Nominations for ABM Artists in fRoots Critics Poll

ABM is delighted to announce that the following artists are ‘Album Of The Year’ Nominees in The 30th Annual fRoots Critics Poll 2015: Anna & Elizabeth (Anna & Elizabeth), Emily Portman (Coracle) and Simpson, Cutting & Kerr (Murmurs). Well done all.

For a full list of nominations see:

Every year since 1986 fRoots has polled experts in the UK and worldwide to decide the Album Of The Year in the fields of music which we champion – folk, roots and world music. With over 300 writers, broadcasters and activists on the panel, the fRoots Critics Poll For Albums Of The Year is long established as the most extensively researched and prestigious annual poll of its kind, the de facto flagship industry award.

This year’s winners will be revealed by BBC Radio 3 during World On 3 broadcast from 11pm on Friday 4th December, hosted by Lopa Kothari.

ABM at English Folk Expo 2015

This weekend ABM will be attending the annual English Folk Expo in Bury. Sarah Coxson will be manning our trade stand on Saturday 17th October 10am-1.30pm at The Elizabethan Suite, Angouleme Way, BL9 0SW, Bury. Go and say hello, grab a cd and get the latest news on all our artists’ touring plans!

We’re also delighted that Emily Portman & The Coracle Band will be performing at the showcase in The Met Main Theatre 3.30-4.20pm.

New EP from The Furrow Collective

Described by MOJO as ‘a mouthwatering collaboration’, Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are four fine soloists sharing a mutual love of traditional songs, from both sides of the English and Scottish borders, with playful, boundary-defying musicianship. Since their critically acclaimed debut At Our Next Meeting The Furrow Collective has been in demand as a touring band, gigging throughout Europe and performing BBC live sessions.

Now, hot on the heels of two BBC Folk Award nominations, The Furrow Collective are releasing an outstanding five track EP Blow out the Moon alongside a UK-wide tour in September, culminating at London’s King’s Place.

Each band member leads a song, moving with ease from jaunty stories of ailing horses, to poignant laments and sparsely adorned supernatural ballads. Blow Out the Moon culminates

with the beautiful title track, a lullaby in spine-tingling four-part harmony. Strikingly unaffected vocals are accompanied by harp, guitar, viola, concertina, piano, banjo, fiddles and musical saw. Blow Out the Moon reflects the breadth of the Furrow Collective’s diversity whilst showing a crystallisation of their unique sound. It gives a taste of great things to come with the forthcoming release of their second album in 2016.

‘A bravely sparse and compelling new take on traditional songs… A quietly classy young folk band’ Guardian

‘The Furrow Collective have an air of immeasurable antiquity, while at the same time making the songs vibrantly new’. R2

Blow Out the Moon Launch Tour:

Sept 22nd Edinburgh House Concert | 23rd Newcastle Upon Tyne Cluny 2 |

24th Norwich Norwich Puppet Theatre | 25th Aldershot West End Centre |

28th Wiveliscombe Silver Street Sessions | 29th Canterbury Marlowe Theatre |

30th Cambridge The Junction | Oct 1st London Kings Place |

For all media enquiries please contact James Soars: 01536 720245/07758781032


Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas Tour Scotland in June 2015!

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one, but the duo’s dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms, and their shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of Scottish tunes has helped reconstruct and revive the Scottish tradition of playing dance music on violin and cello. They have toured internationally as a duo for over twelve years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound and have released three critically acclaimed and award winning albums along the way.

“Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A positive joy.” – The Scotsman

3rd June Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, PEEBLES
4th June The Tolbooth, STIRLING
5th June Byre Theatre, ST ANDREWS
6th June Woodend Barn, BANCHORY
7th June The Stables, CROMARTY
8th June Pitlochry Festival Theatre, PERTHSHIRE
11th June Dalry Town Hall, DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY