Saturday, 13 October 2018

CD Review: Namer of Clouds Kitty MacFarlane

        Also released in September 2018, but on Navigation Records, this was the second sample CD received in August 2018 recorded by by a quintessentially English, female folk singer. Unlike the Kelly Oliver one,this is a debut album Comparisons are odious, but listening to them back to back was an interesting experience and raised some interesting contrasts. She is also on Tour to promote the launch,mostly far afield, but can be seen at Leicester in November.
       As with the Kelly Oliver album Sam Kelly has his imprint stamped all over this one also. He produced it, in partnership with Jacob Stoney and some of the Lost Boys turn up again too. There are supplementary vocals,banjo,cello,melodeon and guitar. Jacob Stoney,Tom Moore and Josh Clark (who also mixed and mastered) add their musical two penn'orth also. ( What busy do they ever find time to record themselves, or tour?). Recorded in Truro and Bath, it has West Country stamped all over it. (Even if it is watermarked so you can only see it when holding it up to the light. And even then,like the enigmatic, elusive quality of the album itself-not everyone can see it).
      Already critically acclaimed by some folk journalists, Namer of Clouds follows an E.P. Released in 2016. It is more mainstream that Traditional,though its roots are indisputably maritime and rural it is essentially acoustic. The overall impression is of a pretty little piece,prettily written and prettily sung. Many of the tracks are more poems set to music than songs. And Kitty is a decent poet who conjures up some decent imagery and creates some effective sound pictures .
       That said, Kitty has put a lot of research, travel and thought into collecting arranging and composing these songs. An eclectic and mysterious collection of work which,if I possessed a clifftop cottage,would have seen me gazing out to sea and watching the revolving glow of a faraway lighthouse as I listened.
     Given the timbre of her voice I was rather hoping that “Seventeen” would be the Janis Ewan version,but nine of the eleven tracks on here are original. The production is high quality,as one might expect from the Kelly stable. Lots of fade-ins involving “Found Sound” effects as on “Starling Song,” “Morgan's Pantry” and “Inversnaid” (Words to the latter by Gerald Manley Hopkins). The atmospheric “Sea Silk” was co-written by Sam and Kitty with native Sardinian mutterings,mysterious chuckling and wave noises sandwiching the vocals. There is much multi-tracking on the album,and a lot of subtly mixed harmonies which add to the overall ambience. “Man and Friendship” has a folksier feel to it than the rest of the album and is worth a second hearing.
    In fact, it is all worthy of a second hearing. “Namer of Clouds” is harder work than the Kelly Oliver album-but gradually, it grew on me too. It has been described as “cerebral and classy” and I suppose that means you have to listen carefully when so much is going on lyrically and musically. Listening to it made me think of The Somerset Levels even before I read that the cover photo was taken on those very marshes of Avalon. So her music made connections in my head-and that's what any writer and performer aims to do, isn't it?
      Finally, an additional House Point for the presentation. The CD I received was in an attractive three way gate-fold sleeve,with the CD itself (a picture disc) cosily perched in an envelope in the middle. The artwork was attractive and the accompanying notes were very informative.

