Andy Irvine

We are really saddened to hear of the death of our friend and colleague, Frank Bechhofer. We send all our love and best wishes to his family and many friends.

As he became ill, Frank asked ABM to take over the UK bookings for his long-time client and close friend, and one of the greatest Irish singers, Andy Irvine. Though the circumstances are sad ones, we are of course delighted to step up to represent a man whose voice gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as “a tradition in himself”.

Andy is taking bookings for UK dates throughout October and early November. Please get in touch ASAP to secure a date, as the tour is unsurprisingly filling very fast.

Musician, singer, songwriter, and Lifetime Achievement Award winner at the inaugural RTÉ Folk Awards, Andy has had an amazing musical career over the past 50 years. At the helm of legendary bands like Sweeney’s Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s, and then Patrick Street, Mozaik, LAPD and recently Usher’s Island, Andy is both a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians.

Riley Baugus Joins ABM

ABM is delighted to be working with Riley on a November 2019 tour (2nd – 20th): Banjos, Ballads, Stories and Songs of the Southern Appalachians.

Riley Baugus represents the very best of old time American banjo and song. His powerful singing voice and his expert musicianship place him squarely in the next generation of the quality American roots tradition.

Riley is a native of the southern Appalachians. The Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina is where his roots lie, and he grew up learning the music and art of storytelling of the region from older musicians in the area. His solo show consists of a focus on banjos, ballads, stories and songs.

He has toured in the UK for many years with Ira Bernstein, as one half of the hugely popular Appalachian Roots project. He has played at Celtic Connections several times with Dirk Powell, and also toured with Tim Eriksen in the States, as part of the Cold Mountain film tour, and as a duo.

Riley has also recorded with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and with Willie Nelson  – both T-Bone Burnett projects.

Lucy Farrell – New Solo Tour

Lucy Farrell is quietly building her solo career with her exquisite renditions of traditional ballads and quietly moving original songs. As one fourth of The Furrow Collective, Lucy is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner in the Best Group category following the release of the band’s widely acclaimed Wild Hog LP in 2017.

Her upcoming solo album sees songs arranged in pairs: a traditional song alongside her one of her own, inspired by the theme or emotion instilled. It’s very much a personal response, and it’s one that she hopes will also echo with her listeners.

Lucy Farrell first enchanted fans of traditional music when she began performing as a duo with fellow Newcastle Folk Degree graduate Jonny Kearney. Invited to become the regular opening act for The Unthanks, Lucy & Jonny’s blend of wry and lovelorn tales saw them frequently outselling the headline act at the CD stall. She went on to perform in the delightful quartet, Carthy, Hardy Farrell and Young; on Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band’s Big Machine album and tour and in the Emily Portman Trio with whom she sang, sawed and played viola for many years.

Lucy will be most at home in intimate venues, though her quiet command of the space makes her very adaptable to bigger rooms and festival stages too.

Touring solo late May/early June and October 2019.

Matthew Byrne UK Dates

ABM are excited to be working with the lovely Matthew Byrne on some summer 2019 UK dates.

Matthew comes from a musical family. Both his parents are fine singers and collectors of songs from various traditions.

His music has travelled well beyond the rugged shores of his Newfoundland home since his 2010 debut, Ballads. Touring as both a solo artist as well as singer with The Dardanelles, he has graced major festival stages worldwide. With his second album, Hearts & Heroes, receiving Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Byrne has established himself as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices.

Matthew’s third album, Horizon Lines, was released domestically in August of 2017 and in the UK on Tom Sweeney’s RootBeat label in May of 2018. That release was supported by the PR work of Lizzie Evans of Evan’s Above.

We are now booking shows from 19 July to 6 August 2019. Get in touch asap to confirm a booking.

