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Shepley Spring Festival 2019: Edward II, Andy Cutting, Jack Rutter, Topette, Belshazzar's Feast, Bryony Griffith, Moore Moss Rutter, Lady Maisery, Narthen, The Rowan Tree & more
Kick off the 2019 festival season with the usual line up of festival favourites and tomorrow’s folk stars, dancers, children’s festival and more.
Exiting new site, less than two miles from Shepley, in the beautiful 40 acres of Storthes Hall Park. Concerts, workshops, sessions etc. hosted inside The Venue, a great flexible space that’s dry and warm, comfortable and welcoming!
Please visit www.shepleyspringfestival.co.uk/ for more information.
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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Musician of the Year 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Andy is a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. There are few melodeon players who put so much feeling into their playing, whether it is a set of dance tunes, or accompaniment to a slow English ballad.
Playing with Chris Wood he became one of the most influential and enduring duos on the scene. He's played with Kate Rusby, John McCusker, Sting and Martin Simpson too.
'Andy is the consummate accompanist, harmonically, rhythmically and melodically and an exquisite soloist. There is no one I'd rather work with' - Martin Simpson.
Andy Cutting tour dates
An Anglo-French sensation playing self-penned and traditional music from anywhere, creating exciting acoustic dance music, which is equally good to sit and listen to. Featuring top-class players Andy Cutting, James Delarre, Tania Buisse, Julien Cartonnet and Barnaby Stradling.
Topette tour dates
Are they classical? Are they folk? Are they a category not even dreamed of yet by the reviewers? The answer to all three questions is undoubtedly YES - and they're a lot more besides. Belshazzar's Feast starts with traditional folk music, adds a touch of classical and jazz, throws in a bit of music hall and tops it all off with wry humour. Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Faustus) on voice, fiddle and oboe plus Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) on voice and accordion 'play like no-one else you've ever heard', says Mike Harding (BBC 2 Radio), 'Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive.'
Belshazzar's Feast tour dates
One of the most exciting new bands to emerge on the burgeoning English folk scene and winners of the 2011 Young Folk trophy, Tom Moore (fiddle), Archie Churchill-Moss (melodeon) and Jack Rutter (guitar, vocals) weave complex, musically intelligent arrangements that mark them out as a powerful, articulate and original musical force.
They combine musical material, style and tradition from Norfolk, Somerset and Yorkshire respectively. The trio meticulously rework English material into songs and sets which are described as ‘intelligently crafted musical adventures’.
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Lady Maisery comprises Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters), Rowan Rheinagans (Fidola) and Hannah James (Kerfuffle, Demon Barbers)) – a striking trio whether singing spellbinding a cappella or accompanying themselves on accordion, harp and violin. They are also one of the first groups in the UK to have revived the tradition of “diddling” or singing tunes, nearly defunct in England but still prevalent in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe.
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Narthen are Barry Coope and Lester Simpson of Coope Boyes and Simpson, Jo Freya of Blowzabella/Moirai and Fi Fraser of The Old Fashioned/ Polka Works. Previously known under their own names for Christmas shows and as part of shows with the author Michael Morpurgo, they have decided to become an all year group featuring songs that will touch your heart, engage your intellect and wow your ears.
They are known for four part harmony, but they are all also instrumentalists and augment some of the repertoire with accompaniment on piano, accordion, fiddle, soprano sax, ukulele and whistles.
Narthen tour dates
The Shanties are a women's shanty crew. They are women. They sing shanties. They launched in December 2011, stranded on St Mary's Island, Whitley Bay. Since then, they have performed in Hull and at Shepley Spring Festival, where they rocked the beer tent!
She Shanties tour dates
The Trials of Cato formed in Beirut in the summer of 2015 and spent a formative year performing traditional music on the Lebanese music scene and developing their sound. Following their debut at Radio Beirut in September 2015, they went on to regularly fill some of Beirut’s foremost music venues. Since returning to the UK, their feet have hardly touched the ground as they are booked up at folk clubs and festivals across the country thanks to a formidable live reputation.
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Sid and Jimmy are an emerging duo who play traditional folk music predominantly from the British Isles. They tell stories of hardship, joy, murder and celebration held together with driving banjo and guitar arrangements and close vocal harmonies.
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Merlyn Driver is a singer songwriter from the Orkney Islands in the north of Scotland. He is currently based in London.
Merlyn didn't attend school as a child and instead spent much of his free time exploring the natural world and making up songs in mysterious and largely fictitious languages. From a young age he's been fascinated by different kinds of music from around the world and combines his songwriting with studies and explorations in sound studies and ethnomusicology.
With a unique style drawing upon a diverse range of influences, Merlyn writes music inspired by the natural world, ecology, and the longings of an islander living in London! He is currently working on his debut EP alongside 2015 BBC Folk Awards Winner Ben Walker and several other collaborators from the UK and further afield.
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The Rheingans Sisters are Rowan and Anna Rheingans, who are primarily fiddle players and singers. Incorporating traditions from across Scandinavia, Britain and America, they play both traditional and contemporary folk music. Between them, they additionally play banjo, english concertina, cello and bansitar, and use these to create a distinctive experimental tone to their music.
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Molly Evans is a lively young singer from Cheshire with a largely traditional repertoire, known for her strong voice and distinctive song settings.
After reaching the final of the New Roots competition in 2015, Molly has gone on to perform at festivals and folk clubs around the UK, including Sidmouth, Warwick, Bromyard, Shepley, Towersey and Shrewsbury.
Her latest project, ’Deep Time and Narrow Space’, is a collection of original songs based on the traditional folklore work of Cheshire writer Alan Garner
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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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