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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 tenth solo album, Every Soul's a Sailor, was named 2017 Worldwide Album of the Year by Blues & Roots Radio. Stephen released his last album in 2020, The Unconquerable Past, to critical acclaim.
Fearing is an alluring entertainer, heart-breaking, expansive, and full of mirth, with a clear, honourable 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, Roseanne Cash, Richard Thompson, Rose Cousins, Nick Lowe, Sarah McLachlan, Margo Timmins, Keb Mo, Suzie Vinnick, and many more.
“Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy…
masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style.”
Acoustic Guitar Magazinewww.stephenfearing.ca
HANNAH SANDERS & BEN SAVAGESince emerging in 2016, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage have been defying all conventions of style, genre and compartmentalisation. A touch of ‘Americana’, yet quintessentially English. Traditional, yet contemporary, with their individual writing style. Playful and instinctive, they constantly do the unexpected; yet they do it with such panache and natural chemistry it makes perfect sense.
Hannah Sanders has an alluring mystique and a voice of disarming purity that massages your senses. Ben Savage is a bubbling ferment of energy and infectious enthusiasm, seemingly able to play any instrument you put in front of him with grace and favour.
They have recorded two studio albums to date, Before the Sun (2016) and Awake (2018) and have captivated audiences at shows and on festival stages alongside Americana and folk luminaries such as Sarah Jarosz, Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman and Oh Susanna.
They are true originals, that’s all there is to it. Distinctive. Innovative. Ground-breaking. Unique.
Hannah & Ben have released a new album Ink of the Rosy Morning on Topic Records in early 2022m which entered the Official UK Folk Charts at Number 3.
“Passion, precision and unbridled intimacy…An exquisite soundscape” - RnR
“Spellbinding… Hannah & Ben were born to play and sing together” - fRoots
“Flawless’ Folk Picks of the Month” - The Guardian
“Dreamy reveries, softly warm vocals, stirring guitar arrangements – Sanders & Savage wield an elusive sort of magic” - MOJO
Born in Tredegar, Patrick Jones is a powerful, prolific, passionate Welsh performance poet, lyricist and writer. He has written about a myriad of social issues and he has a huge heart for the broken, outcast and dispossessed, chronicling their struggles in many of his poems, but bringing hope and a challenge to us all.
“Thoughtful, provocative and challenging, these poems engage and
Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner
“Very strong stuff”
Patrick has worked in collaboration with Hafan Cymru, Ty Hapus, Literature Wales, the National Theatre of Wales and The Welsh National Opera, and, being NIcky Wire’s older brother, has written lyrics for several of the Manic Street Preachers’ tracks. He is currently Writer in Residence at The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales
Patrick has made various television and radio appearances, and is probably Wales' most prominent living literary figure.
His relationship with Martyn goes back many years, and in 2009 Martyn wrote the music to accompany Patrick’s poem, “The Other”, on the album, “Songs For a Stammering Time”.
Most recently, Patrick and Martyn joined forces in the campaign in South Wales’ Lower Sirhowy Valley to halt plans for an environmentally dangerous waste reprocessing plant. Patrick reimagined the lyrics to Woody Guthrie’s song “This Land Is Our Land”, and Martyn performed it along with local residents at a rally to raise awareness and challenge the plans.
Martyn and Patrick are planning on further future collaboration, and we have a collaboration feeling PipeFest might have something new and exclusive to share from them!
IMPORTANT NOTE RE ACCOMMODATION:
As in 2021, PipeFest will be on the same day as the University Open Day, so accommodation will be at a premium.
The University has agreed to hold a block of good quality rooms for us, but this year, they are only able to hold these particular rooms UNTIL AUGUST, So if you do plan on booking accommodation, please do so in plenty of time. I will send out a reminder nearer the time, but if you want to be sure of good accommodation, please do book early.
If you wish to book, you need to give them a call on 01524 592899 and quote reference number 59230, or PF2022as the rooms aren’t available through their regular website.
Alternatively, you can book online using this special link Booking - Lancaster Conferences (lancs.ac.uk) Just follow the link and put the dates you want to stay In the promotion code box please put PF2022 and then search. The default is for 2 nights, but this can be amended to just one night if that’s what you need.