Describing herself simply as a “modern English musician”, Eliza Carthy is one of the one of the most recognisable faces of the English folk revival and one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation.
In her illustrious 30-year career, Eliza Carthy has earned an MBE, two Mercury Prize nominations and a plethora of other accolades. She has toured all over the world; danced with Hugh Masekele in Ghana; crossed the Prairies, the Alps, and the waters of Lake Titicaca, all for the sake of playing the fiddle and spreading the word of English traditional music
Her touring band, The Restitution, is a dynamic force of contemporary folk musicians, featuring Dave Delarre (guitars), Ben Seal (bass), Phil Alexander (piano), and Willy Molleson (drums), and together, they create an exciting, jubilant and captivating musical experience.
‘The Restitution blew everyone away with an uncompromising and powerful set as fiery as Eliza’s flame red dress’ – Songlines | Cambridge Folk Festival
Touring 22 Nov – 1 Dec 2024.Please get in touch to discuss.
We are booking now for an exciting new tour with two outstanding Scottish musicians, Donald WG Lindsay & Alasdair Roberts.
Donald and Alasdair will present a programme featuring a rich variety of pipe tunes with guitar accompaniment, as well as a broad selection of songs both traditional and original. The pipe tunes bring together a diverse range of influences, from Scots fiddle tunes (Donald’s elder brother’s fiddling being an early influence), by way of Hungarian and Romanian pipe music, to classic and contemporary Highland piping and Lowland, Border and Northumbrian tunes. The songs range from variants (some rare, some more well-known) of traditional ballads or ‘muckle sangs’, to songs from the Scots lyrical tradition from the early modern period onwards, to contemporary songs written by both Alasdair and Donald.
In the company of Donald WG Lindsay and Alasdair Roberts, listeners can expect a thrilling evening in which rare and splendid gems of Scottish musical history and tradition will be brought to life in the hands of two unconventional masters, who invite you to join them in celebrating thirty years of music and friendship!
Touring 6-21 Sept and 9-23 Nov 2024. Please get in touch to discuss.
Martin Simpson is not a man to sit still for very long. Undoubtedly one of the hardest-touring musicians on the UK folk/roots circuit, his new album Skydancers (out 12 April) is his 12th full length solo record for Topic since 1992.
The ABM team would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very warm and cosy festive season. Thanks for continuing to support ABM and live music. We look forward to working with you again in 2024. We will be taking a break from Friday 22 December – Wednesday 3 January.
Please get in touch ASAP to discuss date options for the crowd-pleasing, show-stopping Australian/UK manchoir with immense, power harmonies and lots of laughter (mid Jun – early Aug). Guaranteed festival favourites and quick-selling gigs!
The ABM team are looking forward to attending EFEx / Manchester Folk Festival later this week and invite you all to come and see two fantastic ABM artists on the line up.
Northwestern English fiddle player/singer Mikey Kenney performs with brilliant musical partner/drummer Metty on Thursday 19th October 11.45pm Festival Club, Band On The Wall. Check out the video premier of Mikey’s amazing new single Dandelion on Folk Radio UK at 11am on 17th Oct.
Join master craftsman Martin Carthy with Jon Wilks in Remember Me To One Who Lives Here, a special evening of song and conversation with performances and reminiscences from an illustrious career in folk song at Hallé St Peters from 8.30pm on Friday 20th October.
ABM team members James Garrett and Sarah Coxson will also have a stand at the Trade Fair at Stoller Hall on Friday 20th October from 10am – 1.30pm. Please come along and find out more about our outstanding roster.
Our agent Sarah Coxson was enjoying an African music festival in Bethesda, North Wales recently when she bumped into the kora player who’d been playing, brilliantly, with N’famady Kouyaté. Chatting about her friendship with the late Dembo Konte, a well-respected kora player from Brikama, who used to regularly tour with his partner Kausu Kuyateh in the 80s and early 90s in the UK and beyond, Jali Bakary Konteh responded, “That’s my dad!,”! Both Jali Bakary and Sarah were quite emotional about the link, and the meeting felt serendipitous, so we’re delighted that ABM will now be representing this talented musician.
