Occupying an intriguing space somewhere between anthemic rock, chilled ambient and nu-jazz, McCallum's music allows Connolly to draw on her Irish folk influences with songs of birth and death, social struggle, motherhood and broken hearts. All delivered with a compelling emotional honesty and raw urgency against McCallum's sublime electronic textures.
Recorded in Manchester and at Real World Studios and mixed by sound guru Tchad Blake, The Breath's debut album Carry Your Kin was released on Peter Gabriel's Real World Records in April 2016.
"Ambient, rocking, multi-layered soundscapes" fRoots
"Cool, drifting ambient folk soul" The Guardian
No drums. Just voice, saxophone and double bass. BoP's unique interpretations of evocative songs from Dylan to Dowland are spell-binding.
Helen Watson sings like an angel, and Snake Davis's saxophone has played a key role for a huge number of bands from M People to Eurythmics.
Filmed 'live' while recording their Ionia album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lrsnWdaT-Y
"He charms the pants off the crowd" The Sunday Times "Comedic tour-de-force… brought a tear to a critical glass eye" The Herald "Simultaneously down-to- earth and out of this world" The List
February's guest is bass virtuoso Simon Goulding. Simon has been working as a professional session musician since the age of 16 and has performed, toured and recorded with a range of major artists including The Bee Gees, Robbie Williams, Ronan Keating, The Temptations, The Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Drifters, The Four Tops, The Three Degrees, The Snake Davis Band, Neil Sedaka, Clare Teal, and The Joe Loss Orchestra, among many others.
Winner of Four International fringe Festival Awards Winner - Best Solo Show - San Diego International Fringe Festival Winner - Best Performance by an actor - TheTVolution, Hollywood Fringe Festival Winner - Artistic Excellence - Sponsored by Rogue Shakespeare, Hollywood Fringe Winner - Producers Encore Awards
Pat McCarthy has been a professional player since 1981, and had the great good fortune to play with some of the UK's top musicians, plus a handful of visiting Americans. Playing with bands such as the Paul McGrath Quintet, the Pat McCarthy/Rick Woolgar group, and the Pat McCarthy Quartet. At the moment he is enjoying playing with the Shannon Reilly Trio,
Since graduating from Newcastle College of Music in 1989, Warren Jolly has been in constant demand as a session player and side man with some of the best known names in jazz and pop: including Kenny Wheeler, Andy Sheppard, and Jim Mullen. He has also toured with Blur, Simon Webb and the Drifters.
Thom Whitworth has won various accolades which include being the Perrier Jazz Awards semi-finalist and winner of the Kenny Baker Memorial Competition. It's very unusual to find a player who is creative and fluent on two very different instruments: the trumpet and guitar. Undoubtedly a rising star on the jazz club and festival circuit. His influences include Miles Davis, Arturo Sandoval, Wes Montgomery, and Pat Metheny.
He went on to collaborate as co-writer to Morrissey (scoring four top 20 singles), Kirsty MacColl and Lloyd Cole. His songs have been covered, among many others, by David Bowie, Joe Cocker and Ringo Starr. In 1999 he made the move to centre stage and has since producing his solo albums, Insensitive Songwriter (1999), The Mighty Dove (2002), Stand Beside Me In The Sun (2011) and his latest, Beautiful Guitars (2014). Each album marks a milestone in the growth of his confidence and the honing of his unique narrative style. This year sees the release of his brilliant new album Everything is Relatives.
His live shows are a master-class in storytelling, song-writing and musicianship which feature his former Fairground Attraction band-mates, Roger Beaujolais on the vibraphone, Simon Edwards on bass and Richard Marcangelo on drums.
"Mark Nevin is definitely still here, writing and singing better than ever... ?whisper it but 'Beautiful Guitars' is indeed 'perfect' ...and then some" (Acoustic)
"Beautiful Guitars is a fabulous album, full of original ideas and equally original execution, what more do you want?" (Folking.com)
"Spirited, solidly crafted and warmly conceived" (Uncut)
?"A gem... absolutely lovely" (Bob Harris BBC Radio 2)
"Nevin deserves much wider recognition" (Q ****)
The guinea pigs of Dandeville love munching dandelion leaves so much that slowly but surely dandelions are disappearing from all over town.
Christopher Nibble knows that crunch time has come when there is just one dandelion left – but will this plucky little guinea pig have the flower power to save the day?
