The Lonesome Ace Stringband is an old-time band with bluegrass chops that play some righteous folk and country music. There's a depth of groove and sense of space not often heard in bluegrass today, a level of instrumental interplay and vocal blend uncommon in old-time, and an on-stage rapport that transcends all of this.
Three Canadians lost in the weird and wonderful traditional country music of the American South, the band members Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and Max Heineman (bass) are each journeyman musicians and veterans of some of Canada's top roots music acts (New Country Rehab, The David Francey Band, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Fiver).
Instrumentation alone instantly sets LAS's sound apart: consisting of just fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and upright bass, the band moves freely between having a sound so powerful that it doesn't seem like it should be coming from a trio, to a sparseness and fragility that draws the listener in and refreshes the ear. All three are compelling lead singers, each with his own character and range. This allows for the vocal texture to shift depending on how the song needs to feel - and what the song has to say. When those voices come together the power of the harmonies is unshakable. It's clear to anyone who's heard LAS that they just don't sound like any other band.
The decade where Shaparak left an important part of her brain somewhere in a field in Hampshire…
From indie discos to unflattering crop tops…a trip down memory lane to the decade where ‘kinky’ was nurse roleplay and whipped cream, and Shaparak found herself flying about London with hope in her heart, a tenner in her pocket and spare knickers in her handbag.
How does the decade of binge drinking and walks of shame look now without snakebite and black tinted specs?"
“She has plenty to say, and says it with pointedness and potency” Guardian
“Has the crowd in the palm of her hand" The List
“Makes live comedy thrilling” Evening Standard
This is an 'as live' cinema screening, recorded in front of a live audience in London's West End.
A new play by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Patrick Marber
Tom Stoppard’s Olivier Award-winning new play Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna, Austria. But Hermann Merz, a factory owner and baptised Jew now married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world.
We follow his family’s story across half a century, passing through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. A company of 40 actors represent each generation of the family in this epic, but intimate play.
Filmed live on stage in London’s West End, ‘Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece is magnificent’ (Independent) and should not be missed.
A labour of love on multiple levels, My Darling Clementine – the sobriquet of spouses Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish – began as a homage to classic country duets of the 60’s and 70’s á la George & Tammy and Johnny & June
Their debut album was released in 2011 and immediately acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic. Country Music People called it; “The greatest British country record ever made”
Such praise led to a US record deal and invitations to appear at the Americana Music Association in Nashville and SXSW in Austin.
Their follow-up only enhanced the bands growing reputation and received a similar critical response with the New York Daily News choosing it as 'album of the month' while Popmatters put it in their Top 10 Country Albums of 2013.
The duo's latest album, from which much of the material on their current tour will be drawn, is called “Country Darkness” - a collaboration with keyboard genius Steve Nieve (The Attractions / The Imposters), which sees them reinterpreting the country songs of Elvis Costello. Released in November 2020 it charted in both the UK and European Americana charts receiving unanimous praise along the way, and
During the past 9 years My Darling Clementine have played over 800 shows around the world, won numerous awards and have more than earned their own bona fides, with their wry yet heart-on-sleeve song-craft spotlighting the vagaries of romance and the human condition, and their match-made-in-heaven harmonies
“King and Dalgleish have earned their place in the role call of great country duettists” UNCUT
"MDC mix country gloom with excellent musicianship and very fine songs.” The Guardian
"King and Dalgleish have re-invented the country duet" - The mingling of these two voices is just heavenly” Mojo
"One of the most exquisitely pained country albums of the year comes from England” New York Daily News
Snake Davis is one of the most in-demand rock soul and jazz sax players in the world, widely known for his solos on tracks such as Lisa Stansfield’s “Change”, M-People’s “Search For A Hero” and “Moving On Up” and Take That’s “A Million Love Songs”. He has played and recorded with artists ranging from James Brown and Tina Turner to Paul McCartney, and Eurhythmics to Amy Winehouse.
As a session player to the stars he performs in arenas and stadiums, but his greatest joy is to play intimate venues as himself, his own music choice with his favourite musicians.
Playing the saxophone family as well as flutes, whistles and the ancient Japanese wind instrument, the Shakuhachi, and singing, it is his total passion and commitment to every note that draws people in.
