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'Friendly and feelgood folk...great music too' The Cumberland News.
24-25 May 2013
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'They are blistering live - alt-country edge and sheer class" Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Ahab is the real deal - top notch UK Americana' Simon Mayo - BBC Radio 2
Ahab Winners in the Best Group category - Spiral Earth Awards 2012
Seth re-released his album 'Tales from the Barrel House' in April 2012 to meet demand after the original limited edition release sold out before Christmas. Recorded at Morwellham Quay in Devon, 'Tales from the Barrel House' underlines Seth's innate knack for writing foot-stomping, sing-along songs and tender, thoughtful ballads. His playing is often breathtaking and Seth's trademark, soaring vocals are at the forefront of this album, as beguiling and haunting as ever. "Unaffected warmth" The Observer *****
The Roving Crows... Winners of Best Folk Act at the Exposure Music Awards 2012. Multi award winning original folk-fusion outfit. Formed in early 2009 The Crows inexhaustible energy and unrivalled ability to connect deeply with the audience gives them real stand-alone status. The Crows fuse folk, ska, reggae and klezmer in a unique and energetic performance. Top Celtic Rock Band and Top Fiddle Player at The Irish Music Awards 2012.
It is never dark or angst ridden, and always full of hope - but not in the 'Up With People' kind of way. It's not Jazz, although we like Jazz a lot. It's not heavy metal or punk or grunge, although we love Rush and AC/DC. It is World Roots Music. It's POP music. It is GOOD music. It has a tendency to connect people and means a lot to many folks the world over, and for that we are very grateful.
Jack McNeill & Charlie Heys... Their 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.
"real folk – not nu-folk, folktronica, or some other apologetically named subgenre – and it doesn’t seem to need reinventing.”
My Sweet Patootie... is an acoustic roots group from rural Ontario that brings twining vocal harmonies, monstrous fingerstyle guitar, sizzling fiddle, percussion and abundant charisma together in one perfect package. Their music is a tongue-in-cheek Canadian blend of old country, vintage jazz, western swing & blues.
"elements of western swing and old timey music that updates the flapper feel and gives it a real twenty first century pizazz. They hit you with a delightful sound with a hundred years in it's soul." Fatea Magazine
In 2010 the Mills and Chimneys project brought together a group of musicians of all ages and backgrounds for the Derbyshire Literature Festival. Three of the group have been BBC young folk awards finalists. They worked together to write and perform songs inspired by the Derbyshire landscape and its many traditions. The project has seen sell out concerts and enthusiastic audience responses. Plans include collaborations with Viva Orchestra and further gigs around the country.
"Astounding abilities and proficient talents, the chemistry between them is electrifying.. they show the world, being young holds no boundaries. "Maverick Magazine
Ruth Moody... is a Juno Award winning songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is the founding member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin' Jennys and former lead singer of the Canadian roots band Scruj MacDuhk. Although best known for her work with The Wailin' Jennys, Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and her masterful song writing. Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and exceptionally well-crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably hers. Ruth is the support act for Mark Knopfler at The Royal Albert Hall in London between 27th May and 1st June.
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Gren Bartley... is a prolific and exceptional songwriter. He is constantly touring and forever writing. The new album "Winter Fires" (out Spring 2013) is set to build further upon the success of 2012's critically acclaimed "Songs To Scythe Back The Overgrown". Expect phenomenal guitar playing and poetry driven lyrics, catchy melodies and absorbing narratives. Gren will be accompanied by Julia Disney on vocals, fiddle and piano.
"Hauntingly beautiful ballads, livelier soulful explorations of life, jaunty jazz
Shipcote & Friends
are the Gentle geordie jazzy swingy country troupe:
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Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar "Our admiration and respect should go to Paul Adams at Fellside Recordings for yet another coup. Not only did he manage to promote and nurture a certain Spiers & Boden burgeoning recording career but it now looks like he might have hit bulls-eye again with young whippersnappers Russell & Algar". Pete Fyfe.
Fourum have been entertaining audiences since 1972 with their own special brand of music and humour and are best known for their unique evocative songs, composed by group member Allen Miller, portraying the characters, history and legends of the North Yorkshire Dales, - but their repertoire also includes traditional Scottish, Irish and Tyneside music. Now celebrating their 40th year of singing together, the group is still going strong and their passion for making music and telling stories is undiminished, as is evidenced by the appreciative response of audiences wherever they play.
Runner up for the 2013 BBC Young Folk Award and Horizon Award
Winners of the 2013 BBC Young Folk Award 2013
"As an acoustic finger-picking guitar and banjo player he has few if any equals in his age group; as an acoustic rooted-in-folk writer he's developing an alarmingly good canon of work" R2 Magazine
Mills & Chimneys - featuring:
Lucy Ward, David Gibb, Sarah Matthews, Elly Lucas, Mike Smith, Julian Butt
The press coverage and folk club reports have been glowing and rightly so, on hearing the first CD from this young duo. Greg and Ciaran are a mere nineteen and sixteen years old respectively. You would not guess it, on listening to the accomplished singing and playing. R2 Magazine
"Great party music...I love that band" Paul O'Grady, BBC (April 2012)
"Really individual Celtic folk rock group" Mike Harding, BBC (Nov 2012)
Jess Morgan... writes songs which tell stories - which are bound to capture your attention if not leave you clinging to the edge of your seat. Jess is a singer-songwriter who is steadily building a name for herself in roots and folk music at home and away. Accompanied by acoustic guitar Jess's style has been likened to that of the classic names of the 1970s but with her own distinguishable voice and British subject matter. Songs are peppered with influence from both Jess's Welsh and English heritage.
