Author: johnblakeley

Rachel Baiman at The Wardrobe Theatre

 

Tuesday 22nd January | 8pm

The Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West St, Bristol BS2 0DF

Tel:01179020344

Tickets: £12.50 / £15 inc BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/#date=2019-01-22&event_id=49523

Web: http://thewardrobetheatre.com/livetheatre/ear-trumpet-folk-club-rachel-baiman/

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2237468563165460/

Raised in Chicago by a radical economist and a social worker, Rachel Baiman was surrounded by social justice issues her entire life. “If I wanted to rebel against my parents I could have become a finance banker or a corporate lawyer” she says of her childhood. While her classmates went to church or temple on Sunday mornings, Baiman attended the Ethical Humanist Society of Greater Chicago, a non-religious community formed around discussions of morality and current events. “That was always a tough one to explain at school” she says with a laugh.

As a teenager, Baiman found music to be a welcome escape from worrying about global politics. “I often found the constant discussion of seemingly unsolvable problems to be intense and overwhelming, and when I moved to Nashville to pursue music it felt like something positive, beautiful and productive that I could put into the world. Now that I’ve had some years to devote to music,”—Baiman has been recording and touring internationally for the past 4 years with 10 String Symphony, and has played fiddle for numerous other artists including Kacey Musgraves and Winnipeg folk band Oh My Darling

Baiman’s 2017 label debut Shame was featured on NPR’s “Songs We Love”, called a “Rootsy Wake-up Call” by Folk Alley, and described by Vice’s “Noisey” as “flipping off authority one song at a time.” Now Baiman has announced Thanksgiving—out November 2 on Free Dirt Records—a self-produced four-song EP, featuring her live trio and special guests including Molly Tuttle and Josh Oliver.
Thanksgiving is a collection of music to inspire an introspective holiday spirit.  The songs center around themes of Indigenous Rights, home and homelessness, and love in hard times. “Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays,” says Baiman. “But two years ago in November, the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline was in full swing, and it just got me thinking about how the relationship between indigenous and white people in this country has hardly changed at all over the years. The irony of Thanksgiving being celebrated right as people were being arrested and sprayed with water guns for protecting their right to clean water really hit me”.
Baiman’s Thanksgiving is an intriguing follow up to Shame, allowing her a chance to stretch out stylistically, moving effortlessly between bluegrass, folk, old-time and country. The bittersweet lyricism she’s become known for conveys the ups and downs we often feel around the holidays, and is a reminder to raise our glass to both the joy and the hardships many experience during this season.

a goose-bump-instigating talent that reminded me of a young Gillian Welch or Joy Williams (Civil Wars).”Z. N. Lupetin, The Bluegrass Situation 

http://rachelbaiman.com

The Once at The Wardrobe Theatre

 

Tuesday 29th January | 8pm

The Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West St, Bristol BS2 0DF

Tel:01179020344

Tickets: £12.50 / £15 inc BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/#date=2019-01-29&event_id=49509

Web: http://thewardrobetheatre.com/livetheatre/ear-trumpet-music-presents-the-once/

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/298678817530098/

Indie folk trio The Once formed in 2004 out of pressure and necessity when working at a summer theatre festival in the tiny ex-fishing village of Trinity, Newfoundland, Canada. In the Newfoundland vernacular ‘the once’ means ‘imminently, but not necessarily so.’ Phil, Geri, and Andrew wanted something that would embody who they are, where they come from, and would illicit a smirk and a nod amongst Newfoundlanders back home, but would forever require an explanation elsewhere.

The trio features Geraldine Hollett on lead vocals and vocalist-instrumentalists Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale playing everything from drums, percussion, electric guitars to sweeping keyboards. Mixing original and traditional material their three part harmonies, often performed a cappella, have been a notable trait of their award-winning sound.

Their self-title first album was released in 2009 and quickly gathered critical acclaim. Their follow-up Row Of The People They Know won them their first JUNO nomination and their signing to Canadian label Borealis Records.

In 2013 another chance encounter, this time at a Glasgow festival, lead to a collaboration and friendship with Mike Rosenberg, a.k.a. Passenger. Hot on the heels of his worldwide #1 hit, ‘Let Her Go’, Rosenberg invited The Once to sing on both of his recent albums – including his current #1 album, Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea – and together they have performed all over the world. In 2014 the band released the album Departures worldwide to great critical acclaim, leading to multiple awards, including another coveted JUNO nomination.

With the release of their EP We Win Some We Lose in 2016 The Once entered a new era, with new sounds, new styles and new ideas. The whirlwind of the past few years has honed their sound and creativity, and having found their voice, the band is looking firmly ahead.

“Leaves me in a perpetual state of wistful, anthemic longing. An innocence that nevertheless leaves me with the sense that we are flirting with tragedy.” JEFF REILLY, CBC

http://theonce.ca

Chance McCoy / Eli West 

 

Tuesday 5th February | 8pm

The Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West St, Bristol BS2 0DF

Tel:01179020344

Tickets: £15 / £18 inc BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/#date=2019-02-05&event_id=50161

Web: http://thewardrobetheatre.com/livetheatre/ear-trumpet-folk-club-chance-mccoy-eli-west/

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/734086556963907/

Special double bill of two of the most inspiring visiting american folk artists of the moment.

Chance McCoy is a Grammy winning Indie Folk musician from West Virginia. After receiving a grant to study with old master musicians from the Appalachian Mountains, he went on to win the Fiddle, Banjo and Dulcimer championships in his home state. His studies and deep love for the traditional ways of the mountaineer soon landed him in an unintentional situation though, abject poverty. In 2012 Chance was living in a run down cabin when a cold call from Old Crow Medicine Show landed him an invite to join the legendary Americana band of ‘Wagon Wheel’ fame. His first album with Old Crow, where he debuted his talents as song writer, singer and instrumentalist, earned the band a Grammy for best folk album. After touring with artists such as Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Willie Nelson, Sturgil Simpson, Margo Price and other luminaries, he turned his focus towards making his first solo record. His first LP ’Wander Wide’ set to be released in 2019 is a collection of masterfully written songs woven with threads of folk, indie, and rock, with pop hooks laden through out. Straying far from clichéd Americana it’s an incredibly creative take on the modern singer song writer, wherein each song was written specifically for it’s unique placement on the album, unfolding into different landscapes of light and shade as it takes the listener on a musical journey. Chance currently lives on his farm in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia where he enjoys a rustic back to the land lifestyle, creating music and producing films.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/chancemccoymusic/

Eli West – Well-known for his work with Norwegian fiddler Olav Mjelva, Cahalen Morrison, 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.

‘Making music the world needs’Tim O’Brien

http://eliwest.fyi

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow + Jacob & Drinkwater at The Wardrobe Theatre

 

Sunday 17th February | 8pm

The Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West St, Bristol BS2 0DF

Tel:01179020344

Tickets: £12.50 / £15 inc BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/#date=2019-02-17&event_id=49629

Web: http://thewardrobetheatre.com/livetheatre/ear-trumpet-folk-club-kit-hawes-aaron-catlow/

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/350205709067813/

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music. The pair have worked with many artists including Seth Lakeman, Afro Celt Sound system, Yola Carter, Mad Dog Mcrea, Sheelanagig and Roni Size to name a few but what unites them is a passion for folk music. They draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional song and tunes, as well as their own compositions. The live show is a musical journey through Europe and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.

 

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow’s debut album The Fox has been received with critical acclaim. It explores the relationship between fiddle, guitar and voice, using the fertile ground of the traditional music of the British Isles as its starting point. The product of decades of musical experience, the track listing combines self penned tunes and folk tales, all intricately arranged and heartfelt.

“Fleet fingered and ingeniously arranged… deserve to be thought of as up there with the best of them”  – Songlines

http://www.kithawesandaaroncatlow.com

Devon based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called ‘stand out new Folk’ by BBC6  Music with their live show described as ‘intense and spellbinding’ by Folk Radio UK. The duo formed in 2014 playing their first gig together at the iconic Glastonbury Festival. 

The 2015 indie release ‘The Burning Low EP’ received national 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 (Edgelarks) including playing live for the BBC at Maida Vale Studios and recording in Nashville, Tennessee. He has toured extensively and had several releases including the 2017 album ‘A Polyphonic Life’ Tobias’ songs have been featured in the documentary film ‘Beating The Bomb’ and in forthcoming feature film ‘Tomorrow’ (2018)

Lukas Drinkwater is rightly referred to as ‘one of busiest musicians in the UK.’ In demand as a producer, performer and session player in the worlds of folk and jazz he has featured on many acclaimed albums. Recently he’s been touring with ‘AMA UK Artist of the Year’ Emily Barker, Albert Jones, Ange Hardy, and the Peoples String Foundation. He has also worked with Seth Lakeman, 3 Daft Monkeys, Jim Causley, Lack of Afro, Lucy Ward, Tankus The Henge, Sam Kelly, The Little Unsaid and many 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 complement of stirring vocal harmonies nicely rounds off the mix. 

‘Intense and spellbinding’ – Folk Radio UK

https://www.jacobanddrinkwater.com

Leveret at The Wardrobe Theatre

 

Tuesday 12th March | 8pm

The Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West St, Bristol BS2 0DF

Tel:01179020344

Tickets: £14 / £16 inc BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/#date=2019-03-12&event_id=49594

Web: http://thewardrobetheatre.com/livetheatre/ear-trumpet-folk-club-leveret/

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/294010187891858/

Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians.  Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and instead they rely on mutual trust, listening and responding. Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and yet deeply timeless.

