26th February Kieran Halpin £10
If the measure of a songwriter is the number of artists singing their songs – then Kieran Halpin must be considered a great modern writer of songs. There can be few writers on the acoustic/folk scene in Europe today who have had more songs covered. Names like Ilse De Lange(All The Answers), Vin Garbutt, Dolores Keane, The Battlefield Band, John Wright, Flossie, Niamh Parsons, Chris Jones and countless more have recorded his songs. In fact his songs can be heard in folk clubs, pubs and festivals all over the world sung by the famous and not so famous.
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5th March Dave Gibb £8
Left Handed, Balding, Middle aged, Songwriting Folky from Scotland’s Highest Village. A singer of songs and a teller of tales from the hills of Dumfries & Galloway who happily fingerpicks his way through life’s travails. Songs funny or sad, happy or grim, meaningful or meaningless played fast or slow (sometimes both at the same time)…….He likes a giggle.
12th March Harbottle & Jonas £9
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story.
19th March Jenny Sturgeon Trio £12
“Jenny Sturgeon is a singer-songwriter who brings together the old and new with a rare skill" R2 Magazine. The inspiration for Jenny's lyrics comes from folklore, historical events and personal experience, and having trained as a biologist her enthusiasm for nature creeps in to all her work. Jenny is appearing with Jonny Hardie (Old Blind Dogs and Charlie Mckerron Capercaillie, Session A9).
26th March Jed Grimes £9
Described by some as the North East’s secret weapon, Jed Grimes is a singer, guitarist and arranger of some quality. He was part of the renowned Hedgehog Pie which developed as part of the flourishing folk scene in the North East in the ‘70s. Jed then moved on to be a member of the successful Doonan Family. Jed then formed a six-piece band called The Hush which went on to be nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award with their acclaimed album Dark To The Sky.
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2nd April Rose Cousins £12
A native of Prince Edward Island, Rose Cousins lives in Halifax Nova Scotia. She deeply values being part of multiple music communities, and is constantly fuelled by collaboration. Cousins’ 2012 album We Have Made A Spark celebrated her Boston community and featured a cast of musicians Cousins had known and played music with for a decade. It won a JUNO Award, 3 East Coast Music Awards, a Canadian Folk Music Award, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, and made picks/best of lists in USA Today, NPR Music and Oprah Magazine. Her music has found its way into several TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy. (In association with the Fallen Angels Club www.fallenangelsclub.com)
9th April Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby £12
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 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)
16th April Hannah Rarity Band £10
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).
23rd April Steve Turner £9
Steve Turner comes from a family of singers and concertina players. His grandfather was known to have sung and played the instrument in the 1890's. Steve began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s. “A shining example of the music the British folk scene is capable of producing”. Folk Roots.
30th April Fiona Rosswith Brian Miller £10
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.
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7th May Ian Walker Band £9
Ian is a successful and popular singer and songwriter from Glasgow. He is joined by Jimmy Scott from Bo’ness who sings and plays his own brand of country gospel music and who has supported George Hamilton IV on two recent UK tours, and Moe Walker from Northern Ireland, an acclaimed singer on the music scene for many years who has appeared on STV with Alastair McDonald and the Alexander Brothers.
14th May Iona Fyfe Trio £10
Aberdeenshire singer Iona Fyfe has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. At twenty-years-old, Iona has established a strong voicing of place in her repertoire and was nominated as Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2017. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Iona has been described as “one of the best that Scotland has to offer”.
21st May Jez Hellard £10
Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, fine guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and ballads to tango, rhumba and even reggae.
28th May The Lasses £9
Since their beginnings at an Irish session in Amsterdam, lots of nice things happened to The Lasses, and some say, rightly so. Sophie Janna and Margot Merah sing together as if they were sisters; their voices blend together like a well-woven blanket, enveloping you in old songs from Scotland, England and America. When they stop singing, you reluctantly fold up the blanket, strangely feeling more alive from hearing all those tales of lives past and gone.