Wilful Missing... are a 5-piece band, most of whom live in Bradford, UK. The first of our music to get an official release was the Vast Atlantic EP in 2009. The album, Molehills out of Mountains, was released in December 2011. Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson have played our music on Radio 2 and 6Music, and we have performed several live sessions for BBC Radio Leeds. In 2011 four of our songs featured in Waterloo Road on BBC Television.
'rather spendid...bound to spread smiles wherever it goes...There's something intangibly uplifting that shines out of every track.' (4/5)R2 Magazine (Album review)
Amy Rose Dobson... has been a children's entertainer for over a dozen years in all sorts of venues both in America and England. She brings a lively show full of stories and songs that range from super silly to just plain regular silly. Her main dream in life is to fly with birds or swim with whales, but until she learns how to do that she settles for making up songs about them and the many other creatures we share the planet with. Suitable for 4-8 yr olds accompanied by parents. Saturday morning and afternoon performances.
Paul Bernarde Young was born in Hampshire. He moved to Cumbria in 1996. At the age of 11 he bought his first guitar and as a teenager quickly learnt his craft going to and playing in the folk clubs around the south of England. Influenced by artistes such as Donovan, Joni Mitchell and Tyrannosaurus Rex, Paul's music is a mixture of Folk music and the popular songs he heard growing up. Normally Paul can be seen playing guitar and keyboards with Local band "Unos Dabs" or as a part of duo "Zoe and the Boy". At the festival however Paul will treat us to a rare solo slot at the 12th century chancel, a perfect venue to showcase his superb vocal and acoustic guitar skills.
Wes Finch is a charismatic and engaging Warwickshire based singer and songwriter who plays predominantly finger style acoustic guitar. His songs are roots and Americana inspired and the lyrics intelligent, witty and often celebratory of British nature. Wes has 3 albums and various EPs available through the Bandcamp website, plays extensively at venues and festivals over the country and is supporting Billy Bragg at The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford on Avon this June. His latest album 'Mayflower' (2012) was listed in Americana UK's staff writers' top ten and continues to receive warm reviews. Recently working with the Unity Roots artist management company, Wes continues to write, play, and reach an ever increasing fan base.
“Cumbria born Laura, oozes talent. From her sublime acoustic guitar playing and gentle angelic vocals to her beautifully innocent lyrics that only come along with youth. Each song told a story and each word captured everybody there... this young singer/songwriter has the sweetest disposition on stage and you can't help but float along with her music.
A truly captivating performance...” Music Mafia
Ian Douglas is a Storyteller and Theatre Maker living and working in West Cumbria. With over 15 years of experience delivering storytelling, performance and theatre activities for schools, arts organisations, communities and festivals across Britain, he has developed a practise approach which mixes sensitivity, Commedic energy and wit leading to a style all of his own. The origins of Ian's work are steeped in the traditions of street theatre which has helped him develop his unique storytelling style. His work has been described as 'truly inspirational' and draws upon a rich vein of British folk tales and world myths.
Elaine Davidson is one of Cumbria's finest singer/songwriters. She began her musical life in St Mary's church choir in Wigton, and by the age of eighteen she was busking her way around the capitals of Europe. In 2011 Elaine released her second CD Moon & Tide, which was produced by Steve Brookfield and co-featuring multi-instrumentalist Danny Hart. The CD was launched on board the Ullswater steamer, The Lady of the Lake, which was the perfect backdrop to the beautiful song Galloway the Fair, the enchanting Lady of the Lake or indeed the moving Foxes of Cumberland. Elaine continues to forge her own path writing songs and is currently recording her third album.
Lisbee Stainton is a 24 year-old singer-songwriter known as 'The English Rose With The 8-String Guitar', who has been writing songs for almost 15 years. Lisbee originally launched her career five years ago, when she became the first unsigned singer-songwriter to play London's O2 Arena, performing two shows to 30,000 people. Lisbee rounded off 2012 with a UK tour supporting Ben Montague a series of her own headline dates and a concert hall tour with Seth Lakeman but this time as a special guest in Seth’s band. 2013 saw her playing her own headline tour of the UK in March, plus more touring with Seth Lakeman and the release of a new album. "Cultured folk pop" - The Independent on Sunday
Steve Bonham's contemporary folk songs are born out of his vagabond existence as a musician, writer
and psychologist. Returning to a musical path and joined by his compadre Chris (The Bishop) on tuba
and keyboards expect strong lyrics, great tunes and something else! Here at Ireby they kick off their: Get Your Boots On Tour 2013 - in support of Ataxia UK. This will take them all the way along Hadrian's Wall from Carlisle to Newcastle, playing gigs along their journey.
“Derbyshire lad Bonham has...surrounded himself with some of Ireland’s greats, including Pearse Doherty (ex Saw Doctors), and Jimmy Higgins (ex Saw Doctors and Altan)....The result is Anglo-Irish folk music at it’s best; rousing and rocky, yet thoughtful and considered” Frank Chester Folk Monthly .