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Gig-Guide 2018




- May-


15th May
Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente
2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente have been described as 'a vocal/guitar duo like no other'.Coming from the Isle of Lewis (Josie) and from Spain (Pablo), it’s no wonder that their music doesn’t focus on just one place or on just one musical tradition. They are both well versed in music from many lands and many different influences.They are a guitar and vocal duo performing in Gaelic, Scots and in English. Their music is made up from many different elements and styles including ancient ballads, Gaelic 'puirt a beul' and industrial songs from the mines and cotton mills as well as original songs written by themselves.

22nd May
Squirrel Hillbillies
From deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh's East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies often emerge to share their eclectic mix of folk, country and blues. Rabidly social and clawingly curious, they relish opportunities to interact with diverse audiences. Through a collaborative, nonlinear songwriting process, duo partners Jenny Wolsk and Gary Crouth draw from personal experiences, third-hand stories, and vivid imaginations to craft songs that are unpredictable and quirky yet widely accessible.

29th May
Kyle Carey
The ingredients of Kyle Carey’s music include the songs of the American Folk Anthology, the Appalachian poetry of Louise McNeill, and the traditional music of Ireland, Cape Breton and Scotland.
The results are well described by Jeremy Searle of R2 Magazine ‘Kyle Carey is, quite simply, a delight. Drawing from both the American and British folk traditions, her songs, including some very fine originals, are beautifully crafted and performed. She’s assured, confident, charming and irresistible’.


- June-


5th June
Tommy Sands
Tommy Sands, County Down's singer, songwriter and social activist, has achieved something akin to legendary status in his own lifetime. From the pioneering tours with the highly influential Sands Family, playing Carnegie Hall to Moscow's Olympic Stadium, he has become one of Ireland's most powerful songwriters and enchanting performers.

12th June
Martyn Wyndham-Read
Martyn Wyndham-Read has been involved with folk music for over forty years. In his late teens he left his mother’s farm in Sussex and headed off, with his guitar, to Australia where he worked on a sheep station Emu Springs in South Australia. It was while he was there that he heard, first hand, the old songs sung by some of the station hands at Emu Springs and he became captivated by these songs and the need to know more of them and where they came from grew.

19th June
Robb Johnson
Robb Johnson is now widely recognised as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today. His songs feature in the repertoires of a wide variety of musicians, from folk legend Roy Bailey to acclaimed cabaret diva Barb Jungr, & he enjoys a similarly diverse spectrum of critical acclaim – “a modern-day Dostoyevsky” said the US’s Dirty Linen, Mojo made the double CD Gentle Men Folk Album Of The Month, while The Daily Telegraph made it their Folk Album Of 1998, & Tony Benn said that Johnson’s “Winter Turns To Spring” was his favourite song.

26th June
Oakum Row
Adam McCulloch - vocals and guitar, Beccy Brown - fiddle, Gav Clark - Cittern and BVs, Sean Thomson - whistle and tenor banjo are Oakum Row, playing an eclectic mix of Scottish, Irish and American traditional/contemporary folk songs and tunes.


- July-


3rd July
Chris Cleverley
Award winning Songwriter and guitarist Chris Cleverley is renowned for his ability to draw audiences to the edge of their seats with hauntingly delivered tales of ghost women, lonesome clock towers, lovelorn mariners and hospital beds. Chris has crafted a reputation as a songwriter of singular ability with characteristic original and traditional material that has resonated deeply with audiences up and down the UK. With guitar playing ancestry pulsing through his veins, Chris is fast gaining the accolade of being among the most masterful players on the scene. Continuing the legacy of his heroes such as Nic Jones and John Renbourn his playing style faithfully captures the essence of the folk revival and its musical heavyweights.

10th July
Sylvia Barnes & Sandy Stanage
Sylvia Barnes’ pedigree in traditional music is a long and distinguished one. Among the very top flight of Scots singers, Sylvia is a dramatic performer with a wonderful voice. She can render passion, humour and gentle sentiment with equal ease. Her deep commitment to her songs and her involvement in them bring them to life in a way that few other singers can achieve. Sandy is considered one of Scotland's finest guitar players.

17th July
Eilidh Steel & Mark Neal
Eilidh & Mark are a Scottish duo who are in great demand in the UK and abroad. Their performances combine many of their own tunes and songs along with old traditional music on fiddle, guitar and vocals, with many influences from Argyll and the West Coast of Scotland. They have toured extensively around Europe with concerts in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at Celtic Connections, outdoor gigs to over 4000 people in Verona, supported the pop band Madness and have been the backing band for actor/singer Ewan McGregor.

