Brass Monkey are an English folk band from the 1980s, who reunited in the late 1990s. They were innovative in their use of a brass section which was atypical for English folk music. The band originally consisted of Martin Carthy (vocals, guitar, mandolin), John Kirkpatrick (vocals, accordion, concertina), Howard Evans (trumpet), Roger Williams (trombone), Martin Brinsford (born 17 August 1944, in Gloucester, Gloucestershire) (harmonica, percussion, saxophone).
Tim has spent five years with Waterson:Carthy and has recently formed his own band. They made their debut at the Wychwood Festival and won the "Best Traditional Track" at the BBC Folk Awards in 2007.
Maeve Mackinnon is tipped as one of Scotland's leading young folk singers. An Honours graduate of the RSAMD's Scottish Music degree, her singing really started to come into its own prior to finalising for the BBC Radio Scotland "Young Traditional Musician 2005" award. Born into a political family, Maeve spent most of her infancy learning to walk and talk on peace marches in the 1980s, and remembers Dick Gaughan as being the first live singer she ever heard, and a major musical influence.
from CDBABY With warmth, humor and understated scholarship, Jeff Warner connects 21st century audiences with the music and everyday lives of 19th century people. He presents musical traditions from the Outer Banks fishing villages of North Carolina, to the lumber camps of the Adirondack Mountains. His songs have “the stamp of authority and real experience” (Tykes News, Yorkshire, UK). His songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, bring us the latest news from the distant past.
Huddie Ledbetter (23 January 1888-6 December 1949) was a leading American blues singer and guitarist. His songbook contained a large number of standard folk tunes, most adapted from previous sources. Though many of his posthumous releases list him as "Leadbelly," he himself spelled it "Lead Belly." This is also the usage on most of his original records, tombstone, as well as of the Lead Belly Foundation.
Combining their love for traditional and folk music as well as original songs and tunes the Paul McKenna Band have been playing to audiences throughout the UK since 2006. With a contemporary approach to songs, although not straying too far from their roots, their arrangements are both fresh and innovative. Their exciting sound is created through outstanding vocals, driving Guitar and Bouzouki, intense Fiddle playing, a warm pairing of Flute and Whistles and dynamic Bodhrán and percussion.
There is more than one artist under the name of Jon Mills; 1) Singer-songwriter from Tunbridge Wells. 2) Banjo player with the Old Lone Gin Band in the Dover area. Bands that he has previously played with include Rainmaker (bluegrass band), Travel by Steam (ceilidh band), Five Bar Gate (ceilidh band), Tony Joe Marshall & Crowbait (country music band), and the Marshall-Mills Duo. He is also recorded on albums of Cornish music with Merv Davey (Pyba, and Forth an Syns), and on an album with Cornish songwriter, Graham Sandercock (Pol Pri).
Purbayan Chatterjee gave his first sensational performance at the age of 5 at the India Festival in Basel in 1982. He is accepted as the most gifted torch?bearer of the Senia?Maihar Gharana (school) of Baba Alauddin Khan and has become a powerful force in the Indian Classical Music scenario. At the very age of 3, he surprised his family and friends with his extraordinary capacity of annotating every single song that he heard at that tender age.