Damien Barber & Mike Wilson
As two of the finest exponents of traditional song in the U.K, it is difficult to accept that these relatively young men, have a combined 40+ years experience of performing at folk venues. Damien is a stylish and distinctive singer, either unaccompanied or using guitar or concertina. Though he has lived for a long time in West Yorkshire, he retains a strong East Anglian identity.
Mike is the youngest member of the Wilson Family, the powerful Teesside singing siblings who have raised the rafters at many a festival or folk club event. His musical heritage is emphatically that of the North East; rural and industrial folk song both traditional and modern.
Jess and Richard Arrowsmith
Jess and Richard Arrowsmith are traditional musicians and singers who specialise
in English music and song. They perform as a duo using voices, melodeon and fiddle, and also play with ceilidh band Hekety and concert band Melrose Quartet (with James Fagan and Nancy Kerr).
Powerful voices, subtle accompaniments and lively tunes that will have audiences laughing, weeping and tapping their feet to join-in choruses.
Bob hails originally from the west coast of Scotland but has long been based in London. An engaging solo singer and performer with an easy going sense of humour, he’s known also as an accomplished finger-style guitarist.
Exploring a range of open tunings, his playing and song interpretations have been described as displaying a rare sensitivity, lightness of touch and great technique. Bob’s repertoire nowadays retains firm links with the tradition, but includes an array of contemporary songs as well as a smattering of pipe, harp and other tunes on guitar.
Flossie loves songs full of “vavavoom” such as Bonnie Raitt’s “Road’s my middle name”, Kris Kristofferson’s “Bobby McGee” (Janis Joplin way), Marylin Middleton’s “Wild women” etc…but also gentle ballads such as Keith Pearson’s “More hills to climb” or Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the night” as well as jazzy tunes like “Let’s fall in love”, “Misty” and “Fly me to the moon”.
French-born but with an accent of her adopted Yorkshire!, Flossie is a great singer with a voice as clear as a lark and a repertoire to satisfy all tastes.
Based on Anglo – Celtic traditions, Broom Bezzums’ music is flavoured by Andrew’s Northumbrian homeland and the formidable rock heritage of Mark’s Black Country roots. Andrew’s Northumbrian pipes are the most obvious local reference, while his fiddle playing is heavily influenced by neighbouring Scottish styles. Mark, a seasoned drummer, learned to play the guitar and mandola in his years as a stalwart of the Cork session scene. Live, the rhythmical element is expanded on more dynamic numbers with guitar-slapping, tambourine-stamping and a pulsating foot drum.
Kim Lowings and the Greenwood
Inspired by the folk tradition, Kim Lowings and The Greenwood perform their songs with a contemporary twist. Their live shows are an energetic blend of original compositions and traditional songs. Kim Lowings, Andrew Lowings, Tim Rogers and Dave Sutherland bring together their multi-instrumental skill and individual experience resulting in an innovative and sensitive approach to arrangements. The motivation is to keep the tradition alive and to share their own tales.
While Dónal has been primarily associated with unaccompanied singing, he has significant other ‘strings to his bow’. Dónal is a fine interpreter of contemporary material, as well as an excellent singer of traditional material, and can accompany himself on a range of stringed instruments. He is universally recognised as one of the finest players of Irish dance music on mandolin and tenor banjo.
Caffrey, McGurk and Madge
This popular trio continues to explore the delights of traditional and contemporary folksong. With their good humour and informed understanding of the song subjects, they instil their particular flare for harmony and enthusiastic performance making each song a joy to hear. Nick, Ed and Robin are solo singers in their own right adding variety and pleasure to each performance.
“True English Folk singing, in my humble opinion, doesn’t come much better than this…Keith Kendrick”
Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan has two critically acclaimed solo albums with another on the way and many tours of the UK and recent successful trips to Canada, Germany, India and New Zealand to his credit. Having made his name with duo Walsh and Pound and now a member of the award winning Urban Folk Quartet, as well as guest appearances on stage and on record with the Levellers and Seth Lakeman, this unique musician has stunned audiences across the world.
His eclectic and innovative approach has led to many exciting collaborations including tours with Northeast concertina legend Alistair Anderson and recent work with sensational Indian sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan as well as Canadian country singer Meaghan Blanchard.
Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions.
Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.