Fiddler Sam Sweeney was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, directs the National Youth Folk Ensemble and is known for his work in Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, The Full English and his own Made In The Great War project. Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, a three-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and currently works with Blowzabella, Topette, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron leads the English Acoustic Collective summer school and is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Best Album BBC Folk Awards 2014), Emma Reid, Fay Hield, Jon Boden and others. 

Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new.  With their albums New Anything and In The Round and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers. Now they return with Inventions, a new album of original material that brings Leveret’s trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a set of new tunes composed by the trio, three of today’s finest tunesmiths in the folk field.

“Classy players … their intuitive way with tunes is glorious”  – Mojo

https://www.leveretband.com

 

The Rheingans Sisters at The Wardrobe Theatre

 

Tuesday 26th March | 8pm

The Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West St, Bristol BS2 0DF

Tel:01179020344

Tickets: £12.50 / £15 inc BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/#date=2019-03-26&event_id=49631

Web: http://thewardrobetheatre.com/livetheatre/ear-trumpet-folk-club-the-rheingans-sisters/

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/552265828577818/

Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track, The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions. Drawing on their pan-European musical scholarship (having studied extensively in France, Sweden and Norway) and their spirited mission to make connections between the music of different geographical roots, they have developed a rich artistic approach to the deconstruction and reimagining of traditional music alongside their own beguiling compositions. Since the release of their award-winning album Already Home (2015) audiences across the UK, Europe and Australia have been captivated by their live performances; as full-hearted performers and on-stage improvisors – via the adventurous use of fiddles, voices, banjo, bansitar, tambourin à cordes, poetry and percussion – The Rheingans Sisters are a unique and unmissable act on the folk and world music stage today. Their hotly anticipated third album ‘Bright Field’ is released in March 2018.

Fiddle-singers and multi-instrumentalists Rowan and Anna Rheingans grew up in the Peak District, surrounded by traditional music and encouraged to pick up the fiddle by their  musician mother and violin-maker father from an early age. Rowan is a well known on the English folk scene as part of hugely popular BBC Folk Award nominated trio Lady Maisery as well as for her work with Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band andthe Songs of Separation super-group alongside Eliza Carthy and Karine Polwart.  Anna lives and works as a fiddle player in Toulouse and is an expert in southern French folk music, having recently gained a 1st class diploma from the Conservatioire Occitan. As both sisters have also spent a significant amount of time studying fiddle music in Sweden and Norway, they pull a range of influences from both northerSunday 7th April | 8pm

https://www.rheinganssisters.co.uk

MARSHES (featuring Beth Porter) plus STANLEY at The Wardrobe Theatre

 

Sunday 7th April | 8pm

The Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West St, Bristol BS2 0DF

Tel:01179020344

Tickets: £12.50 / £15 inc BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/#date=2019-04-07&event_id=50054

Web: http://thewardrobetheatre.com/livetheatre/ear-trumpet-folk-club-marshes-featuring-beth-porter-plus-stanlaey/

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/341418303324492/

Marshes is the new incarnation of Beth Porter and the Availables. Having recorded the album before her daughter Molly was born and finishing it after, (thanks to an Indiegogo fund-raising Campaign) it feels like a life time’s journey in making a record. However, the album is a coherent collection of charmingly orchestrated songs with a full band, strings, wind and brass.

The songs are dark, quirky, charming and ethereal and depict themes such as fear, confusion, money, the weather and the odd cheesy love song, all carried by Beth’s pure and unaffected voice.

They have been said to channel Ray Davies, and have been likened to The Incredible String Band, REM, Cat Power, This Is The Kit, Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Radihead!

The album has involved many of Beth’s previous band including Jools Scott on piano (The Duckworths, The Cool Web) Emma Hooper on Viola (Waitress for the Bees), Pete Gibbs on Bass (Count Bobo) Sue Lord and Ian Vorley on Violin (Red Carousel) Paul Macmahon on Drums (Protest Crayon). Producer Luke Cawthra (The Brackish and son of Dr Feelgood’s Gypie Mayo) has brought a cool sound, warmth, clarity some awesome guitar solos to the songs from his studio in Clifton, Bristol.

Beth is the cellist for Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band and she is one half of prolific duo The Bookshop Band as well as String Quartet Red Carousel. She has played cello on over 100 records including those of The Proclaimers, Petula Clark, Newton Faulkner, Jackie Oates, Jim Moray, The Heavy. She has played and written for short films including BAFTA winning The Eagleman Stag by Mikey Please.

“Quirky, engaging and really rather brilliant” – fRoots   

https://www.bethporter.co.uk

Stanlæy (Bethany Stenning) is primarily an artist, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Bath, England. Firstly a writer, and artist, and classical musician, Bethany discovered her love for singing, and writing music at age 18. She started studying Music at Southampton University in 2013 and moved to Paris in 2015 to study French and Music at the Sorbonne alongside her degree. It is in Paris she met Marco Pavesi, a talented French musician who she began to collaborate with. In February 2016, Bethany and Marco recorded a 5-track EP in Tour, France. Bethany has performed and recorded under a number of pseudonyms including “Stanhopea” and “Stanlæy”.

https://stanlaey.com

Moore Moss Rutter at The Wardrobe Theatre

 

Tuesday 23rd April | 8pm

The Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West St, Bristol BS2 0DF

Tel:01179020344

Tickets: £12.50 / £15 inc BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/#date=2019-04-23&event_id=49632

Web: http://thewardrobetheatre.com/livetheatre/ear-trumpet-folk-club-moore-moss-rutter/

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/718282555217262/

It has been 3 years since the release of Moore Moss Rutter’s second studio album ‘II’ – and there is a heightened sense of anticipation around the reunion of Tom Moore (fiddle, viola), Archie Churchill-Moss (melodeon) and Jack Rutter (guitar) in the trio that won them the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Widely regarded as three of the best players, innovators and performers in traditional folk amongst a precociously gifted generation, their finely-crafted arrangements wield a rare potency. Now, having toured with with some of the biggest and brightest acts in the British folk scene, they reconvene to release their third record together which will mark a decade of performing as a band.

‘III’ (released April 2018 on Hudson Records) harbours the trio’s talents as instrumental composers and curators, featuring a diverse yet cohesive collection of primarily self-penned material. Recorded ‘live in the room’, this album is a melting pot of influences which feels unmistakably current. Whilst intrinsically borrowing from English and other European Traditional Dance music, sonically Moore Moss Rutter (and producer, Andy Bell) have their heads firmly in the present, understanding the values of contemporary music and art making. The distinct pulse, energy and group-intuition of trad-music haunts their playing as they continue to push the creative boundaries for English instrumental music, listening and responding to the world around them as much as their musical ancestors.

Tom Moore is a unique fiddle player, violist and composer originally from Norfolk. He is currently studying for a specialist creative music masters at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is in-demand as a session musician and collaborator on projects working across several fields including folk, improvisational and electronic.

Archie Churchill-Moss is based in Bristol and is one of Englands top melodeon players and tune-writers, whose work is stylistically informed by English and French musics. He is currently touring with Sam Kelly’s Lost Boys; alongside Tom in False Lights; and teaches in the Folk department at Leeds College of Music.

Jack Rutter is a highly respected guitarist, singer and multi-instrumentalist from West Yorkshire. The recent release of his debut solo album has been met with across-the-board acclaim, and he has toured extensively with Seth Lakeman, Jackie Oates, Molly Evans Trio, and many more bands.

“Giving English traditional music the love and respect it deserves, with dreamy reinterpretations”

“Giving English traditional music the love and respect it deserves, with dreamy reinterpretations” Verity Sharp on Late Junction, BBC Radio 3

https://www.mooremossrutter.co.uk

Sheelanagig & Shooglenifty Double Header plus Effra at Fiddlers

 

Sat 8th December | 8pm 

Fiddlers, Willway St, Bristol BS3 4BG

Tel: 01179873403

Tickets: £10 / £13 / £16 + BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/#date=2018-12-08&event_id=47613

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/270025420451154/

Shooglenifty – Lighting up the stage with joy and verve has always been Shooglenifty’s usp, but with new fiddler in the shape of pint-sized fireball Eilidh Shaw they’ve upped the ante. After a summer of well-chosen festival appearances and a new album release, the Edinburgh-based Acid Croft pioneers are in sparkling form. The band will be showcasing some electric new tunes and a full-on set of old favourites. There will be dancing!

Shooglenifty was formed in 1990 by musicians from the Scottish Highlands, Orkney and Edinburgh, its bright spark was the idea of fusing traditional and traditional-sounding melodies with the beats and basslines of a mixed bag of more contemporary influences. As happy playing a small highland village hall as they are on an outdoor festival stage playing to tens of thousands, the Shoogles (as they’re known to their fans) have promoted Scottish music all over the world for more than a quarter century.

http://shooglenifty.com

Sheelanagig for over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces. 

Putting the groove into a selection of traditional and original European Folk music dating from the medieval times to present day, it’s difficult – nay, impossible – for your limbs to remain stationary when you’re within earshot of them in full flight. The fact that they often play with a knowing wink shouldn’t obscure their impeccable technique, and outstanding musicianship that raises the roof in every place they play. 

