Davis Lindley Mullan – first east London date

Davis Lindley Mullan

Davis Lindley Mullan – otherwise known as DLM – a three piece acoustic trio based in the West Country, are heading to London on Saturday 29 April to headline a show in the theatre space at Walthamstow’s Rose & Crown.

DLM are headed by Andy Davis, or Andrew Cresswell Davis if you are a stickler for formality, who has honed his superb songwriting skills over many years. DLM are a vehicle for some of the finest songs Andy has ever written and the man has impressive pedigree. As well as being a stalwart of the mighty Stackridge, he was one half of 1980s hitmakers The Korgis as well as lending his superior talent to the likes of Tears For Fears, Goldfrapp and Julian Cope among many others. Oh yes, and he played on the Imagine album. You know the one, it’s by that John Lennon chappy.

He is accompanied by Clare Lindley and Brian Mullan and between them they play a variety of instruments – guitar, violin, cello and ukelele and more. With the addition of three fine voices, they create rich textures and intimate moods, which breathe life in an acoustic setting into Andy’s songs of love, loss and squirrels!

DLM’s self-titled debut CD will be exclusively available to buy on the night.

For their first trip to E17 DLM will be ably supported by local acoustic/folk/roots trio Crayon Angels and also by BBC Norfolk endorsed husband and wife folk-poppers The Mild East.

Tickets are a miniscule £10 and are available from:

Artists’ website: http://www.dlm3.co.uk/

‘Who’s That Up There With Bill Stokes?’:

April highlights at Cecil Sharp House


Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham
Saturday 1 Apr, 7.30pm Tickets: £18 / £10 under 26s

Artree LiveHaving toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, Scottish duo Phil and Aly recorded their first album The Pearl in 1994 and followed it with many more highly acclaimed albums including Five And Twenty CD to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. They also have two Best of collections released of their work.

Aly was a founder member of the Boys of the Lough and his passionate fiddle playing has also found its way onto recordings by the likes of Eddi Reader and Richard Thompson. He was responsible for launching the Transatlantic Sessions TV series in which both he and Phil continue to feature.

Accordion player Phil has been named as one of Scotland’s 25 most influential people and his mastery of the instrument has led to him working with the likes of Mark Knopfler, James Taylor, Rosanne Cash and Midge Ure.

“They are simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear” The Herald (Glasgow)

National Youth Folk Ensemble
Wednesday 12 Apr, 7.30pm ​Tickets: ​£10 / £6 under 26s

The National Youth Folk Ensemble launched in October 2016, bringing together 18 of the most talented young folk musicians from across England. Following three intensive weeks in Somerset, Lancashire and the Chilterns, working with folk luminaries such as Sam Sweeney (Artistic Director 2016-17), Rob Harbron, Jack Rutter and Sarah Hayes, the Ensemble performs its first full-length concert.

Expect modern arrangements of folk tunes from England and beyond, alongside new compositions drawing on traditional music, all created and performed by these rising stars.

To find out more information, including how to join the Ensemble, visit efdss.org/nationalyouthfolkensemble. The ensemble is supported by Arts Council England.

Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
Thursday 13 Apr, 7.30pm ​Tickets: ​£12 / £10 under 26s

A welcome return for the two-time BBC Folk Award winners. Greg Russell’s strong singing and guitar and Ciaran Algar’s lyrical fiddle playing give:

“everything that folk music should be about. There is tradition, there is musical invention and evolution of the tradition and there is the sort of protest on which the revival was based” (Folking).

Soon after the joining of the pair, the duo signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012 released their debut album, The Queen’s Lover. Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stagecraft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene.

“The press coverage and folk club reports have been glowing and rightly so” (R2 Magazine). 

The duo hail from musical households and both began to develop their musical skills long before joining forces. Algar, originally a member of TRI, became All Ireland Champion and All Britain Champion on numerous occasions before the age of 16, and Russell had begun a career as a solo musician supporting acts such as Karine Polwart and Lau, amongst others.

Oh Susanna
Wednesday 19 Apr, 7.30pm Tickets: ​£14 / £10 under 26s

Suzie Ungerleider began performing as Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s, crafting a persona that matched the timeless qualities of her music, sounds that drew from the deep well of early 20th Century folk, country and blues, yet rooted in her finely-honed storytelling skills.

This Canadian songstress has a voice that can pierce a heart of stone and tonight she celebrates the release of her brand new album. Her superbly crafted songs often tell stories of troubled souls who rebel against their circumstances to attain a quiet dignity. These are tales of longing and love, of small town joys and pains, of our simple feelings and strong passions. These are tales that look into our beautifully flawed human hearts.

Saturday 29 Apr, 7.30pm ​Tickets: ​£12 / £10 under 26s

Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014, RANT is the meeting of four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands.

Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Sarah-Jane Summers and Lauren MacColl join forces to create a sound rich and vibrant, evocative of the exciting scene they create music in. Using just their fiddles, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds. Known for their work as soloists and with various bands, this is a celebration of the instrument they all have a passion for. Four fiddles: one beautiful sound!

Artree Live at South Hill Park

Tuesday 28th March

Artree Live

Tickets are selling fast for our hugely exciting Wilde Theatre show on the 28th , featuring Scottish traditional icons Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain.

Aly and Phil have become a national institution with their incomparable mastery of fiddle and accordion, bringing excellence in traditional music to venues across the country for over 30 years. This show will be a masterclass of musicianship, topped of with some hilarious banter.

It’s taken us some time and lots of negotiation to get these guys – so I hope you can all make it for what will be a memorable night of traditional folk music.

Tickets are £17.50. Call the box office on 01344 484123 or visit www.southhillpark.org.uk.

