Anthony Albrecht

Anthony Albrecht

Anthony Albrecht is a Novocastrian cellist known for his “dramatic flair” and “fluent and virtuosic” performances (Seen and Heard International, Sydney Morning Herald). Based in London, he is a frequent flyer for work with the Australian Haydn Ensemble, Pinchgut Opera and New Vintage Baroque (NYC).

Passionate about making classical music accessible in the 21st century, in 2017 he undertook a self-managed solo tour of over 30 concerts in regional Australia called ‘Bach to the Bush’. Other recent solo engagements include a concerto performance with the Adelaide Baroque Orchestra, a recital at the Handel and Hendrix House in London and a performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D at the Newcastle Music Festival. He runs his own festival in East Sussex, the Lapwing Music Festival, which supports the effort to save the iconic Coastguard Cottages at Cuckmere Haven. He holds a Master of Music from The Juilliard School in New York City. 

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Kate Young

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Kate Young is a Scottish singer, fiddle player and composer. She specialises in combining her experience of world musics such as her training in Bulgarian traditional singing with fiddle accompaniment and is constantly exploring new ways to combine her writing, informed by traditions with string quintet. 

In 2014 her band Kate in the Kettle's debut album, ‘Swimmings of the Head’ was received with high acclaim from Songlines, The Guardian, and MOJO. It proved as a celebration of innovation and the weaving together of similarities between Scottish, Scandinavian and Indian traditions. Kate Young is also known for her work with Songs of Separation (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 - Album of the Year), Carthy, Oates, Farrell & Young and the Moulettes.

After a successful showcase of her ‘New Voices’ commission at Celtic Connections last year, 2017 saw Kate in the Kettle joined by an exciting new line-up with fresh songs arranged for string quintet, which explore the folkloric traditions surrounding plant medicine.

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Fiston Lusambo

Fiston Lusambo

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London based Fiston Lusambo is a virtuoso guitarist, famous for his fluid style blending choppy rhythm playing with sinuous lead lines. He first came into the spotlight in Orchestra Virunga, the group formed around seminal Congolese artist Samba Mapangala.

He is bandleader of Zong Zing All Stars, leading exponents of 'cavacha' - the uplifting dance rhtyhm at the core of central African music, which gave rise to 'soukous' in Congo, 'makosa' in Cameroon, and 'coupez decallez' in Côte d'Ivoire.

Max Baillie

Max Baillie

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Max has jammed with Tuaregs in the Malian Desert, led Bjork’s orchestra in the Albert Hall, and accompanied Stevie Wonder in Hyde Park. From folk tunes in the Welsh Hills to collaborations with Steve Reich and John Williams, Max leads a chameleonic life including classical, pop, and improvisation, with musicians from all over the world and on stages big and small.

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Carleen Anderson

Carleen Anderson

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Hailed by Giles Peterson as one of the most influential singer/songwriters of her generation, Carleen Anderson is highly respected within the music industry. She’s globally known for her collaboration with the 1991 Mercury Music Award Shortlisted Young Disciples for their album, Road to Freedom and her 1994 Brit Award nominated solo album TRUE SPIRIT. Throughout her independent solo career, she’s been featured alongside a multitude of established artists from a wide array of musical genres - Nigel Kennedy, Dr. John, OMAR, Chrissie Hynde, Jocelyn Brown, Meshell Ndgeocello, Paul McCartney, Brand New Heavies, Incognito, Paul Weller, Ramsay Lewis, and a further long list of luminous ones. She won Jazz FM’s 2013 Best UK Vocalist Award. In 2014, Arts Council England awarded her a Research and Development grant for her Cage Street Memorial Theatre Production which was followed by a PRS Women Make Music grant in 2015 to record its accompanying music. She won the Giles Peterson’s Worldwide FM Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. Her CAGE STREET MEMORIAL Tribal Opera concert at the Barbican in January 2018 received great press reviews. The London Evening Standard called it ‘a deftly crafted masterwork’.

In addition to currently promoting her soundtrack album CAGE STREET MEMORIAL ~ The
Pilgrimage, Anderson is internationally commissioned to compose and arrange music for several
Human Rights projects.