2018 sees an exciting brand new line up including flautist Luke Phillips-Griffiths fresh from the Newcastle Folk Music circuit, and Alex Bishop – acclaimed folk guitarist and luthier, who both bring an exciting new direction and energy to the groups much loved sound. Busying themselves this spring the band are preparing to hit the road to tour across France, Switzerland and Australia and will return for the summer festival season and a UK tour in November. 

http://sheelanagig.co.uk

Effra – Contemporary folk trio Effra are Alex Bishop (guitar), Tom Newell (fiddle, mandolin) and Aidan Shepherd (accordion). Heralding from Bath, Shrewsbury and Canterbury respectively, they met in London in 2011. Although coming from rock, classical and jazz backgrounds, a strong connection was quickly formed, and they began meeting regularly to write and develop music that shared a common ground. Early performances were well received, and the band soon grew an identity of its own, fuelled by innovative ideas brought to the table by all three members. In 2012 after only a year since their first meeting, the band won the Bath Folk Festival ʻNew Shoots Competitionʼ on the strength of their compositions and high-energy performance. In 2014 they released their debut album, ‘Lose An Hour’ and toured extensively through 2015-16 with performances at BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, Cambridge Folk Festival, and EFEx/Homegrown festival. In Spring 2017 Effra released their highly-anticipated second album. Below Ground captures the unseen subterranean world beneath our feet and the recording process saw the band trek to the source of London’s only fully concealed waterway (and musical namesake) the Effra river, as well as venturing within 96km worth of tunnels underneath the UK’s largest limestone quarry, Box Freestone Mine.

http://efframusic.com

Bruce Molsky at The Wardrobe Theatre

 

Monday 3rd December | 8pm

Bruce Molsky

Tickets: £14 / £16 inc BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk

Web: http://thewardrobetheatre.com

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/474495129672862/

He’s a self-described “street kid” from the Bronx who bailed on college and big city life for a cold-water cabin in Virginia in the 1970s. His mission? To soak up the passion that was dramatically upending his parent’s life plan for him  – authentic Appalachian mountain music – at the feet of its legendary pioneers, old masters who are now long gone.

Today, Bruce Molsky is one of the most revered “multi-hyphenated career” ambassadors for America’s old-time mountain music. For decades, he’s been a globetrotting performer, ethnomusicologist and educator, a recording artist with an expansive discography including seven solo albums, well over a dozen collaborations and two Grammy-nominations. He’s also the classic “musician’s musician” – a man who’s received high praise from diverse fans and collaborators like Linda Ronstadt, Mark Knopfler, Celtic giants Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine, jazzer Bill Frisell and dobro master Jerry Douglas, a true country gentleman by way of the Big Apple aptly dubbed “the Rembrandt of Appalachian fiddlers” by virtuoso violinist and sometimes bandmate Darol Anger.

Molsky digs deep to transport audiences to another time and place, with his authentic feel for and the unearthing of almost-forgotten rarities from the Southern Appalachian songbook. Molsky seduces audiences with a combination of rhythmic and melodic virtuosity and relaxed conversational wit – a uniquely humanistic, downhome approach that can make Carnegie Hall feel like a front porch or intimate jam session.

In addition to his many live performances as a solo and with Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, Bruce will be kept away from his home in Beacon, New York, by his work as a Visiting Scholar at the old American Roots Music Program at the Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and through fiddling workshops and summer music camps he conducts for devotees here and abroad.

“Bruce Molsky is one of those great players who ‘gets it’: has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it” – Mark Knopfler

“An absolute master” – No Depression

http://brucemolsky.com

 

 

Dakhla Brass (‘Mumur’ Album Launch) Plus Spindle Ensemble at The Wardrobe Theatre

 

Sunday 18th November | 8pm

Dakhla Brass (‘Mumur’ Album Launch) Plus Spindle Ensemble

The Wardrobe Theatre

Tickets: £12.50 / £15 inc BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk

Web: http://thewardrobetheatre.com

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/185254335505570/

Dakhla Brass return to The Wardrobe theatre to showcase their brand new and most expansive album yet – ‘Murmur’. As well as marking the addition of a sixth member, in the form of brilliant double-bassist Riaan Vosloo, the recording of the new album also sees the band working closely with Vosloo’s Nostalgia 77 colleague, producer Ben Lamdin, and recording away from their hometown for the first time (at London’s Fish Factory Studios).

Dakhla brass weave glittering brass threads into intricate musical tapestries like no other band. Propelled by restless percussion, theirs is ‘not exactly’ music – not exactly jazz, not exactly brass band or Arabian or second-line Mardi Gras, yet it draws on all that and more. This is demon stuff, delivered with deadly accuracy by six exceptional musicians-  its in a class of its own.

“A powerhouse. Talent, instinct and creativity make them a real force to be reckoned with” (Sound on Sound Magazine).

Very modern, great grooves, sound of Jazz coming from the UK that makes it stand out from everywhere else.”  “Dakhla Brass –  here is one of the bands doing great things right now.”  (Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2).

http://dakhlabrass.com

Spindle Ensemble are an experimental instrumental quartet from Bristol’s music collective ‘Bloom‘. They perform original compositions by Daniel Inzani that hover cinematically somewhere between jazz, folk and classical idioms, taking inspiration from artists such as Moondog, Eric Satie and Mulatu Astatke. Their debut album, Bea, was released as a luxury gatefold vinyl edition via new label Adderwell Music in Nov 2017.

‘Beautiful sounds, definitely a band to watch’ Fiona Talkington – BBC Radio 3, Late Junction

http://www.spindleensemble.com

Mairearad Green & Anna Massie at The Wardrobe Theatre

Tuesday 6th November | 8pm

Mairearad Green & Anna Massie

The Wardrobe Theatre

Tickets: £12.50 / £15 inc BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk

Web: http://thewardrobetheatre.com

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Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are a truly captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence. Having played alongside each other for over ten years, they revel in an intuitive approach to each other’s musical ideas and interpretations, and an “almost telepathic communication” on stage (Hi-Arts), effortlessly showcasing the fruits of duo partnership to the highest level , creating “music more than the sum of just two parts” (The Scotsman).

Mairearad and Anna both grew up in the Scottish Highlands amidst very similar musical backgrounds (most notably, mandolin playing Dads!), and so share an innate understanding of Scottish culture and music. As a duo they have enjoyed many successes, including five stars in The Scotsman and high praise from KT Tunstall, becoming a much-loved live act.

Their three albums – 2009’s eponymous debut, ‘Doubling’ in 2013 and ‘Best Day’ 2015 – have met wide critical acclaim, Mairearad and Anna was recorded live, just the two musicians – the live double act – whilst Doubling features many layered tracks, building a more complex sound, though still just from the two musicians. At the heart of Doubling remains the live duo sets, intricately arranged and executed with symbiotic sympathy, enhancing their “must-see” reputation.

“…the camaraderie and sheer fun of musical collaboration is plainly evident and infectious.” Songlines

“An exuberant, beautifully recorded album…crisp, clean and crystalline.” fRoots

http://mairearadandanna.com

Bella Hardy – Hello Sammy Acoustic Tour at The Wardrobe Theatre

 

Sunday 21st October | 8pm

Bella Hardy – Hello Sammy Acoustic Tour

The Wardrobe Theatre

Tickets: £14 / £16 inc BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk

Web: http://thewardrobetheatre.com

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/154865878714999/

Bella Hardy, acclaimed songwriter and traditional music luminary, released Hey Sammy in November 2017, a record that bears the stamps of extensive musical expeditions far from home.  Humanist hymns, ancient Chinese poems, feminist battle cries, and the title track’s reflections on the rise of racism in Britain make this Bella’s most wide reaching and richly rewarding album to date.

In the time since 2015’s 5-star reviewed With The Dawn, Bella temporarily relocated to Nashville where she became immersed in Music City’s culture of collaborative songwriting and also worked happily in the company of horses as a ranch hand. Two music-finding trips to Yunnan Province in Southwest China also saw this BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Award winner return with a suitcase overflowing with new lyrical and musical notions. These radical changes of life and perspective flow through every word and note of the 11 songs on Hey Sammy – a glorious, accomplished, grown up record, delivered in Bella’s unmistakeable soaring and swooping voice. 

Bella Hardy, BBC Folk Singer of the Year 2014, found her first home in folk music through a childhood love for ballad books. A self-taught “fiddle singer”, she began performing at Cambridge and Sidmouth festivals from the age of 13. Her debut album Night Visiting, released ten years ago, established her reputation as a songwriter when her first original composition Three Black Feathers earned a BBC Folk Award nomination.

“Inspired by feminism, racism, and international travels, this is an accessible proposition, reaching out, standing tall” The Guardian

“Many young musicians can sing and play beautifully, few are as adventurous and intriguing as Hardy” Songlines Magazine

http://www.bellahardy.com

Sam Brookes

 

Tuesday 2nd October | 8pm

Sam Brookes plus Tom Crosley Thorne 

The Wardrobe Theatre 

Tickets: £12.50 / £15 inc BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk/#date=2018-10-02&event_id=46926

Web: http://thewardrobetheatre.com/livetheatre/ear-trumpet-folk-club-sam-brookes/

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Sam Brookes is a Bristol-based alternative folk artist whose distinctive voice frequently draws comparisons with Tim Buckley and has landed him features and collaborations with artists as diverse as Lucy Rose and Basement Jaxx. His 2011 eponymous debut saw him named a Sunday Times ‘Breaking Act’ and his independently released follow up Kairos was picked as one of the best albums of 2014 by The Independent.  Considerable streaming success and support slots for the likes of Willy Mason, Scott Matthewsand Joan Armatrading have earned Sam a dedicated following and growing anticipation for his third album which is set for release in early 2019.  

