Artist information for Friday
BURGESS, NICOL, KEMP -
THIS IS US
Paul Burgess is a rock drummer best known as a member of hit-
GILMORE & ROBERTS -
Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK's biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-
2015 saw the release of their fourth album, 'Conflict Tourism', which appeared on several end-
In 2016, the duo marked a decade of performing together with their first live album, released ten years to the day since their first EP launch. Limited to one thousand hand-
Katriona Gilmore grew up in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, learned violin at school and started playing local folk clubs with her guitarist father at the age of 14. She joined folk pop sensations Tiny Tin Lady in 2006, and in 2011 was invited to be part of a new lineup of The Albion Band.
Katriona has featured on many acclaimed albums as a session musician and has appeared onstage with such diverse acts as The Troggs, Kim Richey and Matt Berry. Jamie Roberts was brought up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in a musical family -
'Hot property' -
'Gilmore & Roberts take English folk and scuff it up with indie rock drama' -
'Enthralling….consistently compelling' -
'Head and shoulders above their contemporaries' -
EDWINA HAYES -
Her cover of the Randy Newman song Feels Like Home was featured in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister's Keeper and has since had over six million plays on You Tube.
As well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury to The Royal Albert Hall, Edwina is often invited to guest on studio albums and support major artists on tour. As well as touring extensively with Jools, Van and Nanci Griffith, Edwina has also toured with artists ranging from Loudon Wainwright and Roger McGuinn to KT Tunstall and Gretchen Peters.
Edwina was born in Dublin and grew up in Preston, Lancashire before moving to the East coast of Yorkshire as a teenager, where she has been based ever since. Dividing her time between the UK and America, Edwina's second home is Nashville where she is much loved as a songwriter and artist.
Having signed with Warner Chappell Publishing and with an eclectic range of influences from Bob Dylan and Carole King to Van Morrison and Gillian Welch, Edwina released her debut album 'Out On My Own' on Warner Brothers to critical acclaim. Produced by Clive Gregson and Nick Drake producer John Wood, the record featured Dr Hook's Dennis Locorriere as a guest vocalist and became a favourite on Michael Parkinson's BBC Radio Show.
Edwina released her second album 'Pour Me A Drink' independently to great success. Much more stripped down and acoustic, Nanci Griffith covered the title track and Edwina's version of Feels Like Home was played in full in the major motion picture 'My Sister's Keeper' starring Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin. Edwina followed in the same style with her third release 'Good Things Happen Over Coffee' and touring constantly continues to attract wonderful reviews and fans worldwide.
Edwina toured as support with Fairport Convention on their UK Wintour 2014 and her Abbey Road Live Here Now album will be released later in 2014.
GREEN DIESEL -
Performing original compositions, steeped in folklore, alongside inventive reworkings of traditional songs and tunes the band have built up a reputation as a fearsome live act. Their energy and musicianship grabs the audience by the scruff of the neck and leaves them wanting more.
The band's albums, 2012's 'Now Is The Time' and 2014's 'Wayfarers All' have won praise from critics and fans alike for the quality of songwriting and musicianship while the band have appeared at the likes of Beverley Folk Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and the Kelburn Garden Party. They have shared stages with the likes of Gilmore & Roberts, Spiers & Boden and Fotheringay.
The band's third album 'The Hangman's Fee' (released in March 2017 on Talking Elephant Records) features songs inspired by the darker side of folklore. Sinister spirits and bloodstained tales weave their way through the album backed by the signature Green Diesel sound. English folk, red in tooth and claw, performed by a band at the top of their game.'
FRASER NIMMO -
His songs cover the whole gamut of human experience and are delivered with flair, wit, compassion and serious digital dexterity on guitar and banjo. Essentially a serious songwriter who has been known to raise more than the occasional eyebrow, glass, roof, chuckle and consciousness, he treats his own material with the same conviction that he brings to music from the Scottish tradition, believing both music forms to be inter-
Tours of Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, The Middle East, U.S.A., Canada, and The Canary Islands plus appearances at many festivals, -
POLLY MORRIS -
From her funny, Observational Comedy songs to her Contemporary, acoustic songs, this is music that you will instantly identify with.
Polly has been performing from an early age. She has recorded five albums, "In the Meantime", "Dinner for Two", "Just One Click", " it wasn't me" and her most recent album “Good Driver”.
So, what do you do when you are faced with learning a load of stuff about something called “Entropy”…and you have a memory like a sieve? For me the only ever course I could adopt was to set them to music! The result was a candidate who sang to herself, during exams, and developed a love of writing songs.
