Matt Schofield

on Sun, 23 Nov 2014 at Sheffield The Greystones 7pm

Matt Schofield continues to push the frontiers and reshape the boundaries of the British Blues tradition. Guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, producer and band leader. Ten years into his solo career, Schofield's impact as one of the most influential and distinctive guitarists of his generation is unquestionable. Along with his ever growing fan base from performances around the globe comes awards, industry, peer and critical acclaim - three time "British Blues Guitarist of the Year", "British Blues Album of the Year" (Heads, Tails & Aces - 2010) and the first guitarist inducted into the "British Blues Awards Hall of Fame". Mojo Magazine "Blues Album of the Year" (Anything But Time - 2011) and Guitar & Bass Magazines "Top Ten British Blues Guitarist of All Time" alongside Eric Clapton and Peter Green. Schofield's inimitable playing and tone has inspired legions of guitarists, and a signature Two-Rock Matt Schofield amplifier. With his Hal Leonard "Blues Guitar Artistry" Instructional DVD, Matt became one of the few British blues artists to join the company of Buddy Guy and Eric Johnson. What remains most impressive is Schofield live. From main stages at prestigious festivals such as Montreal or North Sea Jazz, to packed houses in iconic clubs like New York's Iridium or London's 100 Club, Schofield's ability to connect with audiences immediately and profoundly is unforgettable. His authenticity, mastery of guitar, emotive vocals, and improvisational brilliance are brought to life with innovative original compositions, as beautifully captured on the recent live album "Ten From The Road". Schofield will release his new album Far As I Can See on Mascot/Provogue Records in February 2014, the most preeminent blues guitar label in the world.

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Gigspanner

on Sun, 23 Nov 2014 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors at 7pm, Show Starts at 8pm

Led by Steeleye Span's legendary fiddle player, Peter Knight, Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as 'another milestone in folk's rebirth of cool', but those in the know will tell you that there is more to Gigspanner than meets the eye. Their musical reach flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences on a 'blistering pace of a musical world tour' (Phil Widdows, Folkcast). It is appropriate then that author Terry Pratchett wrote that 'Peter Knight can spin the world on his bow'. Ultimately, the music Gigspanner produces confounds any attempt to label it, and it is that intriguing, indefinable ingredient that continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. As a trio they have successfully amalgamated the diverse sum of their parts, and have honed and polished a brand that is uniquely theirs, without any show of gimmickry. Finding the perfect vehicle to showcase the breadth of his virtuosity, Peter's musicianship within the context of Gigspanner is a revelation to those whose only experience of his playing has been limited to Steeleye Span. Peter's virtuosity is enhanced by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on congas and djembe. As a founding member of Celtic-Rock Band 'The Tabs', Roger is primarily a rock musician who shares Peters' affinity with traditional material, whilst Vincent who has studied his craft in Senegal and Cuba, adds another dimension, one that is distinctly multi-cultural. As R2 magazine noted, it is Vincent's musical presence that seals the deal with regard to what makes 'Gigspanner different'. What they do have in common is an unwavering, single minded commitment to dig deep and to load the music with something of value. Gigspanner's audience knows that it is being honoured with a gift that is the difference between 'entertaining' and 'spellbinding'. Gigspanner's debut album, 'Lipreading the Poet' was named by 'The Wire' as one of the best 15 Global Albums of 2009. But ditch the pigeonholes. Gigspanner's commitment to producing 'music of intelligently crafted brilliance' (Songlines) has paid off in spades, and they have now earned their place on the festival and concert stages of the UK and beyond. 'One of the best sets came from Peter Knight's Gigspanner...Beautiful Instrumentals and fine treatments of traditional pieces' - R2 Magazine, Review of Great British Folk Festival 2012 'Intelligent, multi-lingual music making. Gigspanner are marking out a distinctive zone of their own' - Julian Cowley, The Wire 'The trio co-creates a depth of multi-textured melody that belies the pared-down instrumental line-up. Exceptional stuff, and not to be missed' - Noel Harvey, Acoustic Magazine 'Altogether gorgeous, music to sustain the spirit. Rarely have I heard such insistent calls for encores' - Dai Jeffries, Rock 'n Reel Magazine

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Voice

on Sun, 23 Nov 2014 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Voice, the engaging female vocal trio present Patterns of Love a programme of songs that explore the beauty, heartache and humour of love. The trio's performance takes in medieval to contemporary with music from the Troubadours and Trouveres, Shakespearean song, 16th century catches, and folksong arrangements from the UK and Ireland. Voice have commissioned new works for Patterns of Love by five leading British composers: Stevie Wishart, Helen Chadwick, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Emily Levy, and Marcus Davidson, completing this unique programme. www.voicetrio.co.uk "...an almost impossibly-gorgeous braid of sound..." (The Oxford Times)

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Steve Dan Mills / Reid Jamieson

on Sun, 23 Nov 2014 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

A North American Double Bill: STEVE DAN MILLS (USA) + REID JAMIESON (Canada) 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-1970s and has performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival, London Folk Festival, Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival and more. 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 instils hope in his audience. He has recently moved to London and has begun performing in folk clubs throughout the UK. Steve's 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 the CD, "Inside Out Lookin' In" Vancouver's REID JAMIESON shines his light with an incredible voice, therapeutic lyrics, and a magical way with melodies. A regular on CBC's Vinyl Cafe, and winner of the grand prize for folk in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Reid's original recordings feature guests Sarah Harmer, Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas) and others. Reid recently recorded and performed with the Cowboy Junkies on The Kennedy Suite project, and will record a duet with Margo Timmins as part of a larger collection of duets he is working on for 2015. Reid Jamieson will be performing at TwickFolk alongside his songwriting partner (and wife) Carolyn Victoria Mill. Along with their Lennon win, the two wrote their way into the Vancouver Folk Music Festival by winning 1st prize in the Pickin' a Folk Star Contest, and have placed as finalists in several competitions internationally. "Juniper's Kitchen", 12 years in the making, is the first with Reid joined by his wife Carolyn. They wrote and sang every song together, and will release it on their wedding anniversary in October. A true labour of love. Fleetwood Mac meets Johnny and June, this country-flavoured record is all about the songs, A male k.d. Lang, or Roy Orbison's long lost son; the comparisons continue to come in but Reid remains uniquely himself.

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Tom Mcconville At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 23 Nov 2014 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub Doors open around 7:30 pm

Tom McConville, primarily known as The Newcastle Fiddle Player, is one of the leading fiddle players of our time. A virtuoso musician and fantastic singer, his rich and warm voice makes his interpretation of traditional and contemporary songs greatly admired by singers throughout the world. 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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Adam Sutherland & Hamish Napier "nae Plans" / Tea And Tunes

on Sun, 23 Nov 2014 at Inverness Glen Urquhart Public Hall 4pm

Pianist/vocalist Hamish Napier (Back of The Moon, Man's Ruin) and fiddler Adam Sutherland(Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9, Croft No. 5) join forces in a new and exciting project called 'Nae Plans'. Following the release of an album that was strictly unrehearsed (the pair barred any discussion between themselves about what tunes they would play or how they would arrange them until the 'record' button was pressed), the duo are taking 'Nae Plans' on the road with a series of unplanned gigs. They aim to recreate a crucial part of Scotland's music culture, the informal session with its open-endedness and spontaneity. Traditional songs and tunes, contemporary numbers, their own compositions and off the cuff improvisation - anything can - and probably will - happen! Tea and home baking in the interval included in ticket price.

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Adam Sutherland & Hamish Napier "nae Plans" / Tea And Tunes

on Sun, 23 Nov 2014 at Inverness Glen Urquhart Public Hall 4pm

Pianist/vocalist Hamish Napier (Back of The Moon, Man's Ruin) and fiddler Adam Sutherland(Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9, Croft No. 5) join forces in a new and exciting project called 'Nae Plans'. Following the release of an album that was strictly unrehearsed (the pair barred any discussion between themselves about what tunes they would play or how they would arrange them until the 'record' button was pressed), the duo are taking 'Nae Plans' on the road with a series of unplanned gigs. They aim to recreate a crucial part of Scotland's music culture, the informal session with its open-endedness and spontaneity. Traditional songs and tunes, contemporary numbers, their own compositions and off the cuff improvisation - anything can - and probably will - happen! Tea and home baking in the interval included in ticket price.

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Blazin' Fiddles

on Sun, 23 Nov 2014 at Rowfant Rowfant House Doors 7.15pm Show at 7.45pm

Take a group of the hottest contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, mix with some wonderfully sympathetic keyboard and guitar arrangements and you've got the award winning Blazin' Fiddles. Over the last 15 years no other band has quite captured the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music. Celebrating the title of 'Folk Band of the Year' at the Scot Trad. Music Awards 2013 and promoting their latest album 'Six' and with a new line up; fiddlers Bruce MacGregor, Rua Macmillan, Kristan Harvey and Jenna Reid, joined by Anna Massie on guitar/fiddle and Angus Lyon on keyboard deliver a musically intoxicating evening for all. "changing direction as tightly as a flock of birds, their reels can take your breath away." The Scotsman Blazin' Fiddles were almost literally on fire, in terms of technical calibre and collective showmanship. Orkney Festival May 2013 The main stage crescendo started in earnest with Blazin' Fiddles in the early evening. One of the all time, good times bands, rooted in complete mastery of their instruments, Blazin' Fiddles epitomise those musicians who perform out of sheer enjoyment of the music they make. As ever, at the finish, the audience have the broadest of broad smiles on their faces. - FolkRadio. Tiree Festival July 2013 Absolutely mind-blowing Mike Harding Support is from Hickory Signals, a Brighton-based duo taking inspiration from the folk music of England, Ireland, Scotland and the USA. They perform original music as well as interpretations of traditional tunes with pared-down instrumentation.

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In Concert: Jake Morley

on Sun, 23 Nov 2014 at Aiskew Hemelvaart Bier Cafe Doors at 7:00pm

CONCERT ONLY Tickets for the Concert + Meal offer have sold out, however there are a limited number of concert-only tickets available priced at £12. Jake Morley is a remarkable artist who gathers new fans every show. His masterly song writing and natural charisma makes sure people return to his gigs time and time again We like this a lot Dermot O'Leary, BBC Radio 2 He is certainly something else! Very charismatic and a fantastic singer and guitar player Janice Long, BBC Radio 2 An ambitious pop sound that is every bit as bright and sparkly as the man himself The Independent Jake Morley is not just your average bloke with guitar he stuns crowds with his unique style and is always a show stealer BBC Introducing It's phenomenal to watch him but it's still more daunting to consider that he also sings up a storm and writes cracking songs. Morley is a true original - Acoustic Magazine

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Anais Mitchell

on Mon, 24 Nov 2014 at Norwich Arts Centre Doors 7.30pm

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

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Cathryn Craig And Brian Willoughby

on Mon, 24 Nov 2014 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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Cathryn Craig And Brian Willoughby

on Mon, 24 Nov 2014 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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The Lords Of Thyme

on Mon, 24 Nov 2014 at Brighton The Greys 8:30pm

These chaps apparently share a love for 'esoteric folk, psych and progressive music' - but, that description doesn't adequately sum up the pure delight you get in listening to their dreamy, soulful, sparkling songs. They began as a offshoot / alternate project of the band Circulus. Joe Wooley Pat Kenneally and Tali Trow (seen recently at playing bass at The Greys with his other ensemble The Coal Porters) together with Michelle Griffiths shimmer and sway with an eccentric Englishness - filtered, glimpsed echoes of Pentangle and Nick Drake (with a 7" mixed by Nick Drake / Fairport Convention / John Martyn producer John Wood, no less). They've recently collaborated with Canadian folk legend Bonnie Dobson ('Morning Dew' is one of her songs) on the 'The Ballad of Shirley Collins' tribute project to our own iconic Sussex folk singer. Embarking on a fresh tour, they're just about to play a date at the spiritual home of English folk, Cecil Sharp House. An evening of English whimsy with a sharp edge beckons here at The Greys.

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Xylouris White

on Mon, 24 Nov 2014 at London Cargo Doors 8pm, Curfew 11pm

XYLOURIS WHITE brings together two masters of contemporary music: Jim White, a founder of the internationally acclaimed trio Dirty Three and Giorgos Xylouris (Psaragiorgis) the master lutenist who has been described as 'the future of Cretan music'. Together XYLOURIS WHITE have created a new and compelling blend of melody and rhythm. To watch them absorbed in their music is an exhilarating experience. http://www.xylouriswhite.com/

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Ian Siegal + Jimbo Mathus

on Mon, 24 Nov 2014 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ In November, Ian Siegal will tour as a duo with the Grammy-nominated songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Mississippi, Jimbo Mathus. They will perform 22 shows in England, N. Ireland, Scotland, Belgium and Holland. For devotees of blues and Americana, Ian Siegal needs no introduction. He's the seven-times British Blues Awards winner, the European Blues Awards winner, and US Blues Music Awards nominee. He's sung with the prestigious ONJ orchestra in Paris and Edinburgh, toured in 25 countries, and his latest CD is a BBC recording made at the Royal Albert Hall. http://iansiegal.com Siegal first met Mathus in 2013 when he dropped by the Zebra Ranch studio in Coldwater Mississippi to contribute some banjo and mandolin parts to a Siegal recording. The two discovered a shared passion for many of the same musical influences. Now, when someone has found fame with a band called Squirrel Nut Zippers (as Mathus did when he formed this alt-Americana outfit), you know you're in for something different! An almost overnight sensation, The Zippers played at the Second inauguration of President Bill Clinton and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Their albums achieved gold and platinum sales. Then, at their peak and in classic music industry style amid disastrous lawsuits, the Squirrel Nut Zippers were no more. Mathus, of Scots and Italian decent, went on to pursue a variety of musical projects. Among these he toured and recorded with Buddy Guy (catalyzing the distinct approach of Guy's Sweet tea album), and is a founding member of the South Memphis String Band with long-time collaborators Luther Dickinson and Alvin Youngblood Hart. It is 16 years since Mathus last toured in Europe. With the resurgence of blues and Americana on this side of the Atlantic he has timed his return just right. Welcome back Jimbo! http://jimbomathus.com

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Anais Mitchell

on Tue, 25 Nov 2014 at London Union Chapel Doors 7.00pm

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Guy Davis

on Tue, 25 Nov 2014 at Emsworth Tuppeny Barn Doors 7.30pm, Onstage 8.00pm

The 2nd in the new series of music and we welcome back US acoustic bluesman Guy Davis.

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Oxford City Festival Presents ..dime West..tom Ivey Band..beard Of Destiny..purple May..momento

on Tue, 25 Nov 2014 at Oxford Jericho Tavern 7pm-10.30pm

the second annual festival running from 24th -29th nov 2014 over 130 acts 10 venues...over 400 performers spread across the city

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Merry Hell

on Wed, 26 Nov 2014 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath Doors 7.15pm, start 7.45pm

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Son Of Dave

on Wed, 26 Nov 2014 at Brighton Sticky Mike's Frog Bar 8.00pm

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Chantel Mcgregor

on Wed, 26 Nov 2014 at London Dingwalls Concert starts at 7:30pm

Chantel McGregor Imagine the tone of Robin Trower, the inspiration of Hendrix, the influence of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the energy of Bonamassa, the intensity of Walter Trout and the haunting vocal of Stevie Nicks all rolled into one........ then let me introduce Chantel McGregor, one of the most exciting rock and blues musicians in the UK! At the age of eight Chantel became the youngest person in the country to pass a Rock school exam and at 12, she was jamming in her native Bradford and evolving into an incredible musician. Described as a prodigy, at 14 Chantel was told by major labels "great voice, but girls don't play guitar like that!" Wisely ignoring that advice, she enrolled at the world-renowned Leeds College of Music and became the first student in the college's history, to achieve a 100% pass mark, with 18 distinctions. Chantel left with a First Class Honours degree in Popular Music and a coveted prize, for outstanding musicianship. Chantel has since stepped out in the pro-musician world and her stunning live performances are proving that this is rock blues for the new age, played by a musician born with an effortless virtuosity, peppered by flights of incendiary guitar and flanked by moments of poise, grace and fluidity............ A recent quote in Nightshift, Oxford's music magazine, reinforces this, "Chantel McGregor deserves to be held up as a messiah of blues-rock and given her own mountain, she doesn't strum or pick her guitar but almost bends and distorts it, as if she's channelling the ghost of Hendrix through her fingers" When asked about performing on stage, Chantel said; "playing live to great audiences is one of the most wonderful feelings, I feel so lucky to be able to do something that I love, see the world and bring happiness to others through my music" If you measure an artist's prospects by the company they keep, then this Miss is clearly heading in the right direction, having been invited to perform on stage by Joe Bonamassa, the American blues supremo, on two of his tours so far! Chantel's debut album, Like No Other (1), was produced by Livingstone Brown, who has worked with such artists as Tina Turner, Bryan Ferry, Robin Trower, ABC and Bill Withers and the end result, is a beautifully crafted compilation, that showcases her versatility and genuine talent, as a singer-songwriter! On song writing, Chantel says; "I really enjoy creating my own songs, it's a fantastic way of being able to say what I wouldn't normally say in everyday life and getting my feelings out, writing for me is very therapeutic" Also being part of the centenary album 100 Years of the Blues(2), in the company of the all time greats and Blues Fury(3), the new rock revolution, is testament to her highly regarded reputation in the music world! On the best of the new breed; I think Chantel McGregor is adding a new twist to blues quote from Dave Kelly, one of the mainstays of the British blues scene and a founder member of the Blues Band!(4) In 2013, Chantel was voted Guitarist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. Winning four awards in the last three years in competition with highly regarded peers, is something to be extremely proud of in itself, but what a refreshing change and a justifiable first in the history of the British Blues Awards(5), that a female artist was voted Guitarist of the Year!! To see, hear and find out more about this refreshing, creative and original young artist, and where she is playing next, please visit Chantel's website at http://www.chantelmcgregor.com

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The Willie Nile Band

on Wed, 26 Nov 2014 at Bristol The Thunderbolt Doors at 7.30pm

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Folklore Presents .. Joe Innes And The Cavalcade

on Wed, 26 Nov 2014 at London Green Note Doors at 7:00pm

When he was young, Joe Innes found and subsequently buried a dead rat in his garden. This event is the subject of Pet Cemetary the opening track of his debut album The Frighteners, and is a good example of the offbeat observations that litter his songs like a bin lorry rolling down Solsbury Hill. Joe has been playing shows in London for years, gaining support for his own personal brand of anti-folk, and finding himself supporting artists like Caitlin Rose, Sea of Bees, Alessi's Ark and She Keeps Bees. At the end of 2011, a band was put together to record and make a bigger noise with. Thus, The Cavalcade was formed, a garage-folk outfit that has been compared to Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard, Bright Eyes and The Pogues. Just brilliant Tom Robinson (BBC6 Music) Show stopping Steve Lamacq (BBC6 Music)

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Gavin Davenport & Tom Kitching.

on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 at Glossop The Globe Inn 8pm.

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"allan Taylor" @ The Hungry Horse Folk Club

on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 at Ellesmere Port Whitby Sports & Social Club Start 8-15pm until just after 11pm

Yorkshire based singer/songwriter/guitarist ALLAN TAYLOR is amongst the cream at the top of the folk and acoustic music scene in the UK. Internationally famous he has travelled the world exposing his marvellous skills in performing mainly his own material. Many of his songs have been recorded by others. He is an icon amongst contemporary performers and we are delighted to have him back with us again. This will be a most memorable evening.

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Marcus Malone

on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 at Edinburgh The Caves 7pm

Edinburgh Blues Club present Marcus Malone & British Blues Awards nominee Lewis Hamilton Thursday 27 November 2014 The Caves Edinburgh 7pm Originally from Detroit, Michigan USA, Marcus Malone lived near Hitsville and grew up listening to Motown grooves. He is now settled in the UK but his early Detroit and LA influences still flavour his music. Marcus has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Burnley and Colne Festivals in the UK; Harlebeke Blues Festival in Belgium; the Bospop Festival in NL; Valdagno(Vicenza)Blues Festival in Italy; and various UK Art Centres and Blues Clubs. Marcus ended 2013 by headlining the Tenby Blues Festival in Wales. Marcus is presently working the European blues circuit, festivals and concert halls including tours of Belgium, France, Germany and Netherlands. Live performances in 2011-2013 in the Netherlands include Kwadendamme, Tegelen, Huntenpop, Oisterwijk, Hoogeveen, Geithoorn, Enchede and Texel Festivals. The Luxemburg Festival in Luxemburg. In France he performed at the Pleins Feaux Festival 2013 in Bonneville which was filmed for French TV distribution and internet TV. Other Festivals and large venues in France included 'American Journeys' in Cambrai, Fete de la Musique in Marc En Baroeul, Presqu'ile Blues Festival in Ambialet (opening for The Straits), Buc n' Blues (Buc France), Blues & Rock Festival in Segoufielle and Le Show Room, Valenciennes France and in Germany at the Caf' Conc' des 3 Frontiers venue. Malone, a Detroit native and current UK resident, is without question one of the finest vocalists to be found in the blues, blues/rock, or rock genres. He has a very Paul Rodgers like quality to his voice which is excellent for the multiple styles of music he plays. In 2013 Marcus completed recording his 6th CD - 'Stand or Fall' released on 21 April 2014 by Redline. Another collection of original blues based rock songs mixed by Jerry Stevenson and mastered by Mazen Murad at Metropolis Studios, London. On guitars - Sean Nolan, Julian Burdock, Stuart Dixon, Bill Burke. On bass - Winston Blissett of Massive Attack. Christopher Nugent on Drums and on keys Roger Cotton and Moz Gamble. On harmonica Will Wilde and Alan Glen. On bv's Chantelle Duncan-Heath, Dani Wilde and Eno Williams-Uffort. His songs and performance manage to bridge the distance between contemporary and vintage, blues, blues rock and soul with themes that are timeless rather than dated. Bill Wasserzieher © Blues Revue USA http://www.marcusmalone.com Support by Lewis Hamilton Band Since their formation in August 2010 The Lewis Hamilton Band have been booked for over 400 shows from Shetland to Poland, and have appeared at most of the UK's biggest blues festivals, including Main Stage performances at Hebden Bridge and Maryport. As a guitarist he pays tribute to some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, taking influence from people like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Rory Gallagher. He also incorporates playing styles from more modern blues-rock musicians such as, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks and Matt Scofield. As a vocalist he has developed his own unique and powerful style of singing, while taking influence from the likes of Joe Cocker and Dave Mathews. His debut album Gambling Machine won the Scottish New Music Award for Scottish Jazz/Blues album of the year for 2012. Candlelight & Sympathy from Empty Roads will feature on the soundtrack of a new feature film 'Scar Tissue'. His third album Ghost Train has had numerous top reviews and acclaim from magazines and websites worldwide, and airplay in over 15 countries. In addition to his previous nominations in the 2012 and 2013 British Blues Awards and receiving two preliminary nominations in their song-writing category, Lewis has been nominated yet again as YOUNG ARTIST of the Year in 2014. Lewis has performed with such notable musicians as Aynsley Lister (for whom he filled in vocals at a live show), Ryan McGarvey, Henrik Freischlader, Alan Nimmo, Chantel McGregor and Ben Poole. Lewis also has talent for recording and runs his own studio in Auchterarder, Scotland, where all his music is written, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Lewis himself. http://www.lewishamiltonmusic.com On the door price £15.00

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Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 at London Cecil Sharp House Doors at 7pm, start time 7.30pm

Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Best Duo Award 2014, Phillip and Hannah have a unique and distinctive sound. Hailing from Somerset, the timeless sounds of Hannah's traditional fiddle playing and angelic voice with Phillip's intricate guitar playing, gravelled tones and beat boxing skills combine to produce a raw and intense blend of folk and bluegrass.

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Martin Simpson +steve Tilston

on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 at Hebden Bridge The Trades Club 8pm

Doors open 8pm, On-stage 8.30pm Seated show Martin Simpson: Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety. Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards more than any other performer with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens". 2012's nominations for Martin include, Best Album for 'Purpose & Grace", Best Traditional Track for "The Lakes Of Ponchartrain" and Best Musician. Steve Tilston: Ask anyone on the English acoustic scene who their favourite guitarist, singer, songwriter and entertainer is and nine times out of ten the same name will crop up in the top three of every department. Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated song-smiths; widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music: the words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else. He joined an illustrious band of guitarists including Martin Simpson, Michael Messer and Wizz Jones, when he was invited to contribute to the Guitar Maestro series of DVDs; a combination of live studio performance and interviews, revealing the real passion behind these talented musicians. . . If anyone ever deserved the moniker Guitar Maestro, it's Steve Tilston! CONCESSIONS APPLY TO TRADES CLUB MEMBERS ONLY

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Martin Simpson +steve Tilston

on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 at Hebden Bridge The Trades Club 8pm

Doors open 8pm, On-stage 8.30pm Seated show Martin Simpson: Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety. Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards more than any other performer with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens". 2012's nominations for Martin include, Best Album for 'Purpose & Grace", Best Traditional Track for "The Lakes Of Ponchartrain" and Best Musician. Steve Tilston: Ask anyone on the English acoustic scene who their favourite guitarist, singer, songwriter and entertainer is and nine times out of ten the same name will crop up in the top three of every department. Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated song-smiths; widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music: the words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else. He joined an illustrious band of guitarists including Martin Simpson, Michael Messer and Wizz Jones, when he was invited to contribute to the Guitar Maestro series of DVDs; a combination of live studio performance and interviews, revealing the real passion behind these talented musicians. . . If anyone ever deserved the moniker Guitar Maestro, it's Steve Tilston! CONCESSIONS APPLY TO TRADES CLUB MEMBERS ONLY

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Rachel Ries

on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RACHEL RIES crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked hearted. With an electric guitar, clear voice and steady hand, she pulls the listener into her world of city grit, country dirt, and her open-eyed search for redemption and reason. Her songs are fine-tuned delicacy with a snarl and disarming candor and, while South Dakota will always be home, Rachel is now splitting her time between rural Vermont and Brooklyn. Rachel will grace the Green Note, fresh from her first solo tour in mainland Europe, as well as a string of dates supporting close friend and collaborator, Anaïs Mitchell. She is currently promoting Ghost of a Gardener, her first ​record in five years which Uncut calls a "Gorgeous gush of warm-blooded harmonies" and Maverick UK states is a "technicolor treasure in word and melody." Support comes from DEAD FLOWERS, a London-based alt-country/Americana project formed around the songs and voice of Ian Williams. The debut album 'Midnight at the Wheel Club' features a collection of songs written whilst travelling from New York City to Montreal. Though there is an undeniable darkness to the songs, sometimes the light breaks through, but never for long enough to break the spell. Think of a slow train crawling through a cold winter and an unending supply of whisky.

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Gentle Men - For No Glory

on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 at London St Giles in the Fields 7.30pm

Songwriter Robb Johnson performs his acclaimed song cycle Gentle Men, telling the stories of Robb's grandfathers Ernest Johnson and Harry Jenner - who survived the First World War but were forever in its shadow. Billy Bragg describes Gentle Men as 'a wonderful mixture of the political and personal that stretches over their entire lives as young men, soldiers in the trenches, working in the 30s, eventually becoming fathers and grandfathers. It's a really moving piece of work.' Writer A.L. Kennedy will introduce this special performance, which Robb has dedicated as a fundraiser for the No Glory campaign. Robb will be joined by musicians Jenny Carr and John Forrester. Ticket price includes a glass of wine in the interval, supported by Barefoot Wine. 'A folk classic.' Robin Denselow, The Guardian 'In all the artistic commemoration of the First World War, I wager nothing will show more humanity or understanding than Gentle Men.' BBC Radio Two gentle-men2014.co.uk noglory.org

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Gentle Men - For No Glory

on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 at London St Giles in the Fields 7.30pm

Songwriter Robb Johnson performs his acclaimed song cycle Gentle Men, telling the stories of Robb's grandfathers Ernest Johnson and Harry Jenner - who survived the First World War but were forever in its shadow. Billy Bragg describes Gentle Men as 'a wonderful mixture of the political and personal that stretches over their entire lives as young men, soldiers in the trenches, working in the 30s, eventually becoming fathers and grandfathers. It's a really moving piece of work.' Writer A.L. Kennedy will introduce this special performance, which Robb has dedicated as a fundraiser for the No Glory campaign. Robb will be joined by musicians Jenny Carr and John Forrester. Ticket price includes a glass of wine in the interval, supported by Barefoot Wine. 'A folk classic.' Robin Denselow, The Guardian 'In all the artistic commemoration of the First World War, I wager nothing will show more humanity or understanding than Gentle Men.' BBC Radio Two gentle-men2014.co.uk noglory.org

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Blazin' Fiddles

on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Take a group of the hottest contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, mix with some wonderfully sympathetic keyboard and guitar arrangements and you've got the award winning Blazin' Fiddles. Over the last 15 years no other band has quite captured the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music. Each member of Blazin' Fiddles draws on the distinct flavour of music from their part of the Highlands and Islands. Blending solo and ensemble sets with the occasional insightful tale, they all come together in a fiery blend to excite your senses. Celebrating the title of 'Folk Band of the Year' at the Scot Trad. Music Awards 2013 and promoting their latest album 'Six' and with a new line up; fiddlers Bruce MacGregor, Rua Macmillan, Kristan Harvey and Jenna Reid, joined by Anna Massie on guitar/fiddle and Angus Lyon on keyboard deliver a musically intoxicating evening for all. "changing direction as tightly as a flock of birds, their reels can take your breath away." The Scotsman Blazin' Fiddles were almost literally on fire, in terms of technical calibre and collective showmanship. Orkney Festival May 2013 The main stage crescendo started in earnest with Blazin' Fiddles in the early evening. One of the all time, good times bands, rooted in complete mastery of their instruments, Blazin' Fiddles epitomise those musicians who perform out of sheer enjoyment of the music they make. As ever, at the finish, the audience have the broadest of broad smiles on their faces. - FolkRadio. Tiree Festival July 2013

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Alex Highton - New Album Party @ The Hunter Club

on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 at Bury St Edmunds The Hunter Club Doors at 7:30pm

We're having a party at The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds to celebrate the release of the new album "Nobody Knows Anything". Full band show from me and we've got Honey & The Bear playing too.

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Little Sparrow - 'struck Gold' Ep Launch

on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 at Manchester The Three Minute Theatre Doors at 7.30pm

Little Sparrow makes her return to The Three Minute Theatre to celebrate the release of her beautiful new 'Struck Gold' EP. Support comes from Chris Flynn & Tracey Browne. Chris Flynn Chris synthesises the best songcraft from the North and takes inspiration from kitchen sink playwrights and musicians such as Tom Waits, Elvis Costello,The Smiths and Brecht. His single Pandora, released earlier this year was recorded at the legendary Blueprint Studios, with a stunning music video, starring Maxine Peake in the role of 'Pandora'. As well as writing new solo material, Chris is involved in a number of collaborations with a variety of artists, including Julianne Regan. The accomplished singer songwriter is performing his new album with guest musicians in 2014; following sell out gigs and acclaimed performances in 2013/14. Most recently his Manchester Lowry Theatre gig sold out and received critical acclaim. Tracey Browne. Tracey Browne is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and session singer working with acts including Thea Gilmore, Nigel Stonier and Fran Smith, you will have heard her vocals gracing the Radio 2 playlists with Thea on a regular basis. Coming from a background of no musical family connections, Tracey has built her own career from the ground up. She has released 4 studio records (2 albums and 2 EPs) and her latest release will be a beautiful album recorded with Raevennan Husbandes "Just the warm musical hug everyone needs" - City Life "Once heard, she's in your head and your heart for good" - Thea Gilmore 'Struck Gold' is officially released on December 5th but a limited amount of physical copies of the CD will be available to purchase on the night. Watch out for the video too! A Tiny Bird Event.

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Union Jill

on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 at Uxbridge RNA Doors and bar 7pm - music from 8pm

Union Jill are accomplished writers and performers there is something instinctive, symbiotic almost, in the way they blend as musicians. Rock n Reel magazine "I appreciated the superb musicianship of Pig Earth ... with the majority of the songs self-penned." Cross Country

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Union Jill

on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 at Uxbridge RNA Doors and bar 7pm - music from 8pm

Union Jill are accomplished writers and performers there is something instinctive, symbiotic almost, in the way they blend as musicians. Rock n Reel magazine "I appreciated the superb musicianship of Pig Earth ... with the majority of the songs self-penned." Cross Country

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Police Dog Hogan

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7pm, Show starts 8pm

Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic seven-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. The Sunday Times has described them as wonderful; the Telegraph named them one of its 'favourite new bands; Radio 2 called them a band to watch and veteran DJ Johnnie Walker praises their gigs as just a really good, fun time. Their literate and superbly crafted songs veer from the wistful and poetic to flat-out, foot-stomping tales of doomed barbecues, French mustard and falling in love on a Tennessee highway. Founded in 2009, the band is now gigging in earnest, buoyed by a rapturous reception at festivals last summer, with appearances at Cornbury, Camp Bestival, Larmer Tree and Kendal Calling, among others, in 2012. Their new CD, 'From the Land of Miracles', produced by Eliot James (Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, Noah and the Whale, Two Door Cinema Club), is out on Major Tom Records. The album, and a single, Fraserburgh Train, are available on iTunes. 'Police Dog Hogan were good actually, they were excellent.' - The Sunday Times 'One of my bands to watch great songs, great musicians, and their live shows are really, really good fun.' - DJ Johnnie Walker 'Police Dog Hogan with Bellowhead were the highlight of the Larmer Tree Festival 2011.' - BBC Radio 2

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Alan Reid & Rob Van Sante

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30pm

Alan & Rob present an evening of old and new music, featuring Alan's compositions, Battlefield Band favourites and songs from Rob. The show combines open tuned lead and accompaniment guitar work from Rob, Alan's keyboard, guitar and accordion and fine harmony singing from both. Alan Reid was a vital member of the famous Battlefield Band from its inception in 1969 till his departure in 2010. In that time he toured all over the world and made almost 30 recordings with the band, working with such artists as Garrison Keillor, Van Morrison and Mike Oldfield. The band won awards in Germany, Britain and the U.S. and throughout Alan was at the heart, his keyboards underpinning the bagpipes and the fiddle. In being the first to use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk band Alan's contribution to the band's story has ensured it's stature in Scottish culture as well as its influence on many of today's Celtic musicians. Dutch born Rob Van Sante is a guitarist of skill and subtlety. His mother was a child prodigy on piano so it is no surprise that music has played an important part in his life. During the 1970's, 80's and 90's he toured extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. He has worked with such stalwarts of the British Folk and Jazz scene as Danny Thompson, Jon Strong, Tom Napper, Tom McConville, Kate Rusby, John McCusker, Gordon Tyrrall, Tim Wood, Patsy Matheson and many more. Rob worked with Battlefield Band for 13 years as sound engineer for both live and recorded work. He was commonly acknowledged as their fifth member. In 2010 he left the band to concentrate on playing and recording in the duo with Alan. This will be an intimate upstairs gig limited to 40 seats so unfortunately we cannot offer any free juniors tickets for this one.

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Jo Harman And Friends A.k.a. Southern Soul Connection

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at Richmond Crawdaddy Club Doors at 8pm

We are proud to welcome back British Blues Award 2014 Female Vocalist of the Year, Jo Harman with The Southern Soul Connection, a collective of likeminded friends including another BBA Award winner, Steve Watts (Keyboard player of the Year). She is the standout female singer/songwriter of the past twelve months and more. Her debut album 'Dirt on my Tongue' was received by critical acclaim by both the specialist music magazines as well as some national press. She has also just released her second album, the very special 'Live from The Albert Hall' recorded by the BBC at last year's Bluesfest. She not only won the vocalist of the year accolade, but was runner in the songwriter category with her co-writer Mike Davis. It's her live performances which have gained her such a loyal following and is the reason she in such huge demand at Festivals throughout the UK and Europe. Her 'Friends' are made up of a world class collection of musicians who have worked with artists such as Jo Cocker, BB King, Mark Knopfler, Steve Winwood, Lionel Richie to name just a few. We are delighted that she has chosen The Crawdaddy Club as the only London area stop as part of her mini tour of small, intimate venues. Her appearance here in 2013 was the highlight of our year. This gig is likely to even surpass that very special evening. Do not miss this!!

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Bob Cheevers

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at Coatbridge Berits & Brown Doors 7.30pm

A welcome return for the legendary Nashville songwriter. Now based in Austin, Texas, Bob has had one hell of a career. Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings have recorded his songs. When he died, Elvis had a song of Bob's on his "to do" list. Having written over 3,000 songs with some of them on TV and in movies, Bob has toured Europe relentlessly the past 13 years doing 30-60 concerts per tour and has been a music biz professional since the late 60's during his top-40-charting pop career in LA, being the voice on the TV theme "Love American Style" and having played gigs in just about every state in the US. In addition to his 1999 "Gettysburg To Graceland" CD being Americana top 20, one of the results of that record was the opening spot on what was to be Johnny Cash's final tour. Bob grew up in Memphis and got a soul full of music not only from the icons of his youth such as Elvis and Johnny Cash but also from his mother who was a radio star in the 20's-30's during the big band era. ! Having spent 16 years as a journeyman writer in Nashville's music scene, he now lives in Austin fine tuning his musical voice spinning rootsy, blues-flavored tales of life in a conversational language of the heart. An Emmy winning songwriter, Kerrville and Napa Valley festival winner with 10 commercial CDs two of which were Euro top 10 and 2010 release "Tall Texas Tales", was US Americana #28. His most recent CD, 'Smoke & Mirrors' is a double-dose of amazing. Joining Bob is fantastic Scottish singer songwriter Adriana Spina.

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Wallis Bird

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at London Sebright Arms Doors 7.30pm

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at London Kings Place 8pm

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one, but the duo's dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms, and their shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of Scottish tunes has helped reconstruct and revive the Scottish tradition of playing dance music on violin and cello. They have toured internationally as a duo for over twelve years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound and have released three critically acclaimed and award winning albums along the way. 'Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A positive joy.' The Scotsman alasdairfraser.com | nataliehaas.com

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Peter Knight's Gigspanner

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre 8.00pm

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Peter Knight's Gigspanner

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre 8.00pm

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Martin Harley

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at Bangor Blue Sky Cafe Doors 6.30 Gig starts 8pm

2 course set meal available. You must book for food on 01248355444 between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm £12 for a 2 course delicious Blue Sky supper

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Acoustic Haven - Sam Walker & Truffleshack - Fri Nov 28th 2014

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at Totnes St Johns Church Doors open 6.30pm

Acoustic Haven with SAM WALKER and TRUFFLESHACK Friday November 28th - St John's church Totnes. SAM WALKER is extraordinary and not to be missed. A one man band sensation who will lift off the roof. Fantastic song writer & performer. Enjoy :) TRUFFLESHACK & brilliant duo from Bristol. Accordion and violin that weave a wicked tapestry together - very good musicianship & performance. Upstairs is the cafe & bar space with projected images by artist Mike Boyer & tunes by Messenger Soundsystem. Arrive early to enjoy organic soup, cakes & chai & beers from the local brewery at the Albert or New Lion Brewery.

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Voodoo Kitchen At The Henfield Hall

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at Henfield Henfield Hall Doors 7.30pm Start 8.30pm

Voodoo Kitchen Cajun Country and Roots Ensemble at The Henfield Hall Professor David Minns Guitar & Vocals Bob Brookes Vocals & Harmonicas Jon Wigg Fiddle Mandolin & Pipes Trevor Grant Acoustic Guitar & Dobro Jeremy Sherman Dobros & Lap Steel Guitars Ian McIlroy Cajun Accordians Jim Brian Bass Marriane Hiller - Brook Drums & Percussion Further Info at: http://voodookitchen.moonfruit.com/

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Sláinte Na Ngael

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at Belfast Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich Doors at 8:00pm

Le Liam Ó Maonlaí, Clann Mhic Ruairí & Rachel Walker Ól Sláinte na nGael! Oíche ar dóigh de cheol Gaelach le cuid de na hamhránaithe is fearr atá ag gabháil in Éirinn is in Albain. De réir mar a théann said ar an ardán, déanfaidh muid braoin beag d'uisce beatha áitiúil na gceoltóirí a riar ar an lucht féachana. Is laoch mór an cheoil é Liam Ó Maonlaí as Baile Átha Cliath. Tá Liam ina bhall den mhórghrupá 'The Hothouse Flowers' agus is iomaí amhrán gleoite Gaeilge atá aige. Ceathrar deartháireacha iad Clann Mhic Ruairí; Tony, Aodh, Seán agus Dónall taobh le Megan, iníon Tony. As Rann na Feirste ó cheart iad Clann Mhic Ruairí agus clú orthu ar fud na hÉireann agus níos faide i gcéin as sárbhua a gcuid ceoil. Bronnadh Amhránaí Gaelach na Bliana uirthi ag na Gradaim Trad i mí na Nollag 2013, is amhránaí/scríbhneoir amhrán iontach í Rachel Walker as Ceann Loch Lú i dTaobh Siar Rois na hAlban. With Liam ó Maonlaí, Clann Mhic Ruairí & Rachel Walker Drink a health to the Gael! A great night of Gaelic song with some of the best vocal performers in Ireland and Scotland. We will also serve a little taste of each singer's local whiskey as they take to the stage! Liam Ó Maonlaí is a founding member of 'The Hothouse Flowers' and a legend on the Irish music circuit. Liam performs his own spellbinding renditions of many traditional Gaelic songs. Four brothers, Tony, Aodh, Seán and Dónall make up Clann Mhic Ruairí along with Tony's daughter, Megan. Natives of Rann na Feirste, Clann Mhic Ruairí are renowned for their musical genius throughout Ireland and further afield. Named Gaelic Singer of the Year at the Trad Awards in December 2013, Rachel Walker is a superb singer/songwriter from Kinlochewe in Wester Ross, Scotland.

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Liverpool Acoustic Live, Featuring Only Child

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at Liverpool The View Two Gallery Doors 7.45pm, music 8.15pm

After their knockout performance at this year's Above the Beaten Track, Liverpool Acoustic are pleased to welcome back Only Child. The brainchild of former Trestles front-man Alan O'Hare and violinist Laura McKinley, Only Child has been winning fans and gathering plaudits ever since bursting onto the scene in 2012. Joining Only Child on the night are Elijah James and Katie McLoughlin. Tickets are available now in advance for £5 from wegottickets.com/liverpoolacoustic or for £6 on the night. Doors open at 7.45pm with the music starting at 8.15pm. You can join the facebook event at facebook.com/liverpoolacoustic/events All of our future live events can be found at liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/live and if you want to receive information about tickets before they go on general sale then sign up to our events publicity mailing list.

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All The Wild Folk Presents Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra + Tell Tale Tusk

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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All The Wild Folk Presents Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra + Tell Tale Tusk

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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York Mind Festive Acoustic Gig 2014

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at York NCEM 7pm for a 7.30pm start

Come and celebrate the approach of the end of the year and the start of the festive season with York Mind! Four popular acoustic acts will be performing their music in one of the most beautiful venues in York, the spectacular National Centre for Early Music. Raffle - Bar - Cake stall 100% of the proceeds from this concert will be donated to York Mind, to help continue their vital services for people experiencing mental ill-health in York. For more information about the work of York Mind, please visit http://www.yorkmind.org.uk

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York Mind Festive Acoustic Gig 2014

on Fri, 28 Nov 2014 at York NCEM 7pm for a 7.30pm start

Come and celebrate the approach of the end of the year and the start of the festive season with York Mind! Four popular acoustic acts will be performing their music in one of the most beautiful venues in York, the spectacular National Centre for Early Music. Raffle - Bar - Cake stall 100% of the proceeds from this concert will be donated to York Mind, to help continue their vital services for people experiencing mental ill-health in York. For more information about the work of York Mind, please visit http://www.yorkmind.org.uk

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The Houghton Weavers At Christmas

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Chorley Little Theatre 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)

Celebrating 39 years in the business, The Houghton Weavers guarantee a wonderful evening of song and humour. Combining folk favourites with Christmas singalongs, a night with the Weavers is bound to Keep Folk Smiling.

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O'hooley And Tidow

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Sheffield The Heeley Institute Doors 7.30pm, live music 8pm

First time visit to The Institute for this groundbreaking duo. New release "The Hum" confirms their status as daring and innovative writers and performers, taking traditional music into new territory with confidence and passion. The result is the creation of a breathtaking musical landscape that effortlessly recreates their northern lives and home.

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O'hooley And Tidow

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Sheffield The Heeley Institute Doors 7.30pm, live music 8pm

First time visit to The Institute for this groundbreaking duo. New release "The Hum" confirms their status as daring and innovative writers and performers, taking traditional music into new territory with confidence and passion. The result is the creation of a breathtaking musical landscape that effortlessly recreates their northern lives and home.

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Petunia & Nathan Godfrey

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Belfast The Duncairn SHOW 8PM

If ever there was a dream meant-to-be pairing it was when the colourful frontman of Petunia & The Vipers hooked up with renowned American old-time picker Nathan Godfrey. The pair mine for nuggets from the US roots music back catalogue and present them as well-burnished golden treasures. It's rare to see an act as mesmerising, authentic and engaging as Petunia and Nathan, and it makes for an unforgettable live performance. Petunia's voice is astonishing. His singing ranges from the most delicate you've ever heard to the most powerful, often within a single song. His multi-talented side-kick, joins him on vocals and resonator guitar, mandolin or banjo, and is recognised as one of Canada's leading old-time performers. Expect to hear echoes of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizell, Jimme Rodgers and Riley Puckett as well as originals, which will be familiar to fans of The Vipers' shows. A pure Canadian treasure - Key to The West music journal

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Petunia & Nathan Godfrey

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Belfast The Duncairn SHOW 8PM

If ever there was a dream meant-to-be pairing it was when the colourful frontman of Petunia & The Vipers hooked up with renowned American old-time picker Nathan Godfrey. The pair mine for nuggets from the US roots music back catalogue and present them as well-burnished golden treasures. It's rare to see an act as mesmerising, authentic and engaging as Petunia and Nathan, and it makes for an unforgettable live performance. Petunia's voice is astonishing. His singing ranges from the most delicate you've ever heard to the most powerful, often within a single song. His multi-talented side-kick, joins him on vocals and resonator guitar, mandolin or banjo, and is recognised as one of Canada's leading old-time performers. Expect to hear echoes of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizell, Jimme Rodgers and Riley Puckett as well as originals, which will be familiar to fans of The Vipers' shows. A pure Canadian treasure - Key to The West music journal

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Martyn Joseph

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Faringdon Corn Exchange Doors 7.30pm - Show 8.00pm

Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other. He has been called The Welsh Springsteen, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn's work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn's music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn't need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn's music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. In 2013 Martyn released a CD of Bruce Springsteen songs, to great public and critical acclaim, with the glowing endorsement of Dave Marsh, acclaimed American music critic and official Springsteen biographer. 2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his "Let Yourself Trust", a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it's found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations. Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut - MOJO One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain todaytough and passionate
 Tom Robinson BBC 6 music One of acoustic music's most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters
 Q Magazine A profound experience
 The Boston Globe Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility
 Time Out Written with craft, performed with passion
 Financial Time He is one of our most intelligent writers - Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

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Elbow Jane

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Hepworth Village Hall Doors 7:30pm Start 8:00pm

Now established as one of the finest live acoustic acts in the UK, Elbow Jane continue to tour clubs and festivals with their latest CD from Fellside Records entitled The Boldest Blood. National press have described their music as utterly infectious and confirmed them as one of the top acoustic acts in the country.

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An Evening With Damh The Bard

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Tenbury Wells Fountain Inn Doors open at 7.00 pm Music starts at 7.30pm

Damh the Bard at The Fountain Inn, Oldwood, Tenbury Wells WR15 8TB 01584 810701

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When The Moon Is Full - Wren Music

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Exeter Cygnet Theatre 7.30pm

Inspired by Sabine Baring-Gould's 'Book of Werewolves' Wren Band presents a concert that touches on the Gothic within English folk song, connecting with the influences of folklore found in contemporary popular culture such as Harry Potter. The band has sifted through archives of traditional folk songs to find those that fitted with the stories in the Book of Werewolves and penned new songs about some of Dartmoor's best-known folklore stories. Wren Music Presents: A series of concerts promoted by Wren Music with Cygnet Theatre.

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When The Moon Is Full - Wren Music

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Exeter Cygnet Theatre 7.30pm

Inspired by Sabine Baring-Gould's 'Book of Werewolves' Wren Band presents a concert that touches on the Gothic within English folk song, connecting with the influences of folklore found in contemporary popular culture such as Harry Potter. The band has sifted through archives of traditional folk songs to find those that fitted with the stories in the Book of Werewolves and penned new songs about some of Dartmoor's best-known folklore stories. Wren Music Presents: A series of concerts promoted by Wren Music with Cygnet Theatre.

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The Balkan Wanderers

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Oxford Wheatsheaf 8.20pm

An evening that takes the base metal of folk melody, throws it in the alembic, and creates three very different intoxicating alchemical distilations: The Balkan Wanderers merge East European folk with literate indie to produce something full of zest, but slyly witty; Southend's outstanding experimental drone-folk outfit Lost Harboursalternate between the icily beautiful and the harrowingly bleak; Oxford-based, Sweden-raised Julia Meijer proffers crisply elegant songs brushed with sweet arrangements and subtle electronics. Links and further details, as ever, at www.gappytooth.com Fondest regards...

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Ranagri

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop 7.00pm

Consisting of flutes; ethnic flutes; electric harp; bodhran; guitar; bouzouki and vocals, Ranagri fuse worldwide folk music with quality contemporary songwriting, enhanced by virtuosic instrumentals, vibrant rhythms and haunting melodies, all interlaced with vivid storytelling. They'll be stopping off at the bookshop at the start of their UK tour. Showcasing acoustic driven, harmony rich anthems along with their intimate, mellow story songs, don't miss 'Speak, Brother' www.Ranagri.com www.speakbrother.co.uk www.thebigcomfybookshop.co.uk

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Reg Meuross At Halsway Manor

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Taunton Halsway Manor 8pm - 11pm

"Calling Meuross a singer-songwriter really doesn't do the man justice. Meuross doesn't write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you'll ever hear." Pennyblack Music Winner of the Fatea award for Best Male Vocalist 2013, Reg's clever and imaginative lyrics have earned him the title of Master Storyteller, and led Mike Harding (Mike Harding Folk Show) to introduce him onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall as one of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced. Whether it's a village hall or the Albert Hall, Reg brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

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Reg Meuross At Halsway Manor

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Taunton Halsway Manor 8pm - 11pm

"Calling Meuross a singer-songwriter really doesn't do the man justice. Meuross doesn't write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you'll ever hear." Pennyblack Music Winner of the Fatea award for Best Male Vocalist 2013, Reg's clever and imaginative lyrics have earned him the title of Master Storyteller, and led Mike Harding (Mike Harding Folk Show) to introduce him onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall as one of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced. Whether it's a village hall or the Albert Hall, Reg brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

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Marcus Malone

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Doncaster The Leopard 7.30pm

Marcus Malone with support from Alex McKown Originally from Detroit, Michigan USA, Marcus Malone lived near Hitsville and grew up listening to Motown grooves. He is now settled in the UK but his early Detroit and LA influences still flavour his music. Marcus has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Burnley and Colne Festivals in the UK; Harlebeke Blues Festival in Belgium; the Bospop Festival in NL; Valdagno(Vicenza)Blues Festival in Italy; and various UK Art Centres and Blues Clubs. Marcus ended 2013 by headlining the Tenby Blues Festival in Wales. Marcus is presently working the European blues circuit, festivals and concert halls including tours of Belgium, France, Germany and Netherlands. Live performances in 2011-2013 in the Netherlands include Kwadendamme, Tegelen, Huntenpop, Oisterwijk, Hoogeveen, Geithoorn, Enchede and Texel Festivals. The Luxemburg Festival in Luxemburg. In France he performed at the Pleins Feaux Festival 2013 in Bonneville which was filmed for French TV distribution and internet TV. Other Festivals and large venues in France included 'American Journeys' in Cambrai, Fete de la Musique in Marc En Baroeul, Presqu'ile Blues Festival in Ambialet (opening for The Straits), Buc n' Blues (Buc France), Blues & Rock Festival in Segoufielle and Le Show Room, Valenciennes France and in Germany at the Caf' Conc' des 3 Frontiers venue. Malone, a Detroit native and current UK resident, is without question one of the finest vocalists to be found in the blues, blues/rock, or rock genres. He has a very Paul Rodgers like quality to his voice which is excellent for the multiple styles of music he plays. http://www.marcusmalone.com Alex McKown is a four times finalist in the British Blues Awards. www.alexmckown.com

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Blue Rose Code (solo)

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette doors 7pm

http://www.bluerosecode.com/ http://www.bluerosecode.com/watch Please feel free to Like Launderette Sessions on Facebook Follow @LaunderetteSess on Twitter. Launderette_Sessions on Instagram Tickets £15 in advance or £17.50 Door. Tickets also available at Old Cinema Launderette. Contact mrwishywashypresents@gmail.com for further information. Mix of seating (V.LIMITED) and standing............... Doors 7pm. Support around 7.45pm. Headline around 8.30pm. We have a drinks licence. Real ales, lagers, wines. ciders and spirits will be served along with OCC Coffee, Yorkshire Tea and Twinnings Fruit Teas... and of course soft drinks. BLUE ROSE CODE is Edinburgh-born songwriter Ross Wilson. At the edge of contemporary alt-folk, Wilson's music evokes a meeting of Van Morrison and a young John Martyn, both shipwrecked with a bunch of Motown records. Album two -The Ballads of Peckham Rye was released on 2nd June, featuring a remarkable roll call of musicians - Danny Thompson, Kathryn Williams, Karine Polwart & Aidan O'Rourke.

