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Chris Thile

Chris Thile is a renowned mandolin player and a founding member of the progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek with Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins. Thile began recording his first solo album in 1993, with most songs of his own composition. After two more solo albums of all original material, he teamed with mandolin master Mike Marshall for a stunning album of duets called Into the Cauldron, which included forays into jazz, world music, and Bach. In 2004 Chris released Deceiver, a departure from his earlier work which contained a variety of pop/rock/folk influenced vocal numbers.

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Andrew Collins

Andrew Collins (born March 4, 1965, Northampton) is an English journalist, scriptwriter, and broadcaster. After studying epic graphic design at Chelsea School of Art, Collins started writing for New Musical Express in 1989, subsequently taking up editorship of Q in 1995, having worked on Select and Empire (where he was briefly editor for three issues in 1995, before moving over to Q). He also formed a double-act with fellow music journalist Stuart Maconie, presenting the Sony Award-winning BBC Radio 1 show Collins & Maconie's Hit Parade...

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Steve James

Steve James is a virtuoso of contemporary American blues and folk music. Steve plays guitar, slide guitar, mandolin and six-string banjo. He is a tireless traveler, touring across the US and internationally. Steve James has released a number of recordings and instructional books and DVDs. Recordings include: Two Track Mind (1993)
American Primitive (1994)
Art & Grit (1996)
Not for Highway Use - Austin Sessions 1988-95
Boom Chang (2000)
Fast Texas (2003)
Tonight (2004)

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Nick Keir

Nick Keir is an Edinburgh folk singer, and is well known on the folk scene - his music is well loved by people in the know. He is well worth looking into.
Nick began his career with the now-legendary Folk/Rock band "Finn mac Cuill" and worked with 7;84 Theatre Company befor joining The McCalmans. After Dec 2010 he'll be working solo, in a duo with Stephen Quigg and continuing his association with The Tolkien Ensemble, touring Europe with them in a huge Stage show, narrated by Christopher Lee

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Brendan Kelly

There is more than one artist with this name: 1) Brendan Kelly (born September 8, 1976) is the bassist and co-vocalist of Chicago band The Lawrence Arms, as well as guitarist/lead vocalist of The Falcon. Kelly's former bands include Slapstick and The Broadways. He is known for his raspy vocals and drunken demeanor. Kelly graduated from Northwestern University. In 2004, he appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart in a correspondent piece by Ed Helms entitled "The Clash." He has a blog called Bad Sandwich Chronicles.

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Nina Violet

This is Nina's biography, in her own words: "I sing, play viola, maybe some banjo/mandolin/electric and acoustic guitar... I don't have a bio written, but we're (Willy Mason and band) all from the same home-island, and we've all been playing together for seems like forever in different incarnations. I'm a farmer/gardener when I'm not playing music, and my whole family plays as well: my mom is on her way to play on my new record I'm making at this very moment at old soul studio with my sister Marciana Jones, Sam Mason, and Colin Ruel.

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Bridie Jackson and the Arbour

Bridie Jackson & The Arbour are from Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK . They launched their début album, Bitter Lullabies, with a sold-out show at The Sage Gateshead in January 2012.
More information can be found at www.bridiejackson.com.
The album can be bought online at http://bridiejackson.bandcamp.com. Bridie started playing guitar at five years old. She comes from a musical family, and while travelling Europe with her father, she was introduced to many musical styles including the Portuguese Fado tradition, the influence of which can be heard in her work.

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Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien (b. March 16, 1954 in Wheeling, West Virginia) is an American bluegrass, old time and celtic musician. O'Brien plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and mandocello and is an accomplished vocalist. He moved to Boulder, Colorado in the 1970s and became part of the music scene there. In 1978 he founded the bluegrass group Hot Rize. Hot Rize had its own offshoot band called Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers.

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