Gallery 4

England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales

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Dick Gaughan

I first saw Dick singing with "Five Hand Reel" always a dynamic performer. This shot was taken at Fylde in September 1992.
Claudia Gibson

Claudia started her career with pop/folk act Lucid, who appeared at three WOMAD festivals, before appearing on her own at Ronnie Scott's. She was brought to Maddy Prior's attention via Abbie Lathe and is seen here during Maddy & Girls Autumn 2005 tour one to watch out for.

Thea Gilmore

Acclaimed by both press and fans as the finest UK singer/songwriter of her generation, Thea Gilmore has blazed a trail of quality and artistic independence. Thea has collaborated and shared stages with The Waterboys, Joan Baez, Steve Earle, Martha Wainwright and Beth Orton and should be a household name. Seek her out!

Gilmore & Roberts

BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award nominees Katriona Gilmore (Rosie Doonan and the Snapdragons, ex-Tiny Tin Lady) and Jamie Roberts (Kerfuffle) have been performing together since 2006. Their self-penned material ranges from blazing instrumentals to heart-wrenching songs, to contemporary arrangements of traditional songs.

Kieran Goss

I discovered Kieran's music when I heard Mary Black performing "Brand New Star" and "Just Around The Corner" , two of his songs, in the early 90's. A very good songwriter, with an ear for gorgeous melodies and a gift for direct, heartfelt lyrics, Kieran should be on your list for checking out when he's next in your vicinity!

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Clive Gregson

I first heard Clive with Any Trouble and I've followed him ever since. Taken here playing at Westhoughton Folk Club. See Clive at Radio Lancashire

Clive Gregson and Liz Simcock

Clive toured with Liz Simcock in November 2015.
They revisited the Gregson & Collister catalogue and gave us a great evening reminding us of the terrific material that Gregson and Collister performed

This is one of the publicity shots that I took for the tour for more 'live' photos follow the link.

Kieran Halpin and Anth Kaley

Kieran is another artist seen playing for the last time at Westhoughton Folk Club as it is closing in 2007. This time he brought Anth Kaley along with him and together they produced an evening that will be remembered long after the club has closed. Try and get to see this partnership!

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Kieran Halpin and Maartin Allcock

Kieran Halpin and Maartin Allcock

I first came across Kieran in the early 80's playing with Tom McConville and saw him more recently with Maartin Allcock, whom I recall performing regularly at The Ring O' Bells in Middleton about the same time. Together they produced an unforgettable evening at the Westhoughton Folk Club.

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Mike Harding

My early introduction to folk music included local musicians such as The Oldham Tinkers, The Hometowners and Mike Harding seen here in February 2011 on his first UK tour for 15 years. "The Rochdale Cowboy" has also been resident on Wednesdays Radio Two Folk Program for a good few years

Bella Hardy

Three times BBC Folk Award nominee Bella is seen here performing festive songs on her 2010 Bright Morning Star.tour featuring special guests Anna Massie and Chris Sherburn. Famed for entwining her hypnotic voice with her own fiddle accompaniment to stunning effect she continues to get rave reviews wherever she performs and this night was no different


Jo Harman

Jo Harman's music is a unique and contemporary take on the classic sounds of gospel, blues and soul; underpinned by a compelling stage show and a dynamic range of heartfelt songs of rare emotion. Her debut album, Dirt On My Tongue was voted International Blues/Soul album of the year by Proper Music, and described by Jazz FM as a "must hear" record.


Boo Hewerdine

Boo was the frontman of '80s pop band The Bible and has had his songs recorded by the likes of Eddi Reader,
KD Lang and Paul Young, amongst many others. An accomplished live performer both as a solo artist or in the company of others such as Heidi Talbot, Eddi Reader and Clive Gregson.

Fay Hield Trio

Fay Hield's earthy approach to singing and her haunting and powerful delivery uniquely appeal to young and old alike. Her debut solo CD, Looking Glass was released in September 2010 on the prestigious Topic Records to a fanfare of music media praise and brought her a nomination for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2011.


