Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 at Hepworth Village Hall Doors 7:30pm Start 8pm

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.

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Mary Humphreys & Anahata: Shammick Acoustic

on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 at Combe Martin The Pack o' Cards Doors 7.30 pm for 8 pm start

This duo have unearthed and brought back to vivid life some rare gems of English song and dance music. Performed with consummate skill and musicianship, and a huge variety of instruments, their repertoire has a particular emphasis on the East Anglian region in which they live. Mary sings, mostly in English but occasionally in her native Welsh, and plays concertina and banjo, whilst Anahata accompanies with melodeons, concertina or cello, as well as jointly playing tunes that almost require you to dance! With five CDs under their belts, they are continually busy at festivals and folk clubs throughout the land, with concert performances, workshops and presentations, as well as playing for local Molly Dance groups. They also play in no less than four different ceilidh (barn dance) bands! As one event organiser said, Stunning musicianship, great songs very well sung and an infectious stage presence.

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Larry Miller

on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 at Sandwich St Mary's Church Doors 7pm

Larry returns to St Mary's Arts centre after his sensational performance in 2014. His reputation as one of the UK's best Blues Rock Guitarists is undoubted with the Guardian calling him 'A Blues rock powerhouse'. If you love the likes of Rory Gallagher, Hendrix, Alvin Lee etc you'll LOVE seeing Larry Miller!

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Lucy Ward

on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 at Kingkerswell Parish Church - St Marys doors 7pm

2012 BBC Folk Horizon Award (Best Newcomer) 2014 BBC Nominee for Folk Singer of the Year Lucy Ward is an award winning 24 year old acoustic artist from Derby. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. After winning the Horizon Award at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lucy's career has gone from strength to strength establishing herself as one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene, pulling a capacity audience on her Cambridge Folk Festival debut and gracing the mighty Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury 2013 and the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2014. Her debut album Adelphi Has To Fly (Navigator Records 2011) was met with widespread critical acclaim. She was named by MOJO as 'Britfolk's most vibrant and forthright new young talent' and attracted four star reviews from The Guardian and Maverick Magazine among others. Lucy's second album "Single Flame" was released by Navigator Records August 2013 also met with widespread acclaim. Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2) called it, "mature and unflinching" and the Guardian awarded it 4 stars and said the album was "Impressive and original". Brilliant reviews also rolled in from the national folk magazines with Spiral Earth suggesting it was; "One of the albums of the year for sure." "Lucy, is a breath taking presence on stage. Her unpretentious outlook and warmth melts the hearts of audiences. Her disarming personality, pitch perfect delivery and the maturity of her songs can reduce an audience to tears, but a Lucy Ward set will always send you away feeling uplifted. Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Lucy has become a consummate performer and songwriter wowing audiences wherever she plays. A magical setting for live music, Home made cakes & refreshments in the interval, please bring your own wine etc if you want, we have glasses, large car park opposite.

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Domenic Decicco And Seeds Of Evergreen

on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

Domenic is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer/producer who has travelled the world sharing his music as a solo artist and as co-founder/lead vocalist of the innovative acoustic roots band Praying for the Rain. Musician magazine calls him, a deeply soulful and compelling musician and storyteller who brings a rich, uncluttered quality to his music that fills his songs with evocative imagery and lyrical narrative. Net Rhythms magazine says "mature and eloquent, intimate, passionate and with haunting performances... quietly stunning" He has toured throughout Europe, Canada, Africa, Japan and the Middle East and has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Womad and Stainsby and at London's Union Chapel and South Bank. His work with Praying for the Rain, who are known for their dynamic and compelling live performances, blends contemporary folk, Celtic and world music with irresistible rhythms, memorable melodies, beautifully crafted vocals and inspired musicianship. Their music brings to mind a modern blend of Crosby, Stills and Nash, Robert Plant, to Fleet Foxes and Peter Gabriel, creating a truly uplifting experience. just can't stop the potency of their music and the uncanny enchantment it spreads amongst all of us who have been fortunate enough to hear the music and follow their journey. Max Reinhardt BBC 3 Late Junction Sharing with other cultures has made its way into many aspects of Domenic's singing, writing and music. Through the language of music and his study of sound, he has come to a broader understanding of the world around him. Originally from Canada with Italian heritage, after many years living in London, now makes his home in Somerset. This special performance at the Chapel Arts Centre will celebrate the release of the new album, Seeds of Evergreen and will feature songs from the CD as well as music from his previous releases and a selection of Praying for the Rain material. Domenic will be joined by a list of celebrated musicians including: Chris Hurn - cello, Tom Pepler - drums, Paul Sax - violin, Delagh King - vocals, Richard Kennedy - vocals, Mal Darwen - bass, vocals, Amanda Easton - vocals, percussion, Vince DeCicco - accordion. Expect an exhilarating night of high energy, movement and wonderfully engaging songs. Seeds of Evergreen - the new album Domenic releases his 3rd solo album. The themes are touching in their purity and convey a sense of honesty and vulnerability that draws the listener in from the start. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Domenic defies any easy label. The collection of songs stir in their own sensibilities and haunting melodies, crossing between contemporary acoustic folk, touches of roots and world music, and even his flavour of country and jazz. His wealth of musical styles and smooth and expressive voice are all skillfully blended into a seamless flow of music from the heart that absorbs the listener entirely into the narratives of each piece. He has a chameleon voice, sometimes rough and husky, sometimes sweet and clear. There are fleeting glimpses of Dylan and Paul Simon in his delivery; his voice is strong and true, capable of passion and drama as well as gentleness. Folking.com "Packed full of well-crafted songs and beautifully played throughout, so if the idea of an easygoing, rootsy album perfect for a Sunday morning appeals, you won't do much better than Seeds Of Evergreen". Martin Dowsing Rock n Reel

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The Jaywalkers

on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 at Barton The Ropewalk Doors open at 7pm, on stage 8pm

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O'hooley & Tidow

on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 at Canterbury The Kingston Barn Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start

Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start Tickets £13 online £14 in advance £15 on the door One of the most exciting acts on the contemporary folk scene today; Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow are accomplished interpreters of everything from Massive Attack to traditional Irish ballads, but it's their own boundless songwriting and exquisite harmonies that truly shine. Their new album The Hum, produced by Mercury nominated Gerry Diver has already been hailed as one of the albums of the year, with a Guardian feature, extensive airplay and live sessions on Radio 2, Radio 4's Woman's Hour and 6 Music. After listening to The Hum, the duo received a personal invite from Billy Bragg to perform on his Leftfield Stage at Glastonbury. They have the originality and skill to invite comparison with the folk scene's most celebrated North American harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Lyrically and musically, 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. They sold out and blew the roof off the Black Robin at their first visit to Folk in the Barn in 2013 so glad to have them back, this time in the Barn where more people can come and see how special this duo is. ***** 'Boundless songwriting and exquisite harmonies that truly shine' Guardian 'I LOVE the new album.' Lauren Laverne, 6 Music 'Excellent' **** Songlines Top of the World Album 'Remarkable. Surely one of the albums of the year.' **** Guardian 'Remarkablechallenging, innovative and often moving' **** Irish Times 'Defiant, robust, northern, poetical folk music for the times we live in.' Independent 'Boldly defiant and sharply individual. One of British Folk's mightiest combinations' **** MOJO Folk Album of the Month Interesting songs; unusual, always very deep, and they've always got a little quirk to them. MIKE HARDING Blessed with sensitivity, coupled with a great sense of humour, Belinda and Heidi write creatively, expressing new ideas both lyrically and musically in a beautiful way. NIC JONES

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Awna Teixeira

on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 at Lewes Elephant and Castle Doors 7.30pm

A firm Union favourite, having gigged with us for the past four years either with her band Po'Girl or solo. We love Awna's music with all it's international influences. Her voice and playing are unique to her and we are honoured to bring her back to Lewes again. Danni Nicholls has been a Union friend even longer than Awna, playing one of our first ever in-stores - she will be fresh back from Nashville after recording her second full length album over there.

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James Perryman's 'consumed By The View' Ep Launch

on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 at London The Good Ship Doors at 7.30pm, First act on at 8.00pm

West London based Singer/Songwriter plays through his new EP and selection of his back catalogue of Americana, Blue & Folk songs. http://www.jamesperryman.com https://www.facebook.com/jamesperrymanmusic Support from Officer and LittleBishopBrave. https://www.facebook.com/iamofficer https://soundcloud.com/littlebishopbrave

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Fos Brothers

on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 at Leeds Brudenell Social Club 7:30pm

A stirring fusion of original and traditional songs on hypnotic acoustic guitars to 21st century dance grooves. (Steve Knightley - Show of Hands Growing up in Belfast in the 70's the FOS brothers fuse an eclectic mix of Floydie, Genesis, Horselips with trad Irish sensibilities, into something really different." This Belfast-born duo, who are actually brothers, are worth checking out for their guitar sound alone. The pair had a unique haunting musical interplay at this gig, in the same way that Thin Lizzy or the All-man Brothers were able to create double the magic by using twin guitars. Their intriguing set list was also something a bit special, including their own self-penned material, Irish folk songs and classics by rock legends such as Tom Waits. Some of the numbers were deeply atmospheric, conjuring up dark country roads and moonlit nights, while others were laid-back pub singalongs. There was also plenty of friendly banter with the audience, in contrast to the melodic sensitivity of some of their songs. Definitely worth a listen for something very different to the average pub covers band. (Catherine Whatson Express & Echo) Caught your set at the Eden Project and it just blew me away. Bought the album and have been listening to it ever since. (Denis Taylor) The FOS brothers have played on our stage at Glastonbury every year for the last 10 years and still pack the house with their superb musicianship and sublime vocals. (Andy Hope, Croissant Neuf, Glastonbury Festival) The Band has a musicality and flexibility that is rare among the plethora of mediocre Folk/Rock Bands around. Additionally the brothers are Irish, and this prevailing influence, gives a genuine Celtic flavour to the music. I will be booking them again, both here and at my other venues and highly recommend them. (Dave Bassett - The Butter market Jazz & Roots Club, Shrewsbury) The FOS brothers have become an institution in this town. Every time they play here I get requests to have them again, their blend of intelligent, funny, and moving songs always goes down well with our audience. (DeclanConnolly - SPAN Arts, Queens Hall, Narberth) "Bucolic folk has a psychedelic head-fit"

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Stonybreakdown!3

on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 at Stony Stratford York House Centre 8.00pm - 11.00pm

Well, shuck my corn and call me a possum! The ever-popular StonyBreakDown! Is back with more glorious banjos and some musical instruments. Come and enjoy the wild and wonderful music of the Bluegrass State, and of North Carolina, Arkansas, and West Virginia, with Grinch Mountain, Valerie Vale & Her Aylesbury Aleyvators, The Band of Brothers, and those legends in their own socks, The Concrete Cowboys. It'll be more fun than danging a coyote. Entry is a mere £5.00 for which you get a fistful of hollers, with the good, the never-bad, and the arguably ugly. Uncle Eck Daniels will once again be hangin' 'em high as he introduces the finest bands around. A saloon with real ale and cider (plus other things, but no spittoon) will add to the pleasure. Proceeds to York House Centre. For more information, email jukeofstony@gmail.com or visit www.york-house.org.uk.

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Josienne Clark & Ben Walker

on Sun, 29 Mar 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm

Josienne and Ben's second album, 'Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour' has been one of the most anticipated releases of the year and has already garnered critical praise from all sides. We confidently assert that this will be one of the hottest tickets of 2015, with the duo accompanied by a full string section! Double BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments. Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne's jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase and sends it, effortlessly, straight to your heart. Ben's musical tact and flair for arrangement provide the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage. Josienne was born in Sussex and Ben, in Evesham. It was after studying in London, and utterly by chance, that they met in July 2009. Together they resolutely forged their own path through traditional music, with critical recognition soon following: the Isambard Folk Award, and the FATEA Award for Best Album and Female Vocalist of the Year, and the Spiral Award for Best Duo. The live performance is a thing of delight - enchanted reviewers have spoken of shimmering cathedrals of sound - and its purity will stay with you long after the last note fades. In 2013 their debut release on Navigator Records - Fire and Fortune - reached No.1 on the Amazon folk chart within three months, garnered rave reviews and a constellation of stars across the board, and brought them coveted BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations for Best Newcomers and Best Duo in 2014. 'It's an album wreathed in surprises and I love it lots and lots- Colin Irwin, fRoots Magazine ***** 'Thoroughly remarkable and unique' - Maverick ***** " 'Becoming one of the hottest tickets in folk' Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 folk show

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O'hooley & Tidow

on Sun, 29 Mar 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Brilliant duo

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O'hooley & Tidow

on Sun, 29 Mar 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Brilliant duo

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Andy Cutting

on Sun, 29 Mar 2015 at Topsham Matthews Hall 8.00pm - doors 7.30

Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician's musician (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Best Musician 2009 and 2011): a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his tunes have been purloined along the way: some considered contemporary classics on the folk scene. But then, Andy is also a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship.

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Martha Tilston

on Sun, 29 Mar 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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Ian Siegal

on Sun, 29 Mar 2015 at Southampton The Talking Heads Doors at 7.30pm

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Rachel Hamer Band

on Sun, 29 Mar 2015 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

The Rachel Hamer Band are a folk band based in Newcastle. Its four members came together in 2013 over a shared love of music and song. They perform an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary songs. Rachel Hamer is from North East England and has grown up surrounded by folk music, folk clubs and festivals. She has been influenced by the best singers in the tradition but retains her own unique powerful singing style. Grace Smith is a fiddle player, clog dancer and singer from Teesside. She has grown up with folk clubs and Folkworks events, playing festivals and gigs. She is now a student on the Folk and Traditional Music degree in Newcastle as well as doing lots of performing and teaching. Graeme Armstrong from Jedburgh is a fine guitarist steeped in the Scottish tradition. Sam Partridge from Glossop plays an eclectic array of musical instruments including flute, whistle, harmonium, keyboards and, on occasion, the bassoon. Listen to The Rachel Hamer Band perform “Wreck of the Dandenong” and “The Pitman’s Courtship”.

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Thomas Maguire / Fhiona Ennis

on Sun, 29 Mar 2015 at Soham The Brook 12pm onwards

An afternoon with the best Irish and Country Duo

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Thomas Truax

on Sun, 29 Mar 2015 at Brighton Komedia 7.30pm

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Trash Arts Hosts- Will Mcnicol

on Sun, 29 Mar 2015 at Portsmouth Fat Fox 6pm

An excellent evening for those who love a bit of acoustic folk music! Headlined by the immense talent that is Will McNicol https://www.facebook.com/willmcnicol?ref=ts&fref=ts With support from Ben Farrant https://www.facebook.com/bfarrant?fref=ts Andrew Foster https://www.facebook.com/andrewfostermusic?fref=ts Ross Murphy https://www.facebook.com/rossalexandermurphy?fref=ts Jonny Bell https://www.facebook.com/jonnybellmusic?fref=ts

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Jaywalkers @ The Cumberland Arms

on Sun, 29 Mar 2015 at Newcastle Cumberland Arms (Byker) Doors 7:30pm / Start 8pm

Jaywalkers are coming up north for their FIRST EVER Newcastle gig....not only that...it's at the famous, Cumberland Arms! They'll be playing in Newcastle as part of their album release tour; playing new material and selling exclusive pre-order CDs and merchandise.

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Ben Poole

on Mon, 30 Mar 2015 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors 8pm, music 8.30 - 11pm

When Ben played for The Haven Club last year he had us totally in awe of his musicianship - what a show! Since then he has brought out a highly successful album recorded at Bluesfest at the Albert Hall and continued his rapidly rising musical journey in his own right as well as supporting Matt Schofield on his annual UK tour. Check him out on www.benpooleband.com Here are a few accolades: Ben really brings the fire with his licks. He's got neck-snapping vibrato where he catches a bunch of strings at once and grinds the shit out of them. By the way he hits the guitar, we can only assume it's been saying rude things about his mother! Ben impressed with his tone, touch and stage presence. Ben Poole: the next Joe Bonamassa? -'Total Guitar' magazine A fleet fingered and talented newcomer to the British blues scene. His playing may be ferocious but he rarely sacrifices precision for it. His phrasing belies his years. Definitely one to watch. -'Guitarist' Magazine Very good. A really fresh sound and style! -Paul Jones (BBC Radio 2) Blues Extravaganza! The guitar sounds were impeccable, the timing was beyond reproach and there was evidence of dynamic awareness throughoutThis was no lazy blues offering Ben managed to sneak in everything from country licks to Satriani-style legato widdling, yet this was never to the detriment of the overall musicality of the performance. Nice! -Guthrie Govan

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Ben Poole

on Mon, 30 Mar 2015 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors 8pm, music 8.30 - 11pm

When Ben played for The Haven Club last year he had us totally in awe of his musicianship - what a show! Since then he has brought out a highly successful album recorded at Bluesfest at the Albert Hall and continued his rapidly rising musical journey in his own right as well as supporting Matt Schofield on his annual UK tour. Check him out on www.benpooleband.com Here are a few accolades: Ben really brings the fire with his licks. He's got neck-snapping vibrato where he catches a bunch of strings at once and grinds the shit out of them. By the way he hits the guitar, we can only assume it's been saying rude things about his mother! Ben impressed with his tone, touch and stage presence. Ben Poole: the next Joe Bonamassa? -'Total Guitar' magazine A fleet fingered and talented newcomer to the British blues scene. His playing may be ferocious but he rarely sacrifices precision for it. His phrasing belies his years. Definitely one to watch. -'Guitarist' Magazine Very good. A really fresh sound and style! -Paul Jones (BBC Radio 2) Blues Extravaganza! The guitar sounds were impeccable, the timing was beyond reproach and there was evidence of dynamic awareness throughoutThis was no lazy blues offering Ben managed to sneak in everything from country licks to Satriani-style legato widdling, yet this was never to the detriment of the overall musicality of the performance. Nice! -Guthrie Govan

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The Tom Kitching Band

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

The Tom Kitching Band presents 'Interloper' Shaped by an increasing and hugely varied raft of influences, English music is evolving faster than ever. This album seeks to define the state of the tradition. What are the new English tunes? What influences them? How do they fit in the continuum of English music? Working with musicians from outside English music, Tom Kitching has pressed the reset button. Defining English music as anything written by an English musician, regardless of style, Interloper sets the English tradition at the heart of a web of traditions across time and territory. Contemporary and broad based, Interloper captures an English tradition that is open to the world, confident, and comfortable with the journey.

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Gren Bartley

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

Gren is truly the future of folk songwriting, using his influences from folk and world music traditions to bring something unique to this modern day troubadour. He is an artist not to be missed.

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Bella Hardy

on Mon, 30 Mar 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

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. One of the most creative, prolific and original singers in the UK, her captivating voice inhabits her music and narratives with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. 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. ...unveiled, committed, uncontrived, persuasive, passionate, empowering, and utterly wonderful" fRoots

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Bella Hardy

on Mon, 30 Mar 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

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. One of the most creative, prolific and original singers in the UK, her captivating voice inhabits her music and narratives with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. 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. ...unveiled, committed, uncontrived, persuasive, passionate, empowering, and utterly wonderful" fRoots

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Bella Hardy

on Mon, 30 Mar 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

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. One of the most creative, prolific and original singers in the UK, her captivating voice inhabits her music and narratives with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. 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. ...unveiled, committed, uncontrived, persuasive, passionate, empowering, and utterly wonderful" fRoots

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Kelly Oliver And Ciaran Algar Plus Support

on Mon, 30 Mar 2015 at Hailsham Chapter 12 Wine Bar Doors 7.30pm, show 8.00pm

One of three days on a unique mini tour to present Kelly Oliver's new material and her single Jericho which will be released mid April. Ciaran Algar added harmonies and fiddle to her single and she will present songs from her award winning album 'This Land' accompanied by BBC Folk Award winner Ciaran on vocals, fiddle and any other instrument he can lay his hands on ! Kelly recently garnered this praise from The Times after she supported Cara Dillon on a couple of dates on her current tour. There was a fine support set too from the promising young singer-guitarist Kelly Oliver, an artist who blends traditional values with hints of a bold, indie-pop sensibility. Kelly Oliver has received a 4* review from The Telegraph for 'This Land' and it won Album of the Year from FolkWords blog.

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Reg Meuross And Jess Vincent

on Tue, 31 Mar 2015 at Masham Town Hall 7.30pm

Introduced onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall by Mike Harding as "one of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced", Reg Meuross brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs. He performs with humour and depth, and sings with the voice of an angel. When Reg heard Jess Vincent perform at a festival three years ago, he 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. Reg's and Jess's voices, lyric writing and musicianship combine enchantingly - with guitar, dulcimer, shruti box and baritone ukulele. They are authentic and captivating, and not to be missed.

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Barluath

on Wed, 1 Apr 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Kimmie Rhodes

on Wed, 1 Apr 2015 at London The Old Queen's Head Doors @ 7.30pm, Music @ 8.30pm

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be taking place at our alternative home for the evening: THE OLD QUEEN'S HEAD, 44 Essex Road Angel (N1 8LN) DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kimmie Rhodes: The soul of a poet and the voice of an angel. - Rodney Crowell Kimmie has the voice of a beautiful child coming from an old soul. She touches us where the better angels of our nature dwell, and I believe we need that now more than ever. If you haven't before, do yourself a favor and bring her into your listening life. - Emmylou Harris Singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes is a native Texan who calls Austin home. Kimmie's multi-platinum selling songs have been recorded by such stellar acts as Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Joe Ely, John Farnham, Waylon Jennings, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris. A creative and prolific artist, she has recorded and released a total of sixteen solo CDs, written and produced three musical plays and a catalogue of hundreds of songs, and published a novella/cookbook. Kimmie is currently serving as an associate producer for a documentary, 'They Called Us Outlaws' to be presented by the Country Music Hall Of Fame In Nashville, TN., a trilogy of feature length films to be dedicated in memory of Joe Gracey and Waylon Jennings, produced and directed by Eric Geadelman. Kimmie is producing radio documentary/music programming for her show 'Radio Dreams', which focuses on the history and musicology of American roots music and artists. She is also starring with Jaston Williams and Joe Ely in a thearical production, 'Is There Life After Lubbock' and completing a book of memoirs, 'Radio Dreams.' Kimmie is currently writing and recording a new CD of all new original songs titled "Cowgirl Boudior", which is scheduled for release in early spring of 2015 with a European tour to follow.

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Imogen Gunner

on Wed, 1 Apr 2015 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music starts 8:30pm

".....great folk fiddling and tasty arrangements..." - Ben Davis, Basquiat Strings "...a sublimely talented and adventurous composer and musician... John O' Regan (Irish Music Magazine) "Highly recommended! - Time Out (London) Drawing on a unique blend of original and traditional instrumental music from England, Ireland, Scotland and beyond, Imogen Gunner has been described as An exceptional musician and a superb interpreter of traditional music from these Isles.. Sean McGee (Rock 'n' Reel). With a winning combination of energy, verve, originality and instrumental prowess, plus more than a touch of musical magic, Imogen Gunner and the Imoband's captivating live performances never fail to leave their audiences spellbound. Imogen's performance career started on the UK folk and European festival circuit. Much hopping over and back across the Irish Sea ensued, and continues still. Since those early days, Imogen has collaborated with a diverse array of musicians, and has gone on to win the Irish Student Music Awards, and was a finalist in the Gradham Ceol Traditional Music Awards. She has performed internationally at major festivals including Glastonbury, WOMAD, SXSW (Texas), L'Orient (Brittany), Dranouter (Belgium) and the Hebridean Celtic Festival (Scotland).

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Luke Jackson And Jess Morgan

on Wed, 1 Apr 2015 at Biddulph Arms 7.30 for 8pm start

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Mairi Campbell

on Wed, 1 Apr 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

Mairi Campbell draws on Scottish traditional music and a long and fruitful songwriting collaboration with David Francis (their version of Auld Lang Syne was used in the first Sex and the City movie). With her natural ability to improvise she draws in listeners with stories of ancestry, songs of hope, love and passionate, soulful soundings. Blending the rugged beauty of a great Highland tune, ancestral storytelling and the power and simplicity of her voice, Mairi draws on her own deep well of Celtic ancestry to find a music that is both ancient and new. She was last seen in the Universal Hall in 2014 - gaining new admirers as the support for Joan Armatrading. 'Campbell's voice can stop the clock' The Scotsman.

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Mairi Campbell

on Wed, 1 Apr 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

Mairi Campbell draws on Scottish traditional music and a long and fruitful songwriting collaboration with David Francis (their version of Auld Lang Syne was used in the first Sex and the City movie). With her natural ability to improvise she draws in listeners with stories of ancestry, songs of hope, love and passionate, soulful soundings. Blending the rugged beauty of a great Highland tune, ancestral storytelling and the power and simplicity of her voice, Mairi draws on her own deep well of Celtic ancestry to find a music that is both ancient and new. She was last seen in the Universal Hall in 2014 - gaining new admirers as the support for Joan Armatrading. 'Campbell's voice can stop the clock' The Scotsman.

