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Session A92 (Acoustic Session) – 18th Jan
Your chance to shine or enjoy others’ singing and playing
The Bowhill Players – 25th Jan
It’s great to welcome back The Bowhill Players.The Bowhill Players were formed by Willie Hershaw in 2011, as part of a project to celebrate the plays and poetry of Joe Corrie. Their music and lyrics focuses on Fife’s mining tradition, history and culture – featuring a diverse range of musical styles and influences.If you haven’t heard them before, check them out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHkNzOnEMLk.
Red Tail Ring
Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring create lush, intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and close harmonies. “The very best of the 21st century’s minimalist and highly original folk music . . . a peerless duo.” – American Roots UK.
The Michigan-based band is fresh off their fourth full-length studio release, Fall Away Blues. Featuring new songwriting fused with old-time and country blues themes, the album tackles topical subjects such as gun violence and environmentalism as well as age-old questions of place and love. Red Tail Ring “doesn’t just pay homage to vintage folk and roots music: The Kalamazoo duo breathes new life into it, channeling the power and charm of seminal material into its own original songs.” – John Sinkevics, LocalSpins.com
Over seven years of touring, Red Tail Ring has performed their brand of acoustic roots all over the United States, traveled over seas to play in Denmark, Germany and Sweden, and has also appeared at some of the most notable festivals and venues that the US has to offer, such as The Ark, Club Passim, Caffe Lena, the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering, Wheatland Music Festival, and Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival.
This year they are playing at Celtic Connections and Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club.
Check them out at http://redtailring.com/video/.
On the Horizon…
You just missed…
Eastwood – 11th Jan
The Troublemakers – 4th Jan
Check them out on YouTube:
Kinrick – 28th Dec
Kinrick are a 2/3/4 piece folk band from Fife, Scotland. Dave, Alex, Brian and John sing a mix of modern, trad and self penned songs.
Scalded Cats – 21st Dec
Madcap Christmas favourites join us again for a seasonal shin-dig (audience participation expected!)
It’s always a fab night with Jim Hyndman and Bob Aimer, no doubt and friends! Great bluegrass, fab music, songs and stories. A great way to escape from the business of Christmas!
The Way Down Wanderers – 7th Dec
Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just 3 short years, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following. Youthful and professionally trained, these young mencaptivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, “restSTOMPS” – free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops along their tour routes.
They’ve already won a host of awards, too many to list here!
Front-men and founders, Austin and Collin, met in their hometown of Peoria, IL when they joined the same folk band and embarked on their first tour at the ages of 14 and 18 years old. The two became fast friends and soon began writing music together, ultimately forming The Way Down Wanderers when Collin was 16 and Austin, 20 years old.
Austin Thompson – guitar, lead & harmony vocals.
Collin Krause – Collin plays mandolin, fiddle and sings lead and harmony vocals for the band.
John Merikoski- Drums, Percussion.
John Williams – Upright bass and vocals.
Travis Kowalsky – Banjo & fiddle.
Check them out at https://thewaydownwanderers.com/video.
Roberto Cassani & Owen Nicholson – 30th Nov
“A true emerging star with side-splitting humour and clever lyrics which will see him firmly in place as a national icon” (Alan Wilson – The Courier).
David Hershaw & Sandie Forbes – 23rd Nov
“Very few can produce music that grows seamlessly from the roots of traditional music yet manages to be completely original and fresh. Their songwriting is brilliant and sharp, their playing and understanding is astonishing. Although this is a debut album, they have been producing memorable music together since they were bairns in folk clubs and venues across Scotland. Sandie is a fiddler of rare taste and technique, thoughtfully enhancing every song and David has the guitar nous of a youthful Richard Thompson. No hyperbole – just lend a lug.” – William Hershaw
Nathan Bell – 16th Nov
Nathan Bell is one of the best songwriters you’ve never heard of. His songs tell you something about yourself that you didn’t know was in you.
-Americana Music Show Best of 2016
Session A92 – 9th Nov
Session / Singaround – your chance to shine
The Slocan Ramblers – 2nd November
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans (2015 Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award recipients), have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.
Findlay Napier – 26th October
Maria Dunn – 19th October
A storyteller through song!
Martha Fields – 5th October
Singer/Songwriter/Acoustic Guitar – From Austin, Texas
Marty is an award winning singer, songwriter whose first memory is singing harmony while sitting on her mother’s lap in the hills of Appalachia. Born with folk and country music in her blood, she comes from a long line of singers, musicians and luthiers from the hills of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. A self taught guitarist, Marty started writing songs at an early age. She has shared the stage with Ricky Lee Skaggs and Merle Travis and after two successful tours in Europe, Marty is based part of the year in Bordeaux, France. This Texas troubadour pours out her soul in every song and transports her audience on an authentic southern musical journey. She is the real deal!
