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Kate Young

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.

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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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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