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Cam Penner and Jon Wood are renowned for both their powerful live shows and recordings. These two have gathered in an impressive amount of positive press over the years. Maverick magazine writer Paul Kerr described them as “mesmerising,” while (writing at AmericanaUK), Mike Ritchie said they were: “Masterful - an utterly compelling duo - brilliant!”

The pair had a sold-out show at Glasgow’s big Celtic Connections Festival after winning major TV exposure when tracks from the sensational To Build A Fire album were chosen as the backdrop to the BBC 2 TV drama based on Iain Banks’ Stonemouth novel.

The follow-up release - Sex & Politics - confirmed them as a creative tour de force.

“Simply superb - an album that'll be making more than a few end-of-year “best of” lists,” said AmericananUK, while Acoustic magazine called it “totally glorious” and added: “it’s maybe as fine as music’s likely to get.” R2 magazine called it “a work of outstanding genius.”

Penner has that rare quality – a well-grounded human spirit. In another life he might have been a Shaman. With constant playing companion Jon Wood (a highly respected producer) by his side, percussive elements and layered guitar techniques have added rich texture. Those Shamans also dance around – and beat the drum - sometimes.

They will be bringing a brand new album with them. Can’t wait to hear what they have conjured up that that woodland cabin that doubles as their recording studio!

“Quite brilliant” – No Depression

“Stunning” – The Daily Express

 

 
Wed Nov 14: Green Note, Camden
Thurs Nov 15: No 8, Launceston
Fri Nov 16: Bridge Inn, Topsham
 
Sat Nov 17: Canolfan Clydau, Tegryn, Pembrokeshire
Sun Nov 18: The Canteen, Bristol
Mon Nov 19: Travel day
Tues Nov 20: Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Wed Nov 21: The Admiral, Glasgow
Thurs Nov 22: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri Nov 23: Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon  
Sat Nov 24: Private function, Banchory
Sun Nov 25: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine  
Mon Nov 26: Traverse, Edinburgh
Tues Nov 27: Rest Day
Wed Nov 28: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Thurs Nov 29: The Pump House, Louth
Fri Nov 30: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
 
 
       
     
     
   



Americana trailblazers, The Mammals, bring indie grit, earthy soul, and boldly political stringband attitude to the stage – and a solid gold pedigree that has been earned for all the right reasons.

Over a decade ago, during The Mammals’ first incarnation (which featured founding member Tao Rodriguez-Seeger), the Washington Post described them as, “gleefully aware that the sound barriers separating old-timey music, vintage pop and contemporary folk are as permeable as cotton.”

The band was always known for trademark rabble-rousing musical statements.

During a “hibernation” period, those who kept the individual members on their radar were rewarded with an exceptional album, Bright As You Can from The Mike + Ruthy Band, which won a lot of media attention. That line-up came over The Atlantic for main stage shows at Celtic Connections, Summertyne Americana and Cambridge Folk Festivals in 2016.

Now, re-emerging (personnel little changed) as The Mammals once more, their intent is to raise social awareness, have a good party and bring people together to a place of joy-inspired positivity.

 
Sat Jan 12: The Courthouse Sessions, Middlesborough
Sun Jan 13: Live Room, Caroline Club, Saltaire
Fri Jan 18: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow
 
 
       
     
     
   



They took MerleFest by storm at the 2018 event. The mercurial, 5 x times JUNO-nominated and 7 x times Canadian Folk Music Award winning mando maestro had co-founded noteworthy Canadian bands like the Creaking String Quartet before bringing this impressive line-up together to win acclaim much further afield.

Equally comfortable on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandola and mandocello, alongside fellow string guru Mike Mezzatesta, whose versatility and mastery shine through on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and mandola, and in-the-pocket James McEleney, holding it down on the bass, mandocello and vocals, they quite simply excel, performing an intoxicating blend that has been described as Chamber Grass.

“Light of touch, fast of wit, copiously imaginative, and a musical scholar of the highest distinction,” said The Toronto Star Over here the reviews have been glowing:

“Genre-mashing newgrass” – Songlines magazine

“Intensely clever and hugely imaginative” - Acoustic magazine

 
Sat Jan 19: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow 
Sun Jan 20: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow 

 
 
       
     
     
   



May Erlewine made a big impression when she played UK festival dates with her side project, The Sweet Water Warblers, in 2017. Now, she tours in her own right, with two of her renowned backing band to perform in the trio format that has been on the road in the USA.

Ever since she released her stunning solo album Mother Lion, we have been fielding requests from promoters seeking a date. Yet, she’s no newcomer – far from it, having an extensive back catalogue (nineteen albums spanning several different projects).

