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Sweden’s leading roots music ambassadors, Väsen, continue to reign supreme as they tour the world performing on almost every continent. In close on 30 years of making music together in a career described by respected Songlines writer and broadcaster Fiona Talkington as “brilliant,” she recently said in her 5-star review of their latest album they were now “an unstoppable force.”

Whether in Tokyo, Berlin or Washington they always leave their audiences exhilarated. Last time they were in the UK, BBC World Music presenter Mary Ann Kennedy crowned them “supreme rulers of the trad world” and, following one show, music writer Rob Adams (The Herald) described them as “astonishing,” and added: “if they come anywhere near you, move heaven and earth for a ticket”.

“Quite simply one of the finest musical ensembles playing today” – Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3


 
Fri April 20: Mareel, Lerwick, Shetland
Sat Apr 21: Northern Arc Sessions with Heidi Talbot, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Sun Apr 22: St Andrews In The Square, Glasgow
 
Mon Apr 23: Sage, Gateshead
Tues Apr 24: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Wed Apr 25: FREE
Thurs Apr 26: Queens Hall, Edinburgh
Fri Apr 27: The Ropetackle Centre, Shoreham by Sea
Sat Apr 28: Green Note, London
 
       
     
     
   



Roots music hotshots Woody Pines have wowed the crowds on both sides of the Atlantic and last time they toured the UK, reviewers unanimously declared them to be one of the most entertaining acts on the Americana circuit.

These Muddy Roots Records stars count BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris as a fan - he invited them to appear on the stage he hosted at the C2C event in London’s 02 arena.

The trio was one of the headline acts flown over to Scotland to take part in Glasgow’s Celtic Connections mid-winter bash three years ago, included for their “fiery moonshine spirit that sparkles with feelgood freshness”.

This is a band that counts some other big hitters as fans, including Outlaw Country legend, Billy Joe Shaver. When he followed them at the big Nelsonville Folk & Blues Festival, Billy Joe and came on stage declared: “They’re the best damn band I’ve ever heard!”

 
Thurs April 26: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri April 27: Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon
Sat April 28: Woodend Barn, Banchory
 
Sun April 29: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Mon April 30: Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh
Tues May 1: Coldingham Village Hall
Wed May 2: Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Thurs May 3: Jumpin Hot Club, Cluny 2, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Fri May 4: South Holland Centre, Spalding
Sat May 5: Selby Town Hall  
Sun May 6: Kitchen Garden Café, Kings Heath, Birmingham
Mon May 7: Rest Day  
Tues May 8: Green Note, Camden, London
Wed May 9: The Old Ship Inn, Lowdham
Thurs May 10: The Pump House, Louth
Fri May 11: Long Street Blues Club, Devizes
Sat May 12: Snails Deli, Cardiff
 
Sun May 13: The Ropewalk, Barton on Humber
Mon May 14: Rest day
Tues May 15: The Red Room, Cookstown
Wed May 16: Crusoe’s Castlerock
Thurs May 17: Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel
Fri May 18: The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely
Sat May 19: Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul  
Sun May 20: Canolfan Clydau, Tegryn, Llanfyrnach
Mon May 21: Rest Day  
Tues May 22: Square Tower, Portsmouth
Wed May 23: The Studio at TPS, Petersfield, Hants
Thurs May 24: Stroud Subscription Rooms
Fri May 25: The Cube, Malvern
Sat May 26: Square and Compass, Worth Matravers
 
Sun May 27: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers (afternoon)
Mon May 28: Fishery Wharf Café, Boxmoor, Herts
 
       
     
     
   



Multi-Juno award-winning Canadian supergroup The Fretless (2017 Instrumental Album of The Year) made a huge impact when they played Celtic Connections festival back in January.

Now they return as one of the main visiting attractions at this year’s Shetland Folk Festival and Edinburgh’s TradFest.

