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December 2018
 
Up There With The Best

The Lonesome Ace Stringband continue to forge ahead and win big stage appearance invites. In the UK, we’ll be fortunate to see perform at Celtic Connections festival in January and now it’s been announced that they will join a star-studded line-up at next year’s Rocky Grass event - one of the biggest of its kind in the USA – joining The Del McCoury Band, Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan and Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan and many others.

 
Nathan’s Album in Euro Chart Top Ten

Nathan Bell ends 2018 on a high after his most successful UK tour and a run of dates in Germany and The Netherlands that attracted capacity crowds, with his latest studio release, Love’s Bones & Stars, sitting at the Number 8 slot on the December Euro Americana Chart. Great album. Great result. Watch out for the man everyone is talking about when he returns in 2019.

 
Three of The Best

Three great Brookfield-Knights artists - 3hattrio, The Lonesome Ace Stringband Stringband and The Mammals - all have nominations in the Best Albums of 2018 list just published at the hugely influential No Depression website. It would be great to see them all featured when the final line-up is announced. Both The Lonesome Ace Stringband and The Mammals each have UK dates coming up early in the New Year, of course, including appearances at Celtic Connections.

 
Instrumental Group of The Year Accolade

In the opinion of many, The Fretless are one of the best bands the Brookfield-Knights agency has ever brought over the Atlantic to tour here. Of course, they created a big impact when they played Celtic Connections earlier this year and followed that up with another triumphant appearance at Shetland Folk Festival.

We are delighted, then, to announce that they carried off the Instrumental Group of The Year award at the prestigious Canadian Folk Music Awards in Calgary. If you missed them in action, have a listen to the album that won them that nomination - "Live from The Art Farm," or better still catch them when they return to the UK and Ireland for tour dates in May.

 
 
November 2018
 
Martha and Nathan In The Charts

Good to see two great Brookfield-Knights artists - Nathan Bell and Martha Fields - sitting pretty in the Top Ten of the November Euro Americana Charts with their new releases.

 
Triumphant Tour for cua

Cua have enjoyed a triumphant first visit to Scotland where venues and promoters were unanimous in ther praise and all wanting to book them again when they return. The feedback has been glowing, and no more impressive that this complimentary reaction from Fiona Forbes who has been involved in the running of the popular Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club for close on three decades. After the trio's gig there, she posted this on Facebook: "MEN IN HARMONY

"We’ve run music in Kirkcaldy for nearly 30 years and this is one of the finest bands we’ve heard.
"Original and with superb harmony singing and instruments they bring a BIG wall of beautiful sound.
"They envelope you in a wave of harmony and powerful voices and instruments. They are truly wonderful.
"We’ve got club members reeling at their magnificence! Do not miss them."

 
 
October 2018
 
Brookfield-Knights at Celtic Connections 2019

Brookfield-Knights will once again be teaming up with Celtic Connections to present a selection of top class artists at the 2019 event.

Having previously scored successes at the big midwinter jamboree that is now famous the world over, introducing a host or names including The Stray Birds, The California Feetwarmers, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, The Fretless, 3hattrio and many, many more, this year those who are set to impress include The Mammals, Sam Reider & The Human Hands, May Erlewine, The Lonesome Ace Stringband and The Andrew Collins Trio. The event runs from January 18 to February 3.

We look forward to catching up with friends from far and wide and enjoying all of the great music that’s programmed. Tickets on sale now from the www.celticconnections.com website.

 
Nathan Bell in “spellbinding form”

Nathan Bell played several sold-out shows on his latest visit to these shores to promote his TWO new releases. Reviewing his performance at Glasgow Americana Festival, for AmericanaUK, respected writer Paul Kerr said: “It’s all powerful stuff and Bell is spellbinding on stage, a true sage for these troubled times."

 
Three of The Best

We have three different Brookfield-Knights artists working in the UK this month – Alice Howe, Nathan Bell and Woody Pines.

Alice is on tour with Freebo who produced and plays on the upcoming album, and Nathan is promoting his TWO new releases, both of which have been getting glowing reviews.

Woody is over here under very different to usual circumstances, having been flown in by two fans who wanted him to play their favourite track, “Satisfied,” at their wedding. When the organisers of the Glasgow Americana Festival found out he was potentially available, they asked him to stay on for a few days so they could include him as an extra attraction in the programme and promptly added two new shows to take full advantage of the fact that he was in the country. Nathan is playing that event too and this will be his most extensive UK tour so far.

