Jaywalkers 2


Astounding abilities and virtuoso talents.....the chemistry between them is electrifying.....

The summer of 2012 saw The Jaywalkers – BBC Young Folk Award finalists 2009 – cement their place as one of the most exciting, virtuosic and entertaining young bands working on the British folk scene. June 4th saw the eagerly awaited release of their 2nd album – Early for a Thursday – but their busy summer was already well under way, with the band performing at over 24 festivals, from the farthest reaches of the A9 in North Scotland to the Southern tip of Swanage and an Eastern-most point of Broadstairs (and many places in-between). There was just enough time to fit in a quick trip to Europe, where the band were placed 3rd at the European World of Bluegrass in Holland (making them the 3rd best Bluegrass band in Europe…or, that’s how we say it anyway). 


Tom McConville David Newey

Legendary Geordie Singer Fiddle Player and Great Singer Songwriter Guitarist

Tom McConville, primarily known as The Newcastle Fiddle Player,is one of the leading fiddle players of our time. A virtuoso musician and fantastic singer, his rich and warm voice makes his interpretation of traditional and contemporary songs greatly admired by singers throughout the world. In great demand as a performer, session musician and teacher, playing the fiddle is his lifelong passion and he has achieved every player’s dream of creating his own unique, instantly recognizable sound.

His live performances combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes - through beautiful slow airs and of course, great singing - all presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style. Born on Tyneside, Tom was brought up in The Globe pub just off the famous Scotswood Road (You can’t get more Geordie than that!) With clientele drawn from the Irish and Scottish communities, it was here he first experienced traditional singing and fiddle music. The Hornpipes of James Hill were amongst Tom’s first influences. Fifty years on Tom McConville is widely acknowledged as THE authority on the music of James Hill and produced the first CD devoted entirely to his compositions

Alongside the songs, David Newey’s guitar playing distinguishes him from a big crowd. His playing is powerful, graceful and completely appropriate, stealing from folk, rock and roll, country and jazz. He’s been taught by such legends as Chris Newman, Martin Simpson, Martin Carthy and John Renbourn, but is equally inspired by the electric playing of Nels Cline and Ry Cooder. His playing is impossible to categorise and therefore completely unique.  He tours with Folk Award winner Tom McConville, and has played on albums by Emily Portman (with whom he owns a record label), Christi Andropolis, Rubus, Sandra Kerr and many others.



"not only impressive but a revelation......totally original." - The Guardian

"Guaranteed an absolutely knockout performance.......unbeatable!! - Sale Folk Club.

Folk singer Pete Morton is a songwriter and performer with a wealth of great songs and stage presence. His shows are dynamic and intense, while remaining approachable and fun loving. With well known songs such as 'Another Train', 'The Shepherds Song', and 'The Two Brothers', he constantly tours, either solo, performing his own material as well as with other projects, such as his one man theatre show, 'The Millers Tale with the songs of Bob Dylan', or his annual December Christmas show with Maggie Boyle and Chris Parkinson. In 2012, he began a traditional folk music project with Roger Wilson called 'The Dustpan and Brush traditional folk music show'.  There is also his recent venture into 'Folk Rap', marrying choruses from the tradition and verses full of contemporary issues, that are delivered with 'knitting machine' speed. They have proven to be a great hit! He will also be touring new material with a trio in the Lowlands in the Spring of 2014 to co-incide with the release of a new album. 
 His highly acclaimed last album 'Economy', was released in 2011, and included the fabulous rant: 'The Sock on the Line', the much loved 'India', the anthemic 'When we Sing Together' and the 9 minute talkin' blues 'In the days when time was different'.  A new album of Pete's songs is due for release in 2013.




In Folk he is known as the "MAN"

Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act" Award 2001

Vin’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance.

“Vin cuts through the bull, grasping those he meets firmly by the hand and shaking them up with a dose of laughter and tears. It’s a true gift to be able to make us laugh and squirm at the same time, but Vin does both. He should be prescribed on the National Health.” English Folk Dance & Song Society.

“Every budding singer-songwriter please take note: attending a Vin Garbutt concert is now            mandatory before your first public performance. Garbutt is the undisputed master of communicating with an audience.” - Penguin Eggs magazine. Canada

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nominee for "Best Folk Singer" and "Best Live Act"  
Awards 2001 Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act"
Award 2001 Honorary Degree of Master of Arts awarded to Vin by Teesside University in 2001 for his music and his services to the arts and culture of the area of the North East of England.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nominee for "Best Live Act" Award 2007



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