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