THE DEMON BARBERS XL– RISE UP
The award-winning Demon Barbers have racked up an impressive two decades of galvanising the folk scene with their rousing rhythms, soaring crescendos and a maverick approach to fusing the contemporary with the traditional. What better way to mark this musical milestone than with a new album ‘Rise Up’ along with a new adaptation of their critically acclaimed stage show, a rousing celebration of social justice and political protest.
THE MAGPIE ARC
The Magpie Arc is a new cross-border band out of Sheffield and Edinburgh featuring the multi-award-winning talents and wide musical influences of Nancy Kerr, Martin Simpson, Adam Holmes, Tom A Wright and Alex Hunter There will be new songs.
There will be some great (and maybe unusual) covers and there will be reworked traditional songs. There will be folk, and there will very likely be blues. A bit of country, there may even be some rock ‘n’ roll.
In their five years, Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2017’s Folk Band of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Mohsen Amini – the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018, Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature that has effortlessly captivated audiences around the world.
Fara brings together four leading musicians at the forefront of today’s Scottish folk scene. Rory Matheson, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price’s three fiddles and a piano produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney. Their four contrasting personalities and individual musical voices make for a colourful melting pot – each bringing a different musical pallet to the table.
Melrose Quartet are Nancy Kerr (voice, fiddle), James Fagan (voice, bouzouki, guitar), Jess Arrowsmith (voice, fiddle) and Richard Arrowsmith (voice, melodeons). From deep roots in their hometown’s vibrant music, song and dance scene, to smashing concert appearances all over the UK, Sheffield-based Melrose Quartet have attracted a reputation for making music that truly connects with people.
WILL POUND’S A DAY WILL COME
Acclaimed harmonica and melodeon player Will Pound has embarked on a musical journey across the states of the European Union, to discover and unveil the diversity and common ground of their traditional music and song. He joins with Polish poet, Bohdan Piasecki, and musicians Jenn Butterworth, Jude Rees, John Parker and Patsy Reid to celebrate the joyous sounds of a continent and to hear the stories and hopes of those affected by the politics of division.
Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player – and BBC Radio Two Folk Singer Of The Year 2017 – Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell has been described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Daoirí had cut his teeth as a singer in Dublin’s famous Góilin Singers Club and stepped into the limelight in his own right, and has been in demand ever since. A Lifetime of Happiness is the title of his much-anticipated latest album.
JACKIE DALY & MATT CRANITCH
Jackie Daly (accordion) and Matt Cranitch (fiddle) both have long and distinguished careers in Irish music, leaving a lasting influence on that tradition. As a duo, they play vibrant, collaborative music; the foremost interpreters of the rich Sliabh Luachra tradition of instrumental music. The unique cultural area on the borders of northwest Cork and east Kerry provides a special repertoire of tunes as well as a very distinctive style of playing. and has long been a source of inspiration for both Jackie and Matt.
ROSIE HOOD TRIO
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated Rosie Hood is a folk singer/songwriter from Wiltshire known for her strong, pure voice and captivating performances. Immersed in traditional music most of her life Rosie released her critically acclaimed debut album The Beautiful & The Actual in 2017. She plays at Sidmouth with her trio featuring Nicola Beazley (fiddle) and Lucy Huzzard (melodeon), and in a duo with fine folk musician and singer Cohen Kilcoyne-Braithwaite.