ABM are looking forward to some exciting festival line-ups in 2023 and we have some amazing artists to bring your stages to life!
Choose from a great range of acts including the powerhouse 30th celebrations of Eliza Carthy &The Restitution; the uniquely captivating harmonies of Lady Maisery; the uplifting pipe-driven trio Brighde Chaimbeul, Ross Ainslie, Steven Byrnes (see video below); Heal & Harrow’s ground-breaking duo show; the inimitable solo intimacy of the Martin Simpson amongst many others. The Spooky Men’s Chorale are even making a cheeky one week return at the end of August.
2023 heralds lots of new releases and tours from ABM artists including the golden instrumental sounds of Owen Spafford & Louis Campbell; the show-stopping Scottish fiddler Ryan Young; dark and brooding sounds from The Furrow Collective; sparse and evocative trad. songs from the mighty Alasdair Roberts; Devon’s creamiest singer Jim Causley celebrating old traditions and creates new ones; the bittersweet and beguiling new duo Emily Portman & Rob Harbron and more.
The ABM roster represents a great one-stop shop for festival bookers offering barnstorming headliners to boundary pushers to iconic tradition bearers like Martin Carthy and John Kirkpatrick.
ABM are delighted to be working with extraordinary new duo, Owen Spafford and Louis Campbell whose progressive musical vision and mastery already mark them out as a stand-out pairing.
First meeting as members of the first cohort of the National Youth Folk Ensemble, the duo sees Owen (Cosmo Sheldrake) and Louis (Sam Sweeney) distilling their love of traditional and experimental music into powerful, intricate and intimate new sounds. Their shared musical ‘true north’ enables them to make two instruments (fiddle and guitar) seemingly sound as one. Experiencing the duo live is both profound and moving: their improvisation, humour and musicality making each live performance unique.
They release their critically acclaimed debut album You, Golden in November 2022, managing to orbit many different sound-worlds while staying within acoustic English folk music; seamlessly blending traditional tunes with their own material.
Touring mid-September 2023 and available for festival bookings.
“Rising stars of the folk scene”– Katie Derham, BBC Radio 3
“Beautiful, swirling, modern English folk music” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
The ABM team are excited to be heading to EfEx in Manchester this week, to make and renew connections with friends and delegates and to share future plans for the many wonderful artists on the roster. We look forward to lots of gig and festival bookings!
We are thrilled that two ABM acts will be appearing at Manchester Folk Festival. Be sure to see them play!
Lady Maisery Thurs Oct 13th 7.30pm Home T1
The Magpie Arc Thurs Oct 13th 8.55pm Home T1
Come to meet new ABM boss James Garrett and lead agent Sarah Coxson at the Trade Fair at Stand 12, Bridgewater Hall on Sat Oct 15th 10am – 1.30pm.
And look out for ABM’s Tash Daly in her role as Artistic Director of Sidmouth Folk Festival.
Alan Bearman has now officially retired. The whole ABM would like to offer up our heartfelt thanks to him for all his brilliant work and amazing support. He has built a great team at ABM and we look forward to honouring his legacy as we move forward into the future.
ABM are pleased to be working with the talented Northumbrian sibling duo Brothers Gillespie on their Spring 2023 album tour of latest release The Merciful Road. With a captivating sound centred around guitar and fiddle with the brothers’ voices singing in ‘the glorious tones of their blood harmony’ (Sam Lee), their intimate live shows are winning over audiences throughout the land, including recent appearances at Mosely Folk Festival and The Pianodrome, at Edinburgh Fringe.
Described by Folk Radio UK as ‘weaving an especially compelling magic’, and ‘showing off British acoustic music in its best possible light’, brothers James and Sam Gillespie sing songs of great lyrical power, animated by the sound of soaring sibling harmony, inspired guitar playing and a rich array of acoustic instruments. Their songs and performances have a rare, intimate energy that is both earthy and ethereal, romantic and radical.
“Anyone who has seen the brothers live will surely attest that it is an experience that will stay with you. There is a feeling of warmth that exudes from them and affects everyone in the room.” Folk London
Touring 21 April – 7 May 2023 Available for festivals + autumn 2023.
Lots of solid options for some great Spring 2023 bookings available on the ABM roster, including solo dates with Rachel Newton’s outstanding acoustic harp shows in March from 6 –8, 12, 13, 14, 16 –19 and from Sam Sweeney with some intimate and powerful solo fiddle performances in February in arts centres, and further weekend gigs in May in beautiful, acoustic spaces.