Before Sam heads into the studio to record his third album he comes to the Wardrobe Theatre to play his new songs stripped down in the perfect intimate setting

Plus Support from Tom Crosley Thorne

***Please note this is a replacement show for Ewan McLennan which sadly has been postponed***

https://www.sambrookes.com

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow plus Kate Griffin & Ford Collier at The Kingsdown Vaults

 

Wednesday 26th September | 8pm (***At The Kingsdown Vaults***)

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow

The Kingsdown Vaults

Tickets £8/10

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk

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Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music. The pair have worked with many artists including Seth Lakeman, Afro Celt Sound system, Yola Carter, Mad Dog Mcrea, Sheelanagig and Roni Size to name a few but what unites them is a passion for folk music. They draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional song and tunes, as well as their own compositions. The live show is a musical journey through Europe and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship. Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow’s debut album The Fox has been received with critical acclaim. It explores the relationship between fiddle, guitar and voice, using the fertile ground of the traditional music of the British Isles as its starting point. The product of decades of musical experience, the track listing combines self penned tunes and folk tales, all intricately arranged and heartfelt.

“The pair demonstrate an eclectic approach that lifts them head and shoulders above the rest”  – Acoustic Magazine

“Never a dull moment, with imagination firing throughout and an abundance of creative energy” – Living Tradition

http://www.kithawesandaaroncatlow.com

Kate Griffin and Ford Collier are a contemporary duo fusing folk genres from around the world. Driving and intricate Clawhammer banjo tunes and heartfelt, powerful songs are thrown in the melting pot with solid, subtle Celtic guitar, dexterous Irish Whistle and the spellbinding Tabla drums of North India.

https://katiegriffincreative.com/music/

Get The Blessing (Bristopia Album Launch) at The Wardrobe Theatre

 

Sunday 23rd September | 8pm 

Get The Blessing (Bristopia Album Launch)

The Wardrobe Theatre

Tickets: £14/16 inc BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk

Web: http://thewardrobetheatre.com

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/467612320391451/

Following the success of their 2015 album Astronautilus, jazz-rock mavericks Get The Blessing return with their spellbinding new Album ‘Bristopia’. Blending their mutant jazz sensibilities with spacey electronics and post rock atmospheres, ‘Bristopia’ ventures into new, unexplored territories. 

From the jagged, interweaving brass patterns of opening track ‘If It Can It Will’, through the brooding atmosphere of ‘Bristopia’ and absorbing, haunting melodies of ‘Not With Standing’, the Bristolian quintet channel subterranean depths and soar from dizzying heights, leading the listener through a complex labyrinth of tangled melodies and sliding soundscapes of dark, immersive production. Formed back in 1999 by bassist Jim Barr and drummer Clive Deamer (rhythm section of seminal act Portishead) alongside Jake McMurchie (on sax and electronics) and Pete Judge (trumpet and electronics) the Bristol-based four-piece boast a truly international fan-base, having forged a unique signature sound that defies easy classification. Despite several short breaks for other projects over the years – most recently in 2016 when drummer Clive Deamer was on tour with Radiohead, they have never lost sight of thumping tunes, monstrously infectious beats, or joyous collective spontaneity. After eighteen years, their ability to produce such creative and intelligent music – balanced with wit and passion – is testament to the free spirit that they embody. 

“THIS IS TRIP HOP-INFORMED CONTEMPORARY JAZZ-ROCK AT ITS VERY BEST” Time Out “ SERIOUSLY CREATIVE … WONDERFULLY IRREVERENT Mojo Magazine
“THE MOMENTUM OF CREATIVITY IS UNDIPPED” BBC Music Magazine 

Alasdair Roberts at The Wardrobe Theatre

 

Sunday 16th September | 8pm

Alasdair Roberts 

The Wardrobe Theatre

Tickets: £12.50 / £15 inc BF

Tickets: https://www.headfirstbristol.co.uk

Web: http://thewardrobetheatre.com

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Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish musician, born in Germany, who was raised near Callander and has been based in Glasgow since 1995.  He is primarily a songwriter/composer, singer and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist as well as an interpreter/arranger of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond.

Since 1997 Alasdair has produced several full-length albums of music (initially under the name Appendix Out and later under his own name), primarily working with Drag City Records of Chicago.  His most recent Drag City album is Pangs, a collection of ten original songs recorded with bassist Stevie Jones (Arab Strap, Sound of Yell) and drummer Alex Neilson (Trembling Bells, Alex Rex)– it was released to critical acclaim and a successful UK tour in February 2017.

Over the years, Alasdair has collaborated with a wide variety of fellow musicians (such as Will Oldham, Jason Molina, Josephine Foster, Mairi Morrison and Karine Polwart) as well as with other artists including poet Robin Robertson, puppeteer Shane Connolly of Sokobauno Puppet Theatre and film-maker Luke Fowler.  In 2013 Alasdair became a member of the Scottish/English folk group The Furrow Collective, along with Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton and Emily Portman.  The Furrow Collective has released two albums on Hudson Records, the most recent being Wild Hog in late 2016; the quartet won the accolade of Best Group in the 2017 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards.

Alasdair Roberts is one of a rare breed of musicians whose work has found favour with aficionados of both experimental/avant-garde music and traditional/folk music – as such, he has been the cover star of both Wire Magazine (March 2010) and fRoots Magazine (October 2003 and January/February 2017).

‘Though it’s all new, the weirdness of ancient folk is ever-present; he’s a true original.’The Observer ****

‘Quietly escalating towards Scottish national treasure status’ Mojo

www.alasdairroberts.com 

Vula Viel

Vula Viel means Good is Good in Dagaare, the language of the tribe in Upper West Ghana where Bex Burch lived, farmed and studied for three years. Now it’s the name of her trio featuring the best of London’s young music talent: Ruth Goller (bass) and Jim Hart (drums).

Their intensely rhythmic music is an engaging mix of African, electronica and minimalist influences. Based around the Gyil (the Dagaare xylophone made of sacred lliga wood) Vula Viel create something new and vital.

This music will engage, entrance and excite your soul. Vula Viel started making waves in 2015 when they quickly caught the attention of the Royal Festival Hall promotors and played a sold out show in the Purcell Room. Followed in December 2015 with another sold out gig at Ronnie Scott’s for the opening of the London Jazz Festival, at which Burch took an axe to wood and tuned a xylophone key live on BBC radio 3, the Guardian names them the “unexpected stars of a glizy show ★★★★”.

Their new trio line-up and fresh, raw sound makes Vula Viel ripe to develop their presence and profile across the World. Releasing their second album ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ in 2018,Vula Viel sound like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Indeed in the hands of Vula Viel, Good is very Good indeed!

Financial Times ★★★★ | Songlines ★★★★ | Jazzwise ★★★★ | London Evening Standard ★★★★ | “Funerals have never sounded so funky” Songlines

“like Portico Quartet on steroids” Jazzwise

 

 

William The Conqueror

“One of our best songwriters and lyricists” – THE TIMES

“A breath of fresh air” – THE OBSERVER

“Stomping country rock veering into stoner grunge” – THE GUARDIAN

Hailing from the South West, William The Conqueror are currently spinning the Americana world on it’s denim clad axis.  Their originality has seen them nominated for an Americana award and make giant waves all the way across the Atlantic into the tough landscape of Nashville.  No wonder the trio are tipped hotly as one to watch for 2017.

Bursting with retro-infused energy, there are a myriad of influences, underpinned by a taste for good, old-fashioned roots. One minute it’s a hushed JJ Cale that somehow finds its way to an angry Jim Morrison or a 60’s Dylan; the next it’s a grunge era Pearl Jam via Leonard Cohen and a nod to Tom Waits.  What is undoubtedly unique is the rich, earnest voice and the poetic nuance of a band clearly wise to the complexities and hardships of love and life.

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Young Waters

Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acoustic guitar. Their exhilarating rhythms and intricate melodies, coupled with a repertoire that combines startling original material with traditional folk songs, makes for a captivating stage presence.

They burst onto the London / Bristol folk scene in 2015 as Snufkin, and have been making a name for themselves ever since. A live album, ‘Live from The Fayre’ (recorded live at Rollright Fayre), followed by a host of festival appearances (including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Boomtown and Smugglers) have cemented their reputation with fans. They rounded off the summer by winning Bath Folk Festival’s New Shoots competition.

2017 has seen the band record a full length album at Peter Gabriel’s legendary Real World Studios which will be released in April 2018 to coincide with their UK tour.

Young Waters is a five-piece band led by Theo Passingham (vocals and guitar) with Kerry Ann Jangle (vocals and percussion), Liam O’Connell (double bass and vocals), Calum Smith (violin) and Rowen Elliot (viola).

https://www.facebook.com/youngwatersband

Sheelanagig

 

Sheelanagig for over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces.

Putting the groove into a selection of traditional and original European Folk music dating from the medieval times to present day, it’s difficult – nay, impossible – for your limbs to remain stationary when you’re within earshot of them in full flight. The fact that they often play with a knowing wink shouldn’t obscure their impeccable technique, and outstanding musicianship that raises the roof in every place they play.

2018 sees an exciting brand new line up including flautist Luke Phillips-Griffiths fresh from the Newcastle Folk Music circuit, and Alex Bishop – acclaimed folk guitarist and luthier, who both bring an exciting new direction and energy to the groups much loved sound. Busying themselves this spring the band are preparing to hit the road to tour across France, Switzerland and Australia and will return for the summer festival season and a UK tour in November.