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The Ragged Out String Band

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 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 Ragged Out String Band play hard-driving Old-Time, Early Bluegrass and Americana, underpinning traditional fiddle tunes and songs with energetic and creative rhythms. Brought together by a shared love of fiddle music and good times the band are Emily Smith (fiddle), Andy Quelch (guitar), Joe Aukland (banjo) and Jackson Paul (bass and feet). Their combined credits include US fiddle ace Chance McCoy, Madness and The Wagontales.

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La Mort Subite + Green Man

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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Foyle Folk Presents Part 2 - PØrts

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Derry The Sandwich Co. 8.00pm

Now returning for its 7th year, Foyle Folk is back, only this year we are bringing you a series of exclusive gigs throughout Derry. Taking a breather from the two-day festival, Foyle Folk Presents are very happy to be hosting the best in local talent including the promising PØRTS (formerly Little Bear) who will be headlining our "bring your own" event at The Sandwich Co. on November 29th. This is sure to sell out as it is the beginning of the party season... so get your tickets now. Tickets are priced £12.50 which includes corkage (BYO) and food. Limited tickets are available from www.foylefolkfestival.co.uk Festival favourite Robyn G. Shiels will be joining us for our Foyle Folk Presents show on November 13th in Sandinos. Tickets for this are priced at a very generous £5 and are available from our website also. Foyle Folk Presents is a series of small independently run events organised by a voluntary committee, most of which are musicians themselves. This helps generate a very friendly, warm and laid back atmosphere, which adds greatly to the overall experience of our annual festivals/events. "We are delighted to announce this year's headliners, 'PØRTS and Robyn G. Shiels', they will be performing as part of our special 'Foyle Folk Presents' shows. We would like to urge people to buy tickets as soon as possible as both of these show's are sure to sell out." (Event Organsiers) Tickets will be on sale soon and can be purchased online at WeGotTickets.com and from Sandinos and The Sandwich Co. The PØRTS gig is a Bring Your Own refreshments event, food is also provided so please drink responsibly.

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The Dandy Horses Single Launch Of 'a Winter Waltz'

on Sat, 29 Nov 2014 at Belfast Sunflower Bar & Music Venue 8.30pm

The Dandy Horses invite you to come along and join them at the launch of their single 'A Winter Waltz'.

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Dave Kelly (from The Blues Band)

on Sun, 30 Nov 2014 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

If there is such a thing as a British 'blues pedigree', Dave Kelly's sets the standard. Dave is a blues craftsman - a journeyman who has served his time with the best. In New York he jammed with Muddy Waters. He became a friend to Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker, who both felt the benefit of Dave's playing in their touring bands. Dave's big sister, the late Jo-Ann Kelly, first opened his ears to the blues, although his passion for rock and roll - and especially the work of Buddy Holly - remains intact. In 1967 he joined The John Dummer Blues Band. After three albums and a solo project he continued polishing his style and technique throughout an adventurous career with some of Britain's finest players. When The Blues Band was formed in 1979, the post of slide guitarist and joint vocalist was a foregone conclusion - and bringing his friend, the bassist Gary Fletcher, along to that first rehearsal, was a bonus. Dave Kelly's guitar and vocals form the backbone of The Blues Band's distinctive sound. Today, after 21 years 'treading the boards' with the band, with his solo albums, duo tours with Paul Jones, and soundtrack work (including BBC TV's 'King of the Ghetto' and the Comic Strip's 'Strike!') Dave Kelly is firmly established as Europe's premier blues performer. Garry Smith, who plays resonator guitar, makes a popular return to TwickFolk in the support slot.

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Martin Harley

on Sun, 30 Nov 2014 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter he fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio; The Martin Harley Band. Martin's latest album MOJO FIX which was recorded in Texas, comes on the heels of four critically celebrated albums, years of touring and countless festivals that have built Martin a strong and solid fan-base spanning the globe. Martin is a deeply important and respected voice in the evolution of popular blues and folk oriented guitar and vocals. He is now expanding on his international success with recent time spent in the US recording and touring. A life long devotee of acoustic guitar music, especially the ageless blues/roots sounds, Martin has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic song-writing style he possesses today. Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, he is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. In other areas and styles, however, he has proved himself a master guitarist and a consistently astounding songwriter. Look for Martin's videos Winter Coat, Love In the Afternoon, and Mojo Fix taken from the album of the same name. Awesome Johnnie Walker, BBC Radio 2 Shining talents in the British acoustic scene Guitar Magazine Quite simply a great live act Time Out London No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business Roots Magazine When you experience Martin Harley's music for the first time you forget to look at your watch, you forget the work waiting for you, you forget to eat lunch. His music and his performances take you out of whatever room you're in and you become part of the experience. Play it loud! Meg MacDonald, M:M Music PRAISE FOR THE ALBUM MOJO FIX 8/10 Harley is a class act. Massively accomplished stuff. Classic Rock Mag. "It's a fabulous mixture that brings all sorts of roots music to the table, and he's reeled in some fantastic musicians to flesh out the songs. Harley himself is a fabulous slide guitarist & he's definitely got enough mojo of his own." the- rocker.co.uk Short bottleneck interlude in 'Treading Water' is delightful. Mojo Fix illustrates Harley & his musicians' versatility. 'Mean Old City' draws the album to a thunderous & satisfying conclusion. R2 Magazine It's a satisfying fix of six-string mojo that deserves quality listening time Guitarist Magazine www.martinharley.com www.facebook.com/martinharleyband https://soundcloud.com/martinharley http://www.youtube.com/user/martinharleyband

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Take Thackray

on Sun, 30 Nov 2014 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Ed Mortimer performs the songs of Jake Thackray

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Take Thackray

on Sun, 30 Nov 2014 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Ed Mortimer performs the songs of Jake Thackray

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Nick Caffrey And Ed Mcgurk

on Sun, 30 Nov 2014 at Southport Park Golf Club Doors from 7pm, music from 8pm

"True English folksong doesn't come much better than this" (Keith Kendrick) - we agree, thanks Keith for saving our having to dream up copy! Devoid of any airs and graces, here's folk song, pure and simple.

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Steve Gibbons

on Sun, 30 Nov 2014 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Unique and timeless the legend that's Steve Gibbons has withstood the fads and fashions of the music business for over four decades. Analyse his music and superb self penned songs and you'll find the influences of blues, country and even psychedelia. With a huge international following, his long career has encompassed 15 albums and along the way he has worked and toured with many bands including The Who, Little Feat, Lynard Skynard and E.L.O. With a huge repertoire of original material to draw on his setlist is always fresh and surprising, he draws the audience into a musical world with its own special history and culture, in his hands rock n roll is a magical force.

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Wallis Bird

on Sun, 30 Nov 2014 at Brighton Komedia Doors 7.00pm

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The Local Presents Rm Hubbert

on Sun, 30 Nov 2014 at London The Lexington 7:00pm

RM Hubbert RM Hubbert is a guitarist from Glasgow in Scotland. He writes music about love, death, friendship, mental illness and occasionally a dog called D Bone. It's not as depressing as the previous sentence suggests. One of Glasgow's more prolific artists, RM Hubbert has released music under a variety of guises since 1993. It was El Hombre Trajeado's triptych of albums released between 1995 and 2005 though, that really put Hubbert on the musical map, earning swathes of critical acclaim, three Peel Sessions and support slots with the likes of Sebadoh, Tortoise, Nick Cave, Deerhoof, Mùm, Mike Watt and The Delgados. Following El Hombre Trajeado's demise, guitarist Hubbert took a break from playing live and began studying a host of different musical forms before returning to the scene in 2008 and self releasing his debut solo album 'First & Last', in March 2010. This album was later re- released on Scotland's legendary Chemikal Underground Records in February 2011. The album's nine instrumentals skilfully blended elements of flamenco and samba with contemporary melodies to create a truly unique, understated record. 'First & Last', by Hubbert's own admission, was informed by three dark events in his life; the death of his father; his diagnosis with chronic depression and finally, the death of his mother. That these traumatic events resulted in album of such beauty is testament not only to Hubbert's technical prowess as a guitarist but, perhaps more importantly, his considered and subtle strengths as a composer. With 'First & Last' and a return to regular live performance, RM Hubbert's profile grew steadily as he averaged over ninety shows a year and garnered support slots with Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Band, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, King Creosote and Alasdair Roberts as well securing the main support slot on both Mogwai's mammoth European tour, Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat's UK and European tour and The Twilight Sad's UK tour. The second album, 'Thirteen Lost & Found' was released through Chemikal Underground Records on January 30th 2012. Produced by long-time friend Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) the album features collaborations with some very special artists including Hanna Tuulikki (Nalle, Two Wings), Emma Pollock (The Delgados), Luke Sutherland (Long Fin Killie, Bows, Mogwai), Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap), Alex Kapranos and Alasdair Roberts amongst others. Having found that it was easier to connect with people through music, 'Thirteen Lost & Found' was conceived by Hubbert as a way of reacquainting himself with old friends while making some new ones. Each piece was written collaboratively with the respective artists; with the emphasis placed on spontaneity and experimentation. The resulting collection is eclectic and beautiful: voice, percussion, violin, piano, banjo, accordion, vibraphone and gu zheng all joining Hubbert's idiosyncratic guitar over the eleven songs. Thirteen Lost & Found has since won the 2013 Scottish Album of the Year Award. 'Breaks & Bone', his third album for Chemikal Underground (released 27/09/13), sees Hubbert return to solo guitar performance, albeit augmented for the first time with his own vocals. Conceived as an end to the 'The Ampersand Trilogy', Breaks & Bone explores the ideas of letting go of grief, accepting depression and finding new love. The album alternates between instrumental and vocal tracks, tied together beautifully by Paul Savages haunting, minimalist production. This album also a return to the live stage after a 9 month break for Hubbert for a highly successful UK tour playing to his largest audiences yet including sold out crowds in Glasgow, Manchester, London & Bristol. Some reviews 'A gracious and spellbinding thing' Q 4/5 'Emotionally gripping' Mojo 4/5 'A revitalising downpour' The Wire 'Technically dazzling and deeply moving' Uncut 4/5 'Hubbert's a hell of a guitarist' Daily Express 4/5 'Alluring, enigmatic' The Scotsman 'His unique guitar playing shines brightest' Is This Music 5/5 'Yearning, inventive' AU 'Delicate and beautiful' Clash 'Utterly captivating' The Line of Best Fit 'We are lucky indeed to have this record' The Quietus 'Hubby's most expansive & diverse work' The List 4/5 'Peerless' The Skinny 'Superb' The Herald Online www.rmhubbert.com www.chemikal.co.uk www.twitter.com/rmhubbert www.facebook.com/rmhubbert

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The Dovetail Trio At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 30 Nov 2014 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub Doors open around 7:30 pm

Presenting England's traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, The Dovetail Trio explores familiar narratives and modern themes with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage. 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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Shropshire Roots Present: The Gren Bartley Band

on Sun, 30 Nov 2014 at Shrewsbury The Morris Hall Doors at 7.00pm, Show starts 7.45pm

Gren Bartley is a prolific and exceptional songwriter. He is constantly touring and forever writing. The critically acclaimed new album Winter Fires (out Spring 2013) is yet another giant leap forward and is building further upon the success of 2012's critically acclaimed Songs To Scythe Back The Overgrown. Work has already started on the next album working with legendary producer Gavin Monaghan (Robert Plant, Scott Matthews, Nizlopi, Paolo Nutini). A quiet triumph, no less - fRoots Showcasing his phenomenal guitar playing and poetry driven lyrics, Gren is touring the new album with his band. Stunning four part harmonies and intricate string arrangements offer an even deeper intrigue to the new material already described as spine tinglingly beautiful. The drive of the percussion and the orchestral flourishes sweep the audience into the narratives and subtly embellish the songs. This new direction for Bartley deserves your attention.

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Sam Sallon + Three Pilgrims

on Sun, 30 Nov 2014 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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SAM SALLON Last year saw the release of Sam Sallon's debut album "One for The Road". As well as being heralded by music mags like Mojo, Maverick and R2, the album's singles also gained considerable internet attention and both found their way onto national radio; a rare feat for an independent artist. This year has seen Sallon pick up three awards at the Exposure Music Awards in London including Best Act Overall. In June he won an international Independent Music Award in the best Folk/Singer-songwriter category for his song "You Are Home". He has performed solo at the Royal Albert Hall opening for Pete Doherty, the Royal Festival Hall opening for Lyle Lovett and the Queen Elizabeth Hall opening for the Neil Cowley Trio. Other notable support slots have been with Lucy Rose, Johnny Flynn, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Nick Harper and Nouvelle Vague. Come and hear him now in a rare intimate gig as he returns to the Green Note for his only London date this year. THREE PILGRIMS Three Pilgrims formed when the paths of three very individual musicians, already accomplished in their own right, and having achieved disillusionment, fortuitously converged in the fall of 2013. Their unique blend of exciting guitar styles and harmony singing has led them to busking at the South Bank. Pilgrim Mark says: "Yes, I'm very happy about the way things are going - I've always loved the river" Pilgrim Paul: "This is new and exciting... I've never had to check the weather forecast to know if I can play before." Indeed, nothing now stands between Three Pilgrims and their dream, except perhaps the rain. However, it's here we may catch a glimpse of just how innovative this band really is. Displaying an uncommon pioneering streak, a cunning strategy is being hatched about how they might acquire a gazebo. An unconfirmed report suggesting that a popular car accessories shop sells them is still under investigation. Still, for those of us who have been searching and waiting for the musical heroes of our day, perhaps the long wait is over Stay tuned. Pilgrim David: "I can't believe you haven't quoted me" Three Pilgrims are Paul Wassif, Mark Abis and David Watson

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Josienne Clarke And Ben Walker

on Mon, 1 Dec 2014 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music Starts 8:30pm

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. ------------------- In a town full of songs and singers, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker give you the real thing. Both classically trained, their musical proficiency is beyond doubt. But this isn't about technical accomplishment. This is about a song, first and foremost. Whether interpreting words centuries old, or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne's jewel-like voice finds the nuance and melancholy in the simplest phrase and effortlessly sends it straight to your heart. Ben's musical tact and mastery of the guitar provide the perfect setting and allow the song centre-stage.

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A Magical Evening With The Zemel Choir

on Mon, 1 Dec 2014 at London Saracens Allianz Park 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

A Charity evening to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society Finchley Memorial Hospital Dementia Cafe *A wonderful selection of Music from the Zemel Choir *Sparkling Reception *Kosher Food/Drinks *Michael Carr- Magician- Member of the Inner Magic Circle *Raffle and Auction in Association with Barclays *Supported by Saracens Foundation Finchley Memorial Hospital Dementia Cafe was originally funded with money raised By Councillor Lisa Rutter during her year as Mayor of Barnet 2011-2012 Free Car Parking at Allianz Park

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James Maddock

on Mon, 1 Dec 2014 at Worthing Pier Doors open 7pm Show starts 8pm

James Maddock possess the kind of livid-in craggy voice that would sound authorative if he were singing the sports pages. Fortunately he does doesn't need to do that because his compositional skills are a match for his delivery There's an impassioned longing evident in the opening melody of Another Life, the first track on James Maddock's most recent release by the same name that pervades the entirety of the album and even if you're not one of the many emphatic and diehard fans who have come to adore Maddock's signature raspy croon and deft song writing over the last few years, the music will sound and feel classic instantly. This is no accident. The charm of James Maddock to somehow access all that is timeless and make immediate and lasting connections is the product of years of honing his craft. Another Life is evidence of a master song writing at the top of his game.

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Chantel Mcgregor

on Tue, 2 Dec 2014 at Hessle Town Hall Doors at 7.30pm, start at 8pm

Award winning Chantel McGregor, nominated for best guitarist of 2014, plays this intimate venue as part of a major UK national tour

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Aaron Jonah Lewis' Corn Potato String Band

on Tue, 2 Dec 2014 at Towersey The Three Horseshoes Doors 7:30pm On stage 8:00pm Finish 10:15pm

The Corn Potato String Band play authentic American Appalachian folk music. The members of this band have delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Mexico. They are all multi-instrumentalists who are dedicated to continuing the traditional fiddle and banjo music and dance of the Central Southern US. In addition to being champion fiddlers, they play banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin and cover many different antiquated styles including ballads, ho-downs, country rags and southern gospel. Aaron Jonah Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist, performer and educator. He has won awards at the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival, including First Place Neotraditional Band in 2008, and at the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention, including First Place Bluegrass Fiddle in 2007, and he has performed at major festivals from the US to the UK and from Italy to Finland. Lewis has appeared on dozens of recordings from bluegrass and old time to swing jazz, modern experimental and Turkish classical music projects. He has taught workshops at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and at the English Folk Dance and Song Society in London. He also plays and teaches banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass and is currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. Lindsay McCaw has been playing American old time music for over 15 years. She performs music and calls dances around the country. McCaw plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, accordion and piano. She is also part of several theater and puppet companies, including her own, called The Dolly Wagglers. She has won several musical distinctions such as two-time winner of the Minneapolis Jug Band Contest and four-time first-place winner of the Sheffield Field Days Fiddle contest. Luke Richardson's music rolls with the arresting and subtle beauty of the hills around his family's farm in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. With an intuitive ability to match the fiddle, Luke manages to push the music along with grace, ease and remarkable drive. His banjo playing has earned him a National Old Time Banjo Championship and a handful of blue ribbons. Currently residing in Brooklyn, he is an in-demand old time musician.

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Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band

on Tue, 2 Dec 2014 at Grinton St Andrew's Church 8pm; doors at 7.30pm

'Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band at St Andrew's, Grinton. Tonight in Grinton - tomorrow night on the main stage at The Sage, Gateshead! Following the hugely popular 2012 Christmas tour, renowned folk singer Maddy Prior joins up once again with the Carnival Band during the Festive Season for their unique celebratory show "Carols & Capers". Together they mix renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour putting their inimitable stamps on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare. This will guarantee to be a Christmas Party to remember.

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Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band

on Tue, 2 Dec 2014 at Grinton St Andrew's Church 8pm; doors at 7.30pm

'Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band at St Andrew's, Grinton. Tonight in Grinton - tomorrow night on the main stage at The Sage, Gateshead! Following the hugely popular 2012 Christmas tour, renowned folk singer Maddy Prior joins up once again with the Carnival Band during the Festive Season for their unique celebratory show "Carols & Capers". Together they mix renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour putting their inimitable stamps on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare. This will guarantee to be a Christmas Party to remember.

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Martin Simpson

on Tue, 2 Dec 2014 at London The Old Queen's Head Doors open 7pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be taking place at our alternative home for the evening: THE OLD QUEEN'S HEAD, 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 _______ 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. There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, Love Never Dies to the profoundly moving Never Any Good and "One Day". His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan and many more. Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens". 2012's nominations for Martin include, Best Album for 'Purpose & Grace", Best Traditional Track for "The Lakes Of Ponchartrain" and Best Musician. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.

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Adam Holmes And The Embers

on Tue, 2 Dec 2014 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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hotly-tipped Edinburgh balladeer Adam Holmes crafts lyrics that resonate like old folk songs, set to melodies rooted in haunting slow airs. John Martyn's strum and sting, laced with a slice of Paolo Nutini soul and a touch of traditional folk. The 23-year-old Edinburgh-born singer/songwriter is one of the brightest rising stars on the UK folk scene, with influences from either side of the Atlantic mixing traditional and contemporary folk with his own brand of Americana. Starting out on fiddle, Holmes switched to guitar at 14, and began writing songs only a year or so later. A finalist in the 2009 Celtic Connections Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition, he was also nominated for Best Newcomer at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2011 and for Best Up and Coming Artist at the 2013 Scots Trad Music Awards. His debut album 'Heirs and Graces' was produced by John Wood (responsible for seminal albums by John Martyn, Nick Drake and Richard Thompson amongst many others), was mastered by Simon Heyworth, co-producer with Mike Oldfield of Tubular Bells and on release achieved number 5 in the iTunes Chart. It was launched to great critical acclaim in January 2014, was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and is currently achieving worldwide radio play. 2014 has seen a number of high profile gigs including a prestigious "showcase" slot at the Cambridge Folk Festival and he and his band The Embers recorded a live session for Mark Radcliffe's BBC Radio 2 Folk Show which has also been released as an EP.

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A Victorian Christmas

on Wed, 3 Dec 2014 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath Doors 7.15pm, start 7.45pm

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Sweet Baboo & The Pictish Trail

on Wed, 3 Dec 2014 at Hebden Bridge The Trades Club 8pm

Doors open 8pm CONCESSIONS APLY TO TRADES CLUB MEMBERS ONLY

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Sweet Baboo & The Pictish Trail

on Wed, 3 Dec 2014 at Hebden Bridge The Trades Club 8pm

Doors open 8pm CONCESSIONS APLY TO TRADES CLUB MEMBERS ONLY

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False Lights

on Wed, 3 Dec 2014 at London Sebright Arms 7.30pm

False Lights, the new project from folk visionaries Jim Moray and Sam Carter, make their London debut here at the Sebright Arms. In development behind closed doors for several months, a shared love of folk and heavy guitar music has produced a distinct sound which has more to do with Radiohead than Steeleye Span: an explosion of loud, electric, guitar-driven folk for the 21st century. The first glimpse of this exciting 6-piece band came in March with the release of the first False Lights video, Skewball- a song recorded originally by A.L.Lloyd in the early 1960s, and then again by Steeleye Span and Martin Carthy in the early 1970s. Their second video, Crossing the Bar was revealed exclusively at the FolkEast Press launch on the 5th June and is the final track on the recently released EP, the first fruits of the 15 songs they've written and arranged together in preparation for the festival in August. The four tracks on the False Lights EP give a flavour of what to expect from this intriguing band live. The first track, 'Skewball', is a song recorded originally by A.L.Lloyd in the early 1960s, and then again by Steeleye Span and Martin Carthy in the early 1970s. The second track, 'Polly On The Shore' was collected from George 'Pop' Maynard in West Hoathly, Sussex in the 1950s. In False Lights' hands it becomes a brooding alt-rock anthem, with strings, ebow guitars and a masterful vocal from Sam. The third track, 'The Maid Of Australia' is closely identified with Norfolk through both Harry Cox and Walter Pardon from whom it was collected, and Peter Bellamy who recorded the song in 1979 making it famous amongst a folk revival audience. Finally, 'Crossing The Bar' is one of the last poems written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in which he compares death to crossing the sandbar between the tide or river of life and the sea that lies beyond. Set to music by American old-time fiddler Rani Arbo, False Lights give the song a grand scale marrying English church music with stadium-sized guitars, swooping fiddles and Brazilian rhythms. False Lights are all award-winning artists in their own right, they are: Sam Carter Guitar and Vocals Jim Moray Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals Sam Nadal Drums (Lucy Rose) Jon Thorne Bass (Lamb, John Smith, Donovan, Badly Drawn Boy) Nick Cooke Melodeon (Kate Rusby, Mawkin) Tom Moore Violin (Moore Moss Rutter) The False Lights EP is available on download and 10 vinyl from http://www.falselights.co.uk

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James Hunter Six

on Wed, 3 Dec 2014 at Worthing Pier Doors open 7pm Show starts 8pm

James Hunter is a British blue-eyed soul singer who oozes great rhythm, blues and soul all wrapped up with his smokey mellifluous voice he is renowned for. He has been compared to his own influences like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Georgie Fame and Jackie Wilson. Hunter began his roots music career in the 1980s under the name Howlin' Wilf. His later solo recordings feature rhythm and blues in the style of the 1950s and 60's, pitched between R&B, early rock and roll, and early soul.. James has toured and opened for Van Morrison, Etta James, Boz Scaggs, Los Lonely Boys, Robert Cray, Bryan Adams, Los Lobos, Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, and even the Queen of Soul herself, Miss Aretha Franklin. He has taken the US by storm with his Grammy award winning albums 'People Gonna Talk' and 'The Hard Way' Rolling Stone James Hunter is "A treat not to miss" Van Morrison one of the best voices, and best-kept secrets, in British R&B and soul. Check him out!"

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An Audience Without Jake Thackray

on Wed, 3 Dec 2014 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

A heartfelt celebration of the work of the genius that was Jake Thackray. Funny, witty, satirical, fiercely intelligent songs combined with Jake's story in his own words. Fake Thackray has taken his celebration of Jake's wonderful work to new audiences across the country, including a 6 week UK tour with Fairport Convention, 20 shows at Edinburgh Fringe, and many festivals including Cropredy. He has shawred the stage with Fairport, Richard Digance, Vin Garbutt and Phil Cool and has received accolades from Ralph McTell and Mike Harding. The show has received several 4 star reviews: John is superb as Jake Thackray (New Town Theatre) this performance is sheer delight (SG Fringe) Hilarious songs, perfectly played (Musical Talk) Faultless and very special (Three Weeks)

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Folklore Presents .. Patch And The Giant

on Wed, 3 Dec 2014 at London Green Note Doors 7:00pm

A band you should make an effort to catch (Folk Radio UK) "Beautifully mellifluous" (Genevieve Tudor, BBC) "Utterly impossible not to sing, stamp, clap along" (Sofar Sounds) " These lovely people never fail to impress with their energy, not to mention their ability to get the whole room on their feet and dancing, an admittedly rare phenomena to come across these days" (For Folk's Sake) "Patch and the Giant are one of London's biggest folk bands in a very literal sense. Their line-up involves a string trio, a one-girl brass section, the happiest man in England and, completely unrelated, the loudest. And that's not even all members accounted for! You'll struggle to find a band that has more fun onstage together..." (Folkroom Records) "One of, if not the single most promising folk act to emerge so far this decade." (7BitArcade)

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Martyn Joseph

on Thu, 4 Dec 2014 at Eastbourne Underground Theatre Doors 7.30pm - Show start 8pm

Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other. He has been called The Welsh Springsteen, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn's work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn's music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn't need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn's music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. In 2013 Martyn released a CD of Bruce Springsteen songs, to great public and critical acclaim, with the glowing endorsement of Dave Marsh, acclaimed American music critic and official Springsteen biographer. 2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his "Let Yourself Trust", a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it's found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations. Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut - MOJO One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain todaytough and passionate
 Tom Robinson BBC 6 music One of acoustic music's most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters
 Q Magazine A profound experience
 The Boston Globe Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility
 Time Out Written with craft, performed with passion
 Financial Time He is one of our most intelligent writers - Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

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9bach

on Thu, 4 Dec 2014 at London Vortex Doors 7.30pm

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Antonio Lulic

on Thu, 4 Dec 2014 at Manchester The Castle Hotel Doors at 7:30pm

Raised in the North East of England, son to a Chilean exile and a lass from the pit village of Trimdon, Antonio Lulic is a folk-rock singer-songwriter whose deep and gravelly vocal combines with a powerful yet intimate lyrical style to deliver passionate and uniquely soulful music. Since the release of his debut EP, 'Becomes Unstoppable', at the start of 2010, Antonio has toured relentlessly; performing for audiences all over London, up and down the UK, across Europe and all over the USA, building a loyal fanbase spread across the globe. While on tour at the end of 2011 with international number one artist Ed Sheeran, Antonio released his acoustic EP 'Rough'. Then after spending November touring the UK and France with fellow London singer-songwriters Ryan Keen and Kal Lavelle, Antonio took off back to the USA in the spring of 2012, to perform on a showcase stage at the SXSW Music festival in Austin, Texas for the third year in a row; a performance that music blog Twangville called 'Captivating'.

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Mark Crozer And The Rels @ The Shield & Dagger

on Thu, 4 Dec 2014 at Swindon The Shield & Dagger Doors at 7:30pm

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Funke And The Two Tone Baby

on Thu, 4 Dec 2014 at Cambridge Portland Arms Doors 7.30pm. Music starts at 8pm.

Kent-based mechanical alt-blues band Funke and the Two Tone Baby is the pseudonym of multi-instrumentalist Dan Turnbull. Described as creating 'new, exciting and innovative music' (R2 Magazine), in two years Funke has gone from pub gigs in Margate to performing 300+ shows and festivals across the UK and Europe. Combining effects pedals, beatboxing and grooving bass lines with traditional instrumentation, powerful vocals and relentless energy that provides tracks with a 'distinctive and contemporary twist' (Artree Magazine) and gets people 'grooving like an apoplectic orang-utan' (Sound of Confusion). Funke has appeared on Absolute Radio and has played as main support for Bob Log III, Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs, Treetop Flyers, Hazel O'Connor, Babar Luck, 3 Daft Monkeys, Eddie Spaghetti and TV Smith, alongside performing as a headline act at venues and festival stages throughout the UK. Funke brings his rocking live show to The Portland, touring his newest release "The Last Thing We'll See Is The Sea".

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Billie Marten + Special Guests

on Thu, 4 Dec 2014 at Aiskew Hemelvaart Bier Cafe Doors at 7:00pm

Billie Marten is already fast becoming a bright, new presence in festivals and venues across the country. Her songs contain a beauty and world weary maturity that has the ability to leave those twice her age green with envy, and her new EP, Ribbons, is a fine example of balladry and musical tenderness that is mastered to perfection. Frankly, this EP is a must-hear for fans of gentle, finger-picked melodies and near-whispered vocals. Marten's delicate voice and guitar style provides an atmosphere similar to both Laura Marling and the Smoke Fairies, but with a power and timid conviction in her deliverance, best shown in the haunting 'Cross' and a re-imagined cover of La Roux's 'In For The Kill'. The influence of artists like Laura Marling on Marten's work is obvious, with a subtle crack in her voice and perfect instrumentation that doesn't drown the listener in unnecessary sound yet provides a fitting backdrop to her every word with a simplistic arrangement of percussion and strings.

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Glorystrokes & Baz Parkes Ceilidh In Shakespeares!

on Thu, 4 Dec 2014 at Sheffield Shakespeare's Pub Doors at 7:30PM, Music starts at 8PM

Bad Santa Rock Ceilidh! Glorystrokes bring their special brand of Ceilidh-Metal to the Shakespeares pub once again!

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The Teacups

on Thu, 4 Dec 2014 at Newcastle upon Tyne Ernest Starts 8pm, doors at 7.30pm

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The Teacups

on Thu, 4 Dec 2014 at Newcastle upon Tyne Ernest Starts 8pm, doors at 7.30pm

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The Living Room: Melody Causton + Doug Panton + Becca Rose

on Thu, 4 Dec 2014 at Bury St Edmunds The Hunter Club 8pm

All ages, under 18's must be accompanied by an adult. 20 year old singer-songwriter Melody Causton has released her first EP, supported a number of respected folk acts and has started to gain some radio play for her original material. Melody has now won 'Best female solo artist' at Cambridge's NMG awards for the past two years running. Becca is a 16 year old Singer Songwriter from Bury St Edmunds and has been busking in the local towns for the past 2 years. In May this year she came second in the Bury Singer Songwriter Competition with her song 'And Sometimes They Win' and over the summer played at Homegrown Festival. Doug is currently in the process of writing his next EP. With candid, rich and luscious melodies that will make your heart swell, a performance from this upcoming singer- songwriter is an experience that you are not likely to forget.

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The Living Room: Melody Causton + Doug Panton + Becca Rose

on Thu, 4 Dec 2014 at Bury St Edmunds The Hunter Club 8pm

All ages, under 18's must be accompanied by an adult. 20 year old singer-songwriter Melody Causton has released her first EP, supported a number of respected folk acts and has started to gain some radio play for her original material. Melody has now won 'Best female solo artist' at Cambridge's NMG awards for the past two years running. Becca is a 16 year old Singer Songwriter from Bury St Edmunds and has been busking in the local towns for the past 2 years. In May this year she came second in the Bury Singer Songwriter Competition with her song 'And Sometimes They Win' and over the summer played at Homegrown Festival. Doug is currently in the process of writing his next EP. With candid, rich and luscious melodies that will make your heart swell, a performance from this upcoming singer- songwriter is an experience that you are not likely to forget.

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Robbie Mcintosh Band

on Fri, 5 Dec 2014 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm

Guitarist Robbie McIntosh has one of the highest musical pedigrees you'll find anywhere on the planet. A long time member of The Pretenders and the Paul McCartney Band, he has carved out a career recording and touring alongside the biggest names in music, including Talk Talk, Paul Young, Mark Knopfler, Tears For Fears, Joe Cocker, Cher, Kirsty McColl, Paul Carrack, Boyzone, Roger Daltrey, Tori Amos, Mike and the Mechanics, George Martin, Eric Bibb and Norah Jones. Recent tours include John Mayer, where he did all the slide guitar work, Sinead O'Connor and Sir Tom Jones! After picking up the guitar aged 10, Robbie went through the usual route of teenage pub bands before he got a call from Chris Thompson who, at the time, was the singer in Manfred Mann's Earth Band (Blinded By The Light). He had an outfit called Filthy McNasty who played a lot at The Bridge House, Canning Town, The Golden Lion, Fulham, etc. Chris asked Robbie to join as lead guitar player. In November 1978 the band went to L.A. to record with Richard Perry for his Planet Record label. The name of the band was changed to Night and they toured in America for most of 1979 supporting The Doobie Brothers. Night split in 1980 but his friendship with Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott led Robbie to join The Pretenders in September '82 after James sadly died of a heroin overdose. He toured extensively and recorded two albums with the band (Learning to Crawl and Get Close) before calling it a day in September '87. Robbie carried on doing session work through 1988, including some sessions for Paul McCartney, which led to Robbie (on Chrissie Hynde's recommendation) joining his band. He played with McCartney right through to the end of 1993, doing two world tours plus smaller excursions, and two studio albums (Flowers in the Dirt and Off the Ground) and three live albums (Tripping the Live Fantastic, Unplugged and Paul is Live). Robbie's brilliance across a range of music, both on acoustic and electric guitar has made him one of the world's most sought after session guitarists, and he has continued to tour and record with many of the most famous names in music. His band for tonight's show features some of his old friends and fellow session men, who between them have played with more names than it is possible to mention, but include: The Waterboys, Thea Gilmore, Andy Summers, Go West, Robert Fripp, Leo Sayer, Rory Gallagher, Toyah Wilcox, Lisa Stansfield, Judie Tzuke, Sandi Thom and Andy Fairweather-Low.

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The Sam Kelly Trio

on Fri, 5 Dec 2014 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing Bar opens at 6.30 pm, doors at 7.30 pm

Sam Kelly is a twenty-one year old singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from the depths of Norfolk. Sam's only link to folk music as a young child lay in the gaelic folk songs that his Irish grandfather would teach him to sing. Although many individual songs and tunes have been lost in the blur of childhood memory, Sam has never lost the love and child-like awe for the beautiful sounds of traditional music, and this passion pours out of him in every note that he sings. Sam is now touring with his band, comprising Jamie Francis on banjo and Evan Carson on percussion. The trio showcase a gift for Seth Lakeman-sized choruses bursting with tight, driving melodicism and folk harmonies, and have the ability to grab the attention of audiences of all ages and with a range of musical preferences. They are receiving glowing reviews from punters at every gig they play and are quickly becoming one to watch for 2014. We can assure you that this really is a great opportunity to see a future star!

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Martyn Joseph

on Fri, 5 Dec 2014 at Kingkerswell Parish Church - St Marys doors 7pm

Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other.He has been called The Welsh Springsteen, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. described as the best live music experience of their lives. Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn's work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn's music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn't need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn's music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. In 2013 Martyn released a CD of Bruce Springsteen songs, to great public and critical acclaim, with the glowing endorsement of Dave Marsh, acclaimed American music critic and official Springsteen biographer. 2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his "Let Yourself Trust", a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it's found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations. Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. One of acoustic music's most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters
 Q Magazine Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut - MOJO

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Henrik Jansberg Band

on Fri, 5 Dec 2014 at Otley Courthouse 8pm

HENRIK JANSBERG BAND Friday 5 December 8pm Henrik Jansberg's music is best described as celtic swing. He is one of the outstanding young fiddlers in Danish folk music, and tours with his 5 piece band. Their music has much in common with Scottish traditional music, but with the distinctive added swing of rousing, irresistibly rhythmic Danish folk. Popular in Scotland, Henrik's band have rarely played in elsewhere in the UK, so we are delighted to welcome them for a rare English date. Tickets: £12/£10 in advance, £13/£11 on the door. jansberg.com

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Henrik Jansberg Band

on Fri, 5 Dec 2014 at Otley Courthouse 8pm

HENRIK JANSBERG BAND Friday 5 December 8pm Henrik Jansberg's music is best described as celtic swing. He is one of the outstanding young fiddlers in Danish folk music, and tours with his 5 piece band. Their music has much in common with Scottish traditional music, but with the distinctive added swing of rousing, irresistibly rhythmic Danish folk. Popular in Scotland, Henrik's band have rarely played in elsewhere in the UK, so we are delighted to welcome them for a rare English date. Tickets: £12/£10 in advance, £13/£11 on the door. jansberg.com

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All The Wild Folk Presents Green Diesel

on Fri, 5 Dec 2014 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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The Goat Roper Rodeo Band

on Fri, 5 Dec 2014 at London Green Note Doors@ 7pm. Pls see greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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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The James Hunter Six

on Fri, 5 Dec 2014 at Leicester The Donkey 8.30pm

The James Hunter Six will be bringing their infectious brand of authentic 50's R'n'B to a loving audience! 'Onstage, the fifty-one-year-old British singer and songwriter James Hunter has the energy of a man half his age, or younger. With a soulful tenor that recalls a range of R. & B. giants, from Sam Cooke to Bobby Bland, Hunter leads his band, the James Hunter Six, through strict tempos and lightning-quick switchbacks. And unlike his former mentor Van Morrison, who enlisted him as a guitarist and backup singer in the mid-nineties, Hunter is warm and engaging: while Morrison is known to turn his back to the crowd between songs, Hunter is more likely to be telling a joke and checking with the audience to see if they're having a good time. The answer, invariably yes, has everything to do with Hunter's tight, taut compositions, which are rooted in American soul music without being bound to it. Traditionally, soul songs deal with romantic doubt or longing; Hunter's lyrics have plenty of lovelorn types, too, but his remedies for heartbreak are often unconventional. The jaunty Chicken Switch, which opens up his most recent album, Minute by Minute, comes not to praise romantic bravery but to bury it (When in doubt / Take the coward's way out / Hit the chicken switch). Hunter's irreverence allows him to evade cliché and keep the genre vibrant. Often, that's where the soul revivalists fall flat, he said. They invest the music with a mystique that it doesn't warrant, which destroys it. I was playing in a club once and a very earnest young French couple said to me, 'Do you feel your music is like a religion?' 'No,' I said. 'I take it seriously.' Support comes from Leicester/London Blues hero Rollo Markee and the Tailshakers! The charismatic Rollo Markee has to one of the finest blues harp players and performers in the country! Donkey goers know what to expect and makes for a superb night of authentic blues and R'n'B

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Steve Turner

on Fri, 5 Dec 2014 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30 for 8pm

www.steve-turner.co.uk Steve Turner is a truly great singer and concertina player in the proper folk tradition. We'd forgotten how good this stuff can be when done as right as Steve Turner does it. 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. A period of thirteen years away from the folk scene followed with Steve building a violin retailing business and diversifying musically into a more classical mode. But folk music has a habit of getting into your blood so 2004 saw Steve make a welcome return to the folk scene. 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 N.E. Folk Roundabout called it "sheer genius a sure contender for one of my folk albums of 2012" This was backed up by many festival bookings and re-plays on the radio on the Mike Harding Show Radio 2 and Late Junction Radio 3 and a full page article in F/Roots in July 2012. In the F/Roots August/September 2014 edition Nancy Kerr in her "Rocket Launcher" interview when asked "what was the best gig you ever saw?" answered "the best spot I've seen recently was Steve Turner - total intensive musical focus and a vast serious repertoire"

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Steve Turner

on Fri, 5 Dec 2014 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30 for 8pm

www.steve-turner.co.uk Steve Turner is a truly great singer and concertina player in the proper folk tradition. We'd forgotten how good this stuff can be when done as right as Steve Turner does it. 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. A period of thirteen years away from the folk scene followed with Steve building a violin retailing business and diversifying musically into a more classical mode. But folk music has a habit of getting into your blood so 2004 saw Steve make a welcome return to the folk scene. 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 N.E. Folk Roundabout called it "sheer genius a sure contender for one of my folk albums of 2012" This was backed up by many festival bookings and re-plays on the radio on the Mike Harding Show Radio 2 and Late Junction Radio 3 and a full page article in F/Roots in July 2012. In the F/Roots August/September 2014 edition Nancy Kerr in her "Rocket Launcher" interview when asked "what was the best gig you ever saw?" answered "the best spot I've seen recently was Steve Turner - total intensive musical focus and a vast serious repertoire"

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Olion Byw

on Fri, 5 Dec 2014 at Blaenau Ffestiniog Cell B 7pm

Y gwerin - Olion Byw

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The Bella Hardy Band Christmas Show

on Fri, 5 Dec 2014 at Leicester The Guildhall Doors at 7.15pm

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The Dylan Project

on Fri, 5 Dec 2014 at Leek Foxlowe Arts Centre 8.00pm for 8.30

Take four of Britain's most talented folk-rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you've got the recipe for a dream band. The musicians in question are PJ Wright (slide and electric guitars, pedal steel) Gerry Conway (drums and percussion) Phil Bond (keys) Dave Pegg (bass) and the singer is Steve Gibbons. As The Dylan Project, they present an exhilarating tribute to the work of arguably the greatest postwar songwriter in the English language.

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High Rise - Album Launch

on Fri, 5 Dec 2014 at Cardiff Dempseys 8pm, Doors open 7:30pm

To celebrate the release of David Grubb's debut album 'High Rise', David and band will be performing the whole album live.

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Dale Storr New Orleans Blues Piano

on Sat, 6 Dec 2014 at London Polish Jazz Cafe POSK Doors at 7.30pm (Music 8:30pm)

www.brooksbluesbar.co.uk

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Spiro

on Sat, 6 Dec 2014 at Maidstone The Bower House doors 7.30pm

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Martin Simpson

on Sat, 6 Dec 2014 at Barton The Ropewalk 7.30pm

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Moulettes

on Sat, 6 Dec 2014 at London Cecil Sharp House Doors at 7pm, start time 7.30pm

The Moulettes effortlessly weave folk, pop, prog rock and classical music to enthralling effect. Their entrancing combination of strings, wind and ethereal vocals has led to comparisons with the Unthanks and Tom Waits. This gig will see the orchestral folk group

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Son Of Dave Bedford Esquires

on Sat, 6 Dec 2014 at Bedford Esquires 7.30pm-12.30am

MAX ROCK N ROLL PRESENTS SON OF DAVE+ The Fellas+Long John Laundry+ DJS 7.30PM -12.30AM

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Bonnie Dobson & Her Boys (featuring Bj Cole)

on Sat, 6 Dec 2014 at London The Great Northern Railway Tavern 8.30pm

The comeback of this or any other year ! A breath-taking return to the spotlight more than half a century after she became a star of the American folk scene. It is almost as if Bonnie Dobson has never been away when she delivers once again her haunting apocalyptic anthem Morning Dew - that "spectacular piece of music," as Robert Plant describes it. Her first appearance at the Kalamazoo and a glorious rendition (with Plant) of her great song at the Bert Jansch tribute gig at the Festival Hall last Christmas formed the launchpad for her return after so many years lost to the music world in an academic life. Even now this Canadian legend finds it hard to believe the remarkable revival of her career - confirmed by a stunning new album that was greeted with universal acclaim in the summer. "A unique singer and still an impressively original lady," said Robin Denselow, of the Guardian. "She sounds better than ever," said Will Hodgkinson, of The Times, who concluded that her voice must have been preserved in aspic. US writer and music consultant Alec Palao said:"Her voice still soars with that same easy, sweet grace ...an instrument that communicates at once innocence and experience - each an implicit element in the folk idiom from which she evolved." Bonnie's Boys - her studio and stage band - will be with her tonight : Ben Phillipson on guitar, Ben Paley (fiddle), Dave Morgan (drums), Jonny Bridgwood (bass), BJ Cole (pedal steel) - as well as the one gal in the lineup, Ruth Tidmarsh on backing vocals. Welcome back Miss Bonnie!

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Mediterranean Beats Presents Amaraterra

on Sat, 6 Dec 2014 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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Flats & Sharps

on Sat, 6 Dec 2014 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ In early 2011, four 17 year-old mates from college thought that maybe they could earn a bit of pocket money by forming a folk/bluegrass band and busking in and around Penzance. Two months later they were asked to perform for four hours (!) at the opening of a new restaurant at the Lands End Hotel and that is when, through necessity, they started writing their own material to perform alongside folk, bluegrass & country standards with the odd cover of a more contemporary hit thrown in for good measure. Lands End was just the beginning of the journey for Flats and Sharps and three years on they haven't stopped writing and performing. Their incredible skill on their instruments -- guitar, mandolin, banjo and double bass -- their luscious harmonies when grouped around a single microphone and their sheer joy at performing such infectious music has won over their audiences, building a reputation for themselves as the hottest band of their style in the UK with nearly 3,000 followers on Facebook. Highlights include: -281 gigs including 66 festival performances in the UK, France and Sweden; - Performances at the Royal Albert Hall and at three Ralph Lauren events; - Two CDs released (one live, one studio) and 2,000 copies sold; - Touring with Gold album artists The Fisherman's Friends (Universal Island). Not content with these achievements Flats and Sharps are pushing the boundaries of the genre and simply writing great songs with universal appeal. With some new recordings being planned and a new management team in place 2014 beckons as a breakthrough year for these four talented young men who have their sights set high. What a fab session for us in Port Isaac boys! You were bloody brilliant and had the crowd jumping. Put us old gits to shame John Lethbridge - Fisherman's Friends

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Swamp Delta

on Sat, 6 Dec 2014 at Leicester The Donkey 8.30pm

After a rollocking debut set at the Donkey one Saturday afternoon in August, Swamp Delta plan to return for a more darker and sweatier gig tonight! Featuring ex members of Crazyhead - Ian anderson, Pork Beast and Vom - plus Robber Byker from Gaye Bykers On Acid, this promises to be a memorable night of Grebo Rock! Don't miss this one. https://www.facebook.com/SWAMPDELTA?ref=hl

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The Bailey Sisters Album Launch

on Sat, 6 Dec 2014 at Manchester St Paul's Church 2.30pm

The Bailey Sisters are pleased and proud to announce the launch of their second studio album, Songs from the Distaff Side. We will be celebrating as follows, and would be delighted if you could join us: Afternoon singaround at St Paul's Church Withington, 2.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. 5.00 p.m. - Dinner at the Red Lion. Carvery available for £4.50. (Vegetarian option available.) Advanced booking and payment essential - by Wednesday 3rd, please! Main concert 7:30 pm, also at St Paul's Church For concert and carvery, select full price ticket. For concert , select 'concert only' rate. There will be a collection of donations (food and money!) for Withington Food Bank. There will also be a raffle, mulled wine, mince pies and, of course, cake. For further details, contact Karen on 07776 147 789

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The Bailey Sisters Album Launch

on Sat, 6 Dec 2014 at Manchester St Paul's Church 2.30pm

The Bailey Sisters are pleased and proud to announce the launch of their second studio album, Songs from the Distaff Side. We will be celebrating as follows, and would be delighted if you could join us: Afternoon singaround at St Paul's Church Withington, 2.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. 5.00 p.m. - Dinner at the Red Lion. Carvery available for £4.50. (Vegetarian option available.) Advanced booking and payment essential - by Wednesday 3rd, please! Main concert 7:30 pm, also at St Paul's Church For concert and carvery, select full price ticket. For concert , select 'concert only' rate. There will be a collection of donations (food and money!) for Withington Food Bank. There will also be a raffle, mulled wine, mince pies and, of course, cake. For further details, contact Karen on 07776 147 789

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Jinder

on Sat, 6 Dec 2014 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop 7.30pm

Jinder has so far recorded 12 albums and continues to evolve with new sounds and new releases. He'll be bringing his acoustic folk to The Big Comfy Bookshop all the way from Dorset. Maverick Magazine says "Quite simply magnificent". He's supported by Peter James Millson

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Co Co And The Butterfields

on Sat, 6 Dec 2014 at Howden The Shire Hall 7.30 for 8pm

Folk, pop and hip hop.......Colourful, energetic & crowd-stamping, CoCo and the Butterfields express all the fun and vibrance of a village folk fair, throwing in powerful vocals and a beatbox to deliver catchy songs resonating in a stadium-filling pop and urban rap vibe. Yet the atmosphere is intimate, popular with audiences of all ages. The uniquely styled music transcends genre, skipping right to the part where people start dancing. CoCo and the Butterfields are on a mission to bring people from all backgrounds together, to have a good time!CATB hi res image 2014-15 All previously buskers, the spirit of jamming together and combining styles came naturally when Jamie (beatbox) was first invited by Tom and Dulcima to provide percussion for the early CATB recordings in 2012, and the band quickly grew into the 5 piece it is today, with Micah and Handsome Rob learning new instruments to extend the sound. Pioneers of a newly found sound "Fip Fok" they soon earned themselves the title of the UK's best unsigned act and shared the stage with internationally renowned artists Bastille, Wheatus, Seasick Steve and The Pogues.Co Co & The Butterfields fresh sound and raw energy on stage has rapidly earned them a large and loyal following, in two Howden Live seasons full of highlights tonight will be right up there with the very best. Very cool band! Bob Geldof In 2014 the band performed 3 slots at Glastonbury. It was the first time any of them had been and they enjoyed it very much. They also made an appearance at many other major festivals, with plenty of the stage managers commenting that they were the "act of the year". "The stand out band from the weekend were CoCo and the Butterfields who absolutely blew the festival away on each day. On Sunday they performed on the small farmhouse stage slap bang in the middle of the day and yet still had a large crowd going wild. This band are heading to the big time with their mix of folk, country and even a beat boxer offering percussion as well as sick solos." TheMusicMag.com Bespoke music but not as you know it CoCo and the Butterfields are a young acoustic fivepiece who have managed the almost impossible task of creating a sound that is almost entirely unique...A great entertaining and totally unique band at last." Dan Lucas, Record Producer There should be a law saying that CoCo and the Butterfields should only be allowed to play outdoor venues as they are so raucous and fun that any indoor space runs the risk of having its roof and walls blown clean away. These guys are just great, infectious and rowdy, just what live music should be. Baylen Leonard, Amazing Radio

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De Fuego @ Gallery Cafe

on Sat, 6 Dec 2014 at London Gallery Cafe Doors 7pm, Music starts 8.30pm

DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. De Fuego is a sensational guitar duo, playing energetic instrumental flamenco and rumba-based music who gained reputation in the summer festivals with their upbeat passionate sound and percussive guitar techniques. In 2014 they performed 17 festivals. Festivals included Glastonbury, Secret Garden party, Sziget fesztival (HU), Shambala. We released our first album Bluebird on the 13th of January 2012 and the second album is due to release late 2014. We had an album review in Songlines magazine 2014 Jan/Feb issue. This is one of our video footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsHDXdMTX-U Performance on Sunrise festival at Small World stage and Bimble Inn stage. "De Fuego are just something else. Totally humble and unassuming as individuals, but don't let this deceive you! From the second the first pluck hits the airwaves you're swept away with their passion" efestivals.co.uk "Their entertainment value can be likened to two polite boxers shadow-sparring or two tango dancers who have swallowed something and allowed their lower halves to go off and do the St. Vitus reel. This is spectacle" Songlines magazine

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Lisa Rannigan - Table For 4

on Sat, 6 Dec 2014 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

Please arrive by 9pm

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The Amazing Paprika!

on Sun, 7 Dec 2014 at London Le Quecum Bar & Brasserie 6pm

"Paprika hot and fiery lived up to their name, giving us a whirlwind tour of the Balkan countries, each piece becoming a firm favourite before being superseded by the next. Toe-tappingly good, with the audience whooping and cheering from the first note." Cheltenham Festival Bogdan Vacarescu violin, Milos Milivojevic - accordion Zivorad Nikolic accordion, Vladimir Strkalj - guitar James Opstad bass and Simon Roth percussion SUNDAY 7 DEC £12 "This electrifying sextethailing from Romania, Serbia and the UKfuse together Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and Classical music in a whirlwind performance of frenzied virtuosity. PAPRIKA have toured extensively throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan and have appeared at the Purcell Room, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Glastonbury Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as WOMAD festivals in the UK, Spain and Abu Dhabi. They have performed on World on 3 for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Five Live. www.paprikamusic.com Open at 6 when food will be available until 10 all tables allocated on arrival, diners get preferential seating. Tickets from www.quecumbar.co.uk www.wegottickets.com £15 on the door

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Kim Richey And Gareth Dunlop

on Sun, 7 Dec 2014 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

Two-time Grammy-nominated KIM RICHEY is a storyteller; a weaver of emotions and a tugger of heartstrings. Tender, poetic and aching with life's truths, Kim's songs transport you to her world, where words paint pictures and melodies touch the soul. And then there's her voice. Pure, arresting and honest, it makes you take notice; Kim has the kind of voice where if emotions were ribbons, they'd be streaming in rainbow colours from your iPod. Early on, the Zanesville, Ohio native thrived on the progressive side of mainstream country, her albums (1995's Kim Richey, 1997's Bittersweet and 1999's Glimmer, all on Mercury) showcasing twang-pop sensibilities, a rich, rounded vocal tone and effortlessly sophisticated songwriting that other discerning performers - Radney Foster, Trisha Yearwood and Pam Tillis to name a few - coveted for their own recordings. In the years since, Kim has made her subtly psychedelic album Rise (Lost Highway) in Los Angeles with producer Bill Bottrell, flown to London to enlist the help of Giles Martin and emerging with the crisply orchestrated "Chinese Boxes" (Vanguard) and turned to her East Nashville-based bandleader and frequent co-writer Neilson Hubbard to conjure the earthy indie-pop feel of "Wreck Your Wheels" (Lojinx/Thirty Tigers) and to complete her latest masterpiece of smart, sensual understatement "Thorn In My Heart" (Lojinx/Yep Roc). The array of top-tier guests on the album include Jason Isbell, Wilco's Pat Sansone, My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel, Will Kimbrough and Yearwood, who was, for the first time, returning the harmony-singing favor. And the dozen songs themselves show that Richey's still dreaming up fetching melodies that arc and bend in unexpected ways, and still discovering fresh angles from which to articulate matters of the heart. For this concert, Kim will be showcasing not only her fantastic record 'Thorn In My Heart' but also the sublime 'Nashville Session' EP that she recorded with Gareth Dunlop this year. Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 25-year old GARETH DUNLOP was invited to participate in a songwriting exchange between the sister cities of Belfast and Nashville, which put him on stage in at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville. His talents as both a singer and uniquely gifted songwriter caught the attention of the Nashville music community and he was offered a publishing deal soon after. The immediate buzz in the U.S surrounding Gareth's music lead to several songs from being placed on such hit television series as House, Cougar Town, One Tree Hill, Do No Harm, Army Wives and more. His songs have also been featured in TV commercials for Subaru, Discover Ireland Tourism and Disney

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Kim Richey And Gareth Dunlop

on Sun, 7 Dec 2014 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

Two-time Grammy-nominated KIM RICHEY is a storyteller; a weaver of emotions and a tugger of heartstrings. Tender, poetic and aching with life's truths, Kim's songs transport you to her world, where words paint pictures and melodies touch the soul. And then there's her voice. Pure, arresting and honest, it makes you take notice; Kim has the kind of voice where if emotions were ribbons, they'd be streaming in rainbow colours from your iPod. Early on, the Zanesville, Ohio native thrived on the progressive side of mainstream country, her albums (1995's Kim Richey, 1997's Bittersweet and 1999's Glimmer, all on Mercury) showcasing twang-pop sensibilities, a rich, rounded vocal tone and effortlessly sophisticated songwriting that other discerning performers - Radney Foster, Trisha Yearwood and Pam Tillis to name a few - coveted for their own recordings. In the years since, Kim has made her subtly psychedelic album Rise (Lost Highway) in Los Angeles with producer Bill Bottrell, flown to London to enlist the help of Giles Martin and emerging with the crisply orchestrated "Chinese Boxes" (Vanguard) and turned to her East Nashville-based bandleader and frequent co-writer Neilson Hubbard to conjure the earthy indie-pop feel of "Wreck Your Wheels" (Lojinx/Thirty Tigers) and to complete her latest masterpiece of smart, sensual understatement "Thorn In My Heart" (Lojinx/Yep Roc). The array of top-tier guests on the album include Jason Isbell, Wilco's Pat Sansone, My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel, Will Kimbrough and Yearwood, who was, for the first time, returning the harmony-singing favor. And the dozen songs themselves show that Richey's still dreaming up fetching melodies that arc and bend in unexpected ways, and still discovering fresh angles from which to articulate matters of the heart. For this concert, Kim will be showcasing not only her fantastic record 'Thorn In My Heart' but also the sublime 'Nashville Session' EP that she recorded with Gareth Dunlop this year. Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 25-year old GARETH DUNLOP was invited to participate in a songwriting exchange between the sister cities of Belfast and Nashville, which put him on stage in at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville. His talents as both a singer and uniquely gifted songwriter caught the attention of the Nashville music community and he was offered a publishing deal soon after. The immediate buzz in the U.S surrounding Gareth's music lead to several songs from being placed on such hit television series as House, Cougar Town, One Tree Hill, Do No Harm, Army Wives and more. His songs have also been featured in TV commercials for Subaru, Discover Ireland Tourism and Disney

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Churchfitters

on Sun, 7 Dec 2014 at Hebden Bridge The Trades Club 7pm

Doors open 7pm, 7.30pm show Seated show The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a saucepan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax. The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass-bouzouki and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let's not forget the unique 'bing-bong' machine made out of hack-saw blades. Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you've got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering. How do you adequately describe such a musically diverse, uplifting band? You leave it to Mike Harding, a self-confessed 'huge, huge fan'. He calls their music 'totally brilliant and beautiful'. CONCESSIONS APPLY TO TRADES CLUB MEMBERS ONLY

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Churchfitters

on Sun, 7 Dec 2014 at Hebden Bridge The Trades Club 7pm

Doors open 7pm, 7.30pm show Seated show The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a saucepan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax. The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass-bouzouki and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let's not forget the unique 'bing-bong' machine made out of hack-saw blades. Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you've got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering. How do you adequately describe such a musically diverse, uplifting band? You leave it to Mike Harding, a self-confessed 'huge, huge fan'. He calls their music 'totally brilliant and beautiful'. CONCESSIONS APPLY TO TRADES CLUB MEMBERS ONLY

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Belshazzar's Feast

on Sun, 7 Dec 2014 at Croydon The Oval Tavern Arrive by 8:00pm for 8:30pm start

Seating is limited in this intimate venue so please arrive by 8pm if you want a seat. "They can do things with a squeeze-box and an oboe that can break your heart." Independent on Sunday, April 2014 "Amidst the jesting and hilarity, they sit as fine an example of traditional English folk music as you're likely to hear." Bright Young Folk, April 2014 "[Their latest] album showcases their blend of serious musicianship and dedicated subversion. Their intricately arranged instrumentals are a roomful of strangers introducing themselves at a party and getting along fine. You don't know what's coming up next and you enjoy the danger lords of misrule." Living Tradition, March 2014

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Softlysoftly Presents Hannah Sanders + Harry Harris + Ian Roland

on Sun, 7 Dec 2014 at London Kiss The Sky Doors 2.45. Music 3-5pm

PLEASE NOTE, this event is ADULTS ONLY - no children allowed in the bar. BUY YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE IF YOU WANT TO RESERVE A SEAT wegottickets.com/softlysoftly Deliciously chilled unplugged acoustic music to charm you on a Crouch End Sunday afternoon. HANNAH SANDERS Beautiful folk songs from a beautiful singer. Hannah plays dulcimer and guitar too. We're glad she's making a swift return to SoftlySoftly. http://www.hannahsandersfolk.com/ HARRY HARRIS A welcome return from long-time SoftlySoftly supporter Harry Harris, who has an album coming out in January, and will no doubt be previewing some of the songs on it here! http://www.harryharrismusic.com/ IAN ROLAND First time visit for Brighton musician Ian, who brings poppy folk-rock songs, playing mandolin and guitars. www.ianroland.com As usual doors open at 2.45, with music starting at 3pm and continuing until 5pm And all for just £4 on the door (or £3 in advance, which guarantees a seat.) 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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Les Barker

on Mon, 8 Dec 2014 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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Les Barker

on Mon, 8 Dec 2014 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

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Leveret At The Church Of The Holy Sepulchre, Northampton

on Mon, 8 Dec 2014 at Northampton Church of the Holy Sepulchre Doors 7:30pm

New English instrumental trio, Leveret, are playing in The Holy Sepulchre, a Norman round church, in Northampton on December 8th. It will be a rare opportunity to see the band totally acoustically in a magical intimate setting! www.leveretband.com

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The Devine Family

on Mon, 8 Dec 2014 at Chesham Folk Club 8:30pm - 11:00pm. Door open 8:15

Who better to invite round just before Christmas than your favorite musical family. John, Caz and Joe always give their all and guarantee a strong collection of tunes, songs and stories with a strong Irish theme founded on truly fantastic musicianship. They also have a new album 'An Lon Dubh'.