 
 
September 2018
 
Canadian Honour for Two Great Acts

Good to see two great Brookfield-Knights bands – The Fretless and The Andrew Collins Trio - with nominations in the prestigious Canadian Folk Music Awards. Winners will be announced at a glittering gala before the end of the year.

Good news for UK fans is that we will be seeing them both on this side of the Atlantic for dates in 2019. The announcement comes just as fRoots magazine publishes a two-page spread on the Fretless by top writer Cara Gibney.

 
 
August 2018
 
A Feast of Festivals

Our bands have been busy over the summer period with many appearing at some of the biggest and best festivals there are.

The California Feetwarmers played 30 shows in 25 days (most of them sold-out), appearing at prestigious events such as Underneath The Stars festival, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and Earagail Arts Festival. But, what about The Shackleton Trio for heroic efforts?

They played La Roche Bluegrass festival in France on August 3, flew in to London on August 4 and drove like a bat out of hell for a main stage appearance at Cambridge Folk Festival, then travelled to Belgium to perform at Dranouter Festival on August 5. Did someone say they were busy bees…?

 
 
July 2018
 
“Boom” Time for Bands At Edinburgh Jazz & Blues RFestival

Three of Brookfield-Knights’ big hitters, The Califiornia Feetwarmers, Hillfolk Noir and Markus K made sure that the 2019 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival went with a bigger bang than Mons Meg could produce, with sold-out shows and great reaction from attendees.

 
All Eyes – And Ears – On The Shakleton Trio

Newcomers to the Brookfield-Knights stable, The Shackleton Trio, have been making a big impact since releasing their Fen, Farm and Deadly Water album, picking up radio attention from some of the top BBC presenters including Mike Radcliffe, who featured them on his Radio 2 Folk Show. The band, incidentally, have a main stage slot at this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival.

 
 
June 2018
 
Väsen shine in hour-long BBC radio show

Sweden’s roots music ambassadors, Väsen, had their most successful UK tour in April with big shows that were well attended including Sage Gateshead, Mareel, Lerwick and The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, (in a joint promotion with TradFest Edinburgh and The Soundhouse Organisation).

When in Aberdeen as part of the city’s Other Music Festival, Travelling Folk on BBC Radio Scotland grabbed the opportunity to tape the entire performance, as well as a collaborative sequence with Heidi Talbot.

It was good to hear the team turning over an entire hour of the June 6 programme to broadcast the recording, presented by Bruce MacGregor, a confirmed fan of the band.

 
Festival Favourites All Set For Busy Summer

As we get ready for the festivals season to kick in, it’s great to report that some of our top acts will be out in force at some of the biggest annual events on the calendar.

The California Feetwarmers will once again be one of the main visiting attractions at Earagail Arts Festival in Co Donegal and play other big events in Ireland including Clonmel Junction Festival; Cairde Festival, Sligo and Derry Maritime Festival.

They also feature on the bill at Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and the Underneath The Stars event in Yorkshire, which has Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards lined up to appear too Laura and the girls will be performing at Llangollen Fringe in Wales and Dranouter Festival in Belgium, The Danberrys and Hillfolk Noir each have slots at the Mavreick Americana Festival in Suffolk, while The Hot Seats have main stage appearances at the Beer & Bluegrass Festival in Poole and the Fringe By The Sea event in North Berwick. Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters round things off at the Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival in Co Waterford.

 
 
March 2018
 
“Cutting edge” Cua

Cua’s been winning great support and exposure from the Uk media since releasing their stunning Song From The Hollow album here. Leading writer Jeremy Searle told readers at AmericanaUK that the album was “right at the forefront of contemporary cutting-edge folk,” adding “and even that description sells it a little short!”

Julian Piper, enthusing in a similar vein at Acoustic magazine, stated: "At its finest, music should confound and amaze the listener, and this trio from Ireland have the luck - and the ability - to be one of those outfits who can pull this off."

 
Best ‘Live’ Show and Album of The Week too

Connla’s superb new album, “The Next Chapter,” is winning the band even more fans and after being given the huge accolade of “Best Live Event of 2017” in the Live Ireland awards following a sold-out show in Chicago, they continue the forward charge.

BBC Radio nan Gaidheal made the latest record Album of The Week, featuring daily plays on their popular Caithream Ciuil programme, and senior producer John Murray said: “It’s a great collection of music and song and we are really enjoying it.”

 
3hattrio getting major radio exposure on both sides of the Atlantic

The Folk DJ Chart just published in the USA, compiled from monthly playlist returns submitted by radio presenters across the country, show that 3hattrio’s Lord Of The Desert album is picking up terrific exposure following it’s recent release. Great to see other Brookfield-Knights acts on the latest list too, including Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards and The Mammals.

