Faustus – New Tours Announced

Following their outstanding reception at the National in Canberra, Faustus continue their globe-trotting this autumn with trips to Germany and Denmark. Closer to home, they’re beavering away at song settings for the Lancashire Cotton Famine project, two of which have had Radio 4 airplay, and which they will feature at the Manchester Literary Festival in November. Prior to that they will be popping up at a few festivals, and appearing alongside Matthew Crampton (The Transports) in a new piece, Living by the Sea, for Sidmouth Folk Week.

Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose(Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them, brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Upcoming concerts will see the addition of some new material alongside old favourites as they research the history of the 1860s Cotton Famine.

Available 18, 20 & 23-27 November 2018.
February 2019 , 17-31 October 2019 and Festivals. 

‘One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’ **** The Guardian

‘Ridiculously great band.’ Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music

Video: Slaves 


The Blaxhall Sessions – A Season of First Class Folk

ABM is excited to be working in partnership with Folk East on a new concert series in Blaxhall Village Hall, Suffolk. The Blaxhall Sessions will run one Friday of each month, starting September 2018 through to April 2019. Intimate concerts with top folk artists will be followed by a night cap in the nearby Ship Inn.

See full info here: http://folkeast.co.uk/19513-2/

Here are the latest concert listings: http://folkeast.co.uk/season-one/

Ryan Young Joins ABM

ABM are delighted to announce a new working relationship with the brilliant young Scottish fiddler player Ryan Young. Brimming with fresh melodic ideas, uplifting rhythmic drive and dynamic depth and precision, the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016  Up and Coming Artist of the Year takes audiences on an emotional and adventurous musical jourmey in his performances.

His engaging and modest stage presence belies his phenomenal musical virtuosity. Ryan focuses mainly on Scottish music, bringing new life to very old, often forgotten tunes by playing them in his own unique way. He also takes inspiration from a number of great Irish players, including Clare fiddlers Bobby Casey, Paddy Canny, PJ and Martin Hayes and Tommy Potts from Dublin.

Ryan generally appears with driving guitar accompaniment from Jenn Butterworth.

‘….His self-titled debut album simply brims over with originality and talent’ – folking.com

A great addition to any programme …get in touch now to secure a booking!

Available throughout 2019 for venue and festival appearances. 

Video: The Mountain Lark 

Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith – Crowdfunding Campaign

The brilliant Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith will launch their new album ‘Many a Thousand’ in September accompanied by a national tour.

They are currently running a crowd funding campaign as they are self releasing this album which means they are having to pay all the recording/production/administration costs upfront out of their own pockets.

You can simply pre-order the album which you will receive weeks before it’s official release date, or choose from any of the pledge options on their indiegogo campaign page here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jimmy-aldridge-sid-goldsmith-new-album-band#/

Watch the campaign video here: https://vimeo.com/267958766

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New Andy Cutting Solo Tour

ABM is happy to announce Andy will be doing another solo tour in 2019.

Andy Cutting a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his tunes have been purloined along the way: some considered contemporary classics on the folk scene. But then, Andy is also a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. There are few melodeon players who put so much feeling into their playing, whether it is a set of dance tunes, or accompaniment to a slow English ballad.

“Hearing Andy Cutting play is like going through the wardrobe and finding Narnia. His music is glorious, joyful, moving, subtle, emotionally charged, a totally spell-binding experience that is never long enough”. June Tabor

Touring 16-26 May 2019
Available for solo festival performances

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018

We had a ball at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards at the Waterfront, Belfast on Wednesday night! Great performances and a great opportunity to recognise the wealth of talent in the contemporary folk scene…but in particular a chance to celebrate the mighty artists on the Alan Bearman Music roster, from grass roots trad to cutting edge new sounds. Big congratulations to the stunning Lankum (who walked away with a clutch of awards for Best Group and Best Original Track for Granite Gaze) and, for their nominations, recent additions to our stable, Ye Vagabonds, nominated for Best Traditional Track for their beautiful version of Lowlands Of Holland, to the brilliant and energetic young duo The Drystones for their Horizon Award nomination. Congratulations also to Martin Simpson and Eliza Carthy. You are all winners!!

Pharis & Jason Romero Join ABM

Alan Bearman Music is delighted to be representing the gorgeous vintage sounds of Canadian duo Pharis & Jason Romero in the UK. The pair release their new album Sweet Old Religion this May, and will be touring in the UK in late April and May in 2019. Get in touch now to discuss bookings.

