Belshazzar's Feast

on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 at Croydon The Oval Tavern 7:30pm

Last year they sold out and we had to turn so many people away, so this time the Feastie Boys are in Croydon for two nights! 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, previously of BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

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Anna Macdonald

on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 at London Green Note 7:30pm

Anna MacDonald sings Gaelic songs from her new folk album in a voice so lovely it could silence the birds of Barra The Glasgow Herald Anna MacDonald is a multi-instrumentalist singer and songwriter whose celtic roots shine through her songs whether sung in Scots, English or Gaelic. She naturally understands her musical heritage and this is beautifully reflected in her voice and music. Anna plays a set with original music complimented with Gaelic songs, traditional and not so traditional folk songs played on either guitar or Clarsach.

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Sam Amidon

on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 at Guildford St Mary's Church 7:30pm

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Ana Silvera

on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 7:30pm

Ana Silvera's folk and bluegrass-tinged tunes are lyrical, intimate and emotive, works of 'lavish, vivid imagination' (Metro). Drawing on stories from her own eventful life as well as folklore and myth, Ana's songs are vignettes, poignant snap-shots in time that weave poetry and melody to magical effect. This tour, she will be playing songs from her Winter EP, Arcana and will be joined by local artists along the way. Wonderful modern folk (The Quietus) Magical (The Guardian) In the past few years, Ana's focus has been on large scale projects: composing and singing in a full-length original work Cassandra for Royal Ballet and recording her forthcoming BASCA-nominated choral song cycle Oracles at landmark London venue The Roundhouse. Now she returns to the stage to debut new solo material, and will be accompanying herself on piano, guitar and harmonium, alongside award-winning double bassist Jasper Høiby (Phronesis, Fellow Creatures). www.anasilvera.com

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Grace Petrie Presents A Lefty Christmas

on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 at Manchester Night & Day Cafe 7:30pm

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Laura Oakes Hosts...

on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.15pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Laura Oakes Hosts. A night of music that celebrates strong songwriting focusing on the genre of Americana and Country. Expect music from Twinnie, Kerri Watt, and of course Laura Oakes herself. LAURA OAKES From Liverpool, via Leeds, Laura Oakes grew up in a musical family admiring the likes of Dolly Parton, David Gates and The Dixie chicks. Now with several releases under her belt, interest has begun from key taste makers including Bob Harris and Paul Sexton (BBC Radio 2), BBC Introducing Merseyside, Chris Country and Baylen Leonard (BBC Radio 2 and Amazing Radio). Laura has enjoyed live dates at some of the UK's most prestigious festivals and stages including conquering her own UK tour in September 2017 and playing C2C Country 2 Country at the 02 Arena, Cornbury Music Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Camp Bestival and Time Out Presents: Rising Stars of Country at The Jazz Café. As well as support slots for some of the most notable talent coming out of the UK and US, including Andrew Combs, The Shires, Colm Mac Com Iomaire (The Frames), Jess and The Bandits, Norma Jean Martine and Ward Thomas. Look out for her new Acoustic EP - 'Nashville Stole Your Girl' set for release 24th November. KERRI WATT With two massive BBC Radio 2 playlist singles Long Way Home and The Wild, numerous TV and festival appearances including The Isle of Wight Fest and Glastonbury Kerri Watt is one not to be missed! 2017 has already seen Kerri support Coldplay on their only UK shows this year, record with the band Embrace and head off on her headline tour of the UK. Fresh back from writing and recording songs for her long awaited debut album with Jeff Cohen in Nashville, Kerri is looking forward to playing at The Green Note when Laura Oakes hosts'. TWINNIE In 2016, Twinnie self released an EP which reached #2 on the Country iTunes Chart and really started to turn heads. Described as a 'modern day Shania Twain' Twinnie weaves in alternative influences to her country pop sound. After making an appearance earlier this year at C2C festival in London's O2 Arena, Twinnie sparked more attention with passers by stopping in their tracks to form an almighty crowd. Currently focusing on writing her debut album and having recently been signed to BMG Records worldwide, Twinnie is splitting her time between Nashville, LA, Sweden and London working with top collaborators to create a unique record set for release in 2018.

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Ryedale Blues Club: Miles Gilderdale And The Blueflies

on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 at Malton The Milton Rooms 7:30pm

Doors open 7.30pm for 8.00pm start. Hailing from York, the Blueflies are a power-trio of epic proportions featuring Miles Gilderdale on vocals and guitar, Tony Stipetic on bass and Paul Stipetic on drums. Playing original music inspired by classic rock, Rhythm & Blues, funk and soul they are guaranteed to get audiences up on their feet. Miles is probably best known as the co-lead of instrumental contemporary jazz group Acoustic Alchemy, Miles also performs as a solo artist, writes material for solo projects and other artists, is a member of songwriting and production team M-Zen, and also composes for the video game industry. As a player Miles is a winner of Gibson Guitars Jazz Guitarist of the Year award, is an official Paul Reed Smith artist and much sought after session player.

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Belshazzar's Feast

on Wed, 13 Dec 2017 at Croydon The Oval Tavern 7:30pm

Last year they sold out and we had to turn away lots of people. This year, we're having them twice but do buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment. 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, previously of BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

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St Agnes Fountain

on Wed, 13 Dec 2017 at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge 6:45pm

Doors 6.45pm for 7.30pm start Tickets £18 online, £19.50 offline (cash or cheque in advance) £21 on the door 01227 831493 St Agnes Fountain is the annual gathering of four of modern acoustic music's brightest stars. Singer/songwriter David Hughes, Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and award winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews. Touring for two weeks every December since 2001, they spread their own magical Christmas joy and goodwill across the land and for past ten years that's included a visit to the very special location of Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. Set against the magnificent backdrop of Canterbury Cathedral, there can be no better setting for this pre-Christmas celebration. The show is a joyous event, full of songs, readings, stories and laughter. Who else would think of putting Hark the Herald Angels Sing, to the tune of Billie Jean and it works brilliantly. Their popularity has grown, the show sells out early on every year so book early. We could move it to a bigger venue, but as the band says.the location is the fifth member of the band. What a fantastic night. St Agnes Fountain really got the Christmas festivities underway. As we left the concert the Cathedral lights were on and there was a frost in the air. Just perfect" From YouTube Gorgeous as ever. This is absolutely wonderful Christmas music. If they're in your area this December go and see them. It's a treat

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Jake La Botz

on Wed, 13 Dec 2017 at London Sebright Arms 8:00pm

Jake La Botz "One of our favorite albums of the year." -Inked Magazine "One of the year's best Americana albums." PopMatters "From the first time I heard him playing guitar and singing his songs in a smoky bar on La Brea and Sunset, I became a devoted fan of Jake La Botz. Effortlessly blending authentic blues, rock, country, and gospel, he's created a sound and style that is original and yet instantly familiar. Soulful, personal, painfully funny and sad, he's a true American classic, a gift, and a musical resource that is a joy to be discovered time and time again. - Steve Buscemi On the heels of his new album "Sunnyside," master storyteller Jake La Botz will play his debut headlining show in London on Wednesday 12 December at The Sebright Arms . His first album in four years, "Sunnyside" finds the new Nashville transplant recounting his past and present atop an irresistible, driving groove. Jimmy Sutton recorded La Botz in his original hometown of Chicago at an all-analog studio, teasing dynamite performances out of the heavily tattoo'd artist. A teenage punk, a juvenile delinquent, an actor (including a part in the classic 'Ghost World'), a drifter, an apprentice to blues elders growing up in Chicago, self-educated reader, an addict in Los Angeles, a musician in a gospel church, a Buddhist, a meditation teacher, a songwriter touring a circuit of tattoo parlors nationwide. Now, he's taken all of those experiences and synthesized them with producer Jimmy Sutton (Pokey LaFarge, JD McPherson) for 'Sunnyside,' now available on Hi-Style Records. A master storyteller from time spent at the feet of his grandfather and other elders, La Botz infuses his songs with gritty, deeply imagined characters. The album runs along an axis of spirituality on one side and materialism on the other, with La Botz spinning metaphors and subtle dual meanings throughout. Stories include the absurdity of filling one's life with"positivity" (the title track), a portrait of a decrepit hotel with addicts seeking fixes (The Hotel [Fix Me Now]), a prisoner searching for a way out (The Trees in Cali), a mystical hobo's description of freedom (Hobo On a Passenger Train), a street musician trading art for spare change in the subway (For Nickels & Dimes), and the carefree feeling that comes with the arrival of summer (Feel No Pain). La Botz has opened for greats like Ray Charles, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, JD McPherson, Etta James, The Blasters, and Tony Joe White.

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Merry Hell

on Wed, 13 Dec 2017 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath 7:15pm

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Boo Hewerdine Christmas Show Plus Special Guests!

on Wed, 13 Dec 2017 at Ely The Maltings 7:30pm

Join us at the Ely Maltings for the eighth annual Christmas show. Boo performing with full band and special guests Andrew Marr, Findlay Napier and O'Hooley & Tidow.

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Kevin Pearce

on Wed, 13 Dec 2017 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. -------- A veteran of Latitude and Wilderness Festivals as well as tours with Ian Mculloch (Echo and the Bunnymen) & Turin Brakes, KEVIN PEARCE has been quietly chipping away at his career and now has a fine new album to unleash and share with the world. Dreamy, open soundscapes are topped off with a keening, really quite beautiful voice, accompanied live by a fluent and fluid acoustic guitar style. The transcendent vocal talents of Kevin Pearce return for the launch of his new album "So On". His most diverse record yet, sees Pearce writing about subjects from the UK housing crisis to mental health. Actress Kathy Burke is a huge fan, and the early press support of the album highlights that this could go down as a modern classic. "Big epic sound ..right up our street" - VIRGIN RADIO " Stunning " - Dermot O'Leary, BBC Radio 2 " A keening vocal reminiscent of Cat Stevens " - The Independent "The Finest Songs" - Mojo Nothing short of beautiful It defies belief that Pearce isn't a global phenomenon - TRAVELLERS TUNES A beguiling beauty recalling the quiet foreboding and portentous atmosphere of Johnny Cash's 'Hurt' - SHINDIG! Magazine

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Sheffield Folk Chorale - Spitewinter At All Saints Ecclesall

on Wed, 13 Dec 2017 at Sheffield All Saints Eccelsall Parish Church 7:00pm

Concert starts at 7.30 pm

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Peanut Shuffle Club

on Wed, 13 Dec 2017 at London Green Note 7:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This show is taking place in "THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE". Unfortunately there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 8.30pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PEANUT SHUFFLE CLUB are singer Elly Hopkins and guitarist Jay Singh. Their musical partnership was born out of a jazz jam in Bristol's Stokes Croft, where they found a shared love of 1930s swing. Jay's playing is rooted in the gypsy guitar style of Django Reinhardt and his skills have been honed around the fires of Samois, France, where descendants and admirers of the late guitar legend gather annually. Having started with a career in theatre, Elly fuelled her schooling in jazz singing with extended time in New Orleans, and it was there that she gathered songs and inspiration and built a repertoire of lesser performed standards. Tickled by the humour and playfulness in early recordings by such entertainers as Fats Waller, Slim Gaillard, and a young Ella Fitzgerald, Peanut Shuffle Club breathe their own exuberant energy into old hits.

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Grace Petrie Presents A Lefty Christmas

on Wed, 13 Dec 2017 at Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach 7:30pm

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Moulettes

on Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at Sheffield The Greystones 8:00pm

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Real Time

on Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

Our pre-Xmas special brings back some of our favourite musicians from the Scottish Borders. Real Time comprise singer-guitarist Kenny Speirs and keyboardist Tom Roseburgh (both ex John Wright Band) with Carly Blain on fiddle and Eilidh Grant on vocals. Their repertoire includes traditional songs and tunes from both sides of the border, alongside choice contemporary material and a growing number of impressive originals.

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Real Time

on Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

Our pre-Xmas special brings back some of our favourite musicians from the Scottish Borders. Real Time comprise singer-guitarist Kenny Speirs and keyboardist Tom Roseburgh (both ex John Wright Band) with Carly Blain on fiddle and Eilidh Grant on vocals. Their repertoire includes traditional songs and tunes from both sides of the border, alongside choice contemporary material and a growing number of impressive originals.

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O'hooley & Tidow Winterfolk

on Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at Newcastle Cumberland Arms (Byker) 7:30pm

Join 'one of British Folk's mightiest combinations' (MOJO), O'Hooley & Tidow, for an evening of beautifully performed original, contemporary, and traditional winter songs from their new album 'WinterFolk Vol 1', produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker. Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi's powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of hearts. Doors 7.30pm Show starts 8pm BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS 2017 'BEST DUO' NOMINEES 'They sing together in the way families dolike The Coppers or The Watersons' Tom Robinson, 6 Music 'England's answer to the McGarrigles.' * * * * * The Guardian 'Insightful, determinedly left-field angles on the human experience.' * * * * MOJO Folk Album of the Month (Shadows) 'Brave, beautiful and full of love.' Martin Simpson

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O'hooley & Tidow Winterfolk

on Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at Newcastle Cumberland Arms (Byker) 7:30pm

Join 'one of British Folk's mightiest combinations' (MOJO), O'Hooley & Tidow, for an evening of beautifully performed original, contemporary, and traditional winter songs from their new album 'WinterFolk Vol 1', produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker. Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi's powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of hearts. Doors 7.30pm Show starts 8pm BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS 2017 'BEST DUO' NOMINEES 'They sing together in the way families dolike The Coppers or The Watersons' Tom Robinson, 6 Music 'England's answer to the McGarrigles.' * * * * * The Guardian 'Insightful, determinedly left-field angles on the human experience.' * * * * MOJO Folk Album of the Month (Shadows) 'Brave, beautiful and full of love.' Martin Simpson

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Winter Union

on Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at London St John on Bethnal Green 7:30pm

Jade Rhiannon Vocals, Shruti Box Katriona Gilmore Vocals, Mandolin, Fiddle Jamie Roberts Vocals, Guitar Hannah Sanders Vocals, Guitar, Dulcimer Ben Savage Vocals, Dobro, Guitar Five leading lights of the British roots scene join forces to create a festive folk band like no other. Expect soaring harmonies and exquisite musicianship as the 5-piece blast through a repertoire of brand new, specially written songs, fresh arrangements of traditional carols both well-loved and little-known, and seasonal classics from both sides of the Atlantic. Originally formed in 2015 for a one-off yuletide concert, A Winter Union returned in 2016 for more shows including London's Cecil Sharp House and a live session on BBC Radio 3. This year brings the band's first line-up change with BBC Folk Award nominees Gilmore & Roberts joining members of The Willows and Hannah Sanders. Put on your glad rags and come and raise your voices with A Winter Union!

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Winter Union

on Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at London St John on Bethnal Green 7:30pm

Jade Rhiannon Vocals, Shruti Box Katriona Gilmore Vocals, Mandolin, Fiddle Jamie Roberts Vocals, Guitar Hannah Sanders Vocals, Guitar, Dulcimer Ben Savage Vocals, Dobro, Guitar Five leading lights of the British roots scene join forces to create a festive folk band like no other. Expect soaring harmonies and exquisite musicianship as the 5-piece blast through a repertoire of brand new, specially written songs, fresh arrangements of traditional carols both well-loved and little-known, and seasonal classics from both sides of the Atlantic. Originally formed in 2015 for a one-off yuletide concert, A Winter Union returned in 2016 for more shows including London's Cecil Sharp House and a live session on BBC Radio 3. This year brings the band's first line-up change with BBC Folk Award nominees Gilmore & Roberts joining members of The Willows and Hannah Sanders. Put on your glad rags and come and raise your voices with A Winter Union!

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Nick Harper & The Wilderness Kids

on Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at Birmingham Hare and Hounds 7:30pm

Lies! Lies ! Lies! After leaving a streak of rip-roaring, celebratory shows in 2016, road-testing his back catalogue of 12 albums, Nick Harper & The Wilderness Kids (aka Port Erin) are back with a new album Lies! Lies! Lies! and UK tour for 2017. Amidst a backdrop of flags being changed and mottos applied, ''350 million reasons why, written on the side of the bus'', sees Nick and The Kids nailing their colours to the mast and ready to roll. The Wilderness Kids met up with the renowned solo acoustic singer-songwriter at a record store day event, where they jammed on some of Nick's tracks from his 'Best of' triple LP set The Wilderness Years. Nick immediately realised the potential, promptly picked up a baritone electric guitar and the pace hasn't let up since. The exciting energy and chemistry between the 4 has had Nick's fans in rapture and the combination of the much-loved songwriter added to the zest present in this new gang, made capturing the zeitgeist in the words and music of the new album inevitable. Lies! Lies! Lies! is an intelligent, yet exuberant album rooted very much in the now. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A LIMITED SEATING SHOW AT THE HARE & HOUNDS

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Samantha Whates + Adam Beattie

on Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. ------------------------------------------------------ New Roots presents.... Samantha Whates + Adam Beattie Leading player's in the London alt-folk & roots scene join forces for a very special double bill. "Incredibly beautiful' Mary Ann Hobbs BBC Radio 2 ADAM BEATTIE Scottish singer songwriter Adam Beattie released his fourth studio album 'The Road Not Taken' in May 2016 with a sell-out show at Hoxton Hall in London and a UK-wide tour. Like the lost love-child of Tom Waits and Chet Baker, Beattie's minor ballads and moody blues with a dark twist draw upon the broad influences of Celtic folk, American blues, country and early jazz balladry, his immaculate melodies combining with a poet's ear for observation to tackle themes of life, love, death and hope. In December 2016 he was invited by long time fan Mark Rylance to perform at a Stop The War Coalition evening alongside Jeremy Corbyn and Brian Eno. 'Incredibly beautiful' Mary Ann Hobbs, BBC Radio 2 "Carefully crafted...affecting songwriting with a dark twist" - Roddy Hart, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND "I'm blown away by that man's voice" Frank Hennessy, Celtic Heartbeat, BBC RADIO WALES Not a single word is wasted, unnecessary or throwaway...very impressive. FATEA MAGAZINE Warmly Intoxicating - FROOTS MAGAZINE SAMANTHA WHATES Scottish singer-songwriter Samantha Whates is a hugely respected artist on the London roots scene. Her beautifully crafted, poetic songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition, yet uniquely her own. She recently formed the duo Picapica with her long time friend and collaborator Josienne Clarke, winner of the prestigious Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015. Recent performances include Kings Place and the Purcell Rooms in the Royal Festival Hall. She recently released her debut Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days which has been enjoying both critical acclaim and radio play (BBC 6 Music, KCRW, Resonance FM). Plus Special Guest PINEY GIR Legendary London-based American artist Piney Gir ('the Indie Dolly Parton') is a musical institution- her songs have appeared in everything from Gray's Anatomy, Being Human and Made In Chelsea, to feature films Nina Forever and American Girl. She's a veteran of the festival circuit, from Glastonbury and CMJ to South by Southwest, and has collaborated with members of Stereolab, British Sea Power, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Simple Kid. She'll be singing some of her favourie Christmas songs with long-time friend and musical accomplice Samantha Whates tonight- a real Christmas treat! --------------------------------------------- New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk scene. It's committed to providing artists with an environment that is sympathetic to what they do, giving musicians the respect they and their music deserves - for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones while artists are performing. Our music policy comes from the kitchen table, the roots of public performance- intimate, acoustic based, high quality musicianship with as little interference between performer and listener as possible. Website: www.newrootsevents.com New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/

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The Dylan Project

on Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at Leek Foxlowe Arts Centre 8:00pm

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. The Dylan Project's repertoire spans the whole of Dylan's oeuvre everything from Highway 61 to Mississippi and new material is frequently brought into the setlist. Whether you are a diehard Dylan fan or just enjoy great songs performed with flair and brio, The Dylan Project will take your breath away. Go and see them or buy one of the albums you won't be disappointed. 8.00 for 8.30pm.

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Steeleye Span In Concert - Performing Hark! The Village Wait

on Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at Hastings St Mary in the Castle 6:45pm

Folk Rock Pioneers In Concert With their fiftieth anniversary approaching and a work rate to put many younger artists to shame, Steeleye Span (featuring their new seven-piece line-up) return to the road for an extensive UK autumn tour in support of last year's Dodgy Bastards album, their eighth album in twelve years. The show will also see them revisit their iconic debut album Hark! The Village Wait, one of the key records in folk rock history, and performed in full for the first time ever. Don't miss them... - The Independent Show Time 7.30 PM All tickets are unreserved seating only balcony seats are now available

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The Daily Grind Blues & Soul Revue At Yellow Arch Feat. Jody White, Tom Killner & Robin Hoare

on Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at Sheffield Yello Arch Studios 7:00pm

Get away from your daily grind at the opening night of Sheffield's newest blues and soul revue! Featuring the Daily Grind House Band and specially invited guests playing blues, soul, R'n'B, Funk and Rock n Roll all night long, The Daily Grind promises to provide an uplifting antidote to the work and the weather. The Daily Grind House Band is: Robin Hoare on guitar and vocals, Robin Baker on bass, Tom A Wright on drums and vocals, Mr Matt Crum master of the keyboards and The Daily Grind Horns. Our guests helping us kick off our inaugural event include Sheffield's soulful blues songstress Ms. Jody White, Mr Tom packed full of soul Killner on rip roaring vocals and super sharp guitar and Mr. Richard Chappell on hot blues harmonica. We may even have some surprises up our sleeves for our debut. Only way to find out will be to get down to Yellow Arch Studios on Thursday December 14th! Doors and bar open from 7pm. Show starts 7.45pm. All this for £5! for one of the best value live music nights in town! Yellowarch.com robinhoaremusic.co.uk tomkillnerband.co.uk

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Jesse Daniel Edwards & L.a. Edwards.

on Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at Oxford The Isis Farmhouse 7:30pm

Jesse Daniel Edwards is an award-winning songwriter from the small mountain town of Julian, CA, USA and currently residing in East Nashville. As a child, Jesse and his 6 siblings grew up without television or video games and spent their time learning to harmonize along with gospel tracks while tinkering on hand me down instruments from their grandparents (JDE composed his first song at age 9 about his mother's meatloaf). Leaving home at 17, Jesse and his brother Luke spent their teens busking on street corners and subway platforms throughout the US and abroad, living and recording out of their 1974 orange VW bus. The pair eventually moved on to play the festival and university circuits full-time with their group The Smart Brothers, releasing 5 recordings and performing with the likes of Jason Mraz, First Aid Kit, and John Prine. Since then, the seasoned acoustic duo has continued to travel, write, and share their love of vocal harmonies and clever lyrics. Known for their passionate singing and memorable hooks, the brothers' sound is infused with folk, pop, and a touch of soul. A recent review described them as, storytellers in the tradition of Damien Rice and Hank Williams for a new generation seeking folk heroes, (SD Reader 2016). Their music has been featured in radio, TV, Netflix, and independent films and is available on Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify.

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Jesse Daniel Edwards & L.a. Edwards.

on Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at Oxford The Isis Farmhouse 7:30pm

Jesse Daniel Edwards is an award-winning songwriter from the small mountain town of Julian, CA, USA and currently residing in East Nashville. As a child, Jesse and his 6 siblings grew up without television or video games and spent their time learning to harmonize along with gospel tracks while tinkering on hand me down instruments from their grandparents (JDE composed his first song at age 9 about his mother's meatloaf). Leaving home at 17, Jesse and his brother Luke spent their teens busking on street corners and subway platforms throughout the US and abroad, living and recording out of their 1974 orange VW bus. The pair eventually moved on to play the festival and university circuits full-time with their group The Smart Brothers, releasing 5 recordings and performing with the likes of Jason Mraz, First Aid Kit, and John Prine. Since then, the seasoned acoustic duo has continued to travel, write, and share their love of vocal harmonies and clever lyrics. Known for their passionate singing and memorable hooks, the brothers' sound is infused with folk, pop, and a touch of soul. A recent review described them as, storytellers in the tradition of Damien Rice and Hank Williams for a new generation seeking folk heroes, (SD Reader 2016). Their music has been featured in radio, TV, Netflix, and independent films and is available on Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify.

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Stargazing Feat. Nova. + Ian Roland & Simon Yapp + Martha Bailey

on Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at London Green Note 7:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This show is taking place in "THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE". Unfortunately there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 8.30pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We are all in the basement, but some of us are looking up at the stars... Stargazing is all about spotting those stellar new artists and giving them a place to shine each month. Expect some unlikely constellations where talent might be the only thing they have in common. And all from the subterranean comfort of the charming Green Note basement. Tonight featuring NOVA. + Ian Roland & Simon Yapp + Martha Bailey NOVA. NOVA. Is a future-soul and Jazz band based in London. They play uplifting soulful tunes that interlace with folk style harmonies on the vocals. Fronted by singer / songwriter Natalie Wildgoose, the band also features (Bassist) Hugo Piper, (Pianist) Antonio Naccache, (drummer) Jon Ward and (backing vocals) Alice Finn. They have performed around London regularly in various venues in 2017 and have recently self-released a debut track called 'What Happens'. Ian Roland & Simon Yapp "most captivating and beautiful sound-makersmelodic, folk-orientated band with stunning musicianship and vocal harmoniesWonderful songs" Jonathan Tarplee, Words & Music Festival 2017 "...more hooks than a long line fishing vessel." Charlie Elland, FolkWords "...cracking songs, entertaining and variedpacked with memorable tunes, upbeat, positive lyrics and fab playing Phil Widdows, FolkCast Martha Bailey Martha Bailey is a contemporary folk musician and singer-songwriter from rural Oxfordshire, UK, now living and performing in London. Drawing comparisons with The Staves, Billie Marten, Joni Mitchell and Laura Marling, Martha has recently released her debut EP, 'A Different Time', and is establishing herself on the London circuit. 'This is what acoustic singer songwriters need to be doing. Her vocal is pure, her lyrics poetic, and her entire sound is simply delightful.' Ear to the Ground Music

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India Electric Co. Concert At St Michael & All Angels Church, Devon.

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at Stockland St Michael & All Angels Church 7:15pm

India Electric Company return to Devon for a one-off candlelit concert in Stockland (Devon) at St Michael and All Angels Church. Friday 15th Dec at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 adv or £10 on the door, available here or with Wendy : 01404 881207 http://www.stockland.org.uk/church

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Jim Moray And Band

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at Bristol Resound Bristol 7:30pm

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Jim Moray And Band

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at Bristol Resound Bristol 7:30pm

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Eugene Hideaway Bridges

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at Saltaire The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club 7:00pm

We couldn't ask for a better show to close out 2017 here at TLR than the one and only Eugene Hideaway Bridges and his band, this time with a horn section! If you like your blues laced with soul, funk and the spirit of B.B. King and Sam Cooke combined, then the towering figure of Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges is the man. A huge man with a huge voice, Eugene plays an unparalleled brand of blues, oozing enough charm to light up a small city. In the mid-1990s, while travelling alone to Europe, Eugene was spotted by B.B. King's bass player Joe Turner, who recruited him to play in his band, Big Joe Turner's Memphis Blues Caravan. After a year with Turner's band, Bridges formed a new version of his own Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges Band, and began performing at clubs and festivals in the UK and Europe. In 1998 and 1999, he topped numerous British and European blues magazine polls as best male vocalist. Born in New Orleans, Eugene has built a loyal following around the world with a string of fantastic albums and an incessant touring schedule that saw his recent performance at the Gumball Festival in NSW chalked up as his 30th visit to Australia. His first album, Born To Be Blue, was produced by Mike Vernon on the Blueside label in 1998. The following year he was signed by British label Armadillo, for whom he has released a series of albums starting with Man Without A Home (2000) and Jump the Joint (2003). He also released the albums Coming Home (2005), Eugene Hideaway Bridges (2007), Live In San Antonio (2009), and Rock and a Hard Place (2011) The US Jus' Blues Music Foundation have announced that Eugene Hideaway Bridges is to be their 2017 honoree for the Albert King Lifetime Award, The Lucy Award, for his outstanding contributions in continuing to keep the style of traditional Blues alive. 'His instrumental prowess, lyrical and musical vision, and passionate and emotional commitment results in a refreshingly adult set full of joy and meaning.' Living Blues Magazine

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Catfish

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at Oxford The Bullingdon 7:00pm

Catfish came crashing onto the blues scene at the start of 2015 with their debut album So Many Roads going straight in at no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts after being taken to the hearts of the internet's blues radio stations. After the death of BB King later in the year, Catfish released a tribute EP called 'When BB Sings the Blues'. This also spent two months at no 5 in the IBBA airplay chart and had excellent reviews like this one: 'A captivating release from an immensely talented band and in Matthew Long they clearly have a star of the future in their midst, proving that contemporary Blues is in the safe hands of the next generation'. Nigel Foster The new album Broken Man was released on 29th Jan 2017, almost all original material written by Matt and Paul. The only cover, the showstopping 'Make it Rain' written by Foy Vance, is always a highlight of any Catfish show. Catfish played many of the major festivals including Bluesfest at the 02 on Matt's 21st birthday last November, Maryport in Cumbria, Bluesrockfest in Kent, and they opened the blues stage at Cambridge Rock Festival. This year they are scorching their way through even more gigs and festivals - this band is in demand! They blew us away when they played last year, with comments such as 'gig of the year' from the audience members. and we are thrilled to have them back at The Haven Club.

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Catfish

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at Oxford The Bullingdon 7:00pm

Catfish came crashing onto the blues scene at the start of 2015 with their debut album So Many Roads going straight in at no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts after being taken to the hearts of the internet's blues radio stations. After the death of BB King later in the year, Catfish released a tribute EP called 'When BB Sings the Blues'. This also spent two months at no 5 in the IBBA airplay chart and had excellent reviews like this one: 'A captivating release from an immensely talented band and in Matthew Long they clearly have a star of the future in their midst, proving that contemporary Blues is in the safe hands of the next generation'. Nigel Foster The new album Broken Man was released on 29th Jan 2017, almost all original material written by Matt and Paul. The only cover, the showstopping 'Make it Rain' written by Foy Vance, is always a highlight of any Catfish show. Catfish played many of the major festivals including Bluesfest at the 02 on Matt's 21st birthday last November, Maryport in Cumbria, Bluesrockfest in Kent, and they opened the blues stage at Cambridge Rock Festival. This year they are scorching their way through even more gigs and festivals - this band is in demand! They blew us away when they played last year, with comments such as 'gig of the year' from the audience members. and we are thrilled to have them back at The Haven Club.

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Steve Knightley Plays St Helen's Church Alveston

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at Bristol St Helens Church, Alveston 7:30pm

Steve is best known for his work with Phil Beer in the band Show of Hands, he is a truly fabulous performer who took St Helen's by storm that last time he performed here.

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The Hayes Sisters

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7:30pm

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O'hooley & Tidow 'winterfolk'

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at Sheffield The Greystones 7:30pm

How exciting is this winter warmer from Belinda and Heidi?! This show will sell-out, so best get your (ice) skates on!! Join 'one of British Folk's mightiest combinations' (MOJO), O'Hooley & Tidow, for an evening of beautifully performed original, contemporary, and traditional winter songs from their new album 'WinterFolk Vol 1', produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker. Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi's powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of hearts. BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS 2017 'BEST DUO' NOMINEES 'They sing together in the way families dolike The Coppers or The Watersons' Tom Robinson, 6 Music 'England's answer to the McGarrigles.' * * * * * The Guardian 'Insightful, determinedly left-field angles on the human experience.' * * * * MOJO Folk Album of the Month (Shadows) 'Have Belinda and Heidi done it again? Certainly.' * * * * * R2 'Dense, complex, beautifully performed.' * * * * Songlines 'A fine study of human emotion' * * * * EDS 'One of the most vital and experimental acts on the folk circuit and beyond.' Folk Radio UK 'Formidably brilliant.' Independent 'Brave, beautiful and full of love.' Martin Simpson Tickets available daily from the venue until 6pm

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Michele And Romeo Stodart Present.....

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. -------- After the resounding success of their 3 month residency at Green Note last year, Mercury Prize nominees The Magic Numbers' brother and sister Romeo and Michele Stodart, return to host another series of dates, featuring special guests and friends that they've played with over the years... The evening will feature performances from the hosts, plus special guests - TBA. These nights usually sell out well in advance, so we recommend buying your tickets now! This aims to be an evening with a real touch of magic!

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A Winter Union

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at Finchingfield Church 7:30pm

Jade Rhiannon Vocals, Shruti Box Katriona Gilmore Vocals, Mandolin, Fiddle Jamie Roberts Vocals, Guitar Hannah Sanders Vocals, Guitar, Dulcimer Ben Savage Vocals, Dobro, Guitar Five leading lights of the British roots scene join forces to create a festive folk band like no other. Expect soaring harmonies and exquisite musicianship as the 5-piece blast through a repertoire of brand new, specially written songs, fresh arrangements of traditional carols both well-loved and little-known, and seasonal classics from both sides of the Atlantic. Originally formed in 2015 for a one-off yuletide concert, A Winter Union returned in 2016 for more shows including London's Cecil Sharp House and a live session on BBC Radio 3. This year brings the band's first line-up change with BBC Folk Award nominees Gilmore & Roberts joining members of The Willows and Hannah Sanders. Put on your glad rags and come and raise your voices with A Winter Union!

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Iona Fyfe

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop 7:00pm

Three wonderful musicians play our award winning bookshop. Iona Fyfe Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland's finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her native North East throughout the UK and Europe. Described as one of the most sunning voices on the circuit today (Artree), East, her debut 6-track EP encapsulating North East folksong was received with great acclaim. Hailing from Huntly, Iona draws inspiration from source and revivalist singers and is a fine interpreter of traditional folksong in a contemporary yet sympathetic manner. At just 19 years old, Iona has competed in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and has performed at venues such as The Music Hall Aberdeen, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Mitchell Theatre and most recently The Royal Albert Hall in London. With her band, Iona has performed at high profile festivals throughout the UK from Orkney Folk Festival to Sark Folk Festival and others such as Celtic Connections, Stonehaven Folk Festival and Folkest International Folk Festival in Italy. Iona is currently working on her debut album, which is set for release in 2018 https://ionafyfe.com/ Lucy Kitchen In the search for touchstones Lucy is often compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Beth Orton and, vocally, to Sandy Denny 'Lucy's vocal tone has hints of the late Sandy Denny in it a rare and precious thing indeed' (bestnewbands.com), but her sound is all her own. Since her last album, Waking, Lucy has been in demand as a vocalist, working with a number of electronic music acts to write and record songs that have been championed by the likes of BBC Radio 1 and Mixmag. She's also performed on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury festival. Lucy Kitchen has one of those real summer breeze voices, fresh and warm, and it's very much to the fore on her second album that contains a myriad of delights. And she's opened up her musical palette here with piano, steel pedal and strings all featured on a release in which she also brings in elements of Americana and lightly toasted psychedelia. But it's the quality of her songwriting that clinches the deal here, that and her emotive voice which grabs you right there. http://lucykitchen.com/ Iona Lane Iona is a singer, musician and songwriter from North West England and has just started studying for a BA (Hons) Music (Folk) with a scholarship at Leeds College of Music. She has always had a passion for music but never really found her footing until about three years ago when she stumbled across folk music. She submerged herself in it, picked up guitar, and never looked back! Along the way she has also picked up mandolin and slide guitar. http://www.ionalane.com/ Stage times Iona Fyfe 9.45-10.30 Lucy Kitchen 8.40-9.30 Iona Lane 8.00-8.35 Please note no food or drink to be brought into the premises. We have a licensed bar serving drinks and snacks. Pre-book for the lower price of £5. £8 on the door.

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Liu Fang With Guest Andrew Cronshaw

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at London The Ivy House - Nunhead 8:00pm

One of the last occasions that award winning Chinese pipa virtuoso Liu Fang performed in London was for a BBC World Service event hosted by Sir Ian McKellen. Clearly mesmerised by the cascade of notes produced by the lone performer on her pipa he felt compelled to clarify to the radio audience that there was indeed 'just one musician'. 'And ten talented fingers' he added. Audiences around the world have been similarly spellbound by Liu Fang. A child prodigy in China, now a resident of Canada, Liu Fang is today regarded as a world leading pipa soloist. With a history dating back over 2000 years, the pipa is a pear shaped lute with up to twenty four frets and four strings. It is used for instrumental music and accompaniment for singing genres. Liu Fang's performances have included solo recitals of Chinese traditional and classical music as well as contemporary music with orchestras, string quartets and ensembles. Liu Fang is also highly acclaimed for her Silk and Steel projects in which she has collaborated with musicians from various traditions. To date she has released ten solo and collaborative albums. For this very special, and only London performance, Liu Fang will be performing solo pipa, and, reuniting after many years, she will be joined, for part of the performance, by British multi-instrumentalist Andrew Cronshaw. A player of electric zither, marovantele, fujara, ba-wu and other non-mainstream instruments, Andrew Cronshaw is leader of the Finnish/Armenian/British band SANS, is a record producer, and also has a long career as a writer on roots musics. They last collaborated together over fifteen years ago in Montreal, Canada. This is a rare opportunity to see a true virtuoso of the Chinese pipa in an intimate setting and for this one night only witness an amalgamation of instruments and sounds that promises to venture way beyond east meets west.

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Two Coats Colder

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at Epping St. John the Baptist Church 6:45pm

Tonight we present one of the most entertaining bands on the live circuit - Two Coats Colder. Superb musicians, songwriters and raconteurs who will thoroughly entertain you and are certain to leave you feeling they are part of your own family. They will make you laugh, sing and maybe even weep a little, a great night at the hands of true entertainers. Don't miss this show or you will be denying yourself a real treat. Supported by the equally talented and extremely popular Albert Man, our "Billy Joel" contender in terms of sheer quality as a performer and songwriter. Worth coming for alone! Tickets are £10.50 in advance or £12.50 on the door - So book in advance!

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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at London Rich Mix 7:00pm

The seven piece band and dancer make the audience shimmy with the energy of the ancient ritual of pizzica tarantata, said to cure the taranta spider's bite with its frenzied trance dances. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino shows are a life explosion: full of energy, passion, rhythm and mystery, they bring the audience from the past into modernity, and back. Led by Ludovico Einaudi's violinist Mauro Durante, Italian stars Canzoniere create a wild spectacle for Christmas, full of energy, passion and stunning dance. 'A triumph an extraordinary, exhilarating noise' Guardian

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Christmas Jamboree With Jake La Botz

on Fri, 15 Dec 2017 at Oxford The Isis Farmhouse 7:00pm

Halfway to Seventy Five presents... Al Ryan's Swingtet and this time our special guest comes all the way from the USA the fantastic Jake la Botz. Combining a Hollywood image with a gritty, life-worn delivery, Jake la Botz is the real deal. According to Popmatters, La Botz has one of those deep, whiskey-soaked voices that emerge from time spent on the margins of society. And what a time he has spent there. A teen renegade running the streets of Chicago, he learnt his trade hanging with the likes of David 'Honeyboy' Edwards and Homesick James, discovering a kinship through music. Moving to California to escape drug addiction, he wound up finding Hollywood and a friendship with Steve Buscemi, who says of his friend he's created a sound and style that is original and yet instantly familiar. Now resident in Nashville, he's picked up a whole new raft of admirers including JD McPherson. Visiting the Halfway to Seventy-Five Christmas Jamboree as part of a European tour in support of his acclaimed new album 'Sunnyside', this is a musician not to be missed. But don't just take our word for it see for yourself here. Joining Jake la Botz and Al Ryan's Swingtet will be the brilliant Knights of Mentis. After wowing the soaking crowd at our summer gathering (we'll be indoors and warm for the Jamboree so no worries this time around!), they're back to roast your chestnuts, pull out some crackers and any number of other Christmas clichés One thing is for certain their mix of Americana, country, folk, and roots, played in virtuoso style with no small measure of humour is certain to get the festivities going and the dancefloor filled. Add to all of that a host of vintage Christmas tunes, and a cool yule is guaranteed!

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The Steve & Ben Somers Country Band

on Sat, 16 Dec 2017 at Portsmouth The Square Tower 7:15pm

The Square Roots Xmas Show! Western Swing, Bluegrass and lovelorn waltzes all delivered with panache in classic style! (Blabber & Smoke) This 6 piece band well and truly nail that classic western swing sound! Here's a band that play with a smile on their faces - audiences are in for a treat! (Fatea Magazine) Here at Square Roots towers, we receive more video links from bands that would like to play at the Tower than we can shake the proverbial stick at! And very occasionally there's one that makes us sit up and take notice! And so was the case with these guys - the Steve & Ben Somers Country Band! We just took one look at the videos they sent us and just knew that they'd go down an absolute storm in our beautiful venue! Check out our website for those videos and you'll see exactly why we are so excited that we've booked this amazing band to play for us all at our Xmas show! Steve Somers started as a young singer/songwriter in the London Folk Clubs of the 60's. In 1975 he won a national TV talent show called 'New Faces', after which he joined British hit pop/folk group 'The Settlers' and appeared on National and international TV, radio and records. Steve played for Skiffle Legend Lonnie Donegan, Cockney chart topper Joe Brown, American Legend Johnny Tillotson, sung on TV behind British legend Lulu, Don Everly and toured with Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Billy Jo Spears whilst still performing and broadcasting with his own band playing western swing and country and bluegrass. Guitars fizz and burn, while the pedal steel is a delight throughout! A tight little band delivering cracking slices of good old fashioned delights! (Blabber & Smoke) Ben Somers was practically 'born in the dressing room' and grew up listening to his Dad Steve from the side of the stage, Ben made his own way in music and after completing a degree in Jazz on the saxophone, he was rapidly in demand as a composer, arranger and session player on various instruments, recordings and performing live around the world. He also happened upon a TV concert by Steve Earle & Del McCoury and soon acquired a double bass and jumped head first into the musical world of bluegrass, country and folk. In the last few years he's worked with some of his musical heroes such as Dr John, Dirk Powell, Nashville Grammy winners The Time Jumpers as well as Taylor Swift and Seal amongst others. Steve and Ben, after years of playing together have finally found a group of musicians that have inspired them to form this brilliant band! So as well as Steve (acoustic guitar and vocals), and Ben (double bass and vocals), you'll find Rob Updegraff (guitar), Marcus Bonfanti (guitar and vocals), Matt Park (pedal steel) and Wes Gibbons (percussion) and all contributed to the brand sparkly new album The Highway Is My Home - a collection of Americana, Western Swing, and Country old and new, sung and yodelled in harmony! More info at: www.squarerootspromotions.co.uk

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Keith Donnelly & Anna Ryder

on Sat, 16 Dec 2017 at Alstonefield Village Hall 7:30pm

Alstonefield Christmas Special! Keith Donnelly can make you laugh, cry or do anything you may or may not want to do. He is an accomplished singer guitarist and writer of national fame. Enjoy an evening of songs and laughter with this incomparably funny man who has also been a script writer for the Brummie comic Jasper Carrot, so expect some incisive observational humour. Anna Ryder is a unique talent whose songwriting is quirky, fresh and vital.

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Hannah Johnson & The Broken Hearts

on Sat, 16 Dec 2017 at London Green Note 7:00pm

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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On this record Ms Johnson delves deep into her influences of old country, the blues and honky tonk music. The choice of material is imperative to Hannah, who has spent a long time studying the vocal styles of country greats such as Faron Young, George Jones & Ray Price. At a time when it is fashionably cool to be americana and dressing vintage is de rigueur, it is easy to feel tired of the cliches around the modern country scene. Much of the music coming out of Nashville today seems to be either watered down country pop, or stylistically affected Americana with chanted choruses and stomping bass drums. However, there is also reaction against these extreme ends of the industry machine and artists like Hannah Johnson are approaching their music with a refreshing honesty and commitment to the core principles of 'old' country music, celebrating the heritage and history rather than diluting it. Undoubtedly spending so much time in Austin, Texas has influenced her immensely, as the music she is making falls much more under the bracket of what Dale Watson is doing with his Ameripolitan genre than the new country from Nashville. Hannah sings classic country songs about drinking and heart ache straight from a Honky Tonk, her sultry and smokey voice taking on the likes of Patsy Cline, Skeets McDonald and Willie Nelson. But what also cannot be ignored in her voice is the strong influence from the blues, as exemplified on her cover of an old Charlie Patton number and her powerful rendition of 'Trouble In Mind'. The stand out tracks however, are her own compositions, 'Your Girlfriend Hates Me' could perhaps be seen as a modern, less aggressive take on Loretta's fist city, clearly placing relationships between women at the centre of her experience, and proving not always easy being the only girl in the band. 'Morning Cocktail' then takes her in a more soulful and reflective direction, lamenting a highly destructive lost love, the dangerous numbing qualities of alcohol, while demonstrating her vocal prowess. 'Nowhere Train' immediately hits an infectious country groove, delivering classic twangy telecaster and providing a strong catchy chorus as the album's opener. Ms Johnson's fans include Imelda May, Robert Plant and Ronnie Wood, indeed Hannah and her band provided the entertainment for Ronnie's recent 70th Birthday party. 'Shaken is a confident debut solo album from an artist who knows her musical heritage, but is no slave to it.' - Michael Hingston, ★★★★★ Country Music People, July 2017 'Qualifies as being in the best of British Country Music' - Roger Peck, British Country Music Show, July 2017 'Country AND Western that will break your heart (and mend It too!)... 36 minutes minutes of Country Heaven.' - Alan Harrison, Rocking Magpie, June 2017 'If you want to hear honest, authentic Country music as it should be sung and played , then do listen to this album. You won't regret it.' - Peter Cowley, FATEA, June 2017

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Big Mamma's Door

on Sat, 16 Dec 2017 at London Green Note 7:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This show is taking place in THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE. Unfortunately there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.30pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE... Hosting the best of early Blues & Jazz... Regulars on the London blues scene, and fronted by the ballsy vocals of Fiona McElroy, Big Mamma's Door play an eclectic mix of swinging blues from the 20s-50s. "The audience was wowed by the sheer personality of Fiona as a performer, the artistry of the guitarist and the musical excellence of the rest of the band." Blues in Britain "The crowd had no choice but to enjoy things enormously..." Blues in London "Excellent band...her smoky/laid-back voice does the risqué blues-with-soul stuff with a vengeance." Blues in the South

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20 Years Of Song

on Sat, 16 Dec 2017 at Coventry Queens Road Baptist Church Hall 7:30pm

Join WorldSong Community Choir as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary with Christmas songs from around the world. A memorable evening of spine-tingling harmonies from far and wide, sung unaccompanied in original languages. Light refreshments included.

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20 Years Of Song

on Sat, 16 Dec 2017 at Coventry Queens Road Baptist Church Hall 7:30pm

Join WorldSong Community Choir as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary with Christmas songs from around the world. A memorable evening of spine-tingling harmonies from far and wide, sung unaccompanied in original languages. Light refreshments included.

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Carousel Sesssions Present: Mike Mcgoldrick, Dezi Donnelly, Tim Edey And John Joe Kelly

on Sat, 16 Dec 2017 at Manchester Chorlton Irish Club 7:30pm

We are delighted at The Carousel Sessions to host our annual Chrismas Special. Manchesters Finest Mike McGoldrick, Dezi Donnelly and John Joe Kelly are joined by Tim Edey on Guitar. Tickets are priced £14 for adults and £7 for Under 16. Any one of these accomplished musicians could headline a festival on their own, but we are eagerly anticipating the collision of talent in what is going to be an unmissable highlight of 2017. Amid the pyrotechnics of Dezi Donnelly's fiddle playing Mike McGoldrick's Flute playing and john joe kellys bodhran playing. slick virtuosity will be Tim Edey, accompanying with the surety and sophistication for which he has become globally renowned -

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Carousel Sesssions Present: Mike Mcgoldrick, Dezi Donnelly, Tim Edey And John Joe Kelly

on Sat, 16 Dec 2017 at Manchester Chorlton Irish Club 7:30pm

We are delighted at The Carousel Sessions to host our annual Chrismas Special. Manchesters Finest Mike McGoldrick, Dezi Donnelly and John Joe Kelly are joined by Tim Edey on Guitar. Tickets are priced £14 for adults and £7 for Under 16. Any one of these accomplished musicians could headline a festival on their own, but we are eagerly anticipating the collision of talent in what is going to be an unmissable highlight of 2017. Amid the pyrotechnics of Dezi Donnelly's fiddle playing Mike McGoldrick's Flute playing and john joe kellys bodhran playing. slick virtuosity will be Tim Edey, accompanying with the surety and sophistication for which he has become globally renowned -

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Tarantella Beats Party With Amaraterra + Dj Alistair Prince

on Sat, 16 Dec 2017 at London Jamboree 8:00pm

Amaraterra's monthly sizzling Southern Italian party at Jamboree, an uplifting evening of passionate live music and dance performances! Amaraterra is the first Pizzica ensemble in London- performing traditional dances and music from the heel of Italy. A 'Pizzica' is the malicious bite of the tarantula spider. In order to heal from the poison you must dance till you drop, following the intense, restless beat of the tambourine. It is one of the oldest musical expressions of the Mediterranean, brought to London by a group of passionate musicians and dancers. Expect a flourish of instruments, colour and movement.

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Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis

on Sat, 16 Dec 2017 at Reading St Mary's Church 7:00pm

Doors and Bar 7pm, Music 8pm. Long time friends Sam Kelly (guitar & vocals) and Jamie Francis (banjo and vocals) are both recording artists in their own right and also play together in both Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys, and also The Changing Room (that rocked St Stephen's in Upper Basildon last December). Playing at St Mary's as a duo you will be surprised at just how much variety of noise (in the best possible sense of the word) two lads with two instruments can make! Expect an evening of foot stomping singalong numbers alongside songs with delicate and sensitive arrangements. Anyone who saw Sam and Jamie as part of The Changing Room will be bound to want to come along again. Sam has previously won the Horizon Award for Emerging Artist of the Year at the BBC Folk Awards, and after going along for an audition for Britain's Got Talent for a laugh while in London one afternoon he ended up making it all the way to the 2012 final!

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Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis

on Sat, 16 Dec 2017 at Reading St Mary's Church 7:00pm

Doors and Bar 7pm, Music 8pm. Long time friends Sam Kelly (guitar & vocals) and Jamie Francis (banjo and vocals) are both recording artists in their own right and also play together in both Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys, and also The Changing Room (that rocked St Stephen's in Upper Basildon last December). Playing at St Mary's as a duo you will be surprised at just how much variety of noise (in the best possible sense of the word) two lads with two instruments can make! Expect an evening of foot stomping singalong numbers alongside songs with delicate and sensitive arrangements. Anyone who saw Sam and Jamie as part of The Changing Room will be bound to want to come along again. Sam has previously won the Horizon Award for Emerging Artist of the Year at the BBC Folk Awards, and after going along for an audition for Britain's Got Talent for a laugh while in London one afternoon he ended up making it all the way to the 2012 final!

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The Fairytale Minstrels/little Red Riding Hood - The Rock'n Roll Musical For Children And Grown-ups

on Sat, 16 Dec 2017 at London St Michaels Church 3:15pm

A rock'n roll musical for children and grown-ups alike based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood as interpreted through the original compositions of the Fairytale Minstrels....Imagine Lou Reed and the Rolling Stones, a bit of country and a Whole Lotta Violin! So you think you know the story of Little Red Riding Hood but you've never heard it told like this!

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The Fairytale Minstrels/little Red Riding Hood - The Rock'n Roll Musical For Children And Grown-ups

on Sat, 16 Dec 2017 at London St Michaels Church 3:15pm

A rock'n roll musical for children and grown-ups alike based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood as interpreted through the original compositions of the Fairytale Minstrels....Imagine Lou Reed and the Rolling Stones, a bit of country and a Whole Lotta Violin! So you think you know the story of Little Red Riding Hood but you've never heard it told like this!

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Mim Suleiman Plays A Cafe#9 Christmas Special!!

on Sat, 16 Dec 2017 at Sheffield Cafe #9 7:30pm

An East African road movie starring Mim Suleiman, food testers from an upcoming cookbook by Mim Suleiman and live music by Mim Suleiman!!!

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Nathalie Stern With Members Of Noize Choir

on Sun, 17 Dec 2017 at Durham Empty Shop HQ 4:30pm

Existing outside of any one genre or scene Nathalie Stern's minimal but distinctive largely electronic set up uses looped vocals and melodic lines to build up a mysterious web of sound that has enthralled and transfixed anyone who has managed to catch her live in recent times. Its foreboding without sacrificing any beauty, experimental but is rooted in the folk tradition. Swedish born, but now settled in Newcastle Stern says her music is sound focused resulting in what could be described as dark, emotive droney electronica. Major influences on Stern are filmmaker John Carpenter and Polish composer Kryzysztof Komeda who wrote the soundtrack for the Roman Polanski's movie 'The Fearless Vampire Killers'. 'The Carpenter influence is very clear in one of my tracks which is essentially a homage to him, but it's more subtle in the rest of my stuff by just reflecting similar sounds. Polanski's Fearless Vampire Killers was my absolute favourite film when I was eight I watched it pretty much every week for nearly a year'. In March Nathalie appeared at Sage Gateshead for BBC 3's Free Thinking Festival and in July she headlined The Northern Electric Festival at The Cluny so we are very, very happy that she has agreed to bring her unique, experimental ways and means and her multiple loop stations to Durham's Empty Shop HQ for a special pre Christams show. Nathalie will be joined by members of Newcastle's Noize Choir, a group of sound enthusiasts who explore the sonic possibilities of the human voice. Nathalie has had radio play on Stuart Maconie's very excellent BBC 6 Music Freak Zone On introducing 'A Life' Maconie said - 'I love this track'. 'Poor timekeeping made me miss most of Nathalie Stern's set, but the song I did see A Life was phenomenal'. NARC 'I write songs about Norse Trolls' Nathalie Stern CHARLIE THOMAS is a singer/songwriter who is into the scuzzier, more bohemian end of US culture. Scuzzier end? We are talking the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but, burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars. In other words: the beat poets (that 'mad' quote, of course, is from Jack Kerouac). It's just him and his guitar, but Charlie Thomas manages to conjure up a real atmosphere, not least with Betting on a Miracle, which is driven by a choppy melody and has a Doors unplugged vibe. (His voice also has some of the command of Jim Morrison never a bad thing.) In November he released an EP entitled 'American Death Poems', which features a collection of songs that have been inspired by the aforementioned beat poets. We reckon this gig is going to out-freak even the Freak Zone!

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Tom Moore & Archie Churchill-moss

on Sun, 17 Dec 2017 at Bristol The Folk House 7:30pm

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Grace Petrie Presents A Lefty Christmas

on Sun, 17 Dec 2017 at London Bush Hall 7:30pm

We are delighted to announce Grace Petrie's biggest London headline show to date. Grace will be bringing her full band for this special "Lefty Christmas" show at London's beautiful Bush Hall. Hailed as the political voice of a generation, singer-songwriter Grace Petrie has emerged in recent years as one of British folk's most powerful new stars. A vocal powerhouse with a truly exceptional gift for lyricism, she articulates life, love and the modern struggle with often blistering honesty, while the warmth and wit of her delivery has charmed audiences both sides of the Atlantic. "A powerful new songwriting voice" - The Guardian Supports to be announced This show is level access throughout. For access information see: https://www.bushhallmusic.co.uk/posts/access Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult.

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Ana Silvera

on Sun, 17 Dec 2017 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. -------- Wonderful modern folk - The Quietus Magical - The Guardian Ana Silvera's folk and bluegrass-tinged tunes are lyrical, intimate and emotive, works of 'lavish, vivid imagination' (Metro). Drawing on stories from her own eventful life as well as folklore and myth, Ana's songs are vignettes, poignant snap-shots in time that weave poetry and melody to magical effect. This tour, she will be playing songs from her Winter EP, 'Arcana' and will be joined by local artists along the way. In the past few years, Ana's focus has been on large scale projects: composing and singing in a full-length original work Cassandra for Royal Ballet and recording her forthcoming BASCA-nominated choral song cycle Oracles at landmark London venue The Roundhouse. Now she returns to the stage to debut new solo material, and will be accompanying herself on piano, guitar and harmonium, alongside award-winning double bassist Jasper Høiby (Phronesis, Fellow Creatures)." www.anasilvera.com

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Chris Cleverley & Kelly Oliver's Christmas Concert

on Sun, 17 Dec 2017 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 7:30pm

Two of the UK Folk Scene's singular and unique songwriters come together for an evening of collaboration. Award winning Songwriter and guitarist Chris Cleverley is renowned for his ability to draw audiences to the edge of their seats with hauntingly delivered tales, described as "impressive" by the Telegraph. The unsettling honesty of his lyricism sits curiously over intricate fingerstyle guitar and banjo, for which he is fast gaining the accolade of being among the most masterful players on the UK folk scene. Kelly Oliver is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonicist, described by The Times as an artist who "blends traditional with bold, indie-pop". Her debut album This Land, gained a 4* review from The Telegraph and her second album Bedlam was included in The Sunday Times Essential New Releases. Her last five singles have all gained BBC R2 and BBC 6 Music airplay and she performed her summer single Rio on BBC1's Sunday Morning Live for her first national TV appearance. Kelly was awarded Best Female Solo Artist in both the 2016 NMG and FATEA Awards and Bob Harris described her as "a vital voice in British folk music". Join Chris and Kelly for a festive evening of both individual and collaborative sets, including reinterpretations of their back catalogue as well as arrangements of our favourite traditional songs and carols. This unique event, to mark the closing of the year, is not to be missed.

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Lazy Sunday Afternoon With Mr Love & Justice And Friends

on Sun, 17 Dec 2017 at Swindon Savernake Street Community Hall 2:30pm

A chilled Sunday afternoon of live original acoustic folk and roots music hosted by Swindon collective Mr Love & Justice with 2 guest performers - S'Go + Richard Wileman with Amy Fry. Show time: 3-5pm.

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Michael Chapman

on Sun, 17 Dec 2017 at London Leytonstone & District Ex-Servicemen's Club 7:00pm

Michael Chapman is known as one of the UK's best finger picking style guitar players. As part of a continuing musical lineage that includes the likes of Ralph McTell, John Martyn, Davey Graham & Bert Jansch. Chapman first became known on the British Folk Circuit in 1967. Playing a blend of atmospheric and autobiographical material, he established a reputation for intensity and innovation. Signed to EMI's Harvest label he recorded a quartet of classic albums (which have all recently been reissued by cult USA label Light in The Attic.) LPs like Rainmaker and Wrecked Again defined the melancholic observer role Michael was to make his own, mixing intricate guitar instrumentals with a full band sound. The influential album Fully Qualified Survivor, featuring the lead guitar of Mick Ronson and Rick Kemp's bass, was John Peel's favorite album of 1970. Survivor featured the Chapman 'hit', Postcards of Scarborough, a characteristically tenderly sour song recounting the feelings of nostalgia and regret. After the release of Wrecked Again, Chapman parted company with Harvest, choosing to sign to Decca's subsidiary Deram, where he altered course somewhat, adding electric guitar and harder rhythms to his work. Several albums were released on Deram during the early to mid 1970's including one produced by Memphis legend Don Nix. Recording for numerous smaller record labels, and playing the folk and club circuits, the 1980's was a quieter time for Chapman. He continued to make recordings that straddled musical genres and pushed his guitar playing to the fore, but had neither the profile nor sales of the previous decade. The late 1990's onwards represented a period of continued rebirth for Chapman. He embraced the 'elder statesman' role and enjoyed critical acclaim for albums like Navigation, Dreaming Out Loud and Still Making Rain (a wry pun title that looked back to his debut album). With the 1997 release of Dreaming Out Loud, Chapman was releasing albums at the rate of one every two years, while attracting high praise from the likes of Thurston Moore and Supergrass. A decade later and Chapman is still going strong. Michael's most recent album '50' embraced past and present, with guest artists including celebrated British folksinger Bridget St. John and gifted indie rock guitarist Steve Gunn, received 5 star reviews from The Guardian, Uncut, The Wire, and album of the month in MOJO. www.michaelchapman.co.uk "Alongside the album's end-of-days feel there is also a valedictory mood, the sense that, as with Blackstar and You Want it Darker, here is a man closer to the end than the beginning, haunted by memories and auguries, and communicating something of their uncanny twilight power MOJO

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Bad Manners

on Sun, 17 Dec 2017 at Brighton Concorde 2 7:30pm

English Ska band Bad Manners quickly became the novelty favorites of the UK pop scene, living up to their name with naughty antics from frontman Buster Bloodvessel. In the 1980s Bad Manners spent an impressive 111 weeks in the UK charts and had many appearances on Top of The Pops, which they were later band from after manic exploits from Buster. The bands more notable tracks include Special Brew, Lip Up Fatty and My Girl Lollipop. In 1987 Bad Manners went their separate ways but with a third wave of the Ska scene in the late 90s, Bad Manners reformed and have been touring each year with a solid line-up of incredible musicians.

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Calsita Kazuka And Friends

on Sun, 17 Dec 2017 at Oxford The Isis Farmhouse 8:00pm

Born into a family where music was the staple diet, Calista is the daughter of the late renowned violinist Paul Robertson. After studying at London's Royal Academy of Music, Calista has been winning fans across the world with her dynamic voice and captivating song-writing. Calista's explosive new EP, 'Project: Love Me', is the result of her recent collaboration with award winning film composer Guy Dagul. This highly anticipated debut is an epic, cinematic collection of songs which takes you on a journey filled with passion, sophistication, man-eating and drama.

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Long Lankin

on Mon, 18 Dec 2017 at London Green Note 7:00pm

Long Lankin is a contemporary folk group made up of three female singers and instrumentalists who mix original compositions with inventive arrangements of traditional material. Singing in close harmony, Long Lankin have their roots in England, Shetland and Sweden.

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James Yorkston

on Mon, 18 Dec 2017 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 7:30pm

"A thousand times more haunting than anything the New Acoustic Movement ever dreamed of" said the NME. Indeed Scottish musician James Yorkston's music is haunting, but there is something else in his music which lifts him above the average acoustic singer/songwriter. At times he sounds like a rat-pack crooner, the next like a scottish balladeer, and just when he's got down to his quietest, most fragile moment he'll break into one of the loudest acoustic guitar intervals you're likely to hear. James Yorkston is diversity at it's best, with all the quality of tradition and excitement of the new.

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Grace Petrie Presents A Lefty Christmas

on Mon, 18 Dec 2017 at Nottingham Rough Trade 7:30pm

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James Yorkston

on Tue, 19 Dec 2017 at London General Brownings MOTH Club 8:00pm

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Dirty Old Folkers Christmas Panto

on Tue, 19 Dec 2017 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 7:30pm

The Dirty Old Folkers are back again, 10th year in a row, this time they are butchering Aladdin while trying to punt their fantastic new album. Always one of the highlights of the Kitchen Garden year, they never fail to sell out. So if you're looking for a good old fashioned sing along (song books provided), bonkers Panto and a bit of musical satire, this is the evening for you. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Grace Petrie Presents A Lefty Christmas

on Tue, 19 Dec 2017 at Sheffield The Greystones 7:30pm

We are delighted to announce Grace Petrie's special "A Lefty Christmas" show at The Greystones, Sheffield. This will be another fantastic and celebratory evening alongside Grace's previous sell-out shows at the venue. Get your tickets quick - give them as Christmas presents!! Hailed as the political voice of a generation, singer-songwriter Grace Petrie has emerged in recent years as one of British folk's most powerful new stars. A vocal powerhouse with a truly exceptional gift for lyricism, she articulates life, love and the modern struggle with often blistering honesty, while the warmth and wit of her delivery has charmed audiences both sides of the Atlantic. "A powerful new songwriting voice" - The Guardian SOLD OUT!!

