Assembly Lane: Folk Without Fences

Folk music’s global reach is one of the themes of this year’s Priddy and nowhere will that be more obvious than with the appeance of Assembly Lane. Made up of four young musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, the Newcastle-based quartet fuse folk from the British Isles and America.

Their dynamic arrangements of traditional and contemporary material effortlessly blend ancient ballads and progressive bluegrass with rich vocal harmonies and instrumental flair. Their debut album ‘Northbound’, recorded by Josh Clark at Get Real Audio, [Kate Rusby, Flook], was released to universally positive reviews in November 2017.

Fiddle player and vocalist Niles Krieger was born and raised in Connecticut and moved to the UK in 2011. He has a unique fiddle style that merges influences from both sides of the Atlantic into a seamless whole. He has lent this style to many live and studio projects and is also a full-time member of UK bluegrass stalwarts The Often Herd (formerly The Kentucky Cow Tippers).

Matthew Ord is the band’s guitarist and primary vocalist, mixing emotive singing with virtuosic flatpicking and fingerpicking. He is a skilful arranger and interpreter of traditional ballads, and has a passion for old-time Appalachian music which he plays on fiddle and clawhammer banjo.

Tom Kimber, originally from Bath, plays mandolin and banjo, among other instruments and is no stranger to Priddy having played here last year with 2015 Danny Kyle Award winners Pons Aelius.

Tom reached the final stage of the BBC Young Folk Awards before moving to Newcastle in 2011 and is a prolific writer of tunes; his compositional style is decidedly contemporary and draws influences from a remarkably wide range of genres.

Completing the band is bassist Bevan Morris. Raised in Lincolnshire, Bevan is also a member of Pons Aelius and will double up at Priddy with an appearance with his other, other band Dallahan.

To get a taste of just how good they are, click here