The James Brothers

on Mon, 20 Apr 2015 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. ----------------------- The James Brothers are not really outlaws, neither are they brothers and only one of them is called James. They come from the lands down under - Australia and New Zealand to be precise; lands in which the traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles have evolved their own unique characteristics, like musical marsupials. And it's these songs and tunes, and several of their own making, that The James Brothers have united to play. The James Brother who is called James is Sydney-born James Fagan - best known as one half of Nancy Kerr & James Fagan (musically and maritally), but also spotted playing guitar and bouzouki in The Cara Dillon Band, the live circus that is Bellowhead and with his parents and sister as The Fagans, where his folk career began (in a decade which has only just become fashionable). The James Brother who isn't called James is Jamie McClennan - a Kiwi who found himself in a duo with Scotland's BBC-award-winning Emily Smith (whom he also married) having chosen not to follow his first bandmates to Ireland, where they formed the much celebrated Gráda. Jamie has been sighted on fiddle, whistle and guitar next to the likes of The Waifs, Beth Nielson Chapman, Brian Finnegan and John McCusker. He also likes to run barefoot, but that's his own business.

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Kris Drever & Boo Hewerdine

on Mon, 20 Apr 2015 at Birmingham Hare and Hounds doors 7.30pm

Kris Drever & Boo Hewerdine Two of the nations busiest and most in demand songwriter guitarists, label mates and musical friends are touring together as a duo for the very first time in 2015. Scotland's Kris Drever (Lau) and England's Boo Hewerdine (The Bible, Eddi Reader) have been connected through song for almost a decade , when Kris approached Boo about recording the song Harvest Gypsies as part of his classic debut album Black Water. Produced by mutual friend and Scottish folk musician John McCusker, that recording lead the pair to future live collaborations and a tour with Eddi Reader. The duo finally found the time in late summer 2014 to write new songs with a view to making new recordings available for their 2015 tour. Boo Hewerdine has an 18 song career retrospective, My Name In The Brackets (The Best of Boo Hewerdine & The Bible) released this autumn whilst Kris Drever has just issued his Shetland recorded, Mareel EP prior to making a new album with Lau for release in summer 2015 (all via Reveal Records).

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Aly Bain And Phil Cunningham

on Mon, 20 Apr 2015 at Uppingham Theatre Starts at 7.30pm. Theatre opens 6.45pm.

Scotland's best loved traditional musicians grace the Uppingham stage! Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have toured together all over the world since 1988 and played to packed concert halls and venues. They have many acclaimed albums and have won numerous awards. Together they are simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear.

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Aly Bain And Phil Cunningham

on Mon, 20 Apr 2015 at Uppingham Theatre Starts at 7.30pm. Theatre opens 6.45pm.

Scotland's best loved traditional musicians grace the Uppingham stage! Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have toured together all over the world since 1988 and played to packed concert halls and venues. They have many acclaimed albums and have won numerous awards. Together they are simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear.

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Earl Thomas

on Mon, 20 Apr 2015 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors 8pm, music 8.30 - 11pm

A four time San Diego Music Award winner, he has also taken home some of the highest honours at the Best of Blues Awards, including Best Male Vocal, Best Contemporary Blues Artist, Best Album, and Best Songwriter. His songs have been covered by icons such as Etta James, Solomon Burke, Screamin" Jay Hawkins, and Tom Jones, as well as by contemporaries like Janiva Magness, Big Lou Johnson, Tracy Nelson, blues queen Shemekia Copeland and most recently by up and coming British blues rocker Will Wilde. With his music featured on over 500 blues radio stations in the United States and around the world, Earl Thomas is a genuine blues star. He has a stunning voice and gives a performance that stuns and moves - he is unique! More info at www.earlthomasmusic.com

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Earl Thomas

on Mon, 20 Apr 2015 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors 8pm, music 8.30 - 11pm

A four time San Diego Music Award winner, he has also taken home some of the highest honours at the Best of Blues Awards, including Best Male Vocal, Best Contemporary Blues Artist, Best Album, and Best Songwriter. His songs have been covered by icons such as Etta James, Solomon Burke, Screamin" Jay Hawkins, and Tom Jones, as well as by contemporaries like Janiva Magness, Big Lou Johnson, Tracy Nelson, blues queen Shemekia Copeland and most recently by up and coming British blues rocker Will Wilde. With his music featured on over 500 blues radio stations in the United States and around the world, Earl Thomas is a genuine blues star. He has a stunning voice and gives a performance that stuns and moves - he is unique! More info at www.earlthomasmusic.com

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Shakespeares Night Supper Dance

on Mon, 20 Apr 2015 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

Tudor Style food with readings, music and dancing afterwards. Vegan option is available

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Shakespeares Night Supper Dance

on Mon, 20 Apr 2015 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

Tudor Style food with readings, music and dancing afterwards. Vegan option is available

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Austin Miller

on Mon, 20 Apr 2015 at Manchester Gullivers Doors at 7:30pm

We are delighted to be working with Orlando's Austin Miller, as he brings his folk/Americana show to town, as part of his UK tour. The shows takes place at the newly-opened 'Lounge' at Gullivers on Monday 20th April. A full supporting line-up will be announced shortly. Austin Miller It might not be immediately obvious from the tender chords he strums or the mellow beats that stride through his folky songs, but Austin Miller, as a musician, is as spontaneous as they come. For one, Miller's interest in music emerged seemingly out of nowhere. Not only was he a little too young-his parents struggled to secure a piano instructor willing to teach a three year old-but his inclination seemed contrary to his bloodline. Musical ability rarely shows up in his family tree, but along with his two brothers, the three are well-versed in a long list of instruments. For More Than One Way, his second self-released record, Miller wrote and recorded wherever and whenever he could. Some songs came to Miller in the middle of the night while his roommates were asleep, others while working a vast array of odd-jobs while not on tour. The album took over eleven months to record as he toured relentlessly, and was done entirely on his laptop computer. More Than One Way sounds as diverse as it should, especially emotionally. The title track's rambling rhythm and swooning horns create a musical mood that matches its hopeful, inspiring lyrics. Others, though-such as the matched pair "Moving On" and "Moving Along"-reflect the rainiest Monday morning in a dismal city. Still, despite its ragtag production and many moods, the record feels as consistent as if he had recorded it all in a single studio in a single day. In many cases, spontaneity kills consistency and focus. But for Miller, his willingness to write and record and tour unconventionally-his deference to his own art-gives his music a genuineness that is not often expressed or recorded. "More Than One Way" is not only the meticulous byproduct of the this, but a demonstration of its mastery. www.austinmillermusic.com Greg Rainey After 16 years of performing all over the UK and beyond as a solo artist and in bands Delta 7 and Cotton Town Music Club supporting acts such as Paolo Nutini, Malcolm Middleton, The Travelling Band and Nitin Sawhney amongst others, Todmorden based Glaswegian Greg Rainey returns after a five year hiatus. His new EP 'Thumbs Up To Heartbreak' will be released in February 2015. Expect Alt-Country/Americana/ Pop Rock. www.gregrainey.bandcamp.com

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Mark Olson

on Mon, 20 Apr 2015 at London Leytonstone & District Ex-Servicemen's Club Doors at 8.30pm

There are only few artists who left such a strong and lasting imprint on a musical genre like Jayhawks founder and singer Mark Olson, in Alternative Country / Americana. Milestones such as 'Hollywood Townhall' or 'Tomorrow The Green Grass' are timeless masterpieces of American music. Olson left the Jayhawks after 'Tomorrow The Green Grass' and settled down with his then wife, Victoria Williams in Joshua Tree, CA next to the Mojave desert. In the following years he released a string beautiful albums under the name Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers. The poetic and redemptive 2007 solo debut 'The Salvation Blues' and the 2010 follow-up 'Many Colored Kite' was inspired by months spent crisscrossing the Old Continent via the EuroRail. That same year, after a 15-year hiatus, Olson wrote and recorded a reunion album, 'Mockingbird Time', with The Jayhawks, followed by two more years of touring the U.S. and Europe. His new album 'Good-bye Lizelle' is out now on Glitterhouse Records.

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Crh Music Presents The I'm With Her Tour Featuring Sara Watkins Sarah Jarosz Aoife O'donovan

on Tue, 21 Apr 2015 at Bristol Clifton Cathedral Doors at 7.00pm

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Sarah Macdougall

on Tue, 21 Apr 2015 at London Green Note Doors@ 7pm. Pls see greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Described by the magazine Rootstime in Belgium as 'One of the greatest talents of our era, and listed as the 2nd best gig by the major UK newspaper The Independent, becoming the #1 most played artist on Canadian Galaxie Folk/Roots radio, Western Canadian Music Award winning artist Sarah MacDougall is an upcoming artist who is getting known for her honest and poetic songs, passionate performances, and unique voice. Born in Sweden, 24 hrs Vancouver called her 'one of the most promising exports out of Sweden since Abba', Swedish magazine Nöjesguiden recently declared her One of Sweden's best singer/songwriters. Sarah MacDougall is one of the hardest working Canadian artists today, and she won't be stopping anytime soon. With two incredible albums under her belt, Sarah will be coming to London in April for a special show at Green Note before she hits the road in Germany and beyond. This will also be the first UK show where her new album 'GRAND CANYON' will be available.

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Blues Night - The Ben Poole Band

on Tue, 21 Apr 2015 at Evesham The Iron Road Doors 8pm

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Spring Has Sprung

on Tue, 21 Apr 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

The Misfits Comedy Group put on another fun filled evening with up and coming Comedians on the Comedy Circuit, based in the Midlands. It's a diverse and engaging variety of comedy and something for everyone. Their Comedy evenings are every three months and "Spring Has Sprung" being the second this year after a sell out evening "Beat the January Blues". Come along and be filled with laughter.

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Aly Bain And Phil Cunningham

on Tue, 21 Apr 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 8.00pm

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have toured together since 1988 to packed concert halls all over the world. They recorded their first album The Pearl in 1994 and followed it with many more highly acclaimed albums, including Five and Twenty to celebrate their 25th Anniversary, and now have two 'Best of' collections released of their work. The pair have won 'Best Duo' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and been nominated in the Scottish Traditional Music Awards for 'Live Act of the Year'. Aly was a founder member of the 'Boys of the Lough' and his passionate fiddle playing has also found its way onto recordings by the likes of Eddie Reader and Richard Thompson. He was responsible for launching The Transatlantic Sessions TV series in which both he and Phil continue to feature. Accordion player Phil has been named as one of Scotland's 25 most influential people and his mastery of the instrument has led to him working with the likes of Mark Knopfler, James Taylor, Rosanne Cash and Midge Ure. Together they are simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear.

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Danni Nicholls

on Wed, 22 Apr 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, see Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Touring her brand new second album, recently recorded in Nashville, TN, Danni Nicholls is back at the Green Note armed with new material and her killer band. Expect her signature mash up of American roots infused songs spanning old school country, blues, soul and folk pop. Danni Nicholls has a voice that is special; it has power when needed, warmth and softness when not, it can melt your heart one minute and seduce you the nextone in a million! (Maverick Music Magazine) www.danninicholls.com

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Before The Gold Rush @ The Haberdashery

on Wed, 22 Apr 2015 at London The Haberdashery 7.15pm - 10.30pm

Stripped back intimate folk night at the award winning Coffee House and eatery, The Haberdashery. The meal ticket for this show includes a Mezze Plate with both meat and vegetarian options - Grilled Halloumi or chicken, Lemon Hummous, Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables, Betroot Slaw and Salad (served with bread). Seating is prioritised for meal ticket holders.

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Before The Gold Rush @ The Haberdashery

on Wed, 22 Apr 2015 at London The Haberdashery 7.15pm - 10.30pm

Stripped back intimate folk night at the award winning Coffee House and eatery, The Haberdashery. The meal ticket for this show includes a Mezze Plate with both meat and vegetarian options - Grilled Halloumi or chicken, Lemon Hummous, Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables, Betroot Slaw and Salad (served with bread). Seating is prioritised for meal ticket holders.

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Enchanté

on Wed, 22 Apr 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Steve Knightley

on Wed, 22 Apr 2015 at Sutton Benger Village Hall Doors 7:30pm Show 8pm

Steve Knightley 'Show of Hands' acclaimed frontman and BBC award winning singer-songwriter, will be returning to his roots and taking his solo show to village halls the length and breadth of England as part of his Grow your own Gig Tour. We are delighted to welcome him to Sutton Benger village hall, a great intimate setting to see his fantastic performance.

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Martin Stephenson

on Wed, 22 Apr 2015 at Matlock Bath Fishpond 7.30pm

MARTIN STEPHENSON has been one of the UK's best-loved musicians for 30 years. New album CALIFORNIA STAR sees him reunited with The Daintees, the band he's intermittently fronted through a string of albums - and hundreds of gigs - since his teens in the North East. Always popular on the circuit, Stephenson's must see live performances are an exuberant tour-de-force combining heart-in-your-mouth intimacy with playful humour and warm self-deprecation. The Daintees' critically acclaimed 1986 debut BOAT TO BOLIVIA opened up an always interesting story. It showcased Stephenson's songwriting, poetic romanticism and spiritual depth so marking him out as a soulful cream of the leftfield crop during the self-obsessed 1980s. Never pandering to a particular scene, Stephenson's lightness of touch on a varied mix of musical styles was immediately apparent. His path was destined to be a lifelong journey through the music he loved: folk, ragtime, jazz, rockabilly, show tunes, punk-pop and country. CALIFORNIA STAR continues his tradition for eclectic roots songwriting, and is the perfect middle-age bookend on a discography now amounting to 40 albums

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Red Bus Rover +4 Group (ticket Limited Availability)

on Wed, 22 Apr 2015 at London DNA 7.00pm-3.00am

A Red Bus Rover + 4 Group Ticket (Limited Availability) Admits You + 3 Others. Or 4 Entry Credits can be spread out for Any Headless Chicken Events In Any Combination of guest's for Show's. I.e You + 1 = 2 show's You +2 @ 1 Show =1 Remaining Entry Credit for next show. Or All Go together & save money!!! ***Buy Before Wednesday 22nd April***

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Dave Arcari

on Thu, 23 Apr 2015 at Edinburgh The Voodoo Rooms 8pm

Doors: 8pm Dave Arcari onstage: 8.45pm

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Blue Rose Code

on Thu, 23 Apr 2015 at Manchester International Anthony Burgess Foundation 7:30pm

WE WERE STRANGERS One of our favourite artists of the past couple of years is Stefan Melbourne. He's put the solo project on the back burner for the moment and is part of a new collective with the extraordinarily talented Chloe Leavers, called 'We Were Strangers'. They've just revealed their first track 'I Believe'. Stefan's distinctive rough-edged vocals are very much in evidence on the track as the music builds ever so slowly underneath him, increasing the anticipation of the song bursting into life and when it does, about three minutes in, you're drawn to soundscapes to accompany a movie set on a dark, misty moor. It's the first track from an EP, entitled 'Believe' released in March this year. Reminiscent of Damien Rice, Ray LaMontagne, Sufjan Stevens and in places the Grammy winning Beck album ‘Morning Phase’, the EP is a stunning collection of tracks and exhibits a great songwriting craft. Definitely one to watch for 2015. http://www.wewerestrangers.co.uk/ LITTLE SPARROW Lyrically intriguing with tenderly beautiful vocals, the songs of Little Sparrow are projected with honesty and passion presenting every word as a truth burning from deep within her heart. As captivating to watch as she is to listen to, her delicately emotive use of expression mirrors the sincerity of her delivery making her someone not to be missed. Little Sparrow's delicate acoustic folk songs are created with a combination of flawless vocals, strings, guitars, percussion and tender harmonies. Her debut album 'Wishing Tree' has gathered many outstanding reviews and can be found here. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/wishing-tree/id871212909 She has recently been played on many radio stations including the Janice Long Show on Radio 2, BBC Manchester Introducing with Michelle Hussey, BBC Introducing Merseyside with Dave Monks and on BBC 6 Radio by Chris Hawkins and Tom Robinson. http://www.littlesparrow.org/

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Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O'donovan

on Thu, 23 Apr 2015 at Biddulph Town Hall 7.30 for 8pm start

"I'm with her" tour

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Callaghan

on Thu, 23 Apr 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Originally from Lincolnshire, Callaghan moved to the US in summer 2010 to record and tour with Shawn Mullins. Since then she's been busily carving out a career for herself and winning fans all across the USA. Back home in the UK the BBC's Bob Harris has been a strong supporter, regularly playing her music on both his Radio 2 shows and describing her as a wonderful artist.... beautiful, warm and hugely talented. Callaghan performs live on piano and guitar and delivers a stunning vocal which earns frequent comparisons with artists like Sarah McLachlan and Emmylou Harris. Her songwriting chronicles the stories, experiences and emotions which are part of everyone's lives. A long-time Shawn Mullins fan, she contacted the Atlanta singer-songwriter through MySpace, and after being knocked out by her music he agreed to a rare collaboration. Her debut album, Life in Full Colour was tracked in and around Atlanta with Mullins both producing and playing on the record. It released in summer 2012 to a great reaction. The Huffington Post describes the album as joyful listening, while InLiveMusic says Callaghan's voice is stunning, clear and perfect for the story telling of her songs Since then Callaghan has been on the road touring with artists including Shawn Mullins, Ed Kowalczyk, Matthew Perryman-Jones, Jake Shimabukuro and more performing hundreds of shows in 46 states. She's now headlining at venues across the USA. Now part of the Nashville singer-songwriter community, she recently appeared in the BBC Four show Bob Harris My Nashville, and performed live in the companion show Back to Beth's: A Nashville House concert alongside stars such as Beth Nielsen Chapman, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. Her new album A History of Now was was produced in Nashville by Dennis Matkosky. The new record showcases Callaghan's gift for melody and impactful songwriting in a collection which ranges from uplifting, exuberant anthems to poignant, mesmerizing ballads. A History of Now is planned to fully release in April 2015 and will be available at this show.

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Keith James. The Songs Of Nick Drake

on Thu, 23 Apr 2015 at Shrewsbury Coffee House 8pm. Doors and Bar open 7.15pm

The Songs of Nick Drake Keith James' unique concert. Haunting and hugely dedicated. Nick Drake is the most revered and truly loved of all of this Country's singer/songwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974 aged only 26 his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest on a worldwide scale, re-evaluating his Life and his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. An important book Remembered for a while has just been released, written by his elder Sister, Gabrielle Drake. This expansive volume throws light on many shadowy corners of mystery and supposition. A number of years have now passed since Singer/Guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole Country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this immaculate and intriguingly fragile music to Theatres across the UK in its pure, live concert form. The end result was almost a decade of highly acclaimed tours amounting to over 1000 concerts in venues across the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick's Schools and Colleges - even Glastonbury Festival. This new concert will have, as far as can be possible, a fresh and rewarding set list and will include an interpretation of a Molly Drake composition, a transcription of a poem by William Blake (Nick's greatest influence) and a song by Sixto Rodriguez an unusually similar songwriter from the exact same era, but from a parallel universe. 'Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear' The Independent 'Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice' Sunday Times 'certainly the UK's most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music' The Guardian 'a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves' Acoustic Magazine 'an absolute must' Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio

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Diabel Cissokho Band - Live At The Lighthouse

on Thu, 23 Apr 2015 at Walmer The Lighthouse Doors 7pm // Music 8:30pm

Senegalese musician Diabel Cissokho is part of the great line of Cissokho griots. Growing up in Dakar, surrounded by a rich musical heritage and a family of musicians, Diabel began playing a number of traditional instruments. However, Diabel's affinity with the kora was clear from an early age. Diabel's musical pedigree is exceptional. International tours with his family's band Bannaya led to a long stint as Baaba Maal's kora player, as well as with acclaimed musicians such as Kandia Kouyate, Pee Wee Ellis, Nuru Kane, Daby Balde, Omar Pene and Abdou Diop. Now well established in the UK, Diabel's virtuosic talent, his resonant voice and rocking kora style (Songlines), have been welcomed everywhere from WOMAD and Glastonbury to London's Barbican, where he performed alongside Femi Kuti, Cheikh Lo and Manu Dibango. Diabel's success with bluesman Ramon Goose cemented his reputation as a versatile musician, able to effortlessly cross cultures. Their album Mansana Blues was lauded as a flavoursome mix of slide guitar, mellow kora and undulating Mandinka rhythms (fRoots) which delivers moments of steamy pleasure (Songlines).

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Declan Sinnott

on Thu, 23 Apr 2015 at Glasgow The Glad Cafe Doors 7.30pm

Join us for an intimate and upclose evening with the iconic Declan Sinnott. Originally from Wexford town, Declan is one of Ireland's most beloved musical icons. He was a member of the poetry-and-music group Tara Telephone before leaving to join Celtic rockers Horslips. In the 1980's he was a member of the legendary Moving Hearts with Christy Moore, whom he would reunite with in the coming years. He left Moving Hearts to devoted himself to production work with both Mary Black and her sister Frances Black. During a 13-year and six-album association, he toured all over the world with Mary Black as her musical director. Declan will also be know to many as Christy Moores musical partner and has been working with Christy Moore for over 30 years, since appearing on Christy 'Ride On' album in 1984. It took till 2012 for Declan to release his first solo album. @I Love The Noise It Makes' was released through Warner Classics and received universal praise from fans and critics alike. As Declan prepares for the release of his second album, due out in March 2015, he has annouced a handful of shows across the UK in April before heading back out on tour with Christy Moore in May.

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Josh Rouse:the Embers Of Time Album Launch

on Thu, 23 Apr 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 8.00pm

'It's my surreal expat therapy record' observes Josh Rouse about his new LP, The Embers of Time. A career peak, the album takes inspiration from his self-admitted crisis of confidence and bouts with existential psychotherapy in his adopted home of Valencia, Spain. The 10-song collection of originals contains some of Rouse's most beautiful arrangements and complex songwriting to date. First song and lead single Some Days I'm Golden All Night channels Glen Campbell-style Countrypolitan pop mastery through Self Portrait-era Dylan confessional lyrics. Rouse has been called 'one of contemporary music's most engaging singer-songwriters' (NPR) as well as 'a talent to outrank Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst' (Uncut), and with The Embers Of Time he opens a new chapter in his lauded career. He split time recording the album between Valencia and Nashville, and enlisted Brad Jones (Justin Townes Earle) as producer. The record moves from the hushed twang of Time, where Josh recalls a stepfather who died too young and muses about his own mortality, to the deceptively sunny album closer Crystal Falls, which recounts a rare period of solace from his itinerant childhood. 'In Crystal Falls I made a few good friends', he sings. 'It was just another stop. I never saw them again.' Originally hailing from rural Nebraska, Rouse has carved out a distinguished career as a top-tier musician. His last record, The Happiness Waltz earned unanimous praise, with AllMusic calling it 'absolutely beautiful, like 10cc producing Al Green'.

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The Big Blues Night Out Presents No Horses..the Tom Ivey Band..ady Davey & Shakin Lips..andy Robbins

on Thu, 23 Apr 2015 at Oxford The Cellar 730pm-11pm

we pull together more of the oxford blues men for another kikin night out from the ashes of southern blues fiasco we bring u No Horses....supported by the soldiors of blues and swing ....................

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Jim Moray

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at London The Ivy House - Nunhead 7pm

* Door 7pm * DJ FlapJackDavey 7 - 8pm and 11pm onwards * Live music 8-11pm includes two sets from Jim Moray plus a set from each of the support acts. * Mix of row seats and standing room * Concessionary tickets are for the unwaged - proof required at the door on the night * Tickets on the door (where still available) will be priced at £13/9 * Seats are not reserved, and a ticket may not always guarantee a seat, although there will be standing room. If having a seat is essential to you, please ensure that you are there when the door opens at 7pm, as the room fills up quickly for popular concerts. * Children are welocome proviced they sit quietly without disturbing other members of the audience. If you are unsure about this, please contact us before buying tickets for children. * Food and real ale available! Please note that you will not usually be able to eat in the ballroom where the concert is held, although once the doors open you may reserve a seat and then eat elsewhere. If you wish to eat, please ensure that you arrive in plenty of time to order and eat your food. * For more information or to contact the Goose please see our website www.thegooseisout.com

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Jim Moray

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at London The Ivy House - Nunhead 7pm

* Door 7pm * DJ FlapJackDavey 7 - 8pm and 11pm onwards * Live music 8-11pm includes two sets from Jim Moray plus a set from each of the support acts. * Mix of row seats and standing room * Concessionary tickets are for the unwaged - proof required at the door on the night * Tickets on the door (where still available) will be priced at £13/9 * Seats are not reserved, and a ticket may not always guarantee a seat, although there will be standing room. If having a seat is essential to you, please ensure that you are there when the door opens at 7pm, as the room fills up quickly for popular concerts. * Children are welocome proviced they sit quietly without disturbing other members of the audience. If you are unsure about this, please contact us before buying tickets for children. * Food and real ale available! Please note that you will not usually be able to eat in the ballroom where the concert is held, although once the doors open you may reserve a seat and then eat elsewhere. If you wish to eat, please ensure that you arrive in plenty of time to order and eat your food. * For more information or to contact the Goose please see our website www.thegooseisout.com

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Lucy Ward

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

This will be the first visit to the club by Derby singer Lucy Ward. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. After getting her first guitar at the age of 14, Lucy ventured into folk clubs where she was captivated by the lyrics and stories of traditional song and was visiting clubs and sessions up and down the country before getting booked to play gigs in her own right. In 2009 Lucy reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award and then won the "Horizon Award" for best newcomer at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. She followed that by being nominated for the Folk Singer of the Year prize at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Her debut album, Adelphi Has To Fly, was released in 2011 and attracted four star reviews from The Guardian and Maverick Magazine among others and she was named as "Britfolk's most vibrant and forthright new young talent" by MOJO magazine. In 2013 she released "Single Flame" (produced by Megson's Stu Hanna) and contributed to the Fellside album "A Selection of Songs from The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs".

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Lucy Ward

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

This will be the first visit to the club by Derby singer Lucy Ward. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. After getting her first guitar at the age of 14, Lucy ventured into folk clubs where she was captivated by the lyrics and stories of traditional song and was visiting clubs and sessions up and down the country before getting booked to play gigs in her own right. In 2009 Lucy reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award and then won the "Horizon Award" for best newcomer at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. She followed that by being nominated for the Folk Singer of the Year prize at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Her debut album, Adelphi Has To Fly, was released in 2011 and attracted four star reviews from The Guardian and Maverick Magazine among others and she was named as "Britfolk's most vibrant and forthright new young talent" by MOJO magazine. In 2013 she released "Single Flame" (produced by Megson's Stu Hanna) and contributed to the Fellside album "A Selection of Songs from The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs".

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The Seam - Gareth Davies-jones

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Stocksfield Community Centre Doors 7pm, performance starts 7.30pm

Gareth will launch his new album of songs inspired by a residency at the Mining Institute's world renowned library at the heart of the Great North Coalfield in Newcastle. The world of mining is no stranger to song, but far from a retrospective look at mining ballads, Gareth's new collection is an approach to telling the story of the Library's mining and mechanical engineering collections through song and music. Gareth's masterful and thought provoking song writing has been inspired by stories of subterranean banquets celebrating the winning of mines, by the lyricism of Victorian adverts from the first edition of the Mining Journal of 1836 and the flow and eloquence of writing in engineering manuals such as Practical Coal Mining, a technical manual known to generations of miners where Gareth has found a rhythm and metre in just the contents page and which forms the first song on the new album

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The Seam - Gareth Davies-jones

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Stocksfield Community Centre Doors 7pm, performance starts 7.30pm

Gareth will launch his new album of songs inspired by a residency at the Mining Institute's world renowned library at the heart of the Great North Coalfield in Newcastle. The world of mining is no stranger to song, but far from a retrospective look at mining ballads, Gareth's new collection is an approach to telling the story of the Library's mining and mechanical engineering collections through song and music. Gareth's masterful and thought provoking song writing has been inspired by stories of subterranean banquets celebrating the winning of mines, by the lyricism of Victorian adverts from the first edition of the Mining Journal of 1836 and the flow and eloquence of writing in engineering manuals such as Practical Coal Mining, a technical manual known to generations of miners where Gareth has found a rhythm and metre in just the contents page and which forms the first song on the new album

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Lucía Pulido

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, see Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Lucía Pulido is a Colombian singer with one of the richest voices on the international Latin American musical scene today. She has an experimental style marked by a distinct vocal sophistication, and has participated in various projects, ranging from traditional Colombian music to jazz and world music. Raul d'Gama on Latin Jazz Network says Pulido inhabits the music with body and soul. She alone commands what it will do to the senses all six of them, which are at once her prisoner until the song becomes the epiphany. With her ensemble she pays homage to Colombian music. Traditional genres such as cumbia, bullerengue, currulaos as well as joropos are the point of departure for musical creativity. Lucía's vocal sophistication is enhanced in genres such as herding songs (cantos de vaquería), funeral laments (alabaos) and harvest chants (cantos de zafra) which give the singer the liberty to explore her voice fully. She is currently working on several projects with musicians in New York City and in different countries in Latin America. Some of these include her New York based LUCIA PULIDO ENSEMBLE (QUARTET and TRIO), performing experimental arrangements of Colombian traditional music as well as newly composed songs written for her; the classic repertoire of Latin American songs of broken love (despecho) performed with musicians based in New York; an experimental project based on Latin American traditional songs with Argentinean guitarist Fernando Tarrés; and a project called América Contemporánea um Outro Centro with Brazilian pianist Benjamim Taubkin and several musicians from different countries in Latin America. Her active career includes performances in Europe, Canada, United States, and Latin America. In New York she has been invited to sing and record with different jazz musicians such as Ed Simon, Dave Binney, and Erik Friedlander, and in Vienna, Austria, with experimental and electronic musicians such as Christian Fennesz, Burkhard Stangl, and Martin Siewert. In the United States, Lucia has promoted her music in private theaters, universities, and in well known venues of the New York City area (Joe's Pub, Lincoln Center Out Doors, Queens Theatre in the Park, the Stone, Knitting Factory, Roulette) and has been part of the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood concert series organized in the city. In 2000 she received a grant for New York City resident artists from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Foundation LMCC, and in the summers of 2007 and 2008 she was an Artist in Residence in Krems, Austria. Lucía's musical compass after her arrival in New York in 1994 has been focused on an experimental approach to traditional Colombian rhythms and songs. In 1995 she recorded her first solo CD Lucía with the Colombian recording company Sonolux, distributed in the USA by Sony; in 2000, together with the Japanese percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, she recorded a CD for the German label Intuition (Religious and Pagan songs from Colombia); in 2004 she recorded Dolor de Ausencia, a selection of classic Latin American songs of heart-broken love released by the label FM in Colombia; in 2005, together with Argentinean guitarist Fernando Tarrés, she recorded Songbook I and II for BAU Records; and in the Fall 2008 her latest work Waning Moon Luna Menguante, based on traditional Colombian music, was released by the label Adventure Music. Songbook III with Fernando Tarrés will be released by BAU records in Argentina in 2012, as well as her new recording Journeying Por Esos Caminos with Ojo de Musica label. Before her move to New York City, in Colombia, she was part of the duo Iván y Lucía for more than ten years with the singer and songwriter Iván Benavides (Sidestepper, Carlos Vives), with whom she recorded three L.P.'s between 1986-1991, touring in Europe and Latin America. Ms. Pulido holds on to the rawness of the original melodies while giving them a sophisticated new context. Jon Pareles, The New York Times Pulido inhabits the music with body and soul. She alone commands what it will do to the senses all six of them, which are at once her prisoner until the song becomes the epiphany. (Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network) Colombian vocalist Lucia Pulido specializes in exploring the sounds and feel of her home country, with a voice that is earthy and penetrating There's not a hint of gloss on this heart felt release. This is the real thing. (George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly)

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Andy Irvine

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 8.00pm - doors 7.30pm

ANDY IRVINE is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as "a tradition in himself". Musician, singer, songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his 45 year career. From Sweeney's Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s and then from Patrick Street to Andy Irvine & Dónal Lunny's Mozaik, Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians. As a soloist, Andy fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie. To quote the Irish Times, "Often copied, never equalled", his repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dances and a compelling cannon of his own self-penned songs. "Andy is one of the most creative and talented people it has ever been my privilege to work with. Great company, superb singer, genius of a musician, truly original songwriter and an inspiration to all of us - what more could anyone ask?" - Dick Gaughan "Andy Irvine is Ireland's Woody Guthrie, with a philosopher's ear and a prophet's passionate voice. He is also a stunning singer and instrumentalist who weaves melody and texture, harmony and rhythm, into a rich tapestry of present and past." - Si Kahn "Andy Irvine's solo stage show is a musical travelogue through time and space. His right hand dexterity on bouzouki was nothing short of amazing." - Frets Magazine Tickets also available from the venue until 6pm daily.

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Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston In Concert

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Wakefield Pennine Camphill Community Hall Doors at 7.30pm. Concert starts at 8.00pm

Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston in concert at Aulis Hall, Pennine Camphill Community, Wood Lane, Chapelthorpe, Wakefield, WF4 3JL. Concert starts at 8pm, doors open at 7.30pm.

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Thrill Collins Live At Northleach Old Prison

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Northleach Cotswold Lion Cafe Doors at 7:30pm

We are pleased to announce, our first event at Northleach Prison, starting with the wonderful Thrill Collins with Support from The Red Shift

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Thrill Collins Live At Northleach Old Prison

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Northleach Cotswold Lion Cafe Doors at 7:30pm

We are pleased to announce, our first event at Northleach Prison, starting with the wonderful Thrill Collins with Support from The Red Shift

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Blues Caravan - Girls With Guitars 2015

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Evesham The Iron Road Doors 8pm

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Keith James Plays The Songs Of Nick Drake

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Bangor Blue Sky Cafe Doors 7.00pm Event 8.00pm

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Black (aka Colin Vearncombe)

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Glasgow The Glad Cafe Door 7.30pm

An intimate evening with the legendary velvet voiced Black. Described as 'the finest voice of his generation', Colin Vearncombe achieved international stardom under the name Black with hits like 'Sweetest Smile', 'Wonderful Life' & 'Everything Is Coming Up Roses' before turning his back on music. He re-emerged under his own name, releasing some of his finest work to a fan base who never deserted him. Now in 2015 he embarks on his most exiting adventure to date. He has teamed up with producer Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile) and guitarist Calum McColl (son of folk legend Ewan) for a new album as Black. The voice is a stunning as ever, the songs are the best he has ever written and the chemistry he has on stage with Calum is electric. Catch Black in this intimate and up close show and be prepared for something very special indeed.

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Jenna Reid

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

Shetlander and sublime fiddler, Jenna Reid was awarded 'Best Up and Coming Artist' at the 2005 Scots Trad Music Awards and Best Instrumentalist in 2007. A member of Blazin' Fiddles since 2010, she appeared on the third and fourth series of the Transatlantic Sessions, performing with many great artists including Martha Wainwright, Aly Bain, Jerry Douglas and Nashville fiddle legend, Stuart Duncan. Accompanied by guitarist Kevin Mackenzie, Jenna will be showcasing material from her new album Live in Shetland.

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Jenna Reid

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

Shetlander and sublime fiddler, Jenna Reid was awarded 'Best Up and Coming Artist' at the 2005 Scots Trad Music Awards and Best Instrumentalist in 2007. A member of Blazin' Fiddles since 2010, she appeared on the third and fourth series of the Transatlantic Sessions, performing with many great artists including Martha Wainwright, Aly Bain, Jerry Douglas and Nashville fiddle legend, Stuart Duncan. Accompanied by guitarist Kevin Mackenzie, Jenna will be showcasing material from her new album Live in Shetland.

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Jenna Reid

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

Shetlander and sublime fiddler, Jenna Reid was awarded 'Best Up and Coming Artist' at the 2005 Scots Trad Music Awards and Best Instrumentalist in 2007. A member of Blazin' Fiddles since 2010, she appeared on the third and fourth series of the Transatlantic Sessions, performing with many great artists including Martha Wainwright, Aly Bain, Jerry Douglas and Nashville fiddle legend, Stuart Duncan. Accompanied by guitarist Kevin Mackenzie, Jenna will be showcasing material from her new album Live in Shetland.

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Tinderbox

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop Doors at 7.00pm

Tinderbox are an award winning acoustic duo featuring Dublin born Monique Houraghan with a distinctive 'honey-like' vocal, and Dan Tucker with an intricate finger style guitar technique. The duo have recently been accompanied on tour by talented singer-songwriter and session musician Bob Burke Since settling in Bournemouth in 2004 Tinderbox have performed countless headline shows to capacity crowds. Additionally, they have opened for many international acts including Joan Armatrading, Cara Dillon, 10cc, Eleanor McEvoy, Turin Brakes, Hazel O'Connor, Jon Allen, Ben's Brother, Ralph McTell, John Renbourn and Squeeze's Chris Difford Www.tinderboxacoustic.co.uk Tinderbox are supported by local girl Taylor-Louise Born and raised in Germany till the age of eight. Taylor first picked up a guitar from the age of 11 and went on to writing songs at 13, releasing her first EP at 14 (Jealous eyes). Now 18 she's based in Leamington and continues to write and record music. https://m.youtube.com/user/TayLou96 Tickets can be bought online at http://www.wegottickets.com/location/14417 or direct from The Big Comfy Bookshop priced at £5. Doors open at 7pm. First act on at 8pm, headline act at 9pm. Bar open til 11pm. 14+ only.

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Edwina Hayes

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, Doors open 7.30pm

Edwina's beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. Edwina numbers Michael Parkinson and Mike Harding among her fans and the title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her 'the sweetest voice in England'. 


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Anti-capitalist Roadshow

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Birmingham Irish Centre 7:30pm (doors 6:30)

Eleven longstanding cultural activists - Frankie Armstrong, Roy Bailey, Robb Johnson, Reem Kelani, Sandra Kerr, Grace Petrie, Leon Rosselson, Janet Russell, Jim Woodland, Ian Saville and Boff Whalley - the leading singer/songwriters of our times come to Birmingham in the run up to May's general election to inspire us to resist austerity and cutbacks. More information at http://www.tradartsteam.co.uk/ACR-Brum.html

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Anti-capitalist Roadshow

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Birmingham Irish Centre 7:30pm (doors 6:30)

Eleven longstanding cultural activists - Frankie Armstrong, Roy Bailey, Robb Johnson, Reem Kelani, Sandra Kerr, Grace Petrie, Leon Rosselson, Janet Russell, Jim Woodland, Ian Saville and Boff Whalley - the leading singer/songwriters of our times come to Birmingham in the run up to May's general election to inspire us to resist austerity and cutbacks. More information at http://www.tradartsteam.co.uk/ACR-Brum.html

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Cathy Burton

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Windsor Baptist Church Centre Bar opens 7.15 pm. On stage 8.00 pm

Cathy's music career is probably as diverse as they come, She grew up in rural Devon, UK, learnt the piano from a very early age and picked up the guitar in her teens. Inspired by artists as diverse as Tracy Chapman, The Shamen, and Elvis Presley her love of music led her on to an ever-developing interest in song writing. She studied for a music degree at Chichester University which stood her in good stead for the diversity of her life and work in music which was to come. Cathy's music and talents have taken her from the roof-tops of Shillong in North East India to arenas in Beirut, from village churches in England to stadiums in Argentina, from an orphanage in Romania to Brixton Academy in London. She has toured and played around the world over the last 16 years in Countries including, Russia, Canada, USA, France, Holland, Ukraine and many more. As a result of her enjoyment of a broad cross section of music, Cathy works and performs in several genres. She has released three singer songwriter albums of which she continues to tour, performing both solo, with an acoustic guitar and also with her long-standing band. Her work as a singer songwriter has, amongst others, seen her work with people such as the legendary Elton John producer Gus Dudgeon and probably her favourite song writer of all time Deacon Blue's Ricky Ross. It's no secret that Cathy greatly values her own spiritual journey and in 2010 she fulfilled one of her dreams by releasing an album of self-penned Worship music,.

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Bother Dege

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Nottingham The Guitar Bar 8.00pm

Brother Dege aka Dege Legg is the best kept secret in the Deep South. If you like it REAL, then you're at the right place. Brother Dege is pure channeled soul minus the big money record label and promotional budgets. Dege is a musician and writer, born/raised in the swamplands of Louisiana. Like the possessed love child of Son House and Blind Willie Johnson, he plays a post-Americana style of Delta Blues filtered through roots music, rock & roll, and a bunch of other stuff. No tradition can live on without the growing pains of its innovators. Well, here it is: Delta Blues for the 21st century in the form of Brother Dege's Folk Songs of the American Longhair. Dege Legg is also the leader and founding member of the psyouthern psych legends Santeria and Black Bayou Construkt. Brother Dege Legg is known for being the main man in the band Santaria, a psyouthern / swampadelic band formed in 1994 that rocked a decade of gigs, madness, tours, voodoo curses, and wrecked vans. Brother Dege's Folk Songs of the American Longhair is a tour de force artwork that brings it all back home to the Deep South like the possessed incarnation of Robert Johnson and Son House. This is the REAL deal. Dege Legg (aka Brother Dege), the Cajun born and Louisiana raised leader of the band Santeria, recorded the album in a shed behind his house in southern Louisiana. Co-produced by by 4x Grammy-winner Tony Daigle (Dr. John, Sonny Landreth, Gatemouth Brown, Bobby Charles), Santeria lead-guitarist Primo and Legg, Folk Songs of the American Longhair set the new bar for the next 100 years of slide-based Delta blues. Legg composed ten original tunes in the slide-Delta tradition, painstakingly paying tribute to the old masters while tossing all purist, karaoke-like tendencies to the wind. Think Son House meets Leonard Cohen at a hoodoo séance in the swamps. Slide players from the U.S. to Europe are already covering the tunes - and the record isn't even out yet - via a series of live Brother Dege youtube videos which have garnered over 150,000 plays with no promotional hype or jive. Much like the field recordings of Alan Lomax, the record tunnels into the ancient mysteries of pre-war blues and the devil-obsessed masters. Recorded in sheds, old houses and open fields for maximum intensity. There's minimal instrumentation on this thing. In a return to the unprocessed basics, almost all of the tracks feature only one vocal, one slide guitar and one foot stomping. That's it. Listeners are in for a treat when they hear how the music sounds, writhing about in the echo chamber of reality when stripped of all the studio trickery of the past decade. Support Ryan Thomas Hailing from Nottingham, UK, Ryan Thomas is a blues and folk singer songwriter quickly becoming one of the Midlands rising stars. His combination of blues, country and folk shows influences in the form of Seasick Steve, Robert Johnson and Johnny Cash whilst showing his expert guitar playing and lyrical content focusing on liquor, women and the blues. 2013 saw regular BBC Introducing airplay as well as support slots with a major national promoter including international touring bands at The Rescue Rooms and Glee Club Nottingham. Add this to Dot To Dot Festival, The Big Shake Out and Splendour Festival, the year saw Ryan gain a large following across the county as well as being hailed as 'one to watch' by Left Lion Magazine. Having recently signed to Wire & Wool Records, an off branch of I'm Not From London Records, Ryan is now set to release his début EP 'Worries & Troubles' via the label in April 2014 showcasing his perfect blend of Americana blues and subtle folk. POSTS

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'voodoo Kitchen' & 'rough Chowder'

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Goring Conservative Club 7.30pm doors 8.30pm Music

Get your party head on! Jook is proud to present 'Voodoo Kitchen' & 'Rough Chowder' for an evening of Cajun Country Gospel and Blues Listen to the delightful country tunes of Prof. David Minns and the soulful blues of Dr. Bob accompanied by the fine playing of Jeremy Sherman, Trevor Grant & Marianne Hiller Brook. http://voodookitchen.co.uk/ Crazy Cajun dancing with Rough Chowder Fronted by husband and wife team, Ian McIlroy and Miss Kitty, Rough Chowder have been homing their Cajun sounds around the pubs, folk clubs and festivals of the south coast, whilst amassing a following within the UK and European Cajun community through playing UK wide Cajun and Zydeco festivals. With added influences of blues, rockabilly and lounge, we combine a set of traditional Cajun and Zydeco music with 'Cajunbilly' to produce a highly danceable and infectious sound guaranteed to transport you to the bayous of Louisiana. http://roughchowder.co.uk/

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Liverpool Acoustic Live 'little Panther' Showcase Featuring Gideon Conn

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Liverpool The View Two Gallery Doors 7.45pm, music 8.15pm

Liverpool Acoustic, in association with Little Panther, presents Gideon Conn, with support from Alex Hulme and Songs For Walter. Tickets are £5.50 in advance (includes booking fee) or £6 on the door. The doors open at 7.45pm, music starts at 8.15pm and runs through to 10.45pm. Bar available. Unfortunately the performance space is on the third floor of the View Two Gallery and there is no lift access.

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Stefan Grossman

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 8.00pm

One of the world's foremost authorities on acoustic blues guitar, Stefan Grossman studied with acoustic blues and gospel singer/guitarist Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Skip James, Mance Lipscomb and Fred McDowell. He carved a reputation on the European blues and folk festival circuit for 20 years, both solo and with the Even Dozen Jug Band and British guitarist John Renbourn, before moving to New Jersey in the mid '80s. There he recorded multiple albums and ran his Guitar Workshop and Vestapol video business, releasing videos by guitarists ranging from Merle Travis and Chet Atkins to John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. From 2000, Grossman could be found recording in duo and trio settings (Bermuda Triangle Exit with Tokio Uchida and Played a Little Fiddle with Danny Kalb and Steve Katz) and releasing the results on his Guitar Workshop label.

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John Kirkpatrick - St George's Day Event

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at London Charlton House 7-10pm

St George's Day Event To celebrate St George's Day Global Fusion Music & Arts have invited one of the legends of the English Folk scene John Kirkpatrick to perform at Charlton House on Friday 24th April. John will be joined by local folk artists, MC Mike Porter (the man with the golden voice), The Meantime close harmony group, singer/songwriter Ben Longman and Morrigan. Venue Charlton House, Charlton Road, SE78RE Admission £8 or £7 concessions

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Funke And The Two Tone Baby & King Size Slim

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Windsor The Firestation 8.00pm

Funke and the Two Tone Baby Kent-based mechanical alt-blues musician, Funke and the Two Tone Baby, is the pseudonym of multi-instrumentalist Dan Turnbull. Combining effects pedals, beatboxing and grooving bass lines with traditional instrumentation, powerful vocals and relentless energy. In 2014 Funke has performed at over 30+ festivals across the UK and Europe including Beautiful Days, Bearded Theory, Farmer Phil's Festival, OutCider Festival, Watchet Live and as headline act of the travelling Netherlands festival Convoi De Fete. Funke has also had tracks from his latest EP 'The Last Thing We'll See Is The Sea' aired on BBC 6 Introducing, BBC Devon and BBC Kent. King Size Slim It has been a big year for King Size Slim (aka Toby Barelli). The last 12 months has seen the release of his first studio album Milk Drunk, an incredibly busy gig diary (including 27 shows in just 31 days during August) and it's now been capped of with a British Blues Award. The big warm tones from his resonator guitar along with a powerful and direct vocal delivery are the trademarks of singer/song-writer King Size Slim. Incorporating in to his music rolling grooves with multi-layers of percussion and vocals, harmonica, hand-claps, foot stomps, myriadshakers, even sweeping brooms and pots and pans.

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Scott Cook & Jez Hellard

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Cardiff The Full Moon 7:30pm

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The Extraordinary Adventures Of Les Trois Coups! With Support From Boxcar Joe Strouzer

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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Headless Chicken Promotions Present.. Dirty Viv

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at London DNA 7.00pm-3.00am

Doors 7pm Claire & Colin Murphy Trio ( 7.30-8.15pm) Blueheat 550 (8.30-9.15pm) Dirty Viv (9.30-10.30pm) *** All Stage times are approximate Intermittent DJ from Roots to Rock.Before,Between & After Till 11pm Then Afterparty Club (included in Ticket Price) Till 3am

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Tom Attah And The Bad Man Clan @ The Honey Bee Blues Club

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Sheffield Yello Arch Studios 8pm - 1am

The Bad man Clan are a modern electric blues band fronted by UK bluesman TOM ATTAH. The BMC take their cue from Freddie King and Muddy Waters and have developed a guitar and harmonica-based sound that has brought them much praise from the UK blues scene. Live-wired, loud-talking, groove-based blues is underpinned by an energetic live show that brings the south side of Chicago direct to your door! Support from local legend, Saxbob Swifts band The Red River Rebels

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The Roving Crows

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Evershot Village Hall 8:15pm to 11:15pm approx.

The Crows' powerful live performances of fiery fiddle playing, trumpet, guitar, drums, bass and vocals saw them in 2014 gain prestigious awards 'Best Live Act' (Spiral Earth Music Awards) and 'Band of the Year' (Fatea Music Awards), to add to earlier accolades as 'Top Celtic Rock Band' and 'Top Fiddle Player' (Caitlin Barrett). Their unique performances cross the musical boundaries of Folk, Celtic and Country-Rock, and they have become festival favourites having performed at venues including the Cambridge Folk Festival, the Trowbridge Village Pump Festival, and Arts Centres and Halls up and down the land. Without fail audiences the Crows get dancing with abandon and clamouring for more, so don't forget your dancing shoes! The band's most recent album 'Deliberate Distractions' received 4-star reviews and it achieved national airplay on Radio 2, with BBC's Paul O'Grady commenting "Great party music...I love that band" and Mike Harding describing them as a "Really individual Celtic folk rock group". Doors and bar open at 8:15pm, with the band on stage at 8.45pm. Further information, including videos of live performances can be found on www.rovingcrows.com; and on www.underonesun.org.uk

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The Roving Crows

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Evershot Village Hall 8:15pm to 11:15pm approx.

The Crows' powerful live performances of fiery fiddle playing, trumpet, guitar, drums, bass and vocals saw them in 2014 gain prestigious awards 'Best Live Act' (Spiral Earth Music Awards) and 'Band of the Year' (Fatea Music Awards), to add to earlier accolades as 'Top Celtic Rock Band' and 'Top Fiddle Player' (Caitlin Barrett). Their unique performances cross the musical boundaries of Folk, Celtic and Country-Rock, and they have become festival favourites having performed at venues including the Cambridge Folk Festival, the Trowbridge Village Pump Festival, and Arts Centres and Halls up and down the land. Without fail audiences the Crows get dancing with abandon and clamouring for more, so don't forget your dancing shoes! The band's most recent album 'Deliberate Distractions' received 4-star reviews and it achieved national airplay on Radio 2, with BBC's Paul O'Grady commenting "Great party music...I love that band" and Mike Harding describing them as a "Really individual Celtic folk rock group". Doors and bar open at 8:15pm, with the band on stage at 8.45pm. Further information, including videos of live performances can be found on www.rovingcrows.com; and on www.underonesun.org.uk

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The Roving Crows

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Evershot Village Hall 8:15pm to 11:15pm approx.

This is an Under 18s ticket : Adult tickets also available The Crows' powerful live performances of fiery fiddle playing, trumpet, guitar, drums, bass and vocals saw them in 2014 gain prestigious awards 'Best Live Act' (Spiral Earth Music Awards) and 'Band of the Year' (Fatea Music Awards), to add to earlier accolades as 'Top Celtic Rock Band' and 'Top Fiddle Player' (Caitlin Barrett). Their unique performances cross the musical boundaries of Folk, Celtic and Country-Rock, and they have become festival favourites having performed at venues including the Cambridge Folk Festival, the Trowbridge Village Pump Festival, and Arts Centres and Halls up and down the land. Without fail audiences the Crows get dancing with abandon and clamouring for more, so don't forget your dancing shoes! The band's most recent album 'Deliberate Distractions' received 4-star reviews and it achieved national airplay on Radio 2, with BBC's Paul O'Grady commenting "Great party music...I love that band" and Mike Harding describing them as a "Really individual Celtic folk rock group". Doors and bar open at 8:15pm, with the band on stage at 8.45pm. Further information, including videos of live performances can be found on www.rovingcrows.com; and on www.underonesun.org.uk

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The Roving Crows

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Monksilver EMN Hall 7:30pm to 11:30pm

NB This is a gig-only ticket (adult). Tickets for under 18s, and also tickets inclusive of a delicious 2 course supper are also available on wegottickets. The Crows' powerful live performances of fiery fiddle playing, trumpet, guitar, drums, bass and vocals saw them in 2014 gain prestigious awards 'Best Live Act' (Spiral Earth Music Awards) and 'Band of the Year' (Fatea Music Awards), to add to earlier accolades as 'Top Celtic Rock Band' and 'Top Fiddle Player' (Caitlin Barrett). Their unique performances cross the musical boundaries of Folk, Celtic and Country-Rock, and they have become festival favourites having performed at venues including the Cambridge Folk Festival, the Trowbridge Village Pump Festival, and Arts Centres and Halls up and down the land. Without fail audiences the Crows get dancing with abandon and clamouring for more, so don't forget your dancing shoes! The band's most recent album 'Deliberate Distractions' received 4-star reviews and it achieved national airplay on Radio 2, with BBC's Paul O'Grady commenting "Great party music...I love that band" and Mike Harding describing them as a "Really individual Celtic folk rock group". Doors and licensed bar open at 7:30pm, with the band on stage at 9pm. The optional supper is served 7:30pm to 8:30pm but the bar is open and the atmosphere building up so arrive anytime from 7:30pm even if not eating. Further information, including videos of live performances can be found on www.rovingcrows.com; and on www.underonesun.org.uk

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The James Brothers

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Hepworth Village Hall Doors 7:30 Start 8:00pm

The James Brothers are not really outlaws, neither are they brothers and only one of them is called James. The James Brother who is called James is Sydney-born James Fagan - best known as one half of Nancy Kerr & James Fagan (musically and maritally), but also spotted playing guitar and bouzouki in The Cara Dillon Band, the live circus that is Bellowhead and with his parents and sister as The Fagans, where his folk career began (in a decade which has only just become fashionable). The James Brother who isn't called James is Jamie McClennan - a Kiwi who found himself in a duo with Scotland's BBC-award-winning Emily Smith (whom he also married) having chosen not to follow his first bandmates to Ireland, where they formed the much celebrated Gráda. Jamie has been sighted on fiddle, whistle and guitar next to the likes of The Waifs, Beth Nielson Chapman, Brian Finnegan and John McCusker.

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Bob Fox: Shammick Acoustic

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Combe Martin The Pack o' Cards Doors 7.30 pm for 8 pm start

At last! War Horse's Songman had to cancel a booking at Shammick Acoustic when he first got the role over three years ago, and we've been trying to arrange another booking ever since! This year, Bob has been on tour with the show, and is taking a six month break before going back to the National Theatre for another stint there. Bob Fox has been around as a professional folk singer/musician for a l-o-n-g time since the mid-'70s in fact. Working first with fellow North-Easterner Tom McConville, then with Stu Luckley, he worked all over Europe and the Antipodes. His first solo CD wasn't forthcoming until the year 2000, and turned out to be a real triumph. With nominations in Radio 2 Folk Awards, he worked on the award-winning new series of Radio Ballads in 2006, with John Tams, who has worked with the National Theatre for many years. Ralph McTell recognised his astonishing guitar technique coupled with one of England's finest voices. Who are we to disagree? Don't miss the opportunity to hear this extraordinary singer.

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Kate Rusby

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House Doors at 7pm, start time 7.30pm

An unmissable show featuring one of the defining voices of contemporary English folk music. A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate's soulful vocals have that rare ability to transport her audience, taking them on a lyrical journey through stories of folk, old and modern. This gig will see Kate perform a selection of much-loved classics, as well as songs from her new album, Ghost. As ever, she will be joined on stage by the cream of British folk musicians who form her band.

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4square

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Barton The Ropewalk Doors open at 7pm, on stage 8pm

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Aly Bain And Phil Cunningham

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Masham Town Hall Doors 7.30pm, on stage 8.00pm

They are simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear" - Mike Russell, The Glasgow Herald Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have toured together since 1988 to packed concert halls all over the world. They recorded their first album 'The Pearl' in 1994 and followed it with many more highly acclaimed albums including the 'Five and Twenty' CD to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. The pair are winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards BEST DUO Award, and Aly Bain received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 ALY BAIN is the best known and most significant fiddle player in the Celtic tradition. He is rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler- arguably the finest of all time. Aly was a founder member of the 'Boys of the Lough' and his passionate fiddle playing has also found its way onto recordings by the likes of Eddi Reader and Richard Thompson. He was responsible for launching 'The Transatlantic Sessions' TV series in which both he and Phil continue to feature. Accordion player PHIL CUNNINGHAM has been named as one of Scotland's 25 most influential people. His mastery of the instrument has led to him working with the likes of Mark Knopfler, James Taylor, Rosanne Cash and Midge Ure. Together Aly and Phil are simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear.

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The Vagaband

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, See Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Vagaband's soulful, rustic approach to their music makes their extraordinary blend of Americana, toe-tapping folk-jazz and soulful rock a unique proposition in an age where music is often presented in a way that is too studied, too knowing and somewhat safe. Their musicianship means that consummate band-leader José McGill can rely on the band for sturdy backing as well as stellar improvisation for the fantastic home-grown repertoire and the inspired cover versions too. The Vagaband are designed to be lapped up in huge gulps by an audience that likes to have all their musical needs satisfied and their dancing shoes cajoled into action as well. They are nigh-on impossible to dislike. Heroes in their home town, walk with them as they take on the world. "The Vagaband - proof that the devil doesn't always have the best tunes...stunning." - Q Magazine

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Never The Bride

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Chichester The Chichester Inn Doors 8pm

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New Rope String Band

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Water Yeat Village Hall Doors 7:30pm, 8:00pm start

Manic minstrels, The New Ropes will be calling in at Water Yeat Village Hall for an evening of hilarity and Python-esque absurdism spliced with beautiful acoustic music from various world traditions, in a precision-honed yet uproarious performance as part of their Farewell Tour. The New Rope String Band have come to the end of their tether. The sheer strain of spreading joy around the world for more than 25 years as Old and New Rope has proved too much. Audiences' laughter muscles have been stretched and twanged and they, too, need a rest. But, before these ageing folk-cabaret artistes go their separate ways, heading for new and exciting theatrical and musical horizons, they have decided to do a farewell lap of honour, a celebratory extravaganza of their finest routines with some specially-created final flourishes. Expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity. Cabaret style seating, no bar, so bring your own drinks!

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Ruth Theodore (dawn Chorus Blues)

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Winchester The Hyde Tavern Starts 8pm

Intimate cellar performance accompanied by the Dawn Chorus Blues singers.

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Josienne Clarke And Ben Walker

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Taunton Halsway Manor 7:30PM - 10:30PM

One of the hottest tickets on the UK acoustic scene - don't miss this stunning acoustic duo delivering spellbinding, spine tingling music.

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Josienne Clarke And Ben Walker

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Taunton Halsway Manor 7:30PM - 10:30PM

One of the hottest tickets on the UK acoustic scene - don't miss this stunning acoustic duo delivering spellbinding, spine tingling music.

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Green Stock 2

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Dunchurch Village Hall Start at Mid day Ends 11.30pm

Commencing at Midday. Parking On Site

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Ricardo Curbelo: Rhythms From Latin America

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Lancaster Hornby Institute 7.30pm start. Doors and Bar 7pm

Innovative, highly skilled Latin American harpist, composer and poet, Ricardo Curbelo takes his audiences on a colourful musical journey through different Latin American countries. He presents a great combination of traditional pieces, together with many of his own, often spellbinding compositions. The sound response of his Modelo Corvado harps, which he designs and constructs himself, is part of the uniqueness of his performances and he offers most of us here in Europe a very different, rhythmic and exciting experience of harp music! Ricardo has been resident in London since 1979 and has many years experience on a wide variety of stages: radio & TV, concerts, festivals, weddings, charity performances, educational institutions, to name but a few. He is delighted to return to Hornby Community Resource Centre to give one of his 2015 Spring concerts. Harp, cuatro, maracas and vocals will be demonstrated with a sparkling virtuosity not to be missed! "There has been a lot of feedback about how fabulous Ricardo was." (Manager of Hornby CRC after April 2013 concert) "Music, passion and virtuosity on stage." (Theatro Technis, London) "He has got to be seen to be believed." (Time Out magazine, London) More information on: www.ricardocurbelo.com

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Ricardo Curbelo: Rhythms From Latin America

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Lancaster Hornby Institute 7.30pm start. Doors and Bar 7pm

Innovative, highly skilled Latin American harpist, composer and poet, Ricardo Curbelo takes his audiences on a colourful musical journey through different Latin American countries. He presents a great combination of traditional pieces, together with many of his own, often spellbinding compositions. The sound response of his Modelo Corvado harps, which he designs and constructs himself, is part of the uniqueness of his performances and he offers most of us here in Europe a very different, rhythmic and exciting experience of harp music! Ricardo has been resident in London since 1979 and has many years experience on a wide variety of stages: radio & TV, concerts, festivals, weddings, charity performances, educational institutions, to name but a few. He is delighted to return to Hornby Community Resource Centre to give one of his 2015 Spring concerts. Harp, cuatro, maracas and vocals will be demonstrated with a sparkling virtuosity not to be missed! "There has been a lot of feedback about how fabulous Ricardo was." (Manager of Hornby CRC after April 2013 concert) "Music, passion and virtuosity on stage." (Theatro Technis, London) "He has got to be seen to be believed." (Time Out magazine, London) More information on: www.ricardocurbelo.com

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Saturday Night Live At The Kitchen Garden

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Cherchez la Femme Presents: Saturday Night Live at The Kitchen Garden. Bringing back the heart of Saturday Night to your doorstep. Comedy with Mrs Barbara Nice. Live Celtic Funk Music with Rowena Knight's Loop de Loop. Magical comedy with The Great Raymondo Then to end the evening: late night dancing to classic tracks with DJ Nick

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New Roots Presents Flux/ Bernhard Schimpelsberger

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at London The Winemaker's Club 8.15 pm, doors open from 7.00 pm

Doors from 7.00 pm, performances begin at 8.15. There will be a thirty minute interval at 9.00 pm. New Roots presents a unique concert in a unique venue. The renowned musicians of Indian fusion act Flux and percussion master Bernhard Schimpelsberger (Talvin Singh/ Nitin Sawhney) perform in a strikingly atmospheric candle-lit stone arch for what promises to be a spectacular meeting of contemporary roots and world music. Connected to the wonderful independently run Winemakers Club, the wine bar has a seriously impressive wine and craft beer list, and serves as a perfect foyer for a drink before, during the interval, and after the show. Flux apply their sublime musicianship to combine traditional Asian roots with world music, Western jazz, contemporary classical and urban influences, employing instrumentation ranging from piano to bansuri, violin, double bass, guitar and cajon. Formed only two years ago, they have already performed at Glastonbury Festival, London Southbank Centre, Kings Place, The National Portrait Gallery, The Great Escape and the Indig02. Their virtuosic musicianship and dynamic arrangements fuse to create a truly spectacular live show. British-Austrian drummer Bernhard Schimpelsberger grew up in Austria deeply rooted in Jazz and Western classical music, but it was his studies in Indian classical music with Tabla master Suresh Talwalkar that shaped his unique outlook on music. He has collaborated and toured the globe with Anoushka Shankar, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh, Susheela Raman amongst others. His solo Rhythm Diaries project tells stories of his encounters with many great musicians, bringing together a remarkable palette of percussion and melodic instruments. Over the years his collected rhythms have matured and become full grown compositions, telling many stories. A new rising voice in the realm of percussion, his playing style combines dazzling virtuosic technique and musical risk taking with exquisitely eclectic taste. He and his musical partner Soumik Datta recently sold out the 850 capacity Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank with a performance of Circle of Sound, their Indian/ Western fusion project.

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The Whispering Road

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Chinley Community Centre Performance starts at 8pm, doors open at 7.30pm

A wonderful show of two halves by a talented folk trio that includes Nick Hennessey, one of the UK's top story tellers. The first half is a lively and fun mini folk gig featuring traditional Scandinavian music. The second is the story of The Whispering Road, a fast, funny and moving theatrical performance seamlessly interwoven with music conjuring everything from the Swedish countryside to magical beasts. Bar with local real ale, wine, tea & coffee. Disabled access.

