After meeting in a pub session, Dave & Kip's first musical collaboration was with folk-rock band Ragtrade, playing a mix of traditional and modern covers, with a few of Dave's original songs.
Following the demise of Ragtrade in 1994, a chance offer to play in their local pub (the Cross Keys in Upton, Notts) led to the formation of Winter Wilson.
Since that date there have been 6 albums, numerous tours, festival and radio appearances. And a wedding.
Today Winter Wilson are known for beautiful songs, beautifully sung. Stunning harmonies, thought-provoking and often challenging lyrics, all held together with a weird, off-the-wall humour all of their own.
Ruth Fuga, Ken Powell and Dave Walmisley came together many years ago to form Risky Business after they had all had successful individual music careers and after 13 years they again went their separate ways before coming together again for another tour. Not surprisingly they were readily engaged by those who knew of their former brillance and we are glad to say that not only were we at their farewell concert but we shall be there at their renaissance.
THE HOUSE DEVILS
The musicianship from this band is outstanding - UK Folk Music
The Band consists of Mat Walklate, Matt Fahey, Jonny Hulme and Anthony Haller.
A little bit about the House Devils
One day back in 1930s Dublin, Matt's grandma Mary Fahey was walking down Rialto Street when she stopped to chat to a neighbour.
When the conversation turned to the subject of their respective children, the neighbour remarked that Mary must be very proud of her son Colm (later to become Matt's dad) as he was such a “lovely, well-mannered boy”.
Mary replied that Colm was indeed a fine young man, but that he could be a handful at times, especially at home. When the neighbour expressed surprise at this, Mary replied,
“You know what they say: Street Angel – House Devil.”
a voice as clear and tuneful as a lark - Colum Sands
She has released 10 albums since 2002, "Thistledown" (September 2002), "Mistral" (March 2003), "Flossie sings Piaf" (May 2003) , "Making up the Miles" in December 2004, "The Wilderness Years" in November 2006, "Flossie sings Brel" in November 2007, "What a Wonderful World" (June 2009) with pianist Michael Mulroy, (mainly a collection of jazz standards alongside some very famous modern classics) "The Tour Collection" (September 2009) which release coincided with the Show of Hands 2009 County Towns Tour, "Dark Horses" (January 2010) which is a collection of songs written by Keith Donnelly and interpreted by Flossie. Again, this album was released to coincide with the Fairport Convention Wintour for which they did the support in 2010 as their duo Dark Horses. They also took the album to Australia where they toured extensively in the Spring of 2011.
The latest addition to the collection is called "X" (as in "10" and not the letter "x") and celebrates the 10 years that Flossie has spent in the UK so far... incidentally it's also her 10th album so the title wasn't too hard to find ;-) The album was recorded in August 2012 with Paul Donnelly at the Cluny Studios in Newcastle and features songs by Martyn Joseph, Kate McGarrigle, Carole King, Eva Cassidy, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Randy Newman etc...
"The Best Scottish Band"
North Sea Gas: Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan
Thirty years and stronger than ever!! One of Scotlands most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sell out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!!
They have recorded 15 albums and are constantly adding new material to their show, with the latest album "Tak a dram afore ye go" proving yet again very popular with fans all over the world. "The album is offered in the spirit of enjoyment, and in that it succeeds superbly" (on their recent live album "Edinburgh Toon").
- Alasdair Maclean (The Scots Magazine).
Their previous album "Rosslyn" received wonderful reviews from folk magazines, newspapers etc including Dirty Linen (USA), the Scots Magazine, and The Living Tradition. Their show, in the same way as their albums, consist of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material all put together in a style of their own . This proves popular during their regular tours of Scotland, America, Canada, Germany, Austria, and many other destinations every year also in TV and Radio appearances both sides of the Atlantic including Late Night Saturday and "Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour" one of the biggest radio shows in the USA.
In 2008, they recorded for Chinese television with an estimated audience of 800 million; A highlight of any bands career!
HUW WILLIAMS & MAARTIN ALLCOCK
- the return of one great with another great!!!
Songwriter Huw Williams and multi-instrumentalist Maartin Allcock first met on a Fairport Convention tour bus in 1995. Huw went on to conquer the British folk scene with his singing partner Tony Williams (no relation) until calling it a day in 2002, since when Huw has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4. Many of Huw and Tony’s songs have been covered by artists in Europe and America including Rosemary’s Sister and The Summer Before The War, both also performed by Fairport Convention.
Maart went freelance in 1997 after leaving Fairport and moved to Snowdonia in 2000. Since then he has continued his session career which now includes over 200 albums from Robert Plant to Beverley Craven, and made a name for himself as a record producer, especially in Welsh folk music, and touring with Nashville songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, fiddle maestro Dave Swarbrick, Blue Tapestry, John Wright Band, Miranda Sykes Band and many others. He also works in Italy with Italian prog-rock band OAK and as a trio with OAK frontman Jerry Cutillo and Richard Sinclair (Caravan, Hatfield and the North).
Now the two have come together with a performance of stories about life on the road, soundchecks and how and why some of the songs were written. An evening of foot tapping tunes and beautiful songs with anecdotes that will both captivate and make you laugh.