Talisk announce UK tour dates


Mohsen Amini, current (and youngest ever) holder of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards coveted ‘Musician of the Year’ title will head out on the road with Scotland’s celebrated Talisk trio in April.

The nine date tour (April 24-May 3) which opens in the Scottish Highlands and ends at Edinburgh’s Queens Hall, will see the Glasgow-based concertina maestro, ‘splendidly expressive’ fiddler Hayley Keenan and gifted guitarist Graeme Armstrong showcasing their latest acclaimed album Beyond, released last year, as well as new material.

Described by Glasgow Herald as “a rockin’ powerhouse” Talisk are one of the most exciting acts on the UK folk scene, renowned for their innovative, high energy instrumental music.

In just five years they have pinned themselves firmly on the acoustic music map, winning the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and the 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Folk Band of the Year’ gong as well as being nominated for the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon title – for best emerging act. They have won over festival audiences around the world from Denmark’s Tonder to WOMAD, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival and Canada’s Celtic Colours.

Their debut album Abyss was shortlisted for Album of the Year at the 2016 Scots Trad Music Awards but they came of age with 2018’s Beyond, bursting with their dynamic, feelgood, slickly crafted, self-penned tunes. The esteemed Songlines magazine gave it a 5* ‘Top of the World’ review, praising the band as “incredibly infectious and endearing –fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky”.

Fuelled by their global travels, the frenetic, driving rhythms, vibrancy and versatility were tempered with soothing, gentle textures as they took listeners on a roller coaster journey from Montreal to Ohio, Serbia to Nova Scotia and home to Scotland. The track ‘Farewell’ saw the addition of vocals provided by some of UK folk’s biggest names, working as a huge choral collective.

The pedigree of this folk/trad trio is undeniable and their live dates unmissable. Opening on April 24 at Ullapool’s Ceilidh Place the tour will take Talisk to Cumbria, Cornwall, Lancashire, Oxfordshire, Wales and London’s St John on Bethnal Green 19th century church.

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

‘Echo’ – live:



 24th: ULLAPOOL – The Ceilidh Place
Box Office: 01854 612 103

26th – WHITEHAVEN – Rosehill Theatre
Box Office: 01946 692422

28th – FALMOUTH – The Tolmen Centre
Box Office: 01326 341353

29th – NETTLEBED – Nettlebed Village Club
Tickets: 01628 636620

30th – LONDON – St. John on Bethnal Green
Sam Lee (Promoter): 07967 485708


1st – CARDIFF – Acapela Studio
Box Office: 029 2089 0862

2nd – YSTRADGYNLAIS (Swansea) – The Welfare
Box Office: 01639 843163

3rd – EDINBURGH – Queens Hall
Box Office: 0131 668 2019

11th– BURY – The Met (Big Whistle Festival)
Box Office: 0161 761 2216

Grace Petrie announces headline tour

Grace Petrie

Fresh from a successful UK arena tour supporting Frank Turner, protest singer, LGBTQ+ activist, folk singer, socialist and social commentator Grace Petrie announces her own headline tour through Spring 2019.

Smart, witty, a talented lyricist and an electrifying live performer, Grace can take the most hostile room and by the end of the night they will be singing along, “Stand up today that we might save tomorrow!

Grace has been writing, recording and touring relentlessly, racking up tour supports with Emmy the Great, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner and more, and has also made her mark in the comedy scene supporting comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long.  She’s appeared at Glastonbury four times at the invitation of Billy Bragg, as well as an eclectic genre-crossing mix of festivals Latitude, Musicport, Bliss-fields, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Greenbelt and more including of course Cambridge Folk Festival.  She has collaborated with some of the most respected names in folk, including Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey and Peggy Seeger; quietly becoming one of the most respected songwriters working today. A frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, Grace has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts, had plays on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2 and has been featured in The Guardian, The Independent On Sunday’s 2013 Pink List of influential LGBT figures; and been nominated for Diva Magazine’s 2018 Activist Award.

In May 2018 a Kickstarter campaign for her first full studio album, after five previous available-at-gig-only albums.  She raised £10,000 in just 24 hours and went on to achieve £18.000 in the two-week campaign.  The album, Queer As Folk, was released in September 2018 and has received acclaim in the UK media, whilst also being named a top 10 Folk Album of 2018 by Mojo magazine.

