist Emma Baldwin - whose haunting tones have been likened to Natalie Merchant, the band comprise driving fiddle player Gethin Webster, intricate acoustic guitarist Adrian Holden, soaring cello from Andrew Richardson and the groove based, almost tribal percussion of Phil Daniels. Their bold sound and wide musical influences make them both a distinctive, yet very accessible act - with their music reaching a diverse audience.

The last few years have seen the band record and self promote two full studio albums, tour all over the country and have their music played on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, multiple regional folk and acoustic shows and radio shows and podcasts in the USA.
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AMY NEWTON
Since launching her new album, "Lost for Words", this former Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts student has made ardent strides towards a successful solo career. In this album Amy manages to weave poignant life-path lyrics, through a weighty collection of heartfelt tribulations. Her eclectic style, fused with an insanely dextrous guitar capability, has put her in the arena of festival gigs, including Glastonbury, Goldcoast Oceanfest and Llama. "A clutch of appealing sel-penned songs, sensual voice, impressive rhythm guitar and warm engaging personality. Amy Newton has the whole package" - North Devon Journal
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ASKEW SISTERS
The Askew Sisters are a young fiddle and melodeon duo, playing and singing traditional English music in a dynamic and exciting style. Their sheer energy and musicality is quickly leading them to become one of the up and coming stars of the new English music revival. From their rhythmic, foot stomping tunes, to Hazel’s powerful songs and ballads, they win fans wherever they play.

They have been Semi-Finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and won the New Roots competition 2005. After releasing their debut E.P. “Six By Two” on WildGoose Records last autumn they have enjoyed a year of gigging, the highlights of which include: Sidmouth FolkWeek, Cheltenham Folk Festival, and a joint tour of the North-East with XYZ. Their playing is always guaranteed to engage the audience and their enjoyment and love for the music is infectious.
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  ROXANNE DE BASTION
Roxanne de Bastion is a London based singer/ songwriter who was born and raised in Berlin where she started performing her own material at the age of 15. Her songwriting is heavily influenced by the music of the 1960s and has been aligned to Bob Dylan, Ray Davies as well as current singer/songwriters such as Regina Spektor and Fiona Apple. In 2012 she recorded her first LP "The Real Thing" with producer Gordon Raphael (The Strokes / Regina Spektor) - it is set for release on Nomad Songs on April 19th, 2013.

"One of the most perfect voices I have ever heard!" - Tom Whalley, BBC 6
"If you ever get a chance to go see her live – definitely do!" - BBC Introducing
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  RIVERS OF ENGLAND
Rivers of England are led by Rob Spalding, a highly talented singer songwriter armed with an awe-inspiring voice capable of sending shivers down your spine. Their timeless songs are reminiscent of the Nick Drake/John Martyn era but with positive and provoking sentiment and using lush Rhodes keyboard and melodious string section they create a pastoral yet modern sound. Joining Rob tonight will be Bill Owsley on double bass and Chris Chislett on keyboards.
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RIC NEALE
A singer/songwriter based in Leeds who has been performing his own solo material for a year or so now. His excellent debut album 'Ric Neale Hasn't Heard Of You Either' was recorded last summer and since then he has been touring to promote it, both on his own and with his backing band. web site



SJ MORTIMER
SJ Mortimer is a singer songwriter from Cambridge, England with a twist - a Country twist. Always a country fan her influences include Eagles, KT Tunstall, Alison Krauss and Sheryl Crowe and in 2014 she fulfilled a longstanding ambition when she went to Nashville to record her debut album. After two months of sleeping on sofas, grabbing studio down time and  begging favours from session musicians the result was an album called “Nashville Sessions”.
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SJ Mortimer

DAN RAZA
Hailing from the Shires but latterly residing in the thriving hub of East London, 22-year old Dan has carved himself a place at the heart of the acoustic singer-songwriter scene. With an impassioned melodic stance bolstered by an occasional smattering of fiddle and banjo and a dose of honky-tonk blues harmonica, his sound evokes imagery that would not look out of place in the annals of pre-war Britain nor antebellum USA, yet his lyrical observations are acute and timely. Folk is the umbrella term under which he shelters, although undeniably his dark and introspective side has been touched by great bluesmen such as John Lee Hooker and his sensibility flecked by the likes of Miles Davis, Gram Parsons, and Richard Thompson.