The 4 piece Snake Davis Band, with guitar, bass guitar and drums has something for everybody, from floaty to dance-able, from soul through pop to jazz and world, original material and classic sax pieces such as ‘Baker Street’.
“A virtuoso saxophonist” DAILY TELEGRAPH
“Snake Davis has one of the most passionate sax styles and simple bluesy approaches a-la-Sanborn heard in these isles for a while” TIME OUT
“Snake is a joy to work alongside. His musical skills have no limit, in fact he is as free as a bird” DAVE STEWART (Eurythmics)
“Snake has been friend and inspiration for many years because of his exceptional talent, dedication and sheer joy of making music. Long may it continue.” HEATHER SMALL
“He doesn’t mess about” THE GUARDIAN
Agatha Christie was one of the greatest thriller writers of all time and certainly the most prolific. In 1926, she was at the centre of a mystery as perplexing as any of her fiction, a series of events which sparked one of the biggest and most extensive police hunts in history. Her crashed car was discovered in Surrey and the famous author was missing, presumed dead by many, for eleven days. However, she was eventually found at a luxury hotel in Harrogate. She claimed then, and for the rest of the life, that she was suffering from amnesia and remembered nothing. Neither the press nor the police believed her.
Actor Liz Grand (previous one-woman show ‘The Second Best Bed’) presents her new one-woman show ‘Where Is Mrs Christie?’ Did Agatha Christie lie, and if so why? Did she suffer from amnesia? Was it a publicity stunt? Or was there a darker secret involved in this disappearance which was to affect her for the rest of her life? The answer to all these questions will, as in all good thrillers, be revealed!
This is cinema screening brodcast live, via satellite, from London's Bridge Theatre
By Philip Pullman, adapted by Bryony Lavery
Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Set twelve years before the epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits Philip Pullman’s fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing.
Two young people and their dæmons, with everything at stake, find themselves at the centre of a terrifying manhunt. In their care is a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua, and in that child lies the fate of the future. And as the waters rise around them, powerful adversaries conspire for mastery of Dust: salvation to some, the source of infinite corruption to others.
Eighteen years after his ground breaking production of His Dark Materials at the National Theatre, director Nicholas Hytner returns to Pullman’s parallel universe. Broadcast live from London’s Bridge Theatre.
Folk music’s legendary triumvirate of musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and John McCusker are on tour again in 2022. As live music returns, Mike, John & John will bring you their own blend of top-class folk songs, tunes and charming bonhomie.
With their vast repertoire, this will be an evening to remember. Described as the masters of flute, fiddle, song and guitar they have worked with the biggest and brightest and bring you a night of beautifully crafted music.
Having shared stages and recording studios with everyone from Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler to Paul Weller, Joan Baez and Linda Thompson, Mike, John & John are a rare musical treat you’ll savour for a very long time.
Harriet performs intimate versions of her favourite original songs and some specially selected covers accompanied by her incredible pianist. This concert series is in support of Harriet’s upcoming live album of the same name, which will be exclusively available on CD this Spring.
Harriet is a British-born singer songwriter whose music is deeply inspired by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Carole King and The Carpenters, as well as artists such as Adele and Lana Del Rey. She has recently completed a series of sell-out headline UK tours, as well as opening for Michael Bolton on his recent Arena Tour, finishing up at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Her self-titled debut album, recorded in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and produced by Steve Anderson (Kylie Minogue/Leona Lewis) was a personal expression of loss and love, drawing inspiration from the warmth of the 1960s & 70s soundscape. She is currently working on her next studio album in Stockholm, Sweden.
Harriet is passionately supported by BBC Radio 2 in the UK and is frequently championed by prestigious hosts including Graham Norton, Paul O'Grady and Gaby Roslin. Her backing from the station led to the first single from her debut album being playlisted and resulted in the release of an EP, which was exclusively recorded for Alan Carr's BBC Radio 2 'Summer Escape' show in 2018. Further afield, she has gained immense support from radio stations in America and across Europe, including from the legendary American Billboard editor and Sirius XM presenter, Larry Flick who asserted passionately that Harriet is "an artist that can and will change the world."
