Chris Smither – New Album and UK Tour

Touring new album 16 January – 3 February 2019.

January 2019, Chris Smither will tour to support his newest record, CALL ME LUCKY, recorded at the gorgeous Blue Rock Studio in the Texas foothills. CALL ME LUCKY features Smither’s first set of new originals in six years. Released on March 2, 2018 on Signature Sounds/Mighty Albert) CALL ME LUCKY  is packed with Smither trademark songs that offer commentary on the human condition with a wink of an eye and pulls from deep in the soul and a couple of surprise covers that remind us of Chris’ deftness as a song interpreter as he makes the songs his own.

Joining Chris will be The Suitcase Junket (Matt Lorenz) who also played on CALL ME LUCKY. A young American songwriter and musician, The Suitcase Junket will play a short opener set of his music that is rooted in the salvaged sounds of mountain ballads, blues manifestos, American juke joints and back porches; it’s that and his road-worn voice rising over the grind of a tube-amped dumpster guitar, and the wild double pitches of throat singing that drew Chris to Matt’s music.

The CALL ME LUCKY tour will definitely satisfy Chris Smither fans as Chris performs songs from the new record as well as digging deep into his back catalogue of favourites. As fans from around the world continue to fill concert halls, music clubs, and festivals, reviewers including those from the Associated Press, NPR, Mojo, and The New York Times agree that Smither remains a significant songwriter and an electrifying guitarist — an American original — as he draws deeply from folk and blues, modern poets and philosophers.

Folk Award Nominations 2018

A great showing for Alan Bearman Music artists in this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations including: Martin Simpson (Musician Of The Year, Lankum (Best Group/Original Track/Album), Ye Vagabonds (Best Trad. Track) and The Drystones (Young Folk Award).

Lankum are playing on the Awards night itself at Belfast’s Waterfront on 4th April 2018. Bring it on! And book ’em now! 

ABM at Showcase Scotland

Alan Bearman Music are looking forward to heading up to Showcase Scotland this week, as part of Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, to hear some great music and to tell delegates all about the amazing and diverse range of folk artists on our roster – from grass roots tradition to pioneering new sounds. If you’re attending the Trade Fair, please do head along to our stall to hear about our artists’ future touring plans.

We’re delighted to have had many artists featured on the Celtic Connections bill in 2018, including Lankum, Stick In The Wheel, Chris Wood, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, Martin Simpson and Tony McManus.

Happy New Year & Tour News Round-Up for 2018

Happy New Year!

We’ve lots of exciting plans in place for 2018 with many artists releasing much-awaited new albums and many storming into the new year at the top of 2017 album lists!

Stick In The Wheel promise to make a big East London-infused noise in 2018 with their new album (out this month) Follow Them True. “Urgent, uncompromising, intelligent…the bristles on the clean broom the UK folk scene badly needs.” Record Collector. Bookings for summer festivals and Oct/Nov album tour dates being taken now!

The creative partnership of Anna and Elizabeth join iconic label Smithsonian Folkways to release The Invisible Comes to Us, out in March – an extraordinary work of unique, genre-bending storytelling and sonic exploration pioneering new ways of presenting old songs and stories to modern audiences. Some May dates still available!

Sheesham & Lotus and ‘Son have a new sepia-tinted new old time CD brewing. Grab dates in late July now.

Folk Awards Best Group The Furrow Collective are in the studio right now, with a new Hudson Records release out later in the year to coincide with November tour dates and Lankum are riding high in the critics’ polls for Between Earth & Sky (Rough Trade). Book now for summer festivals and Oct tour dates.


Bruce Molsky 
Touring solo 30 Nov – 15 Dec 2018. 

Having just completed a substantial UK tour with his new trio, Bruce Molsky returns for some special solo dates in autumn 2018.

Bruce Molsky is one of the most revered “multi-hyphenated career” ambassadors for America’s old-time mountain music.

For decades, he’s been a globetrotting performer, ethnomusicologist and educator, a recording artist with an expansive discography including seven solo albums, well over a dozen collaborations and two Grammy-nominations.

