13th December – Knight & Spiers

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Knight  & Spiers ~ A Concert of Seasonal Music from the English Tradition…and Beyond.

These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. This very special concert will feature lesser known carols, tunes and wassails from the English tradition and beyond.

Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance which left audiences in awe. With no space to be found in the marquee, people stood five deep in the pouring rain in order to witness the bringing together of two of the most genuinely gifted musicians in their respective fields.  With a standing ovation and roars for more, and much to the delight of folk fans everywhere, Knight and Spiers decided not to leave things there.

The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage.

“Knight’s playing is a revelation. A world away from folky fiddling, it’s fully informed by the classical style, all long sweeping bow strokes and eloquent legato. Yet he never loses the essential folk heart of the music, tracing a graceful line of his own making” Review of Cambridge Folk Festival’s ‘City Roots’

“John’s elegant, rhythmic and virtuoso playing and easy-going banter is a quiet triumph!”
Robin Denselow, The Guardian

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20th December – Sam Fearon Band

+ support Jake Loosemore. Sam Fearon is a 26 year old singer/songwriter, he recently released his debut album ‘To Fall In Love;Sam writes a lot of his own material and has been previously featured on BBC Radio 2. He  has been gigging professionally since the age of 16 and, whilst based in Devon, regularly travels countrywide to perform. Many of his Solo gigs are now in London. the logical progression being  Americana flavoured music of the recently formed Sam Fearon Band with on drums Simon Farress-Gregg aka SiGGy, Steve Taylor on bass and Ryan Lewis on guitar.

+ support Jake Loosemore:– Born and raised in the small town of Honiton, Jake began the guitar at the age of 6. He hasn’t stopped since. This year he has played in many different venues across the south west including the Exeter Phoenix, The Cavern, The Underground, The Junction, Powderham Castle, and Leopallooza.  His love and knowledge of music have led him to develop a unique style with subtle nods to some of his greatest influences – including John Mayer, Jason Isbell, Joey Landreth and Eric Clapton.

17th Jan 2020 – Tamara Stewart

Nashville based, Australian award winning singer songwriter Tamar Stewart, returns to the UK in January 2020 for a string of intimate Acoustic shows.

Tamara is the real deal. Not only a well awarded Songwriter and artist, in this new age of empowering women, she has Written for many other artists in both Australia and the USA. She has also been in the chair of Record Producer for 10 years, making her home of Nashville (5 years) such a pure and organic place for her music to take to a world stage.

Tamara’s latest album, her fifth offering, “The  Truth, The Music & Me” was received tremendously by Music lovers across the UK, building a whole new audience for Tamara on her two recent tours over the last 12 months. Thankfully, she’s back again to deliver her much lives songs from the album, as well as treating England to a preview of her upcoming album which she is currently recording in her home town of Nashville Tennessee USA.

It’s not only her warm yet powerful vocal, nor is it simply her unique raw songwriting and storytelling abilities, it is Tamara herself.

Between songs she’s funny, endearing, honest and truly is a rare and precious talent. You Will laugh, you’ll possibly shed a tear, But you’ll hear her truth and you’ll be entertained. Do not miss Tamara on her very short visit to Kingskerswell on Friday January 17

 

24th January – The Aerlialists

The Aerialists meld their ferociously creative harmonic sensibilities and deep love for folk traditions into a jazz-rock coloured sound called prog-trad.

Featuring Scottish harpist Màiri Chaimbeul (Darol Anger & The Furies, Brìghde Chaimbeul), and Canadian neo-folk innovators Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird) on guitar and Elise Boeur (Jenny Ritter) on fiddle with a stellar rhythm section, the group draws from the wells of Nordic and Gaelic music, adding expansive textures and meticulously sculpted arrangements to create captivating, genre-defying new music.

“A veritable (prog-trad) folk super-group whose next moves promise to be extraordinary” – David Morrison, FRUK

“Group Manoeuvre… is cunning, exhilarating and at times almost emotionally overwhelming” – Maddy Cristall, Words On Sound

 

30th January Sam Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly)

An evening with Sam Duckworth, including this show being recorded, live.

A veteran at 33, Sam Duckworth has been releasing music under the moniker Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly for 14 years. His catalogue includes collaborations ranging from Baba Maal, to Shy Fx, Kate Nash to Jehst. It includes 4 top 40 singles, 2 top 40 albums, a German Club Number 1 and a gold certified plaque for the seminal “Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager.”

A rare and special opportunity to see Sam in an intimate venue.

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23rd February – Track Dogs

Track Dogs have been barnstorming the UK with some major festival appearances and collaborations.

It has been a pivotal year including playing to a heaving, rocking Trafalgar Square and surprise on-stage participation of Show of Hands’ Steve Knightley and Seth Lakeman at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Well-established in Spain where they are based, they are surprising UK music lovers with “Sun-shiny songs thriving on dark themes behind irresistible rhythms.” The four international “madrileños” (Garrett Wall, Dave Mooney, Howard Brown & Robbie K. Jones) whose artistic name derives from the dark subterranean world of New York’s subway system, present Fire On The Rails, a kicking album that grows on the work that has opened so many doors for the band.