UK reviewers swooned as they wrote about the latest release. At Folk Radio UK, Mike Davies said: “She’s looking to tour the UK with her own band which will no doubt serve to widen her fan base here. You really should set up an alert for those dates now.”

At AmericanaUK, Michael Farley lebelled it “superb - a coming of age” release. Country Music People said she was “a huge musical talent,” RnR magazine told readers the album was “enchanting” and Country Music magazine called it “mesmerising.”

 
Fri Jan 18: Celtic Connections festival
Sat Jan 19: Celtic Connections festival
Sun Jan 20: Celtic Connections festival
 
Mon Jan 21: FREE
Tues Jan 22: BBC live broadcast - Another Country with Ricky Ross
Wed Jan 23: Kitchen Garden Cafe, King's Heath, Birmingham
Thurs Jan 24: Green Note, Camden
Fri Jan 25: The Harrow, High Wycombe
Sat Jan 26: The Forge, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
   
 
       
     
     
   



Sam Reider and his band, hand-picked from the very finest on the New York scene, are rapidly becoming one of the most talked about musical experiences in the USA, and those in the know over here have already sensed the crackle created by a buzz that has carried his name around the world.

The Human Hands (his cream-of-the-crop players) were the talk of the town when they showcased at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City in 2018.

The debut album, Too Hot To Sleep, won them a huge amount of attention when released here. Songlines magazine awarded a prized Top Of The World rating, writer Doug Deloach saying it was “a lovely, lively romp through the mind of an exceptionally gifted band leader and composer.”

Over at RnR magazine, writer David Innes described them as “staggeringly virtuosic,” while, in America, the hugely influential Bluegrass Situation said the band was “rollicking and frenetic, lilting and energetic,” while The Fretboard Journal paid this compliment (among many): “brimming with energy and great playing, it sounds so fresh and original.”

Although many of the individuals involved have played in the UK before, this will be the band’s UK debut.

 
Sat Jan 19: Green Note, Camden
Sun Jan 20: Whitstable Sessions, Kent
Thurs Jan 24: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow
 
Fri Jan 25: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow
Sat Jan 26: The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber
 
 
       
     
     
   



Laura Cortese digs deep and aims high, grew up in San Francisco and moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, immersing herself in the city's vibrant indie music scene and enjoying a busy touring-and-studio-sidekick career which included appearances with Band of Horses at Carnegie Hall and Pete Seeger at Newport Folk Festival.

But, it’s been with her band, The Dance Cards that she has made the biggest impact. It’s bold and elegant fare, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves and scintillating vocal harmonies that have become a hallmark of the performance.

Writing in RnR magazine, David Innes awarded them his “Most Memorable Gig of The Year” vote.

Since then, the four-piece has taken both Shetland and Orkney Folk Festivals by storm, and kicked off 2018 in style, flying in for two big shows at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, promoting their current album, California Calling, on Compass Records, which has been winning them rave reviews and much radio exposure. It was Album of The Week on the Radcliffe & Maconie show at BBC Radio 6. Awarding the album a 5-star review (there were many) at Acoustic magazine, Julian Piper called it “stunning” and added: “If there was any justice, you’d see Laura on Later with Jools next week.”

 
Thurs Jan 24: Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel
Fri Jan 25: Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
Sat Jan 26: Out To Lunch Festival (matinee), Black Box, Belfast
 
Sun Jan 27: TradFest at Dublin Castle, Dublin, with Jerry Douglas and Teddy Thompson
 
       
     
     
   



Arguably the most powerful of the new breed of bands which are steeped in the old-time Appalachian style, these masters of their trade have been described as three of the most accomplished musicians playing on this planet, and that is not overstating the case.

John Showman might be better known to most Americana fans as the main vocalist with super-talented alt-country band, New Country Rehab, Chris Coole is a well-established singer-songwriter with a considerable pedigree and bassman Max Heineman has earned himself the kind of plaudits normally reserved for those who are much longer in the tooth.

And, these old-time saviours write new material that slots in perfectly to keep the balance between ancient and modern sweetly paced and finely tuned. You’ll feel the energy of three passionate musicians playing the bejesus out of those instruments and loving every minute.

The band triumphed at this year’s MerleFest where the discerning audience knows ‘stand-out’ from more-of-the-same.