 
Sun, April 29: TradFest, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Mon, April 30: FREE
Tues, May 1: Glassel Hall, Aberdeenshire
 
Wed, May 2: The Big Hoolie session aboard the ferry to Shetland
Thurs, May 3 - Sun, May 6: Shetland Folk Festival
 
 
       
     
     
   



Making a rare visit to the UK, Geoff Muldaur is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY. During the 1960's and '70's, he made a series of highly influential recordings as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and Paul Butterfield's Better Days, as well as collaborations with his then-wife Maria and many others such as Bonnie Raitt and Jerry Garcia. Many of the biggest names on the scene are fans of the man.

Bonnie Raitt says that he has always been one of her favourites and in a recent interview, Richard Thompson said: “There are only three great white blues singers and Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them.” Talking after a recent ‘live’ performance, John Sebastian said: “The Lovin’ Spoonful’s favourite singer went and got better,” while Loudon Wainwright III is on record as stating: “Geoff Muldaur was and is one of my musical heroes.”

Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9odBtqpPus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDv7YLiKJ_M

 
Fri June1: The Green Note, Camden, London
Sun June 3: Whitstable Sessions, Whitstable 
Tues June 5: Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge
 
Wed June 6: The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Thurs June 7: The Stables, Milton Keynes
 
 
       
     
     
   



One of the hottest acts to emerge from the gutsier underbelly of Nashville’s music scene, the soulful pairing of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel have been building a sizeable fan base on both sides of the Atlantic. Returning to these shores after a triumphant visit in 2017, they are one of the main acts for this year’s Maverick Americana Festival. The Danberrys have won various awards and nominations for Best Americana Album. Their most recent release created quite an impact, attracting glowing praise from the critics, such as:

“Wonderful” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“The sweetest harmonies you ever heard this side of The Everly Brothers” – RnR magazine

“A gift – and you should accept it with open ears” – Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK

“Tremendous” – Mike Morrison, AmericanRootsUK

 
Wed June 20: Coldingham Village Hall
Thurs June 21: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri June 22: Private function, North Aberdeenshire
 
Sat June 23: Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon
Sun June 24: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Mon June 25: Soundhouse, Edinburgh
Tues June 26: Rest Day
Wed June 27: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Thurs June 28: The Haining, Selkirk
Fri June 29: Saltburn Arts Theatre, Saltburn by the Sea  
Sat June 30: Chapter, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff
Sun July 1: Pump House, Louth  
Mon July 2: Rest Day
Tues July 3: Drovers Music Venue, Puncheston, Haverfordwest
Wed July 4: The American Museum, Bath
Thurs July 5: Kitchen Garden Café, Kings Heath
Fri July 6: Maverick Festival, Easton Farm Park, Suffolk
 
Sat July 7: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
Sun July 8: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
 
       
     
     
   



One of the hardest-working bands on the US roots music circuit, Hillfolk Noir have built themselves a huge Stateside following playing what has been described as music “filtered through a country-tinged, swampy-swingin’, hillbilly-delta-blues- ragtime word machine”.

Working out of Boise, Idaho, they have won a lot of fans in the UK after six successful tours on this side of the Atlantic.
This is what some media folks have said about them:

“A raggedy, rollicking adrelalin shot” – fRoots magazine

“An incandescent car crash of blues, medicine show sensibilities, country and rock ‘n’ roll” – Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3

“Roots music with attitude!”
– RNR (Rock ‘n’ Reel) magazine

“The jugband tradition is alive and more than well - they bring a punky, spunky spirit to the blues and old-time”
– Rob Adams, The Herald

“I love this”
– Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland

 
Wed July 4: The Atkinson Theatre, Southport
Thurs July 5: Blue Sky Café, Bangor, North Wales
 
Fri July 6: Green Note, Camden, London
Sat July 7: Maverick Festival, Suffolk
Sun July 8: Maverick Festival (morning), The Greystones, Sheffield (evening)
Tues July 10: The Big Tipi, Lligwy Beach Café, Moelfre, Anglesey
Wed July 11: The Meadow, St David’s, Pembrokeshire
Thurs July 12: FREE  
Fri July 13: Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival
Sat July 14: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen  
Sun July 15: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Tues July 17: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Wed July 18: Mike Hoare, Warthog, Lowdham, Notts
Thurs July 19: The Plough @ George Hotel, South Molton
 
Fri July 20: Square and Compass, Worth Matravers
Sat July 21: Castle Cary, Somerset
 
Sun July 22: Square and Compass, Worth Matravers

 
 
       
     
     
   



Recognised as one of the hottest bands playing out of one of America’s steamiest States, The California Feetwarmers return to Europe for appearances at a string of summer festivals.

