A founder-member of the High Level Ranters, Alistair "Ali" Anderson has been an influential part of the English folk scene for many years. An expert in his use of the English concertina, he has a style that makes all his recordings seem so mellow and easy.
Circus Envy are a rootsy five piece based in East Yorkshire, notable for using the irish bouzouki as a lead instrument while playing in the pop-rock genre.
Aly Bain MBE (born 15 May 1946 in Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland) is a reknowned Shetland fiddler, learning his instrument from the old-time master Tom Anderson. Considered one of the finest fiddlers in the Scottish tradition, he became nationally prominent as a founding member of Boys of the Lough, with whom he played for 30 years. He has worked on several international television series, regularly collaborates with prominent musicians from across the globe, and occasionally records as a solo musician. Since 1988 he toured and recorded as the duo Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham.
Catriona McKay, Scottish musician and composer born in Dundee. Catriona is a fearless contemporary explorer on the Scottish harp, having collaborated with folk, jazz, classical and experimental artists, as well as co-designing the new Starfish McKay harp, featuring an alternative tuning pattern, as heard on her recent solo album STARFISH. Catriona is a member of the leading Shetland band Fiddlers' Bid and the Chris Stout Quintet. She has a harp and fiddle duo with Chris Stout and plays World/Jazz music with Phil Alexander (piano/box).
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys are a Cajun band band from southern Louisiana. The band formed in 1988 and has since recorded 10 albums, nine of which are on Rounder Records.
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This may seem like an incorrect tag for De Dannan, but De Dannan also recorded as De Danann. In fact, their first four albums, beginning in 1975 were cut under the De Danann name. Their debut album was called "De Danann."
Rachel Unthank, 28, and sister Becky, 20, were raised in an environment permeated with music and folk song. Both of their parents are singers, and the sisters have been attending and performing at folk festivals for as long as they can remember. Later joined by two additional musicians 'Rachel Unthank & The Winterset' came into being, and released an award winning début album. From the types of song they sing, to the unmissable passion in their performance, it is clear they believe in 'keeping folk alive'.
Session A9 are a traditional Scottish band led by Capercaillie fiddler Charlie MacKerron. The lineup also includes Kevin Henderson (fiddle), Kris Drever (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Gordon Gunn (fiddle), Tim Edey (guitar, melodeon), Brian McAlpine (keyboards), Adam Sutherland (fiddle), Iain Copeland (percussion). The band was original started in 2003 as an album project for their first album What Road?.