Session A92 – 12th
Forgaitherin – 28th September
Having formed in 2013, Forgaitherin are a Cupar-based, four-piece folk group whose aim is to provide strong vocal entertainment involving all four group members, with sympathetic instrumentation featuring guitar, accordion, keyboard, whistle and cajon. Having already completed very successful gigs at most of the Scottish folk clubs over the past four years, the group are now looking forwards to performing a series of further gigs until the end of the year including at the Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club and at the Leith, Almond Valley and Glenfarg Folk Clubs and at the Carrying Stream Festival in Edinburgh in November.
Forgaitherin entertain with a wide-ranging mixture of both traditional and contemporary folk songs, employing chorus songs and group harmonies, and attempt full audience participation and craic! They have also now recorded two CDs, A Light in the Window and In the Red Dawn.
The group comprises Lesley Toner and Hamish Grant as main vocalists, with Hugh Toner and John Reid as main instrumentalists. However, it is “the togetherness” of the group which is the essence of their performance. All four group members are also members of, and resident performers at, the Glenfarg Folk Club.
The Black Feathers – 7th September
Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands.
– Whispering Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2)
– 3 Chords and the Truth
Session A92 (session / singaround / blether) – 14th September
The Horsenecks – 21st September
With roots in Portland, Oregon and Liverpool, England The Horsenecks play a dynamic mix of American roots music that they bring to life with the high-energy performance of a group of people who love the music they play. Top-shelf musicianship and a love of the lost art of Old Time music are swiftly making them a well-loved and highly respected staple in the traditional music scenes in the US and the UK.
The Danberrys – 22nd June
Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards – 1st June
Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards have a vision for their band’s sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger.
“Ambition often follows talent, and Laura Cortese has an embarrassment of both. Her open-armed approach to her art reveals a determination to spread the word about folk music and dance without watering down their distinctiveness.” – John Wenzel, The Denver PostVera van Heeringen (Trio) – 18th May
Flossie Malavialle – 11th May
“Flossie has a voice as clear and tuneful as a lark,
with a pureness of quality to stop you in your tracks in the forest of a song”
“Flossie’s great! She came over from France and wowed everybody with her sensational voice, her gutsy guitar style, eclectic repertoire and franglais patter”
Lowest Pair – 4th May
Connla – 27th April
Woody Pines – 20th April
Gillian Frame Band – 13th April
David Hershaw and Sandie Forbes – 6th April
A pre album launch sneak-preview!
Judy Cook – 30th March
Folksinger, Author, Singer, Entertainer
Judy lifts the spirit and entertains with splendid traditional ballads and songs from a huge and varied Anglo-American repertoire. Her clear and engaging unaccompanied presentation combine with her joy of singing to delight all listeners.
Kaela Rowan Trio – 23rd March
“Subtle, evocative – a total killer of a record. Pure beauty *****”
Nominated for GAELIC SINGER OF THE YEAR – Scots Trad Music Awards 2016
Lizabett Russo – 16th March
Scotland-based singer-songwriter Lizabett Russo stands out in the most cluttered of genres, marked out by her Romanian heritage and her wealth of travelling experience. She brings a diverse and eclectic range of influences to her tracks, which move from traditional acoustic ballads to up-tempo jazz – and just about everything else in between.
“Wonderfully haunting” Late Night Junction, BBC Radio 3
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage – 9th March
Ragged Glory – 2nd March
A band who met several years ago in Newtongrange and made their debut appearance in 2010 at the Acoustic Music Centre, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
That debut appearance at the Fringe sold out. That entrance into the world’s biggest arts festival came only four years after they met at Newtongrange Folk Club.
The four-piece folk band, who play traditional and contemporary material also completed their debut album called “Quiet Joys”.
“Sing out – Loud and Proud! You guys are great!!!! Loved your night at the Polish club – Hoi!”
– Anne Murray – The Sangsters
Tia McGraff – 23rd February
Tia McGraff is an internationally renowned and award winning Americana/Country songstress from Canada. With Scottish / Transylvanian roots running through her songwriting and voice, Tia’s talent has been described as “haunting and soul-gripping.”
6 international CD releases, 4 videos on CMT Canada, various film / tv placements, and numerous nominations and awards (including 2010 Hamilton Music Awards), have earned Tia a respect in the music industry and a global fan base that continues to stretch beyond demographics.
“Tia’s voice has a special beauty. She has the rare ability to touch people with her music and somehow make them better…” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Ewan MacPherson Trio – 16th February
Enjoyed it? – why not buy the Album!:
Ewan is a founder member of three bands (Fribo, RoughCoastAudio, Salt House) and has taken stages around the world with a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk/roots artists.
Liverpool born with family ties to Scotland, Ireland and Wales he completed a BA at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Paul McCartney’s “Fame School”) in 1998 and after moving to Scotland in 1999 was nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2014 MG Alba Trad Music Awards.