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Luke Daniels Concert At Halsway Manor

on Mon, 8 Dec 2014 at Taunton Halsway Manor 8pm - 11pm

Currently performing as part of Cara Dillon's touring band, Glasgow based Luke brings his solo show to Halsway Manor, with original music and songs drawing on influences as diverse as the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment to the modern day political theorist Roberto Unger. Widely known as a folk musician and melodeon player, he released a string of critically acclaimed albums from his debut 'Tarantella' in 1994 to 'The Mighty Box' - a double CD which led fRoots magazine to proclaim he had gained his place amongst the pantheon of great Celtic accordion players. More recently though, he's been gaining recognition as a singer-songwriter playing guitar and piano with his debut songs album 'What's Here What's Gone' due to be released this year.

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Luke Daniels Concert At Halsway Manor

on Mon, 8 Dec 2014 at Taunton Halsway Manor 8pm - 11pm

Currently performing as part of Cara Dillon's touring band, Glasgow based Luke brings his solo show to Halsway Manor, with original music and songs drawing on influences as diverse as the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment to the modern day political theorist Roberto Unger. Widely known as a folk musician and melodeon player, he released a string of critically acclaimed albums from his debut 'Tarantella' in 1994 to 'The Mighty Box' - a double CD which led fRoots magazine to proclaim he had gained his place amongst the pantheon of great Celtic accordion players. More recently though, he's been gaining recognition as a singer-songwriter playing guitar and piano with his debut songs album 'What's Here What's Gone' due to be released this year.

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Raveneye Featuring Oli Brown

on Mon, 8 Dec 2014 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors at 8pm. Music starts at 8.30 ends at 11pm

Power-rock trio RavenEye was formed by multi-award winning guitarist/singer Oli Brown along with drummer Kev Hickman and bassist Aaron Spiers. Having already toured Spain, France and Italy supporting guitar legend Joe Satriani in 2014, RavenEye has been slamming audiences with their signature heavy riffs and incendiary live show. Whether it be straddling a bass drum high into the night or jumping into a raucous crowd, RavenEye is a high-energy rock act not to be missed. 

 Like the beginning of a good joke, the two Englishmen and an Australian have all travelled different paths up until the bands formation this year. Oli Brown has spent 10 years touring the world under his own name and in that time released 4 albums and has established himself as one of the most formidable guitarists/front men in the UK scene. Kev Hickman has also seen his fair share of international touring, and with an unforgettable stage presence he has developed an intense, hi-octane performance. Aaron Spiers tore into the UK in 2012 and since then has established himself as a force to be reckoned with on stage, he's also released several solo albums and written scores for orchestras in Australia. After meeting and creating music together, they all knew that this would be their musical future, here begins RavenEye.

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Raveneye Featuring Oli Brown

on Mon, 8 Dec 2014 at Oxford The Bullingdon Doors at 8pm. Music starts at 8.30 ends at 11pm

Power-rock trio RavenEye was formed by multi-award winning guitarist/singer Oli Brown along with drummer Kev Hickman and bassist Aaron Spiers. Having already toured Spain, France and Italy supporting guitar legend Joe Satriani in 2014, RavenEye has been slamming audiences with their signature heavy riffs and incendiary live show. Whether it be straddling a bass drum high into the night or jumping into a raucous crowd, RavenEye is a high-energy rock act not to be missed. 

 Like the beginning of a good joke, the two Englishmen and an Australian have all travelled different paths up until the bands formation this year. Oli Brown has spent 10 years touring the world under his own name and in that time released 4 albums and has established himself as one of the most formidable guitarists/front men in the UK scene. Kev Hickman has also seen his fair share of international touring, and with an unforgettable stage presence he has developed an intense, hi-octane performance. Aaron Spiers tore into the UK in 2012 and since then has established himself as a force to be reckoned with on stage, he's also released several solo albums and written scores for orchestras in Australia. After meeting and creating music together, they all knew that this would be their musical future, here begins RavenEye.

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Michael Chapman

on Mon, 8 Dec 2014 at Liverpool Leaf Doors 8pm

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Hatful Of Rain - Extra Gig At The Latest Music Bar 8th December

on Mon, 8 Dec 2014 at Brighton Latest Music Bar 8pm

By popular demand, Hatful of Rain announce an extra gig at The Latest following the quick sell out of 28th November

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Gaslight Club Christmas Special

on Mon, 8 Dec 2014 at Leeds Holy Trinity Church 7pm - 11pm

Christmas time, wonderful folk & mulled wine... We're back at the stunning Grade I listed 17th Century Holy Trinity Church for another amazing Gaslight Club Christmas Special! In keeping with previous years which have seen the likes of Mike Heron & Trembling Bells, Slow Club, Hannah Peel, Blue Roses, The Crookes, Paul Marshall (Lone Wolf) and many more play the most beautiful of sets in the most beautiful of surrounds. This year to do the occasion justice we've crammed in as many exciting new acts as we possibly can... The Travelling Band Tom Williams and the Boat (acoustic) Jake Morley Harry Ridgway + Modern carols from "These Men" and our wonderful host as always Gary Stewart. Plus guest DJs, mulled wine, and other surprises! Monday 8th December 7pm - 11pm (music throughout, get down early!) Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 £8 adv.

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The Churchfitters Monday Extra

on Mon, 8 Dec 2014 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

Due to exceptional demand we have added a second performance by this great Anglo-French group. Now in slimmed down trio format of siblings Rosie and Chris Short and Brittany's Boris Lebret, the Churchfitters are a madcap multi-instrumental folk band like no other, quite simply one of the most exuberant, energetic and entertaining acts we have ever hosted. We aim to have something extra special for you on our final guest nights of each year - and this lot certainly fit that bill!

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The Churchfitters Monday Extra

on Mon, 8 Dec 2014 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

Due to exceptional demand we have added a second performance by this great Anglo-French group. Now in slimmed down trio format of siblings Rosie and Chris Short and Brittany's Boris Lebret, the Churchfitters are a madcap multi-instrumental folk band like no other, quite simply one of the most exuberant, energetic and entertaining acts we have ever hosted. We aim to have something extra special for you on our final guest nights of each year - and this lot certainly fit that bill!

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Bright Phoebus Seasonal Special! Mark Radcliffe & Foes

on Tue, 9 Dec 2014 at Sheffield The Greystones 7:30pm Doors, 8pm Concert Start

The only thing that can make it acceptable to even think about December when I'm posting this in May, is the fact that our seasonal special at that time of year will be with Mark & Foes! This will be Mark's third appearance for us at The Greystones and the previous two have been very special and frankly, hilarious, so get your tickets soon for this and join in our pre-Solstice merry-making! BBC Radio 2, 6 Music and Glastonbury presenter, Mark Radcliffe brings his band, Foes, to the Greystones for an evening of songs and stories. The first half will feature original songs of loves lost, hangovers, regret and the odd dead dog. But fear not, after the interval a set of rousing drinking tunes will attempt to lift the gloom. Featuring mandolin, accordion and bodhran, Foes create a risk, folky stew in which the observations of one of radio's most approachable misanthropes can gently simmer. With a broadcasting career stretching back to the late seventies he has been on air for the whole of your adult life, so why not come along and share an evening in person with Mark Radcliffe & Foes (As opposed to Friends!)?

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Bright Phoebus Seasonal Special! Mark Radcliffe & Foes

on Tue, 9 Dec 2014 at Sheffield The Greystones 7:30pm Doors, 8pm Concert Start

The only thing that can make it acceptable to even think about December when I'm posting this in May, is the fact that our seasonal special at that time of year will be with Mark & Foes! This will be Mark's third appearance for us at The Greystones and the previous two have been very special and frankly, hilarious, so get your tickets soon for this and join in our pre-Solstice merry-making! BBC Radio 2, 6 Music and Glastonbury presenter, Mark Radcliffe brings his band, Foes, to the Greystones for an evening of songs and stories. The first half will feature original songs of loves lost, hangovers, regret and the odd dead dog. But fear not, after the interval a set of rousing drinking tunes will attempt to lift the gloom. Featuring mandolin, accordion and bodhran, Foes create a risk, folky stew in which the observations of one of radio's most approachable misanthropes can gently simmer. With a broadcasting career stretching back to the late seventies he has been on air for the whole of your adult life, so why not come along and share an evening in person with Mark Radcliffe & Foes (As opposed to Friends!)?

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Leveret - Up Close And Acoustic

on Tue, 9 Dec 2014 at London Cecil Sharp House Doors at 7pm, start time 7.30pm

An exciting new collaboration, Leveret features three of England's finest musicians Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron. The music is firmly rooted in the English tradition whilst retaining a fresh and contemporary air. Combining extraordinary musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity, this will be an entirely acoustic gig performed in the round.

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Ric Sanders Trio

on Tue, 9 Dec 2014 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Since 1985 Ric Sanders has been the fiddle player in Fairport Convention. In the late 70s he played in both Soft Machine and The Albion Band, and it was in the latter that he met Michael Gregory, now drummer with The Home Service. Ric's association with guitarist and vocalist Vo Fletcher goes back even further they played together when still teenagers. Vo has played with artists as diverse as Rik Mayall and Nigel Kennedy (just to keep Ric on his toes!). It was inevitable that these three pals would play together, and over the last decade they've been involved in many projects, from recording Miles Davis classics live in Lincoln Cathedral to improvising an album with the inspirational Anjali Dance Company. Over the last couple of years though, they've taken a different direction, reconnecting with the music closest to their hearts. It's music firmly rooted in the blues. They love playing it, and their recent performances have shown just how much people love hearing it a rockin' good time was had by all!

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Martin Simpson

on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath Doors 7.15pm, start 7.45pm

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Mike Heron & Trembling Bells

on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 at Leeds Brudenell Social Club 7.30pm - late

Mike Heron & Trembling Bells: The Circle is Unbroken To coincide with Hux Records' release of Incredible String Band 'Live at Fillmore East, 1968′ album, original ISB band member, Mike Heron is teaming up with Trembling Bells (Honest Jon's) to perform classic String Band material from their hugely influential first four albums. Few bands could be said to embody the spirit of the 1960s more comprehensively than the Incredible String Band. On albums such as 'The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter' or 'Wee Tam and the Big Huge'- with their epic perspectives, pantheistic lyrics and visionary synthesis of musical forms- ISB gave the hippy generation some of their most emblematic anthems. The breadth of their appeal is beguiling, with admirers as diverse as Robert Plant (Led Zepplin) and Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury) professing a long term love affair with the band. In 2010 Fledg'ling reissued their first 4 albums to unanimous critical acclaim, ensuring their appeal to successive generations of fans. One of the new generations of bands indelibly influenced by ISB is the Glasgow based 4 piece Trembling Bells. The Bells first joined forces with founder member, Mike Heron, in 2010 at A Very Cellular Song- the Joe Boyd curated celebration of ISB material at The Barbican, London. Since then they have played at Stewart Lee's Austerity Binge, Cecil Sharp House and recorded a 7″ single of Heron's 'Feast of Stephen', cementing their kinship. Mike Heron & Trembling Bells: The Circle is Unborken promises to cover rare and popular material from the ISB song book and much more besides. This promises to be a spectacular evocation of the times in Heron's 70th birthday year. @alex_neilson www.tremblingbells.com

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Downtown Roots

on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 at Sheffield The Greystones doors at 7.30pm

The Honey Bee Blues Club is proud to present Downtown Roots at the Greystones with the launch of their new release, 'Doll'. This band are rapidly becoming hot property, with their shows for HBBC in may and at the Rock'n'Roll Circus being two of this years highlights. With special dropping in this will be a knockout pre xmas gig, so be there or be square.

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Ric Sanders Trio

on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 at Leicester The Musician Doors at 8pm

Since 1985 Ric Sanders has been the fiddle player in Fairport Convention. In the late 70s he played in both Soft Machine and The Albion Band, and it was in the latter that he met Michael Gregory, now drummer with The Home Service. Ric's association with guitarist and vocalist Vo Fletcher goes back even further ­ they played together when still teenagers. Vo has played with artists as diverse as Rik Mayall and Nigel Kennedy (just to keep Ric on his toes!). It was inevitable that these three pals would play together, and over the last decade they've been involved in many projects, from recording Miles Davis classics live in Lincoln Cathedral to improvising an album with the inspirational Anjali Dance Company. Over the last couple of years though, they've taken a different direction, reconnecting with the music closest to their hearts. It's music firmly rooted in the blues. They love playing it, and their recent performances have shown just how much people love hearing it ­ a rockin' good time was had by all!

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The Oak (the Oxford Acoustic Klub) Presents Ben Avison.alan Jaggs.samuel Edwards.anastasia & More

on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 at Oxford Jericho Tavern 7-11PM

the acoustic klub xmas special featuring some of oxfords finest singer songwriters ...........merry xmas x

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The Churchfitters

on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

Please note that due to exceptional demand an EXTRA performance has been arranged for Monday 8th December and is now open for booking.

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The Churchfitters

on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

Please note that due to exceptional demand an EXTRA performance has been arranged for Monday 8th December and is now open for booking.

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Paul Higham. + Rosie Arnfield.

on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 at Glossop The Globe Inn 8pm

the globe glossop.

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Lisa Mills

on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 at Worthing Pier Doors open 7pm Show starts 8pm

It's a long way from south Mississippi, where she was born, to Glastonbury, in southwestern England. But Lisa Mills has played Glastonbury and many more European festivals enough to feel comfortable on both sides of the Atlantic. In fact, the artistic connections she formed as she gained international fans are counted as her musical next-of-kin; they just happen to be in the UK, while she now makes her home on Mobile Bay in Alabama. Recording her latest album, Tempered in Fire, at Rimshot Studios in Kent, UK, was a celebration of creative connections reaching near and afar. She chose songs by writers from her native South as well as Britain to complement her own songs and teamed with old and new musician friends from England and the U.S. Joining her in the vintage analog studio'and laying down several of the songs as a live band'were her long-time performing partner, Ian Jennings, as co-producer and double bassist; Andy Fairweather Low on guitar, and Eric Heigle of New Orleans on drums. She and Jennings (Big Town Playboys, Jeff Beck, Van Morrison) have toured the UK for almost a decade, and she sings on three tracks of his current studio album, Roll the Dice. It was through Jennings that she met Low (Amen Corner, Eric Clapton, George Harrison) and many others with whom she's shared the stage or studio, including Robert Plant (who said of Lisa: 'You should check her out; she has a wonderful voice.'), Jools Holland, and Jeff Beck, who also are guests on Jennings' album. Lisa grew up on gospel and soul and began composing songs before she was old enough to start school. Her daddy was dialed in to Hank Williams and her mother loved Elvis (and still does: she keeps The King's CDs along with her daughter's on her car's sun visor). Destined to perform, Lisa poured her heart into writing, singing and playing guitar, gathering strength like the hurricanes that brew in the Gulf of Mexico. Her vocal influences ranged from Etta James to Brenda Lee. A friend who recognized Lisa's potential sent Sam Andrew of Big Brother and the Holding Company a copy of Blues and Ballads, her first CD, recorded live in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It was the connection that landed Lisa her first international gig, in Germany, and a three-year tour as BBHC's lead singer. It was the European connection that led her to meet Jennings and then Robert Plant's sound engineer Roy Williams, who encouraged her to take her rightful place as a solo artist. Along the way she has played with Delbert McClinton, Dr. John, Junior Wells and appears on a compilation CD, Live at the Talbot, with Albert Lee. Touring the UK in 2010 after the release of Tempered in Fire in Europe, Lisa was featured on the cover of Blues Matters magazine (along with none other than Plant and the Rolling Stones). Grahame Rhodes, writing for Blues in Northwest, described her as having 'a stunning voice that comes over like a full-throated Otis Redding with some Muscle Shoals soul and Nashville country touches for good measure.' Reviewing her Edinburgh performance, Rhythm and Blues noted her 'strong soulful voice,' adding, 'Lisa Mills is an artist to watch out for.' Tempered in Fire is her second album collaboration with Jennings, who co-produced her 2005 CD, I'm Changing. Her solo pre-production CD, By Invitation Only (also recorded live), drew high praise from Wade Wellborn of Currents Magazine: 'These dynamic and inspiring performances help prove that Lisa Mills is the real deal; no studio tricks needed, no airbrushing required. By Invitation Only is a wonderful listen'soothing, bluesy, rocking, and sexy.' Add 'songwriter' to Wellborn's descriptions of Lisa Mills (she wrote all 13 songs on By Invitation Only), and you've got Lisa. Tickets, if available, will be £18 on the door.

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Raveneye (featuring Oli Brown)

on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 at Southampton The Talking Heads Doors at 7.30pm

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Kevin Brown Quartet Plus Special Guest Rob Lear

on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

Kevin Brown has throughout his life dug deep into the heart of the blues, his original material inspired by everyday life and people. Renowned for his touch and tone, with 12 albums to his credit his worldwide reputation has gained respect from many of his peers with whom he has not only supported but also performed with. The KB quartet is a hard driving unit that fullfils Kevins ambition to transform his songs into vibrant rythmic journeys, featuring the mighty John Broomhall on piano/hammond, Mick Candler on drums and big daddy Duncan Kingston on a bass. Come and join Kevin on a highly amusing trail through his life and passions, discover just why he's quoted by Mojo magazine as being a true 'living legend' 'So much more than just a great slide player' Mark Knopfler 'What singles him out is his voice' Robin Denselow, the guardian 'He is without a doubt the real deal' Martin Simpson 'One of the very best we have' Andy Fairweather Low http://www.mykevinbrown.com hear for for yourself why he is a national treasure. http://kevinbrown1.bandcamp.com Heres Kevin you tube channel, much more to see and hear. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR3rB_rHKJkVISqroxMfK2w listen for yourself why he's regarded by many as a national treasure. http://kevinbrown1.bandcamp.com Rob Lear Also making this evening a very special occasion is the appearance of special guest, highly gifted welsh singer and songwriter Rob Lear, a new discovery for Kevin who is delighted to have him on the bill. Please visit and listen to his music page and you'll realise why his work is so highly cherished by Kevin Brown. http://www.roblearmusic.com/music.html

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Gypsy Nights Jazz And World Music Session

on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 at London Jazzlive@The Crypt DOORS OPEN 8pm

Hosted by Cellist Shirley Smart with contributions from Pete Watson and other guests. A cosmpolitan jam session featuring jazz standards and music from North African, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Latin sources. Try out your skills or new arrangements here! A set from the house band followed by slots for guests and jammers.

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The Big Blues Night Out Presents An Xmass Special Feat Jonn'ys Sexual Kitchen...matt Edwards Band

on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 at Oxford The Cellar 7-11PM

some oxfords finets blues musicians come together for an xmass shindig ...should be a night never to forget 1

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Exeter Folk Project Christmas Party

on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 at Exeter Starz Bar Doors Open 7.00pm Start time 7.30pm

A fun packed evening with a collection of fantastic local musicians and one special overseas guest!

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"the Celtic Notes" @ The Hungry Horse Folk Club

on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 at Ellesmere Port Whitby Sports & Social Club 8-15pm

Irish comedy act THE CELTIC NOTES are Sean Gilligan, Pete Massey and Paddy Nagle. They return to the Hungry Horse yet again by public demand. If you like music and song with an Irish slant laced with the funniest of anecdotes from Paddy Nagle then you are in for a treat. There will be some Christmassy songs as well no doubt.

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Reg Meuross

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30 for 8pm

www.regmeuross.com Fatea Award Male vocalist of the year winner. One of of the UK's most gentle yet powerful songwriters with a great voice. Reg Meuross' back catalogue of songs will stand up against any. As usual a night not to miss.

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Reg Meuross

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30 for 8pm

www.regmeuross.com Fatea Award Male vocalist of the year winner. One of of the UK's most gentle yet powerful songwriters with a great voice. Reg Meuross' back catalogue of songs will stand up against any. As usual a night not to miss.

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The Jigantics Christmas Special

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at Blandford Forum Royal British Legion 8.15 pm (doors 7.45)

Morphing out of ColvinQuarmby and The Sons of the Delta, The Jigantics bring a delightful mix of happy foot-tapping dance music with a country/cajun feel, plus a touch of blues, with a smattering of folk and ballads to die for, all lashed together with humour and fun. There is no opening support act, but it is hoped the Stourvale Mummers will be paying a visit during the interval to entertain and amuse in a traditional way with their seasonal Mummer's Play

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The Jigantics Christmas Special

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at Blandford Forum Royal British Legion 8.15 pm (doors 7.45)

Morphing out of ColvinQuarmby and The Sons of the Delta, The Jigantics bring a delightful mix of happy foot-tapping dance music with a country/cajun feel, plus a touch of blues, with a smattering of folk and ballads to die for, all lashed together with humour and fun. There is no opening support act, but it is hoped the Stourvale Mummers will be paying a visit during the interval to entertain and amuse in a traditional way with their seasonal Mummer's Play

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Michael Chapman + James Blackshaw

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at London Bishopsgate Institute 7.30pm

The Vortex City Sessions at Bishopsgate Institute: Michael Chapman + James Blackshaw The Vortex returns to the Beautiful Bishopsgate Great Hall for an evening with two of the most interesting guitarists, spanning two generations. MICHAEL CHAPMAN Championed by John Peel in the 1970s, Yorkshire-born Michael Chapman has already been rediscovered in the US courtesy of his connections with No Neck Blues Band and the late Jack Rose. An extensive interview by fan Thurston Moore in Fretboard Journal in 2009, where Moore compared Chapman's style and influence with that of John Renbourn and Bert Jansch (both of whom Chapman knew from his early days), has opened Chapman up to a whole new audience and generation. Following a UK tour last year with Thurston Moore, audiences here are now quite rightly giving Chapman the wider recognition he deserves for his uniquely English melancholic perspective and emotive guitar style. "Just as John Fahey and Robbie Basho were belatedly sainted by a slew of avant-garde musicians eager to enrich their experimental fields with old primitive tradition, so the same enclave have reached out to embrace Yorkshire-born minstrel Michael Chapman." Spencer Grady BBC Music website JAMES BLACKSHAW James Blackshaw performs celestial and spirit-lifting guitar-led compositions. Meditative in quality, cinematic in scope, his music spirals gracefully across complex patterns, motifs and harmonics. He made his name as a 12-string acoustic guitarist, and his relationship with the instrument is near perfect. With an extensive back catalogue to his name on labels like Young God, Tompkins Square and Important Records, he has developed a unique playing style that takes Takoma school finger-picking into an entirely new place. Swirling overtones, cascading notes and a thousand points of light cascade from his guitar and create ever-shifting textures that bear the influence of contemporary classical composition, post-rock dynamics and invisible soundtracks as much as the American folk guitar tradition. one of the best and most original instrumentalists in the new, acoustic renaissance. Rolling Stone There's an indecent ease to James Blackshaw's guitar playing. His fingerpicking mantras are as melodic as a music box, gliding through dizzying tempos like clockwork Such is the silky control he exerts over his instrument, Blackshaw often sounds more like a court harpist than a backwoods strummer. The Wire

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Belshazzar's Feast

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at Otley Courthouse 8pm

BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST CHRISTMAS SHOW On tour with a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, added to their usual touch of classical and jazz, with a bit of pop and music hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces. 'Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between- tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.' Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 Tickets: £12/£10 in advance, £13/£11 on the door. belshazzarsfeast.com

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Belshazzar's Feast

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at Otley Courthouse 8pm

BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST CHRISTMAS SHOW On tour with a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, added to their usual touch of classical and jazz, with a bit of pop and music hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces. 'Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between- tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.' Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2 Tickets: £12/£10 in advance, £13/£11 on the door. belshazzarsfeast.com

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Petunia With Nathan Godfrey

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at Northampton The Looking Glass Theatre 8:00pm

If ever there was a dream meant-to-be pairing it was when colourful Vipers frontman Petunia hooked up with renowned American old-time picker Nathan Godfrey. Described by reviewers as the real deal, the pair mine for nuggets from the US roots music back catalogue and present them as well-burnished golden treasures. Expect to hear echoes of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizell, Jimmie Rodgers and Riley Puckett as well as originals which will be familiar to fans of The Vipers' shows. Whenever Petunia takes the stage for a solo spotlight, it is powerfully impressive. His multi-talented side-kick, who joins him on vocals and resonator guitar, mandolin or banjo, is recognised as one of Canada's leading old-time performers and also hosts his own radio show. They have toured extensively on the Canadian circuit in this superb duo format to become recognised as one of the truly great 'live' experiences. A pure Canadian treasure Key to The West music journal

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Albion Christmas Band In Concert

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at Wigan Parish Church Doors 7.00p.m Concert 7.30pm

The current lineup of the band celebrate their 16th year. We are very pleased that Simon Care , Ashley Hutchings , Simon Nicol, and Kellie While are rejoining us for their 4th visit . As usual the evening will be a mixture of spoken word , song , and dance . Their refence points for the concert are impossible to guess as they explore myriad views of Christmas and also celebrate the winter season . By turns entertaining , moving , very funny , and a fine entree for the festive season. One of our most popular concerts ( Well it's selling already)

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Helter Skelter Presents Buffos Wake

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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An Evening With Elliot Morris,support From Ben Williams,paddy Downes

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at Manchester The Art of Tea Doors at 7.00pm

Papillon Promotions presents An Evening with Lincolnshire based singer/songwriter/guitarist Elliott Morris. Support will be provided by local musicians 'Ben Williams', and 'Paddy Downes'.

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Acoustic Dustbowl & Liverpool Acoustic Christmas Party

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at Liverpool The View Two Gallery Doors 7.30pm, music 8.00pm

Once again Liverpool Acoustic are gatecrashing Acoustic Dustbowl's Christmas Party to bring you a joint night of music and fun. Music will be provided by Acoustic Dustbowl's The Southbound Attic Band and The Mudcat Brothers, guests Iain Till and SheBeat, and Liverpool Acoustic's Stuart Todd, Derek King and Graham Holland. All money raised from ticket sales and door entry will be donated to charity.

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Gypsyfingers @ St Pancras Old Church, London

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at London St Pancras Old Church Doors at 7:00pm

It has been a busy year for GypsyFingers! They released their debut album "Circus Life" in the summer and played a handful of packed out UK shows culminating in a support slot for James Blunt in Warsaw in front of 4000 people on 3rd October. Exciting things are to come in 2015 from GypsyFingers including a UK & Europe tour. Catch them with their band in London at the beautiful and intimate St Pancras Old Church before the year is out. Support from Lucy Kitt: https://soundcloud.com/lucy-kitt Nearest tubes: Kings Cross / Mornington Crescent. Single yellow parking outside the venue. Drinks available at the bar. 7pm - Doors 7:45pm - Lucy Kitt 8:30pm - GypsyFingers GypsyFingers album "Circus Life" is available to buy at the link below: https://gypsyfingers.bandcamp.com/

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Corn Potato String Band

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette doors 7pm

CORN POTATO STRING BAND Video Links - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkDqUd4cZ9w&list=PLHNRyddU-ceq9YRDfmJPGZFLPwQiPxpKt Web - http://cornpotato.com/ LAUNDERETTE SESSIONS INFO IS HERE ON VARIOUS PLATFORMS....... Facebook - Launderette Sessions Twitter - @LaunderetteSess Instagram - Launderette_Sessions Trip Advisor Events at Old Cinema Launderette (Durham) Tickets £14 in advance or £16 Door. Tickets also available at Old Cinema Launderette. Contact mrwishywashypresents@gmail.com for further information. Mix of seating (V.LIMITED) and standing. Doors 7pm. Support ( if arranged) around 7.45pm. Headline around 8.30pm. We have an drinks licence. Real ales, lagers, wines. ciders and spirits will be served along with OCC Coffee, Yorkshire Tea and Twinnings Fruit Teas... and of course soft drinks. About Corn Potato String Band The Corn Potato String Band play authentic American Appalachian folk music. The members of this band have delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the U.S., Canada, Europe and India. They are all multi-instrumentalists who are dedicated to continuing the traditional fiddle and banjo music and dance of the Central Southern US. In addition to being champion fiddlers, they play banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin and cover many different antiquated styles including ballads, ho-downs, country rags and southern gospel, specializing in twin fiddling and double banjo tunes. Aaron Jonah Lewis Aaron Jonah Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist, performer and educator. He has won awards at the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival, including First Place Neotraditional Band in 2008, and at the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention, including First Place Bluegrass Fiddle in 2007, and he has performed at major festivals from the US to the UK and from Italy to Finland. Lewis has appeared on dozens of recordings from bluegrass and old time to swing jazz, modern experimental and Turkish classical music projects. He has taught workshops at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and at the English Folk Dance and Song Society in London. He also plays and teaches banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass and is currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. Lindsay McCaw Lindsay McCaw has been playing American old time music for over 15 years. She performs music and calls dances around the country. McCaw plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, accordion and piano. She is also part of several theater and puppet companies, including her own, called The Dolly Wagglers. She has won several musical distinctions such as two-time winner of the Minneapolis Jug Band Contest and four-time first-place winner of the Sheffield Field Days Fiddle contest. Ben Belcher Ben Belcher is an accomplished banjo player and a talented artist. He has distinguished himself with such awards as the Independent Music World Series, which he won with The Hot Seats in Nashville, TN, in 2006, First Place Neotraditional Band at the Appalachian String Band Festival in 2008 and a Herald Angel award at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe. Belcher has toured extensively in the US and in Europe and the UK since 2001. He has been a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe with The Hot Seats and recently appeared at the Shetland Folk Festival. He also plays guitar

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Racubah Presents Tantz

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at Bangor Hendre Hall 9.00pm - 02.00am

Racubah presents Tantz live! Helo! Hope all is well and that everyone had a great summer. We're proud to announce our annual winter warmer will be in Hendre again this year, and we are looking forward to bringing some very special guests for a live show. Tantz hail from Leeds and are building up momentum as a must see band on the European festival circuit. We saw them blow the roof off Chai Wallahs in Shambala festival this summer and just had to book them to play at Racubah.. Tantz deliver a killer blend of Eastern European folk and broken beats.. with a sprinkle of dub, swing and ska punk in the mix from some literally jaw dropping musicians. Should be enough to warm the coldest of feet! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3kdj-lD7No https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjWKTo91rP4 Dj support will be from the Racubah regulars spinning music new and old from around the globe Advance tickets are £10 (£1 booking fee) and £13 on the door (Tickets on sale soon). We will also be selling tickets locally in Bangor (details to be announced shortly) Don't sleep - our last Christmas event with Jungle Fire sold out early and limited floor space in Hendre meant a lot of disappointed people on the door.

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The Micky Greaney Band

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

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Chanky Chank

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at London Cecil Sharp House 7.30-11.00pm

Gavin Lewerey is one of the finest Cajun and Zydeco accordionists in the UK, but he rarely gets to play in the south of England. We have persuaded him to come down, with his superb Cajun dance band,Chanky Chank, for our Xmas party so don't miss this ! No dance class. Live music from 8.30pm

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Chanky Chank

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at London Cecil Sharp House 7.30-11.00pm

Gavin Lewerey is one of the finest Cajun and Zydeco accordionists in the UK, but he rarely gets to play in the south of England. We have persuaded him to come down, with his superb Cajun dance band,Chanky Chank, for our Xmas party so don't miss this ! No dance class. Live music from 8.30pm

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Ansley Christmas Concert With The Arrowsmiths And Jo Maher

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at Ansley St Laurence's Church 8.00pm (doors 7.30pm)

Traditional and seasonal material from Richard & Jess Arrowsmith with special guest Jo Maher. Ticket price includes mulled wine/mince pie

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Monster Christmas Party With Hannabiell & Midnight Blue

on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 at Newcastle upon Tyne Star & Shadow Cinema 8pm

Monster Ceilidh Band and Hannabiell & Midnight Blue host a electro-speed-folk world jazz rave at The Star and Shadow Cinema on December 12th. Expect the usual uncompromising frontal assault by two of Newcastle's favourite alternative party bands. Monster Ceilidh Band are very excited to be teaming up with Hannabiell & Midnight Blue after sharing a stage with them at the near legendary Newcastle Community Green Festival this summer. Never ones to disappoint, the dynamic ensembles are presenting an evening to be remembered which celebrates the independent artist who populate the City's vibrant scene.

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"a Christmas List" With Jez Lowe & Kate Bramley: Shammick Acoustic

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at Combe Martin The Pack o' Cards Doors 7.30 pm for 8 pm start

A bit of a change from our 4th Saturday concerts as it was a bit too close to Christmas, so on the 2nd Saturday, we have big favourite Jez Lowe, and Bad Pennies colleague Kate Bramley performing 'A Christmas List', a slanted look at the festive season. Jez not only has an enviable reputation as a songwriter and performer in the acoustic music scene throughout the world, but must make a small fortune in copyright fees from the number of his compositions performed and recorded by other top class musicians. In recent years, as well as pretty constant touring, he has been involved in the writing and recording of the new Radio Ballads, inspired by Ewan MacColl's original series of that name back in the 1950s. Kate is a fiddler and vocalist who was brought up in Cornwall and absorbed much of her 'folk' background there, before training as a theatre writer and director. After collaborating with Jez on a millennium commission, she joined Jez's band, The Bad Pennies, and has enjoyed a busy touring and recording schedule ever since. Shammick Acoustic is very lucky to have the chance of this one-off Christmas show from two highly talented artists.

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The Jigantics

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at Portsmouth The Square Tower Doors 7.15PM

This will be the third time that we have played host to this outstanding Americana-influenced 5 piece, and each time they get better and better and the audience gets larger and larger! So we're thrilled that this year they will be playing for us at our Square Roots Xmas Cracker show - and what's more, they will be joined by fabulous duo The Black Feathers! One of the UK Americana scenes' most arresting new bands, The Jigantics are part of a growing group of contemporary artists appealing to a wide range of music followers who are increasingly looking beyond conventional musical stereotypes, and just enjoying a fusion of great songs, stunning harmonies and fine musicianship. In this case its a genre defying mix of Roots, Cajun, Blues, Trad, Country and then some! Featuring the myriad musical talents of Martin Fitzgibbon (Drums, Percussion, Vocals) and Marion Fleetwood (Mandolin, Fiddle, Cello, Vocals) of ColvinQuarmby, and Mark Cole (Squeezboxes, Harmonica, Mandolin, Vocals), Rick Edwards (House Full Of Guitars, Vocals) and Lyndon Webb (Bass, Vocals) of Sons Of The Delta. One of The Jigantics great strengths is their ability to harness the power and energy of a five piece band and ally that to the subtlety and artistic feel that is required on some of their more emotive material.  Its a pretty neat trick, and in live performance they carry the audience with them on a journey of foot stomping joy tempered with only the occasional heartbreak. Seeing them live it's clear that this band believe having a good time is an essential ingredient to any gig, ensuring that the road travelled overwhelmingly ends in a smile - no surprise then that their debut album Daisy Roots is receiving critical acclaim from all quarters! What The Papers Say About The Jigantics. Cajun-kissed americana of the highest quality (Maverick Magazine) "Fantastic music...highlight act" (The Daily Telegraph) "A fabulous fusion of cajun, rock, folk and Americana that blew the socks off our audience. Absolute class. (Steve Sheldon, FolkIcons.co.uk) Completing what is frankly an awesome double bill,The Black Feathers have already been busy touring the country, enticing and captivating audiences as they go. Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler sound like they draw their influences from a number of high quality wells - Americana and folk influences rub shoulders and edgy rock sensibilities peek through the tight-as-blood harmonies. Their ridiculously good debut 5 track EP Strangers When We Meet (released in February of this year) bursts with promise and has seen them waltz their way with ease onto many stages including the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival and the hyper-cool Maverick Festival. They have also embarked on a well received 8-date tour in and around Nashville, Tennessee, earning themselves a growing fan base in the US as well as the UK. What The Papers Say About The Black Feathers. Deep, dark, moody sonnets (Youth, producer of Dido and The Orb) This duo just stopped everyone in their tracks (Songs From The Shed)

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Martin Carthy

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at Sheffield The Heeley Institute Doors 7.30, show time 8pm

A hugely influential figure in the field of acoustic music for half a century, Martin Carthy is still a gripping performer of the traditional songs he adores and has shared with countless audiences and performers. Always an enthusiast, charming and engaging, their could be no better artist with whom to round off our programme for 2014.

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Martin Carthy

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at Sheffield The Heeley Institute Doors 7.30, show time 8pm

A hugely influential figure in the field of acoustic music for half a century, Martin Carthy is still a gripping performer of the traditional songs he adores and has shared with countless audiences and performers. Always an enthusiast, charming and engaging, their could be no better artist with whom to round off our programme for 2014.

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The Levels Collective: Bill Caddick + Sproatly Smith

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at Bridgwater Arts Centre 7.45pm

The Bridgwater Arts Centre have teamed up with FolkRadio UK, the leading UK Music Blog & Radio Station, to bring to Somerset a new and fresh Folk Club Night, we are calling it ‘The Levels Collective’. It will be showcasing emerged, emerging, trad, alt, roots, world, Americana, experimental folk, pop folk and everything else that falls under the big term of folk! This night brings ex Albion Band and Home Service member veteran Bill Caddick and pioneering experimental folk band Sproatly Smith to the stage. From 2015, The Levels Collective will be running monthly, but for this season, we will be having two showcase events to give you a taster of what is to come!

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Belshazzar's Feast

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at Barton The Ropewalk Doors 7pm, starts 8pm

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.

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Mad Dog Mcrea, Christmas Gig, Tiverton, 13th Dec 2014

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at Tiverton The New Hall Doors open 7.30pm

The New Hall Barrington Street Tiverton EX16 6QP A raucous party night, guaranteed! Tickets, if any left will be £15 on the door. There will be a speedy, competitive bar, and a few other surprises! Proceeds to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. There is no parking at the venue, but plenty of car parks nearby, The New hall is wheelchair friendly.

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The Curst Sons

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 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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Trembling Bells & Mike Heron

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Trembling Bells' are an acclaimed Glasgow based indie folk rock band that reference late 1960s psychedelia and British folk revival acts such as Fairport Convention and the Incredible String Band. Lavinia Blackwall's soaring vocal style has drawn comparisons to Sandy Denny, and she took part in the recent tour The Lady A Homage to Sandy Denny which was televised by the BBC. This tour, The Circle is Unbroken, follows on from last year's release of Trembling Bells' acclaimed collaborative album and tour with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, The Marble Downs. Mike Heron is a Scottish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work in the Incredible String Band. The group built a considerable following, especially within the British counterculture in the 60′s and 70′s and were pioneers of psychedelic folk, integrating a wide variety of traditional music forms, blending rock, folk and world music into an atmospheric whole. A new Incredible String Band album Live at The Filmore 1968 was released on Hux this (last) year. Trembling Bells have worked with Mike Heron on a number of occasions and there is a natural kinship between them. The Circle Is Unbroken debuted to glowing reviews at Celtic Connections in January (2013), and celebrates Mike Heron's legacy in his 70th year. The concert highlights their musical sympathies, as they exchange material in an evening comprised of classic String Band songs, and the contemporary tunes of The Trembling Bells.

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Wille And The Bandits

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at Pontypool Borough Blues Club 7:30pm

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Wille And The Bandits

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at Pontypool Borough Blues Club 7:30pm

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La Musgaña In Concert

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at Taunton Halsway Manor 7:30pm - 11pm

La Musgaña ("water-rat" in Spanish) are one of the most highly acclaimed bands in Europe, La Musgaña perform traditional Spanish folk music. This is a very rare chance to see them perform in the UK in beautiful and atmospheric surroundings. Founded in 1986 by Enrique Almendros, Jose Marti Climent and Rafa Martin. The band incorporates various instruments such as the dulcimer, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, flutes, guitar and bass, and performs traditional music from the Iberian peninsula, mostly from the Spanish regions of Castile, Zamora, Leon, Extremadura and La Mancha. The current line up focuses around the core of Jaime Muñoz (clarinets, accordion, saxophone, flutes, Bulgarian bagpipe) and Carlos Beceiro (bouzouki, guitar, bass).

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La Musgaña In Concert

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at Taunton Halsway Manor 7:30pm - 11pm

La Musgaña ("water-rat" in Spanish) are one of the most highly acclaimed bands in Europe, La Musgaña perform traditional Spanish folk music. This is a very rare chance to see them perform in the UK in beautiful and atmospheric surroundings. Founded in 1986 by Enrique Almendros, Jose Marti Climent and Rafa Martin. The band incorporates various instruments such as the dulcimer, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, flutes, guitar and bass, and performs traditional music from the Iberian peninsula, mostly from the Spanish regions of Castile, Zamora, Leon, Extremadura and La Mancha. The current line up focuses around the core of Jaime Muñoz (clarinets, accordion, saxophone, flutes, Bulgarian bagpipe) and Carlos Beceiro (bouzouki, guitar, bass).

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Ruth Trimble - Special Christmas Concert

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at London Green Note Doors @ 2pm, Music starts @ 2.30pm

A special Christmas matinee concert.... Following the release of her acclaimed debut album 'Things I Want to Say', Ruth Trimble's first solo tour seems long overdue but she has been busy, having toured extensively over the last few years in support of the likes of Beth Nielsen Chapman, Kimmie Rhodes, and Clannad. The talented singer songwriter, from Northern Ireland, will be performing at venues throughout Ireland and the UK this Christmas to promote her album 'Each Christmas Till Then'. Released at the end of 2013, her second album to date was well endorsed by widespread radio play around the UK, with her first Christmas single, the title track, getting airplay on BBC Radio 2. This special Christmas concert will feature material from the Christmas album, which includes Ruth's new arrangements of well known Carols, as well as many popular tracks from her debut album 'Things I Want To Say'. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Ruth Trimble - Special Christmas Concert

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at London Green Note Doors @ 2pm, Music starts @ 2.30pm

A special Christmas matinee concert.... Following the release of her acclaimed debut album 'Things I Want to Say', Ruth Trimble's first solo tour seems long overdue but she has been busy, having toured extensively over the last few years in support of the likes of Beth Nielsen Chapman, Kimmie Rhodes, and Clannad. The talented singer songwriter, from Northern Ireland, will be performing at venues throughout Ireland and the UK this Christmas to promote her album 'Each Christmas Till Then'. Released at the end of 2013, her second album to date was well endorsed by widespread radio play around the UK, with her first Christmas single, the title track, getting airplay on BBC Radio 2. This special Christmas concert will feature material from the Christmas album, which includes Ruth's new arrangements of well known Carols, as well as many popular tracks from her debut album 'Things I Want To Say'. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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The Corn Potato String Band With Special Guests Ed Hicks & The Night Caps

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at London Harrisons Bar 8pm - 12am

The Corn Potato String Band The Corn Potato String Band play authentic American Appalachian folk music. The members of this band have delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the U.S., Canada, Europe and India. They are all multi-instrumentalists who are dedicated to continuing the traditional fiddle and banjo music and dance of the Central Southern US. In addition to being champion fiddlers, they play banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin and cover many different antiquated styles including ballads, ho-downs, country rags and southern gospel, specializing in twin fiddling and double banjo tunes. http://cornpotato.com/live/ --- Ed Hicks & The Night Caps Ed Hicks and the Night Caps are a virtuoso three-piece that play an eclectic set of swing jazz, hot bluegrass and original arrangements of klezmer tunes and 19th century parlor banjo pieces. They perform with banjo, guitar and bass, as well as some special double banjo numbers. http://edhicksbanjo.com/music/ed-hicks-and-the-night-caps/ --- £10 wegottickets.com From 8pm til late ...Also, there will be CLOGGERS and there will also be FREE MINCE PIES for all who attend!

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Crh Music Presents The Petunia Duo

on Sat, 13 Dec 2014 at Bristol The Thunderbolt Doors at 7.30pm

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Edwina Hayes

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Southport Park Golf Club Doors from 7pm, and music from 8pm

Good things happen over coffee indeed, or a drink or two for that matter, so let Ms Hayes pour you one. "Haunting, honeyed solo songwriter" (The Guardian) YOU'RE WISE TO BUY IN ADVANCE - DOOR ADMITS IF AVAILABLE - £10.

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Edwina Hayes

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Southport Park Golf Club Doors from 7pm, and music from 8pm

Good things happen over coffee indeed, or a drink or two for that matter, so let Ms Hayes pour you one. "Haunting, honeyed solo songwriter" (The Guardian) YOU'RE WISE TO BUY IN ADVANCE - DOOR ADMITS IF AVAILABLE - £10.

