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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: The Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
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: The Bellows @ The Wheelwright Inn, Colyford, East Devon
Tue May 9: FREE
Wed May 10: Willows Folk Club near Preston  
Thurs May 11: The Regency Hall, Saundersfoot, Pembs
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: FREE
Wed May 17: Balor Arts, Ballybofey, Co Donegal
 
Thurs May 18: FREE
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



 
Thurs April 27: Shetland Folk Festival
Fri April 28: Shetland Folk Festival
Sat April 29: Shetland Folk Festival
Sun April 30 Shetland Folk Festival
 
Monday May 1: Shetland Folk Festival
Wed May 3: The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Thurs May 4: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy
Fri May 5: TradFest, Edinburgh
Sat May 6: The Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
 
Sun May 7: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Mon May 8: Café D’ Art, Formby
Tues May 9: Cwtch Coffee, Pembroke Dock
Wed May 10: The Pump House, Louth, Lincs
Thurs May 11: Jumpin Hot Club, The Studio, ‘Live’ Theatre, 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: The Chapel at The Art Shop, Abergavenny
Wed May 17: The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth
Thurs May 18: The George Hotel, South Molton
Fri May 19: Thelma Hulbert Gallery Garden Party, Honiton
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, Farncombe
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: Orkney Folk Festival
Fri May 26: Orkney Folk Festival
Sat May 27: Orkney Folk Festival
Sun May 28: Orkney Folk Festival
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: Cornbury Music Festival, Oxfordshire (early afternoon)
Sun July 9: The Canteen, Bristol (evening)
 
 
       
     
     
   



There’s been quite a hunger in the UK to see this band following the release of two stunning albums, each of which won them glowing reviews and put them in many “Best-Of” end-of-the-year lists. We are delighted to finally be bringing them in for a run of dates, to quench the thirst. Here is what some of the media have been saying on this side of the Atlantic:

“Amanda Platt has one of those gorgeous heartache-drenched voices that brings to mind Loretta Lynn or Sheryl Crow” – Julian Piper, Acoustic magazine (UK)

“Remarkable! Delicious country songs”
– David Innes, R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel) magazine (UK)

“Unquestionably one of the finest Americana albums of 2016” - Mike Davies, Folk Radio UK

“Excellent – destined for a great future”
– John Roffey, Maverick magazine (UK)

“One of my favourite albums of the year”
– Mike Morrison, AmericanRootsUK



 
Fri Aug 4: Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington
Sat Aug 5: Tumbleweed at Seven Arts, Leeds
Sun Aug 6: Saltburn Arts, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
 
Mon Aug 7: FREE
Tues Aug 8: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
Wed Aug 9: Edinburgh (venue TBC)
Thurs Aug 10: Fringe by The Sea Festival, Portobello
Fri Aug 11: Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Sat Aug 12: Jumpin Hot Country Cantina, Acklington Village Hall, Northumberland
Sun Aug 13: Woodend Gallery, Scarborough  
Mon Aug 14: FREE
Tues Aug 15: FREE  
Wed Aug 16: Green Note, London
Thurs Aug 17: Union Music Store @ Con Club, Lewes
Fri Aug 18: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
Sat Aug 19: Town Hall ‘Live,’ Kirton in Lindsey, Lincs
Sun Aug 20: American Museum, Bath (afternoon)
 
 
       
     
     
   



As soon as The Sweet Water Warblers released their latest recording in the UK, presenters began to feature tracks on some of the most popular radio shows in the country.

Lindsay Lou, of course, fronting her other great band, The Flaybellys, took Celtic Connections by storm in Glasgow at the start of the year, playing to capacity crowds and being featured on associated TV and radio coverage from the event.

We confidentally predict that these three sweet singing sirens and multi-instrumentalists are set to make the s ame kind of impact when they arrive to make their UK debut

 
Mon Aug 21: FREE
Tues Aug 22: FREE
Wed Aug 23: Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge
 
Thurs Aug 24: Seven Arts, Leeds
Fri Aug 25: The ‘Live’ Room, Caroline Club, Saltaire
Sat Aug 26: The Atkinson, Southport
Sun Aug 27: FREE
Mon Aug 28: Towersey Festival
Tues Aug 29: FREE
Wed Aug 30: The Green Note, London  
Thurs Aug 31: Bristol (venue tbc)
Fri Sept 1: The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers  
Sat Sept 2: Venue confirmed (info to follow)
 
       
     
     
   



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’:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oULaufJdyv4



 
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: Wales (venue tbc)
Wed Oct 11: Wales (venue tbc)
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: Rest Day
Tues Oct 17: Private event, Edinburgh
Wed Oct 18: FREE
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, 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: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Mon Nov 6: Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh
Tues Nov 7: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan
 
Wed Nov 8: FREE
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: FREE
Weds Nov 15: The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth, Hants
 
       
     
     
   



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 won him more media exposure in the space of a few weeks than he had experienced for a long time.

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

“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 has a new album “Love>Fear (48 hours in traitorland) - a stark, acoustic soundtrack for the times we are living in - that is winning him more attention on both sides of the Atlantic.

Some recent media attention:

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

“Really, really special”
– Ricky Ross, BBC

“Powerful – excellent” (5 stars)
- Country Music People

“A stand-out album – poetry is coursing through his veins” (5 stars)
– Maverick magazine



 
Thurs Nov 9: The Green Note, Camden, London
Fri Nov: Pembrokeshire Intimate Gigs (venue tbc)
Sat Nov 11: FREE
 
Sun Nov 12: Scarborough (venue tbc)
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: The Admiral, Glasgow
Sat Nov 18: FREE  
Sun Nov 19: Kingsmead House Concert, High Wycombe
   
 
       
     
     
   



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: FREE
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
 
       
       
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