Upcoming Gigs

Damien O’Kane Trio | Daoirí Farrell

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk music

27th Mar
7.30pm | £12 (£14 otd.)

The Damien O’Kane Trio:
Damien O’Kane is a Northern Irish 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 exhilarating 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. Added to his accomplished banjo and guitar skills, he is an artist 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 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.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 nominee for Best Album

“As magnificent a re-imagining of traditional folk as you are likely to hear.”
★★★★★ Sunday Express

“Could well become a crossover commercial success.”
★★★★ Guardian

damienokane.co.uk

Daoirí Farrell:
A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years, and has delivered the album to prove them right.

After a promising debut album, The First Turn, back in 2009; Daoirí spent several years studying traditional music and performance at The University of Limerick. It was here that Fintan Vallely introduced him to the singing of the late Liam Weldon, an encounter that was to prove formative to his sound and his approach to folk song.

“Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade.”
Dónal Lunny

“I’ve been listening to Daoirí’s emerging sounds since first hearing him at the Góilin Singers Club in Dublin when he was a young lad….always a treat to hear him sing.”
Christy Moore

“Daoirí is a bit of a force of nature really. A rootsy one-man-band storyteller with great humour and presence and moments of heartfelt sensitivity.”
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

daoiri.com

Holly Macve

A unique, intimate sit-down gig from this sensation-in-the-waiting with a magical, solemn voice

4th Apr
7.30pm | £8 (£10 otd.)

A heavenly voice couched in spellbinding country & western ballads, with a devastating emotional delivery: Holly Macve is a fantastic addition to the Bella Union family, and her album Golden Eagle is one of the most remarkably assured debuts of this or any other year, especially given she’s though only 21 years old.

Despite her youth, Golden Eagle reveals she’s experienced enough strife to last a lifetime: parental splits, heartbreak, early career pitfalls…. Born in Galway in western Ireland, Macve and her sister were whisked away “in the night” by her mother from their errant father, to live with her grandparents in Yorkshire. Once in their own house, near the town of Holmfirth, Holly quickly responded to music: “My Grandad was a classical composer, and my mum sang, and she said I was singing before I was talking,” she recalls. Her mo-ther’s record collection – lots of old blues and Bob Dylan – shaped Holly’s impressionable mind, before she herself discovered the likes of Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash and Gillian Welch.

hollymacve.com

 

Nuala Honan & Band | InMiriam

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk music

15th Apr
7.30pm | £8 (£10 otd.)

Nuala Honan
Nuala Honan, a soulful artist, writer of fiercely fragile songs, player of deftly-wrought guitar and passionate singer of extraordinary charm and style. She has that uncanny ability to write new songs that sound like they have been written before, somehow conjuring the sense that the lyrics have been worn smooth by the passage of time. Bringing a fresh and captivating intimacy with the warming breath of a bubbling country heart and some traditional fireside honesty. The charming Nuala herself sure knows how to command an audience – all frothy hair, winsome smile, quick with a joke and a voice that would smack you round the ear when you least expected it.

There are at least 4 bands you might have seen Nuala Honan singing with around town, and plenty of Bristol events employ her skills, she even has a radio show on BCfm! But since the final chapter of Live in the Lion’s Den, an undiluted, uninterrupted, pure in it’s original form ‘Nuala Honan’ show has been a rare thing, soon to be rarer still in 2017, for this dazzling performer is taking a sabbatical to reconnect with her song-craft.

Nuala is putting together a special show with band members Kit Hawes, Ear Trumpet’s own John Blakeley and their Sheelanagig counter-part Jon Short, for a night of her own beautiful songs.

nualahonan.com

InMiriam
“Ellie Rose Rusbridge is a rare and totally individual talent… Her music straddles folk, pop and classical and cannot be easily pigeonholed into any genre. In a favourite song of mine, ‘Hejira Again’, she responds to Joni Mitchell’s 1976 album and reveals a humility and awareness of the rich heritage of female singer-songwriters into which she has stepped.” – Sam Lee

ellieroserusbridge.com/inmiriam

Joan Shelley – plus support from Leonie Evans

Joan Shelley

Plus support from Leonie Evans

Ear Trumpet Music & Colston Hall present a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk and Americana music.