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Mairi Campbell

on Wed, 1 Apr 2015 at Findhorn Universal Hall 8.00pm

Mairi Campbell draws on Scottish traditional music and a long and fruitful songwriting collaboration with David Francis (their version of Auld Lang Syne was used in the first Sex and the City movie). With her natural ability to improvise she draws in listeners with stories of ancestry, songs of hope, love and passionate, soulful soundings. Blending the rugged beauty of a great Highland tune, ancestral storytelling and the power and simplicity of her voice, Mairi draws on her own deep well of Celtic ancestry to find a music that is both ancient and new. She was last seen in the Universal Hall in 2014 - gaining new admirers as the support for Joan Armatrading. 'Campbell's voice can stop the clock' The Scotsman.

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The Helen Highwater Stringband

on Wed, 1 Apr 2015 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors 7:00pm Music starts 8:00pm

Prior to a weeks teaching bluegrass at the prestigious "Sorefingers" music workshops at Kingham Hill School the band will be performing a small number of concerts. Four friends-revered acoustic musicians-coming together to explore and break the boundaries of what Stringbands normally do. Their music is high-energy roots Americana, flavored in tradition, with a mix of old-time, blues, and bluegrass. They are at once paying tribute to the early sounds that influenced them, while simultaneously creating their own unique brand of modern Stringband music. Watching Helen Highwater Stringband play gives a glimpse into how a polished quartet communicates: cueing, body language, sonorous harmonies, strong rhythms, and virtuosic leads, all while maintaining a heartbeat right in the center of the group. Their music bounces and dances while staying rooted but not frozen, and recognizable but not predictable. Identifiably classic Mike Compton mandolin, the fretboard magic from David Grier's guitar, Missy Raines' animated and solid bass playing, and Shad Cobb's fierce fiddle slides all combine to deliver pure entertainment. Add their masterful harmonies and you have the complete package. It is inspiring to see people at the top of their game, and these musicians are some of the absolute best at what they do.

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Kimmie Rhodes

on Wed, 1 Apr 2015 at London The Old Queen's Head Doors @ 7.30pm, Music @ 8.30pm

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be taking place at our alternative home for the evening: THE OLD QUEEN'S HEAD, 44 Essex Road Angel (N1 8LN) DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kimmie Rhodes: The soul of a poet and the voice of an angel. - Rodney Crowell Kimmie has the voice of a beautiful child coming from an old soul. She touches us where the better angels of our nature dwell, and I believe we need that now more than ever. If you haven't before, do yourself a favor and bring her into your listening life. - Emmylou Harris Singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes is a native Texan who calls Austin home. Kimmie's multi-platinum selling songs have been recorded by such stellar acts as Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Joe Ely, John Farnham, Waylon Jennings, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris. A creative and prolific artist, she has recorded and released a total of sixteen solo CDs, written and produced three musical plays and a catalogue of hundreds of songs, and published a novella/cookbook. Kimmie is currently serving as an associate producer for a documentary, 'They Called Us Outlaws' to be presented by the Country Music Hall Of Fame In Nashville, TN., a trilogy of feature length films to be dedicated in memory of Joe Gracey and Waylon Jennings, produced and directed by Eric Geadelman. Kimmie is producing radio documentary/music programming for her show 'Radio Dreams', which focuses on the history and musicology of American roots music and artists. She is also starring with Jaston Williams and Joe Ely in a thearical production, 'Is There Life After Lubbock' and completing a book of memoirs, 'Radio Dreams.' Kimmie is currently writing and recording a new CD of all new original songs titled "Cowgirl Boudior", which is scheduled for release in early spring of 2015 with a European tour to follow.

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Folk In The Owl's Nest Presents: The Leylines, With Bity Booker, Toby Hay & David Roberts

on Wed, 1 Apr 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 delighted to play host to the mix of wonderfully melodic, fast paced, Levellers-esque Fiddle-led tunes and emotive and melancholy yet expansive intricate Nu-Folk, of The Leylines. Since releasing their debut EP, 'Let It Go' (probably not based on Frozen, we think) they have steadily built a devoted live following as their 5-piece Folk has developed on the festival circuit into a superb live prospect, with gritty vocals contrasting and complementing the textures of their varied instrumentalists. As well as them, we welcome support from Bity Booker, Toby Hay & David Roberts

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The Jacquelyn Hynes Trio

on Thu, 2 Apr 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

Jacquelyn is a London-based Irish multi-instrumentalist (notably on flute) who scored a hit last year with debut album Silver & Wood. An inspired and pleasing collection of solid Celtic folk with many imaginative surprises was the verdict in R2. Judge for yourself when she is joined by singer/guitarist J Eoin and harpist and fiddle player Steph West (seen in York recently with A Medieval Christmas).

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The Jacquelyn Hynes Trio

on Thu, 2 Apr 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

Jacquelyn is a London-based Irish multi-instrumentalist (notably on flute) who scored a hit last year with debut album Silver & Wood. An inspired and pleasing collection of solid Celtic folk with many imaginative surprises was the verdict in R2. Judge for yourself when she is joined by singer/guitarist J Eoin and harpist and fiddle player Steph West (seen in York recently with A Medieval Christmas).

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Rachel Hamer Band

on Thu, 2 Apr 2015 at Uxbridge RNA Doors and bar 7pm - music from 8pm

The Rachel Hamer Band is made up of North Eastern singer Rachel Hamer, Jedburgh guitarist Graeme Armstrong, Saltburn's fiddle player and clogger Grace Smith and Glossops's whistle, flute and pipes player Sam Partridge. They perform an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary songs. James O'Hara-Knight is a really interesting young singer-songwriter, who sings and plays with a mix of quiet honesty and scathing vitriol.

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Rachel Hamer Band

on Thu, 2 Apr 2015 at Uxbridge RNA Doors and bar 7pm - music from 8pm

The Rachel Hamer Band is made up of North Eastern singer Rachel Hamer, Jedburgh guitarist Graeme Armstrong, Saltburn's fiddle player and clogger Grace Smith and Glossops's whistle, flute and pipes player Sam Partridge. They perform an exciting blend of traditional and contemporary songs. James O'Hara-Knight is a really interesting young singer-songwriter, who sings and plays with a mix of quiet honesty and scathing vitriol.

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Wood And Wires

on Thu, 2 Apr 2015 at Cambridge CB2 Bistro Doors open at 7.00pm, show starts at 7.30pm

A night of live acoustic and folk music at the Basement CB2 Café Cambridge, April 2nd Presented by the Anglia Ruskin Greenpeace Society Featuring Eric Whibley Eric is an experienced singer songwriter who has performed his original material all around the world. With a soulful and satirical approach to current world affairs, Eric's songs are both enchanting and thought provoking. He is currently studying music at Anglia Ruskin University as well as continuing to perform all across the country. Danny Kingsley - Danny is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Lowestoft, Suffolk. As well as his solo work he is also the frontman of the Alternative/Indie Folk band History & Lore. Danny has released a solo EP as well as recently releasing an EP with his band. Facebook: www.facebook.com/DannyKingsleyMusic Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/dannykingsley Lester J Allen - Hailing from the grey industrial English town of Luton, autobiographical singer-songwriter Lester J Allen began his compositional diary at the age of 14. However, it wasn't until the age of 19 that Allen started receiving recognition, when local promoters found him performing his songs, which deal with subjects such as mental health issues. This then got the attention of talent scouts from the BBC, who later filmed Lester in a documentary in which he performed in Buckingham palace. Following this Lester went on to tour with artists such as Cerys Matthews, session for bands such as Madness, as well as performing at prestigious venues such as Twickenham stadium and Maida Vale. Allen went on to record, release and publish his own album on his own record label, Swiftsgreen Records. Currently, Lester studies Music at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. It has since been a year since Lester's last show so we are delighted to have him play this one off, comeback gig. Facebook: www.facebook.com/lesterjallen Twitter: @lesterjallen

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Wood And Wires

on Thu, 2 Apr 2015 at Cambridge CB2 Bistro Doors open at 7.00pm, show starts at 7.30pm

A night of live acoustic and folk music at the Basement CB2 Café Cambridge, April 2nd Presented by the Anglia Ruskin Greenpeace Society Featuring Eric Whibley Eric is an experienced singer songwriter who has performed his original material all around the world. With a soulful and satirical approach to current world affairs, Eric's songs are both enchanting and thought provoking. He is currently studying music at Anglia Ruskin University as well as continuing to perform all across the country. Danny Kingsley - Danny is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Lowestoft, Suffolk. As well as his solo work he is also the frontman of the Alternative/Indie Folk band History & Lore. Danny has released a solo EP as well as recently releasing an EP with his band. Facebook: www.facebook.com/DannyKingsleyMusic Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/dannykingsley Lester J Allen - Hailing from the grey industrial English town of Luton, autobiographical singer-songwriter Lester J Allen began his compositional diary at the age of 14. However, it wasn't until the age of 19 that Allen started receiving recognition, when local promoters found him performing his songs, which deal with subjects such as mental health issues. This then got the attention of talent scouts from the BBC, who later filmed Lester in a documentary in which he performed in Buckingham palace. Following this Lester went on to tour with artists such as Cerys Matthews, session for bands such as Madness, as well as performing at prestigious venues such as Twickenham stadium and Maida Vale. Allen went on to record, release and publish his own album on his own record label, Swiftsgreen Records. Currently, Lester studies Music at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. It has since been a year since Lester's last show so we are delighted to have him play this one off, comeback gig. Facebook: www.facebook.com/lesterjallen Twitter: @lesterjallen

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Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

on Fri, 3 Apr 2015 at Matlock Bath Fishpond Doors at 7.30pm and Show Start at 8pm

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman Twin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (Vocals / Piano / Woodwind), and Sean Lakeman (Guitar), to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. Now the timing is right for a return to form from the Dartmoor based couple. Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Sean Lakeman Whether on stage or in the studio Sean Lakeman is a tour-de-force of modern folk music. As the eldest of the 3 'Lakeman Brothers', Sean was raised on Dartmoor and has played the guitar since the age of six. He was recognized at an early age as one of the most promising guitarists around. Sean learned his trade and travelled the world for a decade with folkpopsters 'Equation', he then famously went on to orchestrate the sound of his little brother 'Seth', producing his most successful albums, garnering many awards, a wall full of gold and silver records and a top ten hit album along the way. As a member of Seth's live touring band Sean has played at the highest level, breaking down boundaries and and winning over legions of music fans with a commitment and energy seldom seen from a folk band. Sean excels when working within a band, and his services have been called upon by many other leading artists and groups. As well as producing all 3 Kathryn and Sean albums to date his production credits include some of the biggest names in British folk and folk-rock , including Levellers, Seth Lakeman, Rev Hammer and Show of Hands. Kathryn Roberts A lauded singer, one of the finest of her generation, Kathryn is held in the highest regard by peers and music fans alike. Born and raised in the South Yorkshire mining town of Barnsley, Kathryn has simply sung since she could speak. Her musical parents took great delight in introducing her to many types of music including a regular summer trawl of folk festivals. This engendered a life long love of traditional song and also introduced her to some of the finest young talent on the British folk scene. An early duo career with fellow Barnsleyite Kate Rusby led to much critical acclaim and an award winning album. This partnership led swiftly to the teaming up with 3 brothers from West Devon and the folk pop band 'Equation' was born. Many years fronting the band saw Kathryn grace exotic stages all over the world, 5 years of which were spent almost exclusively in the U.S. Her relationship with Sean Lakeman flourished both personally and musically, and after a decade of relentless touring the two decided to return to their English roots and gig as an acoustic duo. Two albums and several tours of UK folk clubs swiftly cemented a formidable reputation. Now after a few years of proud motherhood she feels ready to return to the place she belongs, singing at the front of a stage.

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The Furrow Collective

on Fri, 3 Apr 2015 at London The Borderline Doors open 7:00pm, Live Music starts 8:00pm

Featuring Rachel Newton, Lucy Farrell, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts This new collective brings together four of the finest, award winning musicians on the UK folk scene and delves into the obscure world of balladry at its darkest and quirkiest. Each singer airs lesser-known gems from their traditional repertoire with an eclectic backing of harp, guitar, viola, concertina, banjo, musical saw and rousing harmonies. With a bold, improvisatory approach, their common focus is to capture the raw edges and fleeting magic of ballads, with storytelling taking centre stage. Emily and Alasdair are both known for their original, folklore-influenced songwriting, and, often finding themselves on the same bills they struck up a musical friendship, sharing stages and collaborating on each others albums. Lucy and Rachel are both bewitching solo artists in their own right as well as being sought-after session players and long-time collaborators with Emily Portman in her trio. Alasdair Roberts is a critically-acclaimed musician (primarily a singer, guitarist, writer/composer of songs and interpreter of traditional ballads) raised in rural Perthshire and now based in Glasgow, Scotland. Emily Portman is a singer, writer and concertina player originating from Glastonbury and hailed 'one of the new British folk scene's most beguiling presences' (Uncut). Rachel Newton, singer,harpist and fiddle player with The Shee and The Emily Portman Trio, is a highly sought-after musician, known for her prowess on both the acoustic and the electric harp and her singing in both Gaelic and English. Lucy Farrell began lulling the folk scene with her rich and honeyed voice when she left her Kent home to study the Folk and Traditional Music course in Newcastle in 2004. ------------------------ Formed in the dark and dusty corridors of Cecil Sharp House and drawing on songs from its vaults, the Captain's Biscuits prescribe to a relaxed and diverse approach to folk music, lovingly plagiarising and re-working folk classics new and old in their own distinct style. Expect perfectly blended harmonies from Sarah Madden & Jenny Thompson and plucky finger-smithery from Al Brown on guitar. The Captain's Biscuits offer more treats than your Grannie's biscuit tin!

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Interloper -- Tom Kitching Band

on Fri, 3 Apr 2015 at Coventry EGO Performance Company 8:30 til 10:30pm, doors at 8pm

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Interloper -- Tom Kitching Band

on Fri, 3 Apr 2015 at Coventry EGO Performance Company 8:30 til 10:30pm, doors at 8pm

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Growling Old Men

on Fri, 3 Apr 2015 at Sheffield Harland Cafe Doors 7:30pm, Concert 8pm

Join us at the Harland Café on Good Friday for a very special event, featuring bluegrass all the way from Montana and Idaho. The Growling Old Men (Ben Winship & John Lowell) will be joined by UK double bass ace Ben Somers, bringing us authentic songs of the American West with gorgeous bluegrass picking and sweet vocal harmonies. The Growling Old Men don't consider themselves old, nor do they growl very much. What they do do well is play an eclectic mix of music including bluegrass, Americana, folk, swing, and original songs, making fans of their music everywhere they go. Ben Winship (mandolin & vocals) and John Lowell (guitar & vocals) are both veterans of the Northern Rockies' acoustic music scene in the western US and have been performing and recording together since 1998. Their material is informed equally by the music of the Appalachian hills and the western plains. The Growling Old Men occasionally collaborate with other top bluegrass musicians, including Londoner Ben Somers, who joins them on double bass & vocals for this handful of UK dates. Ben Winship (mandolin/vocals) is a multi-instrumentalist who also performs with Brother Mule, the Fishing Music Band and a local Dixieland band in his home state of Idaho. In the words of legendary roots musician Tim O'Brien, Ben is one of the acoustic music scene's best writers. In addition to the Growling Old Men and his other bands, Ben runs a well respected recording studio, the Henhouse. His music has been used everywhere from MTV to ESPN and NPR (National Public Radio) a testament to Winship's versatility and broad appeal. John Lowell (guitar/vocals) has been a stalwart of the Montana bluegrass scene for the past 25 years. Fronting two of the region's finest bluegrass bands, Wheel Hoss and Kane's River, John has set a standard for rock solid flatpicked guitar playing and great singing. Bluegrass Unlimited describes him as an engaging vocalist and a great storyteller. Ben Somers (double bass/vocals) is involved in many genres of music as a performer, writer and arranger. Son of professional country musician Steve Somers, Ben grew up surrounded by music. He began playing the sax at 16 and studied jazz at Middlesex University. Whilst there, Ben 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 in addition to his day job playing the saxophone (and other instruments) with big names like Dr John and Seal. There will also be an early evening workshop. Please see separate listings for workshop only tickets (£10) or combined workshop and concert tickets (£18). This listing is for the EVENING CONCERT ONLY. For more info visit: http://www.growlingoldmen.com http://www.ben-somers.com

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Harp And A Monkey

on Fri, 3 Apr 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, Doors open 7.30pm

SONGS about cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims we can only be talking about the folk experimentalists Harp and a Monkey. The harp 'n' banjo driven electro-folk-storytelling of Martin Purdy (vocals, glockenspiel, accordion, harmonica and keyboards), Simon Jones (harp, guitar, viola) and Andy Smith (banjo, melodica, guitar and programming) is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance.

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Growling Old Men

on Fri, 3 Apr 2015 at Sheffield Harland Cafe Workshop 4-6pm

Join us at the Harland Café on Good Friday for a very special event, featuring bluegrass all the way from Montana and Idaho. The Growling Old Men (Ben Winship & John Lowell) will be joined by UK double bass ace Ben Somers, bringing us authentic songs of the American West with gorgeous bluegrass picking and sweet vocal harmonies. Winship, Lowell and Somers are all experienced music tutors, having taught at numerous music camps including the UK's well-respected Sore Fingers bluegrass week. They'll be using their skills in this special bluegrass music and singing workshop prior to an evening concert at the Harland(see separate listing). The Growling Old Men will share with the class their knowledge of bluegrass harmony singing, how bluegrass bands structure and perform songs, and how instrumental solos and fills are used to complement the vocals. This should be a fascinating workshop for both singers and pickers alike. Places for this bluegrass music and singing workshop will be strictly limited to ensure participants get most benefit from the event. There will also be an evening concert. Please see separate listings for concert only tickets (£10) or combined workshop and concert tickets (£18). More details on the band members can be found on the concert listing. This listing is for the WORKSHOP ONLY (4-6pm).

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Growling Old Men

on Fri, 3 Apr 2015 at Sheffield Harland Cafe Concert 8pm (doors 7:30pm), Workshop 4-6pm

Join us at the Harland Café on Good Friday for a very special event, featuring bluegrass all the way from Montana and Idaho. The Growling Old Men (Ben Winship & John Lowell) will be joined by UK double bass ace Ben Somers, bringing us authentic songs of the American West with gorgeous bluegrass picking and sweet vocal harmonies. The Growling Old Men don't consider themselves old, nor do they growl very much. What they do do well is play an eclectic mix of music including bluegrass, Americana, folk, swing, and original songs, making fans of their music everywhere they go. Ben Winship (mandolin & vocals) and John Lowell (guitar & vocals) are both veterans of the Northern Rockies' acoustic music scene in the western US and have been performing and recording together since 1998. Their material is informed equally by the music of the Appalachian hills and the western plains. The Growling Old Men occasionally collaborate with other top bluegrass musicians, including Londoner Ben Somers, who joins them on double bass & vocals for this handful of UK dates. Ben Winship (mandolin/vocals) is a multi-instrumentalist who also performs with Brother Mule, the Fishing Music Band and a local Dixieland band in his home state of Idaho. In the words of legendary roots musician Tim O'Brien, Ben is one of the acoustic music scene's best writers. In addition to the Growling Old Men and his other bands, Ben runs a well respected recording studio, the Henhouse. His music has been used everywhere from MTV to ESPN and NPR (National Public Radio) a testament to Winship's versatility and broad appeal. John Lowell (guitar/vocals) has been a stalwart of the Montana bluegrass scene for the past 25 years. Fronting two of the region's finest bluegrass bands, Wheel Hoss and Kane's River, John has set a standard for rock solid flatpicked guitar playing and great singing. Bluegrass Unlimited describes him as an engaging vocalist and a great storyteller. Ben Somers (double bass/vocals) is involved in many genres of music as a performer, writer and arranger. Son of professional country musician Steve Somers, Ben grew up surrounded by music. He began playing the sax at 16 and studied jazz at Middlesex University. Whilst there, Ben 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 in addition to his day job playing the saxophone (and other instruments) with big names like Dr John and Seal. There will also be an early evening workshop (4-6pm). Winship, Lowell and Somers are all experienced music tutors, having taught at numerous music camps including the UK's well-respected Sore Fingers bluegrass week. They'll be using their skills in a special bluegrass music and singing workshop prior to the evening concert at the Harland. The Growling Old Men will share with the class their knowledge of bluegrass harmony singing, how bluegrass bands structure and perform songs, and how instrumental solos and fills are used to complement the vocals. This should be a fascinating workshop for both singers and pickers alike. Places for the workshop will be strictly limited to ensure participants get most benefit from the event. Please see separate listings for workshop only tickets (£10) or concert only tickets (£10). This listing is for the WORKSHOP AND CONCERT combined ticket. For more info visit: http://www.growlingoldmen.com http://www.ben-somers.com

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Helen Highwater String Band (missy Raines - Mike Compton - Dave Grier - Shad Cobb)

on Fri, 3 Apr 2015 at Sunbury upon Thames Outside the Box Comedy Club @ Riverside Arts Centre 7:30PM

Helen Highwater is an American Stringband made up of four of the finest bluegrass musicians the world has to offer. We have had the good fortune to be able to bring them to The Riverside Arts Centre in Sunbury on Thames for an evening concert DOOR 7:30PM Venue; The Riverside arts centre Sunbury on Thames TW16 5QF

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Anna Pancaldi

on Fri, 3 Apr 2015 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop Doors at 7.00pm

Anna Pancaldi is a singer songwriter from Colchester who recently charted on iTunes with the pre-order to her debut EP 'Black Tears' at no.6 She's been described as having the emotive presence of Eva Cassidy and the folky soul of Joni Mitchell. Anna's haunting, deep and mature vocals alongside her thought provoking and raw music promise to leave audiences as someone to remember. "That was sensational... you've got it." Gaby Roslin, BBC London "Spellbindingly beautiful songs, a remarkable talent, mesmerising...absolutely stunning." - Johnny L'anson, BBC Leeds www.facebook.com/annapancaldimusic www.twitter.com/annapancaldi www.annapancaldi.com Plus Emma Mcgann and Shannon Lock Shannon Lock - 8.00 Emma McGann - 8.50 Anna Pancaldi - 9.30 Bar open til 11.

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Easter Barn Dance With Morrigan

on Fri, 3 Apr 2015 at London Charlton House 7-10pm

Charlton House and Global Fusion Music & Arts have teamed up to bring some Easter Treats with the help of funding and support from Charlton Triangle Homes. On Friday 3rd April (Good Friday) there will be a Barn Dance with the Greenwich based Morrigan Barn Dance Band. Hot dogs and burger will be available on the night and Admission will be £5, tickets are available from Charlton House or www.wegottickets.com and on the doors open at 7pm, the dancing and fun will finish at 10pm.

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Notts Alliance

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at Minehead Acorn Folk Club 7.30pm for 7.45pm

An unaccompanied harmony group with material from the folk tradition and thereabouts who have gained a reputation for tight and inventive harmony singing. The group called into Acorn during our 12th season, and everyone enjoyed their set, so we have booked them. Their repertoire includes arrangements of songs from some of the best of today's songwriters including Richard Thompson, Pete Morton, Maggie Holland as well as a good helping of traditional material.

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Notts Alliance

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at Minehead Acorn Folk Club 7.30pm for 7.45pm

An unaccompanied harmony group with material from the folk tradition and thereabouts who have gained a reputation for tight and inventive harmony singing. The group called into Acorn during our 12th season, and everyone enjoyed their set, so we have booked them. Their repertoire includes arrangements of songs from some of the best of today's songwriters including Richard Thompson, Pete Morton, Maggie Holland as well as a good helping of traditional material.

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Stefan Grossman

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at Falmouth The Tolmen Centre Venue 6pm Curtain 7.30pm

Known to many an aspiring guitarist for his tutorial books, CDs and DVDs, Stefan Grossman began his own studies aged 15 at the feet of bluesman Rev.Gary Davis. Since then he has played with many of the biggest names in business, and has never stopped learning, teaching, recording and performing all over the world. This is a rare chance to catch one of the world's greatest acoustic blues, fingerpicking and ragtime guitarists. Don't miss it! Pre-show meals must be booked in advance on 01326 341353

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Stefan Grossman

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at Falmouth The Tolmen Centre Venue 6pm Curtain 7.30pm

Known to many an aspiring guitarist for his tutorial books, CDs and DVDs, Stefan Grossman began his own studies aged 15 at the feet of bluesman Rev.Gary Davis. Since then he has played with many of the biggest names in business, and has never stopped learning, teaching, recording and performing all over the world. This is a rare chance to catch one of the world's greatest acoustic blues, fingerpicking and ragtime guitarists. Don't miss it! Pre-show meals must be booked in advance on 01326 341353

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Fleetwood Bac

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at Otford Village Memorial Hall 8.00pm

The Trustees are delighted to announce that Fleetwood Bac will be appearing at Otford Village Memorial Hall on Saturday 5th April 2015. Fleetwood Bac were the world's first and are regarded as the UK's most authentic Fleetwood Mac tribute show, endorsed by Mick Fleetwood himself, raved about by Peter Green's biographer, and were the First Fleetwood Mac tribute band to fully replicate the classic Stevie/Lindsey/Christine/John/Mick "Rumours" line-up.

