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 Ryan Young with Jenn Butterworth £10
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 £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
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 £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 Haggerdash £9
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
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 “ Thor’d Out! ” £12 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!
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