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SO FAR FOR 2016 ...
(£8 / £9)
one of our most celebrated songsmiths, widely
recognised within the world of folk and contemporary
music; the words, arrangements and subtle, quite
superb guitar playing could be no one else.
writer of the classic songs The
Slipjigs and Reels, Here’s
to Tom Paine and The
has also turned author. Steve has published his first
novel All for Poor Jack – full of colourful
characters it is an historical tale set in Bristol and
the New World. It’s a mighty good read and has
been enjoyed by the likes of Bob Dylan no less!
in Liverpool and raised in the Midlands, Steve made
his recording debut in 1971 with the classic An
Acoustic Confusion and
has been turning out quality albums ever since. Life
by Misadventure, And
So It Goes, Solo
Rubato and Such
and Such all
featuring first-class song- writing, quintessentially
English in style and typically Tilston, marking him
out as one of this country’s finest writers.
Whilst the instrumental Swans
at Coole is
testament to his guitar virtuosity. Though known as a
songwriter, Steve has always had an ear for the
tradition and included new interpretations of old
favourites on his original recordings. Of
Many Hands is
his first “all-traditional” album; with
unique arrangements of timeless classics. There’s
also a “best of” anthology, The
Greening Wind and
a live album Live
on tour with Fairport Convention. Back on song-writing
form, he released Ziggurat in
2008 from which A
Pretty Penny made
it into Acoustic Magazine’s top 50 songs.
joined an illustrious band of guitarists including
Martin Simpson, Michael Messer and Wizz Jones, when he
was invited to contribute to the Guitar
of DVDs; a combination of live studio performance and
interviews, revealing the real passion behind these
talented musicians…If anyone ever deserved the
moniker Guitar Maestro, it’s Steve Tilston!
toured with John Renbourn’s Ship of Fools, in a
stunning partnership with traditional singer Maggie
Boyle (producing the classic recordings Of
Moor and Mesa and All
Under the Sun),
as guitarist with Ballet Rambert, with Maartin Allcock
and Pete Zorn in WAZ! with Brooks Williams in A
Transatlantic Song-Swap and with his daughter Martha,
in the charming “like father, like daughter…”
show. For recent collaborations he teamed up with
Yorkshire alt- country band The Durbervilles and old
Bristol pals Keith Warmington and Stuart Gordon as the
Steve Tilston Trio. His latest project is Writes
and Songs with
fellow songwriter Jez Lowe.
celebrated artist in Britain and abroad, winning
accolades in Europe, Australia and the USA, others
have also recorded his songs. Here’s
to Tom Paine is
the adopted theme song for the Tom Paine Society of
America and it’s rumoured, has featured in Bruce
Springsteen’s live set.
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ROAD are : Brenda Heslop - Vocals, guitar / Jill
Heslop - Vocals, Keyboards / Geoff Heslop - Vocals,
Road sing beautifully crafted songs drawing from folk
music's long tradition yet relevant to our
ever-changing modern times.
tight harmonies and simple instrumental arrangements
which accentuate the words, their sound has a powerful
directness often missing in contemporary song. 'No
Redemption Songs' is absolutely beautiful..a really,
really moving album - Brenda has a way of spinning a
song out of the truth' Mike Harding- Folk Show -
Russell & Ciaran Algar
(£8 / £9)
time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran
Algar met in 2011. Soon after the joining of the pair,
the duo were signed to Fellside Records and in July
2012 released their debut album, The Queen’s
Lover. Numerous tours followed as the duo developed
and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the most
sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene.
“The press coverage and folk club reports have
been glowing and rightly so” (R2 Magazine).
January 2013, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young
Folk award. Following the award win, Russell and Algar
toured the country in April and, after completing
school and University Exams in May, began touring
again at the beginning of June - a schedule which saw
them play venues and festivals such as Cambridge Folk
Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention as
well as appearing live on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC
Radio 2 Folk Show.
recording their second album in the November of 2013,
again with Fellside, Russell and Algar received the
Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The second album, The Call,
was then released in July receiving 5 Stars in fRoots,
4 Stars in both R2 Magazine and The Telegraph and a
host of other brilliant reviews, Bright Young Folk
describing it as an “outstanding show of
maturity” with “enormous promise”.
duo come from musical households and both began to
develop their musical skills long before joining
forces. Algar, originally a member of TRI became All
Ireland Champion, and All Britain Champion on numerous
occasions before the age of 16 and Russell had begun a
career as a solo musician supporting acts such as
Karine Polwart and Lau, amongst others.