“It’s increasingly rare to find male traditional singers who are not just good, but GREAT! Matthew is certainly in that truly great category.” ~ BRIAN O’DONOVAN, WGBH BOSTON

“Possibly the finest interpreter of traditional songs in the country.” ~ PENGUIN EGGS MAGAZINE

“His reverence and respect for his material, along with his unabashed exploration of new songs and his staggeringly beautiful voice, makes for the rarest and most vital folk performer.” ~ TOM POWER, CBC MUSIC

“Matt’s interpretation of traditional songs is somehow fresh and ancient at the same time. And his voice is friggin’ perfect.” ~ ALAN DOYLE

“A voice as true as a compass needle.” ~ JAMES KEELAGHAN

Andy May Trio

ABM is delighted to welcome Andy May Trio to the roster. Three of the North East’s most sought after musicians – Andy May (Northumbrian pipes), Ian Stephenson (guitar) and Sophy Ball (fiddle) – join forces to create a compelling, energetic instrumental act. Join them in their shared musical home, as heard on their CD About Time, with old tunes from Northumberland, new compositions, and captivating arrangements.

Expect tradition and innovation in equal measure, along with an entertaining mixture of history lessons, silly stories and sparkly shoes.

They are available for festivals throughout the summer and will be touring 22-30 Nov 2019 and 20-29 March 2020.

The Furrow Collective: New Album + Tour

November 2018 sees the release of the third album by award-winning and acclaimed folk group The Furrow Collective. Their new album ‘Fathoms’ was produced in Powys and Oxfordshire by honorary fifth-Furrow Andy Bell and sees the group build further on their substantial reputation for breathing new life into traditional songs.

The twelve recordings of which Fathoms is comprised capture typically innovative arrangements and set the four distinctive voices in a magical, captivating sound-world. As with their previous collections, the impression is by turns ancient, evoking the lines back to the earliest source, and then altogether unknown; fresh as tomorrow morning.

The Furrow Collective is an English/Scottish band consisting of four talented and individually prominent performers: Lucy Farrell (viola, voice & saw), Rachel Newton(harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair Roberts(guitars, voice). The group formed in 2013, drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry of the England, Scotland and beyond and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration. In recognition of their innovative approach, The Furrow Collective were awarded the accolade of 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Group’, hot on the heels of the release in late 2016 of their second album, Wild Hog (also on Hudson Records).

The Furrow Collective tours extensively throughout the UK as well as in mainland Europe, delighting audiences with their uniquely beguiling approach to traditional song. November 2018 sees the band touring England and Wales to launch the new album.

‘A bravely sparse and compelling new take on traditional songs… A quietly classy young folk band’ Guardian

09/11/2018         Galeri Caernarfon                         CAERNARFON

10/11/2018         Howard Assembly Room              LEEDS

11/11/2018         Lincoln Performing Arts Centre    LINCOLN

12/11/2018         The Slaughtered Lamb                 LONDON

17/11/2018         The David Hall                               SOUTH PETHERTON

18/11/2018         Whitstable Sessions                      WHITSTABLE

23/11/2018         Barnsley Civic Theatre                 BARNSLEY

24/11/2018         Old Fire Station                            CARLISLE

Brighde Chaimbeul Joins ABM

We’re excited to announce we’re now representing Skye musician and piper Brighde Chaimbeul.

Winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up and Coming’ nominee, Brighde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. A native Gaelic speaker, her style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland. Growing up in a musical family in Sleat on the Isle of Skye, she was no stranger to the sound of the pipes, and indeed the sound of music at home. Inspired by hearing the playing of Rona Lightfoot she began learning at the age of 7 with local tutor and award winning piper Niall Stewart.

Brighde met pipe makers, players and revivalists Fin and Hamish Moore in 2014 where she was introduced to the smallpipes, and since has developed a unique style which has captured audiences across the globe. Mark Radcliffe of BBC Radio 2 described her playing as “mesmerising”, and Tim Chipping of renowned music magazine, fRoots as “exceptional”. She has collaborated with many established artists over the years, most recently including Ross Ainslie, John McSherry, Paul Meehan, Aidan O Rourke, Carlos Nunez, Allan MacDonald.

Recent performance highlights include appearances at major festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, Piping Live and Wickham Festival, as well as featuring on various TV programmes, series Port, Seirm, Trad ar Fad and the BBC Alba Hogmanay show.

Brìghde will launch her debut album on River Lea Records ‘The Reeling’ at a special concert at Celtic Connections 2019. The record is inspired by old tunes from gaelic song and canntaireachd traditions, as well as global piping traditions that have been of significant influence to Brìghde’s music. It is performed entirely on smallpipes in C, and features acclaimed fiddler Aidan O Rourke (Lau), the legendary Rona MacDonald Lightfoot of South Uist, and the amazing Radie Peat (Lankum) on concertina.