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Red Moon Road @ Wychwood Folk Club

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at Ascott-Under-Wychwood Tiddy Hall 8pm

Born in a storm on a wild Canadian lake, Red Moon Road came into its own on the trails between coast and coast. All credit goes to the chemistry, and to the magic that happens when the Winnipeg band's two Daniels - jazz-trained Daniel Jordan and bilingual prog-rock vet Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner - strum up the strings to support twilight-voiced singer Sheena Rattai. From living rooms to folk fest stages, the three have charmed fans from coast to coast with their lush and lively take on modern roots, peppered always by bright stage banter, exquisite harmonies and masterfully told stories. As you can hear on their brand-new EP "Tales from the Whiteshell" or their acclaimed eponymous debut album, it's all sort of rich and warm and deeply familiar, like a campfire crackling wherever the microphones stand: even if it's your first time in the audience, you come as a friend of this band. Doors Open 7.30pm Bar & Parking Available Tickets £8.00 in Advance £10.00 on the Door www.wychwoodfolkclub.com

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Hothouse Festival 2015

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at Taunton Halsway Manor 12 noon till 11pm

One-day, indoor acoustic folk-roots festival for the next generation. Showcasing the finest young talent on the UK scene plus names from the South West too. In the 'Hogwarts' setting of Halsway Manor! Confirmed for 2015: Sam Kelly Band Tom Kitching Band The Elephant Sessions The Magic Lantern Hattie Briggs Jess McAllister Natalie Holmes Sam Mabbett and Dylan Cairns-Howarth Plus: Open Mic Competition, Silent Disco

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Hothouse Festival 2015

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at Taunton Halsway Manor 12 noon till 11pm

One-day, indoor acoustic folk-roots festival for the next generation. Showcasing the finest young talent on the UK scene plus names from the South West too. In the 'Hogwarts' setting of Halsway Manor! Confirmed for 2015: Sam Kelly Band Tom Kitching Band The Elephant Sessions The Magic Lantern Hattie Briggs Jess McAllister Natalie Holmes Sam Mabbett and Dylan Cairns-Howarth Plus: Open Mic Competition, Silent Disco

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Stompin' Dave Bluegrass Band

on Sat, 4 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Following two sold out shows at The Green Note in 2014 Stompin' Dave and his Bluegrass Band are back. The band features "One of the world's greatest performers" according to Maverick on vocals, five-string banjo, and flatfoot dancing in the shape of Stompin' Dave Allen. Formed in 2013 Stompin' Dave & His Bluegrass band has already made headline appearances at National Banjo Day in London and the Tolpuddle Martys Festival, as well as performing at major events such as Bestival, and Camp Bestival, as well as appearing at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Dave is ably supported by a trio of musicians from top London hoedown bands Cut A Shine and Kidnap Alice. Led by Hackney based Joe Buirski on double bass, founder member of The Magpie's Nest, BBC Folk Club of 2010, Jerry Bloom on fiddle, and also Ally McAuley on guitar and voice. All three musicians were part of the Fire in the Mountain Festival team who received an award for "Best New Festival on the Block" at the Association for Independent Festivals Congress 2014.

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Laurence Jones Band

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at Evesham The Iron Road Doors 8pm

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Rita Payne

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at Epworth The Imperial Hall 7:30pm

Rita Payne are coming to the Imperial Hall, back to their roots as part of their Spring 2015 European tour, Self proclaimed "Acoustic Foot-Stompers" Rita Payne (Rhiannon Scutt and Pete Sowerby) are one of the UK's fastest rising acts. From supporting some of the country's leading artists to appearing on BBC One's The Voice UK, this unstoppable duo's voyage to superstardom is unquestionable. Drawing from eclectic mix of musical tastes, from Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles to Paloma Faith and Beirut, Rita Payne use breathtaking vocal harmony, mesmerising guitar riffs and toe tapping beats to create their own unique brand of acoustic music that is enjoyed by the most traditional folkies, rockers and chart lovers alike. Even though they rub shoulders with the likes of Jon McClure, John Otway and Wilko Johnson on a regular basis, this small town duo still have their feet firmly on the ground and are always eager to promote their hometown. "Doncaster's finest songwriters," were commissioned to write the Official Anthem of Doncaster for the opening of the new multi million pound arts venue- Cast, and performed it to a thousand strong sell out crowd. They then went onto make history by becoming the first musicians to headline the venue. They have released two albums to critical acclaim and appeared on BBC1's The Voice UK, as well as supporting the likes of Reverend and the Makers and Lucy Spraggan, and appearing on the same bills as The Beautiful South, Big Country, Bellowhead and The Animals. They were also selected by KFC to help soundtrack their new Deep South Menu online.

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The Tamuna

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at London The Harrison Bar 8pm to 11pm

Indie band from Palermo, Sicily! Acoustic, driving, taut grooves and infectious melodies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VF5BLS9nPpE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COy0QIOU8vk https://www.facebook.com/tamunaband

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Will Wilde

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at Pontypool Borough Blues Club 7:30pm

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Will Wilde

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at Pontypool Borough Blues Club 7:30pm

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Before The Gold Rush @ The Slaughtered Lamb

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at London The Slaughtered Lamb 7.30pm - 12.30am

The finest folk and Americana live music night in London.

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The Slow Drag Blues Dance

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at London The Bamboo Lounge at Fontaines 7pm-1am (dance class 7:30-830pm)

To the steamy sound of a ragtime jazz band one humid New Orleans night, just prior to the era of recorded music, the Slow Drag dance began. Couples embraced and engaged in a step that was in no rush. Their focus was on each other and the feelings in the notes that flowed from the well-worn instruments. On Saturday April 4th, The Slow Drag Blues Dance brings this sultry atmosphere to a lush Stoke Newington basement. Down in The Bamboo Lounge below London's newest and classiest art-deco cocktail bar, Fontaine's, this night will give you the chance to get close with someone you fancy, 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. Playing sultry sounds straight from the dusty grooves of original 45rpm records, will be three fine slow-song selectors: DJ DIDDY WAH - NTS Radio regular, COLONEL SPENCER - MFC Chicken's song and sax man, and R&B singing sensation - SISTER COOKIE. To start the night off, American Blues Dance Champion Mr. Simon Selmon will be running a BLUES DANCE CLASS from 7:30-8:30pm for £10, which includes entry! This night is also the launch party for SLOW GRIND FEVER VOL. 4, a selection of sixteen after-hours slow-dance gems recently compiled by DJ Diddy Wah. Just out on Stag-O-Lee Records, LPs and CDs will be available to buy on the night. Entry is £5 all night. It's a cozy venue though, so tickets are available in advance through WeGotTickets for those who wish to guarantee entry. This venue is limited to people aged 21 and over.

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The Slow Drag Blues Dance

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at London The Bamboo Lounge at Fontaines 7pm-1am (dance class 7:30-830pm)

To the steamy sound of a ragtime jazz band one humid New Orleans night, just prior to the era of recorded music, the Slow Drag dance began. Couples embraced and engaged in a step that was in no rush. Their focus was on each other and the feelings in the notes that flowed from the well-worn instruments. On Saturday April 4th, The Slow Drag Blues Dance brings this sultry atmosphere to a lush Stoke Newington basement. Down in The Bamboo Lounge below London's newest and classiest art-deco cocktail bar, Fontaine's, this night will give you the chance to get close with someone you fancy, 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. Playing sultry sounds straight from the dusty grooves of original 45rpm records, will be three fine slow-song selectors: DJ DIDDY WAH - NTS Radio regular, COLONEL SPENCER - MFC Chicken's song and sax man, and R&B singing sensation - SISTER COOKIE. To start the night off, American Blues Dance Champion Mr. Simon Selmon will be running a BLUES DANCE CLASS from 7:30-8:30pm for £10, which includes entry! This night is also the launch party for SLOW GRIND FEVER VOL. 4, a selection of sixteen after-hours slow-dance gems recently compiled by DJ Diddy Wah. Just out on Stag-O-Lee Records, LPs and CDs will be available to buy on the night. Entry is £5 all night. It's a cozy venue though, so tickets are available in advance through WeGotTickets for those who wish to guarantee entry. This venue is limited to people aged 21 and over.

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The Toasters

on Sun, 5 Apr 2015 at Southampton The Talking Heads Doors at 7.30pm

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The Malingerers

on Sun, 5 Apr 2015 at Leicester The Musician Doors 8.00pm

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Debra Cowan

on Sun, 5 Apr 2015 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

Following a life-long desire to sing and perform, Debra Cowan left her job as a California middle school maths teacher in 1997 and went to live for six months in Edinburgh, Scotland where she learned the art of unaccompanied singing. Returning to the USA in 1998, she began travelling all over New England performing at any open mike within 100 miles of her new home in Massachusetts. Almost two decades later, this is where she is now: a full-time singer who bridges the old and new with a refreshing stage presence. She has released five full-length recordings, all of which have earned praise on both sides of the Atlantic and her songs have been included in five compilation recordings. She tours extensively in the United Kingdom and in North America. Debra has collaborated with stellar musicians such as Dave D M Mattacks, Brooks Williams, Joyce Andersen and Bill Cooley (Kathy Mattea, Reba McEntire). She has two acclaimed solo recordings to her credit, and her third, Fond Desire Farewell, was produced by former Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks. With a voice that blends Celtic and Appalachian styles, Debra Cowan performs a cappella and with guitar, interpreting with clarity and warmth a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk songs and encouraging the audience to join in on choruses and refrains.

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Renny Jackson

on Sun, 5 Apr 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Renny Jackson is a Birmingham born singer-songwriter who writes lyrics with the sensibility of a poet, plays complex guitar with gusto and finesse, and delivers his songs with a simplicity and directness that marks him out among his peers (Paul Murphy). His music has recently caught the eye of Guardian columnist George Monbiot, who has been listening to tracks by Renny Jackson and loving them. Great lyrics. Renny will be performing with the excellent Dr. Sam Roberts on fretless bass.

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John Dipper And Long Lankin

on Mon, 6 Apr 2015 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music Starts 8:30pm

A respected and established performer, composer and teacher and instrument maker, John Dipper grew up steeped in the traditions of Southern England. His unique playing style, and his compositions convey a deep understanding and passion for indigenous culture. As an experienced workshop leader and teacher, John's knowledge, experience and enthusiasm combine to make him a much sought-after tutor in academic institutions, festivals and music-camps and academies. He has taught at venues and events including the Australian National Festival, Sidmouth Festival, Ashokan, Goldsmiths University and regularly teaches on the Folk Music degree course at Newcastle University and the World Irish Music MA Course at Limerick University. John's passion for vernacular music led to his degree dissertation focussing on the interpretation of field recordings, looking at intonation, tuning and expression. With his knowledge of the construction and physics behind the workings of the violin and concertina, and his musical knowledge and approach, he is able to offer a unique insight into the world of music and music making. John has recorded on several films including the Hobbit, and currently performs with the groundbreaking string quartet Methera, in a duo with superb singer and guitarist James Patterson and with his new trio Oss with Tom Moore and Nick Hart. As well as performing in the English Acoustic Collective, he also works with renowned storytellers Hugh Lupton and Nick Hennessey. John has also taken part in many international collaborations with artists from Sweden, Quebec, France, Ireland, America and Finland. A London-based band with a love of a proper song and a good tune. Long Lankin are a group of multi-instrumentalists whose inventive interpretations resonate strongly with traditionalists and contemporary musicians alike. Taking much-loved material from England, Scotland, America and Scandinavia, Long Lankin's arrangements add a touch of modern storytelling to a song, heightening the drama and emotion within the music, while allowing each story to tell itself. Based in London, the group have a diverse wealth of combined musical experience that includes punk-folk band Neck, bluegrass rockers Hayseed Dixie, classical fusion singers Mediaeval Baebes, the London Bulgarian Choir and Folkworks. These varied influences give the group their individual sound, as does their united enthusiasm for a good tune and an interesting tale.

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Alula

on Mon, 6 Apr 2015 at London Vortex Doors at 8pm

ALULA is a septet of jazz and world musicians focused on performing Iraqi folk songs in an improvised jazz frame. Founded by British-Iraqi singer and composer, Alya Marquardt, the septet is an evolution of her debut album recorded in New York, which incorporates elaborate ensemble arrangements of Iraqi folk songs and her own compositions, bringing richness and harmonic complexity to songs that have largely remained hidden from Western audiences. This project is an exploration by Marquardt to understand her feelings about the country of her birth, attempting to hold both the beautiful and the ugly, the mechanical sounds of war and the human sound of song and present the diaspora experience in the fusion of different musical styles and histories. "It's a real pleasure to hear how Alya has embraced her own rich cultural heritage and used some elements of that to not only acknowledge the past but to introduce us to her present thoughts on what will look to be an intriguing musical journey." Orphy Robinson The line-up includes: Alya Marquardt - vocals Asaf Sirkis - drums and percussion Sam Leak - piano George Crowley - saxophone and bass clarinet Shirley Smart - cello Nikos Ziarkis - oud Olie Brice - bass Door price: £10

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Monday Blues With The Delta Breaks And Pete Ashton

on Mon, 6 Apr 2015 at Cardiff 10 Feet Tall Doors at 7.30pm

Monday Blues returns in April with the 3rd instalment of monthly music influenced by classic, Mississippi, Delta and Dust bowl Blues, alongside finely paired Southern Food and Cocktails. In April, we will be treated to one of the UK's premier Roots acts - The Rumblestrutters. Telling tales of bootleg liquor, all-night parties and bacchanalia abound, all tapped from a rich musical source, the Swansea band authentically evoke images of the prohibition era with their rich, finely crafted Jazz & blues, shot through with Roots texture. Support comes from Viv Hinds-Payne ----------- Southern Cocktails & Southern Platters THE RUMBLESTRUTTERS - http://www.therumblestrutters.com/ VIVIAN HINDS-PAYNE -

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An Evening Of Folk Music - The April One

on Mon, 6 Apr 2015 at Manchester The Castle Hotel Doors at 7:30pm

We are back at The Castle on Monday 6th April, for what is becoming a fixture in the local folk music scene, the monthly 'An Evening of Folk Music'. This month, we have a Liverpool theme running through the evening, with Paul Straws and Iain Till heading down the East Lancs Road to perform for us. We also have local opening and closing acts, being Frank Grand and Rebekah Joy, respectively. REBEKAH JOY 21-year-old English singer/songwriter. Described as a 'young Joan Baez', Joy is a classically trained musician with a heart-on-sleeve acoustic folk style. Joy launched her debut album, 'The Unspoken Word' in February 2015, to a sold out crowd at The Eagle Inn. www.facebook.com/rebekahjoymusic PAUL STRAWS Paul Straws is a well disciplined student of both the craft of songwriting and the ancient art of loop pedalling. He is on the road in 2015 playing the best from a back catalogue of a decade's worth of material - lauded for his 'great songwriting' by BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson, and oft championed by Dave Monks at BBC Introducing. On record, Straws' songs are beautifully awash with mandolins, ukulele, glorious harmonies and gorgeous cello, and tells tales of love, life, regrets, and whatever else happens to be bothering him at the time. Live, Paul performs with as many instruments as he can carry to a venue and puts them all through his loop pedal and in the past year, he has supported Scott Matthews, Simone Felice and Mary Epworth. Straws is gradually building his following, both on and off line, aided by his DIY passion for collaborating on hi videos, produced by Liverpool TV, including a hand drawn animation for You Wouldn't See It That Way. He has also managed two top five entries in the Qatar alternative radio top 40, including a number 1 for The Crooked Branches Fall. http://www.paulstraws.com IAIN TILL Iain Till is a Liverpool based singer, songwriter and bassist. Most recently playing bass with Liverpool favourites The City Walls, Till embarked on his solo project in 2013, releasing the well received, country tinged EP, 'Oh, Sweetheart of Mine.' Following this up with a further solo release, 'The Rise and the Fall,' in November 2014, Till has proven to be a very considered and most able writer. A polished and confident performer, 2014 saw Till supporting acts such as The Rails and Bird to Beast, and playing for Liverpool Acoustic, LIMF and Threshold Festivals. With further radio and collaborations planned for 2015, and with Till expanding his live entourage for forthcoming shows, this could prove to be a pivotal time for the ever creative Lancastrian. FRANK GRAND Frank Grand is a singer/songwriter from manchester, bringing his own spin on heartbreak-pop with alt-country influences. A debut EP will be released in Spring 2015 as he looks to make a name for himself. www.facebook.com/fjatf

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Dan Walsh - London Cd Launch

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

Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as 'the real deal' (UNCUT). His unique and eclectic style, taking in folk, funk, bluegrass and even some Arabic music, has stunned audiences across the UK many times but is also spreading its wings with recent successful performances in Germany, India and Canada and a tour of New Zealand still to come. His high energy performances and witty banter have made him one of the most exciting new talents around. As well as his solo work, Dan will be joining the award winning Urban Folk Quartet at the end of the year. He also regularly performs with Northeast concertina legend Alistair Anderson as well as a forthcoming tour with sensational Indian sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan and recent Canadian tour with country singer Meaghan Blanchard. He's also been on the stage or in the studio with Seth Lakeman, the Levellers and Walsh and Pound. Both his solo albums have also received critical acclaim and extensive airplay on both sides of the Atlantic with FROOTS calling recent effort 'The Same But Different' consistently brilliant.

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Mcneill & Heys Plus Laura James

on Tue, 7 Apr 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7pm)

Jack and Charlie return to the cosy setting of the Kitchen Garden with new songs and their most recent album Any Other Morning, "a work of profound and mysterious beauty" (Folk Radio UK). They will be supported by wonderful Cumbrian songwriter Laura James, "This is gorgeous" (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2). "Their confidence in exploring and elegantly attuning the elemental in nature and humanity is now so profound as to mark them out as very special and original indeed" (The Living Tradition)

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Jessica Pratt

on Tue, 7 Apr 2015 at Manchester Night & Day Cafe 8pm

We all want the world to be beautiful. We want scribes and songbirds to tell us so and sometimes they do and then it is. They point their pens and focus their lens where they will and surprise us to our soul. Jessica Pratt's new album On Your Own Love Again is a record that does it to us, with songs from a spine-thrilling new place and a gifted young singer with her own musical logic. What makes On Your Own Love Again new? Everything, and yet everything woven so subtly into the presentation leaves you unaware that you have been modulated upon. On On Your Own Love Again Jessica is fully alive in a space all her own; with isolation in the breeze, the sound resonant in the natural light and a gauze of clouds in the sky, under which she can relax and let herself be. 'Pratt is a young songwriter with a decidedly old soul and a voice that balances spry sweetness with husky grit those with a more patient ear will find her a worthy and quietly distinct heir of Baier, Bunyan, and Dalton's homespun sound' Pitchfork 'Meet Jessica Pratt, 2015's folk singer-songwriter to watch' New York Times This show is a co-promotion with Now Wave and Comfortable On A Tightrope.

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Blue Rose Code

on Wed, 8 Apr 2015 at Leicester The Crumblin' Cookie 8pm

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Larkin Poe

on Wed, 8 Apr 2015 at London Dingwalls Doors @ 7.30pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be taking place at our alternative home for the evening: DINGWALLS, Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB. DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. 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 _______ As The Lovell Sisters these precociously talented young women took America by storm playing at the Grand Ole Opry, Telluride and a whole bunch of other top venues and festivals. Now still only 21 & 22 years of age they have launched themselves as Larkin Poe with 5 EPs in one year and performances with such stars as Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Fairport and The Indigo Girls. During 2012 they played headline shows at festivals across Europe including standout shows at Beautiful Days, Celtic Connections, Hebridean Celtic and at Cropredy where they broke the festival record for CD sales! In 2013 they returned with sell-out shows in London and show-sto pping performances at festivals including Cambridge, SummerTyne and Southern Fried. 2014 saw headline festival shows across Europe, appearances at the London O2 Arena and Glastonbury and two tours with Elvis Costello. It also witnessed the release of their sensational debut studio CD - 'Kin'. "It's a stunner. There are still elements of roots music in their workbut this is a rockier animal complete with great harmonies and fine guitar and lapsteel work by the girls" The Daily Express 5* "Startling and powerful" The Guardian "Wow! A debut album that will set the tongues wagging in Music Town" No Depression "Best Discovery at Glastonbury 2014" The Observer "A contender for album of the year? Absolutely." Nemmblog "Already gifted as instrumentalists they have a head start on the rest of us with the unique power and beauty of sibling harmony in their vocal blend" Elvis Costello "With the Dixie Chicks on sabbatical, this could be Larkin Poe's season in the sun." Neil Spencer, The Observer

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Spiro

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

Please note that this concert is at St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, Kings Cross London NW1 1UL. Doors open 7:30pm and the venue is mixed seating and standing, please arrive to ensure you have a seat. 'The sounds that hit you first are sounds that you are familiar with; they sound folky,but once you start listening to the music and how it's composed you hear elements of systems music - people like Steve Reich, Philip Glass, dance music. All sorts of musical influences are woven into this very contemporary music. This is soulful music, passionate music and I love it.' Peter Gabriel Signed to Real World Records by Peter Gabriel after years in obscurity, Spiro redefine English folk music with their very special blend of Northumbrian traditional tunes and systems music. They have since performed at festivals in the UK, Europe, Canada, India and UAE, and have toured throughout the UK in support of two albums on Real World Records. They attract fanatical enthusiasm from their increasing audiences who to follow their performances with an almost religious awe. Their approach to their music is unique, breathtaking and seems impossible, even as you watch it. 'We're like a string quartet, but the most driving and exciting string quartet that you could imagine.' Jane Harbour, the violinist of Spiro, is trying to put a neat handle on the essence of this instrumental four-piece. It's not an easy task. Despite the group's folk-friendly tools (violin, acoustic guitar, mandolin and accordion), they're something of a slippery beast when it comes to being contained by mere words. Guitarist Jon Hunt has a go. 'We've got more to do with minimalist classical and dance music than we have with folk. Even though we use folk tunes, they're raw materials that the rest of the sound is built around. There's no ornamentation to attract attention to one particular instrument. In fact, there's that feeling that each member of the band isn't just playing that instrument, they're playing the whole thing.'

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Laura Moody

on Wed, 8 Apr 2015 at Manchester Takk 7.30pm

Laura Moody is a wildly alternative cellist, vocalist and avant-singer songwriter. Fascinated not only with words and songwriting but also with sounds, noises and textures she eschews laptops and loop pedals to explore what is possible using only solo cello and voice. She creates emotive songs that reveal a multitude of influences and inhabit a unique space between the contemporary avant garde, classical music, experimental pop and singer-songwriter tradition. Having achieved much international acclaim as a long-standing member of innovative string quartet the Elysian Quartet, which is known for its pioneering performances and recordings of contemporary classical, experimental and improvised music, she has also toured world-wide as a member of physical theatre string ensemble The Gogmagogs, as well as the Meredith Monk Ensemble and performed extensively in theatre and contemporary dance productions. She has toured, collaborated and recorded with leading musicians from a hugely diverse number of genres from folk to hip hop. All these elements are brought together in Laura's solo work, as The Arts Desk noted,'it seemed almost as if she had taken every musical influence that had come her way and put them in a blendercertainly extraordinary and sometimes disturbing. But what surprised me most was just how often it became mesmerising.' Laura released an EP of her music on her own label in 2009 and, following a highly successful crowdfunding campaign, her highly personal and long-awaited debut album Acrobats was released at the tail end of 2014. This launched to sold out audiences at St Pancras Old Church and Wiltons Music Hall, and garnered top notch album reviews. Acrobats features six original songs by Laura Moody and her re-imagining of Nick Drake's iconic Cello Song. Laura is known for her virtuosic ability to play cello and sing simultaneously, and giving theatrical and vibrant performances. Laura says: 'One of the major challenges with this album has been how to capture the drama and physicality of the songs as purely a listening experience.' To that end Laura has collaborated with producers Dominic Murcott (The High Llamas) and Edward Jessen, a composer whose work very much ventures into the world of sound art. 'Icily beautiful and strikingly original' Uncut 'Something almost transcendent one of 2014's most exciting debut makers' DiS

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Duncan Mcfarlane & Anne Brivonese

on Thu, 9 Apr 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

With a well justified reputation for exuberant live performance (as enjoyed with his full band at several of our Folk Weekends) Duncan is always a welcome guest. He writes great songs in the folk idiom and mixes them with choice and modern covers. A stylish guitarist, he is joined by regular foil Anne on fiddle and backing vocals.

