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wolfstone

Wolfstone

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In 1989, Duncan Chisholm, a first-class exponent of the traditional Scottish Highland fiddle, along with vocalist and acoustic guitarist, Stuart Eaglesham, formed ‘Wolfstone’.

Later that year and with all the other ‘embryonic’ members of the initial line-up firmly in place, the band performed their launch-pad gig at the very first Highland Traditional Music Festival in Dingwall.

The rest as they say, is history, and for more than 21 years, Wolfstone, with Duncan and Stuart and long term Piper Stevie Saint, as the mainstays of the band’s line-up, have taken their living, breathing, adrenalin inducing version of the evolving folk tradition across the World.
With several highly successful performances at major Festivals in the UK, Continental Europe and Scandinavia last year; including the renowned Celtic Connections, the Gosport Easter Festival, the Burns Festival, The Wickham Festival, the award winning Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and the superb Tonder Festival (Denmark) plus many more in Spain and Switzerland, etc; Wolfstone is well proven as a very popular ‘Festival’ band and guaranteed to have any crowd singing and dancing the night away!

http://www.wolfstone.co.uk/

Dick Gaughan

Dick Gaughan

Dick Gaughan

Well, firstly, and most importantly, Dick Gaughan is a Scot, from Leith on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. Leith, once a separate port, has been part of Edinburgh since the 1920s but has retained a distinct identity.

He has been a professional musician and singer since Jan 1970. Has been playing guitar since the age of 7 and made his first solo album in 1971. Working mainly in the areas now known as “Folk” or “Celtic” music, he has recorded quite extensively since then in many countries and in various combinations. Has also worked extensively as a session musician in a wide variety of musical styles.

http://www.dickgaughan.co.uk/

Duncan Chisholm

Duncan Chisholm Trio

Duncan Chisholm

Duncan Chisholm is one of Scotland’s most recognised and accomplished fiddle players and composers. Born and brought up near Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, Duncan has spent most of his life developing his unique musical voice which led him to being nominated within the ‘Musician of the Year’ category in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013. Fiddle playing at its best, Duncan’s feather-light handling of dynamics and ornamentation, allied with his pure-distilled tone, lend his characteristic spine-tingling magic to his music.

http://www.duncanchisholm.com/

nizlopi

Nizlopi

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At the age of thirteen, bass player John Parker and singer Luke Concannon met on the school bus. They became good friends, and sat in a room for hours after school, playing and writing songs. They evolved in to the duo ‘Nizlopi’. Their difficulties at school, later inspiring their number one hit, ‘The JCB Song’.

In 2013 after a four-year respite, Nizlopi came back to play some wonderful shows together around the UK. This November they are touring the UK and Ireland, and hosting one of their songwriters residentials! Songs are getting written, and Nizlopi hope to record another album in the near future.

http://www.nizlopi.com/

john kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick

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John Kirkpatrick was born in Chiswick, West London in 1947. A deep love of music was instilled from birth, and family gatherings always included a hearty sing-song. School choirs, the Church choir, playing recorder and piano ensues, until he joined the Hammersmith Morris Men, in their second week, in 1959.

Whilst with the team he took up the melodeon, then the button accordion, then the anglo concertina, and got hooked on the traditional songs that were accompanied with a post-dancing pint.

John has gone on to become one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician, as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music. He has been a member of the Albion Country Band, Magic Lantern, The Richard Thompson Band, Umps and Dumps, Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey, Trans-Europe Diatonique, and Band of Hope, as well as numerous ceilidh bands.

He rejoined The Albion Band for The National Theatre productions of “Lark Rise” and “Candleford”, and from 1980 has regularly worked on shows at The Victoria Theatre (later The New Victoria Theatre) in North Staffordshire, The Orchard Theatre Touring Company based in Devon, and elsewhere. As songwriter, composer, choreographer, and musical director, he has contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and on radio. And as featured artiste, band member, or session player, his music can be heard on over 200 different commercial recordings.

John has lived in Shropshire since 1973, where he had four sons by his first marriage. Now happily re-married, he still dances, with all four sons (on a good day), with the Morris team he founded in 1975, The Shropshire Bedlams.

http://www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk/

Leveret

Leveret

Leveret

Leveret features three of England’s finest musicians in an exciting new collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and are involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.

Andy Cutting is a unique player of the melodeon, known for his work with Martin Simpson, Blowzabella, Chris Wood, June Tabor, Kate Rusby, and many more. Sam Sweeney, the fiddle player in Bellowhead, is also in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, working with Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, The Full English, Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party, and his own project Made in the Great War. Rob Harbron has reinvented the English concertina and is known for his work with The Full English, Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, Fay Hield, Emma Reid and the English Acoustic Collective.

Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but is fresh and new, with original settings of ancient tunes sitting alongside new compositions by some of today’s finest tunesmiths. Sophisticated and honest, considered and spontaneous, there is nothing else that sounds quite like this trio.

http://www.leveretband.com/

Barrule

Barrule

Barrule

A fusion of three distinct musical forces – Mabon front-man and accordion wizard Jamie Smith, gifted 21 year-old fiddle-player Tomas Callister and versatile accompanist Adam Rhodes (Mabon) on bouzouki – Barrule’s fresh approach to traditional Manx music evokes an atmosphere that reflects the diverse natural beauty of the island: from rousing marches, jigs and reels to sorrowful slow airs and beautiful songs sung in both English and the Manx Gaelic language. Stories are told of ancient Celtic Gods, of unrequited love, of the toils of island life. And always the sea is close by.

Formed in 2012, Barrule’s three legs have hit the ground running with major festival appearances including Celtic Connections, WOMAD Charlton Park, Sidmouth, Festival Interceltique de Lorient and the National Celtic Festival in Melbourne. Their debut self-titled album won many plaudits and has been awarded ‘Best Debut’ in the Spiral Earth awards 2014. Download a free single from the album at www.barruletrio.com.

http://www.barruletrio.com/

Elephant sessions

Elephant Sessions

Elephant sessions

Award winning Neo-Trad quintet forged in the Highlands of Scotland. Drawing influence from many different genres, they create a progressive blend of intricate tunes, engulfing guitars, monsterous bass and pounding drums. Already renowned for their breathtaking live shows, this summer saw the band climb to new heights with the release of their debut album: The Elusive Highland Beauty.

“Quite possibly the best instrumental debut since ‘Venus in Tweeds’ by Shooglenifty”

Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland Travelling Folk

http://elephantsessions.com/

Will Pound Band

Will Pound Band

Will Pound Band

The Will Pound Band is the brain child of Harmonica wizard Will Pound. Recognised as one of the best harmonica players on the planet, Will has sort out some of the UK folk scenes leading instrumentalists to join him in creating a unique sound that draws on many aspects of traditional music from around the world. The WPB explore Irish, Scottish, English and Appalachian music during a typical set combining this with shades of the Blues, Bluegrass and Jazz to create a sound that is both steeped in tradition and progressive in its approach.

Joining Will is Henry Webster – Fiddle, John Parker – Double Bass and beat-boxing and Chris Sarjeant – Guitars and Vocals. All three musicians have made names for themselves on the UK folk scene in their own right, all have released albums and as one half of Nizlopi, John has even scored a number 1 with 2005’s ‘JCB Song’!

http://thewillpoundband.com/

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Serious Kitchen Story Telling

serious kitchen

Nick Hennessey, Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer combine as serious kitchen.

http://www.seriouskitchen.co.uk/

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Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

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Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer have developed a strong reputation for a delivering great performances time and time again. Once known mainly for for their instrumental skills with Scottish smallpipes, accordion and Swedish nyckelharpa, they are now being accepted as impressive song arrangers and writers.

Vicki & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst equally creating original self penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh.

http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk/

wizz jones

Wizz Jones

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Inspired by hearing Big Bill Broonzy and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Wizz Jones learnt his guitar licks from the likes of Davy Graham and Long John Baldry whilst playing in the coffee bars of London’s Soho in the late 1950’s.

He then followed the time-honoured buskers’ trail from the streets of Paris to the markets of Marrakech during the early 1960’s and returned to Britain with a unique acoustic guitar style, an eclectic repertoire and a ‘right hand worthy of Broonzy’!
John Renbourn, Clapton and Keith Richards have all named him as an important early influence and in May 2012 Bruce Springsteen opened his Berlin show with Wizz’s song ‘When I Leave Berlin’.

After more than 50 years ‘on the road’ Wizz continues to tour on the Acoustic Folk and Blues circuit, usually solo but sometimes with his Son Simeon on Sax, Flute and Harmonica.

http://www.wizzjones.com/

HarpAndMonkey

Harp and a Monkey

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Songs about cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims… we can only be talking about the folk experimentalists Harp and a Monkey.

The harp ‘n’ banjo driven electro-folk-storytelling of Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboards), Simon Jones (harp, guitar, viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, melodica, guitar and programming) is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance.

http://www.harpandamonkey.com/

Telling the bees

Telling the Bees

Telling the bees

Telling the Bees are an innovative acoustic band making a unique and original music they call darkly crafted folk. They met in 2007 at Oxford’s legendary Catweazle Club, and have released two acclaimed albums, Untie the Wind and An English Arcanum. In 2011 they expanded to the current five-piece line-up and are currently working towards a new release.

Taking their inspiration from folklore, landscape, psychedelia, paganism, and the politics of protest, Telling the Bees mix driving songs and tune-sets with haunting ballads. Intelligent lyrics, exotic rhythms and modes, and instruments as varied as fiddle, mandolin, cello, double bass, concertina, stomp box and English bagpipes are brought together in skilful arrangements, wild at times, gentle at others. With a powerful sound, Telling the Bees conjure vivid images, as crafted, rugged and graceful as a woodcut.

http://www.tellingthebees.co.uk/

kestoncobblers

Keston Cobblers Club

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There’s something simply unmistakable about Keston Cobblers Club. It’s something that their growing legion of fans knows. It’s something you can’t fail to miss if you catch them live. It’s something that oozes out of their carefully crafted artwork – all created by the band themselves – from the CD that folds up into a train set to the ‘Cobblers Passport’, a personalized fan-book of set lists and sundries that fans can get ‘stamped’ at each show. The Cobblers’ music isn’t just uplifting – it’s often a full-on celebration. Their live shows are joyous occasions with a genuine warmth that would convert even the hardest of hearts.