"One of the musical voices of the year, discovered right here on this show" - Graham Norton, BBC Radio2
"Quite extraordinary…Every hair on my body is standing on end” - Gaby Roslin, BBC Radio London
"A mesmerising performer: Karen Carpenter meets Stevie Nicks." - Paul Watson, Headliner Magazine
Curved Air are a unique band, synthesizing an eclectic blend of musical styles into an instantly identifiable sound. Curved Air's hits include "It Happened Today", "Vivaldi", "Marie Antoinette" and "Backstreet Luv". Curved Air founder member vocalist Sonja Kristina leads a skilled and talented new line-up, which includes returning 1970s member Kirby Gregory, bringing their unique music to an existing and new fanbase in the 21st Century.
Curved Air’s concerts and festival appearances continue to thrill a steadily increasing mass of new and old fans worldwide. Their experimental blends of classical themes, electronic sounds and pop/rock energy and beautiful, timeless songs are performed with fire and passion and tremendous musicianship.
Considered (according to AllMusic) "one of the most dramatically accomplished of all the bands lumped into Britain's late-'60s prog explosion", Curved Air are a pioneering British progressive rock group of musicians from mixed artistic backgrounds. They are famed for their unforgettable live performances and 'Art Rock' music - the quasi classical imprints of Terry Riley hooked onto beautiful and demonic violin combined with electronic adventurous synths and interwoven with brilliant guitar wizardry mesmerisingly embroidered by the subliminal and exotic presence of a unique lead singer Sonja Kristina. All these elements elevated them from the underground Roundhouse scene to top the album charts in the early '70s.
On 12th November 2012, much to the excitement of their fans and press worldwide, a Live CD/DVD titled 'Live Atmosphere' was released - 'Songs of revolution, insanity, loss, desire and ghosts: a unique compilation of powerful Curved Air songs played by a vital contemporary Curved Air'. This was followed by the release of “North Star”, the band’s first album of new material in 36 years.
Breaking Glass 40 Years On-Hallelujah!
“They were absolutely fantastic, bringing the entire audience roaring to its feet.” Telegraph
Celebrating the Hallelujah Moments of a stunning and illustrious live career, the first major female star of the 80’s, award winning singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor rose to fame forty years ago. Starring in the iconic film Breaking Glass, there were hits and eye-catching Top of The Pops appearances aplenty along the way. Hazel's ageless songs include Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, Monsters in Disguise, Calls The Tune, If Only, Give Me An Inch, Blackman and Hanging Around - all of which seem even more relevant in our present times.
In this very special show Hazel is accompanied here by virtuoso saxophonist Clare Hirst (The Belle Stars, Communards, David Bowie) on sax and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards. This powerful blend of voices and musicianship brings a classy touch of energy, passion and fire to Hazel’s vibrant performance. Unmissable!.
“It's all there, that voice, soaring sax ...timeless.”. Glastonbury Festival
“The sturdiness and earthy expression of her voice...marvellous” Hot Press
This is an 'as live' cinema screening, recorded in front of a live audience at London's National Theatre.
Book by Tanya Ronder, music by Jim Fortune and lyrics by Rufus Norris
A vividly original retelling of Sleeping Beauty, a mythic, big-hearted new musical that goes beyond the waking kiss.
Deep in the wood, a lonely fairy longs for someone to bless. When she is summoned to the palace to help the princess sleep, her dream turns into a nightmare and her blessing becomes a curse. Soon, she is plunged into a frantic, hundred-year quest to somehow make everything right.
Rufus Norris directs Rosalie Craig (The Ferryman, Company) in this new musical filmed live on stage at the National Theatre, with music by Jim Fortune, book by Tanya Ronder.
With more than 6500 performances in 21 countries under their belt in their 30 years on the road, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys are more than just the world’s greatest jump, jive and swing band – they’re an institution!
In that time they have opened shows for B.B. King, Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, Ray Charles, and toured with the real Blues Brothers Band - the one from the movie.
They’ve played on 36 radio shows and made 73 television appearances, including several on Blue Peter, The Teletubbies, as well as the Paradise Club series where they were the house band. They also featured on Challenge Anneka, The Gadget Show and on a prime time National Lottery advertisement – not to mention accompanying John Barrowman in a rendition of I Get A Kick Out Of You on Live And Kicking.
