9th April Mairearad Green & Anna Massie £12
Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are a truly captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence. Mairearad and Anna both grew up in the Scottish Highlands amidst very similar musical backgrounds, and so share an innate understanding of Scottish culture and music.
16th April Hannah Rarity £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 Innes White (guitar) and John Lowrie (piano).
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; 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; John Graham (Clydesiders) and Ken Russell (on small pipes).
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 ". Marian will be joined by a friend on Ukulele Bass (and vocals) to add a little to the evening.
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 George Duff £10
Top Scots traditional singer/guitarist George Duff performs songs from his new album "The Collier Laddie" featuring classics by Robert Burns, songs from the coalmining industry and Scottish and Irish traditional songs and music. Accompanied by Kevin Macleod (The Occasionals), John Martin(Tannahill Weavers) and Mike Katz (Tannahill Weavers). "One of the most soulful of Scots voices" (Karine Polwart), "One of the Scottish scene's best rounded performers" (Kris Drever).
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 Archie Fisher £9
Archie is a seminal figure in the Scottish folk revival and one of Scotland's finest songwriters and performers. His interpretations of traditional songs, his own compositions and the material of his fellow contemporary songwriters are fully endorsed by those who know and care.
20th August Jim & Susie Malcolm £9
For the past 30 years and more, Jim Malcolm has been a Scots troubadour, taking the traditional songs of Scotland and his own prizewinning compositions to all corners of the UK, and around almost every state in the USA. His voice is one of the finest in Scotland, accompanied by meticulous guitar playing and mouth organ. Jim will be accompanied by his wife Susie, an award-winning traditional singer herself, with songs from the North East and a penchant for ballads. Together they offer harmonies and humour, tales from the road, the riverside and from the home front, and are not to be missed.
27th August Paul Downes £10
Paul's sensitive and yet fun approach to his live performances puts him among the most respected artists on the British acoustic music scene today. He has been introduced (much to his embarrassment) as one of the greatest acoustic guitarists in the world. It is easy to see why when you see the dazzling array of styles he performs with effortless brilliance, but at the same time he considers himself as a singer of songs, rather than a guitar technician.
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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 James Keelaghan with Hugh McMillan £10
Called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons. As the calendar pages have turned, for almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, curiosity intent and intensity. Possessed of an insatiable appetite for finding the next unique story line, Keelaghan forges his pieces with brilliant craftsmanship and monogrammed artistic vision, making him one of the most distinctive and readily identifiable voices on both the Canadian and international singer-songwriter scenes. His songbook has enlightened, enthralled, and been embraced, by audiences around the world. With Hugh McMillan on bass.
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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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