Harri Endersby announces her debut album

Harri Endersby

Durham-based musician and songwriter Harri Endersby is proud to release her full-length, debut album Homes/Lives. The 11-track album is a collection of songs written by Harri over the past two years, the recording of which has been made possible by 85 ‘backers’ who funded the album process through her successful Kickstarter campaign.

Growing up in County Durham and its thriving folk scene, Harri’s music has been heavily influenced by the region’s crowd of prestigious folk singers and musicians, her lyrics being firmly rooted in the pastoral and the world of story-telling. Her new album Homes/Lives presents a transition in style, beginning with acoustic, stripped-back tracks whilst gradually introducing electronic instrumentation and beats as the album progresses. This interweaving of genres has been inspired by Harri’s love of Icelandic electro-folk and the likes of Ásgeir and Samaris.

Her 5-track EP Ivy Crown released in 2014, rose to number 17 in the iTunes singer-songwriter charts and had tracks played on BBC Newcastle Introducing, The Folk Show on Bishop FM and Roger William’s World of Difference.

Harri Endersby is currently scheduling a tour for autumn 2017.

Artist’s website: www.facebook.com/harriendersbymusic

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Ron Sexsmith announces new album

Ron Sexsmith

Three-time Juno award winner Ron Sexsmith has revealed details about his new album, The Last Rider. Ron’s thirteenth studio recording was co-produced at The Bathouse Studios in Kingston, Ontario by longtime drummer and collaborator Don Kerr and Sexsmith. The album is his first to include Ron’s touring band.

Since making his major-label debut in 1995, Ron Sexsmith has become recognized worldwide as one of Canada’s most reknowned songwriters.  He counts among his fans no less than Elvis Costello, Elton John and Paul McCartney and has amassed no less than eight Juno Award nominations as Songwriter of the Year.

“At this point, it’s just second nature for me to write short, melodic songs that say everything I want to say,” says Sexsmith. “But having my band totally involved on this album maybe brought out more in the songs than on other recent albums. It felt special, anyway.”

On the album’s most poignant moments, such as ‘Man At The Gate (1913)’, there certainly is a sense—as with all of Sexsmith’s best songs—that life is often richer than we make it out be, and we should embrace that. In this case, the point is made through a photograph taken a century ago in front of Toronto’s Trinity-Bellwoods park, conveying the message that although styles and attitudes change, we all remain connected through our shared humanity. It all sprang from Sexsmith simply buying a postcard at a shop near his house one day.

“In the photograph, there’s a man walking by the gates of the park, and you can barely see him, but that’s the kind of thing I easily get obsessed about,” he says. “I couldn’t stop thinking that that guy could be me 100 years later, and really could be all of us. We’re here for a certain period of time, and we leave behind these traces of who we were that have the potential to inspire people who come along after we’re gone. To me, that’s really beautiful.”

Although Ron Sexsmith has more music to come that is sure to inspire us, for now The Last Rider is the latest addition to a body of work as impressive as any produced in the past quarter-century. Through truth and simplicity, Sexsmith’s songs help us get closer to the things that make us better people, meaning that an album like The Last Rider is as necessary now as anything he has ever done.

The Last Rider will be released April 21st, 2017 on Compass Records.

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Artist’s website: http://www.ronsexsmith.com/

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Maverick Festival announces first names

Maverick FestivalFor its milestone 10th anniversary Maverick Festival is thrilled to welcome some exciting new names to this years line-up. First up we would like to announce Grammy Award-winning guitarist Albert Lee! Known for his signature Ernie Ball guitar and lightning speed picking, Albert has not only worked with some of the biggest names in music (Eric Clapton / Everly Brothers) he was recently honoured with the Americana Music Association Trailblazer award in recognition of his stellar achievements on the guitar.

We are also pleased to welcome back the UK’s very own pioneer of alternative country Hank Wangford who will be hosting a tribute evening to Alabama’s most illustrious son Hank Williams; featuring contributions from from many of the festival’s performers on the Saturday evening.

This year Maverick Festival will take place from Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July 2017, showcasing the most authentic and talented musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. Set amongst the picturesque Victorian farm buildings of Easton Farm Park, the site is nestled deep in the Suffolk countryside, yet only two hours from London. The festival presents music performances, film and workshops and features over forty different artists, across five stages indoors and out.

Over the past decade the Maverick Festival organisers have stuck to what they believe in, presenting exciting and inspiring line-ups year after year. This year’s tenth anniversary programme will see some surprises but also many festival favourites returning to the Farm.

