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June 2020
'Nothing Short Of Sublime'

The Mammals continue to impress with their latest album, Nonet, which has been attracting a huge amount of positive attention. Playing a track on his BBC Radio 2 show, legendary presenter Bob Harris told listeners it was “very special indeed,” and awarding in a rarely-achieved 9/10 rating at AmericanaUK, writer Lyndon Bolton says it is “nothing short of sublime.”

May 2020
Three of The Best for Three of The Best

What a result! A clean sweep for 3hattrio in the 2019 Whitstable Sessions Awards, lifting the silverware in THREE different categories – Best Session of The Year, Magic Moment of The Year and Soundman’s Choice. It has never happened before.

And, there was double joy for Brookfield-Knights with Sam Reider & The Human Hands runners-up in the Best Session category.

Others in the running who came close but didn't pull the same number of votes were Birds of Chicago, The Brother Brothers and The Small Glories.

James Voted Best of The Bunch

Some good news emerges from the CV meltdown to cheer lovers of good music everywhere - James Oliver was crowned Best Emerging Artist in the prestigious 2020 UK Blues Awards. It's just recognition for a truly outstanding musician whose new album is attracting a lot of attention from all the right people, including Cerys Matthews at BBC Radio 6.

March 2020
“Probably The Best Ever” accolade for “very special” Bronwynne

With a terrific brand new album to promote, Bronwynne Brent has been enjoying her most successful UK tour to date with a host of sold-out shows at well-established venues in Hemel Hempstead, London, Whitstable and Lowdham. Following her by-popular-demand return to play Whistable Sessions, the promoter made contact next day to say: “Probably the best Session ever! – a very special talent!”

In The Charts

Great to see Letitia VanSant making her Euro Americana Chart debut this month, sitting pretty at Number 19 with the superb new album, Circadian, that has been winning so much enthusiastic media attention ahead of her upcoming return for UK tour dates in April/May

February 2020
Festival Headliners

Much excitement here to be bringing The California Feetwarmers back to the UK for festival appearances and tour dates in July thast will include appearances at Summer Arts Festival at The Ropewalk, Barton-upon-Humber; Maverick Festival; The Walled Garden festival in Notts., and Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. Just confirmed as headliners for the Walled Garden event that will take place at Thoresby Park in Sherwood Forest.

5/5 X 2!
Two of our favourite Brookfield-Knights names, Fierce Flowers and The Seamus Egan Project, both share the same accolade - top rated 5/5 reviews for their new releases - at the popular Northern Sky website.
January 2020
Triumphant At TradFest

Cua steal the show at Dublin's big TradFest with many saying they were one of the stand-out highlights of the big annual event. The band won some prime-time TV exposure too on RTE1, performing material from their highly-rated In Flight Off The Islands album.

Fierce Flowers Fab
Fierce Flowers continue to pick up rave reviews for their Mirador album, and prime radio exposure too, the latest big name to become a fan being Cerys Matthews who tells listeners to her BBC 6 show she thinks they are "wonderful."
December 2019
Five In “Best of 2019” Poll

IWhat a terrific way to bring the curtain down on 2019 – with FIVE of our favourite Brookfield-Knights artists featured in the end-of-the-year Readers’ Poll at AmericanaUK. 3hattrio and The Lonesome Ace Stringband were both in the top four of the Best Band category, Bronwynne Brent runner-up in the Best Solo Artist section, and Hoth Brothers and May Erlewine each won themselves Best Album attention.

It was great to see our good friends, The Mountain Firework Company as runners-up in the Best UK Artist section too. Many thanks to all of those who voted; this made our year and re-charges the batteries, providing a welcome boost ahead of 2020.

Three Of The Best

It's the biggest and best event of its kind anywhere in the world and we are extremely proud to have three of our favourite Brookfield-Knights artists appearing at the 2020 Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.

We will have two shows taking place on the opening weekend when both Seamus Egan Project and Cam Penner & Jon Wood have events in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall building. Later in the run, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters get the chance to impress when they headline their own show at The Mitchell Theatre.

