13th February Arthur Johnstone & The Stars Band £10
Arthur Johnstone has established himself as the defining voice of songs of protest and struggle; though they are always delivered with large doses of both humour and humanity. Arthur is more than ably supported by the Stars Band: Brian Miller - guitar, mandolin, vocals; Charlie Soane - fiddle, mandolin; Gavin Livingstone - piano, guitars, banjo.
20th February 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.
27th February Pilgrims’ Way £10
Pilgrims' Way - Off the wall, colourful, energetic. With influences starting in early music, passing through Playford and the Morris traditions, picking up prog, soul, and pop, it's impossible to categorise the sound they make as folk music is fed through their unique steam driven sound-mincing engine.
6th March Rod Sinclair £8
Rod Sinclair is a Danish/Scottish folk musician hailing from St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland. He has had his base in Ribe, Denmark since the late 60's. Rod Sinclair will be known from all the large folk festivals in Denmark and most of the ones abroad.
13th March Other Roads £10
Other Roads are one of the finest contemporary folk bands to emerge in recent years. Based in the UK, they also tour regularly in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Spain, and continue to gain popularity in new countries across the globe. Pete Abbot, Gregor Borland, and Dave Walmsley draw upon their diverse backgrounds in Scotland, England and Africa to create an exciting and original sound. Other Roads perform an eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary and original compositions, ranging from soft lilting ballads to foot-stomping Celtic fiddle tunes and choruses. With expert musicianship, infectious enthusiasm and a touch of humour, their concerts are memorable occasions.
20th March Matt McGinn plus Support £10
Matt McGinn is a magical live performer and a lynch-pin of the Irish music scene. His current album, Latter Day Sinner proves right those who rate him as a leading Irish singer songwriter – and it has been gathering rave reviews. Matt has also enjoyed much success touring worldwide, performing with everyone from Nanci Griffith to Kim Richey Radio 2’s Bob Harris, no less, has seen Matt live and said: “He is fantastic.” His songs are heartfelt and he plays beautifully with a heart-warming touch, we’re in for a treat with this show. (In association with the Fallen Angels Club www.fallenangelsclub.com)
27th March Tannara £10
Converging from across the country, Tannara are entangled within Scotland’s rich web of traditions. What they play is best described as contemporary Scottish folk music: considered, complex, arrangements that surround original tunes, modern tunes and traditional ballads. Collective experience makes gives their musical approach a unique flavour. Despite the material’s modernity, it’s hardwired in spirit to the tradition, of which their music is a continuation. At no point is the music pretty and delicate. When they play, there’s a raw energy that brings booming sets of tunes and songs together with moments of knot-in-stomach beauty. Its four big personalities bouncing off each other to create big sounds.
3rd April Frank McLaughlin & Stewart Hardy £10
Fiddle virtuoso Stewart Hardy and Scottish guitarist/piper Frank McLaughlin possess a rare musical kinship, holding listeners spellbound with their interplay as they explore music rooted in the traditions of Scotland, the Borders and Northumberland while incorporating sensibilities from the worlds of classical, blues, klezmer and jazz. The performance will feature lots of new material from their forthcoming release.The unique and versatile approach Stewart and Frank bring to their music, combined with their ability to draw on a wide variety of styles, produces an uplifting and joyous performance.
10th April Allan Taylor £10
For 40 years he has been considered as the consummate performer, a writer of literary gracefulness whose troubadour chronicles encapsulate the realism of otherwise unsung heroes, otherwise uncharted lives. His songs are faultlessly constructed and flawlessly performed, with his instantly recognisable voice, attractively dark and mellow, and his intricately detailed yet full-sounding guitar playing. His songs are written from a lifetime of travelling; always the observer passing through, each song is a vignette of life, like a story told over a drink in a bar.
17th April Andy Irvine £12
Andy is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as "a tradition in himself". Musician, singer, songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his over 50-year career.
Andy has been at the helm of legendary bands like Sweeney’s Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s, and then Patrick Street, Mozaik, LAPD and recently Usher’s Island. Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians.
24th April Briege Murphy £9
Briege Murphy is a singer-songwriter from Co. Armagh in Ireland. She was reared in an area and family, steeped in traditional Irish music, and for many years was a member of the Comhaltas there. As a young mother ,she began to write her own contemporary folk songs, which have been descibed as “having their roots in the tradition”.
1st May Fil Campbell & Tom McFarland £9
Irish singer Fil Campbell is most at home on a stage. Her lively and emotional performance of Irish songs, both traditional and new, has enchanted audiences across Europe. “Fil Campbell has a gently commanding way with a song … she draws you in slowly until it’s a case of sweet surrender.” Folk Roots.