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Andy Oliveri (album Launch)

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at London Gallery Cafe Doors 7:45pm

The show will take place in the Chapel in the rear gardens of the Cafe.

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Martin Mcneill's Bottleneck Blues

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Manningtree Red Lion Doors at 8pm

After our winter break Sue and I are pleased to announce that our music nights Upstairs at the Red Lion, Manningtree will be starting again on Saturday 25th April when we will be hosting a Blues Revue evening featuring Martin McNeill's Bottleneck Blues. We have persuaded Martin to put together a six piece band for the evening which will include Steve "West" Weston on harmonica, Tim Huskisson on piano, JJ Zarbo on double bass, Mark Cecil on drums and featuring special guest vocalist Ruby Florence. The evening will feature three sets. Martin, a highly-rated slide guitarist, will play stripped down Delta and Chicago blues and Ruby Florence will front the band for a set of soulful songs. The full band promise a blistering final set, with the focus on West's fiery harmonica and Tim's knockout piano. Ruby Florence is a modern girl with a vintage style. She loves the classic blues, jazz and gospel of Bessie Smith, Peggy Lee and Rosetta Tharpe as well as new wave rockabilly of Imelda May. West is one of the UK's top harmonica players, leading his own band, the Bluesonics, as well as recording and gigging with artists including Wilko Johnson, Roger Daltrey, Mud Morganfield and legendary blues record producer Mike Vernon. He can recreate the classic sounds of Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson while adding a raw energy of his own. Tim is one of the country's hardest-working musicians, playing more than 300 gigs last in various groups, and he combines a strong feel for blues with a huge talent for jazz. Bassist JJ is also a singer-songwriter in his own right and might be persuaded to step up to the mic with one of his compositions at the Red Lion. Exciting drummer Marc has played with a wide range of acts including the Drifters, Robin Trower and Latin Underground, as well as for a number of West End shows including Blood Brothers and Billy Elliot. Martin says : "I like to use different players for Bottleneck Blues and vary the size of the group to keep the music fresh. I reckon this six-piece 'all-star' line-up is particularly strong -- everyone has something special to offer. That's why we're doing it as a revue-style show, with three distinct sets showcasing blues in different styles." This promises to be a great evening of blues with a hint of jazz. Tickets are £10 in advance from the Red Lion, www.redlionmanningtree.co.uk or www.wegottickets.com or £12 on the door. Doors open at 8pm After that we will be featuring Clive Gregson on Saturday 30th May. Details of other events for the year will be announced soon. There's lots of other music at the Red Lion in April and May so check out the Red Lion website for details. We hope to see you Upstairs again soon

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Helter Skelter With Rum Buffalo + Parker & The Suitcase

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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The Ballina Whalers + The Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at London Round Chapel 7pm

The Ballina Whalers present An evening of maritime music in association with The Trad Academy at The Round Chapel - To celebrate the launch of: Pull Down Below - The Ballina Whalers' hotly anticipated third EP. The Ballina Whalers are Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes - three musical barnacles clinging to the creaking hull of a musical tradition stretching back over hundreds of years. Using just their voices they explore ballads, shanties and seafaring songs that tell tales of whaling ships, lost loves, roaring storms and hardship out at sea. Fast becoming one of the most sought after shanty bands around, known as much for their heart rending three part harmonies as their lusty approach to singing shanties, the last few years have been extremely busy for the boys, seeing them playing folk clubs, harbour sides, beaches, boat sheds and festivals up and down the country. Stunning voices that blend so beautifully, a real knock out Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 and Maiden Voyage - A debut album featuring the Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir To raise money for the East Coast Sail Trust The Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir are a non-audition community choir based in London exploring the work-songs of the golden age of sail and have worked with many renowned musicians from the maritime world including Jim Radford, Andy Kenna, Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham. The choir continues to go from strength to strength, with an invitation to perform at the 2015 Festival du chant de marin in Paimpol, France. also featuring: DJ set from special guest Will Lang Seamlessly mashing up old folk, new folk and sometimes no folk at all. From shanties and ballads to hip hop beats and disco bangers. Will Lan has DJ'd some of the biggest UK folk festivals with his mix music old and new Absolutely terrific - Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 - Doors 7pm | Music from 7.30pm - Food from Comfort's Kitchen A non-profit catering enterprise run by refugees escaping cruelty. Vegetarian food from around the world, specialising in dishes from the refugees' own countries. - | £10 in advance | £18 in advance with Food | | £12 on the door | Round Chapel Old School Rooms, Powerscroft Road E5 0PU - All profits from this event will be donated to the East Coast Sail Trust. Empowering young people and enriching their lives through educational cruises on board the historic Thames Sailing Barge Thalatta. www.thalatta.org www.theballinawhalers.com @TheBallinaWhalers www.tradacademy.co.uk @ShantyChoir www.willlang.co.uk

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The Ballina Whalers + The Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at London Round Chapel 7pm

The Ballina Whalers present An evening of maritime music in association with The Trad Academy at The Round Chapel - To celebrate the launch of: Pull Down Below - The Ballina Whalers' hotly anticipated third EP. The Ballina Whalers are Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes - three musical barnacles clinging to the creaking hull of a musical tradition stretching back over hundreds of years. Using just their voices they explore ballads, shanties and seafaring songs that tell tales of whaling ships, lost loves, roaring storms and hardship out at sea. Fast becoming one of the most sought after shanty bands around, known as much for their heart rending three part harmonies as their lusty approach to singing shanties, the last few years have been extremely busy for the boys, seeing them playing folk clubs, harbour sides, beaches, boat sheds and festivals up and down the country. Stunning voices that blend so beautifully, a real knock out Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 and Maiden Voyage - A debut album featuring the Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir To raise money for the East Coast Sail Trust The Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir are a non-audition community choir based in London exploring the work-songs of the golden age of sail and have worked with many renowned musicians from the maritime world including Jim Radford, Andy Kenna, Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham. The choir continues to go from strength to strength, with an invitation to perform at the 2015 Festival du chant de marin in Paimpol, France. also featuring: DJ set from special guest Will Lang Seamlessly mashing up old folk, new folk and sometimes no folk at all. From shanties and ballads to hip hop beats and disco bangers. Will Lan has DJ'd some of the biggest UK folk festivals with his mix music old and new Absolutely terrific - Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 - Doors 7pm | Music from 7.30pm - Food from Comfort's Kitchen A non-profit catering enterprise run by refugees escaping cruelty. Vegetarian food from around the world, specialising in dishes from the refugees' own countries. - | £10 in advance | £18 in advance with Food | | £12 on the door | Round Chapel Old School Rooms, Powerscroft Road E5 0PU - All profits from this event will be donated to the East Coast Sail Trust. Empowering young people and enriching their lives through educational cruises on board the historic Thames Sailing Barge Thalatta. www.thalatta.org www.theballinawhalers.com @TheBallinaWhalers www.tradacademy.co.uk @ShantyChoir www.willlang.co.uk

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Marc O'reilly

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Clitheroe The Grand 7PM

Marc O'Reilly is a budding sensation of Irish acoustic roots music. His debut album "My Friend Marx' was included in many 'Best of 2011' lists and his superb follow-up, Human Herdings (2014), revealed a more electric-inspired tone, bringing a full band to the fore. His spellbinding guitar playing and emotive vocals make him a must-see live performer. He appears with full band and special guest support from Sweeney Astray, The Remedy and Nyima Murray

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Geoff Muldaur

on Sun, 26 Apr 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7pm Show Starts 8pm

One of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centred in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY. During the 1960's and '70's, Geoff made a series of highly influential recordings as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Paul Butterfield's Better Days group (with whom he appeared at Woodstock), as well as collaborations with then-wife Maria and other notables (Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, Amos Garrett etc.). Multi-talented (his sister Diana is a film and TV actress), he left the stage and recording world in the mid-1980's for a working sabbatical as a sought after software designer, but continued to hone his craft, albeit 'flying beneath radar'. He composed scores for film and television, winning an Emmy Award, and produced off-beat albums for the likes of Lenny Pickett and the Borneo Horns and the Richard Greene String Quartet. Geoff's definitive recording of 'Brazil' provided the seed for - and was featured in - Terry Gilliam's film of the same title. With his magical voice and singular approach to American music intact, Geoff is once again touring the world. He performs in concert halls, performance spaces, clubs and festivals througout the US, Canada, Japan and Europe. Geoff may be heard from time to time as a guest on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion and has been featured on a variety of National Public Radio shows, including Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and The World with Lisa Mullins. Geoff's newest albums, The Secret Handshake, Password, Private Astronomy and Texas Sheiks have met with high critical acclaim and feature Geoff's unusually crafted interpretations of classic, oftentimes obscure, American material as well as his own unique compositions. In addition to tours and recording, Geoff continues to apply his arranging skills to a variety of projects for albums and film. Although he is known as a musicians musician, it is clearly his voice that most identifies him. 'Bob Dylan didn't want to be Woody Guthrie. He wanted to be Geoff Muldaur. Geoff was the Big Man On Campus. He still is.' - Van Dyke Parks 'There are only three white blues singers -- Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them.' - Richard Thompson 'Geoff has always been one of my favourite singers.' - Bonnie Raitt

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Tinderbox

on Sun, 26 Apr 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Favourite songwriting outfit are back in Bournemouth with a new album. Last gig of the season at Ocean View before we leave space for the holiday-makers!

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Tinderbox

on Sun, 26 Apr 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Favourite songwriting outfit are back in Bournemouth with a new album. Last gig of the season at Ocean View before we leave space for the holiday-makers!

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Gavin Davenport Band

on Sun, 26 Apr 2015 at Topsham Malt House at The Globe 8.00pm - doors 7.30

Gavin Davenport's bold, distinctive vocals, multi-instrumental skills wrapped around a unique percussive guitar style and a knack for stark, contemporary songwriting unite the best of the oral tradition with a modern relevance. He is a winner of the John Birmingham cup for newly composed song and as a member of the Albion Band was nominated for Songlines and Fatea awards in 2013 as well as winning a Spiral Earth award.

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Blue Rose Code

on Sun, 26 Apr 2015 at Edinburgh The Voodoo Rooms 7:30pm

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Brian Mann

on Sun, 26 Apr 2015 at Soham The Brook 12pm onwards

A new act for The Brook - Country at its best!

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Robin Williamson With Special Guest Bina Williamson

on Sun, 26 Apr 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 2pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 2pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 2.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Founder in the 1960's of the Incredible String Band and of the Merry Band in the 70's Robin Williamson has been at the forefront of the storytelling revival in Britain and America since the 1980's. He continues to tour internationally solo and as a duo with his wife, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Bina Williamson. A most prolific and diverse songwriter, Robin has made numerous records over his 50 year career, most recently for ECM and Quadrant as well as on his own label Pigs Whisker Music. Twice nominated for a Grammy he is cited as an influence by Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin and many contemporary acoustic and new folk artists. His new record, Trusting in the Rising Light, is out now on ECM and has been getting many 5* reviews. Bina Williamson is an inspired and gifted singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in her own right. She has a hauntingly sweet, melodious voice and plays bowed psaltery, autoharp and dulcimer. "Enthralling!" Glasgow Herald, Celtic Connections 2013 Robin and Bina work together so well because they create a perfect balance of voices drawing on an exotic mix of Celtic Indian and Old Timey roots. Their soulful performances feature their East West harmonies,with harp bowed psaltery and diverse other instruments. "Pure beauty through simplicity" Robert Plant

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Sid Griffin

on Sun, 26 Apr 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, See Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sid Griffin is the ex-leader of the Long Ryders, a foundation stone of Alt-country and an important link in the chain of Americana. He is currently the main man behind the Coal Porters, a merry acoustic five-piece well known for selling out The Green Note many, many times. He is performing solo for the first time in several years after releasing his highly-acclaimed solo album, The Trick Is To Breathe, which was Uncut magazine's Americana Album Of The Month late in 2014 and appeared on many Best Of lists at the year's end. An author of four books including the Amazon best-selling music tome Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan, The Band & the Basement Tapes, Sid also wrote the liner notes for the recent Basement Tapes box set of Dylan's legendary 1967 sessions. Sid is also heard frequently on BBC6 Music's Radcliffe & Maconie show where he is Resident Musicologist. For this new series of solo performances Sid Griffin will be playing as a solo in Austria, Italy, his native Kentucky, and Spain before his April 26 Green Note appearance so he should be in topnotch form, his legendary skills as a raconteur refreshed and his acoustic 12-string guitar work at fever pitch.

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Marnhull Acoustic Sessions Presents Megan Henwood

on Sun, 26 Apr 2015 at Marnhull Village Hall Doors 7pm

On her Head, Heart, Hand tour Megan will be joining us for a superb show this April.

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Greg Russell And Ciaran Algar At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 26 Apr 2015 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub Doors open around 7:30 pm

By popular demand we're delighted to present this astonishing young duo who have exploded onto the scene in the last year or so. A guitar and fiddle duo for the twenty first century. A limited number of advance tickets are on sale. You will still be able to pay on the night but please remember to get here early if doing so as show may sell out.. However we appreciate that some people wish to be assured of admission, if so you may book in advance here. NOTE: Although there is plenty of seating at the venue tickets do not guarantee a seat and latecomers may have to stand if venue full.

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Gren Bartley

on Sun, 26 Apr 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Gren is a widely acclaimed and accomplished musician. He has been recording and touring relentlessly these past few years, working with an array of talented musicians and producers. 2015's new album Magnificent Creatures was produced by Gavin Monaghan (The Editors, Kings of Leon, Paulo Nutini, Young Braves) at Magic Garden Studio . Gren has already achieved plaudits from fRoots, Bright Young Folk and Acoustic Magazine with good reason. This latest release will add to a rich and growing back catalogue. His style and flair as an 'expert fingerstyle guitarist' has put him at the top of his game and is creating more fans and supporters along the way. Magnificent Creatures is the follow-up to the successful Winter Fires and sees Gren touring with percussionist, cellist, violinist/pianist and three part harmonies.

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Kelley Mcrae Duo

on Sun, 26 Apr 2015 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

Acoustic Americana act Kelley McRae Duo are making a welcome return to TwickFolk following their visit last May. The duo have played shows coast to coast across the United States and are promoting their new album Easy on My Mind. Singer/songwriter Kelley McRae, who performs as a duo with her husband Matt Casteilein, has an amazing voice. Their style of music is heartfelt Americana and their songs, inspired by the people and places they have encountered on their travels, have an honesty that touches the audience. The BBC's Bob Harris has called Kelley McRae brilliant and film director Wim Wenders, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, described Kelley McRae's music as The last songs that made me cry.

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Jenna Reid - Stromness

on Sun, 26 Apr 2015 at Stromness Town Hall 7.30pm - doors open 7.00pm.

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Robin Williamson With Special Guest Bina Williamson

on Sun, 26 Apr 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 2pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 2pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 2.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Founder in the 1960's of the Incredible String Band and of the Merry Band in the 70's Robin Williamson has been at the forefront of the storytelling revival in Britain and America since the 1980's. He continues to tour internationally solo and as a duo with his wife, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Bina Williamson. A most prolific and diverse songwriter, Robin has made numerous records over his 50 year career, most recently for ECM and Quadrant as well as on his own label Pigs Whisker Music. Twice nominated for a Grammy he is cited as an influence by Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin and many contemporary acoustic and new folk artists. His new record, Trusting in the Rising Light, is out now on ECM and has been getting many 5* reviews. Bina Williamson is an inspired and gifted singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in her own right. She has a hauntingly sweet, melodious voice and plays bowed psaltery, autoharp and dulcimer. "Enthralling!" Glasgow Herald, Celtic Connections 2013 Robin and Bina work together so well because they create a perfect balance of voices drawing on an exotic mix of Celtic Indian and Old Timey roots. Their soulful performances feature their East West harmonies,with harp bowed psaltery and diverse other instruments. "Pure beauty through simplicity" Robert Plant

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Conor Doherty And The Foxglove Trio

on Mon, 27 Apr 2015 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music Starts 8:30pm

Guitarist and singer Conor Doherty performs hand-picked traditional and contemporary folk songs, newly arranged, from England, Ireland, Scotland and America. A native of Derry City but now based in London, Conor cites influences that range from Tony Rose, Dick Gaughan and Nic Jones to Crosby, Stills and Nash and Joni Mitchell. Conor's impeccable musicianship is making an indelible impression on a vibrant and hungry UK folk scene and he has performed extensively in the UK and Ireland at folk clubs, theatres and festivals. His much awaited debut solo album 'The Savage and The Tender', independently released in October 2014, was recorded by Chris McInnes and produced by Chris McInnes and Conor Doherty. The Foxglove Trio is a group of multi-instrumentalists who perform mostly traditional songs from around the British Isles in English and Welsh. Gathering material from sessions, published song collections and contemporary artists, these talented musicians are making a name for themselves on the UK folk scene for their beautiful harmonies, creative new arrangements and engaging live performances.

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Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby

on Mon, 27 Apr 2015 at Chesham Folk Club 8:30pm - 11:00pm. Door open 8:15

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Ruf Records Blues Caravan

on Mon, 27 Apr 2015 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors 8pm, music 8.30 - 11pm

The 11th annual Blues Caravan takes to the road with 3 young and dynamic "Girls With Guitars" who are ready to conquer the blues world. Eliana Cargnelutti, from Northern Italy, is a versatile award-winning singer and guitarist. Influenced by contemporary masters such as Bonnie Raitt, Ana Popovic and Joe Bonamassa, Cargnelutti combines boundless energy with impressive technical chops. Sadie Johnson may be the youngest musician ever on the Blues Caravan but this 18-year-old has already made quite a name for herself. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has proven equally adept at playing classic old-school country blues like Robert Johnson and modern-day blues-rock like her hero Eric Clapton. Leading female artists like Samantha Fish and Susan Tedeschi have encouraged her commitment to the blues. Heather Crosse, a respected bassist from Clarksdale, Mississippi, provides the earthy foundation, frequently playing at the world-famous Ground Zero Blues Club and performing at major festivals, opening for B.B. King, Robert Plant and others. As a singer, Crosse looks to soul and blues icons like Etta James, Koko Taylor and Big Mama Thornton for inspiration. Together with drummer Denis Palatin, a Blues Caravan veteran, she'll drive the rhythm

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Ruf Records Blues Caravan

on Mon, 27 Apr 2015 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors 8pm, music 8.30 - 11pm

The 11th annual Blues Caravan takes to the road with 3 young and dynamic "Girls With Guitars" who are ready to conquer the blues world. Eliana Cargnelutti, from Northern Italy, is a versatile award-winning singer and guitarist. Influenced by contemporary masters such as Bonnie Raitt, Ana Popovic and Joe Bonamassa, Cargnelutti combines boundless energy with impressive technical chops. Sadie Johnson may be the youngest musician ever on the Blues Caravan but this 18-year-old has already made quite a name for herself. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has proven equally adept at playing classic old-school country blues like Robert Johnson and modern-day blues-rock like her hero Eric Clapton. Leading female artists like Samantha Fish and Susan Tedeschi have encouraged her commitment to the blues. Heather Crosse, a respected bassist from Clarksdale, Mississippi, provides the earthy foundation, frequently playing at the world-famous Ground Zero Blues Club and performing at major festivals, opening for B.B. King, Robert Plant and others. As a singer, Crosse looks to soul and blues icons like Etta James, Koko Taylor and Big Mama Thornton for inspiration. Together with drummer Denis Palatin, a Blues Caravan veteran, she'll drive the rhythm

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Suntrap

on Mon, 27 Apr 2015 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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Suntrap

on Mon, 27 Apr 2015 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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Reg Meuross + Jess Vincent

on Mon, 27 Apr 2015 at Brighton The Greys 8:30pm

BLISS & terrace cred. present: True troubadour Reg Meuross, winner of Folk Words best album 2014, is currently touring with 'England Green & England Grey'; "powerful and moving writing, says The Telegraph. Wiltshire singer songwriter Jess Vincent is previewing her forthcoming album 'Shine' Soulful, strong and utterly engrossing, Mick Tems, Folk Wales.. The pair have been writing & performing together often for 4 years now, after Reg spotted Jess at a Festival and was immediately struck by her distinctive voice and her songwriting, which reminded him of his own. Reg has since produced both Jess's albums, and they have co-written songs as well as often backing each other live and on recordings. Their voices, lyric writing, storytelling and musicianship combine enchantingly in intimate and captivating performance, with guitar, dulcimer, shruti box and baritone ukulele. Folk with an occasional thread of Americana and a whole lot of soul.

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Rosie Upton

on Mon, 27 Apr 2015 at Hartlepool The Studio 7.30pm

ROSIE UPTON Rosie Upton was born in Chesterfield and brought up in Matlock, Derbyshire. Began singing in folk clubs in the Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby area as a teenager but left home for university in Bristol and am now based in the West Country. In the 1970s and 80s performed at clubs, concerts and festivals around the country, as well as on the radio and TV as a duo with my husband Pete MacGregor. Together we ran Bath's Hat and Feather Folk Club and Bradford on Avon's Riverside Folk Club in the 1970s and 80s and are currently part of a team who run the Trowbridge based Village Pump. My weekly Folk, Roots and World Music articles were featured in The Bath Chronicle for 25 years. I intended to record an album back in the early 1980s but family, career and trade union activities intervened. I have recently retired though I continue to run regular song and voice workshops with a repertoire of songs of social and political comment within the trade union movement using my married name Rosie MacGregor. I'm hoping to rebuild my early career and now have more time to dedicate to my love of folk music. SUPPORT FROM JOE SOLO JOE SOLO HAS IN HIS TIME BEEN A BUSKER, A BARMAN, A KERB COUNTER, A WAREHOUSE HAND, A COPYWRITER AND AN ENGINEER. HIS MUSICAL ODYSSEY BEGAN IN 1987 FRONTING A BASH-EM-OUT BAND AT SCHOOL, AND HAS SEEN HIM PLAY IN SEVEN COUNTRIES EITHER AS THE LYNCHPIN OF POP-PUNK UPSTARTS LITHIUM JOE OR HAMMERING OUT HIS UNIQUE BRAND OF FOLK, PUNK AND BLUES IN HIS OWN RIGHT. ON TOP OF RELEASING TEN ALBUMS IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, SOLO HAS WRITTEN A BOOK, AND HAD ONE WRITTEN ABOUT HIM; RUNS A RESEARCH PROJECT ON THE HULL PALS BATTALIONS IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR WHICH HE UPDATES DAILY ONLINE; WORKED WITH UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN TO HELP THEM WRITE THEIR LIVES IN SONG; RECORDED TWO AUDIO BOOKS; AND STILL FOUND TIME TO OPEN FOR THE LIKES OF CHRIS WOOD, OTIS GIBBS, ROBB JOHNSON, EDGAR BROUGHTON, TV SMITH, JUSTIN SULLIVAN, EMILY PORTMAN AND THE BLOCKHEADS; WHILST HIS SONGS HAVE FEATURED ON MIKE HARDING'S FOLK AND ROOTS SHOW ON BBC RADIO TWO. LIVE, SOLO HAS A GROWING REPUTATION AS BOTH A PERFORMER AND RACONTEUR, BEING THOUGHT-PROVOKING, COMICAL AND PUNCH-THE-AIR POLITICAL OFTEN IN THE SAME BREATH. HE IS NOT AN ARTIST YOU FORGET IN A HURRY. Tickets: £5 + BF inc Pie and Pies or £5otd (Gig Entry ONLY) This gig is part of the Worker's Memorial Day events organised by Hartlepool Trade Union Council everybody welcome.

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Jenna Reid - Burray

on Mon, 27 Apr 2015 at Orkney Fossil and Heritage Centre 7.30pm - doors open 7.00pm.

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100 Club Tuesday Blues Featuring Eilidh Mckeller + Matt Edwards Band + Steam Roller

on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 at London 100 Club 7.15pm - 11pm

Solid Entertainments presents 100 CLUB TUESDAY BLUES www.solidentertainments.com/100club/index.html

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Diane Cluck

on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 at Cardiff The Full Moon 7:30pm

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Geoff Muldaur In Concert

on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 at Wigan Parish Church 7.30-11.00, doors open 7.00pm

It is a huge pleasure to host a gig with someone who might be described as a legend of U.S acoustic roots music . Geoff Muldaur first came to prominence with The Jim Kweskin Jug Band in the early 1960's . He then went on to produce 2 critically acclaimed albums with his the wife Maria. Many People still list them as amongst their favourites in the genre. Work with Paul Butterfield's Better Days led him to many connections with guitar master Amos Garrett. He is also noted for his collaborations with major figures such as Jerry Garcia, Bonnie Raitt, and John Sebastian. As if this wasn't enough he is also renowned for his TV and Film scores. His work on the " Texas Sheiks " album in 2012 shows that his vocals and musicianship are still excellent . We also have London based singer-songwrite Steve Folk showcasing his memorable and distinctive songs. The unenviable task of opening the evening falls to Richard Knott.He songs have a smidgeon of Tom Lehrer a spoonful of Jake Thackray and a whole lot of Richard Knott

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Rozi Plain

on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 at Manchester The Castle Hotel 7.30pm

Lost Map Records is proud to announce Rozi Plain's exquisite third album Friend, which will be released on 4 May 2015. A spellbinding reaffirmation of the London-based, Winchester-born singer-songwriter as one of the most unique and original voices in UK alt-folk, Friend features contributions from Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and members of Franc?ois & The Atlas Mountains among many others. It's preceded by the single Actually, which won the Rebel Playlist on BBC 6 Music by 76% of the vote, and has been described by DIY Mag as 'about the most gorgeous, all-encompassing introduction imaginable for this London-based songwriter'. Rozi Plain will prepare for the release of Friend with a UK and European tour, including shows together with This Is The Kit (whom Rozi will both open for and perform as a member of), ahead of summer festival appearances. Following the release of Jogalong in October 2014 as a split 7 on Lost Map together with Rachael Dadd a song hailed by Jo Whiley's as her Favourite Thing of the Week on Whiley's BBC Radio 2 show Actually is the second track to be released from Friend and the album's opener. Over a spare, snaking groove, Rozi reflects on 'a difficult year, a tumultuous year' in a fascinatingly elliptical lyric delivered as a kind of dialogue with the exotic birdsong melody of a vintage synthesiser. It's a suitably intoxicating yet heavy-hearted introduction to Friend, which was engineered by Kristian Robinson (Capitol K), and features contributions from Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Gerard Black and Amaury Ranger (Babe / Franc?ois & The Atlas Mountains), Kate Stables and Jamie Coles (This Is The Kit), and singer-harpist Serafina Steer. Rozi Plain has been making music since her brother taught her a few chords on the guitar aged 13. Raised in Winchester, she spent a few years studying art and painting boats in Bristol, where she began collaborating with long-term collaborators Kate Stables and Rachael Dadd among many others on a thriving local scene. It was there that she made her first two albums, 2008's Inside Over Here and 2012's Joined Sometimes Unjoined, each works of deliciously sad and beautiful pop full of heart-wrenching harmonies dotted with unexpected instrumental flourishes. Both records are presently available via Lost Map Records. Rozi recently moved to London, but she doesn't see her flat all that often because she tours a great deal year round. She has taken her joyous live show on the road around Europe, the UK and the USA, in partnership with alt-folk luminaries from Devendra Banhart to James Yorkston and Lost Map's own The Pictish Trail. She has appeared at festivals including Glastonbury, End of the Road and Green Man. As a member of This Is The Kit, Rozi has also toured widely, including several dates around Europe last year opening for The National. 'Brilliant a big favourite of the show' Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music Tour support comes from Babe. Formed in the summer of 2010 by ex-Findo Gask members Gerard Black (currently with Francois & The Atlas Mountains) and Michael Marshall, along with Thomas Ogden and Amaury Ranger, Babe have been making music across the channel from their native homes in Glasgow and Bordeaux. Their debut album Volery Flighty conceived and produced entirely by Gerard and the band, and featuring friends from Glasgow's indomitable music scene (including Chvches' Lauren Mayberry on backing vocals and Ricky Egan from Tangles) couples the group's international outlook through Gerard's chamber pop sensibilities to foster something at times pensive and oblique, at others direct, fun and buoyant.

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Robert Chaney / Cracked Picture Frames / Cd Release

on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 at London Servant Jazz Quarters Doors at 7:30pm

Though he is still a relative newcomer, the past two years have seen Robert Chaney become one of the most talked-about performers on the London singer-songwriter scene, combining the rough-hewn melodies of an authentic folk troubadour with the eye for detail of a master storyteller. He celebrates the release of his debut album, Cracked Picture Frames, at Servant Jazz Quarters, with support from Lorraine Wood and Felix Indiana. Cracked Picture Frames by Robert Chaney is Essential Listening. This is a powerhouse of potent songs, all the more impressive because it is the artist's first record. - ninebullets.net Overall, this is a monumental work and a truly impressive debut album. - Adobe and Teardrops Robert Chaney has taken the story song in a whole different direction. - Baylen Leonard, Amazing Radio

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Steve Turner - Singer & Concertina Player

on Wed, 29 Apr 2015 at Taunton Halsway Manor 7:30pm - 11pm

Steve Turner comes from a family of singers and concertina players. His grandfather was known to have sung and played the instrument in the 1890's. Steve began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s. Joining the Geordie band "Canny Fettle" in 1970, he made two albums and toured in Britain and Europe with them for eight years. In 1979, he won the Melody Maker "Stars of the 80s" national competition, which persuaded him to turn professional for 12 years until 1991. During this time he made four solo albums with Fellside Records and toured internationally. Steve's 5th album, his first for 22 years "The Whirligig of Time" was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008. His latest 6th album "Rim of the Wheel" was released in spring 2012 and has received rave reviews - David Kidman in Folk Roundabout called it "sheer genius a sure contender for one of my folk albums of 2012" . http://steve-turner.co.uk/

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Steve Turner - Singer & Concertina Player

on Wed, 29 Apr 2015 at Taunton Halsway Manor 7:30pm - 11pm

Steve Turner comes from a family of singers and concertina players. His grandfather was known to have sung and played the instrument in the 1890's. Steve began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s. Joining the Geordie band "Canny Fettle" in 1970, he made two albums and toured in Britain and Europe with them for eight years. In 1979, he won the Melody Maker "Stars of the 80s" national competition, which persuaded him to turn professional for 12 years until 1991. During this time he made four solo albums with Fellside Records and toured internationally. Steve's 5th album, his first for 22 years "The Whirligig of Time" was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008. His latest 6th album "Rim of the Wheel" was released in spring 2012 and has received rave reviews - David Kidman in Folk Roundabout called it "sheer genius a sure contender for one of my folk albums of 2012" . http://steve-turner.co.uk/

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Julie Felix

on Wed, 29 Apr 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Mud Morganfield (eldest Son Of Muddy Waters)

on Wed, 29 Apr 2015 at Worthing Pier Doors open 7pm Show starts 8pm

Over the last three years Mud the eldest son of the undisputed king of Blues Muddy Waters has been delivering his charismatic Chicago blues of the highest order to audience around the world He looks and sounds so strikingly like his old man, so much so that one of his dads former sidemen said it's like watching a ghost in the flesh This son is and proud heir of the King of Chicago Blues is blessed with a big powerful voice that can manage to convey deep emotional resonance on the slower numbers and a good old fashioned testosterone laden strut on those classic shuffles. He is also blessed with a natural sense of showmanship that ensures that audiences fall right into the palm of his hand. A show not to miss

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Harry Bird And The Rubber Wellies

on Wed, 29 Apr 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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Folklore Presents .. Dead Flowers

on Wed, 29 Apr 2015 at London Green Note 7:00pm

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Diane Cluck

on Wed, 29 Apr 2015 at Salford The Eagle Inn 8.00pm

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The Allen Family Band

on Wed, 29 Apr 2015 at Towersey The Three Horseshoes Doors 7:30pm On stage 8:00pm Finish 10:15pm

"The Allen Family" are a bluegrass and old time music playing family. We are the latest of a line of Allen Family bands that started in North Carolina in around 1900, moving to Missouri in the 30's, New Mexico in the 40's, California in the 60's and for now, England. The youngest member is Geary 16, playing guitar and banjo, is a close follower of Earl Scruggs style on banjo and Doc Watson and Merle Travis on guitar. Toby 19,on bass, also plays many other instruments including guitar, clarinet and flute and is also a jazz and rock musician. Ruby, 21 sings in her own style and is a fan of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and many others. Josh 23 who sings and plays guitar, banjo and fiddle in the old time way. Josh is a student of the styles of Tommy Jarrell, Mike Seeger and many other notable old time musicians. Pete born in New Mexico, started his musical career in the 70's playing fiddle, guitar and singing in a trio called the "Allen Brothers" with his brother Phil Allen on banjo and Earl Pitman on bass. Pete was also a founding member of a bluegrass band with Robert Earl Davis, of "The Earl Brothers". Pete has played bluegrass, country, blues and cajun music with some of the best players in the US that include Jim Nunnaly, Robert Earl Davis, Steve Potteir, Ida Guillory (Queen Ida), Al Lewis (Al Rapone), Clarence Brown, Bela Fleck, David Byrne and many, many others. Pete gave up his touring with his own band "LeRue" to raise children and then the children became a band in their own right! "The Allen Family" LOVE to play and sing and hope to share their LOVE of music with you.

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The Sandy Denny Songbook

on Wed, 29 Apr 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

The Julie July Band perform a selection of songs from the Sandy Denny Songbook, including music from bands such as Fairport Convention, Fotheringay and The Strawbs. Sandy Denny was considered one of the foremost female singer-songwriters of the 1970s. The five piece Julie July Band bring to life her amazing collection of songs including the critically acclaimed "Fotheringay", "Late November", "The Lady", "I'm a Dreamer" and "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" plus other folk favourites such as "Matty Groves", "Listen Listen" and "Gypsy Davey" plus many more

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Blue Rose Code

on Wed, 29 Apr 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 8.00pm

Blue Rose Code is not folk music. Or so he's been told. Ross Wilson, the Edinburgh-born songwriter who performs under that name, doesn't write folk songs. But having discovered the traditional music of the British Isles whilst in exile down south, he fell in love with what he heard. Those sounds informed what happened next. This April, Blue Rose Code is touring the UK and North America with his trio, promoting the release of a new live album The Ballads Of Peckham Rye Live At St Pancras Church, recorded by Sound On Sound Magazine at his sold out launch in London. Ross describes his music as 'audibly Scottish, Caledonian Soul', a term borrowed from the music of Van Morrison. Nevertheless, the estimable Bob Harris was so struck by Ross's acutely personal, bruised and soul-bared songs he flew to Nashville for the BBC Introducing showcase at the 2013 Americana Music Association conference. 'I guess that I'm a crossover artist,' says Ross. 'I'm just not sure from where I'm crossing over or where I'm going to end up'. It's that reluctance to be boxed or pigeon-holed that has earned Blue Rose Code a burgeoning and fiercely loyal fan-base across the UK and beyond, with folks travelling from far and wide to see his three-night sell out show at this years Edinburgh Fringe. 'Blue Rose Code is a major talent.' Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 'This is simply beautiful, I am a folk convert.' Emma Freud, BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends 'An affirmation of love that links human relationships with the natural world. As sublimely paced as Astral Weeks-era Van Morrison.' Folk Radio UK bluerosecode.com

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Folklore Presents... Dead Flowers

on Wed, 29 Apr 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm. Music @ 8pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dead Flowers are a London-based Alt-country/Americana band formed around the songs and voice of Ian Williams. "Something quite magical" - NME "Country-folk melodies so classic they could be covers" - UNCUT "Truly truly exceptional" - God Is In The TV Zine

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Ryan Boldt (the Deep Dark Woods)

on Thu, 30 Apr 2015 at Manchester Takk 7.30pm

A lot of modern music is like bad plumbing; the more they overthink it, make it more complex than it needs to be, the easier it is to plug up the drain. Good music should thrust a fist into the core of who you are and pull out handfuls of simple, messy truth. This idea of getting to the heart of simplicity in a song, in melody and in meaning, in order to move the heart of a person, has been Ryan Boldt's legacy thus far. Boldt is the lead singer and songwriter in The Deep Dark Woods, crafting beautiful, intimate songs that are steeped in traditions found in places like English folk music, country blues and 60s R&B. He was born on the vast prairie, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but moved to Chemainus, BC when he was 19, where he started writing songs. It's worth noting that the name Chemainus comes from the native shaman and prophet Tsa-meeun-is, which means 'broken chest'. The legend says that the prophet survived a massive wound in his chest to become a powerful chief. And while people often equate the music of The Deep Dark Woods with a prairie sound, it was in Chemainus that Boldt truly cracked open his chest to bleed out his first songs. Then, in the summer of 2005, Boldt moved back to Saskatoon to form The Deep Dark Woods. It's been almost ten years since the band formed, and it wouldn't be hyperbole to say that The Deep Dark Woods are one of the most successful bands to have risen from the dust of the middle of nowhere on the prairie. After five albums and extensive tours across Canada, the US and Europe, accolades for the band have piled up. They've been nominated for a Juno as well for songwriter of the year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. They won two Canadian Folk Music Awards and two WCMAs for Group of the Year. They were nominated for Best New Group alongside Alabama Shakes and Dawes at the 2012 Americana Music Awards, and played the award show at the Ryman Auditorium (formerly The Grand Ole Opry House). Boldt's living in Victoria these days, having just completed a new solo project called Broadside Ballads, which finds him continuing to dig through the past to create spellbinding music for the present. He's driven by influences like Shirley Collins, Ian and Sylvia Tyson, Bob Dylan and The Stanley Brothers, but even as he mines the past, he's not trying to contemporise these sounds. He just happens to be making newly recorded music in the same vein the way they used to make it, before the world got so fast and cluttered. Warm. Intimate. Haunting. Like a punch to the gut. With a stunning, heart-stopping simplicity that cuts to the core of a person. Tour support comes from Kacy & Clayton. The Saskatchewan duo's newest album was produced by Ryan Boldt, and features original works and obscure arrangements of traditional ballads and blues classics. Takk is an excellent Icelandic-inspired coffee house on the edge of the Northern Quarter.

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Amaraterra - Pizzica Band... Traditional Music From Southern Italy

on Thu, 30 Apr 2015 at London Green Note Doors@ 7pm. Pls see greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Amaraterra is the first pizzica ensemble in London the traditional music dance and music from Salento, the heel of Italy. The millenary stratification of greek, roman, byzantine traditions and the relative insularity of the Salentine peninsula has conjured to keep alive a timeless musical treasure. U pizzicu is the poisonous bite of the tarantula spider: in rural Salento, the traditional exorcism to heal from the bite is to dance relentlessly to the frenetic, hypnotic beat of the tambourine till a state of trance is reached and healing is achieved. However, pizzica and tarantella are also the dances of the village fete all over southern Italy, an always welcomed opportunity to socialize and flirt (pizzica de core) or friendly settle scores through simulated fencing (pizzica scherma). Tarantellas and popular ballads are the backbone of Italian folk tradition, one of the richest and oldest in the world. One of the oldest musical expressions of the Mediterranean is brought to you by a group of passionate musicians and dancers living in London and enriching its great and diverse cultural life. The ever present tambourines are accompanied by a variety of instruments mandola, guitar, mouth organ, recorder, accordion, castanets, the hypnotic singing, and the thumping of dancing feet! Enjoy a night of music and dance in the great setting of the Green Note; let yourself go, heal from the bite of the spider!

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Caz Forbes And Ste Moncrieff

on Thu, 30 Apr 2015 at Uxbridge RNA Doors and bar 7pm - music from 8pm

Caz Forbes and Ste Moncrieff perform English folk, weaving beautiful traditional songs with their own unique style. From beguiling ballads to stomping shanties they engage audiences with their own distinctive style firmly rooted in a love of the English tradition. Caz's solo singing embodies both serious beauty and understatement, while Ste makes both an ideally expressive foil for Caz and a keenly contrasted voice when taking the lead Suported by Bearwood - an excellent trio with a great stage presence specialising in traditional folk but with the occasional surprise in their repertoire, which makes them perfect for folk clubs and festivals - Graham Steel, Graham Steel Music Company

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Caz Forbes And Ste Moncrieff

on Thu, 30 Apr 2015 at Uxbridge RNA Doors and bar 7pm - music from 8pm

Caz Forbes and Ste Moncrieff perform English folk, weaving beautiful traditional songs with their own unique style. From beguiling ballads to stomping shanties they engage audiences with their own distinctive style firmly rooted in a love of the English tradition. Caz's solo singing embodies both serious beauty and understatement, while Ste makes both an ideally expressive foil for Caz and a keenly contrasted voice when taking the lead Suported by Bearwood - an excellent trio with a great stage presence specialising in traditional folk but with the occasional surprise in their repertoire, which makes them perfect for folk clubs and festivals - Graham Steel, Graham Steel Music Company

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Hunting Bears

on Thu, 30 Apr 2015 at Manchester Gullivers Doors at 8pm

We are very pleased to present a Manchester show by Leeds orchestral folk band, Hunting Bears. Very special guests are Reece Jacob and Flītan and it all happens at Gullivers on Oldham Street on Thursday 30th April 2015. Hunting Bears A Leeds-based orchestral folk sextet with a penchant for full-band vocal harmonies. Celtic harp, violin and bowed double bass are nestled amongst electric guitar, keyboards and heavy-hitting drums. Influenced by the cross-rhythmic maximalist textures of Bon Iver; the intricate vocal harmonies of The Staves; and the songwriting craft of Ron Sexsmith and Loudon Wainwright III, the Bears love to make music together, and perform to those kind enough to listen. In the past two years Hunting Bears have played at Greenman Festival; Beatherder Festival; opened The Brudenell Social Club stage at Live at Leeds; and billed alongside The Head and the Heart, Paul Thomas Saunders and Lanterns on the Lake. www.huntingbearsband.com/ Reece Jacob Reece Jacob is a songwriter and musician based in the north of England. He has written prolifically for several years, playing in and penning songs for various projects. Reece is now making his debut in the world of music under his own name. Citing influences from Joni Mitchell to Bon Iver, Reece's songs have been describes as 'intimate' and 'beautifully crafted'. www.reecejacob.com/ Flītan Flītan are a collection of musicians from Manchester and Leeds who draw inspiration from a wide landscape of influences. An eclectic mixture of folk, jazz, blues and classical musicians create a unique and sensitively balanced melting pot of sound...

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Raunds Community Festival 2015

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Raunds The Saxon Hall 7:30pm doors - 8:00pm start

A long weekend of music and the arts based in Raunds in East Northants. concerts, Jazz Cafe, dancing, song & tune sessions, workshops, young people's projects and other events. Full details will appear on our website www.raundsfestival.com

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Nine Below Zero

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors at 7pm, Show Starts at 8pm

Nine Below Zero are a seminal British rhythm and blues outfit, who in 2014 are celebrating 35 years together, and who continue to set the standard for hard driving, high energy blues-rock and more. With several important albums under their belt and with links to everyone from The Stones to Squeeze, plus a TV portfolio which ranges from The South Bank Show to The Old Grey Whistle Test, NIne Below Zero remain a national institution within the UK's live music scene. Rewind to 1977-78 and as punk hits the UK, Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham form Stan's Blues Band. They quickly develop a reputation as an excellent high energy live act. After a blistering show at legendary Thomas A Beckett pub, and in tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson the guys adopt one of his song titles, are renamed Nine Below Zero and (almost!) never look back. Over the past 35 years NBZ has recorded with the legendary Glyn Johns; played with The Who and The Kinks; and made TV appearances on The Old Grey Whistle Test, and the South Bank Show with Dr Feelgood and The Blues Band. The band also appeared on the first episode of BBC-TV's anarchic comedy hit The Young Ones! Hollywood star Bruce Willis even invited NBZ to play with him at Planet Hollywood in London after the premiere of Twelve Monkeys! In 1994 NBZ supported Eric Clapton at The Royal Albert Hall, playing the whole Twelve Nights and going down a storm. Recognised the world over as one of the greatest live acts bands ever to come out of the UK, NBZ will be the ideal way to help TLR celebrate our third birthday, so get your drinking boots on and join us at Caroline Club for some no holds barred rocking R'n'B!

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The Urban Folk Quartet

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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Miranda Sykes And Rex Preston At St Helens Alveston

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Bristol St Helens Church, Alveston Doors 7:30 for performance at 8:00 pm

Miranda is known to many as the bass player in the band "Show of Hands"; however this significantly understates her talents. She is a very gifted musician and performer in her own right with a voice to die for. Together with Rex Preston, a mandolin player of startling ability, they perform a range of music rooted in folk but straying into jazz and blues territory. The mix of bass, mandolin and Miranda's haunting voice is truly intoxicating.

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The Tom Mcconville Band

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Reeth Memorial Hall Doors at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start

Former BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year, Tom (aka The Geordie Fiddler) ) was born and brought up on Tyneside. He 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. 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. See: www.tommcconville.co.uk

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The Tom Mcconville Band

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Reeth Memorial Hall Doors at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start

Former BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year, Tom (aka The Geordie Fiddler) ) was born and brought up on Tyneside. He 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. 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. See: www.tommcconville.co.uk

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Kate In The Kettle (kate Young)

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette doors 7pm

Tickets £15 in advance or £17 Door. Tickets also available at Old Cinema Launderette. Contact mrwishywashypresents@gmail.com for further information. Mix of seating (LIMITED) and standing. Doors 7pm. Support ( if arranged) around 7.45pm. Headline around 8.30pm. We have an drinks licence. Real & Craft Ales, Lagers, Wines. Ciders and Spirits will be served along with Ouseburn Coffee Company Coffee, Yorkshire Tea and Twinnings Fruit Teas... and of course posh soft drinks. Facebook - Launderette Sessions Twitter - @LaunderetteSess Instagram - Launderette_Sessions Trip Advisor Events at Old Cinema Launderette (Durham) Kate in the Kettle Kate in the Kettle encompasses a mixture of traditional tunes and songs from the UK, Scandinavia and beyond, as well as material composed by Kate Young (fiddle, voice). Also in the band is Marit Fält (Norway/Sweden) on låtmandola and cittern. The line-up of musicians within the band is ever-changing and often includes percussion such as Indian tabla and cajon. Kate explores new ways to combine the mediums of voice and fiddle, as well as blending them with knowledge she has gained from different traditions of music. Kate Young also performs as one quarter of Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young amongst other musical collaborations. Press & Reviews Kate in the Kettle ~ Swimmings of the Head (Released October 2014) "challengingly exotic, oddball, multicultural, wayward and [...] enthralling" A bravely original, thrilling set." "remarkable fiddle work, acrobatic vocals and edgy, brooding songs that constantly surprise" 4 Stars Robin Deneslow ~ The Guardian Newspaper Colin Irwin ~ MOJO Magazine "Above the lushly multi-textured arrangements, rooted in the natural world (birdsong and crickets thrown in for good measure), Young's golden-toned vocals glide and soar.[...] Fearless, intense and rather wonderful." 4 Stars Sarah Coxson ~ fRoots Magazine "Swimmings Of The Head' is a fascinating album which combines a number of musical influences from around the world with Kate's own Scottish heritage. Its success lies in the musicans' understanding that there are often more similarities than differences between traditions and it's this which has enabled Kate and her collaborators to produce one of the most highly listenable and finely-balanced experimental albums of the year." Helen Gregory ~ Folk Radio UK

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Jim Moray

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing Bar opens at 6.30 pm, doors at 7.30 pm

You think you know folk music and then someone like Jim Moray comes along. He comes bearing Skulk, a fifth album of soulful English music, plus a sheaf of industry awards and the wherewithal to locate folk music in its rightful landscape: the modern world. In Jim's vision, the oral tradition is electrified, not only technically but emotionally. Jim Moray sees pop, rock and folk all as parts of the same musical world because they are. He has known no other way to think about music. From his debut, BBC Folk Award-winning album in 2003, Sweet England, through Jim Moray (2006), Low Culture (2008: fRoots Critics Poll Best Album Award-winner and Mojo Folk Album of the Year) and In Modern History (2010), Moray's career has been a continuous avowal of folk's relevance to contemporary life and its total indivisibility from the impulses which shape the very best rock and pop. He deploys beatboxes and melodeons, electric guitars and thumb pianos, mandolins and rappers. He sings with the kind of English soul which has no home century. And now comes his best album yet: an inventory of all the ways in which the folk tradition and rock and pop together speak to the world in which we all live. Skulk was produced by Jim himself over the past couple of years with a supporting cast of musicians sympathetic to Jim's tastes and sensibilities. With two exceptions, the songs are traditional in provenance but absolutely modern in form and delivery. The other two are by Lindsey Buckingham and Anais Mitchell. Indeed, the world of Skulk admits of no boundaries, no more between Child Ballad and Fleetwood Mac than between Ralph Vaughan Williams, Nic Jones and the Orphean father of songs, as endured in the modern hell of Hadestown. In Skulk it all makes sense, together.

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Professor Minns,dr. Bob & ''the Voodoo Kitchen'

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Chichester The Chichester Inn Doors 7.30pm Start 8.30pm

Prof. David Minns &Dr. Bob Brookes invite you to an evening of Cajun Country & Roots at The Chichester Inn Prof. David Minns Guitar Vocals Dr. Bob Brookes Harmonica & Vocals Jeremy Sherman Dobro Lap Steel & Vocals Trevor Grant Acoustic Guitar Dobro Mandolin & Vocals Marianne Hiller Brook Drums & Percussion Watch out for special guests! Tickets £8.00 advance £10.00 doors

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The Alan Tyler Show

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rockingbirds frontman Alan Tyler, along with Fiddlin' Jim Morrison (former Lost Sons of Littlefield) and Patrick Ralla (The Rockingbirds), present two sets of country music and song The Alan Tyler Show. The show mines Tyler's extensive repertoire of original songs recorded variously by The Rockingbirds, The Lost Sons of Littlefield, and his other solo records. With Jim Morrison on fiddle and mandolin and Patrick Ralla providing vocal harmonies, additional guitar and banjo, the trio deliver neat renditions of songs by many of Alan's favourite artists, including Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly, Merle Haggard, Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt. The show also includes many of Alan's River Songs which explore London's country heritage; the hidden waterways and the fields beneath which enrich and breathe life into England's capital city. A varied evening of English country music The Alan Tyler Show! "Tyler is one of the best songwriters of his genre and era." Tim Perry The Independent

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Sheffield Philadelphia Beer & Blues Festival

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Sheffield CADS 3pm to 1am

Set in the industrial quarter of Sheffield The Philadelphia Beer and Blues Festival offers locally sourced real ales named on a blues theme plus ciders,wine, cans,bbq,vegetarian food,artwork and cards.Showcasing some of the most exciting Blues Bands around.The Great Hall is a cavernous industrial space complete with stage,mammoth sound system and professional stage lighting.The Philadelphia name is taken from the Old Philadelphia area of Sheffield which is adjacent.There are numerous award winning real ale pubs within 5 mins walking distance from the venue and a passout is available to come and go.The Festival will open at 3pm daily £6 admission and in addition to bands and times on the poster,there will be semi acoustic blues from 3:30 pm.Last orders will be 12pm.

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The Devil's Interval

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

The a capella trio Devil's Interval is comprised of Jim Causley, Lauren McCormick and Emily Portman. They lit up the folk scene with their fresh, vibrant, three-part harmonies between 2004 and 2008. They met when each was studying for a Folk and Traditional Music degree at Newcastle University; they headlined their first ever concert at the Cranleigh Arts Centre in January 2004 and gave their last ever folk club performance at the Music Institute in March 2008 before going their separate ways to pursue their own solo careers. During their short time together as a trio Devil's interval produced one album, headline most of the big folk festivals and were invited by the Watersons to join them as part of their annual "Frost & Fire" Christmas show. And now theiy're back together again! But only for three night at the beginning of May!! And we've booked them for one of them!!! If you saw them first time round yyou'll be there. If you didn't see them first time round - don't miss 'em!

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The Devil's Interval

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

The a capella trio Devil's Interval is comprised of Jim Causley, Lauren McCormick and Emily Portman. They lit up the folk scene with their fresh, vibrant, three-part harmonies between 2004 and 2008. They met when each was studying for a Folk and Traditional Music degree at Newcastle University; they headlined their first ever concert at the Cranleigh Arts Centre in January 2004 and gave their last ever folk club performance at the Music Institute in March 2008 before going their separate ways to pursue their own solo careers. During their short time together as a trio Devil's interval produced one album, headline most of the big folk festivals and were invited by the Watersons to join them as part of their annual "Frost & Fire" Christmas show. And now theiy're back together again! But only for three night at the beginning of May!! And we've booked them for one of them!!! If you saw them first time round yyou'll be there. If you didn't see them first time round - don't miss 'em!

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Louise Jordan

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Stockport West Heaton Bowling, Tennis & Squash Club 8.00pm start - Doors 7.30

Music which combines award winning acoustic song writing with a classical sensibility to create original compositions, musical settings of literature and unique arrangements of traditional folk songs. Louise Jordan's songs tell tales of universal human experience. Questioning yet reflective Louise Jordan uses simple subject matter to create songs of striking intensity and undeniable familiarity.

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The Jon Strong Band

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, Doors 7.30pm

The best Electro Acoustic Band in the North

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The Jon Strong Band

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, Doors 7.30pm

The best Electro Acoustic Band in the North

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Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Great Torrington The Plough Arts Centre Show Starts 8.00pm

After being voted Best Duo in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2013 the Roberts-Lakeman name has become synonymous with 'quality'. Now after nearly two decades in music, Kathryn's sublime vocals merge seamlessly with Sean's deft and inventive live guitar work on stage and his award-winning sonic skills in the studio. "English folk's Buckingham-Nicks " The Independent On Sunday

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Sea Fest Opening Event

on Fri, 1 May 2015 at Sidmouth Sea Fest Main Marquee Doors at 7.00pm

Sidmouth Sea Fest 2015 kicks off with a community event in the main marquee's on the Ham featuring the launch of the Arnemuiden Fishing Heritage Exhibition, the Sea Fest Shanty Choir, the Sweaters Catwalk, readings, food, local ales, ciders and plenty more! Come along and join in a fun night for all the family.

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Kieran Goss

on Sat, 2 May 2015 at Water Yeat Village Hall Doors 7:30pm, 8:00pm start

Kieran Goss is a terrific singer/songwriter from Ireland. With melodies that reflect the influence of such American pop-folk singers such as James Taylor and Paul Simon and Irish singer/songwriters such as Christy Moore, Goss aims at the heart with his poetic lyricism. A former sideman for Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Moore and Clannad, Goss has garnered acclaim with three powerful solo albums. Much has been made of Goss's masterful stagecraft in the words of country music legend Don Williams, he has an amazing ability to reach out to his audience and connect with them in a special way. This is a great opportunity to see a wonderful performer in the intimate setting of our lovely village hall. Cabaret style seating, no bar so bring your own drinks!

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Tombstone Liquor Featuring Nigel Feist

on Sat, 2 May 2015 at London Polish Jazz Cafe POSK Doors: 7:30 pm Music: 8:30 pm

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The Devil's Interval

on Sat, 2 May 2015 at London St John on Bethnal Green Doors 7:00pm , Live Music 8:00pm

Jim Causley, Emily Portman & Lauren McCormick The Devil's Interval are a trio of singers who gained great popularity in the noughties and were nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 'Horizon Award in 2007 as well as a host of other awards and nominations between them individually. Emily, Lauren & Jim met whilst studying Traditional Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Their recording debut came in 2005 as part of Martyn Wyndham-Read's 'Song Links II' project (Fellside), followed by the release of their debut album 'Blood & Honey' in 2006 (WildGoose). That same year they joined Waterson:Carthy in the studio for their last album 'Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man' (Topic) and toured with them for six consecutive years on their annual Frost & Fire Christmas show. After a brief hiatus the group are reforming for some select concerts, initiated by Eliza Carthy after inviting them to be part of her special Arms Wide Orchestra concert in the Kings Place, London in November 2014. The Devil's Interval are well loved for their spell-binding harmonies and passion for captivating story-telling through the medium of traditional song. Their three distinctive voices blend beautifully, bringing new life to some of the old jewels of the folk song cannon.

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Brian Peters

on Sat, 2 May 2015 at Dungworth The Royal Hotel 7.30pm (tune session) 8-10 (act) 10-11:30 (song se

Standing tickets always available on the night

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Paul Liddell

on Sat, 2 May 2015 at Cherry Burton Village Hall 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Paul Liddell's songs pack a solid punch both lyrically and musically, and when coupled with his unique guitar styles and compelling vocals the result is stunning! A welcome return to Cherry Burton as Paul tours his NEW album.

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Under The Fields Of Heaton Anniversary Concert: Appletwig Songbook

on Sat, 2 May 2015 at Newcastle upon Tyne St Teresa's Hall 7.30pm

A concert to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Heaton Main Mining Disaster of 1815. www.UnderTheFieldsofHeaton.com Mining Songs new and old from the new line up of Richard Scott's Appletwig Songbook with new member Martin Hoile on keyboard and vocals. Graham Raine, Eddie Nickson and Steve Coates complete the team. Johnny Handle, well loved veteran of the N.E. Folk scene with a special new song to add to his mining set, and the Heaton Voices wall of sound complete this rich seam of music al talent. Concessionary price for over sixties, children under 16, unemployed, and disabled ticket buyers.

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Under The Fields Of Heaton Anniversary Concert: Appletwig Songbook

on Sat, 2 May 2015 at Newcastle upon Tyne St Teresa's Hall 7.30pm

A concert to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Heaton Main Mining Disaster of 1815. www.UnderTheFieldsofHeaton.com Mining Songs new and old from the new line up of Richard Scott's Appletwig Songbook with new member Martin Hoile on keyboard and vocals. Graham Raine, Eddie Nickson and Steve Coates complete the team. Johnny Handle, well loved veteran of the N.E. Folk scene with a special new song to add to his mining set, and the Heaton Voices wall of sound complete this rich seam of music al talent. Concessionary price for over sixties, children under 16, unemployed, and disabled ticket buyers.

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Sheffield Philadelphia Beer & Blues Festival

on Sat, 2 May 2015 at Sheffield CADS 3pm - 1am

Set in the industrial quarter of Sheffield The Philadelphia Beer and Blues Festival offers locally sourced real ales named on a blues theme plus ciders,wine, cans,bbq,vegetarian food,artwork and cards.Showcasing some of the most exciting Blues Bands around.The Great Hall is a cavernous industrial space complete with stage,mammoth sound system and professional stage lighting.The Philadelphia name is taken from the Old Philadelphia area of Sheffield which is adjacent.There are numerous award winning real ale pubs within 5 mins walking distance from the venue and a passout is available to come and go.The Festival will open at 3pm daily £6 admission and in addition to bands and times on the poster,there will be semi acoustic blues from 3:30 pm.Last orders will be 12pm.

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Laurence Jones

on Sat, 2 May 2015 at Worcester Marr's Bar Doors open 8pm

Laurence was handed the award for "Young Artist of the Year," at the 2014 British Blues Awards ceremony held at the Great British RnB Festival in Colne, Lancashire. Laurence Jones Is 22 years old and is already making a big name for himself. "Laurence is like a young Robin Trower, exciting and full of energy" - BBC Radio 2 The young gunslinger of the blues Laurence Jones has sensationally signed a deal with "Ruf Records". His Debut album for the label and 2nd album for Laurence was recorded at the Legendary Dockside Studio in Louisiana where artists such as B.B King and Derek trucks have recorded. A catalogue of big names appear on the album including Walter Trout, Aynsley Lister, Yonrico Scott, Charlie Wooton and producer Mike Zito. Laurence was invited to tour with Kenny Wayne Shepherd on his U.K Tour after hearing there was a buzz about the young man. On the last night of the tour Kenny asked Laurence to jam with him on stage. "Laurence sure has the blues in his soul" - KWS Walter Trout invited the band to support them on his 2013 U.K tour "Laurence is a cross between Eric Clapton & Buddy Guy he is a genius" - "Walter Trout" A Buzz has been building rapidly around Laurence Jones, starting well before the release of his 2012 "Thunder In The Sky". Since then Laurence has clocked up some serious road miles from touring through out the U.K and Europe. "Classic Rock - Blues Magazine" - Call him the "Future of the blues" and the "next big thing".. with 2nd album "Temptation" british band leader Laurence Jones has turned his hot-tip potentil into fully formed brilliance, and officially graduated from boy wonder to main man. The future of British blues? On the strength of this album, don't bet against it "Blues & Soul" - The brand new album on Ruf Records "Temptation" will scoop awards and put Laurence firmly on the map. Get ready to Rock Magazine gave the debut album "Thunder In The Sky" a 5/5***** rating "Laurence Jones is a wise musical head on young shoulders and 'Thunder in the Sky' is an excellent debut album, its worth five stars". Classic Rock magazine quoted Laurence as "Blues Rocks youngest Talent" and was featured on the "Blues Fury C.D along with Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Popa Chubby and many more. Laurence is influenced by, Walter Trout Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher, Albert Collins...

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Groove-a-matics

on Sat, 2 May 2015 at Pontypool Borough Blues Club 7:30pm

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Groove-a-matics

on Sat, 2 May 2015 at Pontypool Borough Blues Club 7:30pm

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Luke Jackson Trio - Ep Launch Concert

on Sat, 2 May 2015 at Canterbury St George's Centre 7.15 for 8pm start

Luke needs no introduction to the Folk in the Barn audience having virtually grown up on stage in front of them over the past seven years. At the end of last year Luke put together a Trio comprising himself and two college friends Andy Sharps and Connor Downs for a one-off gig for Folk in the Barn. It was an outstanding gig and the response was so positive, they've decided to carry on playing together and have been in the studio to record an EP. When Luke asked us to host the EP launch concert we couldn't refuse. If you missed the Trio last December, make sure you don't this time around. For those who don't yet know. Luke is a young Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent. 2013 saw him nominated for both the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. 2014 saw the release of his second album Fumes and Faith with his launch gig at Cecil Sharp House followed by concert and festival bookings all across the country. With a bold, show stopping voice and honed guitar skills, Luke is a confident and captivating performer demonstrating an astonishing maturity. He has been making ripples on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Paul Brady, Chris Wood, Steve Knightley, Karine Polwart and Oysterband. Connor and Andy have known and played music with Luke since meeting at Canterbury College in 2010. The trio have recorded together for the Sleepyhead Recordings, Studio Road Tour Sessions which can be seen on You Tube. This Autumn Luke toured Scotland with Andy accompanying him on bass, and has just returned from a Tour of Europe this time with Connor adding drums to the performance. This coming Sunday sees Luke heading back to Europe to open for Marillion on their tour. Playing huge sold out venues. Luke has also just finished a successful double header tour with Amy Wadge, co-writer of the current number one song in the US Thinking Out Loud with Ed Sheeran. PRESS QUOTES A great singer, a great songwriter and a really commanding presence Mike Harding A fantastic voice, a great year and a terrific new album - Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2 For a while after Nic Jones and Chris Wood there was a big gap and you wondered where the next generation was coming from now Luke's the next guy John McCusker A huge talent is emerging Acoustic Magazine An affecting and highly promising debut album one to watch Daily Telegraph One of the strongest first albums I've heard in absolutely ages. This is an album to buy now and be able to say 'I was there'.- FATEA

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Gordie Mackeeman & His Rhythm Boys

on Sat, 2 May 2015 at Sidmouth Sea Fest Main Marquee Doors at 7.30pm

Sidmouth Sea Fest 2015 presents all the way from Canada the multi award winning Gordie Mackeeman & his Rhythm Boys. Get your dancing boots on but hold onto your hats cos Gordie and the boys will serve up a night of the best in bluegrass and old roots music that will haul you up on the dance floor by your collar and give you a night to remember! All ages. Under 16's half price. Under 5's free.