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Shropshire Roots Present Leveret Feat. Sam Sweeney, Andy Cutting & Rob Harbron

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Shrewsbury The Morris Hall Doors at 7pm, Show starts 7.45pm

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Luke Jackson Trio

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Canterbury St George's Centre Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start

Doors 7.15pm for 8pm Tickets £10 online £11 by post in advance £12 on the door Come and join us for some Christmas nibbles and a fabulous concert from Canterbury's own Luke Jackson and his Trio Connor Downs and Andy Sharps on Percussion and Bass. The venue for this is the stylish Lounge at the Canterbury Christ Church University, Student Union building in St Georges Place, Canterbury. This centrally located venue has excellently priced drinks and a cosy Boston Bar type vibe. Perfect for our (almost) end of season gathering. Luke needs no introduction to most of the Folk in the Barn audience having virtually grown up on stage in front of them over the past six years. But in case you haven't yet heard, 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 Downs and Andy Sharps are both excellent young musicians. They met Luke when they were all studying music together at Canterbury College and have played and recorded together many times. Last year Andy accompanied Luke on his first tour of Scotland, and will join him again on his forthcoming trip. 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 Mulled wine and Christmassy nibbles provided, all contributions both financial and /or edible welcome www.folkinthebarn.co.uk

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Luke Jackson Trio

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Canterbury St George's Centre Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start

Doors 7.15pm for 8pm Tickets £10 online £11 by post in advance £12 on the door Come and join us for some Christmas nibbles and a fabulous concert from Canterbury's own Luke Jackson and his Trio Connor Downs and Andy Sharps on Percussion and Bass. The venue for this is the stylish Lounge at the Canterbury Christ Church University, Student Union building in St Georges Place, Canterbury. This centrally located venue has excellently priced drinks and a cosy Boston Bar type vibe. Perfect for our (almost) end of season gathering. Luke needs no introduction to most of the Folk in the Barn audience having virtually grown up on stage in front of them over the past six years. But in case you haven't yet heard, 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 Downs and Andy Sharps are both excellent young musicians. They met Luke when they were all studying music together at Canterbury College and have played and recorded together many times. Last year Andy accompanied Luke on his first tour of Scotland, and will join him again on his forthcoming trip. 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 Mulled wine and Christmassy nibbles provided, all contributions both financial and /or edible welcome www.folkinthebarn.co.uk

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Red Bird Sky

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

James Summerfield is your next musical obsession. He ticks all the boxes. There's already a brilliant back catalogue out there to go and discover - replete with pure songcraft and at least one certified, stone cold and no messin' classic album already. And now James is really hitting his stride with a new record and another even higher watermark. Great news! Two Brothers Leave Home is here - this is the one where it's all going to start for you. Gathered through years of touring throughout the UK on his own and with the likes of Scott Matthews and Pete Yorn, you'll be joining an already loyal band of followers. And there's scores of fellow musicians and friends from his native Birmingham and further afield who are waiting to see what James will come up with next. He's a musician's musician, a songwriter's songwriter and a performer's performer. His songs are beautifully crafted but full of hooks and never fussy; he can create emotionally intense pindrop moments on stage yet he's as funny as hell too. .

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Sam Brookes

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

There is something of a Tim Buckley about Sam Brookes...a sense of powerful fragility...vast emotional reserves at work The Independent Kairos is a sensuous, fluid 21stCentury folk dream. The Daily Telegraphon Twitter Musically, he excels at propulsive, narratively rich folk, delivered in a soaring, clear-as-a-bell singing voice that makes every word of his evocative, detailed lyrics count. Sunday Times Although in his twenties, Sam Brookes is a seasoned veteran of the live music circuit. Not your stereotypical 'folk bard' his love of singing and performing has been evolving since his days as a chorister, singing for the Queen at her private Chapel in Windsor Great Park; add to this his training as a gilder and a keen interest in sport and Sam already stands apart from his contemporaries. Brought up in a creative family, his love of music was encouraged from a very early age. He attributes influences such as Joni Mitchell, Bert Jansch and Davy Graham to his father as well as more recent influences: 'Travis' and 'The La's' to his own musical journey of discovery. His upbringing in a sleepy Wiltshire town couldn't have been more different to the frenetic pace of life in London, where he has spent the last 4 years of his life. Both have impacted greatly on his career and contributed to his musical style. Sam has become part of the burgeoning folk scene gigging in and around London to an ever-increasingaudience of enthusiasts. His vocal style has drawn attention in other genres, for example as featured vocalist on Basement Jaxx latest single 'What a Difference Your Love Make' Sam cites his training as a gilder as a positive influence on his guitar playing as well as his approach to song writing. I approach my music with the same ethic I held whilst gilding - working hard to create something beautiful These influences amalgamate in Sam's songs to create something truly unique. He sees himself, first and foremost, as a storyteller who claims John Steinbeck as one of his major influences. His songs are, fundamentally, beautifully crafted stories about familiar subject matters that captivate the listener. Musically, his immaculate phrasing and beautifully modulated delivery reach easily beneath the skin of his audience; the magical space he creates, with the elasticity of his writing, has the echoes and jazz arches of giants like John Martyn and Tim Buckley. His self-titled release produced by Chris Hughes (Tears for Fears, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney) brought him recognition in the form of high profile support slots with Joan Armatrading, Ray Davies and Newton Faulkner; this combined with an entrepreneurial spirit and a close kinship with other musicians such as Lucy Rose, Pete Roe and Emily & The Woods has allowed his live and recorded sound to evolve in to a more powerful and provocative body of work. Thoughtful lyrics add poetry to his tracks, something that sets his work apart in an increasingly saturated area of music. Sam Brookes has become part of the burgeoning acoustic music scene, gigging around the UK to an ever-increasing audience of enthusiasts. His characteristic vocal style has also drawn attention across other genres, for example as featured vocalist on Basement Jaxx newsingle 'What a Difference Your Love Make' Last year saw Sam set up his own night with some of his aforementioned contemporaries. 'Because The Night' is a popular monthly event; a stunningly intimate night in the heart of London which serves to reassure fellow travellers that music made with acoustic guitars, mandolins and accordions can once again be relevant. With a musical and creative fire burning inside him, Sam self-released his new album 'Kairos' on 17th March 2014. These ten new tracks were funded by his fans through Pledge Music, and associated with a full touring schedule of headline shows plus UK tour support for Newton Faulkner in February and March followed by European dates. Furthergigs and festival shows in July will be announced. http://www.sambrookes.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sambrookesmusic Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sam_Brookes Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sambrookesmusic Video Channel: www.youtube.com/user/sambrookes Album 'Kairos': https://soundcloud.com/sambrookesmusic/sets/kairos Beth Porter An ambitious cellist with a real passion for music, Bethany can freely improvise and create musical lines to blend with other musicians in folk/acoustic, blues, rock, pop, world, experimental, and classical styles. She started the cello at the age of eleven with teacher, performer and recording artist Emily Burridge. There was always music around the house as her mother, Helen is a piano teacher and was in a blues band with Beth's father, Tim who plays the harmonica. http://bethporter.x10.mx/Beth_Porter/Home.html

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Les Barker

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45 pm (music from 8 to 10.30)

LES BARKER writes strange poems and comes from originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He's written 77 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two. Les has several solo albums to his credit: 'Dogologues', An Infinite Number of Occasional Tables', 'A Cardi and Bloke', 'Up the creek without a poodle', 'Arovertherapy' and 'The War on Terrier'. He has travelled the length, breadth and height of Great Britain, as well as Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and North America and has more recently won prizes for his Welsh poetry, including 3 small chairs, one for a Stomp (a Welsh language poetry slam), one at the North East Wales Learners' Eisteddfod, and one from the Learners' Pavilion at the National Eisteddfod. He could do with a table now. In addition there are five highly acclaimed albums of his serious work; the folk opera 'The Stones of Callanish', 'Some Love', 'The Wings of Butterflies', Airs of the Dog' and 'Twilight of the Dogs', all involving a galaxy of talent. His serious songs have also featured on albums by Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, and by June Tabor. June invariably includes a smattering of his serious and comic songs in her live performances. The Kingston Trio and Tom Paxton have also recorded his songs. he may be the best writer of parodies and wordplays that the English-speaking world has ever heard. - Tom Nelligan, Dirty Linen There are subtleties which you didn't notice the first time round, and there are clever puns and turns of phrase so good you look forward to hearing them again. - Caroline Walker, Folk Roots A genuine genius of comic rhyme who appeals to people of all ages with a truly entertaining family show. I have seen him reduce a whole marquee full of festival goers at Victor Harbor to a mass of helpless laughter and aching sides. - Ron Ashton, Port Lincoln Times, Australia Les Barker is the greatest comedy talent we possess. He's a master at exploiting the idiosyncracies of the English language, weaving in myth and history to build bizarre stories. - Agraman, City Life The Lancashire monologist equivalent of Tom Lehrer.Scintillating daftness, absurdity run amok. - Ken Hunt, Q Magazine Les Barker blends Edward Lear's nonsense, Stanley Unwin's wordplay, the surreal inconsequentiality of Reeves and Mortimer and the demotic robustness of Stanley Holloway monologues. - Martin Hoyle, Financial Times his jokes, having slipped the surly bonds of earthly logic, go marching on. - Nick Beale, Folk Roots

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Marnhull Acoustic Sessions Presents Rodney Branigan

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Marnhull Village Hall Doors 7pm

Rodney has kindly rearranged this date for us. He is a guitar legend and the master of two guitars at the same time. We can't wait for this after his amazing performance at Behind the Castle at the start of the summer!

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Drop The Floor

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Clitheroe The Grand 7pm

One of the region's hottest acts playing traditional irish music, four piece Drop The Floor celebrate a busy year of gigging with this special Christmas party and invite special guests Oishala with their eclectic clutch of covers and Burnley singer-songwriter Baxter Rhodes.

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Mike Vass

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Inverness Glen Urquhart Public Hall 4pm

In 1937 Neil Gunn sold his house, quit his job and went off in an old converted lifeboat for a summer to inspire his writing; voyaging around the Western Isles. He wrote about the various communities on the way, and went on to become one of Scotland's most prolific and creative fiction writers. In May 2014 composer Mike Vass retraced Gunn's steps, re-visiting the communities Neil Gunn wrote about, performing celebratory concerts there and composing a new suite of music which he's now touring. Winner of the prestigious 'Composer of the Year' title at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards in 2012, Mike Vass has been described as 'one of the most original composers working in the field of acoustic music' (Richard Lindsay, Ullapool Guitar Festival). He is in great demand as a performer, composer, producer and teacher; regularly touring with Scots singer Fiona Hunter whose critically acclaimed debut solo album he produced and arranged. He has performed extensively in the past few years with a number of acts including leading Scots Song band Malinky, the Paul McKenna Band, Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes, in a duo with twin sister Ali, and in Fiddle Rendezvous, featuring Bruce Molsky, Mary Ann Kennedy and Gerry O'Connor. Mike's New Voices commission 'String Theory' debuted in 2010 at Celtic Connections, and was described as 'the most direct and honest since the idea was first conceived precision, subtlety and attention to detail'. One of the highlights, the avant-garde piece 'Man's Search' inspired by Viktor Frankl's best-selling book, was described as 'utterly compelling' and was subsequently featured by the Victor Frankl Institute in Austria to commemorate Frankl's birthday. Mike went on to release 'DecemberWell', a highly original, kaleidoscopic work inspired by the Scottish Winter month of December which he played at the Hall in Dec 2012 - nobody who was at that concert will need any urging to come and hear his new work! Tea and home baking included in ticket price. Under 16s £2, payable on the door. Unreserved seating.

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Mike Vass

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Inverness Glen Urquhart Public Hall 4pm

In 1937 Neil Gunn sold his house, quit his job and went off in an old converted lifeboat for a summer to inspire his writing; voyaging around the Western Isles. He wrote about the various communities on the way, and went on to become one of Scotland's most prolific and creative fiction writers. In May 2014 composer Mike Vass retraced Gunn's steps, re-visiting the communities Neil Gunn wrote about, performing celebratory concerts there and composing a new suite of music which he's now touring. Winner of the prestigious 'Composer of the Year' title at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards in 2012, Mike Vass has been described as 'one of the most original composers working in the field of acoustic music' (Richard Lindsay, Ullapool Guitar Festival). He is in great demand as a performer, composer, producer and teacher; regularly touring with Scots singer Fiona Hunter whose critically acclaimed debut solo album he produced and arranged. He has performed extensively in the past few years with a number of acts including leading Scots Song band Malinky, the Paul McKenna Band, Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes, in a duo with twin sister Ali, and in Fiddle Rendezvous, featuring Bruce Molsky, Mary Ann Kennedy and Gerry O'Connor. Mike's New Voices commission 'String Theory' debuted in 2010 at Celtic Connections, and was described as 'the most direct and honest since the idea was first conceived precision, subtlety and attention to detail'. One of the highlights, the avant-garde piece 'Man's Search' inspired by Viktor Frankl's best-selling book, was described as 'utterly compelling' and was subsequently featured by the Victor Frankl Institute in Austria to commemorate Frankl's birthday. Mike went on to release 'DecemberWell', a highly original, kaleidoscopic work inspired by the Scottish Winter month of December which he played at the Hall in Dec 2012 - nobody who was at that concert will need any urging to come and hear his new work! Tea and home baking included in ticket price. Under 16s £2, payable on the door. Unreserved seating.

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Phil Beer

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 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 3.15pm. 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west countryʼs award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands. With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances, which are an eclectic mix of traditional tunes, covers of Springsteen or The Hollies, together with his own compositions and songs from his contemporaries. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit.

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Mike Heron & Trembling Bells

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Ramsgate Music Hall Doors at 7.00pm

Mike Heron & Trembling Bells are 21st century troubadours who know their history, joyously attempting to synthesise traditional folk forms with the bathetic romanticism of country music, the deceptive complexity of medieval music and the swagger of classic Rock. Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are the guiding lights in a music that embraces British folk-rock, American roots and electric psychedelia. They are on a quest to connect with the core tradition of Song and live deep within its mysteries a rhapsodic celebration of the power of Song.

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Hattie Briggs

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

BBC Young Folk Award finalist Hattie plays Bournemouth

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Hattie Briggs

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

BBC Young Folk Award finalist Hattie plays Bournemouth

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Before The Gold Rush & Folkroom Presents: A Folky Christmas (early Bird Tickets)

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at London Amersham Arms 3pm - 10.30pm

Ten acts, two stages. An all day festive event with live music. Food is available at the venue.

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Rheingans Sisters 14th December Workshop

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Sheffield The Shakespeare 2pm until 4pm

Music workshop 2pm - 4pm at Shakespeares

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The Rheingans Sisters & Friends, Concert & Bal

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Sheffield The Shakespeare 8pm onwards

A rare chance to hear Rowan and Anna play and sing together for listening and for dancing. " they assert their musical miscegenation with unabashed confidence - a duo of considerable abilities and imaginations to match" - * * * * Songlines "The best music is played in the moment, when the musicians are leaning into each other and outside of themselves. [Glad Gold Hearts] is a lovely, evocative piece of work." - Bruce Molsky " Their fiddles are right in your face and the soul of the music almost palpable " - fFroots " The Rheingans Sisters (have) a dynamic that I don't recall hearing anywhere else " -FATEA " Bold, fearless, honest, fiddle-driven folk, rich in Scandinavian, American and English influences " - Proper Music Concert & Bal from 8pm : £6 Music Workshop from 2pm - 4pm : £10 TICKETS: Workshop 2pm - 4pm, all instruments and levels (not absolute beginners) is £10 http://www.wegottickets.com/event/295870 Concert & Bal from 8pm is £6 http://www.wegottickets.com/event/295871 At The Shakespeare, Gibraltar St, Sheffield

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Kyla Brox With Her Full Band

on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at Lydgate The White Hart doors 7pm show 8pm

kyla brox & her band, nominated for euro blues awards,best singer. in white hart a great venue,for a great singer & band.

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Long Lankin And Caz Forbes & Ste Moncrieff

on Mon, 15 Dec 2014 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music Starts 8:30pm

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. --------------------- Long Lankin are a group of multi-instrumentalists whose inventive interpretations impart a touch of modern storytelling to much-loved material from England, Scotland, Scandinavia and America. With combined experience that includes Neck, Hayseed Dixie, Mediaeval Baebes and the London Bulgarian Choir, varied influences give Long Lankin a unique, original sound, as does their love of a good tune and a gripping tale. Caz Forbes and Ste Moncrieff perform English folk, weaving beautiful traditional songs with their own unique style. From beguilling ballads to stomping shanties they engage audiences with their own distinctive style firmly rooted in a love of the English tradition. Unaccompanied song, beautiful harmony, guitar, flute and concertina subtly accompany wonderful songs and let the songs tell their own stories. Songs to sing along to and songs that tell a tale.

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Máire Ni Chathasaigh And Chris Newman

on Mon, 15 Dec 2014 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

Club Christmas Party food included

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Máire Ni Chathasaigh And Chris Newman

on Mon, 15 Dec 2014 at Croydon Ruskin House 8pm

Club Christmas Party food included

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Stage2 Poetry Evening

on Mon, 15 Dec 2014 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 7pm (Doors 6:30pm)

New Writing, Modern Beat Poetry and Classic Poems performed by young members of Stage2. A Christmas Celebration for Stage2 Members, Parents and our lovely Kings Heath fan base! We had a fantastic evening at Kitchen Garden Cafe in March 2014. The media give out such a negative image of teenagers, they should have been here to see real kids with real words Rose Gordon (Stage2 Parent) Stage2 allows kids to perform without prejudice and without fear of failure even when the work they are performing is written by themselves. Stage2 puts the young with the old and says: 'Go on, what can you make of this? Tonight we made something brilliant.' (Peter Collier aged 17 - Assistant Workshop Leader after our last event)

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The Coach House Company - Christmas Special

on Mon, 15 Dec 2014 at London Harrisons Bar Doors at 8.45pm - Music at 9pm

Five-piece folk band 'The Coach House Company' bring you traditional folk songs as well as newly arranged Christmas tunes to get you into the festive spirit. £5 tickets include a free glass of mulled wine. Limited number of tickets so advanced booking recommended! www.thecoachhousecompany.co.uk

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Hank Wangford & Brad Breath: The O'bethlehem Brothers

on Mon, 15 Dec 2014 at Brighton The Greys 8:30pm

terrace cred. presents: Yes, riding a yuletidal wave of gloom and despair, it's the very, very welcome return of this pair of chaps (plus all the rest of the cowboy paraphenalia...)! Hank and Andy Roberts (for Brad is he) have insisted on coming back to The Greys with yet more seasonal offerings. If you've not witnessed the sheer aberdeen angstworthy, cow-pokingly tear-jerking joy of their musical communion, make a dash to the tkt counter and secure your admission immediately. See them and weep!

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100 Club Tuesday Blues Featuring Marcus Malone

on Tue, 16 Dec 2014 at London 100 Club 7.15pm - 11pm

www.facebook.com/tuesdayblues100 / www.solidentertainments.com/100club/tickets.html

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Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band - Carols & Capers.

on Tue, 16 Dec 2014 at Oxford St John the Evangelist Church Doors 7pm - Show 7.30pm

Tickets: £20 in advance, £22 on the door Following the hugely popular 25th anniversary Christmas tour, renowned folk singer Maddy Prior joins up once again with the Carnival Band during the Festive Season for their unique celebratory show Carols & Capers. Together they mix renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour putting their inimitable stamps on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare. This will guarantee to be a Christmas Party to remember. A unique celebratory show of Christmas music on renaissance and modern instruments. Maddy and the Carnival Band put their inimitable stamp on familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour. This will guarantee to be a Christmas Party to remember. Maddy's voice is clear as a bell. It actually sounds as if there's a celebration going on THE GUARDIAN if you haven't seen them before you're in for a treat OXFORD MAIL "Maddy Prior is in enchanting form. The Carnival Band is an accomplished bunch whose engaging use of classical, folk and other influences defies shorthand definition" SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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Janet Devlin

on Tue, 16 Dec 2014 at London Surya Doors 7:30pm

Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult

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Boo Hewerdine Christmas Show Plus Special Guests!

on Tue, 16 Dec 2014 at Ely The Maltings Doors 7.30pm

Now in it's fifth glorious year with very special guests BRIAN KENNEDY! PHILL JUPITUS! THE DOWSING FOR SOUND COLLECTIVE! THE SHELLAC COLLECTIVE! The first 10 ticket buyers get front row seats, within sweating distance of the stars.....

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Blast From The Past Presents 'a Medieval Christmas'

on Tue, 16 Dec 2014 at Taunton Halsway Manor 7:30pm - 11pm

'A Medieval Christmas' is a lively, fun and festive celebration of the Yuletide our ancestors would have known. Acclaimed historical entertainment company Blast From The Past invite you to join them in 2014 for an evening of music, song, stories and drama celebrating the magic, music and adventure of the middle-ages with presentations of two of Chaucer's tales complete with masks and costumes. Curtain up: 7.30pm For more info on Blast from the past - have a look at their website http://www.blastfromthepast.org.uk/

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Blast From The Past Presents 'a Medieval Christmas'

on Tue, 16 Dec 2014 at Taunton Halsway Manor 7:30pm - 11pm

'A Medieval Christmas' is a lively, fun and festive celebration of the Yuletide our ancestors would have known. Acclaimed historical entertainment company Blast From The Past invite you to join them in 2014 for an evening of music, song, stories and drama celebrating the magic, music and adventure of the middle-ages with presentations of two of Chaucer's tales complete with masks and costumes. Curtain up: 7.30pm For more info on Blast from the past - have a look at their website http://www.blastfromthepast.org.uk/

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Nibs Van Der Spuy

on Tue, 16 Dec 2014 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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Acclaimed South African guitarist and songwriter, Nibs van der Spuy, made his first profiled performances 25 years ago. From his humble beginnings at the Durban Folk Club to International stages, it has culminated in the newly released, deluxe (2CD) anthology album 'Crossing Borders, Driving north'. It spans the creative and diverse body of work from his 9 highly acclaimed solo albums. The bonus second disc, 'Catching Trains'- Nibs solo live through Europe, traces his footsteps through his many tours through France, Germany and the UK. These intimate solo 'live' performances were recorded in theatres, music halls, open air festivals and from within the walls of a maximum security prison. His virtuosic acoustic guitar style and mesmeric whispering voice have attracted a worldwide following for its intelligent folk, World and African overtones. He has been nominated 7 times at the South African Music awards, performed with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and shared stages across the world with the likes of Ben Harper, Bonnie Rait and Taj Mahal, Kelly Joe Phelps and Crosby, Stills and Nash. In 2012, Nibs recorded the critically acclaimed, 'In the shade of the wild fig', with long time friend and collaborator, Guy Buttery. In December 2014 Nibs will record his new solo album as well as a debut recording of his new band, the Zululand Cowboys. Nibs will also be relocating to Europe this year to further his musical endeavours. 'Crossing Borders, Driving north' 25 years down the road with NIBS This excellent career overview shows a voice full of wonder and humility of the songs it sings. Rolling Stone **** (August 2013) Each and every song on this collection is remarkable testament to what a truly original and consummate talent Nibs is and one of the best representations of truly original South African music. The mark of any half decent guitarist is the ability to become one with the instrument. Nibs is that kind of guitar player where he becomes the guitar.-Music Review SA Nibs is probably one of South Africa's most underrated musicians. Hopefully this anthology can help change that, showcasing the broad range of this extraordinarily talented musician. AVSA (South Africa's leading audio visual magazine) "Nibs is a foremost proponent of the fine weave of cultural sounds that are this country" (SUNDAY TIMES, 5 STARS) "Beautifully weighted and filigreed acoustic playing" (UNCUT) "The most sensitive and breathy songs on the continent with classy, gently sturdy guitar work" (GUARDIAN UK) "A discovery with classical touches, Zulu melodies and his thrilling airy voice" (LE MONDE, FRANCE)

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Mad Jocks And Englishmen

on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath Doors 7.15pm, start 7.45pm

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Bella Hardy Christmas Tour

on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 at London St Pancras Old Church Doors Open 7:30pm, Live Music starts 8:00pm

"A winning mixture of the traditional and the newly-minted" 4**** The Times "Christmas is Bella's season... her Christmas songs should be a mandatory start to the festive season every year" - SpiralEarth.com BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy is one of the most creative, prolific and original singers in the UK. Her captivating voice inhabits her characters and spins her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. With fiddle in hand, she presents folk songs in the best tradition; not as antiquated museum pieces, but as relevant and very human artworks. This December she takes to the road performing her own spellbinding songs intertwined with a seasonal mix of festive treats from her 2012 christmas album Bright Morning Star. Five time nominee at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and winner of Best Original Song in 2012 for The Herring Girl, her own songs range in subject matter from fairytales to working class history, via childhood nostalgia, myth, murder and the human condition, touching on both the fantastical, story telling elements of Kate Bush, and the lovelorn songwriting craft of Carole King. Her latest album battleplan (2013) won universal critical acclaim, with The Sunday Times writing "Stunning... there is an aura of sophistication that will win over listeners who never set foot in a folk club" (Clive Davis). "...unveiled, committed, uncontrived, persuasive, passionate, empowering, and utterly wonderful" - Colin Irwin, fRoots

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The Gypsy Dreamers (xmas Special)

on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Inventive dynamic hybrid jazz-meets-classical project Time Out Bringing together four successful multi-instrumentalists and singers who have performed all over the world, from Sidney Opera House to the Edinburgh Festival, picking up the Michael Kamen Award for composition along the way, The Gypsy Dreamers (formerly Firefly Acoustic) presents a sophisticated and hugely entertaining mix of pop songs, Latin tunes, French chansons and originals with a sprinkling of Christmas on top. They will be joined by the amazing vocals of Sara Mitra. What the Papers Say... Gypsy dreamers "Inventive dynamic hybrid jazz-meets-classical project that explores tango, bossa nova, pop, jazz and world sounds via violin, cello and percussion." - Time Out Patrick Naylor (guitar) Highly articulate musician.....great warmth and swing - Tony Hall in Jazzwise Sensitive and unflashy with a shapely melodic line - Jack Mazzarik CD Choice in The London Evening Standard Inventive acoustic guitar virtuoso - Time Out Sara Mitra (guitar/vocals) Her skill as a songwriter and honesty as a performer shine through on April Song. Mercury Prize Recommends Especially talented The Daily Telegraph Natalie Rozario (cello/vocals) She has performed with Jamie Cullum, Barb Jungr, appeared on the Jonathan Ross show with Take That and toured with dancer Akram Khan. She is a member of Loop Collective's Fringe Magnetic and MooV astonishingly adaptable cello (Oxford Daily Info). Thierry Deneux (percussion/guitar/vocals) He won the Michael Kamen award for composition at the Baftas in 2005. He has played with The UK Beijing Opera, Buzzard Band and Mamadi Kamara and is much in demand as a session musician.

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Wes Finch And Sam Griffiths

on Wed, 17 Dec 2014 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop 7.00pm

Local folk musician Wes Finch returns to the bookshop since his great performance on our opening weekend. With him is Yorkshire-based singer-songwriter Sam Griffiths. Doors open at 7pm Stage times TBC Bar til 11. Free parking

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The Black Hares And Friends Upstairs At Shakespeares

on Thu, 18 Dec 2014 at Sheffield Shakespeare's Pub Doors at 7:30PM, Music starts at 8PM

Manny Grimsley & Ben Trott invite you to experience a fantastic evening of music and dancing!

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The Black Hares And Friends Upstairs At Shakespeares

on Thu, 18 Dec 2014 at Sheffield Shakespeare's Pub Doors at 7:30PM, Music starts at 8PM

Manny Grimsley & Ben Trott invite you to experience a fantastic evening of music and dancing!

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Nick Harper

on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm

Nick Harper is a force of nature; a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter who manages to generate the sort of live power usually associated with a huge band from just himself and acoustic guitar. Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, Nick was born in London and raised in Wiltshire. Having played the guitar from the age of 10 and surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour as he grew up, Nick made his recording debut on his father's 'Whatever Happened to Jugula?' in 1985. To call Nick a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist's guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows - from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own - he takes on Presley, Zappa, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Monty Python and Public Enemy (yes, on an acoustic guitar!). He also has the alarming ability to break guitar strings then change them without dropping a beat! For two decades, he has been dazzling audiences and reviewers alike with this heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship and sheer bravado. 'One of the finest guitarists of his generation, his soaring vocal range and propensity for epic song place him somewhere between Rufus Wainright and Jeff Buckley.' Mojo 'If you've never seen [Harper] live, you're missing out on one of the musical phenomenons of our age.' - Rob Adams, Glasgow Herald 'Nick Harper is a force of nature the sheer weight of ideas in his music makes him irresistible and unstoppable... Harper the performer is a fearsome weapon. Phenomenal? You bet your life.' - Southern Reporter

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Belshazzar's Feast Xmas Special

on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing Bar opens at 6.30 pm, doors at 7.30 pm

In their 20th anniversary year, what better way to celebrate Christmas than an evening with the amazing Belshezzar's Feast, one of the zaniest yet most celebrated duos on the folk circuit. They have two excellent Christmas albums to their credit, 'Frost Bites', released in 2009, and 'Stocking Fillers', released in 2012. They will no doubt be featuring tracks from both during the course of the evening, along with their outrageous humour and the odd extra song or two from their vast repertoire.

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The Albion Christmas Band

on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 at Ashford Revelation St Mary's Doors 6.45pm for 7.30pm

The Albion Christmas Show is now into its 16th year and has attracted sell-out audiences across the UK. Founder of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band, Ashley Hutchings is joined on stage by Kellie While, Simon Care and Simon Nicol, for an evening of traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration. Full of Carols, spoken word, humourous readings and dance, this show takes you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain. Folk enthusiasts will know Kellie from her work with The Albion Band, and duo tours with her mum Chris While. She received personal praise from Ron Sexsmith for her beautiful version of his song 'Riverbed' on her album Tenacious, which put her on the map as a soloist. Simon Care is currently working with Edward II and has always had a passion for Traditional English dance and song. Simon also works with Whapweasel, Tickled Pink and the Lark Rise Band Simon Nicol, founder member of Fairport finishes the line up to make this a truly festive treat. He is regarded as one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the worldHis voice is pretty special too! The Albion Christmas Show really is the perfect way to start your festivities. This year will see a collection of favourites from their back catalogue of Xmas albums mixed with new material. Also 2014 sees the release of our new album The Albion Christmas Band Live at Kings Place. With sell-out tours including venues such as Buxton Opera House, The New Vic Stoke and The Sage, Gateshead, The Albion Xmas Show is a very popular show appealing to all ages. Described in the Guardian as the perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas, this is a show you must not miss!!!! These wonderful musicians and story tellers are now firm friends of us at Folk in the Barn and we're really happy to finally be hosting their Christmas Show and in such a beautiful setting as Revelation St Mary's in Ashford. Doors 6.45pm for 7.30pm start Tickets £16 online or from Ashford outlets (see website for details) £18 cash or cheque in advance from Folk in the Barn £19.50 on the door IF WEGOTTICKETS SAYS TICKETS UNAVAILABLE ON THE DAY OF THE CONCERT - PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE WWW.FOLKINTHEBARN.CO.UK FOR AVAILABILITY ON THE DOOR.

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The Hank Wangford Trio - Special Xmas Show

on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 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 Hank Wangford Trio featuring Brad Breath and Anna Robinson are back for Christmas at the Green Note. Travel deep into the hard heart of Country and Americana with three musicians who love taking you on that journey. Expect harmonies, guitar wizardry, tears and laughter with stories of tragedy, love and broken hearts in obscure honky tonk classics and originals from Hank and Brad. Join the Trio and waltz into Christmas.

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Mark Morriss

on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 at Tunbridge Wells The Forum Doors 7:30pm

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Prince Fatty & Horseman

on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 at Blaenau Ffestiniog Cell B 7pm

Gwenar Gwyllt!!!!! a Special MAD FRIDAY event ..... Cellb presents / yn cyflwyno PRINCE FATTY's Rub a DUB Club with Horseman + Freedom Sounds Dj

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Bella Hardy

on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

A special Christmas show. Bella will be joined by Midnight Watch band members Anna Massey and Angus Lyon.

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Blue Bishops - Christmas Party

on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 at Richmond Crawdaddy Club Doors 8pm

We welcome back the fabulous Blue Bishops to celebrate our 3rd Xmas party. These guys really rock up a storm as you may have witnessed at the three festivals we've been involved with over the summer. Justin, Simon and Geoff will be joined again by Jim Rodford (20 years with the Kinks) on bass who has been busy touring in the US with the Zombies, but will be at The Crawdaddy for this gig. We can expect one or two special guests as in previous years. Should be another special Xmas celebration.

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Hark! Hark!

on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

It has been something of a tradition over the past few years for us to book Barry Coope, Lester Simpson, Fi Fraser and Jo Freya for our Christmas "carol concert". In that past this has been held at Holy Trinity Church but this year we thought we'd move it to the intimate surroundings of the Institute's Assembly Room. The sound will be amazing! Their concert at the club will coincide with the release of their latest CD, unsurprisingly entitled "Hark! Hark!". The evening will include several traditional Sheffield carols (including yet another variant of "While Shepherds ..."), a selection from "The Oxford Book of Carols", some seasonal English, French & Flemish tunes, some new songs from the Jo Freya and Fi Fraser and a couple of items by Tom Lehrer and Robbie Robinson from The Band.

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Hark! Hark!

on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

It has been something of a tradition over the past few years for us to book Barry Coope, Lester Simpson, Fi Fraser and Jo Freya for our Christmas "carol concert". In that past this has been held at Holy Trinity Church but this year we thought we'd move it to the intimate surroundings of the Institute's Assembly Room. The sound will be amazing! Their concert at the club will coincide with the release of their latest CD, unsurprisingly entitled "Hark! Hark!". The evening will include several traditional Sheffield carols (including yet another variant of "While Shepherds ..."), a selection from "The Oxford Book of Carols", some seasonal English, French & Flemish tunes, some new songs from the Jo Freya and Fi Fraser and a couple of items by Tom Lehrer and Robbie Robinson from The Band.

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Love Machine - A Benefit For Medical Aid For Palestinians

on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 at Hebden Bridge The Trades Club 8pm

Doors open 8pm A Trades Club benefit for Medical Aid For Palestinians with DJ's Liz Collier, Steve Avery, John Knight and Nick Walsh

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Love Machine - A Benefit For Medical Aid For Palestinians

on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 at Hebden Bridge The Trades Club 8pm

Doors open 8pm A Trades Club benefit for Medical Aid For Palestinians with DJ's Liz Collier, Steve Avery, John Knight and Nick Walsh

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Royal Traditions Christmas Party With Ian Giles

on Sat, 20 Dec 2014 at Dungworth The Royal Hotel Tunes @ 7:30, Act on @ 8, Singing session 10pm

Ian Giles makes a return visit to bring us a variety of festive songs and humorous readings. We will be blasting out some Sheffield carols along the way. STANDING TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR

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Katherine Priddy

on Sat, 20 Dec 2014 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

With a maturity that belies her tender age, Katherine Priddy is a dream weaver, a hypnotic storyteller and fragile performer that encapsulates the rich and often solemn side of artists gone by such Nick Drake & John Martyn whilst delivering each word with a genuine warmth and charm.

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Sweeney Astray: Single Launch And Party

on Sat, 20 Dec 2014 at Preston The Adelphi 7.30pm-1am

Sweeney Astray launch a double A side single "Sunshine and Swimming/Rooks of Kathmandu" plus an after gig party and music night. Special musical guests include George Harris and the Memory Makers and one other tba

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White Rabbit Presents The Cult Of Dom Keller

on Sat, 20 Dec 2014 at Hebden Bridge The Trades Club 8pm

Doors open 8pm A sonic kaleidoscope of conspiracies, madness, UFOs and psychedelics since 2008. The sounds between the sounds between the sounds in your head. CONCESSIONS APPLY TO TRADES CLUB MEMBERS ONLY

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White Rabbit Presents The Cult Of Dom Keller

on Sat, 20 Dec 2014 at Hebden Bridge The Trades Club 8pm

Doors open 8pm A sonic kaleidoscope of conspiracies, madness, UFOs and psychedelics since 2008. The sounds between the sounds between the sounds in your head. CONCESSIONS APPLY TO TRADES CLUB MEMBERS ONLY

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Festive Gathering

on Sun, 21 Dec 2014 at London Cecil Sharp House Doors at 6.30pm, start time 7pm

Enjoy an evening sprinkled with holiday spirit and a chance to join in on the songs and merriment. A host of performers, from musicians, dancers and storytellers, will fill Kennedy Hall the main space at Cecil Sharp House with yuletide cheer. Cecil Sharp House Choir, led by conductor Sally Davies, will perform joyful a cappella arrangements of traditional, seasonal songs from the British Isles and beyond, sung in glorious harmony. This English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) fundraiser will leave you with a warm glow, as proceeds from the concert will support the Cecil Sharp House Shape The Future campaign, to refurbish Kennedy Hall.

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3 Daft Monkey - Xmas Special

on Sun, 21 Dec 2014 at London New Cross Inn 7.00pm

New Cross Inn presents 3 Daft Monkeys - Xmas Special plus guests to be confirmed Sunday 21st December 2014 Doors 7pm Tickets £8 advance, £10 on the door

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Attab Haddad Trio

on Sun, 21 Dec 2014 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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Attab Haddad was born in the UK to Iraqi parents. He hold degrees in Business Management and Sound Engineering and a Masters degree with Distinction in Music Performance. He studied the oud with Iraqi soloist Ahmed Mukhtar in London and with Nihad El-Sayed and the virtuoso Nasseer Shamma at the Arab Oud House in Cairo. Attab has collaborated with many artists in many genres (Juan Martin, Cerys Matthews, Max Baillie, John Metcalfe, Eugene Skeef, Clara Sanabras, Ramon Ruiz, Sabina Rakcheyeva to name a few) as co-composer, producer, musician and session player and featured as a guest on various albums. Haddad's work has featured on BBC World, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio Scotland, SOAS Radio and Resonance FM as well as on various Middle Eastern and Turkish TV Channels and he has performed in the UK, Europe, USA, Middle East and India to much acclaim. In 2010 he was the subject of an hour long documentary on Arabic TV Channel AL-Fayhaa that highlighted his innovative new approach to the oud.In 2008 he founded the Attab Haddad Quintet which plays his own compositions drawing on Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Jazz and contemporary composed music creating a sound that is unique to the band. The Quintet has been very well received and has appeared live on BBC Radio as well as participating in several festivals such as Nour and the London Jazz Festival. They released their first CD 'Days Distinctive' in 2012 on Weave Records to critical acclaim and are working on the next release.In late 2013, Attab formed a trio with Flamenco guitarist Ramon Ruiz and master percussionist Antonio Romero that explores the traditions of the Middle East and Andalusia. The trio plays their own compositions inspired by these traditions as well as their unique arrangements of folks melodies from those regions. They recorded their first album in 2014 and are due to release it in 2015. Aside of his performances, Haddad has worked within the spheres of theatre, dance, television and film. He has also written library music for Universal Publishing and continues to work as a composer for theatre, corporate ad campaigns and short films.

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Christmas Singaround: Bring A Seasonal Song Or Two, Join In, Or Just Come And Listen!

on Sun, 21 Dec 2014 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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Apple Of My Eye - Album Launch

on Sun, 21 Dec 2014 at London Harrisons Bar 7pm - 11pm

Folk lovers, apple fans, heroes, villains and mariners. This is the big one. Come and help us launch our beguiling, beloved new album at our one of our favourite folk venue - the Harrison, Kings Cross. 'Twill be a righteous party for all who have supported us through our labour of love. £5 on the door. £10 for an album. Apple of my Eye write and sing brand new old songs. The stories they sing of are full of love and loss, curses and damnations, adventure and ruin. What binds these tales together are the rich and original vocal harmonies, both a capella and over the intricate melody lines of the bazouki, mandolin and violin supported by the texture of the guitar, harmonica and double bass. Their second album "Seven Tides" is out on Pear O' Legs records on Dec 1st. With support from the wonderful Tom Blackburn music.

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Night Of The Artisans Christmas Eve Eve With Ethan Ash + Anna Neale

on Tue, 23 Dec 2014 at Cambridge The Round Church 7:30pm

Night of the Artisans returns for it's annual Christmas celebration in this wonderful 12th Century Church in the heart of Cambridge. Expect a beautiful evening of acoustic music in surroundings like no where else in Cambridge, a truly stunning and perfect way to start your Christmas. Playing for your listening pleasure will be....................... Ethan Ash - www.ethanashmusic.com Soon after Ethan released his debut solo EP he supported Seth Lakeman and Nick Harper, and toured extensively. The debut single from a second EP, 'No Early Nights', was chosen as an iTunes Single of the Week. Ethan's EP 'Playing By Numbers', released October 2012, reached the Top 10 of the iTunes Singer Songwriter chart. Ethan supported Ed Sheeran on part of his 2011/2012 sell-out UK tour. Other artists he has supported include Passenger, Foy Vance, Rachel Sermanni, John Bramwell (I Am Kloot) and Janet Devlin on her 2013 O2 Academy tour. Anna Neale - www.annaneale.net Anna Neale's new album 'River Man' takes the listener on an epic musical odyssey through Roman history and heralds a change of musical direction for the sensual, playful and feisty singer songwriter. Voted one of R2 (RocknReel) Magazine's albums of 2012, River Man features guest performances from Gary Brooker (Procol Harum), Patch Hannan (The Sundays, The Audience), and world-renowned Senegal virtuoso Jali Fily Cissokho. Influenced by the life, times, loves and legacy of Pompeii, Anna Neale's 'River Man' will enthrall the listener with songs that chronicle universal themes of love and knowledge, as well as the eternal question of the human spirit and human identity.

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Alex Hall & Band

on Sun, 28 Dec 2014 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Favourite songwriter is back for Christmas, puts band together for a special night!!

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Alex Hall & Band

on Sun, 28 Dec 2014 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Favourite songwriter is back for Christmas, puts band together for a special night!!

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Blonde On Bob's Xmas Bash 2014

on Sun, 28 Dec 2014 at York Black Swan Inn 7-30pm

4 piece band BLONDE ON BOB'S regular Xmas party with nothing but the music of Bob Dylan. Dylan quiz etc. plus a load of live music.

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The Moulettes

on Tue, 30 Dec 2014 at Aldershot West End Centre 8pm

Venue open 7pm

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Hogmanay Ceilidh

on Wed, 31 Dec 2014 at Strathpeffer The Pavilion Starts 8.00pm, doors 7.30pm

Don't miss the Pavilion's famous family-friendly Hogmanay hooley! A traditional ceilidh with local band The Cat's Back, who have been popular performers at previous Pavilion Hogmanays. Dance the last night of the old year away and welcome in the new. The festivities will continue from 8 pm to 1 am. Tickets £18 (family ticket £65 for 2 adults + 2 under 16s) Unreserved seating - ticket purchases are non-refundable

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Hogmanay Ceilidh - Family Ticket

on Wed, 31 Dec 2014 at Strathpeffer The Pavilion Starts 8.00pm, doors 7.30pm

Don't miss the Pavilion's famous family-friendly Hogmanay hooley! A traditional ceilidh with local band The Cat's Back, who have been popular performers at previous Pavilion Hogmanays. Dance the last night of the old year away and welcome in the new. The festivities will continue from 8 pm to 1 am. Tickets £18 (family ticket £65 for 2 adults + 2 under 16s) Unreserved seating - ticket purchases are non-refundable

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New Year's Eve Ceilidh With The Moody Food Ceilidh Band And Sylvia Fisher

on Wed, 31 Dec 2014 at Newcastle-under-Lyme Holy Trinity Community Centre 8.00pm - late

New Year's Eve ceilidh with The Moody Food Ceilidh Band and caller Sylvia Fisher. Proceeds to Douglas Macmillan Hospice. Bring your own New Year's Eve picnic. Raffle and bar.

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Mad Hatters Ball

on Wed, 31 Dec 2014 at Lewes All Saints Arts Centre 8pm till 1am

Licensed Bar and Food available All profits to Starfish Youth Music Kangaroo Moon weave many strands from world, rock, folk and dance, with acoustic and electronic influences into a funky, psychedelic, heart-lifting wall of sound. Total Ceilios with Caller Gill Emerson Fun and exciting: they will get you whirling and swirling with a smile on your face and a beat in your feet.

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Spiritual Records Presents - 1st January Festival

on Thu, 1 Jan 2015 at London The Monarch 3pm to 12pm

Spiritual Records: The Lauch We will be releasing the first album of Spiritual Records and celebrating all the good times we had in 2014 with some of the best Folk & Blues acts around this city.

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Spiritual Records Presents - 1st January Festival

on Thu, 1 Jan 2015 at London The Monarch 3pm to 12pm

Spiritual Records: The Lauch We will be releasing the first album of Spiritual Records and celebrating all the good times we had in 2014 with some of the best Folk & Blues acts around this city.

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Peeping Tom's New Year Ceilidh

on Sat, 3 Jan 2015 at Coventry Massey Ferguson Social Club Doors 7-30pm, Band on stage 8-00pm

The nation's favourite dance band return to the Massey Ferguson Social Club in Coventry, to deliver their now annual New Year Ceilidh. This year's ceilidh will feature Dave Hunt calling the shots.

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The Absolution Band

on Sat, 3 Jan 2015 at Pontypool Borough Blues Club 7:30pm

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The Absolution Band

on Sat, 3 Jan 2015 at Pontypool Borough Blues Club 7:30pm

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New Year Singaround: Bring A Song Or Two, Join In, Or Just Come And Listen!

on Sun, 4 Jan 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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The Sopranistas + Trent Miller + Simon Stanley-ward

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

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Sopranistas - Townes & Dylan fuelled Americana 3-piece promoting their debut LP, "Cutting Down The Bird Hotel". Literate songs of toil and hope. Trent Miller - Gothic country's poet laureate. Darkly melodic songs inspired by the work of Gene Clark & Jeffrey Lee Pierce. Currently touring third LP, "Burnt Offerings". www.trent-miller.com Simon Stanley Ward - Blue-eyed country soul with more than a whiff of the Heartworn Highways. London's very own singing cowboy. www.simonstanleyward.com

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Kim Lowings And The Greenwood / Caz Forbes & Ste Moncrieff

on Wed, 7 Jan 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath Doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Kieran Halpin

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

As one of our perennial favourites, Kieran is an ideal choice to start the new year: an exceptional songwriter, widely covered by other artists, and a dynamic performer, his skills honed by 35 years on the road across Europe and beyond. Powerful, passionate, intimate and intense, Kieran lives every song on stage.

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Kieran Halpin

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

As one of our perennial favourites, Kieran is an ideal choice to start the new year: an exceptional songwriter, widely covered by other artists, and a dynamic performer, his skills honed by 35 years on the road across Europe and beyond. Powerful, passionate, intimate and intense, Kieran lives every song on stage.

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Sally Barker

on Thu, 8 Jan 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Sally Barker - the 'Voice' that made Sir Tom Jones cry Sally Barker's voice has the ability to lift the words off the page and, yes, move people to tears. Millions of viewers tuned in to see Sally's flawless performances on the BBC TV programme the Voice 2014. This included a duet with Sir Tom Jones who consistently, sometimes tearfully, championed Sally telling her It was just so beautiful that I couldn't help myself. You swept me off my feet. Sally is no newcomer to the music scene; she has recorded 6 acclaimed solo albums, with songwriting influences from folk, country, soul and blues, and is well respected for her work with all-female folk supergroup The Poozies. Sally's years of touring have included supporting the likes of Bob Dylan & Robert Plant. She has continued her association with Sir Tom by supporting him at open-air concerts during Summer 2014. Since her appearance on the Voice, Sally's back catalogue has seen a resurgence of sales. Sally's album 'Another Train' featured in the official indie charts and ebayers were asking in excess of £100 for 2nd hand Barker CDs ! Sally headlined her own UK tour in September to coincide with the re-release of her CD 'MAID IN ENGLAND'. She continues to perform in concert while writing songs for her next solo album slated for release in 2015. "Sally changes the atmosphere in a room when she sings" (BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans) "I have to say you sound amazing" (Will.i.am). That was beautiful. Sally makes the room stop. (Kylie Minogue) www.sallybarker.co.uk

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Ramshackle Union Band

on Fri, 9 Jan 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 Ramshackle Union Band are a harmony driven folk & blues four piece. With sumptuous vocals, bracing guitar..., banjo, bass and drums, the outfit have become well known for their rousing live performances, and are now well on the way to cementing themselves as one of Britain's leading purveyors of old time folk & blues. http://www.ramshackleunion.co.uk/

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Sally Barker

on Fri, 9 Jan 2015 at Kingkerswell Parish Church - St Marys doors 7pm

Singer-songwriter Sally Barker, fresh from her flawless performances on prime time TV (including a duet with her mentor Sir Tom Jones) in concert. The Poozies lead singer Sally, who has supported Bob Dylan and Robert Plant, presents songs from her repertoire including her album 'Another Train' and YouTube favourites 'Dear Darlin' and 'Walk on By'. "I have to say you sound amazing" (Will.i.am). "Sally changes the atmosphere in a room when she sings" (BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans). "You sang so beautiful that it got to me" (Sir Tom Jones). www.sallybarker.co.uk

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Trio Threlfall

on Fri, 9 Jan 2015 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

This will be the third visit to the club by Jane & Amanda Threlfall and Roger Edwards and is guaranteed to be as magical and as enjoyable as their previous two evenings. Their arrangements and performance of English traditional songs is exquisite, with a very strong emphasis on the words and the melody, underpinned by technically accomplished musicianship. Jane and Amanda accompany their flawless harmonies on bouzouki, fiddle, guitar and keyboard augmented by Roger's gentle, skilful concertina playing. Their repertoire is firmly English traditional and although many of their songs tell sad and melancholy stories they are such warm and engaging performers that the overall experience of an evening in their company is simply uplifting.

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Trio Threlfall

on Fri, 9 Jan 2015 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

This will be the third visit to the club by Jane & Amanda Threlfall and Roger Edwards and is guaranteed to be as magical and as enjoyable as their previous two evenings. Their arrangements and performance of English traditional songs is exquisite, with a very strong emphasis on the words and the melody, underpinned by technically accomplished musicianship. Jane and Amanda accompany their flawless harmonies on bouzouki, fiddle, guitar and keyboard augmented by Roger's gentle, skilful concertina playing. Their repertoire is firmly English traditional and although many of their songs tell sad and melancholy stories they are such warm and engaging performers that the overall experience of an evening in their company is simply uplifting.

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All The Wild Folk Presents Poor Old Dogs + Nigel Burch & The Flea Pit Orchestra

on Fri, 9 Jan 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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All The Wild Folk Presents Poor Old Dogs + Nigel Burch & The Flea Pit Orchestra

on Fri, 9 Jan 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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Mediterranean Beats Presents Amaraterra

on Sat, 10 Jan 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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Martin Stephenson

on Sat, 10 Jan 2015 at London The Great Northern Railway Tavern 8.30pm

Who else could start the celebrations for the Klub's 20th anniversary? A truly original songwriter, musician and performer, this great entertainer embodies the very essence of the Kalamazoo. He got the chance to be a rock star once. He figured "That ain't me." So a troubadour he became, endlessly touring the down home music venues of the land and releasing an amazing 40 albums in 30 years. As Uncut magazine put it:"He has rarely lost sight of his simple, unassuming musical goals - dispensing enduring melodies with economy and wit." Martin's work ranges from gentle, spiritual love songs to sing-along anthems, from folk, blues, rock, ragtime and reggae. NME summed him up thus:"He builds bridges between love and hate, cradle and grave, folk and pop, past and present." Roll up. It's a rollicking night!

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All I Want For Christmas Is...

on Sun, 11 Jan 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

An improvised show. Much like family and friends, Christmas cannot be avoided. Steal yourself an evening to recapture the warm fuzzy feeling of the festive season. Join Claire, Kit and Aaron as they draw inspiration from your suggestions to create an entire show, for you, on the spot. Sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic, sometimes shocking, sometimes dark... All-times with a tinsel twist. School night promise: finished by 10pm so we can get to bed before Santa comes.

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Beth Porter & The Availables

on Sun, 11 Jan 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Brilliant cello-led band perform songs and tunes from new abum

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Beth Porter & The Availables

on Sun, 11 Jan 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Brilliant cello-led band perform songs and tunes from new abum

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Fish & Bird

on Wed, 14 Jan 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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hot Canadian five-piece Fish & Bird have created quite an impact since they began to release their albums on this side of The Atlantic. Live they will blow your socks off. Flown in to the UK for their own headline show at Celtic Connections, this is the band's first ever and long-awaited UK tour. Hugely enjoyable The Daily Express Their time has come Maverick magazine "Exciting, the way you are on a rollercoaster; all the fun is in the ride" - Folk Radio UK

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Phil Beer

on Wed, 14 Jan 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Flossie Malavialle

on Thu, 15 Jan 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

A welcome return by this lyrical and extrovert French-born singer based in Britain. Flossie sings beautifully across an eclectic mix of songs from Brel and Piaf through jazz standards to the work of modern folk and rock writers like Colum Sands or Bonnie Raitt. What is more, she has a delightfully wicked sense of stage fun!

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Flossie Malavialle

on Thu, 15 Jan 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

A welcome return by this lyrical and extrovert French-born singer based in Britain. Flossie sings beautifully across an eclectic mix of songs from Brel and Piaf through jazz standards to the work of modern folk and rock writers like Colum Sands or Bonnie Raitt. What is more, she has a delightfully wicked sense of stage fun!

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Lucy Kaplansky

on Thu, 15 Jan 2015 at London The Borderline Doors @ 7pm. See GreenNote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be taking place at our alternative home for the evening: THE BORDERLINE. DOORS OPEN: 7pm. Music starts 8pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space but seating is very limited. Seating is available 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, a truly gifted performer...full of enchanting songs (New York Times). Blending country, folk and pop styles, she has the unique ability to make every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe. Lucy's iconic voice has has been featured in film and on television, including commercials like Chevrolet's iconic Heartbeat of America jingle. A Billboard-charting singer and one of the top-selling artists on Red House Records, she has topped the folk and Americana radio charts and has been featured on shows throughout the world from NPR's Weekend and Morning Editions to BBC Radio to CBS Sunday Morning. One of the most in-demand harmony singers, Lucy has sung on countless records, performing with Suzanne Vega, Bryan Ferry, Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin. Raised by a piano-playing mathematician and a homemaker in Chicago, Lucy began singing in bars when she was still a teenager, even traveling to Norway to perform as a country singer. When she was just out of high school, she took off for New York City, where she became part of the renaissance of the Greenwich Village folk scene centred around Folk City and the Fast Folk recordings. Her compatriots included Suzanne Vega, The Roches, Steve Forbert and John Gorka as well as her frequent duo partner Shawn Colvin. The New York Times said it was easy to predict stardom for her, but instead, Lucy got a doctorate in psychology and started a private practice. Eventually Shawn Colvin lured Lucy back to music, producing her debut album The Tide (1994). Red House founder Bob Feldman was blown away by the release and signed her right away. Since then, she has released six solo albums with Red House and released radio-charting albums with the folk supergroups Red Horse (with Eliza Gilkyson and John Gorka) and Cry Cry Cry (with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell). Currently on tour in support of her latest record, Reunion, Lucy continues to perform all over the world. When not performing, she lives in New York City, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and nine year-old daughter. This will be Lucy's first London show in 5 years.