Artist’s website: http://gracepetrie.com/

‘Black Tie’ – official video:

Tour Dates

Thursday 11th April – The Spirit Store, Dundalk
Friday 12th April – DC Music Club, Dublin
Saturday 13th April – Accidental Theatre, Belfast
Saturday 20th April – All Hallows Church, Leeds
Thursday 25th April – The Met, Bury, Greater Manchester
Friday 26th April – The Old Cinema Launderette, Durham
Saturday 27th April – The Ropewalk, Barton-on-Humber
Tuesday 30th April – The Junction, Cambridge
Wednesday 1st May – South Street Arts Centre, Reading
Thursday 2nd May – Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London
Friday 3rd May – Whitehouse Sessions at Ashburton Arts Centre, Devon
Saturday 4th May – Bristol Folk Festival
Sunday 5th May – May Day Festival of Solidarity, Barnsley
Tuesday 7th May – The Prince Albert, Stroud in support of Stroud Foodbank
Thursday 9th May – Black Swan Folk Club, York
Friday 10th May – Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham
Saturday 11th May – Trelawnyd Memorial Hall, North Wales
Sunday 12th May – The Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic
Friday 17th May – The Dissection Room, Summerhall, Edinburgh
Saturday 18th May – Oran Mor, Glasgow

The Frank Burkitt Band announce first UK tour

The Frank Burkitt Band

All the way from New Zealand (via Scotland) The Frank Burkitt Band are delighted to be embarking on their debut UK Tour in May and June 2019.

Following on from four months of shows in the antipodes, where they were announced as winners of the Vodafone NZ Music Award for Best Folk Artist 2019, the band will be travelling the UK for 6 weeks to as far north as Inverness and as far south as Falmouth.

A set with the band can be described as American roots music infused with folk, blues, country and a sprinkling of swing. Unique and profound songwriting, arranged with precision and creativity. A true genre spanning performance awaits. Add to that Frank’s rambling anecdotes and you are in for a special night that will both move and entertain.

They will be joined on their travels by the enchanting Becka Wolfe who will be adding sumptuous fiddle and vocal harmony to the band’s songs as well as singing her own songs in Arabic, French and English.

The band are:

Frank Burkitt – vocals, guitar
Cameron Burnell – mandolin and lapsteel
James Geluk – double bass
Becka Wolfe – violin, vocals

Tickets and info at: www.frankburkitt.co.nz/shows

‘Simple’ – official video:

Le Vent du Nord – new album and UK tour

Le Vent Du Nord

Long ago, Samuel de Champlain, the French explorer of what is now Eastern Canada, had a dream: that in the new territory he had explored, all might raise their voices together, indigenous and European, of all faiths, a chorus of different perspectives, cultures, and ideas. It was a dream forgotten, deferred, but one that resonates with where Canadians find themselves now.

Le Vent du Nord, feisty torch bearers of Quebecois traditional music, bring this dream (‘Le Pays de Samuel’) and others to life on Territoires (Borealis Records) the group’s richest, most intriguing album to date. From the plight of New France (‘Louisbourg’) to progressive social changes (‘Evolution Tranquille’) a nod to the mid-century quiet revolution that led to Quebec’s rebirth, from mysterious monsters (‘Chaousaro’) to love’s yearnings (‘Le Soir Arrive’), the now five-person ensemble travels far and wide.

“We wanted to explore the quest for territories, physical or internal, or territories that don’t exist yet,” says fiddler Olivier Demers. “They are also impressions, colours and sentiments, a way of feeling, extreme joy or deep sadness.” The new album has sparked an entirely new show around these themes, a show that will be showcased at Folk Alliance International in Montreal. (the band was awarded Folk Artist of the Year at FAI in 2006!)

Le Vent du Nord’s dream has always been to bring a contemporary, highly original sensibility to the songs and melodies preserved in archives or treasured in family troves. Through thoughtful engagement with songs’ stories and artful arrangements, the ensemble pushes Quebec folk music forward, with an ear open to the world and its current travails. This means finding timely messages in long-lost tales, crafting tight and moving vocal harmonies, and getting whirling dance tunes still cherished in many towns and families to groove hard.

“We’re really added a bit of groovy stuff to this album,” says fiddler and foot tapper André Brunet, who recently joined the group after years with Quebecois legends La Bottine Souriante,“and several songs have a riff with a bouzouki and bass. We’ve left things more open, skipping the answers in the traditional call and response sections and putting a bit of effects on the lead vocal. The sound turned out really rich.”

The richness has developed noticeably over time. With nearly 2,000 concerts, two Juno Awards, hundreds of tours across the globe, and ten albums to their credit, the band has had time to come into its own. “We are proud to call ourselves an established ensemble,” says Demers. “We’re mature and are creating at the peak of our confidence and power.”

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‘Adieu Du Village’ – official video:

Tour Dates – April 2019

Thursday 4. Union Chapel  Compton Terrace, Islington, London N1 2XD
Tel: 020 7226 1686 Tickets £18.00 — Doors 7:00 p.m.