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Folklore Xmas Party

on Tue, 19 Dec 2017 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. -------- Folklore are hosting a Christmas Party and you're all invited!! They've handpicked some of their very favourite artists for this show, which promises to be very special indeed .. Come all ye faithful, let us eat, drink and be merry! http://folkloreuk.com/ LAISH Pendulum Swing already ranks among the great records, not only of the past year, but of the current decade. - Indie Rock I just thought this is a great pop record Steve Lamacq, BBC 6Music One of the best songwriters of his generation inside and outside of British borders. 7.5/10 Ondarock THE AUGUST LIST It's a rare West Country husband-and-wife duo that can pull off the knack of sounding simultaneously like a vintage Louisiana jug band and at the same time very much like themselves. Tom Robinson Stripped down roots-inspired music that stylistically has its core in folk and country, but it's sights set a little further afield also Americana UK GABRIEL MORENO & THE QUIVERING POETS "Intoxicating, immersive and invigorating, the bands live shows invite the audience on the journey with them, encouraging participation, vocally one minute and with quiet contemplation the next. Moreno's presence is magnetic, as is his spirit. A man who lives for his art and who's talents as a writer, musician, singer, performer and human should be experienced by all" - Folklore Presents SEAFOXES Seafoxes play a special brand of folk-inflected, intimate dream-pop, evoking the lush, soft sound of Espers with a fierce individuality and genuineness." Jamboree, July 2016 "Psychedelic-tinged folk-pop with wonderful vocal harmonies and strings." Fred Perry Subculture, Jan 2017 MOCK DEER "Everything hangs on the voice .. And what a voice it is!" - Real Gone Folk Radio Uk - Song Of The Day (Pork Chop Suits)

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Mad Jocks And Englishmen

on Wed, 20 Dec 2017 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath 7:15pm

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Sheffield Folk Chorale - Spitewinter At The Cathedral

on Wed, 20 Dec 2017 at Sheffield Cathedral 7:15pm

Concert starts at 7.45 pm

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Gfma & Mycenae House Shenaingans Party

on Wed, 20 Dec 2017 at London Mycenae House 7:00pm

A great night of live music, food and party fun.

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Winter Union

on Thu, 21 Dec 2017 at Sheffield The Greystones 8:00pm

Featuring Katriona Gilmore, Jamie Roberts, Ben Savage, Hannah Sanders and Jade Rhiannon. Five leading lights of the British roots scene join forces to create a festive folk band like no other.

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The Goat Roper Rodeo Band Play A Christmas Double Whammy At Cafe#9!!!

on Thu, 21 Dec 2017 at Sheffield Cafe #9 7:30pm

A full on festive cosmic country blues special with the fellas that need no introduction here at #9.... The Goat Roper Rodeo Band!!!

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The Often Herd Live At The Acoustic Room

on Thu, 21 Dec 2017 at Tyne & Wear The Magnesia Bank 8:00pm

AR CHRISTMAS SPECIAL CONCERT featuring THE OFTEN HERD - previously known as The Kentucky Cow Tippers! This young quartet of virtuoso musicians are an Acoustic Room favourite. Their rich harmony singing, underpinned by fiddle, guitar mandolin and double bass, gives way now and then to blistering bluegrass instrumental showpieces. Old-time country, newgrass and Americana from an internationally acclaimed band. Guaranteed to promote tapping feet and smiling faces in their sell-out concerts across the UK and Europe - who else would we invite to bring seasonal cheer to our warm, cosy venue? A selection of fine real ales, a crackling open fireplace, and some surprises on the night.

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The Often Herd Live At The Acoustic Room

on Thu, 21 Dec 2017 at Tyne & Wear The Magnesia Bank 8:00pm

AR CHRISTMAS SPECIAL CONCERT featuring THE OFTEN HERD - previously known as The Kentucky Cow Tippers! This young quartet of virtuoso musicians are an Acoustic Room favourite. Their rich harmony singing, underpinned by fiddle, guitar mandolin and double bass, gives way now and then to blistering bluegrass instrumental showpieces. Old-time country, newgrass and Americana from an internationally acclaimed band. Guaranteed to promote tapping feet and smiling faces in their sell-out concerts across the UK and Europe - who else would we invite to bring seasonal cheer to our warm, cosy venue? A selection of fine real ales, a crackling open fireplace, and some surprises on the night.

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The Albion Christmas Band

on Fri, 22 Dec 2017 at London Kings Place 7:30pm

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Gina Le Faux

on Fri, 22 Dec 2017 at Doncaster Brewery and Tap 7:30pm

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Chris Farlowe Miller Anderson & Bob Brookes@ The Jook House 2

on Fri, 22 Dec 2017 at Brighton The Jook House @ the Circle Arts Centre 8:00pm

'The Jook House 2' @ The Circle Arts Centre Portslade present: The relaunch and relocation of the popular Worthing music venue 'The Jook House' at  The Circle Arts Centre 55 North St, Portslade, Brighton BN41 1DH British blues legend Chris Farlowe joins veteran of Woodstock Miller Anderson and Sussex Desperate Dan Band frontman Bob Brookes for an evening of Blues Rnb and Gospel in an intimate 300 seater venue( So get your tickets quick) those of you who know of Chris Farlowe will remember 'Out of Time' & 'Handbags and Gladrags' Chris Farlowe moved to Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label and recorded eleven singles, five of which were cover versions of Rolling Stones songs including "Paint It, Black", "Think", "Ride On, Baby", "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", and "Out of Time", which reached no. 1 (1966) in the UK Singles Chart.[1] He recorded four more singles, the best known of which is Mike d'Abo's "Handbags and Gladrags".[2] and "My Way Of Giving", a cover of a Small Faces album track written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane. Miller Anderson Apart from pursuing his own solo career, he was a member of the Keef Hartley Band. Other groups Anderson has been associated with are; the Spencer Davis Group, Broken Glass, The Dukes, Mountain, Savoy Brown, T.Rex and Chicken Shack.[1] In early 2006, he joined The British Blues Quintet with Maggie Bell, Zoot Money, Colin Hodgkinson and Colin Allen. In the Spring of 2016 Miller returned to the studio and in July 2016 released a new album of 12 original tracks " Through The Mill " Bob Brookes Along with The Desperate Dan Band Bob has worked with and supported some of the most credible names in the business, either collectively or individually - people like Paul McCartney, Jools Holland, Elton John, Leo Sayer to name but a few - having had in the line-up at one time or another such people as Dave Mattacks (Fairport, Mary Chapin-Carpenter), Rest of the band that night are: Jim Barr / Bass Frazer Wigg/ Keyboards Marianne Hiller-Brook / Drums & Percussion The Band take to the stage at 9.00 pm

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David Newey - Unfold Album Launch

on Fri, 22 Dec 2017 at Newcastle upon Tyne Mining Institute 7:00pm

David will be launching his brilliant new album 'Unfold' with a full band. David's songs are personal and political, touching on the heart of the human condition. This album is his best yet, featuring 9 new tracks by an artist that has been called 'Extraordinary and Original' (Rock and Reel) and 'An amazing songwriter matched by incendiary guitar' (Maverick). The mining institute will be the perfect venue for this launch - an astonishing building full of history. Doors 7pm Support 8pm David Newey and band - 9pm

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David Newey - Unfold Album Launch

on Fri, 22 Dec 2017 at Newcastle upon Tyne Mining Institute 7:00pm

David will be launching his brilliant new album 'Unfold' with a full band. David's songs are personal and political, touching on the heart of the human condition. This album is his best yet, featuring 9 new tracks by an artist that has been called 'Extraordinary and Original' (Rock and Reel) and 'An amazing songwriter matched by incendiary guitar' (Maverick). The mining institute will be the perfect venue for this launch - an astonishing building full of history. Doors 7pm Support 8pm David Newey and band - 9pm

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The Christmas Rock And Rollin' Blues & Soul Party

on Fri, 22 Dec 2017 at Billinghurst The Billingshurst Centre 7:30pm

A double header event featuring Cryin Out Loud and Uncle Buck. In support of MacMillan Cancer Support. There is no bar so please bring you own refreshment. "Following the success of The Rock'n Rollin' Blues & Soul Party held recently at The Wilfrid Noyce Centre, in Godalming, Uncle Buck & Cryin' Out Loud invite you to The Dance Your Pants Off Xmas Rock'n Rollin' Blues & Soul Party. The show takes place on Friday, December 22nd.at: The Billingshurst Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst, RH14 9QW . Doors open @ 7:30pm and the music starts @ 8:30pm......Uncle Buck & Cryin' Out Loud are recognised as being amongst the finest exponents of Blues, Soul & Rock'n'Roll in the south.....Having toured and played major festivals and venues across the UK and Europe, you are guaranteed a fantastic Live Show .....Tickets are £10 in advance and subject to availability, £14 on the Door

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Hkippers Hkrissmass Bash

on Fri, 22 Dec 2017 at London The Ivy House - Nunhead 8:00pm

Rare Christmas bash at the wonderful Ivy House

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Harbottle And Jonas

on Fri, 22 Dec 2017 at Meavy Parish Hall 7:30pm

Harbottle & Jonas is a Folk Outfit based in Totnes. Providing some Christmas entertainment and performing Christmas numbers and special covers, with some added cheese (but not too much). With songs such as "It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas", "Fairytale of New York", "In the Bleak Mid Winter", "It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas", "Let it Snow", "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" and many more.

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Listen, Listen - The Songs Of Sandy Denny & Fotheringay + 15 String Trio

on Sat, 23 Dec 2017 at Ascott-Under-Wychwood Tiddy Hall 7:00pm

Sat 23rd Dec Listen, Listen The Songs of Sandy Denny & Fotheringay + 15 String Trio at Wychwood Folk Club Tiddy Hall, Shipton Road, Ascott -u- Wychwood, Oxon, OX7 6AG Tickets £12.00 in advance £14.00 on the door - www.wegottickets.com/wychwoodfolkclub Start 7.30pm.Doors 7.00pm Parking & Bar Available Contact: Mark/Elaine 01993831427 or 07870563299 wychwoodfolkclub@zoho.com The musical achievements and professional experiences of the band combined is too long to list and spans 40+ years, you couldn't find folk who know more about folk. The line-up for tonight is PJ Wright, Sally Barker. Anna Ryder and Mat Davies. An exquisite night celebrating the music of Sandy Denny. Come back to your folk roots and let the Fotheringay's demonstrate why this genre of music is still so truly loved. Katrina Davies will also join the boys as together they form the fabulous 15 String Trio www.wychwoodfolkclub.com https://www.fotheringay.com/ http://www.fifteenstringtrio.com/

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Celtic Christmas Concert-tim Edey With Guest Isobel Crowe

on Sat, 23 Dec 2017 at Faversham Assembly rooms 7:30pm

Kent's own star of folk and roots music is back fresh from a major tour of Japan as a guest of The Chieftains, for a special night of acoustic magic on guitars, melodeon, songs, stories and superb entertainment with a strong celtic theme and some special carols and songs from special guest beautiful Scottish singer Isobel Crowe. Saturday 23rd December DOORS 7.30pm 8 PM START 2 x sets

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Celtic Christmas Concert-tim Edey With Guest Isobel Crowe

on Sat, 23 Dec 2017 at Faversham Assembly rooms 7:30pm

Kent's own star of folk and roots music is back fresh from a major tour of Japan as a guest of The Chieftains, for a special night of acoustic magic on guitars, melodeon, songs, stories and superb entertainment with a strong celtic theme and some special carols and songs from special guest beautiful Scottish singer Isobel Crowe. Saturday 23rd December DOORS 7.30pm 8 PM START 2 x sets

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Yule Do, Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies With Benny Graham

on Sat, 23 Dec 2017 at Beaconhill Community Centre 7:00pm

Yule Do,The 2017 Christmas show from Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies with Benny Graham

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Come To - The Whitby Wassail - Our Christmas Revels!

on Wed, 27 Dec 2017 at Whitby Sanders Yard Bistro 7:00pm

Come and enjoy an evening of Seasonal Songs, Poems and Banter with The Wassailers - better known as Graham Brotton, Chris Milner, Dor Fountain, Tony O'Neill, Phil Martin, Richard Grainger and more besides.. All kicks off at 7.30pm. Ticket includes a delicious 'Festive Platter' prepared by our hosts Sophie & Brian.

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Blonde On Bob's Xmas Bash 2017

on Thu, 28 Dec 2017 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

4 piece band BLONDE on BOB's annual XMAS gig featuring the music of Bob Dylan with support from FREEWHEELIN. Nothin' But Dylan plus some festive fun.

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Jon Strong Band

on Fri, 29 Dec 2017 at Leeds New Headingley Club 7:30pm

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The Midnight Circus

on Sun, 31 Dec 2017 at Leicester The Musician 8:00pm

A circus themed evening with 4 of the most exciting live local acts.

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Anb's Nye Blues Party

on Sun, 31 Dec 2017 at London Ain't Nothin' But...Blues Bar 8:00pm

Dance the night away to non-stop live music. 8pm-2.30am. Featuring both - Jimmy C & the Blues Dragons & TJ Jones & the Bayou Boys Tickets only guarantee entry before 10pm. After that we shall sell your tickets on the door with no refunds.

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Little George Sueref's What's Cookin' Nye Party

on Sun, 31 Dec 2017 at London Leytonstone & District Ex-Servicemen's Club 8:30pm

What's Cookin' New Year's Eve Special with Little George and his band with bubbly at midnight! Down-home blues and sweet-voiced soul from Little George and his band. One of the UK's finest and unusual blues singers and "Harp Player Of The Year" award 3 times. George is one of that select few who are able to take their chosen influences and craft them into their own, strongly identifiable sound. In George's case this is a grit 'n' groove gumbo of wailin' Southern fried soul and down-home Chicago blues. Little George is always a joy! PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW WILL HAVE LIMTED SEATING!

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Swampgrass New Year's Speakeasy Spectacular

on Sun, 31 Dec 2017 at Glastonbury The Hawthorns Hotel 8:00pm

See in 2018 dressed in your finest 1920s outfit, sipping prohibited liquor and dancing until your limbs fall off. Prizes for best dressed and spot prizes all night. Expect blues, Swing and a whole lot of fun. An evening finger buffet is included in the ticket price. Purchase your ticket before December 1st to win a dinner for two at The Hawthorns.

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Carmarthen Lgbtq+ Presents Nye

on Sun, 31 Dec 2017 at Carmarthen The Parrot Music Bar 8:00pm

New Year's Eve at The Parrot - tickets just £2 (or £5 on the door) and will include: DJs playing pop classics through the decades Launch of the new Parrot mirrorball All things rainbow - drinks, decor and dress code! Everyone welcome!

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Edwina Hayes

on Mon, 1 Jan 2018 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 7:30pm

Come and unwind with us at this mellow New Year's Day concert by 'the Sweetest Voice in England' - guaranteed to soothe sore heads! Edwina's beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. The title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her 'the sweetest voice in England' and her cover of the Randy Newman song Feels Like Home was featured in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister's Keeper and has since had over eight million plays on You Tube. 'Edwina is a haunting honeyed solo songwriter' (The Guardian) 'Sweet-voiced songwriter who has a fine line in gentle, country-tinged material' (Time Out)

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Peter & Barbara Snape

on Thu, 4 Jan 2018 at Hoghton Gregson Lane Sports and Social Club 8:15pm

Peter and Barbara Snape Peter and Barbara Snape have a great love of traditional British folk music especially that of the north of England where they live. Their songs and music offer a refreshing and individual approach which effortlessly embraces the carefully researched repertoire of material they love performing. They are convivial company, a proven quality act and a close-knit partnership that's fully assured in its research, preparation and performance, and deservedly popular with audiences.

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Chris While & Julie Matthews

on Thu, 4 Jan 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

Let's get 2018 under way in real style! We are delighted that Chris and Julie, more usually found in concert halls and on festival stages, have agreed to do an intimate small venue club show for us. Two of England's finest songwriters and singers, they surely need no further introduction. Book early!

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Chris While & Julie Matthews

on Thu, 4 Jan 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

Let's get 2018 under way in real style! We are delighted that Chris and Julie, more usually found in concert halls and on festival stages, have agreed to do an intimate small venue club show for us. Two of England's finest songwriters and singers, they surely need no further introduction. Book early!

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Daria Kulesh

on Fri, 5 Jan 2018 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop 7:00pm

The Big Comfy Bookshop proudly presents the award winning acoustic evening 'Comfy & Acoustic'. Intimate performances from the best UK (and beyond) musicians covering folk, Americana, singer-songwriters and roots. Daria Kulesh With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, "bold, exotic, impressive" Daria Kulesh is a rising star and a unique character on the UK folk scene. Her debut album Eternal Child was described as phenomenal and named Runner-Up in Best Album of 2015 from a Female Artist by FolkWords, among numerous other accolades. Her 2017 album Long Lost Home has won awards in the UK and in Russia. It has enjoyed national radio play and incredible reviews calling it a triumph, a masterpiece and a definite contender for the best album of 2017. Mike Harding praised the The Moon and the Pilot as "one of the most beautiful new songs of the last ten years". More recently, her brand new release Vasilisa (single, EP & music video) has been called "stunning" by Folk Radio UK and "superb" by FATEA. A hardworking and in-demand live performer, Daria offers her audiences a thoroughly engaging, entertaining and enchanting experience. "The songs aren't just sung, but lived." (FATEA Magazine) Edd Donovan Edd Donovan is a highly distinctive singer and songwriter with a rare, original talent. His sound is heartfelt comforting, yet challenging wise. Originally from Merseyside, he has made his home in Cheltenham. His critically acclaimed début album, Something To Take The Edge Off, was released in April 2014. The album garnered high praise in the press and radio. Edd's professional experience as a Social Worker has inspired a number of his songs and The Guardian's article on Edd The Singing Social Worker gained his songwriting international attention. Edd's first single from the album 'House On Fire' was inspired by Andrea Ashworth's memoir, 'Once In A House On Fire'. It became the signature tune of the album and is 'A remarkable complex analysis of a child's experience of domestic violence' R2. On the back of the album, Edd embarked on a hugely successful, extensive UK tour; both solo and with his band, The Wandering Moles. Edd released his second album, Making Mountains (Vol. 1), in June 2016 . It's rooted in Indie Folk and Americana whilst still drawing on a broad spectrum of influences and makes use of the talents of his full band, The Wandering Moles, and features meticulous, intricate arrangements, rhythmic shifts and close harmonies that recall classic artists such as The Band, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Nick Drake. Izzie Derry Izzie is a young singer-songwriter with a voice and soulful spirit beyond her years. Inspired by artists of the 60's and 70's, such as: Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Johnny Cash, Izzie writes her own beautifully crafted songs. In these songs she showcases her advanced guitar style and impressive vocal range. Izzie performed in public for the first time at the age of 15, at a local Open Mic. After her first performance, she was offered several gigs, the first of which was a spot at the local Godiva Festival. She then spent the next few months performing in venues all over the West Midlands, and also released her first self titled EP, which consisted of 3 original tracks. Izzie soon began working with a local record label called 'Domesticated Records', where she released 2 singles. Then, in September 2016, Izzie released her second EP called 'It's Life', which she recorded with Domesticated Records, but released as an independent artist. Tracks from the EP have been played on local radio stations such as: BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, and Radio Plus. Izzie is currently working as an independent artist and released her debut Album on the 27th May 2017. The album consists of songs about her experiences of growing up and her fears for the future. The album has been featured on radio stations including: BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, Touch FM, and Radio Plus. With a string of live shows including support slots for the likes of Olly Murs, Courtney Marie Andrews and Hannah Trigwell, and performances at venues including the Genting Arena and the Belgrade Theatre. Her recent achievements also include BBC Introducing Coventry and Warwickshire Artist of the Month for September 2017 and the Touch FM Pride of Warwick Award 'Young Achiever of the Year', this bright young artist is truly one to look out for Stage Times Daria Kulesh 9.45-10.30 Edd Donovan 8.50-9.30 Izzie Derry 8.00-8.35 The bookshop bar will be open serving hot and cold drinks, wine and beer plus snacks. No other food or drink to be brought into the premises. For details of the bookshop please visit www.thebigcomfybookshop.co.uk www.facebook.com/thebigcomfybookshop www.twitter.com/bigcomfybooks www.instagram.com/bigcomfybooks www.bigcomfysessions.com NOTE: If you are late you'll have to wait for the acts to finish their set/song to avoid interrupting the performance.

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The Vagaband

on Fri, 5 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

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

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Brickwork Lizards Album Launch- Oxford

on Fri, 5 Jan 2018 at Oxford The Bullingdon 7:30pm

Brickwork Lizards will perform at the The Bullingdon on the Oxford leg of their UK album launch tour, promoting material from their new release 'Haneen'. Haneen is Brickwork Lizards' second long-player, following the success of Zaman (2011). In Arabic, Haneen describes a feeling of nostalgic yearning, and bygone times and places haunt every song on this remarkable album. The band's radical re-imaginings of traditional material from courtly dances of the Ottoman Sultans to ancient English hanging songs evoke centuries of history and showcase a band adept at crossing borders and taking bold musical risks. "It's a genre-defying sound that never fails to have audiences on their feet." Tim Hughes, Oxford Times Support from Oxfords superb psychedelic drone ensemble- Flights Of Helios Tickets £7 on door- £5 in Advance {plus booking fee}

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The Bullfrogs

on Fri, 5 Jan 2018 at Stony Stratford York House Centre 7:30pm

Concert in the Beechy Room

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Holmfirth Festival Of Folk Present Topette

on Sat, 6 Jan 2018 at Hepworth Village Hall 7:30pm

Topette are Andy Cutting (diatonic accordion), James Delarre (violin), Julien Cartonnet (bagpipes, banjo), Tania Buisse (bodhran) and Barnably Stradling (accoustic bass). The five play naturally social music, for filling dancefloors, for listening, for drinking with friends but don't expect it to merge into the back ground. This is raunchy, up all night, joyously jugular grabbing dance music.

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Tim Penn

on Sat, 6 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This show is taking place in "THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE". Unfortunately there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.30pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE... Hosting the best of early Blues & Jazz... Tim Penn is one of the most 'in demand' keyboard players on the roots, songwriter & blues scenes. Going back to the 1970s, he was a member of Dorris Henderson's Eclection and also the Kevin Coyne band alongside Andy Summers (The Police) and Gordon Smith (Described by John Peel as " The foremost white Blues guitarist in the world "). His influences range from stride and barrelhouse piano styles of the 1920s, through to the great New Orleans piano players like Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, and Dr. John. Take all this, season with a sprinkling of his original material, and the recipe is complete and ready. Tim is a firm favourite down at Nightjar where he has a monthly residency and also holds down the piano chair with the UK premier swing-blues band, The Cadillac Kings. He is joined tonight by Chris Proctor who plays guitar in Tim's own band, The Second Line.

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Modou N'diaye

on Sat, 6 Jan 2018 at Monksilver EMN Hall 8:00pm

Modou brings his West African kora-based super-group to West Somerset! This is part of the launch tour for Tamala the band's album which blends together an irresistible mix of beautiful harmonies with the gentle yet lively tones of the kora, bass guitar, calabash, djembe and a variety of African percussion instruments, uniting traditional and modern sounds that will leave you invigorated and inspired!

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Modou N'diaye

on Sat, 6 Jan 2018 at Monksilver EMN Hall 8:00pm

Modou brings his West African kora-based super-group to West Somerset! This is part of the launch tour for Tamala the band's album which blends together an irresistible mix of beautiful harmonies with the gentle yet lively tones of the kora, bass guitar, calabash, djembe and a variety of African percussion instruments, uniting traditional and modern sounds that will leave you invigorated and inspired!

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Marcus Bonfanti & The Delta Duo

on Sun, 7 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This show is taking place in "THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE". Unfortunately there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 8.30pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MARCUS BONFANTI is an award winning singer, guitarist & songwriter from London and the new guitarist & singer of legendary British Rock & Roll band Ten Years After. He has also fronts The Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion at their monthly residency now into it's fifth year at the prestigious London venue. A twice winner of the British Blues Award for Best Acoustic Performer and Best Songwriter as well as countless nominations in other categories, Bonfanti has toured the world with many artists as well as his own band and released 3 critically acclaimed albums in a his so far short but successful musical career. He has worked with Ginger Baker, Van Morrison, PP Arnold, Shuggie Otis, Ronnie Wood, Joe Louis Walker, Eric Burdon and many other legendary musicians. Known for his deep powerful vocal style and ability to combine many different guitar styles to create his own, Bonfanti's solo acoustic show consists of music by all the great artists that have influenced his unique solo sound. Tonight he presents a special intimate show especially for the Green Note Basement with Jihad Darwish joining him on Upright Bass Expect songs by Muddy Waters, Josh White, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Ray Charles, Mississippi John Hurt, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal and many more. Utterly spellbinding The Times The next British blues guitar hero The Guardian

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Ewan Mclennan At Folk In The Barn

on Sun, 7 Jan 2018 at Canterbury The Black Robin Inn 6:00pm

Doors 6pm for 6.30pm start Tickets £12 online £13 cash or cheque in advance £14 on the door Ewan McLennan has come to be known as a guitarist at the very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue. From a BBC Horizon Award for his debut album to his performances on the iconic Transatlantic Sessions, recent years have been marked by numerous awards and accolades for his music. Ewan McLennan's most recent solo album, 'Stories Still Untold', continued this reception: 'Ewan McLennan has realised his potential on a wonderful album of traditional folk' **** The Telegraph Ewan's most recent project entitled Breaking the Spell of Loneliness a collaboration with renowned author and journalist George Monbiot seeks to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness. Their UK tour and concept album have received wide acclaim and been featured widely, including live appearances on BBC Two's Newsnight, BBC Radio 4's Front Row and BBC Radio 3's In Tune. 'Breaking the Spell of Loneliness is a powerful, poignant set' **** Guardian Alongisde this latest project, in 2017 and into 2018 Ewan will be continuing his solo touring, performing songs from previous albums as well as new material, both self-penned and traditional workings. 'McLennan continues his evolution into a major figure on the folk scene. An artist whose music lives and breathes.' **** Songlines

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New Year Folk Ball With Salmanazar

on Sun, 7 Jan 2018 at London The Exmouth Market Centre 5:30pm

An evening of dancing to greet the new year. Whirl, stomp and warm your cockles to the awesome sounds of Salmanazar: accordion, pipes and electroacoustic hurdy-gurdy all the way from Alsace. No partner needed, no experience necessary. Doors open: 5.30 Dance workshop: 6-7pm Bal: 7.30-10.30pm Tickets: Advance £12 (£8 NUS) On the door £15 (£10 NUS)

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New Year Folk Ball With Salmanazar

on Sun, 7 Jan 2018 at London The Exmouth Market Centre 5:30pm

An evening of dancing to greet the new year. Whirl, stomp and warm your cockles to the awesome sounds of Salmanazar: accordion, pipes and electroacoustic hurdy-gurdy all the way from Alsace. No partner needed, no experience necessary. Doors open: 5.30 Dance workshop: 6-7pm Bal: 7.30-10.30pm Tickets: Advance £12 (£8 NUS) On the door £15 (£10 NUS)

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Playing Rapunzel At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 7 Jan 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

Kicking off 2018 with the welcome and long overdue return of our old friends Playing Rapunzel. Superb musicianship, soaring harmonies and great songs. Marilisa Valtazanou (guitar, voice, and most other instruments) was born in Iowa, raised in Greece and now lives in London; she celebrates her multinational background by having a song in an obscure language for every occasion. She is easily recognised as the band member who will fearlessly play any instrument, including mandola, flutes, percussion, and even electric double bass. Mich Sampson (piano, voice) is a lively East Londoner who directs choirs by night, teaches singing by day, and performs synagogue music by weekend. She has been guest of honour at filk conventions in the UK and USA, and her album Just Beyond has raised over £1000 for Cancer Research UK. If you're looking for a band that combines beautiful and emotional music with a gentle, humorous manner, Playing Rapunzel is for you! 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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Playing Rapunzel At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 7 Jan 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

Kicking off 2018 with the welcome and long overdue return of our old friends Playing Rapunzel. Superb musicianship, soaring harmonies and great songs. Marilisa Valtazanou (guitar, voice, and most other instruments) was born in Iowa, raised in Greece and now lives in London; she celebrates her multinational background by having a song in an obscure language for every occasion. She is easily recognised as the band member who will fearlessly play any instrument, including mandola, flutes, percussion, and even electric double bass. Mich Sampson (piano, voice) is a lively East Londoner who directs choirs by night, teaches singing by day, and performs synagogue music by weekend. She has been guest of honour at filk conventions in the UK and USA, and her album Just Beyond has raised over £1000 for Cancer Research UK. If you're looking for a band that combines beautiful and emotional music with a gentle, humorous manner, Playing Rapunzel is for you! 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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Chris Parkinson And Alistair Russell

on Sun, 7 Jan 2018 at Southport Park Golf Club 7:00pm

Traditional music from the UK, Europe and beyond. Well-chosen covers too with accordion guitar and keyboards. A grand start to our New Year.

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Matt Tighe

on Mon, 8 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

Living in South London and born to an Irish and Trinidadian background, Fiddle player Matt Tighe is quickly making a name for himself in the world of folk and Traditional music. Now twenty one years old, he has been described as a, fiery virtuoso, and has already had an extensive experience in performance, playing at many festivals and clubs within the UK and Ireland. He also has great experience in teaching music, and has taught with virtuoso accordionist, Luke Daniels for Daniels' organization, Gael Music. Matt was also part of the, On Drover Tracks, tour with Daniels, Miranda Rutter and Matheu Watson. Matt has developed his own style of playing which has been greatly influenced by his two teachers Brendan Mullcaire and Dermot Crehan as well as his frequent trips to Glasgow. Matt has won numerous awards such as the London Fiddle Champion and in 2013 was invited to play at the event and adjudicate the competition. Matt has also won numerous All Britain Championships, been a finalist in the Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and been a nominee at the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. His much anticipated debut album will be released in September on the Greentrax record label, having been produced by the eminent Brian McNeill and recorded in the Highlands. He studied music at the Brit School in London and continues his studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under John Crawford.

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Jack Carty

on Tue, 9 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. -------- Introducing Jack Carty. Award winning, critically acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Jack Carty is relocating to the UK! To celebrate, he's playing an intimate London residency at Camden's Green Note on Tues 9th, Tues 16th and Weds 24th of January 2018. Each show will be dedicated to each of his last 3 albums: 'Break Your Own Heart', 'Esk' and 'Home State', all of which have found their way into hearts and homes across Australia, The UK and the world through: rave reviews; years of constant touring; appearances at Primavera Sound and South By South West; national awards including an APRA Professional Development Award and the gong for MusicOz Singer-Songwriter Of The Year; and the kind of gorgeous turn-of-phrase and knack for melody that will have you humming away on the train home. After supporting Keston Cobblers Club on all dates of their 'Almost Home' UK album tour in April 2017, and the hugely successful release of his fourth album 'Home State' last summer (hitting Number 1 on the Australian Independent Album Chart), Jack will get acquainted with his new home via a regional tour in November-December 2017, and the London Residency in January 2018. Jack Carty's story stands as testament to the power of great songs, grassroots determination and a spellbinding live show. It's been a huge year for Carty, touring his self-recorded, independently released, chart topping 4th album 'Home State' to theatres, halls, churches and special spaces across Australia, New Zealand and The UK with every show, cementing his reputation as a writer and performer of incredible depth and imagination. "Carty might well have found his happy place" ★★★★ Mike Alexander, THE SUNDAY STAR TIMES "A warm, thought-provoking album full of phrases that return to play repeatedly in one's head Sue Barrett, RHYTHMS MAGAZINE www.jackcarty.com

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The Black Feathers /threaded

on Wed, 10 Jan 2018 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath 7:15pm

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Dai & The Ramblers

on Wed, 10 Jan 2018 at London The Harrison Bar 7:30pm

4-piece Dai & The Ramblers recorded their debut album Duw Duw, crammed full of their rhythm blues tinged brand of Cajun and New Orleans flavoured soul, folk and gonzo jazz, at the legendary Toe Rag studios. and have just released their second album 'Bob Bon', further refining their folk-soul sound. Songwriter and singer Dai Price comes from Newport in South Wales, and previously worked with psychedelic cumbia outfit Los Chinches. Double bassist Rupert Gillett performs with the London Klezmer Quartet and produces records at The Cabin studio in Walthamstow. Sheffield-born Alan Dunn plays piano and accordion, and has worked with folk legends such as Loudon Wainright III and Fairport Convention's Richard Thompson. South African fiddler Bob Loveday has performed and recorded with artists as varied as Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Paul McCartney. "I love his voice; I love the whole band." Paul Heaton (The Beatiful South) "Absolutely gorgeous... They make a beautiful sound." Janice Long (BBC Radio 2) "A joyous romp... will raise your spirits and gladden your heart" Michael Farley (Americana UK) Watch Dai & The Ramblers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-WNicMCRqg COLEY GARRATT WILL PLAY A SHORT FULL BAND SET BEFORE DAI & THE RAMBLERS Vicky Sometani is a young Chicago-born American singer-songwriter based in London. Possessed of a stunning soul voice, her excellent roots sound blends blues, jazz, soul and folk to brilliant effect. She's an exciting new talent due to release her debut EP in early 2018- great things await! WATCH VICKY SOMETANI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDgEOkXbWis

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Steve Knightley

on Thu, 11 Jan 2018 at Great Torrington The Plough Arts Centre 7:30pm

From floor spots in East Devon folk clubs to selling out the Royal Albert Hall Steve takes you on a musical journey featuring the songs and artists that kick started his writing. Expect 'Show of Hands' classics like 'Cousin Jack' 'Country life' and 'AIG' as well as material from the likes of Dylan, Carthy, Bowie, Springsteen, Radiohead and Tull that inspired him along his way. The Plough is delighted to host the first two nights of this extensive national tour.

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Best Of The Green Note Basement Sessions - Ruth & Natasha Collett + Support

on Thu, 11 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. -------- BEST OF THE GREEN NOTE BASEMENT SESSIONS - Charity event in support of CLIC Sargent. Headliners: RUTH & NATASHA COLLETT Twin sisters Ruth and Natasha Collett are a London based duo combining blood harmonies and catchy melodies to create a unique folky sound. It is the emotional integrity of their original songs which keeps audiences captivated and coming back for more. There will be support from... KAWALA Jim and Daniel grew up partying together. Now singing together, they create songs with a strong narrative and a sweet purity runs through their acoustic sounds. Proudly representing their Camden roots, the North London twang is carried through their songs. Beauty is formed through their simplistic way of arranging a song, stripping back to basics of an instrumental and a vocal. The kind of raw vocals that warm your belly and make the hairs on your arms stand on end. + one other act TBC This night is about raising as much money as we can for CLIC Sargent When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. Today, 11 more children and young people will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. From diagnosis, CLIC Sargent's specialist care teams will step in, ready to help, support and guide. They will provide a specialist package of support tailored to each young cancer patient and family. CLIC Sargent fights tirelessly for children and young people with cancer, often when they feel they can't. www.clicsargent.org.uk

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This Is The Kit

on Thu, 11 Jan 2018 at Lyme Regis Marine Theatre 7:30pm

This Is The Kit will play the Marine Theatre as the first date of an international tour. This Is The Kit the playful indie folk band led by Paris-based songwriter Kate Stables - has earned the adoration of peers including Guy Garvey, The National and Sharon van Etten. In the last year This is the Kit have performed live in session on BBC 6music and at festivals including Glastonbury. Their new album is on Rough Trade records, home to The Strokes and Jarvis Cocker; 'Moonshine Freeze' is undoubtedly their best to date, and is produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, M Ward). Sonically, Moonshine Freeze is a beguiling mixture of great musical sophistication and something more guileless children's games, incantations and snatches of nursery rhymes. All of it is good ★★★★ Mojo Magazine.

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Anthony John Clarke

on Thu, 11 Jan 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

A lyricist who is by turns hilarious, serious, compassionate, irreverent, brave and challenging, while also a skilled guitarist with an instantly recognizable voice, this Irish-born, world-travelling troubadour is surely one of the most engaging and entertaining folk performers in the business. We are delighted to welcome him back to York.

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Anthony John Clarke

on Thu, 11 Jan 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

A lyricist who is by turns hilarious, serious, compassionate, irreverent, brave and challenging, while also a skilled guitarist with an instantly recognizable voice, this Irish-born, world-travelling troubadour is surely one of the most engaging and entertaining folk performers in the business. We are delighted to welcome him back to York.

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Snaarmaarwaar

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at London The Slaughtered Lamb 7:30pm

Acoustic powerfolk from Flanders The Unbelievable Strings, that's maybe the best way to translate Snaarmaarwaar's tongue-twisting band name. Watching these young Belgians is always a happy surprise. What you see is a trio of musicians, but the stunning wall of sound they create with their acoustic instruments gives the impression of an explosive sextet. Once guitar, mandola and mandolin are plugged in, it's very hard to stop these guys. The music they play is firmly rooted in the of soil of Flanders, but they are not afraid to open doors and windows to welcome flavours of Portugese fado, Irish sessions and Italian sunshine. Old traditional tunes and newly composed pieces sit alongside one another, both lively and introverted, tender and rocking. The band's interplay is tight - and the fun they have while playing is totally contagious. So far, the trio have released three albums and have played on stages all across Europe and beyond: Nanjing Jazz and World Festival (China), Dranouter Festival (Belgium), Festival des Luthiers et Maîtres Sonneurs (France), TFF Rudolstadt (Germany), Kaustinen Folk Music Festival (Finland), Mandopolis (France), Viljandi Folk Music Festival (Estonia) and the Sunrise Celebration (UK) This is Flemish folk, alive and kicking, standing tall in the world of today. Snaarmaarwaar are a true discovery!

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Steve Knightley

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at Great Torrington The Plough Arts Centre 7:30pm

From floor spots in East Devon folk clubs to selling out the Royal Albert Hall Steve takes you on a musical journey featuring the songs and artists that kick started his writing. Expect 'Show of Hands' classics like 'Cousin Jack' 'Country life' and 'AIG' as well as material from the likes of Dylan, Carthy, Bowie, Springsteen, Radiohead and Tull that inspired him along his way. The Plough is delighted to host the first two nights of this extensive national tour.

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Jacob & Drinkwater

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at Harwell Village Hall 7:00pm

Devon based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called 'stand out new Folk' by BBC6 Music and 'inventive and thrilling' by R2 Magazine. Their November indie release 'The Burning Low EP' has garnered airplay and glowing reviews from such quarters as Radio 2's Folk Show, BBC 6's Tom Robinson, Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing, BBC Bristol, FRUK, Fatea, Spiral Earth, Louder Than War and 'Whispering' Bob TV. Singer- songwriter Tobias ben Jacob first received wider acclaim as part of The Roots Union with BBC Folk Award winners Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin including playing live at Maida Vale Studios and recording in Nashville, Tennessee. After a few years out from music he returned with the 2014 release 'The St Sidwells Session' and a run of summer festivals including Glastonbury and Larmer Tree. His honest and original songwriting weaves in themes of love, memory, adversity and hope; ranging from the nostalgic images of a Northern childhood in the shadow of a burnt out mill (Two Wanderers In 1980's Clothes) to the trials and adventures of life in the 21st Century 'Oh let me breathe, let me fly, let me live a polyphonic life' (A Polyphonic Life.) Lukas Drinkwater is rightly referred to as 'one of busiest musicians in the UK.' In demand as a performer and session player in the worlds of folk and jazz he has featured on many acclaimed albums. Currently touring with Ange Hardy, he has also worked with 3 Daft Monkeys, Jim Causley, Lack of Afro, Lucy Ward, Tankus The Henge, Sam Kelly, The Little Unsaid and more. The duo's dynamic and emotionally charged live show with all its energy, musical chemistry and spontaneity has drawn comparisons with the virtuosic pairing of John Martyn and Danny Thompson. Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater's nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. The added compliment of stirring vocal harmonies nicely rounds off the mix. 'Really stop you in your tracks' Fresh On The Net 'Inventive and thrilling' R2: Rock n Reel 'One of our best artists' BBC Devon Introducing 'Definitely one to watch out for' Late Junction .BBC Radio 3 'A fresh and uplifting sound' Folk Radio UK stand out new Folk... superb.. excellent Chris Hawkins. BBC Radio 6 www.tobiasbenjacob.com www.facebook.com/jacobanddrinkwater

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Bessie Smith 'empress Of The Blues'

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7:30pm

BESSIE SMITH (15th April 1894 26th September 1937) was America's most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and '30s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era, and along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists. As a way of earning money for their impoverished household, Bessie and her brother, Andrew, began performing as a duo on the streets of Chattanooga in the heart of the city's African-American community, she singing and dancing, he accompanying on guitar. In 1904 her oldest brother, Clarence, covertly left home by joining a small traveling troupe owned by Moses Stokes. He returned to Chattanooga with the Stokes troupe and arranged for its managers, Lonnie and Cora Fisher, to give Bessie an audition. She was hired as a dancer rather than a singer, because the company also included Ma Rainey. By the early 1920s, Bessie had starred with Sidney Bechet in How Come? a musical that made its way to Broadway. She spent several years working out of Atlanta Georgia's 81 Theatre, performing in black theatres along the East Coast then returned to live in Philadelphia where she met and fell in love with Jack Gee, a security guard whom she married on 7th June 1923. This was just as her first recordings were being released by Columbia Records. The marriage was a stormy one, with infidelity on both sides. During the marriage, Bessie became the biggest headliner on the black Theater Owners Booking Association ( T.O.B.A.) circuit, running a show that sometimes featured as many as 40 troupers and made her the highest-paid black entertainer of her day. Her husband was impressed by the money, but never adjusted to show business life, and especially not to Bessie's bisexuality. In 1929, when Bessie learned of Jack's affair with another performer, Gertrude Saunders, she ended the marriage, but never sought a legal divorce. Bessie eventually found a common-law husband in an old friend, Richard Morgan. It was Richard who was driving the car with Bessie as passenger, when, in the early hours of 26th September 1937 they were involved in a road accident on Route 61 which tragically ended her life. Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her blues troupe (internationally acclaimed drummer, Sam Kelly with Musical Director, Paul Jobson on keyboards, Tony Qunta on acoustic guitar, Richard Sadler on upright bass, Chuck Lloyd on saxophone and Kevin Davy on trumpet) perform to a narrated show, featuring music from the era and showcasing many of Bessie's songs. Photo credit Dawn Fletcher-Park

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Lucy Orme & Guests

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This show is taking place in THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE. Unfortunately there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.30pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE... Hosting the best of early Blues & Jazz... Lucy Orme & guests..... a trio performing numbers reminiscent of the golden era of jazz, covering uptempo dance hall tunes from the 1920's to the 1950's in addition to some well known ballads. Many musical influences are at play apart from the great icons like Irvin Berlin and Billie Holiday attention is given to the lesser known such as Fletcher Henderson. As a vocalist Lucy has performed with The Silver Ghosts at reputable venues around town including The Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scotts and The 100 club as well as special swing dance nights across London. Music-News.Com has reviewed Lucy describing her as "enchanting vocals effortlessly transporting the audience back to the glory days of Rogers & Astaire". Pianist Rick Simpson leads his own band and performs with many others and ensembles. Rick regularly performs at loads of well known jazz venues and larger venues such as the Royal Festival Hall. In 2008, he won a Yamaha Scholarship prize for Outstanding Jazz Musicians. A recording of his band was put on the front cover of Jazzwise Magazine. He has recently released ' Semi Wogan' his debut album.. Well known outstanding double bass player Lance Rose needs little introduction to those familiar with the London Jazz scene. His residencies include The Great Northern Railway Tavern in North London and The Canonbury Islingon.

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Modou Touré

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

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 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Heir of the legendary group Touré Kunda, the first African group to achieve worldwide fame in the 1980s, Modou Touré was born into music. His voice strikingly echoes that of his father, Ousmane Touré, who was the inspiration for his choice of career. Passionate about music from a tender age, he was to be found regularly singing up a storm and playing the drums under his neighbours' windows in the modest district of HLM4 in Dakar, where he spent his childhood. At 14, he took his first steps as a musician, playing percussion and singing backing vocals in local groups. He dreamt of making music his career, despite the difficult socio-economic context in Dakar. Far from discouraging him, this period forged his determination of character, which has carried him serenely along the path he has chosen. In 1996, during a rehearsal session with his father while visiting Dakar, he decided to confide in him and reveal his passion for music. It was the first time his father had heard him sing. He was very moved and it was not without some pride that he gave his son his blessing and encouraged him to continue to follow his passion, taking care to stay open to the world. In 2000, Modou founded his first group, Telo and also played with young local groups such as Elendo and Melokaan. From 2003 he began practicing the guitar, which later became his main performance instrument. In June 2007, he made his first trip to Europe, to London for a tour with the group Melokaan Dakar. After several trips between Dakar and London, he decided to settle in London and began an international career. There, he met the group Lolou, with which he toured extensively in the UK up to 2011. During this time, he met many interesting people, encounters that would prove crucial in his career. Thanks to a remarkable stage presence, he has enraptured audiences at many major events such as the Festival Africa Oyé where he has played several times, but also at many clubs in London & Liverpool. In 2012, Modou Touré met the English bluesman Ramon Goose, and the connection was immediate. A joint project emerged and following a series of concerts in clubs and at festivals (Womad, Momo's, Rich Mix...), the album The West African Project was produced in 2015. The haunting voice of Modou glides effortlessly on the riffs of Ramon's guitar, the symbiosis between the two artists is perfect. Released by Arc Music and Mixed Music the album is a huge success in the US and Europe. Between touring and various projects, Modou Touré is gradually refining his own personal project, with maturity and method. It will undoubtedly be a synthesis of his artistic career, open to the sounds of the world. In September 2015, he began recording his first album in collaboration with drummer and percussionist Papis Diongue, who brings to his work the groove he has always wanted to incorporate into his compositions. The 13 tracks set the tone for a new, very contemporary musical adventure, and bear witness to a beautiful encounter between Africa and the West. For Modou, looking for beautiful melodies is the "center of gravity" of his compositions. This inspires his lyrics (in Wolof, Mandingo, Soninke or English) and his music. He sings evocatively of the ills of modern society, the teachings of the elders, friendship and romantic relationships, hope etc. His ultimate finesse, his pure and sharp guitar playing harmoniously introduces drums, bass, percussion and the electric guitar. Using highly groovy rhythms, sometimes afrobeat, pop-rock or funk, Modou reveals the power and beauty of his sublime voice, carrying us from Dakar to London via Paris and back!

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Bennett Family Singers

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 7:30pm

Following last year's sold out album launch show for Songs of the River Rea, Birmingham's own Katy Rose Bennett returns having formed a band with her brothers, Joe and Robin Bennett of The Dreaming Spires! Naturally, the three siblings have been singing together for more years than they care to remember, but this will be only their second official gig together. They will be singing a selection of songs from their collected songbooks spanning the last 20 years, including some brand new material, and songs by other artists who have inspired their music, all performed in a stripped-down acoustic style with their trademark sibling harmonies. Do not miss it; this could be a one-time-only opportunity to see the Bennett Family Singers!

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Jackie Oates

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at Guildford Institute 7:45pm

Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, Jackie has performed extensively at festivals and venues across the country and beyond, in a solo capacity and with her band. 2009 saw Jackie walking away with two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards including the Horizon Award for best newcomer. Her next album, 'Hyperboreans', was followed by Jackie's first national tour of England and nominations for the 2010 Folk Awards for Folk Singer of The Year, Album of the Year and Best Traditional Track for 'Isle Of France'. In 2012 she began an extensive period of research into an area of song that is particularly close to her heart: lullabies. Collating material for England and beyond into a new collection to be house at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at Cecil Sharp House in London. The album 'Lullabies' was released 2013 followed by "The Spyglass & The Herringbone" in 2015. Of all the younger singers influenced by Shirley Collins, Oates is perhaps the one who most shares the gentle informal delivery that was such a key ingredient of Collins's grace and charm.

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Jackie Oates

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at Guildford Institute 7:45pm

Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, Jackie has performed extensively at festivals and venues across the country and beyond, in a solo capacity and with her band. 2009 saw Jackie walking away with two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards including the Horizon Award for best newcomer. Her next album, 'Hyperboreans', was followed by Jackie's first national tour of England and nominations for the 2010 Folk Awards for Folk Singer of The Year, Album of the Year and Best Traditional Track for 'Isle Of France'. In 2012 she began an extensive period of research into an area of song that is particularly close to her heart: lullabies. Collating material for England and beyond into a new collection to be house at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at Cecil Sharp House in London. The album 'Lullabies' was released 2013 followed by "The Spyglass & The Herringbone" in 2015. Of all the younger singers influenced by Shirley Collins, Oates is perhaps the one who most shares the gentle informal delivery that was such a key ingredient of Collins's grace and charm.

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Guy Called Greg

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop 7:30pm

Guy Called Greg, born and raised in Coventry, now living in Liverpool, is releasing his debut EP 'Simple Life' this December. Recorded at Parr Street Studios and featuring local musicians such as Steve Pilgrim (Paul Weller, John Power), Martyn Thompson (Lightning Seeds, Richard Ashcroft) and Jez Wing (Echo and the Bunnymen), 'Simple Life' is a collection of songs about life, love, and loss, drawing on influences such as Scott Matthews, Gemma Hayes and Stephen Fretwel www.guycalledgreg.com www.facebook.com/guycalledgreg www.soundcloud.com/guycalledgreg PRE ORDER SIMPLE LIFE at: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/guycalledgreg PLEASE NOTE! This is not part of our Comfy & Acoustic series.

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Reg Meuross In Concert

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7:30pm

Established Singer Songwriter in the folk troubadour genre. One of the UK's finest writer performers with Sheffield's Raymond Greenoaken in support. www.regmeuross.com

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Dai And The Ramblers

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at London The King's Head - Crouch End 8:00pm

Drop everything for this! Dai and the boys are back to get 2018 off to a roof-raising, foot-stomping start. The Ramblers had the Kalamazoo rocking last January and return on a wave of rave reviews for a "sublime" new album featuring their glorious mix of zydeco, rockabilly and rhythm and blues. The superlatives pile up. "Quite simply, they ooze class," said the New Roots critic. "Brilliant musicians, brilliant songs, brilliantly played." Dai Price, guitarist, dulcet-toned singer and songwriter, has assembled quite a band: accordion maestro Alan Dunn has been sideman for Loudon Wainwright III and Richard Thompson; fiddle player Bob Loveday has worked with Van Morrison and Jeff Beck, while the ensemble is anchored by ace slap-bass man Rupert Gillett. It is, as New Roots puts it, "a masterful combination." Ace Records boss Ted Carroll, who got them into the studio for their first album a while back, is effusive. "One of the best bands I've ever seen," he says. "And in 50-plus years I've seen them all. Just about as good as it gets."

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Jim Causley

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette 7:00pm

MrWishyWashy presents Launderette Sessions Fancy staying over somewhere in Durham that's a little quirky? https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/19425847 http://www.oldcinemalaunderette.uk/retro-gig-venue https://www.facebook.com/LaunderetteSessions/ https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g190832-d6612072-Reviews-Old_Cinema_Launderette-Durham_County_Durham_England.html https://mobile.twitter.com/LaunderetteSess https://www.instagram.com/launderette_sessions/ Old Cinema Launderette is a mix of standing and seating. If you wish to be seated it is best to arrive early. Doors open at 7pm. If you have any special needs please advise us by email to mrwishywashypresents@gmail.com and we will do our very best to accommodate these. The launderette is wheelchair friendly as is our beautiful toilet. All timings are approximate but generally:- Doors - 19.00 Support 19.50 Headline 20.30 Please check Old Cinema Launderette Facebook page for more up to date information. Old Cinema Launderette & bar serves craft beers on draught and a small but perfectly formed gin menu. We also serves OCC Coffee and Yorkshire Tea. We have a selection of fruit Teas and posh soft drinks. During the past decade Causley has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, won the Spiral Earth Singer of the Year award in 2014, presented his own folk music show on BBC Radio Devon and in 2015 he worked with BBC TV historian Dr Sam Willis to create the music for his show 'Highwaymen, Outlaws and Villains' and was asked to perform his song about Dartmoor tin mining 'Pride of the Moor' on BBC TV's Countryfile - Dartmoor Special.

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Fraser Nimmo Live At The Tin Tabernacle, Hythe

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at Hythe The Tin Tabernacle 7:30pm

"Fraser Nimmo's self-effacing humour and presentation belie a serious songwriter who delights in both aspects of his craft " - Ralph McTell Fraser Nimmo is a Scottish singer, songwriter and actor who combines traditional songs with his own material in an organic melange of Celtic musicality. His songs cover the whole gamut of human experience and are delivered with flair, wit, compassion and serious digital dexterity on guitar and banjo. Essentially a serious songwriter who has been known to raise more than the occasional eyebrow, glass, roof, chuckle and consciousness, he treats his own material with the same conviction that he brings to music from the Scottish tradition, believing both music forms to be inter-related and complimentary. He travels hither and yon singing songs of love, hate, loss, injustice, fear, outrage, bewilderment and Scotland!

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Fraser Nimmo Live At The Tin Tabernacle, Hythe

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at Hythe The Tin Tabernacle 7:30pm

"Fraser Nimmo's self-effacing humour and presentation belie a serious songwriter who delights in both aspects of his craft " - Ralph McTell Fraser Nimmo is a Scottish singer, songwriter and actor who combines traditional songs with his own material in an organic melange of Celtic musicality. His songs cover the whole gamut of human experience and are delivered with flair, wit, compassion and serious digital dexterity on guitar and banjo. Essentially a serious songwriter who has been known to raise more than the occasional eyebrow, glass, roof, chuckle and consciousness, he treats his own material with the same conviction that he brings to music from the Scottish tradition, believing both music forms to be inter-related and complimentary. He travels hither and yon singing songs of love, hate, loss, injustice, fear, outrage, bewilderment and Scotland!

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Mg Boulter

on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 at London The Harrison Bar 7:30pm

M G Boulter is a singer and songwriter living on the coast of the Thames Estuary, England. Releasing his debut album in Spring 2012 under the name The Whispering Pines, Boulter has been an integral member of leadimg UK Americana band The Lucky Strikes since 2007, starting out on bass before switching to guitar and vocals, as well as penning much of their material. Since accompanying Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) on various dates including a prestigious Green Man Festival headline set in 2011, Boulter has become a full member of The Simone Felice Band, touring the US and UK, also opening shows as solo performer. As a much sought after pedal steel and guitar player he has also worked with Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Mumford & Sons, and is currently touring in Emily Portman's Coracle Band and Blue Rose Code. Gorgeous, in a word ★ ★ ★ ★ Uncut Highly Recommended ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Independent on Sunday Lovely.. ★ ★ ★ ★ Mojo Brings freshness to songwriting ★ ★ ★ ★ Telegraph The best of 2016, no contest ★ ★ ★ ★ The Morning Star WATCH MG BOULTER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G24nnC6Unc&list=PLH6td-6F6S0ykRFJ7Ffdnx_rEYze3elfj Formed in late 2015 by established Brighton musicians Simon Gledhill and Nelson Day. Liemba combine acoustic songwriting roots with a modern tilt- imagine CSNY meets the Kings of Convenience. They have recently added vocalist Damian Best to the fold and released the second EP "Burning Wicks" mixed by Tim Rowkins in Feb 2017. LIEMBA YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFxkrCzUJSY

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Ninebarrow

on Sat, 13 Jan 2018 at Newbury ACE Space 7:30pm

Ninebarrow are a duo getting themselves noticed and making a big name, and following, in the folk world.  We first came across them at the Oxford Folk Weekend in 2015 and were recommended to us by Paul Hutchinson (of Belshazzar's Feast).  Other celebrity endorsements include "absolutely amazing" from Kate Rusby; "a fantastic duo" from Seth Lakeman and "a rather lovely thing...like two halves of one voice" from Mark Radcliffe.  Just after we booked them they were nominated in the Horizon category of the BBC Folk Awards. Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way. Not only exceptional singers and musicians, Ninebarrow are also equally passionate about the stories behind their songs - combining their music with history, folklore and storytelling.

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Ninebarrow

on Sat, 13 Jan 2018 at Newbury ACE Space 7:30pm

Ninebarrow are a duo getting themselves noticed and making a big name, and following, in the folk world.  We first came across them at the Oxford Folk Weekend in 2015 and were recommended to us by Paul Hutchinson (of Belshazzar's Feast).  Other celebrity endorsements include "absolutely amazing" from Kate Rusby; "a fantastic duo" from Seth Lakeman and "a rather lovely thing...like two halves of one voice" from Mark Radcliffe.  Just after we booked them they were nominated in the Horizon category of the BBC Folk Awards. Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way. Not only exceptional singers and musicians, Ninebarrow are also equally passionate about the stories behind their songs - combining their music with history, folklore and storytelling.

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Paul Jones & Dave Kelly

on Sat, 13 Jan 2018 at Great Torrington The Plough Arts Centre 7:30pm

Ruggedly durable and timeless, the Blues is perhaps more popular today than it has ever been. Young musicians still cut their teeth on its enticing, 12-bar appeal, but its real rewards, true virtuosity, poise and knowledge, only come with age. Founder members of The Blues Band, Paul Jones and Dave Kelly's tangled and colourful roots go way back into the true undergrowth of the tradition. As well as their own original material, they not only know and perform the work of the greats, ranging from Howling' Wolf, John Lee Hooker through to Sonny Boy Williamson - they actually played alongside them, and enjoyed their friendship. After over a quarter century as presenter of his BBC Radio 2 R&B show, as a thrilling singer and harmonica maestro, what Paul Jones doesn't know about the Blues can be written on a pinhead. The same can be said about Europe's leading bluesman, Dave Kelly. He's played with them all, including legends such as James Burton and Buddy Guy. Superb blues vocals combined with guitar virtuosity have elevated Dave Kelly into the higher echelon of international blues performers, where he truly belongs. A live acoustic set by this dynamic duo is an occasion you'll remember. If you're a true Blues fan, everything you need is here.

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The Goat Roper Rodeo Band At Wychwood Folk Club

on Sat, 13 Jan 2018 at Ascott-Under-Wychwood Tiddy Hall 7:00pm

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. The Goat Roper Rodeo Band build on what The White Stripes began in finding the perfect fusion of original blues and indie folk What Nirvana did to punk rock, I sincerely believe The Goat Roper Rodeo Band can do to indie folk.. The Indie Folk Music Review (USA) 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 The Goat Roper Rodeo Band take a slightly psychedelic route to the finish line and include some serious footstompin' 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 Where the Goat Roper Rodeo Band score big is their innate ability to hone an identifiable sound and feel that is immediately recognisable as their own Cosmic Country Blue a shot in the arm for the Americana genre as a whole Fatea (UK) The Goat Roper Rodeo Band are neither imitating or interpreting, they are pure inspiration, writing their own material, songs which are worthy of being covered by any of the great names in cosmic American music past or present . Penny Black Music (UK) The Goat Roper Rodeo Band sound as though they've been pickled in moonshine for generations, the harmonies flow easily, the songs sound like standards and as authentic as a sweat stained, sun bleached John Deere hat A band that look and sound the part Americana-UK (UK)

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Peeping Tom's New Year Ceilidh

on Sat, 13 Jan 2018 at Coventry Massey Ferguson Social Club 7:30pm

The UK's favourite dance band welcome the New Year with another of their very successful ceilidhs, featuring Barry Goodman calling the dances. Held at their old venue where they ran their monthly dances for almost 37 years, advance booking is strongly recommended.

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Son Yambu

on Sat, 13 Jan 2018 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7:30pm

Red hot rhythms straight from the streets of Eastern Cuba **** 'Son Yambu are an acoustic septet with the real sound of Santiago De Cuba.' Simon Broughton, London Evening Standard, September 2012 'The UK's very own Buena Vista band.absolutely tremendous. if you don't start to move to this there is no hope for you! Extraordinary music.' Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3, September 13, 2012 Son Yambu play authentic 'Son Cubano' or Cuban son - the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms and is the root of all salsa music. Formed in 2011, Son Yambu features a new generation of musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map in 1997. Since their debut album 'La Maravilla' was released to rave reviews (**** Songlines, The Evening Standard) at the end of 2012, Son Yambu have gone from strength to strength. Highlights since then have included playing at the world famous Glastonbury Festival, The Manchester Jazz Festival, The Cheltenham Music Festival, The Shetland Folk Festival, The Africa Oyé Festival , The Cork Jazz Festival, The Edinburgh Mela, The Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo - to name but a few! With a hugely successful Arts Council Tour of England in 2016, a recent live session for Sean Rafferty on BBC Radio 3 'In Tune' and a new album currently being recorded, the future looks bright indeed. On vocals, from Guanabacoa, Cuba, Dunia Correa is an accomplished international singer with a sparkling personality, having performed with many Cuban bands. She is a born entertainer, and aficionados have likened her to a young Celia Cruz. Frank Portuondo Ortiz from Guantanamo on trés and backing vocals toured internationally with Cuban bands Manguaré, Son Del Nene and Pedrito Calvo, before joining Son Yambu. Yambu's rhythm section boasts the extraordinary talents of Javier Fioramonti on bass, Rene 'Menique' Savigne on congas, Oscar Martinez on bongos and Toby Herschmann on timbales. They're the force that drives the music along. And soaring above it all, there's the trumpet of virtuoso Alberto 'Muziquito' Savigne, whose credits include Septeto Matamoros, Los Chicos Del Barrio, Grupo Turquino and Septeto Narbori to name but a few. Playing their irresistible tropical rhythms, they bring their audiences a truly sensational, authentic Latin-music experience, and their music is guaranteed to turn any event into a fiesta! Most of the band members hail from Santiago De Cuba, the birthplace of Cuban son. and have the effortless musicianship that comes from being to the manor born..a set infused with rhythm changes and infectious melodies and grooves. Son Yambu is the best band playing Cuban son. Jane Cornwell. Songlines / Homegrown April/May 2013.

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Felix Holt & The Radicals

on Sat, 13 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

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 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Felix Holt is a singer songwriter from London. He plays regularly around town and tours with his Band The Radicals. They play a mix of originals and standards and their style is an upbeat combination of R&B, Blues and Country. In the past Felix has shared the bill with such legendary musicians as Tom Paley, Spider John Koerner and Bonnie Dobson. His band is made up of the core players from the critically acclaimed theatre show the Drowned Man.... and they never fail to put on a great live show!

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John Bramwell (i Am Kloot)

on Sat, 13 Jan 2018 at Biddulph Arms 7:30pm

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The Rumblestrutters

on Sat, 13 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This show is taking place in "THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE". Unfortunately there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.30pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE... Hosting the best of early Blues & Jazz... The Rumblestrutters bring you feel-good blues, jazz and ragtime of the Prohibition era. The band's vivid evocations of the music of the 1920s and '30s has earned them a reputation as one of the most authentic and popular roots bands around, with highlights including stellar performances at Birmingham International Jazz Festival and Gloucester Blues Festival. Songs of bootleg liquor, all-night parties and bacchanalia abound, tapped from a rich musical source. The Rumblestrutters bring you the authentic sounds of 1920s and '30s America!

