Music / A Question of Firsts – Topette – James Delarre

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James Delarre is the Yang to Andy Cuttings Yin, a balance to the cosmic power of folk music. Where Andy is quiet and introspective James is bouncing about all over the shop. This veritable Folk Tigger is an accomplished violinist and has appeared with Eliza Carthy, Jim Causley, Jim Moray, Lauren McCormick, Mawkin:Causley and of course… Read more »

Music / A Question of Firsts – Topette – Julien Cartonnet

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Bagpipes eh? I’ve been scared of the things since I sat too near an odious man who played the highland bagpipes indoors. The fact that he had a beard that started at his eyes didn’t help, and the maniacal glint in those eyes has stayed with me ever since. I filed the bagpipe under ‘weapon of… Read more »

Music / Tides Of A Teardrop – Mandolin Orange

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There’s been a growing fan base over recent years for the plaintiff bluegrass of the North Carolina duo, Mandolin Orange. Their new record, ‘Tides Of A Teardrop’, has them developing that sound into one that leans more towards a band. It’s a risk in that there are more musicians handling their fragile but beautiful style…. Read more »

Music / Will Pound takes ‘Through The Seasons’ on the road in June 2019

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The brainchild of brilliant musician Will Pound, one of the finest harmonica players of his generation, Through The Seasons is a celebration of the year in Morris and folk dance. The upcoming UK tour follows on from the success of the inaugural tour last year alongside the release of the acclaimed album of the same… Read more »

Music / A Question of Firsts – Topette – Barnaby Stradling

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My personal challenge when writing these intro’s is to see how sarcastic I can get before I topple off a moral cliff and can’t get my (admittedly paper-thin) reputation back. So as you can imagine, I was rubbing my hands together with anticipation for Barnaby. With Bass player jokes running a close second to ones… Read more »

Music / Interview with BBC Musician of the Year – Mohsen Amini

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It’s hard to think of a band that has achieved so much and made such an impact on the trad music scene in their first few years, as Glasgow based trio Talisk. As they head out on a UK tour (April 24-May 3), trio member Mohsen Amini, talks about being the current holder and youngest… Read more »

Music / A Question of Firsts – Topette – Andy Cutting

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Andy Cutting is one of those truly great musicians who is content for his music to speak for itself. Quietly spoken and deeply modest he is a pleasure to talk to, not least for his depth of knowledge of the history, tunes and personalities within the English Folk Tradition. This modesty is part of his… Read more »

Music / Anglo-French Topette!! Spring Tour

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Anglo-French acoustic five-piece, Topette!! return to the UK for a spring tour in April / May 2019. This band is a must see, for anyone interested in traditional European dance music, for folk fans, French dancers and discerning listeners alike. “Sublime musicianship and a thumping set of tunes.” fRoots The band’s debut album, C’est le… Read more »

Music / Show of Hands ‘Now we are Four’ New Album and Tour

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Show of Hands fans can rejoice,  as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour for 2019  .Bass and vocal queen Sykes was much-missed during her recent sabbatical,and excitement is building around her return to the… Read more »

Music / A Question of Firsts – Paul Hutchinson

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Paul Hutchinson was persuaded by his father to take up the accordion at the age of 17, the young Paul formed a ceilidh band and never looked back. His father never had the heart to tell him that it was a practical joke. Then one day in a field Paul formed Belshazzar’s feast with Paul,… Read more »