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Bellowhead

Bellowhead are an 11 piece band that play arrangements of English traditional music. They have released one Ep, E.P.onymous in Oct 2004, and two albums, Burlesque in Oct 2006 and Matachin in Oct 2008. Current band members are.. Jon Boden - lead vocals and fiddle
John Spiers - melodean & concertina
Benji Kirkpatrick - bouzouki, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo
Paul Sartin - Fiddle, oboe and vocals
Rachael McShane - Cello, fiddle, vocals
Gideon Juckes - Sousaphone, Helicon & Tuba
Pete Flood - percussion

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Elbow Jane

Elbow Jane are a premiere 5 piece acoustic band from the Wirral, comprising guitars, bazouki, mandolin, piano, bass, percussion and expressive vocals. From thought provoking self-penned songs…to unique Interpretations of the worlds best songsmiths. From the emotion of O’Carolan…to the techniques of Tommy Emmanuel. From sensitive ballad, through infectious rhythms…to luring harmonies. Live they excel - playing festival stages and clubs up & down the UK winning fantastic reviews and a loyal following.

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Kerfuffle

A four-piece instrumental and vocal group, Kerfuffle draw their inspiration from both traditional and contemporary music to create their uniquely appealing sound. Formed around a Derbyshire/South Yorkshire axis in 2003, Kerfuffle originally consisted of Sam Sweeney (fiddle, percussion), Hannah James (vocals, accordion), Chris Thornton-Smith (acoustic guitar) and Tom Sweeney (bass guitar). Thornton-Smith was replaced by Jamie Roberts. www.kerfuffleonline.co.uk

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Melodica, Melody and Me

This is from their Myspace page (http://www.myspace.com/mmmelodic), "Hello! We are Melodica, Melody & Me. Bringing you wholesome melodies and skanky drops.".
When I listen to them, I get an image of Bob Marley and Paul Simon leaning on a gate at woodstock while chewing a piece of straw and talking about tractors or something like that.... I have a weird imagination though..... but to sum it up I would kind of say hippie and reggae with an indie flow to it - very relaxed and chilled but with a rythm 'n beat and lyrics that draw you in.

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Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band

See also Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band. Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band have been teaming up since 1982 to revive interest in traditional carols and hymns and 18th century drinking songs. The band and Maddy Prior of course have their own separate projects and only work together from time to time. See also Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band. For more information see this Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maddy_Prior).

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Blue Murder

There is more than one artist with this name: 1) British hardrock band
2) Dutch guitarpop band
3) British folk group

1) Blue Murder was the hard rock brainchild of ex-Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy guitarist John Sykes. The original 1988 lineup of the band, also included ex-The Firm bass player Tony Franklin and drummer Cozy Powell (although he was almost immediately replaced by Carmine Appice). Ray Gillen was also briefly in the 1988 line-up before Sykes decided to take the vocal duties himself in addition to guitar.

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Bert Jansch

Herbert Jansch (b. 3rd November 1943), commonly known as Bert Jansch, is a Scottish folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle. He was born in Glasgow and, particularly in his early career, was sometimes characterised as a British Bob Dylan. This, however, was misleading, in that Jansch's best work has always been fundamentally instrument-driven unlike Dylan's, which is primarily lyric-based.

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Dambuskers

They are a band with 'attitude', fronted by Steve Ruffe The Wild Man of Folk who - as well as writing great songs that get audiences singing - is on lead vocals and plays guitar, harmonica and percussion. Chloe Watson is a an amazing folk fiddler; her classical training gives her a freedom and edge that keep her afloat above the wild things that go on around her. She is also developing into a talented singer with an amazing delivery that always adds something new to the songs she sings.

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Clive Palmer

A founding member of the Incredible String Band who also formed C.O.B. (Clive's Old Band or Clive's Original Band) in the 1960's. He fell out of music for a while, working in among other things dentistry and engineering before coming back to music in 1990. He has released numerous albums, including his most recent solo album titled 'All Roads Lead to Land' and he has also played live with the modern folk group 'Espers'.

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