Session A92 – 9th February
The Jellymans’s Daughter (Trio) – 2nd February
Scottish duo The Jellyman’s Daughter lands squarely in the middle of a strange crossroads between bluegrass, post-rock, folk and the good kind of pop. Emily and Graham strive for originality in their songwriting, incorporating cello, guitar and mandolin in their songs. The duo share a unique affinity in their vocal harmonies, while Graham’s cello is “percussive as a drum, grounded as a bass or sweet as a fiddle” (Alan Morrison, The Herald)
Session A92 – 26th January
Cam Penner & Jon Wood – 1st December
Cam Penner doesn’t so much sing songs as summon them up like a medium calling up spirits. His gentle growl can become a Delta howl, as if he is the conduit, a mere medium articulating the blues of a whole continent, emanating from a bottomless well of shared everyman experience. His remarkably sympathetic foil and musical cohort, electric guitar and lap steel sound sculptor Jon Wood, conjures up sound and colour, building spaces where ghosts dwell and shadows beckon.
The Scalded Cats – 22nd December
It’s always a fab night with Jim Hyndman and Bob Aimer, no doubt and friends!
Great bluegrass, fab music, songs and stories.
A great way to escape from the business of Christmas!
Fred Morrison – 8th December
One of Scotland’s top pipers.
Jim Malcolm & Susie Allan – 17th November
“One of the finest talents to have emerged through the Scottish folk scene in years”
The Crooked Brothers – 10th November
The Crooked Brothers are home-brewed. They play homegrown, homemade music.
Both gritty and pretty at once – their take on folk, on blues, rock or anything they turn their hands to can’t be said to be anything but their own. Sometimes it’s as simple as three sweet harmonies, or a single harmonica holding the whole room at attention, and sometimes things growl and shake and come smashing down with a filthy rhythm beneath it. But it’s all Crooked Brothers, to the last drop.
Sheesham, Lotus & Son – 3rd November
Frank McLaughlin & Stewart Hardy – 29th October
Quicksilver – 20th October
The duo QuickSilver are Hilary Spencer and Grant Baynham, the former a formidable talent honed over many years of professional singing on stage as well as a 20 year stint with the a cappella group Artisan, and the latter a singer-guitarist who has no difficulty interpreting the two-finger “snakes and ladders” runs of Django up and down the fingerboard and then following on with Bach and Scarlatti. Grant spent five years as resident performer on the BBC TV show “That’s Life!” in the footsteps of his friend, the late Jake Thackray, and he has a similar way of using words and music to illuminate the quirky corners of life that many of us don’t take the time or opportunity to look into.
“Comic song touched with gold” Ned Sherrin.
Check them out at http://quicksilveruk.com/
Cera Impala & The New Prohibition– 13th OCTOBER
“Graceful, eerie…tragically beautiful, it’s like she’s living with a back woods secret she’s determined to keep.” –Victory Review (Seattle)
Connla – 6th October
Connla are an exciting new band with strong traditional roots as well as influences from across the globe. Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes have earned them praise across the folk community. Having met whilst studying Music at Ulster University, they quickly began performing together and developing friendships.
Nae Plans – 29th September
An experiment in Folk – with Adam Sutherland & Hamish Napier.
Hungrytown – 22nd September
Folk duo Hungrytown comprise Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting with compositions “that sound as timeless as any traditional songs” (Northern Sky, UK); “remarkable affinity for instrumental embellishment” (No Depression); and “gorgeous vocal harmonies” (Folk and Roots, UK).
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West– 15th September
Fraser Anderson Band – 8th September
‘Cinematic Folk Artist’ and singer/songwriter Fraser Anderson joins such artists as Iron & Wine, Paul Simon and John Martyn in creating songs that are alternately lush and intimately earthy. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and currently living in France.
“Truly Beautiful. Let’s shout about this from the rooftops” – Bob Harris. BBC Radio 2
Session A92 – 1st September
Paul Anderson & Shona Donaldson – 30th June
Session A92 – 23rd Jun
California Feet Warmers – 16th June
Lizanne Knott – 9th June
Adam McNaughtan & Scott Gardiner – 28th April
PETE COE – 5th MaY
WINGIN IT – 12th May
TOP FLOOR TAIVERS – 19th May
FFS! – 26th May
Fiona Forbes, Sandie Forbes and Sandy Stanage – need very little introduction!
Brian & Alex – 2nd June
Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards – 21st April
Bronwynne Brent – 14th April
“SESSION A92” – 7TH APRIL
Michael Philip Band – 31st MARCH
Anthony Toner – 24th MARCH
Rachel Ries – 17th March
Vera van Heeringgen – 10th MARCH
Woody Pines – 3rd March
Tannara – 18th Feb
Ivan Drever – 11th Feb
Gordie Tentrees – 4th Feb
Eastwood – 28th Jan
Al Hughes (CD Launch) – 21 Jan
SCALDED CATS SUNDAY – 3rd January
KINRICK – Sunday 27th December
SOUTHERN TENANT FOLK UNION – Thursday 10th December
THE WIYOS – 3rd December 2015
Session Singaround – 26th November 2015
TALISK – 19th November 2015
Väsen – 11th November 2015
Brian McArthur and Alex MacKenzie – 5th November 2015
Michael Philip @Acoustic Session – 29th October 2015
Beverly Smith & John Grimm – 22nd Oct
Sandy Stanage & Maryln Middleton Pollock
The Johnstown Flood – 24th Sept
Nae Plans – 17th Sept
Sheesham Lotus & Son – 10th Sept
Jaywalkers – 28th May