CD Review : Botany Bay by Kelly Oliver

       This album was released at the end of September 2018, to coincide with a 16 date tour. For those in the Midlands Bromsgrove,Coventry and Milton Keynes are on the itinerary. Botany Bay is the third studio album from Hertfordshire-based Kelly. It is a firm statement of commitment to Trad.Arr. English Folk. The Award-winning Kelly has already established herself on radio,on tour and at Festivals including Cambridge and Costa Del Folk. The very listenable Botany Bay is sure to build on her growing reputation.
        Produced by Stu Hanna,it took 18 months to create and features songs collected from her home county, many of which owe their original exposure to Lucy Broadwood. This makes it a departure from her previous two albums which featured predominantly her own compositions. She definitely has an ear and a voice for traditional Folk music. Maybe her next album will feature a new take on much loved traditional songs from around the world? I'd certainly like to hear that.
      For Kelly is one of a whole army of winsomely lovely young ladies who sings somewhere in a range between an Angel, Kim Lowings and Rosie Butler-Hall. Her clear diction,pure enunciation and fabulous pitch ensure that each syllable is clearly heard:each significant word in each narrative is succinctly emphasised.
      Her strong musical pedigree adds an accomplished texture to the ten songs included. She is not afraid to rearrange and rescript some of the original material she discovered. Some songs are not straight covers-they are rearranged and adapted-and none the worse for that. Nor is she afraid to embrace new(-ish!) technology. She uses a vocoder to duet eerily and effectively with herself on “Lady Margaret” which gives the track a faintly weird and at times ghostly echo effect which is entirely appropriate to the subject matter.
      "The Bramble Briar"also has an interesting treatment No spoilers to ruin the surprises but there is definitely some funny business going on and the song includes a faintly disturbing dialogue between two sisters, and an abrupt ending which will catch out grizzled old Folk DJs like yours truly.
The title track “Botany Bay” jollies along at a robust and spirited pace. The bouncy, layered introduction featuring fiddle, banjo and a distinctly catchy vocal is serious earworm territory, You'll find yourself humming the melody around the house afterwards for days.
     In four brief years, Kelly Oliver has amassed friends and admirers in high places. Whispering Bob himself describes her as “a vital voice in British Folk Music,” in the accompanying promo blurb. Three of Sam Kelly's band of musicians feature on the album and their quality reinforces both the mood and the presentation. Jamie Francis (banjo) Toby Shaer (flute whistle and harmonium) and Eva Carson (Percussion) exert a strong influence on several tracks. “Trees They Grow High” features a cameo appearance from Phil Beer,plus Lukas Drinkwater adds bass and producer Hanna weighs in with mandola and piano.
    “Died of Love” features a sensitive close-part harmony with Luke Jackson,and some harmonica playing by Kelly herself. This lends a faintly Appalachian air to it and makes it sound as if it originated from Kentucky rather than Herts.
   Botanty Bay is an enjoyable listen with some thought-provoking content and excellent sleeve notes. I'll certainly be revisiting it.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Kentish Larks

       Following their appearance at Nuneaton Folk Club last night, after they appear at Atherstone Folk Club in the New Year, Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter will have appeared at all three North Warwickshire venues. With a deserved reputation for a sense of fun,good songwriting,great musicianship and a willingness to engage with their audience they have won a lot of friends locally. Last night was typical of their entertaining performances. I am indebted to John B. Smith for providing so many photographs. All of those used here are his. 
     Last night marked the culmination of four years since the relaunch of Nuneaton Folk Club.In October 2014, Black Parrot Seaside made their last appearance anywhere by starting proceedings. Four years ago there was little indication of the terminal break-up which would follow,and a sparkling Guest List provided entertainment for a big turnout upstairs at The Crown. Dave Webb,Finger in The Jar,Malc Gurnham & Gill Gilsenan,David Parr,Sue Sanders,Katherine Fear.Bob Brooker,Simon and Sally Anne Veasey,John Kearney,K.C. Jones,Thruppn'y Bits, Terry & Jan Wisdom and Maria Barham all did a turn.
      Of that group, only Katherine Fear,Phil Benson and the Thrup'nnies were there last night,although the actual attendance at The Crew was larger than usual. Indeed,until the audience began sneaking away,late on, the room was nearly full. Those who left early missed the absolutely delightful Finale,Sally's full blooded tribute to Victoria Wood with the unexpurgated version of "The Ballad of Barry and Freda" AKA "Let's Do It" bringing the evening to a fitting and hilarious end. 
      There were a few minor disappointments. Those hoping to see and hear the glories of Nunc or better yet Drunc Monkey, were deprived not only of John Kearney, (touring America),and Flossy Mac,(stricken late on by a sickness bug),but also of Dragonhead's John Harris,who was otherwise engaged. Up until 5pm Jon Harrington,Paul Moore and I had a rough idea of what we were going to do to kick start the evening,but as things transpired, we were still making our minds up as we took to the stage. Sharp-eared audience members might have heard Paul and I running through a few bars warming up minutes beforehand. With no warm-up other than that and no sound check, we just went on (as troupers do),and winged it. 

