Sharron Kraus is a singer of folk songs, a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose solo work and collaborations offer a dark and subversive take on traditional music.
As well as drawing on the folk traditions of England and Appalachia, her music is influenced by gothic literature, surrealism, myth and magick.
Her songs tell intricate tales of rootless souls, dark secrets and earthly joys, the lyrics plucked as sonorously as her acoustic guitar.
As well as her solo work, Sharron has recorded an album of traditional songs – ‘LeavesFrom Off The Tree’ – with Meg Baird and Helena Espvall of Espers, written an album of songs to celebrate the seasons of the year – ‘Right Wantonly A-Mumming’ – which was recorded with some of England’s finest traditional folk singers including Jon Boden, Fay Hield and Ian Giles – and also recorded and performed with the duos Rusalnaia and Tau Emerald (with Gillian Chadwick and Tara Burke, respectively).
Nancy Wallace is a singer and musician hailing from Suffolk and London,currently residing in Montreal, Canada.
She came to notice singing with the Memory Band and later as part of the cult alt-folk collective The Owl Service, but has in recent years been ploughing her own furrow.
A guitarist and concertina player, Nancy’s repertoire spans traditional material, her own compositions and the odd unexpected cover version.
Live, she creates an atmosphere and intimacy with her audience which is not to be missed.
Jason Steel is a singer & picker of stringed instruments. Originally from Yorkshire, he currently rests his head in North London.
Shortly after joining The Owl Service in 2008, Jason began to record the songs that would make up the ‘We Deserve Fire’ 7″ & the ‘Eternal Embers’ E.P (released on Midwich Records). These weaved the sounds of Appalachian and ragtime picking, the strange, old worlds of traditional folk and the ghosts of 1920’s Tin Pan Alley (both recorded live to a single microphone). The results were effective; an emotional hinterland somewhere between Bert Jansch and Leonard Cohen, John Fahey and Cliff ‘Ukulele Ike’ Edwards. His debut long player Fire Begot Ash garnered considerable praise in various quarters upon its release in March of 2010, followed by an invitation to record for the BBC at Maida Vale studios.
Jason records for Rif Mountain. He divides the rest of his time between staring at the moon, drawing old churches and listening to Lead Belly’s ‘Last Sessions’.
Senegalese musician Diabel Cissokho is part of the great line of Cissokho griots. Growing up in Dakar and Tambacounda, surrounded by a rich musical heritage and a family of musicians, Diabel began playing a number of traditional instruments. However, Diabel’s affinity with the kora was clear from an early age.
Diabel’s musical pedigree is exceptional. International tours with his family’s band Bannaya led to a long stint as Baaba Maal’s kora player, as well as with acclaimed musicians such as Kandia Kouyate, Pee Wee Ellis, Omar Pene, Cheikh Lo, Ernest Ranglin and Youssou N’Dour. Now well established in the UK, Diabel’s virtuosic talent, his “resonant voice and rocking kora style” (Songlines), have been welcomed everywhere from WOMAD and Glastonbury to London’s Barbican, where he performed alongside Femi Kuti, Cheikh Lo and Manu Dibango, and more recently in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London with his band.
Friday 11th August 2017 - 20:15
Members £8.50 Non-members £10.00
For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.
Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals’ music documentary strand on BBC 2) – there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played.
He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.
`Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all’ Q Magazine
‘Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers.’ The Telegraph
Friday 14th July 2017 - 20:15
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A superb singer, guitarist and banjo player, Maggie is also the writer of some of the very finest contemporary songs, including ‘A Place Called England’ , for which she was honoured for ‘Best Original Song,’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awardsin 2000, and ‘Perfumes Of Arabia’,’which was recorded by Martin Carthy.
A rare visit to the South-West by two singers widely-regarded as amongst the very finest interpreters of traditional Scottish & Irish songs & ballads.
Kevin (from Derry) and Ellen (from Glasgow), bring a deep knowledge and empathy to their performances of these wonderful songs & have toured and recorded extensively.
SATURDAY 10th JUNE. 14:00 – 16:00
Kevin & Ellen Mitchell present: Songs From The Travelling Tradition
Members £8.50. Non-Members £10.00
Widely-regarded as two of the very finest of traditional singers, Kevin and Ellen Mitchell share a deep knowledge and profound love for the songs of Scots and Irish travellers. This special, two hour presentation is not to be missed!
FRIDAY 23rd JUNE
Members £8.00 Non-members £9.50
A very welcome return to Bodmin by this hugely popular singer and guitarist, from the North-East of England.
Acclaimed for his portrayal of Songman, in the West End production of War Horse, his collaborations with Fairport Convention, and Jez Lowe (and many more), and his powerful solo performances.
“Surely one of the great voices of the whole of the Folk Revival.” The Living Tradition magazine.