THURSDAY 26th FEBRUARY 2015 - KIERAN HALPINTickets £8
Since 1979 Kieran Halpin has recorded 18 albums, one live DVD and published 2 songbooks with 50 songs in each book. He is a successful songwriter with many of his songs covered by other artists such as Ilse De Lange(All The Answers), Vin Garbutt, Dolores Keane, Geraldine McGowan, Tom McConville, Niamh Parsons, The Battlefield Band, Flossie and the late John Wright. In fact his songs are performed in clubs, pubs and concert halls throughout the world. Some have also been translated into German, Finnish and Spanish! He has recorded albums in his native Ireland, Scotland, London, Nashville, Oxford and Sydney.
2011 sees the release of his 20th album – the devil and his dealing – a remarkable achievement over a 38 year career – consistently prolific and artistically inventive. The new CD has 11 new songs and features the musicianship of Yogi Jockusch on percussion, Jimmy Smith on guitar, Manfred Leuchter on accordion, Percy Pursglove on double bass and Marion Fleetwood on backing vocals.
2012 will start with the release of Songbook 3 which will contain all the songs from the last 3 CD’s.
Whilst his albums are always something to look forward to it is live on stage where Halpin makes his mark. Powerful and passionate, intimate and intense, he is impossible to ignore. His voice has such an edge to it that he sounds like he is living every song. He has managed to marry his intelligent and thought provoking lyrics with great melodies and has developed over the years into a writer with a style all his own. All of this is underscored by an incisive wit in his introductions which helps an audience to understand where the song comes from and hint at where it might be going.
THURSDAY 19th MARCH 2015 - EWAN McLENNANTickets £8/10
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Horizon Winner 2011
Ewan McLennan first emerged onto the UK folk scene with the release of his debut album ‘Rags & Robes’. The recording gained much critical praise, described by Maverick as 'a collection of truly captivating songs', and featured in MOJO’s top ten folk albums of 2010. After an appearance on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and a televised performance for the Celtic Connections Festival at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, his debut was capped by winning the BBC Folk Award’s Horizon Award in 2011.
Ewan’s music was immediately noted for its depth of feeling and sincerity, something which comes from his respect and passion for the music he plays. Whether singing haunting traditional Scottish ballads or weaving the powerful stories that make-up his own songs, Ewan’s unique, moving and earthy voice is always compelling. Having performed with and been taught by a number of world-renowned guitarists, from Martin Simpson to Robin Hill and Gerry Douglas, his own guitar playing is recognised as outstanding and forms an essential part of his music.
The much-awaited second album, ‘The Last Bird to Sing’, was also greeted with glowing reviews and confirmed his prominence amongst the new generation of folk musicians. As well as continuing to plough the furrow of traditional song Ewan’s self-penned songs on his second album were once again met with critical acclaim. His track ‘Joe Glenton’ was awarded a prestigious national award for political song-writing, reinforcing his reputation as a singer who does not shy away from stinging social commentary. The release of ‘The Last Bird to Sing’ gained Ewan several further awards, including the Spiral Earth Award for Best Male Singer of 2013.
During these years Ewan has been touring constantly around the UK and overseas and has gained a reputation for intimate and moving performances.
In 2013, Ewan performed on the world-renowned Transatlantic Sessions together with the finest folk musicians from around the world. The series had him collaborating with artists such as Aly Bain, Tim O’Brien, Cara Dillon and Mike McGoldrick and showcased both Ewan’s unique interpretation of traditional song and his own self-penned songs.
Ewan’s new album ‘Stories still Untold’ was released in September 2014 to critical acclaim (see press quotes below). He will be touring extensively in UK and Europe during 2015.
‘One of the most exciting singers to come out of Scotland in recent years’ Mike Harding
‘Stories Still Untold, is a real treat’ **** 4 stars The Telegraph
‘It simply oozes class… when we lost Iain MacKintosh and Bert Jansch in recent years I have been waiting for a male voice with the same mixture of vulnerability, sensitivity, and above all, humanity. In Ewan McLennan I think we have that voice’. The Living Tradition
‘An outstanding singer and fine guitarist’ fRoots
‘A major figure on the Scottish folk scene’ **** 4 stars Top of the World, Songlines
THURSDAY 30th APRIL 2015 - BABAJACKTickets £10adv/£1228 seated and 30 standing tickets remaining as of 02/12/14
BABAJACK is fast becoming one of the most sought after bands on the festival circuits in the UK and Europe. Their brand of roots is contemporary, powerful: ‘an intoxicating brew of blues, folk and roots music’ (Classic Rock Magazine). They combine great musicianship, passion, energy and charismatic performance to create a unique sound and a great stage show.
Becky Tate (vocals/percussion) and Trevor Steger (guitars/ harmonica, are the song writing core of BabaJack, with Tosh Murase (drums) and Adam Bertenshaw (bass).
Their latest Album RUNNING MAN is listed in TOP ALBUMS OF 2013 in Classic Rock, Classic Rock Blues and Guitar and Bass magazines. And their recent appearance at The Royal Albert Hall recorded for Radio 2 has given them ever greater attention from the media and the music loving public. There is no doubt this the band to see.
THURSDAY 28th MAY 2015 - MARTIN CARTHYTickets £12/14 *Advance Booking Recommended!*
Lifetime Achievement Award - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014
For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.
Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals' music documentary strand on BBC 2) - there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn't played.
He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.
`Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all' Q Magazine