Home Service

Formed out of the ashes of The Albion Band, for a few short years they burned bright, singing passionate political songs that exposed the rotten heart of Thatcher's Britain. They recorded three great albums, still beloved by fans, climaxing with the iconic Happy Jack. And then they stopped. Since the recent discovery of some previously unheard live recordings of the Home Service prompted the band to reform they have achieved phenomenal ovations from audiences both old and new. Authors of 'Blistering… truculent folk-rock' (Financial Times) The Home Service won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Live Act 2012.


Uniquely combining rock / folk / progressive / ethnic and ambient elements with the crystalline voice of Joanne Hogg as their focus,
Iona create 'a blaze of colours and textures...all the sounds fusing into a single, yearning, heartfelt beautiful cry.'


Andy Irvine

For more than 40 years, Andy has been a world music pioneer and icon for traditional music and musicians. Founder member of bands such as Sweeney's Men, Planxty, Patrick Street, and Mozaik, he has been hailed as "a tradition in himself."

Jack the Lad

The Lindisfarne 'off-shoot' seen performing at Fylde

Fred Jordan

A regular visitor to Fylde and one of the great characters of the scene, Fred was a Shropshire farmworker and a wonderful singer of traditional songs.

Sean Keane
A terrific singer and musician, Sean has a unique style that ensures he captivates an audience from the start. Taken here at Westhoughtion Folk Club in April 2003.

Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell

“Jonny’s songwriting is heartbreaking and touching, humorous and unexpected, and never ceases to enthral”. Lucy and Jonny are perfect foils for each other; “the fragility of one and warmth of the other is a moving combination,” says Rachel Unthank and I wouldn't disagree.

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan

Distinctive harmonies combined with first class musicianship made for a great evenings entertainment from Nancy and James. Look out for them!

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King Kartel

Formed in late 2012 King Kartel have been compared to early Oasis and Primal Scream - with witty lyrics and more hooks than you can shake a stick at all belted out by a band of charming Celtic rogues. The band's focus is to create in your face, belligerent, upbeat, indie, rock music

Steve Knightley

Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England and with three Royal Albert Hall sell-outs to their name. He is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but beyond and he pulls no punches when writing highly literate songs about bigger, global issues.

Steve Knightley and Jenna Witts

A brilliant musical match, combining one of England’s greatest singer songwriters with the emerging talent of Jenna, whose startlingly mature voice and songs have already drawn comparisons with both Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny.

Lady Maisery

Forged from the voices of Hannah James (Kerfuffle, duo with Sam Sweeney), Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters, The Artisans) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola), Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads. Billie Marten

Billie Marten

Seen here in October 2016 guesting on Lauren Laverne's popular BBC Radio 6 show, which was broadcast live as part of the annual Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival, Billie, from Ripon in North Yorkshire, has been making music since she was nine and was first discovered when her mother put a video of her singing on YouTube, so her grandparents could watch it in France which got hundreds of thousands of hits. Her songwriting bears a maturity far beyond her years, give her a listen.

Seth Lakeman
Another youngster and Mercury Prize 2005 nominee, Seth Lakeman is continuing to pull more youngsters into the scene. He's even had an interview in the March 2006 edition of Mojo!
Yet another to see locally before he's playing the bigger venues
Abbie Lathe
Abbie is a versatile and accomplished multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter having toured a number of times as one third of 'Maddy Prior and the Girls', where she is seen here. She also gigs on her own and may be visiting somewhere near you. Check out her website for details.


Three of the finest young artists working in traditional music today, featuing the highly rated Kris Dreever on guitar and vocals, award winning Aidan O'Rourke on fiddle the sensational Martin Green on Piano Accordion. Book your tickets!

John Leonard and John Squire

I saw John Leonard and John Squire at Clubs and Festivals throughout the late 70's and 80's and always enjoyed their full blooded performances.


Leveret is a unique collaboration between Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron, three of England's finest folk musicians

Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. With their first four albums and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as superb musicians, fine tunesmiths and captivating performers.

Lindisfarne (Acoustic)

Having enjoyed Lindisfarne for most of their 33 years it was sad to hear that their gig on 1st November 2003 was their farewell performance (It was captured fully on CD & DVD). This was followed by the final 'acoustic' tour (March to May 2004) from where these shots were taken.
Good luck to all members past and present and thanks for some great memories!.