Both grand masters, Martin Carthy and John Kirkpatrick have solo availability in Spring 2023.
The irrepressible Martin Simpson and Chris Wood both have a few solo dates left in March 2023.
Exquisite Scottish fiddle quartet RANT have several Spring dates available throughout the UK on 9, 11, 12 Mar and 16 – 19 Mar.
New album tours abound with an Alasdair Roberts’Painted Rooms album out on Drag City in early 2023. Final dates for this Scottish alt-folk legend’s tour include 23 – 27 Mar and 6 and 7 April.
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron’s new album tour has the last few dates for Spring available on 21 Feb, 1 and 5 Mar
Devon’s finest, Jim Causley, takes material from his new album The Georgic on the road for Spring 2023 – from mid-April throughout May.
We are very excited to hear the new album on its way from stunning Scottish fiddler Ryan Young, touring throughout the first half of 2023.
And fine West Yorkshire-singer Jack Rutter’s new EP of covers will be aired next Spring with bookings available in May and October.
ABM have just started working with the wonderful Bristol folk trio Tarren.
Sid Goldsmith (Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, Awake Arise), Alex Garden (The Drystones, Harriet Riley & Alex Garden) and Danny Pedler (Pedler // Russell). They combine cittern and concertina, fiddle, and accordion to create new, dynamic folk music. The trio are producing rich, joyous music that draws the listener in, weaving intricate themes throughout tunes and songs that have the pulse of traditional dance at its heart.
Their debut album REVEL was released to critical acclaim on 29 August 2022.
Having toured major cities in the summer via the Nest Collective and receiving standing ovations at Shrewsbury, Sidmouth and Broadstairs Folk Festivals we’re now booking their spring tour in for April 2023.
“Just the kind of band we need on the folk circuit today. Brilliant!” Folk Radio UK
Touring 13-16, 20-23 & 27-30 April 2023 Available for festivals 2023.
Alan has recently been acting as Voluntary Artistic Director for the Stowmarket Traditional Music Day. The event which up until September 2017, took place for over 10 years in the extensive and beautiful grounds of the Museum of East Anglian Life (now The Food Museum) is now expanding across many venues in the town of Stowmarket.
For 2022, they will be bringing East Anglian Traditional Music Day to you from the heart of the town of Stowmarket. Expect Concerts, Workshops, Sessions, Talks, Exhibitions, Storytelling, Puppet shows, Music related stalls and Dance including Stepdancing and Morris Dancing around the town.
We are really looking forward to new material from the “finest singer of his generation”, Jim Causley, who will be performing songs from his new album ’The Georgic’ in Spring 2023. The project began life as an artistic commission in collaboration with artist Simon Pope. ‘Here’s to Thee’ looked at celebrating the unseen elements of microbial life on a traditional Devon cider farm through the creation of a new wassail ceremony.
From this seed, Jim initially composed three more songs celebrating the seasons on the farm, leading on to a wider song-cycle about rural life in the 21st century covering a range of themes from the plight of the rural working class, NIMBYism, intangible cultural heritage, evolution of dialect, folkways, cultural erosion and displacement, social history, loss of wildlife, the brain drain and even some upbeat numbers. All this in Jim’s unique songwriting style, combining a 1980s childhood and a great love and understanding of traditional English folk song.
Leveret will celebrate 10 years on the road in 2023 with two tours showcasing their uniquely spontaneous performances, along with a new album and a tune book. Over their decade together Leveret’s captivating interaction and intimate presentation style has charmed audiences, helping the trio build a loyal following, and demonstrating the enduring appeal and endless potential of the folk tune. Audiences new and old can expect incredible musicianship and compelling presentation.
After 10 years on the folk scene Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith will embark on an anniversary tour of some of their favourite small venues this autumn. To celebrate a decade of music-making they will present a retrospective show with songs & tunes taken from across their 4 albums plus a few new offerings to kick-off the next 10 years.
The duo’s live performances are a celebration of traditional music but there is also a deep integrity and sincerity that stems from their passion for the social themes within the music. There is a common thread of political struggle, resistance, and justice as well as the occasional love song. Their shows manage to be both hard-hitting and uplifting and it is this ability that justifies their reputation as two of the most exciting musicians and social commentators on the scene.
‘Making common cause between antique songs and present circumstances is one of the grails of modern folk, one this young duo pull off impressively… Rousing stuff.’ The Observer
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