Matt Gordon & Leonard Podolak
Leonard Podolak is a critically acclaimed 5-String clawhammer banjo player best known as a member of Juno/Grammy Award winning Canadian band The Duhks and as part of Shrewsbury Folk Festival’s Cecil Sharp Project. Together with fiddler Matt Gordon (Fiddle Puppet Dancers, London debut of Riverdance) and producer/guitarist Bill Shanley, he recorded 'Three Thin Dimes', a celebration of Old-Time traditional fiddle and banjo music. Released under licence in Europe by Rootbeat Records, Three Thin Dimes will be available to preorder soon.
Vera van Heeringen


Debut album from Dutch bluegrass guitarist/singer Vera van Heeringen promises much and delivers in spades. Delightfully understated and with an assured, timeless grace, Standing Tall is a showcase for van Heeringen’s self-penned songs and virtuoso bluegrass guitar playing, enriched by a stellar cast of guests that includes Tim O’Brien (Kathy Mattea, Kris Drever) and Andy Seward (Kate Rusby Band). Produced by Andy Bell (Spiers & Boden) and mastered by Dirk Powell (Eric Bibb, Transatlantic Sessions), it is bold, modern bluegrass shot through with nostalgia and bittersweet melancholy. Says O’Brien, “Vera can play anything with strings, write fine songs and sing them too.” Among the album’s highlights is a delightful take on the Carter family’s “Lulu Walls”, driven along by the interplay between van Heeringen’s guitar, Dave Proctor’s mandolin and Jock Tyldesley’s fiddle, swapping solos with practised ease and timeless grace. Elsewhere, the heart-rending “In Love With Someone Else” is among the most subtle, elegantly understated pieces of writing you’re likely to hear this year.





Sue Brown & Lorraine Irwing


Starkly beautiful and delicately arranged, The 13th Bedroom marks a powerful and welcome return for the duo. Traditional English folk singing at its best.

Sue Brown and Lorraine Irwing base their repertoire firmly in English traditional song, drawing from time to time on contemporary material and songs from other traditions. The Oxford-based duo began singing together in 1994, and their singing has been described as ‘perfection in timing and expressive melody’ and ‘a blend of voices to melt the heart of an iceberg’. Reviews have mentioned their ‘pleasingly angular harmonies’, ‘the variety of material and the inventiveness of the arrangements’ and ‘rich harmonies and warm, true voices’.

The 13th Bedroom was recorded in 2011 by renowned Sheffield producer-engineer Andy Bell (Spiers & Boden, Fay Hield, Maddy Prior) and mastered by Andy Seward (Andy Cutting, Kate Rusby, John Tams). It features traditional songs both familiar and fresh, as well as a powerful, elegant rendition of John Martyn’s “Don’t You Go”. While much of the material is unaccompanied, this album also features Lorraine on shruti box and Sue on guitar and Appalachian dulcimer.





Moore Moss Rutter


The hotly awaited debut from 2011 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners Moore Moss Rutter, their eponymous debut album suggests that Moore Moss Rutter are a remarkble, powerful new force on the English folk scene. They play mainly traditional English, contemporary and self-composed tunes, channelling influences from numerous styles and traditions. An articulate and intelligent group at the forefront fo the current crop of up-and-coming folk ,suicians, their eponymous debut album is produced by Andy Bell (Kerfuffle, Spiers & Boden).





Kerfuffle


Kerfuffle were a four-piece neo-traditional English folk band. Formed in 2002, Kerfuffle finally drew to a close in 2010 after years as one of England's premier young folk acts. Comprising Sam Sweeney, Hannah James, Jamie Roberts and Tom Sweeney, Kerfuffle played gigs in France, Germany and Italy, became one of the English festival scene's best loved acts and secured an enviable live reputation.

Kerfuffle made five albums including K2 (RBRCD03), Links (RBRCD05), To The Ground (RBRCD06) and Lighten The Dark (RBRCD08).

wwww.kerfuffleonline.co.uk




Hannah James & Sam Sweeney


Creative partners in Kerfuffle since their teens, 2009's Catches & Glees (RBRCD07) announced the arrival of Hannah James and Sam Sweeney as a duo of considerable artistic prowess. Hannah and Sam were nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

‘Catches and Glees is a dynamic, varied album that treats its traditional material simultaneously with respect and modernity.'

Sophie Parkes, EDS Magazine

www.hannahandsam.co.uk



Lady Maisery

Lady Maisery is an exciting new vocal trio from Hannah James (Kerfuffle, The Demon Barbers), Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola). Inspired by folk singing traditions of the UK and northern Europe, Lady Maisery sing songs and ballads both unaccompanied, and with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp and fiddle. They are one of the first groups to revive the tradition of diddling or singing tunes, which has nearly died out in the UK, but is still prevalent in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. Be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes as Lady Maisery emerge as one of the most original groups to arise in the UK folk scene this year!
 
www.ladymaisery.com



Charlie Barker


Sheffield singer-songwriter Charlie Barker's association with the RootBeat family runs deep; Sam Sweeney and Chris Thornton-Smith appeared on her debut Sleeping at the Station, and her forthcoming second album Ghosts and Heroes is produced by Thornton-Smith and former Kerfuffle bassist Tom Sweeney. It also features percussionist Jim Molyneux (4Square) and accordionist Harriet Bartlett, rounding out a cast of English folk's brightest young talent that makes Ghosts and Heroes an album to anticipate. Featuring a collection of songs by Barker's favourite writers, the album includes songs from writers including Nancy Griffith, Alison Krauss, Marc Cohn and Richard Thompson.

Coming Autumn 2011: Ghosts and Heroes.

www.charliebarkermusic.com