A completely top night out.’ – Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

‘The musicianship is tight and intense’ – Songlines

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The Ballina Whalers

Tue 19th Dec | 10pm
Tickets: £8 Adv

*Please note this is a late show starting at 10pm and will be one long set finishing around 11.15pm*

Using just their incredible voices, Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes explore ballads, shanties and seafaring songs that tell tales of whaling ships, lost loves and hardship at sea.

The Ballina Whalers (pronounced Bal-en-a) are Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes – three musical barnacles clinging to the creaking hull of a musical tradition stretching back over hundreds of years. Using just their voices they explore ballads, shanties and seafaring songs that tell tales of whaling ships, lost loves, roaring storms and hardship out at sea.

 

Fast becoming one of the most sort after shanty bands around, known as much for their heart rending three part harmonies as their lusty approach to singing shanties, the last few years have been extremely busy for the boys, seeing them playing folk clubs, harbour sides, beaches, boat sheds and festivals up and down the country. Particular highlights include being invited to perform in Holland at the International Sea Shanty Festival in Appingedam and the Naar Zee, Naar Zee Festival in Leiden where they met and exchanged songs with legendary shanty men, Stormalong John, Andy Kenna from Liverpool and Les Souillés de Fond de Cale from Brittany.

 

“Definitely love at first hearing for me”

– Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

“Stunning voices that blend so beautifully, a real knock out”

– Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

theballinawhalers.co.uk

 

Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith (Plus Anna Kissell)

Mon 4th December | 8pm
Tickets: £8 Earlybird, £11 First Release, £14 Second Release

Highly acclaimed multi-instrumentalist folk duo who play traditional and original storytelling music of the British Isles.

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their combination of outstanding vocal work, sensitive instrumentation, and a powerful social conscience has brought them widespread critical acclaim.

“To be a great folk singer, you have to be a great storyteller, as Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are clearly aware. The duo are both fine singers and multi-instrumentalists.” (The Guardian)

The songs themselves are always given centre stage but they are brought to life with stunning musical arrangements and vocals. There is an integrity that shines through their performances and a common thread of political struggle, resistance, and justice.

Their critically acclaimed second album ‘Night Hours’ was released in December 2016 on Fellside Recordings. Described as ‘exhilaratingly diverse and full of impeccably crafted songs’, it has cemented the duo’s reputation as two of the most exciting musicians and social commentators on the scene.

“Making common cause between antique songs and present circumstances is one of the grails of modern folk, one this young duo pull off impressively…Rousing stuff.” (The Guardian)

‘Everyone at fRoots is certainly pretty excited about Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith, and for good reason. Their honest and arresting songs manage to speak with tender nostalgia whilst civilly calling for change. When you listen, prepare to feel the heat of empathy and the kindling of resistance.’ (fRoots)

jimmyandsidduo.com

Anna Kissell is a singer songwriter whose music marries a tender openness with a fierce soul. Hushed and dark, her folk-lullabies unfold slowly with melodies that linger long after the song’s end.

Born in the village of Eye, then thrust into the London suburbs, Anna’s childhood was a series of musical awakenings. Beginning with the violin she found her own, deeply expressive way of playing at a young age. Later she discovered singing during a torrid teenage rebellion spent in rowdy churches. Having devoted her voice and violin to accompanying various folk and acoustic artists over the years since, Anna has now turned her hand to writing her own material.

Anna lives in Bristol and is in the process of recording her debut album. She remains busy writing, performing and collaborating with other local artists. In her live performances, Anna is often joined by friends whose voices make up ‘The Unsung Chorus’. Her own voice rides naturally over hypnotic guitar picking, drawing listeners into otherworldly dreamscapes, inviting them to lie down, stretch out and forget time.

http://annakissell.com

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow (Plus Saskia Griffiths Moore)

Tuesday 14th November | 8pm
Tickets: £8 Earlybird, £11 First Release, £14 Second Release

Folk music from Europe, America and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship and some damn great tunes.

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music.

Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from the band Sheelanagig, they draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional music, as well as their own compositions. The live show is a musical journey through Europe, America and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow’s debut album The Fox explores the relationship between fiddle, guitar and voice, using the fertile ground of the traditional music of the British Isles as its starting point. The product of decades of musical experience, the track listing combines self penned tunes and folk tales, all intricately arranged and heartfelt.

“Fleet fingered and ingeniously arranged. …..deserve to be thought of as up there with the best of them” – Songlines

“such dexterity, energy and passion…..mightily impressive” – R2 Magazine

“The pair demonstrate an eclectic approach that lifts them head and shoulders above the rest” – Acoustic Magazine

“Never a dull moment, with imagination firing throughout and an abundance of creative energy” – Living Tradition

kithawesandaaroncatlow.com

Saskia is a 24 year old independent English singer songwriter from London who tours the folk and acoustic scene year round. Frequently compared to Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Eva Cassidy for her pure, clear voice and nu-folk style repertoire, her music blends the classical simplicity of folks songs with contemporary moods, melodies and meaning.
Previously one of the worlds youngest Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapists with a practice on Harley Street London, in 2014 she left it all behind to pursue a career in music. She has since had three releases, run three successful crowdfunding campaigns and won a substantial arts council grant to tour her debut album Gentle Heart (2016).

She is currently working on a second album at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studio with her new 5 piece folk super group due for release on October 27th 2017.

“Her pensive and positive songs exhibit a clarity of both thought and expression” Living Tradition Magazine
“A fine singer-songwriter, wonderful voice and great guitar playing” Johnny Coppin, BBC Radio Gloucestershire

http://www.saskiagm.com

Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra (Plus Kitty Macfarlane)

Wednesday 1st Nov | 8pm
Tickets: £8 Earlybird, £11 First Release, £14 Second Release

Potent songs, silky double-bass, fiery fiddling and smoking harmonicas. An album launch event for their latest live release; D’rect From The Shire.

Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, fine guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and ballads to tango, rhumba and even reggae. Featuring one of the most captivating double-bassists you’re likely to see and some of the finest instrumentalists on the UK folk scene, their blend of virtuoso musicianship, witty political comment and a deep repertoire of powerful songs never fails to turn heads. Since hitting the road full time in 2005, Jez has played well over a thousand gigs; from the Glastonbury Festival to the North Country Fair, New York to Taipei, Istanbul to the Iberian Peninsular, gaining fans far and wide.

“Ridiculously enjoyable… an unequivocal thumbs up.” Folk Radio UK

“Beautifully crafted and stunningly delivered… a staggering jigsaw of musical invention and a sonorous voice that drags you into every song.” Folking.com

jezhellard.com

http://www.kittymacfarlane.com

Rachel Newton (Plus Effra)

Tuesday 24th October | 8pm
Tickets: £8 Earlybird, £11 First Release, £14 Second Release

Stunning singer, fiddle player and harpist, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Musician of the Year 2017 and Scottish Traditional Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year 2016.

Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Scottish Gaelic as well as writing and performing her own instrumental pieces. Rachel performs solo, with her trio featuring Lauren MacColl on fiddle and Mattie Foulds on percussion and with a full band when they’re joined by Michael Owers on trombone and Sarah Hayes on keys.

A skilled collaborator, Rachel is a founder member of the successful UK folk bands The Shee and The Furrow Collective. She also plays fiddle and viola and works across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling.

Rachel released her mighty new album ‘Here’s My Heart Come Take it’ in April 2016.

‘Haunting vocals and elegant harp’ The Guardian

‘Harp and strings blur the border between worlds’ The Financial Times

‘Rachel Newton is well equipped to take centre stage in her own right and this second solo album is a beauty…fascinating stuff’

(5 * Playlist Selection) – fRoots Magazine

Top of the World Editor’s Pick – Songlines Magazine

rachelnewtonmusic.com

https://www.efframusic.com

Front Country

Mon 9th October | 8pm

Tickets: £8 Earlybird, £11 First Release, £14 Second Release

This ground-breaking, genre-shaking San Francisco group screw up every tradition of the sound America gave to the world and remoulded it.

When Bob Harris played tracks Front Country’s memorable debut album, Sake of The Sound on BBC Radio 2, he told listeners they were “currently the biggest band on the bluegrass scene in America”…and he was right.

Coming out of the California Bay area’s red-hot roots music scene, the band first made serious waves with rarely-accomplished double “best act” competition wins at both the Telluride and Rockygrass music festivals – possibly the most prestigious get-togethers for the genre in the USA.

They’ve been praised for their ability to choose songs to cover (and arrange) that suit them perfectly; they’ve been praised for their sensational individual instrumental performances, for the top quality of their vocal harmonies and the high standard of the self-penned material. In other words, they make music that is distinctly their own; when musicians play and sing this well together, it only serves to magnify the power achieved.

Right at the core are the stunning pairing of Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman, already well-established as a considerable force on the circuit. Their high level of accomplishment is matched by sidekicks Adam Roszkiewicz (mandolin), Leif Karlstrom (violin) and Zach Sharp (bass).