This follows a super-successful run at big outdoor events in 2017 when they wowed the crowds in Switzerland, Italy, Scotland and Ireland.

Previously they raised the roof as an ecstatic crowd of revellers at the 1000-capacity Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow, got into the groove at Celtic Connections festival.

Since then, the seven-piece has continued to impress on both sides of the Atlantic and gathered praise from some of the biggest names in the biz.

When they headlined at Herb Alpert’s nightclub in Beverly Hills, where Hollywood’s A-list go to have themselves some fun, Sir Tom Jones enjoyed the show so much he declared himself a fan, told them to head for London and said: “Just tell them Tom Jones sent you!”

He wasn’t the first big name to fall under their spell…this is the band that Keb’ Mo’ sought out to provide an air of authenticity when he recorded his BluesAmericana album. The collaboration won them a Grammy-nomination.

When Keb’ Mo’ grabbed them to provide the right feel for the track that won them so much attention, he did so as he wanted it to be “a joyous thing – a party,” he told The Wall Street Journal.

…Now couldn’t we all do with a bit of that in our lives right now!

 
Sun July 8: Junction Festival, Clonmel
Wed July 11: Hawkswell Theatre (Cairde Festival), Sligo
Thurs July 12: Glenveagh Castle (afternoon)
 
Thurs July 12: Bennigans, Derry (evening)
Fri July 13: McGrorys, Culdaff
Sat July 14: Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny (early afternoon)
Sat July 14: Derry Maritime Festival (evening)
Sun July 15: Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul, Co Dublin
Tues July 17: Red Room, Cookstown
Wed July 18: Red Room, Cookstown  
Thurs July 19: Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Fri July 20: Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival  
Sat July 21: Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival
Sun July 22: Underneath The Stars Festival, Cawthorne, South Yorks
Tues July 24: The Art Shop & Chapel, Abergavenny
Thurs July 26: Rathmullan House, Rathmullan
Fri July 27: Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey
 
Sat July 28: Huidie Beags, Gweedore
Sun July 29: Swell Festival, Arranmore Island
 
       
     
     
   



The past twelve months have been extraordinary for Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards.

Their latest album, California Calling, won glowing reviews on both sides of the Atlantic and a ton of quality radio exposure. For, instance, it was Album of The Week on the Radcliffe & Maconie show at BBC Radio 6.

When they were flown in as one of the main visiting attractions at Glasgow’s big Celtic Connections festival, they wowed a capacity crowd at the city’s Royal Concert Hall and went on to feature in associated radio and TV programmes.

Now, they’re heading back and once again, to play festivals as well as, theatre, arts centre and club shows around the country, heading back to Shetland too, where they previously stole the show at the local folk festival

Writing in RnR magazine, David Innes awarded them his “Most Memorable Gig of The Year” vote saying they “swung with constraint-free exuberance, tugging at and capturing everyone’s hearts.”

Awarding the latest album a 5-star review (there were many) at Acoustic magazine, Julian Piper called it “stunning” and added: “If there was any justice, you’d see Laura on Later with Jools next week.”

 
Fri July 20: LLangollen Fringe, LLangollen Town Hall
Sat July 21: Pennar Hall, Pembroke Dock
Sun July 22: Underneath The Stars Festival, South Yorkshire
 
Mon July 23: Rest Day
Tues July 24: Green Note, Camden, London
Wed July 25: Farncombe Boathouse
Thurs July 26: The Greystones, Sheffield
Fri July 27: Tolbooth, Stirling
Sat July 28: Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Sun July 29: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine  
Mon July 30: Rest Day
Tues July 31: Mareel, Lerwick, Shetland  
Sat Aug 4: Dranouter Festival, Belgium
Sun Aug 5: Whitstable Sessions, Kent
Mon Aug 6: Rest Day
Tues Aug 7: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
Wed Aug 8: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
 
Thur Aug 9: FREE
Fri Aug 10: Reeth Memorial Hall  
Sat Aug 11: Jumpin Hot Country Cantina, Acklington
Sun Aug 12: FREE
 
       
     
     
   



Firmly established as one of the most popular touring acts this will be Virginia-based livewires, The Hot Seats, tenth anniversary tour.