Writing songs about any topic is a challenge that I love – the more obscure the topic, the better. This means that, over the years, I have written comedy songs about such subjects as The Economic Crises, Retinal Detatchments. .and Vomit!. However, there are other songs that I write These are totally different, and are the ones that seem to come out of an emotion, an event or a throwaway comment – Songs that feel as if they were already there, waiting for you to discover them.
After hearing my comedic songs some kind people have compared me to Victoria Wood, Flanders and Swan and Jake Thackeray. But for my more serious acoustic songs, I have been influenced by Eddi Reader, KT Tunstall, and Musical Theatre…This leads to a quirky mix and leaves me at a loss to explain what I actually do sound like!
My aim is to write songs that people identify with and give them a lift in some small way, so thank you for allowing me to attempt to do just that…and I hope that you enjoy my music.
(P.S. For those of with a passion for Thermodynamics -
OXFORD FIDDLE GROUP -
The tunes can be foot-
LINES & SQUARES POETS have become a popular feature in the NFFF programme. They are a band of poets from across the region brought together by writer and broadcaster Paul Canon Harris. The band reflect a range of spoken word styles and share a love of poetry and the folk scene. Between them they have an impressive record of published work and competitive titles won.
They will be performing on the main stage during changeovers plus there will also be Poetry Workshops at “The Fringe”
WARD THOMAS -
What they didn’t know was that their second album ‘Cartwheels’ would sail to #1 on the UK Album Chart on release making them the first ever UK country act to do so.
Back to the track though. Whenever they performed it live, they felt an intense connection to the crowd. When they sang it at London’s O2 Arena, fans hearing it for the first time fell silent.
“There’s a pause in the song during which you could have heard a pin drop,” says Lizzy, the blonde half of the Hampshire duo who were barely out of their teens when they became country crossover stars. “I watched the faces of fans, women mostly, and knew they felt the vulnerability of the lyrics. It was a magical moment.”
Cartwheels tells the sad tale of someone who refuses to accept that a relationship is over, who longs to be noticed, but is only ignored, who “bends so we won’t break”. It’s both heartbreakingly sad and sonically beautiful, a gut-
“All of our lyrics are personal,” says co-
Cartwheels was written two years ago, at a session in Nashville during the campaign for 2014’s ‘From Where We Stand’, the duo’s unexpectedly successful debut album, begun for fun while they were at school and released as an experiment on their own label.
After a debut EP caught the ears of some of country music’s biggest stars, among them 20 times Grammy Award winner Vince Gill, From Where We Stand was completed and recorded in Nashville, but remained distinctively British.
Its Number 1 selling follow-
The remainder of the new album was written and recorded in London, produced largely by Martin Terefe (KT Tunstall, Jason Mraz, Shawn Mendes), and partly by Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Paolo Nutini, Sia). Cartwheels wasn’t just the first track in the bag, it inspired what was to follow.
“It established our new sound,” says Lizzy. “Lyrically, it was much more grown-
In fact, the title track is among several on the album to shrug off country entirely, although the 22 year old twins’ beguiling harmonies remain their calling card. Lose Me is a fast-
“Touring our debut definitely made a difference,” says Catherine. “The tighter you become as a band, the more comfortable you are with experimenting. After two UK tours, festivals and playing to 55,000 people in Hyde Park, we had more confidence in who we were as musicians and what we were capable of. That gave us the freedom to explore.”
The biggest change, however, was that the teenagers became adults. With their co-
The gorgeous Guilty Flowers is the tables-
“A friend of Rebecca’s had just been through a bad break-
Cartwheels the album, contains a cartwheel of emotions and each song suggested its own sound.
“Almost Easy lent itself to being more contemporary sounding,” says Catherine. “We could hear strings on it; the same with Cartwheels. Rather than put strings everywhere, the songs had to call for them, to lift them to another level, not be a distraction. Songs like Carry You Home and Boomerang, the party track, have a bigger, ballsier, punchier sound. Proof, which is the only love song on the album, is sweet and summery.”
Ward Thomas haven’t just developed as a duo, but as individual singers and musicians too.
“We have different voices that suit different sorts of songs,” says Catherine. “We call Lizzy the trumpet and me the French horn. So we have both stripped back songs such as Where The Sky Is and Who I’m Not, which work well with my lower range and softer melodies, and upbeat belters like Boomerang and Lose Me that play to Lizzy’s strengths.”
Producer Martin Terefe was chosen for his work with KT Tunstall amongst others, although only in the studio did the sisters discover that he had co-
Another tour is about to begin and Ward Thomas can’t wait to introduce fans to their new songs.
“Our only worry is that blanket,” laughs Lizzy. “Heaven knows how we’re going to recreate that piano sound on stage, but it’ll be fun finding out.”