Former frontman of hip scenesters The Sunbirds, Dan Raza has played all over the world as a solo performer singing songs of hard work, injustice, disillusionment and fond farewells. Audience reaction has been almost overwhelming at times, from rollicking, foot-stompers such as 'Who's That Knocking?' - a tale of time catching up to the plaintive and heartfelt message of 'Every Little Dog,' an informed and acute study of the motives behind London's infamous July 7 bombings which has been featured on Neil Young's Living With War website where it has enjoyed thousands of plays.




IRENE RAE
Irene Rae has toured up and down the UK, supporting the likes of Midge Ure, Hazel O'Connor, John Power, The Levellers and Declan Bennett, to name but a few. Her style and lyrics have been compared to Nora Jones, Natalie Merchant, Eddi Reader, Lisa Loeb and Bic Runga – whilst remaining uniquely her own.
 
In 2009 Rae released her first album "End of Nothing, Beginning of Something", having produced three EPs previously.  ''Hidden Secret'' draws on personal experiences and showcases a new reflective maturity in voice and lyrics. 2015 bears witness to Rae’s return to both gigs and studio with its release.
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HANNAH SCOTT
Hannah is a young singer/songwriter who began performing in late 2005 at her local acoustic nights in Suffolk. In 2006 she released her debut album, “Till Angels Fall”. The musicians on the album include Mark Flanagan, guitarist with Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

"Heartfelt material, a distinctive voice and wonderful piano playing make Hannah a unique talent" - Steven Foster, BBC Radio Suffolk




GUS MACGREGOR
Gus MacGregor is the former front man of Loman and is an accomplished singer/songwriter whose style has been compared to Paul Simon, Don McLean, Damian Rice and Bob Dylan. As an actor he was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2000. Since then he been writing, performing and recording with a range of artists including Judie Tzuke, KD Lang, Ray Lamontagne, Nizlopi and Glen Tillbrook.

"Intelligent songwriting of the highest order. New folk has never sounded so good." - Folking.com

"[Gus's] knack for an unusual metaphor, spine-tingling harmony or heart-breaking lyric won’t let you go." - Nottingham Evening Post.




LISA REDFORD
Although she seemed set for pop stardom early in her career this singer/songwriter from Norwich is now playing acoustically as a solo artist and recording her own songs. "The brilliant Lisa Redford combines acoustic sensibilities, a unique melodic style and stunning vocals" - Norfolk & Norwich fringe festival."brilliant! Lisa has a great voice" - Glenn Tilbrook, Squeeze
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RAMBLING VALENTINES
London-based trio Rambling Valentines developed from a musical collaboration between Glyn Hawke (guitars, vocals) and Bronwyn Ormsby (vocals). They were inspired by an ability to blend their voices to create inventive, even seductive harmonies and a shared love of acoustic music.

The addition of multi-instrumentalist Trevor Hyett (banjo, mandola, mandocello, tenor guitar) completed the lineup, enabling them to express some of their favourite songs through the use of blended harmonies, a range of warm-toned acoustic instruments and to explore understatement and space in their arrangements. They enjoy reinterpreting songs by artists such as Laura Marling, K. T. Tunstall, Gillian Welch, Joni Mitchell, Leann Rimes and Sandy Denny.

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Rambling Valentines


LEE WESTWOOD
Lee Westwood is a Brighton-based guitarist and composer who exploits the instrument's many facets to create eclectic modern lullabies for the steel strung acoustic guitar, using new dynamics and approaches in his pieces.

