Folk & Roots

Folk & Roots

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, Aly and Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music and on-stage charisma that defies description. Witty and humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings, and joyous reels and melodies have feet tapping along at their ever popular concerts. The pair have recorded many highly acclaimed albums in their thirty years together including two Best of collections.

Sarah Munro

Sarah Munro is a 21 year old singer-songwriter and guitarist whose songs have a strong emphasis on lyrics and storytelling. Her debut album Say Hello To You features ten original songs and a stunning interpretation of Autumn Leaves.

With a voice reminiscent of Eva Cassidy and Katie Melua, Sarah's music has been championed by legendary lyricist Don Black, as well as Jamie Cullum and Michael Ball - both of whom featured her debut single For Eternity on their BBC Radio 2 shows.

Kathryn Williams

Folk singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams is best-known for her rich and honest writing. Taking inspiration from the greats including Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell, Kathryn has created a reputation to be proud of. She has moved from one project to the next after the success of her Mercury Prize nominated Little Black Numbers LP. 

Leveret & Spiro present

Featuring seven of the UK’s top instrumentalists in two incredible ensembles, the Eccentric Orbits Tour showcases the distinctive music of Leveret and Spiro in a show that will fly the flag for new English instrumental music. The two groups share much of the same raw material – tunes from a handful of 18th-century tunebooks, as well as original compositions – but their musical orbits follow widely divergent paths.  
 

Damien O'Kane

Damien O’Kane is a Northern Irish musician of many talents. Having teamed up most recently for his Areas  album with master musicians - guitarist Steven Byrnes (Treacherous Orchestra/Kate Rusby), percussionist Cormac Byrne (Seth Lakeman Band), Steven Iveson (Kate Rusby/Damien O’Kane Band) and Anthony Davis (Irish Celtic).

Sam Baker

Folk artist Sam Baker returns with his fifth studio album Land of Doubt. The record offers a change from his usual instrumentation, as he lays down his acoustic guitar, and plays instead the electric. Yet still he does not depart from the haunting and melodic style that has mesmerized critics and fans of his previous records.

Stick in the Wheel

Four-times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated Stick in the Wheel are taking the folk scene by storm with their incendiary performances of traditional English folk music, seamlessly blending it with their own songs and breathing new life into this culture for new generations.

Rod Picott

Seventeen years ago Rod Picott dropped his tool belt, picked up an acoustic guitar and released his first album Tiger Tom Dixon’s Blues. The acclaimed debut put a nail in the coffin of his construction career and ignited his second career as a singer-songwriter. With his new album, Out Past The Wires, that second career reveals itself in full flame.

Faustus

Nominated in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson: Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them, brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis

Multi-award winning folk musicians Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis started performing at open mics and venues around Brighton in 2010 as a duo, performing original folk and blues songs. Fast-forward five years, many part-time jobs and dingy apartments later and they have become two of the most well respected and innovative musicians on the UK folk scene, and the main writing partnership behind the hit folk band Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys. 
 

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