Written especially for children aged 2-7 (and their big people too) and told with Topsy Turvy Theatre’s own blend of energetic storytelling, handmade puppets, original music and stunning scenery, Christopher Nibble is an uplifting story of one guinea pigs selfless undertaking to help halt the disappearance of the delicious
Over the years, Alasdair has collaborated with a wide variety of fellow musicians as well as with other artists, including poet Robin Robertson (on Hirta Songs, an album about the archipelago of St Kilda), puppeteer Shane Connolly (on a revival of the Scottish folk play 'Galoshins') and film-makers Luke Fowler (on the soundtrack to his film All Divided Selves about the Glaswegian 'anti-psychiatrist' RD Laing) and Nick Higgins (on the soundtrack to his film Hidden Gifts about the South Uist artist Angus McPhee).
In 2013 Alasdair became a member of the Scottish/English folk group The Furrow Collective, along with Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton and Emily Portman. The Furrow Collective has released one album, 2014's At Our Next Meeting. October 2016 will see the release of the group's second album. The Furrow Collective was nominated in the 2015 and 2016 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards and Alasdair was nominated as Scots Singer of the Year in the 2013 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.
Several years in the making, The Hero Light is a performance storytelling show that delves into the stories of The Ulster Cycle, one of the great cycles of Irish mythology. Dominic Kelly masterfully weaves stories from more than a thousand of years of Irish mythology and presents them to the audience with his trademark wit and energy. Set against a backdrop of the wild Irish landscape, the story is huge in scale, with a cast of thousands, all conjured by a single storyteller on an almost bare stage.
The show is an epic immersive experience for the audience, over two halves of 60 minutes each. The audience are swept along in the energetic storytelling, the rhythmic drumming, the intoxicating drama of the story and the continually changing dynamics of the performance. Battles and bloodshed and epic feuds are interspersed with moments of laughter, romance and pure magic.
frees you up to experiment with the arrangement and the dynamic of a song." Live at Southern Ground follows on from Martin's five previously acclaimed albums, most recently Mojo Fix in 2012. Along with many years of international touring and countless festivals Martin has built a strong international fan-base across the globe.
Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, Martin is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. During year-round worldwide touring he's absorbed a plethora of diverse influences, honing his craft into the classic songwriting style he possesses today.
In the US, Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville and toured coast to coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae and opened for Iron and Wine, Bruce Hornsby, Five for Fighting, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others.
More recently they teamed up again in Burden of Paradise.,
"There's no arguing with claims citing Helen Watson as one of the country's premier jazz blues singers." - Live review from RONNIE SCOTTS
"Chekhov wasn't all doom and gloom! European Arts Company's production of Chekhov Shorts is fast-paced, witty and engaging" - The Stage
Part theatre, stand up, journalism, activism, it's the story of the battle for hope and the survival of a community. The Guardian
This is slick, crafted, compelling, poignant and bloody funny, capped off with a singalong TW
Drawing from every continent we are given stories that move and inspire - from Sweden to Chile and all points between. The drama of love, loss, and re-birth mingle with the comedy of daily life, resulting in a captivating series of portraits presented through the words of some of the world's best poets.
Directed by Steve Byrne from Interplay Theatre, Beyond the Water's Edge uses poems published by Bloodaxe Books with music and original set design by Talking Birds.
They come from the lands down under - Australia and New Zealand to be precise; lands in which the traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles have evolved their own unique characteristics, like musical marsupials. And it's these songs and tunes, and several of their own making, that The James Brothers have united to play.
The James Brother who is called James is Sydney-born James Fagan while the James Brother who isn't called James is Jamie McClennan. Both men work primarily with their wives but The James Brothers allows them to be centre stage - playing the music of their roots and telling jokes without fear of being told off.
For Fagan and McClennan this is about bringing their distinct Antipodean-steeped folk to a new audience, with songs and tunes brought to life by a fraternal bond between two very silly, but captivatingly gifted musicians. And that's the James Brothers. Two men. Two Voices. Two Instruments… No Sheilas
Much-loved festival favourite Patrick Monahan is adored by his audiences everywhere! Patrick performs all over the UK and Europe and has appeared in far-flung hotspots including Dubai, Bahrain and Costa Rica! He is very much in demand, performing literally hundreds of shows a year and was the winner of the 2015 www.Ents24.com 'Hardest Working Comedian of the Year Award' for playing the highest number of venues in the UK!
Patrick is a regular MC and headlining act at the top London and UK comedy clubs and very popular on the corporate circuit as an after dinner speaker and awards host. He is also a keen marathon runner fundraising for the charity Zoe's Place Baby Hospice. His most recent TV appearances include 'Weekend' (ITV) 'Safeword' (ITV2) 'Celebrity Squares' (ITV) 'Fake Reaction' (ITV2) and 'The One Show Festival 2015' (BBC1).
