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SO FAR FOR 2018
than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning
singer-songwriter, musician and proud Devonian Jim
Causley is an all-round entertainer and during the
past decade Causley has been nominated no less than
six times for a BBC
Radio 2 Folk Award.
Last year he was nominated as “Singer
of the Year”
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards,
he won the Spiral Earth Singer
of the Year award
in 2014, presented his own folk music show on BBC
Radio Devon and in 2015 he worked with BBC TV
historian Dr Sam Willis to create the music for his
Outlaws and Villains‘
was asked to perform his song about Dartmoor tin
of the Moor‘
BBC TV’s Countryfile –
was also the centenary of Jim’s relative; the
celebrated Cornish poet Charles
award winning filmmaker Jane Darke made a specially
commissioned biographical film about the poet which
aired on BBC4 TV on 1st October as part of the
Centenary celebrations. The soundtrack to the film was
composed entirely by Jim and featured music from his
2013 album ‘Cyprus Well’ of musical
settings of Charles’ work. The Charles
Causley Trust also
commissioned Jim to create a new album of Causley’s
children’s poems set to music for a new
generation to discover as part of the Causley
That resulted in the ‘I
Am The Song’ album
released on the WildGoose label.
the release of his debut album in 2005, Causley’s
unique voice and persona have helped him become one of
the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s
contemporary roots and folk scene. A prolific
collaborator, Causley is hugely admired for his work
with iconic groups The
Devil’s Interval and Mawkin:Causley as
well as playing, touring and recording alongside
Waterson:Carthy, John McCusker, Eddie Reader, Graham
Coxson, Shirley Collins, Michael Morpurgo, Show of
Hands, Kate Rusby, David Rotheray of Beautiful South
fame and many more. He was described by Mojo
finest singer of his generation” and
they put Forgotten
Ten Folk Albums of 2016 list.
Westcountry father of folk Geoff
Causley as possessing “A
voice in a million” in
a recent interview in the Western Morning News, some
Hickman & Dan Cassidy
emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is
complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and
virtuosic fiddling. Their sound flows from the
connection between British and American folk and is
bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and
excitement of these genres. The lively English wit of
Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony
and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic
and unforgettable transatlantic journey.
James' and Dan's
duo was formed in 2008, beginning with several
successful local shows in James' hometown of
Shrewsbury and the surrounding county of Shropshire.
Their relaxed banter and unique musical style was well
received and they were soon performing further afield.
The following year, with the prospect of more
comprehensive tours approaching, they recorded and
released their debut album ‘Severn Street’,
featuring arrangements of traditional songs and tunes
and several of their own compositions.
tours have grown steadily in size and they now perform
throughout the UK, enjoying concerts from the Scottish
Highlands to the Isle of Wight. Inspired by their love
of traditional music from Britain and America, James
and Dan continued writing together. New original
material is being incorporated into their live show
and will be debuted in the upcoming autumn tour.
Autumn 2012 will be a busy period for the duo with 26
concerts ahead of them and more being announced.
Barber & Mike Wilson
Two of the
finest exponents of Traditional Song in the United
Kingdom; it is difficult to accept that these
relatively young men, have a combined 40+ years
experience of performing at folk venues.
Norfolk and heavily influenced by such earlier Norfolk
singers as Walter Pardon and Peter Bellamy, Damien is
a stylish and distinctive singer, either unaccompanied
or using guitar or concertina. Though he has lived for
a long time in West Yorkshire he retains a strong East
Mike Wilson is the youngest
member of the Wilson Family, the powerful Teesside
singing siblings who have raised the rafters at many a
festival or folk club event. His musical heritage is
emphatically that of the North East – rural and
industrial folk song both traditional and
Damien and Mike have a rich shared
repertoire of traditional songs plus the work of
modern folk writers such as Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and
Kirkpatrick was born in Chiswick, West London in 1947.
A deep love of music was instilled from birth, and
family gatherings always included a hearty sing-song.
