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After the success of our first Front Room Festival, loads of you asked us to stage another one - so here we are! We have an equally amazing line up of artists and we need your help to put on Folk on Foot Front Room Festival 2. If you can, please donate to support musicians who’ve lost their livelihoods during the coronavirus lockdown.
The lineup: Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman, Chris Wood, Duncan Chisholm, Eliza Carthy, Frank Turner and Jess Guise, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, John Smith, Johnny Flynn, Kate Rusby and Damien O’Kane, Kathryn Tickell, Kitty Macfarlane, O’Hooley and Tidow, Richard Thompson and Zara Phillips, Rioghnach Connolly and Ellis Davies - all playing sets of 30 minutes each in their front rooms. Plus: the online premiere of a behind the scenes film of The Unthanks shot during their recent “Unaccompanied” tour and featuring beautiful performances at London’s Union Chapel.
Please note: All live stream events are subject to change. Not all events listed are live performances by the artist - they also include archived concerts, DJ sets, masterclasses, Q&As and more.
Cara Dillon has one of those rare talents you only come across a handful times in your life. Her crystalline, angelic voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song with profound sweetness, poignancy and depth. A former member of the folk group Equation, who also sang with De Danaan, this young Irish singer from Dungiven, County Derry, sings with clarity, beauty and style. Winner of 2010's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Album ('Hill of Thieves') and winner of 2010's Spiral Awards for Best Female Singer and Best Traditional Song ('Jimmy Mó Mhile Stór'). 'Quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice...' (Q Magazine).
See 6 tour dates featuring Cara Dillon
Chris Wood's style of English folk appeals to a wide and varied audience. He has converted many an anti-folk fan with his blend of traditional and modern songwriting, and has been hailed by the Irish Times as 'the renaissance man of English folk'. Often compared to Richard Thompson, his music explores the history of the English-speaking world alongside tales of modern life. 'Wood is an intimate storyteller, applying such nuance and gravitas to every phrase you are imperceptibly lured into his world' (Mojo Magazine)
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One of Scotland's most recognised and accomplished fiddle players. About to release his 5th solo album 'Live at Celtic Connections', Duncan's music includes an array of traditional, contemporary and original tunes with brilliantly diverse arrangements ranging from all-guns-blazing spendour to spinetingling solo passages. Duncan is accompanied by the talents of Jarlath Henderson and Matheu Watson during this English tour. Duncan regularly plays with Julie Fowlis, and folk-rock band Wolfstone.
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The daughter of Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson - and the star of British folk playing folk music at its best. Eliza breathes new life into England's traditional folk music with her witty and energetic repertoire.
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Former singer for hardcore outfit Million Dead turned folk troubadour, Frank Turner has seen his fame flourish through, essentially, the old fashioned route - hard work, continuous gigging and word of mouth. His singer-songwriter solo career steadily grew from cult status to an arena filler, eventually playing London's O2 and Wembley Stadium. It has been an eventful decade for the troubadour from Winchester who now resides in Holloway, North London. Turner released his debut album, “Sleep is For The Week”, in 2007 and has been on a stunning upward curve ever since. He is now one of the country’s most cherished songwriters, a man who plays the biggest venues in the land and whose records reach the higher echelons of the charts but who has never lost sight of his original MO: write, record, tour, repeat. His blend of folk-punk-rock and powerful lyrics has seen him continue playing to an already devoted fanbase, but he picks up new fans with every festival appearance and tour.
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John Smith's mesmerising percussive guitar and storytelling has been winning fans everywhere. Whether it be playing the guitar lap-style like a drum, detuning the strings mid-chorus or just straight-forward rumbling fingerstyle, the Devon man's playing has prompted both hushed appreciation and riotous standing ovations. 'John Smith again demonstrates why he is the guitarists’ guitarist. His steel-strung acoustic playing adding a beguiling complexity to songs that possess a sharp communicative clarity and directness' (The Sunday Times) 'A man with one of those rattling hearts. It's a true heart. It's a hurt heart' (Daytrotter) 'Songs that impress with the beauty of John's guitar work and intertwined vocals. Staggeringly good' (Acoustic) 'Beyond beautiful' (Jo Whiley, Radio 2).
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Johnny Flynn is known for fronting his band, The Sussex Wit, as well as acting in theatre productions. Along with appearing in Jerusalem, "one of the best dramas of the 21st century" (The Guardian), Johnny has delighted audiences with performances in The Heretic (Royal Court), Richard III, Twelfth Night (alongside Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry at the Globe and in the West End) and is about to finish The Low Road at the Royal Court. His performances in The Heretic and Jerusalem earned him Olivier, Evening Standard and What's On Stage Award nominations, and he has also been nominated for an Ian Charleson Award for his portrayal of Viola in Twelfth Night.
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A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate Rusby's soulful vocals resonate with the wistful beauty of an earthbound angel. The crossover appeal Kate enjoys is unprecedented for a folk singer and has been achieved without resort to compromise. The defining voice of contemporary English Folk music, Kate Rusby's exquisite interpretations of traditional songs and finely wrought self-penned tunes have won her an audience that reaches beyond the genre. Rusby's wondrous singing and her hugely engaging Yorkshire wit ensure that audiences will be treated to a truly remarkable and uplifting concert experience.
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Steeped in music, Damien O’Kane 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. He’s a singer. A very good one, too, with a relaxed, assured vocal style that exudes a natural warmth and empathy with the colourful characters who occupy his songs.
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The Telegraph describes her as, 'one of the best living advertisements for English folk music'. That she is in a class of her own cannot be doubted. By thirteen she could play the smallpipes and fiddle exceptionally well. She has released several albums, toured the globe several times and recorded with artists such as Sting, The Chieftains and Penguin Cafe Orchestra. 'To say that Kathryn Tickell plays pipes is like saying Shakespeare was a bit of a writer' (Living Tradition)..
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Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Her lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration, and woman’s historical relationship with textiles and the land.
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O'Hooley & Tidow
With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, chosen as one of MOJO’s Folk Albums of 2014 for groundbreaking album The Hum, and a nomination for ‘Best Duo’ in 2015’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded as lionhearted trailblazers of contemporary music and songwriting. Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and at times spine-tingling performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hardest of heart.
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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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Armagh born singer and flautist strongly rooted in her trad Sean-nós background, Ríoghnach Connolly also stirs elements of Appalachia, Blues and Jazz into the folk archive cooking pot.
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Sam Lakeman, Jess Guise, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, Ellis Davies