Archie Fisher

Friday 13th Sept 2019 (8.30 pm)

Archie was born in Glasgow into a large singing family, which yielded three professional singers—Archie and his sisters Ray and Cilla Fisher.  His father’s appreciation of many musical styles (opera, vaudeville, traditional ballads) proved to be a heavy influence on Archie’s music while his mother, a native Gaelic speaker from the Outer Hebrides, influenced the lyrical quality of his songwriting.

Archie first became interested in folk music during the Skiffle era of the late 1950’s and such performers as Lonnie Donegan and Johnny Duncan. Later, the recording of the Weavers at Carnegie Hall also had a profound effect on his approach to music and his political outlook.  During the TV folk boom of the 1960’s and 70’s he appeared regularly with his younger sister Ray on magazine programs and the BBC Hootenanny series.  He was based in Edinburgh at the time in the contemporary company of musicians such as Robin Williamson, Clive Palmer and Mike Heron (who together formed The Incredible String Band) and was an early guitar colleague of Bert Jansch.

Archie’s first self-titled album was recorded in 1968 with the fiddle and mandolin of John McKinnonand whistle player John Doonan. During the mid 1970’s he formed a long-term partnership with Dundee musician Allan Barty, which was later grafted on to the revived pairing of Tommy Makemand Liam Clancy. As well as performing as a backing musician and arranger for the Makem and Clancy duo, he also produced a series of albums with them.  Meanwhile, Archie got involved in record production with the dynamic Scottish band Silly Wizard. During the 1980’s he turned his attention to freelance radio work and originated several series of documentary programs with his local station Radio Tweed.  He then returned to the recording studio during what he describes as one of his most creative songwriting periods.  It was around this time that he began a partnership with Canadian songwriter Garnet Rogers.  They toured throughout North America together, and Garnet produced two Fisher albums including the highly acclaimed Sunsets I’ve Galloped Into, which was released on Red House Records in 1996.

Following the success of that release, Archie toured throughout North America, playing with John Renbourn and Bert Jansch.  In 2008 Red House released Windward Away, a collection of introspective ballads that evoke the wild and rough beauty of the Scottish Border country.  While working on this album, Archie discovered a copy of an old recording he made in the late 1970’s while working with Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy.  Although several songs on this missing master had been recorded on other Archie Fisher albums, this missing master had never seen the light of day.  Because he believed these recordings represented an important period in his music, he felt they were worthy of formal release. Together Windward Away and The Missing Master represent more than 28 years of Archie’s distinguished writing and singing career.

Seven years in the making, A Silent Song finds Archie combining original compositions with his interpretations of classic songs for a wonderful addition to his distinguished catalog.

Mairi Campbell

Friday 27th September 2019 (8.30 pm)

Mairi Campbell is a pioneering Scottish musician whose work is rooted in, and draws from, her personal stories and cultural concerns.

After studying classical viola at the Guildhall School of Music, she has become an established member of Scotland’s traditional music scene, pushing the boundaries with her use of free improvisation, songs and stagecraft.

As an interpreter of Scots song, with David Francis, Mairi has contributed a significant number of songs to its current canon.


She is the recipient of six national music awards including the Inspiration Award in 2018.

Her first two solo shows Pulse (2016) and Auld Lang Syne (2018) have gained much critical acclaim and toured widely. The third part of her solo trilogy is due in 2021.

Louise Jordan

Friday 4th October 2019 (8.30 pm)

Pouring honey into your ears and radiating charm, Louise Jordan fascinates and entertains, mixing hope with heartbreak through her acute observations of the everyday and extraordinary. Fuelled by an untamed spirit, Louise Jordan’s music is authentic and timeless, underpinned by an unassuming natural elegance that places simple honesty alongside bold imagination.

Self-accompanied on piano and guitar Louise Jordan is every ounce the quintessential independent artist. With five recordings, eleven UK and three European tours under her belt Louise Jordan is just getting started.

Louise’s project ‘No Petticoats Here’ has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Louise will be performing a one-woman show of storytelling with song - ‘The Hard Way’.  This is a story of Hannah Mitchell.  From a remote hilltop farm in the Derbyshire moorlands to Manchester city magistrate. With two weeks’ formal schooling behind her and through her sheer force of character, Hannah escapes domestic drudgery to become a campaigner, speaker, writer, suffragette, councillor and finally a magistrate.  Find out more about it at:  https://louisejordan.co.uk/thehardway/

Mike Silver

Friday 18th October 2019 (8.30 pm)

Mike Silver is a force to be reckoned with. Having just celebrated fifty years recording; taking his music far and wide through many European countries and further to the Falkland Islands, New Zealand, the United States and Canada and with this release of Alchemy, a retrospective celebration of a life in song; Mike at 74, is still gigging and touring with as much skill and enthusiasm as ever.