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Duncan Mcfarlane & Anne Brivonese

on Thu, 9 Apr 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

With a well justified reputation for exuberant live performance (as enjoyed with his full band at several of our Folk Weekends) Duncan is always a welcome guest. He writes great songs in the folk idiom and mixes them with choice and modern covers. A stylish guitarist, he is joined by regular foil Anne on fiddle and backing vocals.

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Beth Porter & The Availables + Nuala Honan

on Thu, 9 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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BETH PORTER & THE AVAILABLES A writer in the vein of Cat Power, Moldy Peaches and R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People Songwriting Magazine A thing of beauty Jim Barr (Portishead) An award winning classical musician in her own right, Beth embraced the folk scene and was taken in by their fraternity, touring and sessioning with the likes of Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Jackie Oates and Bellowhead. As Beth's reputation as an outstanding session cellist grew, she was much sought after by more main stream acts, appearing on albums by Newton Faulkner, Kula Shaker, Petula Clark, The Proclaimers and The Heavy. During this time Beth began writing her own songs and was invited to play a number of her own dates in Germany at very short notice. Ringing friends and musicians to see if they might play last minute as part of her band, Beth Porter & The Availables was born. Beth sings her endearing songs with a pure yet fragile voice accompanying herself on either cello or ukulele, and it is this signature sound that forms the core of the album. The Availables, on strings, piano, drums and bass, expand the arrangements from the ethereal to the cinematic, epic and playful, delivering an album of undeniable richness, and all lovingly captured in glorious vinyl analogue. Spending so much time on the road as a musician is a clear inspiration for the songs on this album. Beth captures many a landscape within her lyrics, such as on Pylons where she sings of the reflective moments on a journey that absorb us, as well as more darker personal experiences such as the exquisitely morbid Salty Water, reflecting upon a murder that took place behind her house. Beth Porter & The Availables will be touring the UK to support the album in the Spring 2015. NUALA HONAN Nuala Honan, country singer-songwriter from rural South Australia has followed up the release of her debut album, The Tortoise, with a year full of touring all over the UK and abroad. Nuala has followed her instinctual grass roots work ethic bringing the fireside honesty of country back to her music community. Her diary boasts summers full of big name festivals (Glastonbury, Womad, Larmer Tree), opening for The Magic Numbers, an extensive 21 date UK tour with Dave Gerard Autumn 2013, a tour of her homeland Australia at the beginning of this year and a final follow up solo tour this Autumn. Recently, Nuala has mostly been travelling from house to house (and garden, and golf club!) playing in fan's front rooms. This style of touring suits her solo shows, making the most out of the intimacy, and has been a memorable experience for auiences. With a few distractions along the way in the shape of a couple of touring theatre shows and some interesting collaborative side projects, Nuala's plan is to hide away this winter and come out next spring with a new blooming set of fresh songs. Nuala's lyrical honesty and the fiercely independent environment that the album has emerged from combine to ensure that The Tortoise has an authenticity that commercial country so often lacks. Nuala has that uncanny ability to write new songs that sound like they have been written before, somehow conjuring the sense that the lyrics have been worn smooth by the passage of time. Beautifully written songs, beautifully sung in a voice free from pretension. Nuala is a fresh breeze of talent and raw integrity in the musty, tired world of singer-songwriters. - Dizraeli "A soulful artist with a knack for writing compelling and passionate songs -..the charming Nuala herself - all frothy hair, winsome smile and a voice that would smack you round the ear when you least expected it." - fRoots Magazine Online

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Lucy Ward

on Thu, 9 Apr 2015 at Reeth Memorial Hall Doors at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start

Lucy is an award winning acoustic artist from Derby. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. In 2009 Lucy was a finalist of the BBC Young Folk Award and hasn't looked back since! She won the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was nominated for Folk Singer of the Year at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - the youngest person ever nominated. She was named by MOJO as 'Britfolk's most vibrant and forthright new young talent'. See: www.lucywardsings.com

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Lucy Ward

on Thu, 9 Apr 2015 at Reeth Memorial Hall Doors at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start

Lucy is an award winning acoustic artist from Derby. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. In 2009 Lucy was a finalist of the BBC Young Folk Award and hasn't looked back since! She won the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was nominated for Folk Singer of the Year at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - the youngest person ever nominated. She was named by MOJO as 'Britfolk's most vibrant and forthright new young talent'. See: www.lucywardsings.com

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Thomas Truax

on Thu, 9 Apr 2015 at Manchester Gullivers 7.30pm

We're delighted to be welcoming back Thomas Truax his first Manchester headline show in three years. One of the most imaginative characters on the pop music fringe, Thomas Truax (pronounced 'troo-aks') travels the world performing with his 'band' of bizarre self-made Harry Partch-esque instruments including a motorised drum machine made of bike wheels called 'Mother Superior' and a pimped-up Dr Seuss-ian Gramophone called 'The Hornicator', as well as his venerable resonator guitar 'Hank'. More than just an inventor and entertainer, Truax crafts rich, poetically evocative songs about insects, trees, technology and various reasons 'Why Dogs Howl at The Moon', the title of his 2007 album. Notable supporters and collaborators include Jarvis Cocker, Duke Special, Richard Hawley, David Lynch, Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione (of the Dresden Dolls/Violent Femmes) who plays drums on Thomas's newest album Jetstream Sunset, set for release this Spring. 'Truax is shaping up nicely as one of the great rock eccentrics' Uncut 'When he performs, it is a spectacle the originality and seeming impossibility of what he does is much of the appeal' The Guardian

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Davina & The Vagabonds

on Thu, 9 Apr 2015 at Lydgate The White Hart doors 7pm show 8pm

davina & vagabonds, from usa, think new orleans, bessie smith, etta james, koko taylor, with great band, with trumpet, & trombone, + garron frith.

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Music Unbuttoned Live 10th April 2015

on Thu, 9 Apr 2015 at Salisbury Cycling and Social Club 8pm

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Flamenco Express @ Clf Arts Cafe With Elena La Machana

on Thu, 9 Apr 2015 at London The Bussey Building 7.30 doors for 8pm - 10pm

Another unstoppable torrent of flamenco from Flamenco Express. Another fresh artistic combination tonight with La Joaquina, Chris Clavo and grand flamenco master Antonio el Pola plus the much requested return of Elena la Machana. Antonio el Pola Known for over twenty years as a formidably talented singer dedicated to the purest flamenco, Antonio El Pola has grown to fill the greatest stages of the world, performing with legends such as Paco de Lucia, Juan El Camas, Concha Vargas, Antonio Moya, Juan Castor, 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. To name but a few. Elena la Machana Elena has worked in in the top tablaos with many important Andalusian flamencos including guitarists and singers Cristian Saucedo, Luis el Chico, Jordi Garcia and Justo Fernández, Xavi de la Torre & Juan Carlos Maurel.2012 Elena was resident at "Cuadro Flamenco" in Nizza, France with Sara Holgado and Cecilia Fernández, El Chani and Carlos "El Rubio". and participated in Theatre Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona . Recently returned from The International Dance Festival Islamabad 2014 La Joaquina (principal dancer) 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. Recent Collaborations 'Spaces in Between' 2007 with Athina Valha and Candoco. Principle soloist 'Splinter In The Flesh' with the Hellenic National Dance Company at the Athens Megaron '..utterly riveting variations of firecracker beatstumultuous fervour ..indelible gracefulness.' The Stage Chris Clavo (guitar) A founder member and musical director of Flamenco Express, he began playing the guitar at fourteen and studied with flamenco maestros Carlos Heredia, Diego Amaya and Pepe Justicia. He has performed throughout Britain and Europe with Flamenco Express, 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 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 Elena La Machana

on Thu, 9 Apr 2015 at London The Bussey Building 7.30 doors for 8pm - 10pm

Another unstoppable torrent of flamenco from Flamenco Express. Another fresh artistic combination tonight with La Joaquina, Chris Clavo and grand flamenco master Antonio el Pola plus the much requested return of Elena la Machana. Antonio el Pola Known for over twenty years as a formidably talented singer dedicated to the purest flamenco, Antonio El Pola has grown to fill the greatest stages of the world, performing with legends such as Paco de Lucia, Juan El Camas, Concha Vargas, Antonio Moya, Juan Castor, 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. To name but a few. Elena la Machana Elena has worked in in the top tablaos with many important Andalusian flamencos including guitarists and singers Cristian Saucedo, Luis el Chico, Jordi Garcia and Justo Fernández, Xavi de la Torre & Juan Carlos Maurel.2012 Elena was resident at "Cuadro Flamenco" in Nizza, France with Sara Holgado and Cecilia Fernández, El Chani and Carlos "El Rubio". and participated in Theatre Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona . Recently returned from The International Dance Festival Islamabad 2014 La Joaquina (principal dancer) 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. Recent Collaborations 'Spaces in Between' 2007 with Athina Valha and Candoco. Principle soloist 'Splinter In The Flesh' with the Hellenic National Dance Company at the Athens Megaron '..utterly riveting variations of firecracker beatstumultuous fervour ..indelible gracefulness.' The Stage Chris Clavo (guitar) A founder member and musical director of Flamenco Express, he began playing the guitar at fourteen and studied with flamenco maestros Carlos Heredia, Diego Amaya and Pepe Justicia. He has performed throughout Britain and Europe with Flamenco Express, 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 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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Plastikes Karekles

on Thu, 9 Apr 2015 at Monksilver EMN Hall 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Featuring the whole rich variety of Greece's music from mainland to the islands, and from music inspired by Greek Rebetiko of the 1920s up to music of the present day. Doors and licensed bar open 7pm. More information on www.plastikeskarekles.com

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Plastikes Karekles

on Thu, 9 Apr 2015 at Monksilver EMN Hall 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Featuring the whole rich variety of Greece's music from mainland to the islands, and from music inspired by Greek Rebetiko of the 1920s up to music of the present day. Doors and licensed bar open 7pm. More information on www.plastikeskarekles.com

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Plastikes Karekles

on Thu, 9 Apr 2015 at Monksilver EMN Hall 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Featuring the whole rich variety of Greece's music from mainland to the islands, and from music inspired by Greek Rebetiko of the 1920s up to music of the present day. More information on www.plastikeskarekles.com Doors and licensed bar open 7pm. Please email info@underonesun.org.uk if directions to venue needed.

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Kongero

on Thu, 9 Apr 2015 at Malvern Colwall Village Hall Doors at 7.00pm, on stage 8pm

Fundraiser for Colwall Orchard Group. Four astonishing Swedish women singing ethereally beautiful Scandinavian folk

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Kongero

on Thu, 9 Apr 2015 at Malvern Colwall Village Hall Doors at 7.00pm, on stage 8pm

Fundraiser for Colwall Orchard Group. Four astonishing Swedish women singing ethereally beautiful Scandinavian folk

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Roddy Woomble + Sorren Maclean

on Thu, 9 Apr 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 7.30pm

Familiar to many thousands of music fans as the front man in the Scottish rock band Idlewild, Roddy Woomble is also a celebrated solo songwriter and performer. His naturally poetic writing and blend of country and folk have won him the accolade as one of Scotland's finest songwriters. His latest album Listen To Keep is packed with memorable melodies and powerful, artistic expression following on from his first two acclaimed solo albums; his cult-classic solo début My Secret Is My Silence and The Impossible Song and Other Songs. The new band features Seonaid Aitken (violin, piano, vocals), Craig Ainslie (bass) and Sorren Maclean (guitar, vocals). Support comes from Isle of Mull-born singer-songwriter, Sorren Maclean.

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Lucy Ward

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Clayton Le Moors Mill House 7.30pm

Described by Mojo magazine as "Brit Folk's most vibrant and forthright new, young talent," Lucy Ward's career has gone from strength to strength since the release of her debut album in 2011. Now well established as one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene, 24 year old Lucy has already won the Horizon Award and been nominated for the prestigious Folk Singer Of The Year at the BBC Radio Folk Awards. She can also count amongst her fans BBC Radio presenter Mark Radcliffe, who describes her song-writing as "mature and unflinching." This promises to be an evening not to be missed.

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Stefan Grossman

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Sheffield The Heeley Institute Doors 7.30, live music from 8pm

A man with an amazing career who has learned from and played with some of the greats spanning the history of the blues, Stefan Grossman has also opened the door for countless musicians to explore and enjoy playing and sharing in the music he loves. A genuine master of the guitar and an ace interpreter of the genre this is a rare opportunity to see him in action. Support comes from political and pertinent local performer, the wonderful Chrystine Supermoon!

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Stefan Grossman

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Sheffield The Heeley Institute Doors 7.30, live music from 8pm

A man with an amazing career who has learned from and played with some of the greats spanning the history of the blues, Stefan Grossman has also opened the door for countless musicians to explore and enjoy playing and sharing in the music he loves. A genuine master of the guitar and an ace interpreter of the genre this is a rare opportunity to see him in action. Support comes from political and pertinent local performer, the wonderful Chrystine Supermoon!

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Kris Delmhorst

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Barton The Ropewalk 7.30pm

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Dick Gaughan

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Bristol The Folk House 7.30pm

Promoted by Ash Keys Music www.ashkeysmusic.com (for further info) Bar and snacks available at St Stephens Dick Gaughan has been at the cutting edge of Scottish music for over 4 decades. Guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor, musical director, composer, arranger, producer, engineer, he's been there, done it. A full list of his musical collaborations would run to several pages and the huge range of diverse musicians he has played and sung with, both live and recorded, over the years reads like some manically eclectic Who's Who of the worlds of Celtic, Folk, Blues, Rock, Country and way beyond - Scottish Opera, 7:84 Theatre, Billy Bragg, Emmylou Harris, Tom Paxton, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Sean McGuire, Deacon Blue, Dan Crary, Alex Campbell, Maya Angelou, The Dubliners, Loudon Wainwright III, Holly Near, Ken Hyder, Dundee Rep Dance Company ... the list just goes on and on ... and on and on ... he's even step-danced a duet onstage with Cherish the Ladies' Joannie Madden. Throughout his various incarnations as a member of Boys of the Lough, Five Hand Reel and Clan Alba, in occasional duos with Aly Bain, Andy Irvine, Johnny Cunningham, Brian McNeill and Allan Taylor, and as one of the hardest-working solo performers in any area of music, Dick Gaughan's work has consistently been innovative and challenging

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The Phil Beer Band

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing Bar opens at 6.30 pm, doors at 7.30 pm

Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don't stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals. His love of traditional tunes and American country rock led to the Phil Beer Band who deliver a unique blend of 'folk and roll' drawn from an eclectic variety of sources. The band comprises six musicians each with musical careers in their own right, including guitarist and singer Emily Slade and melodeonist and tunesmith Gareth Turner, known for his energy-fuelled performances with Little Johnny England. Nick Quarmby (Colvin Quarmby) on bass, Steve Crickett on drums and Olivia Dunn (Mad Dog MaCree) on fiddle complete the line-up. Phil's instrumental skills on acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle and mandolin are well documented and have been utilized by countless artists over the years, including The Rolling Stones, Mike Oldfield and Steve Harley. He was for many years lead guitarist and singer with the Albion band and co-wrote many of their songs. He has also made forays into film and television music as well as finding time to produce albums for other musicians. Described by The Guardian as 'where Steve Earle and Richard Thompson collide' an evening with The Phil Beer Band is fast, frenetic, 'feel-good' and leavened with a good helping of humour. One not to be missed!

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The Askew Sisters

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

Emily and Hazel were first booked at the club in 2008 and have been coming back regularly ever since. In that time they have established themselves amongst the vanguard of the new wave of young interpreters of English traditional music with their energetic brand of English folk music. Using fiddle and melodeon they play and sing with an infectious enjoyment and love for the music, making them firm favourites at the club. From rhythmic foot stomping tunes to powerful interpretations of songs and ballads, their playing always guarantees to engage and inspire those who hear. They've spent the last few years playing at venues across the country, from top festivals and folk clubs to London's National Theatre and National Portrait Gallery. 2014 saw the release of their third album, "In the Air or the Earth", to critical acclaim and Hazel recently won Best Female Singer at the Spiral Earth Awards. "What the Askew Sisters do so well is tell the story and allow their musical accompaniment to help that story-telling along." English Dance & Song magazine

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The Askew Sisters

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

Emily and Hazel were first booked at the club in 2008 and have been coming back regularly ever since. In that time they have established themselves amongst the vanguard of the new wave of young interpreters of English traditional music with their energetic brand of English folk music. Using fiddle and melodeon they play and sing with an infectious enjoyment and love for the music, making them firm favourites at the club. From rhythmic foot stomping tunes to powerful interpretations of songs and ballads, their playing always guarantees to engage and inspire those who hear. They've spent the last few years playing at venues across the country, from top festivals and folk clubs to London's National Theatre and National Portrait Gallery. 2014 saw the release of their third album, "In the Air or the Earth", to critical acclaim and Hazel recently won Best Female Singer at the Spiral Earth Awards. "What the Askew Sisters do so well is tell the story and allow their musical accompaniment to help that story-telling along." English Dance & Song magazine

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Ferocious Dog

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Cambridge Portland Arms Doors 7.30pm / First Band 8.00pm

Come and join us for a fun and danced filled night out at The Portland Arms Cambridge. It's guaranteed to be another entertaining and crowd-pleasing night of live Folk, Rock and punk music. Those in the know will instantly recognise that: Ferocious Dog is a crowd-pleasing modern band, who offer the very best in Irish folk rock with the ultimate twist of Punk. With a fiddle folk rock and punk emphasis there is an obvious comparison with the Levellers. They released their debut album in 2013. Freedom Faction are an old-school punk band originally formed in 1984. They have played all over the UK supporting bands such as: Conflict, Vibrators, UK Subs, 999 and are best described as having a classic punk sound with a unique twist. Dj Smyley J & The Zombie provide the very best of Wunjo music intended to bring joy, happiness, and all that glitters and shines via a diverse range of alternative music genres. Doors 7.30pm / First Band 8.00pm

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A Celebration Of Pontesbury With Mary Webb

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Shrewsbury Pontesbury Public Hall 7pm

The Mary Webb Society presents an illustrated introduction to the Shropshire writer Mary Webb by the acclaimed poet/writer Gladys Mary Coles, followed by a musical performance of Webb's poems by singer-songwriter Janie Mitchell and Benji Kirkpatrick of the folk band Bellowhead. (A Fund Raising Event for the Pontesford Hill Appeal)

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Artisan

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Chesterfield Library Theatre Doors open 7.00 Concert starts 7:30pm

Artisan are Hilary Spencer, Jacey Bedford and Brian Bedford. This is a re-union tour

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Red Moon Road

on Fri, 10 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Canada's most energetic and endearing folk trio. Masterful story telling. Haunting three part harmonies. Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, Delay pedals and a beat up bass drum. A lush and lively take on modern roots music! Born in a storm on a wild Canadian lake, Red Moon Road came into its own on the trails between coast and coast. All credit goes to the chemistry, and to the magic that happens when the Winnipeg band's two Daniels - jazz-trained Daniel Jordan and bilingual prog-rock vet Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner - strum up the strings to support twilight-voiced singer Sheena Rattai. From living rooms to folk fest stages, the three have charmed fans from coast to coast with their lush and lively take on modern roots, peppered always by bright stage banter, exquisite harmonies and masterfully told stories. As you can hear on their brand-new EP "Tales from the Whiteshell" or their acclaimed eponymous debut album, it's all sort of rich and warm and deeply familiar, like a campfire crackling wherever the microphones stand: even if it's your first time in the audience, you come as a friend of this band. www.redmoonroad.com

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Lifesigns

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Southampton The Talking Heads Doors at 7.30pm

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The Jacquelyn Hynes Trio

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30 for 8pm

www.jacquelynhynes.com Jacquelyn Hynes is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Appearing at Roots Music Club as a trio to deliver some of the best Irish Music you will ever hear. She has supported Ireland's leading musicians including Martin Hayes, Michael McGoldrick, Mary Coughlan and Lunasa, performed with Donal Lunny and for President Mary Macaleese. She was awarded the Katherine McGillivray Get A Life Fund for musicians which facilitated an MA in performance at The Irish World Academy completed in 2010. Performances include QEH, Barbican, London Irish Centre, Irish Cultural Centre, Haringey Irish Centre, House of Lords, Handel House, City Hall, St John Smith's Square, Under One Sky Festival, Levellers Festival, Gollowan Festival, Ealing Jazz Festival, Ardoyne Fleadh Belfast, British Consulate Delhi, Dubliner Oslo, Lovebox, BigSexyFest, Spitalfields Music Festival, Livestock, And'Art Festival Marrakech where her composition was chosen to reflect the theme of the residency in concert at the Theatre Royale, Green Note, TwickFolk, Acoustic Routes, San Pietro Festival, Frome Festival, and Sidmouth Folk Festival.

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The Jacquelyn Hynes Trio

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30 for 8pm

www.jacquelynhynes.com Jacquelyn Hynes is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Appearing at Roots Music Club as a trio to deliver some of the best Irish Music you will ever hear. She has supported Ireland's leading musicians including Martin Hayes, Michael McGoldrick, Mary Coughlan and Lunasa, performed with Donal Lunny and for President Mary Macaleese. She was awarded the Katherine McGillivray Get A Life Fund for musicians which facilitated an MA in performance at The Irish World Academy completed in 2010. Performances include QEH, Barbican, London Irish Centre, Irish Cultural Centre, Haringey Irish Centre, House of Lords, Handel House, City Hall, St John Smith's Square, Under One Sky Festival, Levellers Festival, Gollowan Festival, Ealing Jazz Festival, Ardoyne Fleadh Belfast, British Consulate Delhi, Dubliner Oslo, Lovebox, BigSexyFest, Spitalfields Music Festival, Livestock, And'Art Festival Marrakech where her composition was chosen to reflect the theme of the residency in concert at the Theatre Royale, Green Note, TwickFolk, Acoustic Routes, San Pietro Festival, Frome Festival, and Sidmouth Folk Festival.

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Gill Sandell And Chris T-t At The Golden Fleece, Thirsk

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Thirsk The Golden Fleece Doors at 7.30pm

Debut UK tour as a duo, for two acclaimed alt-folk artists and old friends, launching their first ever collaborative work. Walk Away, Walk Away is an atmospheric collection of noir songs from across pop, rock and folk, covering artists from Willie Nelson and Joni Mitchell to Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Voice Of The Beehive. It is themed around travel and absence; separation and journey; ancient pathways and empty freeways. Gill & Chris are both multi-instrumentalists; expect piano, accordion, guitars and effects, alongside their sublime, unusual voices in harmony. There's also a lot of dry humour in the album and live show. Chris T-T ('One of the great underground artists of our time' Jon Snow; 'Genius, a modern-day William Blake' Sunday Times; 'The genius that is Chris T-T' Huw Stephens, Radio 1) is a Brighton-based writer, alt-folk singer and influential songwriter who has made nine hugely acclaimed albums since 1999. His most recent album The Bear (Xtra Mile Recordings) was a rock record recorded with his backing band The Hoodrats.http://christt.com Gill Sandell ('This is gorgeous!' Bob Harris; 'A beautiful sounding record' Cerys Matthews) is probably best known as a member of Emily Barker's Red Clay Halo quartet, though she has also toured with the likes of The Broken Family Band and Frank Turner (including performing at the opening ceremony of London 2012 Olympics). Gill has released two solo albums in her own right, collaborating with musicians such as Ted Barnes and Adrian Crowley. Her most recent album is Light The Boats (Rowan Tree Records).http://gillsandell.com Gill and Chris have been friends for 20 years, after meeting at college in the late 1990s. They were both members of Timothy Victor's Folk Orchestra collective in the early 2000s and have collaborated many times, played and sung on each-other's records, toured together and run in the same circle of friends. However Walk Away, Walk Away is their first album as a formal duo. 'Walk Away, Walk Away' is out in March 2015 on Rowan Tree Records.