When Sake of The Sound got it’s European release late in 2014, it went from nowhere straight to the Number 11 position on the influential Euro Americana Chart and some of the top music writers in the UK gave it four and five-star ratings. Maverick magazine contributor Paul Kerr enjoyed its “pop sensibility of Fleetwood Mac while retaining a woody, organic feel,” while R2 reviewer David Innes said: “Front Country have put down a strong marker for album of the year.” Writing at Folking.com, Dai Jeffries called the band “exceptional.”

frontcountryband.com

Tom Hickox

Tue 26th September
8pm | £10Adv

Ear Trumpet Music & The Colston Hall Proudly Present: Tom Hickox.
Tom Hickox is a singer-songwriter from North London, born in 1981. He released his debut album, War, Peace & Diplomacy, in 2014 via Fierce Panda, following which led to comparisons of Hickox’s music to that of Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Scott Walker and Randy Newman. The Daily Telegraph commended the “depth and intensity” of his voice and music calling him “a true original” and described him as “the most powerful and original lyrical songwriter this country has produced in years”. The Sunday Times described Hickox’s music “as if from a different planet, and certainly from a different age”. Fuse magazine wrote positively of his “outrageously daring lyrics” and the “deathly beauty” of his arrangements. On March 31st 2017, Family Tree/Warner Chappell released Tom Hickox’s second album, Monsters In The Deep.

tomhickoxmusic.com

 

 

The Nightjar (Plus The Young Waters)

Mon 11th September | 8pm
Tickets: £8 Earlybird, £11 First Release, £14 Second Release

Back by popular demand! Lo-fi post-folk with three-part close harmony singing blending traditional and original material, acoustic sounds and electronic noise.

The Nightjar perform lo-fi post-folk, playing songs for the end of time. Originally conceived as a close-harmony vocal trio, a collaboration with South London producer Kams brought them to the attention of Boiler Room’s Joe Muggs. The ensuing Boiler Room debut went viral, and brought their 2015 ‘The Nightjar’ EP plaudits from nearly 70,000 underground music fans, as well as the accolade of airplay on Radio 3’s Late Junction.

A successful crowd-funding campaign convinced them of the existence of an audience for their dream-like, ethereal songs of hope, loss and disaster and, in the autumn of 2015, The Nightjar relocated to a farmhouse in rural Portugal to begin their first full-length offering. ‘Objects’ was released in March 2017 on Pear O’ Legs Records.

2016 tours of France, Germany and the UK saw audiences brought to a stand-still by the raw intensity of their performance, bringing them a reputation as a must-see live band. Drawing influence from the lo-fi wooze of Grouper, the stark and poignant balladry of Diane Cluck and the deft compositions of Colleen, The Nightjar use close-harmonies, tight-interlocking guitars, deep bass and an intense lead vocal to paint fragile, haunting landscapes.

The Nightjar is Jez Anderson, Mo Kirby, Sarah Ricketts, and Pete Thomas.

“Gorgeous” – The Late Junction, BBC Radio 3

“Mesmerising in live performance” – fRoots Magazine

thenightjarmusic.com

http://www.youngwatersband.co.uk

The Fantasy Orchestra

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down performance of amazing contemporary music

18th Jul
8pm | £10 (£12 otd.)
The Fantasy Orchestra is a community project led by Jesse D Vernon, based in Bristol and also in Paris. The Orchestra (motto: ‘more is more’) brings together 40+ musicians, professional and amateur, to create a kaleidoscopic symphonic brigade.

Their eclectic repertoire covers film soundtracks (Morricone, Barry, RD Burman), rock and pop favourites (Hendrix, Beatles, Bowie), and some more obscure treasures. Think psychedelic loveliness, rousing choral noise, and some choice costumes.

fantasyorchestra.org

Three Cane Whale

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

3rd July
8pm | £12 (£14 otd.)

A multi-instrumental acoustic trio based in Bristol, UK, featuring members of Spiro, Get The Blessing and Scottish Dance Theatre. As intricate as a team of watchmakers, as spare as a mountain stream, the music encompasses both a cinematic sweep and an intimate delicacy, in which “the aroma of muddy leaves and old nettles is almost tangible” (The Observer).

Their eponymous debut album was chosen by Cerys Matthews as one of her Top Five Modern Folk Albums; second album Holts And Hovers was fRoots Editor’s Choice Album of 2013, one of The Observer’s “Hidden Gems Of 2013”, and one of Acoustic Guitarist magazine’s 20 Essential Folk Albums.

These include works by Cornish-based feature-film director Brett Harvey, BAFTA-winning animator Emma Lazenby in collaboration with shadow-puppeteer Eleanor Glover, installation artists Kathy Hinde and Reuben Knutson, TV director Mark Taylor with Paul Hill & Duncan Fraser, cinematographer Adam Laity, acclaimed visual artist John Minton (who’s worked with Portishead and Get The Blessing, amongst many others), Finnish-based dance-filmmaker John Collingswood, award-winning scriptwriter and filmmaker Ollie Cullen, and ‘architectural’ animator Peter Northcott.

Expect the unexpected at every turn: star turns from landscapes in Dartmoor, Cornwall, North Wales, Bavaria, Finland, Norway and beyond; cutting-edge animations of epic and intimate proportions; joyous shadow-puppetry; even alfresco contemporary dance.

Come and catch an intimate semi-acoustic multimedia performance in The Wardrobe Theatre!

‘Wonderful’ fRoots

‘Impressively original’ The Guardian

‘Mesmerising’ Q

‘A magical journey’ Songlines

‘Simply beautiful’ R2

threecanewhale.com

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

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.

http://eliwest.fyi

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

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

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

 

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

Jackie Oates

Plus support form: Hands of the Heron

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

13th Mar
7.30pm | £12 (£14 otd.)

Jackie Oates:

What attracts people to English folk music is never just one thing. There is the tradition – a taking and passing on of the people’s music. And there’s an otherness – the way a singer uniquely inhabits a song while echoes of its past remain. These are haunted tunes. That delicate balance between then and now, respect and reinvention, tradition and otherness has made Jackie Oates a name synonymous with the thrillingly rude health of English folk music in the 21st century.

A folk festival child, Jackie had the luxury of growing up surrounded by the music she plays. That unfair advantage meant she started her career as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards. She went on to win the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon prize in 2009, and take home a statue for Best Traditional Track on the same night.

Jackie began recording as a member of Rachel Unthank & The Winterset (now known as The Unthanks). Her plaintive viola and voice helped define the dark Northumbrian sound that won them Mojo Magazine’s Folk Album Of The Year in 2005. As a solo artist Jackie Oates has surprised and beguiled critics and fans with each album; never repeating an idea or sticking to the safety of a formula. Yet at all times being unmistakably her.

“Over the course of her solo albums and side projects Jackie Oates has been in possession of one of the most gorgeous and lyrical singing voices. There is a faraway quality to it, as well as a melancholy and a note of surrender in the sweetness and warmth.”
Songlines

“Velvet voiced treasure of the British folk music scene.”
The Guardian

jackieoates.co.uk

Hands of the Heron:

Hands of the Heron is a fledgling folk collective who emerged from Bristol’s twisting streets during the strange autumn of 2016. Drawing influence from diverse musical sources such as Fleet Foxes, Joni Mitchell, This Is The Kit and Gustav Holst, their songcraft is inquisitive and intuitive, capturing moments of high emotion and distilling them into vivid, memorable melodies.

Sometimes there’s a couple of musicians, sometimes there’s six or seven. Together, they weave tales of love, loss and regeneration featuring mandolin and harmony vocals amid a changing cast of (mostly) string instruments.
Bethany Roberts is responsible for most of the songwriting, but she likes it best when other people join in. They are due to record their debut album in spring 2017.

https://soundcloud.com/handsoftheheron

 

Fara | Johns & Nowak

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk music all the way from The Orkney Isles

14th Feb

7.30pm | £8 (£10 on the door)

Fara
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.

Having been friends since early childhood, the girls grew up under the musical guidance of Douglas Montgomery (The Chair, Saltfishforty) with the three East Mainlanders of the band in fiddle group Hadhirgaan at Kirkwall Grammar School, and Kristan, a West Mainlander, in Jenny Keldie’s Shoramere at Stromness Academy. The four girls then went on to study south, and hold degrees from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Strathclyde University, The Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music. They have all since established themselves in the Scottish music scene winning prizes along the way which include the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, The BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, The Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition, and the Danny Kyle Award.

The idea for the band came after several appearances as “The Chairettes”, The Chair’s backing band. At one gig, the girls were put on stage to play a couple of sets on their own, and Bob Gibbon, The Chair’s Accordionist and Orkney Folk Festival director, suggested they form a new band. To the Chair’s disappointment they decided to loose the name, and Fara was born.

With vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving piano, Fara’s show is sure to be an exciting one. With a mixture of self-penned and traditional Orkney tunes as well as stunning vocals, the girls’ combined musical experiences and friendships produce an exciting and individual sound.

“For me Fara were THE highlight of the 2014 Orkney Folk Festival. I saw every one of their gigs and they were exceptional. Their on stage banter and musicianship held every audience spellbound. I was thrilled to see them again at this year’s Celtic Connections in Glasgow, and there is an EP too. Sickeningly talented and mad as brushes. A potent combination. A real delight for any festival.”
Kevin Macleod

“These girls will go far. They sing and play like they mean it.”
Douglas Montgomery, Saltfishforty, The Chair

faramusic.co.uk

Johns & Nowak
Camilla Johns & Andy Nowak met at a bluegrass festival. They are an English acoustic duo that like to have fun with American music; weaving together mandolin and guitar and singing songs of heartache and longing.

Their music is sometimes joyful, sometimes wistful; steeped in the American tradition and all that comes with it – from fiddle tunes to folk songs, from driving instrumentals and gentle ballads; some traditional, some self-penned.

Accomplished instrumentalists, they are a brand new duo that hail from a background of glitzy London folk bands, the Bristol jazz and UK acoustic music scene, with debut album of the year nominations and tuition from some of America’s greatest acoustic musicians.

”Classy and compelling.”
Americana UK

johnsandnowak.com

Cardboard Fox | Jacob & Drinkwater

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk, roots & bluegrass

7th Feb
7.30pm | £8 (£10 on the door)

Cardboard Fox
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox are an exciting new four piece with a fast growing fan base. This May the band followed up on the success of their EP by releasing their first full album, ‘Out of Mind’.