8th May Ben Sures £8
Ben’s live shows are captivating. He is a great entertainer, funny, smart, musical and a gifted guitar player. He has won and been a finalist in all the International Songwriting contests, John Lennon, International and The USA songwriting competition. Raised in Canada’s ‘Austin of the north’ Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ben began playing guitar and writing songs at age 15. He performs with a seldom duplicated sense of intimacy that draws the listener inextricably into the folds of his melodic story telling.
15th May Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente £10
2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente have been described as 'a vocal/guitar duo like no other'. Coming from the Isle of Lewis (Josie) and from Spain (Pablo), it’s no wonder that their music doesn’t focus on just one place or on just one musical tradition. They are both well versed in music from many lands and many different influences.
They are a guitar and vocal duo performing in Gaelic, Scots and in English. Their music is made up from many different elements and styles including ancient ballads, Gaelic 'puirt a beul' and industrial songs from the mines and cotton mills as well as original songs written by themselves.
22nd May Squirrel Hillbillies £9
From deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh's East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies often emerge to share their eclectic mix of folk, country and blues. Rabidly social and clawingly curious, they relish opportunities to interact with diverse audiences. Through a collaborative, nonlinear songwriting process, duo partners Jenny Wolsk and Gary Crouth draw from personal experiences, third-hand stories, and vivid imaginations to craft songs that are unpredictable and quirky yet widely accessible.
29th May Kyle Carey £9
The ingredients of Kyle Carey’s music include the songs of the American Folk Anthology, the Appalachian poetry of Louise McNeill, and the traditional music of Ireland, Cape Breton and Scotland.
The results are well described by Jeremy Searle of R2 Magazine ‘Kyle Carey is, quite simply, a delight. Drawing from both the American and British folk traditions, her songs, including some very fine originals, are beautifully crafted and performed. She’s assured, confident, charming and irresistible’.
5th June Tommy Sands £12
Tommy Sands, County Down's singer, songwriter and social activist, has achieved something akin to legendary status in his own lifetime. From the pioneering tours with the highly influential Sands Family, playing Carnegie Hall to Moscow's Olympic Stadium, he has become one of Ireland's most powerful songwriters and enchanting performers.
12th June Martyn Wyndham-Read £9
Martyn Wyndham-Read has been involved with folk music for over forty years. In his late teens he left his mother’s farm in Sussex and headed off, with his guitar, to Australia where he worked on a sheep station Emu Springs in South Australia. It was while he was there that he heard, first hand, the old songs sung by some of the station hands at Emu Springs and he became captivated by these songs and the need to know more of them and where they came from grew.
19th June Robb Johnson £9 Robb Johnson is now widely recognised as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today. His songs feature in the repertoires of a wide variety of musicians, from folk legend Roy Bailey to acclaimed cabaret diva Barb Jungr, & he enjoys a similarly diverse spectrum of critical acclaim – “a modern-day Dostoyevsky” said the US’s Dirty Linen, Mojo made the double CD Gentle Men Folk Album Of The Month, while The Daily Telegraph made it their Folk Album Of 1998, & Tony Benn said that Johnson’s “Winter Turns To Spring” was his favourite song.
26th June RCS 1st Year Scottish Traditional Music Students £8
An evening of traditional music featuring the 1st year students of the Bachelor of Music Traditional Music programme.
3rd July Chris Cleverley £9
Award winning Songwriter and guitarist Chris Cleverley is renowned for his ability to draw audiences to the edge of their seats with hauntingly delivered tales of ghost women, lonesome clock towers, lovelorn mariners and hospital beds. Chris has crafted a reputation as a songwriter of singular ability with characteristic original and traditional material that has resonated deeply with audiences up and down the UK. With guitar playing ancestry pulsing through his veins, Chris is fast gaining the accolade of being among the most masterful players on the scene. Continuing the legacy of his heroes such as Nic Jones and John Renbourn his playing style faithfully captures the essence of the folk revival and its musical heavyweights.
10th July Sylvia Barnes & Sandy Stanage £8
Sylvia Barnes’ pedigree in traditional music is a long and distinguished one. Among the very top flight of Scots singers, Sylvia is a dramatic performer with a wonderful voice. She can render passion, humour and gentle sentiment with equal ease. Her deep commitment to her songs and her involvement in them bring them to life in a way that few other singers can achieve. Sandy is considered one of Scotland's finest guitar players.
17th July Eilidh Steel & Mark Neal £8
Eilidh & Mark are a Scottish duo who are in great demand in the UK and abroad. Their performances combine many of their own tunes and songs along with old traditional music on fiddle, guitar and vocals, with many influences from Argyll and the West Coast of Scotland. They have toured extensively around Europe with concerts in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at Celtic Connections, outdoor gigs to over 4000 people in Verona, supported the pop band Madness and have been the backing band for actor/singer Ewan McGregor.