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Laura Moody

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette doors 7pm

https://www.youtube.com/user/MsMoodymusic Laura's Press "Icily beautiful and strikingly original." Uncut "Something almost transcendent one of 2014's most exciting debut makers DiS "Cello player who plays the instrument not only with a melancholic grace and beauty but also with a clattering percussive feel that makes her sound utterly original" Louder Than War "Impressive" The Telegraph, "Best Folk Albums of 2015" "Ear melting delight" Gigslutz "How music maybe should be in a perfect world. " Folk Radio It gets under the skin and then lives there, it grows and evolves, like wine, like the best musicLaura Moody, this is your time. For Folk's Sake About Laura Laura Moody is a wildly alternative cellist, vocalist and avant-singer-songwriter. Fascinated not only with words and songwriting but also with sounds, noises and textures she eschews laptops and loop pedals to explore what is possible using only solo cello and voice. She creates emotive songs that reveal a multitude of influences and inhabit a unique space between the contemporary avant garde, classical music, experimental pop and singer-songwriter tradition. Having achieved much international acclaim as a long-standing member of innovative string quartet the Elysian Quartet, which is known for it's pioneering performances and recordings of contemporary classical, experimental and improvised music, she has also toured world-wide as a member of physical theatre string ensemble The Gogmagogs, as well as the Meredith Monk Ensemble and performed extensively in theatre and contemporary dance productions. She has toured, collaborated and recorded with leading musicians from a hugely diverse number of genres from folk to hip hop. All these elements are brought together in Laura's solo work, as The Arts Desk noted,"it seemed almost as if she had taken every musical influence that had come her way and put them in a blender...certainly extraordinary and sometimes disturbing. But what surprised me most ...was just how often it became mesmerising." Laura releases music on her own Surbiton Lagoon label, named after an exotically monikered but long defunct swimming pool in the famously beige London suburb where she grew up. An EP was released in 2009 and following a highly successful crowdfunding campaign her highly personal and long awaited debut album 'Acrobats' was released in November 2014. "... for enjoyable astonishment, nothing quite beats the singer-cellist Laura Moody. She plays lyrically; then as if it was a box for sound effects. She sings her own almost-pop songs, gurgles, hoots, wails, taps her throat with the bow. Yet it's all seamless, as if she, the cello and the music are a single organism." The Irish Times Tickets £10 in advance or £12 Door. Tickets also available at Old Cinema Launderette and People's Bookshop, Durham 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 (LIMITED) and standing. Doors 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)

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A Day's Work: A Mick Ryan Folk Show

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Hampshire The United Church Doors open 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.

A Day's Work is Mick Ryan's folk opera about the Great War, updated for its centenary, with Paul Downes as musical director. Greg Russell* plays the central role of a conscientious objector alongside Pete Morton; Matt Quinn of The Dovetail Trio; Heather Bradford; Ciaran Algar*; and Mick Ryan, himself. ' powerful and direct.' brightyoungfolk.com ' incredibly moving with a stellar cast ' Most Memorable Gig/Festival Experience, R2 Rock 'n' Reel. * Nominees: BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015, Best Duo.

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Steven James Adams + Emma Kupa (ex-standard Fare)

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at Manchester Gullivers 7.30pm

House Music is the debut solo album by Steven James Adams, which was released through The State 51 Conspiracy last September. Recorded primarily at Steven's house in Walthamstow, with further sessions taking place at co-producer Neil Rogers' Cambridge studio and elsewhere, House Music draws on a wealth of influences without ever sounding second-hand. House Music was originally conceived as a stripped-back home recording, but soon grew into something more textured and far-reaching, showcasing both Adams's songwriting prowess and his perceptive lyrics. The cover features an original work by acclaimed artist Dan Hillier. With musical contributions from Vancouver's JUNO Award-winning Dan Mangan, rising stars John Smith and Emily Barker, Justin Young of The Vaccines and Scottish musical luminaries Martin Green (from three-time BBC Folk Award winners Lau) and Inge Thomson, and more, the resulting record is ambitious, beautifully conceived and graceful. House Music is Steven's first 'solo' album. He started out in 2001 as frontman and principal songwriter in the much-lauded Broken Family Band who released seven albums over the course of eight years and more recently released two albums with his band Singing Adams. Steven plays this special solo show in support of this debut solo album in Gullivers' brand new Lounge a tiny room at the rear of the pub. 'The tunes are instant and uplifting, but the real wallop comes from the lyrical imagery' The Guardian, 4* Main support comes from Emma Kupa. Emma Kupa, former Standard Fare front woman, releases her first solo material in March 2015. The record Home Cinema is a mini album; six songs of spritely jangle-folk-indie-country, about family, death, drink problems, holocaust survivors and communism. For this show, Emma will be playing with a drummer. Local support comes from Butcher The Bar. Currently signed to Berlin indie Morr Music (múm, Telekinesis, Seabear, Lali Puna), Butcher The Bar have toured around Europe and the UK including a jaunt supporting Death Cab for Cutie and you may have seen them in Manchester opening shows for Mark Eitzel, Allo Darlin' and Francois & The Atlas Mountains. For this show, Joel Nicholson will be performing solo.

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Rura:despite The Dark Album Launch

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 10pm

Rugged yet disciplined, heartfelt whilst rousing and anthemic, refreshingly contemporary but rooted in tradition... Rura are a band inarguably at the forefront of Scottish folk. Internationally renowned for their punch-packing mix of highland pipes, whistle, flute, fiddle, bodhran, guitar and voice, Rura are one of the most exciting bands of their generation. Steven Blake, Jack Smedley, David Foley and Adam Brown create muscular, yet intricately arranged and lyrical instrumentals to match singer/songwriter Adam Holmes' haunting songcraft a perfected mix that has seen them rise to headline status at festivals throughout the UK and Europe. Since bursting on to the scene in 2010, as award winners at Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival, Rura have firmly established themselves as a major force. The release of their heralded first album, Break It Up, in 2012 (produced by Lau and Kan fiddler, Aidan O'Rourke) was accompanied by multiple award wins and nominations including the running for the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award 2013 - and now the five-piece's second release is just around the corner. Due for release in spring 2015, it is one of the most hotly-anticipated albums in recent years and from a band of the very same. 'What every festival needsbarnstorming!' BBC Radio Scotland 'Scotland's hottest folk prospects' The Scotsman

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Tarantella Beats Party With Amaraterra

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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James Grant

on Fri, 10 Apr 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 7.30pm

Since originally parting the ways with his band Love and Money in the early 1990s, singer, songwriter and guitarist James Grant has released five acclaimed solo albums, most recently 2010's Strange Flowers, with his first best-of collection released in spring 2012. Drawing from a broad palette of pop, folk, soul, country and blues influences, and interweaving his solo compositions with Love and Money favourites, James twins darkly literate, melodically lush songcraft with his richly potent vocals and virtuoso guitar work, leavening his performances with dashes of wickedly acerbic humour. With Love and Money also back on the road and in the studio, Grant sounds like an artist now in his prime. Support comes from London-based singer-songwriter Samantha Whates, whose heart, voice and songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots.

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Fred's House

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

Exceptional debut album... a band capable of scaling considerable heights. **** R2 Magazine A combination of excellence and solid potential terrific! **** Maverick Magazine Fred's House are an award winning band based in Cambridge. Mixing elements of Folk, Blues, Country, Classic Rock and West Coast with a definite vintage feel to their music, echoing the 70's but creating a fresh new sound that is very much part of now. Their songs feature the vocals of real-life couple and song-writing duo Griff Jameson and Vikki Gavin, who voices blend to create a beautiful and powerful sound. Enriched with a third part harmony from bassist Gafyn Jameson (Griff's brother), virtuosic lead guitar playing from Lachlan Golder, who is also one of the band's song-writers, and completing the line-up is Paul Richards, aka 'The Happiest Drummer', a fantastic percussionist playing full drum kit or conga and cajon. Among their many influences are bands such as Fleetwood Mac, The Civil Wars, and C.S.N.Y. The five piece have racked up over 300 gigs in the past 4 years and rapidly gaining a strong following and reputation for their outstanding live shows across the UK. Fred's House also recently scooped two awards at the Annual NMG Awards 2013 (Eastern Counties); 'Best Folk/Roots Band' and 'Audience Choice Award' as voted for by the public. Their fans or 'Housemates' claim their music is addictive and come to show after show. They released their much anticipated debut album Bonnie and Clyde to critical acclaim, including For Folk Sake's 'Track of the Day', 'exceptional debut album' from R2 Magazine and 'excellent debut' from Maverick Magazine, 'grabbing 4 and 5 star reviews across the board. Fred's House have become a regular fixture on the UK festival scene including appearances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Secret Garden Party, Acoustic Festival of Britain and Bestival. The band have been main support for the likes of Eddi Reader, The Wonderstuff, Lucy Rose and many more. They have received national airplay on BBC 6Music, BBC Radio Wales as well as recently having live sessions on BBC Introducing. They have also had their music featured on Channel 4's Hollyoaks and as an Ident for BBC Radio to promote the Buskers Festival. Fred's House debut album Bonnie & Clyde was released 21st April 2014 which was recorded and produced by Neil 'Bugs' Rogers at Half Ton Studios. The band recently won some free recording in a national competition for BandApp to record their track Face in the Water which you can download for free from their website. www.fredshousemusic.co.uk

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Winter Wilson

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at Broseley Birchmeadow Centre Doors 7:30pm

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Jaywalkers

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at Newbury ACE Space 8:00pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

Creating a unique sound based on their collective and individual musical backgrounds, the band takes influence from folk, bluegrass, country and western swing music in the form of virtuosic instrumentals, three part harmony and occasional slap bass. Add good humour, tasteful arrangements and exceptional musicianship to the mix and they are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The BBC Young Folk Award finalists 2009 have just been getting better and better.

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Jaywalkers

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at Newbury ACE Space 8:00pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

Creating a unique sound based on their collective and individual musical backgrounds, the band takes influence from folk, bluegrass, country and western swing music in the form of virtuosic instrumentals, three part harmony and occasional slap bass. Add good humour, tasteful arrangements and exceptional musicianship to the mix and they are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The BBC Young Folk Award finalists 2009 have just been getting better and better.

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Vin Garbutt

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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Tribute To Jj Cale - Steve Morrison All Stars

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at London Polish Jazz Cafe POSK Doors: 7:30 pm Music: 8:30 pm

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Lucy Ward At The Cumberland Arms

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at Newcastle Cumberland Arms (Byker) Doors at 7.30pm, Concert 8.00pm

Come see Lucy on her first solo tour in over a year! This spring she is returning to her roots, performing a series of intimate concerts where she will be showcasing songs from her forthcoming album as well as her critically acclaimed debut records. Full details can be found at http://www.lucywardsings.com/

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Lucy Ward At The Cumberland Arms

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at Newcastle Cumberland Arms (Byker) Doors at 7.30pm, Concert 8.00pm

Come see Lucy on her first solo tour in over a year! This spring she is returning to her roots, performing a series of intimate concerts where she will be showcasing songs from her forthcoming album as well as her critically acclaimed debut records. Full details can be found at http://www.lucywardsings.com/

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Blue Rose Code

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at Bristol The Folk House 7:30pm

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Andy Irvine

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at London The Great Northern Railway Tavern 8.30pm

Andy Irvine is, they say, Woody Guthrie's representative on Earth. He would regard that as the ultimate compliment. The great Irish singer who was inspired by the American folk legend has achieved legendary status himself - renowned the world over as a brilliant song-writer and bouzouki maestro. Another Kalamazoo favourite, Dick Gaughan calls Irvine "a genius of a musician - an inspiration to all of us. What more can anyone ask?" Si Kahn US songwriter and civil rights activist says "He has a philosopher's ears and a prophet's passionate voice - he is a stunning songwriter and instrumentalist." Irvine's amazing 50-year career has taken in many bands and collaborations -from Sweeney's Men to Planxty, Patrick Street and Mosaik. Tonight at the Kalamazoo it'll be just him and his bouzoukis. What more can anyone ask?

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Maia

on Sat, 11 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 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- MAIA are self proclaimed sci- fi folk evangelists and have spent the last 3 years touring and playing festivals and as a result have morphed and matured into what has been described as "Harmonic psychedelic sci-fi folk and disco rock....". Winners of the Yorkshire Gig Guide award for outstanding live band in 2014, MAIA are taking a break from recording to play a string of dates to showcase some of the new material from their forthcoming album to be released in the Autumn. Their genre busting mix glides easily from sweet stunning vocal harmonies to complex blissed out grooves ; punctuated by echoing banjo, shimmering mandolin, spooky brass and captivating vocal melodramas.

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Rita Payne

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at Walkington Walkington Village Hall 7.30pm

Award winning acoustic foot stomping folk duo from Doncaster play at the cosy and intimate venue of Walkington Village Hall. Rita Payne write brilliant highly original songs that appeal to traditional folk lovers and rockers alike, all presented with a warm sense of humour

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Martin Harley

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at Presteigne Assembly Rooms Doors open 7.30pm Show starts 8pm

A life long devotee of acoustic guitar music, especially the ageless blues/roots sounds, Martin Harley has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic song-writing style he possesses today.

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Nick Harper

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at Canterbury St George's Centre Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start

"Nick Harper! - Wow! WE should be supporting HIM" Turin Brakes 2014 We've been banging on about Nick Harper for years...and this is his fourth visit to Folk in the Barn.... despite a small audience last time he came - which was astonishing and so wrong. This guy is a musical genius... his music is never off the players at Folk in the Barn Towers. We are determined to achieve the success here for Nick that he deserves. Please come to this concert. If you have a heart, and an ear and a joy of eccentricity, absurdity, poetry and quite extraordinary guitar playing - you'll get Nick. Read below what others have recently said..... I completely agree..... "If the world were fair and just, Johnny Depp would be making a ninth biographical film about singer-songwriter Nick Harper. Faber and Faber would be publishing a fancy hardcover edition of his lyrics thus far, and he would be forced to rent sheds throughout the countryside to store all of his awards." Trebuchet Magazine 2014 Read the full article here Nick Harper Opher's World Pays Tribute to a Genius "I love guitar playing. When it comes to guitar playing I have seen all the greats up close playing in small halls from Jimi Hendrix to Bert Jansch, Jimmy Page to Peter Green, Davy Graham to Eric Clapton; but there is one who stands out for me. The sheer brilliance is beyond anything else I have seen. What Nick can do with a guitar is magical. The strange thing is that the bending of the strings, the tuning and retuning of strings within songs, the creation of new upside down chords and even the surround sound delay is never a gimmick. It isn't showing off. It actually works to create great music and the tricks are integral parts of the songs that always add to the composition. Nick expands upon the possibility and generates extensions of improbability. I have only ever seen one person capable of such a thing and he was Jimi Hendrix. Nick's limitation, as with Jimi, is merely the extent of his imagination. It goes without saying that Nick's imagination is of the scope of galaxies. It is phenomenal. I have been fortunate enough to observe these prodigious talents develop over decades and I never get tired of the crispness and range that those fingers tease or pound out of that instrument. He can make the guitar thunder or trill with delicate melodies. Nick produces music you can get lost in. If it were only the guitar playing it would be wonderful but limited. But it is so much more. Nick marries this instrumental genius to a voice that is incredible in range and texture and a song-writing ability that is up there with the best. He now has a catalogue of brilliant songs that would challenge any great songwriter of our time barring only a few. The content is both poetic and meaningful. What more could you possibly ask for? Nick's live performances are impressive. He is a showman who deploys wit and cutting humour along with sharp observation. He is a warm, sensitive but forceful man whose sensibilities are complex and always intelligent and forthright. You never get short-changed at a Nick gig. He puts everything into it. The one mystery surrounding Nick's career concerns the level of success he has so far achieved. It boggles me to think that he has not risen to the heights, received the recognition and walked away with the awards. He surely deserves it. His time will undoubtedly come. Skills like his do not go unnoticed forever." Opher's World Dec 2014

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Nick Harper

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at Canterbury St George's Centre Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start

"Nick Harper! - Wow! WE should be supporting HIM" Turin Brakes 2014 We've been banging on about Nick Harper for years...and this is his fourth visit to Folk in the Barn.... despite a small audience last time he came - which was astonishing and so wrong. This guy is a musical genius... his music is never off the players at Folk in the Barn Towers. We are determined to achieve the success here for Nick that he deserves. Please come to this concert. If you have a heart, and an ear and a joy of eccentricity, absurdity, poetry and quite extraordinary guitar playing - you'll get Nick. Read below what others have recently said..... I completely agree..... "If the world were fair and just, Johnny Depp would be making a ninth biographical film about singer-songwriter Nick Harper. Faber and Faber would be publishing a fancy hardcover edition of his lyrics thus far, and he would be forced to rent sheds throughout the countryside to store all of his awards." Trebuchet Magazine 2014 Read the full article here Nick Harper Opher's World Pays Tribute to a Genius "I love guitar playing. When it comes to guitar playing I have seen all the greats up close playing in small halls from Jimi Hendrix to Bert Jansch, Jimmy Page to Peter Green, Davy Graham to Eric Clapton; but there is one who stands out for me. The sheer brilliance is beyond anything else I have seen. What Nick can do with a guitar is magical. The strange thing is that the bending of the strings, the tuning and retuning of strings within songs, the creation of new upside down chords and even the surround sound delay is never a gimmick. It isn't showing off. It actually works to create great music and the tricks are integral parts of the songs that always add to the composition. Nick expands upon the possibility and generates extensions of improbability. I have only ever seen one person capable of such a thing and he was Jimi Hendrix. Nick's limitation, as with Jimi, is merely the extent of his imagination. It goes without saying that Nick's imagination is of the scope of galaxies. It is phenomenal. I have been fortunate enough to observe these prodigious talents develop over decades and I never get tired of the crispness and range that those fingers tease or pound out of that instrument. He can make the guitar thunder or trill with delicate melodies. Nick produces music you can get lost in. If it were only the guitar playing it would be wonderful but limited. But it is so much more. Nick marries this instrumental genius to a voice that is incredible in range and texture and a song-writing ability that is up there with the best. He now has a catalogue of brilliant songs that would challenge any great songwriter of our time barring only a few. The content is both poetic and meaningful. What more could you possibly ask for? Nick's live performances are impressive. He is a showman who deploys wit and cutting humour along with sharp observation. He is a warm, sensitive but forceful man whose sensibilities are complex and always intelligent and forthright. You never get short-changed at a Nick gig. He puts everything into it. The one mystery surrounding Nick's career concerns the level of success he has so far achieved. It boggles me to think that he has not risen to the heights, received the recognition and walked away with the awards. He surely deserves it. His time will undoubtedly come. Skills like his do not go unnoticed forever." Opher's World Dec 2014

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Jj Gilmour & Henry Priestman

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at Coatbridge Berits & Brown Doors 7.45pm

A very special 'secret songwriter' show from two of the UK's finest singer songwriters who will be performing a mix of solo sets and performing together on each others song. There may even be a few surprises in store... JJ Gilmour found fame as the front man of Celtic rockers The Silencers before leaving to pursue his own solo career. A brief stint as front man with the super group The Casbah club, which featured members of The Jam and Big Country, and replacing Brian Harvey in teen idols East 17 proved a brief distraction when he released his iconic debut album 'Sunnyside P.A.L.'. The album received universal acclaim and led to a series of strange encounters which included being personally invited to join Hollywood hard man Steven Segal on tour in America. Having now released his 3rd solo album and written 2 musicals, he has found his love of music all over again and showing why he is a truly world class songwriter and performer. Henry Priestman is no stranger to the charts. As the songwriter behind the chart topping band The Christians, he enjoyed worldwide success throughout the 80's & 90's. Starting out with new wave Punks The Yachts (there first gig was supporting the Sex Pistols) before enjoying chart success with Its Immiterial (Driving Away From Home) but it was with The Christians that he found the most success. No on his second solo album, he has found a whole new generation of fans who warm to his infectious warmth and heartfelt lyrics. A fav of Radio 2 and festivals across the UK, Henry is a true master songwriter and one of the most endearing live performers around.

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Black Yaya (herman Dune)

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at Manchester The Soup Kitchen 7.30pm

Black Yaya is a new singer, songwriter, although he's not new to the world of singer-songwriters. Indeed, he used to write, record and perform under Herman Dune. After travelling the seven seas and beyond with Herman Dune and recording more than ten albums with that band, David Ivar decided he wanted to create something new so Black Yaya was born, the new moniker of Ivar. One morning in November of 2012, David Ivar woke up with the strange feeling that he could not be in a band anymore, at least for the moment. He loved every moment he'd had shared with his friend, his brother, but he was different now. He needed to be able to speak for himself and for himself only. Something about being the voice of a band felt like he had to temper his feelings. As a band, he felt he was hiding behind a monster, but that big soft and furry monster had started to block his view a little bit, so he had to get it out of the way, at least for now. As soon as he took the decision to take up a new name, Ivar felt a rush of inspiration and Black Yaya started moving freely. It was as if a door had opened and he was breathing the freshest air of the freshest morning he'd ever woken up to. He found himself writing about things he somehow never would have before, like strange crime situations, vengeance and betrayals (e.g. Glad Tidings, Watchman, Vigilante, Through The Deep Night), or incorporating dreams and visions into his writing (he wrote Save Them Little Children in an hallucinatory state in a hotel room in Norway). Movies like 'Death Wish' (Michael Winner) or 'Night Of The Hunter' (Charles Laughton), The Killing (Stanley Kubrick), Manhunter (Michael Mann), paintings of Hiernymus Bosch, of Marcel Duchamp, comic books like Watchmen (Alan Moore), Batman: The Court Of Owls (Scott Snyder) or Y:The Last Man (Brian K. Vaughan), or reading The Black Cat by Edgar A. Poe, The Doll by Daphne Du Maurier or The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler, or poems of Jack Kerouac (Pomes All Sizes) and Allen Ginsberg (Kaddish) were strong material in David Ivar's mind when he was working on his new songs. When Ivar came up with enough songs for a complete set, without 'oldies', he started performing solo shows, with an acoustic guitar. He felt it gave him such strength, such energy, to play as a rookie, in little clubs for little money, to audiences that didn't know any of the songs he was about to play. He loved those shows it was just like he was starting out again, with a clean slate, back at the end of the line, with a hunger to play and perform, to get to the crowd, one member of the audience at a time. Having to work his way to the end of the show, to win the show, with everything he had inside, each night felt like being reborn, learning again, fighting again, writing on the road, alone in the green room. He felt that sometimes being alone was the least lonely he'd ever been The forthcoming, eponymous record is the only official collection of Black Yaya songs known to date and will be available from 2 March via City Slang. The initial limited vinyl edition will come with a bonus 7 including 3 unreleased songs. Whether it be the funk-fuelled grooves of Glad Tidings, the upbeat harmonica-notes on Watchman or the mellow tones of Through The Deep Note, the debut LP from Black Yaya is packed with catchy pop-folk soaked tracks that makes the album so easy on the ear and marks a new and exciting step for David Ivar.

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Helter Skelter With Barbarellas Bang Bang + The Yes Mess

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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Helter Skelter With Barbarellas Bang Bang + The Yes Mess

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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Jimmy Barnatán & The Cooconers

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at London The Fiddlers Elbow 11pm

Jimmy Barnatán (Santander, Spain 1981) is an spanish actor, writer and blues Singer with more than 20 films on his own, three novels and three blues albums. He grow up between Madrid and New York City where he started his musical career. He has song in the most known places of New York like Arthur ́s Tavern, The 55, Fat Cat and more, and also he had song with a lot of Blues legends like James Harman, Sugaray Rayford and Carvin Jones. Carvin Jones and Jimmy are going to do a Spanish tour on March 2015. His new album, Motorclub mixes the raw blues with soul elements and a little bit of jazzy sounds, combinated with rock and roll spirit. Everything makes in his black voice a wonderfull and surprising mixture. Jimmy Barnatan & The Cocooners will present in two of the most legendaries venues of Camden Town, The Dublin Castle and The Fiddler's Elbow. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jimmy-Barnatan/48637350475?fref=ts ***"MOTORCLUB" LONDON TOUR 2015*** Saturday 11th April The Fiddler's Elbow - Camden 1 Malden Road NW5 3HS Tickets doors: £5

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Dick Gaughan

on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 7.30pm

Folk troubadour Dick Gaughan was brought up immersed in the musical traditions and culture of the Gaels, both Scots and Irish. A professional musician and singer since 1970, he has been at the cutting edge of Scottish music for almost five decades, recording extensively in many countries and in various combinations with other musicians, including Boys of the Lough, Five Hand Reel and Clan Alba. He is a stunning singer with a wonderfully expressive voice belying passion, allied to a dazzling guitar technique; Dick just doesn't deliver gigs which are 'ordinary'. Furthermore, he is the only performer to have been honoured by his musical peers both north and south of the Border inducted into the Scots Trad Music Hall of Fame and awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC R2's Folk Awards. Support comes from balladeer-storyteller-guitarist Ewan McLennan and his trio - Lauren MacColl (violin, viola) and Sid Goldsmith (double bass, slide guitar, concertina, vocals, shruti box).

