Sam Sweeney Solo Tour Announced

We’re excited to announce we’re now booking some more solo dates for Sam Sweeney following the huge demand for his solo tour last year. Sam is a veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, former and inaugural artistic director of the National Youth Folk Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and “Britain’s Premier Fiddler” (Songlines), at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music.

After taking to the road for his first totally solo tour in 2023, Sam Sweeney is embarking on another tour… just him and a fiddle for an intimate evening of solo fiddle tunes and stories. 
 
This tour is a rare opportunity to spend an informal evening with “one of the defining fiddle players of his generation” (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2). 
 
“The fiddler with the Midas touch… an English equivalent of the great Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes.” ****  The Guardian

Touring: 27-30 March, 3-5 + 10-13 April and 20 + 22 June 2025

Chris Smither New Tour

Honing his synthesis of folk and blues for over 50 years, Chris Smither is a profound songwriter and captivating performer, Smither mesmerises listeners with his guitar playing – melding the styles of his two major influences, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt into his own signature guitar sound. His music draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers and continues to earn accolades.

His 20th album, All About the Bones, produced by long-time friend and producer David Goodrich, features eight brand new songs plus Smither renditions of Eliza Gilkyson’s Calm Before the Storm and Tom Petty’s Time to Move On.  All About the Bones is signature-Smither.

Chris will have UK support from Betty Soo who features on the latest album.

Chris Smither returns to Ireland and the UK
in late October 2025 (17 Oct – 1 Nov)

“With a weary, well-travelled voice and a serenely intricate finger-picking style, Mr. Smither turns the blues into songs that accept hard-won lessons and try to make peace with fate.”  New York Times   

“Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.” Associated Press.



Mama’s Broke return to UK

We’re delighted that the brilliant Mama’s Broke return to these shores next Spring (May 22 -Jun 8) with their dark, fiery folk-without-borders sound.

With their close harmony duets, commanding vocals, and poignant contemplations on cycles of life, they combine tinges of Americana with the ghosts of Eastern European fiddle tunes and ancient a cappella ballad singing, melding into an unusually accessible dark-folk sound on fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar.

For a group defined by constant touring, it’s not surprising that Lisa Maria and Amy Lou Keeler met on the road. Both coming out of travelling communities that are focused on music and protest, the two owe the way in which they move through the world to the integrated and self-sustaining nature of DIY culture and activism. 

Touring 22 May – 8 June 2025

mamasbroke.ca

Niepold Cutting Duo

– a playful meeting of 2 diatonic accordionists
 
The Niepold-Cutting duo brings together two great musicians and friends. Two strong personalities in the small world of the diatonic accordion. A meeting to challenge, to be inspired. To bring together two very particular musical universes with intelligence and mischievousness.

Because the concert can be danced and the bal is listened to. 
Because the accordion is not cheesy. 
Because the world definitely needs mixtures. 

Anne Niepold (Belgium) is an extraordinary accordionist and composer. As a performer she is a true force of nature; brash, adventurous and phenomenally skilled. She takes the humble accordion in startling directions; she has always had a reputation for breaking the conventions around this instrument, never hesitating to take it out of her comfort zone.

Andy Cutting (England) is a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon player with an ear for a fine tune. He is also a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. Andy has been consistent musical force since he came swiftly to prominence with the innovative Blowzabella. 

Touring 22-24 November and 1 December 2024
plus 4-14 April 2025. 

  
www.niepoldcutting.eu

Eliza Carthy & The Restitution

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.

Eliza Carthy (eliza-carthy.com)

Donald WG Lindsay & Alasdair Roberts

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.
 
Listen here: https://on.soundcloud.com/RZFyD
 
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.

The Official Alasdair Roberts Kailyard
Donald WG Lindsay | Musician & Inventor

New Martin Simpson album ‘Skydancers’

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.

Watch the video for the title track below and find out more about the album here: Martin Simpson – Skydancers – Topic Records

Martin is on tour next month so go see him live!

Christmas Wishes

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.

ABM in Manchester This Week

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.

Jali Bakary Konteh Joins ABM

There’s a personal story to this one….

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.

Future Folk at Kings Place

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.

See link for more info and tickets: https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/future-folk-contemporary-sounds-from-traditional-roots/