The UK based singer/songwriter's music has been described as classic singer-songwriter style.
With occasional forays into punchy alternative pop on recent releases, a genre that Jinder fills as easily as he fits into folk. His work is often compared to that of John Martyn, Jackie Leven, Townes Van Zandt and Stephen Stills, with influences as diverse as The Replacements, early Echo and The Bunnymen and The Blue Nile.
Jinder's vocal style is warm and sweet whilst his lyrics weave a rapturous tale. With a career spanning over 20 years he has many a tale to tell.
He made his debut in the late 90s with the critically acclaimed Dusty Roads EP. He has gone on to release twelve albums for five record labels, including Sony BMG and Universal.
Jinder's songs have appeared in hit movies, been recorded by other artists, featured on a Number 1 album and in a West End musical.
In 2019, Jinder enjoyed five entries in the UK download charts, including Keep Me In Your Heart which appeared in hit movie Fisherman’s Friends and reached Number 1 in the download charts in eight countries.
2020 saw the release of a brace of critically acclaimed new albums and a virtual world tour, with several weeks of live-streamed concerts across dozens of time zones.
Returning in 2022 with a slew of sold out concerts and top forty download chart single, he releases his thirteenth album in 2023.
Supported by Peter James Millson - inspired by a strange combination of mid-80s literate pop, wiry guitar bands and the songs of Jimmy Webb. His everyday life continues to supply material which he goes on to filter through his usual prism of arcane influences.
This seemingly unlikely duo have recorded two studio albums, Before the Sun (2016) and Awake (2018), produced by award-winning producer David Travers-Smith.
They have toured the UK, North America and mainland Europe, and on festival stages alongside Americana and folk luminaries such as Sarah Jarosz, Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman and Oh Susanna. They also appeared at the West Java World Music Festival, Indonesia in 2019.
Hannah Sanders has an alluring mystique and a voice of disarming purity that massages your senses with gentle ease. Ask her nicely and she will discuss witchcraft, tarot cards and her adventures in a family band busking through Europe in an old school bus.
Ben Savage is a bubbling ferment of energy, all fluffy hair, unkempt charm and infectious enthusiasm who will seemingly play any instrument you care to put in front of him with grace and favour. Ask him nicely and he will debate any musical tradition you care to mention and will tell you all about the dobro and his adventures with the band The Willows.
They incorporate various traditions, but play contemporary music. They have their own unique writing style too. They play English songs with mountain dulcimer and dobro. The duo also incorporate ghost stories, blues, Northumbrian music, electric guitar, Woody Guthrie, murder ballads, Billy Bragg, human seals, old time songs, the Stockholm Archipelago, hangings, Appalachia, new moons, Joan Baez, cowboys, railway journeys, street singers and Cambridge into one mesmerising explanation of their musical philosophy. They are not your average acoustic duo, that’s for sure.
Playful and instinctive, they constantly do the unexpected; yet they do it with such panache and natural chemistry it makes perfect sense. They are true originals, that’s all there is to it. Distinctive. Innovative. Ground-breaking. Unique.
‘This is folk music for everyone – a master-class in proficiency, an exercise in individuality and a declaration of love of the folk tradition from both sides of the Atlantic’ ★★★★★ Spiral Earth
'An exquisite soundscape, which is the result of passion, precision and unbridled intimacy’ ★★★★★ R2 Magazine
'Arrestingly beautiful' ★★★★★ Songlines
21st century folk fires a respectful broadside at the traditional.
The Salts are a co-operative of seasoned musicians, creating what is fast becoming one of the most exciting and energetic folk concepts of recent times. With their own unique sound that mixes well written original compositions alongside classic traditional tunes, it's a guaranteed blast. Their debut album ‘She Rises’ and now their second album 'BRAVE' are receiving rave reviews across the board.