         I cannot praise highly enough the contribution of those two Blues Monkeys Jon Harrington and Paul Moore. Paul was still not fully fit:he's had a debilitating illness which has left him with a chesty cough. Although it gave his timbre an impressive new register,he was clearly not right physically. Musically he was spot on. A vocalist relies on looks and cues and links, and Paul and I are developing a very useful rapport in that direction. He carried me through vocals I don't usually do. Jon,poor lad,after a day of working and commuting,had decided to walk in from home and arrived breathless and panting within a few seconds of us starting. But they joined me in ploughing through "Sitting On Top Of The World," "Guilty" and "Knocking on Heaven's Door" admirably. The audience sang their part in KOHD wonderfully, so it must have been alright. 
      Max Wright,solo again and away from Kittyhawk, followed us, with three spirited numbers, one of which was the seldom heard "The Night Hank Williams Came To Town." I've only ever heard the Joe Roberts interpretation of this number in Folk Clubs previously but as Joe doesn't come to NFC any more,it was good to hear Max doing this version. 
          More Nuneaton talent followed,firstly in the shape and sounds of Ian Bourne. Having requested his final song myself,I then insulted him by being absent whilst he performed it. I thought I had time to "nip" across the road during his first song to supplement the Raffle Prizes by buying some extra ones in Lidl. I was wrong.I arrived back to find he had finished the floor spot and Paul Moore,bless him,had turned his hand to compering in my absence. Thanks Paul. And apologies,Ian!
        Our 101st Guests (thought they didn't know it at the time) kept the Home Grown theme going by having two members of local band Green Man Rising duetting together. Steve Bentley on vocals and drum and Andrew Wigglesworth.on melodeon. They provided some rousing chorus songs and stirring instrumentation, including "The Bonny Ship The Diamond."  

       Thrup'nny Bits then followed, providing continuity between the very first NFC night at The Crown and this one. Polished and professional as ever,they got the whole room singing. And marvelling at their similarity to ZZ Top. Hitherto the trio will be known as ZZ Bits. 

        The final act, before Sally and Brian did their first set, was Comharsa. Earnest,loud,busy and enthusiastic,they filled both the stage and the room with their sound. Fresh from their triumphal appearance at the Twisted Barrel's Father Ted Day last weekend,they pounded out four numbers.Our resident Sound men Tom and Harvey had been temporarily spooked by their impending presence  but soon had the six of them,well set up and under control as they romped away to "Paddy Works On The Railway." Comharsa's final offering was "The Wild Rover." but before that their extraordinary version of "Rattlin'Bog" set mouths open wide.

               After the interval, that hastily cobbled-together version of Nunc returned briefly to run  through "Vigilante Man " and "Jesus on The Mainline " before handing the stage back to Sally and Brian. They do a mixture of their own songs and some well-loved covers,delivered with panache,enthusiasm and bags of energy. Go see them soon!

Sunday, 9 September 2018


            Someone said afterwards-it felt like the final Prom. The end of Summer. And in a way it did/was.A glorious Summer it has been,too,not only weather-wise,but in terms of DruncMonkey as a band, who gelled together and proved without doubt during 2018 that they can really handle outdoor gigs. From The Square in Atherstone to MotoFest in Coventry. From Earlsdon Festival to Folk On The Water out at Napton On The Hill. Glorious sunsets.Healthy audiences.Marquees and forests of trailing cables. Real Ale and Barbecues. Fantastic.
      So it was a disappointment to see the drizzle out at Tamworth Beer Festival  yesterday for what could be our last outdoor gig of the season, but we were under cover,at full strength and had an enthusiastic and well-lubricated captive audience egging us on over the 90 minutes of music supplied for them.
      Good also to see some friendly faces from Nuneaton Folk Club who had made the short journey up the A5 including John B Smith and Ray Buckler who between them supplied all of the photographs. John B. took hundreds of them ( it seemed) and not only that, just as impressively, he sang along with every single one of the songs we did! 
      On electric bass and simultaneously mixing the sound,was Dragonhead’s old warhorse John Harris He was a study in concentration (and cool) throughout. 
        On (assorted) guitars, vocals,SX pedals, electric mandolin, and Naughty Step, that mischievous imp Paul Moore. The photo below courtesy of John B.Smith captures it all. I expect he'd just terrified one of the rest of us with his Church organ sounds or special buzzing fly plectrum. Paul had a new effects pedal which employed judiciously and often, (mischievous scamp that he is) deliberately in the wrong places. 