“A rip roaring hoedown and a rawness fans love” – Maverick magazine

 
Fri Jan 25: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow
Sat Jan 26: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow
Wed Jan 30: The Old Courthouse, Antrim
Thurs Jan 31: Culturlann, Derry (Inbolc Festival)
Fri Feb 1: Strule Arts Centre, Omagh
 
Sat Feb 2: Portico, Portaferry, Co Down
Sun Feb 3: Duncairn Arts Centre Belfast
Mon Feb 4: Rest Day
Tues Feb 5: Red Room, Cookstown, Co Tyrone
Wed Feb 6: Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
Thurs Feb 7: PI Gigs at Canolfan Clydau,Tegryn. Pembrokeshire
Fri Feb 8: The Art Shop and Chapel, Abergavenny  
Sat Feb 9: Selby Town Hall
Sun Feb 10: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine  
 
       
     
     
   



With their roots in traditional bluegrass and folk, this Colorado-based five-piece has established a strong footing, appealing to the same audience as The Stray Birds, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys and The Railsplitters. Fusing elements of rock and pop with acoustic instrumentation, they have created a very distinctive sound of their own.

It took the release of their superb 2017-issued “Start Believing” album to stimulate the UK media into paying serious attention. Reviews were fittingly flattering and they got a load of radio exposure too.

“Imagine The Stray Birds with a slightly bigger sound,” declared Maverick magazine, while FolkRadioUK maintained they were “recalling the early days of 10,000 Maniacs.”

Over at RnR magazine, a writer who is taken more seriously than many, David Innes, told readers: “There’s something special happening here,” while AmericanaUK recommended them as having “a lovely warm, genuine feel that will brighten your day.”

 
Wed March 6: The Atkinson Theatre, Southport
Thurs March 7: Blue Sky Café, Bangor
Fri March 8: The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber
 
Sat March 9: Selby Town Hall
Sun March 10: Green Note, London
Mon March 11: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tues March 12: Southwell, Notts (venue tbc)
Wed March 13: The Forge, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
Thurs March 14: PI Gigs at Burnetts Hill, Martletwy, Narbeth
Fri March 15: Town Hall Live, Kirton in Lindsey  
Sat March 16: Square and Compass, Worth Matravers
Sun March 17: Whistable Sessions, Kent  
Mon March 18: Rest Day
Tues March 19: Middlesborough (venue tbc)
Thurs March 21: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri March 22: Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Sat March 23: Tin Hut, Gartly, by Huntly
 
Sun March 24: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Mon March 25: Rest Day  
Tues March 26: The Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Wed March 27: Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
 
 
       
       
     
     
   



In combining their musical passion, Richie and Rosie are widely regarded as one of the best duos on the circuit, drawing a colourful palette from American old-time, Appalachian folk, Blues, African, Rock, Cajun, and Country music, and taking the fiddle/banjo combination to a well-settled place as they continue to expand the boundaries of tradition.

Renowned for their incredibly refined skills, diverse musical influence and honest storytelling, the pair exemplify the power and magic of two people doing what comes naturally to them…making sweet music together.

 
Sun Apr 21: The Canteen, Bristol
Mon Apr 22: The Bell Inn, Bath
Tues Apr 23: The Art Shop and Chapel, Abergavenny
 
Wed Apr 24: Warthog Promotions at The Old Ship Inn, Lowdham
Thurs Apr 25: Café No 9, Sheffield
Fri Apr 26: Downstairs at Green Note, Camden
 
 
       
     
     
   



May Erlewine made a big impression when she played UK festival dates with her side project, The Sweet Water Warblers, in 2017. Now, she tours in her own right, with two of her renowned backing band to perform in the trio format that has been on the road in the USA.

Ever since she released her stunning solo album Mother Lion, we have been fielding requests from promoters seeking a date. Yet, she’s no newcomer – far from it, having an extensive back catalogue (nineteen albums spanning several different projects).

UK reviewers swooned as they wrote about the latest release. At Folk Radio UK, Mike Davies said: “She’s looking to tour the UK with her own band which will no doubt serve to widen her fan base here. You really should set up an alert for those dates now.”

At AmericanaUK, Michael Farley lebelled it “superb - a coming of age” release. Country Music People said she was “a huge musical talent,” RnR magazine told readers the album was “enchanting” and Country Music magazine called it “mesmerising.”

 
Thurs April 25: Green Note, London
Fri April 26: Town Hall Live, Kirton in Lindsey
Sat April 27: Tumbleweed @ Seven Arts, Leeds
 
Sun April 28: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Mon April 29: Soundhouse, Edinburgh
Tues April 30: Glassel Hall, Banchory
Wed May 1: Rest Day
Thurs May 2: Details TBC
Fri May 3: Details TBC
Sat May 4: Details TBC  
Sun May 5: Details TBC
Mon May 6: Details TBC  
 
       
     
     
   



Multi-Juno award-winning Canadian supergroup The Fretless (2017 Instrumental Album of The Year) also picked up two nominations in the Canadian Folk Music Awards (Best Contemporary Album and Instrumental Group of The Year). The accolade was great news for a band that continues to grow in stature around the world, seen by many as one of the most powerfully charged forces on the roots music circuit.