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The Slow Drag Blues Dance

on Sat, 2 May 2015 at London The Bamboo Lounge at Fontaines Doors at 7:00pm

The Slow Drag Blues Dance brings the sultry atmosphere of a humid New Orleans night back to The Bamboo Lounge. Located in a lush basement hideaway below Stoke Newington's premier Art Deco cocktail bar, Fontaine's, this night gives you the chance to get close with someone you fancy to dance, sway and if the mood takes you, grind away to feverish mid-century rhythms - steamy blues, smoky jazz, sexy soul and sleazy rock'n'roll. To start the evening, London Swing Dance Society will be running a Blues Dance class from 7:30-8:30pm. Then, till the wee hours, playing sultry sounds from original 45rpm records, will be a perfect pair of steamy dance song selectors: NTS Radio regular, DJ DIDDY WAH and R&B singing sensation, SISTER COOKIE.

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The Slow Drag Blues Dance

on Sat, 2 May 2015 at London The Bamboo Lounge at Fontaines Doors at 7:00pm

The Slow Drag Blues Dance brings the sultry atmosphere of a humid New Orleans night back to The Bamboo Lounge. Located in a lush basement hideaway below Stoke Newington's premier Art Deco cocktail bar, Fontaine's, this night gives you the chance to get close with someone you fancy to dance, sway and if the mood takes you, grind away to feverish mid-century rhythms - steamy blues, smoky jazz, sexy soul and sleazy rock'n'roll. To start the evening, London Swing Dance Society will be running a Blues Dance class from 7:30-8:30pm. Then, till the wee hours, playing sultry sounds from original 45rpm records, will be a perfect pair of steamy dance song selectors: NTS Radio regular, DJ DIDDY WAH and R&B singing sensation, SISTER COOKIE.

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Phil Beer

on Sun, 3 May 2015 at Leyland Fox Lane Sports Club Doors at 7.30pm

Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west countryʼs award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands, described as a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer More details at www.mrkite.org

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Serpentyne

on Sun, 3 May 2015 at Leicester The Musician Doors 8.00pm

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Bella Hardy

on Sun, 3 May 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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Geoff Muldaur

on Sun, 3 May 2015 at Brighton The Greys 8:30pm

A rare UK visit from a musician with a unique voice and a singular approach to American music. From early jug band roots, playing with Paul Butterfield Blues Band and duetting with his then wife Maria, work with Jerry Garcia and Bonnie Raitt and TV and movie compositions, Geoff Muldaur's musical journey has led him to become a historian who seeks out obscurities to add amongst his own songs and interprets old American classics in his unique style. Another very welcome return to The Greys after far too long a gap.

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Big Boy Bloater

on Sun, 3 May 2015 at Tunbridge Wells Sankeys 7.30pm

FREE ENTRY (Landlords treat!!) Zero cost reservations here! "One of the great blues men of our time" ~ Jools Holland "An agile guitarist backing that up with some suitably raspy vocals" ~ Q Magazine "I love this guy...he has a voice that sounds like it's been soaked in turpentine for the last decade!" ~Craig Charles, BBC 6 Music 2011 saw acclaimed guitarist, singer and songwriter Big Boy Bloater launch his solo career with an album full of catchy and clever self-penned material and some impressive showcase gigs. 2011 saw him as a guest on Jools Holland's BBC Radio 2 show and found him as a special guest of Imelda May at two of her big UK concerts (Roundhouse, March 2011 & Somerset House, July 2011) as well as being personally invited by Imelda to be the support for her UK tour in November '11, which was followed up by a successful headline UK tour of his own in Feb 2012. He has had major features in national magazines Total Guitar, UK Rock & Roll, and Classic Rock Bluesand in March 2012 was invited on the Jo Whiley show on BBC Radio 2 to chat to Craig Charles.

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Lindisfarne

on Sun, 3 May 2015 at Masham Town Hall Doors 7.30pm

Legendary North East band Lindisfarne will stage their first official concert of 2015 on Sunday May 3rd, returning to Masham Town Hall for the first time in 25 years. The 'Up Close and Intimate' set will feature all of the hits from their back catalogue including the breakthrough single 'Meet Me On The Corner' (penned by the newly-returned Rod Clements), 'Lady Eleanor' and 'Run For Home' (all Top 10 hits) as well as classic anthems 'We Can Swing Together' and 'Fog On The Tyne'. Following a ceremony in 2012 to unveil a commemorative plaque at Newcastle City Hall to mark the lifetime achievements of the late Alan Hull, the band relaunched themselves with the simple aim of keeping his musical legacy alive. They have performed Christmas shows to well over 12,000 fans and also made an acclaimed headline appearance at the Great British Folk Festival. Long-time members Dave Hull-Denholm, Steve Daggett, Charlie Harcourt and Ian Thomson, along with former Roxy Music drummer Paul Thompson, have confirmed the addition of original founding member / 'new recruit' Rod Clements to their permanent line up following Ray Jackson's retirement. Tom Leary will also feature in the line up for the Masham show, adding his finely crafted fiddle playing and mandolin.

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The Kennedys

on Sun, 3 May 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Over the last two decades, The Kennedys have released a string of albums to critical acclaim in the US & UK, that have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle and most notably Nanci Griffith. The duo co-produced Nanci's latest CD. On their own recent release, "Closer Than You Know," the songs have a quality, inherent in Maura's voice, that is both soothing and urgent. In the Spring 2015 we will see the release of their "20th Anniversary Series" -THREE simultaneous CDs of new material: a Kennedys Americana CD entitled 'West', a Pete Kennedy solo CD and a Maura Kennedy solo CD; about 40 new songs in all As writers and producers, the Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today's burnished sheen. Always tuned to their own muse, Pete and Maura have the ability to come up with a unique sound that is as uplifting as it is unclassifiable Irresistible (Rolling Stone) More hooks than Marilyn Monroe's closet (Chicago Sun-Times) Unabashed, hook-laden pop (Village Voice)

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Michael Mcdermott

on Sun, 3 May 2015 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

Michael McDermott's story is the classic tale of survival, perseverance, love and redemption.First came youthful innocence, a dream-come-true recording contract, a classic debut album heralded by the media, and a downward spiral with seemingly no bottom. Michael got off to a fast start when he released his first album 620 W. Surf. The music media heralded him with comparisons to rock n' roll's greats: The new SpringsteenTruly singular lyricsLike Dylan. Author Stephen King, wrote: "Michael McDermott is one of the best songwriters in the world and possibly the greatest undiscovered rock 'n' roll talent of the last 20 years. His career followed the classic path of boom and bust. Between his own self-destruction and the recording industry shakeup that marked the mid-1990s, McDermott found himself without a contract and awash in debt and self-doubt. In the last few years he's found positive inspiration in his wife and daughter and having at last become more comfortable in his own skin, scarred but smarter, McDermott is making more life-affirming choices. This year he has released an album with his new band, The Westies - a rootsy Americana band. West Side Stories is a collection that maintains the original comparisons, and confirms King's assessment. Michael has chosen TwickFolk for a rare solo show in the UK, making a small diversion on his tour of Germany.

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Meadrow Acoustic Festival At Scratchers (the Three Lions) At Farncombe

on Sun, 3 May 2015 at Godalming The Three Lions 12pm - 11pm

The inaugural Meadrow Acoustic Festival at The Three Lions at Farncombe. 14 acts across 2 stages throughout the day: Band Stage: New Hawleans Jug Band True Deceivers Bemis Monkey's Fist Reed Maxfield Jonas & Jane The Nefarious Picaroons Solo Stage: Allan Broad Pete Christie Alistair Goodwin Eric Gosling Jim Cozens James Burland Peter Carey All proceeds go to The Three Lions chosen charity, Skillway. www.meadrowacousticfestival.co.uk www.thethreelionsfarncombe.co.uk

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Award Winning Canadian Singer Songwriter Lynne Hanson

on Sun, 3 May 2015 at Colne Royal British Legion Club 2pm

Roots music, rough-around-the-edges folk. Canadian songwriter Lynne Hanson prefers porch music with a little red dirt. Hanson's songs are like a favourite pair of jeans. They're faded and worn through in spots, with a bit of honestly-acquired grit ground into the seams. Long-praised for her raw, confessional songwriting, Hanson displays a whole new level of artistic courage on River of Sand her first album in nearly four years. On River Of Sand she's been fortunate to work with Juno-winning songstress Lynn Miles as producer. The songs on this record are honest and fearless says Miles. It's still as Hanson has always described it but there's a little more dirt and the dirt is just a little bit darker. No topic is off limits, and the eleven songs run the gamut, painting a candid canvas of whiskey-soaked heartbreak and personal struggle, all contrasted against hope that better times are coming.

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Folklore Presents .. Brooke Sharkey & Pat Dam Smyth + Support

on Sun, 3 May 2015 at London The Lexington Doors - 7:30pm

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The Hillbilly Troupe

on Mon, 4 May 2015 at Etton The Processed Pea Doors open 6.30 for 8.00pm start

A workers' un-cooperative who won't be pigeon-holed "It's all folk music after all there ain't no horse music..." (Louis Armstrong) The Hillbilly Troupe must be the happiest accident in Hull's if not the world's cultural history. Sometimes they're a seven piece, sometimes nine, sometimes more, sometimes less...but they can always counted on to be entertaining. With a combined 287 years at their core (the seven-piece) they range in age from 24 to 68. They have been described as a cross between the Pogues and Lonnie Donegan. One wag described their work as 'mucky skiffle' but the Troupe will not be defined... they are too busy being musical, having fun and bringing that all home to you to be bothered with labels. They are now in their fourth year and not entirely sure how they met. But they certainly are glad they did...and you will agree. They put a unique edge on all apsects of their performances be it folk, Americana, indie, roots, blues, grassroots, bluegrass. They are lifelong activist, encyclopaedic singer and vocal powerhouse Mick McGarry, banjoist and vocalist Lloyd Dobbs, who with his brother Grant on drums are ex- The Paddingtons, one the city's most successful bands. Musician and academic Dave Gawthorpe on guitar, joins Andy Swift on bass, Steve Frost on lead guitar, Mick Murphy on vocals/percussion. Together they provide an electic range of muscial genres with their own, inimitable, adaptable way...they even have "honorary" Troupes like Martin "Mad Dog" Jones on trumpet, string-driven thing Les Ward and extra drummer, Joe "chief" Brodie. They are making history come alive through their work and making the present historic with their energy. Don't define 'em, or try to refine 'em. Just get into what they do. It's impossible not to.

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Jim Causley And Lukas Drinkwater

on Mon, 4 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music Starts 8:30pm

Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is singer/accordionist who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Devon. Previous incarnations include The Devil's Interval and Mawkin:Causley and he has recorded with the likes of Waterson:Carthy, Show of Hands, John McCusker and David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame. In recent years, projects have included touring with Steve Knightley and Kate Rusby. Lukas Drinkwater is a singer/songwriter and session musician based in Exeter. Specialising in double bass, electric bass, vocals and guitar, Lukas has quickly become one of the most in-demand session musicians on the festival circuit, working with some of the biggest names in folk and jazz and featuring in some of the most exciting bands in the UK

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Lady Maisery

on Mon, 4 May 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Lady Maisery are women with ideas, purpose and urgency. They've packed these into Mayday and created a powerful, enthralling work (★★★★★ Songlines) ★★★★★ The Financial Times Forged from three of the most innovative and exciting musicians on the English folk scene, Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads. Whether singing unaccompanied, or with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp, banjo, fiddle and feet, Lady Maisery are happy to take risks and push boundaries, presenting challenging and political songs head on and exploring their strength in getting right to the very heart of each song, be it intimate or epic. Their latest album 'Mayday' reached the no.1 album slot in BBC Radio 3's Late Junction 'Top 10 Releases of the Summer' and was made a 'Top of the World' album by Songlines magazine. This spring tour will be a reflection on their two critically acclaimed previous albums as well as a showcasing of brand new material from their forthcoming new album.

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La Parra

on Mon, 4 May 2015 at London Le Quecum Bar & Brasserie Doors open 6pm

La Parra Monday 4 May 2015 £5 La Parra is a vocals & strings ensemble, introducing traditional folk Latin American music from Mexico to Argentina, going through Central America, Brazil and Chile; this young group is inspired by relevant musicians (and freedom activists) of Latin America such as Violeta Parra, Mercedes Sosa, Caetano Veloso or Maria Elena Walsh. With their own particular touch and warm sound, they're looking to keep and show the world this amazing melodies that represent the origins and life of such a culturally rich -yet sometimes unknown- continent. La Parra is: . Aixa Figini (Argentina); vocals & guitar . María Bernardita Batlle Lathrop (Chile); vocals, guitar & cuatro . Eleazar Ruiz Spreafico (Argentina); double bass & guitar

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Folklore Presents .. The Mae Trio

on Tue, 5 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors at 7:00pm

The Mae Trio write contemporary folk songs that are surprisingly mature and insightful for musicians aged between 19 and 22. This multi-award winning trio brings a fresh take to the Australian folk scene in which they are deeply imbedded by drawing on a range of contemporary ideas and influences. Their songs range from an intricate and detailed tribute to 19th century designer William Morris to a catchy yet thoughtful reflection on the effects of the drought on their home town in Central Victoria, Australia. They arrange them tastefully for banjo, cello, fiddle, ukulele, guitar, bass and superb 3 part vocal harmony. The trio present an engaging live performance, inviting the audience in with their infectious warmth and humour. Winners of the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award 2013 and the Lis Johnston Award for Vocal Excellence 2011. The trio's debut album 'Housewarming', produced by the internationally renowned Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty), was released in August 2013. Listened to a couple of songs and just kept on listening cos I was enjoying it so much. Really great harmonies, beautiful production. -Missy Higgins

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A Levels Collective Special: Sam Lee And Friends

on Tue, 5 May 2015 at Bridgwater Arts Centre 8pm

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A Levels Collective Special: Sam Lee And Friends

on Tue, 5 May 2015 at Bridgwater Arts Centre 8pm

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Rory Mcleod

on Tue, 5 May 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Rory Mcleod - ex-circus clown and fire eater. A one man soulband, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. A modern traveling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments! Rory has traveled the globe for different reasons at different times, from Asia to the middle East from Gambia to Cuba, Central America, Australia, North America, Canada, Europe and other nooks and crannies of the earth. "You don't listen to McLeod you travel with him" (City Hub, Sydney (Australia)).

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Folklore Presents... The Mae Trio

on Tue, 5 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm. Music @ 8pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Mae Trio write contemporary folk songs that are surprisingly mature and insightful for musicians aged between 19 and 22. This multi-award winning trio brings a fresh take to the Australian folk scene in which they are deeply imbedded by drawing on a range of contemporary ideas and influences. Their songs range from an intricate and detailed tribute to 19th century designer William Morris to a catchy yet thoughtful reflection on the effects of the drought on their home town in Central Victoria, Australia. They arrange them tastefully for banjo, cello, fiddle, ukulele, guitar, bass and superb 3 part vocal harmony. The trio present an engaging live performance, inviting the audience in with their infectious warmth and humour. Winners of the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award 2013 and the Lis Johnston Award for Vocal Excellence 2011. The trio's debut album 'Housewarming', produced by the internationally renowned Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty), was released in August 2013. Listened to a couple of songs and just kept on listening cos I was enjoying it so much. Really great harmonies, beautiful production. -Missy Higgins

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Chris Knowles & Catrin O'neill / Vicky Swan & Jonny Dyer

on Wed, 6 May 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Peppino D'agostino

on Wed, 6 May 2015 at London Surya Doors 7:30pm

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Case Hardin

on Wed, 6 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time.

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Case Hardin, fronted by enigmatic songwriter Pete Gow, released their third studio album, 'PM', on Clubhouse Records. It delivers nine highly original tracks that focus on the lives of dark, troubled souls, whose aspirations have been compromised, either by their own choices or by circumstance. 'Pete Gow is a song writer like no other' - Q (Roots Album of the Month) 'Matches Springsteen for raw emotion' - Maverick In performance Case Hardin deliver high energy, stunning concerts that have done as much to cement the bands reputation as their critically acclaimed albums. ' Their live show truly is a fearsome beast' - R2

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Lewis And Leigh

on Wed, 6 May 2015 at Cardiff Norwegian Church 730pm

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Matt Woosey

on Wed, 6 May 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Matt Woosey's refreshing musical song writing and playing style combines acoustic blues, folk and rock conveyed with an accomplished vocal delivery which has been defined as The WooseyBlues. His ability to combine originality with a broad musical knowledge has gained him praise from sources as varied as Paul Jones (BBC2), Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) and blues News.de who quote Matt as being The Best British bluesman since Rory Gallagher.

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Thomas Truax

on Wed, 6 May 2015 at Leeds Brudenell Social Club 7:30pm

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C.w. Stoneking

on Wed, 6 May 2015 at Leeds Brudenell Social Club 7:30pm

C.W. Stoneking (born 1974) is an Australian blues singer-songwriter and guitar and banjo player. To date Stoneking has released three full length albums of his original material, they are King Hokum, Jungle Blues and Gon' Boogaloo. (released on Stoneking's own King Hokum Records label). C.W. Stoneking was born in Katherine, Northern Territory, in 1974, the son of Billy Marshall Stoneking. In 2005 Stoneking recorded an album of original blues compositions titled King Hokum. The album was received with great critical acclaim in the Australian media after its release in 2006. In 2006, Stoneking formed his backing band, the Primitive Horn Orchestra who he still performs with. The current lineup is James Clark (tuba, double bass), Stephen Grant (cornet), Stu Barker (trombone), and Johnny Machin (drums). In 2006, radio presenter Tim Ritchie picked Stoneking's King Hokum as his album of the year on Radio National's Breakfast program. Radio National also presented his February 2007 Australia-wide tour. King Hokum was nominated for the Best Blues/Roots Album in the 2007 ARIA Awards and won the Best Independent Blues Release award in the 2007 AIR Awards (Australian Independent Record Industry Awards). In 2008 Stoneking released Jungle Blues, his second album of original compositions. Jungle Blues was nominated for Best Blues/Roots Album, Best Independent Release, Best Male Artist and Best Album Cover Art at the 2009 ARIA Awards. At the fourth annual AIR Awards held on 22 November 2009, Stoneking was nominated for Best Independent Album, Best Independent Blues/ Roots Album, and Independent Artist of the Year, with Jungle Blues winning the award for Best Independent Blues/ Roots Album. Jungle Blues was also shortlisted in the 2008 Australian Music Prize. He appeared on 'Later... with Jools Holland' on 5 October 2010, playing " Jungle Blues" and "Jungle Lullaby".

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Tony Hall - Melodeon Maestro

on Wed, 6 May 2015 at Cambridge Portland Arms Doors open 8.00 pm

Mayflower Folk Club Event In addition to his solo performances Tony has performed as a backing musician to a host of musicians including Maddy Prior, June Tabor's Silly Sisters album and subsequent tour, Nick Jones Penguin Eggs etc.

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Tony Hall - Melodeon Maestro

on Wed, 6 May 2015 at Cambridge Portland Arms Doors open 8.00 pm

Mayflower Folk Club Event In addition to his solo performances Tony has performed as a backing musician to a host of musicians including Maddy Prior, June Tabor's Silly Sisters album and subsequent tour, Nick Jones Penguin Eggs etc.

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Folk In The Owl's Nest Presents: Jack Ellis, The Dukes Of Hafod & Kyle Taylor

on Wed, 6 May 2015 at Cardiff Gwdihw Doors at 8pm

On the first Wednesday of every month it's Gwdihw's long-established boutique folk night Folk in the Owl's Nest. Bringing gorgeous acoustic arrangements, captivating melodies and delicately thought out storytelling, we showcase local and far away talent in our cosy front room for your pleasure. We're looking forward to welcoming the fast paced, whisky soaked Americana-Folk of the burgeoning talent that is Jack Ellis Music​. Bringing funk-laced rhythm and haunting yet emotive vocals, Jack has been find-tuning his craft to go with his natural skill and ear for storytelling melodies. Making widescaping acoustic timbres, his work finds it's places in Folk too, for the ability it has to lay bare honest, authentic tales, with intimate skill. Alongside him, we will see The Dukes of Hafod​ & Kyle Taylor.

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Elizabeth Laprelle & Anna Roberts-gevalt

on Thu, 7 May 2015 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

Singer and banjo-player Elizabeth LaPrelle comes from Cedar Springs, Virginia. She began winning prizes for her singing at a young age and has dedicated research, passion and a powerful voice to the ancient art of Appalachian ballad-singing. Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a Baltimore-based traditional fiddler & banjo player, composer, folklorist, storyteller, shadow puppeteer, filmmaker and illustrator. Of the mountain music she loves she says "this old music is inconceivably rich ... I try to do my best to learn it honestly, and share it with grace. Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle met in 2010 and soon began planning adventures together. "There's something truly inspiring about this collaboration between 25 year olds from southwest Virginia... and a very special treat for lovers of pure traditional singing and playing, afficionados of the great ballad, and anyone that gets excited witnessing culture carried forward with mastery, love and a profound and real understanding of what makes old material great." SING OUT MAGAZINE Check them out at www.annaandelizabeth.com.

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Elizabeth Laprelle & Anna Roberts-gevalt

on Thu, 7 May 2015 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

Singer and banjo-player Elizabeth LaPrelle comes from Cedar Springs, Virginia. She began winning prizes for her singing at a young age and has dedicated research, passion and a powerful voice to the ancient art of Appalachian ballad-singing. Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a Baltimore-based traditional fiddler & banjo player, composer, folklorist, storyteller, shadow puppeteer, filmmaker and illustrator. Of the mountain music she loves she says "this old music is inconceivably rich ... I try to do my best to learn it honestly, and share it with grace. Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle met in 2010 and soon began planning adventures together. "There's something truly inspiring about this collaboration between 25 year olds from southwest Virginia... and a very special treat for lovers of pure traditional singing and playing, afficionados of the great ballad, and anyone that gets excited witnessing culture carried forward with mastery, love and a profound and real understanding of what makes old material great." SING OUT MAGAZINE Check them out at www.annaandelizabeth.com.

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Ben Bedford

on Thu, 7 May 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm.

Making his York debut, Ben is an Illinois-born songwriter firmly in the Woody Guthrie-onwards folk tradition. He delivers intriguing sketches of ordinary Americans past and present, their struggles and their victories. Poignant but never sentimental, his songs capture the vitality of their characters and draw the listener deep into the narrative. A truly inspired and talented storyteller was the verdict in UK Americana magazine Maverick

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Ben Bedford

on Thu, 7 May 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm.

Making his York debut, Ben is an Illinois-born songwriter firmly in the Woody Guthrie-onwards folk tradition. He delivers intriguing sketches of ordinary Americans past and present, their struggles and their victories. Poignant but never sentimental, his songs capture the vitality of their characters and draw the listener deep into the narrative. A truly inspired and talented storyteller was the verdict in UK Americana magazine Maverick

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Annabelle Chvostek Trio

on Thu, 7 May 2015 at Nottingham The Guitar Bar 8pm

Annabelle Chvostek and her band play the esteemed Guitar Bar as part of their UK tour which sees the release of a BRAND NEW record! Chvostek is a versatile singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Toronto. Her distinct musical imagination is in evidence on her last release, Rise, nominated for a 2013 Juno Award and a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award, for she has managed to take a decades-old art form, the protest song, and completely reimagine it for a new era of activism. "Make no mistake, this lady is a singer songwriter whose talent is so exceptional that her ability to explore and master any musical genre she wishes could actually work against her in commercial terms, simply because she is almost impossible to pigeon hole." -American Roots, UK Doors 8pm £7 in advance / £9.50 on the door

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Merry Hell At The Miller

on Thu, 7 May 2015 at London The Miller 7.30pm - 11PM

DOORS OPEN AT 7.30PM SUPPORT ACT 8PM - 8.40 MERRY HELL: 9PM - 10.30 MERRY HELL WILL BE TAKING TO THE STAGE EARLIER IN ORDER TO HELP PEOPLE WHO MAY NEED TO GET BACK TO LONDON BRIDGE STATION - APPROX 5 MINUTES WALK. THE VENUE SERVES GOOD FOOD DOWNSTAIRS - WHY NOT ARRIVE EARLY AND MAKE A NIGHT OF IT!

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Peppino D'agostino / 07.05.15 / Craufurd Arms, Mk

on Thu, 7 May 2015 at Milton Keynes The Craufurd Arms 7:30pm

THE CRAUFURD ARMS PRESENTS....... THURSDAY 7th MAY PEPPINO D'AGOSTINO + Supports TBC 14+ The Craufurd Arms, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5LT FOLLOW US ON TWITTER http://twitter.com/#!/underpasspromo ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Peppino D'Agostino emerged on the musical scene in the late 1980's and helped redefine the boundaries of the acoustic guitar. His virtuosic technique, penchant for open tunings, and percussive effects are the basis of his unique compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for years. Add to that his natural warmth, playfulness, and broad musical tastes and you have the recipe for what he calls minestrone music. D'Agostino continues to evolve and grow in ways that would have been hard to predict when he was first showcasing his melodic yet emotionally intense style on the recordings Acoustic Spirit, Close to the Heart, and Every Step of the Way, which was named one of the top three acoustic guitar albums of all time by Acoustic Guitar magazine readers in 2008. Since his debut recording, Bluerba, recorded in his native Italy in 1981, D'Agostino has performed in more than 26 countries; been featured at prestigious international music festivals in Montreal, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Ravello; and performed in world-renowned venues such as the Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul. He frequently plays with prominent artists around the world, including Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, and Eric Johnson. His 17 recordings include releases on Favored Nations, Mesa/Bluemoon, Acoustic Music Records, and other labels. Hailed as a guitarist's guitarist by Acoustic Guitar magazine and a giant of the acoustic guitar by the San Diego Reader, D'Agostino was voted Best Acoustic Guitarist by Guitar Player magazine readers in 2007. Collaborations have been key to D'Agostino's career. In 2010, D'Agostino co-founded with David Tanenbaum, chairman of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Guitar Department, The Pacific Guitar Ensemble an eclectic group of six guitarists who play everything from nylon and steel-string guitars to electric basses and 17th century therobos while spanning musical genres from Bach to minimalist composers and Piazzolla to Peppino's own rich and dynamic originals. D'Agostino can also be found at times teaming up with amazing musicians such as drummer Jeff Campitelli, one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time; legendary Paraguayan harpist and violinist Carlos Reyes; Frank Martin, keyboardist extraordinare who has played with everyone from Lady Gaga to Bruce Springsteen; and a wide array of other musicians and vocalists. However, it is those times when his daughter, Aleza D'Agostino, joins him for a song or two on stage, that you can see how fully entwined is his love for sharing music with his love for family.

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The Oldtime String Band

on Thu, 7 May 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

The Oldtime String Band are a Dutch band with an American singer. They play Bluegrass and Old-Time music but are also inspired by American folk music from the 1940's and modern music with an Old-Time feel. Their perfect mix of originals, traditional and some covers shows off their musicianship and enthusiasm. They played a sell out show here in 2013 and we are pleased to welcome them back again - come along and see what all the fuss is about.

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New Roots Presents: Sugar Magnolia

on Thu, 7 May 2015 at London The Harrison Bar Doors 7pm

Sugar Magnolia are husband and wife duo Jack Day and Bryony Afferson. Bryony Afferson is part of highly acclaimed alt-folk trio Troubadour Rose, favourites of the New Roots Sessions- their most recent release,Tell Me, from September 2014, attracted rave reviews from The Guardian and the Daily Express amongst others. Jack Day's The First Ten, released in January 2014, also garnered top reviews across the music press, and was named Best Roots Album in Q Magazine. Combining mandolin and fingerpicked guitar with Afferson's high lonesome vocal and Day's gravel soaked tones, the quality in Sugar Magnolia's songwriting shines like a beacon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WODy99jsr-E Benedict Benjamin is the singer and songwriter with acclaimed UK indie-folk act Mariner's Children ('Simply astonishingexhilarating and devastating'. Q Magazine). His brittle, heartworn and beautifully delicate compositons are sung with a wonderfully pure vocal style to match. He treads a similarly introspective path to James Vincent McMorrow and Bon Iver, with respectful nods to rootsy Americana along the way. Coley Garratt's soulful take on alt-folk has won him praise from all quarters- a slot at the Green Man festical was quickly followed with radio support from Tom Robinson on 6 Music and Gary Crowley on GLR amongst others. His perfectly constructed, poignant songs are given delicate, economic support by his excellent band. '...songs with melody, songs with soul and most importantly, in an age of instant gratification, songs that linger' (The Green Man). 'A cut above the normal..songs that are crisp, sharp and beautifully put together' Americana UK. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBYb81yrSOo English-Italian and brought up in West Cork in Ireland, troubadour Pepe Belmonte has many strings to his folk bow. Taking inspiration from the laid-back, intimate country blues style of Mississippi John Hurt and mixing it with sweetly melodic influences from the likes of Paul Simon and John Martin, his songs have a classic, timeless feel. His place as a highly respected artist on the London folk underground is made evident by a beautiful set of Americana tinged roots songs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBiHy4ghmOI

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Hastings Folk Fest & Lazy Jack Present: Stevens' Racket + Woodwose

on Thu, 7 May 2015 at Hastings All Saints' Church doors from 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start

An evening of original music based upon the traditions of Britain and Europe, from the medieval period to the present. An amazing array of instruments will include: English bagpipes, electric bagpipes, recorder, shawm, violin, Swedish nykelharpa, hurdy gurdy, guitars, percussion, cittern, gothic bray harp, accordion, bouzouki... From the makers of the Lydd Bagpipe and Hurdy Gurdy Fest.

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Hastings Folk Fest & Lazy Jack Present: Stevens' Racket + Woodwose

on Thu, 7 May 2015 at Hastings All Saints' Church doors from 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start

An evening of original music based upon the traditions of Britain and Europe, from the medieval period to the present. An amazing array of instruments will include: English bagpipes, electric bagpipes, recorder, shawm, violin, Swedish nykelharpa, hurdy gurdy, guitars, percussion, cittern, gothic bray harp, accordion, bouzouki... From the makers of the Lydd Bagpipe and Hurdy Gurdy Fest.

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Firefay At Servant Jazz Quarters

on Thu, 7 May 2015 at London Servant Jazz Quarters Doors at 7.30pm

Firefay is a six-piece London-based band whose sound can be defined as Folk Noir, a mixture of psychedelic folk, French chanson, some melancholy baroque, a touch of Middle Eastern flavour and a top layer of groove. Influences include John Dowland, psychedlic folk, Arabic fusion music, Klezmer music and the 1960s Canterbury scene. Having been around for a number of years, Firefay has recently released an album, Annointed Queen, with Alison O Donnell (of Mellow Candle). Their new album Folk Noir will showcase during the show.

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Lights On The Mountain + Blanco White

on Thu, 7 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Lights On The Mountain: Led by sisters Immie and Ellie Mason, Lights On The Mountain blend contemporary songwriting with Americana and roots influences. Featuring lush three part harmonies, mandolin, upright bass and fiddle, the band have enjoyed sell out shows in reputable venues across London and the UK. Blanco White: With near-virtuosic skill on nylon string guitar and charango, Blanco White weaves Anglo-American folk together with Andean and Flamenco sounds. Signed to Yucatan Records last year, this is an opportunity to see Blanco White before the anticipated release of his first batch of recordings.

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Nxi Presents: Kit Trigg / Junkyard Choir / Taikonaut / Alias Kid

on Thu, 7 May 2015 at London New Cross Inn Doors Open 7pm, Music 7.30pm

Kit Trigg Music​ Garage Blues Duo from London. https://soundcloud.com/kit-trigg Junkyard Choir​ Dirty blues powerhouse duo from Brighton, England. https://soundcloud.com/junkyardchoir Taikonaut Taikonaut are an exciting 4 piece heavy art rock band from South London. https://soundcloud.com/taikonaut-music/sets/jittery-ep Alias Kid​

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The Tannahill Weavers

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30 for 8pm

THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS are Scotland 's beloved musical ambassadors, with scores of recordings and countless tours over forty years to their credit. Originally hailed for introducing the mighty Highland pipes in a folk-band setting, the Tannies' concerts remain forever fresh to their fansa blend of powerful instrumentals, ballads with three part harmonies, and on-stage banter that turns the space between the songs into a show of their own. Inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame 2011

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The Tannahill Weavers

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30 for 8pm

THE TANNAHILL WEAVERS are Scotland 's beloved musical ambassadors, with scores of recordings and countless tours over forty years to their credit. Originally hailed for introducing the mighty Highland pipes in a folk-band setting, the Tannies' concerts remain forever fresh to their fansa blend of powerful instrumentals, ballads with three part harmonies, and on-stage banter that turns the space between the songs into a show of their own. Inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame 2011

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Urban Folk Quartet

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre 8.00pm

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Urban Folk Quartet

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre 8.00pm

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Blue Rose Code

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Matlock Bath Fishpond Doors at 7:30pm

Blue Rose Code is not folk music. Or so he's been told. Ross Wilson, the Edinburgh-born songwriter who performs under that name, doesn't write folk songs. But having discovered the traditional music of the British Isles whilst in exile down south, he fell in love with what he heard and those sounds informed what happened next. Blue Rose Code's latest album, The Ballads Of Peckham Rye, features a remarkable roll call of musicians from the folk side of the fence, including Karine Polwart, Lau's Aidan O'Rourke and the lead single from Ballads features Mercury Music Prize Nominee, Kathryn Williams. Ross also toured as the duo, Hardy & Wilson, with the BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year, Bella Hardy. 2014 has been some year for Blue Rose Code. Ross made his TV debut on the BBC. Lead single, One Day At A Time, was playlisted on BBC Radio Scotland and Ross has done sessions for BBC Radio 2 , for Another Country with Ricky Ross and for Bruce MacGregor's Travelling Folk. But, to top it all, Blue Rose Code takes legend, long-time fan and musical collaborator, Danny Thompson out on tour this Autumn with a number of the shows already sold out. It's the respect and support shown for the music of Blue Rose Code's by a pantheon of award winning musicians that illustrates the high-regard in which Ross is held or, as Bob Harris puts it "Blue Rose Code is a very important emerging singer/songwriter". Ross describes his music as audibly Scottish, Caledonian Soul a term borrowed from the music of Van Morrison. Nevertheless, the estimable Bob Harris was so struck by Ross's acutely personal, bruised and soul-bared songs he flew to Nashville for the BBC Introducing showcase at the 2013 Americana Music Association conference. "I guess that I'm a crossover artist, says Ross. I'm just not sure from where I'm crossing over or where I'm going to end up." It's that reluctance to be boxed or pigeon-holed that has earned Blue Rose Code a burgeoning and fiercely loyal fan-base across the UK and beyond, with folks travelling from far and wide to see his three-night sell out show at this years Edinburgh Fringe. At the start of his career, Ross sent demos to folk clubs in the hope of a gig. One promoter posted his CD back with a post-it note, scrawled in red that simply said: Your music is not folk. You can't argue with that. Or can you? - See more at: http://bluerosecode.com/biog#sthash.2MYokRTx.dpuf Seated.

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Miranda Sykes,rex Preston And Grant Gordy

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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Dakar Audio Club

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

Genre transcending ..A mix of traditional Malian Blues ,Soukouss , Highlife and Reggae but also modern sounds.. in a nutshell inspired by the sounds you would hear on a crackly transistor radio walking the streets of Dakar , Lagos or Banjul' As featured on BBC Introducing , BBC Radio Devon and Phonic FM Dakar Audio Club have received great audience responses at their dancefloor filling live shows and are currently embarking on recording and touring projects for 2015. Highlights of our journey so far include Supporting Misty in Roots UK tour at Exeter Phoenix , Headlining Exeter Respect Festival's Acoustic Tent , Brisfest 2013 , Worldbeat @ Timepiece. Our music has featured on BBC Introducing , BBC Radio Devon and Phonic FM , Opening World Music Stage at Beautiful Days 2015

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Cale Tyson

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at High Wycombe Secret venue 8.00pm

raised in fort worth texas ! 2013 saw the release of " high on lonesome" cales debut ep gaining lots of great reviews ! this is the debut uk tour ! this guy is heading for big things.

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Maz O'connor

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette doors 7pm

Tickets £13 in advance or £15 Door. Tickets also available at Old Cinema Launderette. Contact mrwishywashypresents@gmail.com for further information. Mix of seating (LIMITED) and standing. Doors 7pm. Support ( if arranged) around 7.45pm. Headline around 8.30pm. We have an drinks licence. Real & Craft Ales, Lagers, Wines. Ciders and Spirits will be served along with Ouseburn Coffee Company Coffee, Yorkshire Tea and Twinnings Fruit Teas... and of course posh soft drinks. Facebook - Launderette Sessions Twitter - @LaunderetteSess Instagram - Launderette_Sessions Trip Advisor Events at Old Cinema Launderette (Durham) Maz O'Connor One of British Folk's rising stars, Maz O'Connor is a gifted singer with a rare talent for fusing traditional and contemporary folk sounds. Performing a mixture of traditional folk songs and her own compositions, Maz accompanies her uniquely pure voice with guitar, piano, shruti box and harmonium. In 2013, a year after leaving university, she was nominated for the BBC Folk Awards Horizon Award and selected for a creative fellowship with the English Folk Dance and Song Society at London's Cecil Sharp House, funded by the BBC Performing Arts Fund. Alongside her BBC fellowship, and singing Laura Marling's music in the RSC's 'As You Like It', she found time to team up with the highly acclaimed producer and award-winning folk artist Jim Moray to record 'This Willowed Light', her extraordinary second album. Critically acclaimed by a host of broadsheets and music magazines, Maz's songwriting was described by Q Magazine as 'remarkable', and her voice 'captivating'. 'Folk album of the year thus far ****' (The Observer) 'Densely rich album of thoughtful, meticulously constructed songs ****' (Financial Times) 'Maz's plaintive vocals create moments of haunting beauty' (Acoustic Magazine)

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The Blinkin' Buzzards

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at London The Great Northern Railway Tavern 8.30pm

The house band mark the anniversary of the opening of the Kalamazoo , almost exactly 20 years after the great Bert Jansch's inaugural concert. More than 250 gigs down the line, all who have supported us over the years are invited to the Tavern to celebrate two decades of exceptional acoustic music. Kalamazoo founders Paul Alcantara and Guy Simpson will be joined as always by the rest of the Buzzards, John Paxton, Rob Mason, Jim Morrison and Jamie Alcantara. Some old friends who have played at the Klub over the years will also be on stage for what promises to be a fun pickin' session in the finest Kalamazoo tradition. Please note that this is a pub room and not entirely seated. If you need a seat, we advise you get there early.

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Wille & The Bandits

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Cardiff The Full Moon 7:30pm

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Psk Trio (pascal+souza+kacomanolis)

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, see Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ PSK Trio (Pascal+Souza+Kacomanolis) 'Africa Railway project' is the new live project of Carmen Souza and Theo Pascal together with Mozambican percussionist and drummer Elias Kacomanolis. This power Trio have been touring, almost non-stop, all over the world with 'Carmen Souza project' for the last 2 years. This intense experience opened the necessity for an alternative platform to explore other African roots/rhythms especially from Lusophone countries and others...This 3 acclaimed musicians would like to invite you to take the 'Africa Railway' train and embark on a new journey with Destination unknown....

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Mick Ryan Paul Downes Judy Dunlop

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Chesterfield Library Theatre Doors open 7:00pm Concert 7:30pm

Another great double-header concert featuring the fabulous Mick Ryan and Paul Downes together with our very own Judy Dunlop

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The Young 'uns

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Holmfirth Masonic Hall Doors 7:30 Start 8:00pm

The opening concert for the 2015 Festival of Folk featuring the wonderful vocal trio The Young 'Uns nominated for best band at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. .a superb live act.beguiling audiences with irrepressible humour, bold vocals, gripping storylines and innate musicality Colin Irwin Supporting them will be friend of the festival "The Yorkshire Songwriter" Roger Davies. A fantastic start to the Festival. SAVE £2 ON THE COST OF A FINALE CONCERT TICKET WHEN BUYING ANY OTHER FESTIVAL CONCERT OR CEILIDH TICKET. DETAILS WILL BE SENT AFTER PURCHASE OF FIRST TICKET. OFFER AVAILABLE UNTIL THURSDAY 7TH MAY.

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The Young 'uns

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Holmfirth Masonic Hall Doors 7:30 Start 8:00pm

The opening concert for the 2015 Festival of Folk featuring the wonderful vocal trio The Young 'Uns nominated for best band at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. .a superb live act.beguiling audiences with irrepressible humour, bold vocals, gripping storylines and innate musicality Colin Irwin Supporting them will be friend of the festival "The Yorkshire Songwriter" Roger Davies. A fantastic start to the Festival. SAVE £2 ON THE COST OF A FINALE CONCERT TICKET WHEN BUYING ANY OTHER FESTIVAL CONCERT OR CEILIDH TICKET. DETAILS WILL BE SENT AFTER PURCHASE OF FIRST TICKET. OFFER AVAILABLE UNTIL THURSDAY 7TH MAY.

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Keith James. The Songs Of Leonard Cohen

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Talgarth Town Hall and MIill 8pm. Doors and Bar open 7.15pm

Keith James in concert THE SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN Each song stripped back - desolate, naked and sensual Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen is an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line. His recent spectacular world tour of stadium venues has been successful beyond belief but has not, with regret, exposed the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith James; with a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the pure song gives you a concert of this amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable. Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca that Keith has set to music; said to be Cohen's greatest influence. 'Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear' The Independent 'Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice' Sunday Times 'an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist's words' BBC Radio Scotland 'certainly the UK's most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music' The Guardian Music full of integrity, a contemporary work of art' *****Maverick 'All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines' Times Literary Supplement 'a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves' Acoustic Magazine www.keith-james.com

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The Kennedys

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 8.00pm

Over the last two decades, The Kennedys have released a string of albums to critical acclaim in the US & UK, that have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle and most notably Nanci Griffith. The duo co-produced Nanci's latest CD. On their own recent release, Closer Than You Know, the songs have a quality, inherent in Maura's voice, that is both soothing and urgent. This spring we will see the release of their '20th Anniversary Series' three simultaneous CDs of new material: West (a rootsy duo album of songs that capture the spirit of the band's travels over the past 20 years), Heart of Gotham (Pete's tribute to his home town of New York) and Five and a Half Weeks (Maura's collaboration with top US poet B D Love) about 40 new songs in all. As writers and producers, the Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today's burnished sheen. Always tuned to their own muse, Pete and Maura have the ability to come up with a unique sound that is as uplifting as it is unclassifiable. 'Irresistible' Rolling Stone 'More hooks than Marilyn Monroe's closet' Chicago Sun-Times 'Unabashed, hook-laden pop' Village Voice

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Before The Gold Rush @ The Sebright Arms

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at London Sebright Arms 7.30pm - 12.30am

The finest folk and Americana live music night in London.

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Klonk! The Sound Of Things Falling Into Place. Ep Launch

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Huddersfield The Byram Arcade Doors open 9pm Bar till 2am

KLONK's kick-ass gypsy funk grooves and smoking hot klezmer madness all add up to an East European dance riot. Come celebrate our new EP launch at the Blu Bar, Byram Arcade, Huddersfield and work up a thirst .

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Papa Tigre! Present An Evening Of Mayday Musical Madness@theivyhouse!!!

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at London The Ivy House - Nunhead 7:30pm - 11pm.

Papa Tigre! - Americana/Latino roots rock, The Bohemianauts - Brechtian Sci-Fi fantasy Cabaret, Learn to Swim - 60's influenced harmony pop and DJ 'Bluesman' Barnes on his 'twin decks of fire'!

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Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop Doors at 7.00pm

It's a real pleasure to champion such fine talent, these are a duo you really want to keep an eye on* *- Alex Gallacher, Folk Radio UK* Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis are an up and coming acoustic folk duo from the South of Cornwall, they have been performing together since the start of 2014 and have been winning acclaim from both local and national sources including Folk Radio UK and Radio 2 Folk Award winners Lau. Following an uninspiring recording session in a well-equipped studio, Gareth & Annie realised they were moving away from the very core reason for forming in the first place, and decided that in order to capture the I ntimacy present at their live shows the EP needed to be recorded in a different way. So recording for their debut EP 'A Little Light' was taken out of the traditional studio environment and relocated to a variety of spaces that afforded beautiful, natural acoustics. Rather bravely, the whole process was recorded live and without the spit and polish of so many overproduced offerings coming out these days the EP really shines for its stripped back honesty. The duo were accompanied by a string quartet for the recording process, playing parts written by BBC Concert Orchestra violinist Sarah Freestone, bringing the tunes to life and capturing something quite unique. *"Lyrically, it's a pure delight - **by *NEIL MCFADYEN Amy J 8.00-8.35 Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis 9.00-9.45 Bar open til 11 serving hot and cold drinks, beer and wine plus homemade cakes. High Five.

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Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop Doors at 7.00pm

It's a real pleasure to champion such fine talent, these are a duo you really want to keep an eye on* *- Alex Gallacher, Folk Radio UK* Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis are an up and coming acoustic folk duo from the South of Cornwall, they have been performing together since the start of 2014 and have been winning acclaim from both local and national sources including Folk Radio UK and Radio 2 Folk Award winners Lau. Following an uninspiring recording session in a well-equipped studio, Gareth & Annie realised they were moving away from the very core reason for forming in the first place, and decided that in order to capture the I ntimacy present at their live shows the EP needed to be recorded in a different way. So recording for their debut EP 'A Little Light' was taken out of the traditional studio environment and relocated to a variety of spaces that afforded beautiful, natural acoustics. Rather bravely, the whole process was recorded live and without the spit and polish of so many overproduced offerings coming out these days the EP really shines for its stripped back honesty. The duo were accompanied by a string quartet for the recording process, playing parts written by BBC Concert Orchestra violinist Sarah Freestone, bringing the tunes to life and capturing something quite unique. *"Lyrically, it's a pure delight - **by *NEIL MCFADYEN Amy J 8.00-8.35 Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis 9.00-9.45 Bar open til 11 serving hot and cold drinks, beer and wine plus homemade cakes. High Five.

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Helter Skelter With Roy De Roy + Andy Twyman

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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The Rachel Hamer Band

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Saltburn by the Sea Golf Club Doors 7:15pm Concert starts 7:45pm

The Original Alternative Presents: The Rachel Hamer Band - An exciting new four piece folk band based in Newcastle. "The magic of these four lies in their cutting-edge combination which whilst steeped in the tradition has a brilliant fresh sound" - Folk Radio UK Son of a Gun - Two distinct personalities, two distinct voices, with a large repertoire.

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Superchango Takeover Presents: Funk From The Films

on Fri, 8 May 2015 at Cardiff Gwdihw Doors at 9pm

On the second Friday of each month, SuperChango take over Gwdihŵ, playing a special one-off themed show, spinning dance floor classics and generally doing exactly as they damn well please. From Kill Bill to Mr Tibbs, from Shaft to Superfly, SuperChango mine the movies in search of something, anything that they haven't played before. SUPERCHANGO TAKEOVER - https://www.facebook.com/changotakeover

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James Hickman And Dan Cassidy

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Broseley Birchmeadow Centre Doors 7:30pm

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Fearne

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Poole Skinner Street UR Church 7pm doors, 8pm music

Brilliant trio with charismatic front person and good original songs play in the exquisite natural acoustics of Skinner Street Church

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Fearne

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Poole Skinner Street UR Church 7pm doors, 8pm music

Brilliant trio with charismatic front person and good original songs play in the exquisite natural acoustics of Skinner Street Church

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Bob Fox

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Bristol St Stephens 7.30pm

Promoted by Ash Keys Music www.ashkeysmusic.com for further info At the lovely 14th C Church with bar and snacks on offer. Stand-To! The WarHorse Songman Bob Fox has played the role of songman in WarHorse for the past three years, both in the West End and currently in the UK/Ireland and South Africa touring production. Join him as he performs the songs from the multi award winning smash hit WarHorse, with additional material from his own personal repertoire a number of stories and songs built up from his forty year career in the music industry. This event is a great opportunity to see one of the finest exponents of storytelling through song. For more information on Bob Fox please visit: www.bobfoxmusic.com The most complete male artist in English Folk Colin Randall, The Daily Telegraph

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Lisa Knapp (solo)

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette doors 7pm

Lisa Knapp Winner Best Original Song 'Two Ravens' - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014. Nominated for Folk Singer of the Year, Best Album 'Hidden Seam' - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014. The buzz continues to grow around Hidden Seam CD Lisa Knapp's critically acclaimed new album released in September 2013. With rave reviews, a cover feature in fRoots magazine and airplay on 6 Music, BBC Radio 3 as well as a Mark Radcliffe Folk Show live session, the long-awaited 2nd album see Lisa firmly re-established as one of the most creative and distinctive artists around. Lisa emerged in 2007 with a remarkable debut Wild And Undaunted, with a radiant style of traditional folk and self-penned song, with fiddle, hammer dulcimer, strings and sonic delights from the technological age. Lisa was born and grew up in South London. Her musical development led her through drum and bass, teenage raves, acid house and an electric guitar bought to learn Jimi Hendrix songs. In her teens, she also came across folk music when she heard a friend's parents record collection. She then found for herself the extraordinary voices and the vivid stories of Annie Briggs, Shirley Collins, Martin Carthy and Pentangle and she was hooked! In the intervening years, Lisa has established and evolved her own distinctive voice absorbing a whole a range of influences and inspirations and crafting a sound, and songwriting skill, at once beautiful, dramatic and adventurous. Line-up Information: Enabling the full and vibrant sounds of Hidden Seam, as well as revisiting some of Wild And Undaunted and other work, Lisa is available to book as either a 4 or 5 piece band featuring Gerry Diver on fiddle, loops and keys, Pete Flood (Bellowhead) on percussion duties, Fred Thomas on double bass and Tomos Brangwyn on hammered dulcimer. Lisa is also available solo for more intimate settings. Songs that twist, turn and constantly surprise **** 4 Stars The Guardian A masterful creation ***** 5 Stars The Observer 'Lisa Knapp pushes the boat out into new and uncharted waters. Long may she sail'. **** 4 Stars Songlines 'A truly compelling voice' fRoots 'A masterpiece' Folk Radio UK Tickets £15 in advance or £17 Door. Tickets also available at Old Cinema Launderette. Contact mrwishywashypresents@gmail.com for further information. Mix of seating (LIMITED) and standing. Doors 7pm. Support ( if arranged) around 7.45pm. Headline around 8.30pm. We have an drinks licence. Real & Craft Ales, Lagers, Wines. Ciders and Spirits will be served along with Ouseburn Coffee Company Coffee, Yorkshire Tea and Twinnings Fruit Teas... and of course posh soft drinks. Facebook - Launderette Sessions Twitter - @LaunderetteSess Instagram - Launderette_Sessions Trip Advisor Events at Old Cinema Launderette (Durham)

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Ben Bedford

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at High Wycombe Secret venue doors 7pm

ILLNOIS BORN SONGWRITER/STORYTELLER RETURNS TO HIGH WYCOMBE TO DELIVER MORE POIGANT SKETCHES OF ORDINARY EVERYDAY CHARACTERS.

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Mud Morganfield (eldest Son Of Muddy Waters) - Live At The 1865

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Southampton The 1865 Doors at 7.30pm

Muddy Waters or Mud Morganfield? It's almost impossible to tell. Of course, nothing would please Mud more than hearing people say he sounds just like his late father Muddy Waters on the track Loco Motor from his new album Son Of The Seventh Son. Naturally, Mud, the eldest son of legendary bluesman Muddy Waters, was drawn to music at an early age. He learned to make the best of his famous father's hectic touring schedule, seeing Muddy only during brief respites at home in Chicago. Ever the devoted father, Muddy bought his son a drum set every Christmas, which Mud learned to play at age seven. Later, he switched to bass guitar while delving into songwriting. Mud and his younger brother, noted blues singer and guitarist Big Bill Morganfield, entertained the idea of becoming professional musicians after Muddy's death in 1983. Blues fans were introduced to Mud at a tribute concert to his father in 2007, but his performance at the Chicago Blues Festival that same year brought him instant recognition. Mud composed most of the songs on his award-winning album Son Of The Seventh Son, including Blues In My Shoes. He also performs the Muddy Waters tune, You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had. According to producer and harmonica player Bob Corritore, the CD brings you the great Mud Morganfield in all his glory. It was recorded in Chicago and features some of the city's top Blues musicians. In 2014, Mud's new album, For Pops, recorded in tribute to his late father, together with fabulous Thunderbirds frontman, Kim Wilson, sees him make a very personal statement about his roots. Mud's travels are taking him and his music worldwide, with appearances in the biggest festivals and venues, such as the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and the Royal Albert Hall Blues Fest in London, England, and on to iconic TV shows such as Later with Jools Holland on BBC TV in the UK, plus featuring in a TV documentary by a modern Bluesman of international fame, Hugh Laurie, with whom he has also appeared on stage in Chicago. Mud is taking his surge in popularity in stride, When I'm up on stage I always feel pops is there with me, and it means so much that I can get on stage and keep his music alive around the world, he says.

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Merry Hell - Up In Court

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Wigan The Old Courts 7PM - 11PM

A HOMETOWN GIG - THAT'S GOT TO BE SPECIAL A NEW VENUE THAT IS SPECIAL THE OLD COURTS, CRAWFORD STREET, WIGAN DOORS WILL OPEN AT 7PM BE EARLY, FIRST BAND ON ARE OUR FRIENDS HEADSTICKS FIRST BAND 7.30 MERRY HELL ON STAGE 9.30

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Blueflint

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

The sound of Blueflint is defined by the sublime close harmonies of Deborah Arnott and Clare Neilson. Their voices are accompanied by a five-piece line-up mixing banjos, fiddle, piano, electric guitar, double-bass and drums in their beautifully-crafted songs. In 2012 Blueflint supported The Proclaimers for six weeks, and their atmospheric and evocative performances put them on the map, gaining them a strong reputation and following through the UK at the same time. They are delighted to be releasing their new album in Spring 2015 and this Universal Hall show is part of their national tour.

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Blueflint

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

The sound of Blueflint is defined by the sublime close harmonies of Deborah Arnott and Clare Neilson. Their voices are accompanied by a five-piece line-up mixing banjos, fiddle, piano, electric guitar, double-bass and drums in their beautifully-crafted songs. In 2012 Blueflint supported The Proclaimers for six weeks, and their atmospheric and evocative performances put them on the map, gaining them a strong reputation and following through the UK at the same time. They are delighted to be releasing their new album in Spring 2015 and this Universal Hall show is part of their national tour.

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Blueflint

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

The sound of Blueflint is defined by the sublime close harmonies of Deborah Arnott and Clare Neilson. Their voices are accompanied by a five-piece line-up mixing banjos, fiddle, piano, electric guitar, double-bass and drums in their beautifully-crafted songs. In 2012 Blueflint supported The Proclaimers for six weeks, and their atmospheric and evocative performances put them on the map, gaining them a strong reputation and following through the UK at the same time. They are delighted to be releasing their new album in Spring 2015 and this Universal Hall show is part of their national tour.

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Megson

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Holmfirth Masonic Hall Doors 7:30 Start 8:00pm

Stu Hanna and Debbie Hanna-Palmer, better known as Megson, have steadily established their reputation as two of the freshest, most original performers ...t Robin Denselow, THE GUARDIAN **** Support - The Sam Kelly Trio - "A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music. Seriously...Check him out!" Sean Lakeman SAVE £2 ON THE COST OF A FINALE CONCERT TICKET WHEN BUYING ANY OTHER FESTIVAL CONCERT OR CEILIDH TICKET. DETAILS WILL BE SENT AFTER PURCHASE OF FIRST TICKET. OFFER AVAILABLE UNTIL THURSDAY 7TH MAY.

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Megson

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Holmfirth Masonic Hall Doors 7:30 Start 8:00pm

Stu Hanna and Debbie Hanna-Palmer, better known as Megson, have steadily established their reputation as two of the freshest, most original performers ...t Robin Denselow, THE GUARDIAN **** Support - The Sam Kelly Trio - "A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music. Seriously...Check him out!" Sean Lakeman SAVE £2 ON THE COST OF A FINALE CONCERT TICKET WHEN BUYING ANY OTHER FESTIVAL CONCERT OR CEILIDH TICKET. DETAILS WILL BE SENT AFTER PURCHASE OF FIRST TICKET. OFFER AVAILABLE UNTIL THURSDAY 7TH MAY.

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Holmfirth Festival Of Folk Saturday Night Ceilidh

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Holmfirth Civic Hall Doors 7:45 Start 8:00pm

The now traditional Saturday night festival ceilidh with music from the wonderful Ceilidhography, an English Ceilidh band based in Shropshire (West Midlands), playing high-energy dance music straight to your feet. Bring your dancing shoes! SAVE £2 ON THE COST OF A FINALE CONCERT TICKET WHEN BUYING ANY OTHER FESTIVAL CONCERT OR CEILIDH TICKET. DETAILS WILL BE SENT AFTER PURCHASE OF FIRST TICKET. OFFER AVAILABLE UNTIL THURSDAY 7TH MAY.

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Holmfirth Festival Of Folk Saturday Night Ceilidh

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Holmfirth Civic Hall Doors 7:45 Start 8:00pm

The now traditional Saturday night festival ceilidh with music from the wonderful Ceilidhography, an English Ceilidh band based in Shropshire (West Midlands), playing high-energy dance music straight to your feet. Bring your dancing shoes! SAVE £2 ON THE COST OF A FINALE CONCERT TICKET WHEN BUYING ANY OTHER FESTIVAL CONCERT OR CEILIDH TICKET. DETAILS WILL BE SENT AFTER PURCHASE OF FIRST TICKET. OFFER AVAILABLE UNTIL THURSDAY 7TH MAY.

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Ian Campbell Band

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Ascot Jagz Doors open 7.30pm

Ian Campbell is one of the UK's most amazing guitarists. He played with Levee Camp Moan, The Nashville Teens and The King Earl Boogie Band prior to almost being wiped out in a horrendous car accident when a driver coming the other way lost control, crossed the dual carriageway and took Ian's car head-on. He lost so much blood that he effectively suffered a stroke, and has lost the use of his left arm. Music was Ian's life and he has been to some dark places since that horrific accident - but eventually, inspired by The Nordoff Robbins Foundation, he discovered that he can still play his guitar - despite being blind in his left eye and with only his right hand to play with!

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Belshazzar's Feast

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Liskeard Eliot House Hotel 7.30pm

In 1995 Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) shared a musical passion borne out of the desire to earn sufficient money to support their extravagant lifestyles. Their amazing musicianship coupled with wry humour stunned audiences around Europe and the States. As a singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger Paul Sartin performs and records extensively with BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Winners and Nominees Bellowhead, Belshazzar's Feast and Faustus. Paul Hutchinson is well known from his work with Hoover the Dog, Karen Tweed and the Playford Liberation Front. He is a superlative accordion player with a unique style inspired by church organ music, violins & concertinas!

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4square

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Bangor Blue Sky Cafe Doors from 7:00PM Music begins 8:00PM

Manchester based Folk foursome 4Square perform their unique upbeat folk sounds.

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The Gentle Good

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Sheffield 99 Mary Street; 7.30pm

Award-winning Welsh folk musician and captivating live performer The Gentle Good (Gareth Bonello) performs an intimate set on his first visit to Sheffield, fresh from touring Australia and China. Support comes from singer-songwriter Nat Johnson. The Gentle Good Gareth Bonello writes modern folk music, singing in both English and Welsh, whilst his intricate playing has drawn comparisons to the great guitar pickers of the 1960s UK folk revival. He has previously collaborated with Laura J Martin and Cate Le Bon and in 2009 was chosen alongside some of Wales' best traditional musicians to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC. Since then Gareth has performed all over the world, from car parks and bars in Austin, Texas to quayside shows in Lorient, to solo performances at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. Gareth's set will include songs from his most recent album Y Bard Anfarwol (The Immortal Bard), which tells the story of Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai and mixes Chinese and Welsh folk music, securing Gareth the Welsh Album of the Year award at the 2014 National Eisteddfod. Gareth's earlier release "Tethered for the Storm" was nominated for the Welsh Music Prize and saw Gareth awarded the Composer of the Year Award at BBC Radio Cymru's RAP awards. http://www.thegentlegood.com @gbonello Nat Johnson With her personal folk-pop and confessional country, Sheffield's own singer-songwriter Nat has garnered recent attention from the likes of Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe and Janice Long. Nat will be performing a solo set, including tracks from her dark and delicate album "Neighbour of the Year". http://www.natjohnson.co.uk @natjohnsonband 99 Mary Street An artspace and venue within easy strolling distance of the city centre. http://www.ourfaveplaces.co.uk/venues/culture/99-mary-street

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The Gentle Good

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Sheffield 99 Mary Street; 7.30pm

Award-winning Welsh folk musician and captivating live performer The Gentle Good (Gareth Bonello) performs an intimate set on his first visit to Sheffield, fresh from touring Australia and China. Support comes from singer-songwriter Nat Johnson. The Gentle Good Gareth Bonello writes modern folk music, singing in both English and Welsh, whilst his intricate playing has drawn comparisons to the great guitar pickers of the 1960s UK folk revival. He has previously collaborated with Laura J Martin and Cate Le Bon and in 2009 was chosen alongside some of Wales' best traditional musicians to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC. Since then Gareth has performed all over the world, from car parks and bars in Austin, Texas to quayside shows in Lorient, to solo performances at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. Gareth's set will include songs from his most recent album Y Bard Anfarwol (The Immortal Bard), which tells the story of Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai and mixes Chinese and Welsh folk music, securing Gareth the Welsh Album of the Year award at the 2014 National Eisteddfod. Gareth's earlier release "Tethered for the Storm" was nominated for the Welsh Music Prize and saw Gareth awarded the Composer of the Year Award at BBC Radio Cymru's RAP awards. http://www.thegentlegood.com @gbonello Nat Johnson With her personal folk-pop and confessional country, Sheffield's own singer-songwriter Nat has garnered recent attention from the likes of Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe and Janice Long. Nat will be performing a solo set, including tracks from her dark and delicate album "Neighbour of the Year". http://www.natjohnson.co.uk @natjohnsonband 99 Mary Street An artspace and venue within easy strolling distance of the city centre. http://www.ourfaveplaces.co.uk/venues/culture/99-mary-street

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The Blues Brothers Show

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors open at 9.00pm

Blues Brothers Show on stage at 10pm. Music from 9.00 before and from 11.45 afterwards till late/early. This is a fundraiser for the Cowley Road Carnival - come along and get in the party mood!

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The Creole Brothers

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors open 7pm. Music from 8.30pm

DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A spicy Creole stew of Louisiana and British Folk/Roots Music by Award Winning Musicians! A spiced up creole stew of the best folk/roots melodeon led music from the seas and woodlands of the British Isles, flavoured with the fiddle and guitar driven melodies of the rivers and mountains of Appalachia all the way down to the accordion pumping rhythms of the hot and steamy swamps and bayous of Cajun and Creole Louisiana. Plus some delightful original compositions to add pepper to the gumbo. All delivered with our own wry humorous take on life, love and music. Line up: Charlie Skelton is one of the hottest roots fiddle players around, while Phil Underwood has collected three international awards for his accordion playing and was recently featured on BBC Radio 4. And to complete the trio Pete Dunhill's driving rhythm guitar and keen vocals lay down a toe tapping groove. They are playing to sell out audiences at festivals, folk clubs, dance clubs and music venues and have recently played nine village hall shows for the prestigious Rural Touring Scheme In November 2013 Charlie and Phil were selected to appear at Wembley Arena with celebrity comedian and musician Bill Bailey on his sell out finale concert of his acclaimed Qualmpeddler tour.

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Reg Meuross

on Sat, 9 May 2015 at Stowmarket John Peel Centre for Creative Arts Doors open 7:30pm

Reg Meuross is a true modern day troubadour commenting on life as he sees it, with some of the most beautifully disarming songs and lyrics ever written. FolkWords awarded England Green & England Grey Album of the Year 2014, and said Reg's songs are 'the hinges upon which swing the doors of perceptive English folk ' This new work deals with topics such as dementia, with a commentary on the subject Counting My Footsteps To You; it commemorates the centenary of WW1, with an unromanticised account of the story of Flora Sandes (the only woman to fight in that war); it tells the tale of the bandleader and his violin both lost in the Titanic disaster, The Band Played Sweet Marie; and it delivers an anthem for our times: England Green and England Grey.