All four musicians have their roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late 2013 in Bath, England, the band features the sibling harmonies of Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters) on guitar/vocals and fiddle/vocals respectively, the extraordinary talents of young mandolin player Joe Tozer and the driving and technically demanding double bass playing and harmony vocals of John Breese. With a focus on original songs with a strong pop sensibility and energetic live shows, this is a group of musicians who are very, very excited about what this line up can create and that’s what makes this acoustic quartet so special.

“An array of carefully crafted textures; often built on rich harmonic foundations… full of freshness and light.”
FATEA Magazine

“Love this terrific new EP from Cardboard Fox… whole thing is ace!”
Mark Kermode

cardboardfox.co.uk

Jacobs & Drinkwater
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 21st Century life ‘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.

 

“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

tobiasbenjacob.com

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys | Amythyst Kiah

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of eclectic Americana from the heart of America’s third coast, to the depths of Tennessee

31st Jan
7.30pm | £12 in adv. (£14 otd)

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys

“Uplifting rootsy acoustic music of the finest quality.”
Maverick Magazine

With roots in the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys have been on the road almost non-stop all over the USA – coast-to-coast and north-to-south – since issuing their 2012 record, Release Your Shrouds.

That album showcased the band’s instrumental ingenuity, Lindsay Lou’s stunning vocal range…and self-penned material that makes them special. It was the Here Between EP that finally got them the level of attention they deserved in Europe with a huge amount of radio exposure and supportive words from reviewers. Listen to the title track, or the gorgeously-presented cover of May Erlewine’s The River Jordan, and you will hear why many are saying this young lady has the panache to establish herself as a household name.

It’s been said there is something for everyone in the live performances – real passionate affairs that stir the blood and exhilarate – from bluesy works of wonder to blistering bluegrass beauty. The band certainly has a fresh approach to the American roots genres which are explored and confidently conquered.

The EP served as a valuable snapshot of their own distinctive and ever-evolving sound and also acted as a guide to what’s to come when the next full album arrives.

When it went into circulation around the UK, reaction was instantaneous. “Fantastic” declared Marie Crichton as she played them on her BBC show, “intoxicating” was how Folkwords summed them up, while Beat Surrender praised their “great vocals and tight-knit playing.”

We caught them in action at the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City back in February, 2014, when they created so much excitement that we were thrilled at the prospect of introducing the group to audiences on this side of the Atlantic.

While Lindsay Lou and husband Joshua Rilko are a perfect meant-to-be pairing, entertaining dobro maestro Mark Lavengood is a supercharged sidekick and bassman PJ George, as well as being the band’s powerfully-impressive anchor, serves up honey-sweet vocal harmonies.

They are all great friends both on and off the stage.

http://lindsayloumusic.com

Amythyst Kiah

“She has rising talent written all over her.”
The Scotsman

From Johnson City Tennessee, Amythyst Kiah describes herself as a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer-songwriter. Her influences span decades and diverse styles: combining rhythm and blues and old-time covers alongside startling originals with an angular contemporary twist, she bestrides both spheres with complete authenticity and authority. Channelled through her massively expressive voice, this richly layered repertoire confirms Amythyst’s emergence as a hugely distinctive new artist.

“She has rising talent written all over her. A 29-year-old with a striking shock of hair and a huskily expressive voice which modulates between strength and tenderness, Kiah strides comfortably across jazz, blues and even country styles.” The Scotsman

“Amythyst Kiah is going to be famous…the best way to experience her music is in person. I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that Amythyst Kiah will remind you what it is to love live music.”
No Depression

http://amythystkiah.com

Ear Trumpet Music Winter Feast

Dila V & The Oddbeats | Phil King | Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow | Nick Rasle | Hands of The Heron | Part of an Ear Trumpet Music Winter Feast!

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical Winter Feast of intimate, sit-down gig of great folk music from right across Europe to the Middle East

16th Jan
8pm | £8 (£10 on the door)

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Dila V & The Oddbeats
Fronted by Dila Vardar’s bewitching vocals, The Odd Beats unfailingly deliver an exhilarating, exuberant and intercontinental sonic journey. Their Bosporus-straddling blend of Turkish folk, psychedelic flair and irresistible Balkan dance beats comes with sinuous hints of Greek Rebetiko amongst other tasty world music flavours.
theoddbeats.com

Phil King
As a singer-songwriter Phil King has the whole trinity: a beautiful, soulful singing voice; deft skills at playing the guitar and the capacity to write elegantly worded and powerful songs. His new album The Wreckage released earlier this year has already caught excellent media attention with Radio 2’s Bob Harris describing him as “Absolutely Brilliant” and a “Song Weaver”. With years of touring under his belt Phil is embarking on a string of solo shows to promote his new live album in March/April 2017. Please do get in touch if you are interested.
phil-king.net

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow
Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from the band Sheelanagig, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional music, as well as their own compositions. The live show is a musical journey through Europe, America and beyond, combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.
kithawesandaaroncatlow.com

Nick Rasle
Best know as Me and My Friends frontman Nick Rasle produces a reflective, soulful blend of acoustic music featuring a uniquely rich and tender vocal style. Nods to Billie Holiday, Jeff Buckley and Ali Farka Toure create an arresting, intertwining texture unlike any other, with some highly imaginative re-workings of old tunes intermingling with his own distinctive original compositions.
soundcloud.com/nickrasle

Hands of The Heron:
Solo outing of Hands of The Heron (alias of fantastic folk songwriter Bethany Roberts) who weaves tales of love, loss and regeneration by drawing together musical snapshots featuring poetry, mandolin and harmony vocals amid a changing cast of (mostly) string instruments.
http://soundcloud.com/handsoftheheron

Me and My Friends

 

The sound of English folk colliding head-on with the golden-era music of 1970s West Africa and the Caribbean.

Bound by a mutual love of the sun-drenched vintage sounds of afrobeat, soukous, highlife and roots reggae, the UK-based 5-piece re-invent these influences around the instantly recognisable voice and finger-style guitar of songwriter and singer Nick Rasle.

“Unusual instrumental forces create a sublime fusion that combines pastoral dreaminess with the heat of reggae, highlife and Afrobeat sounds” – Songlines Magazine.

 

 

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https://www.facebook.com/meandmyfriendstheband

Camo Clave

 

Camo Clave are an Electro Tropical band who combine traditional Latin American rhythms with synthesizers, effects and processors.

Fronted by the exquisite vocals of Andalusia’s Marta Zu and featuring members of legendary groups Baila La Cumbia and No Go Stop this seven some bring  a whole new electro dance sound to the classic rhythms of Rumba, Son and Cumbia.

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Dakhla

“A powerhouse. Talent, instinct and creativity make them a real force to be reckoned with.” – Sound on Sound

“Dakhla – here is one of the bands doing great things right now! ‘Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla’… is well worth picking up” – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

Dakhla Brass have embarked on a magic exploration of the richness of brass music as celebrated around the world. Propelled by restless percussion, theirs is ‘not exactly’ music – not exactly jazz, not exactly hip-hop, not exactly brass band or Arabian or second-line Mardi Gras … Yet it draws on all of that and more, pumping with the excited surge of a carnival crowd while catching the careful craft of a colliery band and the artful freedom of New Orleans jazz. It taps your toes, swivels your hips and strokes your chin all at the same time.

Armed with just a trumpet, two saxophones, a trombone and a drum kit, they have released three albums of original music in under three years, carefully honing an identity with intricately written musical tapestries woven from glittering brass threads. The sheer quality of their music has caught the ears of BBC Radio 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 while their live performances have included sharing prestigious stages with top international contemporary outfits, including the Youngblood, Hypnotic and Hot 8 Brass Bands.

Web: dakhlabrass.com

FB: facebook.com/dakhlabrass

 

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow

“Fleet fingered and ingeniously arranged… deserve to be thought of as up there with the best of them” – Songlines

“Such dexterity, energy and passion… mightily impressive” – R2 Magazine

“The pair demonstrate an eclectic approach that lifts them head and shoulders above the rest” – Acoustic Magazine

“Never a dull moment, with imagination firing throughout and an abundance of creative energy” – Living Tradition

Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from the band Sheelanagig, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional music, as well as their own compositions. The live show is a musical journey through Europe, America and beyond, combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.
Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow’s debut album ‘The Fox’ has been received with critical acclaim. It explores the relationship between fiddle, guitar and voice, using the fertile ground of the traditional music of the British Isles as its starting point. The product of decades of musical experience, the track listing combines self penned tunes and folk tales, all intricately arranged and heartfelt.

Tantz

Tantz deliver a failsafe fusion of virtuoso instrumentalism, smart-alec arrangements and all manner of pulse-grabbing grooves that turn on a sixpence and keep you on your toes. After a year packed with storming shows, including festivals like Bestival and Secret Garden, a string of gigs to promote their latest album and recent radio play on Cerys Matthews (Radio 6) and Mark Radcliffe (Radio 2), the future is set to be even more exciting for Tantz.

