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At the heart of English folk

What's coming up at Cecil Sharp House

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Richard Shindell

Wednesday 4 December

Richard Shindell examines liminal spaces as both an immigrant and emigrant, crossing thresholds and illuminating the human experience. His songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters – vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what a song may be.
 

A Bright New Year with Melrose Quartet

Thursday 5 December

A Christmas Concert like no other! Joyous seasonal music; rousing village carols from the Sheffield area; dressing up; games with prizes; lots of choruses to join in with… and an award for the most memorable Christmas jumper. Melrose Quartet make music that connects with people – truly, music for everybody.
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Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

Saturday 7 December

Sam’s meandering musical journey has ranged from singing to hurtfully disinterested Friesians and reaching the final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent as a teenager, to becoming one of the most prevalent folk singers of his generation.

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A Causley Christmas

Wednesday 11 December

Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season with lesser-known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, Christmas poems, songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto!

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Festive Gathering

Sunday 15 December

Our own Christmas concert with a folk twist. This year special guests Holly & Ivy will bring their festive magic from the North East of England.

 

Albion Christmas Band

Saturday 21 December

For many, Christmas doesn’t start until The Albion Christmas Show… The combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band), Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings, celebrate Christmas both traditional and contemporary. 
 

Martin Carthy & John Kirkpatrick

Thursday 16 January

 
These two leading interpreters of English folk traditions – folk guitarist/singer Carthy and squeezebox virtuoso/singer Kirkpatrick – are long-time collaborators in a variety of seminal musical projects: from John’s iconic 1976 Morris tunes album Plain Capers through Steeleye Span to Brass Monkey.

 

Alasdair Roberts og Völvur

Thursday 23 January

 
Singer and guitarist Alasdair Roberts is one of Scotland’s most idiosyncratic folk musicians. Now the Scotsman joins with Völvur (The Seeresses), a band of like-minded multi-instrumental spirits from Norway for a concert of his self-written material, Scots ballads, Norwegian folk songs and perhaps a cover version or two. 

 

Jackie Oates: Lace Tellings

Wednesday 29 January

 
Jackie Oates presents ‘Lace Tellings’, a play about the lace makers of Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire.

 

Trad Night: Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham

Wednesday 5 February

English Traditional and contemporary songs, (especially maritime material) in striking (frequently acapella) harmony or accompanied on concertina (English, Anglo and Duet) and local dialect monologues and anecdotes, are what Keith and Sylvia are all about.

 

Catrin Finch & Cimarrón

Thursday 6 February

Back in 2007, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch met with Colombian joropo band Cimarrón and embarked on an exhilarating tour of Wales, a collaboration repeated in 2009 and 2010. Ten years later, Catrin and Cimarrón meet again to tour the UK.

 

Tell Tale Tusk

Wednesday 12 February

Tell Tale Tusk are an award-winning contemporary-folk ensemble whose spellbinding three-part vocal harmonies weave around melodious instrumentals.

 

Josie Duncan

Wednesday 19 February

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winner Josie Duncan plays alongside Hamish MacLeod.

 

Knight & Spiers

Thursday 20 February

The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Peter Knight and John Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn.
 

Trad Night: Peta Webb & Ken Hall

Wednesday 4 March

Peta Webb formed her acclaimed individual vocal style through the influence of Irish traditional singers. Ken Hall started singing at Islington Folk Club, and later introduced Irish satirical and humorous songs.
 

Jon Boden

Saturday 7 March

One of the foremost names in English Folk music, best known as the lead singer of folk juggernaut Bellowhead, performs his acclaimed solo show. Self-penned songs meet material from Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden and his A Folk Song A Day project.
 

Not the Anderson Twins

Wednesday 11 March

Alistair Anderson and Ian A Anderson in a double header where 50 years of deathfolk, blues, psych-folk, trad & world twang meets 50 years of up close and personal Northumbrian Music.
 

Salt House

Wednesday 18 March

Salt House is Jenny Sturgeon, Ewan MacPherson and Lauren MacColl. Their album Undersong has been praised by folk bible fRoots for bringing “startling freshness” to the British song tradition.
 

Belinda O'Hooley

Saturday 28 March

Belinda O’Hooley began playing the piano at the age of seven. She is an exceptionally gifted pianist, singer, songwriter and composer and has become renowned for her highly individual, emotional, yet sensitive musicality.
 

Trad Night: Brian Peters

Wednesday 1 April

Brian Peters is one of the English folk scene’s great all-rounders, a compelling singer and an outstanding multi-instrumentalist on squeezeboxes and strings.
 

National Youth Folk Ensemble

Wednesday 8 April

This is your chance to hear folk stars of the future!

The National Youth Folk Ensemble brings together talented young folk musicians from across England. Sparks invariably fly when they create their own contemporary takes on traditional music from England and beyond.

 

Aidan O'Rourke, Kit Downes & James Robertson

Thursday 9 April

Two of the UK’s leading folk and jazz musicians join forces with one of Scotland’s most celebrated authors for ‘365’: an evocative and bravely original collaboration combining words and music with the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling.
 

Spiro & Synergy Vocals

Saturday 18 April

Together, folk music pioneers Spiro and Steve Reich’s Synergy Vocals present an exciting and brand-new work.
 

Nick Hart

Wednesday 29 April

Nick Hart is a folk singer deeply rooted in the English tradition.

     
   

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