"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.
Two lively and beautiful singer songwriters and great guitarists
Helen Turner and Sharon Winfield have been performing together since 2006. After discovering a shared love of folk and acoustic music they formed a duo 'over coffee' and soon realised their voices were meant to be together. Both bring distinctive songwriting styles to Union Jill and achieve some spellbinding effects with their voices and instruments. Playing across the country they have quickly gained a reputation for quality performances and well-crafted songs. Their onstage presence is natural, funny and personable and, whilst their material touches on the darker side of life at times, they enjoy using their music to tell stories – with banter you only get from two women sharing a stage. Their first two albums ‘One’ and 'Two', showcase Helen and Sharon’s flair for melody and harmonies. Collaborations with Ric Sanders (Fairport Convention) and Troy Donockley (Bad Shepherds) are featured on the second album. A third album is on the way - due to be released in Spring 2013. Produced by Clive Gregson and engineered by John Wood this album marks a significant development in Union Jill’s music.
Astounding abilities and virtuoso talents.....
the chemistry between them is electrifying.....
The summer of 2012 has seen 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).
FIONA McCONNELL, a beautiful singer, Flute and Keyboard player has joined JOHN MURPHY who sings and plays Uilean pipes, Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar to form a brand new duo from the sad demise of Ildanach of which they were both founder members.
Both of them fine singers, they are delighted to continue their partnership with JOHN not only a vocal and instrumental soloist himself but also providing multi-instrumental and harmony support to, as he puts it, FIONA'S golden voice.
"Sublime harmonies, Grace & Passion"
When two serious musicians from different musical backgrounds join forces, the result is always going to create sparks. In this case the sparks are beautifully, entwined vocal harmonies and thought provoking instrumentals with a diverse combination of Celtic, Anglo-American material.
Charlie Barker and Harriet Bartlett have been working individually on the European folk/ acoustic scene for 10 years, gaining a reputation as two of Britain's brightest, young female talents.
After meeting at Ely Folk Festival in 2006, they became good friends and their musical partnership began in early 2010 combining Harriet's traditional folk with Charlie's contemporary acoustic roots for an entirely new sound with close vocal harmony, piano accordion and guitar.
Charlie's music career started in the acoustic venues of South Yorkshire, influenced by the sounds of America's contemporary folk and country artists. She appeared aged 15, performing live on BBC1 and in 2005 became a BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards semi-finalist as well as releasing her debut solo album 'Sleeping at the Station'.
Hailing from Shropshire, Harriet has travelled far and wide playing Celtic music across the British Isles and Western Europe picking up awards and nominations on her way. She was winner of prestigious Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award in 2003 and the In The Tradition Award in 2001. Phil Cunningham MBE produced her debut album 'Eyes Wide Open' released in 2004.
"Just an Old War Horse Tour"