Sat 24th Mar - Sun 4th Aug
@ Elsecar Heritage Centre, Barnsley
Featuring: Plumhall, Capercaillie, Larkin Poe, Emily Smith, Birds Of Chicago, Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts, Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer, The Baghdaddies, Rita Payne, Mambo Jambo, Red Hippo, Lauren Tate, The Bar-Steward Sons Of Val Doonican, Treebeard, The Mistakings, Frumptarn Guggenband, Feet First, La Navet Bete, Pif-Paf, Le Vent du Nord
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Madfest 2013: Plumhall + Capercaillie + Larkin Poe + Emily Smith + Birds Of Chicago + Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts + Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer + The Baghdaddies + Rita Payne + Mambo Jambo + Red Hippo + Lauren Tate + The Bar-Steward Sons Of Val Doonican + Treebeard + The Mistakings + Frumptarn Guggenband + Feet First + La Navet Bete + Pif-Paf + Le Vent du Nord
Free entertainment around the centre, street walkabout entertainers, street theatre, free outside stage, village green, poetry corner, folk train.
See barnsleyhouseconcerts.moonfruit.com/#/2013-madfest/4553666727 for more information.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Plumhall are Michelle Plum and Nick B Hall, a feisty Yorkshire based duo whose award winning self-penned songs are already winning them plaudits from the likes of R2 Magazine, Miles Hunt, Steve Knightley and many more.
Both Nick and Michelle play acoustic 6-string and 12-string with Nick swapping to electric guitar from time to time when the rock-demon takes hold. The pair deliver guitar and harmony driven textures of folk, Americana and pop, and have have been wowing audiences on the live acoustic circuit in the UK.
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One of the very best celtic folk-rock bands around mixing traditional Celtic melodies with contemporary rhythms to create the unique and dynamic Capercaillie sound.
Originating from Argyll, a region of western Scotland, the band is named after the Western Capercaillie, sometimes called a wood grouse, a native Scottish bird. Their first album, Cascade, was recorded in 1984.
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Describing themselves as "roots-rock'n'soul", Atlanta GA roots group Larkin Poe are sister duo Rebecca & Megan Lovell, augmented by musicians, Robby Handley (bass, keys and harmony vocals), and Marlon Patton (drums & percussion). After years of being fercely independent, with five self-released EPs and touring for three years without label support, they eventually decided to sign with RH Music.
"Violins and mandolins have been laid down in favour of slick electric guitars, their snappy vignettes of tough love bristling with a Seventies classic pop rock sheen of sinuous riffs, snappy handclaps and cheeky call and response vocals" - The Telegraph.
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Dumfriesshire born singer Emily Smith first made her mark on the Scottish music scene when she won the 2002 BBC Radio Scotland's Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year Award. Her voice blends delicacy with surprising power and is equally alluring whether enriched by instrumental backing or unaccompanied. A talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist as well as being recognised as one of the finest interpreters of Scottish song. Her affection for collecting poetry and song books often results in reworked ballads and original settings which are seamlessly interwoven with her own descriptive songs. 'One of Scottish folk music's brightest exports' (The Herald).
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Birds of Chicago, is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell. Whether touring as a duo or with the full family band, Nero and Russell have emerged as two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music. Nero’s fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold tones is a fine thing. Not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you’ll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, classic soul. Accompanied by just a banjo and a guitar, it’s chilling. Fired by a full band, it’s a full tilt revival.
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Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies, creating a powerful wall of sound.
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For Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer (pronounced fair), the delicate intertwining of music, life and that always-fine interpersonal equilibrium has borne fruit in the shape of a truly one of a kind artistic partnership.
With the release of the songwriters’ first official collaboration, Seed of a Pine, the duo’s striking ability to blend their lush folk and Americana-influenced styles is on full display.
McGraw’s consoling, velvety baritone voice, reminiscent of Greg Brown, coupled with Fer’s soaring and subtly powerful vocal approach, likened to that of Patty Griffin, puts a spit-shine polish on the finely crafted body of songs they have generated together. The intricate weavings of their vocal harmonies are undeniably exceptional. McGraw’s hard-hitting tunes echo narratives of the culture and landscape of the American West, wherein he thoughtfully spins tales of everyday folks looking for a little something more in their earthly existence.
Fer takes a more dreamy approach, evoking complex and ethereal imagery within her sultry and haunting melodies. Her potent electric lead guitar playing, in the vein of jazz-fusion guitarist John Scofield, bravely propels this duo through their uniquely heartfelt and spirited live performances, winning over audiences night after night.
McGraw and Fer have amassed an admirable résumé and an ever-expanding fan base during their time playing music together. Having toured the U.S. from coast to coast, performing in highly esteemed theaters to intimate listening rooms, the pair has honed their skills sharing stages with fellow troubadours including Willy Porter, the Swell Season, Tony Furtado, Jeffrey Foucault and many others.
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The Baghdaddies pump out an eclectic fusion of rhythms and melodies plucked from around the world that are guaranteed to raise your spirits! Festival favourites, The Baghdaddies play Balkan gypsy with Middle Eastern flavours, shades of klezmer and tango, jazz and reggae plus a touch of ska - all laced with funky dance grooves. 'One of the most danceable bands on this or any other planet' (Trades Club, Hebden Bridge).
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Rita Payne are a country and blues acoustic duo with catchy tunes, a hint of darkness and a nice dash of humour.
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Acoustic roots duo Pete Jack and Frankie Banham.
Latin America, Africa, Caribbean, bluegrass, boogie and rumba are just a few of the musical influences of this Hull-based double act. This multi-instrumental duo has over the last ten years built up a large and varied repertoire, playing to audiences at festivals throughout Britain. Their performances are 'a whistle-stop tour of the musical world'.
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Funky folk songs and rhythms influenced by English, Irish and Scandinavian melodies.
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The Greatest Show On Earth (in tank-tops). Comedy versions of classic tracks complete with lyrics from t'North.
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Treebeard are a 5 piece acoustic rock band featuring former Haze / World Turtle compatriots Chris and Paul McMahon with Danny McMahon & Ceri and Catrin Ashton.
They describe their music as 'heavy wood', an eclectic selection of music, including modern rock and pop songs given an acoustic treatment, originals about ghostly black dogs and satanic barristers, traditional English and Irish songs and tunes, as well as traditional Russian tunes (on assorted huge balalaikas!).
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The UK's top Appalachian dance group & band, formed in 1984, who were the first to repopularise Appalachian dancing in Britain in recent times. Feet First use traditional Appalachian dance steps and combine them into lively dances that are exciting to watch.
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A highly acclaimed visual and physical theatre company, Pif-Paf creates stunning and constantly evolving work from the intimate to the extreme. Since 2005 they have taken audiences on a roller-coaster ride through a land of giant puppets, natural history, mobile theatre and high adrenaline circus.
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'Four musicians with various and multiple talents, who aim to serve traditional music, a music they know how to renew while respecting its authenticity. A brief but perfectly accurate description might be: eight musical instruments, four voices in harmony, two generations of musicians and a master of dance... with a happy disposition and a wild energy, Le Vent du Nord has conquered audiences of all ages and from various cultural backgrounds'- Plug Two.
Le Vent Du Nord (Wind from the North) perform traditional Québécois music in French which is heavily influenced by Celtic music from both Ireland and Brittany. The group use a very diverse range of musical instruments augmented by Québécois Foot Percussion presented via a most entertaining, energetic and engaging stage show. Renowned as ambassadors of Francophonie, Le Vent du Nord are also largely acknowledged as one of the key groups in Quebec’s traditional folk music revival.
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