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Skip Gorman

“Skip Gorman has mastered the rare sound which can only be created by those who have grown up listening to traditional American folk music.”
Hal Cannon, Western Folklife Center & Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Nevada 

Brought up in Rhode Island, Skip Gorman was introduced to traditional music early in his life at the age of eight, when he received his first guitar and a Jimmie Rodgers record. While growing up he was lucky to have the opportunity to see musicians like the legendary Texas fiddler, Eck Robertson, Bill Monroe and Maybelle Carter at the historic Newport Folk Festival. An encounter with Monroe at age fourteen was a pivotal moment in the young musician’s life, and aside from being a masterful cowboy singer and fine fiddler, Gorman is one of the premier mandolinists in the style of Bill Monroe. As an accomplished musician on guitar, fiddle, mandolin AND yodels, he’s played with many great musicians from Bill Monroe to Chris Thile. We’re excited that he’s joining us for a special performance to celebrate 5 years of Arisaig Americana. Not to be missed!

Video Good Goodbye Old Pal
Website Skip Gorman

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The Lowly Strung

“Exhilarating stuff from the Maidstone based Americana/Bluegrass outfit” John Roffey, Maverick Magazine

The Lowly Strung are not your typical bluegrass band. They are three brothers and two friends who blend Americana, folk, and rock influences into a dynamic and energetic sound that will make you want to dance, sing, and clap along. The band, comprising of three brothers, Toby (guitar), James (mandolin), and Jonny Starks (fiddle), sing together in harmony with that classic family sound. Alongside the one and only Malcolm Peet (dobro) and Jon Fuller (double bass), these boys have been a force to be reckoned with on the bluegrass/Americana circuit for the past 8 years.

Video Ann Marie (cover)
Website Lowly Strung

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Jaywalkers

“A beautifully performed take on Americana… a multi-layered sound that belies their trio status” RnR Magazine

As those who have been fortunate enough to catch them in full flight will testify, a Jaywalkers show is an exhilarating experience. UK-based they may be but many from the other side of the Atlantic have complimented them on their particularly stylish delivery of this virtuosic brand of Americana. These three outstanding musicians have developed a tight bond, demonstrated through their well-crafted, tasteful arrangements and ability to bounce ideas around the stage. The combination of powerhouse bass, flame-fingered mandolin, blistering fiddle and three-part harmony really packs a punch!
 
Video Playsuit
Website Jaywalkers
 
 
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Cahalen Morrison

“Cahalen is making music the world needs.” Tim O’Brien
 

Originally hailing from the high desert of Northern New Mexico, Cahalen Morrison has made a name for himself over the past decade touring solo, as a duo with Eli West, or with his roadhouse country band Western Centuries. Cahalen has played shows and festivals all over the world and performed on stage with the likes of Tim O’Brien, Kelly Joe Phelps, Hot Rize, Crooked Still and Kris Drever. Equally at home on guitar, banjo, mandolin, singing three-part harmony or unaccompanied, he has carved out a place for himself as a unique voice in American music. (Photo Douglas Robertson)

Video Wealth of Sorrow
Website Cahalen Morrison

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Sarah Jane Scouten

An agile voice, ruminative songwriting, and love for classic country, indie pop, and everything in between.” American Songwriter

Canadian folk and country artist Sarah Jane Scouten has been nominated for numerous awards and performed at festivals such as Vancouver Folk Music Festival, MerleFest and the Maverick Americana Music Festival. She has opened for artists including Corb Lund and Ron Sexsmith, and also shared the stage with Martha Wainwright, Allison Russell, Martin Carthy to name a few. Now living in rural Scotland, her most recent release ‘Turned to Gold’ is a road trip album of original songs drawing on Tom Petty, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Christine McVie.
 
 
 
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The Hotfoot Specials

“Such good musicians playing songs we hadn’t heard for ages and with loads of drive… we danced our socks off!” Cajun Barn

Kick up the dust and get dancing with  American / Anglo Cajun collective The Hotfoot Specials! Based near Brighton, the band play foot stomping and traditional Cajun music from the North American state of Louisiana. With accordion, fiddle, guitar and drums, their influences include the Balfa Brothers, Marc Savoy, Steve Riley and Cory McCauley and his Evangeline Aces. This is music to dance to and you’ll be Two Stepping and Waltzing in no time – they can’t wait to share an evening our Arisaig Americana audience and “laissez les bons temps rouler” that is “let the good times roll”!
 
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Wayward Jane

 “They’re just that bit different from anything else happening in Scotland!” Bruce MacGregor

Wayward Jane’s music is a modern, transatlantic interpretation of American folk and Old Time traditions, blending roots music with fresh arrangements and original compositions. Their rich sound features fiddle, clawhammer banjo, double bass, guitar, wooden flute and close vocal harmonies. Wayward’s live shows have a joyful energy, expressing the fine musicianship and playful chemistry of the band members. Wayward Jane tend to leave audiences with a glow in their hearts. They have released two albums – “Wayward Jane” and “Old Train”, and will be releasing a third later this year.

Video Crossing Over Water
Website Wayward Jane