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New Roots: Benedict Benjamin

on Sat, 13 Jan 2018 at London Sebright Arms 7:30pm

Playing tonight with his full band, Benedict Benjamin is Ben Rubinstein, formerly of The Mariner's Children and Peggy Sue (Wichita Records). His debut album 'Night Songs' is a collection of timeless compositions recorded in a series of churches, bedrooms and kitchens across London and Kent with producer Dan Blackett (Landshapes, Bella Union). Benjamin is first and foremost a songwriter versed in the classical traditions of the form, capable of crafting both operatic crescendo and lullaby-like stillness shot through with the heartbreaking swoon of Roy Orbison, the soothing harmonies of the Everly Brothers and the honesty of Jeff Tweedy. His songs undercut the dream-like beauty of early 60s pop music with lyrics both frank and poetic. In September 2017 he and his band played the prestigious Green Man Festival. His forthcoming second album will be released in early 2018. WATCH BENEDICT BENJAMIN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zS4-K33zko Singer-songwriter Kristin McClement cites PJ Harvey, Gillian Welch, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen as key influences on her artistic formation, sharing themes of displacement, the feeling of being adrift in a complex world. Kristin will be playing material from her forthcoming second album, accompanied by Jools Owen on drums, vocals and harmonium. She has performed across the UK and Europe alongside notable acts such as Benjamin Clementine, Sam Lee, Kathryn Joseph and The Weather Station. A debut album of gravitas and maturity which should secure her reputation as a songwriter and musician of depth and character. Folk Radio UK Weighty pop music which dazzles, shimmers and glows exquisitely in the cold light of the day. Gold Flake Paint ...an extraordinary collection of mournful yet beautifully crafted and poetic songs, with McClement's deep resonant voice dominant throughout. Brighton Music Blog WATCH KRISTIN McCLEMENT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yPHlwqY7e4 New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk scene. It's committed to providing artists with an environment that is sympathetic to what they do, giving musicians the respect they and their music deserves for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones while artists are performing. Our music policy comes from the kitchen table, the roots of public performance- intimate, acoustic based, high quality musicianship with as little interference between performer and listener as possible. Website: http://www.newrootsevents.com/ New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/

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Dom Pipkin: Smokin' Boogie

on Sat, 13 Jan 2018 at Masham Town Hall 7:30pm

One of Europe's most authentic and spirited blues and jazz piano players, Dom Pipkin brings his acclaimed one-man show to Masham, a rollercoaster ride through the rich world of New Orleans, featuring astonishing stories and some truly breathtaking piano - the type Jools Holland can only dream about! A man, a piano, a glass of bourbon and a panama hat, Dom conjures up technicolour images of New Orleans life love, sex and tragedy, barrelhouses and brothels, voodoo spells and Mardi Gras Queens, and a full moon rising over the Mississippi. Pipkin has performed extensively in New Orleans, and shared stages with boogie-woogie legends Allen Toussaint, Dr John, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins. He has recorded and toured with Paul Weller, Paloma Faith, David Byrne, John Newman and Laura Mvula among many others and has dozens of radio and TV appearances to his credit. Five minutes into this show, you'll forget the winter's night in Masham and be sipping bourbon in a speakeasy on the Delta. I can't hold a candle to this guy. He's a great piano player Jamie Cullum, live on Radio 2

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Brickwork Lizards London Album Launch

on Sat, 13 Jan 2018 at London The Slaughtered Lamb 7:00pm

Brickwork Lizards will perform at The Fantastic Slaughtered Lamb as part of their UK album launch tour, promoting material from their new release 'Haneen'. Haneen is Brickwork Lizards second long-player, following the success of Zaman {2011}. In Arabic, Haneen describes a feeling of nostalgic yearning, and bygone times and places haunt every song on this remarkable album. The band's radical re-imaginings of traditional material from courtly dances of the Ottoman Sultans to ancient English hanging songs evoke centuries of history, and showcase a band adept at crossing borders and taking bold musical risks. "It's a genre-defying sound that never fails to have audiences on their feet." Tim Hughes, Oxford Times Support act to be confirmed Tickets £7 on the door, Advance tickets £5 plus booking fee

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Greg Trooper Birthday Concert

on Sat, 13 Jan 2018 at High Wycombe Secret venue 7:00pm

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER OUR DEAR FRIEND,THE NEW JERSEY BORN SINGER/SONGWRITER, GREG TROOPER,ON WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN HIS 62ND BIRTHDAY. THE EVENING WILL CONSIST OF A SELECTION OF GREG'S SONGS, & EACH ACT WILL CONTRIBUTE SOME OF THEIR OWN ORIGINALS.

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David Ramirez

on Sun, 14 Jan 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 7:30pm

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Ian A. Anderson + Nancy Wallace

on Sun, 14 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. -------- NANCY WALLACE is a singer and musician from East London, having been born and raised in a folk-singing family in a Suffolk seaside town. She came to notice singing with the Memory Band and later as part of the cult alt-folk collective The Owl Service. A guitarist and concertina player (as were her father and grandfather before her), her approach to both instruments, and her interpretations of both traditional material and her own songs, set her apart on the contemporary folk scene. Her solo releases began with the critically acclaimed Young Hearts EP and her debut full length album, Old Stories, released in 2009 to glowing reviews, garnering her a cover feature in fRoots magazine and a BBC Folk Awards nomination. She has performed throughout Britain and Europe, including at festivals such as The Green Man, Glastonbury, End Of The Road, Sidmouth Folk Week, The Big Chill and Towersey Folk Festival. 2014 was a busy year which saw Nancy taking part in an artists' residency in Marrakech, getting married, relocating to Montreal and releasing two 7 vinyl singles, as well as a compilation of home recordings, Stumbling Over Chairs. After taking a bit of a breather whilst settling into her new adopted home town, she has recently played a number of well-received shows in Montreal and is currently writing and recording material for her next 'proper' album. She returns to the UK for a short tour in winter 2017/18. nancywallacemusic.com IAN A. ANDERSON no, not that one began his musical career in the mid 1960s, heavily influenced by old country blues players, before taking a left-swerve in the early '70s into what nowadays gets called 'psych folk', with a trio of songwriter/ guitarist albums for pioneering independent label Village Thing. He eventually settled into a personal and notably English style, drawing from traditional folk, blues, old-time and world roots musics, making some dozen albums by the end of the 1980s including with groups Hot Vultures (with Maggie Holland), the English Country Blues Band and Tiger Moth. After a lengthy break from live performance he returned to stages and recording a decade ago with the trio Blue Blokes 3 (with PiL's Lu Edmonds and 3 Mustaphas 3's Ben Mandelson), the duo The False Beards (again with Mandelson), and a re-union tour by Hot Vultures in 2016. Since early 2017, he's been enjoying performing solo again for the first time in 43 years! www.ianaanderson.com

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The Outside Track

on Sun, 14 Jan 2018 at Saltaire The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club 7:00pm

A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, The Outside Track's marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre. Each player within The Outside Track is a master of their chosen instrument with the band stacking up an impressive amount of international awards. This amount of talent alone would be enough to recommend the band but in this case, the end result is so much greater than the sum of the parts. The line-up comprises Norah Rendell (Canadian Traditional Singer of the Year nominee), Mairi Rankin (Beolach), Ailie Robertson (Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad Finalist), Fiona Black (BBC Fame Academy Winner), and Cillian O'Dalaigh.

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Fraser Nimmo

on Sun, 14 Jan 2018 at Canterbury The Black Robin Inn 6:00pm

Fraser Nimmo Sunday 14th January 2018 The Black Robin Inn, Kingston, nr Canterbury Doors 6pm for 6.30pm start Tickets £10 online £11 cash or cheque in advance £12 on the door Fraser Nimmo is a Scottish singer, songwriter and actor who combines traditional songs with his own material in an organic melange of Celtic musicality. His songs cover the whole gamut of human experience and are delivered with flair, wit, compassion and serious digital dexterity on guitar and banjo. Essentially a serious songwriter who has been known to raise more than the occasional eyebrow, glass, roof, chuckle and consciousness, he treats his own material with the same conviction that he brings to music from the Scottish tradition, believing both music forms to be inter-related and complimentary. He travels hither and yon singing songs of love, hate, loss, injustice, fear, outrage, bewilderment and Scotland! Tours of Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, The Middle East, Canada, and The Canary Islands, appearances at many festivals, - including Cambridge and Edinburgh and being invited to be Fairport Convention's special guest on their mammoth 30th anniversary tour of Britain have contributed to Fraser's reputation as being one of Scotland's furthest travelled and best loved musical ambassadors. "Fraser Nimmo's self-effacing humour and presentation belie a serious songwriter who delights in both aspects of his craft " - Ralph McTell www.frasernimmo.co.uk

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Pete Morton At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 14 Jan 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

One of the most clever, sharp and witty singer songwriters around. Pete is a songwriter, singer and 'folk rapper' with a wealth of great songs and stage presence. His live shows are dynamic and thought provoking, while remaining approachable and fun loving. A limited number of advance tickets are on sale. You will still be able to pay on the night but please remember to get here early if doing so as show may sell out.. However we appreciate that some people wish to be assured of admission, if so you may book in advance here. NOTE: Although there is plenty of seating at the venue tickets do not guarantee a seat and latecomers may have to stand if venue full.

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Pete Morton At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 14 Jan 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

One of the most clever, sharp and witty singer songwriters around. Pete is a songwriter, singer and 'folk rapper' with a wealth of great songs and stage presence. His live shows are dynamic and thought provoking, while remaining approachable and fun loving. A limited number of advance tickets are on sale. You will still be able to pay on the night but please remember to get here early if doing so as show may sell out.. However we appreciate that some people wish to be assured of admission, if so you may book in advance here. NOTE: Although there is plenty of seating at the venue tickets do not guarantee a seat and latecomers may have to stand if venue full.

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Jack Harris + Support

on Sun, 14 Jan 2018 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45pm

Welsh singer songwriter Jack Harris was a the youngest ever winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival's 'New Folk' Award in 2005 (previous winners include Gillian Welch and Anais Mitchell). He has also been the recipient of an EFDSS creative bursary for songwriting. His songs take a compassionate look at things both common and uncommon, and see them differently. They are literate, curious songs, often in character, always intriguing. His third full length album, 'The Wide Afternoon', assembles 11 new songs, rooted in Folk and Blues traditions, telling real and imagined stories The result is a bigger, darker record than Jack's previous, critically acclaimed offering, 2012's The Flame and the Pelican (***** Maverick, The Telegraph top 10 Roots/Folk albums of the year). 'The Wide Afternoon' is an album of mystery and melody, set against the expansive sound-palette and intricate arrangements of Gerry Diver (Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp, Tom Robinson). Gerry's swooping violins and eerie percussion are at the record's sonic heart, perfectly offsetting songs of dangerous men, literary women, stolen horses and vanished birds. All are delivered in husky, intimate vocals and fluid guitar picking

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Jack Harris + Support

on Sun, 14 Jan 2018 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45pm

Welsh singer songwriter Jack Harris was a the youngest ever winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival's 'New Folk' Award in 2005 (previous winners include Gillian Welch and Anais Mitchell). He has also been the recipient of an EFDSS creative bursary for songwriting. His songs take a compassionate look at things both common and uncommon, and see them differently. They are literate, curious songs, often in character, always intriguing. His third full length album, 'The Wide Afternoon', assembles 11 new songs, rooted in Folk and Blues traditions, telling real and imagined stories The result is a bigger, darker record than Jack's previous, critically acclaimed offering, 2012's The Flame and the Pelican (***** Maverick, The Telegraph top 10 Roots/Folk albums of the year). 'The Wide Afternoon' is an album of mystery and melody, set against the expansive sound-palette and intricate arrangements of Gerry Diver (Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp, Tom Robinson). Gerry's swooping violins and eerie percussion are at the record's sonic heart, perfectly offsetting songs of dangerous men, literary women, stolen horses and vanished birds. All are delivered in husky, intimate vocals and fluid guitar picking

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Tobias Ben Jacob And Lukas Drinkwater

on Sun, 14 Jan 2018 at Brighton The Greys 8:00pm

terrace cred. and FOLK IT present: Tobias Ben Jacob and Lukas Drinkwater 'perform mercurial, mysterious, intimate songs with the interplay of picked acoustic guitar and plucked double bass at the core. The songs are evocative, personal and intriguing.' (John Shaw, Folk Radio). Tobias has made a name creating 'inventive and thrilling' songs (R2 Rock'n'Reel). Lukas is an in-demand session player, member of Three Daft Monkeys and accompanist with the likes of Jim Causley or Ange Hardy and, most recently, you may well have seen Lukas alongside his partner Emily Barker at a magnificent gig at The Greys. They met in a local pub in Devon, played together at Glastonbury in 2014 within days and formed a partnership that has grown in strength, with live gigs receiving rave reviews. Lukas enhances Ben's songs with his harmony vocals, plucked and bowed double bass, guitar, piano... and banter. Together, their influences extend way beyond traditional folk to include jazz, Eastern and 'more esoteric sounds', bringing to mind the music that John Martyn and Danny Thompson would produce. They now have an EP and album on release. Playing here at this most intimate venue, The Greys, at the request of Sylvie Lewis (after bringing Emily Barker here). Sylvie opens for them tonight. Lukas was quick to agree to return. Get your tickets quick! www.lukasdrinkwater.com www.tobiasbenjacob.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=138&v=-3rsuPSGHNg

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London Blues Week 2018

on Mon, 15 Jan 2018 at London 100 Club 7:30pm

AGMP presents LONDON BLUES WEEK 2017 A week long celebration of Blues music in the heart of London's West End. Monday 15th January BEN POOLE STEVIE NIMMO BAND Tuesday 16th January JOE LOUIS WALKER + special guest Wednesday 17th January CLIMAX BLUES BAND Thursday 18th January BERNIE MARSDEN Friday 19th January STAN WEBB'S CHICKEN SHACK Saturday 20th January THE DOWNLINERS SECT

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Robbie Mcintosh

on Mon, 15 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Highly accomplished and highly respected describes Sir Tom Jones's guitarist, Robbie McIntosh. You may have seen him on New Year's Eve 2015 on BBC TV's Jools Holland's Annual Hootenanny. Robbie is present, guitar in hand, playing as Sir Tom Jones belted out his vocals. Frequently found in company of this stature, Robbie McIntosh is known as 'The Legend' by his guitar-playing peers, for his multi-instrumental brilliance, and the outstanding technique that led to lengthy stints with, among others, Sir Paul McCartney, The Pretenders, Talk Talk, Norah Jones and John Mayer. Tonight he will be making a special appearance, playing his own music - a melodic blend of Rock, Blues, Folk, Country and more, and centred on well-crafted, original songs and thoughtful covers. www.robbiemcintosh.com

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Jacob & Drinkwater

on Mon, 15 Jan 2018 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 7:30pm

Devon based alt folk duo Jacob &Drinkwater have been called 'stand out new Folk' by BBC6 Music and 'Inventive and thrilling '(R2 Magazine). Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his fingerpicking underpinned by Drinkwater's nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. Featured numerous times on BBC Radio 2, Radio 6 and lauded by their musical peers as one of the most accomplished acts touring the circuit today.

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Ninebarrow

on Mon, 15 Jan 2018 at Croydon Ruskin House 8:00pm

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Ninebarrow

on Mon, 15 Jan 2018 at Croydon Ruskin House 8:00pm

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Jack Carty

on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. -------- Introducing Jack Carty. Award winning, critically acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Jack Carty is relocating to the UK! To celebrate, he's playing an intimate London residency at Camden's Green Note on Tues 9th, Tues 16th and Weds 24th of January 2018. Each show will be dedicated to each of his last 3 albums: 'Break Your Own Heart', 'Esk' and 'Home State', all of which have found their way into hearts and homes across Australia, The UK and the world through: rave reviews; years of constant touring; appearances at Primavera Sound and South By South West; national awards including an APRA Professional Development Award and the gong for MusicOz Singer-Songwriter Of The Year; and the kind of gorgeous turn-of-phrase and knack for melody that will have you humming away on the train home. After supporting Keston Cobblers Club on all dates of their 'Almost Home' UK album tour in April 2017, and the hugely successful release of his fourth album 'Home State' last summer (hitting Number 1 on the Australian Independent Album Chart), Jack will get acquainted with his new home via a regional tour in November-December 2017, and the London Residency in January 2018. Jack Carty's story stands as testament to the power of great songs, grassroots determination and a spellbinding live show. It's been a huge year for Carty, touring his self-recorded, independently released, chart topping 4th album 'Home State' to theatres, halls, churches and special spaces across Australia, New Zealand and The UK with every show, cementing his reputation as a writer and performer of incredible depth and imagination. "Carty might well have found his happy place" ★★★★ Mike Alexander, THE SUNDAY STAR TIMES "A warm, thought-provoking album full of phrases that return to play repeatedly in one's head Sue Barrett, RHYTHMS MAGAZINE www.jackcarty.com

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I Fratelli Tarzanelli

on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:30pm

The Tarzanelli Brothers band springs from the natural agreement between the violin and the accordion, but also from the encounter between two musicians. Pablo and Baltazar created their duo in 2007: Baltazar brings his Hungarian influence, his talent as an improviser, and his very personal way of making his instrument vibrate. Pablo brings to bear his Italian influences, his steady rhythmical accompaniment and his range of basses, perfectly sustaining the violin, and keeping a very lively contact with the dance and the dancers. They will take you on a trip, and will make you travel, laugh, cry, and dance. Relax, and let them invite you into their universe... 'What cannot be denied, as with their previous albums, is the sheer quality and attack of their dance tune playing. Paulo's [sic] diatonic accordeon and Baltazar's (mainly) baritone fiddle combine beautifully to make exciting, very danceable sounds with a strong suggestion that these two are enjoying themselves hugely,' Review of 'Antipodes', Vic Smith, fRoots magazine

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The Outside Track

on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. --------------------------- A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, The Outside Track's marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre. Each player within The Outside Track is a master of their chosen instrument with the band stacking up an impressive amount of international awards. This amount of talent alone would be enough to recommend the band but in this case the end result is so much greater than the sum of the parts. The line up comprises Norah Rendell (Canadian Traditional Singer of the Year nominee), Mairi Rankin (Beolach), Ailie Robertson (Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad Finalist), Fiona Black (BBC Fame Academy Winner), and Cillian O'Dalaigh.

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Julie Fowlis

on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 at London Kings Place 8:00pm

Nominated for 'Folk Singer of the Year' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015. Renowned Scottish singer Julie Fowlis is widely heralded for championing traditional Gaelic. With a career spanning ten years and five studio albums, she will forever be recognised for singing the theme song to Brave, Disney Pixar's Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning animated film, set in the ancient Highlands of Scotland. Enjoy the best of traditional Scottish vocals, backed by Fowlis' vibrant band of some of Scotland's finest instrumentalists. Join her in this beautiful, intimate concert where she performs material from her fifth studio album alterum.

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Jacob & Drinkwater At Exeter Brewery

on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 at Exeter The Exeter Brewery 8:00pm

Devon based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called 'stand out new Folk' by BBC6 Music and 'inventive and thrilling' by R2 Magazine. Their November indie release 'The Burning Low EP' has garnered airplay and glowing reviews from such quarters as Radio 2's Folk Show, BBC 6's Tom Robinson, Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing, BBC Bristol, FRUK, Fatea, Spiral Earth, Louder Than War and 'Whispering' Bob TV. Singer- songwriter Tobias ben Jacob first received wider acclaim as part of The Roots Union with BBC Folk Award winners Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin including playing live at Maida Vale Studios and recording in Nashville, Tennessee. After a few years out from music he returned with the 2014 release 'The St Sidwells Session' and a run of summer festivals including Glastonbury and Larmer Tree. His honest and original songwriting weaves in themes of love, memory, adversity and hope; ranging from the nostalgic images of a Northern childhood in the shadow of a burnt out mill (Two Wanderers In 1980's Clothes) to the trials and adventures of life in the 21st Century 'Oh let me breathe, let me fly, let me live a polyphonic life' (A Polyphonic Life.) Lukas Drinkwater is rightly referred to as 'one of busiest musicians in the UK.' In demand as a performer and session player in the worlds of folk and jazz he has featured on many acclaimed albums. Currently touring with Ange Hardy, he has also worked with 3 Daft Monkeys, Jim Causley, Lack of Afro, Lucy Ward, Tankus The Henge, Sam Kelly, The Little Unsaid and more. The duo's dynamic and emotionally charged live show with all its energy, musical chemistry and spontaneity has drawn comparisons with the virtuosic pairing of John Martyn and Danny Thompson. Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater's nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. The added compliment of stirring vocal harmonies nicely rounds off the mix. 'Really stop you in your tracks' Fresh On The Net 'Inventive and thrilling' R2: Rock n Reel 'One of our best artists' BBC Devon Introducing 'Definitely one to watch out for' Late Junction .BBC Radio 3 'A fresh and uplifting sound' Folk Radio UK stand out new Folk... superb.. excellent Chris Hawkins. BBC Radio 6

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Joe Louis Walker Band. Blues Night/ Usa

on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 at Ashton-under-Lyne George Lawton Hall 7:30pm

Doors 7.30pm

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New Roots: Picapica

on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 at London The Slaughtered Lamb 7:30pm

Doors open 7.30 pm. Nearest tube Farringdon, 5 mins walk. The venue consists of seated an standing areas. Please arrive early to ensure a seat. One for sorrow and two for joy. PicaPica features the vocal interplay of Josienne Clarke and Samantha Whates, dual front women who create powerful harmonies atop layers of texture created by Adam Beattie & Sonny Johns, a tiding of magpies picking shiny moments of tone and timbre from 60s west coast, sunshine pop and indie folk. Josienne and Samantha met on the London acoustic music scene several years ago and immediately shared a love of singing and writing. They have been unofficially collaborating for years, often singing backing vocals for each other's projects or just singing harmonies together for the pure enjoyment of it. PicaPica represents a long-held ambition to write, record and perform new material together and to join with like-minded musicians to explore what it's like to be in a band. When writing, Josienne and Samantha (AKA Pica One & Pica Two) take two versions of the same idea and the songs are built around that concept in various ways, they sometimes even have two titles for each song, one by Josienne, one by Samantha. Good music loves a contrast. Spring and shade, harmony and melody, brightness and deadpan... So do PicaPica. As writers, they compose songs that hold the sadness closer, yet let the joy fly higher. Pica Three, aka Adam Beattie, Scotland's king of soft-spoken chanson, brings gently morphing textures and detailed guitar playing to every bar, while Pica Four is Sonny Johns - a Grammy, Mercury and MOBO-nominated producer/engineer. Sonny's bass playing and production give PicaPica's otherworldly compositions a seriously grounded sound. Their first EP, Spring & Shade contains four songs freely-designed to bewitch the listener until its fifteen minutes are over. This is music for memories that creep in under the door. Songs that wear their cares lightly, shining in the dark. Simply, beautiful, beguiling, elegant sounds. New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk scene. It's committed to providing artists with an environment that is sympathetic to what they do, giving musicians the respect they and their music deserves for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones while artists are performing. Our music policy comes from the kitchen table, the roots of public performance- intimate, acoustic based, high quality musicianship with as little interference between performer and listener as possible. Website: http://www.newrootsevents.com/ New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/

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Moore Moss Rutter

on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath 7:15pm

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Alden Patterson & Dashwood / Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer

on Thu, 18 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. ------------------------------------------------------ New Roots presents.... Alden Patterson & Dashwood / Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer (double bill) Taking inspiration from the twin pillars of American bluegrass and English folk, fRoots Album of the Year 2016 Editor's Choice Winners ALDEN, PATTERSON & DASHWOOD weave rich harmonies with fiddle, dobro and mandolin around a combination of finely crafted original compositions and traditional songs, all the while maintaining a thoroughly contemporary cutting edge. No museum pieces, these songs feel more at home alongside the likes of Fleet Foxes and Old Crow Medicine Show than they do the stalwarts of US & UK trad folk. The trio features members of much respected Norwich folk bands Murphy's Lore, Woodland Creatures and Dumbfoundus. ★★★★★ fRoots Album of the Year 2016 Editor's Choice Winners 'It's lovely stuff' Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show 2016 ★★★★ Songlines 'Obviously something of enormous promise' ★★★★ R2 'Talented and poetic triumvirate' aldenpattersonanddashwood.com Legendary singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading discovered Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer in 2012, choosing them to support her on tour. She loved them so much she called them again in 2015 to repeat the engagement. The duo combine classic close harmony style with superbly honed songwriting craft to produce an instantly classic, brilliantly accessible roots sound, taking influence from the The Everly Brothers to Simon & Garfunkel, John Martyn to the countrified Grateful Dead. After releasing their debut EP earlier in 2017 they were invited in September to showcase at the hugely prestigious Americanafest in Nashville Tennessee alongside the likes of Grant Lee Phillips, The Drive By Truckers, Iron & Wine and the legendary Tony Joe White - great things await this formidably exciting duo. bensmithandjimmybrewer.com --------------------------------------------- New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk scene. It's committed to providing artists with an environment that is sympathetic to what they do, giving musicians the respect they and their music deserves - for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones while artists are performing. Our music policy comes from the kitchen table, the roots of public performance- intimate, acoustic based, high quality musicianship with as little interference between performer and listener as possible. Website: www.newrootsevents.com New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/

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Deegee Presents: Lil & Ollie Album Launch

on Thu, 18 Jan 2018 at London Paradise by way of Kensal Green 7:30pm

Come launch Lil & Ollie's debut album at Paradise by way of Kensal Green Opening set from Tommy Hare Then Lil & Ollie will be on at some point during the evening, showcasing what they've been working on with their band. We look forward to seeing you all there.

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The Outside Track In Concert

on Thu, 18 Jan 2018 at Brixham Theatre 7:30pm

The Outside Track in concert - Thursday 18 January 2018 7.30 pm A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, The Outside Track's marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre. Each player within The Outside Track is a master of their chosen instrument with the band stacking up an impressive amount of international awards. The lineup comprises Teresa Horgan, Mairi Rankin (Beolach), Ailie Robertson (Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad Finalist), Fiona Black (BBC Fame Academy Winner) and Cillian O'Dalaigh. £14 Advance (£18 on the door if available)

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Megson

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at Firbeck Village Hall 7:30pm

Megson are husband and wife duo Debs and Stu Hanna and bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. They have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music. Summer 2016 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album GOOD TIMES WILL COME AGAIN gaining them much critical acclaim. One of the most original political folk sets of the year. Ewan MacColl would have been impressed. said The Guardian. Relevant, thought-provoking songs that would make Woody Guthrie proud said Acoustic Magazine. While folk broadcasting legend Mike Harding described it as One of the top albums of 2016.. "If you don't like this music you have a problem" froots magazine. Doors 7.30pm for 8pm start. No bar so bring your own alcohol/nibbles, light refreshments available at interval or The Black Lion pub is directly opposite.

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The Dave Swarbrick Tribute Tour

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at Ulverston Sports Club 7:45pm

Swarb! It Suits Him Well , is a touring tribute of minstrel friends that have come together to celebrate the great Dave Swarbrick and his music. Swarb very sadly passed away in 2016. He left clear instructions that there was not to be a funeral. So there wasn't. However, before he died, he did talk about one last bash with all his friends making great music and having lots of fun. He may not have wanted a funeral but he didn't say anything about a Wake! So, we are giving him and his friends that party and everyone around the UK the chance to raise a glass in salute and share many very happy memories of the great man. Joining together to pay tribute to Swarb's matchless career will be our M.D. Jason Wilson plus the Canadian folk/reggae fabulous Jason Wilson Band from Canada, Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick and Simon Swarbrick - Swarb's maestro fiddling nephew and protege. The material will cover the legacy that is Swarb's immense back catalogue, from his early beginnings with Beryl Marriott to the BBC Radio Ballads (Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, A.L.Lloyd), Ian Campbell Folk Group to the groundbreaking duo Carthy & Swarbrick , the golden years with Fairport Convention and on through his blazing red years with the singer/songwriter Alistair Hulett. Never one to rest on his laurels, Swarb's last great musical adventures were playing with the sensational Canadian Jason Wilson Band, which produced two studio albums with Swarb. The very latest 'KAILYARD TALES' is being mixed now and will be exclusively launched on this tour! The troupe will be joined at various ports of call by special guests and old pals such as Pee Wee Ellis, Cathal McConnell, Duncan Wood, and many more tbc and surprises. This will be the Wake of all Wakes and a fantastic night to remember our national folk fiddling treasure SWARB!

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Tlr Double: Amy Wadge & Luke Jackson

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at Saltaire The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club 7:00pm

We've known and admired Cardiff singer songwriter, Amy Wadge since our days in mid Wales, where she performed for us twice. Since those days she has become widely regarded as one of the country's most successful female artists. Over the course of five solo albums, two collaborations, numerous compositions for other artists and hundreds of live performances she has established an outstanding body of work, culminating in a Grammy Award in February 2016 with Ed Sheeran for the multi-platinum, global hit, 'Thinking Out Loud'. Amy and Ed have known each other since he was seventeen. Together, they co-wrote his early EP, 'Songs I Wrote With Amy' and a number of other songs including 'Gold Rush', which featured on the deluxe edition of Ed's multi-million selling, debut album, +, (Plus). Amy also co-wrote the track, 'Even My Dad Does Sometimes', on the deluxe edition of X. Luke Jackson is a rising young Roots singer-songwriter who was nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2013. 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 waves on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Karine Polwart, Oysterband and Martyn Joseph.

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The Deslondes

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at Manchester Gullivers 7:30pm

The Deslondes will promoting their critically acclaimed new album Hurry Home on this January tour of the UK, which included an appearance at the Celtic Connections festival. The Deslondes follow up their impressive debut album with the equally fine Hurry Home. Less country-inclined than its predecessor the album finds the band roaming through a variety of styles swampy southern roots, 1950s rockabilly, and classic rhythm & blues that, with several members of the band singing lead on various songs, gives the album a truly dynamic feel. Hurry Home represents a sonic shift from the country-folk of their debut to a psychedelic, electrified soul sound, with a stronger emphasis on organ and electric guitar. The band split up songwriting and lead vocal duties among its five members, Sam Doores, Riley Downing, Dan Cutler, John James Tourville and Cameron Snyder, continuing its democratic ethos and musical versatility. The album that emerged is Hurry Home. 'It's a fitting title for this album because our lives and our songwriting revolve around leaving and returning, or searching for, home,' says the band. 'And home can be a physical place, a relationship, or a state of mind.'

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Dark Horse Acoustic At Bingham Folk Club

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at Bingham Rugby Club Pavilion 8:00pm

Dark Horse Acoustic are a high quality acoustic band, featuring Vicki Dove (lead vocals), Chris Punter (acoustic guitar & vocals), Tom Dove (fiddle / mandolin) and Guy Rogers (banjo / mandolin / guitar & vocals). Their set includes a wide range of material, playing whatever great songs they happen to love at the time! With influences as diverse as Red Tail Ring, Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Fairport Convention, Dixie Chicks and Kacey Musgraves, there's something for everyone! We are very pleased to be welcoming them back after their previous superb guest nights. Music starts at 8.30pm and finishes at 11pm. Admission at the door on the night for people without tickets will be £7 - and only possible if space permits.

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Jacob & Drinkwater

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at Leicester The Guildhall 7:15pm

Devon based duo Tobias Ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater have been called 'stand out new Folk' by BBC6 Music and 'inventive and thrilling' by R2 Magazine. Their November indie release 'The Burning Low EP' has garnered airplay and glowing reviews from such quarters as Radio 2's Folk Show, BBC 6's Tom Robinson, Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing, BBC Bristol, FRUK, Fatea, Spiral Earth, Louder Than War and 'Whispering' Bob TV.

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Vimala Rowe

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This show is taking place in THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE. Unfortunately there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 8.30pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE... Hosting the best of early Blues & Jazz... Songs from 30's and 40's - Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday with a modern vibe of appreciation and a couple of originals too... With the soulful vocals of Vimala, and jazz pianist accompaniment. "A wonderful singer with a passionate delivery which completely captures the audience " - John Etheridge, Guitarist "A captivating and seemingly effortless soulful voice" - Justin Wilkes, KISS FM

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Beatrix Players

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BEATRIX PLAYERS bring their widely praised live show to Green Note performing songs from their debut album, Magnified. Florid, adventurous music that operates at the interface between folk, prog and baroque chamber pop, Beatrix Players are the 2017 winners of the Limelight Award for best new artist at the Progressive Music Awards. "At its best, Magnified reboots the Brontes' spirit for our brave new world. - Prog Magazine "Intimately acoustic, classically flavoured ... once you get to know these melodies they aren't soon forgotten" - Progression Music is a wonderful thing; there are times when an album resonates with you and this has happened here for me. - The Progressive Aspect "I cannot recommend highly enough what a mesmerising, captivating and thoroughly enchanting experience awaits" - The Prog Mind

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Brona Mcvittie - Album Launch Concert

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at London The Tea House Theatre 8:00pm

We are the Wildlife the forthcoming debut solo LP from celebrated Irish folk chanteuse and harpist Brona McVittie features the tracks Under The Pines and Newry Mountain which were released as a double A side single in June 2017. McVittie's debut offering is a psychogeographic journey through a collection of traditional folk ballads and original compositions inspired as much by the geometries of London's urban fringes as by the sonic phenomena within the great rural landscapes of Mourne. This mixing of traditional songs with her own compositions, and thematic ties between songs old and new, coupled with the use of traditional instruments (harp/flute/strings, etc.) against subtle electronic backdrops and innovative production techniques all adds up to a record that is heartfelt, timeless and yet pleasingly contemporary in feel, a perfect mix of new and old, on every front. Pleasingly dreamy folk tones but with a strong and haunting undercurrent of otherworldliness Conor O'Toole, Underground of Happiness Nature reverberates wonderfully in an alchemy of traditional and contemporary instrumentation, making for an exquisite listen from this post-folk electronic chanteuse Across the Line, BBC Radio Ulster

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Geoff Lakeman

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at Blandford Forum Royal British Legion 7:45pm

The daddy of them all, literally father to Seth, Sean and Sam, Geoff Lakeman is an old school singer with a concertina. He sings a variety of traditional songs, sea shanties, the occasional blues, ragtime or swing number, all accompanied by his wonderful duet concertinas. Supporting Geoff is our Americana maestro Rod Jenkins, he of the smooth, mellow voice. The Legion is open from 7pm. Concert doors approx 7.45pm. Concert starts 8.15pm.

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Brona Mcvittie - Album Launch Concert

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at London The Tea House Theatre 8:00pm

We are the Wildlife the forthcoming debut solo LP from celebrated Irish folk chanteuse and harpist Brona McVittie features the tracks Under The Pines and Newry Mountain which were released as a double A side single in June 2017. McVittie's debut offering is a psychogeographic journey through a collection of traditional folk ballads and original compositions inspired as much by the geometries of London's urban fringes as by the sonic phenomena within the great rural landscapes of Mourne. This mixing of traditional songs with her own compositions, and thematic ties between songs old and new, coupled with the use of traditional instruments (harp/flute/strings, etc.) against subtle electronic backdrops and innovative production techniques all adds up to a record that is heartfelt, timeless and yet pleasingly contemporary in feel, a perfect mix of new and old, on every front. Pleasingly dreamy folk tones but with a strong and haunting undercurrent of otherworldliness Conor O'Toole, Underground of Happiness Nature reverberates wonderfully in an alchemy of traditional and contemporary instrumentation, making for an exquisite listen from this post-folk electronic chanteuse Across the Line, BBC Radio Ulster

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Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams Live At Thorner Victory Hall

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at Leeds Thorner Victory Hall 7:00pm

Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams' acclaimed eponymous 2015 debut, released after seven years of playing in Levon Helm's band and frequent guesting with Phil Lesh, Little Feat, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, brought to the stage the crackling creative energy of a decades-long offstage union. A whirlwind of touring and promo followed, and when the dust cleared, the duo was ready to do it all again. Which brings us to Contraband Love, a riskier slice of Americana. Larry, who produced Contraband Love, says, I wanted this record to be a progression, bigger than the first one. That's all I knew. I wanted the songwriting to be deeper, the arrangements more interesting, the performances more dynamic. Specifically how to get there, I didn't know. I did know the songs were different. The subject matter was darker than anything else I've written. More painful! Teresa says, and laughs. Yeah, Larry says with a smile. I'm proud of our debut, but I felt like the songs were lighter than what I'm capable of doing. As a songwriter, I aspire to a sense of uniqueness: this is a great song and it could only have been written by me. I want to get there. It's a journey, a goal, a pursuit. The mechanics of that pursuit are figuring out what you need to do to surpass your last body of work. Although it was not his conscious intent, three of the eight tunes Campbell penned for Contraband Love deal either obliquely or directly with various emotions surrounding addiction. For the blues rocking Three Days in A Row, he authoritatively delves into the crucial first seventy-two hours directly following an addict going cold turkey in an effort to get clean. I was thinking about the things I've quit in my life, he says. The last time was cigarettes. I remembered the dreams I had in withdrawal. Vintage-sounding country nugget Save Me from Myself (featuring Little Feat's Bill Payne on piano) explores a troubled soul's heartrending knowledge that they are hard to love. I've certainly felt both sides of that situation, Larry says, and observed it many times. Delicate waltz Contraband Love, a captivating vocal showcase for Teresa, takes on the other side of the story, when a parent (or spouse, or friend, etc.) realizes their only recourse for dealing with an addict is merely to stand with arms wide open. Of this remarkable piece, Larry says, That melody would not leave me alone. It's one of the more unique songs I've ever written. Larry's writing this stuff, Teresa says, and we're naming off all the people in our lives who are currently going through this (addiction and loss) with a loved one, not to mention the family members and friends we've lost in the past from this affliction. That may have driven him. One of my oldest, most intimate friends a functioning substance abuser since he was a teenager died on the street in New York while we were in the studio. We dedicated the album to him. The stuff of loss resonates, Larry says. Musically, Contraband Love revisits the Americana textures of the duo's debut, deftly channeling Memphis, Chicago, the Delta, and Appalachia with equal assurance. Larry's world-famous guitar work scorching here, funky there, stellar always punctuates the proceedings with riveting emotion, often like a third voice weighing in on a myriad of emotional states. The barnburner leadoff single, Hit and Run Driver, is a harrowing-but-rocking survivor's tale, showcasing longtime drummer and engineer/mixer Justin Guip. To leaven out the darker tunes, Larry and Teresa added a recording of the reassuring Carl Perkins country classic Turn Around, with old friend and mentor Levon Helm, captured on drums shortly before his passing. Jaunty folk blues My Sweetie Went Away, features new bass player Jesse Murphy doubling on tuba for a distinctly New Orleans feel; traditional gutbucket country blues Delta Slide, is spiced with irresistible, harmonized yodeling. Stylistically, there's a lot of different things going on, Larry says. So the sequencing was difficult. But I think I got it right. Indeed. Contraband Love stands as a new, bolder chapter in a story that arose triumphantly joyous from loss. When Levon died, Teresa says, that put Larry into high gear. He'd already had his head set about making a record, but then it felt like a train took off! We just said, 'life is short.' Another motivator for creating Contraband Love was the experience of taking the Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams show out on the road, as a duo, with a band, and opening for Jackson Browne (who loaned them his band). It felt fabulous and fantastic, Larry says. After I met Teresa (in the mid 80s), I'd be out with Bob Dylan [Larry toured with the Nobel laureate for eight years] and something was missing. I gotta gig, and it's what I always wanted, but it's not my stuff, and it's not with the person I want to be with. And then, when we got a taste of being a performing duo at the Rambles with Levon, the idea that we could expand on that was completely alluring.

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Blair Dunlop

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at Bristol Frenchay Village Hall 7:30pm

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Alden, Patterson & Dashwood

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop 7:00pm

The Big Comfy Bookshop proudly presents the award winning acoustic evening 'Comfy & Acoustic'. Intimate performances from the best UK (and beyond) musicians covering folk, Americana, singer-songwriters and roots. Alden, Patterson & Dashwood Norwich based folk / Americana trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. The independently-released debut album 'Call Me Home' was written and produced at home in Norwich and is lovingly presented in attractive handmade covers, designed and hand-printed by the band. Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home. 'It's lovely stuff' Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show 2016 ★★★★★ Album Of The Year Editors Choice fROOTS Magazine 2016 ★★★★ Songlines 'Obviously something of enormous promise' ★★★★ R2 'Talented and poetic triumvirate' Robert J Hunter Dirty rhythm and blues from the depths of Alderney, based in London. Island born Robert J. Hunter combines his gruff and powerful voice with the wild thud of overdriven blues guitar. His powerful debut album, 'Songs for the Weary', received blues chart success and critical acclaim and the single release, 'Demons', reached number one in the UK iTunes Blues Chart. 'Before the Dawn' followed late 2015 showing that Robert had matured and developed as a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. His latest album, a solo release, demonstrates not only the versatility of Robert's musical ability but also the diversity in his songwriting. 'Where I'm From', released December 2016 through independent label, Spiritual Records. In 2017 Robert was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) with his powerful ballad, 'Preacher' which was chosen from 16,000 entries Stage Times Alden, Patterson and Dashwood 9.45-10.30 Robert J Hunter 8.50-9.30 TBA 8.00-8.35 The bookshop bar will be open serving hot and cold drinks, wine and beer plus snacks. No other food or drink to be brought into the premises. For details of the bookshop please visit www.thebigcomfybookshop.co.uk www.facebook.com/thebigcomfybookshop www.twitter.com/bigcomfybooks www.instagram.com/bigcomfybooks www.bigcomfysessions.com NOTE: If you are late you'll have to wait for the acts to finish their set/song to avoid interrupting the performance.

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Jon Strong Band

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7:30pm

Folk rock at its very best. Jon and the band make their way through angst and anger from the eighties and early nineties - driven by subjects as diverse as UK politics, recession in the North of England, the dangers of promiscuity and the traditional songwriter's pain of love lost. Superb semi acoustic guitar playing brings drive, subtlety, rhythm, nuance and power in equal measures - delivering the mood and feelings of the songwriter. Jon is supported very ably by the drummer and bassist - you can hear that the band believe in their songs and work instinctively together to produce top quality results.

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Rhiannon Scutt - #9 Ep Launch

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at Sheffield Yello Arch Studios 7:30pm

Yellowarch Studios invites you to celebrate the launch of Rhiannon Scutt's debut solo release '#9'. Featuring a whole host of guest musicians, let's enjoy the beginning of a brand new chapter.

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Forest Folk And Roots Present Minnie Birch

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at Cranfield The College Arms 7:30pm

Minnie Birch is a singer/songwriter from Hertfordshire. She writes dark, plaintive, beautiful music about life, love, adventures and fairy tales. Chosen as number 7 in Buzzfeeds 'Brilliant British songwriters to discover' this understated yet beguiling performer is winning over hearts one gig at a time. Following slots supporting Joan Armatrading and a stint at Edinburgh fringe, Minnie has been wooing audiences all over the place with tours in Iceland, America, Germany and throughout the U.K under her belt. Her debut album received national airplay on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 music and on BBC Radio 1 as Huw Stephen's BBC Introducing Artist of the Week. Minnie has just launched her lasts Album, Tethered and is touring with songs from both and is looking forward to playing more music and meeting new people in 2018 Her riveting and sometimes shocking lyrics are getting the recognition they deserve - Time Out "Floundering" shows Minnie Birch to be quite the wordsmith, knowing not just when to sing, but when to leave phrases hanging to concentrate on the meaning, silence can say so much and Minnie knows how to use it, almost as an instrument to contrast against not only what is being sung, but what is being played - Neil King Fatea

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Forest Folk And Roots Present Minnie Birch

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at Cranfield The College Arms 7:30pm

Minnie Birch is a singer/songwriter from Hertfordshire. She writes dark, plaintive, beautiful music about life, love, adventures and fairy tales. Chosen as number 7 in Buzzfeeds 'Brilliant British songwriters to discover' this understated yet beguiling performer is winning over hearts one gig at a time. Following slots supporting Joan Armatrading and a stint at Edinburgh fringe, Minnie has been wooing audiences all over the place with tours in Iceland, America, Germany and throughout the U.K under her belt. Her debut album received national airplay on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 music and on BBC Radio 1 as Huw Stephen's BBC Introducing Artist of the Week. Minnie has just launched her lasts Album, Tethered and is touring with songs from both and is looking forward to playing more music and meeting new people in 2018 Her riveting and sometimes shocking lyrics are getting the recognition they deserve - Time Out "Floundering" shows Minnie Birch to be quite the wordsmith, knowing not just when to sing, but when to leave phrases hanging to concentrate on the meaning, silence can say so much and Minnie knows how to use it, almost as an instrument to contrast against not only what is being sung, but what is being played - Neil King Fatea

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Lucy Farrell

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing 7:30pm

2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Lucy Farrell is at last embarking on a solo career, a welcome surprise to all those who've been entranced by her haunting and quintessentially English voice, subtle and instinctive musicianship, and her ability to connect emotionally with an audience while adhering to the great Shirley Collins' adage that in folk music the singer should never get in the way of the song. As one fourth of The Furrow Collective, Lucy is the current recipient of the Best Group prize following the release of their widely acclaimed Wild Hog LP, earned during an immensely busy and creative time in which she also contributed to the raved about return to form that was Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band's Big Machine album and tour, and also saw her final shows with the Emily Portman Trio with whom she'd sung, sawed and played viola for many years. As well as Lucy's fruitful partnership with Emily Portman and with the award winning harpist and singer Rachel Newton, she has also written, performed and recorded with numerous bands and projects including Dark Northumbrian, Gluepot, a star-studded live tribute to Norma Waterson, and also formed her own group Ogres. Although she's rejected the conventional career path, Lucy has become one of the most in demand musicians and vocalists on the young folk scene. We are really privileged to have her appearing at St Edith Folk on the opening night of her long-awaited debut tour.

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Helter Skelter With The Happy Beigel Klezmer Orkester + Near East Collective

on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 at London Jamboree 8:00pm

A night of Klezmer, Gypsy Jazz, Tangos and Mediterannean Folk at Jamboree... The Happy Beigel Klezmer Orkester are a 10-piece Klezmer band based in London and studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, playing traditional Klezmer music with jazz inflections. Near East Collective play World music, Greek traditional, urban folk, rebetika music, spicing up the thriving London rebetiko movement with strong doses of folk tunes from Asia Minor, Istanbul, the Aegean, Macedonia, Thrace and Epirus.and sprinkling the mix with raw modal power of the first wave of rebetika.

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Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

on Sat, 20 Jan 2018 at Alstonefield Village Hall 7:30pm

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene's most rewarding and enduring partnerships. Twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, the couple's intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as 'Songwriters par excellence'- (fRoots), whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale. With over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, The Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, the duo have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk. 'Kathryn Roberts is one of our most accomplished and accessible singers, while Sean Lakeman has similarly established himself as a consistently imaginative and enterprising instrumentalist, producer and arranger' fRoots Magazine An absolute masterclass in how to do it right. Festivalsforall.com Kathryn Roberts smoky, assertive vocals are a tasty feast for listeners craving music that requires a sharp mind and an open heart. Billboard Magazine 'As a guitarist, producer and co-songwriter, Sean Lakeman is one of the unsung heroes of modern British folk' MOJO Licensed bar A LIVE & LOCAL event

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The Bob Dylan Story

on Sat, 20 Jan 2018 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7:30pm

The Bob Dylan Story is the new stunning and definitive tribute to a songwriting genius who spoke for a whole generation. Experience the thrill and energy of a full-blown Dylan concert, enhanced by a top backing band and planted firmly in the 1960s. The Bob Dylan Story will remind you what REAL nostalgia feels like, with true classics from Blowin' In The Wind and Knockin' On Heaven's Door to Subterranean Homesick Blues and All Along The Watchtower. You'll surely be digging out your old vinyl to sustain the pleasure just that little bit longer.

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The Deslondes

on Sat, 20 Jan 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 7:30pm

Named after the street in the Holy Cross neighborhood of New Orleans where the band first came together, The Deslondes have continued to tour relentlessly since Doores and Cutler departed their roles in Hurray For The Riff Raff to focus entirely on the band. The Deslondes met up last winter at New West Records' studio and rehearsal space in Athens, GA., and recorded everything for five days, working out new songs and arrangements. With a batch of 20 new songs, they invited their longtime producer & engineer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) to New Orleans to begin tracking that summer, creating a makeshift recording studio at The Tigermen Den in the Bywater neighborhood. The album that emerged was Hurry Home. It's a fitting title for this album because our lives and our songwriting revolve around leaving and returning, or searching for, home, says the band. And home can be a physical place, a relationship, or a state of mind. Sheffield favourites The Buffalo Skinners are support making this an unmissable gig

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Banter & Nick Walden

on Sat, 20 Jan 2018 at Godalming Borough Hall 7:45pm

Banter are Tim Walker (percussion and trumpet), Nina Zella (Piano and Rhodes) and Simon Care (melodeon). Having all worked with some the uk's top dance bands including Edward II, Tickled Pink and Whapweasel, Banter are are now earning popularity on the festival circuit nationally (they were at Glastonbury last year!). The band was formed to play "fabulous tunes with a fresh viewpoint and a cheeky twist on the Tradition".  Exciting and inspirational music. Calling the dances will be the ever popular Nick Walden.

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Banter & Nick Walden

on Sat, 20 Jan 2018 at Godalming Borough Hall 7:45pm

Banter are Tim Walker (percussion and trumpet), Nina Zella (Piano and Rhodes) and Simon Care (melodeon). Having all worked with some the uk's top dance bands including Edward II, Tickled Pink and Whapweasel, Banter are are now earning popularity on the festival circuit nationally (they were at Glastonbury last year!). The band was formed to play "fabulous tunes with a fresh viewpoint and a cheeky twist on the Tradition".  Exciting and inspirational music. Calling the dances will be the ever popular Nick Walden.

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Claude Bourbon

on Sat, 20 Jan 2018 at Broseley Birchmeadow Centre 7:30pm

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Sharron Krauss @ Royal Traditions

on Sat, 20 Jan 2018 at Dungworth The Royal Hotel 7:30pm

7.30 Tunes session 8-10 Act 10-11 Singing session

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Gabriel Moreno & The Quivering Poets

on Sat, 20 Jan 2018 at London The Harrison Bar 7:30pm

Gabriel Moreno is a Gibraltarian poet and singer songwriter who has been performing for the past 20 years in Gibrlatar, Peru, Italy, Spain, USA and the United Kingdom. His folk songs are both poetic and political, mining the same rich seams as Leonard Cohen, Fabrizio D'Andre and Georges Brassens. In 2015 he joined up with The Quivering Poets, Basha Bartz, Pablo Campos, Pablo Yupton, Adam Beattie and Sergio Contreras to create a wonderful new alt-folk band that push his poetry and song to new musical territories. Gabriel also hosts the legendary folk institution 'The Lantern Society', running for the last ten years at London's Betsey Trotwood venue. WATCH GABRIEL MORENO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5dIZzs-xOk Diego Brown and the Good Fairy are a brother and sister duo gouging a unique furrow in the rich soil of London's alternative folk scene. Play a range of damaged acoustic instruments in unconventional ways, their music is lo-fi, their lyrics densely textured. Songs range across modern fairy tales, neglected 20th century novelists, dogs.. Collaborations include with the poet John Hegley, the comedian Rob Newman, and New York's acoustic punk legend Hamell on Trial. They run the Clerkenwell ARTSlab, a regular music and poetry evening in Farringdon, London.

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All The Wild Folk With Colomboloco + Craig Weir

on Sat, 20 Jan 2018 at London Jamboree 8:00pm

A night of Tarantella Beats, Classical Opera, Balkan Folk, Ska, Jazz, Reggae and Folk at Jamboree... Colomboloco's show blends fast and furious folk beats from across mediterranean Europe with Tarantella, Classical Opera, Balkan, Ska, Jazz, and Reggae in an epic journey around the globe worthy of Colombus himself. The most fun you can have in London with or without your clothes on. The devil has 5 new souls on his roster and we invite you to join them in the inferno! Prepare for a blitz of eccentric theatricality, wild gypsy beats, virtuoso fingerwork, lunatic dancing and inexplicable outfits. Colomboloco's musicians hail from Italy, Spain Greece and Turkey, performing in their own languages and also in English, French, Hebrew and Russian. They've enjoyed residencies in many of London's most prestigious music venues, have performed at festivals and toured across the UK and Europe, and have popped up at private parties for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple and Johnny Depp. Bands don't come more fun, frivolous and ballsy than Colomboloco. This joyous mix of Italian, Spanish, Greece, Turkish, Gypsy and Ska music makes for a sound somewhere between The Godfather and the best festival band you've ever seen in your life Grazie mille to Adam Pickering of Sounddhism Craig Weir is a folk troubadour from Bathgate, West Lothian.

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Amy Wadge & Luke Jackson

on Sun, 21 Jan 2018 at Stoke on Trent Fulford Village Hall 7:30pm

A pairing of two generations of captivating singer songwriters, Amy Wadge and Luke Jackson, touring together again across the UK Grammy winner Amy Wadge is widely regarded as one of the country's most successful female singer/songwriters. Over the course of five solo albums, two collaborations, numerous compositions for other artists and hundreds of live performances all over the globe, she has established an outstanding body of work. Her voice is simply amazing with a breathtaking range and emotional impact while her songwriting continues to surpass most of her contemporaries. She has recently written songs with numerous upcoming songwriters, including Ed Sheeran, who released an EP, Songs I Wrote With Amy. Ed's globally best-selling single, Thinking Out Loud was co-written with Amy and has brought her songwriting even greater critical acclaim from a wider audience, along with winning Amy a Grammy and receiving a BRIT nominations. Luke Jackson 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 and in 2014 he was named Fatea's Male Artist of the Year 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 waves on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Karine Polwart, Oysterband and Martyn Joseph and he has delivered startling performances on the UK festival scene, from Cambridge to Sidmouth and The Great British Folk Festival. In the last year Luke as been playing Festivals across Europe, along with playing solo show in The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany. Luke released his brand new studio album, Tall Tales and Rumours in Autumn 2016 to widespread critical acclaim and according to Acoustic Magazine, he is an outstanding heir to the likes of Richard Thompson and Martin Simpson. With a wealth of finely-observed narrative songs, the album emphasises the exceptional maturity and versatility of one of the most exciting young singer songwriters and live performers on the scene! A500 Music aim to present some of the finest acoustic style music in a friendly and intimate environment. We seat our audience in a cabaret style with tables and chairs and because we always hope to be near capacity, we allocate seating to our guests according to when they purchased their tickets. By inviting you to bring your own drink, we are making the evening an inexpensive as well as enjoyable experience. Drinking glasses will be available on the night and we also provide free hot drinks.

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Green Note & Blue Monday Present... Girls To The Front

on Sun, 21 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 5:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 5.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 6.30pm. 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. ---------------------------------------------------- Green Note and Blue Monday present... GIRLS TO THE FRONT # 6 A night celebrating women in music by bringing the finest crop of rising female music artists to the forefront. Back by popular demand MIRI and RoseRed bring you a sixth installment of artists who are currently making waves in the London music scene. Expect an eclectic musical feast of Indie folk pop, Americana, old school Country melodies, and British roots storytelling to whet your appetite and stir your soul. -------------------------------------------------------- ZOE KONEZ Dynamic indie-folk twosome Zoe Konez & drummer Will Connor create a wealth of sound with two instruments that many bands long to create with 5! Zoe's intimate lyrics are married with distinctive rhythmic guitar, experimental tapping, intricate finger picking and harmonic techniques, wonderfully accompanied by Will's 'telepathic tightness' on drums / percussion. They've taken their music throughout the UK, via numerous tours in Europe, to the sunny south east coast of Australia and back again. Wonderful singer, wonderful songwriter, wonderful guitarist" - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music "Ridiculously talented, Konez handles her guitar like she was born with it" - For Folk's Sake "Fabulous guitar work and intense, lyrical songs" - Acoustic Nations MEGAN O'NEILL Originally from Co. Kildare, Ireland Megan O'Neill is one of the UK's most exciting Americana artists. A long-time musician and song-writer, Megan has previously lived in Nashville but now resides full time in London. She released her debut EP 'Coming Home' in May 2015, reaching #1 in Irish country charts & was awarded 'UK EP of the Year' by public vote through W21Music. She has now released a second record (February 2017) with her new 6-piece band 'Megan and the Common Threads'. Megan has had her song 'Don't You' featured on hit ABC TV Show Nashville, three slots at the O2 Arena London for C2C festival, a performance at JJ Abrams' Oscar Wilde party in LA alongside Irish treasure Gavin James and Nashville Meets London Festival. In February 2017, Megan was selected as one of the top 8 Americana songwriter's in the UK and performed at the Americana Music Awards in London. Complex... with an old school country voice. The Irish Independent Seriously fresh mix of modern country and pop, with a fusion of distinctly Irish elements. Timeout Magazine London JESS MORGAN Jess Morgan is a songwriter's songwriter. A cerebral storyteller she takes her cue from roots music and contemporary and upfront British voices like Billy Bragg and storytellers from across the Atlantic like Shawn Colvin and Gretchen Peters. In April 2017 Jess and her label released the album Edison Gloriette on Oxblood coloured vinyl. BBC Wales linchpin Adam Walton said on first play it's a blinder. The record was also well supported by the BBC Folk Show, BBC 6 Music.an folk music press: Some of the most sublime tunes you are likely to hear in a long time. **** R2 As well as crafting songs, Jess has also made a name for herself for her hands-on approach to producing music gaining momentum through limited edition releases, short runs and most recently her own DIY 7″ vinyl records. In a recent article The 405 called her a true DIY artist in her element. Seriously, she does it all." EMMA MCGRATH Emma McGrath is a 17 year old singer-songwriter heralding from Harpenden, North London. Writing her own material since the age of 12, Emma self released her first EP, The Judgement, in November 2014. This was followed up in December 2015 with the self released single Sit With Me, which caught the attention of key media including BBC Introducing who awarded it 'Track Of The Week' twice and Radio 2 where it received plays from both Dermot O'Leary and Bob Harris. Topping off a great 2015, Emma was awarded The PRS Foundation's Lynsey de Paul prize. Over the past 18 months Emma has been working hard building up a close network of writers who have helped to develop her craft and hone her sound. Recognising this The PRS Foundation recently awarded Emma a Women Make Music grant for the development and subsequent release of a mini album. She is now recording with several highly qualified and exciting producers including: Grammy Award winning Jimmy Hogarth, Brit School alumni Jackson and Rhiannon Mair. Scheduled for release early next year, the mini-album will be preceded by several singles, the first of which is slated for January. ROSERED AND THE BUTTERFLIES RoseRed And The Butterflies, aka Lydia Nicolaides is a prolific singer/songwriter from north London Enfield. She pens catchy lyrics and silver-tongued melodies that tell stories in a refreshing and original way. With a mixture of realism, fun, quirkiness and sadness, RoseRed's music can move effortlessly from lightness into dark, and her style crosses a variety of genres, from Folk to Rock; from Country to Reggae. 'Imagine Mary Poppins on acid' playing the guitar and dancing like a pixie. RoseRed released her eagerly awaited debut album 'Just A Glimmer' in 2010 an album which she wrote, recorded, produced and funded herself, in-between several years of playing the London gig circuit and which got voted and won the Fatea Magazine debut album of the year 2010 Award. She has had two of her songs feature in two British Independent Films 'Jesus Versus The Messiah' and 'Chinese Burns'. She has just released her second album New Age Drifter. MIRI Described as the love child of Sting and Edith Piaf, British singer-songwriter MIRI blends heart and grit, distilled through a smooth, melodic pop filter. MIRI's latest release Sound Vibrations is her third EP, blending distinctive soft, smoky and gritty tones with thought provoking heartfelt lyrics; pop songs that speak fluent indie. 'Electric Vibes' has received BBC 6 Radio airplay with Tom Robinson and on Radio DIVA with Heather Peace & Rosie Wilby whilst 'The Plight' was played by John Kennedy on Radio X. Three of MIRI's songs are featured in the film Fear Of Water which screened at the International Women's Film Festival in LA and has been broadcast on TV in the UK. Her track 'Broken City' taken from the film received radio airplay on BBC London. MIRI co-promotes and co-hosts monthly live music night "Blue Monday" at The Boogaloo in London now in its 7th year and collaborating with award winning music venue Green Note on sold out female artist focused events called "Girls To The Front. Performing regularly around the UK & Europe MIRI has gained a reputation for her eclectic gigs and stage presence. Past live shows include 100 Club for The Official Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, Safe Gigs For Women at The Tooting Tram & Social, Bush Hall supporting Laura Veirs and upstairs at Ronnie Scott's. Her European travels have led her to perform at L Fest Del Mar in Spain, Sofar Sounds in Amsterdam as well as Berlin, Ireland and Bergen. Behind the scenes, MIRI works with the charity School Ground Sounds which provide additional opportunities for young people to enhance their musical education. She has been a guest mentor for Wired4Music's drop in for young people aspiring to have a career in music and is on the FAC's (Featured Artist Coalition) BEAT Board.