 
Sam’s sitting On Top Of The World

So good to see a classy publication such as Songlines magazine giving Sam Reider some major attention in the latest issue where the review of his stunning Too Hot To Sleep album is awarded a prized Top Of The World rating, resulting in a track being included on the cover-mount CD. Writer Doug Delooach says it’s “a lovely, lively romp through the mind of an exceptionally gifted band leader and composer.” Watch out for 2019 UK and Ireland tour dates.

 
 
January 2018
 
Red Tail Ring take Celtic Connections by storm

Red Tail Ring made a triumphant debut at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, playing to a full house in the city’s Mitchell Theatre on the opening weekend. Reviewing the event for The Scotsman, writer Sue Wilson awarded them a 5-star rating and told readers the duo had presented “a veritable masterclass.”

"Making a memorable festival debut, Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp, cast an instant spell with their uncannily attuned, spine-tingling vocal harmonies, further adorned with feather-light touches of fiddle, banjo and guitar,” she said.

"Old-timey starkness alchemised into timeless expressive eloquence, as they affirmed and explored the close Celtic connections with traditional Americana, while one particularly stunning, all-but a cappella ballad, incorporating slow, reverberant fiddle drones as a third voice, also evoked distinctly Nordic ­origins.”

 
Brookfield-Knights Acts at Shetland Folk Festival

Widely regarded globally as one of the best events of its kind in the world, it is always a privilege to have acts involved at Shetland Folk Festival. In the past, we’ve provided some amazing acts including Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, The Lowest Pair, The Wilders, The Hot Seats, The Wiyos and Woody Pines. This time, we are delighted to be represented by The Fretless and The Brother Brothers, both of whom, of course, are also appearing at this year’s Celtic Connections Festival.

 
Concert of The Year - Accodale for Connla

Big time recognition continues to roll in for Connla. Only weeks after they lifted the Number 1 Irish Album of The Year title in the Top Ten listed by Songlines magazine, they’ve been crowned best of the bunch in the prestigious Live Ireland awards, carrying off the 2017 Concert of The Year prize for the show they put on in Chicago - an event that many are still talking about months after. Catch them on tour in Scotland and England in April.

 
 
 
 
December 2017
 
Nathan Bell Named Male Performer of 2017

Those who caught Nathan Bell in action at Celtic Connections at the start of the year, discovered what it is to see a masterclass performance. He stunned a capacity crowd into silence at Oran Mor, a venue with a reputation as one of the rowdier rooms to conquer, and won glowing reviews in the process. Nathan followed up with a triumphant UK tour later in the year and ended 2017 on a high again when the result of the annual Readers’ Poll at AmericanaUK was announced and he was named Male Performer of The Year - a fitting accolade.

 
Great Year for Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

It’s been a great year for Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards whose California Calling album won them serious media attention and tons of radio exposure.

Laura was singled out by fRoots magazine which carried a terrific feature by Cara Gibney and the album won 5-star reviews from Acoustic magazine, AmericanaUK and Maverick magazine, with BBC’s Radcliffe and Maconie including it in their best of 2017 selection. As the year drew to a close, Mike Brocken awarded the band his runner-up title in his Best Albums of The Year Folkscene show at BBC Radio Merseyside. Catch the band in action at the 2018 Celtic Connections festival.

 
 
October 2017
 
Six of The Best at Celtic Connections

Brookfield-Knights will once again team up with Celtic Connections to present six shows at the 25th Anniversary event in 2018 with Väsen, The Fretless, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Red Tail Ring, The Brother Brothers and The 4 Of Us all included in the programme for the big midwinter jamboree, just announced. Another exceptional line-up has been unveiled - such a privilege to be so well represented.

 
Martha a Highlight for many

October got off to a great start with Martha Fields announcing to the world that she was thrilled to be joining the Brookfield-Knights agency roster. Following UK tour dates, leading writer David Innes, a regular contributor to RNR magazine, said the Aberdeen show had been a “jaw-dropping” performance.

After seeing Martha and her sublime musical sidekicks in action, respected reviewer Paul Kerr (Maverick magazine and AmericanaUK) posted this comment online: “Highlight of Glasgow Americana? Catching up with Martha Fields. She wowed the crowds."

 
 
September 2017
 
Another Accolade for The Fretless

The Fretless have been nominated in the Instrumental Group of the Year and Contemporary Album of the Year categories in the prestigious Canadian Folk Music Awards and we wish them well when the judges make their final decision in November. We are thrilled to be bringing this exceptional band to the UK for the first time in 2018.