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4th June Marian Bradfield £9
Marian Bradfield has quickly become one of Ireland’s most successful vocalists. Since making her debut on the Gaelic-language arts program, "Cursai", on Irish National Television, she has been hailed by music critics as "the golden girl of Irish music". According to Irish music magazine, "Hot Press", “Marian pours out her heart and a rich palette of emotions". In a poll of the magazine's readers, Bradfield was voted "Ireland's top female artist", while critics named her "best solo performer ".
11th June Mairi Campbell £10
As a solo performer, Mairi is turning heads and opening hearts with her music that masterfully weaves voice, viola, storytelling and improvisation. Audiences are captivated by the power and simplicity of Mairi's elemental, rooted voice, by her extraordinary musicianship and by her mesmeric improvisations.
18th June Mile Roses £10
Three piece touring collaboration for three respected solo songwriters Kari Macleod, Kate Bramley and Simon Haworth. Born out of a musical interest in both British folk and the transatlantic connections to new country and Americana, this trio are fast gaining a reputation across the UK folk scene.
Original songs and close harmonies, accompanied by guitars, bass, cittern, mandola, mandolin and fiddle. From toe tapping folk to haunting ballads this trio have toured worldwide as independent musicians but obviously have an infectious enjoyment for this new collaboration that is guaranteed to leave audiences with a smile on their faces.
25th June Tim Edey £10
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 Melodeon, and Guitar players in the folk & contemporary scene today
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2nd July Pauline Alexander £9
Pauline Alexander is one of Scotland's finest singers who hails from the East End of Glasgow. Her beautiful vocals are reminiscent of Sandy Denny with their easy on the ear and centred style.
9th July Ivan Drever £10
Orcadian musician, Ivan Drever has been recording for over 25 years as a solo artist and with bands such as Know O'Deil and Wolfstone.
16th July Ella Munro £9
Ella Munro is a young singer hailing from the Isle of Skye. Ella’s passion for both traditional and contemporary music can be seen in her varied repertoire of Scots songs by the likes of Dick Gaughan and Adam MacNaughton (to name but a few) to her self-penned songs, rapidly gaining awareness in the folk scene.
23rd July Malinky £12
Since forming out of the Edinburgh session scene of the late ’90s Malinky has, for the past 20 years, been the leading group focusing on traditional Scots song. Malinky's line-up centres on the outstanding voices of Fiona Hunter, Steve Byrne, and Mark Dunlop and features award-winning composer Mike Vass, with instrumentation including bouzouki, guitar, fiddle, whistle, bodhrán and cello.
30th July John Hinshelwood Band £9
Over the last three decades Lanarkshire based singer/songwriter John Hinshelwood’s finely crafted, country tinged songs have firmly established his reputation as a writer and performer of distinction. With Ed McGlone on bass, Chapman Stick and vocals and Tim Black on guitars, mandolin, and vocals.
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6th August John Ward Trio £10
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.
13th August TBA
20th August Jim Malcolm £9
Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.
27th August TBA
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3rd September Friction Farm £10
Modern-folk duo Friction Farm is a husband and wife team of travelling troubadours. Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay combine storytelling, social commentary and humour to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope.
Friction Farm's lyrically rich, harmony-driven songs have earned them spots as Kerrville New Folk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists. They are winners of the South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competition and have performed as official showcase artists at the Southeast, Southwest, and Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conferences.
Performing internationally and throughout the US, Friction Farm feels at home on the road and on stage. Audiences lean into their stories, laugh at their humour, are inspired to do a little good in the world, and sing along once in a while.
10th September Maggie Holland £10
Maggie is an English singer and songwriter now living in Leith She was born and raised in Alton, Hampshire and became involved in the local folk club scene on the late 1960s. She has played in a number of bands and formed a number of collaborations with other artists, but has become well known in recent times as a solo artist and songwriter. Maggie has named her major influences as Bob Dylan, Al Stewart, Leon Rosselson, Billy Bragg, Bruce Cockburn and Robb Johnson. Several of her own songs have entered the repertoires of notable artists, such as Martin Carthy and June Tabor. In 2000, Maggie received the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Best Song of 1999” for her song “A Place Called England”.
