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Gig-Guide 2022

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19th April
Iona Fyfe with Michael Biggins
Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. In 2021, she became the first singer to win the coveted title of Musician of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.
Michael is a multi-instrumentalist originally from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne but now residing in Glasgow. He currently plays and tours with TRIP, The Canny Band, Tom McConville, Northern Company and Irish Celtic – Spirit of Ireland Dance Show. In January, Michael became BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year for 2021.

26th April

Maggie MacInnes with Calum Park
Singer and Celtic harp player Maggie MacInnes was born in Glasgow but comes from a long line of Gaelic singers from the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides and learned most of her Gaelic songs from her mother the highly acclaimed traditional singer, Flora MacNeil. Her son, Calum will be accompanying Maggie on guitar and vocals.




- MAY -

3rd May
Wildwood Jack
Wildwood Jack are a unique acoustic guitar and ukulele duo from Kent in the UK. Their melodic songs blend the acoustic guitar and ukulele with outstanding fingerstyle playing drawing influences from folk, americana and world music.

10th May

Pete Morton
Often referred to as an old time troubadour, Pete as a compelling stage presence and approachable style that delivers an unruly mix of humanism, politics, love, social commentary and humour all wrapping its way around the folk tradition

17th May

Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer
With their unique onstage-chemistry and their widely praised harmonies, the Anglo-German duo Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer entertain and engage their audiences “in a very likeable, humorous style”. Combining their own beautifully written songs with a fine choice of folk favourites, Paul’s vocal and individual guitar style blended with Karen’s voice, clear and yet so powerful, leaves audiences mesmerised.

24th May

Dan McKinnon
Dan hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the Canadian Maritimes, an area rich in the musical and cultural traditions of the North Atlantic. His warm baritone voice, superb guitar arrangements and original compositions have won him widespread praise. Dan's thoughtful compositions and smooth melodies cover the entire folk spectrum, with themes traditional, historical, contemporary and universal.

31st May

Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern
Hailed by John Renbourn as ‘the best Celtic guitarist in the world’ Tony McManus has been listed as one of the 50 transcendental guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine.Julia Toaspern is a multi-talented musician from Berlin. She has released two albums of original songs and performed in both classical and singer-songwriter modes on both sides of the Atlantic. Together, Tony and Julia perform lovely interwoven guitar duets, sing traditional, classical and self-penned songs, and treat you to some soaring fiddle sets – everything delivered with passion and commitment.




- JUNE -


7th June
Ivan Drever
Orcadian musician, Ivan Drever has been singing, playing and writing since his early teens in his native Orkney. He continues to play live and record new music. Ivan’s live set features songs chosen from all his albums alongside several as yet unreleased new songs.

14th June

Jez Lowe
A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks.

21st June

Richard Grainger & Chris Parkinson
Born in Middlesbrough, singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard is a giant on the folk scene. He is a dynamic performer who writes unforgettable wonderful songs. His songs have been covered widely by artists on the folk scene and beyond.

28th June

Carrie Martin
Carrie Martin, singer/songwriter/guitarist from Hull, returned to music after a 20yr break encouraged by none other than the noted acoustic guitarist Gordon Giltrap. She cites her meeting him as the most important thing that has happened to her in her musical career. Influenced by Eva Cassidy and Ann Wilson from Heart, her writing and performing style nevertheless defies categorisation.




- JULY -


5th July
Ian Bruce
Ian's one of the most highly regarded of Scotland's singer-songwriters, a strong and characterful singer and guitarist with a reputation for well crafted and tuneful songs and a ready rapport with his audience

12th July

Shackleton Trio
The Shackleton Trio play an exciting blend of Americana, folk and self-penned material. Accompanying herself on the fiddle, Georgia writes and performs ‘wordy songs about other people’, instrumentally influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from her native East Anglia.

19th July

Dougie MacKenzie with Brian Miller
Dougie sang mostly Gaelic songs in his youth but was introduced to folk music at the famed Inverness Folk Song Club run by Duncan MacLennan who mentored Dougie and gave him numerous songs. He is drawn to Scots ballad language and the stories it carries to us from the past.
Brian is one of the most esteemed singers and guitarists on the Scottish traditional music scene.

26th July

John Ward Trio
The John Ward Trio brings together John, Lynne and Les whose powerful 3-part harmonies blend to bring a richer life to John's original songs and traditional repertoire. Accompanied by guitar, double bass, mandolin, harmonica, whistles and bodhran, and with the familiar, relaxed banter, stories and humour, the Trio delights folk club and festival audiences around the country.






2nd August
Dariah Kulesh with Tristan Seume
Dariah's Russian and Ingush roots are reflected in her music, intertwined with multicultural influences she has experienced on her turbulent and exciting journey through life. Tristan Seume brings his exquisite guitar skills to bejewel Daria's beguiling performances.

