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New Release: Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys – Pretty Peggy

  • July 5, 2017

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys - Pretty PeggyIf you like your ‘folk’ edgy, turning traditional songs on their head, swerving into rock territory or nudging the mainstream, Sam Kelly’s your man. Just three years after releasing his first EP, Norfolk-born, Cornwall-based Kelly scooped the coveted 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Horizon” title, which recognises the best emerging talent.

His debut CD The Lost Boys was released in 2015 to wide acclaim (his version of Wayfaring Stranger even being heard on Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks!)

For this compelling Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys follow-up album Pretty Peggy, released October 6, 2017, he is joined in the seven strong line-up by his regular touring and festival band – banjo genius Jamie Francis; Ciaran Algar on fiddle/tenor guitar; Evan Carson on percussion, Graham Coe (cello), Toby Shaer (woodwind) and Archie Churchill-Moss on melodeon.

The entire band share production duties with Ross-Rothero Bourge and Gareth Young.
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Heidi Talbot and Friends live on The Quay Sessions

  • June 5, 2017

Heidi Talbot - Here We Go 1, 2, 3Heidi Talbot appeared on The Quays Sessions last week to perform songs from her latest album, Here We Go 1, 2, 3. Talbot performed alongside her husband and musical partner John McCusker as well as members of her band and friends.

You can listen to the show in full on the BBC iPlayer here, watch Heidi’s full performance here and get a taste of what to expect below.

Here We Go 1, 2, 3 is available now from Propermusic, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and all good record stores.

Upcoming tour dates

No shows booked at the moment.

Songs of Separation win Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

  • April 6, 2017

Songs of SeparationWe were delighted to see the Songs of Separation collective take home the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Album last night, winning against some stiff competition including Jarlath Henderson (Hearts Broken, Heads Turned), Jim Moray (Upcetera), Martin Green (Flit) and Shirley Collins (Lodestar). The group were also nominated in the Best Traditional Track category which was won Daoiri Farrell for his version of Van Diemen’s Land which he also performed on the night.

The Songs of Separation project, which reflects through song, the issue of ‘separation’ in its many forms, features ten of England and Scotland’s most celebrated female contemporary folk artists, Eliza Carthy, Karine Polwart, Rowan Rheingans, Mary Macmaster, Hannah Read, Kate Young, Jenn Butterworth, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Jenny Hill (who conceived the project).

Recorded in the fairy-tale setting of the Isle of Eigg (in the Scottish Inner Hebrides) and set in the context of a post-referendum world, ‘Songs of Separation’ is not simply a beautiful collection of traditional and self-penned songs, but also aims to prompt new thinking about the issue of separation as it occurs in all our lives. The process of developing the music was documented and shared with audiences each day, through a range of videos.

The Songs of Separation album is available now on Propermusic, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and from all good record stores.

Songs of Separation nominated for two Folk Awards

  • February 9, 2017

Songs of Separation

Congratulations to Songs of Separation, who it’s just been announced, have been nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Album and Best Traditional Track for Echo Mocks The Corncrake. In the best album category, they’re up againt Jarlath Henderson for Hearts Broken, Heads Turned, Jim Moray for Upcetera, Martin Green for Flit and Shirley Collins for Lodestar whilst the best tradional track category sees them facing off against Jarlath Henderson for Courting Is a Pleasure, Daoirí Farrell for Van Diemen’s Land and Julie Murphy for Willie Taylor.
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Jon Boden Announces The Painted Lady Tour, Part 2

  • December 1, 2016

Jon Boden - Painted Lady (10Jon Boden has announced the Painted Lady tour, Part Two, which’ll see him play 14 dates across the UK in May 2017.
Best known as the lead singer of the progressive folk big band Bellowhead, who split in May 2016, Jon launched his solo career in Autumn 2016, touring the UK solo for the first time. Largely presenting the self-penned songs of his debut album, Painted Lady (2006), (recently re-issued by Navigator Records), as well as material from his remarkable dystopian follow-up, Songs From The Floodplain (2009, Navigator Records), Jon’s solo show also includes material from Bellowhead, his duo partnership, Spiers & Boden and his ambitious A Folk Song A Day project, in which he recorded 365 folk songs in one year.
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