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”
Stephen Fearing’s music is a mesmerizing blend of roots, folk, and pop. Co-founder of Canadian roots-rock supergroup Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, he is a beguiling teller of tales and master guitarist who delights audiences throughout North America, the UK, and Europe. A multi JUNO and Canadian Folk Music award winner, his 2017 solo album, Every Soul’s a Sailor, was named Worldwide Album of the Year by Blues & Roots Radio and earned him Contemporary Singer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
His 13th solo album, The Unconquerable Past (released November 2019), adds another unique chapter to Fearing’s impressive body of work. It’s a striking and often surprising example of his restless creative spirit and finds him stepping back into the widescreen world of layered instruments and arrangements. Fearing collaborated with Winnipeg-based producer/songwriter Scott Nolan (William Prince, Mary Gauthier, Hayes Carll) and a superb group of players featuring acclaimed pianist Jeremy Rusu, bassist Julian Bradford, drummer Christian Dugas, vocalist Andrina Turrene, and Nashville’s legendary multi-instrumentalist Jim Hoke.
Fearing is an alluring entertainer – heartbreaking, expansive, and full of mirth – with a clear, honorable voice that lifts you out into his wide world and “brings you back home to yourself.” Over the course of his celebrated career he has collaborated with artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Rosanne Cash, Richard Thompson, Rose Cousins, Nick Lowe, Sarah McLachlan, Margo Timmins, Keb’ Mo’, Suzie Vinnick, and many more.
"Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best songsmiths on the planet. Quality albums…stunning shows" BBC UK
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar joined forces in 2011. Combining Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style with Algar’s All-Ireland winning fiddle playing, the duo have become one of the most sought after acts on the British folk scene. In 2013 the pair won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award before going on to win the Horizon Award for best breakthrough act from the same source in 2014. In 2015, they were nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo category.
Having toured extensively in the UK for five years, as well as in Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands, Greg and Ciaran have released 3 studio albums.
“folk at its very best” Maverick
“invigorating…infectious joy” Songlines
“Brimming with passion” FRUK