Artist Profiles

21 February 2020 – THE BAR-STEWARD SONS OF VAL DOONICAN – SOLD OUT

Put on your finest knitted gladrags, style your barnet, put on your dancing shoes and bring your finest singing voices, as we cordially invite you to witness the Greatest Show On Earth (in tank-tops).

Hailing from Barnsley Rock City in t’North, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are on a mission! Determined to follow in their spiritual father’s immortal footsteps and keep his legacy alive, they have a talent for Bar-Stewardizing other famous people’s songs with new comedy lyrics, on acoustic geetar, ukulele, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, keyboard and the world’s first synthesizer ukulele. To complete their squeaky-clean image, brothers-from-other-mothers Scott, Björn and Alan have become instantly recognisable for their immaculate hair and their stylish choice of knitwear.

A band that is both perpetually on the move and joyously independent, since forming in 2006, they have played almost 1000 side-splitting shows to date, and have brought smiles and belly-laughs to audiences across the UK; from Barnsley to Barnstaple, from Glasgow to Glastonbury. They continue to wow audiences with their anarchic live shows and a fine selection of their greatest hits, including the likes of “Jump Ararnd”, “The Lady In Greggs”, “How Deep Is Your Glove?”, “Nandos”, “Paint ’em Back”, “Walking In Manpiss” and “If I Could Punch A Face… It’d Be Justin Bieber’s”.

 

28 February 2020 – ODETTE MICHELL

Odette Michell is an English folk singer and songwriter with a stunning new take on the acoustic tradition and a voice capable of demonstrating the finer points of both folk and country with genuine craftsmanship. Her vocal style has been described as “warm, intelligent and sitting comfortably amidst folk guitar in a timeless songwriting style” – and has been compared in similarity to the likes of Sandy Denny, Lucinda Williams and Joni Mitchell.

A dynamic and energetic live performer, Odette has been fortunate enough to have shared the bill with musical legends Joan Baez, Eddi Reader and Jools Holland amongst others.

Odette has been touring nationally in support of her first full length album, ‘By Way Of Night’ which she recorded with Stu Hanna from award winning folk duo Megson.

…’By Way Of Night’ demonstrates a freshness and vitality enduring in English folkit also presents a talent that English folk should not ignore” – FolkWords

“Odette Michell possesses one of the most remarkable voices you’ll hear anywhere, and it’s matched by a rare songwriting talent” – Explorer Magazine

“Odette Michell has placed herself firmly on the map” – FATEA Magazine.

7 March – THE TRIALS OF CATO

A welcome return for a revelation!

“One of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

The Trials Of Cato, a band that arrived fully formed and functioning from Beirut in the winter of 2016, have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene. Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, whilst living in Lebanon they spent a year boiling down the roots of their sound into a hybrid of traditional influences that intrigued Lebanese audiences in the country’s biggest venues.

They moved back to the UK and spent a tireless year performing up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Their musical development in the run up to their debut album proper has been swift and sure – Hide and Hair is due for release later in 2018.

Praised for the diversity of their material and influences, The Trials of Cato live show “invariably stuns audience wherever they play.´” Whether plying their trade busking, performing in front of thousands at festivals across Europe, or frequently selling out their own club shows, The Trials of Cato have the wind behind them.


14 March 2020 – BRONWYNNE BRENT

Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, American roots song- writer BRONWYNNE BRENT has the kind of stop-in-your-tracks voice that sounds like Southern sunshine.

There’s a hint of Delta blues behind the ache in her songs, a glimpse of honky-tonk twang, an echo of riverboat can-cans, a whiff of Morricone, and an atmosphere of the darker side of country songwriting. Harkening back to the glory days of Lee Hazlewood and Gram Parsons, Brent’s songs tap into the dark undercurrent of country that starts with old Appalachian murder ballads and continues to today’s current crop of psychedelic country songwriters.

Like a Juke Joint Nancy Sinatra, Bronwynne Brent unites all the best elements of Southern American roots music, and ties these many different influences into a sound that’s comforting and refreshing.

20 March 2020 – DAOIRI FARRELL

Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell, is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. He has recently won the All Ireland Champion Singer award at the Fleadh in Co. Derry, and the Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections.

Daoirí Farrell has been nominated for three BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 for Best Singer, Best Traditional Track and the Horizon Award for best newcomer.

Daoirí is a bit of a force of nature really, a rootsy oneman-band storyteller with great humour and presence and moments of heartfelt sensitivity
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

27 March 2020 – ALDEN, PATTERSON & DASHWOOD

A v very welcome return to the club’s stage!

Norwich based folk trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro and guitar around beautifully written original songs and melodies. Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.

‘It’s lovely stuff’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
★★★★★ fRoots – Editors Choice Album Of The Year
★★★★ Songlines – ‘Something of enormous promise’
★★★★★ R2 – ‘Talented and poetic triumvirate’