MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT

8pm Sat 2nd December
OTLEY COURTHOUSE

SOLD OUT

Playing a small show with us while in the UK for a festival visit –  a must for any fans of US-influenced guitar & vocal harmony folk.

Iain Matthews started out as the lead male singer on the first two Fairport Convention albums. While Fairport began to delve into music from the English folk tradition, Iain formed Matthews Southern Comfort, continuing to pursue the more US style folk of those two early Fairport albums. They recorded both original material & some outstanding covers, including Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why”, James Taylor’s “Something in the Way She Moves” and most notably Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”, which went to No.1 here in the UK.

 

 

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THE YOUNG UNS – We Three Sings

8pm Fri 15th December – £16

OTLEY PARISH CHURCH

The popular Teesside trio don their festive jumpers for just a handful of shows this Christmas – all in parish churches – as they take a lighthearted romp through Christmas past, from carols rooted deep in the soil of Britain’s ancient wassail traditions to original songs of seasonal cheer ….. and heartbreak.

Join the three wise men of folk as they reflect upon and celebrate Christmas in both word and song, bringing seasonal joy and warmth to young and old alike.

 

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CARA DILLON

8pm Fri 16th February – £19

LEEDS COLLEGE of MUSIC

 

“Quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”  Mojo Magazine

Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her field, an extraordinary Irish singer who has been captivating audiences and achieving consistent acclaim for over 20 years.

Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new recording “Wanderer”. The album is a collection of rewarding & moving songs, recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. On this tour they will be playing as a duo, the pared back accompaniment throwing the spotlight very firmly on Cara’s vocals. Every note and word are sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to Cara’s deeply emotive performances, with her warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

TICKETS AVAILABLE from the Leeds College of Music Box Office only
 CLICK HERE to book online
Or Tel 0113-222-3434
(£1 bkg fee per ticket online, no booking fee by phone)

 

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BLAZIN’ FIDDLES

8pm Fri 2nd March– £16

VICTORIA HALL, SALTAIRE

 

Scotland’s Blazin’ Fiddles bring their fiery brew to Saltaire, with a good few years and the arrival of new members since their last visit.

Featuring four of Scotland’s hottest contemporary fiddle players – Jenna Reid (Shetland), Kristan Harvey (Orkney), Rua MacMillan & Bruce MacGregor – Blazin’ Fiddles capture all the variety, energy & sensitivity of Scottish traditional music, with each fiddler drawing on the distinct muscial flavour of their own part of the Highlands & Islands.

Along with Anna Massie (guitar) and Angus Lyon (piano) they blend solo and ensemble sets, the pace ranging from reflective airs to stormy, rousing sets of tunes which leave musicians and audience alike gasping for breath.

 

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KRIS DREVER

8pm Friday 13th April – £15

LEEDS COLLEGE of MUSIC

 

 “Guitarist with bravely experimental trio Lau, Kris Drever has all the makings of a solo celebrity” The Guardian

Scottish songwriter Kris Drever (Lau) celebrated a decade of critical success by winning both Folk Singer of The Year and Best Original Track (for his song If Wishes Were Horses) at the 2017 BBC Folk Awards.  Over the last ten years his distinctive voice and subtly crafted guitar style have become part of the backbone of the contemporary folk and roots scene and on his 2018 tour he will be performing a ‘best of’ set featuring all the key songs from his first decade and some new material played live for the first time.

 

TICKETS AVAILABLE from the Leeds College of Music Box Office only
CLICK HERE to book online
Or Tel 0113-222-3434
(£1 bkg fee per ticket online, no booking fee by phone)

 

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JON BODEN & THE REMNANT KINGS

8pm Fri 27th April – £20

VICTORIA HALL SALTAIRE

 

 

“Resurrects the brassy swagger of Bellowhead”  Financial Times review of Afterglow

‘Vivid lyrics, striking imagery, fascinating ideas, challenging arrangements & Boden’s characteristically striking vocals  FRoots

Former lead-singer of Bellowhead Jon Boden visits Saltaire on his “Afterglow” album tour – his first new release since leaving Bellowhead in May 2016 – bringing the newly extended 11 piece Remnant Kings line-up with him. Including the talents of former Bellowhead band-mates Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin, plus Leveret’s Rob Harbron and along with Ben Nicholls and Richard Warren (King of The South Seas) the band will be joined by string and brass sections to bring the album to the stage, along with other material from Jon’s back-catalogue and line-ups.

(The show is seated, but as at all our Saltaire gigs, there is room for those who wish to to get up and dance)