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Mike Silver

on Sun, 12 Apr 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

The great songwriter is back in Bournemouth

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Mike Silver

on Sun, 12 Apr 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

The great songwriter is back in Bournemouth

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Red Moon Road

on Sun, 12 Apr 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm

Another TLR Youtube discovery brought to you all the way from Winnipeg, Canada! Masterful story telling. Haunting three part harmonies. Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, Delay pedals and a beat up bass drum. A lush and lively take on modern roots. Born in a storm on a wild Canadian lake, Red Moon Road came into its own on the trails between coast and coast. All credit goes to the chemistry, and to the magic that happens when the Winnipeg band's two Daniels - jazz-trained Daniel Jordan and bilingual prog-rock vet Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner - strum up the strings to support twilight-voiced singer Sheena Rattai. From living rooms to folk fest stages, the three have charmed fans from coast to coast with their lush and lively take on modern roots, peppered always by bright stage banter, exquisite harmonies and masterfully told stories. As you can hear on their brand-new EP "Tales from the Whiteshell" or their acclaimed eponymous debut album, it's all sort of rich and warm and deeply familiar, like a campfire crackling wherever the microphones stand: even if it's your first time in the audience, you come as a friend of this band.

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Nick Dow

on Sun, 12 Apr 2015 at Southport Park Golf Club Doors from 7pm and music from 8pm

Mainly traditional songs and a welcome return after decades for this singer with a strong guitar style and a warm, mellow, lived-in voice.

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Edwina Hayes

on Sun, 12 Apr 2015 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

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. Playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall, Edwina numbers Michael Parkinson and Mike Harding among her fans. Edwina was born in Dublin and grew up in Preston, Lancashire before moving to the East coast of Yorkshire as a teenager, where she has been based ever since. Dividing her time between the UK and America, Edwina's second home is Nashville where she is much loved as a songwriter and artist. Edwina released her debut album 'Out On My Own' on Warner Brothers to critical acclaim. She released her second album 'Pour Me A Drink' independently to great success. Much more stripped down and acoustic, the title track was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her 'the sweetest voice in England'. Her third release 'Good Things Happen Over Coffee' followed in the same style and a live album is due this year. Gus MacGregor was born and grew up in the north west of England, but now lives in Brighton with his wife and his two young sons. Since making a splash on national Swiss radio with his first single Lifeline, he has become known for his intimate, story-telling concerts. His lyrics are often brutally honest, but he nearly always manages to let the humorous side of any situation come forward. Gus has co-written songs with, among others, Judie Tzuke and Kim Richey.

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Andy Irvine At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 12 Apr 2015 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub Doors open around 7:30 pm

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 and songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his 45-year career. From Sweeney's Men in the mid 60s, via the enormous success of Planxty and Patrick Street, Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians. 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 (out Of The Shadows)

on Sun, 12 Apr 2015 at Birmingham Fletchers Bar 3pm to 6pm

The eagerly awaited return of the award winning Out of The Shadows who have had the audience dancing in every available space on their last two appearances here. Hailing from Stourbridge, they have regularly been voted Top Club Act by regional club entertainment officers and audience members. Expect to hear some of the greatest pop songs from the late 1950's onwards from Eddie Cochran's Summertime Blues through to Dire Straits' Walk Of Life as well as several of The Shadows' greatest instrumental hits. If you have not seen them before, don't miss out again as a great Lazy Sunday Afternoon's entertainment is guaranteed.

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Mirth & Misery + Benny & The Cheesegrinder Present Death Puppet Klezma Jam

on Sun, 12 Apr 2015 at London Jamboree 7.30pm to 10.30pm

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Katie Spencer

on Mon, 13 Apr 2015 at Etton The Processed Pea Doors open 6.30 for 8pm start.

Whilst very busy getting herself known around the East Yorkshire live music scene Katie has appeared at the Pea a couple of times before being offered this headlining spot. She taught herself to play guitar within the past three years or so and is developing a very distinctive style of performing her own material. Katie is very much one to keep an eye on for the future. Note that because of Bank Holiday this event is on the SECOND Monday in April.

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Crh Music Presents Scott H Biram

on Mon, 13 Apr 2015 at Bristol Kings Arms Doors at 7.30pm

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Fiona Hunter And Mike Vass

on Mon, 13 Apr 2015 at London The Slaughtered Lamb Doors Open 7:30pm, Live Music Starts 8:15

After nearly a decade as vocalist and cellist of award-winning folk band Malinky, Fiona Hunter is stepping out as a solo artist and gaining a deserved reputation as one of the finest young singers on the Scottish folk music scene today, with her fresh interpretations of songs of her native Glasgow and of the Scottish Travellers. Warm vocals and sensitive instrumentals arrangements highlight the passion and natural ability to inhabit her material that sets her apart. Nominated Scots Singer of the Year at the 2013 Scots Trad Music Awards, her debut solo album has received much attention, described by Mike Harding as 'absolutely superb'. She will be joined by Malinky bandmate and 2012 Composer of the Year Mike Vass.

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Larkin Poe

on Mon, 13 Apr 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

Larkin Poe experienced the "whirlwind craziness" of its initial success, which peaked when The Observer named the band "best discovery of Glastonbury," getting mentioned alongside two all-American mainstays. "In the paper, we were right in between Jack White and Dolly Parton," pointed out Rebecca, the brunette lead singer and multi-instrumentalist (electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, keys, violin) who lives in Atlanta and enjoys making music "that just feels bad-ass." Violins and mandolins have been laid down in favour of slick electric guitars, their snappy vignettes of tough love bristling with a Seventies classic pop rock sheen of sinuous riffs, snappy handclaps and cheeky call and response vocals." The Telegraph "The sisters share an infatuation with roots sounds, frequently incorporating traditional song structures and instruments like the mandolin and Dobro into their music, but they also boast strong pop instincts." Entertainment Weekly "On 'KIN', Larkin Poe have brought together a heady brew of styles and stories and created something unique - all held together by the siblings' sumptuous harmonies." Songwriting Magazine "It's been an extraordinary few years for females in music - but we've seen a production line of generic and bland Adele or Amy Winehouse wannabes. Even America has been guilty of producing vanilla singers, whereas 'KIN' is refreshingly bold. As distant relations to Edgar Allen Poe, Larkin Poe have creativity and imagination in their blood. 'KIN' finds them channeling that better than ever before. One of the records of 2014." Music News "...This album is the first day of the rest of their successful lives." No Depression "Jesse is a startling and powerful story from their family history, while Overachiever is a thoughtful, finely sung, piano-backed ballad." The Guardian

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Pete Morton

on Mon, 13 Apr 2015 at Chesham Folk Club 8:30pm - 11:00pm. Door open 8:15

Pete Morton 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. With his well known songs such as 'Another Train', 'The Shepherds Song', and 'When we sing together', he constantly tours. His new Cd 'The frappin' and ramblin' Pete Morton', with its innovative adventures of marrying talking blues style rap with traditional chorus, has received terrific views. Starting out as a busker on the streets of Europe, he has entertained all over the globe with his unique and involving style of song-writing and passionate vocal delivery. He sings from the heart, with songs that tell compelling stories and speak of the human condition from a very unique perspective. The folk tradition plays a big part in Pete's style.

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Federal Charm

on Mon, 13 Apr 2015 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors 8pm, music 8.30 - 11pm

A big, heavy, riff driven, hard rocking, ballsy young outfit from Manchester. They play tracks that are genuinely good and perform as though their lives depend on it. They have been stunning audiences at gigs and festivals and have picked up a growing following having recently played supports for Ian Hunter and Rich Robinson from the Black Crowes. For fans of Black Crowes, Slash, Rival Sons and The Datsuns.

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Federal Charm

on Mon, 13 Apr 2015 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors 8pm, music 8.30 - 11pm

A big, heavy, riff driven, hard rocking, ballsy young outfit from Manchester. They play tracks that are genuinely good and perform as though their lives depend on it. They have been stunning audiences at gigs and festivals and have picked up a growing following having recently played supports for Ian Hunter and Rich Robinson from the Black Crowes. For fans of Black Crowes, Slash, Rival Sons and The Datsuns.

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Askew Sisters

on Mon, 13 Apr 2015 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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Askew Sisters

on Mon, 13 Apr 2015 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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Tom Brosseau

on Mon, 13 Apr 2015 at Coventry The Tin at The Coal Vaults 8pm

North Dakotan folk troubadour Tom Brosseau returns to The Tin at the Coal Vaults this April to promote his fantastic new album 'Perfect Abandon'. Catch him here for one of only two UK dates.

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Tom Brosseau

on Mon, 13 Apr 2015 at Coventry The Tin at The Coal Vaults 8pm

North Dakotan folk troubadour Tom Brosseau returns to The Tin at the Coal Vaults this April to promote his fantastic new album 'Perfect Abandon'. Catch him here for one of only two UK dates.

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Mark Olson

on Mon, 13 Apr 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Jayhawks' founder member, Mark Olson has been responsible for some of the most blissful, genre-defining Alternative Country and Americana ever recorded but on his first solo album for five years, Good-bye Lizelle, Olson strikes out in an altogether different direction, resulting in songs that prove both poetic and mystical. The album, written and recorded across several continents and featuring his Norwegian wife, Ingunn Ringvold on vocals, has been attracting hugely favourable reviews from the critics , there are no bad songs here, just degrees of excellence. (Folk Radio UK). Mark Olson is one of the most recognised and revered figures in the Americana music genre. His music has brought pleasure to so many people over the years with The Jayhawks, other bands and solo so it's a bit of a coup to get him here at The Kitchen Garden don't miss this one.

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The Carrivick Sisters

on Mon, 13 Apr 2015 at Brighton The Greys 8:30pm

terrace cred. presents: From Dorset, multi-awardwinning twins Charlotte and Laura bring virtuoso guitar, dobro, fiddle and clawhammer banjo and their close sibling harmonies to bluegrass and folk.

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Hammer & Tongue Present... Indigo Williams + James Bran

on Mon, 13 Apr 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. INDIGO WILLIAMS Indigo Williams is a poet, spoken word educator and the co-founder of I Shape Beauty. After bursting on to the poetry scene in 2010, Indigo established herself as an artist who commands the stage with gripping presence and powerful poetry. With both substance and passion, her work is emotive and thought provoking. She has performed at Tedx Brixton, BBC Radio 4's Bespoken Word, Glastonbury Festival and is the winner of the 2012 New Generation slam. Indigo is one of 6 leading poets working full-time in a secondary school as part of the pioneering Spoken Word Educators programme in conjunction with Goldsmiths University. JAMES BRAN James Bran is a fast-rising talent on the UK comedy circuit. Refreshingly different, whilst still appealing to mainstream comedy audiences, he's bringing his quirky blend of stand-up and comic poetry to clubs all over the country. "I absolutely adored James Bran's combination of world-weary haikus given a deliciously wonky delivery." The Huffington Post Hosted by Michelle Madsen and poetcurious

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Crh Music Presents Larkin Poe

on Tue, 14 Apr 2015 at Bristol The Tunnels Doors at 7.30pm

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Roo Panes

on Tue, 14 Apr 2015 at Leeds Oporto 7.30pm

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Kris Delmshorst

on Tue, 14 Apr 2015 at High Wycombe Secret venue DOORS 7PM ! MUSIC FROM 7.30

VERY HAPPY TO SEE KRIS DELMSHORST RETURN TO THE UK ! GROWING UP IN NEW YORK ! KRIS JOINED THE BOSTON MUSIC SCENE RELEASING SIX ALBUMS ON THE SIGNATURE SOUNDS LABEL ! THE LATEST BEING BLOOD TEST ! PRODUCED BY ANDERS PARKER ! KRIS IS ALSO A MEMBER OF REDBIRD COLLECTIVE ALONG WITH HUSBAND JEFFREY FOUCAULT.

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Tom Brosseau

on Tue, 14 Apr 2015 at Brighton Sticky Mike's Frog Bar 8pm

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Rnli Fundraiser

on Tue, 14 Apr 2015 at Sheffield The Shakespeare Doors at 7.30pm

A concert in aid of Whitby RNLI at Shakespeare's, Sheffield. Artists appearing:- Melrose Quartet, Rosie Hood and Ollie King and Graeme Knights who will also be MC for the evening. Please come along and support us, supporting the RNLI and have a great night into the bargain.

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Rnli Fundraiser

on Tue, 14 Apr 2015 at Sheffield The Shakespeare Doors at 7.30pm

A concert in aid of Whitby RNLI at Shakespeare's, Sheffield. Artists appearing:- Melrose Quartet, Rosie Hood and Ollie King and Graeme Knights who will also be MC for the evening. Please come along and support us, supporting the RNLI and have a great night into the bargain.

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Andy Irvine

on Wed, 15 Apr 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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T. G. Elias

on Wed, 15 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Manchester based singer songwriter T.G Elias is a prolific writer and performer whose distinctive, subtle and powerful voice holds audiences spellbound with his mesmerizing live shows. Drawing from Gospel, Country and Blues, Elias pairs timeless melodies with candid tales and life stories, served up with a searing lyrical bite and an understated raw emotion. He has recently finished recording his third album, Tyrone The Gun in Nashville, Tennessee, due to be released early 2015 "Wonderful, Heartfelt Music" Bob Harris "A talent as big as the sky" - R2 Magazine www.tgelias.com Support from Sadie Jemmett (www.sadiejemmett.com)

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Larkin Poe

on Wed, 15 Apr 2015 at Birmingham Hare and Hounds 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

The swampadelic soul sisters from Atlanta return to Birmingham having played more dates in the USA supporting & performing with Elvis Costello & Kristian Bush (Sugarland). When you attend a Larkin Poe concert, it is impossible not to see and hear that these sisters have soul and musical prowess well beyond their years. At 22 and 24 respectively, Rebecca & Megan Lovell are charismatic performers, experienced songwriters, and accomplished musicians. Featuring tight vocal harmonies and dizzying instrumental riffs, the music of Larkin Poe ranges from Folk-Rock to Acoustic R&B, from grooving Jam Band to delicate singer-songwriter. With a seemingly inexhaustible fount of creativity and passion, Larkin Poe hit the road running in January 2010 and in less than two years had already released 5 studio projects of all-original music, become a regular fixture on radio charts across Europe, and acted as the backing band for Elvis Costello on his international tours! Larkin Poe continues its high-energy invasion of the folk music scene, captivating audiences around the world with their insightful lyrics, magnetic presence, and dazzling instrumental virtuosity. Already gifted as instrumentalists they have a head start on the rest of us with the unique power and beauty of sibling harmony in their vocal blend (Elvis Costello). With the Dixie Chicks on sabbatical, this could be Larkin Poe's season in the sun. (Neil Spencer, The Observer). Please note that this is an ALL STANDING show at The Hare and Hounds, York Road, Kings Heath.

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The James Brothers Live Upstairs At Shakespeares

on Wed, 15 Apr 2015 at Sheffield Shakespeare's Pub Doors at 7:30PM, Music starts at 8PM

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. For Fagan and McClennan this is about bringing their distinct Antipodean-steeped folk to a new audience, with songs and tunes brought to life by a fraternal bond between two very silly, but captivatingly gifted musicians. And that's The James Brothers. Two men. Two Voices. Two Instruments... No Sheilas.

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The James Brothers Live Upstairs At Shakespeares

on Wed, 15 Apr 2015 at Sheffield Shakespeare's Pub Doors at 7:30PM, Music starts at 8PM

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. For Fagan and McClennan this is about bringing their distinct Antipodean-steeped folk to a new audience, with songs and tunes brought to life by a fraternal bond between two very silly, but captivatingly gifted musicians. And that's The James Brothers. Two men. Two Voices. Two Instruments... No Sheilas.

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Blue Rose Code

on Wed, 15 Apr 2015 at Liverpool Leaf Doors 8pm

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The Rails

on Wed, 15 Apr 2015 at Manchester Band On the Wall Doors at 7:45pm

Jezebel Music are thrilled to bring The Rails to Manchester's Band On The Wall on Wednesday 15th April 2015. This will be the only spring date in the north of England. Very special guests are Bird To Beast, winners of the Manchester Evening News' Album of The Year Award 2013, for their eponymous debut album. Opening up the night are new local folk act, Lucy & Virginia. The Rails The Rails are running. English singer-songwriter duo Kami Thompson and James Walbourne have reached deep into their rich musical histories to concoct the kind of sharp, true folk rock blend rarely heard since the Seventies. Produced with indie legend Edwyn Collins and featuring folk frontierswoman Eliza Carthy on fiddle, The Rails debut album Fair Warning is a little wonder, packed with traditional and original songs that stand outside of time yet resonate with contemporary urgency. The album won Mojo magazine's 'Folk Album of The Year' Award and is nominated for the same award in the highly-prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Recognising perfection when they hear it, Island records have revived their vintage Pink Label for the duo, home to John Martyn, Nick Drake and Fairport Convention. James, a teenage prodigy with a fascination for early rock 'n' roll and roots Americana, is now one of the hottest rock guitarists in Britain. Cult singer-songwriter Peter Bruntnell took him to the US to make an album and James went on to play as a member of such Americana icons as Son Volt and The Pernice Brothers and record with the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis. Back in the UK, he has played with Ray Davies, become part of the touring line up for The Pogues and joined The Pretenders as lead guitarist in 2008. In 2011, he made his first solo album, The Hill, for Heavenly records. Author and fan Nick Hornby described his guitar playing as an unearthly cross between James Burton, Peter Green and Richard Thompson and enthused Walbourne's fluid, tasteful, beautiful solos drop the jaw, stop the heart, and smack the gob, all at the same time." Kami is the youngest daughter of Richard and Linda Thompson, the first couple of Seventies folk rock. She has been a backing singer with Linda, performed with members of the Wainwright family, toured with Sean Lennon and Bonnie Prince Billy and released her own solo album, Love Lies, on Warner Music in 2011. www.therailsofficial.com

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"steve Knightley" @ The Hungry Horse Folk Club

on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 at Ellesmere Port Whitby Sports & Social Club Doors 7-30pm, Start time 8pm

This is STEVE'S very successful "Grow your own gig" tour that will feature him performing completely solo and bringing his superb array of contemporary and traditional songs and music. All folk music enthusiasts will know that Steve is the front man of the fantastic Show of Hands trio with Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes. He has played the club before solo in February 2013. It was a sell out concert and it is sure to be again. So please book early.

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Boo Hewerdine & Kris Drever

on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House Doors at 7pm, start time 7.30pm

A gig featuring two of the UK's most prominent and in-demand guitarists and songwriters, as the duo bring their first ever collaborative tour to London. Scotland's Kris Drever (Lau) and England's Boo Hewerdine (The Bible, Eddi Reader) have long been connected through song, having worked together on Kris' album Black Water. Produced by mutual friend and Scottish folk musician John McCusker, the recording led to future live collaborations and a tour with Eddi Reader. This show will see the pair perform new material, written and recorded in late summer 2014.

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Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

This striking combination of a flame-headed double bassist and exquisite vocalist (best known for her work with Show of Hands) and a flamboyant virtuoso mandolin player creates, in the words of fRoots, a musical partnership made in heaven - scintillating, sensitive and brilliant. This is indeed a very welcome return visit.

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Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

This striking combination of a flame-headed double bassist and exquisite vocalist (best known for her work with Show of Hands) and a flamboyant virtuoso mandolin player creates, in the words of fRoots, a musical partnership made in heaven - scintillating, sensitive and brilliant. This is indeed a very welcome return visit.

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The James Brothers Live At The Cumberland Arms

on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 at Newcastle Cumberland Arms (Byker) Doors at 7:30PM, Music starts at 8PM

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. For Fagan and McClennan this is about bringing their distinct Antipodean-steeped folk to a new audience, with songs and tunes brought to life by a fraternal bond between two very silly, but captivatingly gifted musicians. And that's The James Brothers. Two men. Two Voices. Two Instruments... No Sheilas. £10 advance (concessions available), £12 on the door (no concessions)

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The James Brothers Live At The Cumberland Arms

on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 at Newcastle Cumberland Arms (Byker) Doors at 7:30PM, Music starts at 8PM

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. For Fagan and McClennan this is about bringing their distinct Antipodean-steeped folk to a new audience, with songs and tunes brought to life by a fraternal bond between two very silly, but captivatingly gifted musicians. And that's The James Brothers. Two men. Two Voices. Two Instruments... No Sheilas. £10 advance (concessions available), £12 on the door (no concessions)

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Steve Dan Mills

on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

American singer songwriter Steve Dan Mills was the co-founder of Speed Limit 35, one of the first folk rock bands in the American South. He has been enjoying a solo career since the mid 70's and has performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival, London Folk Festival, Belfast Nashville Songwriter's Festival and countless clubs and venues. His music has been described as "the real thing, sensitive, moving, cathartic and healing." He couples his very powerful vocals with acoustic guitar and harmonica. He elicits tears and laughter and instills hope in his audience. He has recently moved to London and has begun performing in numerous folk clubs throughout the UK. His song "Dream On Texas Ladies" went to #18 on the Billboard Charts for Rex Allen Jr and sold over 4 million copies for John Michael Montgomery. His songs have also been recorded by major artists such as Neal Coty, Mel MacDaniel and Benita Hill. Guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel has been covering the title cut from this CD, "Inside Out Lookin In" and his own performance of the song may be viewed at his website: www.stevedanmills.com Steve's CD's "Inside Out Lookin' In" and "Remembering Young Stephen" are also available at his website.

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Vin Garbutt

on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 at Uxbridge RNA Doors and bar 7pm - music from 8pm

Vin cuts through the bull, grasping those he meets firmly by the hand and shaking them up with a dose of laughter and tears. It's a true gift to be able to make us laugh and squirm at the same time, but Vin does both. He should be prescribed on the National Health. English Folk Dance & Song Society. Danny and Rosie: "...A beautiful combination of English and French music that is superb to listen to and amazing to dance to!" - John Dipper

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Vin Garbutt

on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 at Uxbridge RNA Doors and bar 7pm - music from 8pm

Vin cuts through the bull, grasping those he meets firmly by the hand and shaking them up with a dose of laughter and tears. It's a true gift to be able to make us laugh and squirm at the same time, but Vin does both. He should be prescribed on the National Health. English Folk Dance & Song Society. Danny and Rosie: "...A beautiful combination of English and French music that is superb to listen to and amazing to dance to!" - John Dipper

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Flamenco Express

on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 at Hove The Brunswick 8pm

The Flamenco Express floating festival lands again, with yet another rich cargo of Flamenco talent from the finest Spanish tablaos delivering the fiercest form of human expression yet devised. With La Joaquina, Chris Clavo and Luis Vargas Monje plus the sensational Elena la Machana 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 www.flamencoexpress.co.uk ****** Elena la Machana ****** Elena has worked in in the top tablaos in Spain with many important Andalusian flamencos including Cristian Saucedo and Justo Fernández, and performed in residency and on tour with others including Sara Holgado and Cecilia Fernández, El Chani and Carlos, and participated in Theatre Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona . Recently returned from The International Dance Festival Islamabad 2014 ****** Luis Vargas Monje ****** Luis 'el Mono' is simply the essence of flamenco song. Born in the heart of gypsy Santiago, in Jerez de la Frontera, he made his debut at the age of 13 and was soon singing in El Cordobés, Tablao de Carmen and other famous Spanish tablaos. He has shared the stage with other great "cantaores" like Fernando La Morena, Capullo de Jerez, El Torta and José Vargas, and sung in great theatres like Villamarta and Lopez de Vega, and sung for some of Spain's greatest bailaores such as Sara Baras, Javier Baron, La Tolea, Isabel Bayon and Rafaela Carrasco. A regular at every significant festival in Spain for the last 20 years, and in constant international demand. ****** 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. www.flamencoexpress.co.uk £10

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New Roots Presents: Stick In The Wheel

on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 at London The Harrison Bar Doors 7pm

The brilliant Stick In The Wheel are fROOTS Magazine's Album of 2014 winners, and are favourites of Tom Robinson on 6Music and XFM's Jon Kennedy, having recently recorded sessions for both. Featuring Ian Carter on dobro, singers Nicola Kearey and Fran Morter, plus Si Foote on Percussion and Joolie Wood on fiddle, they specialise in distinctly London-centric, rarely heard traditional British folk songs. Their repertoire includes pieces up to 400 years old- they seamlessly combine this deep link to the past with their own compositions. Their music is sparklingly original, fiercely fresh and fearless in it's attitude- they're one of the most exciting new British folk prospects for 2015, a breath of fresh air, definitey not to be missed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1jVjL8ojZQ At the forefront of a very exciting new wave of UK folk, six piece Mishaped Pearls most recent album Thamesis' has recieved four star reviews from The Guardian, the Financial Times and the Telegraph, and garnered the highest of praise from Tom Robinson, Mark Radcliffe and Bob Harris, highlights amongst universal acclaim from the press and media. Their adventurous song combination of the ancient and the new finds an echo in their musical make up- dulcimer, bodhran, violin and mandolin mix with acoustic guitar, electric bass and drums, all led by the classically trained mezzo-soprano voice of Manuella Schutte. Their music's roots in tradition expands into progressive folk and rock, eastern modal music and shows elements of contemporary classical influence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT0IxcFS0GA Three piece Mariah Wade perform unique and beautiful interpretations of traditional Irish and old time American songs, interspersed with their own carefully crafted compositions. Weaving together stories on acoustic guitar and banjo with vocal harmonies that run as deep and clear as a mountain stream, their music defies easy categorization - it embraces the pre-eminent ambassadors of traditional Irish, folk, Appalachain and country music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3545C6y5HY

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Tom Brosseau

on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 at London Wilton's Music Hall 8pm

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Andy White

on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 at Brighton The Greys 8:30pm

terrace cred. presents: From Belfast, based in Melbourne, Andy White is a global troubadour, merging a pop sensibility with lyrical excellence and a sharp passion. From his earliest days on Stiff Records, Andy has been forever on the move, ever changing, ever developing.Through being the A in supergroup ALT with Liam O'Maonlai and Tim Finn, curating WOMAD stages, collaborating with Peter Gabriel, duoing with Stephen Fearing, touring his songs and autobiography with acclaimed actress sister Cathy... musicians are poised to join him wherever he plays, in what could amount to a global, piecemeal band, but he is equally compelling as a solo artist, touring with a guitar or two and a wondrous dream of a catalogue of albums. No tour of UK is complete without Andy White returning to a favourite city and favourite tiny venue, The Greys. We're very happy he's insisted on coming back! www.andywhite.com

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Lisbee Stainton

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Kingkerswell Parish Church - St Marys doors 7pm

When multi-instrumentalist Lisbee isn't writing and recording her own work she tours as a special guest with Seth Lakeman's band, with the folk star describing her as, a fantastic singer songwriter. Bound for gloryan exquisite slice of traditional songwriting The Times

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The Fureys

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Oxford St John the Evangelist Church 7.30 pm

These legends of Irish folk music will be appearing at the beautiful SjE Concert hall {Opposite Iffley rd running track} for a rare Oxford performance. George, Eddie and Davey have thrilled audiences around the world with their songs, music and stories for more than 30 years, audiences have included Irish president Mary McAleese, former Australian prime minister John Howard and Pope John Paul. Expect all their hits including "Red Rose Cafe", "Steal Away", "When You Were Sweet 16", "The Old Man" and off course the beautiful classic "The Green Fields of France". Advance tickets £18 - £20 on the door cash Bar will running

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Roisin Ban A Night Of Celtic Music And Fun

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Knaresborough The Frazer Theatre Doors 7pm Stage time 7.30

Róisín Bán - [pronounced Rowsheen Bawn] are a 5 piece traditional Irish band based in Yorkshire. The name translated from the Irish language as white rose, also the title of the bands new album. The line up is fiddle, flute, button accordian, guitar, bodhran & vocals, playing a variety of traditional Irish tunes, songs from Ireland, the UK & Brittany & some Sean Nos (old style Irish) dancing. The band also like to crack a few jokes, tell a few tall tales & keep you entertained. www.roisinban.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/roisinban

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Paul Downes

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Bognor Regis Seasons 7.30pm - 11pm

Paul is a hugely accomplished singer and instrumentalist whose style and presentation are hugely enjoyable. Very entertaining and a good evening is assured.