Over the years they have blown the crowds away at festivals such as Edinburgh Fringe where they won a coveted Herald Angel award – the highest accolade to be handed out – following a successful run at The Famous Spiegletent.

They wowed everyone at Shetland and Orkney Folk Festivals and made a big impression at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections too. They’ve enjoyed main stage appearances at big events such as HebCeltFest, Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival and Fringe By The Sea.

And, of course, whenever they tour, crowds always turn out in force to get a fix of the spirit-lifting tonic they share out.

On previous visits, reviewers have showered them with praise.

“They’re brilliant,” said Maverick magazine, while The Herald (Scotland) described the show as “sensational,” and RnR magazine said simply: “Astounding!”

 
Thurs July 26: Beer & Bluegrass Festival, Poole
Fri July 27: Beer and Bluegrass Festival, Poole
Sat July 28: Beer and Bluegrass Festival, Poole
 
Sun July 29: FREE
Mon July 30: Rest Day
Tues July 31: FREE
Wed Aug 1: The Atkinson Theatre, Southport
Thurs Aug 2: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Fri Aug 3: The Tin Hut, Gartly by Huntly
Sat Aug 4: CatStrand, New Galloway  
Sun Aug 5: St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses
Mon Aug 6: Rest Day  
Tues Aug 7: Festival (Scotland – details TBC)
Wed Aug 8: The Art Shop and Chapel, Abergavenny
Thurs Aug 9: Burnett’s Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Narberth, Pembs
Fri Aug 10: FREE
Sat Aug 11: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
 
Sun Aug 12: Green Note, Camden
 
       
     
     
   



Their music has been described as Appalachian honky tonk, and being from the mountains of North Carolina, that’s maybe as close as it gets. But, The Honeycutters have a richer depth of character than that suggests – a factor that has won them a much wider span of appreciation around the world.

The five-piece boasts a powerful lead vocalist in Amanda Anne Platt, who has been rightly compared to some of the great female performers of the post-war years. Their albums attract 5-star ratings and have landed the band on many “Best-of” end-of-the-year lists.

“Remarkable! Delicious country songs”
- Rock ‘n’ Reel magazine

“Unquestionably one of the finest Americana bands”
- Folk Radio UK

“Excellent – destined for a great future”
- Maverick magazine

 
Thurs Aug 23: Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co Tipperary
Fri Aug 24: High Tide Club, Castletownbere, Co Cork
Sat Aug 25: Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, Co Waterford
 
Sun Aug 26: Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, Co Waterford
Mon Aug 27: Travel day
Tues Aug 28: AVAILABLE
Wed Aug 29: The Studio, Hawth Theatre, Crawley
Thurs Aug 30: AVAILABLE
Fri Aug 31: Selby Town Hall
Sat Sept 1: Whitstable Sessions, Kent  
Sun Sept 2: Green Note, Camden, London
Mon Sept 3: Rest Day  
Tues Sept 4: Woodend Gallery, Scarborough
Wed Sept 5: Tumbleweed at Seven Arts, Leeds
Thurs Sept 6: Greystones, Sheffield
Fri Sept 7: Live Room, Saltaire
Sat Sept 8: The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber
 
Sun Sept 9: Jumpin’ Hot Club, Newcastle upon Tyne
Mon Sept 10: Rest Day  
Tues Sept 11: AVAILABLE
Wed Sept 12: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Thurs Sept 13: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri Sept 14: CatStrand presents at Dalry Town Hall
Sat Sept 15: Town Hall Live, Kirton in Lindsey
 
Sun Sept 16: AVAILABLE
Mon Sept 17: Rest Day
Tues Sept 18: AVAILABLE
 
 
       
     
     
   



Rising star of the Boston music scene, Alice Howe, made a huge impact when she released her recent EP over here and is currently working on her next album with Freebo (renowned for his work with Bonnie Raitt as her bass player for ten years) as producer.