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Cahalen Morrison & Eli West

on Thu, 15 Jan 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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When Cahalen Morrison and Eli West 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 with them for BBC Radio 3's World on 3 as well. They created such an impact during their first ever UK tour that Celtic Connections festival gave them a show of their own in Glasgow and they then appeared at just about every major outdoor event thereafter. Admired by their peers as much as by those who love great roots music, Cahalen and Eli count many recognised names among those who sing their praises. When The Times invited Chris Wood to name his Six of The Best Folk Acts, he singled them out saying they were passionate, committed, accomplished, searching and sailing in the sea of their own inheritance The duo are back on this side of the Atlantic promoting their stunning new album, this time produced by Tim O'Brien, himself a fan who says they make music the world needs! This is what others have had to say: Beautiful rootsy Americana Time Out "Thrilling" - The List Outstanding fRoots magazine

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Bonfire Radicals

on Thu, 15 Jan 2015 at Leicester The Musician Doors 8.00pm

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Bright Phoebus Presents: Sally Barker - The Voice That Made Sir Tom Jones Cry.

on Thu, 15 Jan 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm doors Concert 8pm

We are SOOOO excited - as is everybody at the pub! - to announce that our first Bright Phoebus gig of 2015 will be with none other than Sally Barker, of TV show, The Voice fame from earlier this year! As many of you will have seen, Sally moved Sir Tom Jones (and most of the watching public) to tears with her beautiful renditions of songs, which was so exciting for everyone in our world because we've known how fabulous a singer - and songwriter - Sally is for years, from her solo work and her work with The Poozies. And now, we can get her to The Greystones and have a whole evening of mellifluous and strong loveliness to chase away the winter blues! It's not just us that loves her ..... read her biog and the comment at the end... Sally Barker - the Voice that made Sir Tom Jones cry Sally Barker's voice has the ability to lift the words off the page and, yes, move people to tears. Millions of viewers tuned in to see Sally's flawless performances on the BBC TV programme the Voice. This included a duet with Sir Tom Jones who consistently, sometimes tearfully, championed Sally telling her It was just so beautiful that I couldn't help myself. You swept me off my feet. Sally is no newcomer to the music scene; she has recorded 6 acclaimed solo albums, with songwriting influences from folk, country, soul and blues, and is well respected for her work with all-female folk supergroup The Poozies. Sally's years of touring have also included supporting the likes of Bob Dylan & Robert Plant. Since her appearance on the Voice, Sally's back catalogue has seen a resurgence of sales. Sally's album 'Another Train' featured in the official indie charts and ebayers were asking in excess of £100 for 2nd hand Barker CDs ! "Sally changes the atmosphere in a room when she sings" (BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans) "I have to say you sound amazing" (Will.i.am). That was beautiful. Sally makes the room stop. (Kylie Minogue)

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Bright Phoebus Presents: Sally Barker - The Voice That Made Sir Tom Jones Cry.

on Thu, 15 Jan 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm doors Concert 8pm

We are SOOOO excited - as is everybody at the pub! - to announce that our first Bright Phoebus gig of 2015 will be with none other than Sally Barker, of TV show, The Voice fame from earlier this year! As many of you will have seen, Sally moved Sir Tom Jones (and most of the watching public) to tears with her beautiful renditions of songs, which was so exciting for everyone in our world because we've known how fabulous a singer - and songwriter - Sally is for years, from her solo work and her work with The Poozies. And now, we can get her to The Greystones and have a whole evening of mellifluous and strong loveliness to chase away the winter blues! It's not just us that loves her ..... read her biog and the comment at the end... Sally Barker - the Voice that made Sir Tom Jones cry Sally Barker's voice has the ability to lift the words off the page and, yes, move people to tears. Millions of viewers tuned in to see Sally's flawless performances on the BBC TV programme the Voice. This included a duet with Sir Tom Jones who consistently, sometimes tearfully, championed Sally telling her It was just so beautiful that I couldn't help myself. You swept me off my feet. Sally is no newcomer to the music scene; she has recorded 6 acclaimed solo albums, with songwriting influences from folk, country, soul and blues, and is well respected for her work with all-female folk supergroup The Poozies. Sally's years of touring have also included supporting the likes of Bob Dylan & Robert Plant. Since her appearance on the Voice, Sally's back catalogue has seen a resurgence of sales. Sally's album 'Another Train' featured in the official indie charts and ebayers were asking in excess of £100 for 2nd hand Barker CDs ! "Sally changes the atmosphere in a room when she sings" (BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans) "I have to say you sound amazing" (Will.i.am). That was beautiful. Sally makes the room stop. (Kylie Minogue)

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O'hooley & Tidow

on Fri, 16 Jan 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30pm for 8pm

www.Ohooleyand tidow.com Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow, who were both brought up in Yorkshire, met in Huddersfield and started songwriting and performing together in 2009. They share a traditional Irish music background and have family in County Sligo and County Galway. Heidi Tidow also has a German heritage on her mother's side. Recordings Silent June Between August and November 2009 at their home in Golcar, Huddersfield,[5][6][7] they recorded an album, Silent June, which was released on 22 February 2010 to critical acclaim.[8][9][10][11] It was one of MOJO magazine's Top 10 Folk Albums of 2010[12] and won "Best Debut" in the Spiral Awards, organised by Spiral Earth.[13] O'Hooley & Tidow also won the FATEA Innovation Award 2010, an award for music which broadens the appeal of roots-based music. Silent June was mixed and mastered by Neil Ferguson of Chumbawamba and also featured Anna Esslemont and Cormac Byrne (both from Uiscedwr), Jackie Oates and the Solo Players string quartet. Its title refers to the words of one of the songs on the album, "Que Sera", about the execution during World War I of the British nurse Edith Cavell. The album also includes a version of the song "Spancil Hill" and a new song "Too Old To Dream" incorporating a segment of "When I Grow Too Old to Dream", a popular song with music by Sigmund Romberg and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, published in 1934 and recorded by many artists, most notably Gracie Fields. The Fragile O'Hooley & Tidow released a single, "The Last Polar Bear", in November 2011. The song was taken from their second album, The Fragile, featuring Andy Cutting, Jackie Oates, Anna Esslemont and Cormac Byrne, which was released in February 2012. Northern Sky music magazine's reviewer described the song as "utterly beautiful", saying "This is how love songs should be written." The track was issued in November 2012 as a double single with "Gentleman Jack"; this song, also from the album, is about Anne Lister, an early 19th-century Yorkshire lesbian gentlewoman. The album also includes a cover version of Massive Attack's "Teardrop", voted by Guardian music critic Jude Rogers as one of the best tracks of 2012. Robin Denselow of The Guardian described the album as an "intriguing, ambitious set". The Hum Their third album, The Hum, was released on 17 February 2014 and received a four-starred review in The Irish Times. In The Guardian, Robin Denselow described it as the duo's most experimental album to date with "thoughtful, inventive songs about industry, migrant workers and war alongside a sturdy tribute to Pussy Riot; an exquisite lament about motherhood and sacrifice; a mystical love story about a fox who becomes a woman, and a haunting treatment of Ruins By the Shore, the Nic Jones song of time and decay. Surely one of the albums of the year". Live performances The Guardian's Jude Rogers described O'Hooley & Tidow as the weekend's "best band" at the 2012 Cambridge Folk Festival. Colin Irwin, reviewing the acts at the 2014 Cambridge Folk Festival, praised O'Hooley & Tidow's "fine set". Other musical contributions O'Hooley & Tidow also feature on Chumbawamba's album ABCDEFG (2010) and Lucy Ward's debut album Adelphi Has to Fly (2011).

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O'hooley & Tidow

on Fri, 16 Jan 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30pm for 8pm

www.Ohooleyand tidow.com Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow, who were both brought up in Yorkshire, met in Huddersfield and started songwriting and performing together in 2009. They share a traditional Irish music background and have family in County Sligo and County Galway. Heidi Tidow also has a German heritage on her mother's side. Recordings Silent June Between August and November 2009 at their home in Golcar, Huddersfield,[5][6][7] they recorded an album, Silent June, which was released on 22 February 2010 to critical acclaim.[8][9][10][11] It was one of MOJO magazine's Top 10 Folk Albums of 2010[12] and won "Best Debut" in the Spiral Awards, organised by Spiral Earth.[13] O'Hooley & Tidow also won the FATEA Innovation Award 2010, an award for music which broadens the appeal of roots-based music. Silent June was mixed and mastered by Neil Ferguson of Chumbawamba and also featured Anna Esslemont and Cormac Byrne (both from Uiscedwr), Jackie Oates and the Solo Players string quartet. Its title refers to the words of one of the songs on the album, "Que Sera", about the execution during World War I of the British nurse Edith Cavell. The album also includes a version of the song "Spancil Hill" and a new song "Too Old To Dream" incorporating a segment of "When I Grow Too Old to Dream", a popular song with music by Sigmund Romberg and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, published in 1934 and recorded by many artists, most notably Gracie Fields. The Fragile O'Hooley & Tidow released a single, "The Last Polar Bear", in November 2011. The song was taken from their second album, The Fragile, featuring Andy Cutting, Jackie Oates, Anna Esslemont and Cormac Byrne, which was released in February 2012. Northern Sky music magazine's reviewer described the song as "utterly beautiful", saying "This is how love songs should be written." The track was issued in November 2012 as a double single with "Gentleman Jack"; this song, also from the album, is about Anne Lister, an early 19th-century Yorkshire lesbian gentlewoman. The album also includes a cover version of Massive Attack's "Teardrop", voted by Guardian music critic Jude Rogers as one of the best tracks of 2012. Robin Denselow of The Guardian described the album as an "intriguing, ambitious set". The Hum Their third album, The Hum, was released on 17 February 2014 and received a four-starred review in The Irish Times. In The Guardian, Robin Denselow described it as the duo's most experimental album to date with "thoughtful, inventive songs about industry, migrant workers and war alongside a sturdy tribute to Pussy Riot; an exquisite lament about motherhood and sacrifice; a mystical love story about a fox who becomes a woman, and a haunting treatment of Ruins By the Shore, the Nic Jones song of time and decay. Surely one of the albums of the year". Live performances The Guardian's Jude Rogers described O'Hooley & Tidow as the weekend's "best band" at the 2012 Cambridge Folk Festival. Colin Irwin, reviewing the acts at the 2014 Cambridge Folk Festival, praised O'Hooley & Tidow's "fine set". Other musical contributions O'Hooley & Tidow also feature on Chumbawamba's album ABCDEFG (2010) and Lucy Ward's debut album Adelphi Has to Fly (2011).

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Ruth Moody/ Town Hall Live

on Fri, 16 Jan 2015 at Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall Doors 7.00 pm

Juno award winning artist Ruth Moody brings her band to Town Hall Live prior to weekend performances at Celtic Connections in Glasgow. Her band consists of Adrian Dolan on fiddle, mandolin, viola, mandola and vocals, Adam Dobres on guitar, ukulele and vocals and Sam Howard on upright bass and vocals. Last year they played a seven night run at the Royal Albert Hall supporting Mark Knopfler. Ruth is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Wailing Jenny's, who have sold out venues around the world. Her songs are timeless, universal and exquisitely crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably hers.

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Steve Knightley

on Fri, 16 Jan 2015 at Falmouth The Tolmen Centre venue 6pm, curtain 7.30pm

Frontman for acclaimed band 'Show of Hands', Steve has been touring village halls with his 'grow your own gig' solo show since early last year. We are delighted to welcome him on the first date of the 2015 tour, and look forward to an evening of powerful songs, many of them about contemporary rural life and focusing on the south-west. We expect a sell-out, so book early. Apologies no concessions for this show. Pre-show meals from our famed cafe MUST be booked in advance by phone on 01326 341353.

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Lucy Kaplansky

on Sat, 17 Jan 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

One of America's best-selling and best-loved folk artists Lucy Kaplansky returns with 'Reunion', her first new album since 2007. Called 'the troubadour laureate of modern city folk' by the Boston Globe and lauded by everyone from the New York Times to Rolling Stone, she has continued to tour and perform extensively to a wide and enthusiastic fan base all five years since that release. And this is the terrific fully-realized album her fans have been waiting for. Beautifully written, recorded, designed and packaged around the stirring theme of family history and where we come from, it is a stunning country-tinged work of art whose melodic and harmonized tracks are certain to garner lots of airplay on specialist radio. Features performances by Richard Shindell, Buddy Miller, John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, and Jonatha Brooke.

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Simon Mayor & Hilary James

on Sat, 17 Jan 2015 at Taunton Halsway Manor 8pm - 11pm

Simon's hilarious banter and mandolin wizardry (he's one of the world's leading virtuosos, not to mention his fine guitar and fiddle playing) meets Hilary's wonderfully honey-dripping voice and unusual basses! She might even manage a step-dance if the wind's in the right direction.

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Simon Mayor & Hilary James

on Sat, 17 Jan 2015 at Taunton Halsway Manor 8pm - 11pm

Simon's hilarious banter and mandolin wizardry (he's one of the world's leading virtuosos, not to mention his fine guitar and fiddle playing) meets Hilary's wonderfully honey-dripping voice and unusual basses! She might even manage a step-dance if the wind's in the right direction.

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Claude Bourbon

on Sat, 17 Jan 2015 at Broseley Birchmeadow Centre 7:30pm doors

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Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

on Sat, 17 Jan 2015 at Kingkerswell Parish Church - St Marys doors 7pm

In just a few years, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk & roots scene. The pair will be touring intensively throughout 2015, during which will see the release of their 3rd album following on from their spine tingling album 'Sing A Full Song'. Do not miss them!

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Les Barker

on Sat, 17 Jan 2015 at Lothersdale Village Hall Doors at 7.30pm

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Maz O'connor | Coach House Company

on Sat, 17 Jan 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House Doors at 7pm, start time 7.30pm

This double-bill show will see Cumbrian singer-songwriter Maz, known for her striking vocals, intricate guitar playing and poetic compositions, perform songs from her recently released album, This Willowed Light. Also performing is Cambridge five-piece folk troupe, the Coach House Company, who boast a myriad of instruments including cello, fiddle, guitar and double bass. Enjoy a gig with some of the most dynamic young musicians on the traditional folk scene. Promoted by EFDSS in association with Songlines Magazine

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The People's String Foundation

on Sat, 17 Jan 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

The People's String Foundation mix passionate theatrics with an urban gypsy sound. Led by Ben Sutcliffe (musical director for Rogue, Kneehigh and Bish Bash Bosh Theatre companies) who's virtuoso violin styles have landed him to play with the likes of The Levellers, The Stranglers, The Yardbirds and Gary Stringer from Reef. Mixing artisan flavours with urban/world beats and a band that expands into a 24 piece orchestra, The People's String Foundation are fast being recognised as the heavyweights of the South West. As well as touring the festival and theatre circuits as a seven piece band they encompass a grass roots philosophy, working with the community and schools alike to promote local music and arts. Early 2013 they launched the 24 piece Orchestra at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. These rare performances harness the power of "the collective" which is a group of like-minded musicians they have met on their travels. The People's String Foundation are on a mission - to make something big and beautiful with nothing but heart and a grafter's spirit. Their anti-corporate ethos make them the local heroes the community deserves as they have and always will rely solely on the public's support.

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The Bully Wee Band Feat. Phil Beer

on Sun, 18 Jan 2015 at Bishop's Cleeve The Tithe Barn Doors/bar 7.00pm, concert starts at 7.30pm

Unreserved seating. Bishops Cleeve Tithe Barn has its own car park

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Folklore Presents .. Lazy Heart Parade

on Sun, 18 Jan 2015 at London Green Note Doors 7:00pm

Championed by Steve Lamacq, 'Lazy Heart Parade' are a 6 piece alt. folk band started by guitarist and singer Colin Smith as a soapbox on which to tell his confessional stories about a life spent as a geographical and emotional drifter.

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Vera Van Heeringen

on Sun, 18 Jan 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe doors 7.30pm

Multi instrumentalist Vera van Heeringen combines traditional Appalachian styles with folk and contemporary songwriting. Her clear, expressive voice delivers emotionally intelligent lyrics with an assured yet graceful feel. Her debut album 'Standing Tall' is receiving great reviews. It marks a change of direction from her work with The New Rope String Band and immediately establishes her as an fartist to be reckoned with. 'She can play anything with strings, write fine songs and sing them too' Tim O'Brien

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Rod Jenkins

on Sun, 18 Jan 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Americana in great style from an old star with a little help from his friends

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Rod Jenkins

on Sun, 18 Jan 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Americana in great style from an old star with a little help from his friends

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Steve Turner

on Sun, 18 Jan 2015 at Southport Park Golf Club Doors from 7pm, music from 8pm.

Trad.song and concertina. All the qualities of a great singer and interpreter of folksong. Trust us!

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Bonfire Radicals

on Mon, 19 Jan 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Birmingham based Bonfire Radicals have emerged from the folk/world scene with a fresh approach to traditional tunes and a wealth of creative original material. They weave raucous klezmer inspired woodwind with refined recorder lines, traditional Scottish fiddle with hard hitting bass, electric guitar and global percussive beats. Such diverse influences make for a rich repertoire that is intelligently arranged and with their highly spirited stage presence the Bonfire Radical's own enthusiasm for their music is undeniable 'there's nothing high falutin about the glorious mess of noise they make together!' (Birmingham Post).

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Alma And Laurel Swift & Ben Moss

on Mon, 19 Jan 2015 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music starts 8:30pm

Tonight we present two new London based Folk Acts both containing a wealth of talent and experience, expect fiddles, Rich Harmonies, Clog Dancing and more... Alma is a "Brand new fiddle band performing their own unique arrangements of tunes from England and the rest of Europe. Fiddle players Emily Askew (Askew Sisters), Nicola Lyons (4Square), Sarah Jones (XYZ), Deborah Chalmers (Folk Dance Remix) and guitarist Adrian Lever (Horse's Brawl, Arhai)." www.facebook.com/almafiddleband Ben Moss and Laurel Swift are an exciting new duo. Rich vocal harmonies and punchy arrangements of traditional and original songs and tunes infused with a great energy and bounce honed by years dancing together in Morris Offspring. Three fiddles, two voices, one melodeon and possibly even a pair of clogs. These two are undoubtedly ones to watch

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Special Consensus

on Mon, 19 Jan 2015 at Bristol Kings Arms Doors at 7.30pm

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Justin Townes Earle

on Mon, 19 Jan 2015 at Manchester Band On the Wall 7.30pm

Once compared to a man who wears many suits, in 32 short years Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally. Between releasing four full-length, critically acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, a new-found sobriety, being born Steve Earle's son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it's safe to say JTE has quite the story to tell. He returns to the UK armed with a host of songs from not one but two new records. Released last month, Single Mothers saw Earle team up with Vagrant Records for the first time. The album is comprised of 10 tracks that showcase exactly why Justin Townes Earle is considered a forefather of contemporary Americana. As a recently married, sober man, JTE writes from a point of maturity and content we've not seen before on past records. 'One day I just realised it's not cool to die young, and it's even less cool to die after 30,' Justin states as he reflects on a life past and his newly found clarity. What he's created is an album that's raw, honest and personal in a way he hasn't touched upon since his debut EP, Yuma. Co-produced along side longtime engineer Adam Bednarik, Single Mothers shines in a world of pop-culture driven Americana records. With his heart and soul still rooted in Nashville, Single Mothers shows Justin's continued combination of catchy songs and authenticity. The album was recorded live with his four-piece touring band with only days of rehearsal leading up to recording to keep the ideas fresh. No overdubs, no other singers, no additional players just a real, heartfelt performance capturing the moment. In fact, his songs Picture in a Drawer and It's Cold in This House are only Justin, his guitar and his pedal steel player Paul Niehaus. 'As I've gotten older my anger comes from a very different place,' JTE reflects. 'It's more rational and mature. I guess that comes along with clarity.' Single Mothers finds Justin dealing with past struggles and anger with more ease than ever before. Creating a nostalgic feeling with the return to his signature sound, JTE takes listeners on a journey through some of his most personal stories yet on what can only be described as an authentic country record. Companion piece Absent Fathers, will be released in January 2015. Comprised of 10 tracks, it was recorded alongside Single Mothers as a double album, but as Justin began to sequence it, he felt each half needed to make its own statement and they took on their own identities. Tour support comes from Andrew Combs. Andrew Combs is a songwriter, guitarist and singer who lives in Nashville. His music is equal parts rough-and-tumble 1960s Chicago blues, Planet Waves-era Dylan and vintage Nashville folk. His band's live show was once described as a cross between Merle Haggard's stripped-down country rock and the tightly wound garage punk of Detroit's MC5. They call it 'country soul swag' and you should too.

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Ruth Moody

on Tue, 20 Jan 2015 at London The Old Queen's Head Doors at 7.30, Music at 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- As a founding and current member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin' Jennys, Ruth Moody has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and appeared more than a dozen times on the American radio show A Prairie Home Companion. "It's been a very intense time - I released my first record while touring with the Jennys, then hit the road with my own band, and haven't really stopped. I've touched down briefly here and there, and during those times I was able to write and conceptualize the record, but I've mostly been on the go" says Moody of the time between her first solo album The Garden and creating These Wilder Things her new album due for release on June 10 on True North Records. The Australian born Canadian resident and Juno Award winning songwriter was trained classically, beginning with piano lessons at the age of four, and has been performing ever since her childhood in the Canadian prairies. "I get inspired by poetry, by watching others play music, by listening to recordings both old and new. I often start writing something, two songs into listening to a record, if it's something that resonates with me. I find I'm inspired by nature, especially if I'm by myself. I'm an introvert, which makes being in this industry challenging at times, so getting out into the middle of nowhere where there are trees and stars and silence at night is the best way for me to recharge." Although best known for her work with The Wailin' Jennys, Ruth is a captivating artist with incredible depth and grace in her own right. She has garnered critical praise for her pitch perfect vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism and timeless songwriting, which displays maturity and wisdom that belies her age. Each song on These Wilder Things is an incredibly personal encounter. At times acoustic and understated and at other times electric and adventurous with organ and horns, These Wilder Things explores the midnight heartbreaks and morning revelations of love and loss, bringing us her most personal album to date - "It can be scary to go to some of those darker and deeper places", Ruth says. "But it was rewarding to face it all head on - that is where the real emotional intensity lives and I think that's what moves people." Produced and engineered by David Travers-Smith; These Wilder Things features an all-star cast of players and includes performances by her remarkable touring band - Adam Dobres (guitars), Adrian Dolan (fiddle, mandolin, accordion), Sam Howard (upright bass) and her brother Richard Moody (viola), as well as special guest appearances by Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas, Crooked Still's Aoife O'Donovan, Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse of The Wailin' Jennys and noted Celtic players Mike McGoldrick and John McCusker. It was actually John McCusker who first introduced Ruth to Mark Knopfler, who invited her to sing on his 2012 album Privateering. It went so well Ruth was invited to open for European tour last year, including six shows at The Royal Albert Hall.

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Kevin Dempsey & Rosie Carson

on Wed, 21 Jan 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Sometimes thought to be a little unlikely as performing duo, Kevin & Rosie are a virtuoso duo blending British and American folk music in a new and exciting way. Rosie is an American girl from Cincinnati USA and Kevin is from Coventry in the midlands. While Rosie is, by virtue of her youth, a relative newcomer to the world of acoustic music, Kevin has been on the acoustic & folk scene for many years. Coming from different sides of the Atlantic Ocean, they find they have much in common musically yet they each bring freshness and depth of understanding to the music they perform. This is what makes their performances unique and very entertaining. Kevin & Rosie have toured and played together many times over the last five or six years, during in which time they have released two excellent CD's (The Salty Diamond & between the Distance) and they have a new CD in production to be released, winter 2014. KEVIN DEMPSEY is known across the UK as a master performer on the guitar, an arranger, a singer and a top quality live entertainer. He's played and recorded with many of the most famous names in acoustic and folk music: Dave Swarbrick, Joe Broughton, Chris Leslie, Peter Knight, Dando Shaft, Uiscedwr, Whippersnapper, and Mary Black, (not to mention, those giants of folk music, Percy Sledge, The Marvelettes & Alice Coltrane!) Widely acknowledged as one of the UK's best guitarists in the field of folk and acoustic music, Kevin can hold the audience in any type or size of venue, from the smallest folk club to the largest concert auditorium or festival marquee. ROSIE CARSON, an American singer and fiddle player from Cincinnati USA, has amazing musical versatility and a fine singing voice. She trained with some of the world's top folk musicians, including Seamus Connelly, Liz Carroll, Liz Kane, and Oisin Mac Diarmada. She has won national competitions for both fiddle and voice, which took her to Ireland for world competitions and led to further studies in singing with Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (Danu). Rosie has played with many other well-known performers in the folk and acoustic world, including in New York with singer Teddy Thompson (son of legendary guitarist, Richard Thompson). Rosie's playing combines lyricism with dexterity and her voice is captivatingly beautiful. 'Kev plays the kind of things the rest of us dream about'. - Simon Nicol, Fairport Convention 'A beautiful guitarist' - Martin Carthy 'Rosie's voice is mature and appealing' - Kevin Ward 'Rosie Carson's fiddle playing belies her years' - Oz Hardwick www.kevindempsey.co.uk

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Megson

on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Steve Knightley

on Thu, 22 Jan 2015 at Caerphilly Rudry Parish Hall 7.30pm (doors & bar open 6.30pm)

Show of Hands front man Steve Knightley's 'Grow Your Own Gig' tour comes to Rudry. Rudry Parish Hall is a Community run venue close to Caerphilly with a capacity of 130, a mixture of standing and seated. Steve's show is mainly seated, seats available on a first come first serve basis.

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Lewis & Leigh + The Black Feathers + Raevennan Husbandes

on Thu, 22 Jan 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, Music from 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Blue House Music presents yet another mind-bogglingly talent-filled triple headliner with three of the hottest Americana/roots acts around, all on the same night. Unmissable. Lewis & Leigh Lewis & Leigh are an alt-country/americana duo from London. Though they hail from Wales and Mississippi respectively, it was through their Nashville connections that Al Lewis and Alva Leigh met. In early 2014, Al & Alva began writing songs together, and they quickly bonded over their love of Whiskeytown, Gram & Emmylou, Jackson Browne. In a matter of weeks, these country-tinged folk songs tumbled out to form a life of their own, and suddenly Lewis & Leigh was born. Radio2 play-listed with their debut EP 'Night Drives' just a few months later, this is a collaboration that is going places. The Black Feathers The perfectly paired voices of Sian Chandler and Ray Hughes intertwine effortlessly to create a genre defying sound, combining elements of folk, roots, americana, and southern rock. The duo have been touring all over the UK for the past 2 years, winning over new fans of all ages everywhere they go. 2014 also saw the release of Strangers We Meet, the duo's debut 5 track EP, garnering national airplay on BBC Radio2, as well as regional play across the country and warm reviews from the music press, including The Telegraph, fRoots Magazine, and Acoustic Magazine. In May of 2014, they embarked on a 7 week tour in the US, including shows at Club Passim, Caffe Lena, the Red Clay Theatre, and a sell out show at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Raevennan Husbandes A largely undiscovered gem, her fluid finger-picking guitar style and beautiful, clear and heartfelt singing voice can electrify a room. She has recently released her debut EP 'Box of Innocence' produced by and featuring the legendary BJ Cole on pedal steel guitar. "As soon as she started singing it was quite obvious this girl was special, as her vocals filled the hall like a magical spirit. Her vocals were absolutely beautiful, and combined with her finger picking guitarit was an acoustic masterclass of modern folk." - 4000 Miles to Nashville "Raevennan is blessed with a voice that silences rooms and captivates audiences. It is sweet and pure and drifts beautifully over the intricate and dexterous guitaring she plays underneath" - Alphabetbands

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Cahalen Morrison & Eli West

on Fri, 23 Jan 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7pm Show Starts 8pm

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West are, simply put, two of the most innovative and subtle roots musicians playing today. Their music draws from old folk sources, but it sounds vibrantly alive. Cahalen Morrison writes songs that sound like a Cormac McCarthy novel: simple, beautifully crafted, and seemingly formed from raw natural elements. Eli West brings jagged, angular arrangements based in bluegrass and old-time, but refracted through a 21st century lens. Like Ansel Adams' photography, their music is instantly accessible and built from the simplest materials, but at the same time seems to transcend its base fundamentals. Together, Cahalen and Eli tap the root of the old country and bluegrass duets. As the sparse landscapes of Cahalen's vocals reflect the warm glow of Eli's voice, it's clear that this duo was made to sing together. As the great Tim O'Brien says: 'The duet of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West suggests the infinite possibilities in sound, texture, and mood contained in a pair of voices and a couple stringed instruments. Counterpoint is the thing here. Eli's guitar and bouzouki bravely lean out over the ledge of Cahalen's solid banjo and mandolin superstructure. Eli's voice softens Cahalen's knife edged tone. They seem to look both within and without as a writer, Southwest native Cahalen often stands on the line between sea and shore in his lyrics, while Eli, from the Pacific Northwest sings more of the prairie and the barroom. There's a lot of faith and conviction that underpins these very able musicians. Their disarming reinvention is sly, brand new, and yet somehow ancient. Music like this doesn't come along very often.'

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Gerry Colvin Trio

on Fri, 23 Jan 2015 at Bognor Regis Seasons 7.30pm - 11pm

The Gerry Colvin Trio present a superb fusion of Folk & Jazz in a humorous and very entertaining evening which you`ll be sure to enjoy

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Gerry Colvin Trio

on Fri, 23 Jan 2015 at Bognor Regis Seasons 7.30pm - 11pm

The Gerry Colvin Trio present a superb fusion of Folk & Jazz in a humorous and very entertaining evening which you`ll be sure to enjoy

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All The Queen's Ravens

on Fri, 23 Jan 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 'We were really blown away' Spiral Earth 'Debut Album of the Year' Spiral Earth Awards nomination 2014 'A truly unique sound' The Last Tuesday Society All The Queen's Ravens are a flamboyant five-piece busting loose from their folk roots. Their sound is a flamboyant bi-lingual mix of pop and sultry flamenco alluding to blues, gospel and americana, delivering a foot-stomping, dress-swirling bagful of attention-grabbing magic. The past year alone has seen a Debut Album of the Year nomination for 'Hearts for Judas', BBC radio play and portraits displayed at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Fronted by two ladies with a devilish vocal chemistry and style bursting with sequins and glamour, their songwriting is accomplished and intricate, nurtured from the fires of misadventure and high drama in Hackney, fusing rich Spanish and English folk harmonies with mandolin, guitar, percussion and upright bass for blistering americana-pop romps and pin-drop Spanish ballads. There's as much for the eye to feast on as there is for the ears, with flamboyant glitz for the girls and urban lumberjack for the gents. The band's irrepressible energy makes All The Queen's Ravens' live performance a truly captivating experience, securing the enviable reputation as on of the most exciting live acts around. Think the soundtrack to the best Tarantino film he never made. http://allthequeensravens.com/

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El Pussycat Ska Live At The Donkey Bar Leicester

on Fri, 23 Jan 2015 at Leicester The Donkey Doors at 7-30pm

El pussycat ska music - full band playing ska and reggae the traditional way - big brass, big bass, boss sounds + ska/reggae/soul DJ A rare chance to see the band back together again On stage 9-30pm Support TBC

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Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

on Fri, 23 Jan 2015 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing Bar opens at 6.30 pm, doors at 7.30 pm

In the space of two short years, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk & roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player create music that Folk Roots say is A musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant! Miranda's rich, spine tingling vocals and strident yet sensitive double bass playing are much in demand and she enjoys working alongside some of the finest musicians in the world. She has been performing with Show of Hands since 2004, augmenting their sound with her powerful double bass and rich harmonies. Miranda has been described as a 'musical chameleon' reflecting the way that she so easily slips between musical genres as diverse as folk, jazz, rock and pop. Rex has a reputation as a fine & imaginative mandolin player and is a leading light in the new wave of British Bluegrass musicians. He is a rising star in mandolin-playing circles and with twenty years of playing behind him, he possesses a wonderfully sensitive musicality and a dexterous, flamboyant playing style. The rare fusion of double bass & mandolin makes for one of the most exciting new combinations on the acoustic roots scene, although it is the emotional quality of Miranda's voice that makes her partnership with Rex so engaging rather than the novelty of such an unusual musical pairing. Together, they interweave timeless, well-chosen covers with their own original compositions to produce a unique sound which has a timeless feel and universal appeal. "From the first few notes you know that this is something special." Folking.com

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Steve Turner

on Fri, 23 Jan 2015 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

Steve Turner comes from a family of concertina players and singers and began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s, playing and touring as a member of Geordie band "Canny Fettle", then nationally and internationally throughout the 80's as a solo performer. As well as the concertina he also accompanies himself on the cittern, mandolin and banjo. After a thirteen year break, building up an internationally renown stringed instrument business, he made a welcome return to performing in folk clubs and festivals in 2005. In a recent interview Nancy Kerr was asked "what was the best gig you ever saw?" to which she replied "the best spot I've seen recently was Steve Turner - total intensive musical focus and a vast repertoire."

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Steve Turner

on Fri, 23 Jan 2015 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

Steve Turner comes from a family of concertina players and singers and began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s, playing and touring as a member of Geordie band "Canny Fettle", then nationally and internationally throughout the 80's as a solo performer. As well as the concertina he also accompanies himself on the cittern, mandolin and banjo. After a thirteen year break, building up an internationally renown stringed instrument business, he made a welcome return to performing in folk clubs and festivals in 2005. In a recent interview Nancy Kerr was asked "what was the best gig you ever saw?" to which she replied "the best spot I've seen recently was Steve Turner - total intensive musical focus and a vast repertoire."

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Ten Thousand Times Adieu: Bob Copper Centenary Event

on Sat, 24 Jan 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House Doors 1.30pm, event starts 2pm

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and The Copper Family invite you to celebrate the life, work and legacy of this gentle giant of the folk world, Bob Copper. In his lifetime Bob was responsible for collecting and recording many folk songs, not only preserving the tunes and lyrics, but ensuring that the style in which they were sung remained true to that of his forefathers. He produced a number of recorded collections and published several books, such as the award-winning A Song For Every Season. His legacy is continued by his family, who share the music lovingly preserved by their father and grandfather, through their songs, recordings and books. This day-long celebration will culminate in a special concert featuring some of the biggest names in today's folk scene. 2 - 6pm Screenings, sing-around and presentations Activities will include Screening of Copper Songs and A Song for Every Season | Sussex Sing Around | Shirley Collins on Bob Copper 7.40pm Concert Artists include The Copper Family | Martin Carthy and Maddy Prior | Oak | Spiro | A trio of Olivia Chaney, Lisa Knapp and Nancy Wallace | The Bootleg YT (Jon Boden, Fay Hield, Neil McSweeney) | Stephanie Hladowski & C Joynes | Jim Causley | Longhill Ramblers | plus surprise guests! All profits for the event will be donated to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML).

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Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman: Shammick Acoustic

on Sat, 24 Jan 2015 at Combe Martin The Pack o' Cards Doors 7.30 pm for 8 pm start

Dartmoor-based husband and wife Sean and Kathryn had a whirlwind of fame in the folk-rock world with the band Equation, in company with Sean, Kate Rusby, Cara Dillon and Sean's brothers, Seth and Sam. With two young daughters, their joint music-making had to be curtailed for a time, but since they returned again as a duo a few years ago, they have been awarded the Best Duo trophy in the Radio 2 Folk Awards, as well as being nominated in the Best Original Song category. Kathryn was brought up in South Yorkshire in a musical family, and can't remember a time when she didn't sing. Being introduced to folk music through the festival scene, she has always loved traditional songs, and her early career was in a duo with Kate Rusby. With Equation, she has graced exotic stages all over the world. Sean was raised on Dartmoor, and again with the influence of musical parents, was exposed to traditional music, and played the guitar from an early age. As well as performing with Equation and with Kathryn, Sean has played in his brother Seth's touring band, and excels in record production, including work for such artists as The Levellers, Rev Hammer and Show of Hands. The intimacy and strength of passion shown by this husband and wife duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire of traditional, modern and original songs, ensures a rare treat for anyone who sees and hears them.

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Charles Spicer & Mark T + Pagoda|duo

on Sat, 24 Jan 2015 at Newbury ACE Space 8:00pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

Two excellent duos for the price of one. Circle of Sound is Charles Spicer and Mark T who play folk music with Early Music, Celtic and Mediterranean influences on Bagpipes, Cor Anglais, Bouzouki & Darabuka. Pagoda|duo is accordionist Paul Hutchinson (Belshazzar's Feast) and clarinettist Karen Wimhurst (Cauld Blast Orchestra). They perform Hutchinson's acclaimed compositions alongside traditional English tunes. The best of folk with a hint of jazz thrown in.

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Charles Spicer & Mark T + Pagoda|duo

on Sat, 24 Jan 2015 at Newbury ACE Space 8:00pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

Two excellent duos for the price of one. Circle of Sound is Charles Spicer and Mark T who play folk music with Early Music, Celtic and Mediterranean influences on Bagpipes, Cor Anglais, Bouzouki & Darabuka. Pagoda|duo is accordionist Paul Hutchinson (Belshazzar's Feast) and clarinettist Karen Wimhurst (Cauld Blast Orchestra). They perform Hutchinson's acclaimed compositions alongside traditional English tunes. The best of folk with a hint of jazz thrown in

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Cahalen Morrison & Eli West - Live At The Greystones

on Sat, 24 Jan 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones Doors 7:30pm, music from 8pm

True North Music is delighted to present Cahalen Morrison & Eli West on their first visit to Sheffield. This Seattle-based duo has been showered with praise on both sides of the Atlantic following their first recorded collaboration on 2010's The Holy Coming of the Storm. Since then they've recorded two more albums and toured extensively, including regular visits to the UK where they've appeared at Celtic Connections and on BBC TV and radio. Cahalen and Eli are among the finest exponents of roots music working today, steeped in the traditions of bluegrass and old time but with a modern twist. Their latest offering, I'll Swing My Hammer with Both My Hands, was produced by legendary roots artist Tim O'Brien, who says "Cahalen and Eli are making music that the world needs!" Morrison and West have been refining their gorgeous blend of original songs and old-time tunes for several years now, with exquisite harmony singing and top class instrumental picking (on mandolin, guitar, clawhammer banjo and bouzouki). Join us for an evening of music that'll make your toes tap and your heart soar - they're that special!

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Steve Bonham, The Bishop And Friends

on Sat, 24 Jan 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

The Songsmith Tour The return of the vagabond. Steve Bonham. Wide brimmed hat. Long dark coat. Guitar slung on back. 21 years on the road. A 100,000 miles and half a thousand hotel rooms. From the Berlin Wall to Atlas Mountains, from the Sahara Desert to the streets of Hong Kong: a memory brewed in the long simmering soup of people and place. A man who has learned to watch and to listen, to walk and talk in the ebb and flow of meeting and parting. A chronicler of the human spirit in words and music. Now on tour featuring his stunning new album Songsmith, this promises to be a great opportunity to enjoy listening to one of the most distinctive songwriters in acoustic music deliver a body of songs which challenge, intrigue and beguile. Steve will be joined by his long-time compadres Chris 'the Bishop' Lydon, on piano, cajon and tuba and Tom Leary on fiddle and much else. If his wandering, itinerant existence produces music like this latest album, then keep on globetrotting, Steve! Frank Chester Folk Monthly "Steve Bonham is a story teller with a guitar and an artist who is truly passionate about his craft. UK Folk Music "He doesn't just talk the talk, he walks the walk." Roisin Ingles, Irish Times "Laconic, funny and intensely human." Robert Twigger, award winning author of Angry White Pyjamas www.stevebonham.net All prfofits from this concert will go to the brain cancer charity - Brainstrust

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David Greely + The Creole Brothers

on Sun, 25 Jan 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ An evening of spicy Cajun Music! DAVID GREELY (US): David Greely's is opening a new wing in his tradition, the home music of French Louisiana. David has taken the swampy syncopations of Cajun music and its renaissance French dialect to new level of sophistication without losing its urgency and texture. In solo acoustic performance, he sounds like two or three fiddles, weaving accompaniment to his vocals as if it's someone else singing. Presenting his concerts in English or French, he embraces all the aspects of his heritage that a fiddle and voice can reach- ancient ballads, cane field blues, yearning waltzes and fiery two steps, and melds his ancestral legacy with his own adroit compositions and stories of the rich souls who kept this music and language alive. David was born in Baton Rouge of Cajun and Irish ancestry, and learned Cajun music on dance hall stages throughout South Louisiana, in the archives of Cajun and Creole music at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, and from his apprenticeship to Cajun fiddle master and National Heritage Fellow Dewey Balfa. As a founding member of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, David toured Folk Festivals worldwide for 23 years, and was nominated for four Grammy Awards. He has received the Louisiana Artist Fellowship Award for Folklife Performance, and is an adjunct instructor of Cajun fiddle at the University of Louisiana. THE CREOLE BROTHERS (UK): From the roots of zydeco, the push and pull, rub and scrub La La music of the Creole people. Dark, smoky, crowded clubs in Lawtell and Opelousas and Lafayette. Bodies moving closely in rhythm. Driving fiddle, pumping accordion, vocals that can cut corn bread. Blues that tear at your heart. Dances you wouldn't want your daughter to know. From the prairies of Essex and the bayous of Milton Keynes, Charlie Skelton (fiddle, Acadian Driftwood, Famous Potatoes) and Phil Underwood (accordion, Colin and the Crawfish, ZigaZag) present a unique musical hommage to the great Louisiana Cajun and Creole musicians, Bois Sec Ardoin and Canray Fontenot, Bébé and Éraste Carrière, Albert Chevalier, Fremont Fontenot and many others. Charlie Skelton is one of the hottest roots fiddle players around, currently touring with rising folk singer songwriter Kate Denny, while Phil Underwood has been living Louisiana music and culture for over 20 years, collecting two awards in Louisiana for his accordion playing, and has played Creole music in the black clubs of Lafayette. Together they are the Creole Brothers.

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Gerry Colvin Formerly Colvinquarmby

on Sun, 25 Jan 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Gerry Colvin makes a long awaited return to the Kitchen Garden Café with his new band after many successful years performing as ColvinQuarmby. Still the same eccentric Gerry experience with new and old material that always guarantees an enthralling night's entertainment.

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Dave Griffiths

on Sun, 25 Jan 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Great songwriter, powerful performer

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Dave Griffiths

on Sun, 25 Jan 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Great songwriter, powerful performer

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John Jones And The Reluctant Ramblers

on Sun, 25 Jan 2015 at Shrewsbury The Hive Doors 7pm, Show 7.45pm

A chance to see the wonderfully charismatic John Jones, accompanied by the reluctant ramblers. Look forward to a night of passionate singing and superb musicianship!

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Said The Maiden And Kelly Oliver

on Mon, 26 Jan 2015 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music Starts 8:30pm

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Southern Tenant Folk Union

on Mon, 26 Jan 2015 at Brighton The Greys 8:30pm

Pat Mcgarvey and co, a phenomenal 6 piece roots collective with their mighty blend of bluegrass, folk and distorted sounds 'embrace the traditional ambience of The Unthanks and the experimentation of Tuung' (Andy Fyfe **** Q)

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Cahalen Morrison & Eli West

on Tue, 27 Jan 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

When Cahalen Morrison and Eli West released their stunning debut album, it met with instantaneous reaction on both sides of the Atlantic. Bob Harris invited them to record a studio session for his BBC Radio 2 show, and after they created such an impact during their first ever UK tour, Celtic Connections festival gave them a show of their own, then invited them back in 2015. They count many recognised names as fans. Writing in The Times, Chris Wood included them in his Six Best Folk Acts list. Back over here with their third album, produced by Tim O'Brien, who says they make music the world needs! Beautiful rootsy Americana Time Out "Thrilling" - The List Outstanding fRoots magazine

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Jez Lowe

on Wed, 28 Jan 2015 at Lowdham The Old Ship Inn Doors 7.30pm, Concert 8pm

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Harry Harris

on Wed, 28 Jan 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Since signing to Wild Sound Recordings in 2013, Harry Harris has been building a reputation as one of the UK's most original and formidable singer/songwriters. A ruthless guitar player with a voice that moves from the explosive to the intimate, he writes songs that grab you by the scruff of the neck and refuse to let go, with influences ranging from the great American songwriter Warren Zevon to bar-rock band The Hold Steady to Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart. 2015 sees the release of Songs About Other People, the follow up to the self-titled debut recorded at the tender age of 17, produced by Polly Paulusma. Songs About Other People is a more intimate affair, recorded with analogue equipment and vintage instruments at Soup Studios in London and featuring a sparse smattering of musicians, including sibling folk-singer Jack Harris, Treetop Flyers' guitarist Sam Beer and Nizlopi bass player John Parker. Across the album's 10 tracks Harry takes you from football matches on suburban streets to tragic love stories in the Deep South to gulchy courtroom dramas of the Wild West. Partly funded through Indiegogo, the record is a testament to Harry's storytelling ability and the considerable impact he has already made on the scene. In the past Harry has been championed by the likes of Tom Robinson, The Telegraph and fellow songwriters including Eric Taylor, Anais Mitchell and John Smith. 2014 also saw him hit the festival circuit for the first time, which included a memorable unplugged set to an enraptured crowd at the beautiful Festival No. 6 in North Wales. Harry will be touring extensively in 2015, sure to win over audiences wherever he goes. ........................... "Harry's music is thick in the tradition of songwriters before him, from Neil Young to Warren Zevon" - Folkroom Records "A Welsh born, London based storyteller acclaimed for his live performances" - Resonance FM "Harry has a natural affinity with words, not just meaning and context, but the way he uses the rhythm of the words as much as the poetry." - FATEA Magazine "Immediately attractive, its charms increase with repeated listening...Middleton Street, with its brass caresses and shrugging rhythm would sound perfectly at home on Astral Weeks or Moondance" - NetRhythms

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Oh Susanna

on Wed, 28 Jan 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

Born in Massachusetts and raised in Vancouver, Suzie Ungerleider began performing as Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s, crafting a persona that matched the timeless qualities of her music, sounds that drew from the deep well of early 20th Century folk, country and blues, yet rooted in her finely-honed storytelling skills. Her superbly crafted songs often tell stories of troubled souls who rebel against their circumstances to attain a quiet dignity. Oh Susanna announces her latest musical project, Namedropper a collection of songs written specifically for her by some of Canada's finest songwriters including Ron Sexsmith, Jim Cuddy, Melissa McClelland, Joel Plaskett and more. Produced by Jim Bryson

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The Acoustic Strawbs

on Wed, 28 Jan 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Allan Taylor

on Thu, 29 Jan 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

One of the last of the travelling troubadours of the 1960s, Allan ranks amongst our most literate and accomplished acoustic songsmiths. His compositions are faultlessly constructed and flawlessly performed, his smooth, dark voice is instantly recognisable and his guitar playing is intricate yet full-sounding. A night to savour!

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Allan Taylor

on Thu, 29 Jan 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

One of the last of the travelling troubadours of the 1960s, Allan ranks amongst our most literate and accomplished acoustic songsmiths. His compositions are faultlessly constructed and flawlessly performed, his smooth, dark voice is instantly recognisable and his guitar playing is intricate yet full-sounding. A night to savour!

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Flekd + Arlet

on Thu, 29 Jan 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ FLEKD write and play beautiful world folk-inspired original melodies from a contemporary jazz perspective, incorporating improvised music with sensitivity. Skilfully-played, engaging twisting melodies evoke European folk traditions amidst sophisticated grooves with subtle layers of Indian and African rhythms. Rich, intricate textures are balanced with beautiful, thoughtful improvisations and expansive soundscapes. Comprising of Jane South (flute & accordion), Moss Freed (guitar), Rebecca Nash (piano), Rob Paterson (double bass) and Matt Fisher (drums & percussion), they are a unique combination of some of the finest young jazz and folk musicians in London. Flekd have been appearing around London at venues including Ronnie Scotts, The Forge and the Southbank Centre, ahead of festivals in 2015. In October 2014 Flekd proudly released their self-titled debut EP, which delves into new directions in contemporary music beyond conventions, bringing intrigue while remaining satisfying and up-lifting. The recording of this debut EP marks an exciting unified sound and combines traditions and familiarity with the unknown, moving in space with arrival and depicts open space and well-loved places. www.flekd.co.uk ---------------------------------------------------------- A mini-orchestra of violin, clarinet, accordion, guitar, euphonium and percussion, ARLET combine the primary orchestral colours into an inimitable myriad fusion. Drawing on folk, jazz, minimalism, contemporary classical and film music, the Arlet sound is an energetic meeting place of many musical perspectives. Writing for Thank Folk For That in 2012, early convert Josh King concluded that Arlet make the kind of wonderful, stirring, instrumental, orchestral music that not just folk music, but music in general, is founded. Established in their native Canterbury in 2011 by accordionist and composer Aidan Shepherd, originally just so Aidan could try out some ideas he had kicking around with some friends, things quickly snowballed for the band as Aidan mastered writing for the group's unusual instrumentation. From humble beginnings, in three short years the band is now well established on the alternative music scene. In 2012 Arlet self-released their eponymous debut EP, recorded in an old Kentish school hall. A location recording seemed fitting for a group that was building a reputation for ethereal performances in unusual settings; art galleries, medieval churches, abandoned warehouses and midnight woodland clearings. In 2013 Arlet went into the studio with Syd Arthur's Joel Magill, engineer and co-producer of their first full-length work, Clearing. Recorded in Syd Arthur's London studio, it was released on the thriving Kent-based Smugglers Records to considerable critical acclaim from Spiral Earth, fRoots, Songlines and Folk Radio UK, for whom critic Johnney Whalley enthused; Just once in a while an album comes along that takes you to places you hadn't realised existed. 'Clearing' did this, and much more, for me. Live sessions followed on BBC Kent and London's Resonance FM, alongside an extensive UK album tour. In 2014 the momentum increased further when Aidan O'Rourke contacted the band, inviting Arlet to play at Lau-Land, Lau's own music festival curated at the Sage in Gateshead. The band also caught the ear of Mercury Prize-nominee and folk promoter Sam Lee. In May, the band made their Nest Collective debut with a packed out show at Camden's Cecil Sharpe House. After successful performances at Secret Garden Party, Shambala, Smugglers and the Cambridge Folk Festival this summer, the band is proud to release a more stripped down Quartet EP, featuring Aidan Shepherd (accordionist and composer), Rosie Holden (fiddle), Ben Insall (guitar) and Lucy Randall (percussion). Meanwhile, Arlet's second studio album is already under construction, with Owen Hewson (clarinet) and Thom Harmsworth (euphonium) back in the melee of sounds. As 2014 draws to a close, the band are looking forward to a second album release in 2015, further collaborations with Leon string quartet and Cocos Lovers, and a European tour in the Spring. www.arlet.co.uk

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Matt Woosey

on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30 for 8pm

Matt Woosey's refreshing musical song writing and playing style combines acoustic blues, folk and rooots 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. Matt's music career started aged 15 when he played the drums in a Thin Lizzy tribute band, 'Black Rose', which was paramount to Matt's appreciation and understanding of rock'n'roll. Matt swears that it was the finest education a young man could have when starting out on the circuit!! He was soon frequenting open mic gigs and local clubs crafting his acoustic guitar playing style, including his own slap & pick right hand technique. Today, Matt's playing is often compared to Jimmy Page's extraordinary blues-rock style, Rory Gallagher's improvisational flair and John Martyn's heavy handed acoustic onslaughts.

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Matt Woosey

on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30 for 8pm

Matt Woosey's refreshing musical song writing and playing style combines acoustic blues, folk and rooots 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. Matt's music career started aged 15 when he played the drums in a Thin Lizzy tribute band, 'Black Rose', which was paramount to Matt's appreciation and understanding of rock'n'roll. Matt swears that it was the finest education a young man could have when starting out on the circuit!! He was soon frequenting open mic gigs and local clubs crafting his acoustic guitar playing style, including his own slap & pick right hand technique. Today, Matt's playing is often compared to Jimmy Page's extraordinary blues-rock style, Rory Gallagher's improvisational flair and John Martyn's heavy handed acoustic onslaughts.

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False Lights

on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7pm Show Starts 8pm

In development behind closed doors for several months, the first intriguing glimpses into a startling project are starting to be revealed with the release of videos and a vinyl/download EP by new band FALSE LIGHTS, who will debut this summer in a headline slot at Folk East. If that all seems back-to-front a new band providing a headline show on one of the biggest folk festival stages in the UK that won't be the only surprise. This project is the brainchild of finger-style guitar genius and singer-songwriter Sam Carter and folk revolutionary Jim Moray. They've never stepped on stage together before and perhaps were considered musical strangers by most, but a shared love of folk and heavy guitar music, and a week of intensive writing in a log cabin in Lincolnshire produced a festival stage-filling, moshpit-inducing, ear-ringingly dynamic, blast of in-your-face indie attitude in the name of folk. Make no mistake, the FALSE LIGHTS sound has more to do with Radiohead than Steeleye Span: it is an explosion of loud, electric, guitar-driven folk for the 21st century.

