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At the heart of English folk

What's coming up at Cecil Sharp House

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Sharon Shannon with Seckou Keita

Thursday 13 June

Sharon Shannon likes to surprise. Her accordion style is traditional Irish to its core, but she has collaborated with a Who’s Who of artists across hip-hop, cajun, country, classical and rap – a truly genre-defying musician, at the top of her game.

She will perform with Senegalese kora master Seckou Keita.

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Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress

Wednesday 19 June

Dispatches on the Red Dress is an intimate and adventurous exploration of memory, identity, joy, sorrow, bird-song, war and waltzes – a deeply personal one-woman show, unravelling the urgent message hidden in a story from her grandmother’s youth in 1940s Germany.

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Elliott Morris − ‘The Way Is Clear’ album launch

Wednesday 26 June

With hundreds of gigs behind him – and a coveted Danny Kyle Award from Celtic Connections 2013 – Elliott Morris has a formidable reputation as one of the most sought-after young artists on the acoustic scene.

The singer-songwriter taps the strings and beats the guitar’s body to create an original sound which is integral to his songs.

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The Copper Family

Saturday 29 June

The Copper Family have sung since the 18th century. Deeply rooted in the countryside around the Sussex Downland, their harmony singing – in celebration of everyday work and the pride taken in it – has been treasured and handed down through the generations.

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The Takeover

Saturday 6 July

This year’s showcase of talented young folk bands and musicians from across England, hosted by the EFDSS Youth Forum, features Folkestra, Shropshire Youth Folk Ensemble, Centre for Young Musicians and London Youth Folk Ensemble.

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Ryan Young

Wednesday 10 July

Multi-award-winning fiddle player Ryan Young brings new and exciting ideas to traditional Scottish music.

‘Leading the ‘New Wave’ of traditional Scottish fiddlers, virtuoso Ryan Young’ – BBC World on 3.

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Mama’s Broke (Canadian Summer)

Thursday 15 August

Highly influenced by their Canadian roots, Mama’s Broke are based out of nowhere and everywhere.

Delivering performances with heart and raw energy, Lisa and Amy’s voices blend in haunting harmonies. They artfully juggle fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin alongside traditional dance and foot percussion. Their original and often dark compositions push the constraints of genre – drawing from old-time, Quebecois, blues, punk, Celtic, Balkan and doom metal.

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Les Poules à Colin (Canadian Summer)

Tuesday 20 August

Dig up Québec’s deep, dark roots and add electrifying energy and beguiling modesty for a mind-blowing trad-folk groove.

The group’s sound is a seamless blend of their strong folk upbringing and North American influences that range from old-time to jazz, with some provocative and moody effects. Their repertoire is a mix of original and traditional pieces, primarily in French but with some English compositions, and reveals gorgeous vocal, instrumental and rhythmic prowess.

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Old Man Luedecke (Canadian Summer)

Wednesday 21 August

Traditional and original songs and tunes from an award-winning singer and squeezebox player.

Cohen’s repertoire covers traditional ballads, historical songs, industrial songs, sea songs and shanties all firmly rooted in the English tradition.

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The Furrow Collective

Wednesday 11 September

Innovative live show by four talented and individually prominent performers from England and Scotland.

Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts are drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry, and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration.

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Trad Night: Jeff Warner

Wednesday 18 September

One of the United States of America’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music.

Songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountain tops of America connect 21st-century audiences with the everyday lives — and artistry — of 19th-century Americans.

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Damien O’Kane

Thursday 19 September

Originally from Ireland, Damien O’Kane is a musician of many talents.

He teams up with three leading musicians to make a sublime and exhilarating sound. Here is a band that take traditional Irish music and song and, in the words of the The Telegraph, turn it into ‘Folk-Pop that is Irish music for the 21st Century.’

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Duncan Chisholm

Saturday 21 September

Duncan Chisholm effortlessly evokes a background steeped in the rich highland music tradition through his rich, varied compositions.

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Belinda O'Hooley

Wednesday 25 September

Composer and pianist Belinda is half of four-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo nominees O’Hooley & Tidow, creators of the theme song Gentleman Jack.

In ‘Inversions’ she expresses – in her very own, unconventional way – the music of her ancestors from the hills of the west coast of rural Ireland. 

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Heg & the Wolf Chorus

Wednesday 2 October

The band are back on the road, drawing inspiration from folklore, fairytales, family stories and even modern-day myths. With four musicians on piano, flute, fiddle and double bass, and songwriter Heg Brignall’s bright and enchanting vocals, tight four-part harmonies create a cinematic depth to these theatrical folk songs. 

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The Road to Peterloo - Ballads & Broadsides

Wednesday 9 October

Top North-West singers and musicians Pete Coe, Brian Peters and Laura Smyth tell the story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre in Manchester through ballads composed at the time. 

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Thursday 10 October

Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England's finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments.
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Trad Night: Peter and Barbara Snape

Wednesday 16 October

Peter and Barbara Snape offer a refreshing and individual approach to the carefully researched material they love to perform – and in particular songs and tunes from their home area in northern England
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Ye Vagabonds

Saturday 2 November

Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. With their thoughtful lyrics, thickly layered with strings and droning harmonium, their repertoire incorporates Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and elements of the 1960s folk revival. 
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Hot Club of Cowtown

Tuesday 5 November

Texas-based Hot Club of Cowtown may be the world’s most globe-trotting, effervescent string trio, whose joyful sound blends the traditional Western swing of the American southwest with European hot jazz influences of the same era.
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The Local Honeys

Wednesday 13 November

Kentucky-based country-folk duo The Local Honeys have dedicated themselves to the preservation of old music and the creation of new music. Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs bring together the rolling hills of the Bluegrass and the foothills of the Appalachian region: ‘bluegrass kissing the mountains’.
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AKA Trio

Thursday 14 November

The AKA TRIO is an international musical summit meeting of three world-renowned virtuosos: Antonio Forcione, Seckou Keita and Adriano Adewale.

Trad Night: John Kirkpatrick

Wednesday 20 November

John Kirkpatrick is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene. Whether performing in duos, acoustic groups or electric bands, he has an enviable reputation as a virtuosic interpreter of English folk music.

Richard Shindell

Wednesday 4 December

Richard Shindell examines liminal spaces as both an immigrant and emigrant, crossing thresholds and illuminating the human experience through narrative song. His songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters – vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what a song may be.

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