Artist Profiles

6 December 2019 – LUCY WARD

Making a welcome return to Doncaster with a brand new album in tow, Lucy Ward is an impressive, original songwriter whose unique delivery and breath-taking voice has enchanted audiences the world over.
Her music never fails to get to the heart of the human condition with her expressive, unflinching writing style and warm personality that radiates from the stage.

Having come up through the folk tradition, Ward’s music has a sense of rooted belonging. She is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner and the youngest person ever to be nominated for the prestigious BBC Folk Singer of the Year.

Named “Brit-folks most forthright new young talent” by MOJO and “inspiring” by Billy Bragg, it’s easy to see why this young singer-songwriter is in such demand

13 December 2019 – THE TOM McCONVILLE BAND

The Tom McConville band is surely the most entertaining, exciting four-piece operating on the festival circuit today. Fronted by the incendiary Fiddle playing of BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year Tom McConville (who Seth Lakeman regards as his biggest influence), this band also features Shona Kipling, herself a BBC Folk Award nominee, and one of the finest accordion players in the country. Add to that David Newey’s ‘incredible, unique guitar playing’ (BBC Radio 6), and Phil Murray – the man Mike Harding called ‘the best acoustic bass player in Britain’, and you have a force to be reckoned with. Whilst this band has a backbone in traditional music, you’ll hear country, jazz, blues and rock and roll, all being delivered by an acoustic four piece.

Tom’s exceptional voice is bought to the fore with big choruses and a great choice of songs and tunes; one minute they’ll be tearing through a heart stopping set of Irish and Scottish reels – the next, you’ll be transported to a world of travellers and tradesmen, tricksters and true lovers. They’ve played every major festival, arts centre and theatre in the UK and take regular forays to Europe, and the crowds throng wherever they go. Entertainment, virtuoso playing and sheer enjoyment – The Tom McConville Band.

10 January 2020 – FRANK CARLINE

Once gain our new year begins wth our local blues hero, Frank Carline. He’s has been playing professionally for over 30 years and has his own take on all things roots and blues. For many years, a Yorkshire Artist in Residence, he has forged a unique and personal style, with his vintage Framus guitars, playing slide, using open tunings and soulful harmonica playing. Frank will play a selection of tracks from his five albums, which includes ‘Promise and Betrayal’ released last year. We’re looking forward to this one!

Tom’s exceptional voice is bought to the fore with big choruses and a great choice of songs and tunes; one minute they’ll be tearing through a heart stopping set of Irish and Scottish reels – the next, you’ll be transported to a world of travellers and tradesmen, tricksters and true lovers. They’ve played every major festival, arts centre and theatre in the UK and take regular forays to Europe, and the crowds throng wherever they go. Entertainment, virtuoso playing and sheer enjoyment – The Tom McConville Band.

17 January 2020 – BOB FOX

Durham-based Bob Fox is among the best-loved and hardest working singer / guitarists in Britain. His fine voice and his repertoire of traditional songs and contemporary material appeal to all ages.
Bob has been featured on national radio and television, won several awards, and was nominated by the BBC as Folk Singer Of The Year 2004.
‘The most complete male artist in English Folk’ (The Daily Telegraph)
‘One of the best voices in England’ (Ralph McTell).