Rough, tough and always rocking, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys have appeared at festivals, in concert and at clubs throughout the UK and Europe – and they still play the Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival, where they have headlined for an unprecedented 14 years.
Along the way, the band have recorded 11 albums for Big Bear Records, all distributed worldwide.
Multi-award-winning comedian Tom Binns has performed his ‘psychic’ character Ian D Montfort to 5 star reviews around the world, and in the smash hit British film "Eaten by Lions"
He’s entertained and amazed skeptics and believers alike on his own BBC Radio 2 series "Ian D Montfort is: Unbelievable" and his critically acclaimed BBC1 Friday night series "Hospital People".
During this time Tom claims to have discovered a genuine 'psychic' ability and now performs as The ‘Psychic’ Comedium. In his performances Tom makes jaw dropping revelations about his audience, but is he gifted, deluded or something else?
Whatever you decide, his gift for comedy is undeniable and his 'psychic' powers are unbelievable!
Tom will also be performing as his Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated character and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown dictionary corner favourite, hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury.
Tom's character shows have won him over 30 five star reviews and many awards both at home and abroad.
He's been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award, Trident Comedy Award and Perth International Fringe Comedy Award (twice). He was voted a ‘Fosters Comedy God’, he's won Best International Act at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe (twice), Nottingham International Comedy Festival and three Sony Gold Awards.
He's been in BBC Shows Alan Partridge, Lee and Herring, Friday/Saturday Night Armistice and Channel 4 shows IT Crowd, The Big Breakfast, Ri:se, Under the Moon, Drifters and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown as well as the feature films Going to Mecca and Eaten by Lions.
Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) "Quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice".
Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album "Wanderer" which is a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to their impassioned performances with Cara's warm and natural stage presence something to savour.
Wille and the Bandits are a classic blues rock band much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But, similar to how those bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille and the Bandits are trying to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.
The use of more bizarre instrumentation and eclectic influences in the song writing often pushes them more into a world music or progressive category. Having toured with artists such as Deep Purple through to the John Butler trio and played major festivals across Europe, the band seem to leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds with their energetic and soulful performances.
They have received great critical acclaim, being voted in the top ten must see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and reaching number 2 in the UK blues chart with their first single on downloads alone. Now touring their third independently released studio album Wille and the Bandits fan base, repertoire of sounds, styles and innovation seems to be growing at an exponential rate.
The band are praised in the press for their albums; bursting at the seams with textures, originality and soul. Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi have also praised the band’s musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues.
It’s rare to find a band as dynamic as Wille and the Bandits, one that is just as comfortable and as impressive at both ends of the sonic spectrum. In the modern age of disposable music it is refreshing to hear a band that still value the art of creating albums and who continue to bring new instruments and ideas into their songwriting rather than settling for a tried and tested formula. Ten seconds of Youtube will not scratch the surface of the band’s sound and message; this is a band that is very much about discovery and one best experienced LIVE!
Back in 1971 LINDISFARNE released their ground-breaking first album and began to attract the fervent fan base that followed them for decades.
In October that year they released their second album 'FOG ON THE TYNE' which topped the UK charts for six weeks in spring 1972. 'Fog on the Tyne' was a game-changer, and UK and international success soon followed.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this classic album, Lindisfarne frontman BILLY MITCHELL and founder member RAY LAIDLAW tell the group's amazing story with a combination of superb songs, vital video, tall tales and of course, scurrilous gossip.
From Whitley Bay to 'Frisco Bay: The Lindisfarne Story. Don't miss it.
“A fantastic night with The Lindisfarne Story. There are so many words to describe the show and you will feel many emotions with it. It is a real insight into the history of the band and the talented individuals that have forged many fantastic songs over five decades. It really is very special. Catch it before it's gone.”
As seen on Would I Lie to You? - Have I Got News for You - Live at the Apollo - and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown...
He's blind. He's a dad. He's a husband. He's third in command. He'll speaky about all of that, plus loads more nonsense in between!
Chris McCausland is heading back out on tour, but don't worry, he's got somebody else doing the driving.