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Little Johnny England

Little Johnny England has been steadily making an impact on the folk and roots circuit with their own brand of folk rock, establishing a reputation as the band that is putting the 'rock' back into folk rock.

Jez Lowe
I first saw Jez at the Fishermans Inn Folk Club, Littleborough with Ged Foley and have enjoyed his transition from performing mainly traditional to his own wonderfully descriptive material. Taken here at the Kendal Folk Festival in August 1991.

This shot was used on the back cover of Jez's cd 'Tenterhooks The Art Edition' released in 2005.

Jez Lowe

These photos were taken at the Alison Arms Folk Festival at Chorley in June 2007 where Jez featured a number of songs off his recently released cd 'Jack Common's Anthem'

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Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies
When seen either alone or in the company of his Bad Pennies a super evening is guaranteed. Just listen to their 'Live at the Davylamp' CD if proof is needed!. Taken here at Westhoughton Folk Club in November 2000.
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Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

Seen here with the May 2008 line up of the Bad Pennies, Jez and co gave another evening to remember. Jez, a songwriter of rare quality and a consummate performer with a great Geordie sense of humour backed by first rate musicians, what more could you want? A number of these shots were featured on the cover of Jez's 'Northern Echoes' live cd.

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Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

Taken in June 2009, at Shaw Playhouse, Jez and the Bad Pennies performed a mix of songs old and new to an appreciative audience. Including songs from his 'Northern Echoes' live cd and from Jack Common's Anthem another polished performance left us wanting more.

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Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies April 2013

Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies have been playing their original songs and music of Northern England for a decade and a half around the folk festivals, clubs and concert stages of the world. Strong vocals, backed by outstanding instrumental back-up on guitar, cittern, fiddle, fretless bass, keyboards and Northumbrian Pipes, have made them one of Britain's top attractions. This lineup included piper and whistle player Becky Taylor stepping in for the unavailable Andy May.

Yvonne Lyon

A Scottish singer songwriter who should be right up there with Karine Polwart in your cd collection, Yvonnes'songs combine moving lyrics with creative melodies, demonstrating a voice that can be both fragile and intense.



Mabon’s music is well described as Original, Interceltic, World Music. Composed by frontman Jamie Smith, and brought to life by six highly accomplished musicians, it draws inspiration directly from the traditional folk music of the Celtic countries.

Combining traditional songs of Scotland with their own self penned songs and great harmonies Gill and Karine look to have a bright future ahead of them. Taken at Westhoughton in February 2000.

Graham MacKenzie

Based in Inverness, Graham took time off his studies at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music to support Boo Hewerdine at Bury Met in December 2009 and proved to be another young man to keep an eye on. Watch this space!

Dougie Maclean
Dougie's songs have been covered by singers such as Mary Black, Frankie Miller, Kathy Mattea, Dolores Keane and even a marching pipe band but just hear Dougie perform them himself to hear definitive versions.
He's taken here at Blackrod in April 2007.

Billie Marten

Seen here in October 2016 guesting on Lauren Laverne's popular BBC Radio 6 show, which was broadcast live as part of the annual Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival, Billie, from Ripon in North Yorkshire, has been making music since she was nine and was first discovered when her mother put a video of her singing on YouTube, so her grandparents could watch it in France which got hundreds of thousands of hits.

Her songwriting bears a maturity far beyond her years, give her a listen.

Mad Dog Mcrea

Mad Dog Mcrea raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their spellbinding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass and 'shake your ass' music. They demand you to dance, whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun. Mad Dog Mcrea's name is firmly established on the live music scene, and they are in huge demand from festivals, live music venues and traffic wardens across the country.

John Martyn
Taken during a superb set at Leeds Festival in September 1983.

Karen Matheson

Described as "the golden voice behind Capercaillie", Karen, as a solo performer, has been involved in various collaborations including the award winning BBC series Transatlantic Sessions, where she recorded tracks with Emmylou Harris, The McGarrigle Sisters, Nanci Griffith, Rufus Wainright and a host of respected musicians.
If you haven't heard her 'live' you don't know what you're missing.


