As folk rock’s rowdiest rabble since 2009, Skinny Lister have reeled and partied into the hearts of America, the UK, Germany and Japan. Passing the growing flagon of their experiences with every album and tour, they’ve led an endless parade gathering fans old and new, from the respected folk circuit to the riotous Download Festival, igniting pogoing mosh-pits at each.
Over the past ten years they’ve travelled from rain-soaked London to the vast arteries of the USA, upgrading from narrow boat to Salty Dog Cruise, played huge tours across Europe and North America with Frank Turner, Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly as well as headlining themselves across festivals, sweatboxes and ever-larger venues.
Formed in 1980, New Model Army’s beginnings were inspired by Northern Soul, Punk Rock and the incendiary atmosphere of the times. Since then, they have had a long, creative and eventful journey. They have been massively influential in ‘post-punk’, ‘folk-rock’, ‘political-rock’, ‘goth’, ‘metal’ and all kinds of musical sub-cultures but they have steadfastly refused to belong to any club or style that would limit them.
There are very few bands in NMA’s position of being able to record and release what they like when they like, while maintaining a worldwide following and all without making a single artistic or commercial compromise.
Nerina Pallot is a gifted singer/songwriter who writes soulful lyrical songs woven with passionate sentiments. Driven by an obsessive love of music, she manages to create material that has a life all of its own.
In the words of Times Online, she has an ‘astonishingly versatile voice’ and a ‘knack for alchemising half-focused images into phrases that haunt as long as her opulent tunes echo in the head’.
Her new album “I Don’t Know What I’m Doing” will delight both old and new fans.
The Leeds based brothers are renowned for their strong vocals, powerful melodies and heartfelt lyrics. They have found favour with audiences across the world having toured extensively in USA, Europe and the UK as well as having supported artists including Mumford and Sons and Elbow.
They are passionate and prolific singer-songwriters having written material for joint collaborations as well as other high profile up and coming artists.
Their 4th full length studio album “Tell Me What You Want” was released this Spring.
The Unthank sisters head to Cottingham with the rich and colourful sound of their eleven-piece ensemble, showcasing tracks from latest album “Sorrows Away”, alongside favourites such as “Magpie”, “The King Of Rome” and “Mount The Air”.
Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point, the influence of Miles Davis, Steve Reich, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King Crimson and Tom Waits can be heard in the band’s 14 records to date, earning them a Mercury Music Prize nomination and international acclaim along the way.
Will Varley has come a long way since his early days haunting the open mics of South London and busking around on The Underground. Following the release of his 2018 studio album ‘The Spirit of Minnie’, his UK tour drew to a close with a triumphant show at London’s legendary Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
High praise from the likes of Tim Minchin and Simon Nicol of Fairport Convention have helped fan the flames, as his audience continues to grow both on the road and online.
In her 50-plus years in music, Judy Collins has always exhibited impeccable taste in songcraft. On her landmark 1967 album, “Wildflowers”, she curated a stunning collection featuring originals alongside songs by not-yet household names such as Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, and adventurous selections by Jacques Brel and Francesco Landini.
Now, in her 6th decade as a singer and songwriter, Judy is experiencing a profound level of growth and prolific creativity. The cultural treasure’s 29th studio album “Spellbound” was released earlier this year.
West country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005 for “Kitty Jay”. It catapulted Lakeman into the forefront of the new British folk movement and his follow up, the gold-selling “Freedom Fields” went on to become Seth’s first of 6 UK Top 40 albums.
Seth’s live show, as with everything else he does, takes the established folk orthodoxy and turns it on its head. The spirit of the rock band meets the timeless and heartfelt subject matter of the folk tale in a blur of fiddle, acoustic guitar and foot-stomping rhythms, with Seth’s unmistakable vocals riding the wave.