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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.

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

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.