Essex band Mawkin have a string of festival and concert appearances under their belt and have joined with Jim Causley and his baritone voice is the perfect foil for their the cleverly textured tunes and energetic performances.
A unique collaboration not to be missed.


Maxie and Mitch Maxie and Mitch
The hilarious musical duo taken at Fylde in September 1992. Mitch is also currently playing with Lindisfarne.
Artie McGlynn
One of the finest guitar players in Ireland, playing and recording with the likes of Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Donal Lunny, Liam O'Flynn and playing with groups such as Planxty, Patrick Street and De Danann.

Reg Meuross

Once praised by the late, great Townes Van Zandt, Reg has been a mainstay of the UK acoustic scene for the past thirty years whether touring in the Panic Brothers, The Flamingos or solo, he has developed a solid body of songs that coupled with his ability as a storyteller offer a compelling evening where anecdotes mix with his gentle guitar picking


The Mighty Peas

Performing 'Swing' versions of popular hits, The Mighty Peas are a three-piece band from Bath. A great 'live' act their enthusiasm is infectious - give them a listen.


Dick Miles

Emerging in the 70s from roots in his native Suffolk folk scene but living in County Cork now for many years, Dick's name should be familiar to most as a singer of traditional songs plus some own-writes and as a skilled Wheatstone English concertina player. Increasingly his is a familiar name at Maritime festivals and his expertise and experience with salt sea matters is reflected in this collection, with sub-title..'and other songs of shore and home.'

Billy Mitchell

Seen elsewhere in the Galleries as a member of Lindisfarne and Maxie and Mitch, Billy is seen here on his 'Backtrackin' tour where he performs his own songs along with those of some of his (and my) favourite artists including Alan Hull, Bruce Springsteen, Warren Zevon and Loudon Wainwright. Don't miss it!

Moving Hearts

Moving Hearts seen here at Leeds Festivals in the early 1980's. The original Band included Dónal Lunny and Christy Moore, previously of Planxty, along with Declan Sinnott (Guitar), Keith Donald (alto sax), Eoghan O'Neill (bass), Brian Calnan (drums) and Davy Spillane (Uilleann pipes). The photos also include Mick Hanly, who replaced Christy Moore in 1982, and who I had the pleasure of passing an original photo onto at a Radio Lancashire 'Live Drift Session more recently.

Pete Morton
Pete arrived in Manchester from Leicester in the mid 80's and knocked us all for six. Since then his career's took him all over the globe!. A wonderful singer/ songwriter and a dynamic performer.

Orphan Colours

UK 'Americana' supergroup Orphan Colours, formed by Ahab's Steven ‘Seebs’ Llewellyn and Dave Burn with members of Noah And The Whale and Danny And The Champs, seen during their tour in support of their 'All On Red' album.

Ahab’s sound has not entirely disappeared though and their bluegrass tinged country can be heard on songs like ‘Jenny’ and ‘Doing Alright’ with some great three part harmonies.

Findlay Napier

Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and a truly energised with a heart-warming zing. He made his name touring and recording with multi-award winning traditional Scottish folk band Back of the Moon, however since 2006 it’s been as a contemporary songwriter that Findlay’s won praise and fans. In both 'Queen Anne’s Revenge' and 'The Bar Room Mountaineers' his song-writing took centre stage, described by The Sunday Herald as “genuine songcraft and wit following in the Difford & Tilbrook tradition”, and drawing comparisons to Elvis Costello, Karine Polwart, Nickel Creek and Loudon Wainwright III.

The Pitmen Poets

The Pitmen Poets features four of the region’s leading champions of its musical heritage: Ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, renowned singer and instrumentalist Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and much-covered Durham songwriter Jez Lowe, individually and collectively celebrating triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of North-East England’s coal mining tradition in an evening of music, song and spoken word, illustrated by atmospheric archive photography.

Police Dog Hogan

With eight members in the full line-up (including Guardian columnist Tim Dowling) and instruments including guitar, accordion, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and trumpet, Police Dog Hogan draw their influences from many different wells. You could call it Americana, country-folk, folk-pop or even urban bluegrass. Their live shows are exuberant, accomplished, stirring and funny, mixing country-fried heartbreakers, belting anthems and foot-stomping singalongs. They've been a firm favourite on the festival circuit since forming in 2009, and have been playing to sell-out crowds across the country in the past year.

