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A founding member of old-time supergroup, Uncle Earl (which re-formed for a successful US tour in 2016) Rayna Gellert is renowned for her rich depth of knowledge and masterclass performances of traditional fiddle music…and being a composer highly regarded by her peers, who has produced albums that won praise on both sides of the Atlantic.

Joined here by friend and collaborator Kai Welch and percussionist Jamie Dick (from Rhiannon Giddens’ band), this is a rare visit to these shores by an artiste who is A Grade in every sense.

“I love Rayna's musical personality which is deep, funky and complex" - Béla Fleck

Video: https://vimeo.com/50587186

 
Fri Jan 20: Whitstable Sessions, Royal Native Oyster Stores, Whitstable
Sat Jan 21: FREE
Sun Jan 22: Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge
Mon Jan 23: FREE
TuesJan 24: FREE
 
Wed Jan 25: Manorbier, Pembrokeshire
Thurs Jan 26: The Green Note, London
Fri Jan 27: FREE
Sat Jan 28: Square and Compass, Worth Matravers
Sun Jan 29 (afternoon): Square and Compass, Worth Matravers
 
   
 
       
     
     
   



Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys make a welcome return after their triumphant UK tour of 2016. Last time around, Maverick magazine said this was “uplifting rootsy acoustic music of the finest quality.” You betcha!



 
Thurs Jan 19: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow
Fri Jan 20: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow
Sat Jan 21: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow
Sun Jan 22: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow
Thurs Jan 26: Jumpin Hot Club. ‘Live’ Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Fri Jan 27: Otley Courthouse
Sat Jan 28: Selby Town Hall
Sun Jan 29: South Holland Centre, Spalding
Mon Jan 30: Rest Day
Tues Jan 31: The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Wed Feb 1: The Beambridge Inn, Wellington
Thurs Feb 2: The Ropewalk, Barton on Humber
Fri Feb 3: Whitstable Sessions, Royal Native Oyster Stores, Whitstable  
Sat Feb 4: FREE
   
 
 
       
     
     
   



Jump into the creek and take an invigorating swim with Ben Hunter, Joe Seamons and Phil Wiggins presenting their swirling musical whirlpool of pre-war American music. This is music that paved the way for everything we enjoy today.

In the UK for a rare visit as one of the main overseas attractions at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival, we were fortunate to be able to put a short string of dates together while they are in Europe.

In America, Ben and Joe won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, for their superb blend of a cappella field hollers, country blues and fiddle & banjo breakdowns. When Phil joins them on blues harmonica, it just gets even better.

Highly regarded by all of their peers, Dom Flemons (formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) invited them to tour and record on his album, Prospect Hill.

“Exceptional” – Songlines magazine

“Push back the chairs and break out the hooch”
– Acoustic magazine

“Roots tradition with tangible joy” – R2 magazine

 
Thurs Jan 26: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow
Fri Jan 27: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow
Sun Jan 29: Live Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Tues Jan 31: The Forge, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
Wed Feb 1: Cwtch Live Music Venue, Pembroke Dock
 
Thurs Feb 2: The Globe Hotel, Topsham
Fri Feb 3: Green Note, London
Sat Feb 4: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
Sun Feb 5 (afternoon): Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
 
 
 
       
     
     
   



Raised in Iowa City, the son of a nationally-recognised poet, by 1983, he’d formed the duo Bell & Shore with then-wife Susan Shore. The two scored a record deal, began touring heavily, and would eventually release a pair of records, the second, L-Ranko Motel, scoring rave reviews. Their marriage and musical partnership ended in 1989 and he didn’t pick up a guitar or write a song again for almost 15 years.

With his latest album, I Don’t Do This for Love, I Do This for Love (the third instalment in a potent trilogy that began with 2011’s Black Crow Blue and continued with 2014’s Blood Like a River), he has created a song cycle that is both moving and timely.

