Michael McGoldrick (b. 1971, Manchester, England) is a flute and tin whistle player of great renown. He also plays the Uilleann pipes. He has been a member of several influential bands. In 1994 he was awarded the BBC Young Tradition Award, and, in 2001, he was given the Instrumentalist of the Year award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. McGoldrick was a founder-member of Celtic rock band, Toss the Feathers while still at school. He also competed in the Fleadhanna with Dezi Donnelly (fiddle) and John-Jo Kelly (bodhrán) whom he had met at local Comhaltas meetings.
The Summertides hail from Exmouth. A quaint coastal town in Devon, England,
Exmouth has imbued their unique music with all the sex, love and carnal debauchery of the traditional British seaside.
Echo at the Carnival is a truly personal and intriguing biography of songwriter Simon Richardson, who takes you on a musical journey of all the highs and lows that come with a few nights well spent.
Carolyn Anona Scott is a 22 year-old songwriter and folk singer. Born in Dunfermline, Carolyn has been living and gigging around Edinburgh for two years now. Her take on traditional song has been described as "spine-tingling" by The Sunday Times. Her debut album will be available in early 2009. "Original and personal, both upbeat and down, Carolyn lives on the very edges of folk music" www.gardensessions.co.uk
Clive Bell is a musician and composer specialising in Far Eastern music. He studied the Shakuhachi (japanese bamboo flute) in Tokyo with the respected performer and composer Kohachiro Miyata, and the khene (Lao mouthorgan) in Laos and Thailand. He has composed music for theatre shows by Complicite, Kazuko Hohki, the Whalley Range All Stars and IOU Theatre, and for BBC radio plays by Louise Oliver and Pomme Clayton. He writes for The Wire magazine.
more at www.clivebell.co.uk
Crazy Folk are a musically diverse 5 piece band from the North West, gate-crashing the folk scene with a lively blend of traditional Irish, drinking songs, 3 part harmony and instrumentals. All the members are professional musicians active in many genres of the music industry performing in Classical orchestras to Jazz and World music groups. They all share a passion for Folk and Celtic music and formed the Crazy Folk band in 2009 as an outlet for the music.
Te Vaka is a unique group of ten musicians and dancers from Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands, and New Zealand brought together under the inspired leadership of Opetaia Foa'i. They have been wowing international audiences since 1997, presenting a rich, luscious mix of Polynesia's ancient culture, to the modern world and in 2008 won the
Djivan Gasparyan, born 1928 in Solag, plays the duduk, an Armenian double reed woodwind instrument related to the oboe. Djivan Gasparyan is widely known as the "Master" of Duduk. For "Endless Vision," he collaborated with Hossein Alizadeh, a distinguished Iranian composer, Radif-preserver, researcher, teacher, and excellent tar and setar instrumentalist and improvisor, dubbed by many as an Ostad (Master) of Persian music. Endless Vision
Genres : Persian world
Released : 2005 | Label : World Village | Length : 1h00' 28''
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Finn Peters is one of the leading flute and sax players in the UK today. A musician born and bred, he has dedicated his life to perfecting his art. He comes from a family of musicians, which can be traced back to the 1600s and started playing the flute aged five. Fortunate to be surrounded by famous musicians as he grew up, he decided on a career in music and has been studying ever since. After spending his teens practicing non-stop, he studied musicology at Durham University, then completed a post-graduate course at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.