Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.
Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘Songwriters par excellence’- (fRoots), whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale.
Building upward from their last two highly praised albums ‘Hidden People’ & ‘Tomorrow Will Follow Today’, fans of acoustic music can only wonder where this leading couple will choose to turn next.
With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.
“An absolute masterclass in how to do it right.” Festivalsforall.com
“Kathryn Roberts smoky, assertive vocals are a tasty feast for listeners craving music that requires a sharp mind and an open heart.” Billboard Magazine
“As a guitarist, producer and co-songwriter, Sean Lakeman is one of the unsung heroes of modern British folk” MOJO
BEST DUO – BBC Radio2 Folk Awards – 2016
BEST DUO – BBC Radio2 Folk Awards – 2013
BEST DUO – Spiral Earth Awards – 2015
Powerful Celtic undertones and intoxicating tribal rhythms
Roving Crows push the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre and play with genuine passion, energy and soul – a must see live act.
A vibrant mix of Celtic-inspired fiddle alongside original and intelligent lyrics backed by pounding, tribal and electronica infused dance grooves; the band comprises fiddle, electric and acoustic guitar, electric 5 and 6 string bass, pumping bongo percussion rhythms and vocals.
As well as almost constant national touring, the band has released 2 albums and 2 EPs since their launch in 2009. The most recent album ‘Deliberate Distractions’ received 4* reviews in the Financial Times and R2 Magazine amongst many more.
They are set to release their upcoming album ‘Bury Me Naked’ at the Gloucester Guildhall in April 2017 with full PR support from Jane Brace.
“Great party music…I love that band” Paul O’Grady, BBC
“Really individual Celtic folk rock group” Mike Harding, BBC
“The next folk super group in waiting” Nancy Dunham, folking.com
International Artist of the Year Finalist – Australian Celtic Music Awards 2016
Band of the Year – FATEA Music Awards 2014
Best Live Act – Spiral Earth Music Awards 2014
Best Folk Act – Exposure Music Awards 2012
“She is an extraordinary young woman… It’s an amazing background.” Frank Hennessey
Ruth taught herself guitar as a busker, releasing her debut ‘Worm Food’ in 2007 followed by critically acclaimed records ‘White Holes Of Mole Hills’ (2010 )and ‘Dear Lamp Love Moth’ (2013). Both highly praised in national press and radio such as The Guardian, BBC Radio3 and BBC6music. In 2012 Ruth opened for grammy award winning Ani DiFranco at London’s Union Chapel. Not coincidentally a collaboration formed between Ruth and producer and bassist Todd Sickafoose. Ruth travelled up through California into Oregon to work with Todd and a stellar cast of musicians. The fruits of this collaboration, a record named ‘Cactacus’ is released September 2016.
“Her fourthcoming album’s a killer” – fROOTS
“Her tales leave you breathless” – MOJO
“She is remarkable” – The Guardian
“One of the most distinctive performers, singers, songwriters and guitarists has done it again!” – Froots Magazine
The Haunted Souls
Foot stomping Folk and Country!
Fun frolics, heartfelt harmonies and of course drinking songs, serious music with a smile.
This band has shared festival stages with the likes of New Model Army, UB40, Billy Bragg, Hayseed Dixie, Ferocious Dog, Ash, Embrace, Nizlopi, Chas and Dave, to mention just a few!
Guitars Fiddle Mandolin and five voices make for a great sound.
Shortlisted in the British Blues Awards 2016 and 2012
Mumbo-Jumbo takes three of the Midlands most experienced gigging musicians – Oliver Carpenter, Chris Lomas and Phil Bond – throws them together in a broadly acoustic format and lets them deliver what they are best at – live music performance.
They play around 85% of their own music, and the writing is so good that they were nominated in the British Blues Awards in the Best Original Song category for their track ‘Nice Work’ – maybe the new album ‘Sonic Gumbo’ will have another suitably recognised gem.
Their 2016/7 festival schedule included Great British R&B (Colne), Ealing Blues, Upton Blues, Bromsgrove Folk, Nantwich Jazz & Blues, Wallingford Blues & Beer, Upton Folk, Hay Philosophy & Music, Jinney Ring Blues, Jinney Ring Folk, with a number of others still havering into view show the breadth of their accessibility to a range of audiences. Both blues and folk festivals and clubs have discovered Mumbo-Jumbo too!
The Future Set
The Future Set are a local quintet who offer an original blend of menacing melodic charm and deep easy groove.
Influences include Midlake, Can, Dungen, Teenage Fanclub & Leisure Society.
American-born songwriter Tyler Massey mixes various styles of American folk with the Classical tradition and a healthy dose of British psychedelia. This has resulted in a unique style of songwriting and a deft, sparse guitar technique which accompanies a slightly world-weary baritone voice.
Although he often collaborates with session legend Vo Fletcher, his most recent album, The Ocean Within, was mainly a solo effort. He currently resides near Worcester, which is sort of in the middle bit of England (see map), but will gladly drive elsewhere when people ask him to come and sing.
In college, he played in several American bands, opening for dozens of acts from all over the states, including Adrian Belew, Mojo Nixon, The Afghan Whigs, The Romantics and the legendary Hasil Adkins.
Fleeing the Bush Administration and a general sense of ennui, he immigrated to the UK in 2005. Unbelievable though it may seem, he actually prefers living in the UK to the US, though this is mainly due to the fact that he has a fatal allergy to Conservative Christian Republicans (he has a doctor’s note).
The Strays are a raucous Neo-Rock n Roll trio.
With their eclectic musical influences, they write modern music that breathes new life into the rock n roll genre, using elements of pop, rock, country and blues, combined with rockabilly riffs and driving beats – all performed with just a guitar, stand-up drums and punchy vocals.
With this completely unique set up, they have managed to create a huge, modern/vintage, hybrid sound that just won’t quit!
Their original tunes are so catchy you’ll feel like you know them already and their covers are cleverly reimagined in the rock n roll style.
“A toptastic band……have booked them twice already this year for celebrations and I keep trying to think of new things that I can do so I can book them again……! Fabulous trio!” – Donna, Gloucester
“Thanks for the music guys!! Very good feedback so we look forward to seeing you again!!” – Ruby Jacks Pub, Evesham
”They’re yummy!” Anon – Rose n Crown, Stratford-upon-Avon
”The place came alive, an incredible trio!!” The Doctors – Gloucester