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Paul Jones & Dave Kelly

on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 at Barton The Ropewalk 7.00pm

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Martin Carthy

on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 at London The Ivy House - Nunhead Door 7pm

* Door 7pm * DJ FlapJackDavey 7 - 8pm and 11pm onwards * Live music 8-11pm includes two sets from Martin Carthy, plus a set from each of the support acts. * Mix of row seats and standing room * Concessionary tickets are for the unwaged (ie no paid employment) - proof required at the door on the night. Please note that we have an allocation of ten concessionary online tickets for each of our concerts - first come first served! * Tickets on the door (where still available) will be priced at £15/12 * Seats are not reserved, and a ticket may not always guarantee a seat, although there will be standing room. If having a seat is essential to you, please ensure that you are there when the door opens at 7pm, as the room fills up quickly for popular concerts. * Children are welcome provided they sit quietly without disturbing other members of the audience. If you are unsure about this, please contact us before buying tickets for children. * Food and real ale available! 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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Martin Carthy

on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 at London The Ivy House - Nunhead Door 7pm

* Door 7pm * DJ FlapJackDavey 7 - 8pm and 11pm onwards * Live music 8-11pm includes two sets from Martin Carthy, plus a set from each of the support acts. * Mix of row seats and standing room * Concessionary tickets are for the unwaged (ie no paid employment) - proof required at the door on the night. Please note that we have an allocation of ten concessionary online tickets for each of our concerts - first come first served! * Tickets on the door (where still available) will be priced at £15/12 * Seats are not reserved, and a ticket may not always guarantee a seat, although there will be standing room. If having a seat is essential to you, please ensure that you are there when the door opens at 7pm, as the room fills up quickly for popular concerts. * Children are welcome provided they sit quietly without disturbing other members of the audience. If you are unsure about this, please contact us before buying tickets for children. * Food and real ale available! 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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Peter Bruntnell

on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette doors 7pm

http://peterbruntnell.net/links.php http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Bruntnell Facebook - Launderette Sessions Twitter - @LaunderetteSess Instagram - Launderette_Sessions Trip Advisor Events at Old Cinema Launderette (Durham) Tickets £12 in advance or £14 Door. Tickets also available at Old Cinema Launderette. Contact mrwishywashypresents@gmail.com for further information. Mix of seating (V.LIMITED) and standing. Doors 7pm. Support ( if arranged) around 7.45pm. Headline around 8.30pm. We have an drinks licence. Real ales, lagers, wines. ciders and spirits will be served along with OCC Coffee, Yorkshire Tea and Twinnings Fruit Teas... and of course soft drinks

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Award-winning Canadian Singer / Songwriter Dennis Ellsworth

on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 at Portsmouth The Square Tower Doors Open 7.00pm (support act on stage 7.30pm)

It's Square Roots Promotions 2nd Birthday!! Yes it's true! Square Roots Promotions is officially two years old!! Our first official show as SRP was with the wonderful Otis Gibbs back in early February 2013, so to celebrate being two, we're absolutely delighted to welcome back the truly world-class songwriting talents of Canadian star Dennis Ellsworth to the Square Tower for what will be his third visit to us, and his first in the main hall. And as if that wasn't enough excitement, we have also managed to persuade Jigantics and ex-ColvinQuarmby vocalist / fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist Marion Fleetwood to lend her awesome talents to the evening as support act. For those of you who have never seen Dennis Ellsworth before, we'd like to let you hear what others said of him when they saw him perform at one of our house concerts: Thank you for the Dennis gig last night. Felt privileged to be there - absolute quality (Brian Hanson) We'd never heard of Dennis before, and know what you mean now about him being a big star in the future (Rob Jenkins) What a wonderful time we had (Paul Wild) Dennis Ellsworth is a prolific songwriter. Lately he's gotten into rhythm of writing, recording and releasing an album a year. In between records, he travels around the planet singing songs characterised by a kind of dark optimism that's informed by early influences such as Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond and Kris Kristofferson. Ellsworth can't pinpoint what first prompted him to pursue music, but recalls singing 'Forever in Blue Jeans' in front of the mirror while brushing his teeth as a child. Since making the leap from the bathroom to the barroom, Ellsworth has toured Canada extensively, made inroads into the US and built a substantial following in the UK. In all, he's released six records, all recorded live in a house or studio; two with his side project, Haunted Hearts, as well as Chesterfield Dweller of the Year (2009), the Strange Boat EP (2011), Dusk Dreams (2012) and his latest, Hazy Sunshine, in 2013 as a solo artist. Although he's refined his sound and approach to writing over the years, some things remain constant. One is an acoustic guitar he rescued from 1970's era cottage in the Catskills; a guitar on which he's written almost every song he's put down on tape and believes has a lot to do with his gift for songwriting. Another is the emphasis he places on collaboration with the musicians he brings together for each album and the importance of allowing their unique voices as players to influence his songs. Produced by Skydiggers guitarist, Josh Finlayson, and recorded over five days and wine filled nights at The Bathhouse, near Kingston, Ontario, Hazy Sunshine is a perfect example of how positively special that collaboration can be. When I set out to make this album I wanted to isolate myself in the winter in rural Canada, and for that to contribute to the sound of the record, but we went in a different direction, he says. Although Hazy Sunshine represents a departure from Ellsworth's past records, Dusk Dreams in particular, never before has the Charlottetown-based singer/songwriter released an album as heavily informed by his belief that, no matter how rough things get, if you lose hope you lose the ability to effect positive change. The result is a seamless blend of modern East Coast folk and rock and roll with shades of classic Americana, roots and country haunting the edges; a set of songs that anyone who's questioned their place in the world will find their own experiences reflected in. While Hazy Sunshine dwells heavily on the necessity of remaining positive, it's fuelled by the kind of dark optimism that's always driven Ellsworth's songwriting. I'm hopeful but I'm not a firm believer, he says, bluntly. There have been times that music has saved him, and times that it's let him down, but aside from his beautiful and loving wife and their cat Winsloe, music has always been his truest friend and companion. If you need him for anything, he's probably out for a stroll with his wife. Either that or he's on the road and maybe playing in your town tonight and, if so, you should be at his show. Marion Fleetwood will be best known to many of you as a member of ColvinQuarmby, The Jigantics, Meet On The Ledge and the Gerry Colvin Band, and if you do know her, then you'll also know that she is a top quality musician, as well as a top fiddle player, multi-instrumentalist with a voice to surely die for! She has played very few solo shows, so this really is a coup for Square Roots Promotions and you the audience - and with her proposed debut solo album reaching it's Crowd Funder target within three days, that shows you exactly in how high esteem she is held. Here's what people have said of Marion: We were treated to Marion Fleetwood's stunning version of Jane Siberry's The Valley. Now I'm a big fan of top quality female vocalists such as Chris While (and indeed KD Lang), and I have to say that Marion Fleetwood is assuredly in that class. The voice is enough. Ethereal, emotive, passionate and at times siren-esque. The closing note of the song is greeted with genuinely affectionate applause, and a number of people standing up to show their appreciation yes it was one of THOSE moments!. Superbly craftedhauntingsonorousstunningbeautifully executedcaptivatingincredible. We'd be really happy if you could come along and help us celebrate 2 years of top quality music - see you there :)

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It'll Be Over By Xmas + Plum Busby

on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 at Braughing Church Hall 7.30pm Doors Show starts 8pm

Join us for a truly unique theatrical experience.   The library committee of Stepney Borough Council have invited Ms Tilly Crumb, the maverick editor of the Stepney Chronicle to give a lecture about the First World War.  Tilly is a cross between Germaine Greer, Janet Street Porter and Edith Piaf and the library committee are nervous that her lecture will be just a bit too radical for their taste. Tilly however knows her audience and delivers a superb and highly entertaining lecture in musical form, bringing together, in collaboraration with the brilliant composer, writer and aranger Paul Sand, a powerful witty and passionate view of the war. What the Papers Say... "show stopping songs....Ms Crumb's sensual rage infuses history with tragic satire", Ken Tynum "fabulous satire dressed up as a family singalong with attitude", Bernard Lovin PLUS in the second half of the evening... PLUM BUSBY http://www.plumbusby.co.uk AN ECLECTIC MIX OF COUNTRY, FOLK, BLUES, JAZZ, CALYPSO, MUSIC HALL AND IDIOCY. There will be space to dance... and you will want to! Mandy Carlton - Vocals Tracy Coleman - Vocals Huw Thomas - Guitar, Recorders, Vocals Stuart Hall - Guitar, Violin, and other stuff Gabriel Keen - Piano Alex Keen - Bass Some Idiot - hitting drums

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From Louisiana: David Greely & Friends

on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House 7.30-11.00pm

There are many great fiddle players in Louisiana, but David Greely is one of the best. For over 10 years he played lead fiddle with Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys- that speaks for itself. Come and find out what Louisiana Cajun fiddle playing is meant to sound like.

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From Louisiana: David Greely & Friends

on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House 7.30-11.00pm

There are many great fiddle players in Louisiana, but David Greely is one of the best. For over 10 years he played lead fiddle with Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys- that speaks for itself. Come and find out what Louisiana Cajun fiddle playing is meant to sound like.

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Sheffield Folk Sing

on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 at Sheffield Crookes Social Club 7.30pm start (doors open 7.00pm)

A charity concert in aid of Parkinsons UK and the Alzheimers & Dementia Society, featuring a host of nationally acclaimed folk artists.

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Sheffield Folk Sing

on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 at Sheffield Crookes Social Club 7.30pm start (doors open 7.00pm)

A charity concert in aid of Parkinsons UK and the Alzheimers & Dementia Society, featuring a host of nationally acclaimed folk artists.

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Paul Jones And Dave Kelly

on Sat, 31 Jan 2015 at Howden The Shire Hall 7.30 for 8pm

In the decade before the far-reaching telephone call that started The Blues Band, Paul had been a hard-working actor, mainly in London's West End but also on Broadway (he lived in New York for a year). But always at heart he was a bluesman. Having declined Brian Jones' invitation to join the fledgling Rolling Stones in 1962, Paul accepted the very next offer, a job with the group which soon became Manfred Mann. Later known as a pop group (Do Wah Diddy, Pretty Flamingo) they began as an R&B band, and would find themselves playing with Sonny Boy Williamson, Otis Spann, and Matt Guitar Murphy. Over the years, Paul's songs have been recorded by people like Ten Years After, Al Kooper and Carlos Santana and the earliest line-up of Steppenwolf. He has also written for films, television and commercials. As a harmonica man, he has performed publicly and/or recorded with Memphis Slim, Alexis Korner, Henry Gray, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Bibb, Otis Grand hardly to mention the likes of Tina Turner and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. The list of guests on his programmes on BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM is encyclopaedic, from Luther Allison to Axel Zwingenburger, and including B B King, Koko Taylor, Curtis Mayfield, Jimmy Witherspoon and scores more. On 11/4/01 on BBC television, Paul proved to be a popular recipient of the famous THIS IS YOUR LIFE big red book.If there is such a thing as a British 'blues pedigree', then Dave Kelly's sets the standard. Kelly is a blues craftsman a journeyman who has served his time with the best. In New York he jammed with Muddy Waters. He became a friend to Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker, who both felt the benefit of Dave's playing in their touring bands. It was Dave's big sister, the late Jo-Ann Kelly, who first opened his ears to the blues, although his passion for rock and roll and especially the work of Buddy Holly remains intact. In 1967 he joined The John Dummer Blues Band. After three albums and a solo project he continued to polish his style and technique throughout an adventurous career with some of Britain's finest players. When The Blues Band was formed in 1979, the post of slide guitarist and joint vocalist was a foregone conclusion and bringing his friend, the bassist Gary Fletcher, along to that first rehearsal, was a bonus. Dave Kelly's guitar and vocals form the very backbone of The Blues Band's distinctive sound. Today, after 21 years 'treading the boards' with the band, with his solo albums, duo tours with Paul Jones, and soundtrack work (for commercials and such projects as BBC TV's 'King of the Ghetto' and the Comic Strip's 'Strike!') Dave Kelly is firmly estabished as Europe's premier blues performer.

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Roger Davies

on Sat, 31 Jan 2015 at Hepworth Village Hall Doors 7:30pm Start 8pm

Roger Davies continues to go from strength to strength and is making a name for himself as one of today's most entertaining contemporary acoustic folk singer songwriters. Supporting Roger at Hepworth will be Bradford based singer songwriter Bella Gaffney.

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Porchlight Smoker - Album Launch

on Sat, 31 Jan 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 tables. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, with priority given to diners. If you'd like a table, 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. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 'Water Into Sand' is the third album by Sussex based Roots / Americana band Porchlight Smoker. Originally formed as a duo in 2008 by Kent-born Fred Gregory (mandolin, guitars, vocals) and Scott Smith, from Wichita, Kansas (lap-steel, guitars, banjo, harmonica, clarinet, vocals), the band went on to add Steve Bell from Dundee (banjo, mandolin, guitars, vocals) and Scott Warman (double-bass, vocals). All four band members contribute to the songwriting, with each bringing a range of different musical influences to the table from Celtic, bluegrass and folk, right through to American Roots all perfectly blended to create their unique sound. The band's self-titled debut album was released in 2009, and described by one critic as perfectly flawed. Album number two imaginatively titled '2' received national and regional airplay, along with some great reviews along the way Porchlight Smoker are a lovely band Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 A timeless record, fusing elements of folk, bluegrass and country. Not every day you hear so many instruments played guitar, banjo, mandolin, double bass, sparse percussion and even a jew's harp Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 'Water Into Sand' is the perfect next step for Porchlight Smoker, featuring a majority of self-penned songs and drawing on the band's multi-national and multi-instrumental talents to produce a fascinating blend of Roots, Folk and Americana. "Masters of the banjo, guitar, lap-steel, stand-up bass, mandolin and, yes, clarinet combined with their trademark vocal harmonies" Maverick Festival

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Oh Susanna

on Sat, 31 Jan 2015 at Leyland Fox Lane Sports Club Doors at 7.30pm

Suzie Ungerleider began performing as Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s, crafting a persona that matched the timeless qualities of her music, sounds that drew from the deep well of early 20th Century folk, country and blues, yet rooted in her finely-honed storytelling skills. This Canadian songstress has a voice that can pierce a heart of stone. Her superbly crafted songs often tell stories of troubled souls who rebel against their circumstances to attain a quiet dignity. These are tales of longing and love, of small town joys and pains, of our simple feelings and strong passions. These are tales that look into our beautifully flawed human hearts. Her new album, 'Namedropper', pays tributes to her many friends in the close singer-songwriter community. Initially, Suzie imagined it would be simply an ordinary covers record. But when she approached her old friend Jim Bryson to produce the album, he hatched a new idea. He decided they should ask artists to write brand new songs specifically for the album. So, stepping up with new songs are, amongst others, Ron Sexsmith, Old Man Luedecke, Amelia Curran and The Good Lovelies. More details at www.mrkite.org

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Plinth + Sharron Kraus + The Owl Service

on Sat, 31 Jan 2015 at London Asylum Chapel 12.00pm

Am I Born to Die?: An afternoon of folk & experimental music, film & spoken word to mark the centenary of the birth of celebrated song collector Alan Lomax.

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Roger Wilson

on Sat, 31 Jan 2015 at Dungworth The Royal Hotel Tunes @ 7:30, Act on @ 8, Singing session 10pm

A magnificent singer, guitarist and fiddle player, Roger has played with Martin Carthy, Chris Wood and many others and completed an epic stint as the Songman in War Horse. A fabulous songwriter and a great interpreter of traditional songs. STANDING TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR

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Wesley Stace's Cabinet Of Wonders

on Sat, 31 Jan 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House Doors at 7pm, start time 7.30pm

Featuring Jonathan Coe Shirley Collins Kristin Hersh The High Llamas Harry Hill Nick Lowe Paul Muldoon We are delighted to present the UK premiere of Cabinet of Wonders, from Sussex born New Yorker, novelist and singer-songwriter, Wesley Stace. This must-see New York based show brings together a different group of musicians, authors, comedians and poets for each performance, combining their individual talents to deliver a unique and unforgettable experience. For this special, one-off night we will host some of the biggest names in the worlds of poetry, music and literature. Promoted by EFDSS in association with Songlines Magazine

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Andy White And Friends

on Sat, 31 Jan 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 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' and the other a selection of spoken segments from the book. 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. Certainly one of our national treasures. 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 2014 'Songwriter is on repeat in my car stereo - and if Andy never writes another song in his life - it doesn't matter. 'If You Want It' is simply one of the best songs I've ever heard.' Ivan Martin, one of Northern Ireland's top DJs 'I love this man and his music. Rave on!' Janice Long, BBC Radio 2 'How Things Are is packed with heroic major chords and ear-seducing melodies that lift up the soul, make you want to stretch out your arms and joyfully embrace whatever life and fate conspire to chuck at you.' Fatea 2014 'This international treasure is a storyteller in the classical mould who weaves his words with gorgeous melodies and wry humour. Blisteringly romantic without being sentimental.' The Stage 'Throughout his career, Andy White has made intelligent, compelling music' Financial Times 'A national treasure' The Music Critic '25 years after he began to stake his patch in the music world, the self-styled bard of Belfast not only shows no sign of slowing down, but he even has the effrontery to sound better than ever.' Whisperin' and Hollerin' Andy White, one of the great Irish singer-songwriters, tours the world with his 12 string guitar in one hand and a book of poetry in the other. He has worked with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Tim Finn, been the A of ALT and won Ireland's top songwriting award. Since his breakthrough single 'Religious Persuasion', Belfast-born Andy has produced nine internationally released albums. The latest of these, 'Songwriter' (Floating World, 2009), was recorded in Vancouver and Real World Studios by legendary UK producer John Leckie (Radiohead, Muse, Pink Floyd). 'Songwriter' reflects writing collaborations he has been working on for the past few yearswith Canadians Allison Russell (Po'Girl) and Stephen Fearing (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings), Australian writer Sean Sennett and Scots producer Stuart Crichton. The band on the album includes members of Neko Case's group, Po' Girl, and the Be Good Tanyas, and features virtuoso pianist and accordion player Radoslav Lorkovic (Odetta, Jimmy Le Fave), Belfast born Andy has merged pop sensibility with lyrical excellence, social commentary and acoustic guitars ever since 'Religious Persuasion' (Stiff Records, 1985) and first album 'Rave On Andy White' (Decca, 1986). They called him Belfast's Bob Dylan as he emerged in the new wave of acoustic music headed by The Pogues. Melody Maker reviewed his first album with the headline 'Yer Man's Brilliant!' and Folk Roots made him a cover star. Andy has worked with the great names of Irish music including Van Morrison and Mary Black. Sinead O'Connor and The Frames have guested on his recordings and Andy was included in the Irish HQ Rock Hall of Fame in 1998. Socially aware in a way which comes naturally to someone who grew up in Belfast during the 70s and 80s, Andy's work has always reflected his time and place. In trying to make this particular experience universal, his writing incorporates and transcends the boundaries of his native land. In 1994 Andy was introduced to Australia by Tim Finn Andy was one third of folk supertrio ALT along with Tim and his Dun Laoghaire flatmate Liam Ó Maonlaí. After recording and releasing their album 'Altitude' (EMI, 1995) and promoting it worldwide, Andy returned to Australia to tour solo, signed to publisher Mushroom Music and wrote Cathy Freeman's Sydney Olympics anthem 'Coz I'm Free' with Christine Anu in 1999 which was performed at the opening ceremony. Meantime Andy recorded 'Teenage' in Dublin, featuring the single 'Get Back Home'. Released in 1996, this album signalled a return to Cooking Vinyl who followed it up in 1998 with the 'best of' collection 'Compilation'. After appearing at WOMAD Singapore, the Real World/WOMAD organization took Andy under their wing, releasing a live album 'Speechless' (WOMAD Select, 2000) and booking Andy to appear at many WOMAD festivals from South African to Seattle. Andy's mix of lyrical excellence, songwriting, political passion and social awareness are what attracted them, and the relationship continues to this day. In conjunction with the performance album, which featured both songs and poems, Lagan Press published a book of Andy's lyrics and poems entitled 'The Music of What Happens' (1999). The book was launched at the Dublin Writer's Festival and Cúirt in Galway. In the meantime, Andy wrote an eponymous album in Switzerland, returning to Dublin to record it in Temple Bar with a team of friends including Kieran and Maria Doyle-Kennedy, Bronagh Gallagher, his sister Cathy, Liam O Maonlaí, Dave Clarke and Nick Seymour. 'Andy White' was the first of Andy's albums to be released by UK label Floating World, in 2001. Andy moved to Melbourne the following year, finding a new home and the inspiration to write the albums 'Boy 40' (Floating World, 2003), 'Garageband' (2006), and 'Songwriter' (2009) and the latest a collaboration with the double award winner Juno Canadian singer songwriter Stephen Fearing 'Fearing & White (2011) Highlights of the past few years include being musical director and host of WOMAD UK gala finales at Las Palmas in Spain and Reading UK in 2005, working with John Leckie on the past two albums, co-writing and producing artists in Italy, Netherlands and the UK, tutoring WOMAD Summer School and the UK Songwriting Festival. The world of Andy White is peripatetic, intuitive, never uneventful. In November 2009 Lagan Press published '21st Century Troubadour' Andy's on-the-road journal, which tells the whole story. It could be subtitled, after one of Andy's best-known songs, 'Street Scenes From My Heart'. In 2011 Andy toured throughout North America and Europe with his long term friend Stephen Fearing (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings) to support their joint album Fearing & White. 2012 saw a new double CD one CD an impeccable retrospective featuring great songs such as 'Berlin 6am' and 'Italian Girls on Mopeds' and the other a selection of spoken segments from the book '21st Century Troubadour'. In 2013 Andy's 15 year long marriage broke up and this was the catalyst for a superb new studio album 'The Way Things Are'. Featuring his son Sebastian on drums this was a brave, heart-wrenching slice of classic music at once sad, poetic and hopeful. Andy toured the world on the back of the album, playing to capacity audiences at several venues. www.andywhite.com

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Phil Beer

on Sun, 1 Feb 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Great musician from award-winning SHOW OF HANDS plays solo concert.

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Phil Beer

on Sun, 1 Feb 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Great musician from award-winning SHOW OF HANDS plays solo concert.

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Damien Barber And Mike Wilson

on Sun, 1 Feb 2015 at Southport Park Golf Club Doors from 7pm, music from 8pm.

Grit, passion and sharp Trad.songs with guitars and squeezebox

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Amy Speace

on Sun, 1 Feb 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

THAT KIND OF GIRL 2015 CD RELEASE TOUR FOR THOSE WHO ARGUE THAT POETRY IS A DYING GENRE, I SUGGEST LISTENING TO AMY SPEACE. NEW YORK TIMES 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." QUOTES 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. www.amyspeace.com

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Beggars Bridge

on Mon, 2 Feb 2015 at Etton The Processed Pea Doors open at 6.30pm for 8pm start

Beggars Bridge are a six piece band from Hull who write tuneful and engaging song-stories in the best folk traditions, often based on people, places and events from their home county of the East Riding of Yorkshire. See the Processed Pea Website for more details.

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Nat Johnson & Friends

on Tue, 3 Feb 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Accompanied by her band on flute, fiddle, harmonies, horn and lapsteel, acclaimed singer-songwriter Nat Johnson will be playing songs from her new album 'Neighbour of the Year', along with songs from her former outfits, Monkey Swallows the Universe (Sheffield's loveliest band. **** The Guardian) and Nat Johnson and the Figureheads (Like a cross-pollination of Yo La Tengo and the 'nu-folk' of Laura Marling - Subba Cultcha). Nat has supported Low and Richard Hawley, played sessions for 6 music and Radio 4 and performed at Green Man, Latitude and End of the Road festivals.

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Drew Holcomb

on Tue, 3 Feb 2015 at London The Old Queen's Head Doors at 7.30, Music at 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors is an Americana rock band from Memphis & East Nashville, TN. Formed in 2006 by Drew Holcomb (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), the band includes Nathan Dugger (guitar, keys), and Rich Brinsfield (bass) and rotating cast on keys and drums. Drawing influence from Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, Drew Holcomb has found his place in today's landscape of singer/songwriter Americana. The band has developed their sound through extensive touring, performing alongside John Hiatt, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Los Lobos, Susan Tedeschi, Needtobreathe, Robert Earl Keen and more. The band has sold over 100,000 albums to date, and played over 1,800 concert dates in 7 countries. Their songs have received 40 TV placements, appearing on How I Met Your Mother, Criminal Minds, Parenthood, Nashville, HOUSE, Justified and more. Their upcoming album, Medicine, is set to be released on January 27, 2015. Drew will be playing this show as a duo, together with his guitarist Nathan Dugger.

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Hannah Sanders Cd Launch

on Tue, 3 Feb 2015 at London Green Note Doors Open 7:00pm, Live Music starts 8:30pm

Hannah started singing traditional folk songs with her family, The Dunns when she was a teenager. The Dunns toured the UK and Europe singing unacompanied songs in 4 part harmony. Hannah left music for a time to pursue a career as a cultural anthropologist, becoming a leading expert on contemporary witchcraft and popular culture. She lived in Boston, MA, USA where she taught at Emerson College and sung with Liz Simmons (Annalivia, Long Time Courting). Hannah is recently returned to Britain and is performing the folk songs she has known and loved for years, accompanied on guitar and baritone dulcimer. From the beautiful ballads of Britain to sweet songs of the American mountains, Hannah brings lightness and depth to her renditions of songs old and new. In addidition to her solo work, Hannah continues to work with American singer Liz Simmons, with guitarist Ben Smith and with guitarist/dobro player Ben Savage alongside radical storytelling troupe Pandvani108. This year Hannah has been performing at folk clubs and festivals across Britain and the USA. Autumn 2014 sees Fate, a new EP in anticipation of the release of her debut album, Charms Against Sorrow, engineered and produced by Ben Savage.

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Crh Music Presents Jeffrey Foucault

on Wed, 4 Feb 2015 at Bristol Kings Arms Doors at 7.30pm

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Sally Barker

on Wed, 4 Feb 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Claude Bourbons Candlelit Acoustic Concert

on Thu, 5 Feb 2015 at Ashill The Barn at Square and Compass Doors 8pm Start 9pm

Intimate Candlelit Concert in Barn. En Suite accom available plus camping - phone first for details and booking. NO REFUNDS UNLESS SHOW CANCELLED.

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New Roots Double Bill: Kelly Oliver Plus Project Jam Sandwich

on Thu, 5 Feb 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

Our annual showcase for up-and-coming young acts. Kelly Oliver is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Hertfordshire who is particularly influenced by traditional Irish music, while Project Jam Sandwich is an amazing five piece from Manchester's RNCM playing world music from Bulgaria to S Africa to Scotland and concocting a captivating set of exhilarating improvisations, scorching rhythms and beautiful melodies.

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New Roots Double Bill: Kelly Oliver Plus Project Jam Sandwich

on Thu, 5 Feb 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

Our annual showcase for up-and-coming young acts. Kelly Oliver is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Hertfordshire who is particularly influenced by traditional Irish music, while Project Jam Sandwich is an amazing five piece from Manchester's RNCM playing world music from Bulgaria to S Africa to Scotland and concocting a captivating set of exhilarating improvisations, scorching rhythms and beautiful melodies.

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Drew Holcomb

on Thu, 5 Feb 2015 at The B-Bar @ The Barbican Theatre 8.00pm

Drew Holcomb, a Tennessee-born, bourbon drinking, 1st edition book collecting, golf playing Eagle Scout with a Masters degree in Divinity from Scotland's University of St Andrews has spent the better part of the past decade as a professional musician - recording, writing, and touring with his band Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors. Since releasing their first album, 2005's Washed In Blue, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors have established themselves as a formidable indie act, selling more than 75,000 records, playing more than 1,500 live dates, selling-out headline shows, and touring alongside such varied acts as The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams and Los Lobos. Their songs have been used in countless television shows and commercials, most notably in TNT's Emmy Award winning 2011 Christmas Day NBA Forever spot, which paired the song Live Forever with a mesmerizing montage of past and present NBA video footage. The hard work has paid off with the band's sixth album Good Light showcasing Drew's signature brand of singer/songwriter Americana in its finest form yet. Recorded live at Ardent Studios in Memphis, "This album perfectly tells the story for a new stage in my life," explains Drew "On past albums I was searching for my voice, both literally and figuratively. I co-wrote a lot of songs, peppered the music with too many influences, and let too many other voices in my head."

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Crh Music Presents Justin Townes Earle

on Thu, 5 Feb 2015 at Bristol The Tunnels Doors at 7.30pm

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Luke Jackson + Amy Wadge

on Thu, 5 Feb 2015 at Birmingham Hare and Hounds doors 7.30pm

A pairing of two generations of captivating singer songwriters, Amy Wadge and Luke Jackson, touring together for the first time across the UK.A great singer, a great songwriter and a really commanding presence..I watch everything this young chap does with a considerable amount of interest and an equal measure of amazement. Mike Harding Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud was co-written with Amy and has brought her songwriting even greater critical acclaim from a wider auudience.

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Kent Duchaine & Leadbessie

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

Kent Duchaine was born in Minnesota & taught to play ukelele guitar & clarinet by his father all by the age of 11. Later at school he learned to play the piano & electric guitar. He played in a local band with some school friends in & around his home town of Wayzata, performing popular 60s music.While reading the sleeve notes on an Eric Clapton album he was intrigued to find out more about Robert Johnson & blues music in general. He then immersed himself in the music of Johnson, Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, Bukka White & Elmore James. In 1970 DuChaine opened a show for slide guitar genius BukkaWhite & began to meet & play with some of the great blues legends. During the early 70s he played in a band with Kim Wilson of the present day Fabulous Thunderbirds. The band backed some of the big name bluesmen, Fenton Robinson, Boogie Woogie Red, Luther Tucker, Hubert Sumlin & many more. As the band's reputation spread they came to the attention of the great Willie Dixon who arranged a recording contract & a major concert sharing the bill with John Lee Hooker, Howling Wolf, Albert Collins & Margie Evans. Leadbessie In 1979 DuChaine found his beloved Leadbessie a beat up 1934 National Steel guitar & kitted it out with extra heavy strings to cope with his ferociously powerful playing style. Deciding to go solo he disposed of all his worldly possessions & moved south with only Leadbessie & an old Cadillac in order to be closer to the roots of the blues music he now embraced. He lived in the car for some time at one point with one of his three ex wives, before graduating to a Winnebago Motorhome via a tent & a camper van. In 1989 DuChaine met & established a partnership with the legendary bluesman Johnny Shines (a travelling companion of Robert Johnson) They recorded Back To The Country with harmonica great Snooky Pryor & were honoured with the coveted W C Handy Award for the best country blues album. In 1991 The Smithsonian Institute honoured the "King of the Delta Blues" Robert Johnson. DuChaine & Shines were among a privileged few musicians to be invited to perform at this Prestigious 25th annual Festival Of American Folklife. The end result was the Grammy nominated album Roots Of Rhythm & Blues DuChaine & Shines performed over 200 shows together all over America while DuChaine still continued his solo career. Their relationship was cut short by Shines death in April 1992 DuChaine was determined more than ever to spread the blues he loves & started to tour in the UK & Europe to great acclaim. He currently has ten solo albums & a DVD under his belt & has completed over 100 overseas tours to date. The Sunday Times colour supplement listed him as one of the 5 best concerts in the UK (in any music genre) during a tour in 2001. In the years 2008/9 DuChaine performed over 275 concerts in the UK & has established a large fan base across the whole of Britain & Ireland, plus at many Festivals around Europe. In 2008 DuChaine was asked by Alabama's State Culture Officerto represent the State on a cultural visit to Italy (even though he no longer lived in Alabama) When not thrilling music lovers with authentic Delta Blues, Urban Blues & his own original music, he relaxes at home in beautiful South Georgia with wife number four Sarah, pursuing his favourite hobby fishing. They live on the shore of a vast lake on the border between Georgia & Alabama in a house which DuChaine has literally built with his own hands, reading DIY manuals along the way. www.kentduchaine.com/

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False Lights

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at Aldershot West End Centre 8.00pm

Doors at 7.00pm Show starts at 8.00pm

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Pharis & Jason Romero

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7pm Show Starts 8pm

It's a typical story - where a matchmaker, some scratchy old records, a custom banjo and a flyfishing trip all conspire - leading to a meeting in 2007 at an old-time fiddle jam. She was living in Victoria, BC and he was living in Arcata, CA. Both had been playing music for decades and loved early country, old time, folk, blues, and bluegrass. She sent him a copy of the 1928 recording Tupelo Blues from Hoyt Ming & His Pepsteppers and... they married 2 months later. In 2010 they moved their home and the J. Romero Banjo Company north to the BC interior, to her hometown of Horsefly. In this way-out-there small place, surrounded by wilderness and good people, they build their finely crafted banjos, and play and write the music, new and old, that they adore. Writing songs about ageless characters, hard lives, loss and love, Pharis' songs have been played on radios around the world, and she was called a 'historical treasure' by the BC Folklore Society. On stage from a very young age with her family's country band, classically trained and country schooled, she was a co-founder of the award-winning and innovative roots-folk band Outlaw Social, releasing two celebrated albums from 2005 to 2009 before venturing out musically with Jason. Jason was a fixture on the Arcata, CA bluegrass and old-time scene before coming to BC, and is deft in banjo styles from early fingerstyle to clawhammer to bluegrass. When not playing banjo, his resophonic and acoustic guitar playing is a distinct texture, melodic and percussive. His singing and his playing has been called both seductive and badass. Their follow up to 2011's 'a Passing Glimpse', 'Long Gone Out West Blues', was released in 2013 and brought a Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer and a nomination for Traditional Album of the Year, two Western Canadian Music Awards nominations, and an Independent Music Award nomination for Americana Album of the Year. Pharis & Jason's releases continue to attract audiences and radio play globally. Their delight in making music for music's sake no doubt contributes to the joyful lack of pretence in their albums and performances and to the rapidly-growing fan-base for both. '... Wonderful, achingly beautiful harmonies. It's all perfectly judged, precise but never flashy picking, tangible chemistry and warmth between them and grade a songs.' - Maverick Magazine 'Anchored by Pharis's rock-solid rhythm guitar and propelled by Jason's inventive picking on a variety of banjos and guitars, their plaintive voices and soulful blend capture the ear and the imagination.' - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

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Drew Holcomb/ Town Hall Live

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall Doors at 7.00pm

Since releasing his first album in 2005 Nashville based musician Drew Holcomb and his band The Neighbors have established themselves as a formidable act. The band's songs have been used in countless television shows and commercials in the United States. The most notable was Live Forever which was used in the greatest NBA commercial of all time. They toured the UK in February, 2014 in support of their album 'The Good Light' which is full of earthy, heartfelt songs that are tremendously catchy. Now Drew is back, not with the full band but with their guitarist, in support of their new CD 'Medicine' which is even better than 'Good Light'

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Red Dirt Skinners At Roots Music Club

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, Doors 7.30pm

www.reddirtskinners.com Once in a while, an artist comes along who simply doesn't follow the rules. Winning National Awards in both Blues and Country, the Red Dirt Skinners are equally at home on a festival stage, or in a folk club too. It's not that they haven't decided which genre they are, it's that they're pro-actively developing a whole new sound. Without fail, audiences are on their feet at the end of a Red Dirt Skinners show, and all are saying the same thing... 'that's refreshingly different' Their genre-busting sound means that the Red Dirt Skinners are the first band in history to succeed at both the British Blues Awards and the British Country Music Awards.

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Red Dirt Skinners At Roots Music Club

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, Doors 7.30pm

www.reddirtskinners.com Once in a while, an artist comes along who simply doesn't follow the rules. Winning National Awards in both Blues and Country, the Red Dirt Skinners are equally at home on a festival stage, or in a folk club too. It's not that they haven't decided which genre they are, it's that they're pro-actively developing a whole new sound. Without fail, audiences are on their feet at the end of a Red Dirt Skinners show, and all are saying the same thing... 'that's refreshingly different' Their genre-busting sound means that the Red Dirt Skinners are the first band in history to succeed at both the British Blues Awards and the British Country Music Awards.

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Megson - Live At St Barnabas

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at Linthorpe St Barnabas Church Doors 7:00pm, Start 7:30pm

Blissful voices and driving rhythmic guitars and mandolas from Stu and Debbie Hanna three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and three Spiral Earth Awards. The duo were named The most original duo on the British folk scene by the Guardian and described by Songlines as a marriage made in Heaven. Named after a dead dog & comprising a former punk and classically trained soprano, MEGSON were an unusual commodity on the London acoustic scene of the early noughties. In 2004 they quietly released their debut album ON THE SIDE on their own EDJ label. Not expecting much, they quickly won fans in Radio 2 DJ Bob Harris and the then rising star of the UK Folk Scene Seth Lakeman. Radio sessions and support tours soon followed. 2007 saw the duo turn professional with the release of their second album SMOKE OF HOME. However, it was their third TAKE YOURSELF A WIFE which, taking inspiration from their Teesside heritage, established the duo as "A force in the folk revival" (The Observer). The following years saw three BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominations, three spiral earth awards, international tours and the release of the critically acclaimed THE LONGSHOT. "The most original duo on the British folk scene" said the Guardian, "A marriage made in Heavan" said Songlines. They wowed fans with performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Green Man Festival, Larmer Tree Festival and all across the UK, even winning over passengers of the tugboat MV Ella in Hartlepool. The birth of a baby girl in 2011 wasn't enough to slow down the duo with the release of WHEN I WAS A LAD - A Collection of Children's Folk Songs, and the formation of the unique FAMILY FOLK SHOW series. And during all this time, Stu even managed to get involved with other artists producing records for LUCY WARD, FAUSTUS, THE WILLOWS, THE YOUNG'UNS & SHOW OF HANDS. 2014 saw the release of IN A BOX, their much anticipated brand new studio album. Featuring guest performances by Seth Lakeman , Jess Morgan & The Willows it was not only named one of the Best Folk Albums of 2014 by The Telegraph but also The Sunday Express - ALBUM OF THE WEEK.

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Megson - Live At St Barnabas

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at Linthorpe St Barnabas Church Doors 7:00pm, Start 7:30pm

Blissful voices and driving rhythmic guitars and mandolas from Stu and Debbie Hanna three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and three Spiral Earth Awards. The duo were named The most original duo on the British folk scene by the Guardian and described by Songlines as a marriage made in Heaven. Named after a dead dog & comprising a former punk and classically trained soprano, MEGSON were an unusual commodity on the London acoustic scene of the early noughties. In 2004 they quietly released their debut album ON THE SIDE on their own EDJ label. Not expecting much, they quickly won fans in Radio 2 DJ Bob Harris and the then rising star of the UK Folk Scene Seth Lakeman. Radio sessions and support tours soon followed. 2007 saw the duo turn professional with the release of their second album SMOKE OF HOME. However, it was their third TAKE YOURSELF A WIFE which, taking inspiration from their Teesside heritage, established the duo as "A force in the folk revival" (The Observer). The following years saw three BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominations, three spiral earth awards, international tours and the release of the critically acclaimed THE LONGSHOT. "The most original duo on the British folk scene" said the Guardian, "A marriage made in Heavan" said Songlines. They wowed fans with performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Green Man Festival, Larmer Tree Festival and all across the UK, even winning over passengers of the tugboat MV Ella in Hartlepool. The birth of a baby girl in 2011 wasn't enough to slow down the duo with the release of WHEN I WAS A LAD - A Collection of Children's Folk Songs, and the formation of the unique FAMILY FOLK SHOW series. And during all this time, Stu even managed to get involved with other artists producing records for LUCY WARD, FAUSTUS, THE WILLOWS, THE YOUNG'UNS & SHOW OF HANDS. 2014 saw the release of IN A BOX, their much anticipated brand new studio album. Featuring guest performances by Seth Lakeman , Jess Morgan & The Willows it was not only named one of the Best Folk Albums of 2014 by The Telegraph but also The Sunday Express - ALBUM OF THE WEEK.

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Nat Johnson & Friends

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones Doors at 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm

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Miranda Skyes And Reg Preston

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at London Queens Head, Limehouse doors open at 7 pm

intimate back room gig in historic London pub

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Bronwynne Brent

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at Barton The Ropewalk 7.30pm

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Wagon Train @ Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at Clitheroe The Atrium Cafe Doors 7pm - Gig starts @ 8pm

Wagon Train - a popular Manchester blues outfit - Expect steel & dobro guitars from gifted American musician, Bill Buckley, and tunes suggestive of Spaghetti Westerns, Hank Marvin, and Presley's guitarist, James Burton. Billy is also in demand as a sessional musician in Memphis and Nashville - CD 'Damnation Twist' has strong original US flavour. www.myspace.com/thewagontrain

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Wagon Train @ Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at Clitheroe The Atrium Cafe Doors 7pm - Gig starts @ 8pm

Wagon Train - a popular Manchester blues outfit - Expect steel & dobro guitars from gifted American musician, Bill Buckley, and tunes suggestive of Spaghetti Westerns, Hank Marvin, and Presley's guitarist, James Burton. Billy is also in demand as a sessional musician in Memphis and Nashville - CD 'Damnation Twist' has strong original US flavour. www.myspace.com/thewagontrain

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Hatful Of Rain

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing Bar opens at 6.30 pm, doors at 7.30 pm

For the uninitiated this talented band is made up of four musicians based in Sussex. They are Chloe Overton vocals, guitar, mandolin, Phil Jones double bass, banjo, vocals, James Shenton fiddle, Fred Gregory guitar, mandolin, vocals, who describe themselves as a British folk/American roots band, with strong influences from both sides of the Atlantic. They combine powerful song-writing with musical virtuosity and a strong traditional feel. Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Chloe Overton has the ideal voice for this type of music, matched by a maturity and understanding of and for the idiom. The broad range of material they play is mostly self-written and individually reflects in the array of instruments they use. Dexterity and natural feel are what marks Hatful Of Rain out as more than just meddlers in their field and in Chloe they have a songwriter of skill and sensitivity, whose music is a perfect combination for the individuals who all bring something special to the proceedings. The Hatfuls make full use of the single microphone approach to performing which creates an engaging visual spectacle whilst underlining the warmth and communal style of the music played. The omni-directional microphone not only picks up the vocals in the fashion of a 1940/50's club, but also imitates the set-up of a country/roots band of contemporary America. In true Grand Ole Opry fashion, every time a solo is called for, the protagonist steps up closer to the microphone, and boy do they all play fast and furious. With critical acclaim from the likes of Mike Harding (They're very, very good) and Bob Harris (Hauntingly beautifulI love it), and rave reviews of their latest album 'The Morning Key', this is a band that is going from strength to strength. Their live shows consist of always excellent playing and singing, as well as entertaining banter that immediately gets the crowd on their side. The roller coaster of emotions that they take you on with their often sad murder ballads is entwined with some good old fashioned rock and roll, although never straying too far from their bluegrass/folk/old timey roots. Do take the chance to see them live, you'll not regret it!!

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The English String Band

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

This will be an evening to remember! The English String Band is the coming together of some of the finest English traditional stringed instrument musicians on the country. We've got them booked for a barn dance on Saturday 7th February at Godalming Borough Hall so we thought we'd ask them if they would like to perform at the folk club the night before. They said "yes". All of them! The line-up for the night will be: John Adams (fiddle - Old Swan Band, New Victory Band etc.) Paul Burgess (fiddle - Old Swan Band, John Kirkpatrick Band, Melstock Band etc.) Cath Chandler (fiddle) Dee de Wit ('cello - Highly Strung, Our Northern Branch) Liz Giddings (fiddle - Thaxted Morris, Abbots Bromely Horndance)) Flos Headford (fiddle - Old Swan Band, Edward II and the Red Hot Polkas, etc) Mitch Mitchell (bass - The Red Fox Ceilidh Band, The Old Fashioned etc.) Rob Neal ('cello - Katie's Quartet, The Old Hat Band, etc.) Matt Quinn (fiddle - The Dovetail Trio, The Eliza Carthy Ceilidh Band) Taz Tarry (fiddle - Grand Union, etc.) For the folk club this line-up will be joined by Roger Digby (Anglo Concertina - Flowers & Frolics) for an evening of solo and accompanied songs, monologues, instrumental pieces plus various combinations of the members of the band and, of course, two or three full band sets. NUMBERS WILL BE STRICTLY LIMITED (in order to be able to fit the band in!)

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The English String Band

on Fri, 6 Feb 2015 at Guildford Institute Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm

This will be an evening to remember! The English String Band is the coming together of some of the finest English traditional stringed instrument musicians on the country. We've got them booked for a barn dance on Saturday 7th February at Godalming Borough Hall so we thought we'd ask them if they would like to perform at the folk club the night before. They said "yes". All of them! The line-up for the night will be: John Adams (fiddle - Old Swan Band, New Victory Band etc.) Paul Burgess (fiddle - Old Swan Band, John Kirkpatrick Band, Melstock Band etc.) Cath Chandler (fiddle) Dee de Wit ('cello - Highly Strung, Our Northern Branch) Liz Giddings (fiddle - Thaxted Morris, Abbots Bromely Horndance)) Flos Headford (fiddle - Old Swan Band, Edward II and the Red Hot Polkas, etc) Mitch Mitchell (bass - The Red Fox Ceilidh Band, The Old Fashioned etc.) Rob Neal ('cello - Katie's Quartet, The Old Hat Band, etc.) Matt Quinn (fiddle - The Dovetail Trio, The Eliza Carthy Ceilidh Band) Taz Tarry (fiddle - Grand Union, etc.) For the folk club this line-up will be joined by Roger Digby (Anglo Concertina - Flowers & Frolics) for an evening of solo and accompanied songs, monologues, instrumental pieces plus various combinations of the members of the band and, of course, two or three full band sets. NUMBERS WILL BE STRICTLY LIMITED (in order to be able to fit the band in!)

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The Will Pound Band

on Sat, 7 Feb 2015 at Ascott-Under-Wychwood Tiddy Hall 8pm

Wychwood Folk Club Tickets £10.00 in Advance £12.00 on the night Doors 7:30pm Bar, Food & Parking available For further details ring 01993831427 / 07870563299

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Jim Causley And Lukas Drinkwater

on Sat, 7 Feb 2015 at Bristol The Folk House 7.30pm

Promoted by Ash Keys Music www.ashkeysmusic.com www.jimcausley.co.uk/ 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. Jim has recorded an album of the poems of his distant relative to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet. Jim has set to music a diverse selection of Causley's poems to give the audience a taster of the poet's great body of work. The album 'Cyprus Well' was recorded live in Causley's house in Launceston, Cornwall and many of the tracks feature Causley's own piano. Jim aims to bring wider attention to Causley's poems and raise awareness of the Charles Causley Trust and their mission to preserve Causley's house as a writers' retreat. Jim will be joined on stage by talented guitarist Lukas Drinkwater. JIm is reknowned for his warm and jovial stage presence and his rich singing voice has been likened to the fruitiest of ciders!

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Halsway Manor Golden Jubilee Showcase Feat. Boldwood, Members Of Blowzabella & More.

on Sat, 7 Feb 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House noon - 11:30pm

Celebrating 50 years of folk arts at Halsway Manor! Join us for a day in the capital, at Cecil Sharp House, for a participatory day of music, dance, song and storytelling, culminating in a grand evening dance and music session. All ages and abilities welcome. We'll also be using the opportunity to talk about our exciting projects, TELLING TALES (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund) and OUR FUTURE, our ambitious project to restore and sensitively develop Halsway Manor and grounds, making it accessible to all to enjoy the folk arts for 50 more years to come! The day will feature many of Halsway's regular tutors and performers - Boldwood, Pauline Cato, Pete Coe, Andy Cutting, Gavin Davenport, James Findlay, Fi Fraser, Tom Goodale, Rob Harbron, Paul James, Leveret, Fee Lock, Bob Morgan, Miranda Rutter, Yvette Staelens, Rod Stradling, Barn Stradling, Andrew Swaine, Jon Swayne, Taffy Thomas and more - who are giving their time for free to support Halsway's 'Our Future' Development Appeal. Other artists and special events to be confirmed. Cecil Sharp House is one of the most celebrated and legendary music and dance venues in central London. This iconic Grade II listed 1930's building is situated near Regent's Park, only minutes from the bustle of Camden Town and picturesque Primrose Hill. Cecil Sharp House is home to the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. www.cecilsharphouse.org Prices: All day £20 (£8 under 24s) evening £15 (£5 under 24s). Individual workhops. £8 (£4 under 24s).

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Halsway Manor Golden Jubilee Showcase Feat. Boldwood, Members Of Blowzabella & More.

on Sat, 7 Feb 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House noon - 11:30pm

Celebrating 50 years of folk arts at Halsway Manor! Join us for a day in the capital, at Cecil Sharp House, for a participatory day of music, dance, song and storytelling, culminating in a grand evening dance and music session. All ages and abilities welcome. We'll also be using the opportunity to talk about our exciting projects, TELLING TALES (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund) and OUR FUTURE, our ambitious project to restore and sensitively develop Halsway Manor and grounds, making it accessible to all to enjoy the folk arts for 50 more years to come! The day will feature many of Halsway's regular tutors and performers - Boldwood, Pauline Cato, Pete Coe, Andy Cutting, Gavin Davenport, James Findlay, Fi Fraser, Tom Goodale, Rob Harbron, Paul James, Leveret, Fee Lock, Bob Morgan, Miranda Rutter, Yvette Staelens, Rod Stradling, Barn Stradling, Andrew Swaine, Jon Swayne, Taffy Thomas and more - who are giving their time for free to support Halsway's 'Our Future' Development Appeal. Other artists and special events to be confirmed. Cecil Sharp House is one of the most celebrated and legendary music and dance venues in central London. This iconic Grade II listed 1930's building is situated near Regent's Park, only minutes from the bustle of Camden Town and picturesque Primrose Hill. Cecil Sharp House is home to the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. www.cecilsharphouse.org Prices: All day £20 (£8 under 24s) evening £15 (£5 under 24s). Individual workhops. £8 (£4 under 24s).

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Evening Only Halsway Manor Golden Jubilee Showcase

on Sat, 7 Feb 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House 7:30 - 11:30pm

Celebrating 50 years of folk arts at Halsway Manor! Join us for a day in the capital, at Cecil Sharp House, for a participatory day of music, dance, song and storytelling, culminating in a grand evening dance and music session. All ages and abilities welcome. We'll also be using the opportunity to talk about our exciting projects, TELLING TALES (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund) and OUR FUTURE, our ambitious project to restore and sensitively develop Halsway Manor and grounds, making it accessible to all to enjoy the folk arts for 50 more years to come! The day will feature many of Halsway's regular tutors and performers - Boldwood, Pauline Cato, Pete Coe, Andy Cutting, Gavin Davenport, James Findlay, Fi Fraser, Tom Goodale, Rob Harbron, Paul James, Fee Lock, Bob Morgan, Miranda Rutter, Yvette Staelens, Rod Stradling, Barn Stradling, Andrew Swaine, Jon Swayne, Taffy Thomas and more - who are giving their time for free to support Halsway's 'Our Future' Development Appeal. Other artists and special events to be confirmed. Cecil Sharp House is one of the most celebrated and legendary music and dance venues in central London. This iconic Grade II listed 1930's building is situated near Regent's Park, only minutes from the bustle of Camden Town and picturesque Primrose Hill. Cecil Sharp House is home to the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. www.cecilsharphouse.org Prices: All day £20 (£8 under 24s) evening £15 (£5 under 24s). Individual workhops. £8 (£4 under 24s).

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Evening Only Halsway Manor Golden Jubilee Showcase

on Sat, 7 Feb 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House 7:30 - 11:30pm

Celebrating 50 years of folk arts at Halsway Manor! Join us for a day in the capital, at Cecil Sharp House, for a participatory day of music, dance, song and storytelling, culminating in a grand evening dance and music session. All ages and abilities welcome. We'll also be using the opportunity to talk about our exciting projects, TELLING TALES (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund) and OUR FUTURE, our ambitious project to restore and sensitively develop Halsway Manor and grounds, making it accessible to all to enjoy the folk arts for 50 more years to come! The day will feature many of Halsway's regular tutors and performers - Boldwood, Pauline Cato, Pete Coe, Andy Cutting, Gavin Davenport, James Findlay, Fi Fraser, Tom Goodale, Rob Harbron, Paul James, Fee Lock, Bob Morgan, Miranda Rutter, Yvette Staelens, Rod Stradling, Barn Stradling, Andrew Swaine, Jon Swayne, Taffy Thomas and more - who are giving their time for free to support Halsway's 'Our Future' Development Appeal. Other artists and special events to be confirmed. Cecil Sharp House is one of the most celebrated and legendary music and dance venues in central London. This iconic Grade II listed 1930's building is situated near Regent's Park, only minutes from the bustle of Camden Town and picturesque Primrose Hill. Cecil Sharp House is home to the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. www.cecilsharphouse.org Prices: All day £20 (£8 under 24s) evening £15 (£5 under 24s). Individual workhops. £8 (£4 under 24s).