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Green Note & Blue Monday Present... Girls To The Front

on Sun, 21 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 5:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 5.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 6.30pm. 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. ---------------------------------------------------- Green Note and Blue Monday present... GIRLS TO THE FRONT # 6 A night celebrating women in music by bringing the finest crop of rising female music artists to the forefront. Back by popular demand MIRI and RoseRed bring you a sixth installment of artists who are currently making waves in the London music scene. Expect an eclectic musical feast of Indie folk pop, Americana, old school Country melodies, and British roots storytelling to whet your appetite and stir your soul. -------------------------------------------------------- ZOE KONEZ Dynamic indie-folk twosome Zoe Konez & drummer Will Connor create a wealth of sound with two instruments that many bands long to create with 5! Zoe's intimate lyrics are married with distinctive rhythmic guitar, experimental tapping, intricate finger picking and harmonic techniques, wonderfully accompanied by Will's 'telepathic tightness' on drums / percussion. They've taken their music throughout the UK, via numerous tours in Europe, to the sunny south east coast of Australia and back again. Wonderful singer, wonderful songwriter, wonderful guitarist" - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music "Ridiculously talented, Konez handles her guitar like she was born with it" - For Folk's Sake "Fabulous guitar work and intense, lyrical songs" - Acoustic Nations MEGAN O'NEILL Originally from Co. Kildare, Ireland Megan O'Neill is one of the UK's most exciting Americana artists. A long-time musician and song-writer, Megan has previously lived in Nashville but now resides full time in London. She released her debut EP 'Coming Home' in May 2015, reaching #1 in Irish country charts & was awarded 'UK EP of the Year' by public vote through W21Music. She has now released a second record (February 2017) with her new 6-piece band 'Megan and the Common Threads'. Megan has had her song 'Don't You' featured on hit ABC TV Show Nashville, three slots at the O2 Arena London for C2C festival, a performance at JJ Abrams' Oscar Wilde party in LA alongside Irish treasure Gavin James and Nashville Meets London Festival. In February 2017, Megan was selected as one of the top 8 Americana songwriter's in the UK and performed at the Americana Music Awards in London. Complex... with an old school country voice. The Irish Independent Seriously fresh mix of modern country and pop, with a fusion of distinctly Irish elements. Timeout Magazine London JESS MORGAN Jess Morgan is a songwriter's songwriter. A cerebral storyteller she takes her cue from roots music and contemporary and upfront British voices like Billy Bragg and storytellers from across the Atlantic like Shawn Colvin and Gretchen Peters. In April 2017 Jess and her label released the album Edison Gloriette on Oxblood coloured vinyl. BBC Wales linchpin Adam Walton said on first play it's a blinder. The record was also well supported by the BBC Folk Show, BBC 6 Music.an folk music press: Some of the most sublime tunes you are likely to hear in a long time. **** R2 As well as crafting songs, Jess has also made a name for herself for her hands-on approach to producing music gaining momentum through limited edition releases, short runs and most recently her own DIY 7″ vinyl records. In a recent article The 405 called her a true DIY artist in her element. Seriously, she does it all." EMMA MCGRATH Emma McGrath is a 17 year old singer-songwriter heralding from Harpenden, North London. Writing her own material since the age of 12, Emma self released her first EP, The Judgement, in November 2014. This was followed up in December 2015 with the self released single Sit With Me, which caught the attention of key media including BBC Introducing who awarded it 'Track Of The Week' twice and Radio 2 where it received plays from both Dermot O'Leary and Bob Harris. Topping off a great 2015, Emma was awarded The PRS Foundation's Lynsey de Paul prize. Over the past 18 months Emma has been working hard building up a close network of writers who have helped to develop her craft and hone her sound. Recognising this The PRS Foundation recently awarded Emma a Women Make Music grant for the development and subsequent release of a mini album. She is now recording with several highly qualified and exciting producers including: Grammy Award winning Jimmy Hogarth, Brit School alumni Jackson and Rhiannon Mair. Scheduled for release early next year, the mini-album will be preceded by several singles, the first of which is slated for January. ROSERED AND THE BUTTERFLIES RoseRed And The Butterflies, aka Lydia Nicolaides is a prolific singer/songwriter from north London Enfield. She pens catchy lyrics and silver-tongued melodies that tell stories in a refreshing and original way. With a mixture of realism, fun, quirkiness and sadness, RoseRed's music can move effortlessly from lightness into dark, and her style crosses a variety of genres, from Folk to Rock; from Country to Reggae. 'Imagine Mary Poppins on acid' playing the guitar and dancing like a pixie. RoseRed released her eagerly awaited debut album 'Just A Glimmer' in 2010 an album which she wrote, recorded, produced and funded herself, in-between several years of playing the London gig circuit and which got voted and won the Fatea Magazine debut album of the year 2010 Award. She has had two of her songs feature in two British Independent Films 'Jesus Versus The Messiah' and 'Chinese Burns'. She has just released her second album New Age Drifter. MIRI Described as the love child of Sting and Edith Piaf, British singer-songwriter MIRI blends heart and grit, distilled through a smooth, melodic pop filter. MIRI's latest release Sound Vibrations is her third EP, blending distinctive soft, smoky and gritty tones with thought provoking heartfelt lyrics; pop songs that speak fluent indie. 'Electric Vibes' has received BBC 6 Radio airplay with Tom Robinson and on Radio DIVA with Heather Peace & Rosie Wilby whilst 'The Plight' was played by John Kennedy on Radio X. Three of MIRI's songs are featured in the film Fear Of Water which screened at the International Women's Film Festival in LA and has been broadcast on TV in the UK. Her track 'Broken City' taken from the film received radio airplay on BBC London. MIRI co-promotes and co-hosts monthly live music night "Blue Monday" at The Boogaloo in London now in its 7th year and collaborating with award winning music venue Green Note on sold out female artist focused events called "Girls To The Front. Performing regularly around the UK & Europe MIRI has gained a reputation for her eclectic gigs and stage presence. Past live shows include 100 Club for The Official Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, Safe Gigs For Women at The Tooting Tram & Social, Bush Hall supporting Laura Veirs and upstairs at Ronnie Scott's. Her European travels have led her to perform at L Fest Del Mar in Spain, Sofar Sounds in Amsterdam as well as Berlin, Ireland and Bergen. Behind the scenes, MIRI works with the charity School Ground Sounds which provide additional opportunities for young people to enhance their musical education. She has been a guest mentor for Wired4Music's drop in for young people aspiring to have a career in music and is on the FAC's (Featured Artist Coalition) BEAT Board.

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The Bully Wee Band

on Sun, 21 Jan 2018 at Bishop's Cleeve The Tithe Barn 7:00pm

Unreserved seating. Free car park. Doors/Bar open at 7pm.

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Miranda Sykes

on Sun, 21 Jan 2018 at Canterbury Goodnestone Park 6:00pm

Doors 6pm for 6.30pm start Tickets £13 online £14 cash or cheque in advance £15 on the door Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with 'Show of Hands' is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Borrowed Places is a project that draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists but most of all it lives and breathes. With her sensational voice, and accompanying herself, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live and it is one you won't want to miss.

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Alden, Patterson & Dashwood

on Sun, 21 Jan 2018 at Cambridge NCI Club 7:15pm

ALDEN, PATTERSON, DASHWOOD - Folk/Americana from Norwich - rich vocal harmonies with fiddle, dobro, guitar and Mandolin .... winners of the 2017 Ely Folk Festival Band Competition.

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Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 21 Jan 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are a folk duo that look & sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique. Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram & Emmylou, Shirley & Davey, or Gillian & David but their warm distilling of influences from both sides of the Atlantic produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own. Their unique unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs' emotion and narrative. The material is as joyful and fun as it is intense, but the common factor is the duo's warmth and confidence in each other; their natural ease and connection is clearly evident on the recorded music, and a genuine pleasure to witness on stage. 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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Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 21 Jan 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are a folk duo that look & sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique. Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram & Emmylou, Shirley & Davey, or Gillian & David but their warm distilling of influences from both sides of the Atlantic produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own. Their unique unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs' emotion and narrative. The material is as joyful and fun as it is intense, but the common factor is the duo's warmth and confidence in each other; their natural ease and connection is clearly evident on the recorded music, and a genuine pleasure to witness on stage. 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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Thom Chacon

on Sun, 21 Jan 2018 at High Wycombe Secret venue 5:00pm

THOM CHACON,POPS INTO HIGH WYCOMBE,ON ROUTE FROM A SHORT RUN OF ITALIAN SHOWS.

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Peter And Barbara Snape

on Sun, 21 Jan 2018 at Southport Park Golf Club 7:00pm

Uncluttered, organic songs and music of a mainly trad. nature. Guitar, melodeon and a dash of Gracie Fields. Plenty of Lancashire material.

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Counters Creek And Solasta

on Mon, 22 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

Counter's Creek is an acoustic folk trio based in London who make original music inspired by the folk music of the British Isles and beyond. Jigs, reels, grooves from Eastern Europe & West Africa, catchy melodies with closely interwoven harmonies allied to a real sense of swing and dance energy. Solasta are an outstanding folk trio who are fast building a name for themselves on the back of their inventive arrangements, unique sound and exhilarating live performances.Their dynamic interpretations of Celtic based material are rooted firmly in tradition, whilst incorporating elements from diverse musical worlds including classical, jazz and early music.

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Travelling With Thomas: Showcase 3

on Mon, 22 Jan 2018 at London Selkirk Tooting 7:30pm

Travelling with Thomas is a musical journey in the making, exploring the tale and folklore of Thomas the Rhymer. Taken away to Fairyland, Thomas is helped, hindered and challenged as he tries to find his way home with a gift and a burden, in a tale of love, truth and time. Share the journey with Laurel Swift (composer) and Lizzie Watts (designer) as they create a new folk musical of Thomas in a year long collaborative project. Travelling with Thomas is an interactive gig presenting beautiful new songs, music and artwork with some of the finest performers on the scene. In the third of four showcases we explore the most important question in storytelling: Who is telling the tale and whose truth is being told? There's no need to have attended a previous showcase each one is a new sharing of songs, stories, pictures, and an exclusive chance to witness a folk musical in the making.

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Travelling With Thomas: Showcase 3

on Mon, 22 Jan 2018 at London Selkirk Tooting 7:30pm

Travelling with Thomas is a musical journey in the making, exploring the tale and folklore of Thomas the Rhymer. Taken away to Fairyland, Thomas is helped, hindered and challenged as he tries to find his way home with a gift and a burden, in a tale of love, truth and time. Share the journey with Laurel Swift (composer) and Lizzie Watts (designer) as they create a new folk musical of Thomas in a year long collaborative project. Travelling with Thomas is an interactive gig presenting beautiful new songs, music and artwork with some of the finest performers on the scene. In the third of four showcases we explore the most important question in storytelling: Who is telling the tale and whose truth is being told? There's no need to have attended a previous showcase each one is a new sharing of songs, stories, pictures, and an exclusive chance to witness a folk musical in the making.

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The Fretless

on Tue, 23 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

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 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Juno award-winning Canadian supergroup The Fretless (2017 Instrumental Album of The Year) also picked up two nominations in the Canadian Folk Music Awards (Best Contemporary Album and Instrumental Group of The Year). The accolade was great news for a band that continues to grow in stature around the world, seen by many as one of the most powerfully charged forces on the roots music circuit. Previously, they had gathered in some similarly impressive honours on their home turf but it took the release of the current album, Bird's Nest, to win them the attention they deserved on this side of the Atlantic. Consistently given four and five-star ratings, Songlines magazine loved its plethora of thrilling moments while fRoots magazine placed them in the elite category. Maverick magazine said their music was enchanting and beautifully-spun, and RNR magazine said it was high quality, inventive and absolutely full of life and energy.

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Travelling With Thomas: Showcase 3

on Tue, 23 Jan 2018 at London Cecil Sharp House 7:30pm

Travelling with Thomas is a musical journey in the making, exploring the tale and folklore of Thomas the Rhymer. Taken away to Fairyland, Thomas is helped, hindered and challenged as he tries to find his way home with a gift and a burden, in a tale of love, truth and time. Share the journey with Laurel Swift (composer) and Lizzie Watts (designer) as they create a new folk musical of Thomas in a year long collaborative project. Travelling with Thomas is an interactive gig presenting beautiful new songs, music and artwork with some of the finest performers on the scene. In the third of four showcases we explore the most important question in storytelling: Who is telling the tale and whose truth is being told? There's no need to have attended a previous showcase each one is a new sharing of songs, stories, pictures, and an exclusive chance to witness a folk musical in the making.

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Travelling With Thomas: Showcase 3

on Tue, 23 Jan 2018 at London Cecil Sharp House 7:30pm

Travelling with Thomas is a musical journey in the making, exploring the tale and folklore of Thomas the Rhymer. Taken away to Fairyland, Thomas is helped, hindered and challenged as he tries to find his way home with a gift and a burden, in a tale of love, truth and time. Share the journey with Laurel Swift (composer) and Lizzie Watts (designer) as they create a new folk musical of Thomas in a year long collaborative project. Travelling with Thomas is an interactive gig presenting beautiful new songs, music and artwork with some of the finest performers on the scene. In the third of four showcases we explore the most important question in storytelling: Who is telling the tale and whose truth is being told? There's no need to have attended a previous showcase each one is a new sharing of songs, stories, pictures, and an exclusive chance to witness a folk musical in the making.

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Jack Carty

on Wed, 24 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. -------- Introducing Jack Carty. Award winning, critically acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Jack Carty is relocating to the UK! To celebrate, he's playing an intimate London residency at Camden's Green Note on Tues 9th, Tues 16th and Weds 24th of January 2018. Each show will be dedicated to each of his last 3 albums: 'Break Your Own Heart', 'Esk' and 'Home State', all of which have found their way into hearts and homes across Australia, The UK and the world through: rave reviews; years of constant touring; appearances at Primavera Sound and South By South West; national awards including an APRA Professional Development Award and the gong for MusicOz Singer-Songwriter Of The Year; and the kind of gorgeous turn-of-phrase and knack for melody that will have you humming away on the train home. After supporting Keston Cobblers Club on all dates of their 'Almost Home' UK album tour in April 2017, and the hugely successful release of his fourth album 'Home State' last summer (hitting Number 1 on the Australian Independent Album Chart), Jack will get acquainted with his new home via a regional tour in November-December 2017, and the London Residency in January 2018. Jack Carty's story stands as testament to the power of great songs, grassroots determination and a spellbinding live show. It's been a huge year for Carty, touring his self-recorded, independently released, chart topping 4th album 'Home State' to theatres, halls, churches and special spaces across Australia, New Zealand and The UK with every show, cementing his reputation as a writer and performer of incredible depth and imagination. "Carty might well have found his happy place" ★★★★ Mike Alexander, THE SUNDAY STAR TIMES "A warm, thought-provoking album full of phrases that return to play repeatedly in one's head Sue Barrett, RHYTHMS MAGAZINE www.jackcarty.com

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Merry Hell (acoustic)

on Wed, 24 Jan 2018 at Biddulph Arms 7:30pm

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New Roots: Turya

on Wed, 24 Jan 2018 at London The Old Queens Head;'' 7:30pm

Doors open 7.30 pm Nearest tube Angel, 5 mins walk Please note- the venue consists of both seating and standing areas. Please arrive early to ensure a seat. Nicki Wells, the exceptionally gifted singer and songwriter behind TURYA, takes inspiration from Indian classical music, which she studied as a teenager. The name comes from Turiya, a Sanskrit word, meaning a state of pure consciousness, the silence one experiences after sound. This influence is echoed throughout her new single 'Falling'. Taken form her Nitin Sawhney produced debut album 'Ocean', TURYA's uniquely original sound fuses elements of Western folk, roots and pop with clasical Indian foundations. With influences rooted in her personal experiences, Nicki was born in South London, but grew up in the foothills of the Himalayas. TURYA's vocal and songwriting approach is a cultivated collection of melodies, combined with uniquely captivating, bittersweet and moving vocals. It's these elements that have shaped her 'Ocean' album. TURYA describes her unconventional background, and how it impacted on her music 'I grew up in Himachal Pradesh between the ages of 6 and 10, and just absorbed the sound, colours and culture of the region,' she explains. 'It was also very international we were with kids from India, America, Australia, Austria, all different parts of the world. Growing up with so many different languages and accents, I became very open to different ways of communicating. That's how my musical ear began to develop; listening to an array of different sounds and languages' Singing primarily in English, TURYA's music represents an artist who is vast in her range, and clear in her emotional appeal. TURYA YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCorNpl7mx8 Anjana Vasan is a hugely exciting newly emerging British Roots singer-songwriter. Her debut EP, 'Too Dark For Country' , produced by BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker, was released in Sept 2017. Combining folk and country songwriting styles with superbly soulful blues voice, Vasan taps into the same deep well of folk, country and blues that Valerie June uses so well- hers are songs of real weight, beautifully crafted and delivered with an unforgettable voice. ANJANA VASAN YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgnQFtJ6IA8 New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk scene. It's committed to providing artists with an environment that is sympathetic to what they do, giving musicians the respect they and their music deserves for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones while artists are performing. Our music policy comes from the kitchen table, the roots of public performance- intimate, acoustic based, high quality musicianship with as little interference between performer and listener as possible. Website: http://www.newrootsevents.com/ New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/

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Marc Brierley

on Wed, 24 Jan 2018 at London Betsey Trotwood 8:00pm

Marc Brierley Live at The Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon Road, London EC1 Wednesday 24th January 2018 With Emma Tricca & Dan Davies Join us for Marc Brierley's first London show since 1973.

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Folklore, The Lantern Society & Amber Records Present .. Gabriel Moreno & The Quivering Poets

on Wed, 24 Jan 2018 at London Paper Dress Vintage 7:30pm

Gabriel Moreno & The Quivering Poets Gabriel is a Gibraltarian Poet and singer songwriter who has been performing for the past 20 years in Gibrlatar, Peru, Italy, Spain, USA and The United Kingdom. He exports his own strand of poetical singer songwriter music in the vain of the troubadours, Fabrizio D'Andre, Cohen, Brassens, etc. in 2015 he joined up with The Quivering Poets, Barbara Bartz, Pablo Kajon, Pablo Yupton, Adam Beattie and Sergio Contreras Acosta, (some of the most unique and talented instrumentalists and artists in the London and Barcelona alternative music scene) Matt Arthur https://soundcloud.com/mattarthur Samuel Nicholson Samuel is a 25 year old London-based singer/songwriter hailing from Edinburgh. Currently at the mercy of the locals in any open mic night he can find he is most happy with a guitar in his hand and his eyes at the ceiling. Often defaulting to melancholy he offers an emotive perspective through resonant guitar parts and weathered vocals, throwing finesse out the window for honesty. Released on the 19th August a couple of years ago, his debut record entitled 'If You Be My' (which he is very, very excited about) offers a raw introduction to not only his inner conflicts but equally his take on the world that moves before him.

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Trials Of Cato

on Wed, 24 Jan 2018 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath 7:15pm

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Steve Turner / Ninebarrow

on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 at Uxbridge RNA 7:30pm

A unique, atmospheric and friendly venue with a fully stocked bar at reasonable prices. NUS entry: £4, available on the door. Music starts at 8pm. 5 minutes walk from Hillingdon underground. Free parking available. Visit website bit.do/uxfolk for how to find us.

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Steve Turner / Ninebarrow

on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 at Uxbridge RNA 7:30pm

A unique, atmospheric and friendly venue with a fully stocked bar at reasonable prices. NUS entry: £4, available on the door. Music starts at 8pm. 5 minutes walk from Hillingdon underground. Free parking available. Visit website bit.do/uxfolk for how to find us.

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George Shovlin & George Lamb

on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette 7:00pm

Blues at the Launderette Door 7pm. We are a mix of seating and standing (mostly seating). e have a fully licenced bar with craft beers and fancy pants gins.

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The House Devils.

on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 at Glossop The Globe Inn 8:05pm

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Andreas Tophøj And Rune Barslund

on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 at London The Slaughtered Lamb 7:30pm

Danish duo Andreas Tophøj and Rune Barslund perform with violin, accordion and viola. The accomplished duo has its roots in Jutland, Denmark, and emerged from the folk scene formed around the Academy of Music in Odense, which until recently was named after composer and musician Carl Nielsen. Like the famous composer, the sound of the duo is closely linked to the Danish folk tradition, but the two young musicians also offer a new interpretation of Danish folk influenced by music from various countries and traditions.

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Dunajska Kapelye

on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Join virtuoso jazz violinist Piotr Jordan and his ensemble Dunajska Kapelye on a rip-roaring journey through Eastern Europe - and enjoy everything from the most heart-rending Gypsy ballads to roof-raising Romanian dances. Joined on double bass by Paul Moylan and Tim Karp on guitar - both leading exponents of the Gypsy genre. This promises to be a thrilling and mesmerising evening. Authentic Gypsy and Balkan music to fill the heart and leave you with "a big stupid grin on your face" (Metro)

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Songs Of Cosmotheka And Merrymaker With Dave And Dan Sealey And Adam Barry

on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 8:00pm

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New Roots: Michele Stodart (full Band Show) / Ned Roberts

on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 at London The Old Queens Head;'' 7:30pm

MICHELE STODART: 'A THING OF PERFECTION' FRUK / NED ROBERTS: '..ONE TO GET REALLY EXCITED ABOUT' LAUREN LAVERNE, BBC 6 MUSIC Doors open 7.30 pm. Ned Roberts on stage 8.15 pm sharp. Michele Stodart on stage 9.15 pm sharp. Please note the venue consists of seated and standing areas. Please arrive early to ensure a seat. Nearest tube Angel, 5 mins walk. Over a decade since Mercury-nominated four piece The Magic Numbers landed in the top ten with their double-platinum-selling debut album, Michele Stodart took leave of the band she formed with her brother Romeo, to release her second solo album'Pieces'on 8th July 2016. Released four years after her solo debut, 'Wide-Eyed Crossing', the nine songs that comprise 'Pieces' confirm that, almost by stealth, Michele Stodart has turned into an artist whose work stands up to strong comparison to some of the iconic songwriters that helped shape her outlook. With your first album, explains Michele, It's very much a matter of planting your flag in the ground, assembling the best songs you've got, and saying, 'Here I am.' With this one though, I could start thinking about something more narrated and focus on the storytelling a bit more......There was never a plan to start making solo records, says Michele. But then something happens. The songs you've been writing just for yourself, whilst playing in a completely different band, take on a life of their own. She plays tonight with her full backing band. 'Stodart's solo career..sits in a rich tradition that encompasses such touchstone female performers as Karen Dalton and Judee Sill...Etta James..Alison Moorer [&] Gillian Welch. Pieces may well be the most impressive record she's ever made, with or without brother Romeo and band'. MOJO Magazine 'A thing of perfection' FRUK Website: http://michelestodart.co.uk/ Watch Michele Stodart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8K52RlW3EE Not long after writing his first songs London artist Ned Roberts was discovered by producer Luther Russell (Sarabeth Tucek, Richmond Fontaine, Noah & The Whale) and brought to Los Angeles to record. The pair have since developed a close creative partnership. The first single culled from these sessions was "Red Sun", which featured frequently on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland, and Radio 3 in Spain. On the heels of this came the single "Blues #6", featuring vocals by acclaimed songstress Sarabeth Tucek. The track was championed by Lauren Laverne, Jo Whiley, Gideon Coe, and Huey Morgan on BBC Radio. His debut self-titled album was released to great acclaim in 2014, garnering significant national press, notably from the Guardian and Uncut magazine. Live sessions for BBC Radio London and Bob Harris' Radio 2 show soon followed. No stranger to the road, Ned has toured the UK and Europe extensively, both on his own and as support to Anais Mitchell, Joe Pug, Micah P. Hinson, The Delines and Sarabeth Tucek. In 2017 he released his second album 'Outside My Mind', again with producer Luther Russell at the helm, showcasing a greater confidence in both his material and voice, adding an Americana expanse to the folk foundations of his eponymous debut. Delivered with a poetic turn of phrase, excellent musicianship and a perfectly judged vocal sensibility, Roberts' songs sit comfortably amongst the classics of the Laurel Canyon era. He plays tonight with full band accompaniment. 'Absolutely gorgeous stuff...one to really get excited about' Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music '★★★★' The Guardian 'so gifted, possessing a fine ear for a tune and a real knack for storytelling..stunning'. 8/10 UNCUT 'An understated gem' The Independent on Sunday WATCH NED ROBERTS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdXJHKiQSRk New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk scene. It's committed to providing artists with an environment that is sympathetic to what they do, giving musicians the respect they and their music deserves for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones while artists are performing. Our music policy comes from the kitchen table, the roots of public performance- intimate, acoustic based, high quality musicianship with as little interference between performer and listener as possible. Website: http://www.newrootsevents.com/ New Roots Radio: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioNewRoots/

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Tom Lewis

on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

All aboard for a nautical night! With a repertoire ranging from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring experience (24 years in the Royal Navy), Tom takes us on a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous. He accompanies on button accordion and ukulele but above all it is his clear and powerful voice which entertains.

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Tom Lewis

on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

All aboard for a nautical night! With a repertoire ranging from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring experience (24 years in the Royal Navy), Tom takes us on a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous. He accompanies on button accordion and ukulele but above all it is his clear and powerful voice which entertains.

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Alvin Youngblood Hart - Muscle Theory

on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at Aldershot West End Centre 8:00pm

Venue opens 19.00 Standing tickets

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Steve Knightley

on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre 7:30pm

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Lucky Peterson

on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at Saltaire The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club 7:00pm

Lucky Peterson is the most dangerous triple threat working in the blues. He has gained a reputation as one of the most preeminent performers of the modern era. A searing lead guitarist, fantastic organist, and first-rate vocalist, Lucky's many talents are truly mind-boggling. Peterson is prime-rich in roots but performs in the present, but that's just what one would expect from an artist with Peterson's resumé. His career began when he was just a child. Growing up in Buffalo, NY, Peterson was exposed to music his whole life; his father owned The Governor's Inn, one of the area's most renowned blues clubs. Willie Dixon produced Peterson's first record when he was but five years old, the R&B hit, '1-2-3-4.' This resulted in television appearances for the blues prodigy on such shows as The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and What's My Line. As a teenager he attended Buffalo Academy of Performing Arts before paying dues in the bands of Etta James and Otis Rush. One of the most versatile players working in the blues, Peterson has since performed with a long list of greats, including B.B. King and Albert Collins. His 1993 Verve debut 'I'm Ready', announced the arrival of a new force in the blues, while his 1996 collaboration with the legendary Mavis Staples saw him displaying his gospel chops and influences. Peterson's previous dates also include 1994's 'Beyond Cool', 1996's 'Lifetime', 1997's 'Move' (all on Verve), and 1999's 'Lucky Peterson', his first for Blue Thumb Records.

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Paul Jones & Dave Kelly - From The Blues Band

on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at Stow-on-the-Wold St. Edward's Church 7:30pm

Paul was the original front-man with the group Manfred Mann, and co-composer of the signature tune for Ready, Steady, Go! He was at the forefront of the 60s pop revolution, with million-selling records alongside the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Animals. In 1979 he founded The Blues Band, which helped kick start another boom in Blues music. The band has now recorded about 17 albums, not counting compilations and repackagings.  On radio, Paul worked for five years on the BBC's World Service, and has broadcast on all five BBC Radio networks as musician, DJ, actor, critic and Desert Island Discs castaway; he also contributed a set of questions to Mastermind. The classic pairing with Blues Band acoustic guitarist Dave Kelly has proved a runaway success, and the basis for an extremely cool intimate evening. Free Parking in The Square, Stow after 6PM. Doors open for drinks 6.30PM

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Holywell Music And Folk Presents Xogara

on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at Oxford Holywell Rooms 7:00pm

Holywell Music and Folk was born out of a desire and passion to bring live music to the heart of Oxford. Hailing from Oxford via Galicia,Wales, and the West Country, Xogara bring everything you might expect of an Anglo-Cymraeg- Galego four-piece. These acoustic multi-instrumentalists play with verve and gusto to complement the subtlety to be found in their arrangements of traditional and contemporary music from all over the British Isles, Galicia and beyond. Featuring Jo Hamilton - Flute, Saprano Sax. John Ruddock - Guitar, Bouzouki Vocals. Siriol Davis - Percussion, Oboe Vocals. Mano Panforreteiro - Whistle, Gaita, Pandeireta, Sanding Blocks. The band have a growing reputation for originality and a superb live set, and have just released a new EP. https://xogara.bandcamp.com/

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Rosa Rebecka & Friends

on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at Barnstaple The Plough @ St Anne's 7:30pm

Acclaimed Swedish singer/songwriter Rosa Rebecka returns to St Anne's with an evening of acoustic music to delight the ears. Her haunting voice is joined by the lush harmonies of singers from The Resonance, a group of promising young vocalists from North Devon. We are delighted to be presenting live events in this beautiful Grade One listed former chapel in the heart of Barnstaple. There are only 55 seats available so book early. Due to the design of the building there is currently no access for wheelchair users. Bar available.

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The Fobo Jug Band

on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This show is taking place in "THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE". Unfortunately there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 8.30pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE... Hosting the best of early Blues & Jazz... The FoBo Jug Band are a ragtime country-blues outfit sure to get your feet stomping. With one foot firmly routed in the sounds of the Mississippi, these three talented young men will hypnotise you with their guitar, piano, harp and washboard melodies of old.

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Tom Kitching & Zoe Mulford

on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at Guildford Institute 7:45pm

Tom Kitching has appeared at the club several times before, in a duo with Gren Bartley and as a member of Pilgrim's Way, and now returns with American Singer Songwriter Zoe Mulford. Raised near Philadelphia, Zoe took up the guitar and fell in love with the banjo during a twelve-year stint in Durham, North Carolina. Four years in Washington, DC introduced her to the community of contemporary songwriters and in 2006 she moved to the north of England. She invited Tom, described by Rock'n'Reel Magazine as "In the first rank of English fiddlers", to play on her latest album and the duo was formed.

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Tom Kitching & Zoe Mulford

on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at Guildford Institute 7:45pm

Tom Kitching has appeared at the club several times before, in a duo with Gren Bartley and as a member of Pilgrim's Way, and now returns with American Singer Songwriter Zoe Mulford. Raised near Philadelphia, Zoe took up the guitar and fell in love with the banjo during a twelve-year stint in Durham, North Carolina. Four years in Washington, DC introduced her to the community of contemporary songwriters and in 2006 she moved to the north of England. She invited Tom, described by Rock'n'Reel Magazine as "In the first rank of English fiddlers", to play on her latest album and the duo was formed.

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Anna Coogan

on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at High Wycombe Secret venue 7:00pm

ANNA COOGAN MAKES HER FIRST VISIT TO KINGSMEAD HOUSE CONCERTS TO PROMOTE HER LATEST RELEASE . THE LONELY CRY OF SPACE & TIME.

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The Bar Steward Sons Of Val Doonican.

on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7:30pm

Hailing from Barnsley Rock City in t'North, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are on a mission! Determined to follow in their spiritual father's immortal footsteps and keep his legacy alive, they have a talent for Bar-Stewardizing other famous people's songs with new comedy lyrics, on acoustic geetar, ukulele, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, keyboard and kazoo. To complete their squeaky-clean image, estranged brothers Scott, Björn and Alan have become instantly recognisable for their immaculate hair and their stylish choice of knitwear. The Bar-Steward Sons have, in their 11 year history played over 800 side-splitting shows and have brought smiles and belly-laughs to audiences across the UK; from Barnsley to Barnstaple, from Glasgow to Glastonbury. They continue to wow audiences with a fine selection of their greatest hits, including the likes of Jump Ararnd, Tarnlife, The Lady In Greggs, "Nandos", Fight For Your Pint, "Bono Bloody Bono", "Since You've Been Ron", "She's From Dodworth", "Walking In Manpiss" and If I Could Punch A Face It'd Be Justin Bieber's.

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Saskia Griffiths Moore

on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at London The Harrison Bar 7:30pm

Three friends sing in harmony, play each others instruments and swap jokes on stage as they launch Saskia Griffiths-Moore's new album, 'Strange Rivers', from the cosy, well known, folk and roots venue, The Harrison, near Kings Cross on Fri Jan 26th from 7:30pm. With an emphasis on improvisation and creativity, Saskia, a young, London based singer-songwriter, is returning to the venue for the fourth time, bringing her all-star acoustic alt-folk trio featuring Lukas Drinkwater (Emily Barker, Tobias Ben Jacob) and Jack Cookson (BBC R2 Young Folk Award Finalist) for a night of celebration, friendship, music and a limited number of cringeworthy puns. After launching her third album in London in October and touring it both nationally and internationally, Saskia didn't skip a beat, and started working on this project. Her newest recording, 'Strange Rivers', was crowdfunded in November in three days, and is a testament to her popularity, and the strength of her international fanbase. The CD is a collection of songs that were consistently requested by those fans and recorded specifically for them...Hallelujah, House Of The Rising Sun, May You Never etc. Both Lukas and Jack feature on the album, as well as BBC Radio 2 multi award winning fiddle player, Ciaran Algar. She will be performing that repertoire as well as her original material, with solo support slots from Lukas Drinkwater and Jack Cookson respectively. The new CD 'Strange Rivers' can be pre-ordered at: www.saskiagm.com/shop.

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Martin Simpson - Trails And Tribulations

on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at Teddington Landmark Arts Centre 8:00pm

DOORS OPEN 7.15PM FOR A PERFORMANCE START OF 8PM World renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson released his 20th solo album 'Trails & Tribulations' in late 2017. A guitarist of formidable talent, he has been recognised as one of the world's finest fingerstyle guitarists and a master of both acoustic and slide guitar. Equally at home playing English and American folk, blues and his own compositions, his solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game. One of the virtuoso instrumentalists of the English music scene - The Guardian.

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Martin Simpson - Trails And Tribulations

on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at Teddington Landmark Arts Centre 8:00pm

DOORS OPEN 7.15PM FOR A PERFORMANCE START OF 8PM World renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson released his 20th solo album 'Trails & Tribulations' in late 2017. A guitarist of formidable talent, he has been recognised as one of the world's finest fingerstyle guitarists and a master of both acoustic and slide guitar. Equally at home playing English and American folk, blues and his own compositions, his solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game. One of the virtuoso instrumentalists of the English music scene - The Guardian.

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Burns Night

on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at London Mycenae House 7:00pm

Burns Night Special with Live Ceilidh Music, Dancing, Piping the Haggis, Haggis Supper and much more.

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Martin Stephenson

on Sat, 27 Jan 2018 at Retford St Saviour's Community Centre 7:00pm

Doors open : 19.00 First half : 19.45 - ish Pies and peas : 20.30 - ish Second half : 21.00 - ish Bring your own drinks of choice

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Martin Stephenson

on Sat, 27 Jan 2018 at Retford St Saviour's Community Centre 7:00pm

Doors open : 19.00 First half : 19.45 - ish Pies and peas : 20.30 - ish Second half : 21.00 - ish Bring your own drinks of choice

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Blue Rose Code

on Sat, 27 Jan 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 7:30pm

Edinburgh born Ross Wilson spent his creative formative years in East London, then moved to South England to be by the sea's energy but it is in his homecoming that he has found where his heart is. Life wasn't always simple for Wilson. I have swapped one type of chaos for another says Wilson.

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Andreas Tophøj And Rune Barslund

on Sat, 27 Jan 2018 at Reeth Memorial Hall 8:00pm

Andreas Tophøj and Rune Barslund are two accomplished young Danish musicians, performing on violin, accordion and viola to produce a sound closely linked to the Danish folk tradition but influenced by music from various countries and traditions. Inspired by periods living in Ireland and the USA and from encounters with Celtic and Nordic musicians and musical cultures, their repertoire mainly features original compositions and is distinguished by high levels of musical and technical skill as well as captivating ensemble playing. The duo emerged from the vibrant folk scene formed around the Academy of Music in Odense and are also known from other bands such as ZAR, Kasír and Basco. Their track, 'The Danish Immigrant' was awarded track of the year at the Danish Music Awards Folk in 2012. Armed with violin, viola, piano, accordion and whistle, the music was carefully crafted and professionally delivered with the ease of a duo who have been working together for years and years (www.folkatthefroize.co.uk); 'If you are looking for something fresh, something to make your music a little less predictable, there's enough spice on this Danish to keep you sweet for months.' (Seán Laffey, Irish Music Magazine); 'With these five moving pieces the artists have created a musical gem' (Bernd Münzer, Folker) Doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm start.

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Andreas Tophøj And Rune Barslund

on Sat, 27 Jan 2018 at Reeth Memorial Hall 8:00pm

Andreas Tophøj and Rune Barslund are two accomplished young Danish musicians, performing on violin, accordion and viola to produce a sound closely linked to the Danish folk tradition but influenced by music from various countries and traditions. Inspired by periods living in Ireland and the USA and from encounters with Celtic and Nordic musicians and musical cultures, their repertoire mainly features original compositions and is distinguished by high levels of musical and technical skill as well as captivating ensemble playing. The duo emerged from the vibrant folk scene formed around the Academy of Music in Odense and are also known from other bands such as ZAR, Kasír and Basco. Their track, 'The Danish Immigrant' was awarded track of the year at the Danish Music Awards Folk in 2012. Armed with violin, viola, piano, accordion and whistle, the music was carefully crafted and professionally delivered with the ease of a duo who have been working together for years and years (www.folkatthefroize.co.uk); 'If you are looking for something fresh, something to make your music a little less predictable, there's enough spice on this Danish to keep you sweet for months.' (Seán Laffey, Irish Music Magazine); 'With these five moving pieces the artists have created a musical gem' (Bernd Münzer, Folker) Doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm start.

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Mandolin Orange

on Sat, 27 Jan 2018 at Manchester Gullivers 8:00pm

Manchester debut for acclaimed bluegrass duo. Please note this is a standing show.

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Holy Moly And The Crackers

on Sat, 27 Jan 2018 at Macclesfield Mottram Village Hall 7:15pm

Mottram Village Hall, Wilmslow Old Rd, Mottram St.Andrew, Macclesfield SK10 4QP

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Dom Pipkin

on Sat, 27 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This show is taking place in "THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE". Unfortunately there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.30pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE... Hosting the best of early Blues & Jazz... Playing the piano since childhood, Dom Pipkin studied at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of music in London, but found his restless spirit drove him to playing with jazz and blues bands as a more practical education. He travelled the world with Errol Linton's Blues Vibe, discovering the New Orleans piano sound of Dr John and Professor Longhair along the way. He has played and studied in New Orleans many times with Jon Cleary, and opened up on the piano for Dr John in 2006, and for Screamin' Jay Hawkins in 1998. He has recorded as a session player on many albums, including with David Byrne, Ray Davies from the Kinks, Cornershop, and Morcheeba on their million selling 'Big Calm' album. He has played solo piano for film director legend Stanley Kubrik, and ran a successful New Orleans music night at the world famous Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London for two years with many great guest musicians visiting. He is widely accepted one of the best interpreters of New Orleans piano in the UK, writes about and promotes New Orleans music, and leads the band 'Dom & The Iko's', current favourites on the international festival and blues circuit, holds down a couple of London piano residencies, and was until recently Musical Director for British international pop sensation Paloma Faith, with countless TV, radio, and live appearances throughout the globe.

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Ben Waters

on Sat, 27 Jan 2018 at Manningtree Red Lion 8:00pm

We are pleased to welcome the king of boogie-woogie back to the Red Lion with special guests Back Porch. Doors open at 8pm with the music starting at 8.15pm.

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Zoe Mulford & Tom Kitching @ Shammick Acoustic

on Sat, 27 Jan 2018 at Combe Martin The Pack o' Cards 7:30pm

Neither of these artists is a stranger to the club, Zoe having been an Open Night featured artist, and Tom being the archetypal musical tart, performing at Shammick Acoustic with both Gren Bartley and Gavin Davenport. This, however, is a new collaboration, formed in the making of Zoe's fifth album, 'Small Brown Birds'. Hailing originally from Philadelphia, Zoe has lived in several areas of the United States, taking up guitar, banjo and songwriting in her progress, moving to the north of England in 2006. She charms her audiences with powerful, story-driven songs, an engaging stage presence and a laid-back vocal style. Tom plays fiddle and mandolin, but is particularly known for the former, of which he is an absolute master. He has a unique, vibrant style full of exuberance, energy and wit, yet capable of expressing extraordinary emotional depth. According to Mike Harding, he is one of the best English fiddlers ever! Combine that accompanying ability with a brilliant, highly original songwriter who delivers her music with warmth, sincerity and a bit of a twinkle, and you have the recipe for a fantastic first concert of the year!

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Mark Harrison With Charlie Benfield

on Sat, 27 Jan 2018 at Brixham Theatre 7:30pm

Mark Harrison with Charlie Benfield - Saturday 27 January 2018 7.30 pm Mark Harrison has established a reputation for making a unique kind of all-original music, based on the style of the early blues and folk/blues artists, with a modern twist. His highly individual music, with its memorable tunes, striking lyrics and strong and compelling rhythms, is reflected in his recently released fifth album,' Turpentine.' Mark is a rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style. His songs will move you, make you think and make you smile, tapping into the timeless quality of 'old' music to produce new music relevant to today. 'one of the British Isles' great blues singers and guitarists . totally and absolutely original' Mike Harding ''really excellent he takes very real things, normal things that happen in life, and he writes about them in a way that makes you think afresh about them' Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2 wonderful rootsy blues .. innovative' Jazz FM 'singular lyrics an original take on song writing' Blues in Britain 'Mark Harrison has been creating something of a stir . bringing a modern outlook to a traditional style, he is building a loyal and wide fan base.' Blues Matters 'while all the songs feel as though they could be rooted in the past they are contemporary and spark of truth' Music News 'songs that are as unique as they are original' bluesblues Charles Benfield is a brilliant and much admired double bass player, with fine vocals and the lynchpin of the duo. He produced, mixed and mastered the first three albums by the Mark Harrison Band. £12 Advance (£15 on the door if available)

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Lucy Farrell

on Sat, 27 Jan 2018 at Dilwyn St Marys Church 7:30am

2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Lucy Farrell is at last embarking on the solo career so many have been hoping for, since first hearing her exquisite renditions of traditional ballads and quietly moving original songs. As one fourth of The Furrow Collective, Lucy is the current recipient of the Best Group prize following the release of their widely acclaimed Wild Hog LP, earned during an immensely busy and creative time in which she contributed to the raved about return to form that was the Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band's Big Machine album and tour, and also saw her final shows with the Emily Portman Trio with whom she'd sung, sawed and played viola for many years. An inveterate collaborator, the news that Lucy is to take centre stage in her own right comes as a welcome surprise to all those who've been entranced by her haunting and quintessentially English voice, subtle and instinctive musicianship and her ability to connect emotionally with an audience while adhering to the great Shirley Collins' adage that in folk music the singer should never get in the way of the song. Lucy Farrell first enchanted fans of traditional music when she began performing as a duo with fellow Newcastle Folk Degree graduate Jonny Kearney. Invited to become the regular opening act for The Unthanks, Lucy & Jonny's blend of wry and lovelorn tales with exquisite interpretations of English, Scottish and American ballads saw them frequently outselling the headline act at the CD stall. As well as Lucy's fruitful partnership with singer and songwriter Emily Portman and the award winning harpist and singer Rachel Newton, she has also written, performed and recorded with numerous bands and projects including Dark Northumbrian, Gluepot, a star-studded live tribute to Norma Waterson, and also formed her own group Ogres. Although she's rejected the conventional career path, Lucy has become one of the most in demand musicians and vocalists on the young folk scene. Signed to the impressively visionary Hudson Records, Lucy Farrell has returned to the traditional folk songs that have remained at the heart of everything she's done. These are the ballads that inspire her own compositions, but in their own handed-down beauty and strangeness tell fantastical stories beyond our imaginations. And in her voice they bewitch anew.

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Songwriters In The Round - Charlie Dore + Jack Henderson + Blair Dunlop

on Sun, 28 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. -------- SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND Nashville style Songwriters Circle, with some of UK's most exciting singer songwriters... CHARLIE DORE Dark Matteran amazingly astute, moving, intelligent and connected songwritera voice like Kate McGarrigle meets Dory Previn. Wonderful. - Mike Harding Charlie Dore is one of the UK's most respected songwriters. In an unusually diverse career her songs have won two Ascap awards, an Ivor Novello nomination, both the Overall Grand and the Folk Prize from the International Acoustic Music Awards and Best Album Lyrics from the US Indie Acoustic Project. She has also worked as an actress in theatre, film and tv and co-founded London Comedy Impro venue, The Hurricane Club, which ran for 7 years. While her own albums favour her more eclectic/roots leanings, she is one of a handful of UK writers to achieve success across many genres, defined by the range of artists to have recorded her songs, including Tina Turner, George Harrison, Celine Dion, Lisa Stansfield, Paul Carrack, Ricky Ross and Jimmy Nail, notching up along the way a UK No 1, a US No 4 and Top10 hits in Italy, Germany and France. She has also composed for three BBC drama series and two films. Charlie released her 9th album, Dark Matter in 2017 and is currently touring the UK with long-time collaborater Julian Littman. She still enjoys writing for and with other artists and also mentors emerging songwriters when she's not touring. 'A songwriter of exceptional talentwhat singles Dore out from the rest is her lyrics. One of the UK's most original talents.' - Rock&Reel JACK HENDERSON There's an ageless quality to Jack Henderson's songwriting, reminiscent of Leonard Cohen's wittier moments, or even early Tom Waits in his barfly-poet persona' - Clash Magazine 'Henderson is a crooner and a rocker, a romantic and a raconteur singing dark, moody songs' - Maverick Henderson has the travelled air of a Jack Kerouac: born in Scotland, brought up in Portsmouth and London before heading west. As well as performing his own material during his years in the States Henderson toured and recorded extensively with Americana band Over The Rhine, rootsy Canadian outfit Cowboy Junkies and shared stages with the likes of Buddy Miller, Sarah Mclachlan and Ron Sexsmith. Henderson's latest studio album, This Daring Light, was recorded in New York with Patti Smith's producer and bass player, Tony Shanahan and features contributions from Marc Ribot, (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan, Paul Simon), Jon Graboff (Ryan Adams, Sheryl Crow). However, as Jack is keen to point out - 'The most important thing remains the song. That's what has to stand up. If it doesn't everything else is a waste of time'. BLAIR DUNLOP Blair Dunlop, the award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist, has now released 3 albums 2 ep's and toured widely around the globe.  All of this in a short 4-year career is astounding alone but what sets Blair apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes.  His third album 'Gilded' was released in May 2016 on his own label Gilded Wings and was widely acclaimed gaining BBC Radio 2 Playlist status for the two single releases ('The Egoist' and '356') both of which were remixed by Ed Harcourt.  Prior to this Blair released his acclaimed album 'House Of Jacks' in mid 2014 which lived up to the promise of his 2012 debut 'Blight and Blossom' (the quality of which contributed to his winning the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award).  Blair has now cemented his place as one of Britain's most exciting talents to come from the folk scene. The Guardian stated that the 'House Of Jacks' proves Blair is 'an increasingly adventurous songwriter', Uncut reviewed it as 'thoughtful and exploratory', The Independent on Sunday described it as 'fluent, lamentory and accomplished' while Q Magazine wrote that House of Jacks is 'an exciting glimpse of where traditional folk might go The busy crowdis testament to Dunlop's talents.  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 2014

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Sarah Mcquaid

on Sun, 28 Jan 2018 at Canterbury The Black Robin Inn 6:00pm

Doors 6pm for 6.30pm start Tickets £12 online £13 cash or cheque in advance £14 on the door The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved, writes guitar legend Michael Chapman in his introduction to Sarah McQuaid's fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous which he offered to produce after meeting Sarah at a festival where they were both on the bill. Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah's also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: I've attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever, wrote The Huffington Post. Born in Madrid (to a Spanish father and an American mother), raised in Chicago and now living in Cornwall, Sarah McQuaid was taught piano and guitar by her folk-singing mother and from the age of twelve was embarking on tours of the US and Canada with the Chicago Children's Choir. She moved to Ireland in 1994, working as a music journalist and magazine editor. In 2007, she re-released her 1997 debut solo album, When Two Lovers Meet, and launched her solo career with a performance on Irish national television. Recently dubbed guitar queen by one festival organiser, Sarah is also known for her use of the DADGAD tuning. She is the author of The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, described by The Irish Times as a godsend to aspiring traditional guitarists, with a follow-­‐up book on the way that will focus on DADGAD song accompaniment. She regularly presents workshops on the DADGAD tuning (as well as on songwriting, tour booking and more) at festivals, music schools and venues around the globe. Sarah was just fantastic, she had a sold out audience captivated from start to finish at Ards Arts Centre, Co. Down. A beautiful voice and technically accomplished player. Emily Crawford, Ards Arts Centre, Northern Ireland

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Alden, Patterson & Dashwood

on Sun, 28 Jan 2018 at Bristol The Folk House 7:30pm

Norwich based folk / Americana trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self- penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home. "It's lovely stuff" Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show 2016 "Something of enormous promise" Songlines "Talented and poetic triumvirate" - R2 www.aldenpattersonanddashwood.com

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Robb Johnson At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 28 Jan 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

One of the best songwriters working in this country today. Robb's songs range from the political to the nostalgic to the romantic to the hilarious. He's a superb live performer too. He is currently working on a new project "Ordinary Giants" about his father and the generation who came home from World War Two to build the welfare state. We're looking forward to hearing a few songs from the project and maybe even meeting a special guest too. 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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Robb Johnson At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 28 Jan 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

One of the best songwriters working in this country today. Robb's songs range from the political to the nostalgic to the romantic to the hilarious. He's a superb live performer too. He is currently working on a new project "Ordinary Giants" about his father and the generation who came home from World War Two to build the welfare state. We're looking forward to hearing a few songs from the project and maybe even meeting a special guest too. 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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Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker + Support

on Sun, 28 Jan 2018 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45pm

In 2018 Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker will be performing less often as an acoustic duo while concentrating on a larger ensemble sound. We're delighted to welcome them back to TwickFolk (though when they appeared previously we had to abandon Twickenham for Brentford due to a rugby international) Josienne & Ben began their musical partnership in 2010 with the release of Our Light Is Gone, a delicately arranged and deeply melancholic set that recalled folk icons like Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, and Joni Mitchell. Though that album was credited to Clarke alone, it served to introduce Walker as her collaborator, arranger, and accompanist. With 2012's Homemade Heartache EP, the now evenly billed duo established themselves in the U.K. folk scene, drawing critical praise and earning the Isambard Folk Award and the FATEA Female Vocalist of the Year Award. Fire & Fortune, their debut album, arrived in 2013, followed by more accolades for their mix of originals and traditional fare that also mixed in tones of Americana and classical. Arriving in 2014, the chamber folk offering Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour shone further light on Walker's rich arrangements and Clarke's sweet, bell-like vocals. In 2016, the duo signed with Rough Trade, which quickly issued Through the Clouds, an EP that introduced subtle textures into the duo's sound. The EP also acted as a teaser for their fourth LP, Overnight, which appeared in October of that year. In Ocober they released an EP 'Birds' which is descibed as "deliberately dark, melancholic and ever so slightly sinister in places...."

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Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker + Support

on Sun, 28 Jan 2018 at Twickenham Cabbage Patch Pub 7:45pm

In 2018 Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker will be performing less often as an acoustic duo while concentrating on a larger ensemble sound. We're delighted to welcome them back to TwickFolk (though when they appeared previously we had to abandon Twickenham for Brentford due to a rugby international) Josienne & Ben began their musical partnership in 2010 with the release of Our Light Is Gone, a delicately arranged and deeply melancholic set that recalled folk icons like Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, and Joni Mitchell. Though that album was credited to Clarke alone, it served to introduce Walker as her collaborator, arranger, and accompanist. With 2012's Homemade Heartache EP, the now evenly billed duo established themselves in the U.K. folk scene, drawing critical praise and earning the Isambard Folk Award and the FATEA Female Vocalist of the Year Award. Fire & Fortune, their debut album, arrived in 2013, followed by more accolades for their mix of originals and traditional fare that also mixed in tones of Americana and classical. Arriving in 2014, the chamber folk offering Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour shone further light on Walker's rich arrangements and Clarke's sweet, bell-like vocals. In 2016, the duo signed with Rough Trade, which quickly issued Through the Clouds, an EP that introduced subtle textures into the duo's sound. The EP also acted as a teaser for their fourth LP, Overnight, which appeared in October of that year. In Ocober they released an EP 'Birds' which is descibed as "deliberately dark, melancholic and ever so slightly sinister in places...."

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Mandolin Orange

on Mon, 29 Jan 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 7:30pm

Amazing bluegrass duo return to the Greystones

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Michele And Romeo Stodart Present.....

on Mon, 29 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. -------- After the resounding success of their residency at Green Note last year, Mercury Prize nominees The Magic Numbers' brother and sister Romeo and Michele Stodart, return to host another series of dates, featuring special guests and friends that they've played with over the years... The evening will feature performances from the hosts, plus special guests - TBA. These nights usually sell out well in advance, so we recommend buying your tickets now! This aims to be an evening with a real touch of magic!

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Tyler Childers

on Mon, 29 Jan 2018 at Brighton Komedia 7:30pm

One Inch Badge presents Tyler Childers + Support Komedia (Studio) Monday 29th January £11adv 19:30

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John Ward Trio

on Mon, 29 Jan 2018 at Croydon Ruskin House 8:00pm

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John Ward Trio

on Mon, 29 Jan 2018 at Croydon Ruskin House 8:00pm

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100 Club Tuesday Blues Ft. Aynsley Lister

on Tue, 30 Jan 2018 at London 100 Club 7:15pm

With his hard hitting rhythms and guitar work reminiscent of a young Clapton, Lister is one of very few artists playing blues-infused rock with a modern edge - heartfelt, soul searching and full of fine song-writing played with both passion and vitality. Fresh from his richly deserved accolade as "Guitarist of the Year" in the British Blues Awards and straight out of the studio, Aynsley Lister is back on tour armed with his brand new studio album. This is a show not to be missed! An absolute masterclass in art of guitar playing with immense touch, technique and tone. - Nigel Foster Superb - The Times

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Mandolin Orange

on Tue, 30 Jan 2018 at Nottingham The Running Horse 7:30pm

Brilliant US bluegrass duo play Nottingham's home of real music for the first time

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Calum Stewart Quartet

on Tue, 30 Jan 2018 at London Heath Street Church 7:30pm

A leading Uilleann Piper, Calum Stewart's powerful and lyrical playing style is rooted in the traditional music of his native northern Scotland. His distinct music voice has been developed through collaborations within the Scottish, Irish and Breton traditions. An astounding Uilleann Piper Music that runs as pure as a Highland stream. ACOUSTIC Magazine. Calum's Wooden Flute is endlessly expressive, with wondrously flexible intonation and a driving rhythmic style. Add flawless technique in three octaves, and a composing talent to boot: this is a rare and precious combination. Irish Music Magazine. Bright, forthright playing on the Uilleann Pipes and passionate mobility on the flute. Glasgow Sunday Herald. Prodigious flute playing. The Living Tradition.

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Martin Carthy

on Tue, 30 Jan 2018 at Stowmarket John Peel Centre for Creative Arts 7:30pm

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed 'Originals' music documentary strand on BBC 2) - there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn't played. He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic. Lifetime Achievement Award BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 "Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all" - Q Magazine "Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers." - The Telegraph This event is part of Independent Venue Week, 29th Jan to 4th Feb. Please note that this is a seated event, with seats unallocated (though all with a good view).

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Swarb! It Suits Him Well. Official Tribute Tour

on Wed, 31 Jan 2018 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath 7:15pm

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Megson

on Wed, 31 Jan 2018 at Manchester St Paul's Church Withington 7:00pm

M E G S O N 'Simply Brilliant' The Sunday Express 'A force in the folk revival' Neil Spencer The Observer 'The most original duo on the British folk scene.' Robin Denslow The Guardian Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music. The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it 'if you don't like the music here then you have a problem' Summer 2016 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album GOOD TIMES WILL COME AGAIN gaining them much critical acclaim. One of the most original political folk sets of the year. Ewan MacColl would have been impressed. said The Guardian. Relevant, thought-provoking songs that would make Woody Guthrie proud said Acoustic Magazine. While folk broadcasting legend Mike Harding described it as One of the top albums of 2016.. And during all this time, Stu even managed to be involved with other artists producing & recording award winning music for SHOW OF HANDS, KELLY OLIVER, LUCY WARD, FAUSTUS, THE WILLOWS, SAM KELLY & THE YOUNG'UNS.

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Sadie Jemmett - Album Launch

on Wed, 31 Jan 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8.30pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. -------- Sadie Jemmett Live At The Green Note Back in July 2017 British singer-songwriter Sadie Jemmett played one of her favourite London venues The Green Note in Camden. It was a hot summer night and Sadie played an electrifying gig to a packed and appreciative audience, showcasing new songs from her next studio album as well as favourites from her last two albums, The Blacksmith's Girl (2013) and London Love Songs (2015). For those that missed her concert in July, Sadie recorded her set and will release Sadie Jemmett Live at The Green Note with a very special return to the London venue on Wednesday 31 January 2018. Apart from select shows and festival appearances, Sadie has been busy in her home studio for most of 2017 writing material for her new album, theatre and film. The live album launch night promises to be a wonderful return to The Green Note and the start of a busy period for Sadie and early booking is highly recommended.

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Johnny Dowd And Melle De Boer

on Wed, 31 Jan 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 7:30pm

If two people mine the same territory long enough, they'll eventually meet. Johnny Dowd and Melle de Boer have been digging deep into the human soul for a long time. Like Orpheus, they go to the underworld and make beautiful songs about their journeys. Now their journeys are coming together in a collaborative performance. They will tour the Benelux and the UK as a double bill in January and February 2018. They'll play their songsold songs, new songs. It won't be a sleepy singer-songwriter night. It will be electric, chaotic, hard and ugly, soft and beautiful. They'll combine their individual stories to provide a new, unforgettable, and unique performance. They'll each do a set of their own songs, then together they will perform a set of traditional songs interpreted in an unconventional way. Behind the music will be visualsdrawings, photos.

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Lucy Farrell

on Wed, 31 Jan 2018 at Aldershot West End Centre 8:00pm

2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Lucy Farrell is at last embarking on the solo career so many have been hoping for, since first hearing her exquisite renditions of traditional ballads and quietly moving original songs. An inveterate collaborator, the news that Lucy is to take centre stage in her own right comes as a welcome surprise to all those who've been entranced by her haunting and quintessentially English voice, subtle and instinctive musicianship and her ability to connect emotionally with an audience while adhering to the great Shirley Collins' adage that in folk music the singer should never get in the way of the song.

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Teddy Thompson

on Wed, 31 Jan 2018 at Lyme Regis Marine Theatre 7:30pm

Son of legendary folk musicians Linda and Richard Thompson, Teddy is an acclaimed singer-songwriter with a career that has consistently attracted critical praise. His music is part folk and part pop. The New York Times calls his work beautifully finessed. Teddy released his first, self titled album in 2000. In 2002, Thompson played a key role in drawing his mother out of a 17-year musical retirement to record her landmark disc Fashionably Late, which he played on and co-produced. In 2008, Thompson released the upbeat and highly acclaimed, A Piece of What You Need, which was declared one of this year's best by The Guardian and debuted at #9 in the UK's pop charts. A fifth album, Bella, was released February 2011 to much acclaim and led to touring the world with Elton John among other things. In 2014 Thompson gathered his musical clan to release Family, one of the folk records of the year which garnered a multi page, in depth piece from The New York Times. This is an unusual opportunity to hear Teddy Thompson perform in a small venue. Teddy Thompson Wednesday 31 January 2018, 1930 £15 advance / £17 on the door Tickets from marinetheatre.com or TIC on 01297 442138 Booking Fee May Apply

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Devines At The Harrison

on Thu, 1 Feb 2018 at London The Harrison Bar 7:30pm

DEVINES play an intimate show in the Basement at the wonderful Harrison, near Kingscross, London

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Eduardo Niebla

on Thu, 1 Feb 2018 at Great Torrington The Plough Arts Centre 7:30pm

If you don't know the stunning guitar playing of Eduardo Niebla, you're in for a treat. The virtuoso Spanish guitarist makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers; brilliant flamenco jazz fusion, full of passion and verve.

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Songdog

on Thu, 1 Feb 2018 at Leicester The Musician 8:00pm

Songdog is a vehicle for the songs of Lyndon Morgans (from Blackwood in South Wales) with accompaniment from Karl Woodward (guitar/banjo/mandolin), Dave Paterson (drums/accordion) and Jasper Salmon (violin). Songdog's latest album "Joy Street" has four star reviews from Mojo, Maverick and the Mirror as well as a 9/10 from Americana UK amongst others. Best described as "folk noir" Songdog make powerful emotional music that cuts to the heart like no other band. "Dylan Thomas meets Ray Davies backed by The Waterboys" - Uncut.

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Clive Carroll

on Thu, 1 Feb 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

A welcome return by this virtuoso acoustic guitarist with his joyfully eclectic repertoire: everything from 16th century lute music to jazz standards, delta blues, Irish reels and his own ground-breaking compositions, and with his main instrument a Ralph Bown model made right here in York! NOTE that instead of floor singers tonight we have a support set by touring American duo, songwriter Brigid Kaelin & banjo legend Steve Cooley.

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Clive Carroll

on Thu, 1 Feb 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

A welcome return by this virtuoso acoustic guitarist with his joyfully eclectic repertoire: everything from 16th century lute music to jazz standards, delta blues, Irish reels and his own ground-breaking compositions, and with his main instrument a Ralph Bown model made right here in York! NOTE that instead of floor singers tonight we have a support set by touring American duo, songwriter Brigid Kaelin & banjo legend Steve Cooley.

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Marie Danielle

on Thu, 1 Feb 2018 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7:30pm

Marie Danielle is an indie folk singer-songwriter from Harrisburg, PA who now calls the road home after a few years each in NYC and LA. Her dark and clever songwriting connects to audiences with its naked honesty about love, loss and addiction. Within a year of her first live show, Marie was touring throughout the US and Europe. Before her debut record was even released, her song 'One of My Kind' was featured on an episode of Showtime's series 'Billions.' Marie had played her songs in private until a brush with death in a violent domestic relationship lent her the courage to reach out to an artist she greatly admires, Simone Felice. Marie sent her demos to this founding member of the internationally acclaimed Catskill Mountain based Felice Brothers, whose seminal self-titled album remains one of the most influential works of this century's indie folk revival. Simone and Marie started a cross country collaboration when he recognized the magic of her track 'Tinseltown'. Soon after, Marie and her friend Christian Wargo, of the folk band Fleet Foxes, left LA for Woodstock, NY to begin recording with Simone and his production partner David Baron. What started as an EP grew into a full-length record Hustler, featuring Felice, Wargo and even the original lineup of The Felice Brothers who back Marie up for the first single 'Soldier', a travelling song to which they lend their swagger. Hustler, which has been called 'Intoxicating' (AXS.com) and 'Spectacular' (Ear to The Ground Music) also includes a cinematic cover of Conor Oberst's 'White Shoes'. Hustler got people paying attention. Marie is currently recording her second album at Matt Patton's (Drive-By Truckers, Dexateens) Dial Back Sound. She is working closely with co-owner Bronson Tew who will co-produce the album with Marie. The forthcoming release will be a departure in sound and style from her earlier work. Marie assembled a band using members from the Jackson, MS band Young Valley and the end result is something bigger and darker than Hustler. http://mariedaniellemusic.com/ soundcloud.com/marie_danielle https://www.facebook.com/MarieDanielleMusic/ twitter.com/marie_d_music https://www.instagram.com/mariedaniellemusic/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcObuUcA_sVxbjr38k_umcg/videos Alfredo Salvati Italian born, South American rooted storyteller based in London, singing to the world. Started his career trying to get some sound out of a cheap Magyar red guitar found in a second hand shop in a village South of Rome. Introduced to the great 60s and 70s international music by his mother, introduced to sophisticated Italian pop by his father, the result is a strange mix you might want to check out. Started studying music at 10 taking piano, guitar, singing and composing lessons at the local music school. Moved to London a few years ago to pursue a music career and to open up to new influences and sounds. In London he started a new singer songwriter project called Colourshop and together with his brother he released multiple albums and EP participated to festivals (Ventnor Festival, The Great Escape) and 2 UK Tours. He also has an extensive international experience having played in Russia, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Latvia, Belgium, France, Denmark, US while promoting his project. Thanks to the constant releases of new songs and fan engagement across the world he managed to reach more than 2 million plays on Spotify. The latest EP - Square One has been released the 1st of February 2017 on all main digital stores and in a limited signed number of physical copies. The EP contains the single Laura in double version (English and Spanish). Life is full of colours, pick yours. http://www.colourshopmusic.com/ https://www.youtube.com/colourshopmusic

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Kaia Kater

on Fri, 2 Feb 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 7:30pm

One of the youngest performers in the Canadian old-time and folk communities, this 22 year-old plays the banjo, dances, sings and has her own unique take on Appalachian and Canadian folk music. Kaia is an eclectic traditionalist, having quickly gained the attention as one of the most promising young performers in the North American folk world.

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Swarb! It Suits Him Well With Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Jason Wilson Band & Simon Swarbrick.

on Fri, 2 Feb 2018 at Maldon Town Hall 8:00pm

SWARB! It Suits Him Well is a touring tribute by minstrel friends coming together to celebrate the great man and his music. His dear pals, Folk legend, Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick and the Reggae artist Jason Wilson and his band will be joined by fiddling protégé and nephew, Simon Swarbrick (plus some very special guests along the way). The evening will cover the legacy that is Swarb's immense catalogue: from his Folk traditions with Beryl Marriott to the BBC Radio Ballads (Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, A.L.L.Loyd), Ian Campbell Folk Group, to the groundbreaking duo of Carthy & Swarbrick, the golden years of Fairport Convention and work from his blazing red collaborations with the late Singer/Songwriter Alister Hulett. His last greatest musical adventure was with the sensational Canadian Jason Wilson Band, which produced two studio albums with Swarb. The latest 'Kailyard Tales' is a glorious finale between Wilson and Swarbrick in their full pomp and swagger and will be launched exclusively on this tour! Honoured to be hosting this in Maldon, organisers macTheatre invite you to be part of the Wake of all Wakes and a night to remember in salute to a national treasure: SWARB!