But don’t be fooled by the fun-factor; these are serious musicians with serious skills. They have an enviable knack with cleverly catchy choruses and can dash off a euphoric anthem as easily as a haunting ballad that can move audiences to a spellbound silence.

http://kestoncobblers.club/

The-Teacups

The Teacups

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Alex Cumming, Kate Locksley, Rosie Calvert and Will Finn met whilst studying on the Folk Degree at the University of Newcastle and formed The Teacups in 2010. It’s an age-old format – a quartet of singers: two men, two women – performing an age-old collection of songs.

But The Teacups are new, they’re young, and their debut album , One For The Pot, revels in the vibrancy of youth, and all that heartache, or confusion, or euphoria, that goes with it.

And the best way to get that across to the listeners? Through unadorned, gutsy singing, where arrangements add the intrigue. With open mouths and hands chopping through the air like scythes, the listener will be compelled to join in on impact, learning the words and the tune in tandem if they didn’t know it before.

http://haystackmusic.co.uk/

Teyr

Teyr

Teyr

Forged amongst the hustle and bustle of North London’s folk scene, Teyr (“3″ in the Cornish language) are a trio of players who showcase the many sounds of the British Isles. With roots running from Ireland to Wales to Cornwall, James Gavin (guitar and fiddle), Dominic Henderson (uilleann pipes) and Tommie Black-Roff (accordion) capture the hybridity of contemporary life within traditional music, injecting it with a shot of youth and transform. Having met on the Trad music scene through late night sessions, each performer holds an intuitive sense of folk music, evident in their deft new arrangements of fiery tunes and songs as well as original material.

Influenced by neo-folk groups such as Lau, Kan and Lúnasa, the trio are a force to be reckoned with, particularly in a live setting. And with high-drama, high-energy and high-jinx, their performances will remain stamped on the audience’s minds for a long-time after.

http://www.teyr.co.uk/

zzbirmingham

ZZ Birmingham

zzbirmingham

Bringing his blues to the people in a career spanning three decades, his charismatic stage presence, dynamic musical skills and fund of blues lore continue to enthral blues fans nation-wide. Equally at home fronting his powerful electric band in a Howling Wolf song, trading harmonies at a folk festival with washboard wizard Miss Carmen and acting the bard with his stories and ballads, ZZB is all blues.

http://zzbirmingham.com/

gasworks

Gasworks Singers

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The Gasworks Singers are an offshoot of the Gasworks Choir, for those who have been in the choir for a while and wish to sing more, keep the old songs going and perform them for local charity events.

http://www.gasworkschoir.co.uk/

trowmen

The Roaring Trowmen

trowmen

The Roaring Trowmen are a group of four hearty men in Bristol (UK) who sing sea shanties and folk songs. And they drink beer.

They love singing a good rousing sea shanty and want to share their enjoyment with the world – or at least a bit of it.

http://roaringtrowmen.co.uk/

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Old Somerset Russets

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The Old Somerset Russet Village Band is a group of local instrumentalists who get together to play mainly traditional music. Typically the group consists of a mixture of wind, string and free reed players.

In the past, many villages had a small band that played for local events – dances, parties, street parades and at the village fair. The same band may well have played for church services before the advent of organs. There are a few tales of inappropriate tunes mistakenly played after a long, sleep inducing sermon…..

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Jez Hellard & the Djukella Orchestra

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A singer of potent songs, stunning harmonica player, guitarist and producer, Jez Hellard thrives on music of all stripes. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs and reels to tango, rhumba, funk and reggae. From original and traditional songs to rare gems from some of the world`s greatest, if lesser known song-writers; often fellow troubadors who Jez has met in many years on the road.

http://www.jezhellard.com/

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The Drystones

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The Drystones are our very own home grown band. Their first ever performance was here at Priddy. They are a young (still doing their A levels) lively folk duo from Priddy playing violin, guitar and whistle, who have made a big splash since they formed in July 11. They won the 2011 Mid Somerset Battle of The Bands, and have played festivals all over the West Country (including Sidmouth, Village Pump  and Purbeck), and at their 2013 Glastonbury Festival performance they were highlighted by Steve Lamacq on Radio 2 as his “recommendation of the day”. They are currently working on their second album. The first was featured in a Fatea showcase and made Album of the Week by Emma Britton on BBC Somerset who describes them as the “Heston Blumenthals of Folk”! For just two people they make a lot of sound, you will not be bored!

http://www.thedrystones.co.uk/

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDrystones

https://www.facebook.com/TheDrystones