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/

SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2014

HUW WILLIAMS MAARTIN ALLCOCK

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. 

http://www.maartinallcock.com/Huw&Maart/Huw_Williams_%26_Maartin_Allcock/Welcome.html

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