Liverpool born Singer songwriter John Reilly & now Sheffield’s adopted musical son, has followed his success in The US and Canada with his band Boy on a Dolphin by returning to begin a solo career which is growing with the emergence of his powerful and moving album ‘Zebulon’. He has just helped with the raising £170,000 with his performances and song ‘Women of Steel’ co written with John Parr and Grammy Award Winning producer Eliot Kennedy which culminated in a major statue in the centre of Sheffield honouring the women who worked in the steel Industry during both wars. Reilly performed the song on the BBC1 show ’The People Remember’ on November 9th followed by the exciting release of his spiritually uplifting Christmas single ‘PEACE SIGN’ co written with Canadian writer and pianist Lewis Nitikman
Snake reveals their background and history as well as playing them in context. Sultry sax, searing sax, screaming sax, sexy sax, soulful sax, this show has it all.
Twin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (Vocals / Piano / Woodwind), and Sean Lakeman (Guitar), to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. After almost a decade, 2012 saw a spectacular return in conjunction with their critically acclaimed album ‘Hidden People’. Awards and much praise followed and the couple swiftly re-established themselves as one of the top British folk duos working today.
Winners – ‘BEST DUO’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016
Fronted by vocalist Lorna Fothergill, who is also the main lyricist and songwriter, who has a dynamic and powerful vocal style, sometimes described as "Robert Plant meets Aretha, with a hint of Janis”, she is joined by husband Jules Fothergill on guitar and old friends Ian Mauricio and Hayden Doyle on bass and drums. Their music combines to give the band a sound quite unlike any of their contemporaries on the modern Blues and Rock circuit.
Through a consistent approach to gigging around the country, Northsyde have grown into a well-oiled music machine, capable of entertaining even the most discerning audiences, whether headlining UK Music festivals to playing smaller support slots: from Guilfest to Maryport Blues Festival, London's Ealing Festival and Cambridge Rock Festival.
. The band was nominated and shortlisted in the 2016 Blues Award for the best band award, with each member of the band also being shortlisted in their individual category as musicians.
"The best band we’ve had this year... I defy anyone who loves and appreciates great talent and good musicianship to find fault with them..." The Tuesday Night Club
‘She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency.’ The Guardian
Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and Q.I, she is back with a brand new show for 2016. She has whip-crack jokes and is effortlessly funny as she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously mischievous delivery and endless charm.
Shappi Khorsandi is also the best selling author of ‘A Beginners Guide to Acting English’ and her debut novel ‘Nina is not OK’ is published by Ebury in July 2016. Shappi was also recently elected president of the British Humanist society.
Both solo and with her trio featuring Lauren MacColl on fiddle and Mattie Foulds on percussion, Rachel performs songs in English and Scottish Gaelic alongside original instrumental compositions. As well as voice and harp, Rachel also plays fiddle and viola and has worked across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling. A skilled collaborator, Rachel also recently started working with Scottish/Norwegian band Boreas and was one of the eight musicians to work on The Elizabethan Session project.
Rachel released her mighty new album "Here's My Heart Come Take it" in April 2016.
'Impressively accomplished, innate stage presence and quality material, a classy set' Chortle
Fresh from supporting Sarah Millican on her sold out UK tour and as seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Just a Minute and The John Bishop Show - Tom Allen brings you a new show from his always hilarious, slightly acerbic, totally unique point of view.
Melanie Harrold (Harrold & Blanchflower, The Hank Wangford Band, Joanna Carline)
Julie Matthews (While & Matthews, St Agnes Fountain)
Helen Watson (Burden of Paradise, The Love Notes)
Chris While(While & Matthews, St Agnes Fountain, Chris & Kellie While)
Twenty one years after their debut self titled album and one and only UK tour, the tour de force that is Daphne's flight is set to return to the stage in 2017.
Daphne's Flight are all contemporary songwriters who cross a huge range of topics and genres, blending folk, blues, jazz and pop whilst also dipping into new and vibrant arrangements of classic covers such as the Beach Boy's 'God Only Knows' and Elvis Costello's 'Ship Building'. All are woven together with striking harmonies and supported by a range of instrumentation and percussion. An evening with DF will be filled with energy, humour and passion.
With a complete line-up of all five original members and a brand new studio album, this is the tour that fans have been waiting for since their first impromptu performance at Cambridge festival in 1995, when they took a packed club tent by storm and decided the time was right to join forces. Drawing on their collective wealth of talent and varied styles, each of them accomplished songwriters, musicians and renowned singers, it was the combination of all five voices, a powerhouse of harmonies, that left audiences breathless and brought them much critical acclaim.
With as much energy and enthusiasm as they ever had, Daphne's are truly excited to be reuniting again and hope you will join them in the next leg of the flight for what promises to be a memorable year. Chocks away!
The new album, as yet untitled, is scheduled for release in the spring of 2017 and will be on the Fledg'ling Record label.
"Intelligent and funny writing both of music and gags... a must see show" One4Review
"Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny" The Guardian
"Song after song of exquisitely crafted satire" The Scotsman