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Following their outstanding success at the 2016 Shetland Folk Festival where they were hailed by many as one of the highlights of the event, Laura was back over again for a hectic round of collaborative work at this year’s Celtic Connections, to launch her stunning solo album, All In Always.

The band is back in the UK again as one of the main visiting acts at this year’s Orkney Folk Festival, and. Coming any day now is their latest album which is bound to win them even more media exposure.

After they toured here in 2015, leading music writer David Innes told readers of R2 magazine that they had been his most memorable gig of the year. That’s what happens when you are THIS good!

Thurs Sept 28: The Studio at Live Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Fri Sept 29: St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses
Sat Sept 30: The Carlile Institute, Meltham, Huddersfield
Sun Oct 1: he Assembly Rooms, Presteigne
Tues Oct 3: FREE
Wed Oct 4: St John’s Church Hall, Farncombe
Thurs Oct 5: The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber
Sat Oct 7: The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
Sun Oct 8: The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers  
Tues Oct 10: Archspace, Acton Mews, London
Wed Oct 11: FREE  
Thurs Oct 12: Café #9, Sheffield
Fri Oct 13: The Haining, Selkirk
Sat Oct 14: The Spiegletent, Spree Festival, Paisley

The International Bluegrass Music Association singled out Melody Walker for their prestigious Momentum Award as one of the genre’s outstanding Female Vocalists of 2016.

Those who caught Front Country in action when they toured over here for the first time were simply blown away. This is no ordinary bluegrass band; they play big, brave, invigorating music that is seldom encountered.

Last year, they were flown over from their base in San Francisco as headline act at the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival and were for many, the stand-out act at Purbeck Valley Folk festival too.

When “Whispering” Bob Harris played tracks from their last release on his BBC 2 radio show, he told listeners: “This is currently the biggest band on the bluegrass scene in America.” We’re not gonna argue with that.

Here are some other quotes gathered from the UK media:

“Something special!” – Mike Morrison, AmericianRootsUK

“Exceptional” – Dai Jeffries, Folking.com

“Bluegrass that fizzes and sizzles – destined to be at the front well into the future” – Maverick magazine

They return with a terrific new album to promote that many are saying is their best ever. Here they are in session for Acoustic Guitar magazine, talking about another project they had in 2016 – an EP of choice cover versions - and performing some of the material ‘live’:


Tues Oct 3: FREE
Wed Oct 4: The Atkinson, Southport
Thurs Oct 5: FREE
Fri Oct 6: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
Sat Oct 7: Village Hall, King’s Somborne
Sun Oct 8: Rest Day
Mon Oct 9: The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
Tues Oct 10: Burnett's Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire
Wed Oct 11: Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge
Thurs Oct 12: Otley Courthouse  
Fri Oct 13: Marsden Mechanics, Marsden, Huddersfield
Sat Oct 14: The Green Note, London  
Sun Oct 15: Whitstable Sessions, Whitstable, Kent
Mon Oct 16: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tues Oct 17: Rest day
Wed Oct 18: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Thurs Oct 19: Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
Fri Oct 20: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Sat Oct 21: Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon
Sun Oct 22: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen


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 Bluegrass Festival, Co Clare
Sun Oct 22: The Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast
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: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Mon Nov 6: Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh
Tues Nov 7: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Wed Nov 8: Coldingham Village Hall
Thurs Nov 9: South Holland Centre, Spalding
Fri Nov 10: Ropewalk, Barton on Humber  
Sat Nov 11: Woodend Gallery, Scarborough
Sun Nov 12: Green Note, Camden, London  
Mon Nov 13: Rest Day
Tues Nov 14: The Canteen, Bristol
Weds Nov 15: The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth, Hants

All originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started as a duo of acoustic buskers in early 2010 when Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their instruments, their voices, and their songs. It didn't take much convincing to get bassist Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition of a third unique and powerful voice, the group began to define its captivating sound.

Since taking America by storm in 2013 they have gone on to win a huge fanbase following triumphant appearances at big festivals around the world such as Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Festival, MerleFest and Tønder.

One of the outstanding successes of the Cambridge event in 2015, they were filmed for the Sky Arts TV coverage, presenter Mark Radcliffe telling viewers they were “one of the hits of the event,” and adding: “Everyone was talking about them - I know you’re gonna love them.”

They continued to build their UK fanbase in 2016 with a run of sold-out shows and ended the year on a high being voted Band of The Year in the annual Readers’ Poll at AmericanaUK where they also took the Album of The Year award too.

