9 November 2018 – Flossie Mallavialle
Flossie Malavialle is a French born singer who has been based in the North East of England since 2002. Several years on, her profile has gone from strength to strength, playing throughout the UK and far beyond. Her collection of 12 albums (so far) is a reminder of how much work and dedication she has put into her music career. She sings and plays a wide variety of songs in French, English and Spanish interspersed with a touch of humorous Geordie-French banter which gives her performances a certain “je ne sais quoi”… in any case, fun and emotion guaranteed! From well established folk songs to jazz standards, from blues numbers to Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel’s classics, her wide répertoire appeals to all. Flossie’s powerful yet sensitive rendition of songs combined with her quaint northern twang and humorous banter will no doubt entertain and leave you with a smile.
16 November 2018 – Archie Fisher
A master guitarist, singer and songwriter, Archie Fisher is Scotland’s foremost Folk music troubadour. He is known in his homeland for a 27-year tenure as the host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning “Travelling Folk” show. Recognized for his contributions to Scottish folk music, he was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire), a prestigious honor nominated by his peers and bestowed by Queen Elizabeth.
30 November 2018 – Clive Gregson
Clive Gregson returns to display the songwriting craft that has impressed music industry giants like country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Originally emerging onto the pop music scene with his band Any Trouble, he then went on to form a ground-breaking duo with Christine Collister.
Clive has featured on countless albums and toured with stellar musical line-ups. His songs have been covered by others, including Norma Waterson, Kim Carnes, Fairport Convention and Nanci Griffith.
7 December 2018 – Martin Carthy
For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.
Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals’ music documentary strand on BBC 2) – there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn’t played.
He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.
`Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all’ Q Magazine
‘Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers.’ The Telegraph