'The Salts - they were just outstandingly brilliant' Tim Walker BBC (Costa del Folk 2022)
'Incredibly gutsy stuff with a big sound' Mike Harding, (The Mike Harding Folk Show)
The Carrivick Sisters are one of the UK's top young bluegrass and folk acts.
Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and clawhammer banjo. Their busy touring schedule is rapidly building them a reputation for engaging and entertaining live performances with tight sibling vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental virtuosity. Having grown up in South Devon, an area rich in folk lore and legends, much of their original material is inspired by their local surroundings and history.
The Carrivick Sisters first started performing as a duo in 2006, originally as buskers before turning professional when they left school in 2007. In 2007 they won the South West Busker’s and Street Entertainer’s Competition, gaining themselves their first spot at Glastonbury Festival. In 2008 Laura achieved 2nd place at the RockyGrass Fiddle Contest in America. The Carrivick Sisters were finalists in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young FolkAwards 2010 and were named Band|Duo of the Year in the 2011 FATEA Awards. Most recently Charlotte won first place in both Old-time banjo and fiddle at FOAOTMAD's festival in Gainsborough 2012.
'Demonstrating rare instrumental and vocal superiority that puts their colleagues to shame… this is one duo which is going places' ★★★★★ Maverick Magazine
In a change to previously advertised, this event is on Wednesday 14 June 2023
Ahoy there! You are invited to board the Sailorette and join the plentiful crew, 'The Old Time Sailors', for a night of footstomping, dancing and singing!
You will be sailing back to the 19th century for an immersive experience of traditional seafaring music performed in a way you have never seen before. The Motley Crew and their plethora of traditional and eclectic instruments will take you back to the time of clashing tankards, and drunken debauchery.
Sing and dance along like a drunken sailor as the band perform centuries old folk and shanty songs. Fancy dress is encouraged, so pull out your best seafaring garments me hearties and join the festivities!
Ajay Srivastav is a critically acclaimed musician who reflects the life and lessons learnt as a British born artist of Indian heritage, with uplifting songs of protest and change.
His unique rootsy guitar style is layered with inflections of sitar and sarod. This ability to merge scales, and techniques from classical Indian music with slide guitar playing, are down to his continual search for commonality where there is difference.
'The fusion happened inside me… what you hear is the sound of my varied experiences. Breaking down musical boundaries comes easy when you’ve spent your life living at the crossroads of different cultures' Ajay Srivastav
The Toronto-based singer-songwriter has been part of the musical fabric and landscape in Canada for over two decades.
He enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2020, when his second solo acoustic album, The Ridge, earned a million plays on Spotify. It also received praise from press worldwide and airplay from America to Australia to the UK.
The album is loaded with soulful Americana and country twang. It won Julian Taylor the Solo Artist of the Year award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and was nominated for two Juno Awards (Contemporary Folk Album of The Year, Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year) plus many more nominations.
In 2022, with Julian won best male artist in the International Acoustic Music Awards, and scored five Native American Music Award nominations. He has charted on several Canadian Radio and Indigenous Music Charts.
Julian Taylor is of combined Mohawk and Caribbean ancestry. His versatility as a songwriter is his signature; one minute he’s onstage playing with his band spilling out electrified rhythm and blues glory, and the next he’s featured at a folk festival delivering a captivating solo singer-songwriter set.
He is known for being an explosive and captivating live performer. He has performed at the Festival d’Été de Quebec, the Mariposa Folk Festival, Ottawa BluesFest and more. Taylor was also invited to perform at the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and Vancouver.
Supported by Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers).
In Restoration England, Nell Gwynne became the most famous woman alive.
Our play ('an extraordinary production' – Bath Echo) - Nelly – A Folk Musical – shows you why. It features 15 new songs written by Jo Freya, Robb Johnson, Reg Meuross, Lucy Ward, Boff Whalley and Dave Wilson (Winter Wilson).
The talk of the Derby Folk Festival 2022, Nelly is 'a fabulous, funny, moving story with a host of great songs and performances' Rock’n’Reel.
