Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to two hundred people or twenty thousand, he blows the crowd away night after night.
2018 saw him honoured with a ”Spirit of Folk” Award by Folk Alliance International in Kansas USA and he also received Fatea magazine’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” here in the UK, and in January 2019, he released his critically acclaimed album Here Come The Young, of which Uncut magazine said “He’s never sounded more potent than he does here”
Make way for protest singer, LGBTQ+ activist, folk singer, socialist and social commentator Grace Petrie. Smart, witty, a talented lyricist and an electrifying live performer, Grace Petrie can take the most hostile room and by the end of the night they will be singing along, ‘Stand up today that we might save tomorrow!’
Given all of this, it’s no surprise she’s toured in support of Billy Bragg, toured for ten years as a self-sustaining DIY artist with virtually no mainstream media coverage and yet when this May she announced a Kickstarter campaign for the recording of her first full studio album ‘Queer As Folk’ she reached the £10,000 target in twenty-four hours and almost doubled that amount by the end of the two week campaign. In Grace Petrie’s own words, ‘Queer As Folk is a collection of songs that celebrates both sides of the artist that I am: passionate about and deeply inspired by the magnificent tradition of folk music, but seeking and striving always for it to become again the vehicle for radical politics that it once was. Mixing the personal with the political, these songs mean to offer a hand on the shoulder of those whose struggles in this world chime with my own, whether that be with identity, with love or with the faith to fight for a more equal tomorrow. This album is both a celebration of and a step beyond protest singer, offering some of the most urgent and honest song writing I have ever put into the world.’
The album includes Grace’s take on traditional folk track An Old Man’s Tale retitled A Young Woman’s Tale, a blistering cover of Richard Thompson’s Beeswing and the show-stopping Black Tie, which challenges gender stereotyping in missive to her Year 11 self. The video for Black Tie reached 12K views in its first week on Youtube. Queer As Folk reached number 1 folk album on the Amazon UK streaming chart in week of release.
“Queer As Folk may well turn out to be one of my albums of the year” – Folking.com
“She offers hope and solidarity, born out of absolute conviction and with no trace of empty sloganeering….this wake-up call is one to be both welcomed and wholeheartedly embraced” – fRoots
“Petrie has delivered a personal and political statement of the highest quality in a magnificent tradition” – Morning Star
“An album of personal and political power, passion and perception, it is hugely persuasive proof that Petrie most deservedly earns her place at the table” – Folk Radiowww.gracepetrie.com
With 24 years of unrivalled musical partnership gathering numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, major British artists and singer-songwriters Chris While and Julie Matthews will be celebrating 25 years as a duo next year with a brand new album and an extensive Autumn tour of the UK as well as numerous summer festivals.
Last year saw them perform music from 'The Ballads of Child Migration' at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards alongside O’Hooley and Tidow, Boo Hewerdine, John McCusker, Kris Drever, John Doyle, Mike McGoldrick and Andy Seward and in 2018 they toured the project around the UK adding the wonderful John Doyle.
In May2017 Chris and Julie toured the UK with all-female super group 'Daphne's Flight', after a 21 year gap bringing audiences across the country not only to their feet, but also to tears. They completed an acclaimed second tour in 2018 and will be on the road again in October 2021.
In 2019, Chris and Julie are more powerful than ever and remain at the very top of their game. In the spring of 2018 they returned to Australia to make their 12th tour of a country that they love and in return, are much loved. Last year they were named ‘Artists of the Year’ at the prestigious Port Fairy Music Festival, one of the biggest events of its kind in Australasia.
Luke Jackson is one of the most exciting young singer-songwriters in the UK. Two things that immediately stand out are his strong, mature vocal and the high quality of his songwriting.
Luke’s songwriting draws on his experiences, family life, poignant stories he’s been told and fortunately, they’e all written in English as in his own words, he’s dreadful at languages!
His performance style and songwriting skills are constantly developing and improving as confirmed by him winning the Male Artist Of The Year from Fatea in 2014 and 2016 and being nominated in 2013 for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Emerging Talent and Young Folk Categories.
An accomplished performer who impresses from the outset and takes his audience on a shared journey with a full bus down the bye-ways of love, hope, sorrow, and melancholy via the service stations of folk, roots, blues, Americana and soul.
Every so often a new voice emerges, one so stunning that it knocks you sideways. Jackson has been compared to a young Richard Thompson and for once these are not empty words – Acoustic Magazine
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