Lee's debut album "To Sleep (Farewell Songs)", released in 2006, was met with rave reviews with Guitarist Magazine describing him as "...an emerging acoustic instrumentalist with blazing technique, ensuring the fingerpicking tradition remains in safe hands." Acoustic Magazine called him "...a brilliantly talented young artist, with a broad palette of styles mixed seamlessly together"
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FRED'S HOUSE
Fred’s House are a five piece band based in Cambridge, their sound is a pendulum that swings between 70's inspired Folk-rock, West Coast, Country and the more contemporary Alt-folk-pop sounds of the UK. The songs feature boy / girl vocals,  three-part harmonies, delicate and sometimes rocking guitars, lending themselves to comparisons to The Civil Wars, Of Monsters and Men, The Swell Season and Fleetwood Mac and among their many influences are bands such as The Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, C.S.N.Y., and Fairport Convention.

Fred's House are making a real name for themselves on the UK Folk and Indie scene, and "are set to be the band to watch this year" ***** Female First Magazine. They have just released their new single "Fine Life" to critical acclaim, including For Folk Sake's Track of the Day, grabbing 4 and 5 star reviews across the board as well as emphatic local press.
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Fred's House
  DAN WILDE
Dan Wilde has been performing his own brand of richly observant folk both in the UK and around the world for the past five years. And in that time, he’s developed a growing fan-base and a reputation amongst those who know as "a fantastic songwriting talent who without a doubt will deserve and demand your attention” (Eclectically Challenged).

Two albums in, the evidence is clear he’s an extraordinary songsmith, while his ‘stunning’ guitar playing (Maverick Magazine) has led to an endorsement from Fylde guitars. Previous releases, ’This Is The Place’ (2010) and ‘With Fire in Mind’ (2013), have cemented his reputa-tion and he is currently putting the finishing touches to a third album, ‘Rhythm on the City Wall’.

Dan’s words have been described as “deeply personal and introspective but engrossing and charismatic” (Folkwords) and they reflect his peripatetic restlessness. Originally from Blackpool, Dan now lives in Cambridge — but his wanderlust has taken him touring through the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and the Czech Republic. He has recently returned from a six-month stint in Russia, where he recorded large chunks of his forthcoming release.

In the last two years he has supported Ethan Johns, Cara Dillon, Karine Polwart, Sam Carter, John Smith and Martin Taylor to name a few, and performed at some of the UK’s best-loved folk festivals — Cambridge Folk Festival, Kendal Calling, Beverley Festival and Galtres.

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KELLY OLIVER
Kelly Oliver is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player who is influenced mainly by acoustic music and traditional Irish folk music. She has been played five times on BBC Radio 2 – her latest three singles have been played on The Folk Show and Bob Harris’s Sunday Show. She has gained three plays on BBC 6 Music, for her last two singles, Jericho and Rio.

Her debut album This Land attracted a 4* review from The Telegraph and inclusion in their top Folk Albums of 2014. She has won an Emerging Excellence award from Help Musicians UK to fund her debut album which went on to gain an Album of the Year award from Folkwords and nomination in Debut Album of the Year from FATEA.

She has been reviewed live by The Times, who said she was successfully ‘blending traditional values with bold indie pop sensibility’ and Bob Harris has said she is an ‘emerging voice in British Folk’ and that she offers ‘beautiful new music’.
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Kelly Oliver


GERARD & THE WATCHMEN
Usurping the standard folk formula and carving a niche of their own, Dave Gerard and the Watchmen have a habit of grabbing what ever instrument comes to hand — be it guitar, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, harp… — retuning it and going from there. With rich harmonies meeting melody full on, Gerard and the Watchmen could be the next alt folk heroes.
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JACQUI AND GEOFF BAND
Jacqui and Geoff play clever songs about life, love and snakes, alternating between delicately tugging at your heart-strings and ripping them out with ditties about stalkers, drinking and ageing Casanovas. Creating a style that meanders between folk, nu-folk and indie-pop, they met when they were both starting out as solo artists in Cambridge and Ely and decided to join forces. They’ve since established themselves as a regular feature in and around the cities.