24th July
Byrne, Devine
Francy Devine is a fine singer, long established in and around Dublin, of primarily traditional songs with a fair smattering of political ones thrown in. A founder member of the Howth Singing Circle.
Steve Byrne is a founder member of Scotland’s foremost and innovative folk group, Malinky, and one of the most sort after accompanists. A wonderful singer in his own right.
Paul Anderson is the finest Scots fiddler of his generation. He has won most fiddling competitions in Scotland including the premier event “The Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Championship”. Following in the tradition of Scott Skinner and others, Paul is a composer of great repute and is in constant demand world-wide for both his playing and composing.

31st July
Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter
Jenn and Laura-Beth have each been a presence on the UK folk scene for a number of years. They were brought together by the close-knit and progressive Glasgow folk music community, spending lots of their time jamming an eclectic mix of folk music from across the globe, particularly the UK, Scandinavia and America. The years of playing together brought a deep affinity between the two artists; their rhythms lock tightly, their voices blend so closely that it’s often hard to tell them apart. They have developed a natural telepathy: two musicians bound together.

- August-


7th August
Ian Bruce
Ian is one of the great singer/songwriters of the Scottish Folk and a fine interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns.

14th August
Wendy Weatherby Band
Beautiful heart-wrenching songs, lively cello tunes and lots of laughter from Edinburgh's own bubbly queen of folk Wendy Weatherby and her all-star band, featuring Fiona Cuthill & Stevie Lawrence (fiddle & guitar) and Sandy Brechin on accordion and keyboards. Expect to hear fantastic traditional Scots songs and cracking traditional tune sets, featuring many of Wendy's own compositions. Wendy has a big voice and a big personality, and is a well known name in both the folk and jazz worlds, as well as in theatre, where she has composed for and performed in a multitude of shows.

21st August
Friel Sisters
Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians born in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Derrynamansher). Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with songs sang in unison, many from their family and local repertoire.

28th August
Katarina Juvancic and Dejan Lapanja
Katarina & Dejan's music, with a basis in both folk and rock, is built on stories of women set to imaginative, rich and enthralling musical landscapes. Emotionally intense, dramatic singing and extraordinary musicianship combined with the empowering nature of storytelling makes their music a unique listening experience. “ Emotionally intense dramatic singing and some really barbed difficult stuff. Outrageous musicianship. It's mighty!”  - Karine Polwart


- September-


4th September
Gemma Khawaja
Gemma is a singer/guitarist from the Midlands (now based in Norfolk) performing traditional songs of the British Isles & creating songs inspired by folkloric customs. She enjoys stories & themes found in traditional songs & ballads and loves the richness & beauty of the melodies and the journey each song takes you on.

11th September
Bob Wood
Bob hails from the west coast of Scotland but has long been based in London. An engaging solo singer and performer with an easy going sense of humour, he’s known also as an accomplished finger-style guitarist. Exploring a range of open tunings, his playing and song interpretations have been described as displaying rare sensitivity, lightness of touch and great technique. “Bob Wood is one of the deftest pickers and tastiest arrangers of songs it has been my pleasure to hear ...a real delight!”  STEVE TILSTON

18th September
Hannah Rarity
Hannah Rarity’s spellbinding voice and warm, genuine stage manner have seen her become one of Scotland’s foremost young singers, performing with a number of varied and prestigious acts, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Blazin’ Fiddles and others. Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she has toured extensively with the renowned Irish-American traditional group ‘Cherish the Ladies’, appeared as a soloist on BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay Live 2016 and featured on television projects for BBC Northern Ireland. Hannah’s thoughtful interpretations of traditional material and sensitive, self-penned songs are skilfully backed by her band, featuring Sally Simpson (strings), Innes White (guitar) and Conal McDonagh (whistles & pipes).

