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Sarah McQuaid

By Richard |

Born in Madrid (to a Spanish father and an American mother), raised in Chicago and holding dual Irish and American citizenship, Sarah McQuaid has made England her permanent residence since 2007. Her sixth solo album The St Buryan Sessions was recorded and filmed live in the beautiful medieval church of St Buryan, not far from […]

The Bella Hardy Christmas Show 

By Richard |

A glittering night of seasonal treats and new music from Bella’s 2022 album ‘Love Songs’ Celebrate the festive season in song with the BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year. Famed for her soaring and captivating voice, Bella inhabits her characters and spins her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. Featuring […]

Blackbeard’s Tea Party

By Richard |

Kick The Curb TourTheir bold and riotous modern folk rock is built for late nights and big stages. Hold on to your tri-corn hats and be prepared to stamp your wooden legs – Blackbeard’s Tea Party is in town. Sea-shanties will be given a bombastic rock edge, and folk instrumentals will become late-night floor-fillers when […]

Daoirí Farrell

By Richard |

Singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Six months after releasing the album ‘True Born Irishman’ Daoirí won two prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 for Best […]


By Richard |

Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the  Spiral Earth Awards Megson, aka Stu and Debbie Hanna, draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music. The husband and wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving […]

Tom Kilner Band

By Richard |

Raw power country, blues, southern rock and Americana delivered by four highly experienced and dedicated musicians. A decade of touring the UK and the EU, to celebrate the band’s 10th year, they are looking to tour new and old venues nationwide. Since a young age, in his native South Yorkshire, Tom has been hailed a […]

Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly

By Richard |

Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly   are renewing their partnership, after an obvious two year lay-off, with some concerts at carefully selected special venues.  The on-stage chemistry is immediately apparent, stemming from their love and respect for the music they play as well as the deep knowledge of the genre.  Although both coming originally out of […]

Snake Davis Band

By Richard |

Returning to their favourite local haunt is the Snake Davis Band. In demand with the biggest names on the British pop music scene, as well as visiting artists from overseas, Snake Davis is regarded as one of the most talented saxophonists in the music business today. Expect to hear anything from a jazz standard to […]

Father Earth and a Q&A with Graham Fellows

By Richard |

Father Earth is the true story of one man’s attempt to help save the planet, by converting a derelict church on the Orkney Isles into an eco-friendly recording studio. It’s also a fascinating study of a psychological power struggle between a character comedian – Graham Fellows, and his long-standing creation – John Shuttleworth. Father Earth is also […]

Jesse Terry and Emma Stevens

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A double-header JESSE TERRY Whatever magic potion the troubadours in Laurel Canyon were sipping on in 1971, Jesse Terry has managed to track it down and take a deep gulp. Now on his seventh album, When We Wander, Terry performs his beautifully crafted songs to around 150 audiences a year from Bonnaroo to the Philadelphia […]

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