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: rte.ie/folkawards/#homePage

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 www.ticketline.co.uk / 0844 888 9991 from Friday 8th June (For Gulbenkian – www.thegulbenkian.co.uk / 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

Exciting new folk duo Mama’s Broke to tour UK

New Sounds From Nova Scotia

Announcing the first UK tour of compelling and exciting new folk duo Mama’s Broke. Highly influenced by their Canadian roots, Lisa and Amy are based out of nowhere and everywhere.

Delivering powerful performances with heart and raw energy, their two strong voices blend to create haunting harmonies, while they artfully juggle fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin, and incorporate traditional dance and foot percussion in their shows. Their original – and often dark – compositions push the boundaries of tradition and the constraints of genre. Drawing from old-time, Quebecois, blues, punk, Celtic, Balkan and doom metal, they create a soundscape that is both familiar and new.

Since forming the band in 2014, Mama’s Broke has been gaining momentum fast; already with two European, and several Canadian and U.S. tours under their belts. They have performed in a wide range of venues, from circus shows in New Orleans, to pirate ships in Amsterdam, to concert halls in Ireland and theatres in Brooklyn.

***Available for UK dates late July – early August 2019.***

“Multi-instrumentalists Amy Lou and Lisa Maria are masterful songwriters who sing their lyrics as incantations– twin prophets who bend our ear effortlessly and beckon us ever forward.” Kaia Kater

“… a contemporary offering that’s as dark as December.”  Penguin Eggs



Dervish Join ABM

We are delighted to announce that Dervish are joining the ABM roster. Bringing first class Irish traditional music to the world for more than 25 years, the band have played at festivals from Rio to Glastonbury. Dervish features a line-up of the finest traditional musicians, all steeped in the musical traditions of counties Sligo and Leitrim in north-west Ireland, and fronted by one of the country’s best known singers, Cathy Jordan. Their live performances feature dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs.

Dervish were formed in 1989 when four of the founding members met while playing informal sessions in the pubs of Sligo. Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute/whistle), Brian McDonagh (mandola/mandolin) and Michael Holmes (bouzouki) were soon joined by Roscommon born singer and bodhran (drum) player Cathy Jordan, and later, in 1998, by all Ireland Fiddle Champion Tom Morrow. It’s a remarkable and at times electric combination!

***Touring late September 2019. Available for festival bookings during the year.***


“Dervish are simply brilliant…they carry Irish history with them.” 
The Guardian

“The most compelling, most soulful Irish traditional folk band playing today.” The News Journal (Delaware)

“An icon of Irish music” BBC

Jimmy and Sid Launch New Album ‘Many a Thousand’

Throughout the autumn of 2018 Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith will launch their third album ‘Many a Thousand’ with a major UK tour. The new material includes more original compositions with reflections on the modern world and storytelling that gets to the heart of life in Britain today. The original material sits alongside some unearthed gems from the British and Irish folk canons delivered with powerful harmony singing and sensitive musical arrangements.

For a limited number of shows, the duo will tour with a special extended line-up featuring Tom Moore (Moore, Moss, Rutter/False Lights/Nick Hart) on Fiddle and Viola, Fred Harper (Me and My friends) on Drums and Twm Dylan (Pixie and the Gypsies) on Double Bass.

Jimmy and Sid’s live performances are a celebration of traditional music but there is also a deep integrity and sincerity that stems from their passion for the social themes within the music. There is a common thread of political struggle, resistance, and justice as well as the occasional love song. Their shows manage to be both hard-hitting and uplifting and it is this ability that justifies their reputation as two of the most exciting musicians and social commentators on the scene.

Press reviews of new album ‘Many a Thousand’:

‘A seamless mix of original and traditional songs, beautifully weighted playing and a preoccupation with profound questions of political, social and environmental concern.’

***** 5 Stars Songlines

‘A lovely, rousing collection of politically charged traditional ballads and originals.’

The Guardian

‘Aldridge and Goldsmith have created a record whose songs are immediate and politically necessary, and whose melodies will remain in the memory for years to come.’

Folk Radio UK


Pledge Campaign For Martin & Eliza Carthy’s Live At The Pavillion CD/DVD

Recorded live in February 2018 at Hailsham Pavillion, East Sussex, Martin & Eliza Carthy’s Live At The Pavillion CD/DVD is now available for pre-order along with limited T shirts, signed handwritten lyrics sheets, test pressings & more!

Martin Carthy is a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a 20 year career, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Patrick Wolf and Bob Neuwirth. More than most, Eliza Carthy has revitalised folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performance.

Release date 2nd August 2018.

Pre-order Eliza & Martin Carthy’s Live At The Pavillion on Signed CD/DVD, Vinyl, Test Pressings & Check Discs: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/eliza-martin-carthy

Sam Sweeney – The Unfinished Violin

We are excited to announce some very special launch dates for Sam Sweeney’s beautiful The Unfinished Violin album. 

Inspired by his violin, carved but never finished by Richard Howard in 1915, the master fiddler has made a new album of instrumental music inspired by the Great War, to be released on Island Records later in the autumn.

Following in the wake of his fascinating, sell out shows of Made In the Great War, the live show of The Unfinished Violin will feature a five-piece band.

Special launch dates: 13, 14 & 16 December 2018


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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