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- Jon Hopkins – Polarity, a new tour for 2020
- Truly great music from Folkworks: Leveret
- Award-winning singer/song writer – An Evening with Randy Newman
- The world’s most successful musical theatre group, Collabro
Cauls (Album Launch) with support from Pave The Jungle, Bradfield and Dutch Elm
Sunday 10 November 2019, 6pm
Cauls are a six-piece, female fronted alt-prog collective, forged in the swirling bitter winds of North East England. Compromising disparate musical heritages ranging from prog-rock to jazz via 80s synth soundtracks, their unique voice evokes musical titans such as The Mars Volta and Tool.
Folkworks: Catrin Finch and Cimarron
Saturday 1 February 2020, 8pm
In 2007, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch met Colombian joropo band Cimarrón and embarked on an exhilarating tour of Wales. More than a decade later, Catrin and Cimarrón meet again to tour the UK.
Catrin Finch is a remarkable and fearless artist, one of the world’s leading harp players, whose career has featured both solo performances with the world’s top orchestras and, more recently, collaborations with leading world music artists, including Toumani Diabate and, most successfully, Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita, with whom she forms “one of the most popular world music acts of this decade” (Tim Cumming, Songlines).
The six-piece Grammy-nominated Cimarrón perform joropo dance music from the cattle-rearing plains of the Orinoco, rooted in a deep tradition defined by the mestizo mixed heritage of African, Spanish and indigenous cultures, and led by harpist and composer Carlos Rojas.
Cimarrón make wild, untamed music that preserves the spirit of freedom found in one of the world’s most untouched regions. Fast paced and powerful, the music boasts impetuous singing, amazing stomp dancing and fierce instrumental virtuosity of strings and percussion.
Kacy and Clayton
Saturday 1 February 2020, 7.45pm
Kacy and Clayton are set to return with the album Carrying On on October 4th, 2019. The 10-song set was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and recorded by Tom Schick at The Loft, Wilco’s recording studio and rehearsal space in Chicago, Illinois.
Carrying On follows the international acclaim for their previous record Strange Country and 2017’s The Siren’s Song.
The music Kacy and Clayton make is inextricable from where they grew up. The second cousins sing about the kind of people you’d find in Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan. The hills, barns, and remoteness of the area are in these songs, with a bittersweet acknowledgement that this music has taken them far from home. Their sound is equal parts homespun, coming from a family and community where playing music is an ever present part of social gatherings, and the rare country, blues, and English folk rock they obsess over and collect. It’s an arresting amalgamation of psychedelic folk, English folk revival and the ancestral music of Southern Appalachia.
Jon Hopkins – Polarity
Thursday 5 March 2020, 7.30pm
It is with great pleasure that Jon Hopkins announces Polarity – a new tour for 2020 – which follows on from the incredibly successful Singularity tour, where he performed sold-out headline live shows, festival dates and DJ appearances across the globe.
Playing grand piano for parts of the show, he will be joined on stage by a small group of consummate musicians and long-time friends, consisting of acclaimed producer and guitarist Leo Abrahams, violinist and arranger Emma Smith and cellist Laura Moody.
Folkworks: Ye Vagabonds
Wednesday 19 February 2020, 8pm
Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America.
Their debut EP, Rose & Briar, was released in 2015 and since then, they have been busy touring Ireland, the UK and Europe, opening for acts such as Villagers, Roy Harper and Lisa Hannigan.
In October 2017 they launched their debut, self-titled album to great acclaim. Ye Vagabonds comprises of harmony rich folk music, influenced by Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and the 1960s folk revival. It includes ten mellow tracks weaved with thoughtful lyrics, thickly layered with strings and droning harmonium.
Their second album The Hare’s Lament was released on 22nd March 2019 to critical acclaim.
Thursday 27 February 2020, 8pm
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and yet deeply timeless.
Fiddler Sam Sweeney, 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, directs the National Youth Folk Ensemble, is known for his work in Bellowhead and The Full English, and for his solo album The Unfinished Violin.
Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, four-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and works with Blowzabella, Topette, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry.
Concertina wizard Rob Harbron leads the English Acoustic Collective summer school and is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Best Album BBC Folk Awards 2014), Emily Portman, Emma Reid, and Jon Boden.
Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. With their first three albums and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as superb musicians, fine tunesmiths and captivating performers.
