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
05/06/2022 Fire In The Mountain ABERYSTWYTH
04/08/2022 As You Like it Festival STRATFORD ON AVON
16/09/2022 Folk House BRISTOL
02/10/2022 The Talbot Theatre WHITCHURCH (North Shropshire)
We’re looking forward to Mama’s Broke coming to the UK in June to tour their new album Narrow Line. Head over to their website for full gig list and ticket links: mamasbroke.ca
Mama’s Broke is a powerful folk duo that deliver a compelling performance with heart and raw energy. Although highly influenced by their Canadian roots, Lisa and Amy are based out of nowhere and everywhere.
Their two strong voices blend to create haunting harmonies, while they artfully juggle fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin, and incorporate traditional dance and foot percussion into their performance. Their original – and often dark – compositions push the boundaries of tradition and the constraints of genre. Drawing from old-time, Quebecois, blues, punk, Celtic, Balkan and doom metal, they create a soundscape that is both familiar and new.
Since forming the band in 2014, Mama’s Broke has been gaining momentum fast ; having already completed two European, and several Canadian and U.S. tours. They have performed in a wide range of venues, from circus shows in New Orleans, to pirate ships in Amsterdam, to concert halls in Ireland, to theatres in Brooklyn. In this way, they stay true to the transient nature of folklore, as they travel the world sharing and collecting song.
Martin is planning a new solo album for release next March, following on from his lockdown album ‘Home Recordings’ released last year, and 2019’s ‘Rooted’. Always prolific, and never one to rest long without a guitar in his hands and a song in his head, Martin is genuinely thrilled to be back out on the road now – back where he loves to be – playing live.
One of England’s most revered folk performers, widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin’s interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His remarkable solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. Martin has been nominated an astounding 31 times in the 16 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – more than any other performer – and has won numerous awards.
“One of the virtuoso instrumentalists of the English music scene… sounds better than ever” **** The Guardian
New solo album release tour: March 2023 & 12 October – 12 November 2023
March 2022 marks the 30th career anniversary of outstanding English folk musician and President of the EFDSS, Eliza Carthy MBE.
To mark this significant milestone, this Spring sees the first of her four X 4 track staggered Queen Of The Whirl EP releases – with some fantastic re-recordings of some of her ‘greatest hits’ from past 30 years, including three Mercury Award nominated albums. Three further EPs will be released episodically throughout the summer, culminating in a glorious collector’s item display box featuring a memory and photo-filled book.
Eliza Carthy turned pro (or quit college, depending on if you ask her or her dear departed mam) in March 1992. Since then, 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.
Queen Of The Whirl is her celebration of thirty years of silliness and profundity, with a crack team of musicians made up of her colleagues and counterparts. Thirty years of music reimagined, from Billy Bragg to Peggy Seeger, from The Ratcatchers to Imagined Village, from bloody boots in Trafalgar Square to the moors of North Yorkshire, and everywhere in between. It’s been quite a ride.
Book Eliza for a celebratory tour with her band The Restitution from 24 Nov to 4 Dec.