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Sam Lee

Sam Lee

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Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, song collector, award winning promoter, broadcaster, animateur, and naturalist.

As an artist Sam traverses many worlds, challenging and pioneering folk music in diverse places and ways. Not just an award-winning singer with two highly decorated albums to his name and a sound incomparable to his contemporaries’; his work fostering live music in the UK has been instrumental in the explosion of folk of the last decade. Sam reinvents not just the way these ancient songs should sound but how they can be sourced, exist and thrive, from conscientiously gathering them in Gypsy Traveler camps to singing them for the Hollywood big screen.

Sam’s debut album, ‘Ground of its Own’ was conceived after winning the prestigious Arts Foundation Prize in 2011 and nominated for the 2012 Mercury Music Prize. His second album, ‘The Fade in Time’ (2015) has been equally feted. At the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Sam was presented with ‘Best Traditional Song’ for his version of the song ‘Lovely Molly’. During the ceremony, he performed the song live, backed by the 40-piece Roundhouse Choir, in front of a sold-out show at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The same week, Sam and his band of Friends were invited to perform the same song on BBC TV’s ‘Later with Jools’.

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Lucy Farrell

Lucy Farrell

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As one fourth of The Furrow Collective, Lucy is the current recipient of the BBC Folk Award for Best Group following the release of their widely acclaimed Wild Hog LP, earned during an immensely busy and creative time in which she contributed to the raved about return to form that was the Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band’s Big Machine album and tour, and also saw her final shows with the Emily Portman Trio with whom she’d sung, sawed and played viola for many years.

An inveterate collaborator, the news that Lucy is to take centre stage in her own right comes as a welcome surprise to all those who’ve been entranced by her haunting and quintessentially English voice, subtle and instinctive musicianship and her ability to connect emotionally with an audience while adhering to the great Shirley Collins’ adage that in folk music the singer should never get in the way of the song.

Lucy Farrell first enchanted fans of traditional music when she began performing as a duo with fellow Newcastle Folk Degree graduate Jonny Kearney. Invited to become the regular opening act for The Unthanks, Lucy & Jonny’s blend of wry and lovelorn tales with exquisite interpretations of English, Scottish and American ballads saw them frequently outselling the headline act at the CD stall.

As well as Lucy’s fruitful partnership with singer and songwriter Emily Portman and the award winning harpist and singer Rachel Newton, she has also written, performed and recorded with numerous bands and projects including Dark Northumbrian, Gluepot, a star-studded live tribute to Norma Waterson, and also formed her own group Ogres. Although she’s rejected the conventional career path, Lucy has become one of the most in demand musicians and vocalists on the young folk scene.

Signed to the impressively visionary Hudson Records, Lucy Farrell has returned to the traditional folk songs that have remained at the heart of everything she’s done. These are the ballads that inspire her own compositions, but in their own handed-down beauty and strangeness tell fantastical stories beyond our imaginations. And in her voice they bewitch anew.

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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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