Originally inspired and co-curated by Ian Anderson and fRoots magazine (whose legacy lives on with Podwireless Radio), we welcome FOLK RADIO UK, our media partner as co-curators of the extended series continuing to open the door on a new world of possibilities inspired by tradition. The popular Cellarful of Folkadelia afternoon sessions opens the door on a new world of possibilities inspired by tradition. For 2022, guest confirmations include:
Eugenia Georgieva is a stand-out Bulgarian-born folk singer, performer and choir director. She is a singer of a deep, abounding grace. Inspired by the traditional music of her homeland, she has delved deep into Bulgarian music, but also old songs from Macedonia, Russia and other Slavic countries.
Modeste is an award winning singer songwriter and guitarist from eastern Madagascar whose music is a unique blend of traditional Malagasy sounds. He creates beautiful, exuberant melodies & rhythms with hypnotic guitar playing & vocals and is known for his incredible live performances. As the Independent said, ‘He’s so effective in this musical sleight of hand that audience members scan the stage in search of a (non-existent) second guitar player’. His new album with Madagascan musician Kilema is called ‘Green World’ – ‘Ala Maintso’.
N’famady Kouyaté is an energetic young master balafon player, the traditional wooden xylophone sacred to West African culture and his griot heritage, from Guinea (Conakry). Relocating to Cardiff in 2019, the talented multi-instrumentalist has wowed audiences across the UK and Ireland over the past few years, with his modern interpretations of traditional Mandingue songs and rhythms, supporting Welsh musician Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals).
Ben Paley is a talented fiddle player. Surrounded by traditional music from the outset, his father Tom Paley, one of the great figures of the American folk revival, is amongst his many significant influences. His fiddle playing is inspired by old-time American music, Swedish traditions and beyond and he has played in numerous bands and with numerous collaborators from many genres.
Windjammer are an exciting young three-piece from South Devon, blending self-penned songs and tunes with original contemporary arrangements of traditional English folk music. Using varied arrangements of acoustic guitar, whistles, accordion, synthesizer and percussion, they set their rich stories in a context of all their own making.
Angeline Morrison is a vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and morris dancer based in Cornwall, who believes in the inherent beauty of sad songs, and who draws inspiration from the little things in nature that often go unnoticed. Angeline’s homespun sonic aesthetic, deeply emotive writing and layered vocal harmonies are all stitched together to make small, tender, often dark stories in song.
Bush Gothic wander through the dankest, weirdest corners of the trad song books and emerge as postmodern slash anti-establishment slash folk feminists. Are they outsiders, lurking on the cultural fringe? Or have they penetrated to the inner core of Australian identity? BBC Music Magazine gave them FIVE STARS and they are multiple Best Music Award winners at The Adelaide Fringe.
SERIOUS SAM BARRETT
Serious Sam Barrett is a hard touring, folk and country singer from Yorkshire. Playing honest, heartfelt self penned and traditional songs on 12 string guitar and banjo. “Songs that rattle with the ghosts of Appalachian folk, and southern blues, yet sound emphatically English.” Uncut Magazine
BIRD IN THE BELLY
Bird in the Belly is a Brighton-based Folk group consisting of folk-duo Hickory Signals (Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti), alt-folk singer-songwriter Ben Webb (Jinnwoo, Green Ribbons), and multi-instrumentalist and producer Tom Pryor. Together they collect little known and forgotten lyrics, poems and stories from around the UK, and set them to their own “hypnotically original compositions” (fRoots).
Sairie are Emma Morton (vocals, autoharp), Jon Griffin (vocals, guitar) and Andy Thomas (bass). Jon and Emma met through playing in Lutine together and went on to form Sairie. From East Sussex, the trio have a shared love of folklore, dark tales, mystery, nature and landscape.