 

While Alchemy was Mike’s nineteenth studio album, his largely self managing career has ensured that he is a highly respected musician for the initiated, and a rewarding surprise for the uninitiated. Mike operates somewhat under the radar, the travelling lifestyle having not quite brought the international fame and fortune which it has for some others from his era! However, the loyal fan base he has amassed over the years ensure that every gig is a treasure to behold and lovingly attended by his friends, both old and young, ‘old hands’ and recent converts!

 

Some exciting highlights pepper Mike’s musical career, having been immersed in music full time since his twenties. For a while he was signed to Elton John’s illustrious label Rocket Records in 1973. This led to a live session for Bob Harris’ BBC Radio 1 Show and two appearances for Radio 1 in Concert supporting Randy Newman and Annabel Lamb respectively. Mike signed to Big John Records, London in 1979 and recorded his Midnight train album with them. One of his compositions from that record; “Maybe its Just Love”, was covered by Justin Hayward. Mike then went on to record a number of albums on his own label. In 2003 his song “Not a Matter of Pride” was picked up first by Bob Harris and then by Terry Wogan and featured no less than 14 times on Terry’s Wake up to Wogan BBC Radio 2 show. 

 

If you've also not come across Mike before, you will be able to savour his restrained yet effortless, honest vocal delivery.


Mike was referred to in glowing terms in Del Newman's seminal book 'A Touch from God. It’s only rock n roll'. “For me, Mike does for music what Lowry did for painting. His songs are about ordinary people and ordinary events, but he can craft a song that can make you cry. That is a gift”.

Barbara Dymock & Chris Marra

Friday 1st November 2019 (8.30 pm)

Based in Dundee, Scots singer Barbara Dymock was brought up in Fife, learning Scottish and Irish songs from her grandparents. Throughout the years she has sung in many different bands and combos including Ceolbeg, Rathlin, Palaver and Sinsheen. In 2011 she was nominated as Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

 

Guitarist Chris Marra has been a musician since his teens, working in many distinct fields from bighair rock to sophisticated pop with Danny Wilson via London’s Theatreland. The majority of his time was spent recording and performing with his brother Michael Marra, producing albums for Michael and the legendary Saint Andrew. 

Review of performance from Glasgow Herald : "a musically enjoyable, mischievously entertaining performance from a well-matched duo"

Boo Hewerdine

Friday 8th November 2019 (8.30 pm)

Boo Hewerdine (b. 1961, London) as Mark Hewerdine is an English singer-songwriter. His work includes lead singer and creative force behind The Bible, formed in the 1980s, and reformed in 1994, as well as solo recordings and work for film. He lives in Ely.

 

He moved to Cambridge as a child, but returned to London in his late teens, and worked in a record shop. He then returned to Cambridge and teamed up with a friend with similar experiences and started to write songs. They formed the short-lived Placebo Thing. He left Placebo Thing to join The Great Divide. They were heard by Mike Scott of The Waterboys, who recommended them to Ensign Records, where they cut three commercially unsuccessful singles. In 1985 he was working once again in a record shop in Cambridge and then formed The Bible, recruiting jazz drummer Tony Shepherd. They released an album of songs through the independent Norwich label Backs Records called Walking The Ghost Back Home.

 

The Bible became a fairly successful independent band, with a cult following spread mostly through word of mouth and live performances. Two tracks from the first album, Graceland and Mahalia were released as singles, but did not achieve very significant sales. The album however was very well received by music pundits, and this brought the band to the attention of Chrysalis Records. Signing to Chrysalis, Graceland and another track, Honey Be Good were (re)released as singles, and reached the lower end of the UK singles chart.  In 1988, he decided to leave the group and pursue solo projects. Calum MacColl and Neill MacColl from the group went on to form Liberty Horses.

 

At around this time he met US "new country" singer Darden Smith, and this set him off in a new direction. Working together, he and Smith released a collaborative album, Evidence. He also worked simultaneously on new solo songs, largely based on his earlier traumatic experiences in London. Eventually these were distilled down to produce the Ignorance album, released in 1992. Invited by Tori Amos to play support promoting these songs, he managed to find a new audience and Ignorance and a single from the album, History, did relatively well commercially.