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Red Tail Ring

on Fri, 2 Feb 2018 at Saltaire The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club 7:00pm

Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring create lush, intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and close harmonies. 'The very best of the 21st century's minimalist and highly original folk music . . . a peerless duo.' American Roots UK. The Michigan-based band is fresh off their fourth full-length studio release, Fall Away Blues. Featuring new songwriting fused with old-time and country blues themes, the album tackles topical subjects such as gun violence and environmentalism as well as age-old questions of place and love. Red Tail Ring 'doesn't just pay homage to vintage folk and roots music: The Kalamazoo duo breathes new life into it, channelling the power and charm of seminal material into its own original songs.' John Sinkevics, LocalSpins.com Over seven years of touring, Red Tail Ring has performed their brand of acoustic roots all over the United States, travelled overseas to play in Denmark, Germany and Sweden, and has also appeared at some of the most notable festivals and venues that the US has to offer, such as The Ark, Club Passim, Caffe Lena, the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering, Wheatland Music Festival, and Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival. 'Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo seem to be so deep into the tradition that they are re-defining it' Amos Perrine, No Depression 'Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp share a reverence for vivid, authentic American art forms. They are both rustic and elegant, and they lift us into their sound.' Seth Bernard, Earthwork Music 'Red Tail Ring is re-imagining Americana music with pure soul and without pretension' Jay Lapp, The Steel Wheels

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Kent Duchaine

on Fri, 2 Feb 2018 at Great Torrington The Plough Arts Centre 7:30pm

DuChaine has shared the stage with many of the greatest Bluesmen & Blueswomen including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker & Margie Evans. DuChaine plays an 83 year old National Steel guitar kitted out with extra heavy gauge strings to be able to cope with his powerful playing style.

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Megson

on Fri, 2 Feb 2018 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing 7:30pm

The husband-and-wife team of Stu and Debbie Hanna, known as Megson, are one of the successful curiosities of the British folk scene. She is a classically trained singer who plays piano, accordion and whistle, while he is a former prog-rocker who sings and plays guitar, mandolin and banjo. The duo hail from Teesside but are now ex-pats in Cambridgeshire. They have been nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards three times and are double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards. Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create their truly unique brand of folk music, bringing an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. They have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting and intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship; their harmonisation and the purity of Debbie's voice make compelling listening. They have a melodic roots consciousness and a huge sense of individuality coupled with a good dollop of Northern humour. As fRoots magazine puts it 'if you don't like the music here then you have a problem'.

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Simon Kempston

on Fri, 2 Feb 2018 at Ulverston Sports Club 7:45pm

Simon Kempston last played Ulverston Sports Club six years ago. I can't believe we have left it so long to get him back. In those six years Simon has developed a huge following in Germany and Switzerland. Simon Kempston himself is as unassuming as they come; he possesses a kind of laid back charisma and old school charm that entirely suit his style of music and underplays the genius that is his musical talent. It is clear that the guitar he plays has been with him all his life it is like an extension of his arm. The set he plays is a mixture of song, classical and instrumental music, and is entirely acoustic. Two guitars make an appearance, as do several knowing smiles as his audience laugh with his easy humour. His set is punctuated with openly honest stories of his life as an artist and the beautiful and varied inspirations for his songs. This is a show with more than just music. But the music at its heart is sensational in the most literal sense.

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Ray Cooper In Concert

on Fri, 2 Feb 2018 at Reading St Mary's Church 7:00pm

Doors and Bar 7pm, Music 8pm These Earlybird tickets are on sale until Friday 5th January. Ray Cooper is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently living in Sweden, and a regular at Village Concerts. Ray grew up in England and started to play in bands when he was 16. Moving between rock, punk, pop and world music, and working as a singer, bass guitar player and cellist, he finally hooked up with Oysterband in 1988 and began a long exploration into his own roots. 
Moving to Sweden in 2000, Cooper continued playing with Oysterband, eventually touring in 27 countries and recording 19 albums. In 2012 they won 3 awards from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for best group, best album and best traditional track and were dubbed by fROOTS magazine as one of the 3 'Icons Of Folk'. Despite their success, Cooper took the decision to leave the band and go solo in February 2013 and has since been touring Europe extensively. His first solo album 'Tales of Love War and Death by Hanging' was released in 2010 to widespread critical acclaim. His second album, 'Palace Of Tears' was released in September 2014. This visit to Village Concerts is part of his tour promoting his third album.

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Ray Cooper In Concert

on Fri, 2 Feb 2018 at Reading St Mary's Church 7:00pm

Doors and Bar 7pm, Music 8pm These Earlybird tickets are on sale until Friday 5th January. Ray Cooper is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently living in Sweden, and a regular at Village Concerts. Ray grew up in England and started to play in bands when he was 16. Moving between rock, punk, pop and world music, and working as a singer, bass guitar player and cellist, he finally hooked up with Oysterband in 1988 and began a long exploration into his own roots. 
Moving to Sweden in 2000, Cooper continued playing with Oysterband, eventually touring in 27 countries and recording 19 albums. In 2012 they won 3 awards from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for best group, best album and best traditional track and were dubbed by fROOTS magazine as one of the 3 'Icons Of Folk'. Despite their success, Cooper took the decision to leave the band and go solo in February 2013 and has since been touring Europe extensively. His first solo album 'Tales of Love War and Death by Hanging' was released in 2010 to widespread critical acclaim. His second album, 'Palace Of Tears' was released in September 2014. This visit to Village Concerts is part of his tour promoting his third album.

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Mark Harrison

on Fri, 2 Feb 2018 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop 7:00pm

The Big Comfy Bookshop proudly presents the award winning acoustic evening 'Comfy & Acoustic'. Intimate performances from the best UK (and beyond) musicians covering folk, Americana, singer-songwriters and roots. Mark Harrison Mark Harrison's highly individual, all-original music has been going down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it has taken him to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes. Mark has taken the style of the early blues and folk/blues innovators, and given it totally modern relevance. His songs all have something to say or a story to tell. With their memorable tunes, striking lyrics and strong rhythms, they make people think, smile and move. He is doing something genuinely fresh and different, tapping into the timeless quality of 'old' music to produce something brand new and totally relevant to the present day. Mark's live shows are well-known not only for the music but also for his introductions and explanations of the songs, and audiences frequently comment on how big a part these play in their enjoyment of the shows. Delivered in a manner often described as 'wry' and 'dry', these mark him out even more as a unique artist. Mark is a thrilling, rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style. He appears solo and with band, his band consisting of some of the UK's top roots musicians. With them he has released four albums which have been unanimously acclaimed across a wide range of areas of the music world, receiving a very great deal of airplay (including BBC) and highly enthusiastic reviews in the UK, Europe and the US Louis Brennan London based Dubliner Louis Brennan is a singer-songwriter in the folk tradition. His folk however aren't the field hands and travelling minstrels of yore but the repressed middle managers and ennui-ridden urbanites of late stage capitalism. They populate tales of bad sex, half-drunk commutes and interpersonal claustrophobia delivered in Brennan's cracked baritone, at times embarrassingly intimate, at times spuriously broad, peppered with pitch-black humour. Brennan has performed in many guises on many stages and is known for a live show that takes the listener on a journey, turning the mirror from himself onto the audience, commanding dynamics as if conducting an orchestra not standing alone with an acoustic guitar. Stage Times Mark Harrison 9.45-10.30 Louis Brennan 8.50-9.30 TBA 8.00-8.35 The bookshop bar will be open serving hot and cold drinks, wine and beer plus snacks. No other food or drink to be brought into the premises. For details of the bookshop please visit www.thebigcomfybookshop.co.uk www.facebook.com/thebigcomfybookshop www.twitter.com/bigcomfybooks www.instagram.com/bigcomfybooks www.bigcomfysessions.com NOTE: If you are late you'll have to wait for the acts to finish their set/song to avoid interrupting the performance.

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Stick In The Wheel

on Fri, 2 Feb 2018 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7:30pm

East London five-piece folk band Stick In The Wheel are headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter. Their debut From Here(2015) was fRoots magazine 'Album of the Year' and a MOJO 'Folk Album of the Year', with four BBC Folk Award nominations since their inception in 2013. Known for Kearey's fierce, authentic delivery, this is culturally and politically switched on music with its roots firmly embedded in the genre's traditional, working-class heritage. The group have been widely commended for their timely appraisal of English Folk, and their skill in telling stories through song that reconnect modern audiences to the past drawing unexpected parallels between then and now.

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Lucy Farrell

on Fri, 2 Feb 2018 at Gillingham LV21 7:30pm

2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Lucy Farrell is at last embarking on the solo career so many have been hoping for, since first hearing her exquisite renditions of traditional ballads and quietly moving original songs. And she's performing onboard LV21! As one fourth of The Furrow Collective, Lucy is the current recipient of the Best Group prize following the release of their widely acclaimed Wild Hog LP, earned during an immensely busy and creative time in which she contributed to the raved about return to form that was the Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band's Big Machine album and tour, and also saw her final shows with the Emily Portman Trio with whom she'd sung, sawed and played viola for many years. An inveterate collaborator, the news that Lucy is to take centre stage in her own right comes as a welcome surprise to all those who've been entranced by her haunting and quintessentially English voice, subtle and instinctive musicianship and her ability to connect emotionally with an audience while adhering to the great Shirley Collins' adage that in folk music the singer should never get in the way of the song. Lucy Farrell first enchanted fans of traditional music when she began performing as a duo with fellow Newcastle Folk Degree graduate Jonny Kearney. Invited to become the regular opening act for The Unthanks, Lucy & Jonny's blend of wry and lovelorn tales with exquisite interpretations of English, Scottish and American ballads saw them frequently outselling the headline act at the CD stall. As well as Lucy's fruitful partnership with singer and songwriter Emily Portman and the award winning harpist and singer Rachel Newton, she has also written, performed and recorded with numerous bands and projects including Dark Northumbrian, Gluepot, a star-studded live tribute to Norma Waterson, and also formed her own group Ogres. Although she's rejected the conventional career path, Lucy has become one of the most in demand musicians and vocalists on the young folk scene. Signed to the impressively visionary Hudson Records, Lucy Farrell has returned to the traditional folk songs that have remained at the heart of everything she's done. These are the ballads that inspire her own compositions, but in their own handed-down beauty and strangeness tell fantastical stories beyond our imaginations. And in her voice they bewitch anew. http://www.lucyfarrellmusic.com/ Support from Rachel Lowrie. Rachel takes her musical influences from urban folk and local stories she has picked up along the way. A touch of French chanson with a dash of Americana. http://www.rachellowrie.co.uk/

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Crh Music Presents - Willy Vlautin Words And Music

on Fri, 2 Feb 2018 at Bristol Rough Trade 7:30pm

Willy Vlautin words and music - Willy will be playing songs from Richmond Fontaine, The Delines plus instrumentals featured on the new soundtrack from his new book 'Don't Skip Out on Me' The songs will be interspersed throughout with readings from his new book and a Q&A discussing his books, the new movie about to be released of his novel 'Lean on Pete' and the music. Dont Skip Out on Me is released on Feb 1st (Faber & Faber), there will be copies of it on sale on the night which Willy will be signing after the show along with two new albums on vinyl which are Richmond Fontaine and solo soundtracks to his books. He will be accompanied by David Murphy on pedal steel whom previously toured with Richmond Fontaine.

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Phil Beer

on Fri, 2 Feb 2018 at Starcross St Paul's Church 7:00pm

Evening of wonderful music by the amazing Phil Beer

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Susto

on Fri, 2 Feb 2018 at Bedford Gordon Arms Ents Shed 8:00pm

Since SUSTO released their second album & I'm Fine Today back home in the States last year, thing's been happening in a fast pace for the band. The album got great reviews, the band has been touring relentlessly and they've done several big, nationwide TV-shows, and SUSTO are no longer local, South Caroline heroes anymore, but a band breaking big in the US. After supporting Band Of Horses across Europe last August they're finally ready for a European headline tour. SUSTO will be touring Europe between January and March: announced and on sale today!

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Shake The Chains

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at London St John on Bethnal Green 7:30pm

With Nancy Kerr, Greg Russell, Findlay Napier, Hannah Martin & Tim Yates Eclectic and adventurous. A classy affair- The Guardian **** A remarkable and moving exploration of the common ground between folk music and the politics of protest- Folk Radio "Moving, pertinent, and a clear sign that the UK folk scene does retain a political impetus"- RnR magazine Shake the Chains is one of the most timely and exciting new music commissions of 2017. In a year of unprecedented political upheaval, an enviable cast of five of the best contemporary folk singer songwriters and musicians came together to explore and celebrate the role songs play in social change, resistance and protest.

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Christine Tobin - Pelt

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at London Kings Place 7:00pm

Tobin leads her virtuosic musicians across a kaleidoscopic panorama, sometimes as junkyard blues philosopher, or snappy beat seductress, sometimes as a conduit for exquisite zen-like harmonies, or reflective Americana. The result is a rich and engaging collection with Tobin's trademark originality. The seed of the idea for setting Paul Muldoon's poems came when the pair were invited to collaborate and perform a piece at the Kilkenny Arts Festival back in 2011. Christine had long admired Muldoon's work and he was greatly impressed by her settings of WB Yeats. The texts chosen for the PELT collection are a mix of his poems and lyrics. For this Arts Council Of England UK tour, Tobin has assembled a stellar band which includes such seminal figures on the jazz scene as Gareth Lockrane & Phil Robson etc and which Peter Quinn described as 'a cast of players who are all perfectly attuned to Tobin's vision and artistry' in Jazzwise magazine. These special King's Place concerts will also feature a guest reading by the acclaimed, multi award winning Brooklyn poet Eva Salzman who has also collaborated with Christine on past projects. http://evasalzman.tumblr.com Christine Tobin voice and composer Richard Jones violin Kate Shortt cello & backing vocals Gareth Lockrane flutes Phil Robson guitar & electronics Steve Hamilton piano, keyboard & laptop Dave Whitford double & electric basses & Simon Lea drums Eva Salzman poetry reading

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Christine Tobin - Pelt

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at London Kings Place 9:00pm

Tobin leads her virtuosic musicians across a kaleidoscopic panorama, sometimes as junkyard blues philosopher, or snappy beat seductress, sometimes as a conduit for exquisite zen-like harmonies, or reflective Americana. The result is a rich and engaging collection with Tobin's trademark originality. The seed of the idea for setting Paul Muldoon's poems came when the pair were invited to collaborate and perform a piece at the Kilkenny Arts Festival back in 2011. Christine had long admired Muldoon's work and he was greatly impressed by her settings of WB Yeats. The texts chosen for the PELT collection are a mix of his poems and lyrics. For this Arts Council Of England UK tour, Tobin has assembled a stellar band which includes such seminal figures on the jazz scene as Gareth Lockrane & Phil Robson etc and which Peter Quinn described as 'a cast of players who are all perfectly attuned to Tobin's vision and artistry' in Jazzwise magazine. These special King's Place concerts will also feature a guest reading by the acclaimed, multi award winning Brooklyn poet Eva Salzman who has also collaborated with Christine on past projects. http://evasalzman.tumblr.com Christine Tobin voice and composer Richard Jones violin Kate Shortt cello & backing vocals Gareth Lockrane flutes Phil Robson guitar & electronics Steve Hamilton piano, keyboard & laptop Dave Whitford double & electric basses & Simon Lea drums Eva Salzman poetry reading

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Phil Beer At Wychwood Folk Club

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at Ascott-Under-Wychwood Tiddy Hall 7:00pm

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. Born in Exminster, Devon, he started to play fiddle, guitar and mandolin while still at school in Teignmouth and habitually credits Davey Graham's Folk, Blues & Beyond as his inspiration for acoustic music. He played his first gig at 14 and started working as a duo with Paul Downes in 1974 (their re-union Live at Nettlebed CD was released four years ago on the Talking Elephant label). He was then in the Arizona Smoke Revue and a key member of Johnny Coppin's band. His impressive track record also includes touring with Mike Oldfield and being a member of the feted Albion Band from 1984-1991. Show of Hands became a full-time partnership in the early 90s, a band that has gone on to sell out the Royal Albert Hall three times and who were voted Best Live Act, by the public, at the 2004 Folk Awards. Phil, who also has his own Phil Beer Band, famously guested on the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels album and Steve Harley's Poetic Justice. As a composer, Phil has written many numbers including the stunning instrumental The Falmouth Packet for SoH's album Witness.

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Rod Clements & Ian Thomson

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at Sedgefield The Manor House 7:15pm

Rod Clements is a founder & current member of North East folk rock legends LINDISFARNE, & wrote their instantly recognisable breakthrough hit Meet Me On The Corner for which he received an Ivor Novello award. Rod has worked with many prominent figures in the folk & roots world, including Ralph McTell (playing on Streets Of London), Bert Jansch, Michael Chapman, Rachel Harrington, Thea Gilmore to name but a few. More recently Rod has emerged as a compelling solo performer and respected slide guitarist. In 2015 Rod was invited to re-join the new Lindisfarne line up, which he now co-fronts with Dave Hull-Denholm. www.rodclements.com www.facebook.com/rodclementsmusic http://twitter.com/rod_clements That man can play, and he can sing, and he can write great songs Mike Harding An acoustic string masterclass... rich, complex style... mesmerising slide technique... Rod Clements is a pedigree performer who deserves to be placed at the pinnacle of the blues/folk music scene' - Simon Wilkinson, Halifax Courier

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Kent Duchaine

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at Barnstaple The Plough @ St Anne's 7:30pm

DuChaine has shared the stage with many of the greatest Bluesmen & Blueswomen including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker & Margie Evans. DuChaine plays an 83 year old National Steel guitar kitted out with extra heavy gauge strings to be able to cope with his powerful playing style.

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Boo Hewerdine

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at Howden The Shire Hall 7:30pm

Boo Hewerdine is well known as one of the greatest (and busiest) songwriter performers in the business, but incredibly, it's been 7 years since Boo released his last studio album of original material God Bless The Pretty Things (Reveal Records 2009). Not that Hewerdine has been inactive, far from it, the period has been the most productive of his career.  Boo wrote Radio Ballads for the BBC's Olympic and recent Child Migration series. Elsewhere new songs were commissioned for art galleries and museums, including the Beneath The Dark Cloth project at the Met in New York. There has been a huge array of writing and producing with both established and upcoming artists and 'passing something on' to budding writers via his much loved songwriting workshops. Boo spent three years writing a daily blog (http://boohewerdinesblogthing.blogspot.co.uk) which lead to podcast fun with that staff of The WORD (RIP) and invitations to join Radio broadcasts such as The Verb (BBC Radio 3) and a moment of personal satisfaction when his work was included in the radio round up Pick Of The Week on BBC Radio 4. A chance meeting with American guitarist Brooks Williams one snowy night in Ely lead the pair to form State Of The Union (a duo who's sound is simple, vibrant and alive, contemporary songs wrapped up in old time blues and country soul. State of The Union have recorded and released two albums and an EP, in quick succession, live in the studio with engineer Mark Freegard, the duo appeared on BBC1 TV Andrew Marr show performing their cover of Pet Shop Boys Rent.  Hewerdine wrote lyrics and played on over 30 new recordings by and with other artists during the period including the acclaimed 2014 album (Vagabond) and 2015 EP (Back The Dogs) with Scottish singer Eddi Reader, Last Man Standing EP (2015) with Kris Drever of Lau and Duke Special. Reveal Records compiled the first document of his career to date with a fine Best of compilation My Name In Brackets and swiftly followed that with an album of lost recordings found in a box!  This album was Open which received five star reviews and was number 5 in the Telegraph Albums of The Year 2015. Last year was spent writing and producing an ambitious new double album and theatrical show for Chris Difford of Squeeze, details of which are soon to be announced. All that and Boo toured with Eddi Reader in Europe, Asia and played a series of sell out headline shows in the UK and an invite to host Boo Hewerdine & Friends songwriters circle at London's Kings Place. There has not been a moment when Boo Hewerdine has not been working on something creative. His every day continues to be full of music and he has waited patiently to tell some older personal stories that will feature on his new May 2016 released Born EP and forthcoming Swimming In Mercury album (due September 2nd on Reveal Records).  Hewerdine says... I felt like I had to wait for the right time to tell some old stories, working on the Best of compilation My Name In Brackets and finding the Open recordings took me back a little, each song a placed me in a memory. I soon realised I had to go further and revisit the time when I was first making music. Taking the bus down to Rough Trade in London with my demo tape Julia, playing cheap guitars with broken strings.  For Swimming In Mercury and Born I have used instruments I've not used for years. The process has been more akin to when I was starting out in an indie band. I used my father's old beat up piano and I wrote some songs with my son, Ben which was great. The lyrics came fast, I trusting my pen. "There was West Side Story A Minuteman was flying New elements half dying Catch 22 (The Year That I Was Born)  It blows my mind that I still have the opportunity to make music, that I have a voice and that there are people who want to hear and release it. Time is precious and this is the music that I needed to make. FIONA LEE, is an emerging singer-songwriter from Yorkshire (the bottom of my street to be more precise) with a compelling voice which belies her years. Her songs tell tales of teenage life with both innocent simplicity and impressively mature observations. Having taught herself to play guitar, she discovered her true voice at a local acoustic night; since then she has been performing her songs publicly at every opportunity.

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Orphan Colours

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at Portsmouth The Square Tower 7:15pm

Orphan Colours have rapidly established themselves as the hottest band to emerge from the London Country / Roots circuit. Highly highly recommended! Having caught this Americana Supergroup on the Americana Music Association UK stage at Maverick Festival, as one of the featured artists, we just knew that we had to try and get these guys down to the Square Tower for you! We were quite literally blown away by their awesome tunes, and we know you're going to feel exactly the same! This is electric Americana at it's finest! Great tunes, sweet countrified lead vocals, delicious harmonies, beautifully played acoustic guitars and nice laid back electric lead - this lot know how to capture the Americana vibe perfectly! With gleaming commercial success, critical acclaim and rock solid underground credibility so firmly ensconced in their DNA, Orphan Colours have nothing to prove. Their debut EP High Hopes was released Feb 26th 2016 with Won't Let You Down as the lead single. Their follow up 'Acoustic EP' shows a more stripped back approach showcasing their songwriting skills and was released in December 2016. Their songwriting displays a certain infectious joyfulness! The band are currently in the studio recording their debut album, which will be released in January, just in time for them to raise the roof of our historic old venue! More Information at: www.squarerootspromotions.co.uk

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The Railsplitters

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 7:30pm

True North Music presents The Railsplitters, bringing their high energy brand of bluegrass all the way from Colorado, USA with top class instrumental playing and powerful female and male vocals. With influences including folk/roots, Americana, modern pop and rock & roll, as well as bluegrass pioneers like Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs, The Railsplitters have received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic for their songwriting talent, luminous vocals and exceptional musical range. Featuring banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and upright bass, the band has spent much of the last few years on the road honing their craft, with three albums and two extensive UK tours under their belts. Though they operate with the instrumentation of a bluegrass band, The Railsplitters are making music totally unlimited by tradition. This is their first visit to Sheffield and is set to be a sensational Saturday night at The Greystones!

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Pete Fij / Terry Bickers

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop 7:30pm

Pete Fij (alkowski) ex-Adorable/Polak & Terry Bickers he of House of Love/Levitation are making sweet miserable music together

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Matt Woosey

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at Pontnewydd Borough Blues Club - Cwmbran RFC 7:30pm

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Matt Woosey

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at Pontnewydd Borough Blues Club - Cwmbran RFC 7:30pm

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Claude Bourbon

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at Abington The Wee Gig 7:30pm

Claude will be on stage at 8:15 The Wee Gig is directly behind The Abington Store.

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Willy Vlautin

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at Manchester St Michael's Church 7:30pm

We're delighted to be hosting the Manchester leg of Willy Vlautin's 'Words and Music' tour! For this special event, Willy Vlautin will be playing songs from Richmond Fontaine and The Delines, as well as instrumentals that are featured on the soundtrack from his new book Don't Skip Out on Me. He will be accompanied by David Murphy, who previously toured with Richmond Fontaine, on pedal steel. Willy will be reading from the book too with songs interspersed with a Q&A, discussing the books, his music and a new film adaptation of his novel Lean on Pete by British director Andrew Haigh. Vlautin's fifth novel, Don't Skip Out On Me is published on 1 February by Faber and Faber. Like his previous novel Northline it will have an accompanying soundtrack included with the book on CD but this time it is Richmond Fontaine playing on all the instrumental tracks. While the CD comes with the book, Décor Records will be releasing the album on vinyl as well as a vinyl and CD release of the previous Willy Vlautin soundtrack to Northline. There will be copies of the new book available to buy on the night, which Willy will be signing after the show, along with vinyl copies of both albums. This will be one of the first public concerts in St Michael's since its recent re-opening, having been closed since 2004. The Roman Catholic church was founded in 1859 and became the heart of the Little Italy Community in Ancoats. AGE RESTRICTION: This show is 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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Courtney Marie Andrews

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at Oxford St Barnabas Church 7:00pm

At just 16 years old, Courtney Marie Andrews left home in Arizona for her first tour. She travelled up and down the West Coast, busking and playing any bars or cafés that would have her. Soon after, she took a Greyhound bus four nights straight from Phoenix to New York to do the same on the East Coast. For a decade or so since, Courtney's been a session and backup singer and guitarist for nearly 40 artists, from Jimmy Eat World to Damien Jurado. She never stopped writing her own material, though. Picking up admirers like Jurado and Ryan Adams along the way, she has quietly earned a reputation as a songwriter's songwriter. With plans to settle down for a bit and focus on her own songs, Courtney moved to the Northwest in 2011 to record her last full-length record On My Page. However, the record had hardly been released before she was on the road again performing other artists' songs, eventually leading her overseas to play guitar and sing with Belgian star Milow. At the tour's end, though, the other session players joined her to record her 2014 EP Leuven Letters in one take. It was during this time that Courtney also wrote many of the songs on Honest Life. She found herself realising the impact of growing up on the road and this constant reconciling between her and other's art and identity. Courtney will take it from there: While in Belgium for four months, I was going through a major heartbreak. I started growing homesick for America and the comfort of family and friends, and life in the states. That's where I wrote the first songs for Honest Life. It was a giant hurdle in my life. My first true growing pains as a woman. That's why in a sense; I feel this record is a coming of age album. A common thread that runs through the songs is a great desire to fit somewhere, when nowhere fits. And wanting to get back home to the people I know and love. Once I got back to the states, I started to bartend at a small town tavern. I was home for a while, and needed to post up while rehearsing with the band for the record. At the tavern, I felt I could truly empathise with the stories and lives of the people there. I wrote the other half of the songs about coming home and feeling a sense of belonging again. A lot of the stories at that tavern definitely ran parallel with my own, even though our lives were so different. I was the musician girl. They were farmers, construction workers, plumbers, waitresses, and cashiers. But, no matter how different, I felt we were all trying to live our most honest life.

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Tarantella Beats Party With Amaraterra + Dj Alistair Prince

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at London Jamboree 8:00pm

Amaraterra's monthly sizzling Southern Italian party at Jamboree, an uplifting evening of passionate live music and dance performances! Amaraterra is the first Pizzica ensemble in London- performing traditional dances and music from the heel of Italy. A 'Pizzica' is the malicious bite of the tarantula spider. In order to heal from the poison you must dance till you drop, following the intense, restless beat of the tambourine. It is one of the oldest musical expressions of the Mediterranean, brought to London by a group of passionate musicians and dancers. Expect a flourish of instruments, colour and movement.

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Blair Dunlop

on Sat, 3 Feb 2018 at Wigan The Old Courts 7:00am

Blair last played at Acoustic Roots Wigan in December 2016 and we are excited to announce, he is back to kick off the Acoustic Roots 2018 season. Blair Dunlop, the award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist, has now released 3 albums 2 ep's and toured widely around the globe. All of this in a short 4-year career is astounding alone but what sets Blair apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes. His third album 'Gilded' was released in May 2016 on his own label Gilded Wings and was widely acclaimed gaining BBC Radio 2 Playlist status for the two single releases ('The Egoist' and '356') both of which were remixed by Ed Harcourt. Prior to this Blair released his acclaimed album 'House Of Jacks' in mid 2014 which lived up to the promise of his 2012 debut 'Blight and Blossom' (the quality of which contributed to his winning the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award). Blair has now cemented his place as one of Britain's most exciting talents to come from the folk scene. The Guardian stated that the 'House Of Jacks' proves Blair is 'an increasingly adventurous songwriter', Uncut reviewed it as 'thoughtful and exploratory', The Independent on Sunday described it as 'fluent, lamentory and accomplished' while Q Magazine wrote that House of Jacks is 'an exciting glimpse of where traditional folk might go'. The busy crowdis testament to Dunlop's talents. 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 The evening will be opened by Susie Jones who is also returning to Acoustic Roots. An eveing not to be missed.........

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The Hut People

on Sun, 4 Feb 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 8:00pm

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The Hut People

on Sun, 4 Feb 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 8:00pm

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Ashley Hutchings & Ruth Angell

on Sun, 4 Feb 2018 at Bamford Village Institute 7:00pm

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The Tannahill Weavers

on Sun, 4 Feb 2018 at Chidham Hambrook Village Hall 7:00pm

Scottish traditional music at it's best ! 'The Tannies' celebrate their 50th anniversary - half a century of taking their often raucous blend of highland pipes, whistles, fiddle, and guitar to all corners of the globe ! Doors 7pm, onstage 7.30pm Seating unreserved. Licensed bar.

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The Tannahill Weavers

on Sun, 4 Feb 2018 at Chidham Hambrook Village Hall 7:00pm

Scottish traditional music at it's best ! 'The Tannies' celebrate their 50th anniversary - half a century of taking their often raucous blend of highland pipes, whistles, fiddle, and guitar to all corners of the globe ! Doors 7pm, onstage 7.30pm Seating unreserved. Licensed bar.

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Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 4 Feb 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

Lynne and Pat are well known around the Essex and Hertfordshire folk scene, and far beyond. Lovely harmony singing on material that ranges from the biggest ballad to the silliest ditty, this is always a ball. Between them they play guitar, recorder, English concertina and a variety of whistles (including swanee, policeman's and referee's), list a spoons workshop in their hall of fame, and are not in the least averse to dressing up or dancing when a song requires it. They both agree, however, that their voices are their most important instruments. Their resulting style is a unique blend of stunning song and harmony, and a humour which takes their audience on a roller-coaster ride - "everything from high tragedy to ingenious smut in glorious vocal harmony. 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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Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 4 Feb 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

Lynne and Pat are well known around the Essex and Hertfordshire folk scene, and far beyond. Lovely harmony singing on material that ranges from the biggest ballad to the silliest ditty, this is always a ball. Between them they play guitar, recorder, English concertina and a variety of whistles (including swanee, policeman's and referee's), list a spoons workshop in their hall of fame, and are not in the least averse to dressing up or dancing when a song requires it. They both agree, however, that their voices are their most important instruments. Their resulting style is a unique blend of stunning song and harmony, and a humour which takes their audience on a roller-coaster ride - "everything from high tragedy to ingenious smut in glorious vocal harmony. 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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Charlie Dore And Julian Littman

on Sun, 4 Feb 2018 at Southport Park Golf Club 7:00pm

Award-winning writer and justifiably so. Charlie's songs have an emotional depth and more astute, poignant and melodic material you'll not hear. Julian is Steeleye Span's guitar player and this long-standing partnership is intuitive and well-honed. Bothy debut. Yes, she is THE SAME Charlie Dore from late '70s TOTP!

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Hughie Jones

on Sun, 4 Feb 2018 at Southport Park Golf Club 7:00pm

A seminal influence on all of us in his guise as a Spinner. His group had probably the widest appeal of any UK Folk revivalist outfit and what's wrong about being popular!? It's where so many of us came in. Traditional and modern songs and much maritime material.

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Courtney Marie Andrews

on Sun, 4 Feb 2018 at Guildford The Keep 7:00pm

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Geoff Lakeman

on Mon, 5 Feb 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

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 Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor for 40 years, has been described as " A stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty." He's the dad of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, who are all internationally renowned folk musicians.They began playing as children in a family band with Geoff and their violinist mum, Joy. Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs self-written and West Country songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers,the Louvin Brothers, Richard Thompson and Randy Newman. He's also one of the few to play 1920's/ 30's jazz on an authentic 1920's instrument. His smooth tenor vocals and unique concertina accompaniment have won him plaudits and fans over the years but it has only been since retiring from a long career as a Fleet Street Journalist that Geoff has truly spread his wings musically. 2017 sees the release of Geoff's debut album 'After All These Years'. With a stellar line up of musical family and friends it showcases his talents perfectly and illustrates the high regard and affection in which he is held. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MARK RADCLIFFE, BBC RADIO 2 FOLK SHOW played "Tie 'Em Up'" and said "I love that track. He manages the neat trick of writing a new song that sounds as if it could have existed for 100 years." MIKE HARDING SHOW : Pure class... a line-up to die for...great chorus singing." DAILY MIRROR - 4-star review. "Big-hearted excellence. Bravo! Family and friends, including star turns Nic Jones, Seth and daughter-in-law Cara Dillon come together under Geoff's command for traditionals and stand-out originals from Lakeman himself." SONGLINES magazine:"After All These years'" is a heartfelt and joyful encapsulation of Geoff Lakeman's hopes, fears, loves and concerns."

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Sarah Mcquaid

on Mon, 5 Feb 2018 at Brighton The Greys 8:30pm

terrace cred. presents: Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer / songwriter Sarah McQuaid. With a voice variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate and an engaging rapport which has won over audiences, reviewers and fellow artists, Sarah has already won a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' by the Ards International Guitar Festival in N Ireland. After meeting guitar legend Michael Chapman at a festival, he offered to produce her fifth solo album ' If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous' and writes "The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved". Can't ask for more than that, really. And I can't say more than I was exceedingly happy when Sarah contacted, at Michael's recommendation, to ask to play The Greys on her album tour. Sarah McQuaid has emerged from 'relative obscurity' (The Big Takeover) and an under-the-radar (The Vinyl District) profile. This album, on which she expands her battery of instruments to include piano and electric guitar, changes that. Sarah's 'world class talent... burns with a brilliant allure' (Living Tradition) and I look forward to showcasing it right here. One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous reminder of the magic of music. Sarah has the gift. The Huffington Post The songs are acutely observed and literate, almost like journal notes set to music. They're measured and tranquil but they're never dull because there is always a sense of restlessness and unease behind the poetry.... And it's all lovely. R2/Rock 'n' Reel www.sarahmcquaid.com

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Mo Kenney Plays Cafe#9!!

on Tue, 6 Feb 2018 at Sheffield Cafe #9 7:30pm

Background This is the year that Mo Kenney plugs in, quite literally. Known for her smooth vocals and fearless lyrics, the Canadian singer releases the fast-paced On The Roof, due December 8th, & taken from new album The Details. Mo has released two records with long-time producer and Canadian rock mentor Joel Plaskett since 2012. With her third album, Mo comes fully and completely into her own as an artist; she swaps her trademark acoustic guitar for a Fender Mustang, tracing her own strange, devastating, and ultimately hopeful trip through the trials and tribulations of booze-fuelled breakdowns, clouds of depression, and disintegrating relationships.

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Willy Mason

on Tue, 6 Feb 2018 at Bexhill-on-Sea Albatross Club 7:30pm

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Ninebarrow

on Wed, 7 Feb 2018 at Lowdham The Old Ship Inn 7:30pm

Doors open 7.30 pm; concert starts 8 pm

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Steve Knightley

on Wed, 7 Feb 2018 at Biddulph Town Hall 7:30pm

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The Railsplitters

on Wed, 7 Feb 2018 at Towersey The Three Horseshoes 7:30pm

Unconventional bluegrass from Boulder, Colorado. Although rooted in traditional bluegrass and old time music, The Railsplitters are pushing the boundaries of those genres in every sense. With their lush harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and non-conformist songwriting, The Railsplitters deftly demonstrate what happens when musical influences ranging from samba to hip hop merge with traditional Appalachian music.

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Mo Kenney

on Wed, 7 Feb 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- dizzying, powerful classic rock guitar sound draws you into Kenney's magnetism Stereogum An exciting blend of alternative/pop rock that feels both poetic and punky - Pop Matters New Zealand has Lorde the UK has Foxes and the U.S. has Lana Del ReyCanada's response to this trendis the irresistibly beautiful, Mo Kenney. - Mind Equals Blown With her third album, The Details, Mo Kenney traces her own strange, devastating, and ultimately hopeful trip through the trials and tribulations of booze-fuelled breakdowns, clouds of depression, and disintegrating relationships. On each of its 14 tracks, she unflinchingly confronts her annihilation and eventual redemption, leaving nothing out. The concept album is her most personal and cohesive work to datecombining elements of bruising rock 'n' roll, vivid psychedelia, and haunting, left-of-the-dial pop, Kenney navigates the darkest waters in her life with self-deprecation, genuine soul-baring, and typical black humour. It opens with a calm before the storm as the eerie sadness of Cat's Not a Cakeabout splitting a beloved pet in half as a relationship falls apartprovides a deceptively gentle beginning to a ride that swiftly steers into self-destruction. Following up with the off-the-rails overdrive of On The Roof, The Details explodes out of the gate, finding Kenney unable to escape the dangerous spiral she finds herself in. Before and during writing the album, Kenney was en route to rock bottom: depressed with dark blues and drinking like a fish, unable to hold herself or her relationships together, alienating the people she loves, and living hell-bent on oblivion. She comes to terms with her own toxic behaviour while channeling the late Elliott Smith through spectral atmospheres on June 3rd. With Maybe I Ama reverb-soaked tune that turns to punchy guitar riffsshe realizes in the midst of trying to hook up with someone that she can't interact with humans properly. The hazy, laid back calm of Counting finds her worried she's fallen so far into despair that she's losing her mind. And the vicious, rollicking If You're Not Dead shows her playing warped mind games over feral guitar solos and biting hooks. Somewhere along the way, Kenney finds herself dazed and broken in a place that not many people find their way back from. Unglued, with its breezy sway, is likely the most summery song put to tape about being fed up with your own messy self. I Can't Wait recalls the gauzy dreamscapes of Yo La Tengo with a hushed and grateful understanding that as bad as things are, it's not the end of the world. But it's not necessarily smooth sailing from there, as Kenney struggles to stay optimistic with Lights Out, and sings about getting clocked in the face at a bar by some meathead during Punchy. Still, she can't help but find the hilarity in getting slugged, slyly laughing through her bloody teeth the whole time. Finally, she arrives in less troubled seas, closing softly on the sparse, clear-minded Feelin' Good. The storms weathered to get there may be the kind that leave lasting scars (or at least a few post-bar stitches), but with clear skies on the horizon, Kenney wears those scars as a reminder of what she's been through, and the kind of seasons in hell she's capable of enduring. Her latest is a record of all those storms and the routes and detours and trials of pushing through them while keeping her sense of humour gracefully intact. By turns rowdy, reflective, brave, funny, and deeply honest, it signals an already accomplished songwriter coming fully and completely into her own as an artist. Produced by Mo Kenney and Joel Plaskett, The Details vividly documents Kenney's fight to survive her own worst enemyherself.

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Martin Simpson

on Wed, 7 Feb 2018 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath 7:15pm

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Breabach

on Thu, 8 Feb 2018 at London Kings Place 8:00pm

Scottish contemporary-folk group Breabach walked away with 'Folk Band of the Year' and 'Album of Year' at the 2016 Scots Trad Music Awards. Not to mention, nominations for 'Best Group' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and 'European Album of the Year' at the Songlines Music Awards in 2017. They are building their international recognition on the world and roots music scene as one of the UK's most dynamic and exciting bands. Their fifth studio album Astar (lit. distance/ journey) released in 2016, was produced by renowned musician Greg Lawson (Grit Orchestra, Moishes Bagel). The album is an exciting multicultural celebration, embracing the diverse influences the band have picked up over the years during their travels to far-flung corners of the globe, from Quebec to Norway, Australia to South Korea. Breabach unites the talent of Calum MacCrimmon (pipes/whistles/bouzouki/vocals), Ewan Robertson (guitar/ vocals), James Mackenzie (pipes/flute/whistles), Megan Henderson (fiddle/vocals/stepdance) and James Lindsay (double bass). Since launching their career as winners of the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections in 2005, the band have steadily moved from strength to strength, picking up awards and performing at esteemed events along the way.

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Chris Wood

on Thu, 8 Feb 2018 at Derby The Flower Pot 8:00pm

Chris Wood's style of English folk appeals to a wide and varied audience. He has converted many an anti-folk fan with his blend of traditional and modern songwriting, and has been hailed by the Irish Times as 'the renaissance man of English folk'. Often compared to Richard Thompson, his music explores the history of the English-speaking world alongside tales of modern life. 'Wood is an intimate storyteller, applying such nuance and gravitas to every phrase you are imperceptibly lured into his world' (Mojo Magazine)

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Paul Downes

on Thu, 8 Feb 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

Paul has been a working musician since the 1970s, first in a duo with Phil Beer, then with Arizona Smoke Review and the Joyce Gang, more recently solo or with Mick Ryan, yet this will be his Black Swan debut. He is a skilled guitarist and also plays mandocello, mandolin and banjo, with a rich repertoire of original songs and choice covers.

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Paul Downes

on Thu, 8 Feb 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

Paul has been a working musician since the 1970s, first in a duo with Phil Beer, then with Arizona Smoke Review and the Joyce Gang, more recently solo or with Mick Ryan, yet this will be his Black Swan debut. He is a skilled guitarist and also plays mandocello, mandolin and banjo, with a rich repertoire of original songs and choice covers.

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The Ealing Club @ The Red Room

on Thu, 8 Feb 2018 at London The Red Room 8:00pm

The Ealing Club Community Interest company brings a special evening to the Red Room as part of the Ealing Music and Film 'Valentine' Festival 2018. Featuring: Northsyde & Mack feat. Tommy Hare + special guest Robert Hokum: NORTHSYDE - Founded in 2005, the four piece Northsyde began life as Funkydory. Their debut album "Still" was released in 2006 to fine reviews, and the band toured consistently for the next two years supporting it, and growing a dedicated fanbase. With a grooving combination of Rock, funk and a serious nod to the blues - their follow up album "Mercy's Medicine" was released independently in 2009, again to strong acclaim. The band is fronted by vocalist Lorna Fothergill, who is also the main lyricist and songwriter. With a dynamic and powerful vocal style, she has been described as "Robert Plant meets Aretha, with a hint of Janis". Playing guitar for the band is her husband, Jules Fothergill. The Fothergills first met as band members of the erstwhile UK blues scene mainstay, Roadhouse, but soon decided to branch out on their own. Jules called on old friends Ian Mauricio and Hayden Doyle to join on Bass and Drums respectively, as they had played together in several London based bands and forged a strong relationship already. Ian's unusual style (he's left handed, and strings the bass upside-down) and Hayden's forceful grooves combine to give the band a sound quite unlike any of their contemporaries on the modern Blues and Rock circuit. With each member of the band having unique and diverse influences, their style is eclectic, but identifiable. A heady mix of soulful Blues, shaking Funk, and Zep-style riffing, it has been best described as what you'd get from "Stanley Clarke strapped to the front of a Intercity 125 with Janis Joplin driving." - while not fitting into an easily defined pigeon-hole, sampling their music live is usually the best introduction. MACK feat. TOMMY HARE Sweat Soaked, Southern Fried, Soul Rock from Southeast London Southern fried, sweat sodden, soul rock is MACK's stock in trade, formed in 2013 the band melds the sounds of the deep south of the USA with a distinctive South London cock of the hat. Mack return to the Borough of Ealing following last year's Blues Festival with down and dirty riffs, quicksilver slide guitar four part vocal harmonies and hot, sticky rhythms. Guaranteed to get your fists pumping and your feet jumping. ROBERT HOKUM As host musician of The Ealing Blues Festival since its inception, Robert Hokum needs little introduction to the local music scene. His recent 'live' retrospective CD, 'Trippin' Backwards' features tracks recorded at the Ealing Blues Festival and Ealing Film Studios and has received excellent reviews. The Independent Blues Broadcasters made it an 'album of the month' and Blues Matters said, 'an excellent album....great stuff from beginning to end'.

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Rachel Sermanni

on Thu, 8 Feb 2018 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop 7:00pm

A stripped back, intimate gig from one of the UK's best singer-songwriters Rachel Sermanni. Rachel Sermanni 'Minimal, Murky, Magnificent' MOJO 'Unnervingly pretty and graceful' NME 'Stately, Poetic, Rooted in the Traditional' CLASH 'A beautiful record, so full of intricacies that it continues to reward with every listen, allows you to lose yourself in it's stories' The Line of Best Fit 'She can construct humorous anecdotes as well as intense songs' The Evening Standard The music of Folk-Noir Balladeer, Rachel Sermanni, has the flesh of Folk but, if you were to cut the skin, you'd find it pumped with contemporary, genre blended blood. Born under a rainbow, in Raigmore hospital, on the 7th November '91, Rachel Sermanni has grown into a writer, musician and artist. In all that she creates, it seems, there remains a preservation of the pure and mystical, symbolic in that beam of fragmented light that shone, 25 sun-spun years ago. In 2011, Rachel Sermanni released her first EP, The Bothy Sessions, recorded quite spontaneously, deep in a Highland forest with 10 friends. Soon to follow came the studio EP, Black Currants. And on the 12th September 2012, Rachel's debut Album, Under Mountains, was set free into the ether. Produced by Ian Grimble (Travis, Manic Street Preachers, Texas) and recorded at Watercolour Studios nestled among big, purple hills in the West Highlands, Under Mountains was Rachel's first full musical contribution to the world. And the world opened it's doors. Following the release, Rachel tramped for 4 years across the globe. In this 4 years, on top of the non-stop touring, two more EP's and a live album were born. First, The BoatShed Sessions, recorded in the same raw element and ethos of the Bothy Sessions. Then a studio recording, Everything Changes, produced by Alex Newport (Bloc Party, City and Colour, Death Cab for Cutie) in New York City. 'Live in Dawson City', recorded during a festival in the Yukon, came in early 2014, with the help of two fond accomplices: Jennifer Austin on piano and Jimi Troup at the sound desk. In March 2014, hiding in the sticks of Nova Scotia, Rachel sowed the seeds of her latest creation. Tied to The Moon is Rachel's sophomore studio album. It was released in July 2015 to wide spread critical acclaim. The songs follow the theme of being 'Like a Moth'; of being in darkness but drawn to the flame. To hear it is to take a walk in the moonlight. Rachel Sermanni's creativity hasn't burgeoned without help, of course. Friends, family members, peers, teachers and employees have always been supportive and often very wise in their advice or observations. And you'll find that most of her astrological being resides in the 5th house, otherwise known as The House of Fun. Whether you adhere to horoscopic notions or not, it works as a succinct explanation in this case: Having so much planetary energy in the 5th House means that Creation equals Existence; Creative expression equals Happiness. Minnie Birch Minnie Birch is a singer/songwriter from Hertfordshire. She writes dark, plaintive, beautiful music about life, love, adventures and fairy tales. Chosen as number 7 in Buzzfeeds 'Brilliant British songwriters to discover' this understated yet beguiling performer is winning over hearts one gig at a time. Following slots supporting Joan Armatrading and a stint at Edinburgh fringe, Minnie has been wooing audiences all over the place with tours in Iceland, America, Germany and all over the U.K under her belt. Her debut album received national airplay on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 music and on BBC Radio 1 as Huw Stephen's Introducing artist of the week Hannah Woof At only 18 years old, Hannah Woof has already had airplay on BBC Radio 1, performed to sell out crowds and released an Enthralling debut EP Sleepless Nights. Growing up in Warwickshire, Hannah began writing and singing songs from an early age. As well as singing 60s and 70s classics, her own songs showed a maturity beyond her years. She took these songs into the retirement homes of the area to delight audiences, growing in confidence all the time. After 5 years of performing, and still only 17, Hannah entered '14 Studios' to record what was to become Sleepless Nights EP, writing the majority of the EP in the quiet depths of the night due to struggling with sleep. Now with an EP under her belt, plus recognition from Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, playing alongside Mark Morriss of The Bluetones and signing to Burnt Leaves Folk Management, Hannah Woof is a name to watch. GIG DETAILS. We are actually a bookshop, but we have a bar too. Please no other food and drink to be brought onto the premises. Our stage is next to the entrance so once an act is on stage, you may not enter the shop so PLEASE be on time, this includes support slots. For more details on the shop including where to park, please see www.thebigcomfybookshop.co.uk

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Mark Radcliffe's Galleon Blast In Concert

on Fri, 9 Feb 2018 at Hoghton Gregson Lane Sports and Social Club 7:30pm

Press ganged into service by an unscrupulous gangmaster from the Spanish Main (well.Knutsford actually), the swarthy seadogs of Galleon Blast occasionally get shore leave to ply their raggle-taggle trade wherever folk will have them. With a selection of rum-soaked songs and shanties, the Blasters whip up a squally strumming storm to get all and sundry friggin' in the riggin'. With traditional tunes and many a seafaring classic from The Dubliners, The Waterboys, The Pogues, Thin Lizzy, The Fisherman's Friends and Ewan MacColl; you can be sure that these diddly diddly deck-hands will get feet tapping from the poop to the crow's nest. Galleon Blast feature banjos, whistles, accordions and fiddles from members of The Family Mahone, Full House and Mark Radcliffe and Foes, including the pirate dj himself Mr.Radcliffe the Jack Sparrow of the Radio 2 Folk Show. Actually, make that the Jack Duckworth of the Radio 2 Folk Show. So, it's all aboard the good ship Blast for a full-on broadside of buccaneering beat.

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Noah's Cape

on Fri, 9 Feb 2018 at Blandford Forum Royal British Legion 7:45pm

Noah's Cape bring together three superb voices in sweet harmony, singing a wide variety of songs. The lovely Linda Watkins, Marian Wedley and new man Mark Niel make sweet music. Supporting them is sweet voiced Wendy Jane Morrow, from East Anglia (The Morrows).

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Chris Wood

on Fri, 9 Feb 2018 at Sheffield The Heeley Institute 7:30pm

One of the finest songwriters and performers of his generation, Chris Wood draws together the personal and political like no other. The many awards gained over the last decade or so attest to this. Come and see one of the best in the intimate surroundings of Heeley Institute.

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Chris Wood

on Fri, 9 Feb 2018 at Sheffield The Heeley Institute 7:30pm

One of the finest songwriters and performers of his generation, Chris Wood draws together the personal and political like no other. The many awards gained over the last decade or so attest to this. Come and see one of the best in the intimate surroundings of Heeley Institute.

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Brian Peters

on Fri, 9 Feb 2018 at Guildford Institute 7:45pm

Brian Peters is one of the English folk scene's great all-rounders: a compelling singer, a first-rate squeezebox player and a skilled guitarist. Brian is one of the country's best anglo-concertina players and is just as good on melodeon, while he's also internationally-known as a leading performer of the great 'Child' ballads. Although best known for traditional folk songs and lively English dance music, Brian's act is full of variety and might include newer songs and tunes or wild squeezebox excursions into ragtime and blues. Add his energy and dry humour onstage, and you have a truly entertaining performer.

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Brian Peters

on Fri, 9 Feb 2018 at Guildford Institute 7:45pm

Brian Peters is one of the English folk scene's great all-rounders: a compelling singer, a first-rate squeezebox player and a skilled guitarist. Brian is one of the country's best anglo-concertina players and is just as good on melodeon, while he's also internationally-known as a leading performer of the great 'Child' ballads. Although best known for traditional folk songs and lively English dance music, Brian's act is full of variety and might include newer songs and tunes or wild squeezebox excursions into ragtime and blues. Add his energy and dry humour onstage, and you have a truly entertaining performer.

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Red Tail Ring

on Fri, 9 Feb 2018 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7:30pm

Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring create lush, intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and close harmonies. The very best of the 21st century's minimalist and highly original folk music . . . a peerless duo. American Roots UK.

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Live At St Mary's: Clare Sands

on Fri, 9 Feb 2018 at Billericay Saint Mary's Church 7:00am

Clare Sands is a young multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter who hails from the vibrant musical city of Cork. Alongside a burgeoning music career, her resume includes a first class honours degree in Music and Italian and several world medals representing Ireland in Karate. Clare started playing the fiddle at the age of four and plays guitar, piano, bodhrán and mandolin amongst many others. She works as a full time musician combining live performance, composition and teaching whilst still finding time to use her talents as a session musician aplaying for artists such as: Luka Bloom, Kris Drever, Mary Coughlan, Mick Flannery and John Spillane. Clare released her debut album 'Join Me at The Table' to critical acclaim in October 2016. The album is an eclectic mix of Blues/Folk/Jazz. She has performed at the Cork Opera House and The National Concert Hall and is regularly featured on radio. Clare is also a signed BOSS-Roland artist. I first heard Clare at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in October 2017 playing in the Oliver Plunkett pub' as part of scratch-band 'The Cranes' and I was hugely impressed by Clare's voice, song writing and musicianship. I knew immediately I'd have to invite her to Billericay so that others could enjoy her talents - I'm delighted she's able to come so soon! "Clare's musical style has a wide variety of reference points. She has a unique ability to blend folk, jazz and blues, while her alluring voice ebbs and flows throughout her music." Peter McGoran, Hotpress "Sands has forged a fantastically feisty fusion of folk, jazz and trad that simultaneously soothes and excites as it unfolds. Its innovative sound and smooth execution are guaranteed to grab the attention of a vast and varied listenership." Pure M Magazine SUPPORT To complete an excellent evening of acoustic singer, songwriters we have Dan Pierce and Georgia Strand. Dan Pierce played with Gloucestershire band Big Blue Sun and The Lamplight Poet folk collective in Teesside. Among his influences are Elliott Smith, Damon Albarn and Bob Dylan. Dan describes his songs as 'A slice of melancholy with a twist of hope!' With themes including misfits, rogues and the triumphs of nostalgia. I'm a happy person really he says! Georgia Strand is based in Leigh-on-Sea and has been peforming her own songs for the last ten years. Her country/folk style has taken her all over the country, performing with acts such as The Wonder Stuff, Squeeze, showcased for Guy Chambers, performed at Cambridge Folk Festival and has even played with Chas and Dave. Georgia has made many friends in Nashville and has recorded with double bass legend Dave Roe and pedal steel player Tommy Hannum, which resulted in the 2015 Itunes released EP 'BLUE'. TICKETS are £7 & fees (Door £9) and there is general seating. DOORS 19.00 I Georgia 19.30 I Dan 20.15 I Clare 21.00 BAR There will be a reasonable priced 'Honesty Bar' available with Billericay Brewery ale! HOW TO FIND US Saint Mary's is a 5 minute walk from Billericay station (only 25 mins from Liverpool Street) and there is ample parking off the High Street (behind Iceland). We are also only 5 mins off the A127 and 10 mins off the A12.  CONTACT paul@billericaychurches.org I @revPACman I revPACman.wordpress.com

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Hope In High Water

on Fri, 9 Feb 2018 at Eccleshall The Royal Oak 7:15pm

Hope In High Water are a folk/Americana duo hailing from Milton Keynes, who since the release of their debut album 'Never Settle' in May 2017 have been picking up rave reviews and airplay on both sides of the Atlantic. 'Never Settle' which has been lauded for its honest, authentic and stripped back approach to the genre, has received a 5/5 from R'n'R Magazine, 9/10 from Americana UK and the duo have even had airtime on BBC Radio 1. The new video for the song 'Bored Of Just Getting By' is an animation from Luke Jones who has previously made videos for the likes of Frank Turner, Beans On Toast and Will Varley. The song itself is a continuation of the 'Never Settle' theme, it's about the importance of feeling like you're living a full life with all the ups and downs that that brings. It is an acceptance that we all at times have a tendency to feel a boredom that comes from trundling along in mediocrity but the song stresses the importance of not accepting dissatisfaction because it's safe and comfortable and pursuing something meaningful, whatever that may be. Hope In High Water have stamped their mark on the UK folk/Americana scene and have been able to support many of the genre's most prominent stars, such as: Justin Townes Earle, Nikki Lane, Willie Watson (Old Crow Medicine Show), Cale Tyson, Beans on Toast, Aoife O'Donovan, The Hackensaw Boys, The Stray Birds, Otis Gibbs and Cahalen Morrison & Eli West. Earlier this year they were also invited to perform at The Americana Music Associations showcase ahead of the UK Americana Music awards ceremony in London. This is first in series of concerts that Fish Records will be presenting at The Royal Oak.

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The Beatroot Collective Presents Big Boss Man

on Fri, 9 Feb 2018 at Cleethorpes Moon on the Water 7:30pm

It is with great pleasure and incredible excitement that we bring the mighty Big Boss Man to the shores of Cleethorpes. Big Boss Man formed in November 1998, Their sound is a hip Heavy Hammond hybrid of pop, 6T's R'n'B / Latin soul and funk. The Band consists of: Nasser Bouzida a.k.a the Bongolian on Organ and Percussion, Scott Milsom on bass, guitar is provided by Trevor Harding. With 4 amazingly diverse yet funky LPs behind them, as well as playing hundreds of concerts and festivals across the UK, Europe and even Russia their music may sound familiar to you! They are regularly played on television shows including Come Dine With Me, and broadcast on BBC Radio, by DJs including Mark Lamarr and Craig Charles. Their track 'Party 7' was featured in the international NIKE WORLD FOOTBALL '06 CAMPAIGN advert featuring Thierry Henry and Eric Cantana. The entire soundtrack to The Mighty Boosh's BAFTA nominated short film Sweet was provided from tracks taken from the Big Boss Man's Humanize album. The band have performed live on national Spanish television and had tracks included on XFM London Radio and Later magazine compilation albums (100,000 plus copies). Big Boss Man official remix of the modfather Paul Weller's single "The Bottle" went straight in to the UK top 20 and fast became a collector's item. However it is the live show that is really something to be seen!! And we will!!

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Martha Tilston

on Fri, 9 Feb 2018 at Kingkerswell Parish Church - St Marys 7:00pm

Sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. She captures both the harshness and enchantment of life - Guardian With a voice like spider-webbed hollows and lyrics that inspire and captivate, Martha has earned a nomination from the BBC for best newcomer and released seven albums to date on her own label Squiggly Records building up a large audience worldwide. Martha has played main stage spots at festivals including Glastonbury Acoustic stage, the Australian National Folk festival among others. She has toured with the likes of Damien Rice and she has also featured on the Zero 7 album 'Yeah Ghost'. Martha's vibrant upbringing was both musical and artistic. In London with her artist mother and theatre director stepfather, there was always late night piano sessions, Joni Mitchell or Leonard Cohen spinning on the record player and creative chaos everywhere. But in Bristol her singer-songwriter father Steve Tilston and folk singer Maggie Boyle (step-mother) influenced her musical ear. She would often find legendary musicians like Bert Jansch, John Renbourn gathered and singing in the family kitchen. It was perhaps no wonder that all these textures fed into her creativity and emergence of Martha as a powerful songstress in her own right. With her beautiful crystal clear vocals, Martha's musical arrangements range from the pinhead intimacy of acoustic guitar and voice to the expansive electric, slide guitar, rolling beats, deep bass, banjo, string arrangements and sometimes touches of electronica. The new album NOMAD will invite you to make a fire outside under the stars, Look up at a big green moon, fly over a world of robots and humans,....and to never dwell on the path not taken.

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Gala Concert (a Celebration Of Russian Heritage In Music)

on Fri, 9 Feb 2018 at Exeter Cygnet Theatre 7:00pm

Doors Open 7.00pm *** Please note performance starts at 7.30pm *** A rare opportunity to be taken on a musical journey to the heart of Russian Heritage and experience its varied nature. The extensive programme will include operatic arias and traditional Russian songs, violin masterpieces and folk arrangements for balalaika featuring some of the most loved Russian composers: Tchaikovsky, Dargomizsky, Rachmaninov, Sviridov and more. Performed by Soloists from Russia's Music Colleges

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Gala Concert (a Celebration Of Russian Heritage In Music)

on Fri, 9 Feb 2018 at Exeter Cygnet Theatre 7:00pm

Doors Open 7.00pm *** Please note performance starts at 7.30pm *** A rare opportunity to be taken on a musical journey to the heart of Russian Heritage and experience its varied nature. The extensive programme will include operatic arias and traditional Russian songs, violin masterpieces and folk arrangements for balalaika featuring some of the most loved Russian composers: Tchaikovsky, Dargomizsky, Rachmaninov, Sviridov and more. Performed by Soloists from Russia's Music Colleges

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Willy Mason

on Fri, 9 Feb 2018 at Stroud The Goods Shed 7:30pm

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The Brother Brothers

on Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at Sheffield Regather Works 8:00pm

Identical twins Adam and David Moss are a musical duo unlike most others. The Brother Brothers sound is striking and undeniably captivating. At times leaning towards the darker elements of Appalachian, klezmer, and bluegrass traditions, their songs are laden with near perfect sibling harmonies or unison singing, compelling writing, and imaginative arrangements.

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Sam Green & The Midnight Heist

on Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at Melton Mowbray Eastwell Village Hall 7:00pm

Sam Green and the Midnight Heist, based in the south-west of England, play swamp-infested Blues, Folk, and Roots Rock music. This high energy 4 piece whip up a storm with stompin' beats, dog house bass and growlin' slide guitars. Throw in wailin' harmonicas and 4 howlin' voices and you have yourself a modern day juke joint sound; guaranteed to bring any old house down.

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Phil Beer

on Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at Alstonefield Village Hall 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's a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit. Licensed bar

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Richard Digance

on Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at Great Torrington The Plough Arts Centre 7:30pm

Richard resumes as normal after his Golden Anniversary celebrations of 2017 with a series of dates doing what he loves best, telling stories, playing the guitar and singing songs. This year there's a whole new show having shaken off the nostalgic trip of 50 years last year. With a BAFTA Nomination as TV Entertainer Of The Year and Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers, he turned his back on show biz for his first love of music and live performance. 4,000 live shows, 62 British tours, 14 books, 3 stage plays, 32 albums and nearly 4 million YouTube visits says it all. He composed the audio book music for Bill Bryson's best-seller 'The Road To Little Dribbling,' His Animal Alphabet poems, serialised by The BBC, are used as English Teaching Aids, in 14 countries from The USA to Swaziland,his guitar instrumentals are used on numerous TV productions. He supported Robin Williams at The London Palladium, and supported Steve Martin in The USA. On TV he played guitar with Queen's Brian May, Status Quo and The Moody Blues. Yes, after 50 years he's still doing what he loves.

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Jackie Oates

on Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at Leicester The Guildhall 7:15pm

Since appearing as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2003, double Folk Award winner Jackie Oates has performed extensively at festivals and venues across the country and beyond, in a solo capacity and with her band. She was a founder member of Northumbrian group and Mercury nominated Rachel Unthank and the Winterset and is now a permanent member of the folk super-group The Imagined Village as well as touring in her own right.

