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Erin Mansfield

FESTIVAL AND INDIVIDUAL BOOKINGS Erin Mansfield is an up and coming caller from London; as well as a dancer and musician. Calling for 2 years, Erin is making her mark and fast becoming popular and in demand in the ceilidh scene. With experience in many aspects of social folk dance: including ceilidh, morris, Playford and Scottish Country Dancing; Erin loves, above all else, the happiness and buzz of dancing done with joy. Now a regular at festivals, functions and ceilidh series, she is branching into delivering workshops for (particularly) new callers to develop their skills, confidence and realise their power in a relaxed and pressure-free environment. 'Becoming Callers' is due to debut at IVFDF Nottingham in March 2020!

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Elie Rees

2021 dates Elie Rees is a singer/songwriter who has created her own acoustic niche with edgy and emotive songs. A punk-rock side to Elie’s writing combines with catchy melodies and bold lyrics to create a singer songwriter with attitude. Gigging extensively in South-East England Elie mixes songs by artists such as Joni Mitchel, Dolly Parton, Blondie and Paloma Faith into her set list for a folksy and charismatic show.

“ Talented Singer, Song-writer Elie Rees, really gets to the heart of the matter in her songs. She takes you on a her personal journey in which the listener, most definitely, will relate to in some way. Honest and heartfelt while at the same time touching on the edgy and raw. Look out for Elie Rees, this girl is going somewhere!!!!! “ Anita Wardell -Jazz vocalist

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Hadrian's Union

LAUNCHING 2021 new line up Hadrian’s Union are Greg Jenkinson (Bass Guitar) & Robin Jowett (Melodeon and Keys), Matt Mellor (Lead Guitar), Saul Rose (drums), with Hadrian's Union founding member Stew Simpson on Guitar and vocals.

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Paul James

Paul James' workshops are about working together as a team to make a mighty big band noise that is more than the sum of its parts. Suitable for all ages, all abilities, any instrument. No prior knowledge of folk music necessary. Paul uses traditional dance tunes or modern compositions as a starting point & the aim is to create imaginative arrangements - using harmonies and riffs, textures and dynamics - that are interesting and fun to play, dance and listen to. Participants need to be of a standard where they can play a simple folk tune through at the right tempo, either by ear or by reading music.
Paul also provides intensive workshops for more advanced players – for a day, a weekend or a whole week.
Paul James is a saxophonist, bagpiper, singer and composer from England, who makes music influenced by English and other European folk/folklore traditions. He is a member of the band Blowzabella and Paul James and the Drowned Lovers. Paul also leads the annual European Ensemble Music Weekend at Halsway Manor National Centre for Folk Arts.

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The Bookshop Band

FESTIVAL AND INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOPS The Bookshop Band are Beth Porter & Ben Please who offer a truly unique song writing workshop which can be adapted to many settings from bookshops (obviously), to vocational musician sessions, festival workshop series and many more. Using a chosen book as the inspiration to find a palette of words and emotions in response to reflect from one art form to another. A maximum group of 20 is advised, and all ages and skills level are welcome.
The Bookshop Band formed in September 2010, releasing their first album in December that year. They have since released 13 albums each exploring a different theme in their responses to over 100 author’s books. They have toured extensively around the UK and abroad, from bookshops to festival main-stages, and have been commissioned by BBC Radio 3, The V&A Museum, The National Portrait Gallery and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, most recently writing two songs for the launch of Philip Pullman’s The Book Of Dust. They are currently working with The V&A Museum on a musical series of banned books.
Between them Beth and Ben bring the books to the stage along with a multitude of instruments, including cello, harmonium, glockenspiel, guitars and ukuleles which, along with their distinct voices, create a cinematic sound that draws the audience right in to a highly intimate performance, at once touching and mesmerizing, heart wrenching and funny.
Beth is also part for the Spell Songs Collective, working on the superb poems of Robert MacFarlane's The Lost Words, illustrated by Jackie Morris, which is on its second concert hall tour.

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Maclaine Colston & Saul Rose

BOOKING April 2021 & Sept 2021 – with rescheduling 2020
Mac and Saul isn’t the name of a new pasta dish, it is in fact a glorious combination of meleodeon and hammered dulcimer. They met while both in the ground breaking Kings of Calicutt with Eliza Carthy. A short lived but intense episode that led onto a duo and eventually their acclaimed first album Sand and Soil in 2009 and a track ended up on the 2010 Folk Awards album due to Saul’s nomination that year.
10 years on from Sand and Soil, and in its anniversary year they have got the bug again and are picking up where they left off with a new album in progress. Back again with their amusingly irreverent banter and of course their trademark immaculate and gutsy playing style. Recording for the new album is underway!

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Jennifer Crook

Singer songwriter Jennifer is a much-loved feature of Britain’s folk and acoustic scene with collaborations that encompass Boo Hewerdine, Eddi Reader, Miranda Sykes and many others. She has released a string of intelligent, finely-crafted albums attracting plaudits from Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 and the folk press, including ‘Carnforth Station’ produced at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, and ‘The Year, She Turns’, ‘Jennifer Crook’s magnificent musical almanac’ (Fatea). J
“This is contemporary songwriting and performing at its best” Maverick*****
“Heart-wrenchingly gorgeous music” Roots and Fusion
“A writer with her own unique set of gifts that melodically and lyrically place her a cut above many of her contemporaries” Folk Radio UK ; “A class act” R2.

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Winter Wonderband

BOOKING Dec 2021 – rescheduling 2020
Winter Wonderband formed in 2012 and has a super 4-piece line up, of Saul Rose on melodeon (Faustus, Wayward, Transports.), Maclaine Colston (Kings of Calicutt, Pressgang) on hammered dulcimer and percussion, Beth Porter on cello and recorder (Bookshop Band, Spell Songs, Wayward) and Jennifer Crook on harp and guitar (Snow Patrol, Cythara). With tight 4-part vocal harmonies to weave together the beautiful instrumental combinations, they play a warming mix of traditional folk, modern classics, and original material. This makes for a wonderfully relaxed and charming evening of Winter music, not just for Christmas, but across the winter season.

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