‘Bruce Molsky is one of the greatest American fiddlers of all time… and best experienced live’ (WBUR, Boston NPR)
‘Allison has it all… great clawhammer technique, exquisite tone, timing, taste… and fearless. It’s a thrill whenever I get a chance to play with her.’ (Tony Trishka)
‘With his acoustic guitar, Wyslouch blazes like Eddie Van Halen and then drops into an old-timey ballad.’ (Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald)
Bruce Molsky is a Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song, and hailed as ‘one of the world’s premier Appalachian-style fiddlers’. He is Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program, and has toured the UK extensively, appearing on BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions and is also a special guest on legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler’s latest CD Tracker. He’ll be touring the UK again with his new trio Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, featuring clawhammer banjo virtuoso Allison de Groot (The Goodbye Girls and Oh My Darling) and guitarist Stash Wyslouch, one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers, who has stepped over from punk-metal to immerse himself into roots music.
‘Like Pokey LaFarge, Meade has the ability to write songs that seem to have been around forever’ (No Depression)
‘Hailed like homecoming heroes, Meade and his band are ones to watch out for’ (Americana UK)
Glasgow songwriter Daniel Meade cut his teeth in pubs and clubs from a young age and has since has toured worldwide. He’s guested on BBC Radio Scotland’s Another Country With Ricky Ross and BBC Quay sessions and shared stages with The Proclaimers, Ocean Colour Scene, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kings of Leon, Sturgill Simpson, Pokey LaFarge, Willie Watson and Diana Jones. With an impressive 6 album releases, the notable ‘Keep Right Away’ was recorded in Nashville with Morgan Jahnig of the Old Crow and featured many of Meade’s favourite US musicians. His band The Flying Mules feature Lloyd Reid on guitar, Mark Ferrie on double bass and Thomas Sutherland on drums. Together they released a special live recording ‘Live Mules’ in March this year.
‘Absolutely Wonderful’ (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2)
‘The pure emotion and subtle timing of their song delivery is as evident as the enjoyment radiating from their onstage chemistry’ (3 Chords and the Truth)
The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing and Gloucestershire based The Black Feathers (Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler) first became aware of the magic between them while collaborating on several musical projects, becoming The Black Feathers and life partners in 2012. Americana, Folk and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands. With 4 releases to their name and a recent US tour, The Black Feathers ‘could well be Britain’s answer to Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings’ proclaims Flying Shoes.
‘Like a classic Nanci Griffith album with songs by Gretchen Peters’ (Country Music People)
‘On Keep The Flame Alight, Healy has delivered a mature and immersive set of songs superbly played’ (Blabber ‘n’ Smoke)
Following the release of her first album ‘Better Days’ in 2014, Scottish singer-songwriter Martha L. Healy embarked on a life sabbatical to Nashville in 2016, returning with a highly praised second album ‘Keep The Flame Alight’, with David Spicher in the production chair and a host of Nashville session players. The album saw her develop her songwriting whilst remaining true to the musical influences of her childhood; The Eagles, Traveling Wilburys, Patsy Cline, Carole King and anything remotely Motown. Her performances in 2019 have included the AmericanaFestUK Showcase and Celtic Connections and for Arisaig Americana, she’ll be accompanied onstage by musicians on guitar and fiddle.
Being in the company of Leon and Jason is a rare treat, more a musical conversation than a rigid performance. Playing guitar, banjo, gourd banjo, and percussion, these old friends will most likely confound any pre-conceived ideas as to what these instruments can (and should) do. As well as leaning heavily on traditional music from the US and UK, their own compositions take on musical references from just about everywhere else. Currently touring the UK, Leon has been observed as ‘the best 5-string banjo player in the UK’ and played alongside some of the world’s top musicians including Viktor Krauss, Tim O’Brien and Matt Flinner, whilst Jason is arguably the UK’s finest Bluegrass guitarist, with his flair for improvisation and deep understanding of rhythm.
Fresh-faced and London-based, Lunch Special is a Country and Bluegrass band with members Neala Hickey, Vivian Li and Luca Serino claiming roots across three continents. They met in 2016 at a bluegrass picking in a London pub, where they bonded over a passion for stringed instruments, harmony singing, murder ballads, chicken, beer and all things American. While they take inspiration from Appalachian music, bluegrass and country, their diverse musical backgrounds bring together something that is their own sound. The band has showcased for the Americana Music Association and will be playing a host of UK festivals in 2019 including the acclaimed Maverick Festival. Recently they recorded a debut EP in New Hampshire USA, with a release date coming soon.