Voyaging in a nostalgic acoustic world, Pharis and Jason Romero play with two voices and two instruments – acoustic guitars and banjos – on an uncluttered stage. They sing like family, partners in life and music, and their roots in country blues, folk troubadours, early jazz and old-time fiddle and banjo shine through in their distinctive and striking songwriting and mellow-toned instrumental mastery

“For old time country, all roads lead to Romero.” Songlines   


New album by Norma Waterson & Eliza Carthy

In 2010, mother and daughter, Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy, recorded their first album together. ‘Gift’ was released by their long-standing label, Topic Records and quickly garnered critical and popular acclaim.

‘Impressive, even by their standards’ 5 ***** The Guardian

During a short run of live dates however, Norma fell seriously ill and remained in a critical condition in hospital for several months, with her husband, Martin Carthy by her side. Eliza moved back into the family home in North Yorkshire to help with her mother’s care. Thankfully, Norma has since recovered well and has even participated in an annual festival set up in her honour, Normafest, but live appearances are now understandably few and far between. Her many fans and admirers will be thrilled to learn that she found the strength to contribute to this remarkable new album. ‘Anchor’ was recorded with the kind permission of owner Andy Kingham at the Fisherhead Congregational Church (“the Congo”) with Eliza, in their home town of Robin Hood’s Bay, East Yorkshire. ‘Anchor’ was produced by Neill MacColl and Kate St. John and Topic Records are delighted to announce that it will be released on 1st June 2018.

As two of the UK’s finest exponents of traditional song, Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy’s rich, distinctive and authentic voices have engaged new audiences and admirers across two generations. Between them, they have three prestigious Mercury Prize nominations, an MBE each for services to English music and have both been presented with BBC Folk Singer of the Year awards, as well as innumerable other accolades. Eliza recently embarked on her most ambitious project yet by recording and touring with The Wayward Band, a 12-piece adventure. The resulting album, ‘Big Machine’ (2017), garnered both acclaim and a chart position and the big band have quickly become festival favourites. May 2018, will see Eliza perform on the high profile BBC Biggest Weekend, alongside, Snow Patrol, Billy Ocean and Nigel Kennedy.

Although they have recorded independently and together on many occasions over the years, ‘Gift’ (2010) was Norma and Eliza’s first duo release and was produced by Eliza too. The album went on to win Best Album and Best Traditional Track at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Norma and Eliza are still best known for their charismatic delivery of, and commitment to, traditional folk music so it may surprise some to find that this latest album ‘Anchor’ features an eclectic and beguiling collection of both traditional and contemporary songs. Amongst the 11 tracks we find Norma leading on Tom Waits’ ‘Strange Weather’ and ‘The Beast in Me’ by Nick Lowe. Trad Arr. ‘The Elfin Knight’ sees Eliza supported by Norma, Martin and extended family, ‘Lost in the Stars’ is a wonderful take on the Kurt Weill classic, while ‘Shanty of the Whale’, also featuring guest vocals of Martin Carthy, is a track written by KT Tunstall inspired by the singing of the Watersons, now come full circle in mutual respect and admiration.

The songs represented on this album all recall influences and cherished friends of the extended Waterson/Carthy family, from New Mexican friends Bayou Seco and the Irish traditional singer Margaret Barry to legendary American ballad singer Helen Schneyer; not to mention the MacColl/Seeger family who are represented not only by producer, Neill MacColl but on the Elfin Night, a song collected by Ewan and Peggy in the 1950s. The album title “Anchor” comes from a sailor’s hymn that would have been sung in the Congo chapel itself, possibly played on the very organ you hear on the recording. It represents being rooted in love and family whatever may occur.

No matter what the origin, Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy bring songs to life with their great musicality and wonderfully compassionate voices in a way that perhaps only this mother and daughter can.