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Kent Duchaine - Welcome Back To Stony!

on Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at Stony Stratford York House Centre 7:30pm

Bringing back lots of happy Stony Stratford memories, we heartily welcome Kent DuChaine's long-awaited return to our town. Kent DuChaine has listened to, hung out with, opened up for, traveled and played with most of the great Blues men and women his whole adult life. The list is too long to name them all, but some of the major ones are: Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, BB, Albert and Freddie King, Willie Dixon, Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Robert JR Lockwood, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Furry Lewis and Son House. These were the big Country and Urban Blues influences who Kent heard and/or played with. Show starts at 8.30pm. Doors open at 7.30pm and York House's charming and efficient bar staff will sell you real ale, cider, lager, wines and soft drinks at the cash-only bar. All proceeds from the bar go to York House Centre. For more information visit http://www.kentduchaine.com/ or have a look at the York House website: www.york-house.org.uk

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Lindsay Lou

on Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 7:30pm

Outstanding Michigan songbird Lindsay Lou returns to the UK with her band and a brand new album to promote. The core 3-piece remains the same with a fourth member introduced on percussion/vocals. They previously took Shetland Folk Festival and HebCeltFest by storm on previous visits. After flying in for their own (sold-out) headline show at Glasgow's Celtic Connections in 2017, they became the talk of the town. Writing at fRoots magazine, Tim Chipping said: I'm convinced I have seen the most affectingly expressive singer since Amy Winehouse, backed by the new Punch Brothers. The band was featured in the BBC 2 TV Highlights show filmed at the city's Royal Concert Hall on the opening night.

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Sam Green Live At Exeter Brewery

on Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at Exeter The Exeter Brewery 7:30pm

Sam Green February tour. Join Sam, with special guests for a raw intimate performance of music from his latest album 'Just stand still' Album available now on ITunes, Apple Music and Spotify Sam Green is an independent Surf Roots artist from The UK. With a brand new album released in 2017, he is an Artist keen to share his music with the world. As a touring musician, Sam has travelled far and wide all over the UK and Europe under his own name since 2010. After having played guitar and written music in numerous Alt-Rock Americana inspired bands since his early teens; Sam took a long backpacking trip around South America and returned home in 2010 with a note book full of songs, inspired to get out on the road and play his new music as much as possible. Sam's percussive, acoustic slide guitar style, combined with stomp box and harmonica, have served as a foundation; on which he has built a strong reputation as a live act with universal appeal. His one-man-band shows are raw, intimate offerings of virtuosic slide guitar, percussive rhythms, engaging song writing and a soulful, blues inspired voice. His travels have taken him and his music to some of the most highly respected venues and music festivals in the world. In 2013 Sam played Glastonbury festival where he and his band were described by The Independent News Paper as "One of the hot new acts making the summer swing". Since then, he has been described as a "Great talent indeed" by Bristol After dark and his recent solo performance on BBC Introducing in Devon was described as "One of the best sessions we've had this year." March 2017 saw the release of Sam's first full length solo album 'Just Stand Still' a record which tells the story of coming home to his beloved North Devon and laying down roots on which to start a new chapter. The album features eight new songs written at home on his 8-track recorder and developed over the space of a year where Sam had the time and space to create, surf and recover from a hectic few years of non-stop D.I.Y touring. The album was finally recorded and produced at Pound House Studios near Braunton under the guidence of producer and drummer Steve Tanton. "One of the hot new acts making the summer swing at Glastonbury festival" The Independent newspaper "A great talent indeed" Bristol After dark "One of the best sessions we've had this year" BBC Introduci

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Martha Tilston

on Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at Falmouth The Tolmen Centre 7:15pm

The ever popular Penryn based singer-songwriter Martha Tilston performs songs from her new album, 'Nomad', and other favourites from her back catalogue. Backed by her band, Martha brings her crystal clear vocals and inspiring lyrics to the fore, captivating and inspiring. "Sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. She captures both the harshness and the enchantment of life" - Guardian. Venue open from 6pm, show starts 7.30pm. Cafe meals from 6pm but MUST be pre-booked via 01326 341353.

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Martha Tilston

on Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at Falmouth The Tolmen Centre 7:15pm

The ever popular Penryn based singer-songwriter Martha Tilston performs songs from her new album, 'Nomad', and other favourites from her back catalogue. Backed by her band, Martha brings her crystal clear vocals and inspiring lyrics to the fore, captivating and inspiring. "Sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. She captures both the harshness and the enchantment of life" - Guardian. Venue open from 6pm, show starts 7.30pm. Cafe meals from 6pm but MUST be pre-booked via 01326 341353.

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Martha Tilston

on Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at Falmouth The Tolmen Centre 7:15pm

The ever popular Penryn based singer-songwriter Martha Tilston performs songs from her new album, 'Nomad', and other favourites from her back catalogue. Backed by her band, Martha brings her crystal clear vocals and inspiring lyrics to the fore, captivating and inspiring. "Sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. She captures both the harshness and the enchantment of life" - Guardian. Venue open from 6pm, show starts 7.30pm. Cafe meals from 6pm but MUST be pre-booked via 01326 341353.

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Red Tail Ring Play Cafe#9!!

on Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at Sheffield Cafe #9 7:30pm

Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring create lush, intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and close harmonies. The very best of the 21st century's minimalist and highly original folk music . . . a peerless duo. American Roots UK. The Michigan-based band is fresh off their fourth full-length studio release, Fall Away Blues. Featuring new songwriting fused with old-time and country blues themes, the album tackles topical subjects such as gun violence and environmentalism as well as age-old questions of place and love. Red Tail Ring doesn't just pay homage to vintage folk and roots music: The Kalamazoo duo breathes new life into it, channeling the power and charm of seminal material into its own original songs. John Sinkevics, LocalSpins.com Redwood River Band are a Leeds based acoustic trio playing old time, blues and american appalachian folk tunes.....

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Paul Downes @ Royal Traditions

on Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at Dungworth The Royal Hotel 7:30pm

7.30 Tunes session 8-10 Act 10-11 Singing session

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Jaime Wyatt Band

on Sat, 10 Feb 2018 at Tingewick Village Hall 7:30pm

Jaime Wyatt's newest release Felony Blues, whose title is a nod to records like David Allan Coe's Penitentiary Blue, is largely an autobiographical collection of convict love stories, prison songs, and honky-tonk laments. Wyatt is a striking figure with an old soul and a voice like a force of nature. Regardless of genre, the Los Angeles-based musician is a dynamic performer, who sails naturally between vintage '60s and '70s country/rock 'n' soul anthems and heartfelt country ballads of love and corruption. Country radio station 95.3 The Bear recently named her, alongside Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price, as one of the country artists you may not have heard of, but need to hear. BETH BOMBARA. Magnet Magazine says, the music has a definite Americana style, her older [punk rock] influences are clearly apparent as well. With a folksinger's head and a rocker's heart, Beth Bombara has built her career on an evolving sound that blurs the lines between genres. To those who make their living onstage, she's a musician's musician a road warrior who writes her own exemplary material, plays multiple instruments, and fronts her own band, often a duo with her husband. With 2017's 'Map & No Direction,' Bombara's songs take aim at a larger audience with melodic hooks that showcase a love not only for roots-rock, but the irresistible punch of classic pop, too.

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The Tannahill Weavers

on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 at Great Torrington The Plough Arts Centre 3:00pm

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland 's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that. The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable. Over the years the Tannies have been international trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. Inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2011, 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.

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Galley Beggar Folk Up New Cross Inn

on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 at London New Cross Inn 6:00pm

New Cross Inn are very pleased to bring you a band at the forefront of the UK Folk Rock scene - Galley Beggar. Doors 6pm £7.50 ADV / £10 OTD Galley Beggar Bringing diverse musical tastes to the band, all six members converge on the folk fusion of the late 1960s and early 1970s - Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Steeleye Span, Trees, and many lesser known groups whose musicianship was largely overlooked in a rapidly changing music scene. "The themes and textures of Galley Beggar's music all combine together to form a well produced selection of songs that bring a bygone age - or bygone ages - into the twenty-first century. It's a gorgeous, gorgeous sound that demands repeated listens." Stephen Morris, BBC Introducing. The British folk music scene is healthier than ever with bands like Mumford and Sons and Stornoway. Galley Beggar deserve to be up there too. The Gig Guide. https://www.facebook.com/galleybeggarmusic http://www.galleybeggar.com/ Support acts TBA, email andy@newcrossinn.com with links if you are interested.

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Fairport Convention

on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 at Banbury Trade & Labour Club 6:45pm

Fairport Convention are delighted to return to Banbury Trades & Labour Club during their 2018 Tour. Doors 6.45pm Winter Wilson - 7.30pm Fairport Convention - 8pm (2 sets)

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Sam Baker

on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 at Saltaire The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club 7:00pm

Sam Baker's music and story have been shared by some of the most prestigious media outlets in the world-NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous others. He is a true artist in every way, sharing amazing life experiences through music, story, and art. Baker's story includes surviving devastating injuries from a terrorist bomb on a bus bound for Machu Picchu, Peru in 1986. Most of the passengers were killed, including the German family that he had befriended. His injuries required him to relearn how to walk, move, and speak. Many years and over 15 operations later, Baker sees beauty in everything around him and expresses his new-found life every day, sometimes with paint and canvas, or a camera, and sometimes with a guitar and song. Baker released his first record, Mercy, in 2004, the first in a trilogy of song paintings with sparse instrumentation and poetic delivery. It was followed by Pretty World in 2007, and Cotton in 2009. His 2013 release, 'Say Grace,' was named one of the Top Ten Country Albums of 2013 by Rolling Stone Magazine. His latest release, Land of Doubt (June 2017) is well on its way to similar attention and praise. A recent review published nationwide by Scott Stroud of the Associated Press says that Land of Doubt is 'utterly evocative' 'Life is a gift, Baker says. Gratitude for what remains is more helpful than resentment for what was lost. Ultimately, I came to understand that these days are wicked short and terribly beautiful. All I've got is this one breath, and if I'm lucky, I get another.' 'Simultaneously beautiful and brokenSam Baker is an artist worth waiting for' - NPR All Things Considered 'The Bard of the Workaday World' - Wall Street Journal 'Maybe the most captivating songwriter in America.' - Lone Star Music

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Cath And Phil Tyler

on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 at London The Slaughtered Lamb 7:30pm

Cath & Phil Tyler play Anglo-American folk music using guitar, banjo, voice and fiddle. Cath was a member of the band Cordelia's Dad in the 1990s when she lived in Massachusetts, USA. Phil, from Newcastle upon Tyne has played in various folk, rock and ceilidh bands for many years. Coming together musically through a shared love of traditional narrative song, full voiced sacred harp singing and sparse mountain banjo, they have performed on stages as diverse as the Royal Opera House in London and a dank tower in the old city walls of Newcastle. Taking a more minimal approach to their material than some, they have been described as 'one of the most compelling musical partnerships on the scene', their music being 'a highly concentrated and intimate musical experience that penetrates to the very rawest essence of folk tradition'.

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Kent Duchaine

on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 8:00pm

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Cosmotheka At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

Cosmotheka were considered by many to be the finest interpreters of Music Hall in the country. Cosmotheka consisted of Dave & Al Sealey and were massively popular from the nineteen seventies until the death of Al in 1999. The performed all over the world and were a familiar presence on TV and radio. Now Dave Sealey has rebooted the band with his son Dan to bring their glorious, exhilarating take on Music Hall into the Twenty First Century. Yes!!!! 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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Cosmotheka At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

Cosmotheka were considered by many to be the finest interpreters of Music Hall in the country. Cosmotheka consisted of Dave & Al Sealey and were massively popular from the nineteen seventies until the death of Al in 1999. The performed all over the world and were a familiar presence on TV and radio. Now Dave Sealey has rebooted the band with his son Dan to bring their glorious, exhilarating take on Music Hall into the Twenty First Century. Yes!!!! 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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Will Pound Harmonica Workshop

on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 at Sheffield Shakespeare's Pub 11:00am

Will's harmonica workshops are for all levels of player from complete beginner to those wanting to hone their own innovative style on diatonic, chromatic and tremolo. Techniques and topics covered include overblowing, melody playing, chordal accompliment, rhythm, note separation, tone and bending. This will be a full day of workshops starting at 11am at Shakespeare's pub, Gibraltar Street, Sheffield.

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Will Pound Harmonica Workshop

on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 at Sheffield Shakespeare's Pub 11:00am

Will's harmonica workshops are for all levels of player from complete beginner to those wanting to hone their own innovative style on diatonic, chromatic and tremolo. Techniques and topics covered include overblowing, melody playing, chordal accompliment, rhythm, note separation, tone and bending. This will be a full day of workshops starting at 11am at Shakespeare's pub, Gibraltar Street, Sheffield.

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Will Pound Performance

on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 at Sheffield Shakespeare's Pub 7:30pm

Solo performance by Will Pound

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Will Pound Performance

on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 at Sheffield Shakespeare's Pub 7:30pm

Solo performance by Will Pound

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Tony Mcmanus

on Mon, 12 Feb 2018 at Croydon Ruskin House 8:00pm

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Tony Mcmanus

on Mon, 12 Feb 2018 at Croydon Ruskin House 8:00pm

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An Evening With Sam Baker

on Tue, 13 Feb 2018 at Witney Fat Lils 7:30pm

In 1986 Sam Baker was on a train in Peru that was bombed by Shining Path Guerillas. Miraculously he survived and went on to become a great songwriter and is fast becoming one of the biggest underground Americana success stories of recent years. Imagine Steve Earle, Shane MacGowan and Johnny Cash jamming in a back street Texas bar when incomes Nick Cave and the spirit of Townes Van Zandt. Sam Baker grew up in the Texas prairie town of Itasca. He is a man of few words. Always beautifully chosen, and fully wrought. Words are placed like plants and objects in a Zen Garden. His website is stark: white, black, sepia, and shades of grey. Sam Baker's fifth studio record is aptly called, 'Land of Doubt'. Produced by Nashville's Neilson Hubbard, the record offers a change in Baker's usual instrumentation, as he lays down his acoustic guitar, and plays instead the electric. Yet still he does not depart from the haunting and melodic style that has mesmerized critics and fans of his previous records (Mercy, Pretty World, Cotton, Say Grace.) Baker's musical storytelling in 'Land of Doubt' gives voice to emotions tender and bitter, personal and universal. Some songs seem to come from deep inside the well of his own experience, while others reflect empathy with and insight into the suffering of those outside it. Perhaps Baker describes the record best, I wanted a cinematic feel, a mixture of scarcity and tension And beautyI always come back to beauty on my records. That's shorthand for something that's bigger than me.

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Hannah Read - Album Launch

on Tue, 13 Feb 2018 at London Water Rats 7:30pm

Way Out I'll Wander was produced in New Hampshire and upstate New York by Charlie Van Kirk and features a cast of musicians including Jefferson Hamer (Anais Mitchell), Jeff Picker and Sarah Jarosz. The recordings capture Read's formidable songwriting in intimate arrangements which reflect her background in traditional Scottish and English folk while also calling to mind the ice-cool delivery of Mary Lorson or Nina Nastasia. The songs set characters in a finely-drawn geography of wooded slopes and crisp, clean air city lights flickering on the horizon to explore time and place from Hannah's migrant perspective. Hannah spent her youth playing fiddle and singing in the rich traditional music scenes of Edinburgh and on the Isle of Eigg, a remote Island off the west coast of Scotland. With musical training at The City of Edinburgh Music School, The American School of Modern Music in Paris and the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Hannah gathered the musical tools, vocabulary and experience that propelled her into the thriving Brooklyn music scene. She has performed throughout the USA, UK, Canada and Europe with her own self-titled project, as well as with the likes of Julie Fowlis and Grammy Award-winning Sarah Jarosz. In 2017 - as part of the Songs of Separation project alongside Eliza Carthy and Karine Polwart - Hannah won a BBC Folk Award for Best Album. 'One of the finest singers of our day' - MOJO

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Crh Music Presents Jess And The Bandits

on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 at Bristol The Tunnels 7:30pm

Media favourites Jess and the Bandits are a phenomenon. Fronted by Texan vocalist and songwriter Jessica Clemmons, they've set the Americana scene alight over the last few years, winning awards and acclaim galore. High octane country rock of the finest type, with blast furnace vocals and unforgettable songs, their debut album, Here we Go Again, was described by Nashville Over Here as A fun, melodic roller coaster mix of country rock and ballads, and by Gay Times as Like Shania at her trashiest or a whiskey-drunk Kelly Clarkson, these songs have the swagger of bad women and even worse men. Their new release Smoke and Mirrors takes over where the last one left off, and confirms their reputation as one of the brightest bands around.

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Tony Mcmanus

on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 at London Kings Place 7:30pm

To find a voice on so ubiquitous an instrument as the acoustic guitar is quite an achievement: to do so within a centuries old idiom where the instrument has no real history is truly remarkable. Scots born and now Canada based, Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. Through Tony's hands the emotions of celtic music are transferred to the guitar and the listener is drawn into the driving energy of a reel or the timeless atmosphere of a lament - each finding an authentic voice through his interpretation. That emotional connection lifts McManus's playing beyond mere virtuosity to a place where new listeners worldwide - from the Hebrides to Connemara and from Bogota to Tokyo - are won over to this music. In addition to his solo albums, there have also been groundbreaking recordings with musicians as diverse as Scots fiddler Alasdair Fraser, bluegrass legend Dan Crary and French bassist Alain Genty, to name but a few. Whatever the context, Tony's presence is unique and driven by a passion for the music. His engaging personality on stage has taken him to five continents, and his contribution was recently recognised with a Gold Medal, voted by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine - fellow recipients were John Williams, Paco de Lucia and Tommy Emmanuel. Tony's 2009 recording, The Makers Mark, won universal acclaim even in the rock guitar press, where jigs and reels would have been unheard of prior to its release.

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Songs From The Heart - Ray Cooper And White Sail

on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 8:00pm

A very special evening of music with beautiful original songs from legendary singer-songwriter Ray Cooper and alt-folk trio White Sail. Both Ray and White Sail will be playing material from their new albums in the candle-lit Wolfe Room in York's historic Black Swan. Peasholme Green York YO1 Tickets £10 0r £12 on the door.

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Mccusker, Mcgoldrick, Doyle

on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 8:00pm

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Chris Farlowe, Miller Anderson & Bob Brookes (the Return)

on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 at Littlehampton The Empress 7:30pm

The return by popular demand of Great British Blues Icon Chris Farlowe! British blues legend Chris Farlowe joins veteran of Woodstock Miller Anderson and Sussex Desperate Dan Band frontman Bob Brookes for an evening of Blues Rnb and Gospel in an intimate 300 seater venue( So get your tickets quick) those of you who know of Chris Farlowe will remember 'Out of Time' & 'Handbags and Gladrags' Chris Farlowe moved to Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label and recorded eleven singles, five of which were cover versions of Rolling Stones songs including Paint It, Black, Think, Ride On, Baby, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, and Out of Time, which reached no. 1 (1966) in the UK Singles Chart.[1] He recorded four more singles, the best known of which is Mike d'Abo's Handbags and Gladrags.[2] and My Way Of Giving, a cover of a Small Faces album track written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane. Miller Anderson Apart from pursuing his own solo career, he was a member of the Keef Hartley Band. Other groups Anderson has been associated with are; the Spencer Davis Group, Broken Glass, The Dukes, Mountain, Savoy Brown, T.Rex and Chicken Shack.[1] In early 2006, he joined The British Blues Quintet with Maggie Bell, Zoot Money, Colin Hodgkinson and Colin Allen. In the Spring of 2016 Miller returned to the studio and in July 2016 released a new album of 12 original tracks Through The Mill Bob Brookes Along with The Desperate Dan Band Bob has worked with and supported some of the most credible names in the business, either collectively or individually people like Paul McCartney, Jools Holland, Elton John, Leo Sayer to name but a few having had in the line-up at one time or another such people as Dave Mattacks (Fairport, Mary Chapin-Carpenter), Rest of the band that night are: Jim Barr / Bass Frazer Wigg/ Keyboards Marianne Hiller-Brook / Drums & Percussion The Band take to the stage at 8.30 pm

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The Railsplitters

on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 at Biddulph Arms 7:30pm

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Reg Meuross

on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette 7:00pm

MrWishyWashy presents Launderette Sessions http://www.oldcinemalaunderette.uk/retro-gig-venue https://www.facebook.com/LaunderetteSessions/ ht HYPERLINK "https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g190832-d6612072-Reviews-Old_Cinema_Launderette-Durham_County_Durham_England.html"tps://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g190832-d6612072-Reviews-Old_Cinema_Launderette-Durham_County_Durham_England.html https://mobile.twitter.com/LaunderetteSess https://www.instagram.com/launderette_sessions/ Old Cinema Launderette is a mix of standing and seating. If you wish to be seated it is best to arrive early. Doors open at 7pm. If you have any special needs please advise us by email to mrwishywashypresents@gmail. HYPERLINK "mailto:mrwishywashypresents@gmail.com"com and we will do our very best to accommodate these. The launderette is wheelchair friendly as is our beautiful toilet. All timings are approximate but generally:- Doors - 19.00 Support 19.50 Headline 20.30 Please check Old Cinema Launderette Facebook page for more up to date information. Old Cinema Launderette & bar serves real & craft beers on draught and a small but perfectly formed gin menu. We also serves OCC Coffee and Yorkshire Tea. We have a selection of fruit Teas and posh soft drinks.

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Pons Aelius

on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 at London The Slaughtered Lamb 7:30pm

2015 Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award Winners Pons Aelius are an ambitious young instrumental sextet exploring the traditional and contemporary folk musics of Britain and beyond. With bold arrangements and an arsenal of instruments, the band melds age-old traditions with a fresh and innovative attitude.

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Sam Baker

on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 at Lewes All Saints Arts Centre 7:30pm

This is a unallocated seated gig. We are delighted to welcome the legendary Sam Baker back to Lewes. This time it will be for a beautiful alternative take on Valentines night - want a date like no other? come to this and bring your loved ones, we will put the bubbly on ice for you!

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Tannahill Weavers

on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath 7:15pm

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Martin Stephenson (solo)

on Thu, 15 Feb 2018 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette 7:00pm

Doors 7pm. Support 19.50. Martin around 20.30 We have wheelchair access/toilet. If you wish to discuss further please email mrwishywashypresents@gmail.com We try to be as inclusive as we can. Venue is mostly seated. Arrive early if you wish to secure a seat.

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Tannahill Weavers

on Thu, 15 Feb 2018 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7:30pm

2018 will be the band's 50th anniversary. The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that. 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. In 2011 the band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, and in 2014 they are joined by innovative piper Lorne MacDougall. Lorne comes with a high pedigree, having arranged and performed pipes for the Disney Pixar movie Brave, along with a long list of other accomplishments. With the release of the Tannahill's 17th recording, Live and In Session, on award-winning label Compass Records, 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. http://tannahillweavers.com/

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Chris Farlowe Miller Anderson & Bob Brookes. The Return

on Thu, 15 Feb 2018 at Worthing The John Selden Public House 7:30pm

Yes it's the return of the 'Terrible Trio' to The John Selden for a spring show! British blues legend Chris Farlowe joins veteran of Woodstock Miller Anderson and Sussex Desperate Dan Band frontman Bob Brookes for an evening of Blues Rnb and Gospel in an intimate 100 seater venue( So get your tickets quick) those of you who know of Chris Farlowe will remember 'Out of Time' & 'Handbags and Gladrags' Chris Farlowe moved to Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label and recorded eleven singles, five of which were cover versions of Rolling Stones songs including Paint It, Black, Think, Ride On, Baby, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, and Out of Time, which reached no. 1 (1966) in the UK Singles Chart.[1] He recorded four more singles, the best known of which is Mike d'Abo's Handbags and Gladrags.[2] and My Way Of Giving, a cover of a Small Faces album track written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane. Miller Anderson Apart from pursuing his own solo career, he was a member of the Keef Hartley Band. Other groups Anderson has been associated with are; the Spencer Davis Group, Broken Glass, The Dukes, Mountain, Savoy Brown, T.Rex and Chicken Shack.[1] In early 2006, he joined The British Blues Quintet with Maggie Bell, Zoot Money, Colin Hodgkinson and Colin Allen. In the Spring of 2016 Miller returned to the studio and in July 2016 released a new album of 12 original tracks Through The Mill Bob Brookes Along with The Desperate Dan Band Bob has worked with and supported some of the most credible names in the business, either collectively or individually people like Paul McCartney, Jools Holland, Elton John, Leo Sayer to name but a few having had in the line-up at one time or another such people as Dave Mattacks (Fairport, Mary Chapin-Carpenter), Rest of the band that night are: Jim Barr / Bass Frazer Wigg/ Keyboards Marianne Hiller-Brook / Drums & Percussion The Band take to the stage at 9.00 pm

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Willy Mason

on Thu, 15 Feb 2018 at Manchester The Deaf Institute 7:00pm

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Big Boy Bloater & The Limits

on Thu, 15 Feb 2018 at Witney Fat Lils 7:45pm

Like your Blues with a lot of Rhythm and your Rock with a lot of Roll? We're thrilled to welcome Big Boy Bloater and The Limits back to Fat Lil's with their much-celebrated brand of R&B with a modern twist as part of a very short run of headline shows ahead of a much-anticipated album release in the Spring. Bring your dancing shoes and be ready for tales of stalkers, betrayal, robot lovers + more set to an infectious beat, with world class guitar, and a vocal that has not only been compared to a cross between Tom Waits and Howlin' Wolf but was voted as one of the 'top 100 blues vocalists of all time' in a poll by readers of The Blues Magazine. This is good time music for good time people. The most recent album 'Luxury Hobo' was showcased on Radio 2 and gained the band TV coverage as well as making many 'best of 2016' lists. With celebrity fans already in the know and the general public catching on fast don't miss this show before he takes off for superstardom! "Big Boy Bloater and the Limits have a style that swings and an off-kilter sense of humour. The result is hugely entertaining, and the packed tent shows an appreciation for this bright and flowing set" - CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE The Big Boy with the big talent and the superb band is a unique artist. On form, like they are here, the three of them know no limits. MAXIMUM VOLUME MUSIC "Big Boy Bloater has a huge stage presence, quite literally, but also a lightness of touch in the deftness of the lyrics to his wry and humorous modern blues songs, and a twinkle in his eye. - BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE On the door price £14 Sponsored by Hobgoblin Beer

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Bob Cheevers

on Thu, 15 Feb 2018 at London Green Note 7:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This show is taking place in "THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE". Unfortunately there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 9.30pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Austin Singer-Songwriter Bob Cheevers Announces His 2018 StorySongs UK Tour Howlin' Dog Records is proud to announce that Bob Cheevers will be touring the UK in 2018 for the 13th year. He will again be promoting his epic boxed-set retrospective, Fifty Years released January 2017 in Europe and July 2017 in America. Fifty Years is a 5-disc boxed-set featuring 83 songs that chronicle the journey which includes the writing of over 3000 songs in multiple genres, touring around the world, decades living in the music centers of Memphis, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Austin, and ultimately, the release of what Cheevers feels is his masterpiece. The Story Songs Tour will feature selections from the elegant Fifty Years boxed set with song selections from his 10 previous CDs along with unreleased master recordings that have been collecting in his vault for decades. Cheever's 13th year of touring in the UK finds him reaching into his treasure trove of story songs and making them the focal point of his 2018 tour. All these songs are found in his recent Fifty Years boxed-set. It's been noted by critics worldwide that Cheevers has a unique and personal style of storytelling few writers are able to access much less sustain over a career. The honesty and heartfelt emotions exposed in his characters are a tribute to Cheever's ability to draw on his own life experiences and imagination to develop characters whose life experiences are familiar to the listener. Bob Cheevers' Story Songs Tour will be one full of laughter and a few tears along with those Ah Ha moments when the listener realizes he or she knows exactly what Bob is saying. About the stories in his songs, Bob says: I don't know if these stories are true...but they happened to me." Accompanying Cheevers again this tour will be London guitarist Geoff Haves, who with his wife, Janis, will provide tour support as the duo Haves and Haves. Light and warm sonic Pop tinged by Country and Folk with a rich, reverberation that echoes off the walls and resonates in the soul; just the right amount of jangle and wit perfectly describes this wonderful duo's songs and performances.

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Jez Lowe And The Bad Pennies

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Lowdham Village Hall 7:30pm

Seated event, with cabaret-style seating. Seating plan drawn up a day or two in advance, so let us know if you wish to sit with friends who have bought tickets. BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS - THERE IS NO BAR

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Chris Farlowe With Miller Anderson & Bob Brookes

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Henfield Henfield Hall 7:30pm

Voodoo Kitchen in collaboration with The Henfield Club & Henfield Guild present: British blues legend Chris Farlowe joins veteran of Woodstock Miller Anderson and Sussex Desperate Dan Band frontman Bob Brookes for an evening of Blues Rnb and Gospel in an intimate 200 seater venue( So get your tickets quick) those of you who know of Chris Farlowe will remember 'Out of Time' & 'Handbags and Gladrags' Chris Farlowe moved to Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label and recorded eleven singles, five of which were cover versions of Rolling Stones songs including "Paint It, Black", "Think", "Ride On, Baby", "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", and "Out of Time", which reached no. 1 (1966) in the UK Singles Chart.[1] He recorded four more singles, the best known of which is Mike d'Abo's "Handbags and Gladrags".[2] and "My Way Of Giving", a cover of a Small Faces album track written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane. Miller Anderson Apart from pursuing his own solo career, he was a member of the Keef Hartley Band. Other groups Anderson has been associated with are; the Spencer Davis Group, Broken Glass, The Dukes, Mountain, Savoy Brown, T.Rex and Chicken Shack.[1] In early 2006, he joined The British Blues Quintet with Maggie Bell, Zoot Money, Colin Hodgkinson and Colin Allen. In the Spring of 2016 Miller returned to the studio and in July 2016 released a new album of 12 original tracks " Through The Mill " Bob Brookes Along with The Desperate Dan Band Bob has worked with and supported some of the most credible names in the business, either collectively or individually - people like Paul McCartney, Jools Holland, Elton John, Leo Sayer to name but a few - having had in the line-up at one time or another such people as Dave Mattacks (Fairport, Mary Chapin-Carpenter), Rest of the band that night are: Jim Barr / Bass Frazer Wigg/ Keyboards Marianne Hiller-Brook / Drums & Percussion The trio take to the stage at 8.30pm Doors 7.30pm More information at www.voodookitchen.co.uk Licensed Bar

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Megson

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Reeth Memorial Hall 8:00pm

Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music. The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it 'if you don't like the music here then you have a problem'. The most original duo on the British folk scene.'(The Guardian); 'A force in the folk revival' (The Observer); 'Simply Brilliant' (The Sunday Express). Doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm start

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Megson

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Reeth Memorial Hall 8:00pm

Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music. The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it 'if you don't like the music here then you have a problem'. The most original duo on the British folk scene.'(The Guardian); 'A force in the folk revival' (The Observer); 'Simply Brilliant' (The Sunday Express). Doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm start

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Ray Cooper

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing 7:30pm

Ray Cooper is a singer/ songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, currently living in Sweden, who started to play in bands when he was sixteen. Moving between rock, punk and world music, and working as a singer, bass guitarist and cellist, he finally hooked up with Oysterband in 1988, and continued to play with them after his move to Sweden in 2000. In 2012 they won three awards at the BBC Folk Awards for Best Group, Best Album and Best Traditional Track and were dubbed by fROOTS magazine as one of three 'Icons Of Folk'. Despite their success, Ray took the brave decision to leave the band and go solo in February 2013 and he has since been touring Europe extensively as a solo artist. He has recorded two critically acclaimed solo albums, 'Tales of Love, War and Death by Hanging', released in 2010, which was recorded in a Swedish log cabin, and his second, 'Palace Of Tears', which retains a distinct nordic flavour with the inclusion of Swedish fiddles and the Finnish kantele. A highly talented musician, singer and songwriter, a gig by Ray Cooper is not to be missed.

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The Railsplitters

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Saltaire The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club 7:00pm

The Railsplitters bring their high energy brand of bluegrass from Colorado, USA with top class instrumental playing and powerful harmonies. This hugely entertaining live band draws on a range of influences including folk/roots, Americana, modern pop and rock & roll, as well as bluegrass pioneers like Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs. Featuring banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and upright bass, The Railsplitters have the kind of raw power that will knock your socks off. Having got their career off to a flying start by winning the band competition at the popular and influential Rockygrass festival, The Railsplitters have spent much of the last few years on the road, honing their craft. With three albums and two extensive UK tours under their belts, the band has received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic for their songwriting talent, luminous vocals and exceptional musical range. Though they operate with the instrumentation of a bluegrass band, The Railsplitters are making music totally unlimited by tradition. This is music for the open road, the open dance floor, and open ears - music of the American West, made for all. 'The Railsplitters are one of the most exciting bands to come on the scene in a long time. The complexity of their arrangements, the beauty of their vocals, and excitement in their performance should put them right in the center of your radar. Catch the Railsplitters, you'll dig 'em!' - Stephen Mougin, Sam Bush Band 'The Railsplitters embody two of my favourite musical elements: high quality musicianship and great original songs. They use both to make them, without a doubt, one of the best bluegrass bands to emerge in the last few years' - Andy Hall, The Infamous Stringdusters 'The Railsplitters are building their own links with listeners, continuing to push traditional bluegrass boundaries while staying true to the genre's roots-one song, one note, one memorable riff, and one heartfelt harmony at a time.' - David MacPherson, No Depression Magazine

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Edgelarks

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Bristol Frenchay Village Hall 7:30pm

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Holywell Music And Folk Presents Daria Kulesh And Friends

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Oxford Holywell Rooms 7:00pm

Holywell Music and Folk was born out of a desire and passion to bring live music to the heart of Oxford. With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, "bold, exotic, impressive" Daria Kulesh is a rising star and a unique character on the UK folk scene. Her debut album Eternal Child was described as phenomenal and named Runner-Up in Best Album of 2015 from a Female Artist by FolkWords, among numerous other accolades. Daria's 2017 album Long Lost Home has won awards in the UK and in Russia. The album has enjoyed national radio play and incredible reviews calling it a triumph, a masterpiece and a definite contender for the best album of 2017. Mike Harding praised the The Moon and the Pilot as "one of the most beautiful new songs of the last ten years". A hardworking and in-demand live performer, Daria offers her audiences a thoroughly engaging, entertaining and enchanting experience. For this special performance, she will be joined by a band comprising some of the best musicians on the folk scene.

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Katie Spencer / Kirsty Merryn

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop 7:00pm

The Big Comfy Bookshop proudly presents the award winning acoustic evening 'Comfy & Acoustic'. Intimate performances from the best UK (and beyond) musicians covering folk, Americana, singer-songwriters and roots. DOUBLE HEADLINE EVENT Katie Spencer Every once in a while we are blessed with a singer who is quite simply born to write and perform exquisite songs with confident, gentle assurance. Katie Spencer is a progressive-folk singer songwriter and guitarist inspired by the people and her surroundings in the Yorkshire countryside. Her debut studio release 'Good Morning Sky' was released in May 2017 and saw Katie working with a number of outstanding musicians, namely Ted McKenna (Rory Gallagher, SAHB) and Foss Paterson (John Martyn, Jethro Tull). Recorded in Glasgow, the atmosphere of the Mini-Album recalls some of the essence of [John] Martyn's best music. The songs are treated to a delicate and mature guitar style to go with her distinctively graceful voice, Northern Sky Magazine. As debuts go Katie Spencer is clearly off to a flying start. Folk Radio UK Peter Cowley at FATEA Magazine recently reviewed her performance at Folk On The Farm, saying I had not seen Katie before but was immediately and hugely impressed. With her reverb-laden acoustic guitar, powerful and original song writing and a voice like warm honey, she was for me, the discovery of the festival. Kirsty Merryn Kirsty Merryn is a London-based singer-songwriter whose music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition, with influence from contemporary folk artists like Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman and Kate Rusby, as well as genre-defying musicians like Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. Kirsty has become a regular on the UK folk scene, delighting the crowds with her delicately introspective piano based songs and sophisticated musical style, which are balanced beautifully by an intimate and finely observational lyrical content. In 2015 after being discovered by Steve Knightley she received national airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music and in 2016 opened the main stage at Sidmouth Folk Week for headliners Show of Hands. Kirsty is currently working on her debut album, a collection of stories about inspirational women, with funding from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and produced by award-winning Gerry Diver (Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp, The Speech Project), which will be released later in 2017. In Autumn 2017 Kirsty will be touring the UK over 22 nights, supporting Show of Hands on their Cathedral Tour. Stage Times Katie Spencer 9.45-10.45 Kirsty Merryn 8.30-9.30 TBA 8.00-8.25 The bookshop bar will be open serving hot and cold drinks, wine and beer plus snacks. No other food or drink to be brought into the premises. For details of the bookshop please visit www.thebigcomfybookshop.co.uk www.facebook.com/thebigcomfybookshop www.twitter.com/bigcomfybooks www.instagram.com/bigcomfybooks www.bigcomfysessions.com NOTE: If you are late you'll have to wait for the acts to finish their set/song to avoid interrupting the performance

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Liz Simcock

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Stony Stratford York House Centre 7:30pm

Concert in the Beechy Room

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Mawkin

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7:30pm

In 2015 Mawkin delivered their self-produced and critically acclaimed album 'The Ties That Bind'. Their 'unapologetically energetic' approach and DIY ethic surprised critics, fans and welcomed new audience members describing them as a 'modern day Fairport'. With a host of rebel rousing folk songs and instrumentals the band modernise traditional folk material with their own touch and have since excited audiences with their artillery of loud, boisterous, foot stomping live sets. Critics of the album suggested that Mawkin might fill the 'Bellowhead shaped hole' so it seemed only natural to support them on their farewell tour of 2016 amongst a flurry of key festivals and UK tour dates.

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Risky Business At Bingham Folk Club

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Bingham Rugby Club Pavilion 8:00pm

Ruth Fuga, Ken Powell and Dave Walmisley came together over 20 years ago after they had all had successful individual music careers. Combining their skills to include Dave's wonderful lyrics and songs, Ken and Dave's skills on the various instruments they play, and Ruth's stunningly clear lead vocals and harmonies to die for, they produced an eclectic mix of songs that had an overwhelming ability to leave you breathless and cause the hairs on the back of your neck to stand on end. They went their separate ways about 10 years ago but we are pleased to say that they are now back together again to grace our stages once more. Music starts at 8.30pm and finishes at 11pm. Admission at the door on the night for people without tickets will be £8 - and only possible if space permits.

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Avital Raz & Richard Masters An Evening Of Strange Adventures

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Sheffield Regather Works 8:30pm

We will perform some songs separately but mostly together. Expect raunchy tales, eerie ballads and eye opening weirdness.

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Avital Raz & Richard Masters An Evening Of Strange Adventures

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Sheffield Regather Works 8:30pm

We will perform some songs separately but mostly together. Expect raunchy tales, eerie ballads and eye opening weirdness.

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Forest Folk And Roots Present The King Biscuit Boys

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Cranfield The College Arms 7:30pm

This is the second visit of the King Biscuit Boys to Forest Folk and Roots. Back in September 2016 they supported American bluesman John Emil and went down such a storm we've been waiting to get them back ever since. The King Biscuit Boys are Jonathan and Craig, an acoustic blues duo from Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire who met up in 2011. Since then have playing music predominantly from the 30's, 40's and 50's - they like to come and entertain. Their influences include Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Junior Wells & Buddy Guy and just about all other harmonica and guitar blues duos. The blues is a broad-church and you can expect to hear just about all styles from the early raw Delta and various pre-war styles through the post war emergence of the electric styles with a bit of psychedelia and rock blues thrown in for good measure. They play a collection of acoustic originals & reworked standards, often with humorous twists in a variety of styles. Jonathan handles the vocals and guitar parts while Craig is the one who adds the virtuosity from various instruments including harmonica, washboard, melodica and if you are lucky HandPan & spoons along with resonator guitars. Craig wants to play the piano more, but Jonathan's Fiat 500 won't cope with that as well. They are a mesmerising act to both watch and listen to.

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Forest Folk And Roots Present The King Biscuit Boys

on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 at Cranfield The College Arms 7:30pm

This is the second visit of the King Biscuit Boys to Forest Folk and Roots. Back in September 2016 they supported American bluesman John Emil and went down such a storm we've been waiting to get them back ever since. The King Biscuit Boys are Jonathan and Craig, an acoustic blues duo from Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire who met up in 2011. Since then have playing music predominantly from the 30's, 40's and 50's - they like to come and entertain. Their influences include Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Junior Wells & Buddy Guy and just about all other harmonica and guitar blues duos. The blues is a broad-church and you can expect to hear just about all styles from the early raw Delta and various pre-war styles through the post war emergence of the electric styles with a bit of psychedelia and rock blues thrown in for good measure. They play a collection of acoustic originals & reworked standards, often with humorous twists in a variety of styles. Jonathan handles the vocals and guitar parts while Craig is the one who adds the virtuosity from various instruments including harmonica, washboard, melodica and if you are lucky HandPan & spoons along with resonator guitars. Craig wants to play the piano more, but Jonathan's Fiat 500 won't cope with that as well. They are a mesmerising act to both watch and listen to.

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The Churchfitters

on Sat, 17 Feb 2018 at Somerton Meadway Hall 7:30pm

Further info at http://comptondundon.com/?page_id=5284

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Pagoda Project

on Sat, 17 Feb 2018 at Newbury ACE Space 7:30pm

Captivating and original, Folk Jazz fusion that will delight, surprise and entertain. The combination of Paul Hutchinson (Belshazzar's Feast, Hoover the Dog) on accordion with a folk background and Karen Wimhurst (Cauld Blast Orchestra) on clarinets with a classical and jazz background is not an obvious one but works oh so brilliantly. What they do have in common is they are both supremely talented musicians who bring something new and fresh to every performance. David Kidman (Fatea) summed what to expect really well when he wrote expect ebullient yet sensitive playing, with infectious, well-pointed rhythms, and a talent for taking tunes off into creative tangents, a real gift for affectionate pastiche, and a keen understanding of all manner of folk and world musics, classical and jazz disciplines. Oh, and a delicious sense of wordplay. Since Pagoda's last appearance at ACE Space (in the days they were a duo rather than a project) they have recorded and released their first CD Clarion to great acclaim. Songlines gave them a 5 star review (the only 5 star review in an edition that reviewed over 60 CDs). Their last gig is still the only one where two encores were demanded by the audience. Pagoda Project gigs tend to be few and far between so don't miss this opportunity.

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Pagoda Project

on Sat, 17 Feb 2018 at Newbury ACE Space 7:30pm

Captivating and original, Folk Jazz fusion that will delight, surprise and entertain. The combination of Paul Hutchinson (Belshazzar's Feast, Hoover the Dog) on accordion with a folk background and Karen Wimhurst (Cauld Blast Orchestra) on clarinets with a classical and jazz background is not an obvious one but works oh so brilliantly. What they do have in common is they are both supremely talented musicians who bring something new and fresh to every performance. David Kidman (Fatea) summed what to expect really well when he wrote expect ebullient yet sensitive playing, with infectious, well-pointed rhythms, and a talent for taking tunes off into creative tangents, a real gift for affectionate pastiche, and a keen understanding of all manner of folk and world musics, classical and jazz disciplines. Oh, and a delicious sense of wordplay. Since Pagoda's last appearance at ACE Space (in the days they were a duo rather than a project) they have recorded and released their first CD Clarion to great acclaim. Songlines gave them a 5 star review (the only 5 star review in an edition that reviewed over 60 CDs). Their last gig is still the only one where two encores were demanded by the audience. Pagoda Project gigs tend to be few and far between so don't miss this opportunity.

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Geno Washington And The Ram Jam Band

on Sat, 17 Feb 2018 at Lewes The Con Club 8:00pm

Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band | Geno Washington and The YoYo's Information Page Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band are an English based Soul band originally active from 1965 to 1969. Now going stronger than ever! Members: Geno Washington (Lead Vocals); Geoff Hemsley (Drums); Steve Bingham (Bass and Backing Vocals); Billy Burke (Guitar and Backing Vocals); and Alan Whetton (Tenor Sax). Geno Washington and The YoYo's play a more Blues oriented set and are the band minus the saxes.

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Noble Jacks

on Sat, 17 Feb 2018 at Melton Mowbray Eastwell Village Hall 7:00pm

NOBLE JACKS are a rip-roaring Alt-Folk band with roof raising energy and whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together with a mixture of upbeat folky footstompin' rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. The band hit the festival scene hard in 2016 with performances at Chagstock, Beautiful Days, Broadstairs Folk Week and Bestival to name a few, while 2017 has seen Noble Jacks' debut at Glastonbury with more to come!

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Miranda Sykes

on Sat, 17 Feb 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 8:00pm

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The Tannahill Weavers

on Sat, 17 Feb 2018 at Uckfield Civic Centre 7:15pm

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that.

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Half Deaf Clatch & Supports

on Sat, 17 Feb 2018 at Manchester Fuel Cafe Bar 6:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/520254941649417

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The Jigantics, Goat Roper Rodeo Band, The Savannahs

on Sat, 17 Feb 2018 at Petersfield The Studio @ TPS 7:00pm

It's been a long time in the planning but at last we're delighted to announce the launch night in our newest (old) venue, in our favourite town - The Studio @ The Petersfield School (TPS) in (obviously) Petersfield! We have many friends who travel down from the area who have often said to us Why don't you put on some of your Americana shows in Petersfield?!and having put on a few shows at TPS many many years ago, we thought what a great idea! and the result of that is this amazing showcase of some of our favourite Americana acts all in one show! The Jigantics One of the UK's 'must see' live roots acts. A discernible quality oozing from every groove. Delving into the myriad roots of Americana and British music and serving it up with an originality and respect that is as heartening as it is refreshing! (Fatea Magazine) "A fabulous fusion of cajun, rock, folk and Americana that blew the socks off our audience. Absolute class. (Steve Sheldon, FolkIcons.co.uk) Goat Roper Rodeo Band With just two old guitars, an upright bass and a bucket full of aching harmony, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band are out there preaching 'country blues', like you've never heard! "The Goat Ropers are the real deal! I was blown away when I first saw them play and heard them harmonise, I wanted desperately to join in. If there's any justice in this crazy world, they'll soon be a household name and we'll all be keeping it country with them (Romeo Stodart- The Magic Numbers) The Savannahs This new country girl group are already making a huge impact! (Ticketweb) The Savannahs are destined for superstardom! Perfect! More information at: www.squarerootspromotions.co.uk

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Martin Simpson

on Sat, 17 Feb 2018 at Macclesfield Mottram Village Hall 7:15pm

Doors open at 7.15 for 8 o'clock start.

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Jo Harman

on Sat, 17 Feb 2018 at Howden The Shire Hall 7:30pm

A voice that leaves you speechless ~ Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2 Widely regarded the most exciting blues, soul and roots artist to emerge in Europe for decades, Jo Harman performs in support of her critically acclaimed, and commercially successful, second studio album 'People We Become', from which the track 'When We Were Young (featuring soul superstar Michael McDonald) was BBC Radio 2 playlisted. From blues to soul, gospel to Beatles-worthy pop, 'People We Become' is a modern album rooted in the timeless music of past generations. Jo has had a remarkable rise to success. In 2013 she performed to over 300,000 people at Parkpop festival in the Netherlands, in 2015 she was headhunted by Amnesty International to perform at their prestigious awards alongside Joan Baez and Patti Smith, and in 2017 she made her US debut at Joe's Pub New York, the stage where Adele and Amy Winehouse made their American debuts. Live, her soul fuelled show ranges from hard rock to intimate, heart-warming ballads and features both her own emotive songwriting as well as personal takes on well-known standards.

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Th'antiques

on Sat, 17 Feb 2018 at Hoghton Gregson Lane Sports and Social Club 8:00pm

Th'antiques disbanded over 10 years ago; since then they have remained friends in close contact with each other. They recently met up at Sid Calderbanks birthday party - Sid asked them to sing together. This prompted calls for a 'Reunion Concert' - so here it is. There won't be any new material - just the old favourites - come along and join in.

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Dempsey Broughton

on Sat, 17 Feb 2018 at Maldon The Sunny Sailor 7:30pm

Since forming in 1999, this incredible duo have recorded three albums and toured extensively all over the world. Combining emotive song, unrivaled instrumental capability and a spectacular high energy show, they never fail to create a spellbinding atmosphere.  The list of musicians they have played with is impressive! :- Whippersnapper, Mary Black, Joss Stone, Dando Shaft, The Urban Folk Quartet, Fairport Convention, The Albion Band, Dave Swarbrick, Percy Sledge, Bellowhead.....but it can't prepare you for this unique partnership drawn from Folk music from all corners of the world, mixed with their experience of Jazz, Soul, Classical, Pop and Rock which takes the result into original and uncharted territory when they play Off by Heart.

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Marcus Bonfanti & The Delta Duo

on Sun, 18 Feb 2018 at London Green Note 7:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This show is taking place in "THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE". Unfortunately there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 8.30pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MARCUS BONFANTI is an award winning singer, guitarist & songwriter from London and the new guitarist & singer of legendary British Rock & Roll band Ten Years After. He has also fronts The Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion at their monthly residency now into it's fifth year at the prestigious London venue. A twice winner of the British Blues Award for Best Acoustic Performer and Best Songwriter as well as countless nominations in other categories, Bonfanti has toured the world with many artists as well as his own band and released 3 critically acclaimed albums in a his so far short but successful musical career. He has worked with Ginger Baker, Van Morrison, PP Arnold, Shuggie Otis, Ronnie Wood, Joe Louis Walker, Eric Burdon and many other legendary musicians. Known for his deep powerful vocal style and ability to combine many different guitar styles to create his own, Bonfanti's solo acoustic show consists of music by all the great artists that have influenced his unique solo sound. Tonight he presents a special intimate show especially for the Green Note Basement with Jihad Darwish joining him on Upright Bass Expect songs by Muddy Waters, Josh White, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Ray Charles, Mississippi John Hurt, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal and many more. Utterly spellbinding The Times The next British blues guitar hero The Guardian

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Damien Barber & Mike Wilson At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 18 Feb 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

Long overdue return from this wonderful duo. Damien is one of the top names in Folk music as both a solo artist and leader of festival giants The Demon Barbers. Mike is a key member of the famous singing family the Wilson Family. Great songs sung with power and grace. You know all that soft, rather twee type of folk music? This ain't it. 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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Damien Barber & Mike Wilson At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 18 Feb 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

Long overdue return from this wonderful duo. Damien is one of the top names in Folk music as both a solo artist and leader of festival giants The Demon Barbers. Mike is a key member of the famous singing family the Wilson Family. Great songs sung with power and grace. You know all that soft, rather twee type of folk music? This ain't it. 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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Salt House

on Mon, 19 Feb 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

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 the release of their 2013 debut 'Lay Your Dark Low', Scottish band Salt House have established themselves as a strong force on the folk scene. Known for their combination of new writing along with reworking of old words, their sound is rooted in the rich British song-writing tradition. ​ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017 heralds the arrival of a new voice for Salt House, and the first performances and recordings with Jenny Sturgeon, 'a singer-songwriter who brings together the old and new with a rare skill' R2 Magazine. Ewan MacPherson - guitar, mandola, vocals, jaws harp Jenny Sturgeon - vocals, harmonium, shruti box, guitar Lauren MacColl - fiddle, viola, vocals ​"One of the most interesting and exciting bands to emerge in the last few years" Mike Harding ​"Imaginatively creative songs and startling freshness to traditional material" fRoots "A significant new collective" The Herald ​ "They are a seriously talented group of musical raconteurs." Bright Young Folk

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Fara

on Mon, 19 Feb 2018 at London Kings Place 8:00pm

Fara brings together four emerging musicians at the forefront of today's young Scottish folk scene Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price's three fiddles and a piano to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney. Nominees, and performers, at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, booked as artiste in residence at Festival Interceltique Lorient 2017, and with return visits scheduled to festivals in the UK and Europe including Cambridge Folk Festival and Tønder Festival, Fara has already established their unique place in the folk scene.

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Gun Outfit

on Mon, 19 Feb 2018 at Manchester Gullivers 7:30pm

Like a stone eroded by years in the arroyo, Gun Outfit's enveloping 'Western expanse' aesthetic of guitar levitations and honky-tonk hexes has become gradually smoother over time. Their fifth LP ranks as their most brutally beautiful statement yet. Drawing from mythologies both classical and postmodern, Out of Range builds a world in which Brueghel the Elder, St. Augustine, and the ancient goddess Cybele ride with John Ford, Samuel Beckett, and Wallace Stevens on a Orphic-Gnostic suicide drive towards the hallucinatory vanishing points of the Southwestern desert, debating the denouement of the decaying American dream. 'And Orpheus' ghost fled under the earth, and knew the places he had known before' Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book XI Orpheus had a hell of a time. Of all the evocative modern retellings of the Orpheus myth by Jean Cocteau, Marcel Camus, Philip K. Dick, et al none equals the blunt power of Ovid's version in Metamorphoses. After losing his lover Eurydice, the great musician Orpheus swears off women and turns instead to the love of young men. He refuses to worship all gods but Apollo, inciting Dionysus' female followers the Maenads to tear him limb from limb. Orpheus' severed head and orphaned lyre, still singing and strumming his bewitching songs 'made the pale phantoms weep' float down the Hebrus River to Lesbos, and his ghost revisits the underworld where he left Eurydice. Sonically, Gun Outfit has never sounded more confidently awash in its collective strengths and nuances, its players never more sensually attuned to each other's playing. Like a stone eroded by years in the arroyo, the band's enveloping aesthetic of guitar levitations and honky-tonk hexes has become gradually smoother over time. Sharp and Keith have become highly sensitive, idiosyncratic singers and guitariststwo voices that meld and ascend into a wild, honeyed helix. Drummer and founding member Dan Swire (drums, percussion, guitar) and Adam Payne (bass, guitar) comprise the rare rhythm section able to vault a song into the strata through sheer will (as on the kinetic, anthemic Sally Rose) or show remarkable restraint when required (Primacy of Love). Henry Barnes, the legendary mastermind of Man Is the Bastard and Amps for Christ, has gone from mentoring multi-instrumentalist accomplice to official band member, scarifying these songs with his singular guitar, dulcimer, bouzouki, and fiddle parts as well as his own homemade hybrid instruments like the 'sibanjar' and 'springocaster lap-slide'. Engineered by Facundo Bermudez (Ty Segall, No Age) and mixed by Chris Cohen (Weyes Blood, Cass McCombs) in Los Angeles, the recording process spanned the 2016 presidential election. Dylan recorded the vocals for Cybele, a song about a religious cult, drowned antiquities, and the end of empire, ten minutes after the election results were announced. Out of Range ends with the moving Second Decade, an unusually autobiographical and candidly self-reflexive meditation on the experience of playing together in a decade-spanning band, and the effects of of time on art. Using the stage as metaphor, each of Gun Outfit's singers assumes a role in a Samuel Beckett play, Carrie as Winnie from Happy Days and Dylan as Estragon from Waiting for Godot: 'Ten years attention/Trying to hold on/You were akin to Winnie/While I was doing Estragon.' They're existential antiheroes, each half of an enduring partnership, who have returned underground, like Orpheus, to the out-of-range places they've known before, to play ballads for the dead: 'Oh my/Caroline/Can you believe how hard it is to keep a love alive?/Ten years of working/And playing all our parts/We had to call it a country/Because it was bigger than a work of art.' And the pale phantoms weep.

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Pete Boss & The Bluehearts

on Tue, 20 Feb 2018 at Oxford The Bullingdon 8:00pm

Pete Boss comes back out to play - AGAIN! Pete first achieved recognition as a founder member of Oxford-based band The Elmores, a widely respected modern blues outfit whose live performances and album Alone in the Country earned the band popular and critical acclaim in the blues fraternity both at home and abroad; their original instrumental Little Stevie's Shuffle features on the soundtrack of the British feature film I Went Down. The powerful and inventive style of Pete's playing earned him a Best British Blues Guitarist award in a national competition in 1989 and he has recorded albums with George 'Wild Child' Butler, Dana Gillespie and Earl Green. Performing a mixture of original and classic material with long-time associate Tex Elmore featured on vocals, the band draw on a wealth of musical experience and versatility, and anyone who has seen the band play will agree that they are exceptional in their spontaneity and power as they combine blues virtuosity with distinctively modern approaches to the repertoire. As well as playing widely in Europe, the band have recorded sessions for the Paul Jones Blues Show on Radio 2 and David Freeman's Blues and Boogie Show on Jazz FM. Having had them play a scorching show for us last Feb, we are thrilled to have them back at The Haven Club in 2018.

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Pete Boss & The Bluehearts

on Tue, 20 Feb 2018 at Oxford The Bullingdon 8:00pm

Pete Boss comes back out to play - AGAIN! Pete first achieved recognition as a founder member of Oxford-based band The Elmores, a widely respected modern blues outfit whose live performances and album Alone in the Country earned the band popular and critical acclaim in the blues fraternity both at home and abroad; their original instrumental Little Stevie's Shuffle features on the soundtrack of the British feature film I Went Down. The powerful and inventive style of Pete's playing earned him a Best British Blues Guitarist award in a national competition in 1989 and he has recorded albums with George 'Wild Child' Butler, Dana Gillespie and Earl Green. Performing a mixture of original and classic material with long-time associate Tex Elmore featured on vocals, the band draw on a wealth of musical experience and versatility, and anyone who has seen the band play will agree that they are exceptional in their spontaneity and power as they combine blues virtuosity with distinctively modern approaches to the repertoire. As well as playing widely in Europe, the band have recorded sessions for the Paul Jones Blues Show on Radio 2 and David Freeman's Blues and Boogie Show on Jazz FM. Having had them play a scorching show for us last Feb, we are thrilled to have them back at The Haven Club in 2018.

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Picapica

on Tue, 20 Feb 2018 at London Paper Dress Vintage 7:30pm

Newly signed to Rough Trade Records, PicaPica bring their soaring harmonies and clever guitars to Paper Dress Vintage. Support comes from Jamie Doe's The Magic Lantern.

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Greg Russell And Ciaran Algar

on Tue, 20 Feb 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

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 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar Two time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011. Soon after the joining of the pair, the duo were signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012 released their debut album, The Queen's Lover. Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene. The press coverage and folk club reports have been glowing and rightly so (R2 Magazine).

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Fisherman's Friends

on Wed, 21 Feb 2018 at Nottingham The Albert Hall 6:45pm

Bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience for more than 25 years the Fisherman's Friends have met on the Platt (harbour) in their native Port Isaac to raise money for charity, singing the traditional songs of the sea handed down to them by their forefathers. In 2010 they signed a major record deal and their album "Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends" went Gold as they became the first traditional folk act to land a UK top ten album. Since then they've been the subject of an ITV documentary, released the hit albums One and All (2013) and Proper Job (2015) and played to hundreds of thousands of fans at home and abroad. They sang for HM The Queen at her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, they were selected to sing for Prince Charles & Camilla during their 2016 tour of Cornwall and were honoured with the Good Tradition Award at the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2011. Other standout performances include the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Beautiful Days, Sidmouth Folk Week, Looe Music Festival, Costa del Folk in Portugal and the BBC Proms in the Park. The Fisherman's Friends are: brothers John & Jeremy Brown, writer and moustachioed MC Jon Cleave, potter Billy Hawkins, smallholder John 'Lefty' Lethbridge, builder John McDonnell, fisherman Jason Nicholas and film maker Toby Lobb. The Fisherman's Friends have been widely credited with starting the revival of interest in shanty-style choral singing but a cornerstone of their success has been their constantly evolving and expanding repertoire. Don't miss this opportunity to see the Fisherman's Friends! All wheelchair users please book directly with the Box Office on 01256 416384. You can find all our shows on Facebook: www.facebook.com/oeplive. Please do take a look and Like our page.

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Willy Mason

on Wed, 21 Feb 2018 at Leeds Brudenell Social Club 7:30pm

14+ accompanied by adult 16+ without

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Emilia Lajunen & Suvi Oskala

on Wed, 21 Feb 2018 at London Heath Street Church 7:30pm

Emilia Lajunen & Suvi Oskala celebrated the five years of their acoustic five-string fiddle duo in 2016! The ensemble's sound varies between fragile and rich and the duo has often been noted to sound like more than two instruments. All in all their music suites all sorts of venues and is also easy to dance to! Both players of Duo Emilia Lajunen & Suvi Oskala are of the very best Finnish folk fiddling can offer. Their repertoire consists of traditional Finnish fiddle tunes which the duo has arranged with a twist. Their music has been described as chamber music played rhythmically by two professional folk fiddlers. The latest additions to the duo's repertoire are commission compositions by eg. Mikael Marin of Väsen and Johanna Juhola. Since the release of their debut album 'Tyttörinki' in 2012 the duo has toured extensively in Finland and they have also performed abroad in Scandinavia, the UK, South Korea and India and are now getting ready to release their second album in the beginning of 2018!

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Kings Of The South Seas

on Wed, 21 Feb 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 7:30pm

Hudson Records is proud to present Kings of The South Seas, visiting Sheffield on tour to promote their new album 'Franklin'. In the last three years, HMS Erebus and Terror, Franklin's two ships from his ill-fated 1845 voyage to find the NW Passage were discovered at the bottom of the icy seas off Northern Canada. This brought the fateful events back into focus after they'd filled the international headlines in the second half of the 19th Century when all 129 of the crew disappeared without trace in the Arctic wastes. With the 'Franklin' album, Kings of The South Seas will bring to life the traditional and written music left by these events and their cultural fallout; from Canadian Voyageur paddling songs, English folk ballads and songs composed onboard ice-bound wintering ships to Victorian parlour pieces. Kings of The South Seas are, Ben Nicholls-concertina (Full English, Seth Lakeman Band), Richard Warren-guitar (Spiritualized), Evan Jenkins-drums (Neil Cowley Trio).

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False Lights

on Wed, 21 Feb 2018 at London Water Rats 7:30pm

It was only a matter of time. A late night bar conversation between Sam Carter and Jim Moray (both BBC Folk Award winners in their own right) concluded in the forming of a gleefully raucous guitar band that plays traditional songs and tunes, without committing the sins of the past. False Lights are a folk rock group, formed in the spirit of the genre's late-'60s originators but informed by the music of Sam and Jim's far more recent youth. It felt to them that no one had updated the template. False Lights owe as much to Radiohead as they do to Fairport Convention. False Lights made their live debut headlining Suffolk's Folk East festival in 2014. By then the band had expanded from a drunken notion into a line-up that boasts not only Carter and Moray on vocals and guitars but also Nick Cooke from the Kate Rusby band on melodeon, Tom Moore from Moore, Moss Rutter on violin, Jon Thorne from Lamb on bass, and Sam's long serving drummer Sam Nadel. A dream list of musicians making a fantastic racket. Fans of Sam and Jim's often sombre solo work might be surprised by their stated intention to make False Lights a joyful spectacle. But that's immediately evident when they perform. This is a turn-it-up-to-eleven-and-throw-yourself-about-your-dad's-garage kind of group. Folk songs you can jump to.

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The Truck-stop Trixies

on Wed, 21 Feb 2018 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath 7:15pm

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The Gerry Colvin Band

on Thu, 22 Feb 2018 at Uxbridge RNA 7:30pm

A unique, atmospheric and friendly venue with a fully stocked bar at reasonable prices. NUS entry: £4, available on the door. Music starts at 8pm. 5 minutes walk from Hillingdon underground. Free parking available. Visit website bit.do/uxfolk for how to find us.

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The Gerry Colvin Band

on Thu, 22 Feb 2018 at Uxbridge RNA 7:30pm

A unique, atmospheric and friendly venue with a fully stocked bar at reasonable prices. NUS entry: £4, available on the door. Music starts at 8pm. 5 minutes walk from Hillingdon underground. Free parking available. Visit website bit.do/uxfolk for how to find us.