The new CD won him more media attention in the space of a few weeks than he has experienced for a long time, picking up four and 5-star ratings from reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Gritty and authentic”
– A Best of 2016 selection - The Telegraph

“Really, really special” – Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland

“Powerful – excellent” ***** - Country Music People

“Stand-out album – poetry is coursing through his veins” ***** – Maverick magazine

 
Thurs Feb 2: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow
Fri Feb 3: Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow
Sat Feb 4: Private function
Sun Feb 5: Private function
Mon Feb 6: Woodend Gallery Scarborough
 
Tues Feb 7: The Green Note, London
Wed Feb 8: FREE
Thurs Feb 9: Drovers Arms, Puncheston, Haverfordwest
Fri Feb 10: The Forge, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
 
 
       
     
     
   



These five tremendous musicians came together while studying at Ulster University. Their debut EP won them loads of attention and rave reviews. Irish Music magazine said of the sampler: “Consider this your early warning system…there is something serious on the horizon and that creative storm is Connla.”

Their 2016-issued album, River Waiting, won them even more well-deserved exposure.

When legendary English folk hero Mike Harding played tracks on his radio show, he told listeners: “A terrific band - their new album is superb - do go and see them if you get the remotest chance!”

No surprise, really as they had already been crowned Best New Group in the ‘Live Ireland’ 2016 Awards.

Reviewing the new album, R2 magazine called the collection “astonishing and intoxicating.”
Awarding the CD a 4-star rating, Songlines concluded: “A band this young shouldn’t be this good!”
fRoots magazine called it “complex yet accessible, recalling early Lunasa.”



 
Sat Jan 21: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Celtic Connections Festival)
Sat Feb 11: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
Sun Feb 12: Square & Compass, Worth matravers
Mon Feb 13: FREE
 
Tues Feb 14: Canolfan Clydau, Tegryn, Pembrokeshire
Weds Feb 15: Cwtch Music Venue, Pembroke Dock
Thurs Feb 16: Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl
Fri Feb 17: Llandeilo Acoustic at The Angel, Llandielo
Sat Feb 18: The Forge, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
Sun Feb 19: Green Note, Camden, London
 
       
     
     
   



Mississippi Delta songbird, Bronwynne Brent returns to these shores for three weeks of touring (in trio format) having entranced the UK on her last visit.

Her spine-tingling vocal style has been compared to Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Amy Winehouse - a remarkable singer-songwriter who simply oozes class. Bob Harris, playing tracks from her stunning album, Stardust, repeatedly on his BBC Radio 2 show told listeners: “This is absolutely gorgeous - really special!"
On tour with lead guitar and double bass backing she was flown in for appearances at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival last year and recorded a BBC studio session at Whispering Bob’s invitation. Bronwynne ended 2015 on a high, featuring in many end-of-the-year "Best of" lists including the hugely-influential AmericananUK website where she carried off the Best Female Artist title (voted by the general public).

“Stunning” – American Roots UK

“A voice that is timeless in timbre and phrasing”
– R2 magazine

“Immensely attractive and engaging"
– Paul Kerr, Maverick magazine



 
Mon March 6: Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh
Tues March 7: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Wed March 8: FREE
 
Thurs March 9: Private function, Strathpeffer
Fri March 10: House concert, Westhill, Aberdeenshire
Sat March 11: Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon
Sun March 12: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Mon March 13: Rest Day
Tues March 14: Cwtch Music Venue, Pembroke Dock
Wed March 15:The Drovers Arms, Puncheston, Haverfordwest
Thurs March 16: Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea
Fri March 17: Roots Music Club, Doncaster
Sat March 18: St Mary's Parish Hall, Beverley, Yorkshire
Sun March 19: The Pump House, Louth, Lincs
Mon March 20: day off
Tues March 21: The Forge, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
Wed March 22: Old Ship Inn, Main Street, Lowdham, Notts
 
Thurs March 23: The Green Note, London
Fri March 24: Whitstable Sessions, Royal Native Oyster Stores, Whitstable
Sat March 25: Kingsmead House Concert
Sun March 26: Top Secret Blues Festival, Scarborough
 
       
     
     
   



Since releasing her 2013-issued debut ‘The Traveller’s Song’, which stimulated interest across Europe, the US and Canada, Lizabett Russo has continued to develop and fine-tune a style and character that is refreshingly her own.