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Paul Downes

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Bognor Regis Seasons 7.30pm - 11pm

Paul is a hugely accomplished singer and instrumentalist whose style and presentation are hugely enjoyable. Very entertaining and a good evening is assured.

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Two Coats Colder In Concert

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Blandford Forum Royal British Legion Concert starts 8.15 pm, Legion open from 7pm

An evening of varied, delightful and original music from half local band Two Coats Colder, now resident in Essex. Support is from our own resident sound engineer and esteemed singer/songwriter, Andy Stone.

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Two Coats Colder In Concert

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Blandford Forum Royal British Legion Concert starts 8.15 pm, Legion open from 7pm

An evening of varied, delightful and original music from half local band Two Coats Colder, now resident in Essex. Support is from our own resident sound engineer and esteemed singer/songwriter, Andy Stone.

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Yapa

on Fri, 17 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 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Three guitars, percussion and the world to explore... Acoustic travel book, sweet grooves and ethnojazz from Paris. Just coming back from 2014 Tahiti (Polynesia) guitar festival, Fabrice Bourguignat, Simon Chenet, Christophe Combet (Acoustic guitars) and Xavier Hamon (Percussions) continue to tour around the world in order to complete their musical trip. YAPA's first record (Can I talk to you - 2008) was recorded live during a Eastern Europe tour. Then, Pariwaga (2010) was recorded in Africa where Yapa was invited to play in the Ouagadougou and Algier jazz festival. Finally, their last album (Wagamumbai - 2013) was recorded in Mumbai after 12 concerts around India. Next challenge for Yapa : London ! The three trips to London in 2014- 2015 will inspire their next record, planned for 2015. http://www.yapa.fr

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Davina And The Vagabonds

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Worthing Pier Doors open 7pm Show starts 8pm

Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national blues scene with their high-energy live shows, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers' commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audience's one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. The band's latest recording, 2011's Black Cloud has been acclaimed in various music magazines as a crafted piece of music which puts a smile on every ones face. Recently the band has performed in 21 states and 6 countries in Europe, and the band is hard at work on a new record spending time in the studio between tours. So much more than just a blues act, DATV's shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina's voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don't suffice: Sowers is a true original. Catch this one-of-a-kind live show while they are in town!

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Perhaps Contraption Album Preview!

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at London The Courtyard 7pm-11pm

Woodburner are proud to present: Perhaps Contraption Album Preview A very special set with goodies and giveaways from Perhaps Contraption. + Support from Tell Tale Tusk Times 7pm Doors 830pm Tell Tale Tusk 930pm Perhaps Contraption Tickets £7 advance £10 door

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Gilmore And Roberts

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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Mark Harrison In Concert

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Wigan Parish Church 7.30-11.00, doors open 7.00pm

Sometimes real quality and class stands out as it should. Mark Harrison has a unique and original style. His starting point is early folk and blues to which he adds a modern twist. He has memorable tunes and distinct and striking lyrics . His songs go down extremely well with those who love songs with a strong narrative. His between song explanations take the audience further into the stories he tells. He is also very highly regarded for his finger picking and slide playing. His 3rd album " The World Outside" picked up many ( deserved) excellent reviews. We are very pleased to have this superb musician and songwriter for a gig . If everything works as it should , then it won't be long before he is very widely known The evening will be opened by Susie Jones with her very fine self written Americana influenced songs

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Will Pound (solo)

on Fri, 17 Apr 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) About Will Pound Will Pound is a master of the mouth harp- UNCUT Magazine Even at the age of 25, Will is in demand as a live performer and session musician, playing with the likes of Guy Chambers (ex songwriter for Robbie Williams), legendary folk guitarist Martin Simpson and Scottish Early Music ensemble Concerto Caledonia. He recently recorded the harmonica part for The Hillsborough Single which featured Sir Paul McCartney, Mel C and Beverley Knight which reached Christmas number 1 in 2012. He currently works with English folk duo Haddo, The Will Pound Band and as an occasional guest with the Martin Simpson Band/Trio. Until recently he performed with banjo master Dan Walsh in the critically acclaimed duo Walsh & Pound. Will was featured on the BBC TV series Goldies Band: By Royal Appointment which culminated in a performance at Buckingham Palace. In 2012 he was nominated for Musician Of The Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. 2013 has seen Will release his first solo record 'A Cut Above' which has recieved rave reviews and Airplay from BBC Radio 2, Radio 6, The Daily Telegraph, R2 Magazine, Froots, FATEA Magazine, The Scotsman and various other magazines/radio. Will plays Hohner and Suzuki chromatic harmonicas, Suzuki, Hering, Hohner and Seydel Diatonics in various tunings and is endorsed and supported by Eagle Music.

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Rita Payne

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Doncaster The Mason's Arms 7:30pm

Ending their 2015 Spring tour in the venue where they began their career, Rita Payne head home to The Mason's Arms on 17th April. Self proclaimed "Acoustic Foot-Stompers" Rita Payne (Rhiannon Scutt and Pete Sowerby) are one of the UK's fastest rising acts. From supporting some of the country's leading artists to appearing on BBC One's The Voice UK, this unstoppable duo's voyage to superstardom is unquestionable. Drawing from eclectic mix of musical tastes, from Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles to Paloma Faith and Beirut, Rita Payne use breathtaking vocal harmony, mesmerising guitar riffs and toe tapping beats to create their own unique brand of acoustic music that is enjoyed by the most traditional folkies, rockers and chart lovers alike. Even though they rub shoulders with the likes of Jon McClure, John Otway and Wilko Johnson on a regular basis, this small town duo still have their feet firmly on the ground and are always eager to promote their hometown. "Doncaster's finest songwriters," were commissioned to write the Official Anthem of Doncaster for the opening of the new multi million pound arts venue- Cast, and performed it to a thousand strong sell out crowd. They then went onto make history by becoming the first musicians to headline the venue. They have released two albums to critical acclaim and appeared on BBC1's The Voice UK, as well as supporting the likes of Reverend and the Makers and Lucy Spraggan, and appearing on the same bills as The Beautiful South, Big Country, Bellowhead and The Animals. They were also selected by KFC to help soundtrack their new Deep South Menu online.

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Dale Storr - Award-winning New Orleans Blues Pianist

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at London The Telegraph (Putney) Doors 7:00 pm : Music starts at 8:00 pm

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Daniel Pearson

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Manchester The Castle Hotel 7.30pm

The past few years have seen Leeds-based troubadour Daniel Pearson create a reputation as being one of the best new singer-songwriters around. Blending elements of indie rock, alt.country and classic guitar pop, his immediately accessible songs deliver the emotional connection and honesty that only instinctively great songwriting can provide. Daniel's soulful vocals and finely-crafted songs have found themselves on the airwaves of BBBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing, XFM, Amazing Radio and Australia's biggest radio station Triple J. Writers for Uncut Magazine, Drowned In Sound, Shout 4 Music, Pop Matters, R2 Magazine, AllGigs, Sabotage Times, For Folks Sake and No Depression have been quick to celebrate the arrival of a new voice and have drawn comparisons to Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan and Ben Howard in a series of rave reviews for his two albums, Satellites and Mercury State. Already a veteran of rock n' roll and punk bands by his mid-twenties, he had toured up and down the UK and released various singles and EPs before going solo in 2010. After deciding to maintain his artistic independence away from the machinations of a larger label, Daniel has become a very successful example of the new music industry an artist that maintains control over every aspect of his career, has a real connection with a loyal and growing fanbase and competes for press and radio coverage with acts with huge marketing budgets through the simple strength of his music. A compelling live performer, Pearson has shared a stage with acts like Michael Kiwanuka, One Night Only, The Bluetones, Willy Mason and Josephine as well as playing a string of headline dates of his own in the UK and USA. In an age of instant stardom, talent shows and endless media hyperbole, he is proving himself as a genuine talent built for the long haul. 'Luscious and steeped in Americana goodness' - Drowned in Sound

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The Jigantics Band

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30 for 8pm

www.jigantics.com Read these quotes... QUOTES "A fabulous fusion of blues, rock, folk and Americana that blew the socks off our audience. Absolute class." Steve Sheldon www.folkicons.co.uk "Fantastic music... The Jigantics were a highlight act" The Daily Telegraph "Still reeling from the fantastic night at the Folk Club last night with The Jigantics .... this band is making a great impression on the festival scene and goes from strength to strength!" Banbury Folk Club June 2014 "The Jigantics were brilliant. A refreshing and varied blend of uptempo songs and beautifully arranged ballads. Great instrumentation from very talented musicians delivered by a band who had presence.They worked hard to build a strong rapport with the audience. The result; a really enjoyable night with people feeling uplifted having been part of something quite special." David Francis - Nailsea Folk Club "The Jigantics brand of Cajun-kissed folk rockery turned out to be the perfect complement (!!), easing us into a high quality selection of songs ranging from the not-a-dry-eye-in-the-house tear jerker, to the Doc-Martins-to-the-floor outlaw country floor shaker." Ken Brown, Square Roots Promotions "We were so pleased to have The Jigantics play at our club. Tremendous musicianship and breadth of material of different styles, from blues, to modern folk to cajun. There was something for everyone, delivered with style and fun. This band are worth travelling to see and quickly develop a great rapport with the audience. A top quality night. we can't wait to have them back!" Dave Wood, Ulverston Live Music "HISTORY is littered with supergroup failures attempts at putting together a bunch of talented musicians which don't produce the wonderful outcome you'd expect. But when it does work, something spellbinding can happen and we got our own taste of that at Stratford Folk Club's latest concert night when The Jigantics topped the bill and played a remarkable set. With a line-up which can generate the kind of rock family tree that used to be turned into a tv show, The Jigantics have fused the disparate talents of its members to hop between styles almost at will but always with a touch of class. And just as they varied the styles, so they switched between instruments and vocals with no let-up in the impact. There's foot-tapping feel good, then totally convincing tearjerkers. So there's the infectiously upbeat Bad Liver and a Broken Heart, which sounds like Shania Twain and a bunch of line dancers gone bad, the very different but equally catchy Swimming Song and the quite hypnotic non-album Curve of My Back, telling the story of a mandolin and surely a 'shoe-in' for the next album. The musicianship was as good as you'd expect and the vocals consistently excellent, none more so than Mark Cole's lead on The Save and the standout moment of the show, Marion Fleetwood's take on The Valley.

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The Jigantics Band

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30 for 8pm

www.jigantics.com Read these quotes... QUOTES "A fabulous fusion of blues, rock, folk and Americana that blew the socks off our audience. Absolute class." Steve Sheldon www.folkicons.co.uk "Fantastic music... The Jigantics were a highlight act" The Daily Telegraph "Still reeling from the fantastic night at the Folk Club last night with The Jigantics .... this band is making a great impression on the festival scene and goes from strength to strength!" Banbury Folk Club June 2014 "The Jigantics were brilliant. A refreshing and varied blend of uptempo songs and beautifully arranged ballads. Great instrumentation from very talented musicians delivered by a band who had presence.They worked hard to build a strong rapport with the audience. The result; a really enjoyable night with people feeling uplifted having been part of something quite special." David Francis - Nailsea Folk Club "The Jigantics brand of Cajun-kissed folk rockery turned out to be the perfect complement (!!), easing us into a high quality selection of songs ranging from the not-a-dry-eye-in-the-house tear jerker, to the Doc-Martins-to-the-floor outlaw country floor shaker." Ken Brown, Square Roots Promotions "We were so pleased to have The Jigantics play at our club. Tremendous musicianship and breadth of material of different styles, from blues, to modern folk to cajun. There was something for everyone, delivered with style and fun. This band are worth travelling to see and quickly develop a great rapport with the audience. A top quality night. we can't wait to have them back!" Dave Wood, Ulverston Live Music "HISTORY is littered with supergroup failures attempts at putting together a bunch of talented musicians which don't produce the wonderful outcome you'd expect. But when it does work, something spellbinding can happen and we got our own taste of that at Stratford Folk Club's latest concert night when The Jigantics topped the bill and played a remarkable set. With a line-up which can generate the kind of rock family tree that used to be turned into a tv show, The Jigantics have fused the disparate talents of its members to hop between styles almost at will but always with a touch of class. And just as they varied the styles, so they switched between instruments and vocals with no let-up in the impact. There's foot-tapping feel good, then totally convincing tearjerkers. So there's the infectiously upbeat Bad Liver and a Broken Heart, which sounds like Shania Twain and a bunch of line dancers gone bad, the very different but equally catchy Swimming Song and the quite hypnotic non-album Curve of My Back, telling the story of a mandolin and surely a 'shoe-in' for the next album. The musicianship was as good as you'd expect and the vocals consistently excellent, none more so than Mark Cole's lead on The Save and the standout moment of the show, Marion Fleetwood's take on The Valley.

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Lucy Ward

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Welwyn Garden City The Green Room 8pm

Following her successful show at The Green Room in 2014 with the Lucy Ward Band, we are delighted to welcome Lucy back performing solo on her Return to Roots Tour in 2015. Lucy will be performing all her old favourites and giving you a chance to hear some of the songs from her forthcoming album. Support comes from Hemel based singer/songwriter Neil Stanton

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Stooshie

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Threlkeld Village Hall 7.30pm

Following the most successful gig of 2014 in Threlkeld Village Hall, we are delighted to welcome Stooshie back in 2015. This funked up Cumbria-based folk band's sweet melodies and raucous reels blend traditional and self-penned fiddle tunes with bass and percussion creating a sound that's modern yet familiar.

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Stooshie

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Threlkeld Village Hall 7.30pm

Following the most successful gig of 2014 in Threlkeld Village Hall, we are delighted to welcome Stooshie back in 2015. This funked up Cumbria-based folk band's sweet melodies and raucous reels blend traditional and self-penned fiddle tunes with bass and percussion creating a sound that's modern yet familiar.

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Swindlestock + Little Brother Eli + Billy T'rivers & The Wild West Retirement Home

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Oxford Wheatsheaf Doors at 8.00pm

Our April gig has a Blues/Country/Roots flava to it. Three great new bands. Three chances to discover your new favourite band. More details to follow. www.daisyrodgers.com Swindlestock https://www.facebook.com/swindlestock Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TsGfy9LHsE Little Brother Eli www.littlebrothereli.com Billy T'Rivers & the Retirement Home https://www.facebook.com/billytrivers www.daisyrodgers.com

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Swindlestock + Little Brother Eli + Billy T'rivers & The Wild West Retirement Home

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Oxford Wheatsheaf Doors at 8.00pm

Our April gig has a Blues/Country/Roots flava to it. Three great new bands. Three chances to discover your new favourite band. More details to follow. www.daisyrodgers.com Swindlestock https://www.facebook.com/swindlestock Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TsGfy9LHsE Little Brother Eli www.littlebrothereli.com Billy T'Rivers & the Retirement Home https://www.facebook.com/billytrivers www.daisyrodgers.com

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Andy White

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Originally from Belfast but now living in Australia , Andy continues to fill venues around the world with his winning personality and high energy stage performances. In 2012 Andy published the brilliant 21st Century Troubadour an often hilarious account of life on the road for the travelling musician. To accompany the book launch he also released a double CD of the same name one CD an impeccable retrospective featuring great songs such as 'Berlin 6am' and 'Italian Girls on Mopeds'. In 2013 he released a brand new studio album 'How Things Are' a brave record of a disintegrating marriage and it could well be his best yet. I love it all: I love his honesty, his humour, his imagination, his music-making and (most of all) his poet's way with words. (No Depression). I love this man and his music. Rave on! (Janice Long, BBC Radio 2) A national treasure (The Music Critic).

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Mobius Loop

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop Doors at 7.00pm

Mobius Loop are a 4 piece World Folk band made up of Alex O'Hara, Katie Ryan, Nathan Bowe & Sean Zaniboni. Mobius Loop write, record and perform original songs and have played at music festivals such as Kendal Calling, Beat Herder, Alchemy Festival and Audio Farm, music venues such as The Cavern Club, Manchester Academy 4 and 53 Degrees and radio stations such as BBC Lancashire and Preston FM. Mobius Loop are musically influenced by Romani arrangement, Celtic melody, Indian microtonality, Tribal drumming, Pythagorean tuning, and the chanted rhyming lyrics of Rapping. Mobius Loop are conceptually influenced by Green Politics, Philosophy, Mythology, Magic and Alchemy. Cliff hands has recorded 2 albums to date 'Crawling from the Woodwork' from 2008 and 'Street Shanties' in 2012 . His new album is almost finished and features local talent David Sanders ,Wes Finch and G Vaughan as band members. Support slots in the past few years include Roy Harper , Davy Graham, Rambling Jack Elliott , Jackie Levon Lucy Anne Sale Soulful, vibrant and musically elaborate, Sale is a musician who incorporates varying elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop and electronica. Expect a journey through varying styles and instrumentation held together by a truly unique voice Cliff Hands - 8pm Lucy Anne Sale - 8.50 Mobius Loop - 9.30 Bar open til 11pm

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Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 8.00pm

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman are proud to announce their album Tomorrow Will Follow Today, their boldest musical statement to date. After being voted 'Best Duo' in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2013, and also nominated for 'Best Original Song' (The Ballad of Andy Jacobs), in Tomorrow Will Follow Today they add two rarely covered traditional songs to eight confidently written compositions to create a superb new album. This husband and wife duo had been absent from the music scene for almost a decade before their highly-acclaimed Hidden People (2012) was released; Sean busy touring the world with brother Seth's band whilst Kathryn remained in Devon bringing up the couple's twin daughters. The Roberts-Lakeman name has become synonymous with quality during their musical careers which started when they were signed to a major label as teenagers. Now after nearly two decades in music, Kathryn's sublime vocals merge seemlessly with Sean's deft and inventive live guitar work on stage and his award-winning sonic skills in the studio. In addition to his chart-topping hit records for brother Seth Lakeman, Sean has this year alone produced albums or tracks with The Levellers, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Imelda May and Bellowhead... as well as a string of other folk/acoustic acts. 'English folk's Buckingham-Nicks' The Independent On Sunday 'Bright and attractive 21st Century folk music' The Herald, Scotland 'A classy return' ★★★★ Q Magazine ★★★★ The Guardian

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The Mustangs

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at Richmond Crawdaddy Club 8.00pm Band at 8.30pm

We are pleased to welcome back The Mustangs to the historic Crawdaddy Club. They are one of our favourite bands combining the power and punch of traditional Rhytm & Blues with their self-penned original songs and a show-stopping stage act. They have established a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most charismatic bands in British blues. In 2010 The band was nominated for Best Band at the prestigious British Blues Awards. Led by Adam Norsworthy on guitar and vocals, with Ben Mckeown on bass, Jon Bartley on drums and the outstanding Derek Kingaby on harmonica they are one of the tightest and most entertaining bands on the circuit. Should be a fun evening, AGAIN!!

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Sharp Mountains Presents The Balkanoes + Spannertate

on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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Megson

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Leicester The Guildhall Doors at 7.15pm

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Potbelly Folk, Blues & Roots Festival - Spring Day Special

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Kettering Arts Centre, St Andrew's Church 2pm till late

Another great line up of top quality acts, this time with a fantastically varied range of styles - plus the usual fine ales, kids crafts & cafe. The headliners will be the classy folk supergroup, the Jigantics: "A fabulous fusion of blues, rock, folk and Americana that blew the socks off our audience. Absolute class." www.folkicons.co.uk "Fantastic music...a highlight act" The Daily Telegraph Our other acts encompass a brilliant mix of roots music: Jacksboro Highway (blues)//Careen (contemporary)//The Old Grey Dogs (bluegrass)//Kyle Carey (Celtic folk)// Kenneth J Nash (contemporary), Lil'ian Goodsman (blues)//King's Gambit (folk)//Tia McGraff (country)

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Potbelly Folk, Blues & Roots Festival - Spring Day Special

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Kettering Arts Centre, St Andrew's Church 2pm till late

Another great line up of top quality acts, this time with a fantastically varied range of styles - plus the usual fine ales, kids crafts & cafe. The headliners will be the classy folk supergroup, the Jigantics: "A fabulous fusion of blues, rock, folk and Americana that blew the socks off our audience. Absolute class." www.folkicons.co.uk "Fantastic music...a highlight act" The Daily Telegraph Our other acts encompass a brilliant mix of roots music: Jacksboro Highway (blues)//Careen (contemporary)//The Old Grey Dogs (bluegrass)//Kyle Carey (Celtic folk)// Kenneth J Nash (contemporary), Lil'ian Goodsman (blues)//King's Gambit (folk)//Tia McGraff (country)

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Zervas & Pepper

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Leeds Brudenell Social Club 7:30pm

**In The BRUDENELL GAMES ROOM** Zervas & Pepper are folk-rock duo whose luminous harmonic, laid-back sound is currently making waves on UK & Ireland Radio stations BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music & RTE as well as a growing presence on the UK wide Live circuit. Discovering one another while performing in their home town clubs in Cardiff as solo artists. Finding they had a shared love of Harmony Heavy Evocative Folk Rock, Zervas & Pepper began writing and recording together. Along with their band they promise elegantly crafted songs that transport their audience with escapist narrative and soaring melodies. Under their own label 'Zerodeo' Records the band released 2 introductory EPs in2008/9 respectively and in Spring 2011 put out their début Album 'Somewhere in the City'. Followed by critically accliamed 2013 album 'Lifebringer'. Currently recording their third album with a planned release April 2015. Zervas & Pepper have been tipped as a band to watch this year. As word continues to spread with a string of live dates ahead and an ever growing live set up Zervas & Pepper continue to bring strong live performance to the fore appearing at Festivals and theatres as a two or six piece outfit. Lifebringer "Some of this years best Country Rock'' The Guardian "Time worn appeal" The Times ''Just fantastic, I can think of nothing better than laying in a field listening to Zervas & Pepper. Perfect festival music'' Mark Radcliffe - BBC Radio 2

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The Roving Crows

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Howden The Shire Hall 7.30 for 8pm

Genuinely the next big thing on the folk scene Andy O'Hare, BBC "Really individual Celtic folk rock group" Mike Harding, BBC "Great party music...I love that band" Paul O'Grady, BBC Award Winning Folk Fusion. The Roving Crows have been carving out their niche in the UK folk music scene since early 2009. Their powerful live performance and unique sound has seen them receive several awards and achieve national airplay on BBC Radio 2. They have achieved a 'ones to watch' status in the UK folk scene performing alongside artists such as Kate Rusby, Steeleye Span, Levellers and Bellowhead. They have entertained crowds at many festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Trowbridge Village Pump Festival, Lakefest, Ireby, Nibley and Treefest. They are one of the most hard-working bands on the scene. Venues performed at include, Gloucester Guildhall; Diss Corn Hall; Chapel Arts Centre, Bath; the Met, Bury; Gregson Hall, Lancaster, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham. The Crows have released 3 albums and 2 EPs with the latter 2 being produced by Nick Brine (Ash; Oasis; Bruce Springsteen; Seasick Steve) at Rockfield Studios. In 2011 they won 2 Irish Music Awards; 'Top Celtic Rock Band' and 'Top Fiddle Player', accredited to them by the 'Irish Music Association' in America. In 2012 they won 'Best Folk Act' at the 'Exposure Music Awards', receiving the award at a ceremony in London. During 2012 they achieved national airplay on BBC Radio 2, Mike Harding's Folk Show and the Paul O'Grady Show. Their music has also been played on many local BBC stations including Shropshire/Hereford & Worcester/Gloucestershire/Wales as well as Netherland based station Radio Hoogeveen and online stations Bishops FM, Celtic Music Radio and Celtic-Rock.de amongst many more.

