Based in South London and Bristol, The Bara Bara Band are a quartet that employ the traditional trio of banjo, guitar and fiddle, supported by cajon/drums & percussion. Playing a mix of their own songs and traditional folk songs and tunes, their stark delivery pulls on distinctly English strands, with echoes of ’60s Wyrd Folk and ’70’s punk informing their more traditional folk roots. They recently released their new album The Seeds Inside to favourable press acclaim.
‘Stick In The Wheel are the the forefront of [the new folk] – The Bara Bara Band are right up there too’ Jeremy Searle, R2 Magazine
“Listening to this music is an exciting experience. Clear and obvious roots of tradition feed its creation, with freshness of innovation… a heady mix that moves from ethereal through accusative to darkly observational” – Folkwords
“…This album… like all good traditional music, touches the air we breathe and greases the axles of our lives… it rhymes with the very best of new and old English folk music” – Soundblab
‘destined for great things’ American Roots UK
Brighton folk duo Hickory Signals are multi-instrumentalists Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti. Combining Laura Ward’s crystal clear, formidable folk voice with guitar, shruti, flute, glockenspiel and a variety of percussion, the band layer sounds sensitively and minimally to atmospheric effect- their music has been described as haunting, cinematic, un-rushed and detailed. Previous live show highlights include headlining ‘Folk Rising’ at Cecil Sharp House in 2015, support slots for Buddy Whittington, Blazin’ Fiddles, Stick in the Wheel, Jinnwoo and Hattie Briggs, Club Tent stage slots at Cambridge Folk Festivals 2014, 2015 and 2016 plus a number of local festival slots.
Cunning Folk sings songs about the ritual landscape of the British Isles, traditional folk songs & songs about magic. Cunning Folk is an old English term for someone who could lift a curse, heal, set a protective charm, find lost things & predict the future. A true storyteller, Cunning Folk’s sophisticated, wonderfully accessible songs weave tales of Britain’s myths and history, occupying the same English underground alternative folk terrain as Julian Cope, The Incredible String Band, Comus and Vashti Bunyan.
“Charming & mesmeric” Guardian
“Engagingly idiosyncratic” Prog
“Genuinely & gently joyeous” Fatea Records
“Perfectly epitomises folk music in principle & execution” Sonic Bandwagon
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