Jackie Oates

Jackie Oates is deservedly becoming yet another young celebrity of the scene, sister of Jim Moray she's gone on to win accolades at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, picking up the Horizon Award for Best Newcomer and Best Traditional Track in 2009.

Anna Oakes-Monger

Seen here supporting Grace Petire in April 2019

O Hooley & Tidow

Belinda O'Hooley, who provided two outstanding songs for 'The Bairns' by Rachel Unthank & The Winterset ( "Blackbird" and "Whitethorn"), left the band in January 2007, The Daily Telegraph describing her departure as akin to “Brian Eno leaving Roxy Music”, and eventually teamed up with fellow Yorkshire songwriter Heidi Tidow to create their very own brand of contemporary folk song in O'Hooley & Tidow.

Damien O'Kane

Damien, from Northern Ireland, plays guitar, tenor banjo, whistle and sings. He has been playing on the folk scene for many years and has reached the All Ireland tenor banjo competition on three occasions and once on the whistle.
He is pictured here guesting with Flook at the 2008 Big Whistle Weekend

Oysterband celebrated their 25th year together in 2003 and along with special guest June Tabor they performed songs old and new plus a selection from their joint venture 'Freedom And Rain' and a knockout version of Jefferson Airplane's 'White Rabbit'

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Joanne Louise Parker

Joanne’s forte is a cappella where she has been known to silence a chattering room in seconds with a voice which fans say “makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck”. A regular on the open mic scene in both the UK and overseas, she has travelled extensively and performed her songs to audiences great and small from the West Coast of the US to as far east as Russia.

George Papavgeris

George Papavgeris came to the UK in 2000 started to write songs the following year. His songs show great powers of observation and have already been picked up by the likes of Andy Irvine and Martyn Wyndham-Read. Martin Carthy describes him as "something special"and who am I to disagree. An engaging and powerful performer that shouldn't be missed.

Niamh Parsons

Having enjoyed seeing a number of Irish singers over the years, including the likes of Mary Black, Dolores Keane and Moya Brennan, I can honestly say that Niamh Parsons' performances at Fylde were up there with the best of them. With an exceptional voice and great banter with the audience she's well worth catching!


Peatbog Faeries

A phenomenal live experience - twice crowned Live Act of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards, the Peatbog Faeries possess cast-iron party credentials second to none. Regularly selling out and attracting new fans, splicing jigs and reels with jazz, hip-hop, reggae, rave, Latin and African sounds, while cranking up the euphoria yet further with a stunning light and laser show.


Hannah Peel

I first saw Hannah playing with the Unthanks but seeing her here performing revealed far more talent than I first appreciated. Her voice had everyone enchanted and a multi instrumentalist to boot!

A remarkable artist, well worth checking out.

Grace Petrie

Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes.

She has toured with Emmy the Great and Billy Bragg, supported comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, and collaborated with some of the most respected names in folk including Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey and Peggy Seeger.


Steve Phillips
Taking time out from the Notting Hillbillies, this shot of Steve was taken at Fylde in September 1995.

Karine Polwart

I first came across Karine as half of MacAlias and since then she's come on in leaps and bounds with her solo album 'Faultlines' scooping her three awards at Radio 2's Folk Awards. She's followed this up with 'Scribbled In Chalk' and this also deserves to grab a raft of awards. She's taken here at The Railway in Greenfield where she gave a stunning performance in the company of Inge Thompson

Karine Polwart trio

Seen here during her 'Build-your-own-cathedral tour' of autumn 2009 Karine is accompanied by Inge Thomson on accordion, vocals and percussion and her brother, Steven Polwart, on vocals and guitars.

The Poozies The Poozies
Saying farewell to Kate Rusby this Poozies line up included both Kate and the latest addition to the band Eilidh Shaw, on fiddle and vocals. Taken in October '99.
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Maddy and the Girls

Maddy Prior is seen here with Abbie Lathe and Claudia Gibson during their 2005 Autumn 'Under the Covers' tour where they harmonized beautifully on songs ranging from covers of contemporary songs from the likes of Sting, PJ Harvey and Mark Knopfler to traditional. These were sung either a cappella or superbly accompanied by Nick Holland on keyboards.
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Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band
Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band bring Christmas early to Manchester with a stage filled with a mix of medieval and modern instruments. Together they put their inimitable stamp on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive material.