Theatre is all about storytelling. Folk music is all about storytelling. And Nell Gwynne - what a story. Nelly – the orange seller who became the leading comedy actress of her day and the mistress of Charles II. And 350 years on, what’s changed? A plague. A corrupt government. A dodgy duke of York. Ahem.
'This is fantastic'
'Loved the songs, the singing (excellent voices), the acting, the jokes, the poignancy. Superb!'
'Best musical I’ve seen for years'
'Highly entertaining – talent abounds' Derby Folk Festival
The Americana/Alt-Country songwriter knows how to tell a story.
She is flanked by her dynamic band - longtime guitarist the inimitable Tim Bray, Seth Morrissey (bass) and Seth Brown (drums).
Karen dazzles with energy that showcases their nine-year touring chemistry and the true joy of their art.
She has released five full-length records and is a three-time Wammie (Washington Area Music) Award winner for Best Country and Americana Artist, Mid Atlantic Song Contest winner, Ameripolitan Award nominee, and official SXSW and UK Americanafest Showcasing Artist.
'A stunning collection of dreamy and dark alt-country confessionals; a deep exploration of love and vulnerability from one of Americana’s most hopeless romantics' Holler.Country
'Vocals that twist and snap with tension and emotional depth' Country Music People
'The voice of country music in the DMV is a big, bright voice that belongs to Virginia native Karen Jonas' Parklife Mag DC
Fairport Convention has been entertaining music lovers for over half a century, with 2023 being their 56th anniversary!
During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes. But one thing has remained the same - Fairport’s passion for performance.
This year’s Autumn Tour concert will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new.
Fairport Convention have won a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted their ground-breaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'. Their story has been celebrated with television documentaries on BBC Four and Sky Arts.
The band features founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on bouzouki, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and vocals
'Stuffing their set with a surprising amount of new material for a vintage act, Fairport are still clearly having fun and brought the house down.' The Guardian
'Fairport is an institution, a festival, purveyors of memories, and keepers of the folk flame. But most of all they are a brilliant live band.' Folk & Tumble
Ward Knutur Townes found their sound when the world fell silent.
In 2020, these three singer-songwriters, (Lucy Ward, Svavar Knutur and Adyn Townes) were selected to take part in a virtual global music sharing experiment called Global Music Match. Teamed up together, they spent several lockdowns turning their stories into soft harmonies and intricate melodies. This year, they cashed in their stagnant travel points and recorded their debut album in Iceland. It will be released in October 2023 and accompanied by an extensive UK tour.
The album is an evocative and seamless blend of these three critically acclaimed artists signature styles; it is heartfelt and powerful, with songs that take in the breadth of the human condition. It is an album that masterfully explores love, mystery, folklore and longing, each track united by having great story telling at its heart.
On stage, the rapport between Ward Knutur Townes is effervescent. Each one of them is skilled in holding an audience alone, so there is an utter magic to watching their joyful, authentic camaraderie unfold. Audiences are welcomed as friends and leave a WKT show having laughed and cried; feeling truly uplifted by their epic stage presence and, undoubtedly, moved by their music.
Lucy Ward (Derbyshire, UK) is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and powerhouse performer with a unique ability to inhabit the heart of each song she sings. A BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, her songs are a mixture of evocative imagery, quiet beauty, passion, protest and tradition all rolled into one.
Svavar Knutur (Iceland) is a gentle but coarse and decadent troubadour. His roots lie in the eastern and northern fjords of Iceland, known for their respective melancholic poetry and rugged gruffness. Knutur is a humorous storyteller and avid diver into the murky waters of the human condition, always seeking a mixture of art, philosophy and entertainment.
Adyn Townes (New Brunswick, Canada) is an award-winning alternative folk artist who uses self-deprecating banter and heartfelt lyrics to disarm any audience. A five times International Song writing Competition finalist, Townes unique voice and honest songwriting set the stage for a show that is high energy yet intimate, beautiful yet clever.