“A night of eclectic, contemporary folk is promised as the legendary Charlie Dore presents her 10th album, joined by long-time collaborator Julian Littman of Steeleye Span. Her own music is best described as eclectic, contemporary folk/roots with crunchy lyrics. And she still reinvents versions of her own worldwide hit, Pilot of the Airwaves – always a crowd pleaser!
Multi-award winner Charlie Dore brings a genre-defying evening of ‘intriguingly other’ eclectic, contemporary, rootsy, folk – bursting with earworms and crunchy lyrics.
Frank Burkitt Band
“Frank is a story teller, songwriter, singer and guitarist. He has been performing for the last 15 years throughout the UK, New Zealand, Australia and North America. His entertaining, rambling anecdotes aim to give the audience more of a connection with his songs. American roots music with hints of jazz, blues and swing very much shape his music.
This album prompted a Vodafone NZ Music Award for Best Folk Artist 2019″
“The breadth and depth of Reg Meuross’s material is unparalleled in contemporary folk: songs about forgotten heroes, famous names, folk legends, the climate emergency, tales from the kitchen sink and news from the world stage; if something needs to be sung about then Reg Meuross has a song for it.”
Hamell On Trial
“Armed with a battered acoustic guitar that he amplifies mightily and strums like a machine gun, a politically astute mind that can’t stop moving, and a mouth that can be profane one minute and profound the next, Hamell On Trial’s caustic wit and devil-may-care attitude has long been a favorite of anti-establishment icons Aesop Rock, Kimya Dawson, and has toured extensively with folk legend Ani DiFranco. His performances invoke thoughts of the great, rebellious satirists and social commentators of the past: Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and Bill Hicks. There’s no way around his obscenity but in that is a willingness to fight for the free thinkers of the world.
“”Bald, bold and superbad!”” – Rolling Stone magazine
”Confident and original – The Guardian ****”
Remaining true to her own unique sound and signature guitar style Ruth has performed her songs, collaborated and toured alongside legendary artists such as Ani Difranco, Dar Williams, Jane Siberry, Jeff Lang and Hamell On Trial, for sold out venues including The London Palladium, Bush Hall, The Union Chapel, The Borderline and Glastonbury Festival. Ruth has released four critically acclaimed albums to date, three released through homegrown label River Rat Recordsand the most recent, recorded in the US with producer and bassist Todd Sickafoose (Anais Mitchell/Ani Difranco). Whether seen performing solo or accompanied by her band of luscious male backing singers, drums, keys, and bass, Ruth’s unique songwriting style remains the firm focus of her energetic and passionate shows as she draws you in, makes you laugh, makes you cry and keeps you thinking long after the show is over. Ruth tours the UK, EUR and the USA this year.
“Having recieved critical acclaim for her four outstanding and unique records, you’d be crazy to miss this chance to see her” – Time Out London
Goat Roper Rodeo Band
“With just an upright bass, two old guitars and a bucketful of aching harmony, these guys are preaching ‘Country Blues’ like you never heard It’s up, it’s down, it’s soft and loud, it’s dark and lonesome too, there’s hurt and shame and some mean old pain but there’s love in what they do! There’s a hint of Gram, a sniff of Dylan and a twist of Waylon’s blues Simply put, it’s exactly what it says on the tin”
After last year’s nomination for BBC Folk Musician of the Year and the critical acclaim of ‘Incidents and Accidents’, Dan Walsh returns with highly anticipated new album ‘Verging On The Perpendicular’ and a mammoth UK and US tour, beginning in April. Regarded as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as ‘the real deal’ (UNCUT).
“For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.
`Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all’
Alden, Patterson and Dashwood
“Norwich based folk / Americana trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self- penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.
‘It’s lovely stuff’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show 2016
“A musical trio from Scotland, based in Glasgow. Drawing inspiration from both the psychedelic folk scene alive in Britain during the 1960’s and 70’s, and free form blues, they create their own compositions on harp, guitar, double bass and vocals. Their music has been compared to that of artists like Nick Drake, Pentangle, and John Martyn.
Signed to Mink Records in 2017, they travelled to the Netherlands to record their debut record at the Abbey Road Institute in Amsterdam. They have performed on BBC Scotland, and at an array of festivals and venues including Celtic Connections and Eden Festival.
The Idumea Quartet
“Blending tradition, innovation and whimsy in equal measure, The Idumea Quartet deconstruct and reassemble Appalachian folk music whilst drawing strong influences from other genres. The name derives from song number 47b in the Sacred Harp text, a fundamental source of early American traditional music. Using a classical string quartet format and coming from a shared background in traditional music, The Idumea Quartet’s debut album More Than One seeks to bring traditional repertoire into conversation with a chamber music aesthetic.”
