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Bristol Folk Festival 2014: Spiers & Boden + Fairport Convention + Peter Knight's Gigspanner + Lucy Ward Band + Jim Moray + Martha Tilston + Hannah James & Sam Sweeney + Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker + The Hut People + Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin + Lonely Tourist + Fabian Holland + FolkLaw + The Willows + Paper Aeroplanes + Matthew & Me + The Black Feathers + James Baxter Rhodes + Bad Cardigans + The Longest Johns + Gaz Brookfield + Cadbury Sisters + Ninebarrow + Cole Stacey + Joseph O'Keefe + Hattie Briggs
Confirming its place on the UK festival calendar, Bristol Folk Festival returns after a fallow year and will take place over two days during the May Day Bank Holiday weekend running on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May 2014 at two new venues – St Georges Bristol and Bristol Folk House.
Renowned as a guaranteed 'rain free' event expect folk acts, Morris dancers, mummers and maypoles, ceilidhs, workshops, posh loos, and singalong sessions.
Visit www.bristolfolkfestival.com/index.html for more information.
John Spiers and Jon Boden are an exciting young pair with tight fiddle and melodeon duos, and powerful singing. Their stature continues to grow as they redefine English Folk, taking you on a journey through raucous tunes, punky, upbeat, rabble-rousing chorus songs, intense ballads and sublime lilting tunes. This and more, delivered with charm, humour, dynamism and spot-on fiddle and melodeon playing. Fresh and fantastic, they are twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo and guarantee an energetic live set each and every time they take to the stage.
Spiers & Boden tour dates
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.
Fairport Convention tour dates
In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has established their reputation as a genuinely ground-breaking force on the British folk scene, described by Folk Radio UK as one of the “most quietly brilliant sets of musicians in the folk world and beyond”.
“Unhindered by the limits of technical ability” (Spiral Earth), they take self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, produce richly atmospheric arrangements layered in a wealth of subliminal musical influences “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator”
What makes Gigspanner unique is the variety of musical colours on their palette. What makes them brilliant is how they blend them without ever muddying the landscape ~ Spiral Earth
2016 was a vintage year for the trio, with Peter receiving Fatea Magazine's 'Instrumentalist of the Year' Award and ‘Best Musician’ in the inaugural folking. com Awards as voted for by the concert going public. Their album 'Layers of Ages' was included in many of the end of year 'Best of ' lists, including The Telegraph, which gave the album a rare five stars.
The advent of Gigspanner has introduced a whole new audience to the extraordinary musicianship of Peter Knight, a violinist whom many consider to be in a league of his own. The late author Sir Terry Pratchett in praising Peter's great gift wrote with typical lyricism "Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow"
Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar and Sacha Trochet on Percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.
Peter Knight's Gigspanner tour dates
Jim Moray is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in traditional folk music today. After four ground-breaking albums, and numerous awards, he now finds himself at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians while still only being in his 20s himself.
Jim Moray tour dates
Martha is a captivating performer, an enchanting young singer-songwriter blessed with a gloriously clear and seductive voice. Her songs are exquisitely melodic and rooted in environmental, human and social issues as well as celebrating love, inner peace and the natural world.
'A sparkling repertoire of self-penned songs' -Timeout.
'She has probably the purest voice I have heard and at times it sent shivers up and down my spine' - Lee Allen, BBC.
Martha Tilston tour dates
Hannah and Sam have been playing together since 2002 and are probably best known for their work in Kerfuffle and more recently as individual members of the Demon Barber Roadshow, Bellowhead, Fay Hield Trio and Jon Boden's Remnant Kings.
Forming officially as a duo in 2008, they released their first album 'Catches and Glee's' in 2009 and were nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2010 BBC Folk Awards.
Hannah James & Sam Sweeney tour dates
The much heralded London-based duo have a distinct musical empathy, fusing Josienne's captivating vocal and songwriting skills and Ben's stand-out guitar playing. Josienne and Ben are the winners of the 2012 Isambard Folk Award.
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker tour dates
One of the hottest acts to come out of the Yorkshire folk scene, they take the audience on a voyage across the globe with their material. They perform a unique blend of home-grown tunes mixed with British, Nordic and European folk music, perfectly formed and embellished with the driving accordion and a mind-boggling array of exotic percussion.
The Hut People tour dates
Phillip plays slide guitar, dobro, harmonica, beatbox harmonica & chatturangui. He is a figurehead for the next generation of English slide guitarists. His virtuoso playing encompasses 360 degrees of influence. He has studied the Delta blues bottleneck for many years and has developed a touch reminiscent of Ry Cooder, while his astounding harmonica technique is inspired by Sonny Terry.
Completing and complimenting this feast of music is Hannah, who is a fine fiddle and banjo player, as well as being a gifted vocalist and songwriter. Her interest in the traditional music scene around Devon (where she grew up) has led to a beautiful catalogue of songs that innovatively blend old traditions and new melodies.