One of our all time favourites from 2008:

Folk stars present The Theatre Ballads

Theatre Ballads

Several leading folk musicians will star in a new commission bringing traditional folk ballads to life in a short run of exclusive performances in March.

The Theatre Ballads, which has been developed by Horse + Bamboo Theatre, will debut at Cecil Sharp House in London on March 23 with shows at Colston Hall, Bristol, on March 24 and The Met, Bury, on March 25.

The cast includes Steeleye Span, Albion Band and Brass Monkey’s John Kirkpatrick (melodeon, accordion and voice), Bryony Griffith (fiddle, viola, voice and piano) from the Demon Barbers and Scottish singer songwriter Ewan McLennan (guitar and voice). They will perform alongside Kate Locksley (voice and narrative presentation) and puppeteers Gretchen Maynard-Hahn and Ailsa Dalling.

The Theatre Ballads will combine visual theatre and folk music using voices, puppets, music and animation to portray the stories behind several traditional songs.

Songs that will be translated into performance include ‘The Female Smuggler’, the story of a young woman who disguises herself as a sailor to follow in her father’s footsteps, ‘Con Yo’ Help us a Bit’, a song about the consequences of the Lancashire mills closing, and ‘The Broken Contract’.

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), in partnership with The Met and Colston Hall, commissioned The Theatre Ballads with funding from the PRS for Music Foundation’s Talent Development Partner scheme

Producer Esther Ferry-Kennington, from the Lancashire based Horse + Bamboo Theatre said: “This is a new style of performance somewhere between an evening at the theatre and a music gig. It will bring theatre to the traditional music audience and traditional music to a theatre audience.

“There will be eight pieces and each is a historic ballad arranged and performed live alongside puppetry and simple illustrations, drawing out the tales before your eyes. All aspects of the production will combine to create an evocative new look at visual theatre and folk music.”

March 24,
Colston Hall, Bristol
Tickets: £15 www.colstonhall.org/shows/theatre-ballads-horse-bamboo-theatre/

March 25
The Met, Bury
Tickets: £14 themet.biz/event/The+Theatre+Ballads/2582/

Aldershot’s West End Centre hosts award nominees

West End Centre

Aldershot showcases nominees for prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 as top UK and international folk artists perform at Aldershot’s West End Centre this season.

With almost half of the dozen nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 performing this year or in the very recent past, Aldershot’s West End Centre is cementing its reputation as the top venue in the area to see some of the best folk artists in the world.

Following superb performances from nominees Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Kris Drever, Jim Moray, Nancy Kerr and The Furrow Collective in 2016, first on stage this year was 9Bach who played at West End Centre on 11 February.

Nominated for prestigious Best Group award, 9Bach formed in 2005 when Welsh singer-songwriter Lisa Jên met guitarist Martin Hoyland and they started to create music which has been credited as giving a ‘new voice to Welsh song’. Their second release was awarded ‘Best Album’ in the public vote at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Awards. If they were Scandinavian they would already be selling out stadiums so it’s great to see them receiving the recognition they deserve.

Photograph by Elly Lucas

Appearing as part of folk collective Coven, O’Hooley & Tidow  (nominated for the Best Duo) will be taking the stage at the West End Centre on 8 March in a special performance to celebrate International Women’s Day.  With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded as ‘one of British folk’s mightiest combinations’ (Mojo). Their 2016 album, Shadows, was given a five-starred review in The Guardian and is the follow up to ground-breaking album The Hum, which earned them a place in Mojo’s Top 10 Folk Albums of 2014 and a nomination for ‘Best Duo’ in BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Looking further ahead, Rachel Newton Trio comes to the West End Centre on Wednesday 7 June. Rachel has been nominated for the Musician of the Year award. Founder member of The Furrow Collective, The Emily Portman Trio and The Shee, singer and harpist Rachel Newton is joined at the West End Centre by Lauren MacColl on fiddle and Mattie Foulds on percussion. Rachel released Here’s My Heart Come Take It in April 2016, a mix of English, Scottish Gaelic and original compositions. Her music has been called ‘the sound of modern Scotland’.

Daoiri Farrell was booked to play at the West End Centre on Wednesday 5 April, but as he’s been nominated for no less than three awards he’s rescheduling that gig for later in the season so he can attend the awards ceremony. A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on TV, traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell has been nominated for Folk Singer of the Year, Horizon Award and Best Traditional Track.  He is being described as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. In 2013 he won the All Ireland Champion Singer award, and in 2015 won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections with the line-up FourWinds. Last year he launched his solo live career through Celtic Connections with his new album True Born Irishman.

Barney Jeavons, Director of Aldershot’s West End Centre told us: ‘With four of this year’s nominees performing in the first half of 2017, we are absolutely knocked-out to present a programme that continues our tradition of showcasing top folk artists on tour today. It’s  your chance to see both up- and- coming and well known acts on stage at the Westy in a celebration of the  best of the UK and international folk scene.’

Tickets: www.westendcentre.co.uk or 01252 330040.

Show Of Hands announce guests for anniversary Big Gig

Leading folk duos from both sides of the Atlantic will be among special guests for Show Of Hands’ 25th anniversary show at the Royal Albert Hall this Easter – their fifth Big Gig at the venue.

The phenomenally popular Devon band will mark their milestone year with a return to one of the world’s most famous stages on Easter Sunday 2017 (April 16).

Singer songwriter Steve Knightley and multi instrumentalist Phil Beer have forged one of the most successful ever partnerships in acoustic roots music and have already scored four sell-outs at the iconic London venue.

Now they will to head back to the capital to take on the gamble of hiring and selling out the historic 5,000-seater hall for a fifth time. They will be accompanied by their long term special guest – bass player and vocalist Miranda Sykes. Continue reading Show Of Hands announce guests for anniversary Big Gig