“It’s been a gradual burning, shimmering process for the remarkable Alessi’s Ark. A name and cinematic voice which has been built upon years of experimentation, travel, resilience and triumph. Alessi has since toured extensively in the UK, Europe, US and Japan in support of her releases with M.Ward, Jenny Lewis, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, Sharon Van Etten and John Grant, amongst others.
“Called the perfectly cool combo of Lucinda Williams meets Patti Smith, Emily Duff’s street-smart poetry and vocal style conjure moods & images that seduce the listener to visit emotional vistas that entice and beguile. Her SWEET & SOUR ROCK AND ROLL WITH A GREAT BIG HIT OF COUNTRY SOUL digs deep, weaving a patchwork of sin, tragedy, romance and regret that lies at your feet begging to be mended.
“Crafted on backbone of skiffle, swing,rhythm & blues Junco Shakers bring roots music alive with a mix of our own original songs and a tip of the hat to the past”
“Ned Roberts first started gigging when living up in York, playing old folk covers and the odd Dylan tune. Not long after writing his first songs, he was discovered by producer Luther Russell (Sarabeth Tucek, Richmond Fontaine, Noah & The Whale) and brought to Los Angeles to record. The pair have since developed a close creative partnership. His eponymous debut was a predominantly solo affair, and garnered significant national press, notably in UNCUT and The Guardian. The second, Outside My Mind, added an Americana expanse to the folk foundations of his debut, cutting live to tape to create a warm, spacious sound. It was released to wide acclaim on Aveline Records in 2017 (Ani Difranco, Ruth Theodore), and played across BBC 6Music and BBC Radio Scotland.
“The Irish troubadour is currently touring his ‘Thistle & Thorn’ album which was released earlier this year. The record has received extensive BBC Radio play and has been championed by Gideon Coe on BBC 6 music.
Since the release Blek has toured extensively in Ireland, UK, Germany, Belgium and Holland. His finely tuned live show full of humour and pathos.
He is a master storyteller and an inspiring live performer. His beautiful fingerstyle guitar playing and joyous vocals weave a tapestry that is as poignant as it is skillful. He is a true artist.
A lovely sounding thing – Roddy Hart, BBC
“The first thing that registers about Bonnie Bishop’s stirring album The Walk is that the seasoned Grammy winner is no longer trying to outrun herself; she owns whatever has come her way, good wind or ill. It’s an uplifting confessional that she dedicates ‘to all who wander’ – laying down searing, emotionally-charged variations to award-winning producer Steve Jordan’s (Robert Cray, John Mayer, Buddy Guy) powerhouse production. She does so in a voice that aches and arches and grabs and never lets go. “
Ma Polaine’s Great Decline
“Described as like a young Billie Holiday gate-crashing a Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones recording session, or a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara, blues and roots duo Ma Polaine’s Great Decline continue to build a reputation as an intriguing and hard to pigeon-hole act.”
Tom Moore & Archie Moss
Son Of Town Hall
Matt the Electrician
“Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and thousands of shows. His music, however, remains rooted in his blue collar beginnings, with lyricism that embraces the day-to-day, the mundane, the beauty of the ordinary.
Before moving to Austin, TX and launching his career as a working-class folk musician, Matt Sever grew up on the West Coast. His parents played John Denver and Pete Seeger songs on the family record player, and Matt spent his earliest years surrounded by the things that would later fill his own music: acoustic guitars, timeless melodies, lyrics that celebrated the joys and heartaches of everyday life, and above all else a strong work ethic.
Her Crooked Heart
“With To Love To Leave To Live, Minneapolis-based Her Crooked Heart presents a debut record unique in form, made up of cyclical narratives and intertwining histories, each informing the next. The result is a transformative song cycle, led by a charismatic personality, wholly indifferent to expectations of genre and instrumentation. Rachel Ries, the writer, multi-instrumentalist and producer behind Her Crooked Heart, demonstrates immense vulnerability and multifaceted musical craftsmanship to deliver a personal and profound musical soliloquy on love, leaving and the life that follows after burning it all down.
Several collaborators, some of whom Ries met while touring with Anaïs Mitchell, helped create the vast and varied soundscape: Brian Joseph (Sufjan Stevens, Paul Simon), Rob Moose (yMusic, Alabama Shakes), Mike Lewis (Bon Iver), Alec Spiegelman (Cuddle Magic), Pat Keen, John DeHaven, Ben Lester and Rachel’s own siblings.”,,,
Ian A. Anderson
“Veteran deathfolk, blues, psych-fi, traditional and world twangist & singer Ian A Anderson has returned to solo gigs, mixing a huge variety of songs from his 50+ year career with fascinating anecdotery.