Their debut EP of wry folk-pop with delicious vocal harmonies was released in December 2009, following which they recruited a rhythm section to beef up their sound and continue their gentle rise to world domination through acoustic pop. The band’s first full-length album “T-shirts with arrogant slogans” was released in Spring 2012, mixing a range of acoustic and electric styles.
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Jacqui and Geoff

THE COACH HOUSE COMPANY
Since their formation at university in late 2010, five-piece folk band The Coach House Company are rapidly becoming known for their uplifting and wholesome sound through dynamic live performances in London and Cambridge. Inspired by the folk heritage of the British Isles, the band fuses traditional jigs, reels and folksongs with rich harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and compelling upbeat rhythms to create a unique folk expression. Original compositions and arrangements form the core of the band’s repertoire, which is also infused with influences from the classical and jazz domains.

The band is made up of Maya Amin-Smith (vocals/violin/mandolin), Patrick Milne (vocals/guitar), Héloïse Werner (vocals/cello), Marianne Schofield (vocals/double bass) and Colin Danskin (vocals/trumpet). The Coach House Company have recently performed at, amongst others, TV Nights at Ronnie Scott’s, the ADC Theatre in Cambridge, where they were described as ‘musically excellent’ in a five-star review from Varsity. 2014 saw the band undertake a solo performance at Cecil Sharp House, where their debut EP was launched.
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Coach House Company

FERN TEATHER BAND
Fern Teather is a young singer/songwriter, who played her first gig in Cambridge Folk Festival's Club Tent in 2011, and has been relentlessly gigging ever since. She draws upon an eclectic mix of predominantly acoustic folk influences including Suzanne Vega, Laura Marling and Fleetwood Mac. Now playing with her band, Carl Scott on acoustic bass and Sam Thurlow on cajon & bongos, she is taking her music to an ever increasing number of venues and festivals across East Anglia.

“A fantastic young artist, with an enchanting and infectious song-writing style” -Tom Simkins (BBC)
“Fern’s tone belies her youth and her lyrics are honest and from the heart” -Maverick Magazine
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Fern Teather

MEGHAN SALETTA
Meghan Saletta grew up in Chicago. When she wrote her first song at age 16 her passion for creating music took off leading Meghan to Nashville in 2008 to pursue a career in music. She has performed at numerous venues in Chicago and Nashville and has released a variety of projects on iTunes, including her debut EP, “Reminded” (2011) and singles “I’ll Love You” (2012) and “The Good The Bad The Ugly & You” (2013).
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Meghan Saletta

AL LINDSAY & OLI ARDITI
With a playing style strongly reminiscent of John Martyn's 'Solid Air’ days and a writing style heavily influenced by the same, with generous helpings of Todd Rundgren, Joni Mitchell, World Party and Nick Drake, Al's true calling has always been the live performance of his original jazz, blues and folk tinged set. Al is joined by Oli Arditi on bass.

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SAID THE MAIDEN
Said The Maiden are Jess Distill (vocals, flute, whistles, ukulele), Hannah Elizabeth (vocals, violin, accordion, mandolin) and Kathy Pilkinton (vocals, guitar, clarinet).  They are an award winning folk trio based in Hertfordshire who sing traditional and contemporary English, Irish and American folk songs, creating their own arrangements often in acapella three-part harmony.

Since forming in 2011 they soon secured support and headline slots at folk clubs around the country which in turn led to opportunities to support many fantastic artists including The Fisherman's Friends, Jim Moray, Megson, Martin Carthy, Hannah James and Sam Sweeney, and Clannad. In 2013 they released their debut EP 'Come Hither' which was met with many positive reviews. Their debut album, “A Curious Tale” was released in 2014, receiving fantastic reviews from the likes of R2 magazine, Fatea, and Bright Young Folk. 2014 also saw them join Dave Swarbrick on a successful UK tour.

"Their harmonies are extraordinary!"  -Dave Swarbrick
"I think it's brilliant!" - Mike Harding
"A great act." - Clannad
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