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Cara Dillon - Album Launch

on Thu, 22 Feb 2018 at London Kings Place 7:30pm

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Steve Knightley 'songs & Stories' 2018 Tour

on Thu, 22 Feb 2018 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7:30pm

Steve Knightley announces highly anticipated 2018 solo tour and there's a twist. As the frontman and songwriter of British folk heavyweights Show of Hands, Steve Knightley boasts an impressive back catalogue. He's regularly cited by emerging artists as a source of inspiration. But who has ignited and fuelled Knightley's creative spark throughout his decades of craftsmanship? His 2018 solo tour 'Songs & Stories' seeks to answer that question. Of course the set list will be peppered with his now-classic gems such as 'Cousin Jack', 'AIG' and 'Country Life'. But in a rare glimpse into his personal playlist, Knightley will also be paying tribute to artists such as Dylan, Carthy, Bowie, Springsteen, Tull and Radiohead, all of whom have influenced him greatly along the way. Steve Knightley's enduring appeal is perhaps in some part due to the fact that he is as at home in a folk club in East Devon as he is gracing the stage of a sell-out Royal Albert Hall concert. The Show of Hands fanbase extends to luminaries such as Peter Gabriel, who has described them as 'one of the great English bands'. With his songwriting and commentary more razor-sharp and relevant than ever, Knightley continues to remain at the cutting-edge of folk, roots and acoustic music. Steve says, The 2018 solo tour gives me an excuse to bring out songs from some of my favourite artists, and also to share plenty stories of life on the road both usually reserved for late nights around a campfire. Committed and distinctive songs of love, conscience and history BBC Radio 2

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The Carrivick Sisters

on Thu, 22 Feb 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

The music of Devon twins Laura and Charlotte is rooted in bluegrass and country but has a distinctive English folk twist. As we know from three previous visits, they are exemplary musicians, performing mostly original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, Dobro and clawhammer banjo, with those tight vocal harmonies that only siblings can achieve, and a delightful stage manner besides. Highly recommended!

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The Carrivick Sisters

on Thu, 22 Feb 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

The music of Devon twins Laura and Charlotte is rooted in bluegrass and country but has a distinctive English folk twist. As we know from three previous visits, they are exemplary musicians, performing mostly original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, Dobro and clawhammer banjo, with those tight vocal harmonies that only siblings can achieve, and a delightful stage manner besides. Highly recommended!

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Nick Harper In Concert At Mycenae House

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at London Mycenae House 7:00pm

"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 "My musical discovery of 2016" - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music From sell-out tours to a critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival run via numerous radio and TV appearances Nick 'son of Roy' Harper enters his third decade as a performer with a vitality that could put younger musicians to shame. His impeccable musical pedigree means nothing without the skills to back it up and skills Nick has, in his virtuoso guitar playing, song-writing and signature vocal acrobatics.  Over a solo career of 9 studio albums, 2 EPs and 2 live albums - as well as the recent vinyl career retrospective - the quality of his musical output has only improved.  It is no surprise that artists and producers as diverse as Squeeze, Lana Del Rey, The Levellers, Jakko Jakszyk (Level 42, King Crimson) and legendary producer Tchad Blake have collaborated with him.  This is not a man easily pigeonholed into existing musical genres; Nick is very much blazing his own trail. But whatever path he takes, rest assured that Nick Harper is, and will remain a musical force to be reckoned with. Here is an opportunity to see Nick perform his guitar and vocal magic at a rare London solo concert in the intimate surroundings of Mycenae House in Blackheath. "Betjeman with a guitar... Dylan for the iPod generation." Guitarist Magazine Doors 7pm. Performance 8pm. Tickets £14.50 / concessions £12.50

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Nick Harper In Concert At Mycenae House

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at London Mycenae House 7:00pm

"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 "My musical discovery of 2016" - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music From sell-out tours to a critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival run via numerous radio and TV appearances Nick 'son of Roy' Harper enters his third decade as a performer with a vitality that could put younger musicians to shame. His impeccable musical pedigree means nothing without the skills to back it up and skills Nick has, in his virtuoso guitar playing, song-writing and signature vocal acrobatics.  Over a solo career of 9 studio albums, 2 EPs and 2 live albums - as well as the recent vinyl career retrospective - the quality of his musical output has only improved.  It is no surprise that artists and producers as diverse as Squeeze, Lana Del Rey, The Levellers, Jakko Jakszyk (Level 42, King Crimson) and legendary producer Tchad Blake have collaborated with him.  This is not a man easily pigeonholed into existing musical genres; Nick is very much blazing his own trail. But whatever path he takes, rest assured that Nick Harper is, and will remain a musical force to be reckoned with. Here is an opportunity to see Nick perform his guitar and vocal magic at a rare London solo concert in the intimate surroundings of Mycenae House in Blackheath. "Betjeman with a guitar... Dylan for the iPod generation." Guitarist Magazine Doors 7pm. Performance 8pm. Tickets £14.50 / concessions £12.50

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The Lynnes: Lynne Hanson & Lynn Miles @ Newbald Village Hall

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at North Newbald Village Hall 7:00pm

The LYNNeS are Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson two award winning singer-songwriters from Ottawa, Canada. Lynn Miles is one of Canada's most accomplished singer/songwriters. With fourteen albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music awards (2011 English Songwriter of the Year), and a 2003 Juno award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year, she has certainly found her strength over time. Lynne Hanson mixes gritty ballads with driving blues-tinged roots rock. Over the past ten years she's been a Kerrville New Folk Finalist, nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and won the Colleen Peterson Award for songwriting. She's released 6 albums, and toured across Canada, the US, Europe and the UK, most recently with her band The Good Intentions. She's toured in support of Grammy-nominated songwriters (Gretchen Peters and Steve Forbert) and Grammy award winning guitar player Albert Lee. The LYNNeS are two very strong women with something significant to say. And we think you're going to want to have a listen.

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The Lynnes: Lynne Hanson & Lynn Miles @ Newbald Village Hall

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at North Newbald Village Hall 7:00pm

The LYNNeS are Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson two award winning singer-songwriters from Ottawa, Canada. Lynn Miles is one of Canada's most accomplished singer/songwriters. With fourteen albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music awards (2011 English Songwriter of the Year), and a 2003 Juno award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year, she has certainly found her strength over time. Lynne Hanson mixes gritty ballads with driving blues-tinged roots rock. Over the past ten years she's been a Kerrville New Folk Finalist, nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and won the Colleen Peterson Award for songwriting. She's released 6 albums, and toured across Canada, the US, Europe and the UK, most recently with her band The Good Intentions. She's toured in support of Grammy-nominated songwriters (Gretchen Peters and Steve Forbert) and Grammy award winning guitar player Albert Lee. The LYNNeS are two very strong women with something significant to say. And we think you're going to want to have a listen.

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Paul Young And Los Pacaminos

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at Great Torrington The Plough Arts Centre 7:30pm

Los Pacaminos features Paul Young, Drew Barfield, Mark Pinder, Steve Greetham, Jamie Moses and Melvin Duffy (UK's premier pedal steel player) and play the very best in Tex Mex Border music from The Texas Tornadoes and Ry Cooder to Los Lobos and even Roy Orbsion. This is a Tequila fuelled Tex Mex party night, as each venue becomes the perfect cantina setting for a great night's rocking with the cactus sharp, tequila filled, stetson wearing, magnificent 6, Los Pacaminos!!!

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The Northumbrian Ranters

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at Chathill Doxford Hall 5:30pm

A welcome return to the Festival for Northumberland's finest young musicians.

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Damien O'kane Trio

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7:30pm

Damien O'Kane (vocals, guitar/tenor guitar and banjo), Steven Byrnes (guitar/tenor guitar) and Steven Iveson (electric guitar) BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 nominee for 'Best Album' Damien O'Kane is a musician of many talents. Teamed up with master guitarist Steven Byrnes (Treacherous Orchestra/Kate Rusby) and Steven Iveson's (Damien O'Kane Band) sublime and exhilirating electric guitar playing, this is a trio that take traditional Irish music and song and, in the words of the The Telegraph, turn it into 'Folk-Pop that is Irish music for the 21st Century.' O'Kane is a singer. A very good one, too, with a relaxed, assured, hypnotic vocal style that exudes a natural warmth and empathy with the colourful characters who occupy his songs. He's also a brilliant banjo player. And a superb guitarist. And an ingenious arranger. Not to mention an accomplished tunemaker, researcher, bandleader and accompanist of rich imagination and fearless vision. Steeped in music, Damien grew up in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, with a deep respect and understanding of the folk tradition, yet which also forged a healthy appetite to explore its broadest borders and test its boundaries. All of which has culminated in his brilliant 2015 solo album 'Areas Of High Traffic' which, apart from proving he scrubs up well for a cover photo, takes some of the greatest songs in the folk canon 'The Blacksmith', 'The Banks Of The Bann', 'I Am A Youth' and 'The Green Fields Of America' included and reinvents them in refreshingly original ways. They are songs, he says, that take me back home. Great songs which I love, but I've always avoided doing them because they are so iconic. I decided it was time to overcome this and do the songs my way. And, with a mesmerizing array of ebullient percussion (courtesy of Cormac Byrne), dazzling jazz infusions (from keyboardist Anthony Davis) and beautifully understated electric guitar (Steven Iveson), Damien's ways are very different to other people. I've always been a bit rebellious, he laughs. Not that I ever do anything for the sake of being different everything is designed to suit the song. The words are always the most important thing. His career began early. Very early when he first went on stage with his parents and siblings at the age of 13 in the O'Kane Family Band (or the Von Trapps of Coleraine, as they were known locally). Damien - already a fine banjo player with a penchant for singing Christy Moore songs joined the first intake at the newly instituted Traditional Music Degree course in Newcastle, where he learned a great deal about the tradition (before then I just thought all traditional music was Irish music, I didn't know it was all over the world) and shared sessions and opinions other musicians from differing backgrounds with differing ideas. One of them was Shona Kipling, who Damien formed a duo within 2002. They made their first album together 'Pure Chance' in 2003, followed by 'Box On' in 2007, which got them radio play, regular gigs and a nomination at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for 'Horizon Award'. Damien was suddenly being talked of as one of the most exciting young folk musicians in Britain, much in demand for sessions and touring and in 2007 he joined super Anglo/Irish band Flook for an 18 month stint. I loved playing with Flook, he says. I grew up playing in sessions so I was in my element with that band. Out of the blue one day, he got a call to ask if he was available to play a gig with Kate Rusby's band. As chance would have it, he wasn't. But next time the call came to see if he could help out with some of the music Kate had been asked to provide for the 'Jam & Jerusalem' TV series, he made sure he was available. It was a life-changing movefor both of them. In addition to performing, O'Kane has Co-Produced several albums with Rusby now including her '20' album which reached number 10 in the Official UK Charts. It has proved a joyous partnership in more ways than one; apart from the albums and tours together, it has also produced a wedding ring and two beautiful daughters. The confidence and experience gained from his time with the Rusby band has also encouraged Damien's startling development as a solo musician. This began with the 'Summer Hill' album released by Pure Records in 2010, winning many accolades with its sensitive interpretations of lullabies, ballads, instrumentals and even an inspired version of Ian Campbell's anti-nuke classic, 'The Sun Is Burning'. Then, as now, he sang boldly in an unmistakable Northern Irish accent. I never understand why people don't always sing in their own accents, he says. There was further acclaim in 2011 for the ebullient 'The Mystery Inch', a dazzling instrumental album with Sheffield guitarist David Kosky to add another string to an already busy bow. He says he has no masterplan beyond playing the music he loves in an honest way to as many people he can, researching new material, working up fresh approaches to old songs and proudly flying the flag for folk song in whatever form he finds it. Whether I'm playing with Kate or on my own I have a huge love and respect for the music and I love to sing and play it. I feel very lucky and privileged to have had the chance to play with some great musicians. Long may it last. And so say all of us

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Bob Cheevers

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at Coatbridge Berits & Brown 7:30pm

An intimate and up close evening with the revered songwriter & storyteller as he celebrates over 50yrs of recording, writing and performing. After pounding the musical pavement in Nashville for over 15 years and becoming frustrated with the cookie-cutter mentality of Music Row, Cheevers had moved to Austin in 2008 seeking fertile creative soil to revitalize his work. While I love Nashville, I needed to move away from the chart-oriented songwriting mill into a world where artists are encouraged to write from the heart rather than writing for the charts. Moving to Texas felt right from the start. So many of my pals, like Walt Wilkins and Kevin Welch, had already moved there and I felt enormous creative freedom simply by being in that community of artists. If any residual doubts about the move did linger, they were resolved after his first Austin-based album, Tall Texas Tales netted Cheevers the 2011 Singer-Songwriter of the Year award from the Texas Music Academy. On Earth As It Is In Austin turned into an album which is another testament to the continuing creative growth he has experienced since leaving Nashville. With On Earth As It Is In Austin, Cheevers delivers a generous 15-song helping full of his trademark tales of rebels and outlaws and dreamers and lovers, recorded as musical duets with 15 different celebrated musicians performing on one song each. Among the 14 Austin-based musicians contributing their talents are stalwarts Will Sexton, Walt Wilkins, Stephen Doster, Warren Hood, Dustin Welch and Van Wilks as well as longtime Nashville collaborator Charlie White. The songs comprising On Earth As It Is In Austin (Cheevers' 10th full-length album) are full of adventure and misadventure, comedy and tragedy, history and fantasy. The characters populating his songs have lived, loved and lost. They know the meaning of down and out yet persevere through life's heartbreaks, vagaries and travails with indomitable spirits committed to living as fully as they can for as long as they can. Bob's newest offering called Fifty Years comes in the form of a 5 disc boxed set with 83 songs covering his five decades of writing. He chose a couple songs from each of his ten commercial releases along with never heard before masters recorded over the five decades of his writing. Bob says this is his most ambitious project ever. It took over a year to choose the songs, sequence them by decades and recall all the players and singers on each track going back to the early '70's. A new label deal with Howlin' Dog Records out of Alamosa, CO feels like a new beginning that takes the listener way back into my past. The July 15th, 2017 CD release party at The Saxon Pub in Austin will surely kick the U.S. campaign off right. Already released January 24th in Europe followed by Bob's 23 shows in 26 nights, Fifty Years is already on the way to being Bob's most sought after album. In addition to his annual UK tour, Bob continues to play in and around Austin with his duo partner Stephen Doster who has accompanied him on a UK tour with plans for another one in the works. They have established themselves as a power duo with great songs and an organic performing style that is always entertaining. Long recognized by peers as being blessed with the acute vision of a master painter coupled with the precision attention to detail of a great novelist, Cheevers has written over 3,000 songs in his five decade career. Along the way he has rightfully earned the mantle of master songwriter as well as the respect of his many songwriting pals, including Texas icon Ray Wiley Hubbard, who recently said, Bob is one cool scarecrow gypsy poet who writes and sings the romantic beautiful truth. When he releases a record, I listen. Also a cult favorite in the UK and Europe where he has toured for more than a decade, Cheevers continues to find inspiration in the life he's chosen in Texas as well as the rich Southern heritage that came from his growing up in Memphis. His rootsy, blues-flavored songs spin tales of life in a conversational language of the heart that rock the soul. They are intimate and expansive, poignant and bracing, tender and raucous, unflinchingly honest and redemptively healing. As he laughingly is known to say, I don't know if these stories are true, but they happened to me.

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The Willows

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 8:00pm

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Wizz Jones

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at London The Ivy House - Nunhead 7:00pm

* Door 7pm * DJ FlapJackDavey 7 - 8pm and 11pm onwards * Live music 8-11pm includes two sets from Wizz Jones, plus a set from each of the support acts. * 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 * Mix of row seats and standing room. * 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. We will not be able to bring in extra seats. If you are not able to be there at 7pm, please contact us prior to the day of the event and we will do our best to help. * Yummy food and real ale available! Please note that you will not be able to eat in the ballroom where the concert is held, although once the doors open you may reserve a seat in the ballroom 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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Wizz Jones

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at London The Ivy House - Nunhead 7:00pm

* Door 7pm * DJ FlapJackDavey 7 - 8pm and 11pm onwards * Live music 8-11pm includes two sets from Wizz Jones, plus a set from each of the support acts. * 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 * Mix of row seats and standing room. * 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. We will not be able to bring in extra seats. If you are not able to be there at 7pm, please contact us prior to the day of the event and we will do our best to help. * Yummy food and real ale available! Please note that you will not be able to eat in the ballroom where the concert is held, although once the doors open you may reserve a seat in the ballroom 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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Adam Holmes And The Embers

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at Saltaire The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club 7:00pm

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 slices of Celtic soul and folk. The 26-year-old Edinburgh-born singer/songwriter is one of the brightest rising stars on the UK music scene, with influences from either side of the Atlantic mixing together to form his own brand of soulful Americana with a hint of Scotland. 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. Second album, Brighter Still, with guest vocalist Eddi Reader was released in June 2016 and this brought another Scottish Album of the Year nomination. Mojo magazine hailed Adam and his band's knack for 'Paul Simon'esque rhythms as melodic hooks' and with a more soulful tinge to the songwriting, comparisons were made with Astral Weeks-era Van Morrison. Adam's highly anticipated third album Midnight Milk was released on Gogar Records on 29th of September to glowing reviews.

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Keith James - Celebrating The Songs Of Nick Drake

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at Malton The Milton Rooms 7:30pm

A haunting and immaculately crafted concert - 'Celebrating the Songs of Nick Drake' This concert begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters all contemporary with Nick Drake. Richard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn, Bridget St John and Bert Jansch. Also featured are two poems by William Blake which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick's unique style. Nick Drake would be 70 this year and we continue to wonder at his music, the most revered and loved of all this country's singer/songwriters. Nick recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974, aged only 26, his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest and a worldwide re-evaluation of his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. His timeless and fragile songs are a captured moment from which all life changes into a new landscape, into a resting place for our souls. A number of years have now passed since singer/guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form. The end result was over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 2000 shows in venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick's Schools and Colleges even Glastonbury Festival. Keith now brings this unique music to The Milton Rooms. 'Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear' The Independent 'An extremely accomplished guitarist with the ability to breath fresh light with his imaginative arrangements' Acoustic Magazine 'Meticulous dissection of Nick Drake' idiosyncratic guitar techniques handled with surgical precision' Northern Sky www.keith-james.com

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Richard Digance

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at Bognor Regis Seasons 7:30pm

The legendary Richard Digance + Support comes to `Seasons` ( Bognor Regis Town FC, PO21 2TY ) for an evening of great entertainment.

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Steve Turner

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7:30pm

Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo. After a thirteen year break, building up an internationally known stringed instrument business, he made a welcome return to performing in folk clubs and festivals in 2005. Steve's 5th album, his first for 22 years " The Whirligig of Time" was long-listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008. His 6th album " Rim of the Wheel" was released in spring 2012 and 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. Steve's 7th album Spirit of the Game was released in January 2016. 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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Ewan Mclennan

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at Winchester The Hyde Tavern 7:30pm

Ewan McLennan has come to be known as a guitarist at the very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue. From a BBC Horizon Award for his debut album to his performances on the iconic Transatlantic Sessions, recent years have been marked by numerous awards and accolades for his music. Ewan McLennan's most recent solo album, 'Stories Still Untold', continued this reception: 'Ewan McLennan has realised his potential on a wonderful album of traditional folk' **** The Telegraph Ewan's most recent project entitled Breaking the Spell of Loneliness a collaboration with renowned author and journalist George Monbiot seeks to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness. Their UK tour and concept album have received wide acclaim and been featured widely, including live appearances on BBC Two's Newsnight, BBC Radio 4's Front Row and BBC Radio 3's In Tune. 'Breaking the Spell of Loneliness is a powerful, poignant set' **** Guardian Alongisde this latest project, in 2017 and into 2018 Ewan will be continuing his solo touring, performing songs from previous albums as well as new material, both self-penned and traditional workings. 'McLennan continues his evolution into a major figure on the folk scene. An artist whose music lives and breathes.' **** Songlines

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Folklaw

on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 at Chidham Hambrook Village Hall 7:30pm

"Show of Hands with a new wave ethic" fRoots Magazine Supporting The Shires, Seth Lakeman, Mad Dog Mcrea and more, FolkLaw were catapulted on to their debut European tour with gusto. They return to the UK, fresh from the festival season, to perform a run of dates on their Smokey Joe tour. FolkLaw aren't just another band, they're a full show. A true cross-genre acoustic group, these talented musicians combine their experience of the live music circuit, festivals and folk scene to create a vibrant stage show that wins them loyal fans wherever they go. "A touch of magic!" Bright Young Folk FolkLaw's exhilarating songs and acrobatic fiddle playing get audiences' feet tapping and minds thinking, with earthy vocals interwoven with distinctive harmonies, mandola and guitars. The band are well known for their crowd-surfing fiddle antics, on-stage banter, and vibrant, energised performance. Don't miss your chance to see FolkLaw live. "A mighty wall of folk... warm, sincere and engaging!" Square Roots Promotions More Info at :https://www.facebook.com/HarbourEmsworth/ Box Office: 01243 371415

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Derek Gifford @ Shammick Acoustic

on Sat, 24 Feb 2018 at Combe Martin The Pack o' Cards 7:30pm

A previous Open Night featured artist, it's a delight to welcome this mellow-voiced singer for a full concert. Former teacher Derek has made the most of his retirement to spend more time fulfilling his main interests in life, folk singing, wine appreciation and birding (of the feathered variety, I hasten to add!), which used to be confined to school vacations, starting way back in 1981. Over the years, he has amassed an enormous number of songs, both traditional and modern, from a wide variety of sources. He collaborated with Bury poet Keith Scowcroft, setting many of his poems to music, and also became known as a specialist in maritime songs, having appeared at the local Lancaster Maritime Festival for many years, then backed this up by working with singers Keith Kendrick and Geoff Higginbottom as Three Sheets to the Wind. Derek also has numerous recordings to his name, most recently 'Songs from the PastInto the Future'. Accompanying himself on guitar or bowed psaltery or just singing unaccompanied, a relaxed, laid-back and humorous evening can be anticipated, with loads of good choruses with which to sing along.

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Chapin-wickwar

on Sat, 24 Feb 2018 at Broseley Birchmeadow Centre 7:30pm

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Kim Lowings And The Greenwood

on Sat, 24 Feb 2018 at Sutton Benger Village Hall 7:30pm

Inspired by the folk tradition, Kim Lowings and The Greenwood perform their songs with a contemporary twist. Their live shows are an energetic blend of original compositions and traditional songs. Kim Lowings, Andrew Lowings, Tim Rogers and Dave Sutherland bring together their multi-instrumental skill and individual experience resulting in an innovative and sensitive approach to arrangements. The motivation is to keep the tradition alive and to share their own tales. The group began as a collective in 2011 with Kim and her Dad, Andrew, collaborating with Midlands musicians. Since then the Greenwood has become an established four-piece on the British folk scene. Their recorded work includes their debut album This Life (2012), EP Deepest, Darkest Night (2013) and Historia (2015) heralded as "beautiful and enchanting by Living Tradition and "Absolutely captivating R2 Magazine ★★★★. Their latest release (2017) 'Wild and Wicket Youth' features songs of the sea, soul searching, murder, treachery, triumph, love lost, love gained and a girl's night out prompted Folk Radio UK to say 'Lowings has been steadily climbing the folk league table.welcome to the fist division.' Kim Lowings and The Greenwood have a busy touring schedule with bookings at Folk and Acoustic Clubs, festivals and live music venues across the country. They have been billed alongside folk greats such as Dougie MacLean, Jackie Oates and Martin Simpson. Their reputation is growing and there are whispers along the grapevine that this group are one to watch out for! Folk songs can get a bit bogged down in wronged maidens and drowned sailors; these made you want to drum your heels and swirl through very English fields. FATEA Stourbridge's finest music export since the Mitre-fuelled heady days of late 80s indie-rock. Three Chords and the Truth UK An intimate concert in a lovely Village Hall. Real ale and friendly folk.

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Martin Carthy And Eliza Carthy

on Sun, 25 Feb 2018 at Topsham Matthews Hall 7:30pm

The good Doctor Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza Carthy join forces to perform songs from their first duo album ever. Martin is a legendary ballad singer and guitarist who has influenced a generation of artists including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon while Eliza has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and is a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards.

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Enochs Gold Hill Trappers

on Sun, 25 Feb 2018 at London Green Note 7:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This show is taking place in THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE. Unfortunately there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 8.30pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enochs Gold Hill Trappers are an old time Appalachian stringband playing Driving fiddle tunes and songs from the hills and holler's of southwest Virginia.

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Steve Turner At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 25 Feb 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

Steve is a wonderful singer and concertina player, a real folkies folkie. Steve is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo. 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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Steve Turner At Walthamstow Folk

on Sun, 25 Feb 2018 at London Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub 7:30pm

Steve is a wonderful singer and concertina player, a real folkies folkie. Steve is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo. 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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North Sea Gas

on Sun, 25 Feb 2018 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7:30pm

North Sea Gas return once again. They will entertain you with songs from their new album. When We Go Rolling Home and old favourites!! Playing Guitars, Fiddle, Banjo, Bouzouki, Bohdran and with strong vocals. Featuring three part harmonies and lots of Craic!! An entertaining show for all ages. http://www.northseagas.co.uk/

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Rosie Hood

on Mon, 26 Feb 2018 at Croydon Ruskin House 8:00pm

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Rosie Hood

on Mon, 26 Feb 2018 at Croydon Ruskin House 8:00pm

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Caroline Spence

on Tue, 27 Feb 2018 at High Wycombe Secret venue 7:00pm

DEBUT UK TOUR,FROM CAROLINE SPENCEMORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

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100 Club Tuesday Blues Ft. Juicy Lucy

on Tue, 27 Feb 2018 at London 100 Club 7:15pm

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The Lynnes (lynne Hanson & Lynn Miles)

on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 at Biddulph Arms 7:30pm

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Sounds Of South Asia - Ensemble Isis Concert With Shruti Jauhari

on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 at Oxford Holywell Rooms 8:15pm

The Sounds of South Asia Series presents a cross-cultural collaboration between All India Radio artist Dr. Shruti Jauhai singing a collection of Hindustani works, and Ensemble ISIS (conductor: John Traill) performing pieces influenced by the classical music of India: Maurice Delage's Quatre poèmes hindous (1912) and a new work by DPhil composer Des Oliver.

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Sounds Of South Asia - Ensemble Isis Concert With Shruti Jauhari

on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 at Oxford Holywell Rooms 8:15pm

The Sounds of South Asia Series presents a cross-cultural collaboration between All India Radio artist Dr. Shruti Jauhai singing a collection of Hindustani works, and Ensemble ISIS (conductor: John Traill) performing pieces influenced by the classical music of India: Maurice Delage's Quatre poèmes hindous (1912) and a new work by DPhil composer Des Oliver.

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Jigantics

on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath 7:15pm

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Matt Edwards Band

on Thu, 1 Mar 2018 at Oxford The Bullingdon 8:00pm

Matt Edwards is a songwriter/vocalist/guitarist that stands out in the UK Blues scene. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist he is inspired by a huge wealth of musical genres. From blues to rock, jazz and funk to folk his style of writing showcases subtle flavours from all styles and gels them into a strong Alternative Blues Rock offering. With 2 successful albums under his belt, Matt has been in the studio again and this tour will be showcasing the new one. More info here: www.mattedwardsmusic.com

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Matt Edwards Band

on Thu, 1 Mar 2018 at Oxford The Bullingdon 8:00pm

Matt Edwards is a songwriter/vocalist/guitarist that stands out in the UK Blues scene. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist he is inspired by a huge wealth of musical genres. From blues to rock, jazz and funk to folk his style of writing showcases subtle flavours from all styles and gels them into a strong Alternative Blues Rock offering. With 2 successful albums under his belt, Matt has been in the studio again and this tour will be showcasing the new one. More info here: www.mattedwardsmusic.com

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The Hut People In Lunchtime Recital

on Thu, 1 Mar 2018 at Longton Methodist Church 12:50pm

Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of THE best loved, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today. Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage and it works so well! This is a show like nothing you've ever seen before expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty. The Hut People bring a host of world and folk music to Longton, including a small Welsh celebration for St. David's Day 2018. Lunches provided by The Village Teapot are available from £2

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Bronwynne Brent

on Thu, 1 Mar 2018 at High Wycombe Secret venue 7:00pm

BRONWYNNE ,RETURNS TO HIGH WYCOMBE, AFTER HER STUNNING PERFORMANCE HERE IN APRIL 2017.

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Pilgrims' Way

on Thu, 1 Mar 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

With influences from early music through Playford and Morris to prog rock, soul, and pop, this band feeds folk music through their unique steam driven sound-mincing engine! Ed Beasant (melodeon), Tom Kitching (fiddle) and multi-instrumentalist Jon Loomes are joined by Jude Rees, ex Isambarde (oboe, vocals) and Heather Sirrel (bass).

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Pilgrims' Way

on Thu, 1 Mar 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

With influences from early music through Playford and Morris to prog rock, soul, and pop, this band feeds folk music through their unique steam driven sound-mincing engine! Ed Beasant (melodeon), Tom Kitching (fiddle) and multi-instrumentalist Jon Loomes are joined by Jude Rees, ex Isambarde (oboe, vocals) and Heather Sirrel (bass).

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Alden Patterson & Dashwood

on Thu, 1 Mar 2018 at Winchester The Hyde Tavern 7:30pm

Alden Patterson & Dashwood Norwich based folk / Americana trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self- penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home. 'It's lovely stuff' Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show 2016 ★★★★★ fRoots Editors Choice Album Of The Year 2016 ★★★★ Songlines 'Something of enormous promise' ★★★★R2 'Talentedandpoetictriumvirate' www.aldenpattersonanddashwood.com

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Crh Music Presents The Grahams

on Thu, 1 Mar 2018 at Bristol The Tunnels 7:30pm

Doug and Alyssa Graham, long time musical partners as well and husband and wife, burst on the scene with their debut album Riverman's Daughter, a musical portrait of a year long trip down the Mississippi. Absorbing the regions traditions and influences, they managed to produce a record that captured the essence of American roots music and was a resounding commercial and critical success. They've followed this up with its counterpart, Glory Bound, a collection of propulsive and dynamic compositions influenced by the speed and energy of recent cross-country train travels, celebrating the part that railways have played in the creation of American music. Beautifully crafted songs with incredibly powerful tales and described by Country Music People as articulate, poetic and deeply moving this is Americana at its very finest.

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Duncan Reid And The Big Heads

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at London 100 Club 7:30pm

Solid Entertainments presents DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS LEGENDARY PUNK ROCKER DUNCAN 'KID' REID WITH WHITE-HOT NEW BAND THE BIG HEADS CONTINUES HIS PUSH TO BE PURPLE

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Ennis Sisters And Dave Gunning

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at London Kings Place 7:30pm

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Caroline Spence

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at Southsea The Tea Tray 7:30pm

Spence has an angelic singing voice that is enchanting and devastating, elevating her diaristic writing to breathtaking heights! (No Depression) Once again, we're so pleased that we've been able to announce another show in our favourite small venue, The Tea Tray, and doubly pleased of course to welcome the massive songwriting talents of Charlottesville, Virginia's Caroline Spence - check out the the You Tube videos below and see why we're so excited! Shivers down the back of the spine time! Remember though, there are only 43 tickets available and once they're gone they're gone! "Caroline writes from the heart of it Sings from the guts of it. We zeroed in and peeled back the all dressings and ended up with a record that feels just as honest. Every song feels lived in and true." - Neilson Hubbard (Producer.) While Caroline Spence may not look like one of the road-hardened troubadours of America's past, with the release of Spades & Roses, the young songwriter from Charlottesville Virginia proves she is every bit as serious. Having won numerous songwriting awards from industry mainstays like the Kerrville Folk Festival and American Songwriter Magazine, and garnered nods and admiration from both Miranda Lambert and her fellow writers in the Nashville underground, Caroline has delivered a record to meet the expectation: Quite simply, 11 songs of gorgeous Americana that remind us of why we fell in love with the genre in the first place. An album of stunning beauty and lasting impact! (American Songwriter Magazine) More information at: www.squarerootspromotions.co.uk

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Miranda Sykes

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at Sedgefield The Manor House 6:30pm

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with 'Show of Hands' is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Borrowed Places is a project that draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists but most of all it lives and breathes. With her sensational voice, and accompanying herself, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live and it is one you won't want to miss.

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Buffalo Gals

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre 8:00pm

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Buffalo Gals

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre 8:00pm

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Moscow Drug Club

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

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 curious musical place where certain elements of 1930's Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leornard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience. You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club.....this way please & mind the stairs!

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Manière Des Bohémiens

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at Preston The Continental 8:00pm

Manière des Bohémiens play energetic and improvised Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli influenced Gypsy Jazz and Eastern European swing. They are the most debauched, ecstatic and downright amazing live band you will have seen for a long while. Gypsy Jazz played with the jaunty abandon of a misspent youth and a broken heart arranged for 4 young virtuoso musicians who travel around playing the violin, guitar, sax and double bass whilst dipping in and out of Parisian alleyways and absorbing pieces of the colourful lives they meet along the way. They have been entertaining the folks of Nottingham and far beyond for many years with their infectious blend of improvised, manouche jazz and rough-edged, virtuosic eastern-european gypsy-folk music.

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Jon Palmer Band

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at Ulverston Sports Club 7:45pm

The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band is a highly acclaimed 6-piece folk, roots and rock & roll combo based in and around the musically vibrant West Yorkshire market town of Otley. The line-up includes guitars, mandolin, whistle, double bass, violin, and drums. Everyone sings! Describing the band as a cross between The Pogues and Bruce Springsteen's Seeger Session Band with a bit of Waterboys and Saw Doctors thrown in for good measure, Leeds Music Scene said the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band left them spellbound and desperate for more! Jon is a former winner of the Grolsch UK Songwriter of the Year, and a published songwriter with Sony. a cracking new album Mike Harding Should there be any justice, 'The Silences In Between', will be the album that raises Jon Palmer Acoustic Band from Yorkshire's 'best kept secret' to wider recognition. FolkWords.com The bottom line is that this is a superb album of 21st century folk-rock. Go out and buy it in thousands and make the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band rich and famous.  Folking.com I never tire of this band, soaring songs, sing-along choruses and passion. Perfect! Do yourself a favour and acquire Live at Otley Courthouse. Do yourself a second favour: go see them at their live best 5 Stars R2 Magazine A blur of hedonistic delight Fatea Showcases Jon Palmer is a very fine songwriter if the band were a heavy electric group they'd be The Levellers, but that would lose the subtlety of the acoustic performance.  R2 Magazine (Rock n Reel) Genuinely well written songs Maverick Magazine they explode out of the same box as The Pogues, The Saw Doctors, and The Waterboys a fantastic band The Troubadour Show

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Bronwynne Brent

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at Saltaire The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club 7:00pm

Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, American roots song- writer Bronwynne Brent has the kind of stop-in-your-tracks voice that sounds like Southern sunshine. Though her latest album, 'Stardust', was recorded in Seattle, it's the kind of album that could only come out of the South. There's a hint of Delta blues behind the ache in her songs, a glimpse of honky-tonk twang, an echo of riverboat can-cans, a whiff of Morricone, and an atmosphere of the darker side of country songwriting. Harkening back to the glory days of Lee Hazlewood and Gram Parsons, Brent's songs tap into the dark undercurrent of country that starts with old Appalachian murder ballads and continues to today's current crop of psychedelic country songwriters. Like a Juke Joint Nancy Sinatra, Bronwynne Brent unites all the best elements of Southern American roots music, and ties these many different influences into a sound that's comforting and refreshing. Produced and recorded by Seattle's Johnny Sangster (Mudhoney, Massy Ferguson), there's a spaghetti north western sound to Stardust. Bringing on ace musicians like drummer John Convertino of Calexico and bassist Keith Lowe (Fiona Apple, Bill Frisell), and a diverse array of instrumentalists featuring everything from trumpets to a Hammond organ, banjo, even a plucked piano, allowed Sangster to carefully build the soundscapes around each song. And what songs! Brent's songs have a heavy weight on their shoulders. Battered women, defeated lovers, devilish characters, highway ghosts, and lonesome wanderers populate her songs. Her voice sounds aged beyond its years, brittle and fragile, almost as if it might shatter into razor-sharp fragments under too much pressure. But underneath everything there's a steel spine to this music, a thoroughly grounded foundation in American roots music that allows Brent to build her songs to greater heights than you might expect. It's a masterful album, and heralds the coming of a new sound in the Americana pantheon.

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Pj Wright And Guy Fletcher

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at Blandford Forum Royal British Legion 7:45pm

The driving forces for Little Johnny England, and stalwarts of the super band TRADarrr, we welcome club patrons PJ Wright and Guy Fletcher as a duo. The very best of folk rock plus some more traditional style songs comes from these two 'old hands' of the folk rock world. Support come in the form of our highly talented sound engineer, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Andy Stone. The Legion is open from 7pm. Concert doors 7.45pm Concert starts 8.15pm

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Paul Mcclure

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop 7:00pm

The Big Comfy Bookshop proudly presents the award winning acoustic evening 'Comfy & Acoustic'. Intimate performances from the best UK (and beyond) musicians covering folk, Americana, singer-songwriters and roots. Paul McClure Since giving up his teaching job to follow his dreams and go full time in January 2014, McClure has clocked up the miles finding places to play from Southampton to Manchester, Southend to Bristol with shows at folk clubs around the country including acclaimed performances at Wychwood and Cambridge folk clubs and Roots Music Club, Doncaster, sharing the stage with such touring folk and Americana musicians as Emily Barker, Otis Gibbs (USA) Red Sky July, Sons Of Bill (USA) Red Moon Road (Canada) Edwina Hayes and The Young 'Uns. "McClure's style of music may not be commercially fashionable these days, but, open, honest, warmly melodic and beautifully honed, it's never going to be without a loyal following." Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK "One of the bedrocks of the UK Alternative Country, Folk and Americana scene." (3 Chords And The Truth) Kenneth J Nash Kenneth J Nash has never done things the easy way, but his courage to confront the darker moments of his past has led him to spending his years on the music scene carving out a thriving repertoire of haunting music that stirs the heart and spears the soul. With a knack for blending his smooth, emotive voice with a lyrical prowess heavily influenced by his time spent on the road as a musician and DJ that threw his personal life into turmoil, his music resonates as a poignant story of a man who's been to hell and back more times than he can remember, but has come out the other side stronger. Drawing on his influences (Cohen, Waits, Cash, Reed & Cave), his deftly dramatic songs of love, loss, regret and renewal not to mention addiction bring this artist's dark journey vividly to life. His passion for instrumentation is behind his absorbing production; guitar, mandolin, Irish whistle, cello and double bass combine to give his output a delightful folksy sound. Stage Times Paul McClure 9.45-10.30 Kenneth J Nash 8.50-9.30 TBA 8.00-8.35 The bookshop bar will be open serving hot and cold drinks, wine and beer plus snacks. No other food or drink to be brought into the premises. For details of the bookshop please visit www.thebigcomfybookshop.co.uk www.facebook.com/thebigcomfybookshop www.twitter.com/bigcomfybooks www.instagram.com/bigcomfybooks www.bigcomfysessions.com NOTE: If you are late you'll have to wait for the acts to finish their set/song to avoid interrupting the performance

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Kenny Foster

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at Bedford Gordon Arms Ents Shed 8:00pm

While Kenny Foster isn't exactly new to country music, the momentum behind the unmistakable balladeer's 2017 release Deep Cuts has won him a host of new fans. Packed with real instruments, astute observations and the deconstruction of one man's head and heart, Foster's songwriting is one of a kind. While the pop-laden sounds of country radio have been trending away from the genre's organic roots in recent times, Foster makes a case for preserving the foundations of country music while still allowing it the chance to comment on and even pine over the ever-evolving landscape.

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Archie Fisher

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7:30pm

Archie Fisher MBE (born October 23, 1939) is a Scottish folk singer and songwriter. He has released several solo albums since his first, eponymous album in 1968. Fisher composed the song, "The Final Trawl," which he recorded on the album, Windward Away. Several other groups and singers, including The Clancy Brothers, have also recorded it. Starting in the mid-1970s, he produced four folk albums with Makem and Clancy. He also performed with them and other groups as a backup singer and guitarist. He hosted his own radio show on BBC Radio Scotland for almost three decades.

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Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing 7:30pm

From a cafe in Paris, via a hoolie in Dublin, to a night out in New Orleans, with rip-roaring fiddle and banjo this band does it all! A fabulous show suitable for all ages, directed by the inimitable Wild Willy Barrett. Charismatic French singer Aurora Colson takes centre stage, captivating audiences with her compelling and expressive vocals as she effortlessly tackles a wide range of styles: from bluegrass to acoustic blues, with haunting Irish melodies and a touch of Piaf thrown into the mix. At the heart of the ensemble are the indisputable talents of multi-instrumentalist Wild Willy Barrett, ably supported by cellist Mary Holland and Irish pipes and whistle player John Devine, whose outstanding musicianship was recently rewarded by an invitation to play in the presence of The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Featuring an original melange of French, Irish and English acoustic arrangements, beautifully performed on instruments including the guitar, cello, fiddle, banjo and uilleann pipes, all overlaid with a large dose of wry humour, this is a wonderful evening of unique and fresh musical entertainment. There really is nothing else quite like them!

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Tom Mcrae

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at Guildford Holy Trinity Church 7:30pm

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Nick Harper

on Fri, 2 Mar 2018 at Aldershot West End Centre 8:00pm

(Unreserved only) After leaving a streak of rip-roaring, celebratory shows in 2017, road-testing his back catalogue of 12 albums, Nick Harper has returned with a new album Lies! Lies! Lies! and a UK tour for 2018.

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The Jar Family

on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 at Howden The Shire Hall 7:30pm

Hartlepool based The Jar Family are five individual songwriters and musicians, who decided that, rather than strive for success in isolation, they would join forces to pool their talent.Although on paper the idea of five very different and charismatic personalities with a wide range of musical styles working together harmoniously seems unlikely, the stunning results of their work to date speak for themselves. Taking their name from the donations jar they passed around at early gigs, the band are a tight knit group who had the foresight to realise that they were stronger collectively than they were individually. To pursue their ambitious vision some tough early decisions had to be made. With few musical opportunities and even less resources at their disposal in their native North East the band temporarily moved away from their families in Hartlepool and relocated to a deserted farm in the remote Cambridgeshire countryside. There they built themselves a basic rehearsal studio and living in a ramshackle collection of old caravans for over a year they started to develop and refine what was to become the Jar Family sound. A relentless touring schedule, which has seen the band appearing as special guests to a number of established artists such as Jake Bugg, Babyshambles, Alabama 3 and others has brought their raucous and engaging shows to all corners of the country. Picking up an ever-growing army of admirers as a result of this live activity the band has now established a major fan base of fanatical supporters throughout the UK.  The Jar Family recorded new material at the legendary Monnow Valley Studios in 2014 with acclaimed producer Rupert Christie and ar released a new album 'Family First' in September 2015 amidst more inexorable touring.

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Stick In The Wheel

on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 7:30pm

East London five-piece folk band Stick In The Wheel are headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter. Their debut From Here(2015) was fRoots magazine 'Album of the Year' and a MOJO 'Folk Album of the Year', with four BBC Folk Award nominations since their inception in 2013. Known for Kearey's fierce, authentic delivery, this is culturally and politically switched on music with its roots firmly embedded in the genre's traditional, working-class heritage. The group have been widely commended for their timely appraisal of English Folk, and their skill in telling stories through song that reconnect modern audiences to the past - drawing unexpected parallels between then and now.

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Jenn Butterworth And Laura-beth Salter

on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 at Reading St Mary's Church 7:00pm

Doors and Bar 7pm, Music 8pm. These Earlybird tickets are on sale until 3rd February 2018. Jenn and Laura-Beth have each been a presence on the UK folk scene for a number of years. They were brought together by the close-knit and progressive Glasgow folk music community, spending lots of their time jamming an eclectic mix of folk music from across the globe, particularly the UK, Scandinavia and America. The years of playing together brought a deep affinity between the two artists; their rhythms lock tightly, their voices blend so closely that it's often hard to tell them apart. They have developed a natural telepathy: two musicians bound together. Jenn Butterworth is one of Scotland's foremost female guitarists, and has toured extensively with the award winning Anna Massie Band. As an accompanist she is in high demand, her most recent collaborations have involved Songs of Separation (BBC Folk Awards Album of the Year), Claire Hastings, Phil Cunningham and Fiddler's Bid. Laura-Beth Salter takes influence from the Oldtime and Bluegrass music that her parents played whilst she was growing up in Lincolnshire. After spending time studying a Traditional Music Degree in Newcastle she became heavily involved in the folk scene. She is a founding member of The Shee and her most recent collaborations involve Shooglenifty and The MacLean Project led by the world renowned Perthshire singer Dougie MacLean.

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Jenn Butterworth And Laura-beth Salter

on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 at Reading St Mary's Church 7:00pm

Doors and Bar 7pm, Music 8pm. These Earlybird tickets are on sale until 3rd February 2018. Jenn and Laura-Beth have each been a presence on the UK folk scene for a number of years. They were brought together by the close-knit and progressive Glasgow folk music community, spending lots of their time jamming an eclectic mix of folk music from across the globe, particularly the UK, Scandinavia and America. The years of playing together brought a deep affinity between the two artists; their rhythms lock tightly, their voices blend so closely that it's often hard to tell them apart. They have developed a natural telepathy: two musicians bound together. Jenn Butterworth is one of Scotland's foremost female guitarists, and has toured extensively with the award winning Anna Massie Band. As an accompanist she is in high demand, her most recent collaborations have involved Songs of Separation (BBC Folk Awards Album of the Year), Claire Hastings, Phil Cunningham and Fiddler's Bid. Laura-Beth Salter takes influence from the Oldtime and Bluegrass music that her parents played whilst she was growing up in Lincolnshire. After spending time studying a Traditional Music Degree in Newcastle she became heavily involved in the folk scene. She is a founding member of The Shee and her most recent collaborations involve Shooglenifty and The MacLean Project led by the world renowned Perthshire singer Dougie MacLean.

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Dani And Will Wilde

on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 at Pontnewydd Borough Blues Club - Cwmbran RFC 7:30pm

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Dani And Will Wilde

on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 at Pontnewydd Borough Blues Club - Cwmbran RFC 7:30pm

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The Darmoor Pixie Band & Sarah Bazeley

on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 at Godalming Borough Hall 7:45pm

The Dartmoor Pixie Band are an English country dance band (or Ceilidh Band) from the heart of Devon and are steeped in the musical and dance tradition of Dartmoor. Their mix of Melodeon, Piano Accordion, Banjo, Drums and Bass produces a sound that is very much their own and will have you tapping your feet, or better still will have you up and dancing your socks off. They have played together for more years than they care to remember so their style and repertoire is distinctly their own.  The band has their own resident caller, Sarah Bazeley, with a large repertoire of dances for all abilities so whether you're a do-si-do expert or have never danced before you're sure to have a good fun evening.

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The Darmoor Pixie Band & Sarah Bazeley

on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 at Godalming Borough Hall 7:45pm

The Dartmoor Pixie Band are an English country dance band (or Ceilidh Band) from the heart of Devon and are steeped in the musical and dance tradition of Dartmoor. Their mix of Melodeon, Piano Accordion, Banjo, Drums and Bass produces a sound that is very much their own and will have you tapping your feet, or better still will have you up and dancing your socks off. They have played together for more years than they care to remember so their style and repertoire is distinctly their own.  The band has their own resident caller, Sarah Bazeley, with a large repertoire of dances for all abilities so whether you're a do-si-do expert or have never danced before you're sure to have a good fun evening.

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Folklaw

on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7:30pm

"Show of Hands with a new wave ethic" fRoots Magazine Supporting The Shires, Seth Lakeman, Mad Dog Mcrea and more, FolkLaw were catapulted on to their debut European tour with gusto. On 3rd March these rising stars of the folk, rock and roots scene bring their energetic, entertaining performance to the Chapel stage in Bath. FolkLaw aren't just another band, they're a full show. A true cross-genre acoustic group, these talented musicians combine their experience of the live music circuit, festivals and folk scene to create a vibrant stage show that wins them loyal fans wherever they go. FolkLaw's exhilarating songs and acrobatic fiddle playing get audiences' feet tapping and minds thinking, with earthy vocals interwoven with distinctive harmonies, mandola and guitars. The band are well known for their crowd-surfing fiddle antics, on-stage banter, and vibrant, energised performance. Don't miss your chance to see FolkLaw live. "acoustic New Model Army!" FolkWorld "a touch of magic" Bright Young Folk "whirling jigs and lyrics that bite!" fRoots "music with brains, balls and heart!" FolkCast "a milestone of folk music" FolkWords Magazine "Brilliant band reminds me of the Levellers" BBC Radio (Johnny Coppin) "a mighty wall of folk... warm, sincere and engaging" Square Roots Promotions www.folklaw.co.uk

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Buffalo Gals

on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 at Crewkerne Clapton & Wayford Village Hall 7:30pm

Buffalo Gals travelling mix of traditional & original music, song, Appalachian step dance, humour & stories from the old-time American heritage delivers a revitalising dose of increased vigour and happiness to the simple country folk they meet along the way. If we could bottle this feeling, we would, so leave your aches, pains and furrowed brows at home and join the Gals for an evening of 'Doctor Good'. Featuring the music of The Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Pete Seeger and other greats of U.S. old-time, as well as their own original compositions, this band of wild rovers will wipe your modern-day cares away. Relying faithfully on the magic of fiddle & banjo, the Gals trust in the restorative, positively miraculous powers of the music of bygone days, the uplifting joy of percussive dance & the edifying effects of a good story well told. So, whether you are aficionados of old-time country music or completely new to its charms, the Miraculous Medicine Show, brought to you by one of the country's most wildly-travelled, reliable and flexible of musical acts, will be an uplifting and crowd-pleasing addition to your programme.

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Buffalo Gals

on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 at Crewkerne Clapton & Wayford Village Hall 7:30pm

Buffalo Gals travelling mix of traditional & original music, song, Appalachian step dance, humour & stories from the old-time American heritage delivers a revitalising dose of increased vigour and happiness to the simple country folk they meet along the way. If we could bottle this feeling, we would, so leave your aches, pains and furrowed brows at home and join the Gals for an evening of 'Doctor Good'. Featuring the music of The Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Pete Seeger and other greats of U.S. old-time, as well as their own original compositions, this band of wild rovers will wipe your modern-day cares away. Relying faithfully on the magic of fiddle & banjo, the Gals trust in the restorative, positively miraculous powers of the music of bygone days, the uplifting joy of percussive dance & the edifying effects of a good story well told. So, whether you are aficionados of old-time country music or completely new to its charms, the Miraculous Medicine Show, brought to you by one of the country's most wildly-travelled, reliable and flexible of musical acts, will be an uplifting and crowd-pleasing addition to your programme.

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Ian (the Mighty) Brown At Wychwood Folk Club

on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 at Ascott-under-Wychwood The Swan 7:00pm

Sat March 3rd Ian (the Mighty) Brown at Wychwood Folk Club + support by Pete Watkins The Swan Inn, Shipton Road, Ascott -u- Wychwood, Oxon, OX7 6AY Tickets £8.00 in advance £10.00 on the door Start 7.30pm. Doors 7.00pm Contact: Mark/Elaine 01993831427 or 07870563299 wychwoodfolkclub@zoho.com It's 30 years since Ian W Brown decided he stood a better chance of making a living farming pigs in Hampshire than saving the world with song. A year or two later while toiling in the fields he heard The Stone Roses on the radio, fell in love with the band and allowed himself a wry smile that at least one person with his name was living the dream. But he kept his hand in writing songs before going to work and playing folk clubs when he could. Then, farming being almost as precarious as the record business, he answered the call for Britain's farmers to diversify by going into the music industry full time. He started out selling line dance CDs, then got into band management, record plugging, recording and song writing. Since then he has been nominated for an Ivor Novello award for co-writing Sandi Thom's number one single, 'I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker' and the album from which it was taken. He co-wrote the lead song in the long running West End musical 'Dreamboats and Petticoats' and has written songs for many artists including Fisherman's Friends, Show of Hands, Jason Donovan, D Side, Pixie Lott, Graham Gouldman, Henry Priestman, Simon Webbe, Drumsound & Bassline Smith and even Meryl Streep. His songs have been played on Radio 1, Radio 2 Radio 4 and Radio 5 in the last year. His ambition in 2018 is to conquer Radio 3 and is currently writing a collection of neo classical Zither tunes! Performing and writing songs remains Ian's hobby as he's too old for football and has no aptitude for golf. He has never recorded under his own name until recently. Ian's new single, 'The Five Foot Two Inch Giant', is a song written in praise of his wife on their 28th wedding anniversary and is released later this year. He has supported Julie Felix, Rita Coolige , Martin Simpson , Martin Cathy, 10cc and Steve Harley. This summer Ian will return to the fringe stages and after-hours sessions at some of the country's most prestigious festivals and folk clubs to play a few of his songs that have graced the charts and many more that haven't, including 'She Can't Recycle Michael & His Folding Bicycle', 'There's A Light At The End Of the Tunnel (& It's The Front Of The Train)', 'Grey Is The New Blonde' and 'The Jeremy Kyle Song. These finely-honed everyman tales and self-deprecating musical gems are interspersed with tall tales from the music business, life, love and the universe, which is visible from his shed in the New Forest. As Ian will be the first to tell you there aren't many politicians he has a great deal in common with. However, if he ever has a hit under his own name he could join the best-known hobby composer of them all Charles G Dawes, the American banker, politician, general and ambassador to the UK who went on to serve as Vice-President to Calvin Coolidge after writing the music that became 'It's All in the Game', the 1958 chart-topper for Tommy Edwards. Dawes in the only US Vice-President to have a number one hit. He and Bob Dylan are the only people to have had a number one hit and win a Nobel Prize. Ian W Brown is the only recorded pig farmer to be nominated for an Ivor Novello Award.

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Faeland (unplugged) At The Wild Goose Space

on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 at Bristol The Wild Goose Space 7:30pm

Join Faeland for this special stripped down and acoustic evening of their music. Unplugged and intimate music in the beautiful Wild Goose Space at the heart of St. Werburghs, Bristol. Raw chocolates, cakes, chai, wine and herbal teas will be available to buy. FAELAND Gentle, intuitive, and mystical, the music on Faeland's debut album All My Swim blends folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Singer-songwriter stylings and a dose of pop bring a captivating sound with instant appeal. The sound is acoustic guitars and double bass mixed with harp and violin. Ethereal, bittersweet vocals float across the mix and complete the picture. Faeland's sound and mission pair up well together and create a beautiful vulnerability that is authentic and true. Their songs offer listeners a seductive realness that rises above all the pushed product out there and must be heard and experienced to be fully understood. Fans of well-executed modern folk will want to find this band soon, while it can still be seen up close. Influences: Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Nick Drake and Paul Simon, alongside more modern stars like First Aid Kit, Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, Bon Iver, R.E.M., Nick Mulvey and Hem. Reviews: "Extraordinarily good" - Shire Folk "A beautiful selection of original, modern folk compositions" - Folk Radio UK "A really fabulous band making glorious folk music Sam Bonham, BBC Video: https://youtu.be/cGBhSXwUXU8 Music: www.faeland.bandcamp.com Tickets £10 advance / £11.50 on the door (Concessions £8)

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Faeland (unplugged) At The Wild Goose Space

on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 at Bristol The Wild Goose Space 7:30pm

Join Faeland for this special stripped down and acoustic evening of their music. Unplugged and intimate music in the beautiful Wild Goose Space at the heart of St. Werburghs, Bristol. Raw chocolates, cakes, chai, wine and herbal teas will be available to buy. FAELAND Gentle, intuitive, and mystical, the music on Faeland's debut album All My Swim blends folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Singer-songwriter stylings and a dose of pop bring a captivating sound with instant appeal. The sound is acoustic guitars and double bass mixed with harp and violin. Ethereal, bittersweet vocals float across the mix and complete the picture. Faeland's sound and mission pair up well together and create a beautiful vulnerability that is authentic and true. Their songs offer listeners a seductive realness that rises above all the pushed product out there and must be heard and experienced to be fully understood. Fans of well-executed modern folk will want to find this band soon, while it can still be seen up close. Influences: Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Nick Drake and Paul Simon, alongside more modern stars like First Aid Kit, Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, Bon Iver, R.E.M., Nick Mulvey and Hem. Reviews: "Extraordinarily good" - Shire Folk "A beautiful selection of original, modern folk compositions" - Folk Radio UK "A really fabulous band making glorious folk music Sam Bonham, BBC Video: https://youtu.be/cGBhSXwUXU8 Music: www.faeland.bandcamp.com Tickets £10 advance / £11.50 on the door (Concessions £8)

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William The Conqueror

on Sun, 4 Mar 2018 at Stoke on Trent Fulford Village Hall 7:30pm

Cornwall trio William the Conqueror have been picking up praise from far flung corners ever since Ruarri Joseph took the step to go public with his erstwhile secret alter-ego. The band's debut album, Proud Disturber of the Peace, was released in the summer to widespread critical acclaim, and their shows have been steadily winning over fans up and down the country. After a summer of festivals, followed by a tour opening for Loose label-mates Danny & the Champions of the World, the band are now readying themselves for a run of headline shows. The indie-rock three piece sees Ruarri joined by bassist Naomi Holmes and drummer Harry Harding, channelling classic blues and roots through a grunge/indie filter, with diverse influences including The Doors, Ryan Adams and The Lemonheads. Praised for their grit and authenticity by the likes of The Guardian and NPR's Ann Powers, they made their mark at AmericanaFest in Nashville, signing to Loose, and going on to pick up a nomination at the UK Americana Awards 2017, where they shared the stage with the likes of Van Morrison, Richard Thompson and Ethan Johns. Opening for William the Conqueror will be John Dhali two time winner of 'best solo act' at the Staffordshire and Cheshire music awards. John continues to wow audiences wherever he goes and has already played alongside such renowned artists as Scott Matthews, Frank Turner and A500 Music favourite Willy Porter. Since his last performance at Fulford, the 23 year old has signed his first record deal with 'Kidda Records' which he hopes will help propel him to a bigger platform and once you've seen him on stage, you won't question the possibility of that happening. John's live performances are something special and his unique soulful blues voice, stunning lyrics and infectious tunes will remain in your head for days A500 Music aim to present some of the finest live music in a friendly and intimate environment. We seat our audience in a cabaret style and because we always hope to be near capacity, we allocate seating to our guests according to when they purchased their tickets. By inviting you to *bring your own drink*, we are making the evening an inexpensive as well as enjoyable experience. Drinking glasses will be available on the night and we also provide free hot drinks.

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Pilgrims Way - Ed Beasant, Tom Kitching, Jon Loomes & Jude Rees.

on Sun, 4 Mar 2018 at Southport Park Golf Club 7:00pm

Colourful, energetic and multi-skilled outfit. Tunes and songs; Playford meets Adam Ant. The dandy highway-persons!

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Charlie Parr

on Mon, 5 Mar 2018 at Guildford The Keep 7:00pm

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Eilidh Steel & Mark Neal

on Mon, 5 Mar 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This ticket guarantees entry until 9.15pm ONLY. After this time, entry is space permitting. Advance tickets are non-refundable, EXCEPT in the case of a show being cancelled. In certain circumstances credit notes will be issued. Please see greennote.co.uk for full refund policy. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. ------------------------------------------------------ Eilidh Steel & Mark Neal are a Scottish duo rooted in the traditions of Scotland's music and song. They are both prolific tune and song writers and their music features many of these compositions alongside old traditional music with a strong influence from Arygllshire and West highlands of Scotland "The empathy between the two players, forged through tours throughout Europe, is a thing of beauty in itself"- Rock n Reel "Both mature and deeply rooted in tradition" - Box & Fiddle Magazine

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Phil Beer

on Tue, 6 Mar 2018 at Broseley Birchmeadow Centre 7:00pm

Phil Beer returns to the Birchmeadow. Great acoustics, great bar, an intimate setting.

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Edgelarks (philip Henry And Hannah Martin)

on Wed, 7 Mar 2018 at Biddulph Arms 7:30pm

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The Lost Notes

on Wed, 7 Mar 2018 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath 7:15pm

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Judy Cook - Light & Shade

on Wed, 7 Mar 2018 at Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre 8:00pm

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Judy Cook - Light & Shade

on Wed, 7 Mar 2018 at Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre 8:00pm

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Ewan Mclennan

on Thu, 8 Mar 2018 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 7:30pm

2011 BBC Folk Awards 'Horizon' award winner and a fast-rising young Folk star, Edinburgh-born Ewan McLennan has been making headlines over the last year, performing at festivals, clubs, and concert halls across the country. He combines traditional music from around Britain and beyond with his own earthy, self-penned songs, creating a unique and compelling sound. He has a gorgeous, lilting voice, a quietly assured and commanding presence and some smart guitar arrangements. One of the most exciting singers to come out of Scotland in recent years (Mike Harding) Stories Still Untold, is a real treat (**** 4 stars The Telegraph) It simply oozes class when we lost Iain MacKintosh and Bert Jansch in recent years I have been waiting for a male voice with the same mixture of vulnerability, sensitivity, and above all, humanity. In Ewan McLennan I think we have that voice. (The Living Tradition)

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Coven: International Women's Day Concert

on Thu, 8 Mar 2018 at London St John on Bethnal Green 7:30pm

Coven are a collective of three of the British folk scene's finest, most formidable and forthright female acts, taking to the stage to celebrate International Women's Day in a week of unforgettable concerts. The exquisitely harmonic songwriting duo and BBC 6 Music favourites O'Hooley & Tidow will be joined by the enchanting BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Finalists Lady Maisery and the irrepressible Leicester songwriter, activist and performer Grace Petrie. Debuting their new EP, experience these thought provoking, heartfelt, entertaining and enthralling women performing individually and collectively on one stage.

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Rag Mama Rag

on Thu, 8 Mar 2018 at Towersey The Three Horseshoes 7:30pm

Fantastic acoustic blues duo focussed on the 20's and 30's but encompassing Mississippi Blues, East Coast Ragtime sounds, early White Country tunes & Original Compositions.