“Wildwood Jack are husband and wife Adam Piggott and Jayne Freeman, a unique acoustic guitar and ukulele duo from Kent. Their melodic songs blend the acoustic guitar and ukulele with outstanding fingerstyle playing, drawing influences from folk, country and world music.
Having sold their home in 2013 this musical duo hit the road and their stories and journeys are intimately bound together in their life and their music. From touring village halls and churches in Denmark to folk and acoustic clubs in the UK, busking in Croatia and Italy to a circus tent in Austria their music always speaks of adventure.
“Named Male Artist of the Year by the International Acoustic Music Awards, plus Music Nova Scotia’s Musician of the Year, Ian Sherwood’s music has been described as traditional singer/songwriter style at its essence. Stylish is certainly a good word to describe his performance.
Amy May Ellis
“Amy May Ellis grew up in the middle of the North Yorkshire Moors. Being surrounded by this wild and changing landscape helped shape her songwriting and it was here that she played her first gigs at The Bandroom in Farndale. Host to artists from around the world she found these gigs to be hugely influential. She would sit and soak up their music, watching how they captured and silenced the room. She has guested for artists such as Micheal Chapman, Rozi Plain, Hiss Golden Messenger, Tiny Ruins, Ryley Walker and Willy Mason.
“Based in Minnesota, but with roots in Tennessee, Chastity grew up surrounded by country and soul music. In the full gospel church of her childhood, she played saxophone and drums and found her singing voice and a passion for music. Her first show was in Knoxville, TN, and then it was on to Minneapolis. Since then, she’s been featured on NPR’s Favorite Sessions, CMT, American Songwriter, the London Times, Paste Magazine and others. Chastity has toured the U.S. and abroad, appearing on the U.K.’s Laterwith Jools Holland. For much of 2016, she toured alongside folk icon/activist Ani Difranco.”
“Beautifully produced agitprop reggae flavoured rap
Like the love-child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest, and The Sleaford Mods
Tom Robinson, BBC6Music
Drum and Bass MC turned singer songwriter Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy, is definitely not your average singer songwriter. His music brings together soulful vocals, infectious reggae rhythms, and the lyrical delivery of a skilled mc.
“Katie’s guitar playing has echoes of my dear friend the late great Bert Jansch. Like a musical weaver she threads her poetic lyrics through the guitar’s strings and produces little tapestries of song. Ralph McTell
One of our busiest gigging musicians – Alan Raw, BBC Introducing
“Crooked Weather are a rock infused folk band, based out of a tragic mustard 1979 campervan. They hail from the depths of East Yorkshire, with the lilting harmonies of Holly & Will at the core. Their original music, steeped in the folk revival of the late 60’s, has a raw, modern edge, augmented by Tom and Dave: a fierce rhythm section.
Building up a steady reputation for their unpredictably dynamic live shows, they’ve supported the likes of Jeffrey Lewis, Micheal Chapman, Mike Heron (Incredible String Band), Jim Jones, Dick Gaughan, Roddy Woomble & Bridget St. John.”
“If ever an artist called on the elements in her songwriting, it’s Megan Henwood. The distinguished English singer-songwriter is far too self-deprecating to describe herself as a force of nature, but her third album ‘River’ reaffirms her unique ability to create roots music of beguiling purity from what’s around her.
Henwood’s debut announced her as a promising new voice on the contemporary English
folk scene; “”Head Heart Hand confirms her as one of its finest exponents
Folk Radio UK
“One of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene Findlay Napier is an insurgent talent that comes on like a Caledonian Loudon Wainwright. Distilled to artful acoustic guitar and Napier’s remarkable voice his most recent album ‘Glasgow’ captures the timeless essence of one of the world’s great cities.
After his debut release V.I.P.: Very Interesting Persons I wondered how he could possibly
surpass such a start, with “”Glasgow”” the master craftsman just gets better.
The Rail Abandon
“The Rail Abandon is the musical (dis)guise of Sonny Johns, Grammy, MOBO and Mercury nominated producer/engineer/musician. Grounded in the 1960s folk revival of John Martyn, Nick Drake and Fairport Convention, The Rail Abandon’s Afrolktronica incorporates influences of electronic music as well as the sound of West Africa inspired by the musicians Sonny has worked with, including Ali Farke Toure, Fatoumata Diawara, Orchestra Baobab and Tony Allen.
