Of all the stars in Folk Music’s wondrous firmament few shine as brightly as Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby.
A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate’s soulful vocals resonate with the wistful beauty of an earthbound angel. Inhabiting a lyric with unforced conviction – no matter how old or how modern – she has that rare ability to transport her audience, of touching them emotionally and making each tune live vividly within their experience and imagination. It’s a precious gift attained not by resource to decibel blasting or histrionics but through simplicity, understatement and faith in the narrative drive of the songs she chooses to sing.
Brought up in that well-known musical hotbed of Newcastle upon Tyne, Julian has been playing melodeon now for longer than he cares to remember. He is probably best known for playing in a band with the renowned Northumbrian piper and composer Kathryn Tickell, with whom he has been working since 1998. He also has a growing reputation as a fairly decent accompanist of traditional song, having recorded and performed with amongst others Scottish singer/songwriter Karine Polwart, The Unthanks, Nuala Kennedy, and multi-award winning Barnsley songstress Kate Rusby.
Damien’s musical career has earned him credit as a creative and exciting musician and singer. His banjo playing has given him a reputation as one of the finest Irish players on the scene today, he is also a noted singer focusing on songs from his native Northern Ireland.
Currently touring with Kate Rusby he his probably better known for his work with Shona Kipling and Flook. He is fast becoming recognised as one of the finest singers on the British acoustic music scene.
Born a twin in Poole, Dorset in early 1974 to Northern Irish parents, Aaron has lived and worked in Scotland for most of his life. Although he currently reside in the beautiful Scottish Borders, he spend much of his year touring in the USA and throughout the UK and Europe. He has recorded on countless traditional albums and appeared on numerous TV and radio shows worldwide as he continues to work regularly with some of the biggest names in ‘folk’ music.
Acoustic guitarist Ed Boyd is best known for his work with the pioneering band Flook who made three critically-acclaimed albums and toured internationally for years. His subtle style has also seen him accompany luminaries such as Michael McGoldrick, Kate Rusby, Karen Matheson, Cara Dillon and Karan Casey.