Friday 5. Mid Border Arts Market Hall & Assembly Rooms, Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys, Wales LD8 2AD
Tel: 01544 267163   Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 6. Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (Music Room) Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 9BP
Tel: 0151 709 3789 Tickets £21.00 & £19.00 Doors 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 7. The Stoller Hall Hunts Bank, Manchester, Greater Manchester M3 1DA
Tel: 0333 130 0967 Tickets £20.00 — Doors 7:30

Tuesday 9. East Riding Theatre 10 Lord Roberts Rd, Beverley, Yorkshire HU17 9BE
Tel: 01482 874050 Tickets £17.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 10. Djanogly Theatre Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University Park, Nottingham, E. Midlands NG7 2RD
Tel: 0115 846 7777 Tickets £18.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 11. The Sage St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE8 2JR
Tel: 0191 443 4661 Tickets £17.40 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Friday 12. Saltaire Live Victoria Hall, Victoria Rd, Saltaire, Shipley, W. Yorkshire BD18 3JS
Tel: 0113 245 5570 £18.00 — Doors 7:15 p.m.

Saturday 13. Guildhall Arts Centre St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6PZ
Tel: 01476 406158 Tickets £15.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 14. Hazlitt Theatre 36 Earl St, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PP
Tel: 01622 758611 Tickets £15.50 — Doors 7:30 p.m.

Copper Viper announce debut album and European tour

Copper Vipers
Photograph by Anna Orhanen

Copper Viper is an acoustic folk group from London, comprised of prolific songwriter and guitarist Robin Joel Sangster and fiddle/mandolin player Duncan Menzies. The pair were introduced through a mutual musician friend in late 2016, and decided to meet for a jam based on a shared love of harmony singing duos such as Simon & Garfunkel and The Milk Carton Kids. After arranging and learning a couple of songs Sangster had recently composed, they soon found that they made a productive songwriting partnership and swiftly set to work building up an ever-growing catalogue of original material.

Prior to forming Copper Viper, both members had been active in a variety of musical projects for a number of years.  Sangster has performed widely as a soloist and with “Americana Noir” group Affa David, and has written songs for performers across a wide range of genres.  Menzies grew up playing traditional Scots fiddle music; since moving to London he has worked with a multitude of artists as a session musician, and toured extensively in the UK and Europe as a member of country/rock & roll band Ask Sally and gypsy swing/jazz quartet Harp Bazaar.  The diversity of these previous musical experiences is strongly reflected in Copper Viper’s music.

The duo performed their first public show at the Filey Folk Festival in April 2017, and since then have been honing their live set at folk clubs and venues around the UK.  September 2018 saw the group’s first overseas performances, with a European tour taking in Germany, Switzerland and the CarnieFest music festival in Mallorca. 2019 promises to be Copper Viper’s busiest year to date, with confirmed shows so far including several UK festivals, an April UK tour opening for renowned Celtic folk group PerKelt, followed by several dates in Germany & Belgium.

In 2018, the group contacted platinum-selling producer Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile) who agreed to record their debut album at the legendary Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville, WA and was mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Gavin Lurssen (O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss).  Comprised of eleven original songs and titled Cut It Down, Count The Rings, the album explores a range of lyrical themes, mixing hope, regret, joy and melancholy while maintaining a sufficient degree of enigma and ambiguity to allow the listener space for their own unique interpretations.  Musically, the record draws inspiration from across the broad spectrum of British folk, American country and bluegrass, combining haunting melodies and intricate vocal harmonies with searing instrumental passages to create a stylistic blend that is at once familiar and unique.

As of January 2019, Copper Viper has released two singles (‘Hung Up Alone’ and ‘Fly’) from the forthcoming album.  These have been variously described as “a foot-stompin’ racket that’s a joy to listen to” (Americana-UK), “truly uplifting” (Fortitude Magazine) and “totally addictive” (York Calling), and are available on all major online streaming services.

Cut It Down, Count The Rings will be released on April 5th 2019, with the album launch show taking place at London’s prestigious folk venue, the Green Note, on Saturday April 6th.

Artists’ website: www.copperviper.com

‘Hung Up Alone’ – official video:



Tuesday 12      Birmingham      The Wagon & Horse  with PerKelt
Wednesday  13            Salford The Eagle Inn  with PerKelt
Thursday 14     York    The Fulford Arms  with PerKelt
Saturday 16      Hull      The New Adelphi Club  with PerKelt
Monday 18      Newcastle upon Tyne     The Cumberland Arms with PerKelt
Wednesday 20 Nottingham       The Old Salutation Inn  with PerKelt
Thursday 21     Cambridge The Boathouse  with PerKelt
Sunday 24        London  The Hope & Anchor  with PerKelt
Friday 29         Oxford Oxford Folk Club, The White House


Wednesday 3   Kingston upon Thames Woody’s Bar and Kitchen
Saturday 6        London    Green Note  Album Launch Show
Friday 26         Hanau, Germany    Ellis Bistro & Café
Saturday 27      Frankfurt am Main, Germany    Cafe Sugar Mama
Sunday 28        Köln, Germany    Weißen Holunder
Tuesday 30      Turnhout, Belgium   Barzoen


Wednesday 1   Lontzen, Belgium   House Concert