May 26, 1957, San
Francisco, California) is an American
known for her sometimes humorous, heartfelt and
sometimes ribald songs. Many of her recordings appear
Records. On her recent albums, she collaborates
with the Australian cellist
Peter Grayling and mandolinist
Born in San
Francisco and raised in Haight-Asbury during the
1960s, Kristina's approach to music and life was
formed by that environment of vital cultural
expression, social activism and diverse musical
1985 Olsen won the New Folk songwriting contest at the
(Texas) Folk Festival
with her song for battered women, 'I'm Keeping This
Life of Mine'
artists as Eric
Coughlan and Mollie
O'Brien have covered and recorded songs by Olsen.
Olsen has also
worked as a session musician on numerous artist's
albums including playing the hammered dulcimer on
Shocked's album 'Short
Sharp Shocked' and touring as Mary Coughlan's
guitarist in 2005.
Olsen has performed
as a multi-instrumentalist in plays for the Mark
Taper Forum in Los
Angeles Music Center.
Olsen is a frequent
contributor to Acoustic
Guitar magazine, writing articles on guitar and
Kristina has been
part of a songwriters' group for over two decades and
has taught songwriting, slide guitar and dance for
musicians at adult music camps from Alaska to NYC to
the UK to Australia for over a dozen years.
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Watterson has performed the songs of Jake Thackray at
festivals, concerts, clubs, after dinner venues and –
most specially – to members of Jake’s
songs are exquisitely funny, satirical, incisive,
irreverent, witty and gloriously un-PC – and
sometimes all of these at the same time. Jake was a
one off, his poetry broke the rules yet worked
beautifully. He was a true craftsman of the English
language, and his legacy of scores of songs continues
to delight audiences of all ages today.
appreciation and love of Jake Thackray's music is
obvious to his audience. John’s performance is a
celebration of the man that was Jake Thackray -
his work, his genius and his very essence, an
essence that the new age of music lovers are in danger
of missing out on.
is a talented guitarist and vocalist and has that
engaging quality that makes you want to listen to his
performance. When you wrap these ingredients up in the
songs of Jake Thackray the result is a highly
entertaining, heartfelt tribute to one of the finest
songwriters of the 20th century.
Ellis & Boo Howard
(£7 / £8)
Ellis came down from Liverpool for the London
folk club scene in the 70’s. He released a solo
album on Sonet records, which some consider to be a
classic guitar record of its time and which gave him
national exposure on the Old Grey Whistle Test and In
Dave became a regular at various London
haunts such as the Marquee, the Roundhouse and the
Lyceum and also played some higher profile gigs,
opening for the Edgar Broughton Band at the Rainbow
and Rod Stewart at Reading Festival.
Dave formed his electric band ‘The Reactors’
which incorporated guitar, drums and keyboards
with Boo Howard playing bass and
handling most of the vocals.
The band was
eventually trimmed down and developed into an electric
duo (comprising Dave and Boo) which was renamed ‘Brave
Lucy’, and the pair produced their only electric
album ‘Snaps’ in 1996 under that name
they combined Dave’s intricate guitar work with
Boo’s mellow vocals to create something very
different and entirely new in the folk and acoustic
clubs. Their debut acoustic recording was ‘Maybe
I Might Fall’ in 1999.
The songs are
intelligently constructed, elegantly articulated and
never less than entertaining. The mix is eclectic
(from folk to jazz to blues to bluegrass) but the
songs are at the heart of it all, served by
imaginative and stylish arrangements and by the
singing and playing of two seasoned, wholly in tune
CDs have a classy polished sound - testament to the
pair’s familiarity with the recording process
and of their ability to write and perform at a level
every bit the equal of their major label peers.
live act has now been honed to perfection in the folk
clubs where they have developed a large faithful
following in the south of England.
Admission £1 for everyone.
your instruments, poems, stories and particularly your
favourite songs and join in - or just listen or sing
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