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Mark Radcliffe and The Big Figures

A proper R&B band in the classic Dr Feelgood mould, The Big Figures features Radio 2 DJ Mark Radcliffe and his best mate of over thirty years P J Walmsley


RANT is the meeting of 4 of Scotland's finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Sarah-Jane Summers and Lauren MacColl join forces to create a rich and vibrant sound, evocative of the exciting scene they create music in. They made their debut performance in July 2012, storming onto the scene and immediately earning high praise. Using just their fiddles, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds.

Mark Radcliffe and The Foes

Mark Radcliffe is one of the UK's best known broadcasters, presenting shows on BBC Radio 1 for over 13 years alongside Marc 'Lard' Riley, before moving to
BBC 6 Music and Radio 2, where he currently hosts the weekly Folk Show. A six time Sony Award winner, Mark also presents TOTP2 and the BBC's coverage of the Cambridge Folk Festival and Glastonbury. Born from the ashes of Mark's previous band, The Family Mahone, Foes feature former members Chris Lee, the dark prince of the mandolin, and Rusty Mabbutt, still striving to achieve two pin-falls and a submission over the piano accordion. Noted Northwich bare-knuckle knave Mark Woolley is also on hand to lend lilting whistle and hit a box with barely concealed menace, while to avoid the need for electronic tagging, Rusty’s legal advocate Sir Charles Cargill QC is demonstrating why he’s the finest bassist at the bar. And the bar.

Eddi Reader

From travelling around Europe with a circus in the early 80s to receiving an MBE for services to singing in 2006 Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music's most thrilling and affecting performers. From traditional to contemporary, she brings life to all forms of song. While the perfection of her technique is widely acknowledged, what sets her apart is the depth and quality of her emotive performance.

Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music.

Real Time
With Kenny Speirs and Joe Wright (ex John Wright Band) and the late Judy Dinning, Real Time performed traditional, contemporary and self penned material. My favourite had to be Fairport's 'Crazy Man Michael' where Joe's fiddle and Judy's vocals brought back memories of Sandy and Swarb at their best!.

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Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
I first saw Kathryn singing with Kate Rusby and Sean alongside his brothers Sam and Seth, I then saw them together as as part of their band Equation. They also perform as a duo with a fine repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs from the likes of Tom Waits and Peter Bond. Catch them if you can!
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Tony Rose

A wonderful interpreter of Traditional Song with a warm voice that was so easy on the ear Tony sadly passed away in June 2002.
He is seen here performing at Fylde Festival in the early 80's

The Roving Crows

Formed in 2009, The Roving Crows' inexhaustible energy and unrivalled ability to connect deeply with the audience gives them real stand-alone status.
This multi-award winning original folk-fusion outfit boast fiery fiddle playing, trumpet, guitar, drums and vocals, creating a blend of folk, ska, reggae and klezmer in a unique and energetic performance.
Winners of Best Folk Act at the Exposure Music Awards 2012.

Kate Rusby Kate Rusby
Getting great reviews wherever she plays.
("The Best Female Folk Singer I've Ever Heard" - Andy Kershaw).
I took this shot at Fylde in September 1998.

Bridget St John

Probably best known for the three albums she recorded between 1969 and 1972 for John Peel's Dandelion record label, Bridget toured regularly on the early UK college and festival circuit and credits her friend John Martyn as her guitar mentor. She is seen here at The Railway at Greenfield in 2007 where she was also accompanied by Michael Chapman, well worth a listen.

Colum Sands
The singer /songwriter from County Down seen here in full flow during his recent visit to Westhoughton. With great songs and great patter, Colum gave us an evening to remember

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Sharon Shannon

Sharon Shannon, has achieved legendary status throughout the world. For an introduction listen to her 'Greatest Hits' cd 'The Galway Girl' which, as well as the title track featuring Steve Earle, has guests including Damien Dempsey, Dessie O'Halloran, Kirsty MacColl, Michael McGoldrick, Jackson Browne and Mike Scott of The Waterboys.

