Acclaimed singer-songwriter Emily Barker released her new album A Dark
Murmuration of Words on September 4th 2020. Produced by Greg Freeman and recorded at StudiOwz, a converted chapel in the Welsh countryside, A Dark Murmuration of Words takes Barker’s clear, expressive vocals and warm acoustic aesthetic and subtly shifts her sound in the direction of contemporaries such as Laura Marling and Phoebe Bridgers. Lyrically probing, by turns both dark and optimistic, Barker searches for meaning through the deafening clamour of fake news and algorithmically filtered conversation, delivering a timely exploration of the grand themes of our age through the lens of what it means to return “home.”
Heidi Talbot was born in a small village in Co. Kildare, Ireland, moved to New York when she was 18, became a folk star in the USA as a member of the Irish American band Cherish the Ladies, and now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a warm and engaging performer and over the past twenty years has performed all over North and South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, in the finest Concert Halls and International Festivals. Heidi has been nominated for Folk singer of the year and Best Traditional Song by BBC Radio 2, Best Live Act by the Scottish Traditional Music Awards and Best Female vocalist at The Irish Music Awards.
A self confessed devotee of 'real music' Robbie Cavanagh is not defined by genres. Robbie performs self penned, unscrubbed tales of heartbreak, loss, love and discovery and he writes them with honesty, emotion and most importantly; instinct. With two studio albums under his belt and a third imminent, 2021 sees Robbie accept Bob Harris's Emerging Artist Award at the Americana Music Association Awards.
THE RHEINGANS SISTERS
Nominated for 'Best Group' at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Rheingans Sisters are one of the most visionary acts on the British folk scene, creating cinematic, muscular and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while anchored in European folk traditions. Their 4th album Receiver, one of Songlines Magazine’s Top 10 Essential Folk Albums of 2020, is out now.
THE LITTLE UNSAID
The Little Unsaid began life when West-Yorkshire born producer and songwriter John Elliott started recording music in his garage with an old PC and a £5 microphone. In the years that followed he has toured the UK and Europe extensively, performed at major festivals including Glastonbury, and received regular radio play from the likes of Guy Garvey and Iggy Pop on BBC 6 Music. In 2017 John won the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award for boundary-pushing music creators and received mentoring from Gilles Peterson and Four Tet.
Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Loomis is the son of musician parents who listened to blues, rock and soul. Music ran in his veins and, with instruments readily available around the house, he picked up drums, piano, guitar and harmonica, honing his multi-instrumental talent in addition to performing regularly as part of his family’s doo-wop group. “My parents had a fantastic record collection and, when I started writing, I gravitated towards what I’d been listening to all my life. I have a huge reverence for the blues and all it encompasses, but I’ve always been fond of R&B and funky music.”
“Sun-shiny songs thriving on dark themes behind irresistible rhythms.” Comprised of 2 Irishmen, 1 Englishman and 1 American the band came together in 2011 to make their unique brand of acoustic music; a veritable 4×4 of voices and instruments identified for their dynamic fusion of styles including folk, latin, Americana & even some bluegrass.
Oh Susanna’s gloriously emotive, crystalline voice and folk-noir balladry that have drawn comparisons with Gillian Welch, Neko Case, Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos. This showcase features songs exclusively from her critically acclaimed album, ‘Sleepy Little Sailor’ from 2001, which was re-released in 2020. These pared-back acoustic versions highlight both the effortless strength of her bewitching voice and her immense songwriting talent, bringing their haunting power to the fore.
Michele Stodart is a solo artist as well as bassist, vocalist and co-songwriter with much-loved, double-platinum selling The Magic Numbers. Her solo albums, as alongside her intimate, heart-wrenching live performances helped her gain recognition as a superb artist and songwriter in her own right.
CHARM OF FINCHES
Sister duo Charm of Finches from Melbourne, Australia, make haunted tunes about love, grief and whispering trees with tight sibling harmonies and chamber folk sound. Their Australian Music Prize nominated 2019 sophomore album "Your Company" won Best Folk Album in the Independent Music Awards. They showcased at FAI 2020 in New Orleans, and participated in the inaugural Global Music Match.
Copper Viper is an acoustic folk duo from London, comprised of prolific songwriter and guitarist Robin Joel Sangster and fiddle/mandolin player Duncan Menzies. Since the release of their debut album “Cut It Down, Count The Rings” in April 2019, Copper Viper have toured extensively in the UK, Europe and Canada, performing at venues such as London’s prestigious Green Note, and the Cambridge Folk Festival where they were nominated for the Christian Raphael Prize for new artists.
Award winning singer/songwriter Diana Jones is known for her gritty, literary, Appalachian influenced songs. Song To A Refuge, Diana’s 6th solo recording gives voice to stories of asylum seekers world wide. On the anthemic single, "We Believe You" Jones is joined by Steve Earle, Richard Thompson and Peggy Seeger. Song To A Refugee has been received with stunning international four star reviews, and best of lists, including the EuroAmericana Chart 2020 album of the year.
Devon Sproule is an old friend of Green Note, hailing from Charlottesville, VA. She’s also pals with the Tin Angel community in Coventry, having released several records with their label over the years. Her music has wandered between folk & indie, most recently influenced by collaborators in Ontario (Sproule’s birthplace). Paste Magazine said, “Sproule’s songs are something to behold: Victoria Williams’ playfulness and spunk meeting up with Joni Mitchell’s confessional songwriting chops.”
Carsie Blanton writes anthems for a world worth saving. Inspired by artists including Nina Simone and Randy Newman, her songs encompass a wide range of genres, from sultry pop to punk-tinged Americana. Whether alone with her electric guitar or fronting her four-piece “handsome band,” Carsie delivers every song with an equal dose of moxie and mischief, bringing her audience together in joyful celebration of everything worth fighting for.
Kris Delmhorst is a veteran of the indie Americana world, with vivid songwriting, soulful delivery, and intricate arrangements that stretch the limits of genre. Long Day in the Milky Way, Delmhorst’s eighth album, is lush with layered vocals and immersive instrumentation, finding the gifted lyricist at the height of her craft and working with a strong sense of purpose.