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Emma Sweeney & Band

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at Shrewsbury The Morris Hall Doors 7pm, Show 7.45pm

A rising star from Manchester's vibrant music scene, Emma's unique style combines her trad Irish background with a fusion of world influences, drawing upon her experience of teaching music in India, and touring across Europe.

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Cahalen Morrison And Eli West

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at Leyland Fox Lane Sports Club Doors at 7.30pm

When Cahalen and Eli released their stunning debut album, 'The Holy Coming of The Storm', it met with instantaneous reaction on both sides of the Atlantic. Bob Harris invited them to record a session for his BBC Radio 2 show, saying their music was quite extraordinary, and Mary Ann Kennedy recorded a studio session for BBC Radio 3's World on 3 as well. Fellow musicians, Tim O'Brien and Chris Wood heaped praise on them too. Safe to say, this will be a top quality night of bluegrass. More info at www.mrkite.org

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Lady Maisery

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Forged from the voices of Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans, Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads. The trio burst onto the scene with the release of the debut album, 'Weave and Spin' in summer 2011, which received much critical acclaim and was declared an 'Album of the Week' by The Independent. Their live performances during that summer festival season created a real buzz and they were nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and for Best Debut at the 2012 Spiral Awards. Just 18 months later, Rowan, Hannah and Hazel returned with the bold and altogether darker second album 'Mayday', expertly produced by Andy Bell (Spiers and Boden, Fay Hield). Drawing on myriad musical influences, exploring varying meanings of the word 'Mayday' and showcasing their skilled musicianship alongside their acclaimed vocal skills Hazel on harp and concertina; Hannah on accordion and Rowan on fiddle and banjo. Lady Maisery proved with this second album that they were happy to take risks and push boundaries, tackling challenging and political songs head on and highlighting their strength in getting right to the very heart of each song, be it intimate or epic. The critics agreed! 'Mayday' reached the no.1 album slot in BBC Radio 3's Late Junction 'Top 10 Releases of the Summer' and was made a 'Top of the World' album by Songlines magazine. As well as enchanting audiences with innovative re-workings of old songs and ballads, Lady Maisery break new ground as one of the first UK groups to explore the tradition of diddling or tune singing, which has nearly died out in England, but is still prevalent in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. Whether singing unaccompanied, or with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp and fiddle, be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes. 'Three of the most vibrant young talents of the new British folk wave..return with more inventiveness and fire and a brilliant bold take on Kate Bush's This Woman's Work' - Mojo '..a powerful, enthralling work.' *****5 Stars - Songlines Magazine '..Hazel's harp, Hannah's accordion, and Rowan's fiddle and banjo, are taken to new heights of skill and applied with passion to this strikingly beautiful collection.' Spiral Earth 'In all honesty if you don't grab yourself a copy, you're probably only selling out your own pleasure.' Fatea Magazine

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Blue Rose Code

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at Tunbridge Wells FC Clubhouse Doors at 6.45pm

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Blue Rose Code

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at Tunbridge Wells FC Clubhouse Doors at 6.45pm

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Marnhull Acoustic Sessions Presents Annabelle Chvostek

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at Marnhull Village Hall Doors 7pm

Canadian Singer Songwriter will be joining us with her band. This is a top class Canadian act in a very intimate venue.

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The Dyr Sister + Karen Grace

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE DYR SISTER (the old Norse spelling of the word deer) is Sally Currie, a 29 year old classically trained multi-instrumentalist from the City of Hull. A shift in direction meant that after several years playing in the local Orchestras, she now writes and performs her own music. With viola, a mandolin, her unusual voice and anything percussive that makes a really good beat she uses a loop pedal to create beautiful, haunting and ethereal modern day folk songs as a one-woman band. A variety of influences are heard from folk to jungle and dubstep. During her shows she recounts Fairytales for the Modern Gentleman with stories of flying raccoons, devils drawing with crayons, and being taught to dance by a Mexican lady called Gloria. She is a regular performer in Hulls music scene and has graced the stage at festivals such as Filey Folk, Hidden Hill and The Sesh. She was also a performer for Folk in Box at this year's Freedom Festival in Hull. In the past year she been captivating audiences further afield at The Underworld and Jazz Cafe in Camden Town, Colchester Arts Centre, Manchester Club Academy, Sheffield, Ipswich and Stowmarket and spent several months in 2013 playing with a travelling band in the South of Mexico. She's supported acts such as This is the Kit, Banned From Utopia, RM Hubbert, Lach, Thomas Truax, Colour Me Wednesday, Hillbilly Moon Explosion, The Dead Rat Orchestra and Poets of the Fall. She is currently in the process of recording her Debut Album. "In the often homogenous world of underground music scenes, thank goodness for The Dyr Sister. The perfect blend of avant-garde, melodicism and out-thereness". Mr Douglas Anderson - broadcaster, writer and filmmaker. The Dyr Sister is a rare artistic gem of contemporary folk talent! Jon Vyner - Tidal Concerts/The Camden Underworld A unique vocal style that sits, somewhere between the comfort of the nursery and the magic of the forest Michelle Dee - This is 'ull. ----------------- Whatever that elusive, magic ingredient is that makes some artists really shine; Grace undoubtedly has been blessed with it Penny Black Music A unique and beautiful voice mixed with intelligent and thoughtful lyricsa unique artist in an increasingly un-unique world! Jote Osahn, Elbow The world of singer-songwriter KAREN GRACE is a place where enchanting melodies meet poignantly intelligent lyrics, delivered with a warm wistful voice that moves effortlessly between the fragile and the fiery. Her debut EP Deep Down Things, which she recorded with producers Iain Archer (Jake Bugg) and Dave Lynch (Ed Harcourt), has been received with much critical acclaim. Highlights of the recording journey included collaborating with violinist Jote Osahn from Elbow for her song 'This Fear' whom she also performed with for her EP launch. She then collaborated with BAFTA nominated Robert Hollingworth and multi award winning editor and director Jon Coutts for her stunning music video for Deep Down Things. Her eagerly anticipated full length album is on it's way. This is music with soul and imagination that will find it's way to your heart expect to be spellbound!

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Whetherman

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at Worcester Marr's Bar doors open 8pm

Whetherman is the moniker of independent singer-songwriter Nicholas Williams, who has released five full-length albums of effervescent melody-filled folk tales since it's inception in 2007, with a highly anticipated sixth record, 'Seeds for Harvest' set to release this coming April. Growing up in the Midwest, his surroundings have created songs filled with personal truth, awareness of nature, poetic earnest vocals and easy-listening grooves that will lift your spirits and feed your soul, akin to the likes of Ray Lamontagne or some of Van Morrison's early recordings. Under Whetherman, Williams has opened for acclaimed acts such as: The Wailers, The Wood Brothers, Howie Day, Donavon Frankenreiter, Anders Osbourne, Town Mountain, Brendan James and Zach Deputy. In the US, he's toured over 40 states annually since 2011, while performing over 150 shows. During June of 2014, Williams took his music overseas to perform in Germany, France and Spain, and in May of 2015 will be embarking on a month long UK Tour that hits England, Ireland and Scotland. The Whetherman project is completely DIY under Williams' direction, taking a contemporary grassroots approach to reach those willing to listen through word of mouth and constantly being on the road. You can find Whetherman's music on the Official Whetherman site, Bandcamp, Daytrotter, iTunes, and you can stream it on Pandora Radio and Spotify.

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Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are one of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years. They have been nominated for 'Best Duo' in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. Widely regarded as one of the best slide guitarists in the UK, Phillip Henry has been described as "one of the most extraordinary musicians around". Hannah Martin is a skilled fiddler, viola and banjo player with a real lightness of touch, a distinctive voice and a gift for tapping traditional music veins to create contemporary songs. Sometimes mournful, often haunting and always compelling each Henry and Martin song is a fresh journey of discovery - twisting, curling melodies and eclectic rhythms wrapping themselves around perceptive lyrics. This duo has a combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma that merits a slot on much bigger stages (The Guardian)

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Finale Concert- Sam Kelly, Elbow Jane, Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at Holmfirth Civic Hall Doors 2:30 Start 3:00pm

The closing concert for this year's festival featuring Sam Kelly, an excellent up and coming young singer from Norfolk; Elbow Jane amongst the best live acts in the UK, with that their unique blend of bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, keyboards and percussion is complemented by expressive vocals and stunning harmonies winning them national acclaim; and two very established artists Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe presenting the premiere of a brand new duo show with songs, chat and anecdotes.

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Finale Concert- Sam Kelly, Elbow Jane, Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at Holmfirth Civic Hall Doors 2:30 Start 3:00pm

The closing concert for this year's festival featuring Sam Kelly, an excellent up and coming young singer from Norfolk; Elbow Jane amongst the best live acts in the UK, with that their unique blend of bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, keyboards and percussion is complemented by expressive vocals and stunning harmonies winning them national acclaim; and two very established artists Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe presenting the premiere of a brand new duo show with songs, chat and anecdotes.

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Ben Bedford

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

Ben Bedford draws on American history for many of his songs, which have have a strong sense of time and place. Ben's songs tackle scenarios including homelessness, the plight of a Confederate soldier's wife during the American Civil War, the aerial triumphs of Amelia Earhart, the life of Jack London, the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, John the Baptist, the poet Vachel Lindsay and the 1973 standoff between members of The American Indian Movement and federal agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation. His songs are rich in sensory detail which allows the listener to hear, see and feel each narrative. His three albums have charted highly on the Euro Americana charts and the Folk-DJ charts, with his third album, What We Lost, also charting highly on the Roots Music Report charts. Ben Bedford has proven himself to be a truly inspired and talented storyteller Arthur Wood (Maverick). Beautiful and unusual songs that take the listener to the heart of the matter Diana Jones, singer-songwriter "...with echoes too of Paul Simon's soulful songcraft and Loudon Wainwright's narrative force" Sue Wilson, The Scotsman The Illinois songwriter is a masterful storyteller who can turn what seem like obscure historical references for engaging tales rife with vivid, stark imagery Erik Ernst, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Lester Simpson At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub Doors open around 7:30 pm

One third of legendary duo Coope Boyes and Simpson, Lester is a world class songwriter and singer in his own right. This is a rare opportunity to see him as a solo performer. A limited number of advance tickets are on sale. You will still be able to pay on the night but please remember to get here early if doing so as show may sell out.. However we appreciate that some people wish to be assured of admission, if so you may book in advance here. NOTE: Although there is plenty of seating at the venue tickets do not guarantee a seat and latecomers may have to stand if venue full.

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Walk Of Fame (chris King)

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at Birmingham Fletchers Bar 3pm to 6pm

Come along for another great Lazy Sunday Afternoon session with award winning vocal entertainer Chris King. Chris will make you smile, laugh, sing and want to dance along to a great selection of the finest rock 'n' roll songs ever written from the 1950's and 1960's onwards. Previously voted Best Male Vocal Entertainer by the Birmingham Entertainments Secretaries Council, Chris always provides a great show that has proven to be a big hit with audiences of all ages.

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Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston With Guest Artist Grant Gordy.

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at Great Torrington The Plough Arts Centre Show Starts 7.30pm

In the space of two short years, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston , the striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player, have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk & roots scene. Well known for the last eight years as a central component of Show of Hands, Miranda has an exquisite and spine-tingling voice, whilst Rex, with his exuberant and flamboyant playing style, has built a reputation as one of the finest mandolin players in the UK. A musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant! Folk Roots

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Gordie Mackeeman And His Rhythm Boys

on Sun, 10 May 2015 at Leek Foxlowe Arts Centre 7.30pm

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The Urban Folk Quartet

on Mon, 11 May 2015 at Chesham Folk Club 8:30pm - 11:00pm. Door open 8:15

The UFQ's approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms. A sizzling hot ensemble who fuse folk with elements of dub, house and rock with an ease that shouldn't naturally follow that list of genres. Built on the rhythms of a cajón-wielding percussionist and oud-playing bassist, the phenomenal fiddlers led the quartet in one of the tightest line-ups I have ever seen. Olivia Haughton, Songlines The first of those phenomenal fiddlers is Galician Paloma Trigás, who has shared stages and recorded with with the likes of The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Altan, during her tenure touring the stadiums of the world with Spain's biggest folk star, Carlos Nuñez. The second is Joe Broughton (Albion Band,) long established on the folk scene as the fieriest English fiddler and showman of his generation. Also an exceptional guitarist and mandolin player, in The UFQ Joe deftly shares multi-instrumentalist duties (often mid-song) with Dan Walsh. Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the country as well as a gifted singer and guitarist, Dan (Seth Lakeman Band, The Levellers, Walsh & Pound) joined UFQ in 2014, as guitarist, oud player and founding member Frank Moon stepped out of touring life. The lineup is completed by Tom Chapman, widely considered to be the most accomplished and innovative cajonero the UK has to offer. With the vibrant and diverse Birmingham music scene as a fundamental influence, The Urban Folk Quartet is a truly international band. Foreign touring and globally- influenced music have been at the heart of what they do since day one, when in June 2009 their first four gigs took place in four different countries. Since then the UFQ's trail has blazed across the world, playing everything from secluded coves to 30,000 capacity festival fields, igniting audiences and winning them a devoted fan base from The Bay of Biscay to edge of The North Pacific.

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Lester Simpson

on Mon, 11 May 2015 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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Lester Simpson

on Mon, 11 May 2015 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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Hammer & Tongue Present... Mark Gwynne Jones + Joelle Taylor

on Mon, 11 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hammer and Tongue promotes some of the best spoken word the world has to offer and engages diverse communities, promoting open poetry slams and developing new artists. In the past four years H&T has branched out from its original incarnation at the Brickworks in Oxford, to both Brighton and London, and now offers established poets a chance to tour all three cities and slammers a poetry-hungry audience to wow. The legendary H&T Camden poetry slam is back in March with the very best in live literature for your delectation. You are very welcome to take part in the open slam - just sign upon the door from 7pm. Each poet has 3 mins to wow the audience with their own original material. The winner gets a place in the Camden 2015 slam final later this year and a chance of representing Camden at the National Final, which last year took place at the Royal Albert Hall. MARK GWYNNE JONES An engaging and energetic performer, Mark Gwynne Jones is well known for surreal, mind-altering poetry with an almost music hall edge. Mixing humour and poignancy with great skill he keenly observes the alien qualities inherent but unnoticed in the world around us. It's contagious, gritty and sometimes startlingly sensitive. "Inspired one of the most acomplished performance poets in the land drawing the audience into a world where things are not quite what they seem." The Guardian "I always stipulate that whoever is on with me hasn't got to be any good. This one got past me I don't know how, but heads will roll!" John Cooper Clarke "Astonishing You'll love this show!" The Daily Mail JOELLE TAYLOR Joelle Taylor is a spoken word artist, slam poet, playwright, novelist and cultural terrorist. She has performed across the UK as well as internationally for the British Council (Zimbabwe, Botswana) taking in a diverse range of venues from Dingwalls, the 100 Club, the 02 Arena, the Royal Festival Hall and Ronnie Scott's to the Royal Court, the Globe, the ICA, Buckingham Palace and both Pentonville and Holloway prisons. She has appeared on several television (Faking It, Blue Peter, the One Show, Vanessa Feltz Show) and radio programmes (Women's Hour, Radio 1 Extra, the Edwina Curry Show). A documentary about her life and work Life Changing Verse was made by Don Productions in 2010 and broadcast on television. "In these times of austerity, hypocrisy, political corruption, and mindless reality television, we need poetry like this. Joelle Taylor does not mess about. Her poetry is fearless. it gets right to the point. Her poetry has purpose." Benjamin Zephaniah "A city gritty heart beaten tattoo" John Hegley Hosted by Michelle Madsen and poetcurious

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Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

on Tue, 12 May 2015 at Hernhill Village Hall Doors open at 7pm for 7.30 start

The inspirational melding of musical chameleon Miranda Sykes and mandolin maestro Rex Preston has produced one of the most unexpected and exciting new pairings on the acoustic roots scene. With an enviable pedigree, Miranda is known as the stand-out bass player and spine-tingling vocalist who has brilliantly enriched the Show of Hands sound for the past nine years while former Scoville Units band member Rex is recognised as one of the finest young mandolin players in the UK. For just a few dates on the 2015 tour Miranda and Rex will be joined by American guitarist, the internationally acclaimed Grant Gordy, and we are very pleased to announce this event will be one of those dates. Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk & roots scene. "A musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant." - fROOTS "I love this album. Miranda's a fantastic bass player but this really brings her great voice out into the foreground." - MIKE HARDING, BBC RADIO 2 "Rex Preston is one of the new generation of brilliant virtuoso instrumentalists raising the bar. A tremendous player." - PHIL BEER, SHOW OF HANDS "From the first few notes you know that this is something special." - FOLKING.COM "It is however with Miranda's almost ethereal vocal performance on Imogen Heap's "Between Sheets" that makes the listener sit up and listen." - NORTHERN SKY www.thebandcompany.co.uk

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Bella Hardy London Cd Launch

on Tue, 12 May 2015 at London The Borderline Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music starts 8:15pm

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BORDERLINE IS A MAJORITY STANDING VENUE --------------------------- "...unveiled, committed, uncontrived, persuasive, passionate, empowering, and utterly wonderful" - Colin Irwin, fRoots Bella Hardy, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Singer of the Year 2014, tours her eagerly anticipated new album With The Dawn; a heartfelt collection of self-composed songs which tell a story of travel, of choices, of lessons unlearned, and also of hope. One of the most creative, prolific and original singers in the UK, her captivating voice inhabits her music and spins her narratives with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. Bella writes: "With The Dawn is the musical record of the busiest and most complicated time of my life. I was always on tour; alone, with different bands; I travelled across the Atlantic for the first time, with one trip to Canada and another to America; I won the folk singer award, I turned 30, I was single, I was exhausted, I was jubilant. I was constantly questioning. I try to make sense of the world through writing, but I haven't put that writing out in such a direct manner before." The With The Dawn Band compliment Bella's breath-taking vocals and narrative fiddle with a powerful and evocative mix of banjo, piano, electronics and drums. With roots firmly within the folk tradition, songs written straight from the heart, and bold steps into a new world of sound and expression, this is a performance not to be missed.

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Annabelle Chvostek + Matthew The Oxx

on Tue, 12 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, See Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "ANNABELLE CHVOSTEK is a Juno nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Toronto and Montreal. Americana, UK has described her as an artist whose talent is so exceptional that [she is able] to explore and master any musical genre she wishes. Annabelle's forthcoming and fifth solo recording may take some by surprise. After releasing two albums with Canada's foremost Folk label, Borealis Records, Annabelle has gone back to her independent roots, picked up a 1957 Kay electric guitar, and is releasing a new recording in collaboration with NY production company Beehive Pro and her rock solid rhythm section Tony Spina and Jeremie Jones. Her previous album Rise was nominated for a Juno Award in the Roots and Traditional Album of the Year category, and both Rise and Resilience were nominated for Contemporary Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. In the last year Annabelle composed and produced a score for NYC-based dance company Drastic Action and collaborated with Toronto's Echo Women's Choir, a 93-voice choir that performed songs from her album Rise in a packed Trinity St. Paul's Church. She also toured in the UK, Western Europe, and the Canadian Prairies and became a mom to her daughter, Anais Lou." ------------------------------------------------- 'With Mike Oldfield for an uncle, and composer Terry Oldfield for a father, Matthew Oldfield, aka MATTHEW THE OXX, is a peripatetic soul who has absorbed osmotically the aspiration to write and play music simply by proxy. As a young musician he quickly began to emulate his folk heroes: Richard Thompson, Bert Jansch (an idol), John Renbourn and Ewan MacColl. While travelling Australia he recorded his first ever demo with Nigel Pegrum of Steeleye Span. Enamoured with the studio process he returned to England and began building a vast collection of as-yet-unreleased tracks. In 2013 Matthew returned to England after five years abroad. He signed to indie-folk label Wild Sound while he was still putting the finishing touches to this album 'First Aid for the Drowning' an enigmatic title taken from the Balzac novel 'La Peau de Chagrin', which in its entirety presents a coherent body of work through which this philosophical artist is able to project his extraordinary life's insights.​' ​

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My Baby Uk Album Launch

on Tue, 12 May 2015 at London 229 Doors 7pm Show 7.30pm

In celebration of the UK launch of their second album Shamanaid, MY BABY are hosting a bespoke night 229 The Venue, 229 Gt Portland Street, London MY BABY is a Dutch/New Zealand three piece that play a brand of trance-like, blues inspired, psychedelic funk. They were personally selected by Seasick Steve to open for him on all 14 shows of his current UK Tour . A blend of fingerpickin' guitars, voodoo, roots, funk, gospel and Southern swampy blues create their unique musical style. Shamanaid is causing a huge stir in Holland; #2 on the Concerto Album Chart (Concerto is the biggest music specialty store in The Netherlands), #6 on the iTunes list and they entered at #7 on the Dutch Album Top 100. They have performed on the Dutch prime time TV talk show De Wereld Draait Door and their performance received so much feedback that MY BABY became a trending topic"

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The Young'uns

on Wed, 13 May 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Anna & Elizabeth Upstairs At Shakespeares

on Wed, 13 May 2015 at Sheffield Shakespeare's Pub Doors at 7:30PM, Music starts at 8PM

http://www.annaandelizabeth.com/ Anna & Elizabeth began thanks to a broke down car. Elizabeth LaPrelle's. In town to see a concert, Elizabeth, ended up spending the night with Anna Roberts-Gevalt, but the two didn't get much sleep. They shared songs and harmonized; they talked about a shared desire to inspire people with the beautiful soul of Appalachian roots music. And then came Anna's crankies: cloth and cut-paper scrolls depicting scenes from ballads. A friendship was formed. The possibilities were seen. A unique sound was created: Elizabeth with her powerful, breath-taking voice; Anna with her sweet harmonies and mesmerizing instrumentals on fiddle, banjo and guitar. They started making crankies and shadow puppets together. Unlike anything you've seen, works of art that have been heralded in folk festivals from Seattle to Chicago, from deep in the mountains of Kentucky to Uzbekistan. The pair is reviving a lost art. Their show is a captivating mix of ballads, foot-stomping dance tunes, stories and visual art. It's a throwback, honoring the cultural and musical heritage from the hollows and old-time musicians gone but not forgotten. Their performance is unique, unforgettable. They've performed in house parlors and art museums, theaters in Lexington and Brooklyn and Asheville, shows in New Orleans and Boston, always with a startling professionalism and intimacy. Their Music comes from a heartfelt commitment to the mountain music tradition. Anna and Elizabeth have immersed themselves with old (and young) masters and folklorists, playing on porches and in kitchens, staying up all night to learn just one more song. Each used college to dive deep into history and archives, reading folklore and stories, listening to scratchy records of haunting voices, learning from relatives of long-gone greats. Their music has evolved; raw, sparse ballads, sweet lullabies, driving fiddle tunes and banjo songs, home music where less is more. Elizabeth's remarkable deep mountain voice and Anna's modern one, an uncanny blend create a unique combination. £10 in advance with concessions available. £12 on the door.

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Anna & Elizabeth Upstairs At Shakespeares

on Wed, 13 May 2015 at Sheffield Shakespeare's Pub Doors at 7:30PM, Music starts at 8PM

http://www.annaandelizabeth.com/ Anna & Elizabeth began thanks to a broke down car. Elizabeth LaPrelle's. In town to see a concert, Elizabeth, ended up spending the night with Anna Roberts-Gevalt, but the two didn't get much sleep. They shared songs and harmonized; they talked about a shared desire to inspire people with the beautiful soul of Appalachian roots music. And then came Anna's crankies: cloth and cut-paper scrolls depicting scenes from ballads. A friendship was formed. The possibilities were seen. A unique sound was created: Elizabeth with her powerful, breath-taking voice; Anna with her sweet harmonies and mesmerizing instrumentals on fiddle, banjo and guitar. They started making crankies and shadow puppets together. Unlike anything you've seen, works of art that have been heralded in folk festivals from Seattle to Chicago, from deep in the mountains of Kentucky to Uzbekistan. The pair is reviving a lost art. Their show is a captivating mix of ballads, foot-stomping dance tunes, stories and visual art. It's a throwback, honoring the cultural and musical heritage from the hollows and old-time musicians gone but not forgotten. Their performance is unique, unforgettable. They've performed in house parlors and art museums, theaters in Lexington and Brooklyn and Asheville, shows in New Orleans and Boston, always with a startling professionalism and intimacy. Their Music comes from a heartfelt commitment to the mountain music tradition. Anna and Elizabeth have immersed themselves with old (and young) masters and folklorists, playing on porches and in kitchens, staying up all night to learn just one more song. Each used college to dive deep into history and archives, reading folklore and stories, listening to scratchy records of haunting voices, learning from relatives of long-gone greats. Their music has evolved; raw, sparse ballads, sweet lullabies, driving fiddle tunes and banjo songs, home music where less is more. Elizabeth's remarkable deep mountain voice and Anna's modern one, an uncanny blend create a unique combination. £10 in advance with concessions available. £12 on the door.

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Amy Speace

on Wed, 13 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, See Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Amy Speace's songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicamentsit's a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it's wide open, says legendary rock critic Dave Marsh in his liner notes to Amy Speace's newest collection How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat (WindBone/Tone Tree). Marsh continues, It is the most daring, confident, ambitious and beautiful album Amy Speace has made since she began recording. Speace, once an actress with The National Shakespeare Company, has crafted a document to living gracefully with grief that weaves a most unlikely yet beautifully poetic narrative between her very modern lamentings and the characters in Shakespeare's plays. The New York Times wrote For those who argue that poetry is a dying genre, I suggest listening to Amy Speace. The Tennessean writes, What Speace says what she sings -- she says with a confluence of poetry and honesty, of emotional specificity. And she was recently featured in NPR's All Things Considered. Although Amy began her creative career in the theatre, acting with The National Shakespeare Company and various other classical repertory theatres, she long ago left behind the stage to pursue music full time. She was discovered by Judy Collins and signed to Collins' imprint, Wildflower Records, releasing two critically-acclaimed albums. Judy Collins herself recorded Amy's song, The Weight of the World, calling it one of the best political folk songs I've ever heard. Along the way, she gained support and praise from such legends as Guy Clark and Nanci Griffith, Ian Hunter and Alejandro Escovedo, an unlikely combination until you hear Amy's songs. The Houston Press called her The unconscious cool of Americana, nodding to the lean poetry of her rootsy folk, an edge possibly learned busking in the subways of NYC, or playing Juliet in parking lot productions of Romeo & Juliet. But it's her voice that catches the audience off guard. A crystal clear voice with an emotional catch and a fluttering vibrato that seems grounded in another era yet somehow speaks to this one. Mary Gauthier says, "There are voices that serve as a bridge from the past to the future and act as soul connectors, and as a people we need them to keep singing. These voices open hearts with this rare, one in a million quality. Amy Speace has such a voice. Just ask the legendarily discerning Judy Collins; she'll tell you. Amy's got it, and then some. She is a timeless artist, a time traveller. Part past, part future. And that's a good thing, a really good thing. For those who argue that poetry is a dying genre, I suggest listening to Amy Speace. New York Times There's turmoil in the songs on this album and then there's a calmness to offset that, to cope with that that's the big clue behind the album's title I guess; that Amy Speace has learned/is learning to cope, and that she has a way forward, a way through. Earnest songwriting and honest songwriting aren't often actually the same thing. But here I believe her. I believe in her. I believe the songs and I'm swept up in the performance. Her best album. Until the next album Off The Tracks An NPR critic commented, Her velvety achey voice recalls an early Lucinda Williams. Judy Collins describes the song Weight of the World as one of the best political folk songs I've ever heard. And in The Tennessean, Peter Cooper writes, What Speace says what she sings she tries to say with a confluence of poetry and honesty, of emotional specificity. He goes on to say that her ballad from the new album, The Sea & the Shore written with Robbie Hecht and performed with Grammy-nominated John Fullbright, is a song about attraction, about patience and timing, about want and need and consequence. And it ends in a breakup.

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Belshazzar's Feast

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at Newbury ACE Space 8:00pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

One of folks great odd couples so said The Independent on Sunday. Mike Harding summed them up with My personal find of the festival Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin play like no-one else you've ever heard. Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music. But don't let me give you the impression they're a lightweight comedy act: they finished the set with a haunting piece of oboe and accordion magic which has the audience spellbound. Nominated for Best Duo in the Radio 2 Folk Awards but don't just pigeonhole them as folk. Who else can you think of who are equally at home on 6 Radio (Cerys Matthews) and Radio 3 (In Tune).

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Belshazzar's Feast

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at Newbury ACE Space 8:00pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

One of folks great odd couples so said The Independent on Sunday. Mike Harding summed them up with My personal find of the festival Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin play like no-one else you've ever heard. Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music. But don't let me give you the impression they're a lightweight comedy act: they finished the set with a haunting piece of oboe and accordion magic which has the audience spellbound. Nominated for Best Duo in the Radio 2 Folk Awards but don't just pigeonhole them as folk. Who else can you think of who are equally at home on 6 Radio (Cerys Matthews) and Radio 3 (In Tune).

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The Young 'uns

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at Leicester The Musician Doors 8.00pm

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Colum Sands

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open at 8pm

Remarkably, it is 15 years since we last welcomed Colum to our club! A storyteller-in-song, he draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave eloquent songs for the world, breaking down cultural and artistic barriers and making you feel as if you were sitting cosily in his lounge. Truly warm, witty, moving and funny.

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Colum Sands

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open at 8pm

Remarkably, it is 15 years since we last welcomed Colum to our club! A storyteller-in-song, he draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave eloquent songs for the world, breaking down cultural and artistic barriers and making you feel as if you were sitting cosily in his lounge. Truly warm, witty, moving and funny.

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Bella Hardy

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at Guildford Boileroom 7pm

Bella Hardy, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Singer of the Year 2014, tours her eagerly anticipated new album With The Dawn; a heartfelt collection of self-composed songs which tell a story of travel, of choices, of lessons unlearned, and also of hope. One of the most creative, prolific and original singers in the UK, her captivating voice inhabits her music and spins her narratives with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. Bella writes: "With The Dawn is the musical record of the busiest and most complicated time of my life. I was always on tour; alone, with different bands; I travelled across the Atlantic for the first time, with one trip to Canada and another to America; I won the folk singer award, I turned 30, I was single, I was exhausted, I was jubilant. I was constantly questioning. I try to make sense of the world through writing, but I haven't put that writing out in such a direct manner before." The With The Dawn Band compliment Bella's breath-taking vocals and narrative fiddle with a powerful and evocative mix of banjo, piano, electronics and drums. With roots firmly within the folk tradition, songs written straight from the heart, and bold steps into a new world of sound and expression, this is a performance not to be missed. ...unveiled, committed, uncontrived, persuasive, passionate, empowering, and utterly wonderful" Colin Irwin, fRoots

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Merry Hell.

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at Glossop The Globe Inn 8pm.

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Rory Mcleod

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, see Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rory Mcleod - ex-circus clown and fire eater. A one man soulband, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments! Rory has travelled the globe for different reasons at different times, from Asia to the middle East from Gambia to Cuba, Central America, Australia, North America, Canada, Europe and other nooks and crannies of the earth.

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Luke Jackson

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at East Grinstead Upstairs at the Dorset Arms Doors 8pm for 8-30pm.

This is Luke's first gig in East Grinstead for many years, & part of a spring tour to publicise his latest CD. Supporting Luke for this event is the highly talented local musician Danny Bridle.

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Police Dog Hogan

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at Birmingham Hare and Hounds 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

With 8 members in the full line-up and instruments including guitar, accordion, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and trumpet, Police Dog Hogan draw their influences from many different wells. You could call it Americana, country-folk, folk-pop or even urban bluegrass, but it's difficult to do justice to the sheer range of styles this band is willing to take on and, if necessary, transform. Their live shows are exuberant, accomplished, stirring and funny, mixing country-fried heartbreakers, belting anthems and foot-stomping singlaongs. They've been a firm favourite on the festival circuit since forming in 2009, and have been playing to sell-out crowds across the country in the past year. With their third album, Westward Ho!, (produced by Oysterband's Al Scott) now released on the Union Music Store label, Police Dog Hogan look set for big things. Featuring the classy Guardian columnist Tim Dowling on banjo! Please note that this is a PART STANDING show at The Hare and Hounds, York Road, Kings Heath.

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Forest Folk And Roots With Fred's House

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at Cranfield The College Arms 7pm

The launch of Forest Folk and Roots with Fred's House with support from Tony Hill

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Forest Folk And Roots With Fred's House

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at Cranfield The College Arms 7pm

The launch of Forest Folk and Roots with Fred's House with support from Tony Hill

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Flamenco Express @ Clf Arts Cafe With Adrian Brenes

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at London The Bussey Building 7.30 doors for 8pm - 10pm

Flamenco Express showcases as many great artists in Britain as possible, as often as possible. This month La Joaquina and Chris Clavo welcome back Adrián Brenes from a season at top Madrid tablao, Casa Patas. A dancer in demand. So see him while you can. Plus international master of flamenco song, Antonio el Pola. £12 / £10 Reserve tickets by phone at: 0207 732 8493 www.flamencoexpress.co.uk Antonio el Pola Known for his extensive knowledge of flamenco history, his musical ability and his dedication to the "pure" art form.From Cañada Rosal in Ecíja, his exposure to Flamenco started as a small child. By 10, El Pola was playing guitar and singing traditional flamenco cante. Moving to Sevilla in 2001, he toured with Concha Vargas, Antonio Moya, and Inéz Bacan and sang in La Carbonería (Sevilla), alongside Gaspar Utrera and Juan Castor. He has also worked with Juana Amaya, Javier Cruz, Joselito Fernandez, Soraya Clavijo, Miguel "El Funi," Manuel de Anustias, José de la Buena, Guillermo Mansano, Maria Pena, Jesus de la Frasquita, brothers Paco and Juan del Gastor, Luis Peña, and Javier Heredia. In the summer of 2003, he wrote and recorded "Tierra de Esperanza," accompanied by Antonio Moya on guitar. And was commissioned by the Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla to present his work throughout Andalucía, sharing the stage with Ines Bacan and Gaspar de Utrera. Since then, he has toured Japan, Ecuador, Finland, and the United States, and worked frequently with Juan del Gastor in Sevilla; at Corral de la Morería, Cardamomo; and other top Madrid tablaos with artists such as Gabriel de la Tomasa, Carlos Jacoba and Antonio Sánchez Adrián Brenes Born in the Province of Cadiz, Adrián has performed in many major peñas flamencas and other venues. In 2011 he collaborated with Milagros Ventura in 'Cositas Navideñas, 'De Ida y Vuelta, 'De Lunares' and 'Vivencias'. In 2012, Adrián made his debut as actor and director in the world's first flamenco production of William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', working with Jackie Cornwall. Later that year, Adrián formed part of the chorus in a new production, '1812. Viva la Pepa' by the well-known pianist Manolo Carrasco, which enjoyed great success in Cádiz and Seville. We can expect to see a good deal more of this young performer in the future. Recently back from Casa Patas. La Joaquina Founder member, choreographer and director of Flamenco Express, she has worked with Christina Hoyos, Paco Peña and others in Madrid, Tokyo, New York, Montreal, Toronto, Paris and throughout Europe. '..utterly riveting variations of firecracker beatstumultuous fervour ..indelible gracefulness.' - The Stage Chris Clavo A founder member and musical director of Flamenco Express, he began playing the guitar at fourteen years old and later studied with flamenco maestros Carlos Heredia, Diego Amaya and Pepe Justicia. He has performed throughout Britain and Europe with Flamenco Express as well as touring with flamenco jazz virtuoso Eduardo Niebla and Iraqi pop sensation Jassim. "Two amazing guitar solos from Chris Clavo and Jesus Alvarez made string instruments sing with impossible precision. " - Staffordshire Post. This feisty company delivers the finest in flamenco, plus sizzling soloist La Joaquina Time Out What was surprising, however, was the sheer power and energy displayed by the dancers during this vibrant celebration of Spanish culture. Forget the sterile, regimented flamenco so often served up to tourists: this was the real thing, and to say that it packed a punch is an understatement South Wales Evening Post

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Flamenco Express @ Clf Arts Cafe With Adrian Brenes

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at London The Bussey Building 7.30 doors for 8pm - 10pm

Flamenco Express showcases as many great artists in Britain as possible, as often as possible. This month La Joaquina and Chris Clavo welcome back Adrián Brenes from a season at top Madrid tablao, Casa Patas. A dancer in demand. So see him while you can. Plus international master of flamenco song, Antonio el Pola. £12 / £10 Reserve tickets by phone at: 0207 732 8493 www.flamencoexpress.co.uk Antonio el Pola Known for his extensive knowledge of flamenco history, his musical ability and his dedication to the "pure" art form.From Cañada Rosal in Ecíja, his exposure to Flamenco started as a small child. By 10, El Pola was playing guitar and singing traditional flamenco cante. Moving to Sevilla in 2001, he toured with Concha Vargas, Antonio Moya, and Inéz Bacan and sang in La Carbonería (Sevilla), alongside Gaspar Utrera and Juan Castor. He has also worked with Juana Amaya, Javier Cruz, Joselito Fernandez, Soraya Clavijo, Miguel "El Funi," Manuel de Anustias, José de la Buena, Guillermo Mansano, Maria Pena, Jesus de la Frasquita, brothers Paco and Juan del Gastor, Luis Peña, and Javier Heredia. In the summer of 2003, he wrote and recorded "Tierra de Esperanza," accompanied by Antonio Moya on guitar. And was commissioned by the Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla to present his work throughout Andalucía, sharing the stage with Ines Bacan and Gaspar de Utrera. Since then, he has toured Japan, Ecuador, Finland, and the United States, and worked frequently with Juan del Gastor in Sevilla; at Corral de la Morería, Cardamomo; and other top Madrid tablaos with artists such as Gabriel de la Tomasa, Carlos Jacoba and Antonio Sánchez Adrián Brenes Born in the Province of Cadiz, Adrián has performed in many major peñas flamencas and other venues. In 2011 he collaborated with Milagros Ventura in 'Cositas Navideñas, 'De Ida y Vuelta, 'De Lunares' and 'Vivencias'. In 2012, Adrián made his debut as actor and director in the world's first flamenco production of William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', working with Jackie Cornwall. Later that year, Adrián formed part of the chorus in a new production, '1812. Viva la Pepa' by the well-known pianist Manolo Carrasco, which enjoyed great success in Cádiz and Seville. We can expect to see a good deal more of this young performer in the future. Recently back from Casa Patas. La Joaquina Founder member, choreographer and director of Flamenco Express, she has worked with Christina Hoyos, Paco Peña and others in Madrid, Tokyo, New York, Montreal, Toronto, Paris and throughout Europe. '..utterly riveting variations of firecracker beatstumultuous fervour ..indelible gracefulness.' - The Stage Chris Clavo A founder member and musical director of Flamenco Express, he began playing the guitar at fourteen years old and later studied with flamenco maestros Carlos Heredia, Diego Amaya and Pepe Justicia. He has performed throughout Britain and Europe with Flamenco Express as well as touring with flamenco jazz virtuoso Eduardo Niebla and Iraqi pop sensation Jassim. "Two amazing guitar solos from Chris Clavo and Jesus Alvarez made string instruments sing with impossible precision. " - Staffordshire Post. This feisty company delivers the finest in flamenco, plus sizzling soloist La Joaquina Time Out What was surprising, however, was the sheer power and energy displayed by the dancers during this vibrant celebration of Spanish culture. Forget the sterile, regimented flamenco so often served up to tourists: this was the real thing, and to say that it packed a punch is an understatement South Wales Evening Post

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Anna & Elizabeth (virginia, Usa)

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at Newcastle The Bridge Hotel ---doors at 7.30 pm, music begins at 8 pm---

They are at the heart of what we all call 'traditional.' I am so impressed with not only their talent, but also their commitment. -- GINNY HAWKER Anna & Elizabeth is a performance duo centered on the unique talents of Anna Roberts-Gevalt (fiddle, banjo, guitar and harmonies) and Elizabeth LaPrelle (ballads, banjo) and on their shared desire to inspire people with the beautiful soul of Appalachian roots music. Master musicians steeped in knowledge of mountain tunes, ballads and stories, the pair are gifted storytellers and visual artists reviving the lost art of crankies, scrolling storyboards made of sewn fabric or cut paper. Begun with the simple goal of bringing ballads to the small nooks and crannies of rural Virginia where they lived, the project rapidly grew, bringing the gals and their stories to stages throughout the U.S., festivals in Seattle, Austin, Chicago and Brooklyn, The High Museum of Modern Art in Atlanta, a music festival in Uzbekistan, artist residencies at universities, and summer traditional music schools. Their travels have led to collaborations, too, with Eamon O'Leary (The Alt w/John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy), Jefferson Hamer (of Child Ballads w/Anais Mitchell), Tim Eriksen, Wayne Henderson, Riley Baugus, and Alice Gerrard. Elizabeth was the first recipient of the Henry Reed Award from the Library of Congress at age 16; won the 2012 Mike Seeger Award at Folk Alliance International; has released 3 solo ballad albums; and was called quite simply the best young appalachian ballad singer to emerge in recent memory by fRoots Magazine. Anna is a blue-ribbon fiddler and banjo player (West Virginia State Folk Festival; Kentucky Fiddle Contest, Morehead); the artistic director of East Kentucky's traditional music institute, the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School; a 2014 fellow for OneBeat, a State Department sponsored international music residency; and an in-demand music video artist, most recently for songwriters Kristin Andreassen and Rachel Ries. They invite audiences to get close, offering intimate and breathtaking multi-media shows unlike anything seen or heard. We believe in the power of stories-- from family jokes to ancient ballads. What keeps us going is this process of exploring how the old stories are still magical, after all these years. with support from Cath and Phil Tyler, from Newcastle upon Tyne. "...astonishingly potent, raw and edgy." "...a highly concentrated and intimate musical experience that penetrates to the very rawest essence of folk tradition." "... it gets right to the heart of the story.'

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Anna & Elizabeth (virginia, Usa)

on Thu, 14 May 2015 at Newcastle The Bridge Hotel ---doors at 7.30 pm, music begins at 8 pm---

They are at the heart of what we all call 'traditional.' I am so impressed with not only their talent, but also their commitment. -- GINNY HAWKER Anna & Elizabeth is a performance duo centered on the unique talents of Anna Roberts-Gevalt (fiddle, banjo, guitar and harmonies) and Elizabeth LaPrelle (ballads, banjo) and on their shared desire to inspire people with the beautiful soul of Appalachian roots music. Master musicians steeped in knowledge of mountain tunes, ballads and stories, the pair are gifted storytellers and visual artists reviving the lost art of crankies, scrolling storyboards made of sewn fabric or cut paper. Begun with the simple goal of bringing ballads to the small nooks and crannies of rural Virginia where they lived, the project rapidly grew, bringing the gals and their stories to stages throughout the U.S., festivals in Seattle, Austin, Chicago and Brooklyn, The High Museum of Modern Art in Atlanta, a music festival in Uzbekistan, artist residencies at universities, and summer traditional music schools. Their travels have led to collaborations, too, with Eamon O'Leary (The Alt w/John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy), Jefferson Hamer (of Child Ballads w/Anais Mitchell), Tim Eriksen, Wayne Henderson, Riley Baugus, and Alice Gerrard. Elizabeth was the first recipient of the Henry Reed Award from the Library of Congress at age 16; won the 2012 Mike Seeger Award at Folk Alliance International; has released 3 solo ballad albums; and was called quite simply the best young appalachian ballad singer to emerge in recent memory by fRoots Magazine. Anna is a blue-ribbon fiddler and banjo player (West Virginia State Folk Festival; Kentucky Fiddle Contest, Morehead); the artistic director of East Kentucky's traditional music institute, the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School; a 2014 fellow for OneBeat, a State Department sponsored international music residency; and an in-demand music video artist, most recently for songwriters Kristin Andreassen and Rachel Ries. They invite audiences to get close, offering intimate and breathtaking multi-media shows unlike anything seen or heard. We believe in the power of stories-- from family jokes to ancient ballads. What keeps us going is this process of exploring how the old stories are still magical, after all these years. with support from Cath and Phil Tyler, from Newcastle upon Tyne. "...astonishingly potent, raw and edgy." "...a highly concentrated and intimate musical experience that penetrates to the very rawest essence of folk tradition." "... it gets right to the heart of the story.'

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Clennell Hall Folk Festival

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Morpeth Clennell Hall Country House 5pm onwards

15-17 May 2015 at Clennell Hall, Alwinton, Northumberland, NE65 7BG (tel 01669 650377) Featuring: Rod Clements, The Happy Cats, Shipcote & Friends, Kimber's Men, We Steal Flyers, Two Coats Colder, Chris Rickets, Greaves Taylor Gillon, Johnny Campbell, Ron Gardener, Tony Bengtsson, Bill Read, Sam Gibson, Hannah Lamb, Pete the Poet, and Dave Forshaw; plus free sessions, real ale bar, bar food. Camping available at £5 Per Tent / Caravan Per Night Please e-mail us directly to book a place info@clennellhallcountryhouse.com

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Doncaster Folk Festival 2015

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Doncaster VARIOUS VENUES|Doncaster Ukraine Centre|Doncaster Deaf Trust 7.00pm

DONCASTER FOLK FESTIVAL 2015 Fri 15th MAY Sun 17th MAY Our annual Festival of Folk, Roots, Blues and Acoustic music features concerts by nationally and internationally renowned performers. As well as a sparkling line up of music, we will be bringing you a Festival of Traditional Dance in Doncaster's historic Town Centre, as well as Singarounds, Sessions, Workshops, quality Home-Cooked Food and Real Ale! Doors open 1 hour before concert time. UNDER 13's GO FREE! Weekend ticket includes entrance to all events with choice of Ceilidh or Concert on Saturday night See our website for event details and times www.doncasterfolkfestival.org.uk Venue addresses: Ukrainian Centre Beckett Rd Doncaster DN2 4AD Doncaster Deaf Trust Leger Way Doncaster DN2 6AY Late enquirers please call 01302 328756 to check that tickets are still available on the door.

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Hebden Roots Weekend

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Hebden Bridge The Town Hall|Hebden Bridge Hope Baptist Church 7.30 - 11pm

Hebden Roots music Weekend 15-17 May 2015 Hebden Bridge Folk Roots festival brings you the best in local music together with friends from further afield. Confirmed appearances include:- My Sweet Patootie Des Horsfall Lee Southall Will Kaufman Set in the Pennine town of Hebden Bridge full of cosy cafes, pretty pubs, vivacious venues, we bring you an intimate music festival full of great sounds, with great beer and even greater countryside.

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Colum Sands In Concert

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Blandford Forum Royal British Legion Concert starts 8.15 pm, Legion open from 7pm

The wonderful, soft spoken, gentle humoured COLUM SANDS is with us again as part of his 2015 UK Tour. Songs, tales and humour from Newry, County Down. Support is from Poole's Terry McDonald who specialises in traditional style songs, old and new.

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Colum Sands In Concert

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Blandford Forum Royal British Legion Concert starts 8.15 pm, Legion open from 7pm

The wonderful, soft spoken, gentle humoured COLUM SANDS is with us again as part of his 2015 UK Tour. Songs, tales and humour from Newry, County Down. Support is from Poole's Terry McDonald who specialises in traditional style songs, old and new.

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Nizlopi

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Manchester The Deaf Institute 7.30pm

Nizlopi are John Parker (double bass/beat box) and Luke Concannon (vocals/guitar), a duo who sound like a four piece, folk hip-hop band. They are most widely known, for being the underground, independent act that topped the UK and Irish charts with The JCB song in 2005. They have a fierce reputation for inspiring, moving, live shows often taking the show into the heart of the audience. Having been doing their own things for the past four years, they have come back together, performing new material, songs from their two previous albums and material for Luke's new solo album Give It All. 'We immediately started writing new material in the rehearsals,' says Luke. 'The fire is as hot as ever.' John Martyn and Danny Thompson meets The Roots and Ani Di Franco, Nizlopi play joyful, honest, atavistic, heavenly folk stories. And when Nizlopi perform live, they are a positive force like no other. 'Everything I know about live performance I learned from them' - Ed Sheeran (ex-roadie to Nizlopi)

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Doug Maccleod

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Worthing Pier Doors open 7pm Show starts 8pm

Doug MacLeod, winner of the 2014 Blues Music Awards for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and Acoustic Album Of The Year (There's A Time), the 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year, and perennial Blues Music Award nominee, is a singer-songwriter in the American tradition. He is a traveling artist that writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a valuable tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life. The rage of his turbulent youth was eventually channelled through his guitar, using his relentless right hand to pound out an insistent, churning beat to complement his intricate bottleneck and finger-style technique. MacLeod's playing landed him sideman gigs with George 'Harmonica' Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Lowell Fulson and Big Mama Thornton. Under their tutelage, he learned how to thrill and enrapture a crowd.

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O'hooley & Tidow

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Matlock Bath Fishpond Doors at 7:30pm

With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on BBC 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, culminating in a MOJO Folk Album of the Year award for groundbreaking album The Hum, O'Hooley & Tidow are regarded as lionhearted trailblazers of contemporary music and songwriting. Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi's powerful, deeply moving, and at times spine-tingling performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hardest of heart. Sponsored by Flying Tomato Promotions http://flyingtomatomusic.co.uk/ Bar available. Seated.

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The Acoustic Strawbs Www.strawbsweb.co.uk/

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Wokingham Emmbrook Sports & Social Club Doors 7.45pm

The Acoustic Strawbs will take us on a journey through their extensive back catalogue of hits interspersed with tales of tours new and old and the other artists that they have been involved with over the years. This gig is part of Wokingham Cultural Month

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Philip Henry And Hannah Martin

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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The Goat Roper Rodeo Band

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors@ 7pm. Pls see greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Roll up Roll up - It's Showtime ! It's the Greatest show on earth. You thought you knew country music, well, think again ! with just an upright bass, two old guitars and a bucketful of aching harmony, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band are preaching 'Country Blues' like you never heard... it's up, it's down, it's soft and loud, it's dark and lonesome too, there's hurt and shame and some mean old pain but there's love in what they do ! There's a hint of Gram, a sniff of Dylan and a twist of Waylon's blues ... Simply put, it's exactly what it says on the tin...they look great, sound great and they've got a bunch of absolutely brilliant songs !... and that's the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth...amen. Maverick festival was discovery time for the Spiral team as we took in the ragged glory of The Goat Roper Rodeo Band .Hailing from North Wales, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band take a slightly psychedelic route to the finish line and include some serious foot stompin' rock 'n' roll along the way, mix in a little gospel fire and a sprinkle of Gram and these boys ruled our last afternoon. Spiral Earth - 'live' review - Dave Kushar Wonderfully executed acoustic country blues with two guitars, a double bass and plaintive striking harmonies, a musical landscape driven by old timey sensibilities ...there's a lot to like about the Goat Roper Rodeo Band. R2 magazine - 'Hail The Remedy' album review - Rachel Devine. Exciting young musicians who bring refreshing verve and enthusiasm to the classic sound of American roots music. Maverick Festival - 'live' review. The Goat Roper Rodeo Band play affectionate homage to unassuming country-blues and theirs a stylishly accomplished take, a masterly slice of underplayed lonesome aching with a great harmonic richness that leaves us in exactly the right frame of mind to be clamouring for more. Fatea - 'Hail The Remedy' album review - David Kidman These guys sing about the dark side, about doing wrong when you know it's wrong. They sing about the joy to be found deep down in the blues. When they sing a love song, it's about lost love, love destroyed so completely that the will is truly broken and with their odd lead voices and bluegrass tinged harmonies, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band succeed. Rambles.net - 'Hail The Remedy' album review - Michael Scott Cain With refreshing, startling vocal harmonies and quirky song writing skills, these young'uns can roll out a fab sombre number just as well as an upbeat one, the Goat Roper Rodeo Band possess a uniqueness and quality that promises success and lovers of this old timey sound are simply going to love this. Maverick magazine - 'Hail The Remedy' album review - Emily Saxton.

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Bob Fox In 'an Evening With The Warhorse Songman'

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Brixham Theatre 7.30 pm

Friday 15 May 7.30 pm Bob Fox in 'An Evening with the WarHorse Songman' After completing 18 months in the West End production of 'WarHorse', folk singer extraordinaire Bob Fox returned to his roots. Join him as he performs the songs from the multi award winning smash hit WarHorse, with additional material from his own personal repertoire, a number of stories and songs built up from his forty year career in the music industry, developing his skills in the performance of folk song in all its various forms. Hailing from County Durham in the North East of England, his music is deeply influenced by the working class culture and industrial folk song from that area. Twice nominated as Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Folk Awards, Bob Fox has long been a favourite on the live circuit, touring extensively throughout the world, both as a solo artist and alongside musical heavyweights such as: Stu Luckley, Ralph McTell, Billy Mitchell and Fairport Convention. This new tour will offer Bob's large and loyal fan base the first chance in over eighteen months to enjoy his warm rich voice and virtuoso finger-style guitar talent, with witty banter thrown in for good measure. Bob has played the role of songman in WarHorse for the past three years, both in the West End and currently in the UK/Ireland and South Africa touring production . This event is a great opportunity to see one of the finest exponents of storytelling through song. One of the best voices in England Ralph McTell (Streets of London) The most complete male artist in English Folk Colin Randall, The Daily Telegraph Bob Fox has a gloriously rich singing voice, deep and resonant, honed by decades of performance Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine of USA Surely one of the greatest voices of the whole folk revival John Muirhead, Living Tradition Tickets £10 advance ( £12 on the door if available) Suitable for 16 yrs+ For more information go to www.bobfoxmusic.com

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Guy Tortora Band - Cd Launch

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at London The Telegraph (Putney) Doors 7:00 pm : Music starts at 8:00 pm

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Congo Faith Healers

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Paddock Wood The Olive Stores Music from 8.30pm (Food 7pm)

Combining down and dirty swamp infested gypsy blues with wild savage guitar playing, voodoo vocals, latin american drum and trumpet grooves with rockabilly swing double bass and hooks that you will be singing for days, they have one of the most intense and utterly compelling live shows around! The Congo Faith Healers are an unstoppable musical force Meal and music tickets are available from the venue on 01622 871006 at £24.95. Please note that tickets available here are for the gig only!

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Amy Speace

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing Bar opens at 6.30 pm, doors at 7.30 pm

"There are voices that serve as a bridge from the past to the future and act as soul connectors, and as a people we need them to keep singing. These voices open hearts with this rare, one in a million quality. Amy Speace has such a voice. Just ask the legendarily discerning Judy Collins; she'll tell you. Amy's got it, and then some. She is a timeless artist, a time traveller. Part past, part future. And that's a good thing, a really good thing." - Mary Gauthier What Amy Speace says what she sings she says with a confluence of poetry and honesty, of emotional specificity, writes The New York Times. Amy Speace is one of the most heralded singers and songwriters of her generation, working for the past 10 years under the radar of the mainstream music industry. She began her creative life in the New York theatre scene, mostly in Shakespeare, mostly in fringe and experimental companies. A lifelong musician, it was a chance meeting with legend Judy Collins that changed the direction of her life when Collins invited her to join her on tour and subsequently recorded her song 'The Weight of the World', calling it one of the best political folk songs I've ever heard. That song was named as the number 4 Folk Song Of The Decade by DJ John Platt of New York's WFUV radio station. In 2006, Amy signed to Collins' Wildflower Records and released her debut album, 'Songs For Bright Street', which received widespread critical acclaim and included a duet with The Jayhawks' Gary Louris and a guest appearance by Soozie Tyrell of the E-Street Band. In 2009, her follow up, 'The Killer In Me', which was recorded with legendary producer/engineer Mitch Easter in North Carolina, earned her comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Roseanne Cash. NPR said that Amy "expertly chronicled heartbreak" on this song cycle inspired by her divorce and mostly written while she was living in a small cabin in the Catskills. Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople fame was featured in two duets, as was her longtime touring band The Tearjerks. In late 2009, Speace moved to East Nashville and began work on a series of songs chronicling that migration, culminating in her 2011 release 'Land Like A Bird'. In 2013, her next and first truly independent project, 'How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat' and its companion EP 'Same Old Storm' brought her the best press of her career. An ambitious narrative that wove her songs loosely around the characters ad poetry of Shakespeare, Stormy Boat received rave reviewss from The New York Times, Mojo Magazine, American Songwriter and others. Rock critic Dave Marsh, who contributed the album's liner notes, wrote "Amy Speace's songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicamentsit's a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it's wide open." She will release her latest album, 'That Kind Of Girl' in March 2015.

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Zak Ford At The Golden Fleece, Thirsk

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Thirsk The Golden Fleece Doors at 7.30pm

Zak Ford is a singer/songwriter from York, England. Soul infused melodic folk has been used to describe Zak's sound with his honest whole hearted vocals and harmonious chords. He is new to the acoustic scene but has already made an impact with both his solo work and in his band River City Ransom. For fans of Ray LaMontagne/James Vincent Mcmorrow and City & Colour. http://zakfordmusic.bandcamp.com/

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Martin Simpson @ Tower Of Song

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Birmingham Tower of Song doors at 7:30pm/show at 8:00pm

There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. Don't miss your chance to see Martin Simpson in such an intimate and wonderful setting! Limited spaces, buy yours now!

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Breabach

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 8.00pm

Calum MacCrimmon pipes, whistles, bouzouki Ewan Robertson guitar, vocals James Mackenzie pipes, flute, whistles Megan Henderson fiddle, vocals, stepdance James Lindsay double bass The haunting strains of twin bagpipes have become a defining signature of Breabach a chiming herald of Scottish folk being embraced by a new generation. The energetic five-piece deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk music and those who have seen their live show will see why the group has earned international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK's most dynamic and influential bands. Often described as the new faces of Scottish Traditional music, their career has already seen them voted 'Best Group' and 'Best Live Act' at the Scots Trad Music Awards as well as being nominated twice as 'Best Band' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Ever since launching their career as winners of an Open Stage Award at Celtic Connections 2005, Breabach's star has been steeply on the rise, an ascent that continues with the release of their fourth album, Ùrlar. Recent years have seen Breabach performing across the globe; from taking in the New Year at Woodford Festival 2014 in Australia, to WOMAD New Zealand and the Sydney Opera House, touring Europe, Canada and South Korea as well as performing at esteemed events on home soil such as the HebCelt Festival and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. 'Breabach once again displayed all the artfulness, ambition and imagination that set them so decisively apart from the pack.' ★★★★ Scotsman 'Tempos are often exhilarating, & the ensemble interplay is fiery. The colours & textures are beautifully layered but spaciously uncluttered lending the Breabach sound a depth & definition that only strengthens its impact.' ★★★★ Songlines

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Miranda Sykes, Rex Preston And Grant Gordi

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Highworth United Reformed Church Doors at 7.00pm - Concert begins 7.45pm

Brilliant acoustic trio featuring the great voice of Miranda Sykes who is best known as the bass player for Show of Hands. Miranda will be accompanied by the fine guitar and mandolin playing of Rex and Grant. The concert will be held in the beautiful United Reformed Church in Highworth. Tickets are £10 each and the price includes a glass of wine or juice.

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Blueflint

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at Northampton NN Cafe 7.30pm (Doors 7.00pm)

NN Cafe are really chuffed to present Blueflint, sublime close harmonies from Deborah Arnott (vocals, banjo, ukulele), Clare Neilson (vocals, banjo), accompanied by a five-piece line-up intertwining fiddle, piano, electric guitar, double-bass and drums in raw, honest and beautifully-crafted songs. Blueflint supported The Proclaimers for six weeks in 2012. Their atmospheric and evocative performances proved them to be a formidable live act.

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Cadillac Beatspinner Presents Vagalatschk + Luna Silva At Jamboree

on Fri, 15 May 2015 at London Jamboree 7pm till midnight

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Lau

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Liverpool Epstein Theatre Doors 7.30pm

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Fairport Convention

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Kettering Arts Centre, St Andrew's Church 8.00pm doors 7.30pm

Secure in their seminal status, as leading progenitors of English folk-rock, Fairport Convention in their own words did for real ale what the Grateful Dead did for LSD. Formed in 1967 (with subsequent alumni including Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny and Dave Swarbrick), Fairport married the countercultural energies of US contemporaries like The Byrds and The Band with British musical traditions, and would later see their classic 1969 LP, Liege and Lief, voted Most Influential Folk Album of All Time, at the 2006 Radio 2 Folk Awards. Helmed by co-founder Simon Nicol, today's line-up continues to tour annually, here performing material from their aptly-named new studio album, Myths and Heroes, alongside favourites from nearly a half-century's back catalogue.

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Andy Fleet Band

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

Following his sell-out show at the Arts Chapel last year, songwriter, vocalist & piano man Andy Fleet and his red hot band featuring American trumpeter Andre Canniere (one of the most compelling artists on the current jazz scene" The Scotsman) return to Bath in May. Andy and his band, also featuring Joe Evans on drums and Zane Maertens on bass, pour blues, rock, folk and jazz into the melting pot creating a rich cinematic and sultry sound reminiscent of Tom Waits, Joe Jackson, Randy Newman, John Lennon, Donald Fagen and Lindsey Buckingham. Andy will be performing music from both of his studio albums (The Night Falls Fast & Takin' Aim) as well as new tracks from his forthcoming album Through Closed Eyes. The band will also throw in a handful of cool covers by Leiber & Stoller, Allen Toussaint and REM amongst others. PRESS QUOTES "An artist you will want to leave on repeat 9/10." Blues Rock Review "An album that will transport you away from the mundane." FATEA Magazine "A fine album for both night and day." OOR Magazine (Netherlands) "Musical magic" Rootstime Magazine (Belgium) "Emotive & powerful. It's doubtful if any other song has captured pain, loss & anger so powerfully." Pennyblack Music Magazine www.andyfleet.com

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Chris While & Julie Matthews Live In The Lounge Concert

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Scunthorpe Baths Hall Doors Open 6.30pm Show 7.30pm

Candle Lit, Seated Event.

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Annabelle Chvostek

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Abington Village Hall Doors open at 7:30pm

Making a welcome return to the Wee Gig this spring is one of 2014 big hitters, Annabelle Chvostek. The 2013 Juno nominee is a versatile singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Toronto. She earned a degree in interdisciplinary fine arts at Concordia University, and stayed on in Montreal after graduation. There, unencumbered by the expectations of the Anglo roots world, and surrounded by Montreal's avant-garde arts scene, she began composing for dance and film, playing in bands and performing solo shows on the Montreal-Ontario-New York circuit. Annabelle will be on stage at 8pm - Licensed bar.

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Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

Two of the most major talents in contemporary Celtic piping, Scotland's Ross Ainslie and Tyrone-born Jarlath Henderson first met back in 2003. After taking their time to hone and perfect their unique partnership of Scottish bagpipes and Irish uilleann pipes, each also playing a variety of whistles, the pair exploded onto the scene with 2009's stunning debut album, Partners in Crime. Taking a couple of years off, Radio 2 Musician of the Year Award nominee Ross performed with Salsa Celtica, The Treacherous Orchestra and Dougie Maclean whilst Jarlath became a doctor. With last year's album Air-Fix a critical success they are back on the road doing what they do best. Ross and Jarlath will be backed by the wonderfully talented Ali Hutton on guitar.

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Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

Two of the most major talents in contemporary Celtic piping, Scotland's Ross Ainslie and Tyrone-born Jarlath Henderson first met back in 2003. After taking their time to hone and perfect their unique partnership of Scottish bagpipes and Irish uilleann pipes, each also playing a variety of whistles, the pair exploded onto the scene with 2009's stunning debut album, Partners in Crime. Taking a couple of years off, Radio 2 Musician of the Year Award nominee Ross performed with Salsa Celtica, The Treacherous Orchestra and Dougie Maclean whilst Jarlath became a doctor. With last year's album Air-Fix a critical success they are back on the road doing what they do best. Ross and Jarlath will be backed by the wonderfully talented Ali Hutton on guitar.