On their new album, Diversions, they have brought their trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a newly unearthed set of upbeat and accessible traditional gems – truly great music from a band at the top of their game.
Clannad plus special guests
Saturday 7 March 2020, 7.30pm
Having sold 15 million records worldwide and with eight Top 10 U.K. albums to their name, multi-award winning Clannad have announced In a Lifetime; The Farewell World Tour.
The GRAMMY and BAFTA award winning quartet will also release a new Anthology In a Lifetime box set to be released worldwide on 13 March 2020.
The multi-award winning Clannad have without doubt done more than any other group to take Irish music and the Irish language to a worldwide audience. Fusing elements of traditional Irish music with more contemporary folk, new age, and rock they have created a beautifully unique and ethereal sound which combines haunting melodies and mesmerising vocals to transcend the sands of time whilst appealing to a worldwide audience of all ages.
Martin Hayes Quartet
Sunday 8 March 2020, Sage Two
Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, mastery of the fiddle, acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of the future of the music, combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence.
He has drawn musical inspiration from sources as diverse as the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, the Spanish viola da gamba master, Jordi Savall, and the jazz genius, John Coltrane, while remaining grounded in the music he grew up with in his own locality, of Feakle County Clare where the music he learned from his late father, P. Joe Hayes, the renowned founder/ leader of the long-lived Tulla Ceili Band, profoundly influenced his musical accent and ideas.
His latest performing project is with The Gloaming, a band which has burst on the music scene with a rare combination of Irish tunes, ancient sean-nós song, brave explorations and exhilarating and explosive medleys with a distinctive new sound.
Folkworks: Daoirí Farrell
Sunday 05 April 2020, 8pm
It’s been a whirlwind for two times BBC Folk Award winner, Daoirí (‘Derry’) Farrell over the last three years. In January 2016 he launched his solo career with a low-key show at Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. In January 2019 he returned to the festival, this time to lead an all-star line-up in one of the festival’s biggest venues.
15th February 2019, saw the release of the album, A Lifetime of Happiness, made over many months in studios in Dublin and Donegal with Dónal Lunny, and with brother Manus Lunny taking engineering duties on much of the album. A first single The Galway Shawl/Rosie Reilly was released to radio, in autumn 2018 ahead of the album itself, and was immediately played on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac 2020
Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May 2020, 7.30pm
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2020 with a brand new show celebrating the very best of Fleetwood Mac, including a very special blues set paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s legendary Peter Green era.
Channelling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved groups of all time.
Personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding member, Mick Fleetwood,
Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups.
An Evening with Randy Newman
Tuesday 9 June 2020, 7.30pm
Newman began recording in 1968 with a self-titled album. Throughout the 1970s, he released several other acclaimed albums such as 12 Songs, Sail Away, and Good Old Boys. He began composing and scoring for films in the 1980s, and his work includes all four Toy Story pictures, A Bug’s Life, Cars and Cars 3.
His many honours include seven GRAMMYs, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, the same year he was given an Ivor Novello PRS for Music Special International Award.
“Newman has a knack for writing songs that are so attuned to what’s going on in the U.S. that they become predictive, articulating uncomfortable thoughts that are in the air but had theretofore gone unarticulated.” Vanity Fair
Newman also was presented with a PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award in 2014. In 2018 he collaborated with Rex Orange County on his version of Newman’s You’ve Got A Friend In Me, and in 2019, in addition to Toy Story 4, he collaborated with Chance The Rapper on 5 Year Plan for the album The Big Day.
Wednesday 21 October 2020, 7pm
Collabro – Michael Auger, Jamie Lambert, Matthew Pagan and Thomas J Redgave – are the world’s most successful musical theatre group. Having met for their first rehearsal in a pub at London Bridge in 2014, they auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent a month later and received a full standing ovation from both the audience and the judges after their performance. They went on to win the competition with one of the biggest majorities ever, and their debut album, Star, entered the UK albums chart at number one, was quickly certified gold, and became the fastest selling album in 2014.
Four sell out UK tours, two US tours, headline slots at the London Palladium, Wembley Stadium, the Royal Albert Hall, the 02 Arena and a show for Her Majesty the Queen later, Collabro have announced the release of their fifth album. Love Like This, on November 15th 2019, through BMG. They will take the new album out to their fans with a full UK tour throughout October 2020.