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Nominated for best musician at last year's BBC Folk Awards and touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK, Dan Walsh is described as “the real deal” by UNCUT.
Absolutely terrificMark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
Eclectically inspired and consistently brilliantFroot
The UK’s premiere folk big band The Folk Ensemble are inviting members from the last 20 years to join the band for a couple of special reunion numbers. Never been attempted before, we could well see the largest folk band ever to perform together on one stage!
Formed in 1997 by fiddle player and arranger Joe Broughton (The Urban Folk Quartet, The Albion Band and Joss Stone), their energetic live sets are a sight to behold, featuring a 15-piece horn section, three cello players, five percussionists and five electric guitarists, plus fiddles, flutes, clarinets, double bass, tuba and even a harp! They also all sing too.
Though rooted in traditional folk tunes, each member brings a variety of personal influences to the set-list, which ranges from full-on rock grooves, funk, jazz, hip-hop, ska and reggae, to gentle ballads and sounds from Eastern Europe and Asia.
This night will be a unique experience to hear one of the largest folk ensembles get even bigger – be prepared for something powerful, something musically special, delivered with the trademark Folk Ensemble energy and positivity.
Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble is something of a legend...Folk Radio UK
You MUST, MUST see this to understand just how fantastic it isThe Sentinel
The Fair Rain:
The cinematic septet from Birmingham’s provocative songs intelligently weave together shimmering strings, soaring brass crescendos, bright grooves and floating fiddle melodies. The Fair Rain’s appetite for new music and rhythms has evolved from their roots in traditional folk with an elegance and maturity beyond their years. It’s a journey which has seen the band receive accolades from press and audiences alike.
Truly exciting, awe-inspiring musicSonglines
Elegant, cinematic modern acoustic musicMark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
The Urban Folk Quartet:
(Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh)
Blistering. Genre-defying. All-embracing. The Urban Folk Quartet have captivated audiences in high-energy performances across the world. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms, the UFQ's set is a whirlwind of 21st century roots music, crafted into something inimitably their own. Their latest studio album The Escape was a favourite amongst fans and reviewers alike and led to them playing a memorable live BBC set for Mark Radcliffe.
I was absolutely slain. UFQ are such a vibrant live band. Fans of ambitious folk should check this outThe Telegraph
One of the tightest lineups I have ever seen. There's a palpable electricity to a UFQ gig that surges through the band and into the crowd.Songlines
South Wales based indie folk roots band Rusty Shackle blend stunning high-energy level performances with well-crafted catchy tunes that swim around your head for days afterwards.
The six-piece group are made up of band members Liam Collins, Mathew Barkwick, Owen Emmanuel, Ryan Williams and brothers Scott and James McKeon. They amalgamate guitars, vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandola, trumpet and percussion to create a sound that is unique to them and one that instantly fills you with emotion and energy.
They really have understood what contemporary folk music is about and aimed it for the big stage.Fatea Showcase sessions
Rusty Shackle come on like a punk Bellowhead or a poppier Pogues.A soundreaction