School choirs, the Church choir, playing recorder and
piano ensues, until he joined the Hammersmith Morris
Men, in their second week, in 1959.
with the team he took up the melodeon, then the button
accordion, then the anglo concertina, and got hooked
on the traditional songs that were accompanied with a
has gone on to become one of the most prolific figures
on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos,
acoustic groups and electric bands, and has
established an enviable reputation as an instrumental
virtuoso and session musician, as well as a leading
interpreter of English folk music. He has been a
member of the Albion Country Band, Magic Lantern, The
Richard Thompson Band, Umps and Dumps, Steeleye Span,
Brass Monkey, Trans-Europe Diatonique, and Band of
Hope, as well as numerous ceilidh bands.
rejoined The Albion Band for The National Theatre
productions of "Lark Rise" and "Candleford",
and from 1980 has regularly worked on shows at The
Victoria Theatre (later The New Victoria Theatre) in
North Staffordshire, The Orchard Theatre Touring
Company based in Devon, and elsewhere. As songwriter,
composer, choreographer, and musical director, he has
contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and on
radio. And as featured artiste, band member, or
session player, his music can be heard on over 200
different commercial recordings.
has lived in Shropshire since 1973, where he had four
sons by his first marriage. Now happily re-married, he
still dances, with all four sons (on a good day), with
the Morris team he founded in 1975, The Shropshire
guitarist, Archie Fisher is one of Scotland’s
foremost folksinger/ songwriters. He is known
throughout the country as the host of BBC Radio
Scotland’s award-winning 'Travelling Folk'
programme, which he presented for over 25 years.
Recognized for his contributions to Scottish folk
music, in 2007 he was inducted into the Scots
Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded
an MBE for services to traditional music. The most
recent recognition of his art came in 2008 when he was
granted the Tradition Bearers Award from the Goderich
Celtic Roots Festival in Canada.
born in Glasgow into a large singing family, which
yielded three professional singers, Archie and his
sisters Ray and Cilla Fisher. Constant music, combined
with his father’s appreciation of many musical
styles (opera, music hall, traditional ballads) had a
strong impact on Archie’s musical development,
while his mother, a native Gaelic speaker from the
Outer Hebrides, was a strong influence on the lyrical
quality of his singing and songwriting.
Heraud & Pat Turner
and in combination with a variety of well-known
singers and bands, Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner have
both served long apprenticeships on the shop-floor of
sang in a duo with Sue Ashby; performed with John
Lambert and Frank Lee as Tom, Dick and Harriet; and
has made a CD, 'Stars in My Crown' with Keith
Kendrick. She was, for many years, the organiser
and MC for the Hoddesdon Folk Club.
toured for six years with the folk band Filigree,
making an album and also releasing a single! She was
co-founder and MC of the City Folk Club in London.
they later joined Pete Cunningham (ex-English Tapestry
and Heritage) to form Brandis, making several radio
appearances. They finally settled into a permanent duo
and made their first CD, 'Parallel', in 2003, and have
since made three more on the Wildgoose label.
them they play guitar, recorder, English concertina
and a variety of whistles (including swanee,
policeman's and referee's), list a spoons workshop in
their hall of fame, and are not in the least averse to
dressing up or dancing when a song requires it.
They both agree, however, that their voices are their
most important instruments. Their resulting style is a
unique blend of stunning song and harmony, and a
humour which takes their audience on a roller-coaster
ride - "everything from high tragedy to ingenious
smut in glorious vocal harmony!"
addition to appearing at folk clubs and
festivals, Lynne and Pat also organise and perform
themed shows and workshops, music hall evenings
(awash with sauce and innuendo), and a special show
called 'A Birds' Eye View', which presents songs
particularly from a woman's perspective (but which men
are invited to attend as well — and learn from!)
Audiences need to be robust as their humour has been
known to cause side-splitting injuries. They both,
however, include emergency first aid amongst their
Swan & Jonny Dyer
& Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material
with contemporary sounds. Their performances showcase
new interpretations of old songs alongside original
self penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are
entirely at home in the tradition.
this combination they have developed a sound that is
both familiar and fresh. Strong believers in
letting the music tradition live and breathe through
sensitive interpretation, Vicki and Jonny allow the
melody to sing without any constraints.
entranced by the haunting nyckelharpa, amazed at the
cow horn (one of the worlds earliest communication
devices) and meet some of the bagpipes that didn’t
come from Scotland.
for all ages, their evenings are packed with toe
tapping tunes and songs of love, death, trains and
dressing up (not always at the same time) all
presented with sparkling gentle humour, lots of smiles
and skillful musicianship.
Admission £2 for everyone.
your instruments, poems, stories and particularly your
favourite songs and join in - or just listen or sing
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