The legendary Harrison All Day Folk Festival returns for its eleventh installment. 10 hours of magical music all for FREE! #ADFF
‘Astonishing work, boundlessly inventive‘ –R2 Magazine
‘Exquisite, passionate playing‘ –The Scotsman
‘Extraordinary‘ –The Times
Glasgow power-trio the John Langan Band have travelled a long way since winning a Danny Kyle Open Stage Award at Celtic Connections 2008 – not least musically, with their brilliantly tempestuous sound encompassing “a veritable United Nations of musical influences” (Folk Radio UK), including Celtic, Balkan, Gypsy and flamenco elements, fuelled by visceral punk spirit.
With a deceptively stripped down line-up of vocals, guitar, fiddle, bass and percussion, they released their debut album, Bones of Contention, to ecstatic reviews in 2013, following up two years later with the double disc I’m Alive/Live at the Globe.
Swing / Surreal / Vaudeville / Experimental / hip hop
Forged from the streets of London,Rum Buffalo fuse authentic old time swing with stomping hip hop rhythms. Frantic and rich melodies, the most regal of renegades, this vaudevillian troop will put on a show you will never forget…
“Love this song and video by Shama Rahman”-Gilles Peterson
“Beautiful and Intoxicating. I’ve completely fallen for this lady. I love it”, Michelle Hussey, BBC Introducing
Sitar-player, Singer/songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, actress/spoken word artist and scientist (PhD in neuroscience), Shama Rahman presents material from her debut solo album, “Fable:Time”.
This project uses sitar in the context of storytelling, musically arranged to sit within layered harmonies and complex grooves of a 6-piece band ranging within keys, sax, violin, guitar, double bass and percussion.
From jazz to dubstep, punk to folk (bulgarian, bengali and english!), spoken word, trip hop to hip hop, swing to bosa nova, she writes and arranges all music and lyrics from her poems and the focus is storytelling crossing a lot of genres doing so. Poetic Music or Musical Poetry if you will-with a whole heap of energy!!
Margo is a young songwriter out to seek her fortune in the old-fashioned way. The last two years of travel and touring solo have led her to the Rocky Mountains, the Basque Country and always back home to California for a spell. A mix of life on the road, family campfires and gleaning advice from big-hitters in the game drive Margo on toward her goals of selling records and touring with a band.
“If you’re raised in California there’s only one place that can top that for a budding singer/songwriter, so Margo Cilker headed for South Carolina to add some Appalachian roots to her heartfelt songs. With The Band, John Prine and Kate Wolf as inspiration she’s upholding the American troubadour tradition in fine style.”
– John Blakeley (Bristol, UK)
Country music, Western Swing and harmony yodel band led by after & son, Steve & Ben Somers. Featuring some of London’s hottest pickers.
Steve Somers- acoustic guitar/vocal
Marcus Bonfanti-electric guitar/vocal
Rob Updergraf-electric guitar
Matt Park-pedal steel guitar
“Awesome… like The Allman Brothers meets the Seeger Sessions” -¬ LAURA MARLING
“Riley writes with a deftness often reserved for musicians twice his age… that most elusive of composers: the modern troubadour” –
Tshepo Mokoena, ADDICT MUSIC
Last July, on the hottest day of the year, The James Riley Band stood on the scorching stage the Olympic Park and played to a crowd of 30,000 people; a lot to take in for a band who had just released their debut EP that April, but this London-based bluegrass and soul outfit have been steadily gathering converts since their story began a year earlier…
The previous winter, singer-songwriter Riley had returned to a snow-bound London after many months busking in Istanbul, and began turning ears on the folk circuit with his unique breed of soulful acoustica. After James was named winner of the Mayor of London: Gigs Competition in 2012, arrangements and ambitions grew and soon a full 8-piece band was playing a slew of festivals, and supporting folk heavy-hitters including Martin Simpson and The Melodic.
A national tour in 2013 saw the band, all of whom are old friends, hit the road to support their debut EP “Lay Me Down” (FLAK RECS), and hone a live show which has become renowned for its onstage chemistry. The addition of drums, upright bass, Bill Withers-style swooning strings and (even a spoons player!) to Riley’s acoustic guitar-led compositions have led to a live show which echoes the jubilant abandon of Springsteen, and even drawn praise from the likes of Laura Marling, who called it: “Awesome… like the Allman Brothers meets the Seeger Sessions”.
The new year is set to continue in full swing with the release of a new standalone single, and a US and UK tour dates set for the spring. “It can get pretty hectic” says Riley, who like all of the band balances a job, a student loan and a music career. “But the energy we get onstage is unbelievable. We just feel incredibly lucky to do be doing what we love, really.”
A folk musician based in Stoke Newington. Has been joined on lots of these tracks by the awesome fiddler Chance Kellner and the guitarist Hatty Carman.
English folk singer, guitarist, melodeon and concertina player.
London based Dubliner Louis Brennan is a singer-songwriter in the folk tradition. His folk however aren’t the field hands and travelling minstrels of yore but the repressed middle managers and ennui-ridden urbanites of late stage capitalism. They populate tales of bad sex, half-drunk commutes and interpersonal claustrophobia delivered in Brennan’s cracked baritone, at times embarrassingly intimate, at times spuriously broad, peppered with pitch-black humour.