 

As his stardom rose, he started to write for other artists, among them Eddi Reader, Clive Gregson and Christine Collister. The Bible reformed for a tour in 1994. Further solo album releases followed, such as 1996's Baptist Hospital and 1999's Thanksgiving. Meanwhile he was asked by long-time friend Nick Hornby to contribute music to the soundtrack for the movie version of his book High Fidelity, whose subject (working in a record shop) was also very close to Boo's experiences.  He continues to write and perform his own songs.

Winter Wilson

Friday 22nd November 2019 (8.30 pm)

Having honed their craft during many years as semi-professional musicians, Winter Wilson went full time in 2012 and haven’t looked back since. They have a fine repertoire of self-penned songs, telling stories of everyday life which often reflect the bigger picture of this life we lead.

Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) is one of the finest singers on the circuit, expressing power and emotion in equal measure “from melting to belting”.

Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar and banjo) is amongst the top tier of British song writers, with his songs covered by some of folk’s “greats”.

But it’s in live performance that Winter Wilson really excel, bringing a sense of intimacy to every stage, welcoming audiences into their world, mixing songs with stories of life on the road. “This isn’t a performance – it’s a domestic!”

Tight harmonies, killer songs and a lot of fun – that’s Winter Wilson.

http://winterwilson.com/

Forgaitherin

Friday 6th December 2019 (8.30 pm)

Forgaitherin, a Fife-based folk group, have a reputation for their wide range of songs, four-part harmonies and sympathetic instrumentation with guitar, accordion, keyboard and whistle. They are: Hamish Grant, Hugh and Lesley Toner and John Reid.

Tim Edey

Friday 10th January 2020 (8.30 pm)

Tim Edey (BBC Radio Two's Musician of the year 2012 (BBC R2 FOLK AWARDS) multi- instrumentalist and singer, has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic/Contemporary roots music including; The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Natalie MacMaster, Altan, Capercaillie, Brendan Power, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, Dougie Maclean, Kevin Burke, Liam O'Maonlai, The Barra MacNeills, JP Cormier, Shaun Davey, Session A9, Lunasa, Vinnie Kilduff , Mary Black, Session A9, Julie Fowlis, Frankie Gavin to name but a few...

Tim now a name on the world stage in his own right after seventeen years of hard work, is rated by many to be one of the world's finest ever Melodoen and Guitar players in the folk & contemporary scene today!


Originally from Broadstairs in Kent and of Irish descent, Tim honed his style learning from his father Richard a fine guitarist and listening to Ed Boyd, Steve Cooney and Django Reinhardt. He has lived in Ireland and now resides in Perthshire, Scotland where he is based with his family and tours all over the world regularly from.

Tim's live solo shows are a stunning mix of world music inspired instrumental virtuosity and passion with a strong Celtic theme, to audience - chorus lines and above all a highly entertaining night of musical genius.

Hannah Rarity

Friday 17th January 2020 (8.30 pm)

Hannah Rarity’s sublime voice imbues the music she performs with a depth of emotion that is inimitable. It’s this ability that has seen her become one of Scotland’s foremost young singers. Winner of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018, her status as a rising talent has been further consolidated by her Scots Singer of the Year nomination at the 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards and feature as ‘One to Watch in 2018’ in The Scotsman.

Her powerful vocals have been well-suited to her collaborations and performances with esteemed musical acts such as Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, her international touring with Irish-American band Cherish the Ladies, as well as national television appearances – BBC Hogmanay Live, BBC N.I. Wayfaring Stranger – and UK festivals such as - Orkney, Tiree, Celtic Connections. Hannah is also proud to work regularly with Live Music Now Scotland, a charitable organisation providing musical performances and interactive programmes in a range of community settings throughout Scotland.

Hannah follows up her acclaimed EP Beginnings (“…in the same league as the likes of Cara Dillon when it comes to softly-sung tender emotion...Hers is definitely a name to watch” - fRoots) with the release of her hotly anticipated debut album Neath the Gloaming Star in September 2018, which features some of Scotland’s most sought after young musical talent, as well as folk legend, Phil Cunningham. The album features interpretations of songs from the folk genre she embraces so effortlessly, which includes Scots song from a number of sources, self-penned tracks and heart-wrenching covers of some of Scotland’s greatest songwriters, including Davy Steele’s Rose O’ Summerlee and Silly Wizard frontman Andy M. Stewart’s ‘Where Are You (Tonight, I Wonder)?’.