She toured Japan and Seoul in 2015 and 2016, latterly to showcase material from her latest release, “The Burning Mountain”.

Reviewing the CD for Acoustic magazine, Julian Piper applauded her “Björk-like intensity” while fRoots praised her “astonishing vocal range” and added: “This is an artist who is well worth investigating.”

When he gave his assessment to Fatea magazine, Peter Taranaski wrote: “Why she is not bigger than she is, I honestly do not know. She is the most interesting new artist I have heard this year. I strongly recommend her far and wide.”

That buzz led to a successful appearance at the 2016 Cambridge Folk Festival.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fByTChq6TXM

BBC Introducing studio session: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p049yb7r

 
Mon March 13: Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh
Thurs March 16: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri March 17: The Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan  
Mon March 20: Grateful Fred’s Café Sessions, Cafe' D'Art, Formby
Wed March 22: Green Note, Camden, London
Thurs March 23: Sparc Theatre, Bishops Castle
Tues March 28: Glad Café, Glasgow
 
       
     
     
   




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

Recently signed by Muddy Roots Records, Maverick magazine praised their last release as “an intoxicating blend of rural and urban stringband, country blues and jug band music.”

BBC Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris is a fan and regularly features tracks on his show. Last year, he invited the band to appear on the stage he hosted at the big Country To Country event at the 02 arena in London.

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

 
Wed April 5: The Atkinson Theatre, Southport
Thurs Apri 6: Green Note, London
Fri Apri 7: Llandeilo Acoustic at The Angel, Llandeilo
Sat Apri 8: Playhouse 2, Shaw, Oldham
Sun Apri 9: The George Hotel, South Molton
 
Tues Apri 11: B Bar, Barbican, Plymouth
Wed Apri 12: The Victoria Hall, Stockland, Devon
Thurs Apri 13: The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth, Hants
Fri Apri 14: Brookside Farm, Salfords, Surrey
Sat Apri 15: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
Sun Apri 16: Square & Compass (afternoon), Worth Matravers
Sun Apri 16: Pebbled Vinyard, Clyst St George, Exeter (evening)
Tues Apri 18: The Pump House, Louth, Lincs  
Wed Apri 19: Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Thurs Apri 20: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy  
Fri Apri 21: The CatStrand, New Galloway
Sat Apri 22: Glenbuchat Hall. Strathdon
Sun Apri 23: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
 

 
 
       
       
     
   



These five tremendous musicians came together while studying at Ulster University. Their debut EP won them loads of attention and rave reviews. Irish Music magazine said of the sampler: “Consider this your early warning system…there is something serious on the horizon and that creative storm is Connla.”

Their 2016-issued album, River Waiting, won them even more well-deserved exposure.

When legendary English folk hero Mike Harding played tracks on his radio show, he told listeners: “A terrific band - their new album is superb - do go and see them if you get the remotest chance!”

No surprise, really as they had already been crowned Best New Group in the ‘Live Ireland’ 2016 Awards.

Reviewing the new album, R2 magazine called the collection “astonishing and intoxicating.”
Awarding the CD a 4-star rating, Songlines concluded: “A band this young shouldn’t be this good!”
fRoots magazine called it “complex yet accessible, recalling early Lunasa.”

 
Tues April 25: FREE
Wed April 26: FREE
Thurs April 27: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
 
Fri April 28: TradFest, Edinburgh
 
       
     
     
   



“Beautiful, raw and exciting,” “this shabby, hill country blues oozes cool,” “a celebration of everything that is good about contemporary roots music,” “if they don’t move you, nothing will”…

These are standard assessments and there are hundreds of them accumulated over the years that Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson have been taking their gloriously rough ‘n’ tumble music out into then world.

The gutsy Australian guitarist and Irish-born Cara may be based Down Under but have built a faithful global following from touring relentlessly.

When leading UK roots music website Spiral Earth said that they “pack more energy, emotion and sheer musical exuberance into one song than most manage in a whole career,” the truth came out.

