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Fairport Convention are often credited with being the first English electric folk band. Formed in April 1967, with Simon Nicol, Richard Thompson, Ashley Hutchings and Shaun Frater, Fairport rapidly developed from playing cover versions of American 'west coast' style music to an individual style which melded rock music with traditional English tunes and songs. Bedevilled by numerous personnel changes they temporarily disbanded in 1979 but reformed in 1985. Since then, they have enjoyed stability and continue to tour and record regularly. Fairport Convention hold a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and their groundbreaking album Liege & Lief was voted 'Most Influential Folk Album Of All Time' by Radio 2 listeners.
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The Thumping Tommys
The Thumping Tommys are a collection of talented musicians specialising in old-time music. Having played at many great festival stages, bars and cafes, The Thumping Tommys play a heady brew of Irish and American folk music performed with a distinctly English style, which has established them as one of the most entertaining groups working in the UK right now.
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Featuring a seven-piece line up of melodeon and sax, fiddle and trombone nestling snugly cheek-by-jowl, their repertoire strolls expansively from reworked folk standards like 'Wild Mountain Thyme' or 'La Russe' to Caribbean classics like Gregory Isaacs 'Night Nurse'.
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The multi-award winning Clannad have without doubt done more than any other group to take Irish music and the Irish language to a worldwide audience. Fusing elements of traditional Irish music with more contemporary folk, new age, and rock they have created a beautifully unique and ethereal sound which combines haunting melodies and mesmerising vocals to transcend the sands of time whilst appealing to a worldwide audience of all ages.
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Emily Barker’s latest album Sweet Kind of Blue was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and an all-star cast of Memphis session players. The success of the album, with its seamless mix of soul, blues, country and folk influences, and the globe-trotting tours to support it helped land Emily the accolade of UK Artist of the Year at the recent UK Americana Awards held at Hackney Empire in London. Emily is perhaps best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to BBC crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. She has released music as a solo artist as well as with various bands including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and Applewood Road (with whom she released a remarkable album of original songs recorded live around a single microphone, which was dubbed “flawless” by The Sunday Times) and has written for film, including composing her first feature film soundtrack (for Jake Gavin’s lauded debut feature Hector starring Peter Mullan and Keith Allen). Praise for Sweet Kind of Blue: “finally sets out her true claim for stardom” Q "the arrangements are exquisite and the clear love [Barker] has for this music brings its own integrity" The Times "the sweltering funk of Sunrise and the title track sound like lost Muscle Shoals gems” UNCUT 8/10
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Home Service was formed from the creative nucleus of the Albion Band and received the Best Live Act Award at the BBC R2 Folk Awards in 2012. Now under a refreshed line-up featuring the great musician John Kirkpatrick as front man, joined by Graeme Taylor - Electric Guitar, Vocals, Steve King - Keyboards, Tenor Sax Vocals, Rory McFarlane - Bass Guitar, Vocals, Michael Gregory - Drums, Paul Archibald - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Roger Williams - Trombones and Andy Findon - Saxophones, Flutes.
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Cardiff's acclaimed singer songwriter is an incomparable performer with an uncanny knack of fusing fearless, full-bodied 'songs with a message' with fragile love songs. Voted 'Best Male Artist' in the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards, he has one of the most powerful voices on the acoustic circuit, a string of Top 50 hits to his name (including Dolphins Make Me Cry). 'One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today' - Tom Robinson, BBC 6
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The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (aka The Grand Slambovians) emerged from the misty hills of Sleepy Hollow, New York State. Playing an utterly unique blend of rock and roll, folk, and quirky Americana,they have been called "the hillbilly Pink Floyd", which is an apt description, particularly if you throw in elements of Incredible String Band, Neil Young, The Band, Dylan, and maybe a dash of Zappa.
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The group that've made folk rock fashionable again, Turin Brakes lace their melodic acoustic musings with a healthy dose of indie to make the perfect hummable songs for those lazy summer afternoons. Mind blowing vocals and awesome guitar from this very talented band.
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Former guitarist with Genesis and accomplished solo artist in his own right, Steve is as much at home with classical and Spanish guitar as he is belting out ultra-complex rock riffs. Steve's live electric gigs take his fans on an extraordinary journey that embodies all areas, from his Genesis days right through to the present, all woven together with his exceptionally unique and distinctive rock guitar sound.
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Richard Digance has supported such stars as Steve Martin, Robin Williams and played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen. He is also a BAFTA nominated entertainer and received The Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters in 2003 and is featured in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters. It's on stage Richard is most comfortable, giving two hours of original material with just a guitar, no support acts, no gimmicks, just one man with a treasure chest of stories collected over 40 years in the music and entertainment industry.
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Holy Moly & The Crackers
Holy Moly & The Crackers make riotous party music for the masses. Their upcoming third album, ‘Take A Bite’ (released April 5th 2019 on the band’s own Pink Lane Records), is concise, passionate take on folk, blues and indie rock. The sound of a band who have been searching and experimenting for several years; arriving at a place where they can say “this who we are and this is where we want to go”.
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The Bar-Steward Sons Of Val Doonican
The Greatest Show On Earth (in tank-tops). Comedy versions of classic tracks complete with lyrics from t'North.
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Matthews Southern Comfort
'Be in no doubt, this is no pale shadow of past successes, but the real thing. Matthews is a visionary leader with a canny sense for contemporary music. Based on the original MSC concept of outstanding material, earth shattering vocal harmonies and stellar musicianship, this new line-up is both passionate and inventive, coupled with the philosophy that true talent shines through regardless of name value. As before, it's a five-piece, democratic unit where all members are seasoned vocalists and contributing song writers'- Robin 2, Bilston.
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Former member of Fairport Convention and one of England's most respected singer/songwriters whose live performances are enjoyed across the world, and whose new material is on a par with the classics he wrote decades ago. Being described as 'the English Bob Dylan' is a fair comparison, only Richard is a good few years younger!
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Trevor Horn Band, Maddie Morris, The Sharon Shannon Quartet, Rosalie Cunningham
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