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Saturday 3rd February 2018
Saturday 10th February 2018
INDIA ELECTRIC COMPANY : 8pm
**** “Bursting with invention and full of surprises.” - The Telegraph
**** “Their reeling, spinning sound corroborates the content of their songs which appear to be describing a life alive with motion. They are altogether a good thing, busy as rush hour but full of light.” - The Independent on Sunday
Sometimes folk, sometimes not. India Electric Company (Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe) use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie’s nest.” - Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3.
After extensively supporting and accompanying Midge Ure on tours throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia they will begin 2018 with headline concerts showcasing their unique series of EP releases in association with the EFDSS.
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Saturday 17th February 2018
EMILY MAGUIRE : 8pm
A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist with five albums and two books to her name, Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” (R2 Magazine), her strong, thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and spellbinding live performances winning her fans across the globe.
Living for four years in a shack on a farm in the Australian bush where she made goats cheese to finance her first two albums, Emily returned to the UK in 2007 and toured extensively with some of the world’s great singer-songwriters, including American legend Don McLean. Her third album Believer, released in 2009, received regular airplay on Radio 2 and was widely acclaimed in the music press, Maverick Magazine hailing it “a masterpiece”.
Emily's much-anticipated fourth album, Bird Inside A Cage, followed in 2013. With its release funded entirely by her fans, Bird Inside A Cage was a bold departure from her previous recordings, while still retaining all the underlying trademarks of her emotive, lyric-rich songs.
As an advocate for mental health, Emily speaks frequently in the media about combating the stigma of mental illness. She has been featured several times on Radio 4 including Woman’s Hour, Loose Ends and Midweek, where she was interviewed by Libby Purves talking about her book Start Over Again, a deeply personal account of her experiences of living with bipolar disorder.
Following an intensive tour of Germany in 2014, while rehearsing for the recording of her instrumental album, Emily developed chronic tendonitis in both arms, forcing her to cancel all her gigs and leaving her unable to play her instruments for 18 months, which triggered a severe depressive episode.
Once recovered, she released her hauntingly beautiful fifth album A Bit Of Blue in 2017. Financed again by her fans, the album received rave reviews in the music press. Emily also published a new book, Notes From The North Pole, a collection of poetry, prose and lyrics.
Songs from A Bit Of Blue have been played on BBC Radio across the UK with the uplifting single For Free played on Radio 2. ?Together with her partner and bass player Christian Dunham, Emily has been touring arts centres across the UK with a stunning new show, delighted to be singing her songs again and entrancing audiences wherever she goes.
She?is passionate about songwriting, saying in a recent interview that “music to me is all about uplifting, comforting and inspiring people”. ?In 2017, she was interviewed by Coronation Street actress Cherylee Houston for a Radio 4 programme called The Agony and the Ecstasy, talking about chronic pain, creativity and her bipolar condition. ?She was also interviewed by Clare Balding for Radio 2, talking about her music, mental health and Buddhist faith.
Emily is now working on her instrumental album and planning a tour of mental health hospitals before she starts her next UK tour in February 2018. She is a patron of the mental health charity Restore.
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Saturday 24th February 2018
The Blackheart Orchestra : 8pm
Award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.
One of the must-see bands of 2018, the pioneering duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral. Always producing something beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable for pop, too adventurous for the mainstream and too plain weird for folk.
Fusing acoustic fragility and pulsing electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instrument dexterity with 80’s synthesisers and clear classical influences. Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, they are to be found on stage continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures. One moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.
Their four critically acclaimed albums and mesmerizing live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films. Chrissy Mostyn’s haunting vocals, the Mike Oldfield-like multi-instrumental playing of Rick Pilkington plus their fearless combination of conventional and unconventional all reflect their self-created universe where art meets sound and words paint pictures that invite you on their deep musical journey into the human psyche.
“One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” Rock Society Magazine
“The band’s fresh new sound is delicate and fragrant” PROG Magazine
“Their songs are all stand-alone masterpieces” Fatea Magazine
“A mesmerizing powerhouse – Mostyn’s vocals are a force to be reckoned with” XUNE MAG
“Liberating and unconventional - an avant-garde musical utopia with an impeccable vocal capability sending you weak at the knees” No Depression
“Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” Steve Hackett, Genesis
“A special and singular voice” Highclouds
“Smouldering and brooding, a mesmerizing performance” Louder Than War
“Cinematic yet intimate, from intense and soaring to dreamy and tranquil…exquisite”
“They remind us why music lifts us up” Dalton Delan, American Public Broadcasting (USA)
“From heartbreaking to uplifting in a single song” Western Star (Australia)
“Absolute brilliance” A Journal of Musical Things (Canada)
“An ethereal musical landscape, an enchanting masterpiece” Purple Revolver (UK)
“A great band” BBC Radio 2
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Saturday 3rd March 2018
THE HUT PEOPLE : 8pm
“The only band to have been asked back 8 times consecutively – because they’re so good!” Swaledale Festival
Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of THE best loved, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today.
Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well!
This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty.
In 2017, The Hut People released their 4th studio album on the Fellside label entitled 'Routes'.
Tunes forging pathways and routes underground; across the oceans and traversing motorways. Infectious melodies and foot-tapping rhythms packed into containers laden with grooves from South Africa, Quebec and across the globe; North, South, East and West.
‘Routes’ is their most expansive and thoughtful journey yet. Jump on board and enjoy the ride.
“a bewildering array of percussion and accordion-fired compositions….truly infectious…
"Their own tunes are remarkable for their inspiration... Throughout, the music is full of life, designed to raise a smile" RnR
"There's so much going on that you hear something new each time it is played. Sam Pirt's accordion leads all the tunes, whilst percussionist extraordinaire Gary Hammond provides an amazing array of textures and colours. Routes certainly brightens up the dull grey days of winter, but will be just as good a listen for the rest of the year…Remarkable" THE LIVING TRADITION
“The festival season is nearly upon us, and with The Hut People gracing many of this years bashes, their infectious ‘World Folk’ will surely be winning them many new fans” SONGLINES “This is a brilliantly unique sound – a duo of piano accordion and percussion defiantly unbounded by British traditions as they stride into world music.” THE SCOTSMAN
"The Hut People are not afraid to play around with sounds and rhythms whilst remaining true to the spirit of the slips, jigs and reels, creating a refreshing and toe tapping set of contemporary folk that puts a smile on your face." ROCK SOCIETY MAG
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