This Spring Tour will see The Rail Abandon take to the stage solo, armed only with a guitar, drum machine and a few pedals to create a sound bigger than you thought one person could make alone. This is to coincide with the release of two singles from the forthcoming album, Kalba a collaboration with Ghanaian xylophonist Isaac Birituro. Named after the town it was recorded in, and where Isaac went to school, the profits of the album will be used to help build a new school in Kalba, North Ghana”
Harbottle & Jonas
“Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. Together the husband and wife duo combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies. Their music is original and unique. It is performed with integrity and on instruments that include the concertina, harmonium, banjo, stompbox, acoustic guitar and dobra.”
Ward & Parker
“Ward and Parker are John Parker previously of JCB song fame in Nizlopi and Cliff Ward, founding member of folk super group The Willows. After being thrown together by Stu Hanna to form The Megson Band back in 2016 the duo now seem like an act destiny brought together. Between them hold many years experience on the stage and are excited to be performing together. JP has worked with a huge number of acts over the years and performed extensively all over the world with acts such as Ed Sheeran, Kate Rusby, Will Pound, Polly Paulusma and Jake Morley to name but a few!
“A fantastic duo with huge potential that are really extending the boundaries of folk; a must watch act! – Cambridge Folk Club
“Mikey Kenney majestic singer, poetic songwriter, and English folk, Irish, Celtic, Bluegrass and Americana style fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist could’ve been born any time in the past 500 years, but it’s no coincidence that he is alive and well today; for there are no coincidences in nature or the music that grows from its seed. This is indeed a stroke of luck for today’s booking agents, tavern owners, and all present and future lovers of ‘the real’.
A veritable magician of such substantive law, Kenney’s music (solo or collaborative) is a subtly powerful homage to the earth and hearts of humankind, and it succeeds from the bawdy level of spit and sawdust barroom sing-alongs to the lofty heights of the soul set free. Once heard, never forgotten.
“The sparse fragility of Sharkey’s music and her intimate delivery mean that it gives up its charms slowly, but very surely.”” – The Guardian
London based singer-songwriter Brooke Sharkey was raised between France and England, since her return she has released 2 Eps and 2 full length albums ‘One Dress’ (2012) and ‘Wandering Heart’ (V2 records- 2016). Brooke was featured in the FUTURE 50 article in The Guardian in November 2016 about independent artists doing it their own way.
Lucas & King
“With influences including Peggy Lee, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, The Kinks and Dolly Parton, the album features beautifully complex lyrics, sung by the sultry stand-out vocals of lead singer Bo Lucas, made all the brighter by Hayleigh King’s sympathetic and tasteful guitar accompaniment which in turn creates the cinematic backdrop of their sound.
In just a few years Lucas & King have stacked up many accolades and awards; the duo were finalists in Glastonbury Emerging Talent 2017 which saw them perform on Rabbit Hole, Avalon and Acoustic stage. Then in July of this year they were crowned winners of the prestigious Fender Undiscovered Artist award, hand picked by a panel of judges from over 2000 contestants; prize including a trip to LA, with gigs at the Fender factory in Corona California.
“Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker, Elvis McGonagall is the sole resident of The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere in the middle of nowhere where he scribbles verse whilst drinking malt whisky and listening to Johnny Cash. Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the notorious Blue Suede Sporran Club and appears regularly on BBC Radio 4 and occasionally on the telly. His sitcom, “”Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side”” was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Elvis will be performing with his ‘resurrectors’ two tear away musicians on upright bass and guitar with buckets of attitude.
“2017 proved to be a wonderful year for Danni Nicholls supporting Shakin’ Stevens on his 28 date major UK tour, opening one of only two UK shows for Lucinda Williams and playing at prestigious events such as Cambridge Folk Festival, Tonder Festival, Denmark and AmericanaFest in Nashville. Her album ‘Mockingbird Lane’ was nominated Americana Music Association UK ‘UK Album of the Year 2017, Danni herself was nominated as AMAUK ‘UK Artist of the Year 2018’ and has also been nominated on to the short-list of just five artists for ‘Best Country/Folk Act’ for the 2018 Unsigned Music Awards.
“Growing up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, singer-songwriter Caleb Caudle was raised on rock n’ roll and Southern Hospitality. Caudle established himself as a songwriter and performer by the age of 15. Naturally his music matured with his age as he became more lyrically and melodically driven. His evolving sound incorporates all forms of American music, inspired heavily by his love of collecting vinyl.
“A worthy new voice in a long tradition of musical storytelling”- American Songwriter
Scottish singer-songwriter Adam Beattie has released four albums of his own songs. Having roots in Scottish folk music, as well as a lifelong interest in old time jazz, blues and other folk styles, his genre-spanning music is tied together by his warmly soulful, distinctive voice and poetically narrative lyrics.
