Hailing from Scotland but currently based in East London, Blue Rose Code is an alt-folk group whose influences are as hard to pin down as their fluid arrangements. Of their debut release on Natural Studio Records, Ross Wilson (BRC's singer says): “Rawlnish is the name of my family’s house on the Isle of Lewis. In Gaelic it literally means: the point at the end of the land. The house has been standing for over 200 years and is my favourite place. Legend has it that it’s the last inhabited house before Canada on the island and at the right time of year you can see the northern lights.
Kathleen MacInnes was born and brought up on South Uist, Western Isles, in a Gaelic speaking home, and has enjoyed an interesting career in television, as an actress, presenter and singer. Kathleen's various projects on television include being presenter of 'Tacsi', a Scottish Bafta award-winning television show of Gaelic and Celtic arts and culture; a part in the Gaelic 'soap' 'Machair'; parts on BBC TV's comedy shows such as 'Ran Dan' and 'PC Alasdair Stewart'; the film 'Interrogation of a Highland Lassie'...
Guitarist Paul Tasker & singer Iona Macdonald formed Doghouse Roses in late 2005 after one too many nights listening to old music whilst drinking red wine. They soon developed a sound that lies in the spaces between Pentangle and Fairport Convention, with a nod to Gillian Welch on the way. Doghouse Roses have released two EPs to date and their full length debut, “How’ve You Been (All This Time)?” was released on the 6th of October, and preceded by a single, “Greener the Grass / Years”, in May.
BIOGRAPHY “Dirk’s got great subtlety, tremendous feel, and he’s very loose and very modern, in the best sense of the word.” ---T-Bone Burnett Dirk Powell has expanded on the deeply rooted sounds of his Appalachian heritage to become one of the preeminent traditional American musicians of his generation. In addition to acclaimed releases on Rounder Records, he’s recorded and performed with artists such as Loretta Lynn...
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.
Pete Molinari is a folk blues singer/songwriter from Chatham, England, of Egyptian/Maltese parentage. Walking Off The Map is his first release, recorded live on half track in Billy Childish's kitchen - which is how Billy's wife came to sing on Alone And Forsaken and duets with Pete on his great tune We Belong Together. Pete has been playing solo for five years, honing his unique vocal style playing bars and cafes of New York's East Village as well as his home town of Chatham.
“A sharing of gold is but brief, but a sharing of song lasts long.”
- Gaelic Proverb Mary Jane Lamond is a sharer of songs, stories and spirit. This sharing has garnered Mary Jane numerous JUNO and East Coast Music award nominations, critical acclaim, and a worldwide audience. Her latest recording, SEINN, is released on September 18. It reflects the great love and respect that Mary Jane and Wendy have for Nova Scotia tradition, and for each other.
Fiddlers’ Bid are internationally respected as leading exponents of their unique musical heritage and rich fiddle tradition and are global ambassadors for Shetland. A dynamic four fiddle front line joins with a powerhouse of piano, bass, guitar and Scottish harp to create a “display of stunning virtuosity”. Since their formation in 1991, the "flying fiddles and furious talent" of Fiddlers’ Bid have astounded audiences all over the world with their expressive, high energy music and performance. "Beware: Fiddlers’ Bid is infectious and habit-forming”.