Since their beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as the band's reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become their global brand. Lauded for “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times), Hot Club have always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent), remaining “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time” (New York Times). The band’s musical alchemy has been described as “another breathless journey in the Texas tardis” (The Times), while American Songwriter observed that “the excellent three players of this band could be doing anything but have chosen to honor the greats of jazz and swing with their sound.” The Belfast Telegraph calls the Hot Club of Cowtown “a pretty much perfect country trio at the very top of their game,” and the New York Times, in a live review the trio as armed with “an arsenal full of technique and joy.”
The Hot Club of Cowtown have toured extensively worldwide for over twenty years, both on their own and with with artists including Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Gatemouth Brown, the Avett Brothers, Dan Hicks, Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music, the Squirrell Nut Zippers, the Mavericks, Dustbowl Revival and others. Festivals/career highlights include the Women in Jazz series (part of Jazz at Lincoln Center), Cambridge Folk Festival (UK), Glastonbury Festival (UK), Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), Byron Bay Blues & Roots Festival (AU), the National Folk Festival (US and AU), Stagecoach Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival (CA) the grand opening of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, traveling as US State Department Musical Ambassadors to Azerbaijan, Armenia, Algeria, Georgia and the Sultanate of Oman, and being inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame.
Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for chart-topping hits Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, McDonald’s Girl and more.
Following a sold-out, 40th Anniversary Tour, Friedman returns to the stage armed with a stunning collection of his insightful and compelling, true-to-life ‘story songs’ - songs of pathos and humour that deal with family, friends, neighbours, work and the seemingly trivial, yet ultimately essential stuff of everyday life.
"Soundtrack of our lives!" – NYTimes; "Songsmith extraordinaire!” – MusicWeek; “Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant” – ThreeWeeks; “Stunning Musicianship!” - Hot Press
In addition to his familiar radio hits, album releases and touring, Friedman composes and produces music soundtracks for TV and film, including the music to the hit Central TV series BOON, NBC’s Eerie Indiana, Nickelodeon’s Nick Arcade and the indie horror classic, ‘I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle’. He’s also published a respected tome on the art and craft of songwriting titled, ‘The Songwriter’s Handbook’, based on songwriting workshops and songwriting masterclasses he’s conducted at universities and music conservatories around the world, including L.I.P.A. (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).
A consummate entertainer, Friedman will be performing solo, on guitar and keyboard, featuring songs from throughout his four-decade career, including familiar, radio hits and fan favourites, drawn from his eight studio albums. Invite family and friends and join Friedman for an evening of powerful, poignant and hilarious songs about the ordinary and extraordinary lives we share.
This is an ‘as live’ cinema screening, recorded in front of a live audience in London’s Donmar Warehouse.
By William Shakespeare
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) plays the title role in Shakespeare’s thrilling study of nationalism, war and the psychology of power.
Fresh to the throne, King Henry V launches England into a bloody war with France. When his campaign encounters resistance, this inexperienced new ruler must prove he is fit to guide a country into war.
Captured live from the Donmar Warehouse in London, this exciting modern production directed by Max Webster (Life of Pi) explores what it means to be English and our relationship to Europe, asking: do we ever get the leaders we deserve?
Fresh from her latest Golden Guitar success in January 2021, chart-topping Nashville-based golden girl Kristy Cox has captured attention across the globe for her youthful energy-infused bluegrass, songwriting acumen, and powerful singing style.
Kristy was shortlisted by the International Bluegrass Music Association for four years running as New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, and was a finalist in the 2019 IBMA Momentum Awards for Vocalist of the Year. She continues to enjoy radio success in both the US and in her native Australia where she’s a five-time CMAA (Country Music Association of Australia) Golden Guitar Award recipient, including for her memorable collaboration with Australian flat-picking guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel.
Kristy's 2018 album Ricochet debuted at number one on the US Billboard Bluegrass Charts and was shortlisted for Best Bluegrass Album at the Grammys, while its lead single unseated Dolly Parton and Rhonda Vincent from the top of the Bluegrass Today radio charts.
This is a rare chance to see one of the world’s finest bluegrass artists perform in the UK along with her stellar band.
Expect bad attitude and good jokes as Jo Caulfield brings her hugely successful 2019 Edinburgh Festival show, Voodoo Doll, as well as her brand new 2020 show.