Grandson and son, respectively, of the legendary Gambian kora players Alhaji Bai Konte who helped to bring kora music to the wider world in the 70s and the much-missed Dembo Konte, London-based Jali Bakary is the latest torchbearer for his family’s kora legacy on the world stage. Jali Bakary brings his own personal touch and innovations to traditional songs with unique melodic and rhythmic arrangements. A hugely versatile musician, he regularly performs solo, in a duo and trio, as well as with his own band, Minyanta. Jali Bakary will soon be releasing his 2nd solo album.
He has performed extensively throughout West and North Africa, as well as in the UK and the rest of Europe (WOMAD, Roskilde Festival, The Barbican). For solo appearances (and more) from Spring 2024 onwards – festivals and venues – please do get in touch to discuss booking options.
ABM is excited to announce a new series of emerging folk artist concerts at the prestigious Kings Place in London.
Future Folk is designed to showcase emerging artists creating and reshaping music inspired by folk traditions in new, progressive ways for contemporary audiences. It will initially feature five monthly shows running through the winter of 2023/24, putting these talented musicians centre stage in a time when breakthrough acts can easily become lost in the current economic realities of folk music programming.
The series offers an exciting opportunity to discover new music: from the outstanding triple harpist Cerys Hafana who mangles, mutates, and transforms Welsh traditional music with a myriad of influences; to Bristol-based instrumental all-women quintet Hedera who lean into the slower and more delicate side of European folk traditions, plus a solo set from one of their multi-instrumentalists Tamsin Elliot with her experimental and minimalist textures. Also featured are the golden instrumental sounds of new guitar/fiddle duo Owen Spafford and Louis Campbell; the earth-rooted yet ethereal Northumbrian sibling harmonies of The Brothers Gillespie and grass roots traditions of Eastern England from new traditional singers and players, Mossy Christian & Megan Wisdom.
We are delighted to announce a number of tours with some fantastic North American musicians in 2024. We are booking now for new solo tour for the Grammy-nominated, “absolute master” (No Depression), Bruce Molsky from 8-23 November 2024.
Molsky transports audiences to another time and place, with his authentic and personal interpretations of rarities from the Southern Appalachian songbook and other musical traditions from around the globe. Best known for his work on the fiddle, Bruce’s banjo, guitar and his distinctive, powerful vocals also resonate with listeners, combining technical virtuosity and relaxed conversational wit to make a concert hall feel like an intimate front porch gathering!
“The effortlessness and ease with which Bruce plays and sings has always been something I’ve deeply admired. It is a rarity to hear music that lacks ego and puts soulfulness and a respect for tradition at the forefront. Bruce is simply one of the greatest musicians there is, period.” — Sarah Jarosz
We’re looking forward to a summer return for the outstanding multi-instrumentalist Teilhard Frost (Sheesham, Lotus & Son), who specialises in traditional fiddle tunes, and songs, with a particular interest in the music of the Appalachian Mountains and the roots/routes by which it came. Teilhard plans to be in the UK from mid July to early August.
His most recent album, Four and Twenty Blackbirds (Dancing on a Fawn Skin) is set for release in 2023: another collection of old time Appalachian fiddle tunes, banjo songs and harmonica pieces, on which Teilhard is joined by Tom Power, Scott Prouty, Chris Coole, Daragh Lynch and Jason Mercer.
“An accomplished singer and multi-instrumentalist,Teilhard captures the spirit of the old-time music better than anyone I know. He is a natural born entertainer whose stage presence is a joyful experience!” –Rick Ceballos, Artistic Director, Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Vermont, USA.
We’re very excited to announce that Martin Simpson’s new album called Skydancerswill be released next March and we are now booking a new tour to accompany the release. The album is a twin release featuring a live CD recorded on recent gigs and a studio CD including some of Martin’s absolutely favourite musicians. The material is as as eclectic as one would expect.
The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.
Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, his solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, Simpson is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. Get in touch today to secure a booking as these dates will be snapped up quickly.
Touring new album throughout March 2024 + available for festivals 2024. Also some availability 12 Oct – 12 Nov 2023 and for dates outside of these periods.