Fri Nov 3: Fallen Angels Club at St Luke’s, Glasgow
Sat Nov 4: Mareel, Shetland
Wed Nov 8: The Guild Hall, Leicester
Fri Nov 10: The Cluny, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Sat Nov 11: Tumbleweed at Seven Arts, Leeds
Sun Nov 12: Wightman Theatre, Shrewsbury
Tues Nov 14: Greystones, Sheffield
Wed Nov 15: Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Thur Nov 16: The Bullingdon, Oxford
Fri Nov 17: Atlantic College, St Donat’s nr Cardiff  
Sat Nov 18: Cecil Sharp House, London

He picked up glowing 5-star reviews for his last album, I Don’t Do This for Love, I Do This for Love - a CD that deservedly won him huge media exposure.

And, Nathan Bell ended 2016 on another high after featuring as one of the Best Male Performers of the Year in the Readers’ Poll at the influential AmericanaUK website.

He made a rare visit to these shores in February for a double bill appearance with James McMurtry at Celtic Connections, and stunned a capacity crowd into hushed silence when he took the stage at Oran Mor.

Reviewing the performance for AmericanaUK, 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

“Bell is the real deal…do yourself a favour and catch this true American troubadour. You won’t be disappointed.”

Nathan has a new album “Love>Fear (48 hours in traitorland) that is winning him more attention on both sides of the Atlantic. One of the first reviews to appear came from Tom Franks at Folkwords, who said: “It’s going to be huge,” and just at that, it appeared at the Number 3 slot on April’s Euro Americana Chart!

Thurs Nov 9: The Green Note, Camden, London
Fri Nov 10: Kingsmead House Concert, High Wycombe
Sat Nov 11: PI Gigs at Cwtch Live Music Venue, Pembroke Dock
Sun Nov 12: Woodend Gallery Scarborough
Mon Nov 13: Grateful Fred Café series, Formby, Liverpool
Tues Nov 14: Private function, Edinburgh
Wed Nov 15: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Thurs Nov 16: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri Nov 17: Fallen Angels Club at The Admiral, Glasgow
Sat Nov 18: Dundee Jazz Festival  
Sun Nov 19: FREE

They’re hotter than a mink in Malta and after taking America by storm, The Way Down Wanderers make their long-awaited UK debut to give us all a taste of what it is that projected them to the top of the American roots music tree with their blistering brand of pop-laden bluegrass that has kept the diehard traditionalists happy while attracting a young crowd of followers to fall into their infectious groove.

“They grabbed me from the first track”
– Spencer Leigh, Country Music People

“Listen to something different”
– Paul Strange, Acoustic magazine

“A talented bunch – a band to watch!”
– Peter Churchill, AmericanaUK

“A joyous free spirit – set to become festival favourites”
– Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky magazine

"A welcome breath of fresh air in roots music - a young band that could be destined for great things"
– Mike Morrison, (AmericanRootsUK)

"We are really liking this"
- Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland

Wed Nov 22: FREE
Thurs Nov 23: Birnam Arts, Perthshire
Fri Nov 24: CatStrand Arts centre, New Galloway
Sat Nov 25: Tumbleweed at Seven Arts, Leeds
Sun Nov 26: Selby Town Hall
Mon Nov 27: Rest Day
Tues Nov 28: The Forge, Anvil Arts, Basingstoke
Wed Nov 29: FREE
Thurs Nov 30: No 8, Launceston
Fri Dec 1: Grayshott Village Hall, Surrey  
Sat Dec 2: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
Sun Dec 3: Whitstable Sessions, Kent  
Mon Dec 4: Rest Day
Tues Dec 5: The Green Note, London
Wed Dec 6: The Atkinson, Southport
Thurs Dec 7: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri Dec 8: Otley Courthouse
Sat Dec 9: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan

Red Tail Ring from Kalamazoo are fast becoming the most talked about duo on the American roots music circuit. After releasing their latest album on this side of the Atlantic, they attracted a lot of well-deserved attention too.

Reviewing the record at fRoots magazine, deputy editor Sarah Coxson said they were “sublime,” while Songlines magazine described them as “beguiling – full of Southern warmth.”

“Do yourself a favour and check them out,” said Paul McGee at Lonesome Highway (Ireland) and Acoustic magazine’s Julian Piper called them “earthy and heartfelt.”

Fri Feb 2: The ‘Live’ Room, Caroline Club, Saltaire
Sat Feb 3: The Forge, Anvil Arts Centre, Basingstoke
Sun Feb 4: The Pump House, Louth
Mon Feb 5: Rest Day
TuesFeb 6: Kitchen Garden Café, Kings Heath
Wed Feb 7: The Atkinson Theatre, Southport
Thurs Feb 8: Woodend Gallery, Scarborough
Fri Feb 9: Roots Music Club, Doncaster
Sat Feb 10: Café #9 Sheffield
Sun Feb 11: Green Note, London (with The Brother Brothers)  

Those with fingers on the pulse of what’s happening Stateside, are already aware of the reputation developed by The Brother Brothers from stunning live performances that have had the grapevine buzzing.

