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Eddi Reader is a Scottish singer-songwriter, known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career. She is the recipient of three BRIT Awards and has topped both the album and singles charts. In 2003 she showcased the works of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns. The Robert Burns project saw Reader awarded an MBE for outstanding contributions to the arts in the New Year's honours list of 2006. Eddi and her brilliant band make a welcome return to Ireby following her barnstorming performance in 2009.
are a folk roots family band from Cambridge. Fronted by the breathtaking voice of Jade Ward; supported by rich vocal harmonies and sensitive acoustic musicianship the band draw inspiration from the Americana and British folk traditions in equal quantity. Their debut album, "Beneath Our Humble Soil" was released in February 2013.
is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk and Americana music circles. The daughter of songwriter Terry Gilkyson, whose songs were recorded by artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, the White Stripes, and Dean Martin, Eliza was headed for a career in music at an early age. She has toured with Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame alongside legends Willie Nelson and Nanci Griffith and has received a Grammy nomination for her 2006 CD "Paradise Hotel".
Ian Douglas (Eng.) Ian has been telling stories at festivals, schools, libraries and on street corners both nationally and internationally for over 15 years. Originally a street theatre performer, fire breather and stilt walker, Ian has founded two story-based theatre companies. He has also worked as a theatre practitioner in residence for organisations across the North including Northern Stage and Live Theatre in Newcastle and most recently, Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. It was here that he created the 'Storytree'. " What I love about storytelling is its simplicity. Stories meet us half way and we, the audience, have to be complicit for them to be successful. The stories I like to tell are fun, inviting and light hearted – even the serious ones! I believe that storytelling has a unique ability to connect people, not only to each other but to the past, the future and to the world around us." Ian will also be hosting a range of guest performances for all ages.
Flats And Sharps
MAIN STAGE Friday
is a global acoustic roots music powerhouse band from Canada's West Coast, and they have a way of turning everyone on to the limitless possibilities of their instruments and voices. Strings, bellows, keys, skin and bows - these are the vehicles for the Bills' irresistible joyride. The Bills' live shows are legendary for their exuberance, power, virtuosity and sheer entertainment. Their recorded work carries all the same traits: they've been recognized through two JUNO nominations two Western Canadian Music Awards and countless positive media and fan reviews.
Chris James and Martin Fletcher
Taking a break from European touring band 'Her Name is Calla' to concentrate on his solo efforts, multi-instrumentalist Adam 'Weikie' Weikert blends dexterous traditional musicianship with modern singer-song writing. His live shows mainly consist of a powerful acoustic set, laden with foot stomping traditionals and heart tugging originals. Switching back and forth between Banjo, Piano and Guitar the pace never slows as a comprehensive and choice overview of the many facets of folk and its modern connotations warms the audience and opens many a mind to the window of the singer songwriter. In 2012 Weikie released his debut album 'Raise Our Sunken Ship' followed in 2013 by his single "Vixen".
Marc Block (Eng.) has been involved in the folk scene for many years, and has been making an impact since winning the song slam competition at Towersey Village Festival in 2009. With an eclectic mix of original songs, traditional folk and contemporary covers, he has shown himself to be a fine and versatile singer. Marc’s debut album The Hawthorn Spring, has received great reviews and attracted radio play including on BBC Radio 2’s Folk show with Mark Radcliffe. He is now accompanied by Milli Galgut on fiddle/viola and Chris Pitcher on bass, both of them also contributing some lush vocal harmonies.
Funky folk tunes, saucy songs and an infectious stage energy. Blackbeard's Tea Party mix fiddles & squeezeboxes, guitar noise & synth bass, and a feast of international hand percussion to bring you an unforgettable folk-rock extravaganza. Grounded in English traditions - but never afraid to explore more exotic musical avenues - they create a sound that is equal parts tasty, dramatic and danceable.
(Eng.) Late night Dance
The WIll Pound Band
is someone you simply can't ignore and she's back in the UK in 2014 to support her extraordinary new album 'Down Fell The Doves'. She has toured here with Rod Picott in the past but Amanda, voted Texas 'Artist of the Year' in 2011, now headlines tours in her own right and, boy, does she put on a show.
"Some voices just do the job, don't they? For me, Eddi Reader is up there with, for instance, Bonnie Raitt and k.d. lang, all singers who combine amazing technical control with emotional authority to make their heart-lifting music sound as natural as breathing." Chris Ingham, Mojo.
MAIN STAGE Saturday
Elaine Davidson (Eng.)
Considered by many to be one of Cumbria's finest singer/songwriters Wigton based Elaine, reflects in her songs minuscule and panoramic observations of life. Evocative songs such as, Galloway the Fair or Foxes of Cumberland gently draw the listener into her world of words and music .
Steve Folk & Jane South (Eng) individually they are class acts in their own right but here they come together as a new contemporary folk duo; their debut album was recorded on a 45ft Narrowboat using only solar power, making the album extremely environmentally friendly! The music/album itself reflects the ideology of boat life, sustainability, nature and all things related, with a contemporary folk and Americana feel.
Making a welcome return to Ireby having performed in the 12th century chancel in 2012; Jessica sings, plays autoharp and acoustic guitar. Her original songs reflect a background in folk music and a love of Americana as she sings stories about the sea, love, loss, war, and a few ‘fallen’ women. Jessica has performed a number of high profile shows, supporting Eddi Reader, Barbara Dixon and Steeleye Span. When at Ireby she will be accompanied by Phil Simpson.
ST JAMES CHURCH
is a young singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist rapidly making an impact on the UK acoustic music scene. She has a purity of voice which melts the toughest of hearts and a delivery which unsettles the most discerning critic. Her songs ask questions. They are bold in their honesty and striking in their intensity. They are haunting in their simplicity and yet they traverse a broad emotional arc.
fuse blues, rock, country and folk, to create their distinctive and exciting sound and have become known as one of Brighton's finest live acts. Jamie Francis, on guitar and lead vocals, is influenced by American blues artists such as Kelly Joe Phelps and Dan Tyminski. With a background in samba and progressive rock, Evan Carson (on drums and vocals) brings a modern slant to proceedings; he has toured Europe with a number of musical productions and bands. Bassist Josh 'Rusty' Franklin was brought up in a musical family on a diet of Stevie Wonder, Motown and funk and soul artists, Rusty now applies his years of experience to Stark, filling out the bottom end with unique melodic flair.
ST JAMES CHURCH
James Findlay (Eng.) Following on from winning the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards in 2010, James was signed by leading Folk Music label Fellside and released his album, Sport & Play (FECD238), to a set of shining reviews. English Dance & Song noted his "great voice", and ability to "handle a repertoire that would normally be associated with an experienced performer with no difficulty". R2 magazine commented that "Findlay is a singer of rare strength and conviction". All this helped to establish James Findlay as one of the leading young performers securing a place in the MOJO Top Ten Folk Albums of 2012. Since the release of the album he has been consolidating his position on the Folk club and festival circuit. His new album, Another Day Another Story (FECD252) builds on the previous one with an excellent choice of mostly traditional songs which strongly link to his West Country roots.
ST JAMES CHURCH
The Hut People
Champions of the standing ovation, The Hut People are rapidly gaining more and more of reputation as one of the hottest & most entertaining world/folk acts touring today. Taking the audience on a voyage across the globe with their material, they perform a high-octane unique blend of home-grown tunes mixed with British, Nordic and European folk music, perfectly formed & embellished with the driving accordion and a mind-boggling array of exotic percussion.
GLOBE HALL and Ireby School - children's workshop