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Laura Moody

Laura Moody

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Laura Moody is a wildly alternative cellist, vocalist and avant-singer-songwriter. Fascinated not only with words and songwriting but also with sounds, noises and textures, she eschews laptops and loop pedals to explore what is possible using only solo cello and voice. She creates emotive songs that reveal a multitude of influences and inhabit a unique space between the contemporary avant garde, classical music, experimental pop and singer-songwriter tradition.

Having achieved much international acclaim as a long-standing member of innovative string quartet the Elysian Quartet, she has also toured world-wide as a member of physical theatre string ensemble The Gogmagogs and the Meredith Monk Ensemble and performed extensively in theatre and contemporary dance productions. She has toured, collaborated and recorded with leading musicians from a hugely diverse number of genres from folk to hip hop. All these elements are brought together in Laura’s solo work, as The Arts Desk noted,"it seemed almost as if she had taken every musical influence that had come her way and put them in a blender...certainly extraordinary and sometimes disturbing. But what surprised me most ...was just how often it became mesmerising."

Laura releases music on her own Surbiton Lagoon label, named after an exotically monikered but long defunct swimming pool in the famously beige London suburb where she grew up. An EP was released in 2009  and following a highly successful crowdfunding campaign her highly personal and long awaited debut album 'Acrobats' was released in November 2014. She is currently working on the follow up release.

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Francesca Simmons

Francesca Simmons

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Francesca Simmons, is a violinist and independent artist from North Wales, now living in Bristol.

She currently plays violin and musical saw with folk-improv instrumental trio Rock of Eye, and for live animation outfit The Paper Cinema. Performing under her solo moniker Madame Česki, she self-released her debut album Palimpsest in 2016 with airplay on Radio3, Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio Cymru/Radio Wales.

Other session and performing work has included working alongside Sam Lee, Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), Spiro, Collectress, Fiona Bevan, The Heritage Orchestra, DJ Yoda, Marques Toliver, and Lleuwen Steffan. Francesca has also performed with Giffords Circus, Secret Cinema, and Sound UK.

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Barbara Dickson

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As a multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier Award winning acting career, Barbara Dickson OBE has firmly established herself as one of the most enduring and popular artistes in Britain today. 

Born in Dunfermline, Scotland, Barbara’s love of music was evident from an early age – she began studying piano at the age of five and by twelve had also taken up the guitar. She developed an interest in folk music whilst at school which led to floor spots singing at her local folk club. After relocating to Edinburgh, she went on to combine a day job in the Civil Service whilst steadily pursuing her first love, music, in local pubs and clubs. The watershed moment came in 1968 when, after being refused leave from her job for an overseas singing engagement, Barbara resigned, determined to pursue a career for herself in the burgeoning folk scene of the late ‘60’s. 

The next few years saw her gradually ‘paying her dues’ on the Scottish and English folk circuit, steadily building a reputation and working with the likes of Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty, Rab Noakes and Archie Fisher. Early folk albums, which she recorded for Trailer and Decca Records, were well received. Barbara readily admits that she would have been happy to continue her life as a travelling folk musician, but a meeting with an old friend, musician and playwright Willy Russell, in Liverpool in the early 70s was to change the course of her career completely. 

She is currently working on a new studio album, a follow-up her recent live album, ‘In Good Company,’ which will feature some of her favourite songs recorded with a string quartet featuring new arrangements by John O'Hara, and she is also planning another release which she hopes will coincide with her next full band tour in early 2019. Whilst Barbara remains modest about her many achievements, with seventeen Platinum and Gold albums to her name she remains Scotland’s biggest-selling female singer of all time. 

Aly Bain, the great folk musician, has described her as having the best female voice ever to come out of Scotland whilst Billy Connolly says “from the very first time I heard her, her voice just nailed me to the wall. She’s just a one-off.” Barbara is quick to dismiss this politely as pure opinion, but the accolades she has received over the years undoubtedly recognise that she has been touched with a gift that is of great importance to her and, more importantly, to her audience. 

“Singing is not,” she says, “about technique but what is in your heart. That is the secret”.

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Piers Faccini

Piers Faccini

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Crossing and blurring musical boundaries is an art form for Piers Faccini. Treading the frontiers which delineate one country from another, Faccini finds his inspiration in the cultural ambiguity of borderlands. If his songs were maps, they’d stretch from the English moors to the Saharan dunes via the plains of the Mediterranean.

Over seven acclaimed albums, Faccini has toured his music worldwide, recording and collaborating with numerous musicians and singers including Ballake Sissoko, Vincent Segal, Ben Harper, Rokia Traore, Patrick Watson and Ibrahim Maalouf amongst others.