Never one to take herself too seriously, Jo says the things you'd love to, but fear you would lose your job or get arrested over. Unreasonable neighbours, call centres, snobby ghosts, prosecco drinkers, being married forever, rude children. Nothing and no one escapes her acerbic tongue in a guaranteed night of cathartic laughter.
A television regular, Jo has been seen on BBC1’s Have I Got News For You and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow as well as BBC2’s Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, while her frequent radio appearances include BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth, Just A Minute and Woman’s Hour, alongside three series of her own show, It’s That Jo Caulfield Again.
Hailing from the Gateway of the Great Smoky Mountains, Seth Mulder & Midnight Run began its journey in February of 2015, at the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Made up of four like-minded musicians and graduates of college music programs, this group of friends and musicians created a band tied to the rich traditions of bluegrass music, yet one that offers a fresh approach to that "High Lonesome" sound. With each member drawing from a variety of influences, including bluegrass, country and rock.
The band stays true to their musical roots with tight harmonies and reverence for “old-style” bluegrass music, all while stretching the boundaries of the genre with their song selection, stage antics, and exciting performance.
Favourites among bluegrass enthusiasts and non-bluegrass audiences alike, they keep the energy high and the audience on their feet. The band knows when they are on stage that it's not only about the music, it is about connecting with the audience and leaving them with a memory that will last a lifetime. Seth Mulder & Midnight Run has been referred to as one of the most entertaining new acts on the bluegrass scene today. 2020 was a big year for them. They completed a new self-released studio album on their own label in June and were nominated for the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Momentum Band of the Year award shortly thereafter.
Now, with over 200 shows a year, they find themselves playing to audiences all over the world. Together, Seth Mulder, Colton Powers, Ben Watlington, and Max Etling create a powerhouse of music that you do not want to miss!
Yorkston Thorne Khan are touring the UK in support of their third album, Navarasa: Nine Emotions, tackling Robert Burns and Sufi poetry via Dick Gaughan and Amīr Khusrow Dehlavī, traditional Scottish songs, ragas and their own spidery compositions.
Yorkston Thorne Khan are songwriter James Yorkston (guitar, nyckelharpa, voice), jazz musician Jon Thorne (double bass, voice) and 8th generation sarangi player and vocalist Suhail Yusuf Khan. Meeting by chance backstage in 2015 and playing together ever since, Yorkston Thorne Khan’s musical explorations are well-informed by their rich musical heritage but never reverential, preferring to run with an energy and fun that pushes them to new ground, Rolling Stone calling their Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars album “a game changing masterpiece”.
YTK have toured substantially around Europe and India, and as both the jazz and the Indian classical music worlds are renowned for their improvisation, it’s no surprise Yorkston Thorne Khan continue to tease the set structures of their material throughout, leaving every performance fresh and inspired.
Thoughtful Nashville songwriter, deft roots instrumentalist and stunning vocalist Rachel Baiman's music is centred around themes of global social and political issues and love in hard times moving effortlessly between bluegrass, folk, old-time and country.
Raised in Chicago by a radical economist and a social worker, Baiman was surrounded by social justice issues her entire life. “If I wanted to rebel against my parents I could have become a finance banker or a corporate lawyer” she says of her childhood. While her classmates went to church or temple on Sunday mornings, Baiman attended the Ethical Humanist Society of Greater Chicago, a non-religious community formed around discussions of morality and current events. “That was always a tough one to explain at school” she says with a laugh.
As a teenager, Baiman found music to be a welcome escape from worrying about global politics. “I often found the constant discussion of seemingly unsolvable problems to be intense and overwhelming, and when I moved to Nashville to pursue music it felt like something positive, beautiful and productive that I could put into the world. Now that I’ve had some years to devote to music,”—Baiman has been recording and touring internationally for the past 4 years with 10 String Symphony, and has played fiddle for numerous other artists including Kacey Musgraves and Winnipeg folk band Oh My Darling—“I find it hard to escape from the values that I grew up with, and I feel compelled to write politically, to speak out about things that I’ve experienced or seen. Songwriting is a unique opportunity to do that, because it avails a more emotional vehicle for discussion. I love the political tradition of folk music, from Woody Guthrie to Tupac, and my hope is that this record adds another voice to it.”