SATURDAY 19 JULY 2014

Winter Wilson

WINTER WILSON 

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. 

 http://www.winterwilson.com/

SATURDAY 17 MAY 2014

mat-walklate mat-fahey

johnny-hulme anthony-haller

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.

 http://www.thehousedevils.co.uk/index.html

 

 

SATURDAY 12 APRIL 2014

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FLOSSIE MALAVIALLE 

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...

 http://www.flossie-malavialle.co.uk/index1.html

SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER 2014

Zoe Mulford banjo

ZOE MULFORD

A brilliant, highly original songwriter who delivers her music with warmth and sincerity and a bit of a twinkle.

A set by American songwriter Zoe Mulford is like a small volume of short stories - evocative, beautifully crafted, and endlessly varied. Whether her starting-point is a polar expedition in 1845 or a Greyhound bus ride in 2007, her vivid storytelling and down-to-earth humor take listeners on an enjoyable journey. Backing her clear voice with guitar or claw-hammer banjo, she draws on the traditional music of the US and the British Isles to make sense of the modern world. She has four albums on Azalea City Recordings, an independent label based in Takoma Park, MD. She was raised near Philadelphia, but now lives in the northwest of England and plays on both sides of the Atlantic.

 http://www.zoemulford.com/

 

SATURDAY 18 JANUARY 2014

PETE MORTON

PETE MORTON

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

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.

 http://www.petemorton.com/

SATURDAY 15 MARCH 2014

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NORTH SEA GAS

"The Best Scottish Band"

North Sea Gas: Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan

Thirty years and stronger than ever!! One of Scotland’s 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!

 http://nsg.gplrank.info/

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