The Forge

The Forge

Matthew Read Trio

Formed in 2015, the Matthew Read Trio brings together three like-minded approaches for music making, creating an exciting new performance every time they play.

Drawing influence from the bands of Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Paul Motian and many more, Matthew Read Trio brings a fresh edge to the world of the guitar trio.

Featuring Benedict Wood (guitar), Arthur Newell (drums) and Matthew Read (double bass).

Andrew Poppy: Hoarse Songs

Andrew Poppy has a remarkable body of work as a composer.

In the 80s he made albums of his own music for Trevor Horn and Paul Morley’s ZTT Records, and to this day continues to make projects which evade classification, including his most recent work, Hoarse Songs

As well as performing his own work, he has performed music by Glass, Riley, Reich, Cage and Feldman, and collaborated with bands such as Erasure, Psychic TV, Coil, The The, Nitzer Ebb and Claudia Brucken.

Aidan O'Rourke & Kit Downes

Multiple BBC Folk Award winner and founding member of Lau, Kan and Blazin’ Fiddles, Aidan O'Rourke spent a year writing daily musical responses to James Robertson’s short story collection 365: Stories.
By the end of the year he had written 365 new tunes, from which he selected 22 to record with Kit Downes on harmonium and piano.

Rachel Harrington

Reared among the Pentecostal pines of Oregon, Rachel Harrington has been doing things in the wrong order for quite some time. She'd had extensive radio play before performing her first live show, and she was opening for Grammy winners before releasing her first record.

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids

Shlomo is a world record-breaking beatboxer who makes all kinds of music using just his mouth and a mic.
Join this sonic superhero and become one of his sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, whether you’re aged 1 or 101!
Running time: 45 mins

Danni Nicholls

With the wind in her sails from receiving consecutive Americana Music Association UK Award nominations (2017 UK Album of the Year for Mockingbird Lane and 2018 UK Artist of the Year), singer-songwriter Danni Nicholls has been enjoying an incredible ride.

From supporting the legendary Shakin' Stevens on his 28 date major UK tour to opening for the mighty Lucinda Williams and The Secret Sisters, 2019 is set to be just as exciting.


The husband and wife duo Megson, aka Stu and Debbie Hanna, draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly brilliant brand of folk music, bringing an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. 

Darden Smith & Boo Hewerdine

Boo Hewerdine and Darden Smith met 30 years ago, introduced by a publisher they wrote songs together for four days in London. The results secured them a record deal with Ensign Records. Only a short while later they found themselves in Austin, Texas recording the album Evidence.

To celebrate this magical collaboration that has resulted in a life-long friendship, Darden and Boo will be playing a handful of shows in the UK, including The Forge.

Terry Lee Hale

Terry Lee Hale has been making great records for 25 years.
He first made an impact on the Seattle scene, playing the clubs and bars with his open guitar tunings and deeply interesting, sometimes dangerous songs, and went on to build a faithful fan base that’s spread around the planet.

Woody Mann

Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master. While the blues are his touchstone, he seems to draw inspiration from every direction, blending a myriad of influences with ease and grace.

The first half of the evening will be a film screening of Harlem Street Singer - The Reverend Gary Davis Story, and the second will be Woody Mann performing a live set.

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