        Blowing Blues harp and shaking percussion,(sometimes just shaking),we featured Jon Harrington. Both Jon and Paul were on leave from Blues Monkey. Jon is newly relocated from Earlsdon to the much more select reaches of Nuneaton's Horestone Grange.

        From  Nunc, the Human Jukebox John Kearney. Our engine room. There is not a note, not a chord not a lyric, or a key The Cork Nightingale does not know. And instantly memorise. Although the start to "Weather With You" wrongfooted everyone and necessitated a second run at the fence after a restart. 
     Also from Nunc myself. Front man and Eye Candy for the Over-80's, providing wit,wisdom,growly vocals and pithy asides which one might expect from the lively Octogenarian. Packing away afterwards I tweaked my ankle and later tore an old scab off my hand putting away mike stands. I bled like a horse because of the anti-coagulants I'm taking. Truly, Rock and Roll. 

        And finally, and also from Nunc (Niece and Uncle-see what we did there?) my beautiful niece Flossy. One of several beautiful nieces. (The rest of them made me say that). Stunning vocals,stunning looks and outstanding tambourine work. Worth going along just to see and hear her alone.  

        A potent line-up,and our strongest available. We had such a great time and judging by the two encores,so did the audience. Blues,Folk,Pop,Rock,Country,Reggae,we chucked the lot at them. Segues,covers and our own arrangements.Covers of  numbers by Neil Young,Crowded House and U2. Richard Thompson,Sam Cooke and Bobby Womack. John Prine,Randy Newman and Casey Chambers. Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. Bob Marley and Petula Clark. Everything but the kitchen sink. 
       To be honest,we would have had an absolutely wonderful time playing together and drinking beer in a tent if we’d just have been stuck out there all on our own. But as we weren’t, despite a few of our audience up and down like yo-yos as they replenished empty glasses from the barrels racked next door, many of them  sang along,clapped and even danced as we worked through each set list. Resolutely ploughing on through an ever-decreasing Beer List,
       So it's a  shame (to quote one of our mash-ups) that, “Its all over now.” Outdoors at least anyway. Supporting Tir Na Nog in November. Sharing the Guest Billing with Paper Circus in December. And after that the diary is empty. So if you are a Festival organiser or an MC at a Folk or Blues Club-don’t forget us. We come very cheap,we’ll get feet tapping and who knows...we'll maybe leave your audiences dancing. Until then.....seems it's off into that sunset for now.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Controlled Mayhem