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Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

Two of the most major talents in contemporary Celtic piping, Scotland's Ross Ainslie and Tyrone-born Jarlath Henderson first met back in 2003. After taking their time to hone and perfect their unique partnership of Scottish bagpipes and Irish uilleann pipes, each also playing a variety of whistles, the pair exploded onto the scene with 2009's stunning debut album, Partners in Crime. Taking a couple of years off, Radio 2 Musician of the Year Award nominee Ross performed with Salsa Celtica, The Treacherous Orchestra and Dougie Maclean whilst Jarlath became a doctor. With last year's album Air-Fix a critical success they are back on the road doing what they do best. Ross and Jarlath will be backed by the wonderfully talented Ali Hutton on guitar.

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Terry Reid

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Glasgow CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts Doors 7.30pm

An intimate and up close show with the iconic singer songwriter on his first Glasgow show in over 5 years. Terry Reid, 'Superlungs' as he's affectionately known, is without doubt one of the greatest rock/soul voices this country has ever produced or is indeed likely to. A Terry Reid concert should be a cherished memory for any self-respecting fan of the greats of British music. Terry turned down the front man's job with Led Zeppelin, recommending his mate Robert Plant instead, a similar offer and rebuff to Deep Purple. Aretha Franklin's stated that The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Terry Reid were the best England had to offer in 1968. He underwent two World Tours with The Rolling Stones, US tours with Cream, UK tours with Jethro Tull and Fleetwood Mac, The Isle of White Festival in 1969 and Glastonbury in 1970, played at Mick Jagger's wedding, before soured record deals resulted in Terry leaving Britain for America nearly 40 years ago. All true, but the full story includes numerous collaborations with Graham Nash, covers of Reid songs by Marianne Faithfull, The Hollies, The Raconteurs (the hugely popular 'Rich Kid Blues'), film soundtracks, including a song in George Clooney's recent film 'Up In The Air', and a catalogue of 6 studio albums, including the seminal album 'The River', re-released to critical acclaim in 2002 and the 1976 Nash produced 'Seed of Memory'. A Reid song 'Horses Through a Rainstorm' also features on CSN's box set. More recently, Terry's been working with up and coming French band Shine and The Alabama 3. Following a Glastonbury return in 2009, he played a three night residency at Ronnie Scott's in London, one of only a handful of non-Jazz artists invited to help mark the legendary venue's 50th Anniversary. He played to packed houses, critical acclaim, and returned in 2010 and 2011 to sell out 3 consecutive nights. In May 2011, he toured Ireland for the first time in 30 years and released a new live album 'Live In London' which included several previously unreleased tracks. Uncut Magazine presented a show featuring Terry at The Jazz Café and he toured England, including several sell-out shows. A return to Glastonbury, headlining the Spirit of 71 stage followed. 2012 turned out to be an important year for Terry Reid. In May 2012, Rumer featured Terry's song 'Brave Awakening' on her new album Boys Don't Cry, (which entered the UK Album Chart at No3). Terry returned to the Isle of Wight Festival for the first time since 1971 in June. In August 'America's Got Talent' Winner in 2010, Michael Grimm, included Terry's song 'Without Expression' on his latest album, Gumbo. In the spring, DJ Shadow had invited Terry to write the lyrics to a new track for his forthcoming 'Reconstructed' album This became the song 'Listen' and the official video has clock up nearly 500,000 plays on Youtube. There is an undeniable resurgence in recognition for this outstanding vocalist and songwriter and 2015 looks set to be another successful year! 'A triumphTerry Reid's voice has the power to provoke an intense reaction' 4 Stars -The Times 'Astonishing by any standards: spine tingles, hair prickles on back of the neck' - The Independent

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Mawkin

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Canterbury The Kingston Barn Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start

Since their formation in 2002 three-times-BBC-Folk-Award nominees Mawkin have grown into one of brit-folks brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock, they are no strangers to the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene while still reigning all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe. Throughout this album launch tour expect to hear rousing songs of rebellion from David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, Tred) underpinned by the frenetic fiddling fingers of James Delarre (Saul Rose & James Delarre, Topette) and virtuosic bellowing of Nick Cooke's melodeon (Kate Rusby, Jim Moray) held together by a solid rhythm section with Danny Crump on Bass and Lee Richardson on Drums. Add a host of wild and emotive traditional melodies and you have Mawkin. Mawkin last played for Folk in the Barn in 2010 a wonderful Valentines Day concert at the Whitstable Playhouse, some of you may remember. Long overdue for a return, we're thrilled they're coming to raise the roof off the Barn! (Be warned - there may be dancing!) **** Invigorating, highly inventive Q Magazine

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The Greasy Slicks

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Oxford The Cellar doors at 7pm, music from 7.30pm

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Kirsty Bromley

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop Doors at 7.00pm

"A Really Fine Resonant Voice Rich Interesting And Expressive Excellent Tone" Chris Coe. Crystal Clear And Very, Very Beautiful Voice Mike Harding Kirsty is a young contemporary folk singer based in Sheffield who draws upon a wide range of traditional music. Her singing has been described by Mike Harding as 'crystal clear, and very very beautiful'. She has performed at a number of folk festivals across the world and is currently recording her debut album. She will be joined by accordion & piano player Simon Dumpleton who recorded EP 'Sweet Nightingale' as well as playing on 3/5 of the tracks. He is often complimented on his sensitive perceptive playing as an accompanist & is involved in a wide variety of on-going performance, recording and teaching projects. www.kirstybromley.com www.facebook.com/KirstyHLBromley www.twitter.com/Kirsty_Bromley www.youtube.com/user/KirstyHLBromley https://www.facebook.com/WillowandTool The Willow and Tool Band - 8.00 Kirsty Bromley - 9.00

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Kirsty Bromley

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop Doors at 7.00pm

"A Really Fine Resonant Voice Rich Interesting And Expressive Excellent Tone" Chris Coe. Crystal Clear And Very, Very Beautiful Voice Mike Harding Kirsty is a young contemporary folk singer based in Sheffield who draws upon a wide range of traditional music. Her singing has been described by Mike Harding as 'crystal clear, and very very beautiful'. She has performed at a number of folk festivals across the world and is currently recording her debut album. She will be joined by accordion & piano player Simon Dumpleton who recorded EP 'Sweet Nightingale' as well as playing on 3/5 of the tracks. He is often complimented on his sensitive perceptive playing as an accompanist & is involved in a wide variety of on-going performance, recording and teaching projects. www.kirstybromley.com www.facebook.com/KirstyHLBromley www.twitter.com/Kirsty_Bromley www.youtube.com/user/KirstyHLBromley https://www.facebook.com/WillowandTool The Willow and Tool Band - 8.00 Kirsty Bromley - 9.00

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Son Of Dave

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Birmingham The Rainbow Doors at 6.30pm

Birmingham Promoters present: SON OF DAVE + special guests £10adv Ages 16+ http://birminghampromoters.com/ - SON OF DAVE Churning out the hits of yesteryear and today, legendary bluesman Son of Dave will be heading back onto the open road for his latest tour, taking in an unlucky thirteen shows around the UK throughout May and June 2015. This bluesman aint superstitious however. His unmistakable music, made with harmonica, beatbox, percussion and a loopstation, hasn't need much luck to win him his reputation. Surviving 30 years in the business, he's loaded with tales, has jammed with Spinal Tap, been on telly with Cindy Lauper, been sampled by Rizzlekicks, been telephoned by Grace Jones, courted by Gene Simmons. He's made six solo studio albums, knocked back countless tours and written one book. His tracks have even made their way onto the soundtrack of Breaking Bad and Later With Jools Holland, no mean feat for a one-man band. Last November saw the launch of a new series of Filthy 45′s where Son of Dave took on some classic (and not so classic) tunes, giving them his own unmistakable mistreatment. Already known for his renditions of 'Bonkers' Dizzie Rascal, 'Black Betty' Ram Jam, 'Bom Bom' Sam and the Womp, and many more, he decided to bow to public demand and crank out more crowd pleasers, both live and on a limited edition seven inch vinyl. His live show has already toured five continents and earned him a cult status amongst a diverse audience. With a CV as long as your arm and a briefcase full of naughty tricks, this is not to be missed.

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Giles Hedley

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. -------- GILES HEDLEY: Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's legendary drummer, once told Giles "you're the funkiest singer I've heard in Europe". Giles has been singing roots blues, ragtime and gospel across UK and Europe since the sixties. His huge voice, driving slide, ragtime and electric guitar, and his harmonica playing (sometimes two at once, nose and mouth) match the passion and fire of his Delta blues heroes - in the 70s he opened for both Son House and Fred McDowell on UK visits. He's a regular on blues festival and club circuits in England and the continent, both solo and with his band The Aviators, and has featured repeatedly on national radio in England and France. Since childhood, hearing the classic blues songs of Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey, the song and its feeling have been the real focus for Giles, although his playing is widely praised for its technique and authenticity. He says The great bluesmen of the past described themselves as blues singers, not musicians, and when asked to describe the blues, they talked about a feeling, not a musical form. For me the core of blues is sharing a feeling that everyone recognises in their guts. Perhaps that's why The Times's critic said He sings and a whole bar-room is rapt, and the French magazine Blues & Co described a recent set as Un moment de pur blues, fait d'émotion et de feeling which doesn't need translating! "a rich and powerful voice, mastery of acoustic and steel guitars and the extraordinary ability to play one harmonica with his mouth and another with his nose, simultaneously " Blues in Britain one hell of an entertainer one of Britain's foremost roots and country blues performers Blues Matters "authenticity is all ... Hedley clearly prefers the rough to the smooth" The Guardian "... a genuine hard-bitten bluesman ... a genius. Hedley makes his tight, measured blues look effortless, but this is virtuoso stuff." Oxford Mail "rocking country blues" Time Out

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Keith James. The Songs Of Nick Drake

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Fishguard FFWRN 8pm. Doors and Bar open 7.15pm

THE SONGS OF NICK DRAKE Keith James' unique concert. Haunting and hugely dedicated. Nick Drake is the most revered and truly loved of all of this Country's singer/songwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974 aged only 26 his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest on a worldwide scale, re-evaluating his Life and his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. An important book Remembered for a while has just been released, written by his elder Sister, Gabrielle Drake. This expansive volume throws light on many shadowy corners of mystery and supposition. A number of years have now passed since Singer/Guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole Country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this immaculate and intriguingly fragile music to Theatres across the UK in its pure, live concert form. The end result was almost a decade of highly acclaimed tours amounting to over 1000 concerts in venues across the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick's Schools and Colleges - even Glastonbury Festival. This new concert will have, as far as can be possible, a fresh and rewarding set list and will include an interpretation of a Molly Drake composition, a transcription of a poem by William Blake (Nick's greatest influence) and a song by Sixto Rodriguez an unusually similar songwriter from the exact same era, but from a parallel universe. 'Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear' The Independent 'Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice' Sunday Times 'certainly the UK's most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music' The Guardian 'a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves' Acoustic Magazine 'an absolute must' Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio

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Malaya Blue

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Uckfield Civic Centre 8.00pm start with doors opening at 7.00pm

MALAYA BLUE has been causing heads to turn and jaws to drop on the British Blues circuit since the release of her stunning debut album 'Bourbon Street' mid-way through 2014. With very little PR hype or support it quickly reached No1 on the British Independent Blues Broadcasters chart causing a flurry of media interest and resulting in being voted into 2nd place in the Blues Matters Writers Poll as Best Newcomer. Malaya worked hard behind the scenes building and rehearsing a first class band ready to take out on the road in 2015 starting with The Great British Rock & Blues Festival at Skegness in January where they received lots of plaudits for both the full electric set on Friday night and a stunning acoustic set on Sunday. Although Malaya may be new to the live blues circuit she has many years of recording and studio work under her belt and a truly stunning voice with a collection of top class original material. It is highly likely that Malaya Blue will be the breakthrough act of 2015. You don't have to have a back story that reads like a Guy Richie script, but sometimes it helps. Knife murders, heroin deaths, lead poisoning, world champion boxers, alcohol abuse, prison stories and more feature in DEVENPORT's life, and therefore his songs and, more relevant still perhaps, his voice. This is a beautiful natural instrument, developed and strengthened by true life experiences, which, in many ways, make Devenport the most authentic of authentic British Blues singers. Signed to a major label as a kid, and enjoying a career working with some of the most respected names in the business including the likes of Cher, Guy Chambers, Leon Ware (the guy behind Marvin's 'I Want You' album) and more, Devenport returns after a 20 year self imposed hiatus from the business.

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Miranda Sykes, Rex Preston & Grant Gordy Trio

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Osmington Village Hall Show starts at 7.30pm - doors open at 7pm

"The inspirational melding of musical chameleon Miranda Sykes and mandolin maestro Rex Preston has produced one of the most unexpected and exciting new pairings on the acoustic roots scene. If you know Show of Hands, you will probably already be familiar with Miranda's lovely singing voice and, although she's most often seen with her double bass, she's a multi-instrumentalist of renown. Rex Preston with his virtuoso mandolin playing is the perfect partner here. "If you like 'folk' music with an artistic flourish then I can do no more than recommend Preston's astonishingly deft touch on all things string " The addition of the very talented Grant Gordy, a versatile young guitarist from the USA, this completes the trio to offer an evening of rare musicality.

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Helter Skelter Presents The Rin Tins!

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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The All Night Workers

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at London Gunnersbury Triangle Club 8.30pm

The All Night Workers are a long established Blues and Soul Band who have appeared on stage with some of most iconic names in music including Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Geno Washington, The Temptations, Ike & Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, Amen Corner, Long John Baldry, Bluesology to name just a few. They were a huge hit at last year's highly succesful Phoenix Festival organised by The Crawdaddy Club with their song list of classic Rhytm & Blues and Motown numbers that we all know and love. The music that people of all ages can enjoy and have a good bop to.

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The Sarah Smith Trio

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Bangor Blue Sky Cafe Doors 7pm Gig 8pm

A fantastic line-up playing Gypsy Jazz a la hot club and a whole lot more.

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Paddy James (full Band)

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Cardiff Dempseys 8:00pm

Fizzi presents Paddy James (Full Band) Grim Fawkner Four Bars at Dempseys, Cardiff Saturday 16th May 2015 8:00pm / 18+ £5adv ticket / £6otd PADDY JAMES Hailing from the south coast of England, but known throughout south Wales due to being a graduate of Swansea University, Paddy James has been slowly, but surely, building his reputation for being one of the UK's most promising singer/songwriter talents. His music is influenced by an eclectic mix of artists, past and present, and like his personality it seems to possess a cheeky, charming charisma that will be sure to get your foot tapping. A performance seldom goes by without the crowd up on their feet singing and cavorting along. Paddy continuously tours the UK and Europe, driven by self- motivation second to none! During his time touring, he has been seen supporting Ed Sheeran, The Hoosiers and even performing at the London O2 arena to over 14,000 people. For the last 2 years Paddy has been working relentlessly with his producer, Dave Loughran and his live band, on bringing his songs to life both in the studio and on the stage. All this ready for the hectic gig schedule ahead and the release of his debut single, due out this summer. www.paddyjames.com GRIM FAWKNER Grim Fawkner is an itinerant minstrel, whose acoustic works range from upbeat folk/country, to soulful balladry, with elements of blues, pop & indie thrown in. www.soundcloud.com/grimfawkner ------------------------------------------------- Fizzi Events - Music@Fizzievents.com Twitter: @Fizzievents Facebook: www.facebook.com/Fizzievents -------------------------------------------------

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Jeni And Billy

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Cardiff Snails Delicatessen doors 7pm

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Button Accordion-beginners & Improvers 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 6:30pm

Button Accordion -Beginners. Some instruments are available for hire.

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Button Accordion-intermediate 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 7:30pm

Button Accordion-Intermediate level.

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Button Accordion-advanced 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 5:30pm

Button Accordion-Advanced level

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Traditional Guitar Accompaniment-beginners 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 6:30pm

Guitar accompaniment in DADGAD and standard tuning.

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Traditional Guitar Accompaniment-intermediate 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 7:30pm

Guitar accompaniment in DADGAD and standard tuning.

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Tin Whistle-beginners 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 6:00pm

The beginners whistle class is for those who are new to the tin whistle. You will learn the proper way to hold it, how get good tone out of it and how to play some simple tunes. If you can already play a few tunes, we would recommend the Lower-Intermediate level. With Tim Flaherty

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Tin Whistle-lower Intermediate 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 6:00pm

Lower Intermediate is for those that have had some experience with the whistle; maybe played when younger or are moving up from the beginners' class. We will work on gaining confidence, improving rhythm and introducing ornamentation into the tunes. With Christine Dowling

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Tin Whistle-upper Intermediate 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 7:00pm

Upper Intermediate level classes are for those who have a variety of tunes already and can learn by ear. More difficult tunes and ornamentation in this level. With Christine Dowling

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Tin Whistle-advanced 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 8:00pm

Advanced Whistle is for those who have gained facility and want to work on repertoire, style and speed. With Christine Dowling

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Concertina 1 & 2, All Levels 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 6:00pm

Concertina classes are mixed level-pick the time that suits you. With Tom McGonigle and Úna Monaghan

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Concertina- All Levels 2 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 6:00pm

Concertina classes are mixed level-pick the time that suits you. With Úna Monaghan

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Concertina-all Levels 3 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 7:00pm

Concertina classes are mixed level-pick the time that suits you. With Tom McGonigle

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Flute-beginners 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 7:00pm

Beginner's Irish Flute with Davy Maguire-Some flutes my be availabe for hire

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Flute-advanced 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 8:00pm

Advanced Flute class with Davy Maguire

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Banjo/mandolin-beginners 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 5:00pm

Irish Tenor Banjo and Mandolin Class-Beginners With Paul Conlon-Some Instruments may be available for hire

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Banjo/mandolin-lower Intermediate 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 6:00pm

Irish Tenor Banjo and Mandolin Class-Lower Intermediate With Paul Conlon

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Banjo/mandolin-upper Intermediate-advanced 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 7:00pm

Irish Tenor Banjo and Mandolin Class-Upper Intermediate-Advanced with Paul Conlon

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BodhrÁn-beginners 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 7:00pm

Introduction to the Bodhrán, or Irish drum with Gavin O'Connor-Some instruments are available for hire

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BodhrÁn-intermediate 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 8:00pm

Intermediate Bodhrán with Gavin O'Connor

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BodhrÁn-advanced 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 9:00pm

Advanced Bodhrán with Gavin O'Connor

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Traditional Singing-all Levels 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 6:00pm

Traditional Irish singing mainly from the English language tradition. Unaccompanied singing with Christine Dowling.

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Flute-intermediate 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 7:00pm

Intermediate-level Irish traditional flute with Davy Maguire

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Fiddle-beginners 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 6:30pm

Beginner's level Irish Traditional Fiddle with Kevin McCullagh

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Fiddle-lower Intermediate 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 6:00pm

Lower Intermediate Irish Fiddle for people with some fiddle or violin experience. With Conor Caldwell

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Fiddle-upper Intermediate 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 7:30pm

Upper Intermediate level classes are for those who have a variety of tunes already and can learn by ear. More difficult tunes and ornamentation in this level.

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Fiddle-advanced 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 7:00pm

Advanced Irish Fiddle with Conor Caldwell

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Uilleann Pipes-beginners 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 7:30pm

Beginner's Uilleann Pipe Class with Tom Clarke

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Uilleann Pipes-intermediate/advanced 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 8:30pm

Intermediate Level Uilleann Pipes Class with Tom Clarke

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Harp-beginners 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 10:00am

Beginners Harp with Ciara Taaffe

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Harp-intermediate 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 11:00am

Intermediate Harp with Ciara Taaffe

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Harp-advanced 8-week Term

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Belfast Crescent Arts Centre 12:00pm

Advanced Harp with Ciara Taaffe

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Lady Maisery

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Topsham Matthews Hall 8.00pm - doors 7.30

Forged from the voices of Hannah James (Kerfuffle, duo with Sam Sweeney), Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters, The Artisans) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola), Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads. The trio burst onto the scene in summer 2011 and their live performances during the festival season created a real buzz. They were nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and for Best Debut at the 2012 Spiral Awards.

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The Young 'uns

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Southport Park Golf Club Doors from 7pm, music from 8pm.

Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes. "Irrepressible humour, bold vocals, gripping storylines, and innate musicality." (Colin Irwin) - well that nails it! Single-handedly saving folk music from its disappearing into itself.

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O'hooley & Tidow Plus Out Aloud Choir

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Sheffield Firth Hall, Western Bank Doors from 7pm, concert starts 7.30pm

Proceeds will go to the "Friends Of Edward Carpenter" who are raising money for a memorial to Carpenter in Sheffield

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O'hooley & Tidow Plus Out Aloud Choir

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Sheffield Firth Hall, Western Bank Doors from 7pm, concert starts 7.30pm

Proceeds will go to the "Friends Of Edward Carpenter" who are raising money for a memorial to Carpenter in Sheffield

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Merrymouth

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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Gren Bartley

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors@ 7pm. Pls see greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- one to really look out for BBC Radio 2 enthralling, persuasive and masterly fRoots magazine BRAND NEW ALBUM OUT SPRING 2015 This year brings a new album from deviant English songwriter Gren Bartley. The Magnificent Creatures tour will see Bartley touring with his stunning band of musicians. The orchestral strings, three-part harmonies and driving percussion have been captivating audiences across the UK and Europe. This new record from Bartley is a huge leap forward from it's predecessors. A voice from the hum of underground music that has been long written in the dark, but is just now becoming a consciousness of the times we are in. Times that are fast, hectic and spiraling, here is a record with one foot in the new, but with one foot back home. www.grenbartley.com

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Worry Dolls

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Kingkerswell Parish Church - St Marys doors 7pm

Humorous and charming folk songwriting combined with sublime harmonies Worry Dolls are a folk duo that have been making waves in the London Indie Folk scene, and across the UK from Glastonbury Festival to Derry, collecting praise and accolades as they go. Many will have seen the Worry Dolls supporting Joan Armatrading on tour, or may have heard their songs played on Radio 2 and BBC6 Music. Two girls about to break your heart, sew it back together and leave you smiling for days. Declan Bennett

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Hans Chew (solo)

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

New York City's Hans Chew plays blistering rock 'n' roll blues piano & returns to the UK this summer for a solo tour in support of his acclaimed new album 'Life & Love'. Chew's 2010 debut album Tennessee & Other Stories, which received four stars from Rolling Stone, was heralded by Uncut as one of the top 25 albums of the year. Now Hans Chew returns with 'Life & Love', the sonic snapshot of a full-fledged rock and roll spectacle. 'Life & Love' has received high praise from a wide range of music publications including Uncut Magazine which featured the album in their 'Best of 2014 Thus Far' list (alongside the likes of Drive By Truckers, Bill Callahan and Rosanne Cash). Louder Than War described it as a barnstorming second albumthe sound of an artist & band at their peak while Popmatters simply called it dixie-fried rock 'n' roll awesomeness. Watch the video for 'Junker's Blues': http://youtu.be/nR9RUQB2cbc www.hanschew.com

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Jeff Davis & Brian Peters At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub Doors open around 7:30 pm

One of the finest English folkies teams up with one of the finest US folkies! To Brian's multi-instrumental skills on concertina, melodeon and guitar are added Jeff's mighty talents on fiddle, banjo, mandocello and guitar, while their voices blend beautifully in harmony. A concert might include ballads from the old world or the new, sea songs, cowboy songs, and all kinds of instrumentals from mountain fiddle breakdowns to English country dance tunes. A limited number of advance tickets are on sale. You will still be able to pay on the night but please remember to get here early if doing so as show may sell out.. However we appreciate that some people wish to be assured of admission, if so you may book in advance here. NOTE: Although there is plenty of seating at the venue tickets do not guarantee a seat and latecomers may have to stand if venue full.

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Family Folk Afternoon With Fabian Holland

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Cherry Burton Village Hall 2pm-5pm (Doors 1.30pm)

Floor spots, session and guest spots in this relaxed informal event for all the family!

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Family Folk Afternoon With Fabian Holland

on Sun, 17 May 2015 at Cherry Burton Village Hall 2pm-5pm (Doors 1.30pm)

Floor spots, session and guest spots in this relaxed informal event for all the family!

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Serious Presents.. Flavia Coelho

on Mon, 18 May 2015 at London Rich Mix Doors 8pm, starts 8.30pm

Flavia Coelho is a wonderful young Brazilian singer, who draws on the traditions of samba, bossa-nova, and Brazilian melodies - there's even room in the mix for ragga and hip-hop. Her first album Bossa Muffin has made a huge impact, an uplifting fusion of styles delivered with style and a liberating, effortlessly free-wheeling confidence, and her new album Mundo Meu is released early 2015. 'One of the most joyful, easygoing fusion sets of the year, a rhythmic clash of Brazilian and Caribbeans styles, slink melodies and bursts of rapid-fire hip-hop' (Guardian) DJ support comes from Cal Jader; one of the musical activists, founders and original dancehall caballeros behind London cultural protagonists Movimientos.

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Vicki Swan And Jonny Dyer

on Mon, 18 May 2015 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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Vicki Swan And Jonny Dyer

on Mon, 18 May 2015 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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4square

on Mon, 18 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live music starts 8:30pm

The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. ----------------------- "Oustanding musicianship, total assurance, abundant energy and exceeding confidence...dripping in very obvious talent" - Dave Kidman, netrhythms.com 4Square play their music with zest, fire and virtuosity, yet an understated maturity which has grown throughout their seven year journey as a band. The sight and sound of simultaneous fiddle and clog dancing will stir the senses and quicken the pulse, galvanised by an engine-room of driving piano and percussion. By contrast, the listener is then stirred and softened by 4Square's mellow, melancholic three part-harmony singing. An outright musical journey, all in an acoustic setting. www.4squaremusic.co.uk PLEASE NOTE: The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of tables. These are allocated on a first come first served basis. If you'd like a table, please ensure you arrive early.

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Aldous Harding

on Mon, 18 May 2015 at Manchester Gullivers 7.30pm

Aldous Harding is a Christchurch local, whose records are released in New Zealand by Lyttleton records. Lyttelton is a gorgeous port town to the north of Christchurch. A home for Ma?ori for about 700 years, Lyttelton Harbour was discovered by European voyagers passing by on 16 February 1770 during the Endeavour's first voyage to New Zealand. Today it is one of New Zealand's busiest ports. In popular culture it is best known as the location for most of the exterior scenes in Peter Jackson's 1996 horror movie The Frighteners. It is also a town surrounded by many historic buildings, many of which have been turned into bars. Aldous Harding's music has been the best thing that has ever happened to these bars, where wayfaring loners shuffle in at the wrong times of day. She has been the saviour of those falling in home-cooked opium furrows. She has kept sailors in check with cheek and a strong-songed tongue. And now she will be all yours for an album length period of time, and you may have your picnic and feast upon the music. So lucky one, close your eyes. Turn your nose towards river water. Twitch your ears as rabbits do. Settle in. Listen to this one closely. 'This is folk music, simple and bleak, with Harding's fragile coo reminiscent of retiring, 60s-era folk singers Vashti Bunyan and Linda Perhacs' Who The Hell Aldous will playing this intimate acoustic show in Gullivers' brand new Lounge a tiny room at the rear of the pub.

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Memphis Son, The Early Elvis Story

on Mon, 18 May 2015 at Cheadle Hulme Chads Theatre Doors 7:00PM, show 7:45PM

If you're an Elvis fan you'll love this! Telling the story in scenes and song from the first days at Sun Studios to Elvis' draft into the US Army. Starring the incomparable Daniel Constantino as Elvis Presley with full supporting cast.

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Daddy Long Legs

on Tue, 19 May 2015 at Cardiff The Full Moon 7:30pm

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Anna & Elizabeth

on Tue, 19 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors@ 7pm. Pls see greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- fRoots presents.... ANNA & ELIZABETH > "Elizabeth's voice fits perfectly with Anna's, while their guitar, fiddle and banjos are deployed sparingly and expertly. This is direct and honest music, lovingly crafted by two expert practitioners who share a deep empathy both with their beloved regional musical traditions and with each other." -fRoots Magazine, 2014 > > "These young women follow in the footsteps of many of our idols and mentors who've gone before.... And they do them proud." ALICE GERRARD > > "They are at the heart of what we all call 'traditional.' I am so impressed with not only their talent, but also their commitment." GINNY HAWKER > > "There's something truly inspiring about this collaboration ... and a very special treat for anyone that gets excited witnessing culture carried forward with mastery, love and a profound and real understanding of what makes old material great." - Sing Out Magazine, 2013 > > > Anna & Elizabeth bring their intimate and haunting traditional music & mesmerizing multi-media show to the United Kingdom for the first time, this May. > > The American duo, based in rural Virginia, springs from the unique talents of Anna Roberts-Gevalt (fiddle, banjo, guitar) and Elizabeth LaPrelle (ballads, banjo), and their shared desire to inspire people with the beautiful soul of Appalachian roots music. Powerful harmony singers steeped in knowledge of mountain tunes, ballads and stories, the young women are gifted storytellers and visual artists reviving the lost art of "crankies," scrolling storyboards made of sewn fabric or cut paper. > > Begun four years ago with the simple goal of bringing ballads back to the small nooks and crannies of rural Virginia where they lived, their project rapidly grew, bringing them to stages and festivals across the US, collaborations with Ben Sollee, The Murphy Beds, Wayne Henderson & Riley Baugus, artist residencies at universities and summer traditional music schools, and performances at The High Museum of Modern Art in Atlanta and the Sharq Taronolari festival in Uzbekistan. > > The two self-released their first album "Sun to Sun" in 2012; they are promoting their self-titled second, self-titled album, which features bluegrass legend Alice Gerrard as their special guest. Anna & Elizabeth, on Free Dirt Records, is a collection of 16 traditional songs thoughtfully gathered and interpreted, guiding listeners through the duo's intense personal connection with each song, for an experience that is as warm and intimate as their one-of-a-kind live performances. > > Elizabeth LaPrelle was the first recipient of the Henry Reed Award from the Library of Congress at age 16; won the 2012 Mike Seeger Award at Folk Alliance International; has released 3 solo ballad albums; and was called "quite simply the best young Appalachian ballad singer to emerge in recent memory" by fRoots Magazine. > > Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a blue-ribbon fiddler and banjo player (West Virginia State Folk Festival; Kentucky Fiddle Contest); the artistic director of East Kentucky's traditional music institute, the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School; a 2014 fellow for OneBeat, a US State Department sponsored international music residency. > > "We believe in the power of stories-- from family jokes to ancient ballads. What keeps us going is this process of exploring how the old stories are still magical, after all these years." -Anna & Elizabeth www.annaandelizabeth.com

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Serious Presents Canzoniere

on Tue, 19 May 2015 at London Rich Mix Doors 8pm, starts 8.30pm

Canzionere Grecanico Salentino reinvent Italy's traditional Pizzica, bringing it to hundreds of thousands of people across the world. Their last album was chosen as one of The Guardian's Top 5 albums of the year, and they've collaborated with Ludovico Einaudi, Ballake Sissoko and Ibrahim Maalouf. 'Exhilarating reworking of Pizzica, the hypnotic and percussive traditional style said to cure spider bites' (Guardian) 'Traditional dance music that made the rows of seats installed in the venue an unnecessary impediment' (***** The Herald, Scotland) Part of Serious Space Shoreditch.

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Bella Hardy With The Dawn

on Tue, 19 May 2015 at Falmouth The Tolmen Centre Venue 6pm, concert starts 7.30pm

BBC folk musician of the year 2014 Bella Hardy performs material based around her new album, With the Dawn, with her 4-piece band.

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Bella Hardy With The Dawn

on Tue, 19 May 2015 at Falmouth The Tolmen Centre Venue 6pm, concert starts 7.30pm

BBC folk musician of the year 2014 Bella Hardy performs material based around her new album, With the Dawn, with her 4-piece band.

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Tir Na Nog

on Tue, 19 May 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Tir na nOg have been described as Alt Folk, Prog Folk, Psych Folk!. But the duo, formed by Leo O'Kelly & Sonny Condell in 1970, transcends all these categories. What is not in doubt is that they are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. 2014 saw the release of a vinyl EP 'I Have Known Love' (It's little surprises like this that make the musical world such a joyful place to go for a spin - Shindig Magazine). A full album, 'The Dark Dance' is due in Spring 2015

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Olivia Chaney: The Longest River Album Launch

on Tue, 19 May 2015 at London Kings Place Start time at 8.00pm

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney's profile has been rising over the last few years, particularly in her native England, where she was recently nominated for BBC Radio 2's Horizon Award for best emerging folk artist. But until now, she has proven elusive on the recording front, with only one highly praised but modestly distributed EP to her name, plus a few home-spun bootlegs. One had to be lucky enough to catch her on a stage to hear her entrancing sound and unique sensibility, evolving and refining with each gig she played. Her Nonesuch debut finally makes that experience more widely available. The Longest River is striking in its simplicity; it preserves the passion and immediacy of her live performances with a deceptively-structured informality. 'It's taken a long time to get to the point where I wanted to make a full record and I'm lucky Nonesuch heard me at the right time,' Chaney explains. Chaney co-produced the album at the legendary RAK Studios in London with Leo Abrahams (guitarist, film composer, and Brian Eno collaborator). Veteran engineer Jerry Boys (Buena Vista Social Club, Sandy Denny) brought his magic to capture the takes with layers subtly added using Chaney's multi-instrumental skills, analogue synths, and steadfast collaborators on the London scene (Oliver Coates, Jordan Hunt, Leo Taylor). Chaney's work has deep and varied roots which have enabled her to carve out something new yet timeless, bravely sparse, yet intensely lyrical. Original compositions are balanced alongside a typically eclectic range of covers that she has arranged and made her own, including the dramatic Blessed Instant by Norwegian voice-artist/composer Sidsel Endresen, 17th-century English composer Henry Purcell's There's Not A Swain, Chilean protest-singer Violeta Parra's La Jardinera, and Waxwing from Scottish alt-folk singer-songwriter Alasdair Roberts. The Longest River is out soon on Nonesuch Records.

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Louise Jordan

on Tue, 19 May 2015 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop Doors at 7.00pm

Louise Jordan: Now touring with her third album Veritas, Louise Jordan's music has been described as 'a masterclass in songwriting'. Fusing award winning acoustic song writing with classical influences and a folk sensibility, Louise Jordan accompanies herself on piano and guitar to play original works and musical settings of literature as well as her own unique arrangements of traditional material. Veritas (released September 2014) features uplifting and empowering original songs In the End and If It Lasts as well as fresh arrangements of traditional folk songs Bushes and Briars and Garners Gay, an original song based on the story of Hampshire smuggleress Lovey Warne and an aria written by classical composer G.F. Handel. Veritas was released thanks to support from the English Folk Dance and Song Society's Aspire Programme and an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK. 'A stirring, lilting grace' The Telegraph 'Absolutely, totally and completely, brilliant.' Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 'Haunting and unforgettable' The Sunday Express www.louisejordan.co.uk http://www.facebook.com/louisejordansings http://twitter.com/ljordanmusic Gemma Leahy: I was just 2 years old when my dad called me on to the stage to sing with him and his band. At that point he created a monster I think. Not a gig would go by that I wasn't perched on the front of the stage waiting for him to call me up again, hold me in his arms while we sang 'You're my best friend'. On a Sunday morning he would be playing records and playing along with his guitar while my mum was dancing away in the kitchen I would stand on the sofa pretending to be his backing singer. Years go by and life changes but the music lived on through every thing we did. When I got to about 18 my sister contacted a local recording studio who invited me to do a session with their producer. That's when i met Matt Waddell my husband and co writer on all the tracks on my album. Without these 2 men in my life I wouldn't be here do what I love doing "A UK born country singer with Irish roots. Gemma has a voice that has been likened to Andrea Corr with a touch of Patsy Cline and Karen Carpenter mixed in along the way. Influenced by Dolly Parton and Trisha Yearwood, Gemma's country roots have been growing from a young age when she was singing with her Dad's country band all around the UK Country Clubs. Sit back and listen to an artist at work and enjoy some really great sounding country music" Manx Radio https://soundcloud.com/gemma-leahy-1 https://www.facebook.com/GemmaLeahyCountrySinger https://twitter.com/GemmaLeahymusic Doors open at 7pm Gemma Leahy 8.15-8.50pm Louise Jordan 9.10-10.00pm Bar open til 11 serving hot and cold drinks, beer and wine, plus locally made cakes. Bangin'

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Louise Jordan

on Tue, 19 May 2015 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop Doors at 7.00pm

Louise Jordan: Now touring with her third album Veritas, Louise Jordan's music has been described as 'a masterclass in songwriting'. Fusing award winning acoustic song writing with classical influences and a folk sensibility, Louise Jordan accompanies herself on piano and guitar to play original works and musical settings of literature as well as her own unique arrangements of traditional material. Veritas (released September 2014) features uplifting and empowering original songs In the End and If It Lasts as well as fresh arrangements of traditional folk songs Bushes and Briars and Garners Gay, an original song based on the story of Hampshire smuggleress Lovey Warne and an aria written by classical composer G.F. Handel. Veritas was released thanks to support from the English Folk Dance and Song Society's Aspire Programme and an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK. 'A stirring, lilting grace' The Telegraph 'Absolutely, totally and completely, brilliant.' Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 'Haunting and unforgettable' The Sunday Express www.louisejordan.co.uk http://www.facebook.com/louisejordansings http://twitter.com/ljordanmusic Gemma Leahy: I was just 2 years old when my dad called me on to the stage to sing with him and his band. At that point he created a monster I think. Not a gig would go by that I wasn't perched on the front of the stage waiting for him to call me up again, hold me in his arms while we sang 'You're my best friend'. On a Sunday morning he would be playing records and playing along with his guitar while my mum was dancing away in the kitchen I would stand on the sofa pretending to be his backing singer. Years go by and life changes but the music lived on through every thing we did. When I got to about 18 my sister contacted a local recording studio who invited me to do a session with their producer. That's when i met Matt Waddell my husband and co writer on all the tracks on my album. Without these 2 men in my life I wouldn't be here do what I love doing "A UK born country singer with Irish roots. Gemma has a voice that has been likened to Andrea Corr with a touch of Patsy Cline and Karen Carpenter mixed in along the way. Influenced by Dolly Parton and Trisha Yearwood, Gemma's country roots have been growing from a young age when she was singing with her Dad's country band all around the UK Country Clubs. Sit back and listen to an artist at work and enjoy some really great sounding country music" Manx Radio https://soundcloud.com/gemma-leahy-1 https://www.facebook.com/GemmaLeahyCountrySinger https://twitter.com/GemmaLeahymusic Doors open at 7pm Gemma Leahy 8.15-8.50pm Louise Jordan 9.10-10.00pm Bar open til 11 serving hot and cold drinks, beer and wine, plus locally made cakes. Bangin'

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Laura Cortese And The Dance Cards

on Wed, 20 May 2015 at Lowdham The Old Ship Inn Doors 7.30pm, Concert 8pm

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Chris & Kellie While

on Wed, 20 May 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Bright Phoebus Presents: Emily Smith

on Wed, 20 May 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm doors Concert 8pm

We're very happy indeed to be welcoming Emily Smith to our Bright Phoebus line up for 2015. We've been hoping to book Emily for a while and 2015 is obviously our year! Emily will be appearing with her trio alongside Jamie McClennan, whom many of you will remember as having played for us with James Fagan, as one half of The James Brothers and also Matheu Watson on guitar, who has performed with everyone from Cara Dillon to Mike McGoldrick to Julie Fowlis. Having celebrated a decade as one of Scottish music's most distinctively sublime voices, Emily Smith begins a fresh chapter in her illustrious, award-winning, TV-appearing career. For her fifth solo album Echoes, Emily returns to her first love of traditional song. Her gift for finding a personal connection in these passed-down, anon-penned words is still at the heart of her craft. But this is a bold new phase in Emily's music and with it comes what she describes as a new Scottish sound. Recorded over the space of a year (interrupted by the arrival of a small person) Echoes expands the core group of musicians with whom she's previously played by adding a guestlist of true greats. Joining multi-instrumentalists Jamie McClennan and Matheu Watson, bassist Ross Hamilton and percussionist Signy Jakobsdottir are none other than Jerry Douglas, Aoife O'Donovan, Kris Drever, Tim Edey, Natalie Haas and Rory Butler. Together they've created an album with one foot planted firmly in Emily's home of Dumfries and Galloway and the other in the unspoiled heartland of Nashville. If albums can have feet, that is. Echoes is unshakeably Scottish but with farther, wider horizons. From remembered ballads like the murdery Twa Sisters and the mythical King Orfeo to contemporary but no less timeless songs such as Bill Caddick's gorgeous John O'Dreams and Darrell Scott's The Open Door, Emily's voice eases tired ears and lifts knackered souls with its simple beauty. Time has passed ridiculously fast since Emily was named BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year back in 2002. The accolades continued as she won the USA Songwriting Competition in 2005, Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2008, and she received two nominations in the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In that time she's toured the world, thrilling audiences from Cambridge Folk Festival all the way down to the National Folk Festival in Australia, via Europe, Russia, Canada and New Zealand. Her face has been all over the telly thanks to BBC Four's Transatlantic Sessions, BBC One's Songs of Praise, Scotland's Hogmanay Live, BBC Ulster's Santer and an exclusive performance for Sky Arts Channel. In 2013 Emily toured as part of the Transatlantic Sessions extended family, singing with the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eric Bibb and Teddy Thompson - adding to an impressive list of onstage collaborators which also includes Richard Thompson, Eddi Reader and Beth Neilson Chapman. Her albums A Day Like Today, A Different Life, Too Long Away, Traiveller's Joy and 2009's sparkling take on lesser known Robert Burns compositions Adoon Winding Nith (released as a duo with husband Jamie McClennan) established Emily as both an adroit interpreter of old songs and a dazzlingly accomplished crafter of original material. In 2013 Emily released her best-of collection Ten Years (coming up with titles is harder than it looks) marking a journey that's already seen her described by The Guardian as Scotland's most impressive young songwriter. Blimey MC is TBC but will someone fabulous, of course! Dors will be at our usual time of 7:30pm and the evening will start at 8:00pm.

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Bright Phoebus Presents: Emily Smith

on Wed, 20 May 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm doors Concert 8pm

We're very happy indeed to be welcoming Emily Smith to our Bright Phoebus line up for 2015. We've been hoping to book Emily for a while and 2015 is obviously our year! Emily will be appearing with her trio alongside Jamie McClennan, whom many of you will remember as having played for us with James Fagan, as one half of The James Brothers and also Matheu Watson on guitar, who has performed with everyone from Cara Dillon to Mike McGoldrick to Julie Fowlis. Having celebrated a decade as one of Scottish music's most distinctively sublime voices, Emily Smith begins a fresh chapter in her illustrious, award-winning, TV-appearing career. For her fifth solo album Echoes, Emily returns to her first love of traditional song. Her gift for finding a personal connection in these passed-down, anon-penned words is still at the heart of her craft. But this is a bold new phase in Emily's music and with it comes what she describes as a new Scottish sound. Recorded over the space of a year (interrupted by the arrival of a small person) Echoes expands the core group of musicians with whom she's previously played by adding a guestlist of true greats. Joining multi-instrumentalists Jamie McClennan and Matheu Watson, bassist Ross Hamilton and percussionist Signy Jakobsdottir are none other than Jerry Douglas, Aoife O'Donovan, Kris Drever, Tim Edey, Natalie Haas and Rory Butler. Together they've created an album with one foot planted firmly in Emily's home of Dumfries and Galloway and the other in the unspoiled heartland of Nashville. If albums can have feet, that is. Echoes is unshakeably Scottish but with farther, wider horizons. From remembered ballads like the murdery Twa Sisters and the mythical King Orfeo to contemporary but no less timeless songs such as Bill Caddick's gorgeous John O'Dreams and Darrell Scott's The Open Door, Emily's voice eases tired ears and lifts knackered souls with its simple beauty. Time has passed ridiculously fast since Emily was named BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year back in 2002. The accolades continued as she won the USA Songwriting Competition in 2005, Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2008, and she received two nominations in the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In that time she's toured the world, thrilling audiences from Cambridge Folk Festival all the way down to the National Folk Festival in Australia, via Europe, Russia, Canada and New Zealand. Her face has been all over the telly thanks to BBC Four's Transatlantic Sessions, BBC One's Songs of Praise, Scotland's Hogmanay Live, BBC Ulster's Santer and an exclusive performance for Sky Arts Channel. In 2013 Emily toured as part of the Transatlantic Sessions extended family, singing with the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eric Bibb and Teddy Thompson - adding to an impressive list of onstage collaborators which also includes Richard Thompson, Eddi Reader and Beth Neilson Chapman. Her albums A Day Like Today, A Different Life, Too Long Away, Traiveller's Joy and 2009's sparkling take on lesser known Robert Burns compositions Adoon Winding Nith (released as a duo with husband Jamie McClennan) established Emily as both an adroit interpreter of old songs and a dazzlingly accomplished crafter of original material. In 2013 Emily released her best-of collection Ten Years (coming up with titles is harder than it looks) marking a journey that's already seen her described by The Guardian as Scotland's most impressive young songwriter. Blimey MC is TBC but will someone fabulous, of course! Dors will be at our usual time of 7:30pm and the evening will start at 8:00pm.

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Gryphon

on Wed, 20 May 2015 at Southampton The Talking Heads Doors at 7.30pm

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Mawkin

on Wed, 20 May 2015 at Birmingham Hare and Hounds doors 7.30pm

Since their formation in 2002 three-times-BBC-Folk-Award nominees Mawkin have grown into one of brit-folks brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock, they are no strangers to the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene while still reigning all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe. **** Invigorating, highly inventive Q Magazine

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Sara Mitra Quartet

on Wed, 20 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, see Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sara Mitra is a singer, songwriter and bandleader. Her new music forges an original, alternative sound at the junction of folk, jazz and psychedelic blues. A Time Out 'Critics Choice' live act, Mitra's second album 'Losing You' (produced by Ben 'Nostalgia 77' Lamdin) which was recorded using vintage analogue tape technology, will be released Monday 11th May 2015 as a limited edition vinyl LP, with digital downloads of the album available via iTunes, Amazon and other online retailers. First recorded during her second pregnancy, and completed whilst caring for her new baby, Mitra has created a collection of songs steeped in the realities of 21st century working-womanhood. Of Indian and Irish descent, Essex-born now London-based with her husband (jazz drummer Tim Giles), Mitra's original lyrics are stark yet tender: often exploring subjects considered 'taboo' in secular Western society. From the possibility of life-after-death to the navigation of happy-ever-after, these songs of loss versus 'letting go' were recorded across a number of dates, fitting around the needs of Mitra's growing young family. With Ben Lamdin's (Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula) unique production skills in manipulating vintage analogue equipment, the music was primarily recorded live onto tape, shunning the pervasive 'auto-tuned' sound of many contemporary vocal releases. 'Losing You' had the exclusive debut of its title track on BBC Radio 2 during a special interview feature with Jamie Cullum. The album's first single 'Baltimore Oriole' received airplay across BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6Music (on Gilles Peterson's show) and multiple independent radio stations including WahWah45 Records own Wah Wah Radio, who named 'Baltimore Oriole' 'Download of the Month'. Mitra's first album 'April Song' was released on Impossible Ark Records via Tru Thoughts, chosen as one of Jamie Cullum's 'Albums of The Year' for 2010, and featured as part of the BBC 'Live At Maida Vale' sessions for BBC Radio 2. The album was also well-received across Europe, and live performances of songs from the release formed part of a live international broadcast for FIP Radio Paris. A previous UK festival appearance was Brecon 2011, with The Daily Telegraph review stating "Allen Touissaint, Monty Alexander, Sara Mitra and Phronesis were some of the major acts delighting the festival goers at Brecon". Mitra was also privileged to be part of the Jazzwise to the Power of 15 Festival (2012) at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, providing support for Chris Potter on the final night of the proceedings. RECENT QUOTES FOR 'LOSING YOU' "A wonderful UK singer who really has a very individual sound and a great choice of repertoire as well...I've been playing her on the show a lot, (I) really love her versions of standards and her original tunes as well. The music she has been creating with Nostalgia 77 over the past few years is some of my favourite British vocal jazz of recent times" Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2 "Just phenomenal...Emotional/vocal strength, energy, joy and a dream-band" Sebastian Scotney, The London Jazz News "Something very very special, a stunning little set. Wonderful voice, wonderful woman... Check her out." Dom Servini, Wah Wah 45's (Independent record label)

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Leveret - Live In Stoney Middleton

on Wed, 20 May 2015 at Stoney Middleton St Martin's Church Doors 7:30pm, Concert 8pm

Come and see Leveret for an exclusive and intimate acoustic in the round performance of some new material. The concert will be recorded.

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Chris Smither

on Wed, 20 May 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 8.00pm

Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. He continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. From his early days as the New Orleans transplant in the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his reemergence in the 1990s as one of America's most significant acoustic performers, Chris Smither continues to hone his distinctive sound. He has always traveled his own road, eschewing sophisticated studio tricks and staying true to his musical vision. Reviewers and fans from around the world agree that Chris is a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist and, as he puts it, a 'one-man band to the bone.' Chris melds the styles of his two major influences, Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, into his own signature guitar sound. He may be best known for writing Love You Like A Man which Bonnie Raitt and, more recently, jazz great Diana Krall have recorded. His music has been covered by numerous artists and featured in soundtrack albums, independent film, television and commercials. Chris' newest release, Still on the Levee (2014), is a career-spanning retrospective double CD. Recorded in New Orleans with studio-mates he calls The Motivators, Still on the Levee plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III. The record highlights the vast catalog of this American music master. Still on the Levee is followed by Chris' release of the long-anticipated book Lyrics:1966-2012, a collection of Chris' lyrics to date mixed in with various photographs and other imagery from his long career. 'The Miami native has built a cult reputation as a folk artist with a healthy wanderlust, peppering his tunes with rusted blues, country, some jazz and a wise lyric.' Uncut 'Hundred Dollar Valentine is a thing of profound beauty; deep, sad, wise songs, allied to perfectly crafted arrangements, from a man who's lived long enough in darkness to address the big, heavy questions with a lightness of touch.' ★★★★★ MOJO 'With a weary, well-traveled voice and a serenely intricate finger-picking style, Mr. Smither turns the blues into songs that accept hard-won lessons and try to make peace with fate.' The New York Times smither.com

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April Verch And Band

on Wed, 20 May 2015 at Belfast Black Box 8.00PM

We are delighted to present world-champion fiddler, step dancer and singer, April Verch and Band as they embark on an Ireland wide tour during May 2015. Verch and Band have established a reputation as consummate performers, winning over audiences with their incredible musicianship, charm, humour and seemingly boundless energy. April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer/songwriter. Now on her milestone 10th album The Newpart (release: April 7, 2015), with producer Casey Driessen, Verch digs deep into songs and tunes from the era before the often-mined mid-century heyday of bluegrass and folk. With ten albums and years of touring under her belt, Verch has moved from upstart prodigy to mature and reflective songwriter, interpreter, and storyteller. Harkening back to vaudeville and beyond, Verch and her fellow trio members, bassist and claw hammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, pare down their arrangements, highlighting the simple pleasures of their instruments and voices, while stepping into intimate conversations. At the heart lies Verch's delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing, a trifecta of talents she brings together simultaneously for the first time on stage and on The Newpart tour. Her playing is quite breathtaking...as good as it gets fRoots It's hard to believe she's so talented at such a wide range of fiddling. I've seen her do it live though. Believe it or not, she's really that good. - The Huffington Post

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April Verch And Band

on Wed, 20 May 2015 at Belfast Black Box 8.00PM

We are delighted to present world-champion fiddler, step dancer and singer, April Verch and Band as they embark on an Ireland wide tour during May 2015. Verch and Band have established a reputation as consummate performers, winning over audiences with their incredible musicianship, charm, humour and seemingly boundless energy. April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer/songwriter. Now on her milestone 10th album The Newpart (release: April 7, 2015), with producer Casey Driessen, Verch digs deep into songs and tunes from the era before the often-mined mid-century heyday of bluegrass and folk. With ten albums and years of touring under her belt, Verch has moved from upstart prodigy to mature and reflective songwriter, interpreter, and storyteller. Harkening back to vaudeville and beyond, Verch and her fellow trio members, bassist and claw hammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, pare down their arrangements, highlighting the simple pleasures of their instruments and voices, while stepping into intimate conversations. At the heart lies Verch's delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing, a trifecta of talents she brings together simultaneously for the first time on stage and on The Newpart tour. Her playing is quite breathtaking...as good as it gets fRoots It's hard to believe she's so talented at such a wide range of fiddling. I've seen her do it live though. Believe it or not, she's really that good. - The Huffington Post

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Sunrise Celebration

on Thu, 21 May 2015 at Chepstow Racecourse 12pm, 21st May - 24th May

Sunrise Celebration 21st-24th May 2015 Those Sunrise good vibes are back for 2015! The festival is all about participation and co-creation. It's your chance to get get enthused, empowered, illuminated and connected. 2015 sees us return to Piercefield Park, Chepstow, on the Welsh boarder. It's the perfect Sunrise site with idyllic country parkland and an awe inspiring view across the Severn bridges. With a fantastic music line up, hands-on workshops, talks, kids area, dance, wilderness skills workshops for all ages and Forest School for children. Sunrise Celebration this year is an event held entirely in aid of http://naturalcommunitiesfoundation.org/ Charity Reg. No: 1141295 FULL MUSIC LINE UP: OMAR PERRY AND HOMEGROWN, SAM AND THE WOMP, FUN LOVIN CRIMINAL HUEY MORGAN DJ SET, SIAN EVANS (KOSHEEN) UNPLUGGED, LAID BLAK, LAZY HABITS, KING PORTER STOMP, WILL AND THE PEOPLE, HOLOTRONICA, JOHN FAIRHURST, ELECTRIC SWING CIRCUS, KALAKUTA MILLIONAIRES, MEZZOWAVE FT. ALISON DAVID, JOHNNY CAGE AND THE VOODOO GROOVE, EDD DONOVAN AND THE WANDERING MOLES, DUNCAN DISORDERLY, CHARLIE MILLAR AND THE SOUL AGENTS, JC'S HOPELESS SINNERS, RODNEY BRANIGAN, NICK MANNASEH FT GREGORY FABULOUS MC, DJ'S CHRIS TOFU AND TALL WILL, DJEMBEKLAN, EXTRA LOVE, MAYA LOVE, FAST DECLINE, PHOENIX ROSE, THE BURNING GLASS. 2015 DANCE STAGE LINE UP: GMS, MORTEN GRANAU, 1200 MICS (DJ SET), SYSTEM 7, KRAFTY KUTS, FAR TOO LOUD, LAUGHING BUDDHA, AVALON, DEEKLINE, SONIC SPECIES, ED SOLO, FUTURE FREQUENCY, THE EGG JUNGLE CAKES, SHANE GOBI, MIRROR SYSTEM, SOUNDAHOLIX, GROWLING MACHINES, ITCHY & SCRATCHY, JUGGLING, LIQUID ROSS, TONGUE & GROOVE, FINAL CONFICT, LEUCE RHYTHMS, DEXTER, MATT LICKESS, EEʼSH, STEVE PODMORE, LLAMA LEAF, SLY FANDANGO NANOSPHERE, MAZORD, FUNKLINERS, 2CBEEBIES, EMMA CLAIR, OFF BEAT RIPPLETON, FIGHTY, COLOUR, SOLUBLE SOUNDS, MATT MA 6, KALLIMA, WORKSHY RENE, KOTCH, BEAR TWISTS

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Chris Smither

on Thu, 21 May 2015 at Leicester The Musician Doors 8.00pm

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The Willows

on Thu, 21 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors@ 7pm. Pls see greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Willows are a folk band from Cambridge, UK. Their first album Beneath Our Humble Soil was nominated for Best Debut in the Spiral Earth Awards 2014, and has been championed by the likes of Bob Harris and Mike Harding. The much anticipated follow-up Amidst Fiery Skies, co-produced with Sean Lakeman was released to critical aclaim, with The Telegraph hailing it "a triumph" in a 5-star review and a place in their folk albums of 2014. Fronted by the breathtaking vocals of Jade Rhiannon, supported by rich vocal harmonies and dynamic acoustic musicianship the band take influence from folk traditions on both sides of the Atlantic. The band were formed in 2010 by husband and wife, Cliff and Jade, sister, Prue, and chance meeting via Gumtree, Ben. Following numerous gigs in folk clubs all over the the UK supporting the likes of LAU, Seth Lakeman, & Peatbog Faeries and an eponymous EP, the band released debut album Beneath Our Humble Soil in 2013. Produced by Stu Hanna (Megson, Faustus, Show of Hands), the album caught the attention of BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris who invited the band in for a live session midway through their UK tour. Maverick Magazine gave the record 4½ stars, and it was subsequently nominated for Best Debut in the Spiral Earth Awards. Standout festival performances followed at the likes of Cambridge Folk Festival, Towersey Festival, Secret Garden Party, FolkEast, Folk By The Oak and SommerSound (Germany), helping to build a reputation as a compelling live act. Absolutely gorgeous sound A lovely album Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 A hugely enjoyable album; with songs that engage and enliven, music that appeals across the board; a warm and wonderful release Folk Radio UK Second album Amidst Fiery Skies sees the band further augment their sound with new member Evan Carson (bodhran), guest double bassist Ben Nicholls (Seth Lakeman Band, The Full English) and co-producer Sean Lakeman. For the first time the band present original, traditional and covered songs side by side, yet in many ways the record feels like their most homogenous work to date. Stories remain at the heart of the album: The banjo-driven Johnny Robson telling of a man who throws himself into the fire after an apparition of his deceased wife. The heartbreakingly tender Outward Bound (a variant on the Faithful Sailor Boy) depicting a ship's safe return to land without the maiden's lover aboard. Whilst, The Visitor describes a true story of arguably the most heroic lifeboat rescue in British history. The music itself is rich in power, with the band equally at home with pin-drop intimacy as they are invigorating foot-stompers. The band have been busy playing the album live at a whole host of summer festivals including Glastonbury, Shrewsbury, Sark, Sidmouth, Broadstairs, Village Pump, Wilderness, Ireby, Purbeck & Bristol and then on a 2-month UK tour through September and October. More tour dates for 2015 will be announced soon! BOB HARRIS, BBC Radio 2 "...Absolutely gorgeous sound, a lovely album..." The Telegraph "***** - Amidst Fiery Skies is outstanding!" MIKE HARDING, Mike Harding Folk Show "They sort of straddle the worlds between Americana and English roots music and do it in a very very deft way for such a young band; I think they're really really interesting! Bella's Fury has got a sort of feeling of old timey noir about it... I think it's really amazing!" MAVERICK MAGAZINE "...The Willows are a breath of fresh air to the folk music community... " FOLK RADIO UK Beneath Our Humble Soil is a hugely enjoyable album; with songs that engage and enliven, music that appeals across the board, and there's no doubt that Jade Ward's husky tones create bewitching vocal performances. The Willows have developed a winning combination, just as comfortable with a gutsy rendition of their own murder ballad as they are with a foot-stompin' alt-country protest song. A warm and wonderful release. KERRY DEVINE, BBC INTRODUCING "Beautiful... I have a lot of love for this band!" www.thewillowsband.co.uk

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Mawkin @ The Cumberland Arms!

on Thu, 21 May 2015 at Newcastle Cumberland Arms (Byker) 730pm

Since their formation in 2002 three-times-BBC-Folk-Award nominees Mawkin have grown into one of brit-folks brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock, they are no strangers to the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene while still reigning all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe. Throughout this album launch tour expect to hear rousing songs of rebellion from David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, Tred) underpinned by the frenetic fiddling fingers of James Delarre (Saul Rose & James Delarre, Topette) and virtuosic bellowing of Nick Cooke's melodeon (Kate Rusby, Jim Moray) held together by a solid rhythm section with Danny Crump on Bass and Lee Richardson on Drums. Add a host of wild and emotive traditional melodies and you have Mawkin. **** Invigorating, highly inventive Q Magazine

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Mawkin @ The Cumberland Arms!

on Thu, 21 May 2015 at Newcastle Cumberland Arms (Byker) 730pm

Since their formation in 2002 three-times-BBC-Folk-Award nominees Mawkin have grown into one of brit-folks brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock, they are no strangers to the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene while still reigning all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe. Throughout this album launch tour expect to hear rousing songs of rebellion from David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, Tred) underpinned by the frenetic fiddling fingers of James Delarre (Saul Rose & James Delarre, Topette) and virtuosic bellowing of Nick Cooke's melodeon (Kate Rusby, Jim Moray) held together by a solid rhythm section with Danny Crump on Bass and Lee Richardson on Drums. Add a host of wild and emotive traditional melodies and you have Mawkin. **** Invigorating, highly inventive Q Magazine

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Gordy/somers/walsh

on Thu, 21 May 2015 at Lawrence Batley Theatre Doors 7:30pm, music from 8pm

Gordy, Somers & Walsh are three of the most interesting instrumentalists/singers working on the contemporary acoustic music scene in the USA and UK today. With virtuosic guitar and mandolin picking complemented by hot double bass and occasional saxophone, these talented and versatile musicians will delight you with their repertoire ranging from driving modern bluegrass to cool jazzy stylings. Grant Gordy is renowned in both bluegrass and jazz circles as a brilliant acoustic guitarist and Joe Walsh is hailed as one of the most talented mandolin players to emerge in recent years. They've teamed up for this special transatlantic project with their friend Ben Somers, London double bass ace and sax player. Grant Gordy (acoustic guitar) - unlike many of his contemporaries who are content to remain in one style, Gordy has fervently pursued guitar knowledge in nearly all genres. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Grant has spent many hours learning the language of bebop and the standards of jazz, soaking up the high lonesome sound of bluegrass, investigating classical composers like Béla Bartók and Bach and learning the rhythms of Mali alongside African musicians. This wide range contributes to Gordy's unique and renowned guitar style. He spent six years in the David Grisman Quintet, filling the big shoes of Tony Rice, Mark O'Connor and other legendary musicians. Grisman says Grant belongs to the new elite of American acoustic practitioners who are pushing the ever-expanding envelope of a musical frontier. Ben Somers (double bass/vocals/saxophone) grew up surrounded by music and playing gigs with his father, professional country musician Steve Somers. Ben began playing the sax at 16 and studied jazz at Middlesex University. Whilst there, he acquired a double bass and immersed himself in bluegrass and folk. In recent years Ben has sung and played with top class UK bluegrass bands including The Absentees and the Wagon Tales, in addition to his day job as a busy, in-demand session musician in London. He has toured and recorded with many artists of various genres, including Dr John, Seal, Bruce Molsky, Dirk Powell, Taylor Swift, Mike Marshall and Russ Barenberg. Joe K Walsh (mandolin/vocals) - hailing from Portland, Maine, the other Joe Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste. Named by CBC as one of the best mandolinists of his generation, he has collaborated with acoustic music luminaries including legendary fiddler Darol Anger, pop/bluegrass darlings Joy Kills Sorrow, banjo supremo Béla Fleck and the celebrated Emmylou Harris. After a number of years with bluegrass supergroup the Gibson Brothers, Joe currently splits his time between the group Mr Sun (with Grant Gordy, Darol Anger & Ethan Jodziewicz) and a trio with Brittany Haas and Owen Marshall. As well as teaching regularly at music camps across America, he's also a mandolin instructor at the Berklee College of Music.