‘..a genuine rite of passage as cherished tunes are handed down from one generation to another with grace, humility, honesty and love, as well as plenty of style – **** The Sun


CD Tracklisting : 

1          Strange Weather (Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan)

2          The Elfin Knight (Trad Arr)

3          The Beast (Michael Marra)

4          The Widow’s Party (Rudyard Kipling/Peter Bellamy)

5          Lost In The Stars (Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson)

6          The Galaxy Song (Eric Idle, John Du Prez)

7          Shanty Of The Whale (KT Tunstall)

8          The Beast In Me (Nick Lowe)

9          Scarborough Fair (Trad Arr)

10        Nelly Was A Lady (Stephen Foster)

11        Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Trad Arr)


Digital Tracklisting : As above with bonus tracks :

  1. The Wild Colonial Boy(Trad Arr)
  2. We Have An Anchor     (Trad Arr)

Album will also be available as a digital download, to stream and as a double vinyl album on 180 Vinyl. http://smarturl.it/norma-eliza-anchor

Human Cargo – Tour Announced

Human Cargo is an epic night of story and song, featuring two masters of the craft. Storyteller and singer Matthew Crampton’s recent show The Transports won Five Stars from The Guardian. Now he returns with a new adaptation of his acclaimed book Human Cargo: Stories & Songs of Emigration, Slavery and Transportation. An inspired collaboration unites Matthew with American traditional music legend Jeff Warner. Together, they cast fresh light on human migration, giving voice to those actually aboard the slave ships and emigrant boats and, crucially, framing today’s heated issue with history and humanity. Each performance also features stories researched locally, as part of the Parallel Lives project. Expect a rich and entertaining evening.

Matthew’s thoughts on the tour below:

“We’re aiming for something different – a rich night of story and song, woven together like a radio show, but with the magic of theatre and the warmth of a folk session. There’ll even be jokes – maybe some music hall. And, through all this, a fresh, firm take on the matter of migration. Do join us.”


full details can be found here website
11 May  ST ALBANS  Maltings
12 May  BLACKBURN  Mellor Brook CC
13 May  SETTLE  Victoria Hall
16 May  CARDIGAN  Mwldan
17 May  BRISTOL  St George’s
23 May  TORRINGTON  Plough Arts
2 June NEWCASTLE Gosforth Civic Theatre*
3 June  BEVERLEY  East Riding
5 June  LIVERPOOL  Philharmonic Hall
7 June  SHOREHAM  Ropetackle*
12 June  EXETER  Phoenix*
13 June  DORCHESTER  Shire Hall*
14 June  HALESWORTH  The Cut* – with FolkEast
15 June  LONDON  King’s Place
16 June  MATLOCK  Florence Nightingale Hall tkts 01773 856545
17 June  BEDFORD  The Place
* tickets on sale soon

Bad Weather Update…

Due to the bad weather a number of gigs have had to be cancelled:

Martin & Eliza Carthy

1/3 Regional Arts Centre, Letterkenny

2/3 Seamus Ennis Centre, Dublin

3/3 Home Place, Bellaghy

Martin Simpson

1/3 Pontadawe AC now moved to Friday 27th April.


1/3 The Anvil, Basingstoke.

2/3 Beehive Folk Club.

3/3 The Octagon, Yeovil.


1/3 Victoria Hall, Settle

Furrow Collective

1/3 Bournemouth

2/3 Arlington Arts Centre

3/3 Barnsley Civic Theatre now moved to 23rd November.

Stick In The Wheel

2/3 Edinburgh House Concert

Ewan McLennan 

2/3 Ram Folk Club now moved to 15th June.

3/3 Mill Race Folk, Bedford.

We are talking to venues in an attempt to reschedule as many of these cancellations as possible. At present all other gigs are still going ahead but please leave lots of time for travel and take care out there!

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow Join ABM

Touring 30 September – 20 October 2018 & 1-17 February 2019 plus Festivals.

ABM is excited to be representing Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow, a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music. The pair have worked with many artists including Seth Lakeman, Afro Celt Sound system, Yola Carter, Mad Dog Mcrea, Sheelanagig and Roni Size to name a few but what unites them is a passion for folk music. They draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional song and tunes, as well as their own compositions. The live show is a musical journey through Europe and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.

The duo’s debut album The Fox has been received with critical acclaim. It explores the relationship between fiddle, guitar and voice, using the fertile ground of the traditional music of the British Isles as its starting point.

“Fleet fingered and ingeniously arranged… deserve to be thought of as up there with the best of them”  – Songlines

“Reminiscent of Martin Carthy and the late Dave Swarbrick and I can give them no higher accolade”Mark Radcliff BBC Radio 2

“Such dexterity, energy and passion… mightily impressive”  R2 Magazine