           This best describes the Bill Bates Experience. Bill decided long ago to liven up his sets by mingling his excellent guitar playing and fine songwriting with comedy and entertainment. Aided by his mystery guest (who we cannot name for contractual reasons), our Sound and Lighting boys and one or two bits of technology,Bill bumbled his way through the evening with an endearing mix of cock-ups,errors and miscues-most of which,those of us who have seen him before know full well,are rehearsed. 
        The end result was two sets of barely coherent lunacy. A bit like  Mr Pastry and Jimi Hendrix combined. (Two references which will leave our younger readers baffled). Those who had not seen him before seemed a little perplexed at first, but by the time we'd got onto the legendary Simon and Garfunkel medley,it was quite evident what both of them were up to. 
         As the Tour of Britain circus left Nuneaton (described, perhaps a little generously in the OVO Energy blurb as "beautiful"), so the Folkies moved in to repossess the Queen's Hall. Plenty of regulars were in  and it was good to see more new faces in the audience. Having lost one monthly local music event in the Town,it was heartening to see that there is still broad support for this one. 
         Richard Burlingham,aided by willing and friendly staff,  continues to give massive support to NFC in its new home. Free Chicken and chips and sausage butties were provided at half time,(thank you,Jenna!) and for the second month,a locally brewed Church End beer was on draught.  Richard listens to what people tell him. No wonder The Crew is so successful,where other town venues are deserted,midweek. 
          It was NuncMonkey who started us off. With Flossy and John Harris unavailable,this was myself,Paul Moore,John Kearney and Jon Harrington. Starting a little late, there were no sound checks for us-just arrive,get up and play.  "How Long Blues,"  "Guilty" and "Copperhead Road" were dashed off in anticipation of our weekend gig in Tamworth,before handing the baton over to Jak and Marie.
       They had appeared at NFC before. After a little sound glitch to start with (they'd not had time for a sound check either!) they gathered in strength and momentum and did three songs very well. They get better each time we see them, which is really what floor spots are all about and a testament to the hard work they put into rehearsing.
        John Neal followed. He's a keen cyclist,and as his Facebook posts showed, he had already enjoyed an exciting day around the town.  In fact he has been known to put his cycling headcam tours and music together on film,but last night he stuck to the guitar and treated us to three songs delivered with polish and warmth. 
        It's always good to discover new talent and share it with a wider audience via an NFC debut. Adam Wilson did not disappoint on his first appearance there. 
          Opening with Neil Young's "Old Man" might have seemed an ambitious starter for a newbie, but he soared into the challenging higher range of the vocals confidently. Finishing with a Dylan song (complete with harmonica frame), he received an enthusiastic (and fully deserved) response from the audience at the close of his set. We'll definitely get him back. It was a good night all round for Adam, as being our 100th artiste to appear at NFC, he was presented with a framed certificate to commemorate this landmark. 
        Steve and Christine (aka Moses and The Ref) had come all the way from  St. Albans and Ruislip respectively. There was method in their madness though, as they are our Headliners in November and wanted to check out the new venue (They'd been to The Crown before-they like a challenge). This distance work puts them into out top three of floor spot visitors-as we have previously had Brian Price travelling north from Hampshire,and a band from Stockport having a look in too. Such is the magnetic pull of "beautiful" Nuneaton. Steve and Christine treated us to a mix of very varied songs superbly sung, enunciated with great diction and Folk "presence" Spread the word!
      And that set us up nicely for Bill's crazy first set. It took us a while to actually get sound coming from all the right directions but once we did,the smiles and laughter began. With a particularly daft version of Funk and Folk mixing together,involving some critical sound-vocal syncopation.
       After the interval and a second trio of songs from NuncMonkey (including a lovely audience singalong with "Knocking on Heaven's Door" ) it was time for the Raffle Draw. It will be four years next month since we first launched NFC and still a few punters either don't know (or don't care) how this works. Some put a few pennies in the tin,others decline to put anything in at all. Obviously still a small minority who think that free admission nights of great quality come 100% for free. (They don't) We don't make a profit-but there is a need to break even!. The raffle helps generate expenses for those performers travelling. Still,there were no bus tickets or trolley tokens put in the collection tin this time so that's an advance. 
       Admin done and dusted, to the lilting strains of "Albatross" Bill cranked the second half into chaotic action. He did "Miner" early on and that's a song of his which for me exemplifies his true talents. Locally based,very catchy chorus,some nifty guitar work and sensitive lyrics. I've played it several times on "Anker Folk." It's a good 'un. "Albatross" was to be a recurring theme,breaking hauntingly and without warning into several other routines. 
      During the opening part of this half, the audience cottoned on to the fact that Bill's Apple appliances,used as prompts and autocues,were also receiving incoming calls. So we all started texting and messaging him. And he read each one out. 
        And so on to their rapturous finale,the Simon and Garfunkel medley. I've only ever told people this a few thousand times, but in the 1970's in a South London Folk Folk Club, I once watched one of the young floor singers haltingly stumbled through "Scarborough Fair." Then he did one of his own songs and gained in confidence. He was introduced only as "Paul" Yes was HIM! Paul Simon. 
        Last night  was very much a tribute to the fanous duo,albeit a slightly irreverent one,.Bill has always been a bit of a giggler,and seeing him struggle through "I am a Rock" as interruptions, orchestrated heckling and a complicated question and answer routine sought in turns to wrong-foot him,was a treat. As an encore,Bill and his friend from the floor  did "Homeward Bound" together. In which Bill's faint mewing as he lost control completely,prompted by the visuals going on to his left,the staccato questioning,and a successful attempt to scramble his word screens reduced a few of us to tears.
         Great stuff. Fuel for the soul, and it left us all chuckling. Great to see Bill back on form,on a big stage and not wilting under the lights. Choking on the smoke effects (which Bill himself had demanded),blinded by the lighting effects (ditto) and reinforced by the input of his dear friend KD. 
            Yes it was great to finally see KD on an NFC stage. Yes...KD. Finally. After trying to entice him up onto one for nearly four years. He was there. His long stay away has evidently taken years off him. But what ever happened to the Diddy Men?  