This barnstorming duo have circled the globe as they continue to branch out and hit new territories , blowing through and leaving entire communities awestruck, as if a tornado just turned their whole world upside down.

Promo video for new album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYKznTvi8XQ



 
Mon May 1: Cock Inn, Rickmansworth
Tue May 2: Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion, Worthing
Wed May 3: Lowdham Village Hall, Notts
 
Thurs May 4: Green Note, London
May 5: The Greystones, Sheffield
May 6: Village Hall, Kings Somborne
Sun May 7: Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall, Chidham, West Sussex
Mon May 8: FREE
Tue May 9: FREE
Wed May 10: Willows Folk Club near Preston  
Thurs May 11: Pembrokeshire Intimate Gigs (venue tbc)
Fri May 12: SparC Theatre, Bishops Castle, Shropshire  
Sat May 13: Birnam Arts Centre, Perthshire
Sun May 14: Harbour Arts centre, Irvine
Mon May 15: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tues May 16: The Chapel at The Art Shop, Abergavenny
Wed May 17: Balor Arts, Ballybofey, Co Donegal
 
Thurs May 18: Tinahely Courthouse, Co Wiklow
Fri May 19: The Black Box, Belfast
Sat May 20: Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul, Co Dublin
 
       
     
     
   



It is a great pleasure to be bringing this outstanding duo to the UK for the first time. Rarely have we heard such beautiful music so perfectly performed.

Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee are in the premier league. As top reviewer Mike Morrison said at AmercanRootsUK:
“A huge breath of fresh air!”


Since our sister operation, BloodygreatPR sent out review copies of their TWO new releases in 2016, the circuit has been buzzing.

These are just a sample selection of the quotes that have come in.

“A true joy” – Rudie Humphrey - AmericanaUK

“Music for sunshine and mint juleps” – Folk radio UK

“Incredibly atmospheric” – Julian Piper, Acoustic magazine

“A musical marriage made in heaven”
– Lonesome Highway (Ireland)

“Vocal perfection” – David Innes, R2 magazine

“Voices just born to sing bluegrass and old-time
– David Kidman, Fatea magazine



 
Wed May 3: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Thurs May 4: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri May 5: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Sat May 6: TradFest, Edinburgh
 
Sun May 7: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Mon May 8: Grateful Fred’s Café d’Art, Formby
Tues May 9: Pembrokeshire Intimate Gigs (venue tbc)
Wed May 10: The Pump House, Louth, Lincs
Thurs May 11: Jumpin Hot Club, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Fri May 12: Green Note, London
Sat May 13: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers  
Sun May 14 (afternoon): Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
Mon May 15: The Bell Inn, Bath  
Tues May 16: FREE
Wed May 17: The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth
Thurs May 18: The George Hotel, South Molton
Fri May 19: Seaton, Devon (venue tbc)
Sat May 20: The Bridge Inn, Topsham
 
Sun May 21 (afternoon): The American Museum, Bath
Sun May 21 (early evening): The Canteen, Bristol
 
       
     
     
   



They were hailed as one of the most outstanding acts at 2016’s Shetland Folk Festival and after touring here earlier, R2 magazine writer David Innes declared that Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards had been his “most memorable gig” of the year, saying they “swung and rocked with constraint-free exuberance, tugging at and capturing the hearts of everyone.”

The accolade was the latest in a long line of positive critical responses to both the ‘live’ shows and recorded material.

Laura Cortese has built a distinguished career following a path that led her to be one of the most in-demand musical partners and collaborators on the circuit while continuing at the same time, to make her own music…

Reviewers have always loved her performing style and panache, Songlines magazine stating: "This was a celebration of American string playing par excellence,” while fRoots magazine called her “powerful and gutsy.”

There’s a brand new album coming, to keep fans happy.