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Clare O'Connell

Clare O'Connell

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Cellist Clare O'Connell is passionate about and specialises in playing chamber music. She is a founder member of acclaimed contemporary chamber ensemble CHROMA, and collaborates with The Storytellers Ensemble, The Harborough Collective, Lontano, Aurora, Marais Ensemble and Propellor Ensemble.

She set up and curates CHROMA’s series of chamber music concerts in Berkhamsted, experimenting with varying instrumental line-ups, and interweaving music, poetry, and storytelling to add another dimension to the concert going experience, and for which she has commissioned new works from Leonardo Margutti and Luke Bedford as well as a piece of music and words from Patrick Sherwen and Dominic Shovelton. 

She programmed and produced CHROMA’s first own label album ‘Folk Tales’, conceived and recorded with CHROMA artists David Le Page and Ian Watson and has recently started working on an album of new material with  David Le Page.

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David Rothenberg

David Rothenberg

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David has written and performed on the relationship between humanity and nature for many years.  He is the author of Why Birds Sing, his book on making music with birds which was turned into a feature length BBC TV documentary. His following book, Thousand Mile Song, is on making music with whales and was turned into a film for French television.

As a composer and clarinetist, Rothenberg has sixteen CDs out under his own name, including a Jazziz Magazine top ten of the year, and a record on ECM with Marilyn Crispell. A great collaborator, his musical colleagues include Scanner, DJ Spooky, Lukas Ligeti, Mira Calix, Ben Neill, and Robert Rich.

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Juliet Fraser

Juliet Fraser

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Soprano Juliet Fraser has a repertoire dominated by the very old and the very new. Recent projects range from the ground-breaking music of Francesca Caccini, composer to the Medici, to the newest new works combining voice and electronics. Increasingly in demand as a soloist for contemporary repertoire, she has performed with new music ensembles Klangforum Wien, Talea, Remix Ensemble, ICTUS, Plus-Minus, We Spoke: New Music Company and London Sinfonietta.

She is an active commissioner of new music, and has worked particularly closely with composers Cassandra Miller, Michael Finnissy, Bernhard Lang, Andrew Hamilton and Rebecca Saunders. She is also a core member of EXAUDI vocal ensemble, which she co-founded with composer/conductor James Weeks in 2002. Her discography includes early music with the Monteverdi Choir, Collegium Vocale Gent and Gli Angeli Genève, contemporary ensemble repertoire with EXAUDI, and new solo works by Andrew Hamilton (NMC), Bernhard Lang (Kairos) and Morton Feldman (Hat Hut). She is the founder and artistic director of eavesdropping, a new series and a symposium dedicated to new music.

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Gwyneth Herbert

Gwyneth Herbert

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Gwyneth Herbert is a strikingly original performer, award-winning composer and lyricist and versatile musical adventurer who continues to redefine and challenge expectations. Drawing on influences from the worlds of jazz, folk, contemporary classical music and storytelling, she has worked in collaboration with writers, musicians, directors, choreographers, visual artists, academics, clowns and young people to create a huge canon of genre-defying interdisciplinary work, as well as touring nationally and internationally with her band and releasing six critically acclaimed albums to date on major, independent and self-owned labels.

The most recent of these, 2012’s The Sea Cabinet - an intricate exploration of the sea in all its magic, majesty and mystery - received rave reviews and a large-scale multi-art form tour followed, involving prose, live water sculpture projections and pirate flashmob choruses recruited from local communities. Long-recognised for her rare vocal talents and extraordinary ability to connect emotionally with her audience, the tour further enhanced Gwyneth’s reputation as one the most imaginative and idiosyncratic artists of her generation.

Since then she has performed her own work with the London Sinfonietta, toured across the world with her band and received enormous acclaim for her work on numerous projects as composer and lyricist, ranging from the Bristol Old Vic’s hugely successful production of The Snow Queen - for which she was also musical director and voice of the title role - to a song for EastEnders character Bex!

2018 sees the launch of her ambitious and hugely anticipated seventh album and live show, Letters I Haven’t Written, songs from which she recently previewed in session for BBC Radio 2 and live from the Edinburgh Festival on BBC Radio 3. Gwyneth describes the project as "a  musical, narrative and visual journey exploring the lost art of letter writing. Through blots of heartbreak, strokes of curiosity and scribbles of whimsy, Letters... unearths the emotional complexities of putting pen to paper, and, in a climate of status updates and limited characters, seeks to find a more meaningful dialogue with the world”.