  Photos by John B.Smith and John Kearney. 

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Anker Folk Cast List

"Anker Folk " on Anker Radio celebrates its second birthday on September 3rd. We've lost count of all the hours broadcast in terms of Special holiday shows, Christmas features and repeats. But for those (to quote my good friend Pete Clemons) who "like this sort of thing" here to commemorate the anniversary,is a roll of honour. Some evocative names here! 

LOCAL TALENT -Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Coventry etc Played on Anker Folk-as at September 2018

(those asterisked-have also appeared at Nuneaton Folk Club )
Paul Moore* Daisybell* Steve Adams Rod Felton Kevin Dempsey*
Bob Brooker* Dragonhead* Thrup'nny Bits* Des Patalong* 
 Allan Richardson Hedgehog Pie Paper Circus* Bill Bates* 
 Pennyroyal Maria Barham*K.C.Jones* Izzie Derry* Nick Drake
 Dave Taylor John Lee Kristy Gallagher* John Kearney*  Cliff Hands
Norman Wheatley Terry & Jan*Katherine Fear* Ian Bourne* 
Dave Parr* Nunc* John Neal*Wright Brothers* Sue Sanders* 
Glyn Finch* JAG* Matt Mallen Allen*Malc & Gill* Brian Phillips* 
Amelia Roberts* Colin Squire* Malc Gurnham*Ninepenny Marl 
Dan Gascoigne* Dave Fry* Will Pound Rob Halligan*Alkevan*
Nigel Ward* Mick Stuart Geoff and Brian* John & Elaine Meechan
Simon & Sally Anne Veasey* Rude Mechanicals
Dave & Julia Taylor Brian* & Marie Phillips 
 Malc Gurnham & Gill Gilsenan* Black Parrot Seaside* 
 Greenman Rising  Borderline Crossing

These  acts have  also appeared at NFC but as yet have not recorded (or been played) on Anker Folk  (those in bold type are local)

Wilson Wright  Wes Hall Jak Lynch Finger In The Jar
Chris Tobin Ian Bland Flaky Tarts Andrew Buckley 
Anna Ryder Sean Cannon Sly Old Dogs Hilary Wilson 
 Drunc Monkey Moses and The Ref DriftwoodThe J.P.'s 
Alyson Bushell,    Somerville Gentlemen   Comharsa 
Band On The Rum Raintown Seers Campbell & Jan Perry
Jan Richardson Tool & Willow band Max Wright Dipped Sheep 
Blues Monkey Frayed Knot Away With The Fairies
Sam Shemmell Jesse Desai Michael Luntley Lesley Wilson 
Dr.Bennett Angus Ellis Kane Foster Joe Roberts Tom Young
Tricaorach Andy Jones Blues Division Rob Oakey Dave Webb

