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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Mix the award winning Carrivick Sisters with a leading member of the Coal Porters and the thrice EFDSS Young Musician of the Year and what do you get – Cardboard Fox, a band with a great pedigree and a sound to match. Cardboard Fox are hard to categorise but are something quite special. All four musicians have roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late 2013, the band have known each other for much longer but have been waiting for the right opportunity to make it work. This is a group of musicians who are very, very excited about what this line up can create and that's what makes this acoustic quartet so special. With a focus on original writing and re-imagined folk songs taken from a very different perspective, this band is not to be missed. The line-up comprises Joe Tozer (mandolin), Charlotte Carrivick (guitar), Laura Carrivick (fiddle) and John Breese (double bass).
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Virtuoso fiddler Ryan Young brings new and exciting ideas to traditional Scottish music. He recorded his debut album with triple GRAMMY winner, Jesse Lewis, who has worked with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Bela Fleck. Ryan holds both a first class honours and a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as being a twice in finalist in both the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards and the BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, as well as Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up And Coming Artist of the Year’. He was nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was the winner of Folking.com’s Best Musician for 2018. Ryan Young, despite his comparatively young years, is already on his way to becoming a folk giant. Ryan’s fiddle playing is brimming with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision. His sound is very distinctive and he always manages to take the listener on an adventurous and emotional journey in any performance.
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Harp And A Monkey
Songs about cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims...we can only be talking about the folk experimentalists Harp and a Monkey. Their electro-folk storytelling is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance.
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Shepherd & Bowden, Murston Bapchild & Branston Hicks
Holmfirth Civic Hall
- Huddersfield Road
- HD7 1AS
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