‘Incredibly Beautiful’ Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6 Music
‘A great ear for melody and a natural talent for lyric writing’ Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland
‘Carefully crafted, gently affecting song writing with a dark twist’ Roddy Hart, BBC Radio Scotland
“Grammy, MOBO and Mercury Nominated Producer / Musician / Engineer
Combining forces to showcase their solo music projects,The ‘It’s Not Always About You!’ tour is a unique double bill concert from singer-songwriters and multi- instrumentalists Adam Beattie and Sonny Johns’ The Rail Abandon. Beattie and Johns are also members of Rough Trade Records most recent signing PicaPica.
“Fronted by guitarist and songwriter Rick Tarrant and accompanied by lush female harmonies and tearing banjo solos this group demontrate great musicianship and an extensive knowledge of popular americana and bluegrass song.”
“Touring his fourth studio album entitled DEVIL SKY, is described as ‘one of the U.K’s best kept musical secrets and one not to miss!’ and an ‘An insightful lyricist with a great voice’ Acoustic Magazine.
The Shackleton Trio
“An exciting blend of folk, Americana, and self-penned material instrumentally influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from their native East Anglia. Following the success of their debut album ‘The Dog Who Would Not Be Washed’, they are excited to be heading back out on the road with a brand new release ‘Fen, Farm, and Deadly Water”
“From the opening notes, Sun to My Moon, Lucy Kitchen’s second studio album, takes you on a journey spanning from fragile stripped back confessionals to Americana, to psychedelic-tinged harmony laden anthems. Often compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Beth Orton and, vocally, to Sandy Denny, she crafts a sound that is all her own. \nA gorgeous, atmospheric offering.- Folk Radio UK
“London based Dubliner Louis Brennan is a singer-songwriter in the folk tradition. His folk however aren’t the field hands and travelling minstrels of yore but the repressed middle managers and ennui-ridden urbanites of late stage capitalism. They populate tales of bad sex, half-drunk commutes and interpersonal claustrophobia delivered in Brennan’s cracked baritone, at times embarrassingly intimate, at times spuriously broad, peppered with pitch-black humour.
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
“Their combination of outstanding vocal work, sensitive instrumentation, and a powerful social conscience has brought them widespread critical acclaim.\n””To be a great folk singer, you have to be a great storyteller, as Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are clearly aware. The duo are both fine singers and multi-instrumentalists.” (The Guardian)
“Wilks writes about folk music and performs it when people let him. The songs he performs are chosen via the Folk from the Attic series on this blog, in which he explores a traditional song through performance and research. His live shows are an amusing mix of folk song performance and conversation, throwing in tidbits of weird and wonderful information about the original singers and collectors that he has come across during his research.
“His love for folk music manifests itself throughout this lovely album.”” – Folk Radio UK
Mitchell and Vincent
“David Mitchell and Graham Vincent are a folk duo from Dorset and Somerset who bring traditional and contemporary styles on Fiddle and Guitar to folk tunes and songs from around the British Isles with their own varied arrangements and great foot-tapping folk music. They first met playing in a ceilidh band, based in the South West of England, and found out that coincidentally they had both trained as Luthiers. They have also supported renowned musicians such as Tim Edey (a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner), Archie Fisher MBE, Jackie Oates and Kate Rusby as well as Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones.”
“Over a decade since The Magic Numbers landed in the top ten with their double-platinum-selling debut album, Michele Stodart has taken temporary leave of the band she formed with her brother Romeo, to release her second solo album ‘Pieces’.\nReleased four years after her solo debut, ‘Wide-Eyed Crossing’, the nine songs that comprise ‘Pieces’ confirm that, almost by stealth, Michele has turned into an artist whose work bears strong comparison to some of the touchstone songwriters that helped shape her outlook.\nThe bedrock of Michele’s writing is a reliance on rock-solid melodies that always stop short of outstaying their welcome.
“…instantly engaging and evocative melodies and sung with an open and honest conviction that reflects the experiences that inform her words… Stodart’s album is a thing of perfection”” – Folk Radio UK
Jerry Leger & The Situation
Jerry Leger is driven by a quest to convey in his own manner the purity embedded in the grooves of the vintage rock, country and blues recordings he so dearly loves. This trait attracted support from fellow singer/songwriters like Doug Paisley, Jim Lauderdale, Ron Sexsmith (who has called him “one of the best songwriters I’ve heard in quite some time”) and his staunchest ally, producer and label head Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, who signed Jerry to his label, Latent Recordings in 2013. He has been called “”one of Canada’s best”” by Exclaim! and a “”gifted storyteller”” by The Toronto Star.