Wednesday, 15th May 2019
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’ by Seth Lakeman as 'a fantastic duo' and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breathtaking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist; their latest album, ‘The Waters and the Wild’ (released in April 2018) was awarded 5-stars in both The Morning Star and the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s EDS Magazine, and has received airplay on BBC Radios 2, 3, 6 Music, Wales and Scotland. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’.
'SimpleFolk' are West Suffolk duo Rachel Dodd and Steve Christopher. They are building quite a reputation across East Anglia with their ‘stripped back’ versions of contemporary and traditional folk songs. Steve moved up from Hampshire in 2015, where he had been a member of the Romsey-based folk band 'Cuckoo Pint' and a solo performer. He first performed with Rachel when she agreed to join him on stage during a ‘Showcase’ set at Bury’s Milkmaid Folk Club towards the end of 2016. Since then, Rachel and Steve have performed regularly together as SimpleFolk, This has included appearances at Bury Oxjam, FolkEast (representing the Milkmaid), West Norfolk Radio, Sheringham Folk Showcase and the Bury Folk Festival, as well as at folk clubs across the region. They completed their first album, 'From Black to Blue', in March 2018, which brings together a collection of their favourite songs from the current set.