Amy Papiransky

Friday 7th February 2020 (8.30 pm)

Originally from Keith in the North-East of Scotland, Amy has been gathering and writing songs over the last eight years. Read Me Write is the product of the Scottish songbird’s musical maturity and growing confidence.

A music teacher by trade, Amy’s debut release is a lesson in flawless vocal dexterity and heartfelt song writing, the result of which is a contemporary, hypnotic and soaring sound with a side of sass, funk and class.

Since making the final of the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018, Amy has carved her name in the Scottish folk scene, touring Canada, America, Ireland and Germany. A classically trained and infinitely talented multi-instrumentalist, she has performed on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Take the Floor’, at BBC Proms in the Park and The Lotus Temple in New Dehli and played keys for Glasvegas at their BBC Quay Session.

This a young woman with plenty to say. A born storyteller and songwriter, Amy has carefully crafted a collection of mellow, uplifting folk-pop songs and effortless ballads which tell tales of love, loss, heartbreak and strength.

Recorded in late 2018, produced by Angus Lyon and mastered by Chris Waite at Gran’s House Studio, the 11-track record features a stellar line-up of seasoned Scottish musicians including Charlie Stewart, Graham Rorie, Innes Watson, John Lowrie, Phil Cunningham, Rory Matheson and Ross Ainslie, who bring a charming combination of piano, electric guitar, fiddle, double bass, mandolin and percussion to the record. The Scottish songstress is a classically trained pianist and violinist and this musical ear combines with clever and creative song writing to wonderful effect on Read Me Write.

Tom McConville

Friday 21st February 2020 (8.30 pm)

Tom was born on Tyneside and brought up in a pub on the famous Scotswood Road with clientele drawn from the Irish and Scottish communities. This is where he first experienced traditional singing and fiddle music; the Hornpipes of James Hill amongst his first influences. 50 years on Tom McConville is widely acknowledged as THE authority on the music of James Hill and produced the first CD devoted entirely to Hill’s compositions.

     Tom’s musical journey started in the North East folk clubs in the early 70s. Newcastle’s thriving Irish scene provided the opportunity, with his first band, to support Sean McGuire, John Doonan, The Fureys, Boys of the Lough and even a lock-in with The Dubliners. Tom still credits the legendary Sean McGuire, the fiddle genius from Belfast, for teaching him his bowing techniques.

     Turning professional in 1974 he joined Bob Fox in a duo then folk/rock band Magna Carta to play all over Europe. A memorable partnership with Kieron Halpin produced two award winning albums and top billing at The Cambridge Folk Festival.  

     His next group Dab Hand made several visits to the USA where Tom met with another of his hero fiddlers, Byron Berline.  After a spell with Syncopace and a partnership with guitarist Chris Newman, Tom spent the next 11 years recording & touring with Northumbrian piper Pauline Cato.

     Every new venture brought great success and immense respect from his peers and public alike. Throughout his many collaborations he has continued his solo show at venues large and small. “A sandpaper-dry wit, eye-watering skill on the fiddle, great vocals... you just can't help feeling that a performance by Tom is like visiting an old friend” is how one folk club organiser describes him.

     2006 saw Tom working with Scots instrumentalist of the year, Aaron Jones & All-Ireland Champion flute, fiddle and whistle ace Claire Mann. Along with Kieran Boyle, Peter Tickell, Dave Wood & Kevin McGuire, Tom completed a stunning solo C.D. Tommy on the Bridge. Musically brilliant,it attracted great critical acclaim. Two more solo albums followed: Tommy on Song and Tommy on the Road. Tours with these albums played a major part in Tom being voted Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

     Renowned for his musical accompaniments, Tom has played on hundreds of albums. The list includes: Barbara Dickson, Richard Thompson, Allan Taylor and Lindisfarne. Whilst he has shared stages throughout the world with Stephan Grappelli, Sean McGuire, Mark O'Connor, Paul Brady and The Chieftains, Tom has never forgotten his roots and is as happy in the intimate atmosphere of a small folk club as he is at the largest festivals. Tom McConville is a world class act!

Iona Fyfe

Friday 13th March 2020 (8.30 pm)

Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. Winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, Iona has been described as “one of the best Scotland has to offer.” 