Alice and Freebo have been gigging together in the States and reports are always amazing following the shows.

Freebo has solid gold pedigree, having also worked with Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal and David Crosby among others. He will be joining Alice for these UK dates.

 
Tuesday Sept 25: Kingsmead House Concert, High Wycombe
Wed Sept 26: FREE
Thurs Sept 27: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
 
Fri Sept 28: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Sat Sept 29: Private function, Glasgow
Sun Sept 30: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Mon Oct 1: Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh
Wed Oct 3: The Atkinson Theatre, Southport
Thurs Oct 4: Jumpin Hot Club, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Fri Oct 5: The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber  
Sat Oct 6: Pump House, Louth, Lincs
Sun Oct 7: Town Hall Live, Kirton in Lindsey, Lincs  
Mon Oct 8: The Greystones, Sheffield
Wed Oct 10: Green Note, Camden, London
 
 
       
     
     
   


He picked up glowing 5-star reviews for I Don’t Do This for Love, I Do This for Love - an Album that deservedly won him a huge amount of media exposure. 

His reputation as Grade A live performer continued to gather momentum in the UK after a successful tour in 2017 and ended the year on a high after carrying off the Male Performer of The Year honours in the annual Readers' Poll at AmericanaUK

It was earlier that year that he fully established himself as a force to be reckoned with in a double bill appearance with James McMurtry at Celtic Connections, where he stunned a capacity crowd into hushed silence when he took the stage at Glasgow's Oran Mor.

Reviewing that performance for AmericanaUK, and causing others who were unfamiliar with his work to check him out, writer Paul Kerr said: 

“It was a raucous crowd that faced Bell when he bounced onto the stage but within minutes he had them transfixed with barely a murmur to be heard, his confident delivery and wry humour demanding attention

“Gruff and tender with a poet’s voice and a sincere sense of justice Bell is the real deal…do yourself a favour and catch this true American troubadour. You won’t be disappointed.”

Nathan makes a welcome return in October.

 
Thurs Oct 4: FREE
Fri Oct 5: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Sat Oct 6: Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
 
Sun Oct 7: CCA, Glasgow (matinee)
Mon Oct 8: Rest Day
Tues Oct 9: Woodend Gallery, Scarborough
Wed Oct 10: FREE
Thurs Oct 11: Drovers Music Venue, Puncheston, Haverfordwest
Fri Oct 12: The Meadow, St David’s, Pembrokeshire
Sat Oct 13: The Royal Oak, Eccleshall, Staff  
Sun Oct 14: FREE
Mon Oct 15: Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh  
Tues Oct 16: FREE
Wed Oct 17: The Met, Bury (with Chatham Country Line)
Thurs Oct 18: Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Fri Oct 19: FREE
Sat Oct 20: FREE
 
Sun Oct 21: FREE
 
       
     
     
   



Since issuing their superb Songs of The Hollow album in 2017, cua have gone on to become a band that has gathered in more praise than most from all the best sections of the media.

Awarding the album an 8/10 rating at AmericanaUK, top writer Jeremy Searle said: “This Irish trio stands right at the forefront of contemporary cutting-edge folk and even that description sells it a little short.”

Issuing a similar judgement for Acoustic magazine, Julian Piper had this to say: "At its finest, music should confound and amaze the listener, and this trio from Ireland have the luck - and the ability - to be one of those outfits who can pull this off."

Folkwords said, rightly: “Unlike anything else.” As a result, there are many who cannot wait to catch the band in action and this will be their first ever Scottish tour.

 
Sun Oct 28: Birnam Arts, Perthshire
Mon Oct 29: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tues Oct 30: Kilbarchan or Glasgow (tbc)
 
Wed Oct 31: Glasgow or Kilbarchan (tbc)
Thurs Nov 1: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri Nov 2: The Tin Hut, Gartly, by Huntly
Sat Nov 3: Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon
Sun Nov 4: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
 
       
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