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Gig-Guide 2018



- September-


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
Ryan Young with Jenn Butterworth
Ryan is an emerging young fiddle player from Scotland - one of a 'new wave' of young players bringing fresh and inventive ideas to traditional Scottish music.
Ryan's fiddle playing is brimming with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision. Accompanied by Jenn Butterworth on guitar.

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
Ribbon Road
Ribbon Road sing beautifully crafted songs drawing from folk music's long tradition yet relevant to our ever-changing modern times. Based on tight harmonies and simple instrumental arrangements which accentuate the words, their sound has a powerful directness often missing in contemporary song.

13th November
Steve Dan Mills
American singer songwriter Steve Dan Mills has pursued a solo career since the mid 70’s, performing at the Sark Folk Festival, Cornwall Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, London Folk Festival, Belfast Nashville Songwriter’s Festival and many of the UK’s Top Folk and Acoustic Clubs. His music has been described as “the real thing, sensitive, moving, cathartic and healing.” He combines powerful, soulful vocals with compelling original songs, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica. His masterful story telling, based on rich and challenging life experiences now form a significant catalogue of work. His songs elicit tears and laughter in equal measure, simultaneously instilling hope for all listening. In recent years Mills has relocated to London and is performing regularly in folk clubs throughout the UK.

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!




Gig-Guide 2019



- February -


12th February
Tannahill Weavers
The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts.

19th February
Ewan McLennan
Ewan McLennan has come to be known as a guitarist at the very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue. From a BBC Horizon Award for his debut album to his recent performances on the acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions, recent years have been marked by numerous awards and accolades for his music.

26th February
Kieran Halpin
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.


- March -

5th March
Dave Gibb
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 MarchHarbottle & Jonas
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 with Jonny Hardie & Charlie McKerron
“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
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.


- April -

2nd April

9th April
Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
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
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
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
Kelly Oliver
Award-winning singer songwriter Kelly Oliver channels the drama of Irish folk with a tender, melancholic vocal delivery and heart-stopping acoustic fingerpicking. Testament to the strength of her craft, Kelly’s debut album This Land received the Help Musicians UK Emerging Excellence Award last year and also placed in The Telegraph’s Best Folk Albums of the Year poll.


- May -

7th May
Ian Walker Band
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
Winona Wilde
Noosa Al-Sarraj (also known as Winona Wilde) is singer who writes songs that give space to voices not often heard. She tells stories that aren’t often told. The much-travelled Canadian singer/songwriter continues to redefine the image of the troubadour, documenting her life and observing the world with both biting wit and heartbreaking honesty.

21st May
Jez Hellard
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
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.


- June -

4th June
Marian Bradfield
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
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
Three piece touring collaboration for three respected solo songwriters Edwina Hayes, 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
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


- July -

2nd July
Pauline Alexander & Sandy Stanage
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.   Performing as part of an acoustic duo with the founding member of Kentigern and fine virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist; Sandy Stanage.

9th July
Ivan Drever
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
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

30th July
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.


- August -

6th August

13th August

20th August
Jim Malcolm
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


- September -

3rd September
Friction Farm
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
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
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


- October -

1st October

8th October

15th October
Mike Silver
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
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
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.


- November -

5th November

12th November
Robin Laing
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
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


- December -

3rd December


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