We’re now booking Brighde’s Album Launch tour for April/May 2019 and taking festival dates.

“mesmerising” Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2

“unique style” Gary West BBC Scotland

“no-nonsense highly satisfying” Jim Gilchrist The Scotsman

Alan Bearman Music at English Folk Expo

The Alan Bearman Music team are looking forward to seeing you all at this year’s EfEx in Manchester. We would love to discuss the wonderful array of artists on our roster with you. Come and meet us at The Trade Fair – Stall 2 – on morning of Saturday 20th October between 10.00am and 1.30pm at Bridgewater Hall.


We are proud to present the following ABM artist showcase concerts as part of EfEx/Manchester Folk festival. Please do check them out!

Thursday 18th



T2, Home


Friday 19th



T2, Home


Saturday 20th



Late Night Bar



We look forward to seeing you there!


Alan, Sarah, James, Tash, John, Chris

Alan Bearman Music

Rachel Newton – New Solo Album and Tour

Rachel released her forth solo album ‘West’ on 28th September 2018 which was recorded in her late grandparents’ old croft house in Achnahaird, Wester Ross. Catch her on the road soon starting tomorrow in Aberdeen.

‘West is an intriguing album that solidifies Newton’s reputation as one of the best talents in British Folk Music’ Bright Young Folk

“Recorded in the comparative solitude of Wester Ross, Rachel Newton’s ‘West’ never sounds sparse or minimalist, it’s almost as if the setting has helped pour more of herself into this album than ever before. It is a significant accomplishment; a rich, deeply moving, and immensely enjoyable album”. Folk Radio UK

RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award Nominations Announced

We are delighted that both Lankum and Ye Vagabonds have been nominated for a clutch RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards to be announced at the inaugural ceremony at Vicar Street, Dublin on 25th October.

Lankum are up Best Original Folk Track, Best Traditional Folk Track and Best Folk Group, as well as Radie Peat being up for a Best Folk Singer award, and Ye Vagabonds are nominated for Best Emerging Folk Artist, Best Traditional Folk Track and Best Folk Group. There is also a shortlist via a public vote for Best Folk Album – to be announced on the night.

More info:

The Ballads of Child Migration

All-star cast including Andy Cutting and John Doyle on UK tour this autumn.

In November a collective of brilliant and respected musicians and singers (John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick, Boo Hewerdine, O’Hooley & Tidow, Chris While, Julie Matthews, John Doyle, Jez Lowe, Andy Seward and Andy Cutting) are taking to the road to tell the moving story of Britain’s forced child migrants.

The concert, presented as a series of songs, narration, slides, audio and film clips, premiered at last year’s Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, where it was described as “without doubt the most memorable concert of the festival.”

The songs in this concert were recently heard as part of a major BBC Radio 2 dramatisation of Michael Morpurgo’s book Alone on a Wide Wide Sea, which deals with the same subject. The radio drama, including the music, starred Toby Jones and Jason Donovan and reached an estimated audience of 6 million listeners.

Forced child migration is a little known and dark part of the history of Britain. More than 100,000 children from Britain were sent overseas (to places including Australia and Canada) with the promise of finding a better life. Some did find the happy lives they longed for; many others found only hardship, abuse and loneliness. The Ballads of Child Migration is a tribute to those children, some of whom were sent abroad as recently as 1970. After each concert there will be a short Q&A session where members of the audience can ask questions of the performers and other experts about child migration.

This tour is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is produced by 7digital – the digital music and radio services company that also produced the BBC Radio version of Alone on a Wide Wide Sea.

November 2018:

Monday 12th – Folk In The Barn, Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Tuesday 13th – Saint James Church, Clerkenwell, London

Wednesday 14th – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Thursday 15th – The Albert Hall, Nottingham

Friday 16th – Floral Hall, Southport


Tickets available from / 0844 888 9991 from Friday 8th June (For Gulbenkian – / 01227 831 493)

 “We have only praise and commendation for The Ballads of Child Migration”Folk Radio UK

“A poignant and powerful history lesson with an impressive cast”The Guardian

“[It] brought the Royal Albert Hall to a stunned silence”BBC Radio 2

“The audience who witnessed it were truly privileged”Northern Sky

“Exquisitely performed” The Arts Desk