Better still go see her 'Live'!


The Shee

The Shee are a six-piece band of distinguished female instrumentalists who are mostly from Scotland.
Their latest album, Continuum, is dominated by songs and tunes written for them by famous admirers from the British folk scene – including Karine Polwart, Chris Wood, and Kathryn Tickell – to celebrate their 10th anniversary.


Show of Hands Show of Hands
Steve Knightley and Phil Beer taking folk music into the millennium with superb performances, a terrific web site, mailing lists and self promotion they deserve to reap the rewards for their efforts. Taken here at Fylde in September 1995.
For more shots of Show of Hands
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'Artist Index'

Show of Hands

These shots were taken during Steve Knightley and Phil Beer's 'Backlog' tour in October 2007.

For more shots of Show of Hands
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'Artist Index'

Show of Hands

These were taken in February 2024 when Steve Knightley and Phil Beer made a 'Full Circle - Return to Their Roots' final tour before taking a well-deserved break from the limelight. They plan to pursue solo projects, explore new creative horizons, and recharge their artistic batteries!

Mike Silver

A journeyman on the folk scene for a good number of years, I've spent many a good time listening to Mike perform both on his own and with Alan Taylor. As Bob Harris and Terry Wogan have now picked up on his music, here's to a bright future

Liz Simcock

Liz writes songs and performs them in folk and acoustic clubs in and around the Southeast. In 1999 she featured on the Playpen Album of New Acoustic Music alongside Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Eddi Reader and Kathryn Williams. Since then she has trodden an independent path, recording three albums and gaining a growing reputation as a performer and songwriter

Martin Simpson
From Scunthorpe to New Orleans he's displayed his magnificent talents. Not here often enough, make sure that you catch him when he is!. Taken here at The Railway Inn, Greenfield in April 2004.

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Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting

Winner of best album and best original song in the 2008 Folk Awards, Martin was joined here by accordionist Andy Cutting, BBC Radio 2's Folk Musician of the Year 2008, for a night of top class musicianship.


Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Andy Seward

In November 2010 Martin Simpson returned to Bury to play in the beautiful surroundings of the Parish Church. Seen here with Andy Cutting on melodeon and Andy Seward on double bass they gave us a magical evening


Sing All Earth

From medieval story songs to gentle lullabies for the nativity to full throated wassails and soaring, richly harmonised seasonal hymns, the spirit of Christmas has long been celebrated with songs in England. Full of unexpected, compelling and at times highly amusing historical detail, Sing All Earth combines the incomparable acappella voices and wonderful harmonies of Barry Coope and Lester Simpson (of Coope, Boyes and Simpson), Fi Fraser and Jo Freya with new insights into the sound of the season.

Emily Slade

Hot on the heels of Kate Rusby and Bill Jones is yet another youngster with massses of talent performing self penned and traditional numbers.

Sloe Gin
I came across Sloe Gin at a medieval themed wedding that I was photographing. They were providing the music and entertainment and a fine job they did too!. They are a Midlands based trio of musicians, follow their web link for more details, contacts,etc.

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Sarah Smout

Sarah Smout is a cellist-singer and activist, creating music and poetry deeply rooted in nature and place.

Her music has been played on BBC Radio 2, BBC Look North, and has been used for environmental campaigns by Greenpeace, COP26 and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.



St Agnes Fountain

In 2015 St Agnes Fountain embarked on their 15th consecutive sell-out Christmas tour. Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and 2009's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season.

Emily Smith Band

With a stunning voice and a band containing some of the finest folk musicians you'll hear anywhere, Emily performs both traditional and original material in the same league as some of her finest contemporaries, such as Cara Dillon and Kate Rusby.

John Smith

Reminding me of a young John Martyn, John Smith is yet another fine talent emerging from the Devon area. Currently based in Liverpool his 'support' spots on the recent Cara Dillon tour, where he also performed as a member of her band, received rave reviews. His rasping vocals along with his virtuoso guitar playing must lead to greater things so visit his website, buy a copy of his cd and enjoy!

