The Wolfe Tones are an Irish rebel music band deeply rooted in Irish traditional music. They are named after the Irish rebel and patriot Wolfe Tone, one of the leaders of the Irish Rebellion of 1798 with the double entendre that a wolf tone is a spurious sound that can affect instruments of the violin family. The Wolfe Tones began in the early 1960s, and have continued recording and performing to this day. They originally consisted of the brothers Derek and Brian Warfield and their friend Noel Nagle, with Tommy Byrne joining soon after.
Here Be Dragons are regarded as one of the foremost folk rock bands emanating from Wales. Their live shows have had crowds dancing and partying in festivals and venues all across Europe and in the USA. Here Be Dragons have supported many of the top names in World/folk music - The Young Dubliners (USA/Ireland), Carlos Nuñes (Spain), The Oysterband (England), Flook (Ireland) and Yo Yo Mundi (Italy). They have appeared on television in Wales, internationally on cable and enjoyed radio support across Europe as well as in Australia and the USA.
North Sea Gas are Dave Gilfillan, Ronnie MacDonald and Grant Simpson. North Sea Gas has now been performing for 27 years. Over the years their exciting blend of Scottish and Irish music has appealed to audiences all over Great Britain, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Canada and the United States. For nine consecutive years, North Sea Gas has attracted large audiences to concerts held during the Edinburgh Festival.
Billy in the Lowground formed back in 1991 as the Brew Band, since when they've slogged all over the country playing loud 'n' dirty folk rock (for want of a better description) to all & sundry.
Based in the West Country, UK but they'll go anywhere as long as there's free beer...
Playing what could loosely be termed Folk-Rock (think
"Haunting and intoxicating, windswept folk - stark but with an enveloping depth. Shimmering, elemental dreamlike songs", says the reviewer at Cafe Oto where she is due to play 27sep08 - she has an Irish Celtic lilt too and now lives in Brighton.
Colorama are the brainchild of Carwyn Ellis, a Welsh wonder who has performed or collaborated with the likes of Edwyn Collins, Oasis, UNKLE, Shane MacGowan and Pete Molinari to name just a few. The band only started playing together in July '08 and are already definitely one to watch. Colorama's debut album Cookie Zoo has already had a Japan release to giddy critical acclaim, and their newly released first single, 'Sound' is an instant psych pop classic - a perfect introduction into a sonic world you won't wanna leave.
Bob Delyn a'r Ebillion are a Welsh folk-rock band fronted by poet, bard, singer and harpist Twm Morys. Their songs are sung in Welsh, with several in Breton (singer Nolwenn Korbell also features on two of their albums), strongly influenced by traditional songs and legends, but with an original, fresh take. This is also evident in the music, a unique mix of contemporary rhythms and instruments, with strong presence of Celtic harp and haunting sax.
They have released four albums, Sgwarnogod Bach Bob (Bob's Little Hares), Gwbade Bach Cochlyd (Little Red Faces), Gedon and Dore.
Moya Brennan, Máire Ní Bhraonáin, better known as Máire Brennan or incorrectly/phonetically as Moya Brennan (born 4 August 1952, Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland), is a Grammy Award-nominated Celtic Folk singer. She began her singing career when her family formed the band Clannad in 1970. Brennan grew up as the eldest in a very musical family in a remote parish in the northwest of Ireland, a place where the Irish language and tradition was and still is very much alive.