9th August


16th August

Claire White with Robbie Leask
Claire White is an award-winning Shetland fiddler and singer-songwriter. Songwriting and singing are recent pursuits, inspired by her love of stories and a desire to weave more words into Shetland’s living musical tradition. Claire will be playing with Shetland guitarist Robbie Leask.

23rd August

Claude Bourbon
Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that takes blues, Spanish and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.
Claude's inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers of seem to melt into a blur.

30th August

Skinner & T'witch
Skinner & T'witch are a Leeds based duo performing folk, flamenco and theatre style songs, with driving rhythms, intense harmonies and inspiring lyrics.






6th September
Maria Dunn with Shannon Johnson
A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, Maria Dunn is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and her unvarnished songs about the lives of working men and women. Shannon Johnson began studying violin at the age of three and quickly demonstrated an exceptional ability. She has won classical violin and fiddling awards at national and international levels.

13th September

Mark & Cindy Lemaire
While Mark's solo guitar pieces stand as complete statements, his harmonies with Cindy Lemaire add another dimension. When Mark and Cindy join in song, it’s like two people with one voice.

20th September

Steve Tilston
Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated songsmiths, widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music; the words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else. "The more you listen, the more there is to discover.” - Bob Harris


27th September
Tim Edey
Tim Edey was voted BBC Radio Two’s Musician of the year 2012 (BBC R2 FOLK AWARDS) and “Best duo” with Brendan Power. Tim is a multi-instrumentalist and singer and has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic/Contemporary roots music including; The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Natalie MacMaster, Altan, Stockton’s Wing, Capercaillieto name but a few… Tim, now a name on the world stage in his own right after seventeen years of hard work, is rated by many to be one of the world’s finest ever Melodoen and Guitar players in the folk & contemporary scene today






4th October
Fiona Ross
Partick-born Fiona Ross lives in Melbourne these days but she retains all the feeling for, and the ability to transmit, the Scottish song tradition that she developed on the folk scene here (joining the group Handsel with Scottish folk scene stalwarts Brian Miller, Gavin Livingstone and fiddler Anna-Wendy Stevenson) before moving to Australia. Through one of her teachers, Andy Hunter, Fiona is at one remove from the great traveller ballad singer Jeannie Robertson and through other sources of songs and support, such as Gordeanna McCulloch, Alison MacMorland, Aileen Carr, Maureen Jelks, Cy Laurie and Danny Cooper she has formed a character that allows her to tell both long-form ballads and shorter story songs with that crucial ingredient: believability.

18th October

Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
Cathryn Craig is from Richmond, Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both singer and songwriter. She is no stranger to Tennessee's Nashville recording studios, working with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein and Jorma Kaukonen. Brian Willoughby is best known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band the Strawbs. He has also played with Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, New World, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St.John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python. "They catch a mood that could produce goosebumps on sheet metal (The Glasgow Herald)

25th October

Lizanne Knott & Glen Barratt (guitar)
Lizanne Knott is a multi-award winning singer-songwriter from Pennsylvania. She has performed at some of the most prestigious listening rooms, theatres and festivals throughout the UK, Ireland and Spain, as well as the US.






8th November
Bella Gaffney
2016 Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winner Bella Gaffney hails from Bradford. She writes folk inspired songs which she performs along with her own original arrangements of traditional pieces. In 2018 she was one of the first recipients of a Friends Of Towersey Festival Award for music developmental support and opportunities.

15th November

Ben Sands
He sings songs - mostly his own. He writes songs - about life and love and the ways of the world. Some are whimsical, some are sad and some are very humorous indeed. In between, he tells stories of his formative years and his adventures on The Road ... and some of these stories are true!

22nd November

Winter Wilson
Winter Wilson have a fine repertoire of self-penned songs, telling stories of everyday life which often reflect the bigger picture of this life we lead. Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) is one of the finest singers on the circuit, expressing power and emotion in equal measure “from melting to belting”. Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar and banjo) is amongst the top tier of British song writers, with his songs covered by some of folk’s “greats”. But it’s in live performance that Winter Wilson really excel, bringing a sense of intimacy to every stage, welcoming audiences into their world, mixing songs with stories of life on the road. Tight harmonies, killer songs and a lot of fun – that’s Winter Wilson.

29th November
Ryan Young with
Chris Amer
Scots Trad Music Awards 'Up And Coming artist of the year', fiddle player Ryan Young brings new and exciting ideas to traditional Scottish music, bringing new life to very old, often forgotten tunes by playing them in his own unique way. His fiddle playing is brimming with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision. Ryan's sound is very distinctive and he always manages to take the listener on an adventurous and emotional journey in any performance. Accompanied by Chris Amer on guitar.





6th December
Rallion are three piece contemporary folk group. They bring a wide range of musical influences together to create their powerful persuasive music.




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