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Kim Richey

on Thu, 21 May 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm)

Two time Grammy-nominated Kim Richey is a storyteller who tugs at the heartstrings with a voice so pure, arresting and honest, it literally aches with life's truths. Over the past two decades Kim has released six critically acclaimed albums, been listed in the 'Top 10 Albums of 1999' in Time Magazine for her album Glimmer, plus received 4 stars in Rolling Stone and named 'Alt Country Album Of The Year' in People Magazine for her album Rise. She has written two #1 singles and had four others hit Top 10. Her songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood and James Morrison, she has sung on albums by Ryan Adams, Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter, and even appeared on a William Shatner record produced by Ben Folds. Most recently, a sublime array of guests feature on Kim's 2013 release, Thorn-In-My-Heart, including Jason Isbell, Wilco's Pat Sansone, My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel, Will Kimbrough and, returning the harmony singing favour, Trisha Yearwood.

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Harpa

on Thu, 21 May 2015 at Lossiemouth The Warehouse Theatre Doors at 6:30pm, Event starts 7:30pm

HARPA is a very unique and enthusiastic ensemble of musicians from all parts of the US. Their interpretation of traditional music from Northern lands such as Scotland, Sweden, Ireland and Norway, have helped shape modern foilk music in America today. Harp along with flute, fiddle and many more instruments harmonise old and new from the Celtic, Nordic and American music traditions. Don't miss this eclectic and creative group.

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Serious Presents Boubacar Traoré

on Thu, 21 May 2015 at London Rich Mix Doors 8pm, starts 8.30pm

Only Boubacar Traoré's voice can blend Niger and Mississippi river alluvia with such moving authenticity. His unique, inimitable, self-taught guitar technique owes a great deal to his kora influences, but its shades and phrasing also suggest the great black bluesmen of the deep South. 'Superbly atmospheric set from one of Mali's remaining great bluesman' (**** Songlines)

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Kevin Montgomery

on Thu, 21 May 2015 at Bristol The Tunnels Doors at 7.30pm

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Fairport Convention

on Thu, 21 May 2015 at Great Torrington The Plough Arts Centre Show Starts 8.00pm

Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene. Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music an evening with Fairport Convention will surprise and delight you.

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Reivers Rock And Blues Festival

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at Morpeth Clennell Hall Country House 7 pm onwards

Friday 8pm - Late Saturday 12 Noon - Late Sunday 12 Noon - Late Upon booking, please specify the number of and approx size of your tent, caravan or motorhome as pitches will be allocated.

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Chester Folk Festival 2015 - Weekend Tickets

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at Chester Folk Festival 12pm

A full bank holiday weekend of music, song and dance. Guests include John Tams & Barry Coope, The Churchfitters, Barluath, John Kikpatrick, The Young 'Uns, Jeff Davies & Brian Peters, Mischa MacPherson Trio, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Bob Fox, Cloudstreet, Keith Hancock, Jaywalkers and many more Concessions are available for students, OAP's and unwaged. Please bring proof of eligibility to the festival with you';

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Chester Folk Festival 2015 - Friday Tickets

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at Chester Folk Festival 12pm

A full bank holiday weekend of music, song and dance. Guests include John Tams & Barry Coope, The Churchfitters, Barluath, John Kikpatrick, The Young 'Uns, Jeff Davies & Brian Peters, Mischa MacPherson Trio, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Bob Fox, Cloudstreet, Keith Hancock, Jaywalkers and many more Concessions are available for students, OAP's and unwaged. Please bring proof of eligibility to the festival with you

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Jackie Oates

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at London St Pancras Old Church Doors Open 7:30pm, Live Music Starts 8:15

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VENUE IS A MIXED SEATING AND STANDING VENUE, PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO BE GUARANTEED A SEAT. --------------------------------------- 2011 fRoots Critics' Poll Album of the Year nominee 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Album of the Year nominee 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Folk Singer nominee Jackie Oates is a phenomenon in the exploding folk-pop scene in the UK today. Originally a member of The Mercury-nominated The Unthanks (then Rachel Unthank & The Winterset), she has since carved out an astonishing solo career which has made her a name to conjure with in folk music circles, in demand for work with other artists, cosmetics stores, collaborative projects, even the subject of pop-art.... She has toured toured as support to Mercury nominated folk-pop star Seth Lakeman. She's newly established as a member of the all-star multi-cultural folk band Imagined Village alongside Eliza Carthy, Chris Wood, Martin Carthy and more (recording for Radio 2 at Maida Vale Studios in June). She recently spent a week in the songwriting house of the Cecil Sharp Project which garnered major features on Radio 3's World on 3, Radio 4's Today programme and The Guardian. In the wake of this explosion of activity, Jackie released her new studio album 'Saturnine' in September 2011. She says of the album, 'The songs, their arrangements and instrumentation, and the album artwork are the result of a frenzy of current fascinations from viols, hand bells, eccentric percussion to the Saturn return, Joseph Cornell and Alphonse Mucha.' Through the album is a strong connection to the songs, tunesand people of her west country of England base, as well as a burgeoning maturity which sees her move on to new heights from her 2009 released 'Hyperboreans' album, which itself drew a landslide of rave reviews:'Jackie Oates is deservedly becoming a celebrity in the new folk scene' said The Guardian. 'English folk-pop...as pretty as some spring mornings.' said The Independent 'Saturnine' sees special guest contributions from Jim Moray, Alasdair Roberts, Karen Tweed and the little known Devon acoustic male voice line up The Claque. In March 2013 Jackie released an album of lullabies supported by two Lullabies tours in spring and autumn 2013. The project as a whole will include a new archive of lullabies collected by Jackie, being lodged in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at Cecil Sharp House in London, the home of the English Folk Dance & Song Society. The project is supported by funding from Arts Council England. www.jackieoates.co.uk

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Chris Smither

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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O'hooley & Tidow

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at Chorlton-cum-Hardy Wilbraham St. Ninian's Church 7:45pm (Doors) 8:30pm (On stage)

***** 'Boundless songwriting and exquisite harmonies that truly shine. Surely an album of the year.' THE GUARDIAN **** a MOJO Folk Album of the Year 2014 With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on BBC 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, culminating in a MOJO Folk Album of the Year award for groundbreaking album The Hum, O'Hooley & Tidow are regarded as lionhearted trailblazers of contemporary music and songwriting. Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi's powerful, deeply moving, and at times spine-tingling performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hardest of heart. Don't miss what will be a memorable evening in the wonderful surroundings of Wilbraham St Ninian's Church as part of Chorlton Arts Festival 2015 Please note: This is a seated show (unreserved). The venue has disabled access - if you require disabled access please contact ella@chorltonartsfestival.com

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O'hooley & Tidow

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at Chorlton-cum-Hardy Wilbraham St. Ninian's Church 7:45pm (Doors) 8:30pm (On stage)

***** 'Boundless songwriting and exquisite harmonies that truly shine. Surely an album of the year.' THE GUARDIAN **** a MOJO Folk Album of the Year 2014 With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on BBC 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, culminating in a MOJO Folk Album of the Year award for groundbreaking album The Hum, O'Hooley & Tidow are regarded as lionhearted trailblazers of contemporary music and songwriting. Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi's powerful, deeply moving, and at times spine-tingling performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hardest of heart. Don't miss what will be a memorable evening in the wonderful surroundings of Wilbraham St Ninian's Church as part of Chorlton Arts Festival 2015 Please note: This is a seated show (unreserved). The venue has disabled access - please email ella@chorltonartsfestival.com if disabled access is required.

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Miller Anderson And The Desperate Dan Band

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at Goring Conservative Club 7.30pm doors 8.30pm Music

Miller Anderson & Desperate Dan at The Conservative Club Mulberry Way Goring by sea MILLER ANDERSON & THE SENSATIONAL DESPERATE DAN BAND Miller Anderson is an outstanding vocalist and guitarist and an exceptional performer with a CV as long as your arm! He has played with Savoy Brown, Keef Hartley and T Rex in the '70's and is currently the front man for The Spencer Davis Group. The Sensational Desperate Dan Band is a blues act living up to their name, fronted by Bob Brookes and assisted by Nigel Bagge and , Fraser Wigg on Keyboards and last but not least, Jim Bryan and Terry Popple are the rhythm section. Get on down for some good time soulful blues and rock 'n' roll! Special Guest Jeremy Sherman

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Shindig - Winter Villains // Broads // Milly Hirst

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at Cambridge St Paul's Centre Doors at 8.00pm

£7 on the door / £5 advance Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/652491458206537/ More info TBA.

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Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, Doors open 7.30pm

A wonderful chance to catch two of Britain's most respected Blues players showcasing their own particular style of Roots Blues. Paul Lamb has forged himself a place in the history books as one of the greatest Blues Harmonica players of all time, winning countless awards and selling record-breaking numbers of albums whilst performing the world over with his band, The Kingsnakes. Long since inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame, Lamb continues to bring his infectious brand of music to fans all around the globe. Blues Vocalist and Guitarist Chad Strentz, billed as one of the best Blues singers in Europe, brings his own very distinctive vocal and guitar style to this cutting edge Blues and Roots duo.

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An Evening With Slaid Cleaves

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Travels around. Tries to be good. Just like his songs, it speaks volumes with a few well-chosen words but everyone knows that there's a lot more to Slaid Cleaves than that. His modesty disguises an incredible songwriting talent, he spins stories with a novelist's eye and a poet's heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter's latest album, 'Still Fighting the War' spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves' seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiselled

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Foghorn Stringband

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 8.00pm

Caleb Klauder mandolin Stephen 'Sammy' Lind fiddle Nadine Landry bass Reeb Willms guitar Foghorn Stringband is the present day shining gold standard for American string band music, with seven albums, thousands of shows, over a decade of touring under their belts and an entirely new generation of old-time musicians following their lead. Through all this, they've never let the music grow cold; instead they've been steadily proving that American roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration. Foghorn Stringband plays the old way, the way you'd have heard string bands play on Southern radio stations back in the 1930s. They don't fancy up the music to make it more modern, instead they reach into the heart of the songs, pulling out the deep emotions that made them so enduring in the first place. Performing live, these multi-instrumentalists gather around a single microphone in the middle of the stage, expertly balancing their sound on the fly, and creating the rarest of music: songs that are at once wildly virtuosic and intimately hand-crafted. Foghorn Stringband plays American roots music of the finest order. 'Portland's Foghorn String Band stands at the top of today's vibrant old-time music revival.' Art Menius 'There's an honesty to this music... It's pure and simple, ingredients that often go missing in this day and age. It just makes you want to get up and dance.' Old Time Herald 'If the band has one goal, it's to get gritty, but in Foghorn's case, 'gritty' does not mean rough or scratchy or untogether. It means with a huge wave of old-time noise bearing down.' Old Time Herald foghornstringband.com

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Houghton Weavers Live In Bamford

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at Bamford Village Institute 7.30pm

The North of England's favourite folk group visit Bamford in Derbyshire. The event is organised by Bamford Community Arts and Crafts.

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Chip Taylor With John Platania

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7.30pm, Show 8pm

One of our favourite artists, songwriters and people, Chip Taylor's life has been so colourful we'd need a whole website to fit in the details, but here's a taste.! Born James Wesley Voight and raised in Yonkers, New York, by Elmer, a golf professional, and Barbara, he is one of a trio of super-talented brothers; Jon is the Academy Award-winning actor and Barry is one of the foremost geologists in the world in the area of interpreting Volcanic activity, and is professor of geology at Penn State University. His niece is Angelina Jolie! During the 60s Chip was one of the most prolific and talented songwriters in the world. 'Wild Thing' and 'Angel of The Morning' are probably his two best known songs, but other Chip Taylor songs that are ingrained in American music are 'Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)' a performance favourite of Janis Joplin, 'I Can't Let Go' (The Hollies, Linda Ronstadt), 'Country Girl, City Man' (Ike and Tina Turner), 'Any Way That You Want Me' (The Troggs, Evie Sands, Juice Newton, Lita Ford) along with many others. Additionally, along with producing partner, Al Gorgoni, he discovered and produced James Taylor (James Taylor and The Flying Machine), and Evie Sands (her version of 'Any Way That You Want Me' became a big hit in 1968). They also produced Neil Diamond's 'Brooklyn Roads'. During a break from music in the 1980s, Chip turned his sights on gambling and the gaming tables, where he quickly gained notoriety with his black jack prowess; finishing third in the World Black Jack Championship in Las Vegas. Taylor became one of the most feared card counters in the land and was ultimately banned from every casino in Atlantic City! In the late 80s, along with friend, partner, and renowned handicapper, Ernest Dahlman, he garnered enormous winnings through his horse racing exploits, specifically in the form of massive pick six scores (wagers where often times you get paid enormous sums for picking six winners in a row). These windfalls are known throughout the gambling world and well documented by the I.R.S.! In 1993, Taylor went on a national songwriters tour with Midge Ure, Darden Smith, Rosie Flores and Don Henry. As a direct result, his creative juices started to flow again. Bonnie Raitt recorded his "Poppa Come Quick" on her Luck of the Draw album and several other artists started recording his new material. Taylor released his retrospective collection, Hit Man (Gadfly Records), containing his versions of 13 of his most successful songs. In 1997, The Living Room Tapes was released. Presented with an autobiographical honesty, it is an intimate look at Taylor's life and relationships. Taylor's next album, Seven Days In May (released April 1999 in the US), is a love story that includes two duets with Grammy winner Lucinda Williams and one duet with the legendary singer, Guy Clark. Taylor released the live album The London Sessions Bootleg + in 2000. Chip continues to write, record and produce via his own Train Wreck Records, where he hosts Carrie Rodriguez, Kendall Carson and the great guitarist and producer, John Platania (Van Morrison, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt and Judy Collins), with whom he appears tonight.

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Gordy/somers/walsh

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at Ashington Manor Buildings Barn Doors 7.00pm - Music from 8.00pm

Grant Gordy - (USA)Guitar/Vocals (credits include - The David Grisman Quintet, Darol Anger). Ben Somers - (UK)Upright Bass/Sax/Vocals(credits include - Dr John, Seal, Dizzee Rascal, Bruce Molsky, Dirk Powell). Joe K Walsh - (USA)Mandolin/Vocals.(described as one of the best mandolinists of his generation played with everyone from The Gibson Brothers & Bela Fleck to Emmylou Harris) This all star transatlantic trio describe what they play as ' contemporary acoustic music with influences such as bluegrass, jazz, folk and more.' Expect an evening of lickety-split bluegrass picking with mellow shades of be-bop. African rhythms and Old Time from Appalachia will be somewhere in the mix. All this in the intimate rural setting of the Manor Buildings barn. https://www.facebook.com/gosowal come early and enjoy a plate of food (additional donation on the night) or picnic in the garden - BYOB

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Ramon Goose & World Scatterlings

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, See Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ramon Goose is one of the most versitile and unique Blues artist of his generation, grounded in an education of the Blues & African styles, he has explored many distant musical genres and proudly presents his new touring band 'World Scatterlings' which features French pipes player Cassandre Balbar, Senegalese percussionist Ndene Ndiagne, Algerian percussionist Samir Nacer & Hungarian bassist Akos Hazsnos. Expect music of vibrant, earthy and bluesy nature with world rhythms. World Scatterlings is the latest project from blues guitar maestro Ramon Goose (West African Blues Project, Desert Rock), blending global soundscapes, rich melodies, percussion, pipes and Goose's virtuoso blues guitar playing, World Scatterlings provide an exciting new direction for this restless musical spirit. Born in England, from an early age Ramon was imbued with the music of the American South, especially pre-war Delta blues which influenced and continues to influence his guitar style. He has drawn inspiration from artists such as Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, Robert Johnson and Ry Cooder. He has performed and toured all over the world and strives to be one of the most exciting and ground breaking contemporary Blues artists, constantly looking to extend and expand his musical horizons. In 2008 he set out to discover the roots of the Blues. The journey took him to West Africa and he spent time in Dakar, Senegal playing with griot and other musicians. He co-wrote, performed on and produced the album "Mansana Blues" with Kora star Diabel Cissokho. It was released to critical acclaim in 2010 ( Downbeat Magazine poll winner). Tracks of Ramon have been featured on Putamayo's 2013 release "African Blues" and also the forthcoming African Blues compilation by World Music Network (April 2014). Through the years Ramon has worked with Eric Bibb, Pee Wee Ellis, Charlie Musslewhite, Chris Thomas King, Diabel Cissokho (Senegal), Daby Toure (Mauritania), Atongo Zimba (Ghana), Noumoucounda Cissoko, Najma Akhtar, Justin Adams & Julian Joseph to name a few. Ramon has come full circle with his latest venture 'World Scatterings', music of vibrant, earthy and bluesy nature with world rhythms.

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Helter Skelter Presents Spanner Jazz Punks + Rose Ford

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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Liverpool Acoustic Live Featuring Worry Dolls

on Fri, 22 May 2015 at Liverpool The View Two Gallery 7.45pm door, 8.15pm start

Liverpool Acoustic are proud to welcome back to Liverpool's View Two Gallery LIPA alumni Zoe Nicol and Rosie Jones, AKA Worry Dolls. Worry Dolls are an indie-folk duo from London who initially bonded through having the same fiery red locks. Their music is characterised by sublime harmonies and tongue-in-cheek, honest lyrics and they have received praise from Paul McCartney to Joan Armatrading. In the last 3 years, they have forged something substantially stronger than a hair colour match - a beautiful and captivating result. Supporting them on the night will be Hertfordshire's Alex Bayly, young singer songwriter Katy Galloway and one more act to be confirmed. Tickets are £5.00 in advance (+50p booking fee) or £6 on the door. The doors open at 7.45pm, music starts at 8.15pm and runs through to 10.45pm. Bar available. Unfortunately the performance space is on the third floor of the View Two Gallery and there is no lift access.

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Chester Folk Festival 2015 - Saturday Tickets

on Sat, 23 May 2015 at Chester Folk Festival 12pm

A full bank holiday weekend of music, song and dance. Guests include John Tams & Barry Coope, The Churchfitters, Barluath, John Kikpatrick, The Young 'Uns, Jeff Davies & Brian Peters, Mischa MacPherson Trio, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Bob Fox, Cloudstreet, Keith Hancock, Jaywalkers and many more Concessions are available for students, OAP's and unwaged. Please bring proof of eligibility to the festival with you

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Belshazzars Feast

on Sat, 23 May 2015 at Poole Skinner Street UR Church 7pm doors, 8pm music

Top cultured charismatic duo play in the exquisite natural acoustics of Skinner Street Church

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Belshazzars Feast

on Sat, 23 May 2015 at Poole Skinner Street UR Church 7pm doors, 8pm music

Top cultured charismatic duo play in the exquisite natural acoustics of Skinner Street Church

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The Curst Sons

on Sat, 23 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors@ 7pm. Pls see greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Nominated for Best Americana Act in the British Country Music Awards 2010 Nominated for Best Alt Country Album in the Independent Music Awards 2011 The Curst Sons stink of the backwoods -moonshine and diesel, a whiff of wood smoke, and just a hint of the graveyard. Add amplified instruments, a dry humour and a kick-ass stomp and old Americana comes screaming into the 21st century. Since 1998 The Curst Sons have released 5 studio CDs, played far too many pubs, clubs and festivals to remember, recorded two live sessions for Mark Lamarr on BBC Radio 2 and twice been Time Out magazine's critics choice. Their biggest appeal is that they manage to stay true to American folk musics rich lineage, while throwing in enough curve balls to piss off the folk puritanicals.

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Fairport Convention

on Sat, 23 May 2015 at Guildford Boileroom 7.30pm

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Bity Booker

on Sat, 23 May 2015 at London Betsey Trotwood Doors 7.00pm

Bity Booker live at The Betsey Trotwood 23rd of May 2015

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Elbow Jane Band In Concert At Aberystwyth F.c.

on Sat, 23 May 2015 at Aberystwyth Football Club Doors 7.00pm

ELBOW JANE BAND LIVE ON STAGE 8.00pm ABERYSTWYTH FOOTBALL CLUB. JOHN CHARLES LOUNGE.

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Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

on Sat, 23 May 2015 at Great Torrington The Plough Arts Centre Show Starts 8.15pm

Laura Cortese has built a distinguished career following a path that led her to be one of the most in-demand musical partners and collaborators on the circuit while continuing to make her own music The fiddler/vocalist and song-writer who digs deep and aims high, is one of the busiest individuals on the circuit. But, it's been as Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards that she has made the biggest impression. It's bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock 'n'roll swagger. The 2013-issued album, Into The Dark, won glowing reviews and a huge amount of radio exposure, and was described by AmericanaUK as a beautifully-constructed amalgam of traditional and contemporary country music." Songlines magazine praised it as "a celebration of American string playing par excellence," while fRoots mag said they were powerful, gutsy and almost certainly set to make musical waves." R2 magazine described the album as being like "an unlikely heaven-sent artistic collision between Jackie Oates, Scott Skinner and ELO," and Folkwords said it was "Remarkably impressive." Bandmates Valerie Thompson and Mariel Vandersteel bring their own multi-genre credentials to embellish the stylish mix. In The Gallery

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The Penny Black Remedy + The Hallelujah Trails + J.d Smith + Tara Minton Quartet *3am Late Night*

on Sat, 23 May 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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The Penny Black Remedy + The Hallelujah Trails + J.d Smith + Tara Minton Quartet *3am Late Night*

on Sat, 23 May 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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Reg Meuross - Gig & Session At The William Morris Pub Walthamstow

on Sat, 23 May 2015 at London William Morris Pub - Walthamstow Doors 7pm Show starts 8pm

Another night at the William Morris Bar Walthamstow that William Morris himself would have approved of. Reg Meuross is a true modern day troubadour commenting on life as he sees it, with some of the most beautifully disarming songs and lyrics ever written. FolkWords awarded England Green & England Grey Album of the Year 2014, and said Reg's songs are 'the hinges upon which swing the doors of perceptive English folk' Come and listen, and bring your songs and your instruments too. £8 adv £10 on the door. Info: 07832 200980

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Chester Folk Festival 2015 - Sunday Tickets

on Sun, 24 May 2015 at Chester Folk Festival 12pm

A full bank holiday weekend of music, song and dance. Guests include John Tams & Barry Coope, The Churchfitters, Barluath, John Kikpatrick, The Young 'Uns, Jeff Davies & Brian Peters, Mischa MacPherson Trio, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Bob Fox, Cloudstreet, Keith Hancock, Jaywalkers and many more Concessions are available for students, OAP's and unwaged. Please bring proof of eligibility to the festival with you

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Fairport Convention Spring Tour 2015

on Sun, 24 May 2015 at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge Doors 7pm for 8pm start

Yes it's true. Not only is Canterbury lucky enough to have Fairport include us on their rockin Winter Tour, but we're also thrilled to host the very special and intimate Spring Acoustic Tour AS WELL! The guys are back at the beautiful Cathedral Lodge which they love to play. So if you missed out on a Winter Tour ticket - here's your chance to see them, but do come again anyway because there is no band like Fairport. We sadly missed out on the first 30 years of this amazing band, but as this will be their 7th visit to us at Folk in the Barn - you could say we're making up for lost time. After nearly 50 years on the road Fairport Convention, the originators of British folk-rock music, remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene. This year's Spring Tour features all five members of Fairport and presents a more intimate take on the band's repertoire. This concert will showcase brand new songs and tunes from the band's 2015 album Myths And Heroes. - however, favourites from the band's back catalogue will not be forgotten. Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and lead vocals, Dave Pegg on bass and backing vocals, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and lead vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on percussion. Fairport has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and the band was recently the subject of a major music documentary on BBC Four television. Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport's groundbreaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'; Doors 7pm for 8pm start Tickets Online £20 (plus 10% booking fee) In advance from FitB £22 (cash, cheque, by post or at gigs or Hobgoblin Canterbury) On the Door £23

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Carmina

on Sun, 24 May 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

Carmina began their career in Bristol in the 1990's; since then they have toured all over the world and recorded five albums, two of which were produced by the highly-respected Irish musician Donal Lunny. Their music is an intoxicating blend of Celtic-inspired themes and jazz improvisation, woven together in powerful original songs. Carmina's award-winning songwriters and founders Pippa Marland (vocals, saxes, Irish whistles) and Rob King (acoustic guitar, mandola, bodhran) return with their core band to the Chapel Arts for a gig which will feature new material for their next album, due to be recorded this year at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios. For this special event they'll be joined by their regular band: the wonderful Gina Griffin (fiddle/vocals), maverick genius Paul Bradley (guitar/vocals) and legendary UK jazz player Geoff Castle (piano/vocals). 'Glorious... gorgeously haunting' - Time Out 'Powerful and spritually uplifting' - The Guardian 'Jazz, folk and celtic fusion that mesmerises and bewitches' - Irish Times www.carmina.co.uk

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Bruce Molsky - Tea And Tunes

on Sun, 24 May 2015 at Inverness Glen Urquhart Public Hall 4.00pm

One of the most influential old-time fiddlers of his generation, two-time Grammy nominee, and the defining virtuoso of Appalachia's folk music traditions, we're delighted to welcome Bruce Molsky back to Drumnadrochit for one of our famous "Tea & Tunes" concerts. A chance to hear a real maestro up close in a relaxed, intimate village hall setting, with tea and home baking in the interval (included in ticket price) Children under 18 £2 (payable on the door) - and welcome.

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Singaround

on Sun, 24 May 2015 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

Bring a song or two, join in, or just come and listen! Sue Graves, one of the resident singers at TwickFolk, says: All the music at TwickFolk is live and our singarounds give everyone a chance to sing, play an instrument, recite a poem or tell a story. If you just want to sit back and listen, that's also fine. In fact listening, and paying attention to the words and music, is what an evening of folk is all about. Taking part in a singaround isn't at all like an open mike session or performing on stage. There won't be a microphone. We welcome musical contributions from everyone, young or old and we will be encouraging everyone to join in with the choruses. Non-performers are welcome to come and there is no need to pre-book.

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Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

on Sun, 24 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Laura Cortese has built a distinguished career following a path that led her to be one of the most in-demand musical partners and collaborators on the circuit while continuing to make her own music The fiddler/vocalist and song-writer who digs deep and aims high, grew up in San Francisco and moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music and is one of the busiest individuals on the circuit. But, it's been as Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards that she has made the biggest impression. It's bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock 'n'roll swagger. The 2013-issued album, Into The Dark, won glowing reviews and a huge amount of radio exposure, and was described by AmericanaUK as a beautifully-constructed amalgam of traditional and contemporary country music." Songlines magazine praised it as "a celebration of American string playing par excellence," while fRoots mag said they were powerful, gutsy and almost certainly going to make musical waves." R2 magazine described the album as being like "an unlikely heaven-sent artistic collision between Jackie Oates, Scott Skinner and ELO," and Folkwords said it was "Remarkably impressive." Bandmates Valerie Thompson and Mariel Vandersteel bring their own multi-genre credentials to embellish the stylish mix. www.thisislauracortese.com

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An Evening With Chip Taylor

on Sun, 24 May 2015 at Leyland Fox Lane Sports Club Doors at 7.30pm

The New York Times says it best about Chip Taylor: If you only know him as the as the guy who wrote 'Wild Thing' and 'Angel of the Morning you don't know him! Chip Taylor is making some of the most distinctive acoustic music around today. He's written songs that have been recorded by Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and Frank Sinatra with a passion that still burns brightly today. For a short time, after refusing to play by the Nashville establishment rules, Taylor gave up music for full-time professional gambling but he soon returned to music. All bets are off on this being a night that will linger in the memory of anyone who loves a good songwriter as this is a winner. More details at www.mrkite.org

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Lori Campbell

on Sun, 24 May 2015 at Sidmouth St Theresa's Hall 7.30pm

Sidmouth Acoustic Sessions

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Peatbog Faeries / Coco & The Butterfields

on Sun, 24 May 2015 at Clitheroe The Grand 7pm

The Isle of Skye's Peatbog Faeries return to the Grand for the third time for a very special Spring Bank Holiday Celtic dance night on Sunday, May 24th, 2015. This appearance follows the release of their new album in the spring so expect to hear lots of new music from this legendary band. Adding to the appeal of this night will be an appearance from Coco and The Butterfields. Colourful, energetic and crowd-stamping, CoCo and the Butterfields express all the fun and vibrance of a village folk fair, throwing in powerful vocals and a beatbox to deliver catchy songs resonating in a stadium-filling pop and urban rap vibe. They promise to warm the dancefloor up to a fever pitch before the Peatbogs deliver their signature sound drawn as it is from a dazzling myriad of influences from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more. "Welcome to the weird but undoubtedly wonderful world of The Peatbog Faeries, Skye's finest, where you should always expect the unexpected. Gloriously unpredictable, a band to treasure." fRoots Peatbog Fairies are: Peter Morrison (pipes and whistles), Ross Couper (fiddle), Tom Salter (guitar), Innes Hutton (bass, percussion) Graeme Stafford (keyboards) and Stuart Haikney (drums). They have toured the world taking their inventive and unique brand of music and light show to audiences far and wide, never failing to fill the floor and delight the crowd. This is high octane Celtic dance music as you've never heard it before. Be prepared to dance.

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Chester Folk Festival 2015 - Monday Tickets

on Mon, 25 May 2015 at Chester Folk Festival 12pm

A full bank holiday weekend of music, song and dance. Guests include John Tams & Barry Coope, The Churchfitters, Barluath, John Kikpatrick, The Young 'Uns, Jeff Davies & Brian Peters, Mischa MacPherson Trio, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Bob Fox, Cloudstreet, Keith Hancock, Jaywalkers and many more Concessions are available for students, OAP's and unwaged. Please bring proof of eligibility to the festival with you

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Clive Gregson

on Mon, 25 May 2015 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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Clive Gregson

on Mon, 25 May 2015 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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Stuart Forester And Carol Anderson

on Mon, 25 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music 8:30pm

Stuart Forester has quite some stories to tell. And that burning desire to chronicle the passage of life is fully realised on his new album A Yard Of Ale, released 1st May 2013 through Melonstone Records. '...blessed with a resonant, classic English-folk voice...he can also write, play and sing touching, searching and pointedly perceptive narrative-rich folk songs. For assurance, were any needed, his latest album 'A Yard of Ale' is the only testament required. These are songs that you'll want to hear again and again.' Tim Carroll. Folkwords Stuart Forester is a South London based songwriter in the folk tradition who is a regular at the legendary Cecil Sharp House Folk Club in Camden and can be seen frequently on the London folk scene. Recent supports to Dick Gaughan, Jackie Oates, Lucy Ward, Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts, Carrie Elkin and Martin Carthy have been greatly received, leading to headline bookings at some well-established London folk venues throughout 2013.

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The Foghorn Stringband

on Mon, 25 May 2015 at Towersey The Three Horseshoes Doors 7:30pm On stage 8:00pm Finish 10:15pm

Foghorn Stringband is the present day shining gold standard for American string band music, with seven albums, thousands of shows, over a decade of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of old-time musicians following their lead. Through all this, they've never let the music grow cold; instead they've been steadily proving that American roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration. From their origins in Portland Oregon's underground roots music scene, the core duo of Foghorn Stringband:Caleb Klauder, whose wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking have always been the heart of the band, and Stephen Sammy Lind, perhaps the best old-time fiddler of his generation, have spread the old-time string band gospel all over the world. Along the way, they've brought in influences and inspirations from their many travels and fellow bandmates. Vintage country songs became a part of Foghorn Stringband thanks to Klauder's intense passion for the music; and frequent visits to Louisiana have inspired the group to bring Cajun songs into the repertoire. Canadian singer and bassist Nadine Landry, from Québec by way of the Yukon, joined the band in 2008, bringing powerful vocals and a wealth of new songs, many of which are descended from her Acadian roots through the Cajun music tradition. Singer and guitarist Reeb Willms came down from Bellingham in 2011 with a suitcase of old, vintage songs and a powerfully beautiful, pure voice born in the farmlands of central Washington State. These gals add a new dimension to the Foghorn Stringband, providing tight female duets, and a rhythm section that's as rock solid as they come. The band's music is as furiously compelling as ever, as Foghorn continues to break the good news about Southern old-time music to new generations. Foghorn Stringband turns any weeknight into a joyful, rowdy Saturday night, as they travel from coast to coast and across the pond, playing over 200 dates a year. They are also band-mates to world renowned master old-time musician Dirk Powell, and Cajun legends Joel Savoy and Jesse Lége. Recent festivals and venues include Tonder, Fire in the Mountain, the California Bluegrass Association's Father's Day Bluegrass Festival, ROMP, Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, Wide Open Bluegrass, Celtic Connections, Pickathon, among countless others. Foghorn Stringband plays the old way, the way you'd have heard string bands play on Southern radio stations back in the 1930s. They don't fancy up the music to make it more modern, instead they reach into the heart of the songs, pulling out the deep emotions that made them so enduring in the first place. Performing live, these multi-instrumentalists gather around a single microphone in the middle of the stage, expertly balancing their sound on the fly, and creating the rarest of music: songs that are at once wildly virtuosic and intimately hand-crafted. Foghorn Stringband plays American roots music of the finest order.

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Chris Cleverley - Full Band Show

on Mon, 25 May 2015 at Moseley The Prince of Wales Doors 7:30pm

Whispers have been spreading far and wide around the new British Folk Scene about Chris Cleverley and his haunting tales of ghost women, lonesome clock towers, lovelorn mariners and hospital beds. From touring the UK festivals to sharing the bill with such heavyweights as Spiers & Boden, Martha Tilston and Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Chris has stirred up a formidable word-of-mouth reputation and a buzzing anticipation for his forthcoming record, 'Apparitions'. "One of the highlights of this year's festival" - Stroud Folk Festival "Sublime" - Martha Tilston

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Slaid Cleaves An Evening With

on Tue, 26 May 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30PM

Slaid returns to the Greystones Join us for an evening with this amazing songwriter. Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist's eye and a poet's heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter's Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves' seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. Slaid's a craftsman, says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on Texas Love Song. He goes about his songs like a woodworker. Accordingly, Cleaves' earthy narratives stand oak strong. Men go off to war for a hundred reasons/But they all come home with the same demons, he sings on the album's title track. Some you can keep at bay for a while/Some will pin you to the floor/You've been home for a couple of years now, buddy/But you're still fighting the war. Few writers frame bruised souls as clearly. Fewer still deliver a punch with such striking immediacy.

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Miriam Jones

on Tue, 26 May 2015 at London The Borderline Doors 7pm

A small town British Columbia native, Miriam Jones has written and recorded on the Nova Scotia coast, in Nashville (her family heritage) and England where she has since settled. After putting together her first solo acoustic album in 2007, Jones hit the home of Country Music to work with Grammy-award nominee Charlie Peacock. Her vocal lilt may lend itself naturally to the Grand Ole Opry, but the resulting album, 'Being Here' (2009), comes off as anything but a cookie-cutter, session-player phone-in, its mixture of Folk-Pop stylings and classic song writing redolent of the greats of early 70's southern California with its intimate, soulful and unvarnished performances. CBC Radio One described it as 'a fun, sometimes poignant, and entirely enjoyable effort from one of the West Coast's rising young artists,' and one of the tracks landed a spot in CTV's 'Falcon Beach' drama. Over the years Jones has continued her contributions in the realm of film and TV, often fashioning bespoke songs inspired by the specific characters or plot-lines.

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Tim Eriksen & Eliza Carthy

on Wed, 27 May 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7pm Show Starts 8pm

As well as both wearing their hearts on their sleeves, Tim and Eliza also share an outward-looking musical vision, drawing inspiration from a broad range of sources. When we heard that Tim and Eliza were doing some rare duo dates to plug the live album 'Bottle' captured during their 2013 tour and couldn't resist bringing them to The Live Room! Simply one of the greats of the modern folk music scene, Eliza was recently presented with an MBE for her services to folk music and has been twice-nominated for a prestigious Nationwide Mercury Music Prize with 1998's 'Red Rice' and 2003's 'Anglicana'. She is also the winner of more than five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, has presented awards for MOJO magazine and been invited to judge at both the Q Awards and the Ivor Novello Awards. In 2003 she became the first English traditional musician to be nominated for a BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music. She was a regular co-presenter on the Sony-Award-winning BBC R2 Mark Radcliffe show and has made several appearances on BBC TV's 'Later With Jools Holland', as well as various TV shows across the World including NBC's Late Show with Conan O'Brian. In addition, Eliza has presented her own four-part series on the history of English folk music on BBC R2, was the subject of an hour-long documentary (ITV's 'Heaven and Earth'). In May 2008 she was the subject of another documentary on Channel 5, 'My Music' and also featured prominently in the acclaimed BBC Four 'Folk Britannia' season. Tim Eriksen is equally acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto - a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass - creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges from the bare bones of solo unaccompanied singing on 'Soul of the January Hills' (Appleseed 2010) through the stripped-down voice and bajo sexto Christmas album 'Star in the East' to the lush, multi-layered arrangements on Josh Billings Voyage, a new album of northern roots American music. Tim was also famously featured singing the haunting 'Idumea' over a battle scene in the late Anthony Minghella's Civil War film 'Cold Mountain.'

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Crh Music Presents Chuck Prophet And Mission Express

on Wed, 27 May 2015 at Bristol The Tunnels Doors at 7.30pm

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Jordie Lane

on Wed, 27 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, See Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Warmly relaxed, folk-cloaked alt-country with feet planted in the 70s is the mode of choice, his nasal voice evocative of Tweedy, Adams and Parsons with just a hint of Orbison when he goes for the warble" Folk Radio UK Jordie Lane's music seems like it comes from another place and time. The songs are nostalgic and immediately affecting, his rhythmic guitar playing is authentic and raw, and the rich resonance of his voice is simply otherworldly. It is a voice that has taken Lane around the world, performing major festivals in the US, Canada, UK and Australia, and touring with the likes of Billy Bragg, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Old Crow Medicine Show, Neko Case, Cat Power, Ruthie Foster and The Moody Blues. Australia's leading folk/roots magazine Rhythms have called Lane one of Australia's brightest new roots music stars and Rolling Stone Magazine said his debut album Sleeping Patterns may well come to be regarded as one of the most assured ever by a local artist. Lane's latest EP Not Built To Last has been released to glowing reviews, the Sydney Morning Herald proclaiming this guy is one of the country's contemporary legendsfile it under K for Keeper in a 4.5 star review, while The Brag Magazine said there are few musicians who can find, develop and master their own style as quickly or as professionally as Jordie Lane has done.

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Price And Genders Plus Nicole

on Wed, 27 May 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Price and Genders are singer/songwriters who are well known on the music scene for many years, both performing in a number of Blues and Folk bands. Music is their passion and their influences include Blues and Americana Folk. Together they compliment each other whilst entertaining audiences. Nicole is a singer/songwriter who has been performing for many years around the local folk scene. She has a voice that excites and sooths the nerves at the same time as she performs her own songs. Influences include Sandy Denny and Mary Black.

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Trio Manouche

on Wed, 27 May 2015 at London Cafe Barcelona Doors 7pm, Band 8.30pm

Part of the Cafe Barcelona World Music Festival. Trio Manouche are probably the UK's best-loved gypsy swing ensemble, playing music it's impossible not to love with infectious energy, virtuosity and joy, bringing together the core repertoire of gypsy guitar legend Django Reinhardt with the band's own foot-tapping arrangements of trad swing greats such as Nat King Cole, and bandleader Simon Harris's highly acclaimed original material. Light food, tapas and drinks available on the night. www.triomanouche.co.uk PLEASE NOTE that this is a seated venue, first come first serve basis, and some seating has better view than others. Some members of the public may have to be standing if the event is full.

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Cloudstreet.

on Thu, 28 May 2015 at Glossop The Globe Inn 8pm

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Katie Buckhaven Band

on Thu, 28 May 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

Katie's music is an evocative blend of the traditional and the contemporary. She honed her style playing across France and Spain, soaking up the passion of the traditional musicians there. Her unique and free style fuses these influences with the pop and rock she grew up with. She cites Janice Ian, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Fleetwood Mac and Lissie amongst her diverse influences. Her voice is breathtaking, fragile and haunting. The Daily Mail called it "outstanding" and the Guardian gave her debut album a 4-star rating. But most importantly for those who return to see her time and again, she possesses the ability to leave an audience completely spellbound and hushed by the power of her live performance. Whilst working on her 3rd studio album, Katie is taking time out to perform around the country. Join her and the band for what is sure to be an intimate and memorable evening.

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Virgil And The Accelerators

on Thu, 28 May 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7pm

Having made a statement of intent with their stunning all original debut album The Radium, followed by a series of high profile shows with legends such as Michael Schenker, Uriah Heep, Johnny Winter and Wilko Johnson. VATA are now establishing themselves as one of the UK's premier exponents of high energy Blues Rock. April 2013 saw the release of 'Live From Marshall' a spectacular DVD capture of their stunning live sold out show at the holy grail of sound 'Marshall Amplification'. Featuring Virgil McMahon - guitar & vocals, Gabriel McMahon - drums and Jack Alexander Timmis - bass & vocals.

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Sharp's Appalachian Harvest, With Jeff Davis And Brian Peters

on Thu, 28 May 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm.

100 years ago Cecil Sharp toured remote communities in the Appalachian Mountains in search of old folk songs. He discovered new versions of many great ballads as well as songs and tunes of American origin. In this ambitious multi-media show Jeff Davis (USA) and Brian Peters (England) present some of Sharp's finds, alongside accounts of his journeys, descriptions of the source singers, and some of his evocative photographs.

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Sharp's Appalachian Harvest, With Jeff Davis And Brian Peters

on Thu, 28 May 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm.

100 years ago Cecil Sharp toured remote communities in the Appalachian Mountains in search of old folk songs. He discovered new versions of many great ballads as well as songs and tunes of American origin. In this ambitious multi-media show Jeff Davis (USA) and Brian Peters (England) present some of Sharp's finds, alongside accounts of his journeys, descriptions of the source singers, and some of his evocative photographs.

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The Demon Barbers Xl

on Thu, 28 May 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 8.00pm

Renowned for their no holds barred approach to their live shows The Demon Barbers return to the concert stage with a new repertoire, extra band members and a modern twist to their multi-award winning Roadshow. Since winning 'Best Live Act' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009 The Demon Barbers have been immersed in the development of their Folk & Hip Hop Dance Extravaganza The Lock In. Following a number of successful UK tours, including high profile shows at Glastonbury Festival and five star reviews for their two-week run at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Demon Barbers now bring some of the UK's most exciting young Clog, Sword, Hip Hop & Break dancers onto the concert stage to create the live folk music & dance spectacular of the year! The XL show features new material from their latest album Disco At The Tavern, a collaboration with Grammy & Emmy Award winners Donal Hodgson and Kipper, best known for their work with Sting. Combining solid traditional acoustic instruments and songs with the added oomph of a superbly tight rhythm section they create a unique and captivating sound. Energetic fiddle and passionate, distinctive vocals 'with driven punchy tunes and songs, drum 'n' bass grooves, the odd touch of ska and an ever present feel that this lot know how to party' result in 'one of the most exciting acts around... check them out....' fRoots 'Floor-shaking live music that alone justifies the price of the ticket' The Independent 'One of the best live bands I've ever seen. If you get a chance to see them - don't miss it - they are brilliant' Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 thedemonbarbers.co.uk

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An Evening With Kim Richey

on Thu, 28 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, Music @ 8pm.

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Two time Grammy-nominated Kim Richey is a storyteller who tugs at the heartstrings - with a voice so pure, arresting and honest, it literally aches with life's truths. Over the past two decades Kim has released six critically acclaimed albums, been listed in the 'Top 10 Albums of 1999' in Time Magazine for her album Glimmer, plus received 4 stars in Rolling Stone and named 'Alt Country Album Of The Year' in People Magazine for her album Rise. She has written two #1 singles and had four others hit Top 10. Her songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood and James Morrison, she has sung on albums by Ryan Adams, Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter, and even appeared on a William Shatner record produced by Ben Folds. Most recently, a sublime array of guests feature on Kim's 2013 release, Thorn-In-My-Heart, including Jason Isbell, Wilco's Pat Sansone, My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel, Will Kimbrough and, returning the harmony singing favour, Trisha Yearwood. An Ohio native, Kim now resides in Nashville. Her songs have been featured in film and TV and she continues to travel the world - never being afraid to go where the inspiration is.

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Adrian Roye Live At The Shop Sessions

on Thu, 28 May 2015 at Sandbach The Cycle Junction Doors at 7.30pm Music starts at 8pm

We are very excited to have London based Adrian Roye with us in May. Since hearing the single 'Plastic Bag Goldfish' we have fallen in love with the sound of Adrian Roye. Adrian has a wonderful album out as part of the band Adrian Roye & the Exiles called Reclaimed. Adrian's richly emotive vocals and guitar lie at the heart of his sound, in a style reminiscent of singer-songwriters like Tracy Chapman, Joan Armatrading and Ray LaMontagne. Basically another not to be missed Shop Session. We can't wait!!

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Mark Morriss (the Bluetones)

on Thu, 28 May 2015 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop Doors at 7.00pm

"You are the scream of a jet/ You are a whispered amen/It's not a question of if anymore/It's a question of when..." 'It's Hard To Be Good All the Time" Can it really be twenty years since Mark Morriss first shimmied into our lives as singer with The Bluetones? Apparently so. But thirteen hit singles, three Top Ten albums and a collaboration with a national treasure later -more of which shortly- - his ability to sieve poetry from the colander of every day life remains unique. "I always try to add little things that most songs wouldn't use," he says of the lyrics on his remarkable first solo album 'proper', A Flash Of Darkness. "If I can squeeze a mention of Bergerac into a song (as he does in surefire smash 'Consuela') then I'm happy." While it might not take Jersey's finest to track down a copy, it's fair to say that the release of Mark's folk-infused solo debut, Memory Muscle, in 2008 was low key, despite string arrangements from the legendary composer David Arnold. However, it wasn't until The Bluetones split up in October 2011 that he thought seriously about his next move. "To be honest I didn't know what I was going to do," he says with typical candour. "So I threw a lot of irons into the fire." While one of these resulted in him writing the music for David Walliams' audio books ("great fun"), he was still writing songs. Only this time, with a view to other people singing them. "It really freed me up. But the songs I came up with were so personal I realized they might be difficult for anyone else to sing them." Rather than let the songs, as he puts it, 'end up on the shelf', Mark headed to 'a shed in Surrey' with long term Bluetones collaborator Gordon Mills. As the sessions progressed, so the pent-up frustrations of the past few years poured out. "Personally I went through quite a difficult time, and is often the way, that was translated into the songs." If there's a confessional, cathartic edge to A Flash Of Darkness, it also comes with tunes of tungsten-strength. 'Guilty Again' is a conscious nod to '70's soft-rock icon Andrew Gold, while 'This Is The Lie' splices a jaunty sea shanty against some brutal self-analysis. Throw in a pair choice covers - a dreamy take on The Shins' Pink Bullets', an acoustic overhaul for Kavinsky's electro noir 'Nightcall', best known from the 'Drive' soundtrack- and you've got an album which proves that a dark night of the soul often brings artistic illumination. "The album title refers to that moment when you've just turned off the light and everything remains semi-lit for a split second," says Mark, referring back to his lowest point. "It's a revelation of a bad thing, rather than a good thing. Whisper it, but Mark Morriss' light bulb moment might just have resulted in his best album yet. Barricades Rise - With over 15 years together honing their musical partnership, Barricades Rise AKA Jonathan Coates and Michael McEntee have mastered the art of sounding like a 9-piece band encased in 2 acoustic guitars and vocals, taking the over-ripe Acoustic folk scene and turning it on it's head. They infuse each song, each performance with that life-affirming partnership they have, effortlessly gliding from glorious harmonies to stomping, head-banging riffs. The duo shine in their live shows with the pair leaving the stage covered in sweat and minus a few guitar strings, nearly breaking the floor in the process with their raucous stomping. Since hitting the acoustic scene they have supported Roddy Woomble (Idlewild), Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Gabriella Cilmi and more. They released their debut album You And Your Adored in 2009, an EP No Love Lost in 2010 and their second album All I Have Is Here in 2011. They took a break to concentrate on family life and new businesses but in 2015 are reigniting the flame to write and record album 3 Barricades Rise 8.15-9.00 Mark Morriss 9.20-10.10 Bar til 11

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From Russia With Love - Music And Dance Show

on Thu, 28 May 2015 at London St John's, Notting Hill 7.30 - 9.30pm

Magic Violin presents: FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Music and Dance Show at St John's Notting Hill part of the Notting Hill Mayfest 2015 Thursday 28th May, 7.30pm 9.15pm The Notting Hill Mayfest is proud to welcome back the Musical Director and lead performer of the acclaimed 'Balkan Organ Carnival' debut performance, Gundula Gruen, with her newest production, 'From Russia With Love'. Expect a stunning show of traditional Roma music and dance, from Russia and around, showcasing virtuosic music and fiery traditional Gypsy dance-art. Come and enjoy well-loved Gypsy favourites and rare musical treasures in distinct arrangements with striking dance choreographies, bringing a little piece of Roma nostalgia and passion to the audience. The show has been produced by Gundula Gruen alias Magic Violin who is well-known to St John's from previous popular performances like the 'Balkan Organ Carnival' - celebration of St John's restored organ. Line-up: Gundula Gruen - violin, vocals Natasha Kvach - vocals Josh Middleton - accordion Jeremy Halliwell - guitar Elizabeth Nott - percussion Gypsy dancers Tickets in advance: £12 - Best View £9 - Regular View £7 - Concession £5 - Standing places

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From Russia With Love - Music And Dance Show

on Thu, 28 May 2015 at London St John's, Notting Hill 7.30 - 9.30pm

From Russia With Love at St John's Notting Hill Thursday 28th May, 7.30pm 9.15pm Tickets: see below The Notting Hill Mayfest is proud to welcome back the Musical Director and lead performer of the acclaimed 'Balkan Organ Carnival' debut performance, Gundula Gruen, with her newest production, From Russia With Love. A stunning show of traditional Roma music and dance, from Russia and around, showcasing virtuosic music and fiery traditional Gypsy dance-art. Come and enjoy well-loved Gypsy favourites and rare musical treasures in distinct arrangements with striking dance choreographies, bringing a little piece of Roma nostalgia and passion to the audience. The show has been produced by Gundula Gruen alias Magic Violin who is well-known to St John's from previous popular performances like the 'Balkan Organ Carnival' - celebration of St John's restored organ. Line-up: Gundula Gruen - violin, vocals Natasha Kvach - vocals Josh Middleton - accordion Jamie Le Mercier - guitar Sass Hoory - percussion And gypsy dancers Tickets in advance: £12 - Best View £9 - Regular View £7 - Concession £5 - Standing places Door Sale in the evening from 6.30pm. Ticket prices on the door: £14 - Best View £11 - Regular View £9 - Concession £5 - Standing places www.russiangypsysoul.co.uk

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From Russia With Love - Music And Dance Show

on Thu, 28 May 2015 at London St John's, Notting Hill 7.30 - 9.30pm

From Russia With Love at St John's Notting Hill Thursday 28th May, 7.30pm 9.15pm Tickets: see below The Notting Hill Mayfest is proud to welcome back the Musical Director and lead performer of the acclaimed 'Balkan Organ Carnival' debut performance, Gundula Gruen, with her newest production, From Russia With Love. A stunning show of traditional Roma music and dance, from Russia and around, showcasing virtuosic music and fiery traditional Gypsy dance-art. Come and enjoy well-loved Gypsy favourites and rare musical treasures in distinct arrangements with striking dance choreographies, bringing a little piece of Roma nostalgia and passion to the audience. The show has been produced by Gundula Gruen alias Magic Violin who is well-known to St John's from previous popular performances like the 'Balkan Organ Carnival' - celebration of St John's restored organ. Line-up: Gundula Gruen - violin, vocals Natasha Kvach - vocals Josh Middleton - accordion Jamie Le Mercier - guitar Sass Hoory - percussion And gypsy dancers Tickets in advance: £12 - Best View £9 - Regular View £7 - Concession £5 - Standing places Door Sale in the evening from 6.30pm. Ticket prices on the door: £14 - Best View £11 - Regular View £9 - Concession £5 - Standing places www.russiangypsysoul.co.uk

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From Russia With Love - Music And Dance Show

on Thu, 28 May 2015 at London St John's, Notting Hill 7.30 - 9.30pm

From Russia With Love at St John's Notting Hill Thursday 28th May, 7.30pm 9.15pm Tickets: see below The Notting Hill Mayfest is proud to welcome back the Musical Director and lead performer of the acclaimed 'Balkan Organ Carnival' debut performance, Gundula Gruen, with her newest production, From Russia With Love. A stunning show of traditional Roma music and dance, from Russia and around, showcasing virtuosic music and fiery traditional Gypsy dance-art. Come and enjoy well-loved Gypsy favourites and rare musical treasures in distinct arrangements with striking dance choreographies, bringing a little piece of Roma nostalgia and passion to the audience. The show has been produced by Gundula Gruen alias Magic Violin who is well-known to St John's from previous popular performances like the 'Balkan Organ Carnival' - celebration of St John's restored organ. Line-up: Gundula Gruen - violin, vocals Natasha Kvach - vocals Josh Middleton - accordion Jamie Le Mercier - guitar Sass Hoory - percussion And gypsy dancers Tickets in advance: £12 - Best View £9 - Regular View £7 - Concession £5 - Standing places Door Sale in the evening from 6.30pm. Ticket prices on the door: £14 - Best View £11 - Regular View £9 - Concession £5 - Standing places www.russiangypsysoul.co.uk

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Fado With Special Guest

on Thu, 28 May 2015 at London Cafe Barcelona Doors 7pm, band at 8.30pm

Part of the 1st World Music Festival in Cafe Barcelona, Streatham, be prepared for a great night of soulful Fado, the folk-blues from Portugal, with one it's new powerful voices and her band, who has appeared at WOMAD and BBC Radio 3. PLEASE NOTE: this is a seated event, although some members of the public may have to be standing if the venue is full. First come first serve basis. Some food and light bites, wines available on the night.

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Matt Edwards Band Album Launch

on Thu, 28 May 2015 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors 8pm, music 8.30 - 11pm

We have loved Matt Edwards and his band since they first played for Haven Club, supporting Buddy Whittington and Ron Sayer. He is an original blues rock musician from the south of England. His music is passionate, alternative blues, packed full of groove and power. Matt released his debut album 'Follow The Plan' in 2012, writing and playing all of the instruments himself. Since then Matt has recruited an exciting live band and is playing across the UK in 2015 including the iconic 100 Club. Having just recorded his long awaited new album 'Four Berry Jam', it will be released the day after this launch gig. Copies will be available on the night. Come and party!

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Coquet Creek Country Music

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Morpeth Clennell Hall Country House From 6pm Friday 29th

Friday 29th May - 6pm Until Late Saturday 30th May - 12 Noon Until Late Sunday 31st May - 12 Noon - 4pm Please Book Camping Direct - Email: coquetcreek@gmail.com

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Dick Gaughan

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at London The Ivy House - Nunhead Door 7pm

* Door 7pm * DJ FlapJackDavey 7 - 8pm and 11pm onwards * Live music 8-11pm includes two sets from Dick Gaughan, plus a set from each of the support acts. * Mix of row seats and standing room * Concessionary tickets are for the unwaged (ie no paid employment) - proof required at the door on the night. Please note that we have an allocation of ten concessionary online tickets for each of our concerts - first come first served! * Tickets on the door (where still available) will be priced at £15/12 * Seats are not reserved, and a ticket may not always guarantee a seat, although there will be standing room. If having a seat is essential to you, please ensure that you are there when the door opens at 7pm, as the room fills up quickly for popular concerts. * Children are welcome provided they sit quietly without disturbing other members of the audience. If you are unsure about this, please contact us before buying tickets for children. * Food and real ale available! * For more information or to contact the Goose please see our website www.thegooseisout.com

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Dick Gaughan

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at London The Ivy House - Nunhead Door 7pm

* Door 7pm * DJ FlapJackDavey 7 - 8pm and 11pm onwards * Live music 8-11pm includes two sets from Dick Gaughan, plus a set from each of the support acts. * Mix of row seats and standing room * Concessionary tickets are for the unwaged (ie no paid employment) - proof required at the door on the night. Please note that we have an allocation of ten concessionary online tickets for each of our concerts - first come first served! * Tickets on the door (where still available) will be priced at £15/12 * Seats are not reserved, and a ticket may not always guarantee a seat, although there will be standing room. If having a seat is essential to you, please ensure that you are there when the door opens at 7pm, as the room fills up quickly for popular concerts. * Children are welcome provided they sit quietly without disturbing other members of the audience. If you are unsure about this, please contact us before buying tickets for children. * Food and real ale available! * For more information or to contact the Goose please see our website www.thegooseisout.com

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Richard Digance + Tom Leary From Feast Of Fiddles & Lindisfarne

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Ashill The Barn at Square and Compass Doors 8pm Start 9pm

Superb food from 7pm table booking essential. En Suite accom available plus camping or park your campervan in the field next to the venue - phone 01823 480467 first for details and booking. SEATING CANNOT BE GUARANTEED - FIRST COME ETC... NO REFUNDS UNLESS SHOW CANCELLED.

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The Young 'uns

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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Polly And The Billets Doux

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Preston The Continental 8pm

a harmonious blend of folk, soul, country and gospel The Sunday Times an eclectic and inspired musical blend The Guardian Polly and the Billets Doux are something brilliantly different. Known for their flawless and energy-filled live performances, the genre-defying quartet Polly and the Billets Doux boast a genius blend of Folk, Pop, Rock N' Roll, Soul, Country, Blues and even Gospel. They have a solid reputation and extensive history of headline tours up and down the country; from Ullapool to Brighton, and almost everywhere in between.

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Kieran Goss

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre 8.00pm

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Kieran Goss

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre 8.00pm

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The Ukrainians

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Birmingham The Rainbow Doors at 7pm

Birmingham Promoters present: THE UKRAINIANS + special guests £12adv Ages 16+ http://birminghampromoters.com/ - The Ukrainians The Ukrainians were founded by ex-Wedding Present guitarist Peter Solowka and his tenor-voiced, fiddle-playing slavophile friend Len Liggins in 1991, the very year Ukraine regained its independence from the Soviet Union. The first album, The Ukrainians, firmly established the group as the world's major exponent of a new hybrid of traditional Ukrainian folk and Western rock music. The group was immediately embraced by rock, punk, folk/roots and world music fans, generating a cross-genre appeal. In 2009 The Ukrainians released Diaspora, considered by many to be their best and most mature work. Most of the songs deal with the subject of migration: the heartbreak of leaving family and homeland forever coupled with the excitement of starting a new life. The album had a strong resonance at a time when waves of young Ukrainians, Poles and other eastern Europeans had been flocking to the West in the hope of finding work. With six studio albums under their belt, recently the band released their 20 Years The Best of The Ukrainians album, a collection of their 20 very best recordings from their incredible two-decade history.

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Tinariwen

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Oxford Town Hall Doors 7pm

Master bluesmen of the Malian Sahara. Tinariwen's own story burgeons with myth and mythos in their home country and beyond. Their tale is the stuff of legends. Founding member Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, grew up in desolation in Mali, where he witnessed his own father's death at the age of four. Later, after seeing a western film, he built his first guitar from a bicycle wire, a stick and a tin can. The band was founded in the 1980's in Tuareg camps in libya, where the nomadic peoples had relocated to find work and a new life away from their homeland of the sahara. Disillusioned by the promises of Quaddafi at the time, the Tuareg became restless again and longed for home. But the interaction with city life yielded unexpected consequences, they became exposed to western music most notably the guitar-driven anthems of Jimi Hendrix and the American blues which they mixed with their own soulful dirges which they'd perform in the camps by the fire with battery-operated amps. When revolution broke out back in Mali, they left Libya behind, hung up their guitars and picked up guns to fight for the Tuareg independence. When the discord died down, the band returned to music, delivering songs imbued with aching beauty and lonesome poetry. Their music was bootlegged and traded around the region, earning them a devout following. Then in the late 1990s, they were discovered by western musicians and for the first time, their songs left the Sahara and were introduced to the world. For the next ten years, the nomads now travelled the world, performing at nearly every notable festival and venue around the globe, providing the world with a taste of the aching beauty and lonesome pleasures of Saharan Assouf.

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Eliza Carthy & Tim Eriksen

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at London St Pancras Old Church Doors 7.30pm

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Jersey Budd

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Leicester The Donkey Doors at 7pm

Jersey Budd brings his band to The Donkey Leicester stage time 10pm

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Clive Gregson

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Born and raised in Manchester and now based in the USA, Clive Gregson is an accomplished singer, musician and record producer of world-renown. Mary Chapin Carpenter named him as one of her favourite songwriters. Melody Maker described his band Any Trouble as the most exciting new rock 'n' roll group since The Pretenders and he appears in Guitar Player's 1000 great guitarists. He's one of the most respected songwriters of his time with a steady stream of stunning albums throughout his career and his songs recorded by a host of contemporaries. In 1985, he formed the groundbreaking partnership with Christine Collister and has toured with Richard Thompson, Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine and Nanci Griffith. "Gregson is a powerful and vital force in contemporary music."(Folk Roots). "The state of the art in British folk-rock" (Rolling Stone).

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Folk Night, Fun And Ceilidh - Finstock Festival Band & Friends

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Finstock Village Hall Performance starts at 8.00pm

Finstock Festival Band & Friends warmly invite you to an evening of vocal harmonies & dance music. Also including The DellyWellyBoot Band, plus Balkan Beats disco.

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Bruce Molsky

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 8.00pm

Alone or with fellow musicians; guitar, fiddle, or banjo in hand, Bruce Molsky has been exploring traditional music from an astonishingly broad range of cultures over the past two decades synthesizing them and refracting them through his own evolving sensibilities to the point where the sources of his inspiration transform themselves into a sound that is uniquely his. While most identified with traditional American old-time music, Molsky's influences range from the Appalachian soul of Tommy Jarrell to Delta blues; from the haunting modal strains of Irish music to the rhythmically nimble music of Eastern Europe. 'America's reigning old time fiddler.' Matt Glaser, fiddler-educator 'The Rembrandt of Appalachian fiddle.' Darol Anger, fiddler 'There's an incredible power of history and tradition in his vocals.' Linda Ronstadt, singer brucemolsky.com

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Fairport Convention

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Southampton Brook 8:00pm

After one of the most successful years in their career, Fairport Convention take to the road with a new album of original songs. Hailed as the creators of British folk-rock music, the band members retain their passion for live performance making Fairport one of the most entertaining bands on the concert circuit. Fairport's 2015 Winter Tour concerts will feature songs and tunes from the brand new studio album 'Myths And Heroes' as well as classics from a repertoire spanning nearly fifty years. Each concert on the tour will feature an opening solo set from talented guitar-fiddle duo Kevin Dempsey and Rosie Carson. Fairport Convention hold a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and their groundbreaking album Liege & Lief was voted 'Most Influential Folk Album of All Time' by Radio 2 listeners. Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music an evening with Fairport Convention will delight you. Impressive musicians with a great back catalogue... (they) take chances and clearly enjoy themselves. The Guardian Vigorous and confident...the music leapt around the room. The Mirror

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Son Of Dave

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Cardiff The Full Moon 7:30pm

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Steve Gibbons Band @ Tower Of Song

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Birmingham Tower of Song doors at 7:30pm/show at 8:30pm

Words such as artistry, charisma, endurance and integrity are often used in describing a legend. They all apply to Steve Gibbons, who has been in the music business for over four decades, surviving the ever-changing trends by being himself. Don't miss this unforgettable night of music at Birmingham's coolest small live music bar, Tower of Song.

