ANDREW McKAY & CAROLE ETHERTON - "New songs of old times"
Andrew and Carole live on the Gower Peninsula outside Swansea, South Wales. Both are accomplished singers and instrumentalists, Andrew having played the obscure Crane Duet concertina for more years than he cares to, or possibly can, remember. Carole, who plays a range of early woodwind instruments, was also a resident singer at several folk clubs in her native Sussex. Before joining forces, they performed solo and with different shanty groups at folk clubs and festivals in Britain, Continental Europe and the United States.
Now as a duo, they have continued to take their interpretation of the songs they enjoy to a wide audience, having added Ireland, Australia and New Zealand to the list. They have a growing reputation not only as performers but also as writers of songs which are often assumed to be traditional, and which are being taken up and recorded by other singers, not just in the UK but around the world. Their song-writing has been described as ‘reminiscent of Rudyard Kipling and C Fox Smith’ with the added bonus that they ‘do all the tunes themselves’. Most of their songs have choruses, and they do like it when people join in.
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CATHRYN CRAIG & BRIAN WILLOUGHBY
Funny stories, serious songs, great singing and inventive guitar playing.
Individually they have worked with the likes of The Righteous Brothers, Mary Hopkin, The Strawbs and Nanci Griffith. Now, they are front of stage singing and playing their own brand of acoustic guitar based material. They will have you tapping your feet, joining in with choruses, enjoying their stories and being in awe of Cathryn's great singing and Brian's inventive guitar playing.
"A wonderful weave of songs and stories wrapped in subtle colours of musical genious and delivered with an effortless stagecraft drawn from long roads travelled" - Column Sands
WHISKEY RIVER III
Aidan Sheehan (accordion, harmonica, penny whistle, mandolin, vocals), Rob Strawson (fiddle, vocals), and Martin Blake (guitar and vocals).
The trio delivers a wide range of “Americana” - Cajun, Zydeco, Bluegrass, Piedmont / Louisiana Blues, “Good” Country, retro Roots Rock ‘n’ Roll and American Folk / Jazz all performed with raw enthusiasm and a dash of musical hot sauce.
They have heartfelt, almost whiskey-soaked vocal harmonies, singing and playing like
they really mean it, sometimes in Cajun French. Wherever they play, Arts centres, theatres,
festivals, live music venues both large and small, they always connect with their audience.
NEIL & LOUISE THOMAS
Lou and Neil kicked off their musical folk act in the early 70’s. Neil was dragged to Bridgend Folk Club by a friend, saw Louise singing in the folk group Folklore, turned to his friend and said “I’m going to marry her”.
They went on to perform together...musically, appearing in many folk clubs in the South Wales area, also folk festivals such as Pontardawe, Bromyard, Laycock & Chipenham, Folk Around the Wrekin etc.
Two fractured vertebrae in Neil’s spine stopped all that and they did not perform publicly for around 30 years.
They are back now (almost) still performing those songs which people request, sometimes remembering all the words but not necessarily in the right order. Enjoy!
CARADOG JONES & GERAINT ROBERTS
Tunes, Songs and Stories with Geraint & Caradog
Alawon, Caneuon a Straeon 'da Geraint a Caradog...
Both locals of the Tawe valley, Geraint Roberts and Caradog Jones are usually to be found in the nearest Welsh folk session. Tonight they’ll be entertaining all with a couple of tunes, songs and stories. As well as playing the Welsh bagpipes, Geraint is a captivating story-teller and knowledgeable local historian. Caradog is a traditional harpist, and after many years busking a living on the streets of England is glad to be back playing once again in the valley. They make a duo full of character, passionate to share and continue the traditions of Wales. Come one and all!
Dou frodor o Gwmtawe yw Geraint Roberts a Caradog Jones. Yn hoff o ganu yn sesiynau gwerin Cymreig, daw nhw heno i‘ch diddanu ag ambell i alaw, ambell i gan ac ambell i stori. Yn ogystal â chanu’r pibau cwd Cymreig, mae Geraint yn dipyn o chwedleuwr a hanesydd lleol. Telynydd traddodiadol yw Caradog, ac wedi sawl flwyddyn o glera ar strydoedd Lloegr mae’n braf ganddynt ganu unwaith eto yn y fro. Dyma ddeuawd llawn angerdd i rannu a chynnal ein traddodiadau fel cenedl. Dewch yn llu!
Carolling & Crumpets - Solo Christmas Show
John Kirkpatrick was born in Chiswick, West London in 1947. A deep love of music was instilled from birth, and family gatherings always included a hearty sing-song. School choirs, the Church choir, playing recorder and piano ensues, until he joined the Hammersmith Morris Men, in their second week, in 1959.
Whilst with the team he took up the melodeon, then the button accordion, then the anglo concertina, and got hooked on the traditional songs that were accompanied with a post-dancing pint.
John has gone on to become one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician, as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music. He has been a member of the Albion Country Band, Magic Lantern, The Richard Thompson Band, Umps and Dumps, Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey, Trans-Europe Diatonique, and Band of Hope, as well as numerous ceilidh bands.
He rejoined The Albion Band for The National Theatre productions of "Lark Rise" and "Candleford", and from 1980 has regularly worked on shows at The Victoria Theatre (later The New Victoria Theatre) in North Staffordshire, The Orchard Theatre Touring Company based in Devon, and elsewhere. As songwriter, composer, choreographer, and musical director, he has contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and on radio. And as featured artiste, band member, or session player, his music can be heard on over 200 different commercial recordings.
John has lived in Shropshire since 1973, where he had four sons by his first marriage. Now happily re-married, he still dances, with all four sons (on a good day), with the Morris team he founded in 1975, The Shropshire Bedlams.
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