 
 
August 2017
 
Debut UK Tour “a triumph”

With sold-out or close-to-capacity shows in Leeds, Kilbarchan, North Berwick, Scarborough and London, the debut tour by Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters was an outstanding success. The band not only attracted big crowds to the shows (250 turned out to see them at the Spiegeltent event in North Berwick) but won glowing reviews from the critics too. “Thoroughbred modern Country,” said one, while another exclaimed: "Modern country music really doesn't get much better."

Leeds promoter Garry Cape whose Tumbleweed event was one of the big successes of the tour, loved the band so much that he travelled all the way to Scarborough to catch them again. Chris Lee who organised that event posted this on Facebook: “Terrific show – our biggest crowd ever!”

 
Top Nordic Folksters, SVER join Brookfield-Knights

They are one of the most dynamic and exciting bands on the European and Scandinavian festivals circuit and will soon be heading for the USA to make an impact there too, and we are delighted to welcome SVER to the artist roster for another celebration of the better side of life that guarantees the Champagne corks will be popping!

 
 
July 2017
 
Väsen on Top of The World

Väsen never disappoint and their new album, Brewed is a case in point, receiving glowing reviews from the critics and tons of radio exposure. “It’s sure to be one of the Albums of The Year,” says BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction presenter Fiona Talkington in her 5-star review at Songlines magazine where the release received one of their prestigious Top of The World recommendations.

 
 
May 2017
 
Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - “phenomenal” and “utterly sublime,” say Festival bookers

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards (update from their appearances at Orkney Folk Festival where they were one of the main visiting attractions this year):

To protect the individual concerned from any potential embarrassment, we are not naming names, but this quote came in to us from one of the most important festival bookers in the UK: “Holy shitting hell – just watched Laura C and The Dance Cards who were phenomenal - even better than when I saw them in Shetland last year.

So, so, so good!”


There was also a nice quote delivered at a more sedate level from Mhari Pottinger, who happens to be one of the main movers and shakers when it comes to putting the Shetland line-up together. Not one to resort to a rougher tongue (even after a few G&Ts have been quaffed) when she saw the band in Orkney, she described the performance as “utterly, utterly sublime!”

 
Brookfield-Knights Acts in the media spotlight

As soon as May kicked in and we got the scent of summer in our nostrils, we knew it was going to shape up nicely. And, what a month it has been so far, for Brookfield-Knights acts that have fallen under the spotlight of the UK media.

Hillfolk Noir have another stunning album just released and it won a full-page 5-star-rated review from Country Music People magazine, writer Kelly Gregory suggesting that “folk with an edge” like theirs was something that Old Crow Medicine Show should be playing! Meanwhile, Nathan Bell got more glowing praise and one review in particular that caught our attention came from Julian Piper at Acoustic magazine, who commented that his song-writing had “a sledgehammer ferocity that makes Billy Bragg seem like a contender for The Voice,” and stressed that these are songs “that demand to be heard.”

We’ve been doing alright on radio too. Ricky Ross has featured The Brother Brothers and Hillfolk Noir on his Another Country show at BBC Radio Scotland, Frank Hennessy played tracks from Hillfolk Noir, Nathan Bell and Taarka all on the one show at BBC Radio Wales, and Bruce MacGregor gave Väsen a real good seeing to on his Travelling Folk show at BBC Radio Scotland too, telling listeners they are “incredible.” Thank goodness for good taste!

 
 
April 2017
 
Main Stage at MerleFest

It’s one of those events that everyone wants to play. When you get the invitation to appear at Doc Watson’s MerleFest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, it’s such an honour that it’s difficult not to brag about it.

We are bragging, then, as two of our favourite Brookfield-Knights artists, The Stray Birds and Front Country, each have main stage appearances this year. Congrats to them – so well deserved!

 
Best of The Bunch!

The first of the month may be known as April Fool’s Day but there was nothing crazy about the result of the hugely prestigious Juno Awards held in Canada on that date when The Fretless emerged winner of the Instrumental Album of The Year category to add another trophy to their collection.

Might stick that as a feather in our cap too – it’s nice to have another “best of the bunch” on the roster!

 
 
March 2017
 
SOLD-OUT Signs Come Out For Bronwynne's Latest UK Tour

It's said that March "comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb" - a reference to how the weather can be wild at the start of the month then turn Spring-like. ...and what a start it was for Bronwynne Brent on her latest visit here when she kicked off her 2017 tour in fantastic style as a guest of presenter Roddy Hart who hosts the popular Quay Sessions "live" from BBC Radio Scotland.