Songs of Separation

In June 2015, an intrepid group of female folk musicians from England and Scotland set off on a journey to the almost fairy-tale Isle of Eigg, Inner Hebrides, with an ambitious quest; to devise and record a collection of songs on the broad theme of 'separation'. They brought with them songs from their own traditions, along with new writing and settings of traditional poems, and there followed an incredible meeting of musical minds, and an enchanting album which they were excited to share.

With the likes of Eliza Carthy and Karine Polwart, the Lady Maisery trio, Hannah James, Hazel Askew, Rowan Rheingans, ground breaking Scottish musicians Mary Macmaster and Kate Young, international fiddler Hannah Read and a monster backline, Jenn Butterworth and Jen Hill, the live performance of this work was unforgettable.

John Spiers and Jon Boden

Described by The Guardian as "the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene" and twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 folk award for Best Duo, Spiers and Boden have made the genre of spontaneous, punky English folk very much their own stomping ground.

John Spiers and Jon Boden 2023

The lads reformed in 2021 after a seven-year hiatus, arriving with a brand new album 'Fallow Ground' which went on to reach number 3 in the Official Folk Albums Chart and was a Mojo top 10 folk album of 2021. They are seen here on tour in June 2023

Lisbee Stainton

Singer songwriter Lisbee Stainton is known as 'The English Rose with the 8-String Guitar'. Championed by BBC 6Music DJ Tom Robinson (who called her "A serious young talent"), Lisbee officially launched her career in 2008 when she became the first unsigned singer-songwriter to play London's O2 arena.

Since then she has received heaps of critical acclaim for her four albums to date, had several songs playlisted on BBC Radio 2, and performed across the UK (including a date aboard the nuclear submarine HMS Vigilant) in her own headline tour and supporting the likes of Gretchen Peters and Seth Lakeman.


Neville Staple

The Original Rude Boy Neville Staple is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice. His thirty-five year career in the music business is well documented, from the early days with The Coventry Automatics, The Specials, and FunBoy3 in the late 70s and 80s, to The Special Beat and various other collaborations during his solo career from the 90s up to the present day. Seen here at Ramsbottom Festival 2014

Steeleye Span

Formed in 1969 from members of Fairport Convention and out of the ashes of Sweeney's Men, creating a distinctive fusion of both British folk with electric rock music, Steeleye Span is one of the most enduring British bands. They continue work in the genre of Folk-rock which they helped define and reached a peak of commercial success in the 70s with All Around my Hat and Gaudete gaining chart recognition.

Calum Stewart and Andy May

Calum was raised with traditional music in the family home, where the Fiddle and Piping traditions of Scotland were the earliest influences in his playing. He is now based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and is seen here accompanied by Andy May in October 2008.

Nigel Stonier

Nigel has enjoyed serious recognition as a record producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and live performer since the late 70's and has collaborated with a wide variety of artists ranging from Paul Young to contemporary jazz diva Clare Teal. He is seen here supporting Thea Gilmore with whom he has been around the world as both her musical director and guitarist

Strawbs (Acoustic)
I first saw Dave Cousins and co at Manchester's Free Trade Hall and the photos displayed here may have been taken from the same seat (some of the FTH's seats have been resited at Shaw's Playhouse Theatre). A wonderful night it brought the memories flooding back!

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A captivating young performer, Sunjay is an extremely talented blues, folk singer-songwriter and guitarist reminiscent of Ralph McTell, John Martyn and Jackson C. Frank.

Sunjay has supported Steeleye Span and Phil Beer and Eve Selis amongst others.

Dave Swarbrick and Chris Leslie

This photo was taken at Fylde in September 1987 when they were both members of Whippersnapper.

Sweet Liberties

As the UK marked 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta and 750 years since the De Montfort Parliament, four folk artists took a musical journey exploring the pursuit of democracy, and the laws and events that made and continue to make a difference to our liberties. Welsh folk legend Martyn Joseph joined one of British Folk's rising stars, Maz O'Connor on the project, alongside BBC2 Radio 2 Folk Award winner Sam Carter and the multi-award winning fiddle player, singer, and songwriter Nancy Kerr.

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