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Rebetiko Carnival Presents... Kourelou

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, See Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Kourelou means 'Patchwork'. The band draws on Greek roots and music from the South Balkans to produce a traditionally diverse sound with a contemporary twist. Further to their recent appearance for 'A World In London' presenter DJ Ritu wrote that: ''..the band was superb! We loved your music!!!! Each musician was a star in their own right." DJ Ritu, BBC Radio/Sister India/Outcaste Records founder/Club Promoter & DJ. djritu.com

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Rebetiko Carnival Presents... Kourelou

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, See Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Kourelou means 'Patchwork'. The band draws on Greek roots and music from the South Balkans to produce a traditionally diverse sound with a contemporary twist. Further to their recent appearance for 'A World In London' presenter DJ Ritu wrote that: ''..the band was superb! We loved your music!!!! Each musician was a star in their own right." DJ Ritu, BBC Radio/Sister India/Outcaste Records founder/Club Promoter & DJ. djritu.com

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Johnny Dickinson

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, Doors 7.30pm

"The most potent slide guitar in the UK"... Don't miss

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Johnny Dickinson

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, Doors 7.30pm

"The most potent slide guitar in the UK"... Don't miss

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Michael Chapman & Bridget St. John

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Stowmarket John Peel Centre for Creative Arts Doors open 7:30pm

Bridget's impressive voice is deep and resonant. It's a voice made for melancholy, and you can't argue with her musical ability, whether it is singing Dylan, a tribute to her friend John Martyn or her own work, such as Ask Me No Questions. Michael Chapman is a masterful guitar player, a great bluesy singer with a wonderful rasp to his voice, he's also possessed of a quick dry wit. For the last half hour they will share the stage, Chapman's guitar adding another dimension to Bridget's voice.

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"gentle Men" Performed By Roy Bailey And Robb Johnson

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Wigan Parish Church Doors 7.00p.m Concert 7.30pm

" Gentle Men " is a song suite composed by Robb Johnson, and is a family history of the 1st World War and it's consequences. it tells the story of Robb's grandfathers, Ernest Johnson and Harry Jenner. The songs present the effects of history on 2 of its statistics, two gentle men, who survived the 1st World War, but were forever in its shadow. It places real individuals at the centre of the narrative, and of our understanding of the war, and gives ordinary human faces to the casualties behind the pomp and circumstace of historical events. Robin Denselow referred to it as a " Folk Classic" in the Guardian. Billy Bragg said it was " a really moving piece of work

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Seán Ó HÉanaigh

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at Belfast Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich 8pm

Seoladh albaim agus ceolchoirm le Seán Ó hÉanaigh - Seán Éinniú. Fonnadóir agus cumadóír amhráin ó Chonamara. Album launch and concert with Conamara singer songwriter, Seán Éinniú

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Flamenco With Alma Gitana

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at London Cafe Barcelona Doors 7pm, band at 8.30pm

Part of the Cafe Barcelona World Music Festival. Probably one of the best flamenco groups to recently appear in the UK. Their now famous shows at Cafe Barcelona are always sold out, and unforgettable. www.almagitana.co.uk PLEASE NOTE: this is a seated event although some members of the public may have to be standing if the night is full. First come first serve basis, some seats may have restricted view. Some food and tapas, wines available on the night.

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All The Wild Folk Presents Green Rock River Band

on Fri, 29 May 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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The Young'uns

on Sat, 30 May 2015 at Barton The Ropewalk Doors open at 7pm, gig starts at 8pm

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Dick Gaughan

on Sat, 30 May 2015 at Lewes The Con Club DOORS 7PM START 8PM

DOORS 19.3O START 20.00

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Martin Stephenson And The Daintees

on Sat, 30 May 2015 at London Union Chapel 7.30pm

The "wayward genius" brings his fine band to the wonderful Chapel for our big birthday celebration concert. Well, it would be him, wouldn't it? Choosing a headliner for the big occasion was a no-brainer, really. Of all the great artists who have played the Klub over the years no-one typifies the spirit of the Kalamazoo quite like the truly original Mr S. Wayward genius? That's the way Radio 6 Music's Tom Robinson describes him. And who would say that Tom hasn't got it spot on? Certainly not the 100 people who were shoehorned into the Great Northern Railway Tavern in January for another roof-raising Kalamazoo performance - the way he always starts his gig-packed year. And certainly not the thousands around the UK and Europe who have followed him for 35 years and regard him as one of the great unsung guitar players and singer-songwriters. Folk, blues, pop, rockabilly and ragtime are all thrown into the mix of his amazing 40-album repertoire of songs. And there are another five albums running around in his head! Come on down to the beautiful surroundings and wonderful acoustic of the Union Chapel and watch Durham's finest at work. You'll never forget him!

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The Black Feathers

on Sat, 30 May 2015 at Portsmouth The Square Tower Doors 7.00pm

One of our exclusive House Concert series, held in the upstairs room of the Square Tower, limited to 32 people only, completely acoustic, up close and personal - hear the music as it was originally conceived. An amazing way to hear some amazing music! Back by popular demand! This wonderful duo supported The Jigantics at our recent Xmas show, and such was the reaction to their short set that we were inundated by requests to get them back as soon as possible for a full length show - so here we go! The perfectly paired voices of Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes intertwine effortlessly to create a genre defying sound, combining elements of folk, roots, americana, and southern rock. The duo have been touring all over the UK for the past 2 years, winning over new fans of all ages everywhere they go - witness the ridiculously long queue for CD's after their support slot! They have performed at festivals all over the country, including the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival, Stroud Folk Festival, and Maverick. They were awarded the 5 Valleys Folk Award in September of 2013, and the Folkstock Arts Foundation award for Best Live Performance in February the following year. In May of 2014, they embarked on a 7 week tour in the US, including shows at Club Passim, Caffe Lena, the Red Clay Theatre, and a sell out show at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. 2014 also saw the release of Strangers We Meet, the duo's debut 5 track EP, garnering national airplay on BBC Radio2, as well as regional play across the country and warm reviews from the music press, including The Telegraph, fRoots Magazine, and Acoustic Magazine. We know that those of you who saw them at Xmas will be keen to snap up tickets for this one, so we'd advise that you get your tickets quickly for this one before it sells out. What The Critics Say ...stunning harmonies that were so good it reminded me of seeing Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. (No Depression) It is so rare an opening act rival the main performance but that is exactly what the seamless harmony singing Black Feathers achieved. (Jumpin' Hot Club) ...their blend of English folk influences and Americana is a tasty concoction indeed. (R2 Magazine) Physical Tickets can also be obtained from Pie & Vinyl, Castle Rd, Southsea or Southsea Gallery in Albert Rd, Southsea.

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Sheelanagig

on Sat, 30 May 2015 at Bridgwater Arts Centre 8pm

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Dennis Elsworth

on Sat, 30 May 2015 at Broseley Birchmeadow Centre Doors 7:30pm

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Papa Truck

on Sat, 30 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time.

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Papa Truck is a popular bluegrass band who have been performing together for over 10 years. They have recorded three albums, 'Papa Truck', 'Stand Out Of The Shade' and 'Further Down The Road' which has just been released. They have taken American Bluegrass music and added their own British spin and individual influences to make what they call "British Bluegrass". Proud to be a band that perform original music they have played in both the local area and abroad, performing at Bluegrass and other music venues and festivals around the UK.

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Big John Carter & Chris Corcoran

on Sat, 30 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7.30pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 9pm. This show is taking place in "THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE". Unfortunately there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.30pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE... Hosting the best of early Blues & Jazz... The UK's finest boogie woogie! Virtuoso Boogie Woogie pianist Big John Carter is the UK's iconic Boogie Woogie man. Guitarist Chris Corcoran is one of the UK's finest swing blues guitar players. Leading journeyman bass player Stewart Pannaman completes the line up. All seasoned professional players, their years of experience have perfected a tight, rocking and subtle blend of Boogie Woogie styles.

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The Willows

on Sat, 30 May 2015 at Marsden Mechanics Hall Doors open 7.30. concert 8pm

The Willows are a folk band from Cambridge - Fronted by the breathaking vocals of Jade Rhiannon, supported by the rich vocal harmonies and dynamic acoustic musicianship the band take infuence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic. www.the willowsband.com

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Helter Skelter Presents Into The Moon + Jackson Scott

on Sat, 30 May 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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Breabach

on Sat, 30 May 2015 at Belfast Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich 8pm

Ceolchoirm le banna bríómhar ó Albain. Concert with lively band from Scotland

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Kora Music With Sura Susso

on Sat, 30 May 2015 at London Cafe Barcelona Doors 7pm, band at 8.30pm

Part of the 1st Cafe Barcelona World Music Festival. Sura Susso is a virtuoso Kora player, percussionist and singer-songwriter from the Gambia. He has released his debut album Sila Kang - which has received critical acclaim in national publications. "Exquisite kora playing" - Cerys Matthews, Songlines, Oct 11 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJggY28uvro PLEASE NOTE: this is a seated event although some members of the public may have to be standing if the night is full. First come first serve basis, some seats may have restricted view. Some food and tapas, wines available on the night.

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Kieran Goss

on Sun, 31 May 2015 at Shrewsbury The Morris Hall Doors 7pm, Show 7.45pm

Expect nothing less than musical perfection from this Sligo based singer songwriter. Based on his last sell-out show here, you are in for a real musical treat!

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The Willows

on Sun, 31 May 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

on Sun, 31 May 2015 at Kingkerswell Parish Church - St Marys doors 7pm

Recently described as, "Authentic, haunting roots music from a first class duo" (Seth Lakeman), Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are one of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years a journey that has resulted in their winning the 'Best Duo' in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. With a rapidly expanding following and a truly unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres, the duo have been touring constantly for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go. Festival appearances have included regular Glastonbury slots; all the major folk festivals including mainstage slots at Sidmouth Folk Week; Broadstairs; Warwick; Shrewsbury; Gate To Southwell; Shepley Spring; Priddy; and a constant presence on the greenfield festival circuit, at events such as Larmer Tree (mainstage); Sunrise Celebration (mainstage); and Green Man. Whispers have been spreading far and wide around the new British Folk Scene about Chris Cleverley and his haunting tales of ghost women, lonesome clock towers, lovelorn mariners and hospital beds. From touring the UK festivals to sharing the bill with such heavyweights as Martin Simpson, Spiers & Boden, Martha Tilston and Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Chris has stirred up a formidable word-of-mouth reputation and a buzzing anticipation for his forthcoming record, 'Apparitions'.

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The Railsplitters

on Sun, 31 May 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 7.30pm

Renowned across America for their exhilarating performances and great material, The Railsplitters, from the Colorado Rockies, have made a huge impact in recent years. Characterised by powerful vocals, great harmonies and breathtaking instrumentals, the band has an impressive raw power. They call on everything from roots/Americana, country twang, 50's doo-wop, modern pop and rock 'n' roll to provide an extra sparkle. Since starting out in early 2011, the band has won two major awards, and this will be their first visit to the UK, so come and give them a warm welcome in the Universal Hall.

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The Railsplitters

on Sun, 31 May 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 7.30pm

Renowned across America for their exhilarating performances and great material, The Railsplitters, from the Colorado Rockies, have made a huge impact in recent years. Characterised by powerful vocals, great harmonies and breathtaking instrumentals, the band has an impressive raw power. They call on everything from roots/Americana, country twang, 50's doo-wop, modern pop and rock 'n' roll to provide an extra sparkle. Since starting out in early 2011, the band has won two major awards, and this will be their first visit to the UK, so come and give them a warm welcome in the Universal Hall.

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The Railsplitters

on Sun, 31 May 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 7.30pm

Renowned across America for their exhilarating performances and great material, The Railsplitters, from the Colorado Rockies, have made a huge impact in recent years. Characterised by powerful vocals, great harmonies and breathtaking instrumentals, the band has an impressive raw power. They call on everything from roots/Americana, country twang, 50's doo-wop, modern pop and rock 'n' roll to provide an extra sparkle. Since starting out in early 2011, the band has won two major awards, and this will be their first visit to the UK, so come and give them a warm welcome in the Universal Hall.

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Michael Chapman + Bridget St John

on Sun, 31 May 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, See Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael Chapman and Bridget St John... For men of a certain age, mention of Bridget St John's name seems to induce a misty-eyed, faraway look. Many a student room in the Sixties and Seventies must have echoed to her distinctive voice. She recorded three albums on John Peel's Dandelion label from 1969-72, before moving to New York. Meanwhile, in Cornwall in the Sixties, another musician was picking up a guitar and making his mark. Folk and blues man Michael Chapman was also championed by Peel, so it's fitting that the two artists are again touring together. Bridget's impressive voice is deep and resonant. It's a voice made for melancholy, and you can't argue with her musical ability, whether it is singing Dylan, a tribute to her friend John Martyn or her own work, such as Ask Me No Questions. Michael Chapman is a masterful guitar player, a great bluesy singer with a wonderful rasp to his voice, he's also possessed of a quick dry wit. For the last half hour they will share the stage, Chapman's guitar adding another dimension to Bridget's voice. http://www.michaelchapman.co.uk/

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My Sweet Patootie

on Sun, 31 May 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

My Sweet Patootie is contemporary roots and ragtime at its best; bringing tight harmonies, monstrous guitar, sizzling fiddle and percussion together in one perfect package. Founded in 2007 by Canadian Folk Music Award winners Sandra Swannell and Terry Young, My Sweet Patootie has a growing international reputation. From original swing to funky fiddle-tune arrangements to exquisite ballads, they deliver a must-see show that Driftwood Magazine describes as two parts exemplary musicianship, one part vaudeville comedy.

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Maz O'connor At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 31 May 2015 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub Doors open around 7:30 pm

Maz O'Connor is a gifted singer of traditional and self-penned songs. In 2013 she was nominated for the BBC Folk Awards Horizon Award and selected for a creative fellowship with the English Folk Dance and Song Society at London's Cecil Sharp House, funded by the BBC Performing Arts Fund. She sings both traditional folk songs and her own compositions, and accompanies her uniquely pure voice with guitar, shruti box, piano and harmonium. Remember the name because Maz is really going places. A limited number of advance tickets are on sale. You will still be able to pay on the night but please remember to get here early if doing so as show may sell out.. However we appreciate that some people wish to be assured of admission, if so you may book in advance here. NOTE: Although there is plenty of seating at the venue tickets do not guarantee a seat and latecomers may have to stand if venue full.

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Jeni And Billy

on Sun, 31 May 2015 at Teddington The Adelaide 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

Note that this event is not at the Cabbage Patch Nashville-based musicians Jeni and Billy are on their third visit to TwickFolk. Jeni and Billy charmed us when they first performed here and gave our audience a warm feeling says Gerry Evans, one of the volunteers who organise TwickFolk. When they said they were returning to Britain for another tour we were delighted to invite them back. Their Appalachian roots are deep-seated and they play a range of bluegrass instruments, sounding almost like a modern-day Johnny Cash and June Carter and treading the common ground between folk music and country. What sets them apart is the quality of Jeni's songwriting, which harks back to the slower, less hectic and simpler life of the 1950s and 60s. Billy, from Baltimore, embraced country music in the nearby community of Oella the home of Appalachian migrants who came to the city looking for work in the mills. He has toured with country bands all over North America and Germany, building a producing career working with roots artists. Jeni writes and sings songs, accompanied by Billy, about people living in the Appalachian mountains miners and millworkers, roustabouts and revival preachers, Buicks and beauty queens. A natural storyteller and prolific writer, Jeni traces her vocal style to Virginia Lowe, the blind music minister of the Friendly Chapel Church on Smith Ridge, the Appalachian community in which she spent her childhood summers. Her singing has been compared to the lonesome voices of Maybelle Carter and Iris Dement, and her writing to that of Flannery O'Connor.

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Virgil & The Accelerators

on Sun, 31 May 2015 at Southampton The Talking Heads Doors at 7.30pm

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Victor Brox

on Sun, 31 May 2015 at Hope Old Hall Hotel (tea rooms) Doors at 6.30pm, performance at 7pm

Taking place in the Tea Rooms. adjacent to The Old Hall Hotel. Bar available. This is to be the first event of the Folk, Blues & Beyond Folk and Blues Club. More info at http://folkandblues.club

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Crossharbour

on Mon, 1 Jun 2015 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music starts 8:30pm

"CrossHarbour are a fine example of how traditional Irish music is still thriving in a modern way ‐ The Daily Telegraph There sound captures the brio of early Solas with the rhythmic complexity of Lúnasa and the wildness of vintage Altan. John O'Regan, fRoots I saw the future of trad music and its name is CrossHarbour. - Tradconnect CrossHarbour is a dynamic band emerging from London's thriving traditional Irish music scene. Fusing well-­‐loved traditional tunes and songs with self-­‐penned material and original arrangements, CrossHarbour are gaining recognition for their highly virtuosic, energetic and polished performances. Their self-­‐titled debut album, released in May 2014 seamlessly blends newly composed with traditional material, demonstrating the band's skills in performing, composing and arranging. It received critical acclaim from critic and was included in The Daily Telegraph's best folk albums of the year. Following sold-­‐out gigs at London's Return to Camden Town Festival and a live TV appearance on 'Feilte', TG4's Christmas Special, in 2103, highlights of 2014 included concerts at the Cambridge Folk Festival, Southwell Folk Festival and at Bush Hall, London as well as the bands first trip to Germany. Named after a London overground station, CrossHarbour showcases the talents of Órlaith McAuliffe, who at the age of just 21 has been crowned All Ireland Champion no fewer than 20 times. Órlaith is also a distinctive composer, many of whose compositions feature in CrossHarbour's sets. Fiddle player Sam Proctor gained critical acclaim for his 2008 debut solo album Natural Progression, which was chosen by the Irish Times as one of the traditional albums of the year. Philippe Barnes is a multi-­‐ instrumentalist, who joins CrossHarbour primarily as a guitarist. Since completing an MA in Irish Music Performance at University of Limerick, Philippe has toured with Celtic-­‐Jazz group All Jigged Out as well as folk/hip-­‐hop act Dizraeli and the Small Gods. Tad Sargent is in demand as a session musician and bodhrán teacher as well as being a gifted bouzouki player. He has most recently toured with the Cara Dillon band and also plays with contemporary Celtic band Ranagri. CrossHarbour's lineup is completed by singer Rosie Hodgson. Rosie was a finalist in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards, and won 'Best Newcomer' at the Ely Festival in 2011. She also brings her considerable songwriting talents to the band.

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The Happy Cats

on Mon, 1 Jun 2015 at Etton The Processed Pea Doors open 6.30 pm for 8pm.

Well known Tyneside trio, old friends of the Processed Pea make another welcome return.

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An Evening With Slaid Cleaves (with Scrappy Jud Newcomb)

on Mon, 1 Jun 2015 at Brighton The Greys 8:30pm

terrace cred. presents: Another top notch performer who has asked to return to the tiny intimacy of The Greys, Brighton. Based in Austin Texas, from the state of Maine (along with sometime co-songwriter, including 'Broke Down', and boyhood chum Rod Picott) Slaid Cleaves has delivered a number of acclaimed albums of beautifully crafted songs delivered with gritty reality - stories spun with a novelist's eye and a poet's heart. He's accompanied this time around by one of the producers of his excellent 2013 album 'Still fighting The War', Scrappy Jud Newcomb.

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Giant Sand

on Mon, 1 Jun 2015 at Leeds Brudenell Social Club 7:30pm

How do you write a bio about a musician who has spent more than 30 years defying musical conventions? You could trot out all the cliché rock-critic terms: seminal, hyperbole, incendiary, eponymous, masterful, achingly poignant, priceless, alt-country, old-school, outlaw. Some of those might even fit if you shoehorned them into context. Howe Gelb long has been saddled with such titles as "godfather of alt-country" and "elder ambassador of desert rock." When confronted with such accolades, he clears his throat, amused and a little embarrassed, and he ponders. His summer-sun squint turns into a twinkle when he finally asks his questioner, "What do you think of it?" In three decades he's managed to mash elements of rock, country, blues, punk, garage, lo-fi, jazz, gospel, avant-garde noise and flamenco gypsy music. Guitar and piano are his weapons of tumult. He sings like a gruff angel, a town crier tapping you on the shoulder, reminding you that the world need not be seen in the conventional ways to which we revert when the world goes blurry. He weaves impressionistic imagery into personal narrative and indulges listeners in expansive observations of the world. In his early years there had been comparisons to artists along the paradoxical lines of Neil Young, David Byrne, Bob Dylan and Captain Beefheart, comparisons that all fit clumsily. Nowadays, other artists get compared to Gelb. He was born October 22, 1956 in Pennsylvania - to which only a grey-tinged beard attests - and moved to the desert as a young man in the mid 1970s. When not on the road, he lives with his family - two kids in school, another grown and on her own - in an old barrio in downtown Tucson, Arizona. "Endlessly restlessly wanderlusted encrusted", he's well settled in the desert caliche where it takes him an hour to dig a small hole, and 3 days to change the cooler pads. He's collected bands in Denmark, Spain and one with a full gospel choir attached in Canada, but they call his music Americana anyway. Howe just says he's "from Earth". In 1980, Gelb formed the post punk band Giant Sandworms, with his close friend Rainer Ptacek; renowned blues-oriented slide guitarist and beloved Tucson icon. Rainer died from brain cancer in 1997, and you can't talk long with Gelb without his name coming up. They went on to record together for years before his untimely demise. Giant Sand emerged in 1983 and released that group's debut album, 'Valley of Rain' in 1985. In the 25 years since, he has released an estimated 40 albums or so. He's not sure of the exact amount. Since his first record release came about by handing his demo tape over (in a less then lucid state) to a touring band's manager passing through Tucson in the early 80s, so had Howe continued the tradition by accepting the demos and facilitating the first releases of Grandaddy and M. Ward along the way.

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An Evening Of Folk Music - The June One *early Bird Ticket

on Mon, 1 Jun 2015 at Manchester The Castle Hotel Doors at 7:30pm

We are delighted that our June folk evening will be headlined by Holly Lerski, on the date of the release of her brand new solo album, Wooden House. Also on the 1st June bill at The Castle are Australia's Kyle Taylor and local folk act, Kate Ashton Butler. Holly Lerski Musicians carry many tools in their armoury; heartbreak, travel, experience, but contentment isn't usually one of them. Since Holly's return to rural Norfolk in 2006, leaving behind a record deal and a band, Holly has enjoyed a contentment which has allowed her to explore her creativity off-timetable. It was here in the leafy enclaves of the east where Holly first began to pen songs. Born and raised in Finchley, London, Holly's family moved to Norfolk when she was 9 years old. From there onwards life consisted of playing guitar, drawing pictures and exploring the fields and woodlands around her. Fuelled by the fertile grounding of Art School, Holly would eventually go on to form the folk-rock band Angelou with old school friend Jo Baker in 1996. They signed to Norwich indie label Haven Records in 1997 and soon found themselves on tour supporting Eddi Reader (Fairground Attraction) and Boo Hewerdine (The Bible) across the UK, complimented by their first release: the Hallelujah e.p. If that's a title you've heard before, you're right to conjure up images of Jeff Buckley. Describing her discovery of Grace in 1994 as the green light to begin, his influence has resonated throughout her music career. Uncut Magazine nicknamed her the spiritual sister of Jeff Buckley, and Q Magazine noted her songs had a deft touch and, like her musical hero Jeff Buckley, an air of spiritual redemption. Angelou's e.p release was to share an uncanny timeline with Buckley's tragic drowning, coming out the week after his death. But Holly would in time pay homage further to her musical inspiration with Little Sister, a song written for the artist and later contributed to the Buckley documentary, Amazing Grace. After the Hallelujah e.p., a debut album from the band followed and in 1998 the industry received Automiracles enthusiastically. Produced by Calum MacColl (son of Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger) and recorded and mixed in just 10 days, it was described by Mojo Magazine as achingly lovely and The Independent as the best debut of it's kind since Eddi Reader's Mirmamaindeed even The Sundays first effort Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. The album's positive reception gave the band the force to stride into their second self-produced album, While You Were Sleeping. Released in 2000, The Sunday Times gave it a resounding 8 out of 10, calling it brilliant folk-pop with a gorgeous voicea real find. In the words of Folk Roots Magazine: introspection rarely sounded stronger. The creeping tendrils of Angelou soon found new roots overseas, with Spanish label El Diablo picking up on their music and releasing an 'Introduction to..' album entitled Midnight Witcheries. Invigorated by two national tours, including the Benicassim Festival Tour with Spanish Indie Rockers La Habitación Roja , the band comfortably made a name for themselves on National Spanish TV and Radio with the follow-up Summertime e.p. It was a name that travelled back to London and finally caught the attention of major record labels. In 2001 Sanctuary Records became the new home to Angelou, and they were immediately sent off on tour across Europe and Scandinavia supporting blues legend John Hiatt. Soon after their return work began in Denmark and Manchester on their third more poppier album, Life is Beautiful. Released by Sanctuary under the solo name of Holly Lerski, the album had much commercial merit, but with the music industry in a state of flux with the imminent arrival of the downloads, even the attention from Radio 2 and support dates with The Cranberries, Jason Mraz and Josh Rouse couldn't give the album the spotlight it deserved. The ailing label was soon to fold and be swallowed up by Universal Music Group, along with Life Is Beautiful and the rest of Holly's songs. Listeners always have the blissful innocence of enjoying music without awareness of artists struggles, and though disillusioned by the industry, Holly plugged away independently with Life Is Beautiful until it eventually fell into the lap of Starbucks who were looking to add tracks to their in-house playlists. Proud and vilified, now living in Manchester, Holly's own imprint Laundry Label saw this as a vehicle for a limited edition sampler e.p. Greetings from N.Y. Featuring a postcard Jeff Buckley sent to Holly on it's cover, the Greetings e.p. once again found welcome ears at Radio 2 and was regularly played on the breakfast show until the end of 2005. By now the fractures in Sanctuary Records mirrored the fractures within the band, and in late 2006 Holly returned to Norfolk, playing a few solo dates, including a spot in New York's famous 'Living Room' in 2007. That same week Hallelujah was featured in the finale episode of US TV drama Close To Home. Holly was indeed home, and ready to begin a new life away from the music industry, and back to writing, drawing, painting and playing music for herself. Which takes us to 2014, her a little house on the hill, and the infamous shed at the bottom of the garden. A shed which over the last 2 years has become home to a recording studio equipped with one mic, one old Macbook and a large helping of determination. Inside Holly has sung, strummed, drummed and recorded every instrument from banjo, uke and tenor guitars to coffee cups and spoons. If she couldn't play it she asked kith and kin to help, including muso friend LA bassist James 'Hutch' Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt). The wunderkind who helped her finish it this year is Cambridge producer/mixer, and folk artist in his own right, Stu Hanna (Megson). With her 4th album now proudly under her arm, Holly is finally ready to let people into her wooden house. Handmade and hand-played: independence rarely sounded sweeter. www.hollylerski.com/ Kyle Taylor KYLE TAYLOR is from Australia & has been touring non-stop since the release of his latest album 'Free'. He has notched up countless shows throughout Australia, New Zealand & the UK/Europe. Kyle's music has been described as stories from a travelling man with songs that delve into the tales of people & of love. Since the release of his first album '21' in 2009, he has been touring relentlessly & has had the opportunity to support established acts - Jordie Lane, Carus Thompson, Josh Pyke, Mark Seymour and James Reyne. Kyle Taylor has released 1 EP and 2 studio albums. The latest release is titled Free. www.kyletaylor.co Kate Ashton-Butler Kate Ashton-Butler is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Romiley Village in greater Manchester. After a drastic move to London went sour, Kate, bored with the city, began writing music reminiscent of the small town existence she had left behind. Since her return to Manchester in 2014 she has worked tirelessly delivering her own brand of folk music and has been fortunate enough to support artists like Gideon Conn, Rachel Sermanni and Herman Dune. Her songs draw influence from artists like Joanna Newsom, Kate Bush and Beirut as well as fields and forests, classic literature, and even HBO shows. She plays guitar, piano, mandolin and trombone. Kate is currently working on her debut EP with Kai Ohio of Samsara sessions, while additionally playing live as often as she can in the city she loves. www.facebook.com/k.ashtonbutlermusic

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Crh Music Presents Slaid Cleaves

on Tue, 2 Jun 2015 at Bristol The Tunnels Doors at 7.30pm

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Moore Moss Rutter

on Tue, 2 Jun 2015 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music starts 8:30pm

Tom Moore, Archie Churchill-Moss and Jack Rutter hail from three distinct regions of the UK - they combine musical material, style and tradition from Norfolk, Somerset and Yorkshire respectively. Since 2009, Moore Moss Rutter have been playing as a trio, meticulously reworking English tunes and compositions into sets and songs which have been described as "intelligently crafted musical adventures". Often praised for musical maturity and sophistication, it is their aim to carefully create soundscapes of mellow and precisely engineered beauty - as well as wild builds of tension and tempestuous climaxes. The trio have performed widely, at venues and events ranging from Glastonbury, to folk clubs and living rooms. Moore Moss Rutter are winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2011. Tom Moore has been playing violin since the age of 4, and learnt using the Suzuki Method, an alternative educational philosophy which primarily focuses on teaching the instrument by ear. He is now studying Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. In addition to Moore Moss Rutter, Tom also performs with violinist/viola d'amore player John Dipper and duet concertina player Nick Hart in Oss; and has done deputy and session playing for a range of prominent artists including Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Alex Heffes for BBC films, Robert Mitchell, Bellowhead, Antonio Forcione. He is also part of new folk-rock band, False Lights, which debuts in summer 2014. Tom plays a violin made by Rod Ward. Archie Churchill-Moss is one of England's top melodeon players. Having been tutored by Andy Cutting, Rob Harbron, Saul Rose and many others, he is well positioned to carry the baton of virtuosic diatonic accordion tradition. Archie also performs with Breton/Folk/Rock outfit, Dragonsfly, while also studying Biology at Bristol University. Archie plays a Castagnari Mory melodeon. Jack Rutter is a respected guitarist and multi-instrumentalist working within the English tradition. Self taught, he is known for his for his highly rhythmic tune backing, flatpicking and fingerstyle playing. In addition to his contribution to Moore Moss Rutter, Jack plays in the Seth Lakeman Band, and he is in high demand as a session guitarist for numerous other artists and outfits in the British folk scene and further afield. Jack has just graduated with a degree in Countryside Management from Newcastle University. He plays a custom guitar built by Alister Atkin. www.mooremossrutter.co.uk

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Steelin' The Blues

on Tue, 2 Jun 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

An evening of acoustic Blues and Americana with Blues guitarist/vocalist Steve Ajao, and Steel guitarist, Stewart Johnson (The Toy Hearts). Two highly-regarded local musicians combine forces to bring music of a "Southern Fried" style to the Kitchen Garden, and it promises to be a fine night. Expect the kind of music you might hear being played on a porch, somewhere near Louisiana!

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Richard Durrant: Cycling Music

on Tue, 2 Jun 2015 at Coventry EGO Performance Company 7.30pm

Richard Durrant is one of the leading guitarists of his generation. In 2014, he decided to reduce his touring carbon footprint by cycling his 40 kilo stage set 1,500, taking 7 weeks to play 36 concerts of beautiful guitar music.

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Richard Durrant: Cycling Music

on Tue, 2 Jun 2015 at Coventry EGO Performance Company 7.30pm

Richard Durrant is one of the leading guitarists of his generation. In 2014, he decided to reduce his touring carbon footprint by cycling his 40 kilo stage set 1,500, taking 7 weeks to play 36 concerts of beautiful guitar music.

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Richard Durrant: Cycling Music

on Tue, 2 Jun 2015 at Coventry EGO Performance Company 7.30pm

Richard Durrant is one of the leading guitarists of his generation. In 2014, he decided to reduce his touring carbon footprint by cycling his 40 kilo stage set 1,500, taking 7 weeks to play 36 concerts of beautiful guitar music.

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Kim Richey

on Wed, 3 Jun 2015 at Leicester The Musician Doors 8.00pm

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Slaid Cleaves

on Wed, 3 Jun 2015 at Biddulph Arms 7.30 for 8pm start

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Bayou Seco - Live At The Lighthouse

on Wed, 3 Jun 2015 at Walmer The Lighthouse Doors 7pm // Music 8:30pm

We are thrilled to welcome Bayou Seco to The Lighthouse! In their own words We have collected music from older traditional American musicians for most of our lives and we have learned to play many of their tunes and songs. We have especially focused on Cajun music in SW Louisiana and, since 1980, we have learned from traditional Hispanic, Cowboy, and Tohono O'Odham musicians in New Mexico and Arizona. Both of us play fiddle and guitar and sing. Ken also plays one and three row diatonic accordions, 5-string banjo (fretless and freted), harmonica, and mandolin. We play concerts, dances (where we can teach Spanish Colonial dances from New Mexico and other dances), Art Centers, Schools, Museums, Folk Clubs, Weddings, Wakes, State Fairs and other types of events. "BAYOU SECO emphasizes the rich cross cultural nature of music in general - a little from here, a touch from there... Divergent musical styles, so well cross-pollinated, they have become hybrids." - ARIZONA DAILY STAR

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Charlie Dore With Julian Littman

on Wed, 3 Jun 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

This multi-award-winning artist returns with her new album, Milk Roulette, having collecting 4 star reviews from Mojo, The Guardian and Telegraph and featured in the Telegraph Best Folk Albums of 2014. The show, with muti-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span promises a night of eclectic, contemporary folk as the pair swap guitars, piano, mandolin, harmonium, & ukulele plus a fresh take on her iconic hit 'Pilot of the Airwaves'. 'A gift for melody, brave, poignant, entertaining, original ' (Guardian ★★★★). 'Beatific of voice, fragrant of melody and lyrically fearless' (MOJO ★★★★). 'Charlie Dore has made the album of her life' (Ricky Ross).

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Sadie Jemmett

on Wed, 3 Jun 2015 at London Water Rats Doors 7pm

LONDON LOVE SONGS (album launch show) Sadie Jemmett is a British singer-songwriter based in London whose extraordinary songs reflect a remarkable life. Behind the entrancing, eloquence of her lyrics and the subtle acoustic beauty of her music lies a restlessly seeking spirit and a rich and colourful experience. Her peripatetic journey has followed a jagged course from a wildly bohemian childhood through being a teenage runaway, a backing singer in a reggae band and a touring actress to her role today as one of the most magical singer-songwriters on the music scene. Sadie Jemmett's debut album, The Blacksmith's Girl, was released in 2011 on Wildflower Records and mixed and produced in Los Angeles by Grammy winner David Bianco (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), and mastered in London by Kevin Metcalfe (Queen/David Bowie/Robert Plant). London Love Songs, her second album, is scheduled for release in 2015.

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Laura Victoria 'head Above Water' Album Launch With The No Frills Band And Minnie Birch

on Wed, 3 Jun 2015 at London The Slaughtered Lamb Doors 7.30pm, Music 8.30pm

Pop Folk Singer/Songwriter/Cellist Laura Victoria launches her new album 'Head Above Water' with special guests full on Brixton Folk outfit 'The No Frills Band' and Singer/Songwriter Minnie Birch. There will be cake and 'Live Band Pass the Parcel'...

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Slaid Cleaves

on Thu, 4 Jun 2015 at Leyland Fox Lane Sports Club Doors open at 7.30pm

Having spent most of his early years in Maine, 1991 saw Slaid Cleaves move to Austin in Texas as the area became a hot bed of song writing. The following year, he was a winner of the prestigious New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival - a coveted award previously given to such artists as Nanci Griffith, Robert Earl Keen and Steve Earle. In 2000, Cleaves had an Americana charts hit with his album 'Broke Down' - the title track was co-written with his childhood friend Rod Picott. Since then, he's released a series of acclaimed albums and this is a welcome return to appear at one of our benefits. More info at www.mrkite.org

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Polly And The Billets Doux

on Thu, 4 Jun 2015 at Cardiff Dempseys 8pm

Fizzi & BlueBox present Polly & The Billets Doux plus support Thurs 4th June 2015 Four Bars at Dempseys 8pm / 18+ / £6adv POLLY AND THE BILLETS DOUX are something brilliantly different. Known for their flawless and energy-filled live performances, the genre-defying quartet Polly and the Billets Doux boast a genius blend of Folk, Pop, Rock N' Roll, Soul, Country, Blues and even Gospel. They have a solid reputation and extensive history of headline tours up and down the country; from Ullapool to Brighton, and almost everywhere in between. Their debut album Fiction, Half-Truths and Downright Lies had them topping many 'ones to watch' lists back in 2010, and the buzz hasn't stopped since. That same year, they reached number 21 on the BBC Radio 1 Indie Charts and were invited to do sessions with BBC 6 Music's Cerys Matthews and BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends. www.pollyandthebilletsdoux.co.uk www.twitter.com/pollybdoux www.soundcloud.com/pollyandthebilletsdoux www.youtube.com/pollybilletsdoux ------------------------------------------------- Bluebox Promotions - BlueboxCardiff@live.co.uk Fizzi Events - Music@Fizzievents.com Twitter: @BlueboxPromo @Fizzievents @FourBarsCardiff Facebook: www.facebook.com/BlueBoxPromotions www.facebook.com/Fourbarscardiff www.facebook.com/Fizzievents -------------------------------------------------

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Goat Roper Rodeo

on Thu, 4 Jun 2015 at Bangor Blue Sky Cafe Doors from 7:00PM Music begins 8:00PM

Cosmic Country Blues from Goat Roper Rodeo, who have been nominated for "Best Live Act" by Spiral Earth. "Wonderfully executed acoustic country blues with two guitars, a double bass and plaintive striking harmonies, a musical landscape driven by old timey sensibilities there's a lot to like about the Goat Roper Rodeo Band." (R2 magazine)

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Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss

on Thu, 4 Jun 2015 at Cardiff The Full Moon 7:30pm

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Mapped Out At The Cavern Presents Rozi Plain

on Thu, 4 Jun 2015 at Liverpool Cavern Club 8pm

Making her Cavern Club debut this June is alternative-folk singer songwriter Rozi Plain. Hotly tipped by The Guardian and BBC 6 Music as 'One to watch', Rozi's beautifully gentle vocals blend perfectly with her soothingly melodic songwriting. Rozi has released 2 albums, performed with Devendra Banhart and KT Tunstall, recorded a 6music session for Lauren Laverne, as well as playing a number of major UK festivals including Green Man and End of the Road. Her much antici[pacte third album 'Friend' is due for release early May and features Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and Fránçois and the Atlas Mountains. The Cavern Club's Live Lounge is the perfect intimate venue to showcase this beautiful talent. 'Mapped Out' UK tour, run in association with Generator, is an Arts Council funded project that provides a national showcasing platform supporting upcoming artists. Previous tours at the Cavern Club have included The Struts, Boy Jumps Ship, Night Engine and Ramona Flowers. Tickets £6 advance / £8 on door http://roziplain.co.uk/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/df5f0881-aa43-4bf3-8593-4cbb9893b455

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11th Wirral Folk Festival (formerly Wirral Folk On The Coast)

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Ellesmere Port Whitby Sports & Social Club 7-30pm onwards

Sunday Evening Headline: FAIRPORT CONVENTION MAIN HALL CONCERTS: Friday Evening from 7.15pm: Anna Shannon, Kieran Goss, Elbow Jane, Simply Dylan John O'Connell Band Saturday Afternoon from 1.00pm: Fiddlestone, Eilidh Grant, Sunjay Brayne, Drop the Floor, The Houghton Weavers Saturday Evening from 8.00pm: Other Roads, Richard Digance, Cara Dillon Band Sunday Afternoon from 1.00pm: Kim Lowings & the Greenwood, Harvey Andrews, Urban Folk Quartet, Chris While & Julie Mathews Sunday Evening from 7.30pm: Merry Hell, Reg Meuross, Blackbeard's Tea Party, Fairport Convention OTHER ARTISTES & EVENTS: Alterego, Andy Lebb & Dave Clark, Brian Lupton, Calico, Celtic Knot, Colleen Cavell, Dave Russell, Dawn Beth & Alan Hesford, Gordon Morris, Graham Bellinger, Greasby Ukuleles, Gypsy John Warburton, Ian Campbell, Jill & Terry Jobson, Jess Vincent, Joe Johnson, John O'Connell & James Meall, Mel Barratt, Richard Moss, The Cheesecutters, The Marrowbones, Virginia Kettle, Vintage Rockers & the Rockettes, Vocal Point, Wilcox/Hulse. Mini-Concerts, Open Mic sessions, Chances to Meet (performers), Folk Club concerts, Late Night Extras, Singarounds, Singers & Musicians sessions, Skiffle, Ukulele and Irish Music Jam sessions, Water colour demonstration. Workshops including:- Ukulele, Songwriting, Guitar, Harmonica, Poetry. Storytelling, Morris dance displays, Craft Fair. *Anyone wishing to book free tickets for children under 11 will need to ring our Box Office (0151-678-9902) and book them separately NB: They are not available for Afternoon or Evening sessions.*

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Simpson, Cutting & Kerr

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7pm, show starts 8pm

Comprising three of Britain's finest musicians and interpreters of songs and tunes, each member of this trio is an acknowledged virtuoso in their own right. Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr have come together for the joy of playing and exploring the possibilities of music together, after appearing together on stages in various combinations over recent years and thoroughly enjoying it! Nancy Kerr has been a major part of the acoustic music scene since she was a teenager and has always been a distinctive and impressive talent, turning heads everywhere she's played or sung. She is currently part of an award winning duo with her husband, James Fagan, and also one quarter of the Melrose Quartet and a key member of The Full English band, both nominated for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2014. Nancy has previously been nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Song, acknowledging her superb song-writing skills. She is a multi-instrumentalist of rare and astonishing talent as well a beautiful and joyful singer. She is one of the shining stars in the British music firmament and going from strength to strength with every new challenge she takes on. Andy Cutting is an extraordinary musician. A master of the diatonic accordion and most other squeezeboxes, he is a superbly sensitive accompanist, a writer of beautiful and thrilling tunes, a highly in-demand band member and a sublime solo performer. His list of recording credits and sessions reads like a Who's Who of acoustic music both in the UK and abroad, and he has played live with The Who, Roger Daltry and Sting, amongst others. Along with other young players in the 80s/90s, he helped change the face of British folk music; his work in a duo with Chris Wood and as a member of the mighty, Blowzabella, helped popularise French-Canadian and European music both here and abroad. Andy has toured extensively in the past with Martin Simpson, who always says that playing music with Andy Cutting is his favourite thing to do. Martin Simpson is a multi-award winning musician, singer and songwriter who has worked with Bonnie Raitt, Richard Hawley, Jackson Brown, June Tabor, Richard Thompson and many more, as well as being a world-renowned performer in his own right. He was a notable virtuoso in his early teens and his partnership with June Tabor in the 70s and 80s brought him to the attention of a much wider audience and led to him being courted by the world of rock and roll, which he sidestepped. Twenty years living in the USA exposed him to a whole range of music, which he absorbed like a sponge, and since living back in the UK he has gone from strength to strength. He has often said that playing music with likes of Andy and Nancy makes him a better player and in this trio he will be mainly playing guitars and banjos, singing and grinning from ear to ear.

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The Churchfitters / Rnli Lymington 50th Anniversary Concert

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Lymington St Thomas' Church Doors at 7pm / Concert starts at 7:45pm

The CHURCHFITTERS play for the RNLI Lymington 50th Anniversary Concert.

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Polly And The Billets Doux

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

a harmonious blend of folk, soul, country and gospel The Sunday Times an eclectic and inspired musical blend The Guardian Polly and the Billets Doux are something brilliantly different. Known for their flawless and energy-filled live performances, the genre-defying quartet Polly and the Billets Doux boast a genius blend of Folk, Pop, Rock N' Roll, Soul, Country, Blues and even Gospel. They have a solid reputation and extensive history of headline tours up and down the country; from Ullapool to Brighton, and almost everywhere in between. Their debut album Fiction, Half-Truths and Downright Lies had them topping many 'ones to watch' lists back in 2010, and the buzz hasn't stopped since. That same year, they reached number 21 on the BBC Radio 1 Indie Charts and were invited to do sessions with BBC 6 Music's Cerys Matthews and BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends. Support slots with Stornoway, Fun Lovin' Criminals and Ellen and the Escapades have seen the band bring their music to increasingly wider audiences across the country whilst remaining festival favourites at many UK festivals including Glastonbury, Loopallu, The Big Chill, Secret Garden Party, Larmer Tree and Cambridge Folk Festival. Between 2010 and 2012, Polly and the Billets Doux have embarked on eight headline tours of the UK and three busy festival seasons, stopping just long enough to write, record and release their latest Hold Fast EP in summer 2012, which gained great reviews from BBC 6 Music and much of the blogosphere including Folk Radio UK, For Folk's Sake, The Line of Best Fit and The Blue Walrus. This latest collection of material perfectly demonstrates Polly's beautiful gospel-inspired voice and the band's truly original sound. 2014 sees Polly and the Billets Doux touring their eagerly awaited second album, touring the country extensively and firmly maintaining their reputation as one of the hottest festival tickets of recent times. It's going to be a big year for this vibrant, exciting and hugely promising band. "Polly And The Billets Doux deliver a twee sort of nostalgia (all upright bass and brushed snares)...it falls inside the right end of the Imelda May/Fairground Attraction spectrum" The Independent From hot rocking thrills, to jazzy splendour to country darkness, the musical brief of Polly and the Billets Doux seems to be, if it sounds and feels good, go for it! The Daily Mirror

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O'hooley & Tidow

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Leicester The Guildhall Doors at 7.15pm

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The Songs Of Nick Drake - Keith James

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette doors 7pm

THE SONGS OF NICK DRAKE CONCERT TOUR 2015 Nick Drake is the most revered and truly loved of all of this Country's singer/songwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974 aged only 26 his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest on a worldwide scale, re-evaluating his Life and his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. An important book Remembered for a while has just been released, written by his elder Sister, Gabrielle Drake. This expansive volume throws light on many shadowy corners of mystery and supposition. A number of years have now passed since Singer/Guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole Country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this immaculate and intriguingly fragile music to Theatres across the UK in its pure, live concert form. The end result was almost a decade of highly acclaimed tours amounting to over 1000 concerts in venues across the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick's Schools and Colleges - even Glastonbury Festival. This new concert will have, as far as can be possible, a fresh and rewarding set list and will include an interpretation of a Molly Drake composition, a transcription of a poem by William Blake (Nick's greatest influence) and a song by Sixto Rodriguez an unusually similar songwriter from the exact same era, but from a parallel universe. ABOUT KEITH JAMES About me?!? Now there's a thing Not very many years ago, I had no idea that my journey of writing and producing music, would draw me now, toward such a doubtless love of Poetry. I am sure, as a teenager, that I first recognised it in the early writing of Paul Simon, Tim Hardin and Bob Dylan, but throughout the strong current of the decades, I admit to have been seduced and sometimes intoxicated by the fashions of music and the ever changing tones of instrumentation and embellishment. During my years spent as a studio sound engineer and record producer, I began to appreciate the huge difference between artistic endeavour that is centred around both emotional and poetic worth and that which is not; perhaps just somehow derivative or over -worked some of my own included. Sometimes I have an 'endless apprentice' feeling about my own writing and recording I guess that we all do the best we possibly can at that moment in the history of our development with the knowledge and the influence that we have digested thus far.. My first moment of emotional upheaval was when I fully absorbed the music of Nick Drake. This was paramount and life changing! The fact that I then pursued a huge project of performing his exceptional music in a live concert context was not so much a decision, more a ' I can't not do this'. At a mid-point, during what was to become over 1000 concerts of Nick Drake's music, I came across by happenstance, the outstanding and extraordinary Poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, hugely celebrated as Spain's most revered Poet of the 20th century and widely regarded as a writer who uses romantic, surreal and abstract form throughout his extensive body of work. He is nothing but genius! I visited Granada and the villages of Andalucía on a number of trips to research his haunts and his Life. Together with Bassist Rick Foot, we produced two very well received Albums, setting his Poetry to music; one mostly of his celebrated book Romancero gitano 'Gypsy Ballads' 1924 - 1927 and the second from his very expansive and somewhat challenging book 'Poet in New York' 1929 - 1930 By this point I was entirely hooked, both on the importance of strong and emotionally descriptive prose in the context of a song, but also the fact that I should then be faced with taking a retrospective journey across the past 3 or 4 decades of my own love of music.. I think I had to resolve what it always was that I felt.. This was a peculiar space travel back through popular music and its various foundations and side issues. Joan Miro 1925 Thus I now have a greater understanding of myself and what it is that defines my sense of purpose in music. Over the past few years I have continued to tour the UK with various concerts, the current tour which is giving me huge satisfaction to perform and seems to be consistently well received is that of the work of Leonard Cohen. Tickets £15 in advance or £17 Door. Tickets also available at Old Cinema Launderette. Contact mrwishywashypresents@gmail.com for further information. Mix of seating (LIMITED) and standing. Doors 7pm. Support ( if arranged) around 7.45pm. Headline around 8.30pm. We have an drinks licence. Real & Craft Ales, Lagers, Wines. Ciders and Spirits will be served along with Ouseburn Coffee Company Coffee, Yorkshire Tea and Twinnings Fruit Teas... and of course posh soft drinks. Facebook - Launderette Sessions Twitter - @LaunderetteSess Instagram - Launderette_Sessions Trip Advisor Events at Old Cinema Launderette (Durham)

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John Otway

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Southampton The Talking Heads Doors at 7.30pm

John first achieved notoriety with his eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single 'Really Free' in 1977.

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King Size Slim - Full Trio Line-up

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Paddock Wood The Olive Stores Music from 8.30pm (Food 7pm)

During a frantic 2014 King Size Slim (aka Toby Barelli) released his first studio album Milk Drunk, managed an incredibly busy gig diary (including 27 shows in just 31 days during August), won the Emerging Artist Award in the British Blues Awards and supported Queen at their televised New Years Eve gig. Other 2014 highlights include collaborations with Steve Finnerty (Alabama 3), support slots for Son of Dave, Heritage Blues Orchestra, and Paul Lamb and the King Snakes, festival appearances at Love Supreme, Celebration Days (France), Gloucester Blues Festival plus a whole heap of radio play and media support across the UK and Europe! The big warm tones from his resonator guitar along with a powerful and direct vocal delivery are his trademarks. Add rolling grooves, multi-layers of percussion, harmonica, hand-claps, foot stomps, even sweeping brooms and pots and pans... a live performer and song-writer steeped in a world of music that is fully conscious of its roots but at the same time has a new story to tell. King Size Slim delivers a collection of songs that have an earthy warmth and reality. At the Olive Stores, Toby will be playing with the full King Size Slim Trio. Meal and music tickets are available from the venue on 01622 871006 at £24.95. Please note that tickets available here are for the gig only!

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Na-mara

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing Bar opens at 6.30 pm, doors at 7.30 pm

na-mara are a Hertfordshire duo who specialise in Celtic music in the true sense of the word: Irish, Breton, French, Spanish; all accompanied by guitar, mandolin, mandola which creates an Anglo-Spanish style and feel. In short, everything that could be so wrong, but here is perfectly pitched and comes out so right. It's almost impossible to categorise musically, other than with a generic Good stuff!...The Living Tradition After playing together on and off for a few years previously, Rob Garcia and Paul McNamara came together to form the na-mara duo in 2006. Described as "elegant and skilled musicians" (Folk London), they have broadcast on BBC Radio, and have performed at clubs and festivals across the UK, France and Spain. They perform traditional songs and music from the British Isles alongside their own songs and tunes, together with traditional songs from France and Quebec which they translate into English, and a wide variety of tunes from all corners of the Celtic diaspora, in particular Asturias, Galicia, Brittany and northern France. Although born in London, Rob is of Spanish descent; his parents arrived in the UK as child refugees from the Spanish Civil War in 1937, an event that informs much of their music. As close friends of the International Brigade Memorial Trust, they have performed their own songs about the Spanish Civil War at numerous events commemorating the commitment of the many Britons who went to fight fascism in Spain in the 1930s. Spiral Earth said of na-mara that "they turn an austere sound into an elegant one with their voices displaying the required authority for such subjects. Punctuated with more epic dramas, their album [The Bite] is an education and a delight. A quote from Rock & Reel Magazine best summarises their live performances " continuity comes in the form of the quality of storytelling; and that's what na-mara do best: tell stories to which you can't but listen And where does the name come from you may ask? Not an ego trip on the part of Paul, as may be imagined, 'na-mara' is actually Gaelic for 'the sea' an ever-changing landscape, always moving and rolling, suffused with great power and yet replete with gentle rhythm. A perfect description of the music of na-mara.

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Martyn Joseph

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Hebden Bridge Wadsworth Community Centre Doors 7.00pm - Show 8.00pm

Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. Martyn was awarded Best Male Artist at the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards and in 2012 his song There's Always Maybe won the best folk song category in the World Independent Music Awards. In addition to his 5 top 50 UK hits, the importance of his work has been recognised by programmes such as BBC 2's prime time series on Singer/Songwriters. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognised with various humanitarian awards and plaudits. Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you're not alone in the world. Songs For The Coming Home, his most recent self-penned studio album, is filled with snap shots and images from his personal journey. At the heart of this record is the notion that we are always striving to return. Returning to a place of solace, understanding, compassion, a place of justice, mercy and peace. That despite the carnage around us we can still save the day. Upon the release of the album BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris said Martyn is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better. Described as a cinematic journey through continents via his trademark 'one take', up close sound with stunning instrumentation, Songs For The Coming Home resonates with raw performance. Incorporating this element of live presentation into the recording process, preserves the spirit of this charismatic live solo performer. In 2013 Martyn released a CD of Bruce Springsteen songs, to great public and critical acclaim, with the glowing endorsement of Dave Marsh, acclaimed American music critic and official Springsteen biographer. 2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his "Let Yourself Trust", a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it's found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations He has won the love of audiences from USA to Europe through an impressive number of live dates, and has previously toured with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Mike and The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey. He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended. Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. It's a road he's been travelling for most of his life and, as he often tells his audience, 'you keep turning up and so will I.' Stunning, heartfelt music Bob Harris BBC Radio 2, October 2013 Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut MOJO One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain todaytough and passionate 
Tom Robinson BBC 6 music One of acoustic music's most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters
 Q Magazine A profound experience
 The Boston Globe Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility
 Time Out Written with craft, performed with passion
 Financial Times He is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better like the finest of wines Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 Britain`s best kept secreta challenging songwriter and a compelling courageous live performer MoJo 4* review

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Ceilidh - Valiant Dance Band

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Stowmarket John Peel Centre for Creative Arts Doors 7:30pm

Come and 'Swing Your Partner', 'Dosey Do' and 'Strip the Willow' to a distinctive new English Ceilidh Band from the Eastern Counties. With dance instructions from an exuberant young caller who is currently creating waves on the national folk festival scene

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Ben Maggs

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop Doors at 7.00pm

Ben Maggs "I honestly believe one of the best feelings in life is when you hear a great track for the first time. With Ben's music, every play feels like the first listen. Raw, beautiful and timeless." Claire Carter - BBC Radio Gloucestershire Audiences, venues and festival organisers alike describe Ben Maggs' performances as "mesmerising" and "spell binding", commenting on how he holds the audience in the palm of his hands throughout his sets. It is very true to say there is something very magical and magnetic about Ben, in every regard. Simply put, beyond the undeniably high quality of his songwriting, guitar and vocal performance, Ben Maggs really entertains. His new album sings of Ben's evolution, with his unique style, lyrics and melodies beautifully reflecting his life's adventures and experiences. Many of the songs on the album have been inspired by his adventures around the British Isles, especially the dramatic wilderness coastline of the West Highlands and Islands of Scotland, his Grandfather's Welsh homeland and also Ben's native Cotswolds. Some songs speak of his experiences on gently undulating Cotswold walks of day and dusk and night; others of violent cabin and shoreline battering West Highland storms; nomadic weeks with his car as his bedroom and the sea as his bath, with no plan, precious little clean underwear and little more than a car and guitar, writing on beaches and atop cliffs, drawn onward inspired by the wonderful folks he met along the way; haunting shadowed nights in an ancient blackhouse wrapped by the unforgiving Cuillin ridge on the Isle of Skye; 17 hour car and ferry journeys to write and play in remote island wilderness, beneath golden eagle wings, under brilliant moons and the green glowing dance of the northern lights; some of the silent reflection of nowhere in particular. All of Ben's songs are written and performed with authenticity and integrity, from the landscape of Ben's heart, singing of the experiences of a man who feels and expresses profoundly and exquisitely. His songs cannot fail to touch you; your heart cannot fail to open when you hear them. With Ben's genuine warmth and absolutely "nothing held back" performance, with his beautifully expressive vocals and melodic lyricism carried exquisitely by resonant acoustic guitar - you can expect nothing less than the full and free expression of the heart and soul of this talented troubadour, live or recorded. "Ben Maggs is one of the best singer/songwriters to come out of the West Country in ages...a true troubadour who defies the confines of genre classification. His trademark acoustic guitar lays down the bedrock for a truly unique plaintive vocal style that simply oozes pathos and emotion. Mark the day you first hear Ben as being a very special one indeed!" John Drummond, Promoter, Brewery Blues http://www.benmaggsmusic.co.uk/ Rob Halligan Described by the BBC as "Bruce Springsteen having English tea with Billy Bragg" award winning recording artist and songwriter Rob Halligan started life in a school punk band in Worthing. 10 years after the release of his first studio album, Halligan has toured extensively, won awards, great reviews and radio airplay. 2014 sees the release of his 'live' DVD and a new studio album, 'Love Come Down'. Some people say you could write a book about their life but with Rob you know it would be a book you couldn't put down. From living on the streets as a teenager to travelling the world, Rob's songs draw from the stories and experiences that create a natural connection with his listeners time and time again. Love Come Down is classic Rob 'stuff' with stories, songs, and sentiments that are easily taken hold of. Recorded at the Foundry Music Lab with Graeme Duffin and Sandy Jones (Wet Wet Wet, J.J. Gilmore) the musicianship is sublime and the hooks in this collection of songs is evidence of a top class songsmith. After a sold-out launch event in Coventry with over 150 people and tracks from the album already played on Radio 2 and 6 music, 2015 is looking busier than ever. Rob is well known for using his music to raise awareness of smaller charities working with some of the most vulnerable people, both at home and abroad. After loosing his father in the events of September 11th 2001 in New York, Rob has used his music to raise over £30k for various charities. "The question remains that why have such artists as Rob never gained the exposure he sorely deserves? He certainly has the quality and talent to succeed; all he needs is that lucky break. " ...Maverick Magazine "Halligan has created a breath-taking collection of songs that deserves to be heard"... Wildey's World Reviews "Rob is producing some of his finest material ever... It's a mystery why he isn't better known" ...R2 Magazine www.robhalligan.co.uk Rob Halligan - 8pm Ben Maggs - 9pm

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Ben Maggs

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop Doors at 7.00pm

Ben Maggs "I honestly believe one of the best feelings in life is when you hear a great track for the first time. With Ben's music, every play feels like the first listen. Raw, beautiful and timeless." Claire Carter - BBC Radio Gloucestershire Audiences, venues and festival organisers alike describe Ben Maggs' performances as "mesmerising" and "spell binding", commenting on how he holds the audience in the palm of his hands throughout his sets. It is very true to say there is something very magical and magnetic about Ben, in every regard. Simply put, beyond the undeniably high quality of his songwriting, guitar and vocal performance, Ben Maggs really entertains. His new album sings of Ben's evolution, with his unique style, lyrics and melodies beautifully reflecting his life's adventures and experiences. Many of the songs on the album have been inspired by his adventures around the British Isles, especially the dramatic wilderness coastline of the West Highlands and Islands of Scotland, his Grandfather's Welsh homeland and also Ben's native Cotswolds. Some songs speak of his experiences on gently undulating Cotswold walks of day and dusk and night; others of violent cabin and shoreline battering West Highland storms; nomadic weeks with his car as his bedroom and the sea as his bath, with no plan, precious little clean underwear and little more than a car and guitar, writing on beaches and atop cliffs, drawn onward inspired by the wonderful folks he met along the way; haunting shadowed nights in an ancient blackhouse wrapped by the unforgiving Cuillin ridge on the Isle of Skye; 17 hour car and ferry journeys to write and play in remote island wilderness, beneath golden eagle wings, under brilliant moons and the green glowing dance of the northern lights; some of the silent reflection of nowhere in particular. All of Ben's songs are written and performed with authenticity and integrity, from the landscape of Ben's heart, singing of the experiences of a man who feels and expresses profoundly and exquisitely. His songs cannot fail to touch you; your heart cannot fail to open when you hear them. With Ben's genuine warmth and absolutely "nothing held back" performance, with his beautifully expressive vocals and melodic lyricism carried exquisitely by resonant acoustic guitar - you can expect nothing less than the full and free expression of the heart and soul of this talented troubadour, live or recorded. "Ben Maggs is one of the best singer/songwriters to come out of the West Country in ages...a true troubadour who defies the confines of genre classification. His trademark acoustic guitar lays down the bedrock for a truly unique plaintive vocal style that simply oozes pathos and emotion. Mark the day you first hear Ben as being a very special one indeed!" John Drummond, Promoter, Brewery Blues http://www.benmaggsmusic.co.uk/ Rob Halligan Described by the BBC as "Bruce Springsteen having English tea with Billy Bragg" award winning recording artist and songwriter Rob Halligan started life in a school punk band in Worthing. 10 years after the release of his first studio album, Halligan has toured extensively, won awards, great reviews and radio airplay. 2014 sees the release of his 'live' DVD and a new studio album, 'Love Come Down'. Some people say you could write a book about their life but with Rob you know it would be a book you couldn't put down. From living on the streets as a teenager to travelling the world, Rob's songs draw from the stories and experiences that create a natural connection with his listeners time and time again. Love Come Down is classic Rob 'stuff' with stories, songs, and sentiments that are easily taken hold of. Recorded at the Foundry Music Lab with Graeme Duffin and Sandy Jones (Wet Wet Wet, J.J. Gilmore) the musicianship is sublime and the hooks in this collection of songs is evidence of a top class songsmith. After a sold-out launch event in Coventry with over 150 people and tracks from the album already played on Radio 2 and 6 music, 2015 is looking busier than ever. Rob is well known for using his music to raise awareness of smaller charities working with some of the most vulnerable people, both at home and abroad. After loosing his father in the events of September 11th 2001 in New York, Rob has used his music to raise over £30k for various charities. "The question remains that why have such artists as Rob never gained the exposure he sorely deserves? He certainly has the quality and talent to succeed; all he needs is that lucky break. " ...Maverick Magazine "Halligan has created a breath-taking collection of songs that deserves to be heard"... Wildey's World Reviews "Rob is producing some of his finest material ever... It's a mystery why he isn't better known" ...R2 Magazine www.robhalligan.co.uk Rob Halligan - 8pm Ben Maggs - 9pm

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The Hot Seats

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A band that has appeared at just about every major festival in the UK, Virginian livewires The Hot Seats, return to these shores for their seventh tour here. Major crowd-pleasers, they have wowed events such as Celtic Connections, HebCeltFest, Shetland Folk Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where they picked up the biggest accolade possible - a Herald Angel - for their outstanding contribution to the event following a sell-out run at The Famous Spiegeltent. Their fiery brand on blistering Appalachian old-time mixed with left of centre bluegrass and a sprinkling of their own compositions has won fans around the world. It happens every time they hit the stage. Their original music is simultaneously hard to classify and instantly identifiable, combining the virtuosic soloing and tightness of bluegrass, the band-driven rhythm of old time, the jerky bounce of ragtime, and the swagger of good old rock and roll. Astounding R2 (Rock 'n' Reel) magazine Old-time music with attitude The Washington Post They're brilliant Maverick magazine Sensational The Herald (Scotland)

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Charlie Dore & Julian Littman

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, Doors 7.30pm

With the iconic hit song "Pilot of the Airwaves" back in the day Charlie and Julian have never stopped touring and play great music and great songs. www.charliedore.com

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Charlie Dore & Julian Littman

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, Doors 7.30pm

With the iconic hit song "Pilot of the Airwaves" back in the day Charlie and Julian have never stopped touring and play great music and great songs. www.charliedore.com

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Mayor And James

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Falmouth The Tolmen Centre 7.30pm

The duo have a special ability to combine a truly diverse array of talents into a hugely entertaining show. Sliding easily from evocative Irish ballad to a mandolin and guitar version of Handel's arrival of the Queen of Sheba interspersed with their own notorious comic songs. 'A witty and captivating mix of folk, swing, blues and classical showstoppers' The Guardian

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Mayor And James

on Fri, 5 Jun 2015 at Falmouth The Tolmen Centre 7.30pm

The duo have a special ability to combine a truly diverse array of talents into a hugely entertaining show. Sliding easily from evocative Irish ballad to a mandolin and guitar version of Handel's arrival of the Queen of Sheba interspersed with their own notorious comic songs. 'A witty and captivating mix of folk, swing, blues and classical showstoppers' The Guardian

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Geoff Lakeman (solo)

on Sat, 6 Jun 2015 at Minehead Acorn Folk Club 7.30pm for 7.45pm

Geoff Lakeman, who lives on Dartmoor, is an internationally-recognised leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet Concertina. He performs self-penned songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk, and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers, Randy Newman, Richard Thompson....and 1920/30's jazz standards. He's the father of a virtual folk dynasty - youngest son is internationally-acclaimed Seth Lakeman. Elder brother is Sean who played in Seth's band and produced his Mercury Music Award, Top Ten, gold and silver albums.Sean and his wife, Yorkshire singer Kathryn Roberts , are the current BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Duo". Geoff's piano-playing middle son Sam is married to Irish singing sensation Cara Dillon. Their band plays all over the world. geoffreylakeman@btinternet.com

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Geoff Lakeman (solo)

on Sat, 6 Jun 2015 at Minehead Acorn Folk Club 7.30pm for 7.45pm

Geoff Lakeman, who lives on Dartmoor, is an internationally-recognised leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet Concertina. He performs self-penned songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk, and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers, Randy Newman, Richard Thompson....and 1920/30's jazz standards. He's the father of a virtual folk dynasty - youngest son is internationally-acclaimed Seth Lakeman. Elder brother is Sean who played in Seth's band and produced his Mercury Music Award, Top Ten, gold and silver albums.Sean and his wife, Yorkshire singer Kathryn Roberts , are the current BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Duo". Geoff's piano-playing middle son Sam is married to Irish singing sensation Cara Dillon. Their band plays all over the world. geoffreylakeman@btinternet.com

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Gordon Smith All Stars

on Sat, 6 Jun 2015 at London Polish Jazz Cafe POSK Doors: 7:30 pm Music: 8:30 pm

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Charlie Dore (with Julian Littman)

on Sat, 6 Jun 2015 at Water Yeat Village Hall Doors 7:30pm, 8:00pm start

This multi-award-winning artist returns with a new album, Milk Roulette, her unique take on births, marriages and deaths. Described as 'Knowing, worldlytimeless' (The Independent), the show with Julian Littman promises a night of acoustic wizardry, energy and harmony, including her iconic hit Pilot of the Airwaves. Her songs have been covered by George Harrison, Tina Turner and Celine Dion, but her live shows reveal that she keeps the best for herself. Cabaret style seating, no bar, so bring your own drinks!

