Heralded by The Recorder Magazine as a “folk recorder pioneer”, Finn Collinson is a folk musician and multi-instrumentalist from East Anglia. Still in his early 20s, he is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the recorder on the English folk scene, performing at major folk clubs and festivals including The Sidmouth Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and FolkEast, and being shortlisted for the BBC Young Folk Award in 2018.
Finn’s debut album, “Call To Mind”, was released in September 2019 to widespread critical acclaim. Captivating the listener from the first breath, the album showcases the recorder in new and exciting contexts, with beautifully reflective airs and vibrant tunes. Add to this the expressive tone of Finn’s vocals, his dynamic guitar, bouzouki and mandolin style and the energy of a full band, the album was described by EDS Magazine as “a deeply rewarding display of musical storytelling”.
To support the album release, Finn formed a new band, who completed their first national headline tour in autumn 2019. Featuring young musicians with diverse backgrounds in acoustic, jazz and classical music, The Finn Collinson Band champions unusual instrumentation and places energetic and evocative tunes alongside driving folk-rock songs. The band is looking forward to hitting the road again in 2020 and they are already experimenting with new ways of broadening and developing their sound.
Finn’s music pushes boundaries, challenging expectations in terms of instrumentation whilst remaining firmly grounded in the English tradition. With music that will make you both pause for reflection and dance in the aisles, a performance from Finn Collinson is sure to enthral audiences with its energy and diversity.
Zach Johnson is an indie/folk singer/songwriter from South-East England, writing lyrically-driven songs that feature his intricate guitar playing and powerful vocals. He has been touring extensively for the last four years, performing all over the country to great response. Most recently, Zach released his single, New Blockbuster, which has gained extensive radio play and critical acclaim: BBC Introducing described the track as ‘Brilliant’. He was voted the 2019 Thame Town Songwriting Competition winner, as well as ‘Best Newcomer’ at the ‘Graham Steel Music Awards 2017’. Zach has supported artists such as Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar (BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners) Luke Jackson (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee) and The Black Feathers at sold out shows. Zach has performed at a large number of festivals, including Trinity Folk Festival, The Big Feastival and Walton Folk Festival, after which, he was praised in a Folk Radio article.
Zach released his second EP, ‘While We’re Still Here’, in March 2019, including the singles ‘New Blockbuster’, ‘Small Town’ and ‘Heartstring’. Most recently, he released a collaboration EP with Claudia Stark, celebrating the release with a sold out Guildford launch show.
Guitar and a voice, you’re going to love itBBC Introducing 2019
The performance that stood out for me in the courtyard was ZachFolk Radio 2018
Zach is an exciting new talent who writes great songs and has an engaging stage presence.GSMC 2017
Beautiful MusicOxjam Bracknell 2016
Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.
The Undoing of Polly Button is a new folk-opera written by Katherine Fear. It is a musical retelling of the tragic life of Mary Green a Nuneaton resident, inspired by the 2019 publication of a book of the same name by local author Stephen Moore.
Janice Burns & Jon Doran are a folk duo based in the North-East of England who formed in 2017 after discovering their shared love for traditional song. Their compelling storytelling comes alive through tight vocal harmonies and thoughtful interplay between mandolin and bouzouki. A connection with vibrant repertoire captures feelings of familiarity, unveiling a respect for tradition whilst remaining relevant. Gathering songs from a range of sources, their work is a celebration of their own musical and geographical backgrounds, embracing the differences that connect them.
‘The clarity and blend in their voices and their beautifully honed playing captivated the sell out audience at Folklub Newcastle to the point that you could hear a pin drop. They have invested fully in their craft and their sound as a duo and the results are breathtaking.’
-Katie Doherty (Katie Doherty and the navigators)
The Wilderness Yet combines the acclaimed talents of folksinger Rosie Hodgson, traditional fiddler Rowan Piggott, and guitarist-flautist Philippe Barnes. Independently, they have earned audiences’ esteem as consummate musicians; together, they weave a tapestry of traditional and self-penned songs with a charm and familarity that is usually only found in seasoned line-ups.
Long standing, well loved Anglo-Australian duo. Multi BBC Folk award winners including the inaugural Horizon award and Best Duo 2003 and 2011.
The sheer abundance of distilled poetry on display is inspiring. And when it unravels in such a moving lyrical way, such as this, it will remain in the audience’s minds for a long time.Spiral Earth
Depicting the traditions of a continent, acclaimed harmonica and melodeon player Will Pound takes a musical journey across the states of the European Union to discover and unveil the diversity and common ground of traditional music and song. From the lively Swedish polska to the upbeat Italian tarantella, the lilt of the Irish jig, to buoyant French boures, relentless rachenistas from Bulgaria and the rip-roaring Spanish jota, these tunes have travelled, evolved and merged as Europeans have enjoyed freedom of movement and expression: a shining example of the strength and joy in unity .With Polish poet Bohdan Piasecki and a live band featuring Jenn Butterworth (Songs of Separation, Kinnaris Quintet), multi-instrumentalist Jude Rees (Jim Moray, RSC, Pilgrims Way), bass player and beatboxer John Parker (Nizlopi) and fiddle player Emma Sweeney (Michael McGoldrick Band).
A flat out geniusMark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2