 
Thurs May 18: The Boathouse, Francombe
Fri May 19: The Forge, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
Sat May 20: Selby Town Hall
Sun May 21: The CatStrand, New Galloway
Mon May 22: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
 
Tues May 23: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Wed May 24: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Thurs May 25: (To Be Announced)
Fri May 26: (To Be Announced)
Sat May 27: (To Be Announced)
Sun May 28: (To Be Announced)
Mon May 29: FREE  
Tues May 30: Mareel, Shetland
Wed May 31: Private function (Aberdeenshire)  
Thurs June 1: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri June 2: The Live Room, Saltaire
Sat June 3: The Green Note, London
 
 
       
     
     
   



One of the hottest acts to emerge from the rockier underbelly of Nashville’s music scene, the soulful pairing of Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel have built a huge fan base on both sides of the Atlantic. On tour here in trio format, they have won awards and nominations for Best Americana Album. Their latest release created a huge amount of excitement, attracting glowing praise from the critics.

“Wonderful” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“The sweetest harmonies you ever heard this side of The Everly Brothers” – R2 magazine

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0u3sbHSb2A



 
Fri June 16: FREE
Sat June 17: The CatStrand, New Galloway
Sun June 18: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Mon June 19: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tues June 20: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
 
Wed June 21: The Admiral, Glasgow
Thurs June 22: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri June 23: The Universal Hall, Findhorn
Sat June 24: Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon
Sun June 25: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Mon June 26: Day off
Tues June 27: FREE  
Wed June 28: The Pump House, Louth, Lincs
Thurs June 29: Green Note, Camden, London  
Fri June 30: The Met, Bury
Sat July 1: Maverick Festival, Suffolk
Sun July 2: The Ropewalk, Barton-on-Humber
Mon July 3: FREE
Tues July 4: Kitchen Garden Café, King’s Heath, Birmingham
 
Wed July 5: The Atkinson Theatre, Southport
Thurs July 6: SpArc Theatre, Bishops Castle, Shropshire
Fri July 7: Town Hall ‘Live,’ Kirton in Lindsey, Lincs
Sat July 8: The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
Sun July 9: Festival (early afternoon - details tbc)
Sun July 9: The Canteen, Bristol (evening)
 
 
       
     
     
   



The Slocan Ramblers are one of the hottest bands on the Canadian circuit and since breaking into America, have been making a big impact there too.

The band was nominated in the Traditional Album of The Year category at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards, following the outstanding success of their Coffee Creek album on both sides of The Atlantic.

These are just some of the quotes they won for the record from the UK media:

“Freshly minted” – Songlines magazine

“Outstanding” – fRoots magazine

“Dazzling – phenomenal” – Country Music People

“Bluegrass hardly defines it – scintillating!” – R2 magazine



 
Thurs Oct 19: Crusoe’s Castlerock, Co Londonderry
Fri Oct 20: Seamus Ennis Centre, Co Naul
Sat Oct 21: Bunratty, Co Clare
 
Sun Oct 22: Belfast (venue tbc)
Mon Oct 23: Rest day
Tues Oct 24: Red Room, Cookstown, Co Tyrone
 
Wed Oct 25: Balor Arts, Ballybofey, Co Donegal
Thurs Oct 26: Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co Tipperary
Fri Oct 27: Sligo Live (Hawkswell Theatre), Sligo
Sat Oct 28: The High Tide Club, Castletownbere, Co Cork
Sun Oct 29: The Sky and The Ground, Wexford
Mon Oct 30: Rest Day
Tues Oct 31: The Bluebird Café, Bangor  
Wed Nov 1: The Atkinson, Southport
Thurs Nov 2: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy  
Fri Nov 3: Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon
Sat Nov 4: Craigmore Bowling Green, Isle of Bute
Sun Nov 5: FREE
Mon Nov 6: Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh
Tues Nov 7: FREE
 
Wed Nov 8: FREE
Thurs Nov 9: South Holland Centre, Spalding
Fri Nov 10: FREE  
Sat Nov 11: The Ropewalk, Barton on Humber
Sun Nov 12: Green Note, Camden, London  
Mon Nov 13: Rest Day
Tues Nov 14: FREE
Weds Nov 15: The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth, Hants
 
       
       
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