29th September – Murray A Lightburn

Murray is a composer, musician, performer and music producer. He’s best known as the lead singer and principal songwriter of internationally-known Montreal chamber rock band, The Dears.
Formed in 1995, their orchestral, dark pop sound and dramatic live shows cemented The Dears at the foundation of the then-emerging Canadian indie rock renaissance.  Murray’s Second solo record, Hear Me Out, is to be released Spring 2019.

“Lightburn evokes… Scott Walker produced by the early-Seventies Curtis Mayfield… with the vulnerable, urgent songwriting and deep-soul flair of his second solo album, Hear Me Out.”
“as if Brian Wilson had borrowed [Curtis] Mayfield and the Impressions for the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds.”

MASS:LIGHT was his first ever solo record. This was a concept album that CBC Music described as “dark and fantastic,
Of his solo performance, XS Noise wrote: “Murray Lightburn proved he could take himself in any musical direction he wishes without dividing or disappointing fans.”

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1st October – Damien O’Kane and Ron Block

These incredible musicians will amaze audience members with their finger lickin’ pickin’ and they are mighty fine gentlemen to go along with it. Having collaborated and shared the stage in the past with none other than Kate Rusby, they are gearing up for a special tour together.

Damien O’Kane
O’Kane began his career touring and trekking around the globe with his family band. Steeped in music, passed on through his parents, Damien grew up in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, with a deep respect and understanding of the folk tradition, yet which also forged a healthy appetite to explore its broadest borders and test its boundaries. All of which has culminated in his critically acclaimed 2015 solo album ‘Areas Of High Traffic’.

Damien had a stint with Irish/Anglo supergroup Flook in 2007/8 and during his time in the band he quickly gained recognition for his banjo and vocal talents. Now currently a solo artist and a full-time member of Kate Rusby’s band, O’Kane is much in demand. All the while, Damien is an outstanding banjo player, regarded as one of the finest on the Irish music scene. And a superb guitarist. And an ingenious arranger. Not to mention an accomplished tunemaker, researcher, bandleader, producer and accompanist of rich imagination and fearless vision.

Ron Block
Throughout his life – and certainly throughout his extraordinary career – multi-instrumentalist Ron Block has been rooted firmly in the bluegrass-country tradition. Now the longtime member of the Grammy-winning band Alison Krauss and Union Station discovers a whole new area of uncharted terrain.

Like a true adventurer, Block has learned something from every avenue of exploration, whether as a member of one of the most successful bands, or as a solo artist expanding his musical horizons. But being able to share the experience with other artists borne of that same pioneering spirit has made his musical journey one that is as indelible for music fans as it has been for Block himself. With numerous solo records himself, all to incredible critical acclaim, Block stands out as one of the finest and most innovative bluegrass banjo players to ever walk the earth, and he is an astonishing guitar player to boot! Joining them will be Stevie Byrnes & Duncan Lyall     …music at it’s best

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13th October – Rachel Sermanni

Rachel Sermanni is a dynamic (in many senses of the word) singer and songwriter whose performance and lyrics draw from a deep well of mystic lore, dreams, nature and the simplecomplex experience of being human. A contemporary folk musician, influenced by a wealth of genres including jazz, rock, old-time and traditional.

Since 2011, Rachel Sermanni has toured the globe, played alongside artists such as Mumford & Sons, Fink, Ron Sexsmith, John Grant, The Staves, Karine Polwart, The Maes and many many more.

In the studio she has worked with producers Ian Grimble (Travis, Texas, Manic Street Preachers…), Alex Newport (Bloc Party, Death Cab for Cutie, City & Colour) Axel Reinemer (Jazzanova), Paul Savage (The Delgados, Admiral Fallow, Mogwai, The Twilight Sad) and Colin Macleod.

After the release of two studio albums, a live album, a plethora of precious EP’s, a near decade of touring, followed by a year of learning what it is to be a mother, Rachel Sermanni is returning with a new record – Her third studio album: ‘So It Turns.’ (released Aug 2019), recorded in Berlin, three years ago, and inspired by her time studying & volunteering at a Buddhist monastery.

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18th October – Gordon Haskell

Gordon Haskell has often been described as a brilliant mix of Bill Withers and James Taylor with the feel of J.J Cale; but ultimately Haskell is a craftsman with his own unique style and presence, who has been consistently winning audiences with his warmth and golden voice for decades.

After 35 years of dedication to developing his craft of the singer-songwriter, Gordon Haskell finally broke through in 2001 with his hugely popular song ‘How Wonderful You Are’ reaching No. 2 in the UK chart and top chart positions right across Europe.

In 2002 his albums ‘Harry’s Bar’ and ‘Shadows on the Wall’ reached No. 2 and No 44 in the UK chart, and in the top 20 in Germany, France, Poland, Finland and the Netherlands. Both albums reached Gold status with the single selling 400,000+.

Since then he has continued to perform and record mostly in Europe, travelling from his home in Greece, and released book ‘The Road to Harry’s Bar’.
Having had a handful of sporadic concerts (& hugely successful) live appearances since, Gordon returns to the road in 2019 to bring his jazz/blues-influenced songbook and golden voice back to theatre audiences nationwide; up-close, intimate evenings with Gordon Haskell – the master singer-songwriter.

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25th October – Mike Peters

 The Alarm – Hurricane of Change 30th Anniversary Acoustic Tour The tour will honour The Alarm’s late 1980’s trilogy of iconic album’s ‘Eye Of The Hurricane’, ‘Electric Folklore’ and ‘Change’, and will feature intimate acoustic readings of some of The Alarm’s most famous songs such as Rain In The Summertime (1987 – International Top 20 Hit), Sold Me Down The River (1989 – Number 1 Rock Song in the USA) and A New South Wales (1990 UK Top 40), alongside a host of Alarm standards as captured on the 1988 live album ‘Electric Folklore’.

30 years ago, as Mike Peters undertook a creative song-writing journey through the heart of his home country – Wales, the Berlin Wall would fall and Europe itself, would plunge into a period of enormous and seismic change. Caught in the middle of this political maelstrom, Mike Peters and the Alarm would record the albums ‘Eye of The Hurricane’ (1987), Electric Folklore (1988), and ‘Change’ (1989) each of which would in their own way, capture the essence of these most turbulent times.

The Hurricane of Change tour will be performed solo with a first set dedicated to ‘Eye Of The Hurricane’ followed by a second performance of ‘Change’ along with a third set featuring songs from The Alarm’s classic live recording ‘Electric Folklore”.

“I have always seen these three albums as an Alarm trilogy”, says Mike Peters. “A lot happened to the band and the world, during the writing and recording sessions from 1987-1990. As one decade bled into another, the themes of response and resolve to contend with uncertain times are running through the core of each and every album. Played together these songs tell their own story and with the tumultuous times Europe can expect to face in the coming months and years, are still as relevant today as when they were first written.”

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27th October – Marry Waterson & Emily Barker

What happens when two critically acclaimed folk and roots artists collaborate on songwriting for the first time and then employ the eclectic production skills of Adem and the multi-instrumentalist skills of Lukas Drinkwater to record a full album of original songs? After a fortuitous meeting on a songwriting retreat at the invitation of Kathryn Williams, the pair reconvened to continue their writing partnership, creating a set of songs on new album A Window to Other Ways that are a fly-on-the-wall observation of the contradictions and disconnections of modern life.

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