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Francesca Ter-Berg

Francesca Ter-Berg

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Hackney-born Francesca Ter-Berg is a cellist, composer and musical collaborator. 

She began her musical explorations at the age of 7 studying Western classical music. Growing up in multi-cultural Dalston led her to a degree in Social Anthropology at Sussex University. Anthropology inspired Francesca to travel and learn different styles of music, most notably Klezmer, Transylvanian and Romanian music. Ever since, Francesca has spent many years collecting this music from archives and spent time travelling to study extensively with leading experts such as Tcha Limberger and Alan Bern.

She regularly collaborates with violinist Flora Curzon in their folk duo Fran & Flora.
"A string duo bound for glory." - Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3's Late Junction

Francesca's interest in composing, arranging, improvising and teaching recently led her to complete a Masters in Popular Music at Goldsmiths College. Here she began exploring the world of sound, studio composition and working with live electronics. Francesca is currently working on her first EP, which blends traditional folk, field recordings and electronica. 

Francesca has collaborated and performed with artists such as Sam LeeTalvin SinghFloating PointsPortico, Sophie Solomon, Cosmo Sheldrake, Tanita Tikaram, Roger O’Donnell, Riz AhmedHejira, Katy Carr, Lisa KnappGerry DiverThe UnthanksKate Young, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Frank London, London Klezmer Quartet, Soumik Datta, Jyotsna Srikanth, Ahmed Mukhtar, Maverick Sabre and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

er collaborative experience and diverse musical background has led Francesca to be one of the most versatile and in demand session and studio musicians in the UK. Francesca hosts her own radio show on DubLab London, and when not making music focuses on her other passion - food.

"Francesca Ter-Berg wonderfully channels so many different stories and styles in her music and cello playing... a sincere and evocative musician with a restless and creative mind who sources her inspiration from the richest of diets” - Sam Lee

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Matthew Sharp

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'Virtuoso of the arts' (The Times) Matthew Sharp, has performed worldwide as solo cellist, baritone, actor and director - solo appearances with the RPO, LPO, RLPO, CBSO; singing principal roles for Opera North and ROH; acting principal roles at the Young Vic and NT Studio.

From Glastonbury to Glyndebourne, he has worked with an extraordinary spectrum of leading artists from Sir John Tavener to Marta Eggert to Dave McKean to Caryl Churchill. His own music and theatre works have toured to major festivals globally. He has given over sixty world premieres and recorded for Sony, EMI, Decca, Naxos, Somm, NMC, Avie and Whirlwind.

'…he held the breathless attention of the audience with his vivid, poignant performance… remarkable.' - The Independent

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Clive Bell

Clive Bell

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Clive Bell is a musician, composer and writer with a specialist interest in the shakuhachi (Japanese flute), khene (Thai mouth organ) and other East Asian wind instruments. He has travelled extensively in Japan (where he studied shakuhachi with the master Kohachiro Miyata), Thailand, Laos and Bali, researching music and meeting local practitioners. He joins koto and shamisen players to perform the Japanese classical repertoire. He toured for over a decade with Jah Wobble, including shows at Ronnie Scott’s and the Glastonbury Festival. Clive Bell has a substantial recording history as both a solo artist (his solo album, Shakuhachi: The Japanese Flute was reissued in 2005 by ARC Records) and as a composer for film, TV and theatrical productions (Complicite, Kazuko Hohki, IOU, Whalley Range Allstars). Jazz pianist Taeko Kunishima, Jaki Liebezeit, David Sylvian, David Toop, Jochen Irmler of Faust and Bill Laswell number among Clive Bell's collaborators. Based in Tottenham, London, he writes regularly for the music monthly The Wire.

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Alice Barron

Alice Barron

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Alice Barron is a violinist, collaborator, and founder member of experimental world music group, iyatraQuartet.  She enjoys a diverse career combining orchestral, chamber and solo performances with improvisatory and multi-disciplinary projects.  She specialises in contemporary and world musics, with recent performances including projects with Nigel Kennedy, Jean-Luc Ponty, L. Subramaniam and with Sam Lee at WOMAD festival in Australia and New Zealand.  Alice's collaborative work is genre-spanning and draws on her experiences studying South Indian violin techniques.