Easton Farm Park, Easton, Woodbridge, IP13 0EQ

Maverick Festival Line-Up 2017

Albert Lee

The guitarist‘s guitarist – they call him “Mr Telecaster“ – and the first Grammy-winner to grace the farm

Hank Wangford

The godfather of UK alternative country before we even knew we needed one

Dennis Ellsworth

Honey-voiced Canadian troubadour accompanied by virtuosos violinist Kinley Dowling

Annie Keating

“She navigates the Americana environs inhabited by Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams, and proves she’s every bit their equal.” (No Depression)

The Fargo Railroad Co.

Four piece Southern rockers who sharpened their sound in Sheffield

Don Gallardo

East Nashville transplant whose rootsy rock songs featured in TV show Nashville

Amy McCarley

Sultry songstress steeped in the sweet Southern sounds of Alabama

Already Announced:

The Henry Brothers // Stompin’ Dave Allen // Police Dog Hogan // Brooks Williams // Sam Baker // The Danberrys // Low Lily // Terra Lightfoot

…plus many more to be announced soon

TICKET PRICES

Ranger £95.00

Weekend ticket with admission to all stages and includes up to TWO nights camping FRIDAY and SATURDAY

Wrangler £75.00

Weekend ticket with admission to all stages No Camping

Rustler £45.00

Day ticket, Saturday only

Nighthawk £25.00

Friday night only

Holy Roller £20.00

Sunday only

Tenderfoot £20.00

Children 10-15 yrs, under 10’s go free

 

Festival website: www.maverickfestival.co.uk

Halsway Manor – call for Artists In Residence 2018

Halsway ManorHalsway Manor – National Centre for the Folk Arts
Halsway Lane, Nr Crowcombe, Taunton TA4 4BD

 Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts is seeking applications from artists, companies or groups to be Artists in Residence for 2018. The successful artist will follow in the footsteps of  acclaimed folk trio Faustus (Benji Kirkpatrick, Saul Rose, Paul Sartin) in 2016, and celebrated female vocal trio Lady Maisery (Rowan Rheingans, Hazel Askew, Hannah James) in 2017.

Halsway Manor nestles on the Quantock Hills in one of the most beautiful regions of the UK, and is a fantastic and inspiring building which promotes the generation of ideas and development. With a large folk arts library, full residential facilities for up to 65 people and six acres of gardens and grounds it offers a home from home, a space to breathe and create, a magical environment.

The content of any residency at Halsway Manor is formulated between the artists and the management of the Charity. The residency could include leading courses at the Manor, researching and developing new material, working with communities, creating work in response to the setting, or simply finding time to be together in an environment which is conducive to sparking new ideas.

Halsway Manor wishes to hear from artists working within the genre of folk who have, or are developing, a national/international profile to form a symbiotic relationship which promotes and develops the work of both partners. This is not a paid opportunity but the Manor is able to offer the use of their facilities, accommodation and resources, and to partner in any funding bids for the development of work.

Artists wishing to be considered for Halsway Manor Artists in Residence should send an expression of interest to chiefexec@halswaymanor.org.uk by 3rd April 2017 outlining the reasons for their interest, and anticipated aims/outcomes for the residency. More details are available on the website: www.halswaymanor.org.uk.

Cambridge Folk Festival announces more top names

Shirley Collins at Cambridge Folk Festival

The latest names have been announced for Cambridge Folk Festival 2017, including legendary folk singer and respected song collector Shirley Collins, who recently returned to recording and performing after 38 years; a Festival exclusive from multi-platinum selling Indigo Girls, whose celebrated and influential career spans almost four decades and chart-topping, English country twin-sister duo Ward Thomas, all part of a completely female line-up on Main Stages 1 and 2 on the Friday.

International superstar and multiple Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John, originally from Cambridge, Grammy nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman and SOCAN Award-winner Amy Sky bring their unique collaboration ‘Liv On’ exclusively to the Festival on Saturday evening. Acclaimed US singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, promises another awe-inspiring Festival performance on the Sunday.

LW3 at Cambridge Folk Festival

A line-up that sees a welcome return for Festival favourites plus innovative debuts will feature Irish accordion virtuoso Sharon Shannon; enchanting chanteuse Cara Dillon; Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party, described by Mojo as “One of folk music’s most pre-eminent modern voices”; sonically audacious and lyrically bewitching Admiral Fallow; Coven, featuring three of folk’s most formidable female acts O’Hooley & Tidow, Lady Maisery and Grace Petrie; the Isle of Tiree’s Skerryvore; exhilarating live performers CC Smugglers; folk-jazz pioneer and favourite of Ewan McGregor Blue Rose Code; UK Americana Emerging Artist winners 2017 Wildwood Kin; Jamie Smith’s Mabon, blending world music and Celtic roots; BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award nominees Fara; the aptlynamed Beoga (Gaelic for ‘lively’) and bluesy, indie Americana from William The Conqueror.

