Cahalen Morrison Joins ABM

Cahalen Morrison has carved out a place for himself as a unique voice in American music. We are thrilled that Cahalen has joined the ABM roster, and equally excited that he has just been confirmed for the 2020 Transatlantic Sessions tour in Jan/Feb – a brilliant launch for his solo UK touring. An insightful and poetic songwriter, a subtle and accomplished roots multi-instrumentalist and a captivating singer, Cahalen will be available for touring and festival bookings in late Spring/early Summer.

RTÉ Announces Shortlist for 2019 Folk Awards

ABM are delighted to hear that Ye Vagabonds have made such a big impact on the shortlist just announced for the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2019 taking place in Vicar Street on 24th October, including Best Traditional Folk Track for Bacach Shíol Andaí and The Foggy Dew, Best Folk Album for The Hare’s Lament and Best Folk Group, in the fine company of Dervish. More info here.


New John Doyle Album and Tour

Alan Bearman Music is delighted to be booking solo dates (20-30 May 2020) for Irish guitar wizard John Doyle.

John’s long awaited new solo album, Path of Stones, will be released on Compass Records on 25/10/19.

Name many of the most notable recordings and/or performers in Irish music and it’s a fair bet that John Doyle had something to do with them – Liz Carroll; Eileen Ivers; Karan Casey; Solas; Michael Black; Mary Black; the trio of McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle; and now Usher’s Island (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paddy Glackin and John Doyle), not to mention the hugely popular Transatlantic Sessions. This list is a veritable who’s who of the greatest names in Irish music, and these are just a very few of the stellar artists for whom John Doyle’s signature guitar sound, singing or songwriting is essential.

Impossibly in demand in the studio and on the road, immensely talented and blessed with an acute ear, a wicked sense of rhythm and seemingly endless stream of magic in his playing, composing, performing and producing, John Doyle is solidly establishing himself as one of the most versatile, creative and prolific voices in folk and traditional Irish music.

“Doyle on guitar has risen to a level occupied by him alone. No one in Irish traditional music is a better guitarist than him right now”. The Wall Street Journal

“A complete rhythm section all on his own” Chicago Tribune

“More talent than anybody deserves to have all to themselves” Philadelphia News

Ian Carr & The Various Artists Join ABM

We are delighted to welcome  guitarist Ian Carr with his band,  The Various Artists, to the ABM roster. There’s a fine line between musical genius and a vortex of chaos and Ian Carr has long danced along it like a reckless Highland dancer with his laces undone. fRoots’ writer Andy Cronshaw once described him as “the most innovative and sympathetic guitarist that Britain has produced in years, in any genre…”

Ian is joined by The Various Artists, the roof raising  Swedish/ Scottish live incarnation of Ian’s acclaimed, “Who He?” CD, featuring Maria Jonsson (viola d’amore, vocals), Staffan Lindfors (double bass/ vocals), Laura Wilkie (violin/vocals) Thomas Gibbs (piano/harmonium/clarinet/vocals).

They have a new album to tour in 2020 and are looking forward to bringing this to the UK for summer festivals and for an autumn tour (12 to 22 November 2020) – get in touch if you have dates to offer as you may become their anchor date!

Folk Award Nominations

Something to celebrate! Congratulations to all the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees, announced last night on Mark Radcliffe’s Folk Show. We are thrilled that Alan Bearman Music artists are so well represented this year, with some well-deserved nominations going to Sam Sweeney (Musician Of The Year); Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith (Best Traditional Track), Ye Vagabonds (Best Traditional Track); Brighde Chaimbeul (Horizon Award) and Ryan Young’s regular musical partner Jenn Butterworth (Musician Of The Year). Well done all!

We are also delighted that Irish trad. legends Dervish will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award!

We look forward to the Folk Awards results, announced on 16th October as part of Manchester Folk Festival.

New Eliza Carthy Tour

Eliza Carthy MBE should by now need no introduction. A multi-award winning singer, songwriter and musician from a formidable English music dynasty.

Describing herself simply as a “modern English musician”, Eliza Carthy herself is one of the most recognisable faces of the English folk revival. Her first “solo” album of traditional music in 14 years, Restitute is literally a homely affair, recorded as it was at Eliza’s home in the picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire.

The band for the Restitute tour comprises Eliza Carthy, Ben Seal, Ben Somers, Willy Molleson and David Delarre – with support slot and special guest appearance from Saul Rose.

In addition to the Restitute material, the band will perform songs from brand new recordings of original songs by Eliza Carthy & Ben Seal – taken from their forthcoming album Northern Glowerhouse presents Through that Sound my Secret was Made Known.

