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The Often Herd

The Often Herd

‘Traditional, inventive, tight and sharp…  for those who think they don’t like bluegrass this could be the point they change their minds’ (FolkWords)
‘A study in virtuosity from a supremely talented group of musicians’ (NARC)

They may resemble an American string band, complete with driving energy, tight vocal harmonies and dazzling instrumental interplay, yet The Often Herd deliver a vibrant, transatlantic sound coloured by their natural and industrial surroundings of Northern England. Rupert Hughes (guitar) and Evan Davies (mandolin), write songs steeped in personal experience, drawing from a wide pool of influences ranging from old-time to psychedelia, whilst American-born fiddler Niles Krieger and jazz bassist Sam Quintana add fiery instrumental skills to the mix, with a highly anticipated debut album released on 3rd June 2022. Winners of La Roche Best European Bluegrass Band and showcase artists for AmericanaFest UK and IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, their sound is both boldly contemporary and soothingly familiar, taking time-honoured traditions to new places with a fresh perspective. Flock to the herd, you won’t be disappointed!

Video: Debt to the King
Website: The Often Herd

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James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band

‘A perfect performance’ (Maverick Magazine)
‘Superlative songs… variety and class’ (R2 Magazine)

Glasgow 6-piece James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band stumbled onto the scene in 2013, their formation a result of a series of unlikely coincidences… Made up of members James Edwyn on vocals and acoustic guitar, Emma Joyce, vocals, Scott Keenan on keyboards and vocals, Ronnie Gilmour on electric guitar, Ross McLaughlin on bass and Neil McDonald on drums and percussion, their music is a mix of alt-country, indie/folk rock and roots orientated Americana. Their first album ‘The Tower’ was released in 2014, followed by a second studio album ‘High Fences’ in 2018, which captured a bigger, harder edged sound. Their third studio album, ‘Highlights of the Low Nights’ has been recorded and mixed by the legendary Paul Savage and will be released in May 2022. The band continue to move from strength to strength, cementing their growing reputation as a formidable live act and recent highlights have included Celtic Connections festival and the UK Americana Music Association festival in London.

Video: Pushing Statues
Social: James Edwyn & TBB

Roseanne Reid

Roseanne Reid

‘An outstanding songwriter’ (Steve Earle)
‘A stunningly mature set of Americana’ (The Times)

Hailing from Edinburgh and now based in Dundee, Roseanne Reid’s songs conjure more from less, exuding a quiet confidence and sparse authenticity that recalls some of the genre’s leading lights such as Gillian Welch and Lucinda Williams, but with a tone that belongs to Roseanne and no one else. No wonder, then, that Americana legend Steve Earle has not only adopted Reid as a personal cause, but makes a guest appearance on the delightful ‘Sweet Annie.’ Following a couple of acclaimed EP releases, Roseanne’s debut album Trails was recorded in Brooklyn with an A-team of players expertly corralled by the album’s producer and renowned artist Teddy Thompson, setting the stage for an artist whose integrity shines through in every song.

Video: Sweet Annie
Website: Roseanne Reid

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Hannah Fisher & Sorren MacLean

‘A commitment to musical excellence’  (Redrospective.com)
‘Undeniably flawless’ (Fame Magazine)

For over a decade, Hannah Fisher and Sorren Maclean have absorbed a wealth of collaborative experience as permanent fixtures within some of Scotland’s most  prominent bands including King Creosote and Roddy Woomble. Together, the fiddle and guitar duo step to the forefront playing a mix of original and contemporary songs and tunes from across the varied traditions of Scotland, Ireland and America, blending rich vocal harmonies with bluegrass and old-time influenced fiddle tunes. Both have previously released acclaimed solo records, with a debut duo album on the horizon.

Video: This Town
Websites: Hannah Fisher Sorren Maclean

The Fountaineers

The Fountaineers

Tethered by a mutual appreciation of American roots and bluegrass music, The Fountaineers formed in Glasgow during socially-distanced interactions in 2020. Made up of band members Callum MT (mandolin), Jeri Foreman (fiddle), Michael Wright (guitar/vocals) and Rob Hart (banjo) create music that adheres to traditions yet fosters creativity and blends the progressive intent of musical heroes Flatt and Scruggs, Tony Rice and Alison Krauss & Union Station. They have performed in Northern Ireland and England and featured as showcase artists for the IBMA World of Bluegrass ‘Bluegrass Ramble’ 2021. The band are currently working on their debut EP, set for release this summer and will be performing as a trio for Arisaig Americana, on fiddle, guitar and mandolin.

Video: Old Ties and Companions
Website: The Fountaineers

Copper Viper

Copper Viper

‘I’m thinking of the Stray Birds or the Milk Carton Kids, but British ’(Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2)
Mighty impressive’ (Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales)

Copper Viper is an acoustic folk trio from London, comprised of prolific songwriter and guitarist Robin Joel Sangster, fiddle/mandolin player Duncan Menzies and banjo picker Dana Immanuel. Drawing inspiration from the British folk and American country/bluegrass traditions, Copper Viper’s music marries haunting melodies and intricate vocal harmonies with searing instrumental passages. They recorded their debut album ‘Cut It Down, Count The Rings’ at Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville WA, USA with platinum-selling producer Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile), and have toured extensively in the UK, Europe and Canada.

Video: Hung Up Alone
Website: Copper Viper

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