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Transatlantic Sessions : Aly Bain + Jerry Douglas + Mary Chapin Carpenter + Eric Bibb + Dirk Powell + Aoife O’Donovan + Bruce Molsky + Teddy Thompson + Emily Smith + Phil Cunningham + Danny Thompson + Russ Barenberg + Michael McGoldrick + John Doyle + John McCusker + James Mackintosh + Donald Shaw
From the award-winning Pelicula/BBC TV series, Transatlantic Sessions continue to revisit shared roots and forge new common ground between today’s finest Celtic and Americana musicians.
Possibly Scotland's finest fiddle player in the Celtic tradition, Shetland-born Aly Bain helped to establish the Boys of the Lough and has continued to play with the band ever since, whilst simultaneously pursuing his solo career.
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Winner of multiple Grammy awards and feature player in the Alison Krauss band, 'Dobro's matchless contemporary master' is a fantastically versatile and inventive instrumentalist, his unique bluegrass style securing his status as an American musician. Although famed for his part in numerous different acts, it is as a soloist that he stands out as a true visionary.
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A truly great singer/songwriter who has received both popular and critical acclaim. With five Grammys under her belt, and 13 million albums sold, Mary Chapin Carpenter is a true star of country music. Her songs speak to the most personal of life's details and the most universal. Recently, she was honoured with the Americana Association's esteemed 'Spirit of Americana Free Speech in Music Award', which recognises artists who have used their work to raise awareness and promote free speech. Past recipients of the award include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Steve Earle.
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Blues meets gospel and soul when Eric Bibb sings from a beautifully realised repertoire of soulful, gospel-infused folk and blues; a melding of traditional rootsy American style with a subtle contemporary sensibility.
Originally from New York, Eric Bibb has been described as 'the heir to the roots / blues throne created by Richie Havens and Taj Mahal'. Or more succinctly put from The Times ' A voice to die for!'
Those who have followed Bibb's career, know that Bibb owes much of his success to the subtle balance he has achieved between tradition and modernity. This is true of his music, and even more so of his lyrics, as he treats themes such as love, the universality of man, and his belief in mankind with a sincerity that never sounds jejune, a simplicity that’s never trivial, an empathy that carefully avoids pathos.
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American folk and roots singer/songwriter Bruce Molsky is one of the most influential, exciting and revered fiddlers on the worldwide folk scene. He also happens to be a remarkable and hugely entertaining guitarist, banjoist and singer.
Bruce takes the traditional mountain sounds of Appalachia, adds a bit of blues 'welly' and a taste of traditional African music to make something totally his own and very, very exciting. He's been called 'old-time music's answer to Ry Cooder' and 'The Rembrandt of Appalachian Fiddling'.
'When Molsky plays, you can practically hear the floorboards and rocking chair creak on the back porch' (Tony Hillier, Rhythms Magazine).
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A London-born singer songwriter based in New York, Teddy's work is melodic and brooding - following in the footsteps of his parents, British folk-rock icons Richard and Linda Thompson. 'Teddy Thompson's ability to craft eloquent and intricate pop songs will see his ascent a quick and fulfilling one' (BBC)
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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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World famous accordion player and composer, Phil Cunningham emerged with Silly Wizard and has played with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Relativity, Altan, Paolo Nutini, Mark Knopfler, and Dolores Keane.
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A magnificent bass player and founder member of the legendary Pentangle.
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One of the big names of the current folk scene and member of Celtic favourites Capercaillie. He was also a founding member of Flook, a band much loved by regulars of the David Hall. He is a flute and whistle player who has won two Radio 2 Folk awards. His live performances are truly special, allowing audiences to enjoy the sheer energy as well as subtlety of his music.
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John Doyle’s gifts as guitarist, songwriter and vocalist have played an essential role in the ongoing renaissance of Irish traditional music. Now living in the states, John was the recent musical director for Joan Baez and toured with her for 2 years. One half of the stellar duo Liz Carroll and John Doyle, he is also a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Irish group Solas.
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John McCusker is one of Scotland's foremost traditional musicians; winner of the BBC Radio Folk Musician of the Year in 2003. John McCusker started playing the fiddle at the age of seven, joined The Battlefield Band at 17, and has also worked as a producer for Eliza Carthy and Kate Rusby.
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