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Claude Bourbon

on Sat, 7 Feb 2015 at Minehead Acorn Folk Club 7.30pm for 7.45pm

This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers, BBC, UK

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Claude Bourbon

on Sat, 7 Feb 2015 at Minehead Acorn Folk Club 7.30pm for 7.45pm

This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers, BBC, UK

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Jeffrey Foucault

on Sat, 7 Feb 2015 at Lewes The Con Club Doors 7.30pm

Long time fans of this wonderful songsmith, with all his album firmly on the shelves of the Union Music Store, we are delighted to have him come and play one of our shows. THE NEW YORKER: Jeffrey Foucault, sings stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest. MOJO: Songwriting brilliance. THE IRISH TIMES: Quietly brilliant UNCUT: The music of Wisconsin native Foucault is the kind so many aspire to but never attain: beat-up troubadour folk whittled to dolorous perfection Please note Con Club members will have to pay for this gig, there is a discounted ticket price but you will need to show your membership card at the door.

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Jeffrey Foucault

on Sat, 7 Feb 2015 at Lewes The Con Club Doors 7.30pm

Long time fans of this wonderful songsmith, with all his album firmly on the shelves of the Union Music Store, we are delighted to have him come and play one of our shows. THE NEW YORKER: Jeffrey Foucault, sings stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest. MOJO: Songwriting brilliance. THE IRISH TIMES: Quietly brilliant UNCUT: The music of Wisconsin native Foucault is the kind so many aspire to but never attain: beat-up troubadour folk whittled to dolorous perfection Please note Con Club members will have to pay for this gig, there is a discounted ticket price but you will need to show your membership card at the door.

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Ian Siegel

on Sat, 7 Feb 2015 at Worthing Pier Doors open 7pm Show starts 8pm

Ladies and Gentlemen: Ian Siegal has entered the building. If you know the name, but not the game, it's high time you made his acquaintance. He's the multiple British Blues Awards winner and hot tip of everyone from Mojo to Classic Rock. He's the songwriter whose recent CD releases sound like career peaks, but are only the start. From one night to the next, he might be a solo acoustic performer or a blood-and-thunder bandleader. Album of the year British Blues Awards 2013 Male vocalist of the Year British Blues Awards 2011, 2012,2013. Song of the year BB Awards Acoustic Artist of the year 2012 European Blues Award 2014 Best Vocalist One of the most innovative, gifted and engaging blues performers on the planet today. MOJO A national treasure. CLASSIC ROCK

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Gion Stump

on Sun, 8 Feb 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

Gion Stump is a traveller and always looking for new adventures. With three albums released, he has toured all over Europe and played shows with a 60 piece orchestra. The audience are taken to different worlds - sometimes quiet and melancholy, sometimes loud and rocking, but always presented with mischief and humour. Gion Stump founded his band "Gion Stump & The Lighthouse Project" in 2007. So far, the band has released two studio albums ("Fine Lines at Dawn", and "Lost in Limbo") and one Live DVD. The third studio album will be released in 2015. In 2013, Gion has released his first solo record called "Rail Tracks". All the songs were written on trains during a solo tour in 2011. The following "Rail Tracks Tour" contained many full band shows and solo shows all over Europe. www.gionstump.ch

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The Will Pound Band

on Sun, 8 Feb 2015 at Leicester The Musician Doors 8.00pm

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8-sharp

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

Dr Kennedy's remedy for those missing out on Irish music and laughter

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8-sharp

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

Dr Kennedy's remedy for those missing out on Irish music and laughter

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Damien Barber And Mike Wilson

on Sun, 8 Feb 2015 at Shrewsbury The Hive Doors 7pm, Show 7.45pm

On a rare break from the mighty Demon Barbers and Wilson Family, Damien and Mike deliver a rich shared repertoire of traditional songs plus the work of modern folk writers such as Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson.

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Snowapple

on Wed, 11 Feb 2015 at Leicester The Musician Doors 8.00pm

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Edwina Hayes & Rosalie Deighton

on Wed, 11 Feb 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Shooglenifty

on Wed, 11 Feb 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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Peter Bruntnell + Danny George Wilson + Neil Halstead

on Wed, 11 Feb 2015 at London Green Note Doors @ 7pm, see Greennote.co.uk for start time

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A unique triple bill featuring three of the UK's most influential singer songwriters. The contrasting styles mesh to form a uniquely satisfying recipe, as they swop songs and tales. These three are at the top of their game, with Peter Bruntnell celebrating his highly-praised Retrospective" album, Danny George Wilson on a high from touring with arguably the best live band in the UK - Danny & The Champions Of The World and Neil Halstead fresh from Slowdive's triumphant comeback tour.

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The Patsy Reid Band

on Thu, 12 Feb 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

This wonderful Scottish fiddle player and singer (ex-Breabach) is bringing her own band (trio or quartet TBC) to our small club venue. We are so privileged it should be a great night. More details to follow later.

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The Patsy Reid Band

on Thu, 12 Feb 2015 at York Black Swan Inn Doors open 8pm

This wonderful Scottish fiddle player and singer (ex-Breabach) is bringing her own band (trio or quartet TBC) to our small club venue. We are so privileged it should be a great night. More details to follow later.

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Pharis & Jason Romero

on Thu, 12 Feb 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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ When the Romeros released A Passing Glimpse in 2012, it won glowing praise on both sides of the Atlantic, earned them terrific reviews, the Emerging Artist of the Year crown in the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Americana Album of the Year in the Independent Music Awards. Surrounded by nature at their log cabin in idyllic Horsefly, British Columbia, they spend their days building some of the finest banjos in North America - and singing and playing the music they adore. The songs are beautiful creations that have either been lovingly sourced from old recordings or written by Pharis. When they issued the stunning Long Gone Out West Blues in 2013, it zoomed to the top of the North American FOLK DJ Charts and brought them even more praise-filled attention from print media and radio. Tim O'Brien is a fan and says they sing like birds This is how contemporary American old-time music should sound and few, if any, do it better Jeremy Searle, AmericanaUK Authenticity rings true in every note Alan Morrison, The Herald Exceptional top drawer Americana Folkwords

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Songs Of Leonard Cohen

on Thu, 12 Feb 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8.00pm (Doors 7.30pm)

The most enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural songwriter the English speaking world has ever known. Revered and covered by the entire music community; Leonard Cohen's exact sense of prose, his wry humour and his 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 the 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. 'certainly the UK's most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music' The Guardian '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 'a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves' Acoustic Magazine

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Cara Dillon

on Thu, 12 Feb 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House Doors at 7pm, start time 7.30pm

Derry native Cara has grown to become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song in the world. She is known for her ability to deliver stunning traditional sounds as well as delving into more contemporary and eclectic works. Above all, it is her stunning, wide-ranging voice that has gained her international acclaim. This show will see Cara perform songs from her latest album, A Thousand Hearts, alongside well-known classics. She will be joined on stage by her band, featuring Sam Lakeman and Niall Murphy. Promoted by EFDSS in association with Songlines Magazine

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Phil Beer

on Fri, 13 Feb 2015 at Clayton Le Moors Mill House 7.15PM DOORS

PHIL BEER, BETTER KNOWN TO MANY AS ONE HALF OF AWARD WINNING ACCOUSTIC DUO SHOW OF HANDS, IS HEADING TO EAST LANCASHIRE. A SUPER TALENTED MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST, THIS PROMISES TO BE AN ECLECTIC EVENING OF TRADITIONAL TUNES, COVERS AND SELF-PENNED COMPOSITIONS.

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Sally Barker

on Fri, 13 Feb 2015 at Chesterfield Library Theatre Doors ope 7:00pm Concert at 7:30pm

The finalist from The Voice comes to Chesterfield! Sally was chosen by Sir Tom Jones to be his finalist on The Voice UK 2014 and since then she has supported him on three of his summer concerts. As a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Sally has had a long and varied career in music. Labelled a folk artist for much of her successful career, Sally's appeal stretches across many more musical genres. A much respected solo artist with half a dozen solo albums to her name, Sally is also celebrated for her live and studio work fronting all-female folk supergroup, The Poozies. "Her enormous vocal range and stupendous control can relax or rouse at will - she coaxes her voice from that of a mild modern English rose to raw throated blues." - Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review

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Adrian Ingram & The Jazzdawgs

on Fri, 13 Feb 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, Doors 7.30pm

One of if not THE finest jazz and swing guitarists in the UK. Adrian and his phenomenal Jazzdawgs will stun musicians and fans alike. Adrian Ingram is widely recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the jazz guitar. He has written extensively about the history, players, styles and instruments of the genre. As an educator, he has served as guitar specialist for Birmingham Education Authority (1975-1981) and Lecturer in jazz and popular music at Huddersfield Technical College (1981-82). Following this he taught for thirteen years as senior lecturer in jazz guitar at the prestigious Leeds College of Music (1982-1995). Adrian has an MA in music performance and an Master of Philosophy in music education. He studied music education with professor John Paynter OBE (York University) and the guitar with Barney Kessel and Howard Roberts. He was elected both Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and Fellow of the College of Preceptors (FColl.P) in 1987 for outstanding contribution to music education. Adrian also holds advanced diplomas in classical guitar performance and instruction and has attained Dept. of Education and Science's "qualified teacher" status.

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Adrian Ingram & The Jazzdawgs

on Fri, 13 Feb 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, Doors 7.30pm

One of if not THE finest jazz and swing guitarists in the UK. Adrian and his phenomenal Jazzdawgs will stun musicians and fans alike. Adrian Ingram is widely recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the jazz guitar. He has written extensively about the history, players, styles and instruments of the genre. As an educator, he has served as guitar specialist for Birmingham Education Authority (1975-1981) and Lecturer in jazz and popular music at Huddersfield Technical College (1981-82). Following this he taught for thirteen years as senior lecturer in jazz guitar at the prestigious Leeds College of Music (1982-1995). Adrian has an MA in music performance and an Master of Philosophy in music education. He studied music education with professor John Paynter OBE (York University) and the guitar with Barney Kessel and Howard Roberts. He was elected both Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and Fellow of the College of Preceptors (FColl.P) in 1987 for outstanding contribution to music education. Adrian also holds advanced diplomas in classical guitar performance and instruction and has attained Dept. of Education and Science's "qualified teacher" status.

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Blair Dunlop

on Fri, 13 Feb 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

With continued critical acclaim for 2 stunning albums comes an increasing reputation on the live circuit; successful tours of Australia and Europe and a series of UK festival appearances have seen Blair's rapidly increasing fan-base and stature as an artist grow internationally. Dunlop brings an air of tenacity while displaying a fine repertoire of well-crafted songs spanning traditional and contemporary. He's determinedly taking the traditions of folk in his own direction - The Independent: Live review

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Marcus Bonfanti

on Fri, 13 Feb 2015 at Barton The Ropewalk 7.30pm

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Concert & Dance - Jon Swayne, Paul James, Gregory Jolivet (blowzabella) & Patrick Bouffard

on Sat, 14 Feb 2015 at Taunton Halsway Manor Bar open from 7pm. Starts 8pm. Free parking

What could be better for Valentine's Day than a feast of pipes and hurdy gurdies! Traditional and contemporary dance music for Hurdy-Gurdy and Bagpipes from members of the innovative folk band band Blowzabella and France's legendary Patrick Bouffard TIME Bar open from 7pm. Starts 8pm. Free parking. Suitable for all ages. Part concert / part dance, come and dance or just listen.

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Concert & Dance - Jon Swayne, Paul James, Gregory Jolivet (blowzabella) & Patrick Bouffard

on Sat, 14 Feb 2015 at Taunton Halsway Manor Bar open from 7pm. Starts 8pm. Free parking

What could be better for Valentine's Day than a feast of pipes and hurdy gurdies! Traditional and contemporary dance music for Hurdy-Gurdy and Bagpipes from members of the innovative folk band band Blowzabella and France's legendary Patrick Bouffard TIME Bar open from 7pm. Starts 8pm. Free parking. Suitable for all ages. Part concert / part dance, come and dance or just listen.

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Ninebarrow

on Sat, 14 Feb 2015 at Poole Skinner Street UR Church 7pm doors, 8pm music

First concert of 2015 at the lovely Skinner Street church features outstanding local duo Jon Whitley and Jay Laboucharderie on Saturday night

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Ninebarrow

on Sat, 14 Feb 2015 at Poole Skinner Street UR Church 7pm doors, 8pm music

First concert of 2015 at the lovely Skinner Street church features outstanding local duo Jon Whitley and Jay Laboucharderie on Saturday night

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Wizz Jones

on Sat, 14 Feb 2015 at London The Great Northern Railway Tavern 8.30pm

It surely was a golden folk-blues generation that gave us such guitar greats as Jansch, Renbourn, Graham and tonight's special guest. The biggest stars in rock music will say they owe much to the playing of Wizz Jones. Such tributes can work well for Wizz. He recalls the bumper crowd he had after Eric Clapton name-checked him on the radio. Why did he not become a rock god, too? Could have been something to do with his personality, he explained in a recent interview on Radio 4's Today programme (an honour in itself!). In his mid-70s now, the modest Mr Jones has lost none of the wizardry that made him so influential. He almost stole the show at the star-studded Bert Jansch memorial gig at the Royal Festival Hall and was in sparkling form sharing the stage with John Renbourn at the Kalamazoo's Union Chapel gig last March. Come see and marvel at his genius.

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Before The Gold Rush Presents Nick Edward Harris' Album Launch

on Sat, 14 Feb 2015 at London The Slaughtered Lamb 8pm - late

Nick Edward Harris has completed his new album 'The Tall Trees'. Special guests will join him on stage to celebrate the album's release. Nick strives to sit somewhere in between the tapping brilliance of Andy McKee and the wonderful melancholy of John Martyn.

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Ballad Nights: Broken Hearted Ballads

on Sat, 14 Feb 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House Doors at 7pm, start time 7.30pm

Emily Portman Paul Sartin James Fagan On this evening of St Valentine's Day join Emily, Paul and James in a concert of beautiful, and in some cases unexpected, ballads of love, loss and heartache. Emily Portman is an award-winning singer and songwriter (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Original Song 2013); Paul Sartin is a member of Bellowhead, Faustus and Belshazzar's Feast and James Fagan is one half of the award-winning musical duo with wife Nancy Kerr (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo 2003 and 2011) and also a member of the Melrose Quartet.

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Last Harbour

on Sat, 14 Feb 2015 at Manchester The Soup Kitchen 7.30pm

Based in the northern English city of Manchester, Last Harbour play honest, heartfelt music that has a dark, gothic heart yet a sound that is always beautiful and transcendent. After working with producer Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Spacemen 3, Ghostpoet) on two previous albums, the band took time out after touring to build their own studio in 2013. Caul, the band's new album out on 9 February 2015 via a new home at Gizeh Records, was recorded in that self-created space over a year between 2013 and 2014, and bears testament to a patient and detailed recording process that allowed time for experimentation and careful arrangement. The record contains all of the band's trademark cinematic laments and doom-filled rock, but there is also an added layer of raw, bleak experimentation that marries ideally and simultaneously with brighter, almost joyous moments. The progression on Caul, from that of its predecessor Your Heart, It Carries the Sound, is clear. There is a new focus, a need to explore, a quest to push further into the void. 'This album sounds magnificent. A collection of songs that should appeal to anyone enamoured of Tindersticks and Mark Lanegan' Sunday Times 'Melancholic and cinematic, like Scott Walker re-ordering Bowie's Heroes' Uncut 'A spacious and hypnotic affair, reminiscent of Iggy Pop's 'Preliminaries' with a nod to Timber Timbre' Artrocker

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Blair Dunlop

on Sat, 14 Feb 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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Martyn Joseph

on Sun, 15 Feb 2015 at Sutton Benger Village Hall Doors 7.30pm - Show 8.00pm

Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other. He has been called The Welsh Springsteen, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn's work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn's music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn't need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn's music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. In 2013 Martyn released a CD of Bruce Springsteen songs, to great public and critical acclaim, with the glowing endorsement of Dave Marsh, acclaimed American music critic and official Springsteen biographer. 2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his "Let Yourself Trust", a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it's found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations. Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut - MOJO One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain todaytough and passionate
 Tom Robinson BBC 6 music One of acoustic music's most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters
 Q Magazine A profound experience
 The Boston Globe Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility
 Time Out Written with craft, performed with passion
 Financial Time He is one of our most intelligent writers - Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

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Kathryn Roberts And Sean Lakeman

on Sun, 15 Feb 2015 at Southport Park Golf Club Doors from 7pm, music from 8pm.

Best duo - BBC Awards 2013 and how bang-on an accolade that was! Keyboard, guitar, voices and charisma in spades.

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Kathryn Roberts And Sean Lakeman

on Sun, 15 Feb 2015 at Southport Park Golf Club Doors from 7pm, music from 8pm.

Best duo - BBC Awards 2013 and how bang-on an accolade that was! Keyboard, guitar, voices and charisma in spades.

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Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

on Sun, 15 Feb 2015 at Topsham Matthews Hall 8.00pm - doors 7.30

Groundbreaking English fiddle player and singer Nancy Kerr and her Australian partner James Fagan (bouzouki, voice) play a scintillating mix of traditional and contemporary acoustic music drawn mostly from the English and Australian traditions, and more recently Nancy's original songs. They are multi-BBC folk award winners including winners of the inaugural Horizon Award and Best Duo Awards in 2003 and 2011 respectively.

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Patsy Reid

on Mon, 16 Feb 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. -------------------- ***** A glorious musician playing with soul and integrity. fROOTS **** "A profound example of the emotional riches in contemporary music making." Scotland on Sunday **** The Scotsman **** Songlines **** R2 Magazine Perthshire fiddler and singer Patsy Reid is one of the most admired musicians in the UK. In the last couple of years the former Breabach fiddle player has performed extensively with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 winners Kathryn Tickell and Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, The Cecil Sharp Project and Zakir Hussain's Pulse of the World. She also contributed violin, viola and cello to albums by Donald Shaw, Duncan Chisholm, Bella Hardy, Treacherous Orchestra, Tim Edey and Luke Daniels to name just a few. Now Patsy takes centre stage - accompanied by an equally accomplished band - to bring us tunes and songs from her highly acclaimed new album, The Brightest Path. This, her first solo recording since 2008's rapturously received Bridging The Gap, features freshly recovered traditional Scottish melodies alongside self-penned and contemporary material that demonstrates Patsy's ability to virtually sing through her instrument. Combining skills and techniques from both folk and classical disciplines; Lau's Aidan O'Rourke describes her as having an accuracy and tone that many fiddlers only dream of. She has truly mastered her instrument.

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Crh Music Presents Sons Of Bill

on Mon, 16 Feb 2015 at Bristol The Tunnels Doors at 7.30pm

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Kathryn Roberts And Sean Lakeman

on Wed, 18 Feb 2015 at Lowdham The Old Ship Inn Doors 7.30pm, Concert 8pm

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Belinda O'hooley & Tom Boyes

on Wed, 18 Feb 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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John Smith

on Fri, 20 Feb 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones Doors at 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm

"Beyond beautiful" was Jo Whiley's (Radio 2) reaction to John's music and it's no surprise to us that more and more people are becoming John Smith fans. His last show in Sheffield was in the jam packed Library Theatre so this extra special Sheffield gig in the intimate back room at The Greystones is sure to be a sell out. Wonderful songs and fantastic guitar playing that led The Sunday Times to call John "The Guitarist's Guitarist". Early booking is highly recommended.

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Ma Polaine's Great Decline

on Fri, 20 Feb 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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Taking inspiration from the 1940's jazz of Billie Holiday, the blues grit of Howlin' Wolf, the genre sidestepping of Tom Waits, and with some good old-fashioned life experience, Ma Polaine's Great Decline to play their own style of broken-down roots music; from almost painfully sparse bitter-sweet love songs, to fearsome tales of revenge, alongside country-soul ballads and infectious vaudevillian tango. The lyrics cover veiled tales of love, the joys & pains of the music world, and are told with melodic invention and an emotive vocal, all backed by accordion, blues harp, vaudevillian horns, guitar, piano, double bass and drums.

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Will Pound Band

on Fri, 20 Feb 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm

Will Pound has long been in demand as a harmonica wizard, 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 and which was the Christmas number 1 in December 2012. He has computer game, film and TV credits, has performed for the BBC Radio 2 Ballad series and has done a live session at Maida Vale for BBC Radio 1xtra. Recording credits include sessions for some of the biggest names in folk music including Sam Carter, Jim Moray and Martin Simpson. He was launched on to the folk scene in a duo with banjo master Dan Walsh as the critically acclaimed Walsh & Pound and soon after featured on the BBC TV series Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment which culminated in a performance at Buckingham Palace. He has been nominated for prestigious Musician Of The Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in both 2012 and 2014 and was interviewed and performed on BBC 1 TV Breakfast ahead of the 2014 Folk Awards. 2013 saw Will release his first solo record 'A Cut Above' which has received enthusiastic reviews and airplay from BBC Radio 2, Radio 6, The Daily Telegraph, R2 Magazine, fRoots, FATEA Magazine, The Scotsman and more. In the wake of the album The Will Pound Band was formed featuring John Parker on double bass (member of the chart-topping duo Nizlopi), Chris Sarjeant on guitar (of the Jackie Oates Lullabies project) and Henry Webster on fiddle (2013 London Fiddle convention winner) 'Will Pound is a master of the mouth harp'- UNCUT Magazine

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Davis, Lindley, Mullan (dlm)

on Fri, 20 Feb 2015 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing Bar opens at 6.30 pm, doors at 7.30 pm

For those of you that don't know, Andy Davis is guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with English band Stackridge, and Clare Lindley is also the violin player with the band. With the help of Brian Mullan on cello, the trio perform Andy's huge catalogue of songs in a more intimate, acoustic setting. Stackridge were formed in 1969 in the Bath/Bristol area, Andy Davis being one of the founder members. Constant touring brought them a fanatical following and they released four albums culminating in 1974 with their masterpiece, 'The Man in the Bowler Hat', produced by George Martin - regarded by many to be Martin's finest creation outside of his Beatles canon. Regrettably, the band imploded and, despite line-up changes and two more albums, they finally split in 1976. In 1979, Andy Davis, together with ex-Stackridge member and co-writer James Warren, formed the successful band The Korgis who released a string of singles including IF I Had You' and the massive international hit "Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime", which was later featured on the soundtrack of the Jim Carrey movie 'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind'. Stackridge reformed in 2007, with the original front line from the 1970's band and, in 2009 they released their first new album in over 30 years, "A Victory For Common Sense", to great critical acclaim. The band, in a slightly different format, now including violinist Clare Lindley, have achieved cult status and continue to perform and tour to this day. For a long time guitarist Andy Davis had wanted to present his huge catalogue of songs in a more intimate, stripped down style, away from his work with Stackridge. This ambition was finally realised in 2011 with the prodigious talents of fellow Stackridge member Clare Lindley on violin & Brian Mullan on cello joining him to tour as DLM. Expect an evening of superb musicianship and great songs, ranging from tear-jerking ballads to raunchy rock 'n' rollers, all interlaced with a fine quirky sense of humour. I'm sure that most of you won't know their music but, take a chance, this is one of those evenings where you'll end up by thinking 'Wow! I'm really glad I came to see that!'.

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Blackheart

on Sat, 21 Feb 2015 at Broseley Birchmeadow Centre Doors 7:30pm

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Jeff Warner @ Wychwood Folk Club

on Sat, 21 Feb 2015 at Ascott-under-Wychwood The Swan 8pm

Wychwood Folk Club Tickets £6.00 in Advance £8.00 on the night Doors 7:30pm For further details ring 01993831427 / 07870563299

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White Rabbit Present Dj Andrew Weatherall

on Sat, 21 Feb 2015 at Hebden Bridge The Trades Club 8pm

Doors open 8pm CONCESSIONS APPLY TO TRADES CLUB MEMBERS ONLY

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White Rabbit Present Dj Andrew Weatherall

on Sat, 21 Feb 2015 at Hebden Bridge The Trades Club 8pm

Doors open 8pm CONCESSIONS APPLY TO TRADES CLUB MEMBERS ONLY

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Rosco Levee And The Southern Slide

on Sat, 21 Feb 2015 at Lewes The Con Club doors 8pm

Back with us for the second time - this band totally rocked our socks off last time they came to Lewes - the whole venue was dancing! Guitar drenched, Hammond infused, with hints of the best of 70's British & American Rocking Blues in a Woodstock meets The Raconteurs kind of way, Rosco Levee & The Southern Slide boil over with flavours of London and the Mississippi. Rosco draws comparisons with Clapton and Kossoff and has a stage presence reminiscent of Steve Marriott, yet the band have a style, sound and soul all of their own. Tipped by Classic Rock Magazine as one of the hottest bands to watch in 2014, this band is peerless in their genre and have a string of Festival and shows in the UK and Europe. The Jamie Freeman Agreement will do a paired down set as a trio - with their classic Americana tunes they make the perfect opener for this great night of music.

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The Tannahill Weavers

on Sat, 21 Feb 2015 at Uckfield Civic Centre 8.00pm start with doors opening at 7.00pm

Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. They are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage; from reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits. "An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." -New York Times

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The Tannahill Weavers

on Sat, 21 Feb 2015 at Uckfield Civic Centre 8.00pm start with doors opening at 7.00pm

Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. They are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage; from reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits. "An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." -New York Times

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Steve Skaith And Steve Jeffries (latin Quarter)

on Sun, 22 Feb 2015 at London The Slaughtered Lamb 7.30pm

Latin Quarter duo playing stripped down versions of LQ songs both old and new in preparation for the Berlin Political Songs festival.

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Steve Knightley

on Sun, 22 Feb 2015 at Totnes Harberton Parish Hall Doors 6.45pm - Concert starts 7.30pm

Steve Knightley is the song-writing force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England with three Albert Hall sell-outs to their name. The Exeter based singer-songwriter writes the majority of material for the band which also features multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer and together they won Best Live Act in the 2004 BBC2 Radio2 Folk awards - the only category voted for by the public. www.showofhands.co.uk/about/steve-knightley He is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but beyond and he pulls no punches when writing highly literate songs about bigger, global issues. 'One of England's greatest singer songwriters' Mike Harding 'Bleak, witty and finely observed' The Guardian 'Committed and distinctive songs of conscience, love and history' BBC Radio 2 This concert is promoted as a fundraiser by Harberton Cricket Club (and Harberton Playing Field Association), supported by Harberton Folk. Real ale bar supplied by The Bay Horse Inn, Totnes.

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Marnhull Acoustic Sessions Present Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

on Sun, 22 Feb 2015 at Marnhull Village Hall Doors 7pm

In the space of 2 short years, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk & roots scene. With their arresting second album - Sing a Full Song, the pair will be touring intensively throughout 2014. Do not miss them!

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Crh Music Presents Frontier Ruckus

on Tue, 24 Feb 2015 at Bristol Kings Arms Doors at 7.30pm

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Steve Knightley

on Wed, 25 Feb 2015 at Newbury ACE Space 8:00pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

Half of the acclaimed and award winning Show of Hands who have filled The Albert Hall three times). Steve is an exceptional song writer that has something to say about injustice from a local to a global level. This event is part of his "Grow Your Own Gig" initiative where Steve put some time aside to return to his roots and play village/community halls. Steve is folk nobility and not to be missed.

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Steve Knightley

on Wed, 25 Feb 2015 at Newbury ACE Space 8:00pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

Half of the acclaimed and award winning Show of Hands who have filled The Albert Hall three times). Steve is an exceptional song writer that has something to say about injustice from a local to a global level. This event is part of his "Grow Your Own Gig" initiative where Steve put some time aside to return to his roots and play village/community halls. Steve is folk nobility and not to be missed.

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King King

on Wed, 25 Feb 2015 at Worthing Pier Doors open 7pm Show starts 8pm

Winner of the Best Blues Band 2012, 2013 and 2014 King King fresh from their success at the 2014 British Blues Awards where they won an incredible 7 awards: Best Band, Best Bass Player, Best Album, Best Song, Best Drummer, Best Male Vocal & Guitarist of the Year. If you like rock & blues, do not miss these guys! With King King, the soundbites and statistics only tell half the story. For conclusive proof of this band's brilliance, you need only play the music. In 2015, Support act Laurence Jones was handed the award 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 In five meteoric years, King King have established themselves as the hottest draw in British blues-rock (Classic Rock Blues Mag). The fire and soul of the Glasgow band's albums to date 2011's Take My Hand and 2013's Standing In The Shadows have scored them Best Album and Best Band at the iconic British Blues Awards in both 2012 and 2014. Now, with a hotly anticipated third studio album due Spring 2015, supported by tour dates through the UK and Europe, the band are living up to the early tip of veteran BBC DJ Paul Jones: Here at Radio 2, we think King King are going to go all the way

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Jarrod Dickenson

on Wed, 25 Feb 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Texas-born, New York City-based songwriter, Jarrod Dickenson's road worn melodies and lyrics invoke a mid-Western post-war America, when cars ran on leaded gas, television hadn't yet kidnapped the country's imagination, and men wore hats every day. His reflective lyrics, almost like hand-written letters, remind us that human stories of lost love, sudden fortune, and abiding mystery transcend the decades...and nothing is better or worse right now than it's ever been. "If you can catch him, you should...he reminds of this cat, Gram Parsons" -Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2 A voice like a young Tom Waits...Jarrod Dickenson's songs are simply breathtaking, possessing melodies many of his peers would give their left arm for. - No Depression "An incredible talent" -Janice Long, BBC Radio 2 "Dickenson has a superb, expressive voice..." -Country Music People (5 Star Review) "Brilliant songs" -Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 http://www.jarroddickenson.com

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The Alchemy Duo

on Wed, 25 Feb 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Alasdair Roberts

on Thu, 26 Feb 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe Doors 7.30pm / Show 8.00pm

Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish singer, guitarist, interpreter of traditional songs and writer of new songs based in Glasgow, Scotland. Since 1996 he has worked with Drag City Records of Chicago, releasing three albums of original material under the name Appendix Out as well as five albums under his own name, featuring both original and traditional material. In that time, he has worked with a wide variety of collaborators from many different musical and artistic backgrounds. It's a long time since balladry has sounded this vital and primordial (Uncut). One of Britain's most singular and original talents (Colin Irwin, fRoots).

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Picturehouse

on Thu, 26 Feb 2015 at London Surya Doors 7:30pm

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Martin Harley

on Thu, 26 Feb 2015 at Southampton The Talking Heads Doors at 7.30pm

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Jim Moray

on Thu, 26 Feb 2015 at Leicester The Musician Doors 8.00pm

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Shop Sessions Present Luke Jackson

on Thu, 26 Feb 2015 at Sandbach The Cycle Junction Doors at 7.30pm Music Starts 8.00pm

Luke is a rising young Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent , and 2013 saw him nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Eager to build on our reputation for bringing you the best live acoustic performers we will be kicking off the 2015 Shop Sessions in style with the wonderful talent of Luke Jackson. After seeing Luke live for ourselves we knew we had to get him to the Shop Sessions and we're sure you'll love his music as much as we do...

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Kris Dollimore

on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 at London The Ivy House - Nunhead Door 7pm

* Door 7pm * DJ FlapJackDavey 7 - 8pm and 11pm onwards * Live music 8-11pm includes two sets from Kris Dollimore plus a set from each of the support acts. * Mix of row seats and standing room * Concessionary tickets are for the unwaged (ie no paid employment) - proof required at the door on the night. Please note that we have an allocation of ten concessionary online tickets for each of our concerts - first come first served! * Tickets on the door (where still available) will be priced at £11/9 * 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 welcome provided they sit quietly without disturbing other members of the audience. If you are unsure about this, please contact us before buying tickets for children. * Food and real ale available! 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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Kris Dollimore

on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 at London The Ivy House - Nunhead Door 7pm

* Door 7pm * DJ FlapJackDavey 7 - 8pm and 11pm onwards * Live music 8-11pm includes two sets from Kris Dollimore plus a set from each of the support acts. * Mix of row seats and standing room * Concessionary tickets are for the unwaged (ie no paid employment) - proof required at the door on the night. Please note that we have an allocation of ten concessionary online tickets for each of our concerts - first come first served! * Tickets on the door (where still available) will be priced at £11/9 * 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 welcome provided they sit quietly without disturbing other members of the audience. If you are unsure about this, please contact us before buying tickets for children. * Food and real ale available! 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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Steve Knightley

on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 at Hernhill Village Hall Doors open at 7pm for 7.30 start

Steve Knightley, 'Show of Hands' acclaimed frontman and BBC award winning singer-songwriter, will be heading to the picture perfect village of Hernhill, Kent for a very special gig in association with The Band Company. Show of Hands widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England have filled the Royal Albert Hall on four occasions but for now, Steve is looking forward to bringing his songs and stories to smaller and more intimate locations. As he says With so many songs written for and about people who actually live and work in the countryside I'm really looking forward to playing them in their spiritual homes! Steve Knightley is the song-writing force behind Show of Hands, The Exeter based singer-songwriter writes the majority of material for the band which also features multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer and together they won Best Live Act in the 2004 BBC2 Radio2 Folk awards - the only category voted for by the public. He is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but beyond and he pulls no punches when writing highly literate songs about bigger, global issues. 'One of England's greatest singer songwriters' Mike Harding BBC Radio 2 'Bleak, witty and finely observed' The Guardian 'Committed and distinctive songs of conscience, love and history' BBC Radio 2 'Gravel voiced spokesman for the rural poor' The Times www.showofhands.co.uk/about/steve-knightley www.thebandcompany.co.uk

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The Trevor Burton Band

on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 at Worcester Marr's Bar 8pm

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The Trevor Burton Band

on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 at Worcester Marr's Bar 8pm

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Phil Beer

on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 at Bognor Regis Seasons 7.30pm - 11pm

Phil Beer is a legend in the folk/roots world. He plays with the brilliant Show of Hands and is a virtuoso musician whose command of the various instruments he plays is something to behold. Phil is back by huge popular public demand

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Phil Beer

on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 at Bognor Regis Seasons 7.30pm - 11pm

Phil Beer is a legend in the folk/roots world. He plays with the brilliant Show of Hands and is a virtuoso musician whose command of the various instruments he plays is something to behold. Phil is back by huge popular public demand

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Hank Wangford (hank 'n' Brad)

on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette Doors 7pm

http://www.hankwangford.co.uk/ Tickets £20 advance/ £23 on door. Also available from the Launderette. For further information contact mrwishywashypresents@gmail.com. Standing and VERY Limited seating available. About Hank Wangford If Daniel O'Donnell is the brightly scrubbed face of British country music then Hank Wangford is its guilty conscience, its dark and troubled grubby soul. Hank has picked at the miserable underbelly of country music for twenty eight years, inspiring others like Billy Bragg, The The, The Alabama Three and other alt.country musicians. He has spread the word with his two ground breaking television series, Britain's first on Country music, "Big Big Country" and "The A to Z of C&W" and his books "Lost Cowboys" and "Hank Wangford Vol 3 The Middle Years". This messianic derailment onto the path of country music came from befriending and playing with Gram Parsons, ex-Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers, in the seventies. This was at a time when Hank - as Dr Sam Hutt - was a rock 'n roll doctor. Many of his patients were from the world of rock music and the hippie alternative world. The Grateful Dead, the Who and the Rolling Stones were some of his clients. It was when Gram Parsons came over to hang out in London with Keith Richards that Keith sent Gram with his wife to see Doctor Sam. Gram passed the country torch to Emmylou Harris and the Rolling Stones as well as to Doctor Sam. Since then Hank has fronted a series of hot country bands, aiming for country non-believers. It's not all misery. Some of his songs and stories are sad and some funny. His new album WHISTLING IN THE DARK has some recent pearls. In 1999 the LOST COWBOYS played a tour of the Falkland Islands and filmed it for BBC's Video Diaries. As well as his songs and books, Hank has been writing travel articles for the Sunday Telegraph, the Guardian and Caribbean World. He has written on Romania, Georgia, Argentina, Uruguay, Coney Island, St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Falkland Islands' tour, Route 66, Branson Missouri, Nude Mountaineering on Everest, eco-farmers in Marin County California and his son's marriage by Elvis Presley in Las Vegas. Through the '90s Hank has done several radio series for the BBC: "Nine Pound Hammer" - the history of railroad songs in the USA, "Ghengiz Khan was a Cowboy Too" tracing the development of C&W music from its Mongolian roots and journey West. "Way Out West" about Galway and Connemara, his new-found spiritual home. "He'll Have To Go" on telephone songs, "Looking for the Lonesome Yodel" on yodel songs around the World and several others. Hank continues to be President of the Nude Mountaineering Society. In another life, Hank is a doctor and continues to work in sexual healthcare and contraception. He lectures and trains doctors and nurses around Britain. He has trained doctors and nurses in Georgia and in Bosnia during the war. He regularly visits Transylvania, Romania where he has had a project for women since 1991 and has helped set up two clinics. Hank knows that laughter, tears and music are the greatest healers we have. This is why he loves Country music. Hank continues to tour extensively both with the Lost Cowboys and as a duo with Reg Meuross touring village halls on the Rural Arts Scheme. This is an Arts Council and local Council supported scheme to bring music and arts to village halls. This is Hank's NO HALL TOO SMALL tour and he has played in two hundred and twenty village halls throughout England and Scotland in the last three years. He is chronicling the tour for a book which he will finish once the new album is launched. The new album WHISTLING IN THE DARK is launched on November 24th 2008. Hank is choosing to launch the CD officially at the Fisher Theatre in Bungay, back in the area where he started and a hefty stones' throw from his birthplace Wangford. He will be bringing the Lost Cowboys with the great Martin Belmont (ex Elvis Costello, Johnny cash, Graham Parker and the Rumour) and the legendary BJ Cole on pedal steel. Hank's time with Gram Parsons is described in "Hank Wangford Volume 111 The Middle Years", now out of print, and in Ben Fong Torres (2002) biography of Gram Parsons "Hickory Wind" on Simon & Shuster, and in Twenty Thousand Roads "The Ballad of Gram Parsons and his Cosmic American Music" by David N Meyer Bloomsbury (2008).

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Ballad Nights: Borderlands

on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House Doors at 7pm, start time 7.30pm

Alasdair Roberts Lisa Knapp Kris Drever Naomi Bedford The second installment in our Ballads series brings together four hugely talented folk musicians. Alasdair, Lisa, Kris and Naomi will deliver a show inspired by research carried out in the VWML and their own knowledge and respective experiences, exploring the ballad traditions of England and Scotland. Alasdair and Kris are both at the frontline of Scottish folk. A highly successful solo artist, Alasdair is also a member of The Furrow Collective, while Kris is a member of award-winning band Lau. Lisa is no stranger to Cecil Sharp House having performed and taught here regularly; Lisa won the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Song. Naomi has an intriguing musical history of folk and rock with her latest album, A History of Insolence receiving high praise.

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The Levels Collective: Sitar & Tabla & The Hand

on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 at Bridgwater Arts Centre 8pm

Ricky Romain is recognised as one of the leading UK based sitar players, living in Devon. For the last 10 years he has been performing with multi-instrumentalist John Sterckx. Fellow Bristolians and Experimental folk multi-instrumentalists Rachel Dadd and Kora player Will Newsome re-unite for this very special gig as The Hand, sharing their own songs as well as those they penned whilst working on Bristol's ferryboats together.

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Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

on Sat, 28 Feb 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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Mischief Afoot: Shammick Acoustic

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

A trio based in the Cotswolds, Mischief Afoot play and sing a mixture of English, Irish and American folk music, as well as self-penned compositions. Fiddle player Becky Dellow has worked at festivals and folk clubs, and has a Master's degree in Musicology. Originally a classical musician, flute and whistle player John Davis first came across folk music some twenty years ago, and hasn't looked back since, playing in any number of folk groups, ceilidh (barn dance) bands, morris sides and world music ensembles. Jeff Gillett is renowned as a guitarist, but also sings and plays mandolin, mandola, dulcimer and English concertina an all round brilliant musician! The three have only recently got together, and their first CD is in the pipeline. A treat in store for anyone who likes good lively music well played by expert musicians.

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Duncan Chisholm

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

Steeped within a stunning catalogue of tracks comprising his acclaimed Strathglass Trilogy, you will find Duncan Chisholm's distinctive sound of Scottish traditional fiddle music. Highly rhythmical and powerfully personal, this show combines traditional and contemporary tunes, gripping stories of Scotland's ancient Chisholm clan lands and irrepressible humour. Duncan has worked hard to preserve his extended musical heritage in delivering his representation of colourful soundscapes to complement the majestic Glens of Strathglass in the Highlands of Scotland. A mixture of textures, tones and atmospheres are always at the forefront of Duncan's creative process while composing and arranging his music and he endeavours to fully represent this power during his live performances. Duncan will be joined on stage by; Matheu Watson on guitar, Jarlath Henderson on uilleann pipes. Duncan's latest release 'Live at Celtic Connections' was awarded reviews of ****The Guardian ****The Telegraph. Duncan Chisholm is one of Scotland's most recognised and accomplished fiddle players and composers. Born and brought up near Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, Duncan has spent most of his life developing his unique musical voice which led him to being nominated within the 'Musician of the Year' category in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013. Fiddle playing at its best, Duncan's feather-light handling of dynamics and ornamentation, allied with his pure-distilled tone, lend his characteristic spine-tingling magic to his music. www.duncanchisholm.com

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The Coal Porters

on Sat, 28 Feb 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 Coal Porters are the UK's leading hip bluegrass ensemble but their sound is much more than that. It encompasses both folk and indie which has given them the musical firepower to perform all over Britain and Europe with several North American tours under their belt. Led by ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin the Coal Porters' last album, Find The One, has been favourably reviewed in everything from Uncut to The Daily Mail, from Spain's El Pais to The Los Angeles Times and their fans include ex-Byrd Chris Hillman, Billy Bragg, the BBC's Bob Harris, guitar hero Richard Thompson, and comic Harry Enfield. The Coal Porters are the only British band invited to perform at MerleFest in the USA in April 2015. Currently working on a new album their new fiddler is Kerenza Peacock, the gifted musician who played with Paul Weller, Seasick Steve and Adele as well as several symphony orchestras."

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Henry Priestman

on Sat, 28 Feb 2015 at Cherry Burton Village Hall 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Ex-Christians/Yachts singer-songwriter presents a special launch of his NEW LIVE DVD ! Featuring songs from his two solo albums and some of those classic hits! No bar so bring your own drinks/glasses.

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Leveret

on Sat, 28 Feb 2015 at Falmouth The Tolmen Centre Venue 6pm Curtain 7.30pm

Leveret features three of England's finest folk musicians in an exciting new collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and are involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists(Bellowhead, The Full English, Chris Wood, June Tabor, Kate Rusby et al). Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Sublime, exquisite music - don't miss them - Martin Simpson. Pre-show meals must be booked in advance on 01326 341353

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Leveret

on Sat, 28 Feb 2015 at Falmouth The Tolmen Centre Venue 6pm Curtain 7.30pm

Leveret features three of England's finest folk musicians in an exciting new collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and are involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists(Bellowhead, The Full English, Chris Wood, June Tabor, Kate Rusby et al). Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Sublime, exquisite music - don't miss them - Martin Simpson. Pre-show meals must be booked in advance on 01326 341353

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Flossie Malavialle And Keith Donnelly

on Sat, 28 Feb 2015 at Lothersdale Village Hall Doors 7.30pm

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The Churchfitters

on Sun, 1 Mar 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a saucepan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax. The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments - adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass-bouzouki and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let's not forget the unique 'bing-bong' machine made out of hack-saw blades. Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you've got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering. How do you adequately describe such a musically diverse, uplifting band? You leave it to Mike Harding, a self-confessed 'huge, huge fan'. He calls their music 'totally brilliant and beautiful'. 'Like Annie Lennox in full flow' (Fab Nights Productions) - Londoner Rosie Short's achingly beautiful voice is equally at home singing husky blues, plaintive femme folk or ethereal originals. A talented songwriter, she's also a 'one woman orchestra', deftly swapping between flute, saxophone, banjo, tin whistle, dulcimer, ukulele and any number of things you can shake, rattle, or whack with a stick. Rosie's brother Chris is a feverishly fast fiddler who has the annoying habit of getting people, who were sitting quite comfortably, out of their seats and dancing. When required, he also plays slowly and most of the other speeds. A mean mandolin player, he sings great vocal harmonies too. Finally, he's a raconteur with a great sense of humour but then you need that if you play the musical saw. Part bass player, part mad inventor, Boris Lebret from Lannion (France) hates to play a regular instrument when he can cobble together a better one out of scrap metal. Like when he discovered four strings weren't enough for his driving bass rhythms, so he simply reached for the Black & Decker and bolted on another two. http://www.churchfitters.com/ehome.php

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The Coal Porters

on Sun, 1 Mar 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Ladies and gentlemen, meet The Coal Porters, the world's first alt-bluegrass act. Formed ten years ago by ex-Long Ryder and former NME cover boy Sid Griffin. Producing Lindisfarne gave Griffin the impetus to move from electric music to acoustic music, to revamp old themes and melodies and soup them up for the 21st century. Their 2012 album Find The One, produced by the legendary John Wood (Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, John Cale, Squeeze, Beth Orton) and featuring British guitar God Richard Thompson, demonstrates the intense power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with four-part harmonies and memorable melodies. 'Great harmony singing and memorable songs that often recall a British Flying Burrito Brothers or a back porch Ronnie Lane' (Mojo). 'Sid Griffin was playing Americana years before the term was invented and that pioneer spirit shines on with his current band, the Coal Porters.' (Billy Bragg).

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Jarrod Dickenson

on Sun, 1 Mar 2015 at Cambridge Portland Arms 7.30pm

http://www.jarroddickenson.com/ Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult Texas-born songwriter, Jarrod Dickenson's slightly spooky melodies and lyrics invoke a mid-Western post-war America, when cars ran on leaded gas, television hadn't yet kidnapped the country's imagination, and men wore hats every day. His reflective lyrics, almost like hand-written letters, remind us that human stories of lost love, sudden fortune, and abiding mystery transcend the decades...and nothing is better or worse right now than it's ever been "If you can catch him, you should...he reminds of this cat, Gram Parsons" -Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2 A voice like a young Tom Waits...Jarrod Dickenson's songs are simply breathtaking, possessing melodies many of his peers would give their left arm for. - No Depression "An incredible talent" -Janice Long, BBC Radio 2 "Dickenson has a superb, expressive voice..." -Country Music People (5 Star Review) "Brilliant songs" -Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6

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Martin Harley Band

on Sun, 1 Mar 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm

Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter he fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio; The Martin Harley Band. Martin's new album MOJO FIX was recorded in Texas and is released in the UK in February 2013. Mojo Fix comes on the heels of four critically celebrated albums, years of touring and countless festivals that have built Martin a strong and solid fan-base spanning the globe. Martin is a deeply important and respected voice in the evolution of popular blues and folk oriented guitar and vocals. He is now expanding on his international success with recent time spent in the US recording and touring including his band's recent November '12 feature performance at the LIVE IN THE VINEYARD music festival in Napa, California. A life long devotee of acoustic guitar music, especially the ageless blues/roots sounds, Martin has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic song-writing style he possesses today. Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, he is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. In other areas and styles, however, he has proved himself a master guitarist and a consistently astounding songwriter. Look for Martin's videos Winter Coat and Love In the Afternoon, and a live version of the new single Mojo Fix taken from the new album of the same name. Awesome Johnnie Walker, BBC Radio 2 Their latest album is a mature and intelligent masterpiece of Americana roots music Maverick Magazine Quite simply a great live act Time Out London No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business Roots Magazine

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Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

on Sun, 1 Mar 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Brilliant duo return to Bournemouth

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Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

on Sun, 1 Mar 2015 at Bournemouth The Ocean View Hotel 7pm doors, 8pm music

Brilliant duo return to Bournemouth

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Kent Duchain

on Sun, 1 Mar 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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Ewan Mclennan

on Sun, 1 Mar 2015 at Southport Park Golf Club Doors from 7pm, music from 8pm.

The tradition is in safe hands here. Scots material is still a strong feature in his sets. There is grit, passion and an enthusiasm that's hard to beat, and Ewan is becoming a fine writer of often trenchant songs on meaningful matters.

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Tony Mcmanus

on Mon, 2 Mar 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

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King King

on Wed, 4 Mar 2015 at Southampton The Talking Heads Doors at 7.30pm

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The Bushbury Mountain Daredevils / Sunjay Brayne

on Wed, 4 Mar 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Luke Daniels Trio

on Thu, 5 Mar 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

Luke Daniels - singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist is one of the UK's most gifted and inventive musicians who has forged a reputation over the past two decades as folk's finest (The Guardian). Both as front man, on a remarkable series of albums in his own right, and in demand as a virtuoso melodeon player for the likes of Ian Anderson, De Dannan, Riverdance and as a regular in The Cara Dillon band. Over the course of a twenty-year career Daniels has performed at The London Jazz Festival, The Royal Festival Hall and festivals in the UK and internationally. Luke also worked alongside Howard Shore and The London Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist on the movie soundtracks for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Amidst glowing reviews in 2014 for his debut songs album 'What's Here What's Gone', and having found new voice as a singer songwriter, he is taking his contemporary acoustic folk forward in a new direction and to universal critical acclaim. Provocative and pleasingly reminiscent of the kind of ambitious folk-rock that has rarely been heard since the heyday of the likes of Gene Clark and The Byrds Songlines ★★★★ Exceptional Writing Maverick Magazine ★★★★ Intense and poetical R2 Magazine ★★★★ A persuasive voice The Guardian ★★★★ www.lukedanielsmusic.com

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Jim Causley & Lukas Drinkwater

on Thu, 5 Mar 2015 at Birmingham Hare and Hounds doors 7.30pm

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. recent years, projects have included touring with Steve Knightley and Kate Rusby. Jim has recorded an album of the poems of his distant relative to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet. Jim has set to music a diverse selection of Causley's poems to give the audience a taster of the poet's great body of work. Jim will be joined on stage by talented guitarist Lukas Drinkwater.He is reknowned for his warm and jovial stage presence and his rich singing voice has been likened to the fruitiest of ciders! Male Singer of The Year Spiral Earth Awards 2014 Top 10 Folk Albums of 2013 The Telegraph

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The Gren Bartley Band

on Thu, 5 Mar 2015 at Leicester The Musician Doors 8.00pm

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Faustus

on Fri, 6 Mar 2015 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7.30 for 8pm

No U.16 concessions this gig. Sorry. Bloke-folk trio Faustus came together in 2006 as an evolution of the award winning band Dr. Faustus, and consists of three leading lights of the folk music scene: Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar's Feast). Coming together as Faustus, the men are rooted deeply in the English tradition, and in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. They released their debut album in 2008, which was followed by a Best Group nomination in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. As if that wasn't enough, individually they have even more strings to their bows Benji has released three solo albums, Saul has worked with the likes of Eliza Carthy and starred in the West End smash hit play War Horse, and Paul is a noted composer who has written works for Streetwise Opera and Central School of Speech and Drama.

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Jim Causley With Lukas Drinkwater

on Fri, 6 Mar 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7pm Show Starts 8pm

Possessing one of the great folk voices, five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a 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. Jim has recorded an album of the poems of his distant relative to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet. Jim has set to music a diverse selection of Causley's poems to give the audience a taster of the poet's great body of work. The album 'Cyprus Well' was recorded live in Causley's house in Launceston, Cornwall and many of the tracks feature Causley's own piano. Jim aims to bring wider attention to Causley's poems and raise awareness of the Charles Causley Trust and their mission to preserve Causley's house as a writers' retreat. He is renowned for his warm and jovial stage presence and his rich singing voice has been likened to the fruitiest of ales! Jim will be performing tonight with multi-instrumentalist, Lukas Drinkwater on guitar. Male Singer of the Year - Spiral Earth Awards 2014 Top 10 Folk Albums of 2013 The Telegraph 'Jim Causley and his fellow folk musicians bring it to life with real zest, his deep baritone voice soaring as he sings'. **** 4 stars The Telegraph "The finest male folk singer of his generation" Mojo Magazine

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Kathryn Roberts And Sean Lakeman

on Fri, 6 Mar 2015 at Highweek Village Hall 7.30 pm start doors open 6.45

An evening of traditional and self penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for best duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers. Dartmoor based 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. Kathryn and Sean have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk

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Kathryn Roberts And Sean Lakeman

on Fri, 6 Mar 2015 at Highweek Village Hall 7.30 pm start doors open 6.45

An evening of traditional and self penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for best duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers. Dartmoor based 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. Kathryn and Sean have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk

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An Evening With Joe Boyd

on Fri, 6 Mar 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30pm

Joe Boyd's career began as tour manager for blues giant Muddy Waters. He was stage manager when Bob Dylan plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. He produced Pink Floyd's first single Arnold Layne and the first documentary film about Jimi Hendrix. He discovered Nick Drake, Fairport Convention and the Incredible String Band. He worked with Sandy Denny, John Martyn, Nico and Richard and Linda Thompson, besides running the underground UFO, at the time the coolest club in London. His autobiography White Bicycles won many plaudits. At the Greystones, Joe Boyd will be in conversation with JP Bean, author of the acclaimed Singing From The Floor, and will answer questions from the audience. A rare evening of great insights and sparkling anecdotes is guaranteed.