It’s rare for so many other well established acts to be collectively singing the praises of their contemporaries but that’s what has been happening in the USA with Lake Street Dive, Sarah Jarosz and Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys all openly declaring themselves to be big fans. At last the UK will get a chance to experience what it is that has been winning them so much valuable attention.

There’s a new album on the way after their debut EP created such an impact. Sarah Jarosz said they were “a joy to behold,” Folkwords declared: “put these two together and magic happens,” Songwriting magazine described their music as “bewitching,” while Rock n Reel magazine said the record was an “exquisite” collection, and writing at AmericanaUK, Peter Churchill said they had “the tightest harmonies you are likely to hear this year.”

Sat February 3: Jumpin Hot Club, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (venue tbc)
Sun February 4: Woodend Gallery, Scarborough
Mon February 5: FREE
Tues February 6: Pembroke Intimate Gigs even (venue tbc)
Wed February 7: Llantrisant Folk Club
Thurs February 8: The Chapel at The Art Shop, Abergavenny
Fri February 9: Love Folk Fest, The Atkinson Theatre, Southport
Sat February 10: Regather Works, Sheffield
Sun February 11: Green Note, Camden (with Red Tail Ring)

Michigan songbird Lindsay Lou returns to the UK with her band and a brand new album to promote. The popular four-piece had previously taken Shetland Folk Festival and HebCeltFest by storm on previous visits and after flying in for their own (sold-out) headline show at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in 2017, they soon became the talk of the town.

Writing about his encounter with the band in a double-page spread at fRoots magazine, Tim Chipping said he almost made the mistake of opting out from catching them live, explaining: “I’m told that the band was called Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys. Their name sounds silly and I think about leaving. After three songs, I’m convinced I have seen the most affectingly expressive singer since Amy Winehouse, backed by the new Punch Brothers.”

The band was included in the BBC 2 TV Highlights show that was filmed at the city’s Royal Concert Hall on the opening night.

Wed Feb 7: FREE
Thurs Feb 8: Green Note, Camden, London
Fri Feb 9: The Ropewalk, Barton on Humber
Sat Feb 10: Greystones, Sheffield
Sun Feb 11: The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes
Mon Feb 12: Rest Day
Tues Feb 13: FREE
Wed Feb 14: Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge
Thurs Feb 15: Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl
Fri Feb 16: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers  
Sat Feb 17: Long Street Blues Club, Devizes
Sun Feb 18: Jumpin Hot Club, Newcastle-upon Tyne  
Mon Feb 19: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tues Feb 20: rest day
Wed Feb 21: Glasgow
Thurs Feb 22: The Tolbooth, Stirling
Fri Feb 23: Universal Hall, Findhorn
Sat Feb 24: Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Sun Feb 25: FREE
Mon Feb 26: Rest Day
Tues Feb 27: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Wed Feb 28: FREE

Following her hugely successful return to these shores for a run of tour dates in 2017, many of which were sold-out events, Mississippi Delta songbird, Bronwynne Brent returns with a brand new album to promote.

Now firmly established as a major force, Bronwynne ended 2016 on a high, carrying off the Best Female Performer title in the annual Reader’s Poll at the influential AmericanaUK website for the second year running.

Bob Harris has continued to champion her at BBC Radio 2 and highlights of her ‘live’ appearance on Roddy Hart’s Quay Sessions have been widely viewed.

Bronwynne’s spine-tingling vocal style has been compared to Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Amy Winehouse - a remarkable singer-songwriter who simply oozes class. She was flown in for a headline appearance at The Tron Theatre during Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival in 2016 and recorded a BBC studio session at Whispering Bob’s invitation.

Thurs March 1: Kingsmead Sessions, High Wycomb
Fri March 2: The Live Room, Saltaire
Sat March 3: The Hut, Goathland, Whitby
Sun March 4: FREE
Mon March 5: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tues March 6: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Wed March 7: The Atkinson Theatre, Southport
Thurs March 8: Rest Day
Fri March 9: Roots Music Club, Doncaster
Sat March 10: Tumbleweed at Seven Arts, Leeds  
Sun March 11: Kitchen Garden Café, Kings Heath
Mon March 12: Rest Day  
Tues March 13: Green Note, Camden, London
Wed March 14: Old Ship Inn, Lowdham, Notts
Thurs March 15: The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Fri March 16: North Newbald Village Hall, Nr Beverley, Yorks
Sat March 17: Woodend Gallery, Scarborough
Sun March 18: Top Secret Blues Festival, Scarborough
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