“Bruce Molsky is one of those great players who ‘gets it’: has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it” – Mark Knopfler

Video: Glory in the Meeting House


Eli West
Touring 10-20 May (solo) & 21 – 26 May (duo with Olav) 2018

Eli West is a Seattle-based acoustic musician.  His recent debut solo album, The Both, has him taking the lead on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and pedal steel, whilst remaining a thoughtful collaborator – here with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman, and Anna & Elizabeth

Well-known for his work with Norwegian fiddler Olav Mjelva, Cahalen Morrison, Jayme Stone and more, the singer and multi-instrumentalist oozes understated talent.

‘Eli West is an exceptional singer, guitar player and musician, really deep stuff’
 Martin Simpson

Video: Visa Pisa Live

All things Kerr/Fagan… 

Nancy Kerr, currently touring with The Transports, is making new fans across the country and is available  solo for intimate and conversational concerts in smaller venues in September 2018.

Melrose Quartet who delighted audiences and promoters with sold out gigs and buoyant CD sales in  their recent Dominion album launch tour, return in late April and October, and were featured, alongside Martin Simpson, in the  BBC Radio 3 ‘World on 3’ concert live from Sheffield  on 29 December:

The James Brothers, James Fagan and Jamie McClennan,  with wit, warmth and songs from ‘down under’ have just announced new dates for February 2019 and Nancy’s rockier, Sweet Visitor Band remains available for festivals across this year and next.

Mairearad Green and Anna Massie

ABM is excited to announce we are now working with two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle). They are a truly captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence.

Having played alongside each other for over ten years, they revel in an intuitive approach to each other’s musical ideas and interpretations, and an “almost telepathic communication” on stage (Hi-Arts), effortlessly showcasing the fruits of duo partnership to the highest level , creating “music more than the sum of just two parts” (The Scotsman).

Both award-winners, Mairearad currently performs with King Creosote and Mike Vass and Anna with Blazin’ Fiddles and Rant.  They release there much anticipated forth album in April 2018.

Touring new album 5-15 April & 1-18 November 2018 

“…the camaraderie and sheer fun of musical collaboration is plainly evident and infectious.”

“full of energy and verve….first class”
R2 Magazine

Eliza Carthy & The Gift Band

Eliza Carthy & The Gift Band

New album tour – June 2018.

Exciting news! Topic Records will release a new Gift Band CD on 1st June 2018. ABM are organising a limited number of June tour dates with Eliza Carthy heading up the Gift Band plus some very special guests, hopefully including some appearances from the wonderful Norma Waterson along the way. Please get in touch if you’d be interested in a potential booking.

Time and Tradition Folk Weekend at Kings Place

We’re delighted to announce Time and Tradition Folk Weekend at Kings Place, London 16-18 March 2018.

As part of the venue’s Time Unwrapped season, ABM presents a weekend series of concerts, storytelling and talks exploring the concept of time through traditional and contemporary folk music and ritual and seasonal customs. Folk song – music of the people – is an essential document of social change, reflecting moments in time, continuity and evolution through the generations via its oral transmission. In contemporary forms, it is also often a powerful tool for social justice.

Time & Tradition sees Martin & Eliza Carthy headline a Generations Concert whilst Chris Wood, acutely aware of the ‘anon’ folk canon sources that went before, offers his unique bird’s eye filter on modern society. Peggy Seeger and Roy Bailey head up a concert exploring social history down the years through the filter of song.

Daytime events include an array of mixed media events, from illustrated talks to storytelling, as well as showcasing several outstanding new traditional music performers.

See full event programme and ticket info here:

Save fRoots Magazine!

fRoots Magazine has launched a major Kickstarter crowdfunding appeal to secure it’s future. They have been publishing continuously for almost 40 years, bringing you the best in folk, roots and world music – what they call ‘local music from out there’.

Joe Boyd : “I doubt if the huge audience that now exists for world and roots music would be there if it weren’t for fRoots.”

Robert Plant : “Incredibly stimulating.”

But, like many print magazines, they’ve reached crisis point. See statement below:

“We want to keep publishing the great interviews, commentary, photography, reviews and listings that t readers love and are so vital to the independent music world we support – but the magazine is no longer breaking even, despite our faithful advertisers and subscribers. We’ve been having difficulty covering our costs since the crash in 2008, and the magazine can no longer continue with its current business model.

We need to develop a new business model and decide what our next steps are as a publication – but we can’t devote time to doing that while we’re also trying to stay on top of a busy publishing schedule and balance increasingly unbalanced costs and income. This is why we need your help.