Full programme and booking information here: www.celticconnections.com

November 2019
Cream of The Crop Nominations for Pierre and Adam

We are real pleased to see Pierre Schryer and Adam Dobres getting some serious recognition in the annual Canadian Folk Awards where they have nominations in both the Best Instrumental Group and Best World Music categories. They this year released a superb album – Mandorla – which is also winning them a lot of attention. Reviewing it for RnR magazine, writer Oz Hardwick awarding a 5-star rating said they are “two of Canada’s most outstanding musicians” and “a match made in roots heaven.”

October 2019
Yet Another Ding-Dong Gig from Nathan Bell

With a terrific new EP and full studio album coming, Nathan Bell is a busy bee and when not recording and writing, likes nothing better than to get out on the road. He had a big Ramblin’ Roots festival appearance in The Netherlands and took time to stick in a few live UK shows too, to introduce us to the new material. Reviewing his Glasgow show for AmericanaUK, writer Paul Kerr enjoyed the gig and told readers:  “Bell goes from strength to strength each time we see him.”

September 2019
Hat’s Off To Utah’s Big Three winning praise

3hattrio continue to impress wherever they go and with a brand new live album to promote did precisely that on their latest visit to these shores. Reviewing their sold-out London show for Fatea magazine, writer March Higgins concluded: “3hattrio are a band you simply must see live.”.

August 2019
Front Page News!

Venues around the country reported that there was unprecedented interest in the upcoming visit of 3hattrio who have a new album to promote on their return for UK touring, and popular magazine Music News Scotland gives their front page over to the band with a “must see” message to readers.

July 2019
“Absolutely sensational,” says Blazin’ Bruce at BBC

Pierre Schryer and Adam Dobres wowed UK audiences on their latest visit here and will be coming back over again in 2020 to do it all over again. Talking about their performance in Inverness, Blazin Fiddles’ founder and BBC Radio Scotland presenter Bruce MacGregor told listeners to his Travelling Folk Show they had been “absolutely sensational.”

Meanwhile, respected writer Alex Monaghan, reviewing a gig in Northumberland for FolkWorld, said the performance was “flawless” and added: “the close interplay between these two musicians was remarkable - smiles, gestures, nods and knowing looks - all with a great sense of fun and enjoyment which really engaged the audience.”
We’re very happy to have them on the roster.

May 2019
Alice Howe's album, Visions

Review copies of Alice Howe's album, Visions, have just been issued by our sister operation, Bloodygreatpr, for review and radio plays - and already it's been attracting a lot of attention as we expected.

The CD was released earlier on the other side of the Atlantic and it took off with solid gold rocket boosters attached. The Folk Radio Chart for the month of May shows the record sitting at the No 5 position in the Top Albums of The Month section. She's at No 8 in the Artists of The Month category and the track, Twilight, occupies the No 4 slot in the Top Songs of The Month list. Well done to all involved! https://www.folkradio.org/Charts/FolkDJChartMay2019.html

February 2019
Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards captured by film crew for big TV show

While many of our most popular artists were helping to light up Celtic Connections in Glasgow, everyone’s favourites, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards flew in for a short run of Irish dates that included appearances with Teddy Thompson and Jerry Douglass at Dublin’s Temple Bar TradFest. The girls played a matinee show as part of the The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast too and donated what would have been their fee to the locally-based Homeplus NI charity which does such great work to help refugees and the homeless. The big Dublin show was filmed and highlights will be transmitted by TG4 later in the year.

Big Thumbs Up from The Top at Celtic Connections

Many are saying it’s been our most successful involvement at Celtic Connections, with sold-out shows for The Lonesome Ace Stringband and CUA, standing ovations for The Mammals and May Erlewine, glowing praise for The Andrew Collins trio and over-all amazement about Sam Reider & The Human Hands who turned in outstanding performances.

It’s always great to get solid feedback from those you admire, and when head honcho Donald Shaw took time out from his hectic schedule to drop us a text, it was the icing on the cake when he said Sam Reider had been “amazing” and The Lonesome Ace Stringband were “mighty!”…and, he was aware of the buzz about the others.