7th May
7.30pm | £9.75

Kentucky-based singer-songwriter Joan Shelley followed her debut album ‘Electric Ursa’ (2014) with ‘Over and Even’ (2015), which was named album of the year at NPR Music and in the Los Angeles Times. Rolling Stone gave it 4 stars and called it “a masterfully turned set of folk reflections.” Shelley made the record with guitarist Nathan Salsburg, recording the bulk of the tracks over just two days. She has since spent timing touring the US and Europe, and will be releasing an album in 2017.

Joan Shelley’s new album ‘Over And Even’ was written in the back of an abandoned beauty parlour on the island of Thessaloniki, a collection of smart, beautiful songs full of poetry, history, mystery and nature. She lands on a note like a laser beam on a diamond. People say her voice reminds them of Sandy Denny. It’s more than the vocal range; it’s a quiet power that draws you in.

joanshelley.net

Leonie Evans

leonieevans.bandcamp.com

Eli West

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great Folk and Americana music

30th May
7.30pm | £12 (£14 otd.)

Well-known for his work with Cahalen Morrison, Tim O’Brien, Jayme Stone and more, the Seattle-based singer and multi-instrumentalist oozes understated talent. We recently witnessed both Martin Simpson and Richard Hawley utterly floored by his skill. Truly a sublime musician!

Eli’s recent debut solo album, The Both, sees him taking the lead, on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and pedal steel, whilst remaining a thoughtful collaborator – here with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman, and Anna & Elizabeth.

The album focuses on the story of his two grandfathers; one a decorated WWII prisoner of war, the other a Brethren preacher and peace advocate. They couldn’t have differed more, but together they shared a family. In this spirit, the theme of the album is duality: the first half showcases carefully built arrangements of six American folk songs, the second revisits these as instrumental passages, revealing new sides to the other.

elidoes.bandcamp.com

Jim Causley

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk music

5th Jun
7.30pm | £12 (£14 otd.)

Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Westcountry. He became involved with traditional music from a young age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home village of Whimple, East Devon. After studying Jazz & Popular Music at Exeter College he went on to study Traditional Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. During this time he became involved in the wider folk scene and gained interest as a solo performer in folk clubs and festivals throughout the country.

His recording debut came in 2005 as part of Martyn Wyndham-Read’s ‘Song Links II’ project (Fellside) which linked English Traditional songs with their American variants. That same year he released his first solo album; ‘Fruits of the Earth’ (WildGoose) and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2006 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Causley received further acclaim for his work as part of a cappella trio; The Devil’s Interval whose album ‘Blood & Honey’ (WildGoose) also received another BBC Folk Award nomination in 2007. As one third of The Devil’s Interval he toured with Waterson:Carthy for seven consecutive years as part of their annual Frost & Fire Christmas show and joined them in the studio for on their last album ‘Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man’ (Topic).

He then went on to collaborate with the rebellious Essex ceilidh band ‘Mawkin’ to form Mawkin:Causley whose albums received excellent reviews and their highly energetic live shows brought them yet more plaudits. Since then Causley has recorded with several respected artists including Show of Hands, John McCusker and David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame. In recent years, projects have included touring with Steve Knightley and Kate Rusby. Causley’s latest solo project was creating an album of poems written by his relative, the late Charles Causley, which Jim had set to music and recorded in Causley senior’s cottage to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet.

Jim has become reknowned for natural gift for interpreting traditional song, his deep, rich voice which belies his years and his relaxed and playful stage presence.

jimcausley.co.uk

Sierra Hull

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk and Americana music

27th Jun
7.30pm | £13 / £15

Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date; no small feat. Weighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull’s career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall. With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best, with production by Béla Fleck and special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens adding to the luster. Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and once again breaks new ground on the mandolin. Béla Fleck special guests on banjo on two tracks and duo partner, Ethan Jodziewicz, not only anchors the record on bass, but introduces us to a major new instrumental voice.

“I think she’s endless. I don’t see any boundaries. Talent like hers is so rare, and I don’t think it stops. It’s round.”
Alison Krauss

“She plays the mandolin with a degree of refined elegance and freedom that few have achieved.”
Bela Fleck

sierrahull.com