If we can raise more than £20,000 – preferably a lot more! – it will greatly relieve current pressures, so that rather than worrying about paying the bills, the fRoots team can develop a new business model for the magazine. We can also plan for the current editor’s handover to a new team to take over the reins. Founder Ian Anderson has been tirelessly creating the magazine all this time, and is keen to ensure a smooth transition to make sure all the work of the last four decades won’t be lost. Your support will mean that we keep the magazine going for as long as possible, with a team willing and able to take it into the future.”

Please contribute and/or share this link. Lots of great rewards are available!

Welcome Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

We excited to announce we’re now taking bookings for the excellent folk duo Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith.

In September 2018 Jimmy & Sid will release their third album accompanied by a major UK tour. The album will be a further development of the duo’s songwriting and the contemporary sound that attracted such critical acclaim on their second release, Night Hours.

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their combination of outstanding vocal work, sensitive instrumentation, and a powerful social conscience has brought them praise from far and wide.

‘Their real strength lies in their original compositions, which range from stories of protest and eviction to the powerful, atmospheric title track about night workers. An impressive set.’ (Robin Denselow, The Guardian)

The songs themselves are always given centre stage but they are brought to life with stunning musical arrangements and vocals. There is an integrity that shines through their performances and a common thread of political struggle, resistance, and justice.

Their critically acclaimed second album ‘Night Hours’ was released in December 2016 on Fellside Recordings. Described as ‘exhilaratingly diverse and full of impeccably crafted songs’, it has cemented the duo’s reputation as two of the most exciting musicians and social commentators on the scene.

‘To be a great folk singer, you have to be a great storyteller, as Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are clearly aware. The duo are both fine singers and multi-instrumentalists.’ The Guardian

‘Making common cause between antique songs and present circumstances is one of the grails of modern folk, one this young duo pull off impressively…Rousing stuff.’ The Observer 

‘Exhilaratingly diverse and full of impeccably crafted and beautifully realised songs.’ Folk Radio UK

We are now taking bookings for the two legs of the new album tour – September 2018 and 28 March – 14 April 2019.

Contact James Garrett to discuss – email: or call: 020 7014 2821.

Ye Vagabonds Join ABM

Alan Bearman Music is delighted to introduce fantastic Irish duo Ye Vagabonds to the UK shores, for touring in Autumn 2018 and for summer festivals. Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn create beautiful harmony rich folk music, influenced by Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and the 1960’s folk revival.

Brían and Diarmuid grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the vibrant live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America.

Since their debut EP in 2015, they have been busy touring Ireland, the UK and Europe, opening for acts such as Glen Hansard, Villagers, Roy Harper and Lisa Hannigan (whose band they played in for her Irish tour, June 2016) as well selling out their own headline shows. They have also made numerous television and live radio appearances in Ireland.

Ye Vagabonds have just released their highly anticipated debut album on their own Inglenook Records label. Ye Vagabonds showcases ten mellow tracks weaved with thoughtful lyrics, thickly layered with strings and droning harmonium.

Ye Vagabonds tour as a minimum as a three piece with a 2nd fiddler. Please contact us now to secure 2018 bookings.

The Furrow Collective – BBC Radio 3 + Autumn Tour

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners for ‘Best Group’, The Furrow Collective, popped in to the studios at BBC Radio 3 to record an interview and play some songs on ‘In Tune’ this week. You can listen again here: 

Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are four fine soloists sharing a mutual love of traditional songs, from both sides of the English and Scottish borders, with playful, boundary-defying musicianship.

The group head off on tour this month around the UK and also make a trip over to Spain in November.

28/10/2017      Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre               PEEBLES

29/10/2017      The Greystones                                               SHEFFIELD

30/10/2017      The Junction                                                    CAMBRIDGE

31/10/2017      Quay Arts Centre                                            NEWPORT (Isle of Wight)

01/11/2017      Ropetackle Arts Centre                                  SHOREHAM

02/12/2017      Cafe Oto                                                           LONDON

03/11/2017      The Adelphi                                                     HULL

04/11/2017      Brewery Arts Centre                                       KENDAL

05/11/2017      Otley Courthouse                                            OTLEY

10/11/2017      Folk You!                                                           PALMA-MALLORCA (Spain)

11/11/2017      Folk You!                                                            PALMA-MALLORCA (Spain)

For tickets and more info visit: