Martin is known as a singer and guitarist of formidable talent, often named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.
Martin is equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions. His solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game.
WHY? Nominated an astonishing 31 times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Singer and guitarist Jim Moray has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music.
His multi-award winning debut album changed the sound of folk song and his latest album Upcetera has been nominated for Best Album at the 2017 BBC Folk Awards. Expect Jim’s unmistakable soulful and yearning voice, singing old songs in a new way. He will be supported by Jackie Oates.
WHY? ★★★★★ fRoots | ★★★★★ R2 | ★★★★★ Mojo | ★★★★ The Observer
Presenting England's traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, The Dovetail Trio explores familiar narratives with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage.
This collaboration combines the distinctive voices and acclaimed instrumental talents of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jamie Roberts, BBC Performing Arts Award winner Rosie Hood and Newcastle Folk Degree alumnus Matt Quinn.
The Dovetail Trio’s debut album Wing of Evening was released in September 2015 on RootBeat Records. The album has been well received with 4 star reviews from the Telegraph, R2 and Songlines and national radio play on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3. The album features a number of unusual versions of traditional English songs alongside an American folk story, a traditional Scottish whaling song and even a French/Canadian tune set. Tight vocal harmonies and skilled musicianship make this an exciting debut album.
'A combination of richly rounded accented vocals, skin-tight harmonies and sparse yet polished instrumentation' FolkWords
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In 2015 Mawkin delivered their self-produced and critically acclaimed album The Ties That Bind.
Their ‘unapologetically energetic’ approach and DIY ethic surprised critics, fans and welcomed new audience members describing them as a ‘modern day Fairport’.
With a host of rebel rousing folk songs and instrumentals the band modernise traditional folk material with their own touch and have since excited audiences with their artillery of loud, boisterous, foot stomping live sets. Critics of the album suggested that Mawkin might fill the ‘Bellowhead shaped hole’ so it seemed only natural to support them on their farewell tour of 2016 amongst a flurry of key festivals and UK tour dates.
The band members have a wealth of other musical experience between them with brothers David and James’s involvement with Eliza Carthy and Norma Waterson, Jim Moray, Topette!, and the two providing stand-in support for members of Bellowhead. Nick Cooke is Kate Rusby and False Lights’ melodeon player, is a professional mastering engineer and has worked with some of the most iconic producers in our lifetime. Lee Richardson, who’s former background was in dance music, is an award winning producer of TV, advertising and trailer music.
‘Masculine, Muscular Folk Quintet’ The Independent
‘A Gutsy re-working of Traditional Songs’ The Guardian
Traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration.
An Albion Christmas has been touring for nearly 20 years. It features the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band), Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings. Expect a seasonal mixture of carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance.
WHY? ‘The perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas’ The Guardian