If they are still new to you, check out previous releases Kansas City Out Grooveand Uke Songs By Track Dogsand see why they are so hard to pigeonhole

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1st March – Elles Bailey

2019 has been a hell of a year for the super-smoky-voiced, hard-working, far-touring chanteuse Elles Bailey.

On 8th March, she dropped her eagerly-anticipated second album ‘Road I Call Home’ to rave reviews, with the album charting in the Official UK Country Charts & Americana charts, gaining over 1.3 million streams since its release and reaching No.1 on the Amazon Blues Bestseller chart. Like its chart-topping predecessor, ‘Road I Call Home’ features co-writing contributions from high-calibre collaborators, including British hit-making legend and Ivor Novello Award winnerRoger Cook, storied Memphis and Nashville giant Bobby Wood, as well as Dan Auerbach(of Akron, Ohio powerhousesThe Black Keys) on the infectious‘Little Piece of Heaven’.

As a self-confessed ‘rolling stone’ -Elles genuinely does call ‘the road’ home. She’s continued her wide-ranging headline touring throughout the UK and Europe and was also special guest support for Grammy Award winner Mike Farris,Martin Harley, The Kris Barras Band and King King

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10th March – Edgelarks

Born from the work of the duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Edgelarks combine exquisite folk with influences as diverse as the blues and Indian classical slide guitar, to create a sound that is “Subtle, atmospheric and bravely original” (The Guardian).

The BBC Folk Award winners take their strong roots sound, mixing original songwriting with stomping beatbox harmonica, soaring fiddle and vocal harmonies, running wilder with each repeat play. A busy collaborative period has included work as part of the Gigspanner Big Band (featuring members of Bellowhead and Steeleye Span); and performing at BBC Radio Two’s Festival In A Day to a Hyde Park crowd of 50,000 –supporting Kylie Minogue! Now they are back on theroad with their formidable live show, making much more noise than only two people should be able to, taking audiences on a story telling journey around a new musical landscape.

 

15th March – Billy Mitchell & Bob Fox

Two great voices, impeccable musicianship, a set full of memorable songs and infectious good humour, the mix of material is sparkling, full of punch and beautifully executed.

Their ability to connect with the audience is immediately evident as they lead you through some of their favourite songs including Lindisfarne classics and trad folk arrangements: Sally Wheatley, Meet me on the Corner, Dance to your Daddy, Collier Laddie’s Wife, Big River, Galway Shawl, Old Peculiar feeling and many more..

 

 

21st March 2020 – Never the Bride

In the very heart of the notorious London rock and roll scene exists a whirlwind duo of female energy and ecstasy, please meet Never The Bride.

Their live performance is to be held in awe, purely in anticipation of the live operatic architecture they consistently unfurl upon their willing audiences. Having invaded venues ranging from The Royal Albert Hall (on multiple occasions), playing alongside Elton John at the Royal Albert Hall, Touring UK & Australia with The British Symphony Rock Symphony alongside, Roger Daltrey & Paul Rogers, Wembley Arena supporting The Who, Glastonbury Festival with Dame Shirley Bassey, Birmingham NEC duetting with Bryan Adams, Various with Eric Clapton, The Viper Room in LA and Euro-fests galore – to intimate spaces like The Green Note in Camden, Never The Bride have amazed and floored audiences and peer groups alike over their 25 years of service – these ladies are true rock and roll royalty.

Roger Daltrey broadcast “Nikki Lamborn has the best female rock voice since Janis Joplin and I know what I’m talking about, I knew Janis”.

The legendary Dame Shirley Bassey called the girls “inspirational”, and, on hearing Nikki sing their original song The Living Tree said, “I got goosebumps and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up”. Dame Shirley went on to record The Living Tree with the girls which then led to the Dame’s Chart Topping Album “Get the Party Started”, which the girls also produced.

Bob Harris from BBC Radio 2 referred to them as “one of the best live bands in Britain”; the ladies’ roll-call list is simply mind blowing – as are the stories the ladies readily share.

Their last album Long Live Live was recorded at The Stables Theatre, Milton Keynes, UK and introduced personally by BBC DJ Bob Harris, who said of the band, “I first start playing them on the radio Mid Nineties at GLR, (Greater London Radio). We became firm friends then and I was absolutely struck by their brilliant musicianship, their passion, their commitment, they really really mean it…They are one of the best live bands in Britain today.”

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22nd March – The Trials of Cato

The remarkable rise of award winning trio The Trials of Cato on the UK folk-scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed “The Sex Pistols of folk,” (J Davis) they pay clear homage to the tradition whilst twisting old bones into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories, a combination that has taken them in three years from busking out of the back of their Transit van to a BBC Folk Award.

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