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Adam Holmes & The Embers

on Fri, 6 Mar 2015 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette doors 7pm

Tickets £13 advance £15 door Intimate venue with VERY limited seating. http://adamholmesandtheembers.com/ About Adam Holmes & the Embers Hotly-tipped Edinburgh balladeer Adam Holmes crafts lyrics that resonate like old folk songs, set to melodies rooted in haunting slow airs. John Martyn's strum and sting, laced with a slice of Paolo Nutini soul and a touch of traditional folk. The 23-year-old Edinburgh-born singer/songwriter is one of the brightest rising stars on the Scottish folk scene, with influences from either side of the Atlantic mixing traditional and contemporary folk with his own brand of Americana. Starting out on fiddle, Holmes switched to guitar at 14, and began writing songs only a year or so later. A finalist in the 2009 Celtic Connections Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition, he was also nominated as Best Newcomer at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2011 and was further nominated for Best Up and Coming Artist at the 2013 Scots Trad Music Awards. In 2013 he recorded his debut album Heirs and Graces with legendary producer John Wood (responsible for seminal albums by John Martyn, Nick Drake, Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny amongst many others). It was mastered by Simon Heyworth, co-producer with Mike Oldfield of Tubular Bells, and was launched to great critical acclaim in January 2014. Heirs and Graces has received radio play in the UK, including the influential BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and live interviews/sessions on BBC Radio Scotland, and international airplay from stations in mainland Europe, the US and Canada. Despite his youth, Holmes's music distils a long and diverse wealth of experience. Childhood memories of growing up in Edinburgh include getting sneaked into afternoon sessions by his mum a keen folk fan since the 1960s at the city's best-known folk pubs, the Royal Oak and Sandy Bell's. Dad, meanwhile, was a devotee of classic singer-songwriters, introducing his son to Stateside greats like Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Townes Van Zandt and Ry Cooder, while Holmes's own adolescent tastes extended to grunge and hip-hop.

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Babajack

on Fri, 6 Mar 2015 at Barton The Ropewalk 7.30pm

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Chris Wood

on Fri, 6 Mar 2015 at Bristol St Stephens 7.30pm

Ash Keys Music presents www.ashkeysmusic.com chriswoodmusic.co.uk/ Nominated Best Original Song 'None the Wiser' BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 Songwriter of the Year Spiral Earth Awards 2014 Folk Singer of the Year & Best Original Song 'Hollow Point' BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011 Criticised by an art school lecturer as having a remarkable eye for trivia Chris Wood's love of small things has made him one of England's most vivid and arresting song writers. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. Hollow Point is his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezez and Wood's feel for the sheer "one thing after another-ness" of life allows us, for the first time, to see the event through the eyes of the victim.

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Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

on Fri, 6 Mar 2015 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing Bar opens at 6.30 pm, doors at 7,30 pm

Winners of the Best Folk Act in the 2012 South West Music Awards, Best Duo in the 2013 Spiral Folk Awards and the Best Duo in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards, this truly unique twosome are at the forefront of the new global folk movement. They will amaze you with their astonishing instrumental virtuosity, their genre-bending material and their warm personalities. A real force to be reckoned with! Widely regarded as one of the best slide guitarists in the UK, Lancashire-born multi-instrumentalist Phillip Henry has been described as "one of the most extraordinary musicians around". Henry, who studied in Calcutta with India's premier slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, is also a virtuoso on the harmonica and brilliant on beatbox harmonica whilst Brixham-born singer-songwriter Hannah, 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. Their journey began in 2010 when Phillip and Hannah were spotted busking in the back of a pub by Steve Knightley. Seeing the duo's potential, he invited them to fill some support slots for Show Of Hands. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, playing the biggest venue of their career last year, when they supported Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall, while this summer they played Glastonbury, Cambridge and Broadstairs festivals. Their last studio album, 'Mynd', has been described as one of the outstanding roots releases of 2013. The album inhabits an English landscape of Neolithic barrows and haunted East Anglian fens, while other narrative songs transport you to the heat of Syria, Egypt and the American south and across to the Swedish chill and Arctic ice. 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. "On hearing the first notes of the first track I knew that I was listening to a modern classic. One of the most exciting albums I've heard in years " - Mike Harding Phillip & Hannah continue to showcase this stand-out album in their live performances. They have the knack of transporting listeners into a reverie with their almost tactile music, all delivered with a gossamer light touch. Truly one of the most inventive and captivating acts on the acoustic roots scene. They are making a welcome return to St Edith Folk, having played here last in October 2013, when they played an amazing set. If you missed them then, makes sure you don't make the same mistake this time around!

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Blues Boy Dan Owen / Thomas Ford

on Fri, 6 Mar 2015 at Worthing Pier Doors open 6.45pm Show starts 7.30pm

Dan Owen Trying to teach Dan Owen about music is like trying to teach a fish to swim, or a bird to fly. He already knows it. It's instinctive. It comes naturally. He's been playing since he was nine, playing live since he was 13 and will probably continue to do until he leaves this mortal coil. Dan is a lifer. He's not playing guitar to win a competition, to impress girls or to earn a fast buck, he's in it for the long haul. There's nothing fake or manufactured about him. When you listen to him sing, you're transported to another place. Close your eyes and you don't hear a prodigious and gifted young man from Shrewsbury. You hear a God-forsaken, 80-year-old Mississippi Delta Blues man, howling at the devil. Word in the local Blues community began to spread, and throughout 2011 Dan found himself gigging twice a week, leading to a video posting on YouTube of his performance of the Ballad of Hollis Brown. The video attracted the attention of Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac who tracked Dan down and has since become Dan's mentor. Winner of the 'Young artists of the year award' at The British Blues Awards 2013 Thomas Ford His style is simple - straight and natural blues (as Mississippi Fred McDowel would have said). Alternating between Delta-style blues on a National steel guitar and electric, 1950's Chicago influenced style on small bodied Stratotone guitars, rack harp (amplified with a bullet mic), howling vocals and footstomp. Influenced by various legends of the genre (including but not exclusively) John Lee Hooker, Son House, Dr Ross, Juke Boy Bonner, Tommy McClennan, Muddy Waters and a whole load more, Thomas has his playing style firmly rooted in blues tradition, but his modern-day song writing offers a contemporary feel. He has released 3 full length studio albums, each predominately featuring original material with the occasional reworking of classic blues tunes. 2008's 'Separation Street' was voted album of the year by rootscd.com, the follow up 'Thomas Ford' in 2011 received much praise and sold extremely well in the UK particularly. His 2013 offering 'Breaking Everything But Even' has appeared on various best of 2013 lists, has received airplay around the globe and led to Thomas' nomination in the 'Emerging Artist' category of the 2014 British Blues Awards This young Englishman plays solo, with the firepower of a 6 piece band. Revisiting the delta blues today, it is simply amazing!" (So Blues Festival, Le Mans, FR)

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Kevin Dempsey & Rosie Carson In Concert

on Sat, 7 Mar 2015 at Marsden Mechanics Hall Doors 7.30. Concert starts 8pm

Sometimes thought to be a little unlikey as a performing duo & coming from different sides of the Atlantic Ocean KEVIN & ROSIE have much in common musically yet the bring freshness and depth of understanding to their music. This helps mke their performances unique and entertaining. Tickets £10 advance - £12 on the door

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Concert: Northumbrian Small-pipes 2015

on Sat, 7 Mar 2015 at Taunton Halsway Manor 8pm - 11pm

A concert featuring some of the finest exponents of the Northumbrian small-pipes and a chance to hear some of the participants in our Northumbrian Small-pipes Weekend course. Performers: Pauline Cato, Chris Evans, Andy May, Rob Say, Francis Wood.

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Concert: Northumbrian Small-pipes 2015

on Sat, 7 Mar 2015 at Taunton Halsway Manor 8pm - 11pm

A concert featuring some of the finest exponents of the Northumbrian small-pipes and a chance to hear some of the participants in our Northumbrian Small-pipes Weekend course. Performers: Pauline Cato, Chris Evans, Andy May, Rob Say, Francis Wood.

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Dan Korn Debut Album Launch Party

on Sat, 7 Mar 2015 at London Jamboree 8pm to Midnight

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Jeff Warner

on Sat, 7 Mar 2015 at Minehead Acorn Folk Club 7.30pm for 7.45pm

Jeff has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several pocket instruments, including bones and spoons. And he inhabits a song in a way which few singers can do (Royal Oak Folk Club, Lewes, UK). www.jeffwarner.com

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Jeff Warner

on Sat, 7 Mar 2015 at Minehead Acorn Folk Club 7.30pm for 7.45pm

Jeff has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several pocket instruments, including bones and spoons. And he inhabits a song in a way which few singers can do (Royal Oak Folk Club, Lewes, UK). www.jeffwarner.com

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Chris Wood

on Sat, 7 Mar 2015 at Sheffield The Heeley Institute Doors 7.30, show 8pm

He's bardcore and he's back at Heeley Institute. The leading English songwriter of his generation returns to the lovely, intimate venue in the heart of the community. Performing songs from a broadening catalogue of award winning and critically lauded albums he has no equal either exploring the parallel lines of the personal and political, or drawing from the well of traditional song. Bound to be a sell out so get your tickets fast!

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Chris Wood

on Sat, 7 Mar 2015 at Sheffield The Heeley Institute Doors 7.30, show 8pm

He's bardcore and he's back at Heeley Institute. The leading English songwriter of his generation returns to the lovely, intimate venue in the heart of the community. Performing songs from a broadening catalogue of award winning and critically lauded albums he has no equal either exploring the parallel lines of the personal and political, or drawing from the well of traditional song. Bound to be a sell out so get your tickets fast!

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Jim Causley & Lukas Drinkwater

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

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. recent years, projects have included touring with Steve Knightley and Kate Rusby. Jim has recorded an album of the poems of his distant relative to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet. Jim has set to music a diverse selection of Causley's poems to give the audience a taster of the poet's great body of work. Jim will be joined on stage by talented guitarist Lukas Drinkwater.He is reknowned for his warm and jovial stage presence and his rich singing voice has been likened to the fruitiest of ciders! Male Singer of The Year Spiral Earth Awards 2014 Top 10 Folk Albums of 2013 The Telegraph

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Henri Herbert

on Sat, 7 Mar 2015 at Nottingham The Running Horse 9.00 pm

Boogie piano master Henri Herbert returns to The Running Horse with his one man show.

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Judith Owen

on Sun, 8 Mar 2015 at Sheffield The Greystones 7.30PM

WELSH SINGER-SONGWRITER Judith Owen's incredible band features drummer Russ Kunkel, bassist Lee Sklar and guitaristWaddy Wachtel, who played on many of the landmark albums of the Laurel Canyon era, including Carole King'sTapestry, James Taylor's Sweet Baby James, and Joni Mitchell's Blue. One of the albums of the year Independent Judith fearlessly explores the duality of the human condition in her new album Ebb & Flow. Turning to the legendary musicians who created the 70s troubadour sound, she says it feels like a homecoming. "It's the sound I heard as a kid and which made me light up. I've brought it home and it feels nice to be here. Cleverly craftedSunday Times It is her role as an unflinching singer-songwriter baring her soul that remains at the core of Owen's creativity. 'Ebb & Flow', she says, feels like a homecoming. It's the sound I heard as a kid and which made me light up. I've brought it home and it feels nice to be here. Reviews for 'Ebb & Flow' One of the albums of the year Independent Cleverly crafted Sunday Times ★★★★ a sincerely straightforward delight Financial Times ★★★★ Classy Q Magazine ★★★★ Potent throughout Daily Mirror ★★★★ a resounding success R2 Magazine ★★★★ Sunday Express The Welsh songstress revisits the velvet texturing of the classic 1970s LA studio sound. It is a choice made not lightly or indulgently as Owen's delicious phrasing and languorous pace bring out the depth and lustre in her svelte songs. Daily Mirror It is her role as an unflinching singer-songwriter baring her soul that remains at the core of Owen's creativity. 'Ebb & Flow', she says, feels like a homecoming. It's the sound I heard as a kid and which made me light up. I've brought it home and it feels nice to be here. Website: judithowen.net

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Henri Herbert Featuring Big John Carter

on Sun, 8 Mar 2015 at London 100 Club Doors 7.30pm, start time 8.30pm

The titans of Boogie Woogie Piano join forces for this special night of stomping piano power at London's legendary 100 Club.

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Peter Knight's Gigspanner

on Sun, 8 Mar 2015 at Tiddington Community Centre 7.30pm (doors at 7.00pm)

Peter Knight's Gigspanner return for a third fund-raising concert, with all profits going to The Shakespeare Hospice. Peter Knight, Steeleye Span's legendary violinist for over 40 years, is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on congas and djembe, combining for the "unique Gigspanner sound". "Gigspanner produce music of intelligently crafted brilliance" - Songlines Magazine. "Peter Knight can spin the world on his bow" - Sir Terry Pratchett. "Exceptional stuff and not to be missed" - Acoustic Magazine. The last Gigspanner concert at Tiddington was a sell-out, so get your tickets early.

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The Happy Cats

on Mon, 9 Mar 2015 at Etton The Processed Pea Doors open from 6.30pm for 8pm start

"A drop of the Irish, a spoonful of salsa, a twist of Tamla, shake it all up with thirty years plus of Rock and Roll experience and garnish with good humour - and there you have The Happy Cats!!" Note that this event is the SECOND Monday in March.

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Eleanor Mcevoy

on Tue, 10 Mar 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

ALONE... THE PERFORMANCE As The Echo recently said of Her Wexford Festival Fringe Opening Night Concert Her obvious musicality now attracts a knowledgeable audience eager to venture wherever she takes them. It was yet one more triumphant outing for a musical wizard and a woman of immense talent.

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The Unthanks

on Wed, 11 Mar 2015 at Manchester Ritz 7.00pm

Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and the only British folk representation in the Guardian and Uncut's best albums of last decade, The Unthanks have an army of notable fans Martin Freeman, Elvis Costello, Colin Firth, Robert Wyatt, Ben Folds, Ryan Adams, Rosanne Cash, Dawn French, Paul Morley, Ewan McGregor and Nick Hornby, to name but a few. The Unthanks is a family affair for Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, with Rachel married to pianist, producer, arranger and composer Adrian McNally. Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point, the influence of Steve Reich, Miles Davis, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King Crimson and Tom Waits can be heard in the band's seven albums to date. Since releasing three project albums in one year back in 2012, The Unthanks have been hiding away in Northumberland, quietly working away on an ambitious follow-up to 2011's Last. Who knows how rich, imaginative and groundbreaking their new album will be, released to coincide with this tour, and to be brought to life on stage with a talented 10-piece band. It's anyone's guess. Those project albums the orchestral ambition of a brass band collaboration, a reimagining of the work of Robert Wyatt and Antony Hegarty, and a soundtrack to a film about the shipbuilding industry give little clue, while work since then with Orbital, Sting, Adrian Utley (Portishead), Martin Green (Lau), Martin Hayes, The Voice Squad, Charles Hazlewood, The Moulettes and German composer Werner Cee is so disparate that making predictions is impossible. Definable only by their restless, peerless eccentricity, The Unthanks see folk music less as a style of music and more as a oral history that offers perspective on our own time. Their unique approach to storytelling straddles the complex relationship between modernism and learning from the past. Staunch traditionalism and sonic adventure may seem like polar opposites, yet they are easy bedfellows in the gentle hands of The Unthanks. 'The Unthanks seem to regard folk music the same way Miles Davis regarded jazz: as a launch pad for exploring the wider possibilities' Uncut 'There really is no better folk band in the land' Q Magazine ** 14+ only. 14s to 16s must be accompanied by an adult. **

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Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band

on Wed, 11 Mar 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Phil Beer (solo)

on Thu, 12 Mar 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 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. With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit. Press Reviews A Phil Beer gig is one spent in the company of a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer Spiral Earth Phil Beer seems able to play anything with strings, and the back drop of instruments lining the stage barely leaves room for hima highly accomplished musician, a very funny man, and a night to remember - Froots Magazine A Phil Beer solo gig is far more than a folk concert. As well as a raft of fantastic anecdotes, he dropped in on a range of American musical greats: Hoyt Axton, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle and blues legends, Reverend Gary Davis and Blind Willie Dixon - Nottingham Post www.philbeer.co.uk

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Chris Wood

on Thu, 12 Mar 2015 at Frome Rook Lane Chapel 7.00pm

Promoted by Ash Keys Music www.ashkeysmusic.com www.chriswoodmusic.co.uk/ Nominated Best Original Song 'None the Wiser' BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 Songwriter of the Year Spiral Earth Awards 2014 Folk Singer of the Year & Best Original Song 'Hollow Point' BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011 Criticised by an art school lecturer as having a remarkable eye for trivia Chris Wood's love of small things has made him one of England's most vivid and arresting song writers. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. Hollow Point is his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezez and Wood's feel for the sheer "one thing after another-ness" of life allows us, for the first time, to see the event through the eyes of the victim.

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Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

on Fri, 13 Mar 2015 at Bristol The Folk House 7.30pm

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. www.josienneclarke.co.uk

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Alasdair Roberts

on Fri, 13 Mar 2015 at Guildford The Electric Theatre 7.30pm

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Richard Digance

on Fri, 13 Mar 2015 at Bognor Regis Seasons 7.30pm - 11pm

Richard is one of the `greats` of the entertainment world. His careers spans TV, radio, Festivals, World Tours - you name it he`s done it ! His style of entertainment is hugely enjoyable and his humour and playing talent as sharp as ever

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Richard Digance

on Fri, 13 Mar 2015 at Bognor Regis Seasons 7.30pm - 11pm

Richard is one of the `greats` of the entertainment world. His careers spans TV, radio, Festivals, World Tours - you name it he`s done it ! His style of entertainment is hugely enjoyable and his humour and playing talent as sharp as ever

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The Phil Beer Band

on Fri, 13 Mar 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil's treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner (Little Johnny England), Steve Crickett (Arizona Smoke Review), Nick Quarmby (Colvin Quarmby), Olivia Dunn (Mad Dog McCrae) and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues once again this year. Phil Beer is the multi-instrumentalist half of England's foremost acoustic duo 'Show of Hands'. His instrumental wizardry is well documented and has been utilised by countless artists over the years, the most notable being 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 many forays into film and television music as well as finding time to produce and record albums for other artistes. While having his feet firmly in the 'Acoustic' camp, he has kept his hand in with electric music with an annual outing of The Phil Beer Band. These have become increasingly popular, and are now packing out venues on an regular basis. The current line-up of the band features : Phil Beer Guitars/Fiddles/Mandolins/Vocals Gareth Turner Melodeons Steve Crickett Drums Nick Quarmby Bass/Vocals Oliva Dunn Fiddle/Vocals The Band plays a unique blend of folk 'n' roll which is quite unlike any other band currently on the circuit. They cannot be pigeonholed as Folk Rock! The Guardian once described their sound as where Steve Earle & Richard Thompson Collide. Gareth Turner has been a member of the Albion Band and is the Melodeon player and tunesmith of the already critically acclaimed 'Little Johnny England'. Miranda Sykes is a much sought-after musician on the folk 'n roll scene, having played with Pressgang and The Bill Jones Band, apart from playing with the Phil Beer Band she is also the 'third man' in Show of Hands! Nick Quarmby plays bass with Colvin Quarmby as well as being part of the legendary 'The Dockery Boys'. Steve Crickett divides his time between playing drums and helping manage a provincial theatre. He and Phil have been in several bands over the years including the now legendary 'Arizona Smoke Revue', the roots rock sensation of the early '80s. Press Reviews Phil Beer Band 'Where Steve Earle and Richard Thompson collide' The Guardian 'Phil Beer can turn his hand to almost every stringed instrument known to man' The Scotsman The Band offers a fast, frenetic, feel-good evening with a generous helping of humour and sees Phil picking up his electric guitar for a change - North Devon Echo www.philbeer.co.uk

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Garth Hewitt - Something For The Soul Tour

on Fri, 13 Mar 2015 at Bakewell All Saints' Church Doors open 7.00pm, concert at 7.30 pm

Garth Hewitt has been writing and singing songs of peace and justice for 40 years. He established Amos Trust in 1985 to give voice to the untold stories of the forgotten communities he met during his singing around the world, and to pursue his commitment to justice and peace. The concert will include songs and stories about communities in Palestine, Nicaragua and elsewhere campaigning for justice.

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Blowzabella Day @ Holmfirth Civic Hall

on Sat, 14 Mar 2015 at Holmfirth Civic Hall Workshops 10am-5pm. Dance - 7pm-midnight

Blowzabella Day Saturday 14th March 2015. Holmfirth Civic Hall. Huddersfield Rd, Holmfirth. HD9 3AS Queries? Ask Blowzabella on 0788 794 8853 or paul@pauljames.eu. Workshops - 10am to 5pm. Dance - Doors open 7pm. Starts 7:30pm. Finishes 11:30pm. Hot food, bar. About Blowzabella Day Blowzabella have been staging folk music and dance workshop events in Britain and abroad for 30 years. The aim is to encourage people of all ages and abilities to participate at whatever level they are comfortable with. Many participants have gone on to form bands and dance groups as a result of attending Blowzabella workshops. All the members of the band are highly experienced at teaching people of all ages and abilities. About Blowzabella Blowzabella is Andy Cutting diatonic button accordion; Jo Freya vocals, saxophone, clarinet, whistle; Paul James border bagpipes, saxophones, whistle; Gregory Jolivet hurdy-gurdy; David Shepherd violin; Barn Stradling bass guitar; Jon Swayne border bagpipes, saxophone. The band make an inimitable, driving, drone-based sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. They compose their own music which is influenced by English and European traditional dance music. Many of the tunes they've composed are standards in the modern British/European folk repertoire and are played by people all over the world. Bands across Europe who experiment with folk music often cite Blowzabella as a major influence. www.blowzabella.co.uk/ 10am-12:45pm. Dance & Band Workshops. Dance Workshop led by Jo Freya and Dave Shepherd - with Andy Cutting, Gregory Jolivet and Jon Swayne providing the music. Some great, but less well known English traditional dances and some of the European couple dances that Blowzabella have popularised over the last 30+ years. The aim of the workshop is to help you get the most from the evening dance. All ages and abilities. Beginners are welcome. There's plenty for experienced dancers to learn too. Queries? music@jofreya.com or davidr.shepherd@ntlworld.com Folk Big Band Workshop led by Paul James and Barn Stradling. Arranging folk dance tunes together as a band. All ages, all abilities, any instrument. It's not about technical ability, it's all about creating interesting sounds together. You don't need any previous experience of playing folk music. You do need to be able to play a simple tune by ear or from music. The band will perform at the evening dance. Queries? paul@pauljames.eu 2pm-5pm. Music & Song Workshops. Diatonic button accordion & melodeon (G/D). Andy Cutting. Suitable for intermediate and more advanced players. The basic standard required to get the most from this workshop is to be able to learn a simple folk dance tune by ear and play it at the right tempo with others. Queries? Email andy@andy-cutting.co.uk. Bagpipes (bagpipes in G). Jon Swayne. For any type of pipes with half-closed or open fingering, a conical bore and some ability to cross-finger / play semi-tones (for example, Flemish, French or Border bagpipes). The basic standard required to get the most from this workshop is to be able to learn a simple folk dance tune by ear and play it at the right tempo with others. Queries? Email jon@jonswayne.com Bagpipes for beginners (bagpipes in G). Paul James. If there is any demand, Paul will do a workshop for beginners from 2-4pm and the participants can then join in with Jon's workshop for the last hour if they wish. Queries? paul@pauljames.eu Hurdy-Gurdy (hurdy-gurdies mainly in D but also G). Gregory Jolivet. The basic standard required to get the most from this workshop is to be able to learn a simple folk dance tune by ear and play it at the right tempo with others. Queries? Email gregjolivet@gmail.com Fiddle. Dave Shepherd. Mostly English traditional tunes and tips on rhythm and style. The basic standard required to get the most from this workshop is to be able to learn a simple folk dance tune by ear and play it at the right tempo with others. Some music will be available on the day. Queries? Email davidr.shepherd@ntlworld.com Singing. Jo Freya. Taking traditional songs and singing them in harmony as a group. All ages and abilities welcome. No need to be able to read music. The emphasis is on creating a great sound by arranging these beautiful songs for the voices that come. Queries? music@jofreya.com www.blowzabella.co.uk www.facebook.com/blowzabella www.twitter.com/blowzabella Buy Blowzabella tunes books and albums .. www.blowzabella.co.uk/shop

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O'hooley And Tidow

on Sat, 14 Mar 2015 at Broseley Birchmeadow Centre Doors 7:30pm

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Brooks Williams & Lightning Express

on Sat, 14 Mar 2015 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7.30pm

Pan-Americana Roots 'n Blues, doused in Moonshine alt-Billy and delicious Dixie Net Rhythms Brooks Williams & Lightning Express bring together Statesboro Georgia born roots guitarist Brooks Williams with bassist Andy Seward and drummer Keith Angel (aka Lightning Express). The resulting sound is Transatlantic in the truest sense of the word, where Angel's kickin' world grooves and Seward's northern soul-like bass-lines meet Williams' blues-soaked Americana. It's an upbeat, danceable mix of rootsy funkiness and intelligent twang. The three met when recording Williams' 2013 break-through album, New Everything, and were so excited about the resulting sound that they decided to take it on the road. Their first official gig was at none other than the legendary Cropredy Festival in 2013, playing on the big stage to 20,000 people. Williams says, I've toured mostly solo for nearly 28 years, and am so pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with Andy [Seward] and Keith [Angel]. They not only understand American roots music, but bring a wealth of experience in English folk and savvy Brit rock that takes my music to new places. Believe it or not, Lightning Express is my first band! Williams, ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, is one of the most versatile and entertaining performers on the roots music scene today. From Statesboro Georgia USA, he is a proverbial triple threat: a fiery guitarist, a smooth-as-silk vocalist, and stunning songwriter. Martin Simpson says, I've known Brooks for many years. He's a lovely player, a lovely singer, and a great writer and a lovely man. The real thing. Andy Seward has played bass for just about everyone imaginable and has produced some of the biggest artist in the UK folk scene. His credits read like a virtual who's who and include Kate Rusby, Martin Simpson, Kris Drever, Jon Tams, Heidi Talbot, Eddi Reader, John McCusker, The Finks, and the BBC Radio Ballads. Keith Angel is a drummer/percussionist extraordinaire and owner of Wavelength Studio in Doncaster. His list of credits includes The Finks, Martin Simpson, Fay Heild, John McCusker, Kate Rusby, Jon Tams. Absoultely beyond criticism! fRoots www.brookswilliams.com/lightningexpress

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An Acoustic Evening With Nine Below Zero's Frontmen Dennis Greaves And Mark Feltham

on Sat, 14 Mar 2015 at Kingkerswell Parish Church - St Marys doors 7pm

Nine Below Zero's founding members, Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham are going back to their blues roots and will perform a series of intimate, acoustic concerts as a duo. These will be the first 'old style' blues shows the pair will perform in the 35 years they have been working together. Covering songs by blues legends such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo and Leadbelly. They will also play unplugged versions of well known Nine Below Zero material. Dennis said we will continue to play the bigger venues with the whole band, but Mark and I are looking forward to getting up close with audiences who, like us, are fans of the blues. As well as playing the songs, it will also be nice to talk about the artists who inspired so many of the great British Blues Bands of the 1960s, who in turn went on to inspire us.

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Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

on Sat, 14 Mar 2015 at Falmouth The Tolmen Centre Venue 6pm Curtain 7.30pm

Double BBC 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. 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. Their first major album together ‐ Fire and Fortune ‐ confirmed their place among the very best musicians of their generation and reached No. 1 on the UK Amazon folk chart. Pre-show meals must be booked in advance on 01326 341353

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Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

on Sat, 14 Mar 2015 at Falmouth The Tolmen Centre Venue 6pm Curtain 7.30pm

Double BBC 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. 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. Their first major album together ‐ Fire and Fortune ‐ confirmed their place among the very best musicians of their generation and reached No. 1 on the UK Amazon folk chart. Pre-show meals must be booked in advance on 01326 341353

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Ben Glover & Angel Snow

on Sun, 15 Mar 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7pm Show Starts 8pm

Ben Glover Ben Glover hails from Glenarm, Co Antrim, a small coastal village in Northern Ireland. This singer/songwriter, inspired by the sounds of Dylan, Cohen, and Cash, traded in a degree in law to pursue music. Glover has been compared to Ryan Adams, David Gray and Bruce Springsteen and has been called one one of the finest writers in Ireland today. He now lives in Nashville. Ben has garnered rave album and concert reviews from across the globe and has toured extensively both as an opening act as well as a headliner with the likes of Vince Gill, Mickey Raphael, Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters and Jason Mraz. His songs have been used in feature films such as 'Finding Joy,' and 'Light Years,' and the hit webisode series 'Adults Only.' TV programs such as MTV's 'The Real World' and Sky's 'Stella' have used many of Ben's songs and The BBC and Coca Cola have chosen his music for ad campaigns. 'Ben Glover's new album Do We Burn The Boats? is an absolute triumph.' - The Irish News 'Ben Glover is blessed with a very special voice, and having written 'Through The Noise, Through The Night', shows his ear is also finely tuned to the vicissitudes of the human condition. 'Full Moon Child' sounds, to me, like a modern classic.' Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue & BBC) Angel Snow The highest calibre of artistry is often intertwined with the deepest sincerity, as is the case with rising star Angel Snow, whose music is the truest and most honest reflection of her life. Her story plays out in self-penned songs, where detail by detail she lets the listener in on her innermost thoughts, hopes, and dreams. Fate and faithful perseverance have brought Snow to the present, as she prepares to release her second full-length set. With a major boost from acclaimed star Alison Krauss, Snow's lifelong dreams are coming to fruition. Krauss and Union Station recorded three songs written by Snow for the deluxe edition of the band's latest album. After meeting at a mutual friend's house, Alison felt like her brother Viktor and Angel would have cool creative chemistry. She was right because a week later the pair wrote the song 'Lie Awake' on their first meeting and the song ended up on the new Alison Krauss and Union Station record. In the two years since meeting Viktor, a renowned musician in his own right, they have written dozens of songs and started work on Snow's sophomore album. With Viktor as producer, they recruited stellar session players including drummer Matt Chamberlain. The album has eight new songs as well as a few updated tracks originally found on her well-received debut, Fortune Tellers.

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Chris Wood

on Sun, 15 Mar 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Chris Wood has been nominated for BBC Folk Award 12 times and received 6 awards from just three albums. Joan Armatrading was so taken with Chris's writing she invited him as special guest onto her 50 date UK tour. During the Armatrading tour, he's travelled the country, eavesdropping on conversations from pound shops to tea rooms, army recruiting centres to hotel saunas collecting 'the poetry of recession'. His response is, None The Wiser, a fourth solo album. Four remarkable solo albums in, and Wood has again raised the bar.Nobody comes even close to equalling his bird's-eye-view round these parts lately, but None the Wiser will effortlessly feed appetites for sharp-toothed musical inventiveness in the meantime. The Irish Times "It's impossible to say that Wood becomes better and better - how many gradations of excellent can there be? What he does is become subtler, his words more incisive, his images both more precise and impressionistic." -Stirrings

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Jon Gomm

on Sun, 15 Mar 2015 at Cardiff The Full Moon 7:30pm

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Lily Neill

on Mon, 16 Mar 2015 at London Green Note Doors open 7:00pm, Live Music Starts 8:30pm

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. ---------------- Acclaimed international harp player Lily Neill brings her dynamic repertoire, from original compositions to Irish jigs and reels to Finnish tangos, together in a programme that explores a kaleidoscope of music on one of the world's oldest and most fascinating instruments.Lily has performed with Irish legends, "The Chieftains", "Kila" and Finnish rock band, "Carmen Gray".Her solo performances allow the harp's multi-faceted personality to come to the fore in an ideal listening platform for an instrument with a truly illustrious, rich history.

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Skyhook

on Wed, 18 Mar 2015 at Lowdham The Old Ship Inn Doors 7.30pm, Concert 8pm

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"faustus" @ The Hungry Horse Folk Club

on Thu, 19 Mar 2015 at Ellesmere Port Whitby Sports & Social Club Doors 7-30pm, Concert starts 8-15pm

"FAUSTUS" are the multi-talented trio of singers/musicians - Paul Sartin, Saul Rose and Benji Kirkpatrick. Paul and Benji are members of folk mega band Bellowhead. Paul is also part of the duo Belshazzar's Feast. Saul - Whapweasel, Waterson/Carthy, Kings of Calicutt. We are delighted to have them at the club. Folk tradition at its very very best.

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Whiskey In The Jar

on Fri, 20 Mar 2015 at Chorley Little Theatre 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)

Join the North-West's top Irish folk band, Whiskey In The Jar, to celebrate St Patrick's Day (slightly late). A night of new and traditional songs, story-telling, and singalongs with the multi-talented band that recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary.

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Sheelanagig

on Fri, 20 Mar 2015 at Leicester The Donkey 8.30pm

'High octane stuff...Would liven any party and keep the floor full' - fRoots Sheelanagig deliver intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style. Formed in early 2005 the band had an instant chemistry, gained a considerable following and quickly earned a reputation for their exhilarating and intense live performances. This group of incredible players force you to dance your socks off and have a great time. Their live shows have grown to incorporate aspects of street theatre, elements of storytelling and even acrobatics. In short, expect mayhem, a lot of laughs and some great music.

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Ranagri

on Fri, 20 Mar 2015 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing Bar opens at 6.30 pm, doors at 7.30 pm

Nestled between the Wicklow Mountains and County Carlow lies a stunning area of lush farmland. Cattle graze, small outbuildings lie crumbling, and a pot of tea still heats over the turf fire; a place of untouched natural beauty, of peace and contemplation, away from the speed of the city. This is Ranagri. Four London musicians; one traditional Irish player, two classically trained, and one blues singer and guitarist, all with a passion for folk music. A meeting in a pub in Richmond and the story of 'Ranagri the band' begins. Donal Rogers (vocals and guitar), Eliza Marshall (flutes/ethnic whistles), Jean Kelly (electric-harp) and Tad Sargent (bodhran and bouzouki) are all well established within the music industry. They have recorded and performed with many artists including Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Paloma Faith, Cara Dillon, Luke Daniels, Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, James Horner the list goes on. However, between them all lies one common thread the desire to have their own band and play their own music. Donal Rogers grew up between England and Ranagri, where his family have lived for over 300 years. Much of his youth was spent sharing his love of music with his brother, singing the old Irish folk songs of the Clancy's and the Fureys, whilst setting up their own bands to include influences of blues and rock. Irish harpist Jean Kelly hails from a family of several generations of musicians. She left Ireland to pursue a scholarship at the Royal College of Music, London, but continued to play the music of her homeland. Tad Sargent visited Ireland throughout his childhood, becoming enchanted with traditional Irish music and taking to the bodhran in his later teens. Influenced by musicians such as John Joe Kelly and Damien Quinn, he also loved to play along to Afro Celt Sound System and Michael Jackson. Eliza had a deep connection with Scotland and Africa, taking much inspiration from their culture and music whilst learning the likes of Shostakovich and Bach at the Royal Academy of Music. Having travelled and worked in many different countries, all types of world music have impacted her playing. Ranagri fuse worldwide folk music with quality contemporary songwriting, enhanced by virtuosic instrumentals, vibrant rhythms and haunting melodies, all interlaced with vivid storytelling. The hybrid combination of these players brings a melting pot of creativity. Such different musical backgrounds makes for a fantastic mixture of new sounds and ideas. Echoes of Pentangle, Jethro Tull and new Celtic folk sounds - cemented by strong contemporary song-writing ~ RTE Lyric FM

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Blowzabella Day @ Cecil Sharp House

on Sat, 21 Mar 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House 10am-5pm

Saturday 21st March 2015. Cecil Sharp House. 2 Regents Park Road, London. NW1 Guests: CIAC BOUM (Poitou, France), Gaorsach Rapper (UK). Doors 9:30am. Workshops 10am-5pm. Evening gig 7pm-11pm. Good food, bar, sessions. Queries? 0788 794 8853 paul@pauljames.eu ABOUT BLOWZABELLA Blowzabella is Andy Cutting diatonic button accordion; Jo Freya vocals, saxophone, clarinet; Paul James bagpipes, saxophones; Gregory Jolivet hurdy-gurdy; David Shepherd violin; Barn Stradling bass guitar; Jon Swayne bagpipes, saxophone. The band make an inimitable, driving, drone-based sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. They compose their own music which is influenced by English and European traditional dance music. All the band members compose and many of their tunes are standards in the modern British/European folk repertoire and are played by people all over the world. Bands across Europe who experiment with folk music often cite Blowzabella as a major influence. Blowzabella have been staging folk music and dance workshop events in Britain and abroad for 30 years. All the members of the band are highly experienced at teaching people of all ages and abilities. The band make a point of inviting up and coming home grown talent as well as staging many debut appearances in the UK for the best European folk dance bands around. Organised for the band by Paul James, the aim of their workshop events is always to encourage people of all ages and abilities to participate at whatever level they are comfortable with. There's plenty for people with previous experience to enjoy and add to their knowledge and skills, but you don't need to know anything about folk music or dance to participate. Many participants have gone on to form bands and dance groups as a result of attending these workshops. www.blowzabella.co.uk www.facebook.com/blowzabella www.twitter.com/blowzabella

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Miranda Sykes And Rex Preston

on Sat, 21 Mar 2015 at Woodmancote New Village Hall Doors/bar opens at 7.15pm, concert starts at 8pm.

Unreserved seating. Woodmancote Village Hall has its own car park.

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Jonn Gomm

on Sat, 21 Mar 2015 at Devizes St Mary's Church Doors 8pm. Support 9pm. Jon Gomm at 10pm.

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O'hooley & Tidow

on Sat, 21 Mar 2015 at Lewes The Con Club Doors 7.30pm

Back for the third time with us and this time a larger venue as we have sold out both the past shows. This duo have gone from strength to strength in 2014, performing at Glastonbury and so many other festivals, taking part in a charity record project with Billy Bragg and touring non stop across the land - and we are delighted to have them back!

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Martin Simpson

on Sun, 22 Mar 2015 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette doors 7pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbvqxLxx3pI http://www.martinsimpson.com/ This is a very rare intimate concert and a chance to see Martin in front of the famous washing machines. Tickets are £30 in advance and in the unlikely event of the show not being a sell out £35 on the door. Tickets also available at Old Cinema Launderette. Contact mrwishywashypresents@gmail.com for further information. Mix of seating (V.LIMITED) and standing. Doors 7pm. Support ( if arranged) around 7.45pm. Headline around 8.30pm. We serve Real & Craft Ales, Lagers, Wines. Ciders and Spirits along with OCC Coffee, Yorkshire Tea and Twinnings Fruit Teas... and of course soft drinks. Facebook - Launderette Sessions Twitter - @LaunderetteSess Instagram - Launderette_Sessions Trip Advisor Events at Old Cinema Launderette (Durham) About Martin 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. There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, Love Never Dies to the profoundly moving Never Any Good and "One Day". His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan and many more. Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens". 2012's nominations for Martin include, Best Album for 'Purpose & Grace", Best Traditional Track for "The Lakes Of Ponchartrain" and Best Musician. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.

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The Little Unsaid

on Sun, 22 Mar 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm

The Little Unsaid is the pseudonym of John Elliott, Yorkshire-born multi-instrumentalist, producer and writer who records and performs a unique blend of folk, electronica, poetic lyricism and lavish orchestration. The 2013 album 'Dig For The Promise' was mixed and co-produced by Graeme Stewart (producer and engineer for Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead). It featured acoustic arrangements entwined around electronic beats and melodies constructed from 'found sounds,' which were recorded around the streets of London. The single 'Midnight On An Island' received repeated BBC 6 radio play and was hailed by esteemed indie music blog Dots and Dashes as one of the genre's 'grandest successes thus far.' This summer saw the release of a five track EP combined with a book of poetry under the collective title 'A Filthy Hunger,' exploring themes of distorted human connection in the modern world. The music was recorded with producer/engineer Brett Shaw (Daughter, Florence and the Machine) with John writing all the parts and playing all of the instruments himself aside from the string arrangements, which were performed by regular collaborators the Southfields String Quartet. The project was crowd-funded by fans using pre-orders and exclusive offers such as limited edition artwork, remixes and private home concerts. A UK tour and return to major festivals such as Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party will follow the release. John has also written screenplays for award-winning short films, the most recent of which is titled Job and is set for release across European film festivals later this year. 'A giddying conflation of folk, electronica and lavish orchestrationone of the supposed genre's grandest successes thus far' Dots and Dashes 'F***ing brilliant!' Mary Guibert (Jeff Buckley's mother) 'Something of sheer beauty' Emerging Icons

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Rita Payne

on Sun, 22 Mar 2015 at Manchester The Castle Hotel Doors at 7:30pm

Coming to the Castle Hotel 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. www.thecastlehotel.info

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Jim Moray

on Sun, 22 Mar 2015 at Shrewsbury The Hive Doors 7pm, Show 7.45pm

One of the most inventive artists working in traditional folk music today, hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk performers.

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Eddi Reader

on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 at London Cecil Sharp House Doors at 7pm, start time 7.30pm

Award-winning Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi has carved out a career over the past three decades that places her as one of the most successful musicians in the UK. Having shot to fame with British soft rock/folk band Fairground Attraction, Eddi has had a highly successful solo career and was awarded an MBE in 2006 for her services to music. Aside from her unmistakable voice, it is her ability to embed emotion deep within her songs and performances that really sets her apart from her peers. She delivers traditional tunes with the same vigour and spellbinding passion as her more contemporary songs. This gig her first performance at Cecil Sharp House will see Eddi perform much loved classics alongside songs from her Back the Dogs EP, released in October 2014.

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Hat Fitz & Cara

on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 at Southampton The Talking Heads Doors at 7.30pm

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Jon Gomm

on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 at Brighton Komedia Doors 7:30pm

over 14s (under 16s accompanied by adult)

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Pete Coe

on Wed, 25 Mar 2015 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath doors 7.15; start 7.45pm

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Marrakesh Express

on Wed, 25 Mar 2015 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

A live performance of music from The Byrds and Crosby Stills Nash & Young: remarkable music from a remarkable time. The Marrakesh Express are John Butler, Rick Wilson, and Adam Ellis. Together these three great voices deliver a note perfect performance of some of the finest harmony singing in all music. From the early Byrds classics such as Mr Tambourine Man, Turn Turn Turn and 8 Miles High, to the later CSNY songs such as Guinevere, Our House, Ohio and more, the band take the audience back to a time of protest, revolution, dropping out, and making great music. This is the only show of its kind, and a truly brilliant night's entertainment. The Byrds for me are more important than the Beatles, and David Crosby is the last word in rhythm guitar playing. (John Butler -Diesel Park West, Marrakesh Express) If there are any better bands than this in Britain today I'd like to hear them. (The Evening Standard). www.myspace.com/themarrakeshexpressuk

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An Acoustic Evening With Nine Below Zero's Frontmen Dennis Greaves And Mark Feltham

on Thu, 26 Mar 2015 at Birmingham Hare and Hounds doors 7.30pm

Nine Below Zero's founding members, Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham are going back to their blues roots and will perform a series of intimate, acoustic concerts as a duo. These will be the first 'old style' blues shows the pair will perform in the 35 years they have been working together. Covering songs by blues legends such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo and Leadbelly. They will also play unplugged versions of well known Nine Below Zero material. Dennis said we will continue to play the bigger venues with the whole band, but Mark and I are looking forward to getting up close with audiences who, like us, are fans of the blues. As well as playing the songs, it will also be nice to talk about the artists who inspired so many of the great British Blues Bands of the 1960s, who in turn went on to inspire us.

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Jon Gomm At Leaf, Liverpool

on Thu, 26 Mar 2015 at Liverpool Leaf Doors 7.30pm, music 8.00pm

Thursday 26th March 2015 sees the return of Jon Gomm to Liverpool's Leaf on Bold Street as his UK tour rolls into town. Following his sold-out gig at Leaf in September 2013 this show is already set to be one of the must-see gigs of the year. Support TBC

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Reg Meuross

on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 at London The Ivy House - Nunhead Door 7pm

* Door 7pm * DJ FlapJackDavey 7 - 8pm and 11pm onwards * Live music 8-11pm includes two sets from Reg Meuross plus a set from each of the support acts. * Mix of row seats and standing room * Concessionary tickets are for the unwaged (ie no paid employment) - proof required at the door on the night. Please note that we have an allocation of ten concessionary online tickets for each of our concerts - first come first served! * Tickets on the door (where still available) will be priced at £11/9 * 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 welcome provided they sit quietly without disturbing other members of the audience. If you are unsure about this, please contact us before buying tickets for children. * Food and real ale available! 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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Reg Meuross

on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 at London The Ivy House - Nunhead Door 7pm

* Door 7pm * DJ FlapJackDavey 7 - 8pm and 11pm onwards * Live music 8-11pm includes two sets from Reg Meuross plus a set from each of the support acts. * Mix of row seats and standing room * Concessionary tickets are for the unwaged (ie no paid employment) - proof required at the door on the night. Please note that we have an allocation of ten concessionary online tickets for each of our concerts - first come first served! * Tickets on the door (where still available) will be priced at £11/9 * 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 welcome provided they sit quietly without disturbing other members of the audience. If you are unsure about this, please contact us before buying tickets for children. * Food and real ale available! 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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Sean Taylor

on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 at Bangor Blue Sky Cafe Doors 7pm Gig starts 8pm

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The Levels Collective: Alasdair Roberts

on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 at Bridgwater Arts Centre 8pm

Glasgow based musician Alasdair Roberts is an exceptional guitarist and lyricist. He is one of the most championed artists on Folk Radio UK which makes this night a very special one. He is primarily a singer, acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, writer/composer of new songs and interpreter of traditional songs and ballads. Described by The Wire 'as the sound of new myths and new music being hewn from folk's stone.'

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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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Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 at Hepworth Village Hall Doors 7:30 Start 8:00pm

Two years ago this duo won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and Ciaran, then 16, rather endearingly thanked his teacher for letting him have the time off school to collect the award. Since then its been a remarkable couple of years; a cricitically acclaimed debut album, winning the Horizon Award at the Radio 2 Folk awards 2014 at the Albert Hall and playing a whole series of festivals including Cambridge and Cropredy and continuing to tour folk clubs whilst finding time to maintain their educational studies and release their second album. We have seen them a couple of times this year and been really impressed, they just keep better & we are really pleased they are coming to Hepworth.

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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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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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Barluath

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

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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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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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2014 Bbc Folk Awards Best Duo Winners - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

on Sat, 4 Apr 2015 at Portsmouth The Square Tower Doors Open: 7:15pm.

A truly unique young duo, at the forefront of the new global folk movement. They will amaze you with their astonishing instrumental virtuosity, their genre-bending material and their warm personalities. A force to be reckoned with! Recently described as Authentic, haunting roots music from a first class duo (Seth Lakeman), Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are on of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk / roots/ acoustic scene in recent years - a journey that resulted in their winning the Best Duo in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. With a rapidly expanding following and a truly unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres, the duo have been touring constantly for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go. Phil and Hannah play songs and tunes on Dobro, fiddle, harmonica that are textured, hypnotic and utterly captivating. Phillip Henry is a master craftsman on the slide-guitar and harmonica and has a fine, clear voicehe is one of the most extraordinary musicians around. (Steve Knightley, Show Of Hands) The bands much anticipated 2nd album release, Mynd proved to be an extraordinary piece of work that attracted wide acclaim from both the public and their colleagues in the music industry, and led to their award as Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards. What The Critics Are Saying: On hearing the first notes of the first track I knew that I was listening to a modern classic. One of the most exciting albums I've heard in years (Mike Harding) Subtle, atmospheric, bravely original (Robin Deneslow, The Guardian) An imaginative and innovative album - songs that linger in the memory held together by the fine musicianship of Henry and Martin. Strong and original - an unusual treat (Martin Chilton, Daily Telegraph) Eloquent performers - a musical success story (Fiona Tarkington, BBC Radio 3)

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Andy Irvine

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Andy Irvine

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

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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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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 And Davey Arthur

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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Whiskey In The Jar

on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 at Tiverton Community Arts Theatre 8.00pm (doors 7.00pm)

Sean Cannon leadman with the now disbanded DUBLINERS (but recently re-formed Dublin Legends) plays the Arts Theatre on Saturday April 18th. For 4 decades Sean has been a firm favourite on the live music circuit, and has built up a huge reputation as a musician, singer and raconteur. Taking time away from his busy touring schedules around Britain and Europe, this Irish gem will be joined by his 2 highly talented sons James and Robert to present a wonderful evening of ever popular Irish songs, jigs, soft ballads and fine Celtic music, all played with the usual Irish charm and passion with a bit of blarney thrown in for good measure. So, come and sing along with this fine trio to Whiskey in the Jar, Black Velvet Band, Irish Rover, Molly Malone and more. Reserved seats £12.50 are available from the box office - call or telephone 01884 233741 - open 6 days 9.00am - 5.30pm

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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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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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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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The James Fagan Brothers

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

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Martin Stephenson

on Wed, 22 Apr 2015 at Bakewell The Medway Centre 7.30pm

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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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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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Forest Folk & Roots Launch - Urban Folk Quartet

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Marston Moretaine The Forest Centre Doors 7.00pm, Show starts 7.30pm

The renowned Urban Folk Quartet are supported by local 'psychadelic folk' outfit Blessem for the launch of our series of Folk, roots, blues and world music nights at the Forest Centre. With light juggling, licensed bar, and free parking. [Please note: Concessionary price available for unemployed, NUS card holders, carers, Volunteers and Friends of the Forest, from The Forest Centre directly, only. Please call 01234 767037]

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Forest Folk & Roots Launch - Urban Folk Quartet

on Fri, 24 Apr 2015 at Marston Moretaine The Forest Centre Doors 7.00pm, Show starts 7.30pm

The renowned Urban Folk Quartet are supported by local 'psychadelic folk' outfit Blessem for the launch of our series of Folk, roots, blues and world music nights at the Forest Centre. With light juggling, licensed bar, and free parking.

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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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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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Cale Tyson

on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 at Portsmouth The Square Tower Doors Open 7.00PM

Cale is the first 'country singer' for a long time who can be genuinely referred to as 'the real deal!'. Exclusive House Concert in the upstairs room of..The Square Tower Limited to 32 people only 10 New Country artists you need to know (Rolling Stone) I still don't know how we did it, but we've managed to get highly acclaimed young American singer / songwriter Cale Tyson down to Portsmouth on his first ever UK tour! AND It's one of our fabulous House Concerts which we hold in the upstairs room of the Square Tower - up close and personal, and totally acoustic just as the songs were written and meant to be heard. This will be a great chance to catch Cale in our intimate, historic venue - this boy is going to be huge (check out the quotes)!! Cale Tyson is a singer, songwriter and guitar player from Nashville, Tennessee. Born in a small town in Texas, he was raised in Fort Worth, the home of Townes Van Zandt and the place where he first heard the classic country sounds that have inspired and enriched his gentle, melancholy, and undeniably whiskey-soaked sound. With a nostalgic heart and an ear for melodies from long ago, Tyson's latest EP, High On Lonesome is a beautiful collection of songs that continue the legacy of some of the legendary songwriters whose music he first heard as a child - Gram Parsons, Guy Clark and Willie Nelson, to name but a few. Recorded in Nashville, High On Lonesome features some of the town's finest players including guitarist Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart), keys player Tyson Rogers (Don Williams), John McTigue (Brazilbilly) on drums and Mike Rinne (Caitlin Rose and Andrew Combs) on bass. The end result is at once a loving tribute to the great country songwriters that have come before him and also a persuasive plea to those who might think that country music's best days have been and gone. As long as Cale Tyson has a say in it, the best days might yet be still to come. What The Critics Are Saying.. Cale Tyson is, unashamedly, a throwback. A chugging hollow-body here, a whiskey soaked pedal-steel there, his first release a 7-track mini album sounds like something dug out of a vault from the 1970s deep south and cranked through an old transistor radio. If you hadn't figured by now, it's also deeply beautiful. (Spiral Earth) 'High On Lonesome' will appeal to fans of Gram, Hank, Merle and many other country legends. But it is so much more than that. Cale Tyson has delivered a heart-breaking confession which suggest that a long career beckons (Songwriting Magazine) The old soul in a young body thing has been having a moment since Amy ­Winehouse walked among us, and now it seems to have spread ­seamlessly from soul to country. First came ­Canadian Daniel Romano and now the ranks are swelled by the 23-year-old Texan Cale Tyson, who seems to have ­inherited the increasingly rare talent to country yodel (Independent on Sunday)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. En suite rooms also available at Clennell Hall Hotel, contact hotel for prices and availability. If camping, please state dimensions of tents, etc. as pitches will be allocated. Please note - no dogs allowed in the hall or marquee. Early-bird ticket prices valid until 31st December.

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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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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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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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Reivers Rock And Blues Festival

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

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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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Tim Eriksen & Eliza Carthy

on Wed, 27 May 2015 at Saltaire Caroline Social Club Doors 7pm Show Starts 8pm

As well as both wearing their hearts on their sleeves, Tim and Eliza also share an outward-looking musical vision, drawing inspiration from a broad range of sources. When we heard that Tim and Eliza were doing some rare duo dates to plug the live album 'Bottle' captured during their 2013 tour and couldn't resist bringing them to The Live Room! Simply one of the greats of the modern folk music scene, Eliza was recently presented with an MBE for her services to folk music and has been twice-nominated for a prestigious Nationwide Mercury Music Prize with 1998's 'Red Rice' and 2003's 'Anglicana'. She is also the winner of more than five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, has presented awards for MOJO magazine and been invited to judge at both the Q Awards and the Ivor Novello Awards. In 2003 she became the first English traditional musician to be nominated for a BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music. She was a regular co-presenter on the Sony-Award-winning BBC R2 Mark Radcliffe show and has made several appearances on BBC TV's 'Later With Jools Holland', as well as various TV shows across the World including NBC's Late Show with Conan O'Brian. In