Total Local at NFC: 70

Total Local on Anker Folk 52


Ed Sheeran Ralph McTell Alison Krauss Kirsty McColl  
Nick Dow Jake Bugg John Renbourne James Taylor
Molly Davies*  Loudun Wainwright Leonard Cohen
Eric Clapton Lou Monte Geezinlaws The Spinners 
Gregg Cave Jim Croce Tim Hardin Eva Cassidy Bob Dylan 
David Bristow  K.D. Lang Stan RogersJohnny Butten 
Dougie McClean  Mike Oldfield Bert Jansch Cat Stevens
Kate Rusby Joe Ely Lyle Lovett Christy Moore Sting 
Bonnie Raitt Shawn Colvin Joan Baez Judy Collins 
Vashti BunyanJohn Tams Roy Harper Doc Watson
Claire Hamilton Zeid Hamdan John Richards* Donovan 
Cosmotheka George Formby Peter Sellers Pete Seeger
Jackson C.Frank Sandy Denny  Martin Carthy
Spiers & Boden Martin Carthy Eliza Carthy Cara Dillon 
Luke Kelly Mary Black Si Barron* Phil Hare* Billy Bragg
 Shirley Collins Gerry Rafferty Peggy Lee John Prine
Johnny Cash Bonzo Dog Band Paul Robeson Nic Jones 
Gordon Giltrap Oscar Brand Jean Richie  Joel Sonnier 
J.J.Cale Dick Gaughan Peggy LeeEddie Reader Sunjay  
 Lonnie Donnegan  Krauss & Plant Jeff Beck Pieta Brown 
Charlie Drake Cat Stevens Joni Mitchell Downes and Beer 
John Martyn Simon & Garfunkel Maddy Prior  Isla Cameron 
 Geoff Higginbottom*Rosanne Cash Tom Paxton Foy Vance
Woody Guthrie Jean Redpath Rufus Wainwright Phil Ochs
Ramblin Jack Eliot Seth Lakeman Bo Carter Ry Cooder 
Bill Caddick Duncan McFarlane* Kate Wolfe Pauline Scanlon 
Bryan Ferry John C. Reilly Patty Griffin Ron Sexsmith 
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Don Williams Staid Cleaves 
Jake Thackeray  Newton Faulkner Gerry Heaney 
Glenn Campbell Mark Knopfler Sharon Shannon Leadbelly 
Clinton Ford Jimmie Rodgers Kirsty Merryn Slim Whitman
 James Morrison Lucinda Williams Barbara Dickson
Rory Gallagher Sally Ironmonger Marianne Faithful Badly Drawn Boy
Dave Van Ronk Gene Autry Damien O'Kane Emily Maguire
Maura O'Connell Jimi Hendrix Pete Morton Tom Morello Mike Vass 
John Spillane Emmylou Harris Heather Innes David Arkenstone
Tom Kines Malvina Reynolds Nick Lowe Singing Postman 
Bob Gibson Anna Massie  Bob Neuwirth Mairtin O'Connor 
Sarah McQuaid Kathryn Williams 

Duos and Trios
Joan Baez and Bill Wood Krauss Emmylou & Welch 
The Kingston Trio Danny Pedler & Rosie Butler Hall 
Richard & Linda Thompson   Gren Morris & Sam Stephens* 
 Pro Cantione Antiqua Winter Wilson* Sharp as Razors 
Peter Paul & Mary
Finbarr & Eddie Furey India Electric Co Discovery 
Port Isaac Fishermen Brendan Power & Mick Kinsella 
 Kev Dempsey & Joe Broughton The Way Out 
Ciaran Tournish & Dermot Byrne Gretchen Peters & Rodney Crowell
Cieran Algar & Greg Russell Lal & Norma Waterson
Kathryn Roberts & Seth Lakeman Bob Kirkpatrick and Ashley Hutchings 
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Sharon Shannon & Mundy Billy Bragg & John Henry

Steeleye Span Mr. Fox Brier The Chieftains Gryphon Capercaillie 
Prelude Pentangle Oddsods Mauric & The Minors The Red Hills 
Scarecrow Pilgrims Way Firebrand The Dubliners Amazing Blondell 
Young Tradition East of Eden  Planxty Show of Hands CSNY
 Led Zeppelin Sweeney's Men The Fureys Morbid Angel  Frigg 
The Watersons The Imagined Village Well Pennies The Young 'Uns 
WhapweaselOcean Colour Scene  The Subways The Pogues 
Folly Bridge Beggars Velvet Incredible String Band Gigspanner 
The Corrs  Three Sheets to The WindKathryn Tickell Band 
 The Carter Family Fairport Convention Woven Hand The Strawbs 
Battlefield Band Young Dubliners Allman Brothers The Highwaymen 
Brothers Four The Chieftains Belzebub The Eagles The Transports
Ninebarrow Clannad Corrib Folk New Humblebums Beggars Banquet
Cherish The Ladies Horselips Altan Clancy Brothers Brass Monkey 
Misshaped Pearls  New Christy Minstrels Coteau Dixie Chicks
Gallowgates Ceilidh Band Kim Lowings & The Greenwood* 
Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys Jethro Tull  Ladysmith Black M'bazo.


Ewan McColl  Alex Campbell Folk Group  Norah Jones  Dando Shaft
Taj Mahal  De Dannan  Alain Stivell Melanie The Byrds Jon Harvison 
Stephen Stills Keith Donnelly Men They Couldnt Hang  
 Dropkick Murphys Loggins & Messina

Most unusual names played 
Led Zeppelin Morbid Angel Ocean Colour Scene Allman Brothers
The Eagles Jimi Hendrix Jeff Beck Ed Sheeran Rory Gallagher 
 Sting Bryan Ferry