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Nigel Philip Davies And The Good Companions

on Thu, 8 Mar 2018 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7:30pm

Singer Songwriter Nigel Philip Davies is a veteran of the music scene. Ably accompanied by The Good Companions, he performs songs that span the broad spectrum from riotous fiddle driven tunes to deeply reflective songs of love and loss, covering humour and social issues along the way. Nigel was a session player at Rockfield studios and contributed to albums and singles in very different genres but his love remains with the lyrical folk rock style, described as one reviewer in Australia as Folk Punk. Coming from the land of Dylan Thomas, lyrics play a major part in Nigel's songs. They are crafted with great care and precision. There are echoes of Cohen and Dylan here but that is no bad thing. Every song has the hallmark of Davies's dark distinctive, poetic voice." Fred Redwood, journalist with the Sunday Times "Reminiscent of Dylan in his Desire period."- Bob Wilson "Now they say, they'll close the mines, they say they've had their day. They'll get their coal from far away where they work for far less pay They say one day I will forget. I know that's just not true I've got a film of dust inside my lungs. I've got scars of vivid blue" Blue Scar www.nigeld.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/nigelphilipdavies Nick Ward The ongoing seaside adventures of Nick Ward are continuing to excite internet blogs and music sites all with a shared addiction to wonderfully structured Power-Pop. Whether the latest recording project involves explosive fuzzed-out guitar or expressive acoustic soul searching, the songs are born from Nicks honest visual experiences and a lyrical persona presenting thoughtful real life scenarios. Indulging in essentially British musical observations and New Wave counter culture happily studied on eccentric hazy vinyl, Nick Ward`s connection with Sixties Soul, Britpop, Mod Revival and radio friendly Indie is all apparent after just a few listens. Include a healthy dose of Costello, Ray Davies, Weller and Bacarach, and modern guitar based song writing is in very safe hands. http://www.nickwardmusic.com/

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Pauline Alexander & Sandy Stanage

on Thu, 8 Mar 2018 at North Shields Percy Park Rugby Club 7:30pm

Pauline Alexander and Sandy Stanage are a duo whose song choices are driven by a belief that a good song is a good song regardless of 'genre'. Alongside original songs they perform their own interpretations of well-known classics, bringing to them something that makes you feel they were always theirs to begin with. Pauline and Sandy spent many years on the folk circuit independently before eventually coming together at the end of 2016. Despite this relatively new musical partnership the duo have been steadily making a name for themselves and their song 'The Dreamer' was showcased by FATEA Magazine in 2017. Sandy has performed with a number of bands including Kentigern and Molendinar and Pauline's CD, 'Thoughts For The Masses' has been a former album of the week on Iain Anderson's BBC Radio Scotland show. Among others she has supported Dougie MacLean, Rumer and Shelagh McDonald. Live In The North East is pleased to open the 2018 gig season with this very talented duo. Pauline Alexander and Sandy Stanage are one of the best acts on the current folk circuit I've seen this year. Ian Cripps FATEA Magazine (2017) "Pauline Alexander has a beautiful modern Scottish folk voice, reminiscent of Sandy Denny." Rumer, singer/songwriter Pauline and Sandy gave us a great night of vocals from Pauline and a great tasteful guitar accompaniment from Sandy. If you get the chance, go see them! Keith Taylor, Cramlington Folk Club

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Edgelarks

on Thu, 8 Mar 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 8:00pm

A welcome return to the Greystones for Philip Henry and Hannah Martin, the Edgelarks.

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Broom Bezzums

on Thu, 8 Mar 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

UK expats based in Germany, Mark Bloomer and Andrew Cadie have earned a formidable reputation for their musicianship (fiddle, guitar and much else), their mix of original songs, covers and traditional numbers, and their high-energy stage act, making this a welcome York debut. Just about the best young duo on the circuit says Steve Knightley.

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Broom Bezzums

on Thu, 8 Mar 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm

UK expats based in Germany, Mark Bloomer and Andrew Cadie have earned a formidable reputation for their musicianship (fiddle, guitar and much else), their mix of original songs, covers and traditional numbers, and their high-energy stage act, making this a welcome York debut. Just about the best young duo on the circuit says Steve Knightley.

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Knight & Spiers

on Fri, 9 Mar 2018 at Leicester The Guildhall 7:15pm

In the summer of 2016, the organisers of Folkeast Festival had the grand idea of pairing legendary fiddle layer Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special "one off" concert at that year's festival. It ended up being a festival highlight, with no space to be found in the marquee and people standing five deep in pouring rain. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn't seem as though the audience was going to let them go. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say "I was there". It was also clear that leaving matters there was not an option. This then is the debut tour of two of the undoubted finest musicians in their respective fields. "Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow" Sir Terry Pratchett "Elegant, rhythmic and virtuoso playing and easygoing folk club banter a quiet triumph! The Guardian

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Faustus

on Fri, 9 Mar 2018 at Newbury ACE Space 7:30pm

"One of Britain's outstanding folk bands" according to The Guardian.  Each member of this trio have impeccable folk credentials, together they deliver more than the sum of the parts.  Nominated for Best Band in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Paull Sartin (oboe, violin, cor anglais, vocals) is no stranger to ACE Space having appeared here as part of Belshazzar's Feast.  Benji Kirkpatrick (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, banjo, vocals) has appeared at Arlington Arts with his take on Hendrix and was part of the Seth Lakeman band.  Saul Rose (melodeon, vocals) was Songman in the West End play War Horse and has a long association with the Carthys including being a founder member of new folk big band Eliza Carthy and The Wayward bands. Both Paul and Benji were part of the legendary folk big band Bellowhead.

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Faustus

on Fri, 9 Mar 2018 at Newbury ACE Space 7:30pm

"One of Britain's outstanding folk bands" according to The Guardian.  Each member of this trio have impeccable folk credentials, together they deliver more than the sum of the parts.  Nominated for Best Band in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Paull Sartin (oboe, violin, cor anglais, vocals) is no stranger to ACE Space having appeared here as part of Belshazzar's Feast.  Benji Kirkpatrick (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, banjo, vocals) has appeared at Arlington Arts with his take on Hendrix and was part of the Seth Lakeman band.  Saul Rose (melodeon, vocals) was Songman in the West End play War Horse and has a long association with the Carthys including being a founder member of new folk big band Eliza Carthy and The Wayward bands. Both Paul and Benji were part of the legendary folk big band Bellowhead.

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Steve Turner

on Fri, 9 Mar 2018 at Guildford Institute 7:45pm

Steve Turner is one of those artists who have been the backbone of the British folk scene but has been out of circulation as a professional musician for around eleven years. He was tempted back recently, in part by Mick Peat but, as he said in a recent article folk music seems to get into your blood! and four or five years ago he started doing a few gigs again and came gradually back on to the folk scene. Steve will be performing songs from Britain & America beautifully sung with brilliant accompaniment on English concertina, cittern, mandolin & banjo.

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Steve Turner

on Fri, 9 Mar 2018 at Guildford Institute 7:45pm

Steve Turner is one of those artists who have been the backbone of the British folk scene but has been out of circulation as a professional musician for around eleven years. He was tempted back recently, in part by Mick Peat but, as he said in a recent article folk music seems to get into your blood! and four or five years ago he started doing a few gigs again and came gradually back on to the folk scene. Steve will be performing songs from Britain & America beautifully sung with brilliant accompaniment on English concertina, cittern, mandolin & banjo.

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Coven

on Fri, 9 Mar 2018 at Bristol The Folk House 7:30pm

Coven is the collective of three of the British folk scene's finest, most formidable and forthright acts; the exquisitely harmonic songwriting duo and BBC 6 Music favourites O'Hooley & Tidow, the enchanting BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Finalists Lady Maisery and the irrepressible Leicester songwriter, activist and performer Grace Petrie. In 2014, Belinda O'Hooley, Heidi Tidow, Rowan Rheingans, Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Grace Petrie got together to celebrate International Women's Day in March with a series of three concerts. Since then, the tour has extended year on year with 2017 seeing them release 'Unholy Choir'; an EP of the songs that the group has collaborated on. Experience these thought provoking, heartfelt, entertaining and enthralling women performing individually and collectively on one stage. "While still sounding like three clear entities, they drew palpable strength and conviction in the new format and were one of the highlights of the day." - The Guardian O'Hooley & Tidow: Defiant, robust, political, northern, poetical folk music for the times we live in. -The Independent Lady Maisery are women with ideas, purpose and urgency. They create powerful, enthralling work. - Songlines Grace Petrie: A powerful new songwriting voice. - The Guardian www.facebook.com/covenmusic

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Bronwynne Brent Trio

on Fri, 9 Mar 2018 at Doncaster Ukrainian Centre, 7:30pm

Mississippi Delta songbird, Bronwynne Brent returns to these shores having entranced the UK on her last visit. Now established as a major force, Bronwynne ended 2016 on a high, carrying off the Best Female Performer title (voted by the general public) at the hugely-influential AmericanaUK website for the second year running. Her spine-tingling vocal style has been compared to Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Amy Winehouse a remarkable singer-songwriter who simply oozes class. Bob Harris, playing tracks repeatedly on his BBC Radio 2 show told listeners her music is absolutely gorgeous really special! She was flown in for headline appearances at Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival last year and recorded a BBC studio session at Whispering Bob's invitation. This time, she brings her illustrious producer and highly-rated guitarist Johnny Sangster over from the USA to accompany her, and top bass player Jay Darwish completes the trio. Sangster played on both of Bronwynne's last albums and has recently toured with both KD Lang and Neko Case, and Darwish is heavily in-demand too, having worked with musicians of the calibre of Sting and Newton Faulkner. Stunning American Roots UK A voice that is timeless in timbre and phrasing R2 magazine Immensely attractive and engaging Maverick magazine

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The Emily Askew Band

on Fri, 9 Mar 2018 at Reeth Memorial Hall 8:00pm

Formed to fuse Emily's passions for Medieval and Renaissance melodies/songs and modern folk styles. Emily has had a successful career in both Folk (Askew Sisters, Alma, Ceilidh Factor and the Elizabethan Session) and Early Music (The Artisans, Shakespeare's Globe, Glyndebourne, The Dufay Collective, Joglaresa, Mediva and the Medieval Babes). Being an multi-instrumentalist playing vielle, shawm, bagpipes, recorders and medieval harp, Emily wanted to explore the possibilities of mixing these unusual sounds with modern instruments. The band also includes singer/guitarist/fiddler Jamie Roberts (Gilmore Roberts, The Dovetail Trio) and fiddler/viola d'amore playing John Dipper (English Acoustic Collective, Methera, Dipper Malkin, and Alma). Their debut album 'Alchemy' has brought these rave reviews: ''One of the albums of the year'' (4**** Clive Davies, The Times); ''Mixing folk and early music with beauty and precision'' (4**** Jude Rogers, The Guardian); One of the most original and engaging albums of the year!' (Alex Gallacher, Folk Radio UK); Exquisitely played, deeply researched and fascinating! (Martin Simpson); It's wonderful - so accomplished, such beautiful music. I love Emily's singing, too - her voice is so absolutely right for these songs. I knew it would be a really good album - turns out it's a GREAT one. I love it! (Shirley Collins); "A wonderful blend of early music and folk - a satiating listen! (Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction); "This is a beautiful first album from the Emily Askew Band which enthrals, and surprises, Folk and Early English music audiences alike (Katy Spicer, Director of EFDSS). Doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm start

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The Emily Askew Band

on Fri, 9 Mar 2018 at Reeth Memorial Hall 8:00pm

Formed to fuse Emily's passions for Medieval and Renaissance melodies/songs and modern folk styles. Emily has had a successful career in both Folk (Askew Sisters, Alma, Ceilidh Factor and the Elizabethan Session) and Early Music (The Artisans, Shakespeare's Globe, Glyndebourne, The Dufay Collective, Joglaresa, Mediva and the Medieval Babes). Being an multi-instrumentalist playing vielle, shawm, bagpipes, recorders and medieval harp, Emily wanted to explore the possibilities of mixing these unusual sounds with modern instruments. The band also includes singer/guitarist/fiddler Jamie Roberts (Gilmore Roberts, The Dovetail Trio) and fiddler/viola d'amore playing John Dipper (English Acoustic Collective, Methera, Dipper Malkin, and Alma). Their debut album 'Alchemy' has brought these rave reviews: ''One of the albums of the year'' (4**** Clive Davies, The Times); ''Mixing folk and early music with beauty and precision'' (4**** Jude Rogers, The Guardian); One of the most original and engaging albums of the year!' (Alex Gallacher, Folk Radio UK); Exquisitely played, deeply researched and fascinating! (Martin Simpson); It's wonderful - so accomplished, such beautiful music. I love Emily's singing, too - her voice is so absolutely right for these songs. I knew it would be a really good album - turns out it's a GREAT one. I love it! (Shirley Collins); "A wonderful blend of early music and folk - a satiating listen! (Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction); "This is a beautiful first album from the Emily Askew Band which enthrals, and surprises, Folk and Early English music audiences alike (Katy Spicer, Director of EFDSS). Doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm start

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Richard Digance - The Not Bad For His Age 2018 Tour

on Fri, 9 Mar 2018 at Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre 8:00pm

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Richard Digance - The Not Bad For His Age 2018 Tour

on Fri, 9 Mar 2018 at Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre 8:00pm

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Karl Blau

on Sat, 10 Mar 2018 at Manchester Hey! Manchester @ Low Four Studio 7:30pm

On Introducing Karl Blau the enigmatic vocalist charts a new vision of country music. A Northwest indie hero, Blau channels darkness and hope in a cinematic collection of Nashville country hits from the 1960s and 1970s. Produced by Tucker Martine, the record features performances by Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Laura Veirs, Jon Hyde, Eli Moore (Lake), Steve Moore (Earth, SunnO)))), among others. It all started with cutting a 7 single, a cover of the 1969 Tom T. Hall hit That's How I Got to Memphis. Blau, whom Martine had come to know from sessions with Laura Veirs among others, asked if he could try singing it. 'I knew what a special artist Karl was, but I had no idea what a powerful interpreter of songs he was,' Martine says. The collaboration, pairing Blau's deeply sonorous voice with Martine's warm, modern arrangements, recast the Nashville hit in a new light. 'He was able to communicate the essence of the song in such a moving way that we started dreaming of making a whole record based around our excitement for that collaboration.' The result was the single and, now, Introducing Karl Blau. Martine and Blau worked for years on shaping the narrative of the record. 'I feel like I am starring in this country-western movie, written and produced by Tucker, and it tells a story,' says Blau. A sense of emergence from the shadows of loss, loneliness, infidelity, and melancholy runs through Introducing Karl Blau. 'We've threaded a story through the record,' says Blau. 'My character is moving through this dark place, but there is always this light of hope.' The record, all covers, is a crate-digger's feast of forgotten hits and deeper cuts; most of them from the Nashville country-soul renaissance in the late 1960s and early 1970s Tom T. Hall, Bobby Bond, Allen Reynolds. Other songs are from the Bee Gees (To Love Somebody), Link Wray (Fallin' Rain) or Townes Van Zandt (If I Needed You). The project was a labor of love for Martine, the son of a Nashville songwriter who grew up listening to many of these songs. Karl Blau is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and DIY icon who helped turn his hometown of Anacortes, Washington, into an indie-music mecca. He has released more than 40 records in 20-odd years, many self-released in handmade packaging and mailed to subscribers, and others on iconic indie Northwest labels K and knw-yr-own. Blau has also toured and recorded for years with Laura Veirs, the Microphones, Little Wings, D+ and Earth. Completed in 1962, Low Four was built as part of the original Granada Studio. The live-room was originally connected to a control room above and was where The Beatles rehearsed for their first ever TV appearance. In its heyday, it was used to record theme tunes and soundtracks for classic ITV dramas such as Jewel in the Crown, Brideshead Revisited and Sherlock Holmes, often by sections of the Halle Orchestra. Nowadays, it is used as a professional recording studio, and also streams one-off live performances by the likes of Jane Weaver, Mew, Jesca Hoop, Dutch Uncles, Polica, Alexis Taylor and Everything Everything. This is a 14+ age restriction show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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Eilidh Steel And Mark Neal - Fiddle And Guitar

on Sat, 10 Mar 2018 at Masham Town Hall 7:30pm

Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal are a Scottish fiddle and guitar duo who are in great demand in the UK and abroad. Combining traditional music rooted in Argyll and Scotland's West Coast with their own compositions, Eilidh and Mark are leading lights of the young folk/roots movement and have toured extensively around Europe. Since their delightful 2015 performance in Masham, Eilidh and Mark have played at Celtic Connections and to an audiencxe of 4,000 in Verona, supported Madness, and acted as Ewan MacGregor's backing band! Eilidh Steel is from Argyllshire where she started playing fiddle at the age of six. Since graduating from Glasgow's Royal Conservatoire of Scotland she has composed, played and toured as a full time musician, and she is Artistic Director of the Scots Fiddle Festival. Eilidh is a respected tunesmith with her compositions performed and recorded by many artists throughout the world. Originally from East Kilbride, guitarist and singer-songwriter Mark Neal has played various instruments since the age of 5. He moved to Edinburgh to study a degree in physics then a PhD in Musical Acoustics, before turning to music as a full time career.

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Eilidh Steel And Mark Neal - Fiddle And Guitar

on Sat, 10 Mar 2018 at Masham Town Hall 7:30pm

Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal are a Scottish fiddle and guitar duo who are in great demand in the UK and abroad. Combining traditional music rooted in Argyll and Scotland's West Coast with their own compositions, Eilidh and Mark are leading lights of the young folk/roots movement and have toured extensively around Europe. Since their delightful 2015 performance in Masham, Eilidh and Mark have played at Celtic Connections and to an audiencxe of 4,000 in Verona, supported Madness, and acted as Ewan MacGregor's backing band! Eilidh Steel is from Argyllshire where she started playing fiddle at the age of six. Since graduating from Glasgow's Royal Conservatoire of Scotland she has composed, played and toured as a full time musician, and she is Artistic Director of the Scots Fiddle Festival. Eilidh is a respected tunesmith with her compositions performed and recorded by many artists throughout the world. Originally from East Kilbride, guitarist and singer-songwriter Mark Neal has played various instruments since the age of 5. He moved to Edinburgh to study a degree in physics then a PhD in Musical Acoustics, before turning to music as a full time career.

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Caroline Spence

on Sat, 10 Mar 2018 at Bedford Gordon Arms Ents Shed 8:00pm

Spence has an angelic singing voice that is enchanting and devastating, elevating her diaristic writing to breathtaking heights." - NO DEPRESSION While Caroline Spence may not look like one of the road-hardened troubadours of America's past, with the release of her album Spades & Roses, the young songwriter from Charlottesville Virginia proves she is every bit as serious. Having won numerous songwriting awards from industry mainstays like the Kerrville Folk Festival and American Songwriter Magazine, and garnered nods and admiration from both Miranda Lambert and her fellow writers in the Nashville underground, Caroline has delivered a record to meet the expectation: Quite simply, 11 songs of gorgeous Americana that remind us of why we fell in love with the genre in the first place.

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Kosmos Ensemble

on Sat, 10 Mar 2018 at Dollar Gibson Hall, Dollar Academy 7:30pm

Prepare to be intoxicated by entrancing dance rhythms, soulful improvisation and gypsy passion delivered with inimitable panache and virtuoso technique. Kosmos Ensemble are Harriet MacKenzie (violin), Meg Hamilton (viola), Milos Milivojevic (accordion). They perform music with "telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship" Richard Morrison, The Times. An inspirational combination of Tango, Gypsy, Balkan and Japanese music referencing classical composers, with fearless improvisation and impeccable technique. All three members of Kosmos are soloists in their own right and have recorded concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Nova to critical acclaim. "As breath-taking as it is moving... impressive and brilliantly effective." Rob Adams, The Herald.

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Kosmos Ensemble

on Sat, 10 Mar 2018 at Dollar Gibson Hall, Dollar Academy 7:30pm

Prepare to be intoxicated by entrancing dance rhythms, soulful improvisation and gypsy passion delivered with inimitable panache and virtuoso technique. Kosmos Ensemble are Harriet MacKenzie (violin), Meg Hamilton (viola), Milos Milivojevic (accordion). They perform music with "telepathic rapport, dazzling virtuosity, serious scholarship, intellectual curiosity and impeccable musicianship" Richard Morrison, The Times. An inspirational combination of Tango, Gypsy, Balkan and Japanese music referencing classical composers, with fearless improvisation and impeccable technique. All three members of Kosmos are soloists in their own right and have recorded concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Nova to critical acclaim. "As breath-taking as it is moving... impressive and brilliantly effective." Rob Adams, The Herald.

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Sean Taylor

on Sat, 10 Mar 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 7:30pm

Sean Taylor is one of the most exciting and hard working names on the roots and blues scene. The response to his latest album 'Flood & Burn' has been sensational. On BBC Radio 2 it has been played on Bob Harris, Paul Jones (Blues show) and Mark Radcliffe (Folk show). It has been featured in the Daily Mirror, Mojo, Guardian and listed in Daily Telegraph best albums of the year. Sean has toured all over the UK, Europe and Australia. He has supported John Fogerty, Neville Brothers, Robert Cray, Richard Thompson, Tony Joe White, Eric Bibb, Tom Paxton, Band of Horses, John Mayall & Arlo Guthrie.

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Steamchicken

on Sat, 10 Mar 2018 at London The Slaughtered Lamb 7:30pm

Ceilidh-swing veterans Steamchicken return to the concert circuit with a re-invented set, a new hard hitting sound and the fabulous Amy Kakoura on vocals. Folk with a twist, with huge dollop of blues and ska, the powerful four-piece horn section drives a set featuring mostly original material together with their own take on a few classics, new album "Look Both Ways" just released. between Bellowhead and UB40exhilarating stuff. Vic Smith. FRoots. an irresistible sound that leaves this listener, at least, with an overwhelming feeling of joy. Barry Goodman: Shire-folk .an excellent album, mixing so many styles and ideas in a bewildering stew of exciting music. Dai Jeffries: Folking.com some great storytelling the use of a full brass section and driving rhythm section that is the real eye-openerand the amazing vocal range of Amy handling everything thrown at her. Dave Beeby: The Living Tradition.

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Steve Turner @ Royal Traditions

on Sat, 10 Mar 2018 at Dungworth The Royal Hotel 7:30pm

7.30 Tunes session 8-10 Act 10-11 Singing session

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Cardboard Fox At Meltham, Huddersfield

on Sat, 10 Mar 2018 at Meltham Community Hub 7:30pm

Cardboard Fox is an exciting young British band of four outstanding young musicians who have been making a name for themselves on the acoustic scene over the past couple of years. All four members have their roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further, and the band's music has elements of folk, blues, jazz and old time Americana. Cardboard Foxfeatures the sibling harmonies of Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters) on guitar/vocals and fiddle/vocals respectively, plus Joe Tozer (mandolin) and John Breese (double bass/vocals). This highly accomplished group of musicians will entertain you with their first-class musicianship, energetic live performance and creative approach to their material.

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Son Of Town Hall

on Sun, 11 Mar 2018 at Saltaire The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club 7:00pm

Son of Town Hall Imagine if Simon and Garfunkel were lost at sea, salt in their beards, wind at their backs, and whiskey in their bottles. What songs would they sing whilst stomping like melodious madmen on the boards of their boat? Or set yourself adrift for a piece, untether yourself from your daily affairs, bring only fresh water, a large writing pad and plenty of pencils. With only the endless sky above and the wine-dark waters below, what half-crazed tales would pour out of you? Welcome to the mythic world of Son of Town Hall, the unusual union of Ben Parker of London, England, and David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Parker, a highly sought-after London-based songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist, and Berkeley, a celebrated singer/songwriter/guitarist/author have imagined a world that transcends time and space, complete with Victorian-era outfits, meditations about the sea and songs that beg you to sing along. The show is three-parts concert, one-part theater. It will leave you transformed, with your heart full of laughter and tears, drunk on adventure and the tragic beauty of the human condition. Son of Town Hall springboards from the story of the aforementioned two finding themselves side by side aboard a junk raft ('The Son of Town Hall') crossing the mighty Atlantic in search of new lands, new inspiration and to recover squandered fortune. It's as if the two sailed their ship back a century or so, though neither Berkeley, nor Parker openly acknowledge the anachronistic quality in their songs or presentation. They do, however, recognize how special their sound is. Perhaps it was the solitude out there, Parker explains when we caught up with the bearded duo off the coast of Maine, or maybe it was the strong gratitude you feel when you finally encounter another vessel. Or maybe it was all the raw coffee beans and cheap rum we consumed... well whatever it was, we learned to sing out there. More importantly, we learned to sing together. And sing together they do, harmonies that haven't been heard, perhaps, since the Louvin Brothers. You learn a lot on the high seas, Berkeley adds. Skills and endurance you didn't know you possessed. Music and storytelling kept us afloat, kept us alive, really. We developed a blend and a sound that led even the sea creatures and the moon to pay attention. We just had to hope that it would translate on dry land. Well, as anyone at one of Son of Town Hall's packed shows across America or Europe can attest, their sound has translated just fine. Audiences consistently leave a show muttering that they've never quite experienced something like it. And if the early indications prove true, the two will soon need to build a bigger boat, for everyone who floats near them wants to jump aboard. 'Sensational!' - John Platt, WFUV 'Nothing short of stunning' - Lisa Schwartz, Director Philadelphia Folk Festival 'Purposely timeless yet anachronistic, a sort of aural steampunk' - Santa Fe New Mexican

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Martin Carthy

on Sun, 11 Mar 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 8:00pm

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Emily Askew Band

on Sun, 11 Mar 2018 at Bristol The Folk House 7:30pm

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Findlay Napier & Rebecca Loebe

on Sun, 11 Mar 2018 at Glasgow The Glad Cafe 7:00pm

Live in The Glad Cafe- Doors 7pm- Act on stage 7:30pm. Duration 130 minutes including interval. Rebecca Loebe and Findlay Napier met on a songwriting retreat in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. "Sometimes when you get thrown into a co-write sessions things just click." Says Napier, "This was one of those times." Over the last 18 months they have written together down the line from Loebe's base in Austin, Texas and in Findlay's Glasgow flat when Rebecca was touring the UK. An award-winning songwriter, Loebe is a non-stop touring machine, averaging 200 performances per year for the last decade. Along the way, she has honed her voice as one of the Americana music scene's most exciting new songwriters and earned a place on Alternate Root Magazine's annual listing of The Top 10 Female Singers in America. She recently released her fourth full-length studio album Blink, which reunites her with producer Will Robertson for their first collaboration since 2010's Americana Top 40 Album, Mystery Prize, which landed on many year-end lists including the Americana Music Association's Top 100 Albums of the Year. As defined in the title of his remarkable 2015 solo debut VIP: Very Interesting Persons (No.2 in the Daily Telegraph's top dozen folk albums that year), Scottish singer-songwriter Napier categorically commands musical VIP status. Findlay has now turned those same supreme songwriting and storytelling gifts, allied with magpie-minded imagination and truly magnificent vocals, to his adoptive home town, on VIP's hotly anticipated follow-up, Glasgow. Napier Press "Songcraft and wit in the Difford & Tilbrook tradition" (Sunday Herald) "Michael Marra meets Elvis Costello. . . Napier oozes class" (Folk Radio UK) "A beautiful amalgam of Scottish soul, funk and folk" (Irish American Times) Loebe Press "Loebe's voice is breathtakingly beautiful, delightful and superb." (Randy Radic, Huffington Post) "Loebe does not only have an extraordinary voice, she is indeed a technically brilliant singer who does not focus on her skills. It's about the song." (Radio Bremen, Germany) "This is Rebecca Loebe and she is just hot stuff as far as I'm concerned... Absolutely stellar in my book." (John Aielli, KUTX Austin)

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Martin Carthy

on Mon, 12 Mar 2018 at Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe 7:30pm

For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much-anticipated 'Waiting for Angels' is the latest. He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all (Q Magazine) Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers. (The Telegraph).

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Fraser Sisters

on Mon, 12 Mar 2018 at Croydon Ruskin House 8:00pm

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Fraser Sisters

on Mon, 12 Mar 2018 at Croydon Ruskin House 8:00pm

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Bronwynne Brent

on Wed, 14 Mar 2018 at Lowdham The Old Ship Inn 7:30pm

Doors open 7.30 pm; Concert starts 8 pm

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Geoffrey Lakeman

on Wed, 14 Mar 2018 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath 7:15pm

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Jim Malcolm

on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 at Hoghton Gregson Lane Sports and Social Club 8:00pm

One of the finest talents to have emerged through the Scottish folk scene in years The Independent Jim Malcolm's voice has the complex individuality of an aged single-malt whisky Boston Globe One of those pure, warm Scottish folk voices one never tires of listening to Dirty Linen

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The Jellyman's Daughter

on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 at Durham Old Cinema Launderette 7:00pm

https://www.thejellymansdaughter.com/ https://www.robinsonandrohe.com/ Doors 7pm Mix of seated and standing (mostly standing) Fully licenced bar including draft craft ales and fancy pants gins and so much more.

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Soundbox Presents Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis

on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 at Chester The Lock Keeper 7:30pm

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Soundbox Presents Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis

on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 at Chester The Lock Keeper 7:30pm

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The Portraits: London Charity Concert

on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 at London The Harrison Bar 7:00pm

Anglo-Irish alt-folk duo The Portraits, aka husband and wife songwriters Lorraine and Jeremy Millington from Galway and Bristol respectively, reached the iTunes chart in January 2015 with their charity single The Rest Of Time, championed by BBC Radio 2 and featuring the voices of 2000 people recorded across the UK during 2014 all singing to save lives lost to blood cancers. 2016 saw The Portraits play at Glastonbury Festival, and complete work on their seventh studio album Global Heartbeat, released 21st April 2017 with a major album launch at The Drawingroom in Chesham, Bucks the following day. The album is a call to the world to unite against hatred and heal its divisions. The first single, Nobody Can Ever Murder Love, was the duo's instant reaction to the horror of Jo Cox's murder in June 2016 and was played on Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2 in November 2016. Clare Balding loved the song so much she invited The Portraits to play and chat about the song live on 23rd April 2017. https://www.theportraitsmusic.com On Thursday 15 March 2018, The Portraits will perform a charity concert in aid of Friends of Kipkelion - a UK registered charity supporting basic healthcare and educational projects in the Kipkelion District of Kenya. http://www.friendsofkipkelion.com Support comes from Hannah White. www.hannahwhitemusic.com Doors: 7pm. Unreserved seating. Tickets: £18 in advance (subject to booking fee), £20 on the door (cash only and subject to availability). The ticket price includes a free, signed CD album by The Portraits.

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Will Wilde Band

on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 at Oxford The Bullingdon 8:00pm

Wilde fuses his passion for blues with his love of rock. He takes what's authentic and powerful about the music he grew up loving and introduces the raw energy of bands such as Led Zeppelin, Free and Deep Purple without losing the heart and conviction of the blues.   With knowledge and respect for the original masters of the instrument, Wilde takes the harmonica to a whole new level. Thomas Ruf (Ruf Records) called him 'The Hendrix of the Harmonica'. His live show has been described as: 'A masterclass of blues harp playing, bar none.' (Blues in the North West).  Wilde has been five times nominated in the British Blues Awards for best Harmonica player (2010/2011/2012/2013/2014) and he has shared the stage with various notable blues artists. He has appeared twice on the Legendary Blues Cruise playing with veterans such as Sherman Robertson, Michael Burks, Earl Thomas and Taj Mahal.  The Haven Club is thrilled to have him back. More info here: https://www.willharmonicawilde.com

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Will Wilde Band

on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 at Oxford The Bullingdon 8:00pm

Wilde fuses his passion for blues with his love of rock. He takes what's authentic and powerful about the music he grew up loving and introduces the raw energy of bands such as Led Zeppelin, Free and Deep Purple without losing the heart and conviction of the blues.   With knowledge and respect for the original masters of the instrument, Wilde takes the harmonica to a whole new level. Thomas Ruf (Ruf Records) called him 'The Hendrix of the Harmonica'. His live show has been described as: 'A masterclass of blues harp playing, bar none.' (Blues in the North West).  Wilde has been five times nominated in the British Blues Awards for best Harmonica player (2010/2011/2012/2013/2014) and he has shared the stage with various notable blues artists. He has appeared twice on the Legendary Blues Cruise playing with veterans such as Sherman Robertson, Michael Burks, Earl Thomas and Taj Mahal.  The Haven Club is thrilled to have him back. More info here: https://www.willharmonicawilde.com

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Peter Knight And John Spiers

on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 at Leyland Fox Lane Sports Club 7:30pm

In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing legendary fiddle player Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special 'one off' concert at that year's festival. In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight and it was clear that leaving matters there was not an option - so, here is that duo in Leyland as part of an extensive UK tour. More details at www.mrkite.org

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Marcus Bonfanti & The Delta Duo

on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 at London Green Note 7:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm, MUSIC STARTS AT 8pm. This show is taking place in "THE BASEMENT AT GREEN NOTE". Unfortunately there is NO STEP FREE ACCESS. The venue comprises both seated and standing space. There are a limited number of seats. These are allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you'd like a seat, please ensure you arrive early. We reserve the right to release all unclaimed tickets for re-sale at 8.30pm. If you will be arriving after this time, please inform us in advance, so that we can hold your tickets for you. We can be contacted by email on mail@greennote.co.uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MARCUS BONFANTI is an award winning singer, guitarist & songwriter from London and the new guitarist & singer of legendary British Rock & Roll band Ten Years After. He has also fronts The Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion at their monthly residency now into it's fifth year at the prestigious London venue. A twice winner of the British Blues Award for Best Acoustic Performer and Best Songwriter as well as countless nominations in other categories, Bonfanti has toured the world with many artists as well as his own band and released 3 critically acclaimed albums in a his so far short but successful musical career. He has worked with Ginger Baker, Van Morrison, PP Arnold, Shuggie Otis, Ronnie Wood, Joe Louis Walker, Eric Burdon and many other legendary musicians. Known for his deep powerful vocal style and ability to combine many different guitar styles to create his own, Bonfanti's solo acoustic show consists of music by all the great artists that have influenced his unique solo sound. Tonight he presents a special intimate show especially for the Green Note Basement with Jihad Darwish joining him on Upright Bass Expect songs by Muddy Waters, Josh White, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Ray Charles, Mississippi John Hurt, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal and many more. Utterly spellbinding The Times The next British blues guitar hero The Guardian

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Phil Beer

on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 at Monksilver EMN Hall 7:45pm

One half of Show of Hands and a dazzling instrumentalist, Phil Beer is 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.

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Broom Bezzums

on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7:30pm

Mark Bloomer & Andrew Cadie have been constantly tearing up and down the autobahn since 2007, spreading their infectious music and wooing new fans with their congenial storytelling wherever they go. Now firmly established in Germany, Broom Bezzums have twice won the Folk category at the German Rock and Pop Prize. They are regulars on TV and radio and have been heavily featured in the music press and lauded in broadsheets. Broom Bezzums return to the UK for tours and festivals whenever they can and have proved that their unusual yet comfortingly familiar approach to folk music can be a real hit back home too. After an appearance at Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival, they were invited to join Show of Hands on two support tours and Andrew was taken on the road as a guest performer in Jez Lowe's band. Mike Harding announced on his radio show that Broom Bezzums is one of his favourite bands, adding I love everything they do and Steve Knightley called them Just about the best young duo on the circuit. Based on Anglo Celtic traditions, Broom Bezzums' music is flavoured by Andrew's Northumbrian homeland and the formidable rock heritage of Mark's Black Country roots. Andrew's Northumbrian pipes are the most obvious local reference, while his fiddle playing is heavily influenced by neighbouring Scottish styles. Mark, a seasoned drummer, learned to play the guitar and mandola in his years as a stalwart of the Cork session scene. Live, the rhythmical element is expanded on more dynamic numbers with guitar-slapping, tambourine-stamping and a pulsating foot drum. As singers, their full but very different voices harmonise to a surprisingly dense fusion. The tales in their own compositions and in their versions of traditional songs hark back to their itinerant lifestyles, political alienation and the love stories that caused them both to land in Germany in the first place. Occasionally Mark and Andrew are joined on stage and on CD by singer Katie Doherty. Her spellbinding voice somehow finds its place in the harmonies and opens out the sound of the band even more. Broom Bezzums' evolution is an uncanny story, but that's what makes the music what it is. Catch Broom Bezzums live and experience it for yourselves! As a Swiss critic once put it Broom Bezzums don't just play their music they live it From the moment I first saw and heard Broom Bezzums I recognised they've got it instinctively. And their playing is a delightful reminder of the beauty of simplicity. - Andy Kershaw Blissful (!) ...this CD should really see them heralded as one of Britain's leading 'folk' acts...even though they're actually based in Germany! - Folking.com "Just about the best young duo on the circuit - a real class act!" - Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) "They perform with soulful passion and create a full, rich sound" - fRoots Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/broombezzums www.broombezzums.com

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Harri Endersby

on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 at Bristol Frenchay Village Hall 7:30pm

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Natalie Holmes

on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 at Coventry The Big Comfy Bookshop 7:00pm

The Big Comfy Bookshop proudly presents the award winning acoustic evening 'Comfy & Acoustic'. Intimate performances from the best UK (and beyond) musicians covering folk, Americana, singer-songwriters and roots. Natalie Holmes Bristol-based singer/songwriter Natalie Holmes writes lilting, haunting and yet somehow invigorating pop, with honey toned vocals and an incredible depth to every song. An independent artist building her fan base entirely from scratch, she kick-started her musical career by uploading songs and now has over a million hits on YouTube, thousands of subscribers and a loyal following on social media. Although just into her twenties, Natalie has clocked up four successful EP's: The Simplest Things, Child, Over & Out and her most recent release, Calm Places, all of which featured in the iTunes and Top 10 Singer/Songwriter Charts. In 2016, Natalie was asked to accompany trance legends 'Above & Beyond' as the new female vocalist on their Acoustic II world tour, performing to sold out audiences at the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House to name a few. Since Over & Out, Natalie has been writing and making plans for her next solo release, taking time to hone her sound before making her comeback. On top of the A&B tour, the last 12 months have seen her travelling all over Europe, showcasing her existing material to a new audience and trialing new songs. Now likened to Joni Mitchell & Tori Amos, Natalie first began writing songs on piano and then as a self-taught guitarist. The young artist moved to Leeds in 2011 to study, taking full advantage of the opportunity to make a name for herself in a new city. Natalie performed whenever and wherever she could, including main support for Lewis Watson on his UK tour, a notable show in 2013 at the Leeds 02 Academy with distinguished singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin, and successful shows to promote her EP's. Things continued to cook when popular UK TV show 'Made in Chelsea' featured Natalie's song, Backwards in one of their episodes. Shortly after this, leading American ice cream brand 'Breyers' chose her cover of The Youngbloods hit Get Together for their national TV commercial. Natalie has also been attracting the attention of BBC Introducing in the South West and West Yorkshire, plus celebrity blogger Perez Hilton who featured her song Safety Net, saying she's a real artist! Phil King Phil King has performed all over the UK, at festivals and fayres, in pubs, clubs and bars, on bandstands and boats, and once in a beautiful treehouse. He performs regularly in Paris and has also played in Zurich, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, New York and Weston-Super-Mare. Phil has had his music played on many local radio stations and also by Bob Harris, Steve Lamacq and Alex Lester on BBC Radio Supermoon New Acoustic Project from Hannah Elizabeth of SAID THE MAIDEN and Griff Jameson of FRED'S HOUSE Stage Times Natalie Holmes 9.45-10.30 Phil King 8.50-9.30 Supermoon 8.00-8.35 The bookshop bar will be open serving hot and cold drinks, wine and beer plus snacks. No other food or drink to be brought into the premises. For details of the bookshop please visit www.thebigcomfybookshop.co.uk www.facebook.com/thebigcomfybookshop www.twitter.com/bigcomfybooks www.instagram.com/bigcomfybooks www.bigcomfysessions.com NOTE: If you are late you'll have to wait for the acts to finish their set/song to avoid interrupting the performance

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The Monster Ceilidh Band

on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 at London The Slaughtered Lamb 7:30pm

Monster Ceilidh Band Present: their 'Electrofolk' spectacular with award winning talents of Accordionist Amy Thatcher and talented young Teeside Violinist Grace Smith. Their powerful and uncompromising approach has brought them to the attention of many of the major UK Festivals; from Cambridge to Bestival, along with Tanz und Folkfest, Germany and Colours of Ostrava in the Czech Republic and soon to audiences across the world. The 'Monsters' have been guided by bands like Shooglenifty, Martyn Bennet, and the Peatbog Faeries, continuing in the electronic-fusion genre with their self styled ElectroFolk. D'n'B producer the Touch works together with electronic experimentalist and bassist David de la Haye to augment the compositions of Amy, Shona and Octave Mandolin player, Kieran Szifris. The result is a crucible for smelting riffs, massive chord progressions, intense electronics, folk tunes and a wide variety of styles from simply some of the UK's finest folk musicians. This is not a ceilidh, it's electrofolkmaggeddon!

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Kanda Bongo Man

on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 at Chidham Hambrook Village Hall 7:30pm

Legendary Congolese Soukous Singer and His Band play a rare small show in this wonderfully atmospheric hall with a great dance floor. Presented in association with African Night Fever. Licensed Bar helps subsidise this event.

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Kanda Bongo Man

on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 at Chidham Hambrook Village Hall 7:30pm

Legendary Congolese Soukous Singer and His Band play a rare small show in this wonderfully atmospheric hall with a great dance floor. Presented in association with African Night Fever. Licensed Bar helps subsidise this event.

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Bronwynne Brent @ Newbald Village Hall

on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 at North Newbald Village Hall 7:00pm

Bronwynne Brent brings her unique Mississippi Delta voice and songwriting talent to Newbald Village Hall for the first time. Winner of Best Female Performer two years running in the AmericanaUK Music awards, BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris says of Bronwynne, I absolutely love her music... Come and see why for yourself!

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Bronwynne Brent @ Newbald Village Hall

on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 at North Newbald Village Hall 7:00pm

Bronwynne Brent brings her unique Mississippi Delta voice and songwriting talent to Newbald Village Hall for the first time. Winner of Best Female Performer two years running in the AmericanaUK Music awards, BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris says of Bronwynne, I absolutely love her music... Come and see why for yourself!

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Hatm And Yeah Buddy! Present Bob Log Iii

on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 at Liverpool Dumbulls 8:00am

Yeah Buddy! and Howl at the Moon present international blues punk superstar Bob Log III. Hands down the most fun you can have with your clothes on, Bob presents lightning fast dirty delta blues, kick and snare and drum machine dance beats topped off with vocal howled through a space helmet telephone. Unmissable sh*t! Dumbulls is the place, a legend in Liverpool venues. Full support TBC

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The Gerry Colvin Band

on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 at Sevenoaks St Edith Hall, Kemsing 7:30pm

Folk-pop legend Gerry Colvin must be one of the most endearing and energetic musicians on the planet, just as much at home playing small clubs as he is supporting Status Quo on tour. This multi-talented singer-songwriter performs all his own material, combining catchy melodies with thoughtful lyrics on love, society, angst and Johnny Cash! His be-suited on stage performance combines Frank Sinatra, Lee Evans, and the aforementioned Man in Black. Genius? Madcap? Maverick? Yes, all of these things and a lot, lot more. With his regular musical partners Jerome Davies, double bass, Trish Power, accordion, and Lyndon Webb on guitar, Gerry will be playing songs from his eighth CD Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other as well as favourites from his previous recordings. Colvin is an incredible showman, an impressive musician, a clever wordsmith and a great raconteur, and if you had to say only one thing about him, it's that you certainly get your money's worth! Just expect a great night's entertainment from this extraordinary performer. Once seen, never forgotten. Fun guaranteed.

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Chris Wood

on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 at London Kings Place 7:30pm

Award-winning singer and writer Chris Wood matches detailed stories of everyday life with reflections on politics, society and history. Jimmy and Sid come from a new generation of storytelling writers, with a repertoire spanning traditional and self-penned songs of the times.

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Gary Stewart's Graceland At Howden Minster

on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 at Howden The Shire Hall 7:30pm

Led by popular Leeds-based troubadour Gary Stewart (Gary Stewart Band / Hope and Social / Ellen & the Escapades) and backed his incredible 7-piece band, this spectacular group of musicians come together to recreate Paul Simon's landmark Graceland album in all its glory.Expect to hear those magical songs, with their captivating stories, distinctive harmonies and South African rhythms brought to life in front of you with no detail spared; from the layers of guitars and percussion, right down to the legendary bass solos and maybe even some token dance moves if you're lucky! Conceived as a one-time only show for a New Year's party (and due to high demand), Gary's Graceland band is now a permanent fixture; presenting a perfect concert for the festival season and one which audiences are going crazy for.Let the singing, dancing and nostalgia take hold and pretend you're basking under the hot summer sun in Zimbabwe.Gary Stewart & his band masterfully recreated not just the sound of Paul Simon's Graceland album but also the energy and soul that makes the original recording such a huge joy to listen to. An ambitious and wonderful feat to achieve in a live performance.  Joe Rusby Underneath the Stars Festival Please note this superlative show is being held in the magnificent environs of Howden's 12th Century Minster.

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O'hooley & Tidow Huddersfield Marsden Mechanics Hall

on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 at Marsden Mechanics Hall 7:15pm

A very special, local concert for this dynamic duo. With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, five star reviews and a feature in The Guardian, the songwriting, voice and piano partnership of Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow is regarded as 'One of British folk music's mightiest combinations' (MOJO). Belinda and Heidi's boundless songwriting has been described by The Independent as 'defiant, robust, northern, poetical, political folk music for the times we live in.' From an emotionally charged song about an elephant orphanage in Nairobi, to a joyous celebration of the Leeds cycling champion Beryl Burton, they explore, consider and connect subjects and stories in a distinctive, inventive and memorable way. Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, 6 Music's Tom Robinson says 'They sing together in the way families do. Normally, you only get that closeness in the voices with family bands like The Coppers or The Watersons.' A MOJO MAGAZINE TOP 10 FOLK ALBUM BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 'Best Duo' Nominees 2017 'England's answer to the McGarrigles.'  * * * * * The Guardian   'Brave, beautiful and full of love.' Martin Simpson 'Insightful, determinedly left-field angles on the human experience.'  * * * * MOJO Folk Album of the Month 'Have Belinda and Heidi done it again? Certainly.'   * * * * * R2   'Dense, complex, beautifully performed.'   * * * * Songlines

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O'hooley & Tidow Huddersfield Marsden Mechanics Hall

on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 at Marsden Mechanics Hall 7:15pm

A very special, local concert for this dynamic duo. With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, five star reviews and a feature in The Guardian, the songwriting, voice and piano partnership of Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow is regarded as 'One of British folk music's mightiest combinations' (MOJO). Belinda and Heidi's boundless songwriting has been described by The Independent as 'defiant, robust, northern, poetical, political folk music for the times we live in.' From an emotionally charged song about an elephant orphanage in Nairobi, to a joyous celebration of the Leeds cycling champion Beryl Burton, they explore, consider and connect subjects and stories in a distinctive, inventive and memorable way. Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, 6 Music's Tom Robinson says 'They sing together in the way families do. Normally, you only get that closeness in the voices with family bands like The Coppers or The Watersons.' A MOJO MAGAZINE TOP 10 FOLK ALBUM BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 'Best Duo' Nominees 2017 'England's answer to the McGarrigles.'  * * * * * The Guardian   'Brave, beautiful and full of love.' Martin Simpson 'Insightful, determinedly left-field angles on the human experience.'  * * * * MOJO Folk Album of the Month 'Have Belinda and Heidi done it again? Certainly.'   * * * * * R2   'Dense, complex, beautifully performed.'   * * * * Songlines

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Raghu Dixit

on Sat, 17 Mar 2018 at Oxford Old Fire Station 7:30pm

Often hailed as India's biggest cultural & musical export, Raghu Dixit's unique brand of infectious, happy music transcends age, genre, and even language. His music is strongly rooted in Indian traditions and culture and is presented with a very contemporary, global sound. From playing to over 100,000 people in his home state to the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury, an appearance on Jools Holland and even playing for the Queen of England and the entire Royal Family, Raghu Dixit has done quite a bit! A Marvellous Sound! Jools Holland Raghu Dixit is one of India's most inventive and charismatic artists The Guardian Must hear! Time Out This is a standing gig only £22 on the door Sponsored by Hobgoblin Music

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Rod Picott

on Sat, 17 Mar 2018 at Northwich Davenham Players Theatre 7:30pm

ROD PICOTT Seventeen years ago Rod Picott dropped his tool belt, picked up an acoustic guitar and released his first album Tiger Tom Dixon's Blues. The acclaimed debut put a nail in the coffin of his construction career and ignited his second career as a singer-songwriter. With his new album, Out Past The Wires, that second career reveals itself in full flame. The sprawling twenty-two song Out Past The Wires ranges from whispery ballads to guitar driven rockers and hits every musical spot between. Like much of Picott's catalog, many of the songs on Out Past The Wires center around the lives of working people and the losses, defeats and small victories that can come hard won in a calloused world. It is here in the ordinary where Picott finds the gold he mines so beautifully on songs such as Take Home Pay one of four songs written with longtime friend and co-writer Slaid Cleaves. I'm on my way down to the pawnshop A couple hundred is all I need If I have to I'll hit the blood bank I'm bone dry but I can always bleed But there is also an air of defiance that runs through many of the songs this time around. On Fire Inside Picott growls. I got fire down inside A heart darlin' beating hard and wild In the pouring rain I will stand and testify Cause I got a fire down inside. Picott's eye for the revealing detail and sense of empathy has brought praise from music critics since his debut and those qualities, as well as a potent defiance is on full display across Out Past The Wires. Now 52 years old and nine albums into his music career Picott is more prolific than ever. The twenty-two songs were culled from a staggering number of seventy-eight. In the two years between Fortune and Out Past The Wires, Picott has also become a published poet (God In His Slippers Mezcalita Press) written a screenplay and is releasing collection of short stories, also titled Out Past The Wires, that accompanies the release of the album. Many of the characters from the songs on the album find their stories expanded and even more finely detailed in the book. For production duties Picott turned again to Neilson Hubbard (Kim Richey, Matthew Perryman Jones) who produced Picott's most recent album Fortune. The recording band consisted of Will Kimbrough/Electric Guitars (Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell) Lex Price/Bass (K.D. Lang), Evan Hutchings/Drums (Brandi Carlisle) and Kris Donegan/Electric Guitars (Sara Evans). The band worked quickly in studio, relying on the instincts of world-class players and Hubbard's steady hand to guide the ambitious project. Out Past The Wires is the latest and one of the most potent pieces of work from Rod Picott since he left his hammer to rust and sharpened a new set of tools all those years ago. Picott will be touring throughout 2018 and 1019 in support of the album and book release. Tour dates can be found at www.rodpicott.com Songs like Raymond Carver short stories Houston Chronicle IAIN TILL Previously as part of Liverpool favourites The City Walls and Manchester's Sun Electric Band, and a regular on the NW acoustic scene, Iain Till self released 2 solo EPs to much acclaim. Melodic, country, folk, and pop sensibilities abound, a forthcoming release sees a return to a full band format and a sound paying homage to influences such as Big Star, Teenage Fanclub and Neil Young. For this his first visit to Davenham, expect a wry smile and irreverent banter along with finely crafted acoustic songs. Accompanied by NW based cellist Stephanie Kearley. www.iaintill.co.uk @tilly15773 https://iaintill.bandcamp.com/

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Outway Songster Cohen Braithwaite-kilcoyne

on Sat, 17 Mar 2018 at London Kings Place 4:30pm

For renowned folk song collector Lucy Broadwood, 'Outway Songsters' not only sang traditional and popular songs of the era but also invented new ones themselves. Modern-day Outway Songster Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne sings his current 'favourite songs', mainly traditional with the odd Victorian popular song thrown in for good measure, as well songs he has 'invented' himself. Along with these songs come a few favourite traditional tunes of seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth-century origin. Cohen has been performing with George Sansome and Lewis Wood as Granny's Attic for many years but more recently he has also been performing solo. He draws his influences from some of the best singers around, past and present. He is also one of the most accomplished Anglo concertina and melodeon players in the country.

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Kadia

on Sat, 17 Mar 2018 at Harwell Village Hall 7:00pm

I'm pleased to introduce Kadia, the fast rising young folk trio from Dorset. They perform a galvanizing mix of quality traditional and cutting edge original folk songs. Combining cello, fingerstyle guitar, and mandolin with stunning three part harmony, they create rich and uplifting music interspersed with history and storytelling. Their live performances have built them a fearsome reputation, and have been described as "sublime" and "unforgettable". Last year, they performed on Main Stage 2 at the Cambridge Folk Festival alongside La Vent du Nord, Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys, and Wildwood Kin. This adds to an ever increasing list of respected festivals including Oxford, Priddy and Purbeck Valley Folk Festivals. Kadia have also had the opportunity to support Nancy Kerr, Jackie Oates, Jim Moray, Chris Leslie, Gilmore and Roberts, The Willows, Moulettes, Nizlopi, Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston, and Ninebarrow among many others. Since the release of their debut album, 'East of Alexandria' Kadia have massively increased their profile as a national folk trio. The album made the Telegraph Top Folk Albums of the Year and was nominated for Debut Album of the Year by Fatea Magazine. In April this year, Kadia launched The Outlandish Collection, an EP of traditional songs and tunes arranged by the group and a follow up to the award nominated debut album 'East of Alexandria'. They will be supported by Elizabeth & Jameson, who are the duo of Griff Jamerson (Fred's House) and Hannah Elizabeth (Said the Maiden). Tickets £12 in advance and £14 on the door Doors at 7pm.

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The Juke Joint Kings

on Sat, 17 Mar 2018 at Howden Working Men's Club 7:30pm

From hokum to hi-octane swing, the six piece JUKE JOINT KINGS bring you the best in electric blues from Tampa Red to B.B. King and all points in between. All local bluesicians, the JJKs supported Tom Attah and the Bad Man Clan at last year's Beverley Blues Weekender. They are:...Brian Williams (harp and vocals), Graham Hyde (guitar), Steve Lawley (drums), Sara Davidson (bass), James West  (guitar) and Chris Saunders (vocals).

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A St Patrick's Day Celebration With The Flying Toads

on Sat, 17 Mar 2018 at Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre 8:00pm

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A St Patrick's Day Celebration With The Flying Toads

on Sat, 17 Mar 2018 at Southampton Hanger Farm Arts Centre 8:00pm

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Sara Grey And Kieron Means

on Sun, 18 Mar 2018 at Southport Park Golf Club 7:00pm

Mother/son duo specialising in American musics ranging through old-timey, Trad. and blues. You like banjo and guitar? - you're sorted! Anecdotes and humour abound; these two are regular and welcome visitors to Bothy World HQ!

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Don Gallardo And Friends

on Sun, 18 Mar 2018 at London The Lexington 7:30pm

Don Gallardo and Friends 'Still Here tour of 2018 Don returns to the UK in support of his new acclaimed album 'Still Here' Don was raised in a small town in Northern California, where he spent years building his songwriting career on the west coast before relocating to Nashville in 2008. Now based in Nashville, Tennessee, he walks the line between folk, Americana and roots-rock, mining the influence of classic 1970s singer-songwriters while creating a sound that nods to the past while still pushing ahead toward something new. With four full-length albums, a live acoustic release, and an EP under his belt, Gallardo has earned a broad audience on both sides of the Atlantic. A road warrior who frequently tours the U.K., he's also earned high marks from outlets like Rolling Stone (who calls Gallardo a singer-songwriter that is one of country and Americana's true journeyman), AmericanaUK, and The Nashville Scene, the latter of which described his music as "country-rock with brains, charm and experimental impulses that are perfectly integrated into a familiar context." No Depression offered similar praise, calling Gallardo a "rare gem" whose work is "highly recommended to fans of great songwriters." Support from Katy Hurt

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Harri Endersby

on Sun, 18 Mar 2018 at London The Harrison Bar 7:30pm

Growing up in County Durham and its thriving folk scene, Harri Endersby's music has been heavily influenced by the region's crowd of prestigious folk singers and musicians, her lyrics being firmly rooted in the pastoral and the world of story-telling. Her new album 'Homes/Lives' presents a transition in style, beginning with acoustic, stripped-back tracks whilst gradually introducing electronic instrumentation and beats as the album progresses. This interweaving of genres has been inspired by Harri's love of Icelandic electro-folk and the likes of Ásgeir and Samaris. 'Musically brilliant storytelling song-writing at its finest is what Endersby and her group deal in.' - The Bubble Magazine

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Tannara

on Mon, 19 Mar 2018 at London Green Note 7:00pm

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 ----------------------------------------------------- Converging from across the country, Tannara are entangled in Scotland's rich web of traditions. They play contemporary Scottish folk music: Considered, complex, arrangements that surround original tunes, modern tunes tunes and traditional ballads. Collective experience makes their musical approach unique. Despite their material's modernity, it's hardwired in spirit to the tradition of which their music is a continuation.

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Craobh Rua

on Mon, 19 Mar 2018 at Croydon Ruskin House 8:00pm

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Craobh Rua

on Mon, 19 Mar 2018 at Croydon Ruskin House 8:00pm

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Rod Picott

on Tue, 20 Mar 2018 at Leicester The Musician 8:00pm

Back in Leicester for the first time in five years, singer-songwriter Rod Picott ("mesmerising" - Rolling Stone, "seriously gifted" - No Depression) will have his new album, Out Past The Wires, available to coincide with this tour. One of the most talented Americana singer-songwriters out there, his raw, gritty and honest tales have been captivating audiences for almost two decades. Not to be missed.

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Rod Picott

on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 at Biddulph Arms 7:30pm

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The Young'uns Present: The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff

on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7:30pm

Twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners the Young'uns present a timely tale of a boy who walked out of poverty, a teenager who stood up to racism, a soldier who fought fascism and an old man who inspired a new generation. From the shadow of the Teesside shipyards, to the banks of the Thames. From Cable Street to the Spanish Civil War. Johnny Longstaff bore witness to some of the most defining moments of the early 20th century. Before he died, he recorded his story in words which were harrowing, hilarious, poignant, proud and ultimately uplifting. With their trademark harmony and humour the Teesside trio present an urgent suite of songs interwoven with Johnny's own voice and rare images to tell an amazing story. The harmonies are glorious, the wit is waspish. The songs are powerful, the banter is relentless and the audience is happy. What's not to like? ★★★★★ The Guardian Exceptional songwriting - an album to match their formidable live reputation ★★★★ MOJO Joyous folk music sung with stirring urgency and when the humour crackles these songs skyrocket ★★★★ The Guardian This Teesside trio have captured hearts- and awards - with a magic combination of lusty singing, memorable tunes and heart-on-sleeve songwriting. They are modern day troubadours of working people it's a role they play with absolute commitment and huge skill ★★★★ Songlines This collection surely marks Sean Cooney's arrival as one of the very best songwriters of the modern day - you can't imagine a Best Original Song award list that doesn't include Be The Man or Dark Water - fRoots Hugely captivating a brilliant folk act Stuart Maconie BBC 6 Music They are truly beloved on the folk scene. The whole album is moving and topical Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radios 2 & 6 www.theyounguns.co.uk

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Chris Difford & Boo Hewerdine

on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 at Oxford St John the Evangelist Church 7:30pm

Chris Difford is a rare breed. As a member of one of London's best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as 'Cool For Cats', 'Up The Junction', 'Labelled With Love', 'Hourglass' and 'Tempted'. Despite the fact that Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans' lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing rather than sit back and admire his handiwork. Chris recently celebrated his 60th birthday and for 41 of those years he has been writing with Glenn Tilbrook, very much the Odd Couple. Chris and Glenn wrote a new Squeeze album based on the life of Danny Baker, it was the soundtrack for a BBC2 production called 'Cradle To Grave' staring Peter Kay. All original music, it became the first Squeeze record in 15 years. 'From The Cradle To The Grave' was a very exciting project for all concerned and it was so good to be back in the charts and on the radio again. Over the course of a 13 album career with Squeeze, it was clear from the very beginning that Chris Difford has few peers when it comes to smart, pithy lyricism. His 'kitchen sink-drama' style has drawn plaudits from fans on both sides of the Atlantic, while his influence is keenly felt today. The likes of Lily Allen and Mark Ronson, Kasabian, Razorlight and The Feeling have all recognised the debt they owe to Squeeze's music and to Difford's way with words, while journalists were moved by his winning combination with Glenn Tilbrook to dub the pair 'The New Lennon and McCartney'. Chris first learned to stand on his own when he wrote the lyrics for the fictional band Strange Fruit in the 1998 British comedy film 'Still Crazy', for which he won his first Ivor Novello award. Since then he has written and contributed lyrics for the likes of Elton John, Wet Wet Wet, Jools Holland, Paul Carrack, Lisa Stansfield and Bryan Ferry. 'Chris To The Mill' a box set of his 3 studio albums came out in March 2017 on Edsel Records. Available also on Amazon. His forth studio album follows sometime in the summer, written with Boo Hewerdine it's called 'Not Only But Also' and is a collection of songs written in their spare time over the last three years. It's coming out on Boo's own label. As if that is not enough, Chris has a book released this August by Orion Books, an autobiography called 'Some Fantastic Place', he will tour the book in 2018 around all the good bookshops and small theatres of England. We all at times look back at our past to a specific event such as a new relationship, or the starting point of our career and cherish those memories. How though do we view those times? Acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine's new album Swimming in Mercury (Reveal Records April 28th 2017) gives us a personal insight as he takes us on that journey back in time. It's a trip furnished with a glisten and a glint in his eye as he applies style and shapes to his autobiographical memories. Hewerdine revisits and recreates music in a manner that, put simply, a band starting out just couldn't afford. In his own words The new album was recorded in the spirit of the first four track recording I ever did but instead of a chunky cassette deck we were able to use Chris Pepper's Cambridge studio. It was an incredibly enjoyable and creative way to work. Often I would write a song in the morning and by the end of the day we would have another track done. As a recording artist, Boo's first tentative steps came with the band, The Great Divide before the formation of his much-loved eighties group The Bible and a career that subsequently bloomed such that he is now in constant demand as a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher and live concert performer. Brit Award winning, former Fairground Attraction singer (and Scottish national treasure) Eddi Reader (MBE) is the perhaps the artist Boo Hewerdine is most regularly associated with, as a songwriter, musician and producer. Together they enjoyed international success with the (Hewerdine written) hit single Patience of Angels in 1995 and Boo also produced Reader's Sings the Songs of Robert Burns in 2003, an album now viewed as a folk classic. Another great songwriter to call upon Boo Hewerdine is Chris Difford of Squeeze. Difford and Hewerdine's latest project, 2016's Fancy Pants involved co-writing and producing more than thirty songs, initially for a theatre show and accompanying soundtrack. Soundtracks have been a feature of Boo's songwriting and production canon, since his 1997 work for the films 24 7 and Fever Pitch. It is expected some of the Fancy Pants songs will find their way onto a new Chris Difford studio album in the future, several of their demos surfaced early in 2017 on the Edel Records released, Chris Difford 5-disc box set Chris To the Mill. All through Boo's career of performing, of writing material for major artists such as Sia, K.D Lang, Kris Drever (Lau), Duke Special, David McAlmont, and Eddi Reader, being produced by Steve Earle or touring with Richard Thompson to name but a few, it is perhaps going right back to his childhood that gives us the best clues as to his motivation.

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Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver

on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 at Birmingham The Red Lion Kings Heath 7:15pm

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Wille And The Bandits

on Thu, 22 Mar 2018 at Sheffield The Greystones 8:00pm

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O'hooley & Tidow

on Thu, 22 Mar 2018 at Bath Chapel Arts Centre 7:30pm

With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, five star reviews and a feature in The Guardian, the songwriting, voice and piano partnership of Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow is regarded as 'One of British folk music's mightiest combinations' (MOJO). Belinda and Heidi's boundless songwriting has been described by The Independent as 'defiant, robust, northern, poetical, political folk music for the times we live in.' From an emotionally charged song about an elephant orphanage in Nairobi, to a joyous celebration of the Leeds cycling champion Beryl Burton, they explore, consider and connect subjects and stories in a distinctive, inventive and memorable way. Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, 6 Music's Tom Robinson says 'They sing together in the way families do. Normally, you only get that closeness in the voices with family bands like The Coppers or The Watersons.' A MOJO MAGAZINE TOP 10 FOLK ALBUM BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 'Best Duo' Nominees 2017 'England's answer to the McGarrigles.' * * * * * The Guardian 'Brave, beautiful and full of love.' Martin Simpson 'Insightful, determinedly left-field angles on the human experience.' * * * * MOJO Folk Album of the Month 'Have Belinda and Heidi done it again? Certainly.' * * * * * R2 'Dense, complex, beautifully performed.' * * * * Songlines

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Finn Collinson Plus Clarke Camilleri

on Thu, 22 Mar 2018 at York Black Swan Inn 7:45pm<