25th September
Colum Sands
Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world.
“Colum's gift is of breaking down cultural barriers through choice words and eloquent music”. John O'Regan,  Rock 'n' Reel


- October-


2nd October
Old Blind Dogs
The legendary, multi-award winning Old Blind Dogs bounded into their 25th anniversary year with a brand new album 'Room with a View' and a hugely successful Scottish tour.
With a line-up from the world of Scottish folk music that is approaching superstar status, founder member Jonny Hardie (fiddle/vocals) is joined by Aaron Jones (guitar/bouzouki/vocals), Ali Hutton (pipes) and Donald Hay (percussion).
Together they create a sound that is uniquely Old Blind Dogs and which still stands at the forefront of the Scottish roots music revival.  It’s fair to say that their style, drawing as it does from the rhythms of Middle Eastern, rock, reggae, jazz and blues music went on to influence many bands but nobody does it like the Dogs!
25 years on, they show no signs of slowing down, indeed they are performing at their very peak.

9th October
Johnston & Gordon
Euan Johnston and Andrew Gordon have been friends from the Scottish music scene for 15 years.  Finally getting together as a duo in early 2016, Euan and Andrew have worked on a set that shows their passion for Scottish and Irish Music.  Never taking themselves too seriously, they switch from the serious to the surreal, from syphilis to seals.  Their accompanying guitar and bodhran rhythms could be considered “robust” and when both bodhrans are out… Mighty!

16th October
Damien Barber & Mike Wilson
Two of the finest exponents of Traditional Song in the United Kingdom. Raised in Norfolk and heavily influenced by such earlier Norfolk singers as Walter Pardon and Peter Bellamy, Damien is a stylish and distinctive singer, either unaccompanied or using guitar or concertina. Though he has lived for a long time in West Yorkshire he retains a strong East Anglian identity.
Mike Wilson is the youngest member of the Wilson Family, the powerful Teesside singing siblings who have raised the rafters at many a festival or folk club event. His musical heritage is emphatically that of the North East – rural and industrial folk song both traditional and modern.
Damien and Mike have a rich shared repertoire of traditional songs plus the work of modern folk writers such as Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson.

23rd October
Claire Hastings Duo
BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2015, Claire Hastings is a Scots singer with a lifelong passion for Scottish music.                                                                                                            “Hastings’ talents, not just as a musician but as a compelling storyteller, were obvious” The Herald

30th October
Having been involved in Folk Music for many years, members of the band and have performed with other line-ups including Cairdie's Brig, Setanta, Three's A Crowd,  Hot Toddy, The Govan Spoonful and Clachnacuddin, HAGGERDASH continue to be a popular Folk Band and are in demand for a variety of venues. Over the years they have performed at Orkney, Marymass, Crawfordjohn, Lomond, Glenfarg, Roe Valley and Tinto Folk Festivals as well as Portsoy International Boat Festival and Edinburgh Festival. They are also regular visitors to Ballerup Music Festival in Denmark. The main aim of HAGGERDASH is to provide an evening of fun and music



- November-


6th November
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.

13th November

20th November
Anthony–John Clarke & Dave Pegg
“When musical virtuoso Dave Pegg, sporting decades of experience in bands such as Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull bumped into Anthony John Clarke, now accepted as one of the most entertaining and amusing raconteurs and songwriters on the folk scene, we all knew something special was bound to happen and it did!! Nearly ten years on these great pals still tour with one of the most engaging and funny musical evenings
ever. Great tunes, great songs, great gags and surprises galore. The guys strongly recommend you bring all your medication!”

27th November
Eddie Seaman and Luc McNally
Eddie Seaman (pipes/whistles) and Luc McNally (guitar/vocals) hail from Glasgow's vibrant traditional music scene. Since meeting in 2014, these two talented, young folk musicians have released two recordings and travelled extensively in Europe to festivals and folk clubs. Now, in 2017, they have released their first album, Tirade, to great critical acclaim. 'Tirade promises a great deal from an exciting new duo on the Trad scene – four stars' ( 'Tirade has individual expertise and command of mood by the bucketful. Recommended' (John O'Regan, Not to be missed


- December-


4th December
Jez Lowe’s “ Thor’d Out! ”
It’s Christmas Day in the Long House!
Join Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, as they shelter from a Viking winter, huddled around the roaring fire beneath the rafters of the Great Hall.
Jez’s annual Christmas tour has become quite a tradition in recent years, striking out from their native North East England to entertain audiences across the whole of the UK.
This year, the band once again invites special guest Benny Graham, to join them on a journey across the Great North Sea, to share the songs and tales of the Northlands.
Part folk concert, part music-hall revue. Sing along, laugh along, and drive the cold winter away.
Watch out! The long ships are sailing up the Tyne!





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