‘iyatraQuartet summoned up a flavour of dizzy Balkan revelry’ - Ivan Hewett, Telegraph
 

As part of a practice-led PhD at the University of Oxford, Alice is currently working on a series of collaborations creating new cross-cultural works for the violin that draw on her experiences studying in South India.

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Dónal Kearney

Dónal Kearney

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Dónal is a singer, collaborator and educator from County Down, Northern Ireland.

Whether harmonising on long car journeys with his three brothers or learning traditional songs with local choirs, Dónal has been singing all his life. His great-uncle Redmond Friel was a composer for RTÉ in the 1940s, writing music rooted in traditional music and song of Ireland. Dónal's grandmother Eileen Friel was a harper in the Irish tradition. Although his musical education was initially classical - studying flute and piano as a child - Dónal's family heritage stirred his interest in folksong and the Ulster sean nós repertoire in his early teens.

Currently based in Dublin, Dónal works internationally with various projects, including Tourist Walk with his brothers. As a member of ANÚNA, he toured Asia, Europe, Canada, and the USA, performing on stages such as the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghai Conservatoire of Music, Tokyo's Bunkamura Orchard Hall, De Doelen in Rotterdam, King's Hall in London, and Dublin's O2 Arena.

Dónal sings traditional songs from his native Ulster, learning from sean nós singers like Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde and Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin. As a freelance artist, he has lent his voice to brands like World of Warcraft and Beats by Dre, and his solo voice features on soundtracks by Nintendo (Xenoblade II) and Blizzard. Dónal's original music has been broadcast on RTÉ TV ("First Kiss") and radio (weavers).

Dónal is one third of TRÚ, a folk trio based in Northern Ireland with an eclectic musical heritage. TRÚ's performance of traditional and original songs at Celtic Connections 2018 was met with high praise and the future looks bright as they continue to work on completing their début album.

"Amazing. Stunning voice!" - Janis Ian, Double GRAMMY-award singer-songwriter

"Smart singing. Beautiful singing." - Shirley Collins, folk singer and song collector

 

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Jarlath Henderson

Jarlath Henderson

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From County Armagh, Jarlath Henderson has been playing the uilleann pipes since the age of 10. A talented and versatile musician, Jarlath also plays whistle, flute, cittern and has recently been winning over audiences with song.

In 2003 he became the first and only Irish solo artist to win the prestigious BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year Award, which led to him being invited to play at some of the most prestigious festivals in Europe. Jarlath is a three times ‘All-­­Ireland Champion’ Uilleann Piper, a teacher both in Ireland and Scotland and has featured in numerous BBC television programmes on piping and music. In 2008 he released his first album, 'Partners in Crime' (Vertical Records) with fellow border piper Ross Ainslie, followed by their second release 'Air-Fix' in 2013. Both albums received outstanding critical acclaim from the general folk world, with the debut release being voted '6th Best Folk Album' of 2008 by Mojo Magazine.

When not performing with his band, solo or alongside Ross Ainslie, Jarlath regularly guests with Scottish folk legends Capercaillie, Salsa Celtica and in Phil Cunningham's annual Hogmanay house band. This year in Ireland he will be playing with his sister Alana Henderson, the Cara Dillon Band, Atlantic Arc Orchestra and Cathy Jordan and Mick Daly.

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Bella Hardy

Bella Hardy

Bella grew up in Edale in the Peak District, and now lives in Glasgow. Although the Hardy family sang in the local choir, it was a combination of her childhood love for ballad books and visits to local folk festivals that decided her future. At 13 she began performing at Cambridge and Sidmouth festivals and in 2004 reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award, having taught herself to fiddle sing.

“...the 6Music market surely beckons for Bella. As well as reaffirming her status as a shining star in the folk scene’s firmament, With The Dawn feels like a game-changer” - fRoots

Bella released her debut album Night Visiting in 2007. One of its songs, Three Black Feathers was nominated for a BBC Folk Award. It was her first original composition, and a sign of things to come. Since then, she has been a prolific solo artist - releasing her 6th album 'With The Dawn' in 2015, collaborating on different projects with Martin Simpson, John Smith, Blue Rose Code, and Cara Luft, and winning BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2012 (Best original song for Herring Girl) and 2014 (Folk singer of the year).

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