As a child Bella was always singing. Edale was the ideal place to nurture this natural ability, with an abundance of communal song. Having played the fiddle a small amount at school, Bella attended a Folkworks Youth Summer School in Durham age 13. Motivated by the number of young people playing folk music, she was inspired to begin working on folk fiddle. She also met many of her great friends and musical companions.
Spiers and Boden are an English folk duo. John Spiers plays melodeon, concertina and other squeezeboxes, while Boden plays fiddle, sings, and stamps out the rhythm on a piece of board. They began playing together in 1999 and their first album as a duo was Through and Through (2001). In 2002 they were both session musicians on Eliza Carthy's album Anglicana, and toured with her as part of her band The Ratcatchers.
Leon Rosselson is a topical protest singer-songwriter from Britain. He's recorded literate left-wing ditties, character sketches, and polemics since the 1960s, when he was a regular on the humorous television news roundup That Was the Week That Was. Most songs consist of his voice, sometimes with one of a handful of regular accompanists, backed by guitar or piano. His lyrics are almost always clever, sometimes deeply cynical, and sometimes cloyingly idealistic.
Dave Burland has retired twice in his life. In 1968 he left the Police Force to pursue a career in folk music, as a singer and guitar player. This particular period lasted until 1998 approx., when he took a proper job in which he had to wear proper trousers and, on occasions, a suit and tie. During the aforementioned period of thirty years, he visited quite a few countries, made quite a few solo records, quite a few of which are no longer available...
Three bands have performed and recorded under the name "Show of Hands". 1) Show Of Hands are England's most successful acoustic roots duo - Steve Knightley and Phil Beer. Their widespread appeal is based on the combined power of Steve's original songs, the quality of their vocals and harmonies, and their multi-instrumental virtuosity. Their performances feature guitars, mandocello, fiddle, cuatro, viola and concertina. Packing venues from the smallest village hall to the Royal Albert Hall in London, the duo continue to produce original music popular the world over.
Maddy Prior (born 14 August 1947, Blackpool, England) is an English folk singer. One of the most accomplished female vocalists in the British folk music scene, Maddy Prior is best known as the lead singer in the electric folk-rock band Steeleye Span. In her teens Prior moved to St Albans, where she befriended the young Donovan Leitch and Mac MacLeod. She later formed a duo with MacLeod called Mac & Maddy. She became a roadie for visiting American musicians, including Reverend Gary Davis.
Waterson:Carthy are a British folk group comprising Norma Waterson on vocals, her husband Martin Carthy on guitar, their daughter Eliza Carthy on fiddle and Tim Van Eyken on melodeon. Tim joined the group after 1996 when Saul Rose left the group. In 2007 Saul Rose has returned in place of Tim. Martin and Norma tour as a duo once a year, and are members of The Watersons. Individually, the band members are tremendously revered English folk musicians in their own right, but together they form one of the most sought bands available.
Douglas E Powell's own take on folk and Americana has earned him great respect from fans of his music all over the world.
Choosing to play solely with acoustic guitar and harmonica, Douglas tips his hat to his musical heroes Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Burt Jansch.
His live performances are intensely charged with deeply personal lyrics over gritty and beautifully simplistic guitar work. CP Mandrake, Twister Valley Records
Born in Warwick in 1947, June Tabor is considered one of the foremost members of the English folk music scene today. Aside from her highly acclaimed solo music career, she has also combined her talents with greats such as Maddy Prior, Martin Simpson, Elvis Costello and Oysterband. In 2004 she was named Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.