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Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor for 40 years, has been described
as " A stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and the father of a
virtual folk dynasty."
He's the dad of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, who are all internationally
renowned folk musicians.They began playing as children in a family band
with Geoff and their violinist mum, Joy.
Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He
performs self-written and West Country songs, English, Irish and
Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers,the Louvin
Brothers, Richard Thompson and Randy Newman. He's also one of the
few to play 1920's/ 30's jazz on an authentic 1920's instrument.
His smooth tenor vocals and unique concertina accompaniment have won
him plaudits and fans over the years but it has only been since
retiring from a long career as a Fleet Street Journalist that Geoff has
truly spread his wings musically. http://www.geofflakeman.co.uk
Georgia Lewis is a "young, exuberant &
musically adept" (R2 Magazine) folk singer and multi-instrumentalist
with "the stage assurance of a veteran ... she is fast becoming one of
the most in demand artists on the club and festival circuit.”
(Eastbourne Folk Club).
In 2015 Georgia Lewis and her trio released her self-titled 5-track EP.
Since then they have performed at festivals and folk clubs in the south
of England and received air-play on national and internet radio
stations including 'The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe' on BBC Radio 2
and ‘Mike Harding’s Folk Show’. In 2015 Georgia won ‘The Future of
Young Folk Award’ at Bromyard Folk Festival and later won 'Ely Band
Competition' at Ely Folk Festival. In 2017 Georgia released her
debut album 'The Bird Who Sings Freedom', recorded in her parent's
kitchen, featuring five musicians and co-produced with Josh Clark (Kate
Rusby). Although an artist in her own right she also performs with many
known ceilidh bands and is an experienced session player. She plays
whistles, accordion, piano, guitar, sings and has been seen tapping out
various traditional dancing styles. http://www.georgialewis.co.uk
Granny’s Attic are a fantastic folk
trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable
style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians and fine
singers and play English traditional and original music. Formed in
2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the
country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and
maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of
traditional songs. Doug Bailey, Wildgoose Records https://www.grannysattic.org.uk
Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner
Individually, and in combination
with a variety of well-known singers and bands, Lynne Heraud and Pat
Turner have both served long apprenticeships on the shop-floor of folk
Between them they play guitar, recorder, English concertina and a
variety of whistles (including swanee, policeman's and referee's), list
a spoons workshop in their hall of fame, and are not in the least
averse to dressing up or dancing when a song requires it. They
both agree, however, that their voices are their most important
instruments. Their resulting style is a unique blend of stunning song
and harmony, and a humour which takes their audience on a
roller-coaster ride - "everything from high tragedy to ingenious smut
in glorious vocal harmony!"
In addition to appearing at folk clubs and festivals, Lynne and
Pat also organise and perform themed shows and workshops, music
hall evenings (awash with sauce and innuendo), and a special show
called 'A Birds' Eye View', which presents songs particularly from a
woman's perspective (but which men are invited to attend as well — and
learn from!) Audiences need to be robust as their humour has been known
to cause side-splitting injuries. They both, however, include emergency
first aid amongst their many qualifications. https://www.lynneandpat.co.uk
is a great singer and a very fine songwriter. We love him to bits. His
folk operas have left a significant mark on the traditional landscape.
However, his publicity machine and web presence are totally dank, and I'm working on putting together some more stuff.
Rob Murch & Michelle Holding
Rob Murch is a leading figure in the
playing of English fingerstyle banjo, a style once popular at the turn
of the 20th century and now rarely seen. He met Michelle Holding at a
banjo workshop that he was leading and Michelle began learning classic
fingerstyle banjo under Rob's guidance.
Unfortunately the distance between their houses is too far to pop in
for a brew, so they started meeting at festivals and events whenever
possible, to share a mixture of fingerstyle banjo duets, songs they
like, and arrangements of American tunes.
Rob and Michelle are taking tunes old and new, breathing fresh life
into them and would love to share them with you. They’re available for
dances, concerts, festivals, kitchens, pubs, cafes (other events/venues
by arrangement!). http://www.michelleholding.com/robandmichelle.html
I think he’s a really, really fine
guitarist and an even finer interpreter of traditional and contemporary
folk songs. His new album is called ‘Sweet Billy Caution’. I
think it’s a lovely album, he’s got a crystal clear voice and a simple
but powerful accompaniment on the album; great choice of songs too, end
of story. [The Sailor Cut Down, album song is:] ...totally
and utterly beautiful. (Mike Harding) http://www.sibarron.eu
Vicky Swan & Jonny Dyer
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 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. http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk
Here at the Fair
Ryan's new folk-musical ‘HERE AT THE FAIR’, explores the lives of
travelling show people and featrures twenty-one new songs and highly
regarded performers on the folk scene Paul Downes, Pete Morton, Greg
Russell, Ciaran Algar, Heather Bradford, Alice Jones and Mick himself.
'Here At The Fair' is set in 1850, a time of great social and political
upheaval. Partly inspired by characters in Dickens'
'Nicholas Nickleby' and Charlie Chaplin's 'Limelight', we meet
veteran actor Vincent Crummles and his dancer daughter Ninetta ('The
Infant Phenomenon'), a clown, a quack doctor, a fortune teller, and a
ballad seller and a flea circus presenter. Behind the face
each presents to the world is a back story which unfolds during the
show to address the issue of the relevance of the lives they lead and
the 'mere escapism' they offer the public.