Previously, they had gathered in some similarly impressive honours on their home turf but it took the release of the Bird’s Nest album to win them the attention they deserved on this side of the Atlantic.

Consistently given four and five-star ratings, Songlines magazine loved its “plethora of thrilling moments” while fRoots magazine placed them “in the elite category.”
RNR magazine said it was “high quality, inventive and absolutely full of life and energy.”

They rocked Celtic Connections with stunning shows in 2018 and emerged triumphant from Shetland Folk festival too, after releasing the superb Live From The Art Farm album.

 
Wed May 1: Green Note, Camden
Thurs May 2: The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber
Fri May 3: Pennar Hall, Pembroke Dock
 
Sat May 4: Selby Town Hall
Sun May 5: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Mon May 6: Edinburgh TradFest
Tues May 7: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Wed May 8: Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast
Thurs May 9: The Chamber at Bangor Castle, Bangor
Fri May 10: Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul  
Sat May 11: Baltimore Fiddle Festival
Sun May 12: Baltimore Fiddle Festival  
 
       
     
     
   



One of the most powerful singer-songwriters the world has ever produced, Terry Lee Hale has been making great records for twenty five years.

He first made an impact on the Seattle scene, playing the clubs and bars with his open guitar tunings and dark, dangerous songs, and went on to build a faithful fan base that’s spread around the planet.

In 2013, he delivered The Long Draw on Glitterhouse Records, and Bound, Chained, Fettered appeared in 2016, built from truthful stories sung with a voice that reflects and carries the emotional weight of time, obstacles overcome and wisdom earned.

Those who have seen the man in action will tell you that this is as good as it gets.

 
Thurs June 6: Date Available
Fri June 7: Date Available
Sat June 8: Kingsmead House Concert, High Wycombe
 
Sun June 9: Green Note, Camden
Mon June 10: Rest Day
Tues June 11: Grateful Fred's House Concert, Birkdale, Merseyside
Wed June 12: House concert, Edinburgh (with Doghouse Roses)
Thurs June 13: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri June 14: The Bothy, Glenbuchat, Aberdeenshire
Sat June 15: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen  
Sun June 16: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine (with Doghouse Roses)
Mon June 17: Rest Day  
Tues June 18: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Wed June 19: Date Available
Thurs June 20: The Haining, Selkirk
Fri June 21: Date Available
Sat June 22: PI Gigs, Wales (venue tbc)
 
Sun June 23: Date Available
 
       
     
     
   



Arguably the most powerful of the new breed of bands which are steeped in the old-time Appalachian style, these masters of their trade have been described as three of the most accomplished musicians playing on this planet, and that is not overstating the case.

John Showman might be better known to most Americana fans as the main vocalist with super-talented alt-country band, New Country Rehab, Chris Coole is a well-established singer-songwriter with a considerable pedigree and bassman Max Heineman has earned himself the kind of plaudits normally reserved for those who are much longer in the tooth.

And, these old-time saviours write new material that slots in perfectly to keep the balance between ancient and modern sweetly paced and finely tuned. You’ll feel the energy of three passionate musicians playing the bejesus out of those instruments and loving every minute.

The band triumphed at this year’s MerleFest where the discerning audience knows ‘stand-out’ from more-of-the-same.

“A rip roaring hoedown and a rawness fans love” – Maverick magazine

 
Fri Sept 6: Green Note, Camden
Sat Sept 7: Sweet Sunny South Festival, Sussex
Sun Sept 8: AVAILABLE
 
Mon Sept 9: Rest day
Tues Sept 10: The Art Shop and Chapel, Abergavenny
Wed Sept 11: Burnett’s Hill, Chapel, Martletwy, Narberth
Thurs Sept 12: AVAILABLE
Fri Sept 13: South Holland Centre, Spalding
Sat Sept 14: The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber
Sun Sept 15: The Live Room, Caroline Street Club, Saltaire  
Mon Sept 16: Rest Day
Tues Sept 17: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Wed Sept 18: Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Thurs Sept 19: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri Sept 20: The Tin Hut, Gartly
Sat Sept 21: Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon
Sun Sept 22: FREE
 
       
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