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Kieran Goss With Special Guest Annie Kinella

on Sat, 6 Jun 2015 at Bow Village Hall 8.00pm (Doors Open 7.30pm)

Kieran Goss is a terrific singer/songwriter from Ireland. With melodies that reflect the influence of such American pop-folk singers such as James Taylor and Paul Simon and Irish singer/songwriters such as Christy Moore, Goss aims at the heart with his poetic lyricism. A former sideman for Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Moore and Clannad, Goss has garnered acclaim with three powerful solo albums. Much has been made of Goss's masterful stagecraft in the words of country music legend Don Williams, he has an amazing ability to reach out to his audience and connect with them in a special way.

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Polly And The Billets Doux

on Sat, 6 Jun 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, see Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- a harmonious blend of folk, soul, country and gospel The Sunday Times an eclectic and inspired musical blend The Guardian Polly and the Billets Doux are something brilliantly different. Known for their flawless and energy-filled live performances, the genre-defying quartet Polly and the Billets Doux boast a genius blend of Folk, Pop, Rock N' Roll, Soul, Country, Blues and even Gospel. They have a solid reputation and extensive history of headline tours up and down the country; from Ullapool to Brighton, and almost everywhere in between. Polly and the Billets Doux released 2013's 'Head of Steam' EP, which charted at 17 on the Radio 1 Indie Chart followed by their critically acclaimed album which featured in 'The Word' Magazine's Best New Music. Polly and the Billets Doux have also been championed by Bob Harris & Terry Wogan on Radio 2, Tom Robinson on Radio 6 as well as live sessions with Cerys Matthews and'Loose Ends' on Radio 4. The album attracted critical acclaim from The Sunday Times and The Daily Mirror. The last few years have seen major festival appearances including Glastonbury, the Big Chill, The Secret Garden Party, and Cambridge Folk and a Support slot with The Fun loving Criminals. After a well received headline tour of Ireland the band were back on the road shortly after with a new album 'Money Tree' winning great press support inc cover-disc features on UNCUT and R2. This saw the band embark on their longest tour to date including an extensive headline tour of Germany. Their reputation as a formidable force on the stage is spreading quickly. It's going to be a big year for this vibrant, exciting and hugely promising band. www.pollyandthebilletsdoux.co.uk

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Split Whiskers

on Sat, 6 Jun 2015 at Pontypool Borough Blues Club 7:30pm

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Split Whiskers

on Sat, 6 Jun 2015 at Pontypool Borough Blues Club 7:30pm

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Martyn Joseph

on Sat, 6 Jun 2015 at Moulton Carey Baptist Church Doors 7.30pm - Show 8.00pm

Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. Martyn was awarded Best Male Artist at the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards and in 2012 his song There's Always Maybe won the best folk song category in the World Independent Music Awards. In addition to his 5 top 50 UK hits, the importance of his work has been recognised by programmes such as BBC 2's prime time series on Singer/Songwriters. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognised with various humanitarian awards and plaudits. Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you're not alone in the world. Songs For The Coming Home, his most recent self-penned studio album, is filled with snap shots and images from his personal journey. At the heart of this record is the notion that we are always striving to return. Returning to a place of solace, understanding, compassion, a place of justice, mercy and peace. That despite the carnage around us we can still save the day. Upon the release of the album BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris said Martyn is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better. Described as a cinematic journey through continents via his trademark 'one take', up close sound with stunning instrumentation, Songs For The Coming Home resonates with raw performance. Incorporating this element of live presentation into the recording process, preserves the spirit of this charismatic live solo performer. In 2013 Martyn released a CD of Bruce Springsteen songs, to great public and critical acclaim, with the glowing endorsement of Dave Marsh, acclaimed American music critic and official Springsteen biographer. 2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his "Let Yourself Trust", a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it's found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations He has won the love of audiences from USA to Europe through an impressive number of live dates, and has previously toured with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Mike and The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey. He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended. Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. It's a road he's been travelling for most of his life and, as he often tells his audience, 'you keep turning up and so will I.' Stunning, heartfelt music Bob Harris BBC Radio 2, October 2013 Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut MOJO One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain todaytough and passionate 
Tom Robinson BBC 6 music One of acoustic music's most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters
 Q Magazine A profound experience
 The Boston Globe Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility
 Time Out Written with craft, performed with passion
 Financial Times He is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better like the finest of wines Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 Britain`s best kept secreta challenging songwriter and a compelling courageous live performer MoJo 4* review

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Blues Night With Michael Roach

on Sat, 6 Jun 2015 at Great Torrington The Plough Arts Centre Show Starts 8.30pm

Back by popular demand! Michael Roach sings and plays guitar in a style of blues that dates back to the 1920s. With 6 albums to his credit, he is well established worldwide in traditional music circles.

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O'hooley & Tidow

on Sat, 6 Jun 2015 at Osmington Village Hall Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start

With a personal invitation from Billy Brag to play Glastonbury, sessions on BBC6 Music and Radio 2, a 5* live review and a feature in The Guardian, culminating in a MOJO Folk Album of the Year award for album The Hum, Belinda and Heidi's powerful, deeply moving and at times spine tingling performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hardest of hearts. And they've just been nominated Best Duo at the Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015!

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Mbonda Ya Africa

on Sat, 6 Jun 2015 at Glasgow The Glad Cafe 7.00pm-9.00pm

A night not to forget with the best of African Folklore story telling and traditional dance presented by Cre8tive International. Key artists are Jerry Boweh and Gina Watupa.

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The Coach House Company And The Old Dance School

on Sun, 7 Jun 2015 at London Bush Hall Doors open 7:30pm, Live Music Starts 8:00pm

Since their formation at university in late 2010, five-piece folk band The Coach House Company are rapidly becoming known for their uplifting and wholesome sound through dynamic live performances in London and Cambridge. Inspired by the folk heritage of the British Isles, the band fuses traditional jigs, reels and folksongs with rich harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and compelling upbeat rhythms to create a unique folk expression. Original compositions and arrangements form the core of the band's repertoire, which is also infused with influences from the classical and jazz domains. The band is made up of Maya Amin-Smith (vocals/violin/mandolin), Patrick Milne (vocals/guitar), Héloïse Werner (vocals/cello), Marianne Schofield (vocals/double bass) and Colin Danskin (vocals/trumpet). The Coach House Company have recently performed at, amongst others, Ronnie Scott's, Cecil Sharp House, Green Note, London Folk Festival, Wilderness Festival, Jamboree and the ADC Theatre in Cambridge, where they were described as 'musically excellent' in a five-star review from Varsity. 2014 saw the launch of the band's debut EP at Cecil Sharp House. refreshing and uplifting () one to watch out for Folk Radio UK There are times when you hear a record and recognise that the musicians involved are revelling in the experience just as much as their audience. Listening to The Coach House Company EP is one of those. Bright Young Folk Influences come thick and fast from the traditional folk core of jigs, reels, song and beyond into jazz and classical, while the vocal harmonies add a most impressive aspect to this collection. Bright Young Folk The Old Dance School's expansive landscapes of ear-bending contemporary folk place them as true innovators of the genre. Duelling fiddles, soaring brass crescendos, and irresistible grooves, their live show charts their remarkable journey from ballet school basement jam sessions and cowshed rehearsals, to remote lighthouses, to headline appearances at international festivals. The Old Dance School takes it's name from the old Betty Fox School of Ballet in Birmingham, then legendary jam session venue, where the band first formed in 2007. Championed by BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris, the septet's provocative songs and cinematic sound has received plaudits throughout the country, from press and audiences alike, including Songlines Top Of The World 2010, and The Scotsman's Album of the Year. The seven members of The Old Dance School may seem fresh faced, but don't let them fool you, the diversity and scale of each one's musical journey is quite remarkable. From international jazz festivals to European opera tours, film score commissions to classical recitals, green festivals to tattoo conventions, members of The Old Dance School have performed, recorded and toured with artists such as Martha Wainwright, Cerys Matthews, Graham Coxon, Zoe Rahman, Michael McGoldrick, Neil Yates, Jim Perrin, The Destroyers, Kevin Dempsey, and Chris While.

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Martyn Joseph At Leaf, Liverpool

on Sun, 7 Jun 2015 at Liverpool Leaf 7.30pm doors, 8.00pm start

Martyn Joseph returns to Liverpool for the first time in two years for a gig at one of the city's finest independent venues, Leaf on Bold Street. Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other. He has been called The Welsh Springsteen, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn's work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn's music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn't need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn's music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. In 2013 Martyn released a CD of Bruce Springsteen songs, to great public and critical acclaim, with the glowing endorsement of Dave Marsh, acclaimed American music critic and official Springsteen biographer. 2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his "Let Yourself Trust", a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it's found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations. Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut - MOJO One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain todaytough and passionate
 Tom Robinson BBC 6 music One of acoustic music's most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters
 Q Magazine A profound experience
 The Boston Globe Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility
 Time Out Written with craft, performed with passion
 Financial Time He is one of our most intelligent writers - Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 Event: Martyn Joseph Support: TBC Date: Sunday 7th June 2015 Venue: Leaf on Bold Street Times: 7.30pm doors, 8.00pm start, 10.30pm finish Tickets: £16 (plus booking fee)

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King Size Slim

on Sun, 7 Jun 2015 at Tunbridge Wells Sankeys 7.30pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI_x7veaZA8 British Blues Award 2014 winner, Emerging Artist category. Hand picked by BBC Music and Phil McIntyre Entertainment to support rock legends QUEEN as part of the BBC1 televised New Year's Eve celebrations for 2014, live from Westminster Hall. Debut studio album Milk Drunk released by TreeHouse44 - distributed by Proper Music. Taking lactose intolerance to new levels... I really like this record! Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2. MUSIC THAT SHOUTS LOUD AND KISSES SWEET The big warm tones from his resonator guitar along with a powerful and direct vocal delivery are the trademarks of singer/song-writer King Size Slim. Add rolling grooves and percussive hooks and you have a songwriter who delivers original compositions that are steeped in a world of music that is fully conscious of its roots but at the same time has a new story to tell.

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Steve Ashley

on Sun, 7 Jun 2015 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

Steve Ashley's songs have been recorded by Fairport Convention, Anne Briggs, Dave Pegg and PJ Wright, The Arizona Smoke Review, Martin and Jessica Simpson, Grace Notes, Phil Beer, Maggie Boyle, The Bushwackers, The Owl Service, Sproatly Smith, Hannah Sanders and Liz Simmons. Since the 1960's Steve has written and recorded songs such as Fire and Wine, The Rough With The Smooth and Over There in Paradise. His debut album Stroll On was described in Mojo as: "...up there with Liege and Lief, the first Steeleye Album and Christy Moore's Prosperous and suchlike, a masterpiece of its kind. Second, it is still a best-kept-secret. A beautiful, rich and deeply atmospheric collection of songs, very English - like a musical impression of Dickens, Victorian Christmas cards and Thomas Hardy's Wessex." (Colin Harper) The Spirit of Christmas is counted as one of "1000 Songs That Rock Your World" by author Dave Thompson, who has also written "Fire and Wine - an Armchair Guide to Steve Ashley" Steve's last albumTime and Tide was released in 2007 when he last appeared at TwickFolk. A song from that collection - Best Wishes has been adopted by Fairport Convention as an encore. This year he returns with the album This Little Game, and we we are delighted to have him back.

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Simpson Cutting & Kerr

on Sun, 7 Jun 2015 at Canterbury St Gregory's Centre for Music Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start

Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr Comprising three of Britain's finest musicians and interpreters of songs and tunes, each member of this trio is an acknowledged virtuoso in their own right. Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr have come together for the joy of playing and exploring the possibilities of music together, after appearing together on stages in various combinations over recent years and thoroughly enjoying it! Nancy Kerr has been a major part of the acoustic music scene since she was a teenager and has always been a distinctive and impressive talent, turning heads everywhere she's played or sung. She is currently part of an award winning duo with her husband, James Fagan, and also one quarter of the Melrose Quartet and a key member of The Full English band, both nominated for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2014.. She is a multi-instrumentalist of rare and astonishing talent as well a beautiful and joyful singer. She is one of the shining stars in the British music firmament and going from strength to strength with every new challenge she takes on. Andy Cutting is an extraordinary musician. A master of the diatonic accordion and most other squeezeboxes, he is a superbly sensitive accompanist, a writer of beautiful and thrilling tunes, a highly in-demand band member and a sublime solo performer. His list of recording credits and sessions reads like a Who's Who of acoustic music both in the UK and abroad, and he has played live with The Who, Roger Daltry and Sting, amongst others. Martin Simpson is a multi-award winning musician, singer and songwriter who has worked with Bonnie Raitt, Richard Hawley, Jackson Brown, June Tabor, Richard Thompson and many more, as well as being a world-renowned performer in his own right. He was a notable virtuoso in his early teens and his partnership with June Tabor in the 70s and 80s brought him to the attention of a much wider audience and led to him being courted by the world of rock and roll, which he sidestepped.. He has often said that playing music with likes of Andy and Nancy makes him a better player and in this trio he will be mainly playing guitars and banjos, singing and grinning from ear to ear. The trio's debut album Murmurs will be released on Topic Records on 8 June 2015. One of the virtuoso instrumentalists of the English music scene 'Sounds better than ever' **** 4 Stars The Guardian Simpson has become a fine interpreter of traditional and other songs, as well as a notable writer of his own. The Times www.martinsimpson.com www.alanbearmanmusic.co.uk www.folkinthebarn.co.uk Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start Tickets £16 online (plus bkg fee) £17.50 £18 on the door £10 Full time students

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Simpson Cutting & Kerr

on Sun, 7 Jun 2015 at Canterbury St Gregory's Centre for Music Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start

Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr Comprising three of Britain's finest musicians and interpreters of songs and tunes, each member of this trio is an acknowledged virtuoso in their own right. Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr have come together for the joy of playing and exploring the possibilities of music together, after appearing together on stages in various combinations over recent years and thoroughly enjoying it! Nancy Kerr has been a major part of the acoustic music scene since she was a teenager and has always been a distinctive and impressive talent, turning heads everywhere she's played or sung. She is currently part of an award winning duo with her husband, James Fagan, and also one quarter of the Melrose Quartet and a key member of The Full English band, both nominated for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2014.. She is a multi-instrumentalist of rare and astonishing talent as well a beautiful and joyful singer. She is one of the shining stars in the British music firmament and going from strength to strength with every new challenge she takes on. Andy Cutting is an extraordinary musician. A master of the diatonic accordion and most other squeezeboxes, he is a superbly sensitive accompanist, a writer of beautiful and thrilling tunes, a highly in-demand band member and a sublime solo performer. His list of recording credits and sessions reads like a Who's Who of acoustic music both in the UK and abroad, and he has played live with The Who, Roger Daltry and Sting, amongst others. Martin Simpson is a multi-award winning musician, singer and songwriter who has worked with Bonnie Raitt, Richard Hawley, Jackson Brown, June Tabor, Richard Thompson and many more, as well as being a world-renowned performer in his own right. He was a notable virtuoso in his early teens and his partnership with June Tabor in the 70s and 80s brought him to the attention of a much wider audience and led to him being courted by the world of rock and roll, which he sidestepped.. He has often said that playing music with likes of Andy and Nancy makes him a better player and in this trio he will be mainly playing guitars and banjos, singing and grinning from ear to ear. The trio's debut album Murmurs will be released on Topic Records on 8 June 2015. One of the virtuoso instrumentalists of the English music scene 'Sounds better than ever' **** 4 Stars The Guardian Simpson has become a fine interpreter of traditional and other songs, as well as a notable writer of his own. The Times www.martinsimpson.com www.alanbearmanmusic.co.uk www.folkinthebarn.co.uk Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start Tickets £16 online (plus bkg fee) £17.50 £18 on the door £10 Full time students

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Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 7 Jun 2015 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub Doors open around 7:30 pm

Great pals of the club, Keith and Sylvia sing mainly English traditional and traditionally influenced contemporary songs and work extensively all over the UK, Europe and beyond. Top notch, unfussy but spot on singing and playing from two stalwarts of the folk club scene. A limited number of advance tickets are on sale. You will still be able to pay on the night but please remember to get here early if doing so as show may sell out.. However we appreciate that some people wish to be assured of admission, if so you may book in advance here. NOTE: Although there is plenty of seating at the venue tickets do not guarantee a seat and latecomers may have to stand if venue full.

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My Baby

on Sun, 7 Jun 2015 at Presteigne Assembly Rooms 8.00pm doors open 7.30pm

Sensational trio from Holland & New Zealand with distinctive and danceable style of delta blues. Irresistible!

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Bob Fox

on Mon, 8 Jun 2015 at Chesham Folk Club 8:30pm - 11:00pm. Door open 8:15

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Laurence Jones

on Mon, 8 Jun 2015 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors 8pm, music 8.30 - 11pm

The buzz surrounding Laurence Jones has been building rapidly - he won the award for "Young Artist of the Year," at the 2014 British Blues Awards, having released his 2nd album after being signed to Ruf Records he is now in the studio recording his 3rd and highly anticipated cd. Now he has the powerhouse rhythm section comprising the awesome Roger Inniss on bass and the wonderful Miri Miettinen (Erja Lyytinen Band) on drums this band really is a sight to behold with a performance that is energetic and mesmerising. "Laurence is a cross between Eric Clapton & Buddy Guy he is a genius" - "Walter Trout" Classic Rock magazine quoted Laurence as "Blues Rocks youngest Talent" and was featured on the "Blues Fury C.D along with Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Popa Chubby and many more. More info on www.laurencejonesmusic.com

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Laurence Jones

on Mon, 8 Jun 2015 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors 8pm, music 8.30 - 11pm

The buzz surrounding Laurence Jones has been building rapidly - he won the award for "Young Artist of the Year," at the 2014 British Blues Awards, having released his 2nd album after being signed to Ruf Records he is now in the studio recording his 3rd and highly anticipated cd. Now he has the powerhouse rhythm section comprising the awesome Roger Inniss on bass and the wonderful Miri Miettinen (Erja Lyytinen Band) on drums this band really is a sight to behold with a performance that is energetic and mesmerising. "Laurence is a cross between Eric Clapton & Buddy Guy he is a genius" - "Walter Trout" Classic Rock magazine quoted Laurence as "Blues Rocks youngest Talent" and was featured on the "Blues Fury C.D along with Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Popa Chubby and many more. More info on www.laurencejonesmusic.com

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Simpson, Cutting And Kerr

on Mon, 8 Jun 2015 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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Simpson, Cutting And Kerr

on Mon, 8 Jun 2015 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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The Songs Of Nick Drake : Keith James

on Mon, 8 Jun 2015 at Sheffield Hagglers Corner 8pm. Doors and Bar open 7.15pm

The Songs of Nick Drake Keith James' unique concert. Haunting and hugely dedicated. Nick Drake is the most revered and truly loved of all of this Country's singer/songwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974 aged only 26 his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest on a worldwide scale, re-evaluating his Life and his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. An important book Remembered for a while has just been released, written by his elder Sister, Gabrielle Drake. This expansive volume throws light on many shadowy corners of mystery and supposition. A number of years have now passed since Singer/Guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole Country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this immaculate and intriguingly fragile music to Theatres across the UK in its pure, live concert form. The end result was almost a decade of highly acclaimed tours amounting to over 1000 concerts in venues across the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick's Schools and Colleges - even Glastonbury Festival. This new concert will have, as far as can be possible, a fresh and rewarding set list and will include an interpretation of a Molly Drake composition, a transcription of a poem by William Blake (Nick's greatest influence) and a song by Sixto Rodriguez an unusually similar songwriter from the exact same era, but from a parallel universe. 'Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear' The Independent 'Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice' Sunday Times 'certainly the UK's most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music' The Guardian 'a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves' Acoustic Magazine 'an absolute must' Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio

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Michael Chapman + Bridget St John

on Mon, 8 Jun 2015 at Brighton The Greys 8:30pm

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The East Pointers

on Mon, 8 Jun 2015 at Kingkerswell Parish Church - St Marys doors 7pm

The East Pointers' slew of tunes carries a diverse mix of influence, but regardless of their age or origin, what they all share in common is the undeniable ability to get hands clapping, feet stomping, and bodies of all ages bouncing in harmony. Part of the sixth generation of a heralded legacy of fiddlers and folk musicians from Canada's Prince Edward Island. They mix traditional and original tunes some with an Irish influence, some Scottish, others rooted in the Canadian Maritimes.

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Hammer & Tongue Present... Inua Ellams

on Mon, 8 Jun 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hammer and Tongue promotes some of the best spoken word the world has to offer and engages diverse communities, promoting open poetry slams and developing new artists. In the past four years H&T has branched out from its original incarnation at the Brickworks in Oxford, to both Brighton and London, and now offers established poets a chance to tour all three cities and slammers a poetry-hungry audience to wow. The legendary H&T Camden poetry slam is back in March with the very best in live literature for your delectation. You are very welcome to take part in the open slam - just sign upon the door from 7pm. Each poet has 3 mins to wow the audience with their own original material. The winner gets a place in the Camden 2015 slam final later this year and a chance of representing Camden at the National Final, which last year took place at the Royal Albert Hall. INUA ELLAMS Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He has published two pamphlets of poetry: 'Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars' and 'Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales'. His first play 'The 14th Tale' (a one-man show which he performed) was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his third, 'Black T-Shirt Collection' ran at England's National Theatre. He is currently working on 'Barber Shop Chronicles' a new play, and a poetry pamphlet called #Afterhours. In graphic art & design, online and in print, he tries to mix the old with the new, juxtaposing texture and pigment with flat shades of colour and vector images. He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion. Hosted by Michelle Madsen and poetcurious

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Folklore Presents .. The Burning Hell (duo)

on Tue, 9 Jun 2015 at London The Harrison Bar Doors at 7:30pm

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The East Pointers

on Tue, 9 Jun 2015 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music Starts 8:30pm

The East Pointers are three young men whose talent and penchant for traditional Celtic tunes of decades past greatly belie their respective ages. And while each member of the freshly formed trio banjoist/vocalist/step-dancer Koady Chaisson, fiddle player/vocalist Tim Chaisson, and guitarist/vocalist Jake Charron is an accomplished musician in his own right, their recent union is a testament to their shared output being, to borrow a common adage, greater than the sum of its parts. The cousins Chaisson hail from Prince Edward Island, Canada, part of the sixth generation of a heralded legacy of fiddlers and folk musicians. Tim tours the world as a performer/songwriter with a pop and country-tinged take on contemporary folk, with Koady often at his side or supporting other touring trad acts with his banjo, bass, and six-string. Jake, on the other hand, is based in Ontario and has strummed, plucked, and played piano alongside a laundry list of award-winning performers from around the globe. When Jake would visit PEI with any of his collaborators or the Chaissons were passing through Ontario on tour, a late-night kitchen party was sure to follow fiddles and friends, guitars and Guinness, banjos and bad jokes. As their trunk of traditional and original tunes some with an Irish influence, some Scottish, others rooted in the Maritimes started to fill up, the trio realized it was time to put some to tape and take them on the road. The East Pointers' slew of tunes carries a diverse mix of influence, but regardless of their age or origin, what they all share in common is the undeniable ability to get hands clapping, feet stomping, and bodies of all ages bouncing in harmony.

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The Rail Splitters

on Tue, 9 Jun 2015 at Towersey The Three Horseshoes Doors 7:30pm On stage 8:00pm Finish 10:15pm

Bluegrass & Beyond-Bluegrass from Boulder, Colarado From their home in the Colorado Rockies, The Railsplitters have been scaling new heights with a refreshing and charming range of bluegrass and beyond-bluegrass music. For a debut album, The Railsplitters sound remarkably assured, playing with the kind of abandon their live shows are known for. Bringing real depth and formidable talent, this group draws influences from all the greats--from Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs to modern groups like Uncle Earl and Crooked Still. The Railsplitters are nothing if not enthusiastically bluegrass and contagiously so, with rapid tempos, unusual instrumentals and good-time breakdowns! Using powerful female and male vocals, enchanting harmonies, and masterful instrumentals, The Railsplitters have the kind of raw power that can raise mountains and even a few eyebrows. The Railsplitters' debut album starts off with a nostalgic homage to lead singer Lauren Stovall's hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, "The City With Soul." As a singer, Lauren has certainly got soul, and plenty of it! And while Lauren is giving Alison Krauss a run for her money, Peter Sharpe and Dusty Rider are masterfully pickin' the mandolin and banjo (respectively). Lauren, Peter, and Dusty, along with innovative upright bassist Leslie Ziegler, all sing on the album and are now joined by the group's newest member, world class fiddle player, Christine King, who adds to The Railsplitters' impressive songwriting. The quintet usually starts by writing their songs individually and then come together to develop them as a group. This songwriting interplay adds a special addition to an already broad diversity of styles and genres on the album. From dance numbers like "Lonesome Feeling," to modulated instrumental numbers like "Longs Peak," to sweet ballads like "Where You Are," The Railsplitters have a song for every kind of mood. The Railsplitters have a musical range that sets them apart from other up-and-coming bluegrass bands. Calling on genre influences from Roots/Americana, Country Twang, 50's doo wop, modern pop, and of course, good ol' fashioned Rock 'n' Roll, they've been wowing listeners at home in Colorado and beyond. Since their beginning in early 2012, The Railsplitters have won two major contests: 2012 Pickin' In The Pines in Flagstaff, Arizona and 2013 Rockygrass in Lyons, Colorado! At the core, The Railsplitters are a high energy, bluegrass roots quintet whose vocals soar well above all the blue in the sky. With luminous vocal clarity, unclouded songwriting talent, and exceptional musical range, this high energy group will be growing far beyond Colorado's Front Range in no time!

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Bridget St John & Michael Chapman

on Tue, 9 Jun 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

For men of a certain age, mention of Bridget St John's name seems to induce a misty-eyed, faraway look. Many a student room in the Sixties and Seventies must have echoed to her distinctive voice. She recorded three albums on John Peel's Dandelion label from 1969-72, before moving to New York. Meanwhile, in Cornwall in the Sixties, another musician was picking up a guitar and making his mark. Folk and blues man Michael Chapman was also championed by Peel, so it's fitting that the two artists are again touring together. Bridget's impressive voice is deep and resonant. It's a voice made for melancholy, and you can't argue with her musical ability, whether it is singing Dylan, a tribute to her friend John Martyn or her own work, such as Ask Me No Questions. Michael Chapman is a masterful guitar player, a great bluesy singer with a wonderful rasp to his voice, he's also possessed of a quick dry wit. For the last half hour they will share the stage, Chapman's guitar adding another dimension to Bridget's voice.

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Babajack

on Wed, 10 Jun 2015 at Lowdham The Old Ship Inn Doors 7.30pm, Concert starts 8pm

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Lucia Comnes

on Wed, 10 Jun 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, see Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lucia Comnes is an American singer, songwriter and fiddler from San Francisco, California, whose roots music crosses genres of Americana, Folk, Celtic & Bluegrass. Known for her 'singular voice' (San Francisco Chronicle) and 'her powerful imagination' (C. Poling) she'll be releasing her debut album as a songwriter, 'Love, Hope & Tyranny.' The album showcases 13 of her original songs with an impressive list of contributors, and was recorded in California at Berkeley's historic Fantasy Studios. Track 1 'No Hiding Place' - has been recognised with numerous awards (International Songwriting Competition, Dallas Songwriters Association). This will be her London debut. www.luciacomnes.com

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Louise Jordan

on Wed, 10 Jun 2015 at Great Torrington The Plough Arts Centre Show Starts 8.15pm

Now touring with her third album Veritas, Louise Jordan's music has been described as 'a masterclass in songwriting'. Fusing award winning acoustic song writing with classical influences and a folk sensibility, Louise Jordan accompanies herself on piano and guitar to play original works and musical settings of literature as well as her own unique arrangements of traditional material. 'Absolutely, totally and completely, brilliant.' Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 In The Gallery

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Kathryn Williams

on Wed, 10 Jun 2015 at Liverpool Leaf 7:30pm

Kathryn Williams releases a brand new album of songs inspired by Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar: 'Hypoxia' will be released via One Little Indian on the 15th June. The project's origins came in 2013 when Kathryn received a call from New Writing North asking if she would accept an open commission to write something about Plath for the Durham Book Festival's celebration of her life and work, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of The Bell Jar's publication. Excited, but also somewhat intimidated by the prospect, Kathryn quickly realised that trying to write song lyrics for poems without using the actual poems or referencing them was going to be nigh on impossible, and -as time passed - what had seemed like a gift of making her own brief, turned to dread and foreboding as she desperately tried to find a way into the material. Momentarily stuck, Kathryn began what was to be a revelatory re-reading of The Bell Jar (which she hadn't read since her teens): What I wasn't prepared for was the muscular writing. The shocking, brutal honesty. The modernness. Thinking about a woman writing this 50 years ago was astounding. Struck by the book's protagonist, and with a note of relief, the brief to write about the characters and themes in the book came into clear focus. In October of last year, Kathryn performed five original songs inspired by The Bell Jar at Durham Town Hall - alongside writer Andrew Wilson reading from his (then forthcoming) book 'Mad Girl's Love Song - Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted' it was a surreal experience to share these songs that felt like secrets, she says of the show. But things didn't end there Kathryn found she was unable to escape the lure of the book's characters and continued to write songs 'for' the book over the next year (This strange little cuckoo that had pushed my other records out of the way was demanding to be fed.). Finally, with 8 songs ready, Kathryn enlisted the help of friend and collaborator Ed Harcourt who produced and engineered the album, also co-writing a ninth song, 'Cuckoo', into the bargain. Sonically the album utilises textures first explored by Kathryn on her Adrian Utley produced project, 'The Pond' (2011). There are surprises to be found here too, like the dramatic glam rock guitars that suddenly erupt in lead single 'Mirrors' and in Kathryn's deliciously idiosyncratic lyrics & delivery her gentle voice loaded with an underlying edge and steeliness that has never seemed more apposite. In support of her new albums release, Kathryn is playing a run of intimate dates across the UK. https://www.facebook.com/KathrynWilliamsMusic http://kathrynwilliams.co.uk/

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Winter, Wilson.

on Thu, 11 Jun 2015 at Glossop The Globe Inn 8.15.pm

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Gigspanner

on Thu, 11 Jun 2015 at Torquay The Bancourt Hotel Doors at 7.15pm concert starts at 8.00pm

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Declan Sinnott With Vickie Keating

on Thu, 11 Jun 2015 at Birmingham Hare and Hounds doors 7.30pm

Declan Sinnott has been touring the UK for a number of years alongside Christy Moore, playing to huge audiences at some of the country's most prestigious venues, always billed as Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott. However, until he released his first solo album in 2013 'I Love the Noise it Makes', he had not seized the opportunity to tour solo.

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The Railsplitters

on Thu, 11 Jun 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Renowned across America for their exhilarating performances and great material, The Railsplitters, working out of the Colorado Rockies, have made a huge impact in recent times. Playing with the kind of grace and confidence expected from their elders, they have a real depth of character and formidable talent, drawing influences from all the greats - including Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs as well as modern-day contemporaries. With powerful vocals, great harmonies and breathtaking instrumentals, the band has the kind of raw power that will always impress. When they released their latest album in the UK, it received widespread acclaim. The hugely-influential Spiral Earth said they played brilliantly uplifting bluegrass that pays its dues but is resoundingly modern, while Country Music People magazine praised their enormous zest and AmericanRootsUK said simply: The virtuosic playing and vocals here are just about as good as anyone. Since starting out in early 2011, the band has won two major and highly prestigious US contests - 2012 Pickin' in the Pines and the 2013 RockyGrass event. This will be their first time in the UK.

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Budapest Cafe Orchestra

on Thu, 11 Jun 2015 at Strathpeffer The Pavilion Doors 7:30pm / Start 8pm

Joining the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain stands the Budapest Café Orchestra, hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship. Led by Jazz violin superstar Chris Garrick The Budapest Café Orchestra plays traditional folk and gypsy music from across the Balkans and Russian, Klezmer, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and beautiful ballads such as the theme to Schindler's List. 'Not only was their musicianship and performance magical, but there was also magic in the sense of trickerymusic and entertainment of absolute quality' -THE ORCADIAN

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Kathryn Williams

on Thu, 11 Jun 2015 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette doors 7pm

Tickets £21 in advance or £25 Door. Tickets also available at Old Cinema Launderette and People's Bookshop, Durham (Please check opening times) Contact mrwishywashypresents@gmail.com for further information. Please do not ring the launderette as the girls are up to their necks with washing  Mix of seating (V. LIMITED), on a first come first served basis and standing. Doors Strictly 7pm. Support ( if arranged) around 7.45pm. Headline around 8.30pm. If you have a disability or have any special needs please contact me prior to the gig to discuss. We try to be very inclusive. We have an drinks licence. Real & Craft Ales, Lagers, Wines. Ciders and Spirits will be served along with Ouseburn Coffee Company Coffee, Yorkshire Tea and Twinnings Fruit Teas... and of course posh soft drinks. Facebook - Launderette Sessions Twitter - @LaunderetteSess Instagram - Launderette_Sessions Trip Advisor Events at Old Cinema Launderette (Durham KATHRYN WILLIAMS/ 'HYPOXIA' NEW ALBUM / 15-06-15 Songs inspired by The Bell Jar. 1. Electric/ 2. Mirrors/ 3. Battleships/ 4. Cuckoo/ 5. Beating Heart/ 6. Tango with Marco/ 7. When Nothing Meant Less/ 8. The Mind is Its Own Place/ 9. Part of Us. Kathryn Williams releases a brand new album of songs inspired by Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar: 'Hypoxia' will be released via One Little Indian on the 15th June. The project's origins came in 2013 when Kathryn received a call from New Writing North asking if she would accept an open commission to write something about Plath for the Durham Book Festival's celebration of her life and work, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of The Bell Jar's publication. Excited, but also somewhat intimidated by the prospect, Kathryn quickly realised that trying to write song lyrics for poems without using the actual poems or referencing them was going to be nigh on impossible, and -as time passed - what had seemed like a gift of making her own brief, turned to dread and foreboding as she desperately tried to find a way into the material. Momentarily stuck, Kathryn began what was to be a revelatory re-reading of The Bell Jar (which she hadn't read since her teens): What I wasn't prepared for was the muscular writing. The shocking, brutal honesty. The modernness. Thinking about a woman writing this 50 years ago was astounding. Struck by the book's protagonist, and with a note of relief, the brief to write about the characters and themes in the book came into clear focus. In October of last year, Kathryn performed five original songs inspired by The Bell Jar at Durham Town Hall - alongside writer Andrew Wilson reading from his (then forthcoming) book 'Mad Girl's Love Song - Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted' it was a surreal experience to share these songs that felt like secrets, she says of the show. But things didn't end there Kathryn found she was unable to escape the lure of the book's characters and continued to write songs 'for' the book over the next year (This strange little cuckoo that had pushed my other records out of the way was demanding to be fed.). Finally, with 8 songs ready, Kathryn enlisted the help of friend and collaborator Ed Harcourt who produced and engineered the album, also co-writing a ninth song, 'Cuckoo', into the bargain. Sonically the album utilises textures first explored by Kathryn on her Adrian Utley produced project, 'The Pond' (2011). There are surprises to be found here too, like the dramatic glam rock guitars that suddenly erupt in lead single 'Mirrors' and in Kathryn's deliciously idiosyncratic lyrics & delivery her gentle voice loaded with an underlying edge and steeliness that has never seemed more apposite. https://www.facebook.com/KathrynWilliamsMusic http://kathrynwilliams.co.uk/

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Dana & Susan Robinson

on Thu, 11 Jun 2015 at Sheffield Harland Cafe Concert 8pm - doors from 6:30pm

Dana and Susan Robinson are a husband and wife duo hailing from Vermont, USA who specialise in a mellow mix of traditional Appalachian old time music and contemporary acoustic. With fiddle, clawhammer banjo, guitar and mandolin all featuring, the couple's versatile musicality is complemented by some lovely vocal harmonies. Underpinning many of the songs is the undeniable rhythm of their trademark guitar/banjo sound. Whether it's quiet or driving, there's a steady groove to the music that supports the lyrics and delivers the story in an effortless and charming way. A native of the Pacific Northwest, many years ago Dana relocated to New England, where he discovered both a thriving songwriter scene and the deep well of traditional mountain music. In the early 1980s he settled in northern Vermont and built a house off the grid on 30 acres near the Canadian border. He founded a popular bakery, café and folk music venue, and then launched into full-time touring after the release of his 1994 debut CD, Elemental Lullabye. A talented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Dana provides most of the duo's lead vocals and also enjoys telling stories and anecdotes as part of the Robinsons' performances. Sue grew up in a musical family in New England. She studied piano, oboe, and Scottish fiddle before meeting Dana in 2002 at a house concert. Upon moving to North Carolina, Sue studied with many of the great old time musicians in the Asheville, NC area, and naturally adapted to the on-the-road lifestyle. Her subtle and delicate clawhammer banjo lines give great character to the duo's music and she lends her rich mellow voice to both harmony and lead vocals. Dana and Susan have released numerous recordings featuring both original compositions and a variety of traditional songs and fiddle tunes. This hard-working duo tours regularly in the UK and they are a favourite act at a number of folk clubs and festivals on this side of the Atlantic. They often return year after year to venues where they have built up a loyal fan base. Having attended a number of their concerts elsewhere, we at True North Music are delighted to be hosting Dana & Susan at the Harland Café in Sheffield for the first time. The Harland is the perfect intimate setting for the Robinsons' entertaining mix of traditional music and original songs. Come along early (from 6:30pm) to take advantage of the special evening menu before the concert starts at 8pm.

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John Statz

on Thu, 11 Jun 2015 at High Wycombe Secret venue doors 7am ,music from 8pm

john statz over in Europe for a month to promote the great new release "TULSA" produced by Jeffrey Foucault ! whose quote this is. ! " john statz writes songs you cant shake. they follow you around all day and run through your head at 3am. open hearted,horizon line songs" a poignant album about the desolation and decay that like the bullet holes featured on the cover art,riddle the modern world".

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Wallingford Blues & Beer Festival

on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 at Wallingford Regal Centre Doors at 6.30pm

Friday - Dr FEELGOOD, Laurence Jones & Matt Woosey. Sat - CHANTEL MCGREGOR, Ben Poole & Armadillo Blues + bands Sat afternoon + beer + BBQ

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Catfish

on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 at Hove The Brunswick 8pm

Catfish is a great new Sussex based blues band. Paul Long on keyboards and vocals also plays with The Riotous Brothers (recently played the 100 Club, Richmond Crawdaddy, Half Moon Putney and Swanage Blues Festival). The back line consists of Kevin Yates and Dusty Bones from popular Chicago blues band 'South of 55th' amongst others and have played all over Sussex, and phenomenal 20 year old guitarist/vocalist Matthew Long has played on stage with Buddy Whittington and has supported British Blues Award winners Aynsley Lister and Chantel McGregor. Their album 'So Many Roads' was released on 1st Jan 2015 and within its first week had received plays on 8 internet radio stations with reviews like this: 'Boy, oh boy, are you going to hear a lot more from (Catfish) this year. That was their take on 'So Many Roads'...made famous by Otis Rush and John Mayall...and I tell you what, that is comparable to any of those versions that I've heard, it really is. (Kevin Beale, Channel Radio) 'Catfish oozed confidence from the opening chords...in Matthew Long, Catfish has a major talent in their midst. He played with a power, passion and feel that are beyond his years. Paul Long dazzled on keys and vocals, and the rhythm section of Dusty Bones and Kevin Yates held it all together.' (Nigel Foster, Blues in Britain) www.catfishbluesband.co.uk £5

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Bridget St. John & Michael Chapman

on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 at Preston The Continental 8pm

The Continental is delighted to be welcoming back folk legend Michael Chapman, this time on a double-header bill with the equally highly regarded artist, Bridget St. John.

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Breabach

on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

Breabach have earned international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK's most dynamic and influential bands. Their career has already seen them voted 'Best Group' and 'Best Live Act' at the Scots Trad Music Awards as well as being nominated twice as 'Best Band' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Recent years have seen them performing across the globe; at WOMAD New Zealand; the Sydney Opera House, and on home soil at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The haunting strains of twin bagpipes have become a defining signature of Breabach a chiming herald of Scottish folk being embraced by a new generation. The energetic five-piece deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk and this is a welcome return to the Universal Hall.

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Breabach

on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

Breabach have earned international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK's most dynamic and influential bands. Their career has already seen them voted 'Best Group' and 'Best Live Act' at the Scots Trad Music Awards as well as being nominated twice as 'Best Band' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Recent years have seen them performing across the globe; at WOMAD New Zealand; the Sydney Opera House, and on home soil at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The haunting strains of twin bagpipes have become a defining signature of Breabach a chiming herald of Scottish folk being embraced by a new generation. The energetic five-piece deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk and this is a welcome return to the Universal Hall.

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Breabach

on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

Breabach have earned international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK's most dynamic and influential bands. Their career has already seen them voted 'Best Group' and 'Best Live Act' at the Scots Trad Music Awards as well as being nominated twice as 'Best Band' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Recent years have seen them performing across the globe; at WOMAD New Zealand; the Sydney Opera House, and on home soil at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The haunting strains of twin bagpipes have become a defining signature of Breabach a chiming herald of Scottish folk being embraced by a new generation. The energetic five-piece deliver a thrilling and unique brand of contemporary folk and this is a welcome return to the Universal Hall.

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Jeni And Billy At The Golden Fleece, Thirsk

on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 at Thirsk The Golden Fleece Doors at 7.30pm

Meet Jeni & Billy You have to watch where you sit at a Jeni & Billy concert, because that ordinary-looking folding chair might just turn into the back seat of a big ole Buick hurtling down the switchback of a coal truck road. That barstool might turn out to be the rock-hard sinners pew of a white-washed mountain church. That couch might be a marble stoop on a gritty street in Baltimore, and that velvet theater cushion could just be the well-worn driver's seat of a wagon headed across the windswept Texas plains. The high twang of a banjo starts it off -- or maybe the mournful lilt of the mandolin. Then, a train comes barreling down the reeds of a harmonica. The guitar catches fire and lifts two voices into the high lonesome harmonies of the Appalachian mountains, painting pictures of miners and millworkers, roustabouts and revival preachers, Buicks and beauty queens. In the past four years, Jeni & Billy have travelled from their home in East Nashville over 150,000 miles throughout the USA & Canada -- and hopped across the Atlantic three times -- just to paint those pictures in song for thousands of people. At festivals and fiddlers' conventions along the way, they have picked up ribbons in songwriting, traditional folk-singing, guitar-picking, and flatfoot dancing. Novelist Lee Smith says, "Jeni and Billy's stunningly original music is as old as the hills, yet brand new at the same time. Jeni is a true poet and a born storyteller, through and through -- many of her songs contain whole novels. " "Jeni's songs spring from the true vine. Billy is the perfect partner, skillfully accompanying Jeni with guitar, banjo and harmonies. These two are tradition bearers -- the next generation of traditional music," according to Mary Smith, Director of the Richmond (VA) Folk Music Society. Jeni & Billy bring to their work distinct musical backgrounds that draw from the deep well of Appalachian roots music. Jeni Hankins traces her vocal style to Virginia Lowe, the blind music minister of the Friendly Chapel Church on Smith Ridge, the Appalachian community in which Jeni spent her childhood summers. A natural storyteller and prolific writer since childhood, Jeni trained formally with Pulitzer-Prize-winning Northern Irish poet, Paul Muldoon, and earned a Masters in English Literature. While her singing has been compared to the lonesome voices of Maybelle Carter and Iris Dement, her writing has been likened to that of Southerners Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, and Lee Smith. Billy Kemp, a Baltimore native, embraced the sound of country music in the nearby community of Oella the home of Appalachian migrants who came to the city looking for work in the mills. Fired on by dreams of the Grand Old Opry and his passion for the sound of Flatt & Scruggs, Billy headed to Nashville and toured with country bands all over the US, Canada, Germany, and right onto the stage of the Opry. He honed and shared his skills as both student and instructor at the University of Maryland, and built a producing career working with roots artists. Switchback roads and mountain churches, moonshine and miners, beauty queens and dreamers -- you get to know them all at a Jeni & Billy concert. You might arrive a stranger, but you'll leave a member of the family.

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Blair Dunlop

on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 at Chesterfield Library Theatre Doors open 7:00pm Concert 7:30pm

A very welcome return visit from Chesterfield's very own Horizon Award winner! Blair, at age 22, is already an accomplished guitarist and singer as well as having great song-writing talent. His style is varied, ranging from thoughtful ballads to upbeat songs, many with a Bluegrass feel.

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Gavin Devenport & Tom Kitching With Solarference

on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 at Exeter Cygnet Theatre 7.30pm

Gavin Davenport & Tom Kitching Gutsy trad folk music with eclectic influences from English traditional to the weirder realms of rock their set bristles with energy and intelligence. with Solarfernce Genre-defying mix of live electronics and traditional folk song

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Declan Sinnott With Vickie Keating

on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 at Kingkerswell Parish Church - St Marys doors 7pm

Declan Sinnott has been touring the UK for a number of years alongside Christy Moore, playing to huge audiences at some of the country's most prestigious venues, always billed as Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott. However, until he released his first solo album in 2013 'I Love the Noise it Makes', he had not seized the opportunity to tour solo.

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Damien O'kane & Dave Kosky

on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, Doors 7.30pm

'Fret King' and singer Damien O'Kane was born in 1978 and hails from Coleraine in Co. Derry, Northern Ireland where he began touring the world with his very own family band who, coincidentally, were known as 'The Von Trapps of Coleraine'. He moved to England in 2001 to study at Newcastle University and graduated in 2005. He's been performing ever since and has never looked back! O'Kane is earning a growing reputation for being a creative and exciting musician, singer and composer. Primarily a banjo player, and an outstanding one at that according to The Sunday Express, he's recently been winning accolades as a singer, focusing on songs from his native Northern Ireland and further afield.

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Damien O'kane & Dave Kosky

on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, Doors 7.30pm

'Fret King' and singer Damien O'Kane was born in 1978 and hails from Coleraine in Co. Derry, Northern Ireland where he began touring the world with his very own family band who, coincidentally, were known as 'The Von Trapps of Coleraine'. He moved to England in 2001 to study at Newcastle University and graduated in 2005. He's been performing ever since and has never looked back! O'Kane is earning a growing reputation for being a creative and exciting musician, singer and composer. Primarily a banjo player, and an outstanding one at that according to The Sunday Express, he's recently been winning accolades as a singer, focusing on songs from his native Northern Ireland and further afield.

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Taste Africa With Zee Guveya & The Heritage Survival Band

on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 at Manchester Klondyke Club Doors at 7.00 pm. Buffet available from 7.30pm.

Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival Launch Party. Come and celebrate with compelling and insistent dance rhythms courtesy of nine-piece Zimbabwean from Harare, Zee Guveya and The Heritage Survival Band,. Live palmwine music with PapaSam Alafia from Freetown, Sierra Leone and a gourmet African fusion buffet prepared by cable-TV chef, Sam Maitland. Early bird tickets @ £15 adults/£7.50 children available until 15.05.15 Advance Tickets @ £20 adults/£10 children available until 10.06.15. Family tickets @ £35 (two adults & two children) by emailing geli@linguafrancamusic.co.uk Limited tickets at a higher price are available on the door

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Taste Africa With Zee Guveya & The Heritage Survival Band

on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 at Manchester Klondyke Club Doors at 7.00 pm. Buffet available from 7.30pm.

Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival Launch Party. Come and celebrate with compelling and insistent dance rhythms courtesy of nine-piece Zimbabwean from Harare, Zee Guveya and The Heritage Survival Band,. Live palmwine music with PapaSam Alafia from Freetown, Sierra Leone and a gourmet African fusion buffet prepared by cable-TV chef, Sam Maitland. Early bird tickets @ £15 adults/£7.50 children available until 15.05.15 Advance Tickets @ £20 adults/£10 children available until 10.06.15. Family tickets @ £35 (two adults & two children) by emailing geli@linguafrancamusic.co.uk Limited tickets at a higher price are available on the door

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Folk On

on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 at Bristol St. Mary's Church Yate 7.00pm (doors 6.45pm)

An evening of song for the Parish festival celebrating 100 years of Mothers' Union in Yate, St. Mary's Choir from 7pm and Folk On from 8pm

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Peggy Seeger

on Sat, 13 Jun 2015 at Liverpool Capstone Theatre Doors 7.30pm

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Cath And Phil Tyler

on Sat, 13 Jun 2015 at Dungworth The Royal Hotel 7.30pm (tune session) 8-10 (act) 10-11:30 (song se

Standing tickets always available on the night

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Martyn Joseph At Live At The Tithe 2015

on Sat, 13 Jun 2015 at Great Coxwell The Great Barn Doors open 12 noon. Concert starts 7.30pm

Live at the Tithe is a one-day festival of Folk Music, Dancing, story-telling and much more. The culmination of the day is a concert in the magnificent Great Barn with the great Martyn Joseph topping the bill. Martyn will be supported by the dreamy Dave Ellis and Boo Howard. Tickets for the evening concert are £15 each. Entry to all the activities during the day is free.

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Prabhat Rao And Friends

on Sat, 13 Jun 2015 at Wokingham All Saints Church 7.30pm

Wokingham Summer Music Festival opens with an evening of Hindustani Classical music. Born into a musical family in India, vocalist Prabhat Rao is a specialist in the North Indian "Khyal" style. Together with Saleel Tambe (tabla) and Zaheer Abbas (harmonium), he will guide us through an intoxicating evening of Indian Classical music. Under 19s are admitted free, subject to availability

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The Railsplitters

on Sun, 14 Jun 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7pm Show Starts 8pm

From their home in the Colorado Rockies, The Railsplitters have been scaling new heights with a refreshing and charming range of bluegrass and beyond-bluegrass music. For a debut album, The Railsplitters sound remarkably assured, playing with the kind of abandon their live shows are known for. Bringing real depth and formidable talent, this group draws influences from all the greats--from Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs to modern groups like Uncle Earl and Crooked Still. The Railsplitters are nothing if not enthusiastically bluegrass and contagiously so, with rapid tempos, unusual instrumentals and good-time breakdowns! Using powerful female and male vocals, enchanting harmonies, and masterful instrumentals, The Railsplitters have the kind of raw power that can raise mountains and even a few eyebrows. The Railsplitters' debut album starts off with a nostalgic homage to lead singer Lauren Stovall's hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, 'The City With Soul.' As a singer, Lauren has certainly got soul, and plenty of it! And while Lauren is giving Alison Krauss a run for her money, Peter Sharpe and Dusty Rider are masterfully pickin' the mandolin and banjo (respectively). Lauren, Peter, and Dusty, along with innovative upright bassist Leslie Ziegler, all sing on the album and are now joined by the group's newest member, world class fiddle player, Christine King, who adds to The Railsplitters' impressive songwriting. The Railsplitters have a musical range that sets them apart from other up-and-coming bluegrass bands. Calling on genre influences from Roots/Americana, Country Twang, 50's doo wop, modern pop, and of course, good ol' fashioned Rock 'n' Roll, they've been wowing listeners at home in Colorado and beyond. Since their beginning in early 2012, The Railsplitters have won two major contests: 2012 Pickin' In The Pines in Flagstaff, Arizona and 2013 Rockygrass in Lyons, Colorado! At the core, The Railsplitters are a high energy, bluegrass roots quintet whose vocals soar well above all the blue in the sky. With luminous vocal clarity, unclouded songwriting talent, and exceptional musical range, this high energy group will be growing far beyond Colorado's Front Range in no time!

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John Statz @ The Harrison

on Sun, 14 Jun 2015 at London The Harrison Bar 8:00pm

Colorado-based Americana singer-songwriter John Statz knows how to write an excellent tune, as songwriter and record producer Jeffrey Foucault attests to: John writes songs you can't shake. They follow you around all day and run through your head at 3 am. Open-hearted, horizon-line songs. His latest album, Tulsa, was recorded during an ice storm in chilly Vermont with an all-star band. Tulsa feels like how I was always supposed to make a record. Hunkered down for three days, living and eating with the band, tracking live, all during the raging 'Polar Vortex'. For his first UK tour, Statz will strip back the full-band sound for intimate solo shows that will showcase the strong songwriting that make his music so memorable. Tickets £7 at the door

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Peter Knight's Gigspanner

on Sun, 14 Jun 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

Album Launch Tour It has been a long time in the works, but Gigspanner's riveting new album 'Layers of Ages' sees the band blowing the dust from a collection of well-worn traditional music and song to reveal authentic moments of staggering originality and great beauty. Hailed by Songlines magazine as another milestone in folk's rebirth of cool, Gigspanner present a carefully curated and skilfully narrated program of material that goes beyond the folk genres boundaries by a long chalk. Modern in interpretation yet classical in its virtuosity, it is music that continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight (ex Steeleye Span) is joined by Roger Fleck on Guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on Percussion. Peter Knight Can Spin the World on His Bow Sir Terry Pratchett www.gigspanner.com/

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Paul Mccartney: An Acoustic Tribute

on Sun, 14 Jun 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

McCartney's solo output is peppered with gems that arguably stand up to his best work in The Beatles. Birmingham musician David Garside will be performing selections from Sir Paul's huge body of work on guitar and piano with cello accompaniment. You will hear a mix of hits and lesser-known songs stripped back to their bare essentials, celebrating the songwriting genius of a modern-day legend. For more information please visit http://www.davidgarside.com

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Pete Morton At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 14 Jun 2015 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub Doors open around 7:30 pm

Beautifully dexterous singer songwriter. Pete is a songwriter, singer and 'folk rapper' with a wealth of great songs and stage presence. His live shows are dynamic and thought provoking, while remaining approachable and fun loving. A limited number of advance tickets are on sale. You will still be able to pay on the night but please remember to get here early if doing so as show may sell out.. However we appreciate that some people wish to be assured of admission, if so you may book in advance here. NOTE: Although there is plenty of seating at the venue tickets do not guarantee a seat and latecomers may have to stand if venue full.

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The Floating World Ensemble - Traditional Japanese Music

on Sun, 14 Jun 2015 at Wokingham All Saints Church 7.30pm

Clive Bell is a leading performer on the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, the instrument of choice for Zen monks. He is joined by Keiko Kitamura on koto, the Japanese thirteen-stringed zither. Keiko Kitamura achieved the status of Ikuta master in 2001. She is now based in the UK and has worked extensively with a variety of traditional Japanese and contemporary Western musicians. Highlight performances to date include the London Olympics opening ceremony, Glastonbury Festival, Ronnie Scotts and Kings Place, as well as performing for BBC Radio 3. Clive Bell has travelled extensively in Japan, Thailand, Laos and Bali, researching music and meeting local practitioners. In 2011 he played with Jah Wobble at Ronnie Scott's and the Glastonbury Festival, and toured the UK with Mugenkyo Taiko drummers (contemporary Japanese drumming). Clive is the shakuhachi player on Karl Jenkins's album Requiem on EMI Classics, and the final two Harry Potter movies. His shakuhachi playing was featured in a live solo session on Radio 3's Late Junction, and in 2013 on Radio 3's In Tune. Under 19s are admitted free, subject to availability

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Fabian Holland

on Sun, 14 Jun 2015 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

Fabian Holland is a songwriter who gets right to the heart of the human condition in a disarmingly subtle way. Less than 18 months after releasing his widely applauded self-titled debut CD, the canal boat-dwelling musician is back with A Day Like Tomorrow, an album of nine compelling original songs segueing seamlessly with strong interpretations of two traditional tracks and further showcasing his distinctive voice and outstanding guitar playing. Unusual teamwork features in this classy release with the introduction of edgy drums, percussion and vocals from the acclaimed Fred Claridge, nurturing a rich, powerful sound and a rare pairing on the roots scene. Lyrically evocative , sometimes moody and melancholic, Holland's unadorned music has a flip side of songs of upbeat, wry humour but always acutely observed - songs of people and places, strangers and kin, human frailties and foiblessensitive sonic snapshots producing perfect visual imagery, by turns unsettling and reassuring.

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Ryan Mcgarvey

on Mon, 15 Jun 2015 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors 8pm, music 8.30 - 11pm

His 3rd time playing for the Haven Club, Ryan has, in a relatively short amount of time, not only gained an international fan base, but admiration from his personal idols as well. In the past few years of Ryan's career he has had the honour, and the pleasure of sharing the bill with such top name acts as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Gov't Mule, and many, many more. His debut CD release "Forward In Reverse" reached the top 20 (out of over 200,000 Artist's CD's) on the best sellers list on CDBaby.com (The worlds largest online independent distributor). With rave reviews complimenting everything from his fiery guitar chops, which range from everything from delta slide to heavy rock, his unique vocals, or mature songwriting skills, Ryan McGarvey's live shows will leave you breathless and wanting more.

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Ryan Mcgarvey

on Mon, 15 Jun 2015 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors 8pm, music 8.30 - 11pm

His 3rd time playing for the Haven Club, Ryan has, in a relatively short amount of time, not only gained an international fan base, but admiration from his personal idols as well. In the past few years of Ryan's career he has had the honour, and the pleasure of sharing the bill with such top name acts as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Gov't Mule, and many, many more. His debut CD release "Forward In Reverse" reached the top 20 (out of over 200,000 Artist's CD's) on the best sellers list on CDBaby.com (The worlds largest online independent distributor). With rave reviews complimenting everything from his fiery guitar chops, which range from everything from delta slide to heavy rock, his unique vocals, or mature songwriting skills, Ryan McGarvey's live shows will leave you breathless and wanting more.

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Owlsworld Presents - Vancouvers "blackberry Wood"

on Mon, 15 Jun 2015 at Sarratt The Cock Inn 8pm

Circus Swing from Vancouver http://www.blackberrywoodmusic.com Blackberry Wood are back in the UK for another of their crazy Circus Swing tours, last time they came to the UK they played at the Cock Inn and the Rickmansworth Canal Festival and they went down so well they almost blow the roof off the tent! so we had to get them back and I'm sure their visit in June will be a sold out show. https://www.facebook.com/blackberrywood Blackberry Wood is a Foot Stompin' Barn shakin' alt-Country Gypsy Circus band!!! LOVE!!! The Old Barn @ The Coq Inn Church Lane, Sarratt WD3 6HH www.cockinn.net/ Doors Open at 7.30pm. Live Music 8.30pm - till 11.00pm For more info email owlsworld@gmail.com or call 07775 526 881 Tickets: Door £10 or £8 pre-booked from We Got Tickets www.wegottickets.com/owlsworld (booking fees apply) or PayPal Tickets (commission free) Via website www.owlsworld.co.uk

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Stick In The Wheel And Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp

on Mon, 15 Jun 2015 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music Starts 8:30pm

Stick in the Wheel are from London and play traditional roots music. They record to the sound of sirens and birdsong in their long-rented East End front rooms. The band's latest EP includes two traditional folk songs alongside two of their own. Written, performed and recorded in situ, the music is as raw and authentic as it comes, capturing a culture that is rapidly disappearing, and is at times brutally honest and grabbing. SITW began as a project stripping back songs to their bare components, eschewing polished production for the immediacy of the moment. The songs had to speak for themselves, without ornament. The importance of their own culture and past became a catalyst for making aggressively raw recordings, using traditional material, and to inform their original writing. Their intent is not to perform folk music as bland retroism, or empty nostalgia, but as a voice linking now to then. Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp perform traditional songs from England and beyond, with special attention given to their respective homes in the North West and East Anglia. While placing a great value on unaccompanied solo and harmony singing, they also accompany themselves on English concertina, 5-string banjo, cello, and guitar and are sometimes joined by fiddler, Laurel Swift. Laura and Ted interpret and deliver their music with a reverence for traditional performers and source material, taking influence from the classic folk revival performers of the 60s and 70s, whilst achieving a style that is very much their own.

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The Rheinagans Sisters

on Mon, 15 Jun 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

The Rheingans Sisters are Rowan and Anna Rheingans, who are primarily fiddle players and singers. Incorporating traditions from across Scandinavia, Britain and America, they play both traditional and contemporary folk music. Between them, they additionally play banjo, english concertina, cello and bansitar, and use these to create a distinctive experimental tone to their music. "The best music is played in the moment, when the musicians are leaning into each other and outside of themselves. [Glad Gold Hearts] is a lovely, evocative piece of work. (Bruce Molsky). "A duo of considerable abilities and imaginations to match"(* * * * Songlines) " Their fiddles are right in your face and the soul of the music palpable "( fFroots) " Bold, fearless, honest, fiddle-driven folk, rich in Scandinavian, American and English influences" ( Proper Music)

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An Audience Without Jake Thackray - Featuring John Watterson

on Tue, 16 Jun 2015 at Burnsall Village Hall 8pm. Doors open 7pm

John Watterson is the UK's foremost performer of the songs of the genius that was Jake Thackray. An Audience without Jake Thackray is a heartfelt celebration of the life and work of the late Leeds-born singer-songwriter who influenced artists as diverse as Ralph McTell, Jarvis Cocker and the Arctic Monkeys. His wonderfully humorous, satirical and gloriously un-PC songs, including Bantam Cock and Brother Gorilla are brought back to life with a warmth and musical skill that have delighted audiences all over the country.. As Mike Harding said If we can't have Jake back, John is the next best thing.

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An Audience Without Jake Thackray - Featuring John Watterson

on Tue, 16 Jun 2015 at Burnsall Village Hall 8pm. Doors open 7pm

John Watterson is the UK's foremost performer of the songs of the genius tha