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Ross Wilson Blue Rose Code

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Tockwith The Forge 7 pm

Live @ The Forge , Tockwith, York Saturday 18 th April from 7 pm Tickets £12 in advance £15 on the door

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Leatherat

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Guildford Boileroom 7.30pm

Leatherat Purveyors of hi-octane folk rock, Leatherat are dedicated to playing original folk-rock music fast and loud. Leatherat have played to over 150,000 people during the course of their existence; in more than 300 venues, festivals, clubs and pubs. They are well recognised on the touring festival circuit. Formed in 2004 they have shared stages with highly acclaimed acts including Levellers, Hawkwind (Space Ritual), Fairport Convention, Status Quo, Jethro Tull, 3 Daft Monkeys, Seth Lakeman, Newton Faulkner, Steve Harley, Scouting For Girls, and The Christians. They are a huge favourite at Weyfest and have played here at the RLC every year whether we ask them to or not!! Influences of the band are Levellers, Fairport Convention, Hawkwind and Wolfstone to name but a very small few. www.leatherat.com The True Deceivers The True Deceivers have been developing their own blend of rootsy folk rock/Americana since their formation in 2003. Former Blazing Homesteads Nick Bliss (guitar, mandolin, harmonica, vocals), Dee Coley (bass) and the late and sadly missed Mark Mitchell (fiddle) were joined by former Plenty frontman Graham Firth (vocals, guitar) and Jamie Legg (drums) and have since become favourites on Surrey music scene and regulars at festivals including Guilfest, Weyfest, Haslemere and Bearded Theory. Chris "Spud" Edwards joined the band on fiddle at the start of 2013 Since 2012 the True Deceivers have reverted to their full electric line-up, which they had temporarily swapped for a more stripped-down acoustic sound following Mark's untimely death in 2009. 2012 also saw the long-awaited release of the band's second album, Hell or High Water, which built on the critically-acclaimed song writing and vocal harmonies of their 2007 debut Lies We Have Told.. www.thetruedeceivers.com STEViE One Bloke One Mandolin For the last twelve years STEViE has been playing regularly at many motorcycle rallies and festivals all over the UK receiving some great reviews and picking up new fans at every gig. For a good few years he has, amongst many other gigs, regularly played/compered marquees for the National Association for Bikers with Disabilities (NABD) at their rallies and became a patron of the NABD in 2010. He has played at Nabbed By The Trossachs in Scotland and NABDonia in Wales and also played/compered the Family Marquee at Autumnn NABDness in Oxfordshire in September. As well as many NABD motorcycle events he has also appeared at the Bulldog Bash, Weyfest, Blissfields, The Shires Show, Americana, the OGRI Rally, the Farmyard Party. Quay Vipers MCC's Snakebite Rally in Limavardy in Ireland, the Saints & Sinners Rally in Scotland, Westport's Folk & Bluegrass Festival in Ireland and the Akaciju aleja bard festival near Kaunas in Lithuania. STEViE's music is gutsy, edgy and raw - a hardcore, barstool troubadour - with a voice as raw as cigarettes and single malt in a backstreet bar late on a Saturday night www.reverbnation.com/stevieoneblokeonemandolin

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Callaghan

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Leeds Thorner Victory Hall Doors 7.00pm. Performance starts at 8.00pm

Originally from the UK Callaghan moved to the USA in summer 2010 to record and tour with Grammy- Nominee Shawn Mullins and has been touring and building her audience ever since. Callaghan plays piano and guitar and delivers a vocal which earns frequent comparisons with artists like Sarah McLachlan and Emmy Lou Harris. Her songwriting chronicles the stories, experiences and emotions which are part of everyone's lives. Watching her show you'll enjoy thoughtful lyrics, haunting vocals, and catchy melodies. 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. Callaghan left her London digs and boarded a plane headed for the American South: the experience was the inspiration for the opening track from her album, Best Year. 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: a 12- track set infused with folk, pop, rock, and country influences and, above all immediate hooks Billboard Life in Full Colour is joyful listening Huffington Post this Brit has been listening to her Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, and Sheryl Crow records. Girl can write. Girl can sing. Girl can play piano. Girl has captured my heart. Callaghan, oh Callaghan, sing me back home! Aquarian Weekly Since then Callaghan has been on the road touring with artists including Shawn Mullins, Ed Kowalczyk, Matthew Sweet, Jake Shimabukuro, Matthew Perryman-Jones and more. After repeated sell out shows in Georgia she is now headlining shows across many US markets. Life in Full Colour was followed up by her live record Callaghan Live in America in summer 2013. Callaghan is now writing and recording for her second studio album.

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Luke Jackson

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Roberton Village Hall Doors open at 7:30pm

Singer/Songwriter Luke Jackson hails from Canterbury, Kent, and in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category. His bold, distinctive voice and a sweet, percussive guitar style, has contributed to his growing reputation as a captivating live performer. Luke Jackson on stage at 8pm - Licensed bar.

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Contraband

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Barcombe Village Hall 7.30pm

Music - Dancing - Real Ale and Food Bar

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Contraband

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Barcombe Village Hall 7.30pm

Music - Dancing - Real Ale and Food Bar

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Lori Campbell

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Cardiff Snails Delicatessen Doors at 7:00 PM

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The Earl Jackson Band

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Oving Jubilee Hall 7.30pm-11.00pm

We're back at the lovely Jubilee hall again, this time with the amazing Earl Jackson Band to provide some great Chuck Berry style Rock n Roll. And we welcome back the one and only Gypsy John with his unique mix of Jump Jive and Swing. A winning combination guaranteed to keep you all on the dance floor all night. There is NO BAR, so please bring your own refreshments!

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Dave Arcari

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Campbeltown Ceol Doors at 7pm, performance at 8pm

An evening of "whisky driven blues" with Scots alt.blues singer and guitarist Dave Arcari. Combining elements of delta blues, trash-country and rockabilly, Dave Arcari is the real deal. According to the legendary Seasick Steve, "Dave turned my skin inside out....that boy bleeds for you!"

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Ricardo Curbelo: Rhythms From Latin America

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Saltburn-by-the-Sea Community Theatre 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 over here 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 Saltburn Community Theatre to give one of his 2015 Spring concerts, before going on to Lancashire and the Isle of Arran. Harp, cuatro, maracas and vocals will be demonstrated with a sparkling virtuosity not to be missed! "A night of powerful, breathtaking and simply spectacular music from this master player of the Latin American harp." (Valleys Roots magazine, Wales ) "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, 18 Apr 2015 at Saltburn-by-the-Sea Community Theatre 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 over here 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 Saltburn Community Theatre to give one of his 2015 Spring concerts, before going on to Lancashire and the Isle of Arran. Harp, cuatro, maracas and vocals will be demonstrated with a sparkling virtuosity not to be missed! "A night of powerful, breathtaking and simply spectacular music from this master player of the Latin American harp." (Valleys Roots magazine, Wales ) "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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Silencio (watford/acoustic/experimental/folk)

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Watford Cha Cha Cha Cafe 8pm

Doors 2000 Music at 2030 Veggie Chilli, alcohol and delicious yummy cakeness all night... Tickets on sale until 1400 on day of event

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Silencio (watford/acoustic/experimental/folk)

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Watford Cha Cha Cha Cafe 8pm

Doors 2000 Music at 2030 Veggie Chilli, alcohol and delicious yummy cakeness all night... Tickets on sale until 1400 on day of event

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9bach

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at London Kings Place starts at 8.00pm

Lisa Jen vocals Martin Hoyland guitars, percussion Ali Byworth drums, percussion Dan Swain bass guitar Esyllt Glyn Jones harp, vocals Mirain Roberts vocals Nominated! BBC2 Folk Awards 2015: Best Album TINCIAN is the second album by 9Bach, the group formed by Lisa Jen (also known for her work with Gruff Rhys) and Martin Hoyland. It's an atmospheric, emotional record that reflects their home environment of Gerlan, North Wales. Tincian is the perfect description: an allusive, mercurial Welsh word with several meanings that travels through time and space. It is industrial in origin, and it is almost onomatopoeic, it rings a special sound. The rich songs on the album (all new compositions, except for one traditional folk song) are all stories: some autobiographical, some telling someone else's true story and some imaginary. There are stories of quarry men, strong and brave women, lost children, foxes feasting near blood stained streams in areas of natural beauty, forgotten derelict houses, nature, slate, red dust, family and 'cariad' which means love. Sometimes there is pain, sometimes anger, a harshness that rings a heavy sound. But there is also a beauty and serenity, a light and gentle sound that resonates much further TINCIAN. The ten songs on TINCIAN, though written and sung in Welsh/Cymraeg and arranged in the folk tradition, also tap into elements of dub and rock, taking an unconventional and universal approach to form, reflecting 9Bach's view of themselves as internationalists. They want to take the experience and the culture of North Wales out to a wider audience, citing Super Furry Animals' highly successful Mwng album as an inspiration. The result is an atmospheric, evocative and emotional hybrid of the folk tradition and contemporary influences and working practices. Building on a deepened, almost ambient sound picture (with real instrumentation used to create grooves and loops), the songs take you into the landscape and the emotions that it evokes. Music is a living thing, not a museum piece and the way that 9Bach compose and perform reflect this. '9Bach's appeal is centered on singer Lisa Jen, whose cool exquisite vocals dominate the album.' ★★★★ The Guardian 'Anyone who has gently come down to the strains of Massive Attack, Air or Portishead will engage with the vibe on offer here.' Sunday Times Culture (Essential New Releases) 'Easily the best Welsh language record since the Super Furry Animals' Mwng.' ★★★★ Q Magazine ★★★★★ FT Life & Arts 'File next to Super Furries' Mwng as a landmark album for Welsh-language pop.' ★★★★ MOJO Support comes from Twelfth Day; fiddle player Catriona Price and harpist Esther Swift. They both sing often in unison, creating a new voice that is neither one nor the other. They both write together, weaving traditional folk with classical elements to create a music that's outside of genre. Lyrically they combine their own experiences, inspirations and dreams, informed by musical travels around the globe and their upbringings in Orkney and the Scottish Borders. They are inseparable. Their newest album The Devil Makes Three brings together everything these women have heard and learned, over many years of playing and studying, to form a musical statement about who they are. The record surprised and thrilled broadsheet music critics and the folk press alike. 9bach.com | twelfthdaymusic.com

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Green Ginger:robin Elliott, Oh Sister, Samantha Whates, Cameron Niven

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at London The Harrison Bar Doors at 7.30pm

A monthly evening of top quality songwriting and performance.

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Kadia

on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Outstanding cello-led trio launch their new album and play fabulous original material

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Kadia

on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Outstanding cello-led trio launch their new album and play fabulous original material

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Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 at Shrewsbury The Hive Doors 7pm, Show 7.45pm

Winners of Radio 2 Horizon Award (2014) and Young Folk Award (2013), Greg and Ciaran have taken the Folk world by storm with their impeccable musicianship and boundless energy!

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Blue Rose Code

on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

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. 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 year's Edinburgh Fringe. 'An affirmation of love that links human relationships with the natural world. As sublimely paced as Astral Weeks-era Van Morrison.' - Folk Radio UK 'This rare display of soul and emotion will not be boxed. A sign of something special.' - Spiral Earth 'A superb singer, songwriter and guitarist. Beautiful songs, a genuine pleasure to have been involved.' - Danny Thompson

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Lazy Sunday Afternoon With Mr Love & Justice & Friends

on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 at Swindon Central Library 3.15pm-5.15pm

A chilled afternoon of live acoustic folk/pop and roots music in the hushed and mellow surroundings of the Reading Room, Swindon Central Library.

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Blair Dunlop And Emma Stevens

on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 at Marnhull Village Hall Doors 7pm

Blair and Emma will be joining us for a fantastically intimate show. These two top young performers are sure to make for a fantastic night.

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Harp And A Monkey

on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

The harp 'n' banjo driven electro-folk-storytelling of Harp and a Monkey is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance. The trio, who have been friends for more than 15 years, channel the ghosts of summers spent in municipal parks and winters walking on the moors. Ask them about their influences and they are as likely to cite Ordnance Survey maps and The Commonwealth War Graves Commission as they are Bert Jansch, “The Bolton Bullfrog” or Bellowhead. Formed in 2008, Harp and a Monkey have become regulars on the North West festival circuit and have been featured on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, Folk Radio UK and more. Harp and a Monkey's self-titled debut album received critical acclaim on its release in 2011 and they collected excellent reviews for their contribution to the 2012 Weirdlore compilation which highlighted Britain's most promising practitioners of alternative folk. They were also invited to perform at the inaugural Homegrown Festival 2012, hosted at The Bury Met to showcase the best new English folk music to an international audience. The band have been described in the media as an Incredible String Band for the 21st Century and the sons of the Oldham Tinkers locked in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop with only the British Film Institute back catalogue and a handful of scratchy folk LPs from the early seventies for company.

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Paul Lamb & The Kingsnakes

on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 at London 100 Club 7.30pm

British harmonica star Paul Lamb leads a big night of blues as he hosts the annual Kingsnake Crawl at London's iconic 100 Club...this year featuring special guest Big Boy Bloater! Paul Lamb has rightly been hailed as one of the greatest harmonica players in the world and his band, The King Snakes, have collected numerous awards over the last two decades, rightly securing their status and setting the benchmark for top quality swinging blues. Simply better than the opposition from whatever side of the Atlantic they come. Blueprint Big Boy Bloater brings you his incredible hard-hitting One Man Show - with guitars, a looper and his infamous gravel-toned growl of a voice. This is no gentle acoustic experience, this will shake your soul! "One of the great blues men of our time" - Jools Holland Picking some top vinyl from the crates throughout the night is DJ Big Gee and keep an eye out for some special guests too!

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Lucy Ward At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub Doors open around 7:30 pm

Since her last visit Lucy has firmly established herself as one of the key young folk performers in the country. Great songs, a wonderful performer and enough charisma to silence the press pack at a west end premier. That's our Lucy! 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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John Kirkpatrick

on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 at Southport Park Golf Club 7pm doors and music from 8pm

The old pull n' push! Trad. English song on a variety of squeezeboxes plus the odd bit of 'only JK would do this' bizarreness!

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John Kirkpatrick

on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 at Southport Park Golf Club 7pm doors and music from 8pm

The old pull n' push! Trad. English song on a variety of squeezeboxes plus the odd bit of 'only JK would do this' bizarreness!

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Danni Nicholls

on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Recently returned from recording her second album in Nashville with a stellar cast including Emmylou Harris' Red Dirt Boys, Danni is touring the UK armed with her battered little parlour guitar and brand new songs. Expect her signature mix 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) "Just Terrific" Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2) www.danninicholls.com

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Luke Jackson

on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 at Barrow In Furness Rampside Village Hall 8.00pm

Luke is a young Roots Singer/Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category. With a bold, distinctive voice and a sweet, percussive guitar style, Luke is a confident and captivating live performer. He was also winner of Fatea's Male Artist of the Year 2014 Over the past few years he has steadily been developing a reputation for himself in the Folk & Roots circuits either through his solo shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Show of Hands, Steve Knightley, Martyn Joseph, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, Paul Brady, Glen Tilbrook, Sarah Jarosz and Lucy Ward He has also completed two short tours of Scotland, which this year included playing at both the highly regarded Belladrum and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. He has recenty undertaken his first tour of Europe taking in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. This was followed by a prestigious support slot on the Marillion tour to end 2014 and he has started 2015 with a series of joint headline shows with Amy Wadge. His debut album 'More Than Boys' produced by the acclaimed Welsh Singer-Songwriter Martyn Joseph was released in 2012 to great reviews, as was the follow up 'Fumes and Faith' in early 2014. This record was co-produced by Luke with Cardiff based American producer Mason Neely and further reflects his development as both a writer and performer. Luke is an ever present in the live music scene, gigging relentlessly all over the country and he remains a prolific songwriter with plans to release a 7 track EP independently in Spring 2015, with a further full length album due in 2016. What They Say: an outstanding heir to the likes of Richard Thompson and Martin Simpson - Acoustic magazine Luke has already acquired both an unmistakable voice and a strikingly individual vision fRoots Magazine It comes as no surprise that Luke Jackson is continually feted as one of the British folk scene's bright young things R2 Magazine A great singer, a great songwriter and a really commanding presence Mike Harding He has a stage presence that many artists would kill for and a voice and guitar style that make you think that he's a sixty year veteran who happens to have discovered the fountain of eternal youth Fatea Magazine If you think previous comparisons to Richard Thompson jump the gun, think again; because there's something that sets this performance a discreet cut above the rest Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review Very powerful-impressive songs, individual playing and the singing-oh man the singing! - Folkcast A sumptuous voice loaded with maturity and a melodically blessed guitar style Spiral Earth Luke Jackson sings with an extraordinarily rich voice and possesses a guitar technique astonishing for one so young. I first heard him sing four years ago and even then his songwriting suggested a performer of rare promise Steve Knightley, Show of Hands A huge talent is emerging Acoustic Magazine Luke Jackson has an incredibly mature and expressive voice that can holler the blues or give sensitive treatment to his own more personal tales - R2 magazine

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O'hooley And Tidow

on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 at Ynys Mon Gwesty Victoria Hotel Doors at 7:30pm Show starts at 8

An Owen's Gigs and Byd Mawr Special.....Three days before they attend the Radio 2 Folk Awards where theyr'e nominated for an award this dynamic duo hit the Vic! 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. Tickets also available at Palas Print Caernarfon and Mudshark Records Bangor

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Softlysoftly Presents Johnny The Fox + Rebecca Madden + Shaun Brennan

on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 at London Kiss The Sky Doors 2.45. Music 3-5pm

PLEASE NOTE, this event is ADULTS ONLY - no children allowed in the bar. ADVANCE TICKET RESERVES A SEAT Deliciously chilled unplugged acoustic music to charm you on a Crouch End Sunday afternoon. JOHNNY THE FOX Actor/musician Aidan Kelly, who last year came along with his fellow cast members from Once the musical, makes a welcome return with a new crew of actors, a new name and more good ol' Irish tunes and songs. REBECCA MADDEN London based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist https://soundcloud.com/rebeccamaddenmusic SHAUN BRENNAN Emotion-filled vocals swoop and soar.... You'll love this singer-songwriter. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ytLWgOlyMVU As usual doors open at 2.45, with music starting at 3pm and continuing until 5pm There will be tickets on sale at the door - £4 Oh yes, and there'll be marshmallows too! (After 5pm the bar opens its doors to non-paying general public, so you can stay on and enjoy the evening ambience) The venue is easy to get to - Tube to Finsbury Park or Overground to Crouch End Hill, then a couple of minutes on the W7 bus to Crouch End Clocktower, from which the venue is just two minutes' stroll.

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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 7.30pm

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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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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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Andy Irvine

on Thu, 23 Apr 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

Always a highlight of our programme, this living legend of Irish folk song surely needs no introduction here.

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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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Najma Akhtar

on Thu, 23 Apr 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Najma Akhtar, explores the synergies that resonate with her Indian - British roots. Her influences, in both time and place, flow from the banks of the Ganges, to the Niger, the Thames, the Shannon & the Mississippi Delta and her gift is in her recognition of the collective universality of these sources. Five Rivers is the dynamic progression of Najma's continued exploration of the poetic expressions of the west: a perfect follow up to the critically acclaimed Rishte, David Fricke's Pick of the Month in Rolling Stone Magazine. It received four stars from Mojo, who wrote of it, Rishte is a vital and red blooded nodding back to Davy Grahams East-West musical explorations, and stands comparison with his best work. Najma's chosen arrangements for guitar & violin provide the perfect musical environment for the sensitivity of her voice which, whether she sings a ghazal, a ballad or a slow blues, resonates with truth & beauty. 'Five Rivers includes imaginative interpretations of compositions by Tim Buckley, Tim Hardin, Bryan Mclean (Love) & Donovan. If you still need convincing , check out Najma's sublime vocal on The Battle of Evermore with Robert Plant &Jimmy Page

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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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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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Sunjay

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Bristol The Folk House 7.30pm

further info from Ash Keys Music www.ashkeysmusic.com http://www.sunjay.tv/ You could be forgiven for thinking at first listen; singer/guitarist Sunjay is older than his 20 years. With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument he walks onto a stage and addresses the audience as though he is sitting down to play music with a group of close friends; a completely natural approach for a young man who picked up the guitar when he was just four years old and hasn't put it down since. Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK's rising stars on the folk and acoustic circuit. Winner of the Wath Festival Young Performers Award and nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Sunjay has caught the eyes and ears of many venues and festivals across the country.

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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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Cale Tyson

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at London Aces & Eights Doors 7.30pm // Close Midnight

"Old school, sad-bastard outlaw country for a new generation of excited country fans..." Rolling Stone Cale Tyson playing a full set with the ever so talented Pete Lindberg and supported by two of London's finest..... Doors open at 7.30pm and we'll party until the small hours with guest DJs including Del Day of "Songs From The Ark" and Bonanza and Son. Aces and Eights is a great little venue just a short stroll from Tufnell Park tube station , it's set to be a memorable night so please join us a spread the word! Tickets are only £8 in advance or £10 on the door. The 13 track album "Introducing Cale Tyson" is released by Clubhouse Records on CD and digital download on Monday 5th April 2015. Full tour details and other info can be found at www.clubhouserecords.co.uk Support comes in the form of Case Hardin - one of the UK's foremost Americana bands playing the show as a rarely seen acoustic-duo set up - and London's own Davey James. www.casehardin.com http://www.daveyjamesmusic.com

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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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Ryley Walker

on Sat, 25 Apr 2015 at Bexhill-on-Sea The Albatross RAFA club Doors at 7.30pm

Doors 7.30pm

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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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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 Matthews Hall 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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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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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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Marc O'reilly Live At The Shop Sessions

on Thu, 30 Apr 2015 at Sandbach The Cycle Junction Doors 7.30pm Music Starts 8.00pm

Marc O'Reilly is simply one of the most exciting Acoustic/Blues artists around anywhere in the world right now. Be prepared for passion and intensity and all up close and personal in this unique venue. Marc's first album 'My Friend Marx' was released to critical acclaim in 2011 and this was followed up with the wonderful 'Human Herdings' in 2014. Marc has had 4 star reviews from Mojo, The Independent and Guardian which led to recording a live session for the Jamie Cullum show on BBC Radio 2 This is a Shop Session that is not to be missed.....

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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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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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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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Shafts Of Light 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.shaftsoflightfestival.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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Shafts Of Light 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.shaftsoflightfestival.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Blinkin' Buzzards

on Sat, 9 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.

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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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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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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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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 plus support (tbc)

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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 plus support (tbc)

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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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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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White Rabbit Presents . . . Eat Lights;become Lights

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Hebden Bridge The Trades Club 7.30pm

Doors open 7.30pm CONCESSIONS APPLY T O TRADES CLUB MEMBERS ONLY

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White Rabbit Presents . . . Eat Lights;become Lights

on Sat, 16 May 2015 at Hebden Bridge The Trades Club 7.30pm

Doors open 7.30pm CONCESSIONS APPLY T O TRADES CLUB MEMBERS ONLY

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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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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)

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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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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'

{ £4.40 } buy tickets


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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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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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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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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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 pass