Jason Steel | 3 November 2017

Members £7.00 Non-members £8.50

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’.

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Diabel Cissokho | 20 October 2017

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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.

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June 2017

FRIDAY 9th JUNE. 20:15 

Kevin & Ellen Mitchell

Members £7.00 Non-members £8.50

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

Bob Fox

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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.

April/May 2017 . . .

TOM McCONVILLLE & TONY WILSON

28th APRIL 2017

Members £8.00 Non-members £9.50 – advance tickets

Born on Tyneside and brought up in a pub on the famous Scotswood Road, Tom’s musical journey started in Newcastle’s thriving Irish scene and the North East folk clubs in the early 1970s.

Renowned for his musical accompaniments, Tom has played on hundreds of albums by artists including albums.Barbara Dickson, Richard Thompson, Allan Taylor and Lindisfarne. As happy in the intimate atmosphere of a small folk club as he is at the largest festivals, Tom is a class act!

Tom is a great player, and a terrific singer. He also happens to be a number one bloke too! Dave Swarbrick

JESS & RICHARD ARROWSMITH

12th MAY 2017

Members £8.00 Non-members £9.50 – advance tickets

Jess and Richard Arrowsmith are singers and musicians (fiddle & melodeon) who are well established in the traditional English music scene. They bring you powerful vocals, subtle accompaniments, lively tunes and a broad range of material that will have you laughing, weeping, tapping your feet and joining in the choruses. Jess & Richard’s latest project in conjunction with James Fagan & Nancy Kerr as the Melrose Quartet has earned them a nomination for “Best Group” at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. Other projects include Hekety, Glorystrokes, Crucible and Pecsaetan.

MARK DOWDING

26th MAY 2017

Members £6.50 Non-members £8.00 – advance tickets

A versatile singer and multi-instrumentalist from the North-West of England, Mark brings a wealth of performing experience to his interpretations of traditional, music hall, and self-penned songs.