Touring 27 March to 11 April 2020

Green Ribbons

We’re delighted to be booking shows for a brand new project dedicated to the celebration of unaccompanied song. Green Ribbons features the amazing Debbie Armour (Burd Ellen), Frankie Armstrong, Alasdair Roberts and Benjamin “Jinnwoo” Webb (Jinnwoo, Bird In The Belly) singing solo, in duet and in full ensemble.


Their debut release on Belgian label Matière Mémoire and live show will feature an intimate collection of traditional and newly composed songs.

Touring 6-19 April 2020

Martin Simpson announces new album ‘Rooted’

Singer, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson releases brand new studio album Rooted on August 30 on Topic Records. Produced by Andy Bell and recorded in Sheffield and Oxfordshire, Rooted will be available on CD, LP and digital with the deluxe 2CD and deluxe digital versions including a bonus disc of instrumentals, Seeded. Pre-order:

Summing up the themes of his new album, Martin says: “The music and songs embrace nature and travel, mental health, real life stories, loss, politics and history… and the threads that bind all this together can be followed back a long way, to 1965 when I got my first guitar and started to soak up material and ideas at a very rapid rate.”



Rooted features an array of stellar guest musicians, including Nancy Kerr (fiddle and viola), Andy Cutting (melodeon and diatonic accordion), Liz Hanks (cello), John Smith (electric guitar and vocals), Ben Nicholls (string bass and electric bass guitar), Julie Matthews (vocals), Alan Barnes (clarinet), Max Simpson (vocals), Amy Smith (vocals), Chris While (vocals) and Tom A Wright (drums and percussion). Richard Hawley and Dom Flemons contribute backing vocals and bones respectively to first single ‘Neo’ (out 21st June).  As well as vocals, Martin himself plays banjola, 5-string banjo, 6-string fretless banjo, electric bass guitar and electric and resonator guitars!

Martin will tour extensively in support of Rooted. See full dates here:

Rooted track listing:

1.Trouble Brought Me Here; 2.Kimbie; 3.Born Human; 4.Ken Small; 5.Hills Of Shiloh; 6.Henry Gray; 7.Who’s Going To Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot?; 8.Queen Jane; 9. Joe Bowers; 10. Fool Me Once; 11.Kingfisher; 12.Neo; 13.More Than Enough

Seeded track listing (bonus disc with deluxe CD and deluxe digital albums):

1.Arbutus Turnaround; 2.A Blues; 3.Bonny Kate; 4.Mama, It Ain’t Long; 5.Queen Jane (Instrumental); 6.Waenglapiau; 7.Who’s Going To Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot? (Instrumental)

Hand in hand with his long and storied solo career, Martin has been central to seminal collaborations like The Full English, The Elizabethan Sessions and Simpson Cutting Kerr. He has worked with a dazzling range of artists from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danú, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons, to mention a few. He is consistently named as one of the very finest acoustic, fingerstyle and slide guitar players in the world and is the most nominated musician in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, with a remarkable 31 nods. A true master of his art.

For more info, contact Claire Horton :


Now Booking – Band of Burns

Band of Burns is a unique collaboration of twelve artists from the top echelons of the folk scene – including members of such prestigious groups as Afro Celt Sound System and The Langan Band and The Breath. These individuals come together to perform a truly distinct show which celebrates the life, works and philosophies of Robert Burns, sharing a profound belief in the values he championed – equality, social justice and the power of love – and in their pressing relevance amid today’s troubled times.

The band is a tightly knit ensemble of musicians who all shine bright in their own right, with a string of awards and an admirable checklist of every big concert venue in the UK. They collectively create one of the most powerful and compelling sounds of Folk and World music.

“A shimmering collection … that does full justice to the poet’s humane vision”
The Times

Alastair Caplin (Musical Director, Violin, Viola, Vocals, Guitar)
Ríoghnach Connolly (Vocals, Irish Flute) John Langan (Vocals, Guitar, Cajon)
Adam Beattie (Vocals, Guitar, Double Bass) Mikey Kenney (Violin, Vocals)
Dila Vardar (Vocals, Finger Bells) Dominie Hooper (Vocals, Cello)
Ellis Davies (Guitar, Vocals) Ewan MacDonald  (Violin, Cittern)
Dave Tunstall (Double Bass, Border Pipes) Lewis Murray (Violin Viola)
Feilimi Devlin (Bodhran)

Album launch dates 11-13 Oct 2019, touring 16 Jan – 2 Feb 2020 & available for festivals 2020.