Adding to an eclectic bill bringing together the best in folk and roots music are: The Furrow Collective, featuring Rachel Newton, Lucy Farrell, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts; singer and harpist Rachel Newton; electronic Celtic fusion from Niteworks; Belshazzar’s Feast merging folk, classical, jazz, pop and music hall; fiddle singers The Rheingans Sisters; hotly tipped Americana band Orphan Colours; Southern gothic singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah; 2015 BBC Young Folk award winners Talisk; folk noir and gypsy jazz from The Eskies; Brian McNeill, leading the Festival Session; one of Liverpool’s most exciting new groups She Drew The Gun; up and coming folk-country duo Worry Dolls; Mawkin, described as a modern-day Fairport Convention; Roxanne De Bastion, at the forefront of the new singer-songwriter generation; ukulele-playing singer Amelia Coburn, famous for her remarkable cover versions; 12 strong female shanty band She Shanties; The Urban Folk Theory Ceilidh, where superb musicianship meets technology; the only UK performance this year of Chris T.T. Sings A.A. Milne and Anglo-Indian singer-songwriter Alluri.

This year’s prestigious Club Tent Showcases, awarded to artists the Festival sees as stars of the future like previous picks Newton Faulkner, Seth Lakeman and The Staves, go to: Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Robert Vincent; contemporary Scottish folk band Tannara; Australian singer-songwriter Juanita Stein and Canadian troubadour Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.

These new names join previously announced Jake Bugg, headlining Sunday night with an acoustic set, Oysterband (Sunday), Lau, featuring Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke (Saturday) and Hayseed Dixie (Sunday).

Guest Curator Jon Boden will perform over the Festival weekend with The Remnant Kings to preview his autumn 2017 album as well as guest curating elements of the line-up. More to be announced.

For further artist information and daily line-ups, please see www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

Tickets are now on sale:  Full Festival ticket: £167 Day tickets: £27.50 (Thu), £59.50 (Fri), £70 (Sun). Saturday Day Tickets Sold Out.

Camping at Cherry Hinton Hall and Coldham’s Common is available. Concession tickets (disabled access and carer, Under 21, Cambridge City Resident) are available. Please see the website for more information and full ticket prices:

 

Imagined Isle Festival announces headline names

Imagined Isle

Birmingham music festival returns for second year.
Headliners include Fairport Convention and Jon Boden.

Fairport Convention, Jon Boden and The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble are among the acts headlining folk and roots festival Imagined Isle, which returns to the Birmingham’s iconic Town Hall from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May 2017.

Formed in 1967, Fairport Convention are lauded as founding fathers of the British folk rock movement, with their seminal Liege And Lief considered one of the most influential albums of the 1960s. The band’s appearance (13 May 2017) is part of their year-long 50th anniversary celebrations, a landmark which is accompanied by new album, 50:50@50.

Acclaimed writer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Jon Boden (14 May 2017) was, until recently, lead singer with the multi-award winning Bellowhead. Away from the band, his career ranges from compositional work for the RSC and the theme to TV’s Count Arthur Strong, to the year-long A Folk Song A Day project, and collaborations with artists such as John Spiers and Eliza Carthy. His return as a solo artist is marked by the re-release of 2006’s debut, Painted Lady.

Hailing from Birmingham’s historic Conservatoire, The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble headline the contemporary flavoured late night Urban Folk Night (12 May 2017), which also includes appearances from roots/ fusion combo The Urban Folk Quartet and cinematic septet The Fair Rain (both from Birmingham), Stafford’s banjo maestro Dan Walsh, and South Wales’ indie-fused Rusty Shackle.

Founded in 1997 by Joe Broughton (The UFQ, The Albion Band, Joss Stone), the 50-strong Conservatoire Folk Ensemble line-up features a 15-piece horn section, four cello players, five percussionists and five electric guitarists, plus fiddles, flutes, clarinets, double bass, even a harp! As they mark their 20th birthday, past members are to re-join the ranks for the ensemble’s biggest ever performance.

Other Imagined Isle highlights include a Family Ceilidh with Rabscallion (13 May, 10.30am), and appearances from Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead, Faustus), and Boat To Row’s Michael King.

Weekend tickets, for all Imagined Isle performances, are on sale now for just £58. Individual concert tickets are also available. For more information and bookings, see: www.thsh.co.uk