- Peter Maxwell Davies – The Kestrel Paced Round the Sun for solo flute (1975)
- Toru Takemitsu – Voice for solo flute (1971)
- Kaija Saariaho – NoaNoa for flute and electronics (1992)
- Mark Slater – Fiery Verticals for flute and electronics (world première)
These works all explore ways that the sound of the flute can be transformed or built up into complex multi-layered textures.
The music of this programme offers a glimpse into an evocative soundworld, that ranges from blurred and diffuse timbres to layers of dense technical complexity. The inclusion of live electronics opens up infinite possibilities for manipulation of the flute’s sound.
In NoaNoa, Saariaho uses electronics to superimpose the flute upon itself while, in Fiery Verticals, Slater sets the flute and electronics against one another in an antagonistic battle for space.
The first Folk Roots@94 of the new year features an outstanding new trio, with two former members of Jez Lowe’s Bad Pennies in Kate Bramley and Simon Haworth, along with East Yorkshire’s sweetest songstress Edwina Hayes.
Born from musical interests in both British folk, transatlantic connections, to new country and americana, the trio is fast gaining a reputation across the UK folk scene, with their original songs and close harmonies accompanied by guitars, bass, mandolin and fiddle.
From toe tapping folk to haunting ballads, they have toured worldwide as independent musicians but obviously have an infectious enjoyment for this new collaboration, that is guaranteed to leave audiences with a smile on their faces.
Come and see the film that inspired Walt Disney’s classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
Featuring live keyboard by Jonny Best (Yorkshire Silent Film Festival) and also accompanying percussion, with an introduction by Jonny Best and Dr. Amy M. Davis, author of Good Girls and Wicked Witches: Women in Disney’s Feature Animation.
Bass virtuoso, Simon Goulding has been working as a professional session musician since the age of 16 and has performed, toured and recorded with a range of major artists including The Bee Gees, Robbie Williams, Ronan Keating, The Temptations, The Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Drifters, The Four Tops, The Three Degrees, The Snake Davis Band, Neil Sedaka, Clare Teal, and The Joe Loss Orchestra, among many others.
The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass.
He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.
Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, his solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game.
The past few years have seen Blackbeard’s Tea Party play at festivals as diverse as Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Fariport’s Cropredy Convention, The Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo and many more.
Their most recent album ‘Reprobates’ has been met with high praise in the folk press, earning a 5 star review in R2 Magazine whilst fRoots named it “convincing and essential”.
With this growing reputation, it’s hardly a surprise that they are one of the most in-demand bands on the folk circuit.
Nine Below Zero’s founding members, Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham have gone back to their blues roots and are performing a series of intimate, acoustic concerts as a duo. These are the first “old style” blues shows the pair have performed in the 35 years they have been working together.
Covering songs by blues legends such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo and Leadbelly, they also play unplugged versions of well known Nine Below Zero material.
Hope & Social are renowned for making every gig an event, throwing themselves wholeheartedly into every performance and perfectly bridges the gap between the stage and the audience.
Described by The Independent as ‘one of the UK’s top five live bands”, Hope & Social bring anthemic songs, infectious melodies and a formidable live experience.
Graham Fellows has performed as comical character, John Shuttleworth for more than 25 years on stage, TV and Radio, delighting audiences throughout the UK with his songs and quirky take on everyday life.
Now Graham, minus the purple leather jacket and fawn slacks (but fully clothed!) steps out from behind the keyboard to plug in his guitar and sing his own songs: revelatory, humorous and quirky still, but sometimes sad.
Graham will naturally talk about John Shuttleworth as well as his other comic characters, plus his pivotal acting role on Coronation Street, and becoming a teenage pop star as Jilted John.
Hear the tale of jazz legend George Melly, who broke into Graham’s bedsit, and the time he bought a packet of bread sauce with a famous Hollywood actor, poignantly recalled in the ballad, Mark Rylance Was My Lodger.
In 2015, Mawkin delivered its self-produced and critically acclaimed album, The Ties That Bind.
Their unapologetically energetic approach and DIY ethic surprised critics and fans alike, welcoming new audience members describing them as a “modern day Fairport”.
With a host of rebel rousing folk songs and instrumentals, the band modernise traditional folk material with their own touch and have since excited audiences with their artillery of loud, boisterous, foot stomping live sets.
In conjunction with Jazz North’s Northern Line programme, Tiptoe brings intimate, soulful earth music delivered in an artfully unassuming style.
Blending captivating voices and a grounded electro-acoustic core, Tiptoe’s music is an expression frequencies shared between a band, audiences, music and life – and it resonates.
They call it chamber-funk, but they won’t mind if you called it something else!
Michigan songbird Lindsay Lou returns to the UK alongside her band promoting her new album.
The popular four-piece have previously taken Shetland Folk Festival and HebCeltFest by storm on previous visits. After flying in for their own sold-out headline show at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in 2017, they have soon become the talk of the town.
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 collaborated with writers, musicians, directors, choreographers, visual artists, academics, clowns and young people, to create a huge back catalogue of genre defying and interdisciplinary work.
Gwyneth Herbert is also touring nationally and internationally with her band, releasing six critically acclaimed albums to date on major, independent and self-owned labels.
World class singer Helen Watson first worked with Snake back in the 80s when she had a major record deal, with Snake Davis recording and touring with her. More recently, they teamed up again in Burden of Paradise.
The traditional start to The Ropery Hall’s 2018 folk programme, featuring three artists that are making their names in the world of folk:
- Jack Harris
- Kelly Oliver
- Paul Mosley
Pearl’s Cab Ride is a group of like-minded players, who carry the torch for great funk, soul & latin music.
Tonight they are having a party to celebrate the launch of their new EP, and everyone is invited!
The band’s roots took hold in the Acid Jazz scene of the early 1990’s, when founder member Lyn Acton and original guitarist Karl Arthur bonded over their love of music whilst waiting for a taxi, and the rest as they say, is funk-history.
The band’s musical roots hold fast today, however they are not a retro outfit. The band are still writing and performing new music in their sweat soaked live performances…. As some lucky people already know, the true magic of Pearls Cab Ride is served up by the truck load when seen live.