Some two thousand eager hopefuls applied for a chance to be in the studio audience for the broadcast - all chasing one of the precious 150 tickets.

Bronwynne's performance confirmed her place at the top table of American singer-songwriters and attracted a huge amount of positive online comment as she then set off on tour with a large number of the shows sold-out events, including the final date at the Top Secret Blues Festival. Good news is that she'll be back again - same time next year.

 
 
February 2017
 
It’s been a Great Start!

What a dream start to 2017 – let’s hope the trend continues as the year unfolds. After their triumphant appearance at Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, where Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys ended up being featured in the BBC2 TV Highlights coverage, the band embarked on what was to be a run of sold-out shows at some of the best venues in England. On their return to the USA, No Depression magazine listed the band as one of six acts “on the verge” or making a major breakthrough.

Meanwhile, The Fretless were making an impact with a nomination in the 2017 Juno awards and their Bird’s Nest CD featured as a Top Album of 2016 at Folk Radio UK. Connla picked up a 5-star review in The Scotsman Nathan Bell made a huge impact at Celtic Connections where he silenced a packed Oran Mor in a room renowned as one of the rowdiest performance spaces in town and in the process, received a glowing review from Paul Kerr at AmericanaUK, who said he was “the real deal” and urged readers to make a point of catching him in action. 3hattrio, made such a big impression when they flew in for the own headline show at Celtic Connections that they were invited in to the BBC studios to play ‘live’ on Ricky Ross’s Another Country radio show. “Brilliant, absolutely brilliant,” was what he had to say.

The year started well, too for Front Country, who have a killer new album about to get its UK launch, with lead vocalist Melody Walker singled out by Paste magazine as one of the most potent female voices in modern Bluegrass

 
 
January 2017
 
Lindsay Lou and The Gang Take Celtic Connections by Storm

It was our busiest ever Celtic Connections festival with nine acts involved, and the opening weekend could not have got off to a better start with sizzling hot Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys wowing the crowds who turned out in Glasgow.

The band played to a capacity 2500 from the main stage of The Royal Concert Hall on the first night, filmed in the process for the BBC2 TV Highlights programme, went on to appear in front of 1800 at the iconic Barrowland Ballroom, and finished off the run with a sold-out show in the Strathclyde Suite of the Concert Hall, followed by a ‘live’ in the studio broadcast from BBC Radio Scotland’s Pacific Quay HQ on the popular Travelling Folk Show presented by Bruce MacGregor.

 
Best Album award for Connla

Northern Ireland’s Connla continue to make an impact on both sides of the Atlantic and pick up the Vocal/Instrumental Album of The Year trophy in the prestigious ‘Live’ Ireland awards. They are set to create a big impression when they make their Celtic Connections debut this month.

 
Seven acts in Top Selection

Reasons to be cheerful again...: Reviewer Mike Morrison is widely acknowledged as someone with great taste. He runs the American Roots UK website and is regarded as someone with a sound understanding and appreciation of the genre. We were thrilled, therefore, when he unveiled his Top Albums of 2016 list and it featured no fewer than seven Brookfield-Knights acts including 3hattrio, The Way Down Wanderers, The Lowest Pair, The California Feetwarmers, Red Tail Ring, The Honeycutters and Nathan Bell. Yes, we were grinning from ear to ear when that one emerged!

 
ISimply The Best!

What a way to kick start a New Year – with six of our acts all featuring in the “Best of 2016” Readers’ Poll at the influential AmericanaUK website.

We must be doing something right and the general public voted in their droves to send us that message.

The Stray Birds carried off the Best Band title with The Mike + Ruthy Band just behind them in runner-up position. The Stray Birds also took the Best Album title for their Magic Fire CD, with Red Tail Ring a runner-up in that category for their Fall Away Blues album.

For the second year running, Bronwynne Brent is named Best Female Performer with Laura Cortese close behind as a runner-up, (alongside Lucinda Williams) in that category.

Cam Penner and Nathan Bell were both in runners-up position in the Best Male Performer section and The Stray Birds and The Mike + Ruthy Band were joint runners-up in the Best Live Act category.

…and, just to emphasise that those who voted really DO know what they are talking about, they made Bernie Sanders their Hero of 2016.

 
 
December 2016
 
In the running for Album of The Year

Respected broadcaster Mike Brocken has singled out two Brookfield Knights’ acts for recognition in his Best of 2016 feature at BBC Radio Merseyside.

Red Tail Ring and Connla are contenders for his Album of The Year award on the Folkscene show which is the longest-running programme at the station with a big weekly audience.

The winner will eventually be revealed in his broadcast on January 1st.

 
 
 
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