24th July Anderson, Byrne, Devine £10
Francy Devine is a fine singer, long established in and around Dublin, of primarily traditional songs with a fair smattering of political ones thrown in. A founder member of the Howth Singing Circle.
Steve Byrne is a founder member of Scotland’s foremost and innovative folk group, Malinky, and one of the most sort after accompanists. A wonderful singer in his own right. Paul Anderson is the finest Scots fiddler of his generation. He has won most fiddling competitions in Scotland including the premier event “The Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Championship”. Following in the tradition of Scott Skinner and others, Paul is a composer of great repute and is in constant demand world-wide for both his playing and composing.
31st July Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter £10 Jenn and Laura-Beth have each been a presence on the UK folk scene for a number of years. They were brought together by the close-knit and progressive Glasgow folk music community, spending lots of their time jamming an eclectic mix of folk music from across the globe, particularly the UK, Scandinavia and America. The years of playing together brought a deep affinity between the two artists; their rhythms lock tightly, their voices blend so closely that it’s often hard to tell them apart. They have developed a natural telepathy: two musicians bound together.
7th August Ian Bruce £9
Ian is one of the great singer/songwriters of the Scottish Folk and a fine interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns.
14th August Wendy Weatherby Band £10
Beautiful heart-wrenching songs, lively cello tunes and lots of laughter from Edinburgh's own bubbly queen of folk Wendy Weatherby and her all-star band, featuring Fiona Cuthill & Stevie Lawrence (fiddle & guitar) and Sandy Brechin on accordion and keyboards. Expect to hear fantastic traditional Scots songs and cracking traditional tune sets, featuring many of Wendy's own compositions. Wendy has a big voice and a big personality, and is a well known name in both the folk and jazz worlds, as well as in theatre, where she has composed for and performed in a multitude of shows.
21st August Friel Sisters £10
Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians born in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Derrynamansher). Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with songs sang in unison, many from their family and local repertoire.
28th August Katarina Juvancic and Dejan Lapanja £8
Katarina & Dejan's music, with a basis in both folk and rock, is built on stories of women set to imaginative, rich and enthralling musical landscapes. Emotionally intense, dramatic singing and extraordinary musicianship combined with the empowering nature of storytelling makes their music a unique listening experience. “ Emotionally intense dramatic singing and some really barbed difficult stuff. Outrageous musicianship. It's mighty!” - Karine Polwart
4th September Gemma Khawaja £8
Gemma is a singer/guitarist from the Midlands (now based in Norfolk) performing traditional songs of the British Isles & creating songs inspired by folkloric customs. She enjoys stories & themes found in traditional songs & ballads and loves the richness & beauty of the melodies and the journey each song takes you on.
11th September Bob Wood £9
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 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 Sally Simpson (strings), Innes White (guitar) and Conal McDonagh (whistles & pipes).
25th September Colum Sands £10
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
9th October Andrew Gordon
Andrew Gordon was born in Fort William on the West Coast of Scotland. He has been performing for over 20 years and has played all over Scotland, as well as Europe and North America. He plays a wide range of traditional songs, as well as some slightly more modern folk music, accompanied by guitar and bodhran.
16th October Damien Barber & Mike Wilson £10
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 £10
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 Dave Francey £10
Scottish-born Canadian, David Francey is recognized as one of today’s finest singer-songwriters. "David’s straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and real places. Poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter are trademarks of the man and his music. His songs and stories are a direct connection for audiences seeking depth and meaning in the day-to-day." Shelter Valley Folk Festival.
6th November Claire Whitewith Robbie Leask £10
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.
13th November TBA
20th November Anthony–John Clarke & Dave Pegg £12
“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 £8
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' (Songlines.co.uk). 'Tirade has individual expertise and command of mood by the bucketful. Recommended' (John O'Regan, LivingTradition.co.uk). Not to be missed
4th December Jez Lowe’s “ Geordies Winter Almanac Radio Roadshow” £12
Songwriter Jez Lowe returns to his North East roots in a special seasonal presentation that harks back to the old Tyneside radio shows of the 1950's. Gather round the winter firesides of the cottages and terraces in the shadow of the dockyard cranes and the pit-wheels, for an evening of songs, tunes, recitations and comedy, with a backdrop of archive film and photographs. Jez will be joined by his long-time band The Bad Pennies, with Kate Bramley (vocals/ violin), Andy May (Northumbrian Pipes) and David De La Haye (bass), plus special guests Tyneside balladeer Benny Graham and young multi-instrumentalist Andrew Cadie for a night of homespun revelry, Geordie Style.
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