Artist Profiles

7 June 2019 – Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts

Katriona Gilmore grew up in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, learned violin at school and started playing local folk clubs with her guitarist father at the age of 14. Starting her professional career with folk pop sensations Tiny Tin Lady and singer songwriter Rosie Doonan, she was invited to be part of a new lineup of The Albion Band in 2011 and subsequently joined Albion frontman Blair Dunlop on his solo tours. In 2017 Katriona joined established folk-roots band The Willows. Katriona has featured on many acclaimed albums as a session musician and has appeared onstage with such diverse acts as The Troggs, Kim Richey and Matt Berry.

Jamie Roberts was brought up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in a musical family – his sister Kathryn Roberts is a well-respected singer on the UK folk scene. Jamie joined young English traditionalists Kerfuffle in 2007, formed The Dovetail Trio with Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn in 2014, and joined the critically acclaimed Emily Askew Band in 2016. Alongside his regular projects, he has performed with Nancy Kerr’s Sweet Visitor Band and Blackbeard’s Tea Party amongst others.

‘Gilmore & Roberts take English folk and scuff it up with indie rock drama’ – Q Magazine

‘Capable of making you dance, cry and think…a masterclass in songwriting and a lesson in how to present songs’ – FOLK RADIO UK

14 June 2019 – James Taplin

James Taplin is a local hero! Based in South Yorkshire, James is the voice of bluesy-roots and acoustic rock & soul.

He invokes well-worn tales of yore, refocused through modern glasses, working his rhythmic guitar hard to unleash his main instrument – his voice. Melodic, soulful, searing and believable it sets this friendly giant apart from his peers.

James has been vocally captivating audiences across the country, evoking the timbre of B. B. King and Billy Joel, to the power of James Brown, with a spoonful of James Taylor’s hypnotic resonance.

Expect originality, with heaps of classic, profound songs.

21 June 2019 – A Different Thread

British / American duo, A Different Thread, deliver an intoxicating blend of Beatlesque folk-rock meets Gillian Welch dark country.

It’s not every day that you meet someone in the street and decide to tour the world with them, yet, ‘A Different Thread’ has done just that. Robert Jackson and Alicia Best first sang together in 2016 while busking in the streets of Galway, Ireland. From that chance meeting, the couple started writing and recording together while touring around the UK, USA and Europe and even down to Guatemala, Mexico, and back. Their original songs are inspired by the music that has criss-crossed the Atlantic over the generations in true folk fashion. Pulling from their respective roots they weave together a unique blend of folk, country and blues, or as they call it ‘british americana’.

In August 2017, A Different Thread won first prize in a competition at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, seeing the duo return for an official performance in 2018 to a packed audience. On their recent US tour, they were featured on NPR’s: The State of Things with Frank Stasio (WUNC) with an interview and live session. The show was followed by a sell out concert at ISIS music hall, Asheville. Live shows have been described as “Intriguing and fascinating” (Three Chords and the Truth) with “Beautifully evocative harmonies” (American roots UK) and with the two playing over 6 instruments between them (including a suitcase drum kit), their sum is very much more than their parts. Last year they even caught the attention of Steve Earle at Shakori Hills Grassroots festival where they shared the bill together: “Sounds great”.

Following the self-release of their debut album ‘On A Whim’, (produced by Jeff Crawford (Mandolin Orange, Mipso)) last summer, A Different Thread continue their vigorous live touring schedule: from Latin America on to Ireland and the UK while working on a follow up record to be released at the end of the year.

“A strong, new independent sound” – Folk Radio UK

“Sublime” – Penny Black Music

28 June 2019 – The Dan Webster Band

Dan Webster is described as ‘one of the U.K’s best kept musical secrets and one not to miss!’ and an ‘An insightful lyricist with a great voice’ Acoustic Magazine. According to Americana UK – ‘He is the missing link, the joining point, where folk fuses with country – as good as you’ll hear on any record out of Austin or Nashville – beautiful – he is Anglicana’. Dan is a road seasoned English singer-songwriter, his music is influenced by the sounds and storytelling traditions of American and British Folk music, which he uniquely blends into his own distinct fusion of Folk and Americana