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/

Bruce Molsky UK Tour 2024

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

Touring UK 8-23 November 2024


Teilhard Frost tours UK in 2024

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.

Touring UK from mid July to early August 2024.


Eliza Carthy Announces Solo Tour

A rare solo tour with the indomitable Eliza Carthy – award-winning contemporary folk musician with a uniquely charismatic stage presence – takes place in Spring 2024

Dates have already filled fast, with only a handful of options remaining. Please get in touch fast to grab one of the last few dates….

Available 11, 12, 14, 21, 28 April 2024
9, 10, 12, 16, 18, 19 May 2024


Martin Simpson Announces New Album and Tour

We’re very excited to announce that Martin Simpson’s new album called Skydancers will 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. 

Cerys Hafana Joins ABM

Croeso i ABM i Cerys Hafana! ABM is delighted to be working with this incredibly talented composer and multi-instrumentalist from Machynlleth, Wales, where rivers and roads meet on the way to the sea. Cerys mangles, mutates, and transforms traditional music; exploring the creative possibilities and unique qualities of the triple harp, whilst delving into found sounds, archive materials and electronic processing. Cerys has won over audiences from Green Man to the Eisteddfod and from BBC 6 Music Festival to Celtic Connections with her magical, progressive sound.
Her second album Edyf was selected as one of The Guardian’s Top Ten albums of 2022, as well as receiving wide-spread media attention and critical acclaim. Cerys will release an EP later in 2023, with touring in early 2024, and more availability outside of this period.
‘…she’s an adept shapeshifter, entwining tradition with direct and personal interpretations to create music that’s both progressive, profound and inspiring.’ Alex Gallagher, Folk Radio UK
‘Hafana explores resonances from the past that connect with the modern day in a contemporary, creative way… she uses her harp as a percussive, jagged-toothed tool… sings movingly, her high voice like an indie-pop soprano shorn of its sweetness.’ Jude Rogers, The Guardian.
Cerys Hafana plays at FOCUS Wales this Saturday 6th May at 6.30pm at Ty Pawb, Wrexham.  Come along to talk to Sarah Coxson from ABM to discuss future bookings.

Looking Ahead to 2024 Tours

We’re looking to next year for some brilliant new 2024 tours, including the return of Mama’s Broke in February. Check out their recent Tiny Desk concert (here). Also keep an eye out for more news about more brilliant North Americans returning in 2024 include Cinder Well (Feb/Mar) and, in autumn/winter, Riley Baugus and Bruce Molsky.

The Magpie Arc (featuring Findlay Napier, Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr) are planning some long weekends of concert gigs from late January through February. Concert appearances from this band are rare, so book yours early to avoid disappointment. Martin Simpson then heads out solo to promote his new solo album in March.

Brìghde Chaimbeul will continue to tour her new album in February and we are gathering early expressions of interest for duo shows in April with acclaimed Canadian saxophonist Colin Stetson (Arcade Fire / Bon Iver)

Martin Carthy – A Special Evening of Song & Conversation with Jon Wilks

We are delighted to be able to offer an extra-special chance to hear master craftsman Martin Carthy perform and reminisce on his illustrious career in folk song to date, with musical interludes and conversation with his talented friend, musician and journalist, Jon Wilks (Tradfolk). Martin has an insatiable musical curiosity…and a lifetime of wonderful stories and songs to share. There will also be a chance for audiences to ask freely questions of this mighty oak of the English folk tradition. Expect frank and fascinating insights into all manner of subjects…from Scarborough Fair to the Beastie Boys!

Book now for this special show: between 20th Oct and December 2023.


Cinder Well Joins ABM 

ABM are delighted to be working with Cinder Well, Amelia Baker’s brilliant experimental folk project for a new album tour from 12-23 September 2023 (plus summer festival bookings). Cadence out 21 April 2023 on Free Dirt Records drifts between two far-flung seas: the hazy California coast where Amelia grew up, and the wind-torn swells of Western Ireland that she’s come to love.

While there are still hints of the doom folk that Cinder Well is known for, Cadence balances heavy lyrics with a more expansive sound The songs search for a sense of grounding and a feeling of home.

Amelia will be touring as a trio with the talented Jim Ghedi and Ultan O’Brien.

Touring new album with trio 12-23 September 2023 + summer festival bookings.

“This is the new high lonesome for a modern era” – Folk Radio UK