Artist Profiles

22 June 2018 – Frank Carline

Playing professionally for 30 years, Frank Carline 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.
A local legend, Frank Carline, 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!

29 June 2018 – The Ukrainians

A couple of years ago The Ukrainians landed at Roots and tore through the place – musically speaking.

The band grew out of a project started by 80’s Indie darlings, ‪The Wedding Present,‬ when the band decided to make one of their sessions for the BBC’s John Peel Show a Ukrainian one! ‘The Legendary Len’ was drafted in as an extra member because he sang, played a scratchy, authentic village-sounding violin and was a student of Slavonic languages! The group recorded the first session, it was duly broadcast and Peel played it…again…and again…and again! And the rest, as they say…

With their usual high-energy blend of the traditional and not-so traditional music all splattered with elements of folk-rock and even punkish anarchy, what better setting than our very own Ukrainian Centre venue to witness their return to the club.

6 July 2018 – Ninebarrow

NINEBARROW is a multi-award-winning folk duo, impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and JayLaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way. Not only exceptional singers and musicians, Ninebarrow are also equally passionate about the stories behind their songs  – combining their music with history, folklore and storytelling.

The duo was nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist and also for ‘Best Duo’ in both the Fatea Magazine Awards 2016 and the Folking.com awards of 2017.

 ‘A rather lovely thing…like two halves of one voice’.— Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2Folk Show

20 July 2018 – Ray Hearne

Ray grew up in an immigrant family from rural Kilkenny, who landed in Industrial South Yorkshire in the 1950s.  That’s where Ray became what he has remained; a Yorkshire Irish kid.    His life and music has been nurtured by two manners of speaking, two ways of telling the tale, two entirely different traditions of saying English words, singingly.

​The blarneying, expressive, lyrical, romantic, somehow feminine Irish, and the more reticent, unornamented, grittily realistic, frequently monosyllabic, more masculine Yorkshire. Ray draws on the deep musics of both to nourish his own writing.

27 July 2018 – The Roger Davies Band

Roger Davies has established himself as an engaging songwriter through four solo albums, collaborations with brass bands and countless festival and theatre performances.

This special evening with Roger and his four-piece band is guaranteed to please: expect a selection of Roger’s signature songs plus lots of new material from their forthcoming album.