With a number of high profile appearances under her belt, Iona has performed extensively in the UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Poland, Australia and Canada. Iona was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and won the Molloy Award at Birmingham Irish Trad Fest. In 2018, Iona performed at Interceltique Festival De Lorient where she was described as “a Scottish folksinger, magical and charismatic”.

Her debut album Away From My Window was held to critical acclaim and received nationwide airplay on programmes such as BBC Radio 2 The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio Scotland’s Travelling Folk, Take The Floor and BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal. Away From My Window features a stellar folk line-up of Luc McNally, Tim Edey, Charlie Grey, Simon Gall, Ross Miller Graham Rorie, David Foley, and Charlie Stewart. Branching out, Iona’s new EP, titled Dark Turn of Mind features six ballads and songs found in both Appalachia and Aberdeenshire and has been described as “a new interpretation to the country genre”.

Iona studied at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated with a first class honours degree in Traditional Music and holds an FLCM in Scottish Traditional Voice from London College of Music.

Dan McKinnon

Friday 20th March 2020 (8.30 pm)

Blessed with a glorious baritone voice, a graceful mastery on guitar, and a hearty laugh that delights any room, Dan McKinnon has carved out his own unique, musical path. From early beginnings in the coffee houses, pubs and bars of Atlantic Canada, to yearly tours throughout the UK, Dan’s performances reveal an enduring respect for the past, tempered by a profound attachment to the present. His keenly observed stories and passionately delivered songs convey a deep inquisitiveness into the human condition combined with the rich heritage of the Maritimes.

Carrivick Sisters

Friday 3rd April 2020 (8.30 pm)

The Carrivick Sisters are one of the UK's top young bluegrass and folk acts. Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and clawhammer banjo. Their busy touring schedule is rapidly building them a reputation for engaging and entertaining live performances with tight sibling vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental virtuosity. Having grown up in South Devon, an area rich in folk lore and legends, much of their original material is inspired by their local surroundings and history.

As well as touring all over the UK, the Carrivick Sisters have performed at major festivals in Canada and mainland Europe. They have released five studio albums ("My Own Two Feet" - 2006, "Better Than 6 Cakes" - 2007, "Jupiter's Corner" - 2009, "From the Fields" - 2011, and "Over the Edge" - 2013) to much critical acclaim and airplay worldwide. Their 6th album, "10 Years Live" was recorded live at The Convent in Stroud and is a 10 year retrospective and celebration, with half of the album being old favourites chosen by fans and the other half previously unrecorded material.

The Carrivick Sisters first started performing as a duo in 2006, originally as buskers before starting to play more and more proper gigs, turning professional when they left school in 2007. In 2007 they won the South West Busker’s and Street Entertainer’s Competition, gaining themselves their first spot at Glastonbury Festival. In 2008 Laura achieved 2nd place at the RockyGrass Fiddle Contest in America. The Carrivick Sisters were finalists in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2010 and were named Band/Duo of the Year in the 2011 FATEA Awards. Most recently Charlotte won first place in both Old-time banjo and fiddle at FOAOTMAD's festival in Gainsborough 2012.

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Friday 17th April 2020 (8.30 pm)

Vicki Swan & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary sounds. Their performances showcase new interpretations of old songs alongside original self penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are entirely at home in the tradition.

Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh.  Strong believers in letting the music tradition live and breathe through sensitive interpretation, Vicki and Jonny allow the melody to sing without any constraints.

Be entranced by the haunting nyckelharpa, amazed at the cow horn (one of the worlds earliest communication devices) and meet some of the bagpipes that didn’t come from Scotland.

Suitable for all ages, their evenings are packed with toe tapping tunes and songs of love, death, trains and dressing up (not always at the same time) all presented with sparkling gentle humour, lots of smiles and skillful musicianship.

Other Roads

Friday 8th May 2020 (8.30 pm)

PETE ABBOTT is a highly regarded and respected singer/songwriter & guitarist.  Pete is the driving force behind the band and leads from the front, bringing to the performances his own relaxed and confident style.  Whilst being a seasoned solo artiste, his sheer enjoyment of sharing the stage with two great musicians and friends is there for all to see, and that enjoyment is transmitted to the audience in abundance. The emphasis of Pete’s performances is always on ‘entertainment’, ensuring that the band not only deliver high class musicianship but also a ‘good time’ for their audience.  His own seemingly effortless performance is captivating.

