The Ham – Afternoons Concerts
Sat 3rd August Hannah James’ JigDoll Ensemble
This immersive and impressive one-woman song and dance show is enhanced by three international master instrumentalists who perfectly articulate Hannah James’ visionary ideas for song, tune and dance: utilising cutting-edge technology, a multi-layered soundscape and spellbinding dance.
Mon 5th August Sam Sweeney: The Unfinished Violin + Emily Portman & Rob Harbron
Master fiddler Sam Sweeney plays poignant and uplifting instrumental music inspired by the Great War a superb five-piece featuring Rob Harbron, Patsy Reid, Jack Rutter and Ben Nicholls. Plus Emily Portman & Rob Harbron who form an inspired collaboration, with a boldly stripped-back and intricately woven sound.
Wed 7th August Martin Simpson plus Rachael McShane & The Cartographers
Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Simpson is a master storyteller. Drawing together diverse elements of British and American music in his unique interpretations of traditional songs, his solo shows are spellbinding. Expect material from his new album! Topic Records’ latest signing Rachael McShane is a singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player, best known as an original member of folk big band Bellowhead.
Fri 9th August The Shee + Amythyst Kiah
A masterclass of instrumental and vocal skill! Bringing electro-harp, accordion, fiddles, flute, mandolin and three powerful voices together, The Shee produce an adventurous brew of folk, Gaelic and American music. Featuring multiple nominees of Best Live Act at the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards and BBC Radio Folk Award Musician of the Year, Rachel Newton, among their ranks. Amythyst Kiah is a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter based out of Johnson City, Tennessee
Sun 4th August Merry Hell + Nick Hart
An “Acoustic Set” from North West folk band with a swathe of original songs, political and heartfelt. Their performances are uplifting and totally infectious: a joyous explosion of melody, commitment, energy and above all, songs that stay with you long after listening. Plus an engaging performance from Nick Hart, a folk singer deeply rooted in the English tradition.
Tues 6th August 3.30pm – The Young ’Uns: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff
With their trademark harmony, honesty and humour, the Teesside trio perform The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff, the story of one man’s adventure from the streets in the north of England to fighting against fascism in the Spanish Civil War. A timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure following the footsteps of one working-class hero.
Thurs 8th August Nancy Kerr & James Fagan + Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
A cut above, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan combine outstanding musicianship, a lifelong grounding in traditional singing and instrumental playing, acclaimed original compositions and a visceral chemistry which makes them a stand out act on any stage. Plus Jimmy & Sid, simply one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their combination of outstanding vocal work and sensitive instrumentation is bound by a powerful thread of social conscience.