Edgelarks (Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin) tour dates
Lonely Tourist delivers a 'beard pop' and 'pub-step' like a greyhound out the traps. The tunes are largely upbeat and joyous, despite the sometimes bleak subject matter. Imagine Malcolm Middleton taking a happy pill, and this might be the result.
"Put simply to the uninitiated we’re watching Johnny Cash with the broadest Scottish accent" - Bristol 24-7
Lonely Tourist tour dates
An energetic and entertaining acoustic folk-rock band from the Cotswolds, described as “Stylish passionate folk rock” by R2 magazine, whose vibrant stage show and acrobatic fiddle playing has delighted audiences at festivals and venues across the UK.
FolkLaw tour dates
The Willows are a folk roots band from Cambridge, UK. Regularly compared to the likes of Alison Krauss & Union Station and Laura Marling, their musical style pulls influence from both Americana and UK Folk traditions. Fronted by the stunningly distinctive voice of Jade Ward (formerly Jade Rhiannon), supported by rich vocal harmonies and sensitive acoustic musicianship, The Willows have a distinctively refreshing sound that continues to captivate and inspire audiences everywhere they go.
'They sort of straddle the worlds between Americana and English roots music and do it in a very very deft way’ (Mike Harding Folk Show).
The Willows tour dates
From Totnes in Devon, Matthew & Me draw influences from the likes of Mogwai and Sigur Ros. Their music touches the ethereal with haunting vocals and electric, acoustic rock.
Matthew & Me tour dates
A Contemporary Folk Duo based in Gloucestershire, The Black Feathers is the result of a combination of English folk influences, some Irish heritage, and large splash of Americana inspiration, all held together with close Bluegrass harmonies.
Having performed their debut show in May 2012, The Black Feathers have been touring the country, captivating audiences everywhere with songs of love, life, and death.
They have shared a stage with the likes of Ben Ottewell (Gomez), Luke Concannon (Nizlopi), Jazz Morley, and Isambard Folk Award winners Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker.
They are currently working on their debut 5 track EP, which will be released in early 2013.
The Black Feathers tour dates
The Longest Johns is a four-man, a capella folk music band, born out of a mutual love of traditional folk songs and shanties. They rock maritime songs alongside the more unusual and less traditional folk tunes. All with a hearty cheer and a row-ho-ho!
The Longest Johns tour dates
Nu / anti-folk artist and winner of Acoustic Magazines's UK singer-songwriter competition. His songs are instantly accessible, everyman tales of life, love and everything else in between. Played in a folk-ish style with occasional use of the guitar as a percussive tool, as well as some two handed venturing around the fretboard, Gaz's simple yet poignant songwriting captures the imagination of the listener.
Gaz Brookfield tour dates
Like all the interesting things in life, The Cadbury Sisters come with a secret – their great great grandfather was William Cadbury, the man behind the world famous chocolate company. Jessica (vocals and percussion), Mary (vocals and electric guitar) and Lucy Cadbury (vocals and acoustic guitar) are his direct descendants and yes, they are all sisters. Their goal is simple; to take the spirit of traditional English Folk music, infuse its DNA with contemporary influences such as Bat For Lashes, Daughter and First Aid Kit before disseminating it into the world.
The Cadbury Sisters tour dates
Ninebarrow are a Dorset-based duo, who combine tenor ukulele and vocal harmonies to create a rich blend of folk-influenced songs. Jon Whitley and Jay Labouchardiere perform a diverse range of material – much of which has been inspired by the fantastic music sessions that can be found locally and at many of the Great British folk festivals.
From traditional unaccompanied songs to modern folk – they take material and rework it in their own unique way. Ninebarrow's original songs take much of their inspiration from the landscape and history of the places they have visited around the country.
Ninebarrow tour dates
Cole Stacey is nearly one half of India Electric Company, a singer, musician and songwriter from an East Devon village that is hard to pronounce. Currently touring with Midge Ure and he spends too much time trying to make speciality coffee in an Aeropress.
'Quality musicianship and passion in equal measure as well as heartfelt lyrics, distinctive and soaring vocals, high quality compositions, natural charm. Delightfully strong' - Acoustic Magazine.
Cole Stacey tour dates
Hattie Briggs is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has released three EPs, two critically acclaimed albums, had airplay on BBC Radios 1, 2, and 6 Music, and embarked on tours around the UK, the Netherlands and the U.S. “Young Runaway” was nominated by Laurel Canyon Music for Best Album of 2016 and she was nominated as Best Female Artist by Fatea Records.
Her crystalline vocals, and insightful lyrics resonate across all ages, rekindling old memories and capturing imaginations.
"Hattie Briggs is a triple threat; top of the pile singer, songwriter and musician." ***** Simon Redley, Maverick
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