SATURDAY - 18 APRIL 2015

Union JillUnion JillUNION JILL

Two lively and beautiful singer songwriters and great guitarists

http://www.unionjill.org/

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.

SATURDAY - 21 MARCH 2015

Jaywalkers 2

THE JAYWALKERS - SATURDAY 21 MARCH 2015

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

http://www.jaywalkers.co.uk

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).

www.jaywalkers.co.uk 

SATURDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2015

Tom McConville David Newey
TOM McCONVILLE & DAVID NEWEY
SATURDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2015

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.

http://www.tommcconville.co.uk/ 
http://www.davidnewey.com/index.htm

SATURDAY 24 JANUARY 2015

PETE MORTON
PETE MORTON
 

"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.

http://www.petemorton.com/

SATURDAY 13 DECEMBER 2014

SUNJAY BRAYNE 

http://www.sunjaybrayne.com/

SUNJAY BRAYNE 2

 

“A great guitarist who can sound so much like me that it scares me. He can also sound like Steve Tilston. Come to think of it, he can probably sound like anyone he wants, including himself. Check him out.” – Chris Smither

“Great playing and above all else it really swings...I'm going to have to connect jump leads to your fingers." – Steve Tilston


“An amazing picker, a must see.” – Terry Reid

 

Winner of the Wath Festival Young Performers Award 2012, BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee 2012 & New Roots           Competition Finalist 2012, Sunjay’s accolades are formidable for somebody who turned 19 just a few months ago. It’s a           testimony to how hard he has been working, travelling all over the country since the release of his first album ‘Seems So Real’, performing whenever and wherever possible. Whether headlining or supporting, in 2012 Sunjay played just over 100 gigs. So is   it any wonder that he’s now embarking on a Tour right through to August, with dates already in the calendar up to the end of   2014?

 

 

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/

 

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