Maddy Prior is taking her stunning vocals and musical abilities into venues across the UK throughout October 2017

Fans of folk music and British talent are in for a treat as renowned artist Maddy Prior is taking her stunning vocals and musical abilities into venues across the UK throughout October 2017. Once again, she’ll be joining forces with skilful Hannah James and stunning instrumentalist Giles Lewin. Together the brilliant trio will take audiences on a journey of music from the British Isles and Eastern Europe in their daring acoustic style that enhances the fine vocals on display.

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Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys – New album and tour dates

If you like your ‘folk’ edgy, turning traditional songs on their head, swerving into rock territory or nudging the mainstream, Sam Kelly’s your man.

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

At just 24, the ‘pushing the envelope’ singer songwriter has had no trouble setting the roots world alight. Just three years after releasing his first EP, Norfolk-born, Bristol-based Kelly scooped the coveted 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Horizon” title, which recognises the best emerging talent.

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Dynamic Duo Will Pound & Eddy Jay hit the road this autumn (Oct 31-Nov 3)

WILL POUND & EDDY JAY
On the road this autumn: Oct 31-Nov 3, 2017
Playing Sheffield-Liverpool-Croydon-Wigan
An act to leave you breathless!

The fusing of awesome accordion player Eddy Jay with triple BBC Folk Awards ‘Musician of the Year’ nominee Will Pound (“one of the world’s greatest harmonica players”- Daily Telegraph) has produced one of the most dynamic duos you are likely to witness on the folk roots scene.

Their much acclaimed, fast-paced, feel-good debut CD Ignite was a completely eclectic affair mixing everything from Balkan to Swedish tunes to self-penned numbers about Richard III and 1940s ‘big band jazz’!

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Jade Jackson to Play First Ever UK Show

Following the release earlier this year of her critically acclaimed debut “Gilded” on ANTI-, and an extensive US tour in support of Social Distortion, Jade Jackson will make her first trip to the UK with a headline show at The Slaughtered Lamb on November 13th.

“Gilded” is a powerful and persuasive introduction to the gifted young country-rock sensation from small town California already causing a stir with critics and fans alike.

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Deer Tick announce 2018 UK / EU live dates and share video for “Cocktail”

New albums “Vol.1” and “Vol.2” out now on Partisan Records

Last month, for the first time in four years, the acclaimed and beloved Providence, RI band Deer Tick released new music into the world in the shape of two new albums; Vol.1 and Vol.2. Riding a wave of support from media and fans on both sides of the Atlantic, the band can now announce that they’ll bring their exhilarating live show back to the UK / EU early next year, playing at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, as well as what will be a huge headline set at London’s Islington Assembly Hall.

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Trio Dhoore (Flanders) UK Tour Dates Oct & Nov 2017

Trio Dhoore are a young and talented band of musical brothers from Flanders in Belgium. Their extensive repertoire of traditional Flemish tunes is punctuated by song and many of their own compositions. This mix all goes to provide their audiences with a soundscape where traditional and contemporary music, melancholy melodies and intuitive interplay merge to unique effect.

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Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman Tour and EP

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman continue touring October through to December in support of their new 8 track EP entitled SAVED FOR A RAINY DAY.

“Over the last few years there have been several cover songs we have performed live and never got round to recording. Along with a couple of our own originals that didn’t ‘fit’ with our previous releases. These have often been requested on CD and, subsequently, ‘Saved For A Rainy Day’ has become a limited edition of rarities.” Continue reading “Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman Tour and EP”

Richard Thompson to release Acoustic Classics Vol 2 / UK tour dates in October

Richard ThompsonCelebrated guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson will release Acoustic Classics Vol. II on his own Beeswing record label, distributed via Proper, on August 11. Richard will play Cropredy Festival in August, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Fairport Convention and tour the UK in October.

On the heels of the success of Acoustic Classics in 2014, Acoustic Classics Vol. II will feature acoustic renderings of classic songs from the Richard Thompson catalogue, some previously recorded by other singers, some previously available only in a band format. A second album Acoustic Rarities will be released later in the year featuring new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in the Thompson catalogue, some previously existing only as cover versions.

Special three-disc vinyl LP and double CD versions of both albums together will be released exclusively via Pledge Music: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/richardthompson

Tracklisting for Acoustic Classics II

1. She Twists The Knife Again – 2:49
2. The Ghost Of You Walks – 4:41
3. Genesis Hall – 3:30
4. Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair – 2:29
5. A Heart Needs A Home – 3:27
6. Pharaoh – 4:26
7. Gethsemane – 5:13
8. Devonside – 3:06
9. Meet On The Ledge – 3:06
10. Keep Your Distance – 3:35
11. Bathsheba Smiles – 3:33
12. Crazy Man Michael – 4:24
13. Guns Are The Tongues – 6:06
14. Why Must I Plead? – 4:09

A hugely popular live performer, Thompson will tour the UK in October 2017, including the very first concert at the newly-established London Bridge Theatre, which is now sold out and a second London show at Cadogan Hall.

Tour Dates are as follows:

Serious and UTA present: RICHARD THOMPSON Plus support Josienne Clarke + Ben Walker

Wed 11 October Brighton Dome
Thu 12 October Guildford G-Live
Fri 13 October Poole Lighthouse
Sat 14 October Bristol Colston Hall
Sun 15 October Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre
Tue 17 October Edinburgh Usher Hall
Wed 18 October Gateshead Sage
Thu 19 October Salford Lowry
Sat 21 October Saffron Walden Saffron Hall
Sun 22 October Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
Mon 23 October London Cadogan Hall *EXTRA DATE on sale Friday
Wed 25 October Sheffield City Hall
Thu 26 October Leicester de Montfort Hall
Fri 27 October Basingstoke Anvil
Sat 28 October Norwich Theatre Royal
Mon 30 October London Bridge Theatre SOLD OUT

Richard Thopson - Acoustic Classics II

Ground-breaking group Fairport Convention, co-founded by Thompson as a teenager in the ‘60s, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and Richard will play Fairport’s annual Cropredy Festival, which takes place August 10-12, to mark the occasion.

Richard Thompson was recently named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time and is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received multiple awards, including Lifetime Achievement Awards at the BBC Folk Awards and the US and UK Americana Music Association Awards, as well as Mojo’s Les Paul Award and an Ivor Novello Award for song writing. Thompson was appointed OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and many others have recorded his songs

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners The Young’uns announce new album / Listen to new single “Be The Man”

Teesside trio The Young’uns have always had the human touch. In the space of little more than a decade – and just three years after giving up their day jobs – they have become one of UK folk music’s hottest properties and best-loved acts.

Young 'uns
Young ‘uns (Photo by Elly Lucas)

Stockton Folk Club’s star graduates clinched the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Group’ title two years running (2015 and 2016) and last year saw them spreading the net, taking their unique act and instant audience rapport to Canada, America and Australia.

With their strong songs, spellbinding harmonies and rapid fire humour, they have achieved one of the trickiest balancing acts – an ability to truly ‘make them laugh and make them cry’, while cutting straight to the heart of some of our most topical issues.

On September 29 they will unveil their fourth studio album Strangers – playing their strongest suit to date.  Bold, profound and resonant it showcases the growing talents of Sean Cooney, fast becoming one of folk’s finest songwriters.

Together with Michael Hughes and David Eagle, Cooney has come up with a collection of folk songs for our time, all sensitively arranged by the 30-something trio – looking back at wartime heroes here, offering a news report for the 21st century there, turning the spotlight on injustice and ultimately celebrating the indomitable human spirit.

Setting the scene with a cover of Maggie Holland’s A Place Called England (Best Song at 2000 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards) , the remaining songs on the 10-track album all come from the prolific pen of Cooney who manages to combine unflinching, sharply observed but compassionate, heartfelt lyrics.

With its ocean blue cover, Strangers looks at the stories of those that have crossed the seas to British shores and soldiers that have voyaged from here to the warfields of Europe. Paeans for the underdog have been inspired by the courage of Syrian refugees, have-a-go heroes and Gay Rights campaigners which sit seamlessly alongside narrative songs of First World War soldiers, Caribbean and Jewish immigrants, including the founder of one of our best known British High Street stores.

Not forgetting their native North East heroes, The Young’uns inspiration also comes from further afield – the banks of Spain’s River Ebro (Bob Cooney’s Miracle) and the Thalys train terrorist attack in France. (Carriage 12). There are constant changes of tempo and mood, from the jaunty sing-a-long Ghafoor’s Bus, celebrating their fellow Teessider who reached out to refugees across Europe to the slow, soaring beauty of Lapwings (as performed on BBC-tv’s Springwatch), inspired by a First World War diary entry from a soldier homesick for English fields and skies and the sublime, poetic Dark Water where they are backed by Aldeburgh Young Musicians and Radio 3’s Mary Ann Kennedy on harp.

Stand-out song Be The Man was inspired by the incredibly moving story of Matthew Ogston and his fiancé Nazim Mahmood – its poignancy elevated by ex Bellowhead musician Rachael McShane on cello and fiddle and Chumbawamba’s Jude Abbott on melancholic flugelhorn. Matthew reacted to Sean’s lyrics saying: “I do not have the right words to even begin to explain how your words have touched my soul and heart”.

Sean’s songs have reached some of the people who inspired them including Syrian refugee Hesham Modamani, now living in Germany and Paris-based American-Frenchman Mark Moogalian, injured in the Thalys train attack, who heard Carriage 12 and wrote to say: “Many thanks for this wonderful song – the only thing that has ever brought tears to my eyes regarding what happened that day.”

These are powerful songs prompted by remarkable stories – making for an ultimately upbeat album full of hope, echoing the lyric from Ghafoor’s Bus: “There’s a friendly face, a better place and a future for us all”

Striking a chord wherever they go, the emphatic Strangers marks a milestone chapter in The Young’uns brilliant story.

Recorded at The Chairworks in Castleford and Loft Studios in Newcastle, Strangers is produced by Neil Ferguson, released on Hereteu Records label and distributed by Proper Music.

Strangers will be showcased on an extensive UK tour (October 4-27) including a debut at London’s Union Chapel and dates at Sage Gateshead (Hall 1), Glasgow’s Oran Mor and The Sugar Club in Dublin – their first headline gig in Ireland. Support for most dates comes from The Hut People, with singer songwriter Greg Russell opening for the trio in Nottingham and Lincoln.

The Young’uns Strangers album tour – October 2017

4  LANCASTER Dukes Theatre
5  SHEFFIELD City Hall (Memorial Hall)
6  GLASGOW Oran Mor
SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn
OXFORD The North Wall Arts Centre
9  COLCHESTER Arts Centre
10 BURY ST EDMUNDS Apex
11 BRISTOL Colston Hall Lantern
12 LONDON Union Chapel
13 SHOREHAM-BY-SEA Ropetackle Arts Centre
14 LINCOLN Drill Hall
15 NOTTINGHAM Glee Club
17 BRECON Theatr Brechyneiog
18 SOUTHPORT Atkinson
19 LEEDS City Varieties
20 MANCHESTER Home – Folk Festival
21 BIRMINGHAM Mac
22 CANTERBURY Cathedral Lodge
24 DUBLIN The Sugar Club
27 GATESHEAD Sage 1