“The proof that outstanding contemporary songs are still being written” Colin Irwin, fRoots.
17th September Steve Hicks & Lynn Goulbourn £10
Steve Hicks is one of the UK’s leading exponents of finger style guitar. Drawing on an astonishing repertoire that encompasses Classical, Celtic, Ragtime, Blues and Folk styles, he delivers material with technical skill, astute artistic integrity and a natural sense of what it means to entertain. Lynn Goulbourn is an outstanding vocalist who can handle everything from the most demanding traditional songs or jazz standards to the gentlest of lullabies, in addition to providing subtle harmonies.
24th September TBA
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1st October Bob Fox £12
Since the early 70s, Bob Fox has lovingly developed his skills in the performance of folk song in all its various forms. He has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand, has collaborated with many top musicians and is the recipient of numerous accolades and awards. His work includes The Pitmen Poets and the BBC Radio Ballads as well as many acclaimed solo recordings. In 2011 he was invited to play the Song Man in War Horse in London’s West End and subsequently in the 2013- 15 UK, Ireland and South Africa tour.
8th October Louise Jordan £10
Pouring honey into your ears and radiating charm, Louise Jordan fascinates and entertains, mixing hope with heartbreak through her acute observations of the everyday and extraordinary. Fuelled by an untamed spirit, Louise Jordan’s music is authentic and timeless, underpinned by an unassuming natural elegance that places simple honesty alongside bold imagination.
15th October Mike Silver £9
Witness Mike Silver singing live or on record, and you can immediately tell that here is an artist whose voice, musicianship and song-writing talents have been honed over a rich and well-lived lifetime. His easy rapport with his audiences, his endless fund of stories, plus his finely wrought songs of experience, observation and wisdom all bespeak a life-story worth many more songs and stories to come.
22nd October Dark Horses £10
Flossie Malavialle met Keith Donnelly in 2001 at the Spring Thing Festival in Darlington and they soon became firm friends. She liked his songs, he liked her style... not long after that, they decided to team up and started playing folk festivals together, simply stunning people in the process with their material... which inspired Keith to name their duo 'Dark Horses'. A unique combination of styles'' Flossie's sublime and dynamic singing enhances Keith's beautifully crafted songs.' They perform together as often as their respective solo schedules allow it, delighting audiences with their obvious chemistry on stage and beautiful renditions of Keith's heartfelt compositions.
29th October Carrie Martin £8
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.
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5th November TBA
12th November Robin Laing £9
Robin Laing is one of Scotland's leading musicians. His albums have established him as a major force in songwriting. He is also a fine singer of traditional song.
19th November Winter Wilson £9
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.
26th November Fiona Hunter & Mike Vass £10
Fiona Hunter is one of Scotland’s foremost traditional singers and is fast garnering a reputation as a highly gifted song interpreter. Fiona has also been twice nominated in the Scots Singer of the Year category at the awards. Mike Vass is one of the most creative forces on the Scottish music scene. As a musician, composer, producer and arranger Vass has amassed a body of work that encompasses early appearances as a livewire young fiddler, collaborations with many of the leading voices among today’s Scots and Gaelic tradition bearers, delivering multi-media performances, overseeing critically acclaimed recordings, and scoring for prestigious ensembles.
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3rd December cua £12
John Davidson, Shane Booth & Ros O'Meara bring together dynamic and contrasting instrumentation and vocal arrangements. The group have an expansive acoustic soundtrack blending guitars, fiddle, bouzouki, percussion and 3 part harmony arrangements to create a world music folk styling that the group call Atlantean. The cua live experience has been compared to the intricacies of Planxty melodies combined with the harmony skills of Crosby, Stills and Nash.
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