Yet More Juno Acivity For The Fretless

Canadian supergroup, The Fretless are used to picking up awards as their brilliance is recognised again and again. We are real pleased to see that they have been nominated once more for a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammys) for their exceptional album, Live from The Art Farm.

We will be welcoming them back over to this side of the Atlantic in May for appearances in Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland. If you are needing another fix or to have your spirits lifted, don’t miss them!

January 2019
Plenty to Blabber about

Top music scribe Paul Kerr is highly regarded as someone with a finger on the pulse of all that’s worthy of attention. A regular contributor to publications such as RnR magazine and Maverick magazine as well as AmericanaUK, his own Blabber'n'Smoke blog has many followers keen to find out what has been catching his eye. It is great then to find a solid selection of Brookfield-Knights artists featuring in his end-of-the-year list of those he believes produced the best music throughout 2018.

The Mammals are in his Top Ten with their terrific Sunshiner release. The band will be coming to the UK in mid-January for a short string of shows including an appearance at Celtic Connections.

Paul also singles out 3hattrio, Cam Penner & Jon Wood, The Lonesome Ace Stringband, Nathan Bell and Letitia VanSant as having made significant contributions in 2018 with the albums they released.

Hold On To Your Hats as Hal, Greg and Eli develop a head for heights!

What an amazing start to 2019 for 3hattrio, who are rapidly becoming one of Brookfield-Knights’ most popular bands. They’ve been building up a steady head of steam since making their UK debut at Celtic Connections a couple of years back, then following that with tremendous performances at Denmark’s big Tønder festival.

With each new album release there has been more and more media attention (a BBC studio session) and now, ahead of a return to the UK for tour dates in late August/early September, they’ve been winning more of the limelight in various end-of-the-year selections.

Top reviewer Marc Higgins, recognised as one of our best music writers, through his own blog and contributions elsewhere, including Northern Sky magazine, placed their Lord of The Desert album as his No 1 choice at the very top of his list.

The news followed hot on the heels of 3hattrio being named a “Best Band of 2018” in the annual Readers’ Poll at the hugely influential AmericanaUK website, confirming the kind of following they now have after several successful tours here..

December 2018
Three Great Brookfield-Knights Names Get Valuable Recognition

It’s great to end the year on a high and that was what it felt like when the results were declared in the annual Readers’ Poll at the hugely influentual Americana UK website.

Last year, they voted Nathan Bell Best Male Artist of the Year and after another twelve months in which he has delivered over and over again, this time he landed in Runners Up position, just pipped to the post by the amazingly talented Jason Isbell.

Competition was keen in the Best Band category and it was no surprise to see that the outfit everyone is talking about, Bennett Wilson Poole, right at the top in that section, closely followed by 3hattrio, one of our most popular acts, as well-deserved Runners Up. Another Runner Up in the Best Live Act category is Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards - and that is sure to make a lot of people very happy. It makes all the effort we put in – and belief we have in those we represent – so worthwhile and we are grateful to everyone who took the time to vote for those they believed made an outstanding contribution in 2018.

Cam & Jon Feature in Best Albums and Top Ten Gigs of 2018 List

Cam Penner & Jon Wood made a huge impact when they toured here earlier this year in support of their tremendous new album At War With Reason. The reviews were glowing and, commenting on their show at Green Note in Camden, AmericanaUK’s deputy editor, Jonathan Aird wrote: “Together, they are unstoppable. You should have been there.”

Jonathan has now published his Top Ten Albums of The Year, with At War With Reason sitting in his runner-up slot behind The Decemberists at No 1. He also includes Cam & Jon in his Top Ten Gigs of The Year. The man has taste!

Top 100 Listing for The Mammals

It's great to see Sunshiner from The Mammals featured in the Top 100 Albums of 2018 just unveiled by the Americana Music Association. The list is compiled from returns submitted by radio stations which feature the genre, and determined by the amount of exposure earned by each artist. The lucky ones among us can catch them in action at Celtic Connections in Glasgow (with May Erlewine) on January 18 as well as The Live Room, Saltaire (January 13) and a Courthouse Sessions event at Middlesborough Town Hall on January 12.

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…?

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