GREGOR BORLAND'S fiddling heritage is definitely impressive – a student of two legends of the Scottish fiddle, Donald Riddell and Hector MacAndrew and 8 times Scottish Fiddle Champion Gregor now teaches the same style of fiddle to students all over the world and passes on the legacy to many who seek it.  His pedigree as a professional fiddle player is undeniable, having toured all over the world with various high profile musicians and bands from a young age, but he’s also equally at home on bass guitar or mandolin.  The vast experience Greg has gained in music has given him a greater understanding of musical production and arrangements and he consequently takes on the role of producer and arranger for Other Roads.

DAVE WALMISLEY was born on a tobacco farm in Zimbabwe, moving to the UK at the age of 17, but still holds dear his African roots. He is well known on the UK folk scene of his association with the band ‘Risky Business’ who disbanded in 2004 but who still get together to play some gigs when occasion demands it.  He was delighted to be asked to join Other Roads and continue his real love of ‘getting out there’ and playing music!  A talented multi instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, he adds his own touch of class to the band’s arrangements and has a great ear for harmonies as well as taking the occasional lead vocal.  Dave’s wonderful on-stage humour has made him a very popular member of the band since his introduction.

John Doyle

Friday 22nd May 2020 (8.30 pm)

Name many of the most notable recordings and/or performers in Irish music and it’s a fair bet that John Doyle had something to do with them - Liz Carroll; Eileen Ivers; Karan Casey; Solas; Michael Black; Mary Black; the trio of McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle; and now Usher’s Island (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paddy Glackin and John Doyle), not to mention the hugely popular Transatlantic Sessions. This list is a veritable who’s who of the greatest names in Irish music, and these are just a very few of the stellar artists for whom John Doyle’s signature guitar sound, singing or songwriting is essential.

 

John’s long awaited new solo album, Path of Stones, will be released on Compass Records on 25/10/19.

Impossibly in demand in the studio and on the road, immensely talented and blessed with an acute ear, a wicked sense of rhythm and seemingly endless stream of magic in his playing, composing, performing and producing, John Doyle is solidly establishing himself as one of the most versatile, creative and prolific voices in folk and traditional Irish music.

Said the Maiden

Friday 29th May 2020 (8.30 pm)

Award winning folk trio Said the Maiden have been sending waves through the folk scene since 2013, playing all over the UK and Europe, alongside some of the biggest names in folk.  After the departure of violin player, Hannah Elizabeth, the group re-launched in 2019 with award winning singer/songwriter Minnie Birch. Lauded by BBC Radio 1 and Joan Armatrading, Minnie brings her gentle intricate guitar style, warm vocals and unique song writing abilities to add a new dimension to the groups sound.  Together, the trio weave together rich vocal harmonies, with a dusting of guitar, banjo and flute, to perform traditional songs from the UK and US, plus a few of their own self-penned folk style numbers. 
The trio has opened for many great artists including The Full English, The Fisherman's Friends, Jim Moray, Megson, Martin Carthy, Clannad, Cara Dillon, False Lights and Fairport Convention.  They were also honoured to join legendary fiddler the late Dave Swarbrick on a successful UK solo tour in the spring of 2014, and released their debut album 'A Curious Tale' in June of the same year.  The group went on to release their EP, ‘Of Maids And Mariners’ in 2016 which was met with critical acclaim across the folk community.
Said The Maiden was awarded Bristol Folk Festival’s prestigious Isambard Folk Award in 2015 and were also voted ‘Best Act’ by the public at the 2015 Great British Folk Festival’s Introducing Stage, consequently returning in 2016 for an appearance on the festival’s main stage. 
Further recognition in 2017 for Said The Maiden included winning the Folking Awards ‘Rising Star’ prize, and an NMG Award nomination for best Acoustic, Country & Folk act.  The trio also made their first international appearances, at the 60th Jazz & Joy Festival in Worms, Germany and at Costa del Folk in Portugal.
Autumn 2017 saw the release of Said The Maiden’s eagerly anticipated second studio album, Here’s A Health, coinciding with a national headline tour.  The new album has been met with great critical acclaim across the folk, roots and acoustic music community, receiving fantastic reviews and national BBC radio airplay.  
Said The Maiden are now looking forward to hitting the road in the Autumn with songs old and new.  2020 promises more exciting gigs and a new recording project in the pipeline!

 

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