“Top-notch musicianship…I have not heard anything quite like this…”  – Songlines 2015

Web: www.tantz.co.uk

FB: https://www.facebook.com/tantzleeds

Phil King

“Absolutely Brilliant. He is a Song Weaver” – Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

“Always lyrical, tuneful and emotional. Lovers of the darker side of folk and roots-based music will find plenty to enjoy.”  – R2 Rock’n’Reel Magazine

“Stunningly Beautiful, The Wreckage should expand his profile considerably.”  – Folk Radio UK

“Phil’s songs are couched in the simple language of truth.”  – Fatea Magazine

 As a singer songwriter Phil King has the whole trinity: a beautiful, soulful voice; deft skills at playing the guitar and the capacity to write elegantly worded and powerful songs. His new album The Wreckage, released earlier this year, has already caught excellent media attention, with Radio 2’s Bob Harris describing him as ” Absolutely Brilliant” and a “Song Weaver”. With years of touring under his belt, Phil is embarking on a string of solo shows to promote his new live album in March/April 2017. Please do get in touch if you are interested.

 

Web – www.phil-king.net

FB – https://www.facebook.com/philkingsings

 

Dila V & The Odd Beats

Dila V and The Odd Beats

Fronted by Dila Vardar’s bewitching vocals, The Odd Beats unfailingly deliver an exhilarating, exuberant and intercontinental sonic journey. Their Bosporus-straddling blend of Turkish folk, psychedelic flair and irresistible Balkan dance beats comes with sinuous hints of Greek Rebetiko amongst other tasty world music flavours.

Get ready to shake your hips, shimmy your tummy and twirl around the dance floor withthis eccentric and exceptionally cool multinational musical family.

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Web – theoddbeats.com

 

 

 

No Go Stop

“The Bristol band have a real feel for what Fela Kuti and Tony Allen created 40 years ago…No Go Stop sound like real contenders for the contemporary Afrobeat crown.”  Songlines 2015

The mighty 12-piece No Go Stop are much more than a tribute to past glories, they are a living, breathing evocation of the life-force that is Afrobeat. Driving percussion, brass encrusted rhythms catch the timeless quality of that ancestral funk sound to present the heart of jazz with the soul of Africa and keep you dancing till dawn.

Web – nogostop.co.uk

FB – facebook.com/nogostop

 

Launch

Monday 14th March 2016, 7:30pm at Servant Jazz Quarters – London N168JN
Tickets: £5.00 from brownpapertickets.com

Join us for the launch of Bristol’s mighty 5-piece Dakhla as they celebrate the launch of their third album ‘Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla’ at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston. Tickets will be £5 in advance and the event is hosted by Ear Trumpet Music.

Dakhla Brass have embarked on a magic exploration of the richness of brass music as celebrated around the world. Propelled by restless percussion, theirs is ‘not exactly’ music – not exactly jazz, not exactly hip-hop, not exactly brass band or Arabian or second-line Mardi Gras … Yet it draws on all of that and more, pumping with the excited surge of a carnival crowd while catching the careful craft of a colliery band and the artful freedom of New Orleans jazz. It taps your toes, swivels your hips and strokes your chin all at the same time.

Armed with just a trumpet, two saxophones, a trombone and a drum kit, they have released three albums of original music in under three years, carefully honing an identity with intricately written musical tapestries woven from glittering brass threads. The sheer quality of their music has caught the ears of BBC Radio 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 while their live performances have included sharing prestigious stages with top international contemporary outfits, including the Youngblood, Hypnotic and Hot 8 Brass Bands.

Web: www.dakhlabrass.com

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2513834

Venue: http://www.servantjazzquarters.com/node/1023

 

Don Kipper

*Winners of The World Music Network’s Battle of the Bands 2015*

*Winners of the inaugural Moshe Beregovski Award 2014*

“Sure to send shivers down your spine” –  Songlines

“So tight it sounds like one divine entity is playing the band” – Max Reinhardt, Late Junction – BBC Radio 3

 Seven outrageously skilful musicians create high octane, award-winning Klezmer fusion, with fingers flying devilishly fast over the numerous strings, buttons, keys and skins that make up the component parts of Don Kipper’s joyful little orchestra. Dunja Botic’s sumptuous vocals soar around and above the instruments’ intricate polyrhythms. 

From Turkish Fasıl and Greek Rebetiko to Gypsy Jazz and Klezmer, they have collected sounds from around the world and woven them all together into a spectacular tapestry that is entirely their own. Their colourful, virtuosic interpretations of traditional tunes have won them widespread praise, and with two albums and two awards under their belt as well as sessions on bbc radio 3  there is no doubt they will continue to astonish the music world in the coming years.

Web – www.donkipper.com/

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Gnawa Blues All-Stars

 Born in Africa’s Mahgreb desert, the compelling dance rhythms of Gnawa music have been driving traditional trance-dance rituals for centuries. In this London-based collective Moroccan master musician Simo Lagnawi combines the raw bass sound of his guembri with electric guitar, drums and a changeable roster of UK guest musicians to whip up an equally compelling version for the 21st century.

Dele Sosimi

Dele Sosimi

“Afrobeat will never die so long as Dele’s around” – Songlines

“Joyous and totally uplifting. The afrobeat legend Dele Sosimi!” –  BBC 6Music

Born in Hackney, East London, but soon to return to his parents’ native Nigeria at the age of four, Dele Sosimi was schooled and raised in Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s shadow at the height of early 70s afrobeat. Having been chosen by Fela to join his band at somewhat of a tender age, he was still a young man when sharing Fela’s Glastonbury stage in 1984, and became Musical Director for both Fela’s Egypt 80 and Femi Kuti’s Positive Force.

After Fela’s passing in 1997, Dele with diligent patience, carved out his own Afrobeat crown. In London, where he now resides, his Afrobeat Vibration all-nighters are charged with his passion, labours and his unrelenting spirit, delivering Fela classics alongside his own compositions from his first two studio albums, Turbulent Times and Identity, his current album You No Fit Touch Am. 

Web – delesosimi.org

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The Schmoozenbergs

Conjuring up the mood of 1930’s Paris, fused with the energy of a campfire jam session, The Schmoozenbergs bring Irresistible rhythms, lyrical melodies and their own little bit of ‘special sauce’ to create a heart-warming, hip-swinging sound.

Two duelling guitars, a violin and a double bass are the ingredients for a sumptuous gypsy swing show…C’est magnifique!

Web – schmusic.co.uk

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Count Bobo

Count Bobo – You’ll recognise the members of this mischievous 6-piece bunch as some of Bristol’s best and busiest musicians. It’s impossible to resist a-shakin’ and a-skankin’ to their choice of vintage ska and rocksteady numbers from the likes of Prince Buster, The Skatallites, Rolande Alphonso and others – all rendered with proper harmony
vocals, gorgeous organ and zealous horns.

Webwww.countbobo.com

FB – facebook.com/CountBobo

 

 

Feelgood Experiment

 

“A super-tight modern R&B group with cosmic jazz leanings” Bristol 24/7

“You guys were awesome” – Robert Glasper

Feelgood Experiment features the best of Bristol’s blossoming music scene combining soul, jazz and R&B to create a truly progressive sound with compelling rhythm and mellifluous harmony doused with liberating improvisation and rich lyrical content.

Winners of 2016’s Love Supreme Discovery Competition, they have already shared stages with Ezra Collective, Oscar Jerome, United Vibrations and Binker and Moses, and are now set to further break into the UK jazz scene with their forthcoming eponymous debut EP.

The first single, “Blue Joy”, produced by Jim Barr (Portishead, Get the Blessing) and mixed by Oli Baldwin (PJ Harvey), was released in September shortly followed by a 7-track self titled EP. 

 

 

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Harare

 

Harare is one of the few groups to be playing Zimbabwean dance music in Europe. Formed by virtuoso marimbist Kuda Matimba (a member of the Zimbabwe’s legendary Bhundu Boys), 4-piece Harare combines different styles from Jit Jive to traditional hypnotic rhythms of the mbira (lamellaphone/thumb piano).

Harare celebrate both the past and the future of African dance music and bring a spectacular mix of Southern African musical styles, particularly the musical styles of Zimbabwe. Their music – sung in the Shone language of Zimbabwe – is about social awareness, life yesterday, today and tomorrow, advice, respect, love for one another and compassion, as the musicians express pain, love, wisdom and rage. Whatever you hope for when you think of Zimbabwean music be sure that Harare has it aplenty: ringing jingling guitars, rich-toned marimba, irresistible dance rhythms, swooping basslines, uplifting vocals … they’re all there, plus the unavoidable big grin that the music always puts on your face.

Web – www.hararemusic.com/

FB – facebook.com/Harare

 

Tezeta

Hoorah! Tezeta, the highly entertaining new project from pianist Dan Inzani (Count Bobo, Mandibles, Bert Miller & The Animal Folk) is based on ‘that wobbly Ethiopian funk music we all love to groove to’, and it features Robbie Burges playing the vibes – surely the coolest sound of all? The 7-piece line-up play sparkling classics from Mulatu Astatke and others as well as original numbers, and there’s Afrobeat, jazz and funk all thrown into the mix.

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Cousin Kula

‘I don’t often say a band will go on to be bigger, because we all know of some great bands that simply just don’t make it, but I’ll take a punt here.’ – Simon Poole BBC Radio 6 (Fresh Faves)

‘Absolutely gorgeous’ – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

Cousin Kula’s kaleidoscopic sound is woven from a myriad of musical genres. Combining flavours of psychedelia, afrobeat and latin with nu jazz, indie-rock and trip-hop the band seamlessly craft a sound that is rooted in world music yet gleams with contemporary freshness. Hailing from Bristol, their explosive high energy performances have built the band a strong local following, playing sold out shows across the city as well as landing main stage festival slots at Shambala and Mosely Folk festivals among others. The band has also gained national radio play from the likes of Bob Harris on BBC 2, and Tom Robinson on BBC 6 music.

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